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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.


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.

Good morning!!

So, this week… slowest week ever?! Jeez Louise, it’s dragging, and I’ve been a day ahead all week long. Tuesday felt like Wednesday. Wednesday felt like Thursday. Meh. I hate when that happens. But, we’re getting close to the weekend, right? And, hey, Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, so that’s something to look forward to. Well, just wanted to say ‘hello’ and share some adventures from our life lately.

Smiling pug face = the best <3

So, over the weekend, we discovered a new local restaurant with a great outdoor patio called Arrow in Pembroke. (A few people messaged me on Instagram for details, so I figured I’d share here for the local readers.) The food is just so-so (it’s your typical bar food), but the atmosphere is awesome. It’s a perfect spot for summer if you’re from the area!

A photo from Saturday night: Qman and his (girl)friend sitting on the coach, eating chips while watching Paw Patrol. Cutest thing ever!

I’m doing an elimination diet (LEAP) with Kelli, one of our DTFN coaches. (It’s a separate test through her business.) I’m working on a post about the first couple of weeks of the diet, so I’ll share details next week. Breakfast pictured below: Rice + peanut butter, ground chicken, and mango. Super random, but it worked! 🙂

Lately, I’m really trying to disconnect. After this winter’s sh*t show, I’m focusing more on my family, friends, and doing my best to not work at night and on the weekends. (I still work in the early morning a few days a week, but I actually kind of enjoy working at that hour.)

I’m sticking to a consistent workout routine. Finally! Squeezing in quickie workouts at Norwell Athletic Club a couple of times a week has been key. I’m in an our in 30-40 minutes! I’m also loving the 3:30 PM class at KFIT. I can pop in for a workout and then pick Quinn up on the way home. I’m still a member at CrossFit (timing/childcare/distance just doesn’t work right now), and we typically go as a family on Saturdays. The people there are just too great to stop going all together. We’d miss them so much!

Lately, we’re “fake sleeping” just about everywhere. I’m glad that the tradition lives on!

We’re also forgetting our manners at dinnertime. #puglife

Dave and Marie (!!) and their girls and puppies are coming to visit this weekend (can’t wait!), and I’m planning to make these wings again. They’re so friggin’ good, guys!!

I’ve also spent some time (finally) decorating our house. We moved in nearly two years ago, and I’m just getting around to doing it. I actually added another frame to the mantel, a photo of Quinn, to go with the one of Mal as a baby that was already there.

Above: French Cow art is from Crate & Barell// sideboard is from Wayfair (on sale for $799 right now!) // everything else is from Homegoods

Above: All Homegoods + wedding gifts

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend a blogger event at Lifetime Athletic in Westwood. Holy cow, it was epic. I’ve never been to a gym like this before. It was basically a resort/country club with every fitness class and activity you could ever ask for. It was also super kid-friendly with the most amazing childcare center (i.e. karate classes, tumbling room, the biggest climbing jungle gym ever), an indoor kids’ pool as well as an incredible outdoor pool with water slides and the whole shebang. It would be SUCH a fun place to hang out this summer!

And the FOOD from the LifeCafe. Holy hell. So many healthy options and truly something for everyone! I ordered the Chef Dodge Bowl with grilled salmon, artichoke, roasted yellow tomato, squash, zucchini, red & yellow peppers, red onion, broccoli & cauliflower rice with citrus-garlic aioli, and it was phenomenal. It was restaurant-quality and easily the best meal I’ve ever had at a fitness club! So impressed!

I also had the opportunity to take a 30-minute Barbell Strength class, which was awesome. It was basically Body Pump, minus biceps and abs, but with a lot more pep to it. The class actually had three instructors: one calling out cues and the other two checking for good form/assisting members– and all three of them were having such a good time! Their interaction and chemistry definitely made the class a lot of fun! Oh, and as I write this post, I am totally feeling muscles I haven’t felt in awhile. It’s crazy how much you can do in a short amount of time if you’re efficient with your workout!

And, finally, we got to take a LifePower Vinyasa class (with Kristen – noting her name because her music choices totally made the class), which was done in a semi-hot room. I loved the format of the class and LOVED the music. I feel like most yoga classes have that spa-like, hippy-dippy, nature sounds music, but the class we took had contemporary/modern/awesome music that made me want to STAY in class instead of wanting to leave after like 20 minutes because I am so bored. It was honestly my favorite yoga class to date, and I definitely want to take it again soon! (My gosh, my hips need it!) Speaking of which, Lifetime gave me a guest pass for the next two months, and I’m so excited to take Mal and Qman. I know they will love it too!

Question of the Day

Have you ever been to a Lifetime? 

What’s your favorite group exercise class? 



  1. LifeCafe looks like a place I want to go to! That salad looks amazing!! Your pug is seriously adorable. I love pugs– their faces are so shmooshy. So with you on this week.. it’s DRAGGING ON! I’ve never been to a Lifetime– there isn’t one near me!

  2. I used to work at Life Time as a Dietitian and Personal Trainer, that’s where I first learned about food sensitivity testing before I went out on my own! That’s cool they had more than one instructor in the class! Looks like they’ve upgraded the food too! YUM

  3. Oh man I would love a membership to a place like that. I hate how here in Mass we have so few community pools- is love to combine a membership to a place with classes, a pool, childcare and that spa-like pampering feel. Haha I think I would prefer a more conventional “hippy dippy” as you call it yoga class tho. 🙂 Is this place astronomically expensive?

    1. No, it’s surprisingly not. Individual membership is $149/month and a family starts at $230, which is WAY less than we pay for CrossFit right now! We would TOTALLY join if we lived closer. There’s seriously EVERYTHING you’d ever want there!

  4. Those wings are on point!!!

    My favorite group exercise is Power Vinyasa yoga. I usually like 2-3 classes at CorePower Yoga every week.

  5. I drive by the Lifetime in Framingham pretty regularly and have been so curious! Their pools and water slides make it look like a water park!! But that food! Oh my gosh I cannot get over hat that came from a fitness club! So cool you got to check it out!

  6. Goodness this week! Tuesday night I caught myself frantically cooking the noodles I’d promised my daughter would be in her lunchbox… for Thursday’s lunch.

  7. We have that rug! Love it so much–hides everything and easy to clean (and reversible!)

  8. I love Lifetime. I’m lucky to be surrounded by them and there’s one close to my house with excellent child care. The people are really nice. I do at least one class there a week. I really like Strictly Strength & I’ve even started cycling/spin (and I really like it).

  9. your dog is actually the cutest thing ever!!!! and i love all of your decorations! i’ve lived in the past two apartments for almost three years each and never got to decorating, so i totally get it! but hey, better late than never 🙂

    i recently started taking a TurboKick class at my 24 hour fitness and i love it!! it’s like cardio/kickboxing mixed with some dance. so fun!

  10. I’ve never been to a Lifetime, but it sounds awesome and like I need one here in NOLA!

    Favorite Group Ex..guess CrossFit doesn’t count..hmm…I like the “MMA Strong” class and Spinning, a true classic 😉

  11. I’m one of those people who prefers working out alone but I did used to like aerobics classes.

    Your house looks great!

  12. I went back and read the post about the fake sleeping…..Quinn’s hair color! I had forgotten his red hair. Recently there has been a couple of shots of him where he looks like such a big boy….he is growing up. Your home is really coming together…very pretty

  13. Wow, I just realized that Arrow is EXACTLY where I used to live over 20 years ago. My parents used to own and run the restaurant and we lived in the house next door. My sister got married right where that deck used to be! Funny to get that update on a blog that I’ve been reading for years now. 🙂

  14. Ahhh!! We just joined the soon to open (June 1) Lifetime in Chestnut Hill, which gives us access to the Westwood one with the pool for the summer. We signed the whole family up so we can enjoy the pool, and then will probably remove the boys once the school year starts because we won’t bring them as much. I’m excited to try all of the classes, and the food looks incredible!

  15. We have a couple of lifetime fitnesses down here in Raleigh. Yes, they are incredible! I am a teacher and don’t work out as much as I would like during the school year, but was pondering seeing if they have a summer membership. The pool alone is amazing, and ours offers parents night out and various childcare options.

  16. I love you are slowing down. It is a struggle for so many people. I totally get the go go go and anxiety.

    Love how many pictures you have in your home as well!

  17. i do love your decorations. we moved in 4 years ago and still bare bone the living room, bed room etc.
    can you link those items you have ?

  18. That gym looks amazing! And I totally agree about yoga – I want modern, hip, workout class when I’m doing power flow (and the nature sounds are great for restorative yoga).

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