Unconventional cross training

Yesterday Barry and I spent the majority of the day outside working on the chicken coop and chicken run area. You will have to wait until next week for the specifics, but I have decided that activities involving digging in the ground with a shovel fall into the cross training category. It may be a bit unconventional, but judging by my full body soreness this morning I know I got a good workout. After a hard day of work we enjoyed a Memorial Day barbecue just the two of us on the deck. It was a nice, cool evening and there weren’t any bugs out.

I had the day off of work today, but Barry had to work, so I spent the day doing some stuff around the house. Look at what I found when I went to water my hanging flower baskets this morning

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One of the eggs has hatched! The baby bird is so tiny and fragile-looking right now. I skipped watering that basket because I don’t want to hurt him and the flowers seem to be doing fine. Then I did a bit more unconventional cross training in the form of giving all 3 dogs baths. Definitely not a cardio workout, but it’s got to be some kind of strength training on my back.

I spent the afternoon finishing the trim on the windows that my Dad helped us install last Thanksgiving. I had to wait until now to let the pressure treated wood dry out. Here is the before:

And here is the after:

I think I will put one more coat of paint on tomorrow or later this week and then the front 4 will be done. That will leave two other side windows, which my Dad helped us install in April, that need the outside trim painted, and then they will all be finished! The house has nine windows total on the main level, but the previous owners had already done three before we bought the house. So that left us with six to finish the project. The end is in sight.

Once Barry got home from work this evening we took the dogs on a walk at a local park. One last hurrah for Memorial Day weekend. It’s another gorgeous day outside and the dogs really enjoyed themselves.

Sorry for the blurriness

I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend!

Do you ever do “unconventional cross training”?

What did you do for Memorial Day weekend?

Do you have any Memorial Day weekend traditions?

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  1. I consider mopping “unconventional cross training”. I do it once a week, and if done vigorously enough, it’s a core and cardio workout combined!

    Actually felt kinda homesick on Memorial Day…I wasn’t expecting it, but I missed the parades, tributes, and BBQs!

    1. Mopping totally counts! Once a week I sweep the main area floors (hallway, living room, dining room, kitchen) and then swiffer them and it certainly feels like a workout.

      Sorry about your feeling homesick. When did you move to Singapore?

  2. You most certainly did get core work in washing those dogs!

    1. It’s official, then!

  3. I love your baby bird! You may need to start watering your flower from the bottom… or give it tinier drinks of water more often.

    Growing up on a farm I did lots of unconventional cross-training! Until two years ago when I hired a lawn service, I spent four hours every Thursday mowing my very steep yard. THAT was an AMAZING cross-training workout! (Note: I just couldn’t be out in the sun that long anymore, and it was either giving up the lawn or running).

    Every year we have a big Memorial Day barbecue on Sunday for our family and friends. It’s become a really nice tradition.

    1. Thanks! There are two now 🙂 I’ve been watering very carefully around the nest. How would I go about watering from the bottom? Is that possible with a watering can?

      Farms are good for unconventional crosstraining 🙂 When faced with the choice betwen giving up mowing a steep hill or giving up running I think it’s a no brainer.

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