A party, delicious food and weekly workouts

Hi, friends! Welcome back to the blog for our usual Monday chatter about weekend happenings and workouts. So this weekend had its ups and its downs. As far as the downs are concerned, not only were we hoping for a Golden State Warriors win on Friday night in Cleveland to take home the NBA Finals title, which didn’t happen (they have another chance tonight), but also, Dave and I got some disappointing news on Saturday on something else we’ve been working on. (More to come!) But today is a new day, so let’s be positive and talk about the highlights! 

Birthday party, baby registering and dinner out on Saturday

Friday night was uneventful. After teaching Bootybarre, I stayed home with Rudy, made a nice pasta dinner for myself, had some ice cream and watched the Warriors game, while Dave was away in Cleveland, so we’ll get going right off the bat with the next day. (Although I will say that a night at home with Rudy and ice cream is nothing to complain about!)

On Saturday, Dave and I went over to our friends’ house for an adorable “twinkle twinkle little star” themed first birthday for a little girl. All of our East Bay friends were there, and we chatted with the big group, enjoyed some delicious food (including mini star-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches) and had a great time. It was a perfect little party on a beautiful day in Walnut Creek.

Birthday cupcake by A Lady Goes West

Ashley at 22 weeks holding a birthday cupcake by A Lady Goes West

(Smiling at 22 weeks with a cupcake in hand and wearing the BEST ever maternity dress, which you will definitely be seeing a lot of this summer.)

After the party, Dave and I made an exciting trip to Buy Buy Baby to work on our baby registry. I had spent quite a bit of time online leading up to our appointment researching the things that we need, including reading reviews on the different brands, and I even polled some of my friends for their favorite baby items. I will say that registering for a new baby is not as fun as registering for your wedding, because the things you need are much more functional. Diaper rash cream, anyone? Yay.

We were there about 90 minutes and decided on a stroller, car seat, and a bunch of other essentials. From the outset, it seems that baby stuff is super expensive, and there’s much more variety for baby girls than baby boys in the decor and clothing department. Nonetheless, we actually enjoyed picturing some of the things that we’ll need for our little guy, and we both felt super accomplished after walking out of there with a full registry. We still need to figure out how we want to decorate the nursery, but we’re off to a good start with the other necessities. And I’ll say that after an extremely tiring 24-hour trip to Cleveland the day before, Dave was a major trooper on our registry mission!

That afternoon, we took a little nap at home, then went out for a quick dinner at True Food Kitchen. I ordered the grass-fed burger with sweet potatoes, and it was pretty good. I’m on a burger roll with this pregnancy, that is for sure.

Burger dinner at True Food Kitchen by A Lady Goes West

Airport trip and an amazing lunch at California Pizza Kitchen on Sunday

Sunday was a great day because Dave’s Dad flew in from San Diego to stay with us for a couple of nights (and go to game 5 of the NBA Finals in Oakland at Oracle Arena). We picked him up from the San Francisco Airport in the morning and spent the rest of the day hanging out. We took Rudy on a long walk on the trail together, watched some TV and also had an epic lunch.

My friends at the newish California Pizza Kitchen in Walnut Creek reached out and invited me to come in to try out some of their new seasonal menu items for the summer, and I was very happy to do it. Dave and his Dad (who is also named Dave), were eagerly along for the ride. And here’s one of the Daves …

Dave at California Pizza Kitchen by A Lady Goes West

We had the perfect table outside on a nice day and enjoyed food and conversation for about two hours. Every single thing that we ate was delicious, and we even had a bunch of leftovers to take home and nibble on later, which is always a win in my book. 

I’ve been to the CPK in Walnut Creek a handful of times, and I’ve always had such great service and food. I love that the menu is diverse (way more than just pizza), but not so overwhelming that you don’t know what to get. And there are definitely some healthy items, if you’re keeping it clean. Here’s what we had …

  • The cucumber reviver beverage, which is non-alcoholic and totally delicious. It has pureed pineapple, cucumber, mint, agave sour and club soda. I have NEVER been a mocktail type of gal and have been sticking to water since pregnant, so this refreshingly mint beverage was perhaps the greatest thing I’ve tasted in a long time and was a treat to my palate. The guys liked theirs too!

Refresher drink at California Pizza Kitchen by A Lady Goes West

  • Spicy buffalo cauliflower appetizer. It had a little kick at the end, but wasn’t overly spicy. I liked it, but buffalo and ranch is not my favorite flavor combination. I had a couple bites and let the guys finish this one off.

Buffalo cauliflower at California Pizza Kitchen by A Lady Goes West

  • The banh mi power bowl, the Santa Fe power bowl and the lemongrass chicken — three new items from the seasonal menu. Okay, now these three items were SO good. I would have been totally happy ordering one of the power bowls for myself and calling it a day for lunch, but of course, we got to try a lot of things. We each had a favorite of the day, and I think mine was the banh mi bowl (with quinoa, kale, cilantro, mint, watermelon radishes, avocado, cucumbers, sesame seeds and grilled chicken). It was fresh, light and the dressing was so good. The dressing came on the side in a little sake shot glass, which was great presentation, so you can choose how much you want to use — and we used it all, obviously. The chicken had a super tasty ginger-type sauce all over it, which was also very good. 

Lunch entrees at California Pizza Kitchen by A Lady Goes West

  • Carne asada pizza. Even though we had had enough food on the table, we couldn’t visit California Pizza Kitchen and not get pizza. So we tried out the new carne asada pizza, which features steak, fire-roasted poblanos, cilantro pesto, onions, mozzarella and home-made salsa. CPK makes a good pizza pie. The crust is light and perfectly cooked. And we did a number on that pizza. So good!

Carne asada pizza at California Pizza Kitchen by A Lady Goes West

  • Strawberry shortcake. And no epic lunch ends without dessert, so we finished up by sharing the strawberry shortcake. And you guys know that outside of my ice cream obsession since becoming pregnant, I’m normally a decadent cheesecake, carrot cake, red velvet cake type of girl, but this strawberry shortcake was right up my alley. It had fresh shortcake biscuit, ice cream, whip cream, strawberries and some home-made lemon zest on top. I mean, come on … If you’re going to eat a big lunch and dessert in the middle of the day, it may as well be one with seasonal fresh fruit, you know? Such a fan!

Strawberry shortcake at California Pizza Kitchen by A Lady Goes West

Needless to say, even without finishing everything, we were all seriously stuffed from our long lunch. And that’s part of the reason why we took a long walk with Rudy later!

Overall, I’ve always enjoyed my meals at CPK, and this one was up there as one of the best. We loved every bite, and we also had some to bring home to eat later, and it was just as good then too. Yay food! And that was pretty much the weekend, friends! πŸ™‚ 

*Thank you SO much to the folks at CPK for hosting us for a complimentary meal. 

My weekly workout recap

And moving on, here are my latest workouts …

Weekly Workouts by A Lady Goes West

Weekly workouts

 At 21 weeks pregnant …

  • Monday: Took a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Took a one-hour barre class, 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Did 20 minutes of power walking on the treadmill, 12 p.m.
  • Thursday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 8:30 a.m., taught a one-hour Bootybarre class, 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Taught a one-hour Bootybarre class, 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: Rest day
  • Sunday: Rest day

Overview of the week of workouts

This past week of workouts was a good one, but as I said in my first half of the second trimester recap, it’s definitely more and more of a struggle to get moving these days as my belly grows and I lose overall fitness. I took two full rest days this weekend, because I felt like I did plenty of activity during the week with six workouts and just didn’t have the motivation to do any more. I usually strive for three resistance sessions, but this past week I only did two. I think at this point, I am just happy that I’m still teaching classes, doing a couple of BODYPUMP sessions and moving around, so I won’t get too hard on myself for not doing enough resistance training once again this week. I’m doing my best!

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And friends, I’ve got another giveaway going on over on Instagram, so check that out today!

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Also, thanks to Meghan for today’s link-up.

Questions of the day

When was the last time you had dessert after lunch?

Do you have any baby registry favorites or advice for us?

How was your weekend?

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28 Comments

  1. Oh that CPK lunch sounds amazing! Now I’m craving pizza and a giant salad =) You know I love desserts, but I really can’t remember the last time I had one after lunch….. I did have beignets at brunch recently though, Mmmm.

    Way to get the baby registry done! It must be so overwhelming and so different than a wedding registry, but SO exciting.

    1. Hi Patricia! Hey, you are on summer break now, so you can totally eat dessert after lunch heheh! πŸ™‚ And yes, baby registering is stressful, whereas wedding registering was fun! πŸ™‚ Beignets at brunch sounds lovely! Enjoy your day!

  2. I was basically brought up at a CPK, and I still love their frozen pizza. I love what they are doing with their new menu items! I would be all over that bahn mi power bowl! Sounds like another great weekend Ashley, have a great week!

    1. Hi Susie! Hope your trip was a good one! πŸ™‚ And yesssss for banh mi, I only learned what that was maybe a year ago, and I like it. Happy Monday to you!!!!

  3. Disappointing news on Saturday? That’s not good! Hope all is ok.

    Your Friday night sounds perfect to me, by the way. #homebody4life

    And as I already told you, I had CPK over the weekend too and was SO pleasantly surprised by the deliciousness of the salad! If I had one closer to me, it might be dangerous!

    Xoxo.

    1. Hi Courtney! One of my fave things about CPK is usually the fact that you can order a big glass of wine — like the 9 ounce pour — which I was ALWAYS a fan of hehehe. But other than that, the menu is delish! I also like the white bread and dipping oil that comes at the beginning of the meal, because of course, I’m into the gluten. Oh, and I saw that they have gluten free pizzas. Have you tried those? Okay, Happy Monday, friend!!!

      1. I have yet to try the gluten-free pizzas there, but I saw that they had those when I was there this weekend, so it’s definitely on my “need to try” list now!

        Xoxo.

    1. Hi Carrie! Tonight IS the night! I can’t wait! As far as CPK — the one in Walnut Creek is totally redone in the new style, and it’s quite a good scene! You two should check it out next time you’re out here! πŸ™‚ Happy Monday, lady!

  4. You can NEVER have too many burp cloths. I thought we did and ended up taking some back….only to order a bunch once the baby was here (thank you, Amazon Prime!). Also you may want to register for some clothes – i.e., onesies – in larger sizes to have on hand but don’t go crazy because it is hard to predict what season it will be when he needs it…although never mind, maybe that matters more for us in CLE than for you guys πŸ™‚

    Speaking of which…. Go Cavs! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Steph, okay good to know. I registered for a pack of burp cloths, but perhaps I’ll up that to a couple. And some of my friends told me to get clothes in different sizes, so I’m doing that as well. Thank you!!! Oh and our temperatures change in the seasons too, but definitely don’t get as cold as CLE. Speaking of CLE, GO Warriors!!!

  5. You can’t turn down strawberry shortcake in the peak of strawberry season. In fact I wish I had some of that right now, although I am working on a strawberry rhubarb crisp for dessert tonight.

    I craved all the fats when I was pregnant. I couldn’t get enough onion rings or french fries. I always tried to pair them with a salad for extra nutrients though. Hee, hee. The fat is good for baby brain health.

    Go Cavs. #believeland.

    1. Hi Meghan! I am craving carbs more than fats, but also grass-fed burgers — so it’s a good combo, because a burger always needs a bun hahah! Yay for smart babies! ahahha Happy Monday, gal!

    1. Hi Dixya! Totally! Love to hear about new food offerings at restaurants that are common. Hope you had a great weekend, lady! πŸ™‚

  6. What a fun pizza date; that carne asada pizza looks so good! It’s cool that you got to work with them. Also, would you say you’re more of a person who likes nights in or nights out? πŸ™‚ That night with Rudy and ice cream sounds like my favorite kind of quiet peaceful night.

    1. Hi Emily!! I definitely prefer to stay at home or eat at home on Monday through Thursday for sure. I usually make my meals at home during the week. But on the weekends, I like to do things out and about (with a tiny bit of couch time mixed in). So I like both staying home and going out depending on the day! πŸ™‚ Hope your weekend was great, lady!

  7. You are doing way more at 21 weeks than I was! Hehe. I miss True Foods Kitchen. I didn’t get to go there a lot when we lived in Cali but it was always a treat. As far as the registry goes – I’d say just keep in mind there some things your baby may not even like/use so don’t go too deep on those items. In other words, don’t register for a huge 20 piece set of one bottle type because what if baby doesn’t like that kind of bottle? Instead maybe get one of a few different kinds to try. We never ended up using any of the MANY swaddling blankets we registered for because our guy did not want to be pinned in. Go figure. Maybe the next baby will like them? lol

    1. Hi lady!! Thanks so much for saying hi! And I did have a few friends tell me to get one of each bottle and not a lot of any one thing, in case the baby doesn’t like it. So thanks for confirming that. And as far as True Food Kitchen — ALWAYS a hit! Love that place! Where did you move after leaving California???

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