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Wednesday Morning News You Can Use

Wednesday Morning News You Can Use


I’m pooped and have a bit of a headache. I really haven’t been able to sleep well that past few nights. Isn’t that just annoying? It always happens when you really WANT to get a good night’s sleep to.



Workout yesterday was a little stair mill time and teaching a BOSU class.



I really can’t think straight at the moment (I feel like I say that a lot). So here’s a bunch of random news you can use (or not) in no particular order.


Don’t believe the calorie counts on cardio machines at the gym. They always over calculate.



I had another person ask me if I was expecting yesterday at the gym. Remember awhile back when that happened quite a few times?

Friends, I think it’s the kabocha. Seriously. Once I started consuming more of it again (like the past few weeks) my stomach has been super bloated. Like a lot.

Darn roasted kabocha squash. I love you and I hate you. (*Note- it has been consumed lately without any real or artificial sugar.)

I only have one left though and I may need to find something else to consume in mass quantities for the next few weeks to avoid getting any more of those awkward questions, having my stomach bloated out to mars and not having it hurt the majority of the day.

That makes me a little sad. It may be time to go back to the roasted carrots.

Um, and just so you know, Mom even told me I look pregnant yesterday.


I need a shirt that says: “No, I’m not pregnant, I just eat a lot of kabocha.”

That would be cool, huh?


I won’t talk too much Whole 30 as I’ve talked about it too much lately and my brain is a bit overloaded on the whole It Starts With Food information anyway.

I was wrong in my last post about almond milk not being Whole 30 approved though. Certain ones are and my favorite unsweetened vanilla almond milk is on the “approved” list I guess. I’m pretty pumped about that.

And, just as a quick update, things are going okay so far. What day am I on? 4? Oh wait, 3. Ha ha. Feels like 12.

Heck yes I’m missing my artificial sugar, my PB2 and all my concoctions, but I think the whole unsweetened coffee and black iced Americano is starting to grow on me a bit.


I’ve also been experimenting with 21-Day Sugar Detox dessert type recipes because, well, that’s what I do.


(These dark chocolate peanut free NuttZo cups turned out pretty darn well by the way. Of course I’ll share the recipe, just not right now.)


I also consumed tuna from a pouch yesterday during the boys’ swim lessons. (Who am I?)


I got this Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna back in October at the Runner’s World Half Marathon and finally got around to packing it for a snack. It was mighty delicious.


I would like to get my hands on some more of these packs.



Moving on.

Today is National Running Day.


I think that’s a good excuse to buy some new neon compression socks.


I know, I would like one in each color please. These June Socks of the Month are awesome. They’ll sell out fast so order ASAP to get 40% off.


Timex is also doing a little contest to win a Timex Ironman watch by sharing your running pictures on Twitter or Instagram with #IMARUNNER and donating money towards One Fund Boston for each submission.

Timex is celebrating National Running Day on Wednesday, June 5 by asking consumers to tweet or post to Instagram with #IMARUNNER. In return for each eligible submission, Timex will donate $5, up to $15,000, toward One Fund Boston which helps those individuals most affected by the tragic events of April 15, 2013. Timex will also be giving away 60 Timex Ironman watches to runners who use the hashtag.

For a chance to win a Timex Ironman watch simply submit your unique running story on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #IMARUNNER on June 5th. Users can also enter by submitting a photo or story directly on the Timex Sports Facebook page “#IMARUNNER Tab” (http://bit.ly/12qH3Xb). Winners will be selected at random and official rules are located here: http://bit.ly/147ilKy.


And Mizuno, well they always have cool things going on, but this month Mezamashii members will get a chance to win the new Wave Sayonara shoes that are coming out next month for themselves and a pair to share with someone else.


So awesome.


My friend Sarah wrote a post last week about an organization called Medals 4 Mettle. Sarah also just shared how the local San Diego Chapter is partnering with the American Cancer Society and summer youth camps to donate medals to campers.

I’m planning on getting my medals together so the boys and I can donate them in person. I want it to be a valuable lesson for the boys too.



In other running news, the July issue of Runner’s World is dedicated almost entirely to the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 and what they will mean for all runners going forward.


Here’s a pretty cool look at the creative process the editors went through and an explanation of how they landed where they did.

Covering Boston

How Runner’s World created the cover for the special issue about Boston.

And, that’s all I’ve got.


Are you running today?

I’m doing my running on the spin bike, but you better believe the people in the classes I’m teaching are going to be “running” their hearts out. I hope they’re ready.

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  1. 1
    Kori says:

    Ok Stuft Mama, I was checking out the shopping list link you posted a few days ago…. where exactly do I find the wild boar & rabbit at my local grocery store?? Ha Ha!! & you had me til no peanut butter….my peanut butter doesn’t have sugar, so I’m eating it! lol I’m trying Buddy, I’m trying!!! Oh & how exactly did you feel when your Mom said you looked pregnant? lol Maybe just cook 1/2 the squash at a time! lol :)))

  2. 2
    Becky Przy says:

    Is Tabasco allowed? I just thought of this yesterday as I was craving spicy and never do.
    I was planning on running today but my it band is bothering me and I have a 10k trail race this weekend so I think I will skip the run (smart, right?!)

  3. 3
    Tess says:

    Great post! Lots of great, fun and moving information all rolled up into one. Running today!!!

  4. 4
    angela says:

    They sell wild planet tuna (in cans) at costco!

  5. 5
    meredith says:

    I ran this morning in honor of National Running Day and my birthday – how cool that they are on the same day? I hear you on the bloated stomach – always happens to me when I eat too many vegetables (which is like every day)…maybe switching it up will do the trick for you. I am also wondering if perhaps cutting back on the sweeteners will reduce the bloating too?Just a thought, they say it can add to bloating.

    • 5.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      So cool that it’s on the same day. Hope you had a great birthday!!!!

    • 5.2
      STUFT Mama says:

      And… you must have missed my past few posts about that fact that I’ve cut out all artificial sweeteners. 🙂

      • meredith says:

        lol I actually did read all about it- was just thinking maybe it was a residual affect of the sweeteners? Just a thought, that maybe it takes time to leave the system and the body to readjust. All I know is my son is always asking if I am pregnant after dinner due to my vegetable consumption lol.

  6. 6
    Lora lee Frazier says:

    I’m betting that headache and lack if sleep is your body adjusting to the lack of sugar, sugar detox headache.
    As for bloat, I did the 3 day Dr Oz detox, which includes nothing but veggie and fruit smoothies, and it rid me of the bloat, and 5lbs. I’m sure I gained some of the weight back when I returned to eating normal but, hey, the belly was gone. It’s basically a detox reset. Not a diet or a lifestyle, although I do now incorporate a smoothie for breakfast or lunch occasionally. Just a thought.

  7. 7

    I get headaches too when adjusting to dietary changes … hang in there! I ran for National Running Day! And I can’t wait to see the recipe for the peanut butter cups with no added sugars 🙂

  8. 8

    Have you tried Protein Plus Peanut Flour? I love it because it is sugar free. Just roasted peanut flour! I order it through iherb. I also highly recommend melatonin for sleeping. You need the rest!!! I know, I sound like a mom. Sorry. I have to ration myself with the kabocha too because it seems like such a slow digestive carb. It’s a really great one and I love that it’s lower carbs than sweet potatoes, however, if I eat too much, it sticks around a little too long. Hence the pregnant look. 😉

    I am not running today. I ran yesterday and I’m running tomorrow. Trying to be smart about not over training. I will be running in my heart today though! I hope you have a great day my friend!

  9. 9
    Samantha says:

    I knew there was a reason I felt like trail running this morning. 🙂 OK, I would love to see that shirt. You know what gets me around this time of year (granted, I am no washboard stomach) but it is all the fruit salad I eat. Puff up like a puffer fish, and obviously I eat a ton of fiber anyway. Unlike you however I don’t have to deal with teaching classes.

    My only other thought is to check your salts…and I don’t mean you are eating too much, I mean too little. That also comes around and bites me in the rear around this time of year. And If I go way out of balance I get puffy (not to mention a headache and dizzy).

    Eagerly awaiting the recipe… 🙂

  10. 10
    Natalie says:

    I ran 3 miles while pushing the kids. I hope to get a few solo miles in tonight.

  11. 11

    I ran hard yesterday but for the sake of National Running Day I have to do a little shakeout jog today (2 miles).
    I’m really looking forward to my copy of that Runner’s World issue to get to my mailbox!

  12. 12

    Yes you need to make a t-shirt saying exactly that; got to love Moms…they have no filter; I think giving the squash a time out will be a nice break for your tummy; I ran 4 miles today and then took a 75 min hot Vinyasa class…Thank goodness I am resting tomorrow. I need it. 🙂 Happy Hump Day!

  13. 13
    Kim says:

    How rude to ask if you are pregnant!!! I think you look amazing!!!
    Hope your headache gets better – is it from the lack of sweetener?

  14. 14

    Oh dear, I saw the first two sentences in my Bloglovin feed and got it all mixed up in my head. I thought for a second you said “I really haven’t been able to poop” and I thought “wow that’s very revealing!” HA!!!

    I am impressed that you’re sticking to the 21 Day Sugar Detox! That would be harder for me than giving up normal food!!

  15. 15
    Yaara Leve says:

    Uggggh! I can’t stand when people make comments like that! People can just be so damn cruel! You do not look preggo. At All! You actually look very lean and thin! That’s happened to me so many times because I’m also constantly bloated. I also consume insane amounts of veggies–lots of bloaty veggies too like broccoli and cabbage and I also consume way too much stevia which just expands my stomach like crazy. I was actually asked if I was expecting last week by someone and I just let her have it. I’ve been curious about your detox actually because I’m also addicted to stevia and equal. I’ve tried to drink my americanos black and just can’t. And I also put stevia in everything–like even my salsa for my salads. Good luck on your journey!! I know it must be difficult. And don’t listen to annoying people like that. Gruyere gorgeous!

  16. 16
    sam says:

    OMG I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM! I AM A KABOCHA ADDICT! i thought it could b the kabocha so i usd all my willpower to stop eating it but the bloating never stopped. im actually so bloated as i type this! lol i showed a picture to my dr and she prescribed me meds that wont help! i have my prom on friday and am worried tht this bloating will make me look pregnant! how do u deal with bloating and how do u get rid of it?!

  17. 17
    Heather H says:

    Just wanted to say I’ve been loving reading your blog. It’s been very helpful to me! And I feel you on the major bloating. I have gastritis so despite being really thin I get the pregnant question too often :/

  18. 18
    Mari says:

    I get those comments. It’s because you are a slim woman so if U have gas in there, it shows.
    After my first meal, I stay bloated all day long. Sometimes eating more nuts and fats helps but otherwise, its how I roll and just know that is how I am. I was a kabocha and then an Okinawa potato addict years back. I have moved on and am still always bloated. So, if U find a fix I’ll be waiting…….

  19. 19
    Mari says:

    Sounds good!
    Maybe starch? I thought it was dairy for me but stopped that (which was torture) and no better. I was happy to hear it’s not the sweetners! But every morning I am normal until I eat……

  20. 20

    Yeah Kabocha totally causing bloating but I LOVE IT
    I had to toss one tonight– it got all moldy– SO odd– I picked it up and the bottom was all soft and rotted– ICK– that’s never ever happened before.


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