Current faves: “Halftime” documentary, tennis, weekends, workouts and more

Hello, hello, beautiful. How are you?

We’re finishing up our second week of summer break, and the summer officially began as a season this week too with the summer solstice on June 21st. The days seemed really long this week for some reason, when they usually fly by, but we made it through. Part of that feeling was probably that Brady didn’t take any naps, and I’m fearful his naps are just about on their way out for good. Dang.

This week, I taught my usual five classes, debuted some new barre choreography (which is a huge undertaking, and I detailed it in this little video, and it feels so good to have it out there for the first time, and I’ll continue teaching it for a few weeks before I need to create new stuff again), and I had my half birthday, which we celebrated by taking Brady to swimming lessons and eating at a casual restaurant near the gym that we often go to after his lesson. (You don’t celebrate your half birthday? You should!)

A few housekeeping items: We’re heading off on our family roadtrip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with our besties from Ohio next week. I’ll have a new blog post up for you at the beginning of the week, but I’m going to skip the current faves next week. I hope you understand!

Of course, you can follow along our adventures if you check out my Instagram stories until then. I’m looking forward to a little time away from my routine, taking a break from teaching, taking a break from the computer and hanging out with some of my favorite people.

Let’s get to the current faves of the week …

Current faves of the week


Watching the “Halftime” documentary on Netflix

You know I love a good celebrity documentary!

This documentary is all about Jennifer Lopez, or “JLo,” as she prepared for the Super Bowl Halftime show in Miami a couple of years ago. The moment I heard about this documentary on Netflix, I knew I wanted to watch it, and it was even better than I expected. 

I’ve always been a casual Jennifer Lopez fan, but when I watched her as a judge on “World of Dance” for a couple of seasons, I started to really, really like her. She’s so talented, she works so hard, and she’s so passionate about performing and building others up too. This documentary showed us all of that, and it showed us a tiny glimpse into her home life (but not much, and there’s not a lot of juice in this one, and yet I still loved it).

JLo Halftime show by A Lady Goes West

(Image source: Netflix.)

“Halftime” is only an hour and 35 minutes, but I truly didn’t want it to end. I loved watching Lopez in rehearsal mode, and I was so interested (and surprised) to hear how even though she’s uber successful and popular, she’s always felt like she wasn’t accepted or respected by the industry as a real actor, having been snubbed by the awards shows for so long.

I won’t spoil too much, but I will say that if you have Netflix, “Halftime” is definitely worth a watch. It was very inspiring, from her workouts, to her dancing, to her work ethic, to her realness. Go JLo! 

Little stuff

A couple things worth mentioning …

Tennis. Sometimes I have to stop and remind myself that I talked about wanting to play tennis for literally like 10 years before doing anything about it. I’m only about five months into my lessons, and I generally only play once a week, so I’m not advancing all that quickly, but I did finally move up from 2.0 to 2.5. I was actually a little nervous to go to my first 2.5 clinic, but it went well (and was notably harder than 2.0, by the way), and it was fun.

Well, Dave is excited that I’m finally playing a sport and is always asking to go play with me. So on Father’s Day, I booked us an indoor court, we checked Brady into the kid-care and went to play together. We had played together once before on an outdoor court with Brady in tow, but that was a bit different.

This time, we hit for a bit and then pulled out the ball machine. And once we each took turns with the ball machine I realized that Dave was seriously good at tennis and was a lot better than me, even though he’s never taken any lessons. He seems to be good at all sports, and for some reason, it didn’t occur to me that he’d be great at tennis with minimal effort and minimal tennis experience.

It was annoying for me, to say the least, because I thought I may have more skills with my five months of lessons. Anywho, I hope he passes down his athletic abilities to Brady. Sports are a struggle for me, and I have to really put in the work. But, I’m always out there having fun, and I guess that’s all that matters, right?

Playing tennis with Dave by A Lady Goes West-1

White-space weekends. The last two weekends have been mostly free for us, which never happens. Other than my tennis clinics and a little bit of work, we’ve had the chance to fill our days on the fly, which is rare for us over the last year since moving to Charlotte, making friends and getting involved.

I actually really like to have fun stuff on the agenda to look forward to, but it’s been great to sit there and decide “what should we do today?” We’ve mini golfed, bowled, spent a lot of time at the pool, napped and gone to our neighborhood park too. From here on out in the summer, weekends are pretty clear other than three trips, including this upcoming one to Pigeon Forge, then Las Vegas and Nashville, on tap. 

While I can never really guarantee white space in my weekdays, I like to have some of it on the weekends when I can. Would you agree? 

Father's Day 2022 by A Lady Goes West

Brady and Ashley on Father's Day 2022 by A Lady Goes West


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 (almost always). But remember, I do a little bit more than the average person, because I’m a group fitness instructor. 

New weekly workouts by A Lady Goes West

Workouts from the week of 6/13

  • Monday: Taught 1-hour barbell class, 9:45 a.m., took 1-hour gentle yoga flow, 5:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Taught 1-hour barre class with light weights, 9:30 a.m., took 30-minute treadmill/balance class, 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Taught 45-minute barre class with light weights, 5:30 p.m., took 45-minute neighborhood walk with friend, 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Taught 45-minute combo class with weights, 9:45 a.m.
  • Friday: Taught 45-minute barbell class, 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday: Took 90-minute tennis lesson, 11 a.m.
  • Sunday: Played 45 minutes of tennis, 10 a.m., practiced barre for 45 minutes, 6 p.m.

This past week was full of movement, but I tried something new two times, and I love that. To continue my quest to try more classes at Life Time, I tried a super-gentle recovery yoga class, which I enjoyed (but was too slow for my liking to return to), and I also tried a small-group training treadmill class, called UltraFit, and it was really good, but intense, with a lot of sprinting and balance work standing on the BOSU ball. Normally this treadmill class is an hour, but I took the shortened version while some visiting trainers were in town at Life Time Charlotte. I also played tennis twice this week, and it was fun. I didn’t have a rest day, but I’ll probably take five or six days off this upcoming week on our trip. 🙂 

Best read of the week …

Here’s an article I read this week that I felt like sharing with you:

Myths about sugar. If someone tells you to avoid fruit, because it has too much sugar, I would be highly skeptical of this advice. Fruit is good for us. And there is a difference between the naturally occurring sugar in fruit than there is in the sugar in a processed cookie. This article from a registered dietitian is a great read debunking some popular myths about sugar. Moral of the story? Eat fruit, avoid too much processed sugar, and shoot for mostly balanced meals rather than obsessing about one element of them.

Quote of the week …

Here’s a thought to take you into the weekend …

Learn from yesterday quote by A Lady Goes West

Blog archives of the week …

There are so many posts on the blog worth revisiting, so let’s look back at two good ones (one recent, one older) …

Things that make life easier. This post is one that I hope you found useful, because it’s the real stuff, folks … “Four random things that can make your life easier.”

Four random things that can make your life easier by A Lady Goes West

Morning drink. Every single day, I have this delicious concoction. It may seem extra, but it’s so worth it to start my day … “How I make my morning collagen tea latte.”

How I make my morning collagen tea latte by A Lady Goes West

That’s all I’ve got for you today! As always, thank you for clicking over to read. Have a wonderful day and weekend! 🙂 

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Questions of the day for YOU …

How was your week?

Have you watched anything good lately?

Do you have any fun summer plans coming up?



  1. I didn’t see any comments, so I thought I’d send one along! I’m probably one of your older readers (62), but I so enjoy your enthusiasm and outlook on life. You have a beautiful family and are inspiring, even to me as a “senior”. Keep up the good work!
    P.S. I also enjoy celebrity bios, especially ones with some juice 🙂

    1. Hi Stephanie! Thank you for reading! I really appreciate you saying hi and sharing with me. And I’m in the market for a new juicy celebrity bio! I’ve also been into the celebrity documentaries lately, and I’ll let you know if I find another good one. Have a great Fourth of July! 🙂

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