Two back-to-back runs have jacked up my appetite beyond belief.  Not that I mind the excessive carb munching.  :)  I just can barely keep up!


Mid-morning snack was a blueberry yogurt muffin:


Lunch was rice, a veggie burger, and broc:


The rice was actually this "heat and serve" pack from Annie Chun’s.  I’ve never had real black pearl rice, so I have nothing to compare this to, but it was pretty good!


Plus, it was FAST!  I made lunch in 5 minutes!  I ate both servings of rice in the packet.


Just snacked on some apricots (not shown) and granola:


Dress for Success and Operation Beautiful


Today is the FINAL day of the Official Operation Beautiful Charity Necklace Drive!  As part of this fundraiser, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the official Operation Beautiful necklace will go to Dress for Success Greater Orlando.  To learn more about this fundraiser, check out this post.



A reader named Emily has GENEROUSLY bought one Operation Beautiful necklace with the full intention of giving it away to a Healthy Tipping Point reader!  How amazing is that?  Warms my heart!


If you want to win the Operation Beautiful necklace, simply leave a comment stating what your BEST qualities are!  I’ll randomly pick a tomorrow morning! Spread the love!  And THANK YOU, Emily.  🙂



  • mgaltier August 21, 2009, 11:30 am

    What a generous person! I think my best qualities are my determination. I'm also proud of myself because I try really, really hard to be a good friend.

  • Paige@ Running Around Normal August 21, 2009, 11:32 am

    Wow how generous, Emily! Thanks for letting us know today's the final day- I must have missed that it was only going on for a few short days.

  • Stephanie August 21, 2009, 11:32 am

    Thanks Emily! I think my best quality is that I can relate to people very easily. People always come to me for advice because they know that I won't give some generic answer; I think about the problem and the person and then give my advice.

  • april August 21, 2009, 11:34 am

    What a neat giveaway! Thanks Emily! I think my best quality is that I can see the good in everyone!

  • kirsten August 21, 2009, 11:38 am

    wow, that's so nice!! I think my best qualities are my memory and my determination 🙂

  • Anna August 21, 2009, 11:44 am

    What a lovely idea! As for my qualities, I am thoughtful and hard-working!

  • Andee (Runtolive) August 21, 2009, 11:50 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! I think my best qualities are never giving up and knowing how to push myself to succeed in whatever in life.

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) August 21, 2009, 11:51 am

    I got that rice sent to me too. I haven't tried it. It looks pretty good though, you've inspired me to eat it!

    I think my best quality is my open-mindedness. I like to think it makes it easy for others to talk to me 🙂

  • Susan August 21, 2009, 11:54 am

    You are awesome Emily! My best quality would be that I am very driven. Once I put my mind to something, there is no stopping me!

  • feather2803 August 21, 2009, 11:57 am

    my best quality would be kindness… i always try to put myself in other people's shoes because NOBODY has a 100% easy life, and you never know what your smile or thoughtful word can do for someone

  • August 21, 2009, 11:59 am

    awww that is so nice of emily! thankyou thankyou! like people have already said, but i really do try my hardest to be the best friend i can possibly be =)

  • Brooke August 21, 2009, 12:02 pm

    Yay how exciting! Merci beaucoup Emily! 🙂 I would say my best quality is keeping in touch with people! I still see my friends from summer camp that I went to in the 5th grade! 😀

  • Kathleen August 21, 2009, 12:03 pm

    Thank you so much, Emily! I think my best qualities are my determination, ambition and work ethic 🙂

  • meghanN August 21, 2009, 12:04 pm

    Your adoption of debika warms my heart!!I love that I am a really supportive friend, sister and daughter!

  • Sarah August 21, 2009, 12:05 pm

    Fantastic!! I think I have a strong inner core–I am steady in most crises and I am supportive to my friends and family when they need me.

  • rediscoveringlauren August 21, 2009, 12:05 pm

    aw so generous of emily! Hmm i think my best qualities are how caring i am towards others, the fact that im a good listener and my determination and focus on whatever goal i have.
    lunch looks yummy 🙂 enjoy the rest of your friday!!

  • Heather O'Donnell August 21, 2009, 12:09 pm

    stating your best qualities is really hard. I guess mine would be the determination I've shown to recover from an eating disorder and run my first 5K!!

  • Heather O'Donnell August 21, 2009, 12:09 pm

    stating your best qualities is really hard. I guess mine would be the determination I've shown to recover from an eating disorder and run my first 5K!!

  • Josie August 21, 2009, 12:10 pm

    thats sweeeet. 🙂 But wow this is hard for me to think about… to ahh. i guess i would choose my STRONG legs for making me finish a run…i forget how to appreciate them!

  • Sarah August 21, 2009, 12:12 pm

    That's so thoughtful of her 🙂 My best qualities are my loyalty and determination. I will do ANYTHING for the people I love without hesitation, and if I set my mind to something it WILL be done to the best of my abilities. Oh, and my toned arms – I've worked hard for these babies! 🙂

  • Leianna August 21, 2009, 12:14 pm

    I think my best qualities are my organization and listening skills. I love being that friend who will talk and be there for you no matter what! Thanks for this oppertunity!

  • Kate August 21, 2009, 12:17 pm

    That is so sweet! I think my best quality is that I am loyal – I am always there for friends when they need me!

  • Angela (Run Study Eat) August 21, 2009, 12:19 pm

    My best qualities are my kindness (southern hospitality y'all) and my dimples! P.S. I want that rice, veggie burger, and broc combo in front of me right now. haha

  • Christy G August 21, 2009, 12:21 pm

    My best qualities are my fierce loyalty, my open heart and my dedication to see through anything I begin.

  • Runeatrepeat August 21, 2009, 12:25 pm

    I like that you are asking people to respond with their best quality. I would say mine is I'm non-judgemental 🙂

  • Leena August 21, 2009, 12:27 pm

    Thanks for the great giveaway!!
    I think my best qualities are my patience and trustworthyness. My friends know they can come to me for anything. 🙂

  • Carrie H August 21, 2009, 12:27 pm

    Lately I have been loving my strong legs and butt from all the running! I also try really hard to be compassionate. Thanks!

  • Nicole P August 21, 2009, 12:30 pm

    I think my best quality is my perseverance. I have been going through a lot lately and I am managing to keep pushing on and pushing myself towards becoming a better and healthier me. Im about to start college and I know my perseverance will be tested…but I feel confident in my newfound ability!

  • insideiamdancing August 21, 2009, 12:30 pm

    being non-judgemental 🙂

  • greenbean August 21, 2009, 12:42 pm

    i think my best qualities are my eyes and my sense of humor. i'm a hoot, if i do say so myself 😀

  • Mary Sailors August 21, 2009, 12:43 pm

    Wow, what a great idea! I think my best quality is lifting people up and encouraging them! Thanks!!

  • Jessica Joy Daly August 21, 2009, 12:48 pm

    What an awesome Idea! I believe that one of my best qualities is my compassion. I love to give time and energy to other people around me in my life!

  • Bronwyn August 21, 2009, 12:56 pm

    Hey, I love your blog. And I'm loviong this Operation Beautiful idea.
    My best quality? My listening skills, I always try to listen to what everyone is saying and when they're saying it. I'm not perfect, but I think everyone needs to be heard by at least one person. 🙂

  • lookingforserenity August 21, 2009, 1:02 pm

    My favorite quality is my longgg legs! they are so long, it is hard to find jeans.. but i've learned to LOVE them 🙂 I also like my smile, and hair (some days! haha)

  • Mary August 21, 2009, 1:08 pm

    I love Operation Beautiful! I have shared this movement with my 14 yr old daughter and her friends. They have started leaving each other little notes for each other in their lockers at school:) and around the high school campus.

    My best quality has to be my ability to listen and give open and honest advice.

    Thanks for the great give away Emily!

  • *Andrea* August 21, 2009, 1:13 pm

    wow that is SO SWEET and thoughtful of emily!!! my best quality is that i can read people really well. i am also a great listener 🙂

  • Tiffany August 21, 2009, 1:15 pm

    That is so generous! Thank you Emily for the opportunity. I believe my best qualities are my drive and love for people. I love to set goals and feel so good when I accomplish them. And, like April I see the good in people and enjoy making a difference in the lives of others.

  • Deva@Voracious Vorilee August 21, 2009, 1:16 pm

    I think my best quality is my desire to keep learning new things.

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now August 21, 2009, 1:23 pm

    I hope that others would agree my best quality is that I'm very kind and patient. I try very hard to be mindful of others' needs, and to be a good friend.

  • spitfire994 August 21, 2009, 1:23 pm

    Hello! The give away is an EXTREMELY nice treat. My best qualities you ask? Mmmmmmmmmmmmm, I think it would be that I try my hardest at AlMOST(hey, I'm being honest) everything I do, even if my hardest doesn't quite cut it. Wait, that might actually be my best and WORST qualities……

  • Mo August 21, 2009, 1:25 pm

    That is beautiful! I think my best qualities are my loyalness and my ability to relate to just about anyone. 🙂

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 21, 2009, 1:27 pm

    I think my best quality is that I have a big heart. I often think in terms of how to help others before myself….and it pains me every time to walk by the homeless.

  • Anna Webb August 21, 2009, 1:46 pm

    How lovely of Emily to do this. 🙂

    I believe I have alot of good qualities but my best quality has to be my heart. It is so large and full of compassion and love for others.

    My second best quality would be my selflessness. I'm constantly thinking about other's well being over my own. My mom brought me up that way and I strive everyday to make her proud. 🙂

  • Eliza M August 21, 2009, 1:51 pm

    I am a very genuine person and always try to let people know how much I appreciate them!

    Thanks Emily! What a nice thing to do.

  • Lori August 21, 2009, 1:52 pm

    Very generous person and a beautiful necklace.
    I love how the black rice looks purple (at least on my monitor!).

    My best qualities are honesty, loyalty, and strength.

  • Manhattan Cupcake August 21, 2009, 1:52 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    I'm a long time reader and love your blog. I just started a blog of my own, and I hope you'll check it out! I read your blog and Meghann's a lot while I was training for my first half marathon – so thanks for the inspiration!
    -Caitlin (same name – best spelling!!)

  • emilyrena August 21, 2009, 1:55 pm

    Wow! That's such a thoughtful guesture.

    I think one of best qualities are that I`m really caring about my friends and family. More often than not, I put them first, before myself.

  • Michelle August 21, 2009, 1:56 pm

    How generous! I think my best quality is that I keep trying no matter what life throws at me.

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie August 21, 2009, 2:09 pm

    My best quality is that I love put a smile on another person's face, whether it is the children I teach, the bride whose wedding I coordinate, or a friend when I bake them a cake or send them a gift – I just love to see people smile.

  • Tami August 21, 2009, 2:18 pm

    i remember special things about my friends and family. little cards here and there in the mail just because.

  • HangryPants August 21, 2009, 2:19 pm

    You know I want that necklace. Thanks Emily!

    I have several good qualities. 🙂 I think I am a hard worker and am pretty determined. I try to be a good listener and I love my friends and family.

  • Newly and Forever, Tamantha August 21, 2009, 2:28 pm

    Thanks Emily! Such a treat! I think one of my best quailities is that I try as much as possible to be honest with love, instead of telling people what they want to hear.

  • klkasych August 21, 2009, 2:41 pm

    That is so sweet! I think my best quality is listening skills – which is one of the main reasons why I wanted to become a counselor for people with disabilities. Anyone who's seeing a counselor doesn't get listened to enough, but people with disabilities are never heard!

  • Elise G August 21, 2009, 2:41 pm

    My best quality is that I am a great listener!

  • Kelly J August 21, 2009, 2:46 pm

    Wow! What a thoughtful gesture!

    My best quality is definitely my positive outlook on life! I can always catch the silver lining in any situation.

  • just me August 21, 2009, 2:56 pm

    ah, thanks to emily! so nice of her! i think my best quality is my determination!

  • Ilene August 21, 2009, 3:06 pm

    This is so amazing(: My best qualities hmmm…I definitely try to look on the bright side as often as I can, and I'm hard working and diligent.

  • Michelle August 21, 2009, 3:07 pm

    Thanks Emily! 🙂
    My best quality is that I am very reliable, whether you are my best friend or I just met you!!

  • Erin August 21, 2009, 3:09 pm

    Thanks Emily! I think my best quality is that I am not a judgmental person at all. I have been through too many bad things to judge others!

  • living2thetruth August 21, 2009, 3:35 pm

    I think my best quality is my ability to forgive others. I don't hold grudges. I believe life is too short and too precious to live life sad, defeated, and miserable. Each day, I choose to be happy and do my part to bring joy to other people's days.

  • Caitlin August 21, 2009, 3:57 pm

    wow-how nice of her! I think SHE has the wonderful quality of generosity!

    As for me, one of my best qualities is that I am a very appreciative person. I realized that I am very blessed and appreciate each and every opportunity that I am given!

  • Rhonda August 21, 2009, 4:01 pm

    How fun! I think my best quality is I love to laugh. Lovely necklace! ;O) Thanks for the chance!

  • Lizzy August 21, 2009, 4:10 pm

    Aw i love the generosity!

    as for my best qualities, i think i'm a really upbeat person and i love being the person that people can come to for just about anything! i don't sweat the small things! live life to its fullest!

  • mikey August 21, 2009, 4:11 pm

    that muffin looks so good! recipe?
    i think my best qualities is my kindness and my love to try new things.

  • Tay August 21, 2009, 4:27 pm

    Wow how nice of Emily!! Physically I love my eyes and legs (because they're strong!). Mentally I'm considerate and try and make the best of every situation.

  • Christina August 21, 2009, 5:01 pm

    Emily is a generous person! i am a good listener.

  • Jenna August 21, 2009, 5:14 pm

    i would say i am responsible, organized, and hard working 🙂

  • Irene August 21, 2009, 5:23 pm

    I'm a good listener because I care about people. This comes in handy being a public high school teacher. I want my students to know I care about them.

  • Lindsey August 21, 2009, 5:32 pm

    those muffins look yummy!!

    my best quality is my empathy for others

  • TSNAC August 21, 2009, 5:35 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would say that I am a sincere and loyal person.

  • Laura E August 21, 2009, 6:06 pm

    Thanks so much for the opportunity! My best qualities are being kind and accepting to everyone.

  • Christina G. August 21, 2009, 6:15 pm

    my best qualities:

    honesty, kind-hearted, determined

    I hope I win that necklace! 🙂

  • MalininGrl August 21, 2009, 6:42 pm

    I think my best qualities are that I am hard working and can make people laugh.

  • TZel August 21, 2009, 7:09 pm

    I would say sincerity. Thank you!

  • Rachel August 21, 2009, 10:04 pm

    The necklaces are beautiful! I think my best quality is that I'm a good listener and also that I'm honest and sincere.

  • Anonymous August 21, 2009, 10:31 pm

    What a nice thing for Emily to do!! I think my best quality is my ability to listen and get others to tell me all about themselves.–Adrien

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