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It’s shaping up to be a CRAZY morning!  The Orlando Sentential article hit the streets and my inbox was flooded with messages.  Guess what?



I am SO incredibly nervous to be on television!  I’m normally OK with public speaking, but something about cameras makes me a little scared.  Are you good at public speaking?  Any on-camera tips for me?


All of this excitement happened while I was working!  LOL


My mid-morning snack was a juicy plum:


And lunch was a simple bagel, cheese, and egg sammie with a carrot on the side.


The bagel is an Thomas Whole Wheat.  Yummy!


Plus, a sweet ending:


Major kudos again to the following ladies who contributed to my Team in Training efforts! THANK YOU!


  • Anna
  • Samma
  • Kacy


If you’re loving what I’ve done with Healthy Tipping Point or Operation Beautiful, I would really appreciate any donation to my TNT effortsRemember, every dollar you give helps the fight against blood cancers!  🙂



  • ratzxfink July 1, 2009, 9:33 am

    wow! congrats! way to go! could you post your Local news appearance too? thanks! behind you all the way! and once again, thanks for the operation beautiful and your blog! love it! hope i'll get mine going well someday!

  • runnerskitchen July 1, 2009, 9:42 am

    Congrats on the Operation Beautiful coverage! That little chocolate looks like the perfect way to end lunch 🙂

  • *One Step at a Time* July 1, 2009, 9:52 am

    I am SO STINKING PROUD of you with this operationbeautiful movement. I have been a blog reader of yours forever now and I feel like you are now famous or something! I can totally see you being on Oprah soon, haha! I just told my mom about what you did, and we both agree that it is sooo amazing! I can't wait til the day I FIND an operationbeautiful note! That will seriously make my life, and I will be sure to tell you about it! 🙂

  • The Fit Collegiate July 1, 2009, 9:53 am

    I have a feeling that this won't be your last news appearance…OB is picking up steam, quickly!!

    And that WW bagel looks fabulous!!

  • Anonymous July 1, 2009, 9:54 am

    I used to work as a TV reporter, so here is a trick of the trade – and it will sound like I'm promoting vanity, but it's really important – use face powder! Seriously, what you have to say is too darn important to have a shiny forehead distracting viewers from your message. Good luck – e-mail me if you want more tips.

  • Jenny July 1, 2009, 10:04 am

    all the media coverage is absolutely phenomenal .. i'm going to have to ask you to mail me your autograph miss celebrity ;)!

  • Paula July 1, 2009, 10:06 am

    Hey Caitlin!

    Wow – that is SO awesome about the TV segment. I work in PR and prepare our clients for TV interviews all the time. I would be happy to chat with you about some of the key things you can/should do to have a great interview. If you're interested at all, shoot me an e-mail.

    Either way – good luck!!! You're going to do great!

  • lighterportions July 1, 2009, 10:09 am

    WOW. That is completely incredible. Operation Beautiful is just exploding! News coverage left right and center. And a local TV appearance?! Huge CONGRATS Caitlin, this is definitely going somewhere BIG.

  • Alyssa July 1, 2009, 10:11 am

    You're awesome! I'm majoring in broadcast journalism and the best advice I can give you is to just be yourself, as cliche as that sounds. Don't try and be or act like what you think you are supposed to, just be yourself and go with it. I'm sure they won't through any curve balls at you, they'll probably just give you questions like "why did you start Ob", "did you think it would get this big", "what do you hope it accomplishes or does for people", etc. Good luck, you'll rock it I know it!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 1, 2009, 10:12 am

    paula – i dont have your email! send it to me!!

    alyssa — oo good tips!

  • SweetPea July 1, 2009, 10:13 am

    So exciting!

    I haven't ever been on TV before, but like Alyssa (and others have said) just be yourself.

    Congrats on your project really taking off and I truly hope that more women get to know more about Operation Beautiful because it really rocks!

  • Anonymous July 1, 2009, 10:15 am

    The negative comments re OB (on the linked sites) make me sick to my stomach. Entitled to their opinions, but seriously? Seriously?!

  • Hallie July 1, 2009, 10:15 am

    On camera tips (I've taken media training and had to do live and taped interviews for work):
    1. DEF wear makeup. More than you think you need. You'll look overdone in person but just right on camera.
    2. Look at the reporter, not the camera. (BIG ONE!)
    3. Wear something you feel comfortable in. Bright, solid colors usually look best on camera.
    4. I always tell the reporter beforehand that I'm a little nervous, they always tend to make me feel better/more relaxed.
    5. Have the confidence that you know what you're talking about, so it'll come easy to you (way easier then when you have to make it up on the fly, trust me!)
    7. Try to speak slowly. If you're nervous you'll want to talk fast, but if you can slow it down, it'll sound better.
    6. If it's taped, remember you can always stop them and start over if you don't like what you said. If it's live, just go with the flow and know that even if you think you sound stupid, on camera you'll look and sound great.
    7. If you can remember, mention your blog URLs a couple of times…shameless self-promotion isn't a bad thing 🙂
    8. Have fun!! You'll do great…I was terrified my first time on TV but it really isn't that scary.

  • J July 1, 2009, 10:17 am

    After being on the opposite side of the camera for some work projects, here is my advice: don't wear black, white, or a small print!

  • Beth @ CrossBorderCravings July 1, 2009, 10:18 am

    Well congrats on all the success! I used to work in on-air news. Best tip I think is to just relax and be yourself! Overthinking things is when it can get tricky. I'm sure you'll find once the camera is rolling it goes quicker than you think. Enjoy!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 1, 2009, 10:19 am

    hallie – those are ASWESOME tips

    anon – they make me sick too HOWEVER i have given this a lot of thought…. some people just don't get it. they are (to be frank) stupid, mean, and probably led very miserable lives. also, a lot of those negative commentors do not (of course) take the time to go to and see what its all about, they just respond to the article.

    people think they can be cruel and heartless because they get to hide behind the internet. the mean comments sometimes stay with me for too long, but then i think about every single good comment i've received, every email i've gotten when someone said the blog changed their life, every story i've read behind an operation beautiful note…. and i realize that those negative comments REALLY DO NOT MATTER. chin up!

  • Victoria July 1, 2009, 10:23 am

    Good luck! This is so exciting for you!

  • Ginger July 1, 2009, 10:25 am

    You've done a great thing! The movement is fantastic! Thanks for getting this going! Good luck on Monday! 🙂

  • Heather July 1, 2009, 10:29 am

    I think this coverage of Operation Beautiful is just amazing, Caitlin! I think it's going to catch on & be bigger than anyone ever could've expected! I think it's about time that women start loving themselves!!!!!!

    It's a revolution 😉

  • Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write July 1, 2009, 10:36 am

    You should be SO proud. What you're doing with Op Beautiful is fantastic. And look, now, how many other people will be doing it. That's truly paying it forward Caitlyn. You're a testament to the fact that we can all make a difference. 🙂

  • brandi July 1, 2009, 10:36 am

    Wow – what a day! This is amazing! You're going to be great tomorrow – just be yourself!

  • Susan July 1, 2009, 10:39 am

    Ohmygoodness Caitlin, this is soooo exciting!!

    I host a TV show and worked as a TV reporter, so I've got a few tips for ya 🙂 Wear lipstick. Put lots of gunk in your hair so you don't get flyaways. Don't wear white or black. If your shirt is on the lower side, wear a necklace to break up the open space between your chin and chest.Look at the person who's interviewing you and not into the lense.

    But most important – have fun and be yourself!! They'll only use the best (and shortest) clips. So don't get flustered if you stumble over your words. Most reporters actually appreciate it when you start over and give them a clear clip.

    Good luck!!!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now July 1, 2009, 10:42 am

    Yay! That's so exciting that you're gonna be on tv! Don't be nervous– you'll do GREAT!

  • Quinn July 1, 2009, 10:45 am

    So exciting! Public speaking is the #1 phobia of people. I normally psych myself out and get nervous, and then as I go it gets easier. As for the cameras, I do my best to pretend they're not there, and just having a normal convo with the other person.

  • Julia July 1, 2009, 10:50 am

    awesome article! good luck with the interview tomorrow!

  • seemeghanblog July 1, 2009, 10:57 am

    this is all so exciting! i'm so happy for you and this amazing cause. you deserve the kudos!

  • Justine July 1, 2009, 10:58 am

    Wow, all kinds of media on the Operation Beautiful! Awesome! Hopefully you can post a link to the interview so we can all see it! 🙂

  • ledewoman July 1, 2009, 10:59 am

    This is so rad! Congratulations. Also, it's not worth nothing that the review on was written by one of my favorite bloggers, Kate Harding, who has a really powerful stance on "fat talk" as well.

  • sweet26 July 1, 2009, 11:08 am

    congrats on all the success of operation beautiful! how amazing!

  • rediscoveringlauren July 1, 2009, 11:11 am

    wow congrats girlie 🙂 thats so exciting!!! operation beautiful is such an amazing idea and you really have changed the way people feel about themseleves, its amazing! your inspirational 🙂 and youll rock that tv appearance!!

  • Colleen July 1, 2009, 11:15 am

    I'm so excited for you!!!!! You are the start of something truly good and you should be so proud!

    It's things like this that remind me of all the kindness in the world. We all have our struggles and the only way we can make life sweeter is to remind people that we all deserve dignity, respect and humanity. And you're absolutely right about the naysayers…some people simply enjoy being negative/being an ass. We're not posting notes for them anyway…but a tiny bit of me hopes we can get through to those people too.

  • Stacey July 1, 2009, 11:20 am


    I have been wanting to comment on Operation Beautiful since you started it, but have not taken the time. I think that you have started something wonderful! And, the fact that you are getting to spread the word thru various media channels is amazing! Keep up the good work and thanks for the inspiration!

  • stephco July 1, 2009, 11:29 am

    So after looking at your fitness tips, today at the gym I tried the walk/run/walk/run method, and was able to do 3 miles in 40minutes, not as good as you, but I just want to know your such a motivator!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 1, 2009, 11:31 am

    steph – work it! thats awesome!

  • Julie July 1, 2009, 11:35 am

    You're just a little celebrity now!!! congrats!

  • mel @ She Runs Brooklyn July 1, 2009, 11:46 am

    Your egg & cheese sandwich inspired me to get cheddar on my turkey sandwich. i never get cheese, and it was a nice treat!!

    Thanks for the idea 🙂

    (and another congrats!!)

  • Julie July 1, 2009, 11:46 am

    omg congrats! That is so exciting!!!!! Thank you for starting OB

  • seesaraheat July 1, 2009, 11:57 am

    That is amazing! You are livin' the dream girl 😉

  • Ashley July 1, 2009, 12:02 pm

    congrats! You should be so proud of yourself!

  • Girl on Top July 1, 2009, 12:15 pm

    Very cool! Congrats!

  • livelaughlyss July 1, 2009, 12:47 pm

    whatever you do, don't fall on your face! i did that on national television – not cool, not cool. 🙂

    but for real, you're amazing caitlin. this is going to be huge. it's already huge! one step closer to oprah!

  • Lindsay July 1, 2009, 12:52 pm

    Love your blog! Thanks for all of your healthy living tips- I'm glad I can reciprocate and offer some on-camera advice 🙂 I work in PR and media train folks on a regular basis. Here's a basic tip:

    Keep in mind they may interview you for a few minutes, but may only use a sentence or two of your interview. So in order to get your message across, try to mention "". For example instead of saying "I started it…" or "I started the blog…", say "I started…"

  • Christy July 1, 2009, 1:15 pm

    Congratulations on such an accomplishment! Definitely let us know where we can find the video online. Just be yourself and you'll kill it! 🙂

  • just me July 1, 2009, 1:54 pm

    dannnnng girl! you're going to become a celebrity…i can see it!

  • Oh She Glows July 1, 2009, 2:01 pm

    Girlfriend you are going straight to Oprah!!! hahaha weeeeeeee. Need someone to hold your bags? ;p

  • Jael July 1, 2009, 2:14 pm

    Hi Caitlin!!! i'm a journalist and the only thing that i can add to the things already said is to GET YOUR MESSAGE PREPARED AND DON'T FORGET TO DELIVER IT. Sometimes when one is nervous is easy to mix the important message and deliver it wrong. Know what your most important points are and DELIVER YOUR MESSAGE.

    Best wishes

  • K from ksgoodeats July 1, 2009, 2:42 pm

    GOOD LUCK!! This is so exciting for you 🙂 Congrats!!

    Be confident and speak clearly – confidence is key though! You'll be fine!!

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) July 1, 2009, 2:50 pm

    Congrats on all the Operation Beautiful coverage!! It's so great to see GOOD stuff in the news for once. 😉

    Lovin' your egg sandwich too…yum!

  • Casey @ Double Scooped July 1, 2009, 2:51 pm

    That is so exciting!! I wish I could tune in. Maybe I'll make my dad record it haha…he would have no idea what I'm talking about.

    I once heard that if you mimic the body language of the person you're talking to (or in your case, the person you're being interviewed by) it makes both people for more at ease. so if the report has one hand on her hip, you put one hand on your hip. I don't know if it will work in your situation but it may! It worked for me in job interviews.


  • Tammy (Defining Wellness) July 1, 2009, 3:28 pm

    Congratulations on all the media! What you're doing is such a beautiful thing. I love how you continue to inspire others — you know you inspired me! And now I have my life back!

  • emily July 1, 2009, 4:35 pm

    wow, congrats on all the news action! that is so fabulous!

  • Samantha @ Mama Notes July 1, 2009, 4:58 pm

    you are like famous!! 😉

  • Christina July 1, 2009, 5:12 pm

    Congrats on the Operation Beautiful success! I'm sure you'll do great on TV!

  • Heather July 1, 2009, 5:37 pm

    saw the article in the paper this morning – a million congrats! I knew it was coming out but I walked by the paper and saw your face and did a double take. you should open up a cafepress store and make shirts or something! I'm sure people would buy them.

  • traveleatlove July 1, 2009, 5:38 pm

    Good for you for doing Team in Training! I did the Bermuda Marathon with them years ago and loved it!
    I am glad there will be some good news in the news! Be confident and remember how great you are!

  • Lauren July 1, 2009, 5:50 pm

    Words can't describe how incredible you are! Look at the things you've accomplished in the past few months. You completed a 60 mile bike race, you took on another career, you realized so much about yourself and your body while recovering from injury, you singed up for one of the most challenging but rewarding experiences with the marathon, and you started an entire movement of inpsiration, beauty and hope in young women world wide!

    Amazing, Caitlin, truly amazing! 🙂

  • HangryPants July 1, 2009, 6:10 pm

    Congratulations Caitlin! You will be great on TV.

  • The Shabby Princess July 1, 2009, 6:23 pm

    You will rock on the news!! Just be yourself, be friendly and don't be scared of the camera! (I do media training for a living)–you'll do GREAT. Congratulations on all the great accomplishments!

  • Kim July 1, 2009, 6:27 pm

    How exciting that you are going to be on the news! 🙂 WTG!

  • Trainer T.s Fitness July 2, 2009, 9:24 am

    Congrats this is wonderful. Im sure you will do great, just remember its just as if your talking with a friend and you will do fine.

    Your a star!

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