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.
D A Y 2
Bye Sugar and Hello Steps
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.
D A Y 4
Feel The Burn and Exfoliate
Today combine my 3 Minute Glute Activation Pilates Routine and my Feel The Burn Pilates Routine for 20 minutes of sculpting, strengthening and lengthening. Doing even 20 minutes of Pilates makes me feel more body confident, makes me stand taller and feel good from the inside out.
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.
Love, Lottie x
*This post is in partnership with The Sports Edit. All words and opinions are my own. I am a qualified Pilates teacher and a certified Holistic Health Coach.