Hello friends! I hope your weekend was just great. Mine was huge, and you’ll see why soon! Today, I’ve got a little weekend recap for you and a look at my most recent week of workouts.
Grilling out on Friday and working on Saturday
My weekend started out with something a little bit different. On Friday night, Dave and I decided to do an impromptu happy hour by our pool, because it was such a beautiful evening, and we wanted some fresh air. After that, we made dinner at home on the grill. (Who are we staying home on a Friday night two weeks-in-a-row? I don’t know, but it’s not so bad, seeing as I have to wake up by 6 a.m. every Saturday to work anyhow.)
On Saturday morning, I taught two super-full classes at Orangetheory Fitness. These classes both had wait-lists days in advance, which makes me very happy to see so many people clamoring to get into the Orange Zone and sweat. After teaching, I headed home to fit in a yoga session and shower up before we went out on a special mission …
Growing our family with our first pet
That mission was to meet and pick up a little fuzzball. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Rudy Pitt. He is a three-pound, 12-week-old Maltipoo puppy, who has already stolen our hearts. We knew we wanted a small dog, and boy, he is the perfect one for us.
Dave and I had been talking about getting a dog ever since we moved to a bigger place outside of the City, and it finally happened this weekend. While Rudy is still a little too young for long walks, he will be an integral part of our lives and lucky enough for us, the Bay Area is very dog-friendly. I’m pretty sure I will quickly become one of those dog-obsessed people, so bear with me. But at least he provides a great model for photos, doesn’t he?
Once we got him home, we spent the afternoon getting acclimated to having Rudy and playing with him non-stop. Then, in the evening, we stayed true to our plan to try new things …
Great food and scene at Kanishka’s Gastropub
After having several poor dining experiences in the Walnut Creek area at first, which slowed down our restaurant explorations a bit, Dave and I have finally been going to the right spots over the last month. In fact, in just a few weeks, I’ll probably be able to create a list of the top restaurants in the East Bay, to follow up my very popular Top 25 restaurants in San Francisco list.
We typically go to Italian, Mexican, California-inspired or Japanese restaurants, but on Saturday, we branched out and hit up an Indian restaurant recommended to us by my coworker at Orangetheory. We went to Kanishka’s Gastropub in downtown Walnut Creek, walked right in and found a seat at the bar. Right away the scene was great, with dark lighting, good decor and a cozy setting.
We had a roasted beet salad with crostini, garbanzo bean lettuce cups and absolutely delicious lamb sliders. While there was a little spice in everything we ate, we steered clear of the super spicy, knowing that neither of us are very good with it. Also, the bartender was chatty and helpful, letting us sample beverages and guiding our ordering decisions, which added to the night. Overall, Kanishka’s was a wonderful dining experience and one that we would repeat in an instant. Great recommendation!
Game day for the Golden State Warriors
On Sunday, Dave and I both did some chores and work at home before it was game time! Dave left early to work the game, and then I hitched a ride with some friends and we hopped on the BART to make the trek to the arena. I enjoyed every minute of that game as a fan, even though after overtime the Warriors did not come away with the win. Let me tell you, if you’ve never been to a championship professional sporting event, you’ve never heard the volume that we experienced in Oracle Arena. Man it was loud. The energy was great, and I loved it. I’m so excited for the Warriors to be in the Finals, and we’re going to come back strong in Game Three, I know it!
A little disappointed with the showing, I rode home with Dave once the game was finished, and we were so ready to get back to see our little furry friend. He needed some serious play-time to unwind before we went to bed, so we did that for a bit and that was pretty much the end of the weekend. A good one! Now, let’s switch gears a bit and get to the fitness …
My weekly workout recap
It’s Monday, so it’s time to look through my last week of workouts, as I do every single week.
(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)
- Monday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Tuesday – Took a one-hour Orangetheory class, foam rolling
- Wednesday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Thursday – Took a one-hour Orangetheory class, foam rolling
- Friday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, did 15 minutes of yoga at home
- Saturday – Did 40 minutes of power yoga with weights at home
- Sunday – Rest day
What was good about my week of workouts?
I was back in business this past week after a couple of weeks with less workouts due to travel to Florida. My high point of the week was pushing myself in Tuesday’s Orangetheory class to sprint at a 9 mile-per-hour pace at 9 percent-incline, which is incredibly tough. Other than that, I got in four sessions of cardio and three sessions of resistance, with a little bit of yoga and a full rest day thrown in. A great balance — although there were definitely five intense days-in-a-row — rounded out with a light day of yoga on Saturday.
What could have been better about my week of workouts?
Heavier weight-training perhaps? I’ve been lifting weights three-times-a-week as best as I can, but I haven’t been in the gym for a solo session in a while. The good news is that as a participant in an Orangetheory class, I get to focus on my own reps, form and weight selection, so it certainly holds me over. Overall, I’m happy with the week, but I’m starting to miss other forms of exercise, like barre and hot yoga. I may need to visit some new studios soon to take care of that!
There you go! Today, I’m teaching at Orangetheory in the morning and then teaching BODYATTACK tonight. I hope you have a wonderful Monday, and don’t forget today is the last day to enter to win a sports bra from Title Nine, so go for it! Oh and by the way, happy birthday to my beautiful and amazingly wonderful Momma!
Questions of the day
How was your weekend?
What is one workout that you want to add to your regular routine?
Do you have any pets?