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Fit Mommy: Become a Fitter Mommy This Year

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

by being active, eating wisely, and relaxing adequately

Happy New Year!  I wish you a happy year full of increasing health and fitness.  Decide what you want to accomplish this year, make a plan, and follow through!  I hope Fit Mommy will be an encouragement to you all year long as you work to care for your body.

Here are my goals for 2013:

  • walk 10,000 steps a day, on average
  • develop good posture
  • gain upper body strength
  • have more energy and stamina

This is how I hope to achieve them:

  • record my steps and exercise daily
  • aim for 4000 steps by lunch, 8000 steps by supper, and 10,000 steps by bedtime, but do not overdo it
  • do my physiotherapist’s exercises diligently
  • eat well, including substantial breakfasts
  • spend time outside
  • relax and sleep adequately

It sounds like a lot to do everyday, but the only two that are a difficult for me are to walk the 10,000 steps (some days I’m too tired, and some days I run out of time) and to eat a substantial breakfast (that can be a lot of effort to prepare).

Here’s how my goals went this first week of the year:

Record my fitness accomplishments each day… yes.

Go for a daily walk and average 10,000 steps a day …There’s a lot of snow outside, and walking is definitely aerobic exercise, which I’ve been ordered to avoid.  So I did not go for many outdoor walks this week, but when I did, I doubled the step count for the walk. Here are the steps I recorded this week: 9500, 10700, 6500, 8600 (walked in the woods for 1000 exhausting steps), 8900, (again, walked in the woods for 1000 exhausting steps), 5700 (very little energy to walk after the last two days) for an average of 8300. Next week I’ll try to spend more time on the treadmill.

Be usefully active and do formal exercises 6 days a week … I did them 6 days a week and am very pleased with myself.

Do 10 repetitions of my eye exercises 5 days a week and relax my eyes whenever I think of it …Yes.

Avoid sugar five days a week … No.  We’re still on holiday eating mode…and Miss 10’s New Year’s goal is to bake a cake every week.  We had delicious iced chocolate cake this week.  And a few other treats.

Eat lots of vegetables, including fresh ones, and yoghurt as well as one fermented or soaked food a week … Yes to the veggies, no to the rest.

Eat a substantial breakfasts … Working on it.  I do have a whole lot more energy if breakfast is full of protein and calories.

Relax daily…Yes—a daily nap in bed.

Have fun with the kids, including active fun… We took nature walks, read books, ate good food, and laughed a lot.

How was your week?

Please link up your health and fitness post in the comments below. Enjoy visiting and encouraging other fit mommies in this often-unhealthy holiday season. Please don’t forget to link back here from your post.

Note: Fit Mommy Friday is the Health and Fitness Check-In column of The Christian Home Carnival and is also linked to Encourage One Another Wednesday.


  1. JoAnn says:

    Sounds like a great week for you, and some really good goals. As I’m just feeling normal today, I’m hoping to get around and list some of my goals this coming week. It’s too cold to walk outside much, today’s high was around 20. I need to start using my rebounder again. 🙂

  2. Annie Kate says:

    The goals are good, I agree, but today I’ve been feeling so tired and sickish that the only one I’ve accomplished is the resting one! That’s actually kind of funny, and it makes me even happier that I’ve put resting on my list.

    Looking forward to seeing what goals you’re setting. Enjoy figuring them out. That can be such an exciting and hopeful project.

  3. Briana says:

    I like how you planned out your step goals for the day. That’s a great idea! I hope you reach your 2013 goals!


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