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.

Oh, Monday. I’m totally not ready for this week. The weekend flew by much too fast for me. But, it’s a short work week, right? Only three days for me! :mrgreen:


My morning started like usual: banana oats with iced coffee.


In the mix: old-fashioned oats, muesli, raisins, almonds, soy milk, and a scoop of peanut butter.


I love oatmeal.


After missing almost all of our training workouts last week, Mal and I are recommitting ourselves to marathon training. We both agreed that our motivation was really starting to wane, but after discussing our marathon goals, we agreed it’s time to step-it-up once again.


We’ve come so far with marathon training, especially our long runs:

Now check out how many long runs we have to go:

  • 12 miles
  • 18 miles
  • 15 miles
  • 20 miles
  • 15 miles
  • 12 miles
  • 8 miles
  • Marathon!!!

We’re so close! We have some tough runs ahead of us, but we’re in the homestretch of training and it’s no time to slack off!


I am recommitting myself by completing all of my scheduled workouts, eating well, and getting enough sleep. (I do not want to get sick again!)

Here’s this week’s training schedule:

  • Sunday: Off
  • Monday: Step
  • Tuesday: Track Workout 2
  • Wednesday: Body Pump
  • Thursday: 5 mile run
  • Friday: Off
  • Saturday: 12 miles


Question of the Day

When you fall of the “fitness train,” how do you get yourself back on track?



  1. I struggled with this too during the last few weeks of half marathon training. It’s hard to stay motivated for months!! I think reminding yourself of your goals is key- if you have a certain time in mind, it’s not going to happen without consistent workouts!

  2. Goodluck with the long runs- I think it’s awesome how people can commit themselves to training at that length!

    When I have a week or so “off”, I usually just slowly re-introduce it back into my routine. Otherwise, I find myself getting overwhelmed and quitting again- such a vicious cylcle!

  3. I am kind of “recommitting” starting this week as well. Besides my classes I’ve been scheduled to teach, I’ve been majorly slacking on exercise and it’s showing in my jeans and my energy levels! Like you, I made a plan of attack for the week for my workouts and I”m focusing on nutrition & sleep! Basically when I “fall of” the train, I just remember how hard I worked to get to where I am and know I don’t want to go through it all again!

    Happy Monday!

  4. One of the hardest things about marathon training is how long it is! I’ve found that if I write my workouts on every calendar I have, then they are “officially” scheduled. I also have to run first thing or I will think of a million excuses why I can’t go!

  5. When I fall off, all I need to do is get on the scale, look in the mirror, try on my clothes. Then I’m back on. Not that everybody doesn’t need a break once in a while.

  6. Recommitting is a good thing, but don’t be too hard on yourselves either. You’ve been going through a lot lately. A move is extremely stressful, you’ve been sick, and maybe more.

    I say congratulations for keeping up as well as you have thus far.

  7. Sometimes that’s exactly what you need – to fall off the wagon for a little while! As long as the race you are training for isn’t too close! I take a week off now and then and it feel so good, then when I get back to training my body is rested and the workout is even better than before. The fact that it feels so good is what motivates me to get back to it. Breaks are essential!!

  8. During marathon training, there is definitely a “burn out” phase where you just want to be done with the running schedule. I felt that way, too. I’m sure you’ll be great in the weeks ahead! The race will become more real and the excitement will really start to build. Good luck!

  9. Holy moly, lady, you just moved house and you’ve been sick! If there’s ever been a reason for not training as much, it’s those!

    Well done, though, for deciding to get right back on the marathon-horse. We’re all barracking for you and Mal – I hope it stays enjoyable and that you’ve completely defeated your illness!

  10. I agree- don’t be too hard on yourself. Moving is stressful and gets in the way of a lot of things…and getting sick means you HAVE to fall off the fitness wagon if you have any chance of getting better. That being said- a “recommittment” may be just what you need in order not to actually fall off the wagon now that you’re feeling better and have finished the worst part of the move.

    When I fall off the wagon I try to visualize myself working out or running and feeling really great afterward- or visualize how crappy I’ll feel if I skip it. Both work for me.

    Good luck!

  11. Honestly, every day is a new day for me. I don’t feel like “what’s the point” EVER. I think mentally saying, let’s get going again really helps. Don’t be so hard on yourself. You have been sick and you moved…you have had a lot of things going on! It’s good that you are ready to refocus though. Have a great day Tina!

  12. Great job! It’s important to not give up or make yourself feel bad. I like your attitude! I am with you–when I fall off track I re-evaluate my goals and start fresh! You will do great at the marathon and crossing the finish line will vindicate any doubts you had during training!

  13. I think it can be hard to re-motivate when you’ve been busy and sick. While I’ve been working out here and there, it’s taken me MONTHS to get my butt out of bed for my normal 5:30am gym routine. Today I actually did it and it felt great. Sometimes if you push yourself too hard you just need a break, IMO!

    Way to go getting back to the marathon training, though…it’s important that you train right so you don’t hurt yourself! 🙂

  14. I definitely have times when I fall off the wagon, I am just recovering from one! I think the way I overcame was to get excited about just one day or one thing at the gym (my gym’s version of body pump) and then that sort of lead into something to be excited about the next day. Many days I work out alone but I’ve started to commit to two weekly outdoor runs with my boyfriend to get my speed and mileage up which is a big help!

  15. I have been ok with training while I am actually signed up for an event – I did 2 half marathons this year (my first). What’s harder for me is maintaining motivation when I’m not committed to an event. (like right now). I make up a training plan for myself anyway, so I have a schedule and so I feel like I need to stick to it. A couple times in the past few weeks I’ve had a hard time pushing myself out the door though. I think it’s time to mix things up a little though, so I don’t lose interest- and I think I will do that by rejoining my gym (mostly for the spin classes). I’m also trying to commit to some nearby group runs (went to my first 2 weeks ago) since that’s different than what I usually do too.

  16. I think it’s fantastic that you have a running partner that can really keep you motivated. And since he’s your husband you can probably be a bit more honest about your goals and maybe even push each other harder.
    That’s fantastic.
    I’d love to get Matt to marathon train with me!

  17. I feel so strong when I’ve been committed to my workouts… when I feel unmotivated, I just try to focus on how much I love that feeling of strength… works for me!

  18. Usually I get sick of feeling sluggish, so I just get back into a routine. I think it’s pretty natural to get tired during a training plan like yours, you know? It’s such a long, grueling process. Now it sounds like you’re ready to be back on track until the big day!

  19. I don’t blame you for falling off track with all that moving! Usually when I feel the need to kick my butt back into gear, I’ll write out a full plan for the week, detailing exactly what it is I’m going to do. That way I don’t even have to think about it once I get to the gym, Have fun at Step today!

  20. I’ve been in a rutt the past few weeks. Just a lazy bump on a log. I finally got beck on the wagon today and hit the gym. It’s time to get back on track!

  21. The winter is tough for me. In the spring, summer and fall I’m able to bike a lot and have the motivation to bike straight to the gym from work. During the winter, when it’s cold and dark, I lose a lot of drive. The way I get back on track is usually to remind myself of why I like to eat well and stay active, so I can live a long and healthy life. For me, saying “I’ll gain weight” isn’t enough. I need to remind myself that I want to live long and strong!


  22. Well, my marathon training didn’t go quite as I had planned so I think when my motivation waned, it just tanked. I’m hoping to get back on the “train” for the half marathon next May and then the marathon next October.

  23. I find my body craves exercise, usually, so it just kind of happens.

    However, there are times when I stop working out and lose energy and it’s hard to get started again. In those cases, I just remember that after 4 workouts at most, I am guaranteed to love exercise again. So I convince myself for the first two or three times that I have to go. I always start out with classes, because I find them more motivating and interesting than, say, the dreadmill. And it builds from there!

  24. I’ve been meaning to recommit myself to my fitness and healthy lifestyle! Ever since my trip to Europe, I’ve been off the routine and it doesn’t help with the holidays right around the corner. Good to know a lot of people feel this way. I’ll prob give myself a couple of weeks to get on track.

  25. I stay motivated by finding a friend to run – it’s harder to bail if you’re committed to running with someone.

    Awesome UVM sweatshirt by the way!

  26. That’s so hard! Especially since it’s been getting cooler (read: freaking freezing) & I always run in the mornings, it’s been getting more and more difficult to get motivated, get outta bed, and get on the road!
    I find that if I prep everything the night ahead (lay out my clothes, shoes, ipod, etc) then it’s a little harder for me to press “snooze.” Also, downloading some new music is helpful for me, too!

  27. I am trying to get myself back on track right now! I always have to tell myself that I can always find an excuse NOT to exercise, but I need to find an excuse TO exercise! And I try to remind myself of how good I feel afterwards. That is awesome that you aren’t letting anything stand in the way of your goal!

  28. I’m a little bit off of my “running wagon” and approaching the start of training for a marathon – so what I’m doing is writing down why it is that I’m training for Boston again, starting to outline my training plan, and remembering all of the old races that felt so amazing to accomplish after training so hard.
    It’s great that you have your husband to jump back on the wagon with you 🙂

  29. I need to recommit too! I’ve essentially half-assed my dedication to working out for two years. NO MORE! I will recommit myself! Go Tina and Mal!-

  30. I’m right there with you, Tina! After a week’s vacation and a bit of slacking, I am definitely down for some recommitting. Hope you guys have a great Thanksgiving– we’re looking forward to seeing you at a long run soon… it feels like it’s been ages! 🙂

  31. I think it’s easy to fall of the fitness track when you have to follow a routine week after week. When I need a little extra push, I look for a new routine!

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