Gut Rumbles

April 03, 2006

it's official

I noticed it just as soon as I moved this morning.

I lay in bed for a moment, taking a thorough survey. Let's see... my shoulders hurt, my belly muscles were sore, my back ached and both legs felt kinda wobbly, even though I wasn't standing up yet. Hmmm... I was experiencing the after-effects of gardening. Yep, the bending, stooping, digging, raking, weed-pulling and planting left their marks on my decrepit, out-of-shape body. I felt like Fido's ass this morning.

I long ago accepted the fact that moderation isn't one of my strong points. I'm the kind of person who thinks that TOO MUCH is better than NOT ENOUGH, no matter what I'm doing. I've always been that way, too--- from drinking booze to chasing pussy to all points in between. If I'm gonna DO IT, I'm going to OVERDO IT.

Well, it's official: I think I overdid the grunt work in my garden the past couple of days, especially considering the shape I'm in. Hell, I just got out of the hospital after having major surgery! I was physically fucked up even before that! I'm not a well man! What was I thinking, working my ass off like that?

I need a long soak in my hot tub, followed by a full-body massage, preferably administered by a nekkid woman with red toenails. And hot, scented oil dripping from her strong, expert hands. Knead me, baby!

Or not. As soon as I limber up enough to walk to my car, I'm going back to the seed & feed store for some more plants. I ain't dead (yet) and the garden ain't finished. I still have some bare ground to fill.

Besides, my old football coach always said that when you feel sore and beat-up, you need to go out and do MORE of the stuff that left you feeling sore and beat-up in the first place. You work the soreness out that way.

That's exactly what I intend to do today...


Hell man, I feel that way EVERY morning until I can get up and get a couple of mugs of jumpstart down me a walk a half mile or so to get the joints and muscles working again. And thats when I am not actually using a rake or a Mexican back hoe.

Posted by: GUYK on April 3, 2006 11:55 AM

Hey that reminds me, I think I left my massage oil there!

Posted by: livey on April 3, 2006 12:51 PM

Dr. give the OK for the hot tub?

Sounds like that's just what your old aching bones long as you don't stay in too long!

Posted by: Maggie on April 3, 2006 01:25 PM

Did you know you're No 1 & 2 on Google for "Fido's Ass?"
Too funny... Enjoy your hot tub and gardening...

Posted by: Lisa on April 3, 2006 01:50 PM

Welcome to getting old.

Posted by: Catfish on April 3, 2006 02:15 PM

Anyone who thinks gardening ain't excercise has never tried shovelling, raking, weeding, mulching, hoeing, planting, digging, etc... It is a real work out if you do it right.

Posted by: Florida Bill on April 3, 2006 02:55 PM

Yah, but the pay off is soooo nice! Much better than a gym, where the only payback is a wet towel, some sweaty clothes and a gym bag that can only be used as a gym bag.

Y'all don't forget to plant some flowers.

Marigolds do a good job keeping some of the pests out of a garden.

Posted by: Nancy on April 3, 2006 03:14 PM

LOL! Nobody ever called you a wimp and no one is going to start now! : )

Posted by: A Different Kim on April 3, 2006 04:38 PM

Rob, there's nothing wrong with a good workout when gardening, but I think I picked the right kind of farming- blueberries. There's no planting or use of a hoe or shovel at all. Beats animal farming too (also for reasons to do with shovels).

Posted by: Graeme on April 3, 2006 06:48 PM

Besides, my old football coach always said that when you feel sore and beat-up, you need to go out and do MORE of the stuff that left you feeling sore and beat-up in the first place. You work the soreness out that way.

Playing through pain is a wonderful way to destroy certain useful body parts, like knees and ankles.

I don't think football coaches know much about this. Notice that when football players retire, they don't start a 2nd career. They go into rehab.

If it hurts, there is often a good reason. Pain is not a moral issue. It is a message from the periphery to the CPU that something is wrong.

Posted by: joel on April 3, 2006 08:44 PM

Just wait till we get you on the boat.

Posted by: ga on April 3, 2006 09:55 PM
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