Memorial Day weekend, anniversary celebration and my weekly workouts

Are you enjoying a restful three-day weekend? I sure hope so. But if not, no big deal. Let’s have a great week, right? (And also, moment of silence for the reason behind this American holiday — all of those who have served and not returned. We thank you!)

I’ve got a short and sweet Memorial Day weekend recap coming your way, and this past weekend included celebrating my fourth wedding anniversary with Dave, which was absolutely awesome. Here we go …

Friday …

Early release from work. Popped home to meet Dave, pack an overnight bag and head into the City with Rudy. We checked into the W Hotel, admired our cool room, then quickly made our way over to The Grove for happy hour. The weather was perfect. The people watching was excellent. The Chardonnay was much needed.

Grove San Francisco for happy hour by A Lady Goes West

Boys at the Grove San Francisco by A Lady Goes West

After a little over an hour, we went back to the hotel to change (I wore this super cheap and comfortable dress, which I’m in love with), then we took an Uber to The Slanted Door at the Ferry Building for a late dinner. The Slanted Door has been on our list of “must visit” restaurants for years, and so I was eager to finally give it a try. Fun fact about the restaurant: It’s one of the highest grossing restaurants in America. And I can see why. The food is excellent, and the views of the Bay Bridge all lit up at night are to-die-for. We loved everything we ate, which included the signature Slanted Spring Rolls and Shaking Beef dishes. Totally worth the wait!

Anniversary dinner at The Slanted Door by A Lady Goes West

Ashley in the Ferry Building by A Lady Goes West

After dinner, we stopped by the bar at the W for a night-cap, then enjoyed some dessert we had brought back from The Grove in our room. Fun fact: Our first apartment in San Francisco was very close to the W and The Grove, and I could typically be found standing in line at The Grove to pick up my favorite dessert almost every weekend. The carrot cake is yummy! 

That concluded our night of celebrations, which were just perfection. Good food. Good setting. Quality time with Dave, and of course, Rudy too. Perhaps the best part was reminiscing about all the many things we’ve done over these past four years, including moving across the country. It’s been a fun ride, and it’s just getting started!

Saturday …

Waking up refreshed and with a smile, Dave, Rudy and I dressed in some comfortables and headed out for coffee and breakfast. We walked around a bit in the sun, then checked out of the hotel. By the way, this was Rudy’s first time in San Francisco, and he was a little overwhelmed, but did a good job fitting in with the other City dogs. Look at him …

Rudy overlooking San Francisco by A Lady Goes West

After we got back home to Walnut Creek and unpacked, Dave and I set out on our bikes to go to Whole Foods for a late lunch from the hot bar (my idea). But it didn’t go so well. When we got there, I start filling up a small to-go box with some salmon, veggies and all sorts of healthy delights. It wasn’t even all that full. Well, when I went to get it weighed, it was going to be more than $24 for the box. I couldn’t stomach the expense and returned it! (Which apparently you can do.) Dave got a sandwich, but I was annoyed, so I ended up making my own lunch at home. My tummy grumbled on the bike-ride home, but I stood strong in my displeasure of my could-have-been lunch’s price-tag. I mean, I love Whole Foods, but I guess it was a reminder that you have to be careful when you fill up from the salad bar. HA!

The day took a good turn though. That night, we joined our usual group of fun friends to watch the Warriors at a restaurant in Pleasant Hill. And amazingly, the Warriors won! Riding high on the good vibes, Dave and I walked over to Kobe Japan for a super-late dinner after we said goodbye to our friends. We shared some Asian fare and then took dessert to go.

Sunday …

Do you know what GTL is — like what they used to say on the “Jersey Shore”? That’s what we did on Sunday. Gym. Tan. Laundry. With a few other activities thrown in, like a walk around Lafayette Reservoir with Rudy, a trip to the grocery store, an outdoor lunch at Veggie Grill (delicious Bombay bowl I ate is shown below) and joining our neighbors for a little cocktail party in our community in the evening. 

Bombay Bowl for lunch at Veggie Grill by A Lady Goes West

That night, we made burgers at home, and as usual, I fell asleep early as we tried to watch the latest “Million Dollar Listing.” Crazy day. Perhaps the best part was that we didn’t have to do all that prep for the week we usually have to do on Sundays.

Monday …

An extra weekend day? Yes, please. This day will include yoga and going to game seven to see the Warriors (hopefully) win their series and move on to the finals! Now, let’s talk fitness …

My weekly workout recap

And now for a look at all of the workouts I fit in last week …

Weekly workouts via A Lady Goes West(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)

Weekly Workouts 

  • Monday: Rest day
  • Tuesday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class
  • Wednesday: Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, 30 minutes of yoga
  • Thursday: Did 1 hour of weights with a personal trainer
  • Friday: Took a 45-minute FlyBarre class
  • Saturday: Rest day
  • Sunday: Did 30 minutes of weights

How did this past week of workouts go?

For almost the past two months, I’ve kept up with my goal to lift weights three times a week, and I’m definitely feeling a little bit stronger. This week had some cardio, barre, weights and a short yoga session, as well, so I’ll take it. I also had two nice full rest days, which gave me plenty of time to rest and recover.

That’s it, Have an awesome day, my friends!

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

Questions of the day

What was your best workout last week?

How was your weekend?



    1. I know, Jen! I realize good food costs more sometimes, but you have to have your limits hehe. Hope you are enjoying your day so far, lady! Are you going to BlogFest this year?

  1. Oh girl, you KNOW I know what GTL is?

    Looks like you had a lovely weekend. And holy hotness in that dress!!!

    1. PS. Can I ask what size you got? I might order it and can’t decide between an XS or a small….

      1. Ahh yes. I got the “Small,” and it’s perfection, with room to breathe. But if you wanted it a little tighter, I’d go with the XS. TWINSIES!

  2. Sounds like such a nice anniversary weekend! I have only ever been to the Whole Foods salad bar once, good thing it’s not close by to me I guess. I could easy fill up a box with a ton of healthy eats. My favorite workout last week was the day I went on a short run and then did some Pilates. I felt like I had worked really hard, but also had a chance to stretch and recover.

    1. It was a great weekend, thanks! And I haven’t done Pilates in FAR too long. I need to!! Good reminder. Have a fab day, lady!

  3. That’s so sweet that you included Rudy on the adventures. You and Dave got in some awesome eats and fun experiences. ๐Ÿ™‚ That Whole Foods Salad? I’m glad you stuck by your determination, because that’s really expensive for a salad. And do you do weights with a personal trainer once a week?

    1. Hi Emily, Yes! Healthy foods are expensive, but that salad was WAY too much. And yes, I do a whole hour of weights with my personal trainer and have been going once a week. I hope to share more about it soon! Have a great day, lady!

  4. Sounds like an awesome weekend – glad you guys got away to celebrate your anniversary a bit!

    Also saw on Instagram that you went to the AWESOME game last night. Being from Chicago and now living in Denver, we no longer have a dog in the race. So hey, I’ll jump on the bandwagon. Hope you had a great time celebrating. ๐Ÿ™‚

    XO, Jessica

  5. My office is right by The Grove and the W – I probably passed you on Friday night without even realizing it! I’ve also always wanted to try the slanted door…

    The whole foods salad bar can really get you. Especially the “heavy” items like beets!!

  6. sounds like an awesome weekend! and Rudy is so cute <3 ๐Ÿ™‚
    i've had similar instances with the hot bar- maybe $16 or $20 on a very rare few occasions (to last me a couple meals though), but never that much! i have to tell my parents so they don't think i'm the rare one that does that!
    how are you liking your trainer?!

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