Happy Monday

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

Iโ€™m the owner of Carrots โ€˜Nโ€™ 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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Happy Monday! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

If this dog video doesn’t get your Monday started off on the right foot, I don’t know what will! I laughed so hard, I cried!

Last Night’s Dinner

Mmm! Last night’s dinner ruled: Fig Pizza with Mozzarella & Caramelized Onion. Oh my gosh, it was so delicious! And, the best part: it only required 4 ingredients! That’s my type of recipe!

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  • 1 Mama Mary’s Pizza Crust
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Pickled Figs


  1. Preheat oven to 375*F.
  2. Sautรƒยฉed onion in extra virgin olive oilย until it begins to caramelize.
  3. Spread pickled figs on pizza crust (use as much or a little as you desire).
  4. Top pizza with shredded mozzarella and onions.
  5. Bake pizza in oven for about 10-12 minutes until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.

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The pickled figs were definitely the star ingredient!

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This morning, I rocked Oats in a Jar. It seemsย like I eat this breakfast quite a lot, huh? I think we have a real, live peanut butter addiction on our hands in this house. I think we’re up to about one jar every 7-10 days, and I’m pretty sure I eat the majority of the jar!

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In the mix:

  • Oat bran
  • Bulgur (cooked ahead of time)
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Ground flaxseed meal
  • Extra peanut butter

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Question of the Day

The other day, I saw this question in Runner’s World and thought it would make a good QOTD:


I’ve run both marathon and half marathon distances, and I have never once felt less of my performance because I โ€œonlyโ€ย ran โ€œhalfโ€ย of a marathon. The name of the event doesn’t lessen my performance at all. Running 13.1 miles is an amazing accomplishment!

What do you think?



  1. That video was so funny, great way to start off on a Monday. ๐Ÿ™‚ At first I thought the first dog was guilty. It’s crazy that when you are a dog owner you know when & which one of your dogs is guilty.
    I haven’t ever tried figs on pizza, will have to give it a shot.

  2. Interesting idea – I’ve had friends tell me I’m a wuss or girlie for only running half marathons. But I’ve always considered them a huge and worthy accomplishment!
    I don’t know if the new name would ever stick, but I think it could help if people are made to feel inadequate!

  3. I definitely would rather say that I ran a half marathon than a 21k. Most people just hear marathon and think you’re super amazing. With 21k I’d probably get a whole bunch of … “how long is that?”

  4. Yeah I agree with you. I’ve never thought of half sounding bad because to me it is such a huge accomplishment each time I or anyone else runs one.

  5. I never had an issue with saying I ran JUST a half-marathon. People hear ‘marathon’ and are impressed anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus, 13.1 miles is definitely no slouch – I think people who don’t run races understand the mileage version more-so than saying ’21K.’ I usually have to explain to friends&family that a 10K is NOT 10 miles ….

    Is using pickled figs better than just figs? What’s the taste difference?

  6. I agree with you–a half marathon is an incredible accomplishment in and of itself, and I have never felt anything short of very proud when I’ve finished a half marathon. My question is a nit-picky one: is it written “half marathon” or “half-marathon”? The grammar geek in me is dying to know…:)

  7. I don’t look at the name of the event as a problem, but then again- I don’t run, so what do I know? haha. I think most people that run it are aware of their accomplishment, and a name change wouldn’t do much.

          1. I think it’s partly because the dog looks fearful of him-
            I sense dog abuse more than a “guilty” dog ๐Ÿ™

  8. that is hilarious!!!! I love dog videos! I love how dogs each have their own unique personality, and they KNOW when they are guilty of a crime!

  9. A name is just a name…any way you look at it (or run it) it’s a major accomplishment! Not everyone can do it.

    I loved the “guilty dog” video! Too cute. Our Chesapeake smiles just like that:) It scared my mom so bad the first time she did it, my mom made her go in her crate.
    Thanks for a great Monday!

  10. That guilty dog video funny! AWWWW!!!! OOOH…pickled figs??? I’m definitely going to keep my eyes open for them! Figs are the best. Have a great day.

  11. WOW, FIG PIZZA? I thought it was mushroom at first… but it look so, so glorious.

    I totally agree with the half marathon sentiment. Especially since I just ran one yesterday! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m going to organize a 20 miler. For all the people who are half marathon BAMFS but are scared to try a marathon. who’s gonna come run?!

  12. That pizza looks delicious! And I’m right there with you on the peanut butter addiction…except I’m the only one eating it so it makes it worse that I can go through it so fast! At least you can plan some of it on Mal and Murphy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I remember reading this comment in Runner’s World. I don’t remember exactly what the author said in regards to this comment, but I remember him making a good point.

    I just know that when I say I’m running a half-marathon, people usually call it a marathon anyhow. They basically see the two as one in the same–even though those of us who run them know 26.2 miles and 13.1 miles are NOT the same. After running a marathon, it is funny how “short” 13.1 miles feels now!

    I’ve never heard of pickled figs before!

  14. My husband told me about this video over the weekend, so it’s very random you posted it on here. Thank you, it made my Monday morning!! The way the lab can’t look his owner in the face. I DIE!

  15. LOL at the RW comment. We American people are not very knowledgeable on kilometers, so even if we called them 21Ks, people would still have to ask how far that was. I think half marathon is good.

  16. I loved that video… and the background music was perfect for it. Did anyone else think the narrator sounded like Woody Harrelson?

  17. I saw this in RW’s too. I am definitely NOT on board. The thought of running a “21-k” sounds too long ๐Ÿ™‚ I prefer the term 1/2 marathon. It doesn’t make you any less of a runner. I’m about to run my first marathon this October and I’m super-nervous for that 26.2 miler!

  18. Hi Tina! I’ve been a long time reader and lover of your blog…this may be one of my first formal comments! I did the Long Beach Half marathon last year and I swear to you…when i reached the point in the race where we split from the full marathoners, I thought there was no amount of money in the world that could convince me to have kept going for another 13 + miles! Half marathons are just as demanding on the body, in my opinion. I think it’s because the “half” distance makes me want to run it faster, where as a full marathon I would be okay with walking more and keeping my pace slow and steady. I’ve been wanting to start training for the full marathon but right now my knees are telling me it’s not the best idea.

    It’s funny, most of my friends who don’t run or even really work out think the idea of a half marathon is just as daunting as a full, yet, among people who do run or work out, not so much. That’s been my experience, anyway.

    Keep doing what you are doing, I love your blog and your advice ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. if you live in the US calling a 21K is completely meaningless. Unless the person is a runner they would have no idea how far you’re running. And, a half marathon should not be taken or treated lightly. Honestly, if I had to drive 13.1 miles to get somewhere I would consider that a far drive!

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  21. I can see what Denise is saying…I have never run a full marathon, only one half and training for my second currently, but I don’t feel like those halfs are diminished in any way just because of what they are called. It’s still a long way to run!

  22. I think that the distance one runs and the accomplishment felt after is such a personal thing. I don’t win a race when I head out for my weekly 4 miler around my neighborhood, but I feel like a million bucks and feel like I just accomplished something huge! It is no 13.1 miles, but it is my big distance run. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. Yeah…I think the “1/2” thing is all in your head…definitely shouldn’t say “I ONLY ran a half.” And that pizza looks amazing, although I’ve never heard of pickled figs…could probably do it with fresh or dried?

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