A Week of CrossFit August 24th-30th

Looking back, I realized I did CrossFit EVERY SINGLE DAY last week. Except for Sunday which is always my active recovery day and I mow the lawn.

It's been a while since I've WOD'd 6 days in a row. And I feel GREAT!!

There is just so much going on in my life and CrossFit really helps to keep me focused and sane. I am still struggling, I mean really struggling to find a job. I am also really struggling to bust through this weight loss plateau. I have been doing everything, and I mean everything, RIGHT. I'm tracking EVERYTHING, I'm eating breakfast, high quality foods, no booze, no breads, no junk food, and the scale is just not budging. It's so hard to not to frustrated. Ugh. So I focus on my workouts, my kids, and looking for a job.

Okay, so here was my week.

Sunday-Rest Day. AKA Mow the Lawn Day. There is just something so wonderfully peaceful to me about mowing my lawn. The kids don't bother me. The husband doesn't bother me, I just mow. Actually as I sit here and type this early on Sunday morning, I'm already thinking about when I can get out to mow my lawn. Tongue Out I couldn't even tell you what else I did on Sunday except mow. Probably some additional lawn work, or maybe I rode the bike around with the kids.

Steps: 18,463

Calories: 525


Monday-CrossFit. This began our 2nd week of our 12 week squat program. I'm not sure if I mentioned that I bought a pair of Rehband Knee Sleeves. Well, I did and they make a WORLD of difference!!

It's hard to see all the little pics of my Polar, but for the total workout I burned 630 calories. That's a lot of squats. And for the shoulder to overhead movements I went with 35, 45, and 55 pounds. My shoulders were burning at the end, but I completed at least 5 full sets for each round.

And then I returned to CrossFit later that evening for my son Ronin to participate in his CrossFit Kids class. He LOVES CrossFit kids and he's getting stronger and stronger every class!

Steps: 16,148

Calories: 630

Tuesday-CROSSFIT. Normally I really dislike gymnastics skill work, and today was no different, HOWEVER, I did manage to get in a few proper kipping movements, but only because Coach Pete was right that helping me. When I tried alone, no such luck. Undecided

Calories: 349

Steps: 14,002


Wednesday-CROSSFIT. I wasn't able to make it in for my normal 9am class. It was just a horrible, awful, no good, very bad day. But I made it in to WOD at 5pm, and Ronin came with me since he WOD's at 5:45.

I made it up to 75 pounds for the complex, and I *think* I could have gone up heavier, but we ran out of time. I settled on a working weight of 65 pounds, and it was challenging, but not so hard that I was struggling.

Ronin also went up with his weight on kettlebells. He's now up to 20 pounds. Good job Ronin. Right after the WOD ended we had to change and HUSTLE to get to his first CubScout meeting for the year! Whew. It was a time crunch for sure!

But we made it and Ronin earned his first pin as a Bear. He earned his summertime activity pin.

Calories: 373

Steps: 9,990

I was so glad when this day was over, and just wanted to go to bed. I don't care that I missed my daily step goal by 10 steps.

Thursday-CROSSFIT. And Squat Day.

It was a great WOD! I thought for sure I would need the entire two minutes to complete each round, but I surprised myself, and finished under a minute each round! Go me!

I did 55 pounds for the hang clean, and honestly think I could have gone heavier. I also subbed 3 ring rows because I am NO WHERE  near any sort of a muscle up.

Calories: 513

Steps: 17,393

Friday-CROSSFIT. Friday is makeup day, but since I had been there every single day, I had nothing to make-up. I really really really wanted to do deadlifts, so I chose to do a "girl" Christine.

500m row
12 Deadlift (bodyweight)
21 Box Jump (24″/20″)

But....Coach Pete said he didn't want me to go use my bodyweight, only 65%, so that meant I deadlifted 125 pounds.

After the 3 rounds I still had some UMPH left in me, so I went for 2 more rounds to make it an even 30 minute WOD.

And then I hustled home for a shower because I had a lunch meeting with the Kissimmee Tourist Board (exciting things coming!!) and needed to get the kids from school!

I made it back to Land O' Lakes in plenty of time, took the kids for Friday FroYo, and then it started to POUR rain and thunder. Ugh. Ronin and I had BIG PLANS that night!

This was our 3rd WOB at WOD and once you complete 3 fun run's you earn a free shirt!! Just when I thought we wouldn't be able to make it, it stopped raining. We had planned to ride our bikes up there, but we didn't have time, so I threw my Yuba Mundo in the back of the truck, and up we went!

The plan was for Ronin to run, and for me to pace him on my bike. I am still not able to run, but my son LOVES to run. The past 2 fun runs we've done he's ended up being with other CEF members, and while they say that they don't mind running with him, I know better. Tongue Out Ronin is a sweet sweet boy, but he's a handful and I hate the thought of him running with someone else just because I can't.

But the bike worked like a charm. 3, 2, 1, and we were off. Ronin took off like a cheetah, I had to really move my bike fast to catch up and I was surprised to see that he was up in the front. In 3rd place to be exact. Surprised A pace he kept for his first mile!! My boy ran an 8 minute mile!! That was his goal, too. He's 8, and wanted to run an 8 minute mile. And he did it!! At about 1.25 miles in to the race he started to get a foot cramp, so he hopped on the back of the Mundo, and I rode up to the 1.5 mile turnaround, and he got off, ran a bit more, cramped again, hopped on, and I rode us to about mile 2.5 at which point he got off and ran to the finish line! He ended up still finishing in 3rd place with an overall time of 24:17!! Sure, the bike helped him a TON, but he did what he set out to do. He ran an 8 minute mile. And he was so proud of himself, and I was so proud of him!

Calories-1500 (that's for both my WOD warmup, the WOD, the 5K warmup, and the 5K cycling)



Saturday-CROSSFIT. Ronin also have CrossFit Kids on Saturday morning, so he came along. I did a partner WOD while he did his WOD. My WOD consisted of:

1000m row

50 KB Swings (35 pounds)

50 step-ups

50 tire-flips

1000m row

I'm not exactly sure what all Ronin did in his WOD, but I saw him do UNASSISTED pull-ups multiple multiple times. He's getting so strong, and I'm so proud!

He still needs to learn how to kip, but I really think that a muscle-up is going to be in his very near future.

We came home and I did some weed picking, and general outside work. And Ronin managed to snap a picture of me in my new WOD at WOB tank that I earned on Friday night Smile




Overall it was a really great week. I'm really looking forward to this week. It's going to be INSANELY BUSY! I have appointments every day. Some right after my WOD, others will allow me time to come home and change, but it's going to be nuts.

But...NEXT SUNDAY, guess where I'll be?

That's right! I'll be at a personal seminar with the one, the only, Christmas Abbott. I'm pretty excited about that!!

SO...how was your week??

Keep your dog safe from heartworms with help from Banfield Pet Hospital

Disclosure: The Optimum Wellness Plan and information have been provided by Banfield Pet Hospital.

Today is National Dog Day, so in honor of keeping our dogs happy and healthy, I'm going to talk about a very serious matter: Heartworm Disease.

Heartworm disease is a very serious, yet preventable disease.  Matthew, the #bigyellowdog was taking Trifexis, which is a combination heartworm/flea/tick medication all in one. He took it every month, on the 22nd. But he HATED it. I tried to hide it in his food. He'd sniff it out. I'd try to put it in his mouth and hold his muzzle shut. He'd drool so much all over my hand that I'd lose my grip, and he'd spit the pill out. More often than not I had to resort to hiding it in Peanut Butter. But that's not good for him. And Trifexis is expensive. Because of Matthew's size he has to take 2 doses, totaling $249.90 for 6 months Surprised

But there is another option.  ProHeart® 6:

  • ProHeart® 6 is an injectable heartworm preventive that can be prescribed to healthy dogs over the age of 6 months, which delivers six months of protection in a single dose—offering both convenience and peace of mind to pet owners.
  • ProHeart® 6 can protect dogs from dangerous heartworm disease by preventing immature worms from maturing into adults that cause damage in the pet’s heart.
  • Before a pet can start on heartworm preventive, he/she needs to be tested to make sure they are free of adult heartworms —this is done through a quick, simple blood test at your veterinarian’s office.

Matthew's test was very quick, took about 10 minutes. He tested negative and received his vaccine. I'll admit it. I was nervous about ProHeart 6. I did my research beforehand and there was a lot of negative press about this vaccine, but the majority was prior to 2008. They did pull the vaccine back then and made some recommendations and then re-released it. But just like I do with my own children, I staggered Matthew's vaccines. This was the ONLY shot he got today. The vet also recommended that Matthew be vaccinated for Leptospirosis, it's a vaccine he's NEVER had so I was extremely uncomfortable giving him 2 unknown vaccines at the same time. I'll go back in a few weeks for the Lepto, as it's included in my Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan.


Just in case you are unsure what exactly heartworm disease is, here's a brief recap from Banfield:

  • Heartworm disease is one of the most serious and potentially fatal parasites affecting dogs and cats. Pets can contract heartworm disease through a single bite from an infected mosquito.
  • Treatment of heartworm disease in dogs is difficult and painful for the dog, as well as expensive for the pet owner. Heartworm disease can be deadly to cats and there is no approved heartworm treatment in the U.S. for cats today. 
  • Check out the heartworm relevance in your state using this interactive map from Banfield Pet Hospital’s State of Pet Health™ 2014 Report.  
  • Heartworm prevention is easy, safe and affordable. To properly protect pets from heartworm infection, Banfield Pet Hospital recommends annual heartworm testing and year-round preventive medication for both dogs and cats.

As I mentioned above I have the Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan®. Included in the essential wellness plan is:

  • Heartworm testing  can be administered during a routine office visit. Office visits are always free through Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan®, and many plans include annual heartworm tests.
  • Banfield believes in preventive veterinary care as the best way to improve the quality and longevity of a pet’s life by reducing the risk of developing serious, costly and sometimes fatal diseases, such as heartworm disease.
  • Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plans can be customizable based on the needs of the individual pet, and combine physical exams, routinely recommended vaccinations and screenings, unlimited free office visits, service discounts and more into one affordable veterinary care package.

The Essential Wellness Plan is $26.95 per month, plus a one time membership fee of $42.95

The ProHeart 6 vaccine is $94.95 every 6 months. Though that only covers heartworm. Your dog will still need flea/tick protection. But I did my math. The flea/tick is $79.16, so add that to the cost of ProHeart6, and I'm looking at 174.11 every 6 months compared to $249.90 for the Trifexis! That's quite the savings!

Banfield really cares about pets, and Banfield will donate $1 per reader comment to Banfield Charitable Trust. Banfield Charitable Trust is a donor-supported non-profit whose mission it is to preserve the human animal bond by keeping pets with their families who love them. Each year, BCT helps 100,000 struggling families through seven programs ranging from life-saving emergency care to assistance with pet food or other urgent pet care needs.

Matthew's Vet and Vet Assistant, Chelsey, took GREAT care of him!


And Banfield also wants to give one of my readers a free office visit at Banfield Pet Hospital for a dog to receive a free heartworm test and free 6-months of Proheart® 6 (dogs only).

How can you win? Simply leave me a comment letting me know what type of dog you have and which Banfield Hospital is closest to you. You can use THIS MAP to find a location near you. Winner will be randomly chosen on September 5th.

Just in case you don't win,here is a link to a coupon for $10 off a 6-month injectable heartworm preventive.

You can also connect with Banfield on Twitter and Facebook.

Startup Weekend Tampa Youth

Disclosure:  My children will participate in Startup Weekend Tampa Bay through a partnership with Tampa Bay Bloggers and the Startup Weekend Tampa Bay. All opinions shared are my own.


This year my two daughters (Haley age 10, Ella age 9) will be participating in their first Startup Weekend Tampa Bay Youth.

To say that they are excited would be an under statment. Both of my girls are extremely creative, in the fine arts, and in computer science.

They are both busy brainstorming which of the three categories they'd most like to sign up for:

1. Creative/Design: Applies to any student with the desire for creativity and design.

2. Coding/Programming: Applies to software/engineers/coders/developers - in short, any student who can and will write code. 

3. Business/Finance: Applies to business, marketing & PR, and any student with a non-technical background.

Personally, I'm trying to steer them towards the creative/design, or business/finance, because they are just starting to get their feet wet with coding/programming. Their dad is a software developer (literally one of the best in the United States) but they are just so new to software development/coding that I think they'd get frustrated. And even though they love Minecraft they haven't yet ventured out into coding something for the game.

What is UP Global?

UP Global is a non-profit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities. UP Global is on a mission to make the world a more innovative and prosperous place, one community at a time. We believe that entrepreneurs are critical to driving a strong global economy and a better world. We do our part by supporting the grassroots leaders who are at the core of every strong entrepreneurial community. Through the efforts of its grassroots community leaders, UP Global operates programs that foster entrepreneurship in hundreds of cities across the world. UP Global's flagship programs & initatives include Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Next, Startup Education, and Entrepreneurs Across Borders.

Startup Weekend Youth Edition is specially designed for the next generation’s entrepreneurs, 5th–8th graders. If you’ve participated in a Startup Weekend in the past, this is something different, something special. We will create an atmosphere of exercises and experiences that will inspire creative ideas in young minds and help kids to learn how to move those ideas forward towards action, and in the process, collaborate with their peers.

Today’s youth are full of creative ideas for how to make lives and the world a better place. This will be a place for them to take those ideas and move them towards reality. This event will also help build confidence in creating and sharing ideas for those that tend to keep them inward. They will jump in with hands on activities that help them identify a challenge to solve, learn to understand the end customer or user, work effectively with others, and in the end, build something they are proud of.

This is a 3 day event, and for the low cost of $25 (total, not per day) your child will get the chance to see their idea brought to life. They'll get to work with amazing mentors. They'll learn more about themselves and what they are capable of. They'll get to work with peers and professionals.

So don't delay. REGISTER HERE!!

Have you ever heard of Startup Weekend??