The year that was 2017…

Hello dear readers,

As the year of 2017 draws to a close, I just wanted to reflect on the year. Personally, I found this year filled with change, challenge and exciting events! This year was much better compared to my previous year.  Anyways, lets start:

I took a secondment at my previous workplace mid-year for 6 weeks in a different setting and honestly, I enjoyed working in the setting. I had my mind set on applying for that role until second week into my secondment, I was offered the role I am currently in a different setting and place as well.  Month four of my current role and content (the hours can be challenging at times) with the job for now until I finish my degree (18 months to go). I will then re-evaluate afterwards. It’s a flow on effect and it worked out well with timing :). Who knows maybe that place may have a vacancy pop up in the future.

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I attended two weddings this year. One in March at their house and one two weeks ago at at golf club. Let’s not go down the road yet for me.. Really nice to catch up with people that I havent seen in a while!

In April this year, I attended the Fitness Expo in Sydney for the first time. I really wanted to go in the past but location was a bit far. Lucky it was in the ICCC in Sydney.  A shame that I attended the Sunday only as I attended a baby shower the day before. I met Commando Steve and participated in a workout. I didn’t meet as many fitness personalities but the ones I met I follow on instagram :). I saw also a bodybuilding show and bumped into people I know from the gym. Anyways, I spent the whole day there, loved every moment of it and will make sure to attend a Saturday session as well.

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Two fun runs this year for the first time. City2Surf in August and Blackmores Run in September. Too many slow people in City2Surf and my group for Blackmores Run. Hppy with 96 mins for City2Surf and 60 mins for Blackmore Run (minus the +20 mins for starting in the slowgorup). I want to do these runs again next year in a better group. Also thinking also doing the Harbour Run (5k) next year too.  For now, running has taken a backset with less kms but not too worried as I am focused on fitness and conditioning.

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In September, I saw Ariana Grande live in concert and she was very good. That time it was second week into my new job and had an early start. Long day but worth it.

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This time, I passed uni (especially this semester) with very good marks! As 2018 hits, I have another 18 months to go and have picked some rather interesting subjects next year (3 core and 1 elective this year). All my core subjects to be completed next year and then it’ 3 more electives to go and I am done!

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I snorkelled the first time back in January this year and glad that I tried it.  At first, I was nervous as I’ve never swum in rough waves and with help with my friends, I was good. Ended up with a fair amount of cuts to my leg.

Also along the lines of challenge, I went paintballing for a mate’s birthday for the first time back in October. A lot of running around and a fair drive from where I live. I had fun but those bruises were terrible for days…

Finally, I took part in a fitness event by a neighbouring fitness first gym called ‘Bond Street fitness games’. Similar to Game of Zones but bigger! These events I participate for fun and not expect to win (nor do i want to be part of the fitness fight off). Later on that day was greeted by an unwelcome tummy bug when I went home. I had the same issue earlier that week the day after the long weekend 😦 . Not fun but anyways, I’m healthy with no tummy issues.

Looking back this year, I must say that I am fulfilled and content this year. Especially getting out of my comfort zone such as fun runs, paintball and snorkelling to gaining new experiences.

Anyways, how was your 2017?

Until the next post,

Lydia

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Where I stand.

I’m officially on uni holidays now. Everything is now submitted, now I await my results. I’ve aleady enrolled in my classes for next year. Need to submit my leave forms for classes in the new year 🙂

What’s on the rest of the year? Nothing planned in November but in December, a wedding to xmas social gatherings.

My new job has been ok so far despite having a rather crazy week. Adjusting to early this week hasnt been easy but i’m slowly getting there. More sleep on the weekend though. At times, I question myself in my current role but I tell myself I need to give it time to learn this role. I would like to get back into into a health screening program setting though, just like my previous secondment though. For now it ok with uni, learn new skills and ability to take days off in between uni days. Once I am finished with my studies (hopefuly in 2 years time), I’ll reassess and seek opportunities closely related to my degree and what I want to get into, maybe get back into normal hours, I don’t know.

I like to blog because I can write it all down here and share my thoughts. Since i’m on uni break now, more time to write in this blog.

Anyways thats where I stand for now 🙂

Checking in October!

Just me again. It’s been a month since I last posted as work, university and life has taken up my spare time.

The long weekend passed and it was a rather chilled one as I spent time doing an assessment the whole of one Sunday which I turned in today and getting back into gaming! Of course catching up with sleep too. I am thinking about getting an xbox at the end of the year…

I have recently started doing the later start and this is my last week and then back to early starts for a month. My roster rotates fortnightly and will do another round of late starts. Sometimes I wish I was doing normal hours but then I think about the upsides more i.e quiet gym in morning and afternoons, whole afternoon off, sleep in and not having to deal with the traffic and peak hour gym times.  Maybe after my degree i’ll re-assess who knows…. for now this will do 🙂 . Only downsides is getting to bed and waking early.

I did have a fitness event (inhouse) called “Unleash The Beast” last Saturday run by one of the neighbouring city gyms. Similar concept to Game of Zones inhouse event.  It’s nice to get a community feel in these sort of events. After that was lunch but then afterthat i became ill :(.  The next one that I can attend to will have to be next year.

Unfortunately I was sick last week with a stomach upset / bug that’s been around. My family had it and so did my neighbouring cousins and their families and it was time off work.

My  final univeristy class for the year was last Thursday and it was nice having to take a day off to study and I’ve learned a lot in that subject as some bits relate to my current job. This university year has been good as I’ve made at least one study buddy (who will finish next year) throughout my degree and kept in contact througout this year.

I also submitted my last assignments today and glad to say that I am done for the year! I need to re-enroll later this month for next year.

This past weekend was celebrating family birthdays. My second cousin turned 4 yesterday and her birthday was held in a community centre. Weatherwise was horrible but I had a good day running around and playing with the kids plus catching up with 2 of my primary school mates. Today was my brother’s birthday and it was yum-cha lunchtime and then a little housework and games throughout the rest of the day.

That’s pretty much whats been happening this past month and see you in my next post! Now onto the last two months of the year and it will be busy before christmas! Plus I have a couple more events to attend to, one at the end of the month and December 🙂

Until next time!

xLydia

I did City2Surf last Sunday :)

Hello dear readers,

I finally ran the city2surf event on Sunday and I must say I enjoyed it. Even better with suprising myself with completing the run under 2 hours (well 96 minutes to be exact). 96 mins off green group but since I will be doing another run (Blackmores), I may have a chance in qualifying for a faster group fo next year 🙂

What the day looked like in a snapshot:

Beautiful sunny day. Slighly cold in the morning but as you ran, it started to warm up.  My group was yellow and being a first time runner, I originally thought the people wer slow. I seriously underestmated how slow the people in this group were! Too many slow walkers in my group and was suprised some of the blue group were walking it.  Along the way of the course it was taking advantage of free space for those walkers and dodging them like no tommorow.

I ran the majority 90% of the course with 5-10% walking when i needed to catch my breath. I took it at an easy pace and then it was Heartbreak Hill. It wasnt that bad in my hoenst opinion despite many people fearing that hill. It wasn’t as steep as I anticipated it to be and my own hill training definetly paid off and of course freeletics as well.

After Heartbreak Hill, it was 5-6 kim to go and I continued on. As i could see the beach ahead, I thought it was over but nope, need to do the loop around the main road and once I saw 13KM mark, I dashed towards the finish line and made in within 96 minutes! I definelty felt a true runners high because not only did I set a good time but for me running the whole thing.

After that, I met a friend who ran earlier and was waiting for his colleagues to finish and grabbed food, walked around and then headed home. Along the way I got a massage.

I would like to do it again but need to be in a faster group (green next year!).

This race reaffirmed that I can run and have the potential to be in a faster group and gave me new confidence to participate in runs like this.

For those who are considering city2surf, here are some tips:

*Train for it, regardless of what group you select. You will be in for a long run if you are not mentally and physically prepared for it. Honestly, the amount of walkers that I dodged in order to run the whole thing….

*Do an easy paced run befrre the day and or active walking (not long distance though). Deifently do taper your training before that as well.

*Having a decent sized meal of homemade pasta the night before, plus lots of water. Tinned tomatoes, protein of choice and pasta does the trick.

*Take advantage over the walkers and whatever free space you find, just take it. That was my strategy to get a time like mine.

*DO NOT take the portaloos and/or take free treats that the neighbours on the side street! You will most likely crash and hit an energy slump later on in the race. The queues to the portaloos is unbelievable. Even halfway througout the race I was surprised honestly that they would offer this. That’s why you go before the race people. I avoided those like the plague.

*Be wary with waterstations as you will only have a short amount of time to drink those and the risk of slipping on concrete is increased with unfinished water. I’ve seen runners trip and slip because of this which leads to…

*Stay flat on the ground wherever you can.

*Do not neglect strength training. Legs, abs and even upper body. Having a strong upper body means you wont waste your energy, being able to see where your going, oxygen flow and minimising arm swing. Plus having good posture plus having strong legs and steady core means you can run well and reduce injury.

*Addtiion of conditioning will aid in stamina and cardio levels durng your run.

*No need for a heavy breakfast. I ate a toasted sandwich with strawberries and a shot of coffee. Water needed too!

*Big one: Invest in a good pair of running shoes and socks (running specific socks)! Your feet will thank you for it. Saves you from having to finish early.

*Get plenty of rest before the event!

Anyways, that’s all that I can think of and will see you in the next post.

 

Welcome August and it’s time…

This is the week and month where everything is happening. This past weekend had me behind the books as I have 2 pre class tasks due before my first day of the class. Then it was onto biostatistics readings (halfway done though 😦  ). Half of the required content is what I done in undergrad but the other half, all new.  Taking on an extra subject will require me to use my time wisely…

This week also marks my final week at my current role, after being with the company for over three years. I will commence my new role after my university class the following week :).

Also I am participating in my first ever city2surf and have been training for that. Two (three if neccessary) varied runs since mid-June. Hill runs over the past 2 weeks and today was short intervals (up to 5km in total). This week I aim to ease my training (maybe fit an easy run) before Sunday.  Hoping to finish my biostats reading then (wish me luck..)

Back to blocking weekends out for tasks and nights (if neccessary).

Guess you’ll know where I’ll be if I havent updated this blog in a while….

Until next post

x

 

Change is coming..

Hello everyone, just a little update with life.

As you may not know,  I have been successful in one of the positions i interviewed last month! I recieved my letter offer and handed in my resignation notice today! It’s official now!

Now I need to slog it out for the next fortnight and finish my secondment and then it’s uni, then straight to my new job. I couldn’t start earlier due to clashing with university and finishing with my secondment too.

It’s all happening now and also city2suf is around the corner too ;). Training well underway.

Anyways over and out!

I’ve been MIA.

Reason being is I haven’t had anything much to write about. I’ve had a hectic month in June hence not really blogging much :).  Mainy from going to several interviews but in the end of being knocked back, especially one that was related to my study field :(. Recently, a secondement came up and have already completed one week there.  The good thing is that the setting is related to what I am currently studying :). A potential position will be adverstied where I am seconded to right now in the upcoming weeks so I am keeping an eye out.  Of course, i’ll also keep an eye out of other opportunities as they arise 🙂

It’s now July and it’s the homestretch of the second half of the year! Currently I sit on university break and the semester offically begins in two weeks but my first class doesn’t start until August. I will be taking two subjects form this point on but still maintaining part time status.

I also have my fun runs around the corner with city2surf in August and Blackmores in September. I’ve increased my runs to twice a week which means adusting my schedule (more likely bodyweight coach on rotation) and still keeping gym coach as it provides the neccessary strength.

Anways, time to survive the coldest winter in years!

See you in the next post

Where have I been?

Hello to all my fellow readers! I’m back.

Havent completely dissapeared from this blog. May was a busy month for me from Game of Zones fitness, Laser Tag, foodie outing and university. The last weekend was spent writing my last, shall I say challenging paper for the term. Never done a policy brief before and I found that it challenged me intellectually :).  Now class is done until August!

Really enjoyed my last class for univeristy as it was based on health policy, one of the fields I aspire to work in.

Aside from that, I’ve recently seen jobs pop up that are of interest and in the process of applying for a few more.

Update with my work hours (part time): Not approved :(.  The only way is part time job applications. I’ll still go for full time as well. I did have an interview earlier this week and have applied for more positions.  Having both options opens up the opportunity for more to come. My turn will come…

Mood wise I’m feeling a little better but am still motivated to move on hence the above. I have my days but it passes.

BTW, I am officially doing city2surf in August and Blackmores in September! Something that I have never done or considered out of my comfort zone! In the past month, been doing twice a week runs (one treadmil) and one outdoors. May ramp this up from this month or next..

Anyways, over and out!

When you’re feeling stuck, lost and in a slump :(

Hey all,

Have you ever go through those times where you just feel rather uninspired, blah, overwhelmed and become lost in your thoughts when things just go (that’s life) and that time hasn’t come to you yet? I’m feeling that way right now 😦 .

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Let’s face it, we have those moments where we hit mental slumps and wall at work. There are other influences that can affect such as family or other commitments. Even though a little break helps, it all comes back to me.  It’s a saying that whenever you’re at work to focus.  However, it can be hard at times especially when you’re studying to career change in your desired field, plus the current job no longer aligns with your career values / goals and are dissastified. Or you’ve simply had enough. Anyways, this is me and going to my job feels like a drag most days. I’m sure that others feel the same way too.

The way for me to cope atm is just take it a day at a time, seeking a better opportunity and ways to get my foot into public health. Or exposure to things outside my role. Lucky I have a friend who did the same degree, working in the area I want to get into and she too is seeking change to global health.

What I’ve done to this date to cope with this (and maybe help you too?):

-Applied for a new job (can’t guarantee it) and I will keep hunting until I get one. It will happen eventually.

-Enrolled in another subject next semester as I’ve decided that I want to finish my degree in 2-3 years instead of the intended 6 years.

-Meditating and taking an extra rest day if needed. Yoga for me now is for mobility purposes with the added relaxation.

-A simple text to check in time to time again helps.

-Hanging out with people.

-Connecting with my current class-mates in terms of assignments and sharing my information on previous subjects. They too are looking for career change too so am not alone.

Anyways, this week aside from not feeling well, I’ve taken some time off work and still have a lot of sick leave though. Been feeling down as mentioned in the above paragraph. There are other skills / experience that I can / prefer and are more suited to but l feel like I can;t be released at all. Project/ Research experience is what I’m seeking next or stick to another admin job just for the time being until I finish degree, Side-stepping away from my current job is also another consideration. I did enjoy my time during a secretariat for a committee though. As of late it’s because I haven’t had an opportunity to explore my strengths is why I am feeling this way and no longer enjoy the work.

With a colleague going soon and another going on maternity leave in 2 months, who knows what will happen..

I’m glad to have let it out and this is one of the reasons why I set up this blog since last year to vent out my thoughts.

Anways, until next time!

x Lyd

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