Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Vlog: Hocking Hills Anniversary Trip

Last month, my husband and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary with a weekend trip to Hocking Hills and Columbus, Ohio. Today, I am sharing the vlog from that trip!

I hope you enjoyed watching!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Busy Week Recap

Whew! It's Monday, again. Wow! Last week really flew on by for us. Here's a little recap from last week!

I worked a long day on Tuesday, 9:30 - 8:30 pm. On Wednesday evening, we had Life Group. Thursday was another long day at work, but not quite as long. Nick had worship practice that night and so as soon as I got off work, I grabbed a couple pumpkin chai lattes and visited him at practice just in time to hear them finish up the last song. Despite being so busy, I did really well with my eating all last week. Then, the weekend hit.

Friday was field trip day with Piper's class. We went to a pumpkin patch!

Later that evening, we did the pumpkin walk at the high school. They had face painting, pumpkin painting, hayrides and a wooded trail filled with pumpkins carved by the students/teachers throughout the school! We had a fun family evening on Friday night!

Saturday was a much slower day. We went to the YMCA in the morning, where Nick and I got to work out together while Piper played with other kids in childwatch. Then, we went grocery shopping and later we got together with my mom, step-dad and little brother for a family photo session! After the photo session was done, the photographer let all of her dogs out of the house and we all made sure they got some petting.

After getting family photos done, we carved pumpkins at my moms house!

Sunday was very busy, as usual. We had church all morning and then went to a gender reveal party in the afternoon. I made sure to get a walk in whenever we all got home that evening. I've been trying to fit in some time for self-care, especially when the days are busy. It's hard to do sometimes but it has been really helping to fill my bucket when I feel drained.

This morning I am up on the scale but, it's not a surprise. Instead of having one "rest day" from tracking calories, I took the entire weekend off. I weighed in at 230.1 lbs. this morning. I am hoping that by jumping up a bit on the scale, I can drop down below my plateau weight of 228 lbs. by next week!

Monday, October 7, 2019

For The Sake of Balance

Hello, and Happy Monday!

Truth be told, I didn't really feel like blogging today but, I am making myself sit down and type something out because I am hoping it will help keep me on track with my weight-loss goal for October!

As for why I'm not feeling much like blogging, I think it's because I've been having a few down days lately. It all started on Friday when I realized that I would have been going into my second trimester this month with the pregnancy I had recently lost. Some days are better than others and these past few have just been plain hard, and that's okay.

Today, I weighed in at 228.8 lbs. Exactly the same weight as last week, on the dot. That almost never happens! While I would have loved to have seen a loss on the scale, I am okay with it. We had a really good splurge meal this weekend (bang bang wings from a local tavern) and, I'm happy to see that didn't cause any gain on the scale!

For the sake of balance, here's a photo of tonight's dinner.

I did complete my goal of tracking/staying within calories for 6 days last week! I do need to improve on my water intake and, my activity level, though. I think if I bring those two things more into focus this week, I will see a loss on the scale next time!

This weight that I'm at currently is a tricky one for me because I have never been able to get lower than 227 lbs. throughout my entire weight-loss journey. I am on the brink of a milestone here, and I am so determined to make it happen! All while maintaining my values of "losing weight while living life".

Friday, October 4, 2019

Vlog: Piper's First Soccer Game + First Day of Preschool

Hello, and happy Friday! Today, I am sharing a vlog that I recorded back at the end of August and just now got around to editing.

I can't help but smile when I watch this vlog. I love this season of life that we're in. Being Piper's mom is so much fun! I can't believe that tomorrow will be Piper's last soccer game of the season. Time can slow down anytime, now!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

October Goals 2019

I have one big goal for the month of October! I want to see the number 225 on the scale. I am so, so close and this is the month that it is finally going to happen!

In order to reach that weight goal, I plan to track my nutrition daily each week, with one day set aside for no tracking at all. I am not going to call that day off from tracking a "cheat day", though. I think I'll call that a "rest day".

Yesterday, on October 1st, I weighed in at 228.8 lbs. I have been teetering between 236-229 lbs. for months now. I'm going to make this the month where I break through my lowest weight of my entire weight-loss journey, once and for all! 

225 lbs, I'm coming for you!

Weekly Goals:
  • 120 oz. water daily
  • 1400-1800 calories daily with 1 rest day/week
  • 10,000 steps or 30 min. activity 3 days/week
  • Schedule self-care weekly
The last goal on my list is something new that I'll be trying to focus on this month. Today, while Piper was at preschool, I used a gift certificate I had for a massage, followed by a couple hours of shopping. It was absolutely wonderful! 

I look forward to seeing the rewards that come from scheduling more time for self-care. I can tell you that today, already, I feel like I have more of myself to give to others because I spent some time filling up my bucket this morning. I also know that when I feel good, it is easier for me to make good choices!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Last Day of Waldameer 2019

Before we get too far into the Fall season, I want to throw it back to summer for a minute. This summer, we did a lot of fun things! One of the most fun things we did was go to Waldameer (again, and again, and again)! 

Piper is tall enough to go on a lot of new rides this year. We all had so much fun during out trips to this amusement park that, toward the end of the season, we ended up buying season passes for next year!

This season that we're in, with a smart and funny 4 year old, is so much fun!

During our last day at Waldameer, Piper ran into her buddy. Waldameer is always fun but, it's even more fun when you're with friends!

I don't want to forget these days, or this season that we're in. It's so incredibly sweet.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

10 Year Wedding Anniversary

This past weekend, my husband, Nick, and I celebrated 10 years of marriage with a long-weekend away at Hocking Hills in Ohio.

Nick and I feel incredibly blessed to have been gifted so much time together, at such a young age. While we're celebrating 10 years of marriage, we've been together for almost 16 years now! That makes more than half of our lifetime that has been spent together, as Nick and Kalyn. Praise God; He has been so good to us!

While the true beauty and grandeur of Hocking Hills is hard to capture in photos, we did our best to capture as many sights as we could during our trip. We never want to forget this long-weekend we spent away, just the two of us. It was such a sweet time away for the two of us; to reminisce on the past, and dream about what the future may hold.

We stayed the night in Columbus on Friday, and woke up early on Saturday morning. We left our hotel early enough that morning to catch a view of the sunrise over the trees. It was a beautiful start to a beautiful day.

We began our full-day of hiking at Old Man's Cave. This trail is one of the more challenging hikes in the area but, the views are worth the challenge!




After we finished exploring Old Man's Cave, we moved on to Ash Cave. This was a very flat hike, with the most amazing cave at the end of the trail. Photos do not do it any justice at all. It's truly breathtaking.

One of the funniest moments of our trip (and of course, there were a few) was when Nick climbed up this giant rock for a photo-opt, and ended up ripping his shorts.

We laughed, and laughed, and laughed! I am laughing right now thinking about it. If only you knew how many times this has happened since we started dating, all the way back when we were 15 years old. Nick always jokes that he's too flexible than his clothing allows. This guy has never let the sun go down on a day when he hasn't made me laugh.

After visiting Old Man's Cave and Ash Cave, we tried a new restaurant called  The Hungry Buffalo. We shared pizza and wings, and it was delicious!

After a morning filled with hiking at the two caves, we decided to go antique shopping at the Logan Antique Mall. Nick loves antique shopping as much (if not more) than I do! We had so much fun looking around!

Outside of the antique mall was a little petting zoo. These animals gave us quite a lot of chuckles as we fed them handful after handful of corn from the 25-cent dispenser. They were so cute! I think I might be a little closer to convincing Nick that we need to start a sheep and goat farm.

By the time we were done at the antique mall, we were ready to hike one last trail; Cedar Falls. The last time we visited Cedar Falls, the waterfall was flowing wildly. During this visit, however, there was just a small trickle of a stream coming down. Despite the lack of a roaring water fall, the views were just as incredible.

Before we headed back to the city for dinner, we decided to visit one more antique shop along the way. As we were antique shopping, we were keeping an eye out for a ring that might fit me. I was talking to Nick about how nice it would be to find a ring at an antique shop, on our 10 year anniversary trip. Sure enough, we found the perfect one! We have loved antique shopping together for longer than we've been married and so, finding this ring during our 10 year anniversary trip makes it extra special to me.

Later that evening, we got ourselves ready for a night out in Columbus! Nick and I knew from the moment when we booked this trip that we would be eating our anniversary dinner out at the Cheesecake Factory. Actually, while searching for the location where we'd be staying, we had two conditions in mind; it had to be some place near a Cheesecake Factory and Hocking Hills!


The Cheesecake Factory closest to Hocking Hills was in Easton. I don't know if it's because we were out celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary, or if it was because the sidewalks were dimly lit with light-covered trees, but everything about this town, and that night, was so romantic. I never want to forget the feeling of walking down the streets of Easton, hand-in-hand, with my love.

I have so much I want to say about Nick but, no words could ever be enough to describe how much he means to me, or how much I love him. So, I will just say, happy 10th wedding anniversary to my best friend; Nicholas, I love you.