I’ve just spent the past 10 days with my family down the coast over the Christmas period. It was a lovely family break and I appreciated the time spent together so much. One thing I noticed though was the change to my routine…in so many ways.
Firstly, I needed to restore and recover after a busy year and particularly busy few weeks. So there were more sleep ins and less early starts. I like setting up my day with exercise but I felt like I really needed sleep and subsequently I do feel recharged. Secondly, because the weather was very hot, by the time I did rise I didn’t get outside I didn’t run as much as I would have liked –  running makes me feel great and is a great way to get my heart pumping and metabolism going, so i missed this.

Thirdly, meals became events! Instead of me throwing a healthy salad together, lunches would be made as group –  it would often be with the whole family and brothers and their friends, all with varying appetites and different food requirements to myself. (i.e. Christmas ham rolls and salad!!) There were also the pre-dinner snacks and drinks and then of course drinks with dinner. My 5 days alcohol free per week became about 1-2!  I do believe in the benefits of feeding the soul, and this was special family time, but for me I know now more than ever that I need my own routine to make me feel good.

Despite the restorative sleep, I didn’t feel as good doing less exercise and sometimes it’s great to remember this. I think the disruption to my food as well as my exercise routine has affected me more than normal, perhaps this year because I have been in such a good pattern for the previous 12 months.
I did however embrace some Yoga practice with my Mum, and almost every other day I swam in the beautiful ocean! The funny thing is, as much as I’ve loved my holiday and my time away from all the craziness of the past month, I’m really looking forward to getting back in to my routine at home.


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