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Hi, 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.

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Happy Monday, folks! 😎

My day is already off to an interesting start. Even though I woke up bright and early this morning, I still managed to miss my bus to New York City. #fml

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I wanted to fit in a quick workout before my trip, so I set my alarm for an early-morning workout at the gym. Rise ‘n’ shine! I forgot how empty the gym is at that hour. I loved it. I might start getting up early to go at this time more often.

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At the gym, I ran 3 miles on the treadmill. I warmed up with a jog for the first mile and then did intervals (1 minute sprint + 2 minutes jog) for the second and third miles.

After my workout, I stopped by Marylou’s for an iced coffee. Instead of my usual Almond Joy, I went with a flavor called “Peanut Butter Wonderful.” Now, doesn’t that sound delicious? The name alone made me happy. The flavor sort of reminded me of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, but not as sweet… and mixed with coffee. I ordered mine without sugar, so I think that helped with the sweetness.

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At home, I showered up, finished packing, walked Murphy, and then made breakfast. This morning’s eats: toast with sunflower butter and banana slices. It’s a long ride to NYC, so I made sure to load up on the nut butter. It sticks to my ribs and keeps me full for hours.

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After breakfast, Mal dropped me off at the train station. He was sad to see me go. (Murphy gave me a similar look when I said goodbye to him at home. The two of them with their pouty lips”¦ jeez.)

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The commuter rail experienced some issues and ended up being delayed, so I arrived at South Station about 20 minutes later than expected. My bus to NYC was scheduled to leave at 8:30, so I booked it through the terminal, but still ended up missing it.

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I waited around on standby for the 9:30 bus, which was completely sold out. It didn’t seem likely that I’d get on it, but the bus gods were with me, and I got the LAST seat on the bus. Boo.Yah. I still can’t believe it!


For the bus ride, I brought a bunch of snacks: Ginger Snap Larabar, peanut butter-filled pretzels, mixed nuts, and water. I don’t have lunch plans in NYC, so I plan to snack and then grab a cupcake in the city. Rumor has it that Crumbs is the place to go!

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See ya from NYC!

Question of the Day

Are you a morning exerciser? If so, what time do you wake up to workout? What’s your favorite thing about morning workouts?

P.S. Want to become a morning exerciser? Check out my Tips for Getting Your Butt Out of Bed!

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