Current faves: Quarantine week four, books, shows, inspo and workouts

Hey, friends! Happy Friday! How was your week? Same old, same old, over here. I will admit that there are plenty of highs and lows as we move through this strange time.

And did I mention I fell off my bike on a family bike ride? I did. Nothing was hurt but my ego. 🙂 

But here I am, ready to share some current faves with you to keep it light. Let’s do it …

Current faves


“Summer of 69” by Elin Hilderbrand

I just finished reading “Summer of 69” by Elin Hilderbrand, and it was so good.

And I have to thank you guys, because it was a reader recommendation in a blog comment a couple of months ago. You guys are the best.

I was lucky enough to check out this book and one other from the library shortly before it closed, so I’ve had some reading material on hand during “shelter in place.” Truth be told, this one took me a long time to get through, because I kept falling asleep — even though I was definitely enjoying it — guess these long days of quarantine-ing are wearing me out (and I only read at night in bed).

Summer of 69 - by A Lady Goes West - April 2020

(“Summer of 69” by Elin Hilderbrand.)

It’s a long book, and it’s all about a family in — you guessed it — the summer of 1969. Much of the family spends the summer in Nantucket, and during this time, secrets are revealed for every single person.

The cool thing about this book is that little by little, we learn more and more about the history of the family and why they do things the way they do. And mixed in with that, we see real-life historical events tied into the story. For instance, the first walk on the moon, political drama with the Kennedy family and other noteworthy moments are featured. It’s a combination of fiction and history, and I thought that was an interesting twist.

There were some sad moments, but this is a light-ish read, which is just what I needed right now. I’d recommend this one for sure, if you’re into fiction and want to read something with some nods to the past.


Silver linings: All the family walks and family time

You know what’s funny, when all this “shelter in place” stuff is done, I know I’m going to look back and be grateful for this time we had to be together as a family, even if I’ve been complaining a little.

In fact, we’ve never had so much time together — ever.

We love having Dave around more. Right up until the moment this all happened, there were many days when Dave was gone before Brady woke up and got home after he went to bed. And that’s definitely not the case right now, where Dave has done Brady’s bedtime routine every night for four weeks. Yay! 

Ashley and Brady on a walk - by A Lady Goes West - April 2020

(Wearing these leggings and a sweatshirt from Everlane.)

We love having slower mornings, where we don’t have to rush out of the house. And we love our daily afternoon walks too. It’s pretty nice. There are a lot of things I wish were different right now — don’t get me wrong — I don’t want people to be getting sick or businesses to be struggling — but it’s important for me to mention that there are always a few silver linings. And I’m choosing to highlight one with you today. 


The “Tiger King” on Netflix

Speaking of silver linings …

I started seeing all these Facebook and Instagram posts about people obsessing over the “Tiger King” and had no idea what was going on.

Then, Dave opened up Netflix so we could find a movie over the weekend, and we saw that “Tiger King” was the most popular show in America on the whole service right now. Thus, we had to watch it!

Tiger King on Netflix by A Lady Goes West(Image source: Netflix.)

OMG, it’s so addicting, because it’s so strange. If you haven’t heard of it, “Tiger King” is a real-life docu-series about exotic animal breeders, who are incredibly eccentric. And there’s also a murder mystery involved. It’s so interesting. We will be finishing it up this weekend, and let me tell you … it’s highly entertaining. Go for it!


A Beautycounter deal for first-time clients

Have you thought about upgrading your current makeup or skincare and want to try Beautycounter?

Right now, there’s a special deal for brand new first-time customers only, and you get 20 percent off your first order. 

Beautycounter sale for new clients

Here’s how it works:

  • Go here and sign up for the Beautycounter email list. You’ll get a code sent back to your email.
  • Then, head here to shop, pick out what you want, and enter the code you received before check-out.

Let me know if you need any help. You can always fill out my skincare survey and sign up for my beauty list, to get a little more information and a little customized guidance.


Weekly workout recap

Here are my workouts from last week …

Weekly workouts by A Lady Goes West

  • Monday: 30-minute Les Mills GRIT Strength workout, 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 30-minute CXWORX workout and 2-mile run, 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 45-minute BODYATTACK, 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday: 30 minutes of BODYPUMP, 10 a.m.
  • Friday: 3-mile run, 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 50-minute cardio and strength class from Uforia Studio, 10:30 a.m.
  • Sunday: 30-minute balance and stretching class from Crunch Live, 11 a.m.

Another week of home workouts complete! I did my best to switch it up this week, and I tried a couple new streaming programs, in addition to my tried-and-true Les Mills On Demand. (And you can still try that one out for free for 30 days with this special link.)

I didn’t do three official resistance sessions this week, like I had hoped, so I’ll strive for that this upcoming week. You’ll notice there’s no “day off,” but I’m still keeping Sunday as a lighter active recovery day right now, because I’m doing so much less movement overall. 

Best reads

A few things from around the web …

  • Hormones. You know I love to talk about the importance of hormones. One of my favorite health authors, Alisa Vitti, is interviewed in this podcast episode all about how men and women need different schedules and nutrition because of their hormones — and much more. Find the short podcast episode here.
  • Entertainment. Extra time on your hands? Feeling bored? Here’s a fun list of things you can spend time doing during the month of April.
  • Posture. Because you don’t want to sit hunched-over on the couch while working, here are some posture and set-up tips for your work space.

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

Calm app quote about peace

A Lady Goes West favorite archives …

My review of the Precision Nutrition level 1 certification program by A Lady Goes West

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

Thank you so much for reading the blog. I hope you stay well, healthy and positive, friends! Talk to you soon. 

Questions of the day

How was your week?

What’s one good thing you did this week?

What are you reading or watching?

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  1. I’m currently reading The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand! I finished the book I had checked out of the library after quarantine began so I was unable to go get a new one. I found out I can use my library card to check out digital books but surprisingly, they still have wait lists! So I finally found this one without a wait and I’m glad I did because I find I sleep much better when I read at night rather than scroll Instagram and read about all things Coronavirus.

    1. Hi Julie! It’s such a good habit to read before bed, WAY better than scrolling Instagram, which never sets your mind up for good sleep. I would totally read another book from Elin Hilderbrand, so let me know how you like “The Perfect Couple” once you are done with it. And that’s so weird digital books have a waiting list? I’m hoping NOT to do digital books, so may end up ordering off Amazon if I have to once I’m done with the book I just started hehe. Happy Friday, friend! Stay well!

  2. Oh my goodness, I really need to pick up a book. I’ve been so busy doing all of the other things and haven’t sat and just read in so long. It’s sad! ALSO – Tiger King released a new episode today … you’re welcome. lol

    1. Hi, my friend! You should totally get into reading at night — especially a real book, not digital. It totally helps me sleep to remove myself from technology for at least a while before sleeping. And I look forward to some Tiger King this weekend! Happy Friday, friend. Stay well!

  3. With a newborn and a toddler now I’ve had my hands full and it’s been harder to “read” so I’ve been listening to audiobooks. I listened to Ali Wong’s dear girls and Now Glennon Doyle’s Untamed. Very different but both are great! Did you ever read Little Fires Everywhere? It was made into a show that I’m watching on Hulu. We just finished Sex Education and now watching Ozarks.

    This week I’m 6 weeks postpartum and I started a postpartum workout routine through Every Mother. I’be learned so much so far and I’m enjoying it.

    Hope you are well!!! Hope Brady is doing ok!! Hang in there mama

    1. Hi Alie! I haven’t heard of any of those books or the Every Mother program, but I LOVE that you are doing a program specifically for postpartum, because that’s so important. It’s a REALLY sensitive time to get your body moving again in a safe way, so I hope you are taking it slow, and love that you are enjoying it. Brady is doing just fine — he loves the family time, but I can tell he wants to go back to gym daycare hehe. I watched Ali Wong’s comedy show — BOY is she raw — ahha — I bet the book is the same, so I should totally look into it. Keep up the great work, Alie. And THANK YOU for saying hi and sharing with us! xoxo

    1. Hi Jessie! Happy Friday! Thanks SO much for the book recommendations and your book review — I’ll check it all out. I appreciate you!! 🙂 xoxo

  4. Hey there – greetings from Perth, Australia 🙂

    I love reading your blog and thanks for sharing during this time. Anything Elin H is a fab read – I usually save some for summer / holidays as they are fun to read. Marian Keyes is a fun Irish author and great light family sagas. Her two latest ones are brilliant.

    Question – I am doing your LesMills trial, than? I run 6 days a week and wanted to do some classes to strengthen my core and general strength for running. Which would you recommend? My core is my main weakness so need to focus on that.


    1. Hi Gilly! Thanks so much for reading the blog and saying hi! I love that you’re doing the Les Mills On Demand trial. With your six days of running — hopefully you switch up your speed, mileage and intensities during those runs, to keep your body guessing Do you have any pain in your joints with all that running? Do you foam roll and do recovery techniques? Hope so. I would highly recommend that you add in some strength work — not just for core, but for the whole body. I would say do Les Mills CXWORX (30 minutes of core, requiring a resistance band and a weight), at LEAST two times a week — you’d probably want to do it after your run on non-consecutive days. I would also suggest you do some work that has lateral movement (CXWORX does), that is in addition to your running (which is all front and back). Perhaps you could do two CXWORX workouts a week, your runs (maybe less than 6 and cut back), then ONE Les Mills GRIT Strength as well — this class is only 30 minutes and is quite hard, but it’s got a lot of valuable movement — you can take out ALL the jumping too, and just do the options that don’t have impact. Six runs is a LOT, so if you can cut back on one of those and do only strength that day, it may be a good idea. Also, make sure you are stretching a lot, warming up before your runs, taking a full rest day, and don’t do CXWORX BEFORE any strength work — it’s okay to run after CXWORX, but it tires your core out too much to do before. Hope this helps! 🙂 Let me know if you have any other questions. Have fun!!

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