Greetings from Atlanta and latest food and fitness favorites

Greetings from Atlanta! Today, my older brother gets married, and I’m so excited and happy about it! We’ve been here in Georgia since Wednesday for the festivities at the Chateau Elan, and it’s been busy, but I still wanted to pop in to say hello.

Ashley and Dave at Matthew's rehearsal dinner by A Lady Goes West

(This is a pic of us before last night’s rehearsal dinner. New dress and feeling fly.)

Our flight on Wednesday was super early, so we were up at 4 a.m., but luckily, Brady did great on the four-hour flight and even slept pretty good the first night in the hotel. I’ll share more about our trip soon, but today, it’s all about the fitness and food. Ready? Here we go …

Golden milk probiotic collagen tea

This is a favorite, favorite and has quickly become my new obsession. You already know that I put turmeric on all of my food, so why not start adding it to my beverages too, right?

Well, this particular beverage combination is actually inspired by a morning tonic concoction I learned about from the book “Super Woman Rx” by Dr. Taz, which I’m currently reading.

Golden milk collagen latte with Vital Proteins by A Lady Goes West

Dr. Taz says it’s a great to start your day with a turmeric tea tonic — (turmeric, particularly the curcumin it in, has a lot of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties), and so I decided to add a few things from her tonic into my current tea routine to switch it up and make my own creation. 

Here’s my golden milk probiotic collagen tea recipe …

I find this mixture incredibly delicious, and I look forward to it every single morning. If you’re in need of something flavorful and different, give this one a try. This one drink has caffeine, probiotics, antioxidants, a beauty boost, digestion support and a lot of anti-inflammatory benefits as well.

Warriors watch party

Over the weekend, Dave and I had a few friends over to watch a Warriors playoff game. We had some apps, made a few pizzas in the pizza oven and enjoyed being social. Unfortunately, the Warriors didn’t win that day (they won the next game and are moving on to round two of the NBA playoffs), but it was fun to test out our new outdoor TV set-up for a bit before it got too hot and everyone moved inside.

Family in Warriors gear by A Lady Goes West

Brady wore a Warriors shirt and was passed around the party like a champ. Such a cutie!

Overnight muesli to take on-the-go

Truth be told, I ate all of these single-serve on-the-go muesli cups from Bob’s Red Mill at home, so I didn’t really need them to be portable, but they totally are. These muesli cups are a brand new product from my friends at Bob’s Red Mill (they sent them to me to try out) and are available online or at Whole Foods.

Bob's Red Mill muesli cups by A Lady Goes West

Basically, muesli means “mixture,” and it’s usually consisting of oats, nuts, seeds and milk.

With these cups, all you have to do is add water or milk, heat them up or let them sit in the fridge overnight. I chose the overnight option and added coconut milk and peanut butter for a filling and delicious breakfast. The cups come in three varieties, and the plain gluten-free one is my fave.

Starbucks protein snack box

Every time I get one of these protein boxes from Starbucks, I thoroughly enjoy it and am reminded that hard-boiled eggs, peanut butter, fruit, cheese and bread make for one fabulous mini-meal. 

Starbucks protein box by A Lady Goes West

When we were driving from the Atlanta airport to Chateau Elan on Wednesday (just over an hour drive) we were pretty hungry but didn’t want fast food, so Starbucks it was. I got a venti matcha latte (unsweetened, with coconut milk, then I add stevia, which Starbucks carries now — yay), and this protein box. These things are so satisfying, and I ate every bite, including an additional pack of almonds. I will be recreating this at home for sure. And why have I never thought of that before?

Weekly workout recap at 28 weeks postpartum 

Now on to fitness …

Here’s a look at my workouts from last week …

Weekly Workout Recap by A Lady Goes West

  • Monday: 30-minute CXWORX workout at home, 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 25-minute lower-body weights workout, 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 1-hour walk, 10 a.m., 25-minute upper-body weights workout, 12 p.m.
  • Thursday: Took 30-minute Les Mills GRIT Plyo class, 4:45 p.m.
  • Friday: Taught 1-hour Bootybarre class, 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: Taught 1-hour Bootybarre class, 11 a.m.
  • Sunday: Rest day

This past week of workouts was a bit of a departure for me, as I split up my resistance training with an upper- and lower-body day, and I went to a Les Mills GRIT high-intensity class. Although I’ve done GRIT a couple times at home in the past few weeks via Les Mills On Demand streaming service, this was the first time I’ve done a GRIT Plyo session (I prefer GRIT Strength), and done it in person — which, of course, is much harder than doing it at home, because I tend to take a few more breaks at home.

Nonetheless, it was HUMBLING to do a super-intense plyometrics-based session, because I haven’t been doing jumping or explosive moves in my workouts AT ALL. It was very tough, and I was out of breath and struggling, but I completed it. 

And this is what I looked like after …

Ashley after GRIT Plyo by A Lady Goes West

Moral of the story? GRIT is a lot harder than Bootybarre, and most definitely not as fun.

Your body gets in shape based on the workouts that you do, and I’m in Bootybarre shape and able to teach and endure the isometric burn that comes along with barre workouts, but I’m not in the shape to be a super-star in a plyo workout these days. Oh well, that just gives me something to work toward!

Speaking of Bootybarre, Dave and Brady came with me to the gym the last time I taught, so Dave snapped this pic of me after teaching class and returning the equipment … 

Ashley after teaching Bootybarre by A Lady Goes West

Yes, that’s a big smile. 🙂 

Overview on this past week of workouts? Well, outside of realizing I’ve certainly lost a ton of cardio fitness abilities since my days of teaching two BODYATTACK classes in a day, I also realized that I want to start following a weight-training program — with progressions each week — as opposed to my one-off sessions I do now. Perhaps I will write a program for myself or find another one to follow. I’ll keep you posted along the way, because fitness is a journey, my friends, and we’re all on our own path.

Best reads from around the web

Just a few things I enjoyed reading …

  • Exercise pain or fatigue: This is a great article from my friends at Les Mills about how to know if you are feeling pain or if you are just pushing to fatigue in your workout. It’s very important to know the difference, especially if you do high-intensity interval training (HIIT).
  • Environmentally friendly products: Who doesn’t love a trip to Target? This article tells you a few sustainable and clean products to pick up next time you visit the store. I don’t have any of these things and want quite a few.
  • Bathroom hygiene: Okay, this article is strangely eye-opening. Do you do all of these toothbrush hygiene rules? Eeek.

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See you soon, friends! Head over to Instagram to see scenes from today’s wedding, and as always, thank YOU for stopping by the blog! 🙂

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14 Comments

  1. Have a wonderful time in ATL! I live 30 minutes south of ATL, and it looks like the weather is going to be perfect this weekend for your brother’s wedding. Looking forward to reading about your weekend next week!

  2. You are so gorgeous, in that stunning pink or all sweaty 😀 You make it look goooood. Enjoy enjoy Chateau Elan, but stay away from the wine… if I remember correctly, the Reisling is the only palatable one!

    1. heheheh I actually think some of the wine is quite tasty! But I mean, I like most wine … 🙂 and this place is gorgeous!! Thanks, Susie! Happy Friday!

  3. Hope you have a lovely time at the wedding!

    And I am so British (well Scottish) haha – tea to me is always Tetley with a splash of milk, 3 times a day and a pot on Sundays!

  4. Congratulations on your brother’s marriage! I did GRIT (and expect to do more of it as my permanent instructor for BodyPump at one of my gyms went kaput and decided to stay closer to home), and it was so tough. I had to go to Starbucks and refresh myself.

  5. Hi Ashley,
    Never stopped in Atlanta. We have drove around it many times traveling between Indiana and Florida. You looked just like I expected after a teaching a tough class. I never have seen an instructor after class looking sweatless. I wonder what goes through Brady mine when he gets passed around among lot of strange people.
    Hey finally found a way not to lift every day. A new LA Fitness opened a mile from my home. So Saturday I did a spin class at the new gym and then hurry over to one of my old gyms and did another spin class. That way I don’t have time to lift. I don’t think this is what you meant by taking a day off.lol As you know spinning is my second passion to running.
    Have a great time in Atlanta.

    1. Two spin classes in one day? hahhaa you are the Energizer Bunny, but yes, you should probably take a rest day soon! We had SO much fun in Atlanta, Richard. I’m surprised you’ve never been! Yay for a new gym near you, by the way! Now you can go to five gyms instead of four heheheh!

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