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My goal is to be in bed in twenty minutes (9:45). Let’s see how I do!


Mid-afternoon snacks included granola and yogurt (yes, I had this for breakfast, too).


Nuts and raisins:


And an orange:


Dinner was also eaten in parts (can you tell I’m a grazer?).  I had a Barney Butter sammie around 5PM:


Celery and carrots at 7:30 PM:


And now I’m inhaling veggie soup:


Operation Beautiful


Tonight, I posted this Operation Beautiful note….


And it reminded me of this e-mail, which I received on Sunday.  It really touched my heart (I cried at the kitchen table when I read it).  I want to share it with you all because it truly reminds me how powerful these little post-its can be.  (I suppose this e-mail could be a little triggering if you have an eating disorder, so please read with caution.  But it has a happy ending!)


I just wanted to let you know how your site has helped me.  I am seventeen years old, live in Canada, and was diagnosed with bulmia when I was fourteen. I began my first diet when I was eight. I have spent my entire life working to be "perfect" and thin.  It has ruined my life. 


My teeth have almost no enamel on them left, my heart rate and blood pressure goes from too high to too low weekly. I get ECGs and blood tests at least once a month.  I have spent my last two summers in hospitals and have missed part of my grade ten 11 and 12 year due to being hospitalized.  I can’t stand up for very long with out my vision going black and getting dizzy. My hair fell out a few years back.  My fingers nails turn blue and I’m always cold.  I can’t go out with my friends anymore I get to tired. I have wasted so much time and truly put my health at risk and I still can’t stop. 


The reason I’m writing you is because on Friday, I was at my weekly hospital checkup and one of my therapists made me eat a 500 calorie meal, which I haven’t done in ages, to "de-sensitive" me.  I was on my way to the bathroom to throw it up after my appointment.  I had just locked the stall when I saw a sticky note on the back of the door.  It said, " You’re beautiful. You’re good enough."  No one has ever said that to me. I didn’t throw up that day. It was the first time I ate something solid and did not throw it up in years. 


I plan on plastering the Eating Disorder Treatment floor with Operation Beautiful sticky notes. :) 


Thank you,



You never know who will read your Operation Beautiful note.  There are no coincidences.



  • angieinatlanta September 15, 2009, 7:04 pm

    Oh my goodness, what an amazing story!

    Caitlin, I'm glad you got this email – you are spreading such a powerful message of true beauty!


  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) September 15, 2009, 7:05 pm


  • Leah @ L4L September 15, 2009, 7:06 pm

    That truly warms my heart. How amazing you must feel to be involved in such a specatcular movement.

  • runsarah September 15, 2009, 7:08 pm

    Wow, that is amazing…thank you for sharing.

  • Alyssa September 15, 2009, 7:08 pm

    This is such a beautiful post! I have an eating disorder and am struggling, and this reminds me to fight for me and not for ed.

    Thanks for sharing this story Caitlin, both of your blogs are truly amazing! 🙂

  • platipus329 September 15, 2009, 7:08 pm

    Wow, I don't get goosebumps often but that did it for me

  • Kath September 15, 2009, 7:08 pm

    Oh my gosh, how touching.

  • amy. September 15, 2009, 7:09 pm

    Brought tears to my eyes as well. Everyone deserves to feel that loved and supported, and you are the creator behind such a beautiful story.

  • Jenna September 15, 2009, 7:09 pm

    such a great story! a few words can make a BIG difference 🙂


  • Bec September 15, 2009, 7:11 pm

    what an amazing story! Just more prof that you started something fantastic!

  • Esperanza-To Infinity and Beyond September 15, 2009, 7:12 pm

    def. just cried too!

  • liveloveeatandplay September 15, 2009, 7:13 pm

    What an amazing story. You have done something truly phenomenal here with Operation Beautiful.

  • Taylor September 15, 2009, 7:17 pm

    When you tweeted that story I was in shock. That is the most amazing thing ever. Just think of how much good you're doing, Caitlin. There are so many stories out there that I'm sure haven't reached you, but are just as amazing!

  • *One Step at a Time* September 15, 2009, 7:18 pm

    Wow Caitlin,
    Look what you've done here! What an AMAZING story!!!! I hope there are many more like that to come! That makes me happy!

  • havefaith4ever September 15, 2009, 7:19 pm

    That is incredible!!! Literally life-changing for that girl and MANY MANY MANY others I'm sure. You're so amazing!! This is incredible.

  • J September 15, 2009, 7:21 pm

    That is amazing; I got chills reading it. You should be so proud of yourself for the difference you are making in people's lives!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries September 15, 2009, 7:22 pm

    What a beautiful story. I'm in tears.

  • Gina G September 15, 2009, 7:23 pm

    oh my goodness, that is remarkable, your truly wonderful caitlin =)

  • Kyko September 15, 2009, 7:25 pm

    That was beautiful. It is TRULY amazing how much simple things you can do in your daily life can seriously HELP and TOUCH people. I'll try and post one of these at one of the trafficy bathrooms at my school.

  • Samantha September 15, 2009, 7:26 pm

    That is incredibly moving. Just the fact that something as small as a post it in a bathroom stall can turn someones life around gives me hope for this world…

  • Niki September 15, 2009, 7:27 pm

    Amazing. Thank you, Caitlin, for starting such a wonderful project with Operation Beautiful. I will also be keeping Vit in my thoughts and prayers…stay strong girl, you ARE good enough!

  • Kate September 15, 2009, 7:28 pm


  • Amber (Girl with the red hair) September 15, 2009, 7:34 pm

    Omg what an amazing email that is! This is just so, so cool. You are literally changing people's lives and making a difference in the world. Amazing!

  • Feed Me I'm Cranky September 15, 2009, 7:35 pm

    Oh my goodness. Serendipity at its most poignant.

  • Easy Losing Weight September 15, 2009, 7:35 pm

    Looks like you are having some amazing food and healthy too. Great ideas!

  • Holly September 15, 2009, 7:43 pm

    YOU are beautiful , Caitlin, inside and out. You have really made an incredible difference.

  • greensandjeans September 15, 2009, 7:50 pm

    Caitlin, you have made such a difference in this girl's life and in the lives of many others! Isn't it amazing how something as simple as a post-it note can make such a difference?

  • Krista September 15, 2009, 7:56 pm

    Caitlin, you've made such a huge difference in so many people's lives. This story gave me chills. I've been meaning to start putting up stickies and this story made me realize I could be helping someone else with such a small act. So add one more person to your sticky campaign. I'm in. Thank you.

  • Anonymous September 15, 2009, 7:59 pm

    That is an amazing story and I'm glad you posted it. I'm a Youth Worker (at heart, right now I'm working in a different field) and it just breaks my heart that there are girls (and sometimes boys) out there that just don't think they are 'good enough'…what is GOOD ENOUGH anyway?!
    I love, love, love your Operation Beautiful movement and I'm continuing to post notes where ever I go.
    Vit- You ARE good enough, worth it and beautiful- never forget it!
    ~Nikki T

  • Kelly September 15, 2009, 8:06 pm

    What a beautiful, amazing, inspirational story. Thank you so much for inspiring such a wonderful project.

  • April September 15, 2009, 8:12 pm

    Wow, thank you for sharing that email.

  • peanutbuttr plz September 15, 2009, 8:28 pm

    it must be great to know that you're making a difference in so many people's lives!

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie September 15, 2009, 8:30 pm

    You have made such a difference Caitlin. I remember when you first mentioned Operation Beautiful … now look what it has become! Amazing!

  • fitlizzio September 15, 2009, 8:36 pm

    that has got to be the most amazing story i have ever read. wow!

  • Julia September 15, 2009, 9:15 pm

    What a touching story!
    You are such an amazing person!

  • Marianne September 15, 2009, 9:38 pm

    That letter is amazing and brought tears to my eyes. This is a great thing you are doing, Caitlin.

  • Andrea September 15, 2009, 9:39 pm

    This story is very touching. You are truly making a difference Caitlin. 🙂

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) September 15, 2009, 9:53 pm

    🙂 Awesome!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) September 15, 2009, 9:53 pm

    🙂 Awesome!

  • Lindsey September 15, 2009, 10:09 pm

    I'm so SO glad for Vit. I've been in a place similar to hers – I am so glad she's motivated to "spread the love"!! Had I come across a sticky like that when I went to purge, I'm not sure WHAT I would have done! I would have been a puddle of emotion on the floor.

    I've been reading – lurking – for awhile, but I think it's high time I start posting stickies too!!!

    🙂 🙂 🙂


  • ratzxfink September 15, 2009, 10:39 pm

    so sad… so touching. thanks for sharing. a truly wake-up call and a definite cause to keep at!!! thanks for operation beautiful!!!

  • jibbalibba September 15, 2009, 10:45 pm

    i cried while reading this is was an amazing story and proves that all you are doing is amazing…because you are all amazing

  • J @ Whole Body Love September 15, 2009, 11:22 pm

    Wow,that was incredibly touching. It's amazing how many lives you have touched by creating Operation Beautiful!

  • Helga September 16, 2009, 2:27 am

    This story made my day.

  • Shannon September 16, 2009, 2:58 am

    That is a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it.

  • carla September 16, 2009, 3:24 am

    any news last night?

    I have a thought on how I might be able to tie OB into my Austin Newspaper serial if I can eeek it past my editors.

    Ill let you know…

  • megan @ megzz wins at life September 16, 2009, 4:03 am

    I am currently sitting on the subway in ny crying.. But happy tears! You are touching more people than you know!

  • Lauren September 16, 2009, 4:21 am

    So moving! Just what I needed to hear to start my day.

    Thanks for sharing this one Caitlin.

    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  • itsawrapteacher September 16, 2009, 5:20 am

    I really needed this today. Thanks for the post!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) September 16, 2009, 6:03 am

    That is amazing. I choked up a bit reading that story – it's so incredible and touching.

  • Aubrey September 16, 2009, 6:41 am

    I had never heard of Operation Beautiful before I read your post this morning, but this a cause I can get behind. Thanks for the info. That story was so sad and inspiring. I hope that young woman finds the strength within herself to get well.

  • Notes From the Grove September 16, 2009, 7:19 am

    That's incredible. I can't imagine how it must feel to know what a huge impact you just made on someone's life. You should be so proud! I know all your readers are.

  • Kathleen September 16, 2009, 7:31 am

    That story at the bottom really touched me, especially since I also struggle with ED and have for the better part of 12 years. I have to say that it was really inspirational! Please keep posting these positive stories since they are so encouraging!

  • seesaraheat September 16, 2009, 7:47 am

    That totally rules. And I agree completely, it was meant to be.

  • Kate September 16, 2009, 8:09 am

    Caitlin, that is beautiful. is beautiful! What an awesome non-coincidence!

  • Anonymous September 16, 2009, 8:33 am

    I want you to know I read your blog everyday and you make me want to be a better person. Not by just this post but your inspirational countless others. Thank you.

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance September 16, 2009, 8:38 am

    That is so great! It is amazing how something so simple can touch others………you should be so proud of yourself!!! I need to start posting some notes now! =) Laura

  • Stephanie September 16, 2009, 8:46 am

    Wow. That's amazing. You should be very proud of what you are doing.

  • linda September 16, 2009, 8:47 am

    You have started something SO amazing and I want to applaud you. What a simple yet beautiful idea. It just goes to show what one person can do to change the world. you are an inspiration and that email from the bulimic girl had me in tears. I have never suffered from an eating disorder but like a lot of girls have spent WAY too much time comparing my body to others, hating my body, looking at my celluite with disgust etc. . .I now celebrate my body for the strong machine that it is. It has carried me to the tops of mountains and on countless trails. I love my calloused feet and my muscular legs. Thanks for loving yourself enough to spread it far and wide.

  • Morgan (lifeafterbagels) September 16, 2009, 8:59 am

    Caitlin, I love Operation Beautiful! I talk about it with friends, click and read it often. How on earth have I gotten away this long without participating. That story touched me so much. I cannot keep reading the website and reaping the benefits of everyone else's notes. I must give back myself. Stay tuned for some of my own notes soon, I promise!

  • Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles) September 16, 2009, 9:34 am

    What an amazing story!!


  • Kiersten September 16, 2009, 11:37 am

    Caitlin, I hope you realize how many lives you have touched just by starting Operation Beautiful. You are an amazing person!

  • Elina September 16, 2009, 12:48 pm

    I just got goosebumps. Amazing!

  • wholesomefoodie September 16, 2009, 4:51 pm

    Tears. You are amazing for changing people's lives.

  • Boo September 19, 2009, 10:06 am

    that is an amazing story. i ran across your blog two nights ago and im not sure how but now i cant stop reading it. that was an amazing email

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