A get-it-done weekend and my weekly workouts at 36 weeks pregnant

Hi, friends! And here we are entering the last week of September, oh my! I hope your weekend was a good one. Mine was just fine. Weekend stories and my weekly workout recap coming right up …

The weekend recap

Friday highlights …

An afternoon Pressed Juicery date with a girlfriend, Kicki, followed by some much-needed brow grooming. Mine is the green one on the bottom, full of matcha freeze, an almond butter drizzle, granola and sea salt. It’s my favorite combination there. And how cute are her shoes?

Pressed Juicery freeze date by A Lady Goes West

Later, a casual dinner date with Dave, in which we tried Mona’s Burgers, a tiny neighborhood spot in Pleasant Hill. We shared two burgers and a basket of sweet potato fries, and it was all very tasty.

Mona's burgers meal by A Lady Goes West

Then, we were in bed early that night. But let’s be honest, I’m rarely not in bed by 10 p.m., so every night is an early night for me. And I’m very happy to share that my sleep is still going strong, in spite of my late stage of pregnancy — thank goodness.

Saturday happenings …

So much stuff! Dave and I unboxed and put together the stroller (here’s our stroller), then practiced attaching the infant car seat to it (here’s our infant seat), taking it off, and then folding it up again. Our glider/recliner was delivered and situated in our bedroom. We also put together and readied the bassinet and a bouncer chair. By noon on Saturday, we had officially crossed every single thing off of our before-baby-comes to-do list, and it felt awesome. (P.S. I think I’m going to do a little nursery tour soon! Stay tuned!)

From there, we went to the gym for a sweat session. Neither of us really had the energy, but I ended up using the time to do some light upper-body weights work, which gave me some great endorphins for the rest of the day — and I listened to a podcast too, another thing that I love to do. Dave did some cardio, and we left feeling a bit more chipper than we arrived. Funny how the gym can do that, you know?

And because my gym is constantly busy and full of people, I felt like I had to document a moment when you could only see a few people behind me in the background … 

Ashley working out by A Lady Goes West

After some quick showers, we lunched at Urban Plates and then hit the movies, which is something we NEVER do. (I mean, we seriously go to two movies a year, tops.) But Dave told me we could do whatever I wanted on Saturday, and so I chose an afternoon showing of “Home Again,” which is the new one with Reese Witherspoon, because sitting in a dark theatre and being entertained was just what I needed. Lunch beforehand included a grass-fed steak salad, which totally hit the spot.

Steak salad from Urban Plates by A Lady Goes West

So the movie was exactly as expected — lighthearted and cute, although not quite the best movie ever in terms of plot, etc. But I enjoyed it and was very glad we saw it. Dave, on the other hand, was not a fan, which was also to be expected heheheh! By the way, when did movies get so expensive? $23 for two people to see an afternoon show? That’s ridiculous!

Movie ticket by A Lady Goes West

That evening, we popped out to Benvenuti in Walnut Creek and shared a few Italian dishes for dinner, and then finished up the night by watching some James Corden Carpool Karaoke YouTube videos, because those never disappoint. And there was also a dinner selfie … 

Ashley and Dave at Benvenuti by A Lady Goes West

Sunday things …

Dave was golfing in the morning, so Rudy and I did our usual routine — which is a slow walk on the trail by our house, some prenatal yoga, some chores and some blog-work. All of that kept us plenty busy until Dave arrived home around lunch-time.

And this weekend also had time for an impromptu photo-shoot with our future big brother pup …

Ashley at 37 weeks pregnant with Rudy by A Lady Goes West

Dave and little Rudy by A Lady Goes West

The rest of the day included lunch at Homegrown in Lafayette, a stop by the grocery store for burger fixings and carrot cake for dinner, a great FaceTime date with some friends in Orlando to catch up and some down time. 

Homegrown salad lunch by A Lady Goes West

It was another full weekend!

My latest weekly workout recap

Here’s a look at how I’ve been moving (slowly) lately โ€ฆ

Weekly Workouts by A Lady Goes West

At 36 weeks pregnant …

  • Monday: Did a 30-minute full-body weights workout, 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 10 a.m., took a 1-hour walk, 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Did 35 minutes of a BODYPUMP class, 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday: Did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 10 a.m., did 30 minutes of a Bootybarre class, 12 p.m.
  • Friday: Took a 1.5-hour walk, 9:15 a.m.
  • Saturday: Did a 25-minute upper-body weights workout, 12 p.m.
  • Sunday: Took a 30-minute walk, 10 a.m., did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 10:45 a.m.

Overview of the week of workouts

This past week was pretty full of activity, with three walks, three yoga sessions and three weightlifting sessions. Sunday was definitely a light day, because my walk was slow and short and the yoga I’ve been doing is VERY much gentle and relaxing — designed for the ultra pregnant bod. Because you know I preach about the importance of rest days, believe me, Sunday basically counts as one for me.

Anyway, this past week, I felt some new pregnancy-related discomforts, perhaps related to the baby dropping, which caused me to slow down a bit. Things are getting real over here, now that the baby is fully cooked, and I’m just waiting for his arrival. But I’m going to keep moving around and being as active as I can for as long as I can. Walking slowly, gentle yoga and lighter upper-body work seem to be my favorite ways to sweat right now. Did I mention that foam rolling has gotten increasingly difficult too? I guess it’s because it requires a ton of core stability to do it properly, and I’m down to about three-to-four foam rolling moves that I can actually successfully complete with no pain right now. Oh well! (By the way, more posts about my pregnancy and prenatal workouts are here.)

That’ll do it for today! Thanks for stopping by the blog, my friends! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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Questions of the day

How was your weekend?

How often do you go to the movies? What’s the last thing you saw?

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  1. A lovely weekend, as usual! We started getting busy with our registry this weekend. Which was super exciting but a bit like shooting fish in the dark with a dart gun, lol. I’ve heard great things about the City Mini–we are going a bit sportier with ours, because you know that sucker will need to go for runs!

    1. Hi Susie! Isn’t that funny that the Baby Jogger brand is not actually designed to be used for jogging? I don’t really like running, and so we decided just to get a regular stroller. I loved looking at babylist.com for ideas on the best products — I seriously spent HOURS researching and starting our registry online before we even went to the store to look around. It’s totally overwhelming, I feel ya! Good luck, Susie!

  2. So much accomplished this weekend yay! All your salads look SO yummy!

    The last time we saw a movie in theaters was definitely over a year ago. It’s really just because it’s SO expensive and I’d rather watch something on demand or on netflix at home. But sometimes I crave the big screen and popcorn of course! Have a great week!

    1. Hi Patricia! Okay, so you agree — movies are super expensive hahah! I don’t know how they get away with charging so much. But whatever. I like to watch things at home too — I’m with ya! Hope your weekend was great, lady! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’m glad I’m not the only person who thinks it’s crazy how expensive movies are for two people. It’s ridiculous in my opinion! I feel like it’s just better to wait until the movie goes to on demand since it’s a fraction of the cost, plus you can pause it when you need to use the bathroom ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’m totally with you on that, Maureen! Seeing movies is TOTALLY overpriced — and if you factor in the cost of the food and drink there at the theatre (which I NEVER get) hahah — it’s just way too much. Oh well! And I like to pause for bathroom breaks for sure hahahah! Hope your weekend was great, lady!

    1. WHAT??? Okay, I think I remember that. Dave and I would always go to the theatre at the Westfield Centre when we lived in the City, and we would only go on random Sunday afternoons like a few times a year. But if there is a good movie — I tend to want to see it — just never make it. $18 a piece is INSANE! We’ve got the goods in WC these days you know heheh a True Food AND a Pressed Juicery?? Killing it hahah! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope your weekend was good, lady!

    1. hehehe Hi Courtney!!

      1. Thank you! So are you!
      2. Seriously, we’d eat a lot of freezes, fro-yo and ice cream together if we lived close!
      3. Happy Monday!!!

  4. I’m with you! A regular movie theater in Midtown (Manhattan) was going to cost $17 EACH. I just can’t. Luckily, Scott and I found a theater on the Lower East Side that’s awesome and charges $14 per seat for premium lounge seating with snack service! It makes it a little more worth it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Hi Heather! Happy Monday! The big cities tend to charge more for everything! I know! Glad you guys found a cheaper spot, and premium lounge seating sounds dreamy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you’re having a good day so far!

    1. Hi Emily! I’ve heard that from a lot of parents, that you may never go to a movie again. The good news for me is that movies aren’t a significant part of my routine ehehe! ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel ya!

    1. Hi Nicole! Exercise does wonders for my mood every single day! That’s why I love it. And that even helps when you’re super pregnant like me heheheh! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you’re having a great weekend, lady!

  5. I almost never go to the movies because of the price! I’m way too cheap to spend that much for a movie! I went to a matinee months ago because I really wanted to see a movie and didn’t want to spend much, and it was $11!!! WTF. For a movie at 11am?!?!?! That’s the last time I went. It’s insane. I’m impressed with how early you got everything done for the baby!

    1. Hi Liz! I feel like I started all baby things slightly late, then got them all done early hahaha! But we are ready now. As far as the movies — I mean — you could get a Pressed Juicery freeze and a kombucha for the price of a ticket, and I’m more inclined to choose that heheh! I feel ya! Have a great day, lady!

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