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Nourishing What Counts at 35

Nourishing What Counts at 35


Today’s post is a little different than the norm.

I know I’ve talked about balance a lot on here. My journey (or attempt rather) to achieving it through exercise, eating, sleeping, resting, juggling all the expectations of being a mom, etc.

As the past few days have made me realize, it’s sometimes just as important to slow down and really take care of my body.

And yes, I did just turn 35 the other week and holy moly, that sounds old to me. Sometimes I feel like I’m still that 20 something girl who could stay up late at night, not eat the best food, still find time to work out a bit and manage through my daily life.

That is not the case these days. My body is not the same. In fact, I think it’s come a long way, but I need it to stay healthy for a lot longer. Especially with these guys.

boys front yard

As much as I try to think I can do everything, it’s time to accept the fact that I can’t. I just can’t.

What I can do is make a conscious effort to make my fitness activities and exercise more meaningful. Maybe that means getting a workout in with my boys beside me (see the workout video below), maybe that means trading in an hour on the treadmill for 30 minutes of higher intensity moves, or taking a day to just do a yoga video to give my mind and body a much needed break.

I’m taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture.

I just joined the Quaker Heart Health Challenge (and I think you should too).

Here’s why I joined:

No, not just because “my boyfriend” is the Quaker Coach (that’s a huge bonus though), but because I really like how Quaker is all about promoting healthy living (and eating good breakfast) not just for you, but for the whole family. They’ve got a lot of good stuff going on and goodness knows we love our oats. (We buy them in bulk from Costco. Don’t be fooled by Joaquin’s face, he loves them too.)


Oh and we really love our Pizoaties.


(This was mine last night. It’s another new version. Coming soon.)

The main reason I joined was because I really want to have more of a balanced approach to my exercise the next 30 days. For me, rather than adding an additional 15 workouts to my already crazy exercise schedule, I’m going to make an effort to do 15 workouts that are purposeful for me and really focus on the mind and body.

Here’s what I’m going to do:

– Sub in yoga one day a week for one of my workouts. I always say I want to do more yoga and that I need it, but never really do it. (Not to mention I just got this DVD from the Bob’s website and it seems quite fitting with the whole Quaker connection and all.)

yoga dvd

– Save time and get a short workout in at home with my boys one day a week so I have more time to devote to other life “things”.

– Focus more on targeted core (especially transverse abdominis) work a couple times a week to see if I can prove some doctors wrong about not being able to fix diastasis through exercise.

Rolling on the floor laughing

The cool thing about this challenge is that it’s your thing. It’s whatever your personal goals are for the next 30 days and how to incorporate 15 activities into your schedule. Maybe it’s just putting on your shoes and talking a walk 4 times a week. Maybe it’s finally trying to go for a jog. Maybe it’s trying that class at the gym that you’ve been wanting to try.

Whatever floats your boat.

Are you in?

If you’re not sure where to start or how you’re going to add some activities in over the next 30 days, the boys and I made a little something to help you out. We didn’t want to leave you hanging.

We taped a workout for you. A whole workout (all of 8 minutes).

All you need is 8 minutes, a little room at your house, a set of medium weights and a sense of humor to workout with the STUFT family.


I joined the Quaker Heart Health Challenge as my initial step towards becoming a healthier, more balanced person (mom, wife, friend, instructor, etc.).

My boys and my family are my number one motivation to stay healthy and “Nourish What Counts”.

What motivates you? Is there someone or something that motivates you to stay healthy?

For your chance to win $750 complete these two steps:

1.Share the Challenge with your friends
2.Tell us that you’ve invited your friends to join the Challenge AND share what motivates you to stay healthy below
Let’s get healthy and try to win some prizes along the way.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Quaker Oats Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. 1
    Holly says:

    if you can improve your diastasis through exercise let me know!! I’ve always got a little 5 month belly going on, but if you feel it when I flex it’s a 4 pack 🙂 but 🙁 since you can’t tell

    • 1.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Holly, I think I’m fighting a losing battle, but it’s worth a shot. 🙂 Mine is like night and day when I flex and suck in. LOL. If only I could hold my breath all day everyday. 🙂

  2. 2
    Megan says:

    Oh my goodness – your boys are so funny during your workout! I’ll definitely have to try this workout – looks great!

  3. 3

    Oh I love this! I shared the challenge on facebook and I joined the challenge! Being healthy for myself and my kids is what motivates me. I want to feel young and energetic forever! Love this challenge!

    Oh and I want my back to look like yours!

    • 3.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Yay. Thanks so much Sarena for joining the challenge. It looks like fun. 🙂 I wonder if searching for lost items around the house counts as an additional activity??? 🙂

  4. 4

    This sounds great! Totally going to check out the challenge. Your boys are adorable 😀

  5. 5

    I love that you refer to Bob as your “boyfriend”….he’s my “boyfriend” too! 🙂

  6. 6

    love your video! pinning this great workout, and so impressed how you workout with your boys 😉 too cute

    sounds like a great challenge

  7. 7
    Stephanie says:

    Oh…that pizoatie looks good! I can definitely relate to feeling unwell and just wanting something sweet and cold and ice cream. I hope you feel better soon, friend!

    • 7.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Stephanie- I’ve been wanting frozen yogurt pretty much every night since that. 🙂 ha ha. I hope you had a good weekend and that your book is coming along well.


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