Shades of Brown

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.


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Apparently, I really like this blog title because I already used once back in February 2009. I also used “Shades of Green” in March 2010. I guess I really need to work on my post titles. Clearly, they are lame.


I am so ready for this marathon. Tapering and I just don’t get along. I understand why I need to do it, but I am so antsy to get back to my usual workouts. I miss Body Pump! (Shhh”¦ I went last Friday!)

At the gym this morning, I did this 20-minute treadmill workout, but kept the speed at 6.2 instead of slowing the pace on the inclines. To remember the workout, I wrote it on a Post-It note and then stuck it to the treadmill. The key is to wait until you get to the gym to unstick it, so it stays put.

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I ran about 2 miles in 20 minutes and then hopped on the elliptical for 15 minutes.


Today’s lunch included lots of shades of brown, which are never aesthetically pleasing for a food photo, but the meal tasted delicious and that’s all that matters, right?

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I whipped up a batch of parsnip fries using the same method for my sweet potato fries and added some BBQ sauce for dipping.

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I also had a piece of the monster calzone from last night.

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Brown and tasty!

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Now, I’m off to bake some cupcakes for Family Dinner with Dave and Marie tonight. I’m pretty sure I’ll end up sampling one. You know, just to make sure they taste okay! 😉

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    1. The frosting is AWESOME! The cake was a bit dry, but maybe adding more oil or even canned pumpkin or applesauce would make it more moist. The brownies are excellent too!

  1. I think this would be something we call a yellow meal. Like a boxed dinner from KFC…everything is some shade of brown, yellow, or off-white.

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