October for me has been one about prioritising health and kick starting new routines. September was pretty indulgent with a work trip and dinner parties and so I wanted to calm things down before the festive season arrived and I felt full of everything; life, stomach, the lot. So I've been on a expedition of looking after me if you will. Yes I know, why have I waited until I'm nearly 27 for this to dawn on me? Well until then the metabolism was still holding a little better and I had the pre-25 year old notion that I was invincible. Oh how your body and mindset change when you realise you're approaching your late 20s. Your body begins to dislike how much you drink, it kindly reminds you that you cannot handle as much as you use to (even though you sometimes stupidly try), and hangovers don't last a day, oh no no, they last on a ratio to how much you have drunk but you are looking at a 2 day minimum stupor. You body also catches up and you prevents you from eating crisps for dinner without letting you know! I tell you it's fun. I kid of course (well, kinda), but it's a time I've realised I wanted to kick start a change, a change that I actually stick to.
One thing I decided to do after a big September is to take a break from my pal alcohol. I actually decided to do it on the spur of the moment and actually I think the was the best decision; no time for other people's opinions and your brain to overthink matters. I'm a person who, when I lived in London, probably drank most evenings. I was either out with friends, at a dinner or just came home after a hellish commute everyday and it was nice to unwind with a glass of wine while we ate dinner. When we moved home I brought that ethos with me. Drinking wasn't so often but it was still frequent; a glass of wine in the pub after work once or twice a week and maybe a bottle or so over the weekend. I've never relied on it but it's just been a part of life.
Alcohol wasn't a taboo in my family home; I grew up with alcohol around me and was trusted to be responsible with it. I think this why I didn't gel at uni so much; I didn't have to get the drinking and partying out of the system. I didn't have to be paralytic, I knew about drinking, it wasn't a big deal. Not my first rodeo as people say. But with it being a constant it's nice to have had a break from it.
And so as well as other drinking its about getting into a better system and routine. Perhaps even a bit of yoga, although I'm not sure where to start with that and if my body will even bend and stretch into those positions. But its all about making my post 25 body healthier and stronger.