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Fit Mommy Check-In: Fall Goals

encouraging each other

to care well

for the bodies God has given us

Welcome to the Health and Fitness Check-In column of The Christian Home Carnival, posted weekly. For encouragement and accountability, you can check in using the comments at the bottom of this post. Please feel free to join any time, and at whatever level of fitness and health you currently have.

Now that the harvest rush is over, exercise is no longer automatically built into my life.  I now actually need to think about it.  I need to organize activities and menus, and be self-disciplined.   Oh dear!

So here is my plan.  While tweaking my fitness goals a bit, I’ve decided to add one more:

Record my fitness achievements each day

That one extra step should make a huge difference in how well I accomplish the rest.  I’ve noticed that other Fit Mommies record everything, and it seems to help some of them.

I’ve also decided

  • to reduce the frequency of eye exercises to make them less intimidating,
  • to set a measurable goal for the physiotherapist’s exercises, and not to attempt any other calisthenics for now
  • to add one sugar day to the week, since this is apple pie and pumpkin pie season (I may as well be realistic.)
  • to emphasize eating fresh vegetables
  • to relax daily rather than rest, since I no longer seem to need the naps
  • to make ‘fun with the kids’ its own category, and to add the word ‘active’ since they need more exercise too

This is how I measured up to my revised goals:

Do my eye exercises 3x a week …  I did them once, and think it will be easy to build them in to my computer time.  I don’t know why I didn’t think of that before!

Go for a daily walk and take at least 6000 steps a day … We walked in the woods twice (once for an hour and a half!) as well as to the library and around various stores.  I wore my pedometer 4 days and achieved 6500, 9500, 5700, and 5600 steps.  We have a long hike planned at the end of the month, so I need to prepare for that by increasing my daily walking.

Do my physio exercises daily and slowly build up to the full program by November 30 … Not daily, but a few times.  I need to find a way to build this into my life… perhaps when Miss 9 is doing her math drill?

Avoid sugar five days a week … No.   We celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving, and that means cranberry sauce, pies, and whipping cream.  We’re going to enjoy a lot more pies this fall, but we have a few recipes that contain very little sweetener.

Eat lots of vegetables, including fresh ones, and lots of yoghurt … Yes to the veggies, no to the yoghurt.

Relax daily… Too much was going on—four reviews simultaneously, a project with my husband, last minute preserving, new frugal goals, chicken butchering, and homeschooling—and  it’s hard to relax with an overfull mind.

Have fun with the kids, including active fun … We went for two long walks in the woods and also cleaned up part of the vegetable garden.  We also read aloud a lot, enjoyed a homemade tipi, and hung out together.

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


  1. Briana says:

    You had a good week. I think working up to your goals is a good idea. You are doing great with the walking!

    Happy late Thanksgiving!


  2. Annie Kate says:

    Yes, I need to focus on working up to them. Not meeting them was getting demoralizing.


    Annie Kate

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  4. JoAnn says:

    Sounds like you are still accomplishing a lot. Making goals helps me too, sometimes. 😉

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