A simple breakfast:


We are TOTALLY out of groceries!  I must run to the store sometime this morning.


I just had regular banana oatmeal:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings: flax, brown sugar, cinnamon


More Questions and Answers, Part I


Kailey asked, “How long do you see yourself blogging? For life? And do you feel guilty on days you don’t workout?”


I think I will always blog about something – I really like to write and be part of an online community.  I’d love to be a fitness mommy blogger! 


Yes, sometimes I do feel guilty if I don’t workout.  I think all women, especially active and competitive ones, struggle with some feelings of guilt when they don’t exercise like they planned to.  But I try really hard not to listen to those negative voices in my head.  I intellectually understand that missing a few workouts will not hurt my performance.  Actually, guilt in relation to food and exercise is one of the primary reasons why I started Operation Beautiful!


Maria asked, “How did you fit in exercising when working in an office environment?  I am having a hard time adjusting from college life to being in an office. By the time I get home I am absolutely exhausted, and doing it in the morning is pretty much not an option for me.“


My exercise and eating lifestyle was very similar to what it is now (although I wasn’t at the same fitness level and my longest race was a 10K).  I worked 8:30 to 5:30 in an office that was about 25 minutes from our apartment.  I would leave around 6:00 AM, drive to a gym next to my work, and workout until about 7:15 AM.  I would shower and change in the locker room and go to work.  Sometimes, I worked out after work but I didn’t like that as much because I found myself to be very tired after work.  If I didn’t have the time or energy to go to the gym in the morning or evening, I would pop in a workout DVD and do it when I got home.  I think it’s important to adjust your expectations of yourself to your lifestyle – if a morning workout doesn’t work for you, do a workout DVD in the evening twice a week, and work out hard on the weekends.


Liza asked, “Do you plan on having kids one day? Do you plan on running another marathon? How often do you work out?”


I cannot WAIT to have kids when the Husband and I are ready (hopefully, in three years or less).  I am really, really eager to be a mother. 


I do not plan on running another marathon.  I had a lot of fun training and running the marathon, but my scary foot injury (I really could not walk on it for a few days!) was enough to make marathon running seem really unappealing to me.  I generally do not getting hurt.  :)  A marathon seemed like something I just wanted to “check” off my list, since I’ve done all the other race distances. I’m not saying “never,” but I definitely do not have any plans to run a marathon in the foreseeable future.


Jill asked, “My question is about the mental side of training for a marathon or any other difficult workout. I love working out (I regularly do some combo of running, Pilates, and CrossFit 5 or 6 days a week), but I find that I really have to kick my own butt off the couch everyday and then when I am in the midst of a run or a CrossFit workout I feel like I want to quit early, I talk myself out of going the full distance, etc. I know that I can physically finish my workout, but I have a terrible time with pushing myself to my limit. I always feel fantastic AFTER a workout (especially a vigorous, sweaty one!) but it’s a real mental struggle getting there. I guess my question is do you have any tips, hints, psychological tricks to beat this?”


It’s OK to quit your workout early every now and then, but if you have this problem a lot, it can be really frustrating.  My first thought is you need a break.  Sometimes, I just need a taper week where I step back my workouts, and I come back feeling stronger and more involved than other.  Other tricks that work for me (at least for running) include doing speedwork or tempo runs so I have to think more about my pace.  Try downloading new music, too!  Lastly, when I hear the “just quit early” voice, I tell myself “5 more minutes and then you can quit if you want,” but then I’m 5 minutes closer to my goal and usually hang on.


Whit asked, “Anyway, I do have a question about your life – specifically your dogs. They are too cute, did you adopt them?”


Maggie and James were both adopted from shelters/rescue groups in Pittsburgh, which is where we lived when we got them.  If you click on their hyperlinks, you can learn more about each pup – the also have their own page!


Hana asked, “I was wondering what advice you may have on controlling mindless or occasional overeating. I usually struggle towards the nighttime and when I’m stressed out (which is often!).”


As I mentioned yesterday, I definitely have struggled with mindless and overeating.  The tricks that work for me are ‘closing the kitchen,’ which is when I wipe down the counters and turn off the lights.  I also have herbal tea,gum, or a hard candy at night to keep my mouth occupied.  Lastly, if the urge to snack is really strong (and I’m not hungry), I will try walking the dogs or doing another chore.  I find my urge to mindlessly eat is strongest when I’m bored.


Amanda asked, “I was just wondering if you ever feel guilty after a particularly indulgent day/night? I spent Valentine’s Day just drinking, eating, and lounging with my boyfriend. Although it was really great, I couldn’t help but feel guilty and a little stressed out. Thoughts?”


Of course.  As I mentioned above, I believe all women suffer from guilt in one form or another – just by running the Operation Beautiful website, I see that so many girls and women feel this way.  When I feel food guilt, I try to think about the societal factors that are making me feel guilty.  I think society puts so much pressure on women to look a certain way.  I *KNOW* that one indulgent day is not going to affect my health or my weight, but we have been trained to feel bad about it.   I have an entire page dedicated to ways to end Fat Talk and feelings of guilt associated with food.


Erin asked, “Did you grow up eating similar to the way you eat now or differently?  I find it difficult to break away from the one protein, one grain, one veggie meals that I was served growing up.  Do you and your husband get to spend a lot of time together?  Do you have a lot of the same interests?  What do you think made your blog take off the way it did?  I admit, I’m envious of your ability to express so much so succinctly. Have you always been interested in photography or is that something that started when you started the blog?”


I grew up eating pretty much like I do now, but now I eat even less processed foods, less meat (obviously), and less take-out.  My mother was a working mom, and we relied on a lot of fast-food and to-go meals. 


The Husband has a VERY busy schedule, and we don’t get to spend a lot of time together.  We get most of our quality time together on the weekends.   We do have a lot of the same interests – to a point.  He enjoys being active and trying new things.  He likes to go bowling and see movies.  However, he does not like the idea of racing and is not as social as I am.  As you see on the blog, we do a lot of things separate (as well as together), which works well for us.  We don’t like to be on top of each other all the time.


I think Healthy Tipping Point is successful because I really care about it, I love my readers and fellow bloggers, and I put a lot of effort into answering e-mails and comments.  And thank you for saying my photography is good!  I think it’s OK for someone who is just starting out.  :)  Blogging did make me more interested in photography – I even took a class earlier this year on Camera Basics!


Corinne asked, “I started taking up running last year for the first time, and since then have had reoccurring shin splints. I’ll be able to run medium distances for about a week, and then the next week I can’t run ten steps without pain. I have good shoes, ice my shins, etc. but they always come back. Any experience with this?”


I do not have experience with shin splints, but Ashley swears by these compression socks.  They are similar to my knee sleeves.  If you’ve tried resting, icing, and elevation, I would try those.  Good luck!


Diana asked, “If you had a REGULAR 8-5 job, how difficult would it be to have your lifestyle: blogging, training, loving on your hubby/doggies?”


I actually had a regular 8 – 5 job for the first year and few months I was blogging!  I just recently began to live this self-employed lifestyle in September, when I got my book deal.  It was very difficult to have a regular job, train, and run a blog.  Blogging is VERY time-consuming – not just posting, but answering comments and e-mails and working with other bloggers.  I used to wake up early, blog by 7 AM, blog again on my lunch break, train after work, and blog after dinner. 


Katie asked, “If you were to have children would you raise them as vegetarians? Or would you closely monitor where/ how the meat you fed them was produced. Or will you allow them to make their own choice from the beginning? Also, if you were to have access to meat that was hormone free and ethically produced, would you go back to eating meat?”


When we have children, I plan to raise them as vegetarians, but I won’t freak out if they eat a hamburger at their friend’s house.  They can make their own decisions about what they eat outside of our house; however, the Husband and I will raise them veggie. 


I would not eat ethically produced meat on a regular basis because I’m not sure you can “nicely slaughter” an animal.  In addition to my discomfort with factory farming, I really am just not sure we should be eating animals, especially when I love my dogs so much.


Maura asked, “I am dying to know how long it took your blog to be “what it is.” With just starting my blog in Jan, I know that I will need to be patient to see when or even IF it becomes a big success. Actually, it IS successful in that it has made me so happy to be writing and sharing with others, no matter how big or small the audience is. But I do have a strong desire to write a wildly successful blog from a mass reach standpoint, I’m curious as to when HTP blew up and how.”


It is really sweet that you see Healthy Tipping Point as so successful.  :)  Thank you.  Although the blog is successful, I am certainly not the most successful food blogger.   A lot of it is just about time.  I blogged for a full year before I really felt like I saw significant growth in my hits, and the blog has doubled in size from August 2009 to February 2010. I think it’s important to focus on just having a good blog, not have X number of hits.  To me, HTP is successful because people like it read it, and I’m proud of it.  If you work hard on content, readers will follow. 


Olga asked, “When you’re out on a run, do you think about something specific, let your mind wonder or just zone out to the music? Just curious!”


I never think about work when I’m running.  I prefer to just listen to music and think about my training.  If I’m running with a friend, I love to chat with them!


Stay tuned… more question and answers coming at lunch!  🙂



  • Kelly February 16, 2010, 8:44 am

    I love this question and answer craze that is going on right now 🙂 It’s going to be fun seeing you as a fitness mommy blogger haha

  • Diana February 16, 2010, 8:44 am

    We need groceries too! Badly!
    Great Q&A’s. Can’t wait to read more!

  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City) February 16, 2010, 8:49 am

    These were really great questions! Thank you for taking the time to answer them!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 16, 2010, 8:51 am

    I never think about work or school when I’m running either. Sometimes when I first start out, it’s on the brain, but it slowly fizzles away as I trot along. 😀

    My fridge is looking pretty empty too! I think there are a couple carrots left for veggies. Definitely need to make a trip! 😀

  • megan February 16, 2010, 8:51 am

    wow great questions and answers! In response to the questions about how successful your blog is, I think your answer is right on. It is so clear that you care about your readers and other bloggers. You make an effort to continue to comment on other blogs, you always respond to emails, and I love how you are completely engaged in the comment discussions. I think it really sets you apart, and, as a reader, i appreciate it 🙂

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 8:57 am

      thank you so much 🙂

  • RhodeyGirl February 16, 2010, 8:52 am

    Might I ask a question?

    How do you decide what to eat in a day? Do you plan anything ahead of time, or do you just eat what you feel like eating in that moment? I plan my meals for the day every morning (it works for me), and I wonder what other healthy people do!

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 8:56 am

      i will answer this at lunch!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health February 16, 2010, 8:54 am

    Great questions and answers! Your blog is hands down one of my favorites because you address awesome issues and you are very “real”. I also think your food is pretty creative. I love that you put beans in wraps. I know that sounds crazy but I would have never thought of that!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 16, 2010, 8:55 am

    Great Q&A’s! Have a good morning!

  • Jamie February 16, 2010, 8:55 am

    Wow, thank you for taking the time (which I’m sure was a lot) to type out all of these answers! It’s so great to learn more about you and how you approach healthy living because it helps everyone else learn as well!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 16, 2010, 8:56 am

    I love reading these Q&As! Keep ’em comin!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 16, 2010, 9:01 am

    and I do have a question!

    How do you deal with “the crazies?” You know, the people who comment just to be rude or always seem to want to start drama? Do you warrant their comments with a response? kill them with kindness? lash back? I’ve only gotten a few haters, and I normally take the “kill them with kindness” appraoch, but I was wondering if you had any other tricks — being that I’m sure you receieve a lot more than me! (since your blog is more well known, NOT because you are deserving of mean comments!) ok i’m done talking 😉


    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 9:05 am

      I am going to answer this here because I feel like if I answered it in a post, the crazies would totally come out of the woodwork.

      I do not believe in the ‘kill them with kindness’ approach. I believe in the shut down and block approach. I don’t mind “disagreeing” comments AT ALL. In fact, they are fun and promote discussion.

      But if you say something that would make me want to slap you if you were standing in front of me, I delete the comment and block the IP address. I am a real person with real feelings, and this is MY BLOG. I don’t have to let comments stand that I feel are offensive or rude (like, “you’re a stupid bitch.”)

      Personally, I feel like this approach really reduces the number and frequency of negative comments I get because trolls know they 1) aren’t going to get a rise out of me and 2) they aren’t going to get attention from other readers because other readers probably wont see the comment!

      And really, negative comments do not impact me. I do think about them to see if there is truth in the comment (sometimes there is a grain of truth), but most of the time, it is just hostile and jealous BS.

      • Jess (Fit Chick in the City) February 16, 2010, 9:09 am

        Fantastic answer Caitlin! Thanks again for sharing your approach!

      • Katie (Sweet Tater) February 16, 2010, 9:14 am

        i support this troll tactic.

        best insult i have ever deleted: “you have jew hair.”

        who even SAYS that??

      • Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 16, 2010, 9:20 am

        i LOVE this approach — and i am stealing it — is that OK? 😉

        Not if only I could figure out HOW to block an IP address…

        I assume it’s an option in wordpress?

        • Jaime February 16, 2010, 9:49 am

          I love this approach. I too want to know how to block an IP!

        • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 9:50 am

          it’s an option in wordpress under the “discussion” panel. you can’t do it in blogger, which is one of the primary reasons i switched.

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 16, 2010, 9:06 am

    Love these questions! And I definetly agree that one of the reasons why you’re so successful is how much effort you out into replying – I’ve emailed you so many times about important and unimportant stuff and you’re so quick to get back, it’s really touching! I really appreciate it and I bet everyone else does too.
    I’m trying to do that with my blog now – reply to comments etc, cos it’s the personal touches that make a blog I reckon 😀
    How many hits do you get a day by the way?

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 9:06 am

      13,000 to 20,000

      freya, you have a great blog! keep it up!

      • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 16, 2010, 9:08 am

        WOW that’s HUGE!! Gosh! And you say yours ISN’T the biggest!!?? Wow, I’m even more in awe now!
        Awh thankyou 🙂 my dream is for it to get as good as yours, and I want it to inspire people eventually, like you have me 🙂

        • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 9:09 am

          thank you 🙂

          katheats, carrotsncake, eatliverun, and ohsheglows are all double the size of mine – INSANE!

        • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 16, 2010, 9:17 am

          well IMHO (& without meaning to sound like a crazy stalker :p) yours is my personal favourite!

  • Stacey February 16, 2010, 9:08 am

    These questions are so insightful 😀 You and your hubby are kind of like me and Jason–we have a ton of the same interests, but we our only bonding time is on the weekend, and we lead totally seperate lives from each other during the week. We live together, but we are both in school, so it is kind of like our weekends are our “reunion” time 😀

    I’m excited about you moving to Charlotte!

  • katherine February 16, 2010, 9:08 am

    Great answers to your questions! I really appreciate your honesty about the time and energy you’ve put into your blog and I hope it means you’ll be around for a long, long time!

  • Lacey February 16, 2010, 9:09 am

    i am enjoying the question-answer sessions 🙂

    Question: why do you drink rice milk? (why do you choose that over cow, almond, soy, or hemp for example?)

    and I wanted to throw out my thoughts on quitting workouts– i think if you start ending early, then you will be more likely to do it again and again. instead if you’re ending workouts early it might be because you need a different workout as a stepping stone to the one you’re trying to do but aren’t able to finish. run a mile less and speed up, instead. or run a couple less intervals and focus on quality of the ones you do. plan workouts you know will be challenging but aren’t unattainable. quitting is such a viscous (i think i botched that spelling oops) cycle and a confidence zapper!!!

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans February 16, 2010, 9:12 am

    Can’t wait to keep following you into the fit mommy blogger phase of your life!

  • Jill February 16, 2010, 9:13 am

    Thanks for answering my question! Great advice and I know I’ll slowly but surely break myself of this irksome problem.

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) February 16, 2010, 9:13 am

    I always love the Q&As 🙂
    And I agree with a lot of your answers

  • Jenny February 16, 2010, 9:15 am

    Reading both this post and your responses to the comments was so great! I love your outlook on things, you are very intellectually driven and rationally minded, but you also have a heart, and do let your emotions guide you to an appropriate degree. It’s a kind of self-awareness that most people have no idea exists 🙂

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 9:50 am

      thank you 😉

  • chandra h February 16, 2010, 9:16 am

    yours and Jenna’s blog are the food/fitness blogs I musssst read daily 🙂 I love the way you write and the little ‘glimpse’ into your life you give readers in each post. it’s like an inspiring reality TV show! (lol)

    oh & I read that when you wanted to have kids you would raise them as veggie. just wanted to say that my parents raised me as veggie and I love them for it! to this day i’ve never had meat and have always been in reasonable good health. not saying that all kids would be like me and show no interest in meat, but i was definitely satisfied with all of the creative alternatives my parents gave me to meat. my parents also made it known that it was my free choice whether or not to eat meat as I got older, but I loved animals and wanted to continue eating ‘cruelty-free.’

    best wishes! 🙂

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story February 16, 2010, 9:17 am

    My husband and I have a similar relationship, we don’t see each other much during the week, we have different work schedules. I feel like it makes our time together even more special because it’s so limited. It works for us too. 🙂

    Loving the Q&A. 🙂

  • skinnyrunner February 16, 2010, 9:19 am

    love all the questions and answers.
    your hubby and your dynamic sounds very similar to mine with my husband. we spent a lot of time apart and a lot of time together and it just works.

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run February 16, 2010, 9:19 am

    I really enjoyed reading all the questions and answers. My husband and I are the same way. We are busy during the week and do our own thing, but we always do fun things on the weekends. It works for us and nice to see that it works for other people too!

    I can’t wait to read more questions and answers later today!

  • Amanda February 16, 2010, 9:23 am

    Have heard or tried p90x? I have a couple of friends who have tried and say that it really works. Have you heard anything about it? Do you find it expensive to eat more organic, if so do have any tips on where to shop for inexpensive organic foods. And my final question is do you have any advice on how to train hard but for shorter periods of time. I am a full time nursing student, work part time at a hospital (usually two twelve & a half hour days) and have a 10 and a half month old daughter so time is valued at my place. Its hard to find time to workout, study, place with my daughter, focus on eating healthy oh and did I mention study some more! lol

  • MelissaNibbles February 16, 2010, 9:30 am

    Great answers Caitlin. Thank you.
    I have to agree with other bloggers that you set yourself apart because you engage with your readers and talk to us. I wish every blogger did that, but I understand it’s very time consuming. It just makes you more relatable. Love your blog!

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 9:53 am

      thanks – it is hard for bloggers to keep up with it, though. i think they would love to be more engaged, but its really time consuming and i have a job that allows me to be more involved.

  • Tiffany February 16, 2010, 9:40 am

    Oh I love all the Q&A’s going around! It really gives me insight into my favorite bloggers. 🙂 I felt I could relate to a number of these questions, as I am also a newbie blogger and work 2 jobs in addition to school full-time (trying to fit in workouts is tough!). Thanks for your answers!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) February 16, 2010, 9:56 am

    That was neat learning more about you, Caitlin. Your blog is def. in my top 3 favorites 😀

  • Andrea (canyoustayfordinner.com) February 16, 2010, 9:58 am

    Thanks for all the answers to questions. It’s really apparent that you continue to blog because you love it. I appreciate all of your time and energy, it’s a site I look forward to daily!

  • Marianne February 16, 2010, 10:08 am

    I was wondering where you got your knee sleeves? I’ve been training for a 1/2 marathon (my first!) and have definitely been having knee some knee problems. Just general pain in one or both knees during or after long runs. I have a knee brace, which seems to help, but was wondering what the knee sleeves are like?

  • whit @ whitinspired February 16, 2010, 10:09 am

    Thanks for all the answers! It really is awesome how honest and direct you are..it’s also pretty obvious that you care about the blog and put time and effort into making it something everyone wants to read!

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit February 16, 2010, 10:14 am

    I love how much you can learn from Q & A stuff. So fun! That is why I secretly love all of the surveys that sometimes go around by email…can’t help it, I love learning more about peeps!

    🙂 Enjoy your day! We are freezing in Boston..snow snow snow!

  • Leena February 16, 2010, 10:19 am

    thanks for such great answers. you really are an inspirational blogger, and i really appreciate how truthful and honest you are 🙂

  • cassie February 16, 2010, 10:26 am

    i truly do appreciate your blog.. it’s quite obvious the love and energy you put into it.. thanks for all the great advice and tips in your q&a…

  • Susan February 16, 2010, 10:31 am

    I love your blog-related answers. You can definitely tell that you put a lot of thought and effort into your posts, and I think that’s why yours is one of my favourite blogs to read! Successful blogs don’t happen by accident, it takes a lot of work on the blogger’s part to produce quality content for readers. There’s also that whole aspect of it being a total blast to write 😉

  • Marissa February 16, 2010, 10:34 am

    My husband and I plan to raise our kids veggie like you guys. We have the same thinking that if they eat a hot dog at a friend’s birthday party it won’t be a big deal.

  • Ashley @ Good Taste. Healthy Me February 16, 2010, 10:34 am

    I love your blog. You’ve done such an awesome job and your posts are so great!

  • Sophie @ yumventures February 16, 2010, 11:00 am

    Love the answers to all of your questions. You have some great insight and advice! I especially loved the comment about the time you and your husband spend together…a balance of alone and together time is always necessary =)

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 16, 2010, 11:05 am

    i really appreciate your answer about what you consider successful blogging. i think there are quite a few of us out there that aspire to have the kind of lifestyle you have (as in working from home, writing, blogging, etc), and are hoping to see that transformation in our lives. but i think the most important thing is being true to yourself on the blog and letting it take you where it will. thanks for your honesty!

  • Carolina John February 16, 2010, 11:23 am

    Great Q & A, caitlin. i really enjoyed it!

  • Catherine February 16, 2010, 11:34 am

    I’m really loving the Q&A – people are asking questions that I want to know too, but just haven’t posted yet! Just a question about becoming vegetarian – did you have to deal with any backlash and if so how do you respond when people say it’s silly/unhealthy/weird/fussy? My fiance’s family tends to turn their nose up at the fact that I became vegetarian and I never know how to handle it. I did so for health, ethical and environmental reasons, but I don’t like going into a whole discussion every time.

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 12:22 pm

      yup! i touched on this yesterday at lunch – i try not to really debate my eating decisions with other people… if they don’t like it, they don’t like it. dealing with in-laws is hard but how you handle this situation will probably set the tone for a lot of interactions with them – good luck (and get your husband to tell them to back off).

  • caronae February 16, 2010, 11:41 am

    Thanks for answering all those questions. It’s so interesting to learn about other bloggers lives!

  • Katerina February 16, 2010, 12:13 pm

    Very much enjoying these posts! Also, it is really great that you were willing to answer the traffic question. People seem to think it is like talking about money and that it shouldn’t be done! (Which I also think is dumb.. but whatever)

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 12:23 pm

      haha well i can understand about money! but anyone can know my traffic stats roughly by using a site like alexa.com. it’s not a secret!

      • Katerina February 16, 2010, 12:54 pm

        It is totally true! Which is why I think it is silly 🙂

  • Christine February 16, 2010, 12:16 pm

    I’m absolutely loving the question and answer! Another thing I love is your tweets on Twitter! They’re too entertaining & funny. How do you find so much time to tweet? Or do you do it from your phone?

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 12:23 pm

      AHHH i am the worst tweeter!!!! i’m sorry i flood your tweets with my tweets LOL

      i just keep twitter open at my computer and tweet all day. i dont own a good enough phone to tweet from it!

  • Lisa February 16, 2010, 12:16 pm

    it’s so great to read all your answers! Very interesting and helpful!

  • Betsy February 16, 2010, 12:26 pm

    about the last question you answered in your post – i love when you share playlists!!!! i find myself listening to the same workout mix and love to switch it up. please share new songs whenever you think of it! i love the variety!

  • Ellen February 16, 2010, 12:26 pm

    Love the blog–especially because you find a good balance. I always learn something, but it’s not too intimidating. More health/food bloggers could learn from that. Keep it up!


  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething February 16, 2010, 12:42 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to answer all of the questions.

    Your blog shows you care with every post!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 16, 2010, 12:53 pm

    I love this Q & A thing!! And great questions!

  • Jacqueline February 16, 2010, 1:06 pm

    Thank you for being so open & honest. I also love that you are so involved with your readers! 🙂
    I do have a question, where did you get your Garmin? Do you or any others readers know where I can find one for a good deal? Or maybe have a link to a promo code? I’ve been looking at amazon.com and that seems to be the best deal so far.
    Thank you again for all your help!

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 1:11 pm

      i have a garmin 305 and by far the best deal you’ll get is on amazon. however, im going to run a raffle this week or next for a garmin giveaway!!! maybe you should wait and enter that 🙂

      • Jacqueline February 16, 2010, 1:15 pm

        Awesome! I will do that. Thanks!

  • Kt F @ ThroughTheFinish February 16, 2010, 1:09 pm

    I am loving your Q & As! I’m trying to think of something I’ve been wondering for awhile, but of course now that this is going on, my mind is blank 😉

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) February 16, 2010, 1:10 pm

    I love that everyone is doing the Q&A’s I’m learning so much about everyone!

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 1:11 pm

      me too!

  • Juliene February 16, 2010, 1:15 pm

    Thanks for the answer to your question about feeling guilty when you overeat. I started a weight loss journey in July 2009 and have since lost almost 100 lbs. I was very strict in the beginning but now realize that I have to be more lenient to keep the weight off forever, this isn’t a diet but a lifestyle overhaul. However, there are days, like today for example(I ate KFC for lunch) where I will literally beat myself up until I am completely defeated. Learning to let go of those days and move on is a hard lesson and one I have yet to master. It is so much easier for my husband to just eat junk and feel no remorse so why do I let it ruin my day and my mood. I need to remember like you said, that one day will not completely derail me. So thank you for that

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 1:18 pm

      major congrats on your weight loss to date! i think especially when you have lost so much weight, you worry a lot about putting it back on and undoing all your hard work (just based on what others have told me). maybe look at your guilt like an overblown “security alarm.” your mind is trying to tell you not to slip back into the old habits, but its going totally overboard because you KNOW one meal isn’t going to ruin you. tell your alarm to calm down – you’re under control. hope that helps!

      • Juliene February 16, 2010, 1:36 pm

        Thanks Caitlin. It has definitely been a journey. You are absolutely right that when I have days like today my brain sends me LOUD alarms to stop what I am doing, because I do not ever want to go back to the weight I was. Sometimes I wish there were a guidebook to life in situations like these but no one ever said it would be easy, but it is definitely worth it. Thanks for continuing to be an inspiration.

  • rebecca lustig February 16, 2010, 1:22 pm

    You continue to be such a remarkable inspiration to myself and others. I’m glad you’re doing well–care to bring me to the grocery store with you?!

    p.s. I hope the book is coming along well! Any updates?
    p.p.s. Where in Pittsburgh did you get your dogs? I go to Pitt 😉

    Enjoy the day
    bec xo

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 16, 2010, 1:27 pm

    I love your view on your blog growth. I enjoy blogging and barely saw anything for the first few months. And now I have regular readers and get new readers sometimes too. I think I just enjoy thinking of new topics and that’s why I did it even when I only had 3 or 4 hits a day.

  • Melissa (Getting Fit If It Kills Me) February 16, 2010, 3:46 pm

    Can’t wait to see you become a “fitness mommy blogger”! (No pressure here…take your time!) 🙂

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 16, 2010, 7:28 pm

    I love the Q and A!!! I can’t wait to read when you are a fit mommy!!!!

    I wanted kids really bad when I first got married (5 years ago) and I found that the longer I waited, the more the desire started to ware off! I still want kids FOR SURE, but I find myself saying 1 more year, 1 more year …

  • Bonnie February 16, 2010, 9:33 pm

    I’ve heard that if you’re raised vegetarian and then eat meat later in life, you can get really sick. Now I’m not sure that it’s true, but I have gotten sick from eating meat after a long period of not eating meat.

    If that is really true, would you still raise your kids vegetarian? I’ve gone back and forth between the two, when it comes to my future children.

    • Caitlin February 16, 2010, 9:46 pm

      I have heard you can get ill from eating meat when you haven’t done it in a while, but I would argue that mere fact points to the fact that the human body is not naturally designed to eat animal proteins. 😉 just a thought!

      and no that would have no impact on whether i raise my kids veggies… i’m not going to give them something i do believe in just because they might want a burger one day!

      good question.

      • Bonnie February 16, 2010, 10:45 pm

        That’s a good point too.

        For me, I think about more if they accidentally eat something that has meat in it, (in a casserole, broth, etc.) would they get violently ill? But I’m paranoid, so I would want to raise my mostly vegetarian and occasionally prepare them organically raised meat… if i could stomach preparing it for them! ;]

        Also, I feel like I’d be forcing my views on them (how I felt about religion growing up) and I wouldn’t want to do that. I’d want them to want to be veggie, yknow?

  • Laura February 19, 2010, 8:22 pm

    “I blogged for a full year before I really felt like I saw significant growth in my hits, and the blog has doubled in size from August 2009 to February 2010.”

    Healthy Tipping Point had a tipping point! Or two!

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