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I truly love SAMMIES!


Lunch featured one of my favorite ways to eat a sammie: in a nice, squishy hot dog bun.


I also had grapes and celery on the side.  I always feel like a goddess when I eat a bunch of grapes… I just pretend someone else is feeding them to me (and fanning my face with a palm leaf).


Dessert: four squares of this lovely dark chocolate. Mmm.


My Favorite Quote


I wanted to share with you my favorite quote:


There is a desire within each of us, in the deep center of ourselves that we call our heart. We were born with it, it is never completely satisfied, and it never dies. We are often unaware of it, but it is always awake. It is the human desire for love. Every person in this earth yearns to love, to be loved, to know love. Our true identity, our reason for being, is to be found in this desire… 

…love is the ‘why’ of life: why we are functioning at all, what we want to be efficient for… I am convinced it [love] is the fundamental energy of the human spirit, the fuel on which we run, the wellspring of our vitality. And grace, which is the flowing, creative activity of love itself, is what makes all goodness possible.

Love should come first; it should be the beginning of and the reason for everything.

~From "The Awakened Heart."

What is your favorite quote?  Let’s get inspirational!



  • Emily in MD March 31, 2009, 9:18 am

    Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
    -Calvin Coolidge

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog March 31, 2009, 9:24 am

    “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
    -Jack Kerouac

  • Bec March 31, 2009, 9:28 am

    that sandwich looks delic!

  • Danielle J March 31, 2009, 9:30 am

    “Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got” -Janis Joplin

  • Tyler March 31, 2009, 9:30 am

    love the sammie in a hot dog bun idea! here is one of my favorite quotes (also from one of my favorite movies):

    “It’s a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself. Makes you wonder what else you can do that you’ve forgotten about.”
    Kevin Spacey in American Beauty

  • Anna March 31, 2009, 9:30 am

    “To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard, to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never, in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common- this is my symphony.”
    -William Henry Channing

  • Kimberly March 31, 2009, 9:31 am

    “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
    -Douglas Adams

    “People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

    “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” -Oscar Wilde

    “Love, and do what you like.” -Saint Augustine

  • JE March 31, 2009, 9:37 am

    Grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.
    –Reinhold Niebuhr

  • L. Elizabeth March 31, 2009, 9:37 am

    “Stressed spelled backward is desserts”

    Very inspirational if you ask me!

  • Jen March 31, 2009, 9:39 am

    “Beyond a wholesome discipline; be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations be in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.”

    That’s from Desiderata by Max Erhmann – the whole thing is incredible but I picked my favorite part. Good question, Caitlin!

  • Sara March 31, 2009, 9:56 am

    Great quote! You’re sandwich looks delicious! 🙂

  • Nancy March 31, 2009, 10:15 am

    Caitlin I have a question-

    first of all, I LOVE your quote… I believe there is no limit on love… to give love and receive love is the most beautiful reward, in my opinion.

    okay, now my QUESTION-

    This is in regards to running. I have always heard about many runners having knee problems because of the pressure it puts on them. I have been running for about two years now. In the past couple of days, I have ran quite a bit more than I usually do back-to-back. Yesterday, I simply ran 2 miles and was in PAIN at the end. I feel like my calves hurt so much-from my knees down to my ankles. Is that normal? Lately I’ve been so freaked out about hurting my legs/knees because I know if I’m in pain then my runs will become torture and nerve wrecking. My knee always cracks when I bend it and then flex it out… it doesn’t hurt or anything but it does make a little crack noise. Does that indicate anything? Should I be worried or do you think my legs might just need a rest day? Sorry for the long post but I know you have experience with knee issues so I figured you could give the best advice!

  • Tina March 31, 2009, 10:22 am

    “If life is just a living room, I’m in the hall… and I’m glad…I’m glad…”

    — David Gray

  • greendogwine March 31, 2009, 10:23 am

    Quick and to the point: “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, and “Everything happens for a reason!”

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 31, 2009, 10:24 am

    nancy – to answer your question, NO it is not normal to be in pain when running, ever. your symptoms sound a lot like my knee condition, chrondomalcia. my knees make a very gross popping noise when i bend them as well because my cartilidge is worn down. the pain you described from your knee to your ankle is how my legs felt when i was training for my first marathon. it will go away, btu you need to stop running for a few weeks until you can run pain free. you should see a doctor about your knees regardless, wear knee sleeves, take glucosamine, and cut back on your mileage. that’s what i had to do. i’m sorry youre in pain!

  • Matt March 31, 2009, 10:25 am

    Check my blog for my favorite quotes! I am actually eating a sammie as I am typing this!

  • Elizabeth March 31, 2009, 10:34 am

    I LOVE your quote! Here’s mine!

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond human measure, It is our Light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” -Nelson Mandela

  • Elizabeth March 31, 2009, 10:37 am

    Sorry, that was Marianne Williamson’s quote originally.. later spoken by Nelson Mandela.

  • Colleen March 31, 2009, 10:52 am

    “Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.”

    -Hafiz of Persia

  • Meredith March 31, 2009, 10:55 am

    “When life kicks you, let it kick you forward.”
    – Kay Yow, (NC State Womens basketball head coach who just died after a long battle with breast cancer)

    In relation to running:
    “Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. Its the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs and the voice inside you that yells “Can’t!”. But you don’t listen, you just push harder. And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the person you really are.”
    – Unknown

  • Brandi March 31, 2009, 10:56 am

    yummy lunch!

    that is a great quote – I can never pick one, because there so many I love!

  • K March 31, 2009, 11:03 am

    That doughy bun looks incredible! I can never pick my favorite quote because every single one I hear I end up liking!

  • Amy March 31, 2009, 11:06 am

    First, I have to tell you how much I love the Twilight score. I had the soundtrack but got the score today. It’s so good!

    My favorite quote: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” ~ Oscar Wilde

  • Kat March 31, 2009, 11:12 am

    “In a world where celebrity equals talent, and where make-believe is called reality, it is most important to have real love, truth and stability in your life.”

    Bernie Brillstein (film and television producer)

    And yes, I got the quote off of a Starbucks cup, but I still love it!

  • Anonymous March 31, 2009, 11:41 am

    My favorite quotes are always from music. Here are a few of my all-time faves

    1. “Its not where but who you are with that really matters” (DMB)

    2. “There are two paths you can go by and still time to change the road you’re on” (Led Zeppelin-Stairway to Heaven)

    3. “I don’t worry about nothing, no, because worrying’s a waste of my time” (Axl Rose-best singer ever)

    OH and, don’t get mad anyone, but probably whoever coined “Yankees Suck!” =)

  • Tami March 31, 2009, 11:43 am

    i keep all my favorite quotes in one file on my computer so here they are….

    I’ll get you my pretty and your little dog too.

    “May you pledge your love one to the other. May you share wedding cake and dance cheek to cheek. May your hearts capture memories no film could record. May you kiss in the moonlight on your honeymoon and remember together the first time you met. May you open your presents and write all your thank yous constantly mindful of how blessed you are. And as you eat on new dishes and sip from new glasses and sleep between new sheets and dry off with new towels, may you never forget – not for one single moment – that the very best gift you received was each other.”

    You don’t have to see eye to eye to walk hand in hand. .Rick Warren

    Pooh, promise you won’t ever forget about me. Not even when I’m 100?” “How old shall I be then?” “99.” “I promise.” “Forever and ever?” “Yes, Christopher Robin…forever and ever.”

    There comes a point in your life when you realize who really matters, who never did, and who always will.

    My friend, if I could give you one thing, I would wish for you the ability to see yourself as others see you. Then you would realize what a truly special person you are.”

    Always Something There to Remind Me Lyrics

    what lies behind us
    and what lies before us
    are tiny matters
    what lies within us
    ralph waldo emerson

    Sometimes the most imporant part of history is what we are making now

    They outgrow us so much faster than we outgrow them. Jodi Picoult

    the most important thing she has learned was that there is no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a great one

    I once heard a lady who had been married for over 60 years say, “the secret to our marriage is that neither one of us fell out of love at the same time.”

    “May those who love us, love us;
    to those that don’t, may God
    turn their hearts;
    but if He can’t turn their hearts, may He turn their legs, so we’ll know them by their limping

    save your fork the best is yet to come

    never argue with a fool, people might not know the difference

    I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel
    Maya Angelou

  • chandra h March 31, 2009, 11:58 am

    "I could live two months off of a good compliment."
    (mark twain)

    "If you wear one watch, you'll always know what time it is. but if you wear two, you can never be quite sure."
    (er.. not sure. lol)

    okay I'm not sure how inspirational those are, but they are favorites 🙂

    mmm… rich purple grapes and fancy dark choco-latte! how v. goddess-like! hehe ♥

  • RunToFinish March 31, 2009, 12:01 pm

    oh i have so many!!

    it’s never too late to be what you might have been

  • Ryan (Chase Daylight) March 31, 2009, 12:11 pm

    Love your quote! Here’s my fave:

    Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit light a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it…
    –Wilfred Peterson

  • Sha March 31, 2009, 12:26 pm

    “Even if there is nothing to laugh about, laugh on credit.”

  • Lora March 31, 2009, 12:29 pm

    “This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affections glow again and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen magically along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at any moment we may see the unicorn.”

    from, The Hour by Bernard DeVoto

    its just a great paragraph filled with hope and optimism.

  • Erin March 31, 2009, 12:35 pm

    "Any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere, I would be different". – Under The Tuscan Sun

    My favorite quote & movie…..

  • redheadedjournal March 31, 2009, 1:01 pm

    Great quote!

  • Erin of Care to Eat March 31, 2009, 1:03 pm

    What a beautiful quote. And I love visualizing you being fed grapes and getting fanned by strapping men in loincloths!
    I wish I could be serious, but you know how I am. Here’s an Irish proverb:
    As you slide down the banister of life…may the splinters never point in the wrong direction!

  • Lynne March 31, 2009, 1:37 pm

    My fav quote, and one that I use everywhere-
    “No day but Today”
    -Jonathan Larson (Rent)

  • Kelli March 31, 2009, 2:48 pm

    I don’t have a quote, but I do have a question that I would love for you to pose to your readers. It’s a seldom discussed aspect of a foodie’s life, but as you are my favorite blogger, I am hoping you might open the platform.

    Ahem, bowel movements.

    Anyone not that regular despite eating a super-clean diet that is high in fiber (and I mean real fiber, not fake added fiber, and I also mean both insoluble “nature’s broom” and soluble “feel full” fiber)? Anyway too regular when they eat a flax pita? The questions are endless. Anyone gassy when they take B12 vitamins? Holistic help?
    Anyone invariably needs to take a big dump after a night of drinking?

  • Lisa D. March 31, 2009, 3:45 pm

    too much pressure to pick a favorite quote but i really like yours!!! i’m feelin the looooove!

  • Trojan March 31, 2009, 3:49 pm

    ” When life gives you lemons, ask for vodka”

    my own:)

  • CDN.Erin March 31, 2009, 4:33 pm

    an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.


    in a totally unrelated note.. I’ve been reading your blogs for a couple weeks (to keep me inspired to continue healthy eating..weight loss not really a goal)..and i never understood WHY the maple syrup was for dipping. but today for my afternoon snack (1 ww waffle + 1/2 peach), I portioned out what I normally use to drizzle over my waffle (1-2tbs, probably).. and I probably only used 1/2 tbsp! Amazing 🙂 thanks for the inadvertent tip!

  • Adrianna March 31, 2009, 4:59 pm

    almost embarrassing…but my fave is:

    “shit happens.”
    –bc it does. a lot.

    also like:
    “i wish, 2 drinks were always in me.”
    –the stokes

    and the always fantastic:
    “this, too, shall pass.”
    –someone important

  • livelovelaugheatlearn March 31, 2009, 5:08 pm

    Don’t frown. You never know who’s falling in love with your smile.

  • Anonymous March 31, 2009, 5:38 pm

    This doesn’t relate much to the post, but is it possible to share what HR you try to stay in? I guess I never though about what range I should be in and I’m the same height and weight as you are so I thought you’d be a great starting point for my research! I just got myself a polar HRM so I figure I should set it to bother me during my runs!! 🙂 Thanks girl

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina March 31, 2009, 5:41 pm

    “e quando poi davanti a te si apriranno tante strade e non saprai quale prendere, prima di scegliere, siediti e aspetta. Va’ dove it porta il cuore” -Susanna Tamaro, from “Va’ dove it porta il cuore”

    and in english

    “and when many roads open in front of you and you don’t know which one to take, before you choose, sit down and wait. Follow your heart.”

  • eatingRD March 31, 2009, 5:48 pm

    I like this one . . . “What lies behind us and what lies before us are
    tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
    I also like this one . . . “One of the delights of life is eating with friends, second to that is talking about eating. And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends.”-Laurie Colwin Really enjoyed yours!

  • iowagirleats March 31, 2009, 5:53 pm

    I get a daily quote email and got this the other day – LOVED it so much:

    Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.
    ―H. Jackson Browne

    By the way, completely cracking up at your grape goddess!!

  • Jessica March 31, 2009, 6:15 pm

    There are too many to name, but these are the ones that I always try to remember for inspiration:

    “Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’/ We are not now that strength which in old days / Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; / One equal temper of heroic hearts, / Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will / To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
    – ‘Ulysses’, Alfred Lord Tennyson

    “Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.”
    – Ayn Rand

  • emily March 31, 2009, 6:18 pm

    I have three, but they are rather similar.

    1) Of all the words of tounge and pen the saddest are those it might have been. (idk)

    2) Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those you hold well. (Josh Billings)

    3) In three words I can sum up everything I know about life – it goes on. (Robert Frost)

    I adore #3 so much it is actually engraved on the back of my i-pod!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 31, 2009, 6:28 pm

    kelli – re: poop. i asked husband this once, since he’s all holistic doctor now, and he said you should poop at least once a day. and yes, i totally get the beer shits. and pre-race shits. but beyond that, taking about poop makes me uncomofortable! 🙂 LOL

    CDN.Erin – the dipping method saves soooo much syrup and hence, money!!

    anon – i have a seriously high heart rate, based on what i’ve seen on blog bloggers. my heart rate is usually 160 – 195 when running. i posted this as a question once, and then general consensus from people’s responses was that everyone is different, and you just need to learn what is “working hard” for you.

  • Sarah March 31, 2009, 6:49 pm

    “All men dream, but not equally: those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.” –T.E. Lawrence

  • Meg March 31, 2009, 7:02 pm

    What a lovely quote! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Kelsey March 31, 2009, 8:10 pm

    a little late but i love this quote from the movie “curious case of benjamin button”

    it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be
    there’s no time limit, start whenever you want
    you can change or stay the same
    there are no rules to this thing
    we can make the best or the worst of it
    i hope you make the best of it
    and i hope you see things that startle you
    i hope you feel things you never felt before
    i hope you meet people with a different point of view
    i hope you live a life you’re proud of
    and if you find that you’re not
    i hope you have the strength to start all over again

  • Michele March 31, 2009, 8:17 pm

    Procrastination is like masturbation……..It’s all fun and games till you realized you screwed yourself. 🙂

  • Holly March 31, 2009, 9:21 pm

    I’m late to the party, but here’s mine:

    “If you want to run fast, go alone. If you want to run far, go together.”
    – African Proverb

  • paul Misoni March 25, 2011, 10:57 am

    “Discovery is poetry to genius”
    Author William Mocca

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