The Reason Why I Always Want to Work Out

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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We had a nice, little Wednesday over here yesterday. It started bright and early with breakfast with my favorite boy. Mal and I take turns doing the “morning shift” (usually on the weekends, but now during the week since he’s off for the summer), so I let him sleep in.


A couple of hours later, “Dada” woke up and helped us with the laundry, which he decided to throw all over Quinn.


It was pretty funny, but we were trying to distract him from a potential tantrum. People, we’ve entered the tantrum phase. I hear they get worse before they get better. Oh, boy.

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Mid-morning, Quinn went down for his morning nap. (He’s mixing it up with either one or two naps nowadays, so we’re just going with it.) I did a little work and then my friend Kerrie picked me up to drive to SoulCycle together. Quinn bought me a gift card for my birthday, so I cashed it in yesterday. Well, the day before, because if you don’t hop on it and reserve a bike ASAP, you’ll probably not get into the class. Those SoulCycle people are obsessed dedicated.

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As always, it was an awesome class, and I loved everything about it… the music, the energy, the camaraderie, and especially the instructor, who was incredibly motivating. (I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard in a spin class before!) She also said something that really resonated with me and it’s the reason why I always want to work out. She said: “Be grateful you have a body that works.” Her words were so simple and so true.

For those of you who have followed my journey with ulcerative colitis, you know how much I struggled to get well. Now that I’m (*knock on wood*) in remission (it still feels weird to type that), I am so, so, so grateful for a body that is healthy enough to allow me to do all of the things I love, especially exercise. So, as cheesy as this might sound, whenever you’re not in the mood to work out, remember to be grateful for a body that works and go sweat. And if that doesn’t work… think about all of the people who don’t have a body that works and would do anything to be in your shoes. Ok, I’m done. I had quite the moment at SoulCycle yesterday and just wanted to share. Plus, people ask me all the time what motivates to me exercise on a regular basis and this is it.

After class, I met up with Mal and Quinn for lunch at sweetgreen, which is one of my favorite restaurants ever. Their food is so fresh and so delicious. I wish I could go there everyday. (Kerrie had an appointment with a client, so she couldn’t stay.)

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I went with the Gucamole Green salad, which was organic mesclun with tomatoes, red onion, avocado, roasted chicken, fresh lime juice, and lime cilantro jalapeño vinaigrette. OMGYUM. I loved it and ate the entire thing.

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To drink, I ordered a cucumber-limeade… I think? I can’t remember exactly what it was, but I really liked it. Actually, I like all of the beverages at sweetgreen.

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My lunch dates = handsome x 2.

IMG_4423 (800x600)After lunch, we checked out all of the nearby shrubbery and flowers because that’s what we do.

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He loves flowers!

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And then we popped into Wegman’s because Mal had never been there before and wanted to see what it was all about since I’ve raved about it so many times in the past. (He had also never been to sweetgreen, so the nice cashier gave him a free drink!)

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Mal was thoroughly impressed with Wegman’s and we wandered around for a little while before getting distracted by the cookie case. Helllllo!

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Mal got some chocolate chip cookies, which he raved about for a solid 15 minutes after eating them, and I went with a frosted sugar cookie. It was awesome.

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Questions of the Day

What’s your reason for working out?

Would you rather have a chocolate chip cookie or sugar cookie with frosting? 



  1. The cookie is such a tie! If it’s a soft sugar cookie, then definitely frosted! If it’s a thin and crispy, chocolate chip cookie (like the gluten free TJs) then that’s a done deal. <– seriously, if you haven't tried them, you must snag a bag your next trip. I promise they are better than you can imagine!!

    I workout to be healthy for my daughter and to have more energy and strength to keep up with her. I want to set a good example of health for her and to be a better mom, both physical and mental strength!

  2. I love that attitude toward working out! A few years ago, I threw my back out and had to take a few weeks off from exercising. It totally shifted how I viewed my body and exercising. Now, when I feel like I’m about to die during a rough workout, I thank my body for being healthy and strong enough to enable me to be able to do that workout.

    And chocolate chip cookies every time…a cookie just isn’t a cookie without chocolate! 🙂

  3. I workout because I care about maintaining my health and it is an amends to the way I treated my body when I was using. It also helps keep me sane!

    I miss Wegmans. Once we moved from VA to Chicago I had to say goodbye to such a wonderful place.

  4. Your reason is one of the main reasons I got serious about working out, especially running some years ago. My brother passed away 6 years ago from a rare disease but in his last year it left him completely paralyzed. While he was in the later months of his disease and we had been told there was no cure, I hit the pavement. It was the best stress relief I had ever felt and running for HIM because he couldn’t was such a motivator for me to continue doing it. There were a lot of tears (the ugly sobbing kind) during those runs. Even now when I feel lazy I think of others who would give anything to just get up once last time, to sweat, to push through, to live.

  5. Wegmans has a cherry almond chocolate chip cookie that I get EVERY time I go there! Its soft, chewy and delicious!

  6. I loooove sugar cookies!

    I like your message today. I have an inflammatory nerve disorder and the only exercise I can do is swimming and short walks. I used to be an avid runner, hiker ,everything but I am thankful every day that I don’t have to use a wheelchair just to get through the grocery store anymore.

  7. Ahh, I miss the Chestnut Hill Wegmans! That is the location John first started at and the people there are so awesome. Glad you guys had a great day! And PS-Their cookies really do rock, but you HAVE to try the carrot cake. 🙂 Hope all is well girl!

  8. I think it’s definitely hard to be grateful; when you’re an athlete and more active on a daily basis because you’re used to a usual standard, so you put a lot of expectation on yourself,. but that is a good reminder to have, thank you Tina!

  9. I work out because I love the energy I get from doing it and because I want to feel good. I have a lot of issues with IBS and chronic pain and working out at least keeps me sane. 🙂

    And I’d go chocolate chip pretty much every time!

  10. Wegmans is one of my happy places. I love it so much. I’m going to have to go with chocolate chip cookies over frosted ones.

  11. I love Soulcycle so much! We just got one in Chicago and I’ve been twice – it is so much fun with the music, it’s like dancing! I love that the instructors don’t motivate you in a negative way (you need to go faster- like other spin classes I’ve been to), they just lead by positive words. If it wasn’t so pricey per class I would buy a package for sure!

  12. You have to reserve a spot at your gym class?! That’s crazy. People must really love it because I have never taken a class that was so popular! I would much rather have a chocolate chip cookie, but I don’t think I’d say no to a frosted sugar cookie either. 😉

    Have a great rest of your day Tina!

    1. Oh, it’s crazy. If you’re not there 4 minutes before the class starts, they give away your bike to the waitlist. People lovvveee SoulCycle!

  13. This may sound odd but I give thanks after every workout. I do two big deep breaths, first one visual my goals and breath out, touch third eye, another deep breath, express gratitude for not only my health but all the other little things we tend to forget like amazing foods, shelter, people that love and think about us, nature ect., touch third eye and I’m done…

  14. This is always a good reminder Tina! I have MS and have definitely had my body betray me…I 100% believe that my disease is under control because of the value I put on fitness and nutrition. I am thankful every day that I am able to get up and work out ( I have to remind myself of this sometimes when I’m dying on a hike or run)

  15. needed this post today! had a rough run this morning cause i took a few weeks off when i was out of the country, and now i am back into it with a bunch of races coming up in the next few months…. i felt so defeated since my quads were so weak/burning the whole time and my lungs felt like they hadn’t done any intense cardio in weeks (which they haven’t), but this is a great reminder to be thankful that i am fortunate enough to even have the chance to feel those sensations!!

    happy 4th!

  16. These are my thoughts exactly! I workout because I can, the same reason I live my life the way I do and do so much. My mum has MS (and with it UC) so this really resonates with me and is a constant reminder how I lucky I am to have my body. Thanks so much for sharing, I hope your body stays healthy for you 🙂

  17. I workout because it makes me feel strong, and good about myself. I had very low self esteem as a teen and it was pretty bad after I had my son. I also workout to be a good role model for him, and to show him it’s a part of my every day because I like it, not because I ‘have’ to do it. His dad’s side are all overweight so I want him to see it can be fun.

  18. Right there with you–though I don’t have something as serious as UC, I had three bad injuries in the span of a year. I went through ups and downs, sometimes being okay with the major modifications, other times outright mad or sad because in addition to liking working out for the sense of accomplishment, gaining strength, and, yes, skinny jeans, it is also my stress relief. I now try to approach every workout with the mindset of “I get to do this.”

  19. I run because I can. Most of the time it’s therapeutic, but it hardly ever feels good and I can count the amount if times I’ve gotten a true “runners high” on one hand. I’m grateful for muscles that are capable of moving fast enough to feel like they’re ripping, and for lungs that are strong and efficient enough to support running. I know there will come a day when I can’t do it anymore, but I’m not there yet!

  20. Hi! : )) Just dropping in to say I always enjoy following your daily plans, get tons of food and sweat ideas from you and what a sweet family. I linked to this blog post today for your simple words about gratitude for having a body that works well. Thanks for sharing your soul moment with us, have a great weekend!

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