Every day this week, I focused on knitting and finding the perfect position to sit to do it with my back issues. The experts believe the pain is muscular and not related to a herniate disc. I am lucky! Ever so slowly, I've seen progress. Did you know I am impatient? I want everything now (or yesterday). Waiting has never been one of my strengths. So daily I wake up, tenderly assessing my progress. My initial reaction is disappointment, but when I flip to listing the positives, I see significant progress.
Last night I did not wake up to a 'back' alarm to take Tylenol. This is huge! I feel completely rested. I have a long way to go and I will be in physical therapy at least a month. After that, I need to create a ritual of supporting my health on a regular basis.
So when I'm impatient, I stop and reflect. I assess my progress and celebrate the journey.
I was keeping a bullet journal of sorts for many months with daily repeating tasks that I would color in when I completed them. I found it fun and motivational when I started. Last week, I quit the bullet journal technique and switched back to writing lists in the morning. I was feeling stressed out looking at squares that were not colored in and feeling like I was failing instead of succeeding.
I feel more creative writing my daily list and I like that each day is different instead of the same goals repeating for the week. Another tweak in my list making is to write how I supported my health through out the day. This is open ended and flexible. I like that it's not specific and can be something as simple as taking a walk, eating a salad or resting my back.
The deer have been hanging out in the yard and lucky for me they posed for a photo. Some of them are shy and run, but there are a few that stand still and stare back. The daring ones are older and are 'friends' coming back to say hello to me. Frodo would love to catch just one.