And speaking of a Goal Post – (ooooh – groaner of a pun) February is here and it’s time to post my goals. And with all the Super Bowl excitement I just couldn’t resist this picture. So I guess I could say that one of my goals is to maintain my sense of humor. And that’s a very good thing . . . because . . .
later in the month I will be having surgery to repair my right shoulder rotator cuff. Getting ready for that adventure is adding shape to my overall goals.
That said, I really have only one goal:
It’s important to me to focus on what is truly essential and not get bogged down in good things that can distract me from my main job which is to support my recovery by being as healthy as I can be before and after surgery. Since my shoulder will be in a sling for 6 weeks followed by 6 months of physical therapy I’ve decided that I need to start practicing NOW the ways to keep focused on my wellness.
Here are my priorities:
EXERCISE: Daily physical therapy exercises specifically to strengthen my shoulder (30 minutes prior to surgery)
Daily choice of core and lower body strength, pool, walking and cardio exercises (45-60 minutes total prior to surgery) (Chair exercises and stretching after surgery until physical therapy on shoulder begins in March)
FOOD: I’m concerned because I have a history of binge eating as a way of coping with stress. I am planning healthy crunchy munchy snacks to have on hand and will have healthy foods already prepared for post-surgery meals. I’m not focusing on weight loss – I’ll be happy to maintain.
And I’m preparing other calming ways to cope with the inevitable frustration and boredom, such as: making playlists of my favorite music, having movies I love on hand (especially “laugh out loud” comedies), and of course I will finally have time to delve deeper in my stash of “books to read”.
ENVIRONMENT: I’m continuing to de-clutter the house and work my way through the pile of “I’ll get to that later” stuff that has been waiting for me. The less “stuff” I’m confronted with the more I can relax.
FUN: I’ve got tickets to see “Madame Butterfly” and a new comedy at Artist’s Repertory Theater before my surgery date. Some friends have invited me to a Ladies High Tea which should be delightful. And I’ve been practicing playing Scrabble with my left hand!
The things that are out of my control will have to take care of themselves because I’ll be too busy doing all that I am able --
to kick my wellness goal through the goal posts of life.