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January Goal Accountability - Update #2

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hi, everyone. Is it just me, or has January been a really tough month? I started the month feeling really energetic and hopeful and that spirit has just seemed to leave me as the month moves forward. I know that most of this is mental - my husband's health has weighed heavily on me recently. He had a liver biopsy earlier in the month and the results were less than positive. Additionally, he's had a bug for a few weeks now and even a round of antibiotics hasn't helped. I married him knowing full well that we would face health hurdles (if you read my earlier blog about his upcoming book release, it shares a bit more about his condition, but in sum, he's a severe hemophiliac with an HIV-HCV coinfection). I'm strong and I know I can do this, I just need to find some inner strength and a positive outlook. Have you faced similar challenges in your life? If so, how did you get through them?

We were in Richmond over the weekend attending an event sponsored by the Virginia Hemophilia Foundation. It included watching the "Bad Blood" documentary and a panel discussion with Ryan White's mother. It was tough and I'm feeling especially deflated today. I know this will pass and that I'll find motivation. Motivation to get my fitness level back up, motivation to clean my house, and motivation to simply make progress on some front. In the meantime, I'm just taking small, manageable steps. I know I can do it! That said, here is where I'm at with my monthly goals:

Fitness:
1) Strength train at least 3x per week
ON TRACK. I HAD 4 ST SESSIONS IN WEEK ONE, 3 IN WEEK 2, AND 3 IN WEEK 3.
2) Achieve a minimum of 2,000 fitness minutes for the month
I'M STARTING TO SLIP HERE. AS OF YESTERDAY I HAVE 1,336 MINUTES FOR THE MONTH. EACH WEEK MY MINUTES HAVE DROPPED OFF SO I NEED TO CORRECT THAT TREND IN ORDER TO STAY ON TRACK.
3) Take at least 10,000 steps per day 5x per week
GOAL WILL NOT BE MET. I ACHIEVED THIS GOAL FOR WEEKS 1 AND 3 BUT MISSED IT IN WEEK 2.
4) Lose at least 2 pounds this month
ON TRACK. I'M GUESSING THAT THIS MONTH'S WEIGHT LOSS OF ALMOST 4 POUNDS IS LIKELY STRESS RELATED.

Nutrition:
1) Drink no more than 10 diet sodas for the month
THIS IS DEFINITELY BEHIND. I'VE ALREADY HAD 9 DIET SODAS SO FAR THIS MONTH AND I STILL HAVE 10 DAYS TO GO!
2) Track all food and stay within range for at least 29 days this month
ON TRACK. I'VE STAYED WITHIN RANGE 20 OF 21 DAYS SO FAR.
Personal:
1) Put at least $250 in savings each pay day (there are 2)
ON TRACK. I'VE HAD ONE PAYDAY SO FAR AND PUT MONEY INTO SAVINGS AS PLANNED.
2) Get the house more organized (clean out closets and donate what we don't want, clean cabinets, book shelves, etc)
I STARTED OFF THE MONTH WITH A BANG BUT HAVE MADE NO PROGRESS SINCE. I HAVE A GOODWILL DONATION READY TO DROP OFF AND NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THAT THIS WEEK.
3) Have at least 10 random acts of kindness/pay it forward actions
THIS IS ALSO BEHIND. I'VE HAD 4 RAK THIS MONTH SO FAR AND HAVE 2 MORE PLANNED. I NEED TO BE MORE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT THIS AS IT'S TRULY SOMETHING THAT MAKES ME FEEL GREAT!
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CELIAMINER 1/23/2013 9:30AM

    Sorry about your husband's health, Vicky! I know the feeling somewhat, as DH's virtual physical revealed several issues requiring follow-up. First was a brain MRI, and we are awaiting results.

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/22/2013 10:25PM

  While I'm not facing the same challenges as you, I sure am facing some of my own so I do know how it can affect our efforts and motivation. Hang in there and talk, talk, talk. I think it really helps to bounce our thoughts and concerns off on others. emoticon

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40LESSOFERIN 1/22/2013 5:10PM

    You are strong, i wouldn't be able to stay focus with all that you have on your plate right now. I'm sorry to hear about your Husband, what a courageuos couple you must be. Many blessing to both of you and i hope he starts to feel better soon and turn around for the better. You can rock your goals this month!!
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LYNSEY723 1/22/2013 2:03PM

    I'm so sorry things are so rough right now. I can't imagine the stress you are feeling and I have no good advice for dealing with it. I know that when my sister was in the hospital for liver failure (they gave her 9 days to live when she checked in) I was a wreck. All of my family was out of town, my mother unreachable on a cruise. If it weren't for my husband (we had only been dating a couple months at the time) and my friends, I don't know that I'd still be sane right now. By the way, my sister is alive and well 2 years later.

Everybody deals with this stress differently and there is no easy way to deal with it at all. If you ever need someone to talk to, just to vent to, a "shoulder", you know where to find me.

Otherwise - you are doing great on your goals considering the stress you are under! Keep your head up and keep pushing!!

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PJZIELIN 1/22/2013 1:12PM

    Wow, GingerHawk, you have alot on your mind. I have a brother in law who is a hemophiliac also. He now has a very scary hepatitis infection that will require $70,000 in medications. I will pray for you husband that he will regain his strength.
I have also found it hard to get off to a good start, however, I am now very committed, as I have health problems and have been feeling lousy lately. I need to get better for my family/grandkids, but mostly, for me. I only used this program a few months last year, after going off nutrisystems. I thought I could do it alone, but I guess I wasn't ready then. I am now! Stick with it and we will both stay on track!

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