Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You

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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I used my last Groupon class at Dancing Crow Yoga this morning. How sad. I really love this studio (the instructors are amazing), but it’s pretty expensive to attend without a group deal. (Why is yoga so expensive?) Oh, well. Maybe I’ll attend a class in the future as a special treat to myself.

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Today, I took a class called Strengthen Your Asana: 

This class is an energetic study of yoga postures, called asanas. You will gain strength and flexibility as you move through a variety of poses that will lengthen your hamstrings, strengthen your biceps, improve your balance and, most of all, build your core muscles. Taught using Anusara principles of alignment, this is a powerful practice that will make your heart and your abdominals sing.

It was a lot like a Power Yoga class, but with even more core work. The instructor also focused this morning’s practice on the upper back muscles, so we did lots of poses that worked this area, including handstands.

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I have a love-hate relationship with handstands. It looks like such a cool pose, and I really want to do it, but my fear totally holds me back. Remember when I successfully did Crow pose? I got past my fear that time (it’s actually one of my favorite poses now), but I just can’t get out of my own head when it comes to handstands.

In class this morning, we used the wall for support to get into a pike position, which was supposed to give us the confidence needed to do a handstand. I had no problem with that pose, but I couldn’t get myself to do the handstand. Physically, I know that I’m capable, but I psych myself out every time I try. What’s up with that? Maybe next time? Any advice for me?


After yoga, I came home, showered, and made lunch. I started with a bowl of plain yogurt with Uncle Sam cereal, chia seeds, and shredded coconut on top.

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On the side, I had some leftover sweet potato fries with barbecue sauce for dipping.

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After lunch, I finished off the Biscoff Spread, which I ate straight from the jar. People, I devoured the whole thing in less than a week. Are you impressed?!

You ate the whole… wheel of cheese? How’d you do that? Heck, I’m not even mad; that’s amazing.

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And I used a spatula to get every last morsel out of the jar. Please don’t judge.

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It was Murphy‘s lucky day because I gave him the Biscoff Spread jar to lick too.

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Doggy 5K Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered the Doggy 5K giveaway! Here are your winners:

  1. Brooke: I would love to run a race with my two JRT’s! both my parents are battling cancer right now so what better way to have fun for a good cause close to my heart!!
  2. Lauren: We would love to run with our black lab mix, Barney! He loves other dogs and running, so it sounds like this is the perfect event for him!! His vet is at Angell so maybe we’ll see her there too.
  3. Paj: My dog Lucy and I participate in the MSPCA Walk for Animals event every fall. This is my first year running (thanks to C25K and Lucy- she’s great at helping me keep pace) so we’d love to try the Doggy 5K!
  4. Alison: I walked my first 5K in May. I’d like to see if I could run part of this one. I’m going to sign up regardless, my pup loves a good romp outdoors!

Congrats, winner! Please email me at to claim your prize.

I’m off to pack for DC! See ya!



  1. I’m hoping if I go to enough power yoga classes, my Asana will get smaller and my jeans will get loose in the rear. OMG…did I write that???? I’m a goof. 🙂 Joking aside, sounds like a fantastic class. And you’ll get that handstand done eventually. (It’ll feel very exciting when you do). Love the picture of Murphy. Have a great Tuesday.

  2. I don’t think I would enjoy the Uncle Sam’s cereal/yogurt combo with the sweet potato fries. Too many conflicting tastes for me!

    The yoga class sounds like a good one! I love the name of the studio.

  3. I love Biscoff spread-it is so addicting! I also love the picture of Murphy trying to get to the jar, lucky dog! I’m sure you’ll get the handstand soon. One day you will be able to conquer it just like you have with so many other things. Can’t wait to hear what you’re doing in DC…..are you doing any blogger meetup things? Just curious-that would be amazing 🙂

  4. Hello! For handstand, the most important thing you can do is to trust your hands! You have to grip the mat with your finger pads. If you are stand up and lean forward, notice what your toes do? The same principal applies to your finger pads. Press into the mat with your ring and thumb finger mounds, grip the mat with your fingers, and you should have all the support you need. Also, pay close attention to the energetic line between your legs. If your squeeze your legs together really well whilst you are up there, you can hang forever!

  5. I can’t judge you for polishing off the Biscoff Spread because I tasted “the nectar of the gods” for the first time myself a couple of weeks ago. I couldn’t keep that spoon from diving in the jar every time I entered the kitchen. I don’t think my jar lasted an entire week. I printed off the coupon for which you provided a link and it’s hanging on my refrigerator, but I am trying to be strong and not buy anymore right now. Maybe for my birthday . . . . . .

  6. I can clean up a jar in a week 2, no shame! And I literally take it to the face to get out that last bits of it when no one is around. I haven’t tried the biscoff yet though but by the sounds of it I need to get on that ASAP!

  7. Nope,I don’t like scary movies! When I was a kid and I saw Friday the 13th, I dreamt Jason was going to poke that dagger under my bed and kill me. I had nightmares for days when I saw Nightmare on Elm St. I HATE Freddie! So nope I don’t like scary movies, they freak me out!!

  8. Not to feed into your Biscoff addiction…but have you seen Picky Palates blog? She makes holy delicious recipes that are (semi) homemade and very easy to make. She’s posted about 5 different Biscoff recipes using the cookies and the spreads! Her latest post…Biscoff cupcakes with Biscoff frosting! I haven’t tried any of them (purposely avoiding wal-mart so I can’t buy the Biscoff products)–but was drooling over the free Biscoff cookies on my Delta flight a couple weeks ago just thinking of all the yummy treats I could make with it. Happy reading!!

  9. I am the same way with the handstand position. I’ve seen people do it, but I’m too nervous to try it myself. And to be completely honest, I’ve never been in a class where that has been one of the moves… is that weird? Maybe I need to find a more challenging yoga class/instructor.

  10. I just wanted to tell you that I FINALLY picked up some Biscoff and am right now enjoying it on top of my pumpkin protein pancakes. YUM! Thanks for the delicious (and probably addicting) idea!

  11. When you’re first getting into handstand, focus on bringing your shoulders over your hands. Walk your feet closer than you’d think. Then focus on activating your core and lifting. You really have to focus on projecting your body forward before you get projecting upward.

  12. I tried HOT yoga today for the first time and I was terrified…but it wasn’t so bad, I actually felt fine during the class, but I sweat more in it than I did on my last 10 mile run!

  13. Every day? Can’t we just go with once a week? I’ve just started doing yoga inversions, though, and have some sympathy for the fear factor. I remember doing handstands in sixth grade, though, so I’ve got the skills in there somewhere…

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