I Just Want to Make You Sweat

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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I’m kind of obsessed with this song:

Ok, more like full on obsessed with it. It’s the best workout song, and it always gets me pumped because I love sweat.

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Sweat makes me crazy happy!

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FYI: My purple tank is the Get Back Racerback from New Balance. I love it!!!


Great workout at CrossFit last night. We did a “chipper,” which is my favorite kind of workout. Basically, they’re WODs with really high reps, so you need to “chip away” at them to get through it. I’ve also heard, once you’re done with it, you feel like you’ve gone through a wood chipper. Either way, “chipper” describes the workout well.


For time:

500 Meter row

70 Double Unders

60 Push-ups

50 Box Jumps

40 Kettle Bell Swings

30 Knees-to-Elbows

20 Goblet Squats

10 Turkish Get-ups

I felt pretty good during the WOD. I definitely felt weak at times, but that’s expected after a weeklong colitis flare. Usually, I can plow through 40 Kettle Bell Swings with a 35-pound kettle bell, but I stopped and rested midway through last night. I also struggled a little with the Knees-to-Elbows and Turkish Get-ups, but I think most people struggled with them last night. This workout seemed ‘easy’ at the beginning, but then it kicked your butt at the end, even though the number of reps continued to decline. It was awesome. I finished in 18:27. And I’m taking a rest day today.


Once again, Mal and I didn’t feel like cooking, so we threw together a simple dish for dinner. He grilled up a piece of chicken while I made some Israel couscous with minced garlic, salt, and pepper and some steamed spinach. We just tossed it all together and dinner was done just like that.

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For dessert, I enjoyed a couple of Almond Butter Balls. (The recipe will be on the Pretzel Crisps blog in a couple of weeks!)

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Since we’re on the topic of sweaty workouts, I have a treat for you guys!

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Too busy to exercise? Can’t afford a gym membership? Don’t have the right equipment? No more excuses! Just put on your sneakers and do one of these workouts at home. All you need is a little bit of space and some motivation””no equipment required!

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Question of the Day

How often do you push yourself during workouts? Do you ever work at your max effort? What determines the intensity of your workouts?

P.S. I’m hosting a sweet-ass granola giveaway on Trading Up Downtown today!



  1. group workout classes (crossfit, body pump, etc.) really help me push myself, something about the environment! crossfit question for you — did it take you some time to get used to double unders?? i cannot do them to save my life!!

  2. Yes I try to push myself at my workouts each time. It really depends on how my body is feeling too. I did a half marathon on Saturday and then had a rest day on Sunday, then did a workout DVD on Monday and went to the gym yesterday. Yesterday I did arm machines, chest, back, then some crunches and then to the treadmill for a 30 minute speed interval workout, but I shortened it to 20 because I was tired. Otherwise I ALWAYS try to push myself thru, because it always feels SOOOO good when you are done 🙂

    P.S. Got a PR at my Saturday race which qualifies me for an automatic entry to the Chevron Houston (FULL) Marathon in January 2013 – this is where I wanted to do my 1st FULL and I am sooooo excited!!! My time at the half was 1:54:03.5

  3. Thanks for the workout! I’m always looking for new ideas, since I don’t have a gym membership. I miss it so much! I like to workout in front of the mirror. It gives me motivation to A. Fix my posture/ position to do the workout correct and B. To invision what I want to be and don’t want to see ever again! (aka those 95lbs) 🙂

  4. I kind of zoned out after those almond butter balls. YUM!

    This week is my first week back to “normal” workouts (read: hard) after pneumonia for 2 weeks. I’m really pushing myself because I feel like I lost some endurance during that time even though I was still working out but I was only cleared for walking. So this week I’m feeling like I’ve been dragged behind a truck for a few miles. I’m not quite at the relishing stage just yet! 🙂

  5. When I work out, I usually work out pretty hard. If I’m going to drive all the way to the gym and get my booty out of bed early, you better believe I’m going to make it worth my effort. 🙂

    Oh, and yes, I’m loving that song right now too!

  6. LOVEthat song, haha. My old Zumba instructor used to play it a lot ! Those almond balls look delicious too & love the circuit workouts (:

  7. I love those quick and non complicated workouts! I push myself, but not enough if I don’t have a goal to work toward. Right now I am training for a half marathon, so having that event in my near future pushes me to work harder and not skip work outs.

  8. I also love sweating! The first drop on the yoga mat or when you notice the beads running down your face..ah! You know you’ve accomplished something. I will have to add that song to my playlist!

  9. Love that song… Impulse buy on iTunes? I think yes!

    I push myself quite often, but usually only in the gym. Occasionally when I’m running outside I will, but for the most part I will only push myself mileage wise, not for speed. 🙂 I’m built for distance, but am slow and like it that way (that’s what treadmill and track workouts are for, right??)!

    But, pushing your limits during a workout makes you feel like a boss afterward, so, needless to say, when I do push myself… It’s awesome!


  10. I LOVE that song too!! I love to sweat. It is my job (really, it is) to do so. And I love pushing others to THEIR max. It is SOO rewarding! Teaching BodyPUMP in a few minutes–so yes, there I go to do just all that. Squating 60 lbs teaching BodyPUMP is no joke….. 😉

  11. i love that song too! you’re right, it totally pumps you up when working out. looking forward to that almond butter ball recipe! sounds great! and those at home workouts are perfect for this week… i’m leaving to go out of town and will be in a hotel for the next several days. they’re perfect to do in my hotel room!

  12. I tend to go all out at crossfit, so a few times a week. Just being around others and having coaches there makes me hold nothing back. Then in between I tend to be more relaxed with at home workouts, just because my will power when I’m alone isn’t quite the same.

  13. After this morning’s WOD called “deck of cards” or as I called it…”Death by Poker”, I can safely say that I push myself to the point of puking and most crossfit workouts are full on max effort. That is why I like xf eons above bodypump, bootcamp, or anything else I’ve tried (except running..that’s in a class all by itself). I have an unhealthy addiction to endorphins, I do believe. But if I’m going to haul my butt to the gym at 5:30 in the morning, I’m going to make it worth it. Also, I’m diabetic (at a very young 33). No way I’m going to die early or lose a foot to that bitch. I will go down kicking and screaming and throwing kettlebells and tires before diabetes wins.

  14. Crossfit normaly gets me really going going, especially if I see times on the board that I want to beat. If I go in the first group I can’t see what time or rep I “should” do more or better.

    Well, Crossfit has got me to intensify my workouts, To the better, because I know they are over in minutes lol

  15. I am easily motivated, but if I have a partner I am really motivated! It’s just something about trying to outdo someone. It really brings out the competitive spirit in me.
    I rarely have a partner while I am running, but when I do, I notice that I really push myself to the next mile.

  16. I LOVE the at home work out ideas. Thanks for those! I’m living in Kenya right now and people look at me goofy when I run outside so I’ve been doing a LOT of home workouts lately. You know what I’ve found that is also AWESOME for home workouts. Bodyrock.tv. It’s this couple that give you free daily workouts that usually last like 20 minutes. I found it about 1.5 years ago and there are some great work outs there that you can do that seem to be pretty similar to the workouts you listed here. Had to pass it on – it’s been great for me.

  17. I try to push myself in my workouts but not too much. I definitely find I can push myself harder if I’m at a class or following a video. I’m not too adventuresome when I’m working out on my own.

  18. I love pushing myself during my workouts. If I don’t walk out of the gym looking like a sweaty hot mess I haven’t done my job for the day. And I also love feeling sore the next day…I know that’s kind of weird but it just tells me that I did a good job the day before!

  19. I like to push myself to the max during my workouts, I always think its a waste if I go to the gym and don’t leave a sweaty mess. Although I always make sure to include a warm-up and cool-down to stop myself getting injured-used to happen a lot and I just couldn’t figure out why… 😉

  20. I allow myself adequate recovery and rest days in between workouts, whether it is a strength training class or cardio (body pump/attack kickboxing). Proper rest and nutrition/fuel make it possible to push as hard as possible and give every workout my all!! If I am not pushing to the max, then why am I working out? Why waste your time??

    I did notice that this morning I dragged a little in body attack. I attribute this to eating a different pre-workout breakfast than I normally do. I think my energy was more focused on digestion than exercise. Lesson learned: always stick with tried and true fuel! 🙂

  21. Do you know the original version of that song, not the radio-edited version? The words are, I just want to make you WET! Just so ya know, lol

  22. It’s so great that you’re back at it after your flare! Very inspiring.

    How did you end up doing with the second week workout for the Crossfit games?

      1. @Tina: Ah, okay, that makes sense! I’ve actually been (unfortunately) taking a break from pretty much any workouts in general because I’ve been far too busy with grad school and traveling, so I’m just living vicariously through others 🙂

  23. not to brag, but i’m really good at double unders – maybe about 30-40 in a row? my method is jumping like a folder so don’t jump like you’re doing tuck jumps!

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