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Yard work equals SATISFACTION

I haven’t exercised (again!) in several weeks.  I won’t admit exactly how long (over a month!) but it’s been a while. Today, I had planned to mow my lawn when I got up.  We have a neighbor we call “Narnia“.  Their house always had lots of weeds in the yard and has a large tree and had hollies and various bushes in front.  They thoughtfully shared their weeds with us. A couple of weeks ago, they had someone come out and had all of their turf grass replaced.  This left us with their remaining weeds. I called someone out to spray my yard because really, I despise weeds.  I want my lawn to be lush and green. Inviting. I don’t do dandelions, dallis grass, crab grass, etc. very well.  I get antsy seeing a ‘jungle’, especially in my own yard.  It annoys me no end. I freak out and get grouchy and frankly, I’m a world class bitch if my yard looks horrible to me. I’m not sure why.  I just want my outdoors to reflect my personality, my love of all things green.

My yard was on my agenda today. I got up, got all my things together (sunblock, hat, water, “mowing shoes”, phone and headphones) and went out to the yard.  I had to cut the grass as low as I possibly could to get the weeds knocked down. That was at the recommendation of my lawn guys.  I got the lawnmower fired up, went out and said (figuratively) “Charge!!”

This is my first mowing of the year.  I knew it was going to be hard, especially since I’m an affirmed couch potato.  I managed to work up a good sweat, pushing that mower.  I could feel it in my arms. I listened to my music (Saxon Moon‘s Kalderash) and mowed.  I was able to get one side of the front yard done and then my lawnmower decided it hated me and my lawn.  It stopped.


Spring back to doing what I love

Spring is now officially here.  I spent my afternoon in the garden.  It was wonderful!  I love being able to spend time outside, not having to worry about being cold.  This also means I can spend more time outside. I spent a few hours today, weeding my garden. Gardening, much like bike riding, is somewhat therapeutic for me. I love getting my hands into the dirt. It’s a good opportunity to ground myself, to get any aggression out of the way by pulling weeds. I took music out, turned it on and listened while I was pulling weeds. I’m planning the back yard, trying to decide the best way to make it look appealing and inviting.  I bought some herbs for the garden.  I got basil plants, including a lime basil and the standard, Genovese basil. I also got lavender because I have been successful (moderately) with something called “Cotton lavender”.  That has taken over the front of the garden and spread nicely.  I may have to thin it out this year.

I’ve decided, on a slightly different note, to start spending more time out on my bike. With the time change and the weather change, I can plan on getting out for a mile or two every night after work. If I carefully monitor my food and my exercise habits, I can probably pull off my next 10% loss sooner than 8 months. I realize that 8 months isn’t really all that long and that it’s the success I need to celebrate, but I am still human enough to want that immediate gratification. I want it NOW. Now is not always the best thing, but we have been conditioned out of “good things come to those that wait.” I don’t expect my garden to grow immediately, so why should I expect other things to happen quickly?


It’s Spring-time to get back to what is important…and learning to wait.

From April to June or July, we should have relatively nice weather.  Even if it DOES get hot, I’m planning on going riding either early in the day or late at night.  I’ll miss the heat of the day (oh darn…NOT!).  I know that I can spend time enjoying being outside.  I’m really looking forward to it.


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