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I’ve Got a Couple Questions

I’ve Got a Couple Questions


So I’m still buried over here. I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon, but I’ll keep working away at it. Baby steps, yes?


Yesterday’s workout:

Taught a spin class.

Ran 3 quick treadmill miles.

Sat on a spin bike during a conference call for about 30 minutes.

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That’s nice, yes?

The boys and I attempted to make a workout video last night since it’s been awhile, but as soon as we finished I realized there wasn’t any more space left on the camera and it wasn’t taping. That was fun.


Okay, so I have some serious questions that I need answered ASAP and was hoping you could help me out.

Here we go.

Has this every happened to you?

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That was so not fun yesterday morning. I was trying to microwave a banana with egg whites. It didn’t work out so well and was really watery. Weird.

DO you ever try to motivate yourself by putting on new shoes?

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I had to do that yesterday with my new Mizunos (Wave Musha 4).

Do you play with your food?

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We do too! Always.


Do you ever have a two course lunch just so you can finish with something sweet? This has been a staple as of late. The first course is a salad of some sort with lots of protein.

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The second course is the rest of the roasted squash (whatever it might be for the day, yesterday it was kabocha squash) served up sweet style.

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Yeah, that was amazing. I roasted it with coconut spray, cinnamon, my favorite cocoa powder and some Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie spice then topped it with low calorie peanut butter frosting, Naturally More peanut butter and my attempt to recreate Artisana Cocoa Bliss.

Speaking of, have you ever had this?

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I was trying to save that little package for a special occasion, but just couldn’t hold out anymore. It went down last night under a protein version of creamy dreamy ice cream.

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Do you think sock monkeys are the coolest things ever?

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I sure hope so. If you don’t like sock monkeys we just may have some problems with our relationship.


Do you ever wake up to something that looks like this?

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Oh man. This has been going on for several days now and STUFT Daddy and I don’t know what to do. We never had a problem before, but now the boys are coming into our room all hours of the night and climbing in bed with us. Then they have to be taken to the bathroom several times and through a tantrum when we try to put them back in their beds.

We need help. Any advice in that would be greatly appreciated.


And lastly, I’ve got a race coming up this weekend. The Silver Strand Half Marathon. Last year the boys and I ran it together for our half marathon for Amelia and the year before I ran it with the boys as well.

I’m not looking to PR or anything since I haven’t really been running that much since The big Runner’s World Hat Trick extravaganza. I’m toying with the idea of pushing them again just for fun. It won’t be easy as they are darn hefty now, but might be the last chance I have to push them in a race.

What do you think? Yay? Nay? I can’t decide.


Okay, we’re off. My belly is full of butternut squash which I tried to cook with an egg again, but it didn’t work as well. Luckily I roasted the other half of the squash sweet style and ate that right up with two cups of coffee.

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That’s just dangerous. Oh and eating the skin on butternut squash is not recommended. Kabocha is much better.


Have a great day! We’re off to get a few things done before I teach a little PE class this afternoon.

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  1. 1
    Sara Grambusch says:

    I looove the kabocha skin but I had to start taking it off because it’s hard on the digestion 🙁
    Sock monkeys will never go out of style.

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    Katrina says:

    I find that my eggs do that in mugs shaped like that. I have better luck in a bigger straighter mug or in a deep cereal bowl. I have never seen them pop out of the mug before though. That’s actually pretty funny. 🙂

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    Chels R. says:

    Love the sock monkeys!! Good luck this weekend!

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    Katherine Randall says:

    Exploding eggs!!!!! I once reheated a curry with egg quarters in it and NO KIDDING the egg exploded as I put it in my mouth. Huge pop noise and crazy steam. I don’t microwave eggs anymore after googling said issue!
    This morning I tried to make a microwave muffin…no baking soda so I tried to sub 3 x the amount of baking powder (per google!) And it resulted in massive cup overflowing and a huge mess. Maybe I shouldn’t microwave or google anymore! 😉

  5. 5

    We agree on many things…. new shoes always motivate me, sock monkeys are awesome and I always have to finish off my meal with something sweet! Push the boys in the race, especially if you think it will be your last time to do it.

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    Kayla says:

    One thing I have learned for sure, is that consistency is key. If you just keep putting them back in their beds every time they try to come in, eventually they will stop. But if you let them stay, they will keep coming back. It will be rough until they learn but once they do you will be golden! LOVE those shoes

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    Kerri says:

    As a momma of twin boys, I wouldn’t try and push that stroller in a half…unless you put them in pull ups, and that may derail the potty training. My boys get all worked up with all the excitement around them and you may have to stop a time or four for potty stops. And porta potties just gross me out…I am sure my boys would touch every. single. thing. in there. But either way, good luck and have fun!!! (and new shoes always motivate me. Or maybe they shame me into running because I paid a small fortune for them???)

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    Kathy says:

    Oh geesh…about 3 nights ago I woke up to a 9.5 year old poking me in the arm saying…”I woke up and can’t get back to sleep” (Great…now that makes 2 of us! 😉 Funny thing, the second he was between hubs and I he was snoring! (see now I can’t get to sleep…..I contemplated going to his bed but I guess I eventually did fall asleep)

    Knowing you…and I think I do now since I kind of read your blog A LOT!….you enjoy a challenge, you enjoy being with your boys, you would have time to get some great pictures….and you just may push those boys in the half marathon…after all isn’t there a 60 something dad that pushed his 20 something disabled son in a marathon??? If he can I know you can……I can’t….but, you can. 😉

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    Janae@hungryrunnergirl says:

    I answered yes to every question:) Your salad looks so good. Good idea to take a conference call on the spin bike!!!

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    Lisa says:

    Mmm…kabocha. I can’t get enough of that delightful squash! It’s magical. Obviously sock monkeys are really cool. Oh yes, butternut skin is definitely not recommended. I can’t eat kabocha skin because of all the fiber. Too much for my tummy…yet I’ll eat a whole squash in like 2 days.

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    That breakfast looks perfect! I’ll be right over for some!

    Max was the one we couldn’t keep out of our room. Seriously, I just put a pallet by my side of the bed and he slept there for years. We would put him in his bed and he would make his way to our room every night. I needed sleep though and honestly, he needed to be close.

    • 11.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Come over ANYTIME! I might have to do that with the whole pallet thing. Ugh. I don’t know what’s gotten into these guys. Hope your week is going well.

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    Janet says:

    I love all those things, especially new shoes!!! Sock monkey- yeah!! Rally monkeys- yeah! But no to monkeys in the bed! That is a tough one- with our oldest (now 14) I was a little hard core and I locked the door- it was kind of sad to see her sleeping outside the door/w her blanket, but after only a couple of nights, she decided her bed was better. With my middle, he came in occassionally, and my husband would consistently take him back. We just agreed we would not let the kids start sleeping w/us= the last child did come in-in the early mornings occassionally, but it never became a problem. HOpe that helps- saying a prayer to our Big Daddy up stairs for you!

    • 12.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      We had that same agreement and it was working so well until a couple weeks ago. Maybe our family trip threw them off. Ugh. We juts may have to lock the door. Thanks Janet!

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    Shanon says:

    Oh my gosh one of my worst (or best??) habits is having to have something sweet to finish off pretty much every meal. I would really like to change it!!! I am not sure if I am doing it out of habit or because I am still hungry…. probably habit!! Never had that type of squash… I will have to try it. I usually roast butternut squash with cinnamon and stevia as my sweet veggie.

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    Those sock monkeys are pretty awesome. And all the squash!! I see your pictures and they instantly make me hungry. Too bad my husband doesn’t like squash as much as I do. Boo. I wish that I had advice for you on the boys crawling into bed. My boys like having their “Bedtime Rules” which are: “at bedtime we 1) stay in bed, 2) close our eyes, 3) stay very quiet, 4) go to sleep, 5) wake up at 6:30” Worth a shot?

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    hang in there girl…I’m having one of those weeks where I just feel totally buried too, plus today I’m sick…I’m trying to take one thing at a time, which is always easier said than done of course 😉

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    Kristen says:

    Sock Monkeys – definitely cool! Always will be…

    As far as the kids coming in to bed, I had that with my twin girls too and believe me, it’s tough when you wake up contorted like a gymnast/pretzel because you just naturally work around them while you are sleeping! What we did (when we would wake up) is allow them to stay in the room, but they had to make a little bed on the floor so that we still had some space. I always figured that if they were coming in during the night, it was because they needed the closeness, so I never tried to just stop it altogether. But we definitely couldn’t share the bed every single night either…it was, literally, cramping our style. But after awhile, they would just bring their pillow and a blanket and set up shop right next to my side of the bed. I got used to being careful when I had to get out of bed, they got to feel “close” to Mama and Papa, and we all got a much better nights sleep! Win-Win! So that’s what worked for US…of course everybody is different (I won’t tell you that they continued to come into my room until they were probably about 12 years old! No…I won’t tell you that at all because some might consider that just *weird*!) LOL

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    Kerrie says:

    Hi! My first baby is due in February and I have decided our first big exercise adventure as a goal to get motivated after pregnancy – a hike up what they call ‘The Pyramid’. Usually takes 3-4 hours to get up, then you have to get down again! I have decided that Dad can take baby on his back! I say yes to taking the kids, love sock monkeys, have had many a kitchen disaster and am sure to be following your blog!

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    sarah says:

    I think running & racing & with a double stroller is such a wonderful & unique thing, I’ve never known, or seen anyone else do it. And everyone just thinks you are the FITTEST , strongest, coolest mama out there for being able to do it!
    Now that your adorable boys are getting bigger & stuff, & you might not get another chance to race with them, I think you should run the Silver Strand half marathon with them . That’s just my 2cents on the subject:).

    Easy for me to say, right? Since I’m not the one actually doing the race, haha.

    • 18.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Sarah- Thanks so much for all your kind things you said. We’ll see about the race. I’m leaning towards taking them, but not sure if I can still push them 13 miles. Ugh. That might be rough for everyone. Ha.

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    Samantha says:

    Oh! You know, I wonder if you might not regret it if you didn’t run with them? To be honest I am amazed you have lasted as long as you have with twins. And the runner’s world hat trick was so amazing that maybe running with the boys will take the stress off.

    Hang in there. I really felt your post yesterday. Sometimes I feel you and I have very similar stress/coping styles…the big difference is that I also don’t have kids. Regardless, I bet it is hard as heck to pick the “sleep in your own bed” battle when sleep is at such a premium for you already!

    Have a really great weekend, whatever you decide. Baby steps it is. And no, being out of my comfort zone hasn’t gotten easier or really yield any big growth yet, but I am here so I will make the most of it. 🙂

    • 19.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Samantha- Oh man, I’m still buried. I need to step out of my comfort zone in my messes and chores. Ha ha. I think you might be right about regretting it if I don’t run with them. We’ll see though. The last time I pushed them in a race it was NOT fun.

      • Samantha says:

        Not fun is a very important consideration. 🙂 There are other ways to bond…I also didn’t even think about the bathrooming issue that another replier talked about.

        I know, I can tell you are totally buried. Try and find that one thing that feels uncomfortable but doing it will yield a feeling of success. For example this morning I submitted an application in which I fully acknowledged I am not qualified but hoped they would keep me on record for later. Selling myself = not comfortable. Fortunately being unemployed is even worse. 🙂

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    oh no…i’m bummed we can’t check out that workout video!! it’s like the feeling when u spend FOREVER typing an email and then it gets somehow deleted…u want to cry, just a little bit, right? 😉 jk.

    yummmy for sweet treats in all ways, and i’d go out of my way to make sure i end with something sweet too! i do that every night actually. 🙂

    i’ve got one sock monkey, he’s red, i do love him. hehe

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    Kanoe says:

    I have got to roast some butternut squash & I want to try kabocha squash too. Looks YUMMY! And I absolutely LOVE sock monkeys… they are truly awesome 😀

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    I literally cannot see a sock monkey without thinking of you.

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    How the heck did all of that end up outside the mug? I’ve NEVER seen that before. I’ve always had overflow, but it looks like it jumped right out of the mug. Kind of funny, but not really. HAPPY FRIDAY and have a fabulous weekend!

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    Elle says:

    The egg white thing… I mike egg whites in a wide mouth bowl sprayed with a bit of oil and I think it prevents them from climbing up and over the sides… also try miking only for a minute at a time and leave a few seconds in between so that they fall back down. It is common.

    Have a great weekend.

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    Susan says:

    Sock Monkeys – a resounding YES!!!!!!!! As far as the boys are concerned, I remember a Super Nanny episode (yes, my son and I would watch together in total amazement), where the same thing was happening, and consistency is the key. The parents in that episode had to keep taking the kids back to bed a ton of times the first night, and they didn’t say a word to them. They just kept taking them back. I am assuming they got like no sleep that first night, but it paid off because the next night, there was virtually no episodes, and after that done! Problem solved…. Easier said than done for sure!
    BTW,…got the light blue argyle compression socks too!!! Will be rocking those at the Disney Princess Half in February. My goal – to finish in an upright position! Woo Hoo!

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    The STUFT boys were lookin’ real spiffy in their Buzz & Woody costumes. Thanks for letting us share their photo with our fans!

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