Weekend and my weekly workouts at 35 weeks pregnant

Hi, friends! How’s everything? So this was a pretty good weekend over here, perhaps better than the last one, with that all-day childbirth class. I hope your weekend was good too. Let’s chat about it, and then get to my weekly workout recap from 35 weeks pregnant. And yes, that means I’m in my 36th week. Oh my!

The weekend recap

Visiting the new Drybar in downtown Walnut Creek

On Friday afternoon, I had the lovely opportunity to try out the new Drybar in downtown Walnut Creek, which was having its grand opening that day. If you’ve never heard of it, Drybar offers nothing but hair styling. They wash your hair, blow it out and then style it in a number of signature ways, all named after cocktails. No cutting, no color, just styling.

Drybar Walnut Creek front entrance by A Lady Goes West

Drybar Walnut Creek products by A Lady Goes West

You can have a glass of champagne during your service (which I didn’t, sadly), there’s music playing, and you get totally pampered. Who doesn’t love that? The decor in the Bar is super cute — all yellow and grey, and the styling chairs are along a big white bar — much closer together than your usual hair salon.

Normally, a wash, a blowout and styling costs $45 each time, but I was lucky to be invited for a free service in honor of the grand opening. I loved my stylist, and he did a perfect Cosmo-Tai on my hair, which is a mix of the popular Cosmopolitan and Mai-Tai styles.

Honestly, getting my hair done like this feels so good that I would certainly consider going back here and there as a little treat. Thanks, Drybar! Welcome to the neighborhood.

Ashley after Drybar blowout by A Lady Goes West

Ashley after Drybar blowout from the back by A Lady Goes West

With my fresh hair, it was clear I had to do something that night, so Dave and I joined another couple for a casual, but fun dinner at True Food Kitchen. I had my usual order, the grass-fed burger with sweet potato hash and kale salad and we shared some apps for the table. Good times!

Birthday party, more hair and hanging out at home

On Saturday morning, I was up early to say bye to Dave and his guy friends before they left for their overnight trip to Santa Rosa. It was officially Dave’s “dadchelor” party, and he and eight other guys had a fun day of canoeing, visiting a brewery and hanging out near the Russian River. That meant, Rudy and I were on our own for about 24 hours.

First up, I went to a cute little kids’ birthday party at a public park in Martinez, and this was my first time visiting the area — the weather was lovely. I was there for a little over an hour hanging out with friends enjoying the festivities, and then I had to get back in the car to head to Lafayette for another hair appointment. I had made the appointment months ago to get my color and cut fixed up a little, as my last grooming session before the baby arrives. It went well, and that marked my second time getting a nice blowout for the weekend. YAY!

That afternoon, I had purposely made no plans, because I knew I may be tired from the party, followed by hair appointment, so I headed home and was planning to stay in. But, then after a bit, I felt like getting out of the house again, so I ended up heading out to Michaels to get something I needed to complete the nursery (pictures coming soon!). And wouldn’t you know, that place was totally slammed on a Saturday evening! Before I left home, I Googled “can you bring a dog to Michaels” and found out that Michaels is super dog-friendly, so Rudy made the trip with me. He was a very good boy, and we got what we were after, as well as a pumpkin-scented candle, which was on sale for $2. Score!

That night, Rudy and I hung out around the house. We watched “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” — perhaps my favorite thing on television right now (those girls are SO talented, I can’t get enough) — ate dinner and laid low, while also catching a movie on Netflix called, “The Switch,” which was okay, but not great. Nothing too exciting! And as you can see, no pictures were taken during the day except for this one bump shot from the first day of 36 weeks.

Ashley bump shot at 36 weeks pregnant by A Lady Goes West

A typical relaxing Sunday in Walnut Creek

On Sunday, I was supposed to go to a media event in the City, but had actually cancelled the day before knowing that it may have been a bit much for me — it was in the Presidio and hosted by an alcohol brand, so clearly I would miss out on most of the good part hehehe. So instead, I stayed around Walnut Creek. I took Rudy on a walk on the trail, did some yoga and some blog work until Dave came back. I also started the day, big surprise, with a waffle, which you can see here …

Waffle breakfast on Sunday by A Lady Goes West

After Dave arrived home and had a minute to relax, we went out to run some errands and then had a nice lunch outside at Tender Greens. I ordered the salmon, mixed veggies and kale salad, and Dave had the shrimp bowl, which are the exact two meals that we ordered last week. What can I say, major creatures of habit over here. How about you?

Ashley outside Tender Greens in Walnut Creek by A Lady Goes West

Dave outside Tender Greens in Walnut Creek by A Lady Goes West

In the afternoon, we took a nap, hung around the house and did usual Sunday things. And that was the weekend! This week, we’ve got a meeting with our doula, and we’re planning to install the car seat too. It’s getting real around here!

My latest weekly workout recap

And now, for a look at how I’ve been moving lately …

Weekly Workouts by A Lady Goes West

At 35 weeks pregnant …

  • Monday: Did a 30-minute lower-body weights workout, 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Did a 30-minute upper-body weights workout, 12 p.m., did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Took a 1.5-hour walk, 9:15 a.m., did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday: Did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 10 a.m., did 30 minutes of a Bootybarre class, 12 p.m.
  • Friday: Did 35 minutes of a BODYPUMP class, 12 p.m.
  • Saturday: Rest day
  • Sunday: Took a 30-minute walk, 10 a.m., did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 10:45 a.m.

Overview of the week of workouts

This past week was pretty solid for fitness at 35 weeks pregnant. I hit the lower body, the upper body, did some barre, walked, did part of a BODYPUMP class for the whole body and a lot of yoga and stretching at home. I also took a full rest day.

In BODYPUMP, I’ve started using way less weight than I did before getting pregnant, and yet, the workout is still super challenging. I hope to be able to go a couple more times before I call it a day and hang up my barbell until after the baby arrives, but we shall see. Every day is a new adventure with a growing pregnant body.

That’s all I’ve got for you today, my friends! I hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂 

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Questions of the day

How was your weekend?

Are you a creature of habit when going out for lunch or do you like to branch?



    1. Hi Bethany! Thank you so much! And you totally need to find a blow-dry bar in your area and give it a try for a treat! Hope your weekend was lovely, lady!

    1. Hi Heather! Thank you so much! That dress is from a local boutique — only online — looks like they are sold out of it! But anyways, it’s super comfy. And I have DEFINITELY had to slow down a bit in these last weeks. Hope your weekend was good, lady! 🙂

  1. Love your hair from Dry Bar! Would love to have them do my hair every time we headed out. And I’m totally a creature of habit and have a really hard time ordering something different in fear that I won’t like it, lol. Have a great week!

    1. Hi Patricia! I hear there’s a membership to Drybar, and I could seriously consider putting that on my Christmas list hahahah! I mean, grooming feels GOOD for the soul. Hope your weekend was fine, you creature of habit! 🙂

  2. Sounds like a great weekend full of some fun and some relaxation! I would not have expected Michael’s to be busy on a Saturday night, so weird. Can’t wait to see how you decorated the nursery. Getting my hair done is the best, I seriously LOVE it – especially when they wash your hair and basically give you a scalp massage. Have a great day girlie 🙂

    1. Hi Maureen! The hair washing and massage is the BEST part! It just didn’t feel that way when you do it on your own, does it? hehhe! And I know, I was shocked at Michaels being crowded too. I hope you had a great weekend, lady! 🙂

    1. Hi Emily! I feel ya! When you know you like something, it’s super hard to switch it up. But I have tried some really tasty new things lately that have been making me consider branching more often. I hope your weekend was great, lady! 🙂

  3. Creature of habit FOR SURE. I love your hair! They did such a great job. I’m so bad at curling my hair, so I definitely need help when its for the right occasion. Your waffle looks fantastic- I haven’t had a waffle in YEARS. Well, I haven’t owned a waffle maker since I was in High School, so that’s why, hah!

    1. Hi Carrie! So strangely enough, our waffle maker has been with us since Orlando. And every time we moved, even into our TINY 550 square foot apartment with a mini-kitchen in Nob Hill, I wanted to keep it. But it was NEVER used for 4.5 years until just a couple months ago when I started craving waffles. So I guess somehow I subconsciously knew to keep it around. Moral of this story: maybe you should get one? hahahahha Hope your weekend was great!

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