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Morning!  I had a wonderful night sleep, thanks in part to this little gadget:


Last night, I downloaded the “Ambiance” app on my iPhone, browsed the relaxing sound choices, and downloaded the rainstorm music.  I set the timer to 1 hour and fell asleep to the lovely sounds of rain on my electronic “roof.”


Ironically, when I woke up, it was pouring rain.  Real rain is better.  🙂




After last night’s crappy dinner, I really wanted something super healthy for breakfast today.  Time for a GREEN MONSTER.  This GM was a little pumped-up, though!


The Husband is now selling this protein powder on our holistic supplement website, so I thought I’d test it out.  A serving is 50 calories and contains 10 grams of protein – score! Plus, the only ingredient is whey protein concentrate.  No funny artificial stuff.


It didn’t make my GM taste any different, but the smoothie did seem thicker and fluffier.


My GM contained:


  • 2 cups raw spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons Whey Protein


Plus, toast with no-sugar added apple butter (just apple butter and apple cider).  It was a gift from Angela!


Gear for Cyclists


I’ve put together a post on gear every cyclist needs and wants. 

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Check out my tips for cyclists page to learn more!


If you’re not a cyclist, check out my other “fitness tips” pages:  For Runners and For Swimmers.


And… I’m off!  Things to do!



  • Jessica @ How Sweet March 29, 2010, 10:01 am

    It is pouring here today and dreary! I love falling asleep to rain, too!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 29, 2010, 10:01 am

    Ohh that protein powder sounds good – does the site ship to England!?
    I’ve never seen apple butter in the UK, but it sounds tasty 🙂
    Have a good day!

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 10:08 am

      yes we do!

  • Jenny March 29, 2010, 10:03 am

    I love falling asleep to the sounds of the ocean!

  • Molly @fuelherup March 29, 2010, 10:04 am

    I’m just curious- you mentioned according to Chinese medicine practices, less dairy is better, but the protein powder is made from whey. Is there something unique about whey, or is dairy okay in moderation according to their practice? Thanks!

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 10:09 am

      naw it counts as a dairy product.

      • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 10:09 am

        oh and the website isn’t a chinese medicine specific website. it’s just holistic, natural medicine. there are lot of chinese herbs on it, but there’s other stuff, too.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 29, 2010, 10:04 am

    I am getting some Amazing Grass samples in the mail today and am looking forward to adding them to my GM’s… I’ve never added any powder or anything so looking forward to giving them a “kick”. Happy Monday!

  • Evan Thomas March 29, 2010, 10:05 am

    OK, everything else about an iphone I’ve thought is kind of “meh” but that sounds cool! I love the sound of rain

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite March 29, 2010, 10:06 am

    Rainy days are perfect sleeping weather!

    I love apple butter! Its one of my favorites!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 29, 2010, 10:09 am

    I think you probably made the rain come with that app.

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing March 29, 2010, 10:09 am

    I have an Android phone and I downloaded a similar program on my phone. It really helped my puppy calm down when he was younger and we were crate training him.

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) March 29, 2010, 10:10 am

    That’s a cool app! I don’t think I could fall asleep with noise in the background though…even calming noise lol

    Have a good day 😀

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers March 29, 2010, 10:11 am

    i got soaked on my morning walk w/ the dog! boooo rain. (actually, i kinda like rain, but only when i don’t have to go outside!)

  • Fanny March 29, 2010, 10:14 am

    Love your site!!!

    Do you use a heart rate monitor for your training? If so, do you have any suggestions for a god brand/model to buy?

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 10:34 am

      the garmin 305 has a heart rate monitor but i never use it. i love the 305!!!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 29, 2010, 10:16 am

    What a cool app!!

  • Rachel March 29, 2010, 10:16 am

    how many calories do you think are in a GM?

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 10:35 am

      almond milk – 90
      spinach – 50
      banana – 100

      so, normally around 250, the protein powder made it about 300.

  • Lisa March 29, 2010, 10:19 am

    Love your iphone cover! Where’d you get it?

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 10:37 am

      it’s an otter box. totally worth it!

      • Theodora March 29, 2010, 5:22 pm

        I was going to ask that too! The cover is hot stuff!

        • Laurel March 29, 2010, 9:54 pm

          Me too – read the comments looking for the answer!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 29, 2010, 10:21 am

    We’ve got sun here– but man, it was raining cats and dogs yesterday!

    Have a great day!

  • Marina March 29, 2010, 10:24 am

    Sleeping with the sounds of rain is wonderful, I adore when it’s a storm outside 🙂
    Tnx for the tips, I’ll make sure to check them out!

  • katherine March 29, 2010, 10:25 am

    We did the same thing last night – started with a rainy white noise app and woke up to pouring rain. end result? i just wanted to stay in bed this morning!

  • Amy @ Second City Randomness March 29, 2010, 10:26 am

    I love finding new things to use on my blackberry (er- crackberry)… sounds like you’re doing the same. Have they come up with a catchy name for crazed iphone users as well? Icrack maybe?

    And I love falling asleep or waking up to rain… as long as it doesn’t ruin the rest of my day. 😉

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 29, 2010, 10:26 am

    I used to have CD’s like that to lull me to sleep each night. I loved them.

  • jen trinque March 29, 2010, 10:31 am

    I love the sound of rain on the roof! Unless I was planning on doing something outside 🙂

    I think eventually I’ll have to jump on the iphone bandwagon…keep showing us the awesome apps you download.

  • Kelly March 29, 2010, 10:34 am

    Sweet iPhone case! I wish they would come over to Verizon so I could get one.

  • eatdrinkandbemerrynyc March 29, 2010, 10:36 am

    I like the idea of rain. Not the actual thing!!

  • Run Sarah March 29, 2010, 10:36 am

    That apple butter looks awesome, I haven’t tried any fruit butters before but they look delish!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 29, 2010, 10:38 am

    Green monsters make everything better 🙂 And I love the apple butter, what a nice gift!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 29, 2010, 10:44 am

    i love how a green monster seriously instantly increases the way i feel…i never thought i’d find a drink that did that!

  • Angie (Losing It and Loving It) March 29, 2010, 10:49 am

    Looks like a cool iphone app. I’ll check it out! And I really enjoyed reading your running tips page.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 29, 2010, 10:51 am

    That’s a really awesome app!!!
    Thanks for putting together those tips! I really want to try out biking when I can exercise again.

  • Jenn (www.j3nn.net) March 29, 2010, 11:05 am

    Whey protein powder upsets my tummy. 🙁 Your smoothie looks very good though! 🙂


  • Julie March 29, 2010, 11:09 am

    Must. buy. blender.

    I can’t take anymore green monster pics!!! They make me want oneeeee NOW!! 🙂

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love March 29, 2010, 11:11 am

    My new favorite thing is my alarm clock that makes ocean sounds. My coworker gave it to me and it is awesome. And I love the green monster!

  • Sarah @ Long Legs Healthy Life March 29, 2010, 11:15 am

    I notice that you make your GM without ice – have you ever made one with ice? I’m wondering if you’ve tried both and prefer the non-ice variety? Yours looks so much more green than mine, I think tomorrow’s GM will be sans-ice for me!

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 11:26 am

      i tried it with ice but im just not an icy smoothie kind of girl 🙂

  • Julie @SavvyEats March 29, 2010, 11:33 am

    Add to the “gear every cyclist needs” list (for anyone who will ever be riding when it is dusky/dark)…Lights! In Northern states, it gets light sooo early in the spring and fall, and you don’t want to be caught riding home with no illumination!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 29, 2010, 11:35 am

    The green monster looks so pretty! I am going to try and use pea protein in mine today (whey protein is AWFUL to my insides).

  • Sara @ Activegal March 29, 2010, 11:42 am

    Your iPhone makes me jealous. I want one so bad, but I cannot afford to switch to AT&T! *sigh* Oh well. That Green Monster looks wonderful! I need to try new things in mine like PB and Oatmeal!

  • Steph-exercise physiologist and artist! March 29, 2010, 11:50 am

    Uggghhh the rain made me sleep a little too well this morning. I ended up turing off my alarm clock and falling back asleep only to wake up to my co-worker calling me at 9:30 asking me if i was alright b/c i wasnt at work yet!! NOT a good start to my day!!!
    Hope yours is going much much better :)looks and sounds like it is 🙂

  • Nicole, RD March 29, 2010, 12:23 pm

    That’s how I want to fall asleep at night! I had so much trouble sleeping last night…I bet I only got an hour or 2. I’m teaching a cooking class today and I just couldn’t get it off the brain!

  • Tammy @ Defining Wellness March 29, 2010, 12:23 pm

    Hey Caitlin! What exactly is whey protein? Do you have any posts about it that I’ve missed? Is there anything bad about it? I’ve always stayed away from any kind of supplement in favor of “real” food, but it sounds nice and natural, so I’m curious. I’m assuming it’s made from milk whey, but I’m curious!

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 12:26 pm

      yup its made from milk whey. 🙂 its pretty natural then! no other funny ingredients.

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething March 29, 2010, 12:27 pm

    you have the otter box for your iphone like my hubby does-he loves it!
    i have a protein powder that i got from my holistic doc too-it is just straight protein and i love it. though i want to try her non whey option too. been reading some conflicting things about whey lately.
    have a great day 🙂

  • Ashley @ Good Taste. Healthy Me March 29, 2010, 12:42 pm

    Ooo that sounds so nice! I don’t have an Iphone! 🙁

  • Sagan March 29, 2010, 1:22 pm

    That vegan Foodbuzz event sounds delicious. And your apple butter on toast looks tasty- I’ve yet to try apple butter, but I do love appleSAUCE with nut butter on my toast 🙂

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) March 29, 2010, 2:30 pm

    Ooh neat app! There’s also one that can sense when you’re in your lightest sleep cycle. So after so many hours (that you set it at) and will wake you up within a timeframe of your lightest sleep. However, I can’t use it because we have a sleep number bed 🙁

    • Caitlin March 29, 2010, 3:11 pm

      what’s this app called, paige?! i want it!

      • Paige (Running Around Normal) March 29, 2010, 4:49 pm

        It’s called Sleep Cycle Alarm clock (had to look it up.) It’s only .99. Let me know if you try it out!! 🙂

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) March 29, 2010, 2:37 pm

    I love that you fell asleep to “raindrops on the roof.” That is the coolest application ever. 😀

    Love your GM! 😀

  • Katie March 29, 2010, 3:28 pm

    Wow. That bean and olive dip sounds absolutely delish.

  • Jalita March 29, 2010, 9:57 pm

    I have a question: Do the individual apps on the iphone cost extra?

    • caitlin March 29, 2010, 10:01 pm

      most are free but some cost 99 cents to buy

  • John March 29, 2010, 10:30 pm

    I’ve only worn a bike helmet once and that was mandatory for my OLY. Your spill has me leaning towards wearing it again as I got my bike back from the shop today. Time to ride again.

    • caitlin March 29, 2010, 10:32 pm

      ahh john you SERIOUSLY need to wear your helmet EVERYTIME you ride, even if its around the block. My dad was hit by a car on his bike during a regular lazy ride and now has brain damage. Seriously – wear your helmet! Your brain is worth it!!!

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