I have been hard at work on my arm straightening elbow goal. It is definitely not going as well as I anticipated. I am a girl with a fairly high pain tolerance. If I want to do something, likely, I am going to do it, regardless of whether or not it hurts. So I have been working hard to let gravity do it's thing. During the day at work I work hard to drop my shoulders and pull it down when I am walking to the restroom or to refill my water. I carry my bottle (hanging) in my right hand to give gravity a little bit of extra help. When I am at home, I have been picking up my 3 lb weight (reserved for the first day or two of the Shred with JM because it is usually SO HARD those first 2 days, and then I can jump back up to the 5s) and letting it hang and even pushing a little bit to try and get it to go just a smidge straighter than the last time. I am truly not sure if I have made any progress. But I set a goal, and I am going to continue to work for it.
It addition, I am working on the bending part of the elbow. I am not working INTENTIONALLY toward this, like I am the straightening, but I want to be able to put a ponytail into my hair again without the help of my coworkers/husband/mom. So ponytail is the elbow bending goal. Right now I can touch the top of my head, but I cannot touch my face yet. I can hook my bra, but I have to grab that side with my left hand and stretch it out toward the middle of my back before I can get it with my right hand to hook it.
Teek and Zeus have a new friend (ok, annoyance) that has been making semi-regular appearances on our front porch. It makes them absolutely BONKERS and they go crazy on the back of the couch when she (just a guess) appears there. And she is NOT afraid of them being noisy and just relaxes. She might hang out for 15 minutes at a time occasionally, and that will really get them going. On my way out the other day, I caught her in the backyard, and decided to take a picture so J knew who he was looking for.
So this weekend, J and I have several things planned and so there is a lot that I want to accomplish to feel like I am making progress as well (not just him, since I cannot do a lot of things between limited mobility and being pregnant). So my weekend goals are as follows:
- grocery shop based on the meal plan for next week
- get the pictures hung in the baby's room
- hang curtains in baby's room
- week backyard flower beds
- date night on Saturday
- start writing shower thank you notes (now that I can write again)
- straighten my arm all the way by Sunday night!
- walk at least once