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Hi, 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.

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weight loss

Yowsahs!! Where has this day gone!?! It’s lunchtime and I haven’t even blogged yet. Jeez. Let’s get right to it then! 😀


I started my day with a piece of leftover Tortilla-Crusted Feta-and-Broccoli Quiche and an iced coffee with vanilla soy milk. The quiche was really yummy, by the way. I reheated it in the microwave and the tortilla crust stayed crispy.



After breakfast, I snacked on a banana. I planned to go to a Body Pump class mid-morning, so I needed something more in my stomach to keep me going through a workout and until lunch.



Body Pump kicked my butt today!! We’ve been doing Body Pump 74 for a few weeks now, but I haven’t been sore after class lately. So, today, I increased my weight on a number of tracks and, boy, did I feel the burn!

Here are my current Body Pump 74 weights (includes 3-pound bar):

  • Warm-up: 23 lbs.
  • Squats: 43 lbs.
  • Chest: 33 lbs.
  • Back: 28 lbs.
  • Triceps: 28* lbs.
  • Biceps: 18 lbs.
  • Lunges: 33 lbs.
  • Shoulders: 28 lbs.
  • Abs: body weight
  • Cool down: none

I went up on every track except for back. There’s a million wide rows in the current BP 74, so I dropped my weight by 5 pounds. I don’t think I could get through the back track otherwise! Damn, wide rows.

I’ve definitely come a long way since February when I started to consistently take Body Pump classes 2-3 times per week. Just check out my February 2010 and March 2010 weights. I’ve increased quite a bit! I’m a beast, I tell ya! 😉

*Body Pump 74 has an “unconventional” triceps track, so I use an 8-pound dumbbell for the kickbacks, 10-pound plate for the dips, and 15 pounds for the overhead extensions at the end. My usual weight is 28 pounds on a “standard” triceps track.


After getting my butt kicked at Body Pump, I was more than ready to refuel with lunch. After a quick shower, I threw together a big salad topped with crumbled Buffalo Tofu and Athenos feta.


I also drizzled a little Annie’s Creamy Asiago Cheese Dressing on top. Mmm!


I also enjoyed another iced coffee with lunch. It’s one of those days!


And here’s the mess on the table that was pushed aside to take the above photo. Oh, the life of a food blogger! 😉


And, of course, I had a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondie after lunch. So delish!

Feel Great Weight

When I first started losing weight it was all about the calories. I used to eat vegetables because they were low in calories and they’d help me lose weight. But, now things are really different! Check out my newest Feel Great Weight post: 3 Ways to Diet But Still Get the Nutrition You Need.

Question of the Day

When it comes to fitness, how do you measure your progress?

P.S. Did you know it’s National Junk Food Day today? (I swear, there’s a national holiday for everything!) Check out my tips for enjoying a little splurge on the PerkStreet Financial blog.

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