Greatest Day of the Year

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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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If you didn’t know already, TODAY is my absolute favorite day of the year. It’s Marathon Monday here in Boston and everything about today is just awesome! :mrgreen:


So, why is Marathon Monday so great? Here’s the explanation that I gave last year:

Marathon Monday, as it is affectionately called in Boston, is my favorite day of the year. I absolutely love it! Personally, I think Boston is an unfriendly and cranky city from November – March (maybe it’s just me?), but when Marathon Monday rolls around in mid-April, the city comes alive! Everyone is in such a great mood and the lively, holiday atmosphere (specifically along the marathon route) is like no other day- you can feel the crowd’s enthusiasm for the thousands of runners making their way to the finish line. This single day reminds me why I like living in Boston.

Last year’s running of the Boston Marathon was pretty exciting with Kara Goucher coming so close to winning. I actually snapped a shot of her starting to lose the lead. Man, it was such a bummer. 😕 Even still, I had a blast watching the runners in the final miles of the race.

There’s just something about Marathon Monday… maybe it’s the energy of the crowds? Maybe it’s watching 25,000 people participate in (and complete) the one and only marathon that I want to run? All I know is that I want to be one of those people someday. I’m not going to lie, I get choked-up every year at the Boston Marathon. Running Boston would be an absolute DREAM for me. It must be the most amazing feeling to cross the finish line of a marathon. *sigh*

Anyway, I am totally looking forward to today. I bounded out of bed at 6:15 ready to go! I love seeing people achieve their dreams. It’s so inspirational watching these runners give it their all for 26.2 miles. Fun fact about this year’s marathon: 11,316 women entered, which is a Boston record. Pretty cool, right? 😀

GOOD LUCK to Judith, Claire, Katie, Theresa, Beth, Kelly, Patricia, Mary, Kelley, Lauren, Meghan, Kerry, Danielle, Adrienne, Ben, and Britt! I know you guys will rock it! I’ll be cheering you on from Beacon Street! (You can read about all of the runners mentioned here.)


This morning’s breakfast is now a new obsession: Mad Hectic Oatmeal! :mrgreen:


About a month ago, featured an article about Mad Hectic Oatmeal. This link was then forwarded to me by 4 or 5 different Carrots ‘N’ Cake readers. (Thanks, guys!) The article immediately sparked my interest:

Beth Gallo wasn’t trying to start a business. The South Dartmouth resident, a breast cancer survivor, just wanted to add more healthy food to her diet ”” preferably in the morning.

So when the 49-year-old mother of two couldn’t find a healthy breakfast food she could get excited about, she began making her own oatmeal with organic oats, dried fruits, nuts, and whey protein powder, changing the mixture over five years to suit her taste.

A day or two later, my Healthworks buddy, Judith, also emailed me about Mad Hectic Oatmeal. She loved it and said that I needed to try it too. So, I reached out to Beth, the creator of Mad Hectic Oatmeal, and asked her if she’d be willing to send me some samples in exchange for a product review on my blog.

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Sure enough, Beth sent me a whole bunch of samples to try: raspberry almond, French chocolate, almond pecan, and chocolate raspberry. All of these flavors sound so delicious, right?


Not surprisingly, I broke into the French chocolate flavor first. With a big scoop of Teddie peanut butter thrown into the mix, it tasted very much like a warm, creamy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Holy yum!


What I like best about this oatmeal is that it’s so easy to make. Usually, my morning bowl of oats has 5-10 different ingredients in it. I feel like a mad scientist creating some crazy concoction! It also takes me a good 5 minutes to add all of these ingredients and then put them away. With the Mad Hectic Oatmeal, I just added water.

I cooked the Mad Hectic Oatmeal on the stove top the same way I always make my oats. It took just a few minutes and they turned out great. You can also cook this oatmeal in the microwave in 60 seconds. You could probably even just add some really hot water to it (like from the office water cooler). The texture of the oatmeal is light and fluffy, so I think the water would soak right in.


Mad Hectic is a local company in South Dartmouth, MA, so it’s only sold in a few stores around the state, but you can also order it online.


Oh, yea, and the French chocolate flavor was sooooo delicious! The flavor and consistency sort of reminds me of eating chocolate oatmeal cookie batter, but, of course, it’s much more nutritious. I highly recommend this product.


Question of the Day

What is your ultimate life goal?



  1. Wow that oatmeal sounds great!
    I have two ULG – First one is to run a marathon (I’m doing the Marine Corps one in Oct!! OHMYGOSH!) and second one is to live in the USA permanently. I’m hoping to do postgrad study over there. so fingers crossed…
    Oh, and a 3rd one – stay happy and healthy!!
    Have a fun day 🙂

  2. That oatmeal looks sooooo good! My ultimate life goal is to have a career that I enjoy and complete a marathon. Any marathon will do!! I’m unhappy in my current career situation and am thinking about going back to school to do something totally different.

  3. I love your explanation of why you love this day so much 🙂

    Thinking of an ultimate goal in life is tough!

    I would say mine is to be happy and fulfilled in every part of my life. So far being a mother and wife is making that happen 🙂

    Have a great day!

  4. my life goal is to finish my grad program to become a biology teacher AND once i am a teacher, start the GLEE club at my school. in my next life, i will be able to sing a dance:)

  5. That oatmeal looks so yummy, and sounds even yummier! I have the link saved…I think I’m going to have to try to order some online.
    My ultimate life goal is to open up my own bakery/cafe. I LOVE baking, and have always loved the feel and atmosphere of local, hometown cafes. 🙂

  6. I’d love to run the Boston marathon too but unfortunately I don’t know if my knee will ever let me. It’s fun to watch though 🙂

  7. Well, I just completed the Paris Marathon two weeks ago, and I am still in awe that– I — did that! That was a major life goal of mine. Another one would be do complete and Ironman. I’m training for a half Ironman in September, so I am well on my way! I wasn’t always athletic, but I wanted to be. So, I worked really hard at it. I really think that if you want something to happen, STOP just talking about it. Just do it! 🙂

  8. The ultimate one, once I’ve finished and sold the book proposal? 😉

    My ultimate life goal is to open my own healthy living space. Essentially a yoga and pilates studio with a vegan cafe that would also be a social hub for things like book groups, performance poetry and talks on health and cooking demos etc.

  9. Ultimate life goal… that’s hard to choose actually. Just being happy with the choices I’ve made, making a living doing something I love, having my own happy family, etc. 🙂

  10. That oatmeal certainly looks and sounds yummy! I mean, healthy and delicious together – one couldn’t ask for more!

    My ultimate life goal is to be happy and content with my life. I think those sound quite easy but actually, they aren’t easy things to achieve so I’ll definitely have to work on those many times. 🙂

  11. Oooh the good health store has the oatmeal!! I need to get over there soon.
    My ultimate life goal is to jus tbe happy 🙂 I want to get married, have kids, do something I love and be happy 🙂

  12. The cereal looks really good.

    My ultimate goal in life is combo of two. Goal #1 is to be a successful market gardener/farmer with my husband, so that we can have Goal #2 – a happy and comfortable life together.

  13. I’m checking out that oatmeal site ASAP. My ultimate life goal is to be a successful career women, have gorgeous grateful children, and a loving husband who I never get sick of…

    Life goal or life fantasy? 🙂

  14. Ah I love this day!! I love Boston!!
    I totally hear you. I just love watching people putting it all on the line and achieving their dreams. This is the first year that I will be watching it with the idea of running it soon in my mind. I’ve always wanted to run it, but it has always been a “someday in the future”. But now next year might be the year

  15. Oooh those look delicious!!
    My life goal is to live for an extended period of time in a foreign country and MAYBE work in international food security policy. But that’s subject to change 🙂

  16. Ultimate life goal: see the world (been living in Africa for the last 19 months and it has just whetted my appetite), open a organic bakery and coffee shop in a romantic location abroad somewhere, and have no regrets! A marathon would be cool too… as would learning to bake (and frost) the world’s most perfect cupcake. 🙂

  17. I will be getting myself some of that oatmeal right away! Plus, I love supporting local businesses, especially those who have a wonderful story behind it.

    My ultimate goal…wow. That would be to find my place of balance, happiness and health with my husband to be AND help others do the same thing through my wellness coaching. Nothing makes me happier than helping others reach their life goals.

  18. my life goal would definitely be to become a woman of character who helps people. i know that’s pretty ambiguous, but i believe that everything else will fall into place – to whatever it is that i’m supposed to be – but this is something that will take a conscious effort to accomplish. hope marathon monday is amazing!

  19. Have so much fun today Tina! That oatmeal sounds fantastic. I’m going to check out the website now. Maybe I’ll place an order 🙂 Ultimate life goal? Oh gosh…I guess to be happy!

  20. My life goals have always been to run a marathon (will be signing up for one next year hopefully) and graduate law school (graduating May 2011). Yesterday, my husband asked me what I didn’t make my goal to complete an Ironman? He has got me thinking about new goals!

  21. I wrote about Mad Hectic a few months ago on my blog and LOVE their entire line. I especially love their ‘Random Acts Of Oatmeal” ! Great products- glad you love them too!

  22. Those flavors sound incredible! Wow, definitely worth looking for. 😀

    My CAREER goal is to be a full-time travel writer or (the ultimate dream) to host a show on the Travel Channel. My life goal is to be a person who knows about joy and love and experiences both daily.

  23. Gosh I would love to be in Boston on this day… I can imagine that it’s absolutely breath-taking! I too would love to run a marathon someday. Other things I dream about include owning my own nutrition counseling business and getting the opportunity to travel the world. Slightly cheesy yes…

  24. The French Chocolate one caught my eye right away too. It sounds amazing!

    My life goals are to get a good, steady job in a place that is perfect for raising my future children 🙂 I’m pretty simple!

  25. Happy Marathon Monday!!! Sounds like a great day for you and all Bostonians!

    Ultimate goal…geezums. Honestly, just to be happy, healthy, and surrounded by family and friends.

    A solid writing career wouldn’t hurt either 😉

  26. Ahhh! I totally agree with you that this is THE greatest day of the year!! I am so bummed I can’t be in Boston right now. I ran last year and have been able to watch the marathon pretty much every other year since I was 14….and today I’m stuck at work down in RI. 🙁 It’s so funny though, because as I sit here on my computer typing this comment, I have this huge nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach and I feel all jittery — as if I’m running!

    As far ultimate life goals go — I can’t choose only one! Athletically, I’d love to do an Ironman (maybe someday). Personally, I just would love to find a satisfying career and to have a family of my own some day!

  27. That oatmeal sounds sooo good and it’s sold in Porstmouth, awesome!!! Will have to make my way over this week to get some.

    My ultimate life goal is to live every day to the fullest and enjoy every minute of it. Time goes so fast and I am so blessed with my Husband and kids, I don’t want to miss a minute of it.

  28. I’ll be “watching” my running partners at Boston from my cube here at work today. I’ve run Boston 3 times but have never spectated though I imagine it’s similar to Marathon Sunday in NYC (one big party). Have a great time!

    My life goal sounds simple but it’s my on-going plan: be happy! What makes me happy changes on a regular basis so this goal keeps me positive and flexible.

  29. That sounds delicious! My ultimate goal is to have a family. And be happily married. But i’m not gonna lie, running a marathon is up there too. I’m not sure it’s going to happen after this injury, I’m not sure I’m cut out for running, but I can still hope!

  30. OMG! That oatmeal looks ah-mazing! And I’m so excited for the marathon! I’m stuck at work but I have the Runners World live coverage page open permanently this morning to get coverage!!!

    Ultimate life goal? Geez. I’d say waking up every day to a career I LOVE. I’m on the path now and will be quite excited when it finally arrives!

  31. My ultimate life goal is to own my own business, which will hopefully be a restaurant/bar. And maybe retire in Sydney? Haha we’ll see what life has in store!

    Enjoy watching the marathon – I’m getting myself ready to head to Beacon street to cheer them on!

  32. That oatmeal looks and sounds delicious!! I’ve checked off a few life goals/dreams…..half marathon (I’ve done 6 now!), a triathlon, marrying the man of my dreams, BUT I still haven’t met my goal of a marathon. Boston would be such dream too!! What a fun day it looks like you’re gonna be having!!


  33. My ultimate life goal is to lose the last 50 pounds I need to lose, put my Type 2 diabetes to sleep (sort of speaking, because you can’t heal from diabetes, but I know losing weight will get me normal blood sugar) and become the healthiest I can be. This is really hard for me to accomplish since I’m an emotionnal eater…so I’ve been trying to work hard on that.

    And then, I would love to travel some more with my loving husband and have a house in the country with a few animals.

  34. Yahoo!!! I love MARATHON MONDAY!!! Even though I live in MA, I’ve only gone a couple of times when I was younger, but I would love to go again some day soon. Right now, I don’t think my 3 yr old would find it too exciting, but who knows.

    LOVE that you’re promoting a local company as well. That looks like a great product.

  35. hi tina! i hope you got a chance to participate in the bake sale, or at least purchase some goodies. the one in philly went perfectly, and we raised almost $900!! my cupcakes were a big hit! i have to say i am with you about the marathon! im not from boston, but whenever i find myself in the middle of some big race or event, it chokes me up! its such a great feeling, whether you are participating or not. my friend is running the boston marathon today, so let’s all wish KAYCE a big congrats!! good luck to all of the runners!

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