Thanksgiving Yoga

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Good morning, and Happy Thanksgiving.  Even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving today, I’m sure you can find a reason to be grateful!  :) 


I am a stickler for “No Holiday Cheer Prior to Thanksgiving” so I was quite happy to turn on the Christmas music this morning! Let the season officially begin!  (I tend to get burned out on the holidays by Christmas, I’m just warning you!)


I felt a little groggy after our big night out last night (see below) so I started off my day with wheatgrass, coffee, and Yoga Sculpt.


Yoga Sculpt seemed to be extra challenging today!  I was sweating buckets by the end.  I also threw in some ab moves per the Whittle My Middle challenge and a few push-ups.


Then it was time for breakfast.  I had a banana, Greek yogurt, flax, and granola.


My personal holiday philosophy is that the 1.5 month from Thanksgiving to Christmas is not an excuse to pig out, but Thanksgiving and Christmas days are!  :)  Everyday in between is just a normal eating day.


I’m in charge of the Green Bean Casserole for today’s lunch:

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I make my GBC the traditional way, except I add shredded cheese and mushrooms (raw) to the cooked green beans (not canned) and cream of mushroom soup.  It’s not the “healthiest” version, but MAN – it’s good!


Last Night


Last night, I had the pleasure of meeting some of Kath’s friends from Charlotte.  It’s fun to build our social network before we even move to North Carolina!


Everyone seemed really nice, and I feel like I have a lot in common with Amanda and Kate.  The Husband and Nate seemed to hit it off, too – they have plans to go golfing already!


Nate and Kate won over my heart by bringing me a bottle of wine.  But not just ANY wine:


A while back, Nate gave me the nickname “Caitlin Pancake” because I eat so many pancakes.  :)  They said they’d been saving this bottle for me since the summer.  How nice is that?  Love them already!


I had two beers at dinner, which was a little too much alcohol for me.  Oh, for brevity’s sake, I had cereal for a snack yesterday afternoon and brown rice, tofu, and veggies for dinner.  Despite my stabilizing meals, I woke up with a killer headache.  Nothing a little pumpkin pie cannot cure! 🙂


Operation Beautiful


There are some wonderful seasonally-inspired Operation Beautiful notes up today – Check it out!


HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Healthy Tipping Point!  May your day be filled with joy and love!



  • Diana (Mymarblerye) November 26, 2009, 9:25 am

    Have a happy thanksgiving! I hope to “represent” operation beautiful in south texas when i travel today. WORD!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! November 26, 2009, 9:47 am

    Happy Turkey Day! I will be making my version of Green Been Casserole soon too, but 1st off for a cool morning run. Have a great day……=)

  • Erin November 26, 2009, 9:47 am

    That is one of the coolest Operation Beautiful notes I’ve seen! Incredible!

    I agree with your food philosophy — Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s fine to eat a little extra. But the other days, it’s normal eating. 🙂

  • VeggieGirl November 26, 2009, 9:48 am


  • Evan Thomas November 26, 2009, 10:02 am

    Happy thanksgiving!

  • Kath November 26, 2009, 10:12 am

    Haha – love the wine! And what a great OB idea!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 26, 2009, 10:23 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! I’m with you on the “no Holiday/xmas music until after Thanksgiving” thing…even a nice Jewish girl like me loves Christmas music!

  • Christina November 26, 2009, 10:49 am

    WOW That is one rocking Opperation Beautiful note!

    ‘All I want for Christmas’ is my holiday kick-off song too! I hope you have a super HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

  • Christine N November 26, 2009, 10:54 am

    Mmmm that casserole looks soooo yummy 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 26, 2009, 10:59 am

    That is the best OB note yet!!

  • Susan November 26, 2009, 11:04 am

    I’m usually a huge Grinch over the holidays, so this year I’m trying really hard to put on a happy face. So far, I’ve discovered I love Christmas lights and candy canes. I’m off to a good start! 😛

    Thanksgiving is not about healthy food, and that casserole looks perfect!

  • Anne@ the doctor takes a wife November 26, 2009, 11:10 am

    I am so incredibly obsessed with that Mariah Carey song… thanks Love Actually 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 26, 2009, 11:28 am

    I’m with you on not wanting to start Christmas until tomorrow. It is so long and I get burnt out easily too.

    I love the look of your green bean casserole. I don’t make it but I love when others do 🙂

  • SweetiePotato November 26, 2009, 11:35 am

    Those Operation Beautiful notes are INCREDIBLE!! You are really blessing someone and making their day with those post-it’s!!

    And I’m the same way with no pre-Thanksgiving Christmas celebration, so I’m happy for the holiday season to start today, too!! 😀

  • Julie November 26, 2009, 11:42 am

    haha the wine is cute! I’ve been listening to Christmas music for weeks already, it puts me in a good mood 🙂
    Happy Thansgiving!!

  • Jenna November 26, 2009, 11:47 am

    looks like a great green bean casserole!

  • Julie @savvyeats November 26, 2009, 11:52 am

    The wine is adorable, and I’m loving that OB ABC’s post!

  • skinnyrunner November 26, 2009, 12:03 pm

    happy thanksgiving! enjoy the day and your green bean casserole!

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) November 26, 2009, 12:30 pm

    The Operation Beautiful ABC is GREAT! I love it!
    Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

  • Michelle November 26, 2009, 12:36 pm

    The ABC is indeed awesome!

    Although we don’t celebrate thanksgiving here, I wish you a very happy thanksgiving! 🙂

  • Gina G November 26, 2009, 12:39 pm

    same to you Caitlin! =)

  • Jessie (Vegan-minded) November 26, 2009, 12:50 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Caitlin! 🙂

  • Mama Pea November 26, 2009, 12:51 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Caitlin. I’m happy to be a reader, but thankful to call you a friend. I hope you enjoy your first vegetarian Thanksgiving immensely!!!

  • Julie November 26, 2009, 12:52 pm

    I ran the Greensboro Gobbler 5k in NC this morning. I couldn’t believe it when I saw someone with an Operational Beautiful sign pinned to their back!! 🙂

  • Brooke November 26, 2009, 1:43 pm


    Happy T-Giving Caitlin!!!!!!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat November 26, 2009, 1:44 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too my dear! I think I will do yoga today a well 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite November 26, 2009, 1:51 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! Love the OB note!

  • Katherine November 26, 2009, 2:14 pm

    wow I love that operation beautiful post!!! That’s so amazing 🙂

  • Alison November 26, 2009, 3:27 pm

    what a cute bottle of wine. thanks for posting during the holiday. it’s nice to ‘escape’ from big family gatherings at some point, haha. happy thanksgiving, caitlin!

  • maria November 26, 2009, 4:57 pm

    What a creative Operation Beautiful note. Love that idea!

  • Sara November 26, 2009, 5:10 pm

    Caitlin, I think you should nominate yourself for this Self “Women Doing Good” honor! — check it out at
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • caitlin November 26, 2009, 6:11 pm

      THANK YOU!!!

  • emily November 26, 2009, 5:29 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Michelle November 26, 2009, 10:39 pm

    Hey! i know those crazy kids 🙂

  • Kristie Lynn November 26, 2009, 10:51 pm

    I LOVE that Operation Beautiful idea (the take one pic)!!

    Hope you had a wonderful (and headache-less) Thanksgiving!

  • Jolene ( November 26, 2009, 11:50 pm

    Those operation beautiful notes are AMAZING!!!!! What a fantastic idea!!!! I love it! Happy Thanksgiving girl!

  • Erin November 27, 2009, 9:21 am

    That note is beautiful! I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for great bloggers like you who inspire me!! 🙂

    I totally agree with the no cheer prior to Thanksgiving. Gotta ration it out so it lasts longer!

  • Anne P November 27, 2009, 11:03 am

    Aww I freaking love that song… it makes me want to watch “Love Actually” 🙂

    And that might be my favorite OB note EVER! What a cute idea!!

  • Jess (What's Normal, Anyways?) November 27, 2009, 2:31 pm

    I follow the strict no Christmas carols before Thanksgiving too. One of the local radio stations started playing Christmas music 3 weeks ago! Crazy.

    Love the Operation Beautiful notes; I am so appreciative of other people’s creativity! I never would have thought to do that.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 27, 2009, 11:04 pm

    Oh my gosh, where can I get that bottle of wine?!!

    • Caitlin November 27, 2009, 11:34 pm

      i dont know where they got it! tweet @blogstalker and ask!

  • April December 1, 2009, 3:23 pm

    The green bean casserol looked great. What kind of cheese did you use?

    • Caitlin December 1, 2009, 3:24 pm

      like a 6-cheese italian blend you can buy from the supermarket.

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