600 – Janathon Day 14

600 – Janathon Day 14

Is that the number of calories I burned today?
No.
The number of millilitres of wine I drank last night?
Probably bang on.
600 is the number of grams I have lost after two weeks of Janathon.
That’s 1.3lb in old money.
Not impressed with myself.
“Yes but you’ve probably gained muscle weight,” my new friend in the Zumba class reassured me.
I […]

Drippin’ in finesse – Janathon Day 13

Drippin’ in finesse – Janathon Day 13

Ever get a song in your head and just play it non-stop?

It came on Radio 2 on the way to the gym (I love Graham Norton on a Saturday morning); it appeared on the “Charting Now” playlist on Apple Music and then I just kept it on repeat a few times as I worked out.
The […]

Feeling connected – Janathon Day 11

Feeling connected – Janathon Day 11

 
I concentrated on a very specific area of my body this evening.
My two hands.
My friend Karen had suggested before Christmas that we do a child massage course with two other friends, as a way to reconnect with our increasingly independent boys.
I was intrigued so happily agreed – all I know about massages is how blissful […]

Simon Says Dance – Janathon Day 10

Simon Says Dance – Janathon Day 10

Now THIS is how I want to get fit and healthy…

Clare and I went to a street dance class tonight and I’m still smiling. A complete 180 from that godawful Boxing Circuits class on Monday.
Simon Hunter, the founder, teaches my 3 year old on a Tuesday afternoon and I got jealous, so now I’m learning […]

Hell – Janathon Day 8

Hell – Janathon Day 8

Have you ever gone into a gym class and within five minutes thought: “Shit this is so not what I expected?”
Clare, Louise and I went to Boxing Circuit tonight.
Burpees, bear crawls, press-ups – and that was just the warm up. A cruel way to learn the term WOD (Workout of the Day).
Getting the pads on […]

Music and water – Janathon Day 7

Music and water – Janathon Day 7

Three things instantly soothe my soul; two of them are music and water.
This morning I got both.
The first was unexpected- I only signed up to Zumba because every other class was full!
As soon as the music came on I found myself smiling. I’ve spent some memorable months in central and South America, and a few […]

Is the gym now my social life? – Janathon Day 6

Is the gym now my social life? – Janathon Day 6

Today was easily the most energetic Janathon yet. I’m just back from the gym. Yes, on a Saturday night.
Take Me Out was on telly, a good motivator. It reminded me the purpose of Janathon is to tone up and look my best.
There were only a handful of people there so I used all the equipment […]

The great outdoors – Janathon Day 5

The great outdoors – Janathon Day 5

Normally I avoid cycling, but when you’re in a massive outdoor play centre full of every type of bike ever invented, then it becomes tricky.
My two boys made sure my Janathon effort for the day was a decent one, as we raced and chased for two hours this morning.
I took them to McDonalds afterwards for […]

The Silent Workout – Janathon Day 4

The Silent Workout – Janathon Day 4

If your children have bat ears, this newly invented workout might work for you.
I was back to work today with a really important, fruitful and frankly split-your-cheeks-grinning-cos-it’s-all-so-exciting meeting with my newest client.
Then it was into the witching hour with dinner and bathtime, but our dinner out with friends was cancelled last minute πŸ™ The babysitter […]

Swimming, football, hiking and alpacas – Janathon Day 3

Swimming, football, hiking and alpacas – Janathon Day 3

The days I won’t struggle with Janathon are the days I spend with my six year old. Every day is some kind of marathon for him. He never stops.
This morning, after dropping off his brother at nursery, we went swimming and practised our jumping in. He also practised his pushing in – the more I […]