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Good morning!  I went to bed early (skipped Entourage) and woke up late (6:45 AM), and now I feel so much better.  After a 6 miler on Friday, intense yoga on Saturday, and 13.1 miles on Sunday, I needed the extra rest.


The week can begin now!




The *star* of breakfast was this granola:


Which I had with Oikos Greek Yogurt, strawberries, and flax:


 Greatest Quotes


One of the people I like to follow on Twitter is Greatest Quotes.  They tweet awesome and inspirational quotes.  I thought I’d share a few of them here for you to enjoy:


  • "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." – Confucius
  • "Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant." – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • "I have failed many times, and that’s why I am a success." – Michael Jordan
  • "There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle" – A.Einstein
  • "Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact." – William James
  • "It’s kind of fun to do the impossible." – Walt Disney
  • "Mistakes are the portals of discovery. " – James Joyce
  • "I cannot stand by the side and let life pass me by." – Caitlin HTP (yes, they quoted one of my tweets!)
  • "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." – Thomas Edison
  • "There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." Nelson Mandela


What’s your favorite quote?  Mine is: "Love should come first, it should be the beginning of and the reason for everything."



  • Paige@ Running Around Normal September 21, 2009, 4:44 am

    Love these quotes! What a great way to start a Monday:)

  • Rosey Rebecca September 21, 2009, 5:15 am

    Great quotes! Glad you got the sleep you needed! πŸ™‚

  • saundra September 21, 2009, 5:16 am

    Thanks for these, Caitlin! You've made my week.

    My fav quote is not quite so motivational but..

    "Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably why so few engage in it." Henry Ford

  • Susan September 21, 2009, 5:24 am

    My favourite quote is "Ad astra per alia porci." I studied Latin, so I immediately love it for that, but it means "To the stars on the wings of a pig." John Steinbeck wrote it in all his published novels. It was a nod to a teacher who once told him he'd only ever be a successful writer when "pigs flew."

    Another great one is "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." from Winston Churchill. Reminds me that people who are successful are those who don't give up after a little failure!

  • Emily September 21, 2009, 5:24 am

    we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ^winston churchill


  • recipesforcreativity September 21, 2009, 5:38 am

    Hold an image of the life you want, and that life will become fact – Norman Vincent Peale.

    That's what I'm trying to do!

  • thefitbride September 21, 2009, 5:39 am

    I really like the phrase, "Don't let the bastards grind you down," from the book The Handmaid's Tale. It's kind of strange, but it really inspires me to do what makes me happy and not always what people expect of me.

  • Morgan (lifeafterbagels) September 21, 2009, 5:41 am

    Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow – Unknown

  • K from ksgoodeats September 21, 2009, 5:45 am

    A lot of my favorite quotes come from movies. One of my favorites is from Miracle where Herb is telling the boys that it's their game to win – definitely inspirational πŸ™‚

  • seesaraheat September 21, 2009, 5:49 am

    Great quotes! Just what we all need on a Monday morning. Also glad you got some rest πŸ™‚

    That cereal looks delicious!

    I don't know who said it but one of my favorite quotes is "Attitude is everything."

    It is just amazing how much having a positive (or negative) attitude can really affect every aspect of your life. And other peoples!

  • Sarah September 21, 2009, 5:57 am

    Fav Quote:

    "If it ain't tight, it ain't right"

    by David Burns, this crazy marine man that teaches a boot camp class..he's super scary, but his class is awesome!


  • Graze With Me September 21, 2009, 6:04 am

    On of my favorite quotes is "Remember, you are unique, just like everybody else."

    Another is "Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell."

  • christie, honoring health September 21, 2009, 6:06 am

    Love the quotes!

  • Karina September 21, 2009, 6:20 am

    I'm a danish woman reading your blog. I'm also a runner with a bad knee…
    Don't think too much about your bad run yesterday. Even the best runners have bad days.
    Use the experience you get from it. At least YOU DID IT!
    Have a nice day

  • greensandjeans September 21, 2009, 6:21 am

    "The more joy you have the nearer perfect you are." This is engraved on a necklace that my parents gave me when I graduated college. I never take it off!

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie September 21, 2009, 6:23 am

    I am glad you let yourself rest … you have accomplished a lot!

  • Meg September 21, 2009, 6:29 am

    I looooove quotes. I am a quote whore.

    My 2 faves are: "If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there." And "Life is too short to be small."

  • Danielle September 21, 2009, 6:45 am

    I use quotes on my "Daily Spark" warm-up when the students come into my classroom so thank you for posting some of your favorites!

    My favorite quote is "Be the change you want to see in the world" by Gandhi

  • Steph September 21, 2009, 6:57 am

    I love reading quotes. I have so many written down in random places.

    Have a great week!

  • biggirleats September 21, 2009, 7:02 am

    I love quotes too!!

    Currently mine is a Dean Karnazes quote, but I think it's very appropriate for life and not just running.

    "Run if you can, walk if you must, crawl if you have to. Just never give up."

  • Food Makes Fun Fuel September 21, 2009, 7:05 am

    My favorite quote, which is very fitting after last night, is "Don't say 'Wow the Emmy is heavy' Of course it is, it's filled with the shattered hopes and dreams of 4 other people" By Conan O'Brien

  • megzzwinsatlife September 21, 2009, 7:07 am

    I follow them too.. Always makes me kinda happy to read quotes πŸ™‚

  • Jessica September 21, 2009, 7:13 am

    Very inspiring quotes! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Jenna September 21, 2009, 7:15 am

    love the qoutes caitlin!

    enjoy your day off from running!

  • Farah September 21, 2009, 7:17 am

    Good morning!

    One of my favorite quotes is "You can't plough a field by turning it over in your mind".

    I love that because I have such a tendency to plan, plan, plan, and wait, wait, wait until the perfect time to implement stuff. Well now is better, and you have to DO something to accomplish what you have in your head!

    Have a great day!

  • Mellissa September 21, 2009, 7:20 am

    "There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women"

    Madeline Albright

  • skinnyrunner September 21, 2009, 7:25 am

    great quotes!
    my fav is:
    "the happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything. they just make the best of everything."

  • Jessica September 21, 2009, 7:26 am

    "Be yourself everyone else is already taken" and Paris Hilton actually said this quote but I love it: "Life is too short to blend in."

  • Olga September 21, 2009, 7:35 am

    "Those who have been required to memorize the world as it is will never create the world as it might be"

  • Nicci@NiftyEats September 21, 2009, 7:37 am

    Great quotes for the day. I do a text wuote every morning to friends and family!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries September 21, 2009, 7:46 am

    I'm a HUGE Thoreau groupie… (I'd so be his groupie if he were alive today haha)

    "However mean your life is, meet it and live it: do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts."

    Have a great day!


  • allijag September 21, 2009, 7:55 am

    I love inspirational quotes – I kept a huge notebook of them in college, and made a photobook for my best friend at graduation – all our pictures, which quotes beneath each!

    I like "everything happens for a reason" – and "whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger" – I'm a firm believer in that 2nd one. You could sit and mope when life gets you down, but why? Someone, somewhere out there obviously thinks you are strong enough to handle a bad situation – so make the best of it! πŸ™‚

  • Dayna (HopefulRunner) September 21, 2009, 7:58 am

    My favorite quote is one that I got out of "Ultramarathon Man" written by Dean Karnazes. This really spoke to me and actually made me stop reading for a minute and really think about what he was saying and how it related to my own life.
    "The human body is capable of amazing physical deeds. If we could just free ourselves from our perceived limitations and tap into our internal fire, the possibilities are endless." Dean Karnazes
    Have a great day!

  • cookinfanatic September 21, 2009, 8:02 am

    I think the Entourage season is over?

  • Lauren September 21, 2009, 8:31 am

    I'm so happy you put up these quotes. I love collecting quotes so I added these to my list. They are great!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) September 21, 2009, 8:39 am

    Those quotes are awesome, and your breakfast looks divine.

    My favorite quotes are scattered, but my favorite one, though I cannot remember who said it is "Well-behaved women rarely make history."

  • Courtney September 21, 2009, 9:08 am

    My fave quote:
    Our deepest fear is not that we're inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond all measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of god. Your playing small doesn't serve the world." Marianne Williamson

  • jen_jen895 September 21, 2009, 9:08 am

    My favorite quote of all time has got to be:

    "The secret to having everything is knowing you already do". It really strikes a cord with me as a mother.

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) September 21, 2009, 9:14 am

    I love those!

    Two of my faves:
    If you do what you always did, you'll get what you always got!


    Live well, Laugh often, Love much πŸ™‚

  • Angharad (Eating for England) September 21, 2009, 9:27 am

    Sorry to hear about your crappy run at the weekend – it can effect your mood SO much whether a run goes well or not. Ugh. We all have our days though and it's good to see you looking on it positively already!

  • Anonymous September 21, 2009, 9:31 am

    Those are good quotes. I think one of my favorites is:

    "I'm a great believer in luck; I find the harder I work the more I have of it."

    Forget who said it though.

  • Taylor September 21, 2009, 9:41 am

    Great quotes! I'm now following them as well πŸ™‚ Such an inspirational thing. My favorite ones usually have something to do with happiness and living in the moment. My favorites:

    The most wasted of days is one without laughter.

    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.

    There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance September 21, 2009, 10:08 am

    "Always try to stay postive (no matter what)"!!! That is my personal quote. =) Laura


  • chandra h September 21, 2009, 10:14 am

    "let me live, love & say it well in good sentences." (sylvia plath)

    "the world fascinates me." (andy warhol)

    "the individual who wears one watch always knows what time it is; those who wear two can never be quite sure." (proverb)

    "I can live two months off of a good compliment." (mark twain)

    "reflexes & instincts are not pretty. it is their decoration that initiates art."

    "I don't find photographing the situation as interesting as photographing its edges."

  • Nicole (dishin') September 21, 2009, 10:19 am

    My favorite quote is:

    Go confident in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've always imagined. – Henry David Thoreau

  • littlemissminny September 21, 2009, 10:54 am

    Love that quote from Einstein. I consider everything a miracle. When something awful happens to you in life, you learn to appreciate the little things.
    I don't know what my favorite quote is, but I sure have a lot of almost favorites πŸ˜€

  • Lizzy September 21, 2009, 10:56 am

    my favorite quote…


    makes me believe that life is should just be enjoyed one day at a time, and not to rush it!

  • emily September 21, 2009, 11:03 am

    I marked in my day-planner to post some inspirational quotes on International Day of Peace (today), so when I opened your post this morning I started grinning!

    I love my list, but you have some great ones on here too!

  • tracik September 21, 2009, 11:14 am

    Favorite Quote and I have had it hanging on the wall in my office since 2002 "The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances the want, and, if the can't find them, make them." It's up to us to figure out how to get where we want to be. Love it.

  • Krista September 21, 2009, 11:25 am

    My favourite quote is "Nothing worth having is easy to get". I tell my daughter this all the time when she complains that things are hard.

  • Kiersten September 21, 2009, 11:36 am

    "Be the change you want to see in the world" -Ghandi

  • Megan September 21, 2009, 11:46 am

    I just read your post about struggling through 13 miles this weekend, and I wanted to tell you I am also training for Disney World and had a very similar struggle this week!! 12 miles seemed harder than a whole marathon and my legs felt like they were moving through molasses–plus i felt super naush!!! Congrats on pushing through it–i know how you feel!! Your post reminded me that having bad long runs (or any runs) are just a normal part of training, and sometimes those are the ones that, in the long run, are most beneficial to your training, b/c you're training yourself to push through mentally when everything isn't perfect. This will end up being HUGELY beneficial on race day. Thanks for reminding me that we all have bad running days!! (and yay for having ours on the smae weekend!)

  • CB September 21, 2009, 11:59 am

    I know you are beating yourself up about your run based on your abilities but man, what I would give to run my half marathon in that time. I had another 20 minutes on top of that.

  • Janna September 21, 2009, 12:22 pm

    I love quotes!

    My favourite is "The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget." – Thomas Szasz

    Also, wanted to let you know about a new blog I stared called Just Flourishing! You can check it out at http://justflourishing.com

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing September 21, 2009, 2:16 pm

    Recently I heard my new fave song lyric on a Snow Patrol CD:
    "More than anything I want to see you girl, take a glorious bite out of the whole world." Love it!! Quotes are so much fun :O).

  • Julie @savvyeats September 21, 2009, 2:36 pm

    Translated from Le Petit Prince (which we read in high school) …

    "Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

    It sounds prettier in French. πŸ™‚

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