Crushing it and the best food, fitness and reads from the week

Hello, my friends! I hope you’ve been having a most fabulous week! Ours has been good, right back into our routine after last week’s trip and starting off a new month on mostly the right foot. Now, let’s talk about favorites! 

Favorite time of the week: Crushing it with The Crusher Wines

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Ever since Dave and I started dating, our favorite time of the week together has always been on Friday evenings. For much of our relationship, I was working in the corporate world (as was he and still is), and when our work-week was complete and we came together to hang out on Friday — it’s like we could both take a big deep breath, right at the beginning of the weekend. 

Crushing it with the Crusher wine by A Lady Goes West

While things have changed tremendously since we were living in downtown Orlando and dating, what hasn’t changed has been our love for that Friday evening ritual — although it now takes place at home after Brady goes to sleep and is certainly a bit more casual.

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Our Friday evening wind-down ritual

Here’s what we like to do …

  • Finish up our chores, work and emails, put Brady to bed, shut down our phones and post up outside, with Rudy, of course.
  • We each pour an adult beverage (Crusher Chardonnay for me and a red for Dave) and sit back and relax, and sometimes I even stretch my sore muscles after a week of workouts too.
  • Then, perhaps the most important part — we talk about what we are proud of from the week — what we accomplished, what activities we crushed, what made us happy, and what we’re looking forward to over the weekend.
  • It’s a mini-gratefulness practice, which we do together, over good wine, and I don’t see it ending any time soon.

There are some Fridays in which Dave works at a game, or I sub a late class and we have to skip, but if we’re home, we make it happen. It’s so easy to get busy with all of our to-dos, stresses and new parent issues, that this is the perfect time to actually take a moment to be appreciative and proud of what we’re doing each week. Wine and discussing wins? Yes, please. 

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As you know, a cold white flavorful Chardonnay is my drink of choice while I’m chatting about crushing it, and I’m totally loving the 2016 Chardonnay from The Crusher Wines, which has the absolute perfect flavor profile for my palate. And I happen to think it pairs excellently with our Friday night weekly meal too — sushi. 

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Crushing it with the Crusher wine 5 by A Lady Goes West

I have to thank the Crusher Wines for fueling our weekly ritual. By the way, the 2016 Crusher Chardonnay is a California-made wine, and it’s got a roasted almond finish, with toasty pineapple oak and pear too. So basically, it’s delish.

Bottoms up, peeps. Don’t forget to take a moment to think about your wins each week too! We’ll be over here doing that tonight for sure.

A tailored wellness plan in the Super Woman Rx book

I took a several month break from reading (thanks to little Brady boy, LOVE you heheh), but I’m back to it. Outside of my all-time favorite books in health and wellness, which I recently shared, I’m always on the hunt for worthy reading. I received the book Super Woman Rx, by Dr. Tanseem Bhatia (Dr. Taz), from a PR agency months ago and was never able to pick it up until now. I briefly mentioned this book last week, because a recipe in it gave me the inspiration for my new favorite golden milk tea latte. Well, I’m done with the book now and wanted to share my overall thoughts.

Here’s the deal: It’s not-your-average book, as you actually take a quiz before you get into the meat of the book, so you can find your specific “power type” and personalized wellness three-week plan, then you can skip right to your section.

There are recipes, ideas for supplements, workouts, beauty products and more — so it’s a resource you’d want to hold onto after you finish reading it. I definitely want to try some of the snack recipes and home-made beauty regimens Dr. Taz swears by.

Super Woman RX book by A Lady Goes West

“Super Woman Rx: Discover the Secrets to Lasting Health, Your Perfect Weight, Energy and Passion with Dr. Taz’s Power Type Plans

This book is great for someone dealing with low energy, health issues, stress, nagging extra weight or other women-related problems — while trying to “do it all.” And yes, this book is exclusively tailored to women. After learning about how Dr. Taz changed her life for the better and sought out a way to combine the best of Western and Eastern medicine in her super-popular wellness practice, you’ll take the quiz, then learn about how to eat, exercise and live the right life based on your particular type. I totally enjoyed the personalized part, because we are not all the same and cannot all follow one blanket plan when it comes to our health, and Dr. Taz certainly appreciates that. And you know I’m ALL about the power of Eastern medicine. (Check out my thoughts on acupuncture here.)

Dr. Taz believes there are five types of women, and I’m a Savvy Chick, which is a combination of the Boss Lady and Gypsy Girl types, and we’re equal parts ethereal artist and commanding chief. Reading through the commonalities of those who are Savvy Chicks, I do relate to many of them (strong work ethic and drive, but occasional pull to flow with creative energy, making us sometimes irritable because of this contrast — ummm YES, that’s me), but not all. And while I won’t be changing my diet based off of what I learned about my type (Dr. Taz suggests Savvy Chicks should eliminate dairy and gluten, and I’m not willing to do that — hello ice cream and pizza), she also suggests going electronics-free until after breakfast, drinking a warming tonic in the morning and learning to connect to the ground more to keep hormones in check. I’m down with all of that for sure.

Basically, this book was interesting and educational and is a pretty quick read. While it’s not a game-changer for me, because I’ve already worked to optimize my health throughout the past few years, I loved some of the ideas and will keep it around to check back for recipes and recommendations for quality supplements too.

QUICK NOTE: More to come on this, but we’re going to do a book club in the month of June in the A Lady Goes West Friends Facebook group. Hop over there and join us, and I’ll share more details about what we’ll be reading soon. And if you have any book ideas, feel free to leave them in the comments of this post.

Sweet Brady is 7 months

This is a quick fave! Our little Brady is 7 months-old as of this week, and he’s becoming quite the little man. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a LOT of work, but he sure is cute.

Sweet Brady at 7 months by A Lady Goes West

He’s actually made some strides in the night-time sleep department since I wrote his 6-month update, but we’re still working on the day-time naps. He’s also eating some solids, and I’ll share more about him in a post for another day.

Best eats and meals from the week

Here are a few things I totally enjoyed eating this week …

Blender Bombs! These things are delicious and awesome. Made by a healthy living blogger, Blender Bombs are superfood balls of goodness you can mix into a smoothie to kick up the nutrition factor or eat alone — and they are so dense and tasty — I’m pretty obsessed. I’m running a GIVEAWAY for two winners over on Instagram now, so go check it out and enter.

Blender Bombs by A Lady Goes West

I had this delicious salad lunch after our trip when we were back in the Bay Area on Sunday at Urban Plates, and it was heavenly. Beets, salmon, goat cheese, bread … well, yes, please.

Beet and salmon salad by A Lady Goes West

And my lunches at home this week looked much like this …. roasted broccoli covered in turmeric, a veggie burger, sauerkraut, an avocado and two fried eggs. The usual goodness.

Broccoli, egg and veggie burger lunch by A Lady Goes West

That about does it for food. Oh and do you like my new gold fork? ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Weekly workout recap at 29 weeks postpartum 

Now on to the fitness …

Here’s a look at my workouts from last week — and it’s not your average recap …

Weekly Workout Recap by A Lady Goes West

  • Monday: Took 1-hour BODYPUMP class, 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Took 30-minute BODYATTACK, 30-minute CXWORX classes, 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday: Rest day
  • Thursday: Rest day
  • Friday: Rest day
  • Saturday: Rest day
  • Sunday: Took 45-minute SoulCycle class, 10:45 a.m.

This past week of workouts was much lighter than normal, because I took four full days off for my trip to Atlanta for my brother’s wedding. Sure, I could have brought some sneakers and tried to visit the hotel gym while I was away, but quite frankly, I didn’t want to spend any time doing anything that wasn’t family, fun or wedding related. It’s totally okay to take a few days off from exercise and get back into it when your schedule allows. It won’t kill you, I promise!

That being said, I still fit in three solid days of workouts throughout the week when I was home, so it’s all good. I went back to BODYATTACK after quite a long time away (in fact, I haven’t taken a class since teaching it for the last time in 2016 — wow!), and it was KILLER! I’m excited to be challenging myself in the gym again on a regular basis.

Best reads from around the web 

A few things I enjoyed reading …

  • Arm moves: Shapely triceps and shoulders are the key to upper-body aesthetics. This looks like a fun do-at-home tricep toner.
  • Eating rules: You know I’m a fan of Eastern medicine and Ayurvedic practices, so this simple article on how to eat according to Ayurveda speaks to me. I don’t do all of these things, but would like to. Warm food? Eating slowly? Yes, great tips.
  • Fun laundry fact: You should wash your bra after every wear. You heard it here first

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That’s it, friends! Thank YOU for coming to read the blog today. See you soon! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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Questions of the day

Tell me, what’s your favorite time of the week?

What’s one thing that you CRUSHED this week?



  1. What a fun way to wind down the week! We have gotten into the routine of having pizza at the park with some school friends on Fridays. Itโ€™s nice to catch up and watch the kids play after a busy week.

    1. Yesss! Pizza night is on Sundays for us, so I agree pizza makes a good weekly ritual as well. Happy Friday, Em! Hope it’s a great one! Have fun with your friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Yes, I love your new gold fork! And Brady is definitely a cutie! {insert heart eyed emoji here!}

    And this might be a book for me to check out soon. Iโ€™m reading more fiction and for pleasure at the moment, but canโ€™t wait to join your book club next month for some good old non-fiction reads.

    Happy Friday!

    1. Hi Court! Yess! I need some fiction too, so may try to squeeze one in before we read a non-fiction next month. Happy Friday to you, my friend! I hope you have some relaxing (sans Fitbit) this weekend heehe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. We also love a wine on a Friday night – if its a white is has to be SUPER cold!

    I mostly read fiction but I’ve just started I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – about the Golden State Killer. I guess he has been in the news a lot in your area?! I love true crime and this is super scary, even knowing he’s finally been caught!

    Have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Iona! I must admit, I mostly try to tune out crime news in the Bay Area, because there’s a lot of it heheh. And I am in need of some fiction books in my life, but maybe something less serious than what you’re reading hahah! Cheers, lady! YES to cold white wine!

  4. Ooooo I’m really interested in that book. I like that it has the potential of honing in on what your particular needs may be – or what may work best for you – depending on your personality etc. I’d like to look into this one.

    Happy Birthday Brady!! I think 7 months was a good one for me… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Hi Cora! Yes — if you’ve never had to take a big look at your health (like I did with the whole hormone/trying to get pregnant thing), then Super Woman could be a HUGE eye-opener for you, so I’d recommend it! And yay for 7 months! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Friday, lady!

  5. I LOVE your Friday routine! That is so precious! I’ve heard of those blender bombs– I never make smoothies, but they look good enough to eat whole, hah.

    I always look forward to Friday’s and the weekend in general! We have local watering spot we go to after work, then we head home and make cocktails and dinner!

    1. Love it, Carrie! We had a Friday night spot in SF too (where we held our weekly wind-down ritual) — it was Mikaku in Union Square for about a year, and Sushi Rock on Polk for about a year! I would go in my workout clothes after teaching my Friday night class! LOVED having that regular thing to look forward to. Happy Friday, babe!

  6. Hey Ashley,
    Late getting to your blog. Been spending most of the day preparing for our trip to Indiana. Heading up Tuesday for a week. Any time we are traveling I get workouts in early before my wife gets up. That way it never interfere with any of our plans for the day. There is a YMCA in town that I can get a decent workout in. Even has an indoor track.
    Love the picture of Brady. He is really looking like a handsome young fellow.
    Have a great weekend.

  7. That book looks very interesting! Out of curiosity, what is your favorite veggie burger? Iโ€™m always looking for new recommendations.

    1. Hi Dani! I like SO many veggie burgers. So my favorites currently — Dr. Praeger’s Super Greens, Dr. Praeger’s Mushroom Risotto, Hilary’s Eat Well Original Veggie Burger, Engine 2 Black Bean Burgers. ๐Ÿ™‚

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