I’m Thankful for YOU

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

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.

This past weekend was so fun! Mal and I got together with a bunch of different friends and had such a blast with them. I am so thankful that we have so many wonderful people in our lives (including you guys)! We are very lucky.


Mal and I were all over the place on Saturday. We left his parents’ house after being there since Wednesday afternoon, stopped home briefly to drop off Murphy, and then we headed to Local 149 to meet Elizabeth and Nick for brunch.

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As always, it was great to see them. We had lots to talk about, and we were all really exciting about the upcoming holidays.

For breakfast, I ordered the biggest meal ever. I originally just wanted eggs, home fries, and a half of a broiled grapefruit, but I totally got upsold by the waitress and ended up with bacon, sausage, and a pancake too. Thankfully, Mal helped me eat some of it.

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After brunch, Mal and I went home””unpacked and mostly got our lives in order””and then we headed out again to meet some CrossFit friends at Cagney’s for drinks, apps, and darts. The night started early and ended early for us (because we are old).

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On Sunday morning, I woke up bright and early and ready to CrossFit. I hadn’t been since the previous Monday, so I was itching to get my WOD on.

Our box did “Glen” earlier in the week, but I missed the workout, so I recruited a couple of friends to do it with me at Open Gym.  I did Level 3 (75 pounds for the C&J + 6 rope climbs) and finished in 41:04. The Burpees took me forever to finish. I can usually bust out Burpees, but I had zero energy. Even still, I really loved “Glen.” It’s definitely one of my favorite hero WODs.

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After CrossFit, I took the quickest shower of my life and then headed to Legacy Place with Mal to meet his sister and her husband for brunch at Aquitaine. I had heard great things, so I was excited to dine there!

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I ordered an egg white omelet with sautéed onions and Gruyere inside with home fries and toast on the side. I also ordered a cup of coffee, but it was no bueno, so I barely drank any of it.

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After breakfast, we got our bowl on at King’s!

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A little fun fact: 10 years ago, almost to the day, Mal and I had our second first date at King’s (the Boston location), and we’ve been together ever since.

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The four of us had a great time bowling. I even managed to bowl a 108 on one game, which is most likely a PR for me. (I am terrible at bowling!)


After bowling, we headed to the Yard House to watch the rest of the Pats game and get some drinks and apps.

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The truffle fries at the Yard House are the best!

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At the Yard House, I actually met a CNC reader. She was so sweet and introduced herself and then told me that I inspired her to run her first half marathon. When I returned to our table, I told Mal what she had said, and I immediately got all choked up. It meant so much to me to hear something like this from a reader in person. Sometimes I forget that this little blog really does inspire people to do great things and make healthy choices in their lives. Of course, I’m happy when people tell me how much they like seeing photos of my ridiculous dog, but knowing CNC does more than just entertain people makes my heart feel so full (cheesy, but true).

For those of you who I have never met, I want you to know that I appreciate your kind words so very much. I even save the emails that you guys send me in a special folder in my inbox. When I’m having a bad day or when the trolls are especially miserable, your messages make me feel so warm and fuzzy inside and makes me love this blog even more. I guess I am just feeling especially thankful for you guys, so THANK YOU for reading, supporting me, and being you. Ok, enough of the sappy stuff! Winking smile

After we said goodbye to Mal’s sister and her husband, we hit up Whole Foods for our weekly grocery shopping. This week’s meal plan:

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Last night’s dinner was Make-Your-Own Tacos.

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I went with the taco salad option and used a broken shell for scooping. (I am not really a fan of hard shell tacos. I would much rather have a soft taco, so a salad seemed like a good option!)

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Last night also kicked off our 24 Days of Togetherness. Our first pull was one of my favorites: Bake sugar cookies!

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Unfortunately, the new recipe that I tried did not turn out well. (I knew I should have stuck to a classic sugar cookie recipe. Grrr!) The cookies tasted fine, but looked really ugly. Oh, well. It was still fun to make them together!

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If you’re participating in 24 Days of Together, please use #24daysoftogetherness to tag your posts on social media. I’d love to see what you guys are up to!

Questions of the Day

How’s your 24 Days of Togetherness going so far?

Are you any good at bowling?

Soft or hard taco shells? Or taco salad?



  1. Looks like an absolutely fantastic weekend! “Glen” looks like a doozy for sure, but it also looks fun!
    That’s so awesome that a reader came up to you and said such sweet words. I know personally, bloggers have definitely made a pretty profound impact on my life. Y’all never know who you’re inspiring! 🙂 We are thankful for YOU as well. Have a wonderful week, Tina!

  2. Those truffle fries look amazing! I’m not good at bowling, but I do think it is super fun to do as a group once in awhile. And I’m with you on the shells–I only like soft tortillas for tacos. The hard shells just break up and stab my mouth and are no fun to eat.

  3. I am not so great at bowl, I love the bumpers :). Sounds like such a fun weekend! I love those type of weekends! My husbands has his exams until the 12th so we are doing the 12 days of togetherness until Christmas Eve! I love more of a taco salad for eating tacos so I would have to say hard shell!

  4. Hi Tina! I’ve been a llloonnngggg time reader and a sometime commenter – my kitties, Mikey & Papi, are proud to be the only kitties you included in your dogs of CNC post. I just had to comment back to you that I am thankful for your blog – you have given me tons of healthy recipe ideas, workout motivation, you also were part of my inspiration to start my own business. So thank YOU! Keep up the good blogging!

      1. They are adorable. They know. 🙂 Also – as a business owner there’s something else I hope you always know..every so often I’ll see some nasty commenter on here saying something nasty or stupid. I know that with my business, I tend to remember the negativity way more than the positive – which SUCKS. I’ll do something and get 25 positive responses and 1 response, and that’s the one that will be keeping me up at night. I HOPE you don’t do that. Your blog is amazing and I look forward to it every day, as do so many others.

  5. I am doing the 24 days of togetherness as well. Yesterday was day two for me and we made a desert together. Our desert was Chocolate Coconut squares which were amazing! We had one last night and then we both brought leftovers to work as to not inhale them all tonight.
    I love to bowl but I am not very good at it.
    Tacos are good in any form to me but hard shell tacos are probably my favorite.

  6. I love brunch! I wish there were cuter places to eat in South Florida like there is up north. Sigh. I haven’t been bowling in years. I think it may be time. Best part is you can go at anytime and it always feels like 10 pm since it’s so dark in those places. 🙂

  7. Just wanted to say that your blog does make an impact on me! I’m working on losing weight after having a baby and you’re a great inspiration! Side note: Jealous of all the fun brunches/meals out!

  8. we love 24 days of togetherness, if you saw on instragram, last night we watched a christmas movie, ELF…Love it! The precvious night we picked give a back or foot massage, and unfortunaly we forgot to do it 🙁

  9. We are thankful for you Tina! I’m so glad we had the chance to meet in person. 🙂

    Soft shell all the way! I would have chosen the salad route as well. I’m not too bad at bowling and my husband gets mad because I always beat him. 😉

  10. Sounds like a fun holiday weekend!! I hope you know what an incredible impact you’ve had on readers like myself. You truly have been an inspiration to me (and I’m sure so many others)! Reading your blog is something I look forward to every day, and seeing Murphy pictures on Instagram always make me smile 😉

  11. Your breakfast the other morning at the restaurant looks so yummy! I especially love how the broiled grapefruit looks, I’ll have to try making it at home sometime.

  12. Can you pleeeeeeeease admit that you’re pregnant? 😉 Christian and I have had sugar cookie diasters before too. Heck, my friends even gave me peanut butter cookies they made with expired Crisco for my birthday one year. Yuck! Then you have to be thankful for the process rather than the outcome. Haha! 🙂

  13. I’m going to go with soft shell for quesadillas. Bowling is a very Wisconsin activity but I haven’t been in years. I think I got my fill in college when I lived above a bowling alley!

  14. Have you ever tried doing taco bowls? They’re delicious!!! We use cauliflower rice to add something extra to it. Yumma!!!

  15. Just wanted to say that since I have been reading your blog you have influenced my life for the better. I’m exercising more- making better and healthy food choices and shopping more with coupons and being money conscious. I am one of your “older” readers but you make me feel young. 😊💚.

  16. I love any type of tacos! When we were younger and could stay awake past nine or ten o’clock a bunch of us would go cyber bowling. I love your blog. Great recipes and tips for lots of things. You take wonderful pictures and I like reading about all the places you go to. Murphy’s pictures and adventures always make me smile!

  17. I had a friend visiting a few weeks ago from South Carolina and we saw Mal out at a bar with his friends. I felt like he was an old friend and he probably thought my friend was a weirdo for saying hello like a giddy tween. You definitely make an impact…I love your blog-it’s actually the only one I’ve consistently read since I discovered it. So, we’re thankful for you too!

  18. What a fun weekend! I love when my weekend is full of good times.
    I love bowling, but I’m not very good at it lol. I’m actually going to Jillian’s for my birthday in a couple weeks, so maybe I’ll get some birthday luck haha!

  19. Well, I finally decided to leave a comment! I came across your blog about a month ago, and I fell in love:) I obviously love Murphy (my husband and I are puggle owners), but I also love everything else about his blog”¦.your fitness and eating tips have really inspired me to step up my game ( I love to work out and eat healthy, but have gotten into sort of a rut). Oh, and it helps that you guys are Walking Dead fans:) Thanks for the great posts, and I can’t wait to keep reading!!:)

  20. You do make a difference! I only started crossfit because I read about it on CNC. I didn’t have any friends who were into fitness and healthy eating – and now, nine months later, I can honestly say that crossfit has been the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I’m in the best shape of my life and I have tons of new friends who support me. And I just back squatted 130lbs on Friday, a new PR for me 🙂 so thanks for all you do!!

  21. I LOVE that you acknowledged meeting the reader here and how much you still appreciate it! You have honestly been one of the very FEW bloggers who have responded when I have reached out to you, and I hope you know that means a LOT to us as readers as well! Even a simple, THANKS or hello can make a big difference 🙂

  22. Oh I love the sappy stuff! 🙂 I tweeted a picture the other day of my little guy with book! He is crawling now & it’s the first book he reached for!

  23. I also want to thank you for your awesome blog! I moved overseas a year ago and ended up putting on weight after getting out of good eating and exercise habits. I discovered CNC a few weeks ago and it has been a huge source of motivation and inspiration for me 🙂 I already feel so much healthier and happier. So, thank you!

  24. What a busy weekend! Looks like you had a great time though. I’m jealous that you have Yard House in MA! There are none in CT so I try to go when we visit FL. Fun vibe, good food, and tasty drinks! How awesome that the reader approached you to share her story. At last year’s HLS in Boston something similar happened to me and I too got choked up. I always try to tell people when they inspire me because it makes me feel so good to hear it from other so I know itll do the same for them!

  25. Your healthy living blog was the first I’ve ever read about 3 years ago. I’ve made a number of changes in my life since then and I owe much of that to you! You’re a great role model for moderation and leading a balanced life.

    I think other readers will agree – we are thankful for you too 🙂

  26. That is so crazy about Kings! My John used to manage Kings in Back Bay for years before he moved to Chicago. I wonder if your paths crossed over that time. Such a small world!
    Hope to see you soon girl!! Can’t wait to be in Boston next week!

  27. Hi Tina, I love reading your blog every day! I especially like seeing your meal plans and what you buy at the grocery store. Do you ever buy cow’s milk? I don’t see it too frequently in your pictures, and I was wondering why? I’m trying to eat a more natural diet, and I’ve noticed that almond, coconut, and soy milk all have a lot of additives while the ingredient list for cow’s milk is a lot shorter…any thoughts on what’s really best? Thank you!

    1. We hardly ever buy cow’s milk, but I drink it when I go to Starbucks in espresso drinks. I just prefer other kinds of milk (i.e. almond, soy, or coconut milk). I think they’re all great options, so it really comes down to what you think is best for you and your taste preferences.

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