Still Snowing

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.

I guess being snowed in isn’t all that bad. I actually got a ton of work done this morning, including updating a number of CNC pages:

As you can see, I’m finally digging out my favorite posts and making them easier to find, so be sure to check them out. There’s lots of good stuff! 😀


While work, work, working, I drank a second protein shake made with iced coffee, coconut milk, and Vanilla Whey Superior Charge. Surprisingly, the combination of flavors sort of tasted like gingerbread!

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Awesome lunch today! :mrgreen:

I’m trying to use up the leftovers in the refrigerator before we leave for Phoenix, so I got a little creative this afternoon.

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I combined leftover cooked quinoa with canned tomatoes, broccoli florets, salt, and pepper. I just mixed it all together and nuked it in the microwave for 90 seconds, which was just enough time to softened up the broccoli. My gosh, it was tasty! I will definitely make this dish again!

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On the side, I had a toasted English muffin with almond butter and honey mixed together and spread on top. Mmm!

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And here’s the scene behind my lunch:

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Poor Mal spent the first part of the morning shoving snow and now he’s plowing through his grading. Hopefully, he’ll finish soon, so we can relax and hang out.

Oh, I also started packing for the marathon this morning.

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After about 5 minutes, I felt overwhelmed and quit. Please, someone help me.

What should I be sure not to forget?



  1. We got tons and tons of snow in Boston proper which never happens. But, we also got tons of stuff done, too. Good luck with the packing. I am an over-planner, so I always feel super overwhelmed packing for anything!!

  2. Your running shoes, gear you know you’ll be comfortable wearing for a long run, and your Garmin! And I highly recommend packing Body Glide…I ran my whole first marathon with the absolute worst sports bra-chafing. 🙁

  3. Pack snacks that you know your body is comfortable with. Between travel and pre-race jitters, you’ll want to have something that you know your body can handle.

    Before a big race or event, I like to spend the night before painting my nails. It forces me to stay off my feet, relax, and focus on something other than the race. That, paired with a Blizzard from DQ, is my pre-race tradition! Good luck and have fun!

  4. I’ve never packed for a marathon before, but I have packed for other weird things like a ski trip. My advice is take it one outfit at a time, write it down (like and inventory of what’s in the bag) then let it simmer. Let your subconscious churn through it for a few hours, then come back and you’ll probably remember a few more things!

  5. Underwear. Do not forget underwear. I forgot mine for a recent trip and, lemme tell ya, it wasn’t easy to get more considering I didn’t have a rental car and was in an unfamiliar city.

    …and I can’t believe I just admitted that in a “public” place. 🙂

  6. I always pack a throwaway shirt – something to wear while I wait for the race to start and leave before I begin running (and warm up!). A lot of races will pick up the discards and donate it to charities. Some people wear plastic garbage bags, especially if it rains but the reason why I don’t is because I once saw a man slip on someone else’s discarded garbage bag and fall flat on his face about 10 seconds after the race began. 🙁

  7. I agree with Alison that throw away clothes are crucial! I just got back from running Disney and that was the one thing I forgot were sweat pants. I had a throw away shirt but could have used the pants.

    Oh and I’m accustomed to lower back pain after a run so I packed my heating pad and icy hot. Boy am I glad I did!!

    Good Luck to you and Mal!!!

  8. i am so excited for you and your marathon. I have been reading your blog everyday and have read all about the training you’ve done.

    I would plan out a comfy outfit for after the race. Oh and maybe buy yourself some really good smelling lotion or shampoo like (aveda) for after the race. Have you ever made yourself a t-shirt that has a sang on it like ” i can’t wait to eat 10 cookies after this marathon” or “my name is Tina, please cheer me on” or something just completely random and funny for the other runners to laugh at when they are running BEHIND you?

  9. I feel star struck. I have been reading your blog first thing every morning for at least a year!! Thank you for the sweet compliment. You made my day!! I am so excited for you marathon!! You are going to do amazing and I think you are going to be hooked! DON’T FORGET….your ipod, charger, body glide and running fuel. You are going to do so well and enjoy every second of it. Thanks again for the sweet comment.

  10. Because of the snow, I’m pulling a double at the hotel. Definitely going out for drinks after this shift. Back Bay Social Club maybe 🙂

    I always forget sunblock when I run. Don’t forget sunblock! 🙂 Good luck this weekend!!!

  11. Whenever I freak out about going on a trip I always remind myself that I’m not going to a third-world country and therefore can probably just buy anything I’ve forgotten. Along those lines I be sure to remember everything I CAN’T buy at the store (namely wallet with ID and credit cards and prescription medicines.)

  12. How many grams serving (and also grams of protein) do you use for each protein shake? Did you use 2 full scoops (i.e. 40-60 g total?). Trying to get ideas for myself.

  13. Some things you don’t want to forget is proper stretching tools like
    ‘the stick’ a foam roller or whatever else you use. You will need to use these a lot before & after the marathon. Also really comfy shoes for after the marathon such as flip flops or sandals to let your feet breathe. Of course anything else you forget you will be able to get at the expo. Remember the race starts at mile 20! Good luck.

  14. Whatever you do, take your shoes with you on the plaine, not in your check in baggage. it’s the worst feeling to travel for a race and have the airline lose your luggage, and SHOES!

    otherwise, your favorite sports bra, shorts, top and music!

  15. I’m getting ready to start packing for Phoenix as well! I’m running my first marathon and sticking around for the GOTR Summit. I am bringing lots of snacks and on my “do not forget” list is empty water bottles and coffee mug so I don’t use up a bunch of plastic and paper while traveling! My Garmin is also on that list. I would die without it! Good luck on your race and maybe if I’m lucky I will get to see you! I love that note about race shoes in your carry-on above. What a great tip. Any tips on what to wear for the race? I’m nervous to go to 70* weather and run after all the cold temps.

  16. in the past i have put together a travel list of things to never forget – my friends and i use it whenever we travel. Hope it helps. 🙂
    Sorry for the space overload!

    ATM card
    ADVIL – hangovers!
    Camera Charger
    Bathing suit
    Hair products
    Face wash
    Makeup bag
    Fancy Shoes – flipflops, sandals
    Beach hat
    Extra pair of contact lenses
    Saline solution
    Bath Soap – unless you like using the hotels’
    Sun Glasses
    Water bottles
    Snacky food
    Tampons and all
    Cell phones
    Cell Phone Charger
    Research list

  17. essentials: shorts and capris and running pants (options based on weather), sports bra, shoes, socks, shirt, long sleeve (when I ran Phoenix I was in shirt and shorts–started with a throw away), throw away shirt/sweatshrt (often it is cold at start and you are standing around freezing–should be old or shirt you dont care about that you can toss), gloves, something for your ears, gus/gels/stingesr whatever your drug of chocie, hat, sunglasses, bib, chip—
    things you want but may live without if forget: ipod, ipod charger, garmin, garmin charger, water bottle (if u ususally use one), deoderant 🙂

  18. I’m excited for you!!!!!

    I always forget small things like chargers, socks, my toothbrush or toothpaste (EVERYTIME). If you have a sensitive stomach, pack some food that you can eat the night before/morning of…like bagels and apples. Every time I do an away race, I have to eat very plain food from a grocery store the night before so I don’t get sick.

  19. Tina,

    Good luck!

    Can I ask you where you got those black and white pillow shams-I’ve been looking for something like that.



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