I know I am defying the rules.
The “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” rule. Sorry, but bloggers can’t live by that. It is only natural to snap of photo of everything you see or eat on vacation. It won’t matter if people give me the “why is she taking a picture of her food” look. I highly doubt I’ll ever see these people again. With that being said, here is my Las Vegas timeline.
Vegas happened too fast. My trip is a blurred and hasty memory. As I try to put the pieces together, my head is throbbing with frustration. I diagnosed myself with a vacation coma. Thank goodness my camera stores pictures in order, or this post would be disastrous than I already foresee it being. Sorry for the lack of organization and typos that will appear in this post. I am fully prepared for the grammar police to pull me over. I tried to pull myself together, but unfortunately they don’t make drugs for vacation comas.
Jeremy and I took off from Atlanta at 4 p.m. (Georgia time) I hadn’t eaten dinner yet. My stomach was growling loud enough to cause the person next to me give the “would you be quite” stare. When the flight attendant came around with the bag of pretzels, I was relieved. Even though they were only 45 calories and bitsy as an ant, they kept me content during the flight. I stayed busy reading the new Health magazine with Jillian Michaels (which I highly recommend) and Fifty Shades of Grey.
We landed in Vegas four hours later.
I will be honest. I wasn’t that excited about this trip to Vegas. It was Jeremy’s idea. I assumed it was going to be crazy. I pictured naked hookers and meat-heads partying in the streets. You know? Just like Hollywood portrays it to be. I decided to be open-minded and make the best of it.
My stereo type for Vegas was immensely off. It was nothing like I pictured it to be. Vegas includes an artsy side with a lot of classy places to visit. Don’t get me wrong, there are parts similar the movies, but we didn’t bump into many of those.
When we checked into our Hotel, the front desk upgraded us to a colossal suite. We were puzzled to why they had done this, but we were extremely excited! I don’t know if any of you are fans of The Hills or Laguna Beach, but I had a L.C. moment. Every time they take their trips, they walk into the hotel room with an “oh my gosh” look. They start checking out all the rooms and screaming each others name. J eremy and I immediately dropped our bags and reacted the same. We had a marvelous view of the city, two rooms, two bathrooms that had T.V.s in them and a Jacuzzi. We felt like royalty.
Jeremy and I flew his parents to Vegas for a well-deserved get a way. We were all equally hungry, so we met them down at the Mandalay Bay buffet.
Coffee was the first word that came out of my mouth when the waiter took our drink orders. I’m sure that is not a shock for all of you. I am surprised coffee wasn’t my first word as a baby.
I had a half and half packet in my coffee with one packet of sugar. All they had was sweet n low, so I settled for the real deal.
The buffet looked fabulous. There was an abundant amount of healthy options with fresh fruit and vegetables. I knew I was going to eat a ton this trip, but I still wanted my choices to be healthy. You can splurge without fearing the scale or over using the gym when you return home. You just have to splurge smartly.
Buffets scare the majority of people who are trying to eat healthier. Buffets don’t intimidate me at all. I prefer them. I like making my own choices and choosing what goes onto my plate. Buffets give me that option.
My first (yes, first) plate consisted of: cooked shrimp, mixed steamed vegetables, some kind of Chinese green vegetable, asparagus, a red potato, crab legs and a chunk of salmon.
I was still hungry. To prevent myself from eating the entire buffet, I had a bowl of fruit to allow my stomach to settle for a couple minutes before making another trip. Fruit keeps you from overeating. It is rich with water and fiber to help your stomach feel fuller.
My second plate consisted of: pineapple, asparagus, cooked shrimp, breaded salmon and a garden salad. I was finally content. I wasn’t shooting for miserably full or I’d have to be rolled out of there.
After a long day of preparation and travel, I was exhausted.
Friday was going to be a long day filled with walking and touring. We decided to call it a night. I relaxed in the Jacuzzi, then turned on the T.V. and dosed off. I figured I would have slept like a baby because the bed was heavenly soft, but I kept waking up. I don’t know if the time difference was the culprit, or because I ate late. I was restless all through the night.
I woke up hours before everyone else.
I didn’t want to be rude and wake Jeremy up, so I headed downstairs to the cafe to pick up fresh fruit and coffee. I like to eat right when I wake up to boost the metabolism. I knew it would be hours before Jeremy even rolled over.
To sweeten my fruit, I used honey. This was a much better option than the other, Sweet n Low.
I went through two cups of coffee in the first hour. Unfortunately, they don’t do refills. I had to pay full price for two. As a coffee addict, cost is just a number.
After giving up cable in January, T.V. doesn’t interest me anymore. I put on my gym shoes and decided to walk the the mall. Yes, our hotel had it’s own mall. Still mind-blown about it.
I may have stopped at a few slots while making my way around the hotel casino…I broke out of my shell this weekend. I should have had 1-800-bets-off on my speed dial. I now understand why people form gambling addictions. Once you win…and win again…you never want to stop! It’s a good thing I don’t live in Vegas. I can still see the slot machines go round and around in my head.
Finally, I got the text from Jeremy….”Where’d you go”…I headed back upstairs. I brought him a whole wheat bagel and cream cheese on the way up to the nineteenth floor. I thought it was a nice gesture since bagels are his favorite.
He’s a guy, so he was happy to see his bagel. He leaned in to kiss me good morning, then snatched the bagel bag like a thief I felt robbed. As he started eating, we got a text from his parents “come meet us for breakfast”. Uh oh! We already ate! It was going to be a long day full of walking, so maybe eating again wasn’t a bad idea. I was already getting hungry. I had only eaten half of my fruit and had been awake for hours being productive and stuff… (walking the mall and gambling my life away).
His parents wanted to eat the the Mandalay buffet. That’s right! Two buffets in less than 24 hours. I could have easily dove into the blueberry pancakes, banana nut muffins or french toast. Instead, I decided to nourish my body and go for fresh fruit and yogurt bar. All of the starchy options would have left me hungry in a few hours.
My first plate had : strawberry yogurt, spoonful of almonds, granola, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apricots, blackberries, grapes and a little portion of the scrambled eggs.
Sometimes I think I have a tapeworm. I can eat more food than my body size. Healthy food of course. I went back for more. I grabbed the same choice but with a piece of crepe and pineapple this time.
I guess my eyes were bigger than my stomach. I stirred everything up, contemplating a finish, but there was no way. The second plate was too much. I threw in the towel! My face was starting to look like Adam Richman’s during his food challenge days.
After breakfast, Jeremy’s parents hit the casino and we hit the strip. We walked from 10 am to 6 pm, covering about ten miles of Vegas! I was in awe of the impressive architecture and art. The buildings were miraculous inside and decorated with a royal style.
People watching was my favorite.
We lucked out with the weather. It was almost eighty degrees. I was excited to wear my sundress. I made a mistake by wearing my new shoes. My feet were killing me! As the sun went down, Jeremy and I made our way back to the hotel to meet his parents.
All that walking made us HUNGRY! Anything sounded good. The hotel stocked our room up with all kinds of junk food. All my favorites: Pringles, Peanut M&M’s, Snickers, chocolate chip cookies, cashews, Sour Patch Kids and salty trail mix. We could have easily ripped open the bags and ate till we were satisfied, but we didn’t. Thank goodness we have self control as the fine print said each bag was fifteen dollars.
Luckily, I had leftover fruit from earlier that morning. I grabbed it from the mini fridge and ate the rest to hold me over until dinner. I relaxed in the Jacuzzi again, then got ready for the night.
We headed to old Vegas, Fremont street. This is where the crazies are! There were all kinds of people. People wearing feathers, to people wearing nothing, to transformers and movie murderers. Its almost possible to be bored here. Everyone was getting hungry. We stopped at another buffet, the Golden Nugget. Yep, that’s right…my third buffet!
This time, I decided to go lighter on the dinner plate. I had a huge sweet tooth. My plate had: vegetable shrimp stir fry, steamed broccoli, crab legs and a salad with a side of dressing.
I have this method when it comes to buffet desserts. How can you say no to all the delicious treats screaming your name? Instead of putting a whole brownie, cookie or piece of pie onto my dessert plate, I add little sample pieces. That way I get a little taste of everything without going overboard on the sugar. There are usually broken pieces of dessert on the trays, so I grab those. On my dessert plate I have: apple pie cobbler fudge brownie, raisin oatmeal cookie, carrot cake and whipped butterscotch ice cream with a cinnamon sugar chip. It doesn’t look like I have six desserts on my plate, but that is the beauty of the “sample-method”. It’s all about moderation splurges, not binge splurges.
My eyes were starting to get heavy. I always get tired and go overboard on vacations, so I ordered some coffee for an extra boost.
After playing hours of casino games, I was so ready to head back to the hotel and crawl into bed for some shut eye. When we got to the hotel , Jeremy pointed out the “karaoke night” sign at the House of Blues. I rolled my eyes and knew exactly what he was thinking. There was no fighting it, we all headed in and grabbed a table.
Jeremy and his dad, Greg, love watching people sing. We sat there for about fifteen minutes before his family secretly signed me up. I was already tired and now mad on top of that! I did not want to sing. But, I did it for Greg and ended up getting an extra $100 out of the deal.
Finally 2 AM rolled around. I was ready to leave the House of Blues. As we walked through our hotel casino, Jeremy couldn’t resist the craps table. We stopped and decided to play the extra $100. I wasn’t kidding when I said we needed 1-800-bets-off during this trip.
After playing the table, we turned our $100 into an easy $600. Again, I felt the gambling problem increase…you just keep winning…and winning…
Finally, I dragged Jeremy back to the room and refused to make any more “stops”. At that point, I would have paid $600 to get some sleep.
Another Vegas morning had arrived.
This time I woke up a little later…7 am. I can’t sleep when I am anxious to start the day. And how could I not be anxious? I was in Vegas! I grabbed my workout clothes and headed down to the fitness center at the hotel. I did a nice jog and weight session. I was surprised to see an empty fitness center. How do these Vegas goers look so good if they don’t hit the gym? I must be missing something.
On the way back up, I grabbed a little fruit tray from the cafe and a couple coffees.
After showering and getting dressed, I sat down to read a book with my fruit and coffee. I left my laptop at home to prevent wasting my time getting caught up in Facebook or Pinterest. A book is much easier to put down than closing up a laptop during a Pinterest session. Am I right?
A couple hours later, Jeremy’s parents met us for breakfast down at the Mandalay bay buffet…yup…my fourth buffet in one weekend!
This time, I had: yogurt with granola, blueberries, pineapple, melon, blackberries, a scoop of scrambled egg and a slice of french toast. I grabbed the apple and took it with me for my long day ahead. I learned my lesson and didn’t go back for another plate.
Jeremy, his parents and I headed down the strip. We did a ton of walking until we got to the Cosmopolitan. I bet you can guess what we did…yup…gambled. I played slots and left a winner, and so did everyone else! It was getting late, so we all headed back to the Mandalay.
When we got back to the hotel, I caved. I opened up the room’s $4.00 K-cup coffee. Such a rip off, but only coffee addicts understand.
We relaxed a little, watched T.V and got ready for the night out on the strip.
We decided to have dinner at the Bellagio buffet…yup…my fifth buffet in one weekend! We kept hearing it was one of the best and decided to try it out.
I’ve never seen anything like it.
They had everything for everyone. It was fat kid’s heaven and health nut’s heaven all at the same time. I squeezed right between both heavens.
As all buffets go for me, I go in with a method.
Instead of starting off with everything that looked good like: pasta, macaroni, pizza or mashed potatoes, I decided to fill up on greens. My first plate consisted of: grilled salad zucchini, cucumber, bell pepper, dried fruits, romaine, egg whites, cous cous, onions and a side of dressing. This was just a teaser…
For my next plate, I decided to fill up on protein and cooked veggies. My plate had: grilled salad zucchini and squash asparagus, broccolini, shrimp, crab, glazed baby carrots, cous cous, dried fruit and a baby potatoes. I know dried fruit isn’t that great for you, but it was so tasty. I never buy it, so once in a while won’t kill me. The broccolini was incredible. I can’t describe the flavors. All I could think of was getting more!
I was starting to fill up, so I chose to put a piece of pizza on my plate. If I would have put pizza on my plate the first time up, I would have kept going back for more neglecting the vegetables that tasted just as good.
My last plate consisted of: mahi mahi, cheese pizza, grilled salad zucchini, dried fruit, broccolini and a couple seasoned potato wedges. I skipped out on the macaroni and cheese because I was getting full. Good thing I didn’t put that on my first plate.
The dessert bar was incredible. It was basically it’s own bakery. It had every kind of dessert from every kind of culture.
I have always seen macaroons on Pinterest and in magazines, but had never tried one. At the Bellagio, I finally did. I only planned on taking one bite, but that didn’t play out as I planned. I can’t describe how delicious it was. It tasted like a brownie flavored Kit-Kat on the outside with brownie batter in the middle. I can’t believe I have been missing out on these all my life. Shame on my parents!
If I ever decided to eat until my death, I would go here. Is that crazy to say? Oh well…
After we left the buffet we headed out to the Bellagio Casino and of course…played some games.(sounds better than saying we gambled) Jeremy and I had fun people watching at the Bellagio. The things you see in Vegas….
We were so tired. We ended up leaving his parents there and taking off. Shouldn’t it have been the other way around? Where do adults get their energy? As soon as we got back to the hotel we passed out like babies.
Our last day in Vegas was here. I did not want to leave. I was starting to get into a Vegas routine. After devouring my coffee and a tray of fruit, I woke Jeremy up. I wasn’t going to let him sleep in this time. We only had six hours to enjoy the day before heading back to the airport. His parents didn’t leave until today.
We left the Mandalay and headed a couple miles down the strip. I bought some T-shirts and gifts for friends. The weather was beautiful and we decided to keep walking to soak in the heat.
We stopped at the Venetian for iced coffee. I had one tbsp of half and half in mine. The Venetian is beautiful. It reminded me of Italy. Luckily for my parents, they are staying there this weekend. They will love it. They met and lived in Italy when they were younger.
On our way back, Jeremy and I stopped at the Mirage to see their animal exhibits. I wasn’t too interested in that, because I am not a huge fan of animal confinement. I was excited to see the Kardashian Khaos store! Jeremy has way too much patience with me.
Our last stop was the Miracle Mile Mall. I’d love to live in Vegas. There is so much to do and no excuses to be bored. I enjoyed watching all the talented people on the streets and the not-so-talented people (old man dressed in a diaper pretending to be cupid). After we were all shopped out, we headed back to the hotel for our final meal and to say our goodbyes to Jeremy’s parents.
I bet you can guess where my last meal was…yup…another buffet! My sixth to be exact! This was going to be my final meal of the day. It would be midnight by the time we landed in Atlanta.
On my plate I had : fruit, kidney beans, shrimp, cucumber, romaine, crab, three bean salad, croutons, a potato and Italian on the side.
The salad was delicious and refreshing. After our long walk on the strip, I felt better about going up for another! After dinner, we headed to the airport to go back to Atlanta. We had an amazing time and I can’t wait to go back! I don’t have anything negative to say about Vegas! Other than the amount I spent on coffee. Good thing I won it back with my new gambling addiction.
Vacations can be scary to some health nuts, but I made the best of it. I ate healthy and still enjoyed my sweets. I made sure to find time to exercise and stay active. Take advantage of your hotel’s fitness center and pool Get out and walk new places instead of taking a taxi. Vacations are apart of your lifestyle and can easily fit into a healthy one. It’s all about choices. Don’t deprive yourself on vacation, but don’t over do it either. Don’t have a binge splurge. Have a moderation splurge. Find your happy medium and go with it!
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- minanamoue said: Thanks for posting, this was inspiring.
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- whitterbug411 said: I love all your “only coffee addicts understand” moments. I totally get it! :p
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- karlitay said: You went to some great places. Vegas is an awesome place to call home! I love it!
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