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MapMyFitness Quaker Challenge Update

MapMyFitness Quaker Challenge Update



Well, two weeks ago I wrote a post about how I joined the Quaker Heart Healthy Challenge. My plan was to make my workouts more purposeful. I’m obviously on some crazy search for balance in my life, but still struggling with it on a daily basis. Ha!

I had three specific goals I wanted to focus on. Here’s where I stand on my goals:

1. I’ve done that yoga DVD once. It was only the 15 minute abdominal section (which was awesome by the way), but when I did do it the whole family was involved. Yes, the whole family. Even STUFT Daddy got down on the floor with the boys and I. I would love to make it a weekly family date with “my boyfriend”.

2. I have not targeted my core and diastasis issues like I had planned. I’m still working on putting a little workout together for that. I do however poke my pointy belly button at least three times a day.

3. Lastly. I really wanted to fit shorted workouts in at home so that I had more energy and time to be “mom”. My workouts have definitely been shorter, but for different reasons unfortunately.

For the past couple of months I’ve been struggling with some serious tummy troubles. At least once a week I get hit with what feels like the flu. I get tired, weak, shooting stomach pains, nausea and have major digestive problems.

It’s been really hard on me, especially in my line of work. I pretty much have to be on and ready to workout like a madwoman daily as a fitness professional. I feel like I haven’t been able to do that. Every morning when I wake up I don’t know if I’m going to wake up feeling great or feeling awful. It’s so not fun. Not to mention it’s hard emotionally to not feel well and not be able to run and train the way I’m used to.

I’m trying to stay positive and think of it as a little gift that’s forcing me to slow down. Goodness knows as much as I say I’m going to slow down and intend to really scale things back, I don’t seem to do it.

Oopsies, I didn’t mean to get off topic like that, but it’s been a little consuming lately so I had to share. I’m also seeing a doctor today to hopefully get some answers. I have a feeling some dietary changes might be involved and I’m not really looking forward to that. At this point though I’m willing to do whatever it takes to feel better.

Okay…. back to the MapMyFitness Quaker Challenge. It’s still not too late to join. All you have to do to qualify to win prizes is join here and add 15 activities in the next couple weeks. Easy, peasy.

Maybe you already do your fair share of exercise or maybe you need that little extra motivation to get out the door or get to the gym. I promise you will feel so much better about yourself if you move a little each day.

Wherever you might be in your fitness journey, I think you should join me in the challenge in honor of February being National Heart Healthy month.

I’m challenging myself to get healthy and balanced.

I also want to challenge myself to not show you any more pictures of broccoli slaw or my latest obsession with my Chia Protein Cookie Dough.


But…… that will obviously have to start tomorrow because this morning I took the idea behind my Peanut Butter Surprise Pizoatie and put the peanut butter (I used Naturally More) in the middle of this bowl of cookie dough.


Oh yes. I know. Awesome.

I thought it could fit in this post since I used Quaker Oats in my recipe and all.

I even went outside in my pajamas and froze my tush off to get a few pictures.


The heart towel is a nice touch, don’t you think? You know…. Heart Healthy Challenge, National Heart Healthy Month, etc.

Look at that little “surprise” in there.



He he he!

Okay, I’m off to eat this and hopefully get some answers from the doctor this morning.

You go join the challenge for your chance to win $750.

All you have to do is 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 the extra step you’ll take to stay fit below

Even if it’s only 5 more minutes a day, take that extra step to a better, healthier life.

What is something you want to challenge yourself to do?


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

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  1. 1

    I hope you get some answers from the Dr! I know that’s frustrating for someone as fit and active as you are. Sends lots of good vibes your way. xoxo

  2. 2
    Beth Petrassi says:

    Always scary going to the doc, but hopefully answers and some doable solutions lie ahead. Thinking of you today as you learn how to maybe slow down a little (while so many of us need to pick it up a bit). You are an inspiration. Take care of YOU first, you are a big gift to your fam and fitness students!! Prayers for you –

  3. 3
    Shannon says:

    Kristin, I have gone through something similar (not with flu-like symptoms, but more with severe fatigue and stomach pain) and I find I feel so much better without wheat and dairy. It has also helped with my crazy sugar cravings. Maybe you’re allergic or sensitive to something you’re eating? I hope you have luck with the doctor!! Keep us all posted! xoxo

    • 3.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Shannon- I totally had a feeling he would tell me to get off dairy and wheat. For now it’s just going to be dairy, but man it’s going to be a bit of an adjustment. Update to come later.

  4. 4

    Hope the DR has good answers for you. I have way too many “off” stomach days so I can feel your pain and know it is really the worst feeling in the world to never know how the day is going to go… Hope yours is an easy fix!

    • 4.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Me too. I want answers and I want them like NOW! 🙂 I’m so impatient. So sorry that you have your “off” days too. Let’s kick then to the curb shall we Kinley?

  5. 5

    I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been struggling through stomach pain, I hate that feeling when you can’t do what you want because something is off and holding you back. I hope you get some answers at the doc today – I’ll be praying for you!

  6. 6

    oh man, i’m so sorry to hear about your tummy problems. i can only imagine how frustrating that would be! i hope you’re able to get some answers from the doc really soon.

  7. 7
    Amy Zirkle says:

    Kristin — Hope the Dr. can shed some light and you can start to feel better – thinking of you 🙂

  8. 8

    I’m so sorry your stomach hasn’t gotten better. I’ve been working with a Naturopathic doctor recently which I recommend to anyone with chronic GI issues. Hopefully your tests will be helpful!
    I’m kind of having my own Chia challenge over here. I used to eat them way more than I have lately so I’m having a Chia revival!

  9. 9

    I’m reading this after seeing your facebook update- boo to no dairy but hopefully it helps and you can get it all sorted out!

  10. 10

    Hey Kristin, I hope you get some answers today. Now I’m worried about you! Keep me up to day on what’s going on. I’m thinking about you! xoxo


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