Big mistake, I thought I was in good physical shape
December 19, 2010 1:24pm CST
Well since Wed. I have been in charge of the ranch, this means the care and feeding of 15 Llamas plus other little things, like barn cats, chickens etc. I go to Yoga 3 times a week and I am pretty strong, I can lift the 50 pound bags of feed and load a poop cart at clean up time. But throwing hay to 15 animals twice a day and hauling that hay through the mud with a hand pulled hay wagon, you know one of those red ones, well it has this poor old body so sore I can't believe it. So I fall in the door when I am through and hit the yoga mat for 30 mins. of strech and breathing before I do what I can about house hold chores. It is getting easier, as the days go by and anther good thing I am having no trouble sleeping. So I guess I can say I am becoming a fan of heavy exercise for healthy living. But Thank God I only have twelve more days to go. Merry Christmas.
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• Marion, Kansas
19 Dec 10
That is an enormous amount of work, Pat. I think you need to have your own version of " The Biggest Loser" and perhaps have people pay you to let them come work out with you. You are going to be the most fit MyLotter around. Hang in there and be sure to rest when you need to.
23 Dec 10
I admire you Pat because there is no way I could cope with the kind of work! I am healthy but not overly fit or strong so I would probably not last half a day! It sounds as though you are doing a great job and I hope your husband appreciates it and takes you out to dinner or something when he’s fully recovered! Be careful not to overdo it Pat or you’ll be needing time out!
• United States
22 Dec 10
I think that the work that you are having to do right now is a lot for any person to have to undertake. That said, I think that the reason it is wearing you out is because of the fact that despite the fact you are in good physical shape, you are doing a lot more than you are used to doing. With time it would probably be easier for you to accomplish it by yourself, however, like you've said, you really don't have that much longer to go before you will have help again.
• United States
20 Dec 10
I remember slinging that hay around and dragging it through the barn. We worked summers on my grandparents' farms when I was a child and it was hard, hard work! I especially hated the backbreaking weeding of the garden. But I did enjoy taking care of the animals--all except slopping out the stalls and even that wasn't so bad. It's hard work but yes, you certainly do sleep well and soundly at the end of the day! I use ginger capsules for sore muscles, it works better than anything I've ever tried.
20 Dec 10
This happens even if people are normally fit. The sudden increase in physical activity brings out aches and pains like never before. No pain, No gain. This can also happen when you go back to the kind of living you are used to. The best way is to ramp up and ramp down any physical activity slowly. The discomfort is less that way.