• A Special 30th Birthday

    May 23, 2012



    [Image by my very talented friend Jon, who meets celebrities like Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. He actually hung out with them over the weekend. No big deal.]

    I’m not sure who’s more excited about Mal’s 30th birthday today—him or me!


    This morning, I woke up before Mal’s alarm went off, so I could make him a big ol’ birthday breakfast before he headed to work.

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    His breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 pieces of toast with butter, Greek yogurt with fresh raspberries, half of a grapefruit, and a “mini” iced coffee with almond milk since he plans to hit up Dunkin’ Donuts for their $1 Coffee Day on his way to work.

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    My breakfast: 1 egg, toast with peanut butter, Greek yogurt with fresh raspberries, half of a grapefruit, and an iced coffee with coconut milk.

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    I have a bunch of fun surprises planned for him later today, and I can’t wait to give him his presents and celebrate with him. I love birthdays, especially Mal’s!

    [rewind to last night]


    Last night’s CrossFit workout was a lot of fun, and it’s one you can easily do at the gym or at home, so I turned it into an image that you can print or Pin on Pinterest. (FYI: I have a workout board with tons of workouts like this… and a pug board.)


    I used a band for the pull-ups and finished in 25:01.


    After CrossFit, I was pretty hungry, so I snacked on some trail mix while I made dinner.

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    I’ve been downing trail mix like it’s my job lately (random handfuls between meals), so I decided to actually measure out one serving, which is 1/4 cup (160 calories). It’s a lot smaller than I thought it was! Mental note: take it easy on the trail mix.


    On the menu for dinner: baked chicken and Sweet Potato Wedges cooked in coconut oil, which are the most amazing things ever. I cannot get enough of these babies. I went back for a second (and third) helping last night.

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    After dinner, I satisfied my sweet tooth with a few Hershey’s Kisses.

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    Feel Great Weight

    May has been a busy month for me. I feel like I’ve spent more time traveling than at home! The month started off with a 3-day trip to New York City, followed by a day-long fitness conference, another trip to NYC, and then an overnight 200-mile running relay. Even though I’ve been having a blast on the road, it isn’t surprising that all of this nonstop travel involves some fatigue, stress, and makes it more difficult for me to eat well. When I’m running around from place-to-place and event-to-event, I sometimes make poor decisions with regard to my weight-loss goals, like choosing a buttery croissant over a Greek yogurt and happy hour over an early-morning run through a new city.

    Being constantly on the go means that my normal eating and exercise routines get a bit out of whack, not to mention slacking on my healthy habits doesn’t make me feel good about myself, so through my travels over the past two weeks, I’ve made it a point to take care of myself and keep my waistline in check. Use these tips to ensure you don’t forgo your goals while on the go: 4 Healthy Habits on the Go.

    Question of the Day

    When is your birthday?

    I’ve asked this question on CNC in the past, but I love finding birthday twins (mine is June 19th), so I thought you guys might too! Feel free to play along!

    P.S. You still have time to enter my giveaway to win a pair of compression socks. I will pick a winner this afternoon. I’m also hosting a giveaway to win a Bob Harper DVD on Trading Up Downtown!

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    { 170 comments… read them below or add one }

    Grace May 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Happy Birthday Mal! 30’s rock!
    My birthday is February 10th.


    Courtney May 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    My birthday is tomorrow!!! May 24th. I’ll be 29. The last year of my 20s! Yikes!!


    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio May 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Happy Birthday Mal!!!


    michelle kim May 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Happy bday, Mal!
    And I agree with the portion control of trail mix. I ate through a bag (15 servings!) in about three days because I was just eating handfuls out of the bag throughout the day.


    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama May 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Trail mix is my weakness! It’s so good but so easy too over do it.

    Happy Birthday to Mal! The 30s are great.

    My birthday is March 17th – St. Patty’s Day!


    Kim May 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    October 7th. :)


    Melissa @ Squatsandsquash May 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    April 30!!


    Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm
    Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest May 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Happy 30th Mal! Welcome to the 30’s. I like mine better than I did my 20’s.

    Tina-your b-day is my boss’s, a former boss’s and my grandma’s. Mine is August 31st, which was my great-grandma’s birthday too.


    Erica May 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAL!!!! My 30th is coming up later this year too. That little cartoon is so darn cute


    Erica May 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    oh oh- and my birthday is September 2nd


    Stephanie @My Freckled Life May 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm


    Mine is Sept 21. For some reason I dont find too many birthday twins!


    Anne P. May 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    @Stephanie @My Freckled Life: I’m your birthday twin!! :)


    Tricia May 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I’m July 12 (which i think is ur’s and Mals anniversary! )


    Tina May 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    It’s is! Good memory! :)


    Roz@weightingfor50 May 23, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    BIG BIG Happy Birthday to Mal!!!! Hope you both enjoy a wonderful, celebratory day!!!
    I’m October 1st.


    Elise V. May 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    May 11th :) just passed.


    Wendy Irene May 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Happy 30th Birthday Mal! Hope it rocks!


    Cait's Plate May 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Ha! That cartoon is awesome. Happy birthday to Mal! I hope he has a fabulous day :) My birthday is February 8th.


    Angie @ Pint of Goals May 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I think I looked through all of the comments and didn’t find my birthday twin :(
    Mine is April 27th and I turned 29 this year!


    Katie May 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    March 5th!


    Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    April 30! Yay spring birthdays :)


    Samantha N. May 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Mine is June 16! We are close! My Gemini friend!


    Brie May 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Yay, you’re my birthday twin! 6/19 CrossFitters FTW.


    Tina May 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Yay!!! :)


    Julie @ Running and Riley May 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Happy B-Day to Mal! The BIG 3-0! Exciting stuff! Hope you both have a wonderful day!


    lynn @ the actor's diet May 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    happy bday mal! mine is dec. 24th which actually does NOT suck.


    kristle May 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    my birthday is this sunday, 5/27, race day! i took your advice and just signed up for my first 5k already, after thinking about it for a year or so. i was running outside thinking how beautiful it was yesterday, and how grateful i am to have this experience, and i thought, who can i thank for this? hmm, whoever made the online training program i’m following… myself, for sticking with it …and tina from carrots n cake! your blog is so inspiring. that being said, do you have any posts about your first 5k? i’d love to read that. a 5k probably seems so measly to you now that you run long distances & marathons! i’m psyched, and proud of myself already though!


    Tina May 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Awww! I’m so glad you signed up! Check out my Running page. There are a ton of running posts and some 5k info. Good luck!! :)


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Happy birthday to Mal!

    Mine is May 25th… coming up soon! :)


    Gina G May 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    May 4th! Happy happy birthday to Mal! :)


    Kylie May 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Happy Birthday Mal. I hope you enjoy it!

    Mine is July 22.


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    Amelia May 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Happy birthday Mal! Celebrate big!

    I can’t believe no one has posted April 19th yet! That’s my birthday and I’ve met over 15 birthday twins in my life – one even born in the same year!


    Dani May 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Happy Birthday to Mal. 30 rulz!

    My birthday is November 5th which means I was probably conceived on Valentine’s Day..wowza.


    Lisa May 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Happy Bday Mal!
    mine is July 19th.


    Jenni May 23, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Happy Birthday Mal!! Loving the picture :-) I’ve got the big 3-0 coming up this year too – Oct 8th


    Samantha N. May 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Happy Birthday Mal! Can’t wait to see your presents!


    erica May 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    happy birthday to mal! we share the same birthday :)


    Tina May 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Happy birthday!!! :)


    Heidi May 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I am a Christmas baby :)


    BethT May 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Happy birthday to Mal and look at you with the Pinterest! Get it.


    crystal c. May 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Happy birthday Mal!!! Hope you had a great day! My birthday is June 22. It is also my dads birthday. And it is also my cousins (my dads niece) birthday! Kind of cool huh? I love sharing my day with my dad. It has always been fun and a special day for us to share. :)


    Libby May 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    September 24th! Happy Birthday Mal!! And I love how you told us you didn’t realise the serving size of the trail mix was smaller than you thought it was :) Always have this issue!


    kayleigh May 24, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I just read through all the comments and no birthday twin! I have not met one person with my birthday ever. Anyone else on July 20? My brother is July 19, as well as my nephew. So close but so far! :)


    Amelia May 30, 2012 at 10:12 am

    @kayleigh: My cousin’s birthday is July 20th! See – you do have a birthday twin you just haven’t met her yet!


    Lauren May 24, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    I actually share a birthday with Mal! Only I turned 23 not 30. Happy birthday Mal!


    Cassy May 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Sorry for the late response to this post, but what is the name of the WOD you posted? Our box was closed today, so me and my boyfriend did the workout but subbed the pull-ups for kettle bell swings. Thanks for posting it! It was an awesome workout.


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