Review: Es Figueral, Ibiza

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

Experiencing new places, new people and new cultures is one of life’s greatest privileges. Anyone who is lucky enough to travel should. Whether it’s to the next village, another city, another country or another continent.

Here’s my review of our family holiday to Ibiza. (Two grown-ups and a 3 year old)

Invisa Es Figueral Invisa Es Figueral

We headed to Es Figueral in Ibiza, a tiny resort towards the North of the Island, near Es Cana and Santa Eulalia. There’s not much to do in the village (it was smaller than I expected based on reviews I’d read) but it was lovely.

Invisa Es Figueral

We stayed at the Invisa Figueral resort, which is made up of two hotels (Calla Blanca and Calla Verde) and we stayed in Calla Blanca. Hotels isn’t really the right word to explain, as the resort was made up of several smaller buildings dotted around the magnificent gardens, with 10-20 apartments in each building. This gave the resort a much less ‘package’ feel and nowhere was ever too busy.

Es Figueral

There are 8 pools spread around the resort, some adults, some kids and a massive pirate ship pool that was great for the older children. There was also an indoor pool which never got busy, perfect for the mornings when the sun had yet to burn away the clouds.

We pretty much spent 80% of our time in the water, and they were toy friendly which was great!

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The view from the children’s playground

The resort is right on the beach, and Playa Es Figueral is one of the nicest beaches in Europe. Perfect for snorkeling, and there was pedalos, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards available to hire.

Es Figueral

The Food!!! Oh my word the food! We stayed all inclusive, which we haven’t done before, and I was super impressed. the main restaurant was open pretty much all day with the main sittings for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner wit snacks in between. There was a kids corner which the toddler loved. For the grown-ups, each day was different and some nights were themed. The food was all fresh, plentiful and the restaurant was really clean. The desert buffet was amazing! There were some really healthy options and some not so healthy, just what holidays are about! I am not ashamed to admit that I had churros with molten chocolate sauce with nearly every breakfast!

I didn’t manage to take many pictures of the food, because I didn’t want to look like one of those wankers who takes pictures of their food:-) Here’s a couple I secretly snapped!

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Top Tip: If you’re visiting Es Figueral, or any part of Ibiza, I would recommend hiring a car. There are loads of beautiful beaches and charming villages and towns all within 30 minutes. We didn’t hire one, but we did get the miniature train from Es Figueral to the Es Cana Hippy market which was fun.

We booked with Jet2 Holidays via their website, it was a simple process and I would definitely recommend Jet2 package holidays to anyone looking for a getaway with their family. We paid for the trip ourselves, I don’t have that many followers that I get paid for content, yet;-)

The link to our hotel is here: https://www.jet2holidays.com/balearics/ibiza/playa-es-figueral/invisa-figueral-resort

All in all, a brilliant week in Ibiza!

 

Friday Round-Up: Recharged

Hello internet family! After a week in sunny Ibiza I’m feeling recharged with renewed energy and ready to tackle life’s challenges, big and small!

There’s a lot to catch-up on, so grab a brew (or a glass of wine) and settle in!

The Holiday

Ahhhh, so relaxing! The three of us headed to Es Figueral in Ibiza for a week of family time in the sun. We spent most of our time in the water (either the pool or the lovely Playa Es Figueral) and the rest of the time eating! Just what a holiday should be:-)

Given the amount of ice cream, local cuisine and the occasional glass of cava and beer, I came home the same weight as I left, so wahoo! I’m doing a full holiday recap with photos this weekend, so keep an eye out!

Es Figueral
Sunset view over the beach
Es Figueral
The view from the children’s playground

Anxiety

During my second session of hypnotherapy, we delved deeper into stress release and I actually ended the session by bursting into tears. My therapist assured me this was common, and that it is a physical release of the stress you’re letting go of. Since then, I have been feeling much calmer in my mind. Firstly, my flying anxiety reduced significantly, and I even enjoyed the flight home (the prosecco helped, of course) and am now looking forward to more holidays abroad. I’m hoping to book Nerja in Spain next.

Generally, I felt my anxiety spike again when I returned to work, which signals that I need to stop talking about doing something and actually take some actions to reduce this stress. First, I’m going to arrange a 1-2-1 with my boss to discuss my unhappiness at work. I’m going to out more effort into creating my own business (marketing and business consulting for local SMBs – check out my website with the link below) and I’m going to keep my eye out for other jobs. Knowing that I’m taking these actions is helping me to avoid any high levels of anxiety.

SBC Marketing

Eating

My eating habits have been all over the place, partly because we didn’t do a ‘big shop’ after the holiday and partly because I’m still in holiday spirit! Whilst we were away I ate a mixture of fresh foods (lots of fruit and veg) and some naughty treats (think fresh Churros with chocolate sauce at EVERY breakfast) and I’m still craving the Mediterranean diet. I’ll do an ‘eats of the week’ post next week as I’ve taken loads of pictures recently, but here’s a slaad I made this week. Baked chicken with herbs, potatoes roasted with the chiken, lambs lettuce, carrots, cucumber, celery and peppers with EVOO and lemon juice, ground black pepper and sesame seeds!

Chicken Salad
Chicken Salad

ON the flip side, because life is all about balance, I ate 2/3 of a family size bag of chili heatwave Doritos after Zumba last night. #BALANCE

Exercise

I was definitely much more active whilst on holiday and that undoubtedly helped me maintin my weight rather than add on the pounds. Since returning I’ve been for a short run (3.2 km, 19 mins) to ease myself back into running, and Zumba.

Colourful Activewear
Colourful Activewear – M7S leggings, Asics trainers

I’m now looking for a 10k race later this year or early in 2017 to aim towards. I think my lack of running has added to my anxiety, and I feel much less fit, so I’m keen to get back to it.

How have you all been? Any late Summer holidays?
xoxo

Stir-fry to start the health kick!

So, the lack of exercise and unbalanced diet I’ve been eating has left me at 166lb! I haven’t been this heavy since early last year. I know that we shouldn’t let the scale define us, but the number is definitely a reflection of my lack of fitness.

So henceforth I’m putting myself on a health kick, re-focusing on what I’m eating, which will be mostly whole foods with the occasional goodie.

Here’s a picture of a homemade turkey stir-fry I made this week (turkey breast, vegetables and cauliflower rice with a sauce made from teriyaki sauce, soy sauce,  lime juice and fresh chili with a tablespoon of peanut butter)…so good!

Homemade turkey stir-fry (1) Homemade turkey stir-fry (2)

I’ll also be upping my exercise output to try and fit in at least 3 sweat sessions a week – 1 x zumba 2 x run and 1 x HIIT strength workout.

I’ll be running Salford 10k again in September and after last weekend’s slower than average race time I’m looking to shave off at least 5 minutes in the next 2 months. 4 workouts a week should be enough, though I’ll likely ad in an extra run later in August.

Holiday tone-up

I know, I know, I know that I shouldn’t need to tone up for my holiday because 1) our body doesn’t define us whether we’re wearing a bikini or not and 2) a healthy lifestyle should mean that you don’t need to make any drastic changes before you do away BUT… I’m still going to make an effort to feel more comfortable in my own skin by late September.  I also have an awesome new swimsuit and want to be able to feel confident playing with the toddler on the beach or by the pool all day!

Here’s a shot from this morning (July 15th) and I’ll post another every couple of weeks to track picture progress!

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Ignore the “just out of the shower” hair!

Happy Friday everyone!
xoxo

Pre-Holiday Slim Down

OK, so I may have left it a bit late to get the bikini body I am looking for. There are just 26 days left until I jet off to Portugal for sun, sea, sand and pure relaxation, which means just 26 days left to de-bloat and try to tone up a little.

So here are my weight-loss aims for my holiday to Portugal:

  1. Reduce my wobbly belly
  2. Tone my arms
  3. Tone my legs

Now I don’t think these three aims are too hard, I am not asking for miracles, just to be able to notice a difference when I step onto the beach.

So, how am I going to achieve my aims? Here’s the plan.

Exercise

  • At least 30 minutes of exercise a day, even when I don’t go to the gym and it is raining outside. That means NO excuses. That means EVERYDAY.
  • At the gym, I am going to focus on cardio (treadmill and bike) followed by free-weights for my triceps and then lunges/squats for my legs.
  • At home, I have downloaded several cool apps onto my new Google Nexus 7 tablet including daily workout, YOGA trainer and daily arm exercises.

Food

  • No carbonated drinks unless it is sparkling water
  • No heavy carbs on an evening (potatoes, bread, pasta) unless I have had a very light lunch and breakfast
  • More fruit and vegetables in my daily diet – something at each meal
  • Post daily menus on my blog – hopefully this will help me to keep track, and now that I have the WordPress app on my tablet, there is no excuse!
  • Limit my alcohol intake (I can’t cut it out, and I don’t want to!) and stick with gin and slim line tonic or martini and sparkling water
  • Don’t go mad in the first week by cutting out whole food groups, stay realistic and if I have a treat, make up for it at the gym

So that’s the plan. Hopefully in just under 4 weeks I will have dropped half a stone or so, toned up and feel less wobbly!

Today’s Menu

Breakfast = apple and water

Snack = Breakfast Bar

Lunch = Ham and salad (no mayo/salad cream) and corn chips

Dinner = Homemade Garlic Bread with spinach, asparagus and parma ham (no cheese or tomato)

Do you have any tips for a quick pre-holiday slim down?

xoxo

Having a Target – Summer Holidays

So, I am a big believer in setting yourself realistic targets for weight loss, and my current state of heaviness is a perfect example of what happens when you don’t have something to aim for.

Take last year for example. I had my wedding day as the biggest target of all, with smaller targets of a hen-party, weekends away and the honeymoon to aim towards. Once this had all finished, the weight crept back on and I have now re-gained everything I lost.

If I had kept targets in mind, such as festivals or my wedding anniversary, I am pretty sure I would have at least made a bit more effort to stay on a healthy track.

Instead, I now find myself having to set new targets for this year and keep it up in the years to come.

I have mentioned some of my targets in my return to the blog back in May and now I have the biggest motivator of the year…I have booked my Summer holiday!

 

Not me, unfortunately!!

The hubby and I will be travelling to Alvor in Portugal in late August/early September and I want to be bikini ready! My preparation will include eating healthier, and recent recipe posts have helped with this, and getting back into the gym!  So expect lots of “wahoo, I have had a good week” or “whaaa I am a big fat slob” posts coming over the coming weeks and months.

The countdown begins… 85 days to go

Where are you all going on your Summer holidays???

xoxo