A blog by Jenny Hodges, a social media librarian who lost (and kept off) 212lbs through Weight Watchers, healthy family living, creative cooking, and CrossFit

13. April 2014 20:07
by Jennifer

Weekly Workouts April 6-April 12

13. April 2014 20:07 by Jennifer | 3 Comments

I was a busy girl this week. I was also apparently a slacker in my photo taking because I have NO RECORD of what we did Monday or Tuesday at CrossFit. One of those days we did Jumping Annie, but I don't remember which day it was.... THANKFULLY one of my CF Buds saw my plea on Facebook and reminded me what we did! Sunday-REST. Well, as much rest as a mom of 3 and a dog can do. Monday-CrossFit. HERO WOD for the firefighters that lost their life in Boston. We did "Dork." Front Squats, burpees, deadlifts, burpees, kettlebell swings, burpees. It was TOUGH and I went heavy on my weights. But HERO WOD's are supposed to be tough. Mission succeed. Calories: 610 Steps: 16,234 Tuesday-CrossFit. Jumping Annie. 100 single jump rope, 10 situps, 10 pushups, 80 singles, 20 situps, 20 pushups, etc...until you get to 20 singles, 50 situps and 50 pushups. There was a 15 minute time cap, but I start what I finish (Or at least what I write on the floor) so it took me 17:something to complete it all. Calories: 686 Steps; 17,761 Wednesday-CrossFit SQUAT DAY!! I set new PR's on both the front squat and back squat. 105# for the front squat, and 100# for the back squat. I am still struggling with the overhead squats, but I'll get there!! My previous PR was 75# and I set that the week of the CrossFit Open 14.5, so not that long ago!! Calories: 535 Steps: 16,882 Thursday-REST. I spent the entire day volunteering at the kids school. I helped with the book fair in the morning, had lunch with all 3, and then spent the afternoon leveling books in Ella's 3rd grade pod. Steps: 13,424 Friday-CrossFit. I made up Thursday's WOD. I really like the longer WOD's better. Even though they are hard, they really push me! Calories: 670 Steps: 17,716 Saturday-REST. Though I was VERY busy hosting the AMRAP for Ronin at CrossFit En Fuego. A full post will come on that soon! Steps: 17,921 Overall this was one of my better training weeks! Life finally feels like it's getting back to normal! The weather is nice and the house all finished being remodeled (still lots of work to do with unpacking, etc...)   How was your week??

6. April 2014 07:47
by Jennifer

Weekly Workouts March 30-April 5

6. April 2014 07:47 by Jennifer | 0 Comments

How is it April already? Wow. I had a pretty decent week in training. So much is still going on in my house and my life that I am barely keeping my head above water, which is why I haven't blogged in a long time. Whew. Such is life.   Sunday-Rest Day. You know what I did. Unpacking, organizing, cleaning, getting the house back in order. And walked the dog a few times. The house was still not finished being tiled, so I couldn't do "too much" unpacking of stuff. Total steps: 14,401   Monday-CROSSFIT. A 12 minute AMRAP of: 100m sprint 5 pullups 5 situps and keep adding sets of 5 until time expired. I made it to the set of 20. Total Steps: 16,826 Calories burned: 483 And then it was report card day so we went and got frozen yogurt and then the kids and I hung out in the front yard while the tile dudes finished the house! Tuesday-CROSSFIT It was also April Fool's Day. MURPH was posted on the whiteboard, but I'm no fool, so I didn't fall for it, but you can believe I posted the pic and played the joke on all my friends! HA! Worked like a charm! What we actually did was about 20 minutes of power snatch technique, then 6 minutes of power snatch one every 30 seconds. Felt good, and I went up in weight by 5 pounds. Afterwards we did a 1000m row, 50 dumbbell snatches, 800m run. And I did it! I ran! Well, I walked/ran. First time since the Spartan Race that I ran. Total Steps: 21,190 Calories burned: 616 Best part of Tuesday....MY HOUSE IS FINISHED!! I GOT TO SLEEP IN MY OWN BED!! Wednedsay-REST DAY I had a parent/teacher conference for my middle daughter, Ella. She's reading The Hunger Games (actually she's finished now) and there were some issues with it being above her designated reading level with independent school reading, so with my background in Library Science AND I'm a trained AR power librarian, so I felt equipped to meet and discuss. How did the meeting end up? With me volunteering EVERY Thursday in the classroom and media center. Thursday-CROSSFIT Whew! This was a FOR TIME workout with a 25 minute cap! 100 double unders 90 air squats 80 double unders 70 air squats 60 double unders 50 air squats 40 double unders 30 air squats 20 double unders 10 air squats I have issues with double unders. I did some skill work on the doubles before we started the WOD, and then off we went! I tried so hard. Every attempt counted as 1 double under even if I didn't get it. So I did a LOT of jumping because I usually have to do single single single double attempt, single single single double attempt. I whipped myself in the butt a few times and that really hurt! And then I came home and MOWED THE LAWN!! It needed it so badly! Total steps: 23,930 Calories: 668+725=1393 Friday-CROSSFIT Make up day!! Today I did DEATH BY DEADLIFT!! Deadlifts are my favorite. Deadlifts make me smile. The RX weight was 95#, but we were rushing for time, so I just threw some weight on the bar and did 85#. I made it to minute 14 before I wasn't able to complete the entire set of 14 HRPU. I made it to 12. So I took a one minute rest, and then went for it again, and this time I finished them all. I could have gone for 15, but I tapped out. I also did some extra ab work and took a one mile walk. It was a good workout day! Total Steps: 14,471 Calories: 826   Saturday-Rest Day Lots of laundry. House cleaning, and just general chores. Took Matthew on a few nice walks. The weather was just beautiful! Total steps: 16,810 Total weekly steps: 119,904 How was your week in workouts??  

30. March 2014 12:14
by Jennifer

Weekly Workouts March 23-29

30. March 2014 12:14 by Jennifer | 2 Comments

Is my house ever going to be finished with the remodel?? This week we didn't have contractors in the house, but I still had a ton of work to do. I had to prep the last two rooms of our house to be worked on this coming week. I had to arrange appliance deliveries. My girls both got braces on Tuesday. It's just been such a challenging 6 weeks with my schedule being so wacky. Thank goodness it's almost over!! So how did I do with my weekly workouts? Sunday-REST DAY!! Well, kinda. I spent the day down in Venice with my mom and dad and we took the #TampaTrio to the North Jetty Beach. Total Steps: 17,231 Monday-CROSSFIT!! Today I did the CrossFit Open WOD 14.4 I modified the WOD after the rowing portion so that I could continue to work, yet still record a score for the Open. It was a FUN WOD. Calories burned: 579 Total Steps: 13,201 Tuesday-CROSSFIT!! Wozers. This WOD was a foreshadowing of what was going to be appearing for the Open WOD 14.5 But it was a lifesaving WOD for me. FINALLY after MONTHS of not being able to squat below parallel, I finally got it on Tuesday and it was all because of this WOD!! Total Calories: 733 Steps: 16,479 Wednesday-CROSSFIT!! This was supposed to be a recovery WOD. We started off with a fun obstacle course warm-up. We had box jumps/step-ups then went to a gymnastics mat for somersaults, then 5 burpees, then 10 hanging knee raises, then we climbed under 2 bench press benches, and then we did a bear climb. 2 rounds. It was fun! Here I am posing at the top of the box, showing off my new Reebok Skyscape shoes. I love these shoes!! And even though this was a "for time" WOD, I went a little slower because I wanted to go heavier on the KB swings, so I chose the 35 pound bell. And tire flipping is always fun! I picked a heavy tire, too. Total Calories: 586 Steps: 23,999 (seriously had I checked this before I went to bed I would have walked one more freaking step!) Thursday-REST DAY!! I have no idea what I did today. Steps: 13,743 Friday-CROSSFIT!! Open WOD 14.5 Oh my word!! You can read all about it here!! It was a calorie burner that's for sure! And I didn't stop most of the day. It was an exhausting day and I couldn't wait to get to bed! Total Steps: 14,086 Calories: 1157 Saturday-REST DAY!! And I did rest. I even took a nap! Though I also pulled up carpeting in the master bedroom. I also went to the box and celebrated the end of the Open! Total Steps: 11,470 Overall it was a pretty decent week, but I'm really looking forward to my schedule returning to normal! How was your week in workouts??

24. March 2014 12:19
by Jennifer

Weekly Workouts March 16-22

24. March 2014 12:19 by Jennifer | 2 Comments

My kids were on Spring Break this week, and our house is still undergoing remodeling. Thankfully the remodeling is *almost* done, just two more rooms (our bedroom and Ronin's bedroom) and then we'll be done!! Lots of packing and unpacking still going on, but we'll get there...eventually. Spring Break and remodeling have taken a toll on my workout schedule, but I managed to get in 4 CrossFit workouts, spent one day at SeaWorld, and two days away playing with my kids at the beach. So here's how last week played out for me. Sunday-REST DAY!! Well, as much rest as one can take with lawn work, unpacking, rearranging, that sort of thing. Steps: 16,217 Monday- CrossFit. And it was St. Patrick's Day, so of course we had a themed WOD! We did 4 leaf clover! 1 minute of floor press, rest 1 minute, 1 minute of ring rows, rest 1 minute, 1 minute of double unders/singles, rest 1 minute, 1 minute burpees jumping up to a 6" target REPEAT everything 4 times. I started off the WOD with a 65# floor press, and made it one round, then had to drop to 45# for last 3 minutes. With double unders, let's say I tried them. I have no idea if I was actually doing them or not, but I was attempting them! It was a good WOD! Calories: 397 Total Steps: 15,960   Tuesday-CrossFit. Can't remember exactly what we did, but it involved power cleans and jerks. LOL. That's all I can remember!! Spent the rest of the day with my kids at the pool just chilling in a beach chair! Calories: 635 Total Steps: 11.070   Wednesday-CrossFit. Complete 4 rounds FOR TIME: 20 wall balls 10 pull-ups (assisted) And then (not for time) some old school hammer curls with a 25# dumbbell. Calories: 568 Total Steps: 17,677 And then afterwards I took the kids and the dog to Honeymoon Island dog beach!   Thursday-CrossFit 3 rounds FOR TIME: 25 push press 1000m row I started the push press with 55# and did one round with that, then dropped to 45# for the last 2 rounds. That bar gets heavy fast!! Friday- SEAWORLD! Total Steps: 19,525 Saturday-REST DAY! Well, BEACH DAY!! Total Steps: 14,428    Overall my data shows that I moved 110,803 steps. Not my best week, but considering all I had going on, I'LL TAKE IT!! How was your week in workouts??