Spirit Dogs

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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Good morning! Anyone else working a half day today?

CNC is closing early today and its two employees (Murphy and me) are spending the rest of the afternoon cooking, cleaning, and packing in preparation for our journey home to spend time with our families over the next few days. (Oh, Mal is coming too.)

Let’s do a quick recap of yesterday’s eats, so we can talk about “spirit dogs.” (I know. You’re super excited.)


Quick and easy breakfast: two waffles with almond butter and a little bit of maple syrup + a sliced pear on the side. Easy, delicious, nutritious.

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And I enjoyed a homemade almond milk latte!

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Mid-morning, I made some Stuffed Cinnamon Cream Cheese French Toast with maple syrup for an upcoming post that I am writing. Of course, I needed to sample the recipe.

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After that, I headed to the gym to do my favorite treadmill workout ever. I planned do the running workout, but at the last minute, I decided to do the walking one because I remembered how hard it was. If you don’t hold onto the siderails, it’s really challenging!

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Have I mentioned how much I love these Cord Tacos? Because I do.

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When I got home from the gym, I made a salad with goodies from the Whole Foods salad bar, romaine lettuce, and balsamic vinaigrette.

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After lunch, I ate a ridiculous amount of trail mix. I seriously ate half the bag. Why is trail mix so good?!?

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Mal and I went out for dinner last night””nothing fancy just grabbed a meal at a local bar/restaurant. (Neither of us felt like cooking.)

We started with fried pickles, which were served with a delicious spicy thousand island sauce.

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And then I had the French onion soup for dinner, which was also really good.

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Mal and I ended up bumping into some of our CrossFit friends at the restaurant, so we hung out for a couple of hours and chatted with them at the bar.

When we got home, I finished off the evening with some Moose Munch. (I can’t have this stuff in the house. It’s like I’m on a mission to EAT IT ALL.)

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Ok, so sprit dogs”¦

Anyone else watch last week’s episode of Parks & Recreation? If not, April tried to match each Parks & Rec employee with the dog that was most like them (aka “spirit dog”). Donna actually ended up being a cat because not everyone has a spirit dog.


A couple of examples of spirit dogs”¦



When the episode was over, Mal and I started talking about our spirit dogs. I immediately said he was a Boston terrier because they’re active, high-energy, and love people.


Mal said my spirit dog is a pug because I love food so much. Haha! He’s right, and I’m also semi-neurotic, obsessive, and goofy just like pugs. There are a few pug characteristics, however, like being super lazy (I can’t sit still) that don’t totally fit me, but I think a pug could be my spirit dog. And, of course, I love them so much.

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Question of the Day

What’s your spirit dog (or cat)?

P.S. Pug people: You will especially love this: 23 Photos That Prove Pug Shaming Is The Best Kind Of Dog Shaming!



    1. @RFC:

      I have absolutely no answer on the “spirit dog” question – this comment just made me laugh really hard. Pre-caffeinated thinking is not advisable. 🙂

  1. I love the laminated workout card. I always take an index card or just use my phone but this is genius! The headphone taco is genius. Its one of those things that makes me think, why didn’t I create that? 🙂
    So happy you get a 1/2 day. There is so much to do to prepare for Thanksgiving we all should only have to work until noon! I hope you have a great (productive) day.

  2. That’s one of my favorite walking treadmill workouts! I ripped it out of a Fitness magazine years ago and it’s my go to when I want to be active but I’m not up to doing a running workout.

  3. Your cinnamon French toast recipe looks like it’s going to be a good one! Love, love, love fried pickles. It’s been so long since I’ve had some. I had a half day yesterday and I’m off today. Wahoo!!! Enjoy your day and have a VERY happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Awesome treadmill workout!!! I assume when you say 1% incline it’s number one on the incline on the treadmill etc??? Not sure if it’s different on the ones here but your screen looks similar!

  5. I’m really not sure what my spririt dog would be, something low maintenance though.

    Also, next time you make hot chocolate, use almond coconut milk… holy pants it’s awesome!

  6. The stuffed french toast looks awesome…can’t wait for the recipe.

    What brand are the waffles? I like frozen waffles sometimes for breakfast and would prefer to buy a brand that is a little healther the Eggo.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Safe Travels

  7. Ha! I had a homemade almond milk latte for breakfast as well- using my new Nespresso machine that arrived last night! What a beautiful little machine- thank you again for the great giveaway!

  8. I’m not sure what my spirit dog would be! I love pugs so I would first instinct go with that but I don’t know if I’m wide eyed or lazy enough to be a pug 😛 I’ll have to think on this.
    I’m so excited to see that stuffed french toast recipe. I’m guessing you’re going to use Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese? That stuff is SO good spread on an apple. I imagine it’d be amazing on a pear too, and that pear you had for breakfast has given me a craving. It’s been eons since I had a nice, crisp pear!
    Yummm fried pickles. I love sharing an app and then having something small like soup for dinner! Enjoy your 1/2 day, Tina/Mal/Murph!

  9. I totally googled online quizzes to determine my spirit dog after I read this…it also made me wish I was at home with my dogs instead of at work. We have a Boston Terrier that looks just like the one you pictured! According to a quiz I’m a Golden Retreiver…

  10. That french toast looks like everything I’ve ever wanted 🙂 I can’t wait for the recipe! I love Parks and Rec but haven’t watched any episodes this season. I’m excited to see the spirit dog one! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  11. I have a lab and I think Hal and I are very similar, if that’s not weird to say that I think Im the same as my dog. But we are both high energy and love running but sometimes enjoy just chillin or stealing food from people.

  12. Ahhhh I love the pug shaming!

    I’m a trail mix lover but I hate raisins. I always have a bag nearby so I can throw away the raisins.

    Going to try that treadmill workout this weekend!

  13. It’s so funny that you posted about this today! My boyfriend has been making multiple comments about how me and my St. Bernard act so similar sometimes, particularly today. Apparently we both wake up too early, like the snow, demand attention, act silly, and like to use him as a pillow lol

  14. I have to say my cat Digit is my spirit cat. We are so much alike, my boyfriend says all the time he’s just like his mommy. We both eat our food way too fast, are super jumpy, and flip out if our bathroom privacy is invaded on.

  15. This inspired much internal debate! Fun! I think I’m an Akita. I love ‘my’ people, but not so much people outside my circle. I’m stubborn as heck, and fairly athletic but not insanely high energy. Interestingly, I’m not a dog I’d ever choose to have!

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