Lose the Dough: Final Check-In

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

Iโ€™m the owner of Carrots โ€˜Nโ€™ 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 canโ€™t lose weight no matter what they do.

Here’s my final Lose the Dough check-in! (Please ignore the unflattering photo. ๐Ÿ˜• )


June 17, 2010

  • Weight: 131 pounds
  • Body Fat: 21.2%
  • BMI: 22.2
  • Waist: 25.75 inches
  • Abdomen: 28 inches
  • Hips: 37 inches

My numbers didn’t change that much since January, but I definitely see some progress there!! ๐Ÿ˜€

My ultimate goal for Lose the Dough wasn’t necessarily to lose weight, but instead, to tone up and look buff for my 30th birthday. For me, the numbers (scale, BMI, BF%, etc.) were just another measure of my progress.

Even though I created a “plan of attack” for my Lose the Dough challenge, I didn’t let it take over my life. In fact, I really didn’t change my lifestyle at all. I knew that a strict โ€œdiet planโ€ย would never work for me, so I set a number of “loose” goals for myself. I kept these goals in mind, but I never intended to drastically change my way of life to “lose the dough.” Sure, I could have lost a few pounds if I cut my daily intake by a few hundred calories or exercised for 2 hours a day, but I couldn’t have maintained this way of life for long. Plus, why the heck would I want to?!? I’d be so unhappy.

If you’re a daily CNC reader, you know that my way of life hasn’t really changed. You seeย exactly what I eat everyday, so you know that I certainly haven’t deprived myself over the last 5 months. I’ve dined out, attended lots ofย events and tastings, and eaten my fair share of dessert. I’ve added more strength training to my weekly workout schedule, but the number of workouts and their duration has pretty much remained the same. But, I did try a little bit harder and those small changes paid off: my body fat percentage dropped from 22.9% to 21.2%, and I lost an inch from my waist and my hips! My clothing fits better and my body feels fit and tone like it did nearly 2 years ago onย my honeymoon. Plus, I canย see that my body has changed. Check outย my photo comparison!

Ok, so what helped me “lose the dough?”

  • Body Pump: Seriously. Body Pump changed my body. I took 2-3 classes each week, continuously increased my weight, and enjoyed the burn! ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you have access to Body Pump, just do it.
  • I wasn’t a wuss: Ok, so, I like to veg-out on the elliptical with a good magazine, but I don’t let myself do it all of the time. My thinking is: if I made the effort to exercise, I might as well work hard! There’s no point in me wasting time with a wussy workout. I like to leave my workouts semi-exhausted and dripping in sweat.
  • Increased my protein intake: I really thought the “eat tons of protein” thing was a lot hype. Of course, I knew that I should incorporate protein into my diet, but not nearly as much. After meeting with an RD, I realized that eating more protein would better satisfy me and help control my cravings. The RD and I brainstormed ways to add more protein to my diet, so I’ve really tried to consume more on a daily basis. It seems to be working so far!
  • Thought twice about treats: I love wine, cookies, cake, nachos, beer, etc., but eating these things a little too often started to catch up with me. In the last few months, I’ve thought twice about these “splurges.” There were times that I really wanted to eat dessert or enjoy a second cocktail, but instead, I only had a few bites or sipped seltzer water instead. It actually hasn’t been that difficult to turn down these goodies.

Since January, I never once felt like I was on a โ€œdietโ€ย… because I wasn’t. I ate healthy most of the time, indulged with moderation, and did something active almost everyday of the week. I’m stronger and more fit than I’ve ever been, and really, that’s all I wanted for my 30th birthday. I’m feeling pretty good as I enter next decade of my life! ๐Ÿ˜€


After my final check-in, I did 30 minutes on the elliptical, followed by a 50-minuteย Gravity class. “Defy Gravity” combined the usual Gravity workout with plyometric circuits for an awesome strength + cardio workout. I love workouts like this– you kill two birds with one stone! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m definitely going to be sore tomorrow, especially my abs and core! Yowsahs! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


I took a quick shower at Healthworks and headed downstairs to Starbucks to grab lunch. I ended up ordering the turkey bacon egg sandwich on an English muffin. (Apparently, this is becoming my go-to meal at ‘bucks.)


I also enjoyed a Petite Vanilla Bean Scone. It was a tasty little treat. Mmm! ๐Ÿ˜€


Then, it was time for a really special treat: an hour massage!!! :mrgreen:


My goodie bag from theย Healthworks Blogger Bash included a gift card for a massage, so I cashed it in today. I figured two days before my birthday was a good time to do so! ๐Ÿ˜‰



When I arrived home (many, many hours later), I wanted food ASAP! I chowed the rest of the cherries in the fridge and made myself a Sandwich Thin with Barney Butter spread on top.



The snack settled my stomach and held me over until dinnertime, no problem. Love that!

So, look what arrived in the mail today: my RTR Pretty Woman dress!!! :mrgreen: Of course, I tried it on immediately. It fits, but let me tell you, it’s a hot, little number! ๐Ÿ˜‰


When I opened the box that the dress was delivered in, a special little something was inside!


It turns out that Rent the Runway also rents accessories, so they sent me a pair of Badgley Mischka earrings to wear for the night. I already know that theseย earrings are the perfect addition to my special wedding/birthday outfit. ๐Ÿ˜€



After running around all day long, I was so happy to enjoy a relaxing dinner with my buddy/webmaster, Blain. Carrots ‘N’ Cake is getting a facelift this summer, so we met over dinner at the Hancock Tavern to chat about some changes. Blain had some great ideas! I can’t wait to see what he has in store for the new CNC!

To start, Blain and I shared a house salad with honey mustard on the side.


Then, we enjoyed some Buffalo Chicken Pizza. The Hancock Tavern makes a mean one!


I ended up eating 4 pieces, which was perhaps a little too much for my belly. ๐Ÿ˜• (Totally worth it though! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )


This post took me SO long to write! Jeeeez!

Heading to bed. Good night!!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my Rent the Runway giveaway. You have until tomorrow morning!



  1. Congrats on a successful challenge!

    It’s incredible what we can do with small, incremental changes in our life. We can change our body, our mind, our health, our attitude…just about anything! Change does not have to be drastic. But it does require patience. That is something I always work with my wellness clients on. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Great job Tina! Thank you for setting such a fabulous example with this challenge. I like that you stress feeling good about YOURSELF and not feeling good about your weight. It’s such a positive and important message that all women need to embrace. We women can be really hard on ourselves (and each other) sometimes. Great job girl!

  3. Congrats on your Lost The Dough Success! I think your attitude about healthy eating is just so fantastic…you’re a real role model for people striving to find that balance with their eating habits!

    P.S. I want to eat that buffalo chicken pizza off the screen. OH MAN! Looks so good. Buffalo chicken is my weakness. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I totally agree with and admire your outlook on diet vs. lifestyle– I try to think the same way. I want to be able to sustain my healthy eating and regular exercise without getting burnt out, bored and over-trained. You look great, but it’s even cooler that you feel great about your results! Isn’t it great to know you can make changes without sacrificing too much?

    P.s. That buffalo chicken pizza is making my mouth water right now…I have a serious addiction to all things buffalo…

  5. I’ve been eating pretty unhealthy lately and I’m going to New York on Sunday for 5 days, but I don’t feel motivated to exercise or eat healthy. Got any tips to stay motivated and get exercising? I haven’t done anything since Tuesday and won’t today since I’m busy for the rest of today. I’m definately going to be splurging in New York on baked goods and random stuff, so maybe I can get back on track when I get back and don’t go too overboard while I’m there.

  6. Hi, love your blog–hope your blog roll comes back in the new design you come up with:)
    Definitely miss that feature

  7. Congrats on finishing your Lose the Dough Challenge! I have the same flexible goals for myself to shape-up for my wedding in August. It works a lot better for me than being super strict then beating myself up when I cannot adhere to such impossible guidelines. Thanks for setting a healthy example!

  8. Congrats on completing the challenge and making some positive changes that YOU feel good about! That’s all that really matters! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a similar “challenge” that I devised for myself back in December called “25 by 25.” Lose 25 lbs by my 25th bday. My bday is now 2 weeks away and I’m about 3 lbs away from my goal. Even if I don’t lose the last 3 lbs, I’ll still be proud of my progress. I’ve lost a whopping 21lbs and discovered a passion for health and fitness in the process! I think it’s good to set goals for yourself like this from time to time. Even if you don’t fully reach it, something positive still always comes out of it!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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