So around 4:00, my work computer went on the fritz.  Instead of struggling with it for the next 1.5 hours, I decided to call technical support, turn my computer over to them, and go to the gym. 


Running Hiatus Workout #5


I brought a few documents with me, and it felt SO good to WORK while MOVING.  I ended up doing an extra extra extra long set on the elliptical as a result!


  • Duration:  50 minutes
  • Calories Burned: 400 (estimate)


After the elliptical, I did 20 push-ups and 60 sit-ups and called it a day.


Costco-Sized Containers of EVOO Come in Handy


Instead of driving straight home, I stopped off at the grocery store and did some shopping.  I loaded up on all these yummy pershiable foods, like Chobani yogurt, milk, deli meat…. I placed everything carefully into my trunk and drove home.


When I got home, I realized that the latch of my trunk had broken off and I could not access my groceries!  90 degree heat in Florida and $75 worth of goodies locked in trunk DO NOT MIX.  I started to have a mini-meltdown and struggled with the lock for 20 minutes.


Then, I decided to pour extra virgin olive oil in the latch and all over the key and tried again — VIOLA!  My groceries were free!  Now I have a greasy, broken trunk (that’s what she said)!


SIGH! Just one of those days.  🙂




Dinner was scrumptious, though!  I had baked tofu rubbed in Mexican spices, steamed snow peas, and brown rice.


Dessert was a bowl of watermelon + another one of those fake Organic Oreos.


My pre-workout snack included two rice cakes with a smear of PB.


And my mid-afternoon snack was a lovely Weil bar by Nature’s Path.  I tried the Goji Moji flavor.


The verdict?  Well, I was a little scared of the bar when I unwrapped it…


The appearance and texture kind of threw me because I either like hard bars (like TLC bars) or oatmeal-based bars (like ZBars).  But, it smelled delicious and I loved the ingredient list, so I gave it a shot… WOW! I  was very impressed.  It was chewy, it was perfectly sweet without being overpowering, it was filling… loved it!


According to the Nature’s Path website, "A cousin to the tomato, sweet goji berries, has been used for 2,000 years as traditional healing practice is also believed to enhance the immune system, improve eyesight, protect the liver and improve circulation. Packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants."


Here’s the ingredient list:  Organic dates, organic fig paste, organic cashews, organic dried sweetened cranberries (organic cranberries, organic evaporated cane juice, organic sunflower oil), organic goji berries, organic orange peel, organic lemon juice concentrate, organic orange oil.


And the Nutritional Stats:

Overall, a great bar and I cannot wait to try the other Weil bars!




Stay tuned for a post regarding my thoughts on the Running Hiatus.  I’ve received a lot of questions about my feelings towards the hiatus, and I want to address them comprehensively.  Some questions I’ll answer include:


  • Are you sad without running? Are you mad? Scared? Bored?
  • How has your body-image/self-esteem changed?
  • Have you been calorie counting?
  • Do your knees feel better already?
  • Have you gained weight?


Any other questions for me?  You know I’m always totally honest, and I’m ready to spill out my guts regarding my feelings towards the hiatus, so ASK AWAY! 



  • Michelle April 21, 2009, 5:28 pm

    If those are the same organic oreo-like cookies I bought a couple weeks ago, they are like crack cookies! Sooo yummy, get them far far away before you house the entire box, unless you have better self-control than I do (which you probably do!) 🙂

  • Tami April 21, 2009, 5:28 pm

    no question but i just wanted to spread the word that i found today and you can download the 30 day shred (and lots of other workouts) on to your ipod/mp3 player. there are also a few free videos

  • runsarah April 21, 2009, 5:31 pm

    Ahh, I would have panicked if that happened to my trunk…smart thinking!

  • Bec April 21, 2009, 5:31 pm

    glad you were able to rescue your groceries!

  • Molly April 21, 2009, 5:32 pm

    one of the best non-office uses of ‘thats what she said’ i’ve heard in a LONG time. haha 🙂

    those bars look like larabar consistency. now that i think of it, you don’t eat those much do you?

  • Sammie April 21, 2009, 5:34 pm

    Thanks for the bar review. I have been eyeing that one at Whole Foods (since it is gluten and soy free) but was a little leery of tyring it. I will definitely make a point to pick one up on my next trip.
    I am so glad that you were able to save ALL your groceries.
    Enjoy your night.

  • Haleigh April 21, 2009, 5:37 pm

    Those faux oreos look almost identical to the real thing 🙂 How do they compare?

  • Emily April 21, 2009, 5:37 pm

    extra virgin olive oil is amazing stuff! and that bar looks really good. may have to give those a try

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 21, 2009, 5:39 pm

    tami – THANKS!!!

    molly – im not a big fan of the larabar. i dunno why.

    haleigh – they are really good!! the creme doesnt taste the same, but its almost better!

  • nibblesandwiggles April 21, 2009, 5:42 pm

    I would have never thought to use olive oil! My cars have 60/40 split seats in the back and fold down, so I wouldn’t be totally out of luck.

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance) April 21, 2009, 5:48 pm

    Love the creativity with the EVOO! Glad you got your groceries out of the trunk ok 🙂

  • Lisa D. April 21, 2009, 6:04 pm

    o no!!! sorry about your greased up trunk! at least you got the goods out and not all was wasted!

  • redheadedjournal April 21, 2009, 6:07 pm

    Olive oil to the rescue! 🙂

    Q: Do you feel jealous when you see other people running?

    Q: Because of your knee issues do you see yourself having long term knee issues?

  • Oh She Glows April 21, 2009, 6:14 pm

    What a genius idea to use EVOO!! LOL…only a foodie would think of that!

  • Susan April 21, 2009, 6:18 pm

    Yikes! Glad olive oil came to the rescue!

  • Learning to Cope w/ Eating and College April 21, 2009, 6:20 pm

    I do wonder whether or not you plan to start running again? Also, what did you pick up at the grocery store for 75$??? I personally do all of the grocery shopping for my family and we spend close to 125$ each week on groceries and we dont eat at home nearly as much as you… what am I doing wrong??

  • Briana April 21, 2009, 6:25 pm

    Sorry about your trunk, but I’m glad to here you got your groceries. Way to put olive oil to good use 🙂

  • Brandi April 21, 2009, 6:25 pm

    glad you got your trunk open, and what a great “that’s what she said” 🙂

    most of my questions are already listed or in the comments!

  • Lauren April 21, 2009, 6:26 pm

    There seems to be a lot of trunk trouble going on today.

    Did you check out what happened to Kelsey at

    Good thing you saved the day and the groceries. How awful that would have been.

    Great workout and I’m looking forward to reading your insights tomorrow!

  • L.A. Daze April 21, 2009, 6:51 pm

    I have a few questions for you!

    1. How long will your running hiatus last?

    2. Are you afraid of getting out of shape, running-wise?

    As for your trunk – did you consider letting down the back seats and accessing the trunk that way? Not sure if your car is built that way though!

  • Nate April 21, 2009, 6:57 pm

    Well done with the ‘that’s what she said’ line.

    1. Have you considered using a word other than ‘hiatus’ to describe your break from running? Hiatus is rarely used in conversational English these days.

    That is all.

  • jenngirl April 21, 2009, 6:58 pm

    Wow, nice thinking with that trunk, I don’t know if I could have been that smart!

    Really looking forward to your “Running Hiatus” post, you always have such wonderful insight!

  • Angie Eats Peace April 21, 2009, 7:18 pm

    Aw, I hate those days! Good idea with the EVOO.

  • Christy April 21, 2009, 7:32 pm

    Wow, good thinking with the olive oil! I will definitely keep that tip in mind!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 21, 2009, 7:36 pm

    la daze – its a two seater with the engine in the truck so i couldn’t go through the back seat (plus, there is no backseat. LOL).

    nate – you crack me up!

  • Adi ( April 21, 2009, 7:41 pm

    Oh Dr. Weil! I call him the Santa Imposter on my blog 🙂 And he sure makes good bars! The banana flavour is awesome and the choco walnut one is good too.

    And another Q: Do you see yourself become just as passionate about another sport/exercise as you have been about running?

  • Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks April 21, 2009, 7:42 pm

    Ahh, watermelon…gets me excited for summertime!

  • Help Meghan Run April 21, 2009, 7:57 pm

    Your dinner looks great! I like the way you made the tofu nice and tiny, it looks yummy.

    Check out my blog as I run with Team in Training and raise money for blood cancers!
    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

  • HangryPants April 21, 2009, 9:32 pm

    Well you are obviously awesome for getting that done. My thought was if it happens again go to an air conditioned car garage if those exist.

    Not a larabar fan, but I love dr. weil. He could be the other weirdo to your puck soups. Anyway, that is actually my least fav flavor, so be excited about the others.

  • Pearl April 21, 2009, 10:16 pm

    what a great tip to pour olive oil over the key! i’ll keep that in mind!

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina April 22, 2009, 3:16 am

    i NEVER would have thought to put oil all over it. smart girl!

  • Jordan April 22, 2009, 7:46 am

    wow, i would have never in a million years thought about the olive oil. you’re quick. haha.

    i would’ve freaked too. i hate leaving them in the car while i just pump gas, let alone 20 minutes =[

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