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I just got finished unpacking from an AWESOME weekend in the city of brotherly love. Chris and I went with our friends Nicole & Jerry, primarily for the haunted tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary. I’m SO glad we decided to stay over night and make a whole weekend out of it. We have been there before, but this time we fell in love with it.

We even considered moving there if I can get a decent job here after school since the foodie scene here is pretty hoppin’ 😉

I will be doing a separate post about our trip to the penitentiary, but here is a short photo story of what we did . . . .

We arrived at our hotel around 3pm. It was a pretty nice place and I’m very impressed for the price, especially for a Saturday night! I forgot to get some shots of the room so you can take my word for it.

From there we headed out for a daytime tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary.

We headed back to the hotel where we had a few drinks and hung around in the room being silly.

My drink of choice was some pumpkin spice ale. It was my first pumpkin beer ever. I didn’t taste much pumpkin flavor until I ate a slice of pizza with it. It really brought out the flavor.

Then it was back to the penitentiary for the Terror Behind The Walls haunted tour where we met up with another couple of friends . . . Again, more on this later.

We retreated back to the hotel for sleep and woke up for a loooong day of site seeing and a TON of walking.

Wow! That’s scary enough for tour!

We found a cozy little diner and got a decent breakfast for cheap! This was only $4.50 including coffee!

After breakfast we checked out and scrambled all over the city on foot and an amazing tour bus the took us all around for $5 for the entire day.

We went to a cute little chocolate shop that had these inhalable cupcakes. I settled for 3 pieces of homemade chocolate instead. Chai Tea, Marzipan and Chocolate Ganache.

I had an awesome idea for a picture of the boys, I cant stop laughing every time I look at them.

Of course, I had my own fountain fun shot.

We made our way to the Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Made our way to the liberty bell.

And settled down to a yummerific classic cheesesteak. Yes, there is cheese on this, but they put it on the bottom.

My Thoughts On Eating
I have to say I’m incredibly proud of how I handled myself this weekend. There was not ONE point the whole trip where I felt uncomfortably full. I made the choice to be comfortable each time I had th option to eat or drink and it totally paid off. I had energy to walk far distances, and I was in a good mood the whole time . . . Even when we walked 40min in the wrong direction 😉 this inspires me to keep making better choices in the name of health and energy instead of weight loss. Weight loss is seriously becoming a secondary goal, and I couldn’t be more happy about that.

We all had a wonderful time and I can’t wait to go back there and also explore other major cities in decent driving distance. Were thinking Boston may be next.

Time to get some relaxing in before the busy week of work coming up. Hope you all had a great weekend too! 🙂


Yesterday was an an awesome day. Unplugging really made me realize how much I fill every gap in my day with the internet. I need to create some guidelines for this so I can stop and smell the roses while my life starts changing. Anyway, I also think it was especially awesome because it revolved around food 😉

I’m not going to lie, I ate a lot. There were times that I over ate, but I was well aware of it. Part of me was just trying to enjoy the celebration, and another part of me was trying to do a little experiment.

Ever since my scary run in with sugar, I vowed to make a change for my health. I fed myself better and I faithfully took my vitamins all week. The result was that I ended up having MUCH more energy throughout work, I slept better and I genuinely craved exercise. As busy and as stressful the week was, things felt better.

Yesterday I ate things that weren’t so healthful. Fast food, beer, pastries ect. I actually don’t remember feeling a deep hunger all day, but I ate anyway. I had fun, but what resulted was 2.5 short sleepy type naps, fatigue, bloat and just a general feeling of gross . . . Not worth it.

I slept ok but woke up at 4am with raging heartburn and I did NOT want to get up for a workout this morning. I realized that it was my mind telling me not to go because of how drained my body was from what I did to it. Unhealthy craves unhealthy, remember? I went anyway and I’m glad I did. Running is getting easier and I am going farther and farther without stopping. It is bringing me joy 🙂

I vowed yet again to feed my body better today and for the rest of this week, for my health. I felt so much better and even though I’m taking baby steps I’m learning a ton about what’s really important along the way.

Right now, I am sitting outside watching my sister play in a tennis tournament enjoying the fall weather.

Later, we will be having a cookie cake at my parents house for Chris . . . Last nights cake wasn’t enough 😉

Man, oh man. This has been a CRAZY 2 days for me. I basically worked for 2 days straight with 2 crappy sleeps in between, no time or money for food shopping, and have had 2 stressful issues to deal with.

Luckily I’m down to only one stress now and won’t have to deal with it again hopefully ever, but I’m incredibly thankful to have a supportive boyfriend and friend that will go out to lunch with me and listen to me complain and tell me I’ll be fine 🙂

It is a gorgeous day out! I love fall, I really do. I luckily have the rest of the afternoon off before I go back for another full day tomorrow, but I have some things to conquer such as . . .

A mountain of ironing . . .

An mountain of dishes . . .

And I must CREATE a mountain of food in our sad wiped out refrigerator . . .

Eww, I didn’t realize it was so dirty too.

Anyway, hopefully ill conquer my mission, but maybe ill do something else instead, like go out to dinner 🙂

Im feeling much better and I have a lot of exciting things I’m doing and thoughts I want to share this fall and that makes me so happy.

Do you ever rebel against your own to-do list like me?

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  • Ayla: My easiest dinner recipe? PB + banana sandwich. Takes 2 minutes which makes me a very happy girl.
  • kristisn: Yum! That looks like a great dinner.
  • Kate D: After two scarring experiences stuck in big city rush hour traffic (facing the wrong direction) while on vacation with my parents I totally understand

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