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FEBRUARY GOAL POST: A&I Challenge Week 1

Friday, February 03, 2012


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.







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  • v DMARTE52
    I just had rotator cuff and frozen shoulder surgery 12/5. It is going to be a long haul for me since it is a double whammy- frozen and tear repair, it will take longer. Going to physical therapy 3 Times a week- trying to get range of motion then strength- goodluck!
    1294 days ago
  • v DMARTE52
    I just had rotator cuff and frozen shoulder surgery 12/5. It is going to be a long haul for me since it is a double whammy- frozen and tear repair, it will take longer. Going to physical therapy 3 Times a week- trying to get range of motion then strength- goodluck!
    1294 days ago
  • v DMARTE52
    I just had rotator cuff and frozen shoulder surgery 12/5. It is going to be a long haul for me since it is a double whammy- frozen and tear repair, it will take longer. Going to physical therapy 3 Times a week- trying to get range of motion then strength- goodluck!
    1294 days ago
  • v DMARTE52
    I just had rotator cuff and frozen shoulder surgery 12/5. It is going to be a long haul for me since it is a double whammy- frozen and tear repair, it will take longer. Going to physical therapy 3 Times a week- trying to get range of motion then strength- goodluck!
    1294 days ago
  • v CACOLE58
    Subscribing to your blog for support!
    1627 days ago
  • v SHOYER
    Oh, I love it -- a word pun! Please keep them coming!
    One of the administrators in our office had shoulder surgery a few weeks ago and sent a rather lengthy email reply about it, including the fact that it was done one-handed.
    Your goals appear to me to be well thought-out for both the near term and that a bit further away. Thanks for sharing them, I most likely will add a few to my to-do list over the coming weeks as well.
    1634 days ago
  • v LISA0517
    Great goals! I really love "simplify!" And I really love your comment at the end.

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    1635 days ago
  • v RFJSJ50
    CJ ~ You'll accomplish all your goals and more - I know how determined you are!
    I'm adjusting my exercise (starting tomorrow) to align with my current "aches and pains" - and a lot of my determination comes from reading your blog and other messages from you.
    Thanks!
    Sheila
    1636 days ago
  • v SHARON10002
    CJ,l ove the pictures, especially the first and last ones! I too find it easy to become buried in the everyday paper that just seems to keep flowing into my house. I no sooner get it cleared and it starts to come in and accumulate again!

    Good luck with your surgery. I have two family members that have had this done within the last year, and both recovered nicely. You are doing everything right, especially the pre-surgical exercises, That will go a very long way in lessening your recuperation time. I agree with printing out your goals.

    I would also recommend applying Arnica Gel and maybe taking the homeopathic Arnica by Boiron to help prepare the tissues and muscles for the trauma. I did that for my hip surgery and had very little selling, bruising, or inflammation.
    1636 days ago
  • v ASHAIXIM
    I LOVE YOUR POST!! LOL!!! I need to copy that pic of the lady with the paper and post it in my office with the caption "Paper? What paper?" it looks like me!! HAHA

    On a seperate note : PLEASE keep me posted on your rotator surgery because I may be facing one and I would like to live yours vacariously so I know what I'm getting into. First they have to address the pinched nerve, but that's on the possible horizon too.
    1636 days ago
  • v SABLENESS
    Sounds like you're as well prepared as you can be. Look for good surprises along the way. emoticon
    1636 days ago
  • v GRNDMOM43
    emoticon You have a great goal and it will help you even when you are back to normal. emoticon
    1636 days ago
  • v AMYBELLES
    I love your goal post, and always appreciate your sense of humor, CJ!!! I wish you all the best this month as you work on your goal to simplify and focus on what's essential for your health and recovery. I am joining you with the decluttering and coping strategies. I'm glad you have some fun activities planned before your surgery. The shows and tea sound wonderful!
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    1636 days ago
  • v HUNNNYBEE
    Hahahahaha! LOVE that first picture...and your sense of humor!

    These are great goals, CJ! I have some of the same ones myself, especially simplifying and de-cluttering! I struggle with stress-eating too, and I'm glad to hear that you have some soothing things planned to off-set stressful moments.

    Wishing you much success with your goals this month, and I will be praying that your surgery goes well and for a quick recovery!
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    1636 days ago
  • v SURENDERISNOTME
    CJ, looks like you have it all under control at the moment. just remember we are here for you. I think your plan is great and you are a strong lady. My sister had this surgery done a couple of years ago and is doing great now.

    HUGS
    Debbie
    1638 days ago
  • v MASTERPIECE8
    Great blog, CJ. You have a plan. That is so important. You are focusing on all the right areas.

    Maybe add some candles to your list of things to help calm you. Aromatherapy is great stuff. Some warm tea, sugar free popsicles or fudgesicles. That frozen stuff takes longer to eat and they make great snacks. They might feel like a treat.

    Good luck to you.

    Barb
    1638 days ago
  • v CATHYSFITLIFE
    emoticon blog CJ! It sounds like you have really planned things out ahead of time in order to avoid gaining weight back while waiting for your shoulder to repair from the surgery. I'm glad to hear that you are having surgery finally and hope that it relieves the pain you've been in for so long. I think you have a good plan and know you will succeed. emoticon Good luck with the surgery and hope that you'll be able to get on SP now and then after your surgery. Maybe you should start practicing typing with your left hand only! emoticon Love the puns by the way! emoticon

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    1639 days ago
  • v BARBIE176
    Way to go CJ planning ahead. Make sure you print out your goals so you can review them and in that way stay focused. I am happy you are having surgery and pray it resolves the pain you've been having. I truly wish you the best of luck. My husband had a total shoulder replacement about a year ago and my experience from him is that you need to take care of yourself. Don't be too hard on yourself and the laugh out loud movies sound awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1639 days ago
  • v SLFGOLF
    Sounds like you really are getting it all worked out. Way to go with planning it out. That way you have a better chance of success. Good luck with the surgery. I know its not a fun one, but should be well worth it afterwards - just make sure to keep up with your physical therapy.
    1639 days ago
  • v SUSIEPH1
    LOL!

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    1639 days ago
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