Morning! I hope you’re having a fabulous Saturday morning.  I’m enjoying having the house to myself — it’s kind of like the calm before the storm.  My mother and maid of honor come to town on Monday night!


Breakfast was a simple bowl of fruity oatmeal.


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Topping: blueberries, granola, 2 dried apricots


I am so glad blueberries are back in season (at least in Florida).  They were on sale (two for $4) at the store this week!




New Year’s Resolutions 2009


I LOVE making New Year’s Resolutions (NYR).  I make NYR every year, and I must say that I usually accomplish MOST of my resolutions (or at least put in an honest effort).

I tend to make both fitness and non-fitness resolutions.  Yes, I always make more than 1 NYR!


My NYR for 2008 were:


  • Plan the wedding! (Check!)
  • Run a half marathon (Check!)
  • Race in a triathlon (Check!)
  • Write my book (I wrote a page of it and stopped)


Here’s the 10 most common NYR:


  • Spend more time with friends or family.
  • Exercise
  • Lose weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Enjoy life more
  • Quit drinking
  • Get out of debt
  • Learn something new
  • Volunteer
  • Get organized


If you want to set an attainable NYR, follow these simple steps:


  • Be realistic and set achievable goals.
  • Only try to improve things you can control.
  • Break down larger goals into smaller goals.
  • If you want to change your behavior, choose alternative actions and include them as part of your resolution (i.e., I want to quit smoking, so I’m going to pick up running).
  • Above all else, pick a resolution that you truly want to achieve, not just goals that other people want you to achieve!


My 2009 NYR are:


  • Improve my 5K, 10K, 15k, and Half Marathon times.
  • Be kind to my knees and take time off from running when necessary to prevent injury.
  • Outline my book and write it!!!
  • Save money to buy a house in two years.


My biggest resolution is to try to write my book.  To make this a more achievable goal, I’m going to first outline it and then shoot to have several chapters written by my birthday (April 26).  I think if I can get started, I’ll be fine…. but first I just need to get rolling!


What are your 2009 resolutions?



  • ashley (sweetandnatural) December 27, 2008, 8:25 am

    I haven’t thought much about NYR this year. I don’t always make them either b/c I tend to set goals for myself as the year goes along anyway. But I do like the idea of a fresh start in the new year.

    What’s your book about?

  • VeggieGirl December 27, 2008, 8:26 am

    Such a sunny, cheery bowl of oats – love ’em!!

    Great resolutions, Caitlin!!

  • Caitlin December 27, 2008, 8:30 am

    ashley – i cant tell you because then someone will steal my idea 🙂 LOL

  • K December 27, 2008, 8:44 am

    Usually I don’t do resolutions but after getting more cookbooks for Christmas I decided that once a week I’m going to introduce a new recipe to my life! I think I can do it as long as I don’t get lazy 😉

  • All Vegged Out December 27, 2008, 8:48 am

    Mmm fruity oatmeal is my favorite!

    Those are really excellent tips, I made and succeeded (almost) with all my resolutions for 2008 and they really motivated me throughout the year but I was feeling lazy and wasn’t even going to consider any but I do think they work for me, and I’ll definitely be using your tips as my starting point! Thanks!!

  • just me December 27, 2008, 9:08 am

    i don’t set goals every year but make sure i try to do things that will contribute to my “bucket list” that i created years ago…i’ve def accomplished quite a few things, but most are def in the works!

  • Tami December 27, 2008, 9:10 am

    run 1000 miles
    abs every day
    6 half marathons

    no scrap supplies
    stay calm
    go green a little bit more

    you NYR are great…mine are above!

  • Justine December 27, 2008, 9:51 am

    Sounds like some great goals for yourself! I never make New Year’s Resolutions…I just set goals throughout the year, I guess. I never really understood New Year’s Resolutions…I figure if you wanna do something, then just do it…no need to wait until the new year! Plus, it’s always bothered me how LOTS of people’s goal is to lose weight and then they give it up by the end of January. Oh well…leaves more gym space for me after January 🙂

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) December 27, 2008, 10:23 am

    Mmm…blueberries. Good luck with your book Caitlin. My New Year’s resolution is more yoga. Have a good weekend.

  • eatingbender December 27, 2008, 11:02 am

    Wow, it’s so cool to read about another aspiring author! My life goal (not NYR, because I don’t think I’m quite ready to write yet) is to write a book and have it published, even if it can only be found in some random small bookstore. GOOD LUCK with yours, Caitlin!

  • Katie December 27, 2008, 11:16 am

    Good job on your resolutions for this year!!! I can’t believe you’re getting married in just a few days… that’s pretty much the best resolution of them all!

    I’m going to take a soak and think about what I want mine to be. Have a great day!

  • Jess :) December 27, 2008, 12:57 pm

    What a yummy looking bowl of oatmeal! And I love the resolutions 🙂 I need to decide on mine…In addition, I am LOVING the glucosamine and chondroitin (might not be spelled correct!) pills. If it weren't for you I would not even be taking them 🙂 Thanks so much!
    <3 jess 🙂

  • sarah December 27, 2008, 1:14 pm

    i am a chronic over-resolutioner, but i don’t mind! sometimes i succeed, and sometimes i don’t, but at least this way i take the time to take stock in where i am and what i want to improve.

    this year i want to floss, dress better, and go on more dates, to name a few. there are 14 in total and i will post about them soon!

  • Meg December 27, 2008, 1:14 pm

    Great resolutions! I am very curious to hear what your book is all about, but I understand not wanting anyone to steal the idea!

  • BOBBI McCORMICK December 27, 2008, 5:48 pm

    mmmm yummy breakfast! I am doing a NY list right now:)

  • HangryPants December 27, 2008, 8:43 pm

    Great resolutions. I love be kind to your knees. Can’t wait to learn more about your book as you reveal the details!

  • emily December 27, 2008, 9:11 pm

    good NYRs! I don’t know if you mentioned already, but what would the book be about?

  • Jasmine December 28, 2008, 8:43 pm

    i just figured out one of my NYR… I really enjoy reading all these blogs about health/fitness/healthy food…so I am changing the focus of my blog to write about my workouts and my meals, etc…. I did change the name of my blog so that it makes sense too… Gluck with writing your book! I have always wanted to do something like that, but I figure I should learn how to blog first! lol

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