New July Goals

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

I am coming off the worst lupus flareup I have had in over 10 years. I have been out of commission for about a week. My body swelled up like one of those big balloons they have in the Thanksgiving parades. My hands hurt so much I couldn’t even hold a pencil or drive. I was so tired but couldn’t sleep at night. But I am coming out of it and feeling much better. What a difference a week makes.

Progress to June Monthly Goals
Count calories every day – Counted every morsel of food that went into my mouth even the bad stuff I allowed myself to eat. A+ for this goal – I am on the honor roll for this one!

Stay within calorie range and nutrient range – Only 3 days over my calorie range. A- for this goal.

Strength training for upper body 3 days per week – Done – I give myself an A+ for this one. Now if I could just see some change in the flappy upper arms as a reward for all my hard work.

Exercise Ball Routine 3 times per week – I did get the ball inflated but have not used it yet. Too much time swimming this month. I guess I have to get an Incomplete on this goal.

Walking 5 days per week – No but I walked 20 out of 30 days. Not bad for a month plagued with both a lupus flareup and a ganglion cyst on my foot. I am getting lots of pool time though. This goal should be rated as a failure but I give myself props for getting over 1,100 minutes of exercise this month so I am upping my score to a C.

Try one new recipe per week – Hubby and I are still experimenting with new recipes. This last week we made a lighter version of a caprese salad and roasted veggie salad. Both were great. I really like the idea of introducing new recipes to keep our meals interesting. I think both Hubby and I get a B+ for this goal.

Lose 2 pounds per week – No! Only lost 6 pounds this month. I gained this last week – I know that some was water retention because I was bloated and swollen. I increased my activity this month so it should have been a better month but I will take any loss I can get. I would give myself a C+ for this goal but I know I worked hard to get that.

I guess I didn’t make the Goal Honor Roll this month but I worked my A** off this month. Now if I can just the perfectionist in me to not get too discouraged by this month – I am not giving up because this is getting more difficult.

New July Goals
Stay within calorie 6 out of 7 days
Strength training for upper body 3 days per week (my flappy arms need to go away)
Strength training for lower body 3 days per week
Walking or swimming 5 days per week
Try one new recipe / new food per week
Lose 5 pounds in month (doctor lowered my thyroid medicine so I am giving my body some time readjust to the new med levels)

Three things I am grateful for:
1. A whole week off - I get to sleep in every day!!!!!!
2. When my hubby grills
3. Feeling much better this week

Three positive things about myself
1. I helped my hubby get healthy
2. I am a loving spouse
3. I don’t give up even when the going gets tougher
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    I think that you did great in June. You are changing up the exercise with the swimming and that is good. I started doing upper body strength training about three weeks ago. Let me know if you find some exercises work better than others on flabby arms. Good luck with your July goals.
    2513 days ago
    Way to go with your June goals!

    I'm glad you're on the daylight end of your recent flare up. Take care of yourself!
    2513 days ago
  • 1EMMA2011
    This is such an inspirational post. Thank you very much, emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2513 days ago
    You rock! I was just reading this and thinking of a woman who got up in our church and told us that she had been completely cured of lupus!! She had swelling and rashes to the point that she couldn't stand to wear clothes. I just know you can be healed from this. Blessings to you and prayers for your healing. Rest My Friend. Karen
    2513 days ago
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