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Month #11

It seems like just the other day I was writing Month #10 . . . oh wait, it was.

Fear not - I'm back on track with my monthly updates! Exactly eleven months since I left the UK and I'm back in the UK - an unexpected family 'event' means I'm back on these sunny shores for approximately 8 days. It's barely enough time to recover from the jet lag, I know, but I just can't be separated from the Sunny Coast for too long!

Speaking of jet lag, holy smokes I am suffering! Within two hours of landing in the UK I'd picked up a tickly cough which, over the course of 24 hours, turned into the actual plague. Now, 48 hours after arriving, I have lost my voice. I've come to the conclusion that I'm allergic to the UK and if that's not a reason to give me permanent Australian citizenship I just don't know what is.

What's it like being back in the UK after so long? Weird.

What's it like being back in the UK after so long? Weird. Despite being 98% phlegm right now, it kinda feels like nothing has changed . . . except quite a lot has. I've forgotten what English currency looks like, I'm weirded out by the fact that everyone has an English accent, and I can leave the house without worrying that any number of the local wildlife has the potential to kill me. The alcohol is also significantly cheaper, so of course I've been indulging. Still a vegan though!

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I think I mentioned this in my last monthly roundup, but I've just done my first 5k! I would say I ran it, but that'd be a lie. I did run a fair majority of it but unsurprisingly my fitness levels weren't good enough to run the whole thing. Had I actually started to train when I said I would, I probably could've done it, but I am lazy and very reluctant to run so I really only had about a month's worth of training. In an attempt to motivate me, I downloaded the NHS' 'Couch to 5k' app and I have to say it's actually really good!

Completely free, you get to pick your celebrity coach and it's a training programme that actually works. Each week you're required to do three runs before moving on to the next week. For example Week 1 consists of a 5 minute warm up, then 60 seconds of running followed by 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes. My first attempt was Struggle City. I just couldn't do it and had to keep stopping to catch my breath - I think it took about 2 hours after I'd finished for my face to return to a normal colour. However nowadays I can run for about 20

minutes, probably longer, and I'm only on Week 5. Round of applause for Sarah!

Haven't run since though - totally milking the post-run recovery period and of course my horrific jet lag teehee.

All in all it was a great day, made even better by the fact that I got a medal and a visor.

Anyone up for the Noosa Tri next year?!

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It'll come as no surprise that I don't really have any plans for this coming month. I would quite like to give surfing a try so that should be amusing for all involved. I might also try to fit in a lil trip to Fraser Island with some of the girls from work before high season starts and of course I'm sure there'll be plenty of the ol' panicking-that-I-haven't-got-my-life-together schtick that happens every month like clockwork.

But you never know, maybe this time next month I'll have "found myself" and I'll actually know what I'm doing with my life . . . then again probably not! Perhaps I'll write a blog post on what happens when you jet off to the other side of the world to 'find yourself' but you don't? What a bleak thought. Is it acceptably to be on a gap year for the rest of my life?! Will someone please tell me what the hell I'm supposed to be

doing?!?!?

Enough of that grown-up drivel! I must be off because I think I've actually 'caught the sun' a bit! (Which is a very British way of saying I'm sunburnt), Ten months of living in Oz and I've fallen prey to the feeble English sun!