Murphy Versus the Couch

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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It’s hard to tell who’s winning between Murphy and the couch. At first look, it seems like the pug is dominating his competition.

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Without much (if any) effort at all.

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But, when you look closer, it doesn’t seem like Murphy is very comfortable, so maybe the couch is winning after all?

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I dunno. It’s anyone’s call!


Phenomenal lunch today! I had Creamy Broccoli Soup, but it didn’t come from a can for once. I actually made it from scratch!

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The recipe was from Real Simple, so, not surprisingly, it was really easy to throw together. Basically, you just add all of the ingredients to a large sauce pan, let it simmer for 20 minutes, and then throw everything in a food processor/blender. And just like that, you have homemade soup! Who knew making soup was so simple?

On the side, I had a toasted whole wheat Sandwich Thin with melted cheddar, which I dipped into my soup. Mmm!

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Remember that run I tried to do yesterday afternoon? Well, I did it today! Hooray! My first run of 2012! Only 731 more miles to go!

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I ran a little over 4 miles in 35 minutes using the treadmill workout below. This one was really challenging. You start out with a quick 1-minute interval and then work your way up to longer and faster intervals. I was dying by the final 4-minute interval, but I was almost done with the workout, so I just pushed it. It was a great run!


For a slower paced running workout, just subtract 1.0 from all of the speeds. For a walking workout, subtract 3.0 from all of the speeds.


After the gym, I ran a bunch of errands and then came home for an afternoon snack. I made a whole wheat Sandwich Thin with peanut butter and banana slices on top and then added more peanut butter to the rest of the banana”¦ and then I ate a spoonful of peanut butter right from the jar. Ok, it was technically three spoonfuls of peanut butter right from the jar, but who’s counting?

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I’m off to rescue the pug from the couch (or the couch from the pug?) and take him for a walk. CrossFit and Pot Roast are on the agenda for this evening!

Enjoy the night, guys!



  1. Awwe Murphy seems like such a cutie! My dogs do the exact same thing with the couch, they both will put up with being uncomfortable just for a “prime” couch position! 😛

  2. OKay so when you are adding up your miles you are including your miles run in the gym too? I only add my outside miles and this year I did 344.15 miles outside. I am not sure what I would have done if I added all the miles I ran on the treadmill too. Hmmmm.

  3. I adore this post. Murphy is hilarious! The last picture of him and his little pug body on the couch cushion is classic. Dogs are the best 🙂

  4. That is hilarious b/c our couch looks exactly the same. I mean exactly. When you tell her (Ginga – prounounced ginger) to get down she struggles for an eternity trying to get up from laying down so she can get off the couch.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  7. i LOVE this treadmill workout. i’ve been going through a rut and the treadmill is so boring (i hate winter). this is easy to follow and definitely motivates me to push myself. i added .1-.2 to each for more of a challenge. thanks!!

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