All The Right Moves Survey

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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Hi, friends! Happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend.

So, my weekend”¦. well, it was not awesome. I’m in the middle of a terrible flare that isn’t responding to drugs, so, needless to say, I’m not a happy camper right now. I talked to my doctor a few times over the weekend, and he’s going to try to get me in earlier this week for my first infusion of Remicade, so, hopefully, things start to improve. Fingers (and toes) crossed.

I didn’t want to start the week off with a depressing colitis post, so I decided to turn an interview with Ali Sweeney that I read in this month’s FITNESS magazine into a blog survey. It’s all about staying healthy and reaching your goals, so I thought it would make a nice Motivation Monday-type post. I hope you enjoy reading my responses and feel free to play along yourself in the comment section!

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What fit activities do you like to do together as a family?

Mal and I love taking Quinn for family walks around our neighborhood or in the nearby woods for “nature walks.” Quinn really seems to enjoy them too because he’s always looking around with wide eyes and checking out his surroundings. When he’s older, I can’t wait to get him into running, CrossFit, swimming, and other sports, so we can do them together as a family.

Why is fitness so important to you?

Honestly, it’s just so darn fun and makes me feel good about myself. Sure, I want to be healthy and live a long life, but I really just enjoy being active. Yes, of course, CrossFit, running, and spinning are my jam, but I really, truly love exercise and being physically active. I’ll do anything if it gets me moving! And, as cheesy as it may sound, fitness makes me feel alive and confident in my ability to do all sorts of things in life.

How do you motivate yourself to work out when you just don’t feel like it?

When I’m not in the mood to work out, I immediately put on my workout clothes. I feel like that’s half the battle for me. Once I’m in my gear, I might as well put it to good use, ya know? Plus, I know once I start moving, I’ll start to feel more energized and into it. And, of course, the post-workout endorphins are the best feeling ever. I always feel so accomplished after a good workout! And, lately, with all of my colitis issues, I never want to take my health for granted, so my motivation is high to keep my body strong and fit.

What is the top diet tip you’ve learned from the show the blog world?

Do what works best for you. Seriously. There are SO MANY WAYS to be healthy. You don’t need to be vegetarian or vegan or eat a Paleo or Zone diet. Heck, you don’t even need to eat a “clean” diet (whatever that means to you) if you know deep down you’ll make better choices when you are more relaxed about what you eat””say an 80/20 or 70/30 diet. And there’s no need to stress out or feel badly about your choices. Do what works best for you.

What do you eat when you need a quick energy boost?

Peanut butter (or almond butter) + banana. Boom. Best snack ever.

What the one treat you have to have, no matter what?

Cake. If I know there’s cake, I have to have a piece.

What’s your best stay-slim trick?

Moderation. I know it’s kind of cliché, but it works for me. I drink (a glass of) wine a few nights a week, I eat a donut every Friday, and I’m not one to turn down (a small portion of) dessert, but the rest of my food choices are pretty healthy. I also try to fill my diet with foods that I know will satisfy me. Back in the day, I used to eat a lot of low-calorie and low-fat foods, but I realized they did nothing for my hunger, and I’d end up snacking (usually on sugar) all day long. Nowadays, I do my best to eat protein, fat (don’t fear the fat, people!), and carbs with every meal and snack, so I’m better able to balance my splurges.

Question of the Day

Answer one (or all) of the questions above!



  1. Hey Tina! I hope this flare up gets better soon. This weekend I was diagnosed with Colitis and actually going back and reading some of your posts about how you handled it really helped me, so thank you!

    Amen to everyone needing to find what works for them. Lately, I’ve tried paleo, raw food diet, and most recently the BRAT diet….and I’m still looking!

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that. How are you feeling now? Feel free to contact me anytime with questions, if you need to talk, anything… it’s a rough disease at times. I hope you’re doing ok!

  2. I agree, don’t fear the fat! As far as exercise I workout because I love the feeling I get from a run, a great yoga class or even just a family walk. It does so much for my mind, body and spirit.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear that you are in the middle of a bad flare. I hope the doctor can fit you in sooner. I really liked your message above about doing what works best for YOU. There are so so many ways to live a healthy life and it isn’t one size fits all. A really great reminder! When I don’t feel like working out, I just give a mental pep talk to myself to remind me how great I will feel afterwards. That usually gets me going and the post-exercise endorphins are awesome!

  4. Sorry you had a bad time this weekend! Crossing fingers that the remicade works for you. For me, when I’m not feeling motivated I force myself to go through the motions of getting ready to workout/run and by the time I’ve done a mile I’m usually content enough. And not every workout has to be amazing, sometimes just completing it or putting in whatever you have that day is plenty.

  5. I like your diet trick of doing what works for you. A “diet” trick I have learned is don’t restrict anything as far as food goes. This is something that is working for me. If I really want something, i eat it and enjoy it, and then move on. Restricting food makes me crave it until I cave in and eat it, then I feel guilty for having no will power and I eat a lot more than I need to. I would rather eat it and enjoy it guilt-free, and I usually eat a lot less. I guess my diet trick is to not diet!

  6. Fit activities that we enjoy as a family: My husband and I walk everywhere in NYC! Whenever we have the time, we skip the bus or subway and simply walk. We also love to ride our bikes, usually on the Hudson River Greenway. At least once a month, we get out of the city to hike, backpack, or mountain bike. In the winter, we snowshoe! For us, it’s all about being outside! (P.S. Hang in there, Tina. Hope you start feeling better soon.)

  7. Hope you’re feeling better soon, Tina!

    My one treat is frozen yogurt, I love it and admit that I indulge daily!

  8. I hope you start feeling better soon! The one treat I have to have no matter what are M&Ms. Even though I try to stay away from artificial colors and all of those not-so-good ingredients, M&Ms are the exception. 🙂

  9. Thinking about you and hoping you get in for Remicade soon. I really hope that it works for you. I know the frustration of flare and things not working, and how freeing it is to find something that works.
    I have found that regardless of whether or not I have my workout clothes on, it is putting on my workout SHOES that makes all the difference. Believe me, I will sit in my workout clothes all day long!

  10. I think fitness is important to me because it makes me feel good about myself. I feel more confident and strong and this makes me a happier person. The stress of life doesn’t get to me as much when I am feeling happier and more confident. I also want to live an active life. I don’t want to sit around all the time, I want to get out and explore and do things!

  11. fitness is so important to me because it’s made me feel sooooo much more balanced and focused and healthy and taught me a lot about myself: discipline, structure, dedication, persistence, hard work, and the ability to transform my own life. i cannot imagine my life without running!

  12. What I do when I am least motivated?
    I make gym dates with friends or the boyfriend. Having something active to look forward to always motivates me! I also like to switch things up when I am not feeling super motivated. I’ll swim that day or take a yoga class.

  13. Oh Tina, I’m so sorry you had a rough weekend. 🙁 I can’t even imagine how frustrating and discouraging this all is sometimes. Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers! Hang in there Girl. Thank goodness for that cute little Quinn of yours to help cheer you up!

  14. I hope you feel better soon, Tina! I am so sorry to hear you had a rough weekend. I love your responses, and I agree – moderation is SO huge for me. Anytime I start to get strict, I end up going crazy in the totally opposite end. Putting everything on the table actually helps me make healthier choices bc I don’t feel deprived!

  15. I love your tip/advice about the diet question. I agree 100%, I use to be really happy with my diet and how it affected my body then I joined crossfit and my gym was really big into the paleo diet, I have tried to figure it out and by happy with it for almost 2 years and finally this month I gave up on it and I am in the process of relearning how I use to eat. After 2 weeks I have lost 5lbs and I am sooo much happier about food again.

    Hope your colitis starts to feel better very soon.

  16. What an adorable survey. I loved your answers about doing what’s right for you. I think it’s so easy to find something that works for yourself, and then expect it to work for everyone. A little breathing room is great.

    For me, my latest pick me up snack has been pistachios. For some reason they’ve been hitting the spot every time I’ve needed a small snack. And they keep my fingers busy too. Win!

  17. I’m so sorry you have not been feeling well! My fingers and toes are crossed that you start to feel better very soon! I hope the Remicade works for you!! I’m sending positive healing thoughts your way.

  18. Funny but I would have answered many of the questions the same. For example I wake up at 4:23 to go workout. Sometimes I don’t want to go so to beat that feeling I now go to sleep with my workout clothes. lol Hope you start feeling better soon!

  19. I’m sorry you’re feeling icky. Sending healing vibes your way! 🙂

    I loved what you said about doing what’s right for you. I feel and look my best when I’m more relaxed about what I eat. And I end up eating healthier!

  20. Fingers and toes crossed that you get an earlier appointment! Waiting to feel better sucks.
    I’ll answer two questions in one answer. Fitness is so important to me because I have a daughter and I really strive to live the example of the healthy, balanced lifestyle I want her to have. When I’m struggling with motivation I ask myself what example I want to set. Sometimes that means lacing on the sneakers and getting it done, sometimes that means taking the rest day I need.

  21. Hope you feel better VERY soon! Good job trying to stay positive and sharing a motivational post… that’s not always the easiest thing to do when you’re not feeling so hot. Mental toughness!

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