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Only One Goal

Thursday, September 05, 2013



Each month the A&I Team prompts us to write about our goals - looking at how last month went and how we want to proceed for the next few weeks. Since the first of the year it has been hard for me to write this kind of "goals" blog. My health went into a steep downward spiral and I just couldn't seem to wrap my mind around writing detailed expectations for what I would accomplish. At that time I was having trouble accomplishing getting up, or taking a shower or getting dressed!!! Somehow those didn't seem like traditional goals and I couldn't imagine anyone wanting to read about how narrow my life had become.

Now, eight months later, I am beginning to show small improvements. My health is not where it was a year ago, but I am slowly finding more energy and experiencing less pain. WooHoo! And my thoughts about goal-setting have changed as well.

I realized that I do indeed have a goal - it just looks a lot different than the ones I set when I started Spark:

MY GOAL = I WILL PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER!



Only one goal, but for me, right now, it's all I need. Each day I will start wherever I am and put one foot in front of the other. On a good day I may be ready for a walk, some house-cleaning and a visit with friends.

Not every day is like that, however. But my goal still holds. I can do the best I can with the strength and energy given me for that day.

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CANDOK1260 9/17/2013 11:44AM

    emoticon blog you doing a great job

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SURENDERISNOTME 9/17/2013 11:40AM

    CJ, thanks for the receipe. I will try this receipe. I love tuna and brown rice this sounds very good.

HUGS
Debbie

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AUTUMNAGATE 9/14/2013 1:26AM

    Very nice blog, thanks for keeping it real. Just stopping by to say hello. emoticon

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JAMARIGOLD 9/11/2013 11:15AM

    What a great attitude! Good for you! And, after all, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
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CATHYGETSFIT 9/11/2013 11:10AM

    It's all about doing what we can when we can. Taking it one day at a time and putting one foot in front of the other is the best way to approach this. I'm sorry you've had so much health issues this year but it sounds like you are improving and doing the best you can with each day.

The one foot in front of the other statement makes me think of the Christmas claymations I use to watch when I was a kid. There was one with Rudolph and Santa Claus where Burl Ives, if I remember correctly, was singing "Just put one foot in front of the other and pretty soon you'll be walking out the door." emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 9/10/2013 5:19PM

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I am glad you are seeing improvements in your health. Thanks for the encouraging visuals -- I love them!

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TEAGLES1 9/7/2013 5:23PM

    All it takes is one step at a time.....one foot in front of the other.....I'm confident that you will be able to do it....take care of yourself, keep your spirits up and don't look back.

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NPA4LOSS 9/6/2013 10:16AM

    emoticon I too have had a spiral down on my health since beginning Sparks. You have great goals! emoticon Keep Sparkling my friend! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 9/6/2013 9:10AM

    Wonderful - I know you can do it!

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JEANNE229 9/6/2013 8:17AM

    The longest journey begins with a step. Great goal.

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DBELLE39 9/6/2013 8:06AM

    Love the simple yet realistic goal. It's all about doing what you can, one step @ a time. emoticon

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LADYRH 9/6/2013 6:29AM

    emoticon goal

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PHOENIX1949 9/6/2013 12:42AM

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I'm not a blogger but can identify with every word of this one and love the pics & quotes that are used. I'm going to be a copycat and adopt the "one foot in front of the other" as my daily goal.

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DANCIN2ANEWME 9/6/2013 12:36AM

    Sometimes we just have to take it one step at a time...back to the basics! WTG on seeing the small improvements as well. Those NSVs make everything worth it. :D

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BARBIE176 9/5/2013 11:30PM

    What a emoticon blog CJ. I love the pictures and quotes you have included and boy can I relate to what you have said about having trouble getting up and taking a shower. That has been hubby's life for months now. I love your goal for this month and I am encouraging my hubby to set that same goal for himself. Thank you for the inspiration! You are emoticon and emoticon this. emoticon emoticon

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JILL313 9/5/2013 10:48PM

    Wonderful Realistic and Positive Attitude, you deserve the Best. I honestly didn't know you had a lot of healthy issues this year, that is a difficult time for everyone that loves & cares about you. I'm glad to hear you're slowly making some progress. I hope your Life continues to improve and will bring you happiness and inner Peace. No one Promised us a Rose Garden, in fact I didn't get one single Rose this year.Please follow Dr's order and try not to cry. Hard to do I know. Take good care emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RDEFASSI 9/5/2013 10:09PM

    That is an amazing goal! Sometimes it is hard to do that- but you can!!! Good luck this month :) Great to be on a team with you again :)

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RGEETING 9/5/2013 9:11PM

    Not sure what you've been dealing with physically, but I also have been dealing with health issues this summer (not nearly as long as you have for a year!), and I agree with you, it IS hard to blog about normal goals - and for me, it's been hard to write without whining about my issues... so I haven't blogged much... (if I can't say anything nice, I'll say nothing at all...)

So... thank you for sharing your journey... and for the encouragement to keep one foot in front of the other. :)
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ESILBO 9/5/2013 9:01PM

    WE CAN ONLY DO WHAT WE CAN. I AM WITH YOU RIGHT NOW. ONE FOOT AT THE TIME.
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HANG IN THERE.
LISE

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BEFIT014 9/5/2013 8:45PM

    Just do what you can when you can. Who can ask more than that?

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