Day with the Dogs

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I really wanted to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather this morning!  The Husband felt the same way, so we decided to take the dogs to downtown Orlando and explore.


First, we made breakfast at home to save a little money:


That’s a mini whole wheat bagel, a dippy egg, grapes, and EVOO-fried sweet potato ‘hash browns’ (with ketchup).


I was happy that the Husband wanted to go out, too, so we could take BOTH dogs.  I cannot handle Maggie and James on my own!  They look cute, but they can be quite devilish. 


We walked about 1.0  mile through the lovely historic district of downtown, and then we stopped at Starbucks for a latte.  Guess who we ran into?!




What are the odds?!  Slim to none in a big city, especially so far away from both of our apartments!


Megan had to run, so the Husband and I walked to the Farmer’s Market to sit and people watch.


James loves to be outside and surrounded by other people and dogs, but Maggie kind of freaks out.  She sat in Husband’s lap the whole time and hid behind his arms whenever a motorcycle ROARED by!


After, we drove to Dandelion CommuniTea, my favorite vegetarian restaurant in Orlando, for lunch.


I sat outside with the dogs while the Husband ordered.  I told him to “surprise me.”


I ended up with…. a sweet berry ice tea:


And a Bean There, Done That wrap.  This wrap has two kinds of beans, feta cheese, corn, green peppers, and other veggie goodies.


Plus, some of the most amazing hummus in the world + corn chips.


Quite the Sunday morning we had!  I even got a slight tan from sitting outside for so long (we were at the Farmer’s Market for about two hours).  Being outside – even if it’s in the  middle of a city – really rejuvenates me.  There is something about nature and sunshine that just heals my soul!


Off to put in another double cardio workout + Intro to Iron Pumping Challenge workout.  Triathlon training is really fun so far – I like choosing between a combo of running, swimming, and biking each day.  It definitely keeps things interesting!



  • Laura Smith January 24, 2010, 2:13 pm

    what is your typical pool workout like, since this is the beginning of your training? I would really like to incorporate swimming into my x-training options, but am a beginner, and not very good.

    • caitlin January 24, 2010, 2:19 pm

      my “official” tri training doesn’t start for another week or so. at this point, i’m just trying to do 750 meters and work on my form. i stop a LOT.

  • Ashley January 24, 2010, 2:15 pm

    Sounds like a fun morning! I love the expression on Maggie’s face in that first picture of the dogs together. 🙂

  • katie January 24, 2010, 2:18 pm

    girl im so jelous that you can wear a tank top! its freezing here! i wana move to flordia!

  • Keri January 24, 2010, 2:21 pm

    Sounds like a fun day! I wish the weather was as nice here in NJ. The bean wrap looks delish! I am going to have to try to replicate it. Good luck with the tri training…I am hoping to improve my swimming in hopes that I can complete a sprint tri, so I really appreciated Ryan’s guest posts!

  • Lynne January 24, 2010, 2:22 pm

    I thought the same thing as Ashley – Maggie looks like she’s plotting something! Hee hee. 🙂

  • The Hot and Fit January 24, 2010, 2:29 pm

    Tanktops? Getting a tan? I am so jealous! Europe is FREEZING!!!

  • Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) January 24, 2010, 2:37 pm

    Dandelion looks freaking fabulous.. I LOVE cute lil veg places 🙂

  • katherine January 24, 2010, 2:38 pm

    busy busy busy, but in a good way! enjoy the rest of your Sunday 🙂

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 24, 2010, 2:39 pm

    Your wrap looks amazing, and I simply love hummus. Looks like a really fun day!

  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN January 24, 2010, 2:41 pm

    That hummus looks so good! I’ve never seen hummus so light in color… I wonder what is in theirs.

    Enjoy the sunshine! I ventured out to the beach yesterday. Florida + January = yes, please. ;-P

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 24, 2010, 2:44 pm

    Sounds like a delicious lunch, especially the iced tea!

    I’m so jealous of your weather! 🙂 Florida may be hot in the summer but it sounds ideal right now. I can’t wait for spring!

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) January 24, 2010, 2:44 pm

    dear god i wish i lived in florida

  • Marissa January 24, 2010, 2:45 pm

    Looks like you are taking advantage of a great day!

  • Nicci January 24, 2010, 2:48 pm

    Oh, looks like great weather in Florida. I really wish I could move back down there.

  • Kerry (Running on Faith) January 24, 2010, 2:49 pm

    That wrap looked SO good!! I might have to recreate it 🙂

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place January 24, 2010, 2:49 pm

    AHH i’m soooo jealous of the weather there! I’m craving warm weather and need to get down to Florida ASAP!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises January 24, 2010, 3:01 pm

    That looks like a fabulous SUMMER day. I want to try that vegetarian restaurant.

  • susan (stepping off the coaster) January 24, 2010, 3:01 pm

    awww i just LOVE your outing with the pups… my doxie is hurting really bad right now, so healthy happy pups make me smile =)

    • caitlin January 24, 2010, 3:02 pm

      im sorry your doxie is hurting 🙁

  • Emily Eats and Exercises January 24, 2010, 3:01 pm

    That looks like a fabulous SUMMER day. I want to try that vegetarian restaurant.
    Happy tri training. When you start your “official” training I’d love to see what your plans look like. I’m planning on my second triathlon this summer.

  • Julia January 24, 2010, 3:02 pm

    Yummy lunch!

  • candice January 24, 2010, 3:19 pm

    Haha… getting a tan. I’m freezing in my room in long sleeves and jeans with a space heater. Sooo jealous!

  • Amanda January 24, 2010, 3:30 pm

    Definitely wish i lived in Flordia instead of the good ole midwest where we are happy if its 20-40 degrees in the winter! have an amazing sunday afternoon

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 24, 2010, 3:51 pm

    Great eats! I love the look of that sweet berry tea too 🙂

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 24, 2010, 3:55 pm

    Your arms are looking buff in that picture with Megan!

  • chandra January 24, 2010, 3:58 pm

    Umm, the fact that it is the end of January & you are outside in a tank & shorts while I was just out in long running tights, 2 long sleeve shirts + jacket and gloves makes me extremely jealous. I should move to Florida in May when my lease runs out! :/

  • Meredith January 24, 2010, 4:05 pm

    how much do you have to swim for your tri?? I am a former distance swimmer turned couch potato turned reformed couch potato and I’m thinking (far) ahead about a tri.

    • caitlin January 24, 2010, 5:08 pm

      I have to choose between the .75 K sprint and the 1.5 K olympic. I’m leaning to the olympic.

  • Freya @ January 24, 2010, 4:11 pm

    what a lovely day out 🙂 people watching is so relaxing sometimes! I wish I lived in the city (instead of the middle of nowhere) so i could have days out like that 🙁
    Haha that’s so random you saw Meghann! I wonder if I’ll read about it on her blog tomorrow!? Have a good evening!

  • Matt January 24, 2010, 4:30 pm

    I wish I could be outside today! The weather sucks!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) January 24, 2010, 4:31 pm

    I love talking the dog down town. Our dogs are like yours…one is really shy and the other is such a people person.

  • Courtney January 24, 2010, 4:44 pm

    Puppies!!!!!!! Love!
    The best thing about tri training was getting to do something different every day..I never got bored because it was always something different than the day before! Enjoy!
    adventures in tri-ing

  • Dee January 24, 2010, 4:52 pm

    Maggie’s facial expressions are priceless! Being outside is such good soul medicine. Have fun training!

  • Sarah January 24, 2010, 5:28 pm

    Your breakfast looks much more appetizing than breakfasts I’ve had at restaurants and it’s certainly healthier!

    Have you tried the new Thomas Bagel Thins (whole wheat and plain)? They’re 110 calories/bagel! My Dad and brothers love them 🙂

  • Katharine January 24, 2010, 5:30 pm

    Sounds like the perfect Sunday! I must say, I’m jealous of your warm and sunny weather!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 24, 2010, 5:35 pm

    You’re so lucky to have farmers’ markets year-round in your area. I’m super jealous!

    Looks like a great pooch-filled day!

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run January 24, 2010, 6:05 pm

    That lunch joint looks uh-mazing! I can’t believe you’re in a tank & sunglasses – jealous =)

  • Jolene ( January 24, 2010, 6:07 pm

    I am so jealous of your day – I would give my left big toe for a day with warm weather right now 🙂 It is blizzarding in Regina right now – the snow is knee deep and only getting worse, and we have been stuck twice in the past two days – luckily it is a pretty normal thing here in the winter, so strangers help push your car out of the snow!!

    I cannot wait for spring!!

  • TorontoGirloutWest January 24, 2010, 6:09 pm

    I’m with everyone else that’s pea green over your ridonculously beautiful Florida weather!!!!!! 😉

  • Karla January 24, 2010, 6:24 pm

    Fun! I wish I could say my sunday was that fun!
    You’re a rockstar with these workouts!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 24, 2010, 6:37 pm

    I can’t imagine wearing a tank top in January…

  • alice January 24, 2010, 6:55 pm

    jumping on this commentary of the good-weather-jealousy bandwagon.
    florida looks like THAT right now? what am i doing up here??

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) January 24, 2010, 6:59 pm

    i love how you and you hubby spend so much time together! BTW you are WAY to active girl! It should motivate me though. 🙂

  • Maura January 24, 2010, 7:00 pm

    You’re lucky you got tan…if that was me I’d be BURNED! The Irish in me, I guess. Have a great workout!

  • Traci January 24, 2010, 7:36 pm

    The eats look great, your dogs are adorable and I envy your nice warm weather! Spring can’t come fast enought here in Boston!

  • Carolyn January 24, 2010, 7:43 pm

    We had a relatively nice day here, too, and I was happy to get out and enjoy it! Love those warm days that give you hope to make it through winter. 🙂

  • Alexandra January 24, 2010, 7:47 pm

    Sounds like a fun morning! Good luck with the training for your tri

  • Amber K January 24, 2010, 8:01 pm

    That wrap and hummus looks amazing!

    I actually can’t stand to be outside. I always had to be outside as a child and I basically grew up seeing the outdoors as this evil place where I was forced to be. My husband gets sad sometimes at how turned off I am. I immediately want to run back inside! But it’ll grow on me someday. I hope!!

  • Kath January 24, 2010, 8:14 pm

    WOW does it look warm there!!

    And I had no idea James was that much bigger than Maggie!

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner January 24, 2010, 8:16 pm

    So jealous of the Florida weather! No farmers markets up here 🙁

  • Swimsutra January 24, 2010, 8:19 pm

    Good luck on the swimming tomorrow! I’m swimming too– I’m a reader who just started a swimming blog of sorts.

  • Nicole, RD, LD January 24, 2010, 8:21 pm

    What a fun day! We had a day with the dog, too 🙂

  • Jenna January 24, 2010, 9:21 pm

    Wraps looks fab!
    So jealous of the Florida weather 😉

  • Alison January 24, 2010, 10:09 pm

    I was going to write that I am so jealous that you live in Florida and wear tank tops in January but it looks like everyone else is saying the same thing! haha 🙂 I was in Miami a couple weeks ago but it was so cold – 45 degrees! We went during that cold streak … how frustrating. I wear two shirts and a vest to run in the winter!

  • Ellen Collis January 25, 2010, 7:38 am

    Both your breakfast and lunch look SO good. I’m getting food envy again 🙂 Mini bagels are a good idea…perfect when you want a carb, but the small serving keeps things in check. I’m going to put them on my grocery list!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat January 25, 2010, 9:13 am

    That little restaurant sounds so good! If I’m ever in Orlando again (it’s been 10 years!) I’ll have to check it out 😉

  • Nicole (dishin') January 25, 2010, 9:30 am

    Swimming in a lake freaks me out too..I give you a lot of credit!!

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