Support TNT and Win a Breville Juicer

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.

Good morning, folks! :mrgreen:

As you know, I’m working with Team in Training to raise money for blood cancer research. Mal and I will be running the Honolulu Marathon on December 12, in loving memory of his mother, who was taken by cancer well before her time.

Cancer really strikes an emotional chord with Mal and me. It’s a horrible disease, and we hope a cure is found soon. I know most of you feel the same way, which is why money for research is so important. Here’s how you can help!

Introducing the Breville Juice Fountain Plus!!!


Now, who doesn’t want a juicer in their life? These things are awesome! You can practically get all your nutrients for the day in just one glass of juice! 😀

The retain price for the Breville Juice Fountain Plus is $149.99, but you can enter for a chance to win it for just $5! Just make a donation to our Team in Training page and you could win a brand new juicer!

Here’s how the raffle will work:

  • $5 gets you ONE raffle ticket.
  • $10 gets you TWO raffle tickets.
  • $15 gets you THREE raffle tickets.
  • $25 gets you SIX raffle tickets. What a deal!
  • $50 gets you FIFTEEN raffle tickets. Serious deal!

The contest will run from now until Wednesday, August 25.

To pick the winner, I will list everyone’s name in an Excel spreadsheet (one entry for $5, two entries for $10, fifteen entries for $50, etc.), and Mal will pick a winner using the Random Integer Generator. Then, I will then mail the juicer to the winner.

If you enjoy reading Carrots ‘N’ Cake, please enter our raffle. After all, I provide you with hours of entertainment and adorable photos of Murphy, and it would mean a lot to Mal and me to have your support. Plus, TNT is a wonderful cause and it’s a great opportunity to win a Breville Juice Fountain Plus for a fraction of the price.

Thank you for your support of Team and Training and for helping us reach our fundraising goal! 😀


I switched up my usual overnight oats for cereal and granola this morning. Coco of Opera Girl Cooks sent me a sample of her Double Coconut Granola, so I gave it a try this morning. I mixed it with Nature’s Path Maple Pecan Crunch Cereal, sliced strawberries, and non-fat milk.


Delicious!! 😀


I can never eat just one bowl of cereal, so I went back for a second serving of Nature’s Path Maple Pecan Crunch Cereal with milk.


Surprisingly, two bowls of cereal filled me up. The test, however, is how long it’ll keep my stomach satisfied.

I also drank a glass of iced coffee with breakfast. Obviously.


Question of the Day

Have you ever run a marathon? If not, would you ever consider running one?

For the marathoners out there, what’s your best advice to someone training for a marathon (or half marathon)?



  1. Yes I have ran 3 full and 5 or 6 halfs (2 with fulls and 4 halfs with TNT) GREAT training programs they have andeven better cause they support. I love running and NYC is the best marathon I have done, the crowd just carries you from start to finish. Boston was also fun. You will enjoy yours, enjoy every step of it.

    Good luck!

  2. I ran my first marathon earlier this year in a time of 3:40:52 and I’m desperate to run a second one in November, just before my birthday! My advice would be not to overtrain beforehand or afterward: I only ran one 20-miler and with my joint problems and other injuries (I also have bursitis), anything more would have left my body wrecked by marathon day. I know a lot of plans have you running several 22+ milers (I found one where there was two 26s, one 28 and one 30-mile run!) but it just wasn’t right for me. Never be afraid to tailor your plan to your needs and/or alter it. Have confidence and faith in your own judgement: no-one knows your body better than you.

    Afterwards, give your body time to recover! I tried to jump straight back in to normal training and am still paying the price with multiple tendon injuries. It’s these and my busitis, which has flared up again, which may scupper my November marathon dreams!

    All the best and good luck.


  3. My words of advice:
    Don’t set a time goal, just make it a goal to finish!
    Don’t let it get mental – break it up into smaller races (I did 5 miles and 5ks) instead of focusing on the whole thing.
    Take in every moment – you’ll never get another “first marathon”!
    HAVE FUN with it. Like I said above, you never get another first, so do your best, have a blast, and just run your little heart out! 🙂

  4. Train for what works best for your body. You know I have a minimal running training plan because my body gets mad at me when I run even a normal amount! If you ever need help avoiding injuries, I am happy to share it with you!

  5. I have never run a marathon but I am in the process of training for a half marathon.
    I just started running avidly about 6 months ago and have ran only 2 5k’s. I am running the half in April of 2011 and so far I can only get to about 4.5 miles. I am increasing really slowly because I dont want to hurt myself.
    I have recently lost 30 pounds and so I am building up my stamina. It feels so good.

  6. I love running marathons! I’ve completed three full marathons and am training for my 4th in October. I guess my best advice would be to stay in tune to your body. Know when you need to eat, drink, sleep, when you might be injured, when you need to rest instead of run, and when you need to run instead of rest because you’re just being lazy! Enjoy the whole experience and journey, not just on race day. Good luck with the training!

  7. I ran NYC last year and am training to do it again this year. Both times I’ve run for charity and found a great support system through them. If there is a local TNT group that trains together, I would definitely recommend checking it out and trying to join their group runs. It’ll give you face time with coaches and you’ll meet a ton of great people with a similar experience to you – both with respect to marathon training and dealing with cancer. It’s a win-win. Best of luck!

  8. Hi, first time commenter here!! I have run 3 half marathons before and my biggest advice is to be sure to take rest days! In addition, it is smart to test out everything you will be using the day of the marathon well in advance. Don’t do anything differently the day of the race.
    Happy training and good luck!!! 😉

  9. I have yet to run a marathon but I plan to work my way up to one in the future. I signed up for a 5k that’s in September so at least it’s a start! I’m sure you will do amazing, best of luck! 🙂

  10. I ran the Chicago Marathon and am training for my 2nd right now. What has worked for me during my long runs is to listen to a book from itunes on my ipod. It sounds weird and boring BUT it will keep your mind from wandering. That was the biggest challenge for me; keeping my mind in a good place when I knew I had so many miles to go! When you’re listening to a book your mind can’t wander because if it does you’ll have to rewind the book! With long runs, at a certain point your body physically can do it…it’s just can your mind withstand how grueling it is?!?!?

  11. I have run 10 marathons! I was actually featured on your runner profiles for the Boston Marathon. My best advice is what most people have said so far is to listen to your body. This last marathon I did, I was not hydrating the final few miles (actually drinking the glass of water I picked up vs. spitting what I put in my mouth back out). After not listening to my body, I became so dehydrated that I actually collapsed 100 feet from the finish line and had 102 temp when I finished. I knew I wasn’t feeling well and should have stopped like my body said, but my mind kept saying go more. So, after that scary story, my best advice would be to take your time, take breaks when you need them and HYDRATE!!! If you ever want a running partner (ie long runs) in the Boston area, I would love to join. I am training for my 11th which will be the Marine Core in DC October 31. Good luck training!

  12. I was signed up to run the Chicago Marathon in October, but an injury has sidelined me. I’m incredibly bummed, but taking care of myself and fully healing are my top priorities right now. I’d like to run a marathon in the future, and running on an injured leg is not the way to do it!

  13. Wow, lots of comments! I think the best advice during training is to not miss the long runs. You are going to have weeks where you miss some shorter runs and that’s always okay- you gotta adjust schedules to what works for you. And always plan around water on long runs- I usually bring cash and buy water half way through and then refill at Dunkins. The other thing is to not have a REAL goal time for your first marathon. You never know until you run one what happens between miles 19-26- its crazy, no amount of training can ever prepare you for that exhaustion. So just run to finish. And if you beat the time in your head in the process then good for you! Oh one more thing… since you are coming back from injury like I was, try not to run two days in a row!

  14. The most I think I’d ever attempt is a half, and that’s saying something since I can only run a couple minutes straight right now.
    Just a quick question on this and upcoming raffles– are you and hubby personally supplying the raffle items out of your own pocket or were they donated to you/the blog? Not that the end result (donated money for cancer research) isn’t important either way, but it would be nice to have the disclosure if the raffle items are in fact donated.

  15. I ran my first half in Nashville this past April, and am signed up to run the rock n roll half in Philly next month and the Philly half in November. I’m not at all interested in doing a full. No thank you.

  16. Hey Tina,
    im so excited for you to experience the rush of running a marathon!! i ran the chicago marathon twice and absolutely loved both experiences. my best advice is for the day of the marathon: make sure you and Mal both wear something with your name loud and clear on it! someone gave me a shirt with my name on it as a pre-race gift for my first marathon and the amount of personalized encouragement i recieved from the supportive spectators was overwhelming and soooooo motivating. i think i smiled the entire 26.2 miles and got through the race on pure joy and adrenaline alone. the second marathon i ran, my dad decided to join me so i gave him his very own shirt with his name and got to hear the crowd cheering him along the whole way, it was so incredible! otherwise, just make sure you enjoy it, take in the crowd, the cheering, the other runners; it is such an amazing experience you will never want to forget exactly how you felt as you ran and conquered your first marathon!! good luck!

  17. i’m going to second the previous commenter: put your names on your shirts! it is amazing to hear your names yelled and such an energy boost. i ran the nyc marathon in 2008 and the crowds made the race. even if you struggle on your last loooooong runs, keep in mind that the crowds and other runners will help you keep going. also, practice your hydrating and gu-ing and whatnot so you have a game plan for race day. i didn’t bring my water bottle with me on marathon day because of the hydration stations on the route, but drinking out of a paper cup vs. drinking out of a squeezie bottle is really really different, so i’d recommend bringing your water bottle/fuel belt/whatever you used to train with.
    i also echo what someone else said – sometimes you’ve got to skip runs, but do all of the long runs, even if you have to reschedule them. i followed a beginner’s training plan that had my longest run be 20 miles, but someone advised me to do a 23-miler, as there’s a BIG difference between three and six miles of experience. so i adjusted the last few long runs to have a 23-miler be my last long run, and i think it was good advice.
    have fun, good luck!

  18. I ran the Anchorage Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon in 2003 through TNT. It was one of the most rewarding times/moments of my life. I raised over $5000 for the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society and had amazing coaches.
    My “moment” came during mile 23. I was tired and alone (not lots of crowds cheering folks on in Alaska!) plodding along. I was losing steam when I turned a corner. A woman was standing alone holding a sign that said “Lukemia Survivor.” I burst into tears- and picked up the pace in a serious way. It was all worth it at that moment. All of the training, time devoted, sore muscles, etc. I do not plan to run another marthon, but am so glad I did it once and did it the through TNT.
    Good Luck!

  19. I did my first marathon (Nike Women’s Marathon in 2007) with TNT in San Francisco! It was one of the best experiences of my life! I’m so excited for Mal and you!!! And my second marathon was Boston this past April! Marathoning is definitely addicting! I guarantee this won’t be your last! 🙂

  20. oh, and yes, I have run a marathon. It was fantastic! I would suggest practicing with the GU or gatorade or whatever brand will be provided along the course during your long runs. Different brands may result in different digestive results and you don’t want to find out that HammerGel or Powerade gives you the runs on the day of your big run! 🙂

  21. I just ran my first marathon a couple monthes ago. I am really excited for you because I had a really positive experience. My advise would be look up to see what products are offering during the marathon (for example GU) and train with them to make sure it doesn’t upset your stomach. I had major stomach issues during my marathon because the stuff they offered hit me wrong.

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