My Week at Uni – Antsy

I’m writing this on a Tuesday. It’s a very short uni week for me this week. I have a lecture on Thursday but I won’t be here for it. My partner and I are away on holiday to celebrate his birthday. Despite only being and work and uni for a couple of days this week I’ve felt very antsy. On edge and impatient for our lil break away.

Monday our lecture was about men’s and women’s health. The lecture was super interesting, the lecturer was really good as usual, I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t much of a differentiation between sex and gender and there was only a token slide or two at the end explaining (poorly) about queer theory and gender differentiations. Gender was used interchangeably with sex and it just all felt a little inaccurate and out of date. I enjoyed learning more about biological differences. As a person with a womb I always find it interesting to learn more about my hormones and menstrual cycle because it’s not something we’re really educated about (which is absolutely ludicrous!) I went to a talk about a work experience module next year which was not worth my time and then saw a good friend which is always a great use of my time. Tuesday statistics lecture was useful, lab was fun as always. I was hoping not to take part (headache, menstrual cramps, heavy bleeding) but we were lacking willing participants so I reluctantly took part. We experienced was it was like to measure lactate threshold and turnpoint. This is the point at which the body can no longer clear lactate as fast as it’s producing it so when exercising you would not be able to maintain intensity of exercise.

I’m writing this straight after the lab. I’m off to the theatre in a minute. If you’re in London and enjoy watching plays I definitely recommend getting a £5 ticket to a show at the Globe Theatre (you have to stand but it’s such a fun experience) also check out the National Theatre they have a lot of tickets for £15.

As I’ve finished my uni week and I’m ready to enjoy this afternoon and then getting away to the coast I’m feeling a sense of calm, peace and contentment. The antsy, eager, impatient feeling was disappeared. Whatever kind of week you’ve had I hope you find some serenity this weekend.

Personal learning this week: Talking is important, action is better.

Interesting things I’ve learnt this week:

  • Knowledge is not enough to bring about change – 70% of my class of nutrition students do not eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day!!! *jaw dropped* Having knowledge and information does not automatically equate to action – even for those who are really invested in a subject.
  • To lose weight men exercise, women calorie restrict – generally speaking. I found this thought intriguing and then the more I looked into marketing and advertising the more this made sense. The ‘ideal’ man image sold to us in the media is muscular, the ‘ideal’ woman image is slim. It makes sense that men would look to achieve this by exercising to increase muscle mass and women would restrict their eating to decrease body weight.
  • 1 in 5 women report being sexually abused before the age of 15 – this statistic is shocking, worrying and upsetting.

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