Just cut my yard with a push lawnmower and had to rest 8 times!

United States
March 19, 2012 8:49pm CST
I just can't do what I used to. I decided I just had to cut my yard. First time ever we've had to cut lawns in March, I think. It's been in the 80's. What's up? No one had cut their grass yet and I just couldn't handle mine anymore. My son 'n law usually will cut it for me, but I just was ready now, so I thought, 'I can do it'. Man. I had to sit down about 8 times and catch my breath. Felt my heart was beatin' way to fast.
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@lynboobsy11 (11347)
• Philippines
20 Mar 12
That's the life of getting older, sometimes we can't imagine that we are still capable of doing it but when were already doing it , we will just realize it is not like before when were younger. I have some dance routine that I can't attend now for hours of non stop dancing not like before in my mid 30's. I have to stop and rest for a while. I felt sorry for myself but thats life we can't stop aging.
• United States
20 Mar 12
Hi lynboobsy. You don't look like you could be much older than 30 anyway! I used to love to dance and now I will dance to a son on tv or radio, and if it's a real upbeat one, I'm out of breath when it's over. I used to dance for 3 hours or so almost nonstop and never got tired. You're right, it does make you stop and think about how life has changed and it can make you sad. Believe me alot of that has been going through my head lately and my poor mom is 86 and can barely get out of the house to go anywhere, bless her heart!
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@lynboobsy11 (11347)
• Philippines
20 Mar 12
It's only in my look, but sad to say I'm already in my 40's. My mom too who is 86now same age as your mom can go anywhere and can do her gardening with lots of vegetables and root crops. They are lucky to reach that age and still lots if powers.
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• United States
20 Mar 12
Well, you hold your age well. That's great your mom can still do those things. My mom was still driving a few months ago, but in the last few months something has just made her to weak to trust herself to walk to the car or walk in a store.
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@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
20 Mar 12
its insane the way the weathr is so warm. tomorrow and thursday, they are calling for humidexes for both days. really? hello, its only march and while some people look foward to the summer, i do not. i hate the high humidiy in the air and also, we dont have central air.
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• United States
21 Mar 12
I love the spring cher, and I love the fall. And I always tell people when they start wishing it was summer. I tell them that I'm just fine. We have very mild winters and especially this year, and besides the humidity being so bad, the bugs are going to be intolerable this year. It will be rough. God bless us all.
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• United States
20 Mar 12
You should never try to mow your grass with a push mower on a hot day and especially if you are not used to it. This can be dangerous. I myself used to mow not only my yard but the neighbors as well and I used a manual push mower. You most certainly would not catch me doing this now. Its a type of exercise I can live without. Please do not attempt to do this as it could result in something not good.
• United States
20 Mar 12
You know katie. I was actually praying, cause it did scare me and made me feel like it could end up resulting in something not good! My heart was racing, my head was pounding, my hands wouldn't stop shaking. I really don't need to be doing that at all. I just feel so guilty when I have to get someone else to do it. It wasn't a real long time ago that I did alot more than that by myself, but not now!
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• United States
20 Mar 12
Now is the push mower you used an old fashioned scotts (no engine just human power) or a gas push mower? I know I use the scott's a few times a year and that takes alot of energy out of me. I used to do the front one day and the back another day... it was indeed tiring. We haven't had to mow our lawn yet but we've had very high temps here ourselves.
• United States
20 Mar 12
Hi sungglebunnies. It is a gas push lawn mower. Just about 4 years old. Still runs good and all. I try to keep in maintained well. But the grass was thick already in March cause it's been summer here already and has rained so much. I couldn't believe it was that bad already. I'm the first in the neighborhood to even mow. But I couldn't take it anymore and if I hadn't done it now, it would have been to thick to even cut, I think.
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@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
20 Mar 12
I'm not sure if I could mow our whole lawn with the condition I'm in. Lately I've been too desk bound (or rather computer-bound) that I'm having less physical exercise. Well, paying for odd jobs are not that costly here in my country so I just hire someone to do the lawn for us. But I think I need to be doing it again by myself. It's actually a good form of exercise and it somehow gives me some sense of satisfaction when I've mowed the lawn by myself
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• United States
20 Mar 12
That's the way I have felt when I finish mowing my own yard. I feel like I have done my son 'n law a favor cause then he doesn't have to cut it for me, and I also feel like I have really accomplished something. But I am going to have to get in better shape. It just so happens that TODAY, I started on a diet and also did my first 15 minutes intense exercise, so I guess I can just chalk that up as a help with my goal I've made!
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@olliekobra1 (1826)
20 Mar 12
none of us are getting any younger so you have to take it easy but if you was that tired maybe you pushed it to hard. Its proberly better to get someone else to do the manual work or if you are going to do it take it slowly and easy.
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• United States
20 Mar 12
I probably shouldn't attempt it anymore. It was nice and cool out and I waited til late evening and there was a nice breeze, but I just am not in shape right now. I didn't do anything all winter when I wasn't babysitting except stay on the internet, watch tv and eat even when I was at my mom's keeping her.
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20 Mar 12
it is hard to cut your grass with a push lawn mower maybe you had it on the hard setting, maybe you would be better to get a petrol or electric mower
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• United States
20 Mar 12
It is very hard to push and the grass was very thick cause it has rained so much already in March. I think I am going to take a look at electric lawn mowers but how will I know they are easier to push when I'm looking at one to buy? Cause the one I have is easy to push when it isn't in the grass.
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@pergammano (7756)
• Canada
20 Mar 12
GET REEL (there is a pun, intended there!) I MUST disagree with some suggestions, here! The ONLY lawnmowers that WILL make the job easier...are "self-propelled or ride-em", NO matter GAS or ELECTRIC, unless they are self propelled you still must PUSH them! And never, ever would I own an electric...been there, done that..and I exerted more energy fighting with the power cord, than I did, pushing the darn thing! EXTERIOR maintenance, is one of the businesses that I own, here on the Island! I have seven lawnmowers and five weedeaters...and there is NOT an electric amongst them! NOR ever will be! If you insist upon electric...for a hefty price, you can get one that runs off a charge, like my E-bike! I think you should give yourself an A+ and keep up the good work..it goes hand in hand with your diet..dearheart!
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• United States
21 Mar 12
Thank you pergammano. Really? I used to have a lawnmower that I didn't have to push. I forgot about that. I don't know if it would have worked as deep and thick as the grass had already gotten so fast in March. I had an electric mower a long time ago, but I don't remember how it worked or anything. It may have been the one that I didn't have to push. Yeah. I know it was super good exercise. It was more intense than the intense exercise I had done earlier that day. I thought I was gonna die. Honestly.
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• Canada
21 Mar 12
Can definitely tell I have to give you some tutorials on lawnmowers..my friend! The words "self=propelled" means that there is NOT a lot they won't go thru! They have a gearing system, and a transmission...and when you put them in gear, depending on the size...they will drag you around the yard...and I can testify that they will...My son, after repairing mine said "here, try it Mum," playing a joke on me, he revved it up, put it in gear...and laughed so hard, when I was running flat out behind it..NO WAY, I could hold it back, and I was so paniced I could not turn it off! I have a self propelled in my fleet of lawnmowers, mostly for extra long grass or very hilly properties! Take care!
@shaggin (26862)
• United States
21 Mar 12
Last year on this day there was a blizzard. Today it was 70 lol. I love the weather now I will never complain about that but I do not look forward to having to cut my lawn. It wont be long until I will be forced to. At least my kids are a little bit older so I can have my daughter watch my son while I mow the lawn this year instead of having to wait until I could get someone to watch them while I mowed. If I go really fast I can mow the lawn by hand in an hour. But its exhausting and it usually takes me closer to two hours. I usually dont stop at all unless I need a water break. Its a lot more tiring then it looks. When I'm done I feel like I've run 5 miles lol. I'm hot and dripping with sweat and my heart is beating heavy. Then I have to take a shower to cool off and get all the grass and sweat off me. But I would much rather mow the lawn once a week then shovel snow even once in the winter lol.
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• United States
21 Mar 12
Hi Shaggin. No snow shoveling for me either. Not that we ever have enough to shovel. It snows one day and it's gone the next if not the same day. I can relate. It was so hard for me to cut that grass. I really had to sit down about 8 times or so and each time, I had to sit for several minutes and totally stop shaking and I had to wait for my heart to stop racing so hard. I think I am going to have to go ahead and let my daughter's husband cut it or maybe not. If I keep it cut while it's short instead of it getting so thick, maybe I can handle it easier. I don't know.
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@shaggin (26862)
• United States
21 Mar 12
Yes it really does make a difference if the grass is high and thick. It makes it so much harder to push the mower in tall grass. In the summer I usually have to mow the law once a week after that it gets to long. Sometimes it needs it even more then once a week especially if we have a lot of rain. I've made the mistake of letting it grow to long and it would clog up the blades and make it quit.