I am running extremely low on groceries.  The Husband and I are making a real effort to “eat it, not move it” by eating through our pantries before we move in 57 days.  As a result, we skipped a mid-week grocery trip, and now I need fruit and veg like you wouldn’t believe.


We did had one lone banana left:


So I made double-shot oatmeal.  If you love coffee flavors, you will love this oatmeal.


It contains:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • Toppings: honey, Grape Nuts, coconut


Someone’s wide awake, and that someone is me.


The Biggest Loser and Operation Beautiful Giveaway


Hollie (from Season 4 of The Biggest Loser) has taken a liking to Operation Beautiful, which I am so excited about!  (All the pictures below are from Hollie’s Facebook fan page.)

Hollie was part of the ORIGINAL black team and finished as the 2nd runner up in the finale.

Three years later, Hollie is still fit, active, and encouraging other people to lead happy and healthy lives.  And I thought you’d all love to know she’s an accomplished runner and triathlete!  Maybe she can teach me something about open water swimming?! 🙂

Side note:  how cute is it that she wears those stylish shades during events?  Loves.


She even finished the New York City Marathon in 5:08:12.

Hello, inspiration!


Hollie found out about Operation Beautiful and wrote the following message on her Facebook wall:


Earlier this week, I was tipped off to website called OperationBeautiful.com. I went to it, and immediately fell in love with the concept- writing motivational phrases and anonymously posting them in public places. Caitlin, the founder of Operation Beautiful, started this as a way to end the "fat talk" and other negative things women say to themselves on a daily basis. This spoke to me in so many ways. 


Before I ever set foot on the BL Ranch, I was a classic example of self-deprecation– putting myself down before other people could…making myself the punch line before other people could laugh at me- and I KNOW I am not the only person who has experienced this. When I got to the Biggest Loser, my trainer, Jillian Michaels, let me know right away that there was no way that kind of talk was going to fly– not with me, not with any of the contestants on that Ranch. It took me a while to learn not to say negative things about myself- and to turn those thoughts into more positive ones- I had never done that before.


After the Biggest Loser Finale- I felt on top of the world- like I could accomplish anything- and as you all know, my life really did change from the experience-things have happened that I never dreamed possible! But eventually, no matter how successful I was, what size I wore, or what races I completed, the negative thoughts started to creep back in. Even though I had lost over a hundred pounds, my body still didn’t look the way I wanted it too. There were scars, skin, old stretch marks- all remnants of a life I was no longer living- and it was hard to look at myself sometimes- it still is. There are times when I find myself participating in that negative self talk- refusing to accept compliments, thinking "if only" and basically not showing myself the love I deserve. 


I just want to let you all know that most all of us, big, small, fit, or fat have those negative thoughts…for various reasons. But I also want to let you know that I am a firm believer that we can change the way we think and talk about ourselves. Though my body may never look perfect, it is STRONG, and I am proud of what it has gone through. I try daily to love it a little more, and hate on it a little less. :) 


I encourage you all to join me too, and make a conscious effort to show yourself some love, because you ARE beautiful- and you absolutely deserve love- from yourself most importantly:) Though we all have different goals and different issues- remember that being healthy also includes what is going on inside as well as outside.


Hollie is hosting a The Biggest Loser giveaway on her Facebook page.  To enter, all you have to do is post an Operation Beautiful note on Hollie’s wall (and e-mail it to me at seebriderun@gmail.com). 


At the end of the month, she’ll randomly choose one winner who will receive a coveted black team The Biggest Loser weigh-in shirt AND a pre-order copy of the Operation Beautiful book.


Enter on Hollie’s wall today!



  • Meghan@traveleatlove May 3, 2010, 9:25 am

    That is amazing! Operation Beautiful is spreading like wildfire and touching so many people!

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker May 3, 2010, 9:29 am

    Very cool, Caitlin! And Hollie is great!

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) May 3, 2010, 9:29 am

    I love this giveaway! Go Hollie!

  • Amanda May 3, 2010, 9:32 am

    Amazing! I told some women at work about OB this week and they all thought it was an amazing idea as well. Operation Beautiful very well may take over the world!! LOL

  • Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries May 3, 2010, 9:33 am

    Love your leaf bowl! And Operation beautiful is amazing 🙂

  • Kiran May 3, 2010, 9:33 am

    Love this initiative Caitlin 🙂

  • Sana May 3, 2010, 9:34 am

    How cool is that!

  • Lisa (I'm an Okie) May 3, 2010, 9:36 am

    THat’s beautiful! Your message is really spreading! 🙂

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) May 3, 2010, 9:37 am

    What an inspiration Hollie is–she’s helped to transform the lives of countless people. Absolutely awesome. :mrgreen:

  • Jessica @ How Sweet May 3, 2010, 9:40 am

    That is so exciting! 🙂

  • Kelly May 3, 2010, 9:41 am

    That’s so cool! You’re getting more famous every day!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 3, 2010, 9:41 am

    Wow that’s so awesome that she picked up on Operation Beautiful! Truly inspirational, and I can totally relate to her story after struggling with my weight for my whole life. Even now that I’m a lot more fit and very close to my goal weight, its so hard to not say things like “If only I hadn’t let myself be so heavy for that long..” If only… it’s too easy. So important to love you for you and focus on the good stuff.

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) May 3, 2010, 9:43 am

    It’s so amazing to see Operation Beautiful grow the way it is! So proud of you and excited to see so many people getting involved! Also, amazing giveaway! 🙂

  • Sarah May 3, 2010, 9:44 am

    Congrats, Caitlin! This is incredible!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) May 3, 2010, 9:46 am

    How inspirational! Caitlin, this movement is amazing. I cant wait to see where it all goes! I am going to leave my first note this week 🙂 Thanks for constantly posting so much uplifting content. I cannot help but feel better about myself and life in general when I read this!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 3, 2010, 9:50 am

    That is SO incredible!!! I just left my first note yesterday and it was the most amazing feeling EVER, knowing that the note may reach someone who really needs it. You just NEVER know who’s life you may change with one simple little phrase!

  • jen trinque @ recipes for creativity May 3, 2010, 9:55 am

    Caitlin, that is so exciting! You are really doing your thing out there with your career/following your path, which is just as inspiring as all of your races.

  • Aimee May 3, 2010, 9:56 am

    This is wonderful for you and Operation Beautiful. I posted two notes this weekend (one at the gas station) and another at the supermarket, but didn’t have my phone on me to snap a pic. My three year old son wanted to know what the yellow paper was that I put on the gas pump so I explained it to him. Later in the day he was coloring and he came up to me with a piece of paper that he colored and said, “Mommy this says that you’re beautiful.”

    I still struggle with my weight and have about 30 pounds to lose before I reach a healthy weight. I continue to work on it every day. We are extremely active and eat healthy, but I don’t want my son to know that my body/weight bothers me sometimes. I don’t want him to ever hear me “fat talk.”

    By the way, I just had my first chocolate cherry green monster. OMG! The spinach was even a bit slimy but I hated to waste it. Didn’t matter, the smoothie was amazing!

    • Caitlin May 3, 2010, 9:59 am

      that is the sweetest story about your son, it warms my heart. you are a great role model for him in MANY ways.

  • Angharad May 3, 2010, 10:04 am

    Sweet! So cool that so many people are getting turned on to OB. Congrats!
    I wish I had some yum English instant coffee in the house to make that oatmeal with. I nearly bought a big jar when I was back home in March but I’d already overpacked way beyond the weight limit!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) May 3, 2010, 10:08 am

    I agree how AMAZING that Operation Beautiful is spreading like a wildfire. So proud of you, Caitlin 🙂

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! May 3, 2010, 10:18 am

    Take it from someone that has lost 100+ pounds, I totally agree with Hollie!

    Even after I lost all that weight I still was “unhappy” with my body……..I am currently working on changing that and am happy with the results I am seeing, however it took awhile before I finally got to the point (in my mind) to let my negative thoughts go about it and move forward and change it as you can do anything you put your mind to, you just have to DO IT!

    Thanks again for the great post! =)

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 3, 2010, 10:20 am

    That’s awesome. I know your book is going to be huge because it’s what women have needed for so long. It’s so cool how people are getting on board. Congrats!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! May 3, 2010, 10:20 am

    P.S. Just has my last post on Friday stated when I found a different women (smaller & toner) staring back at me in the gym mirror on Thursday night……….the reflection I saw was so much different then it was 6+ months ago, it was nice to see my hard work finally pay off! =) YOU HAVE TO THINK POSTIVE AND KEEP GOING, that is what I tell anyone that is trying to do the same.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 3, 2010, 10:24 am

    That is so cool that she found your site! What an inpsirational woman!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) May 3, 2010, 10:29 am

    what an awesome story! i’m so thankful to hear other women’s stories who have been blessed by OB 🙂

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 3, 2010, 10:30 am

    I am so glad that Operation Beautiful is getting more notice! I absolutely love the website and I need to go out and buy a huge pack of post-its!

  • Camille May 3, 2010, 10:34 am

    What an inspiration! She is truly a super star 🙂

  • Lexie May 3, 2010, 10:42 am

    I have a feeling I’m going to be watching the biggest loser sometime and they’ll break away to those cheesy product placements they do and it will be for operation beautiful! Hahahaha.

    • Caitlin May 4, 2010, 2:10 pm

      haha that would be epic!

  • skinnyrunner May 3, 2010, 10:46 am

    thats so rad that she is a part of the ob movement! in my book, she’s a celebrity!

  • Steph-exercise physiologist and artist! May 3, 2010, 11:17 am

    That is so cool! I loved Hollie on the biggest loser.
    It is awesome she found OB! She will definitely help to spread the love!
    Hope you are having a great day!

  • Lisa (Lisa at Home) May 3, 2010, 11:20 am

    That’s amazing! I love seeing the updates on your twitter. Good for you!

  • Shawna @ Balancing Me May 3, 2010, 11:33 am

    Sooo cool that OB is making it’s way into so many new avenues! So proud of you, Caitlin!!!

    I love Hollie!

  • Ilana May 3, 2010, 11:33 am

    Amazing! I spotted an Operation Beautiful note by the bus stop the other day and was thrilled to know that someone else near me believes <3

  • Catherine May 3, 2010, 11:35 am

    Amazing! I love how Operation Beautiful seems to be spreading all over. I’m going to leave a note in my office restroom today actually!

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear May 3, 2010, 11:39 am

    I love the entire concept – can’t wait for the book to come out. That’s great to have BL Hollie on board too, she’s a true inspiration to all of us!

  • Retta @ RunRettaRun May 3, 2010, 11:47 am

    What an awesome thing you started! I love reading OB notes and seeing how many people OB has touched and how far reaching it is!

  • Nicole, RD May 3, 2010, 11:50 am

    That’s amazing! How great is it to have BL contestant behind your mission! I love it!

  • runnerforever May 3, 2010, 11:50 am

    Oh ya, gotta love the shades haha.

  • ~Jessica~ May 3, 2010, 12:02 pm

    I’m so impressed: Operation Beautiful is really taking off in a huge way and, although I’m not a fan of The Biggest Loser’s ethos or approach, if it helps to spread positive reinforcement such as yours then I’m all for it. In my opinion, your campaign gives credibility and moral weight to TBL and not the other way round.

    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement re:my run, particularly when you’re so busy and have so much to contend with right now (I hope it was okay linking out to your blog!) Every time I see a reply of yours it feels like getting a comment from a celebrity because you’ve been an idol of mine ever since the inception of See Bride Run (hopefully that doesn’t sound too creepy!)

  • Lisa May 3, 2010, 12:04 pm

    That’s cool! She looks fantastic!

  • Melissa May 3, 2010, 12:16 pm

    How awesome that Hollie heard about you and is spreading the word! I loved her story too!

  • kate May 3, 2010, 12:24 pm

    Thats awesome! Hollie is definitely an inspiration. I hate running low on groceries. I have such a hard time piecing together meals without fruit or veggies. Im overdue for a trip today!

  • Jenny May 3, 2010, 12:35 pm

    Operation Beautiful has such a huge impact! Thanks for creating it and I can’t wait for the book!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat May 3, 2010, 12:52 pm

    Wow, she really hit the nail on the head with that one! I just wrote a post where I talked about how even though I have come so far, I’m just now getting to a point where I am comfortable in my own skin (I totally related to the stretch marks and extra skin she talked about). It’s amazing how easily that negativity can creep back in, we’ve got to fight it! Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  • Helen May 3, 2010, 1:36 pm

    Wow how cool is that!!! How great is it that Operation Beautiful is so big and has an impact on everyone.

  • Julia @ British Bride May 3, 2010, 1:51 pm

    Hollie is really inspirational – truly well done to her!

    Seeing Hollie’s amazing results (although she was always beautiful) makes me want to stick with the 30 day shred!!

    Go girl!


  • Wei-Wei May 3, 2010, 1:57 pm

    Wow, that’s AWESOME! It just really illustrates the power of OB and how it can really spread… I’m so happy to support OB and watch it grow as more and more people discover it!

    That’s amazing… and so are you! Never forget that 🙂


  • kalli@fitandfortysomething May 3, 2010, 3:55 pm

    oh i love this!

  • Sabra May 3, 2010, 4:22 pm

    Where do you get the little spoons you use to eat your oatmeal? They’re so cute.

    • Caitlin May 3, 2010, 4:24 pm

      crate and barrel. they are appetizer spoons.

      • Sabra May 3, 2010, 4:28 pm


  • Amanda (Amanda "runs") May 3, 2010, 5:39 pm

    I love that! It is so cool that OB reached BL! I don’t have a Facebook, but maybe I can get my dad to use his for me..?

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) May 3, 2010, 7:57 pm

    Very cool!!! Maybe she will spread the word and you can be featured on the show!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • Lauren May 3, 2010, 11:25 pm

    This double shot oatmeal looks and sounds amazing! How could incorporating coffee into food be bad haha? Keep your beautiful and tasty recipes coming!

  • Tiffany @ Moving Meditation May 4, 2010, 12:54 am

    This is so cool! You’ve inspired such great things.

Previous post:

Next post:

Healthy Tipping Point