10 Life Lessons a Car Showroom has taught me.

How does a Car Dealership relate to real life?

January 3rd marked the year anniversary of my showroom opening.

I started working for the company before this but it was just a building site then (I documented it’s progress here: http://lifestyleseatbrighton.wordpress.com).

The New Year, 2013, saw me thrust into the limelight of the sales environment on my own, fresh from the protective shield of University. My boss was very supportive but I had no idea what was ahead of me.

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Moving on after the Christmas ‘binge’

I have had a great Christmas. New house, new handbags, new books, new body. It’s been great, but I feel as though I celebrated a little too much.

It’s the season to be merry and I have taken that quite literally!

My argument is that I have worked very very hard to get this far and I deserve a bit of a break and i should relax.

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The Jessica Ennis six-pack ambition: The Final Phase (pictures so far!).

So we’re now into the final part of the training. I can see the end and I’m so happy with what has been achieved so far.

I’m not 100% certain how much weight I’ve lost but hopefully these pictures can show you the difference in how I feel:

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Sprint Training is a BITCH

This week I have experienced ‘the wall’.

No this does not mean that I have found out how to brick-lay, I have found my mental and physical wall in the form of sprint training.

I have never felt anything like that moment when there is nothing left in your muscles any more! The first session was quite an amazing setting too. Shoreham beach, at half 6 in the morning on the board walk. Looking out to sea there was an enormous American styled thunderstorm, to the right Worthing was coming to life and to the left we could see Brighton Pier lighting up.

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Phase 2 begins. Endorphins and struggling with ‘days off’

So today, Wednesday, is my ‘off’ day.

When I say ‘off’ I mean I am grumpy, unsociable and tired.

I don’t have work and I don’t have exercise and no matter how much I sleep I constantly feel shattered. It’s exactly like people say,

“energy creates energy”

Also this keeps running around my head about endorphins:

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The first week.

It’s Friday afternoon and there is only one more early morning training session left for this week!

As I type this I am really aware of the muscles around my shoulder blades- they are throbbing like mad! I also have a large bruise on my right knee but I don’t remember knocking it.

This has been tough! I have personally found the toughest part eating. Eating all that is required on my daily plan and keeping up with it. This morning my head was throbbing and I was going a bit dizzy and then I realised that I had missed a meal and my body was sending me warning signs.

It’s easy to forget one of the 6 meals I need, but I have to make sure I’m keeping it up or I don’t have the energy for the work outs.

This week Tim fitted me with a heart monitor watch, looks like this:

It’s really useful for seeing how much I’ve worked throughout a session and I’m really beginning to get used to these early starts!

Motivation!!

Keeping up the Kalories

I have to eat sooooo much food! (I’m not complaining) My breakfast makes me feel like this guy (from 2.29):

(minus the ‘every last inch of me is covered in hair’ bit!)

So for breakfast everyday I have 1 3gg, 3 egg whites, 2 slices of wholemeal bread and tomatoes and peppers. 

I then have a protein shake, 2 apples and almonds. Continue reading “Keeping up the Kalories”

The first day of the ‘Athletic Body’ Challege

As you can tell by the time of this post, this is a very unnatural time to be awake, especially for me.

I was awake at 4am worried that my alarm(s) wouldn’t go off at 5. They did and my cardiovascular work started immediately! (gettit? boom boom)

Couldn’t get the contact lenses in without feeling like I had poured acid in my eyes so resorted to the good old heavy frames.

Ate a banana on the way and managed to melt some of it to my lap as I drove. Continue reading “The first day of the ‘Athletic Body’ Challege”

Why EVERYONE should go to an American Summer Camp

As I started the biggest production of my life (so far), the third year dissertation, I suddenly got a bit worried. This wasn’t because of the amount of work I needed to do, I’m super organised so I knew I could handle it. It was the thought of what I would do when this was all over. Over and over again I had read graduate ‘horror stories’ of how everyone falls into this inevitable pit of unemployment desperately trying to scramble out.

I decided to start planning my life after graduation and what I would do with my life after university. This is when I found Camp Leaders: the chance to work all summer in a camp in America. Although the application process was more strenuous than applying for University there is no doubt that this was the best thing that I have ever done.

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Gary Speed: a lesson to be learnt.

This time last year, my friend Nick Ota took his life.

What makes the situation more painful is that no one knew about his suicidal thoughts, not even his university flatmates (whom he had been with the evening before) until he didn’t emerge from his room the next day.

It’s devastating to witness the destruction that suicide leaves behind.

With the suicide of Gary Speed announced this morning by the Football Association Wales, it is about time that men’s mental health becomes more openly discussed in our society. I had the personal honour of meeting Gary Speed, his family and close friends whilst waitressing at the Millennium Stadium at the Wales V England game in March. Continue reading “Gary Speed: a lesson to be learnt.”