Las Vegas Trip: Blogging From The Strip!


I can’t believe I’m typing up a blog post at 6:30 am without coffee. Remember when I posted my other Vegas trip recaps? Well, those got a little out of hand and sloppy, so I wanted to keep up with these as soon as I could, rather than posting pictures and trying to remember the sequence.

I finally got into Vegas around 1:30 in the afternoon. Jeremy’s flight was delayed because of the snow in Chicago, so I had to wait a little longer for him. I would have gone to the hotel, but our hotel reservation was under his name. I didn’t mind hanging around the airport and working on the computer.

5pm rolled around and I was so hungry! I stopped at a little cafe and picked up a Caesar salad and a bag of almonds. This held me over for a while.


Jeremy’s flight was incredibly late. I decided to watch a documentary on Itunes. “The Perfect Human Diet” was the one I chose. It was pretty good, but I only got to watch about half of it before Jeremy landed. I’d like to re-watch it more in-depth. Maybe it’ll be my movie on the flight home.


Jeremy and I were so exhausted and struck by the time change that we wanted to have a calm night and get some sleep. He had an all-day poker tournament yesterday at the Venetian and is actually still in. It ended for him last night around ten and will restart at noon today. Getting sleep on Monday night was necessary!

We ate at Chipotle for dinner (because it’s our favorite) and were way too hungry and tired to sit down and wait anywhere.

After we got back to the hotel, we passed out like babies.


This is the view from our hotel room! My goal is to stay in all the top Vegas hotels before I die. It’s a weird goal to have, but I have it. I’m six down with a lot to go!


I was an early bird yesterday morning. I’m used to waking up around seven at home, and that’s like four am here! I usually get used to the time change on the last day. Not that it matters by then.

I did my normal routine; I woke up, had coffee, watched Good Morning America, and checked emails.


A couple hours later, I went down to get some breakfast. The hotel cafe was packed, so I just chose Starbucks. I’m so over waiting in lines at restaurants. Valentines day traumatized me.


I bought an everything bagel with cream cheese, a fruit cup, and hot brewed passion Tazo tea!


I’m not a fan of bagels without cream cheese. If you’re going to eat a bagel, you might as well spread cheese on it. Do it right or don’t do it at all. After breakfast, I took a two mile walk outside followed by my Jillian Michaels kick boxing video!


I couldn’t help it, and had to take the before workout and after workout pic. I forgot my brown side purse, so I was stuck with that obnoxious pink bag with my outfit. I’ll be stopping at the mall today to take care of that problem.


After wandering around Vegas, I picked up a Caesar salad at the Meatball Spot. I took it back to the room and tried to fit in a little nap afterwards. I didn’t know how long Jeremy’s tournament would go, so I figured a nap wouldn’t hurt.


The nap was unsuccessful so an afternoon pick me up was necessary.


I had a cup of fruit and a latte. I know it’s silly, but I keep stevia packets in my purse because most restaurants only carry splenda, equal, and sweet in low. No thanks!


Finally around three, Jeremy’s parents arrived! It’s a tradition to meet in Vegas once a year. When they heard we were going, they hurried and booked their flights. Vegas is perfect for Jeremy’s parents. I’ve mentioned before about his mom having multiple sclerosis and his dad beating throat cancer but now facing leg circulation issues. It’s hard for them to get around places and Vegas is very handicap accessible and has a lot of things they can do without going all over the place. The first thing we did? Long Islands, please!


After hanging out around the casino, we headed out for dinner. Jeremy was still in the poker tournament. It started with about 250 people and now only 40 are left. He had an hour break, so we met him for dinner.

PicMonkey Collage

Oh! and here is the skirt I made! I’m loving the Las Vegas weather! I cut the top of my foot on my flip flops the first night, so I’m stuck wearing my laced shoes.


We had dinner at the Mirage last night. Their buffet was really good. I had a plate of glazed carrots, grilled chicken and vegetables, quinoa, Chinese chicken stir fry, and a salad.


I was pretty full but managed to fit in one last plate. I had more salad, lo mein, Chinese chicken stir fry and some crackers.


I ended my dinner with a red velvet cupcake! After dinner, Jeremy went back to his poker tournament and his parents and I sat down and played blackjack for almost 4 hours! It was a blast.



  • Chen

    I have lived in the Nevada for about 18 years. I miss the leaves changing colors! It was my favorite thing about Fall!

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  • Rebecca Wing

    Just came back from vegas last week. Really glad that I was able to take a helicopter tour to Grand Canyon South Rim for the first time in my life. It was definitely worth it. If you haven’t, you really have to go at least one time in life. If you have no idea who to go to, I recommend Nvstarr at Chinatown can assist you with a great service. At first I was not sure about which tour to take but the girls there were really friendly and explained with patience. I was very satisfied with it. Anyways, Grand Canyon yahoooooo!

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  • Jessica

    Where are those joggers from in the lululemon picture?

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  • Las Vegas SEO

    First of all: Love your name! And the pics you got on here are making me hungry! Glad you had a great time in Vegas. planning a trip soon. what was your favorite spot and why?

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  • Jenna

    Looks like a healthy Las Vegas Trip!

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  • Helicopter Tour

    Another Iowan and Hawkeye fan in Las Vegas, yeah!!! I know this was last year and all, but I love your blog and pics, especially food close-ups. I actually am from Iowa and play poker for fun too, but don’t do it enough to travel for tournaments, just for fun really. Although another Iowan friend of mine who lives in Vegas is a pro-poker player. Small world. One personal favorite thing of mine is helicopter rides because you see a place in a way you never can any other way, close up but from the air. I’ve gone on one in Hawaii, and just did one for the 2nd time here in Vegas to see the Grand Canyon. If you come back I highly recommend you try it. I used, really enjoyed it. Well, now you’ve got another blog reader! Check. 🙂

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  • cia

    When are you going to vegas next? I’d like to meet you.

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  • Cindy Tapia

    I love your website. I’m trying to lose 15lbs my August. I’m also a big breakfast person. What are some ideas that are fast and easy to make quickly?

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  • Emily

    I was wondering what you get at Chipotle? It’s been my favorite food for years and although I don’t really change up my order, I am very curious about what you get and if you still keep it healthy…. Thanks!!

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  • Ariel

    I really do enjoy reading your posts and seeing what you eat! When I feel like I fall off the wagon (and am slowly eating the trail behind the wagon lol) I find inspiration in your food/fitness!

    My friend and I are going to Vegas for a friend’s wedding and I absolutely can’t wait 😀 Also, what is stevia- it doesn’t have that “fake sweetener” taste does it?

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  • Sara

    Hey Taralynn!

    I wanted to get your opinion on white grains. Obviously, brown are better, but I have tried diets with both, with just wheat grains, and with no grains at all! Honestly, energy wise and weightless, I can’t tell a difference between any of them. Comments??


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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Well, I’ve been reading/watching a lot of things that say “no grains are the way too be”, but that is just not realistic for me. It is always better to choose dark grains over white grains. The white grains are very processed and often contain more sugar. White bread has a bigger affect on blood sugar levels and doesn’t contain as much fiber as wheat bread.

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  • Sandra Hernandez

    Thank GOD you changed domain. Now I know exactly when you post on your blog.


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  • Martina

    You look fab! Absolutely love your dress! Do you have any favorite cold drinks from Starbucks ? 🙂

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  • Jules

    You look fabulous! Love your skirt and the sneaks look cute on you. I’m really enjoying your new blog. You’ve definitely taken it to a more mature level. Keep up the good work!

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  • Grace

    Love this! You make me wanna go to Vegas!

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  • Jessica

    Looks like you’re having a blast 🙂 And you look SO CUTE in that skirt of yours. Good job! 😀

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  • Katelyn

    NOT alone my friend I thought I was the nut who carried packets of truvia everywhere! BTW I bought TAZO hibiscus tea bags and make it cold at home so yummy~!!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I like to make the tea and use it for a liquid in my smoothies! Try that if you like it cold! With a little pineapple, raspberries, peaches, tazo tea, and ice! So good!:)

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  • Katie

    I admire your dedication to eating healthy and exercise, EVEN when you’re on vacation. Your blog and website have been inspiring to me, thank you:)

    xoxo Katie

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  • Kelly Louise

    holy muscles batman! you’re looking better than ever, very muscular. do you think adding chicken back into your life has helped that for you?
    I’m super jealous you’re in Vegas, my bf and I were supposed to go this weekend for our anniversary, but we’re moving instead. ughhhh
    i keep stevia in the raw in my desk drawer at work because they only have those crap sweeteners here too.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thank you so much! I can’t say if it’s the chicken or not, but I’ve definitely been eating A LOT of protein and incorporating A LOT of cross training into my running schedule. I feel stronger than ever!

      Happy anniversary to you guys!:) It’s going to rain this weekend (crazy I know), so you’re not missing out. I’ll be you here in a few weeks making the move!

      I’m glad to know others are just like me when it comes to carrying Stevia!:) xo

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  • Alysha @ Love, Alysha

    I keep stevia in all of my bags and purses, too! Definitely not silly – I will never use anything else! It’s so awesome that you’ve been finding healthier options everywhere you go, and they all look so yummy! Glad you’re enjoying yourself!

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