Welcome to a new month, my friends! With day one of a new month, it’s a great time to get re-energized and take on a goal. Not many goals, but just one. Think about that! What’s something you’ve been meaning to work on?
Outside of goals, let’s look at some of the fun stuff that took place for me over the weekend all around San Francisco and Walnut Creek. A few things to note:
- I hung out with friends and blogging buddies, as well as spent time with Dave and Rudy.
- I had a hearty dessert all three nights and only one involved cream cheese frosting.
- While this was an awesome weekend, not everything went as planned. I headed into the City and ended up getting stuck on the way home via BART because of a station closure, so Dave had to come pick me up halfway. While that wasn’t super fun and took forever, I did get to listen to a full podcast in transit. (Thanks Shawn Stevenson for the entertainment.)
Here are the big highlights …
Three highlights from the weekend
1. Friends dinner party
Our group of friends has a rotating dinner party, held at someone else’s house every other month or so. While we’ve been on a hiatus due to summer travel, we got back together on Friday night for a Greek-themed dinner. The hosts of the party cooked up some delicious lamb and chicken skewers and orzo salad. We also had wine, apple pie and ice cream, and it was delicious.
Most of our friends have some association to the Warriors, so we had been getting together a ton during the long NBA playoffs, then once that ended, our parties stopped for a bit. It was good to be back around the table hanging out with these folks. And seriously, the outdoor area of my friends’ house is on point. Good times were had by all. Sadly, Dave and I had to be the first to head out, because we had to wake up early the next day for me to teach BODYPUMP, but we still had a good time all the way until 10:30 p.m.
2. CorePower Yoga event in San Francisco
Do you know how pleasant it is to do yoga in front of a pool in the sunshine with a nice breeze? Well, I got to find out on Saturday. Sweet Jill invited Caity and me to go to the free CorePower Yoga event at the Phoenix Hotel, which is a hipster-type boutique in the Tenderloin neighborhood. After a quick post-BODYPUMP shower on Saturday morning, I hopped on the BART to head into the City and made it just in time for class. There were three mats reserved for us right near the pool at the hotel, so we had a prime spot for the one-hour flow yoga class.
As you know, I’m a huge fan of CorePower Yoga and have gone to the San Francisco, Walnut Creek and Danville locations regularly, but it’s been a while. Because my yoga practice has been lacking a bit, I was even more excited for this event knowing that the CPY folks always put on a good class.
The particular class was led by instructor Emily, who was beyond adorable and a skilled yogi. My favorite part, of course, was the fact that Emily and her co-teacher, Dana, came around and gave fabulous adjustments to us during class — (adjustments mean that the instructors put their hands on you and help you get deeper into postures or fix your alignment — and it’s super helpful). Jill and Caity and I tried to keep in the moment, but ended up chatting and giggling a bit during the class, which made it even more fun. By the way, if you live near a CorePower, keep your eyes out for future free events like this, because they plan to host more. Oh, and I launched into full crow, here’s the approach …
3. Dinner at the new California Pizza Kitchen
It has been forever since I stepped foot into a California Pizza Kitchen, but that all changed on Saturday when Dave and I went to the brand new CPK in downtown Walnut Creek. And let me tell you, it’s a totally cool scene. The new CPK has a big bar, outdoor seating, fun vibe and great food and drinks. We sat outside and ordered some appetizers and entrees — and believe it or not — we didn’t get any pizza. I was pretty impressed with the recently debuted menu, which features healthier items, seasonal fare and many things for every palette, in addition to the customary CPK pizzas. (And tasty flights of sangria, shown below … )
We started with some fresh bread and tortilla spring rolls (my favorite flavor was the Thai chicken with peanut sauce), and for entrees, Dave had the mahi tacos and I had the salmon (of course). And we took the red velvet cake and ice cream to go. We enjoyed the meal thoroughly — so much food!
A lot of restaurants in the Bay Area are expensive and serve really small portions, so it’s nice to have an option like California Pizza Kitchen, where you can get what you want at a reasonable price. The manager told us that the style of the CPK we were dining in is the new look for the restaurant, so you’ll see more of these redone restaurants opening across the states. It’s a good change, and I can see CPK pulling in a lot more people who may have originally thought it was only pizza.
When I told my Mom that we were going there, she was super excited to know there is a new CPK in Walnut Creek and has already requested a meal there during her upcoming visit — so we’ll be back soon.
*Thanks to CPK for the hospitality. The CPK team invited us to come check out the new menu and location and also provided a complimentary meal for us. We appreciate it!
My weekly workout recap
From food to fitness, now here’s a look at all of the workouts I fit in last week …
- Monday: Rest day
- Tuesday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class
- Wednesday: Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class
- Thursday: Took a one-hour POP Pilates class
- Friday: Did 30 minutes of weights
- Saturday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, took a one-hour yoga flow class
- Sunday: Rest day
How did this past week of workouts go?
Yoga, pilates, cardio and weights. This past week was full of variety, and I loved it. I tried out POP Pilates for the first time, and it was a good addition to my week, focused mostly on core training. While I don’t like to do weights two days in a row, that’s how my schedule worked out this past week, but at least I got three resistance sessions complete.
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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 are your plans for August?