Warriors games, SoulCycle, weekend highlights and my weekly workouts

Hi, friends! I hope your weekend was just fabulous. My older brother was here for a couple of days starting on Thursday, so I feel like I had a long weekend full of fun. Some highlights and my weekly workout report are below …

Two Golden State Warriors NBA Finals games

I was lucky enough to go to the first NBA Finals game on Thursday and the second one on Sunday at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Even though you guys hear me talk about the Golden State Warriors a lot and probably don’t think much of it, the Finals series is a big deal (the Super Bowl of professional basketball), so having access to tickets is a major perk.

My brother, Matthew, flew in from Atlanta to go to the game with me on Thursday (and one of his old friends from Florida, Glenn, who was in town for work came along too), and I went with all of my usual lady friends on Sunday.

Siblings at the Finals game by A Lady Goes West

These games are SO intense, SO exciting and SO fun to be at in person. We literally watch all of the action on the court, and then spend plenty of pre- and post-game time chatting and hanging out. Go Warriors! (Say hello to the creepy blurry man behind us in the photo above.) And here are the ladies …

Ladies before game 2 Warriors game by A Lady Goes West

Did I mention the Warriors won both games so far? YES!

Delicious meals with my bro and with Dave

I have eaten more of my meals out than at home in the last five days, due to visitors, games and various events, and I’m not complaining about it. Some major meal highlights include a nice lunch with Matthew on Friday at Lemonade (he loved it). Then a dinner that night with Dave and Matthew at Sauced BBQ in downtown Walnut Creek. While I’m not much of a barbecue fan, the boys were very happy to try this place out, and although it was bright and loud, the food was solid. Below is my spread of roasted and glazed chicken, sweet potato casserole and spicy collard greens.

BBQ dinner at Sauced by A Lady Goes West

After dinner, we swung by the San Francisco Creamery for a massive amount of ice cream before heading home to veg. Perhaps too much ice cream, which was sooooo darn tasty and worth every bite.

Other great meals from the weekend included a date that Dave and I went on on Saturday night to Main Street Kitchen, which is another place in downtown Walnut Creek we had never tried out. Even though we could have easily stayed home, we are on a mission to do date nights and explore our city a little bit more knowing that things will be changing significantly for us in a few short months.

Ashley and Dave in WC by A Lady Goes West

Main Street Kitchen is small, casual and yet very delicious. I’ve been craving burgers and fries, and so I was happy to see the restaurant had a grass-fed organic burger on the menu, with some sea salt seasoned home fries to complement it. The meal was fresh, perfectly cooked and was absolutely what I wanted to eat. Dave ordered a spicy sausage pasta, which he was also quite pleased with.

Burger dinner at Main Street Kitchen by A Lady Goes West

Burger eater at Main Street Kitchen by A Lady Goes West

I ate the burger so fast, there almost wasn’t a moment for this picture. And it was a messy one, by the way. I asked for extra avocado and it kept sliding out and down my fingers. Therefore, my napkin was put to good use.

SoulCycle party with some pals, followed by brunch

I took my brother to the airport early on Saturday morning, and then after a short nap, was up and ready to head to Berkeley with some of my lady friends to try out the new SoulCycle studio there. Due to some MapQuest issues, we arrived only a few minutes before class and had to rush to get checked in and suited up. But all is well that ends well, because we each had a super fun time sweating it out.

The folks at SoulCycle asked me to invite some friends in for a free class in exchange for ride credits, and I was more than happy to do that. In fact, of the 12 people I brought total, eight of them were first-timers and all plan to go back to take more classes! Woohoo! (Want to know what it’s like to take a SoulCycle class? Head to my class review here.)

Group after SoulCyle Berkeley class by A Lady Goes West

Our instructor of the day was Tanner, and he was totally adorable. I always have fun in SoulCycle and get a great cardio workout, so I can’t complain. But even better than that? We hit up brunch on Fourth Street in Berkeley after class to refuel at Cafe M. Delish!

Post SoulCycle brunch at Cafe M by A Lady Goes West

And those were the short and sweet weekend highlights!!

My weekly workout recap

Now, here are my latest workouts …

Weekly Workouts by A Lady Goes West

Weekly workouts

 At 20 weeks pregnant …

  • Monday: Took a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Practiced barre at home for 20 minutes, 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Took a one-hour gentle yoga class, 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 8:30 a.m. 
  • Friday: Taught a one-hour Bootybarre class, 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: Took a 45-minute SoulCycle class, 10:45 a.m.
  • Sunday: Rest day

Overview of the week of workouts

This past week of workouts was a little lighter than usual. I taught some classes and took some classes and even made a return to yoga. I found a gentle yoga class at a nearby gym and tried it out, and it felt alright on my constantly changing pregnant body. I also did some extra cardio in SoulCycle, which was fun, super sweaty and a nice change of pace.

As most of you know, my goal is always to lift weights three times a week, and even though we did pick up light dumbbells in both Bootybarre and SoulCycle, I would say I sort’ve fell short on the resistance training this week with just two BODYPUMP sessions. But overall, it was a fine and balanced line-up.

Hope you have a great day, friends! Let’s end this with a picture of Rudy, who got a haircut this weekend and now looks about half his size …

Rudy's haircut with cake pop by A Lady Goes West

Thanks to Meghan for today’s link-up.

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24 Comments

  1. So jealous of your Finals tickets, even though I’m from Cleveland so rooting for the Cavs, sorry! And OMG that photo now has me craving a burger and fries, so yummy! I was up early on Saturday and did a long run before the sun was fully up and it was too hot out. It felt wonderful and was a great way to start the day.

    1. Hi Patricia! I feel ya! Nothing beats that early morning post-workout feeling when you know you’ve accomplished something good. Nice work on that. And Go Warriors!! ehhehe! πŸ™‚

  2. I’ve never been to a professional basketball game, but I certainly can appreciate the intensity and amazingness of getting to go to a Finals game! So awesome!

    Yay for great workouts and yummy eats {and double Yay for your little ice cream trend lately}! I’m not a BBQ fan at all, but your picture looked pretty tasty.

    Happy Monday. <3

    1. Hi Courtney, BBQ is perhaps one of my least favorite “genres” of food if you will, (although Korean BBQ is definitely delicious), but you do what you can when you have visitors requesting something special heheh. My meal was spicy, but I handled it hahah! Happy Monday to you, lady! Hope your weekend was great!

  3. Those fries at Main Street Kitchen are BEAUTIFUL, and that’s so cool that your brother came all the way out to go to games with you. πŸ™‚ How many siblings do you have?

    1. Hi Emily! I just have my one older brother who came out to the game. He’s a big fan of the Warriors and was due for a visit – so it all worked out great. πŸ™‚ Hope you had a nice weekend!

  4. So much fun at Soul Cycle! Thanks for having my sis-in-law and me on Saturday!! My SIL raved about how beautiful you were the whole way home by the way:) Great to finally meet you and hope to see you again soon!

    1. Hi Amber! It was GREAT to meet you, and thank you SO much for coming and bringing Meredith. I hope you liked the workout too!! πŸ™‚ And she is SOOO sweet for saying that!!! πŸ™‚ Happy Monday!!

  5. I’ve been watching the games! Golden State just dominated… it was like they couldn’t miss a 3 pointer for a while! That had to have been a blast to be at.

    Speaking of a blast… that burger! I’ve been craving a good one lately. It may have to happen this week.

    1. I know! The Warriors are doing awesome! I hope your knee is doing okay, lady! AND YES for all the burgers!! Gotta answer the cravings!

  6. That post soul cycle breakfast is everything.

    Yes to all the dates and evenings out now. Even when you get a chance post baby, you’re too tired to really enjoy it. That being said, you still take advantage because they’re good for the soul and the relationship.

    You must be the Warriors good luck charm so I’m gonna need you to sit out all future games. K, thanks.

    1. Hi Meghan! I know, I know — everyone has been telling us to get out of the house as much as possible right now, so I’m trying to listen! πŸ™‚ And I mean — when it comes to the Warriors, they don’t need my luck hahah!!! Happy Monday, gal!

    1. Oh cool! I don’t even like to run, but a sunrise track run sounds pretty nice! And yes, the Warriors games are super fun. Have a FAB day, Emily! πŸ™‚

  7. Hey, girl! I love your pregnancy updates. I am three weeks behind you with my pregnancy. I teach Bodypump. The only track that has bothered me enough to drop weight is the squat track. What are you using on your bar now? I am just worried people always follow what I do. I want to make sure people are pushing enough weight on their own bar.

    1. Hi Kelly! Congrats to you on your pregnancy! Thank you for reading! πŸ™‚ As far as what I’m doing right now in BODYPUMP, I have dropped my weight in squats, back and lunges. For squats, right now, I’m using 22.5 plates on each side of the bar, and the bar is a couple of pounds. I will drop down to 20 pounds on each side soon. For back, I’m going 25 on each side, because using more than that feels WAY too strenuous on my core. And on lunges, I’m using 12.5 on each side. I do feel like BODYPUMP is a little too intense for me, and I DO NOT WANT to be the pregnant instructor in the front using only a couple of pounds on each side, so I plan to give it up sooner rather than later. I agree that our members definitely deserve to see an instructor using model weight — and I’m not going to be able to do that much longer. But of course, it’s up to you to be smart with your body and read off of what your members may want to see. Good luck!! πŸ™‚

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