Hello! As many of you know from reading this post about changes in my life, this week I’m starting a brand-new full-time job. I haven’t held a full-time office job in two years, since I’ve been doing a combination of freelance writing, blogging and working in fitness, so it’s certainly going to be an adjustment. But one that I really want and am excited about. Now, let’s chat about the weekend and some fitness.
By the way, I do expect my “Weekly Workout” recaps to change as I get used to a new schedule. I’ve significantly cut down on my group fitness teaching with the new job, so I’ll be focusing on getting in short and efficient workouts by myself before work most days. You never know, it could be a whole new line of inspiration that I can share with you as I transition back into “normal” work hours.
Fun fact, which I was reminded of this weekend: The matcha green tea latte from Peet’s Coffee is superior to the one you get at Starbucks. Especially when enjoyed while shopping in my favorite shoe store, DSW.
Want to know the real truth about my Friday night? I had plans that didn’t happen and unexpectedly found myself at home on a rainy night. I changed into my pajamas and had a glass of wine while playing with Rudy, watching my favorite guilty pleasure “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” and organizing some important papers. Yes, that’s life, folks. Dave was working at the Warriors game, and I was majorly lame. Thus, there are no pictures from that night.
On Saturday, Dave and I ventured out for a hearty and fabulous lunch at Mixed Grain in downtown Walnut Creek …
This was our first time experiencing a Korean “Bibimbop” bowl, and boy was it good. Our meals included 11 different kind of veggies over top rice, mixed with an egg and a protein (salmon for me and chicken for Dave), served with miso soup all sorts of extra nibblies, which turned out to be a huge lunch.
After lunch, we did some shopping around Broadway Plaza. I was very happy to buy this dress, which I plan to wear on my first day. (As you can imagine, I’ve needed a bit of a wardrobe refresh because workout pants won’t be the only thing I put on anymore.) The rain was on and off on Saturday, and it seemed like nearly every store was busy, so we didn’t stay out long. After leaving downtown, we hit up Best Buy for a new toy I’ll tell you about in this week’s “Favorite Things.”
And because our days seems to revolve around food, the next thing worth reporting is dinner. In the late evening, we went out to dinner at Il Fornaio, a nice Italian restaurant also in downtown Walnut Creek, to continue on with our streak of dining at chain restaurants. Il Fornaio had a strong showing and reminded me of a place called Brio, where we used to enjoy going when we lived in Orlando.
As usual, we sat at the bar. We shared this mixed antipasto, some delicious herbed-bread with dipping oil, ravioli and a tasty bread pudding for dessert.
On Sunday, I spent much of the day doing blog work and packing for my trip to L.A. this week for work and went on a nice evening stroll with Dave and Rudy on the trail near our house. We had all of our meals at home and did some random chores, and that was the weekend.
Speaking of L.A., I’m going to be gone all week and not coming back until late Friday night. And this will be the longest I’ve ever been away from my sweet Rudy puppy, and that makes me quite sad. But I’ll be busy, so I’m sure it will go by quickly. Now onto the fitness …
My weekly fitness and workout recap
Every Monday, I share my recent workouts, so here they are …
(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)
- Monday: Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Tuesday: Took a one-hour hot yoga class at CorePower
- Wednesday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
- Thursday: Taught a 45-minute BODYPUMP and a 30-minute core class, foam rolling
- Friday: Did a 25-minute Jillian Michael’s SHRED workout at home
- Saturday: Rest day
- Sunday: Rest day
What was good about my week of workouts?
This past week had five days of work, featuring cardio, weights and yoga and two full rest days, which were much needed. While I didn’t get in three full weight-lifting sessions, I’d say I basically did two-and-a-half with the minimal resistance work in the SHRED workout I did at home via the computer. Overall, it was a pretty balanced week. And the highlight was most definitely hot yoga. So good! So sweaty!
What could have been better about my workouts?
This past week could have probably used a little bit more time with heavier weights, so I’ll try and make that happen soon.
That’s everything, my friends. I hope you have a great week! Wish me luck! (P.S. Thanks to Meghan for hosting today’s “Week in Review” link-up.)Keeping it real with a weekend and #WeeklyWorkout recap ... Click To Tweet
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Questions of the day
How was your weekend?
What’s something you’re looking forward to this week?