Another good weekend in the books! I sure hope you guys had a great one too.
Friday: Getting artistic with paint and wine
On Friday evening, Dave and I joined a couple of friends at Canvas and Cabernet in downtown Walnut Creek. I’ve wanted to do one of these “wine and painting” nights for a long time, and we bought tickets about a month in advance.
For $45 a person, we enjoyed a three-hour step-by-step painting class, which included all the supplies we needed to create a masterpiece, as well as plenty of time to socialize with our friends, and of course, drink wine. At Canvas and Cabernet, while wine and beer were available for purchase above the ticket price, you’re also allowed to bring your own beverages for a reasonable corkage fee of $20. So Dave and I brought a small box of wine to enjoy.
Canvas and Cabernet has its craft down to a science. The lead artist/teacher stood in front of the class on a little stage and explained a small bit of work we needed to do on our canvas in very easy-to-understand instructions. Then, she would step off the stage, turn up the music, and let us work on our own. After a few minutes, she’d get back up and repeat the process. Therefore, there was built-in time to chat with your neighbors, sip on your wine and paint. About halfway through the class we took a “drying break” for 30 minutes, in which most people left their spots and walked around the boutique or refilled their beverages. While we were skeptical of how our paintings would turn out, in the end I think we all did a pretty good job.
I’d guess there were about 40 people in the class and only three were men. So Dave and the other guy in our party were certainly good sports. Believe it or not, Dave actually enjoyed it much more than expected and told me he’d be willing to go again to do a different painting. Score!
We failed to take a “normal” photo during the entire night, outside of this one I shared on Instagram. So this is what you get. The finished product was called “Lover’s Lane,” and is supposed to be a couple walking down a romantic path. Can’t you tell?
After we finished up our creations, we walked across the street to a Pyramid Alehouse and Brewery for a quick and late dinner before saying goodbye to our friends. During dinner, we displayed and admired all four canvases, and it’s funny how they each looked a little different based on our artistic interpretations.
If you’re looking for a different night out with friends or your significant other, I’d highly recommend something like this. I hadn’t painted anything in years, and it felt good to do so. And hey, you get to walk away with an awesome souvenir. In fact, we already hung our paintings side-by-side in our guest bathroom for all to see.
Saturday: A lot of work and a little play
On Saturday, Dave had to work at the first Warriors playoff game of the season (they won!), so he headed off shortly after breakfast. I used the free weekend time to complete some household chores and a short and sweat-free low-intensity workout at home. I also took a quick trip to Nordstrom Rack and Marshall’s for what my Mom would call a little “retail therapy.” I know I was busy and moving around all morning, because I had hit 70 percent of my daily steps (thats 7,000 steps) by mid-day. Not too shabby!
On Saturday evening, we took a nice stroll to downtown Walnut Creek to enjoy some Mexican food at Maria Maria restaurant.
The restaurant was huge, and we had a nice table outside. While our dining experiences outside of San Francisco have been less than stellar, this one was pretty good. The food was fairly tasty, the service excellent, and the price not too bad. I’d go again just for a margarita and guacamole. Suffice to say, we walked out of there pleasantly stuffed.
Sunday: Sunshine and rest
On Sunday, while Dave went out for a run in the morning, I took advantage of my rest day and stayed in my pajamas on the couch watching a cheerleading competition. I know, how strange. I was never a cheerleader, but for some reason I find these types of events captivating.
In the afternoon we headed out for a picnic and hike in the sunshine at Briones East Bay Regional Park. It’s days like these that make me love living in our new neighborhood in the East Bay even more, because just a few miles away in San Francisco city proper, the temperatures were about 20 degrees cooler! It was pretty hot, but we were able to stay in the shade for much of the stroll up the hill. We even saw cows.
In the evening, we made dinner at home, watched TV and prepared for a big week ahead. And that was that!
My weekly workout recap
Now, as we do every single Monday to stay on track. Here’s a look at all of the ways I got moving over the past seven days …
- Monday –Did a 30-minute CXWORX core workout at home with weights and a resistance tube, taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Tuesday – Did a 20-minute online yoga class at home, taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
- Wednesday – Taught TWO one-hour BODYATTACK classes, foam rolling
- Thursday –Did a 10-minute online yoga class at home, taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
- Friday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class
- Saturday – Did a 30-minute CXWORX core workout at home with weights and a resistance tube, did a 10-minute online yoga class at home, foam rolling
- Sunday – Rest day
What was good about my week of workouts?
While this past week looks like it was super full of workouts, there was plenty of variety of intensity and movement, and quite frankly, I felt absolutely great. I taught four BODYATTACK classes, which is a ton of cardio for me and one more class than usual. I also taught two BODYPUMP classes, which gave me the chance to enjoy two long strength-training sessions. I also did two core workouts at home using weights and three short sessions of yoga. I’ve decided that splitting yoga up into small segments throughout the week gives me more benefits than doing one longer session, so I may keep this up. Overall, I had plenty of stretching and rolling and a full rest day to make this a great week of fitness.
What could have been better about my week of workouts?
This past week was probably a bit cardio heavy, as they seem to be lately due to my teaching schedules. I would have gone to the gym on Saturday for a heavier weight-lifting session, but of course, I couldn’t get sweaty because of the keratin treatment I had done on my hair on Friday. Thus, a short core workout and yoga session were all I could do, with the window open and a cool breeze blowing directly on me. I really would like to see myself get some more weight-lifting done during the week, but it just hasn’t been working out that way. Not a huge deal, because things are always changing.
Alright guys, I’ve said enough. I hope your Monday is just lovely! See you soon, my friends.
P.S. Congratulations to the winner of the CanvasPop photo-print, Jennie W. Thank you to everyone who entered. I loved all of your comments and will be bringing you another giveaway very soon.
Questions of the day
What did you do this weekend?
Do you usually take time to stretch before or after your workouts?
What’s something fun you’re looking forward to in the next month?