Hello, my friends! Happy Friday to you! I hope you’re doing well. This week was our first real full week since the start of 2022, without being home in quarantine or being home for a snow day. I feel like the year is finally off and running, thank goodness.
This week, I taught all of my classes, prepared for a special barre event I’m teaching with another instructor this weekend at Life Time, worked on the blog and did all the rest of the usual stuff I do. And the week flew by.
I also did something interesting this week: I got a PRP facial or “vampire” facial. I’ve wanted to get one of these for a long time, because I had heard about the amazing benefits for your skin and was intrigued about the science behind it. Well, it was quite the process. Basically, you get your blood drawn, the blood is processed to pull out the beneficial platelets, then your skin is prepped, and the platelets are put back onto the skin combined with some micro-needling. So weird, right? While my skin was numbed, I could still feel some stingy sensations at times. It was totally strange, and I wasn’t entirely mentally prepared for what it would be like. I was very red and raw right after and the rest of that day, but I looked mostly normal the next day. Other than 48 hours with no makeup, there was no down-time. I’ll keep you posted on the results moving forward.
And now I think it’s a great time to switch gears and talk about some current faves …
Current faves of the week
My latest “refresh” life-coaching session and what it means for the blog
I’m a believer in coaching. And last weekend, I had a refresh life-coaching session with my life coach, Jill, from Jill Owen Coaching, and this was a true favorite activity.
I initially worked with Jill for several months in 2020, and she helped me to have the best year ever of my business, even when other things in life were at a very bad point (the heart of COVID lockdown in California, living across the country from my family when my dad was sick and a few other unmentionables). She gave me the tools and confidence to make some scheduling changes that were stressing me out, to create boundaries both professionally and personally, to have a healthier mindset about decision making and so much more. I loved having those focused sessions with her, and I was always challenged to think differently than I was used to.
Well, the other day when I was out on a walk, I was thinking back to how good it felt every time I finished a coaching session. I left those sessions so motivated and inspired. That’s why, I asked Jill if we could do a refresh, because I felt like I really needed a little something to give me a boost. And lucky for me, I get the friend rate from Jill (but her usual prices are very affordable as far as coaching is concerned, by the way).
On Sunday afternoon, we chatted for a little over an hour over Zoom, and we talked about some business decisions I was making, which is what I was hoping to cover with her. Jill didn’t tell me what to do, but instead, she asked me lines of questions that helped me come to some conclusions. You may be wondering what exactly we were talking about, and a lot of it has to do with this blog. I’ve had plans to make some design, branding and functionality changes, and I’m definitely going to do it all — and the idea of the name change is still very much there. I can’t thank Jill enough for her coaching to get me to where I need to be — now the work is all on me to move things forward.
By the way, if you’d like to weigh in on the design process on the blog, I’d love for you to share with me some of your favorite websites to visit because of their design elements. That would be so helpful. Leave the websites in the comments or feel free to email or DM me. Thanks in advance for helping to improve this space on the web. Also, I may be looking for a new designer, so I’ll take a recommendation there too, if you have one.
Final point on this, if you’d like to read all about my experience working with a life coach, check out this one: “What I’ve learned while working with a life coach.”
Family lunching on the weekends
Remember when every Monday morning I shared a post about what we did that weekend? While I no longer share those posts (it was a stress for me to compile those on Sunday nights and it got a little repetitive after so many years of doing it), I do still like to post some highlights over on Instagram stories from our weekends.
And the point of this bullet is that we always go out to lunch once on the weekend, and I always look forward to that time. We eat mostly all of our other meals at home during the week, so that one lunch on Saturday or Sunday (or sometimes both), is such a treat. As creatures of habit, we almost always go to Chopt Salad or Yafo Kitchen, but we plan to do some exploring soon, because we need to find more good places.
This picture from our latest lunch outing last weekend makes me laugh, because Dave took it and caught Brady mid-sneeze from the sun …
I make it a goal to change out of workout clothes for this one lunch too, and sometimes that’s my only time not in workout clothes all week. Isn’t it funny how such a simple routine can be a staple in your week that you enjoy? On weekends, Brady will even ask, “Are we going to eat our lunch at a restaurant today?” Yes, buddy. Let’s do it. 🙂
The most simple watch strap
A couple of weeks ago when I was sharing a picture of my lunch on Instagram, someone immediately noticed my new clear watch strap and asked about it. Since then, I’ve had so many people ask me about it. This watch strap is the cheapest and most simple strap I’ve had thus far in two years of owning an Apple watch, and I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite strap ever. It’s just so simple. It’s clear. It’s chunky. And it’s comfy. That’s about it.
(My watch strap.)
I’ve been wearing it for my workouts, and somehow, amazingly, it doesn’t show any signs of use. Also, clear goes with everything. If you’re an Apple watch owner, and you’d like a change, here’s the one I got.
My workouts from last week
Here’s where I share a recap of my previous week of workouts. I share this to show you how I try to get diversity in my week, and how I always take a rest day. But remember, I do a little bit more than the average person, because I’m a group fitness instructor.
Workouts from the week of 1/17
- Monday: 20-minute full-body weights via Peloton, 11 a.m.
- Tuesday: Taught 1-hour barre class with light weights at Life Time, 9:30 a.m.
- Wednesday: 30-minute upper-body weights at Life Time, 11 a.m.
- Thursday: Taught 45-minute combo class at Life Time, 9:45 a.m.
- Friday: Taught 45-minute barbell class at Life Time, 12 p.m.
- Saturday: 15-minute yoga via Peloton, 3 p.m.
- Sunday: Rest day
This past week of workouts felt complete, even though it was a little lighter than usual with two rest days (I consider the yoga day an active recovery/rest day), and two super-short workouts as well. I needed the yoga in my life, and I’m always trying to fit it in at least once a week for stretching. Are you a yoga fan? I’m not, but it feels good on the body. And when I do it at home, I always have a visitor …
Best read from the week …
Here’s an article I read this week that I felt was worthy of sharing with you:
Freezing bananas. This may seem like a very simple thing to be sharing, but it’s a good one to have in your arsenal. If you ever buy too many bananas and they are starting to get ripe and you’re not sure what to do with them, you can freeze them. We used to make smoothies at home a lot, so I would always purposefully freeze bananas for that purpose. This quick article shares some tips on freezing the bananas (it’s best to peel them first), and so if you’re in the position of having too many “nanners” you can save them for later (up to three months maximum, says the article).
Quote of the week …
A good one worth revisiting …
Deal of the week …
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A Lady Goes West archives of the week …
There are so many posts on this blog, let’s look back at two good ones (one recent, one older) …
Survey results. If you didn’t take a minute to read the survey results and you’re a mostly regular reader, I would recommend you go back for a quick look … “Blog-reader survey results and the why behind what’s on the blog.”
Shoes for fitness. I’ve had a few questions lately about footwear, so I wanted to direct you to this post … “How to choose the right athletic shoe for your workouts.”
That’s it for today! Thank you for coming by A Lady Goes West, my friends. Stay healthy and stay hydrated!
Questions of the day for YOU …
What are you up to this weekend?
Have you tried anything new lately?
Do you have any favorite websites with really good designs that you’d like to share with me?