Getting The Day Off to a Good Start

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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Goooood morning! Happy Friday!

Murphy and I just got back from a long, leisurely walk. I listened to the most recent episode of the Balanced Bites podcast while Murphy sniffed anything and everything in his path. It was a wonderful way to start the day.

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Most mornings, I wake up, eat breakfast, and go straight into my office to get to work. Murphy typically goes back to bed and then pokes his little pug head into office around 9:00/9:30, which signals that he’s ready for his morning walk. Taking a walk before breakfast was a nice way to mix things up.

When I got back from our walk, I played some tunes and made breakfast. Murphy and I may have even had a little dance party. You probably already know this, but pugs love to dance.

This morning’s breakfast was two waffles with peanut butter, banana slices, raspberries, and maple syrup. Yum! I want to eat this breakfast every morning.

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Speaking of breakfast, let’s rewind to yesterday’s eats!


I was all about the Frosted Mini Wheats yesterday morning. I had two bowls with banana slices and almond milk. Mmm!

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I was glued to my computer all morning (lots of freelance projects are coming my way lately) and then broke for lunch around noon, which, once again, was an English muffin pizza. I seriously might eat this again for lunch today. It’s such an easy and delicious meal!

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Murphy was really interested in my English muffin pizza, so I let him lick my plate after I finished eating. I think he scored a little bit of marinara sauce and few crumbs of English muffin, which I’m sure made him really happy. Pugs are easy to please.



Random afternoon snacks: spoonfuls of peanut butter, toasted coconut almonds, and pieces of dried papaya.



On my way home from CrossFit, I stopped by The Yogurt Bar to get some froyo for dinner. It was amazing.

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I ate it while I cuddled with my favorite dog on the couch. (I’m not sure he can get any cuter.)


When Mal got home, I made him a frozen BBQ chicken pizza and snagged a piece. (He didn’t mind.) I figured I should probably eat some “real” dinner after eating froyo.


Question of the Day

How do you get your day off to a good start?

Other things I like to do to get my day off to a good start:

  • Make the bed
  • Get Marylou’s iced coffee
  • Talk to my friend Jen on her drive to work
  • Do 5-10 minutes of yoga while watching the news
  • Take a hot shower and use the products I typically save for special occasions, like the fancy body scrubs



    1. I don’t exactly workout in the mornings but I start by doing at least 20 push-ups right out of bed, gets the heart rate up. Then while brushing my teeth I balance on one foot the whole time. Last on my way up to my desk at work I take five flights of stairs. So, by 8 am I have gotten that mini-exercise to start my day.

  1. Your eats look delicious and Murphy is one cute pug! Can I ask – why you brought back the what I ate type of posts? I thought you mentioned that you were really sick of doing them. Its nice to see you show what you eat only because I feel like you are so real when you mention you ate seconds of something 🙂

  2. On weekdays, my days start best if I can get into the box for the 5:15am CrossFit class. When I do that, I get to shower at work, where I keep my favorite shower soaps that are so yummy!

    Weekends, my favorite way to start the day is when both kiddos climb into our king size bed and we all snuggle, laugh and talk before starting the day 🙂

  3. OMG, Murphy is so. Effing. Cute. I wouldn’t blame you one bit if you decided to spend the day cuddling that little guy to pieces! 🙂 Also, I seriously appreciate the English muffin pizzas. I used to love those things, and you’re right that they’re ridiculously easy to make when you’re pinched for time.

    Have fun with the freelance projects — I’d like to get into freelancing in the relatively near future, so at some point I might ask if I can pick your brain/request some guidance on the matter.

    And, of course, happy Friday!

  4. The fro-yo looks good! A yogurt bar just opened in town, need to try ASAP!

    I like to get my day started with a workout, then it’s all about the kids and getting everyone where they need to be 🙂

  5. I looooove buying new shower products…I really spend way too much money and my husband complains that I take up too much room in the shower. 🙂

    Sounds like a great start to the day! I had two pieces of whole wheat toast with almond butter and sliced banana…I even thought, Tina would really like this breakfast :).

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. That english muffin pizza looks so good. And so does that BBQ chicken pizza! (Can you tell I’m craving pizza?!) What brand of frozen BBQ chicken pizza do you like/have you found to be the best? Murphy is SO cute!!

  7. Regardless of the day, it has to start with a hot cup of coffee. I usually start my coffee maker, take the pups for a 15-20 minute walk, then warm up with my coffee!

  8. That fro yo looks amazing!! I totally craved pizza all throughout this pregnancy, so your eats look fab 🙂

    For the morning to start right, I like to pray/brush teeth/workout or teach a fitness class & then I go to work!

  9. After seeing this post, I just went and made my self an english muffin pizza on your paleo microwaveable english muffin!

  10. Yum can I do froyo for breakfast? If i get fruit its like a yogurt parfait…
    I like to wake up at least 30 minutes before I need to function and eat a nice leisurely breakfast. I hate rushing in the morning it throws off my day.

  11. Thanks for always keeping it real – sometimes english muffin pizzas and fro yo are part of “4 square meals,” even though they are round! 😉 First thing I usually do is hop in the shower. My Kenra shampoo & conditioner smell fabulous and wake me up!

  12. A really good sweat session. Today I did speed intervals on the treadmill with weights in between. Brunch with girlfriends or my sister is also a great way to start off the day 🙂

  13. A good day always starts with a workout for me. During the week. On the weekend– a perfect day starts out with making my family a big breakfast. 🙂

    My pug Rango is like a little garbage disposal! He’ll eat anything and everything! lol

  14. mmm an english muffin pizza, yes please! I love starting the day off with a big glass of water, and cuddling on the couch with my favorite people…aka my husband and dog 🙂 Murphy is SO cute, I was cracking up at the one of him all snuggled up!

  15. Ahh, those almonds are like crack! LOVE them.

    Weekdays-getting up and getting a workout in.
    Weekends-coffee in bed with my husband , while cuddling with the pups, best days!!!

  16. Step number one for a good day is a work out, whether that’s a yoga class, a run, or lifting weights. I also hate to rush, but I often find myself rushing out the door because I ran an extra mile or did an extra set of weights.

  17. I try and get my work outs in first thing, which helps to start the day of well. But this past week I’ve been tapering so taking it easy and got a couple good walks in with the pup in the morning. It was a really nice way to ease into the day!

  18. I did two things this morning that got me off to an amazing start: 1. Went to a super-hard, super-motivating spin class (just getting back into spin and loving it), and 2. Rediscovered my milk frother ($2 from Ikea) and made myself a faux cappucino with frothed milk and coffee from my Keurig with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. It tasted like the real thing and made me ridiculously happy!

  19. I try to start the day with CrossFit or running. Or CrossFit and running! And I’m making your oatmeal raisin bars for breakfast. (Thanks for the recipe – I make them all the time!)

  20. I love this post! Mornings are my favorite time of the day.

    Here’s my favorite ways to start the day:
    -go for a run (6 miles is my goal during the work week)
    -go to early yoga
    -watch GMA (always!)
    -read blogs
    -yummy breakfast!

  21. Fro yo for dinner is so good! So high in calcium and protein (especially with peanut butter sauce 😉 ) we just started to get fro to in Canada! My city now boasts 2 menchies!!! Haha
    I love starting my mornings with a good workout and a hearty breakfast! Or lazily with pancakes!
    I have been craving little muffin pizzas or pita pizzas. Thanks for reminding me! I will have to make them this week!

  22. After seeing your English muffin pizzas I had to make them for myself for lunch today–so good! Thanks for the easy meal idea 🙂

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