Last week I was lucky enough to be in Ibiza with Our Retreat for a week of training, healthy food, hiking, yoga, Pilates and sunshine. I taught the guests Pilates but was also able to fully immerse myself into the retreat too and soaked up lots of new information. I was really inspired to come back home and take things from retreat life into my busy London life. We can always keep learning, growing and trying to better ourselves especially when it comes to health and wellbeing; this retreat came at a perfect time for me and I wanted to share some nuggets of retreat life with you, check out my vlog too…
Richie Norton otherwise known as The Strength Temple was hosting the retreat and we would be training under his watchful eye every morning. Richie measured our body fat at the start of the week and the end of the week which is something I’ve only ever had done once before as it’s not my usual approach to training and staying healthy however I was actually quite interested to see how my body would respond to a week of higher intensity training, regular healthy balanced meals and without the stress of running around London. Although I felt like I was eating a lot more, I actually lost 2% body fat in 5 days which I believe was from a number of reasons. I got 8-9 hours of sleep every night, we were eating our meals at the same time every day, we started each day with a weighted high intensity workout, I was fully in the moment every day and didn’t feel stressed apart from once when I looked at my emails. Silly emails! Sleep is a hot topic at the moment but when you truly see and feel the difference in yourself you’ll realise why. I’ve always been a good sleeper but in London, social media distraction, early morning clients and the odd girly cocktail night means I probably miss out on my usual 8 hour sleeps a few times a week. In Ibiza, my roomie/bestie Natalie and I would get into bed, put a drop of cbd oil 10% on our tongue to help us relax, check out phones for 5-10 minutes and then sit with our journals and read our books for half an hour until we fell asleep. We did this consistently for 6 nights in a row and I found I had energy all day every day, I felt clear and calm, my skin felt better and I noticed I wasn’t craving my usual snacks between meals. I’m going to make this night time routine and getting enough sleep even more of a priority now I’ve truly experienced how much effect sleep has on all other areas of my life. On the retreat we started the day with a smoothie at 7:30am, breakfast at 10am, lunch at 1pm and dinner at 7pm. We’d perhaps have a 3pm cacao hot chocolate or handful of snacks but this was the timings we stuck to every day. In London I never have set meal times, I’m always eating at different times and rarely even have 3 solid meals a day. I’ve known for a while this is something I need to address but it felt so good to eat this way that I’m not implementing set meal times into my life. I feel like my body really liked knowing when it’s next meal would be and actually made me feel less hungry between meals. The same a regular bed time and wake up time helps your body feel balanced, I think set meal times do too. For me anyway. This is going to be hard considering I teach at different times every day but I’m going to more of less stick to same times we did on the retreat. I can’t really avoid the stress of a busy London lifestyle creeping back in a little but I can change my mindset about it. If we let ourselves believe that stress is effecting our health then it more than likely will in my opinion. If we view stress as a signal to be more productive or to slow down or to release some energy then perhaps we can use it in a positive way rather than a negative way that makes us feel overwhelmed, frustrated and ill. It was pretty impossible to feel stressed in Ibiza when you’re watching the sunset over the beautiful ocean or feeling the sun on your skin during a yoga session. These moments bring us right into the present and put life into perspective reconfirming for me how important of getting outdoors and moving our bodies really is. Some Retreat Nuggets I’m Going To Bring Into My Life
- Use a combination of pea, rice and hemp protein in my smoothies to get a balance of essential amino acids.
- Journal every evening to reflect on the day and set goals for the next.
- Use more rosemary, turmeric and fresh ginger.
- Use the stairs when training legs! (If I’m brave enough)
- Move to Ibiza. 😉
Love, Lottie x *Find out more about Our Retreat.