Lose the Dough: February Check-In

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.

This morning, I had my Lose the Dough check-in at Healthworks. Tara, my trainer, took my stats and measurements, and then snapped this gorgeous photo:


Blah. Worst photo ever! I look like I just woke up. πŸ˜• Direct quote from my husband: “I’m not going to lie, you don’t look good.” (His comment actually cracked me up! πŸ˜† )

Anyway, here are last month’s stats:

  • Weight: 129.8 pounds
  • Body Fat: 21.0%
  • BMI: 22.2
  • Waist: 26.25 inches
  • Abdomen: 27.5 inches
  • Hips: 36.75 inches

In comparison to my starting point, my numbers went down in every category. Yay! This surprised me quite a bit because I didn’t change too many aspects of my lifestyle– I actually thought that the numbers would stay the same.

Looking back on the past month, these are the things that I think “worked” for me:

  • Adding more strength training to my weekly workouts
  • Cutting back on alcohol
  • Eating smaller portions of dessert

So, I guess trying a little bit harder seems to be working. Hopefully, I can keep it up!

A lot of people have asked me if I have a goal weight in mind for Lose the Dough– and I really don’t. I just want to feel strong and look more toned. My core is already stronger and my hip is a million times better.

Ask Me Anything

Here are a bunch more Ask Me Anything responses!

You and Mal seem so great together! What would be your number one piece of relationship advice?

I actually have two pieces of advice: laugh with your partner multiple times a day and have separate checking accounts.

You mentioned that Mal has a blog, right? What is it?

Mal does not have a blog. He’s really not into them.

I recently read that you spend about $300 per month on groceries. I would absolutely love to know how you manage this while still eating healthy! I am a nutritionist and spend much more then $75/wk! Would you consider posting about shopping on a budget?

Check out some of my posts over at Trading Up Downtown:

Do you monitor your heart rate while working out?

No, I don’t use a heart rate monitor.

Any suggestions for a beginning runner?

Yep! Check out my Running Tips.

How much fresh produce do you buy at a time and how do you keep it so fresh?

I typically buy enough fresh produce for one week. I keep the majority of it in the refrigerator to help it last longer. You can see my recent shopping trips over on Trading Up Downtown.

Do you take the time to edit your photos? How long does it take you to write a blog post?

I don’t edit my photos. I just upload them to iPhoto and put them into Ecto.Β It takes me anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour to write a blog post.

How old is Mal?

He’s 27.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

San Francisco.

Do you ever get sick of Boston and its weather?

I don’t really get sick of Boston– it’s a wonderful city– but the winter is depressing, frustrating, and never-ending.

We just dropped Beth and Corey at the airport, so now we have a lot of packing to do! The movers are coming at 8 AM tomorrow morning! Eek! 😯 Better get cracking!



  1. Good luck tomorrow, Tina! I live in Coolidge Corner (that’s awesome that you stopped by this weekend!) but you’re totally right- too expensive! I’m moving in June, and can’t decide which neighborhood to settle on. Jamaica Plain seems pretty cool, but my commute to Belmont would be tricky… maybe Somerville or Watertown? Not sure…

  2. I absolutely have a worse photo of me – a girl in a hostel took it when I had just woken up after 4 hours of sleep, and I look like a puffer fish! Would never be brave enough to put it online! πŸ˜›

    I’m loving reading these questions and answers – so much fun!

  3. Why the separate checking accounts? You guys seem to be such great partners…so, do you split bills like roommates? When you go out do you take turns buying? Hmmm…seems like a lot of work!

  4. Great job on the challenge. You look really good in that picture.

    I am so impressed with how much dessert you can eat and still stay in such great shape. I am super jealous. Kids! They ruin your metabolism forever.

  5. great job! It’s always awesome when you think you aren’t going to see results and you actually do!
    I agree with the separate checking accounts, my husband and I do the same thing, people think it’s weird but it really works for us and there is no fighting over money!

  6. Congrats! Yay! You must feel so motivated to continue with “losing the dough.”

    And don’t worry, you look great πŸ˜‰ At least you have a cute workout outfit – I’m usually in gym shorts and one of my dad’s huge t-shirts, haha.

  7. I hear you about the winter thing! I’m right up the coast from you in Canada..it’s pretty bad here too! πŸ˜›
    And you look GREAT!! πŸ™‚

  8. Congratulations! Great job! I think you look great in that picture! I’m down almost 5lbs in my own lose the dough challenge!
    Great relationship advice by the way!

  9. Great job on your lose the dough challenge so far!! You are very inspiring because you just tweak your lifestyle, no HUGE changes! We can all live with a few tweaks here and there! I think it’s the major, all or nothing, changes that tend to make us fail on goals!

    Lol at having separate checking accounts! I will keep that in mind, I’m getting married in June!

  10. Congrats on such awesome results! I started to embark on a very similar challenge and have had awesome results by doing very similar things: less alcohol, more water, balanced approach to meals AND…

    strength training 3x a week. This has been huge in changing my shape and making me stronger. I’m doing a program in my home but any way to incorporate weight sessions is a plus! Vamps up the metabolism!

    Well done!

  11. Congrats on the progress! Reading Mal’s comment made me chuckle too but I think you look pretty darn good for an at the gym workout photo! I’d say bumping up the strength training makes a huge difference, it always seems to be the real benefitter for me!

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