The Best Places to Get Fit in 2013

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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Brrrrr”¦ it’s chilly out there this morning. Single digits! Yikes! Does anyone else miss summer as much as I do? Wah.


Now doesn’t the morning scene below look a lot nicer?

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Ok, it’s a beach in the Bahamas and not my backyard in southern Massachusetts, but you know what I mean, right?

The image above is from an article about Lonely Planet’s Best Places to Get Fit in 2013. I really enjoyed reading (and daydreaming) about all of the different places from around the world to get fit. Check out the workouts and places featured:

1.Wild Fitness in Kenya

2.Hiking the Appalachian Trail

3.A Detox Retreat in Bali, Indonesia

4.Bikini Bootcamp in Tulum, Mexico

5.A Yoga Ashram in the Bahamas

6.Fatpacking in various locations across the globe

7.Following the Tour de France

8.Surf Camp in Australia

9.Triathlon Training in Italy

10.Thalmar Biarritz in France

I’d be more than happy to visit any of these places and get fit. The one that especially peaked my interest was Wild Fitness in Kenya, where you “channel your inner caveman” at a nature-oriented fitness resort on the Indian Ocean. Activities include: ”˜wild moving’ (barefoot running, swimming, climbing), ”˜wild eating’ (lots of meats, fruits and vegetables, no dairy or processed foods) and ”˜wild living’ (good sleep habits, ”˜tribal bonding’ with others). Doesn’t that sound cool? I’d love to spend a vacation that way!


Yesterday’s breakfast was my usual French Toast Breakfast Scramble (love) with a couple of scoops of Teddie peanut butter. But, not just any old Teddie peanut butter: Unsalted Super Chunky!


Ok, don’t get too excited. It’s not as good as the (salted) Super Chunky, but it was still fun to try for the first time. Most grocery stores (at least the ones I shop at) don’t carry this variety””just the Smooth Unsalted. I wonder if that means people tend to buy smooth peanut butter over chunky? I dunno, but I’m a chunky gal all the way.


I also drank a glass of iced Dandy Blend with almond milk with breakfast.


Questions of the Day

How do you like your peanut butter: smooth or chunky?

If you had to pick from the list above, where would you most like to get fit?

P.S. Today’s the last day to register for the fitmixer Boot Camp! It starts a week from Monday (January 14th). I’m planning to do it too! CNC readers get 25% off registration with the code CNCBC25.



  1. Wow, those places look fantastic. I’ve had the luck to visit several of them in the past, but never for any sort of fitness or health retreat.

    For me, wherever you live, exercising outside is always the best option. The gym culture that we have isn’t appealing to most people, so getting out under the sun (or rain where I live – London!) is always more motivating and positive!

    I’ve now just added a new goal to my (ever-expanding) list of lifetime goals – to visit and experience every one of these places/fitness retreats!

  2. I love the unsalted smooth teddie. I wish I could find the one w/flaxseed, noone seems to carry it any longer.

    I love working out outside, maybe the bikini bootcamp in Mexico or hiking the Appalachian trail!

  3. No Teddie’s where I live. Hard to find a peanut butter that really grabs me anymore.

    I still don’t understand how you do that scramble. I need a step by step break down because I don’t even know how to scramble eggs (when, how long, what stove setting, etc).

    I did find an interesting take on your “2-ingredient pancakes”’s the same thing, only less messy! Just look:

  4. Also , if I make those sweet potato wedges and have lots left over, how do I re-heat them (time, method, etc) in order for them to taste just as good?

  5. I am totally a CHUNKY GAL!!! I just do not think “smooth” peanut butter tastes like peanut butter at all…it’s too oily tasting!!!

  6. Italy. I’d go there so I could spend time with my family too. Although, it’s still winter in Europe so that may not help with your wintertime blues. Being in Florida next week for the Walt Disney World Marathon would! 😉

  7. I love smooth and will typically avoid chunky, which is the only time I have been known to pass up on peanut butter. The first time I tried my brother’s chunky peanut butter years ago I actually puked so I’m blaming it on that!

  8. Generally speaking, I tend to prefer smooth and creamy peanut butter. However, recently I have become fond of natural crunchy peanut butters. It just gives it a little something extra!

    Also, can I just say…every time that I come to your blog the song “Ice Cream and Cake” (we used to sing silly songs before volleyball games in high school) pops into my head! Please make it stop! 😉

  9. I’m a smooth peanut butter gal. Triathlon training in Italy sounds amazing. Of course, I would have to ride a bike, which I haven’t done since breaking my arm when I was 12.

  10. Oooo I would love to do one of those vacations! I love going to Colorado Springs with my family because I always get to go hiking, biking and on much more challenging runs! I’ve also gotten to go white water rafting several times in the past – so much fun!

  11. I’m definitely a chunky peanut butter lover! I can’t get enough! I cannot wait for summer to return, only a few short (actually super long!) months to go… I’d love to get fit in Mexico! How awesome would it be to take a dip in the ocean to cool down after a good sweat sesh?!

  12. i always thought i was a smooth girl, but when i ordered 12 jars (not exaggerating) from teddie online, i got 5 chunky just to try them. and i actually prefer the chunky to the smooth. go figure!

  13. I love super chunky old fashioned!! Last time I went to Job Lot to stock up on Bob’s Red Mill stuff I scored 2 jars on sale for $2.69! You’ve got to check Job Lot out next time you’re near one. I love that Teddy is local too!

  14. Ooh! Surf camp in Australia looks like fun! I’m a crappy swimmer, though, so I don’t know if surfing would be for me. 🙂

    I adore chunky PB. When my sister moved out, I thought my dad would purchase more chunky PB, since my sis was the only one who didn’t like it, but it’s been creamy all the way with him lately. He and I need to rectify that situation. 🙂

    Or, I could start buying my own PB. He doesn’t like natural PB and I do, so I know he wouldn’t eat mine…the mind reels.

  15. I really like the maple almond butter….I think I do because it’s a nice of smooth and chunky. It’s not “chunky”, but just a bit gritty…..I think Maranatha is the the best brand! I think I’m actually the only person who doesn’t think Justin’s is the best.

    I would choose to go hiking!! What a great workout!

  16. I think the most memorable workout I have ever had was a run that I went on while vacationing in Rome. I headed out right as the sun was rising over the city and it was breathtaking. Plus it was the only time the streets weren’t packed with people so it was really nice to enjoy the sights of the city without the crowd! Working out in Rome was one of the highlights of the trip for sure!

  17. I’m also looking forward to the end of winter, not so much due to the weather (since it’s pretty mild here in CA) but more for the longer hours of sunshine and daylight. I’m a creamy pb gal all the way and I’d do the Triathlon Training in Italy. However, I’m not gonna lie, there’s a very high probability that you’d find me at a winery playing hookie from my training. What? Wine tasting isn’t an event in a triathlon? 😉

  18. Bikini bootcamp in Mexico sounds incredible!

    I like creamy and chunky…but I think if I had to pick I would go with creamy. I had some Trader Joe’s unsalted creamy peanut butter on Aztec pancakes for dinner last night and breakfast this am! Your “first meal” post got me totally in the mood for pancakes. The Aztec ones have cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and Acho chile pepper and cayenne pepper in them. YUM.

  19. I’m a smooth peanut butter girl all the way! And I’d like to get fit on any beach. Doesn’t matter what beach so long as there’s sand, sun, and a big blue ocean to admire. 🙂

  20. Creamy! And preferably Justin’s Honey Peanut. Yum.
    I signed up for the boot camp a few days ago (using your coupon code, thank you!), sounds like just what I was looking for. Even better that you’ll be doing it too!

  21. I’m right there with you. I cannot wait for summer weather to come back! I feel so much more motivated with extra sunlight.

    I love creamy peanut butter! I will sometimes venture out to chunky, which I like, but I’m always brought back to creamy.

    The Surf Camp in Australia sounds amazing.

  22. I would probably pick the detox in Bali. I went to a “health farm/spa” a couple months before my wedding for 5 days and I LOVED IT! It was a great way to kick start some healthy eating habits and unplug from the stress of life with some major pampering.

  23. Kenya please. i have always wanted to see africa. And about missing the summer, I had a really vivid dream last night about all the flowers coming up and it being nice and warm weather. it was a real downer when I woke up and it just was not so.

  24. I happen to love both creamy & chunky! I usually use creamy, though, because it’s easier to use less of it when spreading on English muffins, etc. If I use chunky, I usually end up using way too much 😉

  25. I LOVE Chunky! but I’m with you – I think we might be the few because its harder & harder to find at all stores! Come on chunky lovers – get out there & shop!!! haha


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