Sunny Side of Oatmeal

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Good morning…. I’m sleepy.  I stayed up late to see the Phillies win and pick up my brother-in-law from the airport.  After yoga class is over tonight, I am going to go directly to bed.  🙂


Thanks again for reading my Motivation, Part II post.  It’s so nice to know my blog touches you, and rest assured — your blogs and/or your comments on my blog touches and transforms me.  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.   I LOVE the blogging community. 


My priority this AM was a warm cup of coffee.  I gulped down half before I felt clearheaded enough to eat my oatmeal.


I made basic oatmeal, topped with apricots and granola.  Dried apricots are a great addition to oatmeal — they are like little chewy bursts of sweetness!


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings: 2 dried apricots (chopped), granola, sprinkle of brown sugar


The Ultimate Race – 2,304 Miles


Katy sent me a link to this awesome websiteTommy Neeson, who’s child died of cancer (Randi), is running 2,304 miles in an effort to raise money for Ronald McDonald House.   He is running from Bangor, Maine to Miami, Florida, stopping at different Ronald McDonald Houses to  visit and support families affected by cancer and to coordinate runs with corresponding local running clubs in an effort to increase local involvement and support for The Ronald McDonald House.


Tommy is running for 75 straight days (well, he’s needed 1 day off for an injury) and he averages 40 miles a day!! INSANE!


He’s going to be in Orlando on November 15, so I sent his team an e-mail to see if I can join him for 10 miles or so of his journey.  I hope it works out — I would LOVE to meet this guy. 


Have a great day! See you for lunch!



  • Mark Justin Josephs October 30, 2008, 4:43 am

    Keep it up. My wife did the same after having our second child and is down to 115…

  • Balance, Joy and Delicias! October 30, 2008, 4:46 am

    that’s really insane!!!

    great breakfast! Again, we had similar combo! oatmeal and dry fruits.

  • VeggieGirl October 30, 2008, 4:47 am

    I’m sleepy too – I blame it on the fact that the sun refuses to shine here!! :0(

    You’re BEYOND motivating, Caitlin!!!

    Lovely, sunny oatmeal!!

    Wow, that guy is quite a runner!!

    Happy Thursday!!

  • amy. October 30, 2008, 5:16 am

    Beautiful breakfast! Hopefully your coffee perks you up this morning 😀

  • Meghann October 30, 2008, 5:49 am

    Damn, I’m going to be in Tallahassee that weekend! Booo! I would run too!

  • erin of care to eat October 30, 2008, 5:49 am

    I missed the informercial but I’m watching it now:
    That’s part 1. 🙂

  • Meg October 30, 2008, 5:54 am

    Love the oats.

    I hope it all works out! It would be an amazing experience!

  • Elina October 30, 2008, 6:06 am

    Wow, that’s so cool!! I hope you can meet him!

    Dried apricots – what a great idea!

  • just me October 30, 2008, 6:16 am

    i’m sleepy too. i actually turned off my alarm when it went off…i never do that.

    love the oats. and dang…that guy is like forest gump! hahaha..hope you get to run w/ him!

  • Lee (seeleelive) October 30, 2008, 6:20 am

    I agree with Veggie girl… so so motivating!! Your oats look delectable in that festive bowl, too! I’m drinking coffee as we speak, glad you are not running too late this morning. have a great day!!

  • Gina October 30, 2008, 6:32 am

    those oats look great! i always want to try apricots but haven’t found any here without added sugar :/
    hope you have a happy thursday!

  • amanda October 30, 2008, 6:32 am


    just wanted to leave a response to last night’s post here since i didn’t get to read it til this morning. everything that you have written really rings true to me. after reading your blog, along with some others, i feel like i have finally broken my skewed version of “healthiness” (aka being skinny and eating as little as possible) that was engrained into me during college. i am FINALLY feeling comfortable with who i am and proud of what i am able to do – like train for a half-marathon. THANK YOU for your honesty and openness!!


  • Tami October 30, 2008, 6:33 am

    i have to laugh when you say you are cold, it snowed here last night and it’s only 33! the snow didn’t stay around but it will be here soon enough. running outside in january is always an adventure!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 30, 2008, 6:35 am

    amanda- thank you!!! im glad you are finding your way to a healthier outlook. and good luck on your race!

    gina – we can get you some this weekend!

    tami – running in snow!!?!?! eck!

  • Catherine October 30, 2008, 6:41 am

    Oh boo… apparently he ran through my hometown and ended up where I live now over a month ago. I would’ve loved to see him go/run with him!

  • tfh October 30, 2008, 7:50 am

    Mmm. Oatmeal and coffee is perfect for this time of year, even in Florida, I guess! Although this morning I saw a guy with a huge iced coffee coming out of Starbucks wearing a t-shirt…brrrr…

  • amy October 30, 2008, 8:00 am

    So, with Motivation part II, you just gave my my ‘aha’ moment–I was in my ‘maintenance’ phase but too much stress eating/having vanity as my weight loss goal helped the pounds creeep up so THANK YOU for reminding me that EVERY choice has a consequence and that I am in control of food and fitness choices!

  • Chic Runner October 30, 2008, 10:27 am

    This might sound weird.. but I love that bowl! So cute! 🙂 And thanks for the link, that guy seriously is amazing. Hope you get the chance to meet up and then blog about it!

  • jenngirl October 30, 2008, 11:00 am

    That would be amazing to join him for a few miles of his run, I hope you get to do it!

  • Sharney October 30, 2008, 11:18 am

    Wow! What an amazing feat and what an amazing guy! That would be so cool if you could join him for part of his run. What a great cause too.

    I love the idea of dried apricots in oatmeal. I love them both and never thought to add them. Gonna try it real soon 🙂

    Have fun at Yoga tonight. I hope you get a real good night’s sleep. I am so tired, too! I went to bed late and barely slept because I was coughing all night 🙁 Oh well! Hopefully tonight will be better!

    Have a wonderful day!

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