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Fit Mommy Friday: Enough Energy

encouraging each other to care well for the bodies God has given us

My personal goal is to regain strength after a debilitating illness so that I can live a healthy, active life with my family.

Your goal may be to lose weight, look better, feel better, or run a marathon. Whatever it is, please join Fit Mommy any time, no matter what your current level of fitness is. You can check in using the comments at the bottom of this post.

You’ve seen that busy mama, racing through the grocery store with her little ones flying to keep up?    Well, for one morning I was that lady!  After years of shuffling through the stores because I was just too tired to lift my feet properly, I walked quickly, moved quickly, and even, at one point pulled Miss 9 and the shopping cart along!  What bliss…for me, not her. 

Having energy is wonderful, but I’d forgotten that it’s possible to be too energetic for others.  Hopefully my energy lasts. If it does, I’ll have to remember not too move too quickly for those around me, not to become impatient, but to give grace as I’ve been given it by those around me, abundantly, unstintingly, lovingly, and never-endingly. 

We’ve been enjoying blissful warm, dry weather and it has been so rejuvenating.  Being active is much easier when it’s nice outside!  Now we’re expecting a week of rain and snow (!); hopefully I will stay active and energetic.

Here’s how I did with my goals this week.

Record my fitness accomplishments each day…Yes.

Do 10 repetitions of my eye exercises 5 days a week …I did them only three times, but I rested my eyes a lot by being outside, and that is good for them too. 

Go for a daily walk and average 6200 steps a day … Although I didn’t go for walks everyday, I sure walked a lot: at the conference, to the garden and back dozens of times, and in the stores on shopping day.  Here are the numbers: 6000, 5800,6500, 7000, 8000, 6100, for an average of almost 6600.

Do 6 repetitions of my physio exercises 5 days a week … No.  I focussed on useful activity instead.

Do 5 repetitions of my organ keyboard and pedal exercises, 5 days a week… No.  My fingers feel stiff, but I don’t know if it’s because of all gardening or something else. 

Be usefully active for 30-90 minutes a day, 6 days a week … I worked on the flower gardens, the vegetable garden, basic housework, shopping, and hanging out loads and loads of laundry.  A few days I went over the 90 minute maximum, but that seems to be OK as long as the work varies.

Avoid sugar five days a week … Mostly, but there was this delicious carrot-pineapple cake (gluten-free) with cream cheese frosting…. 

Eat lots of vegetables, including fresh ones, and yoghurt … Not enough yoghurt and a moderate number of vegetables.  Yesterday Miss 9 made her first salad.  We’ve also eaten, fresh from the garden, Jerusalem artichokes, chives, and even a tiny overwintered turnip.  They were delicious in coleslaw.

Relax daily…Most days I was able to rest for a while.  Being outside a lot also seems to improve my nighttime sleep.

Have fun with the kids, including active fun…Yes, we walked, gardened, hung out, laughed, and showed each other beautiful things in nature:  butterflies, a pileated woodpecker, blooming bloodroot. 

How about you? Did you exercise, eat well, and relax happily this week?

Let’s encourage each other to care well for the bodies God has given us. Please link up your health and fitness post in the comments below, and don`t forget to link back here from your post. Then enjoy visiting and encouraging other Fit Mommies just like you.

Note: Fit Mommy Friday is the Health and Fitness Check-In column of The Christian Home Carnival.

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13 Comments

  1. Jenn says:

    That’s a huge deal! Wonderful! Just be careful not to over do. 🙂

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Yes, that’s what I’m concerned about too!

  2. JoAnn says:

    I’m so happy to hear of your energy levels, that is great. Now, for this week, could you give some to me? 😉 This was a bit of a low energy time for me, http://wgcreates.com/josjourney/fit-mommy-friday-16/ . But I do think that I will make either some cauliflower or broccoli soup today, maybe that would help. 🙂

    1. Annie Kate says:

      I hope the cauliflower or broccoli soup gave you some energy. 🙂

  3. briana says:

    It sounds like you had a lovely week. Yeah, for having lots of energy!

    http://briana-icantdecide.blogspot.com/2012/04/stuck-in-fit-rut.html

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Yes, it’s simply wonderful!

  4. Great goals! I try to post weightloss/fitness related stuff each week as well. My post this week is about how I (try to) beat the cravings: http://www.servingjoyfully.com/2012/04/18/beat-the-craving/

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Welcome to Fit Mommies, Crystal! I can’t wait to ‘meet’ you by visiting your blog.

  5. Stacy says:

    I’m glad you are doing better with the energy! That is fantastic!

    I got a steroid shot a few weeks ago to help with the allergies. Plus, doc put me on a steroid pack, so my energy level jumped a lot for a while. I loved every bit of it! I got so much done!

    The effects of that shot must be wearing off a bit because I was wiped out after my shift in the ER yesterday. I didn’t even work out last night, and I have been trying to push for 45-60 minutes each night.

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Wow, what a great amount of exercise! I hope you’ll stay energetic and keep on working out.

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  7. Sarah Coller says:

    This post reminds me of my mom who has always walked WAY too fast for me! Hope you have a blessed day!

    Sarah

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Oh Sarah, I used to be that mom. Then I got sick and slowed down, and now I had an energetic day.

      I suppose it wasn’t much fun always jogging to keep up with your mom!

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