Fitness Day + An Easy Chicken Recipe {Sunday}

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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Hello, hello! Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Let’s get right to it and recap yesterday!


My Sunday started with a wonderful 4-mile run with a bunch of ladies from Kerrie‘s bootcamp. She recently started an informal running club on Sunday mornings, so she invited the folks from our CrossFit box to join along. I’m especially psyched about this because I’m trying to get back into running again and having some people to run with is great motivation.

Yesterday morning was absolutely beautiful for a run””a little chilly, but bright and sunny. I ran with Kerrie and another gal named Kelly, and the three of us kept a pretty good pace (sub 9:00-minute miles) for 4 miles. I’m not going to lie, I was kind of struggling to keep up at times. I haven’t run more than a few miles since last fall, so I was definitely working hard out there. I guess you “lose it if you don’t use it!” It looks like I have some serious training to do in preparation for the ZOOMA half marathon on June 1st.

KFit Bootcamp

After running with KFIT, I swung by Marylou’s for an iced coffee (white chocolate chip) and then headed to 781 to watch the last members’ heat of Open WOD 13.3

Marylou's iced coffee

Once everyone finished the WOD, there was about an hour until the Paleo potluck and the competitors’/coaches’ WOD, so Mal asked me if I wanted to do a workout to kill some time. I wasn’t about to let him workout alone, so we did a short WOD together.

3 rounds for time:

  • 500 meter row
  • 5 pull-ups
  • 5 toes-to-bar
  • 5 power cleans


After our workout, Mal and I drove home to get Murphy. We planned to spend a few more hours at CrossFit for the Paleo potluck and to watch the competitors and coaches compete, so we figured the pug might want to hang out too.


And he did. Murphy loves CrossFit. #crossfitdogs #crossfitpugsofinstagram

CrossFit Pugs

There were so many delicious eats at the Paleo potluck!


Murphy, of course, wasn’t far from the food action.


These Paleo chocolate chip cookies were ridiculous! Holy crap, they were good. I will definitely be making them soon. FYI: I heard the dough is to die for!

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

A little while later, it was time for the competitors’/coaches’ WOD.


Murphy didn’t know what to make of it.


The 781 beasts killed it! Everyone got muscle-ups!!



After spending most of the day at 781, Mal and I headed home to clean the house and get our lives in order for the upcoming week. I snacked on a Mini Babybel Mozzarella from The Laughing Cow while I picked up the house.


A little while later, I had a major craving for green juice, so I whipped up a batch for Mal and me.



A couple of hours later, I started on dinner, which ended up turning out so well and was insanely simple to make. Here’s the recipe!




Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Chop peppers and onion and place in a baking dish. Add Rotel, garlic, salt, and pepper.


Remove innards from chicken. Rinse chicken (outside and inside) with water. Pat dry with paper towels. Rub outside of chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Cook chicken upside-down (breasts up) for 25 minutes. Flip chicken (breasts down) and then cook for another 30-ish minutes until a meat thermometer reads 180 degrees F.


Tada! Delicious roast chicken with peppers, onions, tomatoes, and chilies! Yum!


After dinner, I ate a couple of handfuls of almonds and dark chocolate to satisfy my sweet tooth.


Kick Ass Virtual 5K

My friend Abby (and IBD sister) is hosting a Kick Ass Virtual 5K on Tuesday, April 9 to benefit Team Challenge and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Why April 9th? That was the date last year when Abby scheduled the surgery that would remove her colon. As she writes: “It was a very big and scary day for me but it was also the day I took steps to get my health and my life back.” Abby is on the road to good health now and training to run the 13.1 half marathon in Chicago in June.


Obviously, I’m totally on board for Abby’s Kick Ass Virtual 5K and plan to run on April 9th. I really hope you consider participating too. It’s just $15 to join in, and your money goes to a great cause. You’ll also be entered into a sweet raffle with all sorts of great prizes. Details here!

Question of the Day

Was there ever a food that you didn’t like only to change your mind about it later?

When I was about 11 or 12 years old, I decided I no longer liked chicken. I guess it just grossed me out or something, and I didn’t eat it for a couple of years. But, one day out of the blue when I was in junior high, I decided I liked it again and have eaten it ever since.



  1. Coleslaw was that way for me. I never ate it as a kid always said I didn’t like the idea of the cabbage, but as an adult that all changed. Now I can’t seem to get enough of it, especially in the summer.

  2. Zucchini! I used to love it when I was a kid until my bro pointed out that it was gross. He was my role model and I did everything the same way as him so all of a sudden I hated zucchini too! Thankfully a couple of years later I tried it again and decided my bro wasn’t so smart after all 😀

  3. The food for me was pickled Beets. I know I know, gross. My mom used to set them on the dinner table for anyone to have as an extra side dish. They looked so good that I WANTED to like them. I would try a little piece every day until I actually started liking them. Aquired taste? Yeah, I was a weird child.
    I like a lot of things as an adult that I didn’t as a child. Tomatoes, peppers, and any cheese that smells terrible.

  4. I used to absolutely hate tomatoes, now they are still not my favorite but I will eat them if they are on a sandwich or in a salad.

  5. Bananas! Up to less than a year ago I had this odd phobia of them…now I’m a banana eating monster! I eat at least two every day and I’m hella obsessed with banana bread! (and of course soft serve!)

  6. I hated bananas! My mom would force me to eat 1 a month. And my best friend loved pb & banana sandwiches. When we ate lunch together, I’d turn my back to her because bananas grossed me out so much! Now I eat bananas a few times/week.

  7. It’s so cute that your dog can go with you there. Where we lived on the west coast, we were used to seeing dogs everywhere. Out there everyone was able to take the dogs everywhere including work and shopping. Here dogs don’t seem to go anywhere ever.

  8. Chocolate. I got really sick eating chocolate when I was 11. Didn’t eat it for almost 20 years. I’m so happy to like it again.

  9. I just bought some of those enjoy life choc chips so Ill def be making those cooking this week! Also I used to hate Peanut butter, who could hate that?!? Now I love all kinds of nut butters

  10. I’ve never really hated any food. My parents used to make us trying everything at least once, so I was always exposed to a lot of foods. I go through phases with tomatoes though….something about the texture totally throws me off!

  11. Okay, your Murphy is seriously the cutest dog ever. I have always loved pugs but that face is just too much!

    I used to hate lima beans but when I got pregnant with my son, they were all I wanted to eat and I still love them today (and he’s 2 years old).

    I see you did some pull ups in your WOD…I have tried and tried and tried to strengthen my arms and core enough to do a pull up but I can’t do it. Any suggestions?? It’s become like Everest for me!

  12. Tina,
    Thanks so much for this chicken recipe. I have a whole chicken in my freezer, that I bought on a whim at a Roche Bros. 5 for 25 meat sale. This was a few weeks back, and I can’t seem to find a decent whole chicken recipe. This seems like a keeper!
    As for food aversions gone right- I have one for sure. I missed out of hummus for the majority of my life after a bad experience at age 10. Last year I rekindled my love affair with this food, at a bridal shower, and now its a staple!

  13. I used to HATE broccoli (what kid doesn’t?), but now I roast it for an easy side dish nearly every week. And I used to not be able to eat cottage cheese AT ALL (texture?), but the minute I mix it with anything else (tuna or veggies, usually), I inhale it.

  14. um, those cookies look insane! the dough is sitting in my fridge right now, it’s a little runny, but i’m hoping it will firm up! thanks for the recipe. looks like you had a great sunday!

  15. I don’t know if this counts but caesars! They’re the Canadian equivalent of a bloody mary- and people LOVE them. I hate them so much for so long- and then one day I had a sip and was in love. Now I greatly enjoy them.

  16. That chicken looks amazing! I am always intimidating to cook the full chicken but need to give it a try. PS I am hoping to do the ZOOMA race when it comes to Chitown this fall!

  17. We just started CrossFit this weekend — I’ve been trying to talk my husband into it ever since you guys started!! Haha. I saw some people doing those wall balls when we were coming in — they looked brutal!

  18. I could not stand mustard or bananas growing up. Now I LOVE them! There are still a few foods that weird me out raw (chicken being the main one) so if I ever eat it, it has to already be prepped! I just had a piece of local maple wood smoked thick cut bacon for breakfast yesterday. It was the first time in YEARS (maybe 5?) that I have had bacon or pork for that matter. 🙂

    Those cookies rock. Ever since you instagramed them yesterday, I have set out to make them today!! Thanks!

  19. Oysters!!! I used to think they were so awful. Everything from the smell, texture and taste used to freak me right out.
    Now I love those slippery suckers so much. They are SO delicious.

  20. Basically every food ever. I was a weird stubborn kid who hated just about everything at one point or another. The list includes: pepperoni, shrimp, mustard, sweet potatoes, and almost all veggies (which I didn’t realize I liked until starting a healthy lifestyle, forced myself to eat them, and realizing I didn’t need to be forced)

  21. Your pug pictures absolutely melt my heart. My husband and I are wanting to get a pug after we find a house this summer.

    I didn’t like yogurt growing up and now I love it. Especially Chobani!!!

  22. I went through a hating chicken phase, too – it was the first meat I stopped eating, in my heading-to-vegetarian phase. Oddly, after I stopped eating all other meats, I started eating chicken again for about a year, before I became officially vegetarian for good (18 years now).

    There are lots of vegetables I used to hate and now love (or at least tolerate – beets, I’m looking at you), but the big one is onions. Of course, there are a few I still hate and I’m pretty sure nothing’s going to change that (green peppers top the list).

  23. What a great idea to do a virtual 5k that people all over the place can participate in. That chicken looks delicious. I’m a huge texture person when it comes to food and I used to swear off all things that ‘felt’ weird to me- this included seafood, blueberries, greek yogurt and hard boiled eggs, all of which are now in my regular diet. I would never even think of swearing off chicken though!

  24. I have been following the Detoxinista for a few weeks now and I have made those chocolate chip cookies a lot! My kids (4, 2 and almost 1) love them and mama loves them!
    I plan to try your chicken recipe tonight. Thanks!

  25. Unfortunately my husband isn’t completely on board. He wants me to make my regular chocolate chip cookies full of white flour, sugar, butter etc.

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