Jan 30, 2017

Life This Week 30/1/2017: Back To Routine.

January has been a blink and you'll miss it kind of month for me this year.  Long summer days spent with family, celebrating, taking a breaking, working...  All of which has lead us to today.  The second last day of the month and the official start of my return to reality / routine.


Actually, it's not so much a date that brings me back to reality and routine, it's the traffic.  It's back and with its return comes the need to plan ahead, get those early starts and remember to listen to at least some of the chatter on breakfast radio to get the heads up on any painful traffic condition for my commute.


Preschooler SSG is in a new room at daycare this year and he's settled in already with his new classmates and teachers.  It's his last year there before Kindergarten next year.  I've scarcely had time to remember exactly how this has happened as fast as it has.



I'm back to my regular list of fruit that needs to be bought for a regular week - portable fruit for work lunches, lots of oranges for juicing, berries for breakfasts.  I tend to go easy on things like watermelon and lychees when I'm pushed for time - too much work required before I can enjoy my fruit.



Batch meal preparation has begun in earnest now that the freezer is mostly clear of leftovers but in need of easy to reheat portions of things for work night dinners.


I'm back to my regular exercise routine but this year, I'm going to add a few more joint friendly stretches and try to ease up on the high impact stuff.  Don't want my back and knees packing up anytime soon.  Formal yoga or pilates classes are just not going to happen in my current reality so I'm going to aim for a few exercises to do at home on a daily basis.  It's meant to take somewhere between 21 - 66 days to form a habit which gives me lots of leeway.



It's going to be back to those work dresses and trousers of mine as my shorts and T shirts go on slightly lower rotation through my weekly wardrobe.



On the one hand I'm already missing the summer and the fluidity of its days but I also know myself well.  I like routine and the predictable shape it gives the week.


That being said, I've got a count down going until my next trip (108 days away at time of writing) and I'm making a point of stepping back and stopping (my word for the year) to appreciate the small joys.

How are you feeling about the return to routine for the year?


18 comments:

  1. Exercise and eating well I love that type of routine SSG. We all need a routine to achieve our goals but sometimes we need a break from routine just to be and have some fun! Have a great week! Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

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    1. Sue, I'm with you on injecting a bit of fun into healthy routines!

      SSG xxx

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  2. The saddest part for me is leaving those shorts and singlets behind for more work-appropriate attire. Best of luck with that traffic!

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    1. I so agree with you, I never realise just how much I love my denim shorts until the summer break ends and I'm faced with work wardrobe options only... It hurts.

      SSG xxx

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  3. I hate the routine but I need a hair cut and do some regular exercise and unfortunately those will only happen once the school kids are back...

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    1. That's the up side to the end of the break, I guess. Some time to ourselves as 'me time'.

      SSG xxx

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  4. The part that I'm bummed about is putting back on the work clothes - I love the shorts I bought this summer and want to keep wearing them.

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    1. Uh huh. But I am looking forward to track pants this winter.

      SSG xxx

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  5. While I'm not back in a routine - baby won't let himself become too predictable after all, ha! - toddler T did get moved a room at daycare this year too. Followed just the other week by graduating a swimming level and it's really making me realise how quickly time passes!

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    1. Well done, Toddler T! So many big achievements all at once.

      SSG xxx

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  6. So hard reading the reality of what is ...now. I understand it completely. I use the app called Live Traffic all the time when driving to Sydney or even around here. It saves listening to those 'awful people' on the radio!! Happy Back to Routine Weeks ... I think! Denyse

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    1. Thanks for the app suggestion, Denyse! Next week's LTW is going go be interesting, off to have a think.

      SSG xxx

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  7. Thank you for linking up for Life This Week 5/52. Next week's prompt is "How Much Money is Enough".

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  8. I must admit I hate going back to reality after a lovely break. But, it's kind of good to get back into a routine as well. The hardest part are the early mornings and school lunches. Not to mention finding matching socks!

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    1. Best of luck with the sock hunt. I had hoped it would be easier in summer but my son still insists on wearing trainers and socks to pre school.

      SSG xxx

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  9. I would love to explore your grocery store with those fruit....YUM! My daughter overheard me telling a friend about a smoothie I wanted to try out--pineapple with banana, Greek yogurt, ice, and pineapple juice. I'm not crazy about bananas, but I will drink a smoothie with one in it (my daughter is the same way when it comes to peaches).
    I miss my daughter being in preschool (she is 10 years old and in her fourth year of primary right now). All her little friends would call me Gigi's mom when I would pick her up.

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    1. Oh, being called X's mum when you arrive for pick up. The best feeling.

      Thank you also, Tracie, for your comment on my more political post. I feel so sad that one man has divided so many families in your country. And also caused so many proud citizens to even ponder restarting in another country just because of him.

      SSG xxx

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    2. I have thought about it more now than when he announced he was running. But money, finding a job, and doing all the necessary paperwork to get started on that process is a major deal. But I will do what I have to if and when the time comes.

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