I Bet You Didn’t Know VIII

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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Hi, guys! Happy Friday!

I haven’t done one of these I Bet You Didn’t Know posts in awhile now, so I figured it was about time for another one. That’s said, here are some things that I bet you didn’t know!

Half of all American adults have worked in a restaurant at some point in their lives (National Geographic, May 2014). Doesn’t that seem like a lot? I waitressed all through college, so I spent my fair share of time working in restaurants, but that number definitely surprised me.

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A banana is technically a berry, but a strawberry is not. Whoa. Mind blown.

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The first cassette tape that I ever owned was Tiffany’s self-titled album, and the first CD that I owned was Blind Melon’s self-titled album. A group of us at CrossFit was talking about our first album purchases the other day, so I thought it would be fun to share this random piece of info on CNC. Plus, I just really love hearing what people’s first albums were!


I am absolutely obsessed with Rainbow sandals. They’re the most comfortable flip flops ever and they go with just about every outfit, so they’re low-maintenance and pretty much the only shoe I wear all summer long. My current pair has been loved to death, so I am really hoping Mal buys me some new ones for my birthday. (I keep dropping hints about how worn out and gross my old ones are. I hope he catches on!)

Not all saturated fat is bad for you! Some of it is even good for you. Side note: I actually heard a segment with Michael Pollan on NPR yesterday after I wrote this post, and he said just two out of hundreds of studies linked saturated fat to heart disease. Eat your bacon!

You dont you need to do hours and hours of cardio to lose weight. Check out this podcast with Abel James. His thoughts on the exercise component of losing weight and having a great body are really interesting. Basically, he says you need to get your diet in order, utilize high-intensity intervals in your training, and NOT spend hours working out.


Questions of the Day

Have you ever worked in a restaurant?

What was your first cassette tape and CD?



  1. I worked at a take out window at a restaurant right on the beach on Cape Cod for all of my high school and college years. It was a blast.

  2. Yep I’m actually back working in one after a few years working in marketing for a software company…should have never left! 🙂 Bananas are berries!!! That is mind blowing! The first cassette I owned was Michael Jackson but it was copied from my uncles collection.

  3. Jillian Michaels says the same thing as Abel, get your food in order and high intensity workouts do the trick. But bananas as berries?!??

  4. I have actually NEVER worked in a restaurant! My family always joked that I would judge people’s orders too much or change their order to salad or grilled chicken behind the customers backs lol. And since when is a BANANA a BERRY?!?!

  5. I worked at Pizza Hut when they had more of the “restaurant” style restaurants the summer before college. I worked the lunch shift sometimes and then also in the evenings. It is amazing how advanced all the ordering technology is now compared to when I was doing that in 1997. I remember the computer system was so old to try and take orders over the phone on, lol, great memories.

    Also that is crazy that a banana is technically a berry….what the?

  6. Totally had that Tiffany cassette and loved listening to it on my purple Walkman on family road trips! The best!

  7. I worked at Coldstone Creamery – does that count???

    My first CD was Spice Girls. I’m a little too young for cassette tapes. I remember listening to them, but CDs were the thing by the time I went out to buy my own!

  8. I worked as a cook at Hardees. I’m a pro at prepping massive amounts of tomato/lettuce/onions and cleaning ovens…..First album either a Barry Manilow or Journey. I was obsessed with Journey through my freshman year in college when I was introduced to New Wave–B 52’s, Blondie, U2, Flock of Seagulls.
    First concert–Rick Springfield. I was 16 and my bff and I drove 2 hours to see the concert. Our trip was a headliner in our local smalltown newspaper “Two Visit concert”.

  9. I have no idea what my first cassette was but my first CD was Vanilla Ice. I can’t even write it without starting to sing “Ice, Ice Baby”. Tiffany was my first concert that I ever went to.

  10. I’ve worked in a couple. One of my first jobs was at the Burger King in our mall, and when I returned home after college, the only job I could find was at the diner in one of our local casinos on the graveyard shift. Can I just say, people are flipping RUDE! Never want to do those jobs again, but they were great learning experiences.

    The first album I ever owned was a cassette I got on my 9th birthday (1994), and it was Amy Grant’s “House of Love.” It was actually secular, which surprised the hell out of my parents, who’d only know Amy during her Christian music days. I think she likes to flip flop, but I listened to that tape until I wore it out, and then got the CD. Still love it!

  11. Ahh thank you for that last fact! I keep telling some of my family members who want to lose weight that you don’t have to exercise to lose weight you just need to watch what you eat, exercising just makes it a heck of a lot easier haha, and it is pretty good to get that blood pumping as well 🙂

  12. I was a server/bartender for most of my college career.

    I am pretty sure my 1st music purchase was a Shawn Cassidy record. (Yes, I’m old) I think my first cassette may have been The Outfield. I don’t exactly remember. I remember I had the Dirty Dancing soundtrack on cassette early on too…

  13. I didn’t know that a banana was a berry and strawberry was not. Interesting.

    My first album i remember buying with my pocket money was Take That and Party. My first single was Tiffany, ‘Running just as Fast as we can’.

    I worked as Cabin crew, does that count!

  14. Huh, interesting fruit fact!

    I worked at DQ, does that count? I could never work in a restaurant, the thought of touching others used utensils/napkin creeps me out!!

    first cassette-Duran Duran!
    First CD-Nirvana

  15. I worked a positively disastrous week as a server in a college sports bar. I couldn’t hack it and, as a result, give ridiculously good tips because I know how hard waiting tables can be. Ha!

  16. I think you just blew my mind with the banana / strawberry thing!

    Never worked in a restaurant myself.

    First cassette – Nirvana Unplugged I think…
    First CD – tough to remember…but I think it was Silverchair Frogstomp!

  17. Mind blown on the banana and strawberry tidbit! I worked in a pizzeria in college and then served/catered my first year of grad school.

    First cassette was Madonna – True Blue

    CD – Mariah Carey – I think, gosh I can’t remember!

  18. I also worked in a restaurant. Cracker Barrel. I always smelled like fireplace and gravy after 🙁

    My first cassettes were on my pocket rocker, remember that?! and included hits like manic monday and i think we’re alone now 🙂

    my first cd, hmmm i think i got 10 at once through BMG! Buy one get 9 for a penny or whatever the deal was!

    1. My best friend growing up had a Pocket Rocker – with Walk Like an Egyptian and Manic Monday. Fun memories!!

      My first CD purchase was En Vogue. I don’t remember my first cassette, but I had older sisters so there were always some around…I listened to Madonna’s True Blue constantly. 🙂

  19. This was a fun post! I don’t remember my first cassette, but I definitely had that Tiffany tape (plus Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul and Debbie Gibson). Oh, to be a child of the 80s! My first CD was a Garth Brooks CD.

  20. I worked in a restaurant for part of the time during college and just in the past year again as a part time job. I think everyone should do it once in their lives just to get a better appreciation!

  21. That Tiffany album was my first cassette, too. I think I bought the Debbie Gibson album ‘Electric Youth’ at the same time. Ha.

    I’ve never worked in an actual restaurant but I spent several summers working at the local college, once in the dining hall and once running their little cafe/snack bar. It definitely makes you appreciate the people who serve you. I can’t stand seeing people abuse their waiter/waitress or cashiers.

  22. I worked in a restaurant as a server for one day. I hated it! Didn’t help that work started at about 5am.
    I think my first tape was dance mix ’95 and cd was the spice girls!

  23. Haha love that classic 90’s music!! I’ve never worked in the food industry, but have worked my fair share of retail! Ick! I think every teenager/young adult should HAVE to work at least one job in a restaurant or retail, it would definitely make people more compassionate!

  24. I worked in a restaurant for 3 years and met my husband there. 🙂 Needless to say, we are very good tippers because we know what it’s like to be in the service industry (and my husband still is).

  25. My first job was in a restaurant. I quit after 3 days, when I dumped silverware and a plate on a customer’s lap 🙁 Waitressing was not for me!

    My first cassette tape was Garth Brooks – I listened to that on repeat! My first CD was Spice Girls – oh the 90’s 🙂

  26. I used to LIVE in Rainbow flip-flops back in college, but haven’t worn them since. I don’t think they’d be appropriate here in San Francisco either.

    I had a mixed cassette with that Tiffany song on it too.

    If you want some good random facts, follow @UberFacts on Twitter. Highly recommend it.

  27. I’ve worked in so many restaurants it’s mind boggling! I made a solid career out of it for a few years, working at multiple restaurants at the same time, man was that busy! I don’t remember what my first cassette was but I remember recording a lot of mix tapes off the radio with “hit” music. My first CD was Faith by Faith Hill. Still an awesome listen!

  28. Haha, that music brings back the memories! I had that same Tiffany tape & danced my heart out to it. My first cassette was Madonna Like a Virgin (still love all those songs by the way) and first CD was Mariah Carey Vision of Love.

  29. Rainbow flip flops are the best! I live 10 minutes from their factory in San Clemente, CA and everyone here goes there to buy them at a discount – it is awesome. And they usually have other styles and colors that sometimes are not sold in retail stores. They also have an Ugg-version slipper called Baja Boots. It is nice to hear that Rainbow is getting some love all the way in Boston!

  30. Woah–what is up with the banana and strawberry thing? That rocks my world. I had no idea. My first CD was a Cranberries CD. A few months ago an 18 year old asked me who they were and I just about cried. My first cassette was a Tina Turner one I’m pretty sure–gifted from my mom because that was her first cassette when she moved to the states from Romania 🙂

  31. I’ve never worked in a restaurant – closest I got to food was working at Rita’s ice for a week, then quit.

    First cassette was Michael Jackson – Off the Wall, and first CD was Backstreet Boys, ha.

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