In order to Live Well, you must first learn to Die Well. A special Father's Day Post by James Hodges

Hello All,

This is James Hodges. I created for Jennifer and traditionally have left it up to her to provide content. We both have decided that once a year, around Father's Day, I will do a post on MetamorFit.

I'm definitely not a chick or fitness blogger. My posts will never have advertising in them. I'm rather Introverted and wired for more substance than that. My posts will be about something that touches my own heart and soul and hopefully at least one other person that reads it.

I have Viking ancestry. I also have Cherokee, Scottish, and English ancestry. In genetics, there is always a dominant trait. In searching myself I would like to think that my Viking ancestry is the dominant one but I know there is definitely some flavor mixed in there from all the rest of my noble ancestors.

Vikings gained a reputation in the middle ages for having no fear of death in battle. They yearned to die while doing something noble that brought honor to themselves and their family. I could go on and on telling you about Vikings, but that's not the point of this post. No fear of death what I want you to remember the most about the Vikings.

I'm not looking forward to the pain, I'll go into shock just like anyone else, but death at a high level doesn't scare me at all. I have a sincere morbid curiosity about it, truly looking forward to it, but happy to procrastinate it as long as possible as it's the one thing in life we are all guaranteed to have one day. I would never give up my life without a fight, but I would give it up for the people I love without hesitation as I consider that dying well.

There is one aspect about death that sends shivers down my spine, it's that I might wake up somewhere afterwards. When my time comes I really want to just die, just end, be gone for good and experience Viking-Nirvana. I don't want to spend eternity talking about the weather, football, politics or fighting in Valhalla. If there was good music in heaven, and a way to create my own, then maybe it wouldn't be that bad. Anything else would be a form of hell for me. Either way I don't believe I have a choice in the matter or a way to change things through my actions here on earth so I choose not to dwell, unless I am creating a website or post about dying well.

I personally believe that heaven and hell is right here on Earth. We are all gods and create our own existence through our own perception of the universe around us. I can make my time here a hell, worked pretty hard at that for a while, but now I choose to make this world resemble heaven. Since I made this conscious choice, my perception of life has gotten much better. I constantly see the world changing for the better and not for the worst. 

Every day that I wake up I think about the horrible car accidents which I have seen while driving to work on the Veteran's Expressway. I realize that I may not be back home that evening. Before I leave for the day I kiss my kids, give them a hug, and I tell them that I love them. I make sure that the last memory they have of me is a good one. I try not to yell at them when they perturb me, but I am a human animal, I fail a lot. Hopefully they will remember the good things about me and not just the bad.

As you can probably guess from my dark topic, I've been doing a lot of thinking about death lately. I'm getting middle aged now and I see my death on the horizon. I have some things I'd like to do before it happens, my bucket list. This list contains some things I wish to share with the world in the hopes it will become a better place. Since I am a web developer, my medium for this is a new website I am working on. I don't wish to share the URL at this time, but I'll have Jen announce it when I make more progress.

Life, Death and Eternity is what my new website will be about. It will be non-denominational. An online "church" of sorts to go and prepare for death while simultaneously celebrating life. It won't be for everyone, but I'm hoping someone out there will have an interest in doing this type of thing online. If just one person likes it, I'm cool with that.

I've been searching for some inspiration for content. I found some yesterday that I wanted to share here in my Father's Day post...


In order to Live Well, we must first learn to Die Well:


As we never really know when our lives will end:  


Weekly Workouts, ADHD, & Geocaching June 7-14

It was quite a busy week! This was our first full week of summer break and I did my best to keep the #TampaTrio BUSY!!

I'm not sure if I shared that James and I had a long long talk a month or so ago and decided that it was time to wean Ella and Ronin off their ADHD medications. We started by tapering down on the weekend, and then by the time school let out for the summer on June 2nd, we were ready to go med free. I'll be honest. I was a little nervous. Scared even. How was I going to handle 3 kids (remember, they are all just one year apart) and 2 which apparently needed medication.

Last week I posted that I was amazed at how well they did. Honestly I thought that maybe it was just a fluke. Fast forward and I think it's safe to say that it was NOT a fluke. My kids DO NOT NEED MEDICATION. What do they need? EXERCISE. MOVEMENT.  KIDS NEED TO MOVE!!

And then a friend of mine shared THIS ARTICLE and it all just clicked. They need to move their bodies in order to fuel their brains.

And now it's my mission to get their IEP's adjusted to include additional breaks for movement throughout the school day. I can handle them just fine at home (as this summer has already proven) but it's at school where their ADHD behaviors were first noticed.

I need DAILY extended periods of exercise to be happy, and functional, so it only makes sense that they would as well.

So what did we do this week??

Sunday-REST DAY!! The trio had a birthday party to attend, and the mom asked if I would help out, so we arrived a bit early and I helped with some organizing and food/drink placement. The party was fun, the kids had a good time. After everyone had left, the mom had quite a mess on her hands, so I offered to take her daughter's geocaching. They had never been before, had never even heard of it, so I loaded everyone up in my car and off we went! Of course we found it! I must admit we're getting pretty good at this geocaching business!


Steps: 12,268

Monday-CrossFit. Both Ronin and I went and got our WOD on bright and early. We did our back squats at 85% of our one rep max, and then our WOD consisted of 15, 12, 9, 6, 3, of squat cleans, and hanging knee raises. Initially I thought about doing the RX weight of 65 pounds, but once I saw the demo of having to touch the ground after each rep, I changed my mind and went down to 55 pounds. And I don't regret my decision at all. In fact, there were quite a few times during the first few sets where I needed to just front squat to recover my heart rate. But I did all the hanging knee raises, and it didn't even hurt my hands too badly.

I'm not sure what Ronin's WOD was as he worked out at the same time as me, but he's getting faster, and stronger every day! Once we came home the kids and I knocked out a bunch of chores, I did some mowing of the front yard and down near our lake, but then the storms moved in! Every time the rain stopped, we grabbed the dog and went and did some walking, running (them, not me) around our neighborhood.

Calories: 870

Steps: 25,530

Tuesday-CrossFit and SWIMMING!! On Monday evening the kids best friends mom (the one from the bday party) called and invited the kids to Vacation Bible School. Initially  my gang said NO, they did not want to go, but then they spoke with their friends and they convinced them that it was fun, so Tuesday was their first day. They were nervous, and so was I. But I dropped them off, filled out all the paperwork, and headed off to CrossFit. The WOD was a doozy!

150 single jumps

40 KB swings 30#

30 burpees

20 box steps 14" (I'm working on alternating legs and not having to push off on my knee)

10 Modified HSPU

20 box steps

30 burpees

40 KB swings

150 single jumps

I finished in 23:09 and I was HURT! Somewhere over the course of the year I have developed plantar fasciitis. I had really been nursing my foot, and going into this WOD, I had virtually NO PAIN, so I decided to go for it. I had been modifying ALL jumping, and since I felt no pain, I thought I was cured.

Ya, not so much. I'm a hobbling mess right now. After the WOD I picked the kids up and they were having so much fun with their besties that I offered to take them back to our house for lunch, a walk to the park, and then some time on the playground. Their mama (who works at home) quickly took me up on my offer, so off we went!

They had a GREAT time together, and honestly having 5 kids didn't seem that different from 3 kids. We spent a few hours at the pool/playground and then headed back to our place so I could get dinner started and their mama came and got them around 6pm.

Calories: 755

Steps: 24,539

Wednesday-CrossFit. Ella decided she didn't want to go to VBS, so she came with me to CrossFit. She wasn't feeling that great, so she made the choice not to do the WOD. After Monday and Tuesday I was really hoping that the WOD would be a nice recovery. And it was. we did 6X5 bench press, and 6X3 strict press, and then a 1 mile row for time. For my bench press I did 60, 65, 70, 2X75, and then 70. The strict press is my most challenging overhead lift so I did 35, 40, 45, 50, and 2X45. For my one mile row, I didn't bust it out. I wanted to keep my heart rate in zone 2, so I finished in 8:20 with the rower set to level 7.  My Loop doesn't track all my "steps" when I row. I started with 4090, and ended the 1 mile with 4462, so it tracked 372 steps. Should have been A LOT more. But technically I wasn't stepping anywhere, so it's all good.

After Ella and I picked up the duo from VBS we headed to the library for the kick off to their summer reading program. The theme was "Frozen" and the librarian read them a very boring story (I am a former librarian, so I'm allowed to say that) and then they did some arts and crafts. We ran into a fellow CrossFit mom with her two boys, so after the library (and the rain had stopped) we took our 5 kids to the park for at least an hour. They ran, they jumped, they had a great time!

Calories: 281

Steps: 17,208

Thursday-CrossFit. I normally take a rest day on Thursday, but since Wednesday's WOD was more of a recovery day, I decided to go to the box. All 3 kids decided to go to VBS. Our WOD was a butt kicker!!

Of course, I rowed 500m each round instead of running 400m. My weight scheme went like this: 30X35#, 20X40#, and 10X45#. My snatch is getting better, though anything going overhead is still very difficult for me. I finished the WOD in 18:17

But BEFORE we even did the WOD we did our front squats at 98% 3-4 sets of 2 reps. I did 35, 65, 85, 2X95, and then Coach Sarah came over and gave me a tip so I went back down and did one more at 85# so I could get a feel for what she was explaining. And it WORKED!

And THEN...I took the kids to the park IN THE RAIN. There was no thunder, or lightning, so why not??

And while we were there, Haley and I looked for a geocache! We found it.

This was a true microcache, with only a log book for us to sign.

Calories: 628

Steps: 16,019

Friday-CrossFit. Ronin and I went off to do our WOD. Friday is makeup day and since I had not missed a day I decided to do a Hero WOD that was in my new CrossFit journal. I chose to do "Weston." However, I modified the waiters walk.

Five rounds for time of:
Row 1000 meters
200 meter Farmer carry, 40 pounds
100 meter Waiters walk, 25 pounds

I finished in 51:03. Though I had to stop to help Ronin tie his shoe, and get a gatorade after his WOD. I also had to re-arrange my stuff because a thunderstorm moved in so I had to finish the 5th round walking around in circles inside my box. But I finished. I also listened to my Polar FT60 and worked out in Zone 2. Specific zone training is something that I am really working on.

After the WOD Ronin and I ran some errands, and in between rain storms, we stopped at parks to play!

We came home, unloaded all our groceries in the rain, (yes, there is a lot of rain going on right now in Florida) and then we had a rain break again. So we headed out for a walk to the park.

Ella did end up getting her hair in the muddy water. BUT WHO CARES?? She was out playing, being active, having fun. Nothing a shower couldn't wash off!

Calories: 531

Steps: 17,308

Saturday-REST DAY!! I truly did take a rest day. We went out for breakfast, I mowed the back yard, which I wasn't able to do earlier in the week because of the non-stop rain, and I went Father's Day shopping. I also stopped by the Battle of the Boxes and watched some of my box mates compete in a local competition. They did GREAT!!

Steps: 14,000

I am still on track to make my goal of 500,000 steps in June. I am currently at 252,907. Tomorrow is the 1/2 way point of the month and I wanted to be at 250,000 by the end of Sunday, and I've already exceeded that, so I'm well on my way to making my goal!

How was your week? As busy as mine??

Drip Drop Elite Hydration-Review

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Girls Gone Sporty on behalf of Drip Drop Hydration.

I live in Florida. It's hot here. Everyone knows that. I also spend a lot of time outdoors, and I workout in an unconditioned environment.

I sweat. A LOT. And when you sweat a lot, you need to make sure that you don't get dehydrated. Dehydration has a profound effect on your health, mood, and performance.

Recently I received a product called Drip Drop. Drip Drop is revolutionary, medical grade hydration powder that will change the way you look and think about hydration.

What is Oral Rehydration Therapy?

Hundreds of millions of people live with the effects of dehydration every day, and unfortunately, there hasn’t been an effective or affordable remedy—until now. Oral rehydration therapy, or ORT, was first introduced worldwide in the 1970’s when organizations like the World Health Organization and UNICEF used it to save millions of children facing death for diarrhea-induced dehydration in poverty or crisis-stricken areas. In fact, our very own Drip Drop began in relief efforts.

ORT combines three ingredients—salts, sugars, and water—to quickly treat dehydration. Through osmosis, the body uses the salts and sugars to pull water from your gut into your bloodstream, replenishing your blood with the essential electrolytes (minerals) that are lost when you exercise, or when you are exposed to extreme temperatures, or when you suffer from diarrhea and illnesses, etc. One thing most people forget is that water cannot cure the effects of dehydration because it has no electrolytes. This is why ORT is so important, and anyone can really benefit.

So what makes Drip Drop unique?

Two words: osmolarity and taste. All fluids are absorbed into the body through osmosis. When you’re dehydrated, your body would like osmosis to work a little faster than usual so that you can bounce back quickly. Osmolarity is, simply put, a measure of liquid density that facilitates osmosis. In order for electrolytes to be absorbed into the bloodstream, the osmolarity of the fluid you are consuming needs to be lower than the osmolarity of your blood.

The average osmolarity rating of blood is 285 to 300, so selecting to drink a rehydration solution with the right osmolarity is essential. For instance, sports drinks have osmolarity levels that are too high—350 or more—causing the electrolytes they contain to not draw into the bloodstream. Not to mention they have high sugar levels, but we’ll address that in a second. Drip Drop’s osmolarity level of 235 makes it easy for the body to rehydrate swiftly and sustainably.

 So then we have taste. To address the taste issue caused by higher sodium, sports drinks have lowered their sodium and increased their sugar, which reduces their ability to deliver key electrolytes contained in sodium, and increases calories. In the end, they just don’t measure up to ORT. Drip Drop has worked hard at formulating an ORT with amazing taste. So good, in fact, that most people choose to drink it every day.

But NOT ME. I'll be honest here. I LOVE the idea behind Drip Drop, but I couldn't stomach the taste. Which is unfortunate because I really wanted to love it!

But just because I didn't like the taste, doesn't mean you won't! And Drip Drop would love to give you a hydration kit.

Each hydration kit includes (3) boxes of Drip Drop, (1) t-shirt, (1) water bottle, (1) lip balm, and (1) tote bag.

Use THIS LINK to enter the giveaway.

You can find out more about Drip Drop on the Drip Drop website and you can order (if you don't win) at the Drip Drop Store and use the code GoneSporty20 for a 20% discount (expires July 31st).

Have you ever used an Elite Hydration system??