Weekending – In Photos

by Tiffany in Photography

Family, family, family…that is what my weekends have been ALL about of late. Guess maybe I am feeling a twinge guilty that I will be partying it up on New York City for BlogHer 12 in less than 2 weeks. ;)

At a waterpark… pictured is my oldest boy (in the blue suit) and my girl is at the front of the two girls there.

Spent some time w/hubby’s family in Somerset, Ohio (though not under happy circumstances) and my sister-in-law likes to take pictures too, which means I am actually in one. Whaddya know?

We went to a Seniors softball game to watch Papa (my Dad) play…

The light was awesome so I got some good photos of the kids…

Such a ham…

We also hung out at my parents house…

Err…dug big holes in the ground that will supposedly someday be a big pond. And yeah, I am told it really will kill him to smile. Ah…living with a tween boy.

And we played crochet in our bathrobes of course…

 How was your weekend??


Go Green Get Fit – Week Five – My Fave Fitness Blogs

by Tiffany in Fitness, Health & Healing

This week was a bit of a let down in that I did not get to workout as much as I wanted to. Much of this was because my CrossFit box had a wonky schedule due the CrossFit Games in LA this past week. Our box had a competitor, Marcus Hendren, in the games and several of the coaches went with him. He finished in 7th place, which makes him the 7th fittest person on earth, or so they say. His performance was way awesome! On Monday I was doing the WOD and looked over to see him doing lunges right next to me. Pretty cool.


On Monday the warm up was 100 meter lunges, situps, wall couch, supermen, wall pigeon, and squats. WOD #1 was 5 rounds max backsquats (53 pounds). I did a 110 of them. WOD #2 was 3×10 Kang Squats w/33 pound bar and hold a hollow position while partner does their reps. WOD  #3 was 2 rounds air squats, situps, supermen, and 200 meter run.

On Tuesday  the warm up was a 2500 meter row. Wod#1 was 100 situps with a medball (20 pounds), touching overhead and passing to a partner. WOD #2 was 7,14,21 pushups – calorie row – situps. WOD #3 was 7, 14, 21 ring rows – box dips – medball slam (20 pounds).

I did both workouts with my hubby. He claims his legs still hurt. ;)

On Wednesday through Friday I did nothing as far as exercise. I spent most of it entertaining my daughter and friend, who accompanied us to my parent’s house up north. We saw three movies…Ice Age 4, Madagascar 3, and Katy Perry. We went to a waterpark, played numerous board games (Risk, Scene It? Disney, Battleship), played Croquet, went to see my Dad play softball, and went out for ice cream. It was very fun.

On Saturday and Sunday I spent a large chunk of the day watching the CrossFit Games via live stream. It was hard to watch and not be able to WOD myself! On Sunday morning I HAD to do something and went for a 1.8 mile run. Over 200 squats on Monday did almost nothing to my legs but that run really made them sore. I figure I need to run longer distances and toughen my shins and calves up, so I ran on a treadmill the following day too.

As the title promised I also want to highlight the blogs I have been following for inspiration. These are my fave fitness blogs to read and follow. They are in no particular order:

Carrots N Cake – This blogger does CrossFit and competitive racing.

CrossFit Lisbeth – This blog is unique in that it highlights the Words of the Day, a play on WOD. I loved this recent post on having perspective.

Elizabeth Akinwale – This is a CrossFit Games competitor’s blog. She came in 7th for the women’s competition. Since I had been reading her blog for months before the competition I felt like I actually knew her somewhat and was rooting for her.

Jen-Fit’s Playground – Clean food, fitness, and fun.

Live Fit and Sore – Another CrossFit blog.

Peanut Butter Fingers – I simply adore this blog and the blogger behind it. She is so sweet and fun and I LOVE her dog Sadie!! She does a variety of workouts at the gym and at home and she races too.

Pumps & Iron – I like the workouts posted to this blog but typically have to wade though posts about fashion to get to them. They are worth it though. A True Blood workout????  Hello, I love you.

The Petite Athlete – Written by a CrossFitter and military wife. She amazes me.

Do you have any great fitness blogs to recommend??

I’m one of 30 bloggers participating in the 12-week Go Green, Get Fit Challenge as part of the EcoMom Alliance Sustain YourSelf™ Program presented by PlanetShoes.com. This is my week five update, you can read about week four here.


Go Green Get Fit – Week Four

by Tiffany in Health & Healing

I’m one of 30 bloggers participating in the 12-week Go Green, Get Fit Challenge as part of the EcoMom Alliance Sustain YourSelf™ Program presented by PlanetShoes.com. This is my week four update, you can read about week three here.

The temperature outside reached scorching last week and that impacted my workouts. I also took time off for the 4th and don’t regret a minute of it. In fact, I had so much fun I am repeating it this week. Also a factor is the fact that my local CrossFit box has fewer available classes because we have a member who qualified to compete in the 2012 CrossFit Games. Woot! Many of the coaches and members are traveling with him to LA to cheer him on and that will effect this week’s schedule and some of next week. I plan to kick back and watch the games on TV.

On Monday the warm up was 2 rounds down and back for each with 5 pushups and ten situps between each exercise… Samson lunges, bear crawl, spidey lunges, plank walks. Skill was 3×3 dips on the bar. Strength was 5 rounds tempo dips and 6 DB bent over row (40 lbs). WOD was 21-15-9 dips, air squats, and DB bent over row.

On Tuesday my hubby went golfing so no gym time for me.

On Wednesday we all drove up to my parent’s house for the holiday. I also had no desire to do any of the insane “Freedom” workouts that many boxes were hosting. I actually saw one that lasted 4 hours! I like exercise but I have no desire to fry myself.

Thursday and Friday were spent sleeping in, taking my son fishing, going out to eat, seeing movies with my folks (Spiderman, Magic Mike), and going to garage sales.

Saturday I returned home but not in time for the Olympic Lifting class so I did a workout at home using Power Body: Kettlebell Bootcamp with Angie Miller. This time I used the 15 pound Kettlebell that the DVD recommends. I sweat up a storm even though I was in the A/C.

Sunday I did a Kettlebell workout using the Body Sculpting with Kettlebells for Women book. I have mentioned before how much I love this book so I think it is time to stop borrowing it from the library and actually buy it. I did two sets of the Gold Program, Week 1, Day 1. Warmup, rack squats, Push Press, Double Arm Overhead Swings, Backward Lunges w/Pass, Bent Over Row, Pushups, and Russian Twists.

I had a question from a Facebook friend when I posted one of my workouts via Daily Mile. She asked what weight kettlebells I use when I workout. Well, it depends on the moves and reps actually. If I am doing two handed exercises with few reps I go for a 25-35 pounder. Two handed with lots of reps I go for a 20 pounder. So if the workout calls for 50 reps then I will go heavy. If I will end up doing 100 reps or more then I go lighter. For workouts where the moves are kind of complex (aka one legged poses and figure eights) and for those that focus on one arm, I will go lighter… say 15-20 pounds and I may have one in each hand.

How did your workouts go this week?


Post Workout Snacking – Green Protein Shake & Cocomo Joe

by Tiffany in Healthy Eating

I am on a protein shake roll lately. This is my third this week. After today’s CrossFit class I made the green monster you see below.

Made with coconut milk, protein powder, Superior Greens powder, some frozen peaches/cherries, and some ice cubes. Yes, that is a pickle jar. ;)

I also had a Cocomo Joe bar. It is paleo and made with nuts, coconut, fruit, chia seeds, and other ingredients like maca root, all organic. My hubby really likes them but I think they are just “okay”. I am pretty sure the maca root tastes like to soap to my palate. The Cocomo Corn, however, is to die for. I rarely eat corn on a paleo diet but once in awhile I have some kettle corn or caramel corn and and you can’t go wrong with this organic popcorn sweetened with coconut sugar. Yum!!! If you have a weakness for kettle corn like I do, try it now…


Go Green Get Fit – Week Three

by Tiffany in Health & Healing

I’m one of 30 bloggers participating in the 12-week Go Green, Get Fit Challenge as part of the EcoMom Alliance Sustain YourSelf™ Program presented by PlanetShoes.com. This is my week three update, you can read about week two here.

As I expected week two was not very structured. A trip midweek messed up my workout schedule and I ate too many sweets, non paleo foods, and had too many alcoholic drinks (Whiskey Sour) at dinner parties but I did end up walking lots so that is a plus. Anyway…

On Monday’s CrossFit class the warm up was 8 minutes EMOM: Burpees, Squats, and Hollow Situps. Skill was 5 rounds of 10 GHD hip extensions and 10 Kettlebell Swings (overhead – 25lbs). WOD was 4 rounds: 5 Kettlbell Swings (25lbs), 10 Dumbbell Floor Press (40 lbs), and 200 meter run.

Tuesday’s warm up was 2 rounds each, 50 meters each: run, high knees skip, backwards run, shuffle, lunges, reverse over the gate. WOD #1 was 6 minutes AMRAP 100 meter farmer carry, down and back plank walk, 200 meter run. WOD #2 was two rounds ring rows and pushups starting at 2 going up by two every set, four minutes. WOD #3 was 6 minutes AMRAP 20 weighted box steps, 40 sprinters, 40 mountain climbers. WOD #4 was a 800 meter timed run. I did this class with my hubby! That was fun!

After that workout I scarfed down some bacon and scrambled cheesy eggs and took a quick shower before I boarded a plane to Detroit. I fully planned on working out at the hotel gym while there and even brought workout clothes but the schedule for the Ford #GoFurther event I was there to attend ended up being too tight for that.

On the first evening there though I walked up and down the stairs of the Ford Field where the Lions play. That was a good leg workout since my legs still felt like jelly from all the running that morning.

There was lots of walking on day two and three as well. Plus it was really fun to hang out with some other Go Green, Get Fit Challenge participants too. Below from left to right is Diane of Big Green Purse, Stephanie from Good Girl Gone Green, me in the middle, Shane of Environmental Booty, and Anna of Green Talk. Many thanks to Shane for the photo.

When I got home from this whirlwind trip I decided to take a few days to get the house settled before I sprang back into CrossFit. We also had a new bed delivered on Saturday so we had lots of furniture rearranging to do and thanks to the wild parties my husband must have thrown while I was gone I had a messy house to clean. I scrubbed baseboards, cleaned carpets, downsized closets, etc. You would have thought I was nesting!

I started this week off right with CrossFit class and I hope to do that for the next two days so that I can take a few off for the 4th of July holiday. It might be another week short of structured exercise but it won’t be inactive for sure!

How did your workouts go last week?