Hello, friends! I hope you had a great weekend. I got a lot accomplished during mine, so I’m starting this new week feeling good. Let’s catch up on things and then look at my recent workouts.
Shooting my Bootybarre video
Even though I already started teaching Bootybarre after going to training, I’m not officially a certified instructor quite yet. I had to shoot a video of myself teaching to a small class, so I finally took care of that on Friday night. I had five lovely participants, and it was the first time taking the class for all but one of them. We had a good time, and I think I did well enough. Teaching barre is totally new to me, but I think I’ve picked it up quickly.
I’ll send the video in this week and cross my fingers for some good news soon. I am so thankful for my participants, who gave up their Friday evening for me, and I’m thankful for Dave, who manned the two cameras. (I rewarded them all with cupcakes and other treats, so I guess it was a fair trade!)
Lunch at True Food Kitchen
On Saturday morning, of course, I taught a BODYPUMP class, then went home to regroup for a bit before Dave and I went to downtown Walnut Creek to have lunch at True Food Kitchen. True Food opened up in Broadway Plaza about three weeks ago, and we’ve been deterred from the spot due to the long line a couple of times. But this day, I made a reservation ahead of time, and we had no problem getting a table for two outside. (We went back and forth on whether to bring Rudy with us and ultimately decided to leave him at home. And it’s a good thing we did that because we sat next to a group with two huge dogs and poor Rudy would have been super nervous.)
Back to the restaurant: True Food serves anti-inflammatory, healthy food, and it’s super good. I pretty much wanted everything on the menu (from avo toast to chia seed pudding), but I went with the Ancient Grains bowl and was very happy with my plant-based vegetarian choice. I thought about ordering salmon as an add-on, but it was totally filling with no meat at all. Dave ordered the fish and steak tacos and wasn’t really in love with his small meal. We decided he probably should have chosen something different, because fish tacos didn’t really seem like a True Food specialty. No big deal!
True Food is a sit-down restaurant, where you order from waiter at a table, and the prices are a little steep. In fact, our lunch for two was just under $50 for each of us getting an entree and sharing one lemonade. Because of the crowds and price, I don’t expect us to make it our regular spot (Lemonade gets that award), but I definitely want to go back to try more items from the menu. Have I mentioned how much I love the fact that there are so many incredibly healthy restaurants less than a mile from where I live?
Here’s a look at my bowl, featuring sweet potatoes covered in hemp seeds, portobellos, avocado, quinoa, onions and more …
Following that stellar meal, in the afternoon, I went to get my hair done. After a little appointment mix-up last week, I was happy to finally be in the hair chair. Rather than getting my usual keratin treatment, which I usually do every few months, instead, I got a Brazilian Blowout to tame my frizz. I came out with smooth straight hair, and I’m hoping it stays that way at least through the holidays. So far so good! (But really, if I could pay someone to help me blow dry out my huge mane of hair on a weekly basis, that would my dream. Any takers??)
From anti-inflammatory locally sourced fresh food to …. none of the above, Dave finally caved and let us go back to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner on Saturday night. I had a gift card (from Rudy, who is the sweetest) burning a hole in my pocket and was very happy to use it on appetizers, drinks and one massive slice of Chris’ Outrageous Cheesecake for the both of us (well, the cheesecake was just for me). Divine! Clearly, no pictures were taken from the dark inside of CF, but you know what all of that food looks like anyhow.
Sunday is the only day that I don’t have to wake up early with an alarm, so I like to take advantage of laying around and snuggling with Rudy in the bed as long as I can. I still wake up early, but didn’t get up and out of my bed until 8 a.m., which was so nice! (I bet some people think 8 a.m. is early, right? Not me!)
After the delicious Greek yogurt parfait breakfast shown above, I ran a few errands. I dropped off a bunch of clothing to a local church to donate, I ran into Target for batteries and jewelry cleaner (my rings were in NEED of some serious cleaning), then I took Rudy to the pet store to get a new harness, which he totally enjoyed. I also made a loop through DSW unsuccessfully and went to the Apple store.
The rest of the day was pretty uneventful, but I did list some more items for sale on Poshmark, which is so much fun for me. (Haven’t checked out the site, go now — referral link!) Dave was gone for much of the day playing in his own soccer game, then working at a Warriors game, so I used the time to cross a bunch of stuff off of my to-do list before beginning this busy week. I’ve got work, group fitness classes, a blog event and a few other things on the calendar over the next few days, so before we know it, it’ll be the weekend again.
My weekly workout recap
Let’s switch gears and talk fitness. Here are all the ways I’ve been moving lately …
- Monday: Rest day
- Tuesday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, took a 30-minute Les Mills barre class and a 45-minute Les Mills Vinyasa yoga class
- Wednesday: Did 45 minutes of Bootybarre at home
- Thursday: Taught a one-hour Bootybarre class
- Friday: Did 20 minutes of full-body weights and taught a one-hour Bootybarre class
- Saturday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class
- Sunday: Rest day
Overview of the week
What a week of workouts! I had two full days off from activity and then fit in a bunch of variety throughout the five working days. I taught my two regular BODYPUMP classes, taught two Bootybarre classes and had the opportunity to try out two brand new Les Mills programs delivered by two visiting Les Mills presenters at my gym in the middle of the day. Talk about fun! Needless to say, I don’t think I’ve ever done four barre workouts in one week, so it was heavy on the legs and butt over the course of five days with lots of flexibility and strength training (as well as some yoga), so I’m very pleased. I also haven’t done more than one workout in a day since January either, so that was a big change. I’ll be back to a lighter load this week for sure.Delicious #BayArea food and weekend chatter by @apstyle #Fitness #Workouts ... Click To Tweet
P.S. Thanks to Meghan for today’s “Week in Review” link-up.
Questions of the day
How was your weekend?
What type of workout do you do most frequently?