Wedding weekend in San Diego and my weekly workouts

Hi, friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! To the mommas out there, a happy belated Mother’s Day to you! (And that includes all of you moms-to-be, dog moms, cat moms or whatever type of mom you are or aspire to be one day!)

Dave and I got back from our weekend trip to San Diego last night, and it went by super fast, but it was a great time. Dave’s parents live on the island of Coronado in San Diego, and we haven’t been there since Christmas of 2015 — so our trip was long overdue. We were there to celebrate Dave’s older sister’s wedding, which took place at Rancho Bernardo Inn, a beautiful resort in San Diego County.

We’ll keep the trip recap short and sweet, okay? We got to the San Diego Airport on Thursday night and had to wait around a while because Dave’s golf clubs got lost in transit. They were eventually delivered to us in the middle of the night (so strange), but other than that, we didn’t have any hiccups in travel.

Healthy salmon dinner on Coronado by A Lady Goes West

That evening, we hung out with his family and extended family at home, had a healthy dinner (shown above), then went out for the best ice cream cone I’ve ever had at Mootime Creamery in downtown Coronado. I had the Banana Nutella flavor, and I will forever dream about it …

Mootime Creamery cone in Coronado by A Lady Goes West

On Friday, Dave was off golfing with the guys, so I had some time to myself while everyone else had their own activities going on to prepare for the wedding. Dave’s Mom was kind enough to drop me off in downtown Coronado as she went out for a hair appointment, and I grabbed some breakfast using a gift card at Starbucks, then got a much-needed manicure and pedicure, using this fabulous color. I also ordered a to-go lunch from Which Wich, and Dave’s Dad picked me up in the afternoon to head back to the house.

Which Wich wrap in Coronado by A Lady Goes West

That evening, after checking into Rancho Bernardo Inn, we went to celebrate the rehearsal dinner at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, which is a massive place — perfect for a fun dinner with a group. Our party sat outside near some heaters and dined on appetizers and entrees. We barely explored the huge property while there, but apparently there are areas for corn-hole and other outdoor social games. So fun! The food was great that night, and we followed it up by hanging out back at the hotel bar with some more of the out-of-town wedding guests. (While others had adult beverages, I ate a cookie skillet dessert at the bar … keeping it classy, as always!) 

Ashley and Dave at Stone Brewing in SD by A Lady Goes West

Ashley for the rehearsal dinner in black dress by A Lady Goes West

(Dress, similar shoes from same designer, purse, necklace, earrings, sunglasses)

On Saturday, Dave and I borrowed his Mom’s car and took a top-down convertible adventure about 20 minutes away to the Nutmeg Cafe for brunch. While Dave was sleeping, I spent a ton of time doing Yelp research for the perfect place to dine, and Nutmeg delivered on expectations. The line was long, but we ended up with a table near the window, and we were both super pleased with our food. Dave had a steak quesadilla, and I had the avocado toast and a green tea latte, and we took a vegan scramble back for his Mom too.

Brunch at Nutmeg Cafe in SD by A Lady Goes West

The rest of the day included wedding festivities. The beautiful ceremony took place at 4 p.m. in the San Diego sunshine in a little garden area on the resort property. And because Dave’s Dad was the wedding officiant (he did our wedding too, and he is AMAZING and so moving!), Dave walked his sister, Chrystn, down the aisle, to meet her smiling and eager groom, Chris. It was so sweet to watch. The entire wedding was lovely and in the perfect setting on a sunny, but breezy day!

Ashley at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in SD by A Lady Goes West

(Similar dress from same designer, shoes, my favorite clutch ever)

As always, the ceremony turned into cocktail hour, which turned into dinner and dancing. And do you want to know two of the coolest parts of the wedding? Dave’s little sister, Gwena, had made a video of all of us siblings recording a message for the bride and groom, and they played it back for all of the 50+ guests to watch. So special!

Place card at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in SD by A Lady Goes West

Wedding cake t the Rancho Bernardo Inn in SD by A Lady Goes West

And here’s the second thing: The wedding photographer was incredible, and he set up a same-day slideshow, in which he showed all of the photos of the day to the entire reception, starting from the bride and groom getting ready in their rooms. It was so moving to watch the day unfold in pictures before our eyes, before the event was even over. I had never seen that before, but then learned from the groom (who is also a photographer), that this is a new special add-on that photographers can do at weddings. If you haven’t been married yet — request this! It’s magical!

Dinner salad at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in SD by A Lady Goes West

Dinner at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in SD by A Lady Goes West

The night was great, and I loved meeting some members of Dave’s extended family that I hadn’t before. They were all so nice and congratulatory about our growing little boy in my tummy. And because I couldn’t drink any wine or champagne that night, I did some serious damage on a few slices of red velvet wedding cake, so all was not lost. It was perfect! Sending so much love and congratulations to the happy couple, who is staying in San Diego a few more days before flying back to their home in New Hampshire.

Ashley and Dave at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in SD by A Lady Goes West

On Sunday, we went back to Dave’s parents’ house and hung out with the fam, as we watched the Warriors win game one of round three of the playoffs. We also picked up another delicious sammie from Which Wich, and then got dropped back off at the airport in the afternoon to return to the Bay Area.

It was a short three-night visit, full of festivities, but it was a good one! We were absolutely elated to go pick up little Rudy from our friends’ house, and he was just as excited to see us as we were him. I wrote much of this blog post on the short one-hour flight, and now we’re back home and settled and ready for a great week! But yes, it sure does feel good to get out of a town for a bit and regroup! 🙂  

My weekly workout recap

Switching gears, let’s take a look at my workouts as of late …

Weekly Workouts by A Lady Goes West

Weekly workouts

 At 16 weeks pregnant …

  • Monday: Took a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Practiced 25 minutes of Bootybarre at home, 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday: Did 25 minutes of power walking on the treadmill, 10:30 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: Did a 25-minute full-body TRX workout, 11 a.m.
  • Sunday: Rest day

 At 17 weeks pregnant …

  • Monday: Did 25 minutes of power walking on the treadmill, 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 8:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday: Did a 30-minute PiYo Hardcore on the Floor DVD at home, 11 a.m.
  • Thursday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, 8:30 a.m. 
  • Friday: Rest day
  • Saturday: Rest day
  • Sunday: Rest day

Overview of the two weeks of workouts

Last Monday, as my ebook was debuting (did you get it yet??), I skipped my workout report, so you’re getting two today. You’ll see that I took a few rest days while traveling, which is usually my norm, and totally okay for you to do too, (people, give yourself a break every once in a while!). The previous week, I was successful at lifting weights three times, did some cardio and also had a full rest day. And this past week, I lifted weights twice and also switched things up with a PiYo core workout DVD, sent to me by my sweet friend and reader, Courtney. While I absolutely LOVED taking a PiYo live class, I will say that the PiYo core workout was a little tough for my growing mid-section now that I’m further along in my second trimester! It was challenging, and I will definitely be sure to add it into my routine after the baby makes his arrival this fall. Have you done the beast move with a classic Charlene Johnson kick-through? Wow! Overall, the past two weeks of workouts were fairly solid, and I’m hanging in there and doing the best that I can in spite of my changing bodily condition.

Have a fabulous start to your week, my friends! See you soon!

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P.S. Thanks to Meghan for today’s “Week in Review,” and there are affiliate links in this post!

Questions of the day

What’s your favorite part about weddings?

What was the hardest workout you’ve done lately?

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  1. Between you in that dress and the rest of the wedding… truly spectacular! I love you in that color! And how fabulous to have such an intimate wedding. It is obvious that there was so much love there! Thank you for sharing your weekend with us, Ashley!

    1. Hope you had an awesome weekend trip too, Susie! And thanks for the sweet words. I already had the dress, believe it or not, and so it worked out perfectly to wear it for the wedding! Happy Monday, lady! 🙂

  2. Hardest workout lately is walking 😉 haha And managing to not need a bathroom! I LOVE that dress you wore for the wedding. How magical and beautiful. What a fun time. I have seen photographers have some photos on a slideshow and I LOVE that touch!

    1. I was TOTALLY in awe of the slideshow at the wedding idea, and I wish I had known about it back in the day when I got married. I will be promoting it to all engaged people moving forward hahah! Happy Monday, lady! Keep up the good with your workouts, and I know, the struggle is REAL! 🙂

  3. Gosh that wedding venue looks so gorgeous and absolutely loved your dress. That’s so awesome to see a slide show of the photos from the day. What will they think of next?!? And besides seeing a happy couple, my favorite part of weddings is probably the food and cake. I usually judge weddings by how good the food was, hehe.

    1. Hi Patricia! Agreed – I love the cocktail hour appetizers the best! 🙂 And it was definitely a beautiful place for a wedding! Hope your weekend was lovely, my friend!

  4. I got a shout-out! Happy Monday to me!

    Also, I LOVE that you ate a cookie skillet at the bar. Sounds delicious and just as {if not more} entertaining as a beverage.

    You looked SO BEAUTIFUL. That dress was perfection.


    1. It was actually hilarious — everyone was like “I’ll take a jack and coke, I’ll take a shot, and I was like … let me see your dessert menu … I’ll take your largest one, and I only need one spoon. Thanks.” hahahaha 🙂 Thank YOU for being so sweet and for introducing me to “Pinking of You” color!!!

      1. Haha like a champ! The one spoon comment would have totally been me too (minus the pregnancy excuse).

        You’re so welcome and I am thrilled you like the color. 🙂

        1. I’m not much of a dessert sharer — no matter the state of my uterus hahahah! So I always request ONE SPOON or ONE FORK! 🙂 hahahah

  5. Looks like such a beautiful wedding, and love your dress! I visited Coronado once while on a work-trip to San Diego and it was magical. Love everything about that area. I’m visiting San Francisco in July and I cannot wait to get back to the West Coast (I live in Connecticut).

    Good for you for taking a break on vacation! It’s totally healthy to step away from exercise for a while. I do the same thing and I think not nearly enough people (at least in the blogging world) do the same.

    1. Hi Traci! I know — I’m not about to miss breakfast with the group to hit the hotel gym! hehehe! And how cool that you have an SF trip coming up! It will be COLD in July!! Do you have an agenda yet?? YAY!! Happy Monday!

      1. Would you say in the 60s is about right? It’s usually in the 80s in Connecticut at that time, haha, so I’m trying to figure out just how warm to pack. We don’t really have an agenda for SF yet, we’re staying in Sausalito for a couple days, Sonoma for one night, then driving up to the Redwood Forest for a few nights. I would expect the Redwood Forest to be even colder as we go north?

        1. July is definitely breeze and chilly in SF and in the 60s for sure. And yes, in the redwoods, it can be cold too. I would recommend layering and bringing comfortable walking shoes. Sausalito will be slightly warmer in the sun. All are GREAT places to be. Oh and Sonoma may be a little warmer too! I love all of the places you mention!!!

  6. What a wonderful weekend and wedding! I love going to weddings– dancing is my favorite part. And the ceremony– I always get choked up! Love your bright pink dress- you pull that off so well!

  7. You look amazing. Love that dress you wore for the wedding. Happy Belated Mother’s Day to you as well <3

  8. What a beautiful wedding! I love that cake too–so pretty! That’s a great idea about showing the pictures during the reception–I wish that was an option when I got married! I think my favorite part of weddings is trying the different food and drink and dancing of course!

    1. Hi Heather! I know! There seem to be new ways to make the event more special as the years go on! And I’m with you — food, drink, dancing and CAKE make weddings amazing! Hope your weekend was great!! 🙂

  9. Weddings are so much fun, especially when they’re out of town in beautiful and sunny San Diego. The pictures were fabulous and you look amazing in that pink dress. Way to work that color.

    Happy Monday, and have a great week.

    1. Thank you so much, Meghan! I love a good reason to travel, and a wedding ALWAYS serves that purpose. Pink for the summer! It’s my jam! 🙂 Happy Monday, lady!

  10. You look STUNNING!! I love that dress and color on you.

    Glad you had fun in San Diego! I haven’t been to Moo Time in ages. Toughest workout lately for me? Back to back races this weekend for a total of 19.3 miles in two days with a PR in the end! 🙂

    1. Hi Bethany! I use the TRX at the gym — but I know some people really love the door set-up at home for TRX — but you need the right space.

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