It’s Over Already?

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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I can’t believe the Dole Healthy Lifestyle Blogger Summit is over already! I feel like I was just checking into my hotel room at the Four Seasons. Time sure does fly by when you’re having fun!

The final day of the Summit started with a 60-minute yoga class at the art gallery in California Health & Longevity Institute.

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It was a really beautiful space to practice.

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This morning’s class was actually more of a Yogalates class since it included a number of Pilates moves in addition to yoga poses. My core is pathetically weak, so I’m glad it got a little bit of action today.

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After yoga, we enjoyed a continental breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt, pastries, juice, and coffee.

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My breakfast: fruit, bran muffin, berry-pineapple juice, and coffee.

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I later went back for a second bran muffin. Carb me!

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The final session of the Summit was an informal healthy weight loss discussion/brainstorm on a number of topics, ranging from weight loss tricks and healthy snacks to the latest diet gadgets and stress management. I enjoyed our conversation, but what I found most interesting was the various research studies that the Dole folks incorporated into it. Here are a few that I thought were particularly noteworthy:

  • Surprising Vinegar Benefits: New research lends credence to the old-fashioned vinegar weight-loss trick practiced by many seasoned dieters. One Japanese study found that mice gained 10% less body weight if their high-fat diet included a strong dose of vinegar.
  • Fat Reducing Banana? Eating bananas can aid weight loss in more ways than one. While their prebiotic fiber helps curb appetite, bananas also have another weight-loss component, called “resistant starch.”
  • Bigger Forks = Eat Less: New research suggests the size of your fork may influence how much you eat– and strangely enough, it’s bigger forks which might limit calories consumed!
  • Apples & Endurance: A University of South Carolina study published earlier this year found that when 12 college-age volunteers increased quercetin intake over the course of a week while being tested for exercise endurance on stationary bikes, they not only improved their oxygen uptake by 4%, they were able to ride 13% longer before becoming fatigued.


After the Summit officially concluded, Monica wanted to see the fancy gym at the Four Seasons, so she bribed me to come with her by offering me a huge piece of chocolate-covered toffee. Naturally, I took it, and then ate it on the treadmill.

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A little while later, I said goodbye to Monica and headed to the airport. When I got there, I wasn’t all that hungry for lunch, so I grabbed a quick snack before my flight: carbs with a side of sugar.

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I also grabbed some reading material for the plane:

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After the marathon, I want to get tight and tone once again, so I figured reading Oxygen would help me kick my butt into gear. (It did!) Maybe it’s just me, but marathon training makes my body a lot more ”˜squishy’ since I don’t do as much strength training and end up consuming a lot more carbs, which, of course, includes plenty of beer.


On my second flight home, I purchased dinner: Turkey Peppercorn Ranch Ciabatta sandwich. Inside was cracked pepper turkey, turkey bacon, smoked Gouda cheese, and Parmesan pepper ranch dressing on a multi-grain ciabatta roll. For a plane sandwich, it was actually pretty delicious.

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I arrive in Boston at midnight tonight, so I plan to sleep until 8:00 or 9:00 tomorrow morning and then hit the road to NYC. Mal and I are driving, so, hopefully, we won’t hit traffic and make it to the expo before it ends! GAH! Marathon!

BTC: I’m thankful for bananas. Best fruit ever.



  1. Marathon training made me squishy too. Looking forward to getting back into my classes once it’s done and I’m recovered! Hope your trip here goes smoothly.

  2. Oh, that looks like fun, fun, fun!

    You are kind of crazy and that’s why I like reading your blog so much! 😉 You’ll do awesome in the marathon…oh, and I’m so happy that you are going to be a personal trainer! That’s where I’m headed too…yay!

  3. I have not personally experienced marathon training making me “squishy,” though I’ve often run across that sentiment on healthy living blogs. Maybe it is just perception rather than reality? How many miles a week are you running?

  4. Long time reader, first time commenter. I think it’s awesome that you’re working towards a NASM CPT cert, I was certified in August through the NSCA. I can totally relate to your “squishy” comment as a former runner. After being sidelined by a stress fracture, I turned to weight training to maintain my fitness and fell in love. Heavy lifting has done more for my body (and the way I think about my body) than years and years of running and other cardio-based exercise. I think a lot of women avoid lifting heavy, afraid that it will make them “bulky”, and I would LOVE to see you use the popularity of your blog to highlight what nonsense that is! Good luck with the marathon and the NASM exam, I’m sure you’ll do amazing!

  5. Hi Tina, im a long time reader and never commenter :).
    I just wanted to tell you how much you’ve inspired me
    over the past couple of years. I’ll be running my first half
    marathon tomorrow and you’re blog has helped me
    so very much! The best of luck to you tomorrow!

  6. I know what you mean about feeling squishy. I loved training for my half, but that also led to me excusing extra calories I was taking in to keep me going. I’m looking forward to still running through the winter but also finding a good strength routine to tone up, especially my hams and glutes which are the weakest of my leg muscles.

  7. Mmm… oxygen. My fave. I am training for my first this spring. It will be about 7 weeks after my first figure competition. So my diet will need to be in CHECK until 7 weeks out from the marathon. We’ll see how this goes!

  8. Not sure if it’s just me but the links to the research studies you mention are not working. (I’m using chrome on mac).

  9. This is so cool! How do you get involved with something like this? Your blogs really put a smile on my face. You’re extremely passionate about what you do and have the ability to translate it well. I love reading your stuff and can’t wait to read more!

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