Back Pain, Life, Thinking Out Loud, Weight loss

All bad things happen together at the same time

Can you believe that today is the last day of summer? I can’t believe fall is already here! I don’t love when sundown is getting earlier but it was perfect timing for me last night when I was picking up hubby from work. It was a spectacular drive.

Maryland Sunset

On Sunday I went to the B&O Railroad museum with my dad, brother, step-sis, and hubby. I don’t have half the photos though because my phone is now dead forever. See below.

B&O Railroad Museum

B&O Railroad Museum

I was hoping we’d get to go hiking this weekend, but my back fell out in a really weird way last week and I’ve been struggling a lot since then. Everything feels locked up and even a leisurely walk is a pain. There have been a few times I’ve had to lay down for a few hours and not move because any micro-movement felt like I was cracking ice in my back. I feel like a broken record always going on about my back, but it overwhelms my life and I just want to make it better. We were hoping to do our first backpacking trip this weekend but now that’s impossible and even our bike trip in western MD is looking a little unstable.

I can’t do yoga at the moment because everything feel so unstable. Since I pretty much can’t do any exercise and I’ve been feeling blue because of all the pain, I’ve been eating unhealthily and probably a little too much. I really want to make a change and I know that I need to change my diet in order to make progress in my weight loss journey which is necessary for healing my back. So I’ve decided to go drastic. Stay tuned for my new health regime.

In other news, I found out I’ve been overpaying insurance for 14 months. Apparently even though I was on Maryland insurance coverage and my mailing address was in Maryland, my insurer thought the car was still in Michigan. Around $300 gone and I can’t get back. Adulting is hard.

Yesterday I had to return/exchange my 2 week old camera because of a mechanical error. Luckily it was the last day I could do that since I refuse to use Best Buy’s insurance policies. I had a bad experience in the past…

Also, my phone died randomly yesterday. Can’t even turn it on. Apparently it’s a battery issue and anything that isn’t backed up is probably gone forever. The saddest (and most embarrassing) part is, I think I lost about 1000 pics of my cat. She’s so stinkin’ cute. My camera photos auto-sync to Google photos but I take the cat ones on Snapchat so I can send them to my sis. This is the last photo my phone will ever take:
Panera Autumn Squash

But thank goodness Autumn Squash soup is back.

On the brighter side of things, we’re buying a car! My cousin is a car dealer and helped us find a car and we should be getting it in the next few weeks so it will be exciting for each of us to have our own car.

Otherwise I’m currently spending my days going through our mountains of junk and sorting out stuff to sell, donate, or pack for moving. Today I found some candles from last fall that I’d forgotten I had! Bath and Body Works has my favorite 3-wick candles and just to put it out there— Leaves is the best fall candle. I also have some leftover Pumpkin Apple from last year and it’s pretty amazing.

As I was searching for stuff at Target last night, I noticed the first appearance of the Christmas stuff! That must mean it’s time for me to bust out the Christmas music! 🙂 Who am I kidding, I’ve already been listening to my PTX album in the car for a couple weeks. Tell me I’m not the only one who wants to listen to Christmas music for more than a month!


When is the earliest you can start listening to Christmas music?

What’s your favorite BBW candle scent?

What are you going to miss the most about summer?

What are you looking forward to most this fall?

OPI fall color recommendations? (I have a coupon)

Happy hump day!


I’m linking up with Amanda from Running With Spoons for this post.


Back Pain, Biking, Exercise, Life, Yoga

It finally happened (!!!) and a season of change

I’ve unofficially officially left my job! If you’re confused as to what that means, it means that I’ve turned in my badge and I’m not planning on returning but they’re keeping me in the system for up to 90 days in case I change my mind. They’re going to miss me so that makes me feel good. For a little over a year, I’ve been working as a “floater” in a large office building moving between departments as they needed help. I’ve done so many jobs ranging from web to administrative assistant, editor, office grunt work, inventory, and handling international visa applications. There have been a handful of fun moments, but I’m really ready to move on now that I’m not the main support for our little family.

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Life, Thinking Out Loud, Vacation

Thursday Thinking Out Loud (TOL) 9-8-2016

Today I am going to be doing my first Thinking Out Loud linkup with Amanda from Running With Spoons! I’ve been reading her blog for a while and decided that today I had some stuff I wanted to share with you so I’m going to jump right in and share some of the things I’ve been thinking about and loving lately…

1. Aly Raisman

The best news ever was announced yesterday!!! Aly Raisman isn’t planning on retiring yet and after a year off she’s going to resume training for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo! I love Aly so much and was feeling a bit bummed because it seemed like she was probably going to retire but she is so phenomenal and fun to watch. I watched the all around event live and I almost cry even just seeing this photo because it was a perfect moment.

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Back Pain, Exercise, Goals, Pain Relief, Running, Yoga

Labor Day Weekend Games and my new Yoga app

There’s something about the sky. There’s a change in the air. The pool no longer seems as inviting and all I can think about is eating more apples and going hiking and camping… Fall is coming and I can’t resist its advances anymore. I love summer but there are many things I love about fall so I’ll try not to be too sad.

Hallelujah for long weekends! I had a rough day Friday and had to cancel our plans of going kayaking because I was doing bad enough that I knew it would mess me up to a level I wasn’t ready to deal with. We went shopping instead for some new pants at Gap for Brady because he starts work next week! He was in love with these really stretchy khakis, it was kind of cute lol. I also picked up a $50 Eddie Bauer shirt for $15 on clearance. It’s going to be my base layer for hiking/camping trips or anything outdoors during the cooler months. We went apple picking and got about 13 pounds of fresh honeycrisps and also got 3-4 pounds of sweet and ripe raspberries.

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Back Pain, Biking, Exercise, Goal Setting, Goals, Healthy eating, Hiking

September Goals!

Time to revisit those August goals and see how things went…

August Goals Revisited

  • Build core strength through my glutes, back and abs.
  • Continue to build on my fitness.
  • Significantly reduce sugar intake.
  • Work towards a regular bedtime and wake up routine and getting healthier sleep.

Maybe 1 for 4. I think I had a rough August because there were a lot of things going on in multiple aspects of my life and it was hard to start a routine going. Hanna left for college two weeks ago so I’ve been missing her. Brady was interviewing for jobs, accepted an offer, and has been working on licensing things, I’ve been doing various work including teaching Pre-K kids for a few days! By the way, they are the most adorable little kids ever and I want to adopt them all! I’ve definitely found my age group if I ever wanted to go into teaching. Continue Reading

Exercise, Hiking

Hiking at Great Falls

After a few days spent with adorable Pre-K kids I had a day off on Wednesday to go hiking with my hubby! He’s been getting paperwork done so he can start his job as soon as his license comes in. So exciting! We went down to Great Falls to go hiking because apparently there are miles and miles of really cool trails that I’ve only just found out about recently.

It cost $10 to get into the park which was pretty depressing because it was the very next day that the Centennial celebration for the park began and entry would have been free. If only we had known…

We picked up a pretty and descriptive trail map from the museum/tavern house and headed towards the Billy Goat A trail. It is described as a 1.75 mi hike with lots of rock scrambling and that good balance is necessary. You have to be in good health to do this trail and it apparently takes 2-3 hours to complete.

My phone died for no reason and wouldn’t turn back on so I had to use Brady’s phone to take photos which was depressing since his camera isn’t very good.

It was a beautiful hike though and better photos wouldn’t have done the area justice anyways. I was surprised at how many people were there in the middle of the day mid-week but the parking lot was mostly full and there was a good lot of people out on the trails.

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