Going Solo

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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Mal met his dad downtown tonight, so I went solo for dinner. Mal and his “Pops” meet once a month for dinner to catch up and have some time for “guy talk.” They usually meet at a pub, eat dinner, and drink a couple of beers. It’s a really nice father-son tradition, but it makes me miss my mom! (Good thing I am seeing her this weekend! :-D)


As soon as I got home from NuVal, I hit the gym. Mal came home early today, so I was off the hook with pug duty.

At the gym, I did my favorite 45-Minute Treadmill Workout. I’ve probably done this workout 100 times in my life, but it never gets boring. The treadmill speed and incline changes continuously for the entire 45 minutes. It’s awesome!

This afternoon, however, I was totally doggin’ it on the treadmill. 😕 Usually, I do the running workout at a much faster pace– I add 1.0 to each interval. Today, I could barely keep up with adding 0.5 to each interval. I guess, in addition to gaining a few pounds, I’m a bit out of shape? Jeez. 😐 Oh well. I’m back on track now. I can only go up from here, right? 😉


Before the gym, I fueled my workout with a Sandwich Thin with peanut butter and raisins on top.


And, after the gym, I chugged water and munched on some pistachios before dinner.

Why are pistachios so frickin’ delicious!?!?!



So, I’m on the fence about tonight’s dinner.

The other day, the folks at Quorn sent me a box of their Turk’y Burgers to sample. I typically like faux meats for the most part, but this one didn’t do it for me. I loved that it had 10 grams of protein, but the flavor was just so-so. The texture was pretty typical of faux meats– sort of mushy, kinda tofu-like.


I chopped the Turk’y Burger into chunks and drizzled balsamic vinegar on top.



The combo of veggies + Turk’y Burger was pretty good, but by itself, the Turk’y Burger wasn’t great. Meh. 😕 But, at least, I got some protein in this meal! 😀



When it came to dessert, there was no fencing-sitting. I loved it! :mrgreen:


I mixed Greek yogurt with chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and a drizzle of agave nectar. Delicious!!!


Ahhh, my To Do list is INSANE! 😯 Since Mal is out for most of the night, I’m going to get down to business. But, as soon as he gets home, it’s definitely relaxation time!

Enjoy the evening, guys!



  1. Sorry to hear about your exercise setback. I’m surprised that you can use the same program so many times and have it still work for you, but that’s so great! Changing programs gets pretty exhausting, I find.

  2. I just printed that workout out and I’m going to try it on Friday-I hope I like it as much as you.

    You’re right, pistachios are ridiculously delicious =D

  3. havent tried the quorn burgers but I did try the meatless meatballs and they were meh, just OK too….your dessert-nwo i would be ALL over that!! 🙂 it looks So good esp with the drizzle atop. have a great night!!

  4. I like Boca and Morningstar but most fake meats just don’t it for me. Even tofu I only really like at restaurants — when I cook it, it never turns out as good.

  5. I can’t agree with you more in regards to the out of shape part. Think positively! You’re back on the right track now! I’m on the same type of plan @ Equinox in NYC right now!

  6. Hi Tina!

    Do you chop all of your veggies up at the beginning of the week or just do them on a per-salad basis? Do you do meal planning or just kindof wing-it everyday based on what you have in the ‘fridge? If you’ve already answered, please feel free to direct me to the post itself.

    Thanks in advance! GREAT work lately with your eating and your fitness. Just think of the great work you’re doing for your heart!


  7. I actually like those quorn burgers. I found them better when I grilled them on the Foreman grill – they were BAD in the microwave.
    I’ll have to try that treadmill work out – anything to make the treadmill less horrible!

  8. I have a box of those Quorn t’key burgers in the freezer. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they have just 200mg sodium each, which is significantly less than most other meatless burgers. I love all the Quorn products I have tried so far, so maybe with topping the burger will be just as yummy.

    I agree, pistachios are delicious.


  9. I’ve tried that 45 minute workout of yours and it’s pretty tough! Just making it to the end is an accomplishment 🙂

    That’s how I feel about the Quorn products–“at least I got some protein…”

  10. I finally got a chance to skip the threadmill today and run outside. Running outside is so much harder but so much more enjoyable. Btw, I think it is fun to have yourself a nice big salad on your night by yourself.

  11. Oooo dessert looks gooood! And that’s weird about the Quorn… I’ve had the “chicken nuggets” before and thought they tasted a lot like regular chicken… maybe not all of their stuff is that tasty.

  12. Sorry totally off topic but when i saw these tonight i just had to share 🙂

    Mr pugsley’s dog treats: http://www.thehealthypet.com/pugsleys-20oz-p-63.html

    “MADE WITH ORGANIC QUINOA” but it doesn’t stop there…


    “no animal by-products, no artificial colors, flavors, added sweeteners, salt or sugar..” … wait, it gets better!

    “With added essential vitamins & chelated minerals including calcium to maintain strong teeth & bones”

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