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Face The Music Friday #55

So basically, my week consisted of lots of this:



Whether it was outside, on the elliptical, in my living room – it involved my ruck. You see, tomorrow I take on my first GORUCK Light. To say I’m nervous is an understatement. I’m trying to figure out ways to just pump myself up. This video will show you some of what I may or may not be undertaking. No one knows how long, how far, or what will be done in a GORUCK so…yeah. A “Light” consists of 4-6 hours, 7-10 miles – those are our rough estimates.



I’m keeping it short and sweet this week because I have a lot to do between getting everything organized for tomorrow and then working the rest of the weekend at the Scituate Art Festival to help Julie sell her Jewels by Jules.

If you have already donated to my fundraiser for Active Heroes, thank you! If you would, please continue to share and get the message out there. Word of mouth is just as powerful as a donation! We have a few more weeks until I ruck march the Boston Marathon route and I would love to reach my goal by then and give them as much help as we can.

This week’s musical selection will pump anyone and everyone up for anything – I don’t care what you’re doing. If this song doesn’t get you revved up, you may be broken. Have a great weekend everybody!

AC/DC – Thunderstruck












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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Exciting Stuff

I really need to win the lottery. Then I could hire a personal chef, trainer, sports chiro/PT and massage therapist. Then I’d be all set. But of course you have to play the lottery to win…that’s kind of an issue.

I’m way too picky of an eater. I can’t plan a workout to save my life. And lastly, if I’m going to keep getting injured, I want to have the last two on call!

OK, back to reality!

I had my second and last PT appt yesterday morning. I asked her about my running on the treadmill on Monday and what she thought about it. She said that was a good sign I was able to do it as long as I did and recommended that I not go longer once I feel any pain (which I figured, I know it was stupid).

There was also a really nice guy there that I didn’t see the last time. She asked him to hop in and help me towards the end of my appt. Turns out he’s a PT teacher, plus a triathlon/running coach. He walked me through a few new exercises to do (since one of them she gave me before was too easy for me) and then they both observed how exactly I foam roll at home. They were both kind of amazed at how easy I made it look because of how much it hurts when you do it (which I know everyone knows!). I told them when you roll 3, 4, 5, 6 times a day that you get used to the pain! HAHA!

He told me he has a Facebook page specifically about his races and training and that he helps people out with any questions they have for free! Score! I liked his page as soon as I left the office. I’ll take anything I can get at this point. He also suggested I could add 10% per week of time instead of distance if I opted to do that, which I think I might. He was a really nice guy, which I was happy about since he just kind of took over my appt and that makes me nervous when it’s not who I’m used to dealing with.

Last night we went back to PF. I wasn’t sure what I would do, but then in the afternoon I decided I needed to work off the cake we had at work so I opted to do ½ hour on the elliptical and then the 30 minute circuit thing they have set up at PF.

I didn’t use a single one of the stepper things they provide though, as I’m a bit of a klutz sometimes and didn’t want to trip on it. I opted to do 5 floor exercises, twice each, in between each strength machine. I did: burpees, squats, mountain climbers, lunges and jumping jacks. Each time the light goes green, you have 1 minute to do whatever station you’re on (whether the strength machines or in between) so for those 5 exercises I was absolutely gassed after 1 minute. I gave it all I had though!

I’m really bad at planning workouts (like I already mentioned), so while we were there last night I took advantage of signing up for one of their “design a custom workout” sessions that they offer one on one with their resident trainer. That will be on Oct 21st, so hopefully he can help me. I have to just figure out what I really want from him.

My ultimate goals for 2014 are to complete a half marathon (just finish, I have no aspirations of time) and complete a Tough Mudder. For the first, it’s all about the running but I’d like him to work in the best stuff I can do to strengthen my running. For the second, I KNOW I need a lot of upper body work. I need a lot of work on grip strength and overall arm strength or I’ll never be able to do any rope climbs/monkey bars/anything like that. My core isn’t all that strong either. Yeah…so basically I need to work on absolutely everything. I just need to know the best way to go about it without overdoing. I think I did that to myself while I was trying to go from 5K to 10K distance and don’t want a repeat.

It’s funny, because at home I have a binder overflowing with printouts from the web. I’ve got helpful articles, different circuits I’ve seen, stretches, recommendations for running plans, etc. I’m seriously hopeless in putting it all together though. Anyone out there on the interwebs want to coach me for free? I feel like if I had someone to literally say “do this, this, this and this” I’d be all set. I can follow instructions like nobody’s business.

Switching topics, I got a couple of packages today. One I can’t talk about because it’s a secret and someone that reads my blog will find out about it. The other was a prize that I won through a blog I read regularly, From Couch To Ironwoman. I won a giveaway that she had for a Tommie Copper shirt from their ActiveFit line. The link I included is the actual shirt I chose (in the sky blue color). I prefer men’s shirts because I don’t like the cut of women’s shirts and I feel like the sleeves are too short for my liking. I was so excited to get it that I wore it to the gym tonight to test it out!

Straight out of the box, I loved the way it felt. It was really soft and smooth and fit just right. The only issue I had was the sleeves were a good length, but for some reason they kept riding up into my armpits (or pretty close to it) while I was walking around prior to leaving the house. I didn’t have any issues on the treadmill though. Definitely a new favorite shirt to wear while I’m running.

And finally the most exciting thing tonight was the running. I was able to run for 30 min straight and didn’t have any pain in my knee! I probably could have kept going because it felt so good to be running, but didn’t want to push too much too fast. I may stick around 30 min for a bit until that feels completely regular again before I up it anymore. I’m so pumped though…I’m not gonna lie!

One more day left in my work week and then I get a 4 day mini vacation. Three of those will be at the Scituate Art Festival working with my best friend at her booth, so if you’ll be around stop by and say hi!


Fall Fest

Today was such a fun day! Started way earlier than I expected considering how early we need to get up tomorrow, but we got a lot done!

Tara made an awesome apple cake using some of the Macs we picked last weekend that we warmed up and had for breakfast. Delish!



After breakfast we settled in to do some work! Julie has a couple of craft shows coming up in October (Lakeville Arts Festival and Scituate Art Festival). They’re always her two best shows of the year and they are HUGE. We’re helping her ramp up production so she’ll have plenty of jewelry to sell at these shows. We set up shop in our living room and, of course, Flynn wanted to help.


Supervisor Flynn

After all his hard work, he decided to take a nap in his favorite bag


After a couple of hours of work, we all got ready and headed to Confreda Farms for their Fall Fest that has started. We jumped on the tractor wagon and they took us down to the corn maze, across from their pick your own pumpkin patch. We thought it would take longer than it actually did, but we had a lot of fun while we were in there.



We just had dinner and am putting in some more work on the jewelry and then it’s an early to bed/early to rise kinda night. We need to leave the house around 5:30am to head to my race in the morning. It will be the first time I’ve run since last Saturday when I hurt my leg during that race. It’s feeling pretty good after a steady regimen of ice, rest, foam rolling and KT Tape. I’m hopeful it’ll be OK, but I’m definitely going to take it slow!

I hope the weather tomorrow is as gorgeous as it was today because it will be perfection for running!

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