Summer weekend, MNT Studio and my weekly workouts at 25 weeks pregnant

Hi, friends! What a fun and busy weekend it was over here! I hope yours was great too. Let’s chat about the happenings and then look at my latest week of workouts at 25 weeks … 

As usual, I don’t have much to report from Friday. I taught Bootybarre, and then Dave and I had grass-fed burgers, veggies and ice cream at home — which is perhaps how we’ve spent every single Friday night over the past few weeks. It’s a routine, and I like it!

Touring the hospital in our casuals

On Saturday morning, after breakfast at home (shown below and featuring local sourdough toast covered in almond butter, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds), Dave and I went to visit the hospital in Walnut Creek where I will give birth in October. Because both of us planned to exercise a bit later in the day, we each wore our workout clothes on the tour and were certainly the most under-dressed — but also quite comfortable walking the halls.

Sourdough toast breakfast by A Lady Goes West

Anywho, we had the sweetest older gentlemen as a volunteer tour guide, and he showed us where to park, where to enter the hospital and how to get into the labor and delivery area. We even saw the suites where the big event will happen, as well as the recovery rooms.

I definitely think we have a good hospital, because everything was very nice and welcoming, and they have all sorts of procedures in place to make it a safe and friendly environment. Although I must say, I was sort’ve nervous the entire time we were there and am getting increasingly anxious about childbirth. OMG. 

By the way, I’ve heard from a few people that I haven’t been good about posting bump pictures. Well, my friends, here’s the bump on Saturday, which was the day I officially reached 26 weeks …

Ashley at 6.5 months pregnant by A Lady Goes West

Quick lunch at Vitality Bowls

Shortly after our tour, Dave and I popped over to downtown Walnut Creek to grab a quick lunch at Vitality Bowls. Because it was more than 100 degrees out (ugh), we weren’t the only ones searching for a cold lunch, and it took a while to get our bowls in the crowded little restaurant.

Vitality acai bowl for lunch by A Lady Goes West

I was heading to a workout in the City right after lunch, so I only got a medium Vitality Bowl (with all the good stuff and superfoods, of course). Dave got a large peanut buttery bowl, so I had to sneak some bites of his more-delicious-than-mine meal, but he dug into his before I could get a picture of both. Acai bowls are pretty, aren’t they?

Barre class at MNT Studio in SoMa

Once we were done eating, I dropped Dave off at a friend’s house for him to hang out with some guys, and I began my trek into the City. While I usually take the Bart (subway) into the City during the week, because it was a Saturday afternoon, I figured it would be safe to drive and brave the roads. The traffic on the way in wasn’t terrible (minus a big slow-down to go over the Bay Bridge), and the way home was super easy. Not to mention, I was able to park on the street right outside the studio where I was headed, which was a major win and is not always the case.

I arrived at MNT Studio in SoMa just before 3 p.m. to meet Jill and Caity and prepare for a barre class, taught by the studio owner, Elaine. On Saturday, MNT Studio was celebrating its big grand reopening after renovating its space, adding to the class schedule and changing up the look and feel — with the letters MNT in the name now standing for Move, Nourish and Transform.

Move Nourish Transform studio by A Lady Goes West

In addition to barre, MNT also offers reformer Pilates classes and yoga, and I’d love to go back and try those after I’m no longer pregnant and up for more of a bendy challenge. Did I mention the studio is just adorably feminine and well done? I want to move in!

Ashley at MNT Studio by A Lady Goes West

Once we were thoroughly wowed by the entry, we went upstairs to the larger group fitness studio space and entered the full room ready for class. The barre class we took that day was very Pilates based and included a lot of work away from the barre, which I enjoyed.

I had absolutely no idea what to expect in the one-hour workout, which made it a great sweat session for me, complete with that standard “barre burn.” I like it when I don’t have to think about what is next in the workout in order to teach it, and I also like it when the class doesn’t follow a standard format that I’m expecting. Elaine was a great instructor, and I was able to do much of the workout, with just a few modifications during the core portions on the mat. Good stuff!

Barre class ball at MNT Studio by A Lady Goes West

Ladies at MNT Studio by A Lady Goes West

After class, we hung out for a bit chatting, and then said our goodbyes, armed with a cute MNT tote bag (shown above). I hopped back in the car and drove to Walnut Creek to pick up Dave, before swinging by the grocery store for a few fresh ingredients for a brunch I planned to host the next day.

Although we had every intention of going out to dinner on Saturday night, the busy day got to me, and once I was finished prepping the breakfast bake for my brunch the next day, it was after 7:30 p.m., and I knew I wasn’t up for an outing. So instead, Dave went to Sprouts and got our favorite Home Run Inn pizza and some Nada Moo for our dining pleasure, while I relaxed on the couch. We ate a late dinner, watched an episode of the latest season of “Bloodline,” and hit the hay. 

Hosting a brunch for my lady friends

I didn’t wake up until 8 a.m. on Sunday after a super deep and long sleep — I must’ve needed it. Then, I only took a few minutes to snuggle with Dave and Rudy before springing into action. The morning was spent cleaning, setting the table, getting myself ready and preparing for my brunch. And this little guy wasn’t quite ready for all that activity so early on a Sunday …

Rudy in the bed by A Lady Goes West

Around 11 a.m., I had five lady friends over to hang out and eat some brunchey food, like this easy veggie egg casserole I made minus the sausage, some muffins, fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, mimosas (virgin for me) and cookie bars. It was a great excuse to pull out our China, fancier wine glasses and my new table runner. I happen to LOVE setting a fancy table and don’t get to do it very often.

Ladies brunch in Walnut Creek by A Lady Goes West

I planned this brunch several weeks out, in order to bring these mommas and momma-to-bes together to chat about baby stuff for a blog campaign that I’m working on — and you’ll see the details later this month. The girls were totally happy to be a part of it with me, and we sat around the table chatting and laughing non-stop for almost three hours.

Once they were gone, Dave helped me clean up, and then I sat on the couch and got to work with a few other blog-related things for much of the day. After a load of laundry and some chores, next thing you know it was into the evening, and we had a tasty dinner at home together made by Chef Dave (he is definitely doing almost all of the cooking these days). 

I didn’t actually leave the house on Sunday outside of a couple of short walks with Rudy around our townhouse community, and yet, the day flew by. How does that happen? Overall, it was a productive, busy and fun weekend for sure.

My weekly workout recap

From the weekend to workouts, here’s a look at how I’ve been moving โ€ฆ

Weekly Workouts by A Lady Goes West

Weekly workouts

 At 25 weeks pregnant …

  • Monday: Did a 30-minute lower-body workout, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Did a 30-minute upper-body workout, 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday: Did 25 minutes of power-walking on the treadmill, 11 a.m.
  • Thursday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 8:30 a.m. and taught a one-hour Bootybarre class, 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Taught a one-hour Bootybarre class, 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: Took a one-hour barre class, 3 p.m.
  • Sunday: Rest day

Overview of the week of workouts 

This past week had seven total workouts, which is a lot and more than last week. However, three of them were shorter than 45 minutes, and I had a full rest day, so I don’t think it was too much overall. I finally got into the weight-room to do a solo resistance session as well, and I did that not one, but two times, and I even split it up to focus on the lower half one day (sumo squats, deadlifts, reverse lunges and step-ups) and upper half one day (chest presses, rows, side raises and tricep extensions), which felt great.

My favorite workout of the week was taking a freestyle barre class on Saturday and not knowing what was coming next in class — I love that — and it’s super good for the body and mind to be guessing. (You’ve got to be sure you aren’t always repeating the exact same movements in the same sequence in order to keep challenging yourself.) A full week of fitness for sure!

That’s do it. Have a fabulous day, my friends! I’ll see you back here for some kitchen and food talk coming up this week! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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P.S. Thanks to Meghan for today’s link-up. 

Questions of the day

What was the best workout you’ve done lately?

When it comes to your workouts, do you go in with a plan or make it up as you go along?



  1. Squee! Touring the hospital is so exciting! And I think it is perfectly acceptable to show up in workout clothes–ahem, you won’t be just sitting around when the time comes, lol! And lovely that you got to see Jill (hey Jill!) and host brunch for your girls. Sounds like an amazing weekend, have a great week, Ashley!

    1. Touring the hospital was slightly terrifying too hehehe! And let’s be honest, I’m mostly in workout clothes these days! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope your weekend was fab, lady!

    1. Hi Emily! Me too! It took me a long time to love and appreciate barre workouts — and now that I teach them — well I definitely do. I love how almost anyone can get a good workout from barre — no matter your fitness ability. Happy Monday, lady!

  2. That’s so nice you got a hospital tour, I imagine that relieves a tiny bit of the stress. And your brunch looks so cute! I love hosting and wish we had a reason to do it more often. And we barely ever leave the house on Sundays and it always flies by, how does that happen?!? Have a great week!

    1. Hi Patricia! Happy Monday to you! It’s so weird how staying home all day on Sunday goes by quickly when you are doing a lot of things, for sure. Also — hosting is a lot of work — but it always feels good to do it! You should plan something! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Best workouts I’ve done lately? Probably give birth! hahaha just kidding ๐Ÿ˜‰ You’re looking good, mama! I know it’s scary as labor and delivery gets closer but having just gone through it, I can say that it’s possible to get through! <3

    1. Hi Heather! SOOO exciting that you are real mommmmmma now!! Love it! And yes, people give birth every day, so I know I will get through it somehow hehe! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Monday! Hope all is well!

  4. I really enjoy hosting meals at our house too. It’s nice to set a pretty table and feed people tasty eats. I’m glad you got to talk with other moms about babyhood and all that goes with it. It’s so important to have that support system.

    I was terrified of the whole labor business and it turned out super quick and easy. I’m hoping you’re just as lucky as I was.

    1. Hi Marielle! Thanks, lady! And YAY for yoga. I totally miss a hot yoga sesh, which leaves you feeling amazing. Happy Monday, lady!

  5. You are looking radiant! I admire your commitment to fitness during your pregnancy. I turned into a couch potato. I was just so darn tired!
    My heart goes out to you relating to the fear you are having about childbirth. I was the same way with each of my three – terrified! But our bodies know what to do and you will be just fine. Also, if it makes you feel any better, fit woman supposedly have easier labor and you are as fit as they come!
    I was enjoying ice cream at the Olde SF Creamery in Walnut Creek this past weekend and thought of you! Stay cool, little mama!

    1. Hi Susie! I didn’t hit up the Creamery this past weekend, but I have been spotted there at least once a week most recently ahahh! Hope you enjoyed your ice cream. And thank you SO much for your kind and comforting words about pregnancy and childbirth. I truly appreciate it!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Our schedule has changed some lately and allowed me to hit the weight room a bit more. I love the weights! I love zoning out in a podcast and pushing myself to lift heavy. It was also fun when I was pregnant because you could see the fear in all the men’s faces =)

    1. Hi Bethany! Of the times I’ve been in the weight-room and look as pregnant as I do — yes — definitely had some WEIRD and scared looks from those around me hahaha! That’s great you are in the weight-room more lately! Hope you see some awesome results, lady!

  7. Ashley!

    This is such a fun post! Your brunch goodies look delicious! I am pinned the casserole, because that looks like a good one. Not too cheesy or sausage… two things I don’t love to heap in a casserole dish, such as this one.

    Also, my husband and I love Bloodline and wizzed through season two. If you like Bloodline, you should check out Friday Night Lights, because “John,” is also in this show and “Rena” from Nashville, is as well. It is much more light-hearted, but a fun and sweet show to enjoy!

    1. Laura! “Friday Night Lights” is my FAVORITE show of all time! I cried so hard when the series ended. I would actually be interested in going back to watch it all again! And because of Kyle Chandler, I was more interested in trying “Bloodline” heheh! He’s great in everything he does! I’ve never watched “Nashville” though and heard that one is good!

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