Easter weekend and my weekly workouts

Hi, friends! Did you have a nice weekend? Ours was good, although not very festive. Let’s do a recap and then talk fitness.

Dinner party al fresco on Friday

On Friday evening, we had our regular rotating dinner party with our group of friends, which happens just about every month at someone’s house. (We hosted the last one and had everyone wear pajamas.) The hosts this time decided on the “breakfast for dinner” theme, which of course, was a total hit. We were told to bundle up, because dinner was served outside, and so I was happy to throw on my favorite boots from the winter season that were ready for one last wear before they get put away for a few months. (Not pictured is a very chunky sweater to follow the bundle rules.)

Ashley in WC before the dinner party by A Lady Goes West

(Shoes, top (this fluffy blouse is one of my best purchases lately), bag and pants, all of which helped to hide the BUMP on the last day of week 13)

The dinner party was only about five minutes away in Walnut Creek (almost all of our friends in the group are former SF dwellers who relocated to WC, which is incredibly convenient for get-togethers). We got over there around 7:30 p.m. and were the last to arrive (which never happens, we’re usually one of the first!). As usual, the group hung out in the kitchen enjoying some cocktails (sparkling water for me, sob) for about 30 minutes catching up. Then we grabbed our plates and loaded up on breakfast fare before sitting down outside.

Our feast included an overnight French toast casserole, Huevos Rancheros casserole, a sausage and egg casserole (similar recipe if you add sausage) and some fresh berries. All were divine! I filled my plate up not once, but two times. But sadly, when I went back for seconds, the French toast casserole was already gone, because everyone went back for seconds. It’s not the healthiest dish ever, but a total crowd pleaser. Christmas morning anymore? Mmmm!

Breakfast casseroles by A Lady Goes West

Breakfast for dinner by A Lady Goes West

It was pretty chilly, so we had some blankets and ended up being nice and cozy around the table outside. We sat down to dinner at 8 p.m. and continued chatting and hanging out until almost 11 p.m. And with a welcoming scene like this, you can see why we stayed …

Dinner party setting by A Lady Goes West

Rudy was able to join us for the party, and he played like crazy with the hosts’ dog, Tex. Because Rudy never gets to go outside without a leash, he was in total heaven running around in their backyard off leash. But he got pretty tuckered out, and around 10 p.m. he sat in my lap and was falling asleep at the table. It was hilarious. Overall, the perfect relaxing Friday evening with good people and good food!

Delicious food on Saturday 

On Saturday, Dave went off to the gym, but I elected to stay home (fresh blowout — not worth ruining), and caught up on some computer and couch time. Later in the day, we headed off for lunch at our usual spot, Lettuce, for some gigantic salads. I’ve never had a bad bite from Lettuce, and seem to crave one of their salads every single Saturday. I guess it’s our thing. That grilled salmon though …

Delicious salad with salmon from Lettuce by A Lady Goes West

Following salads, we did some errands (suit fitting for Dave for work, etc., etc.) and then ended up at Pressed Juicery for some refreshing and healthy fruit freezes. I tried the limited-edition strawberry almond flavor, which is really good — but I think the chocolate is a bit better. You can choose almond butter, fruit, granola or even Himalayan sea salt as a topping, so PJ is pretty much up my alley.

Pressed Juicery freezes by A Lady Goes West

So the healthy living people of the world are OBSESSED with Pressed Juicery, because the freezes are made solely from real fruit and are not bad for you at all. There aren’t many of these places around, and we’re lucky enough to have one in Walnut Creek just a few minutes from home. But would you believe that this is only my second time going? I really should change that. Although I have a feeling that once I start getting bigger, and the weather gets warmer, the PJ freeze will be a life-saver.

In the afternoon, I took a little cat nap on the couch unintentionally. And when I woke up, we were planning to get moving and head out to dinner … but just like the previous Saturday, at the last minute, we decided to stay home and make a pizza instead. Pizza it was. We had grabbed some ingredients from Whole Foods earlier in the day just in case this happened, and they came in handy.

Home-made pizza by A Lady Goes West

Fresh dough, mozzarella, fresh veggies and marinara. You can’t go wrong! After pizza, it was another episode of “Shameless” (so bad, but so good) and an early bed-time. Pregnancy is pretty glamorous, people. Pretty glamorous. 

Easter Sunday 

Well, here’s where the weekend takes a bit of a turn. We found out at the end of last week that the very first Warriors NBA playoff game would be on Easter Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Originally I had intended to go, but then, I didn’t. That meant that Dave headed off in the morning and was gone for a long time working. So our Easter plans were fairly scrapped. On top of that, it was gloomy and rainy outside. Rudy and I did some things around the house, then I hit up the gym (hadn’t planned to work out, but movement felt right), did some shopping, and finally Dave made it home to prepare us a little Easter Feaster in the evening. I don’t have any colorful smiling outdoor photos of us in pastel Easter outfits to share, so just imagine them. It was, once again, far less glamorous. I did wake up to an Easter basket from Dave, so that’s a highlight. And that was the weekend!! Moving on …

My weekly workout recap

Let’s look at what I’ve been doing to sweat over the last week … 

Weekly Workouts by A Lady Goes West

Weekly workouts

 At 13 weeks pregnant …

  • Monday: Did a 30-minute full-body weights workout, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Practiced Bootybarre at home for 20 minutes, 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 8:30 a.m. and taught a one-hour Bootybarre class, 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Took a one-hour yoga class, 11 a.m.
  • Saturday: Rest day
  • Sunday: Did a 20-minute upper-body TRX workout, 1 p.m.

Overview of the week of workouts

This past week was definitely lighter than the last few. I took a full day off and had three very light days. The biggest change was the fact that I returned to yoga after many weeks away (after going every single week for two years). Quite frankly, I didn’t feel very good in yoga. I felt like the poses were a bit of a struggle, even though it was only a moderately challenging yoga class. It could be because I haven’t been going regularly, or it could be that the pregnancy is already affecting my balance slightly. Either way, I’ll probably hold off on regular yoga until I start up some prenatal varieties in a few weeks, because I don’t feel the need to force myself into exercise that isn’t enjoyable. Also, you may notice I’ve been teaching two classes on Thursdays. Definitely not ideal, but because it’s so darn hard to get a class in this very competitive market, I couldn’t say no to either, so am just making it work for now. Not much else to report from this week in fitness though. Still moving!

Hope you have a wonderful day, friends! Some interesting chatter coming your way this week, so I’ll meet you back here!

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

Questions of the day

How was your weekend?

What’s your favorite holiday recipe or meal?

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  1. Yet another fabulous sunshiney weekend! That pressed juicery stuff looks so good–I’ve seen it pop up before. Tell them to come to Chicago!
    I love a good dinner party. Like last night–problem is, I always stuff myself silly!
    Oh wait, that is totally not a problem, lol.
    have a great week, Ashley!

    1. I feel like dinner parties are made for eating more than you normally do. Right? Or did I mix up that rule? hahhaha! Hope your weekend was festive, lady! Happy Monday! And YES for PJ in Chicago! Although it’s so cold there already hahhaha

  2. I love your blouse from Friday night!!! Such great eats this weekend. I had some fresh pizza on Friday- a new place in the city that makes AMAZING dough and it was heavenly! My favorite holiday recipe is stuffing!

    1. Hi Carrie! I either LOVE stuffing or hate it. You have to make it right heheh. And yes — you had some LOVELY pics from the weekend, lady! Here’s to a great week!!

  3. I’ve taught yoga on Easter morning for the last four years in a row. As I shared recently, I’ve been feeling ready to give up Sunday morning “yoga church” but this morning was…perfect. For whatever reason, I feel more myself in this class than any other. It feels like we’re just hanging out for 90 minutes. I teach exactly how and what I want to teach and feel so comfortable sharing whatever it is that is on my heart or in my head. There is just so much connection.

    1. Hi Lisa! I think a yoga session on Easter morning sounds amazing! I know you feel with sometimes wanting to give up your class obligations, but in the end, you are helping so many people — and you get a lot out of it too! LOVE it!! 🙂

    1. Hi Emily! It sure is! I love feasting heheh! 🙂 And food is such a social thing, so I particularly enjoy meals with others. I hope you had a wonderful weekend! 🙂

    1. Hi Dixya! Nothing wrong with a weekend full of relaxing. That’s for sure! And you should TOTALLY find a few sets of friends and make a rotating dinner party group. You don’t even have to do every month if that’s too much! Have a great week, gal! 🙂

  4. I love your rotating dinner parties and breakfast for dinner is one of my favorites! We live far from family so most holidays are pretty uneventful. But I love the idea of having an easter brunch and spring colors for a tablescape, maybe one day!

    1. I feel ya, Patricia! We live SUPER far from family. 🙁 And I always get sad about that on holidays where we don’t have visits happening. Easter brunch is the way to go — I didn’t get to do one this year, but I’m not missing it next year hehehe. And I know you like BRINNER! It’s a great choice! Have a fab week, lady! 🙂

  5. Glamorous or not, I think your weekend looks lovely. Your hosts sure know how to set a table. I’m glad Rudy had such a fun time.

    Also, I’m not sure I’ve been on the blog since the big news so CONGRATULATIONS. I’m thrilled for you and Dave.

    Oh and you probably already know this, but when it comes to exercise and fitness, you can keep doing whatever you had going on, so long as you’re comfortable. Now might not be the time to take up rock climbing (:)) but in the meantime, keep doing you. The benefits of fitness are great for you and the baby. Oh and lots of fats. Great for baby brain health. Plus fats, yum.

    1. Hi Meghan! Thanks for the congrats! We’re super excited. And lucky for me, I actually got pre- and post-natal personal trainer certified years ago, so I have that info to back me up. Although it feels different when it’s your body ehehhehe! I will definitely keep doing all of my workouts as best as I can, for as long as I can. And NO, I will not be rock climbing or scuba diving hahaha — I’m not much of an adventurer anyhow. 🙂 Have a FAB week!

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