My First Girl

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 did it! I did my first “Girl” workout as prescribed! Woohoo!


I finished “Helen,” but, man, it wasn’t pretty. My time wasn’t super fast, but I’m still proud of myself for Rx-ing a benchmark workout.

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I first did “Helen” back in February and finished in 12:12, but I used bands for the pull-ups. I thought I could do the workout as prescribed last night since I’ve been busting out kipping pull-ups lately (and I did), but it took me a lot longer than I expected.

The first round of Helen went great. I ran fast, did the Kettlebell swings unbroken, and then did two sets of 6 for the pull-ups. The second round was pretty good too: ran fast, unbroken Kettlebell swings, and then split up the pull-ups into sets of 2 and 3 reps. At this point, my arms were starting to feel pretty fried, but I was still able to push through. The third round started off well, but when I got to the pull-ups, I crashed and burned… hard. My arms just had nothing left and it took me forever to finish them. I’m not even exaggerating, it probably took me 4 minutes to do 12 pull-ups. I kept trying to do multiple pull-ups in a row, but I’d end up failing, which wasted time and energy. I was totally spent and my body would not cooperate. Mentally, I wanted to bust out those pull-ups so bad, but, physically, I just couldn’t do it and the clock continued to tick as I finished those last few reps one at a time. Ugh, it was so incredibly frustrating. I think if I had a different strategy for the pull-ups, I would have finished with a faster time. Oh, well. I guess 16:40 gives me plenty of room for improvement!


After CrossFit, I came home, showered, and then whipped up dinner, which was Skillet Sweet Potato, Ground Turkey, and Spinach Hash. (I pretty much made all of my favorite meals this past week.)

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After dinner, I had Butternut White Chocolate Chip Bar for dessert. I debated having a second one, but then I packed them up and asked Mal to take the rest to school. They’re just too delicious! I want to eat them all!


This morning’s breakfast was a Sweet Breakfast Scramble with multiple scoops of Teddie peanut butter. The salted chunky is my favorite variety and it goes so well with a sweet breakfast. I also drank a glass of almond-flavored Dandy Blend with breakfast.

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Plank Challenge

I did my time trial for the Plank Challenge this morning. I held my plank for 4:02 and, holy crap, it was tough. I was starting to shake by the end!


How’s the Plank Challenge going for you? Did you do Wednesday’s 6-Minute Plank Workout? What’d you think? Don’t forget to do your time trial today. Feel free to leave your time in the comment section!



  1. I’ve gone from a 1:43 plank on the first day to 2:23 this morning, which is great considering I was sick yesterday. 🙂 I’m loving this challenge.

  2. Tina!!! That is SO awesome you did the prescribed workout for Helen. I’m still working on kipping pull ups so I would have used a band so the fact that you did all 36 unassisted is amazing. Great job!

    Oh and I gotta give ya a thumbs up for resisting the urge for a second white chocolate chip bar. My willpower would be GONE if those were in my house. lol!

  3. Only hit about 2 minutes today…tried to shoot for 2:30, but I had shots on Wednesday in BOTH arms! And the plank workout was great; had to take a few more 15, but I loved it!

  4. I started off doing planks everyday since I read your post a couple of days back. And they surely aren’t as easy as they look! Am at it though!

    By the way, am a regular reader of your blog,and decided to comment for the first time. I keep coming back to your blog to find motivation! 🙂

  5. Wow! Congrats on 4 minutes! Amazing!

    I did the plank workout and during it I felt like it was easier than the last one… BUT it’s two days later and I’m STILL sore! Longer than that first workout… I think I might do my time trial tomorrow because seriously… I’m sore!

  6. I did the 6 minute plank workout and, wow, was it a killer! I could feel it everywhere! My goal is 4:00 today, we will see if I can make it. P.S. I forwarded the pugs working from home link to my boyfriend since he works from home the majority of the time…he couldnt stop laughing!

  7. I am so impressed by how the plank challenge is going for you! Thank you for continuing to be such an inspiration 🙂 You’ve gone from 2½ minutes to over 4!? Holy cow! Congratulations!!
    I was on the search for a lighter apple crisp recipe, when I decided I better check out your blog seeing as you have so many good “healthified” recipes! LOW AND BEHOLD, there was Apple Crisp Light right before my eyes. I’ll be making this tonight, and I’ll let you know how it goes! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  8. 4:00 min plank!? Awesome job! What does the Kettleball swing mean in the Helen workout when you wrote 1 1/2 pood?

  9. I love Helen!! I did it last time at 4 1/2 months pregnant And it took about 11:45….at 6 months It would probabley take me longer but it’s one of my favorite girls….great job!!!!! Your killing those pull ups:)

  10. I was trying to beat my 3:45 from mon….so hard! I had to break for a few seconds but then pushed to 4:10. Soooo tough! Next week maybe I can get there without the break

  11. that kind of makes me sad that you can’t just enjoy something you baked. why did you have to give it away to avoid eating it? you speak about moderation but i wonder how it plays a role in your life.

  12. Congratulations on Helen!! Good for you for sticking with it, even when you were exhausted! And the plank challenge is going great for me. I always thought I had a pretty strong core but I hadn’t done planks in a while so I was excited to see how long I could hold it. It wasn’t pretty; barely two minutes!! And I was shaking like a leaf at the end!! Oh well, I will keep improving 🙂

  13. Well done on “Helen”! If I could do one pull up I’d be so proud! I managed a 4 minutes plank yesterday but I was VERY shaky near the end, it was killer! I’m trying to better my times every two days and do your plank workouts in between! Love the challenge!

  14. 1:30 on the plank which is good both because I blew out my back over the weekend at Disney with my granddaughter and 2 because the chiro “prescribed” planks to straighten my core. I didn’t think I would recovering as quick as I am.

  15. HUGE congrats on Helen!! You should be so proud of yourself, way to go!

    Time trial Week 1: 2:32
    End of Week 1: 3:00
    Time trial Week 2: plankus interruptus (became 25lb weighted plank at the gym) Also had tabata situp day on Wednesday, so didn’t do plank routine.
    End of Week 2: 3:15

  16. Today is the day I start the plank challenge (my tummy is shaking in fear already) I’ll let you know how it goes!! So much of it is mind over matter for me…eek!

  17. I actually did the same thing with pull ups on Tuesday. I did a killer back workout and finished with pull ups. My mind kept telling me to go but my body just wouldn’t work. It was unbelievably frustrating! Awesome job on the plank!

  18. Hi tina…I love the way you focus your lunches, dinners,etc around veggies and real food…I used to get stomach pain and brain fog but ever since I cut out processed food and started eating more like you..its all gone, I have loads more energy and have gotten alot leaner as an added perk! Please keep writing about your food and energy connection…and what do you do when people comment your already skinny and to eat an oreo? Its not about that!!

  19. Impressive, Tina! You inspired me to plank it up the last few days. I think I got to about 2:30, but I’m going to try to keep working at it. Not sure I’ll ever be a 5 min’er, but I’m okay with that. 🙂

  20. I think that’s amazing you did that!!! I seriously wonder if I could ever get to unassisted pull-ups. It’d probably something good to work on, considering I have the weakest upper body ever!! 16 mins or not…you dominated Helen 😉

  21. Congrats on your first “girl” workout as prescribed! That is huge! Helen is always a tough one for me! It always seem totally fine in the beginning and then by round three I’m done! I think it’s the combination of kettle bell swings before the pulls ups!

  22. I did the 6-minute plank workout the other day and I am definitely still feeling it! My core is sore!
    Can’t wait to do another time trial to see if I can beat my initial time.

    New commenter on the blog but inspired by the plank challenge to join in 🙂

  23. I did a time trial and held for 3:15 on Thursday! I know it’s not incredibly long, but it’s a record for me. My goal is 5:00.

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