Be The Good

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.

Hi, guys!

First and foremost: A huge, massive, enormous THANK YOU to those of you who donated to Chad’s Lung Transplant Rehabilitation Fund! Lindsay texted me the other night to say thank you, and when I went clicked over to see how much was raised, the donations (almost $3,000!!) and comments literally brought tears to my eyes. You guys are the best, and there really is so much good in this world.

I wish everyone could meet Chad in person. He’s so strong with an incredibly positive outlook and he has fought so hard to get where he is today. Chad is so deserving of our help, so thank you, thank you, thank you to those of you who donated. I know Chad and Lindsay are forever grateful for your generosity. I am too!

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So, it snowed here yesterday. Ugh, I am not ready for winter.

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Murphy isn’t either. He’s not a fan of snow.


He is, however, a fan of licking dirty utensils in the dishwasher, which is typically highly illegal in our house, but I wasn’t paying attention until I saw yogurt all over Murphy’s face.

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C’mon, it’s kind of cute, right?

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Here are some eats from yesterday with my grades for each of them:

Whole Foods Organic Vegetarian Chili (Mild): A-

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Echo Farm Butterscotch Pudding: A+

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Class Beef Stew in the crockpot: C- (I wasn’t a fan of the recipe I used. Too bland.)

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And we’ll conclude with a cute dog photo”¦

Murphy had a blast running around and playing with Bentley (Kerrie‘s new puppy) yesterday afternoon. These two are such clowns when they are together. Watching them act like little freaks totally made my day!

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SoCal CrossFit Competition

Calling all SoCal CrossFitters who want to compete before the year’s end! Proving Grounds Competitions (PGC) is bringing exciting challenges to the CrossFit community, beginning with the Reindeer Games on December 7th at CrossFit ATR!


The Reindeer Games is open for all athletes, no matter the level, since there are 3 divisions: advanced, intermediate, and beginner. The day of will consist of 3 workouts, which will be announced via the PGC website and FB page in the weeks and days leading up to the event. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each division. More details are available at the PGC website.

In the holiday spirit, PGC is giving back to the community through a partnership with Toys for Tots during the Reindeer Games. Do good and feel good doing it, all while crushing some workouts! Sign up by November 20th using the code “reindeergames” to get $10 off registration!

Question of the Day

Have you ever experienced a random act of kindness?

What nice thing have you done lately?



  1. Love doing random acts of kindness. Every so often I anonymously buy someone lunch – I’ll just ask the wait staff to bring me their check. Love it. Before EZ Pass I used to pay people’s tolls all the time too, and every so often I’ll randomly pick a registry for a stranger and anonymously send a gift. love it!

  2. The outdoor shopping center by my house has parking meters and last year when I was Christmas shopping, someone had put money in my parking meter,It was such a nice surprise.

  3. Hahaha. Murphy is so sneaky. If we aren’t careful our cat, Lexi, will eat any food we leave on the counter (typically when we eat in front of the tv). She gotten into the flour, scrambled eggs (her favorite), pizza, granola bars, string cheese, tortellini, etc. She managed to grab one of each flavor of tortellini we had in a strainer in the sink. Such a goober.

  4. LOVE Random Acts of Kindness! The nicest thing I did recently? Donated to my “blend” Erica’s Pensacola Humane Society cause, as part of her running her very first marathon!

  5. I wouldn’t call it a random act of kindness, but rather one of humanity…I donated to the Red Cross Relief fund for the Philippines. Such a small amount of money can do so much. I’ll never see just who it benefits but I know it’s doing more good than I can from here.

  6. Can’t believe you managed to raise so much – or you’re readers did! Awesome! The guys in work bought me an iPhone last week…the only marketer in Ireland without one clearly and I pretty much fell over in shock!

  7. I was literally CRACKING UP (at work, mind you) at the picture of Murphy licking the yogurt spoon. My foster dogs do this ALL the time and it is typically knives with peanut butter or almond butter leftover. Knives = totally unsafe so very, very illegal. But so stinkin’ adorable what they will do for food.

  8. I am so glad that people are coming together to help him out. Both he and his wife seem like such amazing and inspirational people, it couldn’t be going to better people.

  9. Quick note on stews or soups of any kind in the crockpot! (I have had to learn and re-learn this many times). To really make them taste great, brown your veggies and meat first. It’s a pain (now you are dealing with more dirty dishes) but in the end, makes all the difference. Yummy!

  10. At work I am on a random acts team where we do nice things for people and only sign off from the random acts team so that people have no idea who we are and it is always so great seeing their reaction to whatever kindness we have dreamt up. It is always nice for someone to also think that others notice what they do and really are thinking of them.

    Murphy and that yoghurt are just seriously too cute!! That photo with it on his face is too funny.

  11. I love that picture of Murphy! I used to foster two kittens who not only did the same things with the dishes but they would sneakily climb into the refrigerator while we had it open to try to get the food. We had to check every time we closed the fridge to make sure there weren’t two little furballs in there!

  12. I believe in karma and do things like letting someone turn which you know driving in mass is huge at times lol. When ever I’m out running errands I am always being asked for help by older people, I must just give off a super friendly vibe and I never mind. If someone needs help and I’m able to help out I figure why not. My dog is always licking plates in the dishwasher, they must feel its at there level so its ok. As long as there no sharp knifes I usually don’t make a big deal out of it, he’s 11 and is always good.

  13. I hate when crock pot dishes turn out bland. That is a good tip to brown the ingredients first.

  14. yesterday was simply a CRAPTASTIC day around here…
    as a result I snagged the child early from school (shhh!!) and we MITZVAHED all around oakland.
    did good deeds.
    helped and focused on OTHERS.
    it turned my day around–HELPERS HIGH and all.

  15. Forgive me for not showing a whole lot of sympathy over your snow flurries, since my town just got 17 inches in less than 12 hours on Monday/Tuesday. My Abbey-dog is shorter than the snow. She has to use her chest to “shovel” her way out to potty.

    Oh, okay… I still feel bad for your snow, it is the worst! 🙂

  16. My best girlfriends were treating me to a birthday lunch, when we ran into a friend having lunch at the same restaurant. At the end of our lunch we discovered that he had paid our check! A huge random act of kindness!

  17. When I was in the military, a few times, people would insist on buying my coffee if I was in uniform. Once when I was at Target, a woman really wanted to pay for my whole order, but I told her no thank you. And my order was a HUGE pile of junk food (doritos, mt. dew, candy) for my husband who was going away for a week… so I would have felt really bad having her paying for all of myself!

    Unfortunately, sometimes being in uniform created the opposite of “acts of kindess” and I was yelled at, harassed by people and once chased down in a parking lot. Disappointing how some people react to a person just trying to do their job. After the parking lot incident, I started changing out of uniform before going home for the day.

  18. My dog, Jameson does the same thing with the dirty dishes.
    I’m going to a 2 day training at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for patient advocacy. I’m hoping I can use it as a way to give back to a place that helped me beat cancer.

  19. Thank you again, Tina, for including the bit about the upcoming CrossFit comp!

    Love that “be the good” quote! It’s sometimes hard to remember day to day so it’s refreshing to be reminded. And as always, Murphy’s expressions cracked me up. 🙂

  20. Sending out thank you cards to friends for just being there and for inviting me to functions here in Houston! I love sending sweet thank you notes to remind my friends how much they mean to me and snail mail always brings an instant smile. I’m also planning on donating some clothes and foods this holiday season. 🙂

  21. I’m glad your friend was able to raise money. I read their story and was very moved. True about browning your meat and veg before putting into crockpot (I really need to follow that advice) adds so much more flavour. As for your question about acts of kindness… no, I haven’t done any lately and I feel extremely guilty. I still feel bad because I was short with the young lady at the pizza place on Halloween night. Thanks for the reminder! I really need to make that right! Love your blog!

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