Workin’ Hard for the Money

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.

Hi, guys!

Not a lot to report here, except that I’m working’ hard for the money. I’ve basically been glued to my computer all day long. The last two weeks were a total whirlwind, so today (and probably the rest of the week) is all about playing catch up. Besides Mal’s birthday and related celebrations, this week is pretty low-key for me, so I plan to get a lot accomplished. Get it done!

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I woke up bright and early this morning to tackle my To Do list. I worked for a couple of hours before my stomach started to grumble and then made two waffles and topped them with almond butter and fresh raspberries. I also drank an iced coffee with coconut milk. I definitely needed the caffeine today!

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Mid-morning, I started to get hungry again, so I snacked on a handful of mixed nuts and dried fruit.

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A little while later, I almost helped myself to another handful of nuts and dried fruit, but then I decided to just make myself lunch. It was only 11:30, but I need a meal, not just a snack.

On the menu for lunch: salad with two hardboiled eggs, truffle oil, and balsamic vinegar.

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And half of a toasted sesame bagel with cream cheese.

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CrossFit is on the agenda for this evening, so I ate a banana with a packet of Justin’s chocolate almond butter as an afternoon snack. This flavor sort of tastes like brownie batter. My goodness, it’s amazing.

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Life”¦ supplemented

I recently starting writing for the “the Supplemental” blog, which is managed by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN). The goal of this new blog is to provide fun, fresh, and new perspectives to educate and inform consumers on combining healthy diet, supplements, and exercise to optimize one’s health and wellbeing. Its topics will range from eating well on-the-go and supplementing the diet to training for races and reducing stress. I will be contributing regularly to the blog along with seven other women:

  • Carla Birnberg, award winning writer, personal trainer, former bodybuilding competitor and author of MizFitOnline.
  • Leslie Bonci, a registered dietitian, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for Sports Medicine, former spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and contributor to Runner’s World.
  • Tina Haupert, freelance writer, author of the blog, Carrots ”˜N’ Cake, and book, Carrots ”˜N’ Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake at a Time, and certified personal trainer.
  • Sheryl Kraft, freelance health journalist, essayist and author of Midlife Matters.
  • Duffy MacKay, naturopathic doctor, scientist with the Council for Responsible Nutrition and contributor to Naturally Savvy.
  • Andrea Metcalf, healthy lifestyle expert as seen on NBC Today Show, motivational speaker and author of best-selling NakedFitness.
  • Danielle Omar, registered dietitian, nutrition strategist and author of Food Confidence.
  • Liz Scherer, health journalist, digital copywriter, women’s health advocate and award-winning author of Flashfree.

I’m honored and excited to be part of such an amazing group of contributors, and I hope you decide to check out the “the Supplemental” blog. Here’s my first post: Fueling for the Long Run.

Question of the Day

Do you have a morning routine when you start your work day? What’s the first thing you do? 

Me: turn on Pandora, check my email, check Twitter, upload my photos, open Windows Live Writer, start working.



  1. Random question: Your office chair looks so comfortable – like a NorthFace puffer coat. Where and when did you get it?

    Workday routine: turn on TV news, wash/moisturize face, brush/floss teeth, get dressed, eat breakfast, out the door.

    Welcome back to the normal grind! It’s been fun reading about all your adventures!

  2. ooo i need to try that justin’s chocolate almond butter! sounds amazing! right when i get up i get a pot of coffee brewing, prepare and eat my breakfast, sip coffee while writing a post and/or reading a few blogs, then i get ready, and head off to my office. i immediately check all of my emails, return phone calls, and make a to do list for my day.

  3. Hi Tina, congrats on the new blog. I’m going to go over and check it out. OMG…I have the “this is your life” graphic printed out and pinned to my workstation too. (I don’t work at home, but love to bring little pieces of life and home to remind me of what is really important) Have a great week.

  4. GAH! I looked everywhere for an office chair like that! Where did you find yours? You have been eating the truffle oil a lot on your salads lately – what do you like about it? Congrats on another gig – you are a wanted woman! Hmmmm routine… must start the day with water – 32oz. of water before anything else. I also like to light my favorite candle at my desk when I know I’ll be there for a bit – I’m all about the ambiance! 😉

  5. Once I get to work I fill up my water bottle, turn on my computer, open my emails, and Twitter – my personal account and work account since I tweet for it too.

  6. I have been meaning to ask… what type of workout and/or diet were you following around your wedding/honeymoon? I came across a pic of you on your honeymoon and your arms looked awesome!! I would love to know what you were doing!

    1. @cait: Thanks! I actually think I’m a lot more fit now than I was when I got married. Nowadays, I mostly do CrossFit and run, and my diet is what you see on CNC! 🙂

  7. I love love love getting up early to get work done! I always feel so much more productive!

    Ps. Have you tried the chocolate hazelnut butter?! That one is my favorite by far.

  8. I get my coffee, stumble to my computer, hope that everyone leaves me alone until I wake up…(I am not a morning person, no sir…nothing about birds chirping etc I care to see lol) But I do look at the news, some of my favorite cooking blogs etc and get that out of the way so I have no excuse for it to interrupt my work 🙂

  9. When I wake up.. I always pee and then put my contacts in.. (after washing my hands of course!). I yearn for the day when I can see without putting anything into my eye balls.

    I always wake up so I have some time to do nothing (watch the news, browse the web) before leaving for work.

  10. I swear my work-life resembles the movie “Groundhog Day.” As soon as I get to my classroom, I chug my coffee, check my emails, and start grading papers. I like trying to get as much done before the kiddies arrive!

  11. mon – friday i wake up, shower, get dressed, make protein shake and sip it while looking at facebook. then brush my teeth, put together my lunch and my boyfriends lunch, go give him and my dog a kiss, and head out to work!

  12. LOVE your office space. It seems like it has really good Feng Shui. You must have been so proud of yourself once you completed it! And yes, your Staples chair looks totally comfortable.

    6 mornings a week I wake up, wash my face, brush my teeth, throw my running clothes on and either head outside if it is nice or to the gym and run four miles (longer runs on Saturdays and/or Sundays). Running is the first thing I do and it makes me feel super awesome for the rest of the day! Call me crazy but I just love running every morning!

  13. I too love your office space and everything you made look yummy! My routine starts with let the dogs out than heat of the hot water so I can have a cup of lemon water while I do some blogging before I head to work. My usual routine is to do my morning blog stuff, go to work, come home, try to exercise, make dinner, blog again! Crazy boring life, but it’s what I do!!

  14. I’m so happy you have another blog you’re writing for as well (although CNC will always be where my primary loyalties lie ;))

    Morning routine… hmm- while the first thing I do is hop out of bed and brush the heck outta my teeth, my favorite part of my morning routine is just getting ready (ie: ironing, changing, making lunch) with the Today show playing in the background. I’m SUCH a Today show nut- it just makes me so happy to even hear the opening music as I start my morning 🙂

  15. I have just recently discovered coconut milk myself! How do you make the iced coffee? That sounds amazing!

    My morning routine, check emails, drink coffee, type blog post, get eh kids up:)

  16. I just switched to a new job so I’m still trying to get into hte swing of things but I’m trying to wake up and go on at least a 30 minute walk every morning. It gets everything up and moving!! 😉

  17. Justin’s chocolate almond butter is like heaven in a little single serving packet. It makes me a little glad I’m a poor college student and can’t afford the full sized jar, it would be gone in a matter of hours.

  18. I just bought a sachet of Justin’s Chocolate Peanut Butter – can’t wait to try it out now! My routine when I get to work is switch on computer, put away my lunch in the fridge, make a cup of green tea and start checking emails :)!

  19. I get dressed, makeup on, then go to the kitchen and get my husbands lunch in his bag, then wake up my son, get his clothes ready and his small snack/breakfast, get my stuff together for lunch and my stuff to take with me to work, eat breakfast, take my son to daycare (for before/after school), then head to carpool and then to work and this is all happening from 4:55 AM (wake up time) to 6 when I drop my son off and I am at work around 6:50 or so…..phew……

  20. I just discovered Justin’s chocolate almond butter yesterday – I always want to try Justin’s but it’s so expensive. It was on sale at the grocery store so I picked up a jar and holy yum! It is amazing!

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