Relentless Life September 7-13

Wozers what a week it was!!

I spent nearly ALL of Sunday with this lady.

She's a badass. But I didn't get the chance to WOD with her. Which is a-okay in my book. Instead I got hours and hours and hours of nutrition advice, which I greatly need right now.

Sunday-REST DAY!! As I mentioned above, I spent the day with Christmas. I came home and the kids, James and I went on a bike ride through our neighborhood. It was quite nice Smile

Steps: 8,195 (lots of sitting in the seminar. Now I know how working folks feel!!)

Calories: 376

Monday-CROSSFIT! I walked into my box ready to really work. I had my new #RelentlessLife diet plan all ready to go, and I was pumped!

I started off my morning with a protein shake, worked out, walked 2 miles, came home and an hour later re-fueled!

I did a bunch of chores around the house, laundry, kitchen cleaning, the stuff that I normally do, and then returned to CrossFit En Fuego a few hours later for the kids to do their CrossFit Kids class.

Faces blurred to protect those kids who don't have blogger parents.

I did get a little "hangry" earlier in the evening, but I was still really trying to wrap my head around this whole block thing.

Steps: 16,319

Calories: 826

Tuesday-CROSSFIT! I spent a bit of time on Monday night reading all about blocks, and I had a BREAKTHROUGH and it all finally started to make sense!! And it was so easy. Sometimes it just takes me a bit longer to figure things out! Tongue Out Christmas was great about answering my questions, and offering advice on meals.

For breakfast I had my protein shake again (I'm loving these!!) and headed into my box.

The WOD was supposed to be a partner WOD, but I did it alone; for 2 reasons. 1) I wanted to go heavier on my power cleans, and Coach only wanted one bar per partner team, and 2) I'm modifying my bar facing burpees and I didn't want to slow anyone down and have them wait on me, so I just figured it'd be easier to go at it alone. So I did. I took a 60-90 second rest between each round. I'm not totally sure how many I completed, but I'm guessing it was about 10. I should have kept track.

I had to hustle after the WOD to take Ronin to the dentist to get his first ever cavity filled. It was not a good experience for him. He doesn't react well to anesthesia, and while he wasn't going to be "knocked out" I did let the dentist know of his adverse reactions. They assured me that he'd be fine with the "happy gas." Um....not so much. After about 10 minutes they came out to get me. Apparently while they were holding the mask over his nose he tried to bite, kick, and pinch them. So they came to get me and gave me 2 options. 1) They could totally sedate him (either orally or IV) and 2) I could try to get him to take the "happy gas." I decided to start with option 2.

They ended up calling me the "ASD Whisper." But really I'm just mom. I can calm him down, and get him to relax. So he got his cavity filled and I'm pretty sure that's an experience he NEVER wants to go through again, so I'm hoping this means he'll brush his teeth a little better. Tongue Out

After the dentist we hustled over to the other side of town to pick up our weekly produce! YUMMY!!

I immediately made Zoodles with onions and tomatoes and thought I prepped enough for the week.

Steps: 16,801

Calories: 628

Wednesday-CROSSFIT!! Again I started my morning with a protein shake. I was feeling really good and ready to tackle what ever my day had in store for me!

But I wasn't expecting that WOD! LOL. But I did it. I set a goal of rowing the 2000m in under 10 minutes and I DID IT!! Laughing I was really proud of that!!

And I don't run. Not at all. Not with my foot the way it is. So I walked 2 miles instead. Not really for time, just to walk.

And then I came home and had ground turkey meat with my zoodle mix. It was SUPER GOOD!!

And then I went for some physical therapy on my foot, and my doctor determined that I have an uneven pelvis and overcompensate on my left side. So he adjusted my squat stance and let me tell you...IT MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

Wednesday night the kids had CrossFit and Ronin had CubScouts.You'd think a WOD like this would tire the boy out. But no. He went scouting where he had to continue to do PE type exercises. He didn't crash for quite some time!

Ronin was once again TOP popcorn seller for his Den, so a HUGE thanks to our friends and family. And you can order your own popcorn HERE.

Wednesday was a busy day!

Steps: 14,867

Calories: 578


Thurday-CROSSFIT! It was 9-11 so I pretty much knew that we'd have one heck of a WOD. I arrived at the box only to realize that I had left my heart rate strap and transmitter at home. WHAT?? I never do that, but at the last minute I changed purses and didn't switch out that ever important pocket. I made a spur of the moment decision to quickly head home for my gear. I had a goal of my own to burn 911 calories, and I needed my stuff to make sure that happened.


Back Squats
1 x 8 @ 65%
1 x 8 @ 70%
1 x 8 @ 75%
1 x 8 @ 80%

Front Squats
1 x 5 @ 60%
1 x 5 @ 65%
2 x 5 @ 70%

"9-11 Tribute WOD"
*In a 3 person “Engine Company” Team complete a 25 minute AMRAP of:

- 110 Power Snatches
(representing the 110 floors of WTC Tower 1)
- 110 Burpee Pull-Ups
(representing the 110 floors of WTC Tower 2)
- 343 Double Unders
(representing the 343 lost Firefighters)
* Stair Climbs

We made it through ALL the back squats and ONE round of front squats before time was called and we had to stop so that we had enough time to complete our Tribute WOD.

Our WOD was tough, but in teams of 3 we cheered each other on, and we finished!

I was feeling sad, and cried a few times remembering how horrible that day was 13 years ago.

I didn't watch the news, I just couldn't bring myself to do it. The memory will forever live with me. I don't need to rehash it with video footage.

But something cheered me up.

A beautiful pair of Reebok Lifters!!! They are absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I can't wait to wear them on Monday night when I do my squat program. Combined with my new squat stance, I am picturing a new PR in my future!! You can see more about the Reebok Lifters HERE.

It was so nice to actually not have to rush out and do anything on Thursday night. We just chilled out at home and all 5 of us got to bed nice and early!

Steps: 20,482

Calories: 912

FRIDAY-REST DAY! Can you believe it? An honest to goodness rest day!! I am still in shock myself. Why a rest day? Only because I had to take Ella to a doctor's appt for her back. She injured herself in early August after slipping on a "ride" at a local restaurant and after suffering from a broken rib, and injured back, the pain in the back just hasn't gotten any better after nearly 5 weeks, so off we went to the doctor. We left with a RX for Physical Therapy for 6-8 weeks 2-3 times per week. I'm already stressing thinking about how I'm going to add that in to an already stressful life. But I'll make it work.

The girls are participating in Google Start Up Weekend Tampa Youth, so I spent a majority of Friday evening shuttling them back and forth. It's well worth it, though my step count is weekly low for the day. It truly was a rest day.

Steps: 9,701

Saturday-REST DAY!! Well, it was supposed to be a rest day. After getting my girls off to SWTampa, I came home, did some laundry, cleaned the kitchen and told my husband and son that we were heading out NOW for a bike ride. 

We did 12 miles. Ronin and I stayed together while the husband cycled a little bit faster, so he got in a little more miles. But even after all of that cycling, Ronin still had a TON of energy left! This kid just never stops!

We went out for lunch to Chili's and they were more than happy to make me a #RelentlessLife lunch!

We spent the rest of Saturday (well, I spent the rest of Saturday) doing laundry, picking up children, and writing this post. Tongue Out Ronin and James relaxed and watched the movie Bears. It was cute, I could hear the film while I was typing, and would glance up and see some of the documentary. Very well done.

Steps: I'm aiming for 10,000.

Calories: 859 (that's from the time we left home, until we got back, so not all is activity burn.)

And that was my week!! How was your week??

Women Who Lift: Meet Mandy

Welcome to my feature: Women Who Lift. If you are interested in being interviewed for the series, please email me at  I would love to spotlight you. You don't have to have a blog, you just have to be a woman who lifts!

Today I am spotlighting Mandy. Mandy works out at my box CrossFit En Fuego, but we haven't worked out in the same WOD more than a small handful of times. I really connected with her via social media. She's very inspirational. She sets goals for herself, makes a plan, and meets those goals! She also has a lot of fun along the way. You can check out her blog here: Formula Fitness


Meet Mandy

Name: Mandy Phillips
Age:  28
Occupation:  Teacher and Entrepreneur
Location: Land O’ Lakes, FL
Favorite WOD: Anything weightlifting related,  CrossFit Total, Grace, and Linda
Favorite Lift:  Deadlift
Deadlift Max: 250 lbs
Back squat Max: 155 lbs
Overhead Max: Which lift? 115 lbs (Clean and Jerk)
Favorite Girl?  Grace or Linda
Got Muscle-ups? No, not even close….but that’s okay, one day I will!
1 mile run: 11 minutes exactly (running not my thing at all, but trying to change that!)

How long have you been CrossFitting? I am actually right at the 3 year mark! Started in September 2010, but have had to take a few breaks due to grad school and a torn ACL needing surgery.

What keeps you coming back/motivated? I am competitive by nature and my biggest competitor is myself!  I love challenging myself in an environment that pushes me, while having phenomenal support from fellow CrossFitters and the amazing coaching staff at CrossFit En Fuego.

How did you find CrossFit? I was brought to CrossFit by some co-workers that had been going.  So thankful they brought me!

What is your athletic background?  I have played sports my whole life.  Tried every sport I could as a child, but found my niche in softball, volleyball, and golf!  Notice little running involved in all of those.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? CrossFit has dramatically changed my life!  I am always looking for ways to further myself and increase my health.  I have lost weight, gained muscle, and just become more confident in my body and fitness overall.    Also, it has made my relationship with my husband even stronger!  He recently started CrossFit in Feb. 2013 and we have never looked back!  Took be a long time to get him there, but now we are a team and love focusing on our fitness together!

What is the one thing you have done at CrossFit that you never thought you could do? (muscle up, double unders, heavy deadlift, run a mile, etc.)
Double Unders were a struggle for me for a long time.  I am able to do those and am currently working to lose the single I have in between my doubles!  Running has always been a struggle for me and with the help in my fitness gained through CrossFit, I am now training for a half marathon!  This is certainly something I thought I would never do!

What motivates/inspires you?  I am truly inspired by others!  I love watching people push themselves to do things they thought they would never be able to do.  I love watching people hit an obstacle and persevere through overcoming it!  This is what pushes me to do the same!  This is the exact reason I have started training for the half marathon and I have even started blogging about my fitness journey (  The feedback I have gotten from this truly pushes me to continue training because I know I am inspiring others as I achieve my own goals!  Love being a motivation to others!  That is what motivates me!

What is your proudest CrossFit achievement?  Before I had my ACL surgery, I was able to achieve a 500 lb CrossFit Total.  That is a combination of my max lifts on deadlift, back squat, and strict press.  That was always the number I wanted to hit and I did it!  Now my goal is to get that again!

Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit? My next main goal is to complete an unassisted pull up!  I have always had a hard time with pull ups, but am getting closer and closer everyday to lose those bands and achieve this goal!

What goals have you achieved in CrossFit? Some goals that I have achieved are lowering my body fat %, increasing my strength on my lifts, and increasing my endurance through workouts!

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? Outside of CrossFit, my husband and I really love hanging out with friends, traveling, and working on projects for our new home!  Sports of course are always a huge interest for us too!  Go Bucs, Rays, and Bulls!

Do you follow a special diet? Paleo? Whole30? I have followed many ways of eating healthy before (WW, watching caloric intake, Low Carb, and Paleo).  Currently, I am doing Paleo, but trying to figure out how to continue this while training for my half marathon.  I have gotten a new Polar Heart Rate Monitor that has helped me track my calorie expenditure, but now I have to learn how to incorporate this into my diet!

What is your favorite meal?  I am a huge steak lover and actually I think one of my favorite meals is what we had for dinner last night.  Chimichurri Steak, Sweet Potato, and Asparagus….yum!  Recently a close runner up has been Meatballs, Spaghetti Squash as “noodles”, and homemade spaghetti sauce!

Any advice for new members? My advice for anyone thinking about doing CrossFit or just starting is to just do it!  Don’t be afraid!  The number one thing I love about CrossFit is that they scale all workouts to your current ability, while pushing you slightly past that point to continue to challenge you.  Don’t get frustrated you can’t do something or because others around you can and you can’t!  Who cares!?  They are not you!  They have not lived your life!  You are you and you define your competition!  Push yourself to be better than you were yesterday, then you can look back and see how far YOU have come!

Women Who Lift: Meet Renee

Welcome to my feature: Women Who Lift. If you are interested in being interviewed for the series, please email me at  I would love to spotlight you. You don't have to have a blog, you just have to be a woman who lifts!


Today I am spotlighting Renee. Renee is a woman that I am proud to know and who inspires me every time I get the opportunity to work out with her! Renee was one of the first women I met when I began to workout out at CrossFit En Fuego. She had just returned to the box after the birth of her second daughter and I was immediately impressed by her dedication, motivation, and her willingness to help other people. Renee is a strong woman, and encourages those of us around her to reach our full potential. Often, Renee is there when I set my new PR's because she's the one who tells me "you got this Jenny, just add 5 more pounds."  Or when I struggle and have to take weight off she's just as encouraging, "it's okay, you gave it your best, try it next time!"  Renee, and I (along with a few other CrossFit ladies) will all be participating together in a triathlon together this month. Renee has been helping with the cycling and swimming part of our training and she's just as encouraging in the water or on the bike, as she is in the box. That's just the type of person that she is. Smile And I'm so happy to have her in my life!


Meet Renee


Name: Renee M.
Age: 41
Occupation: Stay at home Mom
Location: Odessa, Florida
Favorite WOD: Any Hero WOD
Favorite Lift: Deadlift
Deadlift Max: 245
Back squat Max: 115
Overhead Max:  95 Which lift? Clean & Jerk
Favorite Girl? Cindy
Got Muscle-ups? Not yet but working on them
1 mile run: 11:00 (HATE RUNNING)

How long have you been CrossFitting? I Crossfitted for 5 months during my pregnancy, I took a 3 month break after the birth of my daughter, I have been back for 6 months.

What keeps you coming back/motivated? The people and the Crossfit community.

How did you find CrossFit? Our 10 year old daughter started Crossfitting 1st over a year ago, to help with her BMX racing.

What is your athletic background? none

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? I have become healthier, I sleep better, more endurance, and Stronger.

What is the one thing you have done at CrossFit that you never thought you could do? Flipping the biggest tire at the box

What motivates/inspires you? I'm motivated to keep a healthly lifestyle for myself and my children and to show them how to stay healthy themselves. Plus I want to kick my husband's a$$ in WOD's.

What is your proudest CrossFit achievement?  Completing Murph

Name one goal/personal achievement you would like to achieve through CrossFit? I would like to have an unassisted pull up by the end of the year.

What goals have you achieved in CrossFit? I'm still a work a progress, but learning all the movements and Oly lifts were a goal from the beginning.

Hobbies/Interests outside of CrossFit? Cycling and swimming.

Do you follow a special diet? Paleo? Whole30? 100% Paleo 80% of the time.

What is your favorite meal? Pizza 

Any advice for new members? Do your best, don't stop and work to your ability.  It's you vs. you.


Do you have someone at your gym that goes above and beyond to help encourage other members?  Did you workout while you were pregnant? Do you workout with your spouse and/or kids?