Sipping around the world and working out

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 …

Wine Sisterhood Social ClubWhat 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 …

Around the World eventThat 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 …

Weekly Workouts from A Lady Goes West

Weekly Workouts

  • 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?

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49 Comments

    1. Hi Chrissy! Wow! You are fast. We’ve only watched the first episode of season 3. And I can’t wait for Mad Men to return. Love that one too. Hope you had a great weekend! 🙂

  1. Looks like someone had a very fun weekend! Love those happy smiles, you look stunning!! Great workouts too, interesting to read about 🙂 My favorite TV show right now is parenthood….although its making me a little broody….uh oh ;P

    1. Hi Tina! Well thanks! And you know, everyone seems to love Parenthood, yet I’ve never watched it. I need to change that. Hope yoi had a great weekend! 🙂

  2. That looks like such a fun event! I love being able to try foods from different cultures, so that would have been right up my alley. My current favorite show is Parenthood. I am just in love with all of the characters. I feel like they are my family. And I probably should seek some type of medical help after typing that last sentence haha.

    1. Hahhahah Stacie! So funny! I’ve heard SO many great things about Parenthood but haven’t watched. Perhaps I need to change that! Happy Monday!

  3. That event looked amazing! Also you are killing it with your workouts, I feel lazy in comparison, haha! I usually aim for three resistance training days per week, but only do about 30 mins.

    1. Hi Bri! Don’t sell yourself short! Three 30-minute sessions is great for weights. Keep up the good work. Hope you had a nice weekend!

  4. Hey Ashley! Sounds like you had a great weekend. I love wine events, especially if it involves different countries. That event sounds so fun! This weekend I got snowed in, but still got a run in, went bowling, went out for brunch, and went to the humane society to walk some dogs. Overall a nice relaxing weekend :).

    1. Hi Karina! Me too! And I rarely get two yoga classes in a week, so this week was extra good because of that. Hope you had a great weekend! 🙂

  5. Love the gold tattoos! 🙂

    I’ve never been to a CXWORX or BODYATTACK class but after clicking on the links I kind of want to try it now. It’s sounds like a nice sweaty workout 🙂 I did some Bar and hot yoga this week too! I also threw in some kickboxing, which is becoming my new favorite.

    My current favorite TV shows: The Bachelor, American Idol, and Pretty Little Liars (aka… junk TV) that I love 🙂

    1. Hi Emily! Great work with the diversity in your workouts. And there’s nothing wrong with junk TV! Hope you had a great weekend!! 🙂

  6. Love that dress you wore for the 80’s sip party! Looks like you had an awesome week of workouts per usual and I’m glad your house party went well! My weekend was full of Les Mills GRIT and it was fantastic. Of course my body is super sore and tired today but it was absolutely worth it. Have you tried GRIT/ considered teaching it? Happy Monday!

    PS thanks for the guest post 🙂

    1. Hi Jenna, Yes, I’ve done all the GRIT formats, but am not super passionate about it — so I wouldn’t want to teach it. Of course, things could always change. But I like to make it a policy that I only teach what I love to do. You know? 🙂 Congrats on completing training!! 🙂 Hope you have a rest day today!

  7. This looks like so much fun! Any kind of Sisterhood involving wine sounds great to me 😛 I also love that super cute little dress, and the gold tattoos too! I want to cover myself in them for a beach vacation.

    Happy Monday!

    1. Hi Jill! I know, I’m definitely going to be sporting these flash tattoos in the warmer months for sure. Hope you had a great weekend! 🙂

  8. That wine event looked like so much fun! Our weekend was pretty lazy since it snowed on Friday so we didn’t do much. I have so many favorite shows, but right now we are blasting through Sons of Anarchy on netflix.

    1. Hi Marielle! Staying inside when it snows is probably a smart idea. You know, I’ve heard great things about Sons of Anarchy, but haven’t watched it before. Happy Monday!

  9. I don’t think I’ve ever had wines from Morocco but I would love to try! I am partial to domestic wines but I love trying new things!

    Right now I’m binging (for me) on House of Cards… which means maybe finishing an entire episode in two days if I’m lucky haha.

    1. Hi Cassie! So are you saying you have trouble sitting down for a full-hour show? I prefer half hour shows, but I get sucked into House of Cards. We’ve only watched the first episode season 3 so far. Hope you had a great weekend! 🙂

  10. The wine event sounded like a blast! The Moroccan guy with the hats- too funny!
    Chelsea was super sweet and I loved meeting her. I can’t wait to see your post about the party; you did such a great job! Your place and all of the food was gorgeous. I wish we would have stayed longer but I was worried about being able to resist drinking too much with a long drive home. But we definitely have to make plans to hang out again soon! After your trip to Key West, of course. Omg, so jealous!!!

    1. Hi Sarah! SOOOOO glad you guys could come and hang out! We loved having you. And yes, we’ll get together again. Look out for the recap tomorrow! Happy Monday! 🙂

  11. wow sounds like you had a busy weekend! I would love to attend a wine tasting event like that…sounds awesome and I love trying different wines! I wish I liked strength training more but I’m a cardio girl. Hope you enjoy your trip to key west!

    1. Hi Montana! You’ve got to do a little strength training every once in a while! 🙂 It will help you tackle those challenges!! 🙂

  12. I love those gold temporary tattoos! They just scream summer to me!

    It was a low-key weekend for me, lots and lots of my current favorite show while riding the bike trainer: Parenthood. I’m finally on the last season though.
    I’m also loving House lately. My husband and I are way late to the party on that one 🙂

    Enjoy Key West!

    1. Hi Courtney! Okay, seems like everyone loves Parenthood and I haven’t watched it yet! Glad you had a nice relaxing weekend!! Hope your week is awesome! Thanks for stopping by to say hello! 🙂

  13. Sounds like it was a fun event! I can totally picture the hoards of young people “improperly” enjoying their wine… sounds like my friends and my first visit to Napa! Congrats on getting 2 yoga classes in last week. I need to get back on my 1x/week game myself.

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