Poor Puffer Fish

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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Good morning!

I did it!!! I completed the New York City Marathon!

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I spent a solid 7 hours in the car yesterday, so I didn’t get to finish my marathon recap, but I promise it’s coming soon! Instead, I have a funny photo of Murphy to share. I received this picture along with a text message from my brother-in-law just minutes before I entered my corral for the marathon. It put the biggest smile on my face. Good timing! Thanks, Pat!

Text message from my brother-in-law: Batman owes Murphy a puffer fish.

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Look at that sad pug face!! Poor puffer fish! Batman bought Murphy a replacement the very next day.

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I woke up famished this morning, so, as soon as I got out of bed, I broke open a bag of nut and granola mix that I received in my marathon swag bag. I ate a few bites, and then tossed the rest in a bowl of oatmeal.

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Also in the mix: chia seeds and peanut butter. We ran out of iced coffee this morning, so I’ll probably hit up Marylou’s a little later. I need iced coffee this morning.

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Be Thankful Challenge

I’m thankful for good friends, especially those who run with you during marathons and those who take care of you after with ice baths, beer, and pizza.

Question of the Day

I heard The (new) Muppets movie comes out around Thanksgiving. Mal and I are huge fans of The Muppets, so we already have plans to see it.

Do you like The Muppets? Will you see the movie?




  1. Way to go on the Marathon! I bet it was amazing!

    I actually kinda want to see the Muppet movie. I remember loving them as a little kid!

  2. Absolutely LOVE the picture and what a great happy shot to get right before you take off for your run. Melted my heart. On that note, do you know where you got the personalized mat for his food and water bowls? I need one for my baby Rocco.

  3. Congrats on your finish!! I am hoping to do a half sometime in the near future.

    I also LOVE the muppets. I’m slightly obsessed 🙂

  4. I actually really like those little breakfast packs, and I was excited to see that they now have chocolate peanut butter banana flavor! They are pretty nice for a quick pick me up, or easy to consume on my way out the door!
    I am looking forward to reading your marathon recap! Congratulations on an amazing finish!
    I am thankful for my mom. She has been a wonderful friend, parent and mentor to me my entire life and I cant imagine not having her by my side.
    Have an awesome day!!!

  5. YAY for completing the NYC Marathon!!! I am so glad you are doing well. I really liked the muppets when I was a kid so I am thinking about going to see it with the Hub’s tonight 🙂 Looking forward to your recap!

  6. I’ve been thinking about you and waiting axiously for the recap. Congratulations on a super awesome race!!!

    You inspire me, Tina!

  7. Congrats on the marathon Tina!!! You’re awesome!

    Yes–I cannot WAIT for the Muppets. Muppets Take Manhattan was one of my favorite movies growing up. 🙂

  8. Congrats on another marathon, Tina! I totally try to remind myself every time I don’t want to run/workout that I am blessed that I can, so I loved that you mentioned that a few posts ago. 🙂 that picture of Murphy is too much! Love it.

  9. Murphy’s face says it all in that picture with the puffer fish. He totally understood what happened.
    I think the Muppets are funny, I like their corny humor. My husband has been waiting for this movie. We saw the preview for it when we took our 4 yr-old niece to see The Lion King…she had no idea who Kermit the Frog was!! I just don’t understand that 😉

  10. Congrats on finishing the marathon!! 😀 I can’t wait to hear about it!

    Aww, Murphy looks so upset, but adorabley upset lol

  11. Congratulations!!! You should be very proud of yourself. I am so pumped for the Muppets! We already have plans to go see it with the kids (nieces and nephews) over Thanksgiving weekend.

  12. congrats on the marathon! such a huge accomplishement! 🙂

    aw, poor murphy! i’m glad he got a new puffer fish! how did that even happen?!? lol.

    i’m not a big muppets fan :/ most likely won’t be seeing the movie.

  13. I just don’t get these people who are saying they aren’t muppets fans. Seriously? Kermit? Animal? Fozzie? What’s not to love? I THINK the movie is actually coming out on Thanksgiving Day. And I plan on dragging my family with me — I have teenage children. One who admits to being a Muppets fan and one who will roll her eyes but go for the popcorn (and secretly love it). Can’t wait!

  14. Please see The Muppet Movie! I have several friends that worked on it, and it promises to deliver a good time 🙂 Plus, it was shot on location (mostly) in Los Angeles ,which is a big plus for those of us that work in the industry.

    Congrats on the big finish and the PR!!

    1. @Daniella:

      Daniella: Small world! After I saw your comment I ended up going to your blog since I also work in the industry (Disney) and live close to you (Studio City). And… I also noticed that my boyfriend and your man friend worked together – The Lincoln Lawyer. Very interesting… wonder if they know each other???

      1. @Catherine: Catherine, that is so crazy! I worked at Disney for a few years in Feature Physical Production. What department are you in? Yep, Manfriend was on the Lincoln Lawyer! Is you BF a driver also?

        1. @Daniella: I work over in the Disney marketing department right now on Animation / Pixar / Muppets. Contemplating looking for something else though in the business…

          No. My bf was in the production office. What’s your guy’s name?

          1. @Catherine: Marketing, nice! I went freelance about a year and a half ago and I’ve never looked back. It’s a little different than working for a studio, but you have the option to take time off (unpaid though) between gigs if you choose.

            Manfriend’s name is Kelly Murphy. But, he wasn’t on LL for long.

  15. Congratulations, what an accomplishment! Inspires me to want to run a full marathon, as I have only run a half so far (and training for my second). I don’t know if I will see the Muppets movie but I do know that over the weekend I got a pedicure and they had new Muppets-themed OPI nailpolishes on display and they were awesome! I chose a sparkly Muppets red. What does nailpolish have to do with the Muppets? Who knows, but the color looks great! 🙂

    PS That picture of Murphy is unbelievable adorable and hilarious.

  16. Congrats on the marathon! What an amazing accomplishment. I just signed up for my first 10K (not nearly as big or exciting) on Thanksgiving.

    So excited to see that you and so many of your blog followers are excited for THE MUPPETS movie. I actually work on the marketing team at Disney that is behind the campaign 🙂 Everyone needs to go see it! It’s super cute! Mahna Mahna.

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