Weekend full of friends, family, food and my weekly workouts

The good and the bad. That’s life. Yesterday morning, I was incredibly sad to see the news of the tragedy in Orlando. As you may know, I lived in Orlando for more than six years. It’s where I started my career, met Dave, got married and still have a huge community of friends. Dave and I lived in downtown Orlando very close to where the horrific events occurred, and I cannot imagine what it must be like to be in the heart of it. Sending so many thoughts and prayers to the people of Orlando. 


But we’ll keep things routine around here and talk about the weekend and my latest week of workouts. It was nice to make use of some free time over the last couple of days, and they were full. Here’s how it all went down …

Friday wine date

Such a good night! I met up with Nichole at Broderick in downtown Walnut Creek, which is a new place with a totally cool vibe. We sat at a high-top, had some wine, watched the Warriors game in the background and chatted up a storm. She’s a sweetheart, and I love hanging out with her. And yes, two bloggers got together and didn’t take a single picture. It happens, people.

Saturday sweating and eating

BODYPUMP outfit by A Lady Goes West

And now for a story …

For the next few months over the summer, I’ll be up and at ’em early on Saturday mornings to teach BODYPUMP, and this was my first one of the season. Well, don’t you know something ridiculous happened …

I went to the gym, went into the group fitness room, started to set up and realized I didn’t have my music. I mean, no music. No iPod. No CD. Didn’t have the music on my iPhone. Nada! I’ve been teaching group fitness for almost seven years, and I’ve had nightmares about being unprepared for class, and it’s never happened until now. When I realized I had nothing, I ran as fast as I could to the parking lot, jumped in my car, sped home (called Dave continually, but his phone was off, and he was sleeping because he got home at 5 a.m. the night before after being in Cleveland for the Warriors playoff game).

Mentally, I was in a complete panic. I got home, ran inside and found the iPod in my purse (which is not where I normally keep it, but because I had lent my car adapter out, I brought it inside with me, which was out of the ordinary — but that is neither here nor there). As soon as I had it, I ran back into my car and sped back to the gym. When I got back, the parking lot had filled up, and I had to WAIT for a parking spot. The entire time, I was totally freaking out and talking to myself out loud. Finally, I parked, ran as fast as I could back into the gym, up the stairs and into the group fitness room — already sweating and huffing and puffing. By the time I put on the microphone and my weightlifting gloves and quickly started class, it was 8:03 a.m. Three minutes late. I laughed it off with the members (and there were a lot of them with 50 in the packed room), and they didn’t seem to mind. Somehow, I ended up teaching an awesome class. But still, I can’t believe I let that happen, because that’s so far from my usual totally prepared nature. From now on, I plan to be armed with double-music! Ahhh! (Thank goodness I live very close to the gym and had arrived early that day, or this story would NOT have a happy ending.)

The rest of the day, I hit up the grocery store, did some chores and even took a nap (I must have been tired from all of the heart attacks that morning). Dave and I also went out to lunch at Urban Plates in Pleasant Hill, which came highly recommended to me from a few friends. It was divine, and we will totally be going back, because I’m pretty sure I proclaimed it my new favorite lunch. Super healthy options. Here’s my selection …

Salmon at Urban Plates A Lady Goes West

And the events didn’t end there. In the late afternoon, we welcomed Dave’s little sister, Gwena, who drove up from Southern California to visit us. Gwena just graduated college a few weeks ago and is currently on a little road-trip to explore.

That evening, we had some wine on the patio at home, and then headed to downtown Walnut Creek for an awesome dinner at Teleferic Barcelona, a newish Spanish tapas place, with a super cool atmosphere and great food. We ordered small plates to share, tasty sangria and the most amazing salmon tartare that I’ve ever had. (And by the way, Gwena fell in love with Walnut Creek, which has happened with most of our visitors as of late.)

Cocktail hour by A Lady Goes West

Teleferic Barcelona cheese plate by A Lady Goes West

Sunday in San Francisco

In the morning, Gwena and I went to get manis, then the three of us ventured out to head to the City for some exploring. It was a great day for being outside, and we definitely go our steps in. We walked through the Financial District to the North Beach Festival, went through Chinatown, Nob Hill and Union Square and finished up with a late lunch for me at Lemonade in Yerba Buena Square, where we met up with some City friends for a bit. It was a nice and relaxing day showing Gwena some of San Francisco.

Union Square in SF by A Lady Goes West

Lemonade lunch by A Lady Goes West

The evening concluded with dinner at home and some chill time. And that was it! A good weekend for sure, outside of the sad news from Central Florida, that won’t be out of our minds any time soon. Now, let’s talk fitness …

My weekly workout recap

Here’s a look at all of the workouts I fit in last week …

Weekly workouts via A Lady Goes West(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)

Weekly Workouts 

  • Monday: Rest day
  • Tuesday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class
  • Wednesday: Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class
  • Thursday: Did 1 hour of weights with a personal trainer
  • Friday: Did 20 minutes of intervals on the treadmill
  • Saturday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class 
  • Sunday: Rest day

How did this past week of workouts go?

The most important part about this past week? Once again, I got in three sessions of resistance training, and they were all one-hour long, which is just awesome for me. I also did cardio twice and took two full rest days. While I love to get one yoga session in each week, it didn’t happen this one, and that’s okay. 

That’s all I’ve got for today. Go Warriors!! Big game tonight!!

So much good #food and a week of #workouts ...  Share on X

P.S. Thanks to Meghan for today’s “Week in Review” link-up.

Questions of the day

What’s your favorite lunch?

What did you do this weekend?



  1. Your eats are always good, and this time is no exception! And lol to the Bodypump fiasco story. Thank goodness you had enough time to run home! I can’t tell you how many times something like that has happened to me. And Alex forgot his white coat his first day of going to work from our new apartment, and that had his hospital ID, pager, etc. The Lemmers have issues πŸ˜€

  2. That’s great that after rushing home to get your iPod you didn’t let it bother you and were still able to teach a great class! I don’t teach group fitness, but being a classroom teacher I know how hard it is to brush things off when you have a group of people staring at you. I love protein and veggies for lunch, usually I have a grilled chicken salad with some sliced avocado and a yogurt to satisfy my sweet tooth. Have a fantastic week!

    1. Hi Patricia! I know, luckily I’ve been doing it long enough that I’m comfortable in front of 50 people hehehe. But I NEVER want to be unprepared. And your lunch choices are perfection! Hope your weekend was great. πŸ™‚

  3. Hey Ashley –
    Would you mind sharing what you do for intervals on the treadmill? How often do you do those?
    Thank you and enjoy the game tonight!

    1. Yes! I haven’t been doing them lately, but used to do them ALL THE TIME. I will share soon! Thanks for the request. Have a great day. πŸ™‚

  4. I am so like that, in feeling unprepared and being late about gives me a panic attack, but I guess you have to realize life happens and it happens to the most prepared person every once in awhile but life goes on! The rest of your weekend sounded so fun! I headed out to explore Charleston, SC this weekend it was a blast and so fun to get out and use my camera!

  5. OMG! I would have had a heart attack too. You are so lucky you were able to run home and back so fast, although it probably didn’t feel fast in the moment. I’m always worried I’m going to forget something for swim instructing, like my swimsuit which is highly necessary!

  6. Omg I’ve had panic moments like that where the mic stops working during a class or I think I’ve forgotten my phone on my way to teach…my heart will STOP. i can’t believe you were able to go all the way home and back and still make it pretty much on time!!

  7. OMG I have anxiety just thinking about having no music. I’ve come close a couple times, like when we use Spotify and the wireless wasn’t working and I had none of my playlists available offline, but at the last minute it came back up. That’s terrifying. Good thing you were able to get home and back in time!

    1. Hi Erin! I know — music is ESSENTIAL to the workout, especially a pre-choreographed class. I’d love to take your class one day! πŸ™‚

  8. Wow youve sure been busy with a lot of visitors lately! Looks like a great weekend! My favorite lunch is probably grilled veggies and shrimp in a wrap with some sort of delicious sweet potato fry on the side.

  9. :'( My heart hurts for Orlando. I’ve thought about writing about it, but I just don’t have the words to say, so I’m praying about it.

    That is AMAZING how you were able to go get your music and get back to class on time! What a story! Also, I love that you keep exploring San Francisco. Never lose the wonder for where you live, eh?

  10. Ha! Totally know what you mean with those nightmares… like the first day of school type thing, ha! Glad it all worked out though. πŸ™‚

    And awesome that you had such a fun, up-for-anything visitor. Hope she was able to stay a bit… these games are getting intense!

    1. hahaha that’s so funny, Courtney! The struggle is REAL. Nice work borrowing. I needed specific music for this class, so that wasn’t an option for me. Hope all is well, lady! πŸ™‚

  11. that sounds completely terrifying to me and I can completely understand why you’d freak out. LOL… oh well, at least it worked out.

    Love DT walnut creek!! I think I’ve been to that spanish tapas place, too.

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