Lose the Dough: April Check-In

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜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.

Spring has definitely sprung here in Boston! This city is gorgeous! :mrgreen:


Tulips always put a smile on my face! πŸ˜€


Lose the Dough

So, I can sum-up this month’s Lose the Dough check-in by saying that I’ve had a littttttle too much fun lately. Over the past few weeks, I’ve definitely enjoyed my fair share of indulgences: Blizzards, fancy Raclette dinners, the , cocktail parties, wine events, wine tastings… um, you get the idea.

Anyway, here are my stats for this month:

  • Weight: 131.8 pounds
  • Body Fat: 21.2%
  • BMI: 22.7
  • Waist: 26.5 inches
  • Abdomen: 28 inches
  • Hips: 38 inches

In comparison to my previous check-ins (January, February & March), all of my measurementsΒ increased! Ok, so they were minor increases, but still. I guess all of that fun added up, huh?Β But, to be completely honest, I don’t really care. I feel like I am shaping up and my body looks different to me. Check out this photo comparison from the past three months. Doesn’t the shape of my body look different? All I know is that my muscles are starting to look scary-awesome at Body Pump! πŸ˜‰ I guess the numbers don’t give you the whole story.


In the past month, I’ve been much more relaxed about my Lose the Dough challenge. In fact, I barely even talked about it on CNC. My 30th birthday is less than 2 months away, so if I want to look like I did for my honeymoon, I need to get it together and focus. I decided to set a few goals to keep myself on track for the next month:

  • Enjoy 1 dessert per day. It can be any dessert– no calorie limit or anything like that– but just 1 dessert per day. I’ve gotten a little out of control with the sweet treats lately.
  • Schedule my workouts each week. I used to do this all of the time, but I’ve gotten lazy lately. Planning my workouts motivates me and helps me stick to a schedule.
  • Visit Healthworks once a week. I have a membership at HW until the end of June, so I really should take advantage of it, especially since I love working out there. I always leave feeling inspired. Plus, they have so many fun classes!

So, that’s the plan for the next month. Wish me luck!


I didn’t get home from Healthworks until almost 2:00 pm, so, not surprisingly, I was about to eat my arm because I was so hungry. I took a lightning-quick shower and then broke out the Livin’ Spoonful crackers. I immediately chowed-down two of the Coconut Curry crackers. Frickin’ delicious. Seriously, you need to try them. I also ate two of the Caraway Crisps with lunch.

Lunch also included a Gala apple and a nice, thick smoothie. In the Vitamix:

  • Frozen butternut squash
  • Banana
  • Kiwi
  • Old-fashioned oats
  • Chia seeds
  • Vanilla soy millk
  • Vega Smoothie Infusion



My lunch held me over quite well all afternoon, so I wasn’t really hungry for my usual afternoon snack. Instead, I made myself an iced coffee with vanilla soy milk. I sipped on it while finishing my work for the day.


Mal and I are having dinner with Dave and Marie tonight. I have no idea what’s for dinner, but Buffalo Chicken Nachos sound so good to me right now! πŸ˜‰

P.S. I have a BIG announcement for Monday morning!!!



  1. I have heard (and believe) that the more athletic you become, the less accurate the numbers on the scale become. Muscle weighs more than fat ~ and you’ve got tons of muscle goin on!!

    You look great, Tina! Enjoy the weekend! πŸ™‚

  2. I was just wondering about how you challenge was going. The good news is that you’ve enjoyed some good company and some good food. Who cares about the numbers- you look great. I’m pretty obsessed with body pump – I love feeling so strong. My friend now regularly asks me to open stuck jars for her when I come over! πŸ™‚

  3. I think it’s great that you are toning up without really trying (in my mind you are losing the dough because your April photo looks better than the rest!!). That’s really the best way too. I mean, seriously, even after that Pillsbury weekend!? I think you deserve a lot more credit than you are giving yourself!

  4. You look FANTASTIC! πŸ™‚ If you’re gaining muscle, then that’s even better and WORTH the extra pounds. Maybe at your birthday people’ll be going “whoa, what a babe!” πŸ™‚ You can do it!!

  5. You look great – I wish I had your waist/abs! (I was cursed with a wide rib cage and apple-shaped body. Boo.)

  6. First time commenting but I’ve been following or lurking on your blog since October-ish! I guess the “numbers” matter for your own self-gratification and clinical reasons. But I must say that for someone in your case, in which you are already at a healthy weight a great body fat percentage, one must REALLY step things up. The wine, beer, cookies, and extra carbs add up! πŸ™ So sad…but true. I’ve been kicked in the rear with that reality these days as I’m trying to lose the stubborn lower body fat. I have a body fat percentage of 20%. I’ve cleaned up my diet and don’t feel deprived or obsessive. We can do it! I hope we can both be happy with our athleticism and body image by the end of June!

  7. Tina you are SMOKIN’ HOT! I’m so glad you are happy with your body (even though you said the measurements went up)… it is so refreshing to hear someone actually love their body! I really think your body has gotten hotter and hotter every month, and I agree, body pump is to to credit for that! Just look at your awesome thighs and arms! Ok…swear I’m going to stop hitting on you now LOL… go enjoy dinner! Have an awesome weekend! πŸ™‚ YAY TINA!

  8. You look amazing! I wouldn’t worry too much about the number on the scale. It really comes down to how you are feeling about your body that counts πŸ™‚

  9. Dying to hear the big announcement! How dare you leave us hanging like that!

    And those tulips! I need to get into the city while they’re still in bloom. They’re gorgeous!

    I think your bod look fabulous in all the pics. You are so teeny-tiny and fit!

  10. You look FANTASTIC! I think you look GREAT in every picture – and you can definitely see a difference! Best of all, you have a good attitude πŸ™‚

  11. If you ask me, how you feel is SO much more important than what you weigh or measure. If you don’t feel great, you will NEVER look good enough to yourself…this is coming from a former-eatin disorder sufferer. You look adorable and happy. I’ve been noticing in your pictures on your blog lately that you look…sunny! And isn’t it so much more important to be sunny and bright and enjoy life, than to be a victoria’s secret type model??? YEP! ;D

  12. You look amazing Tina today and always. You are such an inspiration for enjoying treats yet still being really fit and tiny!

  13. Yes! You can totally see a difference! Besides, wasn’t the point to feel more in shape? I think you are doing really well. Muscle mass is really different and I can definitely tell a difference in the shape of your legs! Good luck on your goals! I know you can reach them! Have a great night with your hubby and pug!

  14. Those tulips are so beautiful! Love all the colors. And you definitely LOOK slimmer and more toned this month.. no matter what the measurements say.

  15. You look PHE-NOM-E-NAL — oh, what I would do for those arms!! I am currently in a phase of trying to accept the fact that the numbers tend to do the opposite of what I am looking for when I am working out and eating well…

  16. you look great! i love your attitude about the whole lose the dough thing. i’m sure you look fab for the big 3-0.
    i usually hate mondays, but you’ve got me all excited for this coming one-can’t wait for the big news:)

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