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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.


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.

Dear colitis,

I will win every time.

Hugs and kisses,


Here’s a funny photo to kick-off your Monday morning!

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I love these two guys. They never fail to make me laugh.

The other night, Mal and I were watching TV and relaxing on the couch with Murphy. I left the room for a little bit, and when I came back, I saw Murphy sprawled out in this ridiculous position across Mal’s lap. Mal was so engrossed in whatever show he was watching, so he didn’t notice how comfortable Murphy had made himself. When I brought this to his attention, Mal immediately started cracking up! (The best camera is the camera you have on you.)

Wow. This blog post is quite a bit different than last Monday’s post. What a week.

If you can’t tell, I’m feeling a zillion times better. My intestines have basically done a 180 since last Monday (yay, drugs!), and I’m just hoping to get better and better from now on. With that said, I’ve started to add a little variety to my meals!


The other day, I stumbled upon a recipe for Tuna and Couscous Salad that looked delicious and super simple to make. It called for Israeli couscous, which, in my opinion, is so much more fun to eat than regular couscous. Israeli couscous is toasted pasta shaped like little balls. It’s really chewy and super easy to cook. I’m a huge fan.

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In the mix: Israeli couscous, roasted broccoli, sliced black olives, canned tuna, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

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For dessert, I enjoyed a Paleo Pumpkin-Walnut Muffin with a little bit of Barney Butter spread on it. So good.

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Weekly Workouts

As you can probably guess, I’m dying to get back to CrossFit. I miss it so much, but I’m not going to go crazy with the WODs right off the bat. I’m planning to ease myself back into exercise by only allowing myself plenty of rest days (and no double workouts) for the next few weeks. And, of course, I’ll be listening very carefully to my body and how it’s feeling.

  • Sunday: Off
  • Monday: CrossFit
  • Tuesday: Run
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: CrossFit
  • Friday: Off
  • Saturday: CrossFit

P.S. The New Balance discount codes are finally fixed! I am so sorry for the confusion. I guess the codes were mistakenly set up for one purchase only. Here are the details if you’re still interested: 15% off and free shipping at shopnewbalance.com with code is NBRTB127DB3CE. Valid from now until March 16, 2012.



  1. haha I always love when I’m not paying attention, and my dog gets into some crazy funny position. His facial expression is just like Murphy’s “mom, what are you looking at? this is not weird. at. all.”

  2. Why is it always male dogs that lay like this? My Griffin does it all the time! My friends started telling me I needed to buy doggie undewear for him to cover him up. LOL. But Biscuit never lays like this! Funny.

  3. I’m so glad you’re feeling better!

    Would you mind giving some more information on what Mal is going through for crossfit certification?

  4. Your love letter to colitis is beautiful. Adios colitis! Glad you are feeling better!

    Male dogs love to let it all hang out. My Cooper tends to do the same thing when I’m laying on the floor stretching or doing core work. Thank God for dogs and always providing a good laugh!

  5. Murphey is hilarious. I’ve heard its against dogs nature to lay like on their backs because it makes them so vulnerable, but when they become so comfortable with owners and around humans they go against their nature. He’s definitely pretty vulnerable like that hahaha.

  6. I’m with you on the Israeli couscous…so good and so fun to eat! I wouldn’t be on board with the tuna or olives though, as I’m not a fan of either one!

  7. Haha, Murphy. My dog does this too, he gets on his back and shows no shame. When he’s asleep his little legs kind of “twitch”, or bounce if you will, so it adds to the cuteness. All Murphy needs is a remote under that arm! He’s almost human-like in that picture, or man-like I should say.

    So glad to hear you’re feeling better, Tina! People and pets are sure to keep your spirits high.

  8. Not to be a Debby Downer, but as someone whose had colitis for many years, I think you’re pushing yourself too soon. Obv do as you want, but knowing over-exercising puts me in flares, you’re not doing your body any favors by jumping back into cross-fit after a week of some pretty bad sickness. Your body needs time to heal. You’ve only just started to feel better and just because you feel better doesn’t mean your intestines are all healed up! A nice long hike would be better, but again it’s only my opinion after living with this disease for a very long time. Take good care of your body and good luck.

    1. @Patty:

      Ditto this. Prednisone can make you feel invincible the first few weeks you’re on it (assuming you’re on a steroid course of drugs to treat the colitis). This isn’t your body recovering, it’s a serious drug suppressing your symptoms. Just be aware you may start to feel worse as you taper, and overexercising and drinking things like iced coffee and beer probably won’t do you any favours.

  9. At the risk of providing even more unsolicited advice :)…. if you haven’t already read Crazy, Sexy, Diet, I think you might find it worthwhile. Even though a lot of it is geared toward cancer patients, she does make several references to colitis. AND it’s just plain awesome.

  10. I’m trying to make an order on the new balance site, but that code isn’t working! Maybe I’m reading this wrong, but I would think today would be last day to use it, just like a coupon at a store you can use it on the day that it expires…?? Maybe I’m wrong, ugh I hope not! I really want to order some shoes!

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