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Fit Mommy Friday

When I was younger, I occasionally used to feel completely alive and could almost sense energy and well-being flow through me.  Yesterday morning I felt a hint of that.  What a blessing it is to be getting well!  God is so good to me!

Exercise:  We’ve been blessed with warm weather so I went for some walks and was able to work in the garden quite a bit.  (Nothing planted yet, though.)  Miraculously, we’ve also been given an organ, with two manuals and full foot pedals!  What a huge blessing!  Playing it is a wonderful form of exercise, but I must be careful not to overdo it.

Food:  The parsley is up, and most days I eat a few handfuls.  Yum!  We’ve also been eating garden-fresh green onions, chives, asparagus, and herbs.  This has definitely been a good vegetable week.  I’ve also made the best batches of yoghurt in years. Although we have no idea why it’s working so well now, we’re definitely eating a lot of it.  All in all, nutrition was quite good this week.

Then the children surprised us with a lovely meal complete with a formal white tablecloth and stemware filled with pink lemonade.  The dessert was scrumptious:  a huge strawberry-chocolate trifle, with vanilla pudding, smothered in whipping cream.  Not only was it beautiful and yummy, but it did not make me feel bad either.

However… I did ingest some gluten in the last seven days, probably from the handful of almonds I ate when I was ‘starving’.  I was too hungry to bother calling the packagers to see if they used gluten-free production lines, and besides, it was Saturday….  So I was tired the next few days, and felt weak at the slightest exertion.

Rest and Relaxation: Some mornings my mind would be so full of projects that I’d be up with the birds, literally.  But I was able to sleep most afternoons and once even snuck away for a morning nap.  Gardening, organ playing, and watching the children swim are all very restful.

All in all, it’s been a good week, and I think my fitness goals for next week are more of the same.  I’ll also need to plan food choices carefully for a trip we’re making and research gluten-free stores in the area we’re going to.

For the adventures of some really Fit Mommies, you can visit Got Chai?


  1. Jenn 4 Him says:

    What a great report! Praise the Lord.

  2. Heather says:

    So glad to hear all this! Such beautiful thoughts. The graden produce sounds lovely…although that dessert made my mouth water:) I also really like the new look for your blog. Very clean and pretty.

  3. Leah says:

    Good for you, Annie Kate! I’m glad to hear you’re doing better. Your new blog layout looks great, BTW.

    An organ, and for free, no less! You must be so happy with it! I hope you get lots of time and energy to enjoy playing it. I’m still so happy with my new piano; I play more than ever now.

    Take care and have a great weekend,


  4. Denise Opper says:

    Awesome job, Annie Kate!!! May you continue to feel energetic and “alive” with each passing day! 🙂

    Wow, you were *given* an organ? That’s wonderful! I would love to own at least one decent instrument. Not that any of my kids would bother to play it (play WITH it? Yes!)…but one can always dream, right? 😉

    Hey, maybe sometime you could share some of your best gluten-free finds? When you have the time, of course.

    Hope you have a fabulous, restful weekend!

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Yes, I’ll post some more gluten-free recipes. That’s a good idea. 🙂

      When I get my tags up, the ones I’ve already posted should be easy to find as well. But that won’t happen immediately…. Tags and categories are so confusing.

  5. sevensmiths says:

    It sounds like you are doing well overall! I would not have even thought that almonds were likely to contain gluten. I’m so sorry, but I am glad that you are starting to feel better. I thought that I had to read food labels.

    I do love your new blog look. The sunflowers are so bright and cheerful!

    1. Annie Kate says:

      No, almonds do not normally contain gluten, but occasionally things are packaged or prepared on production lines that were contaminated by gluten previously. And, yes, I am unfortunately that sensitive to gluten.

      So this is probably what happened with the almonds. And I’ll make sure to call the manufacturers about any product I’m not sure of. It’s one of the things I’m learning to live with…most of the time.

  6. Annie Kate says:

    What a wondeful lot of supportive friends you are! Each week I’m encouraged on my Fit Mommy quest by your comments. Thank you. 🙂

    And I’m glad you like the new look of the blog. I love those sunflowers. 🙂

    Annie Kate

  7. Stacy's Page says:

    Do you have any idea on why my friends list wouldn’t be showing any friends? It’s like all that info has left. I don’t know the url’s to most of the friends I had under the old format. I have your link in my favorites, otherwise, I would never know how to find you. I know Tina and Mary’s addresses, but I don’t remember any of the others, nor do I know how to get them back.

  8. Stacy's Page says:

    I found a way to report this issue, so I filled out a ticket to see why my stuff isn’t working properly.

    I miss my pretty buttons on my side bar, but haven’t a clue IF I can add them. And if I can them, I don’t know HOW to add them.

    I’m getting closer and closer to just shutting it all down.

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Stacy, I was so glad to see that you’ve got your friends list and your buttons back. This has been a busy week for all of us HSBloggers, I think. I’ll be glad when I can put pictures into my posts again.

      Annie Kate

  9. Tina says:

    Well my links are finally working and I am able to visit friends! Sounds like you had a wonderful week.
    Almonds and gluten? I need to check this out as I have had many tired beyond belief days and was eating a nut mix…
    Blessings Tina

    1. Annie Kate says:

      I’ve found I need to check out things like that; sometimes wheat shows up where you’d never expect it to be.

      Now, I’m not saying that all nuts have gluten contamination issues. Most don’t. Nor am I saying all almonds do. Most don’t. It just depends on the packaging facilities.

    2. Tina says:

      I am finding I am having issues with some nuts and wheat for the first time in my life. Need to go off of certain foods to see what I am sensitive to. Last year I went off of all things white ( bread, noodles, white rice, any refined stuff, nuts, sugar) and felt like a different person. I just need to discipline myself and do this again. I was doing it for yeast issues but found it cleared up many other problems as well.

      1. Annie Kate says:


        I sure hope it works for you! These things can be so tricky to pin down, but it’s worth it all when you begin to feel better.


        Annie Kate

  10. I’m so glad you’re feeling better, Annie-Kate. I have a close girlfriend who has to avoid gluten (her mother has to do more than just “avoid” it…I think her situation is like yours), I’m sure that’s a constant “on-the-mind” thing. I know how that is. PTL that you can have such good, homegrown veggies!

    Your blog is looking so nice, keep up the great job!

    Lori at Plans4You
    Home of “Thursday Talkin’ About Teenagers” (TTAT)

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Yes, I am so thankful for our homegrown food! No gluten worries there. 🙂

      For other things, I’ve learned what basic foods and brands I can have, so as long as I stick with them, I don’t have to worry much about gluten. It makes a huge difference that my husband insists no gluten enters the house. Otherwise I’d be forever cleaning, washing, rewashing, double-checking, and stressing out.

      Annie Kate

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