Just like a proper old person, I can’t believe how time is flying. I feel like I’m only just getting to know 2015 and it’s nearly a quarter over already.
This year I did do a clever thing though and got my post-festive detox over and done with early in the year instead of putting it off until it was a whole new festive season.
On February 1 I decamped to Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in Queensland, Australia, for a five-day detox. No coffee, no alcohol, no wheat, no sugar, no freaking way, right? Actually, I knew from a previous experience that coffee would be the killer so I gave up in advance figuring it was better to have the horrible headache at home for free than at the lovely spa in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Every morning started with exercises on the lawn overlooking the rain forest and the valley down to the ocean. The day would then unfold with exercise, pool time, workshops, spa treatments and three delicious meals served restaurant-style in gorgeous surroundings.
One woman had been there for four weeks already and was considering a fifth and I understand why – good health, good company and none of the usual worldly pressures plus the best massages on the planet to boot.
Digital detox was a refreshing change too. If you’ve been following me on Facebook you’ll notice I have been a rare visitor this year. Up until Gwinganna I’d just been enjoying the summer too much to glue myself to the computer but after five days of enforced computerlessness, I had to confess I preferred it that way.
Much as I love being in touch with readers of my books and columns via social media, it does actually take me away from other things I should be doing.
And one of the things they bang on about at Gwinganna is that sitting is the new smoking (only not grown up and clever) and should be avoided where possible.
Well, it’s kind of hard to avoid sitting when you are a writer but I’m giving it a shot.
I’m putting health first this year, so if I’m not updating my blog or posting on Facebook, it’s only because I’m busy trying to feel fabulous. Actually, I can highly recommend it…