Dawn of a new career?

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On Thursday, after an early night and going to bed at 10.30pm I woke up just two hours later feeling wide awake and really motivated – frustrated at now being in a job where I am stuck at my desk in a call-centre, speaking to the same customers week-in/week-out I was dreaming and suddenly excited about a career in fitness !?!?

Where on earth my brain came up with this I haven’t a clue – but I was lying there thinking I’d never seen any “older” trainers or many male, class instructors (though there may be a reason for that….).  I always wanted to try having a Personal Trainer but was put off as all the ones I’d seen where much younger than me and really muscular (if male) and the only alternative was to have a female PT – but I think I would personally prefer a guy.

It even got to the point that I was thinking about how I would find clients, which clubs I fancied working in, what I was going to specialize in, my company logo, website etc  and eventually I was that pumped up about it that I got up and headed to the internet to research courses, salaries, career progress etc. I was so tired when I had to go to work.

I say that it’s a surprise choice as currently I mainly have the energy of a sloth and the fitness levels to match.

The other issue I have is having been with the same employer and climbed a few rungs of the ladder, to switch to a brand new industry would mean a serious drop in salary.

Nevertheless, it’s still something that’s playing on my mind so I decided to set up this blog  – firstly as a way of tracking my progress to improve my health & fitness levels and knowledge so that if it’s still there in a few months then I need to do some more research and maybe get serious about making it a career. Secondly – if I do give it a try then this site/blog could become a way of finding/helping clients….

I told a couple of friends about it about my “dream” and setting up this site etc and got mixed reactions – some quite positive and supportive, but also a few non-believers (mainly due to my current lack of exercise  – so not that surprising  ha ha ha).

So the plan is over the next month or two, to work on improving my physical fitness and mental health and knowledge about it all (hopefully get some advice along the way) and if the motivation is still there, then who knows – maybe I will have a new career prospect – or at least a half decent blog…







Turning 40 – it’s really not bad


I turned 40 at the end of last year and the whole year before hardly a day went by that I didn’t think about it or someone kindly “reminded” me.

It’s not that I was dreading it – it was the same when I turned 30 – my life wasn’t going to be over – but this time, the more I thought about it and I analysed my life, I came to realise that I wasn’t quite where I thought I would be.  I’m sure it’s the same for everyone – we all have dreams of our ideal – in a high position/highly paid job, in a committed relationship, living in luxury….. blah, blah blah…. but by no means was I unhappy or depressed.

I was on holiday with my partner and a bunch of great friends and came to the decision that rather than whining about my job (having lost my role as a trainer due to cost savings), working hours upon hours of unpaid overtime without a so much as a thank-you, agreeing to various things because it was “expected” rather than actually wanting to, getting stressed making my Psoriasis and spots worse and always feeling tired – instead I should DO SOMETHING about it and vowed that I would make turning 40 the best thing that had ever happened to me.

Upon returning to the UK, I promptly told my boss that I disliked my job and wanted to do something else but was happy to continue in the role till I found something new. At first I thought they were ok with it and it didn’t affect my performance however a month later (a week before my birthday) I was rather suddenly removed from managing my team.

At the time I was outraged by the way they did it – however it meant I wasn’t in a role that was making me unhappy and by chance they needed some new guys to be trained so I managed to return to my favourite role training people for a couple of months – yay!

So that was the start of my 40th and since then I’ve tried to do as many new and fun things that I can. I spent my birthday in Amsterdam, spent 4 days over Christmas with my family (rather than my usual 2), spent New Year at home with friends, been to the theatre 8 times, visited Copenhagen and went to the Eurovision Song Contest, with many more holidays and events planned for the rest of the year.

Physically, I started going to a BodyCombat class (which I love) and actually joined the gym in April. I’ve had words with my GP and managed to get referred to a dermatologist about my Psoriasis and on new medication, and today marks 4 weeks since quitting smoking.

Things are most definitely on the up and long may it continue…..  when I hear my friends and colleagues now complaining and worrying about turning 30…40 and even 20 (FFS) I like to point out that although they can’t change that fact – they might change how they feel about it if they actually do something about it.

My first blog!

It seems a bit strange writing a blog – putting your thoughts and feelings into words that someone/anyone can read, interpret and judge without knowing you at all.

In an era of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the like – I questioned the need for a blog, but each of these social sites serve a purpose and a blog is much the same.

Twitter is great for quick updates/gossip and Facebook is great for catching up with friends/family but I wanted something a bit more adult to track my thoughts and views, with the possibility that I may need something more professional in the future.

So here we are…..

It may take me a while to acquire my blogging skills and set this all up properly – but happy to take any advice/assistance where I can get it – bear with me!