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Day 2 of the Intro to Iron Pumping Challenge left my legs and butt feeling so sore!  I find it highly ironic that six days ago, I ran 26.2 miles, but I struggled to do leg presses.  I am actually thrilled that I don’t have to spend 5 hours a week running right now – it’s exciting to work on something else and feel the results.




That’s not wine, that’s POM Wonderful!


And oatmeal:


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings:  flax, almonds, brown sugar, and unsweetened coconut


I’ve almost totally stopped drinking regular cow’s milk (a result of the Vegan for a Day Challenge), and I’ve found I don’t miss it at all.  Rice milk is a really great substitute, and I get my calcium form other sources (beans, yogurt, cheese, oranges, tofu, etc).  I’m still drinking regular organic half and half because that’s one thing I’m NOT willing to give up.  Every vegetarian has their boundaries, I suppose.  🙂


Today, we’re going with our friend Harry to visit his grandma, who just had a triple bypass.  He’s been sitting by her bedside everyday, and I think they both need some company.  🙂


A workout is also forthcoming!  Have a great day.



  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 16, 2010, 9:53 am

    What a fun way to drink juice in the morning — makes breakfast a little more special. 😉

  • Joanne January 16, 2010, 9:54 am

    That’s funny. Before I got to the “That’s not wine” part, I was thinking…”Hmmm…is that what keeps her going?!” Best wishes, thoughts and prayers for Harry and his Grandmother. I hope they both keep positive thoughts in mind and a speedy recovery is forthcoming.

  • Evan Thomas January 16, 2010, 9:54 am

    That’s great that you’re supporting your friend with a visit.
    I love SO Delicious Kefir as an alternative milky beverage.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 16, 2010, 10:00 am

    I have never had any milk alternatives other than soy milk, and I was not a fan. But maybe rice milk and almond milk are worth a try.

    Isn’t it GREAT to see results when you workout?! It really keeps you going!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) January 16, 2010, 10:03 am

    Haha love the POM Wonderful in your wine glass!

    I’ve never had rice milk (sorta freaks me out for some reason, not sure why), but I am in love with unsweetened almond milk. I can’t do dairy, so I’m all about good-tasting alternatives.

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? January 16, 2010, 10:04 am

    Rice milk is awesome in cereal and smoothies, but i can’t stomach it alone! I’m a weirdo…

  • Island Girl Eats January 16, 2010, 10:13 am

    You are such a good friend going with Harry to visit his Grandma. I hope that she is doing well.

    I have been trying to change my work-out routine too. I focused too much on running while training for the full marathon (I had to cancel due to the weather). I want to focus on strength training and yoga along with running. I think that the combination will help to make me a better, stronger runner.

  • Lauren @ Team Giles January 16, 2010, 10:22 am

    Have you tried Almond Milk? I love Almond Breeze’s kind. SO good. I gave up cow’s milk years and years ago when my mom showed me this website: yikes!

  • Freya @ January 16, 2010, 10:25 am

    That wine glass makes your breakfast seem so glamorous 🙂
    What do you think of soya milk? I like it cos it has more protein etc but you don’t seem to drink it?

    • caitlin January 16, 2010, 10:26 am

      I just don’t like the idea of soy milk because I eat enough soy already and I’m concerned about the potential side effects.

      • Mastering Public Health January 16, 2010, 11:24 am

        I agree completely; I’ve begun limiting soy because it’s in EVERYTHING — especially the pesky “lecithin” and oil. I’m sure many can relate: there was a time when I was eating soy chips, soy-protein-isolate (hexane-rinsed!) burgers and nuggets (i.e. Morningstar/Boca), Kashi GoLean products (soy protein isolate, again), and CLIF bars (again). I’ve definitely changed things up (going organic eliminates the bad soy-protein-isolate) and instead allow a couple servings a week, not per day. Aiming for soy-free veganism is challenging, and I sometimes do cave, but it’s not impossible! Maybe I’ll do my next blog post on it. Sorry, thinking out loud! 🙂 Thanks for bringing this up.

        • Lindsay January 16, 2010, 3:23 pm

          I would love a blog post on this. I’m allergic (it’s a mild allergy) but it’s so hard to find veggie stuff in it without soy 🙁

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 16, 2010, 10:26 am

    lol– definitely did a double-take with that wine glass! So funny that you’re so much more sore after strength-training as opposed to a full on MARATHON!!

    Have you ever tried Mimic cream, the vegan cream? I saw it at our natural foods store and ALMOST bought it for my coffee, but then my husband was giving me the stink eye since it was 4 dollars and I had already put 6 kombuchas in our cart.

    If I head over there without “supervision” and pick some up, I’ll let you know how it is 🙂

    • caitlin January 16, 2010, 10:27 am

      this comment made me LOL. i havent tried mimic cream yet, let me know!

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner January 16, 2010, 10:27 am

    I don’t think I could ever give up regular milk! I alternate with soy but it just isn’t the same…

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) January 16, 2010, 10:45 am

    I’m not a vegan anymore (hence the copious amount of greek yogurt I consume), but I do actually prefer soy and almond milk over the cow stuff. I’m not opposed to eating dairy, and think it can be pretty great for you. However, as a matter of taste, I’ll take the substitutes over milk.

  • Matt January 16, 2010, 10:51 am

    I never drink regular cows milk either; I like my organic vanilla soymilk 😉 Too much dairy really bothers my stomach though, so I try to limit my dairy anyways.

  • Karla January 16, 2010, 10:53 am

    I’m thinking about not consuming cow’s milk anymore, mostly because I have to buy lactaid which is expensive. I just love it so much in coffee! I’ll give rice milk and other milk substitutes a try!

  • Courtney January 16, 2010, 10:54 am

    Isn’t it crazy how easy it is to cut out milk? People just don’t realize. I have a friend who is lactose-intolerant – but also so intolerant to substitutes and just instead, is a victim of her disorder rather than embracing it. It’s so frustrating! How do you convince someone to try Almond Breeze, and try Rice Milk? Do you know of any other products for lactose-intolerants?

    • Laura January 16, 2010, 11:12 am

      Over in the U.K. I have seen lactose free milk, yogurt and cheese- do you have those in the U.S.? Otherwise I can think of hemp, oat, quinoa, hazelnut milks you can buy and cashew milk you can make, but if your friend is a little put off by almond or rice milk then it might be difficult to get them to try one of those… OR you could make her something with one of the milks in, and not tell her until afterwards, like a rice pudding, or serve her some non-dairy ice cream? I know some lactose intolerant people who must have a higher pain threshold than me who will carry on drinking cows milk despite the pain?! ;( Good luck!

      • Laura January 16, 2010, 11:13 am

        Oooh I didn’t say properly- lactose free COWS milk/cheese etc incase you were wondering, sorry!

    • Michelle@eatingjourney January 16, 2010, 6:18 pm

      I really REALLY like hemp milk

  • Tracy January 16, 2010, 10:58 am

    I just started drinking rice milk in my coffee and I love it! I was doing soy before. I also got coconut milk on sale for 1.99 last night which is another fave in coffee. I only have to put a leeeee-tle in to make it sweet. Mmm.

  • Morgan January 16, 2010, 11:14 am

    I still use a little skim in my one cup of coffee a day, but otherwise I’ve totally given it up toO! There are so many great alternatives out there! Have a great weekend Caitlin!

  • Run Sarah January 16, 2010, 11:14 am

    Love the wine-esque Pom glass! I’d like to try rice milk, I’ve been drinking almond milk only for the past 6 months or so and haven’t branched out.

  • Jenna January 16, 2010, 11:14 am

    Yummy breaky!!

  • Lindsey @ EatReadRun January 16, 2010, 11:21 am

    I cut out milk as well and drink Almond Milk now and feel that I’m not missing out on anything! I get my calcium from other foods I eat. I’m not sure I’ll ever go back – my stomach has certainly thanked me.

  • katherine January 16, 2010, 11:39 am

    I agree with your comment about about soy milk. I only use soy milk in coffee or tea and use homemade rice or almond milk for other things. I’ll admit I usually go with soy if I’m baking though. It seems to bake similarly to regular milk.

  • alli January 16, 2010, 11:51 am

    i’ve had almond milk, but never rice milk. i’ll have to give it a whirl!
    i was wondering how your new and creative vegetarian meals are coming along. i made a more simple version of eggplant parmesan last night and thought id share:
    i was a little short on time so i chopped up a small eggplant and sauteed it on the stovetop for about 5 minutes on high. then i put some cheese on top and finally a little pizza sauce/marinara sauce. it was quick, easy & delicious!
    have a great saturday! 🙂

    • Jessica January 16, 2010, 2:35 pm

      I did that one time on top of speghetti squash…total yum

    • caitlin January 16, 2010, 4:54 pm

      that sounds good!!

  • Amber K January 16, 2010, 12:20 pm

    I prefer almond milk, but then maybe it’s because I’ve never tried rice milk. I just really dig unsweetened vanilla almond milk from Almond Breeze! I love mixing it with cinnamon as a topper for my Kashi Go Lean.

  • Katharine January 16, 2010, 12:23 pm

    I’ve never been a big milk drinker, either. Although I went off of dairy 100% after my diagnosis and it was HARD, so I’m not sure I could go cold turkey. Almond Breeze is the best substitute I’ve found so far.

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) January 16, 2010, 12:26 pm

    I couldn’t give up half & half in my coffee either. I love it way too much!

    Send our well wishes to Harry and his grandma. Poor guy!

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 16, 2010, 12:29 pm

    i don’t think i could give up cow’s milk completely…i love the texture and flavor much more than other milks. hope you have a great Saturday visiting your friend’s grandmother!

  • Susan January 16, 2010, 12:40 pm

    Bahaha, I had to do a double take on your breakfast picture. I was like “wait, oatmeal usually doesn’t have a glass of wine next to it…” 😛

    Cow’s milk actually makes me gag. I don’t even like ice cream! Fun fact: humans are the only “breed of animal” that drink’s another’s milk. Blech.

    But I still love yogurt and cheese 😉

  • Lesley Lifting Life January 16, 2010, 1:17 pm

    Haha, I love and hate legs day … it hurts so good!! 😉

  • Kelly January 16, 2010, 1:32 pm

    I love rice milk…over the holidays I bought the rice nog and it was SO good. Much better (and healthier) than traditional fatty egg nog for sure! 🙂

  • amanda@thegrainsofparadise January 16, 2010, 2:07 pm

    I have a terrible time digesting Cow’s Milk and had to give up lattes and ice cream years ago. Then over the years I discovered soy milk didn’t agree with me either?? ( Plus, it always tasted “beanie” to me )So, I’m obessessed with almond milk now. So rich and creamy!

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) January 16, 2010, 2:20 pm

    I’ve completely given up cow’s milk also my tummy doesn’t like it. I switched to almond milk and have been using it for almost a year now, I really don’t miss milk at all and neither does my stomach!

  • Helga January 16, 2010, 2:43 pm

    I think it is so nice of you to go visit your friends’ grandmother.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 16, 2010, 3:34 pm

    Glad your work out is doing so much for you! That’s awesome!

    I’m vegan and it wasn’t that big of a deal at all for me. I don’t care for meat at all and have been allergic to milk for my whole life. Cheese was hard to give up and I still struggle occasionally but I totally don’t regret my choice to go vegan!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) January 16, 2010, 3:59 pm

    I did day one of the challenge today and felt great!

  • emptynutjar January 16, 2010, 4:20 pm

    hemp and almond milk are also great.

  • Christy January 16, 2010, 4:41 pm

    Haha, love the POM juice in the wine glass… tricky tricky! 😉 & that’s very nice of you to visit your friend’s Grandma. I know they both really appricate it because I’ve been there and it’s a great mood boost!

  • Carly January 16, 2010, 4:47 pm

    I have a question – I have literally just been running for two weeks now. My first 5K is in four weeks, and I’m also signing up for a 10K in seven weeks. My question is: When you started running, did your feet bother you? I would say after 10 minutes of running my feet start KILLING me. It’s like a bad cramp/pain around the arches.

    • caitlin January 16, 2010, 4:55 pm

      its not normal to be in pain like that. it could be poor fitting shoes, or you might need orthopedic inserts. you might also want to make sure you are stretching before hand (esp your arches). there are lots of stretches on that you would prob find helpful.

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal January 16, 2010, 5:21 pm

    Haha you had me there with the wine glass! Wasn’t gonna judge, but hey.
    Glad you’re enjoying the change up in workouts:)

  • Michelle@eatingjourney January 16, 2010, 6:19 pm

    we converted you (muah haha) jk. I love hemp milk have you tried it. I can’t find it in Oz (tear) but really..I always feel so relaaaxxxeeesss afterwards…jk. No, but really it’s yummy and has a bit more body then rice or almond.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 16, 2010, 6:53 pm

    very classy breakfast

  • Gabriela January 16, 2010, 7:06 pm

    I don’t drink cow’s milk anymore, either…I’m an Almond Breeze girl now 🙂 Loving the POM in the wine glass, btw!

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  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 16, 2010, 7:29 pm

    Lol. I was so impressed/confused/amused to see wine at breakfast. What a way to start a day, huh? Congrats on sticking w/your weight regimen.

  • Jenny January 17, 2010, 9:32 am

    I guess it’s just so true that strength training and cardio are completely different, and they are in no way comparable to one another. It’s so great to incorporate a bit of both in your routine!

  • Jolene ( January 17, 2010, 5:04 pm

    POM wonderful is just about as good as wine!

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