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Ashley and Brady at Tilden merry-go-round by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

Hello, associates! How are you? Feeling festive? I hope so, as a result of right here we’re shifting into Christmas weekend identical to that. December definitely glided by shortly, didn’t it?

This weekend isn’t solely a very good one due to the vacation, however it’s additionally my birthday on Sunday — one other yr older and wiser. I do know I’m getting a therapeutic massage on that day, however unsure what else. Aside from that, Dave, Brady and Rudy and I are staying put for the vacation this yr and are celebrating as somewhat foursome solely — and the great half about that’s that we gained’t be packing and/or spending any time within the airport — woohoo. What are your Christmas plans?

It’s the top of the week, so it’s time for my typical random number of favorites that includes health, enjoyable, life, food and all the things in between. Right here we go … 

Household

Taking Brady to the Tilden Park Merry-go-Spherical

I spent a while researching vacation actions to do with younger youngsters within the East Bay of SF, and there isn’t a lot that takes place in the course of the daytime and is accessible for a toddler Brady’s age. There are one million festivals and Christmas exhibits and nighttime issues, however when your kiddo goes to mattress at 6:45 p.m., your window of exercise is far earlier. Nevertheless, upon my analysis I found a couple of points of interest for toddlers within the Tilden Park space close to Oakland, so Dave and I deliberate to go there as quickly as Brady awakened from his nap on Saturday.

Dave and Brady on the merry-go-round by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

I used to be wanting ahead to taking our little man on the Tilden Park Merry-Go-Spherical, however boy did I underestimate how entertaining it will be to take Brady to a brand new place to attempt new issues. He was actually squealing with pleasure whereas individuals watching. Though he was a bit nervous and reserved on his two precise merry-go-round rides, it was clear he was loving the scene, full with the Christmas music and decorations too.

Ashley and Brady at the merry-go-round by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

Dave took Brady the primary time and stood subsequent to him holding him whereas he rode, and I videoed virtually each time they got here round and waved too. My annoyingly excessive “mom” voice was at its highest but, and I didn’t care in any respect hehehe.

We took somewhat snack break after the primary experience, then I acquired the prospect to take him. He was wide-eyed and simply lovable the entire Three-minute journey — which by the best way was solely $Three, so these two rides made up one worthy $6 funding, with no admission to the little park space required and straightforward parking.

Brady on the merry-go-round by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

Ashley and Brady on the merry-go-round by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

On the drive residence (which is a winding one, down the mountain, wheww), I used to be telling Dave that earlier than turning into a mother, I dreaded the considered doing child issues. However now, rapidly, I’m excited to do them. It’s simply as a lot enjoyable for us mother and father as it’s for the littles. This outing was the spotlight of my week, and I stored picturing Brady’s little physique on that merry-go-round, and it made me smile each time!

Brady at the merry-go-round by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

Enjoyable

Getting a library card

Sure, that is filed underneath the “fun” class!

Earlier this week, I lastly went to the library and obtained a library card. I’ve learn each e-book in our home and have ordered a ton and completed them too, so I figured perhaps I ought to borrow books as an alternative (it’s higher for the setting too).

Brady and I swung into our native Walnut Creek library after the health club and signed up for my library card and picked up two fiction books by writers I’ve learn from earlier than … right here’s hoping they’re each enjoyable, and I get them learn in three weeks earlier than they’re due again. Who else goes to the library?

Library card by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

Library books by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

I used to do work there once I was pregnant and needed to get out of the home, however that is my first time testing books since school. It’s a pleasant place, and I might’ve stayed longer if Brady wasn’t being so chatty in his stroller.

Proven above are the 2 mild and fluffy books I’ll be digging into.

Occasions

SoulCycle Self-Care Sunday within the Metropolis

Fact be advised, as a lot as I really like going to health occasions, I don’t love being gone for too lengthy on the weekends, when it’s our solely time to do household stuff (oh parenthood — I want time away, however then I don’t need an excessive amount of in order that I miss issues). Nevertheless, I RSVPed sure to the SoulCycle Self-Care Sunday weeks in the past and was excited to get into the Metropolis for some enjoyable. I’ve been a digital influencer for SoulCycle this yr, and I’ve grown to like my time on the bike in these courses in the dead of night studio. It’s like a mini-therapy session typically.

Ashley at SoulCycle Castro by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

It was a dreary and wet day, and I took the BART in from the East Bay and arrived simply in time to stroll to SoulCycle Castro, which is in a stunning nook spot within the coronary heart of the neighborhood. I stated hello to a few of the different women there, and met my good friend Jill, who was my visitor, then we hopped into a category with probably the most superb teacher, Joe.

I’ve taken a whole lot of SoulCycle courses with loads of instructors, and Joe is BY FAR my favourite. He was charismatic, entertaining, he commanded the room, gave simply the correct quantity of problem, and better of all — he gave COACHING at first of the exercise and all through to ensure everybody was safely doing what they wanted to do — with out being too informative and killing the vibe. Oftentimes in SoulCycle, although it’s enjoyable, there’s not a whole lot of instruction — and the health skilled in me doesn’t like that in any respect — so Joe was prime notch in my eyes.

After an superior class, we showered up, then headed over to The Meeting ladies’s membership, which I’ve been to as soon as earlier than. It’s a superbly designed place in an previous church within the Mission District. As soon as there, we chatted, opened our present luggage and then took a restorative yoga class, which was such a deal with. I almost fell asleep whereas mendacity there within the lengthy poses supported with bolsters and smelling the important oils. Heavenly is the phrase! By the best way, The Meeting has an excellent line-up of health courses, wellness occasions and all types of programming for ladies — undoubtedly value testing in the event you stay within the Metropolis.

The Assembly yoga class by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

We completed up the day of actions round Three:30 p.m., and Dave, Brady and Rudy picked me up from the BART station again residence within the East Bay, so I had just a little little bit of time to hang around with them earlier than we needed to get Brady to mattress.

General, it was nice to get out of my neck of the woods, take a sweaty and enjoyable cycle class, hang around with some superior influencer women and pals, then finish the occasion with some main rest in yoga with one other super-skilled teacher. I’m so glad I went to this present day! Thanks for having me, SoulCycle. (Aspect word: After having fun with that yoga class a lot, I understand I want to determine the best way to make time to get to a studio yoga class each occasionally — it’s soooo good for me.)

Food

Tone It Up peanut butter protein powder

I can’t inform you how typically individuals ask me about my favourite protein powder. I used to like Vega Sport Chocolate, I’ve additionally used and loved Sunwarrior Chocolate, and I sometimes go for plant-based protein powder.

I’ve been buying new manufacturers of protein powder and haven’t provide you with a superb one to share with you till — of all manufacturers — the one from the Tone It Up women. I used to be ready to not like this protein powder, however I completely benefit from the style of the PB taste.

Tone It Up protein powder by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

It’s non-GMO, gluten-free, plant-based protein powder produced from pea protein isolate (isolate is a extra pure type of protein than focus), and natural pumpkin seed protein. There are just a few different recognizable components, so it’s fairly clear, and it tastes excellent and has 15 grams of protein per serving. I’ve been mixing it with water principally, nevertheless it’s additional scrumptious combined with coconut milk too. 

I wouldn’t say this is able to be the perfect protein powder for somebody trying to placed on tons of muscle and get additional nutritional vitamins and minerals, however that is an reasonably priced and flavorful protein powder good for somebody who likes so as to add it to smoothies or drink after a exercise to carry them over till their subsequent meal. I’m completely going to attempt the opposite flavors, particularly the natural vanilla, which wasn’t on the cabinets once I was purchasing. Oh, and you will discover it right here or at Goal. I don’t thoughts supporting the Tone It Up gals both, as a result of they’re lovable, and I keep in mind watching them once they have been beginning out on their Bravo present for one season. Anybody else keep in mind that?

Health

Weekly exercise recap

And now we’re into the health.

Right here’s a take a look at my workouts from final week …

Weekly workouts by A Lady Goes West

  • Monday: 1-hour BODYPUMP class, 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday: 30-minute CXWORX class, 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 30-minute full-body weights exercise, 12 p.m.
  • Thursday: Taught 1-hour Bootybarre class, 12 p.m.
  • Friday: Relaxation day 
  • Saturday: 45-minute BODYATTACK class, 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday: 45-minute SoulCycle class, 11:45 a.m., 1-hour restorative yoga class, 2 p.m.

This previous week had a couple of good issues about — primary, I did 45 minutes of BODYATTACK, which is nearly a full class (the category was shortened that day as a result of an teacher difficulty), and wow, it was so onerous and so enjoyable. Typically I can’t consider that I ever taught BODYATTACK, as a result of it’s such an intense exercise. I’m most undoubtedly not in BODYATTACK teacher health form proper now, however I made it by means of the category and simply soaked it up. I haven’t accomplished a full hour of BODYATTACK because the final time I taught the category in August 2016. OMG. I do need to train it once more someday … we’ll simply need to see if the chance ever comes up and it really works.

The second advantage of this week was the restorative yoga class I took at The Meeting in SF — it was so sluggish, enjoyable and simply what I wanted. I need to do extra yoga, nevertheless it’s simply not straightforward to get to yoga studios today, and they by no means have childcare. Yoga at house simply isn’t the identical to me.

Right here’s the full-body solo exercise I did on the double cable machine … it was a very good one!

Cable machine workout by A Lady Goes West - December 2018

Favourite reads

Greatest stuff on the internet

  • Micronutrients 101: Micronutrients are vitamins that we’d like small quantities of as a way to perform correctly. You will get your micronutrients from food or dietary supplements. This text explains the place you will get every micronutrient and what you want it for. Fairly useful!
  • Straightforward budgeting. We don’t speak about budgeting a lot on the weblog, however I couldn’t cross up an opportunity to share this easy equation for taking a look at your funds. 
  • Vacation films. My favourite vacation films are White Christmas, Elf, Love Truly and Vacation Inn. I’ve watched all these this month, however maybe embarrassingly, I’ve additionally watched a number of Netflix originals from this listing. hehehe How about you?
  • Health humor. This can be a hilarious listing of memes about lifting weight. A couple of grammatical errors, however I laughed anyhow.

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Have an exquisite weekend, Christmas Eve and Christmas, my pricey buddies.

I do know I stated it earlier within the week, however the truth that you click on by way of and learn this weblog means SO a lot to me, so THANK YOU for that. Now go take pleasure in your day! 🙂 

Questions of the day

What’s in your want record for Christmas?

What are you as much as this weekend?

What’s your favourite Christmas film?

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