Current faves: Quarantine week eight, teaching, sun, the best show and workouts

Hey, my friends! How are you? I literally can’t believe we’ve been “sheltering in place” for eight weeks. It’s like, should I stop talking about the fact that this is going on? Oh my gosh, how did we get here? I know that some of you in other regions are finding a little bit more freedom in getting out and about, but not us quite yet. But we’re still hanging in there at home.

We had a pretty good week over here actually. It’s been work, play, eat, life, rinse and repeat. And even if I don’t love what is going on, it’s become our new normal, so I’m used to it.

By the way, I’m sending SO much love to all the mommas out there and hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend in the U.S. 🙂

Now, let’s do the faves …

Current faves

Fitness

Teaching virtual classes

I’m so happy that I’ve had the opportunity to teach some virtual fitness classes for a big tech company the last couple of weeks. I’ve actually really enjoyed preparing for classes, practicing and doing all the work behind the scenes that I was so used to doing for my regular in-person group fitness classes too.

Then the actual teaching — although virtual — is really fun, because I know that there are some awesome participants doing it right along with me. I’ve been teaching POP Pilates, as well as a freestyle Barre Bootcamp format. 

Ashley teaching virtual classes - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

(Wearing some older Fabletics from head to toe. These are the cashel foldover leggings, which are super soft.)

I do the workout along with the class and have a pretty decent set-up in our living room for my “studio.” Of course, I have to move all the furniture on one side of the room out of the way to make space, but it totally works.

Funny story: The first time I moved all the furniture (which includes Brady’s chair), Brady came out from his nap and saw the rearranged room and cried. It was so sad. I explained what was going on and he now knows that the disarray is totally temporary.

Ashley before teaching virtual classes - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

(Wearing the very best high-waisted Lululemon leggings.)

But back to the teaching: I know a lot of fitness influencers have been teaching free classes all over social media and Zoom, and I think that is amazing. However, I’ve been hesitant to do it, because I wanted to make sure that what I deliver is super safe for participants in their homes, well done and high quality. But you can’t guarantee that with social media streaming situations when you can’t see what your people are doing in front of you.

Now that I’ve gotten more accustomed to teaching on camera and realized it’s better than not teaching at all, I might do an Instagram live workout soon. If I do, you lovely people will be the first to be invited. 

Skincare

Beautycounter mineral sunscreen mist

‘Tis the season when we’re all probably spending a lot more time outdoors than usual. In fact, I haven’t spent this much time outside in many years.

Ashley and Brady on the driveway - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

I take Brady outside for a little while the first part of the day to check the mail and play in the driveway, we occasionally eat lunch outside, then we always take an afternoon walk. And that means we need sunscreen. I usually do a tiny bit of time in the sun without anything at all (I’m talking like 10 minutes), but if I’m going over that, then you can bet we will all be slathered up in sunscreen.

I used to have a separate sunscreen for Brady and me, but now I can use the same one on us both, which is super convenient. It’s this one …

Beautycounter sunscreen mist - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

I’m loving the Beautycounter Countersun mineral sunscreen mist, which is SPF 30, non-aerosol and reef friendly (so many conventional chemical sunscreens are so toxic they eat away at the rocks in coral reefs), it sprays on evenly and provides a light coating that blocks the sun’s rays, with no harsh ingredients. It’s also water resistant and works for the whole family.

When it comes to sun protection: You don’t have to use Beautycounter products, but you should be using mineral sunscreens instead of chemical, as mineral is much safer for you and for the environment.

Check out the Countersun mineral sunscreen mist here.

It comes in tinted shades, by the way, as well as a little travel size too.

Entertainment

Finishing “Friday Night Lights” for the second time

Dave and I have gone back to rewatch a few TV series that we loved in the past, and we just finished rewatching all of “Friday Night Lights.”

And I can honestly say this remains my favorite TV show ever.

I felt so connected to all the characters and looked forward to watching it each night. And yes, I bawled when it was over. Do you ever get that way with shows? I don’t, but for some reason, this show just speaks to me. Even though it’s mostly about a high school football team in small-town Texas, it’s so much more than that. I absolutely loved the relationship dynamic between the two main characters, Coach Taylor and his wife, Tami. And Tami Taylor’s hair will go down as the best TV hair of all time.

Friday Night Lights

(Image source.)

Big fan! Nonetheless, I’m guessing we probably won’t watch this series for a third time, so it made me even more sad that it was my last time. By the way, we watched it on Amazon Prime, but it’s also available on Hulu.

Finally, I enjoyed checking out what happened to all the stars after the series ended and have seen a few of them appear in other shows I’ve watched. Here’s a look at where they are now.

Food

Reuniting with my favorite restaurant lunch

My two favorite lunch spots have been closed during quarantine, and that’s sad for many reasons. We’ve become accustomed to making and eating basically every single meal at home for the last eight weeks, outside of our Friday night sushi takeout.

However, much to my surprise, one of my favorite lunch restaurants reopened last weekend for curbside pickup, just in time for us to get takeout on Sunday. I have never enjoyed the beet and avocado bowl from Urban Plates any more than I did this time. Mmmm …

Urban Plates avo and beet bowl - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

It’s the little things. Even though we can’t eat inside the restaurant, and they don’t have a full menu, this lunch made me excited about at least an inkling of better times ahead. Yay!

Workouts

Weekly workout recap

Let’s switch gears.

Here’s how I got moving last week …

Weekly workouts by A Lady Goes West

  • Monday: 30-minute strength workout via the Peloton app, 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 20-minute cycling workout, 11 a.m., taught 45-minute POP Pilates virtually, 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 20-minute strength workout via the Peloton app, 11 a.m., practiced barre for 30 minutes, 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Taught 45-minute barre virtually, 12 p.m.
  • Friday: 30-minute strength workout via the Peloton app, 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: Taught 45-minute POP Pilates virtually, 10 a.m., 20-minute cycling workout, 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 20-minute yoga via the Peloton app, 11 a.m.

This week of workouts was great, because I taught three virtual live classes and did the workouts along with the class. I also did three short strength sessions using weights, did two cycling sessions and yoga too. I’m very much enjoying all the variety in my workout routine these days — gym or no gym.

Best reads

A few things from around the web …

  • Sleep and the metabolism. This is an excellent article on why sleep matters so much for your health and even your weight and metabolism. Just one bad night of sleep can affect your insulin sensitivity, gut health and much more. Read this one for some interesting information and tips.
  • Joy. There are four assignments for finding more joy in your life at the end of this article that are so worth trying.
  • “Becoming” documentary. I can’t wait to watch this new documentary about Michelle Obama this weekend. You’ll be sure to hear about it in an upcoming faves post once I watch it.

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

Let someone be CALM quote - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

A Lady Goes West favorite archives …

Five healthy eating habits to improve your nutrition by A Lady Goes West

Thank you for coming by the blog today, my friends! I’ll see you over on Instagram! xoxo

Questions of the day

How was your week?

What’s life like for you right now?

What’s your favorite TV series ever?

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12 Comments

  1. Happy Friday!

    Your experience with Friday Night Lights sounds like mine with Parenthood. BEST SHOW EVER.

    Can’t wait to check out one of your Insta live workouts!

    Xoxo

    1. Hi Courtney! Can you believe I’ve never watched Parenthood? Now you have me wanting to try it! Happy Friday to you, my friend! I hope you are doing well and hanging in there. Have a wonderful day and weekend! 🙂

  2. Gilmore Girls is probably my favorite show of all time! Other than not going into the office, life seems pretty normal now. Only going Out to get groceries seems routine now. We work all day and are able to walk the dog at lunchtime so that’s nice. I could really get used to sleeping in until 630 lol

    1. Hi Jessie! Agree — I have liked not having an alarm clock these days. As far as Gilmore Girls, I definitely watched all of that series back in college and after I think. 🙂 I’m so glad you are in a good routine, friend!

  3. My favorite TV show is Army wives. It makes you so proud to be an American and the characters are so well done. Because I am single I like re watching Desperate Housewives for pure escapism. Great article on sleep Happy Weekend here we go into week 9 of Quarantine

    1. Hi Laura! I like to get a little escape from watching fictional TV too — sometimes we all need that. And thanks for the recommendation on Army Wives. Hope you are hanging in there, friend! 🙂

  4. Hey Ashley!

    I’ve only seen some of Friday Night Lights but I LOVED Connie Britton in Nashville and it was one of my favourite shows!!

    We are also still in “lockdown” here (same as shelter in place I think) – some of the UK is opening up a little but here in Scotland we have been told to continue for another 3 weeks 🙁 I’ve been furloughed from work, keeping busy home schooling my step kids when they are with us, long dog walks, jigsaws, some home workouts, and reading – currently reading an older Elin Hilderbrand one called Here’s to Us, its a nice easy read!

    Take care over there!

    1. Hi! I think lockdown and shelter in place are the same. They are not fun hehehe. And I’ve always wanted to watch Nashville, just because of Connie Britton. I’m glad you are staying busy and getting outside for long walks too. Thanks for saying hi, friend! Hang in there! 🙂

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