An Update On Those 10 Pounds

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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Mid-morning, I got my Body Pump on, and then headed home for lunch. A reader sent me samples of a few vegetarian meat mixes, which, at first, I had zero interest in trying. Meat mix? Ewww! But, then I figured, why not? It can’t hurt to at least try it.

I was in the mood for an egg sandwich for lunch today, so I tried the Breakfast Sausage Mix first.

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The Sausage Mix was really easy to make”” just add water, refrigerate for 15 minutes, and cook.Β 

The consistency of the mixture was pretty close to that of ground beef, but theΒ flavor was much more seasoned”” very similar to regular breakfast sausage.

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Then, I formed the mixture into patties and cooked them until they had a nice brown on each side. They smelled just like real sausage patties.

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The ingredients and nutritionals weren’t awesome, but not terrible either.

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When it comes to fake meat, I’ve definitely seen worse!

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My egg sandwich included the vegetarian sausage, an egg white patty, and buffalo sauce on a toast Bagel Thin. It was quite delicious.

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I liked this vegetarian sausage”” it was much better than I thought it would taste– but I’m not sure that I loved it. I guess I’m just not a fan of fake meat (except the Gardein Crispy Tenders, which are insanely good); I’d rather eat the real thing. But, if you’re vegetarian and generally like these meat-like products, I think these mixes are a good option. I’m just not sure they’re for me.

Feel Great Weight

From time to time, I receive questions from blog readers about what helped me lose weight and how I’ve maintained my Feel Great Weight for so long. Over the years (and through plenty of trial and error), I discovered what worked for me. Here’s a list of my top 10 weight-loss tips!


Speaking of my Feel Great Weight (FGW), a few of you wanted an update on my post-marathon weight loss progress. Well, I’m pretty darn close to losing all of the weight that I gained. All of my jeans fit again (hooray!) and when I visited my primary care doctor a couple of weeks ago, I was three or four pounds away from my FGW, which is totally cool with me. Close enough!

So, at this point, I’m not trying to lose any more weight. I’m happy with my body right now and, honestly, I’m just trying to keep myself strong, healthy, and injury-free for my full race schedule this spring and summer”” and, of course, the NYC Marathon in the fall.

To lose the weight, I took a laid-back approach. Basically, I watched what I ate (fewer desserts and less beer) and waited patiently. I ran the marathon in early January and now it’s May, so it took me a solid four months to lose the weight. Sometimes, waiting is the hardest part, but you just need to keep truckin’!

P.S. Check out this interesting article about How Much People Pay for Food Around the World. It’s a photo comparison of the quantity and price of food in different countries. Thanks for tweeting, AR!



  1. The idea of meat mixes is very frightening but that one looks decent… How interesting! Do you know where they’re from? And I love that Food Around the World link, I used a similar tool with weight management classes to demonstrate the sheer amount of food that a family can survive on in different countries.

  2. Just term “meat mix” creeps me out. But they don’t look too terrible… where are they from?

    I used to use a similar “food around the world” tool when teaching weight managment to demonstrate the amount of food that a family of four can live on… the places with plant based, whole food diets survived on so much less.

  3. Congrats on getting back to you FGW. I think fake meat has a time and a place (tempeh bacon BLTs anyone?!) but I mostly try avoid it. Although there is a Mexican restaurant that does an amazing soyrizo burrito in SF!

  4. That’s so great to hear about your return to your FGW! I think it’s extremely motivating to get to see your meals and workouts everyday and know that you lost the weight by making small changes and weighting (couldn’t pass it up) it out. It gives me hope that I can get back to my FGW, too, if I’m patient with my body!

  5. It’s all about how you feel, if you’re happy with the way you are now then great!! I’m glad to hear those jeans are fitting better, I swear someone sneaks into my house and switches mine out for a smaller pair on a monthly basis πŸ˜‰

  6. Interesting food/grocery photos. It was interesting to see the difference in the types of food – especially whole foods and liquid beverages.

  7. The meat mix looks hmm..interesting? I’d be willing to give it a try. I think your bagel sandwich looks tasty! Congrats on your weight πŸ™‚

  8. Congrats on getting back to your pre-training weight! That’s great news! Faux meats always have me feeling a bit iffy and skeptical, but your sandwich actually looks really good!

  9. thanks for the tips, Tina! I’m trying to lose a few pounds, but the only thing I believe in doing is eating more nutritious meals and exercising more. The best approach but you just gotta wait! πŸ™‚

  10. great post! I agree that laid-back but intentional is good. πŸ™‚ I think that if we change our perspectives and just focus on the health aspect (putting in wholesome foods, etc.) then naturally our bodies will start to change. πŸ˜€

  11. I’m trying to get back to my feel great weight too. And I’ve decided to get back on alcohol and sweets. I try not to weigh myself; I just want to feel better. πŸ™‚

    Congrats on getting back to your FGW!

  12. Good for you on your laid-back approach. πŸ™‚ I always think, it didn’t take me 3 weeks to gain weight, why should I expect to lose it in 3 weeks? Patience pays off!

  13. Nice!! I’m impressed! I like the laid back approach. I’ve taken the same approach over the last 5 months to lose about 20 lbs that I gained over the last few years and so far I’ve lost 14 lbs. It’s not coming off rocket fast, but I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. It’s just like you say — little tweaks here and there add up to a difference!

  14. Wow, I had to do a double-take on this post. You gained weight during marathon training?!? I followed the link and read your post about it and your situation totally makes sense (albeit very frustrating for you I can imagine)! As a grad student in nutrition and future RD, this is a great lesson about how nutrition trumps exercise in weight management. Congrats on getting back the weight where you are more comfortable.

  15. I gained about 10lbs training for my first marathon too (in Feb) and still haven’t lost it yet. Way to go on getting back to your FGW! πŸ™‚

    Btw, it really irritates me when people are shocked when they hear that I gained weight during marathon training. It doesn’t take that much extra food to pack on the pounds over 5-6 months, no matter what you’re doing!

  16. Great advice on the laid-back approach to weight loss. It seems like the harder one tries to lose weight, the more likely it is to fail. It has to be a lifestyle that is realistic for you to make it stick…I always find your blog so motivating πŸ™‚

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