14 Before 8

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Yay! I love running at 5 o’clock in the morning!


Umm, not. But, I LOVE how I feel once I’m done! You never regret a workout!

This morning, I woke up bright and early to run with my blog buddies before a full day of HLS sessions.

Before I left my hotel room, I snacked on a Clif bar. I always need to have a little something in my stomach before exercising. Otherwise, I feel weak and blah.

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The group met promptly at 5:00 AM in the hotel lobby. I was shocked to see about 20 people waiting there! Runners are crazy people, huh?!

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After a quick explanation of the running route (down Market Street, along the water, and back), we headed out into the night early morning.

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Philly is a really pretty city”” even in the dark!

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Monica, Bonnie, and I ended up covering almost 14 miles this morning. I didn’t plan to run even close to that distance, but running with friends made the miles fly by. For real. We chatted the entire time.


After our run, I grabbed a quick iced latte at Starbucks, stretched, and showered– all before 8:00 AM. Nuts, right? I was really hungry for breakfast (fourteen miles will do that to ya), so I got myself together as fast as possible.

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On the menu: fresh fruit.

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Various cereals from Attune.

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Stonyfield yogurt and hardboiled eggs.

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I only attended part of the morning sessions because I was scheduled to sell and sign copies of my book!

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I was a little worried that no one would buy it, but quite a few people did. At one point, there was a huge line of people waiting! So cool!

Monica didn’t have her copy of my book for me to sign, so I offered to sign her boob. She was all about it!

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Lunch couldn’t have come any sooner”” I was famished!

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Lunch included a fantastic spread of sandwiches made on bread donated from Great Harvest.

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My plate: veggie sandwiches with quinoa + chickpea salad.

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I still felt hungry after lunch, so I downed two boxes of granola. Perfect.

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I’m not sure what’s on the agenda for tonight, but I have a feeling it’s going to be FUN!



  1. The food this year looks great! And Philly is beautiful at night-I hope it was safe to run at that hour, then again, there was like an army of you guys running…… 😀

  2. Whoa! Covering 14 miles before 8AM must have felt so weird but amazing at the same time! You are super inspiring Tina. I am training for a half and you guys just did what I am so excited to eventually have the ability to do 😀 You totally rock!

    1. @Sarah @ Sarah’s Modern Bites: I just remembered I wanted to ask you a question regarding talking while running. I have a very difficult time chatting while running (even though I want to!) especially on long runs. I have heard mixed beliefs about this… a friend of mine told me that if you’re running ‘correctly’ that you shouldn’t be able to talk…. huh? I know it doesn’t work for me but other runners I know love to chat on runs.

  3. Nothing better then getting in a sick workout before most people are awake! You are inspiring me to get my butt up earlier for some long runs before work this week 🙂

  4. 14 miles?!? Haha my ultimate goal is a half marathon! That makes me feel like a whimp! Hopefully I’ll be there someday! Can we also please note that in the picture with the cereal the front one is almost gone? Haha clearly the blogger favorite!

  5. Again…you freak me out…lol! 14 miles?! Nuts!

    Just a side note…I went out to dinner tonight and took pictures of our food….I felt like you 😉

  6. So fun meeting you this weekend. you r too sweet. Hope we can find a time to run together sometime soon and plan a NYC marathon meet 🙂

    Btw are you going to do healthy living Boston in january

  7. Great job on the early morning run!

    Where is your blue running top from? The fit is cute and I am always looking for running gear with reflective strips since I often run before the sun is up.

  8. Sounds like a great time! I think the only way I’d be able to get up that early to run that far is if I was in a city like Philadelphia and doing it with 20 other girls! Sounds very fun.

  9. i am so impressed by you guys… i cannot wake up that early to work out! i used to do 3x/week crossfit workouts at 6 am and then have to go back to sleep afterwards!

    great job! wish i was at HLS!

    new goal for 2012: attend HLS!

  10. Your action photo of signing autographs is too funny! P.S. I tried to attend your signing in Boston at the Brookline Booksellers but I had an exam the same night- major bummer 🙁

    P.P.S. Thanks for your recaps of HLS- I’d love to next year, looks like a blast!

  11. Hi Tina!

    Quick question for you– you say that you always eat something before exercising or else you feel blah, and I feel the same way. Just curious but do you eat the entire cliff bar or just part of it? I sometimes have trouble figuring out how much to eat prior to a workout.


  12. You have amazing dedication to run 14 miles before the conference. It’s great you know so many other motivated ladies as well, you must inspire each other! HLS looks like so much fun! Wish I was there to get a signed copy of your book!

  13. I just ordered your book the other day and should receive it this week. Can’t wait! I think my favorite part will be cookie Friday’s =P

  14. Running with friends does make it go so much faster. Not that I’m running far, only on week 2 of C25K but it’s much easier with a friend than without.

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