A good weekend back in the Creek and my weekly workout report

And here we are starting a new month. Happy February to you all! 

Yoga Treat buddha by A Lady Goes West

Scenes from a weekend visit to Yoga Treat, where I got some zen to power me through week number two at my new job.

This past weekend wasn’t really all that exciting, but it was still a good one. I arrived home late on Friday night from my work trip to L.A. It was cold and rainy, and I was parked extremely far away from the airport exit, so I had to wheel my suitcase through the freezing misty air. Then, I got stuck in bad traffic. But it was all fine and dandy once I walked in the door to see my little Rudy waiting for me. Dave was just a little bit behind me, and picked up some Whole Foods sushi for our dinner on his way home. I unpacked, put on my comfortables, and soaked up time on my couch, totally content.

On Saturday, Dave and I went to the gym for a great weights session, which I’ll be sharing with you soon. After that, we did the usual boring necessities, like hitting up the grocery store and laundry. In the afternoon, we took a nice long walk with Rudy to Starbucks and sat outside at a table enjoying our warm caffeinated bevvies.

In the early evening, we had a lovely wine date with Jill and her man at Residual Sugar in downtown Walnut Creek. I met Jill through the blogging world, and she is just so sweet. The four of us had a great time sharing some happy-hour specials and chatting about all things San Francisco and life. After a couple of drinks, Jill and Paul went to meet up with some of their other friends, and Dave and I did a loop through Macy’s and then had dinner at the bar at P.F. Chang’s. (Yes, we went there just a few weeks ago, and enjoyed the hearty portions and big menu enough to return.)

Tartare and salmon dinner at PF Changs in Walnut Creek

We started with the ahi tuna and wonton chips, and of course, I selected the Asian salmon with veggies and brown rice as my entree. Pretty darn tasty.

On Sunday, I went to Yoga Treat for a very relaxing gentle yoga class, then spent time in the kitchen doing some food prep for the week and watched TV. In the afternoon, Dave and I dropped off some pizza to friends who have a newborn, so we got to meet their new little one. And in the evening, we made some steaks at home and relaxed. That was the weekend!

Now on to the fitness …

My weekly fitness and workout recap

Every Monday, I share my recent workouts, so here they are …

Weekly workouts via A Lady Goes West(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)

Weekly Workouts 

  • Monday: Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
  • Tuesday: Did a 30-minute CXWORX core workout at home
  • Wednesday: Did a 20-minute full-body dumbbell workout
  • Thursday: Did a 15-minute lower-body dumbbell workout
  • Friday: Did a 15-minute upper-body dumbbell workout
  • Saturday: Did a 30-minute full-body dumbbell workout, foam rolling
  • Sunday: Took a one-hour flow yoga class at Yoga Treat

What was good about my week of workouts?

The best part about my workouts this week? The fact that I did them at all. Although I only worked out for a full hour one time this past week, I still made an effort to get in at least a little bit of movement every day before beginning work while out of town. My favorite workout was teaching BODYATTACK on Monday night, because there were more than 50 people in the room, and the energy was high. While I didn’t take a rest day, the yoga class I attended on Sunday was more than enough recovery. Oh, and I picked up weights four times and did some core work, so that’s a win.

What could have been better about my workouts?

This past week was pretty light for me in terms of duration of my workouts. They were super short. Ideally, I’d love to do three 30 to 45-minute resistance sessions each week, and a little bit more cardio. I should have more time this upcoming week to make that happen.

That’ll do it for today. Have an awesome start to your week, my friends! (P.S. Thanks to Meghan for hosting today’s “Week in Review” link-up. And congrats to Dena, the winner of my Naked Juice giveaway.)

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31 Comments

  1. I love doing yoga on Sundays it helps me feel refreshed to start the week. I usually try to fit in about a 45 minute workout in the morning. But sometimes I wish I had an hour, but that means waking up 15 minutes earlier : ( Have a fabulous week!

    1. Sometimes sleep has to win. And there’s no real rule that 1 hour is better, especially if you are doing intense work, so don’t worry, Patricia. πŸ™‚ Hope you had a great weekend!

    1. That’s usually the number I like too, but I can shorten them when doing more intense stuff of course. Hope you had a great weekend, Susie! πŸ™‚

  2. Nothing is better than making it home after a long day and your dog running up to you super excited! I honestly kind of love pf changs too! The portion size is great for the price! I often have leftovers!

    1. Hi Hilary! You know it was wonderful to come home to my puppy waiting for me! πŸ™‚ And even though the portions are huge at PF Changs, I still tend to clean my plate ehehe Hope you had a nice weekend!

  3. My best part was all the delicious food I ate. Since my photo shoot, I’ve managed to stay on track with my increased workouts and I’ve gone Mon-Fri and then taken the weekends off. My eating is also pretty consistent and healthy during those weekdays so that I can enjoy things like mac and cheese burgers πŸ™‚

    I work out where I teach and they are usually 45 min high intensity workouts. LOVE.

    1. Hi Erin! 45 minutes is PLENTY when it comes to high intensity. And I don’t teach on the weekends any more, but still tend to fit in a workout when I can. Nice work maintaining your schedule, lady! πŸ™‚

  4. MMM Salmon! Always great to catch up with friends after a long week, then go home and relax with the pup! My weekend was pretty chill, we got some fantastic Pizza at a local place with my parents, and took it easy around the house. My workouts are usually 45-50 mins classes at the gym where I work. They build in enough time so you can shower/change after and not be gone for too long from your desk .

  5. Wholefoods sushi is the perfect quick and easy “takeout” dinner. Love it! I’m sure Rudy was over joyed to see you and vice versa after your week away (ok, and Dave, too ??❀️)

  6. Wahhhh, I miss Whole Foods so much! I’m starting to really miss some American stuff now. So, Saturday was my birthday but it was boring. I spent it at a little kid’s birthday party – haha! And, my husband had duty on the ship so he was gone all day and night. Oh well. My workouts are usually an hour. Unless I do GRIT, then it’s 30 minutes! I got a full hour of BODYFLOW in yesterday (a treat) and it was wonderful. I even did a full swan pose with pulling my foot up in my elbow and hand over head connected to the other hand with foot in elbow all at the same time. I realize that probably makes no sense πŸ˜‰ BUT, I have been working on it FOREVER and I finally did it!!!

    1. That’s a tough move, Melissa! Congrats! And happy belated birthday. I’m sorry it wasn’t super exciting! Sending you some warm and happy American thoughts anyways! πŸ™‚

  7. Wow looks like you have been quite busy! Good for you for getting at least something in each day over the week. Every bit helps for sure!I have been sticking to group ex classes for a lot of my workouts lately and when i do that they last an hour, otherwise 20-45 minutes πŸ™‚

  8. I love that you’re really balanced about your workouts Ashley! πŸ™‚ My best part of the weekend was probably church on Sunday. And we are getting our first big snow dump of the year which calls for lots of cozy socks, fires in the fireplace, and late/lazy mornings. πŸ™‚

  9. Thats inspiring to see your quicker workouts, I always feel so ‘unsuccessful’ if I don’t do a way intense crazy hour or more workout, but sometimes it is more effective to just do a little quick one. Resistance is something that I’m definitely trying to work on incorporating more into my life.

    1. Hi Jayne, When you add in HIIT or intervals, it’s totally okay to shorten the workout if you don’t have a lot of time. Don’t stress if you’re not able to do an hour.

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