I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, let yourselves loose on all that festive food and spent plenty of quality time with friends and family (and presents!) It’s been a little while since I checked in so I thought I’d update you on my current situation.
If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll already know what this post is going to be about. A few weeks ago I made the decision that I was doing the wrong course at university, and I told my uni that I wanted to transfer from Nutrition BSc to Sport and Exercise Science BSc. Now I’m going to explain why!
When I first started this blog and my Instagram, it was very much a food blog. My face wasn’t to be seen on either platform, and nor was anything fitness-related. Although I did HIIT workouts regularly and I was interested in fitness, I didn’t really know much about it and I was determined to become a Nutritionist. I had been telling everyone that I wanted to be a nutritionist since I was about 14 or 15 years old, so I feel that this belief was somewhat ingrained in me. However, I gradually took more of an interest in fitness, and it began to make itself a more obvious feature on my blog. I researched it, learnt from others and soon readers were telling me that The Wholesome Hunter had become more of a fitness blog than a nutrition blog.
Woke up from the best sleep I've had in a long time (food-induced maybe?), did a little @tarastiles yoga flow & made this winner of a breakfast ☝🏻👌🏻 Creamy herby scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, garlicky sautéed mushrooms, wilted spinach + confit tomatoes 🙌🏻 Ready for another day of food, friends + festivities because Boxing Day is basically just a repeat of the actual day minus presents 🍽💁🏼 Hope you all have a lovely day ✨
It was designed to be a platform to share both of these interests. Still convinced that Nutrition was what I wanted to study, I decided to get some kind of fitness qualification to complement this degree. I enrolled in a 6-week full-time personal training course which I planned to combine with Nutrition to offer a complete approach to clients (we all know that Nutrition and training go hand in hand).
Looking back, I can see that deep down I had doubts about whether Nutrition was the right course for me to study at uni. I voiced my concerns a few times, but quickly pushed them away, hoping that I was wrong. I had known for some time that my passion for fitness was taking up more of my time than my interest in Nutrition. In fact, having realised this much earlier, I was originally going to apply for Sport Science, but eventually I went with what seemed to be the more practical option as I felt that Nutrition led to a more clear-cut career path. So I mistakenly chose to ignore my gut feeling and went with my head rather than my heart. At uni, little tell-tale signs along the way began to point me towards the realisation that I should have applied for Sport and Exercise Science. There was a bit of overlap between our courses and I found myself noticeably engaging much more with the more exercise-focused topics. I knew when I began taking more of an interest in the modules that the Sport Science students were taking that I’d made the wrong choice. So although I’m still very interested in Nutrition, I would prefer to pursue it from a more sport-based perspective.
When I told the programme directors of the two courses involved in my decision there was initially a lot of confusion as they had never had my situation before. Not only did I share 2 biology-based modules with the Sport Science students, but my personal training course covered me for the anatomy module. This left me with just 1 module to catch up on, but unfortunately it was decided that it was too late in the semester for me to do so. This left me with 2 choices: to continue with a degree that I had decided wasn’t for me, or to start Year 1 again on what I believed to be the right course, in 2018. I went with the latter.
I’ll be returning to university in January to sit my exams and then I’ll be leaving at the end of the month, ready for my 8-gap-months. At first I felt frustrated at the thought of taking time off; it felt like a huge set-back when I’d settled in, made friends and was happy where I was. However, I’ve come to see it as a good thing. It would have been difficult joining the course late, and I’m now actually really looking forward to the next few months. It seems like a really good opportunity to focus on fitness and I’m excited to see what the new year will bring before I return to uni in September 2018. I will also be starting work and gaining experience in personal training – I’m based in South West London and will be taking on clients from February, so drop me an email if you’re interested!
Abs today, gone tomorrow 😂 Currently sat on the couch doing my best impression of a beached whale 🐳 But it was so worth it…every single slice of cake, pile of pudding, pie, chocolate, glass of bubbly + portion of stuffing consumed….👌🏻And I've got lots of leftovers to look forward to, too 😏 I hope you've all enjoyed the holiday 🎄 Already so excited to start planning my unplanned 3/4 gap year & see what 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣8️⃣ has to bring 🎉🎆🥂
Thanks for reading and happy New Year!