Sometimes, I Feel Like I Live Under a Rock

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.

Sometimes, I feel like I live under a rock.

Example 1: Until the other day, I never knew about is a race results database for running, triathlon, cycling, biking, swimming, and adventure racing. Basically, if you want to look up your past race results, you can find them all here. You can also stalk find other people’s times. I actually found a couple of races that I ran in 2003 and 2004 that I forgot about.

Example 2: Kodiak Cakes. How did I not know about their deliciousness?! I’ve seen them on other blogs in the past, but I just thought they were some healthy pancake mix. Ok, well, they are a healthy pancake mix, but I already make healthy pancakes at home, so I didn’t really pay attention to them. Well, Kodiak Cakes are even easier to make– all you need to do is add water.

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A few weeks ago, a couple of boxes of Kodiak Cakes randomly showed up on my doorstep. I have no idea how the Kodiak Cakes people got my address, but I’m glad that they sent me some to try. I’m a big fan. They taste great and all you have to do is add water! (I know, I already mentioned that once, but it’s the best part!)

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With my pancakes, I also drank an iced coffee mixed with vanilla protein powder and soy milk.

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After lunch, I got my run on. Here’s today’s workout from my coach:

2 mile E, stretch

Running Drills:
leg swings, 2 * buttkicks, heelkicks, carioca

Workout Description:
1 mile E: include shuffles:2*20 meters and 2 strides during run

Cool Down:
ice skaters:2*20 jumps, fsh:1*50 sec

Seems a little confusing, right? Luckily, my coach has an “exercise decoder” on his website that helps with the abbreviations and jogs my memory. He showed me all of the drills in person when we first met, but I sometimes forget.


Mmmm”¦ today’s lunch was awesome! I finally made Mama Pea’s Mmmm Sauce that the blog world as been raving about”” and for good reason. That sh*t is GOOD!!! I didn’t have curry, so I used cumin, but it still turned out reall well.

I covered my salad in Mmmm Sauce and then added it to my open-face ham and Swiss cheese sandwich. Holy amazing. You’ll definitely see more of this sauce on my blog!

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After lunch, I enjoyed a sweet snack. I made these babies last night and let them chill in the refrigerator overnight. Delish!

Sweet & Salty Orbs of Deliciousness



  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
  • Press mixture into balls and chill in the refrigerator overnight.

Makes approximately 10 delicious orbs


Three Questions Thursday

Here’s the next edition of Three Questions Thursday !

I am looking into buying a Garmin and know that you use the Forerunner 305.
I am debating which one to get and have been looking into this one but it seems very bulky and I have very small wrists. What are your thoughts on it?

I absolutely love my Garmin 305 and can’t run long distances without in now. The only drawback, however, is its size. The 305 is sort of big and clunky on my wrist, but once I strap it on and start running, I don’t even notice it. I know there are smaller models out there, so if size is a concern, I’d definitely check out other options. Garmin makes some great products!

I’m thinking about signing up to fun my first marathon. I’ve run a half marathon and a bunch of other races, but how do I know if I am ready to run a marathon?

I was in the exact same position when I registered to run my first marathon. Being ready to run a marathon is different for everyone. Runner’s World recently featured an article called “What’s Your Goal: Finish My First 26.2” which I think you will find helpful and answer a lot of your questions.

Here’s what Susan Paul, M.S., exercise physiologist and coach for the Track Shack Foundation in Orlando, said about being ready to start training for a marathon:

You need to have logged at least three to five miles three to four times a week for a minimum of about 12 months. This “base” conditions tendons and ligaments and prepares them for long runs.

The article also includes a First-Timer’s Marathon Training Plan that uses a gradual buildup, speedwork, and goal-paced runs to get you fit and safely cross the finish line. The entire article is super helpful to first-time marathoners. I definitely recommend checking it out!

I love your Skinny Piña Colada! I drank them all weekend long! Do you have any more low calorie drink recipes that you could share with me?

It’s funny you ask because I have a post in the works with some of my favorite low-calorie cocktails. Keep a look out for it later today!

Question of the Day

Do you ever feel like you live under a rock? If so, please share a fun/funny example! 



  1. I am right under that rock with you! I had never heard of Athlinks. I just tooled around on it. 🙂 Very cool to see all my times together!

  2. The rock I live under has never seen “Big Brother”, that New Jersey show, “Gossip Girl” or many others that everyone talks about. Maybe it’s just that I’m old but I have no interest in most of the popular TV shows. When the local morning news crew discuss the latest episodes I’m L-O-S-T!!!!!

  3. I just checked the nutritional information for Kodiak Cakes and it’s awesome! 130 calories for 2 pancakes, and it’s all natural wholesome ingredients, and apparently my local grocery stores carry them. I’ll be picking a package this weekend to try out. Thanks for the product tip!

  4. I’ve been living under a rock when it comes to running. I’ve been putting off purchasing a Garmin Forerunner 305 for the longest time because I didn’t think it was truly worth the $130. But, I finally did and am waiting on the package as we speak! It should be here today!!

  5. I’ve never seen Kodiak cakes in stores here, except for once when I saw them at a discount housewares store. I’m kicking myself for not buying them!

    I feel like I live under a rock when it comes to reality tv. I really don’t get the hype! 😛

  6. I’m totally a time-stalker!! Thanks for making it easier!

    I didn’t realize this qualified, but my Indian labmates laughed when I told them I hadn’t tried a mango until a few months ago, and that I had no clue how to open it.

  7. Thanks for sharing about! I didn’t know about it either–so cool! I also wanted to say, to the person with small wrists asking about the Garmin, I would recommend against the 405. I also have small wrists and liked that the 405 was smaller than my previous model, the 201. I figured, there are holes all the way around the band so I could just tighten it, but the hard plastic part extends beyond the sides of my wrist and even if I tighten it all the way, it still leaves a gap. I wish I’d gone with one of the models with a velcro band.

  8. I’ve never even heard of kodiak cakes! I’ve been looking for a simple pancake recipe and I don’ think it can get much simpler than just adding water…except if the hubs made them for me 🙂 So that’s my living under a rock situation. I just discovered athlinks a few months ago. I love it!

  9. Ooh, I just made marcona almond fig balls with roasted salted marcona almonds and the saltiness is just divine! LOVE your chocolate version!

  10. We LOVE our Kodiak Cakes!!! My husband made some this morning with lt vanilla soy milk, blackberries, walnuts, and a dash o’ salt! melted Dark Chocolate Dreams by the pnut Butter Co is my favorite ‘pancake topping’! And my favorite part is licking the batter bowl!

  11. Tina, I am so loving your coffee protein shakes! Someday I want to make morning coffee shakes a part of my life. It will happen, I can feel it!

    I always feel like I live under a rock when it comes to new music and TV 🙁 I just don’t have the time to keep up with it all haha I mean I already know what I like but how can I possibly be on it ALL when I work full time and then spend my off work time with my boyfriend, friends and family or running or cooking or singing!?

  12. I love Athlinks! I recently found out that my supervisor runs very speedy (for me) half marathons!! We had never talked about it before, but it made me look at her in a whole new light.

  13. Sometimes I feel like I live under a rock when I open a magazine and have no idea who all these reality TV stars are! I often joke that I’m too busy for TV, but it’s kind of true””that’s one of the main reasons I don’t have on.

  14. FYI: I have seen Kodiak Cakes a few times in the gourmet food section of Homegoods/marshalls/ross ect. They are always good(not expired) and a cheaper price if you want to try them.

  15. Apparently you aren’t the only one who lives under a rock… I hadn’t heard of Athlinks either. Just checked it out and found the results from my very first 5k back in 2005. Made me realize how far I’ve come. Thanks!

  16. Wow, I’d never heard of athlink either. Guess I live under a rock too! I just signed up though and I’m excited to see all my past race history, so cool! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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