Sunday Funday

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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Yesterday was not a day of rest. Instead, it was a day of FUN!


The day started with brunch at our friends’ new house. They moved in just a few weeks ago, so they were excited to put their kitchen to use.

On the menu: fresh grapefruit.

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Egg white omelets with veggies.

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Whole wheat English muffins, turkey bacon, orange juice, and coffee. Holy brunch! It was fabulous!

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After brunch, Mal and I said goodbye to our friends and headed to the Derby Street Shoppes for a little shopping spree. (More on this later!)

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I shopped until I dropped and then went home for a snack and a workout.


Before heading out for a run, I snacked on a banana and an Adora disk dipped into Chia Charger nut butter.

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I didn’t start my run until late in the afternoon, so the sun started to set and the nice fall breeze began to cool. The temperature was in the mid-60’s yesterday, so the weather ended up being perfect for running.

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I listened to the David Gray station on Pandora, which isn’t the most rocking music, but it was exactly what I wanted to hear in order to relax and zone out. I ran a little over 6 miles in 52:21 (8:37 pace).

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After my run, I quickly showered, dressed, took Murphy for a walk, and then hopped in the car with Mal to The Fat Cat for a celebratory marathon dinner with Elizabeth and Nick.

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The Fat Cat was bumpin’ on Sunday evening, so we ended up waiting almost an hour for a table to open up. I had no idea the place was so popular!

While we waited, we ordered some drinks. I went with a pumpkin beer. I ordered a second beer just as our table was ready, so I drank it with dinner.

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To start: black bean puree + sweet butter with bread.

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And fried pickles! Love these!

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For my entrée, I ordered the Four Bean Chili, which was made with pork, beef, chorizo, corn, tomato, and cheddar cheese. I also had a side of roasted broccolini. The chili was fantastic””lots of beans and cheese, not too meaty– but it had a serious kick to it. I was sweating while I ate it!

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What a fun day. I wish all Sundays could be like yesterday!



  1. I love the cinnamon sugar rim on your pumpkin beer. I should really start doing that at home to make it a little extra special and sweet. 🙂 And I’ve never had fried pickles, but those look awesome!

    Glad you had a fun Sunday! Curious to hear more about this shopping spree!

  2. Looks like a fun Sunday! 🙂 I have yet to find a bar near me that puts cinnamon sugar around the rim of the beer glass. I should try it at home. I bet it’s yummy!

  3. oooh, my boyfriend used to live in quincy and i loved the fat cat! such a cool place. everything i’ve tried there has been great – lobster mac and cheese, the ahi tuna wrap, and cajun fries!!!

  4. Looks like you had a fabulous time!! I was curious about the black bean puree, never heard of that as a dip. I love black beans and was wondering if it was worth a try. Was it good? And what’s that on top of it?


  5. So weird…I went to the Fat Cat for the first time Saturday night! The scallops were amazing and Jeff behind the bar makes a mean cocktail! Glad you had a fun day!

  6. I LOVE FRIED PICKLES!!! There are 2 places here in Chicago that I love to order them at: Jake Melnick’s and Craft Burger + Beer Bar!! Sooo yummy!

    I had almost the exact same run as you yesterday! Nothing better than a relaxing run on a Sunday evening!

  7. Tina, the black bean puree and sweet butter sound interesting, I’d like to create something like that, can you deconstruct the flavor profiles???
    Much thanks!

  8. My short term goals are to recover from a back injury. Lose the 5 lbs I’ve put on since and get healthy enough to run again. I can currently only walk 2 miles per day, do bird dogs and squats….sigh. Hard to imagine that I ran a 1/2 marathon in August.

  9. My short term goal is to lose 9lbs and run a 5k in under 30 minutes. Started the Couch to 5k program last month and would love a new Fitbook to track my progress through the holidays!

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