Results…a week later

I’m back from another week long hiatus of not blogging. I know I need to get better, but I’m working on it. Work has been super crazy this week! Anyways…enough of the excuses, I’m ready to share some amazing results!

I weighed in on February 7, 2012 at 162lbs.

I then took a vacation on February 9- February 13. Please keep this in mind, I obviously ate like crazy, and probably gained more from February 7th. I didn’t weigh myself when I came back, simply because I was too scared. I played catch up  like no other, stayed focused on my goals, and worked hard for the below results!

On March 1, 2012 I weighed 160! A total weight loss of 2lbs!

The biggest inches lost-

  • Hip-Lost a total of 1 inch
  • Upper thigh- Lost .5 inch

The most important part of my weigh in was finding out I gained .5 lbs of muscle, and the remaining weight I lost was all fat! My body composition changed without compromising my strength.

My new goal is 157lbs or less by 3/29! Wish me luck!

Remember; it doesn’t matter what the scale reads, but just think of how much better you will feel when you continue to get stronger, and lift more than you could of ever imagined! Set small goals, and they become more achievable. When you return home from vacation, don’t get stuck on what you wish you could have done, but continue to move forward, and every day will bring you closer to your goal!

Las Vegas Recap-Part 2

Day #4-More time on the famous Las Vegas Strip with my cousins

This day began late, as we were all exhausted from our eventful family reunion.

We decided to go to the strip once again, and walk aimlessly as we enjoyed the sights and took pictures along the way. We ended the night iat the Paris Hotel, and took the elevator all the way up to the top, all 46 stories.

The view from the top!

My husband & I-It was crazy windy, and freezing that night, but we still had fun!

Day #5-An early Valentine’s dinner & show

My husband planned this day, and I loved every minute. He whisked me away to one of our favorite restaurants on the strip, The Eiffel Tower Restaurant.

We rode the elevator 11 stories up. As you step out of the elevator you get an open view of the bustling kitchen, seeing everything being made in batches, fresh to order. You can also see walls of the vast wine selection.

Turning the corner you see the bar, facing an amazing view of the strip. You’re then greeted cheerfully and enthusiastically by the staff. We were escorted to our table.

This was our view as the night progressed…

When we first arrived. Around 5:00 PM.

When we first arrived. Around 5:00 PM.

As our appetizer was being served.

As our appetizer was being served.

This was complimentary-Cauliflower soup, to help cleanse the palette.

This was complimentary-Cauliflower soup, to help cleanse the palette.

Warm Maine Lobster Salad, Fingerling Potatoes, Toasted Caraway Seeds

As dinner was being served.

As dinner was being served.


My husband’s main course-Roasted Rack of Lamb, Tomato Tart, Tarragon Ju

My main course-Individual Eiffel Tower Beef Wellington, Sautéed Snap Peas

As we were enjoying our freshly made Soufflés

As we were enjoying our dessert!

Eiffel Tower Soufflé

Freshly made Grand Marnier Soufflés

We were able to see the Bellagio water show numerous times throughout our dinner.

The  The Eiffel Tower Restaurant is definitely one of the best views of not only the strip, but a wonderful place to watch the sunset. Plan to stay at least two hours. Savor every bite. It’s a great way to slow down from the bustle of daily hurried dinners, and a break from rigid schedules.

After our dinner we wandered around the strip until our show started. We watched the Marc Savard-comedy hypnotist show at the V theater in Planet Hollywood.I really enjoyed this show, it’s 100% audience participation, and at our show we had several volunteers. Marc’s personality made show flow smoothly. We enjoyed it and shared several laughs, mainly geared toward the hypnotized audience members!

Infront of the V theater- An extremely entertaining way to end the night!

Day #6-Our final Night

We met up with family for a quick shopping trip. We had to say our goodbyes here, since the remaining cousins left around 4:00 PM, It’s always hard to say goodbye, but we all vowed we would see each other soon. My husband & I took the latest flight possible (9:40 PM). We spent our last hours in Las Vegas with my brother, brother-in-law, sister, and niece.

We walked around the Town Square a beautiful outdoor mall located ten minutes from the airport. We ate dinner at Kabuki Japanese Restaurant

And then we had to say  more goodbyes :(!

My husband and I can’t wait to return to Las Vegas again!

I did eat a lot more than I planned, and didn’t workout as scheduled, but I was able to re-connect with family I don’t get to see as often as I would like. We made so many incredible memories, laughed harder than ever, and I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. Sometimes when you go on vacation, your health habits aren’t as perfect as they are at home. The key is to try your best when you’re on vacation, but get back on track once you do return home.

The most important aspect of a vacation is a mental break; something your body & spirit need more of then just exercise and tracking calories. I played major catch-up this week, and I can’t wait to show you the changes I’ve made!

Countdown!

So in 7 days I will be reuniting with my family in Las Vegas, NV! I can’t express how excited I am to be with family and enjoy some warm sunshine aaaahhhhhhhhhhh! It’s going to be amazing! I think the headcount is 70 adults and 13 kids (under 10)! The headcount is just for the event, not all of us can make it. Yes my family is like a mafia, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. There is never a dull or quiet moment when we’re together!

Although I’m super excited for this 5 day getaway, it does make me slightly nervous. Vacations used to be my biggest fall back. They were every reason to veg-out & pig out, especially in Vegas! Have you seen the buffets? WOW!

Back in November, I went to Las Vegas with my immediate family to celebrate an early Thanksgiving. I picked up a few tricks to help me stay on track-

What I packed

  • Running shoes
  • Workout clothes
  • Greek Yogurt­-you could obviously buy your snacks at your destination, but we had really great deals with coupons & advertised special at our local grocery store. We needed to use them anyways!
  • Protein shakes-I drink premier protein, you can find them at Costco. 30 grams of protein!
  • Almonds
  • Lunchbox
  • Icepack
  • Waterbottle-I use this one by Thermos

I wanted to bring my foodscale, but at the mention of it my husband looked at me like I was crazy, so I won’t be taking it with us!

What I do

  • If I fly in at night, I make it a priority to workout the next morning-The first day always sets the tone for a trip.
  • I use MyFitnessPal app (Iphone) to keep track of my calories
  • Bring snacks (greek yogurt, protein shakes, and almonds) in a lunchbox. Our schedule is so unpredictable it’s always good to eat something at least every 3 hours. Even if you’re going to a buffet that day!
  • Most importantly, I let myself relax. I work extremely hard at home, and for my mental health, I try not to stress if I have more free meals then healthy meals. Use this time to recuperate and enjoy the time with family!

What helps you stay healthy on a vacation?