I decided that I wasn’t too sick to go to the gym, so I packed up my swim gear and put on my running clothes.  I started off by banging out 2.8 miles outside in 28 minutes.  I park my car at the gym and then run around the neighborhoods – I hate running on the dreadmill! 


But when I got back to my car, I was just too tired to swim.  The idea of cold water wasn’t very appealing, and my throat hurt again.  So, I guess I’m not totally better yet!


Here are my eats for the afternoon…


Pumpkin yogurt and 1 serving of granola around 3 PM:


And a few handful of Cheerios right before I ran:


Dinner was simple, yet tasty!


The star was a Barney Butter and Hot Pepper Raspberry jam sandwich:


Plus, leftover veggie soup and an orange.


OK, OK – What you guys have been waiting for!  🙂


Healthy Living Summit 2010


Last August, a group of bloggers and myself got together and decided to organize a blogger/reader conference.  Kath, Jenna, Tina, Meghann, Heather, and I worked with Stonyfield Farm, Foodbuzz, and Zesty Cook to put together a three-day summit for 125 people.


Here’s my recaps of the Healthy Living Summit 2009 events:



It was a really fun way to meet a lot of the people I’ve been interacting with through the blogs!








The moment the Summit was over, the planning committee started to exchange e-mails about the next event.


The Healthy Living Summit 2010 will be:


  • BIGGER!  We sold out in 25 minutes last year so we’re increasing the number of tickets from 125 to around 200 or so.
  • BETTER! It’s going to be even more interactive and fun.  Plus, don’t you worry – you’ll be hooking everyone up with sweet swag bags again!


And will *probably* take place in early August in Chicago.  It will not be the same weekend as BlogHer.


We are securing sponsorship, which is why we don’t know the exact date or location.  But this is 95% certain.  We wanted to let everyone know so (if you’re interested in joining us!) you can make plans.


If you’ve never been to a blogging event like this, don’t be shy! Everyone was really nice at the Summit, and I think everyone had a great time meeting new friends.


Hope to see you there! 🙂 🙂



  • Meghan@traveleatlove February 10, 2010, 9:39 pm

    I love Chicago and would love to help if you need any behind the scenes planning assistance!

    • Caitlin February 10, 2010, 10:33 pm

      thank you! we might take you up on that offer 🙂

  • Julie February 10, 2010, 9:39 pm

    Chi Town!! Holla! I hope I can make it!!!!

  • Evan Thomas February 10, 2010, 9:39 pm

    Of course I’m partial to my hometown, Beantown. But besides that I’m sure Chi-Town will be a wonderful location. Can you organize a blogger episode of Oprah to be taping?!

  • Heather February 10, 2010, 9:39 pm


  • chandra February 10, 2010, 9:40 pm

    AAHHHH!!! SO excited. 😀

  • Julianne February 10, 2010, 9:40 pm

    How fun – I loved the first summit. Is it going to be the same weekend as the Blogher conference?

    • caitlin February 10, 2010, 9:58 pm

      no definitely not!

  • Molly @thevegandorm February 10, 2010, 9:40 pm

    Ahhhh! Chicago I can dooooo! Love it!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 10, 2010, 9:41 pm

    So exciting!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 10, 2010, 9:41 pm

    Thanks for keeping it close for the east coast! 🙂

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries February 10, 2010, 9:41 pm

    sooooo exciting! and i’ve been meaning to make a chi-town trip yayyyy

  • RhodeyGirl February 10, 2010, 9:41 pm

    Luckily I don’t have any weddings in August!

    Chicago is really awesome and is going to be a blast. I can’t wait to hear more.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 10, 2010, 9:42 pm

    I’m make this a summer PRIORITY!!! Can’t wait for more details! Any idea on the cost?

    • caitlin February 10, 2010, 9:59 pm

      it will be affordable as last year! i can’t comment on the price per ticket yet but it was $30 last year.

  • Ellen February 10, 2010, 9:42 pm

    Sounds great! I’m really looking forward to it 🙂

  • Sarah @ Long Legs Healthy Life February 10, 2010, 9:43 pm

    So exciting!!! I can’t wait for more details, I am there 100%!!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) February 10, 2010, 9:44 pm

    I hope I can! Canadian blogger road trip, perhaps?

  • joanié February 10, 2010, 9:45 pm

    Please don’t go to the gym when you’re sick! The rest of us don’t need to catch your cold!

  • Kailey (SnackFace) February 10, 2010, 9:45 pm

    Shoooo! If I’m fortunate enough to get a ticket this year, y’all better know I’m bringing college with me. AKA let’s dance and pop bottles. That can be healthy, right?

  • Caitlin@TheTwentyFifthYear February 10, 2010, 9:46 pm

    Yay – Chicago is a favorite of mine – can’t wait for this – and some deep-dish pizza!!!!

  • Abby February 10, 2010, 9:48 pm

    I would LOVE to go!!!!

  • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep February 10, 2010, 9:50 pm

    Oooh! I can’t wait!

  • Jenny February 10, 2010, 9:51 pm

    That’s awesome that your gym is located somewhere that you can run in a safe area outside once you get there. My gym is right off the highway.

    So exciting about Healthy Living Summit!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 10, 2010, 9:52 pm

    Exciting!!! Last year looked like so much fun!

  • Jenna February 10, 2010, 9:54 pm

    yay for healthy leaving summit!!!

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) February 10, 2010, 9:55 pm

    Chicago?? I can TOTALLY go to Chicago! Dude!

  • Heather February 10, 2010, 9:55 pm

    Can’t wait – I had such a great time last year – I hope I can get another ticket this year!

    I am on a lot of conference planning committees so if you need any help, please let me know!

  • Jessica Lee February 10, 2010, 9:56 pm

    OMG CHICAGO? YES PLEASE! I live in Chicago and I have been dying to do a blogger event but there never seem to be too many bloggers in Chicago – none that I know of at least. Everyone is seemingly in NC, or NYC, FL or Boston, or Cali 🙁

  • Lauren February 10, 2010, 9:59 pm

    I’m in Chicago too! Well, a suburb of it at least. How fun!

  • Rose February 10, 2010, 9:59 pm

    Music to my ears. Can’t wait to see all my fav bloggers again!

  • Kt F @ ThroughTheFinish February 10, 2010, 10:00 pm

    Chicago!! Right by me! I would love to go… I wonder how crazy it’s going to be to try to get tickets though!? Ohhhh man.

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) February 10, 2010, 10:00 pm

    So excited!!!! Is there an age minimum?

    • Caitlin February 10, 2010, 10:01 pm

      not to attend the event but i’m sure we’ll have another cocktail party and you can’t drink there if you’re underage, of course. but you could still attend the cocktail party.

  • Whitney February 10, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Hooray Chicago! Great choice obviously 🙂

  • Sammi February 10, 2010, 10:01 pm

    I kind of really really really want to go! And by kind of, I mean I’m also kind of really really really scared to go as well! lol. New people make me soooo nervous! Looks like I’ll have to be stalking the blogs so I don’t miss the ticket time since I’m sure it’ll sell out really fast again!

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope February 10, 2010, 10:03 pm

    aw damn, wish it were in Fl.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 10, 2010, 10:03 pm

    I want to go SO badly! But i’m going to Ireland in June so I can’t afford a plane ticket to Chicago so soon 🙁 I will be watching online again though if you will still be doing the live streaming?

    • Caitlin February 10, 2010, 10:05 pm

      definitely we will be live streaming again!

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full February 10, 2010, 10:05 pm

    I would LOVE to be able to go to the Summit! Plus, my brother is in Chicago 🙂 What a great city!

  • Patricia (Run Foodie Run) February 10, 2010, 10:07 pm

    Looking forward to getting more info! I’ve never been to Chicago either so it would be a fun way to see the city for the first time! 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 10, 2010, 10:10 pm

    Hmmm if only I could teleport to the US!!! I wish we had something like this in Australia 🙁

    • Naomi February 10, 2010, 11:22 pm

      Me too! I’m in Melbourne and feel really left out 🙂

      • Erin February 10, 2010, 11:32 pm

        I’m in Perth! Would love to be able to go 🙁

  • Michaela February 10, 2010, 10:11 pm

    Yes yes yes!!! That would be awesome

  • Jess February 10, 2010, 10:14 pm

    Wish I actually lived in America! I would so be there. I love that colour co-ordinated photo of you all from last year. 😀

  • Maria February 10, 2010, 10:18 pm

    I am so there!! ChiTown is just a train ride away from me…SWEET!!!

  • erica February 10, 2010, 10:19 pm

    do you have to have a blog to go?

    • Caitlin February 10, 2010, 10:23 pm

      no! we had lots of readers come it and it was so fun to meet them, too! 🙂

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) February 10, 2010, 10:19 pm

    Yay I can’t wait for the summit!!

  • Katharine February 10, 2010, 10:21 pm

    Chicago is actually one of my most favorite cities! So excited this is (hopefully) where the Summit will be and (hopefully) I can join in on the fun!

  • Lizzy February 10, 2010, 10:25 pm

    i love chicago! o yay! i hope i can make it

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 10, 2010, 10:25 pm

    How cool! I’ve actually never been to Chicago but my best friend lives there so I could crash with her — how perfect! 😉 I really want to come this year after seeing all the fun you girls had last year.

    Were there *any* guys at the Summer 2009? haha

    • Caitlin February 10, 2010, 10:31 pm

      yes! there were a few! 🙂

  • Stina @ Girl Can February 10, 2010, 10:28 pm

    Chicago!? For real!? That’s so exciting. Money is tight so traveling isn’t an option, but in my home town!!! I couldn’t ask for anything better!

    That said, if you ladies need help with anything, I would love to offer my assistance.

  • Niki@ Niki's Neverending Adventure February 10, 2010, 10:28 pm

    Very exciting! I would definitely love to go but grad school will have already started back 🙁 Too bad…

  • Erin (Texan Couture) February 10, 2010, 10:29 pm

    I’m so excited I wasn’t able to attend last year, but I am certainly planning on going this year!

  • Erin February 10, 2010, 10:30 pm

    Wow. If you have this in Chicago I would definitely be there! I’ll even offer my spare room for anyone who needs a cheap (read: free) place to stay.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 10, 2010, 10:30 pm

    sounds amazing! as soon as I know i’ll be signing up…thanks for giving such a cool opportunity to so many amazing women 🙂

  • Ellen Collis February 10, 2010, 10:34 pm

    Ohh the Summit looked like fun! I love meeting other bloggers—there’s definitely a bond that we share that not just anyone could understand 🙂


  • Gabriela February 10, 2010, 10:41 pm

    Yay! I’d love to attend this! Hopefully I can 🙂

  • Lindsay February 10, 2010, 10:42 pm

    Oh My GOSH… I am so excited!! I will be able to go to this Healthy Living Summit because I live about 2 hours away from Chicago and I can drive up and attend!! 🙂

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story February 10, 2010, 10:43 pm

    That is sooo awesome! I wish I could be there! My work schedule doesn’t allow any time off between June and August so I will be there in spirit! 🙂

  • Amanda February 10, 2010, 10:43 pm

    Ooo! How exciting! Would love to get to go this year!

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) February 10, 2010, 10:47 pm

    YES!! I am SO excited, I read all about last year’s event and watched the video. I would love to attend!

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit February 10, 2010, 10:49 pm

    Fabulous news about the summit! Exciting things!

    Now go have some warm lemon water with honey before bed. That always helps me feel better.

  • Renee February 10, 2010, 10:54 pm

    GAH!!!! Caitlin I am SO pumped! I really wanted to attend HLS last summer but had a wedding that weekend- soo excited to attend this summer! AND I live in Chicago so if the summit is held here and you ladies need some restaurant/bar/fun recommendations please let me know! can’t wait for this!

    • Caitlin February 10, 2010, 10:56 pm

      we will definitely need help! and i’m excited you want to come!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) February 10, 2010, 10:59 pm

    I want to go this year, and I’d love to help out if I do end up coming.. Last year looked like a blast!

  • Kristie February 10, 2010, 11:03 pm

    Yay!!! Chicago is much closer to Madison than Boston 😀

  • Renee February 10, 2010, 11:07 pm

    and actually – just to put it out there now, Stephanie Izard (Top Chef winner) is opening her new restaurant “The Girl and The Goat” this March in Chicago and it is sure to be amazing- and by August the hype will have worn off a bit so we could definitely get resos there for a dinner or lunch!

  • Jojo February 10, 2010, 11:10 pm


  • Amber K @ sparkpeople February 10, 2010, 11:14 pm

    What a neat idea for all of you bloggers to get together!

    I was going to have pumpkin oatmeal tomorrow, but your barney butter and jam has me inspired. Maybe I’ll have a pb and j oatmeal bowl instead!

  • Misty February 10, 2010, 11:35 pm

    If it’s in Chicago, I *might* actually be able to make it to at least some of the events (if not the actual summit), since Chicago’s only 4 hours away from me, as opposed to halfway across the country! Very exciting news!

  • Angie (Losing It and Loving It) February 10, 2010, 11:36 pm

    Oh my goodness, I’m in Chicago and really want to attend but if you have it the weekend of Aug. 19-23, I won’t be able to make it since I’m attending another business conference in Atlanta. I’ll just keep my fingers crossed that you’ll have it the weekend before and know it was meant to be LOL Would be great to meet you ladies!

  • Julie @SavvyEats February 10, 2010, 11:44 pm

    I started reading all the Healthy Living Blogs right around the same time as HLS last year, and I’ve been wanting to go ever since… hope I can get in!

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 10, 2010, 11:49 pm

    How exciting!! I hope I can snag a ticket!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 11, 2010, 12:51 am

    If I can’t go, I will have a MAJOR meltdown.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 11, 2010, 1:26 am

    I am really going to try and go to this. It is quite a long way for me to travel – but I want to go so bad!

  • chandra h February 11, 2010, 1:28 am

    omigosh… i want to go!! it’d be so surreal to meet you guys in person, you feel like celebrities hehe 🙂

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 11, 2010, 1:45 am

    Haha is it open to me people from all over the world!? I’d LOVE to go, but I’m in England! It sure is tempting though…there seems to be such an amazing community over there in the States, I’d love to join in 🙂 Please say it’s open to everyone!

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 8:17 am

      yes! i think we had someone come over from europe last year!

  • Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) February 11, 2010, 1:58 am

    Caitlin! I’m sooooo excited! I was really bummed last year when I didn’t get a ticket – I couldn’t figure out something with the website and by the time I did it was soldout. I’m crossing my fingers that I don’t have that issue again!

  • Stacey February 11, 2010, 6:03 am

    Yay! So excited 😀 My first blogging event will be at FitBloggin and hopefully I will be able to save up enough money to make it to Chicago in August..blogger events look like so much fun 🙂

  • Jen February 11, 2010, 6:11 am

    YAY! I’m not a blogger but I live in the suburbs of Chicago. I can still attend, right? How do I buy a ticket? Also – I go to an awesome Hot Yoga studio. I could probably set something up to get everyone a FREE yoga class. It seems like most of the bloggers take yoga.

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 8:18 am

      yay i hope you can come too! tickets will go on sale in a month or so most likely – stay tuned!

  • Shannon February 11, 2010, 6:16 am

    Oh my goodness! I followed the Healthy Living Summit last year. I was living in Boston at the time but popped home to Virginia while it was happening. HOWEVER I am moving to Chicago this April and would love to attend! Tickets? 🙂

  • christie, honoring health February 11, 2010, 6:27 am

    I have a vacation scheduled again in August so I doubt I will be able to come but hopefully I can catch some of the live streaming!

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner February 11, 2010, 6:43 am

    Sounds like so much fun! I’d love to go 🙂

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 11, 2010, 7:01 am

    Sounds like such a blast! 😀 I remember the recap from 2009 and it looks like everyone had a great time. Chicago sounds like a perfect place to hold it this year. 😀

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) February 11, 2010, 7:37 am

    WHAAZZAA. I wanna go!

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind February 11, 2010, 7:42 am

    yeeeeesssss Chicago is definitely doable for me! Ah! So excited!!!

  • Nicole, RD February 11, 2010, 8:29 am

    Awesome! I hope it’s in Chicago…my motherland 🙂

  • Jen February 11, 2010, 8:30 am

    I’m new to the blogging world, so this sounds like so much fun. Looking forward to the details!

    Thanks for all the preparation you and all the others are doing!

  • Meredith February 11, 2010, 8:31 am

    GREAT choice!! Chicago is perfect and only 5 hours from me. It is such a fun place to visit in the summer. Can’t wait to hear more about it as you ladies plan.

  • Jordan February 11, 2010, 8:32 am

    Woohoo for Chicago! Direct flights from our tiny airport in Chattanooga are awesome.

  • morgan @ healthy happy place February 11, 2010, 8:41 am

    Yay! Chicago is my hometown and I also work for the local media. Please let me know if you want help getting press coverage or if you need photographers and videographers for the event. I have tons of local professional contacts

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 8:42 am

      that would be awesome and we will def take you up on that.

  • Joey February 11, 2010, 8:44 am

    that sounds fabulous… I want to come!!! 🙂

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 11, 2010, 8:50 am

    I hope I can make it this year since well, I live in chicago! my sister and her boyfriend are both chefs in the area, and I’m sure would be receptive to helping out in any way they can. Let me know if I can help!

  • islandgirleats February 11, 2010, 9:02 am

    You guys did such a great job last year. I watched it on the live stream and was very impressed what you girls had done.

    Now…to your sickness! Have you had a HOT bath yet? I really swear by them. I also put a cup of Epsom salts in the bath. It really makes you sweat. When get out of the bath I wrap up in my robe and just relax for a bit. You will still be sweating when you get out. I always feel better after this. It is my ‘cure’ all remedy!

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 9:15 am

      to take a hot bath i would have to clean my tub… LOL does a shower count?

  • Devon February 11, 2010, 9:06 am

    I think I’ll be seeing you there 🙂

  • Cmath February 11, 2010, 9:12 am

    Hi! A a chi town resident I would be more than happy to help out with any leg work and/or planning! Just let me know! Have a great day!

  • Andrea February 11, 2010, 9:23 am

    Wow I’m so excited. Chicago sounds wonderful!

  • Jessica February 11, 2010, 9:25 am

    I would LOVE to go!! I was bummed that I couldn’t go to Fitbloggin’ this year since I’ll be traveling for work that week but this sounds awesome!! When will you have more details?

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 9:26 am

      not really sure – month or so. glad you’re excited!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) February 11, 2010, 9:37 am

    Chicago would be awesome!! I live really close so I would definitely want to go 😀

  • Stephanie February 11, 2010, 10:05 am

    Oh how fun! I’ve never been to Chicago! I really hope I can make it! I’d love to do something like this and meet all these lovely bloggers that I stalk…i mean…follow every day 😉

  • Tara February 11, 2010, 10:14 am

    Hooray! I live in Chicago so I will definitely be interested in coming out! Yippeee!

  • Susan February 11, 2010, 10:19 am

    Omg. I am 100% there this year!!! I’m moving to Toronto this summer so I’ll be much closer to Chicago – plus it’s a city I’ve always wanted to see!! I hope I can secure a ticket – I’m so excited!! 😀

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) February 11, 2010, 10:26 am

    I am 100% down! I’m glad there will be more people able to go this year. I couldn’t get in last time and I was so bummed!

  • Jess @ Truly Into Fitness February 11, 2010, 10:49 am

    OMG I’m SO excited for the event! I live in Toronto and I want to make it down to Chicago for it! Might make it a weekend outing with some friends!! I look forward to hearing more about it!!!

  • Kristi February 11, 2010, 11:03 am

    I WILL make sure I am there this year-I was on vacation when the tickets went on sale and missed out on them 🙁 BUT, OMG!!! In Chicago? I live in Milwaukee so this means I could drive to it! So exciting!!! Cannot wait 🙂

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion February 11, 2010, 12:02 pm

    YAY!!!! I hope to go again this coming year, I had SOOOOO much fun last year.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat February 11, 2010, 12:06 pm

    I was so bummed that I missed it last year but if it is in Chicago, then I’m in! Only a 4 hour drive for me 😉

  • Niki (Running in Pink) February 11, 2010, 12:07 pm

    Ahhh man!! I knew it would be in Chicago, but I probably won’t be able to go since I’ll be about 3 weeks from having the bambino (unless it comes early, and in that case, I really wouldn’t be able to go!). I may consider this, though. I’d love to go to the Summit, and I don’t know if it will ever be closer to me than in Chi-town.

  • Ashley February 11, 2010, 12:12 pm

    I definitely am planning on making it to this!! If you guys need any help right now let me know..I’m unemployed and always have extra time on my hands!!

  • Leanne February 11, 2010, 12:27 pm

    Woo hoo!!! Definitely would like to attend this year and I think Chicago would work for me… Exciting news!

  • Tracey February 11, 2010, 12:45 pm

    How exciting, I live in Chicago and was hoping a blog event would happen here!

  • Ashley L February 11, 2010, 1:00 pm

    Omg Chicago!? My town? I’m so there!

  • Ashley L February 11, 2010, 1:08 pm

    Just occurred to me that Lollapalooza is the 6-8 in August.

    Might want to avoid those dates. It gets pretty insane downtown. Though it would be pretty awesome if there was a Bloggy/Bloggy Friend concert get together!

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 2:03 pm

      thank you!

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale February 11, 2010, 2:39 pm

    I am Chicagoan too, and love that you’ve picked our AMAZING city. Please let me know if you need any local recommendations or advice!

  • Danielle February 11, 2010, 4:53 pm

    I can’t wait! I wanted to go last summer but with my trip to San Francisco in October I couldn’t swing it. This year I’m totally in! Yea!

  • KellyB February 11, 2010, 4:58 pm

    I’m so excited you’re coming to my city!! Woohoo!

  • Michelle February 11, 2010, 6:02 pm

    Yay it’s chicago!! I live right here and….ooh this is too exciting! I can finally attend!!!

  • Alyson February 11, 2010, 7:36 pm

    eeck, I would love love to make this event! Healthy living/fitness blogging has become such an fantastic part of my life.. not to mention I’ve never been to Chicago 🙂

  • chocolatepickle February 14, 2010, 8:32 pm

    YAY!!!! I’m from Chicago and my family is still there, so I make it there often if you need any help!

  • Trish @IamSucceeding February 19, 2010, 7:54 pm

    I hope to be there!

  • christy from pittsburgh February 25, 2010, 9:03 pm

    can’t wait!!!! just let me know where to sign up! and if you need any help, i’m down!

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