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Fit Mommy on Vacation

Since Monday, we’ve been away.  That was a scary thing to do.  We didn’t know how things would go for me, so we rented a small apartment for a week.  That way we would all be able to sleep well, even if it rained, and we’d be in charge of our own cooking, which is pretty important if you have celiac disease.  Well, so far things have gone better than we could have hoped for.

Exercise:  Yes!  Sightseeing involves a lot of walking.   I walked a lot everyday, in little spurts, with rests in between.  And many places have benches to rest on, a few even have comfy deck chairs,and everywhere there is the ground.  (Smile.)  If someone had told me month ago that I’d be able to do so much exercise, as long as I spent time resting in between, I’d have laughed at them.  This is very encouraging; perhaps I’ll be able to get quite strong this summer by exercising in lots of little spurts!

Nutrition:   Even though the rest of the family is eating a lot of gluten this week, I’ve had no gluten mistakes yet, for which I’m very thankful.  It does mean I have a box of my own dishes and eat different food at every meal, but that has been manageable.  We’ve been eating a lot of vegetables, uncooked for convenience, and I’ve been careful to take my share off the veggie platter  before the children’s gluteny fingers touched anything.  They have delighted in frozen pizza, tinned mushroom soup, macaroni and cheese (from a box, horrors!), frozen Chinese food, submarine sandwiches, toast, cold cereal, chicken nuggets, chicken breasts, and pasta.  I’ve been enjoying a wonderful beef and quinoa vegetable stew that my husband made for lunch the Sunday before we left.  Since our fridge here was set very cold, it froze and lasted until today.  On picnics, my convenience foods have been kippered herring, cottage cheese, and V8, and rice cakes.  Yummy, and full of enough nutrition to keep me going.

Relaxation:  As mentioned, I enjoyed a lot of blissful little rests between walks and climbs.  The afternoon naps, however, required a bit more ingenuity.  Sleeping under trees, wrapped up in a picnic blanket is great.  I was startled by how quickly shade rotates around a tree.  Picnic table benches are also remarkably comfortable, if you’ve learned how to relax as I did last winter.  Nothing tops coming ‘home’ to a comfy bed, though.  Not being in our usual surroundings is relaxing in its own way, and I’m hoping to set up a less busy lifestyle at home as well, with more opportunities for rest of all sorts. 

This has been a great fitness week.  I’m thrilled to realize that, with careful planning, I may be able to get completely strong again.  Honestly, I thought that was not even an option, and was thankful for all the improvements so far.  My husband tells me, “Don’t get cocky now!”  and that’s a warning I’ll need. 

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  1. Jenn 4 Him says:

    Oh, I am so happy to read this report. Praise the Lord!

  2. Tina says:

    What a wonderful report!!!! So happy for you that you got to rest and relax and enjoy a vacation. A great testimony for others with gluten issues.

  3. Carmen says:

    I’m so glad to hear that you could enjoy your vacation without a setback in your health. How encouraging to see progress in your activity level. It sounds like it was a refreshing time for everyone.

  4. Heather says:

    What great news! It sounds a bit difficult to have to separate your food–but that is certainly better than not being able to go on vacation:) I hope you have a marvelous time!!

  5. Denise Opper says:

    This is by far one of your best posts yet! I’m so happy for you! You’ve really had an amazing week… 🙂 Your husband said “Don’t get cocky now!” Ha! Love it. 😉

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