Back to Boston

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.


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.

So long New York City. See you in twenty days for the marathon. Eek! 😯

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After a wonderful night of restful and much-needed sleep, I woke up bright-eyed and bushytailed on Theodora‘s couch. A few minutes later, she woke up and put on a fresh pot of coffee for the two of us. Great thinking, Theodora.

To my cup of coffee, I added a splash of caramel macchiato creamer, which made it taste exactly like one. Mmm! The delicious caramel flavor made it easy for me to ignore the saturated fat and scary ingredients in it! 😉


To eat, I enjoyed a bowl of oatmeal with banana slices, sunflower butter, and pumpkin pie spice. The pumpkin spice pie spice was a really nice addition to my oatmeal. It added a delicious pumpkin taste to it. (Pumpkin pie spice typically includes a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and mace.) I already added it to my grocery shopping list for this week. I’m a big fan.

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After breakfast, I packed up my things, said goodbye to Theodora, and headed to the bus stop for the BoltBus. On my walk, I stopped by a café to grab lunch for the road. I wouldn’t arrive in Boston until well after lunchtime, so I made sure to bring along some food.

Fresh fruit.

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A whole wheat bagel with peanut butter.

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And coconut water.

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For those of you who asked why I drink coconut water, it’s mostly because I like it, but also because it’s full of vitamins and helps with hydration. One cup of coconut water contains more electrolytes than most sports drinks, more potassium than a banana (to aid in preventing cramps), no fat, and natural sugars [source]. Usually, I just stick to water, but sometimes I like to drink something with a little bit of flavor, but not a ton of sugar like most sports drinks.

The ride back to Boston surprisingly flew by. Within minutes of boarding the BoltBus, I realized that the outlets weren’t working, which meant I wouldn’t be able to use my laptop since the battery was already dead. I thought the time would drag on without my computer, but I participated in a NuVal Twitter party and caught up on some emails on my iPhone. Before I knew it, we were at South Station.



Mal picked me up from the train station and immediately suggested stopping by Dunkin Donuts for an afternoon donut. Donut!?! My husband rules. I got a pumpkin spice donut, which tasted amazing”” very frosted and very pumpkin-y.


When we got home, Mal headed to the gym while I took my favorite pug for a long walk around the neighborhood. After spending most of the day sitting on a bus, fresh air and exercise sounded fabulous to me”” Murphy, too!

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Our afternoon adventure included a good amount of power walking.


Some serious sniffing. (Look how close Murphy’s face is to that telephone pole! Ha!)

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And a brief encounter with a scary trash can.

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Trash cans always freak out Murphy, especially the ones that make noise when they roll aorund on the ground, so, of course, he barked at it.

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Eventually, I pulled Murphy away from the trash can, so he’d stop barking. As we walked away, he gave it an evil stare.

You better watch your back, trash can.

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Time to start cooking dinner! Have a nice night, friends!



  1. Nice!! Thanks for the additional info about coconut water. That’s good to know about its enriching electrolyte component… in addition to just being tasty 🙂

    Welcome back to Boston!

  2. Is it mean that I love Murphy’s struggles with inanimate objects? The donkey…the trash can. He’s the cutest weirdo pug ever! Cracks me up.

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