Coming Out of Hiding and Tips to Get Out of Bed and Workout in the Morning


Its about time, isn’t it?

I don’t even remember when I last posted and there’s way too much to even possibly catch up on, so l guess I’ll just kind of fill you in on the important stuff like the yummy things I’ve been eating.

Epic Bars,

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the new KIND bars in Caramel Almond Pumpkin Spice flavor (OMG delicious and yes I had to put three pictures because they are THAT good),

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lots of Trader Joe’s riced broccoli (In scrambled eggs, salads, soup, etc.),

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  RX Bars.

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and non dairy protein ice cream of course.

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This particular one had Vega chlorella in it and was topped with defrosted berries and Baker and Olive Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar. I mean, right?

Okay, moving on…….

Life has been a kick in bootie lately to be honest though.

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So let’s talk injury, shall we? Actually, one of the big reasons I haven’t been blogging (besides just not finding the time and putting mama duties first) is because I was kind of waiting for answers with the injury thing.

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I had so many questions:

What’s really wrong?

Am I just over exaggerating?

Will I be able to run in a week?

Will I still be able to run the New York Marathon this year?

Will I ever be able to run a marathon again?


Well, now 3 doctor visits later and still not really any for sure answers so here we go.


My first orthopedic surgeon visit a couple weeks ago wasn’t too great. I walked out of there with his words in my head, “You’re 39, you’ve done your thing.” and “If you can’t run you better find something else to do because you’re always going to have to watch your weight because your hips won’t be able to carry extra weight.” I’m not exactly sure of the wording on the second statement, but it was something along those lines.

Instead of dwelling on it, naturally we went on a family fishing trip immediately after that appointment.

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After an MRI and an arthrogram I had a follow up appointment with my moral support team this past Friday.

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The MIR didn’t really quite tell us where the pain is coming from. So……… I get to have a few more test done to find out (some kind of injection and a CAT Scan). I do have a labrum tear, but there is also either a stress fracture or bone tumor that may be causing some problems as well.

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So….. we wait for approval, then more appointments, and then another orthopedic surgeon appointment to figure out the treatment, etc.


More waiting. More time not running. More time to focus on just getting healthy and getting stronger. More time for laundry.

I’m not going to pretend like it’s not hard to handle because it is. I feel a little lost. I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that racing days and running long distances may be over, but it’s so weird just not knowing. I know things could be so much worse and I’m so thankful that I can just move and still do all the things I can do, but it’s tough making that transition and just being in limbo.

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I did do a little window shopping at Fitness Direct the other weekend and I just might have to invest in a new elliptical since my unpowered one at home is just not cutting it anymore.

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My plan for the next few weeks is to just be patient and focus on nutrition and adjusting things so that I’m not eating like I’m running 50 miles a week on top of teaching classes. My workouts are short these days and I get them done, but it’s nothing like marathon training so I really need to make some adjustments in the eating department. It’s a tough one. I’m toying with doing the Whole 30 again like I did a couple years ago with the STUFT Detox. Goodness knows I could use it, but I’m being a little wishy washy about it.

Let’s see, in other news, after always saying I was never going to sign up the boys to play baseball, well, here we are spending Sunday afternoons at the baseball field.

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Andrew’s pretty pumped that it’s during football season. Ha ha. And no, Joaquin does not have a short temper at all. And yes, our inspiration came from The Sandlot.

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Just a quick fashion blurb as a side note, we our pretty excited about our shirts these days. The majority of my work wardrobe are Run With Perseverance tanks.

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Aren’t they the best? You’ve got to check out her Etsy shop here.

Most of the boys shirts are from Kohl’s and were part of a late night shopping spree on my phone. Along with that “Homerun Hero” one we got this one. Pretty funny huh?

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I also got some fun oil tanks from Shabby Chic Boutique.

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And I never leave home without a Handful Bra, NEVER.


First grade is kicking all of our booties.

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I better put my big girl pants on and get with the program so these guys can too. One of them has already said, “We have too much homework” multiple times and coincidentally the Lavender has been pulled out multiple times as well.

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The other one, well, he brags about being one of the top students in class that already passed his first grade sight words down.



I’m sure you’ve noticed that doTERRA essential oils have become a part of our life lately and I’m so thankful that they have. I love that we can now turn to natural solutions first and work with our physical and emotional health naturally. I only wish I would have gotten into them sooner.

I’m lucky enough to be a part of the amazing Love Thy Health team.

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*Side note- we’re looking for a few more awesome ladies to join our team who want to leanr more about essential oils and share with others. If you’re interested email me or heck, even if you don’t have any interest in being part of the team, but just have oil questions or want to try them or have something you want to try feel free to email me-

We all went to the national doTERRA ONE convention in Salt Lake City the other weekend even though my trip was extremely short.

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Man did we ever learn a lot. The quality and sourcing behind these oils is incredible and they even had a whole physician’s panel that talked about how the medical future is how it’s going this way.

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I left there with a whole new out look on balancing my emotions

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and on sharing with others.

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I also got a really awesome convention kit with all the new products that come out in October.

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I made my friend meet me at Starbucks yesterday to check out all the new goodies including a whole new spa line and emotional roller set.

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I’m now ready for anything that comes my way. Ha ha.

I can totally do a quick recap on the convention and everything we learned later this week for you oil folks if you want, but for those of you who are just here for pictures of the boys, well, I won’t go into all that right now.

I will say that my new thing since the convention is diffusing Motivate and Balance every morning.

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It’s usually while I do my morning workout and watch Gilmore Girls.

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Which brings me to these few tips that I’ll leave you with since someone emailed me today with this question about getting motivated to workout in the morning.

Even though I’m scaling back my workouts big time and I’m not training for any sort of race at the moment, I’m still doing the whole wake up at 4:30 and get my workout in thing. Only because if I don’t do it then it won’t get done. I want to have the rest of the day to be mom or teach classes, etc. and not having to worry about finding the time to workout.

So, as a reward for making it through this novel of a post, here are my tips to just get out of bed in the morning instead of push that darn snooze button:

1. Bribe yourself. Whatever it takes. For me these days it’s Gilmore Girls or Real Housewives of OC. I’m telling you it works. Don’t let yourself watch those shows while kicking it on the couch, make yourself get out of bed and on the elliptical or treadmill or whatever it is to watch them.

2. Drink coffee before if you need to. Sometimes I need a little coffee before, sometimes I tell myself I can have a huge coffee afterwards. Lately I’ve actually been having tea with ACV and a couple drops of lemon oil right when I wake up. It’s kind of fun and word on the street is that it’s good for your metabolism.

3. Go to bed for goodness sake. Turn the computer and phone off early and diffuse some Serenity and go to sleep. Getting enough shut eye makes a whole world of difference every single day.

4. Get changed in the workout room. My clothes, shoes, Polar, etc. are always waiting for me in the workout room to make the transition easier. Actually, now that I’m not running I sometimes just get right to my workout in my PJs. What can I say, it saves an extra step.

5. Think about how awesome the rest of your day will be if you get it done early. Seriously once I started working out in the morning it made a huge difference because I wasn’t worried about fitting it in later after work. It is the best thing I’ve ever done and not to mention breakfast is always so much better as a recovery meal, right?


Okay, I’m off.

Oh wait, one more thing.

I will be doing my first ever Facebook LIVE video Tuesday at 7:00 pm. The boys may or may not be with me, but we’ll be on the LOVE Thy Essential Oils Group.


If you friend me on Facebook I can add you and you can tune in. We’re talking athlete tips and answering questions! It should be a blast!


Have a wonderful week friends!

The Last STUFT Summer Edition- Discounts and Favorites


Whelp, not much to report in the running area unfortunately. Still nothing. At this point, to be honest, all I really want is to be able to wake up in the morning and walk normally without pain or feel like I’m favoring my right hip like crazy. There’s a lot of snapping and cracking going on and it hurts the worst right when I put my right foot on the floor. We’re working on things though and I refuse to do any running on it until it’s not hurting at all. I’m really in denial that NYC Marathon is now just 11 weeks away. I’ve been in worse positions before (like Boston of 2015), but things are not looking good. I will not give up yet though.

I’m cross training like crazy with weights and core workouts. I’ve been doing exercise videos, getting creative with my own classes and practicing my CXWORXS core classes.

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I’ve been getting cardio on our battery operated elliptical which doesn’t have power anymore. I’m not positive our little gem of a machine is going to last much longer. I pretty much have to muscle through the workout without any power to it. I think it’s good though because it kicks my butt every single time. Ha ha ha.

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I’ve googled my symptoms and pain about a bazillion times and have gotten x-rays, but not an MRI yet. My guess is that I have hip burstitus, specifically Iliopsoas Bursitis or Iliopsoas Tendinitis as my pain is in the groin area and so sharp when I step that I can’t even think about running on it. It hurts when I step with thatr , sit and try to sleep. So yeah, pretty much all the time at the moment.


just because I’m not running there’s no reason I can’t spread the love for the races that are coming up and that I love though right? I mean, I’ll be back at it in no time.


The AFC Half Marathon was today. That was the first half marathon I ever ran and will always have a special place in my heart. I was registered to run it this year, but unfortunately that wasn’t happening. Let’s look back though on my favorite time I raced this particular race in 2012 and placed third in my age group.


The complete race recap from that year is here. Oh man what 4 years can do. I’ve run it every year since then too, but that was my favorite for sure (and my fastest).


Anyhoo….. here are some more races coming up.

The Long Beach Marathon is coming up on October.


They have a half marathon and a full marathon. I love this race and last year’s race time is my current BQ. If all goes well I’m going to do the half this year, but we’re taking things day by day. Here’s last year’s picture though. It makes me happy because it was one of those races that really just felt good. Too bad they all aren’t like that, right?

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There’s an inaugural local race in Encinitas coming up in March of 2017.


It should be pretty awesome and is down along the coast the entire time. I’m pretty pumped about it.

You can use code STUFTMAMA for 10% off an entry to either the Encinitas Half Marathon or the Surfing Madonna Run or both. (Just click on the link or the discount code to register.)



Moving along…….

Handful Bra has some new colors coming out for the fall. In fact, they’re out right now. Aren’t they awesome? They have new colors in the regular bra, the Y Back and the scoop tank. Oh my word. So awesome.

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Use this link (Handful Bra) to automatically get 10% off your purchase. The discount shows in the cart at checkout. Woo hoo!


I’ve been watching a lot of movies while getting my time in on the elliptical. Friday it was The Duff. That was pretty funny. By far though my favorite over the past week was Mother’s Day.

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I returned it and immediately was mad that I didn’t watch it twice while I had it. Yes, it was that good and I have already added it back in my queue.


My favorite snack bar is currently these RX Bars.


My favorite is actually the Coconut Chocolate one, but I haven’t snapped a picture of that one yet. This is the new Maple Sea Salt flavor. They have no added sugar and all natural ingredients (egg whites, nuts dried fruit). They’re expensive, but in my opinion worth the price and yes, I paid full price for them on their website.


My favorite afternoon mocktail is lemon sparkling water with a splash of ACV and a couple drops of Ginger doTERRA oil and a couple drops of Lemon or Grapefruit oil as well.

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Oh my goodness it’s so good and totally helps when that afternoon craving for a Coke Zero hits. I’ve been doing my best to stay far far away from those.

I’m currently obsessed with this Vital Proteins collagen too.

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I usually add two scoops to my morning coffee, but I’ve also added it to protein ice cream. It’s good stuff and there are so many benefits of collagen. It’s now part of my daily routine. You can read all about the benefits on their website here: Vital Proteins.

Another super easy grab and go protein snack I discovered is this Epic Bar. I got them from Vitacost. This is the only flavor that I’ve tried and liked. I got a beef cherry one or something, but honestly I did not like it and had to choke it down. I really like these Chicken Sriracha ones though.

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I got some new Mizuno Wave Inspire shoes the other week. I thought it was a sign that I was good to go and have a pain free run.

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I thought wrong and clearly was not the only one disappointed. Gosh darn it.

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We still get our daily walk on though with the boys.


I went to a baby shower the other weekend and made some rollers for the mama-to-be.

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Lavender is a go to for anything calming (skin, mind, body) and Balance is a great grounding blend that is safe for pregnant women and is also safe for newborns.

InTune (Focus Blend) is slowly becoming one of my favorites also and I’m sure will be used a lot now with school starting.

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I put it to the ultimate test at Costco last week and was thinking I could get in and out of there in 30 minutes for less than $100. I failed, but was on target with my purchases. Ha ha.

I took the gel off my nails and was left with not that great looking or strong nails. I first cleaned them with a toothbrush and lemon oil and then made a cream to rub on my nails and hands before bed. These oils help with strengthening nails (Frankincense, Lemon and Arborvitae). I added drops of each and Castor Oil and have the perfect little ointment for before bed.

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I feel like my nails already look okay.

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Speaking of oils, there is still the awesome August deal going on to get 3 free oils when you make a 160PV purchase.

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Email me ( if you want more information about it or anything about oils.

I actually just read this article about how certain oils (Bergamot, Lavender and Ylang Ylang) can be used for anxiety and high blood pressure. I’m going to start diffusing these together now!

We have a couple classes left this month and if you’re local I’m doing the Athlete’s Class on the 30th. It’ll be more of a get together and chat and learn and we’re doing FREE Zyto Scans. Woo hoo!

Here’s the link to register or you can email with any questions!

Essential Oil Class RSVP

Here are a couple other random things before I go.

My friend asked me what kind of greens I use daily and I told her I take Vega Chlorella daily and texted her this picture.

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And ever since I did the Chef V 3 Day Cleanse (recap of that here) I’ve been drinking the green juice daily after my morning workout.

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In case you’re looking for a kick start, you can still get 55% off any cleanse (my mom and brother and I all did the 3 day one) by using the code STUFT. Link to the cleanses and options is here.

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Oh and recently since I’ve been trying to avoid sugar free substitutes and syrups and such, I’ve been making my own protein creamer at home and then adding it to my iced Americano at Starbucks.

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Pretty smart, huh? My usual mix is Vega sport vanilla protein mixed with Silk almondmilk.

I also love this chocolate balsamic I found at Baker and Olive on pretty much anything- roasted kabocha squash, berries, protein ice cream, etc.

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We went out to breakfast as a family the other day as our last hoorah for summer. I always get the same thing- veggie omelet with hot sauce.

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I love it when restaurants have Cholula. This was T’s Café in Solana Beach. Andrew and I went there pretty much every Sunday when we were dating. He he. So many memories.

The boys and I went bowling too. It was one of the last things we needed to cross off our summer list.

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They rocked it. I did not. I’m blaming my bum hip, but my score was embarrassing.

And while I might not be ready for the early wake ups and facing school every day again, a certain someone sure is. He is ready to go and woke me up like this the other morning.

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Ha ha. He might need a shirt and shorts though, right?


And this morning while I could’ve been super sad I didn’t get to get up at the crack of dawn to go race, I felt very fortunate to just be able to spend a little extra time soaking up all I could with these guys.

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I am one lucky mama.


And with that, I’m off to bed.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!


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