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Good morning! 


(Obviously, I’m not in Florida! I’m in Tennessee for the week working/visiting my mom.)


I woke up hoping the snow would be melted, but not yet!  🙂


A wonderful breakfast to warm me up:


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings:  cinnamon, pecans, and Southern fried green apples


The Southern fried green apples (which are made from Granny Smith apples, butter, brown sugar, water, and cinnamon) totally made this oatmeal!  I thought I had died and gone to toppings heaven!


Cockadoodle dooooo!


Funny story about this oatmeal:  My mom saw me pouring in rice milk and freaked out. “Ew! What is that? I don’t want oatmeal anymore, I’ll make myself toast.  I don’t like the idea of rice milk. Ewwww!”  And I said, “Just TRY it!”  Guess what?  She happily ate half the bowl before she remembered it was rice milk, not regular milk.  Ah hahaha! 


To Do’s:


  • Take my uncle to the doctor’s
  • Write freelance article
  • Visit my mom at her work
  • Get temporary guest pass for neighborhood gym and workout


Question:  When you’re away from home/on vacation, what is your philosophy on working out?  I follow the “3 Day Rule.”  If the vacation is longer than 3 days (i.e. more than a weekend away), I will usually work out on my normal schedule.  If the vacation is a short trip, I won’t. 



  • Jenna February 1, 2010, 8:46 am

    How long are you there for?!
    Have a great day 🙂

    • caitlin February 1, 2010, 8:53 am

      one whole week!! yayyy!

  • Guen February 1, 2010, 8:47 am

    It depends on the purpose and location of the vacation/trip. On vacations physical activities are built into the itinerary most of the time and walking around is obligatory. On a trip for work, if the schedule allows for it, I like to take a walk just to check out the place I’m visiting. It makes it feel like I’m personally getting something out of it.

  • megan February 1, 2010, 8:48 am

    for working out on vacation, I think it depends on what the trip is. At the beach, it’s certainly no hardship to go for long walks on the beach in the morning 🙂 if i’m just going to visit my parents for the weekend, I love to use their Y. For me it really just depends on if I want to or not, haha or how much I’m eating!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet February 1, 2010, 8:48 am

    I usually do some kind of activity on vacation, but we are normally pretty active, so it may not be working out in an actual gym. 🙂

  • February 1, 2010, 8:50 am

    I try to work out even if it is just a short run. Anything to clear out the cobwebs! I love all your cute spoons!

  • lindsay February 1, 2010, 8:52 am

    If we are at a hotel with a workout room or pool I always make an effort to jump on a machine or into the pool for at least 30minutes (usually in the morning). It keeps me on track and I feel better about the day especially if we are in a city with great food that adds more calories to my day. If we are not at a hotel with a workout room or pool I make an extra effort to walk as much as possible to get to our destinations.

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) February 1, 2010, 8:55 am

    Haha my parents are also a little apprehensice about my “milk.” I got my little brother to try coconut milk though…
    I try to work-out as much as I can while traveling!

  • Ashley February 1, 2010, 8:56 am

    I work out when I go to the beach–running on the treadmill in addition to walking several miles along the beach. I was very disappointed when there was no place to jog at the cabin we stayed at last year for my brother’s wedding, but the cabin came with kayaks, so I went kayaking instead. I try to always find a way to do something active on vacation, especially since no one else in my family is active.

  • Freya @ February 1, 2010, 8:56 am

    It’s been so long since I’ve been on holiday I can’t remember…in fact, I haven’t been away since I started to enjoy workout out! It’s been years 🙁 I like your 3 day rule though. But like others said, I’m normally active anyway, so it would balance out 🙂
    Have a great day!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries February 1, 2010, 8:57 am

    My host-mom in Spain used to make me “Southern-fried green apples!” Hahahah. They’re amaaaazing

  • Matt February 1, 2010, 8:59 am

    I run everyday regardless of where I am!

  • Melissa February 1, 2010, 9:00 am

    Its SO funny to me that people think milk-substitutes are gross. I totally drink milk, but seriously, it comes from a cow, whereas rice milk or almond milk just seems so much more natural to me! I’m living at home right now and its so funny how my parents look at the almond milk! I guess since its so foreign to them, having been raised on milk, but come onn. If it were the opposite, and milk was just recently introduced, how much more grossed out would people be from the source of milk compared to the vegetarian options?! So funny. Happy your mom liked it!!!

  • Heather February 1, 2010, 9:02 am

    Running is always my go-to workout, however I can’t do that everyday if I’m gone for a while. I typically choose hotels with fitness centers. If I’m visiting home my dad will hook me up with guest passes to him gym. Not working out over vacation is a good excuse, however I feel like crap if I don’t get my workouts in consistently!

  • Paige February 1, 2010, 9:02 am

    I try to get in at least a 30 minute workout every day. I do take one rest day per week. If I know I won’t be able to work out during a day of vacation, I make sure that my “rest” day is saved for the occasion. Have fun in TN! I’m not too far away (Chattanooga).

  • Di February 1, 2010, 9:04 am

    I’m going on vacation on Saturday for 8 days. I’m hoping to work out at least 3 days while I’m gone. I usually work out every morning before work (Mon-Fri) so it’ll be a decrease in the number of days, but it’d still be something…usually I don’t work out on vacation at all.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite February 1, 2010, 9:04 am

    Those apples look incredible!

    When away from home, I just try to get something in. Running is normally what I do.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 1, 2010, 9:04 am

    Beautiful Tennessee sunrise!!! Not to be confused with tequila sunrise 😉

  • Teacherwoman February 1, 2010, 9:06 am

    I try not to let myself go more than 2 days with working out when on a trip. So, I try to workout hard the morning I leave, if at all possible, and then when I return a few days later (if it’s not too late).

  • Ellen Collis February 1, 2010, 9:07 am

    I usually try to work out almost always when I’m out of town…even a long weekend. That usually isn’t so hard—it’s MUCH tougher for me to stay on track with my eating when I’m off my usual routine. I know I should let myself loosen up a bit and enjoy the trip, but sometimes I take that to another level and end up gaining a noticeable amount of weight in a short period of time, which totally isn’t cool. UGH!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 1, 2010, 9:09 am

    That is funny about the rice milk. I’ve never tried rice milk but I’ve been wanting to expand my “milk horizons,” if you will, beyond cow’s milk.

    Honestly, i’ve never worked out on vacation. Sad fact but true. I always have the best intentions… oh well. There’s always next time.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 1, 2010, 9:09 am

    it’s great to workout away from home, but since it can be so hard to sometimes, I really try to walk everywhere I can and do simple strength training – lunges, squats, crunches, pushups, etc – a little every day 🙂

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans February 1, 2010, 9:10 am

    I try to do my best to get at least a few workouts in. I try to be flexible and understand that I might not be able to workout quite as much as I am used to! I do check in to running routes and gym passes before I go!

  • Karla February 1, 2010, 9:15 am

    I agree with the short vacay work out rule of thumb. On a weekend trip, I’m okay without exercising because usually trips involve a fair amount of walking. Longer than that though I try to get a work out in there!
    Love the spoon!!

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 1, 2010, 9:16 am

    When I’m on vacation, I ALWAYS try to work out. But if it can’t happen, it can’t happen. I work out 6 days a week usually, so a few days off can’t hurt.

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner February 1, 2010, 9:16 am

    I like the 3 day rule! I usually work out less than normal but try to get a few workouts in.

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 1, 2010, 9:18 am

    LOVE the lil rooster spoon! too cute 😉 Have fun with your mama!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) February 1, 2010, 9:23 am

    Ooh, fun day 😀 That’s awesome that you’re able to do this.
    I typically follow my usual workout schedule if it’s not too much of an inconvenience. Especially if I’m training for something.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 1, 2010, 9:31 am

    I see what my schedule allows and adjust for it. For example, usually I’m really active when I travel. Like in Costa Rica last month, I spent most of the day hiking and doing activities so there was no need (or desire!) or a “real” workout.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 1, 2010, 9:36 am

    I follow the same pattern…3 days vacation? Skip it. Longer? Workout. Of course it totally depends on where I am too. If it’s a place that has an awesome running path, I’ll run out of sheer enjoy. It’s always fun scouting new places and new running trails. 😀

    Love that you were able to share a lil’ rice milk with your mom. 😀 I have my mom hooked on soymilk in her coffee.

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances February 1, 2010, 9:37 am

    I love that you are in TN!!! I live in Nashville… If you happen to drive through, perhaps you could arrange a blogger meet-up :D… Just a thought. As far as vacation workouts go, I try to fit in some sort of activity but I try not to stress about it – vacations are for relaxing!

    • caitlin February 1, 2010, 9:39 am

      aww i wont be near nashville at all 🙁 too bad!

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 1, 2010, 9:44 am

    Pretty much the same theory- If it’s just a couple days, I’ll bring my sneakers and maybe go on a run but I don’t worry about it. If I was gone a week, I try to make a plan for something. Have a nice week with your mom!

  • Jamie February 1, 2010, 9:45 am

    I agree that it is nice to take a break on vacation, but I still like to sweat everyday! Although I might not take my normal allotted time to work out, I still try to go for a quick run or walk while on vacation!

  • Samantha February 1, 2010, 9:49 am

    It really depends on where I am going. I don’t take many vacations; usually only one over Labor Day weekend. We stay at my BF’s grandma’s house and spend the entire time relaxing on her deck. Sometimes I run by myself, but normally we all take a walk in the evening to get the blood flowing.

  • Rose February 1, 2010, 9:50 am

    I always say I’m going to work out at a local gym, but I rarely do – so I try and fit in exercise in ordinary ways like extra walking or helping out with some strenuous lifting, what have you.

  • Heather (The Single Dish) February 1, 2010, 10:14 am

    If I am gone for just a weekend, I won’t work out. But longer than that I try to do as much walking as I can and hit up a gym if possible.

  • Julie @SavvyEats February 1, 2010, 10:18 am

    If it is just a weekend trip, I don’t typically worry about getting a workout in, though I will usually at least do some push-ups and ab work.

    Any longer than that, and I try to find some way to work out!

  • Sara @ ActiveGal February 1, 2010, 10:21 am

    If it is short couple day trip I don’t worry about it. If it is anything longer than that I try to find a gym or run several days throughout the week.

  • skinnyrunner February 1, 2010, 10:26 am

    i try to workout daily on vacay bc i know ill be eating more!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 1, 2010, 10:36 am

    I follow pretty much the same philosophy as you–especially if I’m visiting family I don’t get to see much-then I try to work out if it’s something I can do with them so I don’t miss any visiting time!

  • PippaPatchwork February 1, 2010, 10:42 am

    I’m sort of compulsive about my exercise so I normally try to never miss a beat–but I like your philosophy! I think that for a shorter trip, it’s OK to take a bit of a break BUT at the same time, working out in different locations can be fun, especially if it means running a new route.

  • Abby February 1, 2010, 10:45 am

    Those apples look good! I work out on vacation if I can..if it’s inconvenient then I don’t sweat it. It’s vacation, after all!

  • Rachel @ Working Out Wellness February 1, 2010, 10:46 am

    I like the 3 day rule! Honestly, I haven’t been on very many long vacations, but I would hope that I would keep up some sort of exercise even if it was an abbreviated schedule.

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama February 1, 2010, 11:14 am

    I try to fit it in when and if I can. Sometimes it’s hard while other times it’s easy – I let my body and mind relax and just go with the flow.
    Enjoy your day!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion February 1, 2010, 11:21 am

    HAHAHA! I love when people get grossed out and they try things and end up liking them 🙂 I try to get in my workouts if I can on vacation. It makes me 🙂

  • Amber K February 1, 2010, 11:25 am

    I try to either get in a lot of walking on vacation or just relax. I don’t ever go on trips that aren’t longer than two days, so I don’t worry as much as I should. I know I end up eating more on vacation!

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health February 1, 2010, 11:47 am

    I generally try to do at least a little bit of exercise when I’m on vacation, but I don’t kill myself to stick 100% to my normal routine. It also depends on how much I’ll be indulging in food. Like, if I’m eating dessert every single night, I’ll try to get a decent workout the next morning to balance it out. This is still I’ve been thinking about lately, actually, since I’m going on a trip to Mexico in March 🙂

  • Julie February 1, 2010, 11:53 am

    That’s a good rule, and I pretty much do the same thing. I’m on the fence about exercise at fitbloggin…I may or may not avoid the hotel gym. I’m up for group run runs though!

    • caitlin February 1, 2010, 2:46 pm

      yay we can run together!

  • Veronica February 1, 2010, 12:06 pm

    I try to work out on vacation….I feel a lot better if I can at least get a short run in.

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self February 1, 2010, 12:16 pm

    I know you’ve posted before about your decision to use milks other than cow’s, but I’m curious as to why you choose rice milk over soy or almond milk. Is it a taste thing? I ask because just last night I was reading in Runner’s World that rice milk has significantly less protein than soymilk.

    • caitlin February 1, 2010, 2:47 pm

      I don’t like soy milk because I try to limit how much soy I eat (it’s been linked to breast cancer, although loosely). I like almond milk just as much as rice and swap them out occasionally.

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life February 1, 2010, 12:21 pm

    Hope you’re having a great time!

  • Jessica @ Fit Chick Wannabe February 1, 2010, 12:32 pm

    I know you probably have been asked this a million times, but why do you use those tiny spoons? Is it just a preference? Does it help you eat less? They are so cute!

    • caitlin February 1, 2010, 2:48 pm

      little spoons help me eat SLOWER, which is a good thing because i tend to wolf down food. i enjoy it more when i use a little spoon.

  • Caitlin February 1, 2010, 12:39 pm

    aww your mom’s reaction is priceless!

  • Kelly February 1, 2010, 12:41 pm

    Even on vacation I try my best to stick to my workout routine…if I don’t then I always feel “eh” when I get home.

  • Nicci@NiftyEats February 1, 2010, 12:41 pm

    Three day vacay, I may not workout. If it’s longer I like too get in a workout at the hotle or wherever I’ll be staying.

  • kate February 1, 2010, 12:50 pm

    love the 3 day rule – most of my vacas are longer than 3 days. i dont know if thats good or bad in this case!

  • Tay February 1, 2010, 12:52 pm

    LOL oh mothers. I keep trying to get my family to try different foods. My brother wouldn’t even eat almond milk with his cereal, when you can’t even really taste it. Crazy folks!
    I used to always try and workout everyday (maybe give myself 1 day off) on vacation, but that was in my obsessive stage. Now I’d obviously be fine taking some days off.

  • Kelly February 1, 2010, 1:24 pm

    Since I’m an early bird I’m usually up way before anyone else even rolls over. So no matter if it’s a week long vacation to Disney (March) or a long weekend motorcycle trip (July) I workout every day. I try to make sure the hotels have a gym. But when we are riding we will stop at local Motels that are cheap. I always have my gym shoes so I can walk a few miles before everyone is up and ready to roll. Enjoy the time with your Mom.

  • Jenny February 1, 2010, 1:40 pm

    I had to laugh at the rice milk anecdote because I can’t tell you how many times my mom has said things like, “I just don’t eat the way you do” when turning down my offer of food i’ve cooked. I’m like, “What? healthy?” She has yet to try something i’ve made and spit it out. Moms!

    Have an awesome time, and on a side note, our family dog is short haired and wears jackets to go outside, too! My mom actually made her one and it’s got a hood- it looks like a boxing robe. Absolutely ridiculous!

  • Karen February 1, 2010, 1:45 pm

    I am with you on the fried apples & oatmeal! oh my it is good! we had some leftover after Christmas.

  • Krista February 1, 2010, 1:47 pm

    The TN mountains are beautiful! It looks like you are going to have a much needed relaxing vacation. When I’m away I generally try and find time to exercise when I can, but try not to stress out about it. When I was visiting my parents over Christmas (about 9 days), I did formal exercise every other day and then spent time walking with my mom or running around with the dogs (there were 5 total) the other days. It just depends on what the “vacation” is and what is going on!

  • Lauren @Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful February 1, 2010, 2:13 pm

    That is so nice you went to visit your mom. I’m sure she loves having you there. When I travel I generally have a packed schedule so I usually don’t make time to exercise, but I guess I need to make that happen! 😉

  • Melissa (Getting Fit If It Kills Me) February 1, 2010, 3:55 pm

    Where were you in Tennessee? We just moved here to Maryville, near the Smokies, and love it when it snows – of course, we moved here from Minnesota, so when they close schools we just laugh. Your oatmeal looks to die for. Gotta get me some of that! I use soy milk for my oatmeal but I’ll try the Rice milk next time.

    • caitlin February 1, 2010, 3:56 pm

      we’re in powell! close to maryville i think!

      • Melissa (Getting Fit If It Kills Me) February 1, 2010, 4:39 pm

        Powell’s a little north of Knoxville, and we’re down near the airport south of Knoxville. Hope you enjoy your time here! The Rush is a great gym here, it’s the one I joined on my quest to get “fit” and then sprained my back at Yoga. lol!

  • Jacquie @ SweetestThingDC February 1, 2010, 3:57 pm

    I try to exercise on vacation, but it’s usually more informal like walking around a city or playing outside with my cousins.
    It’s funny you said how good the apples were on top of your oatmeal. I made oatmeal this morning too and made soft and warmed apples which i absolutely loved. I also added a little apple butter and apple sauce to my oatmeal so it was triple apple-y! YUM!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 1, 2010, 6:17 pm

    If I’m going to be gone for more than 2 days I plan for workouts even if its just yoga.

  • Alison February 1, 2010, 6:42 pm

    I LOVE working out during vacations! Pretty much the whole world has better weather than we do, so that’s rarely a concern. It’s so awesome to explore a new city by jogging or biking through it. I hardly miss a workout on vacation. It totally revitalizes me.

  • Jolene ( February 1, 2010, 7:32 pm

    To be honest – I don’t work out on vacation at all. I never gain weight on vacation, I eat in moderation and do a LOT of walking.

  • Jenny February 1, 2010, 8:33 pm

    I really like your “3 day” philosophy for trips. Going out of town has been an area that triggers a lot of anxiety for me, because I love my routine so much. I like staying in hotels with gyms and will try to stick to my normal schedule if possible, just because it keeps some sort of “structure” to my days and I won’t go crazy. But it’s also nice to be able to “let go” of it all for short weekend getaways 🙂

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) February 2, 2010, 8:23 am

    I use to NOT work out during vacations until I realized I ate dessert at EVERY meal…don’t judge. Now if I’m not walking 6 miles a day sight seeings (like in san fran or nyc) I will try to at least do 30 min at the gym!

  • Heather February 2, 2010, 9:42 am

    Caitlin… Can you get any open water experience before the triathlon? As a long distance, open-water swimmer… I will say give it your best shot getting in some real water before the event. I still get shaken up sometimes in events… and I’ve been doing it for 10 years!

    • caitlin February 2, 2010, 9:51 am

      good advice and YES i will def be doing an open water swim or two beforehand.

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