Welcome to the Weekend

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.


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Wahoo! Welcome to the weekend! We made it! :mrgreen:


I ate lunch while I worked away at my desk. I actually don’t mind eating my lunch at my desk, especially if it gets me out of work a little bit earlier! 😉

For lunch, I started with a homemade salad of arugula, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, red bell peppers, celery, black-eyed peas, and black olives. It was delish!



Then, I had a couple of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that I whipped up this morning in honor of Cookie Friday. I may or may not have eaten a couple with breakfast, too! 😉


Lunch also included a container of Fage yogurt to which I added a few squirts of agave nectar.


Mid-afternoon, I made myself a mug of sugar-free hot cocoa from the office stash.


And, when I got home from NuVal, I munched on an Uncle Jerry’s pretzel. There’s also some cantaloup in my future– just need to cut it up after my conference call.


Ask Me Anything

I hope you guys enjoyed Ask Me Anything! This is my very last answer post.

Your picture looks like your bellybutton is pierced, is it? Also, any tattoos?

Yes, my bellybutton is pierced. I actually don’t really like it, but it has a fun memory tied to it. (I got it done in Scotland.) I don’t have any tattoos.

Do you ever get self-conscious taking pictures of your food?

When I first started blogging, I was self-conscious about taking pictures of my food, but now that I’ve been doing it for over 2 years now, I don’t give it a second thought.

Do you ever get sick of eating oatmeal?

Hardly ever.

What crowd did you hang out with in high school?

I went to a really small high school, so I hung out with a lot of different crowds. But, if I had to pick, I’d say either the smart kids or the soccer girls. If you ask my husband or my sister, I was part of a dork crowd. They still make fun of me.

Are you happy with your decision to switch jobs? Was it as great as you thought it would be?

Yes and yes. I’m still juggling a million things, but I really enjoy what I am doing. I also respect the work that NuVal does, so it’s nice to work for a company that I believe in. Plus, part of my job includes blogging. What more could I ask for?! 😉

Have you traveled outside of the country? If so, where and when?

Yep! I did quite a lot of traveling during my semester abroad in York, England. While there, I visited Ireland, Scotland, Prague, Amsterdam, Belgium, and Italy. I’ve visited Montreal a number of times and Victoria, British Columbia last summer. Mal’s family has an apartment in Paris, so I also spent 2 weeks there in June 2006. And, I spent the first couple of years of my life in Italy. My family was stationed there when my dad was in the Army.

Did you have any other long-term boyfriends before you met and fell in love with Mal?

Yes, I had one other high school boyfriend, and, in college, I had a couple of long-term relationships.

Have you ever been recognized by one of your readers?

Yep, a number of times, actually. Usually, readers recognize me in the Boston area, but there was one time someone recognized me in Seattle. That was weird.

What type of camera do you use?

I actually use two cameras. My “fancy” camera is the Nikon D40, which I use for special occasions and when there is good lighting. My everyday, does-all-the-work-for-you camera is the Canon PowerShot S90, which I absolutely LOVE! I originally bought it because the lighting in my old apartment was terrible, but this camera has been my savior, especially when dining out. A good example of its low-lighting capabilities is when I went to Drink. It was SO dark inside, but I was still able to take a number of photos without the flash. The camera seems to pick up on even the smallest sources of light. It’s awesome!

I know you don’t count calories, but do you have an approximate break down of how you spread out your calories during the day?

It depends on the day. But, generally, I split-up my meals and snacks like this:

  • Breakfast: 500 – 600
  • Snack: 100
  • Lunch: 400 – 500
  • Snack: 100 – 200
  • Dinner: 500 – 600
  • Dessert: 200

Do you and Mal plan to have kids?

Yes, we plan to have kids. But, not for awhile. Basically, Mal and I want to be settled before we start thinking about children. I realize that there is never really a “right” time to start a family, but our lives are too crazy to add baby into the mix. Some days, we can barely handle Murphy– and you can’t put a kid in a crate when he’s driving you nuts! Plus, most of our friends aren’t even married– let alone thinking about kids– so (Quinn said it best), I don’t want to be the first changing diapers!

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  1. I’m so jealous of all the places you traveled! One of the reasons my husband and I don’t have kids yet (I’m 30 ) is so we can do more travelling. I have been to Paris though which is one of my favorite cities! I would die if my in-laws had an apartment there 🙂

  2. I randomly think about what age I’ll be when I decide to take my bb ring out. How old is too old to have it pierced? I guess when you get preggers?

  3. Nothing wrong with hanging with the dorks in HS! 😉

    I’m with you totally on the kids thing – I’m itching to have babies now, but we’re nowhere near settled enough to start a family at this point. Plus, our NYC apartment is overcrowded with the three of us (me, husband and dog) – it would be crazy with a kid and all of their stuff!

  4. I wish my family had a place in Paris too…it is one of my most favorite cities in the world!

    Great info…I love learning new things about people.

  5. great answer on the kiddo question – my husband and I are from the South where it seems like everyone started having kids at 23…we’ve had so much pressure from family and friends there that think we’re crazy to be “so old” and having kids (I’m 26…seriously?!) i think it’s great to wait until YOU’RE ready…otherwise it could just be disaster!

    happy weekend girl 🙂

  6. You are lucky! So many of my friends are married (well..so am I) and have kids already! I don’t mind, and I love their kids…but your life changes so much and I sometimes feel like my Husband and I are the only ones NOT changing diapers! I think it’s a regional/rural thing.

  7. That’s hilarious that you said “you can’t put a kid in a crate”! I may have said that once or twice myself. It usually goes something like this: “Dogs are great to have before you transition to having babies, but…” you know the rest.

  8. I know you can’t put kids in a crate…but the image is really funny! I am really glad my dog doesn’t need crating though, that would make me really sad (I know some dogs love them but she would hate it).

  9. I love adding agave into my yogurt, it makes it taste (almost) like dessert! I feel the same way about having a baby, I love my life right now and I’m not ready to share it…is that way too selfish to say outloud? I hope not. Have a great weekend.

  10. You lunch looks delicious! Love the combination. As for the kids…wait! We were the first to have kids. We were young and we didn’t really have a group, so it did not impact us. I am glad we started young, but we weren’t busy then so it did not matter. Now, we both just turned 35, and all of our friends are just now having kids. It is kind of weird, because I am so exhausted at the thought of having kids now (we are done), but everyone else is still fresh and a lot more settled. We have many ups and downs along the way and I am so thankful for what I have, but you should feel good about your decision to wait until you are “ready”…trust me, you will know!

  11. I love olives and olives in a salad is even better 🙂
    Cookies with breakfast are the best 🙂 you can never go wrong with a cookie in the morning!
    hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  12. I’m so glad you’re with me on the kids thing. I’m going to a bridal shower on Sunday – at this point, I can only handle Crate & Barrel – not Babies ‘r Us.

    Have a fabulous weekend!

  13. your salad looks so incredibly fresh and refreshing! so colorful! i love salads like that! and those oatmeal cookies look delicious too! happy cookie friday 😉

  14. Hahaha my belly button’s pierced too! It’s annoying though, it’s been about 7 months and the darn thing hasn’t healed yet. Whoop-de-doop.
    I’m thinking of doing my own version of “cookie friday”! I used to limit myself to “treats” on only one day of the week, but I seem to be allowing myself to have them a bit more frequently lately 😉
    Great post~

  15. I like the salads you have for lunch but I’ve noticed they don’t glisten with any sort of dressing…do you dress your salads? If so, with what? If not….why?!

  16. I love your answer about children – that’s pretty much how I respond to people when they feel the need to ask. You’ve obviously gotten the same speech about how there’s never a “good” time to have kids – don’t you just want to shake people sometimes and say “it’s none of your business and we know!!”. 😉 Ok, maybe not shake them, but you get my point. LOL It can get frustrating.

  17. I totally echo your response to the kids question! My boyfriend and I aren’t even married yet, but I have STILL had people ask us when we plan to have kids?!? I know marriage isn’t a prerequisite for kids, but still! It seems very odd for people to ask me that question.

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