We made it to another wonderful Friday! Yay! I love Fridays for many reasons. First of all, I teach an early morning BODYATTACK class to an energetic group, then get to wrap up work and sometimes even fit in a session of yoga. And tonight, Dave was supposed to be working, but is now available to hang out with me instead, so I see some sushi and sake in my future. We’ve always had a sushi routine on Friday nights, but his busy schedule has gotten in the way lately. I’m glad we’re back on it tonight.
Now, because it’s the last day of the work-week for most, sit back, relax and enjoy this stuff. Nothing too serious here. It’s just my weekly chance to share a bunch of randomness that has been making me happy in the form of “Friday Favorites.”
My favorite healthy snack
So I’m guessing you’ve seen and heard all about these things called acai bowls, right? Just like quinoa, acai is another health-food-trend that’s tough to say, but is all the rage. “Ah-sigh-eeey” is the proper way, totally not what you would expect by the way it’s written. Well, I’ve had two official acai bowls in my life, one was great, and one was awful. Then, I received a couple of coupons from Sambazon Acai to pick up the brand’s pre-made acai frozen mixture at the grocery store and make one myself. I found the purple packs in the freezer section (near the smoothie stuff) at my local Safeway.
The bag has four frozen packs in it, each with about 100 calories and tons of antioxidants (as well as organic ingredients, is gluten free and non-GMO, etc., etc.) basically all the nutrients you’d hope for from a super-fruit. All you do is drop the frozen packet in a blender with your favorite liquid, juice and fruits, mix it up and voila. It was incredibly easy and tasty and something new for me to make at home. In fact, I think my home-made acai bowl may have been the best one I’ve had yet. It’s a light and refreshing meal, which is perfect for breakfast or a snack. Eat up — even if you can’t pronounce what you’re enjoying!
My favorite jewelry
A few weeks ago I shared with you about a new jewelry delivery service I’ve been enjoying called Rocksbox. Well, my second box of goodies arrived last week, and I couldn’t love each piece much more than I do. I wore them all at once out to dinner last weekend on the day they arrived. In fact, I think I may keep them all too …
The ring? The necklace? The earrings? Just my style. I’ve definitely been pleased and impressed with everything sent to me so far, and it saves me from jewelry shopping — which is fun but also a tough decision-making process. If you want to try out Rocksbox for free for a month, sign up using this code: aladygoeswestxoxo. Believe me, it’s pretty cool to have small sparkly things delivered right to your door. You can wear them as much as you want, keep them or send them back for more pieces — no pressure to purchase. Easy as pie. (To find out more details on how the subscription works, click here.)
My favorite supplement
No, but seriously. I so look forward to eating my daily ration of calcium chews. These little buggers are quite tasty and who doesn’t need a little more calcium in their life?
Bone support, calcium and a fruity taste? Yes, please to these Nature Made Calcium Adult Gummies.
I used to eat the chocolate calcium chews, which came wrapped in foil, but I switched over to these when my usuals were out of stock, and I haven’t looked back. I think calcium chews can upset your stomach if it’s empty, but I always eat mine right after breakfast and have never had a problem. I had to replenish my stash this week, (which meant going a morning without them) and was reminded of how much I like them. Thus, a weekly favorite was born. Yay for tasty healthy bites in the vitamin aisle.
My favorite way to sweat
There are times that I write a full post without mentioning Les Mills group fitness classes, but today is not one of those days. I mean, I love to teach group fitness, especially Les Mills programs. While teaching BODYPUMP was my first love, I spend much more of my time teaching BODYATTACK these days, which is a one-hour sports cardio class, and it’s pretty darn fun to teach and to take.
This past week I debuted the latest BODYATTACK release 88, and the members of the class were so incredibly eager and happy to be experiencing the new music and moves. There is usually more than 40 of them in my Monday evening class in Walnut Creek, and they show up with smiles, give it their all, and make me so glad that I’m their instructor. It doesn’t matter what is going on in my day, because when I show up to the gym — everything is golden. It’s not easy to prepare and lead people through tough workouts, while doing the same tough workout along with them, but it’s worth it. I love it. BODYATTACK is a true favorite, not just on Fridays, but every single day of the week. And the people in the room make it that much better.
My favorite links of the week
There were some good things going on around here on A Lady Goes West this week …
- Weekend and workouts — Good food, bad food and my weekly workouts
- Breakfast ideas — Hearty and nutty quinoa breakfast bowl
- Food and drinks — “What I Ate Wednesday” and a Phenoh 7.4 review
- Stress management — Little ways to reduce your stress every day
And for more survey love, thanks to Sara and Emily for filling out my “20-question get to know me better survey” this week, which is going all around the blogosphere right now. (In fact, it’s going around so much, that it’s not even being linked back to me anymore — love it!)
I hope you have a fun and restful couple of days, my friends! If you want to look at some pictures of food or the Bay Area, follow me on Instagram to see what kind of adventures I get into over the weekend. Peace out!
Read more Friday Favorites
- A snack, a purse and a ritual
- A delivery, a bra and a guy
- A sweet, a wine and a read
- A drink, a gadget and a plan
- A time, a bottle and a powder
- San Francisco edition
- Beauty edition
- Beach vacation edition
- Hidden meanings
- Kicks, a book and a bowl
- The very best sweatshirts
- Party hosting and froyo
- Fourth of July daytime activity
- Beauty basics edition
- Workplace edition
- Shopping, sales and a show
- The foods I always buy
- Sushi, a game and pants
- Fitness apps
- Delicious and healthy products
- Comfort, fitness and function
- Beauty, buddha and blog events
- Dining, the city and gift ideas
- POPSUGAR, sweets and such
- A bunch of fun stuff
- e-book, food, picnic and tunes
- A link, a superfood and a mask
- Pants, shoes, food and links
- Dining, protein and goodies
- Shopping, events and a book
- A gym bag, pumpkin and juices
- Workout gear, a top and a massage
- prAna, a watch, tea and more
- Tasty stuff and gift sales
- Decor, bars, boots and a drink
- Flowers, music and more
- Coqueta, a brush and food
- My people and the holidays
- Beauty, bling and entertainment
- A hodge-podge of goodies
- Just a few special things
- Tasty food, drinks and moving
- A bunch of feel-good stuff
- Home, car and fitness finds
- Sweets, cooking, beauty and blog
- Gold, yoga, photos and more
- Celebs, scents, games and more
- Food, shoes, stretches and fun
- Purse, snack, plant and more
- Fresh, healthy, clean and square
- Pilates, sneaks and much more
- Quite a few good things
Questions of the day
What are you up to this weekend?
What’s something you hope to accomplish this weekend?
What have you made at home for the first time recently?