The year of low caffeine and good standing

The year of low caffeine and good standing

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…

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  • nice article and website
    10/9/2017 6:28:54 AM Reply
  • Having a standing desk definitely is a benefit to ones health and is way better than sitting all day.
    4/6/2016 12:01:15 PM Reply
  • Yes also recommend the standing desk. You need a stool initially to work into it, but more standing each day.... It just keeps getting better.
    3/23/2015 12:59:49 PM Reply
  • Yep I too was going for the standing desk as a solution - although somewhere i think I have read of a USA health writer who said she had a standing desk make out of a violin stand - (possibiliies for collapsibleness - and portability? I've wondered about an idea relayed by a woman medical journo US - sorry but can't remember her name but could find it: - She said she wrote - It? on a adapted violin stand - my instant but not realisable thought attachment - to keep the neurons plasticity firing - a portable (standing desk-cum violin stand - with a standing bike attached. - I am not sure where or how about this - no techno. I'll be miffed if synchronicity or commercial piracy - patents the idea. - if it already hasn't bee. Keep going Sarah-Kate You or your writing or both- are a delight of and for irreverance conveyed to a Crone - moored it seems by incalcuable hawser ropes and twine - yep - I am riddled with that henious activity Spitting tacks of envy Yes isort of understand your - "internal measles" speckling - I have hoped for some time to arrange to get some info to you that may despeckle the speckilngs - 1 at least a collection of ideas collected for a PHD Thesis the books called: "Radical Remissions" - the thesis was written under the tutelage of Harvard University - despite being a different angle (Kelly whoever her name is) collected a list of 9 steps her interviewed "patients" took for successful 'Radical Remission" - The book does not run down orthodox approaches. There are a few others that I was wanting to convey to your (I think ) Red Haired Opera Singing Cook Friend - who is mean't to be travelling in or on the Kapiti Coast tonight - 25 March I cannot believe how suddenly her name is impossible for me find. Ah Peta Matthias If you want a continuance of this probably tedius conversation - Please email - and if you can - She will be furious why suddenly (usuallystressa0 - I can't remember a thing. Stay in there Sarah Kate as one former baby Hack on the Evening Post - (and secretary to the General Editor) more years than I can remember - plus 1 disasterous month as a illequiped Journo 1 on the Daily News - with the then new version of my name - then the bit i liked the best working on the Photographic Desk New Zealand Herald late, 1985? to 1987 as support clark for Wayne Harman when he was the Photographic Editor. I understand now retired and gone to live in Napier - if the Internet is not throwing its burps at me. This is my pay day Sarah Kate - Superannuation - with basically only 150 per week for a fortnight - as I have an allowed but definite Overdraft of $300 - Hopefully I can get to hear your Red Haired Friend on Kapiti. Otherwise - I Am probably stuckin Wellington Region - Having a Gold Card but no verifiable Govt Acceptable viable passport, also no motor license - Doctor won't permit - so I cannot travel far and i cannot book trains. buses other transport let alone book into a backpacker motel hotel etc. - Prob being there does not appear to be a way to acquire photographic ID - that relates to Govt Registry - that I can swear on any "Holy" tome belongs to myself. If I use Govt ID knowing it to be wrong - I am liable for both a $240,000 ( may be $250,000) fine plus a 10 year inprisonment - Sorry to all concerned - but know way, would I consider willfully undertaking such a situation. Yours sincerely Although I know what is usual is "Regards" Perhaps i would like to say and sign I hope that which is sincere I hope i offer Thus Yours sincerely Lynne-Elizabeth St Clair
    3/23/2015 9:48:17 AM Reply
  • Yep I too was going for the standing desk as a solution - although somewhere i think I have read of a USA health writer who said she had a standing desk make out of a violin stand - (possibiliies for collapsibleness - and portability? I've wondered about an idea relayed by a woman medical journo US - sorry but can't remember her name but could find it: - She said she wrote - It? on a adapted violin stand - my instant but not realisable thought attachment - to keep the neurons plasticity firing - a portable (standing desk-cum violin stand - with a standing bike attached. - I am not sure where or how about this - no techno. I'll be miffed if synchronicity or commercial piracy - patents the idea. - if it already hasn't bee. Keep going Sarah-Kate You or your writing or both- are a delight of and for irreverance conveyed to a Crone - moored it seems by incalcuable hawser ropes and twine - yep - I am riddled with that henious activity Spitting tacks of envy Yes isort of understand your - "internal measles" speckling - I have hoped for some time to arrange to get some info to you that may despeckle the speckilngs - 1 at least a collection of ideas collected for a PHD Thesis the books called: "Radical Remissions" - the thesis was written under the tutelage of Harvard University - despite being a different angle (Kelly whoever her name is) collected a list of 9 steps her interviewed "patients" took for successful 'Radical Remission" - The book does not run down orthodox approaches. There are a few others that I was wanting to convey to your (I think ) Red Haired Opera Singing Cook Friend - who is mean't to be travelling in or on the Kapiti Coast tonight - 25 March I cannot believe how suddenly her name is impossible for me find. Ah Peta Matthias If you want a continuance of this probably tedius conversation - Please email - and if you can - She will be furious why suddenly (usuallystressa0 - I can't remember a thing. Stay in there Sarah Kate as one former baby Hack on the Evening Post - (and secretary to the General Editor) more years than I can remember - plus 1 disasterous month as a illequiped Journo 1 on the Daily News - with the then new version of my name - then the bit i liked the best working on the Photographic Desk New Zealand Herald late, 1985? to 1987 as support clark for Wayne Harman when he was the Photographic Editor. I understand now retired and gone to live in Napier - if the Internet is not throwing its burps at me. This is my pay day Sarah Kate - Superannuation - with basically only 150 per week for a fortnight - as I have an allowed but definite Overdraft of $300 - Hopefully I can get to hear your Red Haired Friend on Kapiti. Otherwise - I Am probably stuckin Wellington Region - Having a Gold Card but no verifiable Govt Acceptable viable passport, also no motor license - Doctor won't permit - so I cannot travel far and i cannot book trains. buses other transport let alone book into a backpacker motel hotel etc. - Prob being there does not appear to be a way to acquire photographic ID - that relates to Govt Registry - that I can swear on any "Holy" tome belongs to myself. If I use Govt ID knowing it to be wrong - I am liable for both a $240,000 ( may be $250,000) fine plus a 10 year inprisonment - Sorry to all concerned - but know way, would I consider willfully undertaking such a situation. Yours sincerely Although I know what is usual is "Regards" Perhaps i would like to say and sign I hope that which is sincere I hope i offer Thus Yours sincerely Lynne-Elizabeth St Clair
    3/23/2015 9:48:04 AM Reply
  • Deb
    get a standing desk to work from & you can have the best of both worlds
    3/22/2015 5:21:41 PM Reply
  • Lovely to get some feedback on the resort from you as I've been considering it myself. I've missed your pithy comments on Facebook so it's nice to see that your'e back. I've just finished reading your last book, Heavenly Hirani's School of Laughing Yoga; great fun to read and it brought India (or at least the parts of it you described) alive. I might even be tempted to visit myself, since (as for everyone), the Taj Mahal is on my bucket list.
    3/22/2015 10:15:48 AM Reply

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