Pumpkin Season

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜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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Ooooh, it’s definitely pumpkin season!! How exciting! There’s just something about those bright orange balls of fun that make me so happy. Fall is here! :mrgreen:



I didn’t plan to buy a pumpkin today (usually my mom buys me one from her work), but I felt especially festive and purchased a few gourds for our dining room table.



I know that I’m totally random sometimes, but I had a good reason for snapping photos of pumpkins at 9:00 in the morning. I was picking up a donation from the Fruit Center Marketplace for our Team In Training fundraiser on Thursday evening.


The nice folks at the Fruit Center Marketplace donated a HUGE gift basket. Someone is going to go home very happy on Thursday night! πŸ˜€



Mid-morning, I hit the gym for a super sweaty treadmill workout: Track Workout 2. I hadn’t done this workout since the end of August, so I wanted to see if could improve my time after 3 weeks of training.

Track Workout 2

2 lap warm up, 3 X’s 800M, 2 lap warm down, 1 lap rest
Pace based off of 5k race time

Here’s the workout that I did on the treadmill:

  • 0.50 miles @ 6.3 – 6.4 mph
  • 0.50 miles @ 7.4 mph (8:06 pace)
  • 0.25 miles @ 6.3 mph
  • 0.25 miles @ 7.5 mph (8:00 pace)
  • 0.25 miles @ 7.4 mph
  • 0.25 miles @ 6.3 mph
  • 0.50 miles @ 7.4 mph (8:06 pace)
  • 0.25 miles @ 6.3 mph
  • 0.25 miles @ 6.6 mph

Total: 3 miles in 26:43

I completed Track Workout 2 nearly 2 minutes faster than the last time I did it. Crazy, right?! Somehow, my little legs are getting faster! I guess my body is working more “efficiently” now? Maybe I’m just more confident in my running abilities? I’m not sure what’s going on exactly, but it’s pretty cool! πŸ˜€

After my run, I got my stretch on using the Stretch Trainer. Have you seen this thing at your gym? Ever try it? It’s awesome for stretching your upper and lower back and hamstrings, which are always tight on me after running.



I ate lunch really early today. My stomach started growling when I was at the gym, so getting food into it was a priority once I got home.


I planned ahead and I grabbed a few ingredients from the salad bar at the Fruit Center Marketplace, so all I had to do when I got home was cut up a tomato and some celery for a big arugula salad.


I finished lunch with two Pumpkin Spice Cookies—Β one went undocumented! πŸ˜‰


Gourds! :mrgreen:



My afternoon is packed full of errands, but most of them are kind of fun.

See ya for dinner! 😎

P.S. I *think* I have a surprise for you guys tonight. I have a feeling it’s going to make everyone happy! πŸ˜€



  1. This is kinda a random question but how long after your workout is your meal? I am hardly ever hungry after exercising and know I probably should eat something. Just wondering if it’s an hr or 2 after you finish or sooner? Or what is the general consensus as to when you should eat post working out.

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