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??

24. April 2015 08:55
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When the "After" Becomes the "Before" and it's okay

24. April 2015 08:55 by jennifer | 7 Comments

In 2008 I started what I thought would be my last attempt at losing weight. I did it. I lost over 200 pounds.  I reached my goal weight in June 2011. 157 pounds. But I'm not smiling in this photo. I had to go back through the comments I wrote about this photo on Facebook: "I Still have some tweaking and toning to do." Why couldn't I have been happy with how far I had come? I started off here, give or take a few pounds.  And now I feel like I am back there again.  Maybe not quite where I was back in the beginning, but certainly no where near where I was in the after. Because this time I'm smiling  I'm OK! I'm happy. I love my job, I love my family, I love my friends.  Throughout this 6 year journey I have learned so much. 1. I LOVE TO EXERCISE. Throughout this journey I have NEVER stopped working out. Sure, the type of exercise I have done has changed, but exercise That's been ongoing.  2. I HAVE ISSUES WITH FOOD. Serious issues. I always knew this, but I thought I beat those demons, which is why I stopped going to Weight Watchers. I kept that goal weight of 157 pounds (+-4 pounds) until April 2013. And then I stopped going to meetings, and I started to notice the tick-up on the scale. I didn't think my diet had really changed, so I contributed it to building muscle since I had started CrossFit just a month or so earlier.  3. I NEED TO WORK OUTSIDE THE HOME. In November 2012 I quit my job as a school librarian to focus on my family. I didn't realize how lonely being home would be without having my kids around. I am an extrovert. I need people. I learned that I need to have a life for myself OUTSIDE the home, and I began my quest in 2014 to find a professional library position.  But even though I learned these things, the scale kept ticking up. And I realized in early 2014 that I wasn't building muscle, I was adding fat. And I still kept thinking that my diet hadn't changed.  But it MUST have.  Could there be any other reason? I had blood work done by my doctor. Everything looked ok. And then I joined Weight Watchers online and I started tracking. It was my food. I was severely exceeding my daily points. I kept tracking and I kept exceeding.  I kept gaining weight. I keep gaining weight. And then today in my time hop, this popped up. 5 years ago TODAY, I weighed in and was down 4 pounds. All those feelings of what it felt like when I stepped on that scale Saturday morning after Saturday morning came flooding back to me. It was empowering.  And it was exactly what I needed. I'm heading back to Weight Watchers meetings tomorrow. Same meeting, same time I started at nearly 6 years ago to the DAY!  It's sort of surreal. But I'm going back a changed woman.  I'm stronger, I'm smarter, I love myself more, and I DO NOT have a goal weight in mind. I just want to feel comfortable again in my own skin. As this wonderful blog post The "After" Myth pointed out  There is today. There is now. There is during. There is life. And I'm smiling   

9. March 2014 09:35
by jennifer

Weekly Workouts March 2-8

9. March 2014 09:35 by jennifer | 5 Comments

Having your home undergoing a major renovation is a lot of work. Not just for the contractors either.   Sunday-REST DAY. Spent the day doing prep work for the contractors. Total Steps: 15,919   Monday-CROSSFIT!! It felt good to be back in the box! I decided NOT to attempt Open workout 14.1 again. I decided to just keep the score I earned on the first go around. So I did the Monday WOD. For TIME complete 10 rounds: 1 clean and jerk (I did 65#) 3 chest to bar pullups (band assisted) 5 burpee box step ups We had a 20 minute cut-off and I think I finished around the 16 minute mark. It was a good workout and Coach Pete must have an inside connection at CrossFit HQ. Calories: 391 Total Steps: 15,325   Tuesday- REST DAY! I had a photo shoot today for a MAJOR NATIONAL magazine. It will be out in May. I took Matthew for a very nice long walk. Total Steps: 18,252   Wednesday-CrossFit!! Complete an 18 minute AMRAP of 5 push press (55#) 7 hanging knee raises 40 second sprint on the air dyne I completed 9 rounds AND then Karin and I were able to walk our post-wod 2 miles. It felt so good to do that again!! Calories: 725 Total Steps: 19,286   Thursday-CROSSFIT. I can't remember what we did! ACK!! I hate that. Calories: 379 Total Steps: 29,243 (holy steps!! I knew i was active, but WOW!!)   Friday-CROSSFIT!! Today we had the option of doing 14.2 but I wasn't ready for that, so I did a workout with my buddy Elisabeth. We did 4 rounds of: bicep curls X10 (15 pounds) shoulder press X10 (10 pounds) upright rows X10 (15 pounds) tricep dips deadlift X10 (95 pounds) And then for fun we did some ab work. Holding a 15 pound weight we did ab mat situps and Russian twists. Calories; 476 Total Steps:19,083   Saturday-REST DAY!! But not so much rest. I spent the day rearranging my kitchen and bath because our remodel in those areas is FINISHED!! Total Steps:13,542   Overall it was a good week. Still out of my normal routine, but I'm getting back to it this week. We don't have any contractors scheduled this week (yet....) but soon we'll have dudes in the house again redoing the flooring.   Total Steps for the week: 130,650!! That translates to 61.86 miles!!   How was your week in workouts?? Anything fun or exciting??