Playing the Game

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

Iโ€™m the owner of Carrots โ€˜Nโ€™ 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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House update!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ We heard back from the sellers. It’s not good news or bad news; we received a counteroffer. Now we’re playing the game!

To get the ball rolling, Mal and I put in a pretty low offer, so, not surprisingly, the sellers made a counteroffer. It’s not the end of the world, but they only went down $4,000 from their asking price. Isn’t it a buyer’s market?! ๐Ÿ‘ฟย We really love the house, so we increased our offer and basically met in the middle. Hopefully, the sellers like this one better. Stay tuned.



Goooooooood dinner tonight!! It was perfect for 95 degree weather! :mrgreen:

Don’t ya love it when you just throw some ingredients together and the meal turns out much better than expected? Tonight was definitely one of those nights!


I didn’t measure the ingredients exactly, so I did my best to estimate how much I used of each one. Feel free to do your own thing and experiment with the recipe below!

Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Arugula and Feta

Makes 6 servings


  • 6 ounces uncooked whole wheat penne
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 3 ounces crumbled feta
  • 1 big handful of arugula


  • Cook pasta according to directions on package.
  • Combine all ingredients, except for arugula and feta, in a large mixing bowl.
  • Once cooked, drain, and transfer pasta to large mixing bowl; toss well.
  • Cool pasta in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or overnight.
  • Add arugula and feta just before serving.


Doesn’t this dish look so fresh and delicious!?! This recipe is a keeper! ๐Ÿ˜€


TNT Training Schedule

Ever since I started training for the Honolulu Marathon, I’ve received a number of questions about the Team In Training milage schedule. I’ve answered a bunch of questions on an individual basis, but I thought it would be helpful to share my responses with everyone.

Here’s what the various workouts are all about:

Long runs: Long runs are done once a week on Saturday mornings with ourย TNT team. Of course, I would love to run 26.2 miles without stopping, but I really don’t think it’s in my future. Thankfully, the marathon can be completed in a run/walk method. This method uses a technique where you run for a specified time (10 minutes, 9 minutes, etc.) and then walk for 1 minute and complete throughout the entire race. Once I get up to the longer distances, I’m going to give this method a try.

Here are a few links that further explain the run/walk method:

Track workouts: Track workouts help increase your speed. Basically, running faster than normal helps your body get “used to” running faster. Your body learns to work more efficiently and makes you able to run faster over a given (race) distance. Essentially, running becomes easier for you because your body becomes conditioned by the stress of a track workout. Over time, you will be able to run faster with less effort.

Each week, the TNT training schedule has us doing one of three rotating Track Workouts:

Cross training: The TNT program has us crossing training 3 times per week. This is to avoid injury and overuse. On my cross training days, I will do activities like Body Pump, elliptical, spinning, and yoga.

As you know, I believe that strength training is very important to a healthy, fit body. For one, it helps keep your core strong, which is essential for running. Even still, I plan to reduce my usual twice per week Body Pump routine to once a week until the marathon. The TNT folks recommended not doing strengthen training the day before or after a long run or on the same day as running (as your body needs to rest). There’s only seven days in a week, so I really can’t fit in two Body Pump classes each week. Hopefully, doing yoga once a week will help keep me strong.

For dessert, Mal and I are going to Starbucks for iced lattes (decaf) and then we’re chilling with Murphy on the couch. It’s too hot to do anything, so we’re watching a movie from Netflix.

Enjoy the evening, folks! ๐Ÿ˜€



  1. that salad looks SO good! ๐Ÿ™‚

    good luck with TNT! I plan on doing my next marathon or half marathon with them ๐Ÿ™‚ or maybe a triathlon, who knows we’ll see!

  2. Good luck with the house! If they don’t have other offers, they might jump on it. It’s not as easy here in SF if the house is priced just right. Lots of people nabbing them!

  3. Why, why, why did you change your layout?!?! This was one of my very favorite foodblogs. It’s not as user friendly now that you have to keep clicking back and forth to read it. I’m sad…

  4. Still having trouble with photos on my iPad and iPhone. I use those devices almost exclusively. Anyone have a fix or is this something wrong with the way the site is laid out? Hope it gets fixed so I can continue to enjoy CNC.

  5. Best wishes with the house!

    I actually really like the new layout. I don’t have any problem reading the whole post in Reader, and when you click over to comment I love the new fonts and headings. Thumbs up from me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. All the best of luck!!!
    That recipe is an absolute keeper! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    My uncle is a coach for TIT and I just live their program. They are such a supportive group and encourage you to train only in the way that supports your body. I am an avid fan of the run walk method. I ran my first half marathon doing 9:1 and I loved it! The one min break was a time to regroup, drink and then move forward!

  7. Good luck with the offer! Gosh, I can relate so much as we are going through the exact same thing. It’s tough but hang in there, it will happen for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Great info about the running! I still don’t quite understand what cross training is, though – do you do those on your rest days? And do you have any strength training recommendations?

  9. Good luck on the house, how exciting! Your dinner in this heat looks much better than mine! We only have 1 day left and then we are in the 70’s! Can’t wait for fall, I am so sick of this humidity! lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Good luck with the yoga! I have to say, I’ve never seen such improvements in my strength, my flexibility, and the way my body looks as I do with yoga. I’ve also incorporated weekly Mat Pilates classes into my training. I’ve had some hip and knee problems that I think are partially due to lack of core strength, and I really feel like the Pilates classes are helping with that.

  11. Good luck with the house! I’m in the middle of selling mine! Don’t want to move to Chattanooga do you? Don’t blame you, that’s why I got out when I could! haha

  12. That’s really interesting that your TnT training only has you running 2 days a week and cross training 3… I am almost at the end (5 weeks away!) of marathon training with TnT and we were running 4 days, cross training 1. That seems like a really low count for running days… does it get stepped up later in the season?

  13. PLEASE go back to the old way of being able to read your entire post without having to click on each individual entry. I have loved your blog but your new layout does turn me off because now it requires effort. I do think you are such a great blogger and thanks for your ideas and tips!

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