I’m Lottie and I’m so excited to help you on your journey to a healthy happier you, through my lifestyle blog, pilates videos, recipes or health coaching, I hope that you find something that will light you up.
I’ve always had a strong idea of what I want my life to look like but I’ve never really had a 5 or 10 year plan. I remember thinking from a young age that I just want to be happy every day. I do change my mind a lot and I like to change things up too which is probably why I live the freelance life but some days all I want to do is move away from London and open up a little Pilates studio and cafe by the ocean and have a routine. Then the next day I’m loving London life and the fact every day is so different. The world we live in today is fast paced, things change daily and so do we. If you change your goals or change your mind it doesn’t mean you don’t know who you are or what you want. I feel like I know exactly who I am and I love the fact that I don’t know where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing this time next year. So far it’s worked well and I’ve achieved and done things I never even dreamt I’d be doing 5 years ago so I’m just here to tell you don’t let a 5 year plan restrict you. Live everyday to the fullest and it’s okay to change your mind.
This does not mean that I am someone that just goes with the flow and has no structure to my life, my friends are always telling me how organised, focused and hardworking I am. It’s in my genes to want to succeed and strive for more but it’s certainly not because I have this 10 year living in a mansion, driving a range rover with 5 kids plan or travelling the world plan or owning a company plan. Money doesn’t drive me but everyday happiness does. I go after what I want but it’s more about right now then looking forward to the future.
If you could create your perfect day what would it look like? My goal is that everyday I am happy, everyday I feel alive and I’m surrounded by creative positive wonderful people; I spend quality time with my partner, friends and family, I have time to take care of myself with good movement and food, I have time to do work I’m passionate about. If you treated yourself like a guest of honour in your own home how would you have breakfast, how would you make your bed, how would you present yourself? These are questions that I try to ask myself daily?
In an ever changing world we really don’t know what tomorrow could bring let alone 5 years so live for today. What are your everyday life goals? These are mine:
Everyday I want to:
Move, eat well, laugh, smile, breathe consciously, feel calm, hug my loved ones, get outdoors, do work I’m passionate about, feel organised, create a clutter free environment, have fresh flowers to smell and look at in my home, be pain free, enjoy my relationships, read and feel like I’m growing and learning, feel inspired and I want to feel rested, well and most most importantly content.
So here it is, the plan that will change your life and turn you into a body confident, oozing sassiness, glowing skin goddess. What everyone wants pre holiday right? Well I’m sorry but that was a little bit of fake news. Unfortunately I can’t make those promises and no plan or person should however I do hope this little 7 day reset will help you feel the bestest version of yourself before your hols. It’s all my top tips and feel good gems thrown into a weekly schedule that will hopefully give you the confidence boost we all want pre jet setting. It’s definitely not about crash dieting or trying to change your body shape entirely, it’s about self respect, a little more rest, a little more movement and just a bit more daily consciousness around the decisions you make.
You don’t need 3 hours a day to workout or to spend hundreds of pounds on a food shop to do this plan, you can fit it into your work life and around your usual routine. Just add my daily suggestions to your current lifestyle. Each day has a theme so you can remember the two suggestions really easily. You could write them in the your notes on your phone or set reminders on your google calendar for what the focus is each day.
You only have to do the suggestions I give you for that day but you could start to layer them too, if after the week there’s a few that really stuck out to you and made a difference to your overall wellbeing then try to incorporate them moving forwards; when you get back from your hols or even better when you’re on hols. Because, for me, it’s about creating a lifestyle you don’t need to take a break from rather than a workout or diet routine that’s impossible to stick to 365 days a year.
D A Y 1
Lemons and Abs
Start your day with lemon water, apple cider vinegar and warm water- then follow it with another glass of warm water before waiting a 20-30 minutes before breakfast.
Try not to have any unnecessary sugar today from processed foods. Bananas, berries all fruit is fine but maybe only 1-2 portions and lots more veggies. Avoid snack bars, chocolate or anything sweet. Snack on savoury foods like a handful of nuts, carrots with some hummus or some 90-100% dark chocolate.
Get your steps up today 10-16k is ideal. If you are sitting at your desk all day then go for a long walk at lunchtime, get off a stop before yours on the way home or head out for an early morning 3-5k run to get those steps up.
D A Y 3
Mindful Eating and Sleep Tight
Before each meal today, take 5 deep breaths then chew your food well, put your knife and fork down in between every other mouth full and don’t have distractions like your phone or the TV around you.
Get into bed before 10pm tonight (or straight after Love Island if you’re an addict like me), take 5 minutes to journal about your day and how you have been feeling and write down everything you need to do before you go away, what you need to pack. Maybe plan your meals for the next few days and your workouts so you feel really on it and organised before your trip.
My top skincare tip before going on holiday is to exfoliate. I use a coffee scrub and it makes my skin feel so smooth and refreshed. Take an extra 5 minutes in the shower this evening to exfoliate from top to toe.
D A Y 5
Mint Tea and Lift
Mint tea is my favourite thing to drink when I want to feel light, help my digestion out and when I crave something sweet but don’t really need it. Try to have mint tea after your meals today instead of your sweet snack.
I’m not into heavy lifting but when I do use weights once or twice a week, I feel so energised and powerful in the best possible way. If you’re London based then check out F45 or simply head to your local gym and add a set of bicep curls, squat and shoulder presses and weighted lunges to your routine. You can ask a PT there to help you, Instagram and Youtube are also great for inspiration.
D A Y 6
Hydrate and Meditate
It’s 2 days to go till you are out of here baby. Try to drink 2-3 litres of water today, I always feel like my skin clears up when I drink enough water and I feel amazing and energised throughout the day too. I honestly feel like everything works better when I am hydrated.
Meditation is something I dip in and out of and you don’t even have to call it that but the simple practice of stopping everything you are doing, sitting or laying and listening to the sounds around you or consciously counting your breathe does wonders for my mind. It then helps me feel calm and centred for the rest of the day so I make better decisions.
D A Y 7
Move Your Bod and Skip The Midnight Feast
Really try to get moving your booty today, tomorrow you’ll be sitting at the airport and on the flight and the next few days you might be horizontal with your book so today is the day to get outside, get moving and feel amazing before you go. Don’t over do it so your aching tomorrow but do not skip that workout today and even better try to get outside to do it.
I never feel great when I eat late and try not to eat after 8pm if possible. I don’t think there’s much fact in that it makes a difference to your body or health but I personally like to give my stomach 12 hours over night to rest. Have a square of dark chocolate with your mint tea after dinner and then look forward to that airport or pool side brekkie in the morning.
Some other top tips include not eating out so much the week before I go away. I’m a big foodie and love eating out but I know during a work trip or holiday I’ll be getting my foodie fix so I try to cook all my meals from scratch the week before going away. I love home cooking so I make sure I’m organised and make it fun. Another great organisation tip I do is make sure I set out my activewear the night before each day during this week so I’m setting myself up for a great start.
In this post I’m wearing a new set from The Sports Edit. Shop the post here.
Since I’ve started to openly talk about drinking and not drinking I’ve had a lot of responses from girls saying they loved the fact I was talking about it and they felt more confident to say they weren’t drinking in social situations so I wanted to do a little update.
A friend once told me when I think of you I literally picture you with a glass of red in your hand. Red magazine once wrote an online piece of me which described me as being just as likely to have a green juice or a glass of wine in hand.
At the start of this year I wanted to stop drinking.
I really really wanted to stop. I had such a wonderful New Year’s Eve but I felt so yuck the next day and resented alcohol and myself for making my first day of the year like that. Luckily everyday since has been amazing but it really made me think and question why do we do this to ourselves.
Personally I react quite badly to drink, I’m not aggressive or angry but I just don’t feel in control and make rash decisions that I definitely wouldn’t make if sober – pretty normal your thinking but is it really? We’ve just made it normal!
The next few days after a night drinking I feel all emotions from paranoia to depressed to panicky and I can’t focus for more than 2 seconds. Since not drinking for the first four months of the year I saw huge improvements in my mood, my PMS, my skin and I didn’t once feel like I was missing out. I grew more and more confident in my decision and voiced my reasons for not drinking openly to friends and family who asked why but I also knew I didn’t need to- a simple no thank you is just fine too.
As we edged into Spring I started to get small occasions when I felt like I wanted a small glass of wine or champagne. I found out my big brother and his wife were pregnant so I had a half glass of champagne, I had a night out with a bestie who asked me to be her bridesmaid so we had a martini and I’ve been on two holidays 1 with my boyfriend and 1 with my Mum where I’ve felt relaxed, content, loved and had a glass of wine or 2 with my meal.
I haven’t regretted any of those drinks because I really wanted to have them, I didn’t feel pressured in anyway. I made the decision to drink for me and I enjoyed and appreciated every sip.
I’ve also been in soooo many situations when I could have just drank because everyone else was and haven’t, I’ve danced the night away in Soho completely sober and stayed up till 3am at a festival drinking tonic water to name a couple. The people I’m with, the energy of a place and music is what fuels me.
I want to make this conversation more open.
More and more people are talking to me about how they feel the same way towards drinking, not really wanting to, makes them feel crap, always feels pressured, can’t feel like they can say no, it effects there work life, relationships, mental health.
It’s okay not to drink.
It’s okay to drink, (in moderation).
Don’t tell people.
But do what YOU want to do, do not feel pressured even if it is your great aunts 60th and she’s saying oh darling don’t be silly you’ve not got a problem or anything have you just have a drink or it’s your best friends wedding and the shots are coming out and someone’s tell you you’re boring- (believe me you’ll still dance your socks off on lemonade)- no seriously listen to your body and make the wisest most self loving decision for you. That person pressuring you does not care if you wake up feeling like crap or not and they don’t have to deal with your to do list for the next week.
Reasons I say no to drink
I’m coming on my period
I’m feeling stressed and anxious already
I have a busy work week ahead
I want to have a good productive day/week the next day.
If I know I’m only drinking to wind down and feel loose, (there’s more effective and less self destructive ways to do this- long bath, delicious homemade meal, long open chat with loved one.)
Reasons I say yes to drink
I really really fancy one
I’m in a safe environment for me with people who love me unconditionally and I have absolutely no obligations the next day.
Because I want to, not because I feel pressure from anyone.
I realise I’m 26, you might be thinking you’re so young and these are your best years to let your hair down and be wild. Well quite frankly I know these are my best years and I want to enjoy every single moment of them feeling the best me I can feel because I believe my thirties, forties all the way to your nineties and hundreds can be the best years of your life too but I want to get there feel healthy, vibrant, full of life and with strong loving relationships.
Drink and I now have a pretty great relationship, I don’t ever drink for the sake of it, I stop when I’ve had enough and I only drink drinks that I know I can tolerate which is pretty much only a good quality red wine so 1 or 2 glasses is enough.
I’m pretty lucky I have the best kind of people as best friends and my boyfriend who’s ideal Friday just like mine, going somewhere with amazing food followed by tea and chocolate curled up on the sofa watching Netflix or chatting the night away.
Here’s some alternative drinks I have when I’m out with friends, at a party or on holiday.
Sparkling water with elderflower syrup
All the fever tree tonic waters (my faves are elderflower and ginger ale is pretty nice too)
Seedlip distilled non alcoholic spirit with tonic.
Soda water with fresh lime juice and slices of lime.
I’d love to hear from you if you can relate to this post in anyway.
Sam and I went on our first run together about 3 weeks into dating and a huge part of what I love about our relationship is that we can be active together and we value that so much. We spent his birthday rock climbing, we’ve cycled in Sweden last Summer and we regularly do Pilates and runs together. Our love for movement is shared and it’s a daily part of our lives so our perfect getaway would of course involve a lot of movement which is why we were so excited to spend 5 days at Feel Viana in Portugal with the Healthy Holiday Company. Feel Viana really did exceed my expectations and I’m very excited to share with you all the reasons why. I can’t recommend this hotel enough not only for the amount of activities on offer but for the hospitality, the food, the location, the rooms and the calming atmosphere that you can’t help but melt into from the moment you walk in to the serene spa and yoga area to the stunning walk down to the beach. A few days of peaceful paradise with a lot of fun movement, good food, wine and a cheeky espresso martini thrown in.
To get to Feel Viana it’s really easy. A two hour flight from Gatwick to Porto and then a 30 minute transfer and you are with coffee in hand in the beautiful chic lobby booking your activities and treatments for the week. I think next time we would tag on a little day exploring Porto too.
The hotel is set amongst pine trees right by the ocean and this part of Portugal is known to have it’s own micro climate; we noticed this as the wind is so strong down on the beach and why this area is hosting the World Windsurfing and Kitesurfing championships this June. During an early morning trail run and stand up paddle boarding lesson we saw the dramatic Viana church set up on the hill. And when we took the fat bikes out one day we discovered even more beauty as we rode along the sand dunes and wooden pathways set amongst the trees and flowers. It really does feel like a little piece of paradise so close to Porto.
The sports team made me feel so relaxed when trying activities such as surfing and paddle boarding. We had such an excellent teacher for our surf lesson who was clear with instructions and I even managed to stand up for the first time. The paddle boarding was more peaceful but actually harder work than I thought and definitely worked my upper body- no need for any weight training that day.
As much as the outdoor activities are addictive, we also spent some time in the beautiful yoga studio and gym area. It has everything you need and makes working out stress free. I love to keep up a little Pilates and yoga when I’m away so it was amazing to have such a stunning space to practice in literally 3 minutes from our hotel room.
The hotel also has a spa and Sam and I enjoyed a couples massage. I hadn’t had a massage like this in ages and I drifted off to that super relaxed state between consciousness and sleep where your thoughts come and go and you just never want to leave. After an hour we were so chilled and enjoyed a calming tea in the indoor pool area. We didn’t spend much time in the spa as the weather was so glorious and there was so much to do outside but I was very tempted to book one of their facials. The hotel uses organic Voya products. I know I’ll be back.
I feel like this is somewhere we could come for a 4-5 days every year. I want it to be like a second home. The staff are so welcoming and feel more like a family. They got to know that Sam and I love lime with our sparkling water and would bring Sam extra cornbread which they homemake!
Moving on to the food at the hotel- I’ve sometimes not been very impressed with hotel food and usually like to eat out and try different restaurants in the area when I travel but this was a different story. On the first day we met the head chef and I was blown away by the menu. I could tell he had such a passion and talked me through the new sea bass dish for Summer which had wild garlic, pea puree and the most incredible hearty mushrooms. I then enjoyed this dish as well as many others on the menu for the next five days. The last night was the highlight with their Salmon fillet on purple potatoes, cod carpaccio and chocolate ganache, much deserved I feel after a very active few days.
I could talk about this trip for way more paragraphs but I’m aware that this post could get very long. Do not be put off by the fact this hotel is a sports hotel if you don’t feel like you are a sporty person. The pool area is a dream to chill out in and you can do as much or as little as you like. Yes the vibe overall vibe is health, wellness and fitness but you’ll see everyone with a glass of the special green wine from the area in hand after a long day and putting there feet up with a coffee in the plant filled lounge area overlooking the pine trees as the sunsets.
It was so lovely to spend quality time with Sam. I said we spend a lot of time together at home but are usually rushing to a job, meeting friends or figuring out what to make for dinner so to have no worries expect what to choose on the menu each night and whether to head out in the morning for a trail run, yoga session or some surfing was a dream. We are currently really busy with work and buying a flat so this was the perfect escape before a busy few months back home.
If I haven’t sold it to you enough already, you can watch my little vlog from the trip on my youtube this weekend. Subscribe to my channel here. I can’t wait to head back with all our friends one day and even in the future when we have a family. It’s perfect for children too. If you’d like to find out more about the hotel and how to book, visit The Healthy Holiday Company website here.
You can get free 30 minute massage during stays between September-December 2018 if they book through The Healthy Holiday Company and and quote Lottie. The Healthy Holiday Company offer 7x nights at FeelViana from £695pp based on two sharing a Garden Suite on a B&B basis, with return flights from London Gatwick to Porto.
I have not been paid for this post, I was invited to review the hotel for my blog and social channels. This is a completely honest review, all opinions are my own.
If you are thinking of booking and would like to ask me any other questions then leave a comment below and I’d be happy to answer.
I’m such a morning person in the Summer. The fact it gets light before 6am helps me feel energised and I usually can’t wait to start the day. Sometimes I love to have lazy mornings with breakfast in bed, reading and the curtains pulled open so the sunshine is coming through but I also love to start my day with early morning movement a few times a week. I caught up with you back in March pre my 10k run in Greenwich park and how I was getting motivated to run in Spring, read the post here, so I thought I’d update you on my running goals and my new Summer morning routine plan.
The 10k was amazing. I’m so pleased I signed up and couldn’t recommend doing a running challenge enough even if it’s your park 5k run every Saturday, the atmosphere, the people and the support is really special and definitely lightens up a stressful week. I wasn’t able to train as much as I set out to as it was when the weather in London was snow and minus degrees but still felt great on the day and really relaxed. The Nike Epic React trainers helped me spring up those Greenwich hills too, okay maybe “spring” is a slight exaggeration but they felt great. I’d recommend Greenwich park for some intense hill training if you are up for it.
Last week I was in Sardinia teaching Pilates on retreat and it was so wonderful to have a morning routine. It was 8am yoga followed by breakfast, reading, Pilates and then we’d do more activities during the day. Of course this is retreat life and unfortunately can’t spend every morning like this back home but I do want to commit to a morning routine at least three times a week as we head towards Summer.
I love running and I love Pilates so my perfect morning involves both and I honestly feel so so much better when I start my day like this. The two activities really compliment each other as running is quite a repetitive movement which can lead to imbalances and Pilates helps support and condition all your joints and tone muscles which might be week.
I even dragged my boyfriend Sam out of bed the other week for a run at 6am around the park and it was beautiful, the sun was coming up and I felt fresh and so motivated to start the day. Then a couple of days later it was raining so we did 40 minutes of Pilates instead. Pilates and a run every day is my goal. I’m going to aim for…
3 x a week
20 minutes Pilates
Breakfast smoothie and journaling.
I feel this is realistic and achievable. Some mornings I teach at 7:30am so there’s no way I’d get that in before then and at least one morning at the weekend I love to have pancakes in bed and watch Netflix so this is ideal. I think we do put pressure on ourselves to be perfect sometimes and when I set such high expectations I tend to go the other way and rebel (myself)- aren’t humans funny! So I feel this is that middle line and hey hopefully I might even over achieve and do this routine 4 x a week.
They always say to set specifics when you set yourself a goal so I’m going to aim for this routine on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays just because those days work best for my routine.
If you want to join me in my morning Pilates and run routine you can find lots of my Pilates workouts on my YouTube channel.
It was a dream starting this new morning routine in Ibiza this week and I’m to Portugal next so will be packing my new face Nike Epic React trainers in the colour light cream/lemon wash/sail to help motivate me. I’m obsessed with these trainers in fact they may be my favourite pair I’ve had, I LOVE that they are all one colour and wear them not only to run but day to day too and feel stylish and put together. They even got me through some tough hikes while in Sardinia.
Shop the look here.
It was great to do the 10k in March and I’d love to aim for a half marathon by the end of the Summer. I went to watch the marathon a couple of weeks ago and it was so inspiring/scary. The people that achieve that and especially this year on the hottest day are absolutely heroes. Is anyone doing any running challenges this Summer? Let me know in the comments below.
Since writing my last blog post about my Spring reset, I had a little relapse. I got hit by the flu which completely wiped me out for a week but surprisingly it actually put me right off coffee and chocolate (two of my hard to budge vices), and I’ve launched nicely into my Spring reset this week-lemon water, green tea and lots of yummy fruit and vegetables. The illness also helped get me started on another of my Spring reset points which was to read before bed. The TV and my phone was giving me such a headache so I actually finished the book I was reading and am on to my next. I hate to say it but thank you flu. On Sunday, I was feeling well enough to take a trip to the farmers market and spend some time in the kitchen. I was craving all the vegetables to feel nourished from the inside out and I made my Mum and I this delicious nourish bowl. What is a nourish bowl?
I first read about a nourish bowl in an Australian cook book and they have popped up on friend’s Instagrams, in trendy healthy cafes and other cookbooks since but it’s simply a large bowl with an array of different nourishing dishes for the body; usually grains, some healthy fats, protein and lots of veggies. My version includes roasted sweet potatoes with rosemary and flaked sea salt, miso slaw, red onion kale, hummus, avocado and sesame seeds. It’s a joy to prepare and even more of a joy to eat. Here’s the recipe and watch the video to see how I make it too.
Nourish Bowl – serves 2
Roasted Rosemary and Flaked Sea Salt Sweet Potato Wedges
2 small sweet potatoes, cut into large wedges
2 tsps fresh rosemary
A pinch of flaked sea salt
Preheat oven to 200C. Toss the sweet potato in a baking tray with some olive oil, sea salt and the fresh rosemary. Rub it all together so the sweet potato is coated. Roast for 30 minutes, turning half way through.
1 cup white cabbage, shredded into thick slices
2 spring onions, finely sliced
1 carrot, coarsely grated
2 tbsps greek yogurt (use coconut yogurt if vegan)
2 tbsps white sweet miso
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tsps sesame oil
2 tsps tamari
Mix the yogurt, miso, ginger, garlic, sesame oil and tamari in a bowl and mix into the raw vegetables until it’s all coated and mixed together.
Red Onion Kale
1 red onion, sliced
1 tsp coconut oil
2 large handfuls of kale
Juice of 1 lemon
Pinch of sea salt
Heat a large lidded pan and add the coconut oil and red onion, cook the onion and stir occasionally for 5 minutes. Take the leaves off the kale stalks and add to the pan with a splash of water. Wilt down with the lid on the pan for 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice and sea salt.
2 large dollops of hummus
Assemble the roasted sweet potato, miso slaw, red onion kale around 2 large bowls, add 1/4 avocado to each bowl, a dollop of hummus and sprinkle of sesame seeds.
Well hello Spring, lovely of you to finally arrive. I know it’s not exactly shorts weather but the fact we are not wrapping ourselves up in 100 layers anymore is just wonderful. It’s crazy how much you can appreciate a little bit of sunshine and blue skies after what feels like the longest Winter ever. I’m so excited to start swapping my morning bowl of porridge for yummy smoothies and to swap lazy afternoons watching movies on the sofa to picnics in the park with fresh fruit salads. I’m excited to feel lighter in my body and mind, a little bit sun kissed and more energised. Spring and Summer are my seasons. The Winter has dragged a little and I feel it’s taken it’s toll on my health more than usual this year- so I’m starting a little Spring reset. I’m not going to make any drastic changes but it feels like a good time of the year to hit refresh and remind myself of all the ways to feel amazing, glowing and alive.
I’m doing a lot of travelling in May so I’m going to spend April taking some steps to look after myself so I feel the best I can feel before jetting off. Here’s some ways I’m resetting this Spring…
My Daily Detox Drink
I really try to drink as much water as possible but do find it harder during the Winter months which can start to have an affect on my skin, my energy levels and my digestion. Over the next few weeks I want to really focus on hydration and will be carrying my steel water bottle around with me everywhere filled up with Pukka’s Lean Matcha Green Tea. It’s a great one to sip on all day as it has a unique blend of cinnamon, ginger and fennel- the greenyness isn’t so harsh but the matcha gives me a calm focused energy. This is in no way a typical detox tea making silly claims of overnight weight loss and this is not my intention of Spring cleansing anyway but since I’ve been enjoying it daily I feel brighter, more alert and less bloated throughout the day.
The Supplements I Take + Green Smoothie Recipe
I currently take a B complex vitamin, a probiotic, and Vitamin D daily. Supplements are a tricky subject and so individual, it’s taken me a long time and my own research to find out what makes me feel good and I do notice a difference when taking them. I’d encourage you to read Exhausted To Energised by Libby Weaver if you’re lacking in energy post the Winter and want to educate yourself on all things energy! Over the next few weeks for my Spring reset I’m also going to take Pukka’s Aloe Vera Juice daily. I’m going to have it in a morning green smoothie as often as I can. Here’s the smoothie I’m going to have in the mornings as a way of getting in all those yummy greens.
My mental health is just as important if not more important than my physical health and this is really only something that has truly clicked this year. So as part of my Spring reset not only am I taking steps to feel better physically but also mentally and that starts with a weekly 24 Hour Digital Detox. The other weekend, I spent a whole Sunday not even looking at or touching my phone; instead I sat and read the Observer from back to front with Sam (our new fave newspaper), baked cookies, went to the market, watched documentaries, napped whilst watching documentaries; I felt completely rejuvenated and brand new by Monday and ended up having such a productive week. I usually spend weekends like this but also tend to check my phone, reply to WhatsApp’s, the odd emails, scroll through social media and the difference it made not doing this at all was so refreshing! Let go of the idea that you have to sacrifice your life, your sleep, your happiness, your energy, your time, your health to be successful because then what’s it all for?
Make Time and Space
I started the year whizzing through two books, The Book Of Dust and How To Stop Time (both I highly recommend), but then I got out of the habit and stopped making time (ironic).I slipped back into replying to emails and scrolling through social media on my commute and watching Netflix before bed but my general wellbeing feels so much better when I dedicate time every day to reading. I’ve just started The Vegetarian which is a strange yet intriguing book and I’m already hooked so good bye Instagramming on my commute!
I do regular wardrobe clear outs and a change of season is the perfect time for another. I’m really getting into capsule wardrobes and minimalism and am very gradually getting rid a lot of what I own in preparation to moving into a new flat. I’m going to spend a little time on my digital detox Sunday’s to create more space in my wardrobe, drawers, bathroom, mind etc.
Both of the above activities help my mind feel so clear and calm and help me make better decisions in general.
I love this quote on minimalism and it’s what’s inspiring me for this Spring reset…
Identify the essential,
eliminate the rest.
Love, Lottie x
I’m wearing Lululemon Leggings and ASOS 4505 Sports Bra, shop below.
By March I’m craving sunshine and absolutely plan on spending February next year somewhere hot and sunny and beachy! However, I was able to get my sunshine hit quite unexpectedly during a little getaway to Evian Spa in Lake Geneva last weekend. My lovely friend Venetia Falconer and I had been counting down to this trip for so long and after a very quick flight from Gatwick to Geneva we were on route around the stunning lake to Evian les Bains where the source of Evian is as well as their three hotels set amongst the mountains.
We checked into Hotel Royal and instantly felt very spoilt with rooms overlooking the lake with the biggest comfiest beds. The hotel is grand but not overwhelming which I liked. The lobby and lounge area is breath taking and looking back at the hotel from the lake is also spectacular.
I only met Venetia last June but she’s a friend I feel like I’ve known for year and certainly will be a true friend for life. We met on a retreat I hosted and I instantly felt relaxed in her company. This trip was such a wonderful way to spend quality girly time together and it really highlighted that we are absolute soul sisters with our shared love for simple vegetables and cosy nights chatting away with hot chocolates and vegan chocolate snacks.
We are both foodies and were very impressed with the delicious and varied dishes during our stay at Hotel Royal. My personal fave being the mushroom risotto served in the more relaxed restaurant out of the two at Hotel Royal, La Véranda.
The highlight of the trip for me however was for once not food related but our incredible adventure up into the snowy mountains with Thierry who is part of the Sports & Culture department at Hotel Royal. And what a brilliant guide he was. We didn’t really know what to expect and were slightly excited/nervous especially after seeing our snow boot, walking sticks and tennis racket like clip in things for our feet. We drove fifteen minutes to Bernex, Rhone-Alpes and stepped out into beautiful sunshine.
Thierry took us on a two hour walk up the mountain. I was absolutely in my element. There really is nothing better than outdoor activity, fresh air and the sun beaming. It was so peaceful and serene and Venetia and I are already planning our next mountain hike! And to top of that magical afternoon we returned back to Hotel Royal for a thai massage which was bliss. I realised I really love my ankles and feet being massaged which was much needed after trudging through the snow. It was quite a workout.
The hotel became our little home away from home and the perfect place to escape the London bubble. You can find more information on room prices and their Seasonal Yoga Programme; dedicated to rejuvenating mind, body and soul here.
Watch my What I Eat In A Day, Vegan in Evian vlog here to see more of the hotel, the food and the mountains. And watch Venetia’s video from the trip here too.
Love, Lottie x
*This post is not sponsored however the trip was kindly complimentary. All opinions and words are my own.
My Mum, the perfect example of a “non runner” perhaps even “non mover” at one stage set a goal to complete the couch to 5k last year and she did it. I hate to say that as though I’m surprised but she hasn’t really stuck to something fitness related ever. She stuck to the guidelines and schedule even during our family holiday in Portugal. Mum even continued to get her trainers on post the set 9 weeks and I went to a couple of Saturday morning 5k park runs with her near our home and it made me so proud seeing my mum cross the finish line. Since then, we’ve had a chat and realised that she needs a focus and new challenges to keep her motivated. Post Christmas she completed Race At Your Pace, receiving a little medal through the post as a sign of how she’s improved her fitness. After taking on my first fitness challenge last year and cycling 45 miles for the Princes Trust Palace To Palace Race and seeing Mum’s motivation recently I decided it’s time I signed up to a running challenge.
I love running and on average do 1 run a week but I’ve always wanted to push myself and feel this is the year to do it. Spring has arrived finally and I’m excited for more outdoor training. I was actually offered a place on the London Marathon but unfortunately had to turn it down due to other commitments but it pushed me to search for some races in Spring and was pleased to find there are just so many going on all the time in London. I’d love to aim for a half marathon by Summer but for now, I’ve signed up to a 10k race in Greenwich in March. It’s just under a month away so a nice comfortable goal to have as I’ve only ever ran 6-7k maximum. Although Greenwich park races are super tough as it’s so hilly! Mum knows she has to have a set goal and training schedule to get her trainers on and now I’m going to see how dedicated I can be to my training.
I’m going to be using Nike+ Run Club App to track my training and follow their 10k plan to get me there which you can download off there website and luckily I’ve been kitted out in the beautiful new Nick Epic React trainers.You may have seen the hype about these around the launch last week, I was so eager to try them and excited to wear them throughout this training.
Firstly I think they are such a pretty trainer and definitely got me out of my running block during a busy couple of weeks recently. I’d been running regular with Natalie on Sundays and then due to travels we missed a few weeks and I found it so challenging to get out there myself. However, I’ve been for 2 short runs now since getting the Nike Epic React kicks so far as well as worn them out and about and the first thing I noticed was how supportive and warm they are. They are soft, lightweight and kind of make me feel like bambi! Sometimes I go over on my ankles when I run which I think is due to dodgey pavements, the fact I’m clumsy and if I’m tired but I felt so balanced in these and even went out in them during the icy snowing week last week and didn’t end up on my bum.
The white colour is gorgeous for Spring that is hopefully coming after the snow and I can’t wait to run in them leading up to my race and beyond. They also have other colours, I love the grey colour too. Now time to convince Mum to sign up too.
My Training Goals And Notes
So I realise I actually only have 2 weeks now to train for this 10k and obviously I could probably just rock up and do it but I want to feel good and confident and those hills are kind of scaring me so here’s my plan for the next 2 weeks.
2-3 runs a week (2 x 4-5k and 1 x 8-9k).
1 x hill sprint training a week as part of run because Greenwich park is very hilly and tough!
Listen to podcasts (this really helps me get through longer distance runs rather than listening to music).
I love cooking at home, making recipes from my many many recipe books and creating my own concoctions from scratch but I must admit I do also eat out a lot because I love it! I live in London where it’s very hard not to be a foodie. I don’t really go to bars or clubs anymore and have definitely cut back on how much I spend on clothes so I feel this justifies that I do like to spend my money on coffees and food. Eek! From brunching to date night to the trendy new vegan fast food place here’s where I’ve eaten out recently and what I recommend ordering. Enjoy foodie friends…
Honey & Co’s sister and slightly more formal restaurant on Great Portland Street. We went here for a Friday night date night the other week because I had been talking about their feta cheesecake to Sam since we met. Start with the mezze selection to share and try all their beautiful middle eastern starters featuring a lot of tahini and then keep it veggie for the mains. The burnt aubergine or the cauliflower shawarma are examples of how to make vegetables SOOOO freaking tasty! But leave room for dessert and do not miss the feta and honey cheesecake. So apparently this was voted the third best dish in London! Not dessert, dish! It lives up to that because as I said I speak about it all the time! I was so happy to see it on the dessert menu here as well as at Honey & Co. It’s well worth the visit just for the cheesecake.
My go to brunch spot! Natalie and I head here after our runs on Sundays. I love all the locations and would take anyone new to the brunch scene in London here. They have recently opened one up opposite Cannon Street and the one in Exmouth Market is cute but my favourite for atmosphere is the Kings Cross one. You can keep it simple when you order here and still be amazed by how yummy they make the eggs! Sam always orders the maple granola as a side to his avocado on toast and I’d also recommend anything with the salmon on but my favourite is by far their grain bowl with seasoned brown rice, sesame salmon and the most amazing miso mayonnaise.
Seasoned brown rice, sesame salmon, avocado, miso mayonnaise, mung beans, pickled ginger, radish and furikake.
I can’t believe it took me so long to go here for lunch. I’d attended one of Ella’s book launches here but never had an opportunity to visit for food myself. I was so excited to find all of Ella’s classics available in hearty portions and with it being freezing outside, we ordered the vegetable thai curry and I added a side of the corn bread which was unbelievable! I found the recipe for the curry on Ella’s blog and have been making it since. I can’t wait to go back to try more and love the menu changes often.
The wonderful Venetia Falconer took me here for brekkie and it’s a good thing I don’t live around the corner too otherwise I’d be there spending way too much money on indulgent porridge and matcha lattes. The decor is beaut and the food is presented so beautifully. Just check out their Instagram for some serious food envy.
You might have seen the hype around the launch of this trendy fast food vegan restaurant that has come over from the U.S. After the launch, which was packed, I was eager to head back and get the full experience. It’s casual, quick and you won’t believe it’s vegan. We had the vegan fish fingers and sweet potato fries. The fish is tofu but somehow really does taste like fish! Mushy peas are my fave so I was happy see them accompanying the “happy meal” too. I’m excited to go back to try the quinoa tacos and was eyeing up the cookies too!
Vegan Fish Fingers
I love that their are new places popping up in London all the time and I’m also excited to be heading to Paris and New York this year to try lots of yummy food. Let me know if you have any recommendations!