The Second Most Stressful Day of the Year

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My view for most of the day.

A very, very long day. We sell our calves tomorrow so we spent all day rounding up the cows and calves from our various pastures. 

Sale day is stressful. Just imagine getting paid only one time per year, and then your wages are determined not by the quality of your product or your work but by some trading board and market prices in a city two thousand miles away. Yeah, that’s stress!

However, the day before sale day is also stressful. Riding, running, jumping, screaming. LOTS of screaming. People screaming at cows, people screaming at people, cows screaming at people. Even with very tame, very experienced cows (which ours are) there are always a few that won’t cooperate, hence the screaming. I’ve seen very calm, peaceful, gentle people have an absolute nuclear meltdown on sale just because one cow went through a gate she wasn’t supposed to go through. No lie.

So, I didn’t want to work out tonight when we finally got home. But I did.

Deadlift

  • Warm up with some DLs at lighter weight
  • Set 1: 5 reps @ 153#
  • Set 2: 90% of Set 1, 5 reps (138#)

Press

  • Warm up with some presses at lighter weight
  • Set 1: 5 reps @ 60#
  • Set 2: 90% of Set 1, 5 reps (54#)

I was also cursing my decision to start the clean eating program today. I really, really, REALLY wanted to have a bowl of ice cream tonight. But I didn’t.

Today’s Food: Breakfast – almond butter, deli sliced turkey. Lunch – 2 beef brats, almond butter, 3 slices cheese. Supper – 1 ham steak, scrambled eggs. Snack – apple, sliced turkey.

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