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Falling Down and a Little Laugher Medicine

Falling Down and a Little Laugher Medicine


Good morning.


Kitty has been feeling a little left out lately with all the Flat Kitty roasting going on over here so I had to make sure he got his picture in here today. Ha.


I decided I really don’t need to be posting my daily workouts on here for you all. Working out is my job. I do it a lot. I’m sure reading about it isn’t that exciting for you. If I’m wrong, well, let me know. In the mean time I’ll try to refrain from posting my daily workouts and stick to just writing workouts you can do at home and making less than stellar workout videos like these.

Speaking of, did you watch this amateur wacky workout video in this post? Yeah, let’s see, I spit, get head butted in the crotch, am wearing shorts that are a little too short and have a little wardrobe malfunction with my Handful bra pad. Hmm… on second thought maybe I shouldn’t be making videos.


I won’t blab about my working it out, but I will show you some random food stuff.

The boys were very lucky the other night and got a gourmet dinner of Annie’s Whole Wheat macaroni and cheese with vegetables and Trader Joe’s chicken dogs.


I know, right? Mom of the freaking year over here. Actually, that’s better than what I’ve been doing lately. Poor STUFT Daddy has been on dinner duty a lot so we’ve been doing up some Trader Joe’s frozen meals quite a bit for the boys. I really need to be better about that.

Yesterday the boys and I met Grandma D for some breakfast at Panera. I was totally the girl who had my own PB2 and ice cream dream protein frosting mix in my bag to spread on my multigrain bagel.


Yep, that’s me. We were also that table with the crazy two year old that wouldn’t sit down and was running around waving to everyone then getting upset because people we’re always waving back. We won’t be going to that particular Panera again anytime soon.


I also whipped up another egg white mug. I’m liking these as a quick snack if I don’t have my usual cinnamon sugar breakfast STUFTwich .


Well sorry, that looks gross. It’s the same little mixture as my Egg Wack Spicy STUFTwich only prepped in a mug in the microwave.

I treated myself to a little Starbucks yesterday after dropping the boys off a Tutu’s house. I was alone for the afternoon and needed a pick me up. I went for my favorite Starbucks drink for the special occasion.


Dinner has been the same the past few nights. I’ve just been roasting up that sweet kale salad from Costco and either doing it up just like roasted broccoli slaw with marinara or BBQ bake style.


What? We were working last night, okay.

I also had the biggest bowl of cold oats yesterday inspired by this recipe on my friend Sarena’s blog.


If you want the real thing visit her blog. She knows her stuff. In my make shift bowl I just cooked 1/2 cup of oats with 1 cup of water in the microwave. Then added some chia, some GNC chocolate soy protein powder, my favorite cocoa powder, 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, instant espresso, a splash of vanilla and a stevia packet.

I topped it with some low calorie peanut butter frosting, a scoop of Naturally More and 1/2 a frozen banana.

It was amazing. I will definitely be having it again. Like soon.

Oh and I got my Vitatops the other day. My many Vitatops. The boys were a bit disappointed that our package wasn’t just a new drum.


But I was thrilled to have just a few of these gems back in the house.


After finding room in the freezer to store all my chocolate goodness I did my first two up right.


Um yeah, not my favorite when they’re only 2 peanut butter chips in there. There should be at least four, don’t you think? I layered those babies with some Better N Peanut Butter and two ingredient chocolate frosting.


The added some low calorie ice cream and some coconut flour crumble.


Yeah. Dessert is my favorite and that coconut flour crumble is my new thing. More on that later.


So, I won’t tell you all about my runs (that doesn’t sound right), but I will show you some pictures from them over the past couple of days. Tuesday night my Mizuno brilliant run looked a little something like this.


That hill is definitely not my favorite part of my run. It’s really not my favorite when I have the stroller with me. Luckily Tuesday night I was by my lonesome. I needed some “me time” to clear my head.


It was good.

Wednesday night was not so good.

I had the brilliant idea to run with the boys in the stroller to our mailbox to pick up a package. It was a little further away than I had thought. Not to mention it was a little too close to Starbucks so the boys talked me into making a stop.


They’re getting a little high maintenance with their drink orders. I wonder where they get that.

I didn’t even get anything for myself. I was waiting because I knew I was going to treat myself the next day. Yeah, I already had it planned out. I’m a planner.


On the way home a certain someone had enough of being in the stroller and insisted on getting out.


It was very shortly after that I got a little too close to the curb and my buddy Judah and I had an unfortunate run in with a trash can.


Oops. Let me tell you though those BOB harnesses really work. Judah was safe and sound through the whole debacle and we went down, like stroller upside down, on the ground, down.

That happens though.

We fall down.

I actually feel like I’ve fallen down a lot lately, not just with the stroller, but with life. I’ve been kind of in a funk ever since The San Francisco Marathon. I just can’t get back up on my feet. I’ve been worrying too much about the future, I haven’t been resting, I’m been grumpy, I haven’t been eating as well as I should, and well, the list goes on, but I won’t bore you.

I always want things written out for me. I want someone to tell me what exactly I’m supposed to do in life. You know, that sign or that “ah ha” moment when it all comes together and you know exactly what you’re meant to do.

I have yet to get it and I’ve been facing some big decisions lately that have me all frazzled. Silly silly.


I read this last night and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.


I know everything will come together. I just know it. Until then, I’m going to rest, work on my summer priorities and treasure all the little family moments we have.

I will not,

I can not,

let worry get in the way of little moments like this.

Sometimes laughter is the best medicine.


Enjoy your day friends.


We’re off to a little race expo today since I have America’s Finest City Half Marathon on Sunday. That really snuck up on me. Yikes.

Email a Flat Kitty roasting picture if you want me to put it in the Flatterday post tomorrow.

And…. the Reebok custom shoe giveaway post has been edited with the announcement of the winner.

Check out who the lucky lady is here.


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  1. 1

    Ugh, I have one really really long steady incline on my route too. I can’t even imagine tackling it with a stroller. Sorry to hear you’re in a funk. I hope things cheer up soon!

  2. 2
    Samantha says:

    What is funny is you always seem to have your life on a better track than me. 🙂 Ha! The beauty of blogs right? Anyway, hang in there. I am about 6 months off from 40 and I spend a lot of time assessing my life. For what it is worth, I think you are doing pretty darn good!

    PS. Smart move bringing your own toppings into Panera. It annoys me to no end that their only option is roughly the equivalent of Jiff (or Skippy) – but you know what I mean.

    I love the passage you quoted. Your running weather looked a bit like our small stint of summer out here. Sometimes it is running/hiking/whatever in a beautiful sunrise or sunset that I get the strongest feeling that it will all be OK.

    Have a great day! Sam

  3. 3
    Jamie in Arkansas says:

    Needed that verse today! So many times I try to take control of my own situation, but if I just hand it over to God, things always work out. I’m in the same place you are…why am I here?? What am I supposed to be doing with my life? It’s so frustrating sometimes. My current job is not where I need to be, but it’s paying the bills nicely :)…there’s gotta be more. So I keep praying…just like you.

    • 3.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Jamie- Yes let’s keep praying. I’m the opposite of you, I fell like I’m doing the right thing, but it’s NOT paying the bills. Going to follow my heart though and see what God has planned. Will keep thinking about you too!

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    Anna W. says:

    Can’t wait to hear more about that coconut flour crumble!

  5. 5

    I’m so glad you liked the coffee-lace oats! I love Sarena’s PB addition. Ya gotta try it layered with the cream tiramisu-style – it’s seriously like a fancy dessert .:)

    • 5.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Oh Laura- shoot I meant to link you up on there too. Beavis. You are just BRILLIANT with all your creations. I keep wanting that new carrot cake one. 🙂

  6. 6
    Ren says:

    It’s okay to not post your daily workouts if you don’t want to. It might help make your “office hours” go more quickly, and it sounds like you could use a bit more free time, dear lady. Definitely don’t stop posting about all the yummy things you eat though. You’re my inspiration! I hear you on the worrying about tomorrow stuff. It’s hard to get off that runaway train, isn’t it? I hope you’re able to find some peace even when times are anything but peaceful.

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    lindsay says:

    a childs laugh can cure all. It’s just so real. Happy resting.

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    Janet says:

    Good job on that hill! WOW! And love the bible verse, of course! We can all use a reminder that we are to pray without ceasing, and to not worry, but easier said than done! Why is the coconut flour so dang expensive? I’m stil using my wheat flour for your awesome protein muffins- my new fav! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs!!!

  9. 9
    Jenny says:

    Thank you…Thank you for your Philippians 4 excert! I needed that today as well 🙂
    It is crazy how the small things others share can be sooo helpful and meaningful!.
    BTW, I love coffee laced oats. I also tried the cheesecake cookie dough last night with a little protein frosting. The hubs and I enjoyed while we finally relaxed on the couch at about 10pm. Better late than never. He said there was no way it could be healthy and not fattening!! hehe
    Have a great weekend

    • 9.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      This was the first time I’ve tried coffee laced oats, and man was it good. Who knew? YOu got your hubby to eat some protein dough and frosting? That’s impressive. STUFT Daddy won’t touch my creations. Ha ha.

  10. 10
    Kathy says:

    Great thought for the day…I needed that too….

    The boys on the hammock! I really pictured it falling down…glad it didn’t …their laughs were awesome!!

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    Laura says:

    Great passage- I need to be reminded of that frequently too! There’s something about a big race that can really leave you in a funk, I’ve been there. Hope it passes quickly and you can find peace and balance in life!

  12. 12
    Joy says:

    So sorry to hear you’re struggling with big decisions. I’m doing the same on my end. Running always helps clear my mind so I love when I can get out on the road.

    Oh, and I love when you post about your daily workouts! I love hearing what you’re doing, even when it’s part of your job. It’s a big part of your life and I say blog about it!

    • 12.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Yes, running always helps clear my mind. Sorry your struggling with big decisions over there too. And you’re in luck, I don’t think I can NOT post about my workouts. Ha.

  13. 13

    First, your boys are the cutest things ever. And the video of them in the hammock? Awesome. Second, oh mama, I totally hear you. I’m tired and grumpy and in a funk as well and more than anything, I just want someone to tell me what to do – everything from what to wear to what to cook for dinner to what to do with my life. Please?? And like you, I’m going to try my hardest to just focus on the summer moments that we have left. Here’s to the funk lifting soon!

    • 13.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Yeah, why can’t someone just tell us what we’re supposed to do or better yet js write down directions? Thinking about you Christine. We’ll figure it out soon, right? 🙂

  14. 14
    Mollie says:

    I actually really like reading about and seeing pictures of your runs, it’s very inspiring. I can take or leave the fitness classes 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful reminder from Phillipians…I needed that today. Now I’m off to make some protein cookie dough!

    • 14.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Mollie- Oh the runs won’t be going away. I can’t not write about them and how therapeutic they are. 🙂 glad you find them inspiring because sometimes I feel so selfish. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed your dough!!!

      • Mollie says:

        You should not feel selfish about the time you spend running! As the mom of 3 young boys (all potty trained and none the same age :)) and as a former couch potato I will testify that I am a much better mother when I take care of myself physically and mentally. Fortunately, running takes care of both of those things for me!!

  15. 15
    purelylori says:

    Sorry you are in a funk. We are dealing with big decisions too, we just keep telling ourselves it will all work out. I know your situation will work out too!
    and yes laughter is the best medicine!!

  16. 16
    Sherry says:

    Thanks for the passage today. I needed to read it. I’m sorry you are struggling and hope things fall into place for you. Enjoy your weekend!

  17. 17

    what a wicked scrape! Talk about a battle wound. I hear you about finding it hard to get back up sometimes. Getting in those funks are tough to get out of mentally. Just keep pushin on. and laughing! Your kiddos are darling!

  18. 18
    Carolyn says:

    First thing I tried your favorite Starbucks drink this morning after seeing it on instagram yesterday. Umm YUMMY but a little spendy so I won’t be getting that very often. Any idea on the calorie count on that? I love soy milk so I got it EXACTLY like you only I got the grande.

    Love Phillipians 4, in fact Phillipians has a lot of good stuff to say about placing your worries in Christ and reminding me that I need to do that more often. I am sorry you are stressed lately. I am feeling the same way, the school year is starting back up (I teach high school math) I am teaching new classes this year that I haven’t taught in awhile, I just started me masters degree in secondary education and I have 3 little boys to take care of (none of which are in school yet). If I think about all I have to do over the course of the next year I want to cry so I really try and focus on each day and all the blessing in my life. You obviously have a lot of wonderful family and blessings in your life as well. Focus on those and take one day at a time (it is so easy for me to say that to others in reality I struggle with that the most:)).

    I’ll pray for you!

    God Bless,


    • 18.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Carolyn- Spendy is right. It’s definitely only a special occasion drink. Ha ha. Oh Philippians 4. Never gets old. Sorry you’re worrying too. I’ll pray for you as well. You’ll do great this year!!!!! Um, and can I just day, you are one BUSY mama. Let’s take time for ourselves, yes?

  19. 19
    Krystal says:

    How did you make the coconut crumb? I just got me some coconut flour and I can’t wait to use it!

  20. 20

    LOL at the boys and their need to go to Starbucks. It’s not like you all are anything alike or anything ha ha. And the end video…too cute. Their laughs made me smile so big!

    • 20.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Kristi- Thank goodness for their laughs some days. 🙂 Oh the Starbucks thing is NOT good. It’s not even like we go there that often and dang it it’s expensive. I better do something about that situation. 🙂 Have a great weekend.

  21. 21
    Annie says:

    The great thing about your blog is that it covers a lot of topics. That said, I am surprised you’re considering not documenting your workouts; as dry as some may consider it, it’s one of the (many!) reasons I visit – I need that reminder that there is always room for a workout in a busy schedule! (Of course, I do not have twins so I prolly have a ton of free time compared to you, haha!) I completely understand if you no longer want to include them in your blogs, but know that I have appreciated reading them. 🙂

    • 21.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Annie- Yeah, I can’t NOT talk about my workouts. I just get worried that it’s a little too much at times, but that’s what happens when you get competitive with racing and teach classes as your job I guess. Thanks for saying that you like reading those. I like writing about it so it makes me feel better. 🙂

  22. 22

    So sorry about your boo-boo!! I needed to hear that Philippians verse today… Thank you! BTW.. I just got my Handful bra in the mail, and I’m in LOVE!

  23. 23

    Thank you for the Philippians 4 excerpt! I definitely needed the reminder, too! I am feeling the same way with my life. I have a lot on my mind and plate right now, which makes it hard for me to stop worrying about it. I’m a super planner and it is hard for me to not stress out when things are not written out or defined. In the end, I know everything will work out, but in the meantime, it is hard to just let go and see how things will unfold. Hang in there! Things will work out!!

    • 23.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Melissa- Me too. I am such a big planner, that the unknown is so freaking scary. And yes, so hard to just let go and let God do His thing. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  24. 24

    I am so that girl that brings an extra oatmeal packet to starbucks when to add to their oatmeal bowl thing. I can’t help it. I always am bringing my “own things” on the side, haha.

  25. 25
    ina says:

    i think and hope you will document your workouts. that is part of who you are and what you do in addition to being mama extraordinaire, uber wife, drink specialist (;-)) and more. i honestly don’t know how you workout so much. it’s your blog though and your choice!

  26. 26

    I fall down a lot too. And walk into things. It’s just how I get around.
    Oh your kids (and Kitty), it’s just too much adorableness!

    • 26.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      You walk into things? That’s a new one. 🙂 I just get distracted a lot when I walk. Like I walk somewhere and have no idea why I went there. Ha ha. Hugs to you my friend!!!

  27. 27

    Fantastic post… well except for the falling down thing… but being safe, that’s fantastic too!

    You always have the best food…. even the chicken dog-past-dinner looked good. My dad always made me mac and cheese with some hot dog. Loved it.

  28. 28
    Amy says:

    I love it when bloggers post their workouts. A major reason I read blogs is for the motivation. And, you definitely motivate me being a busy mom of twins! If you can find time to workout, then I have no excuses! Even if it is your job. While I love to read race reports, I find the day-to-day workouts/runs the most inspirational.

    Good luck at your half!

    • 28.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Amy- Oh good because I don’t think I can NOT talk about my workouts. It’s just such a big part of who I am and what I do. Have a great weekend!!!!

  29. 29
    Andrea says:

    I can’t wait to start trying some of your recipes. I just need to get a few of the ingredients you use that i don’t have but I plan on buying them soon.
    Thanks for sharing these!!!

  30. 30

    You and me both lady! I just can’t seem to get ahead of the game. I’m working hard to just stay afloat right now and that is not good! Tony just asked me if I’m PMSing, if that tells you anything. I told him, I need sleep! It I could get a good 8 hours of sleep, I would feel like a million bucks! Heck, I’m hardly blogging right now. I have people asking me for recipes nonstop and I can’t keep up!

    Let’s make a deal…we will both focus on getting some sleep (I’m taking a melatonin tonight) and taking one day at a time. Also, we can’t sweat the small stuff. Deal?! Also, smile a lot. I always catch myself frowning when I’m down and tired, but as soon as I start smiling things seem better! Also, smiles are contagious! Hugs to you friend! Keep your chin up.

    Oh and your version of chocolate oats…YUM! xoxo

  31. 31
    lorie says:

    I can totally relate to how you are feeling right now. Sometimes it gets overwhelming. Meditating on the word and resting in Him is key. I pray we can both do that. I love your blog and love that you post your workouts . I also enjoy the workout videos because it is so familiar of my home and the workouts with the funny kid interruptions. I really wish we could hang out…we have so much in common. Have a great race.

    • 31.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Thanks Lorie- yes, let’s both do that. and we’ll keep those workout videos coming. They’re the most fun anyway. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend and let’s rest in HIM!!!

  32. 32
    Gillian says:

    I would love to wear the halo hat and the pink top for a charity race I’m doing in October!!

  33. 33

    Ouch! Glad everyone was okay after that wreck. And I’m sorry you’re feeling out of sorts with your running recently, I feel your pain. I’m feeling okay with shorter stuff, but my long runs still suck. I’m going to drive to flatter ground for this week’s run to see if that helps.

  34. 34

    I like reading about your workouts!

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