Goals for 2016

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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Happy New Year’s Eve, friends!

The start of a new year means: NEW GOALS! And you guys know how much I love setting goals for myself. I blog about my goals at the start of every new year and then review them at the end of the year to see how things went. Setting goals helps me keep my eye on the prize and motivates me to work toward them. And, of course, sharing new goals on CNC for the upcoming year makes me even more accountable!

goals for 2016

But, first, let’s see how I did with my goals for 2015!

My goals for 2015

Roll with it – Yes. I made some serious progress with this one””thanks, of course, to 10% Happier. I wasn’t exaggerating when I said this book changed my life. It really has helped me to slow down, roll with it, and stop stressing about every little thing that comes my way.

Run the Boston MarathonYES! And it was one of the best days of my life! (I still get teary-eyed thinking about it.) A HUGE thank you to Stonyfield and those of you who supported me during my training!! I couldn’t have done it without you!

Beat Kerrie at a WOD – Technically, yes. We did “Flight Simulator” back in November and my time was faster than hers, but I’m not sure I count it as a real workout. Plus, I know deep down she would smoke me at just about any workout we did together!

Travel with Quinn – Yes! We traveled quite a bit with the little dude last year: Seattle, Black Butte Ranch, Kennebunkport, Portland, Burlington, and Newport.

Drink more smoothies – Yes-ish. I went through phases last year of drinking them all the time and then not very much. Quinn is a HUGE fan of smoothies, so I’m drinking them a lot more nowadays.

Stop saying “like” so much – Umm, fail. I honestly forgot about this goal and didn’t work on it very much.

Unsubscribe from five junk emails each week – Yes-ish. Similar to the smoothies above, I went through phases with this one””some weeks I was really good about unsubscribing from unless emails and then I wouldn’t do it for a few weeks.

And now my goals for 2016”¦

Run a sub-1:54 half marathon – I’ve run a 1:54 half three times now! THREE! It’s my current PR, so I’m dying to break it.

Learn how to cook fish that I actually like to eat – Fish is such a nutritious source of protein and fat, and I know I should be eating more of it, but it just never tastes amazing when I cook it at home. Any tips/advice/recipes are welcomed!!

Do something to benefit the IBD community – Maybe it’s running a half marathon and fundraising for the CCFA? Or talking with IBD patients on the regular? (Right now, I chat with CNC readers over the phone. I’m obviously not an expert and everyone’s disease is soooo different, but I think it’s nice to just talk to someone who understands what they’re going through.) I’m not sure exactly, but I want to do something. Again, any advice/suggestions are welcomed!

Learn how to do Handstand Push-Ups and Toes-to-Bar like they’re my job – I can do a couple of each, but not strung together well and they’re pretty much a joke during a workout for me, so I want to really work on these skills in the coming year.

Travel with Quinn – Mal and I love travel, and we love sharing new experiences with Quinn, so we definitely want to plan some adventures for 2016.

Start saving for Quinn’s future – We keep talking about this, but haven’t actually done much yet, so it’s definitely a goal for next year.

Questions of the Day

What are your goals for 2016?



  1. I have Crohn’s and running the Rock n Roll half with Team Challenge was seriously life changing. It was amazing the response I received from family and friends…not to mention the race itself was incredible. I can’t recommend it enough! You should definitely go for it!!

  2. My goal for 2016 is to be more interesting! I stayed home with my daughter for a year and that, combined with being a new mom, made my world change so much, I kind of let go of many habits (Sunday nyt, weekly cover to cover of the new yorker, a new book every week or so, going to plays regularly, seering new movies, Bulls games–live in Chicago–and trying new restaurants). So, this year, I am focused on doing more of those things I love that I really think make me much more interesting to myself (and others, too? I hope??) Cheers!

    1. @Megan:

      I love this. As a new mom also (LO just turned one!), my schedule has become so routine, which is nice, but I really want to make an effort to go out and do things besides work and errands. Someone told me once that if you’re bored, you’re boring. I’m going to try not to be boring in 2016!

  3. The trick to cooking fish for me is to cook it on th BBQ. I have a super easy BBQ salmon recipe. 2 Tbsp of maple syrup. 2 heaping Tbsp of grainy mustard. The zest of one lemon and finely chopped fresh rosemary. Put your salmon on tin foil and after mixing the above ingredients smear on the salmon and cook. No need to flip , just watch that you do not over cook. Easy peasy and so so good!!

  4. I would love to hear more about how you will save for Wuinn bc I would like to do the same for my son. Cd, savings etc?

  5. Oh my goodness fish is the best! I like marinade mine in balsamic and bake or grill it. It’s like candy! As far as goals, mine is to be a student again. I start nutrition school in January and it will be a big challenge but exciting too! I also want to master pull ups unassisted and improve my push-ups from 10 to 30.

  6. Goals:
    -Run a half under 2:15 (current pr)
    -Fence in our backyard (hoping it comes in under budget)
    -Potentially find a a new job
    -Maybe get serious about baby #2? (I can’t imagine having 2 but I would really like B to have a sibling)

    We opened a 529 plan for our little one, seemed simple enough, hoping we see good things in 18 years with it!

  7. Oh and for fish, I always try and buy fresh but if I have to cook frozen the only brand I buy is Trader Joes – doesn’t have that frozen fish texture! I bought their frozen cod and loved it, couldn’t tell it was frozen!

    I also love baking slice onions, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced garlic (or just garlic powder, olive oil, kalamata olives, s&p in a 400 degree oven for 20 mins (until tomatoes start to blister) and then I add whatever fish I’m cooking on top and cook for another 10-15 minutes or so. Serve with rice and a squeeze of lemon..its amazing! I’ve done it with salmon, shrimp and cod!

  8. I love these. I do not eat fish by my husband and girls do and he smokes his salmon in a smoker with some glaze, butter and lemon and between him and the two girls (ages 1 and 3) they eat it all up!

  9. I love your goal recaps! I’ve been reading them so long I think about them when I review and write my own! In reference to your junk email problem, have you tried unroll.me? It’s seriously a life saver! Also, many of my clients who don’t love fish do well with fish burgers (my favorite are the costco variety!) Happy New Year!

  10. My best tasting fish dish is coconut crusted tilapia- I cover it in coconut flour and some shredded coconut and then you can bake it or sauté it in coconut oil. Tilapia is pretty mild tasting so the coconut really takes over!

  11. I am watching Dan Harris as I am reading your post. After spending half the night worrying about things that won’t happen, I am downloading Dan’s book on my phone and listen to it on my walk. Thanks for the recommendation. Have a wonderful 2016.

  12. Happy NYE! My favorite fish recipe: Combine coconut oil, honey, dijon, and salt/pepper to taste, coat a beautiful wild caught salmon, and stick it under the broiler for 5-7 minutes. I got the recipe from PaleOMG, and I make it ALL the time (for both fish and chicken!) I’ve found it’s super important to be purposeful with fish skin – if you aren’t going to make it crispy, then just remove it (otherwise it’s like wet paper on your fork…yuck!) Also, be careful not to overcook salmon (which took me a while to learn 😉 )

    Goals: 1) Keep high quality chocolate in my place and avoid lower quality candy

    2) Crossfit 3-4 time per week, run 1-2 times per week.

    3) Plan a beautiful wedding without having a nervous breakdown 🙂

  13. I am not a huge fan of fish but I had a friend share the way she cooks it and it’s always yummy. She uses/used tilapia, although I don’t think you’re supposed to eat that anymore. You can use any similar texture fish, flounder, cod, black fish (if you can find it), sea bass could work also and snapper may also:
    clean and dry fish and place into a baking dish
    heat olive oil on the stove with garlic (I use a ton of garlic), salt and pepper, when garlic begins to soften (slightly golden) pour over the fish.
    sprinkle with some seasoned breadcrumbs and bake in the oven at about 350 for around 20 minutes or until flakes with a fork and bread crumbs are toasty.

  14. I have been wanting to slow down in life too and work to not stress over the little things, so I think one of my goals will be to read 10% Happier and see what it can do for me!

  15. Do you like salmon? I have found rubbing it down with some soy sauce or tamari (GF) and a little sesame oil and garlic and then grilling it with skin on will give it loads of flavor and keep it super moist. If you don’t care for the skin it will come right off after grilling it. Serve with some brown rice or quinoa and veggies! One of my favorite go too meals. We also love to marinate the salmon and chunk it and skewer it with veggies and grill as well!

  16. I always cook fish in butter (actually homemade ghee). Fry salmon skin side down, 3 minutes, flip over and place in a preheated oven for 3-4 minutes depending on it’s thickness. Unless a particularly thin fillet I use the same method for hake and cod or I bake fillets for 15 minutes with an almond (pecans or walnuts too!) herb and lemon zest crumb topping. If simply pan fried I like white fish with a caper butter or homemade pesto!
    Mussels are so damn easy as well – recipe on the blog, let me know if you want the link!

  17. I really wasn’t the biggest fan of fish growing up. My parents did not cook fish and it was completely foreign to me until college. Then I tried sushi but even then it took me years to stomach the texture. I started trying to cook fish and finally got to the point where I go to a weekend sushi buffet at least once a month! Anyways this is the recipe that got me to regularly eat fish. The oven in my new house isn’t as reliable so my husband pan fries it instead. Just FYI I highly recommend heating up the marinade and using it as a dipping sauce! http://allrecipes.com/recipe/86245/soy-ginger-salmon/

  18. Check out the UnrollMe app for unsubscribing to emails. It lets you roll up all of the newsletter type emails you receive into one daily email and notifies you of any new ones you receive everyday, which you can choose to roll up, unsubscribe, or keep in your inbox as is! It’s changed my life!

  19. Love these goals! I want to be able to do a handstand push-up (or maybe just a handstand to begin with… heehee).

    My big goal for 2016 is to write 500 words a day (not counting blogging). I want to write more handwritten letters to people and I really want to finish some books that I’ve got going, so this goal should definitely help me to get there!

  20. I’m a big fan of goal setting. I like to do my big yearly goals, then break them down each month to help make them not seem so huge. I think saving is so important and something that most of us take for granted that we will do later. That’s definitely one of my goals this year. Need fewer things, appreciate what I have, and save, save, save!

  21. Happy New Year, Tina!

    A healthy way to cook fish (say, salmon or trout) is to wrap the fish (along with cloves of garlic and some herbs and lemon) in aluminium foil and bake it in the oven. It doesn’t take long and is tastes great this way.

    My goals for the new year are to get my new website up and running, and also to stay as healthy and active as possible (as I’m currently halfway through my second pregnancy). Our second baby boy will be joining us mid-May!

    Here’s to a happy and healthy 2016!


  22. OOOOH you have to try this salmon recipe-

    4 t. brown sugar
    1 t. chili powder
    salt and pepper (eh, sprinkle of each)

    mix together, sprinkle on top of salmon and bake at 400 for 20 minutes. This covers two salmon filets (is that the right word? haha) We use frozen salmon and it takes DELICIOUS with this topping! do it do it!!

  23. Cannot wait to see you crush that half marathon PR!

    Thank you for sharing your life with us here on the blog! It has been such a pleasure to watch you grow and thrive in 2015, and I cannot wait to see what is in store for you as we enter 2016! Happy New Year, Tina!

    One of my main goals in 2016 is to casually date more. It’ll be good for me!

  24. After going through my Crohn’s diagnosis I decided to run for CCFA so will be at the end of February in Nola! I love being involved. I was at their awards dinner earlier in the month and it was inspiring. Will also hopefully PR my half I need sub 1:53! That is my biggest fitness goal. It is a 3 year old PR!

  25. I LOVE fish! I did Jillian’s Ripped in 30 Plan last year, and her recipe for the Turkey Kebabs with Cilantro Lime Sauce was my favorite…however, my husband and I discovered it is equally delicious, maybe even better, on any kind of white fish! I serve it over a bed of couscous mixed with spinach, and it is the best.

    Cilantro-Lime Sauce-
    2 packed cups cilantro leaves
    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 teaspoon honey
    1 garlic clove, chopped
    1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger
    1/2 teaspoon garam masala
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Blend all in a blender until smooth. I like to add a little Greek yogurt to it as well.
    Seriously, this sauce is to die for. I used to lick it off the spoon right out of the blender.

  26. I just wrote my own goals post! Mine are broken down into categories for my business, our family finances, and then personal stuff. One of the big things I want to do this next year is accomplish one thing each week on my list of stuff that I never seem to find time for, like organizing the entryway or purging old clothes.

  27. I just wanted to comment on saving for your baby’s future. I set this goal for myself when my daughter was 3. Her birthday is right around Christmas and she’s the only grandchild. I just remember feeling like all the ‘stuff’ we would buy was wasteful. So I decided to start setting aside $1,000 x her age each year….which was /is the best I could do. I remember that first year putting $1,000 into a CD and laughing at myself thinking, this could take awhile. When she turned 9 this December, her little account hit $43K. Though I’m technically behind, I feel like this is going to be such a weight off my shoulders when she heads to college. I’m so glad I just started somewhere…anywhere. Good luck with your endeavors for 2016!

  28. My kids favorite meal is Lemon Pepper Tilapia and sweet potato fries. I season the tilapia with lemon pepper and a little salt…I am pretty heavy handed on the lemon pepper. Then I get some coconut oil screaming hot in a pan and blacken both sides of the tilapia…ITS SO STINKIN GOOD!

    My goals are to hit 10,000 steps every day, not just cardio days but weight room days and crossfire days. I also want to run a race with each of my kids,…ages 4, 6, and 11!

    Happy New Year!!

  29. I love fish and the simplest way that I prepare white fish is by putting a little salt, pepper and parm cheese on it and broiling it. Salmon is good marinatd in honey, soy sauce and ground ginger and then broiled. It’s so simple and tastes good!

  30. What a great 2015! Love the 2016 goals too 🙂 As for a fish suggestion, we love super tender salmon (like, medium rare almost). What we do is marinate fresh salmon filets in either teriyaki sauce, honey mustard, or BBQ sauce and bake them at 400F for 8-9 minutes. It seems super short, but that’s what makes it amazing!

  31. Cheers to 2016 and thank you for sharing your life with us in 2015!

    I find fish tacos to be an excellent foray into fish if you’re not already accustomed to eating it. Basically grill any white fish of your choice (marinated in olive oil, salt, pepper, and lime) and then layer the fish in a small soft taco (corn are usually considered the best and are great when warmed or steamed slightly) followed by red cabbage or some sort of slaw, avocado or guacamole, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. It’s also tasty to add a spicy sauce on top like siracha or a siracha mayonnaise.

  32. Happy New Year, Tina! I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now and I love how honest you are. My family’s favorite fish recipe is Grouper Reubens. Just bread and pan fry any white fish (Grouper is delish but you could probably use flounder or scrod…any fresh locally caught fish). Then place some cole slaw on there and some swiss cheese. Cover the pan till the cheese melts, then top with thousand island dressing and serve on rye bread (or you can assemble the sandwiches and fry ’em up to toast the bread.) So good!

  33. I generally don’t wait till the new year to make goals. I like to just start as soon as I can if I serious.

  34. We love fish here at my house! Normally we buy tilapia (farm raised) from Costco and the secret is the seasoning. You can easily pan fry it in under 5 minutes, so its a quick and easy protein packed meal when you pair it with veggies or salad. The seasoning that tastes fantastic on it is Pappy’s! We tell everyone about it. It is seriously the best. Enjoy! Happy 2016.

  35. Tina,

    I’ve worked with someone who volunteers as a marathon coach with TEAM CHALLENGE and the CCFA. It’s completely changed his life and has made a difference for so many people. You should look into coaching with them!

  36. I’ve noticed that when I cook a fish meal that I really like…it’s because I spent money on good fish. I don’t buy frozen anymore, usually instead from a New England retailer.

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