Hi friends! Did everyone have a nice weekend?
Mine was busy because I attended the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Weight Management Symposium in Baltimore on Friday and Saturday for work! Even though I wound up working for much of the day on Saturday, I didn’t mind at all since I got to learn about lots of cool new weight loss techniques, and I have off today to make up for it. Woohoo!
On Friday morning I headed over to Baltimore and checked into the Hyatt Regency Hotel where I was staying during the conference. My room was on the 11th floor and had a nice view of the harbor. 🙂
When I picked up my badge from registration, they gave me a bag of swag and a new scale. Nice!
Then it was conference time! I sat through a number of sessions on Friday and learned so many new strategies for managing your weight. It was fascinating! I learned so much and plan to write about all of it, but I’m still trying to figure out if I can get it all into one post or if it will need to be broken out into a couple. Stay tuned!
Around lunchtime I took a break from the conference and decided to get some lunch on my own. I took a walk down the road and wound up at Nalley Fresh, a salad spot that had a lot of good reviews on Yelp. When I arrived I saw that the line was out the door, which I thought was a good sign even if it was a little annoying.
I wound up ordering a salad with mixed greens, spicy Thai pork, lots of mixed vegetables, feta cheese, and cilantro vinaigrette. So tasty!
I enjoyed my lunch outside in the sunshine. It’s finally feeling like spring around here!
I wound up staying in conference sessions until around 7:00 pm, at which point I met up with Fabio, who had driven over after work.
Once Fabio dropped off his bag, we walked over to our friends Jay and Meg’s house. Jay and Meg offered to watch Jack for us since we were staying in the hotel, and it worked out great! Once we dropped Jack off and enjoyed a drink with Jay and Meg, we walked over to Liv2Eat for dinner. There are so many cute restaurants in Baltimore, and I love that we try new ones every time we go. Liv2Eat was great!
We started off with an (unpictured) order of risotto balls, and then I got a burger and fries for dinner. Everything was so delicious!
I wound up eating half and gave the other half to Fabio. So good!
After dinner we headed back to the hotel and hit the hay. I had an early day on Saturday so I wanted to get plenty of sleep!
Saturday morning included more sessions – I stayed at the conference from about 7:00 am – 3:00 pm. While I was at my meeting, Fabio went golfing with a bunch of his friends. He wrapped up golf at the same time that I finished with my sessions, so it worked out perfectly.
Once we were done, we walked back over to Jay and Meg’s place to hang out with our friends! Jack joined us while we sipped a few beers. 🙂
It was such a nice day out, so we took our beverages up to the roof where we played a game of Nasty Things. Has anyone played this game? It’s similar to Cards Against Humanity but not quite as crude. It was a lot of fun!
Once the sun went down, we walked over to Blue Agave for dinner. Our group ordered a pitcher of margaritas, and Fabio and I shared an order of fajitas for our meal. Everything was delicious! I highly recommend this spot if you’re ever looking for Mexican food in Fed Hill.
After dinner, we went back to Jay and Meg’s to play some card games, and then a group of us walked over to Ropewalk Tavern for a fun night out.
We had a great time!
We got to sleep in as late as we wanted on Sunday, which was glorious. After hanging out with Jay and Meg for a little while longer and picking up Jack, we hit the road to head back to DC. We got home around 2:00 pm and still had time to do laundry and a couple of chores around the apartment.
The weather was absolutely perfect, so our little family went on an extra long walk in the evening.
We finished up the night with episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, and we watched the Colombia episode since we are going to Colombia in a little more than a month with Fabio’s family and a couple of our friends! 🙂 Can’t wait!
Question of the day: Have you ever been to Baltimore?