Waking Up in the Middle of the Night

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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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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When I woke up at 4:45 this morning, it sure felt like I was waking up in the middle of the night! The time change is really messing with me. It gets easier, right? 😕

I woke up bright and early to run with Back on My Feet. The Father Bill’s Place team runs at 5:30 every morning on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so I decided to commit to the Wednesday run with the occasional Monday or Friday run mixed in.

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Every run starts with a big group circle where we all put our arms around each other and recite the Serenity Prayer together. This morning, we also did some quick introductions because there were a couple of new volunteers and wished a resident (of Father Bill’s Place) a happy birthday. Then, it was time to head over to the YMCA to get our run/walk on at the indoor track.

Last week, a lot of the residents walked on the track, but, today, many of them were running. I think they’re gearing up for the St. Patrick’s Day 5K in South Boston this weekend! I wish I was able to cheer them on, but I’ll be just be finishing the Quincy Half when the race starts in Southie. Next time!

Last Night’s Dinner

Spinach Artichoke Dip + pizza?!? Um, yes, please! :mrgreen:

Last night’s dinner combined both of these delicious entities into one: Spinach & Artichoke Pizza. It’s the best of both worlds, right?

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This pizza tasted fabulous, but what I loved most was how easy it was to make. I’m all about the simple recipes!

Just combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.

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Spread it on a prepared pizza crust. (I used a Mama Mary’s Whole Wheat Pizza Crust, which was really crispy, almost cracker-like.)

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Shake on some grated Parmesan.

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And bake in the oven for about 12 minutes. Viola! Spinach & Artichoke Pizza!

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This pizza definitely worked as dinner, but I think it would make an even better party appetizer. Perhaps for March Madness?


When I got home from running with BOMF, I whipped up a quick breakfast of egg whites mixed with leftover Arborio rice, spinach, mushrooms, and feta and a piece of whole wheat toast with butter on the side.

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And, of course, breakfast included a glass of iced coffee.

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Feel Great Weight

This week’s Feel Great Weight post was inspired by my lunch with Monica and Chandra at the Rustic Kitchen after the Black Cat 10 Miler: The Key to Eating in Moderation: Know When Enough Is Enough.

Question of the Day

Are you a morning person or a night person? What time do you typically go to bed and wake up?



  1. Well I thought I was a morning person, but I cannot imagine getting up before 5 am. Maybe I’m somewhere in the middle–my ideal schedule would be asleep by 12:30, awake by 9. I hate sleeping past 9, but I also HATE getting up before 6. And I’m doing it tomorrow for yoga…

  2. That pizza looks amazing! I am a total morning person…I usually go to bed between 10 and 1030 and get up between 5 and 515. I can stay up late if I want to, but I find I’m more productive when I get up early than when I stay up late.

  3. I just discovered your blog through KERF’s blog and i love it! I live in Quincy also and am wondering where/how far your running group goes.

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