Random Thoughts from the Other Night

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.

Hi, guys! How’s it going?!

I just wanted to pop in real quick with a (random) blog post. I actually thought of most of these things while laying in bed the other night when my mind was racing a zillion miles per minute. Wow, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks. I feel like such a scatterbrain lately, so that’s kind of how this post came together… just a bunch of random thoughts from the other night. Ok, here we go!

I really need to get a jumpstart on my taxes this year. Mal and I always wait until the last minute and then we’re scrambling like maniacs trying to get everything together. We’re actually switching from our current CPA to one in our financial adviser’s office, so hopefully that will help make things a bit more seamless. (I honestly don’t know why we waited so long?!)

I’ve literally made a batch of these Banana Coconut Cookies every single day this week. I am totally obsessed. I actually switched to unsweetened coconut flakes for a lower sugar version since I eat all three cookies every single time, and it’s still amazing.

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I’m on the fence about registering for this year’s CrossFit Open — mostly because I’ve made practically zero improvements since last year’s Open. T2B? Eh. HSPUs? Nope. Muscle-Ups of any sort? NOPE. I love CrossFit, but I don’t spend extra time working on anything anymore. I just do it for fun and to socialize and get a good sweat on. I dunno. I guess my priorities have changed. I’ll probably end up registering because I know I’ll be bummed if I don’t. And, hey, maybe I’ll surprise myself!

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Remember that weird eczema that I had above my eye a few weeks ago? Well, it’s back sort of. It’s itchy, but not flaky, and I’m pretty sure it’s related to stress. Stress does CRAZY stuff to your body, huh!?

These leggings are everything. I want them in my life. My random thoughts just keep coming back to them!

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Qman’s annual evaluation for Early Intervention is coming up in a few weeks, and I’m pretty sure he’s not going to qualify for services, which means he’s all caught up with his speech delays! 🙂 The kid is talking NONSTOP!!!

Speaking of the little dude, he’s recently taken an interest in photography. He frickin’ LOVES taking pictures. He literally giggles to himself when he takes a cool photo. It’s so sweet.

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I really need to see a chiropractor. Or something. My back is so messssssed up. Has anyone had success with treatment for their scoliosis? I feel like in my old age things are getting worse.

I just bought these dark spot corrector patch things, and I’m excited to give them a try!

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In November, I weighed myself, and I was surprised to see that I had gained a solid 10 pounds since the summer. Maybe my clothes felt a little tighter, and I knew I was probably drinking too much wine at the time (hey, we had a FUN summer and fall), but I didn’t think I had put on that much weight. I know the scale is just a number, but, whoa, it jumped up a lot. After that, I started to pay attention to my diet, and I’ve since lost 4-5 pounds. I’m still not back at my “feel great weight”, and I’ve felt kind of blah about myself because it’s taking longer than usual for the weight to come off.

But then, just recently, I realized that I’ve been in remission since the end of the summer, and this extra weight might just be healthy (I’m-not-sick-anymore) weight. Since then, my thinking has done a complete 180, and I’m in such a better place now. I just wanted to share this because the scale does not tell the whole story! 🙂

Question of the Day

Your turn! What’s on your mind today? Any random thoughts you want to share?



  1. I am going to have to give those banana coconut cookies a try! They look SO yummy!

    I’ve got meal planning on my mind! I have gotten back into the routine of working out regularly, but my diet is lacking a little.

  2. Thank you so much for keeping things so honest on here. I love your structured posts and the ones with random thoughts. Thanks for sharing! Those cookies look delish!

  3. hey Tina, just wanted to reach out re: your scoliosis. I’m a yoga teacher and have learned a lot about yoga as a therapy for scoliosis. A lot of the exercises we do can either hurt or help scoliosis, especially weight training. Depending on the curves in your spine, you might have some opportunity to strengthen certain areas (particularly side plank on the weaker side) while stretching the opposite/stronger side (through lateral flexion) to help feel better. Of course chat with your doctor/chiropractor/trusted fitness professional before taking an internet stranger’s advice but thought I’d plant the seed if you hadn’t considered yoga/exercise as a way to find relief before.

  4. I have had the same thing on my eye too. I cleaned my brushes good. Its subsided. My derm have me topical steroid which did nothing. But its practically gone. SO annoying!!

  5. Just wanted to say I’m so happy you’ve been in remission since the summer. I’m a pediatrician, and while I was in training, I often helped care for some of our kids with IBD who were hospitalized with bad flares and it always just broke my heart. I’ll continue to send good vibes for continued health your way!!

  6. Hooray for remission!!

    I was getting odd eye irritation that was on and off for a few months (this was a couple of years ago) and went to a dermatologist for a patch test. It turns out that I’m allergic to formaldehyde-releasing preservatives that are commonly found in facewash and makeup products (even the “all natural” variety can have them). After I started checking my soaps; etc. for those ingredients, I haven’t had an issue since! Apparently your eye area is especially sensitive to allergies. Just a thought if it doesn’t seem to want to go away or comes back again! 🙂

  7. I’ve had serious back problems this year, mainly because of the strain I put on it while staring for hours at my computer for work – ugh. Welcome to our generation, I guess… anyway! I’m not sure if you’ve ever tried acupuncture, but it’s worked wonders for me. I still go for maintenance/etc, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to let you know in case you want to try a natural/holistic treatment. Definitely let me know how it goes if you end up trying it and/or if you have any questions!

    PS – major props for your months in remission! Talk about progress, especially when you think in terms of “this time last year…”

  8. Oh yes, my eczema also goes hand in hand with stress. Stress does CRAZY things to the body. I’m so glad to hear you’re thoughts have gone 180 re: the scale. Those darn scales, they mess with our minds for sure. xo

  9. I go to Seaside Chiropractic in Norwell and they are great. I started seeing them last summer to treat chronic low back pain brought on by having a giant baby. I’ve been pain free since July!

  10. Hi Tina,
    I just wanted to add to the suggestions for help with your scoliosis. While I don’t have scoliosis, I have had serious lumbar issues that I was born with and led to 2 back surgeries in the past year. I have done a lot of physical therapy and am a huge advocate for it. I even did it before I had my surgeries and it helped immensely with the pain. So, I guess I would suggest talking to a physical therapist. Glad you have been in remission for so long now. I have to try those cookies!

  11. Oh stress does crazy things! I lost all my hormones because my job was too stressful a few years ago, then started having stress fractures (had 3 in one year), stopped absorbing nutrients and losing crazy amount of weight despite eating 2500 calories daily. It was insane. Then I quit my high stress job and a few months later, things turned around.

  12. I completely agree about the whole weight thing. I bet that IS healthy not-sick weight, and the scale is literally JUST a number. As long as you feel great, that’s all that matters.

  13. I had several “30’s” moments (as I like to call them) this week… This post reminded me of them.

    I had the exact eye thing last summer. I was told it was likely stress related at the PCP… but I also have delayed pressure urticaria soy body loves to surprise me with things all the time.

    How fun would a post of photos from Quinn’s perspectives be!?

  14. Per your comment on the 10 lb weight gain, do you think it is just muscle weight? You look very lean but with more muscle from your pictures. I’m so happy you’re in remission as well! Please update us on the dark spot corrector patches… would love to know if it works.

  15. Sign. Up. For. The. Open!!!! You will not regret it. As one CrossFit lover to another you should get out your computer and just do it. Who cares if you’ve made not progress (or so you say because I am willing to bet you have made progress.) That’s why there is a scaled version and I know you will surprise yourself! That’s the best part about The Open, people ALWAYS surprise themselves.

  16. I had my second baby in November and am about 5-8 pounds heavier still than before. How I see things is if you really wanted to lose weight, you would. While like you I would prefer to lose the 5 pounds neither of us obviously want it that badly or we would have lost it already. Does that make sense?

  17. You are so right to think that way! I have had ulcerative colitis for 12 years and when I am healthy and in remission my weight goes up! But that’s ok because being healthy and feeling great is totally worth it.

  18. So happy to hear you’re in remission!! What a great thing to get you thinking more positively about your weight!

    Work is on my mind today. I haven’t felt real work stress since starting my current job, but today I definitely am. I have to go to a clinic I’m not familiar with and that I really don’t prefer (the people there are just…hard to work with) and it’s stressing me out. Oh well…it’s Friday!!

  19. I think I have mentioned this before but I have moderate scoliosis (45 degree curve) and actually had spinal fusion when I was 16. I have had very little back pain my whole life, thankfully. However, I did have develop pain on and off from 2014-2016, which was actually defined as chronic pain by the medical profession. I did have success with taking turmeric, but honestly reading a few books by Dr. John Sarno helped me cure myself!! I know that may sound dramatic, but it is what happened. I highly recommend reading his books, “Healing Back Pain” and “The Mind Body Prescription”. These books have been LIFE CHANGING. For $10-20 on amazon, that is a lot cheaper than dr’s visits and meds. Check out the reviews on amazon too as I am not the only one who Dr. Sarno cured with his books. Dr. Sarno is Howard Stern’s dr. who cured him of his chronic pain. I will be very clear in saying I was having tingling and pain almost every day. The day I read Dr. Sarno’s book and accepted what his book said, the pain and tingling stopped! That was in September and I have been pain free since. It is definitely smart to get evaluated by a physician also, but I think if you like 10% Happier, you will be open to the concepts Dr. Sarno presents. Good luck and email me with any questions. 🙂

  20. I have suffered from a slew of upper back/shoulder problems and felt like I had tried everything. The chiropractor actually put me in more pain than I was in before and I didn’t want to rely on ibuprofen or aleve anymore. Nothing has helped me as much as yoga! Practicing regularly – in addition to my normal exercise routine – has done wonders for me. I love doing a gentle stretch class right after a barre or pilates class, it helps with muscle aches and recovery. Everyone’s body is different but this has worked wonders for me!

  21. The scale doesn’t tell the entire story! I have been hitting the gym for 10 weeks now (5-6 times a week.) I haven’t lost a single pound, BUT, I can finish an hour class not feeling like I’m dying, do 12 push ups, and fit into a pair of jeans I haven’t worn in two years.
    I have taken boxing classes, TRX classes, used medicine balls, kettle balls, dead balls, a rowing machine and Pilates. I walk taller, I’m more confident, and STRONGER!
    And I think it’s awesome that I understand all of the abbreviations written on WOD!
    So, no, the scale doesn’t tell the entire story, and I refuse to be a slave to it!

  22. I tried the cookies for my toddler and they didn’t work, super bummed! I followed the directions but they didn’t seem to firm up, any suggestions? 🙂

  23. Hi Tina! When you say you focused on your diet what do you mean by that? I have also gained a bit of weight since the summer and recently started trying to eat healthier, but have seen no progress. I was just wondering what you adjusted to lose 5 pounds?

    1. Nothing crazy… just paid attention to portion sizes and ate less junk/drank less wine. I’m not really a restrictions person, which is probably why it was a slow loss.

  24. I’m with Megan sign up for the Open. Even just for the motivation. You know where you’re at, and prove to yourself you can be ok with that, and do your best. I’m not into CrossFit, but it seems to fit the philosophy to doing your best. Isn’t that what we do every day? So happy to hear you’re in remission, what a huge relief.

  25. One of my students has a rash every time she comes into my classroom. I told her I think it’s related to stress! Stress can totally make you break out!

  26. You should try physical therapy for your back pain! I’m a DPT and we help patients with scoliosis often. It’s a much more long-term approach than chiropractic, in my opinion.

  27. Check out if you have a chiropractor who does ART in your area. I have had multiple issues and surgeries with back and shoulders, and it prevented me from really advancing in Crossfit. A lot of people in our box recommended two different ART providers, and the chiro combo has been a miracle. Not exaggerating, it has alleviated pain that I’ve had for the past 6 years in only a few sessions. Good luck!

  28. So glad to hear that Qman might be testing out of Early Intervention. My son also participated in Early intervention for a speech delay when he was two because his daycare teacher was very concerned when he was falling behind in milestones. My son’s case turned out later at age 4 to be diagnosed with Apraxia which is a motor planning and speech and language disorder. He has trouble coordinating what he thinks into words in a timely and fluid motion. So things come out kind of jumbled. His speech has gotten better but he’s still not understood majority of the time by others that don’t know him. These kinds of things are hard to catch and understand when it’s your first child and it’s a boy so naturally you think he’s just a late bloomer. Enjoy all his little chatter! Their voices are so sweet!

  29. I haven’t read all of the responses, so maybe this has already been mentioned, but I had the EXACT same thing on my eyelids, and I figured out that it was related to the wine I was drinking. It might be a good idea to abstain from alcohol until it goes away, and then re-introduce slowly so that you can figure out which alcohol might be causing it.

  30. Ugh tax paperwork, hate it but it is my job haha! Wondering if you would do a health update in regards to UC? SO glad to hear you have been in remission and I’m curious as to what “your” remission looks like? Do you have any symptoms? How’s food and diet like? Always interested in what other people are doing to keep UC under check.

  31. Thank you for your last paragraph! I am currently in remission (5months!) from non Hodgkin lymphoma and although I praise my body with everything it’s been through– surgery, intennnnse chemo (I also have a 2.5 year old… #pregnancy), I sometimes feel so down about why I am not as strong as I used to be. (Also having intestinal issues… I know you can relate.) BUT I need to be kinder to myself— I ran a half marathon in November!— the number on the scale might not be my happy number but this body is all I’ve got so I need to stop giving myself a hard time!

  32. Right now, the most important thing on my mind is getting FDA approval for a new line of product we’re working on. It’s good to see your little kid picking interest in photography.

  33. Hello! Random question – who do you guys use for your financial planner? I live on the south shore and my husband and I are looking for any recommendations – thanks 🙂

  34. For your back, you might try Dr. Kylee (?) Eagles at South Shore Medical Center in Norwell. She’s a physiatrist and an osteopath. I’ve seen her for a few things and she’s very thorough, gives great adjustments if you want them, and is big on helping you keep yourself healthy. I get sciatica sometimes and she gave me a bunch of things to do to pop things back into place myself.

  35. I hope you review the dark spot patches! I turned 30 and suddenly dark spots have multiplied and I haven’t found a solution yet. Nothing seems to really work. Just ordered some rosehip seed oil to try next and if that doesn’t work.. these patches?? Let us know 😉

  36. TINA! PILATES!!!! go to a studio that only has private sessions available for the first 3-6 months (somewhere intimate that will help you heal) at least once a week, then start doing group mat classes at a studio that only does pilates (at least 2-3 times per week). NO FUSIONS! if you’re injured, fusion or classes at a gym won’t be supervised enough. if you don’t fall in love with it/become a lifer and only want to heal yourself and be done, shoot for two years to gain deeper body awareness that will last. i know you’re super good about your form during your workouts, but there are muscles in there you don’t even know you have; i promise. xox

  37. I appreciate your comment about your attitude towards your weight. I am actually in the same exact boat, since this time last yearI gained 10 pounds and I was just not feeling so hot. I do Crossfit and recently started a Macro plan. I am not perfect, I have also lost 4-5 pounds and also still have 5-7 to go, but very frustrating as it is coming off reallyyyy slowly. What I am proud of is that is IS coming off, just not as fast as I would like and that I can see I am making progress. I am also working full time and in MBA school AND still manage to do Crossfit 5 times a week, I think I need to give myself a little break, doing the best I can:)

  38. Agree with many suggestions above for back pain: visits to chiro (Dr. Bacon in Portsmouth, NH is AMAZING), yoga, a little more rest, less weight lifting, ROLFing, and rehab moves (electronic stimulation). Good luck!!

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