Hi, friends! I hope you had a nice weekend! It was warm and sunny in Walnut Creek, and we loved that! Today, we’re going to do some life updates, a quick weekend recap and then take a look at my workouts as of late. Sit back, relax, read and enjoy!
A little bit of change ahead
So I’ve been waiting to tell you guys some news on the work front, which I’m pretty excited about. Ready for it? I’m not working full time at 24 Hour Fitness corporate office any longer. As you know, it’s been a lot for me to manage a full-time job, teach multiple group fitness classes, run A Lady Goes West and have a social life throughout the past year. While I kept my head above water since January of 2016, it’s hasn’t been super easy.
That’s why, toward the end of last year, I realized I needed to make a change, and so I gave my job plenty of notice and slowly transitioned out of the full-time role at the end of February 2017 (just in time for my trip to Chicago!). And now, moving forward, I’ll be contributing to the 24 Hour Fitness 24Life site as a part-time contractor, which gives me time to teach more classes (still at 24 Hour Fitness Walnut Creek) and write more on A Lady Goes West. While I struggled with the decision for a very long time, wanting to hold onto everything, it’s clear to me that it was RIGHT! What does this mean for you? More blog posts each week, yay!
TRX workout, weekend and dinner party fun
This past weekend was a good one. On Friday evening, I spent far too long at the grocery store getting 8 million things off a list for our dinner party, then I hit up the gym for a quick TRX workout, which I loved, so I wanted to share it with you. It took me 30 minutes total from the warm-up to the cool-down. It looked like this …
- Warm-up: 3 minutes of incline walking on the treadmill at 4.5 mph and 4.0 incline, followed by foam rolling and mobility moves like kicks and arm circles
- Circuit 1: Squat to low row, chest press, hamstring curls (3 sets of 10 reps each)
- Circuit 2: Clock press, tricep extension, bent-leg inverted row (3 sets of 10 reps each)
- Cool-down: Stretch and foam roll
On Saturday morning, I walked downtown while listening to a podcast to have coffee with blog reader and friend Rachelle. (Hi Rachelle!) We went to the Coffee Shop, and it’s clear to me I need to eat at this place one day, in addition to getting a beverage, because the food looked excellent. After that, I met Dave and Rudy for a delicious salad at Lettuce.
Rudy had just gotten a fresh bath before lunch, so his fur was literally glistening white in the sun. It almost hurt to look at him. He was actually not a very good boy at lunch that day in spite of his shiny coat, and he growled at nearly every dog that walked by. Bad pup!
The rest of the afternoon was spent in the kitchen prepping for our dinner party. We had four couples over, for a total of 10 people. We watched some of the Warriors game, hung out, nibbled on appetizers, then had a casual dinner and hung out until 11 p.m. before saying goodbye. The best part? Everyone wore their pajamas. I have to admit that I didn’t take a single picture of myself, Dave or our friends that night — and I even forgot to do one of my favorite self-timer group pics. Whoops!
I picked up my phone like two times total for a few quick Instagram stories. While that’s not always a good move as a blogger, it was a good move as a friend, because I was immersed in the night and the conversation. Not a ton of imagery to share, but below you’ll find all of the food items and recipes that we served, and there was seriously no food left behind. That made clean-up easy.
- Chips and guacamole (staple)
- Salami and cheddar bites (I added some green stuffed olives)
- Baked cauliflower with tzatziki (OMG, DELISH and HEALTHY with whole wheat flour)
- Buffalo sliders (made in the crockpot)
- Meatball parm sliders (so simple, soooo tasty)
- Southwestern salad (bought it bagged)
- Sweet potato fries (Alexia brand)
- Ice cream sundae bar (total HIT, with granola, cookie crumbles and fudge for toppings)
I will definitely make the sliders and the cauliflower dish again, because they were excellent! I’d say it was major dinner party success.
To finish out the weekend, on Sunday, we relaxed, rode our bikes to downtown Walnut Creek along the very busy Iron Horse Trail for acai bowls for lunch and did all the usual stuff.
My weekly workout recap
And now, let’s switch gears to look at all of the ways I’ve been moving lately …
- Monday: Took a 30-minute GRIT Strength class, 5:30 p.m.
- Tuesday: Took at one-hour PiYO class, 4:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: Took a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 9:30 a.m.
- Thursday: Practiced Bootybarre at home for 45 minutes, 11 a.m.
- Friday: Did a 30-minute full-body TRX workout, 6 p.m.
- Saturday: Rest day
- Sunday: Rest day
Overview of the week
This past week, I lifted weights three times and took a new-to-me workout class, which was PiYO. I LOVED PiYO and explained why in my favorites post, because it was a mix of yoga and Pilates and so beneficial to counteract the tougher work I do throughout the week. I also loved switching things up and going to Les Mills GRIT Strength on Monday, because it was full of hard working-blocks (lots of push-ups and squats), followed by breaks, and it was done in a flash. A couple of rest days as well, so this week was complete!
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P.S. Thanks to Meghan for today’s “Week in Review” link-up.
Questions of the day
How was your weekend?
What’s your favorite party appetizer?