All good things must come to an end!
That’s been our motto for the past couple of days as everyone staying at our Florida home has been going back to their real homes for work and school. Mom and I were the last two left, so we spent Saturday cleaning and packing up the house and all our belongings. Despite “closing up shop”, it’s been an awesome (and super long) vacation, so there is absolutely nothing to be sad about.
Especially when you end the vacation with a spa day! This was my first spa day since I’m eighteen years old now. All my little girl dreams came true.
Pre-spa breakfast was avocado toast with a dippy egg and a banana on the side.
We went to the Ritz Carlton spa for the day (ooh la la, I know), and the staff was incredibly kind (like, sometimes I was uncomfortable with how nice they were). They even allowed my day at the spa to be free of charge since my mom and aunt were both paying for day passes and facials.
Four thumbs up for customer service (I’m counting my toe thumbs)!!
Our spa day started with moves at the fitness center. I ran for 20 minutes on the treadmill and then completed Hillary’s arm and ab superset workout with 10-20 burpees after each superset instead of kettlebell swings.
Thanks for creeping on me during my workout, Madre
I was feelin’ weeeeak by the end of my workout, so a nourishing lunch afterwards was just perfect.
“Bento box” with seared ahi tuna, mixed greens, three bean salad, and farro salad
I savored every last bite of this plate since it was all so delicious and fresh. The price was also great for all this food (look at all that tuna)!
Following lunch, we showered in the snazzy spa showers, put on the classic white robes, and then chillaxed.
You bet I had some of those yogurt pretzels
I attempted to go into the sauna, but I only stayed for 5 minutes because I felt like a baking cookie. And the steam room…lasted 5 seconds. I couldn’t see anything and I couldn’t breathe. Nuhthanks.
The jacuzzi on the other hand…
…yeah I could do that. I’m such a juvenile.
I spent my time in the jacuzzi for a bit, but I dried off and headed back to the empty studio in the fitness center to stretch while my mom and aunt were getting their faces lathered and massaged. I also kept snacking on the complimentary apples and snack mix, as well as the infused water. Alllllll the day. Strawberry-infused water was my favorite!
I had a wonderful stretching session by my lonesome, and I even did a tiny bit of ballet at the barre. Oh how I miss it!
Is it sad that I was sore from stretching the next day? I guess I deprived my muscles of oxygen for a little too long during my deep stretches (after not having stretched in forever).
Eventually, our rejuvenating spa day came to an end. (Not that I really needed rejuvenation after a two-week vacation in Florida…) We later joined the dudes for dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant.
Rice vermicelli with grilled shrimp and abundant herbs and veggies
Then we went home for ice cream to balance out all the greens eaten throughout the day. 😉
Florida was super chilly (by Florida standards), so hot oats hit the spot for breakfast!
½ c. quick oats cooked in ½ c. water and ½ c. 2% milk // half a sliced banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, vanilla protein powder, pinch of salt stirred in // glob of peanut butter on top
As I mentioned at the top of this post, mom and I spent the day cleaning and packing while also dropping off family members at the airport for their respective flights. We did take a shopping break at TJMaxx in the late morning though!
I’m season-confused. I got a sweater and three pairs of shorts, and I’m going back to single-digit temperatures in Boston. Spring will come soon enough, right?
A clean-out-the-fridge lunch was in order that afternoon: avocado toast with our last egg + practically half a box of spinach with tons of feta cheese. Plus an unpictured clementine and a million veggie straws aka one of the most addicting snacks out there.
Oh my goodness, too many leaves in my stomach. But I enjoyed this simple lunch nonetheless!
After a long day of cleaning (and church in the evening), Madre offered to take me out to dinner at Seasons 52, a restaurant we had both been wanting to try for a while. I gratefully agreed!
To start: grilled chicken pesto flatbread
The flatbread was to die for. Everything was packed with flavor but not too salty— a balance that is hard to come by!
Mom’s order: pork tenderloin with sweet potato mash and roasted vegetables
She shared a good hunk of pork tenderloin with me, and mannnn was it delicious. I think I closed my eyes at one point as I savored the tender, flavorful piece of meat. Dishes like these prevent me from becoming a vegetarian.
My order: “Winter Vegetable Tasting” that included citrus farro quinoa salad, a black bean & veggie soft taco, roasted golden beets, broccoli rabe, and grilled tofu with fruit salsa
There was not a thing on this plate that we didn’t enjoy! The citrus farro quinoa salad was our favorite though. We must re-create it at home!
I totally saved room for dessert, since we kept seeing waiters and waitresses walk around to other tables with plates of dessert shots.
They brought out an assortment of mini desserts in shot glasses from which you could choose. If I remember correctly, they had: carrot cake, chocolate peanut butter mousse, pecan pie, s’mores, caramel macchiato, strawberry cannoli, key lime pie, blueberry lemon custard, and raspberry brownie.
Talk about tough life choices.
Without much hesitation, I chose the carrot cake, and mom chose the raspberry brownie. I ended up eating all of mine and most of hers. They were mini, so it’s a little more acceptable to eat 1.5 desserts, yes?
Thanks for the fabulous dinner, Madre!
Since we went to church on Saturday evening, mom and I got to sleep in before doing some last minute cleaning of the house.
I was also able to squeeze in some moves outside as it started to drizzle a bit: 5 minute jump rope warmup + Purely Twins’ crazy burpee leg workout (loved this!!!) + 8 minute ab tabata.
The ab tabata was 4 rounds of 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest of weighted Russian twists, modified V-ups, crossover knee to elbow planks, and spiderman planks.
I washed that shirt before wearing it again, promise.
As always, a day of travel calls for overnight oats!
Now we’re en route to New York, but this time we’re taking the auto train rather than road tripping like we did on our way down to Florida. There’s snow in the northeast and I’m not sure if our bodies are ready for the temperature shock.
I’ve obviously been spoiled silly on this vacation, but I am looking forward to school, schedules, and just feeling productive. Nevertheless, I am beyond thankful for the family time and amazing experiences we’ve had in Florida!
P.S. I used so many parentheses in this post. Sorry, I love asides apparently.
So tell me:
Have you ever had a spa day?
Have you ever gotten sore from stretching? Please say yes.
What is your favorite cold-weather food?
Which of the dessert shots would you choose?