About the weekend and workouts

If I could sum up my weekend in two words, they would be yoga and wine. True story. I had a little bit of each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All the yoga in my life lately stems from the fact that I’m halfway through a one-month Groupon purchase, which gives me unlimited classes at CorePower yoga — and so far I’ve done three classes each week. 

Friday …

CorePower buddha by A Lady Goes West

This rainy night included a one-hour sculpt yoga class after work at CorePower Yoga Blackhawk in Danville, which marked my first time visiting this particular studio. Even though the town of Danville is near where I live and work, I’ve never spent much time there. The Blackhawk Plaza is super fancy, and I liked the scene. The class I took that night? Sweaty and hard, although the instructor was not my favorite. I followed it up with a shower, a late dinner at home with Dave and some serious couch time.

Salmon dinner with Rudy by A Lady Goes West

Saturday …

After a wonderful night’s rest leaving me totally refreshed, the day included a hot yoga class in the morning, a haircut (nothing too exciting), and a fun wine date with Nichole at Residual Sugar — that’s about it.

Yoga selfie by A Lady Goes West

Funny story: Nichole and I planned to take a cab home from our date because it was raining so badly, therefore, I ordered us a Lyft Line. Lyft Line, much like Uber Pool, is where you share your ride with someone else going in the same direction as you. I neglected to tell Nichole this ahead of time, so she was totally taken aback when we got in the car and there was another fellow up front having a conversation with the driver. It was hilarious to see her surprise. Good times. (If you’re in need of a little transportation entertainment, try out Lyft here.) And believe it or not, two bloggers got together on this night and didn’t take any pictures. Whoopsie!

Sunday …

In the morning, after watching DCC (can’t stop, won’t stop), I did a very brief gentle yoga session at home in my pajamas, as Rudy crawled all over me. A bit later, Dave and I went to Pleasant Hill to run some errands.

Dave at Yalla restaurant in Pleasant Hill by A Lady Goes West

We started our mission with a delicious lunch at Yalla Mediterranean. We had eaten take-out from the restaurant with friends once before, but this was our first time dining in. I loved the menu, because it had plenty of healthy options, and we were both pleased with our meals. A very strong lunch spot, indeed.

Salmon lunch at Yalla by A Lady Goes West

From there, we did groceries, picked up some decor from Home Goods, and that was it. In the evening, I practiced BODYATTACK choreography to teach this week, and we had a lovely FaceTime date with our dear friends, Jess and Amanda, who live in Orlando. We finished up the weekend by making some French-bread pizzas for dinner. A good weekend, for sure!

My weekly fitness and workout recap

And now, here’s a look at all of my workouts from last week …

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: Rest day
  • Wednesday: Took a one-hour BODYPUMP class
  • Thursday: Took a one-hour Vinyasa flow yoga class
  • Friday: Did 30-mins. of weights, took a one-hour yoga sculpt class
  • Saturday: Took a one-hour hot yoga class
  • Sunday: Did a 30-minute gentle yoga session at home

How did this past week of workouts go?

The more you do something, the more your body starts to like it. That’s how I feel with yoga. It’s been a long road for me to finally enjoy yoga, and I’m a big fan of the setting and format of the classes offered at CorePower, where I’ve been going the past two weeks.

This past week, I did four sessions of yoga, picked up weights two times, did some cardio and took a full day of rest. Oh and a couple of days were not all-out intense in the workout department, and that’s with reason. If you don’t know why, check out “Why every workout you do doesn’t have to be so hard.” Overall, a good week of fitness for me, one that I hope to emulate this week again.

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P.S. Thanks to Meghan for today’s “Week in Review” link-up.

Questions of the day

What was the best part about your weekend?

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  1. I love all Mediterranean food, your meal looks so delicious! I really like doing yoga on rest days and always feel so great after. I like sessions that keep you moving while still getting a good stretch, particularly in the hips (where I always seem to be tight). Have a great week!

    1. Oh yes, hip openers are always needed — for those of us who sit at a computer a lot. Hope you had a nice weekend, Patricia! πŸ™‚

  2. I have been trying to get more into yoga for awhile now! I tried out corepower through a free week trial and I did love it but the price was way to expensive for my budget, never thought to try a groupon though!

    1. Yes, keep your eyes out for it! I was surprised there was a Groupon, but I guess it’s because there are two newer studios near me and they still need more members. I’ve bought several Groupons for yoga studios in the past — some have been good, some have been BAD! Hope you had a nice weekend, Hilary. πŸ™‚

  3. Oh my gosh, look at you. I need to get yoga back into my life! And hey, I have a Groupon that might expire soon, too. I literally have no excuse. Good to know Uber Pool is actually legit. We talk about using it all the time! (Big fans of Uber and Lyft, but we’ve never tried the shared services.) Have a great week, Ashley!

  4. I’ve now done yoga like 2 times since right after the marathon. I can’t wait until I can do it again. I miss going to CPY all the time! That was so much fun when I worked there, I think I was going 3-4 times a week to practice!

  5. Sounds like a great weekend! I’ve been telling myself to do more yoga but it just hasn’t been happening. It’s getting harder to get into some of the poses as my belly continues to grow πŸ™‚ There is a new candlight yoga that I can’t wait to try this Sunday that is more gentle stretching than flow poses. Have a great week!

    1. Are there any pre-natal studios near you? I guess that would be your best bet right now! Hope you had a nice weekend, Giselle. πŸ™‚

      1. There is one but it’s at night and I’m spent by then! I do a prenatal on dvd but it’s pretty basic. I’m just modifying my normal yoga workouts at home every now and then instead of going to yoga studios. Figure something is better than nothing πŸ™‚

  6. I’ve been doing a 20 minute yoga video every morning and loving it! Perfect amount of time that I can’t say “I don’t have time” and I always feel more relaxed after πŸ™‚

  7. I could definitely use some more yoga in my life. Since I’ve started getting serious about running I’ve kind of fallen off the wagon with my yoga practice. Hoping I can bring it back at least once a week because I definitely notice a difference in my flexibility and general wellbeing. Have a fabulous day!

  8. What a great looking weekend! We had a pretty low key weekend thanks to me catching a stomach bug but thankfully I’m on the mend! It’s so hard for me to take days off but I knew it was needed so I missed my Sunday spin class and Bodypump today in turn for two rest days to let myself heal. I JUST started getting back into hot yoga since Sully was born and I do a class called power yoga which is TOUGH..it’s I guess more like a toning class which is so challenging but I just love what yoga does for my mind..it’s just as much mental as it is physical for me and I’m NOT even close to being a good yogi..lol…I try to go once a week to help switch things up from my typical bodypump and RPM classes. Hoping to feel good enough to go this week..sweat out some toxins πŸ˜‰

  9. I love yoga! Haven’t tried hot yoga yet, but I’m not sure that would be for me. The best part of my weekend was hanging out and eating pizza with my brother.

  10. This post made me miss living in Minneapolis! Random I know, haha… I used to walk to CorePower from our condo at least 3x per week and always hit up a local wine bar for a glass of vino after our Thursday night yoga class πŸ˜‰ Your weekend sounds pretty ideal to me. Happy Monday!

    1. I remember you saying that you were a CorePower fan! Me too! And YES for yoga then wine. πŸ™‚ Hope you had a great weekend, Becky!

  11. Hi again! My favorite part of my weekend was definitely walking around in a little downtown area of Rhode Island and eating on an outdoor patio right on the water! I tell ya, weather can completely change my state of mind in the blink of an eye. Thoughts on yoga would be a toss up. I usually LOVE yoga classes, but I have to have a solid instructor and calming environment to even begin turning off my constant tumultuous thoughts. The meditation part is the hardest for me, which is why I like a faster paced flow to the class, so I have less time to hang out in the poses and think about what I’m having for dinner that night!

    1. Hi Danielle! ahhaha — well — let’s be honest, aren’t we all thinking about our next meals during yoga? I sure am! But I like the faster classes too. And how nice you’ve got the weather for outdoor eating! ENJOY!

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