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Viva Las Vegas!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

For those of you that have been keeping tabs on me, thanks! It has been a little while since I have checked in. I was in Las Vegas for a work convention for this past week. It was a lot of fun, and believe it or not, a lot of exercise.

If you have been to Vegas before, perhaps you know what I mean, if not, just believe me. Our convention was in Mandalay Bay. It is the hotel furthest south on the strip. We stayed at the Luxor which is just north of MB. To get too or to see anything we opted to walk rather than take the "duce" (bus). I forgot to put my pedometer on the first day we were there, but we walked the strip, to Circus Circus and back again. It is over 6 miles. And that is just the strip portion. It doesnt even include the in the hotel mileage. If you have never been, again, you just have to believe me, but most of the hotels are the size of a city block. And yes, they do connect to other hotels by skyway and such, but you have to know how to get there. There is also a lot of up and down steps/escalators to get across streets and such. My tracked steps are as follows:
Sat: unknown, 6+ miles
Sun: 13500 steps
Mon: 13,620 steps
Tue: 15088 steps
Wed: 22790 steps
Thurs 13,000 steps

While those numbers aren't totally wacky (except Wed), they are quite high for me. When I was there just two years ago, I couldn't walk that far that many days in a row. I should also mention that those are step totals that take into account about anywhere from 4-6 hours of lecture sessions spent sitting and Thursday we did decide to take the bus to an outlet mall and then to Freemont street. Sunday also included a car ride to Freemont street. So it isn't walking time spread out over an 8 hour day of sight seeing or anything.

We also had Jillian Michaels speak one night. She was a great speaker and much more down to earth than I expected her to be.

I also bought something I swore I never would...a Coach purse. A real one even. We went to the outlet and I fell in love with a beige with purple accents purse. And it was $80. Yes, more than I said I would ever spend on a purse, but I really did fall in love with it. So I got it.

This weekend I have a lot of laundry to do, some homework to do and some groceries to get and make food. My doctor (also the same as my hubby's) recommends he make a switch to a Mediterranean style diet. I know that doesn't mean that every thing we eat is Mediterranean style/flavor etc, but I need to do some research and make some slow changes. We will be paring that with lower carbs, as my body doesn't do well with them. Having been newly re-inspired by Jillian, I am going to make some consistent changes.

In the past several weeks I have been a rock star with my Metformin and Vitamin D. I have taken them every day. I have a week pill divider and keep it in my purse. I also set taking my metformin as an "other goal" on here as one Spark Friend suggested. That has gone quite well.

I am excited to see how I did with my weight while in Vegas. I should be ok given all the walking we did. I should be right about the same as I was when I left.

If any of you have suggestions for meatless, low carb, higher protein meals, feel free to toss them my way.
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_MOBII_ 2/24/2013 10:31AM

    Sounds like a great trip!

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KARENCRANER 2/23/2013 12:53PM

    You are a rock star! Rock on! emoticon

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ADARKARA 2/23/2013 8:17AM

    Is the vitamin D helping your mood? I take 5,000 IU a day (as per my doctor) but I find I still need a happy light in the winter time.

I have been to Vegas once...and yes... the walking is amazing! I was there in December and it was warm enough at night to only wear a light jacket. Perfect for spending a lot of time outside. =) Unfortunately my skin did not like the low humidity, at ALL.

Glad to hear from you!

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