Celebrations, Eat Drink SF, cycling and my workouts at 32 weeks pregnant

Hi, my friends! I hope you’re doing well! This past weekend was pretty full over here, with a baby shower, a food event in San Francisco, a sweaty workout class and more. Let’s chat about it, and then get to my weekly workout recap from 32 weeks pregnant.

But before we get started, I wanted to send some love out to our friends in Houston, who had a tough weekend with storms and flooding. Super scary stuff, and if you know someone there, I hope they are safe!

The weekend recap

Doctor visit and pampering on Friday

On Friday afternoon, I had a doctor’s appointment (everything is looking good as I started the 33rd week), got a pedicure (Big Apple Red, of course), went through the car wash (which is seriously one of my favorite things to do), and then Dave and I had grass-fed burgers and sweet potato fries for dinner at home, with Rudy sitting right between us. Perfection!

Baby girl shower on Saturday

On Saturday morning, I was off to a baby shower, and this time it wasn’t for me, but was for a girlfriend, who is due with her first baby girl just a few days after me in October. It was fun to see all the pink decor at the shower, because I’ve been seeing mostly blue at my two celebrations in Florida and California.

Sparkling juice mimosa at a baby shower by A Lady Goes West

We chatted, enjoyed a lovely brunch bar and non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice, then did some gift-opening Bingo, and finished up with pink sweets.

Pink donuts at a baby shower by A Lady Goes West

Pink cupcake at a baby shower by A Lady Goes West

The only bad part? This pregnant gal is constantly overheated, and this past weekend was hot again, so I was fairly uncomfortably sticky during the entire shower, which took place both outdoors and indoors. Oh how I long for cooler days and less bodyweight on my frame! 

Nonetheless, it was a great time to hang with the ladies and celebrate another baby on the way, and I walked away with a to-go plate of the pink stuff …

Ashley after baby shower by A Lady Goes West

Eat Drink SF 2017 on Saturday night

The fun was just getting started for my weekend too, because that night, Dave and I ventured into the City to check out the annual Eat Drink SF 2017 event at Fort Mason Pavilion, called San Francisco’s “premier food and drink festival.”

I had heard some great things about this event, having never attended before, and it didn’t disappoint. An all-inclusive general admission ticket gave you access to eat and drink unlimited amounts of gourmet food from fancy restaurants and brands, as well as pours from wineries and distilleries. Sadly, I didn’t get to partake in the craft cocktails or vino, but Dave did. (Counting down the days here, seriously!) 

Ashley and Dave at Eat Drink SF by A Lady Goes West

We got there about 30 minutes before the doors opened, and there was already a huge line of hungry people. And while the venue filled up, it wasn’t too hard to get around. The lines were long for the small bites at most of the popular restaurants, but we still managed to fill up our tummies with delicious food.

And these were super nice bites, like crispy chicken sliders, steak, crab cakes and much more, served in perfect little tasting dishes, so you could have a little bit at each booth.

Entry at Eat Drink SF by A Lady Goes West

Some of the highlights? Fondue cheese with sourdough bread at the Blue Diamond Almond Breeze booth, a very tasty arepa with Mexican cheese and sauce at the Flores Restaurant booth and a crab cake from the One Market restaurant booth.

There was a ton of raw food that I couldn’t try this time, but I still felt satisfied with the scrumptious sampling I did. 

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze booth at Eat Drink SF by A Lady Goes West

There were also some demos with celebrity chefs and lounge areas for people to hang, so literally you could stay entertained for hours. Good times! And just look at the size of the venue …

Fort Mason Pavilion for Eat Drink SF by A Lady Goes West

By the way, my friends at Blue Diamond Almond Breeze invited me to attend and actually gave Dave and me free tickets, which was totally awesome, because they went for more than $125 each, so we are quite grateful. Our nights of running around the City for fun events are quickly coming to a close, so the night out was much appreciated! And our bellies went home full and happy!

SoulCycle on Sunday morning

On Sunday mid-morning, Dave and I went to a SoulCycle class in Berkeley, hosted by a local PR agency I’ve worked with a few times before (Cross Marketing). I wasn’t sure how I would do with my big belly and the bike, because I haven’t cycled for a couple of months, and it went very well. In fact, I felt great! (Want to know more about what it’s like to take SoulCycle? Here’s my class review.)

Ashley and Dave before SoulCycle by A Lady Goes West

Ashley at 33 weeks pregnant before SoulCycle by A Lady Goes West

(My shoes and maternity workout crops.)

This was Dave’s second SoulCycle class, and he was a fan too. We loved the instructor of the day, Liam, because he gave plenty of coaching and motivation, with a good playlist — and I love to hear coaching and instructional cues, even in classes like SoulCycle where there are often plenty of regulars. Instructors: Coach your people to do things right!

The good news is that I was able to keep up with the entire workout, in spite of some heavy breathing and a big belly, but I did my push-ups on the bike about half range, instead of full. Other than that, it was good to go. 

SoulCycle Berkeley studio by A Lady Goes West

After class, we walked over to the new Project Juice in Berkeley and had some super healthy smoothie superfood bowls. Dave ordered the almond butter acai, and I had the greens and protein, and we sat outside as our sweat dried.

This part of Berkeley on Fourth Street is just blowing up, there are so many restaurants and retail stores now. It’s a very nice area — perfect for a healthy outing of fitness and food. 

Project Juice smoothie bowl by A Lady Goes West

The rest of the day included doing a few more things in the babe’s nursery (it’s almost complete), blog work, a very long nap on the couch (guess I got tired out at SoulCycle) and getting organized for the week ahead. And that was the weekend!

My latest weekly workout recap

Let’s take a glimpse at how I’ve been moving and grooving โ€ฆ

Weekly Workouts by A Lady Goes West

At 32 weeks pregnant …

  • Monday: Did a 25-minute lower-body weights workout, 11 a.m., did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Did a 25-minute upper-body weights workout, 11 a.m., did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Took a 1.25-hour walk, 9 a.m., did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 11 a.m.
  • Thursday: Did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 11 a.m., taught a one-hour Bootybarre class, 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 11 a.m., took 40 minutes of a BODYPUMP class, 12 p.m.
  • Saturday: Did 15 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 10 a.m.
  • Sunday: Took a 45-minute SoulCycle class, 11:45 a.m.

Overview of the week of workouts

Well that was a lot of yoga! I’ve been doing the prenatal yoga DVD that my doula gave me religiously, because it’s super gentle and great for a pregnant bod, and not to mention, it’s done in less than 30 minutes, which is very convenient for someone who can get bored while working out at home.

Needless to say, this past week had plenty of flexibility training with six sessions of yoga. In addition to that, I’m very happy to say that I lifted weights three times, which hasn’t always been happening during my pregnancy, and is my normal goal for weekly resistance sessions (three times a week for weights is a great goal for anyone — even if those sessions are as short as 20 minutes).

I also had a rest day (with only a few minutes of gentle yoga on Saturday), taught a class and did some cardio with an hour walk and a pretty tough cycle class. Overall, a great week of movement for 32 weeks pregnant! It’s not easy, but I’m keeping on.

That’s it for today, my friends! Thank you for stopping by the blog! Be well! 

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  1. That eat drink SF event looks so fun! And so awesome you were able to do a Soul Cycle class this far along in your pregnancy.

    Literally drooling over those smoothie bowls too! I wish we had more health fitness studios and restaurant options near us and not have to drive 45 min into the city for it.

    1. Hi Patricia! I know, I know! It must be tough to have to drive far to get to all the good stuff, but you are not alone in that — I just happen to be lucky in the Bay Area. We didn’t have a lot of great places when I lived back in Orlando either, but it’s getting better now. Anyways — hope your weekend was great, lady!! Happy fall? Just about?

  2. The Eat Drink SF event seems like it was fun! It seems like you have to go next year so you can enjoy the craft cocktails ๐Ÿ˜‰

    My weekend was busy but good! I had some down time at home and got a bunch of errands cleaning done that I put off. Except the big downer was a broken washing machine so let’s hope the landlord fixes it soon.

    Have a great Monday girl!

    1. Hi Maureen! Oh no! A broken appliance? That’s the worst! Do you have a neighbor who will let you use theirs until yours is fixed or replaced? Hope so! Anyways, it’s good you had some down time and were productive this weekend — that always feels good when you start your Monday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I really want a pink donut!
    One of my reasons for not being such a fan of Soulcycle is that they tend not to give much or great instruction, so I’m glad to hear that this was not the case at your class! And go you for doing one at 33 weeks!

    1. Hi Susie! I have taken some SoulCycle classes in which I didn’t think there was enough coaching or instruction for sure — and always been vocal about that hhahah! SAFETY first, even if your music is good. But this was a better class, taught more geared toward beginners, which is helpful. And I was definitely not sure how I would feel with such a big belly, but surprisingly, it was fine — out of the saddle was better than in it for the bump! Hope your weekend was great, lady!

    1. Hi Carrie! Thank you! Love a good pink shoe heheh — and they are comfy too. As far as Eat Drink SF, it was really good — but agree, the tickets are crazy. Maybe next year for you!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope your weekend was good, lady!

    1. Hi Emily! Family in town is always a treat — although sometimes takes a little planning. Hope your Monday turns out lovely, lady! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. My weekend was pretty good! My cross country team had our time trial last Friday (which I guess I’d say was my best workout because I PRd big time), then we went to a place called Cascade Lake for a cookout and team bonding. Saturday I got up suuuuper early to take the SATs. So much fun ๐Ÿ˜‰ . Sunday was a chill out day and I did a service project with my family which was so heartwarming. Haha I totally used to love car washes as a kid!! It was basically like going on a ride at an amusement park ๐Ÿ˜‰ .


    1. Hi Meah! You were a busy gal this weekend — WOW! Congrats on the PR for your run, and I hope the SATs went well. I remember the stress of those tests — geez! Glad you did so much good over the weekend. Have a fab week, my friend!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Sarah! Love a good smoothie bowl, especially one that I didn’t have to make myself! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for saying hi, lady. Hope you are having a good week so far!

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