Pump & Sip

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.

No couch and DVR for me tonight! I’ve actually had quite an eventful evening!

After work, I met Ali at Healthworks for the Body Pump launch at the Cambridge club. I’ve been waiting months for this day! I LOVE Body Pump, and I can’t even explain how I excited I was for it! Ali must have thought I was nuts!


Healthworks made the Body Pump launch quite an event– complete with decorations, snacks, and raffles.


My Body Pump set-up included a barbell, plates, clips, and a “bench.”



The class kicked my butt! My legs and arms felt like jello by the end. I actually struggled to wash my hair in the shower! It was awesome!!! I can’t wait to go again!

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After a speed-shower at Healthworks, I met my friend, Beth, for a wine event at Gordon’s Fine Wine & Culinary Center in Waltham.


Winemaker, Simon Back of South Africa, hosted the tasting at Gordon’s tonight. Simon Back comes from a unique family history for South Africa, dating back to the early 1900’s with his great grandfather emigrating from Lithuania as a refugee to Cape Town. Soon after, he bought a farm and planted a vineyard, now known as Backsberg Estate Cellars.


The Backsberg wine brand is launching in Massachusetts, so our group was among the first in Boston to taste the wines, which I thought was pretty cool! 😉


The featured wines:

  • 2008 Backsberg Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2007 Backsberg Chenin Blanc
  • 2008 Chardonnay (Kosher)
  • 2007 Pinotage (Kosher)
  • 2007 Pinotage
  • 2006 PumpHouse Shiraz
  • 2003 Babylons Toren Red


My favorite wine of the evening was the 2003 Babylons Toren Red, which was a blend of Merlot, Cabernet, and Shiraz. It was smooth and bright with red fruit flavors. Yum! It was a perfect wine for autumn! 😀


I was starving after Body Pump, so I basically devoured my plate of bread and cheese! It was delicious paired with the wines, but I definitely wolfed it down!


I’m exhausted! And I need to rest-up for my sister’s bachelorette party tomorrow.

Good night, blog friends!



  1. body pump looks scary… not sure i want to try it!

    i was at HW cambridge right after bodypump ended i think. all the food was still out. i was doing crunches right next to the table of cheese and brownies. it feels weird to have food in the gym! i didn’t eat any.. couldn’t rationalize it

  2. Bodysculpt looks fantastic, kind of like my gym’s bodyshape but definitely kicked up a notch! The wine tasting looked beautiful… glad you enjoyed… chenin blanc is one of my new favoritest lately! 🙂

  3. I LOVE body pump!! It’s such a brilliant work out isn’t it? That’s the only way I really do strength training at the moment but I love it so I’m okay with that…
    Um, cheese and bread is always wolfed by me! Cheese, bread and wine = heaven!

  4. I love body pump! And I definitely know the jello leg feeling you mentioned. I should really get back to going more often as it’s a great workout. Although, my classes don’t come equipped with the snacks. =/

  5. Hell yes!!! I go to Body Pump as much as possible when I am back home in Sun Valley Idaho. I’m stoked to hear it’s made it’s way to Boston!

  6. Kudos for weight training!

    I tried a Body Pump class once and it was a KILLER! I almost walked out but my pride kept me in the room. The bad part is that I haven’t gone back since! I really should; I know I need to do more weight training! I’m a cardio queen!

    And the best way to refuel after a tough workout is definitely wine and cheese! 🙂

  7. I ADORE body pump! The posters we have at our gym are definitely different than yours! Do they have all the other fun Body-_____________classes Like Body Combat? Such a great concept!! Enjoy!

    Re. the wine- I’m not a huge Pinotage fan. It’s just a bit weird for me. Did you like it?

  8. A workout and a wine tasting?? Heaven!! You are a lucky girl. We don’t have any of those name brand classes here in KS. Hope your muscles solidify before tomorrow night!

  9. Body Pump is fantastic! You see results so quickly too! I don’t belong to a gym now so I haven’t done it for ages – I miss it!

    Have a fantastic time at your sister’s party!!

  10. So funny-I went to Body Pump yesterday morning for the first time. I LOVED It too! Erica raves about Les Mills classes and now I know why. They are awesome! I tried Body Combat too, great workout too. I am sore today though, those squats were a killer:) Have a great Saturday!

  11. Hey Tina, if your gym offers Body Combat you should give that a go, too – especially since you aren’t running right now. It seems most people don’t love it after the first class but give it another try and then they are addicted! I love it, but moved to Chicago, where Body Combat doesn’t exist and gyms are expensive…

  12. i’ve never been to a body pump class, and it sounds pretty intense! you know you’ve had a good workout when you have trouble washing your hair! 🙂 good job Tina!!!!!

    Wine tastings are so much fun. I need to google some in my area, you always seem to have so much fun! 🙂

  13. I loved the body pump class!!! The music was great and I love getting women excited about weight training! It’s such an important component to a workout that often gets overlooked. I think some women are intimidated by it, but I truly believe most women are so much stronger than they give themselves credit for! This class was great! It was so much fun and made me feel strong and like I could conquer anything! Looking forward to hearing about your bachelorette party!

  14. Ok you are officially the only person I have ever seen/heard of to get this excited about BodyPump. I mean, I like pump as much as the next person… but I wouldn’t say that I love it.

  15. I LOVE Body Pump.
    I do it twice a week and have. I’m 5’9 and used to weigh 152 pounds since starting twice weekly pupming I’ve gone down to 133! You’re gonna love it….. It’s the greatest work-out you’ll ever have!

  16. Pump rules! I actually went to the Les Mills Quarterly today and saw the NEXT pump release (which is out of this world!). I teach Attack and Step now and am training to teach Pump in November 🙂 Glad you had such a fab day

  17. what a fun day! I LOVE bodypump and miss it alot. That’s one thing I’m ready to do again once we can afford to join the gym.

    hope you have a great night!

  18. What a great idea – workout with wine 🙂

    Your mention of Simon Back caught my eye – what a great wine-making family!

    Backsberg is legendary among our wine farms here in Cape town South Africa, and especially for their reds. We have indulged in them since our first few bottles as poor university students, and still rate them.

    I hope they make a hit in Boston 🙂

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