My Buddy and Me

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Hi, 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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After breakfast, Mal and I headed to CrossFit for a (FUN) partner workout.


Our coaches wanted us to match up with someone of a different athletic ability (i.e. guy + girl), so Mal and I teamed up for our second ever partner WOD. (Remember our first one together? It was so fun and we killed it!)


The REAL Swingy Balls

In teams of two:

A) In teams of two, take 15 minutes to work up to max push jerk, for combined weight.

B) With a clock running for 10 minutes, complete:

400m Buddy Carry
*Carrying a buddy AND a kettlebell

With remaining time, AMRAP unbroken KB swings
*If you break KB swings, your partner starts their set of swings, and so on.

Rx: (70, 53)
L2: (53, 35)
L1: (45, 30)
Beg: (35, 25)

For the first part of the workout, I worked with another gal, who partnered up with her husband. Instead of adding and stripping the weights when we lifted with our husbands, we worked together since we were of similar strength. We started at 65 pounds for the Jerks and worked our way up to 115, which was a 1RM max for me!

Then, it was time for the 400 meter Buddy Carry, which was hilarious. I don’t know why I think Buddy Carries are so funny””maybe it’s because I’m so awkward and clearly have no idea what I’m doing””but I laughed almost the entire time.


Mal did the first 200 meters with me on his back.


I forgot to add that we had to hold a kettle bell while carrying our partner.


Hahaha! I have no idea what he’s saying”¦



And then it was my turn”¦


Tip: Pick up the kettle bell before you pick up your partner. It’s a lot easier!



Almost done”¦


Laughing the entire time”¦


After the Buddy Carry, Mal and I busted out 131 kettle bell swings.


We alternated unbroken swings until we ran out of time.


I know I’ve said this before, but CrossFit is like playtime. I felt like a big kid doing half the stuff we did today. So fun!

A huge THANKS to Kerrie for snapping these pics!


After CrossFit, I refueled with a vanilla-coffee protein shake made with vanilla fitmixer protein powder, decaf iced coffee, almond milk, and ice.



A little while later, I broke out some leftovers from last night’s dinner at Stockholders. They were quite tasty reheated!

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After lunch, I enjoyed an amazingly delicious brownie in a mug that my friend Kerrie blogged about the other day. I didn’t have almond butter or baking soda, so I used peanut butter and baking powder instead, which worked out well. Here are the measurements I used:

  • 1 tbsp peanut butter (I used chunky – it was like a nutty brownie!)
  • 1 tbsp liquid egg whites
  • 1 tps cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • Pinch of baking powder

Question of the Day

Do you ever work out with your significant other?

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  1. That looks like so much fun! I love exercise that feels like playing 🙂
    My husband and I sometimes run together, but mostly we just go to the gym together or take our dog for a walk. We have very different fitness goals so that seems to be working out…so far!

  2. I love this!!! So fun carrying eachother! I love to workout with my fiance–especially group fitness classes. We are competitive with each other and steal glances in the mirrors. 🙂

  3. This is hilarious! My boyfriend and I often work out together – he’s much fitter than I am which means I push myself harder than I normally would. He’s also one foot and 100lbs heavier than me so I can’t imagine carrying him (though I do try!). I love your blog by the way!

  4. I wish! You too look so cute together. I wish my hubby would work out with me! He is technically 11 years younger than I am , but we have different mojos around working out. I just did a Zumba class and 40 minutes of weight training and yoga stretches. He gave our dogs a bath and is taking a nap. I considered a second zumba class seriously, but will walk those dogs instead.

    I like vitamuffin 50 cal brownie thingees..lots of fiber and flavor.

  5. Buddy Carry?? That’s hilarious! Not only the action, but the name as well. Haha! Quick question, who do you have taking your blog pictures during your workouts? I take it you aren’t reaching for your camera every 3 seconds, who do you have take them?

  6. Pretty badass that you can carry your hubby AND a kettlebell! Every time you post a WOD with pics, it looks like a fun version of PE in school. 🙂

  7. I like that comparison–CrossFit is fun-time for adults! I’m always a little iffy on partner carries–total space bubble invasion, but with your hubby that would be okay! We worked with KB’s today too–tabatas! My fav!

  8. Oh my word those pics! lol no wonder you laugh the whole time lol You carrying Mal just cracked me up! 🙂 Question…what if you cant carry your partner?? lol

    1. @Lisa: 100 Burpees! Just kidding! 🙂 We didn’t have anyone in class who couldn’t do at least part of the carry, but I guess you’d just carry the kettle bell as a modification.

  9. My boyfriend isn’t as active as I am, but we’ve done some Nike + Kinect Training sessions together and challenged each other. We’re competitive with each other in a friendly way, so I’m always trying to get him to work out with me since I know I’ll work harder if I’m trying to beat him!

  10. I’m sorry but I’m cracking up at you carrying your husband! My kids must think I’m crazy because I have tears rolling down my face! Not sure that I’d be able to do that, but I’m sure I’d be laughing the entire time I was carrying him, too! Looks like so much fun and I’m sure it makes the workout fly by when you’re having fun, eh?!

  11. That is great! I made my husband look at the carrying pictures, I could totally cracking up the whole time! My husband loves to run, but my ankle usual makes me stop. However we do hike, backpack and rock climb together, which is always a blast and rarely feels like a workout. We have not done as much this year as in the past and I have been telling him how much I miss or hang out time on the trail!

  12. Looks like you had a great morning workout no doubt but in NO WAY would this ever inspire me …a 51 yr old woman of above average strength who considers myself very active to EVER try Crossfit! My good friend has been trying to persuade me..but after seeing this workout…no way! I still love your blog though…😊

    1. @Melanie: You could TOTALLY do CrossFit, especially if you’re already active. There’s a ton of modifications for the workouts, so you’d be able to do them all! 🙂

  13. Holy crap that looks like an amazing workout! I don’t workout with my husband that much since I run and he prefers the elliptical. However, he did tell me last night that he wants to start running! I hope he sticks with it.

  14. I couldn’t do those without laughing! And laughing, would of course, lead to dropping. Yeah, I’ll just skip it. Kudos to you though! Rockstar!

  15. When I look at your meal portions (for example your lunch today), they look so small. How does that fuel you through your day and hard workouts? It just doesn’t seem like enough. Maybe I eat too much! 🙂

  16. That workout looks like it was awesome! I go to CrossFit with my boyfriend, but we hardly ever get to work together. I’m going to suggest that we do some partner WODs in the future – it looks like so much fun!

  17. Girl you are strong!! I love how fun these pics look!
    I generally enjoy working out best when I’m on my own – I guess it’s that little bit of “me” time that I need?!

  18. That is so funny! I’m glad there is photo evidence. I don’t think I could carry my husband, since he’s about 80 pounds more than me (and almost a foot taller), but I’m sure crazier things have happened…

  19. Sadly my boyfriend isn’t too big on the fitness stuff. I really wish he was because then I wouldn’t feel so guilty about working out and I know it could be a lot of fun together 🙁

  20. I’ve only done one partner workout so far but we didn’t have to carry each other.. that looks fun. I wish my box had weekend drop-in classes.. but I’m loving the at-home workouts you’ve shared. Have a great rest of the weekend!

  21. Ahaha!! When I first started reading this I was thinking of asking my hubby to do it with me. Then I saw the buddy carry…. My hubby is 6ft 6in and 340lbs (solid muscle 😉 so there is NO way I could carry him! And him carrying me would not be challenging at all!
    We do our cardio workouts together but we are so different with our strength training that we usually go our separate ways.

  22. HA! I just posted a “Couples Workout” on my blog last week and asked the same question. You both look like you are having a blast and that’s so awesome. The weather in MA looks just as dreary as it does down here. BLECH! Enjoy your weekend!

  23. Hi Tina. I often read your blog but rarely post. I literally laughed out loud as a I read through your workout. It looks so fun! And a little ridiculous! I’ve been thinking about going back to crossfit after several years off and this makes me remember why I like it!

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