Using What I've Learned!
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
I've completed my to do list. It took me six months to get our house the way I wanted it. Why six months? I've battled continuing health issues for three years. I've been forced to learn how to break down tasks into small doable chunks. I can proudly say that I figured out how to do some forms of cleaning from a chair.
Throughout my six month project, I've encountered many obstacles. Fatigue, pain and infection were the biggest obstacles. To quote my husband, "She's tenacious - like a dog with a bone. She sets goals and won't let anything stop her from achieving them. Sometimes her drive to achieve scares me because I'm afraid she'll hurt herself in the process." When he says that, it stops me in my tracks. Am I hurting myself? I have learned to slow down and rest. I've learned that everything doesn't have to be completed today. I've learned that slow and steady wins the race. Have I overdone it? In all honesty, yes. The price I paid was pain. I'm not a huge fan of pain so, I had to change my own behavior.
The last six months have been a real learning experience. During this time period I finished physical therapy for my leg and started my overall strengthening project. The doctor has me doing Silver Sneakers and Yoga twice a week, as the next step in my recovery. So at the same time I was working on the house project, I was also working on rehabilitating myself. Both projects were a huge struggle for me. My physical therapist cautioned me to slow down during my twice weekly classes. Not a problem! During my very first class, my leg felt like it was going to break off. If I had stopped there, I would never have achieved anything. Now, three months later, I can finally see progress! Yesterday, I was able to switch from two pound weights to three pound weights! I am actually starting to like the classes and not view them as the torture sessions I experienced at the beginning. My progress has been the result of blood, sweat and tears!
The other day when I got home from exercise, I looked around and realized that all of my house projects were completed. Other than cleaning and a few very minor chores, there was nothing on my to do list. What's next? I know that I have to continue to rehabilitate my body, that's a given. But what do I do when I've met my other goals? There is a certain amount of maintenance that goes along with keeping up the house but now what? I don't believe I've ever been in this position before.
If you read the articles on goal setting here at Spark People, they suggest that you set new goals. Re-evaluate the old goals and reset your goals as they meet your needs. Okay, I can do that. I just need to figure out what the new goals will be. I've learned so much over the last six months that can be applied to weight loss goals, fitness goals and goals in my personal life.
The biggest lesson I learned is:
If one of your goals seems to be insurmountable, step back and go into problem solving mode. Change the way you look at the goal at hand and get creative. You can always find more than one way of approaching the journey to achieve your goal!