Ready for Friday

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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Is anyone else really ready for Friday?!? Mal and I close on our new house tomorrow, so I am antsy for the end of the week to arrive. But, I worked my butt off today, so I can start our celebration as soon as we close at 3:00 pm tomorrow! :mrgreen:

I still can’t believe we’re going to be homeowners in less than 24 hours. I’m super excited, but it still hasn’t hit me yet! 😯


After breakfast, I worked up a serious sweat doing 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

Instead of driving to the track or running on the treadmill, I took advantage of today’s summer-like weather and did the track workout on my favorite 3-mile route around my neighborhood and used my Garmin to keep track of my pace on the 800’s.

My goal for the 800’s was to run a 8:00 – 8:30-minute pace with my recovery lap pace between 9:30 – 10:00. A couple of the 800’s ended up being on hills, but I really tried to push myself to keep up my speed.

Even though I despise hills (remember the Run from Hill?!), two things help me conquer them. The first is pumping my arms. I look like a dork, but moving my arms get my legs moving too! 😉 The other thing that I do is repeat this mantra over and over again: What goes up must come down. For every incline, there is a decline. I keep reminding myself that the down part of the hill will be totally worth it.


I was a sweaty, exhausted mess by the end of my run, but I finished Track Workout 2 (3 miles) in 26:24.

When I returned home, Murphy went nuts licking my legs. It was hot outside, so I was dripping with salty sweat. I must have tasted delicious to the pug! 😉




Today’s lunch was very orange. I had sweet potato fries tossed in olive oil and ground flaxseed meal and baked in the oven on 400*F for about 20 minutes.


And homemade pumpkin soup.

The pumpkin soup was soooo easy to make. I just combined 1/2 cup vegetable broth with 1/2 cup canned pumpkin, seasoned with salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon, and heated it in a sauce pan for a few minutes. Then, I stirred in a big spoonful of Greek yogurt. Mmm! Loved it!


I also finished off the last of the French Toast Baked Tofu.


A little while later, I ate a piece of Apple Cake from Tastefully Simple.


After lunch, I ran around like a crazy person trying to get everything done. I stopped by the bank, grocery store, Best Buy, and then the dentist, which was not fun at all. 🙁


At home, I continued to run around like mad woman. I tackled my To Do list, caught up with emails, and went through all of my clothes, which was my big task for the day.


I donated a TON of clothing. It felt awesome.


Mal and I are making pizza for dinner tonight. It smells so delicious right now!

P.S. If you’re thinking about ordering something from Avon for our TNT fundraiser, here’s a free shipping code from my sister: REPFLYER. Don’t forget to enter TNT2011 at checkout! 😀



  1. I am REALLY ready for Friday !!!

    PIIIIIZZA!! Can’t wait to see pictures. I think I am ready… I am going to try and make my own dough ! 🙂 Will report back with results. Dinner for me tonight is tofu n’ greens quinoa bowl. YUM, but not pizza ;P

    Have a good night.

  2. SO ready for Friday! I totally feel that Puggy picture because I JUST got back from my first root canal. Ugh. It wasn’t too bad, but not my idea of a rockin’ good time, either.

    I laughed when I read about the hills, because on a particularly hard trail run I was doing with my sister where I was griping about the huge hills she quipped “well, it’ll be downhill soon. It’s the law of geography!” So now, whenever I run hills, I just think “the law of geography. the law of geography,” which makes me laugh (through the groans).

  3. So exciting for you to be closing on your home!! Definitely calls for a celebration:)
    I can’t stand hills either….they are just the worst! Why is it I can feel like I can go 10 miles on the flat but barely make it up a 1/4 of mile hill?!
    Cheers to you and your new home!

  4. That’s a great looking lunch! Many of my meals have been very orange in nature as well lately – carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, butternut squash….. I don’t think either of us have a beta carotene deficiency today!

  5. I cleaned out my closet this weekend, and instead of taking it to a thrift store, I put up an ad on craigslist for free clothes – was able to give a bag of clothes to several women in the area who were in a desperate need – it felt great!

  6. We close on our house tomorrow at 3pm too!!!!!! OMG I’ll be thinking about you guys. When they say “sign here” just think, we’ll be doing it at the same time. 😉

  7. Your hill mantra cracks me up cause when I’m biking up a steep hill I always sing the song “Spinning Wheel” (“What goes up, must come down. Spinning wheel got to go round…”) And since I’m usually the last of the pack to make it up a hill, I sing it OUT LOUD. 🙂

  8. Teehee, I love that you use groudn flaxmeal on vegetables… and I’ve almost finished a 200g bag this week by stirring it into ICE CREAM. 😀

  9. Hey Tina!!
    So I’m a long time reader of the blog and remembered a post from a loooong time ago where you shared a link that was basically a pug licking the computer screen. Do you know which on I’m talking about? I can’t seem to find it anywhere and would love to show it to one of my friends tomorrow!
    Thanks 🙂

  10. That is totally my hill mantra- “what goes up must come down.” I ran a 10k a few months back, and we had to run up a hill for almost 2 miles! I wasn’t sure if my mantra was gonna get me through that one, but I survived, and I was sooo happy when we started descending down that hill! Keep up the good work on your training!

  11. My kitten goes for my legs too and his tongue so rough that it tickles like crazy hahaha. Silly animals!! I can’t wait to get a dog to take on runs with me <3

    Thank you for linking to your french toast tofu; I missed reading about it and that kind of meal is RIGHT up my alley. I wonder if you can make it with tempeh?

    Good luck signing!! You must be so proud. I know your readers are ;D

  12. Well done on the hilly run! I have to say, I hate running around my neighbourhood! I always go tomato-red when I run, and I constantly run into neighbours looking like a sweaty mess! Awkward…!
    Haha my dog does that too when I come back all sweaty! 😛
    And those sweet potato fries look SO yummy! May have to do some of those for lunch…
    Good luck with the closing! 🙂

  13. Hi! Congrats on Closing today!
    I would like to make an Avon purchase to support you and Mal! Can I use both coupon codes? the free shipping and the TNT code, or can you only use one? Thanks!

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