62 Days Ago

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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Sixty-two days ago, I made a list:

  • More time
  • Better commute
  • Cheaper cost of living
  • Easy access to the city
  • Easy access to gym
  • More focus on blog
  • Pug
  • Travel money
  • Healthy food
  • Active social life
  • Friends and family nearby
  • Enough money
  • Laundry

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At the time, I was feeling pretty down-in-the-dumps about my life. Mal and I had just rescinded our offer on a house and I was totally overwhelmed by my lack of a work-life balance. Even though there wasn’t really anything wrong with my life, I just knew I could be happier. Basically, if I could paint a picture of my “perfect” life, this list would include a number of its elements.

So, 62 days ago, I set out to improve my life:

  • I moved closer to Boston for easier access to the city and a better commute to work
  • I found an apartment with in-unit laundry and a gym 0.04 miles away
  • I finally got my PUG!!! I love Murphy!

Unfortunately, a cheaper cost of living is not likely living in Boston and some of the items on my list didn’t need to be changed (healthy food, active social life, friends and family nearby), but there were still a number of things I wanted to improve– and they all seemed to be tied together. Do you see where I am going with this? 😉

I have to admit that I’ve never had a clear idea of what I wanted to do with my life. (Remember when I almost became a personal trainer?) I also never realized how important it is do what you love. Of course, I had a number of great jobs over the years, but deep-down, I knew none of them were the perfect fit. Plus, sitting behind a desk for 40 hours a week never really “fueled” me, ya know?

Blogging has truly changed my life. When I first started out, I never intended for it to become my career, but I always thought “what if?”

Part II to come soon…

Dinner

Yummy dinner tonight! I love it when you just throw a bunch of ingredients together and the meal turns out well!

I started with the following ingredients:

  • Boil-in-Bag brown rice
  • 6 oz. jar of marinated artichokes
  • 4 green peppers (from my mom’s garden!)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Handful of parsley
  • Fresh squeezed juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • Breadcrumbs

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With these ingredients, I made delicious stuffed peppers! 😀

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How to: After cooking the rice, I combined it with the rest of the ingredients (minus the breadcrumbs) in a large bowl. I removed the tops of the peppers, cleaned out the insides, and filled them with the rice mixture. I topped the stuffed peppers with breadcrumbs and baked on 350* F for 25-30 minutes until the tops of the peppers started to brown.

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They were SO good! And easy to make!

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Dessert

For dessert, I whipped-up a Silken Vanilla Cake using Nasoya’s Silken Style Creations. This time, I added peanut butter and chocolate chips to the cake. Holy yum!

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I ended up eating a second piece. It was so delicious!

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77 Comments

  1. Dinner looks delicious – I love bell peppers.
    My second date with my boyfriend I made stuffed peppers. At the time he ate them happily (so I thought) and now we’ve been together more than 5 years. Turns out he HATES peppers but he didn’t want to disappoint me!

    BTW, we met at the Healthworks gathering – I’ve officially started my own blog! Thanks for all the information.

  2. Wow… so suspenseful! I want to hear part II!

    Stuffed peppers are on my meal plan for dinner this week… I’ve seen them floating around the blog and they always look delicious (yours are no exception!), so I’m going to give them a try.

  3. I’m so excited to find out what’s next! The suspense is terrible! Perhaps a winter healthy living summit?? 😉

  4. Hi Tina!
    I’ve been reading your blog for a few months but never commented so far. But the suspense is killing me!
    I totally understand where you are coming from, I am at the same place right now, and all these changes happening in the blog world are such an inspiration!
    I can’t wait to hear the full story :-d

  5. everything looks so amazing! and you have come such a long way. So many of us have been with you through your move and murphy and transformations. It is so great to hear whhat your blog has doen for you and how it has helped you so much.

    cant wait to hear about part 2!

    also-the stuffed peppers look AMAZING!!!

  6. Can’t wait to hear the continuation of your story… 🙂
    Also, I must say that these peppers look absolutely, fantastically, deliciously yummy! I’ll definitely try them out soon.

  7. Man I’ve always wanted to try stuffed peppers and yours look awesome!

    I totally agree on the “not knowing what I want to do with my life”. I mean, I’m only 17, but it feels like there’s so much pressure to know EXACTLY where you’re headed. Who knows! I just wanna see where life takes me 😀

  8. Those peppers look great! I recently created a very similar recipe for stuffed portabella mushrooms. I think the only difference is that mine had spinach and no rice. With salad they make a great dinner but I like the idea of bulking it up with rice!

  9. Writing it down and making it happen (i own the book, which i’ve never read)…it’s such a genius idea. And really, why not? You deserve what you WANT in life. SO why not GO FOR IT?! I’m really impressed with those who say “this is not good enough and i’m going to do something about it.” I’m still working on having the confidence to do so, but i know it’s in me deep down somewhere. I should not be settling less for than what i deserve and desire in life. Thanks for the great reminder!

  10. I just had to tell you that I really love all your “lists”!!! I am a huge list person too…….always have been since I was a kid actually. I find it just feels better to write it down and even better when you can cross things off the list. =) Laura

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