Hi, friends! I hope you’ve been having a great week. Our week was much of the same: Blogging, workouts, laundry, walks and all the usual stuff. Today, I’m rounding up some of my favorite things as of late, and we’re starting it off with a giveaway. A sweet one!
Organic Ocho chocolate giveaway!
Sweets! You may have finished up all your Easter candy, but I want to give one of you an opportunity to win a big care package of local Bay Area organic chocolate. Yay! True healthy living means indulging in delicious and high-quality desserts on the regular (mixed in with the majority of your diet being real whole foods), and OCHO candy is worth it for sure.
By the way, don’t you think local chocolate is such a good gift? I received some tasty Chicago chocolate from my future sister-in-law and her family when I went to her bridal shower last month, and it made me very happy to sample how the Chicagoans like their treats. (Is that a word? Chicagoan?)
So here’s the deal on OCHO candy: It’s made in Oakland here in the SF Bay Area. The name stands for organic CHOcolate, and it’s small-batch, certified both gluten-free and GMO-free. Dang! Oh, and it’s super good. I love all of the flavor combinations, which come in mini bites and bars. Of course, all of my favorites include a combination of chocolate and PB, but the peppermint is pretty awesome too, and I thoroughly enjoyed the care package I received from my friends at OCHO.
Here’s the deal: If you want to order some OCHO, you can get 20 percent off of your order using the code ALADYGOESWEST — which is good through April 15.
Now for the giveaway …
One lucky winner, who must reside in the U.S., will win a package 10 bars, several bags of assorted mini bars and an OCHO tote bag — and that’s a lot of chocolate, so you’ll have plenty to share with friends!
To enter …
Leave a comment on this blog post. You may leave as many comments as you like for more chances to win. Here are some reasons to leave a comment:
- If you follow A Lady Goes West on Instagram.
- If you follow A Lady Goes West on Facebook.
- If you subscribe to A Lady Goes West emails.
- If you follow OCHO Candy on Instagram.
- If you want to tell me ONE great thing about your week or upcoming weekend.
- If you tell me that you are participating in the hydration challenge!
This giveaway will close on Thursday, April 12. Good luck! And special thanks to OCHO for offering to provide such an awesome package for the winner (and to me).
Taking Brady to childcare at the gym
This is perhaps the largest development in our lives in the last week. Now that Brady is officially 6-months-old (and you heard all about that in the 6-month update), he is allowed to go to childcare at my gym. On the very day he turned 6 months, we went to the gym. And truth be told, I was soooooo nervous about leaving him with strangers, however, it worked out just fine. I kept my podcast on low so I could hear the loudspeaker, and of course, I kept thinking they were calling my name, but they weren’t.
He stayed in the childcare for 30 minutes while I got my workout in, and then we went back again early this week, and he stayed for 45 minutes, and then for almost 50 minutes yesterday. He was totally happy each time I picked him up. And I’ve decided it’s such a WIN-WIN, as I get my time to exercise child-free, and he gets to spend time with people who are not me, so he gets used to being a bit more independent (he’s a momma’s boy through and through so far, which is fine by me, but I just want to make sure he is also okay with others).
Here’s the workout that I completed on Monday and Thursday of this week … it’s a good one, targeting the upper and lower-body and core in a couple of planes of movement, also incorporating stability and strength work. I did some foam rolling, mobility moves and two minutes on the indoor-rower to warm up before beginning this circuit:
- Goblet sumo squat holding a dumbbell
- Dumbbell chest presses off a stability ball
- Barbell hip thrusts off the bench
- Bent-over rows with dumbbells
- Stir-the-pot on the stability ball (P.S. The guy in this video demo makes me laugh, but his form is good, so I used it.)
I did 15 reps of each move and repeated the entire circuit four times, which took about 25 minutes total, with a short break in between each circuit.
Nonetheless, it feels GREAT to have the gym as an option for my workouts again. I was hoping to be able to take back my old weekday group fitness classes now, but apparently I’m not allowed to have them back, because I waited too long and couldn’t take them right away when my maternity leave ended and could only start up with the Saturday one I have now. So sad, but hopefully some new classes will open up soon, although that doesn’t happen very often in this market — I waited three years to get the BODYPUMP class I had on Thursday mornings at my Walnut Creek gym. Anywho, SOOOO happy to be back in the gym as a solo practitioner, sub and class attendee for now.
Weekly workout recap at 25 weeks postpartum
Here’s how I was moving last week at 6 months postpartum …
- Monday: 30-minute Les Mills GRIT Strength at home, 25-minute walk, 11 a.m.
- Tuesday: Took 1-hour barre class, 2 p.m.
- Wednesday: 1-hour walk, 30 minutes of BODYPUMP at home, 11 a.m.,
- Thursday: 1-hour walk, 12 p.m. (active recovery day)
- Friday: 25-minute weights workout at gym, 1 p.m.
- Saturday: Taught 1-hour Bootybarre class, 11 a.m.
- Sunday: Rest day
Of course, as I said, the big news from this week of fitness is that I went back to the gym at the end of this week and did a weights workout, putting Brady in childcare. I was scared to stay too long, so I made it quick — but that meant I was very efficient with my time. I also did another GRIT session from Les Mills On Demand (which I talked about last week in this post), taught a class and took a class. I had a full rest day and an active recovery day, and I picked up weights three times. I’m very pleased with this week, and the only thing it may have been missing is yoga — but I haven’t been fitting that in lately and hope to return to it soon.
And of course, we went to baby-at-the-barre class …
(Outfit is from Fabletics. A recent purchase.)
Favorite meals from the week
Let’s talk food! I got to eat at one of my favorite local spots over the weekend and had all my lunches during the week at home.
That meal out? It was an ancient grains bowl with grass-fed beef from True Food Kitchen, which is perhaps one of my favorite meals EVER. I often try to branch at True Food, but I just keep coming back to it. Mmmmmm.
Then there was this stand-out lunch I made at home earlier in the week and repeated a few times. Because I’m a repeater, as you know.
- Roasted Brussels sprouts, cooked in coconut oil, turmeric and sea salt
- Two Vital Farms eggs cooked in coconut oil
- One Hilary’s Eat Well hemp veggie burger
- A heaping of Trader Joe’s sauerkraut
Yay for lunch, which is quickly becoming my favorite meal of the day. 🙂
Best reads and watches from around the web
A few good things worth perusing …
- FITNESS: Short workouts are SO important to me now, so I was happy to contribute my thoughts to this piece on “6 ways to maximize a short workout.”
- A RESTORATIVE POSE TO TRY: Okay, I love the sound of this, and it makes me think of my daily inversion off the couch I did during my second and third trimesters of pregnancy to help my alignment. Give it a try and see if it makes you feel good.
- INJURIES: If you get an injury, you need to listen to your doctor and visit a physical therapist as your first line of attack, and then, if you think you can move some portions of your body, maybe you should. Rest is best in most cases though. Like seriously — don’t power through an injury — EVER, but I like Gina’s instructions on how to work out while injured.
To watch …
- It was so cool to be interviewed by Kersten of Urban Jane, who much like me, is on a mission to help women overcome and understand hypothalamic amenorrhea. I was honored to do this super-long video interview with her talking about my story, how I found balance and how I’m living my life after recovery. My hair was no good this day hahaha, but you can check it out here and listen to the content rather than judge my bad hair.
Favorite A Lady Goes West archives
In case you want to do some more reading. Here are a couple good ones …
- Need a little reboot? Feeling in a slump? Try these … “Five ways to have a healthier day.”
- Not really into exercise? It’s okay. I promise … Read this … “What you should know if you don’t love fitness and what you can do about it.”
- And in case you missed it … “Brady’s 6-month update.”
This upcoming weekend
We have a mixture of social and relaxation planned for the weekend. The biggest thing is that we’re hosting our first dinner party at our place tonight for 11 people.
I only had 10 place-settings and so had to go out this week and get some more stuff, but we’re happy to have some a big group. While our original plans were to make pizzas in the pizza oven, the pending rainy night has made us turn to plan B, which is just an indoor Italian-themed dinner party. Nonetheless, we’re excited to host!
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Questions of the day
What are you up this weekend?
What’s one good thing from your week or coming up this weekend?
What’s your favorite chocolate combination?