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.

Murphy was psyched when he found out that we were taking a trip to the vet this morning. He loves the vet… like, a lot. He even cries (with excitement) at the thought of spending time there. The people, pets, and smells are just so exciting for him.

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Well, this morning’s trip was quite a bit different, however. When we arrived at the vet, Murphy got his fair share of sniffing and socializing, but he didn’t realize he needed to spend the entire day there for his yearly comprehensive exam.

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Needless to say, Murphy wasn’t pleased when I left him. (I think he knew the rest of his time at the vet wouldn’t be very pleasant.)

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Poor little guy. I hope he’s okay. I already miss him.


After I dropped Murphy off at the vet, I came home and ate breakfast (alone without a pug by my side). I had peanut butter and banana on whole wheat bread with a glass of iced coffee.

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Once I finished breakfast, I headed to a challenging 75-minute yoga class at Dancing Crow Yoga called Strengthen Your Asana. It was a Power Yoga-type class, but a lot more fun because I got to try a bunch of  new poses (to me)– like headstands! I always feel like such a kid when I try to do them. I never got up into a full headstand, but I came really close! Maybe next time?

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After yoga, I spent the next couple of hours shopping. I bought a gift for a friend and then tried on some potential outfits for my book signing next week.

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Banana Republic, The Gap, and Ann Taylor Loft were all a bust– mostly because I suck at dressing myself. I have zero sense of fashion.

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I gave up on shopping and went to Barnes & Noble to pick up Bethenny’s Frankel’s new book: A Place of Yes. Unfortunately, B&N was sold out of it, but they put a copy on reserve for me once their next shipment comes in.

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Of course, I had to look for my book while I was there.

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Seeing my book in a store will never, ever get old.

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After shopping, I came home to eat lunch. I made a big salad topped with balsamic vinegar and leftover orzo, peas, and chickpeas from the other night.

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I satisfied my post-lunch sweet tooth with a special treat: Apple Crisp for One!

To make it, I just chopped up a Granny Smith apple and added it to an oven safe dish. In a separate bowl, I combined two heaping tablespoons of whole wheat flour with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, one tablespoon of softened butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. I mixed all of the ingredients until they became crumbly and then poured the mixture over the apple pieces. Then, I baked the whole thing for about 18-20 minutes in the oven on 350*F. Delicious!

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CNC Book Signing

Just a quick reminder that my book signing is ONE WEEK FROM TODAY (Thursday, May 19th) at 7:00 PM at the Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner””and there will be cookies! I hope you can make it!

For those of you who have asked, this is my ONLY book signing. There won’t be a book tour. Sorry!

I miss Murphy!!! I hope the vet calls soon so I can pick him up. The house is so lonely without him.



  1. It is strange not to have a pet around for awhile. When I was living at home, my parents had to leave the cats at the vet and there was always a void.

    Mm hmm, that crisp looks delicious! 😛

  2. I’ve been following your blog quite a while and always LOVE it! I know I have to get a copy of your book for little support and I got it from amazon yesterday…it is GREAT! I just can’t put it down and I’m gonna try your recipes one by one! 🙂

    And your pug always make me laugh in front of the computer!! :D:D:D

  3. I had to leave Alouysius the Wonder Pug at the vet’s a few weeks ago (he needed a battery of tests for mystery digestive ailment) and I know what you mean about it being heart-wrenching. The consolation, of course, is how excited he was when they put him down and let him fly over to me once he was ready for pick up. 🙂

  4. I guarantee you have better fashion sense than me. I feel like I’m outta the game and I’m scared to get back in haha…which is why I bought Vogue this month.

    Murphy’s little pug face was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen…I bet he’ll be soooo happy to see you again!

  5. Aw poor Murphy! I love your apple crisp idea!! It’s the perfect little portion. I think I would’ve added some rolled oats to the topping, though!

    Maybe it just wasn’t a good day for shopping? I sometimes have those moments when NOTHING seems to look good. No matter how many different things I try on.

  6. Hope Murphy’s OK! I hate leaving our dog at the vet. She’s very cooperative and they all love her, but she doesn’t like being poked and prodded all day. (When the vet takes out the anal thermometer, our dog takes one look at it and sits down. She’s very smart, lol!)

  7. Those eyes!!! They get me every time! Do you stand next to the table encouraging people to buy your book? Or pretend to be reading it and exclaim to the stranger next to you how good it is and recommend they check it out? hahaha

  8. I was in a magazine ages ago and re-reading that article still never gets old so can only imagine what it’s like seeing YOUR book at BARNES & NOBLE!!!

  9. i still haven’t gotten your book yet…we have the receipt that we ordered it but barnes&nobel hasnt emailed us or anything to let us know whats up! im so antsy!! i think i might just end up going to the store to buy it..

  10. If you wanted to come to DC for a book signing, I’d be happy to host you! I’m sure Politics & Prose, a locally owned bookstore in DC, always hosting book signings, would be happy to host you too!

    Murphy is the best! You’re slowly convincing me I need a dog.

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