Catching up on the weekend?:



Don’t forget!  Tickets for the 2nd Annual Healthy Living Summit, which will be held August 13- 15 in Chicago, will go on sale Wednesday, May 19 at 9:00 PM EST. There are 200 tickets for sale at $75 each and will go on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The complete agenda will be available before Wednesday, but here’s a rough draft of what to expect.  We’re using a new ticket system this year so things will hopefully go smoothly, but last year we sold out in 20 minutes… so GET READY!

Today marks the beginning of an insane period in my life, so I figured I needed a stabilizing breakfast.


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup rice milk (We bought a case of rice milk from Costco so expect to see no almond milk in my immediate future)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • Cinnamon
  • Toppings: raspberries and blackberries


There is no oatmeal topping better than fresh berries, in my opinion!  Mmmm.


It’s kind of dreary out, so I think I’m going to hit the gym instead of cycling or running outside.  Hopefully, I can squeeze in one last ride tomorrow because I need to figure out how to take my bike apart and put it in a box for the airplane ride to California, and I don’t want to wait until the last minute!


The Beginning of Insanity


Why is my life about to become so insane?  Well…


  • This week:  Travel to Napa Valley and complete my Century race.
  • Next week: Travel to Pittsburgh for my best friend Sarah’s bachelorette party.
  • The week after that:  Travel to Charlotte to find a new home.
  • June 7: Our friends + their baby come to Orlando to visit.
  • June 14: My husband graduates from acupuncture school!!!  Family will be visiting.
  • June 21: Pack up our house.
  • June 28: Move to Charlotte.
  • June 30: Drive to Tennessee to see my mom and drop off our dogs.
  • June 31: Drive to Altoona, Pennsylvania for Sarah’s wedding.
  • July 5 – 9: Couch surf in Pennsylvania for the week.
  • July 10: Celebrate our other friends’ wedding.
  • July 11: Drive back to Tennessee to pick up our dogs.
  • July 12: Drive back to Charlotte to finally unpack our new home and start our new life, including the Husband’s practice.
  • The rest of the month seems like it will be calm, but then…
  • August 3: My book is released!
  • August 13 – 15: The Healthy Living Summit in Chicago.


Also, at some point in the process, I need to write Book #2 proposal and work with my agent to sell it.  I nearly hyperventilated just thinking about it all!


Are you going through major life changes soon, too?  Any suggestions on how I should manage the stress?  There’s going to be a lot of it!



  • Theodora @ Losing Weight in the City May 17, 2010, 9:36 am

    I recently started a new job, which means a very different schedule. (Before, I used to either work from home or walk to work.) I need to balance working out and taking care of my dog (and being social!) with my new commute. I also just switched from actively trying to lose weight to maintenance and am starting to train for my first marathon soon. The only thing I’ve found so far to help is to just do what you have to do and not think about the stress.

  • Nienke at Revel May 17, 2010, 9:37 am

    My goodness you are busy – BUT they are all fun and exciting things! At least you will always have your eats and exercise to keep you sane and grounded:)

  • sarah May 17, 2010, 9:38 am

    Ha – it is totally the season for upheaval. I’m leaving my job this Friday (after four years in journalism), taking a week off, and then entering a one-year master of teaching program for teaching high school English. It’s my first time being unemployed since college and I am scared/nervous/excited/unprepared/totally ready.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 17, 2010, 9:38 am

    Wow sounds like you have quite a busy time in your life coming up but at least it all sounds fun so You can begin a new chapter of your life!

  • katherine May 17, 2010, 9:38 am

    I don’t know that anyone can give you better tips than you already utilize! You seem to have managed the stresses of the past year (hello, writing your FIRST book) like a complete pro. If I could name one thing that helps me handle stress, it’s taking 5 minutes to just breathe and sit quietly every day. Whether it’s with my husband or completely alone, that 5 minute break is a real life saver!

  • MelissaNibbles May 17, 2010, 9:39 am

    Like Steve Winwood says, “Roll with it baby!” That’s all you can do really.

  • Christie {Honoring Health} May 17, 2010, 9:39 am

    Wow, what a packed schedule.

    I recommend lots and lots of yoga and breathing.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 17, 2010, 9:40 am

    Ooh so much happening – but it’s all SO good! You should definetly look forward to it all, I didn’t see a single thing on that list that wasn’t positive 🙂
    I feel like my whole life the padt 6months + is one constant change at the moment…it’s scary but it’s good and positive!
    Have a great day 🙂

    • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 17, 2010, 9:40 am

      Oh yes – and breathe! My mum ALWAYS says that to me when I’m stressed 😛 it’s obvious but it works!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet May 17, 2010, 9:40 am

    I like that you are couch surfing in Pa. 🙂 The only way I manage that much stress is continuing to exercise – makes me feel a lot better!

  • Liz May 17, 2010, 9:40 am

    If anyone can handle that busy schedule it’s you! Just look back on the last six months or so – you trained and ran a marathon while writing your book and did the Olympic tri and century training while juggling a million other things. You are definitely an inspiration 🙂
    Last year I had a lot going on because I was closing on a house and moving, all while my husband was gone for a few months for work. I had to do a lot on my own so it was very stressful. My tip would be to keep making time for workouts (even if it means an hour less of sleep) because they are the ultimate de-stressor as you know.

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run May 17, 2010, 9:40 am

    That is a lot!!!

    I am a big fan of to-do lists, which I know you also like too. Instead of thinking about all these events at once and getting overwhelmed, only tackle each day what has to happen that day. Or even plan out what has to happen each week and tackle it that way.

    Are you packing your bike yourself? I know bike stores will also do this for you if you would feel safer having them pack it, and then find a bike store in CA to put it back together for you.

  • Sporter May 17, 2010, 9:41 am

    If anyone can handle that busy schedule it’s you! Just look back on the last six months or so – you trained and ran a marathon while writing your book and did the Olympic tri and century training while juggling a million other things. You are definitely an inspiration Last year I had a lot going on because I was closing on a house and moving, all while my husband was gone for a few months for work. I had to do a lot on my own so it was very stressful. My tip would be to keep making time for workouts (even if it means an hour less of sleep) because they are the ultimate de-stressor as you know.

  • Jaya May 17, 2010, 9:41 am

    Wow! That is a packed itinerary! I almost feel bad about this admission – but after a very busy few years (almost 18 consecutive semester, full time athletics, part time job) I am just being a lady of leisure this summer and resting/refreshing my brain for grad school in the fall…hard to think of it as a big life change, but maybe it is? Ok, I’m terrible with US geography, so I just consulted my map and it looks like you are going to be a road trip queen this summer! I have a feeling, too, that your next book idea might really gain momentum as Operation Beautiful starts to really take off. There seems to be so much positive energy around all of these summer events, so I hope that you get lots of inspiration from within and around you 🙂
    My last summer looked a bit like yours coming up. My only advice: start stashing snacks in every bag/pocket you own!

  • Erin May 17, 2010, 9:45 am

    Wow, sounds like you have a LOT on your plate. All I can say is to remember to be thankful because these are all good things and blessings. Even though it’s definitely going to stress you out–it would me!–there are a lot of joyful events to look forward to.

    I’m moving and starting a new job next month, which gives me little heart palpitations to think about. It’s also exciting, though.

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries May 17, 2010, 9:46 am

    Deep breaths, girl. And, simply telling yourself that it WILL come to an end. Plus, the majority of it is fun stuff. So, just focus on that. SO EXCITED FOR HEALTHY LIVING SUMMIT TICKETS. If I don’t get them, I may just cry! Haha…not overdramatic at all.

  • Annie May 17, 2010, 9:46 am

    Woah! Crazy busy!!
    Have you ever Couch Surfed before? I haven’t ever Surfed but I’ve hosted a lot of people within the last year and a half.
    Depending on where you are in PA (and saying you are still looking for a host) I MIGHT know a few people who could let you stay.

    Be sure to breathe and good luck over the next few months! Can’t wait to get the book 😀

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers May 17, 2010, 9:46 am

    good luck w/ all these fun and exciting upcoming events! you’re gonna be one busy girl! when i am stressed out, i become the queen of to do lists. crossing stuff off (even simple stuff like the laundry) makes me feel a little more relieved.

  • Ilana May 17, 2010, 9:47 am

    Wow – I think you’re superwoman. I’m awful at managing stress but I’m learning to try to take one thing at a time, focus on the task at hand, and when I get too overwhelmed I remind myself that there’s a reason WHY I’m doing what I’m doing.

  • shannon (the daily balance) May 17, 2010, 9:48 am

    and I thought my summer was intense! I’m also out of town have goings on almost every weekend but you have a MOVE and a BOOK release in there! can’t wait to watch it all unfold 😉
    you’ll be great xo

  • ashleigh May 17, 2010, 9:48 am

    When I first saw the title I thought you were starting the workout insanity and I was like OMG right before the big race? Wow your summer is JAM packed but it will all be a ton of fun 🙂

  • Heather May 17, 2010, 9:48 am

    I hear ya on things being crazy! My crazy only last for two more weeks (that I know of) and then hopefully calms down for awhile. If I can make it to June I wil be ok!
    I make lots of lists and try to stay organized!

  • janetha May 17, 2010, 9:49 am

    You’re definitely going to be a busy lady! But think of all the incredible memories you’ll make. 🙂 I keep telling myself that as I’m mega stressed planning my wedding and renovating my house completely all before July 17. Eep!

  • Lindsey @ Sound Eats May 17, 2010, 9:51 am

    LOL definitely going through major life changes. Your June craziness = my July craziness.

    So excited for you though! Obviously I’ll miss you in Orlando, but I think big, positive life changes are great. 🙂

  • Alina May 17, 2010, 9:52 am

    Hello Caitlin! i’m a looooooooong time reader and finally decided to comment! just wanted to say, please don’t even think about stressing out about your plans! Just remember how exciting all the things on your list are! isn’t that what you dreamed of? BOOK! MOVE! great time with friends and family! summer! treasure these moments and remember how many people you inspire everyday! stress? what stress? 😉
    lots of love from Russia!!!

  • Erin May 17, 2010, 9:53 am

    You listed activities for June twice through, are they really all for June, or are they July activities? Either way, your schedule is full, but sounds like it will be a lot of fun as well. Good luck with the Century Race and move!

  • Emmanuelle May 17, 2010, 9:53 am

    Wow, I guess it’s that time of the year, I’m feeling tired reading your schedule!

    As for me, I have a nice busy schedule as well, with my evening classes finishing soon:
    Next week-end: yoga workshop (Friday evening, Saturday morning, Sunday morning), + work on my evening classes’ exams
    May 29: big group presentation for exams
    From June 7 to June 17: exams!
    June 19: going to France to see old friends
    June 26 or July 3: Lovely Boyfriends’ parents visit from France
    June 10: week-end in London for my first we of yoga teacher training, yeah!
    First two weeks of August: travel to Japan, again yeah!

    And I have a full-time job (ok, if I could quit without having to think about the money, I would, but that’s another story). And I have to squeeze all the studying, yogaing, working out, etc etc. We’ll see how it goes! 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 17, 2010, 9:55 am

    Yikes! You are going to be BUSY!

  • Laura Georgina May 17, 2010, 9:58 am

    I’ve had hectic summers before but that takes the cake. Just remind yourself of how many of those items are pleasant and fun when you feel overwhelmed–I found that always helped to calm me down when things got bat crazy.

  • Katie - Life Discombobulated May 17, 2010, 10:02 am

    I had a stressful semester last fall: graduate school applications, traveling to two friends’ weddings, traveling to a conference, training for and running a half marathon, along with writing papers and staying up on weekly assignments for classes. The way I dealt with it all was to make a HUGE to do list and cross things off as I went. I focused on one week at a time, but made sure to keep track of deadlines for the big stuff, so I snuck those chores in during the week, whenever I had time. A typical conversation for me last fall was: “Katie, are you looking forward to _________?” Me: “I don’t know. I haven’t even thought that far ahead yet…”
    I really don’t know if that was the best way to deal with it, but it did work for me. Good luck, Caitlin! You’re a rock star so I’m sure you’ll get through it all and have a blast while you’re doing it!

  • Angharad May 17, 2010, 10:02 am

    I think recognizing it the way you have is the best start! There’s nothing worse than having stuff creep up on you and suddenly you’re swamped. Take it week by week and prioritize – to do lists are your friend!

  • Emily May 17, 2010, 10:05 am

    i’m right there with ya, Caitlin! I just graduated from UCF and now i’m getting ready to move overseas for 4 months! i’m leaving on July 2 (my birthday), so I will also be running around a lot at the end of June. I’m bummed that I’ll be out of the country for your book release and healthy living summit. I’ll be sure to pick up a copy of your book when I get back 🙂

  • Erin May 17, 2010, 10:12 am

    Just take it one thing at a time – to-do lists are your friend (as you already know!)And I always remind myself that times like those are fun and exciting and also, that life will go back to a more normal pace when its over. I’m about to start 12 weeks of summer school (2 classes each 7 hours a week) and then students teaching (full time in a classroom plus graduate classes!) so I know the feeling!

  • Larissa H May 17, 2010, 10:13 am

    wowww crazzy, but FUN stuff! I am a medical school student, and when i know i have a lot of stuff coming up and just keep looking ahead to it all it makes me panic. Just remeber there is a lot of time and take each day as itself. Also think of all the fun you will get to have this summer doing all these fun things 🙂

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing May 17, 2010, 10:13 am

    I have NO major life changes planned and I’d like to keep it that way. 🙂 We moved into a new house a year ago and I started a new job in December. I’m changed out.

  • Therese May 17, 2010, 10:13 am

    Holy moly! That’s crazy! Definitely just take it one day at a time and break it down into smaller chunks where possible and make sure to set aside a bit of time just for you a few times.

    The good thing is that it’ll go by so fast it’ll soon be over and you can breathe a bit!

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow May 17, 2010, 10:16 am

    Oh hun, I can totally relate! This year we 1- got engaged 2- bought our first home 3- I left my full time job 4- started my own business and 5- are getting married July 10.

    It already feels insane! And every weekend there is so much madness going on! Running here, family visiting, friends visiting, bridal shower, another friends wedding, her shower. Home improvements. Spend money, freak out that we aren’t saving money! Gosh I can relate but am no way diminishing how you feel either. 🙂

    Here is what helps me:

    1. Always turn to what keeps you grounded. For me, that is time alone with the fiance, even if it’s 10 minutes, eating well and balanced, EXERCISE the stress away and take moments for myself.

    2. Appreciate and foster gratitude. Though this is such a crazy time- it is all incredible, amazing, wonderful things. Though stress is stress and you can’t ignore that! But sometimes, it just helps to focus on all the good that you are surrounded with.

    3. Do things that help you release stress. Whether it is an extra hour of sleep, a short walk in silence, breathing in a dark room, journaling- just take time to recognize, acknowledge and then release that stress.

    4. Soak it up baby! Just enjoy the craziness, plan for what you can, expect the unexpected and enjoy it all!

  • Becka May 17, 2010, 10:18 am

    So I know you’re stressing but I’m so excited on your behalf! And a bit sad that he’ll be starting his practice outside of Orlando (can you/he recommend any good doctors like that here?) And a bit jealous that you’re going to be finding a house and living in such a lovely place. Nate and I are in the middle of trying to decide if we want to buy a house and if we want to do it here in Orlando and I’m always saying “I want more trees!” 🙂 Travel safe and kick ass in Napa!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 17, 2010, 10:20 am

    I didn’t realize that both you are Kath are moving to Cville! That’s really cool. It looks like an absolutely beautiful and friendly place.

    BTW I love Jenn’s advice given in the above comment!

    • Caitlin May 17, 2010, 10:23 am

      We’re not 🙂 Kath is moving to Charlottesville and I’m moving to Charlotte. I’m sad 🙁

  • Rachel May 17, 2010, 10:21 am

    Wow wow wow what a summer!

    My advice would be to just take each day as it comes and try to relax whenever you get the chance!

  • emptynutjar May 17, 2010, 10:22 am

    yep. lost my job. struggling to find another. applying everywher. no replies. have to move again in less than one month. very lost and confused
    taking it one minute at a time.
    that is all i can do – dont think far ahead…!

  • Cheryl H. May 17, 2010, 10:29 am

    In addition to stashing snacks, compartmentalize each event then take it one at a time. This will help you handle the stress. And before you know it, you will find yourself on the other side.

  • Katy(Balanced Foodie) May 17, 2010, 10:30 am

    Wow, I think I need a huge deep breath after reading your schedule and It’s not even mine! Just think of how great July will be. It’ll be like fresh air!! You can do it. At least they are all fun things? Plus, don’t be too sad some other little birdies may be flying in to Charlotte. Just saying.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) May 17, 2010, 10:34 am

    that is a LOT on your plate! just make sure you take some time for yourself in all of that 🙂 i’m hoping to make some big life changes soon, but am still in the process of planning those. i will say that the biggest one i’ve made (next to marriage) is moving to Colorado from Texas…that’s a culture shock to say the least! i love it though, and know that it was totally worth it!

  • Wei-Wei May 17, 2010, 10:34 am

    Gosh, you’re busy! I wish I had that much going on in my life – so far I’m just concentrating on surviving each day, with my parents out of town. Then I’ve got finals to study/procrastinate for, then summer! I’m excited. Ahh, the life of a high school freshman… you guys must think I have it so easy. 😛

    Don’t stress too much. Remember, your schedule should have RELAX time built in, too! 😀


  • Marina May 17, 2010, 10:35 am

    Wow, you really have a busy schedule ahead of you!
    My next few months will be busy too, with lot of changes and fun stuff. I look forward to it, but I’m dreading it too.
    I hope you’ll manage to get some rest and fun in all of this 🙂

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit May 17, 2010, 10:35 am

    Caitlin that all sounds so exciting! i’m so happy for you. I have a change coming up, graduating college, but other than a trip to Europe this summer I don’t know what is next for me. I kind of like not having definite plans 🙂
    Good luck with everything!

  • Jesse May 17, 2010, 10:41 am

    wow, sounds like you’ve got a busy couple of months coming up! good luck with EVERYTHING and just take it ONE DAY AT A TIME 🙂

  • Marla May 17, 2010, 10:44 am

    Have you had a viewing of Kath’s house yet?
    (that would be so cool one blogger buying from another 😉

  • Amelia May 17, 2010, 10:48 am

    Wow insanity indeed! My advice would be to have an overall plan, but also take things one at a time. You can’t be riding 100 miles AND freaking out about moving. One day at a time and you’ll be through everything (and stronger for it!) in no time. 🙂

  • Mary May 17, 2010, 10:49 am

    Just take things one at a time. Cross your bridges when you get to them. It looks like you have everything mapped out though! You’ll get through it just put your head down and plow through 🙂 I remember going through the same thing when I moved to Durham from NY this summer for working. I had just graduated college and had no idea what to expect. you’re amazing you’ll be just fine.

  • Lexie May 17, 2010, 10:52 am

    Woo Pittsburgh! At least your crazy schedule makes your blog super fun to keep up with :-p

  • Katie @ Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Journey May 17, 2010, 10:53 am

    When I read this title I thought you meant you were starting the insanity workout program!

    So, I thought the next coming months for me were going to be crazy but I’m pretty sure you’ve got me beat! On August 2 (but possibly before that if I get a job that wants me earlier) we are moving from VA to Sacramento, CA. Between now and then I’ve got to find a job (which is really difficult to do from a city across the country), find a place to live, repaint our current apartment and, I’m sure 1000 other little things that will pop up.

    Good luck on everything you have to do!!!

    PS: I REALLY want to go to the HLS but given that its the week after our big move, probably not a great idea. So sad 🙁

  • Sarah May 17, 2010, 10:56 am

    Eating healthy and getting exercise are key – which you already do! 🙂

    I try to make sure I have plenty of time to read for fun, take deep breaths (I breath in 3’s – count to three on my inhale and exhale) and do something that will help my creative side. Knit, color, paint, spend an hour with my camera. Just something that brings me away from stressing about the transition.

    I also (and this is totally corny, but it helps) I think of transitions like waterfalls. No matter how prepared you are for them, there is still that moment where you go crashing down. And as much as that takes your breath away – the water WILL settle out again.

    And waterfalls are beautiful – so the analogy just makes me smile 🙂

  • Michelle May 17, 2010, 10:56 am

    Hey Caitlin! This is totally random, but did you happen to see yet that Pitt and Miami are playing a non-conference game this season at Heinz Field?? (I went to Pitt too). I think it’s September 23.

    • Caitlin May 17, 2010, 10:57 am

      yes 🙂 we’re going!!!

  • Juli D. May 17, 2010, 11:00 am

    One day at a time. And even if everything doesn’t get done, all will be well as long as you’ve got your friends, family and pups around.

  • kirsten May 17, 2010, 11:01 am

    Wow you have a lot coming up! It seems like it will be all good/fun stuff though! Just remember to relax! 😀

  • Amanda May 17, 2010, 11:02 am

    Wow, that makes me feel stressed reading about it! But you’re so amazing and will handle it like a pro 🙂

  • Stephanie May 17, 2010, 11:04 am

    So random but our double-A baseball team just played Altoona Curve last night and we went to the game and I was wondering where in the heck Altoona even was…

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 17, 2010, 11:08 am

    You are going to bee SO crazy busy!!! I can’t believe you’re going to a wedding in Altoona– that’s where I live!!!

  • deborah@pamplemousse21 May 17, 2010, 11:09 am

    lots of Yoga – It helped me through the stress of a move and a new job SO much. Even just 30mins a day if you can fit it in really really helps!


  • Orla May 17, 2010, 11:10 am

    Oh My – that is a lot of things going on. But just remember the whole time that you are happy, healthy and everything you are doing is positive and for a great reason. It may seem mad at the time and you wonder how you will cope with it all but when you look back at everything you realise how strong you are and it will all seem worth it.
    Nothing extra mad in my life. Friends get married on June 4th for which I am making the cakes, then BBQ on the 5th with the wedding party followed by at 300mile drive on the 6th with a hyper large dog that doesnt like to travel much to a family reunion. However, I am then on vacation for a week so it is actually nothing in comparison to your coming months!

  • Kelly May 17, 2010, 11:10 am

    My next couple of months looks like this too, but fortunately I am not moving- though I am getting married and attending a bunch of weddings, bachelorettes and all of that. It’s also the end of the school year at work so I have a lot of stuff to tie up there as well. My plan is to set manageable goals each week- instead of saying you have to write Book 2 proposal- instead set a specific goal such as have sections 1 and 2 done by the end of the week, etc- that way it won’t seem like SUCH a big thing. That’s what I’m going to do anyways 🙂

  • Veronica @ Navy Wife on a Diet May 17, 2010, 11:14 am

    Take time to do something that is totally for YOURSELF. Even though weddings are fun, they’re for other people. Your whole itinerary is for other people – and there is nothing wrong with that. But while you’re in the midst of helping your husband with his new practice, roadtripping for various weddings, hosting a healthy living summit and whatnot, plan something for you.

    No, exercise doesn’t count! go see a concert, or a comedy show, or sun tan at the beach, or whatever. just make it a day to restore yourself back to your paradigm. As much as we women LOVE to do for others, we need to do for ourselves too. Nuture yourself every so often. Again, exercise doesn’t count!

  • Sarah May 17, 2010, 11:15 am

    I’m currently trying to get into a yoga teacher certification program, looking to change jobs, and trying to have a baby. Honestly, looking at a long list of everything that I should get done(like the one you posted) stresses me out. I try to have one on hand somewhere (just so I don’t forget something), but I usually write a daily checklist and just try to take one day at a time.

  • caronae May 17, 2010, 11:17 am

    OH man, that’s a lot of major events and changes. But I have confidence that you can do it. 🙂

    I just moved recently, and while I am a single person who doesn’t have any furniture or big things, I found that the absolute key was to plan ahead: know every detail of the process. Where are you going to get your boxes from? What will fit into boxes? What won’t? Do you have packing supplies? Who is going to move the stuff? Will it fit into your car? A rental truck? How will you get to the airport, if need be? How much will everything cost? Just be prepared! Good luck!

  • Retta @ RunRettaRun May 17, 2010, 11:19 am

    Dang! Sounds like you’ll be balls to wall! I’m excited to read about your century race. Good luck!!

  • Meredith May 17, 2010, 11:26 am

    My husband and I are starting to look at houses to buy and we hope to buy one before the end of the summer. So far we’ve always rented so we’re REALLY excited and nervous!

  • Kelli May 17, 2010, 11:28 am

    I am going through lots of life changes too! Closing on our house, moving, the end of training for and then competing in my first marathon, unpacking and redecorating a very OLD house, and of course the financial issues that come along with all of that. INSANE! Good luck!! Just take it all a day at a time!!! And most importantly, ask for help when it is needed!!

  • Maura May 17, 2010, 11:29 am

    I got hives just reading your list. The best part of it though? The book release! Can’t believe it’s already here. Reading the journey of the day you found out the publisher wanted to buy your book to now seems to have flown by.

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini May 17, 2010, 11:36 am

    I had a summer almost exactly like that last year (well I didn’t cycle 100 miles but I had other commitments!). We moved cross country with the cats, only got a house last minute, I sold my business and set up a new one, articles to write, etc etc….. and my answer is (drumroll) yoga.

    Get to a class or do a dvd or just sit/lie in silence listening to your breath whenever you can, even if it’s just for ten minutes. It really helps to bring everything back into perspective. I honestly don’t think I could have survived last summer without yoga!

  • Joey May 17, 2010, 11:41 am

    Take it a day at a time. You’ll be fine – you are always setting a good example for us – take care of YOU during this time. Don’t stress! 🙂

  • Anna May 17, 2010, 11:46 am

    We just went through a lot of those same transitions. I just finished graduate school in Charleston, SC, and we moved 2 weeks ago back to Charlotte (my hometown) permanently. My husband and I both quit our jobs and moved back to my parents temporarily. He’s interviewing for a new job and I graduate from nurse practitioner school this week. Then I study for and (hopefully) pass boards and find a job as an NP. We will then be looking to buy a house in Charlotte! I know it can be stressful, but try to enjoy ever bit of it. You will have time to settle in Charlotte and get unpacked, so don’t let the thoughts of that lingering keep you from enjoying your other activities. If you need any tips on Charlotte, let me know.

  • Camille May 17, 2010, 11:51 am

    Holy cow! Good for you!

    My big life change coming up is that in August, my boyfriend and I are moving from Southern California to Oregon… I can’t wait!

  • Julia @ May 17, 2010, 11:56 am

    Sounds pretty fun to me! Just remember to breathe! I have recently been blogging about just not having enough hours in the day… you have to listen to our body and chill.

    Book 2? What is it going to be about. Book 1 is already on pre order!!

    My big life change this year is getting married, and hopefully finding a new house next Spring… then who knows…it could be BABY time!!


  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) May 17, 2010, 12:10 pm

    I AM going through major life changes… I just moved to the city and am trying to move here permanately, as well as secure an official job when I graduate culinary school… oh yeah, I’m writing a book proposal myself and there may be a wedding in the near future… 😉


  • Meagan May 17, 2010, 12:16 pm

    Your book-baby and my baby have the same due date 🙂 Good luck to us both!

  • JenRD May 17, 2010, 12:16 pm

    While that looks like a long list, and can easily seem overwhelming, I think you have a good tactic of mapping it all out to see the big picture, in case there are things that need to be prepared in advance. Once you have done what you can, though, try not to look at the long list again, and take one thing at a time. Summers tend to fill up quickly, don’t they!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 17, 2010, 12:16 pm

    mmm…your berry oats look divine!

    you’ve sure got a BUSY summer ahead. don’t think of them as chores/tasks, rather…look at them as opportunities, experiences, and memories. hope that helps!

    breathe : )

  • Jolene ( May 17, 2010, 12:19 pm

    Holy hell girl!!!!!! You are going to be BUSY!!!!!! I say you should sneak in a massage somewhere in there 🙂 That will help manage the stress!!

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches May 17, 2010, 12:27 pm

    My life has gotten hectic too although nowhere near as crazy as yours…
    I just started up a food blog, which has taken up a fair amount of time and made life a little more hectic as I try to figure out what exactly is going to work on my blog. I’m currently in a long distance relationship which requires travel time almost every week in order to see my bf. Simultaneously, I’ll be applying to medical schools and starting marathon training in June, and at the end of August, I’ll be moving to Colorado to start a new job in Boulder. I’ll have to find an apartment during that time, and deal with secondary med school essays (and long runs!). Thinking about it makes me tired, but I know that taking it one day at a time is all I can do.

  • Wendy May 17, 2010, 12:31 pm

    Better check your calendar – June only has 30 days. 😉

    You’ve gotten a lot of good advice above, and I esp. agree with those that said to have an overall plan, but to take it one thing at a time. That’s how I deal with majorly busy times in my life. My summer is going to be relatively laid back, but once August gets here, my life is getting turned upside down. I’m going from a mostly stay-at-home mom to a full time high school teacher! Plus, my daughter starts kindergarten and my son starts preschool. Hope I can handle a full time work schedule plus all my evolving mom responsibilities!

  • Jenny May 17, 2010, 12:32 pm

    Take everything one step at a time, make lists and take time for yourself! You’ll be fine, you are amazing!

  • Bria May 17, 2010, 12:37 pm

    A busy but exciting schedule you have, Caitlin. 🙂

    I am a big stresser myself but a good friend once told me to just “make a list, and start knocking things off”. When the whole seems overwhelming, often the little pieces are manageable. You will do great. Congrats to your hubby!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 17, 2010, 12:49 pm

    You are crazy girl! I guess just take one thing at a time and enjoy yourself! Sounds like you’re going to be running around for the rest of the summer!

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething May 17, 2010, 12:49 pm

    hubby has lost a job recently and is looking for others-money has been tight and stress has been high…..major change. we just keep focusing on the positive and chugging along. one thing about your bike…..some bike shops will take them apart for you and pack them up…..for free-check around!

  • Hedda May 17, 2010, 1:02 pm

    Oh Caitlin, that was one packed agenda!
    You will make it all though.
    When I am going through changes I usually try to look back at past acchievements, and see all that I have managed to do already. That is proof that I am strong, and will make it through future changes and experiences.
    It is also important to breathe. Just take a break, and do something so simple as breathing and tell yourself that you can do it. With so much going on, try to focus on one thing at the time. Don’t think “Ohh, next week I must do x and x”, focus on what you are doing now.

    Hope everything will go well beautiful.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 17, 2010, 1:06 pm

    That is a lot! Exercise and prayer are the two things I lean on in times of major stress. I know I certainly can’t handle it alone.

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle May 17, 2010, 1:08 pm

    Wow, that is quite a summer you have ahead of you! Just take it as it comes, keep lots of lists and calendars to jot reminders down on to keep you sane. I’m about two weeks from starting utter craziness: move out of current apartment, live with random friends/relatives for a month, go to San Diego to run a marathon, try to get an article published in a science journal, write and defend a thesis, find a job, move again to wherever new job is (or home if no job :P)!

  • Samantha @Food Edu May 17, 2010, 1:11 pm

    Wow–that is a ton of stuff. It will be stressful, but it sounds like a ton of fun as well! I too have a busy summer planned, nothing like yours but my wedding, best friends wedding, lots of bachelorettes and bridal showers and work, you know!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 17, 2010, 1:28 pm

    Wow, you have a crazy few months ahead of you!!! I’m going through some major life changes too and the best thing you can do is just BREATHE. I get stressed out SO easily when things are crazy that even something as simple as breathing is hard to remember to do!

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind May 17, 2010, 1:44 pm

    Agreed on the berries claim.

    Geez, Caitlin. You def have your plate full. I’m sure you’ll rock that crazy to-do list, but if you need to put up a few “I’m going crazy!” posts, I’m sure we’ll all understand. 🙂

  • Devon May 17, 2010, 1:53 pm

    When I saw you post on Twitter that it was the beginning of insanity, I thought you meant the insanity workout program!

  • Kelly May 17, 2010, 1:56 pm

    Wow you’ve got a busy few weeks ahead of you, good luck!

  • Christina May 17, 2010, 2:00 pm

    wow that is a crazy schedule coming up!!! Is rice milk similar in taste to almond milk, I have never tried it but I love my almond milk.

  • Jennifer May 17, 2010, 2:06 pm

    I look forward to seeing how your summer of craziness goes. It seems very exciting. Good luck with the move. Wish I could help!

  • Ashley May 17, 2010, 2:12 pm

    I just moved to Florida from Altoona. If you get a chance, check out the Knickerbocker Tavern. Highly recommend (lots of veggie options, too.)

  • Cristal May 17, 2010, 2:38 pm

    Totally unrelated to the question, but…When you make your warm baked apple pie oatmeal, do you put the water from the microwaved apples into the mix? I made this recipe this weekend and it seemed very dry when I only used 1/2 almond milk.

    • Caitlin May 17, 2010, 2:51 pm

      i do not but its not suppose to be wet like regular oatmeal, but more cake like? i’m sorry it didnt turn out! 🙁

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) May 17, 2010, 2:42 pm

    Holy busy! I try not to outline how busy I am for more than one week at a time, because then I, too, tend to hyperventilate. I do better at looking at short time-spans 😉

  • Shawna @ Balancing Me May 17, 2010, 2:47 pm

    Whoa! You have LOTS going on! Only advice I can give is make your lists, stick to them, and enjoy each adventure to its fullest by not thinking too far ahead and living in the moment. Good luck!

  • Corinne (breathe and savor) May 17, 2010, 2:51 pm

    BUSY BUSY!!! It is ALL very exciting things though 🙂 It looks like a lot on paper because it is a lot on paper! Remember to take it day by day, otherwise your brain will go into overload! NOT GOOD ha. PS You are going to DOMINATE the race in Cali this Sunday

  • Michal May 17, 2010, 3:16 pm

    I can’t say anything that hasn’t been said already – so just adding my good luck and sympathy! I’ll be finding out this week what sort of big change my life is about to go through (it depends on a meeting, but either way will lead to a big change), and I’m keeping sane with (a) healthy food and exercise and (b) focusing on only controlling what I can. Sometimes opting for a microview (only focusing on the current step) also helps me.
    We’ll all be here rooting for you and eagerly awaiting updates 🙂 (no pressure!)

  • Susan May 17, 2010, 3:29 pm

    Will you be sure to let us know how you pack you bike up and how it survives the plane ride. I’m going to have to be traveling with my bike and I’m interested to know how it works out for you. Thanks!

    • Caitlin May 17, 2010, 3:31 pm

      for shu!

  • Cindy May 17, 2010, 5:07 pm

    I will be moving from this apartment to another apartment here in Boston or in London, if I get a teaching job there. So I could have a HUGE life change, or just moving locally, which is still a pain in the ass.

  • Julie May 17, 2010, 6:15 pm

    wow, busy lady! I’m about to have some major life changes as well. I’ll be moving to Boston in August, from Baltimore. I’ll be starting my doctorate degree in clinical psychology…holla! 🙂 I’m nervous, excited, apprehensive, sad, happy….you name it, I feel it!

  • Jess May 17, 2010, 7:42 pm

    That is a lot! My advice would be to just take it each day or week at a time. If you look ahead at your schedule for the next 3 months, of course you’ll be overwhelmed! I know that you’ll be fine 🙂

  • Katie May 17, 2010, 7:52 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    I love your blog! I am from Charlotte and moved to raleigh where I went to college. HOwever, I am moving back to Charlotte after this summer for graduate school to get my Master’s in Public Health. I am also spending the summer in Orlando, FL with my parents! I am a runner who is getting into cycling to save her body as you are well aware of and your blog is very motivating!

  • Alycia @ Fit n Fresh May 17, 2010, 8:27 pm

    omg shut up! i’m from altoona! and if you’re going to my friend sarah’s wedding, i’m seriously gonna die!!

    • Caitlin May 17, 2010, 8:30 pm

      Sarah and TK?!

      • Alycia @ FitnFresh May 18, 2010, 3:31 pm

        i’m not sure what his name is? i wanna say matt? i know she’s getting married this summer! i’ll have to ask her when again lol

  • Morgan May 17, 2010, 9:27 pm

    June 31? Did you add an extra day to the summer???!!! (June only has 30 days, btw.)

  • Hayley H May 18, 2010, 12:24 am

    Caitlin, I’m getting really excited for the release of your book. It’s going to be a good one, and will be even better after watching the whole process unfold on your blog.

    If anyone can handle the stress, it’s you! Do you have any experience with meditation? I can honestly say that it has almost completely eliminated my anxiety.

  • Susan May 18, 2010, 7:45 am

    Ohyes, I’m moving halfway across the country next week. Or the week after. Actually, we don’t have a place to live yet, and I still don’t know how I’m getting there! Then as soon as I’m supposed to get there, I’m going on a week long hiking trip to the Canadian mountains. And then I have to go back to my new city and try to find a job. And go to the HLS of course 😉 I’m just taking it one day at a time. I only look ahead a few days at a time, because at this point, even thinking of what is going to happen next week stresses me out.

  • Helen May 18, 2010, 9:02 am

    You are so busy! Good luck with it all. I can’t wait to buy your book, it’s out so soon. I can’t believe you’re moving house in all of this too!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels May 18, 2010, 11:38 pm

    perhaps you should attend the Time Management and Organization section at HLS . . . wink wink! 🙂

  • Katherine May 19, 2010, 4:10 pm

    you are so busy! I didn’t look at your blog for like two days and I feel like there are a million posts I haven’t seen. thank goodness for this one sorting them all out. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help!

  • John May 21, 2010, 8:48 pm

    Wow that’s quite the summer you got lined up! Hope it all goes smoothely for you. I manage stress by doing things I love like golfing. Just have to take a half day or full day and relax.

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