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Barely Hanging, a Green Smoothie and Weekend Lessons

Barely Hanging, a Green Smoothie and Weekend Lessons


Hello friends! First of all I need to apologize about not getting my Flat Kitty Friday post up. It was supposed to me up Friday, but I was selfish and put up all my pictures from my most recent “date” with “my boyfriend” Bob. I had every intention of doing a Flat Kitty Working for the Weekend post (cute title huh?), but things did not go as planned around here at all.

Let’s see.

Friday night was a doozie. I found myself super hungry, tired and stressed Friday afternoon (those usually go hand in hand for me). I probably should’ve taken a nap, but instead I ate a Trader Joe’s dark chocolate bar and way too graham crackers accompanied with a little Naturally More. I knew it wasn’t the best decision, especially since my body does not do well with processed food, but I did it anyway.

I also put off going to the gym until the night. I felt like I really needed a good workout though after my afternoon snack choice. I had the boys in tow only to find that the playcare was closed. Not only was I upset and disappointed in myself, but the boys were upset too (they love the playcare).

Guess what we did next?

Costco. Yep. Earlier in the day I discovered there was absolutely no toilet paper in the house. Lovely. So we stocked up on a few things at our favorite store, got the boys some samples, and then found ourselves in the checkout line at 7:40pm. Really Kristin?

Then…… I found myself in the food court line for the first time ever.

 As a quick side note, Costco has some really great prices. How did I never know about that?

So… this was me: I ordered a hot dog and a piece of pizza for the boys to eat in the grocery cart while I loaded the groceries in the car. I was not proud. I was desperate. They were upset and complaining because I wouldn’t let them eat at a table. I totally had visions of a blog reader watching me while my boys were shoving pizza and hotdog in their mouths. That actually would’ve been pretty funny, although if someone would’ve approached me at the time I might have broken down in tears.


The rest of the night and the next day I kept feeling guilty about that whole situation. Not working out at all, eating all that food in the afternoon when I should’ve just taken a nap, not preparing a good meal for my boys, etc. Andrew kept telling me it wasn’t a big deal and there was nothing I could do about it now, but I couldn’t shake it.


As if the weekend couldn’t get any better, yesterday I woke up with the flu. Fever, headache, the worst stomach pains I’ve ever felt in my life, etc. Not good. Andrew had to come home from work and rescue me. He watched the boys while I laid in bed all day. I mean all day. I couldn’t do anything. The only time I got up was to make this green smoothie.

green smoothie

Please Make Me Feel Better Green Cake Batter Smoothie

1 frozen banana

handful of spinach

1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (like Chobani)

1 scoop vanilla flavored protein powder

1 tablespoon melted coconut butter

splash of vanilla extract

splash of butter and nut extract

1 cup nondairy of low fat milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)

pinch of xanthan gum (optional)

pinch of guar gum (optional)

1 sweetener packet


Sorry the measurements are not exact, but I was in no shape to measure everything yesterday. It did make a pretty darn impressive smoothie though that resembled the taste of cake batter. If my stomach wasn’t in horrible pain I would’ve polished it off quickly. I’ll try it again later this week and try to write down the measurements. The guar and xanthan gums are optional and used for thickening if you like your smoothies extra thick.

Well, that’s it friends. I debated whether or not to write about my Friday night, but in talking to my friend at boot camp Saturday morning, she encouraged me to because everyone has found themselves in that situation before. I’m hoping some of you can relate.

Lessons I’ve learned from this weekend:

Slow down. My life never stops. I don’t sleep enough. I exercise too much. I’m overwhelmed and stressed out all the time. I need to slow down and take things one day at a time. My body, my mind and my family will reap the benefits if I do this. I used to never get sick. I mean never. I’m learning that you can only “go, go, go” for so long before you hit a wall.

Stay away from processed food. I know my body does not do well with processed food. I know that, but at weak moments I still find myself craving those darn packaged goodies. The problem is that I’m not good at moderation either, so I find when I do open that bag (especially when I’m tired and stressed) I do not do a good job of keeping things in moderation.

You know what else? Once you eat processed foods, your body craves them more. Those simple sugars are no good. Your body gets hungry sooner and craves those starchy carbs and sugars. Not a good cycle to get in. I’m just thankful I don’t eat like that all the time. If you’re in that cycle, I encourage you to get out. You’ll feel so much better. I’m going to try to post alternatives to processed foods later this week so when that craving hits you’ll have other options.

Keep it real. That’s one thing I promised myself with this blog. I don’t want to portray some image and then not live up to it. It’s my goal to bring you all into my craziness, bad choices, good choices, etc..


This week is all about getting back on track and taking things one day at a time. Slowing down, eating whole foods, and keeping it real.

There’s still time to enter the Mix1 giveaway. I’ll pick a winner tonight.

Okay, and with that I need to get my butt in the shower (and get out of my pajamas that I’ve had on for  about 36 hours) and do my best to conquer the day today and the week ahead. Hope you had a great weekend!

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  1. 1
    Amy Zirkle says:

    Please, please be kind to yourself – sounds like you had a hell of a few days there – and it happens. We have to give ourselves a break every now and then – (oh good thought – I need to remind myself of that). You juggle so much and let me just say I stand in awe of parents of twins – I don’t know how you do it …..that said ….take care and feel better — (as an aside I will say that as I read your post I thought, wow she does that too….yes, my Saturday night was not the greatest eating wise – processed junk too and the weird thing is at night when I lie in bed after ingesting junk like that, my heart races, and I feel like I’m on some drug trip – or what I imagine it would be like). You take it easy today!!!! xx amy

    • 1.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Thanks Amy for relating. And for always being so supportive. 🙂 Yeah, that processed food is nothing but trouble. 🙂 Let’s both try to give ourselves a break this week, yes? 🙂

  2. 2

    It happens to the best of us and most of us aren’t mother to twins! Your body was just reminding you that it needed a little TLC, glad you took some time to let it happen and recover. I hope you can get a little more sleep this week and feel better soon!

  3. 3
    Sara says:

    Thanks for keeping it real, Kristin. I feel like that a lot (not sleeping enough, eating too much processed stuff, falling into that rut). I know I feel better with more sleep and cleaner eating–so why don’t I stick with it? Guess I’m just human. I would be interested in a post about alternatives to processed food. Hope you are feeling better!

    • 3.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I know Sara. We all know better, it’s actually doing it all the time that’s the hard part, right? 🙂 It’s totally a rut that tries to suck us in. I’m working on a post about the alternatives for processed foods. The boys and I shot a video today with a good recipe.

  4. 4
    Katie says:

    Girlfriend, don’t be so hard on yourself (says the girl who just received a comment on her own blog that said “don’t be so hard on yourself). I am home sick from work today. Normally, I’d be beating myself up about it, because I am a go getter and don’t like to miss work, but I realized that if I tried to fight it out and go teach today, then I would just feel worse tomorrow. Basically, I would tire myself out and slow my recovery. So, why not take a day off, so I can feel better tomorrow, right? We can do this!

    • 4.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Katie- I hope you’re resting. If you will, I will. 🙂 So much easier to tell someone else to do it than do it ourselves, huh? 🙂 Feel better soon!!!!

  5. 5

    Oh Kristin, I hope you’re feeling better today. Don’t let guilt get the best of you. We all have been there. Just remember, your body knows what to do with what you put in it. Even if it makes you sick for a bit, it’s doing what it needs to do and it will get rid of what it can’t use! Kind of a weird thing to say, but this was always helpful for me to hear in treatment. Soon you’ll be back to feeling good and giving your body the nutritious things it’s used to having. Your body loves rest, you can’t have too much of it, it’s a GOOD thing, especially when you need it! xo

    • 5.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      That is a werid thing to hear, but it makes sense. Oh rest…….. Yes, my body (and everyone’s body) needs it. Thanks for your words of wisdom (and sharing Flat Kitty with that amazing recipe). 🙂

  6. 6

    Major hugs, friend. Be kind to yourself. Those Costco hotdogs are freakin’ delicious, and I still order one every now and again and eat it bun-less so I don’t ingest the gluten but still get my hot dog eats on. You are a wonderful mother, believe that. I hope you feel better soon! xo

  7. 7

    I tried posting this before but I think something went wrong….Take II:

    Oh my! I hope you are feeling better today!

    You are so not alone with bad eating slips!! I had a bad eating episode this weekend too and was feeling guilty and stressing about it for about half an hour and then realized what’s done is done and I needed to move on. Mess ups here and there are not going to derail me from my ultimate goal and now I realize that and will have to continue to remind myself of that. I also realized I should make sure to eat more nutritious food during the week so I don’t end up so hungry I can’t feel full and then use that to eat unhealthy processed foods on the weekends…Progress, not perfection, right? Thank you for sharing your story! It’s honestly stories like this that help me realize no one is perfect (aka I am not the only one screwing up) and we all just keep on trying to do our best… So thank you again for your honesty 🙂

    • 7.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Kinley- I’ve missed you! 🙂 I think we’ve all been there, done that, etc. It’s just a part of life and I wish we wouldn’t beat ourselves up about it so much. Oh well. We grow and learn from every situation. Thanks for taking a “take 2” to post this. 🙂 Love that- “progress, not perfection”. You’re smart! 🙂

  8. 8
    jennifer says:

    Take it easy! This flu is horrible and takes a while to fully recover from. We battled it from Wed. On last week. I was the last to get it and thought I had avoided it but didn’t. Rest! And take care of yourself! While I was pregnant I was super hungry at Costco and gave in to their pizza. I had the same fear while sitting eating their greasy food. I felt like someone would catch me! Not to mention since I was pregnant I felt like a fatty!

    • 8.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      The flu stinks. hands down, it’s not fun. I have to admit I eat my fair share of pizza nad that costco pizza looks delicious. It was just a bad moment of being tired, stressed, feeding my kids dinner in the cart, not having anything green, etc. ha ha! Oh well. Hope you’re all feeling better over there! 🙂

  9. 9

    I can certainly relate. I was feeling like that ALL the time for a LONG time. I still certainly have my rough patches, but on the whole, I’m feeling a lot better thanks to stepping back on things and making sure I get adequate rest and care for myself. Hope today is kicking off a better week for you!

    • 9.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Oh Tina- me too. I’ve been so far on the other side of things it’s just a reminder of how important it is to balance everything out. REST is key!!! 🙂 Thanks for being an inspiration!

  10. 10
    Bonnie says:

    Oh man – you are NOT alone! Thanks for sharing, Kristen…I’ll be blogging about something similar tomorrow. It’s real life, and so good to share the ups and downs too – if anything, I think it makes your readers realize you’re human and makes you more relatable. So thanks for the vulnerability to share; I had a very similar day yesterday (in food and fitness choices, not the flu; sorry to hear you got that!) and today feel…UGH. That’s the only way to describe it! But I’m choosing to make better decisions throughout my day and that’s that!

    …Flat Kitty, as much as we love him, can wait. We love hearing from you! 😀 Hope your week continues to brighten on up from here!

    • 10.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Yes Bonnie, all we can do is make better choices the next day. 🙂 Glad I’m not alone in making choices like that sometimes. There’s a reason we feel blah afterwards. You’d think I’d learn. Looking forward to your post.

  11. 11
    Amanda Z says:

    It’s only natural to feel overwhelmed, to want to take on the world and more whenever we can, and to completely beat ourselves up when, after a little while, we are chugging along, dragging our feet and seemingly in over our heads. You’re doing great!!! We’re human and sometimes we make mistakes. The most important thing is to move on and look ahead. One day is just that, a single day in your life out of the big picture. Rest and as someone else said, be kind to yourself!

  12. 12
    lindsay says:

    desperate times call for desperate measures. So no worries. Your kiddos eat well 90% of time, give yourself a break. And go take a break. Like now, and for a few days!! COtter’s orders!

  13. 13

    so sorry you had a bad weekend! you shouldn’t feel bad at all – you feed yourself and your kids better than 99.9% of America the majority of the time. everyone slips… and i’m sure the boys loved their costco treats. 🙂

    hope you’re feeling better!

  14. 14

    oh man, i’m sorry it was a rough weekend. i can assure you though that a hotdog and pizza for the boys is surely a-okay every so often. and not getting in a workout and eating a few too many graham crackers is really, truly a-okay! 😉 like laura said above, you feed yourself and your boys better than most of the people out there… every so often doesn’t hurt. hope you’re feeling better today and back to spirits!

    • 14.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Thanks Ashley. I know it’s okay. I just felt guilty. I think it’s the whole “mom” thing. Oh well. Live and learn nad get mroe rest next time. Ha ha! Hope your week is off to a good start.

  15. 15

    We have all been there. Do NOT feel bad about what you or the kids ate. Life gets busy and I do think sometimes getting sick is a wake up call that you have to slow down. You knew two weeks ago that it was coming. I hope you’re feeling better. I was really worried about you and could tell you were getting to that brick wall really quickly. Hopefully this week is a little more relaxed my friend. I wish we did live closer, I would have happily made you stop, slow down and have a nice chat over a cup of joe. Keep your chin up Kristin. You’re doing a great job! xoxo

    • 15.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Sarena- THANK YOU! You can move closer anytime. 🙂 You amaze me with everything you do and the friend that you are to so many on top of it all. Hugs! One of these days we’ll have that cup of joe together. PS- the video we shot today has Kitty in it just for Tony. 🙂

  16. 16
    Denise says:

    Get well my friend and thanks for sharing….you really are genuine and we love you for many things…but especially all your honesty!

  17. 17
    Amie White says:

    Sleep tight. And remember, you are GOOD! So good! Be kind to yourself. You are wonderful!

  18. 18
    Becca says:

    I am so sorry to hear you are sick. It’s hard sometimes to remember to slooooow down because life gets a tad bit crazy 😉 You seem so strong and always put your family before yourself. You are a wonderful mother and such a positive influence on your boys and others.
    The other day I went to the grocery store and found myself not being able to afford Organic eggs. I literally starting crying in the middle of the store and ranting to my boyfriend about the “hormones” getting into my system. Ha ha I look back now and think how silly. I just had to be reminded that things are not always perfect and life isn’t suppose to be.
    But that doesn’t say anything about you, and it’s ok to have not always the best foods every once in a while. I know it brings me back to reality. Don’t ever forget the beginnings of when you started your quest for a healthy life and the amazing accomplishment you’ve achieved today. After reading your blogs you’ve come so far and THAT is what’s important.
    I wish you a fast and healthy healing.

    • 18.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Thanks Becca for your nice comment. Um, I’ve totally been there with the whole crying over something silly. I once did it because there was pepperoni on my pizza that I didn’t order. Definitely a “hormone” thing (like you said).

  19. 19
    Jen Crandall says:

    The best thing about your blog is that you “keep it real!” Perfection is unattainable and unrealistic. Real life is real struggles period. As long as we can laugh along the way, we’re all set!

  20. 20
    Louise says:

    Have you tried cutting out soy, stevia and artificial sweeteners from your diet? I too had a processed packaged food thing that I knew was not helping me. When I cut out the ‘sugar free’ and ‘diet’ this that and the other, including stevia and other forms of ‘sugar’ i noticed that i could taste food better for what it is supposed to taste like, and get by on 2 or 3 ingredients instead of about 7 or 8. Just a thought. 🙂 Your smoothie looks delish. 🙂

    • 20.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I think about doing this all the time. This was a post from a year ago, but I od think about cutting those things out a lot. 🙂 Maybe it’s time, huh?

      • Louise says:

        I know, I posted a bit late with my comment, but I just found your blog! 😉 Very interesting and thorough read, what a superwoman! Try googling those artificial sweeteners, and their long term effects on health. Look up people like Rich Roll, he’s an ultrarunner and a raw vegan, amazing man. I’m not trying to preach, as you are obviously a fine example of human physical achievement. I noticed myself when I gave up those things I got fitter and had better endurance. Splenda is actually chlorine. And artificial sweeteners turn into Formaldehyde (embalming fluid) when they enter your body! :/ You’re an inspiration and a strong awesome woman, you can do this too! I want the whole planet to know about these poisons that are not health or diet foods but silent killers! http://sweetpoison.com.au/


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