Pug Pout + Hip Strengthing Workout

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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Hi, guys! Happy Sunday! :mrgreen:

So, look what my sneaky dog tried to do this morning:


The little bugger tried to take a bite of my breakfast!

I’m sure breakfast smelled delicious to Murphy, but after a talkin’ to, he put his infamous pug pout on his face. Look at that pathetic bottom lip!



Breakfast was an egg sandwich with Dubliner cheese on a toasted whole wheat English muffin. I also drank an iced coffee with soy milk and agave nectar. Egg-cellent Sunday breakfast! 😉


I spent most of the morning setting up giveaways for the 12 Days of Giveaways celebration, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, December 1. I hope you guys are getting ready for it! There are a TON of giveaways on the agenda! It’s going to be madness!


Lunch came a few hours later. I whipped up an “everything-but-the” salad with all sorts of goodies from the fridge.


In the mix:

  • Arugula
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Wheatberries
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Strawberries
  • Balsamic vinegar


I finished off lunch with a couple of Christmas cookies. A third cookie may or may not have went undocumented. 😳


After lunch, I hit the gym to pump some iron and break a sweat. I was really feelin’ it this afternoon!


I started with a 30-minute hip strengthening workout that Tom of Motivated Fitness created for me to help with my bursitis. A bunch of people requested that I post it on the blog, so here it is!

Strength: Hip Strengthening Workout

  • Single leg toe touches: 15 reps, 3 sets (body weight)
  • Leg press machine: 15 reps, 2 sets (110 lbs), 1 set (90 lbs)
  • Single leg press machine (left leg): 15 reps, 3 sets, 20 lbs
  • Single leg press machine (right leg): 15 reps, 2 sets (30 lbs), 1 set (20 lbs)
  • Step-ups with dumbbell chop: 15 reps, 3 sets (each leg), 8 lbs

Looking at the above exercises, you probably notice that I’m using different weigh for my left and right legs for the single leg press on the machine. My left hip has bursitis, so it’s much weaker than my right. I was so surprised when I could barely do 20 lbs. on my left leg, but that weight wasn’t a problem at all on my right. I guess I have a lot of work to do.

The key to Tom’s workout is to only rest for 20 seconds between exercises to make sure that you are working your muscles to fatigue. So, for example, on the leg press machine, I dropped to 90 lbs. on the last set because my quads and glutes were burning! Tom suggested doing this routine 2-3 times a week to see results.

Cardio: 40-Minute Treadmill Workout (walk + run)

  • Warm up: 5 minutes walking
  • Alternate 1/2 mile run with 5 minutes of walking
  • Repeat 4 times
  • Cool down: 5 minutes walking

After the gym, I ran some errands around my neighborhood (I LOVE living in Southie!) and then headed home for a shower and a snack.

I munched on a piece of multigrain toast with almond butter before heading out for a walk with Mal and Murph.


We just got back from a 45-minute walk around our neighborhood, so now I really need to buckle down and get some work done before our friends come over for dinner. We’re having tacos!



  1. Once, my brother left a sandwich on the ottoman… he went to grab a napkin, and when he got back… it was gone. My shihtzu had eaten it. All of it. In about 5 seconds. Gotta love dogs!

    Your salad looks delicious. Have a great taco night!

  2. First comment!
    I’m new to commenting here but have been following your blog for a week now (I’ve reached page 450!) What a cool blog! I really enjoy your restaurant reviews, and you’ve got some great recipes up here! I’m a college student so eating healthy is definitely difficult, but I try to make do with what I can! 🙂
    I was wondering how the giveaways work? How can I enter?
    Keep up the good work and the good eats! 🙂

  3. I love how active you are all day! It motivates me to get up and get going. I love that your husband does it with you also. My boyfriend has now ran 2 5k’s and I’m going to start training with him to run my first next spring.

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