A Fishy Friend

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I have a new friend!


I’m a sucker for the beta fishes at Wal-Mart.  They always seem so sad and lonely.  Our previous beta died earlier this year, and I’ve been wanting to get a new fish ever since.  They are soothing to watch.  🙂


Her name is Bella — yes, as in Bella from Twilight.  (When I named her, the Husband rolled her eyes and remarked he’s married to a 12 year-old.  Whatever. I’m young at heart.)


Before we ran errands, I took a LONG nap.  Long runs are still totally knocking me out, so instead of fighting it, I just collapsed in bed.  I woke up ravenous and made alfredo whole wheat pasta:


Also in the mix: steamed spinach, corn, and chickpeas.  It was great!


The Husband is going to the Miami vs. FSU game tomorrow (Go Canes!) so we went to the store to pick up some tailgating necessities.


I posted an Operation Beautiful note in the grocery store:


After our tailgating + fish buying, we stopped for ice cream:


And now I’m munching on hummus, pita chips, and sugar snap peas:


And I think I’m FINALLY refueled.  I felt like a bottomless pit earlier!


Going to put Bella in her bowl.  :)  Have a great afternoon….



  • Jenna September 6, 2009, 3:22 pm

    Aww, nice to meet ya, Bella! 🙂

    Your lunch looks way delicious too.

    I walk by a Cold Stone everyday in the skyway, and I never think about stopping to get some. I think I over-did it with their ice cream in high school! However, it's been too long, must go back soon!

    Have a wonderful evening, Caitlin!

  • Erica September 6, 2009, 3:27 pm

    hahaha love the fishy name- too cute ;)I love the addition of the veggies and chickpeas in your lunchy pasta. Hope you guys have a nice and relaxing night 🙂

  • Adi (oatonomy.com) September 6, 2009, 3:27 pm

    Bella really looks like a Bella! Good name choice!

  • teacherwoman September 6, 2009, 3:31 pm

    Bella. How cute! 🙂

  • VeggieGirl September 6, 2009, 3:32 pm

    Haha too fun 😀

  • Jenny September 6, 2009, 3:36 pm

    aw bella is a cutie.. now I have an urge to watch finding nemo. I just may!

  • Lizzy September 6, 2009, 3:37 pm

    awww. bella is a beaut!!!! so pretty! 🙂

    coldstone sounds AMAZING! good idea 😉

  • Heather September 6, 2009, 3:43 pm

    I did that once too – I felt so bad for the little beta fish that I had to buy him. The ones at Wal-Mart *do* look sad and lonely. Yay Bella!

  • Nicci@NiftyEats September 6, 2009, 4:24 pm

    Perfect name for the fish. I love Beta but sadly they never live past a couple months when I get one. your pasta looks great too.

  • Lauren September 6, 2009, 4:36 pm

    Pretty fish… and the fact that your husband knew the name Bella came from Twilight means he knows at least a little bit about the series ;).

    The pasta you made looks delicious! Do you have a recipe for it?

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 6, 2009, 4:39 pm

    Lauren – No real recipe. Just whole wheat pasta, alfredo sauce, corn, spinach, and chickepeas, all mixed up!

  • platipus329 September 6, 2009, 4:44 pm

    What are you going to do when you run out of Twilight characters?

  • angieinatlanta September 6, 2009, 4:54 pm

    Aw, what a beautiful Bella beta! And I totally have Coldstone envy right now!

    BTW, that is a GREAT blue on you!

  • Amanda McQueen September 6, 2009, 5:00 pm

    That pasta looks amazing! I need that recipe. Just curious if your husband thinks you are retarded for taking pictures of what you eat? Mine does, but I like to do it anyway. 🙂

  • Sara September 6, 2009, 5:09 pm

    Cute fish! I love betas. Bella is a great choice for a name. After all, you have "Edward Cullen" as the name for your Garmin. 🙂

  • Meredith September 6, 2009, 5:10 pm

    I had a blue beta that looked just like that named Elvis (because I thought he looked like blue suede!). He lived for 5 years too. Maybe I should get a new one…

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 6, 2009, 5:15 pm

    Amanda – No, he thinks it's a brilliant idea! 🙂

  • Leianna September 6, 2009, 5:23 pm

    I love beta fishies to, so pretty!
    Tailgaiting is so much fun!

  • K from ksgoodeats September 6, 2009, 5:42 pm

    Aw, what a cute addition to your family 🙂

    Glad you listened to your body and took a nap! No matter how tired I am, I never am able to take naps and it drives me crazy!

  • Jessica Joy Daly September 6, 2009, 6:08 pm

    I am so inspired by your drive to see Operation Beautiful grow. I love your blog!

  • caronae September 6, 2009, 6:08 pm

    Long runs make me tired too!
    I'm loving he fish. She's cute Have an awesome week!

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) September 6, 2009, 6:09 pm

    LOL @ the hubs! They just don't understand the whole Twilight thing!

    Love the fish:)

    Mmm….to alfredo pasta and ice cream!

  • Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles) September 6, 2009, 6:12 pm

    Aww Bella is beautiful!
    My bf + I have a beta named Klaus, he's bright red!

    That alfredo sauce looks delicious- did you make it yourself, if not what kind is it?


  • The Globetrotter September 6, 2009, 6:23 pm

    Aw Bella!

    I went through a couple of beta fish when I was younger. It's a shame the pretty little things don't live longer. Enjoy your new blue pet!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 6, 2009, 6:24 pm

    it's paul newman all natural alfredo sauce.

  • Jenna September 6, 2009, 6:40 pm

    awww my puppy is named bella! i love that name!
    your wheat alfredo lunch looks delish!

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie September 6, 2009, 7:20 pm

    Bella is a beautiful name! My sister had a dog named Bella 🙂

  • Melissa September 6, 2009, 7:37 pm

    In college, I was such a sucker for the beta fish at Wal-Mart. I think if I got one now, my cats would just eat it. I hope that you're having a good night!

  • Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) September 6, 2009, 7:42 pm

    Is that your hubby in the back of the ice cream photo? Do you show photos of him much? Mine's really shy and doesn't want to be on camera yet- must be a british thing!

  • Kat (Kat's Daily Plate) September 6, 2009, 7:50 pm

    The alfredo sauce + whole wheat pasta + veggies looks great. I saw from your comments that you use the Paul Newman brand- do you recommend it?

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 6, 2009, 8:00 pm

    Deb – Yea he doesnt like his picture being taken all the time 🙂

  • Paige@ Running Around Normal September 6, 2009, 9:21 pm

    Aww a beta! I think Bella's a cute name for it 🙂

  • Sara September 6, 2009, 9:31 pm

    What a fun day! You're right — fish are soothing. Must be why they're in the ER waiting room by me. I've gotta invest in some… right after I invest in some sugar snap peas. 🙂

  • ari September 6, 2009, 9:33 pm

    are you not going to the game? because i go to fsu so i'll be at the game, it'd be cool to meet!

  • Thinspired September 6, 2009, 11:57 pm

    Awww, that's a cute pic of you with Bella. I think it's a nice name for a fishie 🙂
    I like the way you pimped out the pasta…perfect!

  • Susan September 7, 2009, 2:57 am

    Aw, I love fish! I used to have an aquarium when I lived with my mom. I think Bella suits her perfectly 😉

  • Lauren September 7, 2009, 4:33 am

    Cute fish!

    Your dinner looked delicious. I have never thought to add chick peas to macaroni and cheese (or alfredo, as the case may be), but what a great idea! We have a box of Annie's whole wheat mac and cheese here, and I think I know what I'm going to do for a simple dinner tonight…

    I definitely find that I'm pretty tired after long runs, too. I did 14 miles on Saturday morning, and truly needed a nap in the afternoon. You are right not to fight it; your body knows what it needs to properly recover. The advantage of doing your long runs on weekends is that you can usually fit a nap into your day, too!

    Enjoy your Labor Day!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 7, 2009, 5:23 am

    ari – awww no we only have 1 ticket so the husband is going. 🙁 too bad i would liked to meet up, too!!

  • Rosey Rebecca September 7, 2009, 5:42 am

    Oh YAY! I love Beta Fishes! I had one named Cupid when I was 11. I wanted a dog, so my parents got me a fish! lol

  • Stephanie September 7, 2009, 6:05 am

    that pasta looks yummy!! i think i'm going to try and recreate that later!!

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) September 7, 2009, 6:09 am

    I love beta fish too! 😀 I owned my beta, Mr. Jingles, for 4 years, and never knew it was possible to get attached to a fish until then. haha. 😀

    Happy Labor Day! 😀

  • Anne P September 7, 2009, 6:36 am

    oh gosh long runs are destroying me as well. i ran 8 miles for the first time yesterday and my friend and i had so much energy afterwards, went and got smoothies, chatting endlessly, etc., and then both of us got home and promptly passed out. lol.

  • BethAnn Caputo September 7, 2009, 7:19 am

    The fish is adorable! I love the name…but what do you like about Twilight? I read all of the books out of curiosity and just hated the character of Bella…I felt like she was a static character. She was weak and let her life revolve around Edward…every decision she made was somehow connected to him…not the message I thought should be getting into young girls' heads. I was especially disgusted with the second book which I don't know if you've read yet or not I'm always curious to see why the series appeals to others! This is why I need to join a book group lol Have a great day..congrats on the TV crew and good luck with your new fishie 🙂

  • Courtney W. September 7, 2009, 8:49 am

    little bella is so cute!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 7, 2009, 9:03 am

    bethann- i agree. she is anti-feminist in the first few books. but she ends up being the strongest character in the entire series at the end!

  • Anonymous September 7, 2009, 10:22 am

    the alfredo looks amazing!!! im starving now

  • stefe1202 September 7, 2009, 11:53 am

    Congrats on the new fish. I have a male though I never named him. Maybe he can be Edward! I read all the books and loved Twilight too. I am 26 so your not the only 12 year old at heart.

    Your Alfredo with whole wheat pasta looks AMAZING! Do you have the recipe?

  • Morgan (lifeafterbagels) September 7, 2009, 3:15 pm

    tell your husband that he should just give in and get into Twilight too, it will be less painful 😀 . . . my bf called his blackberry Bella just to spite me

  • saundra September 8, 2009, 4:08 am

    Great name, Bella.
    I am closer to 40 than 20, but I LOVE, LOVE. LOVE Twilight!!!! My spouse does not get it either. And I'm supposed to be the mature one in our marriage.

  • runnerskitchen September 8, 2009, 11:55 am

    Your eats look wonderful! I've started running more miles lately and have also felt like a bottomless pit. At first, I was like "how can I be hungry again already??!", but now I just listen to my body and eat, eat, eat (mostly health things). Also, I love cold stone creamery, yay for ice cream!

  • Samantha September 9, 2009, 8:15 am

    My baby sister (she's almost 20!) has a beta named Bella and her roommate has a beta named Edward-they are in love! LOL.

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