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.

Mal and I recently decided to plan “surprise dates” for one another. Basically, we want to jazz-up our “same-old, same-old” dinner dates by spending time together doing something new and different. With the temperature expected to reach 70* in Boston this afternoon, I knew exactly what to plan for my “surprise date” for Mal. To add to the suspense, I left a clue on Mal’s “school bag” this morning.

Mal will get his next clue/gift when he successfully meets me! :mrgreen:

In the email that I plan to send him at noon, it will tell him where and when to meet me. All I have told him so far is that he needs to be on the T by 4:15/4:30pm to meet me somewhere downtown.

Breakfast and Workout

I shredded this morning before work, so I am taking breakfast to go with me on my commute.

Level 1 of the 30-Day Shred was such a great workout! 😀 I loved how Jillian moved from one exercise to the next without stopping for much explanation or rest. However, Level 1 wasn’t as hard as I expected it to be– even with 10 lb dumbbells (instead of 5 lbs.). I really thought it was going to kick my butt! It’s the perfect quickie workout if you are pressed for time or as part of a longer workout. After shredding, I did a 30-minute interval run on the treadmill.

Breakfast to go: oats mixed with wheat bran, ground flaxseed meal, and pecans and a banana. When I get to work, I will slice up the banana for my oats and add hot water from the water cooler.

I also grabbed an iced coffee mixed with hemp protein, soy milk, and agave nectar to drink on my commute.

Why Should I Go to BlogHer 2009?

As you may know, I really, really, really want to attend the BlogHer Conference in Chicago this coming July. Unfortunately, tickets are sold out, but I will do just about anything to get one! So, I was hoping that you guys would help me brainstorm some reasons why I should attend the conference in the hopes of getting BlogHer’s attention. Of course, I appreciate “serious” ideas, such as what makes CNC unique and why you read it, but I am also interested in the funny and ridiculous reasons! Feel free to leave any and all ideas that you may have! Please help me get to BlogHer! :mrgreen:

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  1. just wanted to say i love your blog and am really curious about the 30-day shred video, can’t wait to see the rest of your reviews. your oats also always look really inventive and i love the pug message as well!
    have a great day


  2. I have never “shredded” but from what I hear you are a BEAST! 10 lb. weights and you didn’t think it was hard?! You are C-RAZY! 😉
    I love your idea about surprise dates so much that I am going to steal it to use with my husband! I hope you guys have fun!

  3. You should get Mal to take a “tastefully nude” picture of you with a big sign covering up your torso that says I would rather go nude than not go to BlogHer. 🙂

    You did say silly ideas are welcome!

  4. Well, since you were the second food blog I ever started reading, I think you should be going because to me, you are one of the “big dogs” of the blogosphere!

    There are a lot of blogs out there but I always check yours because I feel that I can relate to you more than a lot of the others.

    Good luck to you! I’m sure you’ll find a way to get there.

  5. hey tina! just wondering… what happened to your special announcement about how the blog is going to be changing?

  6. I love the Shred! Such a great little workout when you don’t have a lot of time, and often I find it’s the little push I need to do more on a lazy day.

  7. I LOVE the date idea!! Might have to keep that one in mind 🙂 I am also so excited its so warm today!!!!! Looks like you have a fun evening planned!

    I didn’t think the level 1 was all that hard either…but I was still SORE the enxt day:)

  8. edit that last post: i check her blog again, and the ad changed, but there was one that said “win trips to the sold out conference” … must be somewhere on the blogher website.

  9. Tina (or others) what do you think of doing the 30 day shred everyday? I’ve always heard that you should allow a rest day with strength training?

  10. cute pug..i think i have an idea about where you could be going but i wont say anything was the beer $$ that tipped me off

  11. This is such a sweet date idea! I can’t wait to see where you wenr.

    Hmmm. You need to go to BlogHer to share your love of pugs, carrots and cake with Oprah and the rest of Chicago.

  12. Love the surprise date night!! Totally going to steal that idea 🙂

    BLOGHER: Please allow Tina to go because she is such a cool influence on the food blog community. She will bring excitement, a refreshing perspective and thousands of followers to the Chicago! And I will get to hang out with her!!

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