I started Karate the beginning of last year but then I started playing netball and doing my regular walks as well and the ball of my foot started playing up. I think it was probably the heavy landing from netball mainly but the fact that I was doing karate bare foot on cold floor boards, because it was the start of winter, didn't help it! So the doc said it was arthritis and that I had to give up the netball and karate if I wanted the pain to go away. Plus keep my feet warm. I figured I enjoyed walking more than the other two! What karate club are you with Kim. My kids are with GKR. What a pyramid system that is!!!! The poor lady who is the sensai(instructor) doesn't even get paid!!!! Her children get half priced lessons and that is it. And you have to do a certain amount of classes before they let you go for a belt etc etc. The kids are on their yellow belts with an orange tip(meaning they are half way to their orange belt). They have about another 8 or 9 lessons to go before they can attempt their orange belt. They had to do a minimum of 26 classes before they could go for their orange! Can't remember what it was for the yellow belt. Plus a $25 fee to actually try out for it. Plus money for this and money for that!!! Costs me nearly $15 each lesson for the 2 of them. But I want them to do something and my daughter particularly loves Karate. And my son needs some toughening up I reckon!!! It is good exercise but they do find it rather boring. Doing the same kicks and punches each week. At least the sensai does some games and stuff with them to break up the monotony a bit! Good luck with it Kim. And I hope you enjoy it. Remember to bow as you enter the dojo and when you leave. It makes me laugh how strict they are with it all!!! If its fine this arvo I will go for a walk while they are at their lesson. Speaking of walking, I also went for a 2km walk while they were at soccer yesterday. Took about 20 mins. I really enjoy walking in town, now that I live out of town. Funny that, when I was in town, I hated it cos I had to wave to every second car that went past, whereas now I love to do it!!!! Because I don't do it very often I guess. And when I walk in the bush out here I don't see anyone. Tho every so often I might pass someone else, which scares the crap out of me cos I am in my own little world!!!! So I ended up doing 45 mins exercise yesterday, which isn't too bad considering I'm still not feeling the best. I've got a headache this morning because my sinus are infected! Happens every time I get a cold. I've got some eucalyptus type oil which I put a few drops in my hand when my sinus are blocked and sniff, so I am going to have to go and do that. Works quite well. My body has had enough tablets from the ovary problem last week, that I am trying to avoid taking anything if I can. Anyway yapped on way enough, and I better do something about the kids lunches. I'm going to make cup cakes for them today. I gotta be really strong and not eat them!!!