In the first week of September I went on holiday to Croatia. One of Croatia’s main attractions is the fact it is breathtakingly beautiful. Even as we flew into the coast, the picturesque hills patterned with tall green trees left me speechless and that was just the start. Our hotel was built into a cliff face overlooking the ocean and Dalmatian Islands. Everywhere we looked there was another stunning landscape view. I spent the first evening on my balcony watching the sunset over the sea. The sky would change to the most gorgeous pinks, oranges and turquoise. This photo doesn’t even do it justice!
I think I may have mentioned before that I am not a fan of the gym. A primary reason for this is that I get bored easily! I am disciplined in many aspects of my life but when it comes to motivating myself at the gym I am a complete ‘bum’! That is why recently I have been going to a personal trainer once a week to try something different and challenge my body in a different way! I am very lucky that the personal trainer is my friend Luke who works at the luxury health and fitness centre The Albany Club in Great Portland Street.
My parents have always said to me ‘we know you better than you know yourself!’ I used to think how is that possible- no-one knows me like I do! But now I think I know what they mean. There are certain traits that I think the closest people to you see more than you recognize yourself. I’ve recently really tuned into me, come out of denial and accepted that I do have some little flaws! It’s empowering to accept everything about yourself (good traits and not so good traits ;))
In my case, I am known as ‘princess’ Lottie. As in, I don’t like it when things don’t go my way and I can become quite a little brat when they don’t. Until recently, I didn’t see this at all! My parents and boyfriend would tell me and I’d get in a grump, sulk and go crazy that they thought I was like that (Lottie- stomping her feet!) My boyfriend said to me a couple of months into our relationship ‘you don’t like it when things don’t go your way do you?’ I told him he was completely wrong and I don’t mind at all. ‘I’m really easy going LA LA LA’ And I genuinely believed I was!
I love girly evenings in and I am the master of them! I love being the hostess and my house has hosted many a girly sleepover in its time! I think it’s important to always make time for your besties and we don’t have to go out to have a good time. Just being in each others company is important as we completely off load our troubles, have a moan, have a giggle, have a gossip, debate, dig deep and discover new things (last week we thought we’d try to read each other auras in my garden!)
Our weekly gatherings are usually at my house but last Friday we went to Emily’s (who was cat sitting) and she (Emily not the cat) cooked us an amazingly detoxing vegetable thai curry and scrummy cacao dessert! I’ve asked Emily’s permission to post the recipe for the curry on here as it was so delicious and literally made us all feel very cleansed! It shows you can have a girly curry night in your PJs and be healthy AND without breaking the bank!!
Some days I need something a little bit more hearty than my usual breakfast smoothie or porridge and usually on a Saturday morning I have more time to experiment. I love pancakes and they are so easy to make without tons of sugar, flour and butter.
These pancakes are guilt free and very simple, I literally just used what I had left over in my kitchen as Saturday is ‘food shopping’ day! They can also be made gluten free if you use gluten free porridge oats. I used a combination of wholegrain rolled oats and gluten free porridge oats. There was no reason for this apart from the fact that I only had 20g of rolled oats left but the combining textures of the oats worked really well.
Did you know that fat doesn’t make you fat! I eat a lot of fat, a day doesn’t go by without me scoffing fat fat fat! I love the word fat! And don’t be scared of it! I am talking about good fat! Essential fatty acids! A good balance of fats has an anti- inflammatory effect and promotes heart health, a mix of different fats is crucial for optimal health, energy and our metabolism! NOTE: I am NOT, I repeat, NOT talking about processed fats- (margarine, cakes, biscuits- soz!!)
A day doesn’t go by without me eating at least a handful of nuts, avocados, coconut oil or olive oil- normally all of those everyday actually! In my dancer days, I used to be scared of eating fat but since increasing my fat intake, my metabolism has hit the roof and my skin has become a lot more glowy and even.
I just got back from 4 amazing days in Malta with my mum. My mum and I go away every year to somewhere new and it’s our time to recharge our batteries and relax. We have so far been to Seville, Paris, Tenerife, Madrid, Almafi Coast and now Malta. Every year has been completely different depending on how we feel and the time of year we go, some years we like to explore the country we are in and go site seeing and other years we have been known to just sleep for hours in our hotel room because we really needed to sleeeeep! I am so grateful to be able to call my mum my best friend and she continues to inspire me every day. As well as inspiring me with her profound wisdom and values, my mum is such a laugh- she is silly, nutty, crazy and clumsy (she fell into a hedge, down stairs and hit her head on a cab door in one day this holiday!) We do have a right giggle!!
I don’t think you truly feel your thighs and butt until you experience a barre class! Barre classes are popping up everywhere in London at the mo as celebs and the US are all over it, we brits like to jump on board too! I have a vast and extensive knowledge of ballet technique and have started my own barre inspired class in Liverpool Street which has been a hit! Fully booked and looking to add more classes!
So what makes these classes different to your usual Pilates, body pump or conditioning class? I take typical ballet barre exercises and fundamentals and combine them with Pilates, abit of cardio and core work for a burning kick ass workout!
I love reading health and fitness magazines- obviously! But I do sometimes find it really funny when they are quite contradicting from week to week or even page to page! One page will have an article on how you shouldn’t eat low fat products with sweeteners then you turn over a couple of pages and there’s a huge advert for the newest muller light yogurt!
However, you have to take it all like a pinch of salt, choose the information you believe wisely and don’t take things you read in magazines to be the absolute truth just because they are printed on a beautifully designed page!