I feel like I’ve been a terrible friend and wife lately, with just so much going on and not enough time to commit to anyone. As most of you know, I’m currently completing my final clinical hospital placement, working on the wards 8,30-4.30 Monday-Friday, as well as nannying three nights a week.
I’m usually quite good at staying on top of things, but my washing basket is overflowing right now and there’s a parking fine in my bag that needs to be paid (yes Tom, another one! EEK).
I love doing ‘life lately’ posts to give you a glimpse into the ups and downs of life beyond the Instagram filter, so here’s what I’m sharing with my friends and family when I meet up with them for coffee (or a 20 min lunch, sorry Veronica!)
I finished my Personal Training Course…
My alarm has gone off at 6am ash every day for the past 6 weeks, and I cannot wait for a lie in. I haven’t had a day off in 40 days, but it’s all worth it now that I’ve finished my personal training course. I’ve spent the last five weekends with the guys at No1Fitness Education, learning the ins and outs of becoming a PT. We’ve learned how to plan a programme, how to perform and teach the big five lifts, and so much more.
I’ve learned how to really do a deadlift, the move I was most nervous about. Realised that I hate front squats. And discovered that I can love weights. Oh, and did you know that Personal Trainers should not be giving out nutrition advice? I was pleasantly surprised to hear this but shocked at how many do. We had a session on nutrition that caused some debates between me/Rhi and the teacher but I came away knowing I want to do more of my own research on endurance nutrition and fueling for athletes.
It has been hard. I didn’t know there was so much science, so many technical aspects and so much information to take in. I’m going to write a whole post about my experience with No 1 Fitness, and how I’m going to use it going forward, but let me just say this… I’m so happy to have increased my confidence in the gym to improve my running and to share it with you guys too.
This seems to be the month of the baby. Two of my best friends just gave birth, I celebrated a first birthday on Saturday night (at a pub that seemed to double as a creche), and another friend just announced that she’s pregnant. I went to visit one of the girls last week and loved snuggling with her two week old daughter, baby smell is the best.
Tom and I have been married for a year now, and so it’s the question on everyones lips. But neither of us feel ready quite yet for that next step!
I LOVE our new house. But it is far from finished. We moved from a two bed house to a four bed house without enough furniture to fill it, and it’s costing more than we had imagined/budgeted for. So for now, we’re focusing on the rooms we spend the most time in and trying to complete them. The next project is to get another sofa and to have some curtains made for the kitchen and sitting room.
One of the reasons we moved to this location was for the easier commute into London, and it really is great. We live less than 2 miles from the station, so I have run/walked there a couple of times, otherwise I get the bus or drive, then it’s just 25 mins from there to London. And I honestly don’t think I could do everything I’ve got on my plate right now with the 2hr commute.
If you have any interior blog or Instagram recommendations – or homeware stores that aren’t CRAZY expensive, I’d love you to share them in the comments!
Dietetics Hospital Placement
Somehow I’m halfway through my third and final clinical placement as part of my dietetics degree. I’m based at a big teaching hospital in central London and I am loving it. So far, I’ve spent time on the Itensive Care, Cardiac, Oncology and Cystic Fibrosis wards. I struggled a lot with oncology, finding some of the situations very sad and hard to handle. I’m back there for two weeks and nervous about the types of situation I might find myself in.
I’ve really enjoyed being back on the ICU and found a real interest in CF. The patient demographic is so different to the rest of the hospital, and so the approach is too. Plus it’s more about calories in than anything else – not sure I’ve ever recommended McDonalds so much before!
Given how different this placement is to my first and second placements, I’m planning on doing a ‘day in the life’ style post, in particular how I fit my marathon training around it all.
The one area I really struggled with is my self-confidence, and in particular, I find out-patient clinics tough. I tend to focus on what went wrong and the constructive criticism from supervisors than the positives, and it’s definitely wearing away at my confidence, in particular the days where I am working in the community (rather than the hospital setting). I know I’m letting this drop in clinical self confidence affect my own confidence, in particular around my ability to run a 3.30 marathon and so it’s something I need to really work on!