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Our New Addition, the Annual Urban Hike and Some Snack Chat

Our New Addition, the Annual Urban Hike and Some Snack Chat


Let’s talk animals for a quick second. Obviously you knw we have two hairless cats, Rocky and Mowgli, but we also have chickens, tortoises and Gouldian finches.

When the hubs goes out of town for work I get to take care of the animals. I think I’m cool when I get assigned those chores.

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Luckily he doesn’t leave town very often and it’s never more than a few days because I’m not too sure the birds are really fond of me. Ha.

Well, as if life wasn’t crazy enough over here, we got a dog.

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Yes, yes we did.

All the boys (Daddy too) have been wanting a dog for a long time and I kept begging that they wait until summer when I can be home and handle the craziness a little bit better.

Well, we’re two weeks in and what do you know. we now have a new family member. His name is Bear.

The cats haven’t quite warmed up to him yet, but I’m sure it will just take some time.

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We took him on his first walk today and it was a partial success.

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The relaxing summer is over, but it’s already so amazing to see how happy the boys are and how much they already love him. Our sweet dog Turk left us almost two years ago and it has seemed like something has been missing. Well, not anymore.


Our fmaily friend and I have a little tradition of going on long urban hikes every six months to a year. Yesterday was our third one. It was 23 miles and took us about six and a half hours.

We walked inland to the coast.

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Then we headed north for a bit to get to our final destination.

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Other than than hike, I ran about 37 miles last week with one workout of mile repeats and my longest run being 13 miles. Everything was at an easy pace except those darn mile repeats. My weekly running total was about 38 miles.

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The best thing was that I actually got to run outside three times all in one week. That never happens, but the boys had VBS so I took advantage and ran outside.

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It was darn hot, but it was so fun to be able to run outside and take my time.

My 13 mile run was at the lake and the highlight was running into these guys.

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This upcoming week we’re looking at 45 miles, my first double run day and another AT workout.

I was at a fitness certification all day today, but will fill you in later because I definitely have to pass along all the reasons why you really should be doing HIIT workouts at least once a week. Ha ha.

Let’s talk snakcs and food for just a bit shall we? I try to not overthink food because when I do it makes me want more and takes up too much time, but I’ve been trying some new things and found some fun new snacks that I thought I’d pass along.

First of all, any KIND bar is the bomb.My current favorite bar is the Black Truffle Almond Sea Salt.

I had one in the car today actually after my training.

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The Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond is good too, but I’m all out of those already. They went pretty fast.

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I’ve been making Vega protein ice cream a lot lately and adding a 1/2 teaspoon of chlorella to the blender. The brown rice tortilla homemade cinnamon bowl is always a must too.

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My favorite way to eat it is on the couch watching Real Housewives of New York, but that doesn’t’ happen too often.

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If the protein ice cream is not in a bowl it’s more like a milkshake with the fattest straw I can find.

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I was sent some IPS protein chips to try. I was pretty impressed for protein chips. I went for the cinnamon flavor first, but they have other flavors too like white cheddar and BBQ.

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They say three servings per bag, but for me that’s in one sitting. I just can’t help it.

I discovered this Crispy Crunchy Mixed Fruit gems at Trader Joe’s.

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They are perfect for when you just need something sweet and crunchy. The dried coconut in there is my favorite.

I was also sent some I Heart Keenwah chocolate puffs.

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They come is dark chocolate peanut butter and dark chocolate sea salt. The peanut butter one is better, but both are pretty awesome since there’s dark chocolate involved.

I’ve had to moderate my Lenny & Larry Protein Cookie consumption, but holy smokes if you want a fabulous vegan protein cookie this is what you need!

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These Vega maca chocolate are hard to find sometimes (they have them on the website though), but it always makes me feel better when I know my dark chocoalte has a little maca in it.

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I was also sent this Leaner Creamer to sample.

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Here’s what the website says about it:

Leaner Creamer is a delicious addition to your morning java that suppresses appetite and promotes weight loss with its coconut oil based infused with its proprietary all-natural blend of Citrus Aurantium Extract, Hoodia and Green Tea Extract. Our all-natural coffee creamer is made with the perfect hint of vanilla that will keep you coming back for more. It’s the only all-natural powdered coffee creamer that promotes weight loss and appetite suppression

I thought it was okay. I didn’t love it and I couldn’t tell if it really suppressed my appetite that much, but the hazelnut flavor was good and I like that it’s coconut based and worth a try if you’re into things like that. I’m going to use it on days when I think I might need a little something extra in my coffee.

I’m sure these won’t last long either, but for the moment we have some teeny tiny Frieda’s Stokes purple sweet potatoes in the house.

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I’m pretty sure all stores are out of them now and these are small because they’re the last of the season’s crop, but I made homemade fries out of them tonight just by cutting them and roasting them in the oven at 425 on the convection setting.

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They went perfectly with lettuce turkey burger wraps and lots of guacamole.

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Mmmmmm hmmm……


Okay, that’s enough food chat.

Oh and just because the discount code is only good through Monday, you can still get 50% off the adjustable Handful Bra (discount is taken from original price, not the sale price). It comes out to $25 a bra which is a steal for these amazing bras.

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I wear one every single day and use them for working out, running, just the everyday casual bra and even with my dresses to church.

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I’m getting more and more obsessed with doTERRA oils by the day too and used the lemon oil to clean my wedding ring that hadn’t been cleaned in over 10 years.


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Really fancy cleaning tool I used.

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I thought oils were all just about emotions and diffusing and taking care of yourself and your family, but hey, they are very practical too. I just found a homemade shower cleaner I’m going to try out using melaluca too.

All I know is that I’ve been sleeping better than I have in years and I’m so loving using all the different doTERRA oils for so many different things.

I can talk oils forever too, so if you want to learn more feel free to email me (kristin@stuftfitness.com). Woot!


Have a wonderful week friends!

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  1. 1
    Kathy says:

    Bear is so cute…let the summer puppy fun begin!!

    (Fancy nails too???)

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    Kristyn says:

    Bear is precious!! Try a harness if he’s not walking great on a leash! My dog refuses to walk on a leash, but is fine in a harness… I think she doesn’t like the leash tugging at the collar around her neck… Or just would rather I pick her up and carry her 😉

  3. 3
    beth says:

    do you have a recipe for your protein ice cream? Love your new dog….and of course I’ll take those two kitties in a heartbeat! 😉

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    Marcia says:

    Bear is super cute and urban hiking sounds like fun!

  5. 5

    2 things. 1. I MUST go on the next urban hike with you! 2. Less than a month for girls’ night!

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    Laura says:

    Awww, your puppy is so cute and I’m sure the boys are so excited!! I love the urban hike, has it been a year since your last one? So glad you are enjoying your summer!!

  7. 7
    Judy Westacott says:

    Bear is adorable AND I love, love, love KIND bars. Chocolate, Almond and Sea Salt is my absolute favourite!!

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    OMG, I love your nails!!!!! I know, not what the post is abut but had to say!

    The dog & cats pic – priceless!!!

    I love all you are doing for yourself!!!!!


  9. 9

    Congrats on Bear, he will be well loved.
    I am not allowed to buy Lenny & Larry’s any more as I cannot resist those yummy cookies.

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    elizabeth says:

    Have you tried the new y back handful? I was wondering how it feels.

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    Samantha says:

    That photo of the cats with the puppy. So cute! He looks fabulous and the boys seem so happy with him. Puppy-stage is overrated, but dogs really do make life better. Sam

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    Trevor E says:

    Shiniest ring in all the lands! It’s so beautiful 🙂

  13. 13
    eliz says:

    Hi there. Can you tell me how you make those tortilla bowls?

    • 13.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I spray a brown rice tortilla with coconut oil and sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar and then put it in a nifty pan thing and bake at 375 convection for 6 minutes. 🙂

      • eliz says:

        Thanks. .I’ll give it a try. I made some chips from corn tortillas the other day, but they were so hard I had to throw them out, afraid of breaking teeth. I’ll try cooking less next time. Love the protein ice cream, today mine had sweet potato, spinach, berries and bluebonnet vanilla powder, topped with a little granola and kashi puffs cereal.

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