Originally Posted by MegaMegan2012
My new goal is to be around 250 by April 1st for a trip to New Orleans, so I have to get on the ball!
New Orleans is an incredible place to see. I have been there a few times and here's a few tips whenever you're there or motivation before you head that way:
You will be walking everywhere downtown New Orleans. There's really no point in getting a cab. If you need to get a trolley ticket (3 day ticket for 10 bucks I think - saves on gas and time spent in traffic. Plus it's like a way to go tour the city!) It's better to start working on your cardio big time if you really want to enjoy the city and not be out of breath - because it is quite stuffy down there so you'll want to be able to breathe.
One street name will be in French and the other side will be an Americanized name, so familiarize yourself with the history of the split named streets so you don't get lost or screwed over by the cab drivers. :P
If you decide to get the famous beignets at Cafe Dumonde make sure you're sharing one portion of it because they are super duper fattening and sweet. There are a lot of great restaurants with great sources of fresh fish meals!
Pat O'Brien's Hurricane - SPLIT IT. So much sugar. So many calories. It will leave you wobbling in the street. (One drink to myself had me, my mom, and sister, dancing, laughing, and talking super loud on Burbon.)
Investigate parking garages beforehand / cost - they're super expensive in the city, which is why I suggest doing a lot of walking.
Bottom line is you'll be walking a lot and the portions are southern style (over exorbitant) so make sure you find a buddy you can split meals with.