Greetings, friends! How was your weekend? Mine was good! I’ll give you the details, and then we’ll get into the usual weekly workout recap …
A relaxing evening of catch-up at home
On Friday night, Dave and I had Whole Foods sushi at home, caught up on life and watched TV. He was exhausted from being away all week for work and was glad to lay low. Fine by me!
On Saturday morning, I went to a yoga class first thing at a new studio I’m trying out called Yoga Treat, which I will give you a full review of very soon. After I got home, I quickly began getting ready, and Dave and I headed off to wine country for a fun event.
Drinking wine in the sunshine in St. Helena
We had tickets to the Kathryn Hall Release party in St. Helena at HALL Wines winery. Lucky for us, we’re just about an hour from the Napa area, and perhaps even a little bit closer now that we live in the East Bay outside of the city. And by the way, I hadn’t been to wine country since January, and that’s just far too long. (As most people, I happen to love sipping wine and smelling grapes.)
We were pleasantly surprised to find the temperatures weren’t quite as high as expected that day, so it was fine to be outside. Check out the multitude of wine, nibblies and shaded areas. My kind of place.
The theme of the day was a Texas-style BBQ with a live country band, barbecue food and of course, wine. There were hundreds there to take part in the celebration, which is held each year to commemorate the release of the winery’s new wine. We were lucky enough to get the invite to be a part this year, and neither of us had even been to a wine release party before.
While I’m much more into white wines, I was totally impressed with the Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon being debuted and so was Dave. It had a really dark, dense and jammy taste.
For a couple hours, we walked around the Great Lawn, sampled wines, had some food and people watched. Let me just tell you, there were some seriously well-dressed people at this event. I couldn’t help but stare …
That cab is good stuff and pricey too, coming in at around $150 a bottle (way more expensive than we’d ever buy, of course). And those little chocolate pudding pie cups with marmalade? One fabulous melt-in-your-mouth bite, as a sweet treat to complement the wine tasting.
Kathryn Hall herself opened up the event and welcomed the guests before talking about the wine, so that was cool too. Overall, we’re really glad we went, so thanks to the team at HALL for hosting us.
Because we were already in wine country, we didn’t want to head back without one more stop. So we pulled into the Grgich Tasting Room for a short tasting, which is a place we went with my Mom more than two years ago when she visited, and it was a good time again. Our wine pourer was a really friendly and chatty guy who lives near us, so we enjoyed talking to him about restaurants in our area. After going through a short tasting, we hopped in the car and headed home to hang out on the couch and play with Rudy.
Shared small-plate dinner in Walnut Creek
On Saturday evening, we went out to Kanishka’s Gastropub in downtown Walnut Creek, which is a place we’ve dined before. We had a good meal, stopped for some froyo and called it a night.
Sweating together and getting work done
On Sunday, Dave and I did something huge — we went to the gym together! Even though I spend my days in gyms, Dave and I have never really gone to the gym together (outside of him attending a handful of my classes) for the entirety of our relationship. Well I recently found out that Dave was eligible for a free membership at 24 Hour Fitness, so we finally went to activate it yesterday. After getting him all signed up, we did 45 minutes of weights together and broke a good sweat.
Sunday afternoon was just thrilling. I did laundry, dishes and work, and then we had a tasty grilled meal in the evening. It was a good weekend! Now let’s switch gears …
My recent weekly fitness and workouts recap
Every single Monday, I like to talk workouts. Here’s how they’ve been going for me lately …
(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)
- Monday: Did a 45-minute resistance session, foam rolling
- Tuesday: Took a 45-minute barre class and a one-hour gentle yoga class
- Wednesday: Took a one-hour Orangetheory class
- Thursday: Taught a 45-minute BODYPUMP and a 30-minute core class, foam rolling
- Friday: Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, took a one-hour barre/TRX class
- Saturday: Took a one-hour gentle yoga class
- Sunday: Did a 45-minute resistance session, foam rolling
What was good about my week of workouts?
The past week was perhaps one of my best for workouts in a long time. I picked up weights four times this week, which makes me very happy. No two days of workouts were the same, so I had a ton of variety, with the addition of two barre classes, a TRX session, two light yoga classes and two solo gym sessions. Although I did have movement every single day without an official day off (which is rare for me), the gentle yoga session I took on Saturday morning was the perfect active recovery day.
What could have been better about my week of workouts?
I felt great in all of my workouts this past week and really enjoyed trying new things, so I have no complaints.
Today, I’m coaching at Orangetheory in the morning and teaching some BODYATTACK in the evening, as well as working on the computer. Happy Monday, folks! I’ll see you back here tomorrow! (And if you haven’t already seen the giveaway I’ve got going on right now, be sure to enter to win some tasty Rise bars!)
Questions of the day
What did you do this weekend?
Do you have a gym buddy or do you work out alone?