A Day In the Life

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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… of Murphy!!! :mrgreen:

During the work week, Murphy wakes up with Mal and me around 6:00 in the morning. Once we get out of bed, he doesn’t want to miss a thing!


While “Dad” showers, Murphy waits for him on the rug in the bathroom.


Meanwhile, I start making breakfast for Mal and me.

Then, it’s time for Murphy to eat his breakfast. He woofs it down in a matter of seconds, so we put a ball in his food to slow him down and prevent choking.


While Mal and I eat breakfast, Murphy hangs out with us and tries not to fall asleep. He’s so tired in the morning.


Around 7:00, Mal leaves to go to school. Murphy and I head out for a walk around the neighborhood so he can do his “business.”


About 20 minutes later, we return home and it’s time for “cheese,” which is Murphy’s multivitamin. I used to give it to him wrapped in a piece of cheese, but now he takes it without (like a big boy). (The vet prescribed the vitamins to help with Murphy’s excessive shedding. It works pretty well!)


After an exciting morning, it’s back to bed for the pug.


Until I wake him up a few hours later. I don’t want a lazy dog!


Murphy “helps” me work for the next few hours by sitting on my lap and keeping me company– sort of like the photo below.


Once I finish my afternoon blog post, Murphy and I go out for his long walk of the day. Most days, we walk for an hour or more.


Our walk almost always includes some stick chewing.


Then, Murphy waits for Dad to come home.


When Mal gets home, he and Murphy play together and run around the apartment like freaks.


Murphy keeps us company while we cook and eat dinner, and then Mal takes him out one last time to go “potty.” Murphy then hangs out on the couch with us until it’s time for bed.


I’m telling ya, it’s a tough life for this dog! 😉


Yummy breakfast this morning! I incorporated the last Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone into a bowl of overnight oats. Last night, I mentioned that I was getting sick of these scones, but it was delicious crumbled up in a bowl of overnight oats. It added so much flavor!


In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Raisins
  • Chia seeds
  • 2 scoops of Barney Butter



Question of the Day

Complete this sentence:

I feel healthy when…

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  1. Tina, I love your blog! I have a 6 1/2 year-old black Pug named Louis who is the light of my life. He and Murphy could be BFF’s … They live the exact same life 😉 What is the name of the vitamin that the vet prescribes Murphy for shedding? Louis has the same problem – Thank you! 🙂

    1. @Laura: I would be interested in what this multivitamin is as well, I have a pug beagle cross and she sheds an entire dog in a day 🙂 it’s dreadful the excessive shedding!

  2. aww this post reminds me of my 2 little dogs. My dogs always follow me into the bathroom as well! Some people think it is strange that my dogs are waiting in the bathroom for me to shower, etc. Murphy is so cute! I love the picture of you feeding him his vitamin and I love the picture of Mal and Murphy playing in the house!

  3. You’re so lucky that Murphy waits an hour before he needs to go outside in the morning. My pack heads for the door the minute I get out of bed. Adorable post!

  4. Awww…I love Murphy! I want one of my own now. 🙂

    I feel healthy when I do what’s right for me – drinking lots of water, eating right, working out hard and getting enough sleep.

  5. I feel healthy when I start my day with a green smoothie and when I’ve completed 60 minutes of an Urban Iron (muscle conditioning) class.

  6. Love the “day in the life of Murphy” post!!

    I also do the pill in the cheese trick with my Jaxson, but he has suddenly recently caught on, and now eats the cheese but spits out the pill:) Little bugger!

  7. Hi Tina,

    I can’t remember when I discovered your blog, but now that I’m “stopping by” on a daily basis, I thought I should say hello!

    That was the most ridiculously cute post, especially that pic of Murphy waiting for your husband on the couch. I love dogs in general, but I have been known to squeal “ahhhhh Pug” whenever I see one, and promptly scare the dog owner as I run toward them…it would be cute if I wasn’t 30, I’m sure.

    I feel healthy when I eat breakfast. Simple, but eating a healthy breakfast every day is a relatively new habit for me, and has really made a huge impact on how I eat/feel the rest of the day!

  8. Cute!!! My cat thinks is a dog too. He runs down the stairs when he hears on of our cars in the driveway. He follows us around the house like a dog. 🙂 It’s just fun to have a furry baby.

  9. This is one of my favorite postings to read!! Murphy has a great life!! Isn’t it great how much happiness a pet can bring??

  10. AHH I loved this post! I think it’s so funny that he passes out midmorning 🙂

    I feel healthy when I’m not stressing out about school.

  11. I feel healthy after I’ve had a solid workout.

    I love your idea to put a ball in Murphy’s food. My dog does the same thing & I worry all the time about her choking. I’ll have to try that out too.

  12. What kind of vitamin is it that Murphy takes?
    My dog sheds like crazy…currently we squirt a doggie Salmon Oil supplement on her food but I don’t really see a difference.

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