HTP Q&A, Part I

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Good morning! Happy Monday.  Let’s rock this week, mmmkay?


I made another batch of Anne P’s bars last night (this time with chocolate peanut butter), and one of the bars was a perfect addition to my banana + Greek yogurt:




Ask Me Anything, Part I


I’m a sucker for Q&A posts on other blogs, so I thought I’d do a new round on Healthy Tipping Point.  If you want more, I also have:





Lyn wrote, “I’m really curious, how did the husband get interested in Oriental Medicine?  I’m an MD (a resident) and I had never heard of his specialty before your blog, but I think it’s awesome!  I have worked with some physicians that have gotten certified to do acupuncture, and it’s something I would definitely like to learn more about someday.”


The Husband got really interested in becoming a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) in his 5th year of undergraduate.  He knew he wanted to go into medicine but couldn’t decide between naturopathic medicine, sports psychology, and Oriental medicine.  His stepfather originally mentioned DOM to him, I think.  After some research, he quickly ruled out becoming an ND because of the schooling costs and time, location of the schools, and inflexibility of the licensure.  He applied to both DOM and sports psychology schools and interviewed professionals in the fields.  While I think he would’ve been an amazing sports psychologist (fun fact:  he was the amateur prep school golf champion of ALL of England when he was just 13 and had a near-professional handicap), the field is VERY difficult to get into.  At the end of the day, we thought he’d have more flexibility with DOM and also be able to take over his stepfather’s practice.  He went to Florida College of Integrative Medicine, which he highly recommends.  Three years later, he owns his own practice and we’re actually not in debt because of the business – wahoo! 


Sarah wrote, “Can you share some of your favorite workout gear with us?  I am specifically interested in capris and running tights, though would love to hear about all your favs!  Also, I am smaller overall but bigger chested and I have a super hard time finding good sports bras.  I usually have to double up which is super annoying and constricting!!  And sometimes I am fine at the beginning of a run but by the end I want to seriously hold my boobs to keep them from bouncin’!”


UGH – first of all, I have the same sports bra issue, which is why I always chafe on my ribcage.  I think Moving Comfort has the best bras because they come in bra sizes and have adjusted straps.  I have a bunch of the Fiona bra, which comes in small chest widths, like a 32C and 32D.  My Fiona bras are old and the chafing has begun again, though. 


For the capris issue, I actually do not have any great recommendations.  :(  I have an old pair of Champion capris from Target that are great, as well as the Lululemon Wunder Unders, which are also pretty nice.  I could really use some new capris, so if anyone has any recommendations, please link away in the comments section! 


Mrs. Muffins wrote, “Since you’re vegetarian and husband is (mostly) vegan, when you two have a baby will you raise him/her as a vegetarian, too?”


I 100% plan to fed my children a vegetarian diet at home.  My plan is to teach them that there is no difference between Maggie, James, and a cow or a chicken, so why would we eat a cow or a chicken if they wouldn’t eat our dogs?  But, when they start to get a little older and go to friend’s houses, if they want to try meat, I’m not going to freak out.  It’s their choice, ultimately, if they want to be vegetarian, and I think that by restricting meat entirely, I’m setting them up to hate me/vegetarianism when they are teenagers.


Jen wrote, “This may not be the type of question you had in mind, but what type of food did you guys serve at your wedding? I’m a veggie, but my fiancé isn’t and I want to be sure there is plenty for my pescetarian/vegetarian friends. I want the food to stand out and be enjoyable to all without being crazy expensive. I also don’t want it to be just a bunch of boring veggies that no one is happy with. Ideas?”


We served salmon, red meat, and pasta at our wedding because neither of us were vegetarians yet (actually, I ate steak every night of my honeymoon).   We went veg about four months later.  My suggestion for ALL weddings is to do a buffet-style with lots of hearty side dishes.  That’s what we did – there were several baked potato dishes, an orzo dish, a variety of salads, and a couple other veggie side dishes – and everyone could put together a meal that satisfied them.    Not only does buffet-style allow people to create a more satisfying meal, but it’s also way cheaper, so you can afford a greater variety of food.   If you have any other advice for Jen, please comment away! 


Sara wrote, “Can you please offer some suggestions as to what to pack for a vegetarian lunch? I take my lunch to work every day … 5 days a week and sometimes I just get stumped as to what I should eat. Salads are excellent but they get boring very quick. I also like to bring leftovers if I have them, but I don’t cook full meals that often. Any advice will help!”


My favorite vegetarian packed lunch when I worked in an office was a rice bowl.  You can make rice ahead of time (all you gotta do is boil it!) and then in the morning, put the rice, drained and rinsed canned beans (like kidney or chickpeas), chopped veggies (like carrots, celery, corn, spinach, sprouts, or tomatoes), and a dressing in the tupperware.  You can eat it cold or hot, and it’s so good.  You can also use millet, wheatberries, quinoa, or other grains and use tofu instead of beans.


Zo asked, “I’d love to hear more about your approach to time management! I’m awed by how much you get done and would appreciate knowing more since I always feel like I’m trying to do 50 things at once (then get frustrated and end up not getting much done at all).”


I always feel mildly guilty giving out time management advice because part of my solution involves not having a great life/work balance. 🙂 Haha. Just kidding.  Really, I think the key to doing a lot is sitting down and planning out how you’ll tackle each project.  People tend to dive headfirst into projects without really thinking them through.  Often, our first approach is not the most time-efficient.  I’m a huge fan of plotting out To Do’s on Post-Its or spreadsheets.  It helps to give myself mini-goals for each step of the project.  For example, I broke my first book into 7 chapters and then identified a deadline for each chapter that would put me 5 days before of my publisher deadline. 


Another solution that I employ for time-management is wait until the entire project is ready to go before you begin working on it.  For example, I keep a file on our table for bills and stuff the envelopes in as I receive them throughout the month.  I know I have to pay them all on the 1st.  I sit down and bang them out in 10 minutes instead of doing each one at a time. 


So, in summary, my advice for time-management is know your battle and focus on the task at hand.  Easier said than done, but I’ve found that a little bit of prep work really does make the task easier and faster to complete.


Melanie asked, “How do you think your blogs, workouts, races, book writing, etc. will or will not change when you have a baby?”


What a fun question!  Obviously, I have no idea what it’s like to have a kid so this is just my prediction… I foresee that my blog won’t change drastically.  My blog’s format (food + fitness) will stay true.  I don’t want to become a mommy blogger for a variety of reasons (I love reading mommy blogs, don’t get me wrong!).  I’ll talk about a lot of thing on the Internet, but I’m not sure I want to open myself up to mad parenting criticism.  Also, I don’t think Husband (or I) wants to have our children hyper-exposed on my blog.  I’ll take time off around birth, but my blog is also my primary job, so I’ll be back to it right away (heck, I’ll Twitter through birth!). 


When I get pregnant, I plan to drastically reduce my workouts.  I’ll probably drop down to running three times a week, two – three miles at a time. I really want to be a pregnant runner! And then a mom who runs with a jogging stroller! I’ll also do more yoga through pregnancy and afterwards. 


Right now, my loose life plan is as follows:  Finish my third book in September 2011, buy a house in the winter, publish my third book in Spring 2012, publish my second book in Summer 2012, do house renovations, get pregnant, and have baby.   I have an idea for my fourth book, but it’s just an idea and would definitely wait until after my first baby is one or so.   


Lauren asked, “I always love book recommendations from bloggers… What are your favorite healthy eating/cooking/etc books that you really love??”


Here’s the books and movies that changed the way I eat and live, as well as a list of some of my favorite blogs!  I also have a section in my FAQs called “Social Commentary: Books and Movie Reviews” with tons of other reviews.


Alexandria wrote, “How do you set your Garmin (I have the 305) to record the pace for each individual mile?  When I get my data, I can only see the average pace per mile, not pace for individual miles.”


Check out Mode –> Training –> AutoLap and set it to lap every mile.  You can then look at the History by pressing the Mode button again.  Hitting enter once the run is selected will allow you to see a mile by mile breakdown!


Jen wrote, “I would love it if you answered some more questions about book-writing. I know you did a post on it once, but I’m curious about things like if you make your entire living writing books, or it’s a combo of things, if you think you’ll continue writing books your whole career, what else you want to write about, how you keep yourself motivated with a deadline, how the release dates for books are picked (like, you finished this new one this month, but it doesn’t come out until next summer…what happens in between??) and other book and career related stuff.”


Here’s the post I did on getting published.  I would say about half of my yearly income for the last two years has been from books, but books are pretty much a one-shot deal (royalties only happen if your advance was low or your book was a bestseller).  I do want to write books throughout my life, but I will probably take a long break after the third one (I’d love to write some young adult fiction with a positive message behind it!). 


Publishers get to decide basically everything.  They decide the due date (well, they ask if you’re comfortable with it), and they choose the title and cover.  They also choose the publishing date.  The publishing date is based on how long it will take to produce and print the book (and ship it to the USA if it’s being printed abroad).  The second Operation Beautiful book is very graphic-intensive and takes a looong time to lay out, which is why it takes so long to come to market.  Also, the date is chosen based upon sales predictions.  The second OB book will come out in summer to correspond with back-to-school sales, and the Healthy Tipping Point will come out in the spring to appeal to buyers who are interested in getting healthy after the holidays + before summer. 


Jen wrote, “Since your husband is in alternative medicine and working at the clinic is a big part of your lives, do either (or both) of you see a conventional doctor for your primary care physician? I hope this question isn’t too nosey, but I’m curious about what you think of conventional medical care, if it has a place or if you avoid it altogether.”


The only conventional doctor I see regularly is the gynecologist.  I will go to a primary care doctor in certain causes; for example, last year, I got antibiotics because I got sick right before my elderly grandpa’s birthday party and I didn’t want to be contagious.  In the seven years we’ve been together, I have never seen the Husband go to a conventional doctor or take antibiotics or other prescription medication.  We both have health insurance because we recognize that, while conventional medicine isn’t our primary choice, it certainly has its value and place.  If I was in a car accident or had cancer, you can bet I’d go to the hospital! :)  


Laura H. wrote, “Why do you hate the gym? I am a member at a pretty expensive one and sometimes I feel like I have to go and run the treadmill instead of outside to “get my money’s worth.” I also get scared that if I ditch the membership, I’ll lose my motivation and my overall fitness. Your thoughts?”


I hate the gym because I hate feeling TRAPPED indoors.  I never get to go outside during the day because of my job, so I think of my workouts as an opportunity to exercise outside in the sun (or rain or snow).  I think gyms definitely have their place, and if they help you stay motivated, by all means – rock out that membership!  Gyms just don’t really appeal to me. 


Amber wrote, “I have recently wondered more about what your spiritual/religious stand points are. I understand if that is something you don’t really talk about on your blog, but you briefly mentioned it in the post about the Husband, and I wondered. Especially since it is so important to so many people.”


I consider myself to be a spiritual agnostic.  I recently wrote a post for BlogHer on my spiritual beliefs that you can read here.  I’m not sure if I believe in an after-life, but that doesn’t freak me out.  The idea that this might be it is okay with me.  That’s why I think it’s so important to be a good person, do good acts, be moral, and be compassionate to other people.  I’m a big believer in karma!  I’m also very open to other people’s religious beliefs… I like discussion religion and spirituality with other open-minded people.  It’s fun!  The moment I start believing that I know everything, please slap me in the face.  


Kira wrote, “Okay, so I am dying to ask how did you get such a tight stomach? Is that from running solely or from an ab routine you do?? If it is an ab routine, then you must share immediately.”


First of all, thanks for making my day.  ;)  I definitely do not have defined abs, but I think my core is strong because of running.  I do try to do crunches and push-ups when watching TV (about three times a week), but alas – there is no great secret. 


Caitie wrote, “This is goofy but how do you pronounce your husband’s name?! Is it just pronounced the same as Christian? For some reason I always said it in my head as kris-tee-ahn and then when I said that to my sister she looked at me like I was stupid!”


The Husband’s real name is Kristien, and you are pretty close in the pronunciation!  It’s technically pronounced Kris-tee-in, but everyone says it as Christian (including him).


Holly asked, “How did you and the husband meet?”


We met our freshman year at college.  I went to University of Pittsburgh and he went to a community college near Philly. He was visiting his high school friends (who were my next-door neighbors in the dorm).  I remember walking into the room and seeing this cute British boy!  I sat down next to him and we talked for a while.  He says he liked me right away.  :)  I had a boyfriend at the time, so nothing happened until a year later when he came back to visit his friends again (and I was single). 


Jess wrote, “I have a running question! I’m very new to running, and would really like to incorporate it into my routine, but every time I try, I end up have excruciating shin and calf pain, about 5 minutes into it. Any ideas on what I could be doing wrong? Help!”


First, check out your shoes to see if you’re wearing the wrong fit.  The next thing that comes to mind is that you might be suffering from shin splints.  Healthy Ashley has a great post on getting rid of shin splints.  Also, you might want to try running in the road (be careful, of course) or on dirt because those surfaces are softer than concrete sidewalks.  


Amanda wrote, “My question is: do you ever get discouraged by friends who are faster than you? I’m currently training for my first half and dying, while my friend who has the same experience as me finds it so easy and she’s running at a faster pace. I can’t help but feel like a slow poke/loser.”


Generally, I am not bothered by faster friends, but I have my moments.  There was a point with my Orlando group that 80% of my friends were MUCH faster than me, and it totally sucked to do races with them.  But really, 99% of the time, it didn’t bother me because my friends would do training runs at my pace.  If I were you, I would just say something to my friend – she probably doesn’t realize that she’s unintentionally pushing you.  I would say, “Hey buddy, I should’ve spoken up earlier, but would you mind if we dial down the speed today?  Or take a few walking breaks?  You’re just naturally a bit faster than I am!  Plus, I read in Runners World that it’s great for faster runners to do a slower run every now and then because it’s more time on your feet!” 


Question of the Day:  Why don’t YOU answer any of the questions above, too?  I’d love to know your favorite workout gear, plans for your career and family, or favorite packed lunches. 


:)  If you have any more Q&As for me, ask away in the comments section! I’ll be answering more fun questions at lunch.



  • Clarissa @ SoberandtheCity February 28, 2011, 9:37 am

    What are you going to do on your next vacation and what is your all-time favorite movie?

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 28, 2011, 9:37 am

    I love that you want to be a pregnant runner and the mom who jogs with the stroller. I want to be that kind of mom too.

    Favorite workout gear: Champion stuff from Target is my favorite, but I also love Under Armor shorts/sports bras and SOCKS! Those are the best socks in my opinion.

    And my husband’s name is Jason. You pronounce it Jay-sen. 🙂

  • Tricia February 28, 2011, 9:42 am

    So we had our pre-wedding (pre-cana) class this weekend in which they discussed Natural Family Planning and I couldn’t help but think of you! Haha kinda funny that you made it into my marriage prep class. We are getting married in June and want to go on one more BIG vacation, buy a house, and get a puppy (and train him) before we try for our first baby. I’m anticipate trying for a baby in the fall of 2013, I think. We’ll see how that works. And my name is Tricia, but you’d be surprised how many wacky things I’ve been called (Trixie, Tracy, Teresa). It’s pronounced “Trisha” but spelled like my mom’s full name, “Patricia.”

    • Tricia February 28, 2011, 11:25 am

      Sorry but I had to comment on your name. I too am amazed why people can’t seem to pronounce our name correctly. Seems easy to me. I actually am Patricia but when they see that name they want to call me Pat! Yuck. But, I am called Trixie by my husband and just embrace it.

  • Nicole February 28, 2011, 9:43 am

    Fun post! I <3 Q&As.

  • Courtney February 28, 2011, 9:44 am

    I was reading your post about your husband’s interest in sport psychology. I am interested in this too, what schools did he look at??

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 9:52 am

      He interviewed at FSU, they have a great program!

  • Jackie @ Baking Charms February 28, 2011, 9:45 am

    I love your answer to whether or not you go to a conventional doc!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) February 28, 2011, 9:47 am

    Oh I love Q&A! Especially the one about raising your child vegetarian. I think it’s a great way to approach it, especially if you wouldn’t be against having them try meat if they want to when they’re older.

    I have a questions… so pregnancy cravings… what is going to happen if you have serious meat cravings when you’re pregnant? Would you indulge it, or fight it?

    I hear those cravings can be pretty convincing 🙂

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 9:52 am

      Hahah I do not think I would have meat cravings when pregnant! If anything, I think I would not want meat even more.

      • Carin March 1, 2011, 3:38 am

        Well, I’ve been through two pregnancies as a vegetarian and NEVER had any meat cravings – just lots of annoying people telling me that I should “eat meat for the baby” or about preggo people/ mums they knew who used to be veggie but “started eating meat again when they were pregnant” because they felt weak/ needed something/ thought it was best yada yada…. I did take an iron supplement and pre-natal vitamins but certainly didn’t feel that I was compromising either baby’s health through my ethical decision.

        I’m criticised now for bringing the kids up veggie and for telling them the truth about meat – other parents don’t like it when my kids point out that they “don’t eat dead animals” because they’re not comfortable acknowledging to their kids that it’s what it is! BTW, the one time my daughter inadvertently ate a meat paste sandwich (at a party I wasn’t present at), she was violently sick later in the evening.

        Both kids are really healthy, quite tough and happy to explain their vegetarian stance – even at 4 and 2!

        • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 9:13 am

          You rule for raising your kids veggie. Some people just don’t ‘get’ our choice. And it IS a choice! We’re not commenting on their diet… yeesh.

    • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith February 28, 2011, 10:13 am

      That totally happened on Friends with Phoebe, haha.

      • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers February 28, 2011, 2:21 pm

        haha if that happens, i’ll give up meat so you can eat it, like joey did for phoebe. 🙂

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin February 28, 2011, 9:49 am

    Love this post Caitlin! My favorite quick lunch is a sweet potato, black beans, and salsa, with a salad on the side. I almost always have leftovers, but that’s my go-to if I don’t have them.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 28, 2011, 9:57 am

    Oooh I love all these answers, especially the bit about being a pregnant runner!! I like your approach to the whole wedding food situation too – it’s something I’ve been thinking about due to all of my friends with different eating preferences. I’m going to check out some of those posts you linked to as well.

  • Shelly February 28, 2011, 9:58 am

    Hi Caitlin,
    Here is my question– Since you try to eat mostly all organic foods, was wondering if that also carries over to other aspects of your life, for example, do you try to use more natural/chemical free laundry detergent, bath soaps, makeup, shampoo, cleaning products, paper products? Do you plan on getting a more environmentally friendly car? Thanks so much! Love your blog!

  • kat February 28, 2011, 10:01 am

    As a Brit dating an American boy, I’m really interested in how your other half ended up in the US? His whole family is there, too?! I ask purely because we currently live in Australia and are trying to figure out if I can get into the US…as we are not married! Australia recognises de-facto relationships, as does England but the US doesn’t. Boo. Also, what part of England is he from!? You mentioned prep school so I can take a stab in the dark…;)

  • Amanda February 28, 2011, 10:02 am

    This may be too personal/financial (please ignore if it is)but I was wondering how you and your husband maintain health insurance being self-employed. I have looked into options and insurance premiums seem to run around $800 a month for a reasonable family plan (without maternity coverage 🙁 ). I always wonder how self employeed individuals make ends meet…

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 10:12 am

      Health insurance is ridiculous.

      I have COBRA through my old job and it’s $180 a month. I am switching to catastrophic only insurance soon, which hopefully will be less. The Husband has it and it’s under $100 a month. That is without maternity, of course.

      Insanity. We need better healthcare STAT.

      • Amanda February 28, 2011, 10:18 am

        I agree!! Health care is one of my major road bumps to living out true passion (farming- odd for a 23 year old, I know 🙂 ). Have you found any good options for maternity insurance, or do you plan to pay out of pocket? Again, I’m really sorry if this is too personal, I’m just so curious about how people make it work and I don’t know too many people personally who are self employed in their 20s.

        • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 10:20 am

          I will probably get maternity insurance closer to when we think we will get pregnant… or maybe by then, the govt will have sorted themselves out and it won’t cost 1 bajillion dollars.

        • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 10:21 am

          PS being a farmer is SICK.

        • Whitney February 28, 2011, 1:50 pm

          agreed. id love to be a farmer/gardener. amazing.

  • VeggieGirl February 28, 2011, 10:03 am

    GREAT Q&A segment!!

    I hope this hasn’t been asked already, but – I’ve been reading your blog posts since you had your “See Bride Run” blog. Did you predict that you would continue to blog for so long or just stop after that blog? For instance, I never thought I’d be blogging for almost 4 years now, haha. I thought it would be just temporary 🙂

  • Michelle @ Lifewithacrazypup February 28, 2011, 10:08 am

    Right now I’m in the position to take my blog to it’s own domain. I’ve been reading your tips on just buying a platform through wordpress. Is this still how you blog? I’ve been looking at buying a domain through other sites and honestly there’s so much information I feel defeated before I even start. Does someone help you work on all your blog pages (a techie!) or did you just figure it out yourself?

    • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers February 28, 2011, 2:23 pm

      if you’re looking for someone to help you, i used seth from he was AMAZING and changed my blog to a self-hosted blog for REALLY cheap!

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith February 28, 2011, 10:11 am

    Jen, I totally echo what Caitlin said about a buffet! We had one at our wedding and it was the best decision I ever made (well that and the candy buffet!). People could choose what they want, but my vegetarian family members and celiac (ie gluten free) friends had TONS of options. Here’s a link to all of my wedding posts if you want some reading for a rainy day!

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 10:13 am

      Yay, fun! Love wedding stuff.

  • Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa February 28, 2011, 10:11 am

    My favorite workout gear is Alo! I won a few pieces from them a few months ago and wear them all the time! They are designed so you can wear them out in public and not look like you are wearing workout gear and then head right to the gym to get in a great sweat session!

    I am on my way to becoming a full fledged vegetarian (in the last year I think I’ve eaten meat maybe 5-10 times), which means eating vegan isn’t that far off as my body doesn’t “agree” with dairy – I love that this is the direction I am heading.

    I am reading “The China Study” right now and am in awe of all the benefits a plant based diet will provide. I know you are/just finished reading this book as well – what were your thoughts?

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 10:14 am

      I am trying to plow through TCS – it is so hard to read. I promise to do a post when I’m done.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 28, 2011, 10:13 am

    Great Q&A!! I love these types of posts!

    I have some running capris from Lucy that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

  • Shari February 28, 2011, 10:14 am

    What a fun post! I always enjoy hearing about your writing/publishing journey. It’s a wonderful reminder of just how limitless possibilities can be sometimes 🙂

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty February 28, 2011, 10:15 am

    What a fun post! It’s so interesting to hear what other people had to ask and what your responses were! Have a great monday!

  • Lauren @SassyMolassy February 28, 2011, 10:21 am

    Running gear – My Nike spandex capris work the best for me. I also have a full leg Nike spandex version that is great for cold/wet days. I find my lululemons fall down quite a bit while I’m running.

    Some fun lunches for work include: flat out wrap with pb and j spread on it and rolled up. Or, a sandwich w/ hummus, spinach, bell pepper and other veggies and a slice of cheese. I also enjoy doing an appetizer lunch (bowl of veggies w/ hummus, cheese and crackers, a kiwi, etc).

    • caitie February 28, 2011, 10:24 am

      I also like to do more snacky lunches. Pitas and hummus and cottage cheese with sunflower seeds are some of my favorites! And yogurt with fruit and granola!

  • Courtney February 28, 2011, 10:22 am

    This is personal, and also a bit off-topic in regard to your blog, but I’ll ask anyway. I’m a freshman in college, and everyone raves about how these are “the best years of life,” in which you “find yourself” yata yata. But, so far, this year has been the bane of my existence. I lost my mom shortly before I graduated high school last year, and I cannot seem to get over my greif. I got into a reputable university (Miami of Ohio) and I went there for the first semester of this year, thinking it would be awesome. But, it wasn’t. I had absolutely no friends, I wasn’t a part of any sports (although I did join a club), and all I thought about was going home and resuming my “old life.” But, the reality is, I can’t go back to my old life, because it is simply not waiting for me anymore. I don’t really even feel like I have a “home,” since my mom isn’t there anymore. Now, I live with my older sister and her husband and go to a community college, since I couldn’t bring myself to adjust to dorm life at Miami. I also got rejected from Ohio State University (which is why I am at the community college–to get my GPA up to par).
    This has a point, I promise. My “bottom line” question here is how did you find happiness? How did you make friends at college (especially since you went out-of-state!), and how did you cope with the lonliness? Even though I live with my sister, it is not a home to me. I just feel like a third wheel to her and her husband. I just want to like life again. Do you have any suggestions to finding my Healthy Tipping Point? And if not, sorry for unloading on you and making you feel bad for being at a loss!

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 10:36 am

      Awww BIG TIME e-hug for you. I am sorry about your mother, I’m sure you understand that this impacts everything, as well as your college experience. I would say 100% that you should get yourself into counseling because it is the best gift you can give yourself. They probably have FREE!!! counseling services at your community college. They will really help you will dealing with your grief.

      In terms of proactively finding happiness, I really, really think you should do some volunteering on a regular, weekly basis. Volunteering has been shown to really increase people’s life satisfaction. There are prob a ton of opps through your school, and volunteering will also help you meet new people and find a purpose.

      Also, I really recommend this book: Not corny and very helpful.

    • Erin February 28, 2011, 10:56 am


      I went to Miami of Ohio too, although it was 10 years ago. However, I came from out of state and felt exactly the way you did my first semester. No friends, horrible roommate, wasn’t as awesome as I’d hoped. But my family made me stick it out for an entire year and the second semester was so much better. I made friends via group projects in my classes and by the end of my four years I was having a much better time.

      I had to get over my fear of rejection and just start talking to people and asking them to hang out. It’s tough though and, like Caitlin said, you might need to get some counseling to help you deal with all the major changes that have happened in your life recently. But if you put yourself out there you’ll find that while there will be some bummer moments there will be lots of good ones, too.

    • Katie February 28, 2011, 1:03 pm

      I just wanted to tell you that I went through a similar situation my freshman year of college. I went to a school across the country and was expecting to start a great new life there, but I ended up having a really hard time making new friends. It probably would have improved with time but I ended up feeling lonely and getting depressed which didn’t help me go out and find new friends. I realized I was bringing myself down so I went to the free counseling center which helped because it was someone I could talk to. I would highly recommend at least checking out the counseling center. If you don’t like it you can stop at any time, but it should be free and it might help.Things for me improved slightly second semester, but I ended up transferring to a school closer to home (and way cheaper) for my sophomore year. I was worried the same thing would happen again, but luckily this time I did meet new friends and ended up having a good rest of college. I think part of the difference the 2nd time was my mentality that I had survived hating college once and I could do it again if I had to. Once I realized I didn’t immediately need to find friends to be ok, I relaxed a little, started to go to activities by myself and I ended up meeting great new friends along the way. Like Caitlin, I would recommend volunteering because I met a lot of great people through those clubs and organizations.

      I also want to stress that college does not have to be “the best years of your life.” I heard that all the time and that idea stuck in my head and really brought me down my freshman year because I thought I was missing out on the most fun times of my life. I’m sure things will improve with time and you will find friends, but try not to place your future happiness on your college years. I’ve only been out of college a year and I’m happier now then I have ever been. I moved in with two random people I found on craigslist who have become my best friends, started a job where I made friends with a lot of my coworkers and started my first real relationship with the best guy I have ever met (and I found him okcupid- yay internet!). Yes, college can be great and I hope your life improves but not everyone had the best times of their life in college or meets their best friends for life or finds their husband. I’m sure that things will pick up soon, but from personal experience I would recommend not putting too much pressure on the college years (and I’m only 23!)

    • Ellie March 1, 2011, 7:04 am

      I had a similar experience my first semester of college in terms of loneliness and not liking dorm life. I was very lucky in that soon after the second semester began, I started making some friends, but I was still lonely a lot. One lowest moment that first semester was when I was so miserable that I would cry in the shower at the gym, and to try to be happy I would make lists of all the good things that had happened that day, including if I had gotten the “good” type of towel at the gym (In other words I was so unhappy that gym showers dominated my mental landscape! But it seems funny to me now).

      I agree with Caitlin’s suggestion of counseling and think that her other advice was excellent too as is everyone else’s so far. It was suggested to me to volunteer but I was basically too miserable to do so and wish I had.

      Another suggestion is that maybe you should just take some time off from school. I can certainly understand wanting to retain “normalcy” by keeping on with what other people are doing at the same time but if you are currently unhappy, you should definitely do something different from what you are already doing. We have a very dear family friend who also lost her mother shortly before starting college, and she took a year off from school which I think probably helped a lot. I also took a year off between high school and college (for a totally different reason) which turned out great. There’s no way that taking time off can hurt you and it can only improve your situation both financially and in terms of subjecting you to much less stress (assuming you have or can get a job). In my experience there is less internal social pressure if you’re working rather than in school — at least this is what I experienced working during my year off before college — and I think that might be really helpful for you, to have contact with other people at a job without the pressure of trying to make friends in college, which can be really difficult. Good luck!

      • Courtney March 1, 2011, 9:09 pm

        Thank you so much (to all of you). I can’t even express how touched (and surprised!) I was by all of your advice. I didn’t even know if I’d get ANY advice–I hear a lot of, “You’ll find friends. Just get out there. You have to go places!” But, I am not riding solo to a restaurant, bar/club, etc. Where do you go when you have no one to go with?
        All of your advice is so much more empathetic and helpful than any I’ve been given in the past year. It brought me to tears! It never occurred to me that anyone else might feel (or have felt) the same way! I will definitely get on the ball and try to make those things happen. Thanks again.

        • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 9:18 pm

          <3 you Courtney! You always have friends on HTP.

  • Michelle February 28, 2011, 10:26 am

    I love this post! 🙂 I’d like to recommend the TaTa tamer from Lululemon to the reader who asked about sports bras. It’s seriously amazing!I also like all their Run crops. (I just wish they weren’t so expensive!) But.. The Lululemon in Boston gives you a 15% discount if you’re registered for a marathon or 1/2 marathon which helps ease the blow. I’m not sure if they do that everywhere. And they gave me the discount on sale items which was pretty sweet.

    I like cooking homemade veggie burgers and using them in different ways through the week for a good veg lunch. (Currently obsessed with Fitnessta’s beet and carrot ones.) You can have sandwiches and put them in salads or rice bowls. I also find cold pasta salads with some sort of bean in them are easy to pre-make on Sundays and hearty enough to keep me full. (1/2 training has made me a hunger monster! Even on rest days. Haha)

  • Natalia - a side of simple February 28, 2011, 10:29 am

    I think you should do an entire wedding series, especially since it’s how you started out blogging 🙂 Plus, I’m kind of obsessed with wedding blogs. The energy and mood is so uplifting and fun!

    • Allison @ Happy Tales February 28, 2011, 11:36 pm

      I completely agree!!!!!!!!!!! I <3 all things "wedding"…

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun February 28, 2011, 10:30 am

    Blogging and newborns can totally work. I know first hand.

    And Twitter/email/updates through birth. You know I did that too. 😉

  • Cindy K February 28, 2011, 10:32 am

    I love these running capris: They breathe well and are super comfy.

  • Amber - Blonde and Balanced February 28, 2011, 10:32 am

    The Moving Comfort Fiona bra is the WAY TO GO!!! I am smaller but larger chested as well and this is the best bra for running, in my opinion.

    The Enell bra (which was made popular by Oprah a couple years ago) is actually better for no-bounce in my opinion. However, it is very uncomfortable, hard to move around in, and just play ugly. 🙂

    Fiona all the way for me. : )

  • Amber - Blonde and Balanced February 28, 2011, 10:33 am

    *plain – not play 🙂

  • Ashley February 28, 2011, 10:36 am

    I don’t really have any work out gear suggestions sorry! I’m a newbie runner I’m at 2 miles right now pushing for 3.
    The questions that I paid the most attention to were the mom and wedding questions. I follow a vegan diet but my boyfriend and family and his family are huge meat eaters. If I ever have kids I would want to raise them as vegetarian until they become 12 or so, also I would want mostly vegan food at my wedding. I don’t think this is unreasonable, but when I say this I get looks like I’m stupid. They pretty much say “you can be weird, but you don’t have to force it on other people.” I don’t really know how to handle this even though it at least 5 years off.

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 10:38 am

      Hahah it’s YOUR wedding and YOUR money and that means you can ‘force’ whatever ‘weird’ vegan food on other people. I would stop mentioning that it was going to be ‘vegan.’ I bet most people wouldn’t even recognize that it wasn’t a meat heavy dinner if the food is really good!

      People are so weird.

      Re: your kids, whatever. People can cram fast food down their kids throats and you can make them eat vegan. That’s an awesome part of being a parent!

    • Jess @ NZ Girl Runs March 1, 2011, 4:50 am

      Unusual for me to disagree, but here I go…

      The food that you serve at your reception isn’t just for you, it is for your guests. If you eat vegan then awesome, but you need to respect the fact that a lot of your guests (and even your then husband) don’t follow a vegan diet. You would expect a vegan meal to be provided for you at an event because that is the diet that you eat, so your guests will probably expect the same of you. One vegan meal won’t kill people, thats true, but if people are used to eating meat with every meal then they will miss it. I would have one meat option to keep everyone happy and then have the rest of the food vegan. A buffet would be the easiest way to do this.

      I don’t eat dairy, but my wedding guests do so there will be cheese and ice cream etc.

      • Ashley March 1, 2011, 7:19 am

        I think the whole problem is with the labeling. Like Caitlin said I think if it was called vegan no one would even notice. And even though the reception is for the guests I’m not comfortable with serving something that I don’t personally believe in. It’s the same to me as putting my dog on a spit for people to pick at, and that’s definitely got going to happen. I can definitely see you point, and I know that’s what many people are thinking when I say I want a vegan reception, but the farthest I’m willing to go is add dairy and egg products.

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoods February 28, 2011, 10:43 am

    Thanks for the tips! I agree that buffet for the wedding is the way to go.

    Also, I agree with the above comment that it’s perfectly fine to serve vegan fare at a wedding. Meat eaters can eat anything they choose, whereas vegans have dietary needs and restrictions which should be catered to. Meat eaters aren’t gonna die because they had to skip out on steak for one whole night. Yeesh!

  • Anne P February 28, 2011, 10:47 am

    Yum I need to make some more of my granola bars. You have me craving them now!

  • kirsten February 28, 2011, 10:52 am

    I love Q&A posts!! In response to Jen’s question about veg weddings, my husband and I are both vegetarians but decided to have some meat options at our wedding because we wanted to cater to our guests (just as I would hope if I went to a meat eaters wedding they would have at least 1 veg option for us.) We did a buffet but served it family style, which basically means the servers brought out a large dish of each option to every table so people could try everything but didn’t have to wait on line at a buffet (we had a really large reception.) We served 2 meat dishes, 2 vegetarian dishes and 1 vegan dish. All of the side dishes were also vegetarian. It worked out really well and many of the meat eaters tried the vegetarian foods too 🙂 good luck with your wedding planning!!

  • Monica February 28, 2011, 10:55 am

    This is a general blog question. You get so many comments on every single post, and they always seem very positive. Do you ever get negative comments? Do you ever get mean e-mails? How often does it happen, and how do you handle it?

  • Kerri February 28, 2011, 10:57 am

    I found some great running pants and capris at Old Navy of all places! I really like the ones called “Active Capris” or “Active Stretch Pants.” I also <3 Athleta but man they are expensive.

  • Hollie February 28, 2011, 11:06 am

    I love your blog! And great q & a! 🙂
    I have the Garmin- I have one -have had it for 3 years and have no clue how to use all of the features. And the instructions are confusing. Would love to know what features you have found helpful for training (and how the heck to use them)and even a basic tutorial if you could ever provide one.
    Thanks! 🙂

  • Jen G. February 28, 2011, 11:06 am

    Another option for the sports bra question — depending on where you live — is going to an Intimacy store. They’re only in a few cities, but are known for being experts in bra fittings, carrying odd sizes, and finding the perfect bra (including sports bras) for your needs. They’re often expensive, but worth it.

  • Kacy February 28, 2011, 11:16 am

    I love Moving Comfort bras, Champion capris and Thriv t’s for running but mainly my workout clothes are just accumulated cheapies. I work at a running store, but I still can’t fork over hundreds of dollars for the apparell for some reason.

    Love the Q&A!

  • Maria February 28, 2011, 11:28 am

    You have so many great positive messages about females, so I wonder if you consider yourself a feminist?

  • Rachel February 28, 2011, 11:32 am

    To Sarah who asked about running gear, i am IN LOVE w/ Lululemons Ta Ta Tamer bra! i’m a bit busty too & this thing really keeps the girls strapped down! my sister swears by The Bust Stops Here bra too. running capris, i have to also suggest Lulu’s Run:inspire crop. it works as a compression garment to keep circulation going. love it. i know people really like the Wonder Under too 🙂 Lululemons gear is part of what keeps me motivated to work out/run. they’ve got the cutest stuff & it’s all really functional

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 28, 2011, 11:39 am

    Love the Q&A post! It was so miuch fun!!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 28, 2011, 11:40 am

    I love this post! Thanks for sharing yourself! I hope you have an incredible day Caitlin!

  • Parita @ myinnershakti February 28, 2011, 11:49 am

    I love your response to how you see life changing once you have children. Your plan is great! I used to think my life would proceed in the following way: go to college, meet the man of my dreams, graduate, get married in 2 years, have kids in another 2, buy a house, and live happily ever after. Wellll, my life took quite a different turn, but I love it! I did meet the man of my dreams, but we’re just a few years behind on the marriage and kids thing…all in good time though! This is such a fun post! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sana February 28, 2011, 11:51 am

    Yay! I love Q&A
    I just bought the Tata Tamers: Here is my review-
    I am a 36DD so I need all the support I can get!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) February 28, 2011, 11:52 am

    I did an FAQ on my blog, though if I had enough questions and readership, I’d try answering them all! I get undergraduates referred to me often to learn more about my field since it’s not taught much in undergrad levels. So I love sharing my expertise and experiences through my 4 years of grad school. I’ve been running long distance for 5 years (and 2 years of sprints in high school), so I’d like to think I have some expertise in running, too!

  • Jennifer February 28, 2011, 11:55 am

    The only sports bra I can run is is the I am a 36DD, and this keeps the ladies in place and so far no chaffing. My longest distance is only 7 miles – but I plan to wear it all through my half training 🙂

    For pants I have the Lulumon Run:zoom crop and so far I love them - but I have heard great things about under armor running capri’s and can’t wait to try a running skirt.

  • Teresa (Teresa Tastes & Travels) February 28, 2011, 12:05 pm

    What a fun post! Your answer that stood out to me the most is the one about competitiveness with friends. That’s such a hard one for me and something I definitely need to work on – it’s hard to accept that the running future I thought I’d have could be completely derailed by one accident. Anyway, I digress. Looking forward to the next post!

  • Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner February 28, 2011, 12:06 pm

    What’s your favorite health food?

  • Laurie February 28, 2011, 12:18 pm

    Thanks Caitlin for this post! You answer alot of my questions I had! You’re one of my favorite bloggers! Keep up the great work!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 28, 2011, 12:19 pm

    My husband and I met under an apple tree while I was doing my Master’s degree work and he was finishing his undergrad work-kinda crazy and random fun!! 🙂 I was picking apples with a friend in our backyard and he heard noises and laughter and came to check out what it was…! 🙂 I have a question : What is your favorite kind of nut butter??

    • Kelly February 28, 2011, 12:30 pm

      Tell me that meeting “under an apple tree” is not the most romantic thing ever!

  • Amy Ramos February 28, 2011, 12:22 pm

    Hi Caitlin:
    I wanted to ask about your husband’s practice. Specifically, his take on acupuncture and infertility. My husband an I have been trying to conceive for almost 2 years. We have done the battery of tests and I have gone through various amounts of medication with no luck.
    I have decided to give myself and my body a break and decided to do acupuncture. I wanted to get your husband’s input on this.

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 1:28 pm

      Hi there! I’m sorry that you are having fertility problems. REGULAR acupuncture and natural supplements can definitely help; I would recommend looking at the website to find a practitioner near you.

  • susan February 28, 2011, 12:23 pm

    i had never read your post on spirituality… and i’m so glad i just did. i am a lesbian, and b/c of how that conflicts with my parents’ catholicism, our relationship has almost completely deteriorated and more than two years later it still feels so awful. i wish that they could focus on what you said, “Feelings like compassion, generosity, and love are spiritual expressions.” and that they could open their minds, even just a little.

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 1:29 pm

      I’m sorry about your ‘rents. e-hug!!

      I would just want my kid to be happy, healthy, and in love, even if that meant in love with someone of the same sex.

  • Kelly February 28, 2011, 12:29 pm

    I love posts like this, too! So fun to learn more about our favorite bloggers. While I understand why you wouldn’t want to put yourself out there once you’re a mother, I hope that you do share most of it with us. That’s part of why I like you – you just lay it all out there and aren’t bothered by what others may think. (And you’ve already tackles some intensive issues via the blog anyway.) I think your parenting skills would probably be pretty laid back and “normal” to most of us, so it would be encouraging to read that. Oh, and do you ever get negative comments? I always see them on other blogs, but I have never seen any on yours (not that I read them all).

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 1:30 pm

      I promise to share some stuff about parenting!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In February 28, 2011, 12:33 pm
  • megan @ blackberries for jam February 28, 2011, 12:36 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to answer these! I actually have a question stemming from a recent problem of mine. I think you mentioned before that you sometimes suffer from insomnia. How bad is it and how do you deal with it? I don’t know what’s going on with me recently, but my sleep has totally sucked – like, I wake up way too early and can’t go back to sleep!

  • Jenifer February 28, 2011, 12:38 pm

    I’m a Jenifer… a “curse” of a spelling that resulted from my father changing my name from Stephanie while my mother was knocked out after having me. When she woke up, she promptly changed the spelling which resulted in my Kindergarden teacher telling my mother I didn’t know how to spell. Lol… I also had a gym teacher who insisted on calling me Jenny (not good, momma broke bad on him too).
    Fav sports bra- Under Armour- got them on clearance a few weeks ago at Dicks for $10 a piece!!
    Fav Capris- The Danskin line from good ole Wally World.
    Guilty Pleasure- The Real Housewives of OC, NJ, and Atlanta.
    current Fear- I’m doing the Yuengling 1/2 on the 20th and I am petrified…. of not finishing, of being too slow, and of my toenails falling off (have a girls trip planned in April to the beach, lol)
    What I’d like to know- do you think people are born runners, or someone can (like me) make themselves a runner?

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing February 28, 2011, 12:42 pm

    Favorite healthy eating/cooking/etc books = French Women Don’t Get Fat.
    It was a really great read! Definitely points out how America has been getting it wrong. I don’t think all of it is relevant to the US lifestyle but it made me rethink a lot!

  • mary (what's cookin' with mary) February 28, 2011, 12:44 pm

    This was a really cool post Caitlin. I really enjoyed reading your responses! Esp this one…

    “The idea that this might be it is okay with me. That’s why I think it’s so important to be a good person, do good acts, be moral, and be compassionate to other people. I’m a big believer in karma!”

    I totally agree with you!!! I am a big believer in karma and am constantly trying to work harder at treating people the way I would want to be treated. My husband says “we should all try and be a ‘force of good’ in the world”. Leave things better than you found them… Push broken glass of the bike path… Let people change lanes when their blinker is on (weird right? but in So Cal, you’d be amazed)… things like that.

  • Keri February 28, 2011, 12:50 pm

    Great Q&A post 🙂

    My favorite running capris are from Nike. I can’t tell if they are the “Be Strong” or “Be Bold” capris, because I can’t find the color I have online anymore – but they are similar to these:—Womens/179022/Product

    They fit perfectly, aren’t too snug around the knees, and don’t ride up. They are definitely my favorite running capris.

    Second favorite? Moving Comfort capris. They are a bit thicker than I prefer for running in warm weather, but the fit is amazing.

  • Amber K February 28, 2011, 12:52 pm

    I love Q+A posts. If I can ever get pregnant I really want to exercise during the pregnancy as well. Anything that helps make delivery easier! 😉

  • Marci February 28, 2011, 1:08 pm

    The Lululemon 50 Reps bra is my all-time favorite. I am always inspired by your book writing story and posts. It’s a dream! Good luck with your life plan 🙂
    I understand about health insurance. I have an individual plan but it doesn’t have maternity which may be a problem soon. It’s a ridiculous thing to not cover that.

  • Kara February 28, 2011, 1:21 pm

    I wanted to be a pregnant runner too, but that didn’t work out for me, but being a pregnant speed walker is pretty cool too. I am the mommy running with the baby in the jogging stroller, but that’s easier because you can control that (meaning, motivate yourself to go out, versus uncontrollable medical issues limiting you)

    I think Champion for Target makes great running capris!

  • Kira February 28, 2011, 1:27 pm

    Thanks for answering my question! And because the answer is running I’d better start to more frequently now!

  • Jamie February 28, 2011, 1:29 pm

    I have raised my son by myself (he is now 4) and a stroller was essential to my sanity! There were days that I would just walk for miles and miles. It calmed both me and the baby down. Unfortunately, he is a little big for it now but I may still try to get some workouts done with him this spring.

  • Angela February 28, 2011, 1:32 pm

    Two quick questions:

    Any advice for vegans/vegetarians trying to find a boyfriend/girlfriend with a similar lifestyle and ethics? I kind of don’t know how to approach the dating scene now that I’m a vegan.

    Also, do you have any blogs that you frequent for financial/money saving advice? I’d like to recommend some to my sister who is having some major trouble keeping her finances in order.

    Thanks! Love this post. Love this blog. ‘Nuff said.

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances February 28, 2011, 1:36 pm

    I love the Q&A! So interesting. You say that your husband has not taken antibiotics or prescription meds since you’ve been together — does he take any kind of medication (like Advil or something) when he gets a headache or other ailment? And (if this is too personal, totally ignore), do you take pain meds when you’re experiencing “that time of the month”? My cramps are so, so bad.. I can’t imagine not having my naproxen! 🙂

    • Val @ Balancing Val February 28, 2011, 1:56 pm

      I havent taken medicine or antibiotics and have only been to a doctor 2x in the past 10 years.

      HOWEVER . . .

      My cramps are absolutley horrid so I do occasionally take a pain reliever which I hate doing but this is my one exception.

      I find that as I eat more natural foods, my moods are more tame and I have less pain. Its all a learning process 🙂

      • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 2:31 pm

        I will occasionally take pain relievers (like once a month or less) but the Husband will only take them if he has a migraine and nothing else is working!

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 28, 2011, 1:48 pm

    For running capris, I really like the Gap brand. Not too expensive and they have a discreet pocket on the back hip perfectly sized for my house key.

    Since I’m on the soup-train, I love taking various (heartier) soups for lunch. One bowl, easy to heat, and they warm me up (my office is COLD!).

    Love reading the Q+As!

  • Whitney February 28, 2011, 1:54 pm

    Question- I am really interested in starting to work on a childrens book. Any ideas on where to start? I have the concept and the ideas..

  • Val @ Balancing Val February 28, 2011, 1:54 pm

    I totally agree with your thoughts on conventional medicine.

    This world, especially our country is abusing it to the max and it is really screwing up the natural rhythms of our bodies.

    Working for a chiropractor, I certiantly appreciate what your husband is doing to help people naturally!!


  • Runeatrepeat February 28, 2011, 2:05 pm

    I love mommy bloggers, but I can’t imagine how tough it is to deal with criticism of how you’re parenting. I don’t even want to hear it from my mom, I’m def not going to want to hear it from strangers…

    Have you heard of the Lucy brand of running gear? I heard it’s really good – saw it at an expo too!

  • Heather February 28, 2011, 2:05 pm

    THS’s questions for HTP

    1) Why/How do you rock so hard?
    2) I know you’re not abandoning “epic” in 2011, but what one word would you like see top the charts this year?
    3) Who is your favorite President of the United States?


  • Katie @ peacebeme February 28, 2011, 2:23 pm

    This has been my favorite Q&A post you have had! I was really interested to learn about whether or not you see a conventional doctor. I am a big proponent of integrative medicine (best of both worlds) and I think it’s smart you have healthy insurance for emergencies but utilize lots of eastern medicine for every day things.

    My life plan for the next few years: Well I JUST got engaged (SATURDAY!) so my fiance and I are moving to California for his new job soon. I want to find a JOB (been unemployed for too long!) and then apply and go to PA school, my life-long dream.

  • Danielle @ InDeesKitchen February 28, 2011, 2:31 pm

    Love your answer re: raising your children vegetarian. That is ideally how I’d like to raise mine as well.

  • Lauren February 28, 2011, 2:53 pm

    I loved reading this! I’d love to know: What is a typical speed workout you do?

  • Mrs. Muffins February 28, 2011, 3:47 pm

    Thanks so much for answering all these questions! Sometimes I feel weird knowing so much about people I don’t know in real life, but really, it’s not a bad thing. If it weren’t for your blog, I may not have ever started running and since I’ve started, I LOVE IT! And I’m registered for my first 5K the day after my birthday this Spring. 🙂

  • Sara February 28, 2011, 5:12 pm

    Thanks for the lunch suggestions! The rice bowl sounds delicious! I will definitely give it a try.

  • Amanda February 28, 2011, 5:24 pm

    Awesome post! And thanks for answering my question! Made my day better when I was having a bad day! 🙂

  • Lacey @ Lake Life February 28, 2011, 6:02 pm

    I think that’s so cute that you and your hubby met “twice.” I think that’s a way to tell you two are truly meant to be 🙂

  • Charlie February 28, 2011, 6:32 pm

    I love Lululemon’s tata tamer bra. It is comfy on the shoulders and I don’t even feel it when I’m running!

  • Wendy February 28, 2011, 6:59 pm

    Haha, I wanted to be a pregnant runner w/my second one, but I broke my little toe at ~5 weeks in, and could barely walk, let alone run. Trying to start running again at 12 weeks pregnant was a total no-go. I have run quite a bit with the stroller, though, even a (small) 5K race w/two kids in a double once! I think that was my slowest, and proudest, 5K finish ever!

  • kristin February 28, 2011, 7:23 pm

    love how honest you are with these answers 🙂 i love FAQ posts because i am so nosey 🙂

  • Amilia February 28, 2011, 7:26 pm

    Its about sport bra for the bigger chest girls..

    I am a cup-E girl. Running in 2 bras help me alot. I wear compression bra (such as 2XU, BSC brand)on top of the normal sport bra (I am currently use Triump brand). My chest feel firm and not bounching anymore. I have more confident and enjoy running better now…

    Hope it helps…

    Amilia 🙂

  • Naomi February 28, 2011, 8:23 pm

    I was just watching a show I had recorded from OWN, then I heard a voice and I was like, “man that sounds familiar!” It was you! YEA!!!

    • Caitlin February 28, 2011, 8:25 pm

      Heheh that’s me!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef February 28, 2011, 8:34 pm

    time management: i try to do everything that can be done in 2 minutes or less done right away. when i open the mail, when i get home from school, etc. do it and it’s done 🙂

  • Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free February 28, 2011, 9:20 pm

    I loved this Q&A! I still wear high school sofee shorts and t-shirts. I need to get on the lululemon bandwagon! I plan to become a RD and hopefully be some sort of chef. And I went straight to the comment section, because I am running low on packed lunch ideas. Salads are starting to get boring!

  • Jess February 28, 2011, 9:49 pm

    Thank you for answering my running question! It’s probably my shoe fit. I’m a size 4 women’s, and should probably get custom shoes, instead of wearing a children’s shoe! Thanks again.

    • Caitlin March 1, 2011, 9:11 am

      You have the littest feet! Yes, definitely – you need running shoes for adults!

  • Jolene ( February 28, 2011, 11:44 pm

    Thanks for doing the Q&A – I always find them so fun to read 🙂 I really wonder about how having a baby will change my blog … I have no idea to be honest!

  • Toni Church March 2, 2011, 1:56 pm

    Hi Caitlin I just wanted to tell you I love your blog! I had a question about what type of computer do you use for blogging and if you were going to get a new computer today are there any features you would like to have. I am a new blogger and in need of a new computer and contemplating a PC vs Mac? Just wondering what has worked for you.

    • Caitlin March 2, 2011, 2:08 pm

      I’ve had a couple of Toshibas and I love them! I love PCs because you can use the Windows Live Writer (google it) program on it and it makes blogging SO SO SO MUCH easier.

  • Audrey April 24, 2011, 2:24 am

    Hi I’m kinda new to your blog, and I was wondering, when did your husband decide to become (mostly) vegan? Is he currently 100% vegan? Is there an old blog post link that would answer this?

    • Caitlin April 24, 2011, 8:00 pm

      Hi Audrey!

      Naw, he vegan only probably 90% of the time. He does eat eggs and sometimes he’ll make exceptions for ice cream, baked goods, etc.

      He’s never done a post on it but he went vegetarian two weeks after me and then transitioned to vegan about three months later because he noticed how congested dairy made him!

      • Audrey April 24, 2011, 8:56 pm

        Thanks (sorry about his cogestion 🙁 ). I was just curious because I am a vegetarian and am always curious about what makes others change the way they eat or live, since mine was pretty unique.

        • Caitlin April 24, 2011, 9:12 pm

          What was your reason? 🙂

  • Audrey April 24, 2011, 9:34 pm

    Well, prepare yourself…. My father was born and raised in Nigeria and has always found the idea of farm animals as pets ridiculous. Well one weekend when I was six and my older sister was nine, he had our stepmom take us to a farm and pick out our favorite lamb (which we named Lamb Chops after the puppet) and they bought it at the auction. Well when we came home from the auction, my sister and I immediately ran into the house to see our new pet, and there was Lamb Chop without her head and being literally chopped up for stew. I never ate any meat stews again, and my stepmom had to console us for the rest of the weekend. But it wasn’t until I was 14 and something almost exactly the same happened only this time with a cow (he has a different sense of humor) that I gave up all meat and fish for good. I honestly can say I don’t miss meat or fish a single bit.

    • Caitlin April 24, 2011, 9:38 pm

      OMG you poor thing!!!! That would’ve made me veg, too!

      • Audrey April 25, 2011, 2:04 pm

        like I said, mine was pretty unique.

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