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The Worry Monster, Therapy and the No Nap Protein Bowl

The Worry Monster, Therapy and the No Nap Protein Bowl


Good morning!

Um yeah, so I was worried about my last post. Sharing too much of my thoughts and worries, but man, thanks so much for your kind words and for being along for the STUFT roller coaster ride. I owe you all hugs. Giant ones!

Since I can’t quite hug you though, maybe a picture of some almond coconut ice cream with two ingredient chocolate frosting with Kitty’s manboobs and dirty neck will do.



We’ve been doing some feel better therapy around here.

I found time to get in a little reading this morning and actually just read this a couple of minutes ago.


How freaking perfect is that? We’re kicking that darn worry monster to the curb today that’s for sure. Ha ha.

Running is my go to “therapy” and after a long day yesterday I still managed to fit a little run in last night. I had the brilliant idea to run home from church while the boys and STUFT Daddy played on the playground and then met me at home.


It worked out pretty well. Yes, I did wear that cool FitFluential tank top to church, but at least I wore it with a skirt. I did a quickie bathroom change before my run. It’s all about planning it out ahead of time. He he.

Some other therapy things we’ve been doing.

We’ve been pumping and breaking in the second one of our huge egg white jugs (since I finished the first one already).


The boys got some quick and easy scrambled oatmeal and I had my usual cinnamon sugar breakfast STUFTwich.

We’ve done a little walking at the park.


Yeah, our walks usually look like that. One in the stroller, one out. It doesn’t take long for them both to get tuckered out though. Thank goodness the BOB can hold quite a bit on top. Ha ha.


We did a little retail therapy at a couple of our favorite stores.



Trader Joe’s


Yeah, risky right? STUFT Daddy told me he let the boys use these carts last week. I didn’t believe him, but when we went to Trader Joe’s the boys were all about using the “baby carts”.

I decided to give it a shot and well, we survived.


We definitely didn’t make any friends there, we walked out of there with two unplanned items and I forgot to stock up on cheap wine, but it was a fun adventure. Thank goodness they had broccoli slaw this time (the boys knew exactly where it was).


Yesterday for lunch I whipped up the easiest Flatout sandwich wrap ever.


I posted the recipe here.

Then the boys decided they weren’t going to nap for me, so I was forced to go for an afternoon iced café americano 


and put together a random, yet delicious protein snack bowl to go with it.


Here it is:


No Nap Protein Snack Bowl

The “layers”:

STUFT Protein Crispy Treat variation

35 grams GNC egg white protein powder (1 serving)

1/4 cup oats (20 grams)

spoonful chia (10 grams)

2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

1/4-1/2 cup cereal of choice (I used Kashi Go Lean since I was out of brown rice cereal)


PB2 Maple Sauce

2 tablespoons PB2 (12 grams)

1/8 teaspoon maple extract

2 tablespoons granulated sugar substitute (or regular sugar)

1 tablespoon maple syrup (regular or sugar free)


Those two things with a nectarine and a little sprinkle of cinnamon and brewer’s yeast.


No nap, no problem with this bowl in hand.


Nice dirty spoon. So classy.

I just may be repeating this snack today, but hopefully it’s while the boys are actually sleeping. Ha.


Have a great day! Enjoy it. Kick the worry monster to the curb and live for today.

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  1. 1

    Love the idea of kicking the worry monster to the curb! Hope you have a wonderful day!!

  2. 2

    I love the phrase you posted on the worry monster. Although, I too am a worry wart; I try to tell myself to enjoy the present and not waste time worrying about what I can’t change. I don’t think my TJ’s has the baby carts. I have one little monster that would sure enjoy them though!

  3. 3

    Oh my gosh, I’m so behind on reading. I’m so sorry you’ve been so frazzled lately and worried about things. I’m so that girl that worries all the time! It’s so hard to let go, but about a year ago, I finally made the decision to prioritize my worries and NOT sweat the small stuff. I made a lot of changes in my life by moving back home from TN, getting my nutrition certification and then finally getting my personal training certification. These are all things I never thought I could or would do. Sometimes taking that leap and just letting go or worry and fear is exactly what you need to do. No, I will never have my stuff together completely, but it’s just not who I am. I know that now and accept that it’s a fault I have, but not one that will hurt me or anyone around me, so it’s just me and I’m ok with that. Keep your chin up and know that you’re not alone my friend. I’m always here if you need to vent. Always! Love ya lady! xoxo

  4. 4
    Sable@SquatLikeALady says:

    Oh my lordy. With those two adorable munchkins you didn’t make any new friends in TJs?!? I don’t believe you =)

  5. 5
    Kathy says:

    Everyone needs a good cry and a frazzle kind of day now and then….that’s what keeps us human right? It’s when those days happen more often than the GOOD days that we need to seek help….or ice cream…at least that’s my kind of “cheap” therapy. 😉

    YOU Rock and what ever decisions you have made, will make, are thinking about making etc…know its part of YOUR greater PLAN that he has in store for YOU….we are just a long for the ride….kind of like the boys.

    Now I NEED To make a trip to Trader Joe’s….the closest one is about 30 minutes away in a direction I don’t often go so I have never been there…today may be my day though.

  6. 6

    Your kids facial expressions crack me up. When I worked at TJs I loathed those little carts. That snack bowl is pretty epic, even for you whose snack bowls always look like literally the best thing ever. I’m glad you are embracing the day! 🙂

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    Lisa says:

    Yes to kicking that worry monster to the curb! We don’t need that negativity dwelling on our whole day!
    Yum, that snack bowl looks excellent:)

  8. 8

    Belated hugs from me coming your way! I’ve been in a new baby frazzle lately but know I am thinking of you! Whatever decisions you make will inevitably be hard but at the end of the day you will make the decisions that are right for you and the family. I think I’ve shared this quote with you before but I love it so here it is again: “Life is change. Surrender to it. Allow it. Create it.”

    I agree that running is great therapy! Thankfully I have been able to get out twice this weekend and it has done wonders for my head!

  9. 9

    I’m so sorry you have been so frazzled!! I love that quote. What book is it from??

  10. 10
    Samantha says:

    He really does steal the tomorrows doesn’t he? This was well written and much for me to think about. You are super crazy brave for Trader Joes on a Sunday – although unleashing two toddlers with baby carts may be the best way to survive ever.

    Here is to another week!

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    Jessie says:

    Just think.. with 2 extra carts you can squeeze in some extra goodies :)… sorry you left w/o wine aka every girls stress reliever.

    Glad to hear you are doing better though girl. HATED hearing you sound sad.

  13. 13
    Linda says:

    I just love Trader Joes! Sometimes just going there makes everything better. 🙂 And with your two adorable boys with their own carts, that is just too cute!! Speaking of TJ’s, have you tried the Roasted Wasabi Seaweed Snacks?? I am addicted to those!

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