Well, whoever chirped that little idiom originally had clearly not read the small text: namely, that there is a state in between in which you are not dead but feeling worse than if you were. I refer of course, dear Reader, to Bodypump. No-one could accuse me of slacking even though my weights were pitiful compared to everyone else and I couldn't do the tricep lifts off the back of the step, my legs were physically shaking by the time I left. And the following day and the one after - well, everything became very difficult. The main problem was that my legs wouldn't allow the range of motion to sit. Which made going to the loo tricky - I thought I was going to have to learn to pee like a boy, standing up. It wasn't just stiffness (I have that now, 4 days after the class), it was real pain - I begun to think I'd sprained both front thighs. I couldn't go down steps - up was painful, down was agonising - and even the merest slope made me gasp. I managed a hike with P on Saturday but every step was uncomfortable and the slight hill down at the end nearly made me cry. Getting in to the car was exceptionally painful. Am I stronger? Not sure. I'm just grateful I've stopped limping.
Not sure the idiom applies to cake-eating either. We had our delayed tasting tonight. I knew it would be worth it - this lady makes the moistest sponge I've ever had. We tried 7 flavours (P tried 8 as I wouldn't touch the banana and custard flavour!) and although I only ate a maximum of 1/4 of a muffin sized cake, I feel very ill indeed. They were delicious though - clearly quality would have been better than quantity but I'm sure I'll want a taste of each (except the fruit - bleurgh) on the night. My colleagues are hoping I'll be taking a cake goody-bag in tomorrow but all I have are random 1/4 cakes. At the moment I sincerely never want to eat cake again but I know this will pass.
The most exciting thing is that we sent our wedding invites out and as a result, have had our first 3 wedding presents. Somehow it feels as if the wedding has stopped being just about me and P and is now about all our friends too. It's so lovely to imagine our friends selecting from our honeymoon experiences list. P's best man wrote a really touching message all about their friendship - it was witty but sufficiently moving that I almost cried. And how lovely that people have bothered so far in advance of the actual day; friends are so great, I can't wait to share the day with them. Yes, even the cake.