Hi, friends! How are you doing? We made it through week seven, but we also found out that we’ll be doing more “sheltering in place” the entire month of May here in the Bay Area. Man. I’m not super excited about the extension, but it is what it is. If you’re in the same boat, I am sending you lots of love and hoping you are healthy and well, wherever you are. This is somehow making us stronger, that I know for sure.
Anywho, this week actually had some excitement for me because I got back to teaching group fitness — in a way. I’m teaching some virtual classes for a big tech company, and this was the first week that I went live. Although there wasn’t anyone in the room but me at home, I knew they were there watching and participating, so it was fun. I’m going to be doing three classes a week for the next few weeks, and I’m so happy to be doing it. It sort’ve came out of nowhere, just when I needed something like this to re-inspire and motivate me.
Before we do the faves, I have some blog housekeeping to mention: I’ve been going through a process of streamlining the way I do things. And I’m going to move my blog posting schedule around just a bit. New posts will now go up on Tuesdays and Fridays. You’ll still get your weekly faves on the same day, but expect the other life, health and wellness post on Tuesday. Not a big deal, but I wanted you to be aware of the change. 🙂
Let’s get to the faves for this week …
Trying and loving the Peloton workouts
Well, we are a little over a week into owning a Peloton bike, and I’m already obsessed. Dave wanted us to get one for almost a year, and I always told him I would never use it. Why did I feel that way? First of all, I prefer to work out at the gym, instead of home. Second of all, cycling is not my favorite — I like to move around a room. Well, don’t you know that this is the perfect time to have a Peloton, and I instantly jumped on board once it arrived.
We put the bike in our outdoor workshop, so you can see all of Dave’s little decorations in there …
It took about 3.5 weeks for the bike to be delivered after we ordered it, which wasn’t too bad in these strange times when fitness equipment is hard to come by.
Now here’s the deal: I had never done a single Peloton workout until I did my first one on the bike, the day after we got it.
Then, I decided to download the Peloton app and have done a workout from there most days since. Why? The Peloton app is totally free for everyone right now for 90 days, and they have strength, yoga, running, walking and cycling workouts — so you don’t need the bike to do the rest.
And hey, I’m on a mission to switch things up from my usual Les Mills classes (which I love and will always go back to), and this change has been great for me. I’ve done several strength workouts and a yoga workout from the app, in addition to the cycling.
The workouts are incredibly well programmed. The instruction is top notch. The music is good. The app works well. The bike is awesome. As I said, I can see why people are so crazy about this brand. I am going to share more as I use the bike and the app more, but let’s just say — I’m almost drinking the Peloton kool-aid now. Anyone else?
You can check out the Peloton app here on your phone. And you can also stream the classes from your laptop for a bigger screen, which is what I’ve been doing.
Upping my daily hydration with an old trick
Perhaps one of the good things that has come out of this whole quarantine thing is that I’ve finally gone back to drinking tons of water. During the winter months, I found myself struggling to drink as much as I should have. And, during that time, I was using a cup with a metal straw, and I was always fearful to drink it while moving, walking or driving, because you know … a metal straw.
I decided to go back to this super old school Nalgene bottle, and it has helped me up my water intake like crazy.
Why? Because I don’t have to refill it as often, and I can see how my intake progresses with the ounce markers on it.
I’ve set a goal to finish a full bottle by lunch, then finish another full bottle by dinner. The bottle is 48 ounces, so I know I’ll at least get those 96 ounces, combined with one 12-ounce sparkling water, two big tea lattes and a protein shake, as well as any hydration from the fruits and veggies I eat. That leaves me perfectly hydrated, hitting an ideal amount.
It sounds simple to just change out your bottle, but it works. Get a bigger bottle with ounce markers and give yourself a goal to get drinking, friends.
Still snacking on G2G protein bars
I’m still loving these G2G protein bars, and I have a few a week.
You keep them in the fridge, they have lots of protein, clean ingredients that you can pronounce and great flavors (because I only eat bars that taste good). I usually pull out the bar about 15 minutes before eating, so it gets up to room temperature, or give it a quick five seconds in the microwave to soften up a bit. Yum!
By the way, you can use the code ALADYGOESWEST on the G2G website for 20 percent off your bar order.
Ending the weekend with Sunday night pizza night
Even though things are different all around, we’re keeping with some of our traditions, and that means Sunday night is pizza night.
We have two pizza options: Dave makes homemade pizza on the outdoor pizza oven, or we get a “Home Run Inn” pizza from the frozen section at Sprouts.
Lately, Dave has been making the pizza, using dough from a local sandwich shop, and it’s oh-so-good. I’m not going to say that pizza is my favorite meal ever … but it’s up there. We look forward to Sunday nights because of that. And I love that we have this regular standing meal, so we never have to decide what to eat, and we know it’s going to be good and really filling.
Do you have a weekly meal that you repeat and look forward to? If not, give this little tradition a try. It really helps with decision fatigue.
Weekly workout recap
Let’s switch gears.
Here’s how I got moving last week …
- Monday: 50-minute POP Pilates, 5 p.m.
- Tuesday: 45-minute Orangetheory legs and core workout, 11 a.m.
- Wednesday: 30-minute Peloton cycling workout, 11 a.m.
- Thursday: 30-minute strength workout via the Peloton app, 11 a.m.
- Friday: 30-minute Peloton cycling workout, 11 a.m.
- Saturday: 30-minute strength workout via the Peloton app, 10 a.m.
- Sunday: 10-minute yoga session via the Peloton app, 11 a.m.
This week was all about doing new workouts again. Our Peloton bike arrived, and in combination with doing two rides on the bike, I also did a bunch of other new workouts from the Peloton app. Every workout was under 50 minutes, and they were all super efficient. I picked up weights two times, did cardio twice and core and yoga — so we’ll call it a good week. Just trying to keep it interesting right now, and I succeeded in that. Even though, yes, I still really miss the gym.
A few things from around the web …
- Shoulder stretches. Whether you sit at a computer all day, have poor posture or are constantly holding a kiddo, we all need some shoulder stretches. These five unique stretches look like they feel amazing. Give them a go.
- Foam rolling. Did you catch this short chest-opening foam rolling routine I shared to Instagram?
- Benefits of cycle classes. It’s easy to think you’re only working your legs during a cycle class, but you’re doing more than that. I’m starting to really like cycling all of a sudden, and this is a good article that explains what you get out of a ride at home.
- Bedtime alarm. Even if you’re out of your usual routine right now, one thing you should try to be consistent with is your bedtime/wake-time. Keeping these times set each day and night is beneficial for your hormones, digestion and natural circadian rhythm. Here’s why you should set a bedtime alarm.
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 …
- Mother’s Day gift guide. Mother’s Day is coming up on May 10, and because we’re all probably shopping online, I’ve laid out some awesome options in this post … “The best Mother’s Day gifts for 2020 for all budgets.”
- Tips for life in your 30s. This is a good one to go back to … “Five things you should be doing in your 30s for your life and health.”
Thanks for reading the blog today, my friends! I’ll see you over on Instagram! xoxo
P.S. Today (May 1) is the last day for regular ground shipping if you want to order from Beautycounter and receive your gifts for Mother’s Day. You can still get express shipping next week. Shop the Mother’s Day clean beauty and skincare gift shop here. And let me know if I can help you out. 🙂
Questions of the day
How was your week?
Have you tried a new workout lately?
How are things where you live right now?