Means to an End

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.


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 post is part of an ongoing series and my sponsorship with fitmixer as a brand ambassador. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

As you probably know, I love goals””setting them, creating “game plans” to work toward them, and, of course, achieving them. Basically, I love having something to work towards and, even if I don’t succeed, I like knowing at least I gave it my best effort””and isn’t that what’s most important?

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I think it’s really important to have goals, especially when it comes to health and fitness. Goals help me focus my efforts, so I can progress in the direction of what I want to achieve. With that said, fitmixer wants to help us realize our health/fitness goals and what steps we can take to achieve them, so for this month’s fitmixer giveaway topic, here are a few things I want to accomplish in September:

  • Stick to my training plan
  • Sign up for my box’s Paleo Challenge
  • Try one new recipe each week
  • Sleep 8 hours every night
  • Buy a new book (reading helps me relax)

What are your health/fitness goals for the rest of the month? What are your “means to an end” (the “end” being the achievement of one of your goals)?


There are a bunch of frozen foods in our freezer right now (many of which I forgot about it), so I incorporated a few into today’s lunch so they don’t go to waste. From the freezer, I had a turkey burger and a mashed-up, gluten-free Dr. Praegger’s California Veggie Burger mixed with peas and chopped kale. Random, but delicious. I topped my turkey burger with fresh avocado.

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On the side, I had a sliced orange.

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A few hours later, my stomach started to grumble again, so I sliced up a banana and added it to a mug with a scoop of sunflower butter. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of this combo. Best snack ever.

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I’m off to walk Murphy and listen to a podcast. Enjoy the night, friends!

P.S. Be sure to head over to fitmixer and leave a comment about your health goals for a chance to win your choice of any two-pound fitmixer product!!



  1. This month my goal is to be more consistent with my healthy eating (not as many “cheats”), read the happiness project, get better at box jumps, and get my monthly mileage to 40 miles!

  2. My goals are to stick with my workout schedule, find more creative healthy meals, and drink more water!! I have never had a problem drinking enough water. I don’t drink soda at all! But then coffee entered my life. Now I just want to drink it all day! Which is okay as long as I drink my water too! =)

  3. I just signed up for my gyms – OMT – Operation Muffin Top to loose my muffin that I gained over the summer! Operation Muffin Top is the kick in the butt I need to get back on track and feeling mybest. It is a balanced, hands-on approach that provides people with all the tools they need to succeed in both losing weight and being fit. Included the Paleo diet and exercises!

  4. One of my health/fitness goals to keep up with for this month is varying my routine a bit by incorporating some yoga once a week. I like to keep things interesting! I’ve been wanting to try sunflower butter and seeing it everyday on your blog is really making me crave it! Looks so delicious.

  5. I’m already started on one of my fitness goals this month: PUSH MYSELF HARDER! I’ve been doing interval runs on my neighborhood track and circuit training w/ lots of squat jumps, pushups and planks. I could push harder, but I’m slowly working up to it. Now, I just need to get in the kitchen and experiment more and I’ll REALLY be feeling good! I love having my healthy go-tos (ie. oatmeal, smoothies, eggs, spinach, sweet potatoes, brown rice) but they are getting a little old.

  6. My goals for the next month are to participate in my box’s Paleo Challenge and to make sure I continue getting to the gym (Crossfit, spin, yoga, running, etc) 5 times a week even as my work schedule gets busier (working 10-12 hour days). One thing I love about Crossfit is how much I WANT to go workout because I truly enjoy it and the people. I also love my job, which makes the long days much easier.

  7. I know you may (possibly) feel restricted with your new food plan for UC, but your meals always look SO delicious! I now have chopped banana and nut butter in a mug all the time 🙂 And now I want your lunch 🙂 But I have no ripe avocados (so sad) and no peas. Oh, and no turkey burger lol.

  8. My goals are to go to BodyPump twice a week (yesterday was my first class!) and to cut out almost all artificial foods from my diet. I’ve been doing this for about a week, and can already feel a huge difference in my body and energy level 🙂

  9. My goal is to return to running post injury committed to full body health!

    That means cross training not just saying, “Yeah I should cross train instead of run today.”

  10. I like your goal of sleeping 8 hours per night. I think a lot of people overlook the fact that sleep will help us recover as well as increase the abilities of our immune systems. Less sickness= more workouts and energy to tackle the day!

  11. Hello~ Do you mind me asking what the Paleo Challenge is? Just curious I know you are strictly changing your diet for healing, but have you lost weight or have you seen any changes in changing your diet to more Paleo or SCD? Just curious~


  12. I love sunflower butter~~ BTW, when you make some veggie salad, what do you usually use for dressing?? Sometimes I just get bored with vinegar and olive oil…but I also don’t like to use “Ranch” “Caesar” those unhealthy and fatty dressing.

  13. If you’re looking for a new book I’d recommend, “The Places that Scare You” by Pema Chodron. It is on the recommended reading list for my yoga teacher training 🙂 I will admit I’m only about 1/3 of the way through! BUT it’s really incredible if you’re in the mood for a more reflective read!

  14. My goal is to have a more healthy diet by incorporating more veggies and fruits in each meal and by cooking with ingredients that are closer to their “natural” state rather than pre-packaged or canned ingredients. Also, since we’re trying for a baby, I want to start a routine of moderate-light weekly exercise so that I have a better chance of sticking with it if/when I’m pregnant. Tina, have you ever read “Life of Pi”? Such a good novel – very imaginative and full of the “never quit” mentality. It will make you look at running water with a whole new appreciation!

  15. I agree with you about goals: I need something to work towards to keep me going!
    My goals for the rest of the month:
    Try CrossFit: My first class was this morning and I think I’m going to love it!
    Run with others: I normally run by myself. I think running with other people will be a good motivator to push myself!
    Be okay with taking 2 days off rather than just 1 day. I always feel guilty when I take 2 days off a week from training and I shouldn’t. My body needs rest.

  16. Well, since I finally heard back from the guy at Tampa’s CrossFit Malicious gym, he said my friend and I can start early next week!! So, my means to getting the body I want is to try CrossFit and become stronger (rather than focusing mostly on cardio). So very excited to see why you’re so in love with it- hope I will be too!

  17. My goal is to work towards eating healthier and exercising more…making them both a lifestyle. I’m using my husband’s upcoming gala (and blogging about it!) as motivation to get in shape! Gotta look great for those photos!

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