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A Short One on a Saturday Morning

A Short One on a Saturday Morning


Good morning!


It’s Saturday! Weee!!! It should be Flatterday around here, but I dropped the ball yet again. Oopsies. Maybe we’ll take Flat Kitty out and about with us today to make up for it.

Right now I’ve got this going on over here.


Ha ha. Yeah, not only did I wear my Pro Compression sleeves for date night last night, but I slept in them too. Not only are they great for recovery, but just one more excuse to not have to shave my legs.


That drink there is a little pumpkin pie latte protein drink I whipped up with my second to last Chike protein iced coffee packet.


I put 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, a touch of sugar free vanilla Torani syrup and that packet in my vita with 1 cup crushed ice.

Oh yes, delicious.


(I already finished it.)


Okay so I feel like I need to touch on the diastasis issue really quickly after my last post and that pregnancy comment thing.

I found a quick little video from my man Dr. Oz that explains it a bit. You can see it here.

Yes, I totally have it. It’s more noticeable on me because I’m a small person. You don’t see it much here because not only do I wear my Spanx and suck in my stomach when I take pictures, but I also purposely don’t put pictures that really show it. Someday I will. The truth is, I’m very insecure about it. On certain days it’s not that bad and on others it looks like I’m about 5 months pregnant.

I’ve been told my doctors that the only way to fix it is through surgery. We don’t have the money for that. I’m not sure if I would do it anyway either before trying to really see if I can fix the problem through corrective exercises first. I almost think it’s good for me to have this little diastasis issue. It’s a reminder to not be vain and to focus on other more important things in life.

Sure, on a normal day my tummy and belly button stick out more than my chest, but that’s what Spanx and Handful bra pads are for.

Sure, Joaquin may have called my outie belly button a penis more than just a few times.

Sure, my belly button may chafe a little when I go on long runs.

Sure, I may love wearing my fuel belt hiked up high because it hides my tummy and keeps it tucked in.


The whole issue is just a daily reminder that everyone has their things they are insecure about.

Most importantly for me it represents the two MOST AMAZING MIRACLES I carried for nine months.


I will take my protruding belly any day.


Okay. Enough about that. Hopefully more to come soon when I put a little plan of action together with some corrective exercises to see if I can fix it a little on my own.



I’m running out of time. I wanted to recap my long run from yesterday, but I’ve got to get ready for boot camp.

Instead I’ll give you a couple things I learned while listening to my usual Jillian Michaels podcast.

Jillian tips:

– Use the 80/20 rule. It’s important to give yourself a little wiggle room when it comes to the way you eat. If you don’t let yourself indulge every once in awhile you set yourself up for a binge. It’s all about balance. I totally agree with this and try my best to follow this rule. Check out this post, Let’s Chat Donuts- The 80/20 Rule, for more talk on the subject.

– You can burn 50 more calories an hour standing rather than sitting.

– It’s best to train (or workout) at the same time every day. Your body gets conditioned to work better if you can train like this. For example, if you’re training for an early morning race, ideally you should be doing your workouts early in the morning. (There’s no way I could ever pull this off. I run whenever I get the chance.)

– Saying you’re going to “try” something just sets you up for the possibility of failure. Don’t tell yourself you’ll “try”, tell yourself you “will”. You will succeed!

– Stay away from processed foods. Among the many reasons to stay away there are some really gross hidden things in them. She listed a ton, but the one that grossed me out the most was castorium which comes from beaver behind. yeah, disgusting. Here’s a link with some more information and other hidden things in your food.

6 Scary Things Hiding in Your Food

It makes me want to clean out my pantry.


Okay, gotta run. Off to teach boot camp I go!

Have a wonderful day!!!!!

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  1. 1

    Yikes, that list scared me!

  2. 2
    Tracy says:

    For the first year + after my son was born I constantly got comments about when my baby was due. It was devastating. I too am thin and went to see a plastic surgeon who informed me the only solution was a tummy tuck but if I wanted more children he recommended waiting. It has been tough but I will tell you that 5x a week I work on my abs and did either P90X abs or Jackie Werner’s abs video 2x/ week and it REALLY helped a lot. I just found out I am pregnant and its so early but there is definitely no hiding it. When someone at the gym asked if I was pregnant the other day I was ready to flip out when I remembered – I am! I am so sorry – I have realized that people mean well but just make completely thoughtless comments. I am very interested to hear about your plan of action with corrective exercises. I bought a book on it that talks about doing these kind of elevator pulls in your tummy pulling your belly button into your spine – tough stuff!

    • 2.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Congratulations Tracy!! I’m so excited for you! I do have some information on it. Have you heard of the Tupler technique? It’s a lot of elevator pulls, etc. I’m definitely going to do a little more research though. I need to stop putting it off.

  3. 3
    Christy Diller says:

    You could check with a women’s health PT for diastasis exercises….I am a PT as well, and the exercises to correct are not hard, just need to be done consistently, which is hard with kiddos…I have four and a lovely diastasis as well, but after really working on it the last few months, it has gotten much better…Pilates has been just as awesome for it as well…Good luck! (You can check http://www.apta.org , go under find a PT to find a women’s health PT in your area) There are also some resources on their women’s health page, which is http://www.womenshealthapta.org

    • 3.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Pilates- yes. I have some information on it, I just need to get a consistent program rather than do the exercises a little and then slack off for weeks. Glad to hear though that yours has gotten much better. 🙂 Thanks for the links too. I’ll be sure to check them out Christy.

  4. 4
    Kathy says:

    I definitely need my indulgence now and then …if now, I know I would splurge waaaay more often! 🙂

  5. 5
    Carli says:

    Try not to let the diastasis bother you. You are fit, healthy, and have a wonderful family. It’s nothing in the whoke scheme of things.

    Thanks for the reninder on the Jillian Podcasts. I need to start listening again.

    • 5.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Oh Carli thanks. I don’t let it get in the way of things. It’s juts always going to be there. Everyone has their one thing, right? 🙂 Hope you’re having a great weekend! 🙂

      • Carli says:

        Don’t you know it. My mom said something about the marionette line on my face today and I burst into tears. She now knows we don’t discuss it. 🙂

  6. 6

    My belly sticks out further than my lack of a chest and I haven’t even had babies yet!! It is amazing what we can hide on our blogs… right?? You are so correct though… it is worth it to have those boys! 🙂 I love your perspective! 🙂 There is no way that I could work out the same time everyday unless I woke up at 5am every morning…. and I’m not doing that! I just workout when I can. Better than nothing though… right??

  7. 7

    I’m glad you don’t let it get you down too much because obviously you had to get both those amazing boys and even we were going for vanity you’d win the prize for “best body blogger” lol

  8. 8

    I gotta say, I wished I looked even half as ripped as you…and I haven’t had any kids!!
    Thanks for posting that link to the scary things hiding in your food. That is one of the reasons I stopped eating processed food. I make eating whole foods a priority. Sure it means I spend more time in the kitchen but at least I know what I’m putting in my body.
    I try to work out around the same time every day during the week, which is usually around 6:00 am by the time I get my butt out the door and to the gym or the pool. 😀 Weekends are a different story though – that is sleep in time!

    • 8.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Hope you got to sleep in this past weekend. 🙂 I spend so much time in the kitchen it’s not even funny, but you’re right, at least we know what’s going in our bodies that way.

  9. 9
    Amy says:

    I love your blog! I too have twins (mine are older now, about to have their 10th birthday-eek! Where does the time go?!?!) but I love reading your stories of motherhood with your boys. It brings back so many hilarious memories from when they were little and busy getting into everything! (Err often it was not quite so hilarious at the time however…..).

    I feel your pain with the diastasis. My muscles separated too and despite wearing some weird stretchy bandage stuff for months afterwards and doing exercises at the time I’m pretty sure that my stomach will never go back in the way it’s supposed to (double bonus…it kind of has a strange pulled section down the middle, thankfully though it’s below the belly button and I cover it with my pants). You’re right though, I’d never have my old belly back if it meant not having my girls in my life.

    • 9.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Amy- yeah, sometimes it’s not quite hilarious. 🙂 Darn separated stomach muscles. Oh the life of being twin mamas. If I get a little program to follow I’ll make sure to post it on the blog. I figure since I’m not paying money to fix it, anything can help. Are your twins boys too?

      • Amy says:

        That would be wonderful. I started doing some googling about it after reading this but then my browser decided to pack it in and I spent 4 hours trying to fix firefox (grr! technology!).

        Being a twin Mum is certainly never boring! Even at mine’s age! They’re always surprising me with messes and problems 😛 No boys for me 🙁 I have 3 girls all up…….I love my twins to death but I was pretty young when I had them and was told my chances of another set were 1 in 3. I didn’t want 5 kiddies so we stopped after them (in the end though, as you know, you don’t care, you’re just glad they’re healthy).

        And yeah, I’m not paying money to fix mine either. On top of the pooch there’s already skin and stretch marks and I’m too scared of a tummy tuck even if I could afford one!

  10. 10
    nataliek says:

    The question is where WON’T I wear these socks! 🙂

  11. 11
    Brittany says:

    Love compression socks, but I only have white- I would love to add a bright color to the mix!! 🙂 Something fun my husband and I did this weekend was go to a Cider Mill. Lots of fresh local apples and some homemade apple cider too!! Delish!

  12. 12

    For breakfast I had a tBSTAE. Oh, what is that? A little spin on a BLT. turkey Bacon Spinach Tomato Avocado Egg sandwich! It was scrumptiously delicious!!!

  13. 13
    Isabel Blake says:

    I would totally LOVE those pink compression socks! I think the breakfast salad is a WINNER too! In fact, it looks SO amazeballs that I’m going to make it for breakfast in the morning! I ran out of nut butter tho 🙁 but I’m sure it’ll still be delicious! Lucky I have one pear left too! I’ll wear those compression socks after my LOOOONG runs! I’ve never tried compression gear. I’m training for a half marathon at the moment and then hopefully my first full marathon in May 2013, inspired by YOU!!!!! Pick me pick me!

  14. 14
    Janice says:

    Thank you for this post on diastasis. I have been wondering why my stomach peaks in the middle when doing certain excercises. I even asked my personal trainer why my stomach does it and he had no idea. Well I will have to share this with him. Now I know what my mystery is and I can work harder at it.

  15. 15
    Alicia says:

    So, I was at the beach with my buddy Erika, this morning, and commented on my belly. She knows that I have been dealing with DR for a while now too. Anyway, she commented that she thought she remembered you had it before too. So…I decided to search through the archives, and whadduya know! A couple posts from you, about it! Obviously, these posts were from about two years ago, and not only do you look amazing, but you’ve done some pretty amazing things, since then!

    I just want to say, that you sound EXACTLY like me…I want to prove those doctors wrong!! I also believe that everything happens for a reason. I considered going back to school for PT – to specialize in DR, but thought it might be too exclusive, so thought I’d stick to exercise and see what I can learn/come up with. I am going back to school for nursing though, and hope to eventually bring it all together…somehow…the pre/post-natal fitness midwife!

    Anyway…it would be awesome to chat with you about it someday! Maybe on a shakeout run 😉


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