Fun (Friday) Fitness Survey

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.

Hello! Happy Friday! :mrgreen:

I saw this fun fitness survey on Katie’s blog awhile back and thought it looked like a good one, especially for a Friday, so here goes!

1. Five fitness items I can’t live without:

2. Favorite pre-workout snack/meal:

For me, it depends on the workout, but it almost always includes nut butter and banana, which keeps me satisfied and doesn’t upset my stomach. Some of my favorites:


3. On my fitness bucket list:

I have all sorts of stuff on my Fitness Bucket List, but the ones I’m trying to tackle in the next 3-6 months or so are Fran Rx, surfing, and PR-ing at my next half marathon.

4. Must-have tech tools:

My iPhone + Timex GPS Watch. I can’t run without them!

5. Top exercise gear:

I think I already covered this one in the first question, but I’ll mention my Reebok Play Dry Jacket since I’ve been living in it lately. I wear it to CrossFit all the time as well as around the house and to run errands. I love it.


6. Motivational mantra:

I love, love, love motivational mantras! In fact, I have 140 of them pinned to my Fitness Inspiration board on Pinterest. Here are a few of my new favorites:




7. Next big exercise goal:

Fran Rx! I’m pretty sure it’ll kill me, but I will be so frickin’ happy when I finish. I still remember writing it on the goal board at our box about a year ago. I thought it was the most impossible goal ever, but now it’s within reach.


8. Favorite cardio exercise:

CrossFit and running! Obviously.

9. Favorite strength move:

There are so many I love. My favorites: Cleans, Jerks, Thrusters, Deadlifts”¦ pretty much anything that makes me feel like a beast!

CrossFit WOD Book Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway to win a Reebok CrossFit WOD Book! Here are your winners:


I LOVE fight gone bad! Such a great way to kick my one trash ;) .


I just started crossfit last week so this would be an awesome way to track my workouts from the start! So far I’d say the baseline is my favorite since that’s what I’m working to beat in my first month :)


Hello from Central NJ! I joined Crossfit in October 2011 and never looked back. Now almost six months pregnant with my first I know WODing 3-4 times a week is a huge reason why things are going so smoothly. Can’t wait to get back to HSPUs and burpees next summer! ;)

Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run

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Congrats, winners! Please email me at with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize.

A bunch of you guys asked where you can buy the CrossFit WOD books. Unfortunately, the Reebok ones from CrossFit ONE aren’t available for purchase, but you can buy something very similar from Journal Menu.

Question of the Day

What’s your favorite piece of fitness gear right now?

P.S. Check out my latest recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip! Oooh, yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds!



  1. I use to eat bananas before a work out all the time too… until my Dad told me bananas are muscle relaxers… they have potassium and magnesium which is the perfect combo to eat after you workout!

    1. Interesting! Makes sense since they say bananas help with cramping/side stitches. I always eat one before (and sometimes after) a race!

  2. Hi Ms. Tina,
    I read your blog EVERYDAY! I love it/slightly am addicted to it! Your post yesterday about UC really was meant to be read and I apologize for others’ lack of knowledge and maturity about such issues. This is your blog and you have whatever right to post what you want!
    Also, I was wondering, what Protein Powder do you use and where do you buy your Almond Butter?
    Thank you so much!

    1. Thanks, Morgan! I’m currently using (and loving!) the vanilla protein powder from fitmixer. (There’s a link for it on the right side of my blog.) I buy my almond butter from Trader Joe’s or Target.

  3. Thanks for the linky link! The survey is fun! We’ve been having fun with your 24dot over here! I’m excited to find out what we’re doing tonight – we have Xander pull the slip when John gets home from work!

    Looking forward to running ZOOMA Annapolis “with” you! (Since you’re much faster -ha!)

  4. My fave piece(s) of fitness gear right now are my new Under Armor kicks. I was hesitant to try them (I’m an Asics girl) but so far they feel amazing when I run.


    My Innov-8 trail shoes.

  5. I love my punching bag! Technically I just got my own yesterday but I’ve used one a bunch at the gym and I’ve been dying to get one for two years!

  6. LOVE the TaTa Tamer as well. Seriously the best. My favorite new-ish product would have to be my Brooks Launch running shoes. But I learned the day I bought them (after trying on a zillion pairs and finally settling on the Launch) that they are being discontinued. Tempted to hoard them but I feel like I can probably find something similar and the only colors left are super heinous. Good thing I don’t pick running shoes based on the colors like I did in high school ha! Also addicted to my Garmin Heart Rate monitor for cardio workouts these days. Kinda freak out if I forget it 🙂

  7. I found a sports bra (from victoria’s secret actually) that I absolutely loved–even perfect for running–so I bought a total of 4 of them! Very unlike me, but they’re making a world of a difference for working out and I love them!

  8. Favorite gear would have to be my ipod shuffle.

    Also, can you do a review on the blog of the Flip Belt? I’ve heard so many things about them but feel like they would move around when running, not hold things tightly, etc.

    1. @Danielle: I got a Flip Belt after reading Tina’s review on CNC, it’s awesome! So much better than any bag or arm band. I lift and run with it, doesn’t budge. I’ve loaded it up with my car key (VW fob, not small as keys go), ID and iPhone (in a case) and it worked great while I ran. Like you, I was worried it wouldn’t stay in place but it does. I got a small (I’m a size 4) and it stays in place, I think you just need to know the right spot on your hips/waist to place it for you. A worth while purchase!

      @Tina I’m still learning about CrossFit, what is a Fran Rx?

  9. I love the LuluLemon tanks and long-sleeved dri-feet shirts! I am so spoiled by them now that I can hardly run in anything else. Knowing that I’ll be comfortable when I run, even in the cold, really motivates me to get out there.

  10. I am loving the Nike+ app on my iphone to track my runs! Love that it shows pace, distance, calories and you can see how your mileage stacks up against previous weeks.

  11. My favorite piece of workout gear right now are my Brooks Ravenna 3s. I’ve only been able to wear a standard Army PT uniform to work out the past 8 months, since I’ve been deployed, but I’m looking forward to investing in good winter gear when I get home!

  12. My Lululemon “Define Jacket”! I wear it everywhere. Perfect for not so cold runs and also stylish and comfy enough while training clients. It also helps that it is bright pink too. 😉 Have a fabulous weekend!

  13. Love your blog!! I really love the quote about Barbie and Ken. Gotta figure out how to repost that! Thanks! Laura

  14. Mine is my long sleeved double layer top with thumb holes from nike. Keeps me so warm when running outside in winter. On my wish list is the fleece lined Sweaty Betty running tights!

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