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Ashley at the Health Warrior event by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Hello, my pals! Joyful Friday! One other week in January is coming to an in depth. I hope you had a great one … it was wet over right here, however productive. All the standard stuff, like grocery retailer visits, workouts, educating barre, subbing a category, getting some writing work achieved and watching candy little Brady training his strolling expertise. Yay!

This weekend, I’m hanging out with a girlfriend through the day and having a women’ night time with another women within the night on Saturday. Woohoo! 

As a result of it’s Friday, it’s time to take a look at a random number of my newest favorites in health, meals and life. Right here we go …

Metropolis Occasion

Yoga, reiki and snacks in Bernal Heights 

Over the weekend, I went into the Metropolis for an occasion hosted by the Health Warrior meals model, referred to as “Wake Up with Health Warrior,” and it was all about establishing wholesome morning actions and routines — with mindfulness, motion and nourishment. I took the BART in and then walked to the spot the place the occasion was held in Bernal Heights, which was a personal residence that was transformed into a really well-designed occasion area. The place was beautiful, and you’ll be able to see the sister property within the Instagram account, referred to as Mission Loft.

(I acquired some questions on Instagram about my outfit this present day. Right here is my lengthy sleeve, exercise tank and tremendous cute and cozy patterned leggings.)

Once I arrived, I become the slippers they offered, then stated hey to all the stunning women in attendance. As you guys know, I don’t get out to too many occasions, however once I do, I typically see most of the similar bloggers who’re native, so I’ve turn out to be buddies with them, and it’s nice to catch up. I additionally met some new peeps at this occasion, which is all the time good.

The occasion began off with a 30-minute yoga move taught by Davida of The Wholesome Maven (I’ve now met Davida two occasions, and she is such an actual real and candy individual), then we moved downstairs for a reiki therapeutic session with Alice of Alice in Wondrland (one other magnificence, who simply makes you are feeling calm if you’re round her). 

Ashley at the Health Warrior event by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

I had by no means executed reiki earlier than, and the thought behind it’s activating bodily and emotional therapeutic within the physique by touching and connecting with the spirit. Alice had all types of drums and chimes and important oils, and she walked us by means of a meditation, then moved across the room touching everybody’s head to get that therapeutic going. It sounds bizarre, however was fairly cool within the second. I felt very zen after it was over.

Reiki at the Health Warrior event by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

From there, we had Health Warrior snacks and discovered some smoothie-making ideas from Molly of Stability by Molly, a health coach and nutritionist, who has an exquisite Instagram feed too. She stated you all the time need at the least 20 grams of protein in your smoothie, and you must combine up all of the smoothie elements collectively in your blender for a bit earlier than including protein powder or chia seeds final, as soon as the combination is already nicely blended. We then obtained an opportunity to attempt the brand new Health Warrior single-serve microwave protein muffins, and they have been delish.

Breakfast at the Health Warrior event by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Hand mannequin a lot? We additionally made smoothies with the brand new Health Warrior protein powder and frolicked. Earlier than you recognize it, I had been there greater than three hours, and it was time to go house again to the boys within the East Bay, so I grabbed my present bag and hoofed it again to the BART, and Dave, Brady and Rudy picked me up on the opposite finish.

General, it was an ideal probability for me to get out, speak about wellness and the world of social media and spend time with nice women and an awesome model. And I completely need to eat extra of these protein muffins!

By the best way, if you wish to understand how I construction my morning routine, I detailed it on this submit, “This is my actual must-do healthy morning routine to start the day.” Hopefully, I’ll add meditation to that morning routine certainly one of lately.

(Photograph credit score for all of those pics goes to Erin Conger, who captured the occasion for us.)

Health

Topical magnesium oil

I’ve learn concerning the want for supplementing magnesium for years (and shared a ton of articles about it on right here) and lastly made the step to purchase some topical magnesium oil for myself final month. Whereas you will get magnesium from some meals sources (nuts and pumpkin seeds, inexperienced leafy greens, black beans, seafood, and so forth.), it’s quite common for individuals to be poor in magnesium. That’s not good, since you want magnesium for a whole lot of processes within the physique, all the best way from relieving stress to enhancing sleep — thus, why not complement to be sure to’re getting sufficient? 

Topical magnesium oil by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

I made a decision on this model of topical magnesium oil after studying the evaluations and descriptions on Amazon, and it appears to be fairly good high quality. Sure, you’ll be able to take magnesium orally, however that may trigger some digestion points, and taking magnesium on the pores and skin is the quickest solution to get it into your system. I’ve been spraying this oil onto my abdomen (unsure why I selected that space, however it works) perhaps 5 nights every week, and I swear, each single time I do, I’ve a terrific night time of sleep (until Brady wakes up). I’ve heard individuals say that magnesium stings on the pores and skin, however I haven’t skilled that in any respect. When you spray perhaps 5 to 10 sprays, you rub it into your pores and skin, then wash your palms, and that’s that. 

Enjoyable

Marking 10 years of figuring out Dave

A few of you could have seen on Instagram on Wednesday, that it was precisely 10 years because the day I met Dave on January 16, 2009. We met throughout completely happy hour at a bar in downtown Orlando on a chilly Friday night time, and the remaining is historical past — even when I didn’t realize it on the time that I had simply met my future husband, father of my youngsters and companion in life. We principally began courting after assembly that night time!

A dozen roses by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

For the primary perhaps six years of our lives collectively, we truly went out and celebrated our assembly anniversary. However with busy schedules and with Brady, that has type’ve fallen away. On January 16 this yr, Dave was working at a Warriors recreation, and I used to be residence with Brady, however I did get a shock supply of a dozen purple roses, in order that’s cool too. Do you have fun the assembly anniversary together with your vital different? The place and how did you meet?

Enjoyable reality: I noticed Dave from throughout the bar, and I used to be the one who went as much as him. Hey, you’ve acquired to make the primary transfer typically, and all of it labored out nicely for me! We even came upon that we lived in the identical high-rise constructing in downtown Orlando, so it was meant to be. 🙂 

Magnificence

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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 and 30-minute BODYATTACK class, 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 30 minutes of BODYATTACK, 11 a.m.
  • Thursday: Taught 1-hour barre class, 12 p.m.
  • Friday: 30-minute weights exercise, 11 a.m.
  • Saturday: 30 minutes of sunshine mild yoga, 11 a.m.
  • Sunday: Relaxation day

This previous week had a couple of arduous workouts and a couple of lighter days, with virtually two relaxation days, as a result of Saturday’s mild yoga was very a lot a restoration day too. It felt nice to do a yoga class in individual, as a result of it had been some time since I’d completed mild move. In the future I’ll return to a yoga studio frequently. Someday!

Under is the brief weights session I did … (If you wish to see extra of those workouts, I share them on my Instagram Tales and then save them in highlights underneath “Workouts.”) 

This specific exercise was fairly totally different for me, as a result of I didn’t do my regular circuit coaching supersets, however took breaks between units as an alternative. I feel I favor circuit coaching, so I’ll return to that this week — however it by no means hurts to modify up your exercise variables. This type’ve jogged my memory of a shorter model of a Kelsey Wells PWR exercise from the Sweat app, which I reviewed right here.)

Full-body single-set workout by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Favourite reads

Greatest stuff from across the net 

  • Oral health. Right here’s a horny matter we don’t contact on a lot: holding your mouth and tooth clear. I switched to pure toothpaste and mouthwash over a yr in the past and haven’t appeared again. My favourite toothpaste is that this one, however this text has all types of enjoyable oral care merchandise which might be additionally within the clear class with no harsh chemical compounds.
  • Planks and hovers. Have you learnt the distinction between these train strikes? Which one do you favor? I discover planking simpler, so I spend extra time in hovers. Right here’s the way to correctly do each.

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P.S. Congrats to the winner of the RumbleRoller giveaway, Heather H. I’ve extra giveaways coming subsequent week. Have an incredible weekend!

Questions of the day

How was your week?

When you have a big different, how and when did you meet?

What’s on faucet on your weekend?

Any newest favourite finds to share with the group?

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