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Ibiza fun

I absolutely adore Ibiza, I’ve been there three times and filmed a travel show
there this summer too. I never had any desire to visit Ibiza before I went there
for work a couple of years ago. I just associated it with being a crazy party
Island and as much as I love a party its not what I want to spend my holiday
doing.

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I was completely wrong with my preconceptions about Ibiza, although it
has the party side its also the most chilled Island ever. I have yet to do one of
the super clubs but I think Ibiza will be somewhere I visit at least once a year, I
can imagine taking entire summers to live there, I just love it.
I went for a little holiday with Spencer last Thursday evening, we decided to go
to a Bootcamp because I had a few days off but made sure we had two days at
the beginning of the week to do nothing but chill.

IMG_5708We stayed in the Sir Hotel which is a new hotel on the Island. Itʼs in the middle of absolutely everything
and it has a really cool vibe. The decor is really cool and our room had a bed in
the shape of a circle! I love a good hotel and I will be staying at the Sir again for
sure. Itʼs a hotel group with a few locations around the world. They have one of
my favourite restaurants in the hotel, Izakaya is a Japanese restaurant and it is
seriously delicious. I just went to their restaurant in Amsterdam and the food
was amazing there too. We spent our first day chilling by the pool at the Sir
hotel, the staff are really attentive and they even give you a cool pop during the
day, total winner!

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The second day we took the hotel boat out for the day, I really
wish we had done this for both days because it was just beautiful. We left the
hotel after an amazing breakfast at midday and met our captain down at the
port. The boat was big enough to have 4-6 people on it for the day and it’s
totally worth it if you go over. We were brought to loads of gorgeous spots
around Ibiza and swam in the clearest sea for the day. Formentera is an island
just off Ibiza, it’s stunning and we decided to head to shore here for lunch. We
had tonnes of different seafood which was really nice.

We stayed on the boat until 7.30pm, it was really relaxing and I felt like I got to see a lot more of Ibiza
from the boat. We went back to the hotel and went to Izakaya for food again,
last meal before bootcamp so we had to make sure it was good!
I’ve only ever been to one bootcamp in my life, it was a really rainy weekend in
Somerset and although I did love it, I loved the sound of a bootcamp in the sun
even more! Training is a big part of my life, it’s my favourite thing to do but I felt
like I needed an extra little push particularly with my food. I couldn’t wait to get
started at the No1 Bootcamp in Ibiza, I’ve heard so much about No1 Bootcamp
and it seemed to be the best one available.

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We arrived Sunday morning at a beautiful villa on the hills, there was 13 of us in total doing the bootcamp of all
different fitness levels. Each day in Bootcamp is really different and training is
mixed up all the time. I find with bootcamp that you become naturally
competitive so you end up really pushing yourself. I was only able to stay at the
camp for three days as I had work but I cannot wait to go back and do the full
week. Here is an example of what a day entailed…

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7.20am Snack – This would consist of a few almonds and a dried apricot but I
was doing a protein programme so I had a scoop of protein with water.
7.30 Jungle Runner – A runner I am not!! I found this quite tough and I thought I
would struggle with such a long run and my bad knee but ended up loving it.
We jogged, stopping at different points to do burps or press ups and lots of hill
sprints. I was absolutely exhausted after this but it felt great to do such a tough
work out before breakfast.

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9-10 Breakfast – This varies, when I was there we had bircher muesli, another
day it was eggs and the last day it was porridge with banana.
10-11 Work rest and play – I genuinely thought this meant spend some time on
your laptop, this was not the case. It was a really intensive HIIT style work out.
11-11.30 Fuel – This was usually carb free, I had a Greek salad (no feta) one of
the days.
11.30-12.30 Suns Out Guns Out – This was a weights session in the glorious
sunshine, very difficult but everyone was using different weights depending on
their ability. This work out also included sprints, burps and mountain climbers.
12.30-14 Lunch – A tomato, chicken and chick pea stew, absolutely delicious
and perfect for re-fuelling.
14-15.15 Boxing – Self explanatory!
15.15-15.45 Fuel – I am going to include the recipe for my favourite snack, a
date and butter bean dip! It was served on a rice cake and it may be higher on
my list than hummus!
15.45-17 Hike – The hikes are just beautiful, still quite difficult but the views
make you forget that your legs are sore.
17-17.30 Stretching
18 Dinner – My favourite dinner was a gorgeous coconut, chicken and spinach
curry, I will get the recipe for this too it’s unreal.
No1 Bootcamp was brilliant, the trainers, chef and all the staff were so nice
helpful and good at their job, they ensure that everyone is happy. The
bootcamp was really difficult but really chilled out at the same time. There was
plenty of opportunities to lay by the pool between sessions and at night
everyone just watched movies but to be honest we were all in bed by nine! I had
a massage while I was there too, they had two masseurs come to the villa for
everyone, exactly what we needed after a long day training. I went to the
bootcamp to lose a few pounds that I was still holding from when I had my knee
operation. I didn’t want to lose any muscle mass so I had protein twice a day. I
was only there for two days so I wasn’t expecting to lose much but I ended up
losing 5 pounds as well as loads of inches. To be honest the weight loss is a
bonus, what I’m most happy about leaving the bootcamp is the knowledge I
gained. I just eat excessive amounts of food and it’s not necessary but we are
all a little guilty of it. I learnt loads of new training techniques so although I am
looking forward to a pizza I definitely plan on being much healthier. I’ve already
booked into the No1 Bootcamp in Norfolk in December and then Marrakesh in
January, it’s my new favourite kind of holiday!

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Coconut Chicken Curry
Serves 4

Ingredients
200ml reduced fat coconut milk
600ml chicken stock
100g coriander leaves and stalks, finely chopped, plus extra sprigs to
garnish
Low calorie cooking spray (less than one calorie per spray)
1 level tbsp Thai green curry paste
2 green chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
800g skinless chicken thigh fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces
6 fresh or dried kaffir lime leaves
2 tbsp Thai fish sauce
200g baby aubergines or veg of choice , cut into bite-sized pieces
200g green beans, trimmed
Juice of 1 lime, plus extra wedges to serve
Red chilli slivers, to garnish
method
Place the coconut milk, half of the stock and the chopped coriander in a
blender or food processor and blend until well mixed. Strain the mixture
using a fine sieve and discard the coriander.
Spray a large wok or saucepan with low calorie oil spray, add the green
curry paste and green chillies and stir-fry over a high heat for 2-3 minutes.
Stir in the chicken and cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is lightly
browned.
Stir in the coconut milk mixture, the remaining stock, lime leaves, Thai fish
sauce, aubergines. Simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes, stirring
occasionally.
Add the green beans and continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lime juice. Serve garnished
with coriander sprigs and red chilli slivers.
Healthy Butter bean dip
Makes 1 small bowl full
Ingredients
1 410 g Rhodes Butter Beans
1 clove garlic – minced
juice and zest of lemon
salt and pepper to taste
1 very small chili – chopped
60 ml extra virgin olive oil
1 handful of fresh basil
Method
Place all the ingredients in your food processor and blitz until the
butter bean pate has the texture and consistency you like. Taste
and adjust seasoning. Spoon into a small bowl and drizzle with
olive oil and serve with carrot/celery sticks

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