Afternoon Cuddle Time

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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One of the best perks about working from home is afternoon cuddle time with my favorite pug. How adorable is this dog?!

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Murphy often spends much of the day sitting in my lap while I work at my computer. I’m sure it’s terrible for my back, but he’s so darn cute, I just can’t say no. Plus, he keeps me warm!


I woke up craving a warm, creamy bowl of oatmeal, so I whipped up a batch with rolled oats, a banana, egg whites, hemp milk, ground flaxseed meal, and cinnamon. I also added two spoonfuls of peanut butter to the mix.


After breakfast, I headed to NuVal for a few hours. I was there during lunchtime, so I packed a meal to take with me.

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Today’s lunch: veggies + roasted garlic hummus.

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And a single-serving of sunflower butter.

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That I spread on a Protein Pancake.

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It was a tasty lunch and much more satisfying than I thought it would be. I always sort of worry about being hungry before a workout, but this one did the trick and kept my stomach happy for hours.


After NuVal, I headed straight to the gym to get my run on. (I knew if I stopped at home, I wouldn’t want to go!) On the agenda: 12 x 400m with 90 seconds rest in between on the treadmill.

For the rest intervals, I walked at 3.5 mph, which worked out to be approximately 0.10 mile, so I just used that distance instead of trying to do the math in my head for 90-second rest and 1/4 mile intervals twelve different times. The more tired I get, the more difficult simple addition becomes for me! Anyway, here’s how it all worked out on the treadmill.


It took me a little over 50 minutes to finish the 5.2-mile workout.


After my workout, I came home and immediately took a few swigs of coconut water (to replenish my muscles) and then hopped in the shower. After that, I snacked on a toasted Banana Walnut Paleo Muffin with melted butter and a large spoonful of Teddie peanut butter that went directly from the jar into my mouth.

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I’m kind of pooped after that treadmill workout, so I’m debating whether to skip CrossFit or not tonight. Plus, a special visitor is visiting tomorrow, so I should probably stay home and clean the house.

Enjoy the night, friends!

P.S. Here’s a super cute/funny photo for the pug lovers!



  1. haha that run looked intense, I’d be pooped too! And I’m the same way, I’m always worried I’ll get to the gym and be hungry before I start working out! I sometimes overeat because of it! I just need to start bringing a banana or something in my bag just in case and not worrying too much about it!

  2. Ooo yay another running workout – adding it to the list!

    Isn’t 400m a quarter mile? You said that the plan was to run 12 x 200m – isn’t 200m like .12 of a mile? My math could be off but I just wanted to check!

  3. Hey Tina,

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I noticed you go to NYC a lot! My Fiance and I just moved to Philly and are making our first ever trip to NYC this weekend! I was wondering if you could give us some suggestions on where to eat thats healthy but delicious! Thanks!


      1. @Ash Bear: thank you so much! We’re just really wanting to get the best experience we can in such a short time frame! We love good American food but I heard there were some amazing Thai restaurants?? Thanks again for all the help Tina and ash!

        1. @Sarah: Sarah, please email me at healthyhappierbear at gmail dot com

          For Thai I suggest: Kin Shop (amazing but a tad pricey) or Thai Market or Pure Thai Cookhouse (my co-worker loves Thai Cookhouse)

  4. I like the single serving sunflower butter! That would be great for my packed lunches. Your lunch looks tiny though…I would be starving!!!

  5. I’m not going to lie, one of the things I hate most is leaving in the morning when all I want to do is crawl back in bed with the dogs. They are cuddled up all cute and I just want to snuggle with their fluffiness.

  6. Murphy is so stinking cute! I’ve never been a huge pug person, but seeing Murphy in your blog makes me think I wouldn’t mind having one {don’t tell my current dog that}!

  7. My cockapoo and I have an afternoon nap together whenever possible. He’s the best snuggle buddy! Sometimes I force him to sit on my lap while I do work to warm me up but I’m not sure he’s a fan of it or just does it because he knows I like it 🙂 what a good sport!

  8. I’m in love with Murphy. My day is always made whenever he makes an appearance on your blog. That photo is this post is adorable! That ear…:)

  9. What a little cuddle bug. Dogs are the best, don’t ya think? Where did you get those single serving cups of sunflower butter? I need to find some of those pronto, although I have a feeling their idea of a single serving is a little bit different than mine. Mine usually entails the whole dang jar. What can I say? I heart me some flower power butter 🙂

  10. Love these treadmill workouts you are posting. They are giving me some great inspiration for all of my runs which are on the treadmill these days.

  11. I just broke down and bought some single serve Jiff packets because they are so convenient. It would be nice to have the convenience of the to-go packaging without all the Jiff-junk!

  12. Pug puppies are definitely in the top 3 of cutest puppies but doxies are number 1, sorry. My doxie sits in my lap while I compute with her head on my arm which makes it a little hard to type but so worth it.

    I love the way you eat…how you strive to eat really healthy but don’t deprive yourself of a treat every now and then. I tend to be a little more strict with myself and wish I could ease up a little

    The USDA chart is a joke. Pretty obvious they get some kind of support from the meat and dairy industries. The Harvard chart is something I could definitely endorse and makes the most sense. something the average person could follow without feeling deprived.

  13. I have the same issue with my pug, Paddington. She is a cuddle bug. There have been many hits to the snooze button because she “begged” me to stay in bed and cuddle a little longer 🙂 I posted that same picture of the dancing pug on my blog today, great minds think alike!

  14. Ok so I saw a pug today and immediately wanted to call him Murphy! I’ve never even met your Murphy and for some reason I have this weird thought that all pugs must be named Murphy. I have a pug mix but his name is Buddha. I’ve never seen single serving sunflower butter before…is that available in stores or do you purchase it online?

  15. Oh man, 12 x 400?? That seems like so much; I would die. But probably because my “rest” time is still running at either 6 or 6.2. Maybe I should actually walk and then give it balls to the wall when I do the 400meter. 😛

  16. Love those serving size sunbutters – too cool. I am going to check out their website today 🙂 Murphy is just so darn cute!!!! I love him!

  17. Just did that crazy killer workout and loved it even if my math was a bit off . Haha I’m training for the Seattle rock n roll so I’m so following in your training footsteps 🙂

  18. Just did this workout and it was great! The 400s at 9.0 definitely pushed me but then it was reassuring to know I’d get a rest, then work my way back up in speeds again. This definitely has left me feeling constantly hungry today-nothing is satisfying me!!!

    Thanks for another great workout, Tina

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