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Good afternoon! 🙂 We are safe and sound in Orlando, and we just unloaded the car. I have grand plans to nap, run, and watch TV for the rest of the day.  YAY, Sundays!


We didn’t go to sleep last night until 2 AM, and we woke up around 9:30 to go to breakfast with Lisette and Danny.  We headed to a semi-famous Miami joint:


Highly tacky decor, but decent food!  It’s all Western-themed.


The Husbands got chocolate milk… which came in little boots.


I am married to a three year old man child.


I ordered the egg whites, home fries, and hashbrowns.  Whenever I get a ridiculously large portion of food like this, I draw a "line" with my fork (this time, it was straight across the horizontal) so I don’t overeat.  It’s not worth it to pig out on greasy $5.99 breakfast food.  🙂


And I had one of these biscuits:


After breakfast, the Husband and I drove around Miami and I got very nostalgic seeing my old grocery store, bagel shop, gym, park…  I grew up in Miami and moved when I was 18 to go to the University of Pittsburgh.  I know I don’t really seem like a "Miami girl," but it’s definitely my hometown.


My high school:


I was floored when I realized the current sophomores are graduating in 2012 – a full decade after I graduated!  Class of 2002, what!


On the way home, I snacked on a juicy peach and got it all over my shorts:


And Blue Chips.


A late, late lunch was Arnold Select Sandwich Thins with cheese and sprouts.  Plus, fruit:


What year did you graduate high school?  Fess up!   🙂



  • Courtney October 4, 2009, 4:23 pm

    Just had my 15 year high school reunion!! Class of 1994 baby!

    I don’t get back to my hometown too often anymore so it was fun…and I thought we all looked pretty good…I did a fun blog post about it..after all, I’m from Seymour-Home of the Hamburger. Oh yes, our claim to fame!! :>

    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • Amanda October 4, 2009, 4:27 pm


    I love Miami – I’m jealous you grew up there 🙂

  • Kirsten October 4, 2009, 4:27 pm

    I didn’t know you were from Miami, I love it down there!
    I graduated in 1999 – yikes!

  • angieinatlanta October 4, 2009, 4:28 pm

    I’m ’02 too! We had our five year reunion a couple of years ago and it was sort of pointless. Not much changes in 5 years, you know?

  • Diana October 4, 2009, 4:28 pm

    I graduated high school in 2003. 🙂
    I’m glad your trip back home went ok!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous now October 4, 2009, 4:31 pm

    I know what you mean about thinking back to high school. I can’t believe it’s been so long since I graduated either! Time flys! Enjoy your relaxing day.

  • Danielle October 4, 2009, 4:33 pm

    …2006. Woah 😉

  • Emily October 4, 2009, 4:33 pm

    Sounds like yall had a blast!! =]

    I graduated in 2006!

  • Lee October 4, 2009, 4:33 pm

    1996! Time really flies by. Do you think you will go to your 10 year reunion? I went to mine because they had it over Thanksgiving and I was in town. Like AngieinAtlanta said a few posts above me, not much changes in 5 years. Well, surprisingly not much changes in 10 either!

    • caitlin October 4, 2009, 8:14 pm

      hehe i dunno… i kind of hated people from high school.

  • Ryan @ Greens for Good October 4, 2009, 4:34 pm

    What a great weekend! Looks like you had so much fun 🙂

    I graduated high school in 2005!

  • Ryane October 4, 2009, 4:34 pm

    2002, we’re better than you… brings me back to senior spirit week!
    A facebook message went out some time back asking if we wanted to do a 5 year or not. I think there was a semi-casual meet up, but we decided to save the reunion for 10 years since like Angie said, nothing much changes in just 5!

  • Leah @ L4L October 4, 2009, 4:34 pm

    C/O 2003! W00t!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 4, 2009, 4:35 pm


  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) October 4, 2009, 4:37 pm

    Looks like a great time!

    Good lord, I will not fess up to what year I graduated. I believe I am the oldest blogger on the planet -LOL!

  • Jenny Eastwood@ JennyLikesToRun, Healthy living blog :) October 4, 2009, 4:38 pm

    I graduate in 2 years lol.

  • christie, honoring health October 4, 2009, 4:38 pm

    I graduated high school in 1994, my 15 year reunion was this weekend but I wasn’t able to make it. Maybe at year 20 I will go.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 4, 2009, 4:39 pm

    You went to the Pitt? I went to Duquesne and believe we are about the same age. That is pretty cool. How did you end up back in Orlando?

    • caitlin October 4, 2009, 8:15 pm

      the husband picked florida college of integrated medicine as his graduate school. duquesne is great!

  • Colleen October 4, 2009, 4:41 pm

    Class of 1999!! 🙂

  • MelissaNibbles October 4, 2009, 4:46 pm

    1997 baby! I was in high school during the grunge era and it makes me feel so old that it’s coming back in style right now. At least I can dig out my old flannels 🙂

  • Jamie Horne October 4, 2009, 4:48 pm

    Class of 2002 as well. I’m also a South Florida native, grew up in Delray Beach.

  • Lindsay October 4, 2009, 4:51 pm

    I graduated in 1999! My 10 year reunion was this summer!

  • Food Makes Fun Fuel October 4, 2009, 4:51 pm

    those little boots are too cute.
    And I actually just graduated this year in 2009!

  • Liz October 4, 2009, 4:51 pm

    2003! wooo
    Cool looking high shchool Caitlin, I love the bell at the top

  • Lauren October 4, 2009, 4:55 pm

    That’s great that you were able to revist your roots. I’m sure it was so heartwarming and exciting.

    I graduated in 2004, wow, which means our 5 year reunion is coming up! Crazy!

    Enjoy the rest of your night!

  • Ada October 4, 2009, 4:55 pm

    I graduated in 2008! Ahh the fond memories…

  • tami October 4, 2009, 4:55 pm


  • Kristine October 4, 2009, 4:57 pm

    haha my boyfriend would have loved the chocolate milk in the boot cup! he too is young at heart like your hubby.

    i graduated in 2004. i cannot believe it has already been 5 years!

  • Kelly October 4, 2009, 5:10 pm

    I was 2002 just like you- can’t believe its been almost 8 years!

  • Marie October 4, 2009, 5:14 pm

    2005 and finishing up college this year 🙂

  • Matt October 4, 2009, 5:17 pm

    I graduated in 2007 🙂

  • VeggieGirl October 4, 2009, 5:17 pm

    Class of 2006! 😀

  • Marsha October 4, 2009, 5:18 pm

    I’m a young’un, Class of 2008!

    I’m a Miami native, too! I moved the summer after my freshman year of high school.

  • Deirdre October 4, 2009, 5:18 pm


  • K October 4, 2009, 5:23 pm

    I’m convinced that men never grow up 🙂 I love the boot cup though!

    I’m a 2005 grad!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) October 4, 2009, 5:28 pm

    I graduated in ’99 a year early. It’s crazy that this would have been my 10 year reunion…I was home schooled so no party :0(

  • amanda October 4, 2009, 5:30 pm

    2005! time flies!

  • Becky October 4, 2009, 5:30 pm

    Class of 2008, don’t hate!


  • Kim October 4, 2009, 5:31 pm

    Hey girl- I just want to say I love your’re so inspirational! I recently decided to make a lifestyle change and then I cam across your blog (don’t remember how.. I think I googled something about 30 Day Shred). I’ve decided to start a lifestyle/food blog myself, to act as accountability in a way. And your blog has led me to a few others as well that totally help me in the motivation department. Thanks 🙂

    I graduated in 2003! Oh, and have you seen Beerfest? Your hubby’s chocolate milk was in “das boot”! (it’s really not worth seeing if you haven’t, haha)

    • caitlin October 4, 2009, 8:16 pm

      thank you 🙂

      hahah we definitely said das boot while drinking it!

  • Rebekah October 4, 2009, 5:39 pm

    Class of 2007! I’m so glad high school is over.

  • Nicole October 4, 2009, 5:51 pm

    2001, I’m getting so old!!!! High school was not the best experience for me. It’s really funny now because whenever I go back to my home town, I get hit on by all the guys that used to make fun of me. Karma sucks doesn’t it? haha

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) October 4, 2009, 5:54 pm

    2002, too! I can’t believe our ten-year reunion is just around the corner…

  • Amanda October 4, 2009, 5:54 pm

    2006! I have been reading your blog for awhile and don’t usually comment but I didn’t realize you grew up in Miami! I went to Killian too! Cougars! haha When I saw the picture..i gasped outloud! You must have grown up in Kendall then? I go to college in Tampa now but my parents still live there!

    • caitlin October 4, 2009, 8:16 pm

      ahhh thats so cool! 🙂 go cougars!

  • caronae October 4, 2009, 5:57 pm

    2007 — I guess I’m still “young”!

  • Jolene ( October 4, 2009, 6:01 pm

    I graduated in the year 2000!! 10 year reunion next year – wow!

  • Kelly October 4, 2009, 6:03 pm

    2005 baby! 🙂 One of my roommates freshmen year to junior year of college went to Killian. You guys totally went there together at one point.

  • Stephany October 4, 2009, 6:09 pm

    That is so funny! I know where that school is =) I went to Hialeah high and graduated class of 2000! Your post just made me realize that my 10 year reunion is coming up. geez!
    Glad you had a great time…

  • Michele October 4, 2009, 6:17 pm

    2002! Our birthdays are really close – I’m 4/27.

  • Erin October 4, 2009, 6:18 pm

    Sounds like a great way to end your weekend!

    I’m class of 1998.

  • Erin October 4, 2009, 6:25 pm

    It makes me feel bad for you that you must “draw a line” with your food so you don’t “overeat.” It all seems very disordered…especially because you are so active.

    • caitlin October 4, 2009, 8:17 pm

      i’m not distorted at all to want to eat mostly healthy food and limit how much crappy, oil-laden food i take in!

      i only shared the tip because i think its a good practice at restaurants, when portions are out of control anyway.

  • Erin October 4, 2009, 6:34 pm


    1) I graduated in 2001! Seems like so long ago 😉

    2) So weird that three Erin’s commented in a row!

    3) I thought drawing a line in your food makes a lot of sense, and is a smart way to enjoy your meal without feeling super full at the end. Plus, you can get at least another meal of your other portions. Saves calories and cash 🙂

  • Adriane October 4, 2009, 6:35 pm

    yeah 2001!!

  • Nicci@NiftyEats October 4, 2009, 6:39 pm

    Always fun to go back and the see the old high school and places you used to go.

  • Tay October 4, 2009, 6:41 pm

    That’s a really good idea about the line drawing. Similar to the doggy bag thing. I’m an ’05 gal. It’s weird to me that the current freshmen entering my college were all born in ’90 or ’91. The 90’s?! They’re babies!!!

  • Emily (Healthy Fit Mama) October 4, 2009, 6:41 pm

    Class of 2001 here! Seems like yesterday…

  • Valerie (College Girl Eats) October 4, 2009, 6:49 pm

    2008 baby! I feel like such a youngin’!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels October 4, 2009, 6:51 pm

    I am dying at how cute those boot mugs are!

  • Gina October 4, 2009, 6:58 pm

    I graduate in 2002. I can’t believe ten years ago I was starting my sophomore year!

  • Lizzy October 4, 2009, 7:04 pm

    Class of 2006!!!! hahah!

    What a good tip when eating out for breakfast!

  • Amy October 4, 2009, 7:05 pm

    Gainesville High School Hurricanes Class of 1993! Yikes. If that wasn’t bad enough, someone on FB reminded me that means we atrted high school 20 years ago! Woah.

  • Jenna October 4, 2009, 7:07 pm

    those mugs are too funny!

  • Laurie October 4, 2009, 7:15 pm

    I graduated in 1988 from Killian! I used to go to the Chuckwagon restaurant too. Love the blog–I have been following a few over the last month to get ideas for recipes/training–nice to see a Miami girl!

    • caitlin October 4, 2009, 8:17 pm


  • Susan October 4, 2009, 7:22 pm

    Please tell me I’m not the oldest reader of your blog?!? I graduated from highschool in 1992!!!!! I also graduated from University of Pittsburgh (School of Pharmacy) in 2001… BEFORE you even graduated high school! What do you miss about Pittsburgh? I live in the north suburbs of Pittsburgh.

    • caitlin October 4, 2009, 8:18 pm

      aww i miss everything about the burgh. i lived in oakland the whole time, which was such a great experience!!!

      • Susan October 5, 2009, 1:28 pm

        It’s okay Caitlin I know you really want to say O fries!

        • Susan October 5, 2009, 1:29 pm

          P.S. TOTALLY kidding

  • Jessie October 4, 2009, 7:32 pm

    Caitlin, I am a Miami girl too! I live like 10 minutes away from that Chuck Wagon (never been there though). I graduated from Sunset class of ’99. I have been reading your blog for a while, but I never realized you grew up here, how cool!

  • maria October 4, 2009, 7:43 pm

    Fantastic idea about “Drawing a line across your plate” to prevent overeating. I will absolutely try this in the future. But it might be a while since everything in Japan is a tiny portion anyway.

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog October 4, 2009, 7:47 pm

    good ol chuck wagon. I almost went to killian but wussed out and went to private school instead. Arvida was scary enough for me!! being a skinny pale red head didn’t make me very many friends!

    • caitlin October 4, 2009, 8:18 pm

      hahah my ex boyfriend went to arvida!

  • Gina G October 4, 2009, 7:47 pm

    i graduate 2010!

  • Laurel October 4, 2009, 7:48 pm

    Ha! Love the mugs! My kids would go nuts over those! I guess I am the oldest to post (or admit to it) at this time. I graudated in 1991… I’m an old fart! (at least I didn’t turn 18 till the Nov after I graduated…
    I love your blog… it’s been an inspiration for my return to running. I ran my 2nd 5K yesterday… (it’s been since 1998!). I am dealing with the same knee issues, still trying to find the right immobilizer too.

  • leslie October 4, 2009, 7:55 pm

    2003! time flies…

    i’m in love with that boot with the chocolate milk. adorable.

  • kirsten October 4, 2009, 8:00 pm

    2003!! Miami looks like a beautiful place to grow up!!

  • Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) October 4, 2009, 8:00 pm

    Cute pics.. Chuck Wagon looks hilarious!! I graduated in good ol 2001. YA.. uh hello 10 yr reunion soon… weird! Hope you enjoyed your trip!!

  • betht October 4, 2009, 8:06 pm

    so are you and your hub both from FL, but happened to meet randomly at pitt?

  • Allie October 4, 2009, 8:09 pm

    those mugs are hilarious. i want one!
    i am the same way with my hometown- i get so nostalgic. i moved out of the state i grew up in ten years ago and every time i go back i get a little teary.

    love your idea for dividing a line in the plate. i need to remember that one for sure.

  • Stephanie October 4, 2009, 8:17 pm

    2000! Love the boot mugs with the chocolate milk 🙂

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) October 4, 2009, 8:20 pm

    I love that you divide your plate like that – I should keep that in mind next time I go out for food 🙂

    I graduated high school in 2004, college in 2007. I get nostalgic for my hometown every fall 🙂

  • Meghan@traveleatlove October 4, 2009, 8:26 pm

    I graduated in 98. Wooo its been a long time! I am dying to go to Miami; I have a friend there who keeps asking me to come down. Maybe to escape the winter this year!

  • Danielle October 4, 2009, 8:36 pm

    I didn’t realize that you grew up in Miami! I always wondered why you were a Miami fan since I thought you were from up north. My family lived there and we moved further north (to Port Saint Lucie) when I was 9.

    I graduated from high school in 1998!

  • Angharad (Eating for England) October 4, 2009, 9:13 pm

    I graduated 2002 as well! Don’t you feel old?! Oh and I am really enjoying your man-child husband enjoying his chocolate milk! Cute.

  • Gab* October 4, 2009, 10:01 pm

    I graduated in 1997, which I think would’ve been 1998 in the US. I’m also married to a man-child! It’s nice that they can enjoy the light side of life!

  • Lauren October 4, 2009, 10:48 pm

    I graduated in 2005…5 years coming up, crazy! I don’t comment very much but my cousins went to Killian too, small world!

  • Amy October 4, 2009, 10:59 pm

    I’m graduated high school in 2002 too — 21st century palindrome class = best class ever!

  • Katherine October 4, 2009, 11:06 pm

    I’m a 2002 kid, too! Your comment about the class of 2012 makes me realize we’re getting old! :/

  • Kristin October 4, 2009, 11:55 pm

    2003 and it seems like forever ago but I really didn’t enjoy highschool so I’m glad it is in the past 🙂

  • BroccoliHut October 5, 2009, 12:36 am

    Those are the greatest mugs ever!
    2006 graduate here!

  • Melissa October 5, 2009, 12:44 am

    2002 for me too! 🙂 I can’t believe how fast time flies by! I love the choco milk boot mug too! haha.

  • girlrunningaround October 5, 2009, 8:40 am

    I’m rocking out in 2002 with you!

  • Jac October 5, 2009, 9:24 am

    i graduated in ’06! 🙂 the mugs are cute!

  • Jen October 5, 2009, 11:47 am

    That’s so funny, I’m Miami Palmetto Senior High ’02! (And I, too, hated high school.)

  • Penny October 5, 2009, 12:16 pm

    1992, do I win for oldest?

  • Nikka @ HealthfulGirl October 5, 2009, 12:29 pm

    I graduated in 2002 just like you. 7.5 years has put a large distance between myself and the girl who graduated high school in San Diego, I feel like I’ve done so much in some ways and less in others. It will be wild when a decade has past!

  • Angie October 5, 2009, 2:43 pm

    Susan and Penny- it looks like we are the oldest!!

    I’m 1992 also! Go 35-year-olds!

    I all thrilled to be older and wiser – and in way better shape than I was in 1992…

    By the way, Caitlin – As a RD, I love your “draw the line” in your plate method- great suggestion!

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