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Coming Out of Hiding and Tips to Get Out of Bed and Workout in the Morning

Coming Out of Hiding and Tips to Get Out of Bed and Workout in the Morning


Its about time, isn’t it?

I don’t even remember when I last posted and there’s way too much to even possibly catch up on, so l guess I’ll just kind of fill you in on the important stuff like the yummy things I’ve been eating.

Epic Bars,

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the new KIND bars in Caramel Almond Pumpkin Spice flavor (OMG delicious and yes I had to put three pictures because they are THAT good),

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lots of Trader Joe’s riced broccoli (In scrambled eggs, salads, soup, etc.),

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  RX Bars.

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and non dairy protein ice cream of course.

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This particular one had Vega chlorella in it and was topped with defrosted berries and Baker and Olive Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar. I mean, right?

Okay, moving on…….

Life has been a kick in bootie lately to be honest though.

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So let’s talk injury, shall we? Actually, one of the big reasons I haven’t been blogging (besides just not finding the time and putting mama duties first) is because I was kind of waiting for answers with the injury thing.

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I had so many questions:

What’s really wrong?

Am I just over exaggerating?

Will I be able to run in a week?

Will I still be able to run the New York Marathon this year?

Will I ever be able to run a marathon again?


Well, now 3 doctor visits later and still not really any for sure answers so here we go.


My first orthopedic surgeon visit a couple weeks ago wasn’t too great. I walked out of there with his words in my head, “You’re 39, you’ve done your thing.” and “If you can’t run you better find something else to do because you’re always going to have to watch your weight because your hips won’t be able to carry extra weight.” I’m not exactly sure of the wording on the second statement, but it was something along those lines.

Instead of dwelling on it, naturally we went on a family fishing trip immediately after that appointment.

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After an MRI and an arthrogram I had a follow up appointment with my moral support team this past Friday.

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The MIR didn’t really quite tell us where the pain is coming from. So……… I get to have a few more test done to find out (some kind of injection and a CAT Scan). I do have a labrum tear, but there is also either a stress fracture or bone tumor that may be causing some problems as well.

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So….. we wait for approval, then more appointments, and then another orthopedic surgeon appointment to figure out the treatment, etc.


More waiting. More time not running. More time to focus on just getting healthy and getting stronger. More time for laundry.

I’m not going to pretend like it’s not hard to handle because it is. I feel a little lost. I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that racing days and running long distances may be over, but it’s so weird just not knowing. I know things could be so much worse and I’m so thankful that I can just move and still do all the things I can do, but it’s tough making that transition and just being in limbo.

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I did do a little window shopping at Fitness Direct the other weekend and I just might have to invest in a new elliptical since my unpowered one at home is just not cutting it anymore.

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My plan for the next few weeks is to just be patient and focus on nutrition and adjusting things so that I’m not eating like I’m running 50 miles a week on top of teaching classes. My workouts are short these days and I get them done, but it’s nothing like marathon training so I really need to make some adjustments in the eating department. It’s a tough one. I’m toying with doing the Whole 30 again like I did a couple years ago with the STUFT Detox. Goodness knows I could use it, but I’m being a little wishy washy about it.

Let’s see, in other news, after always saying I was never going to sign up the boys to play baseball, well, here we are spending Sunday afternoons at the baseball field.

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Andrew’s pretty pumped that it’s during football season. Ha ha. And no, Joaquin does not have a short temper at all. And yes, our inspiration came from The Sandlot.

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Just a quick fashion blurb as a side note, we our pretty excited about our shirts these days. The majority of my work wardrobe are Run With Perseverance tanks.

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Aren’t they the best? You’ve got to check out her Etsy shop here.

Most of the boys shirts are from Kohl’s and were part of a late night shopping spree on my phone. Along with that “Homerun Hero” one we got this one. Pretty funny huh?

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I also got some fun oil tanks from Shabby Chic Boutique.

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And I never leave home without a Handful Bra, NEVER.


First grade is kicking all of our booties.

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I better put my big girl pants on and get with the program so these guys can too. One of them has already said, “We have too much homework” multiple times and coincidentally the Lavender has been pulled out multiple times as well.

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The other one, well, he brags about being one of the top students in class that already passed his first grade sight words down.



I’m sure you’ve noticed that doTERRA essential oils have become a part of our life lately and I’m so thankful that they have. I love that we can now turn to natural solutions first and work with our physical and emotional health naturally. I only wish I would have gotten into them sooner.

I’m lucky enough to be a part of the amazing Love Thy Health team.

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*Side note- we’re looking for a few more awesome ladies to join our team who want to leanr more about essential oils and share with others. If you’re interested email me or heck, even if you don’t have any interest in being part of the team, but just have oil questions or want to try them or have something you want to try feel free to email me- kristin@stuftfitness.com

We all went to the national doTERRA ONE convention in Salt Lake City the other weekend even though my trip was extremely short.

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Man did we ever learn a lot. The quality and sourcing behind these oils is incredible and they even had a whole physician’s panel that talked about how the medical future is how it’s going this way.

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I left there with a whole new out look on balancing my emotions

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and on sharing with others.

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I also got a really awesome convention kit with all the new products that come out in October.

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I made my friend meet me at Starbucks yesterday to check out all the new goodies including a whole new spa line and emotional roller set.

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I’m now ready for anything that comes my way. Ha ha.

I can totally do a quick recap on the convention and everything we learned later this week for you oil folks if you want, but for those of you who are just here for pictures of the boys, well, I won’t go into all that right now.

I will say that my new thing since the convention is diffusing Motivate and Balance every morning.

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It’s usually while I do my morning workout and watch Gilmore Girls.

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Which brings me to these few tips that I’ll leave you with since someone emailed me today with this question about getting motivated to workout in the morning.

Even though I’m scaling back my workouts big time and I’m not training for any sort of race at the moment, I’m still doing the whole wake up at 4:30 and get my workout in thing. Only because if I don’t do it then it won’t get done. I want to have the rest of the day to be mom or teach classes, etc. and not having to worry about finding the time to workout.

So, as a reward for making it through this novel of a post, here are my tips to just get out of bed in the morning instead of push that darn snooze button:

1. Bribe yourself. Whatever it takes. For me these days it’s Gilmore Girls or Real Housewives of OC. I’m telling you it works. Don’t let yourself watch those shows while kicking it on the couch, make yourself get out of bed and on the elliptical or treadmill or whatever it is to watch them.

2. Drink coffee before if you need to. Sometimes I need a little coffee before, sometimes I tell myself I can have a huge coffee afterwards. Lately I’ve actually been having tea with ACV and a couple drops of lemon oil right when I wake up. It’s kind of fun and word on the street is that it’s good for your metabolism.

3. Go to bed for goodness sake. Turn the computer and phone off early and diffuse some Serenity and go to sleep. Getting enough shut eye makes a whole world of difference every single day.

4. Get changed in the workout room. My clothes, shoes, Polar, etc. are always waiting for me in the workout room to make the transition easier. Actually, now that I’m not running I sometimes just get right to my workout in my PJs. What can I say, it saves an extra step.

5. Think about how awesome the rest of your day will be if you get it done early. Seriously once I started working out in the morning it made a huge difference because I wasn’t worried about fitting it in later after work. It is the best thing I’ve ever done and not to mention breakfast is always so much better as a recovery meal, right?


Okay, I’m off.

Oh wait, one more thing.

I will be doing my first ever Facebook LIVE video Tuesday at 7:00 pm. The boys may or may not be with me, but we’ll be on the LOVE Thy Essential Oils Group.


If you friend me on Facebook I can add you and you can tune in. We’re talking athlete tips and answering questions! It should be a blast!


Have a wonderful week friends!

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  1. 1
    Kathy says:

    You have so much going on…..maybe the whole hip thing is the indirect, not really cool but someone’s trying to say slow down….ha!

    And maybe you are beginning many new adventures with the essential oils and KID SPORTS. Oh, your life will never feel so full as to when more baseball becomes even MORE baseball…and other sports too. 😉

    Maybe one of the boys will even take up running and cross country ~ YOU would be an awesome coach!! (duh!)

    Happy last Monday of September! And October is right around the corner….crazy.

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    Nicole Siewert says:

    Just letting you know that I had labrum tear on my right hip. I had a ton of back, hip and hamstring pain. I could barely run without feeling like my leg was going to fall off. I had the surgery and alot of physical therapy. 6 months later I ran a 5k, then 6 months after that I ran my first half marathon with no pain at all. I even ran faster! Hopefully they will figure out what all is wrong and will fix it! You will be back at running marathons in no time! Good Luck!

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    Jill says:

    Thank you for sharing! I was told a year ago that I could no longer run long distance. It was a big change but my doctor knew I had to have fitness in my life because it’s my stress reliever. So he told me to keep riding my bike but build up my miles to see if my knees could handle it. Now I’m riding 40 miles a week and looking for a spin class for the winter since it likes to snow here in Ohio. Just remember to keep a positive outlook that’s what I had to do and now I have a new fitness routine I love.

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    eliz says:

    I don’t like the unprofessional comments from your orthopedic surgeon. Lame. Can you get a new one?

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    Stephanie B Weeks says:

    I am sorry to hear about your recent problems. I have missed your blog. I have been following you for a while I too have had running issues that i have been dealing with forever. Now I want to try to get it straight. I don’t want to go back to my sports med doc because I feel like it is a factory there. I have debated going to Chiropractor which I have never done. Injuries suck!! Stick with it and I will stick with it too.

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    Kristin – so sorry for all you are going thru!!!!!! I know it would be so hard if I could not lift so I get this is tough!!! Hoping you get answers sooner rather than later cause all this waiting & not knowing is UGH!!!! That tumor thing scared me – hope not that!

    I have been a morn workout person since the 24 hour gyms. I love it as much as I do miss sleep but knowing it is done, nothing can get in the way later. It is a sense of accomplishment but yes, you have to get to bed earlier! 🙂 I have been doing it since my late 20s!

    Wish I could join your oil fun. As you know, I am with NO $$$$.

    Got to love always the family pics!!!!!

    HUGE HUGS!!!! I want that KIND pumpkin bar!!!!

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    Laura says:

    I am so sorry you are going through this, Kristin 🙁 I hope you get some more definitive answers soon. What an insensitive doctor, though, ugh! I did several years of baseball with my boys and am in year 13 of soccer (3 of 4 kids have played). It will definitely keep you busy!! Hang in there!!

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    So sorry about your news (or I guess lack-thereof)! I must say I always admire your positivity and ability to take a step back and change perspectives! Wishing you the best of luck! I’m sure this means a new, fabulous door is going to open for you 🙂

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    Erika C says:

    Yay! I’ve missed your blog. Always keeping it real, it’s why I love you! Hang in there, your positive attitude is great to see and probably makes the whole process a little easier. Can’t wait to see the new doterra products.

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    Jennifer Caccamo says:

    Hey! You hang in there. You are one strong lady. You will get through this!

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    Ugh, so sorry to hear that!! Injuries are the worst. If you still end up coming out to run NYC, I’m running it for fun and would be happy to run it nice and easy with you! My goal race is in 9 days so I know it’s not smart to race two back to back marathons… especially since I seem to be a more injury prone runner as well. Sending healing love!

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    Amie says:

    Your guys are growing so fast! I have 2 sons who are 18 mos apart, they are in their late 20’s now and still best buds. I so loved being their mom and watching them grow up.
    I am sorry your hip is still a major problem for you. From your post, it’s good to see you are trying to keep it all in perspective, but it’s so hard.
    I twisted my left knee last February and caused a distal femur fracture through to my marrow. I still have daily pain. I am so ready for it to heal, but my ortho doc says at least a year. I was nonwieght bearing for 2 mos. I can hardy walk around the block now, but I’m trying to remember how far I’ve come. And like you, there are questions why my femur broke at all from just a twist. All testing shows my bones are nice and dense, but seriously. I was sitting down and pushed myself away from my desk, I wasn’t even putting weight on it.
    Hang in there, you are inspiring to me.

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    Ashley L. says:

    Hi, Kristin! I know this post was a long time ago already, but I wanted to see if you had a video recording or something (even a transcript!) of the doterra for athletes thing you did online? I’d love to listen to it as I’m looking into getting some oils!

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