Fun in Atlantic City

by Christine on January 31st, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, General Information

Happy Monday Revolutionists!

This past weekend the hubby and I went to Atlantic City with some friends of ours. Our friend Lawson was celebrating a birthday,  and Atlantic City was my consolation prize for making my Goal Weight. (I really wanted Vegas but due to lack of moolah, Atl Cty was the runner-up.)

We stayed at a super cute hotel called the Chelsea, which is right next door to the Tropicana. It doesn’t have any slot machines itself, but it has plenty of other amenities (2 restaurants, a night club, a lounge, swimming pool, spa, etc.).  We really liked the hotel and found it to be comfortable, affordable, clean, and the staff were all really nice.

We did gamble, but we didn’t have any luck doing so. All the money that I had set aside for gambling we lost. That’s okay–you can’t ever plan to win, you know? We had fun playing, but when the money was gone it was gone–there was no going back into the checking account for more.

My favorite part of the weekend was indulging in the spa services at the hotel. All guests can use the heated outdoor pool for free, so we took advantage of that. However, we later learned that you could use the indoor jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna for $15/person/day. We were so glad we did that! We spent two hours lounging around and relaxing for a while. Super nice!

My second favorite part of the weekend was shopping! It’s funny to me that my brain is still stuck in fat-girl mode. I see a Lane Bryant and my first reaction is to want to go in there, even though none of the clothes would come close to fitting me anymore.  I see cute boutique stores and want to cringe, assuming that the clothing wouldn’t come close to fitting me. I have a lot of mental adjustment to do!


(a good example of me in a JC Penny sweater, lacking any discernible style)

This weekend I went into some cute, trendy clothing stores (White house/Black Market & Cache, to name two) and tried on lots of cute clothes! I bought 2 tops on sale, both in Size Small. I tried on some dresses & skirts, and all the Size 2 fit me.  It was a great way to celebrate reaching my goal weight! It felt so indulgent and uxorious to shop at such cute stores as that. I am still trying to establish some semblance of a “style” to call my own, and cute stores like those have such trendy clothes…much more so than JC Penny, which is my fall-back store.

In addition to all that, we did a nice dinner out at Evo in Trump Plaza. The food was okay, but the service was only so-so.  I had the three-course meal for $20, so I had some onion soup, calamari (I only had a little, promise!), and some grilled salmon. The fish turned out a little under-done, but it was okay. Not too fishy, at least. For Lawson’s birthday we all had some chocolate molten lava cake.

After dinner we caught a comedy show at the Comedy Stop near the Tropicana. The show was great–I laughed a lot! However, there was a group of bitches sitting behind us that would not stop talking! They were even playing cell phone games with the volume turned on! We turned around and glared at them a bunch of times, but they didn’t shut up. Finally my hubby talked to a security guard who gave them a good scolding. After the show, the only guy in the group–a 400 pound thuggish looking guy–wanted to start something with hubby. We were like, “whatever fuckheads, learn some manners” and walked away. I bet it would have been a good brawl though. Even though the guy at that table had 200 pounds on Hubby, I think he would have given the big guy a run for his money.

The drive to Atlantic City from the Albany area takes about 4 hours one way. Ugh, that’s a lot of driving! I tried to sleep on the way back, but just rested and closed my eyes. Still, it was relaxing.  All in all, it was a really lovely weekend away!

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148.5 (76.5 pounds lost): Weekend Getaway

by Christine on May 17th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, General Information

Yale University - example of buttressed cloistersThis was a very busy weekend! Living on the East Coast never ceases to amaze me; there is so much to do! I grew up in the midwest where it takes a minimum of 8 hours to get to another region/city of worth visiting. Around here, I’m: 2 hours from NYC, 4 hours from Boston, 3 hours from Montreal, 20 minutes from the mountains and Vermont, with 30 minutes of Massachusetts and Connecticut, etc.  As far as I can tell, I have about 100 day trips just calling my name! I feel very lucky.

St. Paul's Cathedral in LondonOn Saturday we decided to take a drive to Connecticut.  First we drove to New Haven to visit the Yale campus. I wanted to look at the Gothic architecture. We went to the Yale Center for British Art (free admission) and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they are doing an exhibit on the “tools of the trade” used in architecture, surveying, and masonry. There were many old documents, including original plans of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London! I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the painstaking efforts that the artists took to focus on symmetry, ornate decoration, high and lofted ceiling, buttresses, etc. What a wonderful exhibit and a pleasure to stumble across! I brought some almonds to snack on in the car during this leg of the trip.

Then we drove to Foxwoods Casino and Resort located in eastern CT.  Together with the MGM Grand, it is one of the largest casinos in the world.  We gambled there for nearly 8 hours! That sounds like a lot (and it was), but we are not big gamblers; we always play the penny machines. (There are even 1/2 and 1/4 of a cent machines these days!) Leann Rimes was there, and we stumbled across her doing a press shoot before the concert. I waved and said hi like we were old chums.

We had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.  I scoured the menu and had a conundrum: I really wanted a salad, but all the salads were $15-or-so dollars.  I would only have 1/5th of what they gave to me, and I didn’t want to walk around the casino with a box of leftovers.  I could get an appetizer or a sandwich-minus-the-bun, but neither of those options were healthy and had vegetables with them. Shoot, what should I do?  Then we found the perfect solution! Aaron ordered a hamburger, but he could add a side salad for $3.  He ordered me a Caesar salad, and I ordered a “side” shrimp skewer, which I added to the salad. The perfect meal size and it only cost $8! Plus I didn’t have to deal with leftovers.

Plus, all that time at the casino meant 8 hours of nonstop walking. Oh, I’m not going to go so far as to call it exercise because it didn’t elevate my heart rate one iota. However, it was nonstop movement, so that was good. I didn’t feel guilty at all for skipping the gym that day!  At the end of the day we were up $20 (winners!), and we didn’t get home until almost 4:30 a.m.!

Iron Man 2. Rawr!I set the alarm for 10 a.m. I got up and, despite my urge to go back to sleep, I hauled my butt to the gym. I got a tremendous leg workout (weight-training) in. Today I am sore and have leg DOMS all over! (Click here for a conversation about DOMS.)  Then we saw Iron Man 2. I brought almonds with me to the movies for a healthier snack alternative. Yum!  Afterwards it was a dash to the mall to meet a friend for 2 hours, then home to cook dinner.  It was such a busy day that I couldn’t get a gym workout in during the evening (the gym closes at 7 p.m. on Sundays), so I was very glad that I made the effort to go to the gym in the morning.  It was…empowering!

Later today I will add a post about polymetric exercises, so stay tuned!

Namaste, Revolutionists!

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