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Fit Mommy—Me?!?!

Denise over at Got Chai has started an exciting meme, Fit Mommy Friday  Now, there’s not much I want more than being fit, but there’s a problem.  My doctor.  He says I may be as active as I wish as long as I do NOT

  • do anything aerobic
  • move quickly
  • push myself
  • do as much as I think I can on a good day
  • do anything at all on a bad day

If I don’t listen to him, he says I’ll be spending hours, days, or even weeks in bed.  Desperately not believing him, I did these things anyhow.   (Shhhh!  Just a tiny, wee bit!)  He’s right.  Sigh.

You see, in the past I had all the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, otherwise known as myalgic encephalomyelitis.  Now that my wonderful doctor has discovered I have celiac disease, most of the CFS/ME symptoms have disappeared, but I’m still stuck with fatigue and muscle issues. 

I am exceedingly grateful for how much I have improved.  I can do my grocery shopping most weeks, do all the week’s ironing at once, fold laundry without needing to rest afterwards, sweep a little bit, and even scrub my walls for a few minutes a day.  Usually I can make supper without help, although someone else has to mash the potatoes.  In fact, I’m almost up to the level of a sedentary North American!  I can stretch,  move, go for short walks, and live a fairly normal life.  

So when I told Denise that I loved her new meme but wouldn’t be participating, she said,

You can still participate even if you can’t necessarily “workout”. You could join at the Level One with your stretching and daily movements. (If you want to, that is. No pressure.   The important thing is to do the best you can–whatever that may mean for you. Don’t push it, don’t feel bad, and feel no shame!   I think you’re pretty inspirational and would be to several others out there, too. ((Hugs))

How’s that for a wonderful welcome?  And if I can encourage another sick mommy to be as fit as her body allows, that would be great.

Here goes, then!  Level One involves committing to one mild form of exercise per day and one nutritional goal.  So here’s my commitment.  I will

  • follow my doctor’s suggestions and not try to exercise like a healthy person
  • go for a wee walk most days
  • stretch 3 or 4 times a week, one repetition only, using the Curves stretching guide my mom forgot at our place, and my old Callanetics book
  • move my arms around more, including up and over my head a few times if it’s a good day
  • concentrate on eating lots of vegetables, because they make me feel more energetic

 This week I met all of my goals, except the stretching. 

If you’re interested in becoming a fit mommy, be sure to join the rest of us at Fit Mommy Friday!


  1. Anonymous says:

    I'm so glad you decided to join us, Annie Kate. I know you have greater struggles than traditionally "healthy" folks, but just the fact that you're willing to do what you can, says a lot about you & your incredible character. 🙂

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: you're a very inspirational lady and I'm so glad to know you. 🙂



  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh, I am SO glad you decided to go for this! And you did great this week, how awesome is that? I love your goals… especially the one about not doing too much. How perfect for you. 🙂

    Debra at http://debrakb.blogspot.com/

  3. proverbsmama says:

    I hope you do well, but use a lot wisdom, in your endeavor. I would hate to hear that you overdid it. Your family needs you to take care of YOU. 🙂

    We are expecting a couple of more inches of snow. I'm ready for spring. We've had enough bitter cold, as well as a snow storm. One snow storm is enough for me. LOL! I guess it is a good thing I don't live farther north!

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  5. AnnieKate says:

    You ladies are all so encouraging and inspiring! Thank you.

    Annie Kate

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