My weekend and my weekly workout recap

I hope you had a great weekend, my friends. Mine was pretty uneventful, which is fine by me. Let’s talk about it, then we’ll get into the fitness.

Relaxing outdoor picnic at Civic Park

I didn’t do much of anything on Friday evening, outside of working on some freelance writing projects and hanging out at home with Rudy. On Saturday morning, I went to a terrible power yoga class for my daily dose of fitness (same one I went to last week, and no, it wasn’t better this time). In the afternoon, Dave and I packed up our lunch and walked to a nearby park for a picnic with Rudy. It was such a nice and relaxing way to spend the day.

Picnic at Civic Park by A Lady Goes WestA beautiful day for soaking up some vitamin D in the park.

There were a few dogs there, and one little one in particular kept coming over and playing with Rudy — and he was excited, but also a little scared. In fact, they chased each other around and Rudy kept running back to land on my lap. We laid back on our picnic blanket for a while and then walked home. Almost two miles covered, so we got some good steps in for the day.

Delicious dinner at Penrose in Oakland

The highlight of the weekend was Saturday evening, when Dave and I went out to dinner with some friends at Penrose in Oakland. Although Dave works in Oakland, we have hardly ever gone there for dinner, so it was a good change of pace to get out of our bubble. Penrose was a typical trendy spot, with low lighting, communal tables, where you sit with people not in your party and quite delicious food.

Penrose dinner in OaklandSome good friends and good food make for a great weekend night. 

Our group of six shared a couple of bottles of red wine, tasty flatbread with dipping sauce, meatballs, chicken, veggies and of course, three different kinds of dessert. A good time was had by all.

On Sunday, we did not much of anything, outside of working on our computers, watching TV, taking a walk with Rudy and some cooking. And then, the weekend was over. 

My weekly fitness and workout recap

Every Monday, I like to take a look at my most recent week of workouts to stay accountable. And this week, I’m doing so as part of a “Week in Review” link-up with Meghan, so let’s get to it …

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

Weekly Workouts 

  • Monday: Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
  • Tuesday: Took a one-hour TRX yoga class
  • Wednesday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
  • Thursday: Taught a 45-minute BODYPUMP and a 30-minute core class, foam rolling
  • Friday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
  • Saturday: Took a one-hour power yoga class
  • Sunday: Rest day

What was good about my week of workouts?

This past week was nearly identical to the one before it, featuring one full rest day, two full hours of yoga and three resistance training sessions. That’s pretty good variety, so I’m happy with it.

What could have been better about my week of workouts?

Ideally, full-body resistance training sessions should not be on consecutive days, but mine had to be that way due to my teaching schedule. I won’t be subbing a third BODYPUMP this upcoming week, so that should help.

I hope you have a good day, friends. The countdown to Thanksgiving is on!

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Questions of the day

What did you do this weekend?

How many times do you try something before deciding if you like it?



  1. Love low-key weekends like these every so often! Penrose looks (and sounds) delicious, especially those meatballs! My weekend involved plenty of catching up with friends, a couple of meals out and some down time- all in all, it was the ideal mix of social & relaxing!

  2. It was a CRAZY week. It was a week of being at a conference for about half the week and preparing for it at the beginning of the week. Now, it’s a quiet Monday, and I can start crafting blog posts for the week. It’s always fun to see what your week and weekend entails. πŸ™‚

    1. That’s the funny thing about travel — you have so much to do leading up to it and after it! But it’s still usually worth it! πŸ™‚ Welcome back, Emily!

  3. You’re better than me, in that I give a class one shot and move on from there (unless I hear that a different instructor is great or the class has a high review from someone that I trust.) That sounds tough, but there’s so many classes out there and sometimes I just figure that it’s not the one for me. Ya’ know? Let us know if you try the class again!

    This weekend was way low-key for me… and I loved it! I caught up with blogging, finally dropped our skis off to get tuned (yes, ski season has already started out here in Denver πŸ™‚ ), and ran a couple of errands around the city. All things that definitely have to get done before the holidays come rushing in. Next weekend is our last one in town before Thanksgiving, so guess I’ll have to put our Halloween decorations away sometime shortly, haha.

    LOVE that you guys had a picnic! We always talk about it, but never actually have one. Look at you, you little Hallmark card lovebirds. We’ll have to follow your lead!

    1. Hi Jess! Ha, so one try and you’re out? I always like to give it more than that, JUST in case the instructor is having an off-day, but that wasn’t the case with this class haha. And I bet it’s getting chilly for a picnic near you! Glad you had a productive weekend, lady. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Rachel, There are some great power yoga classes out there, sadly, I’ve been going to some bad ones hahah!:) YAY for BODYPUMP! Hope you have a great Monday!

  4. I LOVE picnics in the park- looks like a gorgeous day! And Dane and I haven’t ventured to Oakland yet for food, but we have a TON of places on our to-do list, so we gotta get over there and check it out! I had a very chill weekend, BUT I’m officially employed and will be starting work in the city this January– ahh!!

  5. Sounds like a good weekend to me! Your workout schedule is very impressive! I workout with two girlfriends 3 days a week with a personal trainer at a local park. He kicks our butt- so happy, because we need it! So many new trendy restaurants are popping up in Oakland- so happy to hear that the restaurant scene is really starting to take off over there. I’ll have to check out Penrose-sounds like a fun find! I keep hearing about a place called, Boot and Shoe Service? Have you tried it? Have a great day!

    1. Hi lady! That’s so cool you workout with friends and a trainer at a park. Good stuff! And yes, I have been to Boot and Shoe Service and it was very good. Same owners as Penrose, I believe. Boot and Shoe is hip with trendy pizza and such. I liked it a lot! Grand Ave in Oakland has all the good spots, so it’s worth checking out.

    1. Hi Sheena! I definitely feel that way with a restaurant, so it’s funny I would be more lenient with a class. πŸ™‚ Yes, you need to take a picnic!

  6. Your meals always look so good, even if sometimes they aren’t! I can’t believe how big Rudy is now!!! Like a full blown…still mini but big all at the same time!
    Our weekend was low key as well but some times you need that to recharge!

    I find I have to try something at least twice to decide if I like it but I must say if it really doesn’t sit well with me the first time (whether food, fitness or anything else) chances are I would be hard pressed to try it again but I’ve been wrong in the past..I tried sushi for the first time in high school and now I’m obsessed but the thought of it back then made me gag….lol so maybe it’s a matured palate???

    1. Hi Fiona. Your description of Rudy is right. He’s huge, but still so small, as far as dogs are concerned ehehe. And yes, our tastes change as we grow, so it’s good you went back to sushi. And I totally agree that if something isn’t good, it’s harder to like it the second time. πŸ™‚

  7. That’s one heck of a fun-filled weekend… Minus the terrible yoga class. I give classes one chance and don’t go back if I don’t like them. Life is way too short for second chances (at least when it comes to workout classes!)

  8. A picnic in the park sounds like the perfect date day! Enjoy all the sunshine and warm weather for us on the east coast ; ) This weekend I went on a run with my sister in DC (running through the national mall is always fun) and we ran to Whole Foods to do some grocery shopping and made lunch at the salad bar. Then we took an uber back, lol. Just watched football and relaxed the rest of the weekend. Have a great week!

    1. What a fun day with your sister, Patricia! LOVE the Whole Foods bar for lunch. And it sounds like you’ve got nice scenery for a run! πŸ™‚

  9. Sounds like another great weekend! Minus the fail yoga class. Is it Core Power Yoga that you tried? There’s one in Danville that I’ve been thinking about trying but now I’m concerned that it might not be worth the $…

    I bet Rudy was thrilled to have you home on Friday night. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Sarah, I LOVE CorePower Yoga and have reviewed it in detail before. It’s totally worth the money. The bad yoga class I’ve been to is a onesie studio, which will remain nameless hehehe πŸ™‚

  10. What gorgeous weather! I think it depends on what it is if I’ll do something again. If I truly hate it, I’ll never do it again after the first time. But, if I kind of hate it, I’ll do it again πŸ˜‰ I am not even sure if that makes any sense! So, to go to that terrible class twice – I am not sure I would have. What made it bad? Will you go again?? I am not even sure I know what power yoga is. I have only been to regular? yoga classes. Not even sure what they are. They just say yoga. I actually went to a new class last night and I really liked it. It reminded me of BODYFLOW, which I love.

    1. Hi Melissa! I miss BODYFLOW, but there isn’t a lot of that around here. The terrible power yoga class I went to had us using weights and straps in yoga poses. The instructor was rude and corrected people in all the wrong ways. I don’t think I will be going back to her class, because in other studios, I like power yoga. And just plain yoga can come in many forms, so it really depends on what kind of training the teacher has had, sometimes it’s cool to not know what you’re walking into. πŸ™‚

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