|Taken when Amara and I were moving weed piles for burning.|
I remember last year, around the end of December, discussing with my husband my exercise goals for the new year, and how I wanted to go on more walks and lift weights to build my strength again. It was an eye opener for me when I came home from grocery shopping and I was struggling to carry the gallon of milk from the car into the house. That hadn't been difficult for me since I was a child, I think. So, I knew it was time to get some muscles back. I'm not one to really stick to a workout regimen unless I'm doing it with someone, and I much prefer to see some immediate results from my hard exercise, so that is why I love yard work in nice weather for my exercise.
|Taken after the Young Women came and helped me weed my garden|
My neighbor down the street just got surgery and is in a rehab center for a few weeks, so I decided to mow her HUGE lawn as a service to her. Our fully charged lawnmower ran out of batteries before I even completely finished the small portion in front of her house, which is about one sixtieth of her yard. That was 2 days ago. Tonight I went back and finished the small front section and did a small side yard before the batteries died. The grass is quite tall, but you couldn't ask for better weather! Since our mower is a push mower, I'm definitely getting exercise and sweating up a storm, and I get to see freshly cut grass as my reward!
So next time you're outside pulling weeds, mowing grass, or what have you, remember it's a blessing to have your health to be able to care for others and some of God's creations, and also, you're benefitting from the exercise in 2 ways- #1 your yard is pleasing to look at and brings joy to you and others, and #2 you're getting healthier!