Celebrating my GW in Las Vegas!

by Christine on June 2nd, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, General Information

My goal for reaching my Goal Weight (GW) was to go to Las Vegas, and last weekend I finally made it happen!

Our reasons for going to Vegas were two-fold. While I was celebrating reaching my GW, my husband was attending a bachelor party for a friend of his. “A bachelor party in Las Vegas?” you might comment. “Oh my, that sounds like The Hangover, doesn’t it?”

Indeed it does, and while all the boys in the group enjoyed themselves with four days of carousing in the City of Sin, I didn’t have to bail anyone out of jail. I think they had a pretty fun and successful party.

The first night in Vegas was really the only night that my hubby was going to be around, so I got dressed up in my “holy smokes this dress is far too tight and short for what I am used to!” special occasion dress. Wearing the dress was more about actually having the courage to break out of my comfort zone than it did about wanting to look like a hottie. Hells bells, I’m 34 years old and am in no way going to compete with the droves of 18 year old girls wearing next to nothing on the sidewalks and near the pool. No, it wasn’t about trying to catch attention or to try to compete. It was all about celebrating, getting out of my comfort zone, and wrapping my head around my own weight-loss.

Mostly we just walked around. I gambled away about $100 in the slot machines, but boy that money went really fast!! The machines weren’t even trying to tease me or throw me a bone. Nope, they just sucked my wallet dry. After 2 days of that, I said, “Screw this!” and decided to spend my money on clothes, alcohol, and show tickets.

Hubby soon left me for his own parties, so I was on my own. The second night in Vegas I saw “Love,” the Beatles Cirque du Soleil show. I have been wanting to see that show for years now! While I’m glad I went, and the soundtrack to the show it brilliant, the performance itself really didn’t live up to my expectations. It was enjoyable (I particularly enjoyed the rollerbladers. Hello Starlight Express anyone?) and I had a fun time!

I spent a lot of time at the hotel (Paris) pool. It was actually a lovely pool! 3.5 feet deep throughout the whole thing, and really big. No worries about getting splashed by rambunctious children (who brings their kid to Vegas anyway???) and plenty of chairs for sun-tanning. Best part? it was free with the price of the room! Woohoo!

One of my favorite parts of the trip was going to Cesar’s one night. I sat in a lounge reading a book and people-watching for about 3 hours. What a riot to watch the people go by! I saw 4 weddings pass by. You’d think that being a single woman sitting by herself in a lounge in Las Vegas would be akin to walking around with a target on your back.  But surprisingly, no! I was utterly invisible and went days without having a conversation with anyone. It was a bit lonely and quiet, but it was also incredibly relaxing and rejuvenating!

One night I went over to the Bellagio to the Craps tables to try to learn how to play the game. That was the only real time I chatted with anyone. The pit boss spent lots of time explaining the game to me, and I chatted up an older gentleman that was a former DOT employee in Wisconsin–lots to chat about! I like to think I was a lucky charm for him, because when I finally walked away he was up several thousand dollars. Go Bob from Milwaukee!

Now what was my husband up to this whole time, you might ask? Well, his friend that was getting married is a TV show producer in Hollywood, so he and his friend called in some favors. The first night they went to some real new and trendy dance club. Hubby isn’t a drinker, but that night he decided he was going to get himself good and trashed. He said that he saw one of the Kardashians (Kim or Kourtney?) hanging out, so he went up to her and asked her to dance, and she agreed! They saw Nelly (or was it Usher?) there, too, and hubby chatted him up too.

The second night one of the main actors in the tv show called in a favor and got the boys into the VIP section of a strip club. How I think they got the tickets–one of the lead actresses in the tv show is one of those mostly-naked girls posing on the wallet-sized hand-outs they pass out on the street. She’s one of the poster-children for the strip club, so I think that’s where the favor came from ultimately. (She’s not a stripper herself, just the face of the strip club apparently.) Man, what an expensive place that was! Hubby said a bottle of Grey Goose was $1100, and they had several bottles of alcohol flowing. Girlsgirlsgirls all night long.  Must have been fun, but I didn’t really ask too many questions. I didn’t really want to know.

As for food, I barely ate at all, all weekend long! In fact, when hubby went off to do his thing, I think I went two days without eating more than a bowl of soup. That wasn’t my intention and wasn’t really smart, but I didn’t want to sit down for a fancy meal on my own, and all the reasonably-priced eating establishments were crowded nonstop. The crowds were really bad, actually, and I found myself seeking the comfort of the hotel pool instead of facing the crowds on the street. I did get a LOT of walking in–miles and miles every day! I took the stairs everywhere (except at the hotel) instead of the escalators. I came home weighing 3 pounds less than when I went.

Other than a little snafu with traveling on the way home (oops, I booked our tickets for the wrong day!) it was a smooth and easy vacation. It might take a while to recover from the expense of the weekend, but it was worth it to celebrate my GW Victory in style! Woohoo!!

After all, losing 102 pounds is nothing to scoff at! In fact, had I been on Biggest Loser this season, I would have come in 2nd place when it comes to body fat % lost! Not bad!

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