Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜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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What a beautiful afternoon! :mrgreen:

We have blue skies!

Birds chirping!

Melting snow!

And patches of grass!

It’s starting to feel spring-ish in Boston! Hooray! 😎


I started my Yoga Challenge off on the right foot by purchasing an unlimited two-week pass to a yoga studio that recently opened in my neighborhood. It’s been on my radar for a few weeks now, so I figured the start of the Challenge was the perfect time to buy a pass and recommit to my yoga practice. Spending money on fitness-related stuff always motivates me. I hate to waste money! Does spending money motivate you to exercise/stick to your workouts?

The class that I did this morning was a 75-minute Vinyasa. The first Downward Facing Dog almost killed me, but my legs eventually loosened up. I can’t even explain how much better they feel after that class! I feel like a new woman! And, somehow, my IT bands aren’t sore anymore? I dunno how it happened, but I’ll take it!


After yoga, I did a few quick errands and then headed home for lunch. I was famished! I threw together a quick salad with roasted cauliflower and Garlic Gold Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette drizzled on top.

Lunch also included a banana-chocolate smoothie. In the mix: frozen banana, almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla protein powder, Greek yogurt, and cocoa powder. So yum!

Work, work, workin’ all afternoon long!



  1. The first downward dog of a yoga class is always brutal, but about 60 minutes into a 90 minute class, I am praying it’s the next position called! πŸ˜‰

  2. Aah you’re lucky you’re getting spring – I was wrapped up in my warmest clothes today, SO COLD! And grey, and wet…aka England. Boohiss.

  3. i’ve started going to body flow (yoga/pilates combo thing) and oh my goodness, i love the way i feel after it. always keeps me coming back for more.
    spending money usually motivates me, but out of guilt to not waste money. no inspiration to be active.

  4. I love buying new workout clothes! I bought new outdoor running clothes for this winter to train for my second half, and now that it’s getting to be nicer out, it looks like I’ll have to make my way onto buying new SPRING outdoor workout clothes! Hooray! I can’t wait to continue training outside. The treadmill is just not fun anymore.

  5. Definitley, especially when I buy cute workout clothes. Also, whenever I buy a new song off iTunes that really peps me up I get super excited about listening to it, especially when I’m pushing a faster pace.

  6. I am definitely more motivated to workout if I spent money! I work at a gym, so I have a free pass, but I also have a pass for another gym that I bought before I started working there and can’t cancel. Knowing that I already paid for it makes me take advantage of it πŸ™‚

  7. in the past, i’ve spent lots of $$$ thinking it’d get me to work out – outfits, trainers, fancy locker room, etc. but i ended up not doing it and it made me feel worse!!!

    the only thing that gets me to work out? when my job depends on it – like a movie role. but since that hasn’t been the case for over a year, i haven’t been to the gym since!!!

  8. I just tried Yoga 2 weeks ago for the first time and realized it was a big thing missing in my life! I loved how I felt afterwards, and after a long run it was really releasing. I’m now going once a week and hope to increase that when I have time.

  9. I love all the small signs of spring that are popping up around town!

    I definitely need more yoga in my life. But, I just am not translating those words into actions.

  10. Paying money definitely motivates me to exercise! I buy a group exercise class each semester, which keeps me going to a few classes a week. Each class is gonna average to a dollar or less by the end of the semester!

  11. Aww, I love Spring. It’s the season that promises life and brighter days! How was the yoga session? I’ve been meaning to try it for some time, though I feel like cycling would be fitter for me.

  12. As a fellow Bostonian, I can definitley relate to the excitement of the sun today and its return tomorrow. We deserve it after this winter!

    Yoga is such an amazing mind and body workout. I always find that when I do it, I feel so much more in tune with myself..and alot more flexible. For some reason, I always fall off the Yoga wagon after some time. But when I pick it up again, I always wonder why I ever stopped!

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