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Every time I think about moving all of our stuff to North Carolina (in June!), I get so anxious.  Moving is such a pain! 


Instead of sitting on that negative energy, I’ve been cleaning out and organizing one closet/drawer at a time.  It will make it SO much easier to pack in May.  Today, I did my desk and a junk closet… threw away and donated SO much stuff!


Other than that – no activity for the day.  I’m still fighting out a terrible cold and this afternoon, it seemed to move down into my chest.  Ugh.


I laid on the couch and pretty much snacked away my afternoon!


Afternoon snacks included PB and raspberry jam on an Arnold Sandwich Thin:


And a orange (+ a handful of Cheerios):


Dinner was a bowl of homemade veggie soup:


And a sweet potato with 1 serving of baked beans (canned) with green beans on the side.


Oh, by the way, do you think James has too many toys?  There are 7 different toys on his window shelf!


I hope I can work out tomorrow – triathlon training has been NONE EXISTENT this week. And the race is in 4.5 weeks!  Gulp!


Time for TV and an early night… hopefully, a little sleep will cure me.  🙂



  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN February 11, 2010, 9:03 pm

    You’re doing a great job at taking on a huge task (moving) with baby steps. Those steps really add up!

    I’m sorry you’re still not feeling well. My hubby is coming down with something as well and is pretty darn miserable.

    Just think, with you honoring your body with this rest time, maybe you’ll be up and training with full effort sooner than if you were forcing a workout while sick. Hang in there. ((hugs))

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans February 11, 2010, 9:05 pm

    Holy smokes you are so on top of things! I just found out that I am going to be moving in TWO weeks for my job! Hopefully I can throw everything together in time!!!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 11, 2010, 9:06 pm

    Aww I love the toys!! My dog has tons too.. but she doesn’t have a stuffed monkey!
    Oh I love baked beans on sweet potatoes… especially maple baked beans! Yum!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries February 11, 2010, 9:08 pm

    i need to try this baked beans + SP combo. i feel as though ill fall in love

  • Sarah (Shep) February 11, 2010, 9:09 pm

    i know how you feel with the moving anxiety… i’ve moved four times in the past 2 years, and i’m only moving one person not two+2 dogs! and i hope you feel better soon!

  • Evan Thomas February 11, 2010, 9:10 pm

    I know what you mean; I’m already nervous about the living situation for next year and this year’s hardly half over. From what I can tell, Sophomores get screwed. And I have no clue if I’ll live with someone I know or just get a new stranger. And I don’t know how close I’ll be to a kitchen/gym. All that is putting way too much anxiety on my for being 6+ months away

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 11, 2010, 9:14 pm

    It’s easy to get down about a move but just think how many amazing things await you and how exciting the future is, getting to start over in a new place and create all new memories in a new house.

  • The Brunette February 11, 2010, 9:14 pm

    Packing is a pain, but it’s a surefire way to get rid of all the clutter that builds up.

  • Whitney @ February 11, 2010, 9:18 pm

    His toys are much prettier than my dogs toys! My boys shred them as soon as they get them. I wish they would keep them nice and take care of them, haha!

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) February 11, 2010, 9:20 pm

    Great job on the moving progress! We’re moving later this year and so is my dad, so I’ve got two places to worry about packing, cleaning and moving! Ugh…

    I’m tackling our apartment in baby steps right now; cleaning one room a day on my staycation. Today the kitchen got cleaned top to bottom, and tomorrow it’s time for the bathroom!

    Feel better 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 11, 2010, 9:21 pm

    Breaking moving into smaller manageable steps is definitely the way to go! It can be SO overwhelminmg if you save it all until right before you have to move!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 11, 2010, 9:27 pm

    Sending ‘get well soon’ vibes your way! A little rest and I am sure that you will be better in no time!!

  • Madeline February 11, 2010, 9:42 pm

    I’m moving back home in May before moving AGAIN to graduate school in August! And I don’t even know where that will be! But I definitely think your strategy will be helpful…better to get rid of stuff you don’t want/need now than lug it around with you. Also, I’m re-reading Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, and it’s really inspiring to read it and think of how small things add up in health and fitness just like your blog shows!

    • Caitlin February 11, 2010, 10:24 pm

      hence the bloggie name 🙂 its a good book, glad you enjoyed it!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 11, 2010, 9:44 pm

    Hope you feel better girl! Sending healthy vibes your way! 🙂

  • Ellen February 11, 2010, 9:45 pm

    I worked out a lot in college, but I drank waaay too much and fell victim to the temptation of 3am pizza too many times to count. I did get healthier with my eating my senior year though. Instead of having a burger and fries for my hangover “cure,” I’d have two big bowls of cereal. I also amped up my running. I’m healthier now than I’ve ever been, but I still have a ways to go. Emotional eating, you’re going DOWN!!! 🙂

  • Sara @ ActiveGal February 11, 2010, 9:47 pm

    I am right there with you girl! I can’t get rid of this cold no matter how hard I try! Hope you feel better soon!! I live in Raleigh, NC – about 2 hours from Charlotte…I think you will really like it here!!

  • My Life As I Live It February 11, 2010, 9:54 pm

    Good luck with your NC move, we’ll be “neighbors”, I live in the western part of the state.

  • Jessie February 11, 2010, 9:56 pm

    You and Kath both have it really together with organizing and cleaning out before your moves. I wish I could get that motivated to clean!

  • Run Sarah February 11, 2010, 10:08 pm

    Hope you feel better soon! Love James toy shelf, too cute!

  • Jamie February 11, 2010, 10:12 pm

    Cleaning can be SO cathartic! (but often reallly tiring.. hope you rest up tonight!)

  • chandra h February 11, 2010, 10:14 pm

    baked beans + sweet potato is the most heavenly combination!!

    hoping you feel betta tomorrow 🙂 <3

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 11, 2010, 10:18 pm

    just take care of yourself…the training will come, but not if you stay sick! hope you rest a lot tonight and feel better soon 🙂

  • Sara February 11, 2010, 10:26 pm

    Heyyy! Found your blog through twitter (and a very lovely tmi convo you were having with faithfoodfit on it today ;D)
    Love ittt…get some rest :)…nothing like a good night’s sleep to rejuvenate!

  • Virginia February 11, 2010, 10:28 pm

    Does James bring his toys to the window himself? Our dog does that too — we think he likes to show off his amazing toys to the world! I love that picture of James, too — it looks like you caught him sharing a secret with that gorilla.
    Have you ever seen the website? I swear it changed my life, and I think she has a special section just for moving. She’s all about getting your home under control a little bit at a time, and staying positive while doing it.

    • Caitlin February 11, 2010, 10:32 pm

      love flylady! i need to check that out.

      and yes james loves to bring his toys into one central location hehe like we’re going to steal them!

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit February 11, 2010, 10:32 pm

    Sleep + hot tottie!!!!

  • Katharine February 11, 2010, 10:39 pm

    Packing is the worst part of moving, so it’s good you’re getting a head start! But my fave part is purging so much stuff, it’s very refreshing. 🙂

  • Jolene ( February 11, 2010, 10:41 pm

    I am glad you are resting – you will get over your cold quicker if you rest instead of pushing yourself.

    I love the toys – you spoil your little pups!

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 11, 2010, 10:44 pm

    Awwww…James looks so cute with his gorilla!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 11, 2010, 11:20 pm

    I hope you feel better tomorrow. My cold from hell progressed into an upper respiratory infection and was a mess.

    You plan for cleaning out and packing is a good one. We do that with each season so when we get orders to move we don’t have as much to do.

  • Emilyeatsclean February 11, 2010, 11:40 pm

    Your pup is adorable and I love all his little toys gathered around him!! Too cute! Hope you’re feeling better soon!


  • bhealthier February 11, 2010, 11:41 pm

    awww james is TOO cute with the all the toys! hooray for cleaning, it makes you feel SO much better after !!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople February 11, 2010, 11:59 pm

    With big tasks like that I definitely just have to do a little bit at a time. Otherwise I get entirely too overwhelmed!

    I hope you feel better soon. I’m tired of my own annoying cough and chest pain.

  • Kimberly February 12, 2010, 12:43 am

    Hi Caitlin! I am moving too…at the end of March and have been slowly starting to rid my house of stuff I do not need!! I don’t want to take alot! I have been taking everything to the thrift store, book store, shredding papers and taking items to the dump…one step at a time though. I am doing just like you, one room/closet/drawer at a time. Good luck! And congrats on your Operation Beautiful being featured at Lululemon…I live in Vancouver, the home of Lululemon and it truly is a great store!


    • caitlin February 12, 2010, 9:08 am

      ooo good luck on your move too!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 12, 2010, 12:44 am

    My cold has the same exact timing as yours. Woke up with it in my chest today and feeling crappy =/ Hate not being able to exercise. Gotta rest up!

  • Antonia February 12, 2010, 2:35 am

    My dog has too many toys too… she has a whole box of her toys in my parent’s room which is always on it’s side with the toys all spilling out.

  • Freya @ February 12, 2010, 3:23 am

    Haha a dog can’t have too many toys, it’s not plausible!
    I haven’t been able to run all week with the snow either – I’ve managed one 4 miler! Highly frustrating! It’s probably done your body good to have a rest, you’ll be so refreshed when you come back to it when you’re feeling better 😀

  • christie, honoring health February 12, 2010, 6:29 am

    My cats have a ton of toys, too. They are strung all over the house and we put them back in the toy basket only for them to get strung all over the house 🙂

    Hope you feeling better this morning!

  • Jessica @ Fit Chick Wannabe February 12, 2010, 6:59 am

    How does James have all those plush toys and not eat them? lol One of my dogs loves stuffed animals and plush toys like that but we can’t give them to him because he will rip them apart and try to eat them in a matter of 10 minutes. We have to buy him super mega hard toys that he can’t chew through. And he only weighs 18 lbs!

    • caitlin February 12, 2010, 9:09 am

      he just liked to hold them and kiss them – he doesnt chew them up. we buy baby toys at goodwill, wash them, and often cut out the eyes so they are really inexpensive!

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) February 12, 2010, 7:36 am

    lol that picture of James with all of his toys is awesome! I hope you feel better! 🙂

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 12, 2010, 8:06 am

    Yay for North Carolina!! 🙂

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) February 12, 2010, 8:27 am

    LOL does james actually play with his dolls and lay them all around him?

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 12, 2010, 8:49 am

    With James being as adorable as he is, I don’t think he could ever have too many toys. 😉 It’s impossible not to spoil them silly…haha. My black lab used to have a big toy box full of different toys, and I would swap them around every week (except for his favorite teddy bear, the only toy he wouldn’t destroy :mrgreen: .)

  • Melissa February 12, 2010, 8:59 am

    Get yourself healthy before your kill yourself at the gym! Feel better!!

  • Teri [a foodie stays fit] February 12, 2010, 9:51 am

    I’m excited you are moving to NC! I live in Winston-Salem; there are a lot of bloggers in NC. We definitely need to plan a blogger get-together! You’re smart to get a head start on the move! 🙂

  • Sophie @ yumventures February 12, 2010, 9:52 am

    The baked beans and sweet potato looks awesome — I love baked beans! Good thing I live in Boston =)

    Moving sucks…I just moved from NYC to Boston. I had to move my stuff and my boyfriends stuff by myself because his classes for the semester had already started! You are doing a great job getting rid of stuff (my #1 recommendation) and the other important thing is LABELING! I wrote what room each box should go in an what they contain, that way you can find what you need before you unpack everything!

  • skinnyrunner February 12, 2010, 10:05 am

    i love purging my closets and giving stuff to goodwill. i just always feel better afterwards!

  • Retta @ RunRettaRun February 12, 2010, 10:48 am

    Feel better soon! Love that pic of James w/ all his buddies!

  • Kristina February 12, 2010, 11:22 am

    Good luck with the move! Starting with baby steps always helps me. Last month I had to pack up our entire house because Jason had already moved. He came back for the actual move but everything went much quicker since I had purged and packed up most of belongings.

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