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All The Colors of the Day

All The Colors of the Day


This morning’s workout was a random home HIIT workout I made up as I went along using the BOSU and the Ultimate Sandbag. Burpees, push-ups, slow jacks, lunges, etc.

Then I was really missing the treadmill and I could tell it was missing me too so I got on for 20 minutes at 20% incline.

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I held on the majority of the time, but I didn’t step off to the sides at all. A little something I’m working on. Ha.

I hit up a little time on the elliptical afterwards to complete the morning workout.


Today was a very colorful day.

It started out with this roasted purple sweet potato goodness with some chicken apple sausage and a bazillion egg whites. I wish I liked the yolk, but I can’t stand hard boiled yolks.

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I might as well confess that I bought those hard boiled eggs from Costco too. I found them in the refrigerated section and they’re organic.


I’d been looking forward to a little doctor appointment for over a week now. I wasn’t looking forward to the actual treatment, but it was nice to get a little insight and a plan for the next few weeks.

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I have a follow up prolotherapy appointment in two weeks and won’t be running until then. We’re optimistic that this is just a hiccup with the whole hip dysplasia thing.

Just in case you want to see the size of the needle used for injections here’s an old throw back Thursday picture for you.


Don’t mind Flat Kitty there.

Seriously though my goal is to get to Boston and do the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge this year again. It was a dream come true last year and I want it again so badly. I have plenty of time to get there, although I don’t have plenty of time to try to be fast. That’s okay though. All I want is to be injury free and healthy at the start line.

Surprisingly I’m okay with this injury “hiccup”. Of course it’s frustrating, but the timing could have been a lot worse. It’s a good time to refocus, slow down and just rest a little more.

You know when you see a rainbow and the perfect time? Well that totally happened on my way home from my appointment.

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It was even a double rainbow. The timing was perfect. It was totally a sign.


The timing was also perfect as I got the boys’ first soccer game about 10 minutes in just in time to see Joaquin take a ball in the face in the worst way. I mean it was LOUD and knocked him straight to the ground.

That little fighter jumped right up and screamed “I’m okay.”

I knew though that he wasn’t. That ball hit him so hard and his nose bleeds all the time so I knew what was coming.

Pretty soon he was running and crying and hiding his bloody nose in my shirt.

During the clean up I told him he was like Superman and was so brave when he jumped up and said “I’m okay.”

He said, “Well mama, I was faking. I was really starting to cry.”

Poor sweet boy. Man my heart hurts just thinking about it still.

After the long clean up and getting a second soccer jersey since the one he was wearing was soaked in blood, he was upset because he was missing most of his first soccer game. He was so ready to get back out there.

What a fighter, right? I’m so proud of how brave he was. There’s no way in heck I would have stepped foot back on that field. He did. There wasn’t any fear at all about getting back out there. Gosh we can learn a lot from our kids sometimes, right?


He may have not had any fear about getting back out there, but he does need a little work on his readiness when he’s playing goalie.

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He gets very distracted back there.

Funny that Judah is the exact opposite and is very focused on the game.

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I randomly bought these sparkling water drinks from Target and this cherry limeade one is fabulous with a splash of apple cider vinegar.

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(I’m trying to get out of the whole craving Coke Zero all the time thing.)

Shockingly we did not have something from the Trader Joe’s frozen food section tonight. Wait, that’s a lie, the boys had their marshmallow things along with the veggies I made.

I roasted up that opo squash from Frieda’s we got the other day. All I did was slice it, spray it with coconut oil and season it with some seasoning salt, garlic and smoked sea salt and then baked it at 425 for a bit. It was really good as it didn’t get as watery as some zucchinis do. The taste was similar, but it was a bit drier. I also baked Sizzlefish salmon and steamed broccoli.

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I topped the salmon with garlic onion jam and the squash with Scotty B’s bacon jalapeño hot sauce,

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I was trying to eat really healthy since it’s a birthday weekend and all and we’ve got some celebrating planned.

Weird that last year I did the STUFT 60 Challenge (recap link) and ran 37 miles on my birthday and this year I will be running zero. Maybe I’ll pool run for 38 minutes. Ha. Or maybe I’ll just get to my birthday run a little late like the fabulous Kim who ran with me last year and did her birthday run this year 4 months late.

Just in case you want to take a walk down memory lane with me, the recap link is above and here’s the video.

Treadmill Run News Clips


I’m taking an long weekend in honor of slowing down and spending quality time with the family. I think you should do the same, yes?



Have a good one friends!


Have you ever seen a rainbow at the perfect time?

Have you learned any lessons from your kids lately? I learned one tonight about not being afraid to get back out there after a huge blow to the face from my sweet Joaquin.

Have you ever had opo squash?

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    You have to do this. We all need to do this. Life is so busy. We have to slow down and just breathe our littles in. All of it. Hugs my friend. And ain’t no thing to get hard boiled organic from Costco. Busy mom’s Bestie!

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    Corrina says:

    Flavored seltzer water helped me kick my diet coke habit! If you ever shop at Von’s they have a generic version with several favors. My new thing is a few ounces of Kombucha with several ounces of seltzer. I can imagine how hard these “setbacks” are for yiu but I love how you are taking it as a cue to adjust priorities and goals and enjoy the extra time with family. May God richly bless this season in unexpected ways!

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    I’ve been eating the Opa squash raw in salads! Haha! I have one left, which I should try roasting!
    So glad Joaquin is okay though! (Ugh, I hate soccer) Haha!

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    Kathy says:

    I feel I learn something from my kids ALL THE TIME. Mostly, right now I am finding out that boys can hurt inside just as much as girls when they are left out of a “circle of friends” and that its hard when so many boys are “studs” at football or hockey ~ yes, already in 6th grade the popular boys are the ones who are the sport stars ….ugh~ and when the swimmer thinks HIS sport must be stupid and then asks if it is?! UGH.

    Get ready for more as they grow Kirsten…and HAPPY FEBRUARY BIrTHDAY from one to another. 😉

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    I ALWAYS drink La Croix with a tbsp of ACV!! It’s my total addiction!

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    Samantha says:

    What a sweet boy on the field. That must have been hard as a mom. How fun to see the different personalities on the twins! Sam (Phew, Friday)

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    SamanthaK says:

    I think Joaquin gets his determination from his Mom, because yes, I do believe you would have gotten back out there to play or do whatever it was you were doing at the time you were sidelined. It may be in a different ‘format’ so to speak, but when I read your blog, I ‘see’ the same personality in you, even if you have to adapt to how you are getting back out there, you still go for it! 🙂 You keep going and are obviously a wonderful inspiration to your boys and those around you!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Samantha- You are too nice. Thanks for the inspiration and one of the best comments ever, although I’m not sure he gets his brave attitude from me. Ha. Have a great weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Erika C. says:

    Enjoy your long weekend with the family. Poor little guy and the bloody nose, we have one of those here too. I carry wipes and tissues everywhere and so does she and she’s only 6!

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    Jessica says:

    Well that soccer thing just tore at this mama’s heart. Nothing more heart-wrenching than seeing your baby trying to be brave when you know they are hurt.
    Have a great weekend, and enjoy your family time!

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    Kim says:

    I hope you didn’t have another shot – that looks painful!!!
    I know you will be able to get back out there and you have an entire year to do 38 miles!!!
    Happy birthday tomorrow!!! (thank you for the sweet words and link)

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    I don’t have my own kids (yet) but I refer to my high school students as my kids 🙂 they teach me patience and grace! Two traits I really struggled with prior to teaching, but I’ve grown so much since they came into my life! I”m so thankful for them!


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