Warning: my blog is going to suffer for the next few weeks. This is largely because of new thing number one…
1. My new job.
It’s going really well, but it’s time-consuming. At the moment I am going in to the office every day (which means I’m wasting two hours total commuting per day) so things will settle down once I start working from home. I underestimated how difficult it would be to work full-time while also trying to fit in 5 hours of PT a week, plus blog posts and my own training. I feel like I run out of time every night. Over the past two months or so, I’ve basically been working from 6.30am until 10pm straight, minus commuting time and the odd rushed gym session, and I’ve been working full days Saturdays too.
I used to be really good about turning off the computer at 8pm every night but lately I haven’t had time to breathe, let alone read, watch a movie or do yoga – all things I loved doing in the past. I’m spending far too much time stuck in front of a computer so something has to give! I’m trying to better organise my PT clients and I will sadly be cutting back on my blog reading and social media usage – the latter of which is pretty difficult considering a large part of my job is going on social media!
Apart from a little stress, the job itself is great. I work with really nice people and the role has great freedom and potential. Oh and I get my own office!
2. My new goals
My trainer and I did a session on Tuesday night, and we came up with some goals for me to hit by mid-2014: a 130kg deadlift, 105kg squat and 55kg log press. My sole goal over the past few months was getting as strong as possible at the events in my competitions, but now we can pull back on the 1RM work (sob!) and get a solid training plan in place. I will be starting a proper program next week, which will mainly focus on improving my log technique and increasing my deadlift strength.
Coach keeps telling me not to worry too much about my squat (it’s not a strongman event) but my inner powerlifter is being persistent – I don’t like the idea of having a respectable deadlift against a weak squat. We reached a compromise – I’m allowed to work on my back squat so long as I spend an equal amount of time practicing front squats.
I was looking back at my first strongman sessions from July, and it was funny to read that I was repeatedly failing to press the 35kg narrow log. When my coach told me I will get 55kg, I looked at him like he was crazy, but looking at how far I’ve already come helps to put things in perspective.
3. My new visa situation
Who knew that getting a UK visa would be SUCH a pain in the arse. We are waiting to submit my application for a certificate of sponsorship on the 5th of December. We find out whether I have been approved or rejected on the 11th. The original plan was to fly back to Australia on the 12th, have my appointment at the embassy and hopefully pay a premium fee to have my application rushed so I could be home in time before January 4, when Rob’s visa expires.
This week we found out that once I’ve been granted a certificate of sponsorship, I have to allow up to seven working days to receive the actual thing, and you can’t book an appointment at the embassy until you physically have the piece of paper in your hand. That takes us to around the 20th of December. I lose two days flying, so we are talking about trying to get an appointment right before Christmas. At my appointment, they then send my passport off to a different city and I have to wait for it to get sent back to Perth, hopefully with my new visa attached. There is no way this is all going to happen before the new year as everything shuts down during the final week of the year.
What that means is that I am now not leaving the UK until January 1, once the holidays are over. 83 per cent of applications are processed within 10 working days, and 99 per cent within 15 working days, so I’m just going to book my flight to come home on January 20-21 and pay extra to change it if I have to. They cannot start Rob’s visa application until I am back in the UK with my visa (as I am the one sponsoring him to stay). So it looks like Rob will have to be out of the country for about two months, which he is not happy about! He has to re-enter the UK from his home country (Canada) as well so it’s not like he can just pop over to Paris.
If for some reason I am rejected, I will have to return to London, pack up all our stuff and fly to meet Rob in Canada, where will have to save some money and figure out what happens next! But hopefully it won’t come to that…
There is nothing like working like a dog all so I can waste my money on a bunch of unnecessary flights. The good news is that flights in early January are a lot cheaper than right before Christmas – I’ve got to take some positive from this!
To be very honest, given everything else that is going on in my life, I’m going through a bit of a blogging lull. I don’t really feel inspired to write about anything, and I have so much other stuff to do it feels like I could be better using my time. So bear with me while I try to get through the next few months – I might cut down on my blogging a bit, but I promise I won’t disappear!
Tell me – what’s new in your life? What goals do you have for 2014?