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Fit Mommy: Results!

       

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

by being active, eating wisely, and relaxing adequately

Last week’s post was a complete cop out and I felt so discouraged about fitness.  The physio exercises, especially, seemed so pointless and ineffective.

Then I noticed myself sitting a bit straighter and holding my head a bit differently—exactly what those exercises were meant to accomplish!  What’s more, my husband pointed out that I now actually have muscles in my shoulders!

So now I’m motivated again.  If a few months of boring, wimpy exercises can make such a difference I’ll definitely keep on doing them.  I also added some leg exercises from my old Callanetics book, figuring that a few more ‘boring’ exercises will only benefit me.

So once again I learned:  Slow and steady works…if you just keep on going and don’t quit.

Here’s how my goals went this week:

Record my fitness accomplishments each day… Yes.

Go for a daily walk and average 7500 steps a day … I did not use the treadmill much, but Miss 10 and I did spend a busy morning shopping.  Here are my steps for the week: 6400, 6000, 6700, 6400, 9400, 7100 for an average of 7000 steps a day.

Do my physio exercises 5 or 6 days a week … I did them 3 days this week—after discovering that they did make a difference.  Before that I was ready to quit.

Do 10 repetitions of my eye exercises 5 days a week, relax my eyes whenever I think of it, and smile at my work. …No, only 3x.  Last Friday and Saturday my eyes were so terribly sore I gave them a rest.  Probably it was due to eyestrain, but I was also fighting a cold then.

Avoid sugar five days a week … Besides two pieces of delicious iced carrot cake on Sunday, I did very well.

Eat lots of vegetables, including fresh ones, and yoghurt, as well as one fermented or soaked food a week … I have started using a thermometer to make my yoghurt, and it seems to make a difference in the quality.  We also had soaked buckwheat, and we’re eating quite a few veggies, but perhaps not as many as we should.

Eat substantial breakfasts … Most days, yes, and when we did not, we were all tired and hungry.  It takes less time to prepare a big breakfast than it does to make snacks all morning, and a big breakfast seems to make the whole day go better.

Relax daily…I was very busy, but most days I did manage to take an afternoon rest.  Naps are so rejuvenating and makes the rest of the day much more productive.

Spend time outside… No.  At first I felt tired and half sick, and the rest of the time I was busy doing other things.  This is the second week that I hibernated like a bear.

Have fun with the kids, including active fun… Lots of reading aloud, laughing, eating good food, and talking, but no active fun at all.  Oops!

Please link to your fitness post in the comments below. Then go visiting and be encouraged by the experiences of other Fit Mommies. If you write a blog post, please remember to link back here from your post so others can join in.

Note: Fit Mommy Friday is the Health and Fitness Check-In column of The Christian Home Carnival and is also linked to Encourage One Another Wednesday.

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8 Comments

  1. Jenn says:

    Yes, slow and steady is the way. Why do you think you’re not using your treadmill? I keep thinking I need a piece of exercise equipment, but remember my stationary bike that I sold when I stopped using it. And, I had really wanted it!

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Oh, I still love the treadmill, but I was getting too tired everytime I used it. I was obviously fighting something and had no energy for the treadmill. As soon as I feel well, I’m back into walking.

      I like study textbooks I need to read while I walk. It allows me to read more slowly and think about things. 🙂

  2. JoAnn says:

    I need to remember slow and steady. I always want to see the results, and think it has to be this ‘major’ thing. Then it becomes overwhelming, I quit, which is worse, because I do nothing then. I actually did a 1 mile Walk Away the Pounds DVD, and it felt so go to get moving. But I felt like such a wimp because I only did 1 mile instead of 3, so silly, I know. I do hope to keep up with at least 1 mile, like your exercises, it’s better than nothing at all. 🙂

    Here’s my post, http://wgcreates.com/josjourney/fit-mommy-friday-215/ . 🙂

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Yes, sometimes trying to do a great thing, we get discouraged about the little things we can do so much more easily. I hope you keep up with 1 mile. It will make a difference!

  3. Stacy says:

    I needed to read your post this week! It was very timely for me, reminding me that I need to keep going, even though I’ve felt very frustrated recently.

    Though I failed to mention it on my post, my feet have also been acting up (Plantar’s fasciitis), and that doesn’t help things. I have to work out without shoes on because I do it on carpet. Tennis shoes, carpet, and working out don’t mix well. I’ve had to use the foot massager several times this week. I’m so glad dh bought that for me a few years ago. It is wonderful for those times when my arches are really hurting.

    I hope you are able to do even better next week with your goals. 🙂

  4. Briana says:

    I’m so happy you found the encouragement you needed just when you needed it! Yay, for new strength! You are doing so well.

    http://briana-icantdecide.blogspot.com/2013/02/preparing-for-baby-monthly-progress.html

  5. I completely agree that slow and steady is the way to go, even if you get impatient looking for results.

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