5 Ways I’m Making Winter Workouts Easier on Myself

Oh no, I just said the W word, but seriously, winter is coming.  

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been straight dreading the return to they gym — though I’ve actually already been three times already and it wasn’t even bad — so I thought really hard about how to go about this gym season thing in a way that I won’t hate.

#1 Build a better playlist

The “Girl Power” playlist I built this summer is great for office listening but turns out Adele isn’t exactly “pump me up!” music.  Sorry, Adele.

#2 Really try for only one morning workout a week

Truth be told, I’m a morning workout person — or just a morning person in general — so I can tolerate getting up in the dark and driving myself to the dreadmill once a week, but it starts to feel like actual torture if I do it more than once.

#3 Go to yoga WAY more

I always wonder what life would be like if I gave up running for the entire winter in lieu of yoga, then I remember running is free and yoga is not, but I think mixing it up is going to be key this winter.

#4 Build dinner plans around workouts

As in, it TOTALLY STRESSES ME OUT, when I get to the gym at 5:30 PM and have to wait for a treadmill to open up and all I’m thinking about is how this workout delay is cutting further and further into my dinner cooking time.  Need to coordinate leftovers night to go along with gym night.

#5 Stress less

I KNOW working out is good for you, but at the end of the day, stressing out about when to fit in a trip to the gym probably negates any positive effects it has on me.  New plan involves going when I can, hitting snooze when sleep feels more important and not overthinking whether or not I WANT to workout.

Are you a winter gym go-er?  Do you love it, hate it, land somewhere in between?

Weekend Vacation: Las Vegas

“Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire.”

It is my honest opinion that whatever you’re into, you can find it in Vegas.  So while gambling, drinking, sunbathing and staying up all night might be the most obvious forms of entertainment, if  you’re into cute coffee shops, history tours, evening shows, breweries and going to bed at a normal hour (ME!) then Vegas is for you too.

It’s also a place where mostly everyone is on vacation and ain’t nobody there to take themselves seriously or to say “no” to temptation.  Hey, I can get behind that.  Viva Las Vegas, right?

img_4180img_4104img_4181img_4182

Flew in on what was the most turbulent flight of my life, checked in to our hotel, grabbed a late lunch then headed to Fremont.  All those lights! ♥

img_4183img_4107img_4184

Breakfast at the hippest coffee shop before winning SIXTEEN WHOLE DOLLARS.  Really living it up!

img_4189img_4126img_4192img_4191img_4190img_4185img_4187

Kind of LOVED the Neon Museum Tour!

img_4193img_4135img_4138

When you’re a psycho and run on vacation but we got to see the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and then rewarded ourselves with bottomless brunch and the prettiest mimosas, that almost made me forget I don’t even like mimosas.  

img_4197img_4198img_4195img_4196img_4194

I was definitely the youngest person at the John Fogerty concert but I actually knew more songs than I thought I was going to.  “Proud Mary” forever!  Ate a 10:30 steak dinner afterwards and I’ve never felt so fancy.

img_4200img_4201img_4162img_4203

Hung with the boys at Beerhaus on Sunday because I guess football doesn’t stop for vacation.  Pool (aka nap) time before seeing Lionel Richie and I went to two concerts that started with “Hello” this year.  Bellagio fountains never disappoint.

img_4204img_4205img_4206

Spent our last day eating (always!), gambling (never!) and eating again.  Got to see Aria for the first and last time and it was straight pumpkin season in there!

Where We Stayed: New York, New York // It’s a lot nicer than I remembered it being when I was 10 and location-wise it seemed to really work out for us.  

Where We Ate/Drank:

Tom’s Urban // We have a Tom’s in Denver and I was pretty excited to learn that the Vegas one happened to be located IN our hotel.  Just like the Denver location, this wasn’t the BEST but being conveniently located scores major points.

Banger Brewing // I didn’t LOVE their beers, but the bartenders were friendly as hell and the Jalapeño Hefe was crazy interesting.

Therapy // Leave it to me to find the most hipster spots, even in downtown Vegas.  But all trendiness aside, the food at this place was so so good.  I thought I’d seen it all when it came to “Devils on Horseback” but WHOA these were incredible.  P.S. When they call to confirm your reservation, they say “This is Sarah, from Therapy.”

PublicUs // My love for Bon Appetit went up 10 points after visiting this coffee shop that also pumps out incredible food.  When’s the last time you had the opportunity to order steak and eggs at a coffee shop?  And if their actual menu isn’t enough, their glass case is filled with the most beautiful foods.  I saw that toast and was a goner.  

Chicago Brewing // Not only was our bartender a Rockies fan but the IPA I had was majorly good.  Less pleasant is that this place is located inside a cigar bar…

Roma Deli 1 & Restaurant // Guys, Adam and his friend Denny have been talking this place up for YEARS so we HAD to go.  I feel bad/weird/embarrassed that I have nothing to compare it to (unless the Olive Garden counts?) but I have it on good authority that it’s as authentic as can be.  I just know the pasta sauce was the freshest and my spaghetti came with a giant meatball that was unbelievably tender.  HOW DO THEY DO IT?

Border Grill // Joey and I are all in on bottomless brunch.  Our waitress wasn’t the friendliest but whatever because they had a hot pink mimosa and the dishes are served tapas size, one for each person.  Is it wrong if the pigs in a blanket were my favorite thing?

Buddy V’s // As in The Cake Boss.  We just shared a meat and cheese plate + a bottle of wine here so I can’t vouch for much more than that, but it served its purpose for us.

Carnevino // Another Adam & Denny recommendation and it was quite the experience!  They cut your steak tableside, plate the bone and encourage you to gnaw off of it.  Not sure I’d do it again based on the price alone but I’m 100% glad we went.  Man, do I love a good steak. 

Il Fornaio // I got granola and I’m pretty sure ordering granola in a restaurant is NEVER something you write home about.  The service did seem pretty top quality however!

Beerhaus // I thought this place was pretty cool.  I also don’t care about football so I was less annoyed that “there weren’t enough TVs.”  I’d definitely go back and try the food next time.

BurGR // Joey and I kind of love this place!  And judging by the constant line outside, I’d say a lot of other people do too!  It’s just a really really good burger, a decent beer selection and four different french fry options.  What more can you ask for?

Five50 Pizza Bar // I really wanted to love this place but the service was so slow and my clam pizza was not this clam pizza so that was a bummer, but Joey’s pepperoni/sausage/salami pie was YUM.  

What We Did:

Fremont Street Experience // I love Fremont less for the cheap gambling and more for all the old school neon lights and the overall feeling that you’ve been transported back in time.  They do a light show on the overhead screen every hour on the hour and it’s my favorite.

The Neon Museum // You can do day or night tours and while I’m sure seeing the signs lit up is awesome, we only had time to go during the day, plus it makes it a lot easier to take pictures.  I loved the tour!  It was a lot more historical than I had imagined, which turned out to be a major bonus.

Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson ONE // Look, all Cirque shows are incredible but this one probably wasn’t my favorite.  Between ONE and LOVE I’m ready to see something really acrobatic next time.  Still, ain’t nobody who could move or sing like MJ, so it was fun to see (and hear!) a tribute to him.

Fountains of Bellagio // All hail free entertainment!  I was delighted by this water performance after Lionel Richie and what do you know, they were playing Elvis’s “Viva Las Vegas.”

Till next time, Vegas!

P.S. I’ve been straight living it up this week for Great American Beer Fest, but tonight is the main event and I feel like a kid on Christmas, for real!  TGIGABF!