First of all, awesome comments/discussion on The Weighty Question.  I learned a lot about anatomy and muscle-building that I did not know before!  🙂


Also – I was corrected by some very astute readers that Megan and I were not doing pull-ups this morning, but chin-ups.  Chin-ups are apparently easier (which explains why I could do two) and a good starting point when you’re trying to transition to pull-ups.  I think I’m going to make it a year-end goal to be able to do 10 chin-ups in a row!  The chin-up bar is on my way home from my runs, so I could stop by and bang a few out several times a week. 


So, today was pretty unproductive in terms of the book. I can’t believe that 1.5 months ago, I had a normal 9 to 5 job and now I have an entire 224-page book due in 4 weeks.  Geez!  Amongst all the writing/staring at the computer, I did manage to make this casserole for dinner:


I didn’t exactly follow a recipe, but I based it on my Santa Fe Casserole recipe.


The casserole contains a mix of brown rice, kidney beans, zucchini, green and red pepper, and salsa, as well as cheddar cheese, egg, and milk.


My afternoon snacks included Stacy’s Pita Chips with hummus and a clementine:


And I ate a bowl of coffee ice cream around 4 PM.  Not the most nutritionally sound snack, but it was what I was craving.  🙂


Off to relax.  I have yoga + a 6.0 mile run planned for tomorrow, so I need to get to sleep early.


Side Note:  Nicole is giving away a really pretty pair of homemade earrings – and you can win them!  🙂 Sparkly things make me happy.



  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 17, 2009, 9:02 pm

    Mmm, that casserole looks good! Casseroles are SO comforting.

  • haya November 17, 2009, 9:07 pm

    casseroles were made for winter! and busy lives.

    your chin up goal is good! i’m not sure i could do more than 1. we had a bar in the entrance to our kitchen in our old apartment and i worked so hard and never even made it to one real pull up. *sigh*

  • Meg C. November 17, 2009, 9:09 pm

    I’d be so impressed if you could do ANY chin ups or pull ups. I can’t do any – I think my lower body is just too much for my upper body to pull haah

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite November 17, 2009, 9:11 pm

    Coffee ice cream sounds like the perfect snack to me 🙂

  • Errign November 17, 2009, 9:12 pm

    I can’t do chin ups OR pull ups!

    Having a bracelet giveaway on my blog tomorrow! 🙂

  • KatieTX November 17, 2009, 9:15 pm

    Chin-ups are so hard! I can only do them assisted at the gym. Also, I plan on doing a 6 mile run and some yoga tomorrow too.

  • Karla November 17, 2009, 9:16 pm

    I definitely wouldn’t even be able to do a chin up (but I’m working on the upper body strength!).

    Props to you for being able to do 2!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 17, 2009, 9:17 pm

    I don’t like coffee, but I loooove coffee ice cream.

  • Jenna November 17, 2009, 9:18 pm

    Sometimes ice cream as an afternoon snack is what you need. 🙂

    Your casserole looks delicious. For some reason during the winter season I crave casserole’s like MAD. Probably because I am looking for something warm, hearty and comforting. And us Minnesotan’s love our ‘hot dish’, haha.

  • Evan Thomas November 17, 2009, 9:22 pm

    4 weeks? Wow they want that fast, good luck!
    One of my favorite(and I don’t know how much this is saying because I have a lot)ice creams is Elan’s decaf cappuccino frozen yogurt. It’s so delicious and has a hint of cream so even though it’s pretty light nutritionally it’s kind of decadent.

  • Lizzie November 17, 2009, 9:30 pm

    Can I ask a stupid question? I keep seeing those adorable ceramic spoons on everyone’s blogs and I’m dying to know where they’re from.

    • caitlin November 17, 2009, 9:32 pm

      there are no stupid questions – mine are from pottery barn (they are like $1) and i got them a year ago, but i think they have them all the time, in different seasonal colors!

  • candice November 17, 2009, 9:36 pm

    Glad you went with your cravings and had some coffee ice cream. 🙂 Have a relaxing evening!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat November 17, 2009, 9:39 pm

    So glad I now know the difference between a chin up and pull up 🙂

    When I still ate dairy ice cream, coffee was one of my favorites. Especially Ben + Jerry’s mocha chip. Anyone know if they make non-dairy coffee ice “cream”?

    • Anne November 17, 2009, 10:07 pm

      Yes! A great brand is “Purely Decadent.” They have a mocha almond fudge flavor which is AWESOME, in my opinion. It’s sold at Sprouts and Whole Foods, and several other regional health food chains.

  • Carolyn November 17, 2009, 9:40 pm

    That casserole looks really yummy. I’m going to have to get some of those single serve dishes so we don’t feel tempted to eat too much. Eliminates leftovers, though. 🙁

  • Emily Eats and Exercises November 17, 2009, 9:44 pm

    Is it a chin-up because your palms are facing forward? I haven’t tried any in years…. I’ve been doing a lot of push ups, but maybe I’ll try to find a bar.
    I’m glad you satisfied your craving, but I hate coffee ice cream! That’s how I know I’ll never be a coffee drinker – I don’t even like the flavor mixed with cream and sugar…

  • katherine November 17, 2009, 9:45 pm

    I LOVE coffee ice cream! My mom grew up in Georgia and said her favorite treat was a root beer float with coffee ice cream. YUM!

  • Felicia (Bites of the Apple) November 17, 2009, 9:54 pm

    I’m all about the assisted chin-ups/pull-ups, but when I do them unassisted, I can do 1-2 depending on the day. I would love to build my strength up to be able to do 10 too! Nice goal.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 17, 2009, 9:54 pm

    I love casseroles like that… just based on a similar recipe but things thrown in to a dish and tasting yummy 🙂

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now November 17, 2009, 9:55 pm

    I made a casserole today, too! They’re just perfect for this time of year!

  • Britt (Runnerbelle) November 17, 2009, 10:12 pm

    I wasn’t sure what the proper term was, aside from under-hand and over-hand grip. I’ve been working on pull-ups (overhand) at kettlebell, those suckers are hard, but I’m so close to getting one finally with no assistance!

    stay focused with the book, it will be SO worth it in the end! hang in there!!!

  • Jolene ( November 17, 2009, 10:26 pm

    That casserole sounds yummy!

  • maria November 17, 2009, 10:34 pm

    You’ve got my drooling over here with the coffee ice cream. It’s probably my favorite ice cream flavor.

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries November 17, 2009, 10:51 pm

    That casserole looks amazing! I bet it’s really good cold, too!

  • katie November 17, 2009, 11:24 pm

    whooo for coffee ice cream in the afternoon!! holla!!!

  • BroccoliHut November 17, 2009, 11:38 pm

    The holidays must be close–Clementines are back!

  • kilax November 18, 2009, 6:48 am

    You’ll get the book done, and it will be great! Did the publisher determine the length of it, or have you?

    • caitlin November 18, 2009, 7:47 am

      publisher did – 224 is a standard length. 🙂

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) November 18, 2009, 7:51 am

    That casserole looks great! Good luck with the book. Here’s to hoping today is a super productive day for you, girlie!

  • Nicole November 18, 2009, 8:33 am

    I can’t even do one chin up…which is really sad. My boyfriend’s dad has a chin up bar in their garage…we made a bet..I lost so I had to do chin ups. Not.One. I decided then and there that the next time we go visit his parents I have to be able to do at least ONE if not a few in a row. But how do you train for something like that? How do you lift enough to be able to do it? Or do you just have to do it?

  • Susan November 18, 2009, 8:57 am

    I did the New Rules of Lifting for Women program, where one of the goals is to do an unassisted pull-up at the end of the program. I sucked at it and never got there. But, it had me doing wide-grip lat pulldowns and underhand-grip lat pulldowns as the opposite motion to build up strength for the chin-ups and pull-ups. I think there are versions of it you can do at home without a cable machine, you should google it! 🙂

  • Laura @ FindingAHealthyBalance...after a 100+ POUND weight loss! November 18, 2009, 9:33 am

    I LOVE COFFEE ICECREAM!!! =) You have to have a treat every once and awhile now……..

  • Jenna November 18, 2009, 9:42 am

    casserole looks delish!

  • Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life November 18, 2009, 10:00 am

    The casserole looks awesome!

  • Rose November 18, 2009, 10:12 am

    That ice cream looks delicious. You were in my dream last night!

  • Nicole (dishin') November 18, 2009, 10:48 am

    That casserole looks so good! I always cook as a distraction..oops. Good luck with the book…I know it will come together. You definitely know how to balance multiple projects more than anyone I know!

  • Traci November 18, 2009, 11:28 am

    Fed my ice cream urge last night too. Tastes so good sometimes!

  • maggie November 18, 2009, 11:34 am

    I had froyo last night 🙂


  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run November 18, 2009, 11:39 am

    Coffee ice cream is my favorite! Even us healthy girls can splurge on a snack every once ‘n a while : )

  • Christine N November 18, 2009, 12:00 pm

    Mmmm the casserole looks yummy! I have to start experimenting more with my cooking I think.

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