Jenny Hodges. Tampa Librarian. Book Lover. Slow Runner. Mom to Irish Triplets. Living and Traveling in the Autism World.

15. October 2015 12:18
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Planning on buying a Polar Heart Rate Monitor?

15. October 2015 12:18 by jennifer | 0 Comments

Not a day goes by that I am not asked about the cool device on my wrist. It doesn't matter if I am wearing my Polar Loop, my Polar A300, or my Polar M400, I am always asked. And then I am often asked "where can I buy one?" Today I am happy to share the links that Polar has provided me with to give to all my readers. You can click on any of the SHOP NOW links to buy whatever it is you are looking for!!






So...which Polar model are you looking at purchasing? Any questions I can answer for you??

18. January 2014 21:10
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Weekly Workouts January 12-18

18. January 2014 21:10 by jennifer | 1 Comments

I had a pretty good week of workouts! I worked out 6 days and 3 of those days were doubles!! I moved a total of 122,569 steps and burned 19,126 calories for the week. That's an increase of over 12,000 steps, but a decrease of just about 500 calories compared to last week. Weird. I know at one point during my Saturday WOD my Loop wasn't registering because when I uploaded the data it only showed me working out for :40 minutes and burning 97 calories.  I've also been doing the Mamavation boot camp. Burpees, jumping jacks. Takes me just a little bit of time to knock it all out. I don't track my calories for that workout, but maybe I should?? Weekly Workout Schedule January 12-January 18 Sunday-REST DAY! Steps: 13,927   Monday- CrossFit & Jazzercise  HOLY LEG DAY!!! FOR TIME! 50 weighted front squats, 800m run, 50 weighted back squats, 800m run, 50 air squats. WOZERS! I chose to use 45# and we needed to use the same weight for both weighted exercises. I could have gone heavier in the back squats, but I was pretty proud that 1) I RAN the 800m, and 2) I didn't put the bar down at all during the back squats. After the WOD my friend and I walked 2 miles as a post-HOLY LEGS "walk it out, walk it out" Whew. I had originally planned to go to Jazzercise, but thought that walking might serve me better. I think it did because I experienced NO soreness.  Calories: 633Steps: 18,861   Tuesday- CrossFit:Complete a 20 minute AMRAP of:- 1/3(assisted) Rope Climb (15')- 5 (may be assisted) Ring Dips- 10 Med Ball "Toss and Catches" (20/15) Because of my clumsiness and overall fear of tripping over a falling ball, or hitting someone with the ball, I opted for wall balls instead of toss and catches. It was a good move on my part. After the WOD I walked 800m. Calories: 558 Steps: 17,007   Wednesday-Crossfit & Jazzercise. I did it! I made it a double header!! We started with a strict press, working up to a 5X3 heavy weight. Overhead is my hardest move, and strict press is my most challenging lift. I maxed out at 50pounds, but was happy that I did it 15 times. Then we did a quick 8 minute WOD of jump ropes and sit-ups, adding additional sets each round. Then I went to Jazzercise. This was my lowest calorie burn yet. There were a lot of confusing feet moves in the routines this instructor picked which caused my heart rate to basically go into resting mode because I was so confused by what was going on. I should have just run in place.  Calories: CrossFit: 362  Jazzercise:342 Combined= 704Steps: 22,898   Thursday-Jazzercise. Thursday is usually my "rest day" from CrossFit, so I decided I'm just go and do some dancing today! It was fun! A great routine with a new (to me) instructor (Beth) and I loved her class! Such fun music! Calories: 452 Steps: 15,166   Friday-CrossFit & Jazzercise. Another good day. At CrossFit I made up Thursday's WOD. It was great. Started with a 1000m row, then for time, 6 sets of: 10 power snatches, followed by a 100m sprint. I finished in 18:19. Calories: 414 Then I went to Jazzercise and it was a great day for dancing! Lots of kick ball changes and those are always fun  Calories: 405 Total Calories: 819 Steps: 15,936   Saturday- I made it to CrossFit!! I love Saturday partner WOD's. And what made it even better was that my friend Hope who does CrossFit at another box came and did the WOD with me. It was good. A 800m run, (and yes, I ran!!) and then in teams (we did a team of 4) we did 100 wall balls, 125 burpee plank jump overs, and 125 tire flips. I love tire flips. The wall balls were okay too. The burpee plank jump overs totally sucked.  Post WOD Hope and I walked 2 miles and chatted. It was nice to walk and chat. We've never really been able to do that before.  Calories: 640 Steps: 18,974       How was your week in workouts??  

12. January 2014 14:35
by jennifer

Weekly Workouts January 5-11, 2014

12. January 2014 14:35 by jennifer | 8 Comments

I had a pretty good week of workouts. I worked out 6 days, and 2 of those days I did doubles.   Sunday- REST DAY! Haley's BIRTHDAY!! 11,021 Steps Monday- CrossFit. For Time Complete:15, 12, 9, 6, 3 of* 200M Run (to start each round)- Power Cleans-60#- Front Squats-60# I completed the WOD in 16:10 Total Calories: 494 Total Steps: 14,698   Tuesday-Kids went back to school today!! I went and did Jazzercise. Jazzercise ONLY. 479 Calories. Total Steps: 17,478   Wednesday-DOUBLE HEADER!! I went to CrossFit AND to Jazzercise. At CrossFit I did 4 stations, 5 rounds. NOT for time. 500m row, 12 Lateral DB Raises, 20# Med Ball Slams (in one minute, I did 22 each round) and 20" box step ups holding 10# weights. I also rowed 1400m before the WOD began since I got there a bit early and was COLD. Total calories: 501 Then I went to Jazzercise for an hour of dancing. It was fun!! Total Calories: 453 By NOON I had logged 10,628 steps. Good active day!   Thursday- Double Header!! Great WOD! It started with a 400m run, followed by 9 deadlifts (125#) and 9 Pullups, then a 200m run, followed by 15 deadlifts (115#) and 15 pull-ups, then a 100m run, followed by 21 deadlifts (95#) and 21 pull-ups. Calories 364. Then I went to Jazzercise. We did the same routine as yesterday, yet I didn't burn as many calories and I felt like I was working harder. Weird how that works out. Calories 410. Again, by Noon I had logged over 10,000 steps! Total steps for Thursday: 17,110   Friday-Whew! I was super sore today but I went to CrossFit Friday is always make-up day, so I made up Tuesday's WOD.We started with a bit of strength. 3 Push Press followed by a Split Jerk, work to a max weight. THEN....50 butterfly sit-ups, 100 single jump ropes, 50 hand release push-ups, 100 single jump ropes, 25 butterfly sit-ups, 50 single jump ropes, 25 hand release push-ups, 50 single jumps. And then after the WOD I walked a mile. IN 12 MINUTES. That was a new one mile walking PR for me. Calories: 469 Total Steps: 15,959 Saturday-  What a crazy morning! I was up way before dawn to get ready to appear on ABC News. My daughter Haley came along and she ended up being interviewed, too! I had to dress in work-out clothing, so by the time I got home, it was 8:15am, and I figured I'd go and workout at 9am since I was already dressed and ready to go! We did a GREAT partner WOD. 25 minutes of a 400m run, 10 crawlers, 15 ring rows, 20 overhead walking lunges. Calories: 667 Steps: 17,869   Total Weekly Steps: 110,365 (that's over 52 miles!!) Total Calories: 19,506 (includes all calories, from exercise, and calories burned from being alive LOL) This is the weekly chart from my Loop. You can see that every day I exceeded 100% of my activity goals. I'm doing well with moving my body! How was your week in workouts?