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.
It’s been since Christmas time since I wrote on here… my only excuse is that I have been working very hard.
I’m now reaching the 9th month of my time in car sales for Lifestyle SEAT and I’m based in Brighton. 9 months sounds like a long time but I’m still learning.. slowly but surely.
I’ve continued on my fitness, albeit, a lot less intense than the extreme adventure that I was on. My most challenging aspect is making sure I eat enough. Anyone who has worked in a showroom will understand the time pressures and how reluctant most sales people are to leave for a break. I’m getting there!
I have had a huge break from blogging about my fitness, I moved house and life became a little bit more mental.
I actually officially moved from my home of 19 years on the same day I finished the 8 week course. I was a bit emotional so it’s taken until now for me to able to reflect on my experiences.
It’s been completely life changing. I will never think of my body or my mental and physical ability in the same light. From waking up at 5am to bench pressing, I achieved the impossible (for me anyway!).
My body has never been happier. This has taught me about my wheat and oil intolerance and how to control it. Going out for food can still be a bit stressful for me but I’m managing it. Although I’ve been treating myself a bit more (it is Christmas after all!) I feel that I have a diet plan that works for me, a little bit less protein…
Enough of my emotional rambling now, let me show you the difference. It might not look as dramatic as those before-and-after ‘weight watcher’ 20 stone-loss people, but for me it feels that big. I can’t thank Tim enough for how much happier he has made me. I have worked so hard but he has worked even harder. Without a doubt he has changed my life, I now truly believe that Australians are all slightly crazy!
Whilst doing this body challenge the subject of food is a huge part of my life.
I am coming to terms with how little I know about nutrition- I’m still learning! But if it wasn’t for Tim and this course then I know I would still be doing all the wrong things and wondering why I wasn’t losing weight.
So many people think they are eating well but when we actually take a second to look at the label we can have a very horrifying moment realising we are very wrong.
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.
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!
So for the past two weeks I have been doing Jasperfield performance training that takes place 4 times a week on Adur Rec. I’ve lost 7lbs already and I have felt muscles I didn’t know were there. It also did this to my shoes:
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.
In March this year, my housemate’s cousin, Liam Stacey, 21, from Swansea was sentenced to 56 days in prison for composing racially motivated tweets about Fabrice Muamba.
In April, three men were arrested by North Wales police for allegedly naming a rape victim using social media. The arrests follow comments allegedly made after Wales and Sheffield United striker Ched Evans was jailed for raping a 19-year-old woman near Rhyl.