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Since my triathlon is on Sunday, I’m in “taper mode” this week.  I’ve found I perform much better on race day if I take time off before the event, so I’ve been taking it easy.


I did hit the gym up for a 2.0 mile run (in 19:00) and a 25-minute stationary bike ride.  I was planning to ride outside, but Central Florida had the worst thunderstorms today!


While on the bike, I read about 30 pages of this book:


I’ve been really intrigued by natural birth control methods ever since this post, and Taking Charge of Your Fertility seems like the to-go source for a lot of women.  It’s a good read so far, but I had to stop around page 30 due to huge drawings of vajayjays and boobies, which I’m guessing my fellow gym go-ers didn’t want to see!  :)  I promise a review when I’m done.


My afternoon snacks included 1/2 a melon:


And my serving of dairy for the day – a Greek yogurt.


Before my workout, I had an English muffin with almond butter and sunflower seeds… A few extra handfuls of sunflower seeds were consumed in the preparation process!  🙂


And post-workout, I had a nice stir-fry dinner.


I had a serving of brown rice with stir-fried tofu, broccoli, and pineapple in a teriyaki sauce.


And… I’m off!  Let’s hope I can sleep easily tonight.  🙂


What book are you currently reading?



  • Laura Smith March 11, 2010, 8:57 pm

    i love Marian Nestle books, currently reading Food Politics

  • Heather March 11, 2010, 9:01 pm

    good luck sleping tonight

  • Lisa March 11, 2010, 9:02 pm

    I am currently reading the same book! Although I am a little overwhelmed with how involved it seems compared to the pill.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) March 11, 2010, 9:05 pm

    Intuitive Eating!

    It’s one of the very first “health” books that I’ve read, and it formed a lot of my opinions on nutrition, eating and wellness. It’s a great read and I highly recommend it! 😀

  • Maria (realfitmama) March 11, 2010, 9:06 pm

    I have been vegetarian for 8 years now and have tried to go Vegan many times and always end up slipping or cheating or falling off the wagon or whatever you want to call it. I try to consume very little dairy and eggs only a few times a week and as of lately that has been working well. I’m also trying to limit the amount of soy myself and my daughters -9 & 2 -(also vegetarian) consume through out the week. When I first became a vegetarian I didn’t really know enough about soy and felt it was the end all be all food and ate it ALL the time. Good luck with the 1 dairy item a day…it does get easier. 🙂

    Books – I’m currently reading Eating Animals!!

    • Amanda March 12, 2010, 8:28 am

      I’m reading that book too! Probably one of the best books I’ve read, although it’s difficult to get through (emotionally). Such a good read!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 11, 2010, 9:07 pm

    I had sunflower seeds and pineapple tonight too–in WAY different meals. I love how versatile those two are. SWEET DREAMS!!!

  • Erika March 11, 2010, 9:10 pm

    I’m in the process of reading “In the defense of food”…..

  • Whitney @ March 11, 2010, 9:16 pm

    I’m reading Drums of Autumn…which is the 4th book in the Outlander series. These books are so addicting!

  • Kelly March 11, 2010, 9:17 pm

    Good luck with sleep tonight! I’m reading In Defense of Food- really good! (also my for fun read right now is the friendship test by elizabeth gilbert!)

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 11, 2010, 9:19 pm

    I would laugh sooo much through that book. 🙂 I’m immature!

  • sarah March 11, 2010, 9:21 pm

    I’m plowing through the Russian Debutante’s Handbook. Nothing educational here, just good fiction!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 11, 2010, 9:26 pm

    I’m reading The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. I love CanLit.

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of that fertility book. I recently stopped taking birth control as well since it pretty much f’d my homrones up. My naturopath backed me up on it which made me feel better.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 11, 2010, 9:26 pm

    I’m about to start the John Adams biography by David McCullough. NERD ALERT!! 🙂

  • Evan Thomas March 11, 2010, 9:27 pm

    I’m currently reading the Crito in Greek, Petronius in Latin, and something about early English missionaries’ conversion of Native Americans to Protestantism in English. I miss pleasure reading, haha

  • Ashley March 11, 2010, 9:27 pm

    Valerian root helps if all else fails. I’ll drink the tea when I’m real wound up. Works like a charm.

    Good luck!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 11, 2010, 9:29 pm

    That book has seriously changed my life! I made the husband look at it too, and he was mortified, yet fascinated!

  • Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES March 11, 2010, 9:32 pm

    hmmm i bet that caramel oikos would be great in the cantaloupe! perhaps you can get your daily dairy serving in that way manana?

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 11, 2010, 9:32 pm

    I’m really interested in your review of that book…I have it reserved at the library! I just finished Nanny Returns and am starting The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) March 11, 2010, 9:34 pm

    I am reading The Neverending Story. I love the visuals in the novel, but had a lot of difficulty getting into the movie when I was younger!

  • Erin @ Cooking and the City March 11, 2010, 9:36 pm

    I actually just finished reading “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”! It was very good and I am definitely going to continue reading the series.

    I also consumed Chelsea Handler’s “My Horizontal Life” in a few hours this afternoon (on the beach) and I was laughing out loud.

    I love caramel Oikos! It definitely is sweet, but makes a great nutritious dessert. Have you found/tried the chocolate flavor yet?

  • Mellissa March 11, 2010, 9:37 pm

    The Weight of Silence, it’s about 2 young girls who go missing. Very intriguing and hard to part down!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 11, 2010, 9:38 pm

    I am looking forward to reading your review of the book – it sure sounds interesting!

  • Deirdre March 11, 2010, 9:38 pm

    I currently reading The Girl Who Played With Fire. Its the second book in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series. It is really good so far and I would definitely recommend the series.

    I didn’t comment on the smokers post, but I really enjoyed how respectful the comments were and what a great discussion it was. Your blog always has such great discussions.

    • Caitlin March 11, 2010, 9:43 pm

      i was also impressed and thankful for the discussion!

  • Marisa (Loser for Life) March 11, 2010, 9:40 pm

    LOL @ vajayjays!!! You crack me up!

    I’m loving your dinner.

    Currently reading Running by Jeff Galloway.

  • Jacquie March 11, 2010, 9:40 pm

    I just finished Crystal Renn’s book, Hungry, which was wonderful. I reviewed it on my blog and I just started a fun Nora Roberts book last night. I like her books over break because they’re easy reads and a nice break from school-subject reading 🙂

  • Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine March 11, 2010, 9:41 pm

    LOL! I once got some dirty looks from gym-goers for watching some violent show on the History Channel!

    That cantaloupe looks awesome and sweet! Definitely going to get some ASAP.

    And…I’m currently reading Madame Bovary- I read a review that said it was like Gossip Girl for those who usually read Edith Wharton 🙂

  • Michele March 11, 2010, 9:42 pm

    I’m finishing The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Recommended.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 11, 2010, 9:47 pm

    i’m currently re-reading my personal training books and Tim Ferriss’s The Four Hour Workweek 🙂 wishful thinking i suppose!

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner March 11, 2010, 9:49 pm

    I’m definitely interested to hear what you have to say about that book!

  • Anna March 11, 2010, 9:55 pm

    I love seeing other people reading books I’m reading in the comments! I’m joining the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” bandwagon. My second book right now is “The Looming Tower” which is about Al Qaeda and the lead up to 9/11. It’s really interesting and so well written (it reads like a novel). I’m loving both!

  • Matt March 11, 2010, 9:57 pm

    Haha… I wish other people would keep to themselves 😉

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 11, 2010, 10:02 pm

    Good luck tonight with sleep dear 🙂

    Why have I never tried pineapple in stir fries? I’ve been on a stir fry kick lately.. will have to try it!

    I’m currently re-reading Twilight… for the millionth time!! The new trailer that came out today makes me SO EXCITED!!!

  • Raya March 11, 2010, 10:03 pm

    I’m curious about that book! I just finished reading “Firefly Lane” by Kristin Hannah. Good book but WOW what a tearjerker. I was practically sobbing like a baby through most of it.

  • Amanda March 11, 2010, 10:03 pm

    Can’t wait to hear what you learn from that book! I’ve been reading the same two “bed time” books for the past 2 months: Siddhartha & Olive Kittridge. I need to start making this a priority!

  • greenbean March 11, 2010, 10:11 pm

    Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

    it’s fantastic. i can’t imagine anyone reading it not being changed

  • Sara @ ActiveGal March 11, 2010, 10:12 pm

    Hope you sleep better tonight! That book looks like a really good read! You are going to do AWESOME this weekend! 🙂

  • Samantha March 11, 2010, 10:14 pm

    I’m just starting “The Happiness Project” and really praying it helps boot me in the right direction.

    Get some good rest!

  • Marissa March 11, 2010, 10:15 pm

    I am looking forward to your FAM review!!

  • Wendy March 11, 2010, 10:17 pm

    I am currently reading Eclipse (again) and listening to Girls in Pants, which is the third installment in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Yep, teen fiction. But in my defense, I just took a HUGE physics exam and am currently reading a bunch of education-related stuff for my teacher certification program. I need some fluff to help my brain decompress!

  • BridgetP March 11, 2010, 10:23 pm

    I’m reading “Prodigal Summer” by Barbara Kingsolver. Sleep tight!

  • Lara (Thinspired) March 11, 2010, 10:30 pm

    I read that book a few months back and found it fascinating! I’m too scared to try FAM though…my cycle isn’t regular enough for it to be accurate.

    LOVE that you threw in pineapple with your stir-fry. I’ve got to try that! Stir fry and rice has to be my favorite meal on the planet.

  • April March 11, 2010, 10:35 pm

    OMG laughing at vajajays and boobies. I’m 12!
    I’m finishing up The Omnivore’s Dilemma and have started In Defense of Food. Trying to learn about my diet. Intrigued by Taking Charge of Your Fertility…looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

  • Kiersten March 11, 2010, 10:39 pm

    The Lovely Bones

  • Elizabeth March 11, 2010, 10:52 pm

    I’m reading Charleston by John Jakes, re-reading Twilight, and when I need a break from those I’m reading Diary of Mad Mommy-to-Be. I got this multiple book habit from my grandmother…it’s hard to break.

  • Faith @ LovelyasCharged March 11, 2010, 11:11 pm

    Yum, everything there looks delish! Those storms were killer. All my students were cooped up inside! GAH!

    I’m reading Dostoyevsky’s House of the Dead and re-reading Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 11, 2010, 11:26 pm

    I’m a daily Bible reader, but I’m also in the middle of the alphabet series by Sue Grafton.

    That melon looks GOOD! I indulge in melons pretty much every summer, they taste so fresh!

  • Tay March 11, 2010, 11:33 pm

    The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. It’s good so far!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises March 11, 2010, 11:53 pm

    I’m reading the new-ish Dave Eggers book Zeitoun. It’s about a family in Katrina – and very well written.

  • Jolene ( March 12, 2010, 12:08 am

    I think I have about 5 books on the go … I haven’t had time to read lately, so now I forget what I am reading.

  • Penny March 12, 2010, 1:11 am

    For some reason it completely cracked me up that you wrote “vajayjays”. 🙂 I have no idea why.
    I am getting ready to start the book “Think Twice” by Lisa Scottoline.
    I hope your dietary changes make you feel better. Let us know how they are workin out for you.

  • Ashley March 12, 2010, 1:45 am

    Born To Run by Christopher McDougall. Amazing least worth reading a short blurp about. Definitely a worth while read for any runner, especially an endurance enthusiast. 🙂

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 12, 2010, 3:08 am

    Your food always makes my mouth water 😀
    I’m reading Something Borrowed at the moment, by Emily Giffin – it’s so addictive! The main woman is annoying me though, as the man she’s with is engaged to her best friend. It’s super though, I’d recommend 🙂

  • Caroline March 12, 2010, 3:26 am

    food looks delish! i am reading traveling mercies by anne lamott. someone recommended the author because i am big fan of eat pray love. 🙂 good luck with your workouts!

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini March 12, 2010, 5:57 am

    Just finished Eat, Pray, Love and Julie & Julia and am about to start The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment, which is a about a cynic in London trying to find her peace through some of the most bizarre new age courses I’ve ever read about!

    • Morgan March 12, 2010, 10:18 am

      I too just finished Eat, Pray, Love. What did you think of it? I also started on far so good. Tons of history on Marriage.

      • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini March 12, 2010, 11:10 am

        I really enjoy it, although parts of it made me a little introspective and sad (her feelings on her break up kind of mirrored mine nine years ago).

        Committed is definitely on my “to read” list!

        • Morgan March 12, 2010, 12:58 pm

          I love Elizabeth’s writing style! It’s almost as if she is sitting right there with you telling you her stories!

  • christie, honoring health March 12, 2010, 5:57 am

    I am reading about 10 books at the moment. But, for trashy pass times sake, I am listening to Sophie Kinsells “Shopaholic and Baby” on my commute each day. It is light and easy and makes the 50 min drive fly by!

  • Carolyn March 12, 2010, 7:57 am

    I’m reading Barbara Taylor Bradford’s Breaking the Rules.

  • Mish@SugarWand March 12, 2010, 8:19 am

    How Starbucks Saved My Life

  • holly March 12, 2010, 8:32 am

    I read Taking Charge of your Fertility when I was beginning to try to get pregnant with my first child. It’s an awesome book really, but I found that when I was tracking my temps I got a little obsessive about it and eventually it really stressed me out (counterproductive in my opinion). Very similar to what happened to me when I was trying to count calories. I hope it works for you though because I do think it’s a good book and very informative about the female body and cycles and the like.
    I’m currently reading Body for Life, and my guilty pleasure reading is the Sookie Stackhouse books (the series True Blood is based on these books)

  • Jenn @ Watch My Butt Shrink! March 12, 2010, 8:49 am

    Hah, I had to laugh when I pictured you reading that book at the gym! The guys next to you would have been happy, lol!
    I’m reading, “The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy”, since I just found out I’m expecting my 3rd baby! It is a funny, funny book!

    • Caitlin March 12, 2010, 8:53 am

      congrats on your pregnancy!

  • Alexandra March 12, 2010, 9:04 am

    Hi Caitlin. Inspired by your previous post I have started reading this book as well. I just started it last night and agree it’s not something to read on the bus or at the gym! haha. I’m also reading the Omnivore’s Dilemma so lots of interesting reads at the moment. Good luck this weekend!

  • Sophie @ yumventures March 12, 2010, 9:04 am

    I’m reading In Defense of Food right now. It is really eye opening! I can’t wait to get to the end and be able to process all of the information! I love mixing in non-fiction with fiction for my reading habits =)

    Love the new picture, by the way!

  • Kelly March 12, 2010, 9:23 am

    Haha, i hate when I’m looking at something in public and you turn the page and it’s like HELLO INAPPROPRIATE!

  • Morgan March 12, 2010, 10:20 am

    Committed (Elizabeth Gilbert)
    In Defense of Food
    Water for Elephants

  • Christine @ Grub, Sweat and Cheers March 12, 2010, 10:25 am

    Currently read Wolf Hall and Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. Just started the latter last night and the studies in it are absolutely FASCINATING.

  • Helga March 12, 2010, 12:12 pm

    I’m currently reading Anna Karenina. I havent read much yet – it’s massive! – but so far I like it.
    I see that there are a few who are reading “The girl with the dragon tattoo”. I really reccommend the series and also the movies that have been made after the books. Lisbeth Salander is seriously the coolest female character ever!

  • kat March 12, 2010, 1:04 pm

    I just finished Shutter Island. I got it for free at a sneak peak of the movie. It was good! I got some good ideas for what’s next from the other commenters.

    Your book/gym scenario reminded my of a time I was watching Ricki Lake’s movie about natural childbirth (The Business of Being Born) at a hotel. About halfway through I realized I had the volume up a little to high and it sounded like I was watching something else…

  • Kim March 12, 2010, 1:34 pm

    I’m curious to hear some reviews of Taking Charge of your Fertility. I had never heard about the book until I saw it here. I read some reviews on Amazon and I am very interested in picking up the book now. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the book.

  • Cara March 12, 2010, 2:08 pm

    That would be so funny to see a person next to me at the gym looking at those pics.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit March 12, 2010, 2:10 pm

    A friend of mine just read that book and loved it. I’m interested in natural bc because I don’t like putting anything synthetic into my body. You might like the movie The Business of Being Born- it’s a pretty amazing critique of hospital birthing and explains natural birth and midwifery. It’s not boring either 🙂
    I just read Food Rules by Michael Pollan- LOVED it.

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion March 12, 2010, 2:27 pm

    I am currently reading “Her Fearful Symmetry” it is good. It is my the same author of The Time Traveler’s Wife!

  • Katie March 12, 2010, 2:52 pm

    YUM! That stirfry looks good! I’m currently reading “So Long Insecurity” by Beth Moore. A friend is sending me “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” though so I’ll start reading that too.

  • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep March 12, 2010, 3:37 pm

    I’m reading the Women’s Non-Runner Marathon Guide (or whatever it’s called). I knew going into it it wasn’t a “real” training book and it’s supposed to be funny, but this woman HATES running. I might even stop reading it.

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 12, 2010, 3:53 pm

    I am re-reading Eat, Pray, Love and reading French Women For All Seasons. I LOVED Mireille Giuliano’s first book (French Women Don’t Get Fat) so I am excited to dig into this one!!


  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 12, 2010, 4:25 pm

    I’ve been doing a lot of long distance driving lately so I’ve been “reading” Omnivore’s Dilemma and loving it. I also have fast food nation for real reading.

  • Alison @ finnyfinds March 12, 2010, 8:15 pm

    Based on the fertility discussion not too long ago, I ordered that book with the inappropriate illustrations which should arrive any day now. I was really grateful for that discussion. Sounds like it will be an interesting read!

  • GirlonRaw March 13, 2010, 4:40 pm

    Awesome book! I bought it last week and I haven’t been able to put it down!!

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