When It Rains It POURS!

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And sometimes, it feels OH SO GOOD!

I am currently basking in the glow of my self-induced deluge of activity!  It’s funny how “When It Rains It Pours” is always used in a negative way, but I’m living the dream of making it rain on purpose in my world, unconditionally.  It’s really quite easy to do – start a new 5-day a week, 10 week session of kickboxing at the same time you begin Taekwondo twice per as well as prepare for a garage sale FROM HELL all while running your normal life.  Its awesome!

But in all honesty, it IS awesome, no sarcasm intended.  My children and co-workers might disagree because I am on the crabby side of the planet, but at least I’m not suicidally cranky or bitch slap someone cranky…….sheesh!  So let’s break it down:

Started Round Kick Gym 10 week session the day after Memorial Day and twisted my lower back the first day.  No stretchy = lame workout!!  Bad form 101, I know.  Back in the saddle this week full force and it’s really wonderful but hello stiffy, sore muscles AGAIN.  I have decided it is just my way to keep pushing myself into new territory each time I move forward and you all know I love love love the class setting, so hell yes, it’s gonna hurt each time I begin a new one.  Duh.  BUT, it’s not “Someone please come help me off the toilet because my quads are locked” kind of sore.  It’s a mild version of “these stairs bite going up.”  Upper body sore muscle 2 months ago affected very basic things……it’s not natural to brush your face side to side across the motionless toothbrush laying on the sink.  Just not natural.  Thankfully this week is only ranking a “screw drying my whole head of hair today” sort of ache.  It’s so inspiring to see strength and improvement abounding !!!  I’m learning a lot about the difference between pushing your muscles during workout, muscle fatigue right after and delayed onset muscle soreness and what the difference means to me.  I suppose it is different for everyone given your fitness level, but I am delighted to learn that I can pull of downward dog with ease while the bulky muscle dude across the room is holding the position on his tiptoes while holding his breath.  HA!

So this class is perfect for me right now in a variety of ways.  The first and most important is the kids are out of school and I don’t have to do 6AM…..I can pull of 7AM!!  It’s really stupid though because the dogs get me up at 5:45 anyway, so I’m getting like half hour extra sleep.  Whoopty do, right??  OH MY GOD 30 extra minutes of sleep is like finding the golden ticket!  Just saying.  But then the gym itself is closer, so drive time is less.  Bonus.  And I’m learning about TRX suspension training.  Nifty stuff and a lot harder than it looks when your midsection is like pudding these days.  So, I’m a sloppy mess on that, but talk to me in 10 weeks.  The classes are a bit like the previous ones I took, except with more equipment.  And heck yes, there is boxing of all sorts, which I have such a passion for.   We hit the bags, we use big ropes, TRX is a large part and there’s NO BEAST of a tractor tire, so I would say the expectations are completely manageable!!  I look forward to tackling that beast down the road though!

Tuesday and Thursday evenings are such a welcome surprise at Taekwondo.  I sweat my ass off!  Well, at least I hope the profuse sweating is melting my ass off a little anyway.  It is harder than it looks and the movements require your body to be core strong all the time for balance, which I’m not, so it requires me to be tight and tense EVERYWHERE!  Not so good on the stiff neck running tingles down my arm, so I’m going to work on that.  Strong core, strong mind, relaxed movements but with meaning.  GOT IT! 

I can’t talk about the garage sale.  That’s another post.  It’s kicking my ass way worse than anything else right now, so I will speak more about it when I’m done being mad at it.  Or when it’s over…….however, feel free to stop by Fri/Sat to shop and buy some of the random crap I can’t deal with anymore.  There’s quite a bit of really wonderful crap to buy, some vintage, some regular garage saley kinds of things.  Dirt cheap.  I might even run a BOGO deal!  If the crap keeps procreating in that damn garage at night while I’m not looking like I  know it’s doing, I’m going to have to move to Free Gift With Purchase!  Funny thing is, I posted a “save the date” listing on Craigslist with a quick list of some of the items and had 3 emails within 2 hours from people wanting to buy already.  Outside of the lame, low ball offers, it was kind of inspiring, so I just might keep digging for more stuff to put out!!  Yes, hosting a garage sale can become a very nasty scab – once you get the itch to start purging (picking), you just can’t stop until you bleed to death!!!

So, it’s Triple Threat Tuesday – kickboxing this morning, taekwondo and yoga back to back tonight.  The garage sale crap will have to unpack itself.  Just remember people, when it rains, it pours………..and although the balance of life is off kilter during the downpour, the rainbow at the end is worth it all!!  *Hugs*  M


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