Nixing Dessert

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜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.

Hi, guys! How’s your Monday evening going so far?

I’m actually really tired tonight– much more than usual. 😐 It must be the Body Pump, which definitely kicked my bee-hind! I’m going to sleep like a baby tonight.


After the gym, I headed to Starbucks to do some writing. While there, I enjoyed a decaf nonfat sugar-free vanilla misto. How’s that for an order? I’m so high maintenance sometimes! πŸ˜‰

Mmm! My high maintenance misto hit the spot! πŸ˜€


When I got home, I snacked on a bowl of chopped grape tomatoes with crumbled gorgonzola and ground pepper.


And a little while later, I dug into these babies:


These are the BEST salt & vinegar chips ever! I ate one handful of chips, then another… and then another. I finally just stopped myself in my tracks. I folded up the bag of chips, put an elastic band around them, and put it in the way back of the cabinet. Disaster averted.



Mal had a late day at school today, so when he arrived home, I whipped up a quick pizza + salad for dinner.


We had salad topped with balsamic vinegar.


And homemade pizza with red pepper, red onion, ground beef, garlic, tomato basil marinara, and shredded cheddar cheese.


The pizza was so, so, so delicious! :mrgreen:



After chowing-down a bunch of chips this afternoon, I thought it would be best to skip dessert tonight. Plus, I ate a million cookies yesterday, so I definitely didn’t need any more sugar. I thought nixing dessert would be really tough for me to do, but the craving for something sweet has actually lessened quite a bit.

Ok, ready for my exciting news!?!

Electrolux Program

I was recently selected as one of 15 Foodbuzz Featured Publishers for the Electrolux program! We’ll join Kelly Ripa in New York City for a special cake decorating event to generate support for and awareness of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, whose mission is to fund research to find a method of early detection and ultimately a cure for Ovarian Cancer.

Obviously, I am VERY excited about this opportunity. I’m a huge fan of Kelly Ripa and, of course, cake, so combining those two elements into an event that generates support and awareness for ovarian cancer is a dream come true! THANK YOU, Foodbuzz! :mrgreen:

I’m poooooooped! Good night!



  1. Yummy!! Pizza is delish. Love it!

    And I love Kelly Ripa too. Would also love to have her body. She is so fit. Big sigh of envy! πŸ˜‰

  2. Body Pump will do that to you! My new gym doesn’t have group classes, but years ago I used to go to Body Pump once a week or so, and I could rarely walk normally the next day. πŸ™‚

  3. OMG!!! how awesome!! CONGRATS!!!! Kelly Ripa Rocks!!! love her!!!!!!! Wow that is so cool!!!! Mmmmmm your pizza looked yummy you made! Have a great night!!!!

  4. Kettle chips makes some great chips. That flavor comes in their baked variety I believe, too, which has less fat if you want to enjoy them with less guilt.
    I saw your blog on the Foodbuzz letter. Congrats! I love Kelly Ripa and watch Regis and Kelly every morning. I bet she’s as nice in person as on TV

  5. Body pump sounds like an awesome workout, I love that painful burning feeling lol πŸ˜‰
    As a Boston girl I know you’ll be able to appreciate this, I got to go skating at Fenway Park this weekend and posted a couple pics on my blog. ‘Twas awesome!
    Happy Monday Tina!

  6. Those are some of the best chips I have ever eaten! They are sort of expensive here, so they are definitely a treat! I just want to say thank you for being such a role model with the self control. It is something I struggle with constantly, and I always get a boost when I see others doing it too!

  7. Salt and vinegar chips are my favorite! Luckily (or unluckily) my husband doesn’t like them so we never have them in the house.

    You and Meghann both get to go to New York?! How fun!

  8. What kind of pizza crust do you use/make? Do you just keep ready-made crusts on hand? The pizza looks de-lish!
    Congrats on the Electrolux Program, that’s so fun! Hopefully I’ll be able to do something like that someday!

  9. Congratulations lady! That is such an awesome and exciting opportunity. I can’t wait to see the pictures of that adventure! Have a great day.

  10. Congrats – sounds like so much fun. And NYC is always awesome, but I guess I’m biased πŸ™‚ Pizza looks delicious as always – my favorite toppings include caramelized onions, sundried tomatoes and sauteed mushrooms!

  11. BIG CONGRATS on the win!!! I adore Kelly Ripa…she’s so, well, ripped!! CORNY… Anyway, I actually passed on dessert tonight too. Time to hang with the kids and then get to bed. It’s funny because my post last night was also about getting back into tip top shape after letting things go a tiny bit. You can help keep me better motivated…not that my bikini doesn’t already do that! Congrats again!

  12. amazing!! I love the big pepper slices on the pizza boboli?? aah it looks so good! perfect way to stay warm today, it was freezing in boston!!

  13. Everyone in the blog world have been making homemade pizzas! yours looks great!
    So you will be joining Meghann in NYC tina!! Congrats, that is wicked exciting!!

  14. COOL!
    any chance of a blogger meet up (maybe with Meghann . . . i read she’s attending as well) ????

    if you guys plan on something let me know if you need any help scouting a cool restaurant . . . i live 20 mins away from the city and know it like the back of my hand . . . and i think it goes without saying that im a totally foodie. Seriously, im walking zagat πŸ˜€

  15. That pizza looks delicious … I was wondering what to have for dinner ”” now I might have my answer.

    I’m going to have to try those chips, too.

  16. I love those salt and vinegar chips, they are so addicting! I can’t even buy them since I have no self control. Congrats on winning the Electrolux contest. I got an email from Foodbuzz earlier announcing the winners, so I already knew the good news. πŸ™‚

  17. Oh my! The buffalo bleu version of those Kettle chips were my downfall last night when I scarfed down almost an entire bag. I apparently ignored the “sharing size” recommendation!

    Congrats on the win!

  18. Congratulations!! You will have so much fun with Kelly Ripa πŸ™‚ She is so adorable and bubbly (just like you). And good luck with Lose the Dough! I’m sure you will do fantastic.

  19. Hi Tina-
    good luck!
    I teach over at Beacon Hill Athletic- you should come try my muscle abs class sometime– Elina tried it a few weeks ago and we had a blast!! Let me know if you want to try it out on a Saturday morning sometime! πŸ™‚

  20. wow congratulations that is so cool!! I love your blog, and I wish you the best of luck on your health journey, I too am trying to do that myself and get in shape for a sprint triathlon … Iam looking forward to you health posts πŸ™‚
    P.S. your pizza looks AMAZING πŸ™‚

  21. Congratulations! What a fabulous thing to be a part of. This will sound horrible, but I love Kelly Ripa too because she used to be on the soap I watch sometimes (All My Children). We all have guilty pleasures, right?

    PS: your tomato snack is a GREAT idea! I’m going to do that one soon πŸ™‚

  22. Oh man, you think you’re high maintenance? My favorite drink is a triple tall (sometimes decaf) soy americano misto with one pump cinnamon dolce syrup.

    I’ve had baristas roll their eyes at me. πŸ™‚

    Congratulations on the electrolux event!

  23. Decorating a cake with Kelly Ripa? I’m so jelly! She is hilar.

    And I always order wacky drinks at starbucks (1/2 caf, xtra hot, etc.). I like to believe that the baristas like the challenge, but they probs secretly hate me.

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