Ice Cold Motivation

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.


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The thought of an ice cold beer was pretty much the only thing that keep me pushing through my work today. It’s a beautiful day (sunny and warm!), so I knew sipping a beer on the sun porch with my feet up at the end of the day would be the perfect reward for a hard day’s work. It’s funny how a cold brew can motivate me! 😉

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I spent the morning frantically working and crossing items off my To Do list. Things were going fairly well until I received a request for a 800-1,000 article due “as soon as possible,” which put me over the edge. Instead of freaking out, I grabbed my yoga mat and headed to a class. I needed some deep breathing in a bad way.

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So, I tried out a new-ish studio at the Derby Street Shoppes called Dancing Crow Yoga.

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Of course, I had a Groupon for it.

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I took an hour-long Vinyasa class, which left me in a much better place than when I entered the studio. I really needed that time to chill out. It’s amazing what yoga can do for my mental health.


When I got home from yoga, I made myself lunch. In one bowl, I had reheated some leftover noodles from Lime Leaf. In the other bowl, combined plain Stonyfield yogurt with sliced strawberries and raisin bran.

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It was a good lunch– lots of flavors and textures.


As an afternoon snack, I ate two spoonfuls of sunflower butter straight from the jar. Mmm! Sunflower butter is delicious! I especially loved the consistency– smooth with lots of sunflower seed chunks in it. It was also a nice change from my usual repertoire of nut butters.

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Apparently, pugs like sunflower butter too? Murphy went, um, nuts over it!

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It’s definitely time to crack that beer! It tastes to good when it hits your lips!



  1. I can’t get over how cute your pug is! I have a puggle and I am now convinced that pugs/puggles are pretty much the cutest creatures alive. Does yours snort? Mine does and I die with laughter every time 🙂

  2. I absolutely love your black fuzzy jacket! Do ya mind if I ask where ya got it? I live in Washington State we wont be wearing it at the same place:)

  3. If its one thing I’ve picked up from reading your blogs its that fast food is so not necessary when you’re crunched for time. Now I just go to my pantry or fridge and find stuff to eat. Doesn’t have to be a big ole’ meal, or something that takes forever to make. Your lunch is a perfect example of how I eat now(sometimes)..yummy and nutritious without a big deal.

  4. At around mile 8 during my first (and only) half marathon, ALL I could think about was an ice cold pint of beer and a plate of chips liberally doused with vinegar. I’m pretty sure that’s what got me through the last 5 miles! 😉

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  6. Would you recommend Dancing Crow Yoga? I’d love to find a new yoga studio when I’m down on the South Shore 🙂 Thanks!

  7. Tina, I am the broker for Sunbutter… you have written a few times about how much you like it. please let me know if you want samples or to do a giveaway!

  8. I’ve been trying to run more both more days per week and one longer run per week. I keep hoping that this will get easier, that something will finally click and I’ll feel strong and fast. So far it hasn’t. I was wondering when running “clicked” for you, and what you do on those days when four miles seems like an eternity?

    1. @Tania: Good question! I’m not really sure, but there are lots of days that running four miles (or less even) feels like an eternity for me. I guess my best advice is to remember that running is hard. If it was easy, everyone would do it! Also, starting out really slow on my first mile seems to help my body warm up, so I don’t feel like I am going to die for the next few miles. If I’m really hurting, I’ll stop and walk for a little bit. Just keep trucking, lady!!

  9. Do you have any close up pics of your wedding ring?

    I just looked thru your wedding recap posts but didn’t see any.

    I swear we might have the same ring and band!!

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