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Juneathon Day 11 – short and sweet

June 11, 2013

Give it up for the Jam!

I was pleasantly surprised this morning to discover on waking up that my muscles were tired, but not stupidly sore like last week.  I’m choosing to interpret this as me getting stronger rather than the other alternative – that I just didn’t try as hard.

So, when I got home from work I thought I’d do some Body Jam before going to my Slimming World weigh in.  It turns out that yesterdays workout may have been more strenuous than I thought as I had to stop after 30 mins because my legs felt like lead weights and my knee was getting sore.

Not what I’d planned, but its better than nothing and all adds to my Juneathon total.

By contrast Slimming World went well.  According to their scales I’ve lost 1/2lb this week.  According to mine I’ve put on 1lb.  I’m not overly surprised as I have been eating off plan over the last week.  My cunning plan is now to bank some syns so that I can eat what I like at Download on Sunday without guilt.

Anyway, time for an early night.  I need to save my energy for a meeting in London tomorrow and then my first solo attempt at my weights programme.  Wish me luck :-).

Juneathon totals;

  • Scuba diving – 357 mins
  • Pilates – 120 mins
  • Gym – 45 mins
  • Body Jam – 80 mins
  • Walking – 2 miles

100 Posts

June 10, 2013

Tonight’s Juneathon post was my 100th post, I cant believe I’ve blathered that much!  When I started this rambling in November 2012 I never really thought I’d love this as much as I do.  I’m glad I kept on rambling through weight loss, C25k, B210k, Janathon and now Juneathon, through them I’ve met some wonderful people.

So, thank you for all the support and encouragement along the way.   I don’t think I would have been half as determined or successful without you. Most of all I’ve enjoyed reading your blogs too, I love hearing how other people are dealing with their own trials and tribulations.

I wish you all the very best with what you are trying to achieve in life.  Here’s to the next 100 posts.  🙂

Juneathon Day 10 – Plank induced lethargy

June 10, 2013

Looks easy, now try lifting an arm or a leg. Dare ya!

After a hard weekend diving I ache. To combat this I thought ‘I know, let’s go to a Pilates class tonight’.

Hmmmmmmmm :-/

Next week, remind me not to even think about trying this as I’ll be even more shattered after Download.

Tonight involved my personal favourite, the plank.  Oh, but this is not just any plank, this is a Marks and Spencers plank (not sure if that will translate internationally if you haven’t seen the adverts with the breathy voiceovers).  Start with holding a traditional plank for 20s or so, then lift your right leg, then the left one.  Then try lifting your right arm, but don’t forget the left one afterwards.  Just as you are starting to groan with the exertion the instructor pipes up with ‘and now another set’.  You get to the end of that set (with a small break I must confess) and she pipes up with ‘come on, you can all do another’.  Strangely this suggestion is met with groans and death threats, can’t imagine why…….?

What really gets me is that this was the last bit of the class.  By then my arms were already like jelly after various types of press-ups.

So, here I sit.  Glued to my sofa.  Not exactly by choice.  I know I’m going to have to go to bed soon, but not sure I have enough functioning muscles to get up the stairs.  I think my Juneathon effort tomorrow will be very gentle.

Juneathon totals;

  • Scuba diving – 357 mins
  • Pilates – 120 mins
  • Gym – 45 mins
  • Body Jam – 50 mins
  • Walking – 2 miles

Juneathon Day 8/9 – Territorial fish diving survey

June 9, 2013

I’ve just got back from 2 brilliant days diving and am now totally exhausted!

Six member of our dive club have spent the weekend doing a Seasearch Territorial fish survey off the coast of Pembrokeshire around the Skomer Marine reserve.  The aim was to collect fish data to illustrate the impact of creating reserves on different types of marine life.  Over the years we’ve done surveys of Sea Urchins, Scallops, Eel Grass and now territorial fish.

Its hard work but bloody good fun.  The path and Martins Haven down to the (pebble) beach is incredibly steep and you have to haul your kit into chest deep water to load it onto boats to take you to the sites.  So, basically you are shattered before you start.

After last weekend in Plymouth we were a little concerned that the visibility would be poor, and to be honest it was, bit nowhere near as bad as it had been.  So, with water temps of 11C and visibility of 5m we dived 2 sites each day.  Each time you follow the shot to the bottom (about 15m) and then one pair turns east and the other turns west.  You reel out a tape measure for 50m, noting how many of specific fish species you see along the way.  At the end of the tape, you turn round and reel back to the start.  Finally you swim towards the coastline and repeat this process when you get to a depth 5m shallower than the first transect.  Sounds deceptively simple, but its amazing how complicated people can make this method, particularly if you cant read a compass 🙂

The fish we were looking for were Goldsinny, Cuckoo Wrasse, Ballan Wrasse, Corkwing Wrasse, Tompot Blennies, Leopard Gobies, Butterfish, and a few more I cant remember.

Once you’ve done the survey you can swim around a bit and look for other stuff.  We found several dogfish, Craig had to rescue two that had were attached to each other with anglers hooks.  I spotted at least 4 different species of nudibranchs.  Everywhere there were Spider Crabs, some over 18ins across.  They can be a bit lairy, but for the most part leave you alone.  Although, that said one fell on my head and made me scream like a girlie!

So after 2 days I’ve clocked up another 190 mins underwater and had a good workout carrying my very heavy kit up extremely steep slopes. I’m shattered now, but hope to recover enough for Pilates tomorrow 🙂

Juneathon totals;

  • Scuba diving – 357 mins
  • Pilates – 60 mins
  • Gym – 45 mins
  • Body Jam – 50 mins
  • Walking – 2 miles

Some sort of tiny crab. If I’d paid more attention to my training I would know what this is *shuffles feet*

Spider Crabs - they were everywhere you looked.

Spider Crabs – they were everywhere you looked.


Just another beautiful day around Skomer with Puffins, Razorbills and Seals for company

Juneathon Day 7 – taking it easy

June 7, 2013

Well, another day and another mile lunchtime walk. I realise that in Juneathon terms this is not exactly exciting, but its sticking to the spirit and the letter of the task at hand.

The only reason I’m not doing more is that today is another v busy day. Tonight I’m driving with the ex to Pembrokeshire to be up early for another weekend of diving. This week its a survey of territorial fish with Seasearch. We’ll be diving the Skomer marine deserve helping to gather data for research studies. The weather looks good and we’ve heard that the visibility is a massive 5 m, so there’s cause for high hopes.

For anyone interested, the Zulu gig last night was amazing. The troupe of 11-15 year olds had been bought to the UK by the university of the West of England. The event at Colston hall marked the end of their 3 week stay and was to raise money for solar panels for their school. They sang a mix of gospel and folk songs and did a range of dances – the finale being like something out of the film Zulu. All I can say is that the kids were amazing and I’m really happy to have been able to see such an unusual performance and support their fund raising.

Juneathon totals;

  • Scuba diving – 166 mins
  • Pilates – 60 mins
  • Gym – 45 mins
  • Body Jam – 50 mins
  • Walking – 2 miles

Juneathon Day 6 – Zulus!!!!!!

June 6, 2013

Tonight is also going to be a brief post as I’m off out tonight being the social butterfly that I am

My Juneathon effort was somewhat pathetic, but after a very late night I wasn’t in shape to do any more than a 1 mile walk at lunch time. During the Olympics my workplace was trying to encourage people to be more active and so they set out a 1 mile walking route. Its very pleasant a green and just perfect for a stroll at lunch, I definitely wasn’t breaking any speed records.

Tonight I’m off out in Bristol to see ‘Project Zulu’, an award winning dancing, singing drumming troupe. Always a good idea to go see/do something a little out of the ordinary, and this is definitely out of the ordinary.

Here’s hoping for a good nights sleep

Juneathon totals;

  • Scuba diving – 166 mins
  • Pilates – 60 mins
  • Gym – 45 mins
  • Body Jam – 50 mins
  • Walking – 1 mile

Juneathon Day 5 – Jammin’

June 5, 2013

Quick post today.  My Juneathon effort was to do 50 mins of Body jam 47.  So, I jammed my way round the living room, shaking my booty like a demented thing.

I love Body Jam, it always leaves me feeling very upbeat and full of energy.  Glad that’s the case because I’ve got company coming over tonight for dinner.

On that note I’m going to run away and leave you all.  Happy Juneathoning

Juneathon totals;

  • Scuba diving – 166 mins
  • Pilates – 60 mins
  • Gym – 45 mins
  • Body Jam – 50 mins
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