Happy Monday! I feel like I have so much to report from my weekend. But I’d like to get started with this: Have you seen the Justin Bieber roast on Comedy Central? It’s nearly two hours long, and it is worth every minute. It just debuted last week, and Dave and I had the pleasure of laughing-out-loud to it on Friday night. I mean, it’s a little raunchy, but it’s hilarious. Do yourself a favor, and set it to record.
Outside of that, my weekend included quite a bit of eating, sweating, working and just enough relaxing.
A couple of stories about dining out and the weekend
Next up … food. I know that so many of you do not live in the Bay Area and probably don’t care about my restaurant experiences. But as a foodie, I feel the need to cover them. And many times there are happenings that anyone can enjoy reading about.
For instance, first up was a fail of a dinner out on Friday night. I must say, Dave and I have not been impressed with many of the restaurants that we’ve explored in our new neighborhood. I’m afraid we’ve become food snobs, which is pretty unfortunate. But Friday night was bad. We walked up to Modern China in downtown Walnut Creek and snagged an awkward table in the bar area. At first glance, Modern China seemed cool. Very busy, with a young crowd and reggae music playing. There’s a large outdoor area and amazing food and beverage specials, with happy-hour deals all day.
The best part about Modern China? That generous pour of Chardonnay was under $5, which is 100 percent unheard of in the pricey Bay Area. Also shown is the seared tuna salad, some shrimp rolls, salmon over veggies and a beef dish. Sub-par, all the way.
Yet, you get what you pay for. Our food was pretty bland, and the portions were incredibly small. And now for the worst thing ever — I bit into a piece of GLASS in my food. Yup. When we told our friendly waitress and showed her the glass chunk, she came back after speaking with her manager and took half off our bill. Needless to say, I didn’t finish that dish. Modern China seems to be a good scene for after-work beverages, but I highly doubt I’ll be eating there again. We laughed it off, though, and ended the night with Bieber’s roast at home. Evening salvaged!
On Saturday, Dave and I did our respective workouts in the morning, hit up the grocery store, walked to Starbucks for an afternoon treat and laid on the couch to relax for a while. I also spent quite a bit of time preparing BODYATTACK choreography, trying to break up my learning across the weekend days.
Saturday night, we went out to dinner again. This time, we cancelled a reservation at a fancy place in exchange for a cheaper place called Opa, also in downtown Walnut Creek. We showed up without a reservation and got a nice little table right away. While Opa was really bright inside (as so many restaurants tend to be outside of San Francisco, we’ve noticed), the energy and vibe were good, as was the service.
As you can see, we were happy campers at Opa that night. Also shown are some things we ordered, including a mojito, a Greek beer, a Greek salad and an absolutely tasty gyro meat platter with all the good stuff.
And our meal? Delicious! I tend to love all Mediterranean food, and Opa did not disappoint. Dave and I shared two big plates of food and walked out super stuffed. It made us very pleased to finally enjoy nearly everything about a dining experience in Walnut Creek. Once we got home, we watched the final episode of season three of “House of Cards,” and I have to say, I didn’t love it. But boy, the show does suck you in. Now that we’ve finished “House of Cards,” we’re looking for a new series on Netflix to enjoy. Please let me know if you have some suggestions.
Easter Sunday on a rainy day
On Sunday, I woke up to a surprise Easter basket from Dave, waiting for me in the living room. It was funny that he got me one, because I told him I would NOT be getting him one for the first time ever. After breakfast (which included candy for us both), I spent a lot of time learning group fitness choreography again. During that time, Dave did some cleaning, and it was terrible out, with a lot of rain. While we usually go to church on Easter Sunday, we elected to stay at home in our jammies in the bad weather and get some things done. In the afternoon, we cooked up a lovely little Easter feast on the grill, went on a stroll through our neighborhood, watched some TV and had two slices of carrot cake for dessert. Although it was a holiday spent without our families, whom we missed, we still did what we could to make it festive.
That about covers it for our weekend. I’d say it was a good one! But ladies and gentlemen, it’s back to the grind again today …
My weekly workout recap
Now it’s time to take a look at all the ways I got moving over the past week …
- Monday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, did a 30-minute CXWORX core workout at home, foam rolling
- Tuesday –Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
- Wednesday – Practiced one hour of BODYPUMP
- Thursday – Practiced one hour of BODYPUMP, did a 20-minute online yoga class
- Friday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, practiced 25 minutes of BODYATTACK at home, did a 20-minute online yoga class
- Saturday – Practiced one hour of BODYPUMP
- Sunday – Rest day
What was good about my week of workouts?
This past week had plenty of variety in movement, with three cardio sessions (BODYATTACK), four resistance sessions (BODYPUMP), a core workout (CXWORX) and two short yoga sessions. While I taught a few classes, I spent much of the time working out alone, while practicing the latest Les Mills class releases that I will be debuting today and tomorrow. I actually really enjoyed splitting my usual once-a-week one-hour yoga class into two shorter sessions, because it gave me two opportunities to feel a deep stretch during the week. This past week also featured a rest day, which is great.
What could have been better about my week of workouts?
Because I spent a lot of time practicing group fitness routines, I wasn’t able to carve out time for a solo weightlifting session in the gym incorporating heavier weights. However, I’m not complaining, because I still got in more weighted work this past week than I have in a while.
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Alright, folks. I’ll be spending a bit more time preparing today before launching BODYATTACK 88 tonight. I cannot wait to teach this latest release, because it’s good stuff! I hope you guys all have a wonderful Monday. See you back here tomorrow!
Questions of the day
What did you do this weekend?
Did you get in a good workout this weekend? If so, what was it?
Did you get or give an Easter basket? What was in it?