The Last STUFT Summer Edition- Discounts and Favorites

 

Whelp, not much to report in the running area unfortunately. Still nothing. At this point, to be honest, all I really want is to be able to wake up in the morning and walk normally without pain or feel like I’m favoring my right hip like crazy. There’s a lot of snapping and cracking going on and it hurts the worst right when I put my right foot on the floor. We’re working on things though and I refuse to do any running on it until it’s not hurting at all. I’m really in denial that NYC Marathon is now just 11 weeks away. I’ve been in worse positions before (like Boston of 2015), but things are not looking good. I will not give up yet though.

I’m cross training like crazy with weights and core workouts. I’ve been doing exercise videos, getting creative with my own classes and practicing my CXWORXS core classes.

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I’ve been getting cardio on our battery operated elliptical which doesn’t have power anymore. I’m not positive our little gem of a machine is going to last much longer. I pretty much have to muscle through the workout without any power to it. I think it’s good though because it kicks my butt every single time. Ha ha ha.

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I’ve googled my symptoms and pain about a bazillion times and have gotten x-rays, but not an MRI yet. My guess is that I have hip burstitus, specifically Iliopsoas Bursitis or Iliopsoas Tendinitis as my pain is in the groin area and so sharp when I step that I can’t even think about running on it. It hurts when I step with thatr , sit and try to sleep. So yeah, pretty much all the time at the moment.

But…….

just because I’m not running there’s no reason I can’t spread the love for the races that are coming up and that I love though right? I mean, I’ll be back at it in no time.

 

The AFC Half Marathon was today. That was the first half marathon I ever ran and will always have a special place in my heart. I was registered to run it this year, but unfortunately that wasn’t happening. Let’s look back though on my favorite time I raced this particular race in 2012 and placed third in my age group.

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The complete race recap from that year is here. Oh man what 4 years can do. I’ve run it every year since then too, but that was my favorite for sure (and my fastest).

 

Anyhoo….. here are some more races coming up.

The Long Beach Marathon is coming up on October.

 

They have a half marathon and a full marathon. I love this race and last year’s race time is my current BQ. If all goes well I’m going to do the half this year, but we’re taking things day by day. Here’s last year’s picture though. It makes me happy because it was one of those races that really just felt good. Too bad they all aren’t like that, right?

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There’s an inaugural local race in Encinitas coming up in March of 2017.

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It should be pretty awesome and is down along the coast the entire time. I’m pretty pumped about it.

You can use code STUFTMAMA for 10% off an entry to either the Encinitas Half Marathon or the Surfing Madonna Run or both. (Just click on the link or the discount code to register.)

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Moving along…….

Handful Bra has some new colors coming out for the fall. In fact, they’re out right now. Aren’t they awesome? They have new colors in the regular bra, the Y Back and the scoop tank. Oh my word. So awesome.

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Use this link (Handful Bra) to automatically get 10% off your purchase. The discount shows in the cart at checkout. Woo hoo!

 

I’ve been watching a lot of movies while getting my time in on the elliptical. Friday it was The Duff. That was pretty funny. By far though my favorite over the past week was Mother’s Day.

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I returned it and immediately was mad that I didn’t watch it twice while I had it. Yes, it was that good and I have already added it back in my queue.

 

My favorite snack bar is currently these RX Bars.

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My favorite is actually the Coconut Chocolate one, but I haven’t snapped a picture of that one yet. This is the new Maple Sea Salt flavor. They have no added sugar and all natural ingredients (egg whites, nuts dried fruit). They’re expensive, but in my opinion worth the price and yes, I paid full price for them on their website.

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My favorite afternoon mocktail is lemon sparkling water with a splash of ACV and a couple drops of Ginger doTERRA oil and a couple drops of Lemon or Grapefruit oil as well.

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Oh my goodness it’s so good and totally helps when that afternoon craving for a Coke Zero hits. I’ve been doing my best to stay far far away from those.

I’m currently obsessed with this Vital Proteins collagen too.

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I usually add two scoops to my morning coffee, but I’ve also added it to protein ice cream. It’s good stuff and there are so many benefits of collagen. It’s now part of my daily routine. You can read all about the benefits on their website here: Vital Proteins.

Another super easy grab and go protein snack I discovered is this Epic Bar. I got them from Vitacost. This is the only flavor that I’ve tried and liked. I got a beef cherry one or something, but honestly I did not like it and had to choke it down. I really like these Chicken Sriracha ones though.

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I got some new Mizuno Wave Inspire shoes the other week. I thought it was a sign that I was good to go and have a pain free run.

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I thought wrong and clearly was not the only one disappointed. Gosh darn it.

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We still get our daily walk on though with the boys.

 

I went to a baby shower the other weekend and made some rollers for the mama-to-be.

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Lavender is a go to for anything calming (skin, mind, body) and Balance is a great grounding blend that is safe for pregnant women and is also safe for newborns.

InTune (Focus Blend) is slowly becoming one of my favorites also and I’m sure will be used a lot now with school starting.

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I put it to the ultimate test at Costco last week and was thinking I could get in and out of there in 30 minutes for less than $100. I failed, but was on target with my purchases. Ha ha.

I took the gel off my nails and was left with not that great looking or strong nails. I first cleaned them with a toothbrush and lemon oil and then made a cream to rub on my nails and hands before bed. These oils help with strengthening nails (Frankincense, Lemon and Arborvitae). I added drops of each and Castor Oil and have the perfect little ointment for before bed.

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I feel like my nails already look okay.

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Speaking of oils, there is still the awesome August deal going on to get 3 free oils when you make a 160PV purchase.

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Email me (kristin@stuftfitness.com) if you want more information about it or anything about oils.

I actually just read this article about how certain oils (Bergamot, Lavender and Ylang Ylang) can be used for anxiety and high blood pressure. I’m going to start diffusing these together now!

We have a couple classes left this month and if you’re local I’m doing the Athlete’s Class on the 30th. It’ll be more of a get together and chat and learn and we’re doing FREE Zyto Scans. Woo hoo!

Here’s the link to register or you can email with any questions!

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Here are a couple other random things before I go.

My friend asked me what kind of greens I use daily and I told her I take Vega Chlorella daily and texted her this picture.

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And ever since I did the Chef V 3 Day Cleanse (recap of that here) I’ve been drinking the green juice daily after my morning workout.

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In case you’re looking for a kick start, you can still get 55% off any cleanse (my mom and brother and I all did the 3 day one) by using the code STUFT. Link to the cleanses and options is here.

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Oh and recently since I’ve been trying to avoid sugar free substitutes and syrups and such, I’ve been making my own protein creamer at home and then adding it to my iced Americano at Starbucks.

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Pretty smart, huh? My usual mix is Vega sport vanilla protein mixed with Silk almondmilk.

I also love this chocolate balsamic I found at Baker and Olive on pretty much anything- roasted kabocha squash, berries, protein ice cream, etc.

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We went out to breakfast as a family the other day as our last hoorah for summer. I always get the same thing- veggie omelet with hot sauce.

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I love it when restaurants have Cholula. This was T’s Café in Solana Beach. Andrew and I went there pretty much every Sunday when we were dating. He he. So many memories.

The boys and I went bowling too. It was one of the last things we needed to cross off our summer list.

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They rocked it. I did not. I’m blaming my bum hip, but my score was embarrassing.

And while I might not be ready for the early wake ups and facing school every day again, a certain someone sure is. He is ready to go and woke me up like this the other morning.

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Ha ha. He might need a shirt and shorts though, right?

 

And this morning while I could’ve been super sad I didn’t get to get up at the crack of dawn to go race, I felt very fortunate to just be able to spend a little extra time soaking up all I could with these guys.

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I am one lucky mama.

 

And with that, I’m off to bed.

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Comments

  1. 1
    Kathy says:

    You are one lucky and busy mama. I didn’t realize you felt the pain so much and so often…bummer!!!!

    Pain is no fun.

    You still got me beat in the exercise department even when you are in that much pain….ha! ;-)

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    Laura says:

    I’m sorry to hear your hip pain has returned, I sure hope you get some answers and relief soon. I need to try that ACV drink mixture, I should work on decreasing my Diet Coke obsession LOL. I haven’t seen Mother’s Day but it looks so cute (I loved New Years Eve and Valentine’s Day which are similar movies). I also want to see ‘Bad Mom’s’ though it’s definitely a raunchier choice ;) . Hang in there, Girl!!

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    Heather says:

    Would love to start using oils just don’t know where to start. Also got my handful bra. Love it. Hope your pain goes away soon so you can get back into running

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    Lesley says:

    I watched Mother’s Day 2x on a flight I enjoyed it so much too!
    Sorry about the hip pain. We take good health and the ability to do what we want for granted. I am struggling with an intestinal infection. Thought I had it kicked and it came back.
    I want to thank you for inspiring me to remember to do what I can do, core exercises, yoga, etc instead of being sad about what I can’t do. You exemplify a very empowering message with this! Thanks.m
    I want to encourage you to stay strong, keep positive and don’t stress too much about the problem, what can we do to fix it, the next race etc. Stress makes healing slower as well. Greatness always comes after near defeat.
    Enjoy the rest of your summer.

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Oh Lesley-

      I’m so sorry about the intestinal infection. That has got to be such a bummer. You’re right. We totally take good health for granted. I’ve been watching people who struggle to just walk and just keep thanking God that I can walk normal and do my daily chores and job that I need to, you know?
      Let’s stay strong together shall we? Thank you so much for this amazing comment and I’m totally writing down your quote about greatness coming after a near defeat. Sooooo inspiring.

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    PBJ says:

    Hi Kristin – Hope all is well with you and your gang. I presume you’re just too busy with the new school year and such. Hang in there. Your internet minions eagerly await an update…

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    Ugh, hope you can get through this soon! No fun not being able to run! Sucks. :(
    I’ve been wanting to try out oils, as I hear good things. I have been told they can help with headaches and such. Anything natural is definitely better.
    And YAY for Vega! It’s my favorite supplement/protein stuff hands down. I have a smoothie every day.

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