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Half way through Juneathon…

… and I still have a bruised-feeling on the ball of my foot, which started when I did star jumps for Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred (which I did one day of).  Tried surfing to find out what might be causing it, and it looks as though it may be the deadly serious turf toe.  Or it may not, but I like the sound of it.

Anyway, it’s still a bit tender when I’m walking (though didn’t notice it when running yesterday, so maybe my padded running shoes, which I do sometimes wear for running, are actually not such a bad idea after all).  So resting it seems the best idea, though that doesn’t fit too well with training for a 5k in two weeks.

Speckled Wood butterfly on my aunt's garden fence

Speckled Wood butterfly on my aunt’s garden fence

So… today’s exercise amounted to half an hour of gardening, removing brambles and willowherb from my aunt’s garden, and a bit of wandering round the shops.

I bought two pairs of trousers and a couple of t-shirts – all in a size larger than usual, as I have definitely put a bit of weight on over the past few months.  Not really what you’d expect with an improved exercise regime, but probably more to do with having been underweight before, perhaps because I was undiagnosed coeliac, and then discovering lots of very tasty coeliac-friendly treats.  And treating myself because of all that exercise I was doing.

Is two treacle tarts and two sugar-based chewy-bars perhaps more than a girl should eat in one day?  If I’m not careful, the new clothes won’t fit either!  I’ve never had to watch my weight before – a whole new experience.  Maybe I’ll start to feel like a normal woman?  Ha!

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Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred

I’d read about Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred on NHS Couch to 5K .  Found level 1 on youtube.   It was really tough!   Jumping jacks are killers – well, all the jumping ones, really.  But very good for me, probably.

I don’t think I’ll be doing it every day, as I’m aiming for fitness rather than weight-loss, and I’m in no big hurry.  It was interesting to find out what it was like though, and it certainly feels as though it’s used quite a lot of different muscles in a very short space of time.  Mmmm – couple of hours later – my knees are aching rather – it’s much harder on them than running is, which surprised me.

Rather than a picture of me in agony, here are two of our garden.  A pink Helichrysum and some flame-orange tulips.

Helichrysum probably x Pink Sapphire DSC04209 flaming tulips