Last December

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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Last December, my fitness routine involved lots of Saturday morning long runs around the snowy streets of Boston in preparation for the Arizona Rock ”˜N’ Roll Marathon.


This December, my fitness routine involves pushing a big-ass metal sled as fast as I can for 50 yards in an industrial park at night in the pouring rain.

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Obviously, things have changed quite a bit on the fitness front. But, hey, whatever keeps me active and motivated, right?

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Here’s last night’s CrossFit workout:

Weighted Chin-ups 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1

*If you are not able to perform a chin-up (underhand grip) with weight perform 5 sets of 5 reps dead hang chin-ups with bodyweight. If you are not able to perform bodyweight chin-ups that use the necessary band and perform 5 sets of 5 reps dead hang chin-ups.


Prowler Push 5 x 100 meters

*Rest 2 minutes between sets

I wasn’t able to do the Weighted Chin-ups, so I did 5 sets of 5 reps with the help of a band (it looked like this). Well, technically, I did two sets of 5 chin-ups + 3 sets of 3 chin-ups, but I got them all in there! My goal is to do 5 sets of 5 next time!


After CrossFit, I quickly showered and then made dinner for Mal and me: homemade pizza with leftover Bolognese sauce, chopped green bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, and shredded cheese on a whole wheat pizza crust from Whole Foods. Let me tell you, this pizza was piled high with toppings! Love it!

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I started with a big slice and then went back for a smaller one.

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I washed dinner down with a glass of eggnog.

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We had a bunch of leftover onions, green bell peppers, and mushrooms, so I incorporated them into a massive omelet that I split with Mal this morning. I used three eggs + a huge scoop of Chobani 2% Greek yogurt (like Chef Jason did at the Chobani Kitchen Event), which “fluffed up” the omelet so much. It was ridiculous. The omelet was so big, Mal and I were cracking up about it!

On the side, I had a piece of whole wheat toast with butter and a glass of iced coffee with vanilla soy milk.

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Question of the Day

How has your life changed since last December? What’s different now?

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  1. SO much has changed for me since last December that I can’t even imagine what next year will be like! This past year I have gotten engaged, moved, lost my Mom, ran my first marathon and got a promotion at work! Phew! It’s a lot to think about.

    Question for you-can you give suggestions for winter running attire? I am going to attempt to train for a half marathon through the winter in Chicago and need some help! Did you use any traction devices on your shoes? Layers? Help!

  2. So much has changed since last December! Since last December, I have graduated with my masters degree, gotten married, watched my husband go through culinary school, started a blog, and lost 30lbs. I can’t wait to see what next year has in store!

      1. @Tina: It really has! I didn’t even really realize it until I thought about it. It’s been crazy and hectic but awesome!

  3. Since last December, I have had to spend a better part of the year without my husband which definitely taught me a lot about being on my own, but being there to support him as well. But the best thing is…he’s coming home for Christmas!!! And we’ll finally begin looking for a house to buy. 🙂

  4. Your book has been on my Christmas list for months! 🙂 (In response to your FGW article). As for change, I feel unrecognizable from last December I was fresh out of college and already in a PhD program for an area that interested me, but not enough to spend my life doing, so I felt very lost and worried I was letting my 20s (a time to explore-especially if you have no idea what you want to do in your life!) pass me by. I was also struggling with the same eating disorder I’d had for years. Now, one year later, I am not in that grad program (took a giant leap of faith and withdrew-and I was someone who “doesn’t quite anything”), I am almost done with a year long program at Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and I have been “in recovery” of my eating disorder for almost 7 months! Whew! Long comment, sorry. :/

  5. Different from last December… Have been to six countries this year, tying my study abroad record from 2003, including living in London for the past 2.5 months. (I never want to go back to the US to live. Ever!) Am also five pounds lighter here than last December with all the walking I do!

    Celebrated one-year marriage anniversary. Have also baby-proofed myself this year so can continue enjoying life!

    By this time next year the goal is (crossing fingers) still be living in London and having visited seven (or more!!!) countries!

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