Morning Walk and Old Habits

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Good morning.  Another week begins!  Last week was essentially a vacation, so I really need to crack down and get the book written.  The publisher’s due date is RAPIDLY approaching!  Eck!


My mom and I took Jamesy for a nice, long walk this morning:


We walked for 32 minutes and completed 1.68 miles.  My mom normally walks 1.0 mile every morning, but she tackles HUGE Tennessee hills.  Florida is quite flat! 


When we came home, I did some strength training.  I have been such a slacker lately with sit-ups and push-ups, and I’m determined to re-acquire my good habit of morning strength training.


I did:


  • 100 sit-ups
  • 40 push-ups
  • Two 30-second planks
  • Ten 10-second wall squats






My banana oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings:  almonds, coconut, flax


Oatmeal, I missed you!


Question for you all:


When you feel like you’ve been “slacking” on your healthy habits, how do you get back into the swing of things?  Do you prefer to throw yourself wholeheartedly into your old habits or slowly try to reintegrate the habits?  Or use another technique?


Speaking of challenges, I’m announcing an awesome month-long blog challenge (with prizes) to help keep everyone in shape over the holidays! Will announce at lunch!



  • Lindsey @ Sound Eats October 26, 2009, 9:06 am

    I get back into the swing of things by just picking up where I left off. If I have an indulgent date night, then I’ll have a clean couple days afterward (usu. my body automatically craves this). Sometimes if I’m just feeling stagnant in my healthy habits, I’ll find some new, fun one to integrate.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 26, 2009, 9:08 am

    I prefer to throw myself back into them, but sometimes it backfires. I just try to start healthy with the next meal. Each moment is a chance for a new start!

  • MelissaNibbles October 26, 2009, 9:14 am

    I get back on track by just picking up where I left off. There really isn’t any other way. No shortcuts 🙂

  • G October 26, 2009, 9:19 am

    I almost squealed when I saw an Operation Beautiful note posted n a bathroom in LA this past Saturday. It made me smile, and it made my day. I’ve followed your blog on the DL for sometime now,keep up the good work!

  • Matt October 26, 2009, 9:21 am

    I get back on track by starting fresh. I don’t try to “un do” anything. I just pick up where I left off.

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans October 26, 2009, 9:21 am

    I just pick up where I left off! I used to try to make up for it by eating “super” clean and adding in a little extra exercise, but this almost always backfires. I find that if I just hop back into my normal habits it all works out!

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) October 26, 2009, 9:21 am

    Yummy oats!

    I jump right back into it, but if it’s been longer than a day or two of slacking then I try the baby steps approach (concentrate on making it one day at a time).

    Can’t wait to hear about your challenge:)

  • Pam October 26, 2009, 9:22 am

    I mentally prepare myself first and then the next meal I go back to healthy habits and exercise. Cute pup!

    Can’t wait for your announcement…cool!


  • Estela @ Weekly Bite October 26, 2009, 9:23 am

    I just take it one meal at a time… and most importantly, listen to my body and its hunger…

  • megan October 26, 2009, 9:28 am

    your healthy habits have really motivated me – specifically in the sit-up/push-up realm. and I’m a throw yourself back into it sort of person. sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t 🙂

  • Erica October 26, 2009, 9:28 am

    Sounds like a very nice morning. I often wish Franky could go for longer walks (he and maggie would be good walking partners). I usually throw myself back in full force when I’ve gotten off track and I usually try to do a little something to spice/change it up (i.e. ask a friend to do one of my runs every week with me, take a new class in place of one of my regulars, try a new activity, etc). Usually the new spice element will get me back excited about working out.

  • Evan Thomas October 26, 2009, 9:29 am

    I think I like to throw myself back into healthy. Especially if I feel like I had a bad eating night the night before, I make a not to have a great breakfast

  • Lizzy October 26, 2009, 9:36 am

    i try and just pick up where i left off. usually after a couple indulgent nights my body naturally craves the good for me food!

  • Jenna October 26, 2009, 9:37 am

    i always think takin it slow into anything is always better!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 26, 2009, 9:37 am

    Whenever I feel like I’m slacking, I like to start something new to change things up. For instance, I pretty much slacked all weekend and my “normal” routine of running and strength training on alternating days is not interesting to me at all today so I’m thinking I need to throw in some yoga or some nice long walks to get a new perspective. I’ve also been ripping routines out of magazines lately!

  • Kim October 26, 2009, 9:38 am

    I start with exercise – because the healthy eating seems to fall in line once I’m exercising… my body wants what helps me move! And I try not to make my healthy habits so limiting that treats aren’t in there, too… so getting back to healthy habits is never so severe that I’m totally eschewing other stuff (the stuff that makes you fall off the wagon… like cake and candy corn!). But running really seems to be the key for me – if I’m running I want to eat right (so it wasn’t in vain) and because my body craves different foods (good foods!) when I’m running!

  • skinnyrunner October 26, 2009, 9:45 am

    to pick myself up again, i try to get in a LONG workout, that makes me feel like im accomplished something physically and then mentally i feel better, make better food choices, etc.

  • Jason @ Cant Coach Desire October 26, 2009, 9:48 am

    I always go to the extreme with diet and exercise. Its almost like punishment for slipping. I believe this reminds my body that its easier to stay on “course” than it is to slack at any point in time. Or maybe that’s just the OCD speaking.
    Typically, I’ll cut 500 cals a day for a couple of days and increase the intensity of my workouts(weights & running) as much as I can stand and avoid injury.

  • Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) October 26, 2009, 9:55 am

    I usually just get back on track by walking a little bit further each day.. the holidays are tough as you are typically in a different place with different foods etc BUT I try not to stress.. I know its not something that will last forever and have confidence in myself that being healthy is a lifestyle choice and I just need to listen to my body! 🙂

  • Courtney October 26, 2009, 9:56 am

    I try to go slow but steady…make my next meal or snack a healthy one and incorporate some more workouts. I make sure to drink a ton of water as well!
    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • lisa October 26, 2009, 9:57 am

    I agree with some of the others – pick up where I left off on the exercise front. Especially after a vacation when I’ve eaten too much or things that are totally different than my normal diet, I may focus on fruits, veggies, and low-fat yogurt and cottage cheese for a day or two and skip most breads and meat to sort of clean out all the heaviness I might be feeling.

  • brandi October 26, 2009, 9:58 am

    I just try to get back into my routine at home and make sure I’m stocked with healthy and filling foods. It gets easier after the first day home to get back in the swing of things.

  • Miriam October 26, 2009, 10:02 am

    I just go back in, just like nothing happened! 😉 It’s ok to cheat sometimes, it’s even healthy to cheat!! I will not go crazy about it and overtrain or starve to compensate, it will not even show in the long term.

  • Paula October 26, 2009, 10:04 am

    Lookit James! What a sweetheart.

  • Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) October 26, 2009, 10:12 am

    I try and keep the fridge stocked with fruits and veggies so I’m never tempted to eat junk when I have all the good stuff at my fingertips. Oh and WATER. Lots and lots of water!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 26, 2009, 10:13 am

    I just lost my job so I’ve decided to attempt writing a book in the meantime while I look for another job. Writing a book is a ton of work! (not to mention finding publishers and etc)

    I’ve definitely had a few days away from my healthy habits and I plan on going back to healthy today! I actually crave healthy food after a few bad days.

  • Julie @savvyeats October 26, 2009, 10:18 am

    Ooo…I’m excited to hear the challenge. I love doing food/fitness challenges with family and friends!

  • Lauren October 26, 2009, 10:19 am

    I find myself slacking often so I have to take a moment and think about what I want and how I can achieve it, and then start putting my words into action. I guess you could say that I wholeheartedly get back into my good habits. I can’t wait for a challenge for the holidays. It is the hardest time for me to stay in shape. Especially b/c it gets so cold outside!

  • Sara October 26, 2009, 10:28 am

    I just pick back up where I left off. I try not to make myself feel guilty and realize that I am always going to have slips but it is up to me to “get back on the horse” so to say…

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) October 26, 2009, 10:31 am

    Oh, how I miss long morning walks around my neighborhood… or just walking in general lol now that I’m on crutches temporarily, I’m realizing how much I took for granted the ability to go on walks even just to the grocery store!

    As for healthy habits when I’ve been slacking- I throw myself in wholeheartedly, but every little bit makes a difference.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) October 26, 2009, 10:34 am

    Sounds like a wonderful morning! I have pretty much integrated healthy habits in my life like brushing my teeth is. So I don’t really think of it as “falling off track.” I don’t really like to think of it as slip ups either- because I’m not trying to be perfect. I guess I just think of it as indulging? I don’t know…it’s hard to explain.

  • Gabriela October 26, 2009, 10:56 am

    I’m an all-or-nothing type of person, so whenever I fall off track I write my healthy resolutions on a post-it (or use the stickies application on my Mac) and put it near the computer so I see it a few times a day. It keeps me from slacking!

    Have a great day!

  • Natalie October 26, 2009, 10:57 am

    I think it depends on the type of habit. For me, it seems easier to go “full out” when it’s a bigger goal. When it’s a smaller goal, I like to try and incorporate it slowly back into my life.

  • Naomi (onefitfoodie) October 26, 2009, 11:00 am

    aww your doggy is super cute!!! I think it depends for me about getting back into the groove, if I had been sick and taken some time off, then I like to ease back into my workouts, but if it dor some other reason, I just throw myself right into it!!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) October 26, 2009, 11:14 am

    When I feel like a slacker, I either “Snap out of it!” and resume as normal…or, if the motivation and impetus still isn’t there, I try something new (whether it’s a new, yummy healthy recipe or a new form of exercise). Though I think the key to moving onward and upward, most importantly, is not beating yourself up for past mistakes. It seems so simple, yet it’s a habit most of us fall prey to.

  • Jac October 26, 2009, 11:22 am

    i think that’s exactly what i’ve just been trying to do. i’ve been putting on the pounds lately.. it’s no good. but it’s not easy to get out of bad habits. though i AM trying. i can’t just stop. but i’m using the slowly but surely way!

  • Ashley October 26, 2009, 11:24 am

    excited to hear about your challenge! those winter months are tough for keeping those pesky lbs away!!

  • Rosey Rebecca October 26, 2009, 11:44 am

    I can’t wait to read about the challenge! I’ve kind of been in a healthy eating/exercising slump because I’ve had so much school work. I was determined to go to my spin class this morning and I am so glad I went. I feel awesome after I work out. Usually I throw myself back in and feel great!

  • Julie October 26, 2009, 11:59 am

    I slowly try to get back into it, with some mental prodding along the way. I’ve been slacking on strenght training too and I keep pushing myself tog et back into it, so I’m taking baby steps.

    I can’t wait for this challenge, I need something for the holidays!!

  • Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life October 26, 2009, 12:09 pm

    I throw myself right into my healthy habits again. It works the best for me.

  • Amelia October 26, 2009, 12:16 pm

    Can’t wait to hear about your challenge! I usually like to throw myself back into things immediately. I feel that if I don’t it just gives me time to think of more excuses for why I don’t have the time/effort to work out.

  • abi October 26, 2009, 12:20 pm

    hey caitlin! this is unrelated but what happened to Abbie’s blog? (Foodsthatfit) I miss it!

    • caitlin October 26, 2009, 12:35 pm

      i think she got too busy to blog 🙁 i miss her blog, too.

  • caronae October 26, 2009, 12:38 pm

    When I’m slacking, I change things up!

  • Jolene ( October 26, 2009, 12:40 pm

    When I am slacking, I just get right back into it … or change it up a bit.

  • Nicci@NiftyEats October 26, 2009, 12:46 pm

    I kick myself in the butt and get right back, into the swing of things.

  • Carolyn October 26, 2009, 12:54 pm

    Love, almonds! Haven’t tried them in my oatmeal yet…have to try it. P.S. I’m giving away a breast cancer awareness Ipod Nano armband case on my blog:

  • Ellen October 26, 2009, 1:39 pm

    Just curious: Can you do 40 push ups in a ROW??? I can do twenty–on a good day! It’s been hard to build from there, I feel like I’ll be stuck on 20 FOREVER.


    • caitlin October 26, 2009, 1:45 pm

      no no no i do like two sets of 15 and then 10.

  • Miriam October 26, 2009, 2:20 pm

    Ohhh!! Your dog is so cute… Puppy are sooo adorable. I remember when mine was still a puppy, I was still going to school at the time, and I did skipped some classes to stay with her cause she was looking too cute (and pitiful) for me to left her! It doesn’t work anymore that she’s a grown up! 😉

  • Jenny Eastwood@ JennyLikesToRun, On a mission to run a marathon to fundraise for The Breast Cancer Foundation October 26, 2009, 2:36 pm

    Do you still do your morning yoga?
    just wondering because Ive started getting back into my morning yoga routine.
    When i feel like I’ve been slacking, it varies on how I get back into it. If it’s with food, I immediately start eating healthy at my next meal/snack. But with exercise, if I’ve lost a little bit of fitness, I’ll do some interval training with rest days in between to build my fitness back up before I bust out those long runs 🙂
    I’m so gonna try this strength training routine. All up, how long does it take?

    • Caitlin October 26, 2009, 2:38 pm

      i have been slacking on EVERYTHING. i need to address this on the blog.

      the routine takes me about 10 minutes.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) October 26, 2009, 6:05 pm

    I used to throw myself in completely and then get frustrated. Now I try to focus on a few things that help me get the others back.

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet October 26, 2009, 6:32 pm

    Blah..funny you should ask! I have been off for a week since last weekends weather change hit me like a ton of bricks!! I eased back into working out today since I think that’s not the best thing to jump into too hard after being sick. But I don’t feel great after maybe that was too much. 🙂 But food wise, definitely diving back into it as much as possible! Can’t wait for the challenge..

  • Stacey October 26, 2009, 8:17 pm

    I find that after missing out on strength training for a couple of days, my body feels like it’s CRAVING it. It’s almost like I don’t have to remind myself, because my muscles are yearning for a burning workout! Sounds weird, but it works 🙂

    PS. I am QUEEN of random salads 🙂 Great way to go!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama October 26, 2009, 9:12 pm

    I hate getting into a slump. 🙁
    I usually take some time and review why I have been slacking in a particular area. Then I evaluate and re-evaluate the situation and think of simple solutions.
    It’s hard because I am a stay at home mom with a demanding, but loving and ADORABLE, son but it does make “me” time hard to get. Last week I worked out once – yikes. BUT I try not to beat myself up over it because obviously my schedule just didn’t allow.
    PS – I know you have been having “babies” on the brain. 😉 If you have any questions PLEASE let me know! I love talking about my experience with mommy hood!
    Healthy Eating

  • angieinatlanta October 26, 2009, 9:32 pm

    I always find it easier to just throw myself right back into it 100% – sink or swim mentality, I suppose

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