Evening!  Wow – what a fun morning of blog posts.  I’m really excited about the OnlineShoes.com Ratty Sneakers Contest – make sure you enter for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate!


And the Reader Poll was really great to read.  I learned most of you would rather have all the money you could ever need instead of being able to read minds.  A LOT of you have run half marathons (wow!) or even MULTIPLE marathons.  And an amazing percentage of  you like Britney Spears. 🙂


Work was easy, easy! I just cannot wait until Friday – then I’m freeeeeee until we come back from the honeymoon.


This morning I snacked on a Z-Bar.


Lunch was a yummy platter of stuff, like savory cheese, roasted turkey, and about two servings of crackers.


There’s something delightful about means you put together as you eat. 🙂


With some apricots…


I went back for more and finished off the bag 🙂


And some celery and carrots, which I only ate 1/2 of.


My mid-afternoon snack was yogurt + cereal.


An hour later, I went back for another 1/2 a bowl :).


After work, I went over to our friend Harry’s house and we watched Elf!  Best movie EVER. I know every single line; it’s kind of sick.


"Bye Buddy, I hope you find your dad!" "Thanks, Mr. Norwell."


Harry made me a salad


A small bowl of popcorn


And a serving of vanilla wafers.


Yea… a pretty lame dinner, but not horrible!


December Challenge – Making Abs Fun, Day 5


Here’s a very fun and different ab exercise.  No annoying hands-over-head-crunching motion!  This move is called X Obliques.  Courtesy of Fitness Magazine.


  • Lie faceup with arms and legs outstretched, forming an X.


  • Lift upper back off floor, cross left leg over right and lift legs straight up as you reach arms, palms together, past left knee.


  • Return to start.
  • Repeat on opposite side for one rep.


I did15 reps.  This was sooo challenging! 🙂


To recap, here’s the December Challenge so far:



Have a GREAT night!  Oh, I skipped my run tonight, but I’m going to go tomorrow morning!



  • Brandy December 17, 2008, 7:38 pm

    Yes, I love elf too!!

  • Laura December 17, 2008, 7:43 pm

    I’ve never seen Elf! I may need to do that this weekend.

  • Erica December 17, 2008, 7:45 pm

    I love Elf! Will is hilarious! I think your dinner looks good- not lame 😉 Hope you have a good night

  • carolinebee December 17, 2008, 7:46 pm

    O i like those sit-ups, thanks for the demos 😀 I am totally a visual learner!

  • Meg December 17, 2008, 7:54 pm

    I am an ELF fan too! Great ab exercise!

  • Halie December 17, 2008, 8:10 pm

    Oooo, I like those X Obliques! I always forget about really great ab moves, I want to do those now!

    Nilla Wafers! I haven’t had those in years! My grandma always had them stocked in her cupboard. I love little peices of nostalgia like that 🙂

  • Kristina December 17, 2008, 8:22 pm

    I’ve never seen Elf, I’ll have to make an effort to go find the movie!

    Thanks for the ab exercise! I’m putting that on my to-do list.

  • Amanda December 17, 2008, 9:22 pm

    ELF!! My mom and I watched it this weekend when I went home – totally put me in the Christmas spirit .. even though I watch it year round ha ha

  • Paula December 17, 2008, 9:26 pm

    Hey Caitlin,

    Delurking here for a moment! I was just catching up on the blogs and saw your answers to the Reader Poll – I knew I had to chime in! My fiance and I currently reside in Washington, DC, but we’re dreaming of moving to Charlotte, NC in the next 5 years, too!

    Anyway, just thought it was cool that we had that in common. FYI, I LOVE your blog. I love your outlook on exercise, food, life, etc. and I’ve loved reading all about your wedding.

    Have a great night!

  • Every Gym's Nightmare December 17, 2008, 9:40 pm

    great exercise!

    I love random platters of food that take a long time to eat- its way more fun.

    Kelly Turner

  • just me December 17, 2008, 9:45 pm

    as much as i hate will ferrel, that movie is hilarious.

    great job w/ the new ab exercise!

  • missbee December 17, 2008, 11:04 pm

    *mister narwhal.

    ..youre not alone in knowing every line.

  • Mica December 18, 2008, 12:35 am

    “Elf” is the best Christmas movie ever. I’m also particularly glad that they made Will Ferrell’s yellow tights as non-obscene as possible.

  • Caitlin (see bride run) December 18, 2008, 4:56 am

    laura and kristina – you NEED to watch elf. its the best movie EVER. i watch it about 4 times every xmas!

    misbee – LOL you got me!!

    paula – hey! thanks for delurking. i think NC would be a great place to live. maybe if we both end up there in 5 years we can hang out 🙂

  • K December 18, 2008, 6:15 am

    “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?!” “SAAAAAANTAAA!!”

    I could quote that movie all day long haha

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina December 18, 2008, 6:26 am

    did you see my facebook status??!?

  • Meghann December 18, 2008, 6:35 am

    I thought Elf was going to be our thing… *sniff

  • Tami December 18, 2008, 6:36 am

    you have inspired me to do AB work every day in 2009, i have bookmarked all your ab routines so far

  • Caitlin (see bride run) December 18, 2008, 7:02 am

    meghann- hahaha dont worry i want to watch it again already!! i watch it like twelve times a holiday season.

    tami- awesome!!

  • BOBBI McCORMICK December 18, 2008, 9:54 am

    I love Elf, “SANTA, I know him, I know him!” I know every line too! lol

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) December 19, 2008, 10:49 am

    I love Elf!! My favorite part is the narwhal 😀 I have a narwhal tattoo!

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