Grateful Thoughts

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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Good morning! 😎

I just got back from a wonderful Yoga Foundations class. It was slow-paced with lots of stretching and balance poses. It was just what I needed this morning.

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At the start of class, the instructor asked us to dedicate our practice to ourselves or a loved one, like she normally does. Then, she asked us to think of one part of our bodies that we were grateful for. My mind immediately went to the huge zit on my chin. (Awesome job, Tina. Way to be positive.)

Before I could think of something else, the instructor pointed out that women, in particular, often identify something negative about their bodies before the positive. I guess I fell into that trap, too, so I changed my thought to my feet, which take some serious beating during my marathon training, but have carried me for miles and miles”” 125 of them in the last month alone!

The fact that I immediately thought of something negative about my body bummed me out, so, going forward, I’m really going to try to focus on the positive and not let my mind slip into that negative place.

Last Night’s Dinner

Mal and I cooked another fantastic meal for dinner last night. Go us! We made a fast and easy Vegetable Fried Rice.

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Instead of using canola oil like the recipe called for, we used coconut oil, which has all sorts of health benefits and added a delicious coconut flavor to the meal. I guess you could say our dinner was Coconut Fried Rice. Doesn’t that sounds much more exciting?

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I didn’t have a ripe banana to make my original Protein Pancake recipe, so I played around with some different ingredients this morning. I love the idea of healthy carbs mixed with protein. It starts my day off on the right foot and keeps me full for hours.

Vanilla Protein Pancake


  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/3 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. In a bowl, mix together ingredients.
  2. Preheat a skillet (medium-low heat), spray with non-stick spray, and pour in half of the batter while shaping it into a pancake with a spoon.
  3. Heat until partially cooked and flip pancake.
  4. Once cooked through, top with syrup, nut butter, fresh fruit or anything else your heart desires.

Makes 1 large pancake

My pancake was thick and hearty with a sweet vanilla flavor from the protein powder and vanilla extract. I topped it with banana slices and maple syrup. So delicious.

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I also drank an iced coffee with soy milk.

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Three Questions Thursday

Here’s the next edition of Three Questions Thursday!

I’ve been reading your blog for a couple years now. Although I’m a number of years older than you I really enjoy it. However, sometimes I’m looking for perspective from someone with a similar lifestyle as me. I am turning 40 this year and have three young kids. You can see how my life can pose different challenges than yours when it comes to schedules, eating, etc. Since you are in the blog world I was hoping you may be able to recommend a blog or blogs that are geared towards women in this stage of their life.

Here are some of favorite blogs that are geared toward women in this stage of their life. Happy reading!

I remember reading that you read all sorts of books on nutrition when you first started your journey. I was wondering if you had any recommendations on books I should check out.

Yep! Here are a few of the books that helped me lose weight and continue to motivate me to live a healthy lifestyle.

How the heck do you workout so much? Do you get tired of it? I mean, you run A LOT, go to yoga, and scheduled as well as impromptu Body Pump classes. Do you do this to “stay on track” or is it more just a want to be active? I’d say, personally, I was born to be lazy… and I just do my best to not be. So, I guess I’m just wondering if your kind of drive is innate or can be “self-taught”?

Great question! I guess it’s a little bit of both. I’ve always been active””my mom put me in ballet classes at 3 years old and I played soccer from 2nd grade until I graduated from high school””so exercise has always been a part of my life. It’s pretty much routine for me nowadays.

I also really like to be active. There’s just something about getting out there and moving that makes me happy. (Yay, endorphins!) Sticking to a regular exercise routine is all about finding something you like to do. I’ve tried all sort of workouts over the years, but I only regularly participate in the ones that I enjoy. As much as regular exercise is about staying on track for me, it’s something that I really like doing too.

I also think a lot of my exercise motivation was “self-taught.” For me, scheduling my workouts every Sunday for the upcoming week really keeps me on track. I check out my marathon training schedule and the group exercise classes at my gym and then plug them into my Google Calendar. Finding times that work for all of my workouts helps to keep me motivated. Plus, exercising consistently makes it easier to just keep doing it and, before know you it, it becomes a habit. Additionally, the just do it mentality gets my butt in gear. If I think about how much I don’t want to exercise or how tired I am, it makes it so much harder to workout. But, if I put my brain in autodrive and don’t think about those things, it’s so much easier to just do it!

Question of the Day

What is one part of your body that you are grateful for?

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  1. I had to laugh at the zit reference… but in all seriousness, it’s great that you were able to remove yourself from that thought and pick something really awesome to focus on instead. I’m grateful for my eyes. They help me take beautiful photographs!

  2. I do the same thing. Negative first and then I try to search for the positive. I’ve finally become grateful for my calves. In high school people made fun of me because they were so muscular…I quote, “Do you knock over stumps with those things?” but now I get compliments all the time. Woot! Woot! Muscular calves!

  3. Great job with the reader questions! I am loving protein pancakes right now, and trying them in so many varieties, but bananas always make them special!

  4. I am with you, my legs! They take such a beating and still treat me well!

    I had Thai Shrimp & Pineapple Fried Quinoa last night and never thought of using Coconut Oil – but it is brilliant!

  5. I wish I had that motivation that you talk about in the last question! I had surgery on my knee a while back–and I have had a hard time getting and staying motivated to work out! It has been a battle I have been working on!

  6. When you talked about your feet- I though “I am very grateful for my feet too!” I have weird feet and a giant big toe that has been mocked by many. But these are some tough feet! They take a beating when I run, walk, and cycle. As I lost a toenail this week, I thanked my feet for all they do for me 🙂

  7. Right now, pretty grateful for my whole body. I’m 8 1/2 months pregnant and am amazed that women’s bodies are designed to do such an amazing thing!!!

  8. Looks like a great pancake recipe–I’ll have to try it!

    I am thankful for my thighs–many women hate theirs for being big, and mine are pretty thick too but they are muscular! I’m also thankful for my skin tone–although I’m pasty white in the winter, in the summer I get VERRRYYY tan and don’t burn easily at all. I kinda like that. 😉

  9. Love this post! I haven’t tried your one serving pancake recipe yet but I think it’s genius 🙂
    I’m grateful for my skin. I just turned twenty nine and i know I look young, I love the color of my skin and that I tan easily thanks to italian heritage and I heal really really fast. Thanks for turning our brains in the positive direction!

  10. One of the (many) things i love about yoga is how much it makes me appreciate my body. At class on Monday our teacher said “feel what your beautiful body can do.” And I did! It was great! 🙂
    And, like Kelly, I’m so grateful for my body giving us our 2 kids.

  11. Is it bad to say I’m grateful for my butt? Because I am. I’ve gained a LOT of weight over the last few years, but my butt has remained perky, and it’s something that makes me feel good – not fat.

    I dunno. Weird answer. My apologies.

  12. Great Q&A today Tina! One part of my body that I’m grateful for is my legs. As a runner like you, they’ve carried me for miles. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without running – physically, psychologically, and socially. I love em for it!

  13. I’m grateful for my bird legs! They always look good in short skirts or heels! (unfortunately I’m much more of a flats type of girl… haha). And thank you for answering the question about blogs for women with children, I sent it along to my cousin who was talking to me about how difficult she finds it to work, have time with her children, AND workout and eat healthy!

  14. The veggie fried rice looks fantastic!

    I’m grateful always for my legs and the ability to walk and run — but I am also grateful that I was able to get pregnant and have two beautiful and healthy babies. I think once I had kids I realized how AWESOME being a woman is!!

  15. I agree, when exercise becomes part of your life, the benefits are incredible. I don’t know what I would do without it to ground me and make me feel physically and mentally strong.

    I’m most grateful for my legs. I used to despise them because I thought my thighs and calves were too big. Now I know that I wouldn’t be able to do all of the awesome things that I do regularly (run, kickbox, golf, and chase after my stepson) without these strong and powerful legs.

  16. I lOve this question because I posted something similar yesterday and called it “what I like about myself Wednesday!” I don’t know if this counts but I like my eyes! They are the same as my moms and change color almost everyday! I feel they make me unique and to me that’s awesome!

  17. I am so grateful for my little, stubby legs (I know that sounds negative, but I swear it’s not!). They might be tiny, but they have carried me through some serious workouts and half marathon training. Plus, my boyfriend loves them, which is always a plus! ; )

  18. I tend to veer toward the negative first too, at times. Sometimes my boyfriend will tease me and say “Wait, you aren’t supposed to be happy right now.” and then he’ll try to turn my smile into a frown with his fingers. Of course, that only makes my smile bigger. I’m grateful for my heart. Sometimes I end up getting hurt b/c of it, but I think that it’s what wins most people over when they meet me. It also keeps the blood pumpin’. Very necessary. 😉

    I really have to try yoga. It’s on my goal list for August, but has been a “to do” for years.

  19. Ahahahaha – the “my mind immediately went to the huge zit on my chin” thought felt like I was reading my own blog. That is SO something I would do!

    I try to just be grateful for every day that I get to live and enjoy life. I lost my Father really young and I think it really changed my outlook on what I need to be “happy” and “enjoy” things. Suddenly the little things are so much more precious than they ever were before.

  20. That veggie stirfry looks tasty! I totally agree. Working out is definitely self-taught and self-motivated. I get joy from those endorphins!

    Btw, (just stumbled across your blog) why is Murphy so adorable?!

  21. Hey Tina! I was checking out your OpenSky SpiBelt deal–and I hate to say it, but shipping is killing the savings! $7 for shipping??

  22. I especially loved the last question. I work out a lot, too and sometimes people take it the wrong way (as if I’m trying to lose weight or something) but they also don’t see HOW I can handle it. Especially my boyfriend! He’d always say it seemed like I lived at the gym while we were still long distance although he know realizes I’m really not. But anyway, I usually split up my workouts into 2 phases during the day: cardio in the AM, weights in the afternoon. And I’m training for a marathon and a yoga it is a lot! But really, I just love it! I love being active and know how miserable I get when bored…that’s all the motivation it takes, really.

  23. I am grateful for my legs for sure. And my eyes…Heck I am grateful for all of me!

    Oh and to the person looking for a transition type of blog for ‘older’ women, my blog is geared towards that as well! Selfless blog plug. 🙂

  24. Great reminder Tina! I love your yoga teacher and I haven’t even met her 🙂 As a Pilates instructor I encourage my clients to do the same.

    Lately I’ve been grateful for my strong legs. I used to long for skinny legs but now I know they’re strong and can carry me miles and miles. I’ve learned to appreciate them.

  25. I would have to agree that I am grateful for my feet. They’ve taken me on so many journeys and so many races and thankfully I still have all my toenails! 😛

  26. My arms! Did the same thing yesterday where I looked in the mirror and thought that they looked too flabby, but then I thought how great they are.

    They allow me to write and type which allows me to earn a paycheck. The paycheck in turn allows me to live my life and enjoy it and also help others. They also allow me to pick up a fork to eat, pick up a cup to drink and pick up weights to work out.

    I love my arms!

  27. Great looking pancake recipe…I’ll have to try that one. Thanks for sharing!

    I would say I’m most thankful for my strong legs. Sometimes I feel like they’re my worst enemy because I complain about them being “too muscular” or my thighs being “too big”. But really, they help me to stay active and have gone through quite a beating with all of the sports and activities I’ve put them through.

    Thanks for the encouraging post! I think we all need to be reminded to be more positive about our bodies.

  28. I’m grateful for my legs! Without them I wouldn’t be able to run, practice yoga, go to Bar Method, etc. When I sprained my ankle in April, I couldn’t do any of the above and I was so depressed. The simply abilty to walk gets taken for granted.

  29. I’m grateful for my hips! I have a small waist but my hips are bigger for the rest of my body. I used to hate it becauses the waist of my pants would always be too big but the hips would fit right or the waist would fit right but the hips would fit tight, but I’ve learned to love it and I’m totally happy to have curvy hips

  30. I make pancakes almost exactly like this every morning! I usually put blueberries in mine and I will add in a little whole wheat flour, but it’s such a great, filling breakfast!

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