Weird Things Excite Me

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.

I get excited about weird things, like Jersey Shore, 80’s Fitness Fads, Barney Butter, new Body Pump releases, and eating breakfast at the Wheelhouse Diner. Other people probably don’t find these things all that cool, but that’s okay. We all have our “things” that make us happy, right? Well, here’s another thing to add to my list! (Yes, I’m a mega dork.)

So, you know the stainless steel straws that I use every morning in my iced coffee? Well, these babies are FINALLY in my OpenSky shop! Yes!!!!! :mrgreen:

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For many months, the folks at OpenSky have been looking high and low for a seller who produces stainless steel straws. About a week ago, they finally found one and now you can buy them in my shop.

This Opensky exclusive is a variety pack of surgical-grade stainless steel straws. It includes 4 large straws, 4 small straws, and 1 straw cleaning brush. (I don’t use a brush; I just throw my straws in the dishwasher.) The large straws measure 9.5″ in length and the small straws measure 7″ in length. They are dishwasher safe and have a bend for your sipping pleasure!

I used to use a plastic straw every morning in my iced coffee and just throw it away. These straws are environmentally-friendly and budget-friendly. You’ll never have to buy a straw again and you’ll help keep all of those plastic straws out of our landfills!

Ok, I’m done geeking-out about stainless steel straws! 😉


After breakfast, I hit the gym for a Body Pump class. I haven’t been to BP in at least 2 weeks, so I was jazzed to attend class today. Unfortunately, my body didn’t feel the same way. I felt soooo weak! I even decreased my weight on a few tracks and, by the end of class, my whole body felt like jello. I guess I need to be a little more consistent with my strength training, huh?

I definitely struggled to get through class, but the whole time I kept thinking to myself: Exercise should make you strong, not skinny. (Wise words from Katie of Sweet Tater.) Reminding myself why I was exercising motivated me to push through to the end of each track. Simply thinking about becoming stronger made me feel that way.


When I got home, I threw together a soft taco with leftovers from last night’s dinner. I know some people hate leftovers, but I love them!


On the side, I enjoyed a sweet, ripe peach.



Feel Great Weight

For this week’s post, I wrote about my fancy dinner at the Top of the Hub: 4 Skinny Tricks for Enjoying a Diet Splurge Guilt-Free.

I have a busy afternoon ahead: packing for Orlando, heading downtown for a Starbucks event, and then meeting friends for drinks. See ya! 😎



  1. The new look is adorable. Gotta go for a refresh every once and awhile. Everytime I see them on someone else’s blog it makes me want one too. Love that Murphy became part of the focus. 🙂 Those straws also look great although I think somehow I’d find a way to mangle them in my dishwasher!

    As a sidebar, I’m a finalist in a recipe contest! I’d love your support. To vote, see my video here: and then click that you “like it.” (Note that you will have to log into your youtube account to vote and if you don’t have one, you’ll have to create one. I promise it only takes a minute!) If nothing else you …get to see me look awkward on video. :-S

  2. Hi Tina! I’m a longtime reader of your blog and finally decided to comment. I have to say that I absolutely LOVE the new design of your blog! It looks amazing!

  3. My pre-teen daughter still uses a lot of straws…those would be awesome for her! And I LOVE taking leftovers to work with me for lunch! I usually make extra just for this purpose.

  4. Hi Tina! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile but have never commented. I appreciate your love for pugs and body pump 🙂 and Boston! I just moved to Boston this weekend from Baltimore, although I grew up on the Cape.
    Just a quick ques – I fell in love with body pump and have been taking it nearly every week while living in Bmore for the past 4 years. I don’t think it’s as popular here in MA? Do you know of any good gyms in/near Brookline that offer it? I’ve looked at the Les Mills site, and there are a couple, but it’s always so hard finding new gyms online. Any suggestions for good gyms? (sorry if you live nowhere near Brookline and have no clue haha)

  5. I definitely think that exercise should make you strong, not skinny. STRONG is the new skinny! The only “strength training” I do is the 30 Day Shred occasionally… I heard that it’s actually meant to be mainly a strength workout, so I do it as a strength workout. Am I wrong?

  6. Sad– can’t see your beautiful photos on my iPhone when I read your blog!! Hope it gets worked out soon!

  7. I know I’m a bit late on the change bandwagon, but I just wanted to say that I really love the changes. It’s very simple and pleasing to the eye. Love the colors, love the font, love the organization, and LOVE the header. I saw that people were getting all bent out of shape about the google reader but what’s one mouse click in a day? Really people. Anyways, just wanted to send a little encouragement your way. I hope that if YOU love the new changes that you will keep them. I think it’s fabulous!

  8. I’m loving the new photo fade you have going on here!

    I really wish my gym would offer Body Pump. They have a similar class, but are not consistent with the instructors…so i feel like i have to “re-learn” the workout each time. I loved Body Pumps structure!

  9. when I’m not in the mood to workout I try to get myself to do a weight routine since in the end when you have more muscle you’ll burn more calories throughout the day. Obviously both cardio and weight training are good and should both be done regularly but on those days when I’m trying to talk myself into doing neither…I will do a quick weight workout and feel good knowing I’m building muscle and burning more calories!

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