Lose the Dough: Final Check-In

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.

Here’s my final Lose the Dough check-in! (Please ignore the unflattering photo. 😕 )


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!! 😀

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 “diet plan” 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 see 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 of 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 on my honeymoon. Plus, I can see that my body has changed. Check out 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! 😉 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 “diet”… 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! 😀


After my final check-in, I did 30 minutes on the elliptical, followed by a 50-minute 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! 😉 I’m definitely going to be sore tomorrow, especially my abs and core! Yowsahs! 😯


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! 😀


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


My goodie bag from the 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! 😉



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! 😉


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 these earrings are the perfect addition to my special wedding/birthday outfit. 😀



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. 😕 (Totally worth it though! 😉 )


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. Aw, yay! Congrats on such a great improvement in your body! I completely agree with you that there is no point in starving yourself or doing something that is not possible to maintain long term. I can’t wait to see your dress for this weekend!

  2. I think you look fantastic! And I agree, Body Pump is the BEST. If I could do one form of exercise for the rest of my life, it would be Body Pump!

  3. Tina, Thanks for sharing all the details of “Lose the Dough”, especially the fact that this wasn’t about poundage lost! It’s refreshing to hear that your goal was reached without a big change on the scale. “Happy weight” is so much more than a number!

  4. You look fabulous Tina (but of course you did before the challenge :)). Glad you had such a nice day and what a great looking dinner. Horray for the Body Pump shout out! If ya’ll get down here again, you must take my Pump class!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend

  5. You look terrific!! I so admire the way you balance treats and healthy living. I have a serious sweet tooth too, and sometimes feel guilty after allowing myself some chocolate/cookies/whatever. Reading your blog always reminds me that health isn’t just right now, it’s a lifestyle, and allowing yourself treats is a part of that. If your head and tastebuds aren’t happy, your body won’t be either!! Can’t wait to see the dress!

  6. Thanks for all the updates!

    Great job on the Lose the Dough challenge. You’ve really inspired me and I appreciate how you let us into your life and share so many intimate details. You look fabulous entering your 30th year and I’m sure you feel great too.

    oh and mmmmm…. massage…..

  7. Can’t wait to see the dress! And that’s awesome they add a little something as a treat aka earrings. Congrats on the Lose the Dough challenge! you look amazing

  8. I’ve been taking a body pump equivalent class at my gym twice a week and can definately see and tell the changes in my body!! You look great and will look great in that dress on your birthday!

  9. I know a lot of people say this, but you really are inspirational. I honestly think you are my ideal in terms of a healthy outlook on yourself and your body and life. I really love what you say about not cutting a couple hundred calories/excerising like crazy when it wouldn’t make you happy. Sometimes, it seems like a lot of people out there forget that happiness is really the best thing in life…

    So thank you. And, of course, as always, yum. 🙂

  10. I am a big believer in weight training. I find that my body looks the best when I weight train. I could do cardio for hours and not see a difference but use weights a few times a week and I get results.

  11. You are my hero!

    I’m a true believer in the CNC healthy lifestyle. After years of struggling, I’m not “on a “diet” after a lifetime of dieting, I’m eating healthy most of the time, I’m satisfying my sweet tooth on occasion, and, for the first time in my life, I’m getting my money’s worth out of my gym membership. Thank you for being such an inspiration.

    Happy 30th. I can’t wait to see all the great things you will accomplish in the next decade. Cheers. 😉

  12. I think it’s great how you never deprived yourself to achieve fitness. I noticed in the pictures the other night, from your “Silver Spoons: 25 Years of Chefs & Celebrations”, your arms looked seriously awesome in that pink shirt. 😀

  13. dear tina, you always make me crave buffalo chicken pizza…please…stop…oh wait don’t. BTW you look so amazing…I hate to sound lezzy but your arms are OUT OF CONTROL TONED when you are in sleeveless shirts!! You look amazing and deserve the best this birthday weekend (part 2)

  14. You look great — and SO fit. I’d actually guess that you were about 10 pounds lighter than your numbers indicate, so you’re definitely rocking some serious muscle.

  15. You look fantastic as always and well done for the loose the dough challenge. And I just want you to know I don’t read your blog because of how much you weigh, I read it because ur zest for life makes me happy on a daily basis.

  16. I just wanted to mention that I totally noticed how ripped your arms looked when you were wearing that cute pink top in nyc–I am envious!!!! Good work on the lose the dough challenge!

  17. Glad to hear you’re happy with your final LTD check-in. That’s all that matters!

    I can’t wait to see you in your dress and earrings. There will be pics, right?!?

    Having your own webmaster makes you sound so famous + professional. I wish I was as ‘big’ as you. I don’t know how much better CnC can get, but I can’t wait to see!

  18. Tina I’m so glad you are feeling fabulous after your lose the dough challenge. As you say, toning up is the important thing and iyou did it without a drastic diet change. Can’t wait to see what the dress is like….loving the earings too!
    Your dinner looks lovely, the pizza must have been delicious! Can’t wait to see the new CnC, ooo there’s so much to look forward to!

  19. Yay! You look great, I’m sure you’ll be a killer in that dress 😉 I think that your way of gradual toning and sculpting is the best by far. Gradual, but permanent! 😀

    I can’t wait to hear about the new CNC. I love the design right now, excited to see how it might improve! 🙂


  20. Good for you on your challenge! I like seeing numbers change but if I feel better and see a difference I say who cares? I try to eat as much protein as possible and agree that it really does control cravings and keeps me full longer.

    I love the Bucks Petite Vanilla Scones, I get one every now and then when I go to Target….yum!

  21. You look amazing and fit!! I think you are the perfect example of someone who lives a healthy lifestyle, but also lives life to the fullest! No extreme measures for you…and whatever you are doing is working for you. I love your blog!
    Oh and that dress is going to be awesome…you better post pics!

  22. Hey Tina, Question about Body Pump. I fractured my pelvis, its almost healed, but I was wondering if Body Pump is a lot of stress on that area, like lots of squats or lunges or anything like that? Or jumping around? I can do anything really as long as it doesnt hurt me, so I basically just avoid lunges etc, but I can do weight bearing exercise and anything else.

    Thanks for your help!

  23. You received many comments on this post and I don’t know if you will read mine, but I wanna tell you that I’m so thankful for this post. I love your blog and this post was just really important to me, I think you’re a wonderful example for women.
    I suffered from an eating disorder and have been recovering for the last 1,5 year. Since a few months I can finally say I’m ‘healthy’, both fysically and mentally and it feels so great and is so precious to me. But this blogging community can be (besides inspirational and motivating) sometimes a big hard, I think people can easily go too far with ‘healthy’ eating habits, exercise and a strange desire for a thinner body.
    This post was just what I needed. Thank you. It reminds me of the reality. You look a-ma-zing!

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  24. you’re looking mighty fine; can’t wait to see the dress. the earings will be a great touch (plus less stress in planning for you)

  25. @Annie: There are quite a few squats and lunges. Perhaps you can talk the the instructor before the class and they can suggest some alternate exercises? There’s a lot of upper body strength training, so you could still get a good workout.

  26. I know that you always tell people that body pump is so great, and it is a good class, but not a lot of people have access to it.

    You can be very successful be weightlifting at your gym on your own program. Lifting heavy weights is the key as is always progressing to lift more for longer.

  27. Congratulations on your progress! And thanks for sharing all your numbers. It’s great to see someone at a healthy, realistic weight who lives a normal lifestyle without chronic dieting. Very inspiring!

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