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Ashley with a foam roller by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Hey, hey, hey, my individuals! How are you? It’s been some time since we’ve had a giveaway, so get excited for immediately’s publish! 🙂

How was the week? This was an excellent busy week for us — the primary “full” week shortly, because of the vacations. Dave was out of city for enterprise for a lot of it, so we missed him, however aside from that, issues have been good. The week was full with a play date, a variety of writing work, educating a category, Brady wrangling, workouts and all of that great things. This weekend, I’m heading into the City for a yoga occasion, and then we’ve a cocktail party with associates. What are you as much as?

As a result of it’s Friday, it’s time to try a couple of random enjoyable favorites in health, enjoyable and life, which I hope are entertaining or informative or each. However first, that giveaway …


Win a RumbleRoller foam curler

It’s no secret I’m a foam rolling queen. I used so as to add “foam rolling” to my weekly exercise recaps so you possibly can see once I did it, which I don’t now, however belief me, it’s there a minimum of 3 times every week earlier than my resistance workouts or different.

I additionally all the time convey my very own foam curler with me to the fitness center. Why? As a result of I’ve a greater foam curler choice than my health club does, and I wish to have my very own. Additionally, that approach I can use it at residence. My favourite model BY FAR is the RumbleRoller, and my favourite curler they’ve is the unique mid-size.

Ashley with a foam roller by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

The little knobs on the curler act like “thumbs” if you roll over them together with your physique, so you possibly can therapeutic massage your tissues, work out tight spots and really feel nice on the similar time (whereas additionally gasping a bit in the course of the onerous elements). And if you wish to know why you have to be foam rolling and the best way to do it, head right here. However the gist is that it’s good on your physique, helps you get higher vary of movement throughout your workouts and far more.

Ashley foam rolling by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Now for the giveaway …

One fortunate winner will obtain an unique mid-size RumbleRoller. You will need to reside within the U.S. or Canada to win. I’ll choose the winner on Wednesday of subsequent week. By the best way, when you’d like a second probability, I’m additionally gifting away a RumbleRoller on Instagram, and that giveaway closes tonight. Yow will discover it right here.

Find out how to enter:

  1. Comply with A Woman Goes West on Instagram.
  2. Comply with RumbleRoller on Instagram.
  3. Then depart a touch upon this weblog submit under (you possibly can reply the questions or say something you want — shock me!).

The winner have to be following each accounts on IG to be chosen. Good luck! 🙂 


My new milk frother

We will file this one underneath the why-didn’t-I-get-one-of-these-sooner part. Buddies, I’m formally in love with my first hand-held milk frother, and it was very fairly priced at solely $10 too.

Frother by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

I obtained it this previous weekend and have used it each single afternoon to make a scorching matcha latte. Proper now, I’m making an attempt to determine the perfect course of for it, as a result of I’ve been utilizing two mugs — one to combine the matcha, cinnamon and boiling water, and one to froth the coconut milk, then I combine them into one. I feel I can do it multi functional, however I’ll report again as soon as I’m positive. (I used to only whisk my matcha lattes by hand, and it was by no means superb.)

Frothing the coconut milk turns a daily previous matcha latte made at residence into a flowery and considerably extra pleasant scorching beverage. For positive. In case you’re a latte lover, get a frother at the moment and thank me later. Perhaps it can even make it easier to minimize down in your Starbucks invoice? (That’s a hope for me!)

(Aspect notice: Shortly after taking the image above, I spilled the whole full matcha throughout my pc, journal, telephone, espresso desk and rug. That was enjoyable.)

Dealer Joe’s go to

Why did I cease purchasing at Dealer Joe’s for therefore many weeks (perhaps months)? Maybe it was as a result of I already go to 3 grocery shops (Sprouts and Entire Meals and Lunardi’s), so I simply didn’t need to have a fourth within the rotation too.

However I went again to Dealer Joe’s for an enormous haul this week, and I used to be reminded that they’ve so many good issues, and the costs are a lot extra affordable than different shops. Brady has enjoyable there too!

Brady at Trader Joe's by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

We picked up all types of produce and pantry staples and even a brand new “mushroom umami” seasoning mix, which I’m completely loving sprinkled on my veggies this week. We’ll name that one an un-pictured favourite.

Oh and keep in mind once I wrote this one? Nonetheless useful … “A busy gal’s shopping list for healthy items at Trader Joe’s to save time.”


Cirque du Soleil date night time

Final weekend, Dave and I went into the City for probably the most completely enjoyable date night time ever. (We used to exit on a regular basis and by no means as soon as did I exploit the time period “date night,” however now that I’m a dad or mum who will get out much less, I discover myself utilizing it. Ohhhh how I’ve grown uncool.) Anyhow … our sitter arrived round 5 p.m. and we hopped in an Uber to satisfy the birthday present Dave gave me — Cirque du Soleil tickets.

Ashley heading to SF by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

(Peep my new belt bag? You will discover it right here, and I’m fairly happy with it. It was a gift from Dave’s mother and father for my birthday. The remainder of the outfit is older and un-linkable.)

It was imagined to be raining that night time, however there was solely a light-weight misting within the air, so we determined to stroll in all places after arriving within the City by way of BART. We began out with dinner at Cockscomb within the SoMa neighborhood, which is a reasonably new restaurant and a really San Francisco-y place. It was darkish, fashionable and our reservation had us sitting on the close-knit bar in entrance of the open kitchen, elbow to elbow with different patrons. City eating is so a lot better than East Bay eating the place we reside. Palms down. 

We had some cocktails and shared a couple of scrumptious appetizers as our meal, then needed to shortly end up and head out to AT&T Park, the place the touring under-the-big-top Cirque du Soleil present was happening. This was my seventh Cirque present and third time going to the large prime selection which comes yearly to SF. This yr, we noticed “Volta,” and it was maybe probably the greatest I’ve seen, with an city and brilliant theming and plenty of motion. Though I nonetheless give “Kurios” the highest spot, with the Beatles “Love” coming within the final spot, and “Ka” holding second to final. 

Our seats for the present have been actually good and shut, so we might even see the sweat on the performers. The humorous factor is, one of many performers tousled. And with all of the Cirque exhibits I’ve seen, I’ve by no means been capable of spot a multitude up. It was proper within the opening, when a curler skater was shifting across the stage, and she misplaced her footing and fell down. She performed it off properly and wasn’t harm in any respect, however Dave and I needed to chuckle a bit to ourselves later about it. Poor woman. Of all of the tremendous onerous issues in that present and the curler skater was the one to stumble.

Ashley and Dave at Volta by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

General, we have been enthralled with the efficiency and had enjoyable individuals watching and chatting throughout intermission, in addition to slamming popcorn, since you actually can’t get away from the odor, so we needed to get a bag for ourselves. We have been house safely to alleviate our babysitter earlier than 11 p.m., and we have been each so completely satisfied we acquired out — there’s not a lot I love to do greater than dinner and a present with Dave. Good occasions!

By the best way, for all of my Cirque du Soleil followers, I discovered this video of a number of the performers speaking about their diets and health routines, and it’s so fascinating and humorous too. These individuals are unreal!


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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: 1-hour leisure household stroll, midday (lively restoration day)
  • Wednesday: 30-minute lower-body weights exercise, 11 a.m.
  • Thursday: Taught 1-hour barre class, 12 p.m.
  • Friday: 30-minute CXWORX class, 9:30 a.m., 25 minutes of BODYATTACK, Four p.m.
  • Saturday: 1-hour BODYATTACK class, 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday: Relaxation day

This previous week was fairly normal. I really like an extended stroll day and need to attempt to make it possible for makes it into my week each week prefer it used to. Walks have type’ve fallen by the wayside for some cause (climate?), and I don’t prefer it, as a result of strolling is probably the most pure type of motion, and recent air is nice for the physique. Aside from that, I lifted weights a few occasions, taught a category and took some courses too. 

Right here’s the brief weights session I did … (As a reminder — If you wish to see these workouts on the day I do them, I share them on my Instagram Tales and then save them in highlights beneath “Workouts.”) 

Leg workout by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Favourite reads

Greatest stuff from across the net 

  • Protein sources. I eat pasture-raised eggs virtually each single day, however I solely eat meat and fish about as soon as every week. I’m not against consuming high quality meat in any respect, as a result of I really like a medium-rare grass-fed burger and these principally received me via being pregnant, however I’m all the time on board with consuming extra crops. Right here’s easy methods to get extra protein in your weight-reduction plan from sources aside from meat.
  • Squat type. For those who go to BODYPUMP class repeatedly, or actually any circuit class repeatedly, have you learnt what number of squats you’re doing every week? A LOT! So you might want to get them proper. Listed here are two nice articles on how you can arrange your squat type and find out how to keep away from knee ache when squatting.

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See you quickly, my pals. I recognize you! 🙂 And don’t overlook to enter the giveaway by leaving a remark!

Questions of the day

What are you as much as this weekend?

What’s one great point out of your week

Do you do squats in your exercise routine every week?

Do you foam roll?

The place do you do your grocery buying?

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