Just Suck It Up and Go

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.

Woah. Where did today go?!? Holy time warp. I guess I can’t get that time back, so let’s get right to it!


Mid-morning, I headed to Starbucks for a few hours of NASM studying. While there, I ordered a soy latte to sip on.

I love having my lattes made with soy milk at Starbucks because it makes them thick and creamy, but also because Starbucks uses a vanilla-flavored soy milk, so my latte is a little bit sweet without adding any additional sugar.

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My studying went pretty well today. I plowed through my flashcards and then tested myself using the NASM Personal Trainer and NASM Exam Prep apps on my iPhone. (Both apps are really helpful!)

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Things are definitely starting to click, but I still have some more studying in my future.

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After my study session, I headed home for lunch. I reheated some Mac & Cheese Lite and mixed it with sautéed mushrooms and black beans. Random ingredients? Yes. But, they tasted delicious together!

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I spent the next couple of hours tackling my inbox before taking a break for an afternoon snack.

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Today’s snack was black cherry Chobani mixed with banana slices and chia seeds. Black cherry flavor = wicked good.

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I followed up my yogurt + banana with a scoop of sunflower butter straight from the jar. For some reason, I needed a scoop of sunflower butter in my life at that very moment. It hit the spot.

CrossFit Q & A

The other day, I received an email/question from a friend of mine about trying CrossFit for the first time. A bunch of you guys mentioned wanting to give it a try too, so I thought I’d share my response.

My friend’s email:

Hi Tina,

Hope you are doing well! I was just reading your blog, particularly about your recent CrossFit experiences. I have always wanted to try it, but have been quite intimated by it. Do you have any advice how to get started and what kinds of things to look for in a CrossFit gym? Or should I just suck it up and go?! Any advice would be awesome and much appreciated! Thanks so much!

My reply:

Yes, just suck it up and go! It’s actually not as hard as I thought it would be. Ok, that’s a total lie. It IS hard, but it’s not scary-hard, if that makes sense? Like, once you get going and do the workout, it’s not as overwhelming and intimidating as you’d think it would be. Plus, no one is pushing you to lift a crazy-heavy weight that you might hurt yourself doing. You pretty much determine how intense the workout will be for yourself. You can push yourself as hard as you want and rest and take breaks whenever you want and no one blinks an eye. If anything, people will encourage you to keep at it!

I really hope you decide to try CrossFit! You’ll never know what it’s all about until do you!

If you want to try CrossFit, just contact the coach(es) at the location you want to join and inquire about an intro session. My CrossFit did a one-on-one session with me, but other locations have scheduled intro classes each week. You learn all of the basic CrossFit moves, so when you take a real class, you’re not totally lost. Although, you’d probably never be totally lost since everyone is really helpful and more than willing to show you what to do.

Off to walk the pug and then CrossFit! I already saw the WOD, and I’m pretty sure it might kill me… I mean, I can’t wait!



      1. @Brie @ Brie Fit: I actually just started doing Crossfit at my local gym, which has most of the equipment recommended (if they don’t have something, I do a substitution workout). But I follow crossfit.com which posts a WOD each day. And it’s free! 🙂

  1. thanks for the cross fit advice! i totally agree — sometimes we need to just suck it up and do it.

    i LOVE soy lattes at starbucks… so so so creamy. egg nog is also delicious, but that’s reserved for special treat days 🙂

  2. Random thoughts on this post:
    — I can’t find that kind of yogurt in my area (though I haven’t scoped out my Whole Foods, yet).
    — The trim on the wall in the picture with Murphy makes him look like he’s wearing a tiny little crooked party hat. I was hoping he was having some sort of celebration. 🙂
    — With Ashley @CoffeeCake and Cardio, would LOVE to try me some CrossFit, but it’s pretty spendy. I seem to remember you got some kind of deal on this one? I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for that. I’m hearing AMAZING things about CrossFit.

  3. I’m off to my first real crossfit workout in a half hour also. I’ve done 3 one on one sessions to learn all the basic moves but I’m excited to give the real deal a go. Now that I get the ‘lingo’ a little bit, you’re workout recaps will make even more sense so I’m excited to follow along! Hope you have a fun class.

  4. So that’s why I like the soy lattes at Starbucks so much. I didn’t realize they used vanilla soy milk.

    It’s good to know that you don’t find CrossFit to be too intimidating. I’m slowly working up the courage to try it.

  5. I agree with what you said by just doing it! I was scared the first time, but everyone is so nice and encouraging.
    I agree with emailing the owner. I had contact with a box before I found MY box and it was just not a good fit for me, personality-wise. They were way more hardcore than I am. After a few emails with the owner of the place I go now, I knew I would be welcomed with open arms (and I was)!
    Also, everyone there remembers their first WOD and how hard it was…nobody starts CrossFit being amazing at it from day one. My friend’s husband couldn’t finish his first WOD, and a few months later he’s turned into a total rockstar!

  6. LOVE crossfit! I did it for about 6 months until I got injured playing vb. I hit the ball harder during crossfit than I did when I played in college. I got strong and felt great. It can be pricey. My place had a student discount for 100 but its usually 130 I think. I reallllly miss it and hope to someday return to it. Keep kickin ass on those WODS!

  7. For anyone who wants to try CrossFit but doesn’t want to break the bank, you can do it on your own. Yes, really. They have an entire website that will help you figure everything out (www.crossfit.com), including videos of every single exercise in every single WOD. It’s incredibly helpful, and free. I have been doing CF for 2.5 (including through my pregnancy) and have never once set foot in a “box.” Everything can be done, with some slight modifications some days, at a regular gym. Just get creative. In my opinion, this is the best deal in the world.

  8. The suck it up and go advice is great for a LOT of things!!! I love hearing about your experiences. Makes me feel prepared for when I get a chance — hopefully this spring — to check it out! 🙂

  9. I was really scared to start because I was afraid I would hurt myself due to bad form. I’ve heard that some gyms rely less on form and just push you to do more more more. I’m really happy with the gym I am at because they have actually made me decrease my weight in some instances and really focus on form.

    Honestly, I think if someone doesn’t have any corrections for me, they probably aren’t paying attention. It’s impossible to be perfect and I can always do better.

  10. i love chobani and fruit. I had plain with a pear today and it is seriously the best afternoon pick me up.
    thank you for featuring more healthy snack ideas. for awhile i was relying on packaged snacks to get me through the day but now i pack my bag with nuts, fruits, yogurt and whole grain crackers with peanut butter to try to keep up with your challenge. you are a great inspriation!

  11. I’ve never tried Crossfit. Last year I went to a Crossfit studio but at that time my body wasn’t ready for that type of training since I was in therapy for my knee. Though, I can’t wait to try it now that I’m in better shape.

    I took it a few months and passed, just take the online practice quiz and if you understand the core concepts of the questions from that quiz, you’ll do fine. Just memorize the chapter on fitness assessments and on dynamic postural assessment – ch. 5. If you want you can send me a message and I can tell you what type of questions they asked me. I passed on my first try. Good Luck!

  12. Crossfit intimidates me! I’ve heard mixed things about it, and there’s no way in hell I can afford it, but I’d like to try it once just to see what it’s about.

  13. I love soy milk in my coffee- it definitely makes it more creamy and there’s something about even the unsweetened kind which reduces my urge to sweeten it! Crossfit sounds insane in a great way! I should see whether any gyms in Mumbai offer it!

  14. You’re two-a-days are super inspiring! Have fun! Have you ever tried body rock? I did one video for it and it was super hard! I know you’re doing cross-fit now but whenever you feel like changing it up, body rock is effective too.

    1. @Katie: I think it depends on the individual. Everyone is different. You really shouldn’t go around and make assumptions just because someone workouts twice in one day.

  15. You should try a vegan mac and cheese – it has no actual cheese but uses nutritional yeast to give it a cheesy flavor. I am not vegan, but tried a recipe and used the yeast and regular milk and I have to say it was not bad! I did the breadcrumb topping and baked it and while it may not be exactly “regular” mac and cheese, it was pretty darn tasty with pretty much no fat and loads more protein! Vegweb.com has tons of recipes…

  16. Gotta try chia seeds. OK, i might skip banana for the first try but I really do wonder what it tastes like. Tempting to play a bit with flavors 🙂

  17. in this post you mention 2 nasm cpt apps- would you recommend one over the other if you had to choose just one of them? i am planning to take the exam in march but don’t think i want to buy 2 apps. thanks!

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