Why I am always running late?!


I had to inhale this delicious lunch because I’m totally going to be late.  I’m picking up Megan and we’re going on an Girlfriend Getaway date.  Super excited!


I made a whole wheat English muffin sammie with hummus and jarred artichokes.  I love how artichokes mimic the texture of meat (in a good way).


And a microwaved sweet potato:


And of course, my Green Monster.  I’m LOVING the energy these GM’s are giving me lately.


My GM contained 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 a banana, and 2 cups of raw spinach.  And no, you cannot taste the spinach.  I  promise!


Kid-Friendly Food


Megan made my mini quiches for her family the other night.   She wrote, “Just wanted to let you know that I tried your idea/recipe for little quiches tonight and they were a big hit!  I put broccoli in some, mushrooms in some and left a few with egg and cheese only (for the picky ones).  We had them with tomatoes, bread and little sausage patties- breakfast for dinner!  My husband and I have 4 kids with #5 on the way, so finding something to satisfy everyone is a challenge.  We did it tonight, though.”



How cute is that?  I love kids.


Follow Up on Loving a Smoker Topic


Yesterday’s post on loving a smoker sure produced interesting comments!  I love the discussion!


I also linked to a previous post I did from “A Worried Fiancée,” who was concerned about her overweight husband’s eating and lifestyle choices.  You can read the original post and the accompanying comments here – I highly recommend it!


A Worried Fiancée wrote me an email after seeing the smoker post to say:


I’ve often thought about giving you (and your readers, if they’re interested) an update on my fiancé but haven’t because I was kind of waiting until I could say something like, "He now runs 10 miles at a time and has lost 50 pounds." which has not happened yet!  However, he has been making small changes in 2010 that I’m proud of him for doing so.  He’s cut out a lot of fast food (I think!), he definitely drinks less alcohol and he’s on Week 3 of the Couch to 5K plan.  He’s recently committed to going to the gym three days a week which I think is a great start.  We’ve also talked about running a 5K together in the next couple months.  


Some of the comments on the post really hit the nail on the head.  I had already tried to influence him through my actions (I’m a runner and eat pretty healthy), not keep junk in the house, etc, but I think that he needed to want to do it for himself before he really started to make changes.  So, we’ll see how it goes.  Hopefully one day I will send get to send you an email saying he’s lost all the weight and is in super shape!


A Worried Fiancée’s remarks got me thinking about how we can influence the people we love to make better choices.  So, I want to know:  Have you influenced anyone in your life to be healthier? Did someone influence you?



  • Liz March 12, 2010, 12:48 pm

    Recently I spent a weekend with a friend from college who really wants to lose weight. She asked me tons of questions about how I lost/maintained and a few days later she emailed me asking for recipes and how to order at restaurants. So hopefully I have influenced her to be healthier!
    Lots of people have influenced me…fellow runners, healthy living blogs, friends and family.

    Also those quiches look delicious!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 12, 2010, 12:50 pm

    Yay for the fiance!!!! That is fantastic!!! And I think she is exactly right, you can preach to someone about their unhealthy habits until you are blue in the face but until they WANT to change, it will do no good.

    I have inspired my family to eat healthier and exercise AND a friend to stop smoking!!! And all I did was go about my own business and they saw how much my healthy habits affected me in positive ways and so they decided to improve their lifestyles.

    Adorable child!!!!!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) March 12, 2010, 12:50 pm

    It’s funny that you brought up the meaty texture of artichokes, because now that you mention it, artichokes really do have that chewy texture. Mmm..I had some on a salad recently at a restaurant, and they were so yummy. I need to try this sandwich combo. 😀

    Influencing others can be tricky! I find that oftentimes the best way to “persuade” people is by living out the lifestyle. People don’t like to be told what to do, but living by example can truly speak volumes.

  • Tracie @hollafoodzone March 12, 2010, 12:53 pm

    I think one thing that can work (although not for everyone) is to just teach by example. My family doesn’t eat that badly, but they eat a lot differently than I do. In the 7 months since I have gone vegetarian (now slowly making the move to vegan), I have noticed a lot of little changes they have made with no problem. If I had forced this change when I was making my food changes, it would have seemed radical. But they are now used to how I eat, used to seeing agave in the cupboards, soy and rice mile in the fridge, and mason jars full of odd seeds and powders. These items are no longer foreign to them, and that has taken the scare or “freak” factor away too. I now only use whole wheat flour in baked goods and pizzas, and no one complains or says a word. Lately, if they are eating take-out pizza, or top ramen, they ask if I’ll be making some veggies to go with. The last time we had burgers, they wanted salad instead of fries. Daughter is getting into a little of my health literature. They are small changes, and they were not forced. So I’m keeping my mouth shut and hoping for more.

  • Michele March 12, 2010, 12:58 pm

    I think the best thing we can do is lead by example. No one likes someone to hound you about making changes. Since I’ve made some superhealthy changes in my life, my brother is now doing many of the same things (he can’t get into the idea of green monsters though — not yet!) and even training for a September marathon.

    Someone very trusted tells me that every action we take has ripple effects on others like when you drop a stone in a pond. That’s why it’s important to do the right thing and trust that it will benefit us and others.

  • jessica g March 12, 2010, 1:00 pm

    i dont’ have a blog, and therefore post my fitness updates and delicious meals on facebook. by announcing that i’m going to participate in a race, it forces me to actually work towards it as i know people will be counting on an update. through this, i have received comments from people i haven’t seen in years. they’ve told me that through my comments i’m motivating them to take a healthier lifestyle. 3 of these people have just signed up for their first 5K and i’m so proud! hearing their thanks then in turn motivates me even more and they become my source of inspiration. its a contagious circle and i’m glad i’m stuck in it. 🙂

    • Caitlin March 12, 2010, 4:18 pm

      thanks awesome!!!!

  • Kelly March 12, 2010, 1:01 pm

    I find artichokes to be too salty when eaten plain (ie not in spinach and artichoke dip haha). Umm my bf recently started running and working out more after realizing how obsessed I am. And he’s been cooking more.

  • Kim March 12, 2010, 1:02 pm

    I’ve definitely influenced my husband to be healthier. He used to subsist on fast food and drink tons of soda. The soda stuck around for a while, in diet version. He just recently switched to iced tea (unsweetened). I’m so proud. I overheard him the other day talking with someone about why high fructose corn syrup is bad. I almost shed a tear. Ha. He still eats a ton of cookies, but I’ve realized that he makes healthier choices just by being around me. I don’t have to say anything. He’s said in the past that he’s realized that being unhealthy just wouldn’t work for us as a couple.

    PS I have those mini quiches in my “recipes to try” pile. They look so good!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet March 12, 2010, 1:02 pm

    My hubby and I were both active and into fitness when we met, but I think we help to keep each other on track – we always know the other one is in pretty good shape!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 12, 2010, 1:03 pm

    My parents influenced me to be active just by example. But it’s true that you’ll never get fit unless YOU want to do it.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 12, 2010, 1:03 pm

    I’ve been looking for additions to my hummus sammies, and artichokes sound like just the thing!! I’ve definitely influenced both my parents to be healthier. They’ve cut way back on their meat intake!

  • Graze With Me March 12, 2010, 1:04 pm

    The timing of this post is perfect! I just wrote about how I’ve helped my husband get healthier in a post I wrote this morning.

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story March 12, 2010, 1:05 pm

    Actually I have, several of my friends are running now and asking for my advice on food substitutions to lower calories. It’s been great, it gives me motivation to stay on track and makes me feel good that my friends want to take care of themselves. 🙂

  • Christie @ Honoring Health March 12, 2010, 1:07 pm

    I JUST tweeted you a few minutes ago about adding the artichokes, so funny you posted about it again! Great tip, I love it!

    I have influenced my husband to clean up his eating habits and he influences me to exercise more. 😀

    • Caitlin March 12, 2010, 4:19 pm

      hehe your tweet influenced my lunch, actually.

  • Kate March 12, 2010, 1:08 pm

    I have a serious boyfriend and he is seriously overweight. I think the key to bringing up the topic of change to someone you care about is to just be completely genuine yet straightforward about it. One night I brought up the topic of his overweight-ness to him and told him I just love him too much that I want him to be around for as long as possible. To my surprise (he’s a manly man) he actually CRIED! He mentioned how his mother (who obviously cares about him but probably didn’t go about it the right way) would just yell at him while he walked by “hey can’t you lose some weight??” which obviously did not help his motivation to lose weight at ALL.

    Also, I’ve come to realize that guys can be somewhat perfectionists too, like girls. When I brought up losing weight to my boyfriend, I thought he could just cut down on some fast food, just hit the gym a little more, etc. But it wasn’t working for a while even after our talk and I got frustrated. Then I came to realize he needed a PLAN – he wanted the whole shebang! A starting weight, a google doc to track his progress and his daily food, before pictures, and a plan of workout (p90x), etc. LOL. Ever since then he’s lost 30 pounds in a little over 3 months. He really wants this for himself and I couldn’t be more proud of him.

    • Kathrin March 12, 2010, 1:20 pm

      Congrats to your man to get into a healthy lifestyle! Great job on supporting him!!

      When you mentioned his mother yelling at him, I remembered something that happened last weekend while waiting for a table in a restaurant. A little boy (maybe 8) walked in with his dad and had a local 5K race shirt on. I asked him if he ran that race and he said yes. And then his dad starting talking on how the little boy really didn’t have a runner’s body (he was a little thick, but not obese or anything) and that his older brother’s physique is so much better for runner, but the older son doesn’t have an interest in it… This he tells us, complete strangers and front of his little boy that finished a 5K and who should be proud more than anything. I didn’t even know how to react to that. How do you react to something like this???

      • manda March 12, 2010, 1:30 pm

        kinda off topic, but i remember my mom (whom i love with all my heart, she means well) say to a friend of hers (i was little, prob 8?) that i wasn’t that good of a piano player (i had been practicing). i decided right there that i definitely hated piano and refused to play again since i was ‘no good’ anyways.
        if anyone ever cuts down a little kid in front of me (i have little nephews) i ALWAYS tell the child the opposite. for instance i would have said “well i think running a 5k is a HUGE accomplishment and you should be proud” and would have ignored the father.

      • Caitlin March 12, 2010, 4:20 pm

        i would just wink at the kid and whisper something like, “when someone tells me i can’t do something, it always makes me want to prove them wrong.” little moments like that really stand out to a kid, i think.

    • Caitlin March 12, 2010, 4:21 pm

      That is awesome – I am so happy for your BF and for you, too!

  • Foy - Garden. Cook. Write. Repeat. March 12, 2010, 1:08 pm

    One of the biggest things I got out of Peace Corps was how effective it is to lead by example. We lived in our rural Panama community for two years and we mixed our American culture with the Latin culture. We tried to keep the healthier things like filtering our drinking water and not burning plastic. And you know what? When we left there was less plastic being burned and the school had a water filter.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 12, 2010, 1:08 pm

    i have actually influenced a lot of people that i barely knew from high school with my blog! i love hearing that they are leading healthier lives 🙂 my husband has also started eating better…he’s still not exercising consistently, but he’s at least TALKING about it which is a great step in the right direction!

  • Leah @ L4L March 12, 2010, 1:08 pm

    I really try and influence everyone I come into regular contact with. My friends. My family. My coworkers. And people have picked up on little things. But the biggest change I have influenced is my fiance! When we started dating, he was a overweight. He’s dropped 40 lbs since we have been together, just making small changes along the way. The big thing was eating healthier. Eating my home cooked meals instead of hot pockets and going out for bar food. He even did a guest post for my blog!


  • megan March 12, 2010, 1:11 pm

    i’m definitely influencing my husband in this direction. it helps that i pack his lunches and prepare all his meals! 🙂 we like to set little goals and rewards for ourselves, which works out really well

  • Kathrin March 12, 2010, 1:13 pm

    My fiance was always the fit one and I was the overweight one. Even though he was always lean and athletic, his eating habits were really bad. Tons of fast food, tons of fried foods etc etc. He always said that since we are together, he has been making much better food choices. Especially since I moved in and am in charge of grocery shopping. Out for dinner, he is still more likely to make more unhealthy choices but I think it’s perfectly fine as long as you eat healthy most of the time.

    As I mentioned, I was obese. It was not necessarily that I made bad food choices, but the portion control and no exercise to speak of for way too long. He nudged me back into sports (which I did a lot of growing up) and I got down on my eating habits. I am into triathlons now (Good luck for Sunday!) and enjoying life with a healthy weight.

    So I guess in our case it was a give and take! 😉

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self March 12, 2010, 1:13 pm

    I’m hoping I’m influencing people with my blog! My husband has also definitely picked up healthier habits…he has no choice since I’m the cook in the house! But I’ve actually proven to him that healthy food can also be delicious.

    I’d love to influence my mom to be healthier too, but she just has no interest in it. It’s so hard for me to watch, you know? I don’t know how to break through to someone who isn’t willing to listen.

  • Gracie (complicated day) March 12, 2010, 1:14 pm

    My husband wasn’t obese when we got married, but he was…soft and not very healthy. After we got married, he lost 15 lbs in 2 months! I had NO IDEA until we returned from our honeymoon that he ate lunch out every single work day. Once he started packing his lunch – and following me on some runs – he trimmed up in a hurry and has maintained that weight.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 12, 2010, 1:15 pm

    I’ve actually found the biggest influence in my life on getting me healthier was blogs! I find them so inspiring…I’d love to influence my sister to eat healthier/exercise more, but I think unless someone genuinely wants to change, it’s so so difficult to do so, no matter how hard you try.

  • Carolyn March 12, 2010, 1:15 pm

    All the nagging in the world has done sh!t to motivate my husband to become more active and eat less fast food. BUT it seems that now that I’m running he is feeling a little more motivated.

  • Ashley March 12, 2010, 1:16 pm

    Reading + research has been my biggest influence to change. Then of course the food blog world has opened me up to even more. I didn’t really realize I was having an effect on people in a positive way with my blog..until a family member told me their friend now reads my blog…shops at whole foods more..and has tried a bunch of the foods I post about. I was floored. I mean I see that people are reading my blog..but until you HEAR the influence you are having, you don’t imagine it to really be true. 🙂

  • Shellybean March 12, 2010, 1:19 pm

    My fiance initially influenced me to work out more- it’s hard to justify sitting on my butt after work when I know he’s at the gym, and, although he’s always eaten really well, I think I influence him in some ways too. I’ve recently gotten him to switch from Jif Peanut butter to the healthy salt free organic kind. 🙂

  • Evan Thomas March 12, 2010, 1:20 pm

    Thanks to me, my dad only eats natural peanut butter(and loves all the fancy flavors) and my mom found out she likes lentils. They may not eat healthy much, but it’s a start 🙂
    5 kids? Dang she needs quick meals and more! all the best to that mother, lol.

  • Kate March 12, 2010, 1:20 pm

    My husband and I flip back and forth. When I was on WW, it would drive me crazy because he wouldn’t exercise or would eat several bowls of cereal at night because he was bored.

    Then I quit WW and went in a tailspin. 4 months later he joined a gym and started weight lifting with a friend. He encouraged me to join a gym, and now we are weight training and working on the treadmill. He also tells me to push it when I want to slack off–I lift heavier weights because he tells me I’m stronger than I think I am. He also has been 100% supportive of my goal to run a marathon in 2012.

    We do have one habit that people would see as unhealthy (we play a online MMORPG). But we are working on not letting it become a replacement for doing things we need to get done AND my husband benefits from not being bored at night so he stops snacking.

  • Amy @ Second City Randomness March 12, 2010, 1:24 pm

    I love to run. And talk about it often (not surprising since, when I’m not hurt, it seems to take up alot of my thoughts and time). And I’ve had two friends say they have started to run on a regular basis in hopes of getting to do a race with me, or just be able to run together when the weather starts getting nicer. I love that my friend Annie even went as far to say I had “inspired” her. It’s really touching!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 12, 2010, 1:28 pm

    My boyfriend has changed his habits since we started living together, he actually will eat some vegetables now! He still doesn’t exercise but I don’t push him to, to each his own!

  • Julia March 12, 2010, 1:29 pm

    My boyfriend has lost 20 pounds since we moved in together in September. He used to order pizza and subs all the time and rarely had veggies. Now he raves about roasted asparagus and sweet potato fries! Occasionally he’ll even have some of my green monsters, which he used to look at with disgust!

    I think the key is to realize that you can’t make lots of big changes all at once. Once my BF saw results, it motivated him even more. And I’m so proud of him.

    • Julia March 12, 2010, 1:32 pm

      Oops, I hit submit too fast. I also wanted to add that my sister, a non-runner, signed up for a 10 mile race in DC this spring! She is up to 7 miles now and I am so proud of her. I know my running influenced her, and I can’t wait to head out on a good long run with her when she comes home for Easter. And our other sister, a total non-exerciser, took her dog out for a 1.5 mile run a few days ago! We joked that she didn’t want to be left out of the running fun 🙂

      • Caitlin March 12, 2010, 4:22 pm

        That’s awesome – i really love positive influences like that.

  • Bethany @ Not Unless I'm Being Chased March 12, 2010, 1:31 pm

    I’m lucky in that I’m married to a pretty healthy man and I think he influences me to be more mindful in my choices. Sometimes, we influence each other and it kind of turns into a competition:
    Me: “you tried chia seeds? well, I’m bring the cacao nibs home!”
    Him: “I’ll see your cacao nibs and raise you a LaraBar!”
    But it’s a “healthy” competition ;).

  • Christina March 12, 2010, 1:36 pm

    YOU have definitely influenced me to eat healthier and be kinder to myself.

    =D Thanks Caitlin!

    • Caitlin March 12, 2010, 4:24 pm

      thank you 🙂 this was sweet.

  • katalina March 12, 2010, 1:39 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    basically this comment is an advice for the fiancee of smoker, that wrote you the other day I do have a friend that was a BIG BIG smoker, and he quit 8 years ago, I asked him how he did it ,and he said ears acupuncture, not joking, he said that we do have some very important nerves in our ears, and to find a doctor that knows about this procedure. You are done in 10 min and REALLY you lose the addiction! hope that helps!

    • Caitlin March 12, 2010, 4:25 pm

      i love the ear seeds! husband does it for me all the time (obviously not for smoking, it’s for tons of other stuff, too!) pretty cool!

  • Stephanie March 12, 2010, 1:49 pm

    I have noticed recently that a few of the friends in my local area have started asking me about healthy eating tips, new products they’ve seen on my blog, etc. and I find that so inspirational to know that my lifestyle choices may have a positive impact on someone else 🙂 The other day a girl I work with told me that “bc of me she has started changing the way she eats and is ready to lose weight & get healthy” and how she “thought healthy foods were all gross (just like alot of people to stereotypically) and after trying some things from my blog has a different outlook” — it almost brought me to tears!

  • Macey March 12, 2010, 1:58 pm

    I am a cancer survivor. Prior to my bout, I was an athlete. I played softball, volleyball, and basketball all growing up, was the captain of my high school volleyball team, and actually played for my local college for a year. Then when the disease hit, it hit my muscles hard. I had to take chemo by pills, and medicinal steroids to rebuild my muscles. I gained 65lbs in 1 year, and my entire body changed. I went from working out everyday to never working out. It hurt. The extra weight I was carrying wreaked havoc on my joints, and I was embarrassed for people to see my out of shape body.
    I have been in remission for 4 years now (Praise the Lord!) and have always wanted to lose the weight, but it’s hard work! I’ve hemmed and hawed, and made excuses… but! I found Team in Training! A complete support system for cancer survivors, and new friends with the tools to make me successful. Does it get any better than that?!? Team in Training has inspired me to live the life that I have now, and live for my future life. I am not living in the past anymore… I am free of cancer and free of the burden of embarrassment.
    It feels great 🙂

    • Caitlin March 12, 2010, 4:25 pm

      YAY Team in Training is awesome. I loved doing the Disney Marathon through them and I’m so glad you are in remission.

  • Katie March 12, 2010, 2:03 pm

    My boyfriend and I have been huge influences on each other! I started sloooowly losing weight (total of 25 lbs) and in typical guy fashion, he lost 65 lbs quickly doing P90x DVDs! Now we’re both getting into running….I talked him into our first 5K, and he did great, under 27 minutes, I was under 31 minutes! Last night, we signed up for a 12K, and we’re doing another 5K at the end of April. We have a Garmin to measure our distance when we run; we set a mileage goal before we take off, he wears the Garmin along the path we run, and when we hit 1/2 the distance he turns around. When he passes me otw back, he tell me where to turn around (“third tree on the right after the sewer drain” LOL)On one run, he surprised me by upping it a mile when we went out on one run, and I was so happy he did! Pre-run, I never would have thought I could have made it that distance. I thanked him over and over for inadvertantly showing me I COULD do it!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) March 12, 2010, 2:08 pm

    I know I’ve influenced my mom a lot. She’s already pretty healthy, but has picked up many new exercises from my blog (she’s obsessed with her new stability ball :)) and has switched to less processed foods.
    I’d like to think i’ve influenced my husband, but I honestly don’t think I have… :/

  • bobbileigh March 12, 2010, 2:18 pm

    Both my fiance and I can stand to lose a few pounds and have both had very active pasts but somehow lost our way a few years ago. Fortunately for me I love to eat healthy food so as long as I have a plan for the week I do great on what I eat. My fiance on the other hand cannot stand most veggies and is very picky in other aspects. I have learned that I have to help him try new things and be okay with the fact that he simply does not eat what I do. This has resulted in two separate meals a night which I used to hate but now I know it is best for both of us. I also found the same as an earlier comment he needed a plan. We were going to the gym but I just didnt see much effort. As soon as we started tracking his weight and turning cardio into a competition (who does more miles or burns more calories) he was completely on board and it has been a great change.

  • Raya March 12, 2010, 2:30 pm

    Oh my goodness that kid is too cute!

  • Ellen Collis March 12, 2010, 2:39 pm

    I’ve influenced my boyfriend. He’s a Brit, so drinking beer and watching football (read: soccer) always used to cut into his gym time. He still goes up and down with his commitment to being healthy, but when he sees me really working at it, he’ll get inspired to head to the gym or offer to cook a good, healthy meal one night. I don’t know if he’ll ever be as healthy as I’d like him to be, but I’m just happy he’s trying! 🙂


  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 12, 2010, 2:40 pm

    I think I’m a pretty good healthy influence on my husband– he didn’t really work out regularly or eat healthy before we started dating.

    BUT, at the same time, he influences me in a healthy way because he doesn’s STRESS over eating too many cookies or one unhealthy meal…and he thinks my body is beautiful, wahtever size it is…so it balances out 🙂

  • Jess March 12, 2010, 2:46 pm

    I definitely have influenced my boyfriend’s eating habits. He used to eat fast food just about every day for lunch and then again for dinner. Since we’ve started dating he’s cut down on his fast food intake or opts for something like Subway or Panera instead. I’ve even convinced him to start grocery shopping and packing his own lunches.

    He told me he was averaging more than $150 per month on fast food a year ago and now it’s only about $60. That’s some awesome progress!

    • Caitlin March 12, 2010, 4:27 pm

      ahhh $150 on fast food!?!?!? $60 is a definite improvement!!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing March 12, 2010, 2:48 pm

    I think we all influence each other in small ways. For instance if I am with a healthy person I feel influenced to be healthy myself. If I am with some one who say, wants some ice cream on the other hand I might be influenced to go that direction too :). Influences are human but I do think there needs to be a balance of listening to your own body and going with the flow…

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit March 12, 2010, 2:55 pm

    One of the greatest things I have learned in the wellness coaching program I am doing is that motivation has to come within the person looking to change. A kind of motivation that speaks to who they are and who they want to be. Motivation that stems from their desires, not what other people desire for them.

    I think it is so wonderful to hear how comments on this blog have helped you realize some of your points. And what wonderful things he is doing for his own health now! Celebrate that!

  • Sammi March 12, 2010, 2:59 pm

    Actually, you and all of the other bloggers who are in my reader influenced me to be healthier!
    One of my sisters just lost a little over 15 lbs (not sure the details though, bad breakup? Possibly not the correct way :() and my other sister recently asked me about running a 5k! Not sure if that was my influence or not; however, I’d like to think I had to do with it!

    My parents influence me to work out when I’m not always in the mood though. Sometimes it’s hard to turn down fast food when the boyfriend offers it though 🙁 It’s a balancing act! 🙂

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 12, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I have inspired some people to change the way they eat after seeing how much weight I have lost. I am glad that not only are they becoming healthier for themselves, they have stopped offering me junk food!

    I am going to have to try these green monsters since you keep talking about them! I don’t like milk (of any kind), so hopefully the banana can mask the spinach and the milk.

    • Caitlin March 12, 2010, 4:27 pm

      try almond milk – its creamy but not thick and gaggy like cow milk.

      • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 12, 2010, 8:00 pm

        I use almond milk in my cereal, just enough to soften it a bit. I just don’t like milk by itself (soy, almond, rice, etc. I can’t handle animal milk, so that’s never the problem) in baked goods it’s fine.

        What can I say? I’m pretty picky!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 12, 2010, 3:02 pm

    I have inspired some people to change the way they eat after seeing how much weight I have lost. I am glad that not only are they becoming healthier for themselves, they have stopped offering me junk food!

    I am going to have to try these green monsters since you keep talking about them! I don’t like milk (of any kind), so hopefully the banana can mask the spinach and the milk.

  • Jason @ Cant-Coach-Desire March 12, 2010, 3:23 pm

    I’ve influenced my wife to be healthier(I know different side of the coin from almost all of the other comments) When we got married right after college we both packed on some pounds, but I definitely packed on more than my share(260lbs at 5’11”). We went through a bunch of fad diets together which I did many of them to be more supportive than anything. Then, one day I just decided to change my eating habits by portion control initially, then exercise added in, then I got the running bug, and now, I’m into eating healthy all the while keeping each lesson I learned and using it as well. Along each step I just explained to her what I was going to do and see how it worked for me. Of course, I’ve always told her that I’m doing this for myself to be healthy and no other reason. She could do whatever she liked. She has resisted every step, but as she has seen the results I have had(105lb weight loss), she has adopted each step in her own way to become a healthier, happier person. She’s lost 40lbs herself, but as I always tell her. Its not the weight that matters, its how you feel everyday that matters and you must do this for yourself and not me if you choose to do it. I’ll love you no matter what. She’s even been bitten by the running bug it seems.

    • Caitlin March 12, 2010, 4:28 pm

      that’s romantic 🙂 i love it

  • Carrie March 12, 2010, 3:44 pm

    okay those quiches look sooooo good, I might have to try them! Quick and maybe silly question, but do you put ice in your green monster smoothies? Have a good day! Friday!!!!!

    • Caitlin March 12, 2010, 4:28 pm

      i don’t usually add ice but you can!

  • Danica March 12, 2010, 3:45 pm

    I LOVE making mini quiches – they are so delish – her picture looks fantastic – I just want to grab one. Her kiddo is super cute too!

    Have a fun girls weekend!!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write March 12, 2010, 3:46 pm

    I can honestly say I’ve influenced both my parents, my husband, and our roommate. They have all made small (and some large) changes toward being healthier. I think one of the best things you can ever do is just be an example of what you hope they will become. It’s really the most powerful thing.

  • D March 12, 2010, 4:03 pm

    I am trying to influence my boyfriend, but it stressful, frustrating and seemingly useless. It’s a huge point of contention in our 2 year + relationship, and something I think about on a daily basis. I had tried literally EVERY trick in the book (leading by example, praising, encouraging him to run with me, trying to get him to run a 5k, grocery shopping WITH him, meal suggestions and plans, helping him cook, being generally REALLY supportive, friendly competition, and the list goes ON), until two nights ago where i broke it down and got really honest and kind of harsh. He’s gained about 50 pounds since we started going out, and the physical attraction is hanging on by a thread. The problem now is that if he doesn’t actually make the changes, it is going to be a blatant rejection of everything I’ve said and feel, so that will be a whole other issue in itself 🙁

    • D March 12, 2010, 4:04 pm

      oh and i should add that he’s said he WANTS to lose weight, so i’m not just forcing this on him. he just lacks any willpower or commitment, and it makes me really sad 🙁

      • Caitlin March 12, 2010, 4:29 pm

        that’s hard…. sex is important. i’m sorry you’re struggling with this – i know it’s not fun.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 12, 2010, 4:19 pm

    I cook great tasting healthy food and baked goods for Hunni that keep him away from processed food. And he like to spend time with me so he runs with me or walks with me.

    My mom saw how happy I was with my weight loss and Weight Watchers and asked me some questions before starting herself.

  • Madison March 12, 2010, 4:22 pm

    Caitlin, your T1 and T2 post was so awesome! Thank you for breaking it all down. I might do one of these one day and will be sure to refer back to that post.

    Do you have any concerns about chafing once you transition from the water to the bike in the wet sports bra? Maybe I will wait for your race report for this info. Good luck!! I will be living vicariously! 🙂

    • Caitlin March 12, 2010, 4:24 pm

      ive added body glide to the list 🙂 i dont think i’ll chafe on the bike, it’s more during the run i need to worry! eckkkkkkkkkkk

  • Lindsay (Waking Up Hungry) March 12, 2010, 5:35 pm

    I quit smoking about a year ago, and began a quest to simply not gain weight. In my attempts I actully found myself loosing weight and inspiring my co-workers around me to do the same. My family is now eating healthier and our grocery bill has gone up considerable since buying more natural and healthy foods are more expensive, but it is worth it in my book. My biggest accomplishment has got to be that my mom quit smoking after 30 + years once I quit. I couldn’t be happier in my decions I’ve made in changing my life, and helping others.

  • Jessica Lillies March 12, 2010, 10:00 pm

    My mom gave me a good kick in the pants. I hadn’t been taking good care of myself…barely exercised/ate a lot! after a particular accident. I’m so thankful that she told me what she thought ( I assure you it was in a nice way) and now I’m exercising often, eating appropriately and at a very happy weight!

    On a side note, have you seen the ridiculous HFCS commercial on tv?? They’re promoting it and sending you to sweetsurprise.com for the ‘real’ facts…

    • Caitlin March 12, 2010, 11:46 pm

      ugh yea – they make me sick.

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2010, 11:15 pm

    Eric wouldn’t even eat veggies when I met him…let’s say it has been a successful mission! haha

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 13, 2010, 1:15 am

    My hubby was afraid of veggies when I met him. Now he eats them all and loves them!

  • Amanda March 13, 2010, 12:24 pm

    My boyfriend rarely ate any vegetables until he me little ol’ vegan me. Now he loves vegetables and happily eats vegan at home (and once in awhile at restaurants).

  • Jes March 16, 2010, 7:27 pm

    Your artichoke sandwich looked so good when I first saw this blog that I went out and purchased the ingredients. I tried my first sandwich this evening, and it was seriously delicious! I gave you a shout-out on my blog (hope you don’t mind). Thank you for all of the delicious recipes!

    • Caitlin March 16, 2010, 7:31 pm

      thanks for the shout out! of course i dont mind. i’m glad you liked it!

  • Kim May 9, 2010, 12:14 am

    My boyfriend has always supported my active lifestyle, and he eats pretty much anything I put in front of him (even when it’s awful & I won’t finish it!) – the only thing I would consider a road bump would be that he always likes to keep beer in the house. I don’t drink it, but it is kinda annoying to spend all that time working out together & making a healthy dinner, and he washes it down with a Miller High Life.

    BUT this morning he told me he wants to do a 5k with me! He joined me for a race this morning, to support me (aka hold my purse & hand me water afterwards lol) and he said “I wanna do it with you next time! I had no idea how much fun it is to be with all the people & energy!” (which is exactly why I keep doing organized races, I love the crowds).

    I guess it sometimes takes showing someone how much you enjoy fitness & health to get them to realize what they’re missing! 🙂

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