Wake Up and Go!

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.

My morning started bright and early at 5:01 AM, and I’ve been going non-stop ever since.

My first stop of the day was at the gym for a Baptiste Power Yoga class. Baptiste Power Yoga is a challenging and flowing form of yoga that is done in a hot room. It’s very much like the hot yoga that I tried in Chicago, but without music.

Baptiste Power Yoga offers stretch-seeking visitors an opportunity to practice limbering postures in a sudorific environment without rolling out a mat in a steamy submarine engine room. Within stretch-inducing, 90-degree confines, participants will downward dog their way to core-tightening and silhouette-slimming fitness under the supervision of experienced instructors. Just like jogging through the jungle in a gorilla suit, Baptiste’s power Vinyasa yoga sheds stress and buckets of calories while motivating participants in a friendly, anaconda-free atmosphere.


I never thought I was a yoga person, but I really love “hot” yoga. In other yoga classes (mostly the slow-paced ones), I get bored within 15 minutes and then check the clock a million times wishing the class would end. Hot yoga is totally different for me. My mind stays focused and I rarely ever look at the clock. Maybe it’s the heat and sweat that makes it feel like a “real” workout and I’m not just wasting my time? I dunno. Hot yoga is more my style, I guess.

After class, I grabbed an iced soy latte from Starbucks. I parked my car right out front, so I figured why not? 😉



Then, I hit the grocery store to do our shopping for the week. Grocery shopping at 7:00 AM on a Wednesday is amazing! The store was empty! No crowds, no lines. I was in and out in 25 minutes and I managed to save $17 off my bill! 😀


You can see what I purchased over on Trading Up Downtown!



After running around all morning, I was more than ready to eat when I walked through the door. I threw together a quick peanut butter and banana wrap with raisins and chia seeds inside.



House Update

So, it’s official! Late last night, Mal and I made an offer on another house! :mrgreen:

Even though house hunting can be really stressful, I’ve throughly enjoyed the process. I was bummed about the previous house, but I knew it just wasn’t the one for us. We’ve also had an amazing realtor, who has helped make finding a new home less stressful and even fun. She’s very responsive and totally has her act together. She even offered us freshly baked chocolate chip cookies while we signed our offer last night! 😀


Our realtor also sent us home with a big zucchini and a squash. Murphy didn’t know what to think!


Feel Great Weight

I’m not an expert runner, but I started running just like everyone else. Check out this week’s FGW post: How to Start Running: 5 Tips for Beginners.

Question of the Day

Do you run? What are your running tips?

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  1. For some reason with the new format your pictures don’t show up on my iPhone. Do you think you could see if this can be fixed? I always read your blog from my phone and I hate not seeing the pictures.

  2. haha murphy is so stinkin cute.
    GL on the house!
    yes I run, my best tip is to not compare yourself with others, just yourself. Se. as a blogger, its so easy to get bogged down in how much faster other ppl are thanme, but that shouldn’t matter!

  3. I do run but still have a hard time calling myself a runner! I just started last April and before that had never run except during the mandatory mile in gym class. I think starting with a walk/run method is the way to go if you are new to running like I was, and you slowly and surely build up stamina over time. I think it’s also important to focus on slowing down, because once you establish ability, then you can focus on going faster. If you try to go too fast, you’ll never be able to go for too long at the beginning.

  4. I have looked at your blog for months – I really enjoy it. I have never made a comment, but today I am looked at your pics and realized that is my Starbucks. Thanks for the great blog! Good luck with the house

  5. Love zucchini and squash! Good luck with the offer! I think the key to running is slow and steady, and don’t be afraid of walk breaks, especially if you are just starting.

  6. Look at the zuccini and squash! There are almost out of season which makes me so sad!.

    Wishing you all the luck with the home offer!

    I am a light runner as I say. I love it but my body doesn’t enjoy long distances. Lately I have taken the pressure off of completing a certain distance and I just left the house and ran until I was ready to stop. It felt so mice to not worry about distance, time or pace. With training you can’t always do that obviously but it was an awesome change in energy!

  7. I love hot yoga. I can’t get over the amazing feeling I get when the class is over. It’s a combination of tired, sweaty, jazzed and alive. I hope the house hunting goes well. You’re correct in saying “if it’s right, it’s right”. Best of luck.

  8. Ahh, running tips! Very much appreciated. I don’t understand why she gave you a zucchini and squash, either… maybe she reads your blog and thinks you could use it in a recipe? The cookies look awesome.

  9. Great running tips! I have this itch to start running lately which I can’t really explain. I’m usually the one who goes out for a run and 30 seconds in I’m thinking to myself “Am I almost done!?” I did however get on the treadmill the other day and run a mile straight (which I was pretty proud of myself for since I don’t run) and then some sprint/jog intervals.

    Good luck with the house!! I have a good feeling about this one!

  10. What a great realtor!!! Murphy looks super cute when he’s confused!!!

    I’m not a runner at the moment. I used to be but have fallen off the wagon. I’m ok with it. I’m more of a walker. I walk a lot 🙂

  11. Tina – I thought you’d like to know that I posted a recipe for Barney Butter Muddy Buddies aka Puppy Chow on my new blog. I hope you didn’t mind that I mentioned you because you were the one who introduced me the amazing Barney Butter 🙂

    That picture of Murphy is so cute, he just doesn’t know what to do with them.

  12. Some might consider me a runoholic but I say I am just passionate about running. 😉 My best tip for a newbie is don’t rush the mileage. You may “feel” great, but if you increase distance or even speed to quickly you may also increase your chance on injury and then you will start the love/hate relationship of running instead of the fun/love relationship.

  13. Sounds like your day is already on a roll. And weekday morning shopping is the BEST! I went Monday morning this week instead of Friday afternoon and I will be doing that from now on. So much easier!

  14. I love hot yoga too! Regular yoga only sporadically holds my attention but I’ve found hot yoga and also power yoga to hold my attention. They also have more “strength training” and core work.

    I started running 9 months ago and am training for my first half marathon. For me, signing up for races motivates me to run. Knowing that I have any race, even a 5k in my future I’m more motivated. I also start slow and for every 3 “good” weeks I have one less intense week to let my body adjust a little bit.

  15. Murphy is so cute! I run a lot and my biggest tip is to get yourself excited for the run! It shouldn’t be something you are dreading doing. My favorite way to pump myself up is to run in cool areas or download some new music. Sometimes I even think to myself how lucky I am that I can run the distances I go 🙂

  16. That’s so exciting that you found a new house! I’m crossing my fingers that you get it.

    I definitely consider myself a runner. The best tip I can give is that running is definitely 80% mental and 20% physical. I truly believe that everyone, without a handicap and within a reasonable BMI limit, can run. You just have to set your mind on it and you can do it. I was a completely unathletic child and didn’t learn to run until college. If I can do it, anyone can.

  17. I love running! My best tip would be not to increase speed or distance to quickly. Slowly increase those things and listen to your body, and then hopefully there won’t be any injuries!

  18. For about three years I ran 3 miles a few times a week. (Normally 3, thats a lot of 3’s!) I had tendon reconstruction surgery in my right ankle in 2008 and gave birth to twins in Feb. 2010. These two things definitely set me back but now I am working on getting back on track by training for a half marathon! My tip is don’t get frustrated. Any distance is better than none. Each run is different and there will definitely be good and bad, just take them as they come.

  19. I love grocery shopping at odd hours…it feels so good to get a lot done before the day has begun!! My biggest running tip is to just let your mind wander. When you’re just starting out, don’t think about the miles or the calories- just enjoy the alone time!

  20. My running tip is to get fitted for good running shoes ASAP! I went for a long time without doing that and started having problems and pains. I got fitted for running shoes (it was free) and got a fantastic pair of running shoes. It made a HUGE difference!

  21. I love running and am currently training for a half marathon! My tips are:
    –get good running shoes and clothes (and Body Glide!): as Lisa suggested, good apparel can make all the difference.
    –listen to your body! Run because it feels great. If you’re not feeling 100%, determine when you want to push yourself and when you need a break.
    –have fun! Find what you like when you’re running, whether it’s music or silence, running solo or with a buddy.

  22. I just started running again and appreciate all of your tips and reading about your training. Quite a motivator!

    I ran the Marine Corp. Marathon in 2003 and have kind of let corporate america take over my life. I am in search of finding balance again and running really helps.


  23. I think my best running tip is to take your own pace all the time…this is espesh relevant to summer, when it’s so hot, and I’m much slower. If I just tell myself to take a slow pace, I find that I’m able to get out the door and run!

  24. Do you have any tips concerning running in the heat? I don’t do very well in this type of weather, and I try to run inside on the treadmill but it’s just not the same.

  25. Congrats on the house!!

    I’ve not tried hot yoga because most of the yoga classes I take are in studios that are already pretty warm, and I get REALLY sweaty as is! Sometimes it’s so bad I can’t even concentrate (it gets in my eyes, makes me slip, etc.) So I’m afraid actual HOT yoga would just kill me, or frustrate the crud outta me. But the great thing about yoga is that – I truly believe – everyone can find the kind of yoga that works great for them.

  26. Thanks for the great running article! I’m a new runner training for my first 5K in a few weeks and it’s always great to get these tips and reminders. What I’ve learned during my training is that your speed will come with time and that you cannot train for speed AND distance during your workout -split them up.

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