Still Snowing

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.

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. ha! packing can be so stressful! my tip: just run through what you ABSOLUTELY need to run the race: contacts (if you wear them!), shoes, socks, underwear, sports bra, shorts, shirt, deoderant, etc. anything else you forget can be picked up at a gas station, wal-mart, target, whatever!

  2. Your sneakers!! I worked for TNT for nearly 4 years and I had someone forget their running shoes the weekend of their race. Not good when you are very far from home and about to run a marathon! And if you are chceking luggage, be sure to carry those suckers on or wear them on the flight. Do not check your running shoes!

  3. Eeks! I can’t even imagine being snowed in! Hopefully it wont be for too long. I like what you did with your pages! Very informative for a beginner!

    Don’t forget your everyday toiletries. I try my best to run through my routine in my head so I’m sure not to forget something small!

  4. I just did my first marathon on Sunday! Are you bringing pre-race breakfast? I did. I packed a Justin’s single PB, 2 pieces of Ezekiel, and a banana. You might also want to bring an additional pair of comfy sneakers to wear around after the marathon or you could always just wear your running shoes. And maybe extra safety pins for your race bib b/c sometimes they run out.

  5. Just in case I don’t get the chance to stop by after going home from the hospital, I wanted to be sure to stop in and say GOOD LUCK!!! Not sure what all to pack. I guess just be sure you have the things you KNOW you will want for a long run and the rest will work out.

    So excited for you for this weekend. 🙂

  6. Whenever I go on trips–especially ones that involve races!–I always make a checklist for myself. I have different categories: clothing, equipment, toiletries, documents (race registration, etc.), and other. Keeping track of what I need–and actually checking items off my list as I put them in my suitcase–makes me feel well-prepared and ready to go.

  7. 1) Shoes
    2) Chargers for iPhone/iPod/Garmin
    3) Sports bra

    I would carry these in your carry-on bag. Also, I’d try your best to NOT check a bag due to all the flight craziness.

  8. I can’t stand packing either, and I’ve got some to do this weekend too! Don’t forget your ipod charger, socks, hair elastics, and whatever you plan to eat before/during the race. i always forget hair elastics when i travel and i never fail to snap the one i do bring!

  9. Make a list! I’m doing the full at the Rock ‘n Roll AZ this weekend too but I live in town so I don’t have that stress. Don’t forget your confirmation page that they emailed us. Garmin, chargers, Gu packs (they only have one Gu aid station on the marathon course!), water bottle (I carry one in races), socks, sports bra, hair ties, hat, sunscreen (yes even in January here!), gloves (it’s going to be <50 at the start), throw-away jacket (I always get one at GoodWill before races), etc. Looks like the weather is going to be perfect, the course is nice and flat, and it will be an awesome race! Good luck!

  10. I have done a bunch of out of town races..the things I always pack first are:
    -registration information (confirmation slip, bib # etc)
    -chargers for Garmin/phone/iPod
    -body glide
    -the actual outfit I am wearing on race day + any throw away clothing I might need if it is cold/windy – A Garbage bag works awesome!
    -water belt w/ bottles, fuel (Gu, Nuun etc.)
    -bandaids and safety pins

    Pack ahead and then leave it be….

  11. mmm sometimes those “clean-out-the-fridge” recipes are the best! Sometimes they are the worst though. It is a fine line, but I’m glad you found something good!

  12. Packing is so overwhelming.
    We just did the Disney marathon and did not receive pins in our swag bag for our race bibs. Thankfully my husband and I discovered it the night before, but it was too late to go back to the expo. We had to buy two sewing kits in hotel store which contained two safety pins each; it cost us $8.50 for four safety pins!

    Best of luck!

  13. Bring your running gear in a carry on bag. Someone told me to do that when I flew to Florida for the Disney half. In case your luggage gets lost at least you have your running stuff (which is the purpose for your trip!).

    Everything else is replaceable – you wouldn’t want to wear new running clothes on marathon day!

  14. That’s good that you made the pages. I did that recently because I was having such a hard time find old posts!

    It still HASN’T snowed here!

  15. Dont forget to pack your sense of humor,patience, and compassion for yourself 🙂 You’re doing awesome, you’re gonna have a great race but traveling, snow, race day jitters, good to keep a happy go lucky attitude. Easier said than done, i know. But you’re gonna rock your race!!! 🙂

  16. I would recommend taking your whole outfit for the marathon (including shoes!) in your carryon (and if you’re paranoid like me, an extra in your luggage). This way there will be no stressing that your favorite bra/shorts/top/socks won’t make it.

    Don’t forget the charger for your watch!

  17. Packing is always so overwhelming! I always comfort myself by telling myself that if I forget something that I absolutely NEED, I can probably buy it at my destination (with some exceptions, like my wallet and phone 🙂 )

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