Monday Musings + Awesome Average Runner Tanks & Tees

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, friends!

By the time you read this post, I’ll be in Arizona for the Natural Delights Medjool Dates Summit. Yup, that’s right””a whole trip devoted to those little bites of heaven””and I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it! But, first, here are some random musings/updates from this morning and Monday. Enjoy!

This morning: Got dressed + ate waffles and peanut butter + enjoyed a “baba” and cuddle time with Quinn + finished packing + daycare drop-off + Gunther Tooties for Jamaican Me Crazy Iced Coffee + Blacklane car to airport.


Related: I’m still loving Blacklane. I mentioned it awhile back in a blog post and it’s still my go-to airport transportation. You reserve online, a fancy black car shows up at your house, and it’s cheaper than a taxi. And it’s especially great now that we live even farther out of the city. I mean, the last thing I want is to miss my flight because of an unreliable taxi, so I’m all about Blacklane. (Sadly, Uber is pretty scarce where we live.)

Murphy update: He’s SO MUCH BETTER! Hooray! He acts like his old self””actually, he’s much happier now that he doesn’t have a tumor in his head. He wants to be on our laps all the time and he even “elephant butts” almost every day now. I’m so glad things worked out. Physically, Murphy looks like a normal, healthy pug. His fur grew back and his “fake” ear doesn’t look weird anymore. He still has a slight head tilt (it’s actually kind of cute) and he won’t go down big flights of stairs because he gets dizzy, but he’s doing great otherwise!


At the airport this morning, I bought a few snacks for the plane: Egg, cheddar, and tomato sandwich + carrot cake Clif Bar + a banana. I also bought a pumpkin spice iced latte from Au Bon Pain, but it was so incredibly sweet, I took a few sips and then threw the rest away. Eww. Sugar overload. And you guys know how much I hate wasting food. It was not good.

Monday’s breakfast is a recent go-to: Trader Joe’s frozen waffles + Teddie Peanut Butter + banana slices + iced coffee with vanilla soymilk. I also like eating this meal before running. The combo fills me up and gives me energy!


Mal calls this toy “suitcase shapes,” even though it’s actually a toolbox. (It comes with a plastic mallet to hammer the shapes into the appropriate holes.) I honestly had no clue what he was talking about, but when I did, I thought it was so funny, so now I call it “suitcase shapes” too.


Typically, when Quinn is moving, I’m moving too, but he was so into “suitcase shapes,” I used the downtime as an opportunity to relax with my iced coffee. Rare toddler mom moment captured.


Once Mal woke up, I quickly got ready and then headed into the city for an appointment with my GI doctor””well, technically, his Nurse Practioner. Ever since my last Remicade infusion, I’ve had constant UC symptoms. Typically, when I get close to my next infusion, I’ll start to have symptoms, but, this time, I had them the entire 7 weeks””and, honestly, they were worse than usual. I also started to have some new symptoms/possible side effects from the Remicade, so I wanted to talk to my doctor sooner than later.

When I arrived at my appointment, I had about 10 minutes to spare, so I popped into Whole Foods for a few supplies: Snacks (snacks all the time!) and ingredients for “Engagement Chicken.” Engagement Chicken is an oldie, but goodie recipe, and I swear it works. I made it for Mal a few months before he proposed. (I’m also lucky I didn’t burn down our apartment complex the night I made it!)


My appointment with the NP went fairly well:

  • Good news: I might just be anemic (i.e. 7 weeks of bleeding), but she did a bunch of tests to check my platelets, etc.
  • Bad news: She thinks my body might be building antibodies against the Remicade, which is why it’s not working as well as it used to. Boo. More tests.
  • Good news: My cough is likely a cold or exercise-induced asthma. Even more tests.
  • Bad news: I had a zillion questions (like I always do), but none of them really got answered. I know it’s the nature of the disease, but it’s frustrating too.
  • Good news: I had my 8-week Remicade infusion a week early. The NP figured I might as well since I was having symptoms and already at the hospital, which saves me a trip into Boston next week.


Not surprisingly, with all of my recent health troubles, I haven’t had much energy or motivation to work out. But, I finally forced myself out of my funk and re-committed myself to healthy living. I ate well and got in a great workout at the gym””I’ll post it later today!


I posted the above photo on Instagram last night and received a bunch of comments about my tank, so I wanted to share the details with you guys. I actually made it myself on Spreadshirt. Mal calls me a “good average runner,” which makes me laugh every time, so I told him I wanted a shirt with that written on it. I took things one step further with “awesome average runner” because, really, who wants to be just a good average runner when you can be an awesome average runner? Haha!

The top in the photo above and below is the Women’s Bamboo Performance Tank by ALO. It’s a racerback performance tank top that’s made with bamboo, cotton, and spandex, so it’s lightweight and a little stretchy, but it runs true to size. I ordered a small and it fits perfectly. There’s also a similar racerback-style tank that is a longer and more slim-fitting, but it runs small, so order a size up.


If you’re more of a t-shirt kind of gal, it also comes in two different styles and all sorts of colors: Women’s Performance T-Shirt and Tri-Blend Performance T-Shirt.




Question of the Day

What type of runner are you?

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  1. Sending good thoughts your way on the UC stuff! Unfortunately my body built up antibodies to Remicade and it did stop working for me after 2 years, boo. Hoping that you get some answers to all of your questions soon. Have a great trip to AZ, enjoy!

  2. AAAAAhhhhh I want that tank top!! Maybe after pay day and the bills are paid…..

    I think i might be anemic. I mean, I was, but it flares up sometimes, and i think its flaring up. And I LOVE the engagement chicken! So delish.

  3. I know your frustration – I have Crohn’s diagnosed last year and have never stopped bleeding. The remicade has worked wonders but I would really love to stop using “topical” medications at some point. Iron infusions has help my anemia thus far – my ferratin was a 2 and last check was over 20, although I have a feeling it has dropped since.
    But the best news is Murphy! happy to hear he is doing well!

  4. Ugh…well hopefully you got to the doctor in time to get some answers and get whatever is causing this under control. I imagine must still be frustrating! Welcome to Arizona! I don’t know where you are headed, but in Phoenix it’s a cool 100 degrees and it will be that way until October in case you are wondering.

  5. Sorry to hear about your UC flare. Glad Murphy is feeling better!! I love that tank! I would say I’m also a good average runner 🙂

  6. Mal hit the nail right on the head. Well, currently I’m the laziest average runner (re: not running), but at one point I was an awesome average runner 🙂 Best tank ever! xoxo, ganeeban

  7. Omg Tina I am so happy to hear about Murphy! Yay!!!! Dogs are just the best. But sorry to hear the UC news. UGH. I’m rooting for you and, for what it’s worth, inspired daily by your positive approach to life. 🙂

  8. I love the combo of waffles and peanut butter and bananas! I used to eat that before Saturday morning workouts. My friends made fun of me, but it really is a great combo of not being too heavy but filling enough to get through a workout.

  9. I’m so sorry to hear about your colitis issues. I also feel badly you didn’t get your questions answered! Although difficult to give straight answers on such a complex disease and personal situation, you should leave your doctor’s office feeling well informed! I hope you get clarity on the situation soon! All the best!

  10. Yeah that Murphy is doing better!!!!! 🙂 Boo that you are having a UC flare. UGH. 🙁

    Thanks for the update on both of you!

  11. I’m so sorry to hear about your symptoms creeping back in… Sounds like what happened to my dH. He switched a fees years ago to Humira and it was SO much better for him than remicade. I hope everything clears up for you soon

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