Half Awake

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.


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.

Apparently, I am still recovering from the weekend because I totally slept through my alarm this morning. I set it for 4:45 AM like I do every Tuesday night, but I guess I shut it off when I was only half awake this morning, so I missed running with Back on My Feet. Wicked bummer. I can’t make it to next Wednesday’s BOMF run, so I’m going to go this Friday instead.

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Last Night’s Dinner

Last night’s dinner was inspired by a recipe from the April issue of Health magazine: Orzo with Shrimp and Tiny Peas. I didn’t have any shrimp on hand, so I roasted some chickpeas and threw them in with the orzo instead. It worked like a charm. On the side, I had a salad topped with goat cheese, flax oil, and balsamic vinegar.

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The pug looks like he’s starving, doesn’t he? His life is so hard.


This morning’s breakfast was an oldie, but goodie: whole wheat toast with peanut butter and banana”” and, of course, an iced coffee with soy milk.

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Extra banana? No problem.

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Today’s lunch was eaten in two parts. I started with a turkey and Swiss cheese quesadilla. I placed turkey, Swiss slices, and honey mustard inside a whole wheat wrap and cooked it in the toasted oven until the cheese was melted.

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A little while later, I still wanted something more to eat, so I made myself a salad. I also ate a few handfuls of chocolate chips (because I need something sweet after every meal).

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Feel Great Weight

For Mother’s Day this year, my sister and I treated my mom to a late lunch at the Melting Pot. The Melting Pot specializes in cheese and chocolate fondue, so dining there is quite an indulgent experience and neither low calorie nor low fat. I enjoy indulging on these occasions, but, at the same time, I also like to keep my calories in check. I want my jeans to fit after all!

The Melting Pot offered a four-course menu for Mother’s Day, which meant that I also needed to pace myself through the multiple courses without overdoing it. Here’s how I enjoyed a multicourse meal without leaving stuffed to the gills! 6 Tips for Enjoying a Multicourse Meal Without Wrecking Your Diet

P.S. I’m giving away Bear Naked Fit Granola on Trading Up Downtown today!



  1. I’ve never been to The Melting Pot, but if it’s a chain, I’ve seen one in Detroit (whenever I go over the border to shop!) and I’ve always been curious about it. I’m glad you had a great meal, and your eats over the past 24 hours look delicious!

  2. Your pug is SO adorable! Who can resist that face!?

    Your food choices look so yummy and healthy! I’ve never thought of using banana as a vessel for PB 🙂 how creative

    Eating out is always a challenge to stay on plan! I normally try to go with large groups and eat everything family style so I get to taste everything without overindulging! I always leave room for dessert though.

  3. Hi, I wasn’t sure ifyou posted or answered this question previosly, but I was wondering on how you deal with self-sabotage? For example, I’m trying to lose weight, but whenever I get close or to where I want to be I start eating unhealthy again and it’s this vicious cycle. I let myself have dessert every day so that’s not really the problem. I guess I just lose weight and just think oh I can eat a starbucks pastry in the middle of the day and not just for dessert. It’s more of an indulgent in the middle of both the day and night. I guess I was just wondering how you deal with it or if it happens to you?

  4. I slept through my 4:45 alarm today too. Oops. I guess my body just really needed the sleep!

    Murphy’s faces crack me up. He’s so expressive.

  5. The Melting Pot is awesome, but the meal is slightly huge. The last time I went, I found out they had a vegetarian plate option. It was great. It had tofu, asparagus, artichokes, pasta and other assorted veggies. I loved it (and allowed more room for dessert).

  6. I always struggle to pace myself with a big meal – I love Melting Pot too, but I don’t think I’ve ever finished a meal there without being over-full! I totally struggle at buffets too! Love this article’s tips!

  7. I love bananas with peanut butter wedged in the center! Yum! On a Bear Naked note… I just tried the Bear Naked Soft-Baked Granola Cookies today, the Double Chocolate ones and they were SO GOOD! The kids loved them too. I ate just two but I seriously could have chowed them all down!!!

  8. Mmm…chocolate chips. I, like you, ALWAYS need something sweet at the end of a meal! And I love the melting pot, so can’t wait to read your FGW post!

  9. Must be something in the air. I overslept this morning as well, and I was still exhausted all day! I wake up between 5:15 and 5:30. 4:45 does sound a little painful.

  10. I’m the same- my meal isn’t over till I’ve had something sweet! I really admire your approach to indulging! As much as I try to have a laid back approach, I still sorta struggle with letting go occcasionally without feelin the guilt! Its a work in progress I guess…

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