March 11th, 2013

beeker

Goals on hold

I found my last to-do list* from just before I fell and one of the things on it was to do my goal check-in post.  This is probably obvious but with the broken hand/elbow I'm putting my goals on hold for March.  Several of them I simply can't do right now:  daily sun salutation, stretching after I run (no running yet), adding more strength/flexibility exercises to my routine, knitting.  Others are fairly different in this new context.  I'm about to have a new PT for the elbow, and hopefully will love whoever my orthopedist typically works with.  If not, it will be slightly easier to start the conversation with "While there are other slightly nebulous issues I'd like to address eventually, first up I need to be able to straighten my right arm."  (I think part of the reason I kept putting this off was the "slightly nebulous" thing, nothing was hugely wrong so maybe the people I'd be talking to would think I was over-reacting, even though I know my body well enough to know that things weren't right either.  Somehow being actually broken makes this feel way easier.)  As for seeing friends we've managed to stay fairly social, but since I can't drive right now planning involves several extra steps, which doesn't mean I'm going to be a hermit, but makes weekly a little harder.

So, depending on the exact timeline of my hand getting back to normal, I will reassess and update goals by April 15.  That is right around the three month point when I was planning to reassess and update anyway, it'll just be a little more of a re-start for me.

re: exercising - I am walking every day and doing my elbow exercises.  I am at the point where I feel well enough to start other things but want to talk to my doc, obviously my right hand can't take any weight or grip very well currently, and other stuff like lunges, well I'm afraid of losing my balance with only a broken hand to catch me.  This might be the motivation to finally get a gym membership since elliptical machines and stationary bikes are likely my friends, even treadmills since they pose fewer tripping hazards - heh.

*speaking of to-do lists, I am the type of person who usually keeps several.  Most recently my habit had been to use the back of paper to be recycled to keep both a daily and a sometime-this week to-do list that I crossed things off of added onto daily.  Not being able to write easily (I can write with my left hand; it looks like 4th grade cursive and it's slow) has meant I haven't had a daily to-do list for a while and it's driving me a bit nuts.  Does anyone know of a good Android Ap for this?  My right thumb is functional so with the pullout keyboard on my phone I'm pretty quick, and I can read typing when I come back to it, my current handwriting that's not always true.