And… I’m Home

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Hi, 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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Planes, trains, and automobiles”¦ and I’m home!



My alarm went off at 6:01 AM this morning. I woke up in Katie’s guest room, took a quick shower, packed up all of my stuff, ate a banana with peanut butter, and then headed to the airport to catch my flight home. It was a whirlwind weekend, but an awesome one, no doubt.

At the airport, I bought an iced decaf latte made with almond milk.

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And a Good n Natural bar, which was just okay. I’m not sure I’d buy this one again.

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Plane —>Shuttle —>Subway —>Taxi —>Home!

When I walked in the door of our house, I received the most excited pug welcome I have ever experienced. Murphy was running around and barking like a nut job and wagging his curly tail straight! Apparently, he was really happy to see me. And, of course, I was happy to see him! Dog welcomes are the best.

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When I walked into our living room, I noticed Mal did a little rearranging while I was away.

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Hmm”¦ I have a feeling we’ll be getting rid of this chair soon. I wonder why Mal moved it into the back room? Maybe he’s trying to make space for a new couch? Winking smile

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Mal also meal planned and went grocery shopping for the week. Best husband ever!

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This week’s meal plan:


I was hungry when I got home, but I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for, so I just mixed a whole bunch of foods together in a bowl and just hoped for the best: sautéed spinach, sliced deli turkey, fresh basil, half of an avocado, cashews, salt, and pepper. Random, but delicious.

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Once I finished, I still wanted something more to eat, so I whipped up a two-ingredient pancake with sunflower butter on top. Perfect. Satisfied.

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Just now, before starting this post, I mixed up a batch of iced Pumpkin Spice Dandy Blend. (I just added 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice before I added water.) Mmm! Pumpkin spice deliciousness!


And now I’m off to walk Murphy and then unpack from this weekend! I’m happy to be home!

Weekly Workouts

  • Sunday: Army 10-miler
  • Monday: Off
  • Tuesday: Off
  • Wednesday: Yoga
  • Thursday: CrossFit
  • Friday: Off
  • Saturday: CrossFit <— special Halloween class!

Plank Challenge

My Plank Challenge officially starts today! I’ll give you all of the details tomorrow, but if you want to participate, all you have to do today is time yourself doing a plank. (I do them on my elbows, but feel free to do them straight-armed if you prefer.) Try to go as long as you can and then record your time. It’ll be your starting point for the Challenge. More to come tomorrow morning!

Health News & Views

I absolutely love pumpkin. I love it so much, I labeled myself a pumpkin-holic. I add it to everything””from breakfast to dessert””and it’s one of my favorite (ok, the favorite) fall food. With that said, here’s a healthy treat that is seriously indulgent without all of the calories and fat of a typical chocolate chip cookie. In this recipe, sugar and butter are replaced with more nutritious canned pumpkin and date puree, and mini chocolate chips replace regular-sized chocolate chips to add even more tiny bits of sweetness throughout the cookie without added calories. Enjoy this guilt-free seasonal treat with friends and family!

Fall Baking: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

P.S. Speaking of pumpkin, this article is hilarious: Halloween Horror Story: The Case of the Missing Pumpkin Lattes. Some of the quotes seriously cracked me up!

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  1. Ummm, so can I have Mal’s # to give to my b/f?? The meal planning & the grocery shopping done?? Amazing! I guess I shouldn’t complain thought as I’m going home to a new set of handmade basement shelves. “Pinning” those cookies for sure 🙂

  2. I think I’ll do the plank challenge too! I would do it at work in my cubicle, but I’m not really prepared to deal with the weird looks and questions.

  3. what. 2-ingredient pancake?!? I’m doing my first Whole30 and I’m missing my Paleo Waffles, so thank you thank you thank you! 🙂 Glad you’re home safely and had such a lovely welcome!

  4. I love thorinw random salads together. They always taste the best.

    Puppy welcomes are also the best way to enter a house! Our dog is all over us; our cats watch from a distance, couldn’t care less if we ever return, lol!

  5. Your husband does the meal planning AND the shopping? Wow. I’m so impressed! At most, I give my husband one night a week where he is responsible for dinner…and I can pretty much count on it being a pasta-with-red-sauce night. 🙂

    I am definitely up for the plank challenge! Someone else was posting about planks recently and got me motivated to try to do them for longer. My first try (a couple weeks ago) was 1 minute and now I’m up to 2 minutes. I don’t have any plan for holding it longer, though. What do you think? Increase it by 5-10 seconds a day? Less than that? How many times a day do you do it? Just need a plan and I’m ready to go!

  6. That’s so awesome Mal did the meal planning! I’m the meal planner in our home-my husband does the shopping! I’m pretty sure without my plan he would wing it, since he’s more of a cook than a recipe follower.

    I’m in on the plank challenge! I did my first one today!

  7. Traveling is totally exhausting. Coming home to a super excited dog rocks! Way to go Mal on the food shopping and meal planning. WOW! I need a challenge…maybe I’ll rock this plank thang

  8. I love my pup’s welcomes – whether I’m gone 3 minutes to get the mail or back from work 9+ hours later, it’s always the same wonderful enthusiasm, isn’t it? Love that unconditional love (and the occasional, unintentional ‘french kiss’ that comes from my crazy pup!).

    I’m planking as soon as I submit this to join in – the first one will SUCK!

  9. I love “random but delicious” meals. As a student living on campus (but we have our own kitchen), I feel like that’s how all my meals are.
    I’ll be participating in the plank challenge and get on it tonight 🙂

  10. Dog greetings are the best! I love it when I come home and Sashi and Lucy are waiting at the door for me. Makes me feel like I might be the most awesome person in the world for a second… lol.

  11. Thank you for sharing your recipes!! It is fun to try new things!! Have you tried any other new cookbooks other than the ones you have shared, also have you read the new Paleo for Athletes that just came out? One more do you have the frittata recipe you made last week?

    Thanks and have a great day! Heather

  12. A happy puppy welcome is the best 😉 Question: do you know if I can substitute regular or whole wheat flour for the almond meal/flour in your recipe? Haven’t seemed to find almond flour over here! and I love pumpkin recipes too, so I’d love to try your cookies 🙂 I’m substituting pureed squash for pumpkin though. No canned pumpkin over here either 😉

  13. Nothing better than a puppy welcome home! You guys always do a great job meal planning, but I don’t know if I could plan out all of my meals for an entire week. Usually I wing it because I never know what I will feel like having on a particular night. I wonder if you could just add pumpkin pie spice to a regular cup of coffee for pumpkin flavor? I absolutely love the Dunkin’ Donuts pumpkin spice ice coffee, but the closest DD to me here in Tampa is 15 minutes away! Insanity!

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