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Good morning! It may be Monday, and I may have a lot of stuff to do this week, but I’m trying to stay positive! 🙂


Breakfast was divine:


My banana oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings: two tablespoons granola and blueberries


Operation Beautiful


As you may know, we’re playing a fun game on Operation Beautiful called "Where in the USA is Monica?"  Monica from Run, Eat, Repeat is taking a cross-country tour!  She is driving from California to Maryland from July 10 to July 17, and along the way, she will be spreading the Operation Beautiful love!  On Sunday, she hinted that she is "moving away from the ocean, but not the water!" and the next stop was once a winter Olympics site.   If you guess Monica was in Salt Lake City, Utah — you were right!

Here are the hints for the next "Where in the USA is Monica?" stop.  Can you guess where she is headed?


  • We can thank Theodore Roosevelt for recognizing the beauty of this land
  • Monica is very Faithful to getting Operation Beautiful’s message to this place


Go to Operation Beautiful to see the rest of today’s notes.  They are especially creative and fun today!


Oh She Glows Bootcamp! 

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I wrote a new article on Motivation for Oh She Glows.  Head on over to Angela’s site to find out how to stay motivation when all you want to do is nap on the couch!  :)  And check out her Amazing Grass giveaway, too!


The Fresh Air Fund Success Story!


Last Friday, I wrote about the Fresh Air Fund, which raises money for children in New York City via the New York City Half Marathon.  A reader named Betsy signed up for the program right away!


She wrote, "I’ve always admired Fresh Air Fund, and even applied for a job or two there back when I was first moving to New York.  I am a huge advocate for giving everyone, especially low-income families, a chance to experience green space, and wrote part of my college thesis on that topic, so it’s mission is near and dear to my heart.  When I saw your post, I gave it about 2.5 seconds of thinking, and clicked right though.    Only a little more than a month to train for a half and raise $1000?  When it’s for a wonderful cause like this, why the hell not!  So, I’m in.  And am especially excited. I’ve done loads of races before, but never for a charity, so this feels especially special. "


Betsy needs YOUR help to raise the money! It’s a great cause, so instead of getting that latte from Starbucks, grab some office coffee and give Besty a few bucks!  I know I did! 🙂 


Have a great day!



  • haya July 13, 2009, 4:46 am


  • eatingjourney July 13, 2009, 5:38 am

    Your blog post was awesome on Angela's site. Thanks so much for the tips..they are super practical and honest.

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn July 13, 2009, 6:09 am

    I love the way you inspire us all Caitlin!

    I'm so glad Betsy signed up– I don't think I have the guts to yet! If a runner can't raise the full amount of money, are you out? I can probably find out on the marathon site, but just thought I'd throw it out there.

    My "long runs" of 4 miles might not cut it for training 🙂


  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 13, 2009, 6:12 am

    mel – just like TNT, if you dont raise all the money by the race, they charge your credit card for the remainder.

  • BOBBI McCORMICK July 13, 2009, 6:17 am

    this where in the world is Monica series is soooooc cute!! I just caught up on your blog, being gone I missed you!!!! I am so excited about reading your artical at O She Glows, I am headed over right now! Happy Monday Beautiful!

  • Tiffany July 13, 2009, 6:20 am

    Old Faithful in Yellowstone?
    And thanks for the great article on motivation at Oh She Glows!

  • leslie July 13, 2009, 6:31 am

    i love this "where in the world" series. it's like operation beautiful conquers america. 🙂

  • brandi July 13, 2009, 7:24 am

    how awesome that she's spreading operation beautiful to so many places!

    i hope your monday is going well!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 13, 2009, 7:27 am

    great guest post at Oh She Glows! 😉

  • Betsy July 13, 2009, 7:29 am

    Thanks sooooo much for spreading the word!!!!! I'm keep you posted on how everything's going. 🙂

  • Abbie July 13, 2009, 7:29 am

    This a.m. I ran exactly by where Monica took that picture. Small world!

  • Kristie Lynn July 13, 2009, 7:54 am

    She's going to see Old Faithful in Yellowstone? I am so jealous of this trip of hers! LOL

  • heyitstay July 13, 2009, 8:20 am

    Yosemite and Old Faithful!!

    I can't wait to read that article later on today, when I have more time! I'm sure it's great 🙂

  • Cait (Cait's Plate) July 13, 2009, 8:33 am

    Loved your blog post on Angela's site 🙂

    You breakfast looks delicious!!

  • Trainer T.s Fitness July 13, 2009, 9:43 am

    Thanks I just checked out that blog, its GREAT!

  • Courtney July 13, 2009, 9:54 am

    What's up! I freaking loved your guest post! SUPER MOTIVATING! 😀

    Made my Monday morning not such a Monday morning. Ya feel?

    😀 See ya toots!

  • seesaraheat July 13, 2009, 10:10 am

    That oatmeal looks delicious! I'm off to check you out on Ange's site 🙂 Have a great week!

  • Michelle July 13, 2009, 12:50 pm

    Yellowstone national park!

  • roseyrebecca July 13, 2009, 6:28 pm

    Your motivation post was great! I can definitely relate to de-motivation. I think the most important thing to think about when you are trying to stay motivated is how you feel after a great workout/ultra healthy meal. I, for one, feel a lot better when I've exercised and eaten a delicious healthy dinner.

  • N.D. July 17, 2009, 4:54 am

    You might have posted about this but I missed it- do you make your own granola?

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 17, 2009, 4:56 am

    ND – granola is easy to make, but that's store-bought.

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