Following Up

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜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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Hi, guys! :mrgreen:

How adorable is this photo of Murphy cuddling his lobster stuffed animal? I just had to snap a photo! πŸ˜‰


I feel like I have all sorts of following up to do on the blog. I saw all of your questions and comments over the weekend, but I never had a chance to reply. So, here’s a quick follow-up!

Rent the Runway

RTR worked out really well. I ended up receiving 3 dresses in the mail: 2 different sizes of the teal dress and one size of the purple dress, which was my “back-up” dress. Having all of these options available to me on the day of the wedding was really nice, especially because I was so worried about my bra issue! I knew at least one of the dress would work.


As far as the ease of the whole RTR process, I was pleasantly surprised. A couple of days before the wedding, I actually started to second-guess my decision to rent a dress. (I wasn’t sure if it would arrive on time and fit!) But, the dresses arrived on time and they all fit– some better than others, of course. πŸ˜‰

Returning the dresses to RTR was also really easy. They sent along a postage-paid envelope with each of the dresses, so I just packed them up and dropped them in the mailbox this morning.


I really liked using Rent the Runway. I loved the dress that I wore and the process was so simple. I would definitely use their service again.

The Bra Issue

As far as the bra issue goes, I ended up buying the U-plunge backless push-up bra from Victoria Secret. I wasn’t able to try it on in the store because it has sticky, adhesive sides and cups, but it seemed like it would do the trick.

Unfortunately, this thing was a total waste of money. I guess it was better than no support at all, but it really didn’t stay put and kept coming unstuck from my body if I moved too much. Fortunately, my dress held me in pretty well, but I basically felt like I wasn’t wearing a bra most of the night!


Axxium Gel Manicure

And, finally,Β my manicure! ItΒ lasted almost a week and held up pretty well. It didn’t chip at all, but the gel started to pull away from the top of my nails, near the skin, after about 4 or 5 days. Eventually, the gel bubbled up and looked sort of weird, so I just peeled it off. I’m really rough with my manicures, so I’m actually sort of surprised it even lasted that long! Marie’s nails, however, still look like a brand new manicure! Maybe this stuff works better with longer nails?

Ok, onto the food!


Before I left for Healthworks, I snacked on a mini Larabar.


Lose the Dough: March Check-In

If you missed my previous Lose the Dough checkin-ins, here they are:


And, here’s March’s check-in:

  • Weight: 130.0
  • Body Fat: 21.5%
  • BMI: 22.3

(We forgot to take my measurements! Oops! 😳 Next time!)

As you can see, my numbers increased in all areas, but I’m not really surprised. Last month was really stressful for me (moving, writing crunch, etc.), so I found myself overeating and indulging more than usual. I know that eating isn’t the best way to deal with stress, but I’m working on finding other ways to manage it.

So, looking at the numbers, it seems like I didn’t make much progress last month. But, I feel so much more fit than I have ever felt. Last month, I increased my weight on every track in Body Pump and I ran my fastest 5K ever! Even still, I want to look great for my 30th birthday, which is just 2 months away, so it’s time to really buckle down with my challenge!


When I got home from Healthworks, I immediately made myself some lunch. I was famished! I actually cut my workout short because I was so hungry. Working on an empty stomach is just not fun.

For lunch, I made an egg white omelette with broccoli, pesto, and Romano cheese. Holy yum!



On the side, I had a Sandwich Thin with melted cheese.


This was SUCH a good lunch!


After lunch, I downed half of a Scharffen Berger chocolate bar. Um, yea. Not sure how that happened? 😳 Why does Scharffen Berger have to make the best chocolate ever?!? WHY?


Back to work I go. Hope you’re having a nice Monday! :mrgreen:

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  1. Tina, your excitement over the cute, yummy shamrock cookie was to cute!
    I know you have had some stats changes this month in the Lose the Dough Challenge, but (as a personal trainer & nutrition consultant) I think you look good and are very healthy!! I mean, i have had to tell clients that if they love their glass of wine (or 2) on the weekends (or whatever it may be) and that they are HAPPY, it is OK to be content with where they are!!!
    In my experience, to want it that bad (meaning the leanest, fittest body possible more than any food in the world, more than skipping a workout, knowing that you have to eat clean 90% of the time) is in the 1% group. You have a wonderful husband, great family, adorable pug =), your health.. Something to ponder…

  2. You said in above comment that you are NOT unhappy

    “Even still, I want to look great for my 30th birthday, which is just 2 months away, so it’s time to really buckle down with my challenge!”

    but still you say you want to “look great”… I think many of your readers would say…you already look BETTER then great. Just enjoy your 30th bday the way you are … happy and healthy πŸ™‚


  3. Sometimes I get frustrated when my weight increases a smidge, but then I realize if someone who weighed 250 or 350 pounds looked at my weight, they’d think I was ridiculous… I just try to keep in mind that it really IS all about balance. So, gaining a half a pound or two pounds over a weekend is worth it, in my opinion, if you had a great weekend with loved ones and continue to work out. The problems come when you totally let yourself go. From your pic this month, I think you actually look a bit leaner! It could be your clothes or your posture in the pictures, but who cares! LOL πŸ™‚ Have a great day!

  4. I haven’t worn one of those stick-on bras since senior prom, but it seems like they haven’t really improved the “technology” in the past 10 years, according to your experience.

  5. Tina, did I miss the place where you posted the picture of you in that dress? You can’t have a poll and then not show us what the final product looks like! I’m on the edge of my seat. Point me in the right direction!

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