January 28, 2021

Weekend Update: Focus on Fitness & More

Weekend Update: Focus on Fitness & More
My at-home workout space in a small house. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Re-starting my at-home workout routine…

Well, here we are. August already. 🌞

Too often over the last few months, I’ve been allowing myself to get dragged down the rabbit hole of obsessively reading news and fretting about things I have no control over. I try to maintain a positive attitude but found myself getting more anxious and having trouble sleeping.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided that since we will probably be staying close to home for a while yet, I might as well make productive use of the time. And focus on things I can change.

So I’ve decided to start by working on my fitness and stamina, and building lean body mass. I signed up for Faster Way To Fat Loss and beginning this week have been doing their 30-minute video workouts in the mornings. I’d tried the program once before a while back, but didn’t do the workouts. I have to say, this is now my favorite part! I really enjoy them and feel so energized afterward!

My friend Karen has been inspiring and encouraging me in the program, and has almost completed her training to be a coach. So if you’re interested in signing up, I’ll share her link shortly, stay tuned!

Shrimp on skewers with 3 different marinades. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

We’ve also been attempting to take our culinary skills up a notch. Earlier this week le Monsieur made these shrimp skewers with 3 different marinades. And Thursday I made risotto for the first time, using one of the Faster Way vegan recipes Karen sent me. Both dishes were yummy!

Here are recipes for two of the shrimp marinades…the third one le Monsieur made up to taste using terriaki sauce and some other seasonings.

Honorable mention…

Susan Blakey featured in Ageless Style series. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’m delighted to be featured this month in the Ageless Style series at Cindy Hattersley’s Rough Luxe Lifestyle blog! Thanks so much, Cindy! (BTW, Cindy’s no slouch herself in the style department, go check out some of the cute looks she’s put together!) And check out Elizabeth’s Ageless Style pick over at The Vintage Contessa!

We’ve been watching…

Banking District TV series. Intrigue in a family-run Swiss bank. No, really! Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Though a series about a family-run Swiss bank sounds like it could be a complete snoozefest, mais non! There’s crime! International intrigue! Manipulative matriarchs! Scheming siblings! Perplexing paternity! Tastefully expensive clothes! And the occasional glimpse of Geneva.

Banking District (“Quartier des Banques”) is on Amazon MHz Choice. Season 2 is currently being released one episode per week.

We’ve just begun watching “Velvet,” on Netflix, a Spanish series set in a fashion house (or is it a high-end department store? I’m not quite sure…) in late-1950’s Madrid. It’s very pretty, and seems to be good soapy fun, something to watch to decompress.

And we’re eagerly anticipating the next season of Endeavor on PBS. (It starts a August 9.)

How are things going with you? Do you have an at-home workout routine, or are you considering starting one?

Stay in touch.

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