I’m a little late to the party this year, but one of my lovely sponsors, Jessica from Kate and Trudy (seriously, give her a follow — she’s the sweetest!), is hosting a New Year’s resolution link up called The 2014 Directive. It’s structured in a way to maximize success of my goals by setting them on a monthly basis instead of a big year-long resolution that’s nearly impossible to keep. The monthly goals must be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.
Sitting on the couch for four weeks has given me the time to think and plan the things I want to do after I’m done with my recovery. On March 12 I should get the go-ahead to start resuming normal life — wearing real shoes, driving, sewing, doing things around the house. It won’t be an overnight change (no marathons for me yet!), but I’m looking forward to the permission to do more.
My goal for The March Directive, then, is to get back on my feet.
Yes, that sounds really vague and not at all SMART. But I’ve broken it into some specific goals that I think will help me reach the goal of returning to normal life.
- Do my foot exercises. I’ve been pretty good about doing my foot therapy to gain more movement in the joint, but I could be better. I plan on doing them three times a day, after each meal. That way I have a set time to do them every day (because I never forget to eat!).
- Ice, ice, and more ice. Though my foot is looking and feeling significantly better and I have little to no pain, it is still swollen. I tried to put my slipper on the other day and I could barely fit my stubborn hotdog foot in it. Icing isn’t the most fun part of my day, but I’m going to ice my foot after my exercises each day.
- Put on real pants. For a month, I’ve lived in my yoga pants. In the beginning it made sense — I couldn’t get jeans over my splint and I was spending every single second on the sofa. But now that I can move around more, it’s still rare to see me in anything but yoga pants. So, from now on, it’s real pants whenever I leave the house.
- Wear proper footwear. I know the second I get this boot off my foot I’m going to want to wear flip flops (yes, it’s pretty much always flip flop weather here. Everyone who is not from California can hate me now). But I need to wear my running shoes to give proper support and cushion to my foot until it’s fully healed. Not exactly the cutest option, but there you go.
- Exercise three times a week. Last week I started doing light exercise on the couch. I plug in my Bridal Bootcamp DVDs and do all the arm stuff (jumping jacks end up looking like I’m hailing a taxi from the sofa, but whatever). Bridal Bootcamp is perfect, since it focuses on arms, back, and shoulders — all things I can exercise right now! But once I get clearance to start some light exercise using my legs, I’d like to start walking on the track at the park and maybe swimming. We’ll see what the doc says and modify this goal accordingly.
Such glamourous goals, I tell you. But they are specific, they are attainable, and they are realistic for the place of recovery I’m in now. Bring on the healing!
Side note: I love Jessica’s personal care goals this month. I might steal them all next month, since it’s my birthday month. And who doesn’t want a birthday spa treatment?
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