Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Last night I got home from spending four nights in Las Vegas with my brother.

Yes, I came home a loser and I'm happy about that. I lost 1.6 more pounds! That's now a total of 29.6 lbs gone!

If you have ever been to Vegas you know that everywhere you turn there is yummy food, lots of free high calorie drinks and of course so many great places to have wonderful desserts.

So, it's not easy to come home a loser. Except a loser of your money. LOL

We stayed at Paris and I was faced with all the beautiful French Pastries every day as I walked through the Hotel.

But, I was good and while my brother had one I just figured it wasn't worth it.

I even went for a 3 mile walk while I was there. That, on top of all the other walking helped a lot.

It was the first time since my brother had his stroke that he went on a vacation. We had a nice time.

He rented an electric wheel chair to use and really liked it. It helped him get around much easier and allowed him to have more freedom.

We had a lot of great talks and it was nice to spend the time with him.

On Sunday, he wanted to watch all the football games and of course he had bets on each of them.

I decided to go for a walk and I went over to the Bellagio so I could see the Conservatory.

If you have never been there, you are missing out. They always decorate it for the season/holiday.

It's now all done up for Fall. With beautiful oranges, reds and golds.

The flowers there are always so pretty too. Yes they are real.

I loved how they had big Fall colored leaves floating around and appearing to actually be falling.

This cute Scarecrow welcomes you to the Conservatory area.

All the flowers were so pretty and they had some Whimsy going on with things like big larger then life Venus Fly Traps.

Even the trees had faces and at time would talk to you.

Every inch of the place was filled with something going on. Big and little pumpkins were all over the place.

They even did a mini Bellagio with a water show.

Look at this tree with the face! It was very strange.

I loved the big copper leaves that doubled as a water fountain.

Vegas sure has changed since I first went there. It used to be all about gambling but now, well, you don't even have to gamble if you don't want to and your days and nights can still be full of excitment and fun.

I learned on this trip that I can go on vacations and still have fun without gaining a pound.

I've now gone to New York, two cruises and Vegas and lost weight each time.

So if I can do it, you can too!

The holidays are now upon us so make sure you keep yourself in check and with proper planning you and I can make it through to the New Year without not only gaining weight but also losing.

My goal is to be at least 10 pound lighter by New Years. What's yours?



Mumzie said...

Marvelous! You are such an inspiration. I just got home from shopping and thought I would check my mail...and blog land. Your pictures and story are the best thing I've seen all day. Thanks for sharing and keep having fun! Yvonne

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

What a fun trip. I loved seeing your pictures!


Glenda said...

I've never been to Vegas. I bet it's a lot of fun.


Donna said...

Okay, Joanne... I'd love to be down another at least another 10 lbs. by New Year's ... Let's do it!

I must say, you lead the most exciting life of anyone I know! I live vicariously through your blog and feel like I've been so many places!! Vegas looks amazing!!!... Donna

Unknown said...

Hi Joanne, I've been going to Jenny Craig for 2 weeks and I've lost 5 lbs. So I'm finally back on track...
I'm going to Vegas in December with one of the Meetup Groups. They decorate the Bellagio for Christmas and it's gorgeous!
Loved your pictures.
Hugs, Susan

SharDon Exclusives said...

You are doing so Good! Congratulations on reaching 29 pounds lost. You must feel great.

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

I'm so proud of you, Joanne! I think you really got the hang of this weight management now.

Glad you like my pail idea. What is the theme of Trinity's party? When is her birthday? Mine is Jan.11.

Keep going!!!