Simple Sunday Things

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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I’ve had a nice, little Sunday over here: pancakes, gym, errands, and a delicious dinner is on the menu for this evening. But, the best part of my Sunday hasn’t happened yet. In about an hour, I’ll be reunited with Murphy!!! He’s been with our dog sitter since Thursday afternoon, but he’s getting dropped off at our house soon.

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How adorable is that photo?! Our dog sitter sent it to me a little while ago. Apparently, Murphy has really taken to her dog, Helga. Look at that cuddling! Get a room, you two!


After breakfast, I hit the gym for a workout. I started on the treadmill with a 45-minute power walking workout. You’ve probably seen this one on CNC in the past, but I made it more challenging today by adding 0.5 to all of the inclines and not letting my speed go below 4.0 mph.

I planned to read magazines while I walked, but this workout was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. I was dripping buckets of sweat by the end! I ended up walking just over 3 miles.

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Once I finished the walking workout, I hit the weight room for a lower body strength training workout. I used dumbbells for all of the exercises, so 40 pounds, for instance, is two 20-pound dumbbells. I didn’t rest between exercises (just between sets long enough to catch my breath), so by the third set, my legs felt like Jello!


Speaking of workouts, here’s my weekly workout!

Weekly Workouts

  • Sunday: 45-minute power walking workout + leg workout
  • Monday: CrossFit
  • Tuesday: 3.5-mile run + CrossFit
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: 4-mile run + CrossFit
  • Friday: Elliptical
  • Saturday: CrossFit


After the gym, I went grocery shopping, ran a bunch of errands, and then arrived home starving. Before I took a shower, I put on a pot of Spicy Rice Quinoa Soup. It took about 35 minutes to cook, so while I waited, I put away the groceries, made a batch of iced coffee, started a load of laundry, and took out the trash and recycling for tomorrow’s pick-up. It’s amazing how much you can get done in 35 minutes!

I added diced carrots, onions, and mushroom powder to the Spicy Rice Quinoa Soup for some added nutrients. The soup was thick and rich with tons of rice, quinoa, and lentils. Mmm! I <3 soup.

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I love meal planning, but, as you probably know, it can take a lot of time and effort, so when I stumbled upon an article in this month’s Men’s Health that did it all for me, I was psyched. The article included lots of healthy, easy-to-make recipes and it claimed everything would cost less than $50, so, obviously, I was game. (I get really excited about stuff like this!)


I ended up spending more than $50 on these items (- some, + others), but I didn’t need to meal plan for the week, so that’s awesome and totally worth it. Plus, I have a week’s worth of new and exciting meals to look forward to!


Off to cook dinner! Skirt steak is on the menu for tonight!

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  1. sounds like you’ve had a great, productive day so far! i love those types of days. i’m about to go meal plan for the week now actually. i don’t mind it too much, but it does take some extra time & effort. in the end i believe it’s totally worth it though. i’m interested to hear how you felt like your plan went for this week from your magazine! 🙂

  2. Knim that Quinoa soup sounds fabulous! Where did u find this? Also we had chatted briefly last week how I wanted to do a blog. Well I took ur advice I bought a domain name thru but now I don’t know how to do the actual website without spending money! Help!!!

          1. Ok great I’ll do that! Thanks for ur help!!! By the way I’m getting ur book for Christmas 🙂

  3. Just a warning: you might be too sore from CrossFit to get all those workouts done! I had been running and Body Pump-ing 3x a week (each) for months when I started and damn, did those CF workouts make me hurt!

  4. That’s awesome that you’re actually following that meal plan all week! I think about doing it whenever I see those kinds of articles in magazines, but in the end I’m always too lazy to follow through. 😛 I’m excited to see all your dinners this week!

  5. I LOVE menu planning. It’s a Sunday ritual for me. Aww….Murphy!!! He’s in love! Wasn’t he in love with your bag not long ago??? Guess he’s steppin’ out! 🙂 Hope the week ahead is a good one Tina.

  6. Meal planning is something I really want to work on! Since it’s just me I find it more difficult to meal plan. I know it shouldn’t be, but it is.
    Gonna have to try that power walk! 🙂

    Have a great night!

  7. I think I had the same Sunday as you! Pancakes, gym (cardio and weight sesh), food shopping for the week, prepped and made crock-pot chili, and now waiting for brownies to cool. I tried the Cooking Light recipe so check out my blog tomorrow if you’re interested in low-cal fudgy brownies 🙂

  8. Oooo.. Iced coffee. Think it will taste great with my SBUX Christmas Blend.

    Speaking of Yoga… what about adding weights? I just did a video review (on my site). I love it! I seriously am not saying just to ‘promo the video’. I got a great workout and think you might like it as you add crossfit to your routine.

  9. I also love meal planning- but a plan someone else makes is always exciting! We are travelling today, so hopefully I can use some airport time to plan my week!

  10. When I actually take the time to do meal planning, it always ends up great, and I love that I’ve done it, but unfortunately, I don’t do it nearly as often as I probably should! $50 though? that’s great! Looks like I’ll be hijacking my husband’s Men’s Health this month to check those out! 🙂

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