I know that I said that I used to hate posts about goals, but that was because I didn't have any. I realized I was a person, even though I mostly stay in bed and all of my old goals are gone, so I still need some.
They are like the little goals that could help me reach big goals, like having local friends or some semblance of normalcy in my life.
I've been working on organizing my papers, goals, and schedules, but because my health changes all of the time - I never know when a medication will stop working or I'll have to start a new one, which will mean pain from going off the old one, or if my Botox will run out early - I don't want to set unrealistic goals. I used to think that I could be a runner, but then I tried it and my neck hated it. What will be will be.
I found that cool printable to track if I do something every day. I tried my hardest to embed the pin, which seemed like a cool idea, but it didn't work. Here is a clickable screenshot?
My goals for April include:
Wearing my Jawbone everyday:
I don't know how many steps I currently take, but I want to use the buzzing function to make sure that I at least get up to refill my water every 45 minutes or something. Once I get a baseline for how many steps I take, I can slowly increase.
Eat 3 meals a day:
I am on 2 medications that suppress my appetite. Unfortunately, this means headaches, hangry-ness, feeling (more) sick, and even generally horrible. While this wouldn't seem problematic (weight loss!), it is. Plus Google is REALLY unhelpful. Fortunately, I belong to a great online support group and within 10 minutes, the lovely ladies had tons of suggestions. Some were more practical for me than others, due to certain mobility issues - I heated up some frozen soup the other day and spilled it on my hand, thanks to a tremor, which means that I spilled it on an area where I had a scar already, and have recut myself, gotten blisters, etc., - but I plan on sharing all of the ideas because when you try to search for help on getting enough meals/calories/food in when you're on medications that make you not hungry, you don't find helpful information. I rely a lot on my husband for preparing the things that I eat and several reminder systems, but I do have to make sure that I eat.
Average one nice thing a day for someone else: I wrote about how other people can be a good friend to people with chronic illness
, but even though I might not have many local friends or be able to get out and see people, that doesn't keep me from being a good friend or family member. Not every day is a good day, so I'm going for an average! Sending a card, a funny picture, calling my grandma, or whatever--it counts. I love to be remembered, so I want to make sure that I am remembering other people, too.
Fill out my gratitude journal
(thank you to my grandmother for giving me one that I didn't fill out almost every year and Emily
for writing about her's) everyday: and also working toward writing in a regular journal daily. I'll be happy if I fill out my gratitude journal, but a regular one would be nice, too.
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