Hello, my associates! I hope you’ve been having an exquisite week! Need to know the perfect half about my week? My candy fantastic momma arrived from Florida final night time, and she’s going to be staying with us for the remainder of the month, which is the best factor ever!
Aside from that, issues have been actually good over right here. We had Dave’s mother and father right here with us final weekend, so we have been capable of get out for a date night time, hang around with them and additionally get some home tasks accomplished too. Yay! This week, I taught BODYPUMP, taught Bootybarre and acquired some work achieved — so general, it’s been a productive few days.
As a result of it’s Friday, it’s time to take a look at a few of my current faves, with no rhyme or cause, beginning out with a giveaway of one thing scrumptious and wholesome.
- 1 Giveaway
- 2 Podcast
- 3 Magnificence
- 4 Enjoyable
- 5 Health
- 6 Instructed studying
Win a field of Elemental Superfood seedbars
It’s been some time since I’ve finished a giveaway on the weblog, and this can be a scrumptious one. I used to be just lately launched to Elemental Superfood Seedbars — not your common protein or granola bar. To start with, these bars are situated within the fridge aisle, and they have been created by a mother whose daughter had food allergic reactions — and she needed to provide you with a wholesome snack she might give her daughter, freed from wheat, dairy and sugar, but in addition filled with vitamins with a lovely style. (Three cheers for a mom-created firm.)
As a aspect observe: I feel we’re going to start out seeing extra snacks and issues within the fridge part, as bars get more healthy and the components develop into realer — thus requiring refrigeration. I like this development.
I used to be excited to attempt a sampler field of those infants (as a result of I like to attempt new wholesome meals), and I used to be instantly a fan upon first chew. The feel is totally different, and the flavour profiles are in contrast to some other bar I’ve had.
The bars are fairly agency and crunchy and very tasty and you completely can’t beat the elements record. And they’re natural, uncooked, gluten free, dairy free, excessive in protein, excessive in fiber, loaded with omega-3s and omega-6s too. The nutritional vitamins and micronutrients included within the real-food elements are unimaginable — like a critical dose of the great things — antioxidants, minerals, anti-inflammatories, magnesium, wholesome fat, potassium, you identify it, it’s in there. (And no soy lecithin, added sugars or bizarre issues you possibly can’t pronounce, which I often attempt to keep away from in my bars.)
The 4 flavors embrace Darkish Chocolate + Peanut Butter (my favourite); Mulberry, Cacao + Spirulina, Currant, Cacao + Hemp Seed; and Cranberry, Almond + Lucuma (a second favourite). I’ve been consuming them earlier than a mid-day exercise, and I allow them to sit out of the fridge for a couple of minutes to melt earlier than digging in.
Elemental Superfood seedbars can be found in Entire Meals and different pure food shops, and you may also buy them on-line. Use this retailer locator to seek out them.
Right here’s the giveaway:
- TWO fortunate individuals will win an enormous combo field with three of every flavors of superfood seedbars, 12 bars in complete.
- It’s essential to reside within the U.S..
- All you must do to enter is depart a touch upon this weblog publish, however you have to be following A Woman Goes West on Fb and Instagram to be chosen because the winner, so be sure to’re already doing that.
- The extra feedback, the extra possibilities to win, so you’ll be able to reply every of the next questions on the finish of the publish, or simply say “I want to win!”
- For good religion, you may as well comply with Elemental Superfood on Instagram and Fb to see what this up-and-coming woman-created well being food firm is as much as.
- This giveaway will shut subsequent Wednesday, September 12.
Speaking group health on a podcast
This can be a favourite, favourite, as a result of I’m so excited that I used to be interviewed on Gina’s (The Fitnessista) “Healthy in Real Life” podcast. The episode went stay this week, and it’s all about group health.
Gina and I are running a blog pals in actual life (we’ve frolicked at IDEA World a number of occasions), nevertheless it was so cool to seize our dialog on one thing we’re each so enthusiastic about — and share it out to a wider viewers. Group health has really modified my life, and I like to share my love of it to the world, particularly with potential instructors, who’re excited about becoming a member of the ranks.
You’ll be able to obtain and take heed to the “Confessions of a group fitness instructor” episode right here.
Right here’s Gina’s write-up of the podcast episode too.
Gina’s podcast (love the identify of it!) is fairly new, so it didn’t make it to my listing of favourite podcasts I wrote a couple of months in the past, however maybe that submit wants an replace. I’m so completely happy she invited me on the present, so I could possibly be part of it. Let me know in case you take heed to it!
What took me so lengthy to lastly cave and purchase a few of these spiral hair-ties? I picked these up at Goal, and I’m such a fan. Whereas I don’t assume they’ll maintain my hair up doing a exercise or something, they’ve been my go-to for round the home, a unfastened bun for buying and for placing my hair up in a single day too. (Does anybody else sleep with a messy prime knot? I positive do, in any other case I get up with hair in my face.)
Anywho, I really like that they will’t snag in your hair and don’t pull as a lot as conventional hair-ties both. I’m unsure how lengthy they may final, however they don’t value a lot, so I assume I can simply get extra. These are the unique model that I’ve seen lots of people purchase, however I went with the Goal ones.
Okay, so I received this recent manicure virtually two weeks in the past and briefly talked about it on the weblog that I wanted slightly self-care and headed out for a mani over that specific weekend. Properly, once I went in to get my nails accomplished, I couldn’t determine between two colours, and my nail woman (I all the time go to the identical gal — for those who’re in my neighborhood let me know, and I’ll inform you who), stated I ought to do them each, alternating fingers with every colour. She assured me this was the brand new “thing” to do. I all the time get only one colour — though a pair years in the past I did get my ring finger a unique colour now and again when that was extra fashionable. Anyhow, I went together with her suggestion to alternate between the 2 pinks and ended up happy with it.
I went to the health club the subsequent day and the women who work within the kidcare (together with our babysitter) have been complimenting my arms. After which, the next day, I’m scrolling by way of Instagram and see that Kylie Jenner had the very same manicure as me with the identical colours on alternating fingers too. Properly, the fitness center kidcare women noticed it as properly and subsequent time I went in to drop Brady off earlier than I labored out, they let me know that Kylie and I have been manicure twins. It was unintentional. I will probably be going again to a strong colour throughout my subsequent mani, nevertheless it’s good to know my nail woman is up on the tendencies, worthy of even a Kardashian (ugh). 🙂
Date night time, FlyWheel and extra
As a result of Dave’s mother and father have been right here throughout a few of Labor Day weekend, we headed out for a date night time — which we used to only name “going out to dinner” earlier than it turned such a uncommon factor for us. We went to Parada in Walnut Creek, which is a Peruvian place we’d been earlier than, and we shared a bunch of tapas. It was so good to have an grownup dinner simply the 2 of us, like previous occasions, as a result of we don’t do it typically sufficient — typically reserving babysitters for group actions principally.
(My brilliant and unfastened prime, I’m sporting a medium, my denims/pants — a private fave, earrings and comparable footwear.)
Then, the next day, Dave and I went to a FlyWheel biking exercise with a few our associates, Phil and Kicki. I do know I’ve stated it many occasions earlier than, however biking/spinning isn’t my favourite option to work out in any respect, however I’m going a pair occasions a month anyway, as a result of I typically get free class credit. I like that the room is darkish, the music is loud and you actually don’t need to assume an excessive amount of.
Anyhow, all of us had a good time sweating collectively. Maybe the good half was that Dave and I haven’t taken a category collectively or labored out collectively since final summer time once I was pregnant, in order that was good. Dave truly actually likes biking and loved himself fairly a bit (and acquired the very best rating on the Torq board within the class), so I used to be pleased I might organize it for us, on a uncommon weekday off of labor for him.
(My leggings — that are on sale and are available different colours, and my favourite model of water bottle.)
We’re nearing the top of the 16-day push-up problem within the A Woman Goes West Pals Fb group, and I can undoubtedly say my push-ups have improved. I’ve loved listening to the suggestions from a few of you guys too. Maintain going robust to complete, and we’ll do one other problem once more quickly!
Weekly exercise recap
Right here’s a take a look at my workouts from final week.
- Monday: Practiced BODYPUMP for 50 minutes, 11 a.m.
- Tuesday: 45-minute SoulCycle class, 6:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: Taught 1-hour BODYPUMP class, 9:30 a.m.
- Thursday: Taught 1-hour Bootybarre class, 12 p.m.
- Friday: 30-minute legs and abs PWR weights exercise, 11 a.m.
- Saturday: 45-minute reformer Pilates class, 10 a.m.
- Sunday: Relaxation day
This previous week I met my aim of lifting weights no less than 3 times, and I subbed a BODYPUMP class, in addition to tried one thing new with a reformer class — numerous resistance work over the course of the week, which made me really feel robust. I didn’t embrace all of the push-ups on this write-up, however I additionally did 16 push-ups every day along with the workouts.
Feeling good fitness-wise, now that I’ve lastly switched issues up with the PWR workouts and even a brand new class. I feel the extra weights and selection have helped lots to re-inspire me. Yay!
- Being pregnant. I beloved Whitney’s publish about weight achieve throughout being pregnant and how docs have to study to debate it in another way. I had a reasonably comparable story, during which one of many docs in my follow informed me I wanted to “slow down” with the load achieve. Like what?
- Cuddle hormones. What have you learnt about oxytocin? It’s the feel-good hormone, however a lot extra. It has some highly effective talents in relationships too. Take a look at this lengthy article all about what you must find out about oxytocin.
- Protein powder. An awesome take a look at all of the totally different sorts of protein powders and which of them are the most effective for various issues.
- Day by day motion. This text talks a few research principally displaying that folks are typically extra sedentary on days that they work out — like skipping taking the steps as a result of they already exercised. This results in much less motion all through the day general, which isn’t good.
A Woman Goes West Favourite archives
That’s it for as we speak’s line-up of favorites. I hope you might have an exquisite day and weekend, my candy pals! We’re hanging with my mother and going to a enjoyable live performance, so head on over to Instagram to comply with alongside. Take care!
Don’t overlook to enter the Elemental Superfood Seedbar giveaway by leaving a remark under on this submit!
Questions of the day
When was the final time you tried one thing new fitness-wise?
Do you ever take heed to podcasts? In that case, which of them?
What are you as much as this weekend?
What’s your normal favourite protein/granola bar taste?
Are you prepared for fall?
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