Hi, my lovelies! It’s faves day. And because I appreciate you guys so much, I’m doing a sneaky little giveaway in this post too, just from me.
I hope your week was a good one. I taught four classes (my three regular classes and then I subbed one too), did some writing work, cleaned out my closet and drawers and posted a bunch of stuff for sale on Poshmark and even got a fresh mani, thank goodness. Now on to the favorites …
“Girl, Stop Apologizing” by Rachel Hollis
Before we get into the content of this book, I want to say that this copy of the book came to me from a lovely reader, Amy. Amy won my giveaway for a different book on the blog a few months ago, and then when she finished reading “Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals” she offered to send it to me — so nice. That sweet act of kindness may have made me enjoy the book even more. Also, it’s made me want to continue spreading the love and passing this copy along to someone else. More on that below.
So back to the book. I definitely liked this book more than I like “Girl, Wash Your Face.” And here’s why: The book is broken up in a very helpful way — and it’s easy to read. Rachel Hollis has a very conversational writing style, and I can be very judge-y about writing style, so this was a highlight for me. Basically, in the first book, Rachel was talking a lot about the lies we tell ourselves and how to move past them. Whereas in this book, using examples from her own life, Rachel explains how to be more unapologetically you, while also giving you tools to to improve things in your life and go after your dreams (no matter how big or small). Good stuff. I’m glad I read this and definitely pulled out a few helpful nuggets to take away.
It’s broken up into three sections:
- Excuses to let go of: “That’s not what other women do.” “I don’t have time.” “I’m not enough to succeed.” “I can’t pursue my dream and still be a good mom/daughter/employee.” And so on. Been there and done that with these, anyone else?
- Behaviors to adopt: “Stop asking permission.” “Ask for help.” “Learn to say no.” etc. Why are these so hard?
- Skills to acquire: “Planning.” “Confidence.” “Persistence.” All of which can be learned developed. Yes, they can.
Two big takeaways for me
I liked this tip: To only touch something once. Basically, as soon as you read an email or text, respond and finish that task — don’t go back to it over and over and waste more time. And if you don’t have the time to answer it, then don’t even read it until you do. This doesn’t work in all scenarios, but for smaller things it does.
I also really liked this one: Make a results list, rather than a to-do list. I make a to-do list every single day, and I love to check things off, but Rachel’s idea of only writing down things that have an end result and then only crossing them off if you get the results you were after is a strategic way to think about how to be effective with everything you do. I’ve actually implemented this already and like it.
Finally, I’ll leave you with a good quote from the book …
Be the kind of woman who focuses more on being interested than on other people thinking she’s interesting.
Be the kind of woman who is generous–no matter how much money is in your bank account, you have a wealth of resources to offer others.
Be the kind of woman both your eleven-year-old and your ninety-year-old self would be proud of.
Overall, this book made me feel a little uplifted and inspired, and I enjoyed it. It’s not necessarily a game changer, but I like that Rachel Hollis is all about making women feel better about themselves. THAT is a worthy mission.
Sneaky giveaway: I’d love to send this book to a reader. And along with the book, I’m going to include a fitness journal, some collagen water and a few extra surprises — just from me! To win, you need to do both of the following (1) leave a comment on this blog post (2) like and leave a comment on my latest Instagram post too.
Amy Schumer segment
I love Amy Schumer! I’ve seen her stand-up show live and I watch all of her TV comedy specials, so I was VERY excited to see that she is now a Beautycounter customer, as a pregnant woman who cares about what she puts on her body. Check out this funny 2-minute segment she did with Beautycounter here.
P.S. Mother’s Day is around the corner, and if you want to get a mom you love some Beautycounter products, head on over and shop today. I’d recommend this Best of Beautycounter set or the Flawless in Five as a great place to start. And hey, if you want to learn more about Beautycounter, sign up for my safer beauty email list here too.
Dip powder nails with a side of a podcast
It’s been almost a year-and-a-half that I’ve been getting powder dip manicures, and I’m so glad I finally tried this method — it lasts longer, doesn’t damage my nails and looks better too. Also, after trying out a few nail salons, I’ve found an awesome local one that’s my favorite, and my nail gal is quick too (send me a message if you are in the East Bay and need a recommendation).
I know it seems a little “extra” to always have your nails done, but I’m able to go about 3.5 weeks in between appointments, and I usually go in the evening of a weekday, rather than waste weekend time getting my nails done. Also, I look forward to my appointments, because I pair them with something else.
I think I may have mentioned this before, but my favorite way to pass the time when getting my nails done is with listening to a podcast. Once you tell your nail stylist what you want, they don’t need you anymore, so that’s a good chance to spend time on something else — obviously reading or playing on your phone is out, so an hour devoted to listening to a podcast makes the time go by quickly and you leave with some new info. I always try to listen to deeper/meatier topics at this time, because I’m able to focus on them — and listening to podcasts always inspires me. Some of my favorite podcasts are listed in this post, “The best health, wellness and fitness podcasts.”
Weekly workout recap
Because I like to share how I’ve been moving …
- Monday: 1-hour BODYPUMP class, 10 a.m.
- Tuesday: 30-minute CXWORX class, 10 a.m.; taught 45-minute BODYATTACK class, 4:45 p.m.
- Wednesday: 20-minute weights workout, 10 a.m.; taught 1-hour barre class, 5 p.m.
- Thursday: Taught 1-hour barre class, 12 p.m.
- Friday: Practiced BODYPUMP for 45 minutes, 11 a.m.
- Saturday: 1-hour BODYATTACK class, 10:30 a.m.
- Sunday: Rest day
This past week I finally did three resistance sessions — it’s a miracle. I also took a full rest day, did my own workout, took classes and taught classes — which makes for a good combination. I’m still not as strong as I want to be, but maybe I’m making progress so slowly it’s hard to notice. Who knows.
Here’s the short weights session I did on my own. You can find these workouts on my Instagram story highlights under “Workouts,” or in this post: Gym inspo: Short weights workouts you can do in less than 30 minutes.
Some things I enjoyed from around the web …
- Vulnerability and shame. I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of the Goop podcast, even though some people seem to love it. It’s just not as entertaining or enjoyable as some of my other faves, but I did like this episode with Brene Brown all about leadership, vulnerability and handling shame.
- Beyonce’s diet advice: I RARELY think that celebrities offer sound health advice, as they are almost always more focused on aesthetics than real health, but this article has some good nuggets of insight on how Beyonce and Jay-Z are trying to eat more plant-based meals. Not all plant-based meals, just more.
- Too much exercise. I’m pretty sure you guys know by now that I’m TRULY passionate about teaching people not to work out too much. Well, this quick article has a few more details on why overexercising is bad for you.
A Lady Goes West favorites …
- Just for fun. I liked switching it up and posting this one earlier in the week … “73 questions.”
- Proceed with caution. This has been on my mind a lot lately, and if you haven’t read it yet, please do … “How to know what health and fitness information to follow.”
Have a wonderful day, my friends! I appreciate you! 🙂 xoxo
Questions of the day
How was your week?
What’s one thing you are looking forward to this weekend?
What was the last workout you did?
What book is on your night-stand right now?