Sorry I missed the evening post!  I spent the night trying to get my mother’s 2001 lap top up-to-date.  She had skipped 37 Windows updates!


We took a break from computer repair to make this lovely dinner:


We made Nasoya baked tofu, squash, carrots, and brown rice.  I had a side of watermelon and about 1/4 a banana.



For the baked tofu, we mixed up a lovely marinade of:


  • Equal parts mustard and soy sauce
  • A dash of extra virgin olive oil
  • Generous amount of honey
  • Garlic
  • Sesame seeds


And baked the tofu for about 45 minutes at 350.  Yum!


This dinner is timely because Nasoya is actually my Boston Experience Sponsor for the Healthy Living Summit.  That means Nasoya is sponsoring some of my fun activities, which I think is pretty neat because I love Nasoya tofu!  Anytime you’ve seen tofu on the blog, it’s been Nasoya.  I like the Cubed Extra Firm Tofu the most — it’s so easy to make tofu when you don’t have to cube it!


For dessert, I had a slice of Key Lime Pie (with the top cut off, I just wanted the crust) and some Pineapple Coconut ice cream.


This morning, I woke up around 7:00 AM and was happy to discover my tummy troubles were mostly gone.  I’ve never had an "episode" (as I’ve started to call them) last more than a few hours, so an episode that lasted 30 long hours on my vacation was pretty unpleasant.  I’m making an appointment for a full medical work-up when I get back home.  I’ve looked into so many conditions online (colitis, Chron’s, IBS, gluten allergy, etc etc etc) and truthfully, my symptoms don’t match any of those conditions.  I probably have Ebola or something.


I had 1/2 a slice of toast with almond butter before my run:


And then I set off on a run through the countryside! 


Unfortunately, I encountered a big, angry dog on my run.  Tennessee doesn’t exactly have "leash laws" (or if they do, no one enforces it) and most homes in the countryside have a dog sitting on the porch.  This 100-pound pooch wanted to eat my face!  I had to slowlllly walk backwards for about 1/4 mile to get away from him.  Ahh!


Here are my stats:


  • Duration:  34 minutes
  • Distance: 3.3 miles (approx?)


I came home and made a lovely breakfast:


A bowl of Oikos yogurt, blueberries, and 1/2 a banana:


And egg in toast:


Off to spend the last day in Tennessee with mom! 


I leave for Boston in two days!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOO EXCITED!



  • Leianna August 11, 2009, 6:06 am

    I've had a lot of dog run-ins too lately on the country roads of MN! It's scary not knowing what they are going to do! Stay safe in TN!

  • Erica August 11, 2009, 6:18 am

    Hahah- I love the crust too! I always get or make Josh key lime pie (his favorite) and eat only a few bits of crust 😉 mmmm to graham cracker crust!

    Sorry about the dog run in 🙁 What is up with all these crazy dogs in TN??

    Enjoy another wonderful day with the mama

  • recipesforcreativity August 11, 2009, 6:22 am

    I don't know why it is, but in the mountains people do NOT tie up their dogs! I live on the other side of the same mountains over in NC, and if I ever wander off into some of the neighborhoods that are outside of town, woah, big dogs walking around everywhere! Glad you didn't get hurt. You should have brought James and Maggie to TN for protection, LOL!

  • brandi August 11, 2009, 6:30 am

    i'm glad you weren't hurt! i was bit by a dog a few months ago while running, and it was not fun.

    enjoy the last bit of time with your mom 🙂

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) August 11, 2009, 6:31 am

    that's so funny that you cut off the top of the pie — makes sense, though – the crust is the BEST part! 😉

  • Nicole ( August 11, 2009, 6:39 am

    Yikes!! Ever since I was little, I've had a fear of being chased by dogs! One time I was out for a walk and a dog wanted to play with me and chased me all the way home. I'm lucky it was a friendly dog, though!

  • elliebelle August 11, 2009, 6:48 am

    When I used to bike ride with my dad, I was really freaked of the big scary dogs too! My mom bikes frequently with my dad and she carries some sort of dog spray with her. I think it is basically just a pepper spray. Just a thought. 🙂

  • Lizzy August 11, 2009, 6:58 am

    Your dinner from last night looks amazing. I need to pick up some tofu and try it out!

  • Spin Girl August 11, 2009, 6:59 am

    Hi Caitlin-

    I've been a huge fan of your blog for about a year now…it may be my favorite of all those I read. However, recently I have become more and more disappointed because your eating seems to be becoming more and more restrictive and obsessive. I may be off base here, in which case I am very sorry, but the calories you consume on a typical day over the last month seem to be decreasing, and the example I felt you set is losing its integrity 🙁 Although I love your writing style and keeping up with you, I'm afraid I am going to have to take HTP off of my reader.

  • Susan August 11, 2009, 7:13 am

    Ohman, that sucks about your tummy 🙁 I have "episodes" as well, and it always acts up when I'm on vacation or away from home and eating different foods.

    That pie pic made be giggle. I'm the opposite, no crust – just the filling! 🙂

  • Caitlin August 11, 2009, 7:15 am

    spin girl –

    i'm really sorry that you feel like that, but i have no idea what you are talking about. if you're referring to the fact that i took the top off my pie and ate half a slice of bread this morning, it's because 1) i've been experiencing intense stomach pains that makes it difficult to eat a lot of food and 2) i just wanted to eat the crust of the pie and not the "insides." it's not being restrictive.

    my weight has not changed at all, and i've picked up my running, so if i had been eating less calories, i certainly would've dropped weight.

    i eat anywhere from 1800 to 2200 calories a day (a guess, because i don't count). this is not restrictive, this is normal eating.

    also, i have been experiencing intense stomach issues (which i have chosen not to really get into on the blog because i'm sure you guys dont want to hear about my shits) which make it difficult to eat some foods, or a lot of such fods. honestly, it's bad enough that im going to the doctor when i get back, and i'm really nervous that it's a life-altering condition. it's that bad.

    i feel like your comment is really off base. all you need to do is look at this post to see i'm eating a normal amount of food.

  • Caitlin August 11, 2009, 7:19 am

    spin girl – and at least i give you props for wording your comment nicely. 🙂

  • Jessica August 11, 2009, 7:19 am

    The egg in toast looks SO good!

    I think Spin Girl is way off base – it looks like you eat plenty!

  • Paige@ Running Around Normal August 11, 2009, 7:25 am

    eek big scary dogs=no good! Nice job on your run. I hope you get some info on your stomach problems, soon.

  • Kathryn August 11, 2009, 7:27 am

    I have stomach issues all the time. Have you ever thought maybe you have celiac disease? I have it, its a gluten intolerance 🙂

  • Britt August 11, 2009, 7:33 am

    Hope you get the tummy issues resolved soon!

    I hate dealing with dogs when I am running. I had two chase after me one time so now I am overly cautious with any dogs I encounter when I run. As a dog owner myself I don't know why people think its okay to let them run around without a leash or a fence, I would never do that…. but I also own a beagle that follows his nose and would be gone!

  • Amy August 11, 2009, 7:37 am

    Hey Caitlin,
    So sorry about your tummy troubles. I've been there time and again – when it comes to GI problems, you name it and I've experienced it. I've dealt with actual conditions as well as stress-induced inflammation (which can be just as bad, if not worse than a disease or food allergy/intolerance, etc.) I've found that figuring out how to reduce stress is the best treatment. Another thing that helps is limiting your research of the symptoms online — it can start to just make things worse!

    Though I do highly recommend doing your research before seeing a doctor –it can help you accurately convey the problem to the doctor.
    I hope everything is ok!

  • Andee (Runtolive) August 11, 2009, 7:43 am

    Hope your stomach feels better! I love that egg in a toast idea, how creative!

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) August 11, 2009, 7:55 am

    I hate when people don't have the common sense to leash their dogs. I have the same problem in my area, and its never the cute, friendly dogs that are loose either. Ugh!

    Breakfast looks delicious! 😀

  • hookedup August 11, 2009, 8:06 am

    I love dogs but I am VERY afraid of them, I have been attacked before. Once I held on to a dog's mouth and screamed for help, I was 12 and was there for about 15 minutes. So now I am wary of them, I will rarely touch someone else's dog but I love ours.

  • Sheri August 11, 2009, 8:06 am

    Your egg in the toast looks so yummy!

    Man, I hate it when dogs are romming glad that you did not get hurt! You just never know…

    I think Spin Girl is way off base with her comment! I too think you eat plenty!

  • ratzxfink August 11, 2009, 8:09 am

    wow! how does that egg in toast work? it looks lovely! could you post the steps on your blog?

  • Gina August 11, 2009, 8:23 am

    A few months ago, I came across a huge brown dog that was along a running trail in the woods. At first I thought it was a bear (I wouldn't have been surprised). But luckily, he was sniffing around and didn't bother me at all.

  • Sonia August 11, 2009, 8:25 am

    I have so many tummy troubles too! I almost always get a stomach ache every day that lasts for a few hours, somehow they go away on my vacations so I am wondering if they are stress related. I have been to a doctor about it a few times and their first thought was that I had an ulcer, but the tests came out negative for that. I was then prescribed to drink magnesium citrate (that was an adventure!) and when that didn't make the ache go away, I was given a very strong dose of some antibiotics (I think they were called dioxicyclene) because the doctor was worried I had an infection. My stomach aches don't seem to be caused by certain things that I eat, but I still get them daily no matter what I do! I hope that everything works out for you and I'm hoping that you might be able to give me some insight as to what is wrong with me!

    Keep up the fabulous blogging!

  • inmytummy August 11, 2009, 9:20 am

    I have a lot of stomach issues too.

    Could you be lactose intolerant?

    My mom makes me fix her computer issues every time I come home. Parents are funny like that. She also insists that a 2002ish computer is not old!

  • Angie Eats Peace August 11, 2009, 9:30 am

    Thanks for the tofu recipe. I will definitely try it.

  • Stephanie August 11, 2009, 9:54 am

    My husband has stomach problems that they labeled as IBS but none of the suggestions or medicines they give him for it relieve him of his symptoms….so I'm pretty sure it's something else but like you, nothing fits! So, for yours and my husband's sake…I sure hope it's not ebola!

  • heyitstay August 11, 2009, 10:28 am

    I love that graham crackery pie crust! That's my kind of pie slice 😉

    I've seen Nasoya at Costco and been tempted to buy it but wasn't sure if it was any different than TJ's tofu or anything. Glad to know it's good stuff!

  • seesaraheat August 11, 2009, 10:33 am

    Yikes, I'm glad you were able to get away safely! It's like that here in Kentucky too sometimes…except we do have laws, people just don't listen.

    I think it's funny that you ate the pie with the top scraped off because I usually scrape off the crust, haha.

    Have a safe trip back! And to Boston too!

  • Kristi (sweet cheeks) August 11, 2009, 10:44 am

    I love your egg-in-toast bfasts! I still need to try that!

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie August 11, 2009, 10:47 am

    I love that breakfast … I call it egg in a hole!! We used to always make it camping when I was a kid!

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie August 11, 2009, 10:51 am

    One more thing … I had tummy issues for a while … a long while. And the doctors said nothing was wrong with me. Finally my doctor said to take psyllium husk pills (all natural ones). I take 3 in the morning with a tall glass of water, and feel great all day. Haven't had an "episode" since!

  • Jen Papaya August 11, 2009, 11:24 am

    That is too funny about the dog. That happened to my coworker last night, and we spent 45 minutes this morning (being very productive) talking about times that has happened to all of us. I just cracked up when I saw this post!

    But I'm happy to hear he didn't eat your face!

  • Pam (Highway to Health) August 11, 2009, 12:11 pm

    I also had a scary run in with two huge dogs but they turned out to be sweet hearts.

    The crust is my favorite too.

    Enjoy your last day in TN!

  • Anonymous August 11, 2009, 4:07 pm

    i am so scared of dogs! what do you do when you run into one?! general behaviour tips?

  • Lexie August 12, 2009, 6:47 pm

    Caitlin…that sucks you are having stomach issues. It really can take over your life I feel. I had them for a while and the more I looked up things online, I think the worst they got? I am not sure if it was stress at the time, but my stomach is so much better than it was. I now take a probiotic every day along with some Metamucil pills. This combination really seems to help me, although it my stomach still flares up once in a while.

    Good luck in finding out what it is!

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