From Cheerios to CrossFit to Counting Chickens

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.

Holy cow, does anyone else feel like this week is totally flying by?! I can’t believe it’s already Thursday – and the day is already half over. Hey, I’m not complaining because I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend, but, whoa, this week has been quite the whirlwind.

My Hump Day started bright and early with the buzzing of my alarm. My original plan was to get up before everyone else to get some work done, but, unfortunately, our noisy dog woke up Quinn. The pug is just too darn excited about breakfast! I am too, so I get it, but, jeez, he is LOUD in the morning.

Speaking of breakfast, I started my day with a bowl of Pumpkin Spice Cheerios with sliced banana, pumpkin seeds, and some collagen mixed into the almond milk. I actually used to mix protein powder into my milk, but the collagen doesn’t add such a strong flavor –  actually, it barely adds any flavor at all. And, of course, it added a decent amount of protein to my breakfast. #boom

Quinn was happily watching TV, so I headed into the kitchen to put away the dishes. As I was putting them into the cabinets, I realized just how many random ones we had accumulated since we moved into our house a couple of years ago. I suddenly had the urge to purge ALL OF THE DISHES. Does that ever happen to you? You just want to get rid of everything? I’m totally in one of those phases right now. I’ve heard I need to read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

After that, Quinn and I woke up Dada. Mal wanted to go to CrossFit with me, but we still needed to walk Murphy and drop Quinn off at daycare. Mal ended up having a slow start to his morning, so I walked Murphy, dropped Quinn off at daycare, and then met him at the gym later on. (We needed to take two cars because I had plans with a girlfriend after class.)

The workout at CrossFit was definitely a good one. It was mostly running with a few strength movements mixed in. The 25 minutes actually seemed like quite a long time!

After class, I grabbed an iced coffee with a friend at Coffee Shack. We sat and chatted for a while and then headed back to her house, so she could color and cut my hair.

Gym. Hair. Iced coffee.

Hooray for new hair!! I love the color and cut so much! 🙂 Plus, my grays we’re definitely starting to take over, so I’m glad I was able to say goodbye!

After my hair appointment, I headed home for a shower and then lunch. In the mix: Shredded chicken, zucchini, summer squash, carrots, and feta.

After lunch, I spent the rest of the afternoon working. I had a bunch of phone calls, followed by a ton of social media stuff for Designed to Fit Nutrition. Mid-afternoon, I started to get a little hungry, so I snacked on cinnamon spice Pumpkin Seed Health Warrior Bar. I figured with the seed cycling protocol I’ve been doing, it was a perfect snack!

I did a little more work, snacked on half of a banana with sunflower butter, and then took Murphy for a walk.

While I was gone, Mal picked up Qman from daycare. When we all returned home, everyone said they were hungry, so I broke out some hummus and carrots for us to snack on.

I didn’t do a huge grocery shopping this week because we have so many plans that involve dining out, so we mostly just winged it with meals. Mal and Quinn ate leftovers, and I nuked a Fire Roasted Quinoa Bowl from Kashi.

I mixed it with some leftover zucchini and summer squash, and it was really good – much better than expected! It had some awesome flavors and textures.

After dinner, we played a few rounds of Count Your Chickens, which is THE BEST game for a 3-year-old. It’s a cooperative game, so everyone works together to get the chicks in the coop. Plus, the focus is all about counting and even adding, so it’s an educational game too. We’ve played it a lot lately! 🙂

After we put Quinn to bed, I was starving (hormones?), so I ate two rice cakes, each with a thick layer of sunflower butter.

Mal and I watched Big Brother and then hit the hay.

The end.

Questions of the Day

What game are you (or your kids) loving right now? 

Gray hairs: Cover ’em up or let ’em fly?

P.S. If you have a second, TODAY is the FINAL day (of this round) to VOTE for me in Massage Envy’s “Train Like a Pro Challenge.” Please head over and cast a quick vote for me! I totally appreciate it! 🙂



  1. Hi Tina! I’ve been a reader since 2011, and I just wanted to say how much I’m enjoying these “day in the life” type of posts. I know how busy you’ve been lately and how much effort these types of posts require, and I just wanted to say thank you!

  2. Ugh, I’m still searching for those Cheerios! Also, I have been loving TJ’s brown rice cakes with crunchy almond butter + chocolate chips on top. I could eat 1.7 million of them.

    I guess it depends on the amount of gray hair? I currently have one, and I just leave it, because it’s literally one. But I love seeing women and men with naturally graying hair and letting it fly free! I’m sure it might take a bit more maintenance, because I believe gray hair changes texture, but I think it’s so beautiful!

    Also, mixing in protein powder or collagen into your almond milk for cereal is genius. How have I never thought of that?

  3. The tidy-up book is great – I loved it! I tried to start organizing and removing items immediately, but my boyfriend has a lot of “stuff” (junk to me 😉 ) so the house is currently still in progress LOL.

  4. Sequence for kids is a lot of fun. My boys love it and also trouble is a fun one.

    I’m totally on the rice cake kick lately too.

  5. Great tip about the board game! We like a few others too around our house (son is 3.5) – Orchard by Haba (also collaborative), Busytown (Richard Scarry look-up game) and and The Cat in the Hats I Can Do That game (though my son mostly loves playing with the pieces lol).
    Also wanted to mention Joshua Becker and his Uncluttered online class and FB support group – an 8week method for paring down and decluttering.

  6. Love your hair! The cut looks so good on you! (I haven’t found any grays yet, but I’m not looking forward to that day!)
    I really like Taboo and Scattergories right now and I’d love to try that new meme game…have you heard of it? My husband likes Aggravation – it’s kind of like Sorry!

    1. Oh and I dye my hair every 6 weeks (and I touch up my own part at 3 weeks) bc my grey is sooooo bad. And I’m only 34! All of my post partum hair loss came back grey. Love your cut and color 🙂

  7. Your hair is gorgeous! I am ready to go natural but none of my friends are on board…LOL! I don’t know why me having gray hair reflects on them but every time I bring it up there is a big chorus of no. I am about ready to do it though…my hair is very dark and grows really fast so that gray shows up like crazy. If a person has lighter colored hair it seems easier to hide.

    I am so sorry…I have not been voting for you…I could of swore that ended a while back! Voted today though. I am perfectly fine with you adding a reminder to each days blog post…or else I totally forget!

  8. I definitely say color the grays! I’ve had gray hair for years (I’m currently 29) and just can’t handle looking at them in the mirror. I love your idea of putting collagen in your milk!

  9. Definitely color the grays. Had my first salon color this week – prior to that it was out of the box. It was good, but I was getting lazy about keeping it up. (since I just had my hair colored and am hyper-alert about these things), your hair looks darker – did it change or is it because it’s ‘fresh’ color? For some reason I thought it had some red in it.

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