Happy Monday, friends! How was your weekend? I can safely say that mine was just fabulous. Dave and I hosted our big housewarming party on Saturday night, which was a grand time. I’m going to devote a full post to that, so I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for the details and pictures. Outside of the party, we filled the weekend with activities including wine, shopping and of course, workouts. Here’s how it all went down …
Around the World in 80 Sips event
On Friday, I taught BODYATTACK, did some work and prepared a few food items for our party. In the evening, I picked up Dave from work so we could go to a wine-tasting event called Around the World in 80 Sips, held at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio neighborhood on San Francisco. We were invited by my good college girlfriend, Chelsea, who was in town representing her company,The Wine Sisterhood, at the event. I did something for the first time ever this night …
What did I do? I got some gold flash tattoos on my arm, compliments of The Wine Sisterhood. Here’s a look at Dave and me with Chelsea, and me and Chelsea flashing our flash tattoos with pride. These things last for a few days and mine is still going strong right now. So fun.
We arrived just in time for the VIP portion of the event at 6:30 p.m., in which we could sample wines from countries around the world, as well as enjoy some nibblies, before the crowds filed in for general admission at 7:30 p.m.
I tried a ton of wines that were new to me, specifically those from Eastern European countries and from Morocco and Argentina. I didn’t love everything I sipped, but I still enjoyed the experience of hearing from the wine-pourers about what makes their countries’ wine the best. People have so much pride in their wine. Perhaps the most passionate representative? An animated and outgoing man from Morocco …
That passionate and friendly representative from the Moroccan wine table insisted that Dave and I take pictures in these hats from his country after trying his wine, so we obliged. Pretty funny. Also shown above is the lovely decor in the Wine Sisterhood Social Club, some of the appetizer spread we enjoyed and me in front of a huge fireplace.
Once the VIP portion ended and general admission opened up, the building began to get very crowded. In fact, there were hordes of young people coming in groups, and some of them were getting much more tipsy than you’d expect to see at a tasting event like this. Of course, it provided entertainment for us. But it also meant longer lines at each table, so we retreated to the Wine Sisterhood Social Club area, which we had access to thanks to our VIP wrist-bands.
After hanging out with Chelsea when she wasn’t working, taking pictures in a photo booth using props and circling the tasting tables, Dave and I said our goodbyes and headed home around 9 p.m., so we could get plenty of sleep and be rested up for our big party the next day. I love events like this and was super appreciative that Chelsea included us. It was definitely a great way to spend a Friday night.
Starting the day by pumping some iron
On Saturday morning, knowing I needed to lift weights, I hit the gym for a solo session and did a workout consisting of the following moves:
- Elevated reverse lunges using 22.5 and 25 lb. dumbbells (8 reps each leg)
- Double leg lifts in the Roman chair (10 reps)
- Assisted pull-ups (8 reps)
- Curtsy lunges with bicep curls using 12.5 lb. dumbbells (8 reps each leg)
- Back extensions holding a 15 lb. plate (8 reps)
- Low to high plank arm marches (8 reps)
I completed four sets of these exercises. With a dynamic warm-up, foam rolling and stretching included, this entire gym session took about an hour and fifteen minutes. Somehow it’s always longer than expected, but luckily I got there early and was still done before 10 a.m. It felt good to start a crazy day with a focused workout.
After I got home, it was party prep all the way until the first guest arrived. Yes, the party was great, and we’ll get into more about it tomorrow. On Sunday, after cleaning up a big mess, I went out to shop for a few summer items. This weekend, I’m traveling to Key West for a bachelorette party of one of my best friends, and as you can imagine, I’m super pumped to be reunited with my girlfriends in one of our favorite places to get away. To finish off the weekend, last night, Dave and I started watching House of Cards season 3, had an oven pizza for dinner and ice cream for dessert. Good times all around. Now changing subjects …
A look at my weekly workouts
Every Monday, I like to list out the workouts that I completed the previous week, providing a recap on what was good and what could have been better. Here we go …
- Monday – Attended a one-hour Hatha yoga class, taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class
- Tuesday –Attended a one-hour Vinyasa yoga class, taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
- Wednesday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class
- Thursday – Attended a one-hour barre class, did 30-minute CXWORX core workout at home
- Friday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class
- Saturday – Did one-hour of weightlifting at the gym, foam rolling
- Sunday – Rest day
What was good about my week of workouts?
Two sessions of yoga, a barre class and a rest day? Those are all great elements in my week. I did three full-hour sessions of cardio when teaching BODYATTACK, two full-hour resistance sessions (one when teaching BODYPUMP and one by myself in the gym), so this week included a lot of good variety. I really enjoyed my solo weightlifting session in the gym on Saturday and will try to keep that up for a while (outside of this weekend, as I’ll be on the beach in Key West instead!). Although I get a great workout in when teaching group fitness classes most of the time, I find it very beneficial to spend time in the gym doing different moves and using more machines.
What could have been better about my week of workouts?
I must sound like a broken record, because for the past few weeks I haven’t been getting in a third resistance-training session with actual weights. This past week, I lifted weights two times and also used resistance bands two times, so it wasn’t like I missed out, but I really prefer lifting weights to using resistance bands for building strength on a regular basis. Nonetheless, a fairly strong week of workouts for sure.
And that’s that. Thanks to everyone who entered the Coco Libre Hydration Prize Package giveaway. Congratulations to Erica, who has been emailed.
Okay friends! I hope your week starts off great. And check back tomorrow for a recap and pictures from a very fun housewarming party.
Questions of the day
What did you do this weekend? What is your current favorite TV show?