Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! Let’s talk about the past few days of happenings in my world, and then we’ll get into the workouts …
A casual Friday night in the East Bay
On Friday night, Dave and I did something a bit new. We took a little walk down the Iron Horse Trail to meet some friends at an outdoor food-truck gathering called Taste of the World Market. We had been told this event takes place every Friday, but had never gone before and were pleasantly surprised with the whole thing. It was a very casual and low-key way to spend a Friday evening after work, as people who are getting off the BART (the subway in the Bay Area) just pop on over for some food and beverages before heading home. There was music, some areas to sit and a few food trucks. It was a totally family friendly gathering on a beautiful evening, and it was a place I’m sure we will return.
I was craving sushi, so we opted to skip the food at the trucks and just got drinks (beer for Dave and wine for me, of course) and hung out for about 45 minutes with our friends before saying goodbye to head to a new-to-us sushi restaurant in downtown Walnut Creek called Kaiwa Sushi.
Kaiwa was a bright, yet small sushi spot, which was quite busy on a Friday night. We actually had to wait a bit for a table, then got a good one right near the front window.
We both really enjoyed our meal, and at that moment were super excited that we may have found a place to be our regular sushi spot. However, not so much. I actually ended up feeling a little sick the next morning (which rarely happens, for as often as I have sushi), so I’m thinking we won’t be eating there again.
A very routine and boring Saturday
On Saturday morning, Dave and I each did our own workouts, and then we went out to lunch and drove to the Livermore Outlets to look for fitness gear for me. Seeing as though I wear athletic attire for my job six days-a-week, I’m in constant need of more stuff. As expected, the outlets were super busy, so we only went into the two big Under Armour and Nike outlet stores. I came away with a full spread from Under Armour, so it was mostly successful. After that, we came home, and I took a nap while Dave got ready for work. He went off to the Warriors game, and I went on a little evening walk on the trail, in which I talked to my Mom on the phone the whole time, and then I spent the rest of the evening on the couch. Super fabulous stuff.
A sunny Sunday outside with friends
On Sunday, Dave and I had a really wonderful day. In the morning, Dave washed our cars, while I played on the computer. Then, we went to a one-year-old’s birthday party in a beautiful park. It was an absolutely perfect day to be outside, with clear skies, sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70s. Not only was the crowd great, but the party was also incredibly well done, with little Mexican touches to go along with the “fiesta” theme. We had tacos, hung out with friends and enjoyed the warmth and scene.
After the kids were tired and the party concluded, we went over to a friend’s house to watch the end of the Masters golf tournament for a couple of hours. From there, Dave and I headed home, and once we got back, we walked over to the pool at our complex and laid back in the lounge chairs for a while to enjoy just a little bit more vitamin D before the sun went down.
And I must say, of all the things that are slightly different in our life now that we’ve moved out of the City, a sunny and warm afternoon sitting near a pool is one major change for the better. (For those of you who live outside of the Bay Area, you may be surprised to find out that there can be about a 20-degree temperature change upwards when you leave San Francisco and head just outside — much more my speed as a Florida girl at heart.)
For dinner last night, Dave made us some delicious and fresh grass-fed beef burgers on the grill for dinner, then we went on a walk, watched some TV and called it a night. I’d say it was a full and great day.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, was our weekend! Totally a good one, full of friends, food, fun and just enough down-time to make it seem relaxing.
My weekly workout recap
Now, as we do every Monday, it’s time to take a look at all of my fitness endeavors over the past week …
- Monday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Tuesday –Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
- Wednesday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Thursday – Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
- Friday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, did a 30-minute online yoga class
- Saturday – Did a 30-minute CXWORX core workout at home with weights and a resistance tube, did a 10-minute online yoga class at home, foam rolling
- Sunday – Rest day
What was good about my week of workouts?
Group fitness … oh how I love you. I get an incredible workout when teaching BODYATTACK (cardio) and BODYPUMP (resistance), so my weeks certainly fill up with those efforts right there. This past week, I had a good variety of movement, including three sessions of cardio, two-and-a-half sessions of strength and two short sessions of yoga. Lately, I’ve opted for doing short online yoga sessions at home rather than attending a full-hour class, and I’ve enjoyed that change, because it spaces out the benefits. Overall, this past week was a good one and even included a rest day.
What could have been better about my week of workouts?
My weeks are so full with teaching classes, which require me to do the workout, that I don’t have a ton of time to do additional workouts just for me. However, I did spend a little bit of time on Saturday working out by myself at home, doing yoga and a core workout with weights, so that was good. However, I probably should have hit the gym for a heavier weight-training session at some point. That seems to always be the extra piece of the puzzle that I have to fight to fit in, so maybe this upcoming week it will happen. But overall, good stuff.
Have a great start to the week, my friends! I’ll see you back here tomorrow for more.
Questions of the day
How was your weekend? What did you do?
What was the best workout you’ve done recently?
What did you have for dinner last night?