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Lunch was so colorful and delish!


I’ve gotten really into the English Muffin sammie lately, haven’t I?  They are just so squishy and satisfying. :)  Today’s sammie featured mustard, spinach, and a Veggie Burger.


Plus an orange:


And a side salad:


Unfortunately, although this lunch was mentally satisfying (and tasted really good), it wasn’t very caloric and didn’t fill me up like I hoped it would.  I busted in my mid-afternoon snack a little early (around 12:30).  I eat lunch at 11, so my lovely meal only lasted for 1.5 hours!


Chobani and cereal


I admit that I was feeling a little low this morning (as if you couldn’t tell from my post!).  I was feeling particularly un-cheerful around 10 AM, so I made a list of all the fun things I plan to do this weekend and posted it on my computer screen.


This made me feel so much better!  It’s really important to look at the positive side, isn’t it?  There are so many things I CAN DO, even if I cannot run right now… there’s NO REASON to frown.  🙂


What fun things do you have planned this weekend?



  • runsarah April 16, 2009, 10:00 am

    Great idea! This weekend I am volunteering at a health workshop for the homeless, doing my first 10km run race and I think I will also bring my pup to the dog park!

  • Dori April 16, 2009, 10:01 am

    I love your list! I plan on doing all but the first and last, since it is freezing in NY and I have no pups (sadly). Have fun!

  • Betsy April 16, 2009, 10:02 am

    I’m diggin’ the optimism. 🙂

    This weekend? Pirates game (or 2), sunshine, and a whole lot of NOTHING!

  • VeggieGirl April 16, 2009, 10:04 am

    So colorful!!

    Great list, for sure!! This weekend, I have tons of schoolwork to do though 🙁

  • Alison April 16, 2009, 10:05 am

    Hmm…no big plans for the weekend. I think I’ll do some shopping – always a favorite activity. And see my hubby.

  • Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks April 16, 2009, 10:07 am

    Way to keep positive…great idea, writing them down and posting it!

    I think I just may do the same thing!

    This weekend I will be getting applications so I can hopefully get a summertime job!

  • Elina April 16, 2009, 10:08 am

    I’m hosting a surprise birthday party (making a cake for the first time! eek) and then going to a wine riot event (all you can drink wine tasting). It’s going to be trouble! 😉
    Good attitude Caitlin. I was also going to comment on your last post. Like you said, there are so many things you CAN do, even if your knees are hurting. Concentrate on your upper body. I’m sure from shredding you know those punches with dumbbells really get your heart rate up and spinning is a great workout. You can still sweat it out even without running!! And also, try to enjoy this little break. Laying by the pool sounds way better than running to me 🙂

  • Moran April 16, 2009, 10:09 am

    The last two weeks have been CRAZY with guests and Passover and work so I just want to SLEEP!!!

  • fodie818 April 16, 2009, 10:12 am

    hi caitlin!!

    i was wondering, now that you are not running, are you finding it hard to maintain your daily eating habits without guilt or fear that you are eating too much? for me the hardest part when i can’t work out is eating. it seems as if your intake has stayed the same, though, and i know you’re physically struggling with feeling lazy, but what about the mental eating part of it?

  • Katie April 16, 2009, 10:12 am

    I’ll be working all weekend but that’s not the reason for my post. I’m going something very similar–I have a pinched nerve in my neck, meaning no weight lifting. I weight train my upper body every other day and not being able to do so has made me depressed, uncheerful, grumpy, you name it. But you’re exactly right–there a LOT of things I CAN still do and I need to focus on those. Thanks for the remdiner!

  • Haleigh April 16, 2009, 10:14 am

    I think making a list was a wonderful idea to get your spirits up, I need to remember that next time I am feeling that way, thanks!!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 16, 2009, 10:19 am

    fodie – yes, i am definitely thinking about what i am eating more than i used to.

    i actually have changed my habits a little bit — i’m reducing the calorie load in my lunches and dinners and i’m trying to only have 1 calorie-heavy mid-afternoon snack + 2 fruit or small snacks (vs my old two calorie-heavy mid-afternoon snacks + 1 fruit snack). one minor change you probably haven’t noticed is switching out granola for cereal in my usual yogurt snack.

    mid-afternoon is my biggest weak spot. i get bored at work and i just want to eat. by reducing my lunch and dinner calorie loads, i’m hoping i can still maintain my snacking habit without too much damage.

    the other problem is that i’ve been trying to reduce my calorie intake, but i’m actually physically hungry. i was hoping my caloric needs would immediately drop as my exercise level did, but either my mind is playing tricks on me or my body needs more calories than i think it does (i think my base is 1800-2000ish). or my body hasn’t adjusted to the drop in activity level yet.

    i’ll do a post about eating on the hiatus soon, but i kind of wanted to see what happened before i posted about it.

    i’m not concerned with really gaining much weight because i eat pretty healthifully. i do think i’ve been “feeling” like i put on weight just because i haven’t been exercising. a lot of that is all in our heads (as you imply in your comment).

  • K from ksgoodeats April 16, 2009, 10:22 am

    Doughy English muffins are the best! That’s why I have at least one a day 😉

  • Brandi April 16, 2009, 10:23 am

    your title makes me think of that song by The Killers 🙂

    looks like a fun weekend!

    I’m hoping to go to the Farmer’s Market, maybe the Hokie scrimmage(?), plus FINALLY being outside in the beautiful weather. We’ve had tons of rain the past couple of weeks and it’s been making me a hermit!

  • redheadedjournal April 16, 2009, 10:27 am

    Love the positive list!

  • Lynne April 16, 2009, 10:40 am

    It’s going to be an outdoors weekend- the beach on Sat and a picnic in the park with the doggie on Sun.
    I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who lists out weekend plans!

  • itsawrapteacher April 16, 2009, 10:44 am

    I’m going to Vegas baby!

  • chandra April 16, 2009, 10:45 am

    Umm, yes, it is because of you that when I got groceries this week I bought english muffins instead of bread. 🙂

    This weekend I’m doing my final long run before my half, and then going out to celebrate a friend’s b-day at the dualing piano bar! Fun stuff!

    In re: to your comment response about calorie needs vs activity level – Your bodies need for the amount of calories will not drop immediately with your decrease in running, so it is normal for you to still feel just as hungry, your body is still adjusting. After a couple weeks you would most likely start noticing a drop in hunger, and as long as you listen to your body (as you always do!), you won’t have a problem. Also, within a few weeks I’m sure your knees will feel all better and your activity level will rise again, so you may not feel much of a difference in calorie needs/hunger at all!

    Hope that made sense, sorry for the rant. 🙂

  • tfh April 16, 2009, 10:48 am

    Date night! Yay. We need to do that more often.

  • Colleen April 16, 2009, 10:50 am

    Hmmmm…usually the hubby and I are all over some plans…we generally start talking about the weekend on Tuesday, but this weekend I think we’re staying close to home and relaxing.

    In the fall I had to take a few weeks off for a calf strain. My crazy runner’s appetite took about a week to go away then I was just “normal” hungry. I did find myself suffering from a little bit of emotional eating during that time, but after starting another form of exercise I was a-okay. Looking back I’m so glad I took that time off (even though it felt like my best friend moved away at the time)! I haven’t had any calf problems since and I’m hoping the best for you!

  • iowagirleats April 16, 2009, 10:54 am

    Road trip to Chicago! Can’t wait 🙂 Enjoy your time by the pool – super jealous!!

  • Marisa April 16, 2009, 11:09 am

    that orange looks fabulous! and i love, lists, especially ones filled with tons of fun ‘to-dos’… this weekend is my school’s huge Relay for Life event, which is an all-night walkathon that everyone turns out for so it should be a blasty!

  • Hillary April 16, 2009, 11:09 am

    laying out by the pool…makes me jealous! oh how I love chicago but I would love to have laying out by the pool in the plans for this weekend! : )

  • Sarah April 16, 2009, 11:16 am

    I just read your post about stress fractures, and I just HAD to write. I too saw the Biggest Loser on Tuesday – and I too had a stress fracture in my hip! Exact same place, almost two years ago. I have since learned that i have osteopenia – low bone density. I was running at the time of the fracture, but only about 15 miles a week, so nothing crazy. I was on crutches for a month (torture) and went to physical therapy for 7 months. It was a long, slow process – but since then, I’ve run a half marathon! I’ve learned how important it is for me to keep my core and legs strong.

    Love your blog!

  • runnerskitchen April 16, 2009, 11:18 am

    I’m planning on taking a running hiatus soon (post-Boston marathon) and am a little nervous about it. I think a list of activities is a great way to remind us that running is just ONE part of who we are. I’m going to use the break to focus on things I haven’t had time for lately (SLEEP, friends, family, working on my blog, volunteering, etc). It sounds like your knees have been working VERY hard for the past few years. I’m sure they’re appreciating the break 🙂 Great job on the 15 miler!

  • Danielle April 16, 2009, 11:36 am

    I love your fun to-do list, enjoy your weekend!
    I wish my list included laying out by the pool unfortunately I’d think I’d freeze around here.

  • Olga April 16, 2009, 11:39 am

    I think your list is so useful and cute!

    This weekend, I’m going home, meeting up for lunch with one of my favorite authors, hang out with my parents and godparents and cousin and oh yeah…GO TO VEGAS!

  • BethAnn Caputo April 16, 2009, 11:43 am

    Good idea! This weekend I’m doing a walk at my school for an orphanage in Africa (my class helped organize it) and then getting together with my best friend to plan our summer vacation to Ocean City! Sunday I have to go on a dig for my archaeology class. Really, random! Hope you start feeling more chipper soon =)Also…I love to do the step machine when I’m not running…it seriously kicks my butt (no really, my butt muscles hurt the whole time!) Eating bender has a good workout on her page that you should check out.

  • Amanda April 16, 2009, 11:48 am

    Hooray for the upcoming weekend!!

    I plan on:
    -yoga class
    -nice long walk with my boyfriend and dog
    -laying out (if it’s warm enough) and painting my nails
    -barbeque with friends sat. night

    WOO HOO!

  • sweetandfit April 16, 2009, 11:53 am

    I love your positive attitude! I need to make a list like that for when I think i have nothing to do!

    I am doing a walk in DC this weekend, its just a 5K and a walk – but it should be fun =)

  • Bi0nicw0man April 16, 2009, 11:54 am

    I make those same sticky notes. In fact, I purposely buy the colored ones (currently purple!) to make them more fun.

    This weekend a group of Halifax blogger girls are going hiking at Cape Split (Google it!). We are very excited. Blog world has brought us together and is getting us out to do things we may not on our own.

    Then Sunday I plan to relax and work out those hiking kinks with a warm yoga class at a local studio. Bliss.

  • Eatingrd April 16, 2009, 11:59 am

    That’s a great idea to do! I don’t have any thing too fun planned, we were supposed to close on our house and start painting but there were 25 people ahead of us! So we’ll probably start packing!

  • Meredith April 16, 2009, 12:01 pm

    I love the list and your blog.

    This weekend I plan to…
    go to the mountains (NC) for the evening with husband.
    go to Earth Fare in Boone
    paint my nails
    and relax before returning to school (we’ve been on spring break).

  • Matt April 16, 2009, 12:08 pm

    I am going to the Alabama A-day football this weekend which is going to be a blast. It’s on TV this year!

  • emily April 16, 2009, 1:02 pm

    my fun thing for this weekend is actually a run; I’ve been being really really gentle to injury/illness and I’m finally getting back!

    p.s. I have a fun idea to add to your list – Mr. Brightside (now that you’ve stuck it in your head) is a song you can’t not dance and sing into a hairbrush to.

  • jethomas April 16, 2009, 1:19 pm

    Your list sounds like fun!

    I am thinking about going to the pool. I’m hoping it will be warm enough here in Atlanta.

    I’m also going out to celebrate the end of tax season with some of my accountant friends, and also going to a karaoke birthday party!

  • Becca April 16, 2009, 1:46 pm

    English muffins for a sandwich- what a good idea! I think I’m going to try that. 🙂

  • Wondering K April 16, 2009, 2:20 pm

    I hear you on the not running. I was sick a few weeks ago and had to miss a lot of work outs and it was frustrating. But I think you’re doing the right thing by taking a hiatus. You’re making an investment in your running future. Taking a break now will give you a chance to heal so you can be a life-long runner! I like your to-do list too…I wish it was that warm here in Seattle. Take care!

  • Erica April 16, 2009, 2:31 pm

    Your lunch is screaming summer time! Just gorgeous. This weekend I am going to the Charleston Farmers Market and to the Strawberry Festival! I am also thinking about going to the beach! Can’t wait 😉

  • Lisa D. April 16, 2009, 3:41 pm

    way to look at the positive side! it is supposed to take 28 days to start a habit, I wonder if it will take 28 days to break one?

  • Life.Art.MidnightSnacks. April 16, 2009, 3:50 pm

    Caitlin I have never posted on here before but I felt I had to because I had the same morning you had! I tend to do the all or nothing approach especially when it comes to working out. Sometimes I need to remind myself how much I loved just going to a group fitness class for fun, before I started running and working on my endurance. It’s nice to know I am not the only one! Oh and I love the blog!!!

  • Amanda April 16, 2009, 4:38 pm

    I am going to Keeneland everyday this weekend (starting today. haha). Keeneland is the classiest horse racing track in the US. It’s awesome and I love it 🙂

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 16, 2009, 6:02 pm

    Life.Art.MidnightSnacks. – Awww I hope your day improved!! And thanks for reading 🙂

  • Rachel April 16, 2009, 6:37 pm

    I like that idea of making a positive list!

    Oh I envy you more than you realize- I wish ‘lay out by the pool’ was on my list! Unfortunately I’m going to have to wait 2 more months before that can happen!

  • ChickPea April 16, 2009, 9:15 pm

    Love your weekend to do list! Mine includes a 5k and a date tomorrow afternoon:)

  • Anonymous April 17, 2009, 6:53 am

    Although it might not sound like a fun weekend, Im running the Boston Marathon (Monday) and I cannot wait for this weekend. I have the runner’s expo Saturday, a Sox game Sunday afternoon, the pasta party Sunday evening and then the race. I cannot wait!!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 17, 2009, 7:00 am

    anon – that sounds pretty fun to me!! GOOD LUCK!

  • Anonymous April 17, 2009, 9:49 am

    Thanks Caitlin!


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