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Return to Pakua

I went to Pa-kua for the first time since...Purim, I think. Yeah, I took off all of April.

I am going to *hurt* tomorrow, but it's a good hurt, right?

Quite seriously, I had a marvelous workout - I ran more than I walked, Master Eric had us (he did them with me) do 100 push-ups (and he had me go into a more horizontal position, so that while I was still doing the girl pushups, my knees were further back and giving me less support. I could feel it in my arms big time) and then 120 crunches. Again, I'm going to hurt tomorrow.

It doesn't help that I woke at 5:30 this morning with a leg cramp. The muscle relaxed enough that I could go back to sleep and could do the full work out, but my calf does hurt a bit.

Then we did the 24 movements slowly for maximum stretch, and the split on heels was as difficult as I'd anticipated. In fact, my thighs were trembling - but I held the split, so I'm happy. Couldn't keep them as wide as I'd liked for the floor movements, but I tried hard.

Over the past couple of years, I've developed these thick, ropy muscles in my thighs - visible even under the bodyfat. The few weeks I've taken off have reduced them. They're not as hard as they were and they feel smoother. I'm also stiffer, which makes sense since that's my normal state. Only exercise makes me looser.

I hope never to take as long a break again, or, if I do, I will do a regimen at home. I *like* those muscles. I like all the muscles and skills I developed.


I am a mutant with professional bodybuilders in my close family, so I do not lose muscle easily. (It took me three years of near-sluggishness to lose the definition in my legs from soccer.)

I find that I lose skill and flexibility, though, if I take too much time off. My balance changes when I exercise regularly, for example, and my muscle memory fades fast. More incentive to keep it up, I suppose! :)

Flexiblity is the first thing that goes with me because I'm naturally stiff. I was stiff even as a child. However, I have good muscle memory, so I do better when I don't think.

(And don't talk to me about balance...)

Good for you for going back! I always feel stupid when I take a really long time off from excercising because when I go back it feels SO good that I wonder why I took so long to go back. Right now it's been over a year since I've been to the gym. I have a "lifetime" Bally's membership, and it's only $60.00 a year to keep it up (which I do), so I have really no excuse. It does feel so good to develop muscles and endurance. I'm glad that you've gone back to your classes. I'm also really impressed with doing 100 push-ups and 120 crunches. You go, girl!

I haven't kept my Balley's membership, but I remember how lovely it felt to do weights and Lifecycle. On the other hand, my attention span is not great, and I get bored easily. One of the things I love about martial arts is that each class is different and I can see progress. Routines just don't work for me.

We took the pushups in sets of ten with rests between, and the crunches in sets of fifteen with rests between. That helped a lot.

Funny how everyone's going back to whatever they stopped doing to get ready for Purim & Pesach. Mine is writing.

How'd it go with the cleaning lady?

She comes Thursday for the first time.

Do I need to provide cleaning supplies? of course I do. Right?

Yes, you supply them. And really, enjoy it. It really will make your life easier.

Okay. What do I need? I have Mr. Clean and Windex and Tilex and bathroom cleaner. I have a sponge mop and a broom and paper towels and, somewhere, sponges. I have a vacuum cleaner suitable to a household with very low pile carpets and two longhaired members (canister, no beater-bar. Long hair kills beater bars.)