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Fit Mommy Friday


Things are moving along on my journey from illness to wellness.


Exercise: A walk in the woods, several trips to our ‘distant’ garden, some light gardening, and some housework.  Did you know that sweeping the floor is one of the most exhausting things in the world?  Of all the activities that have sent me to the couch for significant periods of time, sweeping and scrubbing walls—especially shower stall walls—are the worst.  I suppose it has something to do with the chest muscles.  In any case, I’m trying to do more of this kind of housework, since it will result in a cleaner house as well as a stronger and fitter me.  But I only do tiny bits at a time, since I want to get stronger, rather than end up on the couch.


Nutrition:  Not enough vegetables.  In fact, I didn’t even notice that the asparagus was popping up in the garden! The chickens and ducks got the overgrown stuff, and we enjoyed a huge batch of super-fresh asparagus for supper.  (I froze some too.)  Nowadays, I often go to my huge parsley patch and enjoy a handful of the sweet, barely-up greens.  There is very little as yummy as baby parsley.  I’ve found a few patches of nettles to  cook into soup, and will likely do that for lunch since my family is succumbing to a nasty cold.  I’ve enjoyed a tiny bit of peeled fruit most days this week and none of it seemed too sweet for me.  And I had a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie.  (Thanks for baking, kids!)


Rest:  The better I feel, the harder this is to do.  My doctor tells me it is important, though, and my husband backs up the doctor.  So I dutifully rest every afternoon…and most days I still fall asleep.   


I still occasionally get tired.  If I stop and rest immediately, this is no problem; if I keep on going, however, things get worse quickly.  So during supper preparation I occasionally find my self sitting in our lovely veranda for a few minutes.  These mini-breaks are a real blessing for they allow me to do a lot more.  This could, I suppose, be called stopping and smelling the roses.


Back to Normal Life: 

We had a full, busy Sunday and I felt great afterwards!  On Wednesday, we discovered a thrift shop and had fun choosing a whole bag of clothing for $10.  After that, there was still energy left to pop by the homeschool consignment store to pick up our unwanted books, our money, and some old, old Henty novels.  And after all that, there was still energy left to function normally the rest of the day! 


Next Week:  My goals for the next seven days include trying not to get the cold that’s invading our family, enjoying a wedding, making it to church twice on Sunday, and getting the garden planted.  I’ll have to ration my energy, eat very well, and be sure to allow plenty of rest time.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    I am so glad you're feeling better! As a fellow CFS and fibromyalgia sufferer, I can really identify with what you're struggling with. When one is used to being active, it's hard not to feel lazy when we're just resting – but it's what we need in order to feel better.

    I'll be praying for you.

    God bless!

    Lisa C. from the Crew @ Heritage Homestead and Homeschool Academy


  2. Mrs. White says:

    Such a lovely check-in! Your advice to stop and rest right away is excellent!

    So glad you are feeling well!


    Mrs. White


  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow, Kate, I commend you. Doing all this in spite of your illness. I don't know if I'd be able to that, if I were in your shoes. You're a courageous and inspiring woman.

    Take care,


    Leah's Homeschool Blog


  4. AnnieKate says:

    Oh, Lisa, thank you for your support! I don't have CFS, though, since many of the worst symptoms disappeared when I was diagnosed with Celiac disease and stopped eating gluten. It's MUCH better to have CD than CFS. 🙂

    Leah, I'm just grateful to be able to do what I can.

    Mrs White, thank you for your support. It's great to see that you are feeling better too.

    Annie Kate

  5. proverbsmama says:

    I mentioned you again on my blog. 🙂

    Does Canada celebrate Mother's Day today? If so, Happy Mother's Day!

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