I was driving around Las Vegas earlier this week while here for work — and, yes, writing about sports is work! — when I had a very distinct thought.
“This is hard.”
I was discussing my plight with a fellow sports writer last night as we killed time during a boring basketball game and he put it this way, “Las Vegas is a city of temptation.”
Ain’t that the truth!?
While most of the Las Vegas temptation revolves around hedonism, gambling and carnal desires, it’s also an incredibly tempting place for one’s stomach.
There’s a good reason why it’s nicknamed Sin City and not Slim City. The culinary options here are amazing.
That’s what I was thinking about as I drove around town. Usually when I travel for work, I get to pig out on somebody else’s dime. This time around, I’m sticking to my plan, which includes six small healthy meals a day, and found myself lamenting the lack of freedom and flexibility I had in terms of what I could or could not eat.
Let’s put it this way: Last summer in Las Vegas, it was a big goal of mine to eat at the Shake Shack in the New York-New York casino. Oh, those burgers, fries and thick shakes are so incredible! In December when I came here for a football game with my son, I made a point out of going to Steak ‘N Shake, another awesome fast-food joint that we don’t have in my neck of the woods in Utah, and to a New York-style pizzeria. (It’s possible I just drooled on my computer.)
As I posted on Facebook and Twitter earlier this week, “I’m not going to lie. The struggle is real staying on my health program while in Las Vegas for work with a company credit card.”
Indulging on unhealthy but incredible food is one thing. Having it paid for takes it to a whole ‘nother level of awesome.
I’m happy to report that I’ve had a terrific week in Las Vegas as far as my eating goes. I packed healthy food for my breakfasts, lunches and snacks, and I’ve been spot on in eating those optimal choices. I also stopped at a grocery store and bought some kosher dill pickles, celery sticks and light Laughing Cow cheese for additional snacks.
I’ve also made excellent choices for the one daily meal I’ve eaten at restaurants. And though my choices have been limited, I’ve definitely eaten well while heating healthy. I’ve eaten at Japanese, Thai, American, Mexican and fast food places and still managed to stay on target. I was even recommended a place that offers the same amount of healthy dishes as it does regular choices. Speaking of that, SkinnyFats really, really needs to open up a location or two in Salt Lake City. Their CauliFIRE (like buffalo chicken wings but with cauliflower) and zucchini noodle offerings are mouthwatering delicious.
I considered going to a buffet or two while here but opted to steer clear. I know how easily I can convince myself to eat more than I should in those situations.
“C’mon, man. You’ve done so awesome. You’ve lost 73 pounds! One dessert won’t hurt!”
“You’ve hit the treadmill multiple times this week! You’ve certainly burned off enough calories for this slice of pizza … and steak … and buttery lobster … and French desserts … !”
“I know your plan suggests you limit your lean protein to 5-7 ounces, but you only eat at the Bellagio every couple of years or so. Live a little! Or a lot!”
“FOOD TASTES GOOD! FREE FOOD TASTES BETTER! EAT! EAT!! EAT!!!”
I actually packed my bathroom scale with me as embarrassing as that is to admit. (Yes, I have a weighing problem.) Oddly, it’s getting really inconsistent readings on the hotel bathroom floor, so I’ll wait until I return home this weekend to record my official weight.
That said, it doesn’t look like I reached my weight-loss goal of getting under 300 pounds this week. Let’s just say that it’s possible my wallet lost more money than my body.
Honestly, I’m OK with that — well, at least the not losing a ton of body weight part. For once in my life I don’t have to laugh while making the clichéd joke that, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”
I’m thrilled that what happened in Vegas is what happens everywhere I go now. It feels amazing to know that I have self control, discipline and ever-increasing motivation.
By the way, I mentioned not having freedom or flexibility earlier in this column. Truth is, though, my former unhealthy habits have robbed me of so much freedom and flexibility in my life. I love that I’m choosing options that are helping restore those invaluable assets along with my health and happiness.
Win City, I say.
This week’s weigh-in:
- Starting weight (March 6): 373.7 pounds
- Last week’s weight (July 8): 302.8 pounds
- This week’s weight (July 15): 301ish pounds (scale being weird)
- This week’s loss: 1.8ish pounds (scale still being weird)
- Total loss: 72.7ish pounds (see above about the scale being weird)
Here are some of the healthy food choices I made this week in Las Vegas: