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.

Oh, my husband. How I love him so! :mrgreen:

This morning, Mal made us fried donuts for breakfast. Yep, that’s right. Fried donuts. As a kid, Mal loved them, so this morning, he tried to recreate one of his favorite childhood treats.


The fried donuts were very delicious– crunchy and crispy on the outside, but light and soft on the inside. Mmmmm! 😀

With breakfast, I also had a fried egg for some added protein and staying power.


On the side, I had half of a pink grapefruit.


All together with an iced soy latte.


Feel Great Weight

My newest post on is about my Eat It, Don’t Move challenge to eat the items in our pantry before the big move: How to Make the Most of Your Pantry (and Stick to Your Diet!)

Ask Me Anything

Here are some more answers to your Ask Me Anything questions:

What kind/brand of sports bra do you wear?

My favorite sports bras are Lululemon’s TaTa Tamer and Under Armour’s HeatGear Shaper Bra.

How do you run on the treadmill for so long and not get bored? I would get bored so easily!

Check out my ideas for running/walking on the treadmill and my treadmill workouts.

How does Mal really feel about being married to a blogger? He seems the type (well, based on how you talk about him) to support you in whatever makes you happy, but does he ever get annoyed about having certain parts of his life made so public?

Yes and no. Mal is very supportive of my blog and he sees all of the wonderful opportunities that it has afforded me. But, we’ve definitely got into our fair share of arguments about it. If you’ve seen the movie Julie & Julia, the big blow-out with between Julie and her husband was basically a real-life scene from our life. Mal could definitely relate!

How often do you walk Murphy? I’m thinking of getting a small dog but I live in an apartment. Do you find it hard to live with a dog in an apartment?

Murphy goes for at least 3 walks a day. Two of them are shorter (15 – 20 minutes) and one is longer (45 – 60 minutes).

Personally, living in South Boston, I found it sort of difficult to have a dog. There wasn’t a lot of green space to let Murphy run around, and I was always worried about him getting off leash and running into the street. But, now that we are in the ‘burbs, Murph will have plenty of room to stretch his little pug legs.

How did you start writing for Health magazine?

My gig with Health was 100% luck and good timing! I emailed Health to inquire about some freelance work and, at the same time, they were looking for someone, who lost weight and maintained it, to contribute to their Feel Great Weight program. A few of the Health editors were readers of my blog, so I think that helped too!

Question of the Day

Growing up, what was your favorite not-so-healthy treat?



  1. My favorite treat growing up was a good Boston Cream donut. Sometimes that was my parents’ bribe to get me to go to church – “Get up & get ready for church & after it is over, we’ll get you a Boston Cream!” =)

  2. Can you post the recipe for the doughnuts? I’d love to make them for my boyfriend over the weekend..what a treat that would be!

  3. Oh my gosh, my mom would make us fried donuts!!…out of biscuits I think and we would frost them with a powdered sugar vanilla frosting. Mmm, Mmm!!! So good! I’m going to have to ask her how to make those now. That + your egg will power you through some more moving in :->

  4. My favorite non-healthy treat growing up was a pan fried honeybun. Take a skillet, melt a pad of butter, and let the honeybun sizzle for about two minutes on each side…sweet, crunchy, non-healthy deliciousness!!! Glazed honey buns are needed…the frosted ones won’t work! In case you’re interested… 🙂

  5. I had to many treats to count as a kid. My parents weren’t exactly into health food, their idea of veggies is green beans in a can. They still aren’t. I’ve had to completely overhaul my lifestyle which takes a ton of work but it is so worth it.

  6. I had a lot of not-so-good-for-you treats as a kid and hence was the chubby kid of the family. Once I got into sports in middle and high school I learned better though. But when I see those Little Debbie Star Crunchies it always brings me back to being 10 lol. AND its always a star crunchy not a star crunch to me

  7. WOW those look good, I agree taht recipe should be posted!!!

    favorite treat growing up…my brother and I woudl make mini eggo waffle towers…reallllly high towers and in between would be whipped cream, bananas and syrup, in between each one that is 🙂 we would see who could stack the highest!

  8. I can’t imagine having a dog in an apartment! I wouldn’t want to have to get dressed every time the dog needed to go out. Thank god for a fenced-in yard.

  9. Growing up, my not-so-healthy treat was definitely ice cream! I ate so much of it! I remember coming home from school and before I did anything else I would scoop myself a bowl. When I got a little older it changed to taco bell, though!

  10. Yumm, I have total breakfast-envy right now! That looks much more exciting than my bowl of Cheerios and banana. I love how you indulged a little, but still got protein and fruit in. Balance and moderation is so important!

  11. I used to love those frozen french toast sticks – they are basically like a donut in stick form…my mom used to give them to me and my sister for breakfast. Oh! And those Tasty Cakes that were chocolate & peanut butter flavored, yummm.
    On the dog in an apartment note, I would love love to have one but totally agree that it should have grass to run around on so I guess I just have to wait until I move out of the city into the burbs one day…sigh.

  12. Did he make the doughnuts? Or just take pre-purchased doughnuts and fry them?
    Also, what kind of doughnuts are they?

    You know what else might be good? Toasted Doughnuts! Sometimes I like to toast pieces of coffee cake. It really caramelizes the flavour.

  13. I remember having EVERYTHING at my grandmothers house: oatmeal raisin cookie pies, chocolate peanut butter ice cream, tacos in hard shells. It might not have been so bad if those weren’t the everyday foods.

    Any chance for a recipe on the donuts?

  14. My not so healthy treats growing up included a giant bowl of ice cream, followed by a giant bowl of french fries. Terrible, right? It is a miracle I wasn’t 500 pounds!

  15. I had a slight addiction to Funyuns! Man, haven’t had those in awhile…don’t know if I’d want to. If I’m having onion rings, I’ll stick to the real thing! Hope Murphy is enjoying his new ‘hood!

  16. That breakfast looks AMAZING! Growing up, my favorite not-so-healthy treats were definitely my mom’s chocolate chip cookies and (not my mom’s) cool ranch doritos. The thought of the Doritos grosses me out now, but I still crave those cookies!

  17. I’ve never pan-fried doughnuts (I’ve definitely deep-fried them 😛 ). My fav childhood treat was 5 breakfast sausages on Sunday morning. A bit much, yes, but tasty when I was 10!

  18. Wow what a great idea! We used to eat donuts on the weekends when I was growing up. Boston Cream ones were my favorite and my dad still buys them for me when I go home. It’s cute. But one of my all time favorite treats were ice cream sundaes from Friendly’s! I still have them but only about once or twice a year. YUM

  19. On the doughnut front – I used to LOVE slicing a plain donut and making a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich. SO TASTY! Also – my great grandmother used to make homemade donuts that tasted SO GOOD warm and dipped in a little maple syrup!

  20. E.L. Fudges or Chips Delux Rainbow cookies. I had 3 after dinner every night! MMM!! I never eat processed stuff like that now but I thought they were the cat’s meow then!

  21. i would say grilled cheese was my favorite non-healthy food…it was just so yummy and comforting! buttery crispy bread and gooey cheese….can’t go wrong with that 🙂

    i’m impressed with how often Murphy gets walked…you guys are great parents to him 🙂

  22. You’re new kitchen scenery looks lovely from our view! 🙂

    I’ve been having a lot of convos with the fiance about my blog. How to maintain balance and not let our life be too greatly affected by me sharing with the world. I have to be honest though…it is part of my career now! It is my place to express and share and connect with others who have similar goals and ideals about being healthy. I love that we can all connect this way! I think it’s pretty fabulous actually!

    My no so healthy treat…always and forever ice cream.

  23. What a fun Friday treat! Nice work Mal!! I need to pick some grapefruit this weekend- yours looks super tasty- have you ever tried baking it? I’ve heard baked/broiled grapefruit is awesome! Great Q&A- glad Murphy is happy in the burbs 😉 Enjoy your weekend

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