Did you miss the Healthy Living Summit 2010 announcement?


It looks like a delicious bowl of oatmeal…


But, it tasted like soap!?


I didn’t put soap in it!


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


I ate it regardless of the soapy taste.  :)  No oatmeal left behind!


Operation Beautiful


Lots of fun stuff happening with Operation Beautiful!


The Lululemon store at Legacy Place in Dedham, Massachusetts has created an Operation Beautiful display in the front!  The store is having customers write themselves positive messages on post-its and then they are sticking the notes in the front window!




Also,  Coleen from The Biggest Loser Season 6 twittered about Operation Beautiful!  I thought she was AWESOME on the show and was really excited to see this!


Additionally, Operation Beautiful is one of the featured organizations for the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which takes place from February 21 to the 27th.  I am really honored that NEDA wants to include Operation Beautiful!  All notes e-mail to me (seebriderun@gmail.com) during NEDA Week will be sent to NEDA and placed on their website!

NEDA NEDAwareness

I am collecting stories about how positive self-talk and/or Operation Beautiful post-its have helped girls, women, and men recover from their eating disorder.  The stories will be included on Operation Beautiful during NEDA Week.  If you have a story (one paragraph or so) to share, please e-mail me it at seebriderun@gmail.com.  Please include your name (or state you want to be anonymous), age, location, and blog address (if you have one).


And last, but not least, I have a meeting today at the University of Central Florida.  I’m speaking on campus on February 24 in honor of NEDA Week.  I’m nervous but excited!  If you live in the area and want to come, stay tuned for details (it’s free!).


Whew!  🙂


Have a GREAT day!



  • megan February 11, 2010, 9:15 am

    Wow sounds like operation beautiful is doing some great things! It just shows how much the message of positivity is needed!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet February 11, 2010, 9:16 am

    So exciting! I’ve heard rumor that there is a lulu store possibly opening in Pittsburgh – we need to get it in there!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 11, 2010, 9:16 am

    How awesome! I love that a company like Lululemon is using their position to help spread such a great message. Good luck speaking today!!

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans February 11, 2010, 9:16 am

    That is so incredibly exciting Caitlin! Can you believe that you started this amazing thing?!

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 9:19 am

      NO! I never thought it would be its on blog or a book or even something people would talk about when I wrote that first little note! I was just trying to do something nice 🙂 It’s amazing what happens sometimes.

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 11, 2010, 9:17 am

    GREAT NEWS! This is so exciting, Caitlin! Congrats 😉

  • Kristen February 11, 2010, 9:17 am

    Congratulations Caitlin! Good luck preparing for your talk. I’m sure you’ll be fantastic!

    There is a “variation on the theme” of operation beautiful displayed at one of the Lululemon stores in Ottawa, ON Canada as well. I saw it last week but didn’t have my camera. I’m hoping it is still up this week and that I can go take a picture for you.

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 9:19 am

      Oh cool! I think they did something this summer, too. I wonder if its the same display! Get me a picture if you can! I would appreciate it so much!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 11, 2010, 9:18 am

    WOW! Operation Beautiful is really exploding! Mega congrats, lady!

  • Morgan February 11, 2010, 9:20 am

    Very exciting about NEDA! Congrats girl!

  • Lauren @ eater not a runner February 11, 2010, 9:21 am

    That is my favorite lululemon store, I’ll have to check it out next time I’m there!!

    Sorry about the soapy oatmeal!

  • Sammie February 11, 2010, 9:25 am

    I was at Legacy Place on Monday and saw that display. I was so elated for you when I saw it – you must be so proud. Congrats on being such a positive roll model for so many women. You started something really fabulous and I hope you get all the credit you deserve.

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 9:26 am

      thanks so much 🙂 I hope ALL the women who participate in OB get the credit they deserve – I just run the site! It couldn’t go on without all the awesome teenagers and women who post and send in notes!

  • Andrea (canyoustayfordinner.com) February 11, 2010, 9:25 am

    Congratulations! You’ve created something so unique and special and you deserve this kind of response for it!

  • Rachel February 11, 2010, 9:26 am

    I live so close to the lululemon store in Dedham, MA. I will check it out!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) February 11, 2010, 9:27 am

    So exciting about Operation Beautiful!

  • Stacey February 11, 2010, 9:28 am

    I am so proud of you! All the work you put into Operation Beautiful is awesome, and it is such a great thing that the message is spreading 😀 Good luck with your speech!

  • katherine February 11, 2010, 9:30 am

    Congrats on all the great exposure!! YOU DESERVE IT

  • Miriam February 11, 2010, 9:31 am

    Wow, this is a big deal! Congrat!! 🙂

  • RhodeyGirl February 11, 2010, 9:32 am

    Congratulations Caitlin!

  • Hedda February 11, 2010, 9:36 am

    That is wonderful, and you deserve it 🙂 I must say that you are such a wonderful person, and your work really brings some sunshine into other people lives.
    Operation Beautiful, as I have already said, helps me in my battle against anorexia. I feel like a much stronger and healthier person now, compared to just some months back. It is really great, I can finally picture myself living a “normal” life again, feeling proud of a body with some shape, haha.
    So- thank you, and good luck 🙂

  • kirsten February 11, 2010, 9:37 am

    Wow Caitlin!! That is so amazing! 🙂 Congratulations!!!

  • Melissa (Getting Fit If It Kills Me) February 11, 2010, 9:39 am

    Congrats on all the great news! Love that the store is posting all those notes and you’re movement is taking over Twitter! 🙂 Hope you’re feeling better now and you can get in some running. I know what you meant the other day when you said you were going crazy NOT being able to work out b/c you were sick. I feel the same way with my back sprain. Watching BL makes me want to get to the gym. Sick, huh? LOL! Keep up the great work; you’re an inspiration!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health February 11, 2010, 9:42 am

    Congrats on all of the exciting things happening for operation beautiful!

  • Jessie (Vegan-minded) February 11, 2010, 9:42 am

    So happy for you, Caitlin! The Lululemon store front is so cool! I wish I lived in Orlando so I could go to your speech, you will be great. 🙂

  • Shannan February 11, 2010, 9:44 am

    Hi Caitlin! I think you are an amazing woman and I admire all the great things that you do! I have my stack of Post-Its and will start Operation Beautiful at our CrossFit gym today by sticking the notes in their workout logs.

    Congratulations and thank you for being such an inspiration!

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 9:49 am

      yay! i love to post at the gym – i always do! send me pics if you can.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) February 11, 2010, 9:46 am

    Wow such exciting Operation Beautiful news! This is taking America by storm!
    How exciting/nerve-racking to speak at the university 😀

  • Carolyn February 11, 2010, 9:47 am

    You’re famous! 😉

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 9:48 am

      hahah no no definitely not.

  • Lauren February 11, 2010, 9:51 am

    YAAAY! I’m so happy operation beautiful has reached mass! That store is close to my hometown! 🙂

    I cannot wait until your book comes out!

  • Courtney February 11, 2010, 9:53 am

    Congrats on all the great feedback you are getting on Operation Beautiful!! Really exciting you can get some much exposure for it.
    adventures in tri-ing

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit February 11, 2010, 9:53 am

    You should feel so amazing about all of this Caitlin! There is a reason this is all happening…it only takes a small effort to change in a big way. Awesome!

    Congratulations! I am doing a post today on emotional eating and will definitely be referring to Operation Beautiful!

  • Keri February 11, 2010, 9:57 am

    Congratulations on so many amazing accomplishments! You inspire so many people, myself included 🙂

  • Nicole February 11, 2010, 9:57 am

    Congrats Caitlin!! Wow! You are really kicking ass with this! You’re awesome!!!
    I have to tell you that yours was the first blog I started reading over a year ago when I was down in the dumps and really needed some help and inspiration. You have really changed my life. I’m so glad that you’re getting the recognition you deserve 🙂

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 9:58 am

      thank you so much… i’m glad YOU change your life for the better!!

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story February 11, 2010, 9:58 am

    This is AMAZING! You are changing so many lives with Operation Beautiful! I don’t even know you and I am proud of you!

    Oatmeal that tasted like soap? I’d proud of you for pushing through that one too. Waste not, want not! 🙂

  • Jennifer February 11, 2010, 10:15 am

    I love Operation Beautiful! It’s on track to be a global version of “Pay It Forward”, so powerful.

  • Susan February 11, 2010, 10:22 am

    A-mazing. I can’t even describe how happy I am to see Operation Beautiful continuing to get bigger and take off 😀

  • Morgan February 11, 2010, 10:27 am

    I’m heading to Boston this weekend and hope to get to Legacy Place. can’t wait to put up a note and take lots of pictures!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 11, 2010, 10:28 am

    I’m going to be out by the Lululemon store soon and can’t wait to check it out.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople February 11, 2010, 10:33 am

    I saw that storefront at operationbeautiful.com it is truly awe-inspiring! I have even sent in my own post-its to OB.

    It is how I first heard of you and immediately became…obsessed? Now, I don’t think checking this blog and OB is actual obsession, but I do make sure to do it every single day so…? =)

  • Gracie February 11, 2010, 10:36 am

    So soapy taste – sometimes I get a box of blueberries that taste soapy. I don’t think it’s actual soap; I think some berries have that aftertaste. Yeah, I’m blaming the bluebs.

  • Sarah February 11, 2010, 10:37 am

    YAY! If you want to come to the UCF event, Join the Operation Beautiful at UCF Event on Facebook and Invite your friends!!!



  • kristy February 11, 2010, 10:37 am

    This makes me very happy – Spreading the word one smile at a time!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 11, 2010, 10:46 am

    that’s so amazing how far Operation Beautiful has gone and how many lives it’s touched. keep up the great work!

  • Leila February 11, 2010, 10:49 am

    Caitlin, make sure you take a moment and congratulate yourself. This is an amazing accomplishment to have started a movement that is capturing the nation.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 11, 2010, 10:51 am

    Wow, there’s so much exciting stuff going on with OB! Congrats girl! 😀 Strange about the soapy oats though… I added wayyy too much nutmeg to my oats this AM and had to redo.

  • Christina February 11, 2010, 10:53 am

    Way to go Caitlin! That is amazing. Congratulations!

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 11, 2010, 10:55 am

    Wow, Operation Beautiful is so famous, I never realised!! You must be very proud 😀 Good luck at the talk!

  • jenna February 11, 2010, 10:59 am

    omg i have been to that lulu lemon! that is so exciting 🙂
    good luck at the speech- you will do great!

  • Katharine February 11, 2010, 11:05 am

    Wow! Congrats on all the OB accomplishments! That is truly fantastic and you’ve earned it!

  • Sheri February 11, 2010, 11:09 am

    Congrats on on the great accomplishments you have had with OB! You starting something truly amazing…you should be so darn proud! 🙂

  • Retta @ RunRettaRun February 11, 2010, 11:10 am

    RAISE THE ROOF! Congrats and good luck on your speaking engagement today!

  • Kelly February 11, 2010, 11:12 am

    You are so inspiring! I swear you have so much going on and I am in total awe! You rock girl!

  • Grace February 11, 2010, 11:17 am

    (Were the blueberries from frozen? I find thawed blueberries eaten straight up to be less than pleasant tasting.)

    That’s great news on Operation Beautiful. It makes me very happy that positive body image is spreading. Keep up the great work. Young girls and woman need to hear more of this kind of stuff.

  • Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) February 11, 2010, 11:21 am

    I’m so happy Operation Beautiful has been so successful! I’m excited for your personal success, and also that the wonderful message of self acceptance is being spread! 😀

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) February 11, 2010, 11:27 am

    Wow Caitlin – a BIG BIG BIG congratulations to you!! What an amazing movement to have started – you ROCK!

  • Julie February 11, 2010, 11:57 am

    Congrats on all of your success!!!!

  • Lara (Thinspired) February 11, 2010, 11:57 am

    Wow! It is so awesome to see OB making it big! I am honestly so thrilled for you, Caitlin!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries February 11, 2010, 11:57 am

    omg! that just made me love lulu SO much more!

  • Joane February 11, 2010, 12:02 pm

    Congrats! Those are really big accomplishments!!

  • skinnyrunner February 11, 2010, 12:07 pm

    congrats on the success of OB! its huge!

  • Ashley February 11, 2010, 12:11 pm

    That same spoon is sitting in my empty bowl of oats this AM 😉 That is absolutely amazing about the OB happenings. WOW! As far as the soap….that is weird…I thought my canned sweet potato tasted soapy…could it have been some weird residue on the blueberries? StrangE!

  • Kt F @ ThroughTheFinish February 11, 2010, 12:15 pm

    Congrats, Caitlin! What a way to prove the “be the change you wish to see in the world” quote! You’re doing exactly that. Good luck with your meeting today!

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething February 11, 2010, 12:33 pm

    You are promoting such postive change! Thank you!

  • Anne P February 11, 2010, 12:33 pm

    That is so awesome, girl. Good for you!! 🙂

  • Katherine February 11, 2010, 12:40 pm

    Wow! Congrats on all the operation beautiful success so far!! It is such an awesome idea that deserves all of the recognition it receives.

    I have a friend who swears that blueberries taste like soap to him…I thought he was crazy but maybe he’s on to something??

  • Maureen February 11, 2010, 12:44 pm

    Congratulations on all of that exciting Operation Beautiful news!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 11, 2010, 12:51 pm

    That is SO exciting!! Congrats girl!!

  • Whit @ whitinspired.wordpress.com February 11, 2010, 1:02 pm

    That is too freaking cool…you have to be so excited. Life is so amazing sometimes!

  • Jenn (www.j3nn.net) February 11, 2010, 1:06 pm

    Love what that store did, how cool is THAT? 😀


  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 11, 2010, 1:25 pm

    You must feel FAMOUS! You must be so proud to see your invention, OB, get so BIG – congrats!

  • Annie February 11, 2010, 1:40 pm

    Your success is astounding! Reading this post makes me so happy.

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) February 11, 2010, 2:06 pm

    Congratulations on everything, Caitlin — I’m so excited for you!! 😀 Can’t wait to get the book the second it comes out!

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) February 11, 2010, 2:11 pm

    Congrats Caitlin! You are amazing girl!

  • Jenn @ Watch My Butt Shrink! February 11, 2010, 2:14 pm

    Wow, what a huge movement you started!!! Amazing!
    Did you check the expiration date on your flax? That could be why your oats tasted like soap – flax goes rancid and can taste funny when it goes bad…

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 2:25 pm

      ew! i dont think it was that. i hope not!!!

  • Megan February 11, 2010, 2:18 pm

    Congrats Caitlin!! You are an inspiration!!

    P.S. in regard to healthy living summit 2010… if you do have it in early August, in Chicago, don’t forget the Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon is going on!! you know you want to run in Chi-Town!

    • caitlin February 11, 2010, 2:25 pm


  • Janie February 11, 2010, 2:38 pm

    The Lululemon store front display is totally awesome!!! 🙂

  • betsy February 11, 2010, 3:13 pm

    yay Dedham, Mass!

    (I’m from around there!)

  • Run Sarah February 11, 2010, 4:05 pm

    Wow, how awesome! Especially love the Lulu display!

  • Lauren February 11, 2010, 4:18 pm

    I work in Dedham, MA! Caitlin, that is seriously great news! Legacy Place is brand new and is always crowded with mobs of people. A very trendy outdoor mall. And Lululemon is in a great location in this outdoor mall–everyone can see the front facade (they also give free yoga classes on Sundays which I hear are enormously popular). That is HUGE for you. Congrats!

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year) February 11, 2010, 6:22 pm

    Caitlin, good for you with all of this! I can’t believe how far Operation Beautiful has come, but I know it’s going to go even further. I love the Lululemon display!!


  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN February 11, 2010, 7:43 pm

    WOW! Operation Beautiful in Lululemon? Can you believe it?! What an accomplishment… keep up the great work! You already have and continue to change so many lives. 😀 YOU ROCK!

  • ari February 11, 2010, 7:53 pm

    damn girl! look at all this good you’re doing for the world! you’re awesome; such a roll model. i wish i could see you speak at UCF! i’m all the way in tallahassee at FSU =/ maybe you’ll come here next!!!

  • Alicia February 11, 2010, 9:16 pm

    I love the Lululemon store front. Last time I was at the Cleveland showroom, I was telling the workers all about Operation Beautiful. In fact, they jumped on their office computer right then and there to check it out! Congrats on all your success!

    I hope I can make it to the Healthy Living Summit in Chicago this summer. I look forward to seeing updates on it!

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