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Behind the Scenes- Workouts, Eats and Some Zucchini Chat

Behind the Scenes- Workouts, Eats and Some Zucchini Chat


Not everything makes it on the blog. Our life is crazy and I try to spare you the majority of craziness, workouts and massive amounts of food we consume over here. However, as much as I plan on just writing about one thing, I usually find myself blabbing on about a million other things.

Lucky you.

It happens a lot at night if I turn the computer on. I get carried away and find myself up until 1 am writing about nonsense.

Again, lucky you and lucky me for staying up so late.

I haven’t been making the best choices lately about sleeping which has led to me not making the best choices about eating. It’s funny how it’s all connected like that. I go through this a lot when I don’t have a big race coming up. I get a bit “lost”.

The next few days I’m focusing on resting up a bit more, being really mindful about what I put in my mouth and trying to relax a bit. Last night instead of writing a post or answering the bazillion emails in my inbox, I did this.


Don’t mind the cat butt by my favorite wine. And yes, that’s The Bachelorette on the TV in case you can’t tell. I got about halfway through it before I got bored and started staring at my iPhone. Ha.


Look who else hasn’t been making the best choices.


Yay. Dangerous. Obviously I stepped in as soon as possible to rescue Kitty (after I took a couple pictures of course).


So here’s just some of what’s been going on around here that I’ve wanted to share, but tried to spare you. I really do have a post in the works that will solely be dedicated to a special project I’m involved in and a chance for you to join and I’ll try my best to keep the STUFT crazies out of it. Not today though.



I get asked a lot about my workout routine and what I do. I workout a lot because it’s my job and because running is not only my therapy, but I’m really trying to step up my racing game. I need to find some sponsors and win STUFT Daddy some money. Ha.



I taught 5 classes:

(It’s usually 6 classes in the day with a spin class at noon, but I had Monday off from that one.)


Stroller Jam at the Y (stroller run with resistance band at various stops)


Kid’s Fitness (games and such)

Y40X class (high intensity body weight training)

Back 2 Abs (core strength training with weights, bands and stability balls)

Step aerobics




5.6 slow, hot stroller miles at the park (with a stop to feed the ducks)

Taught a 45 minute BOSU class at the gym


Backyard boot camp class (I had some friends and their kiddos come over for a little backyard circuit workout. It was a blast.)


Here’s the only “workout” picture I took yesterday.





I’m not going to show you any breakfast pictures. (You’re welcome.) I pretty much eat the same breakfast STUFTwich every day with an iced version of my perfect summer mocha.


Since my friend Jenn has been doing a little snack theme for her What I Ate Wednesday link ups this month (which is almost over by the way)


I’ll show you what we’ve been snacking on the last few days. This “snack” is big so we’ve actually been turning it into a hefty lunch, but I’m most likely going to have it again today for the third day in a row so I thought I’d share.


I know, right? You want need some of this.

It’s a modified version of green chia cookie monster dough dip that pretty much has rocked my world the past two days.

It’s even rocked the boy’s world.


Talk about kicking off summer the right way. Ha.

Here it is.

*This recipe is adapted from chia cookie dough dip, healthy cookie dough dip and green chia cookie monster dough dip.


Summer Surprise Cookie Dough Dip

(makes 2 big servings or 3-4 smaller ones)

1 can garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed)

1-2 handfuls of spinach

1/4 cup pumpkin

1/4 cup PB2 

1/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute (I use Splenda granulated)

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon chia (or flaxseed)

1-2 teaspoons vanilla

pinch of salt

pinch of baking soda

cinnamon (optional)

1-2 tablespoons nondairy milk (if needed for consistency)


Put everything in a food processor and blend.


Add the nondairy milk if needed to get desired consistency.

Chill if desired.

Or eat as soon as possible and lick the bowl because you’re ravenous (not that that’s happened to me).


I usually top mine with some kind of nut butter and serve it up with some Flatout cinnamon crisps and fruit on the side.

I ate the same thing yesterday for lunch but added a little easiest dark chocolate frosting (frozen) to the top.


I actually prefer it without the chocolate frosting mixed in. It was a little too much. Guess what though…

I didn’t even burn the cinnamon crisps yesterday.


Go me.


And…. I didn’t burn my roasted zucchini noodles last night either.


Again, go me.


I topped them with rotisserie chicken, fresh basil and this new marinara sauce I found at Costco.


It’s pretty good. More calories than the normal Classico and Trader Joe’s marinara sauces that I usually use, but it’s worth it for the flavor.

The cheese less sandwich on the side was this version with brewer’s yeast. It’s growing on me.

Oh, and…..

last night I found these hiding in the back of my freezer.


I must have been keeping them for a special occasion or something. I totally thought I was out and was going to have to whip up my high protein dark chocolate muffin. Nope. Thank you to The Bachelorette for being my “special occasion”.

I created a big dessert with low calorie ice cream and these little Vitatop gems.


There’s some dark chocolate frosting and PB Crave peanut butter somewhere in the mess too.



STUFT Daddy must have felt bad for me after reading my last post about being out of everything so he brought us more zucchini last night (since I have a little zucchini hoarding problem and all).


Yeah we love our zucchinis around here. (And yes, the boys do have some new cute pajamas. Thanks for noticing.)

Actually, to be honest I’m not really sure STUFT Daddy even read that post. He’s subscribed to the blog only because I subscribed him myself and he informed me that he “skims” the blog and looks for “Andrew” or “STUFT Daddy” only.



Okay. A little zucchini chat since I haven’t talked about it enough the past week.

Check out some of our zucchini pictures from last summer.

Here and here and here.

Pretty funny stuff.

And I totally forgot about these low fat zucchini muffins that I’m going to have to make again very soon. 


And… I still really want this spiralizer to make real noodles from these bad boys. When is Amazon going to have it back in stock? And what kind of excuse can I come up with for “needing” it?

Also….. I’m thinking some shredded zucchini would do really good in place of spinach in my mighty chocolate microwave muffin. I may have to try it out.


Lastly, here’s my toddler tip for the day (involving zucchini of course) ….

Add cut up zucchini while your cooking whole wheat noodles the last 3 minutes or so that they are boiling.


Watch your kitchen “helpers” carefully though.


Dang, everyone sure is getting dangerously close to the stove these days.


Serve up your noodles and zucchini with a little olive oil, Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese.


Happy tots.


Oh and a very special shout out to my AWESOME Aunt Margaret who celebrated a birthday on Monday! Happy Happy Birthday! Miss you!

This happy birthday video never gets old.

Have a great day everyone!

Do you have a favorite way to eat zucchini?

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  1. 1

    I haven’t had it in a very long time, but I absolutely LOVE zucchini bread! YUM! PS: Your legs are AMAZING…Happy Hump Day! xoxo

    • 1.1
      Bonnie says:

      Haha – totally was thinking the same thing on the legs! 😉 So trim and fit, Kristin! Been catching up on all your posts now that I’m back and just wanted to say I appreciate you. Thanks for sharing your life and your honesty about balancing family and valuing the right things – it’s a struggle for us all. Glad you enjoyed some wine and relax time last night and great to hear you’re focusing on races – so cool. Loved the Bob recaps too, you luck duck. 😉 Just wanted to say hi!

      • STUFT Mama says:

        I can’t wait to catch up with you and your amazing trip. I’ve bene catching glimpses of it here and there. YOU inspire me Bonnie. I can’t read your blog without smiling and feeling inspired. 🙂 God is good!

  2. 2
    Samantha says:

    LOL! You know, my face might look like that after teaching 5 classes too! Ah, the STUFT crazies…well lucky you, there is clearly a population that can totally relate or we wouldn’t be reading.

    I hear you on the sleep = crappy eating issue. I swear then the body just goes into sugar/grazing mode to try and function. If I could do away with sleep I totally would actually, I find it a big waste of my time. But more and more I recognize that if I don’t sleep there is a consequence. And I am pretty sure it is why I popped my ankle last week hiking at super early in the morning. For me (and I don’t even have kids) I have to go to bed early because regardless of how late I stay up…I am not sleeping in. My body just won’t do it.

    My big thing with zucchini is just to use the shredding/grating blade in the food processor and do large amounts at a time. Since I was very young I have always loved that veggie. Then it can be tossed into everything. I wouldn’t mind a noodle making thing, but hear you on the money. I LOVE the idea of adding to the muffin in place of the spinach. I am sure it would be great.

    Have a great day. After miserable downpour we finally have some sun in the Snoqualmie Valley area.

    I hope you get your sponsorship!

    • 2.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Samanths- yes no sleep= no bueno. It totally affects everything. I hate that. Not being able to sleep in isn’t such a bad thing sometimes. right? Hope your ankle feels better and that the weather clears up for you over there. 🙂

  3. 3

    Everything is better burnt! 🙂 Duh! I wish we could still grow zucchini, but we have these pesky bugs that kill them and we can’t kill them unless we want to move to pesticides, and thats a no. Boo.

  4. 4
    Sara says:

    Wow. Kitty must really love being by you (he was chilling near your wine and on the stove!) Maybe he just likes beverages…

  5. 5

    Wow, those are some, uh, interesting looking dip concoctions! But I love PB2 and cookie dough dips so I must try them! PS- been reading your blog for a fw months and I just love it! Thanks for all the fun recipes and fitness advice 🙂

  6. 6
    Kris says:

    dang, your stove attracts all the naked bodies – I love how you took a couple photos before removing Kitty… 😉

    ZUCCHINI! I will miss it this year (the move and all, we have not planted a garden I KNOW *GASP*) last year we had so many zucchini I was threatening to stuff them in neighbors mailboxes… 😉

    big hugs to you all! XO

  7. 7

    Oh my goodness Kitty is so funny! Guess it helps there is no hair to burn off. I swear my cat tries to put herself in the most dangerous places she can find, like the garbage can…on trash night.

  8. 8

    Happy Birthday to your Aunt! I hope she has an incredibly special day! You know I’m a serious zucchini lover! I NEED that spiralizer too! My favorite way to have zucchini is grilled or in muffins…the best of savory and sweet!

  9. 9
    Kathy says:

    I like zucchini bread but haven’t had it in sooo long….now you got me thinking about it though. 😉

    Posted a little diddy about you at the end of my blog today….I know you are a busy woman but, if you want to see yet another pic of Flat Kitty feel free to check it out.


  10. 10
    sarah says:

    Remember not to be too hard on yourself! A balanced life aint easy- and I think you do a GRANDE job:).
    And loved hearing about your snacks & workouts.

    Iv actually tried putting shredded zucchini in a microwave protein muff before,(not your one though, this was before I discovered your fantabulous blog- sad days), I liked it! It kept it moist(sorry but its the only word I could think of!).

    Finding goodies in the back of the, ahh,one of lifes luxuries!

    • 10.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      So you’ve already tried it. I need to. If I wasn’t eating massive amounts of zucchini every night I might be more motivated. Ha. Thanks for saying I do a good job at balance. Don’t be fooled though. There’s a lot that doesn’t make it on the blog. Ha.

  11. 11
    Lisa says:

    Happy birthday to your Aunt! I’ve been dreaming over that spiralizer too. And am totally trying to convince myself and my wallet to buy it. I love my zucchini, its the best in just about anything. Even dessert. I just picked up 3 HUGE zucchinis and then my mom came over and brought me 4 more huge ones, so I’ll have to be using those up in special ways 🙂

    • 11.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      It’s a good thing that darn spiralizer is out of stock on Amazon or else I wouldn’t be able to resist. Ha. If you were closer I would share our overabundance of zucchini. 🙂

  12. 12

    You are seriously super mom! I am dying to get my group fitness certification. I would love to get paid to workout. But 5 classes in a day, phew! You are awesome. I just bought zucchini at the store today. I’m totally going to have to roast them, so yummy!

  13. 13

    Oh no Kitty, get down from there! I need a way better food processor to make that green dip. I’ve a got weird peanut butter and chocolate…um, brittle..candy…thing in the freezer right now so hopefully that tastes good. Sleep is so connected to everything! Too bad you don’t have time for power naps, I’m a bigger believer in those.

    • 13.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I have no idea what this thing you call a “nap” is. And….. I want you to get a food processor and tell me about your brittle/candy thing. 🙂

  14. 14

    I love that dip! Especially since I’ve become a protein whore. 🙂

    We must be one the same wavelength. I just bought a spirializer on Amazon. The other top-rated one… because I was too impatient to wait for that one. 🙂

  15. 15

    You’ve totally got me hooked on green cookie dough! I adapted it a little to our liking but that stuff is pretty fantastic!

  16. 16

    LOL…I’ve been hoarding zucchini too! We started our own garden this year and the zucchini is going crazy! Such a versatile veggie though…Love it!

    • 16.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Shelby- I found this comment in SPAM. How dare they….. must be all the zucchini talk. LOL. Yes, versatile is right! Love it!!! Guess what’s for dinner tonight….. He he.

  17. 17
    Miz says:

    I love your posts.

  18. 18
    kalli says:

    your physique is amazing! i read your about me section a while back and i am amazed by how far you have come with your fitness and your food. i am working on it as well. i used to binge out quite a bit and feel terrible afterwards. now i am finding balance and not beating myself up (working on it) if i go overboard though. you must be so happy with how far you have come. and i love your posts!

    • 18.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Kalli- I really think it’s a lifelong struggle and I still have my issues with it. Oh…. but when I treat my body well it makes such a big difference. It’s so hard to not beat ourselves up though. Hope your journey continues towards finding that balance. Every step counts. 🙂

  19. 19

    Wish I had the ability to workout like you! you look great 🙂 and your eats are fantastic.

  20. 20

    You are one super mom, for realz! 5 classes on Monday? and I thought teaching two zumba classes back to back was a lot.. you go, lady! and I agree with everyone else.. your legs are bangin’! I love all the meals you psot and how honest you are. I burn everything, over cook everything, and add way too much red pepper to everything I eat. kind of a weird addiction to spicyness? I can’t get enough!

  21. 21
    randi says:

    ohmigoodness. now i get it. i made the summer surprise cookie dough with the flatout cinnamon crisps today. i don’t know how you don’t eat the whole bowl!!! i had to keep reminding myself if i eat the whole bowl than i have eaten a can of beans and i don’t think that’s good for anyone ha.
    now that i think of it, my whole day has been basically all of your recipes! thanks for keeping them coming…and thanks for all the added giggles 🙂

  22. 22
    Katelyn says:

    MMM NOM NOM. I want. Um, LOVE the Bialetti shot, it’s my baby and I’m so sad that I can’t bring it on my trip. I’ll have to survive with Starbucks. I guess.


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