Stories from the weekend and my workouts

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?

Rudy and wineTwo things that I love very much in one photo. My little Rudy and some “sauce.”

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.

Izakaya Jun dinner in Walnut CreekCan 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.

Alameda County FairDo you know how good a deep-fried Oreo tastes? Words cannot describe it. In addition to my excited face, shown above is the horse-track and some studly men posing against a fire-truck.

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.

Weekly workouts via A Lady Goes West(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)

Weekly Workouts

  • 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?

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  1. Agh too many things I wanna talk about! LOVE your pants in that photo….I know they are not meant to be a talking point haha. That fair food looks amazing, and I saw an orange theory studio in lexington the other day and thought of you 🙂 Have a great week lady!

    1. Hi Tina! Oh neat! You should totally try out Orangetheory if you get the chance. It would be excellent cross-training for you. And as far as the pants — the more colors the better, right? Hope you had a wonderful weekend!! Happy Monday to you, lady!

  2. Nice job on the sprints! I would very much like an Oreo stand in my backyard, haha. Your meal at the sushi restaurant is basically my perfection! I love tuna poke–and so often they can be overdressed, but you seem to have found a winner! Have a fabulous week!

    1. Hi Susie! I know! Healthy Japanese food is one of my favorite things to get out at restaurants. Good thing I followed it up the next day with fair food hahah. Happy Monday to you, lady! 🙂 Hope your weekend was great.

  3. I cannot even imagine what a deep fried Oreo would taste like. Definitely sparked my curiosity! As you know, I spent the weekend at Fit Bloggin. It was a fun time but man the weekends go by fast when you’re out of town!

  4. I am so sorry about your toe!! I hope it feels better before your BODYATTACK class tonight!
    I am not sure about deep fried Oreos, but the deep fried cheesecake sounds interesting. I am curious, do you teach CX WRX or is it another core class?
    Enjoy your day!

    1. Hi Heather! I am CXWORX certified and do teach it — however not right now. The gyms where I teach a “core class” do not have the CXWORX license, so I make up my own freestyle class with my own music. I wish I could teach CXWORX there. I do it at home every other week or so, just to stay fresh with it. Happy Monday to you! Hope you had a nice weekend!

  5. Oh, you poor thing! Your toe is going to hurt tonight! I can’t even imagine how you’ll teach! I have hurt my knee and it stinks! I am pretty sure I tore some ligaments and I really need to get to the doctor or something. I can’t run or spin without being in excruciating pain. I recently took a GRIT class, that was a great workout! Love the Japanese food pictures! I know we will be eating very different (differently?) when we move there! Movers come next week – yikes! Have a great Monday!

    1. Hi Melissa! Oh man, yes you’re diet will totally change when you’re in Japan. Not so sure about Colorado though – but I hear they have very healthy food options as well in some of the cities heheheh. I’m sorry about your knee! 🙁 Hope you get that checked out. At least you were able to make it through GRIT though! Tough stuff! Happy Monday to you, my friend!

  6. Can I brag a little and say my HIIT workouts have been my favorite lately. Have I already told you you have a great smile? It’s true 🙂

    Now that’s an awesome week of workouts!

  7. My toe is hurting just thinking about your accident! Ouch! I hope you had a few more glasses of your sauce to cure that baby up 😉 Best workout lately… Going back to teach BP AND going on my first run since Christmas over the weekend. Both felt great and even though I can’t move today, it was totally worth it 🙂

    1. That’s so awesome you’re back to BP and running already, Becky! You rock! Hope you had a nice weekend. Enjoy that soreness! 🙂

    1. Hi Lisa! I know! Sometimes you just crave that heat and crowded-studio feeling, right? Hope you had a nice weekend, lady! 🙂 Happy Monday to you!

    1. Hi Jen! There were so many fair foods I wanted to try, but I stopped at one Oreo and a couple bites of corn dog. Ugh. So good! hahahah Happy Monday to you, lady! And YES to Orangetheory!

  8. Weekend was great! Although the weather left something to be desired, got to spend a lot of time with friends and family. Best workout recently was running a half on Sunday to figure out where my fitness level is at. After not running for three weeks I am pretty happy with how things turned out. Now to start training for NYCM! Hope you have a fabulous day!

  9. Happy Monday Ashley! I hope your toe is on the mend, I’ve definitely done the same thing way too many times. It’s kind of funny how amazing it is to sit on a patio outside when you aren’t used to the luxury isn’t it? Oh city living!!! We have a terrace, but being in Nob Hill it’s SO windy I can’t figure out when there is a good time to take advantage. Have a great day!

    1. Hi Jill, Our rooftop in Nob Hill was SO darn windy. We would try to go up there for photo opps and toasts, and it was literally freezing every day. hahaha. Oh the City! It’s nice and warm over here in the East Bay you know 🙂 Happy Monday!

  10. Oh Rudy is too cute! Sorry about your toe, I stubbed my pinky toe enough to turn the nail black (haven’t lost it yet!) a few weeks ago. I usually walk around the house with slipper-moccasins since I’m very clumsy… but wasn’t that day. My weekend was swell!

    1. Hi Jessie! I’m not clumsy at all, so it’s weird I would do that. Ugh! But your slippers sound really cute, by the way. 🙂 heheh Glad you had a swell weekend, friend!

    1. Hi Ashley. It’s funny how a little toe issue can be such a pain. I’m crossing my fingers it doesn’t bother me during BODYATTACK. Happy Monday to you, lady! 🙂

  11. Toe injuries are the WORST! Hope it’s better soon. I’m dealing with an Achilles thing. I pulled it and it’s taking forever to heal. Ugh.

    Friend Oreos are delish – they sell them at the Braves stadium in Atlanta. Danger! Haha! Fried twinkies are also good… just sayin’.

    1. Hi Laura, They had basically fried EVERYTHING at this fair, so I went with the Oreos and said no to the rest. It was not an easy thing to do. 🙂 hehehe! Hope your heel heals up soon. Have a happy Monday!

  12. It’s surprising how much pain can be generated from such a small appendage! I’ve had a niggling injury that has been bugging me for almost a year now. When I moved house last August I experienced incredible pain in my feet, especially the right one and it was later diagnosed as being Plantar Fascitis. Almost a year on and it’s still not healed! Very annoying, as it means that I’ve had to change around my exercise habits quite a bit! Never mind 🙂

    1. Hi Felicity! Oh no! I’m sorry to hear about your Plantar Fascitis. I know that can be a very trying issue. Hoping you are all healed very soon. Thanks for saying hi! And have a happy Monday. 🙂

  13. Ahh I can totally relate with your toe injury! I recently had an ingrown toenail and had to have it removed… Before that so painful! I just got back to wearing regular shoes besides hour long workouts last week! Never underestimate a toe injury!

  14. You look so pretty dressed up for your date night. I love that necklace!

    Your neighbors sound so nice! That’s awesome that they let you use their patio. I rarely see my neighbors- the only interaction I’ve had is one of them recently notifying the police that Brandon’s car has been abandoned and needs to be towed, ha! He’s been overseas for a week and because it hasn’t been driven since then, they called the cops! I swear, if it’s not getting stolen, it’s getting towed. I’m ready to drive that car off a cliff, haha. 😉

    I’m glad you had a nice weekend and I hope your toe heals up soon!

    1. Hi Sarah! Oh no, your neighbors don’t sound very nice. I can’t believe they would call the cops after him leaving his car for only a week? How strange. At least it’s still there though heheh! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  15. Oh man hate those accidents that end up hurting more then you expect! Poor you! I had some great workouts last week including bodypump and my favourite Spin class Saturday morning. After taking two rest days back to back it was nice to get my sweat on! Your puppy is getting cuter and cuter each day 🙂 They grow up so fast!

    1. Hi Fiona! I know, he is getting so big ehhehe! Sometimes two rest days in a row helps to make your next workout feel awesome. I haven’t been to a spin class in forever — but I know it’s a good form of cardio with low impact, so I may need more of it in the future. Have a wonderful week! 🙂

  16. That Japanese restaurant though– give me some fish love and I am so there! Is Orange theory relatively new or am I just out of the loop? I have been hearing about it recently and I am quite intrigued!
    For the last year or so I have had this awkward wrist injury that comes and goes, and no one has been able to actually diagnose it. However I recently purchased some sort of dyna-flex and its supposed to help… we shall see ;).

    1. Hi Niki! Orangetheory has more than 200 locations around the U.S. and a few other countries and has been growing very quickly the past couple of years. You’re bound to hear more about it! 🙂 I hope you get your wrist issue figured out. That’s no fun!

  17. Ouch… It’s amazing how toe injuries can be painful. My sister just broke hers in a skateboarding accident. She’s pretty adventurous. And her pain tolerance is WAY better than mine. I don’t have an injury right now, and hopefully… it continues like that. However, I think injuries help me take nothing for granted. That one booth at the county fair looks AMAZING. 😉 So colorful.. I love going around to booths at different fairs… They are usually a great showcase of local attractions/talent.

    1. Hi Emily! Oh no, I hope your sister gets better soon! 🙁 Skateboarding is a dangerous activity, apparently. Hope you had a wonderful weekend, lady!! Happy Tuesday!

  18. I haven’t been to our county fair in years, but you are bringing back some memories for me! 🙂 I remember trying my first deep fried Oreo (and Snickers!) and couldn’t believe it. And oh my gosh…Rudy…so stinkin’ cute!!!

    1. There were so many deep-fried options, it was quite the menu at the fair. Good thing I don’t go that often hehe. 🙂 Hope your week is going well!

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