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New Website!!!!

Hi! I’m so excited! The new STUFT Mama website is up and running. It’s a work in progress and there’s still a lot to do, but there won’t be any more posts on this site. Come say “hi” on the new STUFT Mama website.

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Come on Kristin….

One quick entry before I try to import everything to the new site. I don’t know why I get so nervous. Isn’t if funny how unfamiliar things are so scary?

Oh, and BTW I looked back at my Happy Easter post and I have to apologize. BORING right? Ugh. I better step up my game. How am I going to do that? Well…… with a brand new camera! (Thanks Andrew for not getting mad at me.) It’s charging right now. Can’t wait for the debut.

Here’s a few pictures from yesterday. After we made some banana bread (for our Strollerwise friends), we cleaned, went to Strollerwise and then to Costco (pretty much a weekly trip these days. I’ll fill you in on our must-haves from Costco later). We all sported our new STUFT Fitness shirts.

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Didn’t get chance to get on the treadmill until after the boys were in bed. I have to motivate myself by watching TV. I LOVE The Biggest Loser, so I look forward to watching it while on the treadmill. Somehow it makes the late night run fun. (Bob is my secret boyfriend- he just doesn’t know it yet.)

Dinner last night was actually “brinner” (breakfast for dinner). I was just craving something sweet. Banana chocolate chip muffin (that I made in the morning) and a peanut butter, marshmallow, chocolate chip protein wrap cooked in my handy dandy sandwich maker (the coolest thing ever!). I’ll put the actually recipe on here when I can take pictures with my new camera. It was DELICIOUS!

Here goes the import. Yikes. Wish me luck! New site address: www.STUFTmama.com

What am I getting myself into?

Right now I’m wondering if I’m really ready for this? I’m so not a “blogger”. I’m not very computer savvy. I get bored easily and have a pile of magazines that haven’t been touched. My house is a mess. My pregnancy scrapbook is sitting untouched since I gave birth to my boys (yes, yes, I know they’re almost 16 months old). Pictures from Christmas FINALLY just made it on my computer. Ugh. Adding one more thing to my list doesn’t really sound like the smartest idea anymore. But, my whole purpose of this blog is to document my journey towards finding the balance. I just need to keep focused on the goal.

Here’s a little update on how the weekend went down. I know you all want to catch up. That’s funny (since no one even knows that this blog exists yet).

Saturday was nuts. I taught my boot camp class in the morning and then off to the YMCA to teach my other classes. Then to La Jolla (not a fun drive by the way) to pick up my race packet. Felt a little guilty for buying myself some $20 sunglasses, but they made me really happy the next morning during the race when I could actually see instead of staring at fogged up lenses.

We all went to a BBQ Saturday night. It’s so hard to enjoy myself while chasing my boys all over the place making sure they don’t get into anything that they shouldn’t. I lost focus for a minute and a guy was yelling at me from across the yard to tell me that Joaquin was eating sidewalk chalk. Nice. Earlier in the week I was putting the new “big boy” car seats in the car and a woman in her van yelled down at me to ask if that was my baby in the street. What the? Not good. Joaquin must have seriously booked it up the hill to get up there so fast. Man, oh man, never a dull moment. Mother of the year award goes to…….

Anyway…. La Jolla Half was great. The weather was great. I got a little ambitious at the beginning of the race, and then about mile 9 a ran out of gas a bit. I’m blaming it on the fact that I was up until 1:00 am Friday trying to get this blog started. 1:43:21. Not my best, but that’s okay. Love, love, love that I had my boys and my amazing parents at the finish line waiting for me.

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The rest of the day was filled with the boys and I cleaning, doing laundry, baking low-fat red velvet cookies (don’t worry- the recipe will be on here soon), more laundry, and another BBQ.

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It’s weird not having an upcoming race in the next month or so. I’m already feeling a little restless. I’m going to make this blog my new “training”. Instead of training for a race I’m figuring out how to be a blogger. Ha! Good luck Kristin. You should probably just stick to running.

Time for bed. I need to rest (physically and mentally). I’m going to attempt to sleep in tomorrow. I tried this morning, but was up on the treadmill at 6 am. Problems.

Let the journey begin.

My first post. I’m officially embarking on this new journey into the blog world.  To be honest, I’m actually a little nervous writing my first post as this whole blogging thing seems so foreign. I’m still not to sure how I’m going to find time to blog as I struggle on a daily basis to even make a dent in my “to do” list. Oh well, we’ll see what happens. This blog is something I’m really passionate about doing, so I’m taking the plunge. I’ve been so excited the past few weeks with everything I want to share and write about: fun ideas, recipes, food finds, running experiences, fitness tips, etc. Oh, I can hardly contain myself. (Deep breath Kristin. Baby steps. One thing at a time.)

Okay, now for a little about me. I’m a 34 year old mother of twin boys. They’re almost 16 months now. The past year and a half has been a whirlwind. I went from being a full-time PE teacher by day and a fitness instructor by night, to being a mom, starting my own fitness business, and running my first marathon (I’ve been a runner for awhile, but this was my first full marathon). My days now are filled with  mom duties, teaching classes, running (which reminds me, I really should be sleeping and resting for my race Sunday instead of sitting at the computer at 1:00 am- oops), and last, but not least, experimenting in the kitchen.  Every morning I thank God for my AMAZING husband who has been working his butt off at his full-time job (and his multiple side jobs) to let me stay home with my precious babies.

I’ve been a fanatic about healthy food and fitness for as long as I can remember. When I was in middle school I would make my friends do aerobics with me in my parents’ garage (I would lead of course- I was always a sucker for attention).  Then I’d bring everyone inside and try to cook some big concoction. Hmm.… now that I think about it, I guess not much as changed. I still make people work out with me (and yes, I still love attention) and I still come up with pretty crazy creations in the kitchen on a regular basis.

My purpose in this blog is to document my journey to find balance in life (with eating, exercise, being the wife, mother, and friend I should be, etc.). I feel that because God has truly blessed me with so much, it’s my job to put everything out there (the good and the bad) for the world to read.

This is my platform to share my love of healthy food (including some pretty awesome things I can’t live without), recipes, fitness and exercise tips, and my races. It wouldn’t be complete though without opening up about my favorite thing- just being a mom.

Here’s hoping I can inspire some of you along the way. IMG_1622