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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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After my not-so-great performance at the ZOOMA 10K, yesterday’s CrossFit workout was exactly what I needed to feel better.


After a warm-up (squats and deadlifts), we went right into the Strength part of class, which was 35 minutes to find our 1RM. I partnered with Kerrie, and I worked my way up to 195 pounds, which was a 15-pound PR! Obviously, I was pumped. Kerrie, being the beast that she is, did a 215-pound back squat! #beastmode

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“Diane” was the Workout of the Day. I’m still working on my Handstand Push Ups (HSPUs), so I mixed it up with HSPUs and Hand-Release Push Ups, which was the modification for the workout.

For time:

RX: Deadlift 225/155 & HSPU
Scaled: Deadlift 155/95 & Hand Release Push Ups
[7 minute time cap]

I used 125 pounds for the deadlifts and finished in 5:11, which included eight real, live Handstand Push Ups. I’ve been CrossFitting for almost 1.5 years now, and I am finally getting HSPUs, so it was a big deal for me. I was so proud of myself.

Two PRs in one day! I definitely left class with a big, ol’ smile on my face! :mrgreen:


Once I showered, I reheated some Chicken Bacon Alfredo from the weekend. I love this recipe so much, I made it for dinner on Saturday night when I got home from Annapolis. We had all of the stuff to make it, and I was craving some creamy, cheesy, bacon goodness in a bad way, so I whipped up another batch. I was excited to have the leftovers for lunch yesterday.

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A couple of hours after lunch, I created a Gluten-free Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe for Health, which turned out so incredibly well. These cookies are soft and chewy with tons of dried cranberries and white chocolate chips mixed in. I can’t wait to share the recipe next week. Obviously, I needed to sample a couple of them to make sure they were an acceptable recipe!

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Right before dinner, I snacked on some watermelon chunks.

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Last night’s dinner was a good one””easy, simple, delicious””and inspired by this recipe for Huevos Rancheros. And the best part: it only required 5 ingredients. The chorizo and Rotel have so much flavor, you really don’t need anything else.

  • 1.25 pounds ground chorizo
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 can of Rotel
  • 4 eggs

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Fun fact about green peppers: Green peppers have as many antioxidants as the other varieties. I had no idea! You can save money buy buying green ones instead of more expensive red, yellow, or orange peppers or you can put that savings toward organic peppers since conventionally grown ones usually have a high level of pesticide residue. [Fun fact from Health, June 2013]

Making this dinner was super easy and you can cook it all in one pan. Love that. Here’s how to make it:

Start by sautéing the peppers and onions in olive oil.

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Add chorizo and break it up with a fork.

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Pour in Rotel.

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Mix everything together and cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes until veggies begin to soften and juices from the Rotel cook off a little.

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Finally, use a spoon to make holes in the mixture where you’ll crack the eggs to cook them. Allow the eggs to cook for a few minutes””you’ll want the whites firm and the yolks runny.

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Tada! A delicious dinner in no time at all! I am definitely adding this recipe to my What Should I Make For Dinner post for future reference!


Health News & Views

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Question of the Day

Have you set a PR lately? If so, please share! Brag away, baby!

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  1. Two weeks ago I got my 140 pound clean and jerk, and then last week I got 2 reps of a 140 jerk, so I’m pleased with my progress! Only been CrossFitting for 9 months and I had never done any Olympic lifting before that. 🙂

  2. On Mother’s Day I ran the DE Half Marathon & PR’d at 1:57! Allergies had been kicking my butt the whole week before AND my watch wasn’t working so I had to leave it behind. Maybe the no watch thing worked in my favor!

  3. I was thinking about stopping at the store to get some chorizo today, but didn’t. I’m taking this as a sign that I need it in my life soon.

  4. I’m thinking about making this chicken bacon alfredo. Looks divine! I might even dare to sub in some shredded brussels or cabbage from my CSA. Mmmm!

  5. I finally did toes to bar!!! And now, I’m working on stringing them together. So far, I’ve got 4 in a row.

    I also finally did some free standing pushups which i’m super excited about!

  6. I finally did a kipping pull-up! I’m fairly new to this crossfit thing and that has been one of my goals since day one. Well, if finally happened and the best part was I did it without thinking about it too much. 🙂

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