It wouldn’t be a great start to the week if I didn’t open with a very “Happy Monday” to you! I hope your weekend was wonderful. As usual, mine was full of fitness, food and fun — just how I like it.
Attending the Team LUNA Chix Summit
On Friday afternoon, I was invited to attend a couple of sessions at the annual LUNA Chix Summit, which was held in at a hotel on the water in Berkeley. Although there was a full schedule of fitness and lifestyle events throughout the weekend, I was only able to drop in for a bit. In case you aren’t familiar with Team LUNA Chix, it’s a nationwide program, which brings together women in their own towns to sweat and support each other, as well as to raise money for the Breast Cancer Fund. Good stuff, right? If you want to see if there’s a Team LUNA Chix near you, check out the site today.
While at the Summit, I took a SmartFlow Yoga class led by Yogi Sadie, who is the resident yoga teacher at the CLIF Bar Headquarters (CLIF Bar owns LUNA, by the way). During this session, she walked us through each pose and the transitions of how to move along in the first Vinyasa sun salutation. If you know anything about yoga, this is the most popular sequence of moves and yet one that is not easy to master. I really enjoyed the personal attention Sadie gave each of us and walked away with a few new tips and tricks up my sleeve for my practice. (Yes, because I take yoga once a week, I can safely say I have a “practice.”)
After that, I went a nutrition talk given by the lovely Sarah-Jane Bedwell, a registered dietitian who was just adorable and knowledgable. She gave us some tips on how to create balanced meals to support our training goals. Even though I’m not a distance runner with “race-day” events to prepare for, I took a lot out of the talk. Basically, she told us to include carbs, protein, healthy fats as well as fruits and veggies in every meal and snack and to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I wrote down some notes from the event and will be sure to throw in those details in upcoming posts.
Before I left, I walked around the little expo outside for a bit to enjoy the beautiful day, and then hit the road to head home for dinner with Dave’s parents. Thanks to the LUNA team for inviting me and providing me with a fun bag of LUNA swag. You gals are pretty awesome!
Having some good times in Walnut Creek
On Friday evening, I arrived home to find Dave and his Dad hanging out in our living room, which was a great sight. Dave’s parents had been on a vacation in Northern California, and stayed with us at the beginning and end of their road-trip back to their home in San Diego. That night, we had an 8 p.m. reservation at Prima, an Italian restaurant in downtown Walnut Creek, which came to us highly recommended. Yes, while our food was good, the service was … strange. Not to mention, the restaurant was really bright, which really didn’t add to the ambiance. However, we had a nice time chatting and eating, in spite of the less-than-perfect dining conditions. And the best part? Our walk back to the car just so happened to take us by Kara’s Cupcakes, which we went to last week as well, so we popped in for some full-sized cupcake delights after getting minis on the last visit. I went with the carrot cake cupcake with a bunny on top, and I loved it.
Here’s what I had for dinner at Prima: some very dense and tasty bread with dipping oil, a few bites of the beet salad and the fontina-stuffed chicken with steamed spinach and almond sauce. I nearly licked my plate clean. And of course, a look at the cupcakes we each selected and brought home to enjoy in a cute pink box.
On Saturday, after a little stroll around the neighborhood, Dave’s parents headed out mid-morning. After they left, I went to the gym to pump a little iron. Sadly, it was much later in the morning than I normally go, and the gym was incredibly crowded. I had to wait for equipment on nearly every set, so probably didn’t do as much as I would have liked. Nonetheless, I did it. After that, I went home to shower up and chill for a bit, then Dave and I went to a friend’s housewarming party just about a mile away from our place.
Let’s just say the party was a good time, and we needed it. As many of you know, Dave works for the Golden State Warriors and because we’re in the heat of basketball season, he’s been working a lot. This was the first weekend in more than a month that he didn’t have to work at a game over the weekend. Because the party was hosted by a fellow Warriors employee, there were a lot of his coworkers in attendance, and they were all excited to have a night off.
During the party, we watched the Warriors play (of course), enjoyed some Chipotle provided by the lovely hostess, played some card games and laughed a lot. Oh and we took a group photo using a selfie stick, which turned out a little blurry, but was rather entertaining to make happen. I really enjoyed the casual evening and especially liked seeing how her place was decorated. (Honestly, I wanted to take pictures of nearly every room to share with you, because it was so cute!)
On Sunday, Dave and I did a whole lot of relaxing and a little bit of movement. We watched a bunch of episodes of Shark Tank, went grocery shopping, bought a basketball and walked to a park to shoot hoops (ummm, I was terrible, but still had fun), then we had a Skype date with some friends back in Orlando and made a delicious pizza for dinner. Suffice to say, this weekend was pretty darn good.
My weekly workout recap
Switching gears, now it’s time for my weekly workout recap, which I do every single Monday to show you how I’ve been moving. Here it goes …
- 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 – Attended a one-hour reformer Pilates class at OnPointe Training, completed a 30-minute CXWORX core workout at home
- Friday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, attended a one-hour Smartflow Yoga class at the LUNA Chix Summit
- Saturday – Completed a one-hour weights workout, foam rolling
- Sunday – Rest day
What was good about my week of workouts?
Once again, I had a lot of great variety this past week. I had an equal balance of cardio and strength training, which is ideal. My week consisted of three cardio sessions (all of which were teaching BODYATTACK) and three resistance sessions (teaching BODYPUMP, reformer Pilates and a solo session on the weight-room floor). I even fit in a great yoga class at the LUNA Chix Summit, which was particularly good because I learned a few new tips and tricks for perfecting my sun salutations in other classes. A core session, as well as a rest day, rounded out this past week. Good stuff.
What could have been better about my week of workouts?
I picked up actual weights twice this past week, but both my CXWORX-core workout and Pilates-reformer workout had resistance elements with tubing and cables. Yet, I’m such a fan of weights, that I prefer to use them during three sessions each week. Let’s see if this week will be better.
Have a great Monday, my friends, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow!
Questions of the day
How was your weekend? What did you do?
What’s the best workout you’ve done lately?
Have you learned anything new recently?