Current faves: Quarantine week seven, Peloton app, hydration and workouts

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 …

Current faves


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 … 

Ashley riding the Peloton bike - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

We got the bike, mat, weights and one pair of cycling shoes straight from Peloton. But, I ordered my shoes separately, and they fit well with the bike. (I bought these shoes and these clips.)

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.

Peloton bike - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

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.

Peloton app strength workout - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

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.

Staying hydrated - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

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. 

Ashley and G2G Bars - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020

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.

Homemade pizza - by A Lady Goes West - May 2020


Weekly workout recap

Let’s switch gears.

Here’s how I got moving last week …

Weekly workouts by A Lady Goes West

  • 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.

Best reads

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

Stillness quote from CALM

A Lady Goes West favorite archives …

The best Mother's Day gifts for 2020 - by A Lady Goes West - April 2020

Five things you should be doing in your 30s for your life and health by A Lady Goes West

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?

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  1. Hi Ashley. I am so envy of you. You are doing my favorite things. You have done Solecycle class. I haven’t. You have a Peloton bike. I don’t. You know they say the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence. I have seen videos on this bike. It would be right up my alley. The program that comes with it looked awesome. But I have the best spin instructor in the USA so I got something on you. But I know I would like your classes. Beginning to open Florida up Monday very slowly. Not the gyms yet. Beaches are opening up with lot of restrictions. Stay safe.

    1. Hi Richard! I will tell you that I am SO impressed with the Peloton, and although I like the vibe of having lots of people around you in class at SoulCycle, the workouts are more structured on the Peloton app! You should try some of them on the free app, even without the bike — you could do one of the walking, running or strength ones. And I am so glad you are healthy and well and hope you enjoy some more freedom soon! 🙂

  2. Yay for new toys! We are not sure when we will be going back to the office for work but are getting used to being home all the time. It’s not so bad usually, I’m loving getting to have a nice breakfast (avocado toast with a fried egg) around 10. At this point, I’m just thankful to be able to work from home and live somewhere we can walk outside with the pup.

    1. Hi Jessie! You are SOOO right about being thankful for your job and comfortable home and ability to get outside. These are hard times, but you have all you need right now. Good for you for realizing it! But like — it will also be awesome to go back to restaurants and gyms right? 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful day and weekend, friend. Also, I need to make more avo toast hahah!

  3. I am not surprised that you love the Peloton. Honestly, I am a cyclist and I thought I wouldn’t like it either because … well I like riding my bike…right. Well I tried it and I loved it. I have no actual reason to buy one but it is sooooo well done it’s really impressive and obvious why it’s so crazy popular. The thing I might buy during the quarantine is actually a rowing machine. Lol.

    1. Hi Amy! I’ve heard from many people that they were ready to NOT like the Peloton too — it’s pretty impressive the company has been able to create something that fitness folk and non-fitness folk can get into — I love that! It would be super cool to have a rower too — because that’s such a full-body workout. Do you have a brand in mind for that? Thanks for saying hi, friend!

  4. I absolutely LOVE peloton bikes and workouts! I tried one a few months ago and have considered how wonderful it would be to have one. Congrats on yours–it is the perfect time to have one! I love your workout routine; it’s nice to shake things up and challenge our bodies in different ways right now.

    1. Hi Hannah! It really is good to switch things up with workouts, especially right now when we have less equipment and just need to be more creative. Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Hi Ashley,

    So exciting that you are back to teaching group fitness, really happy for you. Also, congrats on the bike, it’s the perfect time to get one.

    I bought a set of barbells and a kettlebell and it makes a massive difference, I m so happy. Things are weird but I am lucky as I am able to work from home. I have tried to make the most of this and started doing Les Mills Barre and BodyBalance and loving both. I also try to go cycling 2-3 times a week and discovered some beautiful nature reserves in my area that I had no idea about.

    Hope you have a good weekend!

    1. Hi Andrea! Well, YOU go girl! What a positive way to take this strange time and make the best of it. I love that you got some equipment and are trying new workouts and even exploring outside on your bike. That’s awesome. Keep it up! And how good is Les Mills Barre? I need to do it more, so I can practice my turns hahah!

    1. Hi Kate! I wish I could give you more info, but it’s a huge brick built-in pizza oven that was already here when we bought the house. It works great, but took a while for Dave how to learn to do it right. I think you can buy smaller ones that are not built in, but I have no advice there heheh!

  6. i am LOVING the peloton app, too! now mind you, i love spin and do it multiple times per week and am certified to teach. so after, like, 3 weeks of the pandemic and realizing things were only getting worse, i ordered a spin bike. i do the classes and just use my knowledge for the resistance; have done a few of the other classes, too. anyways, longwinded, obsessed.
    pizza sunday night?! excellent idea. and once things are ‘back’ -ish you guys should keep it up. helps with sunday blues 🙂

    1. Hi Adrianna! That’s so great you have a spin bike at home now too — I never wanted one, but boy it sure is a great way to do cardio with no impact in a smaller space. We have been doing pizza night on Sundays for years, so YES, it will remain post pandemic! Hope you have been staying well, lady! Thank you for saying hi! 🙂 xoxo

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