Kettlebell Love #MomsWhoSwing

I've been doing kettlebells exclusively since June 29th.

I always enjoyed them when they were programmed into our daily WOD's but was unsure how I'd like to do them as my only form of exercise.

The verdict is in.

I LOVE TO SWING!! Kettlebells people. I'm talking about kettlebells here. Jeez. Wink

In 19 days I have lost 6 pounds. Since June 1st, I have lost 11 pounds.

I decided to swing as my only form of exercise (besides walking) because I'm injured on my right heel (Plantar Fasciitis) and on my left knee (I'm guessing over compensation from wearing a boot on my right foot at night.)

I've done 5,500 swings since June 29th, and today a friend gave me a nice compliment. She mentioned how lean I was looking through my shoulders and chest. Lean=muscular. Muscular=fit. And that's all good. I'm currently doing Russian Kettlebell Swings. And I'm following a particular program designed by one of my CEF coaches. It's 10,000 swings in 30 days. Today I just finished day 11.

My injuries are not healing as quickly as I thought they would have, so I'm likely going to continue on with strictly kettlebells for the near future. I've picked up a book: The Swing by Tracy Reifkind and one of my CrossFit En Fuego coaches is getting certified in some sort of official Kettlebell program, and once he has that certificate in hand he's planning on a bootcamp class Kettlebell style. YIPPIE!!

In addition to the 11 pound weight loss I've noticed that my shoulders, back have become more defined. And as I swing the bell I can feel my butt, core and arms all being actively engaged. It truly is a total body high intensity workout without any jumping, or running.

Right now I'm swinging a 35 pound bell for the first 50 swings, then a 30 pound bell for the last 50 swings. But it's 5 rounds, so that means 250 swings at 35 pounds, and 250 swings at 30 pounds. Bam. Like a Boss. Tongue Out

Have you ever swung kettlebells? If you swing kb's, or are interested in swinging, you can follow along on Twitter and Instagram with my hashtag #momswhoswing Wink


I'm glad you are home in Tampa, safe, and sound.


I know that what you have gone through has been life changing. It has to be. Don't let what happened to you be forgotten. Keep telling your story. Keep being authentic.  Keep standing up for what you believe in.

Ideas+Action=Change. Be the change you wish to see in the world, Tariq.

I'm proud to know you. Proud of the man you are becoming.


Happy 9th Birthday, Ella

Dear Ella,

Yesterday you turned 9 years old. NINE. I apologize that I didn't get your letter up in time, but we were on Jekyll Island, I broke my phone, and well, you were there, so I don't need to explain.

I'm so proud of the little lady that you became this year. This was a big year for you. I watched as you grew not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Physically you grew like 4 inches and you are now about "*" this close to being taller than your older sister. You also gained nearly 10 pounds this year!! You are long, and lean, and fast, and strong.

Mentally you are as smart as a whip, and you really got into computers. You impress the heck out of me and your dad, and we hope that you love your brand new computer that we got you for your birthday. You did so well on your 3rd grade FCAT test, earning a near perfect score in reading/writing, and just a point off in mathematics. So proud.

Emotionally you have always been a gentle, kind soul. But this year we've watched as you have become even more kind not only in regards to animals, but about people and the tragedy that you see going on around you. You keep asking for world peace, and I hope that it happens in your lifetime.

Spiritually you have really begun to question "why" and "what if." Why are we here? Who made us? Is god real? What if there is a heaven? What if there isn't?

I don't have the answers for you Ella, but I will continue to guide you on your path.

Happy 9th Birthday, Ella. I love you so much!



Photo taken on Jekyll Island, GA on 7-14-14, Ella's 9th birthday. Cool