I know that I left you hanging on my last post, and I bet you’ve all been dying with anticipation to discover my big news. There are two things which I’m nervous, excited, happy and scared about!
Firstly, I’m officially becoming certified as a personal trainer. This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while and I finally bit the bullet and signed up. My dream job would be working in the fitness industry, so it makes sense that I go out there and get some experience. Journalism is very much about making your own career and I think this is the best step to take right now.
This brings me to my second bit of news: Rob and I are moving to London, UK! We’ll be moving in March next year, which will hopefully give me enough time to complete the certification before we leave. I’m studying through a UK company online, and they estimate that full-time study (around six hours a day) takes three to six months to complete. I’m still working full-time, so I’m not even going to come close to doing six hours of study a day, but I’m aiming to have it all done by the end of February, so I can complete my final assessments when I arrive in London. I’m ambitious but confident 🙂
Rob was born in Canada and has travelled to and lived in many different countries all over the world. I’m glad he’s restless because that brought him to me in Australia! But he has been quietly begging me for the past two years to move to London, even though it was only last year that we made a big cross-country move from Perth to Sydney. Being the old man that he is, his opportunity to apply for a UK working holiday visa expires at the end of this year. So the time to make the final decision is now.
I never took a gap year after high school, and went straight from university into my first job, where I have been working for the past two years. My job has given me amazing experience and I’m significantly ahead of the pack already. I have always hoped to travel through Europe, and this is my last chance – if I want to go with my husband, at least! Rob’s brother and his family lives in London, so we’ll be close to them and a lot closer to the rest of his family in Canada.
The plan is that we will live in London for two years, while trying to take as many short trips throughout Europe as we can, and then move back to Sydney – unless we get sponsored. We travelled to London and Paris during the Christmas holidays of 2009, where Rob proposed to me!
I loved being in Europe, but being from Perth, I hadn’t ever felt a day temperature below 18 degrees Celcius (65 Fahrenheit). The day we arrived it was 0 degrees and I actually had to go home because I thought I was going to die from the cold! By the end of the trip, though, I had adapted.
The only thing I’m worried about now is the rain, which makes me really grumpy! It hardly ever rains in Australia, and I know that it pretty much rains all the time in London. Luckily I’ll get to enjoy the beautiful Aussie summer before we leave.
I’m treating this move as more of an extended holiday than a serious career progression. So I’m taking a break from journalism and will be only working as a personal trainer – that is, unless someone is dying to hire me. Of course I will keep up with my blog. Writing is a big part of my life and I would be lost without it!
I’m so excited to become certified. I love talking to others about fitness and nutrition – I swear 90 per cent of my conversations with Rob are about working out! I love giving advice to other people and I can’t wait to be doing something that I truly love. My current job is rather unpleasant and doesn’t exactly make me a happy person to be around, so I’m really looking forward to a change. All this week I’ve been really happy, and raced home excited after my workouts to study!
The only negative thing the move means is that I won’t be doing my figure competition in May anymore. Finding a replacement competition in the UK around the same time is not going to be a problem, but it will be disappointing not to have my support team there!
Finally, just for Meg, here’s the leg workout I did yesterday. This left me exhausted – I had to stop multiple times during the last few exercises and put my towel over my mouth because I was convinced I was going to puke. Both my shirt and shorts were soaked completely through. Don’t be fooled by how simple it looks!
Squats: 1×20, 1×15, 3×10
Leg curls: 1×20, 1×15, 3×10
Deadlifts: 1×15, 1×12, 3×10
Incline leg press: 1×30, 1×20, 1×15, 1×10, drop set
Weighted walking lunges: 2×20, 1×50
Weighted static wall squats: 3×1 minute sets
I do legs twice a week, and this is my high rep day. I think people tend to equate high reps with lighter – and easier – weights. As a result, most people who stop at, say, 15 reps could probably easily push out another 15 reps without trying too hard. I always try to make sure I’m increasing my weights at least every other week. The last 2-3 reps should be a real struggle, and you shouldn’t be afraid of reaching failure! After a few weeks of experimenting, you should be able to determine the exact weight that will give you the correct rep range.
So are you guys as excited as I am about my news?