But I haven't lost sight of them and now they are no longer optional goals ... some of them are coping strategies.
WALKINGThe most important goal of all - walking. My simple goal is to increase my daily step average each month.
7112 average daily steps
7094 average daily steps
8502 average daily steps
April - first 8 days
9293 average daily steps
It is remarkable that March showed improvement. I guess I was putting in a lot of miles the early part of March because once mom was hospitalized, I was only walking from my car to the hospital and back. Oh, and let's not forget the steps I took from her bed side to the bathroom or the cafeteria and back. But the real goal is the daily average - not individual day totals.
Now I am walking - sometimes twice a day - because I can't sleep. And I am just so darn tired all the time. Walking during the day is the only thing that helps me get through the night. So this is Coping Strategy #1. Walk, walk, and walk some more. It does help, truly.
A special thanks to my Fitbit pedometer and its ability to track my steps when I really could care less, and automatically sync with the website capturing my stats until I am ready to look at them. The only thing I need to do is keep the battery charged.
KNITTINGI had one knitting goal - to finish my daughter's shawl. Thankfully I did that before mom's hospitalization. Ironically my crafting life stalls when I am upset or worried. I know that is the exact opposite of many folks who find escape in the act of knitting during tough times. Not me. But I am knitting a little each day. And when I do force myself to knit those few rows each day - I do feel better afterwards.
This was a pretty simple goal - clean two closets. It did not happen, and now the rest of the house is in a desperate state of dirty! Usually when I am upset I become a cleaning machine! Not this time. My energy levels are very very low, so I am not going to fret about a dirty house.
BLOGBlog more ... was my goal. Blogging has always helped me - especially when things have been difficult with mom. The story of my mom and care giving continues. I did blog a bit more. But I don't want this blog to become only my care giving journey - so I will try to broaden my focus going forward.
EXERCISEDo more strength and stretching exercises. This was the goal. While totally worthwhile, it has been really hard right now. No time, no energy, no immediate feedback - like walking gives - to make the effort right now possible. I haven't lost my desire. I'll be back.
My April Goals!
Settle mom in her new environment!