My fun weekend and my weekly workouts

Hello to you, my friends! I missed you over the weekend! I hope the last couple of days have been treating you well. Today, I’m going to tell you about my weekend and then get right into the standard weekly workout recap.

Friday night is sushi night

Dave arrived back from a business trip on Friday afternoon, and it was nice to see him after a few days away. We were both pretty tired, but we mustered up the energy to head out for a casual sushi dinner at a new-to-us spot called Ozora, which was not too far away.

Sushi dinner at OzoraTook a few tries to get a decent selfie, but at least the food photographed well. Shown above is just a taste of what we ordered — some hot sake, a house salad and a spicy shrimp and salmon roll wrapped in cucumber.

After enjoying some well-priced sushi, we were home and tucked in bed before 10 p.m. In fact, we even tried to watch an episode of “Million Dollar Listing New York” before going to sleep and couldn’t make it through the full hour. Pathetic for a weekend, but just how I like it.

Saturdays at Orangetheory Fitness

I was up before 6 a.m. on Saturday to prepare and get ready for a long morning at Orangetheory Fitness. I taught two classes, took a class, and did some additional work for the studio for a couple hours, so I was there until after lunch-time. The best part of the day? Both of the classes I taught were full, and Dave and some of our friends made an appearance in my second class.

Orangetheory Fitness Saturday classA post-class picture of some hard-working participants who I truly enjoyed coaching, including Dave. Nice work, my team!

Although I’ve taken Dave to a couple of bootcamps and Les Mills classes that I’ve taught over the course of our relationship, this was his first time in Orangetheory. And I’m happy to say he was a major fan. In fact, he said it was his favorite workout class that I’ve taught to date. Not to mention, he burned about 900 calories in the one-hour class and totally loved the heart-rate monitor and data portion. I know he will be back for more soon!

Go Warriors and tasty food

After a power nap, on Saturday early evening, Dave and I joined a group of friends at a local pizza joint to watch the Warriors away playoff game, which sadly was not a good one. Although the company and conversation was good, it was a disappointing loss, which clearly affected the tone of the group (most of which were Warriors employees!) After that, Dave and I walked to a totally casual Italian restaurant for dinner called Tullio’s, recommended to us by some of our friends.

Saturday night Tullios and PinkysThe only thing that could console sad Dave after watching that game? Some chicken parm. Shown above are our main entrees, including his delicious chicken parmesan and pasta and my salmon, potatoes and veggies with an incredible dipping sauce. We also had warm bread, served with oil and some red wine.

The food was actually pretty good for the looks of the place. And the service? Just great. Overall, it was one of our better dining experiences in the East Bay, in spite of the less-than-fabulous location. After dinner, we went home and had another early night. We were sleepy!

Sunny Sunday in the Bay

On Sunday, I did some work in the morning and had a conference call, then Dave and I headed out to get some fresh air in the afternoon. We rode our bikes downtown to a most lovely lunch at Veggie Grill. It was our first time eating there, and the food was just awesome, so I have no doubt we’ll be back again soon. After lunch, we rode home, and I was back on the computer for the remainder of the evening. I must say, I’m totally enjoying having bikes, especially because there’s a nice trail near our house, which we can safely ride on away from traffic. I’m not world’s most confident biker yet, and I certainly make use of my bell when coming up on people on the trail. So fun!

The best part of our Sunday? Making fish tacos for dinner at home last night! Yay tasty! We were trying to recreate the amazingness we ate almost every day last year during our trip to Cabo. And although we couldn’t possibly make food that good, at least we tried.

And with that, we hit the hay early again to get ready for another busy week!

My weekly workout recap

Because it’s Monday, it’s time to see what my last week of workouts looked like …

Weekly Workouts from A Lady Goes West

Weekly Workouts

  • Monday –Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
  • Tuesday – Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
  • Wednesday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
  • Thursday – Did a one-hour Orangetheory Fitness class
  • Friday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, did 30 minutes of yoga at home
  • Saturday – Did a one-hour Orangetheory Fitness class
  • Sunday – Rest day

What was good about my week of workouts?

I felt great this past week, because I was able to move in many different ways. I got in three sessions of cardio while teaching BODYATTACK, and I got in three sessions of resistance training while teaching BODYPUMP and taking Orangetheory Fitness classes. I also did some yoga and had a full rest day. That’s a balanced week right there!

What could have been better about my week of workouts?

While I had been trying to hit the gym for a solo heavier-weights session each week, I’ve actually found that I’m able to get some good resistance work in on the weight-room floor in Orangetheory classes. Therefore, I’ve put my “heavy lifting” goals on the back-burner for now, because as a participant, I’m able to take my time and do quality slow reps. This past week could have potentially benefited from a second short yoga session, but overall it was good.

And that’s all for today! I’m teaching some classes at Orangetheory, writing and then teaching a BODYATTACK class tonight. A full line-up of activity to start the week off right. Have a lovely Monday, friends!

Questions of the day

Are you a sports fan? What’s your team?

What did you do this weekend?

Which do you prefer — a fancy restaurant or a casual hole-in-the-wall?

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48 Comments

  1. Yay for fun weekends! Jealous you have sushi night, that is the one thing steve does not like eating…boooooo! As for your q, I LOVE hole in the walls……only if they have some kind of review mind you, won’t check anything without a recommendation of some kind 🙂

    1. Hi Tina! Oh for sure, we always check Yelp before going to a restaurant! And with sushi, I definitely want to get it more than Dave does. He is fine with once a week, but I’d eat it more than that heheh! Hope you had a lovely weekend!! 🙂

  2. I saw your pic from Veggie Grill and it looked so good! I’m usually more of a casual restaurant type of girl–but can I upgrade it from holid-in-the-wall? lol. I still want the health inspector to have come by haha. But I’m more a fan of a place where people take care, truly love what they do, and go out of their way. I think it is the Southern girl in me 😀

    1. Hi Susie! Totally agree. The place doesn’t have to be fancy, but clean, with some good Yelp reviews. hehehe. I hope you had a lovely weekend. And YES to Veggie Grill. I can’t wait to go back for that same salad again!

  3. Sounds like a great weekend, and another great week of workouts for you! Its nice that Dave was able to make it to your class, and 900 calories in an hour is no joke! I usually prefer the hole in the wall places to a fancy restaurant…although for special occasions those are fun too!

    1. Hi Lisa! I know, guys burn so many more calories than girls! My own readings are not that high in an OTF class. And yes, I like the fancy, but also like the casual. A good mix of the two! Hope you had a great weekend too! 🙂

  4. Ah man I really want to get a bike! I never grew up riding one but it’s always been one of my goals to become a bike rider. It seems so fun and relaxing! I also live by a bike trail that goes to my work, so I could save so much money by bike-commuting!

    Yes, I am a MAJOR sports fan. I support all of the pittsburgh teams (Steelers, Pirates and Penguins) and Penn State’s sports teams. I don’t have a basketball team to cheer for and just pick my fave for the championship, so this year I’ll cheer for the Warriors 🙂

    1. Hi Gretchen! Love to hear that! GO Warriors hehe! Thanks. And Yes, you sound like a die-hard Pittsburgh fan! Awesome. I hope you can get a bike one day. Riding on the trails is very safe and fun if you ask me. (As long as there aren’t hills). But commuting on a bike means you are always wearing pants and comfortable shoes and have to deal with windblown hair when you arrive. Small price to pay for saving money? heheh! Hope you had a great weekend, lady!

  5. Looks like a fun and full wekeend, lady! I’m a huge fan of fish tacos, yummy!

    Your workouts look great for the week. I did alright last week, totally skipped my morning sessions of yoga [lame], but am back at it this week.

    I’m a Cowboys, Capitals and USMNT and USWNT fan! Sports pretty much run my life :)!

    1. Hi Pinky! Well, maybe your body was telling you you needed extra sleep instead of yoga last week? And YES, the fish tacos were so good and definitely something we’ll repeat making at home again. Yay for your teams! Hope you had a great weekend:)

    1. Hi Tiffany! Oh no, your gym doesn’t offer Les Mills classes? That’s too bad! Have you looked on the Les Mills website to see if there is anything driving distance to you? I can’t go very long without BODYPUMP and teach it at least once a week. I hope you had a nice weekend and a very Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

  6. Such a fun weekend! I love and appreciate both types of restaurants. Fancy restaurants can be fun, unique and great for special occasions, but I think hole-in-the-wall places are charming and great for more everyday type meals.

    Happy Monday girl!

    1. Hi Ash! I like my rest days for sure, but I’m so darn used to the high intensity these days, that I actually feel fine all week. Not ideal to have so many, but with teaching Les Mills classes and the need/requirement to take a bunch of OTF because the studio is so new, I really have no choice! At least I get that rest and that yoga and hit my foam roller! 🙂 Happy Monday!!!

  7. That’s sounds like the perfectly balanced weekend! You can never go wrong with good food, workouts and getting outdoors. I really wish I knew how to ride a bike. I was injured on one as a kid and while I have tried getting in one, it’s traumatized me to the point that I can’t do it. Fear is strong thing!

  8. You and Dave seriously have the cutest date nights every week! I love it 🙂 And Chicago sports alllll the way down here in Naples, LOL. Bears, Cubs, Blackhawks, Bulls… more for Kyle but I’m a fan too. It’s a good thing there are a lot of Midwesterners here so he has some buddies to watch sports with!

    1. Hi Becky! I didn’t know there were a lot of Midwesterners there to tell you the truth hahha. How did I miss that growing up in Southwest Florida. Maybe you guys just naturally flock to them. And yay for date-nights! We love to fit them in every single weekend. Hope your weekend was just great! 🙂

  9. I took an OrangeTheory class with my husband a while back and we both really enjoyed it. It is probably one of the few workouts we could both enjoy!
    I’m definitely a hole-in-the-wall kind of restaurant person. I only like fancy when I’m celebrating something big!

    1. Hi Lindsey! I’m so glad you’ve experienced Orangetheory and with your husband too. Yay for that! And I like a good combo of hole-in-the-wall and fancy for sure, but it seems it’s mostly casual for me lately. Hope you have a great week! Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello! 🙂

  10. Hi Ashley,
    It looks like your weekend was a lot of fun! I would love to try an Orangetheory class when I get released from physical therapy. One just opened up near us!
    I like hole in the wall restaurant best!

    1. Hi Heather! Take it easy and finish up that PT first, of course! But yet, you should definitely hit up Orangetheory if you have one near you. I hope you had a nice weekend, lady!! 🙂 Happy Monday!

  11. If Dave says it’s his favorite class to date then I absolutely have to try it! 🙂 In fact I’m going to go look at the schedule right now to try and figure out when I can come.

    And I didn’t know there was a Veggie Grill in WC. We ate at one before (I can’t remember where exactly) and it wasn’t good, unfortunately. There was a hair in one plate of food and not one but several bugs in a bowl of soup. They gave us a gift card to come back but we left it on the table. It sounds like the one in WC is better though! Hopefully. 🙂

    1. Hi Sarah, Too bad about your Veggie Grill experience, because I loved it. It was busy, but our food came out quick and was incredibly tasty. I definitely plan to go back… you should give the Walnut Creek one a try. And as far as my classes, you can join me on Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings. Except I’m NOT teaching the next two Saturdays, but I’ll be back on May 30. Let me know when you want to come. If you call, you can get into your first class for free!

  12. I think it’s so awesome that your hubby + friends took your class! I’m kind of sports obsessed, thanks to my husband. He’s really into ALL Michigan sports teams, so I’ve adopted his Tigers and Lions. We’re torn on college teams, though. He can’t have them all 😛

    1. Hi Pragati, I bet your husband likes that you can help support (most) of his teams! That’s a good wife! Happy Monday to you! 🙂

    1. Hi Carmen! There are usually some great veggie rolls, but I never get them, because I love fish so much hehe. Happy Monday to you! 🙂

    1. Hi Sue! I know, I know! They have more muscle and weigh more, so they naturally born more. Not fair. But we still work hard heheh! Hope you have a lovely day, lady!

    1. Hi Brittany! It’s funny, because now that I moved to San Francisco where we have like NO chains, I miss Olive Garden and the like hehehe. It would be nice to get a big plate of food for cheap one day again. Happy eating to you! 🙂

  13. i need to speak up because I feel like you can do much better with dining in wc! you need to try sasa for sushi in wc and for Italian you should try montecatini or prima. great salads at chow in Lafayette and try Metro in Lafayette as well (both on the way to the coliseum!) just my 2 cents….

    1. Hi there Elizabeth! Thank you SO much for speaking up. I’ve had a number of people tell me that we need to eat in Lafayette, so that’s on the list. We’ve just been keeping it close so far. And believe it or not, we have a reservation at Sasa this weekend — can’t wait. I like the looks of Montecatini and plan to go there for sure. But we went to Prima and I wasn’t a fan — it was so bright in there and the service was bad! Oh and someone told me The Counter is good? Have you been there? I love your recommendations, so keep them coming heheh! By the way, I’m SO not hating on Walnut Creek. I LOVE it here. Just haven’t eaten at the best spots yet:) Hope you have a great day, WC Native!

      1. to tell you the truth, I am not that big of a fan of Italian food, but thought if you were you might like prima and everyone I know loves montecatini 🙂 I find Italian a little heavy. I haven’t tried the counter, but also hear good things about it. I agree with you though…WC is lacking in good sushi and restaurants in general! hope you are enjoying the suburbs otherwise!

        1. Hi again! I sure am loving the ‘burbs. Just the ability to have a car and closet space makes leaving the city worthwhile hehehe. Have a fabulous day, Elizabeth!!:) And once again, thanks for chiming in and commenting. Feel free to do so anytime! 🙂

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