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Proofreading, DONE!  Next up – fact checking.  :)  I’m going to meet my deadline for sure!


I did take a break from working to eat an Glo Bar and take the dogs to the park.  It was very chilly outside, so I insisted that Maggie wear her pretty pink sweater.


She doesn’t like said pretty pink sweater at all and tries to undress herself.


James, on the other hand, is a “real dog” with real fur and is quite happy with the chillier weather!  :)  He had fun exploring the dog park as I worked on the book.


I also ate some Clementines while they played:


In total, I ate FOUR CLEMENTINES (one was after dinner and I forgot to take a picture) today.  They are just so light, refreshing, and delicious.  Plus, the Husband doesn’t really like them and I have to work my way through a 5 pound box.  I’m turning orange!


“Dinner” was a little lame, but it was filling.  I wasn’t craving ANYTHING for dinner… I’m experiencing that post-long run appetite void, which is why I try to eat extra calories the day before my long run as well.


I had a huge pile of roasted potatoes with corn on the cob.



And Greek Yogurt and granola for protein:


Last but not least, I went to Coldstone and got ice cream for dessert.  I had a medium coffee with toffee and graham cracker.


Speaking of Operation Beautiful, lately high school girls have been doing these MASSIVE posts where they cover the mirror with positive messages and a sign encouraging girls to “Take One and Leave One".  They leave a pack of Post-Its next to the mirror!  How fun is that?   I need to do one of these massive notes soon, too!

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So creative.  🙂


Have a beautiful night!



  • Julie December 11, 2009, 9:41 pm

    Maggie’s sweater makes her look super extra long. Roasted potatoes for dinner and cold stone for dessert sounds like a pretty good night.

    I love that high school girls are getting into posting notes. Building self esteem at that age is so important, so good for them!!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama December 11, 2009, 9:44 pm

    Man – I wish my HS had something like this when I was in it. Would have helped so many of us out during our tough days…
    Congrats on the proofreading! I bet it’s a HUGE relief!

  • Karla December 11, 2009, 9:46 pm

    Congratulations on finishing proofreading! That’s great!

    How creative are those post it notes at the high school! I love it!

  • Matt December 11, 2009, 9:51 pm

    I never have that long run appetite void. I am hungry all day 😉

  • Jenna December 11, 2009, 10:02 pm

    that is a great idea and so sweet of those high schoolers! operation beautiful is sooo much fun!

  • Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) December 11, 2009, 10:05 pm

    That Operation Beautiful Mirror is awesome! Love the ‘take one leave one’ idea 🙂

  • Brie (The Fit Bride)' December 11, 2009, 10:07 pm

    I love those Operation Beautiful notes too! I have SO MANY Post-its–for some reason, when I was in law school, people thought that all I ever did was write post-it notes and would put piles and piles of them in my Christmas stocking.

    I think I need to do a big “take one, leave one” this week just to clean out my office a bit!

  • janetha December 11, 2009, 10:09 pm

    i am in love with maggie’s sweater 🙂 she is so cute!

  • Lindsay December 11, 2009, 10:11 pm

    I was just looking at your dinner combo which I totally love by the way because I do the exact same thing!! But I was just wondering if you used frozen or fresh corn on the cob and how do you cook it??

    • caitlin December 11, 2009, 10:20 pm

      fresh, i just boil it for 20 minutes and then i dab with butter. yum!

  • Cindy December 11, 2009, 10:14 pm

    I’ve had a ton of clementines today too. They are so good!

    When we had our daschund she refused to wear sweaters even if she was shivering like crazy!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 11, 2009, 10:20 pm

    When I was little, I used to peel about 10 clementines, put them in a ziploc bag and snack on them. They would all be gone within minutes.

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) December 11, 2009, 10:24 pm

    Aw, that must make you feel so special. Great job Caitlin.

  • caronae December 11, 2009, 10:25 pm

    Wow, their notes are really awesome! I wish my HS had been that inspiring! BTW, Maggie looks very cute.

  • Bronwyn December 11, 2009, 10:28 pm

    Aw! I love that post-it note! So cool.

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness) December 11, 2009, 10:28 pm

    I literally just said out loud to my husband, “Mmmm, now I’m craving Coldstone.” 🙂 I love that combination you came up with — toffee in ice cream is my absolute favorite food on the planet. The photos of your dogs always make me smile and laugh. They are just precious. Aren’t dogs the best?

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 11, 2009, 11:06 pm

    Mmmm I love cold stone!!

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet December 11, 2009, 11:10 pm

    That’s so exciting that you’re going to make your deadline! That’s awesome. Congratulations! 🙂 I put a hoodie on Leo the other day. We bought a little boys $6 zip-up hoodie from Target He wouldn’t walk. It was as if he had the weight of the world on him in the form of a striped zip-up hoodie.

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) December 11, 2009, 11:11 pm

    High five!!!! You finished it! I bet you’re glad 🙂
    Love your pup’s sweater, my dog is wearing one too! She loves it.

    I should follow my fellow High Schooler’s example! Pimp our the bathroom 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) December 11, 2009, 11:26 pm

    Our dogs have coats for the cold weather. So cute. I love the pink 🙂

    Those OB notes are great. I think I might have to leave one 🙂

  • Carolyn December 11, 2009, 11:34 pm

    Love the take one leave one idea!!

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans December 11, 2009, 11:47 pm

    I love the pic of Maggie trying to wiggle out of her sweater!

  • candice December 12, 2009, 12:04 am

    Man, I haven’t been to Coldstone in forever! It’s all gelato these days, but maybe I need to revisit good old-fashioned ice cream! Those high school girls sure know how to work the Operation Beautiful spirit 😀

  • Mica December 12, 2009, 12:05 am

    I love Maggie’s pink sweater, as well as James’…non-sweater!

  • Sammi December 12, 2009, 12:17 am

    I just stared at that coldstone picture for about a minute before finally scrolling down. Maybe I thought staring at it long enough would make it appear in person? Didn’t work 🙁
    James is one handsome doggie!

    • caitlin December 12, 2009, 7:51 am

      this truly made me LOL

  • Caroline December 12, 2009, 12:17 am

    At my college, someone covered the entire mirror in the girls bathroom with poster paper and wrote, “you’re beautiful!” I thought it was clever because it literally didn’t let you look at yourself.

  • Jolene ( December 12, 2009, 12:36 am

    Your doggies are too adorable!

    I wish someone did that at my high school when I was growing up! It is amazing that you started such a BIG movement! Wow – girl!

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  • Ashley December 12, 2009, 1:28 am

    That is really awesome about the high school girls. What a great thing at that age!! Glad you finally got your icecream…saw you were craving it on a twitter message =) And awesome job on your run today. I haven’t experienced the detachment feeling before, but have only run 1, half marathon. I could see that happening though..hard to get the runners high when you’re just on your own. Have a great weekend!!

  • emily December 12, 2009, 1:29 am

    Congrats on proofreading! Clementines are a food I can never get sick of, so nice and juicy 🙂

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life December 12, 2009, 5:54 am

    Maggie looks adorable! I love clementines-they are the perfect snack!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) December 12, 2009, 7:58 am

    I still need to take pics of my notes. BTW coldstone was made by the devil…I am convinced of this.

  • rungirlrunn December 12, 2009, 8:21 am

    Congrats on being ahead of deadline, I bet that feels great!

  • Danielle December 12, 2009, 8:36 am

    I love that the high school girls have really embraced operation beautiful and turned it into something that truly inspires them. How amazing that instead of pulling each other down in typical HS fashion they are trying to lift each other up (although I’m sure that the nasty HS girl attitude does still exist, unfortunately).

  • Christy December 12, 2009, 9:31 am

    OMG that huge mirror of posts are incredible! That’s awesome… how cool does it feel to be the one to inspire that?! 😀 Good thing there’s people like you to do that!

    And I feel like I’ll turn orange, too! I eat so much pumpkin & sweet potoates haha yum!

    • Caitlin December 12, 2009, 9:34 am

      honestly, i guess i dont really feel like operation beautiful is “mine” the way HTP is. i’m just the editor of OB! it’s so organic and grew on its own… it’s super cool to see stuff like that, but i know the real people who inspired it are the people who send in notes everyday!

  • Lindsay December 12, 2009, 10:02 am

    That is incredible. Especially for girls at the HS age when you’re so confused about who you are…. Rock on girls 🙂

  • Tina December 12, 2009, 10:37 am

    I hate those nights when you just have no cravings and nothing sounds good! Drives me nuts. And I love that those high school girls are posting notes. I would have loved something like that in my school.

  • Nicole December 12, 2009, 10:40 am

    Wow. That mirror picture really got me. High school girls need positivity and inspiration and I think it’s awesome that they are doing this. Awesome.

  • Nicole, MS, RD, LD December 12, 2009, 10:55 am

    Girls must be nicer than when I was in high school, that’s great. Your pups and their sweaters are too cute! My husband doesn’t care for clementines either, so I eat a lot of them when they’re around!

  • Nicole, MS, RD, LD December 12, 2009, 10:55 am

    P.S. I left a blog award for you on my post from yesterday

  • ms December 12, 2009, 11:05 am

    wow ~ that mirror is awesome. what i think is even more amazing about it is the ‘community’ feeling it creates between all the girls at the school by taking and/or contributing. that is so lacking with high school girls these days, it seems. if i recall correctly, there can be an awful lot of cattiness between high school girls, but this just proves that teenage girls can really *support* one another if given an outlet in which to do it. who knows how many girls have walked into that bathroom after a horrible experience at school/home and have read exactly what they needed to hear from one of their peers? congratulations, caitlin, on creating such positive exchanges between other people!!!

    • Caitlin December 12, 2009, 11:06 am

      yay! i love OB because it proves women DONT have to be catty to each other!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat December 14, 2009, 5:03 pm

    Ok, so I just squealed because I’m pretty sure that is me in that pic of your book pages! I’m such a dork 😉

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