My Week April 20-26

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??

AMRAP for RONIN-A WOD for Autism-Recap

On Saturday April 12, 2014 I hosted (at my local gym CrossFit En Fuego), AMRAP for RONIN. Ronin is my 7yo son, and he has autism.

This was a fundraising WOD to raise money for Autism Speaks. Ronin and I are walking on Saturday April 26th in Tampa in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks as part of team Laps for Logan, Running for Ronin.

For each $5 donation the participants received a raffle ticket for a chance to win some great prizes!! I had gift cards to lululemon, Capital Tacos, World of Beer, Dick's Sporting Goods, AirHeads Indoor Trampoline Arena, Lilla Rose, and products from Debbie Marlow Massage (a one hour massage!!) a month long membership to CrossFit En Fuego PLUS 3 "Ignition Series" classes,  Feetures, Polar Heart Rate Monitors, Fit Aid, and the Sox Box.

This was a 30 minute partner WOD and it was designed to keep you moving and breathing hard for a full 30 minutes!!

I introduced Ronin to the group, gave a few quick words about Autism, went briefly over the WOD, and then turned the reigns over to our coaches, Angel & Sarah. They took everyone outside for some line drills.

Ronin watched Coach Sarah with undivided attention. 

And he took the warm-up very seriously!

Ronin did this workout with his babysitter, Katie. Katie's mom, Hope has been a fitness friend of mine for quite some time. But it was only recently that I learned that Hope's brother has autism, so this WOD'ing for Autism meant a little something extra to Katie and Hope. They even wore their Team Up for Autism Speaks shirts that Hope earned for training, and competing in the Dopey Challenge this year.

Ronin and Katie tackled the WOD together. Rather than doing all the movements apart, they worked together. Ronin used 5# hand weights for the shoulder to overhead and Katie used 10# hand weights.

And 3,2,1 and the group was off!! 1/2 started on the400m run, while the other half began the shoulder-to-overhead. Again, Ronin and Katie stayed together, so when they came in from the run, they started on the shoulder to overhead together. And when they reached 20 combined, they moved to the next activity.

Some of the movements had to be scaled for our young athletes. For example, instead of doing knees to elbows hanging from the rig, which neither could reach, they did the exercise while laying on their back holding on to the rig. BRILLIANT!! In fact, I've been doing knees to elbows this way myself this past week because I feel it more in my core.

By the time the 30 minutes was called, these two kids completed a total of 5 rounds!! That means that they ran 2000 meters, 80 shoulder to overhead, 80 knees to elbows, 80 ring rows, and 80 lunges.

I also had a fellow Tampa Bay Blogger and CrossFit friend, Lydia come out to support AMRAP for Ronin.

Lydia is such an inspiration, and a huge reason why I gave CrossFit a try in the first place!

Lydia even managed to win the Polar FT7 heart rate monitor that we raffled off!!

I'd like to give a HUGE thank you to Denise from Run DMT for taking such great photos (photo credit in this post goes to her!!) and for being such a great friend and coming out to support us!! Denise is a runner, but I knew one way or another I'd get her in to CrossFit En Fuego!!

We raised over $345.00 for Autism Speaks and had a great time doing it!!

A special thanks to the LOL Party Shop for donating 24 red, blue, and yellow balloons that we used to make the gym nice and festive!! I picked up the balloons on Friday afternoon, and they kept their helium (and therefore my kids and dog entertained) for over a week!!

If you'd like to donate to Autism Speaks on behalf of Ronin, you may do so HERE. We still need $95 to make it into the "Grand Club" which a special place reserved for the top fundraising teams.

Thanks again to everyone who came out for this special event, and to those companies that donated products for the raffle.

We'll see you again for #AMRAP4RONIN 2015!!


Weekly Workouts April 13-19

Sunday-Iron Girl 5K. You can read all about it HERE. It was a great day with my oldest daughter!


Steps: 26,655



Build to a heavy Squat Clean.
* 15 minutes.
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: 625
Steps: 18,161

Tuesday-CrossFit and yardwork!!

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
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!!



Bench Press
Build to a heavy 2 rep lift.
* 10 minutes max.
Then complete:
4 x 2 @ that weight.
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: 333
Steps: 15,846


Back squat


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


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?