10 August 2011

Thigh Warrior

I did it!  I survived the Plana Forma 4x4 Challenge.


It was not easy.  Muscle spasms that made it difficult for me to go up and down the stairs, sit, walk, drive.  Basically, pain in all sort of movement.  I even had to see an orthopedic doctor.  Thigh tendonitis, he diagnosed.  I am not exaggerating!  Try it yourself.


The form and position needed to be precise, or else you won't be able to reap the fruits of your labor.  I struggled keeping up with the instructions at first.  I remember Van Manalo saying that this too, is a test of our listening skills.  As I patiently learn the forms, Julie Alagde's "up and inch, down an inch" chant haunted me.  Anyway, amidst the pain, I did not give up.  As a matter of fact, I enjoyed every 55 minutes I spend in Plana Forma studio.  I feel like I am a stranger in a new world, hence I can just be myself.  Every groan or grunt was a release of stress.  Ironic huh?  Inflict pain to release unwanted emotional baggage.

I don't know if I lost weight (I didn't bother to know) after 4 weeks.  What I know is my seat became more round, thighs stronger, arms and legs now with toned muscles.  Beyond the physical changes, I was able to jumpstart overcoming one of the causes of my post-partum depression:  lack of self confidence.
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