Happy Monday! Did you have a nice weekend? Mine was just great. Plenty of Fourth of July festivities, outdoor play and relaxing. Let’s chat about the weekend, and then I’ll give you my weekly workout recap.
On Friday night, Dave and I decided to stay in to rest up for the next day. We gave Rudy (our maltipoo puppy) a bath, and then had an oven pizza for dinner. And let me tell you, Rudy fluffs up like a little cotton-ball, but he does not like getting a bath. In spite of the unpleasantness of his bath, he was looking fly after his blow-dry, totally ready to meet some company.
Fourth of July in Walnut Creek
After teaching a couple of classes at Orangetheory Fitness in the morning, I went home to do a little party preparation, like chopping veggies, setting out plates and napkins and a few other last-minute things. Then I put on my American-flag swimsuit, and Dave and I walked over to the Renaissance Club Sport, which is a hotel/spa/gym close to our house. We have some friends that are members there, so we were able to join them as guests for the first part of the day by the pool.
Other than sharing this photo on Instagram, I hardly had my phone with me all day, which was the best way for me to “be present” in the holiday. Something I need to do more often.
As expected, it was pretty busy, but we were lucky enough to have lounge chairs reserved for our group in one row. While there, we had some beverages, hung out in the pool and even had lunch pool-side. And although there were a lot of kids and families, there were also “rest breaks” for the life-guards, in which only people 18 and over were allowed in the pool. I had never heard of that before, but thoroughly enjoyed it.
Other than the good conversation, the highlight of that adventure was certainly the fish tacos that many of us ordered for lunch. They were small, but very tasty. I also enjoyed the setting. The facilities were pretty fancy, and I even got to peek inside the gym that’s part of Renaissance Club Sport, and I’d love to return and get in a workout there one day.
A little before 4 p.m., we took the after-party to our house. There were about 11 of us, including two kiddos, and it was the perfect-size group to be mobile. We played corn-hole by the pool at our complex using some fabulous American flag boards that were created by our friend, then we all went up into our place to grill. Dave made burgers and hot dogs, which we had alongside some Mexican corn-on-the-cob, which I made in the slow cooker, we also had various salads, chips and dip and mini-apples pies, which were made by a friend.
Two pools in one day? Now that’s living. Here’s the scene from our place, including a lovely floral arrangement made by my friend, which was the center-piece of the food table.
I didn’t take any photos of the food spread, not only because I didn’t have my phone on me at all times, but also because we dug into it too quickly. It was all super tasty, and we finished it off in no time, so I’m guessing people were pleased.
Once we finished eating and the night-time started rolling in, we all hopped in a few cars and drove to a nearby parking lot to catch the Pleasant Hill fireworks. While the fireworks weren’t exactly fabulous, it was the perfect ending to a great day with friends. And guess who loved having people over for the first time? Little Rudy! I swear he spent all day being passed around and cuddled by everyone. I don’t think his feet ever hit the floor.
Overall, Dave and I weren’t sure what to expect from our first Fourth of July living outside the City of San Francisco, but the ‘burbs and our ‘burb friends made it completely awesome.
Outdoor fun on a sunny Sunday in the East Bay
On Sunday, Dave and I had quite a bit of cleaning up to do from the party. We finished that up soon after waking up, relaxed a bit and then headed out for a long bike ride. There are still so many places that we haven’t explored in the East Bay, and the town of Danville was on that list. I got a few restaurant recommendations from one of my kind gym members, so we headed straight for downtown Danville and selected Norm’s Place for our dining pleasure. To get there, we rode our bikes on the Iron Horse Trail the entire way and were able to look at the back of some incredibly lovely homes. We even saw horses.
We were all decked out in our Warriors gear for a day riding bikes. And my chicken salad for lunch? Totally yummy. You’re also looking at Dave’s first sandwich, which unfortunately ended up being covered in bird poo, because we were sitting under some trees. Yes, they brought him a new one shorty after. He ate it quickly to avoid a second dropping!
The trip was just about an hour there and an hour back, which was nearly 17 miles total. Not too shabby! On the way home, we stopped into Whole Foods to pick up my favorite brown rice and quinoa sushi for dinner. We then spent the rest of the evening relaxing, playing with Rudy and doing some research for a future vacation. And that, ladies and gentlemen, was the weekend!
Let’s get to the fitness …
My weekly fitness and workouts recap
Every Monday, I like to take a minute to look back at the previous week’s workouts, so here we go …
(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)
- 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 – Taught a 45-minute BODYPUMP class and a 30-minute core class
- Friday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, did 25 minutes of yoga at home
- Saturday – Rest day
- Sunday – Did a 30-minute barre workout at home, went on a leisure 17-mile bike ride
What was good about my week of workouts?
This past week was full of teaching again, including an impromptu subbing on Tuesday of a BODYPUMP class — a day in which I was planning to take an Orangetheory class instead. Overall, I did three sessions of serious cardio (BODYATTACK) and two sessions of weights (BODYPUMP), as well as a short barre, core and yoga session. That’s pretty good variety overall, especially with the addition of the bike ride and barre workout.
What could have been better about my week of workouts?
More weights. More yoga. The classes that I teach are such intense workouts, that I don’t really have the energy or time to fit in additional sessions during the week, which means I always miss out on something. I’m just chugging along the best I can and hope to do more resistance training and go to a nice long hot yoga class in a studio soon.
I hope you have a wonderful Monday, my friends! I’m teaching a couple of classes at Orangetheory in the morning and then teaching BODYATTACK tonight. Let’s start this week off strong!
Questions of the day
How was your Fourth of July?
What was your best recent workout?
Do you have a favorite game to play at parties?