Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Stress Head!

What a stressful couple of days, hello! I hope yours have been calm unlike mine?
Its full steam ahead here in Bournemouth and I'm feeling the pressure that's for sure. I have an 8 week session plan to complete by Friday but my tutor has the work so I can't get it finished, I have my nutrition exam and case study Thursday and need to revise for that and I have to also get my spinning routine sorted for Friday when we have our assessment on that!


This is last 2 weeks on the course and 1 of those is nearly over already so much work and so little time, yet here I am doing a blog post!? My reasoning for this is bloggging keeps the stress at bay. Does that sound crazy? For me my blog is a total stress re-leaver. I can air my frustrations and know there are friends that will give me the strength I need to get on with it, so thanks peeps : )

I have a couple of days food to show so I'll keep it short and sweet:

Monday started with a chocolate and almond smoothie

Topped with raisins and almonds perfect exam fuel

I had my Anatomy and Physiology exam and I think I did pretty well, I found this L3 paper a lot easier than the L2 saying that I probably got it all wrong!

Mid morning snackage: oat cakes, tahini and cinnamon : )

I had quinoa, raw veggies and a boiled egg for lunch


Before lunch we were put in pairs and given 2 training systems to teach the rest of the group, after lunch we all met at the gym and in our pairs taught the rest of the group. I hate talking in front of a whole group but I'm facing the fear and doing ok, plus I better get used to it if I'm ever going to take classes!

Home time came and we went food shopping, here are a few of the sweeter purchases I acquired.
dark choc chips and some pulsin discs, I found the only health food store in Bournemouth a couple of weeks ago and went back to get some healthy treats : )

I got back to the hotel threw 10 almonds down my neck and went out for a run in the sun with one of the girls Noeleen. We ran for 35 minutes, it was a tough run lots of hills and steps : )

Dinner was fab, steamed veggies in a tom and garlic sauce with olive tofu, I picked the tofu up at the health food store too.

It was real tasty, I followed this with some blueberries, soy yogurt and choc chips no picture sorry!



My Tuesday started with a vanilla and tahini smoothie again no photo sorry, bad food blogger!
Then it was off to the gym for an early morning spin class, this is our last before Fridays assessment. We each do 3 tracks to the rest of the class which is quite a terrifying thought but I gotta get over the fear as I would love to be a spin teacher, I just hate the thought of getting up there with everyone staring at me!

I was feeling the need for coffee today so I fed the craving with a black coffee with brown sugar, I never usually take sugar in my coffee but today I did

This morning was spent doing planning for my 8 week gym plan

Mid morning snack: rice cakes and almond butter : )

More quinoa for lunch today teamed with raw veggies and tuna

After lunch we were back in the gym for a stretching workshop. I really enjoyed this, we were doing assisted stretches on each other. I didn't realize how tight my muscles were, safe to say they are all sorted now!

Got back around 4.30pm and had some carrots, oat cakes and tahini sprinkled with cinnamon

Dinner was exactly the same as yesterdays but today I added 1/2 and avocado

Followed by blueberries, an apple, soy yogurt and coconut sprinkled with cinnamon.

I guess I better get revising but first I'll have a little read of some of your blogs, I also find that relaxing I love catching up with your days : )

Bye for now x x


Do you get scared of talking in front of large groups/ shouting in front of a whole class of people!?

I really don't like it and the thought of my spin assessment really does scare me but I'm gonna take it full steam ahead and hope I remember all the moves!


  1. **** yeah(I'm sure you'll be fine just focus on your breath:0)!

    You obviously know the importance of having good fuel inside you(ie almonds quinoa etc.) with a good protein brekkie it be over in no time(Tip: don't over do the caffeine cups that morning).

    Only just recently tried the maple and peanut protein disc bar(pretty tasty and filling not too sweet either, just right:0)

  2. Well speaking in front of a huge group is sometimes really terrifying if you're feeling a bit shaky. Sometimes I'm ok and sometimes I'm not. It just really depends on how sure I feel about the topic.

    I'm sure you'll be a fantastic teacher. And come on, no one looks as stylish as you while working out! I always look like I just ran an ultramarathon (which I clearly didn't). And don't get me started on my hair.. ;)

  3. Your quinoa salad look delicious! I'll be copying that for next week, quinoa is my new love!

    Good luck with the results and the exam on Thursday :)

    I am terrible getting up and talking in front of people, really awful! My face turns purple, I get incredibly hot, I tremble, my voice goes all quiet and pathetic! I have to hold quite a lot of meetings in this job though and was kind of thrown in at the deep end which really helped, but I still dread every single one.

    I love the way you do your hair by the way :)

  4. Yeah, I hate talking infront of large groups too - but it's heaps easier when you've got a presentation/graphics to help you along.
    I totally agree with you, blogging is real good for de-stressing. That's also why I keep a diary - and I pray, it's great to talk the problems over with someone, especially someone who knows everything and can actually help you with stuff. Anyway, that's how I deal with stress. :) Hope your test goes well!

  5. I always get SO nervous when I have to talk to a room full of people for work or something!

  6. Can't believe that your course is nearly finished. I'm sure you'll do brilliantly in all your exams! I don't mind public speaking at all. I got thrown in at the deep end a couple of times and I have to be able to do it for my job - I think the only way to end the fear is to face it and do it - the more you do it the more confident you will become x

  7. good luck in your exams! i'm not so good talking in front of groups of people my wee face goes bright red!!

  8. The course sounds really interesting! I think it's hard talking in front of a big group at first but keep at it cause it will get easier. You'll probably wonder what you were ever worried about in a few months time when it becomes second nature :-)

  9. I used to be scared of speaking in front of large groups but I've done it so many times now that I usually only get a bit nervous.

  10. when i used to have to give oral presentations, yes!! it scared me! I got better at it over time and can speak to anyone in small groups but get me in front of a big group and yes, i get sweaty palms big time!

  11. Good luck with the exam!

    I HATE giving presentations to adults. I can teach my class of children and even stand up infront of 300 of them in assembly but I would be a bag of nerves infront of adults! x

  12. Love the look of the quino, looks really good!

  13. Just wanted to pop in and say hi from one british food (and yoga) blogger to another! Love your blog :)

  14. Your chocolate and almond smoothie looks AMAZING! How do you make it? x