How’s your Routine?

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, my body 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 used to like setting up my day with exercise but this time I really needed the sleep ins and I do now feel recharged. Secondly, because the weather was very hot I didn’t get outside to run as much as I would have liked as running makes me feel great and is a great way to get my heart pumping and metabolism going! Thirdly, when I was home, instead of me throwing a healthy salad together, often lunches would be made for me by others or with a group of people in mind and while this was very kind it would often be with the whole family and brothers and their friends, all with much larger appetites and different food requirements to myself. For the sake of enjoying the moment, and being on holidays it was much more sit down style affair with fresh bread and Christmas ham- not high alkaline foods at all! There were also the pre-dinner snacks which I try to avoid at home (unless it is a handful of nuts to get me through) and the drinks with dinner. My 5 days alcohol free per week became about 1-2. I do believe in the occasional zig-zag approach so I understand that it’s what you do every day that matters, not what you do just sometimes. And this week I am back to routine!
However, I did notice that I have felt a bit more sluggish than normal. Despite the restorative sleep. I am a big one for routine. 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.
A couple of days I did some yoga in the sun after downloading the YogaStretch app on my iPhone, almost every other day I swam in the fresh cool beautiful ocean and my delight was pure when I discovered yoga in the local park also overlooking the ocean. I’d aim to take my dog for a walk on the dog beach everyday but it was all just different. 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.

So, are you into routine like me? How do you balance your routine and a holiday? Or does your routine go completely out the window?!

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