A Banana on a Fancy Plate

Pretty random blog post title, huh?

Last Friday, I wrote a bit about my President’s Day Weekend adventures in Vermont.  I promised you I’d break down some of the specifics of all our fun, so here’s my next installment.  And yes, it’s going to be out-of-order.  What of it?

But first, I’d like to thank all the people who pointed out the hysterical error in my original post.  Yes, I wrote Lake CHAMPAGNE instead of Lake CHAMPLAIN.  Two things:

  1. Yes, I did that by accident.  Maybe I had alcohol on the brain?
  2. No, I didn’t really think that was the name of it.

Funny mistake!  🙂

Vermont Culinary Weekend Getaway:  Saturday Morning Breakfast + Workout

Being the huge fitness nerd that I am, when I found out we were staying at the Essex, I immediately went online to check out what kind of workout options would be available to me during our stay.

This is what I found:

Our state-of-the-art fitness center features the complete line of cardio and strength equipment from Technogym, a recognized world leader in fitness and the official equipment supplier of the last four Olympic Games.  The Fitness Center at Spa at The Essex is also proud to be one of only two facilities in the world to feature the unique free-weight system designed by Precision Athletics.  Specially-designed by an orthopedic surgeon, the system allows quick and easy transition from barbell to dumbbell, saving you time and effort and allowing you to keep your focus on the reps.

The Essex also has a movement studio, perfect for yoga, Pilates, or some time for quiet reflection.

If you are interested in visiting a larger gym, take our 3 minute shuttle to our sister facility HammerFit Athletic Club, featuring HammerStrength Equipment.  Day passes are available.  Hammerfit also offers zumba, fitness, pilates and yoga classes multiple times a day.  Check out our activities calendar for more information.

That would do!

I told Tim that I only wanted to squeeze in one workout while we were there, and the other day could be my off-day.  Friday night wasn’t going to be too crazy, since we were all pretty tired and in bed by midnight after our first cooking class.  So we decided Saturday morning would be our workout time.

Before our workout, we went to The Tavern for a quick bite to eat.  We didn’t want anything too heavy, but we did need fuel to give our bodies energy before our workout!  The Tavern had a lot of healthy options to offer and of course some probably not-so-good-for-you breakfast dishes, but we didn’t want anything too filling.  So instead, we awkwardly asked our waitress if she could bring us each some wheat toast and one banana to the table with some peanut butter.  She didn’t seem pleased with our request (I mean who asks for that at a culinary resort, really?!) but she obliged.

This is what she came back with:

LOL!  Look at that whole fancy plate and setup for just a silly banana!

But this did the trick.

Side note:  I often get a lot of questions on advice and recommendations for eating healthy while at restaurants, traveling, or not making your own food.  My biggest piece of advice is to just NOT CARE.  That meaning, who cares if you ask for something that’s not on the menu?  Who cares if you mix and match salad options, or put together something that is healthy and still tasty that will make you happy?  Hence this banana & PB toast.  Maybe it sounds or looks lame, but I was a pretty happy camper after I got what I wanted.  You are the only one who will regret it later if you don’t at least try!

Moving on!

On the agenda for our workout sesh was Workout 4 from my personal training program.  This completed Workouts One, Two, and Three from that week.  Once again, all credit goes to Tina for these workout ideas.  🙂

Nerdy index card workout, pre-written from Friday morning:

Instructions for this workout:

  • Do a proper 5 minute warmup plus stretching.  I did 5 minutes on the elliptical and some active stretches.
  • Go through all strength moves shown above, in this order, one time.  Then repeat through the circuit for a second time.
  • Then it’s cardio time – do 20 minutes of steady state cardio, with your mode of choice.  Elliptical for me!
  • Finally, a 5-10 minute cooldown and more stretching.

We did have to make a few changes with this (the facility didn’t have a bosu), but I think we modified just fine!  Boy, were we sweaty by the end of this.  Maybe extra sweaty because I think we were sweating out a couple of cranberry mojitos each from Friday night?  😉

The workout facility wasn’t anything special, but it was WAY better than your typical hotel fitness room that usually has 1 treadmill and a couple of weights in it.  If I go back to The Essex, I would want to check out that yoga space as well as maybe take a class at their sister facility.  Fun!  Regardless, it was a fantastic way to start the day before lunch and shopping and touring downtown Burlington.

More Vermont adventures coming soon!

Do you ever plan workouts for when you are traveling or away for the weekend? Do you look up the available fitness facilities ahead of time?

Happy Wednesday, you guys!


8 thoughts on “A Banana on a Fancy Plate

  1. Dear F&F,
    A silly banana? Shame on you! The goodness, freshness, ripeness of a golden yellow banana is as we say in the artworld….”Priceless”!!! I know that you know that “cooking is an Art”..and therefore presentation is 75% of it. So then, why shouldn’t a work of art such as a banana enjoy the same presentation as the eggs benedict? Would you hang the Mona Lisa without a frame? Three cheers for the Tavern for recognizing and appreciating the art of good food and presentation! Now if I could only get in my excercise routine more often whereby improving my own presentation! Just my $.02! UD


  2. In response to your questions, I absolutely do both of those things!! I’m traveling for work now so the first thing I do when booking my hotel is check out the fitness facility. I also bring bands and ‘at home’ workout notes with me to do in my room if i’m short on time… every little bit counts!


  3. YES! I definitely plan some activity when traveling. Usually I bring my band, throw the weights and mat in the car, or if there is a treadmill I plan on using that. Sometimes I just work in a nice long walk.


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