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A crazy workout that was a good deed, too.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Today I skipped my walk because we were going to help a friend. I knew it would be a long day, but an emoticon workout and it was!

My younger daughter and I helped put up about 300 bales of hay. For those of you that don't know what that means, we take a flatbed trailer out to a hay field and pick up 60 to 70 lbs. bales of hay. We averaged about 90 to 100 bales a load and some of it was six bales high. It's a emoticon workout and you literally use every muscle.

Another lady and I were swinging these bales up three bales high. (We each had an end.) It was a squat down, lift off the ground and swing it up over your head. Then if the guy on top couldn't grab it or we didn't throw it hard enough, it was hold it up and push until the bale was pulled up.

Then, you drive the trailer to the barn and stack the hay up as high as you can get it in the hay loft. Lots of lifting again. It took about four hours, but we had several breaks to drink water and stand in the breeze so I logged it as three hours.

Dumb me wore a tank top and my forearms are all cut up from the hay. I put on my sunscreen and got plenty of vitamin D by then end of it. I didn't burn so it was just enough. I also got to spread the Spark. The other lady was a younger mom trying to lose the baby weight from her last pregnancy. She had only drank one of those weight loss drinks for breakfast. I told her about SparkPeople and I hope she checks it out!

I already feel it in my arms, shoulders, glutes and upper legs. It's a great feeling! I thought I would have a sore IT band, but I don't. Maybe I'm on the mend! Usually, such activities, including the first month of Insanity, doesn't seem to bother it. Crazy that running does when other intense activities don't!

I think I'll take tomorrow off from any "big" workouts and just go for a nice long walk. Thanks for all the concern. You all are the best! emoticon


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KALIGIRL 7/8/2013 11:44AM

    A good 'old-fashioned' workout! emoticon

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ANDREAG89 7/8/2013 11:06AM

    Farmers are the hardest working people there are. I had friends in high school who did this and now I really understand why they were so strong.

Congrats on the great workout and being on the mend!

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WATERMELLEN 7/7/2013 4:48PM

    Wow! So terrific when the workout is also useful: functional fitness indeed!!

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KANOE10 7/7/2013 9:51AM

    I am from a farming community. I know what it means to bail hay. Wow have you developed muscles from all of your exercising!


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BARBIEE52 7/6/2013 11:46PM

    I know exactly what you mean, for when I was married, I lived on a dairy farm. We had to go out to field, get hay on hay rack, then do what you did, take it to the barn, and handle it again.
You surely got a workout. It is nice to hear that some people have experienced that. I loved that and the farm. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/6/2013 11:33PM

    Now that's what I consider the REASON we work out: to be ABLE to do this sort of thing when the need arises. Functional fitness. Spark on! emoticon

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KPETSCHE 7/6/2013 11:15PM

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Wow! Never did that myself but I've watched it and my hubby used to do it. It's quite the full-body workout!

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_LINDA 7/6/2013 10:10PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Wonderful of you to help out, and what a fantastic workout! Hard lesson learned how much that hay cuts :( Hope you can get a soak in a hot tub, will help with those sore muscles!

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    Very cool! Not the cut up arms, but all the rest!
I can imagine how good it feels to have accomplished all that, including how the muscles feel now!
Might need an Epsom salt bath!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/6/2013 8:42PM

    Sounds fantastic! I'm so happy for you. I would love to try something like that!

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LANAHAUTH21 7/6/2013 8:14PM

  Nothing like a farm work out, good for you.

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