Getting Stronger {Hip Update}

I was finally able to schedule Physical Therapy for my hip about 3 weeks ago.  My PT thinks the groin/hip pain I've been experiencing since late February is more psoas tendonitis than pain from a possible hip labral tear or the minor hip impingement I've got going on, so that's a positive. 

The therapist is working on calming down my angry hip flexor muscles, and I'm working on stretching, stretching, stretching, oh and also - some glute and core strengthening.  Hurray!  That's one of the reasons I was really looking to get into PT before I moved; I didn't know what lower body exercises would hurt me, and which would help.  Coupled with recurring knee and piriformis pain, I had stopped doing a lot of core and lower body exercises, and it was making me feel like any muscle and strength I had was dwindling away.  I was feeling pretty unfit to be honest.

When I was instructed to do one-legged deadlifts and walking lunges for the first time, I was scared of hurting myself, but also super excited to try.  I've been performing these types of exercises (plus a few standard PT exercises such as bridges and planks) for 2 weeks now, and I already feel stronger and better about myself.  So that is definitely a positive.  I should get a list of exercises to do on my own when I move, so I can hopefully continue progressing.  

 With every lunge I do, I feel like I am accomplishing a variety of things - from the very obvious building muscle, to working to fix and prevent muscular imbalances, to making me feel like a stronger person. I'm going to get through this injury and come out the other side stronger.  

Feeling happy and determined on my ride home from Physical Therapy last week. 


Congrats to Dr. Outlaw!!!

Just a quick post to congratulate my husband on his amazing accomplishment on Friday of receiving his PhD in Chemistry!  


It's been a long and difficult road, but he made it through, and did a really, really great job on his thesis defense talk.  I'm SUPER proud of him and happy and excited for the future.

We celebrated by dinner at B Bistro, another one of our Baltimore favorites for dining out (cava plus scallops risotto is a great combination btw).

The next day it was lunch at Mama's on the Half Shell with my parents, sister, and brother-in-law.  Their crab cakes are delicious (all 6 of us ordered them, haha). And the 4 'kids' ordered and enjoyed the requisite Orange Crush.

And just like that, the big event is done and we are T minus 13 days until we leave Baltimore for Madison (via Virginia/North Carolina for some much needed relaxation and final goodbyes).

I came across this cool concept, Baltimore in a Box, and knew it would be a perfect graduation/goodbye to Baltimore gift for my husband.

His faves are the Union Brewing koozie and the mini Zeke's coffee.

That's it for me today!


Baltimore Bucket List and Dinners for this Week

Hey all!  We are rapidly approaching our last day in Baltimore - just 3 weeks from today!  I don't think it's really sunk in yet.  We made a Baltimore bucket list and are visiting some of our favorite places one last time before we leave.  

This weekend, we went to Iggie's for dinner on Friday.

Can't go wrong with a simple salad, thin crust pizzas, and wine!  I can't even begin to count the number of times we've been to Iggie's the past 6 years (for me; 9 for Victor); from dinner dates to drinking and eating with big groups of friends.  Definitely going to miss the pizza and BYOB.

On Saturday evening, we went to one of our newer favorite places in Fells Point, Thames Street Oyster House.  They always have a great selection of oysters, and their seafood is really fresh and delicious.

The seafood salad was delicious - crab, shrimp, calamari, and scallops seasoned with a little lemon and chives, and that is it. yum.  Victor is a big fan of the oyster po' boy sandwich.

On Sunday, we went to the farmers' market for the last time, and picked up our last pound of Zeke's coffee and a few bunches of asparagus.  While we were in line returning our creamer bottle to the creamery ($2 deposit back) and telling them how this was our last time at the market because we were moving to Madison, the guy next to us commented on how Madison has a really big farmers' market.  Yay!  I can't wait to check out the Madison farmers' market this summer. 

Switching gears, here is what we're eating this week for dinners.  Trying to keep it healthy since we went out a bunch this weekend and next weekend will be a crazy celebration for Victor's thesis defense.

Sunday - Grilled chicken with a spinach side salad, and some chips and salsa

Monday - Spring Pasta Salad from Two Peas & Their Pod

Tuesday - Chicken and salad with strawberries and feta cheese

Wednesday - Salmon with Sriracha sauce and lime, with asparagus and sweet potato fries

Thursday - Chicken and salad with strawberries and feta cheese

Friday - Celebration dinner at B Bistro! (Another bucket list place)

Time to start dinner.  Hoping everyone has a great beginning of the week.