Nine Oatmeal Photos

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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Oh, the life of a food journal blogger. We’re a “special” bunch! 😉

Do you have any idea how many photos of my oatmeal I’ve taken in the past three years? It must be tens of thousands. Seriously. I only put 2-5 photos of my breakfast on my blog each morning, but just think about how many deleted photos never make it onto CNC.

This morning, for instance, I snapped nine photos of my oatmeal. The two that I picked for my blog are below.

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I ate a bowl of oatmeal mixed with almonds, raisins, chia seeds, and a big scoop of peanut butter. I also drank iced coffee with eggnog with my breakfast. Same old, same old.

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Here are the “deleted” photos:

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I’ve actually gotten quite a bit better with the number of photos that I take of each meal. I used to take closer to 20-25 photos, but I’ve streamedlined the process over time. 😉


If you missed Saturday morning’s post, I’m currently dealing with a bum foot. 😕 Last night, I iced it and then used the Tiger Tail on my calf and shin, and then rolled the Tune Up Balls on my foot. My foot is better today, but still far from 100%.

Thankfully, I have a wonderful Team In Training coach and she sent me an amended workout schedule for this week. I changed it around a little bit, but it’s a much more foot-friendly that the regular TNT training plan:

  • Monday: Day off
  • Tuesday: Elliptical – hard for 4 minutes then easy for 4 minutes for 60 minutes
  • Wednesday: Spin class
  • Thursday: Elliptical – 60 min easy/moderate pace
  • Friday: Body Pump
  • Saturday: 20 miler (or broken 20 miler with elliptical at gym)

If I’m well and fine come Saturday morning, I’ll run 20 miles with my team. If my foot starts acting up, I’ll run part of the route and finish the 20 miles on the elliptical at the gym. It’s not how I want to do my 20-miler, but it’s better than the alternative, which is getting hurt and not running the marathon at all. I’d rather be safe than sorry. I’ve come WAY too far not to run this thing!

Question of the Day

Have you ever changed your workouts to deal with an injury? Was your experience positive or negative? Any advice for those of us dealing with injuries?



  1. I’ve definitely changed running days to elliptical days when my achilles or hamstrings were acting up. I hate to do it at the time, but it’s worth it when you recover instead of getting worse!

    I’m sure you’ll be in perfect shape for that 20 miler!

  2. I’m training for my first marathon too… I’m so nervous that I’m going to get injured because my confidence to be race-ready is based on following my training plan to a T.

    Spinning is a good alternative workout. Any other suggestions on how to avoid injury in the first place?

  3. During my freshman year of college, I sprained my ankle pretty badly during a rugby game. It was my first sports injury EVER and I was devastated by my suddenly disabled state! The memory of that first night that I had to stay in my room sticks with me; my bed was lofted, so I was lying on my mattress on the floor, ankle propped up on pillows, crutches nearby, facing an iMovie draft that was due the next day and no where near done. I felt more depressed that I’d ever been in my life, because the school nurses had told me that I’d be on crutches 3-4 weeks.

    Thankfully, they had totally flubbed, and I only need to be on crutches for a few days, but I had to wear an air cast for months, and a brace afterward. I learned to love power walking in intervals, though, and still stayed in shape! I’m proud that I was able to get myself running again by finding other ways to exercise and respecting my body’s limits. And I still love power walking while listening to Girl Talk!

  4. Do you use regular or light egg nog in your coffee? I thought I would try to be healthier and go for the Light Egg Nog…but it’s sooo not the same as the real stuff. I think I’ll be picking up the regular version this week though.

    Luckily I have not had any major injuries (knock on wood!) But I have had times where my calves or hamstrings have been tight from something so I’ve postponed my run by a day or two, and just tried a lot of stretching and arm weights or core stuff.

  5. Not sure if anyone else has recommended this yet, but I have had plantar fascitis and I found it helpful to sleep with a brace that kept my foot flexed and the muscle stretched out all night. You can usually buy them in a drug store like Walgreens or Rite Aid. It takes a little getting used to, but it seems to cut down on heel pain.

  6. Best of luck healing from your injury…I have had tons and tons of sports related injuries, surgeries in h.s. on my knees, broken bones, and it just…sucks.

    As I have gotten older, yoga has helped me have the wisdom, patience, and acceptance for things…doing yoga is great, on the mat. But the gift of yoga, i.e. everything else! off the mat, has been truly what has helped me the past decade.

  7. I am not the 0nly one who takes many pictures of my food until I get one or two that actually look presentable!

    I hope you recover from your injury quickly! I have a broken and sprained ankle. For a while there, I kept reinjuring them, but strength training and doing my physical therapy exercises has kept me from spraining my ankles again. I also have had to stay away from running and bike or use the elliptical instead. Sometimes good old rest is all you need to recover too.

  8. As someone who has counseled clients on exercise and having run several races myself (including marathons), it is SO wise to now be smart with your training plan and to allow flexibility in that plan. It seems as if you’re taking it all right in stride, even though it might be a bit frustrating- it will ALL pay off in the long run!

  9. yes! I have been having IT band struggles since mid October. After an AWFUl 16 miler that was so painful I took 3 full weeks off of running and iced, stretched, and foamrolled all day! Then the fourth week I did 2 slow runs stopping a lot to stretch and then finally did a long run after 4 weeks. Take care of it!

  10. YES!! I had over-use of my ITB and stopped running for a few months. I switched to weight training. It ended up being a really good thing, too.

  11. Yes, I have definitely had to adjust my workout in the past to tend to an injury. I found the experience to be helpful though because it opened me up to new exercises that challenged my athletic ability.

  12. Seriously, you take 9 photos of oatmeall? It’s just a bowl of oats. For someone who seems to complain so much about how busy she is I feel like you could use your time more wisely. Can’t you just snap one and make sure it isn’t blurry? 1 photo of your “same old, same old” oatmeal seems pretty adequate.

  13. I’ll never understand why people spend so much time photographing oatmeal. No matter how many pictures you take, oatmeal still looks like vomit in a bowl.

  14. Oh gosh, I’m so the same! I took 40 (no joke) photos of the raw brownies I made the other day… and I still haven’t blogged them because I can’t choose which photos to use! 😛

  15. You are totally inspiring me to ice, foam roll, take advil, roll my foot on the ball etc. . .. I have run quite a few marathons and am just now experiencing a lot of problems with pf and it band. Apparently, I am getting older. And now am totally understanding why recovery and stretching and icing is important. It is just motivating myself to do it! Your blog is helping!! Thanks!!!

  16. Just a quick question, how did you get that little collage of oatmeal photos? I know you said you’ve starting using Live Writer (which is what I use) but I’ve never been able to get all the photos exactly the same size and next to each other.

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