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1 Week 'till Vegas!!!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

I will be leaving next Friday for a Vegas girls' weekend with a good friend, and I'm super excited.

I've decided to use it as some motivation to give my routine a MUCH NEEDED shake-down.

I've been heading down the dangerous road of "just this once" and "just one wont hurt," and even had one day this week of "I'm sick and already blew my calories today so...."

NO!
Bad Lulu!
Stop it!!

I know so much better than that!!!

So, even though I've been telling myself for about 3 weeks now that I will put my foot down about it, I'm seriously putting my foot down RIGHT NOW.

No really, look, right there, that's my foot and it is DOWN.

My friends are awesome and it's great that they want to eat out with us all the time. But, them being awesome, they are also super supportive of my efforts at weight loss and celebrate my success just as much if not more than I do. Time to get real honest with my good friends and just say "please don't invite me out."

In fact....

There

I just texted them!! As in right now, this very minute. No "I'm going to"s for me anymore! I told them I love them and want to hang out lots still, but have to stop eating out so much.

See?
That wasn't so hard!
They live right up the street, so it's not like this has to put a damper on our hanging out or anything.

Also, time to use this stupid flu that just wont budge to my advantage. You know what's great about having a sore throat all the time? I drink copious amounts of super cold water to soothe it. Like, averaging FOUR full 32oz nalgenes just at work per day this week. That's awesome. But I can promise you that if I ever found the 10 minutes to run over to the store and replenish my diet cola supply that it wouldnt be happening. I'd be chugging down that sweet carbonation and caffeine like it was going out of style.

Nay nay! I say!!
No diet cola replenishing.
And stupid Blobby McFlabface can stuff it. He keeps trying to tell me that having a mini-fridge in my office is pretty stupid if I'm not going to put canned sodas in the little canned soda receptacle in the door.
Shove it Blobby. I have lots of stuff in there.... okay, lots at the moment mostly meaning several plain greek yogurts, a bag of frozen cherries, and like 3 different water bottles... but so what? There's stuff in there. It's getting used. I don't need you to validate my mini-fridge!


So, now that I've basically had a long, weird conversation with my own brain, let me get back to my point.
(no really, I have one!)

I'm making some unusually strict rules for myself for the next week. I can do ANYTHING for just one week, and this seems like a great one.
What better motivation than to feel fantastic when we go out dancing in Vegas next weekend?

I WILL stick to the Food Addicts Anonymous eating plan that my dr. recommended for me. When I stuck to it just 80% of the time for 2 weeks the pounds literally FELL off of me. It wasn't hard. I felt so much BETTER eating that way physically, mentally, and emotionally. I like feeling awesome.
Bring on the awesome.
As a footnote to that, I WILL go to the grocery store after the gym tonight and buy freggies and fixins for at least 2 dinners that meet those oh-so-easy FAA guidelines.

I am making myself a work out schedule that does not include the words "sometime on ___day" to incorporate more workouts than just my classes at the gym. 'cause you know when sometime on ___day rolls around? Never. That is not a time. That is a hypothetical maybe situation that even I don't believe when I say it to myself.

Exercise ACTUAL PLANS:
Thursday: Zumba followed by a swim/ soak in the hot tub

Friday: Swim AT LUNCH. Pack food. If I put it off for after work I wont go, so don't set myself up for failure.

Saturday: Nice weather = walk/jog to and around the lake park (I've been wanting to try out running again, see if my knees are ready to hang).
Not so nice weather = go to the damn gym for an hour. Frankly, I don't care what I do once I get there, once I'm there the only hard part is staying for an hour, so stay and work hard. Swim, elliptical, jog on the treadmill, do a ton of strength training, I don't care, just GO TO THE DAMN GYM.
LEAVE THE HOUSE to go do whichever of these I'm going to do BY 11am!! That's plenty of time to sleep in, have a light breakfast, and take my time getting dressed. No one needs to sleep until noon on Saturdays, DON'T BE A LUMP.

Sunday: rest day, but don't take that as permission to sit on the couch all day. DON'T BE A LUMP.

Monday: Turbo Jam
Tuesday: RIPPED
Wednesday: Turbo Sculpt
Thursday: Zumba

Friday: Vegas!! GO DANCING!!!!
Saturday: Walking and dancing!!!
Sunday: Walking and dancing!!!


Food game-plan for Vegas:
I'm going with my skinny minnie friend. Just eat more like she eats. Is that so difficult? She can order whatever looks good and just eat enough of it, there is no reason you can't do that too. There is no rule about cleaning your plate. No one cares. Try whatever you want but eat mindfully and in moderation. Fregibles are your friend.

The stupid in hotel gym costs money every day (bastards) to use, but that is NOT AN EXCUSE. If you go for even a TEN MINUTE walk that is intended as an 'exercise' walk, as in in your exercise pants and shoes, it just sets up your brain for success. So do it!!! Or fenagle your way into that gym for free! You can fenagle with the best of them, why not put all those finagling skills to good use?


So those are the plans for the next week and for Vegas.

BRING ON THE AWESOME!!!
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PARASELENIC 12/7/2011 12:20PM

    So excited and jealous of your dance plans in Vegas. If you can, put a token in a slot machine with the numbers 12274 on it, for para. If you win big, give me a spark goodie!

I like your plan for Vegas, getting in the exercise when traveling/out of your element can be a challenge...

and sidebar: hotels charging extra for work out access: totally lame. Do they charge you to access the pool, too? a swim is really good exercise, and saves you the $$$$....

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BETTERJULIA 12/6/2011 11:55AM

    Bummed I missed this blog! But I'm glad to hear you are staying in control - it is a good thing to have a plan and stick to it and I know you can do it because you ROCK!

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BECCIE0524 12/3/2011 8:14AM

    Have fun!

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BEATLETOT 12/2/2011 4:57PM

    Your Vegas trip sounds amazing!!! I am so excited for you! And you'll be able to manage...I'm sure of it! You are amazing!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 12/2/2011 4:13PM

    have fun - you have a solid plan!!!

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CAROLYN_ROSE 12/2/2011 11:19AM

    I'm so jealous! I've always wanted to go to Vegas. That's my dream when I hit my goal weight to take a trip there! I think you have a really solid plan for the week leading up to the trip and what to do while you there. I've always found that when I get away if I do lots and lots of walking and stay active, I won't gain any weight. And being so active limits the amount of eating you'll do there too!

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JSPEED4 12/2/2011 7:42AM

    I'm with you --a week of no-excuses living life! Yeaaaay! I can do this every month, at least.

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And the guy who watches your mini-fridge!!! Tell him, "Once is enough!"

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HEYBUTT 12/2/2011 7:34AM

    You can get in TONS of walking in Vegas without even trying. So don't fret not sacrificing money to use the hotel gym. Screw them, you don't NEED their crappy gym.

Here's my controlled eating tip (born from my last trip to Vegas, when I was with a group of folks who loved going to Hash House A Go Go--that place has gi-enor-gantimous portions):

Share meals.

I would buy a small thing (like a fruit plate) and my spouse (or my one friend) would get a normal meal and they'd let me have some off their plate. Just make sure it's ok with the restaurant (they might charge you a little fee but I'd rather pay then end up with a mess of food I feel obligated to eat because I paid for it).

And avoid the buffets. They just don't have enough healthy choices (the one we went to was woefully lacking on the fruit/veggie front, but loaded with pastas, rich meats, and desserts). Also, if you're trying to eat controlled, a buffet isn't cost effective (the whole idea is to stuff yourself so if you don't you're being ripped off).

Have fun!!

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CROOKEDLETTER 12/1/2011 6:55PM

    I hope your sore throat goes away soon. And that you have a grand time getting ready for Vegas and a grand time in Vegas.

As for exercising while traveling with no or little access to gym- long walks and lots of dancing are great and fun ways to keep the motion in your ocean. In your room, jump rope if you knees can take it, do ST that uses your body weight and stretching, or the body weight based circuit thing they had on the daily spark for Thanksgiving- jumping jacks, bicycle crunches, burpees, push ups, squats) is great (though also a bit hard on the knees).

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CERULEANSIN516 12/1/2011 6:43PM

    Oh my. I have to scream the same thing at myself. "GO TO THE DAMN GYM.
LEAVE THE HOUSE" Sometimes it works, other times I tell myself "Bleep You!"

I love your plan! I've been slacking and doing the "sometime during the week" bit and it is not working. I'm going to try the plan like you did and see how it works out.

Enjoy Vegas and everything it has to offer! Also, not sure if you have been there before, but I think you would enjoy the restaurant Dicks. They have horrible service but they are hilarious, sarcastic and rude. Lol. Good Times!

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