Current faves: Quarantine week 40, the best celeb book, food and workouts

Is it really possible that next week is Christmas (and my birthday) and we’re almost done with the year? I guess it is. This year will go down as the strangest, and there’s even more to come before we truly close it out. Farewell, 2020!

Anywho, this past week was another busy one over here with workouts, virtual classes, blog work, shipping out some gifts to Beautycounter friends and team members, and it was also Brady’s last week of school for the year. By the way, we don’t have any big plans for Christmas this year, clearly, so it’ll just be the four of us (yes, I always include Rudy in the count). And FYI: We’ll be taking next Friday off from a “current faves” post in observance of the holiday.

Ashley and Brady in December in front of red door by A Lady Goes West

(My jacket is from Fabletics, here are my leggings, and here are my shoes.)

This past week also had some bad news — I was officially laid off from 24 Hour Fitness after more than eight years of service, including a full year in the corporate office as a writer/editor. (Done via a mass email … so that was cool.) While I made it through the initial round of group fitness instructor layoffs in the summer, because gyms are still not back to regular business, 24 Hour Fitness had to lay off a ton of more people, and I was included in that group. This means I don’t have a gym anymore at all. Wow. But, I guess it was bound to happen. At least I’ve got my virtual classes on Motus, a Peloton bike and hope for the future. Still, in typical 2020 fashion, it stings a little. 

Let’s go ahead and get into the faves for today …

Current faves

Books

“Open Book” by Jessica Simpson

Too bad I just wrote this post about the best books I read this year, because Jessica Simpson’s “Open Book” certainly deserves a spot in a book recommendations post. (I’ll be sure to include it in the next one.) It was so captivating. Every time I opened it to read, I read for at least an hour, sometimes more, staying up way past my bed-time on multiple occasions, getting through it in just a few days. It was just so HONEST! 

We don’t really hear too much about Jessica Simpson these days, because she doesn’t perform any longer. But she does run a billionaire-dollar fashion brand, and apparently she’s got a new Amazon show in the works too. Nonetheless, I used to be a huge Jessica Simpson fan, especially when she was on “The Newlyweds” show on MTV with then-husband Nick Lachey. It was one of the first real reality shows, and I ate it up. Did you?

Open Book by A Lady Goes West

(“Open Book” by Jessica Simpson.)

“Open Book” is all about Simpson’s life, and she pulls from journals that she’s kept her whole life too. And boy does she put it all out there, talking about abuse, alcoholism, lying, drama, divorce, dating other celebrities, Hollywood, plastic surgery and everything in between. And I’m pretty sure she wrote the book herself, which I always appreciate from celebrities (as they often have a ghost writer). I just floated through the words on the pages, consuming it so quickly. It was completely enjoyable. And like I said, just so honest. 

If you have any interest in a celebrity autobiography, this one is worthy. Highly recommend! 

Food 

Trader Joe’s pepita salsa

I feel like I talk about Trader Joe’s pepita salsa all the time, but I don’t actually think it’s made a current faves post as a standalone. That needed to change. I’m obsessed with this salsa. In fact, I tell everyone about TJ’s pepita salsa, and I go to Trader Joe’s specifically to pick up a few jars.

Pepita salsa by A Lady Goes West

It’s got a little bit of a kick, pretty good ingredients and the best flavor and texture. I ran out last week and tried several other kinds of salsa from another grocery store. I literally couldn’t wait to get back to this one. If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, I highly suggest you pick this up and give it a try for all your flavoring needs. I add it to veggie burgers, rice, veggies and more. Mmmm.

Beauty

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20 percent off by A Lady Goes West

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Workouts

Weekly workouts 

Here’s a look at my workouts from last week …

Weekly workouts by A Lady Goes West

  • Monday: 30-minute full-body weights, 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Taught 45-minute barre, 12 p.m., 20-minute cycle, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 45-minute full-body weights, 8:45 a.m., 10-minute yoga, 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: Taught 45-minute barre, 12 p.m.
  • Friday: 30-minute upper-body weights, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday: 20-minute cycle, 20-minute lower-body weights, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday: Rest day

This past week, once again, nearly every single workout took place in my bare feet in my living room. I really hope to get back to a gym one day in 2021. But for now, I’m doing my best with workouts that are efficient and feel good on the body. I didn’t do my beloved Les Mills BODYPUMP via Les Mills On Demand this past week, which has been a weekly staple for me, so I’ll get back to it next week. But I did pick up weights four times, and that’s a win.

Discounts 

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  • Organifi superfood supplements. I’m all about the Organifi Complete Plant-Based protein powder and the GOLD powder. You can get 15 percent off your order on the Organifi site with the code ALADYGOESWEST.
  • Beautycounter. The best safe skincare and makeup. Send me a message, and I’ll share a 20 percent off code for your very first order.
  • Les Mills On Demand streaming workouts. My favorite fitness brand. You can do a whole month of workouts during a free 30-day trial by using my special referral link here.
  • Les Mills Coach program. You can get 15 percent off a 4-, 8- or 12-week guided coaching and accountability program with the code ASHLEY15.
  • Four Sigmatic. These superfood coffees and teas are so good — I especially love the Cacao Chill and Lion’s Mane Latte. Get 15 percent off your order on the site using the code ALADYGOESWEST.

Best reads

A few things from around the web 

  • Overtraining. Too much exercise is not a good thing. If you’ve been uninspired, injured, super sore or lethargic, it could be you’re doing too much working out — I’ve been there and done that and don’t want to do it again. Check out this list of signs you may need to work out less.
  • Sleep hygiene tips. Sleep is always in style, so I love reading articles about how to improve your sleep. Here’s another good list, featuring all sorts of tips, including setting a “wind-down alarm” each night. Love it.

And here’s the quote of the week from the Calm app, which I use to do my daily morning meditations

Act of kindness is quote by A Lady Goes West

A Lady Goes West favorite archives 

What I've been eating for lunch lately (10 meals) by A Lady Goes West

Five little things I do to feel less stressed by A Lady Goes West

Thank you for coming by the blog today! I’ve got some news coming next week, so stay tuned!

Questions of the day

How was your week?

What are you up to this weekend? 

Have you watched any holiday movies recently? Which is your favorite?

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4 Comments

  1. First off, I’m sorry about your lay off 🙁 I never got to take your class but I can tell you were a fabulous instructor.

    Just have to say I’m obsessed w that pepita salsa too! So good. And such a funny ingredient and name for the salsa. Why pepitas?! Have you tried the Romesco dip? It’s in the refrigerated section and it’s similar. It’s absolutely delicious and super healthy.

    Happy early birthday and merry Christmas, Ashley! Xo

    1. Hi Alie! Thanks for the tip on the Romesco dip — I haven’t tried it, but will keep my eyes peeled for it on my next TJ’s trip. You should take my class on Motus virtually some time! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  2. Oh Ashley, I am so sorry about 24 Hour. That has to be hard. I know you are an amazing instructor. Thanks for sharing with us. I watching a Christmas movie on Netflix called Midnight at the Magnolia. It was predictable but I also loved it. It’s so weird to see people gathering for the holidays in movies though!

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