Saturday, April 9, 2011

Getting In Shape for Spring

This past week, we had one beautiful spring day here in the Chicago area.  I think temps were in the 60's, and there was a light breeze.  This presented a great opportunity to survey my landscaping, see what's starting to pop up and perhaps what might need some additional TLC this season (or even replacement).  While I walked around my property I decided that I might as well grab my garden gloves, my picker thingy, and my garden bucket and start the spring clean-up.  You know the kind --  the picking-up of remaining leaves, twigs, and branches from fall, and yes, even pulling those nasty new weeds that are sprouting up faster than my flowers.

After an hour or so, I called it quits.  Quite happy with my progress I made, I had two full buckets of clean-up to be tossed.  The next morning, I awoke with a happy surprise -- my legs were not sore!

I don't know about you, but in the past, anytime I've done extensive yard work, the next morning I could feel it in my legs.  You know the kind - sore muscles from the constant up and down of bending/crouching, etc.  But this time, no soreness.  I attribute this pain-free experience to my recently changed workout activity.  For those few of you who know me personally, you know that I've been I have really been trying to focus more on healthy eating and all the great stuff that goes along with that.  In addition, I've been "upping the ante" on my workout schedule and routine (longer workouts with increased resistance.) 
I am happy to say that the change in my workouts have paid off.  There's still much yard work to be done for spring, and then, of course, the ongoing yard work until the end of fall.  In the meantime, I'll continue my new workout plan.  Eventually, both me and my yard will be in great shape!



  1. WOOOHOOOOO!!!! Great news!! I should get out there this weekend since we are supposed to have an 80 degree day tomorrow!!!! Unfortunately, my lack of working out spells sore legs to follow!!

  2. Excellent! You know, they say gardening is a form of exercise!

  3. That is so awesome!! I need to get better about my workouts. I did get a 4 mile walk in this morning. It was wonderful!!!

    Your blog is looking so great!!


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