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Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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I’m putting in a couple of extra hours at NuVal today and tomorrow, so I prepared this afternoon’s lunch post right after eating breakfast this morning. It was sort of weird blogging about lunch just minutes after finishing my breakfast post, but I guess it’s never too early to start thinking about your next meal! 😉


Once again, I tried to pack another well-rounded lunch that covered the nutritional bases. I’m probably a little low in the protein department, but I think I did well everywhere else.


Carrots and Oikos Greek yogurt + Uncle Sam’s cereal.

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A Gala apple and FruityNut bar.

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And now for a guest post…

Guest Post: My First Marathon

Hello Carrots ”˜N’ Cake readers! I’m grateful for the opportunity to write a guest post here on Tina’s blog to share the story of my first marathon experience.

I’d always dreamed of completing a marathon someday. But I only dreamed, until one day 7 months ago, when I did something crazy. On a whim, I entered my name into the lottery for the New York City Marathon. When I clicked “submit” I assured myself that I wouldn’t get in, because after all, I have never known anyone to get in through the lottery. Well, imagine my surprise a month later when I got an e-mail saying: “Congratulations! You’ve been accepted into the 2009 New York City Marathon!” After reading the e-mail, I was slightly in shock, but quickly decided to get up and moving and begin the journey of training for a marathon.


Since I began training for this marathon, many people have said to me, “I could never run a marathon.” Well, I’m here to tell you that if I can do it, anyone can. It’s not easy, but it is an attainable goal. I’ll never forget the first time I attempted to run a mile – I only made it about 3 minutes before having to walk the rest of the way. I slowly built up my endurance and completed a 5K. I then moved on to a 10K and then a couple of half-marathons before deciding I wanted to attempt a full marathon. I’ve never been a fast runner and my goal with each race I enter is to simply finish. I encourage anyone with a dream of completing a marathon to give it a try. Your body will surprise you with what it is capable of doing.


While creating my training schedule I questioned how I would stay motivated during this time, considering I would be tackling this alone. At this point, I decided to begin writing a blog,, to hold myself accountable and allow my family and friends to be updated on my training. It was the best decision I made during the training process. Blogging about the trials and tribulations of marathon training not only held me accountable to my running schedule, but also gave me an outlet to share my accomplishments and frustrations.

Running the New York City Marathon was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Although I had been warned it was a challenging course, I knew that this was the marathon I wanted to be my first. The crowds and bands along the way were loud and encouraging. The views of the Manhattan Skyline were breathtaking as I crossed the various bridges throughout the course. By far, the best view along the course came just after re-entering Central Park and seeing the finish line ahead, lined with crowded bleachers that were filled with cheering fans. I definitely hit “the wall” at mile 20 and struggled to make it to the end, but crossing that finish line was one of the proudest moments of my life. I had become a marathoner. Something I had only dreamed of for so long.

So if you have always had that dream of running a marathon, go for it! Start slow, start a blog, and start chasing that dream.

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For those of you on board for Lose the Dough, what type of information do you want me to include as part of my game plan?



  1. thanks for the guest post and sharing your story! i grew up running and after college, began running longer distances BUT i’ve never run a 1/2 or full marathon – that is until this year. i am in my 4th week of training for the boston marathon as a charity runner and it’s been quite an exciting adventure. i’m trying to blog about it as well for accountability and haven’t posted in a bit – so this was a good reminder.

    i also love that you run with your dog! i take my pooch out as much as i can for my short runs.

  2. Annamarina–I love the guest post. Very inspiring. Right now, I’m supporting my boyfriend in training for his marathon, but I never imagined running my own marathon. This post is helping me to view my abilities in a new light, though. Thanks!

    Tina–Please include your feelings throughout the journey. It really helps me to hear about what exactly it is that is going through other people’s minds. For example, “I thought about having another cookie after dinner and my mouth was watering. It made me feel a bit frustrated that I couldn’t just dive in and satisfy my craving, but I held an image of my goal body in my mind which helped me not give in to temptation.” (This, of course, is just a suggestion, but I think it would really help people relate to what you’re going through.) Thanks!!

  3. Great guest post! Didn’t see your name but I wanted to say your post was inspiring. I just started running this past week because hubby and the fitness coordinator at our gym seem to think I can run the 1/2 marathon run/walk in the Reggae Marathon in Jamaica this coming Dec. I have really struggled running on the dreadmill this week. I think it might get easier once I’m able to run outside but my hip and shins hurt plus I can’t stop coughing when I run. It’s pretty miserable….but I do spin class 3x a week, workout at home, do the elliptical, etc. so you would think that I wouldn’t have these issues. Granted I’m about 240 lbs so I’m bouncing a lot of weight LOL

    The NYC marathon must have been a great experience! I hope to do a few 5k’s and possibly a 10 k before doing the 1/2 marathon in Dec. Heading over to save your blog to my reader. Nice to ‘meet’ you!

  4. For lose the dough, I’d like to see how you handle social situations that evolve around food. You’re very social and are very good at handling these situations well, but I’d love to know what you recommend when your motivation’s waning and you’re surrounded by temptations.

  5. I am totally on board for Lose the Dough! I am planning on challenging myself along with you in preparation for my wedding this summer. I think it would be really helpful if you detail your workouts as much as you can. Such as how long your cardio routine will be and what kind of strength moves you completed, along with your regular food log.
    Good luck and keep up the good work! You are an inspiration.

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