Clean Slate

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THANK YOU so much for the support on my three major life changes.  It meant the world to me.   A lot of you commented that you want to make big life changes, too, but you’re not sure where to begin.  As my dad says, "Hope is not a plan."  Literally map out your goal on a piece of paper.  Big changes can be scary, but remember that you are capable of SO much more than you think you are!  I’m scurred sometimes. 🙂 But I have a plan!


Today was really crazy at work.  I’m trying to wrap up all my projects so they will cut me loose on Friday.  I need to start working on the book ASAP!


I’m making it my personal mission tonight and tomorrow to "de-workify" my home office.  I have worked out of this room for two years, and I must say that I don’t think it puts me in the most creative mindset.  I need a CLEAN SLATE for my new life.


Um, it’s also a disaster because my life has been a whirlwind for 48 hours.


I’m cleaning out my filing cabinets and tossing all my old project folders:


I’m going to reorient my desk, paint the walls, and put up a Vision Board.


Here are my eats for the day! 


Breakfast was yogurt, granola, flax, and a banana:


Lunch was a hummus and sprouts sammie, a plum, and a pickle:


Plus an orange:


Snack #1 was a bar:


Snack #2 was some almonds:


Snack #3 was grapes:


Dinner was a spinach pizza (on a whole wheat pita).  Yum!


And some juice:


I’m a little hungry, so I might snack on some carrots and PB or something while I clean.


TWO DAYS until my 15K!  I cannot wait!  Too excited for words.  I hope I can set a new PR.  I’ve been taking it easy all week, so hopefully I will have fresh legs for Saturday.  🙂



  • Brie (The Fit Bride) September 24, 2009, 5:17 pm

    Good luck on your upcoming race! And congrats again on taking some risks and going for what you believe in. I'm trying the same thing now too, and it's hard!

  • hopefulrunner September 24, 2009, 5:17 pm

    Caitlin – I was so pleased to read about your new life changes this morning. To read that you are able to do so much and still be so successful and grounded is truly an inspiration to me. There are some changes that I need to make in my own life and have been afraid to make the leap…but you lit a fire underneath me and reminded me that I can do whatever I want as long as I believe that I can (as cheezy as that sounds). Thanks for being such an inspiration! And, I know that your book will be amazing!

  • Mrs. LC September 24, 2009, 5:19 pm

    Need a friend to help paint and redecorate on the cheap? I'll totally come down and assist. Total girl's day. It'd be a blast!

  • Sarah September 24, 2009, 5:25 pm

    Caitlin, I'm running my first 5k ever this Saturday. I'm so nervous! I've run 4-5 miles plenty of times, but I've never done a race. I plan on using you as inspiration if I get down during the race… you've inspired me so much already, and while you're racing your 15k, I'll be chugging along in my first 5k! 🙂

  • Food Makes Fun Fuel September 24, 2009, 5:25 pm

    Good luck with the 5k!

  • Ashley Lauren September 24, 2009, 5:26 pm

    Belated Congratulations!!

    Is your company looking for a new planner? I have my Masters in urban planning and would not mind working from home at all, haha…

    I'm only partially kidding…

  • angieinatlanta September 24, 2009, 5:31 pm

    Good luck on your race; you will rock it, girl!

    And congrats again on your life changes! I agree that being organized and having a creative workspace leads to an organized and creative mind!

  • Morgan (lifeafterbagels) September 24, 2009, 5:33 pm

    Painting the walls are always a good way to start over. I did that with my bedroom a while ago and it make a tonne of difference. I can't wait to see the NEW office.

  • MelissaNibbles September 24, 2009, 5:33 pm

    Good luck in your race and congrats again on all your success.

  • Alyssa September 24, 2009, 5:37 pm

    I missed your first post, but CONGRATS on everything!!!!!!!!! The book is awesome and I will DEFINITELY be buying a copy 🙂

  • Kate September 24, 2009, 5:40 pm

    Good luck! And I am so excited to read about all your changes- WOW!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 24, 2009, 5:42 pm

    Ashley – would you believe they already hired my replacement?!

  • OhSheGlows September 24, 2009, 5:43 pm

    I'm soooo excited to see how you change your office. I love a good clean slate. Its great to start a new.
    Any ideas on colours?

  • Nicole September 24, 2009, 5:51 pm

    I am so happy for you Caitlin!!!! I can't wait to see how the book comes out. You are one amazing and inspiring lady!

  • Nicci@NiftyEats September 24, 2009, 5:58 pm

    Yeah! for a clean slate. Can't wait to see the new work area.

  • Lauren September 24, 2009, 6:04 pm

    Oaky, thought I would comment here since the last post is OVERLOADED with amazing congrats, but girl….

    HOLY HOLY HOLY AMZAZINg!!!!! I can't even being to put into words how proud and totally in awe of you. You are beyond amazing, you are now a legden.

    Caitlin you have changed my life in so many ways and there are no words for the gratitude I have towards you.

    You're incredible!

  • Ali September 24, 2009, 6:06 pm

    I cleaned out my cubicle at work recently, it really makes you feel good huh?
    Good luck getting the rest of your work done!

  • k September 24, 2009, 6:18 pm

    Good luck with the race! (and enjoy the "decontamination" of your office)

  • Lizzy September 24, 2009, 6:21 pm

    What a great idea to re-do your home office. a fresh new coat of paint will really get the creative juices flowing! so proud of you girl!

  • Ashley Lauren September 24, 2009, 6:24 pm

    I totally checked back to see if you responded- yup, I totally believe it! My workplace has downsized like crazy and for our one opening a few months ago there was something like 400 applicants! When I entered my grad program in 2006 they boasted 100% employment…it's a completely different world now!

  • Sweetie Pie September 24, 2009, 6:35 pm

    The spinach pizza looks super yummy!!

    Good luck to you on your race this weekend. I know you will rock it! 🙂

  • David W. September 24, 2009, 6:55 pm

    You should pick up "Getting Things Done" by David Allen or check out to get a few new ideas on regaining contol and keeping proper perspective on your work.

  • greensandjeans September 24, 2009, 7:01 pm

    Nothing is scarier than jumping into something new, but then again, nothing is more exciting! Congrats and good luck on the 15K! It is my favorite distance!

  • Meg September 24, 2009, 7:17 pm

    Congrats on all your exciting changes, Caitlin! Everything you have accomplished is so amazing and such an inspiration. You deserve all of this – enjoy it.

    Do you think you'd consider doing a post on just how exactly you've survived all of this + eating healthy and training. I work full time and go to grad school and have trouble just keeping myself and my cat alive on top of that. Any tips would be appreciated.

    Good luck with everything!

  • Abby September 24, 2009, 7:17 pm


    Thank you for being you and sharing yourself with your readers! I thought I was crazy working full time, taking a class, studying for the GRE, teaching Latin, training for a half marathon and being a wife. I'm learning that I am not alone. There are times when I just want to throw in the towel because it seems so overwhelming, but I see that people are successful who stick with their dreams!
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    Congratulations on all the new changes! It seems to me that you deserve each and every one of them!

  • brighteyes89 September 24, 2009, 7:20 pm

    The pizza looked delicious! How did you make it?
    Good luck on the big race 🙂

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 24, 2009, 7:34 pm

    Meg – Yes! I will do that tomorrow AM!

    brighteye – literally, i took a pita, topped it with pasta sauce, layer spinach on top, put a glob of shredded cheese on that, and baked it at 425 for 10 minutes. very easy!

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie September 24, 2009, 7:53 pm

    The plan for your new office sounds awesome! I can't wait to see the "after" pics!

    That pita pizza looks excellent!!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) September 24, 2009, 7:54 pm

    Caitlin, biggest congratulations on your life changes! I am very happy and excited for you – how wonderful!

  • biggirleats September 24, 2009, 7:55 pm

    Honestly, cleaning and redecorating spaces is one of my favorite things to do. I LOVE cleaning and getting rid of things. It's so refreshing and really fung shui-s the heck out of your space. Paint and a redec for sure!

    You should be very proud of yourself. Not only for the changes in your life, but for inspiring so many people.

    Love that quote. I'm mapping out my goals immediately!

  • jac September 24, 2009, 8:02 pm

    good luck on your race.. and that reminds me.. i have to clean my room too! it's been on my to-do list for ages!

  • Jen (Running With Cake) September 24, 2009, 8:31 pm

    Seeing you organize your workspace makes me want to get mine in order too! Oh, but that's so much work – think I'll just have another latte instead 🙂

  • Julia September 24, 2009, 11:00 pm

    I hope the cleaning went well. I love getting a fresh start on things! Good luck on your race this weekend! I'm sure you'll be awesome!

  • sarah September 25, 2009, 2:30 am

    love the vision board idea! and agree that an office transformation is definitely in order 🙂

  • sarah September 25, 2009, 2:30 am

    love the vision board idea! and agree that an office transformation is definitely in order 🙂

  • christie, honoring health September 25, 2009, 3:00 am

    Good luck getting the room the way you want it. I hope you will show us a picture of the vision board!

    Good luck with the race!

  • Laura September 25, 2009, 3:14 am

    new paint on the walls is the best way to re-energize and center at the same time. awesome idea!

  • carla September 25, 2009, 3:26 am


    Youre gonna kick ass.

  • D10 September 25, 2009, 4:32 am

    I just read about your 3 life changes. Congratulations!!! What a very exciting time for you. You have worked extremely hard and made all three things a reality. You should be so very proud of yourself.

  • Paige@ Running Around Normal September 25, 2009, 4:47 am

    I think de-workifying your office is a great idea! Good luck on your 15K – how exciting!

  • Jenna September 25, 2009, 6:24 am

    i love organizing all my stuff!
    good luck on the run girl you got it!

  • Caroline September 25, 2009, 6:38 am

    Is your publisher giving you an advance to support you through the writing process? I want to go back to school to become a dietitian but it is not financially feasible as my husband is a full time student already.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point September 25, 2009, 6:40 am

    Caroline – Yes i get an advance, but i don't get it all at once and i don't see any of it until december. we're living off savings.

    it's hard when you're married and one person must support the other — but just remember that when your husband graduates, its your turn to go back! hehehe.

  • Tina September 25, 2009, 6:54 am

    Yogurt and granola is really the best combo ever. With banana and peanut butter of course 🙂 I haven't had any greek yogurt in about 2 weeks and it's killing me!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance September 25, 2009, 7:53 am

    VISION BOARDS are the best!!! I have one (got the idea from a friend) with 4 Parts…..To Do, Personal Goals, Family & Career!

    Loving that pizza, yummy! =) Laura

    P.S. I so agree with your Dad….you can't just dream you have to DO!!!

  • Dani S. September 25, 2009, 7:49 pm

    Oh wow! Thats awesome that youre going to school and working and blogging AND running! And its double awesome about USC, i live thirty minutes away from there! Its a nice school, i have a lot of friends that attend there…you'll love it..But i have to say, in football, theyre a rival to my Clemson Tigers!

  • Jess September 27, 2009, 11:49 am

    I love reorganizing a room. It just makes everything seem new and fun!

    Also, I'm glad I'm not the only "big girl" who likes to cut her sandwich into 1/4's!

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