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Face The Music Friday #7

My weight this week is:




Beginning:  240

Last week:  185

This week: +1.5 lb

Total loss:  53.5 lb


I know exactly what went wrong this week. It’s all on me and I’m not going to dwell on it. I’m beginning to form a plan that I’ll implement starting tomorrow after some grocery shopping tonight. I now have a gym plan as well. I’m all done staying up late to watch baseball, Halloween is over and it’s go time. Let’s get it on!!



Because my wife is amazing, she used race pictures from Sunday, plus pictures of Julie and I wearing Batman and Robin to work yesterday for Halloween, plus our cats and made this amazing “comic”. If you click on each “panel” it will enlarge so you can read the fine print. So fun!


comic comic 2 comic 3


To celebrate the Sox winning the World Series, this week’s music selection will be Tessie by the Dropkick Murphys (go to around 1:25 to start the song)! Yay Sox!!




Gym Rats, Monsters and Food Trucks, Oh My!

Another fun weekend with the besties! My plan for Saturday was to get up in the AM and mow the lawn and get the yard work out of the way before Julie and Dan got here around lunch time. Being that my wife is the most amazing human on the planet, she had gotten out of work early on Friday and took care of the lawn (and even some trimming) for me before I got home from work! Since she did that, we had a nice leisurely morning with no need to set an alarm of any sort.

J & D got here around 12:30 or so. Originally our plan was that Dan and I would go pick up our bibs at Rhode Runner in Providence (my local running store and also a race sponsor) and Julie and Tara would go to Scituate to pick up the raffle prize that Julie had won from the art festival. While we were all getting ready to head out, Julie said she was jealous that Dan was going to probably get new shoes while he was there. Then Tara piped up and said she still needed new ones. A new plan was formed…we’d all go together to Scituate to pick up the prize, then head up to Providence to Rhode Runner and then grab something to eat while we’re in the city.

We drove up to Scituate and the woman was supposed to leave her prize on her front porch (since they wouldn’t be home on Saturday). The way it worked is that the raffle winners would have picked their prizes up the last day of the art festival, otherwise they could come get them the following weekend. Julie wouldn’t have been able to, and didn’t want to make us go for her, so she contacted the woman who said she could pick it up this past weekend since she knew she’d be here for the race. We got to her house and Julie went up to the porch and we could see her looking around, puzzled. There was nothing on the porch so she rang the doorbell, since there were 2 cars in the driveway (hoping she’d luck out and someone would be there). No answer – so she knocked and then went down the driveway on the side of the house, but didn’t see anything. We ended up just leaving and on our way to Providence Julie called the woman and left her a message to hopefully have it shipped to her.

Once we got to Rhode Runner, Dan and I went straight in to pick up our bibs while Julie and Tara both started trying on shoes. Tara went straight to the same style Brooks she already wears so she was easy. Julie ended up trying on several pairs and then went with the same style Saucony, I believe. And Dan was the same once he tried on his shoes – he went with the same style Nikes. We’re creatures of habit I guess! I tried on some stuff while I was there, but really was just trying to get a fit for things to add to my Amazon wish list. I need a nighttime/waterproof jacket so I was really just browsing and not planning on buying anything. I was the only one to walk out of the running store with nothing purchased – a first for me!

After we left Rhode Runner, we decided to use good ol’ Yelp to find someplace really close to eat. We settled on Harry’s bar & burger, which was less than a mile away. It had really good reviews and Yelp, yet again, led us to a great place! It was a total dive-y place, with maybe only 10 tables and a bar. Very hole in the wall, very cute. The decorations were really fun and it just had a great vibe.


Julie was photobombing ALL THE THINGS!


The only way they serve all the sandwiches is as sliders, with an order being 2 (though you could add a 3rd if you wanted). We decided we were all going to order differently and share the sliders so we could try all sorts of different burgers. Everything I put in my mouth in that restaurant was delicious! We also ordered fries and onion strings to share, plus I got a drink called You Kiddin Me. It was the perfect “shake” to pair with my burgers. It was whipped cream vodka, oreos, caramel and ice cream and it was sooooo good you wouldn’t even know there was alcohol in it!



We were pretty stuffed after that so we headed home. Shortly after, Dan and I headed over to Planet Fitness so he could give me some strength lessons and different options to use the free weights and Smith machine instead of the silly regular machines that I feel like I have terrible form. We were there for about 2 1/2 hours (including doing an actual chest and tricep workout) going over everything I would do, when I would do it, how I would do it, etc. It was VERY helpful in getting my head around it and now I have a better plan in place for myself.

Sunday morning was the race that we’d been waiting for – the Monster Dash 5K. The race start was at 11am so we decided we’d plan on getting there by 10 to park and then have time to warm-up and check out the costumes. We got there and parked at our usual end of the mall parking lot, but when we walked out there were no road closures or people! I double checked the email and realized we needed to walk to the other side of the mall next to the convention center. A good warm-up in disguise, I guess! We got to where we needed to be close to 10:30 or so, after grabbing breakfast inside the convention center’s hotel. I wanted to make sure I hit the little girl’s room before the race and it was nice to be able to use indoor plumbing. The only issue with this was that the convention center bathroom only has 4 stalls so the line was out the door and down the hall in the ladies room. I ended up getting outside to warm-up around 10:45 and then Dan and I got in line.



Julie and Tara are the BEST spectators. They made us signs and even wore Batman t-shirts and silly hats to cheer us on!



Dan specifically trained using a C25K program to run this race with me! We decided it was a no man left behind situation, or more specifically, no superhero left behind! He hadn’t run in probably a month though, so we weren’t sure what to expect. I told him if we walk, we walk – which we did. It was quite fun to see all the different costumes people wore. Some were really creative and some people were lame and didn’t even dress up. If you want to be competitive and race, run in a regular 5K, not a Halloween-themed costume race.



After the race, we had already planned to attend the Food Truck Bash that was going on a short walk from the mall. We finally figured out how to walk over (we don’t go into cities much LOL) and it only took us maybe 10 minutes to get there. We paid the $8 to get in, which now that I look back on it, was kind of a rip-off. After all, what were we paying FOR? The trucks were all parked inside the outdoor skating rink (which isn’t iced over yet), which means we literally just paid $8 to walk through a gate. If they had been parked on the street, it would have been free. Oh well. The trucks themselves were really expensive, too. Tara and I decided we’d split stuff, so we’d have more of a chance to try various trucks.

The first truck we hit up was Nuchas, from NY. It was $10 for 3 empanadas, so Tara and I decided we’d each pick one that only we wanted, then we’d split the third. I opted for the Argentine, Tara got the Portobello and then we split the Spicy Cheese. They were SO delicious, though I wasn’t the biggest fan of the people on the truck.



Next, we hit up Boston’s Baddest Burger and we split the Baconaatah Cheezzer Meltdown. OMG was it good!! And it was huge. This was actually worth the price we paid for it, without a doubt. We stopped at Phil’s Steaks to get some “whiz fries” to go with it and they were just as awesome!



We didn’t have a whole lot of time because the Patriots were playing in Foxboro (we actually watched/listened to the game because they had it on at the food truck bash) and this meant that Julie and Dan would need to leave before the game was in the 4th quarter to avoid the traffic on their way home. We decided to grab dessert on the way out and eat it walking back to the parking garage. And boy am I glad we did!

Our dessert was the most amazingly strange and awesomely delicious concoction I’ve ever tried! We got “de Bom” from the Wafels & Dinges truck. It was a soft Belgian waffle, with a scoop of ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream and drizzled Belgian chocolate. It was straight from heaven. If you’re in NYC and you see this truck, stop what you’re doing immediately and get one. Well, if you’re driving, please pull over first…but then, GET ONE! I was too busy eating it to remember to take a picture, but trust me! Here is a pic I found online, except for mine had the hot fudge and whipped cream.


All in all it was a fantastic weekend, filled with great friends and good food. Oh yeah, and Patriots AND Red Sox wins to sweeten it up a bit!


Face The Music Friday #6

My weight this week is:




Beginning:  240

Last week:  185.8

This week: -0.8 lb

Total loss:  55 lb


Eh, a loss is a loss. I’m not even going to talk about it this week. I touched on it a little yesterday.

Speaking of losses, my poor Red Sox went the way the Cardinals did in game 1 last night in game 2 and made some stupid mistakes. Unfortunately, now we’re tied at one game apiece in the World Series. Let’s go boys! Bring it home!

Now, on to the fun plans for the weekend!! Julie and Dan are coming down this weekend and Dan and I will be running in costume on Sunday at the Providence Monster Dash 5K. It will be his first 5K race! Yay! Pics will come of us later in our awesome costumes!

After the race, down the street, they are holding a Food Truck Bash. I can’t wait! Trucks from Providence, Boston and NYC will all be competing and I can’t wait to try something from all of them! Sounds like so much fun! They’re having a costume contest so we’ll just stay in our costumes after the race for a bit and probably bring some clothes to change into once we register the costumes. I imagine I won’t be wanting to stay in my costume all that time.

For the song this week, I am posting the other one I was thinking of last week when I said I couldn’t decide. When this song comes on, I feel like I’m on an epic quest. It should definitely be in a montage of me ninja-kicking a bunch of bad guys!


Knights of Cydonia by Muse (and it’s a very strange video indeed)



Plateaus Belong In National Parks

Not in my weight loss.



I’m completely frustrated. I know tomorrow is Face The Music Friday, but I just wanted to talk for a minute about how I seem to have hit a plateau in my weight loss. I’ve been bouncing around the 180s for a couple of months now, losing some, gaining some, losing it again. It’s completely mind boggling and I feel like I’m doing everything right and it’s just not working. I log my calories/food and exercise. I know there are days I’m not perfect, but they’re not so bad that I should be gaining all sorts of weight or anything. I just feel stuck. I know tomorrow’s weigh-in is not going to make me happy.

I know as I strength train I may not be losing weight greatly because I’ll be adding muscle, but I only picked up the weights again this week so I know it’s too soon for that business. I have to get out of this negative head space. I’m also worried about my running. I’ve moved from 20 minutes to 22 minutes this week and while it doesn’t bother me when I run, my knee has been a little tight when I’m not working out. I’ll definitely be cautious, but I hate being concerned about it being re-injured all the time. I just want to run, run, run!!!

Let’s switch it over to a positive note, shall we? My Red Sox (yes, they’re mine, all mine) won last night in Game 1 of the World Series. I tried to stay awake to see the whole thing, but fell asleep somewhere around 10:30-11 right around when they took out the starting pitcher, who did amazing! Game 2 tonight, maybe I’ll drink some coffee this afternoon!

I seriously have the best wife ever. I got home, changed and went to the gym last night. When I got home, she had the TV on (which she rarely ever has on when she’s home alone) and was cooking dinner. I asked her what she was watching and she said nothing, she put it on for me to watch the game. How sweet! And bonus: the house smelled awesome because she was making some homemade applesauce! Yum!

Before I left for the gym, Tara told me I need to pose for her because I looked “cute”. Before my ongoing weight loss, I would have said hell no, but nowadays I figure why not. I actually think I’m starting to look not so terrible. So, I’ll end this on a positive note with some updated pictures.


My shorts are all getting baggy on me

Strong guy pose

You better watch out. I’m clearly very tough.




Oh Garmin, This Is The Beginning Of A Beautiful Friendship

Today, I ran outside. I’m giddy even just writing that. Let me repeat for full effect. I ran outside.

Why is this a big deal to me? I’ve only been able to run again for the last 2 weeks and all 6 times I’ve run have been in the gym, on a treadmill. I was too nervous to run outside because A) I don’t have any nighttime running gear yet and B) I was afraid of hills. I was too nervous coming back from my IT band injury that if I run my regular routes (which all involve hills, no matter how small) I’d aggravate the injury again.

Since we had nothing to do this weekend except some yard work, I decided I’d go out for a run outside today since it was in the morning. I set out around 10am with my plan for running for 20 minutes (next week I’m upping it 10% to 22 minutes). It was a gorgeous morning, perfect fall temperature and brightly shining sun. I also busted out my new “toy” that I haven’t been able to use since I bought it at the RnR Expo – my Garmin Forerunner 210.

I’m in love.

I can’t even describe how excited I was to get home and plug it in to upload to the Garmin Connect and check out all my stats. I’m going to absolutely love wearing this thing! It looks gigantic on my tiny wrist, but it never shifted while I was running and fit comfortably the whole time.


My stats from today (including 5 minute warm-up walk and cool down walk)


After my run (which felt AWESOME), I changed into some grubby yard clothes and mowed the lawn and trimmed some stuff. I finished just in time for the guy to get here for our “pre-test” to get the energy efficiency work done on our house. He set up some weird frame in our front door and pumped air in and out of the house. It was pretty interesting but I don’t pretend to understand what he was doing! Anyway, he said it was perfect and we could proceed with the work. We’re already pre-approved for the loan so he said we just need to wait for his results to get logged and they’ll contact me for the appt to get the actual work done. So exciting! Maybe we won’t freeze to death this winter finally!!

I’ve been doing my best to catch up on emails from last weekend and throughout this week because of the art festival last weekend and finally have it down under 75. My two fur babies have not been much help, sleeping on the job. I suppose it’s a good thing to be doing while watching Game 6 and hoping the Red Sox can clinch another entry into the World Series. Let’s go, Sox!!



Face The Music Friday #5

My weight this week is:




Beginning:  240

Last week:  185.1

This week: +0.7 lb

Total loss:  54.2 lb


I’m OK with this as it’s the end of my two “bad” weeks, water retention-wise. Hopefully the “good” two weeks coming up will make up for the gains.

Obviously I haven’t posted since last Friday’s Face the Music, but I’ve just been so crazy and I don’t have all sorts of posts that I schedule ahead of time to fill in the gaps. I had the NIN concert last Friday, the Scituate Art Festival all weekend and then catching up on work and emails hasn’t been easy.

To sum up, the concert was amazing, the festival was great (mostly perfect fall weather) and we’ve had a lot of fun recently. Not to mention a killer game day on Sunday with both Red Sox and Patriots wins.



I’m just going to throw some pictures up and let them tell the story and then move on to this week’s song.


He always does amazing things with set design and lighting!

You can’t really tell JUST how many people are there, but it’s a LOT.

This is what I live for every year!

Just call me the jewelry gnome

Rockin’ the pink!

This is my absolute fave pic of the weekend – all 3 of us are photobombing Julie!

Business was booming!


On to the music, now that your eyes are probably bleeding from looking at all my pictures.

This week, I couldn’t decide between two songs, so I’ll do one this week and the other the next. The suspense is killing you, right?

So everyone is obsessed with Lorde’s Royals I’ve noticed. Super song, loved it since the first time I ever heard it. It’s starting to enter it’s “overkill” phase with me though because everyone is talking about it and they play it all over the place now. I still love the song, but just don’t want to hear it talked about so much anymore.

This week, I’m going with a new-to-me single by Lorde that I just started hearing on the radio – Team. I love how it starts off slowish and then boom. Awesomeness ensues. Hope you enjoy!


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