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As promised…. I have three Major Life Announcements to reveal.  Read on!

 

Major Life Announcement #1:  Operation Beautiful:  The Book

 

In July, I received the most exciting e-mail of my life.  A literary agent had read an article about Operation Beautiful in the New York Daily News and wanted to know if I had ever considered writing a book.

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When I received that e-mail, I literally screamed hysterically and ran around my apartment like a mad woman.  "Had I ever considered writing a book!?"  I’ve been writing freelance for a variety of magazines and papers since I was 18, and I majored in Creative Non-Fiction.  I have dreamt about writing a book for as long as I can remember.

 

But, I would talk about writing a book like it was winning the lottery — the impossible dream

 

And then, one day, a small part of my dream came true.  A real agent liked my concept and wanted to help me write a proposal.  I was SO excited that she understood Operation Beautiful could truly change the way women viewed themselves.  When I spoke to my agent, I knew she was the right woman to represent Operation Beautiful because she BELIVED in the mission.

 

Although I mentioned the book proposal a few times on the blog, I never really explained the process.  It took 1.5 months to write the proposal.  If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know it was a long, hard road with revisions, conference calls, and rejections (and some very exciting non-rejections!).  It was a lot of work, but I knew it was worth it every time I received another note and story in my inbox.

 

Last week, I had the most exhilarating phone call of my life with a New York publishing house who wanted to buy my book.  They made an offer to my agent on Tuesday night and I accepted right away.

 

More details are forthcoming — I would LOVE to feature YOU in the book! — but the upshot is that it is being published in Fall 2010.  And I need to start writing right away!

 

Major Life Announcement #2:  Physical Therapy Graduate School

 

I feel very bad, but I told you a small white lie.  Remember how I said I have a "part time job," which was at night after work?  Well, I was actually taking night classes at community college this entire time.  (It was a secret because of my job.)

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Yes — you read that right!  In addition to working 40 hours a week, blogging for 20 hours a week, and marathon training, I have been taking night classes.  In fact, I’ve been taking a LOT of classes….

 

This summer, I took Biology I, Chemistry I, and Anatomy and Physiology I.   I had class Monday through Thursday from 6:30 PM to 9:45 PM.  On Saturdays, I had class from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

 

I’m currently enrolled in Anatomy and Physiology II and Physics I.  I have class Monday through Thursday from 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM.

 

SCHOOL IS HARD!

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I’m taking these classes in hopes of gaining entrance to a Doctorate in Physical Therapy graduate school in Fall 2010 (yes, when my book will come out)!  The program is four years long, and when I graduate, I will be Dr. Caitlin!

 

I realized I loved the human body and PT after I dealt with my knee injuries.  It is truly a field that I am SO interested in, and I really hope I get into the program.  It is very competitive… we’ll see!

 

In addition to classes, I took the GRE Exam in April (was not fun and it was hard to hide my cramming on the blog!) and I shadowed a physical therapist on Friday afternoons over the summer.

 

I hope to get into University of South Carolina in Columbia.  We are considering a move there next summer.  I visited the school in March (and kind of blogged about it discretely).  I sat in on a class, and it is definitely the school for me.

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Major Life Announcement #3:  I Resign

 

To summarize, for the last five months, I have been juggling the following things (mostly in secret — I wanted to blog about it all so bad!):

 

  • Working full-time as an Urban Planner
  • Taking two or three science classes at night after work
  • Studying really hard for my tests — Chemistry is horrible!
  • Studying for the GRE Exam
  • Shadowing a Physical Therapist to gain clinical experience
  • Blogging on Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful
  • Training for races
  • Planning the Healthy Living Summit (this was 10 hours a week minimum through July and part of August)
  • Writing a book proposal

 

As you can imagine, I was seriously, seriously stressed out.  This summer was especially bad for me in terms of juggling my work, school, and personal life.   When I accepted the Operation Beautiful book deal, I also gained the freedom to resign from my full-time job as an Urban Planner.

 

I have worked at the company for 3.5 years — I was hired at the tender age of 21!  In some ways, leaving is bittersweet because I feel close to some of my co-workers and it has been an excellent professional job.  But in other ways — it’s time for greener pastures.

 

I resigned yesterday.  I will be working full-time until Friday and as-needed next week.  They have offered to keep me on as a consultant, so I may sporadically help out when the office gets busy.  However…. writing the Operation Beautiful book is now my full-time job! šŸ™‚

 

In Summary…

 

I am so happy that I can come clean about everything on the blog and share the exciting times with you!  My whole life has been flipped upside down and I CANNOT STOP SMILING.  I feel like I knocked on the door of life and opportunity answered. 

 

I could not have done this without my Husband.  He cooked, cleaned, and walked the dogs while I worked, blogged, and studied into the wee hours of the morning.   My mom and my dad have been great as well.  And all of my blogging friends…. thank you.  Your nice comments, tweets, and e-mails got me through all the stressed-out moments, the rejection letters, crazy exams, and the happy times, too.

 

But most importantly, I want to say that Operation Beautiful is a community book.  I could have never imagined that the first note I posted would’ve elicited such a strong response from the other bloggers and readers.  None of this would’ve happened if you hadn’t taken up the cause and helped me spread the love!

 

Remember the very first note?

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Who knew that one little piece of paper could change EVERYTHING?

{ 363 comments }

 

  • Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) September 24, 2009, 4:17 am

    This is SO exciting! You're a total inspiration. And thank you for sharing your life with us everyday! I can't wait to hear more!!

  • Justine September 24, 2009, 4:19 am

    This is all sooo exciting! I can't believe you've been hiding so much and been so super busy without us even knowing the reasons! šŸ™‚ Congrats on everything and good luck in all your future endeavors! My fiance is in PT school right now. Lots of work, but it's for a career that he'll love. I can't wait to read about your journey along the way! Congrats again!!! šŸ™‚

  • Lindsay September 24, 2009, 4:20 am

    This is SO EXCITING. Continue to do great in school. It's so worth it. You're a busy-bee and I love that about you. Nothing is out of reach for you. You can do anything. CONGRATULATIONS!!

  • dailygoods September 24, 2009, 4:22 am

    congrats to you times a million! inspirational women you are and give light to so many every day! CONGRATS CAITLIN!!!!!!

  • Samantha September 24, 2009, 4:22 am

    Many congrats and best of luck on all you're embarking on!

  • Niki September 24, 2009, 4:22 am

    This post was worth the wait! So excited for you and all your life changes!

  • Hannah September 24, 2009, 4:23 am

    You truly are a super woman! You have inspired me so much and reading your blog and posting operation beautiful notes have helped me make positive changes in my life! Thank you and congratulations on your exciting next life chapter!

  • Erin September 24, 2009, 4:24 am

    Congratulations! These are some amazing changes — it must have been KILLER to keep quiet about them on the blog — and I'm sure you're gonna ace it all. Being able to quit your job will relieve a lot of the stress, too.

  • MarathonVal September 24, 2009, 4:25 am

    Oh my goodness, how wonderfully exciting!!! I am so happy for you, you deserve all of these great opportunities that have come to you! I'm so excited to hear all about it!! šŸ™‚

  • happygoluckyalex September 24, 2009, 4:27 am

    Wow- I just woke up and the first thing I did was check for your changes post. I am grinning for you, sneaky woman!! You are an incredible woman who is an amazing example of the truth that you don't have to wait until later in life to make your dreams come true. What an inspiration. As some one who has followed your journey for quite some time, I am insanely proud and happy for you. Thanks for inspiring me to dream big and nothing less than success!

  • Jaci September 24, 2009, 4:28 am

    I am so happy for you! You have inspired me so much in the past few months that I've been reading your blog. I'm going to print this post so that I can remember that I can make my dreams come true, too! You must be so happy and you should be SO PROUD OF YOURSELF! I can't wait to buy the book and read about your journey in writing it and all the upcoming changes!!

  • leslie September 24, 2009, 4:28 am

    caitlin! oh my god. i am so, so, so happy for you. i can't believe the amount you have accomplished and the opportunities awaiting you. you deserve every ounce of this success – you're an inspiration in every way.

    i am wishing you so much luck (though i don't think you need luck!). congratulations!!

  • Anonymous September 24, 2009, 4:28 am

    this is so exciting ive been reading your blog for a while and i love it! but i am a sophomore at u south carolina so if you have any questions or your down for a visit i'll give you my email! how exciting! hostette@mailbox.sc.edu

    -Meagan

  • Bec September 24, 2009, 4:28 am

    thats so exciting, glad you have such exciting things coming your way!

  • Erica September 24, 2009, 4:30 am

    WOW! That is just awesome! Congrats girl- couldn't be happier for you šŸ™‚ OBVIOUSLY- I will be one of the first in line for your fabulous book (when it comes out!!)

  • Allie September 24, 2009, 4:32 am

    Congratulations! What you have accomplished and what you will accomplish is amazing!!!

  • saundra September 24, 2009, 4:32 am

    Congratulations, Caitlin!!!!

    You are such a great role model, with Operation Beautiful as well as being a living example that hard work pays off. I always thought the American Dream was a fairy tale, but you are living proof that if you can conceive it, you can achieve it! Plus you are so positive and giving!

    I am so excited for you and am anxiously awaiting your FIRST book!!!

  • Heather September 24, 2009, 4:33 am

    Congratulations! So much excitement. You are so hard working, so you definitely deserve all of it. I will tell you one thing: going to school WITHOUT working full-time is hard, so I really applaud you for the night classes. You're awesome. Good luck with everything!

  • Niki September 24, 2009, 4:33 am

    Wow girl! Super exciting! Can't believe you were able to keep all that quiet! Haha but congrats on everything and I will be keeping my fingers corssed that you get into school! I'm in grad school for nurse anesthesia and the medical field is totally the way to go:)

  • Faith C. September 24, 2009, 4:34 am

    Wow, congratulations!!! This is all such fantastic news and you really are an inspiration. You have so much going on and all the good is totally well deserved. I can't wait to see what's next! šŸ™‚

  • kirsten September 24, 2009, 4:37 am

    Hi Caitlin- congrats, your hard work is so inpirational. all the best in your new endeavors!

  • biggirleats September 24, 2009, 4:37 am

    You are amazing! Congratulations on all of your big changes! I can't believe you've been taking all those classes in addition to work! I'm just trying to study for the GREs right now plus work and that's kicking my butt! Time to stop complaining and ask myself "What would Caitlin do??" šŸ™‚

    Congrats again. This is obviously much deserved!

  • Shannon September 24, 2009, 4:39 am

    Wow! That is a very full post! Congratulations all around. Boy, have you worked hard for all of this. You deserve all the good things coming your way!

  • Tania :) September 24, 2009, 4:40 am

    Amazing!!! Congrats to you! šŸ™‚

  • Kelly September 24, 2009, 4:42 am

    Wow Caitlin. I truly have NO idea how you have done all of this the past few months. I think my life is busy but that is absolutely CRAZY. Good for you for keeping it all together and thanks for maintaining the blog during all of this!

  • One Gillian Reasons September 24, 2009, 4:42 am

    Congratulations on all of your success! All your hard work and perserverance is paying off. You are an inspiration….perhaps book deal will lead to a movie deal? Best of luck with everything…

  • Fitarella September 24, 2009, 4:42 am

    Congrats Caitlin! I juggle full time job, full time graduate school & family so I know exactly how hard that is. Good for you!!!

  • haya September 24, 2009, 4:43 am

    woohooo!!! major congrats in order. i had a feeling your news was going to be something along these lines.
    you are a rockstar for being able to juggle everything!

  • Anonymous September 24, 2009, 4:43 am

    CONGRATS CAITLIN!! You totally deserve all of these exciting things.. You are truly awesome!!!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 24, 2009, 4:43 am

    Wow Caitlin!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Oh my goodness book deal!!?! So frickin' cool! I cannot wait to walk into Barnes and Noble and see your book front and center šŸ™‚

    Your ability to time manage seriously impresses me! Just reading about your summer agenda stressed me out. You're awesome. Congrats again, Caitlin!

  • Paige September 24, 2009, 4:43 am

    wow, i'm speechless. how AMAZING. i can't believe you had all of that on your plate. your HARD WORK clearly paid off. a million congratulations to you!!!

  • Mica September 24, 2009, 4:43 am

    This is all very exciting news! Congratulations on all your hard work. It has obviously paid off!

  • Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) September 24, 2009, 4:44 am

    Congrats Caitlin! It's obvious you've been working incredibly hard to achieve your goals. I'm so happy to see your dreams coming true!

    And when you become rich and famous, I can tell everyone you were the girl who recommended "Elf" to me. šŸ˜‰

  • Brittany September 24, 2009, 4:46 am

    Hi Catlin. I don't comment very often, but I have been reading your blog for quite some time now and all I can say is WOW- you've been so completely busy and with some very exciting stuff. It looks as though right now is the "tipping point" in your career and I am totally pumped for you!!

    Enjoy the ride- I can't wait to read all about it! šŸ™‚

  • Susan September 24, 2009, 4:46 am

    I don't even know where to start!! For one, I can't believe you were doing so much! No wonder you were so sleep deprived and getting tummy aches šŸ™ BUT the hard work is paying off! Your dreams are coming true! šŸ˜€ You 100% deserve it all, you still have great things in your future šŸ™‚

  • K8 September 24, 2009, 4:46 am

    WOOT! Best of luck. Congrats.

  • Anonymous September 24, 2009, 4:47 am

    I have been reading for awhile now but this is my first comment. Just last night I applied to grad school but have been nervous to push "submit" because of work etc you totally posted this post at the right time for me! I will be submitting this weekend. Also, I signed up for my first race in a few weeks because of the inspiration I get from your blog and others. Congrats on the book! I live in Columbia and you and the hubby will love it. Cant wait to read more about your book and school.

    Katherine

  • Rachel Farris September 24, 2009, 4:47 am

    OMG Caitlin!!! Congratulations. You are one sneaky lady! I saw the tweets about book stuff but had NO idea you were going to classes šŸ™‚

    I don't know you but am so proud of you for this book deal. You have had so much going on but work so hard to make other people happy. You deserve this!!!! YAY šŸ™‚

  • Glo September 24, 2009, 4:47 am

    Congratulations Caitlin!! These changes and opportunities sound so amazing. Great for you that you have followed your heart and decided to pursue a career in PT. Maybe you can fix my knees in 4 years?? šŸ˜‰ You are so strong and inspiring.. I'm excited to read about your new journey and maybe get that extra push I need to go after some of the things I've loved for so long. You GO girl! <3

  • Margaret September 24, 2009, 4:49 am

    Congratulations!! That's all incredibly exciting. Are you going to tell us who's publishing the book? I've been a longtime reader, rare commenter, but I work in publishing in NYC so I've been excited and maybe more interested than most since you started writing about the potential deal. Best wishes!!

  • Anonymous September 24, 2009, 4:49 am

    My jaw is on the floor — i can't believe you were able to keep all that a secret! I'd have been DYING to talk about how stressed out i was, etc.

    I am SO happy for you.

  • Paige@ Running Around Normal September 24, 2009, 4:49 am

    CAITLIN!! OMG I cannot stop smiling for you! šŸ˜€ Seriously I've only been reading your blog for a few months, but can tell you are an awesome person, and you TOTALLY deserve this. You are SUCH an inspiration for me, because as (I think) you know, I contemplating the idea of going back to school. It's so daunting, but you totally inspire me to do it!!!

    CONGRATS!!!!

  • VeggieGirl September 24, 2009, 4:50 am

    Rock out these changes, girl – embrace the future!! Love it šŸ™‚

  • shawna September 24, 2009, 4:52 am

    SOOOOO exciting, Caitlin!!! Congrats on everything!

  • Paige@ Running Around Normal September 24, 2009, 4:52 am

    And PS – I cannot WAIT until your awesome book hits stores!

  • Michaela September 24, 2009, 4:52 am

    That's amazing news! Congratulations. I just started DPT school in June. It's crazy hard but I'm loving it. If you ever have any questions, let me know!

  • Lisa September 24, 2009, 4:53 am

    Congrats! This is all so exciting and I'm looking forward to reading all about these new happenings. You are such an inspiration! And can't wait to read the book!

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love September 24, 2009, 4:53 am

    That is super duper exciting news! I am already looking forward to fall 2010. You are a total inspiration. University of South Carolina is amazing. I really wanted my sister to start there in August – she is a freshman.

  • Anne P September 24, 2009, 4:53 am

    Knew it šŸ˜‰ Fantastic to hear some more details about it all!! CONGRATULATIONS!!

  • Runeatrepeat September 24, 2009, 4:55 am

    Amazing. You are amazing. Congratulations!!!

  • Tami September 24, 2009, 4:56 am

    you amaze me with your drive for life and what will make you happy. best of luck

  • peanutbutterbliss September 24, 2009, 4:56 am

    AHHH CONGRATS ON THE BOOK DEAL.
    you totally deserve every minute of your fame šŸ™‚
    this is totally amazing!

  • Kailey (SnackFace) September 24, 2009, 4:56 am

    Awww Caitlin, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Wow, I'm so impressed you kept the classes under wraps. I had no clue!

    But a book deal!?!?!!! That's major! Operation Beautiful is an incredible thing, and it's more than deserving of a book from its mommy. You're right– it's crazy how one piece of paper changed everything!

    CONGRATS again!

  • Amelia September 24, 2009, 4:57 am

    Oh my gosh, I bet you are on cloud 9! Congratulations, you deserve this! It goes to show that hard work and dedication really do pay off. Thank you for being such an inspiration. šŸ™‚

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) September 24, 2009, 4:58 am

    CONGRATS!! I wish you all the best, yay!

  • amy. September 24, 2009, 4:59 am

    Oh my goodness Caitlin, I literally started to cry because of how happy I am for you! All of this news is simply amazing and you deserve every ounce of success. You work SOOOOO hard and I admire you so much šŸ™‚

    USC–my brother went there for a mere semester! haha. Good luck!

  • Anja September 24, 2009, 4:59 am

    WOW Caitlin! Congratulations! What kind of wonderful news. I admire you very much. I wish you only the best for your new way and am already very curious about the book.

  • Aimee September 24, 2009, 5:00 am

    Many many congratulations! Your success is deserved. All the best with your new endeavors. Keep smiling!

  • Kat (Kat's Daily Plate) September 24, 2009, 5:02 am

    Caitlin, Way to go! You are one hard working lady, and when you work hard, great things come to you! I can't wait to hear more about all of these things, especially the book! Cant't believe you kept it all a secret!

  • ava September 24, 2009, 5:03 am

    Congrats!!!that is so exciting and so inspiring! I quit my fulltime job as a financial advisor to take undergrad clases to go to med school fall of 2011. Its inspiring to see not only am I the only one but that you can juggle doing so very much. Ps… Totally taking physics 1 with the same book lol. Anyways best of luck with everything! Its exciting to see how much more I can relate to you than just healthy living!

  • Jenn September 24, 2009, 5:05 am

    Congratulations!!!! and best of luck to you!!!! šŸ™‚ How exciting!

  • Erin September 24, 2009, 5:06 am

    congratulations! this is definitely very exciting. I couldn't keep a secret to save my life. I love reading the stories on operation beautiful & in these times, a lot of people need this!

  • Nicole September 24, 2009, 5:07 am

    Wow!!! One of my good friends is a PT, and she LOVES her job. You are going to love yours too when you get done! Congrats on the book deal. Wow! This just goes to show that HARD work does pay off!!! šŸ˜‰

  • Christy September 24, 2009, 5:09 am

    I'm grinning ear to ear for you. All your hardwork is paying off and your dreams are coming true. Congratulations!!!!

  • Katy September 24, 2009, 5:11 am

    I'm so proud of you, and — not for the first time — so privileged to know you in real life. Your happiness comes through your words in this post, and it's inspiring as always.

  • Beth September 24, 2009, 5:12 am

    Congrats! You have already accomplished a lot at such a young age! I am in PT school at University of Iowa right now and LOVE it! Good luck!

  • Anita September 24, 2009, 5:13 am

    Congratulations on everything!!! Couldn't have happened to a nicer gal! : )

  • christie, honoring health September 24, 2009, 5:13 am

    Wow, Caitlin, I have chills just reading this post, how inspiring are you, girlfriend! I am so happy for you. The whole time I was riding into work today I kept thinking that I sure hoped your post was in my reader.

    You are going to rock that book and your new career. I am honored to be one of your loyal readers and I will be cheering you on the whole way.

    Go you!! I'm sure you are on cloud nine! Rock on!!

  • Meg C. September 24, 2009, 5:13 am

    holy crap! you had to hide SO many things! i'm amazed you were able to keep everything a secret, especially the stuff about the classes. i'm amazed you were able to fit everything in and still eat healthy and work out. what an inspiration you are!

    good luck on the book and your future career – both so exciting!

    of all the blogs I read you strike me as the most "go-getter" of everybody. awesome.

  • RhodeyGirl September 24, 2009, 5:14 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Eliza September 24, 2009, 5:17 am

    Congratulations!

  • Deb September 24, 2009, 5:19 am

    Congratulations on all your good news and accomplishments! It's so good to see that you thanked your husband for all his help. Some marriages would have collapsed under the strain but your has been made stronger! Congrats again!

  • itsawrapteacher September 24, 2009, 5:20 am

    That's amazing…you're living your dream!

  • Kristina September 24, 2009, 5:20 am

    Wow! What wonderful news!! šŸ™‚ I can't imagine how crazy your summer was…!!!

  • Anonymous September 24, 2009, 5:21 am

    Congratulaions…

  • Meg September 24, 2009, 5:21 am

    Congrats, Caitlin – if anyone deserves all of this, it's totally you! You're such a blessing and inspiration to so many people (including me!) So thanks for everything!!

    Love,
    Meg

  • Jac September 24, 2009, 5:22 am

    Congrats! you deserve it! And do let us know the release of your book! It'll inspire even more than Operation beautiful already has!

  • prinny September 24, 2009, 5:22 am

    WOW – congratulations!!!
    This is super amazing and exciting.
    Can't wait to read more about your adventures on the blog šŸ™‚

  • Travel Girl September 24, 2009, 5:23 am

    Congratulations! Your blog is amazing — inspirational, funny, educational, and genuine. I never miss it. I'm so happy that you're able to live out all of your dreams!

  • Sarah September 24, 2009, 5:23 am

    You are such an inspiration! Hard work and dedication will get you everywhere!

  • *One Step at a Time* September 24, 2009, 5:24 am

    Holy crap Caitlin! CONGRATS! I can't believe you kept that all a secret on the blog!!! That takes skill! I wish you all the best!

  • Danielle September 24, 2009, 5:25 am

    Oh my gosh Caitlin. I don't think congratulations will do it this time šŸ™‚ I am so beyond happy for you and all that are you are and will continue to do! You deserve every second of success that will come along with becoming published author Dr. Caitlin. Best of luck with all of these life changes and heck, I'll just say it, CONGRATULATIONS!

  • lauren September 24, 2009, 5:25 am

    holy cow! you have been busy. very inspiring to read all you are juggling and ACCOMPLISHING. Congrats on the book deal – that is absolutely awesome!

    I am realizing that I have never posted a OB note – have to get on that!

  • Valentino from Germany September 24, 2009, 5:26 am

    You really inspiring me with your way of life and how you managed all these things, so keep on going and thank you for your blogs, I loved them too.

  • kirsten September 24, 2009, 5:27 am

    CONGRATS! wow!!! what an amazing time in your life! šŸ™‚ much deserved!!

  • kilax September 24, 2009, 5:27 am

    Congrats! I am not sure how you kept all of that secret for so long. It would have killed me! I hate withholding information on my blog.

  • allijag September 24, 2009, 5:32 am

    UM – WOW. I have goosebumps! I am so very incredibly happy for you – it is apparent (even when you had to keep it secret) that you are an extremely hard worker – CONGRATULATIONS ON EVERYTHING! šŸ™‚

  • Ryan @ Greens for Good September 24, 2009, 5:32 am

    GAHHH!! Caitlin I am SOOO excited for you! CONGRATULATIONS!!! You totally, completely deserve it!!!!

  • Holly September 24, 2009, 5:33 am

    WOW! Congratulations, Caitlin! SO many exciting things going on!

  • Karen September 24, 2009, 5:34 am

    Congratulations! That is amazing!

  • Juli D September 24, 2009, 5:35 am

    Congratulations on EVERYTHING !! Good luck with your new start – it sounds like the right move for you !

  • emily September 24, 2009, 5:35 am

    Congrats, all around!!!

  • amanda @ fake ginger September 24, 2009, 5:36 am

    I always thought it was weird that your part time job had bathrooms that looked like they belonged in a huge building but it never occurred to me what you were doing! Sneaky girl!

    Congrats on everything! So much awesome news! Your dreams are coming true girl! Not many people get to experience that!

  • Taylor September 24, 2009, 5:38 am

    Those are some exciting changes Caitlin! I have never commented on here before but I am a student in physical therapy school and was SO excited to hear you are hoping to be a DPT too! Yay! Grad school has been one of the hardest things I've ever gone through but I know it will be worth it in the end and I will have a career that will be fulfilling and meaningful. Good luck with everything and I can't wait to keep reading about your adventures!

  • kasondra September 24, 2009, 5:38 am

    cangratulations!! PT school is hard. i am an Occupational Therapist. The core classes like A+P are harder then the classes specific to your major. I think you will make a good PT though!

  • L. Simone September 24, 2009, 5:39 am

    Oh My Goodness!!! I seriously just had a scooby-doo "eruuughh" head turning, what just happened moment. I am so excited and proud of you, and while I do not know you personally, I clearly feel as if I know you very well through your excellent blogging and am so proud of all that you have accomplished.

    Also, I am currently a double major at NYU (food studies and journalism) and part of my dream is to be a food writer. You are showing me that this dream of mine is not crazy but something I can more than likely attain as long as I believe and work hard, like you. Thank you Caitlin and CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Marina September 24, 2009, 5:39 am

    Congratulations!! So glad all your hard work is paying off!

  • Fitnessista September 24, 2009, 5:40 am

    congrats! what exciting news and you know we're all cheering you on šŸ˜€

  • recipesforcreativity September 24, 2009, 5:41 am

    Wow, I've read this post through twice just to let it all sink in! Tell us more! Tell us what you're writing about and when it's due and how it feels!! Ahh, so exciting Caitlin! Also, I love the idea of calling you Dr. Caitlin in a few years, ha ha!

  • meg September 24, 2009, 5:42 am

    I can't tell you how amazing all this news is!! I am so excited for you! You are definitely deserving of all these wonderful blessings! šŸ™‚

  • Hi! I'm Erin September 24, 2009, 5:43 am

    Congrats on everything! I have a friend in PT school and, yes, it IS hard. I can tell from what she tells me. But I think it will totally be worth it.

    It sounds like many of your dreams are coming true. How wonderful!

  • Christina September 24, 2009, 5:43 am

    AWESOME!!!!!! You deserve it all!

  • Dana September 24, 2009, 5:44 am

    As a long time reader, I just wanted to say congratulations! You have given so much to the community through your writing, it is nice to see you getting back something in return. You deserve it!

  • Tina September 24, 2009, 5:44 am

    You are a rock star! I'm so excited for you!!!

  • Kayla September 24, 2009, 5:44 am

    Congrats! How exciting!!

  • A@ Please Don't Eat Me! September 24, 2009, 5:45 am

    very exciting!!!! i figured you were lying because what part time job at night would only keep you there for a few hours at a time?! lol
    but congrats.. thats awesome you get to pursue your dreams!!

  • Allison September 24, 2009, 5:45 am

    HOW exciting!!!! Congrats on everything! šŸ™‚ And it's so awesome to hear about all your accomplishments and how well everything has worked out for you! Cant wait to hear how all of your new endeavors go! šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ You are an inspiration juggling that everlasting list of obligations all at once so you deserve ALL of the great things that have come your way. CONGRATS GIRL!!

  • MelissaNibbles September 24, 2009, 5:46 am

    Wow Caitlin, I don't even know what to say! I can't believe you've had so much on your plate. You deserve all the success in the world.
    You're truly inspiring and living proof that hard work and dedication pay off in the end. Congratulations!

  • megzzwinsatlife September 24, 2009, 5:47 am

    ahhh soo exciting!!! I Am soo proud of you!! You deserve everything in life because you are such an amazing person and you have worked soo hard!!! I can't wait to be with you on your journey.. You actually inspired me a little.. I have been going back and forth for a while about becoming a nurse and I finally decided I am going to go back to community college and start taking classes…

  • Katelyn September 24, 2009, 5:48 am

    I am so happy for you. It sounds like you are making some very positive changes. You deserve it!

  • Kayla September 24, 2009, 5:49 am

    Congratulations! I'm so excited for you!

  • liveloveeatandplay September 24, 2009, 5:50 am

    CONGRATULATIONS! I feel like I have come to know you the past few months reading your blog, and you really deserve everything! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of your book! Good luck with school applications, I think you will be amazing at PT!

  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City) September 24, 2009, 5:50 am

    Caitlin, You are blowing me away with all you've been doing. Congratulations, you deserve every good thing that comes your way. You are truly an inspiration for all of us that read your blog. You show us that if you work hard and believe in what you are doing good things will happen.

    Thank you for living the life you live and sharing it with us to make our lives better!

  • starsinthecity September 24, 2009, 5:51 am

    That is so so awesome! Congratulations!!

  • Michelle September 24, 2009, 5:52 am

    WOO HOO for making big life decisions. You'll do amazing things.

  • Tessa September 24, 2009, 5:54 am

    Congrats =) So exciting!!!!!!

  • Amanda September 24, 2009, 5:55 am

    WOW!!! The fact that you have been doing all of this just shows how much hard work can pay off! You absolutely deserve all of the excitement that these changes will bring!! CONGRATS! (PS when you said "I resign", I thought you meant from blogging and thought "noooo")

  • Eve September 24, 2009, 5:55 am

    Wow – Congratulations!! I can only imagine how busy you have been lately, that is quite a bit to have on your plate! But clearly it is all working out now for the better. Science classes are hard, but you will get through it. I think it is amazing that you will now have the right time to devote to your book and schoolwork. Good luck!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) September 24, 2009, 5:56 am

    Congrats!!! Well-deserved šŸ˜‰

  • Alison September 24, 2009, 5:58 am

    Congratulations Caitlin!! I've been on the edge of my seat since your post last night! You are truly an inspiration. It it PROOF that living a healthy life transcends into all the other aspects of your life. I am so happy for you and can't WAIT to buy Operational Beautiful!

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie September 24, 2009, 5:58 am

    CONGRATULATIONS CAITLIN!!!!!!!

    YOU deserve all these great things, and I am SO happy for you!!!!!! This has been amazing to watch unfold, and I can't wait to continue to watch amazing things happen for you!! You inspire me everyday!!

  • J September 24, 2009, 5:59 am

    Congrats Caitlin!

  • Sarah September 24, 2009, 6:00 am

    Look at you!! Congratulations–you deserve it! And good luck with school. I know how it is to go back–a little scary for sure. And I will agree with you that Chemistry does suck! šŸ™‚

  • The Shabby Princess September 24, 2009, 6:03 am

    Congratulations, Caitlin–that is all so exciting and wonderful. I know this book will be a huge success!!

  • seesaraheat September 24, 2009, 6:03 am

    Oh Caitlin, I am unexplainably happy for you! That's not the word I wanted to use but it was all I could come up with on the fly šŸ™‚

    You and Jenna, both finding your passion and switching careers. I am just so inspired. It is exactly what I want in my life. I see the peace and passion that you all have and that is where I want to be soon. Thank you for sharing EVERYTHING with us. You are amazing and I know that you are going to do great things.

    Best of luck and CONGRATULATIONS! šŸ™‚

  • Jessica September 24, 2009, 6:04 am

    This is so great!! šŸ™‚

  • rediscoveringlauren September 24, 2009, 6:06 am

    wow, this is SO SO exciting and awesome šŸ™‚ Im so happy for you and everything great thats happening for you! No wonder youve been so busy, your a superwoman being able to juggle all of that! congrats caitlin šŸ™‚

  • Ms. Brunell September 24, 2009, 6:08 am

    That's so awesome!!! I'm so so happy for you (and a little jealous, since I'd also love to publish a book and go back to school…) Thanks for the reminder that anything is possible!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries September 24, 2009, 6:10 am

    Congrats Caitlin!! I am so happy for you! you're truly an inspiration!

  • Megan September 24, 2009, 6:11 am

    Congratulations!!! SO exciting!! I actually live in Columbia, SC- got my masters at USC. If you end up moving here I'm part of the most amazing running group that you will definitely have to join!

  • Stephanie (Surviving Chicago) September 24, 2009, 6:11 am

    That is so wonderful. You are lucky in so many ways…but you already know that. šŸ™‚ Good luck! You already have hundreds, if not thousands, of people in the blog world rooting for you!

  • Tina September 24, 2009, 6:12 am

    You are so inspirational! Honestly, you have so much initiative to get what you want, and that's a great thing. I think a lot of people forget that just ASKING can get you so much.

  • Emily September 24, 2009, 6:15 am

    OMG! I'm so excited for you Caitin! Congrats!!!

  • Jenny September 24, 2009, 6:16 am

    Caitlin you are seriously my role model — your ambition and determination in life is incredible! All of this is so exciting and I couldn't be more happy for you. You will do HUGE things in life and I can't wait to watch you succeed šŸ™‚

  • Leanne September 24, 2009, 6:16 am

    Holy exciting announcements! Seems like life is great, Caitlin. Congratulations on everything. Proof that hard work really does pay off:-)

  • Mellissa September 24, 2009, 6:17 am

    Congratulations, this is an amazing accomplishment!!! I truly believe that everything happens for a reason.

  • Helga September 24, 2009, 6:17 am

    Wow Caitlin! Congratulations – you truly deserve all this.
    I am so happy for you and, as so many have pointed out, you are such an inspiration.
    Good luck with everything!

    And I can't wait to read the book šŸ˜‰

  • jack+alli September 24, 2009, 6:18 am

    OH.MY.GOSH! How you manage doing everything you do is beyond me! You are amazing! Congratulations on all the VERY exciting life changes, you are an inspiration!
    We all have such great potential to be amazing human beings and you have shown us that anything is possible with hard work! Way to go girl! Your family must be so proud of your accomplishments!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance September 24, 2009, 6:18 am

    CONGRATS ON EVERYTHING!!! You so deserve it and I have no idea how you have managed to juggle all that…..wow…..that is amazing! I firmly believe that when you "do good" that GOOD will come back to you and that is so true in your case. I know I do not know you personally but I can't tell you how happy I am for you. =) Laura

    http://findingahealthybalance.wordpress.com/

  • healthy ashley September 24, 2009, 6:19 am

    WOW! I want to scream and give you the biggest hug! I am beyond happy for you, Caitlin. This is crazy awesome!

  • Amy O September 24, 2009, 6:19 am

    I've never commented before but this post inspired me! It's exciting to see your dreams become real. Congratulations!

  • Texan Couture September 24, 2009, 6:20 am

    Oh wow Congrats! I am so excited for you! This is so inspiring as I sit at my desk at a job I don't really like. I have only been out of college for a year and I know I want to do more and watching your dreams come true has inspired me to follow mine.

  • Suzanne September 24, 2009, 6:20 am

    I literally started to tear up as I read this. Your journey is such an inspiration to me. I've realized lately that I've been stuck in a job that I have no passion for. Growing up, I never thought I'd do something just for the money, but that's exactly what I've been doing. I need a change… and no time to start but now!

    Thank you for sharing all of this. Who knew how much my perspective could change in one morning?

  • Jenni September 24, 2009, 6:20 am

    Oh my goodness! Like you suggested might happen — my Google Reader was messed up so I didn't see this post and was thinking to myself "when is she going to tell us?!"

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! This is all so very, very exciting! Best of luck, Caitlin. And I know I speak for all your readers when I say I am SO excited to read about the journey ahead šŸ™‚

  • Heather September 24, 2009, 6:20 am

    That's fantastic! Congrats on all the happy things in your life & continued blessings for success šŸ™‚

  • Stacey September 24, 2009, 6:20 am

    OMG! I am almost in tears I am so happy for you! ! How exciting šŸ™‚ Go you for making your dreams come true and giving up things for something you truly want!

    I know how you feel about trying to balance it all. I'm in school full time, work a full time job and still try to give my guy enough attention..he has been doing the dog walks too! Looks like you married a keeper, hehe šŸ™‚ Congrats! You really make everyone feel so inspired and I am glad I hopped on to blog read today, because you have just made my day better šŸ™‚

  • lilveggiepatch September 24, 2009, 6:22 am

    Congratulations on all of these changes! I'm so proud and impressed. It must have been so hard to keep everything a secret… this is so wonderful!

  • Anna September 24, 2009, 6:22 am

    Caitlin, I've been following you for a while now and have been inspired by you to take up some healthy changes of my own and start blogging about it. Just wanted to stop by and say CONGRATS on so many exciting changes! I am currently in grad school for my nurse practitioner degree at MUSC, just a short trip down I 26 from USC. All of your hard work will be totally worth it!
    CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Karley September 24, 2009, 6:23 am

    I'm really PROUD of you.

  • Emma September 24, 2009, 6:23 am

    I am so excited for you! You are such an inspiration in so many ways, and I don't think you even realize it!

  • Steph September 24, 2009, 6:25 am

    Wow! Congrats on EVERYTHING! You are such a hard worker and deserve everything you've worked for. You prove that you can do anything you set your mind to. What a great story to read first thing in the morning šŸ™‚

  • kat September 24, 2009, 6:26 am

    Woo Hoo! That is awesome!!! I'm totally a lurker but I just want to say that I really love your blog and I'm so excited for you! Can't wait to hear what's next…

  • Jordon September 24, 2009, 6:29 am

    Congratulations Caitlin!! I read your blog everyday, and have been for about a year now. I'm an undergrad, in my third year right now, and I'm majoring in Kinesiology and Health Sciences. I'm applying to PT school in the fall of 2010, a year from now, and it was extra exciting for me to read your post this morning! I am SO excited and SO happy for you!! I can't wait to hear how PT school goes for you. How are you liking physics so far?? I'm taking it now and I must say… I kind of hate it!! Best of luck in everything!

  • Laura September 24, 2009, 6:30 am

    CONGRATS!!
    You are seriously amazing!

  • Kristen @ Simply Savor September 24, 2009, 6:32 am

    i literally have chills…congratulations with everything–it really goes to show that hard work, commitment, and caring about others goes a long way!!

    you are such an inspiration caitlin! and i can't wait to read more about your exciting new adventures!!

  • Kath September 24, 2009, 6:35 am

    WHOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!

  • Amy September 24, 2009, 6:36 am

    Wow, congratulations! All of these things sound SO in line with everything you want to do. I'm so excited for you.

  • brandi September 24, 2009, 6:36 am

    holy crap!!! You are GOOD at keeping secrets šŸ™‚

    Congratulations on EVERYTHING!!! I'm so excited and can't wait to see what's next for you!

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn September 24, 2009, 6:37 am

    OMG this is so amazing and inspiring Caitlin! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I really have the chills right now and I love it! šŸ™‚

  • Carolina John September 24, 2009, 6:39 am

    Congratulations Caitlin! very very exciting for you. South Carolina will welcome you with open arms.

    but I won't be there. i also resigned my job yesterday, I was offered another position in Raleigh, NC and accepted it on tuesday.

    what an unusual thing to have in common? we both quit our jobs on the same day.

    you're going to love physical therapy school. the book deal is awesome, i've also been dying to write a book like it's the impossible dream.

  • Jill September 24, 2009, 6:39 am

    WOW! This post gave me goosebumps! I am so happy for you! Congratulations, you truly deserve to have your dreams come true!

  • Jo September 24, 2009, 6:40 am

    ARGHHHHHHHH – what news!!!!! That's unbelieveable!! congratulations – its amazing. I am so happy for you!! you deserve it – Operation Beautiful is such an amazing concept. Best wishes with the book and continuing on with everything you love to do.

  • Katherine September 24, 2009, 6:40 am

    CONGRATS, Caitlin! This is beyond awesome! And you rock so much! I am so excited for you and I cannot wait to read about your journey!

  • Gina September 24, 2009, 6:43 am

    I thought the night-time job seemed a little odd since you never talked about it much! Congrats on everything and good luck with writing the book!!!
    So much exciting news!

  • Mrs. LC September 24, 2009, 6:44 am

    Three cheers for Dr. and soon to be published-author Caitlin!!

    You are one heck on an inspiration lady, I'm so honored to know you and consider you a friend. šŸ™‚ xo!

  • Nicci@NiftyEats September 24, 2009, 6:44 am

    Caitlin, this is so exciting!! You have definitely been working your butt off,and you deserve this. Congratualtions on the book deal, school and everything else!!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) September 24, 2009, 6:46 am

    I don't know what to say other than…CONGRATS!!!! I can't believe you juggled so much, you are an inspiration to me!

  • Laura W September 24, 2009, 6:46 am

    WOW Caitlin- congrats from one PITT alum to another! I think it's just amazing that you were doing all that at once… now it makes sense why you were so stressed! Random question- do you ever go back to PITT for Homecoming?

  • Amy September 24, 2009, 6:47 am

    Congratulations Caitlin!

    You are a sneaky little devil!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 24, 2009, 6:48 am

    laura – no but i wish i could!!

    THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!

  • Victoria September 24, 2009, 6:48 am

    Wow!! That is all so exciting! Good luck with everything (and I totally feel you on those science classes!)

  • Feed Me I'm Cranky September 24, 2009, 6:49 am

    Caitlin!!! such exciting news! your hard work is totally inspiring and i'm so glad it's paying off! can't wait to see you take over the world! šŸ˜‰

  • megan September 24, 2009, 6:50 am

    WOW….that is awesome. But you totally deserve it. It's obvious that you've worked crazy hard to get your dreams, you've never given up or complained (haha that we've seen anyway). Good luck as you live out your dreams!

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) September 24, 2009, 6:50 am

    OMG, Caitlin!!! What exciting opportunities have come your way!!! Soo, sooo fabulous! Best of luck with everything!!

  • andrea.leigh September 24, 2009, 6:51 am

    I've been lurking for far too long, but I HAVE to say congratulations. all of your news is incredible, Caitlin. good luck!!!

  • skinnyrunner September 24, 2009, 6:51 am

    oh my, lots of life changes!! congratulations many times over!!! it sounds like you are truly happy. that is so awesome about the book!!

  • caronae September 24, 2009, 6:51 am

    Congratulations on everything! I don't know how you kept up with everything, but it sounds like you've made great choices! I can't wait to hear more about the book, school, etc! Good luck!

  • lilybeans September 24, 2009, 6:52 am

    Ahhh so exciting! I am so happy for you! I love when life works out!

    Congrats, Congrats, CONGRATS!!!!

  • Laura W September 24, 2009, 6:53 am

    I will have to let you know how it is this year… it's crazy that this is the FOURTH homecoming since graduating! That makes me feel kinda old. šŸ™‚

  • Holly September 24, 2009, 6:53 am

    WOW. I had no idea, sneaky girl!! I think this is so amazing and I am so excited/proud of you!!

  • gwenniepie September 24, 2009, 6:54 am

    AHMAZING! You are living a dream Caitlin! Between you and Jenna I am gushing with new and exciting news for deserving strangers! WOOO HOOO!

  • gwenniepie September 24, 2009, 6:54 am

    AHMAZING! You are living a dream Caitlin! Between you and Jenna I am gushing with new and exciting news for deserving strangers! WOOO HOOO!

  • Thinspired September 24, 2009, 6:59 am

    Oh my goodness! CONGRATULATIONS, Caitlin! What an inspiration to make your dreams come true. And you are so sneaky, taking those classes the whole time! šŸ™‚ Hehe. It couldn't happen for a sweeter girl. Thanks for taking us along for the ride šŸ™‚

  • andrea September 24, 2009, 6:59 am

    That is all so amazing, I admire you for following your dreams!!

  • Sheri September 24, 2009, 7:00 am

    WOW!! You have been hiding a lot! But good for you! You are living out your dreams! Congratulations on the book and I can't wait to read it! šŸ™‚

  • Kelly September 24, 2009, 7:01 am

    This is all BEYOND exciting. First Jenna with her job, and now you with all this wonderful news! The blog world is overflowing with positivity. šŸ™‚ Congrats and I hope everything works out for you!

  • Elizabeth Jarrard September 24, 2009, 7:01 am

    Congratulations!!!! that is so exciting and inspiring!! go YOU!!

  • Courtney September 24, 2009, 7:03 am

    Wow! Congrats on all the big news…and congrats on managing to balance it all. Sounds like you will have a chance to focus more on what you love now that you are following your dreams. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Courtney
    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • brooke September 24, 2009, 7:05 am

    Do you know how many times Kailey (snackface) and I have tried to figure out what your "night job" was?! We were like, "She can't be a waitress!!! Or can she??"

    CONGRATULATONS X35346242 ON EVERYTHING CAITLIN!!!! THIS IS ALL SO EXCITING AND YOU AND THE HUSBAND ARE GOING TO BE THE CUTEST COUPLE OF DOCTORS EVER! šŸ˜€

  • Reenie September 24, 2009, 7:06 am

    Whooohooo!! You go girl.

    Can I guess one of your secrets?

    You gonna be on OPRAH???

  • healthyfitmama September 24, 2009, 7:08 am

    Wow – that is sooo exciting for you! Congrats! I would totally be lying if I didn't say I wasn't insanely jealous though that you get to do something that you love so much…

  • Just a Girl September 24, 2009, 7:10 am

    Oh my word Caitlin, I am so excited for you! I am sitting with a grin a mile wide after reading this blog. I've been a follower for a long time but rarely comment but want to say how inspirational I find you and you made me want to make more of my own blogging experience so a huge thank you.

  • LindsayK September 24, 2009, 7:10 am

    congrats, Caitlin! You truly deserve all the good things before you šŸ™‚ hard work pays off, and you're proof of that. thanks for sharing your success with us!

  • Beth September 24, 2009, 7:11 am

    So awesome – you have worked hard and this is a great payoff! I'm not going to say I "knew" any of this but there were a few times you'd post OB notes at "work" and I'd think, the bathroom at that "small" clinic is HUGE! haha!

  • Angie All The Way September 24, 2009, 7:11 am

    Caitlin, your OB mission has touched me from the very beginning and I wish you nothing but the best of success in spreading the OB love in as many mediums as possible!

    BIG HUGE PUFFY CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU! I don't think I will ever forget posting the OB message on the scale outside of GNC! I felt FREED from it ever since! Ever since, I post OB messages all over the place and it picks me up every.single.time.

    You are an incredible girl who obviously has a bright and shiny future!

  • Anonymous September 24, 2009, 7:12 am

    WOW!! Congrats on all this great news! How exciting to take a huge step forward in life!! šŸ™‚
    I'm glad Operation Beautiful has made such an impact on the world- it truely does make a difference to those struggling to love themselves <3
    ~Nikki T

  • Kristin P. September 24, 2009, 7:16 am

    WOW! That is all so exciting!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  • Jamie (Gluten Free &amp; Healthy For Me) September 24, 2009, 7:16 am

    Wow Caitlin! I'm so honored to be one of your readers. You are doing such a great thing for so many people. Congratulations!

  • ALD September 24, 2009, 7:17 am

    AMAZING! Enjoy your hard-earned success! And best of luck with your new endeavors!

  • 4shley September 24, 2009, 7:23 am

    Congratulations, this is wonderful!!

  • Emma September 24, 2009, 7:29 am

    This is probably some of the very best news I have heard (read!) in a long time and I can think of no person more deserving. Operation Beautiful is a work of art and you are the inspiration behind it. You're clearly an amazing woman, inside and out. CONGRATULATIONS!! I hope you spend the weekend celebrating!!

  • kaitlinmarch September 24, 2009, 7:30 am

    I read your blog all the time- but I am a lurker and don't have one of my own. However after reading your last post I just had to say congrats! That is absolutely amazing, you should be so proud of getting through all that and of what is to come! Congrats!

  • Andee (Runtolive) September 24, 2009, 7:32 am

    Wow Congrats! I have been reading your blog from the very beginning and I am so excited for the new opportunities that await you! The book will be great, can't wait to get my hands on one when it's all done!

  • Melissa September 24, 2009, 7:33 am

    I am SO happy that I found this blog a few months ago! You are such an inspiration to SO many people! You deserve everything that is happening to you! I am SO excited for you! What fun news! It makes me tired just reading about everything that you have been doing these last few months. How on earth do you do it all!? You are super woman! YOU GO GIRL!!! šŸ™‚ YAY!

  • Anonymous September 24, 2009, 7:35 am

    I am so happy for you!!! Congratulations šŸ™‚

  • Kristie Lynn September 24, 2009, 7:37 am

    Wow, today sure seems to be the day of big announcements in the blog world šŸ™‚ Congrats on everything! No wonder you have been so super crazy busy – geez!

  • Jojo September 24, 2009, 7:38 am

    Congratulations! I am so happy and so jealous all at the same time!

  • Jess September 24, 2009, 7:38 am

    omg Caitlin that's amazing!! Congrats!! I can't wait to buy it!

  • Rose September 24, 2009, 7:39 am

    I just teared up. I am so happy for you. More than that, I am so proud of you and inspired by everything you do and have done.

    Congratulations, Caitlin.

  • Jess September 24, 2009, 7:39 am

    Congrats on everything Caitlin! You work hard and you deserve it! At first when I read you resign I was afraid you were talking about the blog. Minor panic attack haha!

  • Dana (www.eatsleepgetfit.com) September 24, 2009, 7:40 am

    Congrats on everything! You are totally deserving and you work so hard! I can't wait to buy the Operation Beautiful book! Maybe one of my notes will make it in there!! Just goes to show you can accomplish anything you want in life, it just takes hard work and dedication!

  • Laura September 24, 2009, 7:41 am

    So exciting!! Congrats and Good Luck!

  • Brooke September 24, 2009, 7:42 am

    How exciting! Congrats on all your success!!! Can't wait for the book!!! You're going to do wonderful in everything!!

  • Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) September 24, 2009, 7:42 am

    Yay Caitlin! Not only am I so happy for you but I think that you can inspire everyone in this community that while some of our dreams may be "like winning the lottery" with enough work and dedication it can be done! Congrats!

  • Breanne September 24, 2009, 7:43 am

    I live in Columbia and go to USC! You will love it! The campus is beautiful! Let me know if you ever need to know anything about good old Columbia!

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) September 24, 2009, 7:43 am

    WOW.

    CONGRATS! That's amazing. I'm so excited for you! It must have been hard to hide it all… but you did a very good job!

    Thanks for telling us all!

    Good luck with everything. Can't wait to read the book!

  • Chelsea September 24, 2009, 7:43 am

    You are so sneaky!!! I am so excited for you! I have written you a few emails with random questions that come to mind, but I don't think I have ever commented. I am only 19 years old, and am currently taking my Bachelor of Kinesiology Degree in Canada, with hopes to go into Physical Therapy Graduate School when I am done! I too have had many many injuries and have been in Physical Therapy off and on since I was about 10. It is such a great field and I really hope that you make it, you are alerady so knowledgable! Good luck with everything, and hopefully your resigning from the full time job will be a weight off your shoulders!!

    Chelsea šŸ™‚

  • Erin September 24, 2009, 7:43 am

    Inspirational…in so many ways. You know what you want and you go for it…. Simply amazing!

  • Shelly September 24, 2009, 7:45 am

    Woo! You are awesome! Congratulations on all your great news! You have been working so hard! It's wonderful that you are achieving what you've always wanted!

  • Jo September 24, 2009, 7:47 am

    Wow! That's a lot of exciting news. I just started at USC, Columbia this semester. I'm getting my Master's in Art Education. If you have any questions let me know!

  • Rachie September 24, 2009, 7:48 am

    Congratulations! I've been reading both your blogs on a daily basis. Your attitude and hard work are inspiring. Thank you and good luck with the book!

  • Elizabeth September 24, 2009, 7:48 am

    Thats a lot of excitement Caitlin! I always thought the way you talked about your part time job seemed a little odd and didn't really make sense. How funny! Good luck with all the changes and way to grab life by the horns

  • Jennifer September 24, 2009, 7:49 am

    Amazing!! Congralulations on all of your exciting life changes!! I've been reading both HTP and Operation Beautiful for about 3 months, and your posts are so inspirational. I hope your book is a success, both personally for you, and for the women of the world who will be touched by it, and the notes that continue to get posted with positive messages. Life changing for many!!!

    Congrats again!

  • Julia September 24, 2009, 7:50 am

    ….speechless…
    how can i be SO PROUD of someone I don't "know"? congratulations!!!!

    p.s. this is my first ever comment and i've read since probably day one…i had to!!!

  • Jaime (Embracing Balance) September 24, 2009, 7:55 am

    C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!!!

    This is all so very exciting, Caitlin. I cannot believe you have been doing all of that all Summer without having a total meltdown. You are a strong woman!! What an awesome time for you!!

  • Kiki (Run Kiki Run) September 24, 2009, 8:00 am

    That is such fantastic and brilliant news! Im so very happy for you, no one deserves this more! Woo hooo ! x

  • Anonymous September 24, 2009, 8:01 am

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration to everyone! I am so happy for you!
    -Jess

  • Jamie September 24, 2009, 8:02 am

    Congrats Caitlin! OMG that is so exciting. I am super jealous… in a good way. So many amazing changes for you! Keep up the good work! You help so many people.

  • Natalie September 24, 2009, 8:02 am

    What amazing opportunities for you…congratulations!

  • kristina September 24, 2009, 8:04 am

    wow caitlin! congratulations on this wonderful and exciting venture!!! you deserve it!

  • Runningwriter September 24, 2009, 8:08 am

    Congratulations Caitlin!! That is so exciting. Changing your direction in life is such a brave thing to do and you deserve all the good that is coming your way.

  • Lauren September 24, 2009, 8:13 am

    Caitlin-
    That is so inspirational. You are amazing. I thought my life was crazy, but WOW! Congrats on everything!!!!

  • Jessica September 24, 2009, 8:14 am

    Congrads Caitlin! your story continues to inspire me to live my life more fully! so exciting! I am sure this journey will be most rewarding!

  • Caroline September 24, 2009, 8:17 am

    I am completely jealous that you have the confidence and means to leave your job and pursue something you love! It's the 'means' that I'm lacking, in a serious way.

  • Susan September 24, 2009, 8:17 am

    Wow! How exciting for you. I can't believe you've been hiding your classes for so long…I was a science wiz in college so I could have helped! šŸ™‚ I've looked at the University of South Carolina, and they have awesome programs in things related to exercise science and anything like it, so I would imagine that their PT program is amazing. I can't wait to hear all about it! PT school is crazy from what I've heard from people in it, but it does seem very interesting, especially if you can work with people with sports injuries and such. We have PTs at the hospital, and I definitely wouldn't want that job…

  • Lauren @ Dragonflies Journey September 24, 2009, 8:21 am

    Congratulations on everything going on, Caitlin! BF and I are so excited for you and your continuous success. You will be great…and remember that you are truly beautiful!

  • Manhattan Cupcake September 24, 2009, 8:22 am

    Wow, not to be the 239th comment or anything (hehe), but CONGRATULATIONS! That is so so exciting. The next Julie Powell, but more inspiring! Thanks for giving me something to smile about so early in the morning, and for a brighter future in the publishing world!!!

  • Deirdre September 24, 2009, 8:23 am

    Congrats! I'm so glad you got to resign. I remember talking to you at the Summit about your job and I am so glad you are on to bigger and better things! All of this couldn't have happened to a nicer person. Good for you!

  • Maria September 24, 2009, 8:27 am

    I have been reading your since before you got married but this is my very first post! I have enjoyed following your journey and want to congratulate you on this exciting new chapter of your life. You have been inspirational to me and so many others! Best of luck in your new venture šŸ˜‰

  • Rachel A September 24, 2009, 8:27 am

    I'm so happy for you!!!

  • Anne Marie September 24, 2009, 8:27 am

    How exciting!! Congrats!

  • elliebelle September 24, 2009, 8:28 am

    Absolutely fantastic! Congratulations on reaching your dreams. šŸ™‚ Can't WAIT to hear more about the book!

  • starstruk September 24, 2009, 8:31 am

    You ROCK, Caitlin! I am so proud of you. Life will be tough for a while, but it will be worth it. Can't wait to read the book and say "I knew her when!"

  • ~Jessica~ September 24, 2009, 8:32 am

    Oh my goodness…I was expecting something big but this is absolutely, life-changingly wonderful. I'm so happy for you! Just shows that when you work hard and put everything you can into achieving your goals life rewards you in spades.

    I seriously wish I was as self-motivated as you are and could achieve what you have ~ I couldn't have kept up that schedule for a week, let alone the amount of time that you did. Are you sure you aren't Wonder Woman?

    <3

  • ratzxfink September 24, 2009, 8:34 am

    congratulations!!!! so happy for ya! glad everything is finally working out. looking forward to reading more about your new venture or adventure… you think i can carry your operation beautiful to where i am here in asia for you? šŸ˜› congrats again!!

  • Lauren September 24, 2009, 8:35 am

    This is SO exciting! I'm so happy to see how amazingly transformative Operation Beautiful has been–not just for countless women, but for you, too! What a wonderful opportunity it has opened up for you. I cannot wait to read the book when it's published!

  • Internal Peace September 24, 2009, 8:35 am

    Congratulations! You are a major inspiration for me! I love your positive attitude through everything and I am so happy for you!

  • Megan September 24, 2009, 8:38 am

    Congratulations Caitlin! All these changes are so exciting and I am looking forward to hearing about it!

  • JE September 24, 2009, 8:40 am

    Congrats to you! You deserve all the successes coming to you! Cheers

  • Rosie September 24, 2009, 8:47 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

  • Kathleen September 24, 2009, 8:47 am

    This is amazing! I can't believe you have been doing all that in the past few months and kept your sanity. You're super woman and an inspiration! Congrats on the book deal…I can't think of anyone else who deserves it more than you!

  • Kaye September 24, 2009, 8:49 am

    Nice! You deserve it all as you've worked hard to achieve it! Looking forward to more adventures with Caitlin via the blog! Congrats!

  • Katie F September 24, 2009, 8:50 am

    Everybody's saying it but once more can't hurt–you are such an incredible inspiration! I have no idea how you've managed to keep this hidden for such a long time, plus train for a marathon, eat healthy, keep up the social life… when people say 1)they don't have time to be healthy, and 2)going back to school is too hard, I'm just going to direct them to a certain blog!
    YOU are beautiful.

  • Kate September 24, 2009, 8:58 am

    Caitlin, YOU ARE AMAZING. So inspirational following your dreams. You are really making it, girl! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Maybe they will make a movie out of you like Julie & Julia šŸ™‚

  • mgaltier September 24, 2009, 9:05 am

    Congratulations!!! All of these wonderful things couldn't have happened to a nicer or more deserving person. I am thrilled for you.

  • Rachel September 24, 2009, 9:06 am

    All sorts of exciting life changes going on in the blog community lately!

    Congrats on the book deal – That's amazing! Hopefully, it will be a bestseller and there will be additional books to come!

    Good luck with everything! (And seriously, I have no clue how you fuction doing so much and sleeping so little!)

  • susan September 24, 2009, 9:08 am

    OMG! This is so exciting! I've been reading your blog since before Gasparilla. I also ran the half. It was my first race of any kind. You were such a inspiration to me that immediately following Gasparilla, I signed up for the Chicago Marathon. I have almost completed my training and I know I can finish. Your blog and Operation Beautiful has gotten me through the tough parts of training. I am so happy for you! Best wishes in everything you do!

  • Tiffany September 24, 2009, 9:08 am

    Congratulations Catlin! This simply is such an amazing opportunity for you. I want to you know, now that I know all you have been juggling you have given me the extra push to further my studies for the LSAT. Because if you can manage all you were doing I can spare several hours a week for the LSAT. After all it is for my future =)

  • Julie September 24, 2009, 9:10 am

    YOU. ARE. INCREDIBLE. Like, honestly, you are the most amazing person ever! I can't believe you were really going to school! How amazing Cailin, truly amazing!! I wish you all the luck in the world and hope all of your dreams come true!!! The support from your frieds and family makes me smile, you are so blessed!! I'm so excited for you!!

  • Anonymous September 24, 2009, 9:12 am

    I am so HAPPY for you!
    -Adriana G.

  • sara September 24, 2009, 9:12 am

    Caitlin! I'm so going to miss our little venting sessions at work and your positive attitude which really helped me get through the day, hearing your dogs bark over the conference line during our Monday meetings, having our little chats during which you encouraged me to eat more often and more healthily, your motivating force which inspired me to sign up for my first marathon, and all the boosting and checking on my progress along the way. You are an inspiration, exactly what I needed to get through this rut that I've been in. You are truly living the dream!
    Love you and will miss you!
    All the best in your new endeavors!
    xoxo
    Sara

  • meghanN September 24, 2009, 9:21 am

    I have GOOSEBUMPS reading this. It is absolutely amazing and I feel so honored to have been part of the Operation Beautiful movement and for following you along on your journey! You sure have been crazy busy (busier than I even thought before!) and you SO deserve this! CONGRATS and best of luck!!

  • Jennifer September 24, 2009, 9:21 am

    So exciting!!! I wish I could jump through the screen and just squeal with you šŸ™‚ I think the secrets made the announcement that much better! Can't wait to keep hearing updates!

  • Ali September 24, 2009, 9:22 am

    WOW, Caitlin! Those are all GREAT things! I could not be more happy for you! This is super exciting.

    I can't wait to hear more about EVERYTHING! Especially the OB book! That is so great I am thrilled and can't wait to read it!

    CONGRATS, beautiful šŸ˜‰

  • Taysa September 24, 2009, 9:25 am

    Congratulations! All of this is amazing and you should be so proud of yourself!

  • Jamie September 24, 2009, 9:29 am

    Thanks so much! I appreciate the kind words and your motivation =) Never give on your dreams =)

  • Jenn (eating bender) September 24, 2009, 9:33 am

    LIFE CHANGING!!
    LIFE CHANGING!!
    LIFE CHANGING!!

    Thought it was necessary to say it three times :o) Congratulations, Caitlin. I knew you were working your butt off but I had NO idea just how many hours you were putting in. Huge props, girl. Can't wait to follow you on this new journey.

  • Anonymous September 24, 2009, 9:34 am

    Congratulations, Caitlin! That is wonderful news!
    Lynne šŸ™‚

  • Sama September 24, 2009, 9:45 am

    Congrats!!! I started reading your blog when it was See Bride Run and it's so awesome to see your dreams come true! You deserve every success!! And I will for sure buy the book šŸ™‚

  • Mel September 24, 2009, 9:47 am

    Congratulations! Good luck with all of the positive changes!! You kept it all hidden so well!!

  • Laura September 24, 2009, 9:48 am

    Congrats! Such exciting news!

    ~Laura
    Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    LauraMKE.blogspot.com

  • Krista September 24, 2009, 10:02 am

    I'm so excited! For you, for your readers, and for all of the people OB has yet to touch!

    I literally got chills for you. What an exciting time. Karma has come around and repaid you 10x over.

    Congratulations! You're an amazing person.

  • Amber (Girl with the red hair) September 24, 2009, 10:03 am

    This is all SO SO exciting.

    I just started reading your blog a couple of months ago after Operation Beautiful had really taken off (I actually posted my VERY FIRST operation beautiful note this morning! It felt SO good!)

    Anyways, I just think you are a huge inspiration and obviously a very hard worker who completely DESERVES all of these amazing things! Congratulations šŸ™‚

  • Molly September 24, 2009, 10:07 am

    Wow…I'm astounded. Congratulations!!!!!! You have officially had a dream come true!!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!!!

  • Anonymous September 24, 2009, 10:16 am

    You are AMAZING!!!

  • beesknees September 24, 2009, 10:18 am

    WOW! I can't believe you were doing all of that at once! Its amazing what you can accomplish with some planning and time management skills, not to mention a great husband.

    Congrats! And good luck with the book writing.

  • PRT September 24, 2009, 10:20 am

    WOWWWW! Congratulations!!!
    So many good news in the blogging community today! I'm dealing with school, full time-job, personal life and sporadically a second job and I'm over my head with stress, but at the end, let me tell you, is sooooo worth it.

  • mary-jo September 24, 2009, 10:20 am

    wow ~ caitlin. i am so impressed by it all!!! the book deal, SCHOOL and resigning from your job. isn't it amazing how things all just come together in ways that are beyond our imagination??!! i am so incredibly happy for you ~ you are such a hard worker and are not afraid to 'get messy' every now and then. i'm seriously impressed with the time-management skills you must have to be able to do all of those things while training for a marathon to boot!! i'm feeling a book offer along the lines of 'seven habits of efficient people'!!
    congratulations!!! you truly deserve all the joy, happiness and excitement life has to offer!

  • Kristen @ frostingandfroth.com September 24, 2009, 10:22 am

    Wow wow wow, Caitlin! So exciting! I'm so happy for you and wish you all the best. I've always fantasized about writing a book–now I can live vicariously through you! Good luck with everything. šŸ™‚

  • Menden @ Skinny Menny September 24, 2009, 10:24 am

    Wow!!! CONGRATS x 3!! šŸ™‚

    That is such exciting news, Caitlin!

  • Taylor September 24, 2009, 10:24 am

    Oh wow that is amazing hon!!!! I'm so happy for you šŸ˜€ I can't believe you were doing ALL that. Those classes? And then stduying? Holy cow. You are an inspiration for us all, and you really keep me motivated how far you've come through your knee problem. Keep going, girl šŸ™‚ So exciting.

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats September 24, 2009, 10:29 am

    I AM SMILING SO BIG FOR YOU RIGHT NOW!!!!!! I take back every time I've ever said "there's just not enough hours in the day" because for you…there literally probably hasn't been enough hours in the day for the last several months!

    Incredible opportunities – can't wait to see how they all progress!!! :D:D:D

  • Bridget September 24, 2009, 10:36 am

    Wow, just wow! I am so happy for you!!! I can not believe you hid ALL of that from the blog for so long!!!! I couldnt of done that! I can't wait to keep reading about the journey šŸ™‚

  • Amanda September 24, 2009, 10:40 am

    That is so incredibly exciting. I work in publishing in NYC and I'm thrilled for you. Good luck writing!

  • Jenna September 24, 2009, 10:55 am

    omg caitlin i am soo happy for you! that is all wicked exciting šŸ™‚
    jenna

  • stacey September 24, 2009, 10:56 am

    Congrats!

  • Haleigh September 24, 2009, 11:06 am

    Wow Caitlin! That is so exciting. I am so proud and happy for you! It really goes to show that if you have a dream and work hard then everything else will follow. Congrats girl!!

  • twentysixish September 24, 2009, 11:07 am

    Wow, I actually got chills reading this! Congratulations to you for following and living your dreams! Its one thing to work at a job but another completely to do something you are passionate about. Go get it girl!

    "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" – Mary Oliver

  • Amelia (AC/DC: Highways to Health) September 24, 2009, 11:16 am

    Ahhhh! Congratulations! Amazing news. It certainly could not have happened to a better person. I can't wait to hear about everything as it progresses! šŸ™‚

  • Amy September 24, 2009, 11:29 am

    CONGRATULATIONS! You are a super-woman and an inspiration to us all. šŸ™‚

  • Nicole Chow - HealthyChow.com September 24, 2009, 11:39 am

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you! You are such a huge inspiration and you deserve all the success that comes your way. Your book will be so awesome. Can't wait to read it. And I know you're going to be a wonderful doctor. I don't know how you do it all! Congrats Caitlin!

  • taleoftwovegans September 24, 2009, 11:55 am

    Wow! Congrats!! It seems like everything has really fallen into place for you and you totally deserve it with all that hard work! I can only hope that the same will happen to me.
    Love the blog and congrats again!
    -K

  • Lisa September 24, 2009, 11:58 am

    Wow, this is seriously one of those stories that you read and makes you realize how important it is to go for what you love in life. You're doing such great things, congratulations on all your exciting new endeavors!

  • Adriane September 24, 2009, 11:59 am

    Congratulations!!! All of your life changes sound amazing, especially the book deal!! I look forward to hearing more about it.

  • gina g September 24, 2009, 12:05 pm

    o my goodness!! this is amazing, i cannot believe you hid it so well, i would never guessed all that is on your shoulders! you are honestly so strong caitlin, you have already and are gonna continue changing the world! i am soooooo happy for you!! =)

  • Rebekah September 24, 2009, 12:13 pm

    Coming out of reader hiding to say-

    Holy cow, girl! I go to school FT and work PT and there are days I can look at my schedule and it doesn't appear to end. I can't even imagine how you find the time and energy to go, go , go. I am so happy for you and all that you've been able to accomplish this summer and I wish you the best going forward!

  • Morgan (lifeafterbagels) September 24, 2009, 12:28 pm

    Caitlin – you inspire me each and every day, but today you truly made me feel like I can do anything. I can't wait to read more about all of your new adventures. Thank you also for making me realize that you can be a blogging success while remaining independent and private.

  • Rosey Rebecca September 24, 2009, 12:29 pm

    Congratulations!! I am so excited for you!! You deserve this!

  • Julia September 24, 2009, 12:29 pm

    Congratulations! There are so many exciting things going on in your life!

  • Jenny Vester September 24, 2009, 12:46 pm

    Wow I was so excited and curious to read about your Three Major Changes last night that I couldn't sleep! haha. That's so great to hear!
    Gosh Caitlin you truly are wonderwoman! I'm so inspired by how efficient, determined and motivated you are, also with your ability to juggle so many different projects at once.
    YOU ARE AMAZING!
    Congratulations on resigning and even bigger congratulations on your book! You really deserve this šŸ™‚
    You've worked so hard for it and now it's great to see that all that hard word is paying off.
    CONGRATULATIONS!
    All my love and support, Jenny
    xoxo

  • Betsy September 24, 2009, 12:46 pm

    Congrats and Best Wishes to you Caitlin!!

    I don't know how you kept this all so secret. haha! So happy for you!

  • Mom September 24, 2009, 12:51 pm

    I love to watch you as you walk through life creating your "dreams" and the life you desire.
    You have made wonderful things happen by being willing to put in the ENORMOUS amounts of energy and dedication needed to do so. You are AMAZING and INSPIRING to all who know you.

  • Colleen September 24, 2009, 12:54 pm

    Delurking to say congratulations!!! Your story is so inspirational.

  • Carrie H September 24, 2009, 1:00 pm

    Yay yay yay for you, Caitlin! Congratulations! I am very happy for you, my blog friend!

  • Low September 24, 2009, 1:10 pm

    You are incredible! Such a hard worker. You never let it show how much you had taken on. Wow. You deserve everything you've gotten and more!

  • Denise September 24, 2009, 1:12 pm

    I am so excited to see that miracles are coming in bunches! Congratulations and I can't wait to read the book!

  • Emily September 24, 2009, 1:18 pm

    Late to read, but still so inspired by you! Congratulations Caitlin. Your hard work has really paid off! Enjoy your successes šŸ™‚

  • Melissa September 24, 2009, 1:35 pm

    CONGRATS! I am so impressed with how well you manage your time. I think I would be having a panic attack! Congrats again!!!!

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full September 24, 2009, 1:36 pm

    Hi Caitlin – I have only commented a few times, but have been following your blog for a few months, and wanted to say CONGRATS! You are truly and inspiration. Thank you. Reading your post makes me want to get out there and make my dreams come true! And you also made me realize that hard work does pays off – big time. I am so impressed that you were able to juggle everything that was going in your life. I am excited for your book to come out!

  • Pam (Highway to Health) September 24, 2009, 1:37 pm

    WOW!! What exciting news!! You life completely flipped for the better! I wish you luck in everything you do!

  • Adi (oatonomy.com) September 24, 2009, 1:55 pm

    Not only are you a great example for healthy eating, exercise and keeping things in balance… you are clearly the spokesperson for incredible time management skills! WOW!

    Congratulations!!!

  • fromatopink September 24, 2009, 2:04 pm

    Wow, CONGRATS! Reading your blog truly inspired me today – writing a book has been a dream of mine for a loooong time, and I might just go after it. Following your dreams isn't always easy, but definitely rewarding – and you're proof!

  • Laura in Pgh September 24, 2009, 2:36 pm

    You go girl! Truly an inspiration to all of us … thanks for being you and for sharing your life (and food.) Operation Beautiful rocks and has impacted a lot of people. It's incredible you have been able to juggle everything! School is so tough to begin with, but that on top of a full-time job, blogging and marathon training … well that is just amazing that you can do it all! Congratulations on everything!

  • aron September 24, 2009, 2:37 pm

    this is soooo exciting!!! i am SO happy for you, you definitely deserve every bit of this šŸ™‚ you are definitely a huge inspiration to us all, keep it up girlie!

  • luckytastebuds September 24, 2009, 2:39 pm

    Congratulations on all your achievements Caitlin! You really do deserve all the successes you've achieved. Thanks for being a great role model and for not forgeting all those important people who helped you while you blogged and studied to the wee hours of the morning! šŸ™‚ It's so exciting to rub in people's faces that people who blog are a force to be reckoned with! šŸ™‚

  • Saima September 24, 2009, 2:40 pm

    Congrats!! šŸ˜€

  • Kiersten September 24, 2009, 2:44 pm

    That is amazing news Caitlin! Congratulations! I am so happy for you about the book. You are going to influence millions of women, even more than you already have.

    I really admire all the dedication and hard work you've been putting into…well, everything. It sounds like you've had SO much to deal with the past few months, and I think you are amazing for taking it all on. I wish you the best of luck with the book and your classes!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing September 24, 2009, 2:47 pm

    Oh man – so exciting!! CONGRATS!!!! Hard work pays off!

  • The Healthy Hostess September 24, 2009, 2:50 pm

    Caitlin! You are amazing! Congrats! You will be perfect for the book and the PT world! I am so happy for you!
    šŸ™‚

  • Whitney@whitsgettingfit September 24, 2009, 2:50 pm

    Amazing news Caitlin! Congratulations and best wishes with everything! You inspire me every day.

  • Allison September 24, 2009, 2:51 pm

    I'm not a regular reader of your blog, but I've heard about Operation Beautiful on a few others…yet never did anything about it. But just five minutes ago, after reading this post, I grabbed a piece of scrap paper and some Sharpies, wrote "You are a ROCK STAR" and taped it next to my computer. Congratulations on the book deal and everything else!!

  • Allison September 24, 2009, 2:53 pm

    So Amazing! Congratulations.
    Between your post and Jenna's I feel so inspired to examine my life and head in the direction of my dreams!

  • HangryPants September 24, 2009, 3:07 pm

    I heart Caitlin!

  • jesslikesithot September 24, 2009, 3:16 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! I fall more in love with your lifestyle and positive attitude everyday! Starting Operation Beautiful = a ridiculous amount of GOOD KARMA!!!! šŸ˜€ You totally deserve this Caitlin, so enjoy it!!!!

  • Jess September 24, 2009, 3:17 pm

    OH. MY. GOODNESS. Caitlin I knew you were superhuman, but my word, you are SUPERWOMAN! You are so amazing and I am so excited for you….also, I totally have to come to Orlando again soon so we can hang out a few more times before (fingers crossed) you make the move to grad school!

    Did I mention you are AMAZING! šŸ˜€

  • Kristin September 24, 2009, 3:19 pm

    WOW, congratulations! How exciting! I'm so glad you're finally happy with what you're doing!! I can't wait to read that book!!

    xo
    K

  • Angie September 24, 2009, 3:36 pm

    Congratulations!! So exciting!

    You had a brilliant idea and it is sounds like it is going to be shared with the world!

    Great job!!

  • chandra h September 24, 2009, 3:48 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS – yeahhhhh you are AWESOME. can't wait to see all of your dreams unfold even more šŸ˜€

  • maria September 24, 2009, 3:51 pm

    Congrats. It seems like things are going great for you. I'm so happy for all of the good things that are happening! šŸ™‚

    And wow! That is just too much for one person to juggle. And to aim to stay healthy on top of that.

  • Stephanie September 24, 2009, 3:54 pm

    Wow. I'm speechless. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You are truly the most beautiful woman on the planet!

  • Karen September 24, 2009, 3:57 pm

    That is incredible news! CONGRATULATIONS! šŸ™‚

  • Cat Cat September 24, 2009, 4:08 pm

    I am so incredible happy and excited for you! Congratulations!

  • Amy September 24, 2009, 4:18 pm

    You sneaky girl! I was working full time and taking a similar course load of science classes this past year so I know it's not easy. You're going to do awesome!!! Plus going back to school is fun. A lot of work but fun! (I just started my MS in Nursing this month so I understand haha). Congrats on the book! I'm so pumped to buy it next year. I feel like it'll be the perfect Christmas gift for all the ladies in my life.

  • Rebeca @All Vegged Out September 24, 2009, 5:07 pm

    Oh Caitlin,

    This made me cry. I'm so happy for you. OMG… school full time and working is soooo hard, no? I know how you felt.

    Congratulations on all this amazingness!

  • Anonymous September 24, 2009, 5:36 pm

    congrats caitlin! I'm a loyal lurker and I wanted to tell you i was so excited yesterday-operation beautiful was on the chi town local news as whats hot on the web! just thought I'd let you know!-luv monica-rideit4@comcast.net

  • Junghwa September 24, 2009, 5:49 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!
    You're so inspiring and I wish you the best of luck in the future with EVERYTHING.

    Very exciting things šŸ™‚

    I love operation beautiful!!! YAY!

  • audgepodge September 24, 2009, 5:52 pm

    Good lord, you should write another book on time management! How on earth did you do it all???

    CONGRATS!

  • Katy September 24, 2009, 6:04 pm

    Hey Caitlin!

    Congrats on all these big changes and I am pretty excited that you are considering moving to my neck of the woods. šŸ™‚

    Clay's Dad actually owns a pretty large PT Firm in the South East. Let me know if you would like a few connections. šŸ™‚

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness) September 24, 2009, 6:17 pm

    Wow, Caitlin . . . I feel so BEHIND because I'm just now reading this. Congratulations! What a dream come true! You must be so proud of yourself — can't wait to read the book!

  • Lizzy September 24, 2009, 6:18 pm

    This is so so so so so exciting! It's crazy that you were able to hide so much, but you did a great job concealing your secrets! šŸ˜‰

    Congrats on the book offer, that is the most amazing thing EVER! šŸ™‚ i'm so happy for you and i think you are such an inspiration to so many women out there! šŸ™‚ thank you for being who you are!

  • powoar September 24, 2009, 6:27 pm

    Oh my goodness.
    I'm so excited for you !
    I so teared towards the end of it when you were thanking everyone for everything they did !

    I will definately buy your book when it comes out šŸ™‚

  • MoraPiggy September 24, 2009, 6:44 pm

    What a wonderful story. Congratulations!!

    ~Another Operation Beautiful Fan!

  • Angie Eats Peace September 24, 2009, 6:45 pm

    One million Congrats! You deserve every single one of these wonderful opportunities!

  • KK @ Running Through Life September 24, 2009, 7:02 pm

    Super exciting! Congrats on all of your successes!!!

  • teacherwoman September 24, 2009, 7:38 pm

    WOw! CONGRATULATIONS on your life changing events! I am SOOOO excited for you!

  • Priyanka loves food September 24, 2009, 7:55 pm

    You are an inspiration Caitlin. I have been acting so crabby lately and drowning myself in self pity cuz I feel I am being burdened by all the work in the world. But after reading this post, i realized that one should not let these self hindering emotions demotivate oneself.

    You are really really an inspiration!! I am so glad to know you through the medium of blogging!!!!Good luck to you with all your future endeavors!!

    Oh and many many Congratulations!!

  • BroccoliHut September 24, 2009, 8:35 pm

    Whoa, you have been a busy lady. Bravo for balancing it all and following your dreams!

  • Piskeriset September 24, 2009, 10:26 pm

    Congrats! You're so cool šŸ™‚
    I wish you good luck and hope that everything will turn out the best way, they can!

  • Nicole (dishin') September 25, 2009, 12:49 pm

    Wow…all this news is so exciting! I can't believe you've been juggling everything so well. Congrats!!!

  • MareBare September 25, 2009, 11:07 pm

    i know its a little late but i'm so happy for you caitlin! you are such a kind-hearted person and i'm sooo happy this great opportunity came your way- and i totally can't wait to buy your book!!!

  • Isha September 26, 2009, 10:01 am

    How wonderful! You're living proof that life can flip upside down and become exactly what you want. And knowing now how much you accomplished while you were involved in all of those things, you're inspired me to rearrange and organize my life a bit. Thanks. šŸ™‚

  • arunningstart September 26, 2009, 5:16 pm

    I have not had a chance to comment on this post but I've thought about it so much! I even told a coworker about it. Seeing success like this for someone who is doing such amazing things for women and girls is so inspiring for so many!! Thank you for not only blogging about your experiences but encouraging all of your readers to find their own success!

  • sweetandfit September 26, 2009, 5:34 pm

    you are amazing!!!!! congrats girl!!! I can't believe everything you do – you are truly an inspiration =)

  • Danielle September 26, 2009, 5:53 pm

    I'm totally late in commenting on this but GO YOU! I'm so proud of you for putting yourself out there to do what you love and make it a career!

    I'm so excited for your book deal, too! How awesome!

  • Sara September 29, 2009, 9:58 am

    Wow! Can’t believe how much I’ve missed in a few short days away! Now I feel like a huge wuss for complaining about my own tough grad school classes. I’d truly better suck it up! As so many others have said, you are an inspiration. Can’t wait to see the great things to come. It’s all very well-deserved! šŸ™‚

  • Tess The Bold Life September 30, 2009, 6:04 am

    Congratulations on the book deal. I have four daughters in their mid thirties. I’m going to leave stickers all over in honor of them. Yeah for your brilliant idea and yeah for the book. Writing since 18 for magazines? WOW!

  • Ashley October 2, 2009, 9:13 am

    WOW!! You are amazing! Congrats on all of the great new things coming your way. When you posted about the opening a Holistic Clinic in South Carolina was that just a cover up or is that happening also?

    • Caitlin October 2, 2009, 9:52 am

      hehe that is true šŸ™‚ that’s happening in the summertime.

  • christine October 6, 2009, 12:13 am

    So happy for you Caitlin…you truly seem like a genuine, caring, down to earth, BEAUTIFUL woman and you deserve all of this success!!! XOXOX

  • Vesone October 29, 2009, 8:09 am

    This is the first time I’m running across your website and aside from all of the great content on here, you’re very deserving of your success. There’s a dedication to you audience that is rarely seen on most blogs.

    Just reading through the comments proves that people absolutely love you and what you do for them. I look forward to more of your content.

    I just did a tweet (I think that’s right) after looking at your bio, I really respect anyone who goes after their passion in life. It’s too short do what you love.

    Anyway congrats on your book, I’m definitely going to support you and buy it next year.

  • Julia April 1, 2010, 11:40 am

    Hello – I never post on people’s blogs. I just wanted to say that I think you are totally amazing and a true inspiration to young women. I am a lawyer and I constantly talk about wanting to write/ finding time to run etc- and by reading your blog today I have realised its not going to happen unless I make it happen. I will also post my first operation beautiful note later tonight!!

    Good luck with everything, truly.

    All the best – Julia, UK.

    • Caitlin April 1, 2010, 11:43 am

      Thank you so much, Julia! Follow your dreams.

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