A Chilly Announcement

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.

I have a fun announcement! I just registered to run my second half marathon!!! :mrgreen:

This morning, Mal and I registered for the Chilly Half Marathon in November. A friend told me about it a few weeks ago, but it didn’t fit in with the TNT training schedule. But now that Mal and I are running the P.F. Chang’s Marathon, it fits in perfectly. Our long run that week is 13 miles. Perfect! :mrgreen:


My first half marathon was the Run to Remember in Boston back in May 2009. Training for this race injured my hip. I hurt my hip about a month before race day, but ran away. And let me tell you, it was not a good idea. I made my hip so much worse.

I finished the Run to Remember in 2:06:04, which is a decent time, especially for someone with a bum hip, but I know I can break 2 hours. It’s my goal for the Chilly Half.


Speaking of running, I hit the pavement for a 4-mile run this morning. I finished in 35:23, which is my fastest 4 miles since I started training in mid-August:

After running 4 miles this morning, I was tired, but not dead-tired like I usually am. I actually felt pretty good.

I’ve never followed a training program as closely as the Team In Training plan, but now I realize why it’s so important. It’s really making a difference! TNT has us running 3 days per week with 3 days of cross-training mixed in. For me, crossing-training is Body Pump, yoga, walking, and the elliptical. It’s a nice balance of activities and somehow it’s making me faster on my runs!


After my run, I parked my butt on the couch in front of the TV with my laptop and got to work. While digging through my bag for a pen, I stumbled upon half of a dog bone from Murphy’s vet visit the other day. (The vet had me give Murphy treats while they stuck him with needles.)


Murphy was psyched about the unexpected treat in my bag. He came running right over to me as soon as he saw me with it. Dogs are so funny! 😆

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I grabbed a few groceries before lunch today. I wasn’t in the mood to do a big shopping, so I only grabbed the “necessities,” which included brussels sprouts.


I coated the brussels sprouts with olive oil and Garlic Gold Nuggets and roasted them in the oven. Then, I added them to salad with a hard-boiled egg and crumbled feta.


Why are roasted brussels sprouts so tasty!?!


After lunch, I enjoyed some apple crisp. My mom gave me a bunch of “B grade” apples the other night, so I they were just asking to be turned into apple crisp. Plus, it takes just 10 minutes to throw together this recipe! 😉


VinoVoyage is tonight!!! I’m excited! 😎



  1. i love running in newton!! i’m from the area so that would be really cool to do a half marathon in november. it might not even be TOO cold… 🙂 i think they have it right with “chilly.” heh. it will be great to run a half en route to a full as well. it’s often suggested in training plans!

    and i LOVE your pug pics. i’m pug-sitting this weekend!! for TWO!!! one is gigantic and a lil pudgy (i don’t think murphy is pudgy btw), and the other is much thinner and darker. it’s interesting the differences within such a distinct breed. they are all very “pug” looking of course… heh.

  2. I know that this doesn’t have to do with this post, but wanted to say that I’m really enjoying the new focus on your blog. Though don’t comment often, I’ve been reading for awhile. In the last little bit, I found myself skimming or skipping posts, but not sure why….I think it’s because I like your “roots” better :-).

  3. Hi Tina,

    LOVE your blog. Do you do the wordpress html coding? Or do you hire someone for that? I’m just getting into the grove of blogging, and would love to teach myself how to host, and design my own site. Wondered if this was a CRAZY idea 🙂


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