Clean, snatch, run!

A couple of weeks ago, I would have probably thought the above meant some sort of household chore you’re trying to run away from… Now I know the first two mean some weird movements with a barbell that alone weighs more than I’m comfortable with and have no clue how to perform! I’ve recently begun to realise that there must be a part in me that has some masochistic tendencies. For example, not only did I sign up for a marathon some years ago, but sure enough I decided to do it again and not just any marathon. Of course it had to be Connemarathon (you can read all about my suffering here)! And this is coming from a girl who used to hate running with passion


Looking quite comfy after your “regular” bodyweight HIIT session… Little did I know about what was to come!

After completing Connemarathon, and recovering from it (mainly from the shock!), I started thinking about what my next challenge would be. Run another marathon? I wasn’t really hungry for it anymore, unless we’re talking about New York or London! Ironman? I’m not mad about the part where you need to swim in the sea with all the sharks and other suspicious things and the amount of training is probably taking it too far as well (I think the hubby would divorce me at that stage!). How about some other adventure race? Most of them include Kayaking here in Ireland and for some reason that’s putting me off.. At least for now. Then I came across CrossFit. I mean, I had heard about it before. Had read about it. It all looked mental to be honest, probably a perfect match so! I saw the two documentaries on Netflix and thought, Hey, I can’t do any of that stuff, but maybe I could learn?! So there I was, standing outside a CrossFit gym one Tuesday evening, sh*tting myself. Somehow, I’d managed to sign myself up for it…

So what have I learned in the last couple of weeks? Attending the CrossFit classes has definitely shown me just how imbalanced I am. I have veerryyy quickly noticed which is my stronger side – it really is quite evident when you’re doing what they call a ‘Turkish Get Up’ with that big blob (aka kettlebell…) and you’re flying up and down on one side and then can barely hold your arm straight on the other.. What I am good at – I can do those runs, yay, and what I suck at – yes, hello there you Olympic weightlifting stuff, I don’t like you (yet).


Oh Sh*t…what have I got myself into now?!

I’ve also learned that it is possible to get sore armpits from exercising (??). Or that you very well might, especially after a tough core session the day before, manage to get your abs into a cramp doing a ‘negative’ chin up (i.e. slowly lowering yourself down). I’ve also come across a lot of CrossFit/weightlifting jargon, especially as I started during the CrossFit Games Open. They were all talking about their 17.4’s, 17.5’s, double unders, muscle ups, and a rake of other stuff that made no sense.

And I really have enjoyed it so far! Every workout is different. There’s always something new, well especially for me as a newbie, but they do seem to mix things up just to keep you on your toes. And that weightlifting stuff, well you know what. It’s like having a personal trainer with the coaches there showing you what to do, how to do it, and to encourage you. I would never ever do that stuff in a regular gym on my own. It’s much easier to start thinking about adding more weight to that barbell when you have someone there looking out for you, encouraging you and you don’t feel like a complete spa not knowing your elbow from your ar*e. Not that some of it would even cross my mind to attempt, I mean handstand push ups?! Because regular push ups are clearly so last season… 🙂


Family Dinner Ideas and Cooking with Kids: Warm Chicken Wrap

This is a great mid-week dinnertime saver as it only takes 15 minutes to prepare! I ofter have one of the kids helping me with various tasks, like chopping mushrooms (they’re soft so easy for the little ones to chop!), bringing rubbish to the bin, handing me the spice jars, mushing the avocados… It’s a big help for me as I don’t need to keep an eye on them at the same time and they help getting the dinner ready. 

This warm chicken wrap is one of my favourites. It’s quick and easy, it’s tasty, and you can put in pretty much anything you like or can find in the kitchen! It’s a handy one for even the smallest ones as they can just use their hands and it’s easy to pick and choose what you put in. It’s nothing new under the sun, but I sometimes find it hard to come up with new ideas, which is why I like sharing these recipes (whenever I get around to it!). 

The video is only 15 sec showing the main steps. I did this last week for the four of us and it took me about 15 mins from start to finish. I hope you enjoy it!

Beach Holiday – What to Bring?

This post is for myself as a reminder more than anything else. It’s been a while since I was on a beach holiday so I wasn’t quite sure what I would need and indeed there was something extra and something missing this time around. So this post will serve as a list for the next time.

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Shorts, comfy t-shirt and sandals – you can’t go wrong!

My everyday uniform was a t-shirt/top and denim shorts. I only had one pair of denim shorts and could have done with another one. I had also brought a short denim skirt but I found it slightly awkward with the kids so I would definitely swap that for a second pair of shorts… I had plenty of comfy tops and t-shirts, make sure to bring your favourite ones as those are the ones you will want to wear. I had also brought a pair of a bit fancier shorts that served well for going out in the evening.


These cuties from Primark (Penneys) were a star buy for €8 – they are so comfy, I walked tens and tens of kilometers in them!

For overcast or a bit cooler days I was missing a pair of comfy trousers. Sure I had packed my white jeans, but travelling with kids I don’t know what I was thinking… I suppose I was also being overly optimistic hoping that it would be sunny and 25+ degrees everyday!


Look, I did wear something other than shorts and t-shirts!

So with the above in mind, here’s my list for next time:

5-6 comfy t-shirts / tops
2 pairs of denim shorts
Long sleeve cardigan
3/4 sleeve cardigan (this was great for during the day as well if I needed cover from the sun!)
1-2 dresses
Comfy trousers
Flip flops
Flat sandals (comfy enough for walking longer distances too!)
Some underwear and bikini

Pick stuff that you can dress down for during the day and dress up for going out. We had the luxury of a washing machine so we didn’t have to bring too many clothes, but I also noticed that I tend to go for the same clothes as much as possible so there wasn’t really a need for too many different options!

4-5 t-shirts / vests
4 pairs of shorts (one fancier)
2 long sleeve tops
Pants and swimsuit

4-5 t-shirts
2 pairs of shorts
3 dresses
3 leggings (one full length)
Long sleeve top
Pants and swimsuit

Oh Connemara…

Last weekend was THE weekend. The marathon weekend! And not just any marathon, but the one in the wild, wild west with breathtaking scenery and quite a few hills. It will be a challenge, but it will be worth it I thought as I was signing up for it, comfy on the couch by the fire sipping my wine… Connemarathon here I come!!


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Salmon Tagliatelle

I like, no, I love cooking. I love trying new recipes (or coming up with my own!). It’s great for the head as well, I find cooking almost therapeutic. Just not mid-week… Like everyone else, I find it hard to come up with something nice but quick enough to make as there usually isn’t too much spare time in the evenings after work. This recipe wasn’t even supposed to make it to the blog in the first place, but since it was quick to make and devoured even by the toughest-to-please critics, the Little Messers, I thought I better save it in here for future reference!


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