Just Call Me ‘Muscles’

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.

Something crazy happened at Body Pump tonight: I increased my weight on biceps to 23 pounds!!! :mrgreen:

Ok, this probably doesn’t blow your mind at all, but this is a huge deal for me. I’ve been taking Body Pump classes, 2-3 times per week, for nearly 7 months now, but I have yet to increase my weight on biceps. It’s the only muscle group where I haven’t made progress.

Before the biceps track started, Mal saw me add the extra weight to my bar and gave me a funny look. He only lifts 5 pounds more, so I think he was a bit surprised that I was attempting more weight. I ended up only missing 3 or 4 reps during the entire track, which is pretty good, considering I went up in weight for the first time.

All of this Body Pump talk probably sounds kind of dorky, but I was really happy when I completed the track. Mal said he was routing for me the whole time and gave me a big high-5 when the song ended. He also called me “Muscles” a few times tonight. It was awesome! 😀


Lunch was great today! I love summer salads! 😀


In the mix: lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, red pepper, a ton of feta, and Goddess dressing. It was a fantastic combination of ingredients. Feta rules!




After lunch, I snacked on two Sandwich Thins with Barney Butter spread on top.



For dinner, I whipped up some cheese tortellini with grated Parmesan cheese and kale chips on the side. Quick and easy.


While dinner cooked, I shared a chocolate protein shake with Mal.


I also enjoyed a small glass of white wine with dinner. Great meal.


For “dessert,” I had a ripe, sweet peach. Mmm!


More Jersey Shore! We’re almost caught up with Season 1! :mrgreen:

Good night, folks!



  1. Haha, all my friends used to call me muscles in college. 23 lbs for biceps is insane – I totally know why you’re so excited. I used to do it but had to get down 5lbs last year and can’t go back now. Something to work towards. Hopefully my new weight lifting routine will get me there. 🙂

  2. That’s not dorky, that’s something to be proud of! Biceps are still my lightest weight at BP too, I have to use a Medium and a Small weight, and sometimes still have to stop, so GO YOU! 🙂

  3. way to go, muscles! 🙂 that’s awesome. your kale chips look SO much better than mine! what’s your trick? i just spray mine with pam and sprinkle garlic gold on them!

  4. Wahoo, muscles! I think it’s cool that Mal joins you in Body Pump! I’m going to the Y tonight with my husband and we’ll be hitting the weight machines. I hope I can get a real workout out of them. While I know how the machines work, I don’t know how to make a workout out of them. We’ll see how it goes!

  5. That’s awesome, Muscles:-)!
    I took a Body Pump class on Monday for the first time in probably a couple of years. It still kind of hurts to walk!

  6. That’s impressive girl!! The bicep track is so challenging!! I went up a few pounds yesterday and I was dying! The lunges track is a toughie too! I’m feeling the hurt today!

  7. It’s pretty cool that you have a class (Body Pump) that you can take with your husband and both be challenged. I feel like I would be more motivated if my bf would work out with me but he has no desire. It’s really frustrating.

  8. Ok. You have inspired me. I have looked up BodyPump classes at my gym and have created a monthly schedule. Cant wait to check it out!

  9. I’ve been going to Body Pump for two months, because of your recommendations! I don’t think I would have tried it otherwise! I love it!

  10. That is awesome!! I can’t imagine 23 lbs on the biceps. I think I mistakenly put that much on the very first time I did body pump and I thought my arms were going to be ripped off my body. Do you bring something in to jot your wts down on? I can never remember.

  11. Congrats on the weights. I just started body pump last week and I can’t imagine getting to the weights you are at…but just reading that gave me some motivation.

  12. Haha, “Muscles” can be your Jersey Shore nickname. Or maybe “biceps!” Great job upping the weight – that’s a lot for a tough track! I love watching Jersey Shore btw – I grew up right across the bridge from there in Toms River (where the jail is), so I get kind of nostalgic for the boardwalk while watching the train wreck that is Jersey Shore 🙂

  13. @Allie: Whoa whoa whoa – SH is Central-Shore! It’s the people who come down from the North that bring down the trash every summer, haha. I went to school there and we were in the “South Jersey” district for orchestra. And now everyone knows that I’m an orchestra dork who defends her sleazy hometown, haha.

  14. Congrats on the weight increase! I’ve seriously slacked off in the weight training department (not haivng a gym membership anymore might have a bit to do with it), so reading about your Body Pump triumphs is a real inspiration.

    That tortellini looks delicious, Muscles!

  15. Great job on the increase! I feel like such a wimp when I read your body pump weights 🙂 but it inspires me to keep working harder.
    Love your blog.

  16. Ah! Congrats on upping your bicep weight!! I’ve been tempted to up mine lately on bis and tris (I’m not lifting as much as you though!) but I’m SO nervous that I won’t be able to finish the reps and I can’t do that as an instructor! 🙁 You’ve inspired me though, maybe one of these days I’ll try it!

  17. Hey Tina, I have been reading your blog for quite a while, but have been a silent reader..until now. I have a question about your body pump class. They offer it at my gym and I’m afraid to try it. Do you have to build up before you take the class? I’m afraid I won’t be able to complete the tracks or will be too sore for the next few days to do anything. What do you think? Do you have any tips for a newbie? Thanks!

  18. Hey Tina! I just started doing body pump about a month ago. First off, whoa that is a lot of weight for biceps…I wish I could do that 🙂 Congratulations!

    Also, I would love for you to do a post about the weight you used in the tracks when you first started and how soon and by how much you increased your weight. I always thought I was pretty strong until I started doing BP and seeing ladies in their 50’s and 60’s doing lifting more than me!! lol.

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