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Fit Mommy Friday: Busy but Walking a Lot

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.

This was such a busy week, with a party, track and field, gardening, and a day of being sick, that I forgot about most of my Fit Mommy goals! 

But I did walk.  A lot.  And it was really, really good.  Now I’m so tempted to walk huge amounts everyday that I’m having a hard time keeping below a maximum number of steps.  After years of struggling with my health, I can recognize the danger signs of overdoing it, so I’m going to limit the daily number of steps to 8500.  If things keep on going well, I can always increase that number in a few weeks.

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 and relax my eyes …Yes to relaxing, no to exercising.

Go for a daily walk and average 7000 steps a day …  I took a few walks, but most of my steps came from gardening, shopping, and the homeschool track and field meet: 6000, 8700, 6500, 7600, 8200, 9700, for an average of 7800.

Have good posture and do core strengthening exercises while walking… Easy to remember on ‘formal’ walks, but not while focusing on bugs in the orchard, who’s winning the relay race, and how much orange juice to buy.

Be usefully active for 1 to 2 hours a day, 6 days a week, without overdoing it … Yes. Gardening now easily takes two hours a day, and I hang out two loads of laundry every sunny day.  My arms and shoulders are much stronger than a few weeks ago.

Avoid sugar five days a week … Yes.

Eat lots of vegetables, including fresh ones, and yoghurt … Lots of vegetables, especially asparagus, fresh greens, cabbage, and radishes, but no yoghurt. I’ve just been too busy to make any.

Prepare and eat one fermented food a week… I bought the ingredients for ginger carrots from the recipe in Nourishing Traditions, but haven’t made anything yet. 

Relax daily…No.  Just too busy.  But each day has involved such a good mix of gardening, running around, homeschooling, and driving that different parts of me have relaxed at different times.  So it has worked.

Cut something out of my schedule… I haven’t yet figured out what I should cut out, but so far I’ve forgotten to make yoghurt, ignored the idea of making fermented food, forgotten to order more vitamins, forgotten to take a break most afternoons, and forgotten to wash my hair.  Its not an ideal way to cut things out of the schedule, but it worked this week.

Have fun with the kids, including active fun…We gardened, shopped, played in the river, hung out, did archery, threw a javelin, and attended track and field.  

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. I have to say that this was my favorite FMF of your I have read yet. I loved your focus of your health goals and your real’ness with them. I think you have such a wonderful outlook and loved your intro. I have found ” good health” is so much more than striving for a skinny body but the focus you have gone is sooooo healthy! You go girl! I am on a similar journey that you are on and I am cheering you on my friend.

    Now that summer break is starting I am hoping to finally get into the habit of recording my health journey again and link to FMF. ((HUGS))

    I am glad you kept posting so faithfully FMF’s, you are such a blessing.

    Blessings and ((HUGS))

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Thank you Mary! I’m so looking forward to reading your FMF posts again! You always have so much to share.

  2. JoAnn says:

    It sounds like overall it’s been a good week, but it’s a bummer you didn’t get some of the things done you wanted to get done. It sounds like you are walking a lot, that is great. I need to get at it more. My days still feel so mixed up, but I will get things scheduled better soon, I hope. 😉


  3. Annie Kate says:

    Isn’t it wonderful that there’s always next week? 🙂

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