Prairie Barbie

Prairie momma, modern homesteader, blogger, advocate for rural living.  Making life as beautiful as possible.

Cowgirl Crossfit

So here's a funny thing about me.  I like to get outside and work hard.  I like going for nice hikes in the mountains or along the river. I love riding my horses.  I enjoy many, many things that are quite physically demanding.  But I do not love "working out".  There's been times in my life when I have used a handy treadmill or two and been ok with that.  I once in a while bust out my yoga mat and do some Pilates or attempt a "tree pose".  Then I laugh and laugh at my inability to do yoga gracefully.

My Michael loves to go to cross fit.  I pretty much don't even know what that is.  But it makes him really buff, so I'm thinking it's something really hard.  Someplace where people say things like, "Just one more!" and "You can do it!" while smiling at you encouragingly.  Ick....

I'd rather stay home and see what kind of a workout I can get the old fashioned way.  Today was a busy day outside and I realized I have my very own "Cowgirl cross fit" regime  right here on the farm.  It goes something like this....

1.  Put on three layers of clothes, including insulated cover-all's that make it really difficult to bend or even move much at all.  Don't forget the really heavy, winter Muck boots.

2. Hop on the four-wheeler and buzz down the hay stack towing a sled to load with hay bales.  Then quickly get stuck in a snow drift and proceed to push, pull, dig, kick snow, grunt, pull some more and eventually get the four-wheeler going again.

3. Get to the haystack, climb to the top, dig, scrape and kick snow off of the hay bales.

4. Yank several 80 pound bales out of their frozen cocoon and throw them down to the sled.

5. Drag them onto the sled and stack them in a way that might prevent them from falling off in route to the cow pasture.

6. Take off over the snow drifts with the four-wheeler and quickly notice you lost some bales.  Go back and lift them back onto the sled.

7.  Get to the cows.  Unload the bales an drag them through two feet of snow until you get to a good spot to feed the cows.  Usually just twenty or thirty yards.

8.  Head out to get more hay to feed the horses.  Get stuck in another snow drift and repeat procedure #2.

9. Repeat procedure #3.

10. Repeat procedure #4.  Notice a pattern yet?

11.  Throw several bales of hay up over the barbed wire fence as far out as you can. 

12.  Go to the straw stack this time and repeat procedures #3 and #4 again with straw this time.

14. Load straw bales on the sled and drag them by hand across 350 yards of snow past your knees and up a hill to the chicken coop.

15.  Make a note to self to move the chicken coop closer to the house before next winter.

16.  Haul buckets of water and feed to the chickens and throw more hay out for the alpacas while occasionally having to chase one out of the feed room.

17.  Make the trek back across the pasture in the knee deep snow and up a short, but very steep hill to the house.

18. Time for the cool down.  Make a cup of hot tea while getting ready to catch up on the "house chores".  You know the easy ones, like vacuuming and mopping floors.

Repeat all steps daily for a nearly complete fitness regime.  Guaranteed to make you a healthier you!  I'll keep you posted on how the cowgirl cross fit is going....

Now go make something beautiful,



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