The Best Thing

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Good afternoon.


Let’s start with the best thing:


"Hello, bloggies!" says Maggie. "I hope you’re having, like, a really awesome day!" (I always imagine her with a Valley Girl voice).


And now let’s move onto something else that was wonderful…




I had a stuffed whole wheat pita with Israeli Cous Cous and greens.


And a salad with crackers:


Yes, I eat at my desk.  It’s naughty, I know!  Lunch was light because I’m not too hungry, and I’d like to save a lotta room for dinner tonight since we’re going out!


Things to do:


  • Finish work
  • Take a nap
  • Go grocery shopping
  • Fancy dinner to celebrate the book deal! Yay!  Glass(es) of wine, here I come!


Where you eat most of your meals?  The computer? In front of TV? Or at the dining room table?  I definitely eat most of my meals in front of the computer.



  • Nikki T October 2, 2009, 1:38 pm

    I used to always eat at the computer on my lunch break at work, but I’ve recently changed that and now myself and the other girlies at my office take 30 mins to eat and chat in the lunch room (isn’t that where we should eat!?)
    Its so easy to just keep doing what you’re doing which eating, but I think taking the short break has made my workday a (little) bit more enjoyable! 🙂
    Hope your fancy book-deal dinner is a great one! You definately deserve a(few) glass(es) of wine!

  • Ellen Collis October 2, 2009, 1:38 pm

    Your pita sandwich looks delicious! I usually eat at my desk, but on Fridays I treat myself and go out to grab something. When I’m at home, I almost always eat in front of the TV. I know it’s a terrible habit…I need to work on breaking it!!!

  • Ellen Collis October 2, 2009, 1:39 pm

    Oh and enjoy the vino tonight, CONGRATS! 😉

  • Kelly October 2, 2009, 1:41 pm

    I don’t own a dining table! I need to go on Craig’s list or to Ikea and just buy one already. I used to always eat at my computer in undergrad but now I eat on the couch.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 2, 2009, 1:44 pm

    I eat most of my meals in front of the computer, too. I love it. Your doggie is freakin’ adorable!

  • Sarah October 2, 2009, 1:50 pm

    I’ve worked at home for the last almost 9 years as a web developer. I used to eat all the time at my desk, but then I ended up big time snacking all day, especially during stressful days. (And I do mean All. Day. Long.) Now I make it a point to eat any food at the dining room table, even if it’s just a quick 5 minute lunch, so I don’t associate my office with snacking. Of course, now when I’m bored or stressed, I read a blog. (Woops!) Congrats on your book deal and enjoy your night out tonight!

  • Karla October 2, 2009, 1:52 pm

    That pita looks SO good! I’ve been wondering… what kind of dressing do you use on your salads?

    • caitlin October 2, 2009, 1:57 pm

      organic balsamic. but usually nothing – im not really into dressing that much.

  • Marina October 2, 2009, 1:53 pm

    I eat in front of my laptop, or while watching shows on tv with my boyfriend. I get bored only eating so I like to do as many things possible 🙂

  • Jenna October 2, 2009, 1:53 pm

    i eat a lot of my meals in my dorm room in front of my computer 😉

  • Rebekah October 2, 2009, 1:56 pm

    Love Maggie! Is she sitting on top of a piece of furniture that puts her at window level, or is it one of those pet window ledge things?

    I almost always eat in front of the computer, even when I’m at the dining room table.

    • caitlin October 2, 2009, 1:57 pm

      our friend harry is in construction and he made the dogs a window ledge and then i covered it with a pad and cloth 🙂 they love it and sit there ALL DAY LONG. so cute.

  • Ashley October 2, 2009, 1:57 pm

    Couch. NYC apartments will do that to you. =)

  • Courtney October 2, 2009, 1:57 pm

    I almost always eat at the kitchen table in front of my laptop, the newspaper, a magazine or a book. I should probably focus more on the food and flavors…but what can I say, I multitask!

    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • brandi October 2, 2009, 1:58 pm

    Usually in front of the tv. Our dining room is also our entry room into the house and is always a mess with bags, papers, mail, etc. Plus it’s a hand me down table that isn’t comfortable to sit at anyways, so we eat in front of the tv just about all the time.

    fancy dinner sounds fun!

  • Matt October 2, 2009, 2:00 pm

    I eat most of my meals in front of the TV!

  • Mellissa October 2, 2009, 2:03 pm

    I eat most of my meals at my desk- breakfast, lunch and snacks most days! It is so bad. When I am home it is often in front of the tv.

  • Susan October 2, 2009, 2:04 pm

    No one is ever around for me to eat meals with, so I eat dinner in front of my computer…probably not the best, but oh well. At work, I shove dinner down my throat from my lap…ten minutes, tops!

  • Erica October 2, 2009, 2:04 pm

    haha Maggie is so cute. I also eat most of my meals in front of the computer (bad Erica). Its hard not to when you’re trying to do 20 things at once 😉 Have fun celebrating tonight

  • christie, honoring health October 2, 2009, 2:06 pm

    I eat most of my meal either on the couch or at the computer. Probably not the best habit but I don’t think it is a habit I am ready to let go of.

  • Naomi(onefitfoodie) October 2, 2009, 2:07 pm

    thath pita looks great!! and your doggie is adorable!!

    I guess it depends who and when I am eating as to where I sit. If I am eating alone it is usually in front of the tv/my laptop, while blogging and such. If I am with my BF or family, we never keep the TV on and sit at a table. I guess it changes day to day!!

  • Leah @ L4L October 2, 2009, 2:11 pm

    It really depends. Breakfast is always at the dining room table. Occasionally with my laptop next to me.

    Lunch, during the work week, is mostly at my desk.

    Dinner is either at the dining room table, in the car/on the way to class, or in front of the TV.

  • Anne P October 2, 2009, 2:12 pm

    Is it just me or is that pita staring at me!??!

  • Emily October 2, 2009, 2:16 pm

    I eat most of my meals at work in front of the computer. At home I eat in the bedroom mostly, sitting in a chair or on the floor on a cushion. We have no dining room nor room for a table, but I’m ok with that. It’s not my “forever home”.

  • Emily October 2, 2009, 2:18 pm

    And I had to check out what Anne P said, yes, that pita is staring. It really looks like the FSM (Flying Spaghetti Monster).

  • Certifiably Fit October 2, 2009, 2:30 pm

    I eat all my meals when I’m home at my kitchen table. My snacks happen either at my desk at work or in my living room, but I have them all pre-portioned out ahead of time. Prior to loosing almost 100lbs I used to do most of my eating on the couch parked in front of the TV. I made the shift so I could concentrate on mindful eating, which is one of the many changes I made.

  • Diana October 2, 2009, 2:31 pm

    Sometimes I eat in bed (breakfast!) while I read blogs ahah but most of the times I eat at the kitchen table. 🙂

  • K October 2, 2009, 2:43 pm

    I definitely eat at my desk 99% of the time – bad, I know! Hope you enjoy your fancy schmancy dinner tonight!

  • Sarah Jayne October 2, 2009, 2:58 pm

    Hahaha! I imagine what my dogs would sound like all the time! Maggie definitely makes Valley Girl cute!!

  • Gina October 2, 2009, 3:03 pm

    Definitely in front of the computer. It’s easier for me since we don’t have a lunch room. Some coworkers go out to lunch every day but I could never do that because it would get pretty expensive!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 2, 2009, 3:18 pm

    I almost always eat my lunch at my desk (I use my lunch hour to work out!) so when I get home, I do my best to eat at the table 😉

    Great job on getting those veggies in today!

  • Julie October 2, 2009, 3:26 pm

    LOL you picture her having a valley girl voice…I love it. Have fun at the celebration dinner!! I hope your going somewhere super fancy 😉

    I eat at the table for every meal, but for breakfast and lunch I have the boob toob on. I need my Today show and Days of Our Lives…my now non secret guilty pleasure.

  • Lauren October 2, 2009, 4:35 pm

    Unfortunately I eat most of my meals in front of the TV (I know so bad), and even worse I eat my breakfast on the way to work sometimes. eeek

  • Melissa October 2, 2009, 4:36 pm

    Cute doggie pic. I always imagine my Corgi as a race car driver. Haha!

    I eat most of my tables at the coffee table, in front of the TV. I can see the TV from the dining table but I always choose the couch. Dining in comfort!

  • Jenny Eastwood@ JennyLikesToRun, Healthy living blog :) October 2, 2009, 4:36 pm

    Maggie is the cutest little pup ever!! I have developed a major soft spot for small dogs after reading your blog for a good 3 months or so.
    Your lunch looks yummmyyyyy.
    I eat most of my food in front of the computer, it’s kinda shit, and I try to eat more meals at the table, but I get hooked on reading all these fabulous blogs and it’s just heaps more interesting at the computer! haha.

  • Kristine October 2, 2009, 5:09 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    Congrats on your 14 mile run. You are so inspirational in so many ways. I love how REAL you are. Anyways, I have a quick question for you. Do you ever get dizzy during or after long runs? What about cramps?

    • caitlin October 2, 2009, 5:36 pm

      cramps and dizziness are a sign that you arent fueling enough during long runs, or you are hydrated. do the weight or pee test to rule out hydration, and try taking in more goo. i actually don’t eat a lot during my runs — most people need more. think about it – you burn around 80 – 100 calories a MILE! so i burned more than 1000 calories on my run! you might need to take in more fuel – everyone is different.

      • caitlin October 2, 2009, 5:37 pm

        obviously, i meant “cramps and dizziness are a sign that you arent fueling enough during long runs, or you are DEhydrated.” 🙂

  • Evan Thomas October 2, 2009, 5:28 pm

    In my dorm 🙂 more specifically at my desk in front of the computer

  • Lee October 2, 2009, 6:00 pm

    My dog has a certain voice too. I feel like it’s low pitched and goofy. I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks her dog talks to her!

  • Tina October 2, 2009, 6:27 pm

    I basically eat all my meals in front of the computer. I like catching on up shows on Hulu and stuff like that! I wish my dorm room had a nice table so I could sit down nicely! 🙂

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) October 2, 2009, 6:29 pm

    I am glad to know I’m not the only one who has voices for my animals. My cat Buckley sounds kind of like Tim Gunn from Project Runway, and my cat Southpaw sounds like Tina Fey. It’s strange.

  • Amanda (modernation) October 2, 2009, 7:53 pm

    I eat most of my meals in front of the TV or computer. I know it is bad, too – but I never bring a whole bag of chips or box of cookies to the couch or desk with me. This year for one of our New Years Resolutions we made a goal to eat a least one meal a week at the dining room table without TV. We loved it – it kind of felt like a date! But since we moved 3 weeks ago, we have no dining table, so the coffee table is where the magic happens now!

  • angieinatlanta October 2, 2009, 8:25 pm

    I freakin’ ADORE Maggie; she’s so cute!

    I eat at my desk during the week, too; I can’t help it. I’m obsessed with multitasking!

  • Gina G October 2, 2009, 9:30 pm

    hey Caitlin! I just wanted to tell you that today I shared with not only one but two of my classes your movement of operation beautiful. We have articles we share every week and I was so suprised I hadn’t thought sooner of telling your story. My teacher thought it was wonderful. The other teacher I was so excited to hear, that she actually has heard about it already! I just wanted to say thankyou again for everything, you are a true inspiration, who has already changed the world. i cannot wait for your book! your amazing Caitlin =)

    Gina G, (I don’t think you remember me, but I’m 17 and from Michigan)

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans October 2, 2009, 10:00 pm

    I work I always eat sitting on the counter, but at home, I am always eating in front of the computer (I am actually eating right now…)

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) October 2, 2009, 10:26 pm

    Well… I don’t really have a one place I eat most of my meals. Breakfast is eaten in the kitchen at the counter or on the couch, very rarely do I eat it at the table. Lunch is most often eaten at work, and dinner is almost always eaten at the dining room table with The Boy.

  • Jessie (Vegan-minded) October 2, 2009, 10:26 pm

    I LOVE Israeli couscous! When I first discovered it, I would try incorporating into everything I could think of.

    Sadly to say, I do most of my eating in front of the computer. I am planning on creating a small office at home so that I don’t have to use the dining room as a desk anymore. Hopefully that will help!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels October 2, 2009, 10:58 pm

    I am laughing SO HARD thinking about the valley girl voice

  • Jolene ( October 3, 2009, 12:16 pm

    I eat breakfast in front of my computer (at my desk) while I blog in the morning. I eat lunch at a table at work, and I eat dinner in front of the couch – bad I know. My hubby and I have the most gorgeous kitchen table, yet we always watch our pvr’d TV shows while eating.

  • Lizzy October 3, 2009, 6:47 pm

    i tend to eat in front of the TV or in my bedroom alot with my computer on the lap!

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