Hello, my friends! I hope this blog post finds you well. Let’s start today with a story. This may not sound like a big deal, but I sustained a bit of a self-inflicted injury on Saturday. After I came home from teaching a couple of classes at Orangetheory Fitness, I began to do some chores, and I opened a closet door over my toe — and you can imagine the rest. It was not pretty, and I’m not looking forward to my first workout back in tight sneakers tonight in BODYATTACK either. I’m cringing now just recapping it. Ouch!
Now that you have a terrible visual, let’s change the tone. Shall we? How about this?
Outside of the injury, the rest of the weekend was just great …
Taking advantage of good weather and good neighbors
On Friday, I was pretty pooped after teaching three classes, attending a few hours of meetings at Orangetheory and grocery shopping, so Dave and I decided to stay home with little Rudy.
We’ve only chatted briefly with our neighbors in our townhouse development over the past few months of living here, but they are all very friendly. In fact, the people next to us have a nice patio on the ground-floor, which has chairs, a grill and even a fancy umbrella with lights on it. They let us know that they would be out of town for the weekend, and they offered up their patio for our use (seeing as our patio is super tiny and doesn’t have chairs or a table). Well, we took them up on it. Dave and I brought some music, some wine, an oven pizza and Rudy and sat down enjoying the evening breeze for a couple of hours. Although we were only steps from our front door, it seemed like a nice getaway. Once we finished eating and hanging out, we put the covers back on their furniture and headed into our place to watch some funny YouTube videos (for instance, this hilarious “Wheel of Musical Impressions” one from Jimmy Fallon) and hit the hay. Who says you have to go out to have a fun night?
Yelling, working and getting things done around the house
On Saturday morning, I taught two classes at Orangetheory Fitness (the yelling part) and then did some chores at home, while experiencing that toe issue. Chores for the day included laundry. And when you go through gym clothes like I do, the laundry tends to be quite the undertaking, so I always feel good when it’s done. Dave was out most of the day golfing in a tournament, so I used the alone time to get a bunch of blog-related work done as well.
A short and sweet Saturday dinner out
On Saturday evening, we got all cleaned up and went out to dinner in downtown Walnut Creek. We went to a brand new Japanese place, which just so happens to be located directly across from Orangetheory called Izakaya Jun. This restaurant not only had great food, but the service was also excellent. We sat at the bar (which we like to do) and shared a few small plates.
Can you see the Orangetheory sign behind us as we took a selfie before heading into dinner? And here are some of the tasty items we ordered — a pickled salad, tuna poke and a delicious avocado, tuna and salmon salad with nori chips.
During dinner, the owner even came up to us to introduce himself, and he was clearly very excited about his new place. I’m happy to say that we enjoyed it enough to go back again one day. Pleased with our outing, we followed that good meal up with dessert at home in front of the TV.
Checking out The Alameda County Fair
After a relaxing morning at home, Dave and I joined a group of friends to head to the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton. We arrived just in time to walk through the vendor booths, eat some totally unhealthy fair food (I’m talking deep-fried Oreos and corn dogs, people), drink some beer and watch horse-racing, which was a first for me. I didn’t really know what to expect from this fair, and it was quite the Sunday Funday complete with fabulous people-watching, good smells and good laughs. This event will be going on until July 5, so if you’re an East Bay resident looking for entertainment, I’d recommend checking it out.
After the fair, Dave and I laid low, made dinner at home and prepared for the week ahead. It was the perfect ending to a great weekend! Moving on, let’s switch gears from fried food and talk about my fitness …
My weekly fitness and workouts recap
It’s time to take a look at my last week of workouts.
(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)
- Monday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Tuesday – Took a one-hour Orangetheory class, foam rolling
- Wednesday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Thursday – Taught a 45-minute BODYPUMP class and a 30-minute core class
- Friday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, a 30-minute BODYPUMP class and a 30-minute core class
- Saturday – Took 20 minutes of an Orangetheory class, did 20 minutes of yoga at home
- Sunday – Rest day
What was good about my week of workouts?
This past week was full of teaching, which made up the most of my workouts. However, I did have a chance to be a participant in one-and-one-third Orangetheory classes. In one of those classes, I hit my personal best and fastest sprint ever on the treadmill, which was pretty satisfying. Overall, throughout the week, I had a good mix of cardio (BODYATTACK and some Orangetheory) and resistance (BODYPUMP and some Orangetheory) training, as well as two core-focused sessions and a little bit of yoga. Not too shabby.
What could have been better about my week of workouts?
Lately, I have been craving hot yoga. I really want to head back into a yoga studio soon, because my at-home practice is getting a little bit boring. Other than that, I could have used a little bit more weight-training in my week, because all of my sessions were short, outside of the one 45-minute BODYPUMP class. Nonetheless, I did the best I could.
We’re done for today, my friends! I’m teaching a couple of classes at Orangetheory in the morning and then teaching BODYATTACK tonight. Hope I didn’t ruin your day with an image of my toe. Go off and have a great start to your week!
Questions of the day
How was your weekend?
Any recent injuries you’d like to vent about?
What was your best workout recently?