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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