Mini goals and long term goals

Friday, June 05, 2015

A small victory for me today; I did my chair workout for 5 days in a row this week, working out for 22-25 minutes each time. That is not a lot of exercise compared to what a lot of people do, but it's been months since I've been able to do 5 days in a row of ANYTHING. (For those of you who haven't read my blogs before, this is kind of a "big deal" for me because I am also living with incurable metastatic breast cancer.) Not trying to get sympathy here, I just want people to know that no matter what your health issues or disabilities are, there are ways to work around those issues if you can't do what is considered "traditional" exercise.

I know I still need to pace myself, so I plan to take a break from my workouts this weekend, and next week, I will try for another 5 days in a row. As long as my hemoglobin stays stable and I am not too anemic, I think I can do it.

I also started working on one of my other goals again which I've slacked off on, and that is tackling all the clutter in my house. Even though Penny cleaned out and organized my spare bedroom, there is still stuff in boxes and totes I have to go through; there is still much I can throw away or donate. My goals are to spend at least 10 minutes each day sorting and putting things away, and at least 20 minutes 3 times per week.

This morning, I spent almost 25 minutes sorting through mostly old paperwork in there; I had music on so those 25 minutes went buy quickly; it was amazing how much I found to throw away in just that short time also. Little by little, I'll get it done!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on not only your exercises but also on getting some decluttering done.
    So glad you are taking your time and just doing what you can when you can.
    Prayers, blessings, love and hugs,
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  • JANET552
    emoticon on that 5 day streak. Your commitment to exercise despite challenges is why I am so inspired by you. Good luck on the clutter!! I know I could take inspiration from that too.
    1889 days ago
    Dear Shari,
    It's so wonderful to read that you managed those 5 consecutive days of chair workouts - I am so pleased for you. That's an awesome effort. Great going on the sorting and de-cluttering. Tackling it bit by bit is a very sensible idea. I hope you have a good rest over the weekend and some nice weather to enjoy your spruced up garden.
    Big hugs,

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  • JIBBIE49
    I'm glad you were able to exercise. I know you have been dealing with health issues for a long time. My son, Nathan goes for his Sixth year check up since he had Testicular Cancer in '09. He hopes all will be well, but his doctor told us that he'd seen the illness come back as long as seven years, and then of course, because of all the cat scans and treatment, the doctor has told him that he might deal with cancer in his late 30s/40s again, but it was the price he had to pay or he wouldn't be here now. He stays on a clean diet and he works out on a regular basis.
    1889 days ago
    Congratulations on working out 5 days in a row and on the decluttering. Both are huge accomplishments.
    1890 days ago
    Wow - that's great and I'm so glad you were feeling up to it :)
    1890 days ago
    Shari, you are sounding so much stronger & determined. Ugh... cleaning, sorting & throwing away. Now that is exercise. emoticon
    emoticon on 5 days of exercise. You really are one of the most positive people I have gotten to know, on SP.
    Sending you Hugs & Prayers & Sunshine!
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    1890 days ago
    Congratulations on your small goal. Not that I have your concerns, but I have been dealing with two knee replacements over the last two months and that also puts you on a very different exercise routine - you learn to adjust and accept that there are things you can do and things that you cannot do at this time.

    Keep up the good work.
    1890 days ago
    emoticon on your exercise! That is phenomenal!

    I'm glad you feel up to tackling that clutter! emoticon

    I need to work on that myself.
    1890 days ago
    Great job on the exercise!! I bet that made you feel better! Decluttering my house seems to be a never ending job! It's something I really need to be in the mood to do or I throw nothing out. emoticon But, when the mood hits me-look out!!
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    emoticon on a great week! emoticon emoticon
    1890 days ago
    Shari. Congrats on the progress you have made. As Fly Lady says, you can do anything for 15 minutes. I need to get paper shredded again. emoticon
    1890 days ago
    I am very proud of you!!! You are doing great and I know you will do it again next week! Keep up the fantastic work and God bless you!!!
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    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are an inspiration!
    Prayers,hugs and blessings!Lots of Nursing Homes needs things as wel
    Shari.Hope your weekend is nice! emoticon

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    That is awesome. Keep striving. You are amazing.
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  • PICKIE98
    How does all of this stuff find its' way into our homes???? I think somebody sneaks in while we are shopping or out donating the previous stuff, to add more to the mix!!

    The women's shelters are always looking for donations..
    A few years ago I found a whole bag of pencils I bought at one of those $.01 sales at Staples..I must have had 800 pencils in boxes.. I took them to my DD old elementary school and gave them to the Principal..She gave them to the teachers for kids who had nothing...

    You always get sense of such accomplishment from gleaning from your clutter, too...
    I think you are doing a great job at your workouts.. If they tire you out too much, just do a few leg lifts in bed or on the couch while you are lying there.. stretch the muscles but no exertion anywhere else.. You are doing great with exercise!!!!
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  • GABY1948
    I think this is emoticon Shari, and I am FOR whatever will make you stronger in any way! You DO inspire us!

    1891 days ago
    emoticon on your 5 day fitness streak! emoticon I have also gotten rid of lots of 'stuff' ,mostly by donation.It feels emoticon to de clutter your home once in a while.
    Fingers crossed that your Hemoglobin and your Energy levels stays High!
    Have a nice weekend Shari! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1891 days ago
    emoticon You are emoticon . What an inspiration you are to me and others. Have a great weekend.
    1891 days ago
    You do inspire on several levels, Shari.

    I need to take "a page from your book" & sort through printed materials/paperwork - mostly old Bible study material, notes I have taken while listening to teachings on wonderful radio programs, articles cut from magazines, old letters from friends that I kept to read time & time again, etc. Actually that was my goal for the summer break from Bible study & we have been on break since April 28th. emoticon

    Well, I did go through a basket that I keep on my side of the bed, so I should give myself a small amount of credit. My problem is that I tend to put most papers in the "to look through more closely" or "to read later" pile, so very little gets tossed. emoticon

    emoticon with getting that exercise done. You deserve a emoticon !

    Wishing God's best for you, Shari!

    1891 days ago
    It makes me happy when you have a better day. Big hug.
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    emoticon Progress..not perfection.
    1891 days ago
    You are awesome and a true inspiration to me that despite limitations things can still be worked through and accomplished! I am overwhelmed with clutter and papers, etc that need sorting, thrown away, etc. I am trying to do the 10-15 minutes a day...and not give up! The same with chair exercises!
    I hope your energy remains high and your blood levels, too!
    Have a great week end, my friend!
    Prayers, Love & Hugs,
    1891 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4212235
    emoticon , I understand how you feel with your progress, I feel that way too. It had been months since I could even walk for any extended amount of time so my accomplishing 20-30 minutes at on time, I feel great about it.

    Considering your health issues I am so inspired by you. And the time you spend organizing is exercise as well and you know your body and when you are tired or have overdone it.

    Hope you have a great weekend and you are able to rest up.

    With caring,

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  • PHOENIX1949
    emoticon on the 5 day streak. Good luck with the declutter projects.
    1891 days ago
    Slow but steady wins the race, as they say!

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