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A Kabocha Boat, Rings, Good Advice and a Serious Question

A Kabocha Boat, Rings, Good Advice and a Serious Question



Taught a spin class and then a cycle and turf class. Different classes, different gyms.

Favorites spin songs of the day:

Sprints to Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis- Can’t Hold Us.

Climb to “Time is Love”. Can’t get enough of that song right now.

Favorite turf circuit:

Walking kettlebell lunges and BOSU burpees.


Happy hump day.

I wonder where that saying all came from by the way. Weird.


Oh man, this morning my egg-cellent mocha smoothie seriously needed a little extra scoop of instant espresso. You have those days too, yes?


After getting home from the gym I whipped up this salad. Pretty much the same as yesterday, but I used one of those Costco precooked grass fed burgers and had to eat the jicama raw because I was too hungry to make roasted jicama chips.

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Afternoon snack was, well, a kabocha boat.

I made it sweetener free roasted kabocha style, but left an end together to make a cute little boat. Spread a little Peanut Free NuttZo, almond butter and coconut oil on it and filled it up with all the other pieces.


Isn’t that just the best idea ever?


Oh, and ever since this post about picking the right kabocha, I’m so that lady who has to examine every single one on the store. And I wonder why people stare.

Let take a look at my recent purchases.

Mari, correct me if I’m wrong, but per your advice, I think both the stems are good on these, yes?


But, the one with the ring on the bottom is better? That’s kind of a big ring though. Does that mean anything?


Oh man. I eat them so often, I really should be able to tell a good one from a bad one a million miles away, but I still haven’t figured it out just yet.

Ha ha.


So, some quick advice.

If you have only two things in case of emergencies in your gym bag, these should be them.

Chia shots and Action Wipes.


Both of these have saved me many, many times. Action Wipe towelettes are the best, and those chia shots are a great little filler in between classes.


I got this advice from an email about my current training plan with Runner’s World Challenge:

If you feel exhausted, drained, or achy, then it’s best to back off your pace. Many runners make the mistake of getting stuck in the "medium hard" zone. They do their easy runs too fast, then they don’t have the energy to put their all into quality workouts like the speedwork and long runs. By keeping the easy runs truly easy, you can really focus on those quality workouts and take your endurance, speed, and fitness to the next level.


I like that. I used to never have “easy” training days and that ultimately led to overtraining. It also really important to have true REST DAYS. Time to let your body heal. I’m learning to enjoy both.


Now for some advice from a toddler.

As were were rushing out the door this morning and I was trying to get the dog outside and grab all our bags, Judah looked at me and said “Slow down mama”.

He nailed it.

Slow down.

I need to in more ways than one.

3 1/2 year olds are smart (and very observant).


Also, the magnificent Jen Van Alan, Author of The Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon and Half Marathon Training, who is one of the experts behind the Runner’s World Challenge program, shared this quote with me just yesterday.

"You can’t always do everything at once. But you can always do something at once." – Calvin Coolidge

Love it.

It really puts things in perspective doesn’t it?


Before I go, Joaquin has a very important question for you that came up earlier today. I didn’t have the answer so thought I’d turn it over to you.

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“What is this picture of a man sitting a toilet doing here?”


Enjoy your day!

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  1. 1
    Heather says:

    How do you eat your chia shots just straight out of the wrapper?

  2. 2

    “Kids say the darndest things”–

    I wish I had someone to remind me to slow down sometimes! Well, actually mom just did. They went and cheered for my half-iron this past sunday and afterwards she asked if I was going to take a break for a while. Nope. 12 weeks till Wineglass (less now). She seemed less than pleased, 25 and she still worries.

    As for the question Joaquin asked…. I have NO idea. My 4 year old nephew is ALWAYS asking questions “why” “how” “whats that” etc….and I rarely know what to say and usually make up something silly.

  3. 3
    Susan says:

    GREAT question Joaquin! My 15 year old son still asks-he doesn’t know either.

  4. 4
    Kim says:

    From now on I will never look at those symbols the same!!!
    And, love your son’s advice – slow down!! Great reminder!!

  5. 5
    Laura says:

    Three things:
    1.) I am literally laughing out loud at Joaquin’s question.
    2.) Can’t hold us is one of my favorite songs right now!! Love.
    and 3.) Though I have never seen action wipes, I always have towelettes in my gym bag. They do save the day. A whole lot.

  6. 6
    Sherry says:

    “Slow down mama.”I LOVE IT! Make that your mantra.

  7. 7

    I’m taking time to slow down this summer. Sadly, our summer is just about over. I haven’t hardly blogged at all. Between work and hanging with my men, I’ve let it slide for now.

  8. 8

    Laughing out loud at Joaquin’s question. That is seriously the best thing I have heard today. Thanks for the smile!

  9. 9

    I definitely have a hard time truly slowing down for an easy run. It’s gotten harder for me with my running partner to be honest. The only time I truly slow down is with Jason b/c he has no problem with that. It doesn’t bother him one bit. Me? I feel like I’m not working hard enough.

  10. 10

    Hahahaha that is hilarious – the man on the toilet. I loooove kabocha, too. I hate when I buy a bad one! I’ve bought lighter colored ones and they taste gross, it’s weird how something so simple can completely alter the taste of the squash!

  11. 11

    Your boys are very thought-provoking. Haha. Sometimes simple is better!

  12. 12

    Your salads always look so good! I am so going to have to start examining my kabochas from now on!
    ..And also, how cute is your son!! Kids say the sweetest things!

  13. 13

    Haha… that has to be the greatest question, ever! Oh, boys… gotta love ’em!

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    Mari says:

    The stems on top not important as rings on bottom.
    The one on the left is making me cringe but I like mine (my roasted cooked kabocha) dry and flaky…….
    The one on the right I’d fight u for if I were in the store. I like em lighter in color-tend to be more mature and dry……yum. More starchy.

  15. 15
    Tracy says:

    Oh Joaquin, you made my day!! What is it with boys and bathroom humor (i have 3 boys)??

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    Hannahp75 says:

    I love your blog, love your recipes, and love kabocha. So when you started on Kabocha I was the most perfect thing ever. I can’t say as a matter of fact, but for me, the squash that has the browner, faded greener, almost weathered tint is the sweetest. I only steam it and eat it plain and it’s super sweet. The greener, dark green, and immaculate looking ones seem too young and has that greener, less flavorful, less sweet taste. What’s your experience with picking them? I’ve never paid attention to the rings but will now on!

    • 16.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I’ve never really thought about the color. I tend to go for the dark green, but someone else said the same thing as you. Dang it. I need a little kabocha note book or something to make observations. Ha ha. I have to test out your theory. The browner, more weathered tint is better? Gotta make a trip to the store. He he. Thansk for the tips!!! (PS- I’m eating kabocha right now.)

  17. 17
    Lindsay says:

    That is hilarious!!! And very observant, Joaquin! As for hump day, it’s called that because it’s in the middle of the week. So once you get through Wednesday, you’re “over the hump” to the weekend! 🙂


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