Labor Day weekend and my weekly workout recap from 33 weeks pregnant

Hi, friends! Well, for a lot of people, it was a holiday weekend (and may still be), but for me, all it was was HOT. You’ve probably heard that we had complete record-breaking heat over the weekend in the Bay Area, including temperatures as high as 107 in my neck of the woods in Walnut Creek. As you can imagine, that’s uncomfortable for everyone, particularly someone who currently runs hot and is carrying around an extra human at 34 weeks pregnant — just walking to the car was miserable. But nonetheless, let’s chat about the weekend and my workouts.

The weekend recap


On Friday, Dave came home early from work to start the long weekend, so we headed over to Lafayette to eat at Homegrown for lunch. We’d been once before, and it’s very healthy local food, and I would happily eat anything on the menu, which I can’t say for most restaurants. I ordered a slightly spicy green salad with tofu and mushrooms (I literally couldn’t tell you the last time I ate tofu, because it’s not really my thing, but it was delish and seemed to be calling to me). After lunch, we made a few stops, one of which, of course, was to Pressed Juicery in downtown Walnut Creek for a matcha freeze for me. So good!

Garlic tofu salad from Homegrown by A Lady Goes West

Matcha Pressed Juicery freeze by A Lady Goes West

That evening, we did what we almost always do on Friday nights, and we had grass-fed burgers and sweet potato fries at home, then caught up on some Netflix. We are currently watching a Netflix series called “Ozark,” and I’m not in love with it. It’s about a money launderer, and the acting is good, with lots of twists and turns in the plot, but I think I’m much more into “feel-good” shows these days, and “Ozark” is not one of those. Why can’t every series be as heart-warming as “Friday Night Lights“? I don’t know.


Dave was up and off early on Saturday, even before Rudy and I got out of bed, because he was attending a “dadchelor” party for one of our friends, which is basically when a group of guys goes off on a fun trip to golf, hang out and celebrate, before one of them has his first baby and the chance to do big fun outings decreases for a while. Dave will have his own “dadchelor” party coming up in two weeks, so he gets to enjoy two parties this month! 

Once up, I had a slow morning and made some pancakes for breakfast, went to the gym for a short full-body session, dropped by the library to print something (I don’t have a printer at home and always go to our local library to print things — not the most glamorous task ever, but it works, and I don’t really want a printer anyhow), then I went to the post office to mail something. Super exciting day, right? Good thing it started with this hearty breakfast …

Pancake breakfast by A Lady Goes West

However, things were mostly up from there, because in the afternoon, I spent a couple of hours at The Woodhouse Spa in downtown Walnut Creek. Some of my girlfriends (the same gals who hosted my lovely baby shower in California), gave me a gift certificate for a prenatal massage, and I was eager to cash in on it, especially while Dave was away, and I didn’t have a lot on my agenda.

The Woodhouse Spa is super nice, so I got there early and stayed late, just to enjoy the lounge facilities. My massage was relaxing too. It was 50-minutes long, and I actually tried to upgrade to the 90-minute service, but they were too booked to accommodate me. Oh well! They had the most luxurious body pillow on the table, which you need because you lay on your side the whole time during a prenatal, and it was absolutely the softest thing to grab onto. It sort’ve made me wish I had one at home, but I’ve come this far without one, so I can definitely make it the last few weeks.

Post-massage picture at 33 weeks by A Lady Goes West

That afternoon, I stopped by to visit a friend’s beautiful new house in Walnut Creek, then spent the evening with Rudy at home indoors, in the air conditioner. We did some online shopping and rented “Snatched.” I love Amy Schumer and have even seen her stand-up comedy show live, so I was excited to finally watch one of her movies. It had some great moments, but was not even as close to as funny as she is doing stand-up without any extras. But at least it kept me mostly entertained on my wild and crazy weekend night alone.


On Sunday morning, I had a really strange pregnancy-related pain in my lower abs, which I had experienced a lot around 20 weeks or so when I was having a growth spurt. It almost hurt to walk when I took Rudy out first thing in the morning, but it subsided as the morning went on, eventually going away totally in just a couple of hours. I spent the morning doing some gentle yoga and stretching to try to fix it (successful!), and then I worked on the blog. 

Dave was home from his trip mid-morning, and we caught up, then headed out for lunch at Boudin in Broadway Plaza of Walnut Creek. I got the avocado toast again, and it was tasty.

Avo toast lunch at Boudin by A Lady Goes West

From there, we went to search for some indoor plants for our house. Remember when I was mentioning in this post about how to create a better sleep environment that plants help your air quality indoors? Well, we finally went after some! We were only able to decide on one big indoor plant for the main living area, but I’m going to go back for something smaller for our bedroom soon too.

The afternoon included a nap, and then we went out to dinner in the evening.

And that was pretty much the weekend! Nothing too exciting, as you can see. Lots of rest, food and relaxation, which is probably exactly what I should be doing with my life right now, so I can’t complain.

My latest weekly workout recap

Here’s how I’ve been moving lately โ€ฆ

Weekly Workouts by A Lady Goes West

At 33 weeks pregnant …

  • Monday: Did a 25-minute lower-body weights workout, 10 a.m., did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Did a 20-minute upper-body weights workout, 10 a.m., did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday: Did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 10 a.m., took a 1-hour walk, 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday: Did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 11 a.m., took 25 minutes of a Bootybarre class, 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Took a 1-hour and 15-minute walk, 8:30 a.m., did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 11 a.m.
  • Saturday: Did a 25-minute full-body weights workout, 11 a.m.
  • Sunday: Did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 10 a.m.

Overview of the week of workouts

I will stop telling you that my motivation to exercise is at an all-time low, because you’ve heard it enough. What I will say is that I’m glad that I picked up weights three times over the course of this week, even though the sessions were very short.

I also had two long walks for some great cardio and did six sessions of yoga — oh my! I actually don’t mind doing my prenatal yoga DVD that my doula gave me, because it’s SO incredibly gentle and relaxing. It’s not even slightly power- or strength-based yoga, and so it is great for a rest day too.

I’ve been trying to make it to at least one or two group fitness classes a week, because I’m always motivated a bit more to work harder in the class setting, but I didn’t get to a BODYPUMP this week, sadly. Also, this may be for another post, but I’ve experienced some sub-par class instruction lately, and well, that bothers me to no end. Teach a good class, people. That’s what you’re getting paid for. (Oh, and I finally stopped teaching last week too, which I’ll talk more about soon.)

Overall, this past week had some super-light days (we can definitely say that Sunday was a rest day, with nothing but the yoga at home), and just barely enough weights, so we’ll call it a good one.

Thanks for reading, my friends! I appreciate you! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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  1. I feel for you with the heat! I normally love hot weather, but I felt SO HOT when I was pregnant last summer, it was the worst. I’m actually watching Friday Night Lights right now! I never watched it when it was on, loving it. You’ve probably already seen it, but my other favorite feel good show is Parenthood ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Christina! Being hot while pregnant is NO fun! Hopefully the hot weather here is on its way out. And YAY for Friday Night Lights — I would LOVE to go back and watch it again for the first time hehe. And actually, I have never seen Parenthood, but have heard so many good things. Great reminder on that one! Thank you! Have a fab Monday, lady! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I cannot work at home–a) no room with the pup and b) I need that separation! Even a gym in the building makes a big difference for me. Otherwise, I sit on my bum!
    And HOLY HEAT Batman! Ice cream it up!

    1. Hi Susie! I have never liked working out at home, and for a long time had no space for it in tiny apartments. I have a bit more space now, but like you, I just like that separation of going to the gym! Happy Monday, Susie! Hope you are feeling good! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Gosh I can’t believe the west coast is having a heat wave and over here on the east temps are WELL below normal, so weird. Eat ALL the ice cream ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And I love a mix of working out at home, classes, and studios. I just took a hot yoga class yesterday, I wasn’t a huge fan of it though. I love classes that go through a flow, but we just did different poses in this class. But I guess it was a good stretch.

    1. Hi Patricia! Enjoy those cooler temps — hopefully ours are on the way. I agree with you on hot yoga — Bikram just has poses, with no flow, which I don’t enjoy. But places like CorePower do flow-based hot yoga, which is WAY more entertaining to me. Hope you are enjoying something fun on this fine day off for you!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Monday!

  4. I watched Ozark and while I liked it is is definitely an odd series. Have you watched Atypical on Netflix? It is a short series and I thought it was great for a lighter topic series. Hopefully you can stay cool and you can start to get more seasonal weather in the Bay Area! Have a great week Ashley ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Kate! I haven’t heard of Atypical — thanks for the recommendation — I’ll look it up. Thanks for saying hi, lady! Hope your weekend was great!!

    1. Hi Dixya! We finished up the first season of Ozark last night, and I don’t think we’ll watch the second one when it comes out! Dave liked it, but I wasn’t crazy about it! Hope your week goes well, lady! ๐Ÿ™‚

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