As you might have noticed I took a much needed break from blogging in September to focus on school work and training- I didn’t want to be spending so much time taking new photos and writing content because I knew that I would just have so much on in the first month of term. Of course this has been lovely but I also really missed blogging and realised that it is something that I definitely want to carry on and take the time to do. So here we have a summary of what the last month has been like for me.
The initial week was great: the holidays really had dragged on way too long and so most people were really happy to be back, especially in business wear. I’m a big fan of wearing suits and it’s now at that point where no one looks at what you’re wearing every single day which is much more relaxing.
I’m currently taking four subjects and am hoping to keep this up… although the work load is already becoming very stressful. I’m working until late on most nights but I am enjoying what I’m studying so it’s not all bad. It does take a little getting used to though because you’re only taking such a small number of subjects- during GCSE years there was such a variety of lessons which I didn’t really appreciate at that time. My choices are Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Economics and despite absolutely loving maths I am slightly missing essay based questions because pretty much all of my lessons are numerically centred!
For the first few weeks I was finding A Levels more straight forward than I imagined…however this clearly led me into a false sense of security because suddenly everything became very hard. For the past few years my lessons have generally been very mixed in terms of listening and thinking- sometimes I would go to English and have to take notes on a book, and then sometimes I would go to physics and spend the whole lesson trying to workout out what was going on. Currently all of my subjects require me to really think about what’s going on which I do love (the time passes really quickly!), but by the end of the week I’m usually exhausted and have to seriously push myself to concentrate when I would much rather just sit at my desk, watch the teacher present a powerpoint, and then copy down a few key points.
Sixth form is also good for the fact that the classes are smaller and the teachers generally treat you as adults rather than students. My subjects are really popular so the smallest class is 8 in Further Maths but I know that some people only have 3 people in their lessons. I do prefer having a bigger class as it just seems to end up being a more interesting lesson because there are more people contributing (and more people to talk to). My final point about A Levels is that there’s always extra reading to do and it often takes more than a lesson to understand a point so I normally find myself going over it at home and trying to take notes.
Okay so now that I’ve waffled on for too long about A Levels I’ll briefly tell you about my injury and training. I’ve been to see Dr Pollock again and have also had a couple of scans…basically my foot is now pretty much healed (woo!) but the bad thing is that I have seriously low bone density and so it really wouldn’t be a good idea for my to start running again just yet because I’m 4 times more likely to get another fracture. To change this I’m having one or so more tests and then I’ll either be put on those bone density increasing drugs or it might improve naturally as I grow. I just need to wait and see what happens and in the meantime I have been prescribed weight training and low impact activities.
This means that I’m either biking, cross training, swimming or aquajogging on most nights except for Fridays (because Fridays are always rest days), and also going to strength sessions at school during break. It was really hard hearing that I wouldn’t be able to run for a little while, but I’m now allowed to do basically everything else which is a small positive from the whole situation. I’m also really glad that I was diagnosed early to avoid another injury in the future.
Last month I turned 17 which I was obviously very happy about. I was grateful to receive lessons for my birthday which I will be starting on Wednesday during two of my free periods. We’ve decided that getting a car will be too expensive so I’ll probably end up passing my test and then waiting until after uni to buy a car as I’ll hopefully be able to afford it then.
The day before I travelled up to London to see Mr Pollock and then to attend an American university fair and between the two was treated to the most amazing steak by my stepdad (see pictures!). Two days later I then went for a lovely pub lunch with my dad so I was very well fed over the whole weekend.
I have also been putting loads of clothes that I have mainly been given and never worn on Ebay and a few items on Depop so if you fancy checking whether there’s anything you like please click the respective links!!
Mum is also being induced on Thursday which is very exciting so you can expect some cute baby photos coming your way soon.
There are a few more things that I would like to mention but I’ll be saving them for next week’s ‘Things I’m Loving Lately‘ feature. I hope you are all having lovely weekends and well done those that have been racing in the road relays. I went to watch the Southerns at Crystal Palace and was amazed by this u15 girl who was in third (I think) on the last leg and tripped over the railing of the track but still managed to get up and sprint to the end.
Athlete of the Month September 2017: Beth Potter
Zoggs Darwin Actionback Swimsuit Review
Glute Workout Video on Youtube
Crucial Fitness Resistance/ Reflex Bands Review
I will also be replying to all emails/ messages over the course of today and tomorrow- I have been so busy recently so I apologise for any delays!