North Beach dinner, Under Armour event, SenSpa visit and my weekly workouts

What an eventful weekend! Good food, good sweating and good fun was had. Let’s talk about it!

It started out as it usually does. On Friday evening, I went to a CorePower yoga flow class and then chilled at home with Rudy while Dave worked at a pre-season Warriors game. Early on Saturday morning, I taught my weekly BODYPUMP class, which was packed and lively and a great way to start the day. Then, in the afternoon, Dave and I went to Vitality Bowls for lunch in downtown Walnut Creek, where we enjoyed this healthy and colorful fare …

Steak salad from Vitality Bowls by A Lady Goes West

Lunch at Vitality Bowls by A Lady Goes West

A grass-fed steak salad for me and a nutty acai bowl with extra granola for him, which we enjoyed outside as we watched people walk by (always some good people watching in the Creek on the weekends). After lunch, I went next door to get a haircut, which was much needed. I didn’t get a lot of length taken off, but I did get my highlights refreshed and a little clean-up of the ends. From there, with my fresh ‘do, I moved on to the really fun stuff …

Dinner in North Beach at Trattoria Contadina

In the early evening, Dave and I took the BART (subway system in the Bay Area) into the City and marched up the hill to Trattoria Contadina, a tiny, cozy and delicious Italian restaurant in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. We’d been once before while living in the City and loved the good ambiance, tight quarters and delicious food.

We brought a bottle of wine from our Labor Day trip to Carmel, and the restaurant didn’t even charge us a corkage fee (which I think may have been an oversight on their part – yay!). For our dining pleasure, we had the cheesy burrata special with duck as an appetizer, some bread and oil (of course), and then main courses. I went with a cheesy chicken dish for my entree. I also took a few good bites of Dave’s spaghetti and meatballs, because I seriously love a good meatball. 

Chicken meal at Trattoria Contadina

Trattoria Contadina is the epitome of a small San Francisco restaurant. The tables are so close together that waiters have to turn to their sides to move through the little dining room, and the bathroom is unisex and smaller than a porto-potty. I happen to love all of that in a restaurant, because it makes the scene totally bustling and fun. Just adds to the experience!

Ashley at Trattoria Contadina by A Lady Goes West

Date night at Trattoria Contadina

Knowing that we had a lot more night ahead of us, we actually opted to skip dessert. But I did see a delicious cheesecake circulating the dining room that I need to go back for.

Under Armour launch party at Power House

After dinner, we hopped in a Lyft to head over to Ghirardelli Square for the launch party for Steph Curry’s new Under Armour sneakers, the Curry 3. We met up with a bunch of Dave’s coworkers and enjoyed some adult beverages while catching up and people watching the very interesting crowd. (We did a lot of people watching this weekend, apparently.)

While we didn’t exactly get to hang out with Steph and Ayesha — they were there, yay! It was a pretty fun scene, with a DJ and lots of well-dressed folks mingling in the urban setting. The new shoes Steph debuted are very cool, but not exactly my style. Here’s a look at the Curry 2 to give you an idea.

Group at Under Armour party

Under Armour party

We rarely go out anywhere after dinner, and I was impressed that we stayed past midnight hanging out and chatting. Good times!

Spa date at SenSpa in the Presidio

On Sunday, after going over a little Bootybarre at home, I walked to the BART station to head into the City again to meet up with the lovely, Jill. We met in the Financial District (she lives in SoMa) and took an Uber over to the Presidio neighborhood of San Francisco for a little date at SenSpa. How cool is this place?

SenSpa in Presidio by A Lady Goes West

Ashley and Jill at SenSpa by A Lady Goes West

We spent the next few hours hanging out in the spa, lounging around in the most comfy and plush robes (shown above), enjoying the amenities and chatting away (love her).

We each had a tasty arugula and roasted chicken salad from The Plant Cafe, which is the food provider of SenSpa and remarked on the lovely setting — lots of orange decor everywhere. There were several other sets of ladies hanging around chatting quietly, and everybody seemed content. Just like they should be!

The Plant Cafe lunch at SenSpa

From there, we each took turns trying out the Far Infrared Sauna, which is a little wooden room in the spa, which you go into solo for a 30-minute session. I went in for about 20 minutes and broke into a serious sweat about 12 minutes in. The sauna got up to 145 degrees and had a pleasant heat to it — mostly because of the infrared lights.

These types of saunas are supposed to be very good for your health. In fact, some of the benefits from sitting in the infrared sauna include oxygenating cells of the body, aiding in muscle recovery, increasing blood flow and much more. You can read the full list of benefits here. Here’s a look at it …

Infrared sauna at SenSpa

Because I only went in for 20 minutes, it’s hard to say if I felt any major effects from it or not. I will say that a good hot sweat on the skin felt great. And after I cooled down and hydrated, I definitely felt relaxed. The only downfall of this particular sauna is that being in the middle of the spa, it wasn’t super quiet, so I kept listening to people walking by. Overall, it was a cool experience, and I can certainly see why the infrared portion makes all the difference, because the heat was easier to take than a regular sauna. By the way, you can choose which color light you want depending on the benefits, and I went with soothing green.

SenSpa offers more than just the sauna — you can enjoy massages, acupuncture and even integrated medicine approaches to wellness all in one spot — there are a lot of things on the menu I’d love to go back and try one day. Perhaps the best part about SenSpa? They have water jugs and cups around every corner, so you stay nice and hydrated! 

Leaving SenSpa in San Francisco by A Lady Goes West

I stepped out of SenSpa into the San Francisco air and began my fairly long trip home to soak up the last few hours of the weekend with Dave and Rudy. We made tacos and chilled!

*Thanks to the folks at SenSpa for hosting Jill and me and providing complimentary services. We enjoyed! If you’re in need of a tranquil spot in the Presidio, SenSpa is your spot.

My weekly workout recap

Let’s take a look at all of the ways I’ve been moving recently …

Weekly Workouts by A Lady Goes West

Weekly Workouts

  • Monday: Did 30 minutes of Bootybarre at home
  • Tuesday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class
  • Wednesday: Did one hour of Bootybarre at home
  • Thursday: Did 30 minutes of full-body weights
  • Friday: Took a one-hour CP2 yoga flow class at CorePower
  • Saturday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class
  • Sunday: Rest day

Overview of the week

Another good week of fitness right here. I’ve been working on Bootybarre at home in advance of teaching my first class, so that’s been a great dose of flexibility, cardio and strength in addition to my usual workouts. I picked up weights three times and even went to yoga, so I did a little bit of everything over the past seven days. No complaints!

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

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    1. Hi Patricia! I know, I almost wish I had had sore muscles to see if it helped them, but I wasn’t sore. And I’m pretty much always in the mood for Italian hehe! Hope you had a great weekend, lady!

  1. Looks like a lovely weekend!

    I was able to visit an Infrared Sauna when I was still blogging in Chicago (haven’t heard of one in Denver yet) and had a similar experience. It was supposedly doing a lot of good things to my cells, but I dunno, ha! But hey, saunas always feel great, right?! Ha!

    Hope you’re having a great Monday!
    XO, Jessica

    1. I actually wish I had been sore when we went into the sauna to see if it helped — I bet it would have. So good hanging with you yesterday! Again soon!! 🙂

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