Yesterday, in efforts to expand our garden area, we pulled some grapevines out. (We live in the middle of my parents vineyard) My father and husband used a forklift to pull the vines out, the kids and I watched in excitement. After that was done, I jumped in to help clear the field. The vines aren't too heavy, maybe 25 pounds or so, but they are awkward to carry. We had a routine going. My husband would cut the thick wires (I had a hard time not having enough hand strength-what can I say, I have girly hands!) that once held the vines to the trellis and I carried them to a big pile. (Notice how small the full sized tractor looks next to the pile? Yea, it's a big pile!) I nearly stacked this whole pile myself too! When the pile was done, we went through and collected all the steel stakes, along with the kids, and made a pile of those too. It took a few hours to complete the entire task. Every so often, it's good for the soul to do hard labor. I was tired, and I thought for sure that I would be very sore today.
Upon waking this morning, to my surprise, I am not sore!! Not a bit!! I am really surprised and just had to blog about it!! I know that working out and losing weight has benefits, there are many obvious ones. But the benefit I am seeing this morning is one I didn't see coming. Being in shape gives us an opportunity to do more with our bodies without paying for it. I still can't believe I am not sore and stiff, what a blessing of the goal!