A Beautiful Saturday

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜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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It’s a beautiful day in Boston this morning! :mrgreen:

I’ve heard rumors that the temps might even get up into the low 50’s today! Wouldn’t it be nice if Spring came early this year? I can dream, right?

View from my balcony:



I wanted a 3-Minute Cookie for breakfast this morning, but I knew that 150 calories (approximately) would not fill me up and keep me satisfied all morning, so I “enhanced” the recipe a bit.


In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1 heaping tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 heaping tbsp Vega Smoothie Infusion
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 small banana, sliced
  • Cinnamon to taste


I then nuked the mixture in the microwave for 1:45 and added a big scoop of peanut butter. It’s not the prettiest thing that I’ve ever seen, but it tasted delicious and definitely filled me up!


We’re completely out of milk and soy milk, so I’m off to hunt for iced coffee after I finish this post. I need my morning java!


I meant to post my workout yesterday, but I ran out of time before the Black Beer Affair last night. Better late than never, right? πŸ˜‰

At the gym, I started with a 45-minute strength training workout.

Seated Leg Press

  • 110 lbs.
  • 15 reps
  • 3 sets


Single Seated Leg Press

  • 20 lbs.
  • 15 reps
  • 3 sets


Leg Extension

  • 70 lbs.
  • 10 reps
  • 3 sets

Hamstring Curl

  • 40 lbs.
  • 10 reps
  • 3 sets


Chest Press

  • 45 lbs. (the bar)
  • 15 reps
  • 3 sets


Biceps Curl to Military Press (compound exercise)

  • 10 lbs.
  • 15 reps
  • 3 sets


Bent-Over Row to Triceps Kickback (compound exercise)

  • 8 lbs.
  • 15 reps
  • 3 sets


Assisted Pull-Ups

  • 65 lbs.
  • 2 sets (my arms were jello!)
  • 10 reps


After strength training, I did 55 minutes of cardio.

I started with a 25-minute walking workout on the treadmill, which I call The Pyramid.

The Pyramid

  • 0:00 – 1:00 @ 4.1 mph (1.0 incline)
  • 1:00 – 3:00 @ 4.2 mph (2.0 incline)
  • 3:00 – 6:00 @ 4.3 mph (3.0 incline)
  • 6:00 – 10:00 @ 4.4 mph (4.0 incline)
  • 10:00 – 15:00 @ 4.5 mph (5.0 incline)
  • 15:00 – 19:00 @ 4.4 mph (4.0 incline)
  • 19:00 – 22:00 @ 4.3 mph (3.0 incline)
  • 22:00 – 24:00 @ 4.2 mph (2.0 incline)
  • 24:00 – 25:00 @ 4.1 mph (1.0 incline)


  • Running option: Add 2.0 mph to each interval
  • 50-minute option: Repeat workout twice


I finished up my workout with 30 minutes on the elliptical while catching up with my celeb gossip. I can’t get enough of it!


I have busy Saturday ahead with my mom and sister. My sister and I are getting facials then hitting the gym together, and later this afternoon, we are meeting my mom for Fondue Fest! Mmm! Can’t wait!

Enjoy your Saturday! 😎



  1. That breakfast is so unique – it sounds fantastic! Hope you guys got a warm up today, it was pretty warm here as well πŸ™‚

  2. Tina,

    You should read “The New Rules of Lifting for Women” even if you don’t follow the workout — because it makes a good case why Seated Leg Presses are a waste of time. I used to do them and now I’m convinced there are way better exercises you can do for your legs. : ) xo

  3. I like the breakfast cookie! I have made it several times now and have found a combo I love..I substituted chocolate hemp protein powder for the Vega powder you used, and substituted 1 heaping Tbs. of cocoa for the cinnimon…I love chocolate for breakfast!

  4. Hi Tina,
    Thanks for this workout. I was wondering how much you rest between each set? I am a runner (just completed 10km) but have avoided strength training and am now trying to get into it. Do you have any advice? It is a bit intimidated to get started. Love your blog by the way!

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