My running goals and weekly workouts

My running goals and weekly workouts

Hi there!

Hope everyone’s enjoying their weekend!

I’m up early and off for a morning jog then home to pack lunch and head out for a day with the family! ¬†Love Sunday’s ūüôā

Speaking of running, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon is just over a month away! ¬†I’m excited and feeling good with my training. ¬†Definitely still taking it easy and trying not to get too intense with my runs.

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MIMM – Everything Happens for a Reason

MIMM – Everything Happens for a Reason

Happy Labor Day!

Hope you are all enjoying your long weekend. ¬†It’s not much different for me other than The Hubby is home but that makes¬†it a pretty good day ūüôā

We’ve been enjoying a relaxing weekend home for a change which has been so pretty great. ¬†A little day trip to Apple Hill, lots of meal prep and housework, and a family night complete with games, pizza and a movie. ¬†It’s been awesome!

We are continuing to keep it mellow today but I just wanted to stop in and share a few Marvelous things with you all for this weeks MIMM.

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Lorna Jane Roseville Galleria Opening

Lorna Jane Roseville Galleria Opening

You may remember awhile back I got the chance through my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship to try out some Lorna Jane apparel.

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I still love my chosen pieces and wear them often. ¬†I’ve shopped online a few times but haven’t purchased anything because I like to try things on in person. ¬†So when I hear there was a store opening up right here in my neighborhood I was so excited!

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They ALL Suck and they are ALL Important

They ALL Suck and they are ALL Important

I don’t complain a lot about my problems here on my blog. ¬†Mainly because – like I always say – it could be worse and I try to focus on the positive rather than the negative.

This past weekend a friend said something that sort of hit home with me. ¬†Her Sister-in-Law was describing her horrific recent experience with her husband (very young and active) being diagnosed with testicular cancer. ¬†Then having a baby and dealing with a new born while he underwent chemo. ¬†Luckily he is in remission and doing great ūüôā

As she shared her story all I could think about was how silly my issues (fertility problems, miscarriage, house flood) were in comparison to her recent negative experiences. ¬† When I mentioned this, my friend said, “Everyone has their own problems and everyones problems are as big as they want or need them to be. ¬†They all suck and they are all important.”

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Crossfit – Isn’t it all Heavy Lifting?

Crossfit – Isn’t it all Heavy Lifting?

Good morning!

Let’s talk Crossfit shall we?

Mainly a misconception it seems a lot of people have about the sport and I’ll admit I was one of them.

“I can’t do ALL the heavy lifting they do in Crossfit.”

I think a lot of people think Crossfit is only about heavy lifting.  You see photos of crossfitters with the barbell quite often because yes, you do use a bar in Crossfit quite a bit.

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Marvelous Mother’s Day Movement Workshop

Marvelous Mother’s Day Movement Workshop

Happy Monday!

I know I’m a little late on the Mother’s Day recap but I finally got a chance to sit down and write a post about the Marvelous Day we had. ¬†So I’m joining in with Katie to share all about it!

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“What do you do in Crossfit Class?”

“What do you do in Crossfit Class?”

Since beginning Crossfit I’ve gotten a lot of questions from friends, family and readers. ¬†Many of those questions are ones I had before I started, so I thought it might be helpful if I answered them for you.

Keep in mind that all Crossfit boxes are not universal so what I discuss on here being done in mine might be completely different from another.

QUESTION – “What’s a Crossfit Box?

A Crossfit box is actually the gym itself.  Boxes are popping up all over the place these days but they typically have a warehouse feel and are filled with all things needed for a Crossfit workout. 

QUESTION – “I often see people posting WODS that are only 10 minutes long. ¬†Is that how long the entire class is?”¬†

This is definitely a misconception I had way back when Crossfit started getting popular. ¬†I remember reading blogs where they shared their Workout of the day (WOD) and thinking, “Really? ¬†That’s it?” ¬†Nope! ¬†Most crossfit classes are an hour long. ¬†As I said not every box is the same but here’s an example of what an hour would look like at Destiny Crossfit where I go.

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Warm Рup starts right on the dot.  No late arrivals allowed!  Crossfitters line up in lanes and complete several warm up exercises including cross arm skip, knee to chest, high foot lunge, lateral lunge, walking mechanics, fast karaoke and slow karaoke.

Then it’s some form of running mechanics such as Rip N Out, Push up starts, 2 point starts, or falling starts.

Followed by something like stick jumps, bear crawls, ring series, or ladders.

There’s usually something to get your heart rate up such as tabata box jumps, heavy jump ropes, wall balls, Burpee tuck jumps or maybe double unders.

Just before the WOD is always technical work Рpush press, snatch, back squats, cleans, front squat, dead lift, thrusters or some other technical move.

Next comes the WOD or Workout of the day. ¬†WODs ufually range in time from 5-20 minutes. ¬†It might be a AMRAP – As Many Rounds As Possible WOD or an EMOM – Every Minute On the Minute. ¬†Maybe it’s a For Time workout where you do the WOD as fast as possible or maybe even a partner WOD where you do one exercise while your partner does another then switch.

after the WOD we complete a stabilization which might be toes to bar, kettlebell twists, pistols, ring dips, or some other form of stabilization.

QUESTION – “Don’t you miss your cardio?”¬†

There is actually quite a bit of cardio involved in Crossfit. ¬†The other day we did a wod that included 30 bodyweight squats (squating ¬†your body weight), 1 mile run then 30 burpees over the bar. ¬†Definitely some cardio in there! ¬†I tend to favor the cardio based WOD’s more than the heavy lifting because of my cardio background. ¬†I think a common misconception with Crossfit is that it’s all heavy lifting. ¬†Not so! ¬†Yes there is a good amount of lifting but also a good amount of cardio. ¬†I still do a few days outside of crossfit of spinning or sprinting but I only crossfit 2-3 days a week. ¬†If I were doing more I might not add as much extra cardio.

QUESTION – “I’m out of shape how can I possibly start Crossfit?”¬†

You have to start somewhere right? ¬†Crossfit is a great place to start because it teaches you the basic¬†fundamental¬†movements to give you a¬†strong base. ¬† ¬†There are many different levels of individuals in Crossfit and even some of those who have been there for years are still scaling back the workouts. ¬†You can also search for a gym that offers Crossfit Light classes like the one I workout at, Destiny Crossfit, just started offering. ¬†A scaled back workout and a little more one on one time spent with beginners, it’s perfect for anyone wanting to see what Crossfit is about without jumping in full board. ¬†

QUESTION – “Won’t I get bulky?” ¬†

I’m not going to lie, this is something I still worry about. ¬†Everybody is different so this is a tricky one. ¬†Yes, some women might get a little bulky. ¬†However, it takes A LOT of heavy lifting to get really big. ¬†It also depends on your diet and what your goals are. ¬†I have noticed that my thighs have gotten bigger. ¬†However, I’ve also had to cut back on my extra cardio and up my calories/fat to gain weight for fertility so this had definitely played a roll in that increase. ¬†It’s important to take into account ¬†your body type and your goals. ¬†If you don’t want to gain a ton of muscle, then you don’t have to lift as heavy as some others might be. ¬†It’s all up to you ūüôā ¬† AND there is no way (unless you are taking crazy supplements and trying your hardest) that you will look anything like the woman pictured above!

I’m still learning the ropes of Crossfit and am not sure I’ll ever be pro but am enjoying the challenges.

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Readers Requests – A Recipe and a Workout!

Readers Requests – A Recipe and a Workout!

A few weeks back when I celebrated my 2 year blogging anniversary I asked you all what you’d like to see more of on My Healthy Happy Home. ¬†I enjoyed reading all your responses and was happy to see it was pretty balanced between recipes, workouts, and family posts. ¬†I love posting about all those things so I’m excited to keep doing so to make you all happy ūüôā ¬†It’s a little difficult for me to post many recipes at this time. ¬†Hotel living doesn’t really work all that good for creating and photographing food. ¬†Also,¬†my computer plug/USB drive stopped working so I’m unable to transfer my DSLR photos to my computer. ¬†I so need a new laptop! ¬†I did however get a chance the other day to whip up a yummy recipe that was easy to prepare in the hotel and the perfect treat to satisfy the sweet tooth monster. ¬†I’ve been indulging in way too many treats lately so needed something that I could snack on after meals without feeling guilty.

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Fitness Survey

Good morning!

This week has been crazy busy and is going by so fast! ¬†I know I mentioned our Disneyland trip the other day but I don’t think I realized how quickly it’s coming up! ¬†I’m out of town this weekend too so scrambling to get everything ready. ¬† I just have to keep telling myself not to stress about making sure everything is planned out but to just have fun! ¬†No matter what The Love Nugget is going to have a blast. ¬†We all are!

Today I have a fun fitness survey I threw together a few weeks ago. ¬†I haven’t done a survey in awhile and always enjoy reading others so here you go ūüôā

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Find what works for you!

Find what works for you!

You all know by now that prior to February we had been struggling to get pregnant.  I had seen my doctor several times, listened to numerous podcasts and read article after article on what to do to help our situation.  Through my research I learned that my lack of menstrual cycle and ovulation was most likely the cause of over exercise and possibly not having enough body fat for my body.

That last part is pretty important. ¬†We often hear people say, “What works for you might not work for someone else.” ¬†This is true in relation to many different things. ¬†Take food for example. ¬†I’ve discovered over the past year that my body reacts poorly to legumes, soy, gluten and most dairy. ¬†Does that mean that everyone is sensitive to those foods and should stop eating them? ¬†No! ¬†Not at all.

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