12 Things Murphy and I Have in Common

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Before CrossFit last night, I grabbed a clementine and some pistachios to snack on. As I went to photograph them, I decided to get Murphy involved””mainly because he was closely following me around the kitchen and seemed like he wanted to help.

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I got everything set up for the photoshoot, but then Murphy heard a noise at the front door.

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What is it?!?

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Annnndd then he was gone.

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Obviously, Mal coming home is a lot more exciting than a photoshoot. I still ate my snack after I photographed.

On the drive to CrossFit, Mal and I got on the topic of things that Murphy and I have in common. I have no idea how the conversation started, but it was pretty entertaining. Here’s what Murphy and I have in common (the last 3 are Mal’s contributions):

  1. We love long walks.
  2. We enjoy participating in road races.
  3. We love food and we’ll pretty much do anything for a treat.
  4. Our birthdays are in June.
  5. We can fall asleep anywhere.
  6. Two of our favorite foods are peanut butter and carrots.
  7. We don’t like snow.
  8. Mal is our favorite person.
  9. We love to smile. Smiling’s our favorite.
  10. We’re bed hogs.
  11. We’re slightly neurotic.
  12. When we wake up, our breath smells like low tide.

My husband is so sweet, isn’t he? LOL!


I know I said this the last time I went to CrossFit, but this WOD was the hardest one so far. My shoulders are so sore this morning!


Shoulder Press

WOD: Pull-ups Handstand Push-ups

Oh, yes, you read that correctly: sixty pull-ups + thirty handstand push-ups.

Our CrossFit coaches post the WOD the night before, so I checked it out yesterday afternoon. I’m not going to lie, I immediately thought: “F that. I’m not doing handstand push-ups. I can’t do those.” But, when I got to CrossFit last night, I realized (like I always do) that I can do those seemly crazy-hard exercises. (At my first session, I didn’t think I could do a box jump, and now I can bust out 50 of them in a row!) Plus, CrossFit truly has a modification (or substitution) for every exercise, so I ended up doing all 60 pull-ups and 30 handstand push-ups with the help of resistance bands. I also threw up 45-pounds on the shoulder press, no problem. Next time, I’ll definitely go heavier. I’ve never really lifted heavy weights, so I didn’t want to overdo it the very first time.

Check out Mal and me getting our pull-ups on! (You can see the resistance bands that I mentioned.) One of our coaches snapped this pic last night. So fun!


Obviously, my upper body is super sore from yesterday’s WOD, so I’m taking the day off to rest. The only physical activity on today’s agenda is a trip to the dog park with my favorite pug.

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After CrossFit, Mal and I headed home for dinner. On the menu: mushroom and pepperoni pizza on a whole wheat crust. Mal requested extra cheese and made sure there was enough to his liking before I put the pizza in the oven. He loves cheese!

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Mmm”¦ cheese. I ended up eating three pieces of pizza.

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After dinner, I wanted something to satisfy my sweet tooth, so I ate a chocolate from our Advent calendar.


This morning’s breakfast was a big ol’ Protein Pancake topped with sunflower butter. I didn’t have any baking powder, so I worried that my pancake wouldn’t fluff-up, but it turned out alright””a little on the dense side, but still delicious.

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Mal finished off the rest of the iced coffee this morning, so I brewed another batch, which I am now waiting to cool. Hurry up, caffeine!

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Question of the Day

What do you have in common with your pet?

P.S. For those of you with Christmas shopping left to do, Ebates has some sweet deals and free shipping on a bunch of stores right now. I just did a crap-ton of online shopping this morning and got a ton of cash back. Woot!



  1. “I know I said this the last time I went to CrossFit, but this WOD was the hardest one so far.”

    Common XFit quote: “It never gets easier, it just sucks (in a good way) less.”

    My favorite WODs are the ones that leave you gasping for air and trying to see straight, while lying in a pool of your own sweat. Fun times.

  2. Really like that quote at Cross Fit. My gym posts a motivational quote each day by the water fountains, and it’s always a little bright spot to go look at it each morning.

    That picture is so PRIMAL!

  3. Ahahaha I love it. I always say my sister’s dog Clara and I have way more in common than we probably should. Truth be told, sometimes I actually wish I had her life. Haha

  4. Great job on your workout Tina!!! I love box jumps now and absolutely haaaaated them before because I thought I couldn’t do them. Practice makes.. well, not perfect, but better!

  5. If you have a Keurig machine (I think you made a post last week about owning one??) you don’t need to wait for iced coffee! Just put your ice in a glass and brew the coffee over it and it is super fresh and cold. You can always add more ice as well 🙂 There is even a specific setting for it on the machine – that’s how I make all my iced coffee now, and you can purchase the specific pods for it any everything (though I just use regular). You probably knew this already but it’s a great time-saver for me!

  6. Haha this post just reminded me of the first time my boyfriend told me he could do a handstand pushup (from his Crossfit workouts).. I did NOT believe him and made him do it on the spot. We were at a party, on someone’s porch. It was highly entertaining, trust me.

  7. Handstand pushups?! That’s hardcore. Good for you for doing them!

    Things I have in common with my dog: we don’t like the cold, get really excited when my husband comes home from work, and we love chickpeas. 🙂

  8. My black lab and I had a ton in common. We’d almost always rather be outdoors. We took sleeping seriously. We loved being around people but needed our alone time too.

    It’s funny how pets and owners match up in personalities. 😉

  9. My dog and I have a few things in common: our periods hyperactivity, followed by periods of laziness, we are both really stubborn, we both like to eat, and we both despise cold weather.

  10. I always love seeing Murphy food gazing from afar in your pictures, he’s adorable.

    My Shih Tzu, Sam and I:

    1. Both of our birthdays are in July.
    2. We both make pig noises, ha. He does it naturally when he’s playing, or when you cuddle him etc, I can snort occasionally when I have a good laugh.
    3. We both care a great deal for other peoples feelings. Example for him: If I was crying, he comes over immediately and sits (trying to get my attention), until I talk to him.
    4. We both love my Dad a lot!
    5. We love sweet potatoes and other vegetables.
    6. We both hate being wet and cold after a bath/shower. (Although I’ve never resorted to rubbing my body sideways on the carpet to get dry).

    I could go on for a while. Food looks great! I love clementines and have been eating them a lot lately.

  11. I love the quote on the chalkboard! It totally resonated with me.

    Anywhoo, I’ve been reading your blog for ages now (love it!), and I think this is the first time I’ve posted a comment. I really admire how you and Mal are always sharing meals together! My fiance and I eat completely different things (me: healthy with a ton of veggies and lots of good spice, him: anti-healthy with no veggies allowed and almost zero spice). Do you and Mal ever have that problem?

    And to answer your question, one of my kitties and I LOVE to sleep. My other kitty and I are super passionate about food!

    1. @Annie: Yes and no. When we first got together, we had totally different eating habits, but over the years, we’ve both introduced each other to new foods, recipes, etc. and found ones that we both like, so it’s become easier to plan meals together. However, there are usually one or two dinners each week that we do our own thing– he eats what he likes and I eat what I like. My best advice is to both be open to trying new foods and recipes and being honest with each other about what and how you like to eat. Sometimes, you’ll find healthy things that you both like and other times you won’t, and if it’s the later, you just have to do what’s best for you. Hope this helps!

  12. I’m curious about this CrossFit affiliate. I used to teach yoga at another CrossFit gym on the South Shore and I always wanted to join but membership was $210 a month. Not that $150 isn’t expensive, but I can wrap my head around that a bit more easily than $210. Yikes!

  13. In love with this post! What don’t I have in common with my golden retriever Cooper?! We both love PB and ice cream. We think 5 mile runs are fun and easy, but after that mileage Cooper would like to take nap.

    My hubs is back into Crossfit using the WOD app. I usually incorporate similar concepts when I’m teaching my HIIT classes.

  14. Your morning breath smells like “low tide”, that is freakin’ HILARIOUS Tina!!! What do I have in common with my cat Neva? We both like sleeping curled up beside my husband, we both like tuna and she’s white and fluffy – I’m the same if I don’t shave my legs. Have a great day Tina.

  15. Murphy has the coolest expressions! 🙂 Crossfit sounds brutal, but I love the fact that for a second you were like “there ain’t no way!” and then “oh yes there is!”
    I have cats, and we are nothing alike. Although I wish I could sleep all day and graze like they do!


  16. Our dog is a worrier,just like her mom. She needs to know where everyone in the family is at any given moment, what they are doing, and if they’re OK.
    We’re both light sleepers, and will sake at the slightest sign of potential trouble.
    She gained sympathy pregnancy weight. Both times. My husband didn’t gain an ounce!
    We both get cold easily, and don’t enjoy it!
    And we both adore our family. 🙂

  17. I think it would be really interesting for you to post on the differences you are experience in Crossfit and in Body Pump, and your results in both areas.
    *Full disclosure-I’m a functional fitness/ heavy weights junkie, and have done both, seeing vast changes with heavy weights, and little to no change with body pump.

  18. Chloe, my little pekingese, and I are both outgoing, love being around other people yet need our own space sometimes, are stubborn, and definitely a bit sassy (or a lot sassy!).

  19. If you haven’t tried cold brew coffee before, you might look into it. It has to sit overnight, but you get a coffee concentrate that can be diluted by water or milk and you don’t have to wait for it to chill.

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