A Week in My Life August 17-23

Whew. The past two weeks really got away from me and I wasn't able to post any updates.

With the kids returning to school this week, my tree getting hit my lightning and having to be cut down, my dog getting very sick and spending 24 hours in the doggy hospital....and that's all THIS week. My life has been CRAZY!

Thankfully I have returned to my normal CrossFit routine! While I'm still experiencing some pain in my right heel from Plantar Fasciitis, my knee is feeling MUCH better!

My week was a busy one! Here's how it went!

Sunday-I was supposed to go down to the Sand Key Sheraton and meet the cast of Dolphin Tale 2. Let's just say I didn't make it and we'll leave it at that. I don't want to place blame on any one member of my family, but due to circumstances out of my control, I wasn't able to attend.

So instead I drowned my misery in lawn work. I pretty much spent all afternoon mowing and weed whacking, just trying to keep my mind off the fact that I should have been meeting Harry Connick, Jr.

I packed lunches for the TampaTrio and had them off to sleep land by 7pm. I wanted them bright eyed and bushy tailed for their first day of school!

Calories: 778

Steps: 22,156

Monday-WOD! My first WOD without kids since June!! It was nice to get a workout that was just for ME! I wasn't having to worry about what Ronin needed, it was all ME ME ME!!

And it was lovely.

We started our 2nd 12 week squat program. I had to drop out about 8 weeks into our first program because of my knee, but I felt good enough to start this program. And it was a DOOZY!!

After the back squats, we did front squats and then we did a WOD afterwards!

Whew! Lots of great work!!

And then I spent the rest of Monday running around like a crazy woman! I had to drop my phone off to be fixed, my dog got very sick and had to be rushed to the Dr., my daughter had an ortho appt, AND their bus was an hour late, AND Ronin had CrossFit kids. Whew. It was a busy day! But we managed and got it done!

Calories: 462

Steps: 12,909

Tuesday-WOD!! Again, a busy day! I got a phone call that my dog was cleared to come home AND the tree dudes were coming to the house to take down my giant oak. It was an emotional morning, made a bit better by my WOD.

I hadn't done Power Snatches in quite some time, so I wasn't sure about weight selection. I ended up choosing 45 pounds, and I think I could have gone a tad heavier.

But I wasn't ready for what I came home to.

When I left the house this morning, the kids gave our tree a big hug goodbye.

And I came home from the gym and the tree looked like this:

By the end of the day, we were left with this:

It's sort of surreal to know that just two weeks ago I had a healthy, vibrant oak tree and in the flash of an eye it's gone.


But my dog is home. And he's doing much better, so that's a positive thing at least.

Steps: 12,000

Calories: 646

Wednesday-WOD!! Oh my. I thought we'd have a mobility day or a strength day. Ya, not so much.

We worked to a max weight on the push press and split jerk. The complex went 2 push plus, followed by one split jerk. I got to 70 pounds. I could have gone heavier, but I didn't want to! LOL.

Then our wod was a 15 minute AMRAP of 5 ring rows, 10 pushups and 15 double unders. But I can't jump, so I always do slam balls in place of jumping rope. Oh my word. I ended up getting 11 rounds, but oh my word. My shoulders!

Then I came home and had a TON of work to do on our tree.

First I moved this entire stack of wood from the front of our house to the backyard.

The the stump grinding dude came out and ground up the tree stump. So I spent part of the evening trying to level out this mess.

And then I took the ALS ice bucket challenge! As cold as it was pouring that ice water over my head, it was also very refreshing!


Steps: 22,577

Thursday-WOD! Day 2 of our squat program. Oh my legs. Oh my legs. Oh my legs.


I did 8 rounds of the WOD. Oh my legs.

And then I spent the afternoon finishing up the tree business. I am so done.

Calories: 532

Steps: 17,001

Friday-WOD! Friday is makeup day, and since I was present for every WOD this week, I made-up my own! I did Death By Slamballs. EMOM for 32 minutes. Oh man, it was killer!

After the WOD I did a nice 2 mile walk with one of my CrossFit friends. Both of us had a crazy schedule over the summer and didn't get the chance to walk after our workouts because we had kids with us, so it was very nice to catch up.

After my WOD I went and had ART on my Plantar Fasciitis foot.

But before he did ART, I had electric shock therapy, then an ultrasound, then he brought out the tools and really went to town on my foot. OUCH! But we could hear things breaking up and now I'm not in nearly as much pain. Still hurts, but it's certainly much better.

Calories: 828

Steps: 14,000

Saturday-REST DAY!! And a true rest day it was. I took Ronin to a back to school picnic for his CubScout Pack. It was hot and steamy, but it was so much fun!! We're going to have a great year of scouting! They practiced their skills with the Raingutter Regetta!

 It was the first time Ronin had ever done something like this and he really liked it. We're already looking forward to making our own boat for the Regetta in October.

We came home and James cooked a bunch of chicken for the week, and I did a ton of laundry and that was it.

My foot is feeling so much better from the ART therapy!! Seriously, it's like night and day. I'm going to have another treatment on Thursday and I bet after that I'm going to feel almost back to normal!! WooHoo!!


Also, I recently found out that I'm officially an ambassador for Enell!!

Enell is a sports bra company made for women that are #stronghealthycurvy Wink

I started wearing Enell back in 2008 when I first began working out, and they've been my favorite sports bra ever since. And their sizing system is so unique, it's a no-brainer. As my pectoral muscles became larger, and the area above my ribs got smaller, I was able to easily figure out what size Enell bra I would need. So even now, as my body continues to change, it's easy to figure out what size I need with just a quick measure of 2 key areas: largest part of my chest and right below my chest. Bam. Easy.

And with all the bouncing I do in CrossFit, I need something that is going to hold me in place and Enell does just that!


How was your week?? Have your kids returned to school yet?


Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0 Review

Disclosure: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

I love all things Reebok CrossFit, so I was super excited to have the opportunity to review the newest edition of the Nano shoe: The Nano 4.0.

One of the most fun things about being a blogger is never knowing what color/style the company will send you. It's a bit like Christmas!

I was sent the Flux Orange/Rebel Berry/White/Black. I would not have chosen this color for myself, so it really forced me to step-outside my clothing comfort zone!

I was wearing the Nano 3.0's and what I immediately noticed in the 4.0's was the difference in shoe weight. The 4.0's are lighter. Reebok re-engineered the duracage and changed the mesh, which made the shoe lighter.

I also noticed that my feet didn't seem to sweat as much. Makes sense since they also changed the mesh under the cage to allow for better flow during workouts.

One thing about me is that I will wear my Nano's out for all sorts of workouts.

I wore them for a workout at CrossFit En Fuego.

The shoes were light, and breathe-able, but I noticed that the tongue on the left foot kept slipping, so I tried them on a bike ride.

As you can see in the above photo, the tongue is slipping out of place. That allowed for some rubbing on the top and side of my left foot. It was bothersome.

Reebok had said that the 4.0 had an internal FITFRAME that allowed for a no slip, no move tongue. I guess my left shoe didn't get that memo.

I also wore the shoes on a walk with Matthew, the #BigYellowDog. As you can see, the tongue on my RIGHT shoe stayed firmly in place. 

I wore the shoes again today to a CrossFit WOD. Our WOD consisted of back squats, front squats, and slam balls. I finished, took a photo, and when looking at the photo realized that again, the left tongue did not stay in place and the top and side of my foot was irritated.

In my opinion, the Nano 4.0 shoes fit me more like the Nano 2.0 than the Nano 3.0, and I prefer the 3.0. Now, if they could just take the lightweightness and the open, breathable spacer mesh of the 4.0 and add it to the 3.0, I'd have the perfect CrossFit shoe!!

But both current CrossFit Games Champs Rich Froning and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet LOVE the 4.0's!!


Have you tried the Nano 4.0? Do you like them??

Weekly Workouts, dealing with an injury, and other stuff June 22-28

Wow. What a week it was. My girls left for summer camp on Sunday June 22nd. They were gone for the entire week!!

They were so happy when I dropped them off! They couldn't wait for all the Girl Scout fun to begin!!

I did miss them while they were gone, but it wasn't all peaches and cream for Miss Ella while she was away. She lost part of her braces, and she also got pushed by one of her fellow campers because she was annoying. She ended up with a big bump behind her ear, and still now, 4 days later she is still bruised and has a big bump. While they were gone, Ronin went to a swimming summer camp. He had a few bumps in the road too but overall had a successful week. He didn't go to camp on Friday because I took him to the beach, but we'll get to that later in the post.

So how did my week in workouts go?? Not too bad, although I was hurt with the Plantar Fasciitis so I had to modify a lot of movements in my WOD's.

I'm also treking right along in my June step challenge. 500,000 steps in June is my goal, and I'm currently at 497,052, with a few more hours left in the day today, and all day tomorrow. I'll make it.


Sunday-REST DAY! I took the girls to Girl Scouts later in the afternoon and then later that day I just chilled out with my husband and Ronin. I did some laundry, cooked some food, nothing too exciting.

Steps: 15,358

Monday-CrossFit!  We are in week 9 (at least I'm pretty sure it's week 9...it might be week 10) of our 12 week squat program. We always do back squats on Monday and today's % was 6-8 X3 @ 84%. I can hold a butt load (see how I did that...I'm clever with words Tongue Out) of weight up and my shoulders and squat down, but I can't break parallel, so I'm more concerned with a lighter load and PROPER form, so I did a back squat weight at 89 pounds. It felt okay. I felt a little twinge in my left knee, but just chalked it up to normal aches and pains and ignored it and pushed through. Bad move as you'll read later in my weekly summary.

1000m Row (subbed for 800m run) finished in 4:57

50 wall balls

1000m Row finished in 5:04

Total time: 14:53

And then I came home and mowed the lawn.

Calories: 1285

Steps: 24,333



Tuesday-CrossFit. Today we did a WOD named "The Ghost."

The Ghost

6 rounds of:
1 minute of rowing
1 minute of burpees
1 minute of double-unders
1 minute rest

Try for as many reps as possible of EACH exercise, not just total score. Post separate totals of calories rowed, burpee reps and double-under reps completed to comments.

Whew. Got that? Okay, so I was hurting by Tuesday. My knee and my PF were SCREAMING at me. I had to modify the burpees, to do box burpees (so instead of going to the floor, I stopped on a 14" box, did my pushup, then completed the burpee) and jump ropes were modified by slam balls. I'm pretty confident that my score was the lowest in the gym since singles and doubles can really raise the overall total reps. My rowing and burpees were pretty on target with the rest of my box, but where people were averaging 40-75 jumps in that minute, I was hitting 20-24 slam balls. But it's not about them, it's about ME and what I can do. So my total score was 265. I'm okay with that.

Pretty sure I walked a mile or two afterwards.

Calories: 519

Steps: 13,644

Wednesday-CrossFit.  Having the girls gone was very nice. I'm not ashamed to admit it. IT WAS NICE!! There was virtually no fighting going on in my house. My son got a lot of 1:1 attention. However I did notice that although I had less dishes, there was still laundry being thrown all over the living room, and string cheese wrappers left on the floor.

Today's WOD was a good strength day! We did EMOM 2 power snatches for 8 minutes. I did 55#. Then we did another EMOM  2 power cleans. For the first 7 sets I did 65# and the last set I did 70#. Afterwards, not for time, we did 75 weighted sit-ups. I held a 25# bar for the sit-ups. And then we walked. Can't remember how far. At least a mile.

Later that night I took Ronin to PDQ Wesley Chapel for a fundraiser for the Danny Did Foundation. My friend Denise, from RUNDMT is raising money to run in the Chicago Marathon on behalf of the Foundation.

Ronin had a blast eating, cutting fries, and making a milkshake.

It was a great night!!

Calories: 684

Steps: 15,792

Thursday-CROSSFIT. I walked into the box today. H.U.R.T. While I had been feeling a twinge of pain in my knee since last week, and then again on Monday during back squats, it was quite sore today. Our front squat program was designed today to have us build to a new one rep max. I knew right away that I wasn't going to be able to do it. Little did I know that I was not even going to finish the workout. I started off warming up with 35# and when I broke parallel, I felt a pretty nice PANG in my left knee. I kept going. I went up and did 5 sets at 45#, 5 sets at 65#, 5 sets at 75#, and when I got to 85#, I nearly collapsed. Thankfully my 2 friends that I was working out with must have noticed my distress, saw the look on pain on my face because they both were at my side within seconds, each one grabbing one side of the bar, and they both said at the same time "Jenny, you're done." And they were right. I was DONE! My knee hurt so badly. I went and rolled it out, and then totally modified the WOD. I can't even remember what the "real" WOD was, but I modified to 3 ring pull ups, 5 clean & jerk at 45#, and 7 plate steps ups. I used 2 stacked 45# plates. It still hurt. I should have probably JUST STOPPED, but sometimes I'm a jackass.

I ended up spending most of that night in tears, popping Ibuprofen, and icing my left knee, while wearing my boot on my right foot.

Calories: 525

Steps: 15,678

Friday-REST DAY!! After the week I had, I decided that I would take a much deserved rest day. Ronin and I had already planned to go to the beach, but first we thought I'd workout and he'd go to camp for a few hours. Change of plans!! We decided to go bright and early. And it was lovely!!

Taking a proper rest day did wonders for my mind, and body. And don't worry, I didn't leave that sand on my legs, so no weird tan lines.

Steps: 16,913

Saturday-REST DAY!! I took another rest day. It was great. I had to pick the girls up from camp at 10am, and then spent the rest of the afternoon doing their camp laundry, cleaning, and just moseying about the house.


Overall my week was full of ups and downs. I wasn't able to hit my monthly step goal by Friday like I thought I would, but I'm so a-okay with that.

I did walk 112,608 steps this week, and although my Loop data says that I spent a lot of time sitting down, it only gave me ONE inactivity alert.

How was your week? Have you ever had to take multiple rest days to recover from an injury??