Gym Update

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜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.

Remember my Great Gym Debate post from the other day? Well, you guys definitely made me think twice about jumping into a new membership. Thank you!! πŸ˜€

So, I’ve decided to wait until the fall to possibly join the new gym. I actually didn’t have a great experience my first time visiting. I went on a walk the other day and popped in to check out the place. I didn’t workout, but I tried to get a week-long or 3-day trial pass to test out the facilities at a later date. Unfortunately, this gym doesn’t do trial offers. Bummer. πŸ˜• The staff person gave me a single day pass, but I’m not sure going once would be enough time to know if it would fit into my lifestyle, ya know?

Once the fall rolls around, I’ll probably revisit joining this new gym. Maybe they’ll have a special deal or something? Until then, I’m going to make the best of my current gym membership– I guess I just need to try a little harder. Plus, I love walking, and hopefully, I’ll be running again soon, so exercising outside shouldn’t be a problem once the nice weather is here to stay.


Mal and I had the Early Bird Special for dinner tonight! We typically eat dinner pretty early, but today was ridiculous. I think we were done eating by 5:15 pm!

Neither one of us was in the mood to cook dinner, so we kept things simple. We had tuna melts on toasted Ezekiel Bread with shredded cheese. Nothing fancy, but it was tasty.


On the side, we hadΒ Oven Roasted Broccoli that a reader suggested to me last week.


I ended up eating two servings. I pretty much love anything with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese!Β Delish! πŸ˜€



For dessert, I am baking a batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies from the Gluten Free Pantry that the company sent me to sample. I’ve never baked anything gluten-free, so I’m not really sure what to expect… but the cookie mix has A LOT of chocolate chips in it! Can’t go wrong there! πŸ˜‰


Trading Up Downtown

Check out my double grocery shopping trip this week: Shop, Trade, Save. I’m eating out almost every night, but somehow ended up spending a crapload of money! Blah. πŸ˜•

Off to enjoy some TV and chocolate chip cookies! :mrgreen:

Goooooood night!

P.S. Tickets to this year’s Healthy Living Summit go on sale in less than an hour! Ahhh! I’m excited (and nervous)!



  1. I’m sure you’ll find what works best for you in terms of working out! πŸ˜€ I go back and forth between sometimes having a gym membership and sometimes not. The summer is a great time to try something new and spend more time outdoors. πŸ˜€

  2. Good luck with making the most of your current gym membership! For the past 4 years, I’ve been joining gyms, not using them much, quitting and then joining a new one and starting the whole thing over! It’s hard to fit a gym membership into a lifestyle that’s not necessarily the regular 9-5 routine.

  3. I think you made the right decision on joining the second gym. Check out how things go for awhile and then see if you really need it.
    Excited to see how the cookies turn out….chocolate chip cookies are the best!

  4. I can’t believe they don’t do any passes except for single day- thats pretty annoying and not a good business practice if you ask me. Waiting until fall sounds like a good idea to me.
    I wish HLS was in Boston again!

  5. You really can’t go wrong with chocolate chips! πŸ˜€

    I’m so happy that my new job has a gym on-site. That will help me save money and (hopefully) motivate me to go since I’m already at the office.

  6. I love roasted broccoli or cauliflower!! Good choice about the gym. You can always go ahead and get a membership if you decide you really want to. I always eat dinner as soon as I get home from work to avoid snacking and because I’m hungry. Often, it’s around 4:30 or 5.

  7. I make the PERFECT gluten free cookie…in fact I think these are even better than regular ones with flour, and half the mess and clean up!

    1 egg
    1 c. peanut butter
    3/4 c. sugar or brown sugar (I’ve used both and each turn out fine)
    as many chocolate chips as you want…

    Mix, bake and eat! So good…

  8. glad you decided not to jump into a new membership right away!
    I wish i could go to the healthy living summit. have one down south!

  9. I second the review! I am embarking on a gluten-free diet next week for a strongly suspected gluten intolerance through my dietician and am nervous about finding good products!

  10. Oooh, now I feel embarrassed that I’ve been roasting broccoli just plain! Definitely gotta get some parmesan action going on there πŸ˜›

  11. I would also love to hear how you like the cookies. I really liked pamela’s fluten free chocolate chunk cookies but they definitely weren’t your typical choc chip cookie. I am jealous you ate so early since we usually eat way too late!

  12. I think your gym decision was wise, especially since the weather is great this time of year and you can do more outside. I’m glad I’m not the only early bird! I usually eat dinner around 5:30 and people laugh at me!

  13. I’m the opposite – I usually eat dinner late! I like to think it’s “European” of me, but really, I just don’t get my act together until at least 7:30. The last few weeks we’ve been rocking the 9PM dinner time!

  14. Parmesan cheese makes everything better!! Good idea waiting until the Fall.. the summer is so nice you don’t want to spend time being locked up at the gym!

  15. Oh fun, you made the recipe I sent you. Our tastes are pretty similar so I just knew you would love it πŸ™‚

  16. Wait, you made it with breadcrumbs instead of panko? I haven’t tried that but would imagine it’s similar, just not as crunchy…..

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