Present faves: A busy week, a e book, a Les Mills low cost code, attire and exercises

Hello, pal! How are you?

This previous week was a whirlwind of exercise! We returned from our Florida trip on Sunday night, and it’s been go-go-go since then. I say this on a regular basis, however right here I’m going once more: I really like every thing I do in my life and in my varied jobs (group health, weblog, Beautycounter, momming), however generally all of it stacks up directly, and I get overwhelmed. After taking a weekend off of labor for the journey, I’ve been taking part in catch up all week, transferring from one challenge, to chore, to exercise, to class, to the following. 

This previous week, I taught my ordinary 5 courses and subbed an additional barre class. I went to a tennis clinic, Dave and I helped my mother truly transfer into her place (her stuff lastly arrived from Florida), I started engaged on a brand new barre routine for subsequent week, and we had some individuals in our home making an attempt to repair our rubbish disposal, which had been leaking, so we ended up getting a brand new one. (Yuck.)

I’m heading out for dinner with my neighborhood girl mates tonight. Then tomorrow, Brady has soccer, I’ve tennis, and now we have two birthday events on Sunday. Apart from that, I’ll be becoming in ending up creating and studying my new barre routine and dealing on some weblog content material too.

Talking of busy-ness: That is the place I’ve really failed to satisfy my objective I set out in the beginning of the 12 months to not get over-scheduled. However right here I’m. I really feel like perhaps I want one other session with my life coach quickly to get me so as. One of many massive issues my life coach helped me with two years in the past once I met together with her commonly was prioritizing my deadlines and schedules. I suppose I might return and browse my very own submit on what I realized from her too. (Here it is, in case you need to revisit it.)

Sufficient of this rant, let’s transfer into the faves for the week …


“One Italian Summer time” by Rebecca Serle

This e book was beneficial to me. And since I actually cherished studying “In 5 Years” additionally by Rebecca Serle, I used to be excited to open up “One Italian Summer.” I’ll say that I heard from just a few of you on Instagram that you just weren’t as massive of a fan of this title. However I actually loved it, even with its flaws. I learn some opinions on Amazon, and many individuals had blended feelings too — however the pleasure within the escapist half got here by for lots of people and it undoubtedly did for me.

The truth is, I completed this e book up on the plane-ride to Florida final week, and I used to be completely bawling my eyes out for therefore many causes. The premise of this e book (very like Serle’s different e book I learn) is an actual story, with a tiny little bit of un-real thrown in. A girl loses her mom to most cancers, after which she takes the journey the 2 had been planning collectively to Positano, Italy. Whereas in Italy, the girl (apparently travels in time) and meets her personal mother, again when her mother was simply 30-years-old and spending the summer season in Italy. By means of their relationship, she learns issues about her mother’s historical past (intertwined together with her personal historical past), that she didn’t know earlier than, and it adjustments the way in which she views the world.

One Italian Summer by A Lady Goes West

(“One Italian Summer” by Rebecca Serle)

I perceive that this isn’t practical, however Serle’s writing makes us suppose it’s. And despite the fact that you may poke holes in lots of elements of the narrative, I didn’t care in any respect. It was an escape and a journey studying this e book, and that’s what I like about fiction. To not point out, I might image myself in Italy, a spot I’ve at all times wished to return to after learning overseas in Florence, Italy again in faculty. It felt like I used to be there experiencing it, for some motive, and I felt tremendous sturdy feelings by all of it too.

I learn this e book fairly shortly, I loved the expertise of studying it, and I’d suggest it. So there you go. One other strong library selection! (Enjoyable reality: I returned this e book well beyond its due date and thought I owed cash, but it surely seems, as soon as the e book is again, they take away the price you owe.)


A reduction on Les Mills Good Tech gear — ASHLEY10

I’m tremendous enthusiastic about this supply, and it’s just for one month, so soar on it when you want some motivation to carry weights at dwelling!

For those who comply with my Instagram tales, you realize that I’ve been again to utilizing my Les Mills Smart Tech equipment at dwelling about as soon as per week and doing the brand new Les Mills Energy Improvement exercises on Les Mills+ (previously Les Mills On Demand).

Each time I submit about my Les Mills Good Tech Smartbar or Smartstep, I get a ton of questions. Effectively, Les Mills was so type as to present me my OWN low cost code for you. If you wish to make investments on this gear (or give it as a vacation reward) it can save you 10 p.c off your order of something from the location, with the code ASHLEY10. There are by no means gross sales on these items, so even 10 p.c off actually issues. This code works for one month solely, so get to it.

Les Mills equipment by A Lady Goes West

(Les Mills Smart Tech equipment)

Right here’s why this gear is healthier:

It lasts. I’ve had my unique Smartbar for eight years, and it doesn’t present its age and works completely. I added on to my assortment with the Smartstep and different items final 12 months, and I really like these too.

It’s versatile. You should utilize the plates as dumbbells (they’ve a grip), or you’ll be able to add them to the barbell simply with none clips. There aren’t plenty of good barbell units on the market in the marketplace. And it doesn’t matter what you get on your barbell wants, it’s a must to spend some cash. You’d possible be higher off investing in one thing like Les Mills Good Tech that’s so strong and will probably be multi-use and can final.

It’s motivates you to do resistance coaching at dwelling. There’s solely a lot you are able to do with a set of dumbbells, however with the Smartbar, you are able to do heavier resistance coaching, which is what I at all times want, and what I’ve been doing with Les Mills Energy Improvement on Les Mills+. I actually wouldn’t have survived COVID at dwelling in California with no entry to a gymnasium, if I didn’t have already got my Smartbar to maintain me sane. I’ll endlessly be pleased about it, and I really like pulling it out now too.

Les Mills presents guarantee and a cost plan, so you may get your a refund when you don’t like your new gear (however I guess you’ll prefer it). 

If you wish to learn my full evaluation of the Les Mills gear line, head right here:

And if you wish to learn my full evaluation of Les Mills+ streaming exercises, head right here:

Despite the fact that I’m again on the gymnasium most days now, I’m going to attempt to slot in my dwelling energy periods about as soon as per week — utilizing my Les Mills Smart Tech equipment, possible doing Les Mills Energy Improvement exercises on Les Mills+. I’ll write extra concerning the Energy Improvement exercises as soon as I get into them extra.

For those who’ve been fascinated about investing in weights for dwelling — that is undoubtedly the route I’d go. And when you use my code ASHLEY10 within the subsequent month, you’ll be supporting me too, so thanks for that! 🙂 

*I’m a proud affiliate for Les Mills and I’ve been for 5 years. I taught Les Mills group health courses for 10 complete years earlier than transferring to Charlotte, so I’m an actual fan of the model. And if you use my Les Mills hyperlinks, you help me, and I recognize it.


My two attire for our Florida journey

I linked out to those new attire in my trip recap, however I wished to share them right here once more …

This blue dress is structured on the high and free from the waist down. I’m sporting a 2 in it, and it’s tight up high, however I like the way in which it seems all over the place else. You can find it here. It was very snug, and I see myself sporting it this fall with some booties. I had the sleeves pushed up for the Florida warmth, they usually stayed put, however I just like the look with them prolonged all the way in which.

Ashley and Brady at the resort by A Lady Goes West

This pink floral dress is tremendous cool, as a result of you’ll be able to put on the sleeves up or down in your shoulders, and it has ruffles and a slit. I discovered this within the retailer, and the one I wished was ripped, so I had a brand new one rush shipped to me to reach in time for the marriage. I really like this gown and hope to put on it once more sooner or later quickly. I’m sporting a small in it. You can find the dress here. I ordered a plunging sticky bra to put on with it that labored effectively too.

Ashley and Brady at the wedding by A Lady Goes West


My exercises from final week

Right here’s the place I share a recap of my earlier week of exercises. I share this to indicate you the way I attempt to get range in my week, and the way I at all times take a relaxation day (nearly at all times). However keep in mind, I do some bit greater than the typical particular person, as a result of I’m a bunch health teacher. 

New weekly workouts by A Lady Goes West

Exercises from the week of 10/10

  • Monday: Taught 1-hour barbell class, 9:45 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Taught 1-hour barre class with gentle weights, 9:30 a.m., took 90-minute tennis clinic, 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 45-minute Les Mills Energy Improvement by way of Les Mills+ 10 a.m.., taught 45-minute barre class with gentle weights, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Taught 45-minute combo class with weights, 9:45 a.m.
  • Friday: Relaxation day
  • Saturday: Relaxation day
  • Sunday: Relaxation day

This previous week had three full days off, as a result of I skipped my exercises after we have been away in Florida. Sure, you’ll be able to train if you journey, however generally you don’t have the time or want, and that was me on this journey. Not less than I received loads of motion the primary a part of the week, after which I loved some relaxation.

Finest learn of the week …

Right here’s a lightweight learn that I assumed was fascinating:

Pumpkin bread recipes. I want I used to be somebody with the time or inclination to bake. However I’m not. I do like baked items although, and I want some pumpkin bread in my life. Here’s a list of top pumpkin bread recipes with comparisons of each. Are you doing any fall baking this weekend? For those who do, avoid wasting for me!

Quote of the week …

Right here’s a thought for you:

You are worth it quote by A Lady Goes West

Weblog archives of the week …

Let’s look again at two weblog posts price revisiting, together with a latest one:

Florida. Right here’s a recap of our journey all the way down to Southwest Florida, which marked our first time in Florida in additional than a 12 months … “A weekend in Lido Beach, Florida for a family wedding.”

Lido Beach Resort by A Lady Goes West

Meals. We haven’t performed a meals submit shortly, so let’s look again at this one … “10 easy, healthy and quick meals I’ve eaten recently for lunch and dinner.”

10 easy, healthy and quick meals I've eaten recently for lunch and dinner by A Lady Goes West

That’s it for immediately, my pal! Thanks for stopping by the weblog. Have an awesome day! 🙂 

Questions of the day for YOU …

Have you ever learn something pleasant recently?

Do you’ve got a barbell at dwelling?

Are you understanding at dwelling or at a gymnasium/studio lately?

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