What Gets You Out of Bed?

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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I ended up staying up pretty late last night, so when my alarm went off at 5:15 this morning, I was not motivated to get out of bed and hit the gym. As I laid in bed, I thought to myself: If I don’t get up and go to the gym, who will really know? I could always just write on the blog that I worked out, couldn’t I? Then it occurred to me that the only person who would know (and not benefit) was me. And wouldn’t that be awful?

A long time ago, I made a commitment to myself to live a healthy lifestyle. And, as cheesy as it sounds, I made a commitment to my readers, too. Those two thoughts are usually enough to get me out of bed to exercise. A yummy breakfast (after a workout) definitely helps, too! 😉 Plus, I always feel like a million bucks when I leave the gym, so skipping it would probably make me feel like a sack of pennies— and that’s no way to start the day!

If you’re struggling to wake up and exercise in the morning, check out some of my tips for getting your butt out of bed.

What gets you out of bed to exercise and start the day?


This morning, I had a serious craving for peanut butter, so I toasted-up some whole wheat bread and slathered it on. Oh yes, I did!  😀


I topped my peanut butter toast with banana slices for some extra potassium to help combat some of my muscle soreness, which was much-needed this morning. Let’s just say, I’m feelin’ it from last night’s Body Pump class!

IMG_8260I also had some delicious iced coffee this morning. (I guess I really didn’t make the “switch” to hot coffee. :oops:)

The stainless steel straw that I used is actually starting to grow on me. At first, I thought it was a little weird. I mean, I’ve used plastic straws for my entire life, so, of course, a metal straw would be strange. But, now I like using them a lot. They make my iced coffee so much colder! These things are going to be sweet in the summertime when it is sweltering hot outside!

IMG_8264I received a question about the painting in the background of one of my photos the other day. The painting is an authentic piece by Yuri Tremler that Mal and I paid millions of dollars for a couple of years ago. Actually, it’s a faux painting from Ikea. 😉

I never thought I would like such bold colors as home decor, but now I can’t get enough of them!


Snack Smarter

This little tip is also from the October issue of Fitness magazine:

Next time the munchies hit, try this simple strategy to avoid pigging out: Calculate how long it’s been since you last ate, and consider every hour to be worth about 100 calories. For instance, if you had breakfast at 8 AM and it’s now 10:30 AM, you should have about a 250-calorie snack to tide you over until lunch.

As you probably know, a healthy snack contains cards, protein, and fiber, such as a handful of nuts with a piece of fruit or two tablespoons of peanut butter and whole-grain crackers.

Happy snacking! 😀

Fitness Magazine Giveaway

Holy moly! You guys really wanted to win the Fitness prize pack! There were almost 600 entries!!!

Here’s your Random Integer: 377

CONGRATS to #377!!! You scored big! Please email me with your full name and mailing address.

Cookie Friday

Don’t forget that it’s Cookie Friday!

I’m celebrating with a reader (she’s a Hahvard undergrad) at Hi-Rise Bakery this afternoon.

Hi-Rise has the BEST cookie flavors, like Oatmeal Coconut Pecan and Oatmeal Cherry Raisin. I can’t wait! :mrgreen:



  1. Reading your post about not wanting to get out of bed in the morning and how you could “fake” it for the blog really hit home with me today. I have been slacking on my accountability lately on the eating front. I recommitted myself today and it feels really good. This is one of the reasons we all have these blogs to keep us on track and keep us accountable. Good for you for sticking with your plan and getting up to work out. Your so right that it’s ALWAYS worth it once it’s done and sometimes you even enjoy it during the process.

  2. I always stay up late (which is probably not the best thing) and i always want to work out before my day starts, but because i dont belong to a gym i feel that this is really hard, and especially hard now cause its getting cold out. What do you think i should do? i could use some pointers and i know you’ll be really helpful!

  3. I actually only have to set my alarm 10 minutes earlier than usual if I want to workout at the school gym before class. I save so much time by not showering/putting on makeup first thing in the AM that I can leave for school half an hour earlier than usual, and manage a quick 30-45 minutes in the gym before my 9-9:50 class 🙂

  4. Your breakfast would make me want to go to the gym. I would tell myself I don’t get my bowl of oats unless the workout is done. Or something like no cookie Friday in your case 😉

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