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Sunday Stew With A Side Of Hope

Yesterday was a miserable, rainy day here in RI. It was the perfect time to bust out the crock pot for the fall/winter and make something warm and comforting.



We decided a nice beef stew fit that description, so while Tara was out yesterday morning I threw all the ingredients in the crock pot to have for dinner.



I caught up on filing paperwork and Tara caught up on some house stuff. After that, we both caught up with some of the DVR and then Downton Abbey on Amazon Prime. It’s quite the addicting show. We’re almost through season 2 now. I’ll be sad once we finish season 3 because then we’ll have to wait for season 4 to catch up to Prime for our viewing pleasure.

Cue our delicious dinner being ready to devour!


SO good!


On Saturday, we were out and about on a bunch of random errands, which also involved signing up at Planet Fitness. I opted to get the “black card” because, for the price of 2 regular memberships, I can still take Tara with me each time I go as a “guest”, plus I get unlimited use of the hydromassage bed and massage chairs. And we can use any PF location too, which will be nice when we’re up in MA visiting our friends. It wouldn’t have been the first gym I would choose if money were no option, but since it is, and it works for us, PF it is!

Now for the best part of this post – the hope!

We went to PF this morning and we only planned on going for ½ hour. I opted to use the treadmill to see how well I could run (since I hadn’t run at all since the Rock N Roll on 9/29) and for how long. Tara hopped on next to me and off we went. I warmed up for about 5-6 minutes walking then started jogging. I kept it at a 12 min mile and was able to keep running without stopping for 20 minutes! Very exciting! I realized I probably should have stopped around 15 min, but was too excited. I may have pushed it a bit far because my knee was pretty stiff at work, but I took some ibuprofen and it loosened up a bit. I had stretched and iced before work too, but it was still kind of locking up on me the longer I sit (which unfortunately is a side effect of being tied to your desk in customer service).

I have my next PT appt tomorrow morning, so I’m going to see what she says about it and if she’ll maybe be angry at me for trying to run (haha!). I only plan on going for this second visit and then calling it quits since it’s not in the budget to keep going at $35/visit. I’m more than capable of doing stretches/exercises on my own at home (which I have been). I’ll check with her on what type of a time table I’m looking at to actually be pain-free and if she thinks I should have taken it more slowly before jumping right back into running for 20 min straight. It’ll be interesting to see what she has to say and I look forward to it.

For now, I’m enjoying the fact I was able to run this morning. It felt great!


Face The Music Friday #2

First things first: if you missed my initial Face The Music Friday, check it out here.

Now, onto the big business. Drumroll please!

My weight this week is:     184.1

Beginning: 240

Last week: 185.6

This week: -1.5 lb

Total loss: 55.9 lb

I’m honestly surprised that I had as good of a loss as I did. Like I mentioned last week, I typically have two good weeks per month and this happened to be the first of two (if I stick to schedule). Maybe I just lucked out that the junk that I did end up eating this week was on a good week and not a bad week. Dumb luck I suppose.

I had my PT this morning (finally) for my knee. She confirmed it was my IT Band causing my knee pain. She said that I had been doing everything right that I’ve been doing so far in terms of rolling, icing, etc. She gave me some strengthening exercises to help me out because she said that my inner thigh muscles down near my knees (I forget the name of it) were weaker. She also said something about patellar tracking – I guess the kneecap should kind of zig zag as you bend and flex the knee, but mine just goes in a straight line. Who knew!

She also happened to check out my hip (that I injured last year and still bothers me) and said it was most likely also from the IT Band on that side and could be my left knee is bothering me from overcompensating for the right. I’m a hot mess. I tried to tell her just how inflexible I was before she examined me, but little did she know until she saw for herself!



After we went through the exam and exercises, she did some ultrasound for about 5 minutes with some topical cortisone and then some manual massage for a minute or two. She finished up with a quick minute of ice massage and then I was off to work! It hurt like hell (still kind of does as I write this at almost bedtime!) but I’m hoping it helped overall. She OK’d me using my elliptical, which I had been concerned about, so I’m pleased with that. She wants me to lay off the running for now (which I’m glad I haven’t done other than 1 x per week during races). I have to go back to see her in around a week and see how I’m progressing so maybe we’ll see how long till I can give it the old college try again.

Now to my favorite part of the post: the music!!

This week I picked Florence + The Machine’s “What The Water Gave Me”. I like how it starts out kind of slow and quiet, but builds faster and louder. I can’t really describe the intense feeling I get when I listen to the song.

Fun fact about this song too: the title was inspired by the Frida Kahlo painting of the same name. Frida is also tied for my wife’s favorite painter (with Georgia O’Keefe) so that adds to the fun!



Now enjoy some Florence!

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Face The Music Friday

I decided I’m going to create my own little day theme like lots of other people in the blogosphere. I was going to call it “Fess Up Friday” because I plan on posting my weight for that week and any updates on losses/gains.

Well, that was taken, so I decided to go with Face The Music Friday. Essentially the same idea, but now I get to incorporate my love of music into it as well! Genius!

Anywho…on to the moment you’ve (not) been waiting for! My weight this week is:


Beginning: 240 – 185.6 = 54.4lb total loss (you can catch up on the journey here)

The week wasn’t bad. I’m coming off my bad week(s) of the month which I tend to not lose much (if anything), so I expect the next week (possibly two) to be pretty good if it follows pattern. I’m surprised I’ve done as well as I have considering I’ve done little exercising other than an elliptical here or a walk there due to my leg. I got my IT Band Strap from Amazon today, so I’m hoping it will help me for my race on Sunday.

Now on to the fun part (for me anyway)! I decided on this post each week I’ll post a song I love, or love to run to, or am really digging at the present time. Maybe I’ll turn you on to something new or we can reminisce about bad hair!

This week, I chose a personal favorite of mine when it comes on my running playlist. I always jam out to this song, even when I’m running, which must be pretty funny to see me talking to myself while I run.

Barroom Hero – Dropkick Murphys



Things That Make Me Happy (and an update)

An update on the knee/IT band:  I tried out using the elliptical downstairs last night for 1/2 hour. I took it pretty slow because it started out pretty sore, but I was able to do the whole 30 minute fat burner setting.

Tonight, Tara and I took a walk for a little over 2 miles. I decided to perform a test and took my patellar tendon strap and wrapped it above my knee (instead of below where it goes) as if it were an IT band strap. It definitely improved feeling while I ran (I periodically left Tara and tried running for a 1/4 mile here and there) but it still bothered me after a few tenths of a mile. Not as bad as Sunday though…so I guess that’s a start. I ordered an *actual* IT band compression strap to try out on Amazon that I should get on Friday. The patellar strap was too tight because it’s not big enough for above the knee so it was a bit uncomfortable for it’s size.

I saw my doctor for my yearly physical yesterday so I asked her for a referral while I was there but couldn’t get a PT appt until next Friday, 9/27. I want it gone sooner rather than later, so I’m doing everything I can in the meantime. Ice, rest, elevation when possible, compression when possible, Advil when I need it and lots and LOTS of foam rolling. Going to figure out some stretches I can do that I’ve found online and see if that helps in the meantime.



1. My loving, sweet, beautiful, kind, caring wife. My best friend. My everything. You get the idea!


2. A roof over my head. I’ve worked very hard in my life and always wanted to have my own home. That dream finally came true 5 years ago when we bought our first home. We didn’t realize all the issues the previous owners had left us, but we couldn’t ask for better neighbors. It’s a really nice neighborhood.

3. Snuggles from my fur babies. We adopted them just over a year ago and I can’t imagine life if we hadn’t decided to adopt again.

4. Two of the best friends anyone could ask for.

5. Amazing family that supports me no matter what shenanigans I get into.

My parents, visiting from Vegas, got to see my first mud run!

6. A job. I may not like it on most days, but I know how hard it is to find and keep one in this economy so I’m still glad to have one.

7. Running.

8. Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

9. Doctor Who.

10. Macintosh apples

And one extra for good measure…

11. I Can Has Cheezburger. You’re welcome.