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 …
“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 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!
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!
(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!
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Weekly workout recap
Here are my workouts from last week …
- 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.
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 …
A Lady Goes West favorite archives …
- Nutrition. I really enjoyed this course and will be sharing more soon … “My review of the Precision Nutrition level 1 certification program.”
- Stress. Because I think we’re all feeling a lot of different feelings right now … “Five little things I do to feel less stressed.”
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?