Happy Birthday, Mommy!

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A few of you have asked me how I’m "handling" my new work schedule. Honestly, you do what you have to do.  It’s not the ideal situation, but it’s what we need to do right now, so I’m OK with it. 

That being said, pulling 14 hour days is, of course, really exhausting.  This morning I could really feel the impact of several nights of 6 hours of sleep.  In fact, it took me a few minutes to figure out how to make my oatmeal!  I couldn’t remember how much water and milk to put in.  🙂


My oatmeal contained (I think):


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Cinammon
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Toppings: almonds, brown sugar


Oatmeal makes everything better!


10 Minute Strength Routine


Today’s strength routine was less intense than normal.  I’m feeling pretty sore in the arms and abs, but I still wanted to do something to get my blood flowin’!


  • 20 push-ups
  • 20 regular crunches
  • 50 side leg lifts, right side
  • 50 side leg lifts, left side
  • 50 bicycle crunches


Happy Birthday, Mommy!


Today is my Mommy’s Birthday!

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My Mom and I on my wedding day.  She walked me down the aisle with my Dad!


Meghann, my mom, and I on New Year’s… Yes, she went club-hopping with us! (Pretty funny post, too).

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My mom and I ate my first half marathon.  She drove all the way from Tennessee to support me!


My mom is truly an incredible role model, a hard worker, a good friend, and a smart woman.  Happy Birthday!  I wish we could celebrate together.  🙂



  • Lauren May 21, 2009, 4:07 am

    Aw, happy Birthday to your mom! 🙂

    Caitlin, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your recent posts on “Fat Talk”. I feel that I have a pretty good mentality on the views of my personal weight and apperance (after many years of disordered thinking, I’ve finally come to the point of contentment and happiness) Anyways, I still do have my weak moments where I fall into the trap and this week has been one of those times.

    It’s weird, I try really hard not to care about the numbers, but I do weigh myself everyday (more for health reasons) and for the past two days, I’ve noticed my weight has gone up by 2 pounds. I know that this is just a normal flucuation of body weight. I haven’t been doing anything differently, my workouts and meals are the same, and in my head, I know that this is just a normal thing. But I still had that moment of fear and shame and guilt. And then, I thought of you and your words these past weeks.

    So thank you. You truly got me through and I was able to put aside my feelings of guilt and shame and realize that it doesn’t matter. You are such a great inspiration and I hope you realize how many people you touch every day.

    Thanks again. Have a great day!

  • teacherwoman May 21, 2009, 4:08 am

    Happy Birthday to your mom!

  • Adi (oatonomy.com) May 21, 2009, 4:13 am

    Happppy Birthday to her! 🙂

  • Erica May 21, 2009, 4:28 am

    Sorry about the schedule 🙁 Happy Birthday to your mama- she is so adorable

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) May 21, 2009, 4:35 am

    Happy birthday to your mom!

    I also wanted to tell you that I loved your series of posts yesterday on fat talk. You are an inspiration to women and those posts were wonderful! I hope to ban fat talk forever 🙂

  • Mica May 21, 2009, 4:38 am

    Hang in there with that crazy schedule, Caitlin! I hope things calm down soon.

    Happy birthday to your mom too!

  • Stacey May 21, 2009, 4:54 am

    Aww that’s sweet 🙂

    Loving those dresses!

  • iowagirleats May 21, 2009, 5:15 am

    Aww – maybe you can catch up on your rest this weekend?!

    Great pictures of you and your mom!

  • Meghann May 21, 2009, 5:18 am

    Happy Birthday Mom!!

  • SuzanneRN May 21, 2009, 5:23 am

    Hey Caitlin! I just wanted to say that I feel you with the sleep deprivation. I work the night shift and also go to grad school (both full time) and it really really really effects my mood, emotions and functioning. It’s tough. Once I graduate, no more nights for me. Sleep is too important.

    You are trooper my dear. I’m here for support! I sure know I need sometimes.

    PS- Happy bday to your Mommy! 🙂

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) May 21, 2009, 5:38 am

    What a sweet little birthday tribute! Mom’s are so special.

    Hope you get some down time soon. It can’t be easy being a busy worker bee like yourself!

  • megan May 21, 2009, 5:55 am

    I just wanted to say i think you have a great attitude about your schedule right now. clearly it isn’t ideal and it probably isn’t all that fun, but you’re right – you do what you need to do, and i really admire that. 🙂

  • Brandi May 21, 2009, 5:59 am

    oatmeal IS the best! I hope you get adjusted soon to the work schedule.

    Happy birthday to your mom!

  • Katherine May 21, 2009, 6:16 am

    Happy Birthday to your mom! I also want to thank you for your wonderful posts on Fat Talk. I’ve spent my whole life up until now having an unhealthy relationship with myself and with food. But thanks to this fabulous blog world that I’ve recently begun to explore, I feel like I’m finally starting out on a journey to appreciate and love my body. It’s definitely not easy and I think I’m more negative than positive still, but I’m convinced that I’m making progress and your blog has helped!

  • K from ksgoodeats May 21, 2009, 6:48 am

    Happy birthday to your gorgeous mom!! Hope she has a good one 🙂

  • Matt May 21, 2009, 7:07 am

    Happy bday to your mom!

  • Danielle May 21, 2009, 7:07 am

    Hope your mom has the happiest of birthdays! 🙂

  • shirazandsushi May 21, 2009, 7:09 am

    Not to be annoying, but any word on blogger summit dates and place yet??? Don’t worry about responding to this if there arent any new updates yet. Thanks!

  • Dayna (HopefulRunner) May 21, 2009, 7:09 am

    Happy Birthday to your mom! You guys look so much alike, I can really see it in the pic of you at your half marathon. Hope you are able to share a little bit of her birthday with her today.

  • shirazandsushi May 21, 2009, 7:14 am

    Thanks so much for the info! I’m an attorney so let me know if you guys need any help. I’d love to help out- for free of course!

  • lilveggiepatch May 21, 2009, 7:16 am

    What a nice post! Happy birthday to your mama 🙂

  • Victoria May 21, 2009, 7:17 am

    Happy Birthday to your mom!

    I’m so impressed with your attitude about your new work schedule. I’ve been working on complaining less and it’s nice to have an example of positivity.

  • Bec May 21, 2009, 8:23 am

    hang in there with the crazy hours, happy birthday too your mom!

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