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Take a Bow

Hey Folks!

Sorry I've been away so long. I'm not a great multi-tasker, and this year just got away from me.

I've been thinking about what to write here for the last few weeks, and I finally decided that I really liked T's last post about having a "Done List". This time of year is *filled* with To-Do lists - how about we take some credit for what we're doing (or have done) instead? As some of you know, I've been seeing a counselor for a while now, and she has really opened my eyes to the unhealthiness of never giving myself a pat on the back for what I DO accomplish. Just this year, I've completed all kinds of things, but I never seem to give myself any credit for it - I'm always looking down the road at what I'm supposed to do next. Or worse (and I'm *really* guilty of this), always focusing on what I *should've* accomplished.

Well, I say ENOUGH! We're all hard-working, accomplished people. Surely, it'd be okay to admit it for once?

So, that's what December's ProjectYou goal is:

Take a Bow for what you've already done. Give yourself a pat on the back for the things you've completed. It can be this year, this decade, this month, this holiday or just today. Craft projects finished? Laundry folded? School year passed? Job kept? Kids clothed? Kids birthed? Anniversary reached? Anything! Everything you do each day reaches some goal - even if it's just keeping yourself happy. Happy is a good goal. :)

So, what have you DONE? Tell us all about it!

My 2011 Goals Progress

1. Make "being active" a part of my everyday life

This one is progressing well! I've been walking most days and bought a pool pass for the first time. My plan is to use the joy of swimming as a reward for working up to walking TO the pool. It's a 1.8 mile trip one way, so I know I can do it. I'm excited to go swimming for the fist time in FOREVER. Yay for water in the summertime!

2. Make my heart feel better - volunteer more often...

This one is doing well, too. I'm probably averaging once every week or every other week for 2-3 hours. It does my heart good every time I go. I put in some solid labor-intensive work earlier this week and felt so good afterward. Love the puppies & kitties!

3. Make eating healthy more fun

I haven't been able to experiment much with this one because we've not been cooking 'cause our oven smells like mouse. Blech! I'm still doing the frozen meals for every meal but breakfast, so I feel like I'm on the right track. It's not fun, but it's effective and not horrible. :)

4. Regain control of our finances

Oy. I'll get back to you on this one. :)

5. ENJOY life - find JOY in the moments this year

I really am trying to do this one & feel pretty good about it. I'm doing lots of craft projects and getting out a little more, learning how to meditate and enjoying life around me more.

So, yay! Doing pretty well for 2011, I think. How about you guys?

Gettin' Myself Checked Out

I think I've been an overachiever on the April-May goal of getting myself checked out with doctors. My doc is covering all the bases because I've been experiencing female-seeming symptoms at non-female times during the month, so to rule out certain issues, I've had a colonoscopy and an ultrasound on my female bits. Have you ever heard of a transvaginal ultrasound? Yeah. That's just as awkward as it sounds. Blech. Anyway, so they've ruled out certain things, so my family doc sent me to a ObGyn for a consultation, and the result of that is that I'll be having a laparoscopy this time next month to check for endometriosis. The doc said that if we don't find that, it's back to the drawing board and a possible CT scan of my guts. So much fun getting poked and prodded. Yeah, that was sarcasm. *sigh* So, not only have I been dealing with the weirdly-timed symptoms that are the reason for all this (pre-migraine headaches, severe abdominal and back pain - that is not in the same place as my arthritis stuff - and very strong nausea), I'm also dealing with all these procedures. When I set this goal on this community, this is not quite what I meant, but if we can get some answers, I guess it'll be worth it. Maybe the answer'll be that I need to stop some of my ridiculous amount of meds?!? *sigh* Guess we'll see.

So, when people ask me "How are you?" lately, I've been just changing the subject. :) Here's hoping we get some answers SOON.

2011 Member Goal Check-In

Hey Everybody!

Here's your twice-monthly check-in on your 2011 Goals. (Here's the Goal Entry to remind you.)

How are you doing with your goals?
Have you been making thoughtful attempts to reach these goals or are you going with the flow and maybe forgot about them?
Do you need more support or did you find a buddy to help you be accountable?

Let us know how you're doing!!

Good Luck!

My progress on April/May stuff

Alright, I know this stuff can be touchy, so I'll go first. Following are some things I've been doing to "get my body checked out" lately.

- Had my first experience with a colonoscopy - Blech! If you haven't had one and don't have to, it's best to avoid it altogether, but I've had some issues, and my doc had some questions, so I took the plunge (as it were). Not pleasant, but found out I didn't have anything inherently wrong with me (at least, in that area), so the solution can be something much less scary, like diet or (yet more) meds. For all I know, it's some of my meds that are messing with me. I'll ask about that. Ah well. Better to know, right? My husband has to do these things on a regular basis b/c his family has a history of problems, so he was quite sympathetic.

- Have my female appointment next week, when she's also going to do a breast exam. I always hate these things, but I haven't been on the pill for several years, so I haven't had one and need to, sooo... I'm also going to ask her about my weird month-long female symptoms. I have a feeling I'll get a generic response like, "Every woman's different," but just in case, I'll ask.

So, there you go. Yucky & unfun, but trying to take care of this body I've got to work with. Tom would like it to stick around for a while. :)

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*Author's Note: This month's goal post is geared toward women, but if there are male readers out there, please know we care about your health, too! Many of the same questions and guidelines apply. Go get yourself checked out! :)


Hello Everyone!

Your Goal for April & May 2011 is to:

Get Your Body Checked Out

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2011 Member Goal Check-In

Hey Everybody!

Here's your twice-monthly check-in on your 2011 Goals. (Here's the Goal Entry to remind you.)

How are you doing with your goals?
Have you been making thoughtful attempts to reach these goals or are you going with the flow and maybe forgot about them?
Do you need more support or did you find a buddy to help you be accountable?

Let us know how you're doing!!

Good Luck!

2011 Member Goal Check-In

Hey Everybody!

Here's your twice-monthly check-in on your 2011 Goals. (Here's the Goal Entry to remind you.)

How are you doing with your goals?
Have you been making thoughtful attempts to reach these goals or are you going with the flow and maybe forgot about them?
Do you need more support or did you find a buddy to help you be accountable?

Let us know how you're doing!!

Good Luck!
Guys, I am so deeply sorry that I am late for this month's goal, and I'll apologize ahead of time because I don't have time (or energy) to do a full-out goal post, either. What I DO have is a goal for you to try this month:


Your Goal for March 2011 is to:

Find Time to Party!

Do you really need advice on this one? ;) If all else fails, try to be like these gals for a night or two:


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... and paint the town red!

Then tell us about it!
... Okay, tell us the PG-13 version. ;)

Have fun! :)

Hey guys!

How are you doing on February's goal of Taking a Chance? Have you gone to new places, tried new things, eaten different foods? If so, Bravo! Keep it up! If not, you still have time! Get out there & take a risk, dude! You can do it!