A blog by Jenny Hodges, a social media librarian who lost (and kept off) 212lbs through Weight Watchers, healthy family living, creative cooking, and CrossFit

6. April 2014 08:34
by Jennifer

AMRAP for RONIN-A WOD for Autism

6. April 2014 08:34 by Jennifer | 6 Comments

My son Ronin has autism. It was a very long winding road to get his diagnosis. A road that we started on when he was 15 months old. By the age of 3 he was diagnosed with early on-set rapid cycling bi-polar disorder, as well as a host of other "ABC" disorders. That's what I call the disorders that have acronyms.

But low and behold, when Ronin was 6, the bi-polar condition was removed and his PDD-NOS was removed and because of the new DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Autism, he was formally diagnosed with ASD Level 2. Level 2 states:

"Inflexibility of behavior, difficulty coping with change, or other restricted/repetitive behaviors appear frequently enough to be obvious to the casual observer and interfere with functioning in  a variety of contexts. Distress and/or difficulty changing focus or action."

And that pretty much sums up my amazing son. And gosh, he is so amazing. Here he is just a few hours after his birth at home.

Last year we participated in our first ever Autism Speaks Walk, as part of team Laps for Logan, Running for Ronin. I think I was able to raise $250 in donations.

But this year, I have my sights set on bringing more funds and more awareness to Autism.

My amazing box, CrossFit En Fuego will be hosting an AMRAP for RONIN, a 30 minute WOD for Autism designed to kick your butt. I want to keep the details of the WOD a secret, but know that it will be a PARTNER WOD and there will be 5 exercises you will do and each movement has a letter of Ronin's name in it Tongue Out will be a WOD EVERYONE can do, even if you are not a CrossFitter!!


The WOD is FREE, but we will be accepting donations, with 100% of all donations going directly to Autism Speaks-Tampa Bay. Each $5 donation will give you one raffle ticket and I'm having some great prizes, including:

And more!!

I hope that you are able to make it to CrossFit En Fuego on April 12, at 9am! You can RSVP here:

And if you can't make it, but would still like to donate to our fundraising page, you can do that here

Thank you for your support!!


6. April 2014 07:47
by Jennifer

Weekly Workouts March 30-April 5

6. April 2014 07:47 by Jennifer | 0 Comments

How is it April already? Wow. I had a pretty decent week in training. So much is still going on in my house and my life that I am barely keeping my head above water, which is why I haven't blogged in a long time. Whew. Such is life.   Sunday-Rest Day. You know what I did. Unpacking, organizing, cleaning, getting the house back in order. And walked the dog a few times. The house was still not finished being tiled, so I couldn't do "too much" unpacking of stuff. Total steps: 14,401   Mon... [More]

30. March 2014 12:14
by Jennifer

Weekly Workouts March 23-29

30. March 2014 12:14 by Jennifer | 2 Comments

Is my house ever going to be finished with the remodel?? This week we didn't have contractors in the house, but I still had a ton of work to do. I had to prep the last two rooms of our house to be worked on this coming week. I had to arrange appliance deliveries. My girls both got braces on Tuesday. It's just been such a challenging 6 weeks with my schedule being so wacky. Thank goodness it's almost over!! So how did I do with my weekly workouts? Sunday-REST DAY!! Well, kinda. I spent the day do... [More]

29. March 2014 12:13
by Jennifer

Burping and Thrusting my way Though the CrossFit Open 14.5-Recap

29. March 2014 12:13 by Jennifer | 4 Comments

Like I had the previous 4 weeks, on Thursday night, 8pm I anxiously sat on my couch, Surface tablet on my lap, headphones in my ears, as my husband watched some awful show on TV, and my kids ran around behind me playing with the dog. But I blocked that all out. Dave Castro was about to announce CrossFit Open WOD 14.5 and then 5 CrossFit Games winners were going to complete the WOD against each other live on TV. Dave announced the WOD with that little smirk that he has when he knows he's about to... [More]

27. March 2014 09:27
by Jennifer

Push Away the Screen: SeaWorld's 50th Celebration and Sea of Surprises

27. March 2014 09:27 by Jennifer | 7 Comments

Disclaimer: The #TampaTrio and I were invited by Sea World to attend the opening day of the 50th Anniversary Celebration.   The kids and I arrived bright and early, were warmly greeted by our personal host, Britney. The trio munched on cupcakes and orange juice while we watched a montage about the history of Sea World. Fun fact: My MOM was kissed by Shamu in 1976. She was picked from the audience, dressed up like George Washington, taken up high on a platform, and Shamu jumped straight up o... [More]