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Today has been busy, busy, busy!  And I’ve been hungry all morning — must’ve been Level 3 of the Shred.  I don’t like to try to "eat back" my calories first thing in the morning because I tend to get snackier as the day wears on.  So, I foresee a big mid-afternoon snackaroo in my future!


I actually broke into my lunch at 10:30!  I separated lunch into two  mini-meals to get the most mileage out of it.


Around 10:30, I ate a side salad.


And at 11:30, I had the "entree" of lunch, which included 1 cup of Creamy Tomato Soup and a slice of WW bread with melty cheese.


I’ll Stop The World and Melt With You…. ooo weee oooo!


Wolfgang’s Creamy Tomato soup is probably one of the only soups that I don’t eat 1 can as a serving (1 can = 2 servings really) because each cup has 240 calories.  It is sooo thick and delicious that 1 cup actually satisfies me!


To Do’s


After I graduated college, I nixed the day planner and now rely on my Microsoft Outlook to keep me organized for work.  I also made To Do lists every other morning and cross personal/blog things off as a I go. 


I tend to list stuff like "blog," "shower," and "eat dinner" so I can cross them off and feel accomplished.  I also like to list stuff in order so I can plan my day more efficiently. 


Today’s To Do list includes:


  • Wake Up
  • Shred
  • Breakfast and Blog
  • Blogger Flyer (a super awesome blogger alliance surprise in the works…)
  • Work
  • Lunch and Blog
  • Run 5.0 miles
  • Finish Thank You Cards
  • Dinner and Blog
  • Shredder Newsletter
  • Work for the Holistic Website
  • Sleep


Between work, the blog, and the website, my life is getting really busy lately and I feel like I need to go back to the daily planner.  I’m ending up with post-it notes and lists all over my desk, and the disorganization is killing me!


How do you stay organized?



  • VeggieGirl March 24, 2009, 9:01 am

    Love how you broke out in song while describing the melty cheese, haha 😀

    I LIVE by my to-do lists!!

  • therunningaddict March 24, 2009, 9:04 am

    That is a hard question Caitlin!
    I like having things written down on a piece of paper, and then I have my iPhone to remind me of appointments!
    I do consider myself pretty organized though 😉

  • brandi March 24, 2009, 9:04 am

    i have lists like that for everything. I even write down “pack lunch” each night so I can cross something off 🙂

  • d.a.r. March 24, 2009, 9:05 am

    I am a big day planner fan. And I have a huge desk calendar as well. And I usually end up with post it notes on both the calendar and my planner! But, if I don’t write it down, it gets lost in my brain! 🙂

  • Rose March 24, 2009, 9:06 am

    Great question!

    I went to an organization seminar a few weeks ago, and he suggested keeping your work and personal calendar together in one place. I know some people don’t like that, but I have actually found that by separating with them with tabs – I never lose track of anything now. And if I’m at work and have a personal thought, I just jot it down in the right section. It really works well for me.

  • Tina March 24, 2009, 9:10 am

    I am a crazy list maker. I have a planner that I write EVERYTHING down in. I really want an iPhone, but I am worried about making the switch to non-paper To Do lists.

  • Bec March 24, 2009, 9:12 am

    I am in love with my agenda which is full of sticky notes with to-do lists on them! Plus I keep a word document running with long-term to do lists!

  • itsawrapteacher March 24, 2009, 9:12 am

    I am supa-organized! I have post-its for my post-its! I like to keep a daily planner with me at all times and a HUGE desk calendar for long term plans.

  • Shannon March 24, 2009, 9:12 am

    I have a planner. Love it!

  • Krista March 24, 2009, 9:14 am

    I am SUCH a list girl! Keeps my mind in order!

  • FoodsThatFit March 24, 2009, 9:15 am

    I am a huge list maker and love the feeling of crossing things off 🙂

    I have little post-its everywhere!

    Any chance you are a Virgo? I was actually making a list at work the other day and someone was like “you must be a virgo…” I guess that is one of their typical qualities??

  • ksgoodeats March 24, 2009, 9:15 am

    Mmmmm cheeeeeeeese!

    I ALWAYS have to-do lists and I include things just to cross them off as well – makes me feel accomplished 🙂

  • redheadedjournal March 24, 2009, 9:17 am

    Best thing about to do lists = crossing stuff off 🙂

  • sloank March 24, 2009, 9:22 am

    I use a day planner, post-its and many to-do lists. I often make lists for myself while sitting in class! I just can’t escape paper… I’m worried about making the transition to technology and away from my pens, post-its and notebook lists…

  • Victoria March 24, 2009, 9:27 am

    I’m obsessed with my color coded google calendar, but I too am feeling super busy lately and I think I need something portable, so I may be going back to my old school planner as well.

  • ~cb~ March 24, 2009, 9:30 am

    Several years ago I had a training through my company, Steven Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I have been a Franklin Planner girl ever since. They also have some really cute patterns and leather binders.

  • balanceisbest March 24, 2009, 9:32 am

    I am obsessed with my planner. I tried to go digital with my to-do lists on my computer & iphone, but I think that the act of writing it down makes it stick. I use a "moleskin" day planner because it's sleek and lightweight – I carry it in my purse every day. And yes, I am a virgo. 🙂

    Good luck with today's to-dos! You are a busy girl, but I'm sure you'll get it done.

    Kaneil, balanceisbest

  • Leah @ Simply fabulous now March 24, 2009, 9:36 am

    Just curious, when you blog after breakfast, lunch and dinner does it take you ages?

    I find to blog my own, then visit all the blogs that I can before I know it an hour is gone and I can start to fall behind on other things.

    I’m wondering what your ‘blogging technique’ is to be able to do it 3x a day… do you visit many other blogs? Not sure how you have time! Life gets busy sometimes doesn’t it!!


  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 24, 2009, 9:38 am

    Leah – I blog while eating and I plan out what I’m going to say beforehand so I just write it all out. I’m a writer for a living so I can pretty much spill out the words. I do read blogs, but I don’t do much commenting because that takes a load of time. I used Google Reader to help me keep up with the blogs I love (like yours). 🙂

  • ML Welz March 24, 2009, 9:42 am

    Franklin Covey planner…. weekly/monthly pages… GREAT for list-makers 🙂

  • Mica March 24, 2009, 9:45 am

    I’m glad you were able to cross “Wake Up” off your to-do list today! I would have been concerned if you didn’t wake up, dear Caitlin!

    I do the same thing though for my to-do lists, like “Check e-mail, Eat, Blog”. It’s very satisfying to check things off!

  • Andrea of Care to Eat March 24, 2009, 9:46 am

    Ok. You inspired me again. Just this morning I was thinking that I need to plan out every hour of my day in my iCal so that I don’t talk myself out of going to the gym “because I don’t have time.” I live by what my iPhone tells me to do, so if my iPhone says “Go to bed!” I’ll be more likely to do it than stay up til midnight 🙂

  • Sarah March 24, 2009, 9:48 am

    I LOVE crossing things off my list! I stay organized with my WhoMi ( calendar… it has different lines that are designated for different areas of life. 🙂 Also, bless the person that invented Post-its!

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina March 24, 2009, 9:52 am

    Caitlin, one of those items on your to do list gives me the shivers…

    “write thank you cards”

    I am so bad at them because I want to really take the time to write to each person… and therefore they take me forever!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 24, 2009, 10:14 am

    I’m actually NOT a list person and almost wish i was…

  • Runeatrepeat March 24, 2009, 10:16 am

    I am pretty disorganized right now, but I try to write To-Do lists all the time. I need to get it together because I have so many wedding tasks to accomplish & it's just stressing me out!

  • mel March 24, 2009, 10:20 am

    Hey Caitlin! I love your eats today! I have a question about shred- I just started doing it and the days I do it, it is usually my workout. Do you also run when you do it b/c you feel like it is not a good enough workout, or what? Just wondering! Thank You!

  • Matt March 24, 2009, 10:26 am

    I stay organized in my head! I guess that’s why I am so forgetful… Haha.

  • Brittney March 24, 2009, 10:32 am

    I tend to make lists when I feel the need to get organized. I also like including stuff on my lists that I’ve already done just so I can cross it off and feel accomplished 🙂

    Good luck with getting your list done today!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point March 24, 2009, 10:32 am

    mel – well i think the 30 day shred is a pretty good stand-alone workout, but i usually run in conjunction with the shred because im doing a 15 mile race on april 11 and it definitely doesnt replace a 5 mile training run. 🙂

  • danielle March 24, 2009, 10:48 am

    I’m a big list maker! If i don’t have a to do list I feel lost.
    Sometimes I’ll put stuff on their I already did just so that if someone asks me if I worked on that project I can see it crossed off, plus it’s always fun to cross things off right away.

  • Amanda March 24, 2009, 10:54 am

    I definitely am a big list maker. I have an agenda which I use to write EVERYTHING. I usually end up with post-its too .. everything from grocery lists, to movies I want to see, to directions, etc etc… I don’t think the electronic format would really do it for me! I REALLY need to start putting “sleep” on my list – maybe if I prioritize it, I will go to bed earlier!!

  • Betsy March 24, 2009, 10:56 am

    I’m a list-er too. I have trouble going to bed if I haven’t crossed off at least half of my to-do’s!

  • Katie March 24, 2009, 11:15 am

    I LIVE out of my Franklin Covey planner. It has spaces each day for “to dos,” appointments/phone calls and notes. I feel so naked if it’s not with me at all times. I’m a list maker by nature and, like you, I write down the obvious just so I can cross them off.

    This Blogger Flyer sounds extra interesting. Can’t wait to read more!

  • Colleen March 24, 2009, 11:21 am

    I actually have “done” lists…which is probably why I don’t get half my stuff done – I don’t remember it! But anytime I finish something, that goes on my calendar…I guess it’s like a very-condensed diary of sorts, and only the things that I think are important to remember. “Ran 4 miles, Shred, made new burrito recipe” LOL

  • Anne P March 24, 2009, 12:05 pm

    is it just me or does your cheese look like a little man if you tilt your head to the left??

    i’m also a list person… i make little boxes next to everything and checking the box is so satisfying! 😉

  • Bi0nicw0man March 24, 2009, 12:57 pm

    haha, I love that you put “wake-up” on there. I often list “make to-do list” as my first item.

    To-Do lists are my saving grace. I rarely forget to do important things, but regularly put off small things because they slip my mind.

    I don’t care what anyone says…technology doesn’t always cut it (I also use Outlook for work). I do much better with my list in black and white and printed out so I can scratch things off manually as I go.

  • Kath March 24, 2009, 1:10 pm

    Looks like you’re not going to shower today, huh 😉

  • Natalie Rae March 24, 2009, 1:15 pm

    I still use a planner 🙂
    I have to! I have on my desk at work, and then I have it in my purse or the car when I am out.

    I also use post-it’s and to-do lists.

  • Lisa D. March 24, 2009, 1:36 pm

    I am pretty sure you do not need organization tip(at least from the likes of me) but I am all about the daily planner and my white board. I also use to-do lists and of course add things on like eat and sleep to cross them off because it is the most fun part of the list

  • Melissa March 24, 2009, 1:59 pm

    Mmmm melty cheese.

    To-do lists: Mostly its just all in my head. For work it is usually emails in my inbox or tasks.

  • jewels March 24, 2009, 2:57 pm

    i use a planner and then make daily to do lists based on what my planner has for the week

  • Siobhan March 24, 2009, 3:03 pm

    I make a to-do list every night before I go to bed. And whenever I’m bored in class I’ll make a list of what I’m going to do after! Makes it look like I’m taking notes…

    ps. I’m a virgo!

  • livelovelaugheatlearn March 24, 2009, 3:16 pm

    I love the melty cheese, music quote. Cute.

    I use a day planner. love it. Keeps everything organized. I usually make a daily to do list though that goes in front of my computer though.

  • Rachel March 24, 2009, 3:49 pm

    I use my icalender on my macbook to keep me organized. I used to use a planner, but now that I’ve made the switch it is soo much better! I also make to-do lists all the time!

  • Run Saraaah March 24, 2009, 4:31 pm

    Sounds so busy!

    I have to-do lists too, usually scraps or post-its. I also add some stuff to my iPhone using an alarm reminder.

  • Meg March 24, 2009, 5:47 pm

    Melty cheese and tomato soup is the best combination!

  • emily March 24, 2009, 6:06 pm

    I would die without my day planner, but I also make lists!

  • Oh She Glows March 24, 2009, 8:40 pm

    Blogger flyer? That sounds FUN! Email me about it 🙂

  • ChickPea March 24, 2009, 9:14 pm

    Haha, I do the EXACT same thing–I’ll put “wake up” on my list, just so I can cross SOMETHING off.

  • jesslikesithot March 24, 2009, 11:21 pm

    I always use the “post-it” application on my mac laptop to stay organized + I always put everything in my phone calendar as well!! hahaha ahh

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