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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 …
- 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!
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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?