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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

{Just a warning, there might be a lot of blogs for the next week or two. It helps me focus, and I definitely need the help!}

Today is starting off much better than any day has in a long time. I was up before noon {which, sadly, is no small feat for me.} Then I vacuumed the living room and dining room. My back is really angry, but it was totally worth it. I'm sitting here admiring my handiwork and it makes me feel like a cleaning machine. After that I took a nice cool shower, and I feel great.

So... reading more of The Spark has gotten me thinking. The premise {assuming I'm not the last person to read this book} is that goal setting is very important. So I've been thinking about that a lot. It says you should visualize where you would like to see yourself, and set goals to get there. When I first started reading about it, I was kind of discouraged. I'm on disability and stuck at home 95% of the time. That is NOT how I envisioned my future. And there's nothing I can do to change it, sort of a psychological miracle.

But the more I thought, the more my attitude changed. I may have limitations, but that doesn't mean I can't work with them. I hesitate to say this because it makes me sound like I'm from 60 years ago, but the house and taking care of it is going to be my goal. I lay around and do nothing 99% of the time, and the house always looks like a tornado came through. That's a goal for me, to get in the habit of always keeping things in here tidy and organized.

My next goal is to cook dinner at least 5 days/wk. And when I say "cook" I mean "cook", not pour something out of a box and heat it up on the stove. It's very easy to get in that habit, and I'm terrible about it. Gathering recipes and cooking will help occupy my time and keep me off the couch.

Another goal is to get my numbers under control. My cholesterol and blood sugar are whack, and my blood pressure probably isn't spectacular right now, either. That's a better guide for me than trying to lose weight. I know 1 bad meal isn't going to keep me from getting my numbers under control, but it might keep me from going down on the scale the next day. Priorities!

My last major goal is to start doing 5ks. Right now I couldn't do one if I had to, so I'm building up to it. Maybe someday I will even be able to run {at least part} of a 5k! This is also a better focus for me than losing weight. I can appreciate the improvement in my fitness instead of freaking about the scale.

Okay, that's enough rambling for now. Just thinking things over and trying to find my hidden motivation.

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  • HOLLYM48
    Great goals, one day at a time. You can do it with small steps forward! emoticon
    1832 days ago
    Great way to focus on the "I cans" instead of the "I can'ts" - hope today is a good day for you!

    1832 days ago
  • JO88BAKO
    I am SO glad you are back!! I've been really worried about you. Yes, the Spark is a really good book. I hope you have a really great day tomorrow! emoticon
    1833 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    Great goals! The house thing may seem old fashioned but if you spend time in it a messy house can mess with your mood. Check out, she has organizing down, I take bits of her philosophy and apply it to me house. It help me organize me thoughts and eating habits better when I'm not living in a whirlwind of mess. I don't ever think I can match her completely but every little bit helps! Cooking real food will also help the healthy lifestyle! 5Ks and working towards one will kicking that exercise habit so goal are good!
    1833 days ago
    Write all you need! It can really help you stay focused.

    You've set some great goals and nothing wrong with making housework a focus and goal. I spend 98% of all my time at home and some days just the mental funk of being stuck at home on a very fixed income can drive a person batty but, it's important to keep up the apperances around you because it just helps mentally. Plus there is a serious workout involved in deep cleaning.

    1833 days ago
    We may have things in our lives - whether money, ability, age, whatever - that are held back from us. Things we cannot do. However, no matter who we are - there is a whole heck of a lot that we can do - to change what we can.

    Instead of feeling bad about all we cannot do - our time is much better served finding the things we can do. Look to any true inspiration who is or was living on this earth. It is always the same - you will find much inspiration there - and many people did it despite all the odds being against them.

    So glad you are realizing this - because it means your mind is on the right track. Keep on reading - and learning more about yourself. Set those goals and just go!

    You CAN do this!

    1833 days ago
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