Italian dinner, a sad movie, weekend stories and my weekly workouts

Another weekend come and gone! I hope yours was a good one. Mine was. Let’s talk about it, and then get into my weekly workouts.

Dinner in Danville at Locanda Ravello

On Friday evening, Dave and I took our friends out to dinner in Danville as a thank-you for taking care of Rudy while we were in Chicago. And although I’ve been to this little town, which is only about 15 minutes from us in Walnut Creek, I had never explored the cute and historical downtown before. Adorable!

Locanda Ravello outside by A Lady Goes West

Locanda Ravello entrance by A Lady Goes West

We had a 7:30 p.m. reservation at Locanda Ravello, which is an Italian place that came highly recommended to us by some other friends, and it didn’t disappoint.

We started with some warm bread and dipping oil, and then shared the meatballs for an appetizer. We ordered a bottle of red wine for the table, and then each had our own entrees.

Appetizers at Locanda Ravello by A Lady Goes West

Dinner at Locanda Ravello by A Lady Goes West

I had the salmon (of course), with veggies and a strange fried potato thing. I also had some bites of Dave’s delicious pasta dish (which was better than mine!). Then we shared three big desserts, which were so good, especially the Nutella gelato. I really enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere of Locanda Ravello and would happily return.

Desserts at Locanda Ravello by A Lady Goes West

Our group of four had an excellent time chatting and catching up, and we ended up staying out until nearly 11 p.m. — way past my bed-time! 

Lunch, a bike ride and a movie

On Saturday, Dave and I pretty much laid low in the morning and skipped the gym (maybe we were still full of bread, pasta and dessert from the night before). But we didn’t want to be totally inactive, so we ended up riding our bikes on the Iron Horse Trail to downtown Walnut Creek for lunch at Tender Greens. The bike ride is just over 10 minutes, but it’s a good way to get some cardio movement, because there’s some incline heading over the bridge. Love that!

Biking in Walnut Creek by A Lady Goes West

We hadn’t been to Tender Greens in months, in fact, not since some of our favorite newer lunch spots like Urban Plates and Lemonade opened up. But I was very pleased to return to Tender Greens, and I ended up ordering something new-to-me off the menu — the falafel with tzatziki sauce. It came with roasted sweet potatoes, lemon Brussel sprouts and a piece of grilled bread, and it was excellent and so filling. We dined on one of the long tables near the window, so we could people-watch as we ate, then we rode our bikes home.

Tender Greens lunch by A Lady Goes West

Later that afternoon, we did something we never do and went to a movie (we typically go to one movie a year, and that’s it). I had heard from a few people that although it was sad, “Lion” was excellent. And OMG, was it good, but SO SAD. We went to the afternoon showing, and I brought some dark chocolate, a healthy granola bar and a Perrier to keep me company, but I was so enthralled and moved by the movie, that I didn’t have any of it (highly unlike me).

There’s no real spoiler alert for this movie, because it’s based off of a true story. But it’s about a little Indian kid who gets lost from his family at five years old, eventually ending up in an orphanage and getting adopted by a couple from Australia, who raise him in Tasmania. Later in life, he does years of research on Google Earth in order to identify his old village in India (not having any real clue where he was from), and is able to go back and find his mother, with the support of his Australian parents.

It was such a good movie, and I would highly recommend it. I’m not a huge movie crier, but I was tearing up slightly for the first 30 minutes to an hour. And then during the last half hour of the movie, I moved into a full-on sob. I have never cried like that watching a movie before. It was almost funny how bad I was crying, but then also not. The best part is that after the movie, when I was trying to explain to Dave what moved me so much, I cried again on the car ride home, like a true sob. It was an emotional journey hehehhe, but totally worth it. 

That evening, in light of my roller coaster of an afternoon, we decided to keep it casual and made pizza at home and chilled. Rudy liked that too. And there may or may not have been the finishing off of a pint of ice cream too. The good news is that we had a couple of pieces of pizza left over, so I warmed that up for my lunch the next day, and it looked like this … mmmmmmm!

Pizza lunch by A Lady Goes West

The usual Sunday things

Sunday was a typical day for us. Some work, chores, a trip to the gym and that’s about it! Overall, it was a pretty low-key weekend, but a good one with the right amount of activity. Just what we needed!

My weekly workout recap

And now, let’s look at all of the ways I’ve been moving lately …

Weekly Workouts by A Lady Goes West

Weekly workouts

  • Monday: Took a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Did a 30-minute CXWORX core class at home, 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Did a 30-minute full-body weights workout, 10 a.m.
  • Thursday: Taught TWO one-hour Bootybarre classes, 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Taught a one-hour Bootybarre class, 4 p.m. 
  • Saturday: Rest day
  • Sunday: Did a 20-minute full-body weights workout, 11:30 a.m.

Overview of the week

This past week had more workouts than I’ve done in a while, yet a couple of them were less intense, and I had a full day off, so it’s all good. I definitely did enough resistance work with a BODYPUMP class and two weights workouts on my own. I also taught/did three barre workouts, all of which were new classes on the schedule at 24 Hour Fitness Walnut Creek Super Sport. I felt great workout-wise this week, kept up with my foam rolling and did some stretching too. I am definitely missing yoga, but it doesn’t seem like I’ll be fitting it in regularly right now. Oh well!

Have a fabulous start to your week, my beautiful and strong friends!

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P.S. Thanks to Meghan for today’s “Week in Review” link-up. 

Questions of the day

Have you tried a new workout or new workout move recently?

What was the best part of your weekend?

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    1. Hi Heather! I hadn’t heard of Lion until I saw the little kid from it on the Oscars this year, but it’s GOOD! And we pulled out the bikes as soon as weather allowed. Hope it warms up in your area soon! Happy Monday, friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Lots of amazing eats as always. You know what I really want to do? Pour the marinara sauce on those brussels sprouts? Not sure why, but it seems a good idea. I’ve hear that Lion is magnificent. I know it will be on our list!

    1. Hi Susie! Well if you are feeling even slightly emotional, you may want to avoid Lion. hahahah! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m thinking about you, my friend!!!

  2. Oh those desserts look absolutely amazing!!! I always look forward to some good sweet treats on the weekend. I had cereal milk soft serve this weekend, it had crunchy corn flakes on it which literally made it taste like cereal milk and was so delicious! And please send some warm spring weather this way! I love that you can ride your bikes to lunch. It’s still cold here, boo!

    1. Hi Patricia! Wow, cereal soft serve sounds fabulous! Looks like you did a lot of fun things this past weekend to celebrate your birthday, and now that it’s spring, maybe the warmth is on the way to you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Monday!

    1. Hi Julie! Well I know I wasn’t the only one crying in the theatre, but Dave got away without a tear — so perhaps your Dad didn’t cry and didn’t think to mention it hahah! Hope you had a GREAT weekend, my friend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. So cute how you guys always make pizza. Dane and I should do that too- been craving pizza lately. Never been to Locanda, but it looks so cute, romantic and the food sure looks delicious. Best part of my weekend was exploring a new area to us- the Inner Sunset!

    1. Hi Carrie! That’s a place I’ve spent VERY little time! What did you discover in the Inner Sunset? It just always seemed SO far from Nob Hill hahahha. Funny how you have certain boundaries in the City. Yet here in the East Bay, I will drive much further. Happy Monday, friend! Lots of great boutique shopping in Danville if you ever need it, by the way.

  4. You and Dave are good at keeping it chill when you need to keep it chill. That Italian dinner looks delicious; I love going to gourmet, fancy restaurants, because their food is just so good. It’s always a treat!

    1. Hi Emily! It sure was! We usually don’t need to do more than one nice dinner out a weekend, so that’s why it made sense to stay home on Saturday. I hope you had a great weekend, my friend. With PLENTY of chill! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. That Italian food looks very delicious.

    I haven’t tried any new workouts lately, but I’ve been paying attention to all the surfaces I’ve been running at (since I just recovered from an injury) and that has definitely made me more conscious about other things. Who would’ve though that the pavement feels better than my gym’s treadmill?

    1. Hi Nathaly! Running on uneven surfaces outside is definitely more difficult than hitting the treadmill and works your leg muscles in new ways — so props to you for doing that. Sorry to hear about your injury, but GLAD you are recovering. Hope your weekend was great, lady! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. OMG, I BAWLED my eyes out at the end of Lion. My boyfriend and I were able to watch it in his living room, and he fell asleep during the last half hour only to wake up at the end to see me ugly crying like never before. The look on his face was priceless! Such a great movie.

    1. hahahah how did you watch it at home so early? That’s cool! And I TOTALLY had an ugly cry too. Like WAY ugly ahhaha. Glad I’m not alone in that, Emily! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you had a nice weekend!

  7. What a wonderful weekend of delicious eats. I’m salivating and I’m not even hungry. It sounds like you had a little emotional cleansing too. I’m a sap, especially now with all the hormones, so I’ll probably cry a river at that movie.

    Happy Monday and have a great week.

  8. I’ve only heard great things about that movie…as well as the fact that it is a sob fest. I’m already a huge crier with movies, plus add in my hormones, it should be awesome….hahaha! I really want to see it though.
    That Italian feast looks amazing–sounds like a great spot!

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