Moving and a different week of workouts

Good Monday to you, friends! I’m writing to you from my new home. As some of you know, on Friday, Dave and I moved out of our beloved, yet tiny city apartment, into a newer and bigger place outside of our old ‘hood. Although it was a stressful few days leading up to the move, I couldn’t be happier in our new spot. In fact, we’re both pretty ecstatic with the change. But to understand, you have to see what we left behind …

The PinnacleI took this photo right before we walked out of our empty apartment once all the boxes were gone. It was a pretty sad moment for me, and a few tears were shed. This place will always hold a lot of memories, but it was definitely time to move on.

Suffice to say that our new place is three times the size of that one. And loud city street noises just feet below the windows? Not anymore.

A weekend full of boxes and work

We spent nearly all of Friday and Saturday moving, unpacking and coordinating a bunch of logistics with a few food breaks and a trip to the grocery store in between. I’m happy to report that we have a little hole-in-the-wall sushi joint in walking distance from our new place and already hit that one up to test it out. In addition, we found a good lunch spot … 

Lunch at FreebirdsOn moving day, Dave and I ran out for a very late lunch at Freebirds, and I enjoyed this salad consisting of chicken, black beans, corn, avocado and salsa. So good.

Finally, on Saturday night, after our Internet and TV were set up around 7 p.m., we sat on the couch, with a cold beverage in hand, put a pizza in the oven and rejoiced. Moving is done. Thank goodness. We definitely have a lot of decorating to do, and we need to buy some more furniture to fill up the rooms (we had a new couch delivered on Saturday), but for now, we’re content. And let me tell you, it feels amazing to be nearly settled again.

Taking a little digital detox

In the midst of all this moving and craziness, I pretty much stayed off the computer for about two days, only to open up my laptop on Sunday morning and scroll through some of your comments and posts that I’d missed. I also stayed off my phone mostly too, outside of a Facebook post and sending 8,999 pictures of everything I could to my Mom, including the inside of cabinets and pictures I hung on the wall in my closet. (You know, Moms like to be part of the action!) Throughout the weekend, it’s almost like I had a little digital detox. It was good to focus on the here-and-now, because it made it so that I got a ton done. But I missed you guys! And I’m back now.

Sweating and Super Bowl Sunday fun

Yesterday, after a relaxing morning at home, Dave and I went on a little jog on a trail near our house, then went to a Super Bowl party at a friend-of-a-friend’s house just a couple minutes away. Good times were had. As expected, I spent much of the time hanging around the food table. But I hear there was a football game on in the other room?

Life has been a little chaotic lately and because of that, I decided to ease up on my workouts a bit and took two full days off. But it’s Monday, so as usual, I’m still going to recap all of the ways I’ve been getting my sweat on. Here we go…

Weekly Workouts from A Lady Goes West

Weekly Workouts

  • Monday – Completed 20 minutes of walk/run intervals on the treadmill, taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
  • Tuesday – Completed 20 minutes of walk/run intervals on the treadmill, taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, attended a one-hour gentle Yoga on the Labyrinth class
  • Wednesday – Taught one-hour BODYATTACK and BODYPUMP classes, foam rolling
  • Thursday – Completed 30 minutes of walk/run intervals on the treadmill
  • Friday –  Rest day
  • Saturday –  Rest day 
  • Sunday – Went on a 2.5 mile jog outside

What was good about my week of workouts?

Cardio! This past week I woke up on Monday morning with a plan to do something different. Before breakfast, I did 20 minutes of intervals on the treadmill, I repeated this on Tuesday and did 30 minutes on Thursday. Outside of taking group fitness classes like Barry’s or Orangetheory, I hadn’t been on the treadmill in months. I wouldn’t say it felt easy, but I’m glad I did it. The week included five sessions of cardio (three on the treadmill, one outside and one in the group fitness room while teaching BODYATTACK) and three sessions of resistance (all of which were teaching BODYPUMP), I also took yoga. That’s good diversity. Within four days, I basically did all of the workouts I would need for the week. Incorporating treadmill intervals was certainly beneficial, because it was a new challenge for me outside of my routine, and this was the most running I’ve done in one week in more than a year.

What could have been better with my week of workouts?

That’s pretty clear. Three days of BODYPUMP in-a-row? Not good. Because BODYPUMP is a full-body resistance workout, it’s better to have a rest day in between. However, I was asked to fill in last minute for a class on Monday, unplanned. Not only did I rush to get there in time, but when I arrived, the mic wasn’t working. Then I couldn’t clock in, since I don’t normally teach at that gym, so that wasn’t fun. But other than that, I felt alright during all three BODYPUMP sessions, and I was sure to vary my weight so I didn’t go super-heavy in all of them. What else could have been better? I front-loaded the week with all of my workouts, when in a perfect world, they would have been spread out. But with moving and everything else going on, I’m not going to complain.

Okey doke, guys. On my agenda today? Work, a workout and something super exciting. I hope you guys have a great day. And hey, if you partied a little hard for the game yesterday, drink some coconut water, get your work done and start fresh tomorrow. Sound good? 

P.S. Linking up with Erin and Katie to share my weekend fun!

Questions of the day

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun for the Super Bowl? What was your best workout last week?

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  1. Yayyy for moving! It a digital detox is always a good thing. I need to do it.

    Oh and I am the same way about sending my mom pictures of everything. She loves being apart of the action, and I always want her opinion 🙂 Happy Monday!

  2. YAY! So glad the move went well and can’t wait to see what the new place looks like. I’m sure it was bittersweet to close the door on your old apartment. Our weekend was un-eventful and our Super bowl experience was a fun time with good friends. I’ve been taking it easier in my workouts lately and it’s been much needed. I can relate that teaching Pump three days in a row is tough. Good for you for powering through and making it through your tough week. Happy Monday!

  3. Excited to see pics of your new place once you are all settled! It’s always a weird feeling to leave an apartment/house empty 🙁 have a good Monday!

  4. Moving is very sentimental, so I completely understand the tears being shed over your old apartment.

    My best workout last week was a hill sprint interval workout I did with my neighbor. Thank goodness she was there or else I probably would have quit after the first hill!

    1. Hi Stacie, It sure is sentimental. So thanks for understanding. Oh man, I’d need a friend to motivate me to do hill sprints for sure. Nice job on that one! Happy Monday to you:)

  5. I didn’t even watch one second of the football game. I had to ask my boyfriend who won… I just thought the seahawks won before the game was even over lol? Best workout last week… hmm, I had a real fun random run or soul cycle as always! So glad you’re settling in!!

    1. Hi Cassie! I watched NONE of the game. hahahah. And glad you had some fun workouts last week. Group fitness is always the winner for me! 🙂

  6. That has got to feel good already unpacked and ready to tackle a new week! One of my best workouts this week was a heavy lifting session that left me sore for days! Although with marathon training I don’t think I’ll do that again haha

    1. Hi Hilary! Ohhh I bet you need to be careful about going too hard with weights while training for a marathon. But at least you’re cross training. 🙂

  7. Congrats on the move to the bigger place Ashley! You are going to love having all of the space, and it will make working out at home so much better. Hopefully you don’t have to commute too far. Also – that salad looks amazing, I haven’t heard of Freebird?!

    1. Hi Lizzie! I will definitely share pics soon! And my legs are sore from going up and down the stairs with boxes. hehehe Happy Monday to you! 🙂

  8. I worked all weekend, so I’m a little burned out, BUT it’s going to be a good week!! I also..did not…watch…the Superbowl. HAHA. My states football team was in the game too, that shows you how much I don’t care for football.

    1. Hi Brittany! Working all weekend is not fun! And hey, I didn’t really watch any of the game even though I went to a party. So no big deal! 🙂 I’m glad you’re going to have a great week! Enjoy!

    1. Hi Erin! Thanks! That’s a pic of the old apartment actually hehehe. The new one is way nicer, and I’ll share pics of it soon. Happy Monday! 🙂

  9. Glad to hear that your move went smoothly, Ashley! And I think it’s great to have digital detoxes every now and then. I have a hard time staying off the computer/phone 100%, but I definitely try to tone it down on the weekends. I honestly have a hard time remembering what life was like before we were constantly connected to technology, and that’s a scary thought!

  10. Awe goodbye old place, but HELLO bigger and better spaces!! I hope your new closet is bigger so you can go on a shopping spree!

    I didn’t watch one second of the game, not when Downton Abbey was on 🙂 I got a lot done over the weekend: finished a book, ALL the laundry, groceries, taxes, and loads of sleep!

  11. So glad your moving weekend went smoothly! I’m sure it was a little crazy at times, but it sounds like things went pretty well.

    That Freebirds salad looks pretty darn delicious!! And I appreciate your realistic mindset about your workouts from last week. Every week can’t be perfect – we just have to do the best we can! You did great at that. 🙂

  12. Sounds like you’ve already made yourself at home! I can’t wait to see what it looks like once you’re completely settled in.

    Hopefully this week is more spread out for you in terms of BodyPump. 3 classes in a row sounds painful. Good thing you’re a tough cookie!

    Oh and you better tell us what this super exciting thing is on your agenda… 🙂

  13. Wow! Your new spot is 3x the size hey? I bet it feels so much more spacious, as it would! P.S. you won something from my site – I emailed you 🙂

  14. Wahoo I am glad to hear that your move went well- cheers to new beginnings, Ashley :)! Good for you on scaling back your workouts- no point adding extra stress to your life by trying to fit in a workout! Lately I’ve been taking 2 full days of rest and my body seems to be responding well to that!

    1. Hi Khushboo, Thanks. I needed the time off. And you know, I’ve ALWAYS stuck to six days of workouts a week unless on a vacation or holiday, but it seems like a second day of rest could do me some good. Might start toying with that more often. Hope you have a wonderful week! 🙂

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