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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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