And just like that, it was nearly the end of the week again. Oh Friday, how you make me happy. I hope you’ve had a good week, my friends! Things have been quite busy over in my world, and I’m ready for a little rest. Let’s talk about weekend plans and then get to the favorites …
This morning, I’m back to teaching my usual Friday morning BODYATTACK class after a couple weeks off for some maintenance in the group fitness studio. After that, I’ll be working on the computer, and then Dave and I are heading to dinner with his sister in the City (she is visiting for a conference). Tomorrow morning, I’m teaching BODYPUMP first thing, and then have plans to work on some writing assignments until we go to a birthday party in the evening. And Sunday is likely to include a lot of writing as well. That’s two weekends-in-a-row for me of more work than play, but at least I’ll be having some fun in the evenings, of course!
My latest “Friday Favorites” of the week
It’s that time again to take a look at all of the random stuff that has been making me happy lately, in our weekly “Friday Favorites” post. A post which gets to live on the blog all weekend long, so I hope you enjoy …
My favorite new activewear of the week
New Balance just debuted a new catalog and expanded collection for women called NBWomen, and I was lucky enough to receive a few items from the line this week. I’m totally impressed with this stuff. All of the items are fashionable and also functional. To be honest, I haven’t flipped through a catalog in a long time, but I actually find it preferable to online shopping. Long-live the catalog! Anybody with me?
What a spread, including the bag! I’m loving this revamped women’s line from New Balance.
I got these Premium Performance Fashion Crop pants, which fit like a glove; the Fresh Foam Zante sneakers, which are super cushy and also cute; as well as the black 711 Training sneakers, which I wore to teach BODYPUMP last night, and they are the perfect shoe for it. Nothing feels better than throwing on swanky new gear before a workout, especially when it performs well!
Looking around at the catalog, there are so many things I’d love to have as part of my fitness wardrobe. Check out this jacket, these tanks and these tights — and I totally want these pants for lounging … good stuff! If you are in need of some new workout clothes, check out New Balance‘s new line! Thanks to the New Balance team for sending me some gifts. You’ve made my week.
My favorite new beverage of the week
I turned into a green tea girl three years ago, and believe it or not, I’ve never missed coffee. That being said, I like to try many types of teas, but always come back to a pretty standard green tea. Last week, I decided to pick up a new box outside of my ordinary, and I love it.
Every morning, I like to have a hot mug of tea, and this Tazo Green Ginger Tea is my new go-to.
I seem to enjoy anything with a ginger flavor, whether that’s a food or a beverage, and this tea totally pleases the palate. It’s got just the right amount of caffeine for a little kick, but not too much. Bottoms up!
My favorite new ready-to-eat meals
Last week, I got to try out the Farm Hill healthy-food delivery service, which just started expanding across the Bay Area last year. While there are many ready-made delivery services out there in the Bay Area right now (some of which I’ve tried and didn’t like, thus never really discussed on the blog), Farm Hill is all about healthy and fresh meals, and the food actually tastes great. I mean completely nutritious and yet also delicious — delivered and ready to devour. You can’t beat that.
The meals included a Southwest Steak Salad, Paleo Chicken Kebabs, Vegan Classic with Sesame Tofu (my favorite!!), Classic with Lemon Herb Chicken, Apple-Cinnamon Date Bites and Lemon-Coconut Date Bites. Farm Hill specializes in Vegan and Paelo options, which aren’t diets I follow, but I still like those meals.
All of the food is made fresh daily by a chef each morning, using locally-sourced ingredients. The menu rotates each week, but there are always some standards available regularly. And the process is easy, because all you have to do is go online, sign on and order your delivery each day by 10 a.m. and get the meals for lunch (or dinner). The meals range in price from around $6 to $15 each, which isn’t bad considering the price of a restaurant lunch in the Bay Area.
Dave and I devoured the four meals and snacks we were given collectively over the course of two days, and some even made it onto my “What I Ate Wednesday” post. And yes, he was a huge fan as well. After our previous experience with meal delivery, we were totally surprised by the quality of Farm Hill. I told Dave I wish we could have those meals every week, because of the variety in each container. Most of the meals range between 500-600 calories, and the company plans to put the nutritional information on the website soon, so you always know what you’re getting into. Bay Area friends, take a look to see if Farm Hill is in your area (delivery is not yet available in downtown San Francisco, but should be happening by December at the latest), and give it a try. (They do catering too, by the way.) So good!
My favorite links of the week
Did you miss some of the good stuff on A Lady Goes West this week? Here’s what happened …
- Weekend and fitness — A fitness weekend and my weekly workouts
- My career history — How I started working in the fitness industry
- Food pictures — What a typical day of eating looks like
- A look into my life — Staying healthy during a busy “day in the life”
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Questions of the day
What are you up to this weekend?
Do you have any fun finds to share?
Do you get any catalogs?