Fast Facts Friday + Why I’m Lucky

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.

Hey, hey! Happy Friday!

First things first, if you missed my post about Legacybox yesterday, definitely check it out, especially if you’re stumped with what to buy someone on your shopping list this year. It’s an awesome gift for people who seem like they already have everything!

Ok, I feel like I’m all over the place today, so here are some “fast facts,” which include a bunch of random thoughts, tidbits, and happenings from life lately. Enjoy!

Today is National Cookie Day! And I’m like 99% sure I’ll bake a batch later today. I’m thinking Oatmeal Chocolate Toffee Chip. Don’t those sound incredible?! People, cookies are going to happen today. It’s a fact.

Our Christmas tree is massive this year! It definitely didn’t look that huge when we picked it out.

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It took us nearly two days to get around to decorating it, but it’s finally done!

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Speaking of decorating, I rearranged our fireplace mantel at least a dozen times before I decided on this:


I’m one of the lucky ones. I had a check-up with my GI doctor earlier this week. I hadn’t met with him in awhile, so he wanted me to come in and touch base about a few things. I’m (*knock on wood*) doing surprisingly well lately in a big part thanks to Remicade, but he still wanted to chat. My doctor told me Remicade only works for 60% of patients and, after a year, it stops working for 20% of them, so I’m definitely one of the lucky ones. I pray that it continues to work for me!

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This meme is accurate of my CrossFit life:


Speaking of CrossFit, I was recently quoted in this article: 12 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting CrossFit.

I’ve eaten Crock Pot Steel-Cut Oats every morning for the past two weeks straight. It’s so darn delicious, seriously filling, and can’t be easier to make. I also cooked my first ever pumpkin (you just cook it like any other squash), so I had pumpkin oats all week.

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If you like toffee, you will LOVE these Toffee Chips from Trader Joe’s. I bought them on a whim and, wow, they are incredible, especially with a hot mug of Candy Cane Lane before bed (aka my new favorite dessert)!

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My aunt is selling The Dog Pound again this year. It’s a pound of chocolate medallions for the dog lover in your life. You can purchase it from her Etsy shop!

I did my first post-baby workout with a 53-pound kettlebell at CrossFit South Shore yesterday! It was a tough one for sure!


Marylou’s Coffee has free shipping from now until December 15th!

Day 3 of 24 Days of Togetherness was “go to a holiday celebration,” which we actually already planned for Sunday, so we picked another one and bumped that one to Day 6.

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The new Day 3 was “do an anonymous good deed,” so Mal and I each did one yesterday. (I know it’s suppose to be anonymous, but if you’re curious, mine involved a Stop & Shop gift card and his involved hot chocolate.)

Thinking about purchasing something from the CNC shop? Perhaps an “Awesome Average Runner” shirt? You can get 15% off all orders from now through Monday 12/7. Just enter the code MERRY15 at checkout!


Questions of the Day

Finish this sentence: I’m lucky because….



  1. haha that Lulu bra is my fave sports bra ever (shout out to small boobs) and i even ran my last marathon in it! i actually hate sports bras with thick straps or a lot of support b/c they’re wayyyyy too much material for me and more annoying than anything else. to each their own! i’m fortunate because my boyfriend is the best human i know and i get to spend the wknd with him starting tonight. 🙂

  2. That bra is the worst! I barely have boobs and it just doesn’t work for me….I don’t understand how it’s so wildly popular!

    On a nicer note, happy to hear you’re doing well and the remicade continues to work for you. 🙂

  3. Hi Tina,
    I’m wondering if you think your new dietary changes have helped at all? I have an autoimmune disease and have been struggling to feel well on a paleo diet, but in the past I actually felt pretty good on it. Right now I feel like there is NOTHING to eat 🙂

    1. I’ve totally been there. I think maybe the dietary changes have helped, but I really think it’s managing my stress levels. Stress definitely affects my symptoms!

  4. I’m lucky because I understand the importance of taking care of myself – for my loved ones! So many forget it’s a way of honouring your relationships 🙂

    Ps the only bras that get me through WODs without any jiggle are the VS front-zipping ones!

  5. National cookie day?! Heck yes!! I shall be baking today as well then 😉 I’m lucky because I have a job that allows me to stay home with my baby – I know a lot of moms aren’t as lucky so I try not to take it for granted!

  6. Hi Tina,

    Can you tell me the name of your Aunt’s ETSY site? I’d like to check out the Dog Pound, but can’t seem to link to it?

    Thank you!! And I think an ‘Awesome Average Runner’ shirt is coming my way, too 🙂

  7. I make my steel cut oats in the rice cooker and same idea…save a lot and reheat in the morning. So good. I also just got some quick cooking steel cut oats from Bob’s Red Mill so I’m interested to see how they turn out.

    I also went out and immediately bought a cookie this morning for natl cookie day…the chocolate chunk ones are on sale for $0.25 a piece until Tuesday!

  8. Tina, thanks for the referral to your aunts store!
    My stepson is an Iraqi veteran and suffers from PTSD. In July he was approved to receive a service dog, which has helped him tremendously! His dog Baron just happens to be a chocolate lab so this is a perfect gift for him.
    I really enjoy watching you guys make memories with Quinn, he’s precious! I wish my kids were little again….sometimes. LOL
    Thanks again!

  9. I have been dying to try marylous coffee but the shipping usually costs more than the coffee itself (which always seemed like a waste of money to me), plus I hate paying for shipping! Definitely going to take advantage of this! What are your flavor recos? Vanilla hazelnut, white chocolate chip and the snicker doodle all sound good!

  10. I ordered some Marylou’s ground coffee and I am sooo excited to try it! I live in DC, so have never had their coffee

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