So I’ve just booked my holiday to Ibiza and I’m super excited. It’s been on my list of go-to places for a while and I can’t wait for beach clubs, beautiful sunsets and sunbathing with a cocktail (or 3) in hand.
I recently was asked to share my ‘daily routine’ by one of my followers and although I think it’s lovely that someone wants to read about me getting up and going to work everyday, it’s not all that exciting. Instead I thought I’d share how I am planning to prepare for Ibiza to feel confident in a bikini and my absolute best in both mind and body. I am in no way suggesting that there is anything wrong with my current being but I know, from previous experience, that the healthier my body and mind are, the more confidence I feel and the happier I am. No-one wants to be miserable on holiday do they?
So first of all my plan is to increase the amount that I exercise. That’s easier said than done of course. I already attend a weekly Monday night class at my local gym called Legs, Bums, Tums. I love it because I find those 3 areas the hardest to train so I really enjoy (I say enjoy in very loose terms) it when I have an instructor who can tell me what to do. Although I’ve not lost any weight I can really see and feel my body getting more toned and that I’m stronger in those areas where I’m gaining a bit of muscle.
Couch to 5k
I recently went on a course at work with a really informative session by Point3 Wellbeing
. They spoke a lot about mindfulness and wellbeing in the workplace but also suggested that exercising throughout the working day makes you more productive. Sitting down for more than 6 hours a day is considered detrimental to our health so as my role mainly ties me to an office desk, I’ve realised how important it is to get out of my chair. I’m lucky that with my new job I get an hour for my lunch and I’ve got facilities to shower. So I’ve decided to challenge myself to do Couch to 5K on my lunches. This involves running 3 times a week for half an hour and I change it up based on what the weathers doing. For example, I stupidly decided to go running in storm Gareth the other day, came back looking slightly windswept and dishevelled and in hindsight should have probably aired on the side of caution and not gone but I’m still standing so, there we go.
Ever tried a spin class before? I recently got to try out the new Spin Studio
at Suites Hotel
at a bloggers event in Liverpool. It’s not my first spin class but it’s not something I do on a regular basis. I see a lot of stuff on social media about Soul Cycle over in the US, this spin class gave me all those feels with the dim lighting, neon lights and pounding music. I’d like to go there on a regular basis but it’s just a little too far so I my plan is to try and fit in one spin session at my local gym once a week in the run up to Ibiza. Thanks to Spin Suites
for the inspiration!
Just before I jet off to Ibiza I have a huge event that I am working on at work, so inevitably I’ll be up to my eyeballs in workload. This will of course mean that stress levels will be heightened and I am aware that at busy times in my life I often sacrifice my own wellbeing for work purposes. I am already anticipating that I’ll struggle to make time for myself to relax so I’m preplanning some time in the run up to the event to get some well needed R&R (rest and relaxation).
I was again inspired to do this by attending Suites Hotel
and their gorgeous spa. They have ‘relaxation suite’ which is essentially a room full of comfy beds and cushions, calming music and all range of teas and coffees and a cheeky champers bar. You may think to yourself, “Why pay to go to a spa and sleep when I can do that at home?” but I associate my bedroom with the stressful sounds of a 6AM alarm or fake tanned covered bed sheets or my appropriately-named ‘clothes chair’ (which holds everything that is too clean for the wash but I’ve only worn once so can’t go back in the drawer because that would be contamination).
Alongside the Relaxation Rooms, Suites Spa
also opened my eyes to a ‘Hot and Cold’ foot spa which is supposed to help with your circulation. All-in-all I left feeling relaxed and rejuvenated and this is definitely something I’ll need in the lead up to my big work event. I’m already planning a spa trip with my girls. Gotta get my head in the game.
So this is the hard part for me as I’ve always been a bit of a yo-yo dieter. I struggle to live on salad everyday so find it difficult to fully restrict myself and go ‘cold-turkey’. One thing I have done for the last 4 or 5 years is give up sugary things for lent. So for six weeks, I don’t eat any sweets, biscuits, cakes, sugary-fizzy drinks, and chocolate (the hardest of them all). This tends to mean I lose a bit of weight this time of year. I never restrict alcohol though because I’m a twenty-something year old woman, I like G&T and that’s a whole other ball-game. I’ve started this again this year and combined with the increased exercise I have lost 2lbs in a two weeks. I’ll probably consider cooking healthier meals once lent is over after Easter to make sure I don’t put it all back on.
I have just 11 weeks to go until the big trip, I can’t wait!
What do you do to get ready for your hols?