What Song Speaks to You?

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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Citizen Cope spoke to me on my 4-mile run this morning:

Well a son’s gonna rise in a mile
In a mile
You’ll be feeling fine
In a mile you will see
After me
You’ll be out of the dark, yeah
You’ll get your shot

I know this song has nothing to do with running, but the lyrics helped get me through my workout. In a mile, I felt fine. Those words were exactly what I needed to keep trucking along. It’s funny how music can really speak to you.

Have you ever had a song speak to you? If so, which one and why?


There’s were quite a few leftovers from last night’s taco bar, so I used them to make a kickass taco salad with all of the fixings. I never order taco salads in restaurants, but homemade ones are awesome because you can control what goes into them.

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In the mix: iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, ground beef, avocado, salsa, and Greek yogurt.

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After lunch, I enjoyed a sweet treat: Banana Soft Serve with butterscotch chips.

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Mid-afternoon, I snacked on some Honey-Roasted Sweet Potatoes. I used this recipe, but only used sweet potatoes. They practically tasted like dessert!

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Blog Dogs

Holy moly! I had no idea that my Blog Dogs series would be such a hit! I’ve received close to 300 photos already!! I plan to post every single one, but it’s going to take some time. So, my new plan is to make Blog Dogs a permanent weekly (or biweekly) feature on CNC. I’m posting the photos in the order that I received them in my inbox, so if you sent me a dog photo, keep a look out for it in the coming weeks.

P.S. Thanks for all of the supportive comments on my post this morning. I cannot tell you how much it means to me. I even got a little choked up reading some of them. You guys are the best!



  1. I LOVE Citizen Cope, too, Tina!! He has such a cool voice. My other fave song of his is “Bullet and a Target.” Def. great running/workout music!

    I’m feeling down today about jogging, as I believe that my first 4-miler since I fractured my knee years ago has caused my knee to take a turn for the worst again. 🙁 Boohoo!
    I’m loving all the dog photos, by the way.
    And your lunch looks like it was delish!!

  2. Switchfoot’s I Dare you to Move definitely moves me — I feel so inspired after hearing that song. I love it.

    I love taco salads! Had one yesterday. So filling and delicious. And that banana soft serve? Yum 🙂

    I look forward to the many dog photos coming up!

  3. These lyrics from Smackdown by Thousand Foot Crutch always keep me pumped:

    “Come on, let’s rip it, let’s push that limit
    If ya don’t feel pain, than ya can’t be winning

    Seems like it always comes on right when I’m starting to hurt during a race!

  4. Today I was peddling away on my bike at school, trying to get 20 minutes in my zone, and I listened to “If I die Young” and kept going. I’m not really sure why it kept me going, but it did the trick!
    Hmm! I’m going to make honey roasted sweet potatoes, soon. I have a tub of carrots and shallots left from my honey roasted mix. The sweet potatoes were the first to go!
    Jess : )

  5. I have to songs that pump me up when I wanna quit. “Fighter” by Christina Aguilera is a great, great one and this one….

    “Shook Up The World”

    “You know this is our chance, this is our chance to shine.
    Gotta dig down deep, we gotta go the extra mile.
    Remember when we were young, and nobody else believed.

    Cause this is our time to shine, so we gotta dig down real deep.
    And give it everything we got, cause this is our time to breathe.”

    Great, great lyrics.

  6. Homemade taco salads are the best! I like to add some shredded cheese and sliced olives to mine 🙂

    BTW, I tried your gingerbread smoothie after my run just now, and it was DELICIOUS! I think it’s my new favorite smoothie 🙂

  7. I LOVE that Citizen Cope song! I had forgotten about it, but I’m definitely going to add it to my running playlist now.

    With or Without You by U2 is such an oldie, but it always makes me want to push myself a little harder.

  8. in college i took a class called “sociology of music” where we studied how people were either the type to bond to a song via music or lyrics (or both). for me, i tend to ignore lyrics and go for the feeling – every time i hear mozart’s “serenade for winds” (i got married to it) i tear up, i feel happy, i feel sad, i just FEEL!!

  9. I ADORE listening to obviously passionate music when I work out. Eminem’s song “Lose Yourself” from 8 mile is one of my all-time favorites!

  10. I’m still hooked on Florence and the Machine. Some of the songs just get me every single time.

    I’m excited for your dog posts! My family JUST put down reservations for a Belgian shepard. We’ve been researching/contacting breeders for a year now and hope to get one by the summer. Prayers, please! 🙂

  11. That’s funny, that song always ends up on my running mixes! I think CC is a good one to run to. Also, thanks for your post this morning – I think a lot of us can relate and it’s good to hear others’ successes AND struggles – I think we can all learn from both!

  12. By speak to you do you mean encourages you to get your booty on the dance floor when your out OR get you pumped up while working out ; ) ? If so, mine are Outkast Ha Ya and Miley Cyrus’s Party in the USA!!

    Love that roasted root dish. I am definitely making it as a side tonight with rutabaga and carrots!

  13. citizen cope is my fave!! {http://indulgeinspireimbibe.blogspot.com/2010/10/let-drummer-kick-that.html} basically all his songs speak to me.

  14. As completely cheesy and corny as it is, I really love when “Proud” (the song that the biggest loser used to use as their theme song) comes on during work outs or runs. It motivates me to push harder.

    “What have you done today, to make you feel proud?”

    It’s a great question, as there are so many days in my past where the answer would have seriously been “nothing”. So when the song comes on and I hear the question, I know that THIS makes me feel proud.

    “It’s never too late to try.”

    Also a good line, as a lot of times I need reminding that just because I may have been struggling or lately I may have been slacking on my workouts or nutrition goals, it is NEVER too late to change that, and by being out there on the road or on the elliptical, or whatever I’m doing, I’m making the choice to try!

  15. I really like the song “The Phrase that Pays” by The Academy is… My favorite line of the song is “hold your head high, heavy heart.” It really touched me.

  16. love citizen cope.

    btw, in regards to your post this morning, have you heard of Gary Taubes? he has two books, “Good Calories, Bad Calories” and “Why We Get Fat: and what to do about it.” although poorly titled, his books have been revolutionary in reframing how i view food, my body, my appetite, and more. gaining weight is not a failure of will. in fact, exercise is SUPPOSED to make you hungrier (you are, after all, “working up an appetite”). anyway- if you are looking for some solutions, i highly recommend his books. the second one is more concise and probably a better place to start. best of luck!

  17. Any song by Journey gets me going. Sometimes I find myself dancing around on the treadmill without even realizing- I think that means its really good music :)!

  18. I’m really into homemade taco salads lately- I’ve just discovered that salsa makes an awesome (and healthy) salad dressing and I can’t get enough!

    I love dogs but can’t have one because of my job, so I’m super excited to see all of the cute pictures coming up!

  19. United States of Pop 2009 is one of my favorite workout songs (still!) because I have music ADD, and since its a lot of songs in one, it doesnt get old 🙂

  20. Definitely “Waka Waka” by Shakira. The lyrics are so inspiring.

    “The pressure is on
    You feel it
    But you’ve got it all
    Believe it

    When you fall get up
    Oh oh…
    And if you fall get up
    Eh eh…”

  21. Yum, I love taco salads!

    Currently the song that is really speaking to me is The Cave by Mumford and Sons. It is slow to start, but there are some really empowering lines – one in particular that makes me push my pace is, “and I’ll find strength in pain”. It forces me to push through the muscle fatigue and to keep going.

  22. I’ve never heard of Citizen Cope but I’m always looking for new bands to check out so thanks!

    You also just reminded me I have bananas in the freezer, along with guac. That spells party in my mouth. But not together of course!

  23. So often, songs speak to me during my runs. I’ll never forget during my first 1/2 marathon, I had hit my wall around mile 10 and the song, “move along” from All American Rejects came on my Ipod. It was just what I needed to finish strong.

  24. I could NOT run without music- it motivates me to no end..Anything with a good beat puts me in the zone. I’m also a big sucker for good lyrics, so songs by Ray La Montagne and Taylor Swift always get me (though not always the best to run to haha).

  25. That taco salad looks great….and a banana soft serve idea…top it off with Nutella….I tried this last week in honour of World Nutella Day (Feb 5) and it was great!

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