Fall Field Day

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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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Hi, again! Here’s a recap of yesterday morning and afternoon. I had a nice, little Saturday!


I went to bed pretty early on Friday night (drank wine, watched a movie), so I woke up insanely early (and hungry) on Saturday morning. I was in the mood for pancakes, so I broke out the Griddler and whipped up a batch of pumpkin-flavored ones.

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Saturday Morning Pumpkin Pancakes


  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup almond flour/meal
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice


  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and blend well.
  • Heat skillet to medium-low heat and coat with cooking spray.
  • Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to portion the batter onto the skillet.
  • Cook each side of the pancake for about 2-3 minutes and flip.
  • Serve warm with your favorite toppings.

Makes 8 pancakes

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These pancakes turned out so well. They were light and fluffy with a semi-sweet pumpkin-y flavor. So delish!


I ate four pancakes with peanut butter and maple syrup and left the rest for Mal to eat when he woke up. I went to the grocery store to do our shopping for the week, so I left him a note. Murphy sometimes lies about eating breakfast, so I made sure to let Mal know that he had already eaten.

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When I got home from the grocery store, a fun surprise was waiting for me on the front porch.

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Inside was goodies from Reebok!! For November, they sent me the Play Dry Jacket (in Gravel) and RealFlex Fusion TR (in Rivet Grey/Vitamin C/Aubergine/White) to review.


Let’s start with the jacket since I am completely in love with it and it’s absolutely something I would buy myself. In fact, one of my CrossFit friends has the exact same jacket in Aubergine (aka purple), and I told her I really liked it and even considered buying it for myself, so, obviously, I’m psyched that Reebok sent me one to review! I already know I’m going to wear this jacket a lot””of course, before and after workouts, but also in everyday life as part of my regular wardrobe. I’m a big fan of jeans + sneakers/flip flops and just stylish workout gear as  “regular” clothes, so you’ll probably see this jacket quite a bit on CNC!

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I’m all about fabrics when it comes to workout gear. If it’s stiff or scratchy, I’m just not a fan and won’t wear it. This jacket is lightweight and comfy with a really soft, waffle-like pattern on the inside. It’s so, so, so cozy to wear.

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I also love the thumb holes on the sleeves.

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I mean, who doesn’t love thumb holes on sleeves? They’re the best. Seriously.

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Ok, onto the sneakers! How fun are these things?!

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The colors? Purple, orange, and gray? Love, love, love!

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I actually already have a pair of the RealFlex, and I wear them often for CrossFit workouts. They’re great for WODs that have a little bit of everything in them because they’re lightweight, flexible, and move with me while I’m box jumping, running, Burpee-ing, or whatever else.

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Yesterday’s CrossFit workout was a “Fall Field Day” with all different kinds of exercises, so I knew my new RealFlex Fusion TR would be perfect, so I wore them to class. The workout also included some running outside, so I wore my new Play Dry Jacket to keep me warm. The jacket has a slim fit, but it’s flexible and didn’t limit my range of motion at all while I ran and worked out.

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The “Fall Field Day” involved 5 different events:

1)   Max 400 meter Sprint

2)   Max Rep Bench Press Test with one weight (below), go for AMRAP

Males: Beginner: 95, Intermediate: 135, Advanced: 185

Females: Beginner: 35, Intermediate: 65, Advanced: 95

3)   Max Broad Jump (3 attempts)

4)   Max Isometric Hold Chin-up (Time)

5)   Max 1 minute Double Unders

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The first event was a 400 meter sprint. I finished in 1:10, which was a 11-second decrease from March and a 23-second decrease from January. I can’t believe how much faster my running has gotten in the past 11 months, especially since I don’t run nearly as much as I used to!

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Mal has gotten a lot faster too. He finished 400 meters in 52 seconds. He was so fast, I wasn’t able to snap a picture of him as he ran by me! Haha! My photography skills are stellar.


For the bench press, I did 24 reps at 65 pounds.

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For the broad jump, I got 6’4”.

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For the Isometric Hold Chin-up, I made it to 60 seconds before dropping. My partner lost track of my double-unders, so I’m not sure how many I did in a minute, but I got a string of 21 in a row!

After CrossFit, Mal and I stopped by Marylou’s for iced coffees and then went to buy leaf bags.

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The next activity for our day was raking the leaves in our backyard.

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Mal and I used to wish we had a bigger backyard, but now we’re started to appreciate its size.

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It took us less than an hour to rake up all of the leaves in our yard and bag them.

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Murphy helped by eating about a dozen leaves.

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Once Mal and I finished the yard work, I reheated some leftovers for lunch (Skillet Sweet Potato Hash) and then jumped into the shower to get ready for Elizabeth and Nick’s wedding.

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Wedding post coming next!

Question of the Day

What’s your favorite piece of workout gear that doubles as everyday clothes?

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