After 10 hours of sleep, I feel much better about life in general.  🙂


A wonderful breakfast doesn’t hurt, either!  Presenting… Pumpkin Spice Latte Baked Oatmeal:


One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the special flavored coffees from Starbucks.   And, in my opinion, the best is Pumpkin Spice!


Baked oatmeal is the perfect Saturday breakfast – it’s simple and not too time-intensive, but special enough to be worthy of a lazy day off.  Oh, and did I mention that it’s vegan?




  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup vanilla rice milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1/2 sliced banana, separated into 1/4 cups
  • 5 chopped almonds
  • Squirt agave nectar




  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Mix all ingredients each 1/4 cup sliced banana.
  • Pour batter into mini casserole dish.
  • Top batter with remaining banana.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Enjoy!


This was definitely a large breakfast, and I got pretty full towards the end, so I stopped eating.  


When I was at the gym on Wednesday, I stepped on the scale (I don’t own one at home) and discovered I had put on 4 pounds in the week prior to the marathon + two weeks after.  I was pretty aware of the weight gain (when you’re 5 ft 3, it’s hard to ignore 4 pounds), but I had avoided weighing myself.  I really hate the scale, and I’m trying not to get caught up in the number.  (Trust me, this is not ‘water weight.’)


I keep joking that I have been eating ‘marathon sized’ portions; however, I’m not training for a marathon anymore!  My portions were fine when I was running 35 miles a week – I maintained my weight through most of training; but in comparison to my current activity level, those old portions are too large.  I began to pull back my portions to ‘regular sized’ on Wednesday.


Weight fluctuates.  It just happens!  I just think it’s important to nip it in the bud.  Similar to how I put on 5 pounds after my honeymoon, I plan to just go back on my ‘dietless diet,’ when I pay attention to portion sizes, eat whole foods, nix the 400-calories afternoon snack in favor of fruit or something light, lay off the booze, and stop eating when I’m full.  The dietless diet helped me lose – and keep off – my honeymoon weight gain, and I’m sure it will work again.  I’ve been a slave to calorie counting before, and although I see the benefits, the “cons” are too great for me to go back down that road. 


Benefits of Calorie Counting:


  • It works.
  • When I was trying to learn healthier eating habits, it made me more aware of the nutritional value of foods.
  • It helps me stick to sensible portions.


Cons of Calorie Counting:


  • I feel obsessive when I do it.
  • Calorie counting is all “fuzzy math” anyway.  You don’t know exactly how many calories is in that muffin or exactly how many calories you burned on a run.
  • Calorie counting makes me feel restricted.
  • It makes me feel hungrier because all I can do is think of what I cannot have.
  • It teaches me to ignore my body’s cues.
  • It annoys my husband.


Benefits of Dietless Dieting;


  • It works.
  • It helps me stick to sensible portions.
  • I can live my life without crunching numbers in my head.
  • It keeps me in touch with my cravings and desires.
  • It allows me to work out harder.
  • Its something I can do (in one form or another) for the rest of my life.  It’s a maintainable eating style.


Cons of Dietless Dieting


  • It takes longer to lose the weight… but I can wait.  🙂 There’s no rush in losing weight in a way that keeps me mentally sane.


On that note… it’s time to get my booty in gear! I will be tackling my first outdoor run since the marathon – here’s to hoping my foot feels great!  I would love to start regularly running again.



  • The Hot and Fit January 23, 2010, 9:01 am

    Best of luck on your run!!! I was an obsessive calorie counter, and you are right, it DOES work, but now I try to balance it with dietless dieting 😉

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite January 23, 2010, 9:02 am

    LOVE you dietless diet! Calorie Counting can be very obsessive and can control out lives.

    I’d rather take it slow and do it the right way!

    Have a great weekend!

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story January 23, 2010, 9:04 am

    I hope you have a fantastic run! The oatmeal looks so good, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, I live for their return year-long. 🙂

    I wish I was better at intuitive eating. I do weight watchers, but I’m not obsessive about it. I use it more as a guideline I guess? Maybe because I’ve only been doing the “healthy eating” thing for a year I just still need structure.

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes January 23, 2010, 9:07 am

    Yes, dietless dieting takes longer but it works and keeps you sane… I was never good at counting calories (and would worry WAY too much when I couldn’t exactly figure out how many calories something had, which is really never possible anyway).

    Happy Weekend!

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete January 23, 2010, 9:11 am

    haha, I like the “It annoys the husband” part! So true, so true. I think that it is important to be aware of what your body actually needs v.s what I want. After tri season last year, I was eating a tons even though I wasn’t training. I had to remind myself of that to make sure I didn’t scarf down an entire pizza for my nonexistent 2-3 hour brick workouts.

    P.S. You look so much taller than 5’3″!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 23, 2010, 9:11 am

    Enjoy your run! I don’t count calories any more but the mindset is still with me and hard to shake — I catch myself saying, “Okay, that probably has X calories and this has Y calories…”

    Like you said, it gets obsessive!

  • Rosey Rebecca January 23, 2010, 9:12 am

    Yeah I don’t believe in diets or calorie counting anymore. I just eat what my body wants and stop when it’s full. Haven’t you started weight training? Maybe that extra four pounds is muscle? Just a thought. Good luck with your run! I have a deadline on my blog to be able to run before May of this year. 🙂

    • caitlin January 23, 2010, 9:29 am

      Nice thought but there is no way I put on 4 lbs of muscle in 1 week. LOL Unless muscle means a nice soft layer all over my stomach and butt.

      • alyssa January 23, 2010, 10:40 am

        Hahaha, this made me LOL. I told my mom I gained 5 pounds and she said the same thing re: muscle mass. I was like, “Ma. Sitting on my ass on the couch is NOT building muscle, but thanks for the honest attempt at rationalizing it.”

  • Andrea@CeleryInTheCity January 23, 2010, 9:20 am

    Calorie counting can help with basic knowledge, but after starts to become a game. Less calories for breakfast which should have been hefty to fuel you until 1 PM lunch means…yum, the cafeteria is serving three cheese grilled cheese. That’s not a real balance at all 🙂

    Good luck with the ‘dietless diet’!

  • Gabriela January 23, 2010, 9:29 am

    You’re so right about the pros and cons! I’m trying to break the habit, but it’s hard! Good luck with your run and the “dietless dieting!”

  • Erica January 23, 2010, 9:31 am

    I have calorie counted for years and it does become obsessive. I used an online log. I decided my new year’s resolution was to stop. After years of doing it though, I have a general idea of how much is in everything i typically eat, so I’m still able to keep a mental tally. Sigh. I’ve only been off of it for 2 weeks, and I’m hoping this mental tally eventually goes away.

    You do a great job of putting everything into perspective! Thank you!

  • Kelly January 23, 2010, 9:31 am

    I think the biggest problem with calorie counting for me is that it is not possible to maintain it long term (well maybe it’s POSSIBLE haha, but not fun). There is really no point in doing something you can’t maintain at all, you’ll just gain the weight right back 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 23, 2010, 9:34 am

    Yay for vegan breakfasts, and SUPER YAY for dietless diets! Such a sensible approach! Thanks for posting about the weight gain too– it’s nice to know that even some of the most health-conscious bloggers deal with weight gain from time to time 🙂

  • Karla January 23, 2010, 9:38 am

    I think you need to do what’s best for you.
    For me, dietless dieting doesn’t really work. I’ve tried it many times because that’s what most bloggers promote but I need to be aware of what I’m eating by seeing it written down if I want to lose weight, especially since I’m a stress eater. I understand that for some calorie counting is obsessive but it really isn’t for me.
    I eat nutritious foods when I’m hungry, I don’t search for the lowest calorie option (you won’t see any 10 calorie jell-o cups in my food log) but I make sure to write it down. It helps me see when I need to cut back a bit and makes me more conscious of what I’m eating.
    I probably sound like a broken record on so many blogs but I think calorie counting has gotten a bad rap (for legit reasons), but for some (like me) it works.
    Okay I’m done rambling! Have a fantastic Saturday!

    • caitlin January 23, 2010, 9:46 am

      great comment! there are different approaches that work for different people. calorie counting did help me lose my initial weight in the first place, so i really do see the benefits. it does work!

  • Matt January 23, 2010, 9:38 am

    I honestly think calorie counting is the worst way to lose weight for most people. It can get so OBSESSIVE. Just like the numbers on the scale I guess.

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans January 23, 2010, 9:40 am

    I hope your first run back is smooth sailing! I struggled with the same weight gain issue after my 2nd marathon. I didn’t gain any weight during training but I promptly gained 5 pounds when I was done because I was so used to eating those “marathon sized portions!” I’m sure with your dietless diet you will be back to your fighting weight in no time!

    • caitlin January 23, 2010, 9:46 am

      I am glad to know I’m not alone!

  • michelle January 23, 2010, 9:47 am

    I quit counting anything but miles (in marathon training for ING miami in a week) in August. I’m doing good with Intuitive eating except for stopping when I’m full. I need to listen to the cues. I think I was obsessive with counting for so long that the numbers were dictating what/when I was *allowed* to eat. I can’t live like that. I feel AMAZING when I’m just taking care of myself and listening to my body. I find that there is such a positive feeling of trusting yourself. It really builds confidence and we need all of the confidence we can give ourselves!

  • Evan Thomas January 23, 2010, 9:49 am

    I think this was definitely something that needed to be heard on the blog world. I’ve been hearing a lot of people “calculating their happy weight”, or “working towards their happy weight”. That seems so absurd to me; isn’t your happy weight where you naturally fall when you live a healthy and happy balanced life style? I think your dietless diet is just what people need to find their real happy weight

    • Lara January 23, 2010, 1:35 pm

      That is true in theory but most women want to be thinner than their naturally “happy weight” so need to be more mindful than just “living a happy and balanced lifestyle”. Not saying you need to count calories but needs to be some cutting back or what not. Might not be something a guy can really understand.

  • Mary (Food Fit & Fun) January 23, 2010, 9:50 am

    Yum. That breakfast looks amazing. I put on a few pounds through marathon training that I still have not lost. Maybe it’s about time… haha

  • Heather January 23, 2010, 9:58 am

    Just like training for a marathon, a healthy “diet” should be slow and steady. You know what you’re doing though! And that oatmeal looks AMAZING!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) January 23, 2010, 10:00 am

    I’m glad you are able to recognize what caused the problem and what you need to do to rectify it. And good for you for choosing what works for you. That’s why there are so many different ways to do it. And because you have counted calories in the past you are more aware of what is good and what is better for you to eat in a day.

  • Cyclist Kate January 23, 2010, 10:04 am

    Haha, I’m in the same boat as you! Last semester I was working out pretty hard for about 2 hours every day…then combine winter break (no swim class, no riding my bike to the university)+big snow storm (no riding my bike outside at all+studying for the GRE (spending most of every day on my tuchus and stress eating)+the holidays (cookies!) and I’m at the “ah-ha” moment when I’m realizing I’m a little…softer than I was a couple of months ago. As much as I’m okay with it and love my body regardless, I do miss the *feeling* of being so active all the time and feeling comfortable at the end of the day instead of overstuffed. I’m so looking forward to getting back into swimming and starting to ride my bike again outside and doing all those other things that make my life so much fun.

    I agree–calorie counting actually *didn’t* work for me because I’d rebel against it all the time. Now I’m just trusting that my body will take care of itself if I take care of it and I’m so much happier this way.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 23, 2010, 10:08 am

    Good luck with your foot, I hope it holds up for you!

    And I agree about calorie counting. It does work for some people but for me it ends up being a downward spiral where I end up obsessing about calories and everything I eat, feeling guilty when I go over my “alloted calorie limit,” and it becoming a hard habit to break. I used to be a calorie counter and when I tried to stop, I would almost have anxiety attacks not knowing how many calories I was eating – I felt like I was loosing control of myself and the food I was taking in. Even after I stopped overtly counting calories, i would still do it sub-consciously in my head. It’s a hard hard habit to break. I think your dietless diet is a fantastic idea and I love the fact that it focuses on intuitive eating and teaches you to listen to your body.

  • Joane January 23, 2010, 10:18 am

    I’m going to have to try that baked oatmeal looks great!

  • Kelly January 23, 2010, 10:21 am

    Have a great run! And good for you for having such a great attitude! 🙂

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething January 23, 2010, 10:21 am

    i am a believer in dietless dieting too. NEVER have I counted calories!

  • Jennifer January 23, 2010, 10:23 am

    Your oatmeal looks delicious! I love that you’re on East Coast time… by the time your breakfast posts are made, it’s only 7am here in the Vancouver area…I often take cues from your great meals!

    • caitlin January 23, 2010, 10:35 am

      yay! i love that.

  • MLT January 23, 2010, 10:24 am

    I love your approach to losing weight and your honesty with readers. Also, I love that you are willing to post pictures of yourself in a bathing suit even though you “knew” those extra pounds were there. You rock!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 23, 2010, 10:24 am

    My weight fluctuates 4-5lbs in a DAY. Seriously, it is all over the place once I eat, exercise, and drink my water.

    My hubby had a hard time scaling down his meals after his marathons. He was still just as hungry and wanted to eat alot. Eventually it all evened out!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) January 23, 2010, 10:25 am

    I gained some weight over the holidays, and on a 5’1 frame, it’s something I”m slowly working toward losing with mindful eating and smaller snacks 🙂 I think calorie-counting has its place, but it’s not for me. I’d rather pay attention to healthful eating :-).

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner January 23, 2010, 10:34 am

    The dietless diet sounds like the way too go! Good luck on the run today 🙂

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 23, 2010, 10:37 am

    whenever I start to notice some extra bulge, I think back to my snacking and always know that’s where the enemy is . . . I’ve improved considerably in portion control in the last couple years . . .if I could only conquer the snacking I’d be good

  • Erika January 23, 2010, 10:41 am

    Hope your run goes well Caitlen! Sounds like your foot and mine are on the same healing pathway, lol…I’m heading out for the first run outdoors today since injuring my foot…Feeling nervous about it, which is funny but makes sense….As for “diet,” I’m trying to find a happy medium to where I can enjoy food and not obsess about the number but also be mindful of what is healthier and lower calorie to help me lose the few pounds i need and want to lose…it is tough! Happy Saturday!

  • Tamara January 23, 2010, 10:44 am

    Calorie counting annoys the heck out of my boyfriend, too! And it doesn’t work for me, because I don’t enjoy my food when I’m thinking about the numbers and then feel less satisfied (i.e. binge-prone) later.

  • Lizzy January 23, 2010, 10:46 am

    i love your dietless diet! i try to have that mantra as well because i think its wonderful! hope your outdoor run was wonderful!

  • BethT January 23, 2010, 10:54 am

    Good luck on your run. Hope you have nice weather for it!

  • kate January 23, 2010, 11:04 am

    love your dietless diet & no counting calories philosophy! have a fabulous weekend & run.

  • Julie January 23, 2010, 11:08 am

    I wish I could do a dietless diet…I’m a slave to calorie counting, but it works for me so I go with it.

  • Teacherwoman January 23, 2010, 11:08 am

    Have a great post marathon run!

  • christie, honoring health January 23, 2010, 11:09 am

    Sounds like you have a great plan!

  • Kristi January 23, 2010, 11:10 am

    I love the dietless diet! It’s what I’ve done all my life and I’ve always been happy, healthy, fit and love what I eat/eat what I love. Have a great run today! Your oatmeal looks amazing!!

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health January 23, 2010, 11:11 am

    The funny thing about counting calories (for me at least) is that I generally end up eating more than I normally would. Like, if I just went by my body cues, I probably would eat just enough to satisfy me, and stop when I’m full. But when I’m counting calories I find myself being hungrier throughout the day (like you said). Also, since each meal is completely “calculated,” I find myself finishing it even if I could stop halfway…because it’s already been “counted.” Does that make sense? Although calorie counting can be helpful (and has been for me in the past) it can really turn into a distorted way of looking at food. I still catch myself doing it sometimes!

    • caitlin January 23, 2010, 11:27 am

      yes! exactly. it teaches me to ignore my body – whether im saying ‘im too hungry’ or ‘im too full’

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) January 23, 2010, 11:31 am

    4 lbs is sooo tiny in the grand scheme of things! If you just listen to your body cues I’m sure your weight will balance out 🙂
    And your baked oatmeal sounds reallyyyy good. Is it still creamy or does it firm up like a baked good?

    • caitlin January 23, 2010, 2:53 pm

      it was sooo creamy and delicious!

  • Vicki January 23, 2010, 11:42 am

    I was at my happy weight all while training for the half, and for several months before. Then after I stopped training (and stopped running off and on due to shin splints) I kept eating the same amount…fast forward to me just realizing I’ve gained 5 pounds.

    Your breakfast oatmeal looks delicious!

  • Amber K January 23, 2010, 11:46 am

    I love the idea of dietless dieting. I have been using sparkpeople to track my food for so long it is basically second nature now. And I have been basically making ALL of my own food, so I have figured out the calories in it. I know this lunch is X amount of calories and that dinner is another X amount and I can add the meal to my tracker.

    It has helped me keep off the 90+ pounds I’ve lost, but you’re right, it is pretty easy to slip into “obsessive” mode. I gotta keep watch on myself!

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers January 23, 2010, 11:50 am

    that oatmeal looks great! i love the dietless diet… it’s all about making healthy choices for yourself and implementing a plan that you can stick to that doesn’t drive you insane… & therefore drive you to a pint of ice cream!

  • Jolene ( January 23, 2010, 11:54 am

    You will be able to lose that 4 pounds in no time – you are so active and eat very healthy.

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self January 23, 2010, 12:00 pm

    I love your “dietless dieting” approach! Especially the part about how calorie counting doesn’t allow you to listen to your body. It’s like Kath’s “squiggly line effect.” Calorie counting teaches us to eat the same amount day after day. It doesn’t account for the fact that some days we are more active than others and crave more substance, or some days lighter foods seem more appealing while other days heavier ones do. When we really listen to our bodies, they are capable of making sure everything evens out. Calorie counting doesn’t leave space for that to happen naturally.

  • kailey January 23, 2010, 12:05 pm

    I too found calorie counting bothersome. Sure, there are some days when I want to revert back to old habbits since I had been doing it for 3 years, but I realized that when I was counting, i never enjoyed my food!! i was afraid of fruits/veggies because I didnt know the exact number. It was just not the best way to live!! Recently, all the studies showing that calorie labels are off anyways makes me want to listen to my body even more 🙂 Your dietless diet will be perfect.

    how did your husband know you ever counted calories? I think my mom is trying to loose weight because I saw her calorie round up but my dad seems to be in the dark. haha

    • caitlin January 23, 2010, 2:54 pm

      i kept an excel spreadsheet on my computer and he would see me add it up. also, i didnt really hide it from him. we pretty much tell each other everything.

  • Madeline January 23, 2010, 12:15 pm

    Your approach to dietless dieting is awesome! It sounds like you are completely in tune with your body and what it needs, even when there’s a huge box of chocolate around! I hope your run goes well today.

  • Kristine January 23, 2010, 12:35 pm

    It is crazy to think how much of an influence running does to the body! I find this hard to fathom sometimes. I run often, although not many miles, but I eat ALL the time. I definitely feel like if I stopped running and ate the same amount then I would gain weight. I counted calories/points for SO long and it took me forever to break the habit. I am happy to say that I am finally calorie counting free!! I think that dietless dieting sounds really simple, and it sounds like you eat that way most of the time anyways! I’m sure the weight will come off without you even really thinking about it! Your body might just be going through a little shock since you aren’t running a million miles a week. You will balance out. 🙂

  • Lara (Thinspired) January 23, 2010, 12:46 pm

    I love your attitude about this, Caitlin! “It annoys my husband”–too funny. I like the idea of a dietless diet and it’s what I try to do most of the time when I feel out of touch. But sometimes calorie counting is a good anchor for me, if only for a few days. I liked reading your pro’s and con’s though. I’m sure you’ll be feeling like yourself again in no time 🙂

  • jessicaamc January 23, 2010, 12:47 pm

    Dietless dieting – I love the term! It’s perfect! It’s exactly what people who want to lose weight should do! You so smart!! 🙂

  • Freya @ January 23, 2010, 12:47 pm

    I completley agree with what you said about counting cals 🙂 I’m the same, I just feel so much more restricted! Good on you for having such a healthy attitude 🙂
    Oh, and that oatmeal looks super!! I need to try that pronto 🙂
    Have a good day!
    Could the weight be muscle weight btw|?

  • Marissa January 23, 2010, 12:56 pm

    I’ve never had baked oatmeal! I will have to try it!

  • empowerhealth January 23, 2010, 1:03 pm

    The oatmeal looks absolutely delicious and I love your dietless diet approach! I’m 5’2 and working on getting the last 15 pounds off and being short, for me at least, makes me feel more self conscious of the weight. I have a love/hate relationship with calorie counting. When I find I’m getting too obsessive I try mindful eating and switch back and forth for a good balance. What works with one person may not work for another. You have to find a healthy balance : )

  • Jenny January 23, 2010, 1:07 pm

    Delicious breakfast!

    I definitely think it’s important that you realize that your schedule and routine have changed drastically in the past few weeks. And I think you “dietless diet” is a great way to stay sane and grounded. You have such a positive outlook, thank you Caitlin!

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place January 23, 2010, 1:11 pm

    You will lose the weight in no time! I’m glad you are doing it sensibly without obsessing over calories and every morsel you eat.

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. January 23, 2010, 1:16 pm

    I’m definitely one of the people that can become numbers obsessed. I never did calorie counting, but I did weight watchers. And I would spend hours in the grocery store looking for the lowest point options. I also made a lot of terrible food just because it was low point food.

    Later I learned the importance of making food taste good and why diet soda and sugar free jello are not good food. My poor boyfriend at the time (now husband) ate a lot of the bad food with me.

    Now I count myself among those who follow the real food (slow food) movement. I actually still record the points for my food. But it is more of a passing thing. I’m not hard on myself if I don’t keep it under 26 points each day. It’s more of a check system so I don’t go overboard.

    Granted I’m not 125 lbs (more like 140 – working on it). But I also can enjoy food and eat with other people again. And that’s worth the trade off.

    • caitlin January 23, 2010, 2:46 pm

      yessss i totally use to eat certain foods because they were low calorie – without paying any attention to all the chemicals and crap inside them.

  • Maggie January 23, 2010, 1:20 pm

    your oats look delish!
    your weight gain could be some muscle that you built during training that is just now catching up with you & the scale.
    but I obviously don’t see you like you see yourself, so you would be the best judge, not so much the scale though!
    if you plan to lose it, about how many/few calories are you going to shoot for???

  • Lara January 23, 2010, 1:27 pm

    Sometimes when you start weight lifting you can retain some water in the muscles as they heal. You went from no strength training to three times a week so that is a shock to the body so that *could* be a part of it. Also, of course like you said you don’t need to fuel the way you did when running so much so cutting back is a great idea.
    As a fellow shortie (5’2 here) I know that 4 lbs can make a big difference. It can be a size for me.

    • caitlin January 23, 2010, 2:47 pm

      that could be a small part of it, but there is definitely extra weight in my stomach area (that’s where i gain it first). maybe it’s not truly 4 pounds of fat. that would be nice. 🙂

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) January 23, 2010, 1:32 pm

    Maybe the gym scale is off? Just sayin.

  • jenna January 23, 2010, 1:41 pm

    baked oatmeal! holy yummmm!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 23, 2010, 1:42 pm

    Hope your run goes well! LOVE baked oatmeal! Don’t know why it seems like a treat compared to regular oatmeal, but it does 🙂

  • Liz January 23, 2010, 1:51 pm

    LOVE the pros and cons list. I totally agree about the dietless diet. And I loved the con item “annoys the husband”. Sooooo know what you mean. My bf went insane when I counted points on Weight watchers. Never again!

  • Mama Pea January 23, 2010, 2:05 pm

    I don’t think your portions look out of control or anything. A lot of it could just be water weight from muscle repair, rehydrating, etc. after the marathon. That’s what I’d tell myself anyway.

    Have a great pain-free run!!!

  • Laura January 23, 2010, 2:16 pm

    Love the dietless diet, definately healthier than calorie counting in my eyes.. don’t worry about the four pounds, it will even out, it could even be to do with the time in the day or the time of the month that you weighed yourself.

  • Morgan January 23, 2010, 2:45 pm

    Have you ever tried to count your calories? Especially now that you are vegetarian? I’m asking because you tend to not eat a lot, which is fine, but you may not be getting enough calories on a daily basis. I know when I was anal about my calorie intake, I never lost weight because I was essentially starving myself (even if I wasn’t “hungry”).
    I would record what you eat for a week and see what you come up with on a daily basis. Your baked oatmeal contains at the most 300 calories-which is a good start, but for someone as active as you shouldn’t fill you up that fast. And your pan of delicious root veggies don’t have many calories either-especially if there was no oil on them.
    In that week, I would wear your HR monitor during workouts and see about what you burn.
    Just a suggestion.

    • caitlin January 23, 2010, 2:51 pm

      oh, this is definitely not the problem! i wish it was LOL. yesterday was a light eating day (maybe 1500 – 1600 calories?) because i was incredibly hungover. haha. maybe i will count for a few days to be sure, but i really think i hit 2,000 to 2,200 on most days. could be an interesting experiment!

      oh, and the veggies had EVOO all over them. life isn’t very much fun without oil and butter. 🙂

  • Emily Eats and Exercises January 23, 2010, 2:58 pm

    I hear you about feeling the pounds on a small frame. At 5 feet I definitely notice a small gain, but on the other hand I can feel a small loss as well.
    I’m surprised at your gain – you seem to eat such tiny portions (compared to mine) and I’ve been successfully working on losing weight. Either way, I’m sure your approach will work for you.
    I’m not someone who gets obsessed with counting, but I do sometimes have the opposite problem – I have sometimes found counting to be helpful to change my mindset for what a “reasonable” portion is for me. After cutting back a bit, I notice that my hunger levels catch up and I don’t feel as hungry.

    • caitlin January 23, 2010, 3:01 pm

      i was just thinking about my portion sizes because someone else commented above that they think i dont eat enough (def not true). i think this is something with the pictures. like my pumpkin yogurt granola? that is easily 3/4 cup to 1 cup of granola (1.5 to 2 servings of 200-calorie per serving granola). but it doesnt really look that big! and pasta last night was about 1.5 servings, abotu 450 calories in pasta. i think a lot of that is just a function of food photography.

      • Emily Eats and Exercises January 23, 2010, 3:25 pm

        I always feel like my blog pictures make it look like a TON of food. 🙂 (Well okay, sometimes it is.)

        Maybe you just have big plates? I always admire the white space left on your plate – mine is always full.

        Either way, I trust you 100% that you know your body and make healthy choices that work for you.

        • caitlin January 23, 2010, 3:27 pm

          i do use big plates a lot because i think food looks prettier for photography purposes when it’s spread out. my favorite white and blue plate is a HUGE plate – maybe 10 – 12 inches wide?

  • Catherine January 23, 2010, 3:04 pm

    Good luck on your run! I had a bit of an adjustment getting back to normal eating after my marathon last year… it takes a little vigilance at first (not calorie counting, just trying to undo the “eyes-bigger-than-stomach” phenomenon). I actually had to quit running for a few months after bc it turns out I tore a tendon during it, but just so you can get back to a good workout schedule injury-free maybe try pool running if you have access – takes off alot of stress on your legs while maintaining those super strong muscles.

  • Tina January 23, 2010, 3:28 pm

    Your pros and cons on calorie counting are the exact same way that I feel. I don’t do the restrictive thing. Always backfires for me. And losing weight slowly is the best way, right? You’ll get back to a comfy place soon enough 🙂 You still look awesome anyways 😉

  • Christy January 23, 2010, 4:25 pm

    The con of “It teaches me to ignore my body’s cues” is the biggest one for me. When I count calories and have a day of NOT hitting “the number” it justifies (in my mind) that it’s ok to eat even if I’m not hungry.

  • Leah @ L4L January 23, 2010, 4:27 pm

    I totally didn’t realize you were that short! 😉

  • Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me January 23, 2010, 4:35 pm

    Wow I’m definitely going to make that oatmeal. Yum!

  • Amy B (Second City Randomness) January 23, 2010, 5:11 pm

    Yeah, I’m for sure trying that baked oatmeal- sounds like a good lazy sunday breakfast!

    And I learned I just can’t calorie count… I obsess and it’s almost as annoying to my friends as it is to me! And then it almost becomes a game to see how few I can eat, or I’ll go crazy and “rebel” against the count. Neither of which are healthy at all! Blah! I just try to generalize what I’m eating for the day and make sure it’s in a healthy range. Like you said, it’s not fast, but it seems to be what works.

  • Laura January 23, 2010, 7:08 pm

    i think dietless dieting is the way to go.

    its less pressure, it doesnt feel like work. it feels like a lifestyle.

    that oatmeal looks amazing

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 23, 2010, 8:04 pm

    I agree with your choice to do the dietless diet. After I ran a marathon, I gained 7 lbs. It kinda bummed me at first, but I just kept with working out and I lost about 3 of them. I probably lost around 4 while training, so it all evened out. There’s no way I could have comfortably kept my marathon training weight, since I’d have to run about 40 miles a week to maintain it!

  • Whole Body Love January 23, 2010, 10:15 pm

    I agree with you on the calorie counting. I began counting in high school and then again after my pregnancy. It’s works great for weightloss but it will drive you insance longterm. It’s hard to get away from so I would certainly prefer a more rational approach.

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) January 24, 2010, 7:03 pm

    Battles with food are a constant with most women. It’s disgusting but it’s true. Calorie counting works but I find myself so OBSESSED with it that if I go over I feel this sense of guilt! Food=fuel not EMOTIONS! I still struggle with this idea of living a healthy life instead of a skinny life DAILY. 🙁

  • Megan January 25, 2010, 1:42 pm

    I am going through the EXACT same thing!! I ate a lot in “preparation” for the marathon. Then the week after, I gave myself a free pass. Then last week, I realized I was still eating marathon portions but only working out for 4 miles instead of 8 or 10!! whoops!!!

  • RhodeyGirl January 26, 2010, 9:28 am

    Thanks for linking to this post this morning- I always miss the weekend posts!

    Weight fluctuates naturally, but I think it is important and healthy to know when to scale back and when to scale up. I love your healthy approach!

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