That’s What I Call A Workout

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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I got my butt to the gym this morning and took a “conditioning” group exercise class at BSC (aka my new gym for the next month). While we waited for the instructor to arrive, a guy standing near me started to complain about how last week’s class was really tough. The woman who he was talking to agreed and joined in on the complaining.

As I listened to their conversation, I thought: YESSS!! This class is going to be awesome! I’d much rather have a difficult class than an easy one. I mean, isn’t it the worst when you try a new group exercise class and it’s not challenging. I always feel like I wasted my time. I definitely didn’t waste my time this morning!

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The class was designed to mimic a one-on-one personal training session, but in a group setting. There was a good mix of high-intensity cardio + strength training with lots of multi-joint exercises (ex: dumbbell squat to press). It was tough, but in a good way! I was huffing and puffing and dripping sweat the entire time.

Here’s how the class was structured:

  • 15 minutes: Warm-up/high-intensity aerobics and plyometrics
  • 15 minutes: Strength training using dumbbells and body bars
  • 10 minutes: High-intensity aerobics and plyometrics
  • 10 minutes: Strength training using dumbbells and body bars
  • 5 minutes: Step aerobics
  • 5 minutes: Abs

The class concluded with a 60-second cool down. I’m all about cool downs, but I love that the instructor maximized our time and didn’t spent too much time on it. I’d much rather do a cool down on my own time, ya know?


I ate a “garbage salad” for dinner last night. In the mix: romaine lettuce, roasted broccoli, carrots, beets, chickpeas, marinated artichoke hearts, crumbled feta, and the bottom of a bag of BBQ kale chips. I also drank a Pumpkin UFO. I guess you could call it dessert!

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This morning’s breakfast was a twist on an old favorite. I switched up the recipe for an Oatmeal Pancake by adding canned pumpkin, ground flaxseed meal, and more egg whites to the mix:

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • Cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice

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I topped my pumpkin protein pancake with peanut butter and chia seeds.

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And, of course, I enjoyed a glass of iced coffee with eggnog.

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Our friends at Mohegan Sun invited Mal and me to spend tonight at their hotel and enjoy dinner at the new BALLO restaurant. Mohegan’s PR Manager is a huge fan of CNC and extended the invitation as a way to celebrate me running the New York City Marathon. Mal and I always have such a blast a Mohegan, so, of course, we accepted. I can’t wait for tonight! I even bought a new outfit!


Enjoy the weekend, friends! See you tomorrow with a recap of our Mohegan adventures!

P.S. Ebates members: Just a reminder to use your account for your holiday shopping! I’ve already saved/earned a ton of money with my online shopping. There are some really awesome cash back deals right now!



  1. Garbage salads are the best kind! I’ve especially been loving veggie burger + TJ’s roasted corn + mushrooms + romaine lettuce + roasted broccoli + salsa… Mmm 🙂

  2. I love Mohegan.

    Also, now I’ll be taking that Total Body Conditioning class offered at my NYSC gym. I love classes that are so dynamic and different that time just FLIES! Today was definitely a sleep in and eat bagels sort of day.

    I’m not sure if its offered at BSC, but NYSC offers a cardio box class that was kind of similarly structured with stations, but more boxing incorporated.


  3. In the picture with your iced coffee in the corner it looks like a happy face – likely a sign of a good day to come!

  4. Have fun tonight! You’ll have to show us your outfit. I need some inspiration for purchasing a new holiday ensemble.

    I’ve been using ebates so much too for holiday shopping! Isn’t it the best to get some cash back on purchases?

  5. Oooh! Have fun! When I visited friends in Boston a few years ago, we took a side trip to Monhegan Sun for a night – a lot of fun! (However, I think our side trip to Mystic Pizza was even more fun 😉 )

  6. Just a though about Ebates…
    Things I’ve become addicted to since I started reading your blog:
    1. Ebates
    2. OpenSky
    3. Iced coffee (I already liked this one but always seeing your pictures makes me want it more often! LoL!)


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