Another Monday and the start of a new month! Hello, my friends! How are you? How was the weekend? Well, I’m glad to say, I’m finally feeling back to normal after all of my travel last week. Since we caught up last on Friday morning, I’ve worked and I’ve played. Today, I’m sharing a quick weekend recap and a look at my weekly workouts.
Some Friday nights call for pajamas
Due to our collective exhaustion from cross-country travel, Dave and I elected to stay home on Friday night. We got sushi from Whole Foods (super delicious) and watched the final two episodes of “Mad Men” in our pajamas. I’m pretty sure I fell asleep before 10 p.m., because I needed the rest. And the series finale of “Mad Men”? At first I hated it. But then I read a bunch of analysis articles on why the show ended the way it did and decided it was actually okay.
Teaching classes and a workshop at Orangetheory
On Saturday morning, I was up before 6 a.m. to prepare and teach two totally full Orangetheory Fitness classes. After that, I took a class, then I had a little break before returning to help put on a “Rowing and TRX Workshop” for our members. Both of these modalities make an appearance in most Orangetheory Fitness classes, so we wanted to spend some time helping people perfect their technique. (For more information on Orangetheory, check out “Everything you need to know about the Orangetheory Fitness workout.”)
That indoor water-rower? Man I love it! Those TRX straps? So versatile. During the one-hour workshop, I taught members how to properly engage their core and trunk while using TRX straps, as well as how to perform various moves with the right beginning and ending position. The beauty of the TRX is that it uses your own bodyweight as resistance, so there are a lot of options of making moves more challenging or less challenging depending on the position of your feet as it relates to the TRX anchor point.
A lovely dining experience in Lafayette
On Saturday afternoon, I napped, while Dave washed our cars. (Pretty good deal, right?) Then we got all shined up ourselves and went out to a nice dinner. We had heard great things about an Italian place, called Postino, in Lafayette, which is about 10 minutes from us in the East Bay. And boy was it worth the trip. I absolutely loved the look and feel of this restaurant, and the food was tasty too. It had the ambiance of an Italian village with all the brick and wood decor.
I seem to say this all the time, but since moving out of downtown San Francisco, we’ve not really visited too many good restaurants. However, two weeks ago, we enjoyed Sasa in Walnut Creek and this weekend we enjoyed Postino in Lafayette, so things are looking up.
Just a taste of our selections. A bottle of Pinot Noir, warm bread with herb butter, a mango salad, roasted chicken and potatoes with au jus sauce and two desserts — hazelnut truffle pudding with ice cream and a blueberry crisp with ice cream.
As usual, we shared an appetizer, got our own entrees and split two desserts. Every single bite was delicious. I’d say that Dave and I both enjoyed Postino enough to want to make a return visit.
Sunny Sunday in the Bay and Snapchat
On Sunday, we laid around for a while and took care of a few household chores. Then I did some yoga and Dave went for a run. The biggest news of Sunday? I joined Snapchat, people. Check me out: aladygoeswest is my username.
To finish out the weekend, we made dinner at home, watched TV and relaxed, readying ourselves for another busy week. Now let’s switch gears and talk about fitness …
My weekly workout recap
Because it’s Monday, it’s time to go through my last week of workouts …
(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)
- Monday – Rest day
- Tuesday – Rest day
- Wednesday – Did a 30-minute CXWORX workout and 10 minutes of yoga at home
- Thursday – Taught a 45-minute BODYPUMP class and a 30-minute core class
- Friday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Saturday –Took a one-hour Orangetheory class, foam rolling
- Sunday – Did 30 minutes of power yoga at home, foam rolling
What was good about my week of workouts?
This past week was a different one, in that I started it out in Florida and was more into hanging out with my family than getting in a sweat session. However, I did complete a core workout and short yoga session while there and was back in business as soon as I returned to the Bay Area on Thursday evening. That left me with one session of cardio (BODYATTACK), two resistance sessions (BODYPUMP and Orangetheory), as well as some short yoga sessions throughout the course of the week. I usually take one rest day, but I took two, for the second week-in-a-row due to travel.
What could have been better about my week of workouts?
This past week was certainly missing some workouts, but I’m not terribly worried about it. I’ll be right back to my six or seven workouts this week, so a little breather won’t do me any harm. In fact, I think it’s good for me. This week I’m going to be sure to include three days of strength training, because I missed it the past two weeks.
That covers it! Today, I’m teaching a couple of classes at Orangetheory in the morning and teaching BODYATTACK tonight. I’ll see you back here tomorrow, party people. Enjoy your Monday and first day of June.
Questions of the day
How was your weekend?
What was your best workout recently?
Did you watch the “Mad Men” series finale?