Coordinating Workouts With Your Partner + Colitis Update

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.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Heyyyyyyy! How’s it going?

Quinn and I had a nice morning yesterday! It started with a trip to Whole Foods for our weekly grocery shopping.

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Quinn was wide awake when we arrived and then totally passed out by the time we left.

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He was actually still snoozing when we got home, so I decided to snap a picture of my grocery haul and tell you about our meal plan for the week. (This shopping is a bit smaller than usual because I did a BIG one last week.) This week’s (dinner) meal plan:

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I ate an egg sandwich around 5:00 AM, so I was hungry again when I was at Whole Foods. I heard a rumor that the egg sandwiches from the hot bar are really good, so I had to see what they were all about. Verdict: I liked it, but mine are better! I also bought a caramel-white chocolate-macadamia nut cookie to go with my breakfast sandwich. I was planning to buy a muffin or scone, but the cookies just called to me””and, boy, I am glad I bought one. Deeeeelicious! I bought the Organic Valley creamer because it was on sale and $0.69 cheaper than the stuff I usually buy, and it’s really good. It’s definitely sweet and a little goes a long way!

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Breakfast was awesome!

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After breakfast, I did a few things around the house, fed Quinn, and then we headed out for a run. I planned to run 4-5 miles at Southfield, but my intestines had other plans. Blah.

So, remember when I almost got myself off steroids and then everything went to sh*t? Well, that basically happened again. This time, I stopped taking the Lialda that I was taking for years. I figured it wasn’t working anymore and maybe it was keeping me in a flare? All of the times that I stopped taking drugs for my UC, I got better, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to try. I mean, I’m out of options at this point. Well, I weaned down to 2.5 mg once again, felt great, and then things fell apart. I was in the bathroom all weekend, but I started to feel a little better today (when I upped my dose of Prednisone again). Anyway”¦

My plan for running 4-5 miles at Southfield turned into running/walking on the streets around our neighborhood just in case I needed to stop home to use the bathroom. I ended up popping into my house once, but the rest of the time, I was mostly fine and managed to fit in 4 miles! Woohoo!

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It’s suppose to rain for the next 3 days, so I’m glad that Quinn and I got our workout in!

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Every Sunday, Mal and I talk about our workouts for the upcoming week and make adjustments as needed. This week, for example, we had a few things on the agenda that we needed to plan around:

  • Rain Tuesday through Thursday
  • I have a facial appointment on Wednesday night
  • We have plans with friends on Friday night

When I realized that it was going to rain a lot this week, I asked Mal if we could switch our usual evening CrossFit workouts, so my Monday workout would be running outside with Q instead of CrossFit, and he was totally cool with it. It’s awesome that Mal loves fitness as much as I do because we both make our workouts a priority in our lives. Of course, it’s more difficult with a baby, but we manage to stick with a regular exercise schedule as much as possible, thanks to some coordination and teamwork. And if we’re really short on time, we just do a quickie driveway or basement WOD. A little something is better than nothing and those quickie, high-intensity CrossFit-style workouts can really kick your butt in 15-20 minutes!

Question of the Day

Do you coordinate your workouts with your significant other?



  1. I think that’s awesome that you do that with your husband. My husband used to work out but lately he’s been so stressed out he just crashes out. He does however support me in all my running endeavors. It would be nice if he would do them with me though.

  2. We both do crossfit. We are parents of a 3yo and 1yo little boy. Hubby goes in the AM at 6:00 and I go at 4:30. With my first son I really struggled with going in the evenings. I was a working Mom and the only time I had to go was in the evenings. I felt like I was only seeing him for 1-1.5 hours a day. It was a very challenging time, I wanted to workout so bad because I wanted to sleep good, feel good and look good. At the same time I wanted to be with my son. Then our gym opened up a 7:00 am class. That was amazing I dropped my son off a bit early and snuck in a work out before work and then worked from 8:30 – 4:30.

    Now that I am a stay at home Mom. I quit after having my second son. I chomp at the bits to go in the evening. After spending all day with the kiddos I love when my husband comes home and I can leave!

  3. My husband works a ton, but doesn’t work out. I wish he would see the benefits of it and make time for it, his office even has a fitness center with a trainer! I guess it works to my advantage in that I’m free early morning or on the weekend to get my workout in while he watches the kiddos.

    I think it’s great that you and Mal are both so motivated with regard to fitness and a healthy lifestyle, you’re setting a wonderful example for your son!

  4. Now I want a cookie!! lol
    My hubby and I sort of coordinate our workouts. He has a meeting late Tuesday, so this is when I make dinner and then go to a class (typically Zumba or Body Shred), Wednesday I jog to the gym (~2.5 miles) and he brings me my yoga stuff so I can do the yoga class while he works out. Other than that we sort of wing it. If one person is going to work out they’ll tell the other, and we go together if we can. We don’t have kids yet though, so we’re able to have that freedom. lol

  5. The way you guys have managed your workouts is awesome. My son goes to bed at 6pm and we get home at 4pm so it’s really really hard for us. We’d have to pick working out over seeing him.

  6. Hi Tina, sorry to hear about your UC. I also have UC as well and after a year of debilitating flares I am feeling better than ever (with no need for Remicade or steroids). I’d be happy to tell you what I did to get better if you’re interested, noting weird I promise!

  7. that is one delicious looking breakfast.. i may need to re create something similar for tomorrow.. and i love the relationship you have with Mal, you guys are such great partners!

  8. Hi Tina! I’ve been reading your blog for years and have seen your struggles with colitis. Since I’ve started following your blog I’ve been through 3 years of Chinese Medical school (acupuncture/herbs), and I’ve learned about something that you may be interested in. It’s not so 100% chinese medicine, but it encompasses some aspects of it; the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet (GAPS diet). It has to do with gut dysbiosis. There is a book out on it, which I am currently reading. Google it, look into it, and maybe it will provide you with an option to reset your intestinal flora and be medication (and colitis) free! Yay! Anyhoo, still loving your blog after all these years; keep up the good work!

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