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

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. Tongue Out


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



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??

3. March 2014 14:00
by jennifer

Weekly Workouts February 23-March 1

3. March 2014 14:00 by jennifer | 0 Comments

I am so busy my head is spinning. As you probably know if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or are a "real life" friend, my life is INSANE right now as we are totally remodeling our kitchen and 2 bathrooms. But I still made it to CrossFit! Here's how my week played out! Sunday-Rest day. I spent the day packing and moving household items in preparation for the contractors! Total Steps: 13,820   Monday-Crossfit CrossFit Open Workout 11.2Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 15 minutes of:9 Deadlifts (155/100)12 Push-ups15 Box jumps (24/20) I completed a total of 237 reps AND RX'd the weight and box height. Pretty dang proud of myself! Calories: 627 Total Steps: 11,978. Not sure why this is so low. The only thing I can think of is that I didn't take Matthew for as many walks because I had strange men working in my house.   Tuesday-ACTIVE recovery. I spent the day ripping out all the flooring in my kitchen. I should have worn my  heart rate monitor because that was a killer workout! Total Steps: 19,385   Wednesday-CrossFit Every minute on the minute for 16 minutes: Even minutes: 40 second sprint on the Air Dyne Odd minutes: 5 hanging power snatches Calories: 383 Total Steps: 14,371   Thursday-CrossFit 5X5 HEAVY close grip bench press 12 minute AMRAP 5 power cleans 7 shoulder to overhead 9 front squats 11 hanging knee raises (should have been jump rope, but I was still babying my foot.) Calories: 325 Total Steps: 12,380   Friday-CrossFit It was the FIRST day of the CrossFit Open!It was a 10 minute AMRAP of 30 double unders and 15 snatches. In order to get a score you MUST do the workout EXACTLY as prescribed. The RX weight for the snatches was 55 pounds. I had that no problem. But double unders. UGH!! I thought I had them, man I thought I did, and so did my judge. I was on #26 of round one when Coach Jen came up and said something to the effect of "Jenny, sorry babe but those aren't double unders. You're just making the rope go faster but it's not going under your feet twice." SMH.  I somehow managed to pull out another 4, and got through one round of the snatches, and then started on round #2. It was not pretty. Not pretty at all. I got 3 in about 5 minutes. And since we were unsure of exactly how many of those 26 from the first round were "real" double unders, I submitted my score to CrossFit HQ as 3. Oh well. It is what it is. And boy do I have a funny/embarrassing story to share in another post! Calories: 325 Total Steps: 12,676   Saturday: I spent the day at the Southern Exchange Produce Expo. It was an amazing experience. I loved it! Total Steps: 14,331   Total Steps for the Week: 98,941 This is my LOWEST step count to date. It's all because of my remodel. I haven't been able to do my 2 mile post-WOD walk either. Sad face!   How was your week in workouts??

13. February 2014 18:13
by jennifer

Where I Started-Food

13. February 2014 18:13 by jennifer | 3 Comments

I get asked this question a lot. How did I start? What do I eat? How did I cut things out? I started by first cutting out all fast food. Once I had that down, I cut out buying all foods that came in a box like hamburger helper, then I cut out foods that contained HFCS and MSG, and wheat, then I began ADDING a lot of veggies and fruits and only shopping around the outside of the store b/c that's where all the fresh food is. My husband and kids pretty much eat what I eat, except for nights like tonight when I always make breakfast for dinner and the kids get gluten free pancakes while I had grilled chicken breast and spaghetti squash and I'm making a Greek salad for my husband. As far as meal planning...once I get my produce co-op I know what other fruits/veggies I need to fill in the gaps and I meal plan on Sunday using those items and meats/fish/chicken that I have in the freezer, and then I pull out my cookbooks and I involve the kids in meal planning. Especially my oldest. She's been involved in our cooking since she was 5. At that age she looked through cookbooks for items she'd like to eat, and would write them down (helped her with her handwriting too.) I food prep on Sunday for the week. I grill chicken breasts, etc., things that make it super easy for me to grab and re-heat, or grab and go! It was (and still is) a work in progress. I'm not perfect and I don't claim to be. But I do the best that I can and I always remember where I came from and what it felt like to be there.Hope that helps.

25. January 2014 12:05
by jennifer

#NSNG Meal Planning Week 3

25. January 2014 12:05 by jennifer | 1 Comments

I have been doing really great with my meal planning. Sticking with a modified paleo because I'm including some beans and cheese. I even managed to go two nights with no snacks because I didn't buy any!! If I don't keep it in the house, I won't eat it. I had a special request from my husband for Chicken Divan on Friday morning for dinner that night, so I scraped my normal plans and made him what he asked for. He so rarely makes requests, so I felt that I needed to make him what he asked for. It turned out so good! Totally Paleo. And so yummy. The curry totally made the dish! Yum. My meal planning this week is short by 2 days since we'll be celebrating our 14 year wedding anniversary. My fruits and veggies are beautiful and will round out my meal planning. The broccoli is already gone because I used it in the chicken divan. Sunday- Spicy coconut shrimp served with steamed asparagus and broccoli slaw!Monday- Paleo Chicken Nuggets with guacamole and a mixed green salad. Haley is making dinner tonight, but I'll do the frying of the nuggets. Tuesday- Taco Tuesday. Nothing special. Kids and James have tacos, while I have a salad with taco meat and beans on top of the greens. Wednesday- Broiled Cod with Velvety Butternut Squash Thursday- Sunrise Scramble. Breakfast for dinner is always on Thursday and we really enjoyed this last week! Friday- HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! We'll head out to dinner with the kids to our favorite family restaurant: Sweet Tomatoes Saturday- It's going to be a super busy day (Best Damn Race 10K, and Boy Scout Pinewood Derby), topped off by our HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DATE NIGHT!!  James and I will be heading to the Columbia Restaurant for dinner. Afterwards, who knows!! And that's what's on the menu this week! What are you planning??

15. January 2014 12:15
by jennifer

Morbid obesity and back pain

15. January 2014 12:15 by jennifer | 76 Comments

Life as a morbidly obese woman was HARD! Besides the everyday stares, looks, and comments, I had pain. Back pain, knee pain, and hip pain. By the age of 37, I felt like my life was over.  And then I had my "a-ha" moment. That moment when life suddenly comes into focus, a plan gets made, and things start happening.  My "a-ha" moment happened while I was trying to play kickball with my kids (#tampatrio ) when I fell and twisted my knee and ankle very badly. I couldn't get up off the ground. I was in pain. And standing over me were these three little babies. 2, 3, and 4 years old. And they were crying saying "mama get up, mama get up." And I couldn't. My oldest ran inside to get my husband and he came out to help. He couldn't get me up either. He had to grab a blanket, roll me on it, and drag me in the house. It was awful. Humiliating.  All I could think of was laying on the ground and having my babies stand over my body, crying. Is this what my life had become? This could have easily been a heart attach. And there was NO WAY I was going to let that happen. And that was my "a-ha" moment.      Life is very different now after losing 200 pounds. My back doesn't hurt. In fact, I'm able to deadlift over 200 pounds (240 to be exact!). My knees still hurt a little bit, and so do my ankles, which is why I no longer run long distances. I can run about a mile before I need to stop and walk. It just hurts. But I can walk for hours and hours. Fitness is a LIFESTYLE for me, and I need to be able to be active every single day. I need to listen to my body, and if it tells me to stop running because the pain is not the good kind of pain, then I'm going to listen to it and stop.  I'm 42 years old and in the best shape of my life!   I want to be a 90 year old woman lifting weights and walking races. And by doing activities that I love and listening to my body, I'm giving it my best shot! I have a great giveaway to go along with my story of how losing weight stopped my back pain!    GIVEAWAY There are 3 chances to win an iPad Mini 16G (WiFi) and Amazon gift cards. To be eligible to win these, you need to:  1. Register as a user at by January 31, 2014 to be entered into a random drawing.   2. Follow MedPress on Twitter (@MedPressForum), Like them on Facebook, and then register at though the rafflecopter giveaway below.  a Rafflecopter giveaway 3. Leave a comment on this post telling me about any back pain you might have (prior to January 31, 2014) to be entered into a random giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card!! One lucky Metamorfit fan will be randomly chosen through 4. Join @MedPressForum, me @JennyMetamorfit, and other bloggers including ll the co-hosts @denisermt,  @CK_Lunchbox  @dadcentric and @itsajourney1 for a Twitter chat on January 21st at 8pm EST where we will talk all about spine health. We'll also giveaway TWO additional $50 Amazon gift cards during the Twitter chat. Use the hashtag #healthyspine   There is a lot of opportunity for you to win, and learn about how to keep you and your back healthy and strong! US Addresses only, please.   Disclaimer: I was compensated by Med Press for sharing my story of back pain and morbid obesity.