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Fit Mommy Friday: Downtime

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

My personal goal is to regain strength after a debilitating illness so that I can live a healthy, active life with my family.

Your goal may be to lose weight, look better, feel better, or run a marathon. Whatever it is, please join Fit Mommy any time, no matter what your current level of fitness is. You can check in using the comments at the bottom of this post.

I’ve taken this week off from many ‘extra’ things; it’s been a great break, very rejuvenating and necessary. No, we cannot afford that trip to warm dry countries that old British doctors always used to recommend after an illness, but we can live like we’re on holidays, and it’s a good thing. I’m feeling a whole lot better, although not ready to move back into the full swing of things yet.  I think my blogging break will also continue.

Here’s how I did with my goals this week.

Record my fitness accomplishments each day… Yes

Do 10 repetitions of my eye exercises 5 days a week …No, but I did focus on resting my eyes and being outside, both recommended for eye health.

Go for a daily walk and average 6200 steps a day … Several walks and quite a few steps:  5200, 4000, 5300, 5500, 7000, 8000. 

Do 6 repetitions of my physio exercises 5 days a week … No.

Do 5 repetitions of my organ keyboard and pedal exercises, 5 days a week… I’m taking a break from the exercises and just playing the organ for fun this week.

Be usefully active for 30-90 minutes a day, 6 days a week … Although I spent a few days just resting, the other days were active. I walked, gardened, shopped, hung out laundry, and kept the home neat.

Avoid sugar five days a week … Yes, except for another lemon meringue pie.

Eat lots of vegetables, including fresh ones, and yoghurt … Lots of vegetables, including fresh fiddleheads picked on a walk, and some yoghurt.

Relax daily…Oh, yes! I enjoyed two days of almost complete relaxation, and they made such a difference! Cutting back on my to-do list made the things we did do much more enjoyable and restful, too. Even grocery shopping was peaceful and fun when we allowed more time for it.

Have fun with the kids, including active fun…We walked, gardened, and shopped, and we also read aloud, laughed, and practiced debate.

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.

Note: Fit Mommy Friday is the Health and Fitness Check-In column of The Christian Home Carnival.


  1. briana says:

    I’m so glad you are able to take a good break. I think we all need one a few times a year even if we have not been ill. I’m looking forward to hear how next week goes for you. Happy rejuvenation!


    1. Annie Kate says:

      Thanks for your encouragement.

      And, wow, I’m so impressed with the weight-loss adventure you described in your post. Way to go!

  2. Jenn says:

    Thank you for your encouraging words. I think I am still fighting those allergies, too and they make me want to be lazy. I’ve felt off this week. I am glad your rest is going well, although, you do seem to be doing plenty! 🙂 Yes, I can’t wait to hike a dune, but am sure I will feel it!

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Allergies can really slow you down. I’m glad yours are getting better.

      I’d love to come with you to hike a dune. 🙂 Perhaps I’ll take the kids driving to see some dunes this summer. Maybe my husband could even come along!

  3. JoAnn says:

    Sounds like things are going great for you. I hope you continue to have a good, relaxing week and time off of blogging. We’ll miss you. 🙂


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  5. Sarah Coller says:

    Sounds like you had a relaxing week, Annie Kate! Sometimes you just gotta take a break…how refreshing! 🙂

    Have a great night,


    1. Annie Kate says:

      Yes, it’s been good to take a break. Little did I know how God would fill up my time! 🙂

  6. I completely agree with the need for some downtime. Life can get so busy that it is easy to run ourselves ragged for ‘good’ things.

    Now I do have to admit you have me stumped about one thing. What is a fiddlehead? I’m guessing either a berry or fruit.

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Yes, running oneself ragged, even for ‘good’ things, is not a good thing. I think it’s hard for moms, especially homeschooling moms, to pace themselves. At least, that’s the impression I get.

      A fiddlehead is a fern that’s just starting to uncurl. Some fiddleheads are edible and are considered a great (and expensive) delicacy. They’re not worth the store price, but we pick a few every spring before the asparagus are ready.

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