An eco-conscious, lifestyle blog by Tampa, FL mom Jenny Hodges,who lost 212lbs and is keeping it off thru healthy family living, creative cooking, and CrossFit

1. June 2014 14:44
by jennifer

Weekly Workouts, June fitness challenges and other stuff May 25-31

1. June 2014 14:44 by jennifer | 1 Comments

Weekly Workouts is now going to become weekly workouts and other STUFF! I am so busy during the week and I'd love to be able to tell you all about our adventures on a daily basis, but let's be honest. I can't. I have 3 kids, a husband, and a big yellow dog, AND school is about to let out for the summer, so this new format will have to do!

I had quite a few issues with my Loop in the month of May. It wasn't synching up with my H7 heart rate monitor and it was tracking inactivity at weird times. Like when I was sleeping. I probably got up to go to the bathroom and then had a restless sleep, so it thought I was up. My loop does not track steps on the bike or rower or airdyne , so these are all actual steps.

Sunday- I know I mowed the backyard and did a bunch of household chores, but that's all I can remember!! We'll call this a rest day!

Steps: 12,662

Monday-Memorial Day. We went to the pool for an hour or so and then went to the movies.  We saw the new X-Men movie. It was good, though the kids didn't really enjoy it. We'll call this a rest day.

Steps: 14,727

Tuesday-Cycling. James took the day off and we headed out in the morning for a nice cycle ride together. It's always an extra special day when we get the opportunity to spend the day together. We had a great discussion about some goals for our future, and made sure we were each on the same page. We are now. Smile

Calories: 862

Steps: 10,558

Wednesday-CrossFit. The WOD is listed below.

I ended up PR'ing on my split jerk!! First time I got 85 pounds up and over my head!! PROGRESS!

I also wore my new Reebok all terrain custom designed  shoe. I LOVE THESE SHOES!! I wasn't sure how I was going to like them at first because they were bothering the top bridge of my foot, but they ended up loosening up and felt great! They also prevented me from slipping at home later that afternoon when I was mopping the floor! The traction on these kicks is AMAZING!

The #TampaTrio should have gone to CrossFit kids but Ronin ended up having a picnic table bench seat (wood and big and heavy) fall on his foot, and he was in quite a bit of pain, so we took the night off.

Calories: 492

Steps: 15,480

Thursday: GARAGE WOD Ronin had a school "readers theater" performance at 10am, so right at the worst time ever. Tongue Out I couldn't do the 9am WOD or 10am WOD, and the husband and I had discussed doing a cycle ride together when he got home from work, bringing Ronin along with us. But around the time I picked the kids up from school, dark clouds were seen on the horizon, and I could hear the rumble of thunder, so I decided I'd set up my first garage WOD!

I called it "Jenny" and it was 5 rounds FOR TIME:

20 deadlifts (90 pounds)

30 hand release push-ups

40 situps

50 air squats

Rest 2 minutes between each set.

It was AWESOME!!

Ronin decided to try his hand at his FIRST deadlift, so I took some weight off my bar, and he lifted 60 pounds, though his form wasn't great, so I took it down to 50 pounds, and he killed it.

Oh, I also mowed the front yard after I got home from Ronin's school performance.

Steps: 16,629

Calories: 397

Friday-CrossFit. My box, CrossFit En Fuego was hosting it's 2nd in-house competition on Saturday, and though I couldn't attend, I was able to do one of the competition WOD's with Coach Sarah's Premier class. We did the Hawaii 5-o Partner WOD.

It's a 25 minute cut-off, but with a partner you complete:

50 calorie row

50 shoulder to overhead (I did push press)
50 ring rows
50 box step-ups
50 ball slams
50 hang cleans
50 ball slams
50 box step-ups
50 ring rows (we made it to 14 ring rows before time was called)
50 shoulder to overhead
50 calorie row

And then a 2 mile shakeout.

Steps: 16,128

Calories: 841

After my workout I went to the kid's school to go through a walking museum for Ella's STEM class. It was super cute and I learned a lot about all sorts of different animals.

And then I went and got my produce co-op from Carlita's. Blackberries, Mango and Pineapple. Life is good.


We also had some SINKHOLE excitement on Friday night! Ronin was running across the lawn and the ground gave way beneath him and his one leg went down. Thankfully he was able to get out because this hole is DEEP! I called the non-emergency line for my county and they ended up sending out a firetruck, and 4 police. We now have a patch job until the county can get out here and fix it properly which is going to be a HUGE job!

Saturday-REST DAY. This was just all around a busy day. The kids had a birthday party in the early afternoon. It was a swimming/diving party and we had a great time! I did some lap walking in the pool. Not sure if my Loop tracked it or not. It was really hard to tell. All 3 of the kids LOVED jumping off the high dive. Here's Ronin!

And then later that evening Ronin earned his Wolf patch through Boy Scouts, and is now officially a BEAR!!

It was a really nice night. The husband and the daughter's came along, too. We had a meal of baked ziti and salad and cupcakes! I even had a cupcake (or 2) and they were mighty tasty!

Here's Ronin getting his new bear scarf and slider.

I can't even put into words how much Ronin has benefited from scouting. Last night when we took Matthew on our (late) evening walk, I asked him how scouting made him feel. Without missing a beat he said CONFIDENT. I love that. I love him. He's getting to be such a big boy.

Steps: 11,872

So now May is OVER!! And on to June and what promises to be a VERY BUSY SUMMER with my kids and husband. And with a new month brings new challenges.

I have 3 challenges for June. A step challenge, a squat challenge, and an eating/drinking challenge.

For steps, I have committed to walking 500,000 steps in June. That works out to 16,666 steps per day. I think I can do it. For the month of May I walked a total of482,035 steps and that wasn't even trying for a goal. That was just my life, so I'm pretty confident that with purpose I can walk 500,000 steps in June.

I'm also doing a June Squat challenge hosted by Fit Fluential and Polar. I'm aiming for 100 air squats every single day. This is over and above what I do at CrossFit.


I did my first set of 60 at the park this morning (Sunday) while Ronin was swinging, and I happened to glance down and notice that I was wearing my I love squats tank from Fit Like Flint.

And for my food challenge, I'm going on a modified Whole 30 diet. It just makes sense for this month. We have no holidays (except Father's Day, but that's not MY holiday) so I have no reason to drink, or eat cupcakes. Tongue Out I say modified because I will eat black beans and plain Greek yogurt. But the big thing is NO BOOZE/BEER!!

The kids get out of school on Tuesday and I'm ready and excited for the new summer routine! They are also going off ALL ADHD medications and in order to keep us all sane, we're ALL going to need to be BUSY!

How was your May? What's on the agenda for June?

25. May 2014 11:19
by jennifer

Weekly Workouts May 18-May 24-Plus a review and giveaway!

25. May 2014 11:19 by jennifer | 50 Comments

It was a very busy week! I loved it. I am having some issues with my Loop synching up with my H7, so my calorie burn is way off. I *think* steps are tracked correctly, though. It's a battery issue, and I have issues with changing out the batteries. I can never get the back off. My Polar Peeps say a 2 Euro coin works perfect, so I'm on the hunt to track one down! Don't forget this is the last week to join the #20X31 challenge hosted by my friend Jen over at JVKom Chronicles! Sunday-Blueberry picking!! It's a family tradition! This year we picked 10 pounds, and they lasted just a hair over 24 hours. Steps: 13,344 Monday-CrossFit. Nice workout!! But I can't remember what we did other than back squats! But I burned a lot of calories! Calories: 806 Steps: 15,810   Tuesday-CrossFit. We did a WOD called "Blackjack" 21 rounds each consisting of 21 reps with a combo of pushups and situps. It was a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be! I came home from working out and took Matthew for a nice 2 mile walk. I also thought it would be a good idea to clean and scrub out my shower, but after 210 pushups, my arms started SCREAMING at me. But I finished! I also wore my Fit Knix boy short athletic panties today. I L.O.V.E. them. They sent me a traditional pair to review a few months ago and I loved those too! I do like the fit of the boy short better than the traditional underwear, but I'm sure that's just user preference. Calories: 948 Steps: 18,950 Wednesday-CrossFit. Wednesday is typically our strength day, and today was no different. We worked on strict pullups and I'm happy to say that I was able to go down one band width! My arms were BURNING after the WOD, but I felt strong! I wasn't able to get in a post-wod walk because I promised Ella I would meet her at the library for a school field trip, and this mama always tries to keep her promises, so that's exactly what I did! Calories: 456 Steps: 12,111 Thursday-Indoor cycling. Thursday is typically my rest day, but I decided I needed some cardio in my life, so I joined my friend Hope for her 9:30am cycle class and she totally kicked my butt. After the second track when my heartrate was at 98% and Hope said "okay friends, warmup is now down" I knew I was in big trouble. But I made it. And I felt STRONG! I know I had more gear on the bike than I have ever had in the past, so that's a positive thing! My heartrate did recover quickly, it just got really high! I LOVE to cycle, but it bums me out that my Loop doesn't track "steps" through cycling or rowing. Calories: 797 Steps: 10,324 Friday-CrossFit and 5K. In the morning I did Murph!! I modified the 1 mile run into a 2000m row, so my workout consisted of: 2000m row 100 pullups 200 pushups 300 squats 2000m row I finished in 58:04 which is an improvement over last year when I scaled the run. I think I did maybe 600m or 800m for the run. Later that evening the Tampa Trio and I joined CrossFit En Fuego for a 5K fun run! Ronin was so mad at me because I wanted him to hang out and walk with me and the girls, but he wanted to run. Thankfully some of my friends offered to run with Ronin. I knew he was in good hands, so the girls and I enjoyed our racewalk, and Ronin enjoyed his run. Calories: Murph:1020+ 5K: 399= 1419 Steps: 19,420 Saturday- Color Me Rad 5K The kids and I headed out for a colorful fun run! Calories: 373 Steps: 17,456 Weekly totals: Steps: 107, 415 (wow...that's really low for me!!) Calories burned through exercise: 4,100   Now for the giveaway.... Earlier this week I received a new scale. Normally, I HATE the use of scales because they can cause someone to either have a horrible day, or a great day. I believe that we are so much more than a number on the scale, and that's part of what I loved about this scale, and why I agreed to review it. This scale offers more than just weight. It is a multifunction scale which measures your body fat, water, weight, muscle, bone, bmi, and more! I'll be honest...I haven't yet figured out how to change the settings from metric to imperial, but I'm working on it! I have been too lazy to convert all the kg readings into pounds, but I will soon.... Would you like to receive this scale, valued at over $50?? It's easy. Just enter the rafflecopter giveaway below. a Rafflecopter giveaway If you didn't win, you can order your own scale HERE.

4. May 2014 08:48
by jennifer

Weekly Workouts April 27-May 3

4. May 2014 08:48 by jennifer | 1 Comments

This week was a pretty great week in workouts!! For the most part my schedule has returned to normal. Whatever normal is. I'm also participating in the May Fitness Challenge hosted by my friend Jen K over at JVKom Chronicles. You can follow along using the hashtag #20X31 Sunday-Rest Day! I have NO IDEA what we did. I'm sure we did something, though. I just don't know what it was! Total Steps: 11,379 Monday-CrossFit. Week 2 Day 3 of our 12 week squat program. We did back squats at 83% of our one rep max. Then a nice quick WOD consisting of 3 4 minute workouts. In the first four minutes, I sprinted 2 minutes on the air dyne and then spent the remaining 2 minutes doing situps, and we repeated this 3 times, but the second movement changed for each round. So first was max rep situps, second was max rep burpees, and third was max rep single jumps. Afterwards, I'm sure I walked a mile with my workout girls. I just honestly can't remember! Calories: 723 Total Steps: 23,351 Tuesday-CrossFit No idea what we did. None. Gosh, I hate that!! But I'm sure it was fun, I'm sure I sweated a ton, and I probably walked afterwards! Calories: 497 Steps: 16,824 Wednesday-CrossFit. Um.....sensing a pattern here. No clue what went on. Calories: 782 Steps: 16,427 Thursday-Rest Day! Spent the day volunteering at my kids school. It was a nice day, but it totally reminded me why I got out of the school system. Total Steps: 13,536 Friday-CrossFit Today was make-up day. I did week 2 day 4 of our squat program which was front squats. And after those squats it was Coach Jen's BIRTHDAY WOD MAKE-UP!! We had to pick the same weight for the power snatches as the power cleans. Therefore, I went with a light 35# because I'm still hammering out technique on the snatch. I flew through the power cleans since I normally do 65 pounds. I finished the WOD in 11:01. It was POURING rain, so no post-WOD walk, but I did do a quick 500m row. Calories: 712 Total Steps: 14,617 Saturday-Rest Day!!  Just hung around the house, washed the dog and gave him a haircut, did some chores. Nothing exciting. It was pouring rain! Total Steps: 17,941 Overall it was a good week. I'm planning on working on increasing my step count this week. It was lower this week because of two rainy days. I've also really been hammering at my diet. Eating much cleaner, and avoiding TV snacking. How was your week in activity and diet??

27. April 2014 07:24
by jennifer

My Week April 20-26

27. April 2014 07:24 by jennifer | 1 Comments

I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter Sunday and a fab week!! My week was really really nice!! Sunday-Rest Day. It was Easter Sunday, so I had planned on taking it nice and easy with my kids. kids woke up earlier than normal, got into their candy, made a mess, were very loud, and I lost it. We all have *those* parenting moments we'd like to take back, and boy do I wish I could take this one back, but I can't. My bad mood caused my son to have a VERY bad mood. But we turned it around!  We grabbed the dog and headed out for a walk!! A nice long walk. Just me, Ronin, and the dog. After 2 miles or so we ended up at the park. Ronin loves jumping on things, so he spent quite a bit of time practicing his "box jumps" at the park. I took a short video of him jumping, and you can see it here. He's really good. So after we turned around our morning, we headed home where we just chill-axed the rest of the day! Steps: 10,824 Monday- I woke up fully prepared to head off to CrossFit, but when I woke up, my trusty Polar FT60 told me this... A RECOVERY WEEK??? What in the world?? But I decided to listen to my trainer, and take a recovery week. Did take a bike ride after dropping kids off at school. It was a very nice way to flush out the legs.  I know some people might not think of this as a recovery, but it was for me. I loved it. Calories: 763 Steps: 16,183 Tuesday- Normally I'd head to CrossFit, but instead after I dropped the trio off at school I went and got some sod! I laid down 75 pieces of sod around my backyard. That was quite the little workout! I was dripping sweat and got a nice tan in the process :) Steps: 17,030 Wednesday- Again, normally a CrossFit day. I instead volunteered to chaperone my son on a school field trip, but I didn't have to be at the school until 9:30am, and I drop them off at 8:30am, so I went to CrossFit. But I didn't workout. I did a nice recovery row! Just a hair over 4000m and then I was off to be a chaperone. I have issues with riding on a school bus. I just won't do it. So I followed the bus, and the school allowed Ronin to ride with me. Ronin has issues with LOUDNESS, and the bus bothers him on field trips, too. It was an interesting ride. I knew where I was going, but the bus didn't. We ended up on some dirt road to nowhere. Well, not to nowhere. It led us to a stinky dairy farm. Ronin and I were just cracking up. We were laughing so hard we both had tears in our eyes. When the bus pulled out of the dairy farm and got to the "main road" he took a wrong turn AGAIN! Since I knew where we were going, I just drove Ronin and I there. And we watched as the bus drove right past the gate to Crystal Springs. Again, we were laughing. It was a very nice day. Steps: 13,650 Thursday- This is normally my rest day, so I didn't feel "guilty" about taking the day off. It was also National Take Your Child to Work Day! Kids are supposed to be 8 and older, so I took my oldest 2 daughter's on a trip to the zoo!! I was asked by Lowry Park Zoo to help promote "Sea Lions Splash", a traveling exhibit that will at LPZ until the end of May. I brought my girls along so that they could see a day in the life of a lifestyle blogger. They got to touch, pet, interact with Sea Lions, which they totally loved. But they both really loved Gator Falls, the log flume ride! It was their first time on it, and they were able to ride it 3 times in a row and didn't even have to get out of the log! They got SOAKED!! They said it was the "wettest log flume we've ever been on!!" Such a fun day! They'll both be blogging about it, so look for a post from them in the next week. We picked the boy up from school, I had his bathing suit with me, and the 4 of us headed to the pool where we spent 2 hours! Steps: 15,000 (exactly!!) Friday-CROSSFIT This marked ONE WEEK since I had last worked out, so I returned to CrossFit. It was nice to be back!! I did a 2000m row, day 1 of a 12 week squat program, another 2000m row, and then followed it up with a 2 mile walk. It was AWESOME! And I felt so good. Any aches/pains that I had, had diminished over the course of the rest week, so I felt ready to hit it hard! And then I came home to this.... We had an aggressive alligator on our lake. The trappers couldn't get him on Friday, so they left a baited hook up all night. Calories: 903 Steps: 18,508 Saturday- WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS!! This is an event that Ronin and I had been looking forward to for a few months! But before we could do the walk....   The gator took the bait!! He measured 6 feet 3 inches!! Let's hope we got the right one!! Then we were off for the walk! We had raised enough money to be in the Grand Club and Tent Village. Ronin and Logan don't see each other often, but when they do it's just like old friends reconnecting! They just walked and talked and had a grand time! We even had the pleasure of running into a CrossFit En Fuego friend who was walking for Airdric. After the walk we came home and I mowed the lawn. Calories: 243 Steps: 20,027   And that was MY week! Whew. I was busy!!   Weekly Steps: 117,180   How was your week? Have you ever taken a RECOVERY WEEK?? What activities did you do??

19. April 2014 19:07
by jennifer

Weekly Workouts April 13-19

19. April 2014 19:07 by jennifer | 1 Comments

Sunday-Iron Girl 5K. You can read all about it HERE. It was a great day with my oldest daughter! Calories:483 Steps: 26,655   Monday-CrossFit. (A) Build to a heavy Squat Clean. * 15 minutes. (B) For Time Complete 4 Rounds of: – 400M Run – 25 Wall Balls * Rest 2 minutes. * Go hard with each round and on the Wall Balls knowing that you have a break coming! * You will rest 2 minutes after each round. Calories: 625Steps: 18,161 Tuesday-CrossFit and yardwork!! (A) Gymnastics “Play” Session. * 10 minutes. * Work on Kipping Pull-Ups, Handstand Push-Ups, Kipping Toes-to-Bar, Chest-to-Bar Pull-ups, and/or Handstand Walks (B) Complete a 10 minute AMRAP of: – 10 Power Snatches – 10 Toes-to-Bar Calories: 674 Steps: 18,384 After my WOD I unloaded a truck load full of dirt and burned an additional 934 calories!!   Wednesday-CrossFit. (A) Bench Press (1.) Build to a heavy 2 rep lift. * 10 minutes max. (2.) Then complete: 4 x 2 @ that weight. (B) Complete 1 minute at each Station for Max Reps: – 1 minute Calorie Row * 1 minute Break ~ 1 minute of Alternating Single Arm DB Clean & Press (35-55/15-35) * 1 minute Break ~ 1 minute of Crawlers w/ a Push-Up * 1 minute Break ~ 1 minute of Slam Balls (20/15) ** Rest for 3 minutes. ** Complete 2 minutes at each Station for Max Reps: – 2 minute Calorie Row * 1 minute Break ~ 2 minute of Alternating Single Arm DB Clean & Press (35-55/15-35) * 1 minute Break ~ 2 minute of Crawlers w/ a Push-Up * 1 minute Break ~ 2 minute of Slam Balls (20/15) Calories: 333Steps: 15,846 Thursday-CrossFit. Back squat 5,5 3, 3, 3 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 I ended up hitting a new PR for the back squat at 110#. And I broke parallel, and my coach said I could have gone heavier. Good day. Calories: 554 Steps: 14,350 Friday-CrossFit. AMRAP for Ronin 30 minutes, as many rounds as possible 500m row 20X shoulder to overhead (55#) 20X knees to elbows 20X ring rows 20X lunges It was a partner WOD, so one person was rowing at all times while the other was completing the other movements. My partner and I completed 8 rounds. Ronin was also with me at the gym, and he was having so much fun with his friends that he didn't want to leave. So I got in another workout after my workout. Calories: 823 Steps: 15,547 Saturday- REST DAY!!! I spent the day cheering on my box bud's at the Festivus Games at TNL CrossFit in Tampa. Post to come soon!! I worked out 6 days in a row!! I haven't done that in a while. Felt good!! Though my FT60 told me that this week I need to take a recovery week. Going to start it on Monday with a nice long easy cycle ride with my husband. Total steps: 119,243 Each week it gets a little bit higher!!     How was your week?? Anything special on the agenda this week?