New Year’s weekend 2017 and my weekly workouts

My friends. I hope you are doing well! It’s the new year — a fresh start and a clean slate and everyone is writing about resolutions — so you probably don’t want to hear me complain about our lack of sleep again, because that seems like a constant lately, but we’re really struggling over here. After getting into a routine of slightly longer stretches at night, Brady has regressed to one hour to 90-minute sessions each night, and it’s literally painful. Literally. And this is extra tough coming from the girl who writes about how sleep improves your life.

That being said, blogging, using my mind, as well as feeling like a healthy functioning person are not exactly going on right now. However, I did go to my weekly mommy group session today, and the topic was sleep, and I feel like I came home with a plan of action to put in place and cross our fingers for some improvement.

In spite of my tired mind, I was determined to get something small together on the blog about the last weekend of 2017 and my last week of workouts for the year too, so here we go …

Pulsing at barre and lunching in Marin

I started Saturday very tired, but still made it to a Bar Method class that morning. And by the way, my thoughts on Bar Method are still mixed, but I plan to put together a class review post very soon. I’m using my month-long Groupon and planning to get my money out of it, with at least two sessions a week for two more weeks. 

And as you know from my 2017 year in review, those class reviews are very popular on the blog, and I used to do them a lot more than I do now. We’re overdue for a new one. We’re also due for a post-class selfie … pardon the wrinkled top. Why does activewear wrinkle? Anyone else annoyed by that?

Ashley at Bar Method again by A Lady Goes West

After I showered up from barre class, I drove to Corte Madera in Marin County to visit with a girlfriend, see her new place on the water and have a delicious lunch at Rustic Bakery at the Marin Country Mart. It was such a nice outing, not only because Marin County is so pretty, but also because I love catching up with dear friends, and this Asian chicken salad was one of the best I’ve ever had, eaten al fresco …

Rustic Bakery lunch by A Lady Goes West

That evening, Dave and I ordered take-out and caught up on another episode of “Shameless” on Netflix, one of our guilty pleasures. Haven’t seen it yet? It’s sooo enjoyable, but definitely R rated.

Brady’s 3-month birthday

Also over the weekend on the 30th, our little guy hit exactly three months, oh my! Much of everything I explained in this 12-week update remains true. He’s adorable, loves to talk and also has recently boycotted nighttime. Joy. We took a moment to capture some shots of him, as we marked a quarter of a year of his precious little life so far …

Brady at 3 months old by A Lady Goes West

Brady at three months old by A Lady Goes West

Brady at 3 months by A Lady Goes West

(Brady’s wearing Cat & Jack brand, and my sweater is cozy and new and affordable!)

I mean, that face. How could I ever get mad at it? I can’t! Do you think he looks like Dave? Like me? The verdict is still out, but he sure is adorable.

New Year’s Eve

The last day of the year started with a quick gym trip for me, in which I hit the weights and listened to a podcast. And the rest of the day included a walk with the stroller to finish the podcast, cleaning and a grocery store visit to get some food for a small get together. Dave and I hosted another couple, and we didn’t take any pictures at all, except for the one below of our little party animal …

NYE 2017 by A Lady Goes West

For our guests, I put out some unhealthy and un-photo-worthy delicious appetizers, and we had champagne and carrot cake and enjoyed a lot of laughs. It was the PERFECT low-key celebration in our home with some great people. And no, we did not stay up to watch the ball drop. So lame, right?

New Year’s Day

On New Year’s, we tried to salvage another very tired day with fresh air and a walk to downtown Walnut Creek for a scrumptious lunch at Koja Kitchen.

On a whim, after noticing that the AT&T store wasn’t too busy, I ended up getting a new iPhone. I went with the iPhone 8 Plus, and I was truly in need, as it had been more than two year since my last new phone. The process took a while, but I’m just about set up on the new phone, and the camera is so much better. I took a picture of lunch with the old camera below, and as you see, it was ready to be retired …

Koja Kitchen lunch by A Lady Goes West

That evening, we chilled at home and scrapped our plans for a fancy steak dinner and decided instead on oven pizza, which was actually quite enjoyable. We’d used up our limited energy for the day, and that, my friends, is the reality for new parents. So glamorous!

And there you have it. That was our New Year’s 2017 weekend, perhaps not as exciting as holidays of the past, but certainly chock full of love and snuggles and happy (but tired) hearts. I’m hopeful for a great start to 2018 and major improvements in the sleep department!

My postpartum weekly workout recap

Now let’s look at my last week of workouts for 2017 …

Weekly Workouts by A Lady Goes West

At 12 weeks postpartum …

  • Monday: 1-hour walk, 12 p.m. (Christmas Day)
  • Tuesday: 1-hour Bar Method class, 9:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 25 minutes of BODYATTACK at home, 10 a.m., 30-minute walk, 11 a.m.
  • Thursday: 45 minutes of BODYPUMP at home, 11 a.m., 30-minute walk, 12 p.m.
  • Friday: 1-hour walk, 9:30 a.m., 20 minutes of yoga at home, 12 p.m.
  • Saturday: 1-hour Bar Method class, 9:45 a.m.
  • Sunday: 30-minute gym session including 10 minutes of incline walking, foam rolling, mobility warm-ups and three sets of 15 squat presses with 10 pound dumbbells, TRX rows and TRX chest presses, 10 a.m., 30-minute walk, 12 p.m.

Overview of the week of workouts

This past week of workouts was pretty full and included a lot of walking, two sessions with weights, two barre classes at Bar Method (class review coming soon!), a tiny bit of yoga and a new addition — some BODYATTACK. It has been months and months and months since I’ve done BODYATTACK, and I truly missed it. BODYATTACK is my favorite group fitness program to teach, and I used to teach it as often as three times a week, but I had to give it up in my quest to regulate my hormones and get pregnant (it’s super high intensity, thus a big cortisol raiser and not friendly to a sensitive reproductive system). I only did half a class of BODYATTACK at home this past week, and it felt surprisingly good, so I’ll definitely being doing more. Overall, a well-rounded week, including a couple very light rest-ish days with just walking.

And I’m happy to say that with each passing week, I’m making a little bit of progress and feeling a little bit stronger, so that’s all good.

Have a great start to your week and year, my friends! Cheers to 2018! Sleep tight!

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Questions of the day

How was your New Year’s Eve night? Do anything fun?

What are you most excited about for 2018?

How’s your sleep?



  1. Ughhh I’m so sorry…Aubrey did the same thing and sleep training worked well for us. We did a gentle method of it. She does 5-7 hour stretches at night now. It will happen for you I swear! I hope that 2018 brings us both lots of sleep!

    1. Hi Heather! I know, my mommy group leader is a sleep consultant, so she gave me some tips for us to try starting tonight, and we’ll go from there — I’ve read so much and tried so much, but apparently every baby is different. Wish us luck haah! 🙂

  2. Oh no! I hope Mister Brady decides nighttime is best spent sleeping soon. You and Dave need that rest! On New Year’s Eve we went to my boyfriend’s brother house for a bit and were home by midnight so we could ring in the new year with just us. Happy New Year Ashley!

    1. Hi Maureen! Seriously, we need more sleep over here. And I love that you guys made it home to do the new year part with each other — super special! Happy 2018, lady! 🙂 So happy we’ve connected!

  3. Brady is SO CUTE!!!!! Hope you guys are all getting more rest soon. We had a super low key New Years, we had a surf and turf dinner after the babes went to bed, I was dozing on the couch by 10:30 #momlife lol.

  4. My baby is almost 2 months and used to sleep 3-4 hours at a time which was amazing. Now she does 30 mins to one hour, once in a while 2 hours. It’s killing me and I also have a 23 month old! I’d love
    To hear what your plan is to help Brady sleep longer!

    1. Oh Julia! I’m sorry to hear about your little one’s sleep regression, but you’re not alone. So we found that we may have too many layers of clothing on Brady and a hat — so we reduced to a cotton onesie and a Halo sleepsack with the hat, and we keep the room around 67 degrees. We also heated up his bassinet with a heating pad before putting him in it, then removed the heating pad — so it was nice and warm for him after the transfer from my arms. I also gave him a pacifier at night for the first time – and he did SLIGHTLY better last night, but these are all new things we’re trying. Good luck!

  5. Ugh, this was us, the sleep struggle – it’s very real! Is he waking up hungry, by chance? The one main thing that helped us was to introduce a dream feed after he went to bed, so it sort of topped him off and gave us a little bit longer stretch of sleep. Everyone has their ideas and methods, and I’ve found it’s usually a combination of a few that ends up working best! Hang in there, you’re doing awesome!?

    1. Hi Lindsay! I don’t think it’s always hunger that wakes him up — and I have NOT yet attempted the dream feed, because I usually try to get in bed when he does — and YES to taking advice from everyone and making a combination work for us. We’re still trying hhhehe! Thanks for the support, friend! We need it!

  6. Happy New Year Ashley! Hoping you find sleep in 2018 but yes you just can’t get mad at Brady’s cute little face!

    In 2018 I hope to try some new workouts and recipes in the kitchen. I also have three close friends getting married this summer. Lots to look forward to 🙂

    1. Hi Patricia! Three friends’ weddings? That’s amazing! I LOVE weddings, and we have one for my older brother this year, and I can’t wait! I also hope to try some new workouts this year! 🙂

  7. I just got the iPhone 8 Plus after not upgrading for over 2 years as well! Definitely an improvement.

    Your “lame” nights sound amazing to me and I’m not even a parent, so who’s the real lame one here?!!


    1. Hi Courtney! 🙂 hehehe I love a good early bedtime any night of the year for sure too! And YAY for a new phone! Twinsies! I got the rose gold and ordered a new case, which is on the way. What color did you get? New case? 🙂

      1. They only had the black phones in stock and I didn’t care too much about that since I always cover it with a case anyway. I did get a fun sparkly goldish/copperish case though! And I’m trying out a PopSocket. Jury is still out for me on that though…

  8. That salad looks delicious!

    My husband and I just started watching Shameless (very behind, I know) and I cannot get enough! So good.

    1. Hi Ashley — don’t you just feel wrong watching it sometimes? Ha! It’s captivating though! There’s maybe one season that’s a little boring, but the rest are so good, and we just finished seven! 🙂 Enjoy!!

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