Jan. 11 2019
Liz Baker Plosser is the Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health, and has recently been tasked with overseeing all of WH’s digital platforms, as well as the print magazine. Talk about an important role. Before her current covetable position, Liz was a deputy editor at SELF, a senior editor at Cosmopolitan, and even worked as the senior director of content at SoulCycle. If her extensive resume wasn’t impressive enough, Liz is also a supermom with three kids, enjoys waking up very early in the morning to work out, and counts classes like SLT, The Class by Taryn Toomey, Barry’s Bootcamp, and SoulCycle as her favorites. How does this media boss end a busy day? She breaks it down for us below.
7 P.M. If we’re not on deadline at WH, and I don’t have an evening event, then I’m home by now. Usually my husband Matt is, too. My three kiddos (George is 3, Charlie and Lucy are 7) often peer out the front window and erupt into smiles and laughter when they catch sight of me. It makes my heart burst every time.
7:15 P.M. It’s a bit of a circus as we all catch up on each other’s days. Matt and I love to cook (though I’m his sous chef!) so we’re also beginning to prep dinner—usually something pretty simple like pizza (we have homemade doughs ready to go in the fridge) and Brussels sprouts (my absolute fave weeknight meal), stir-fry, or African peanut soup. I will often pour myself a glass of red wine to segue into relaxation mode.
7:45 P.M. The nanny has already bathed and pajama’ed the kids (life hack!), and now we let them watch about 20 minutes of a movie to wind down and give Matt and me space to think about the next day—who is going to do school drop-off, who has an early meeting or dinner, etc. I like making the coffee for the morning now, too, and also setting out my running or gym outfit for the next morning. As an early riser (5:17 a.m., most mornings), this preemptively cements tomorrow’s early wake-up and workout. I’ll also turn the fan on in our bedroom and crack a window so it’s nice and chilly in there when I’m ready for bed—I love snuggling under the duvet.
8:15 P.M. We alternate who reads the kids a book. Right now we’re reading them Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and we just finished all of the Little House on the Prairie books. If Matt’s reading, I’ll generally use this time catch up on work email or edits that didn’t get done before I walked out the door. Then I come down and tuck in each kiddo and annoy them with a million kisses and reminders of all of the things I love about them.
8:45 P.M. We finally eat at the kitchen table! Some nights we’ll boot up an iPad and watch a show—Homecoming and Succession are in rotation right now. At this point, I’m drinking LaCroix and I’ll have another before bed—it’s a bit of an addiction for me.
9:00 P.M. I’m in the bathroom doing my nighttime ritual with various Drunk Elephant, Origins and Fresh products. I take my probiotic and magnesium supplements. I also have this ritual that Colleen McMann, an energy practitioner, taught me more than a year ago. I close my eyes and remember the conversations/interactions I had during the day that were filled with energy—whether positive or negative—and thank that person for that time together, then release and let go of it. Something about this routine clears my head before bed.
9:15 P.M. Another part of my wind-down routine is to spend a few minutes working on achey muscles with my Hypervolt. I’m completely obsessed with it! If I’m feeling extra inspired, I’ll rub on some CBD balm to really make my muscles happy before bed.
9:30 P.M. In my dream world, I’m propped on pillows by now, reading a New Yorker article or a book (Bad Blood at the moment). But I’m punctuating it all with some Insta scrolling, commenting and liking on my friends’ and colleagues’ posts.
10 P.M. Ideally I’m asleep by now! But our little guy George has probably popped upstairs a few times asking for one more tuck-ing/glass of water/hug, so I may also be shuttling him back into bed.