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Guess who is celebrating their 93rd birthday?!


My grandpa makes an awesome Operation Beautiful book model.  :)  I gave him an advanced copy of the book for his birthday.  HeÒ€ℒs partially blind but has a big magnifying machine that he uses to read.


Guess who else celebrated a 100,000 miles birthday?


My car is now a senior citizen.  πŸ™‚


I took a half-day from work to drive up to Gainesville, Florida (about two hours away) for a quick lunch with my aunt, uncle, and g-pa, and then I turned around and drove back home.  It was nice to see them one more time before we move to Charlotte in 1.5 weeks!


As usual, we went to Olive Garden.  And as usual, I got the soup, salad, and breadsticks.  CanÒ€ℒt go wrong with the classic.




My auntie shared some of her cheesy ravioli with me, too!  Mmm.


Annnnnd then I drove back to Orlando.  It was quite the car trip, but well worth it!


Got a DD Iced Coffee for the ride back:


In other newsÒ€¦


New shoes!  These are so un-Caitlin, but I really love them for some reason.


What cute accessory are you rockinÒ€ℒ today? πŸ™‚


Time to get some work done!



  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 16, 2010, 3:15 pm

    Happy birthday to your grandpa!
    My last car hit 200,000 miles before we upgraded; we were all so proud…:p

    • Caitlin June 16, 2010, 5:27 pm

      that is really freaking impressive!

  • Sara June 16, 2010, 3:20 pm

    Cute shoes! And weird: I bought a t-shirt the other day that’s not really me, but it’s cute and I like it! Perhaps I’ll post a picture when I get around to wearing it (probably tomorrow).

    And happy birthday to your grandpa! My grandmother turns 85 tomorrow; we’re headed to see her this weekend.

  • jess June 16, 2010, 3:27 pm

    i’m rockin my aviators! πŸ˜€

  • Kim June 16, 2010, 3:28 pm

    Love the shoes! Where did you find them?

  • Kristina June 16, 2010, 3:29 pm

    I have my cute new shoes on too! they are red, but they are… gosh, I don’t even know? not really running shoes, sports shoes? anyway, yours are SUPER CUTE πŸ™‚

    Happy Birthday to your grandpa! awesome πŸ™‚ I’ve not been to olive garden in YEARS, but I am actually kinda excited, my dad shocked me when I asked where I can take him for father’s day dinner… we’re going to OG ! πŸ™‚

    • HTP Dad June 17, 2010, 11:27 am

      my dad says thanks!

  • Sarah for Real June 16, 2010, 3:30 pm

    Oh YUM, that’s always what I get at the Olive Garden too! I must have a breadstick NOW!

    Your book looks great!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin June 16, 2010, 3:30 pm

    Love the shoes! I’m rocking my sneakers today because I’m running home from work and trying to get myself motivated to do it. πŸ™‚

  • Kaz June 16, 2010, 3:31 pm

    Happy Birthday to your grandpa! πŸ˜€

    Your shoes are adorable. I have a hair clip that I love, and it makes my hair look buoyant and pretty, and I’m wearing it today. It does wonders for my self-esteem and those pesky bad hair days.

  • Amy @ Running in Pink June 16, 2010, 3:34 pm

    Aw Happy Birthday Grandpa Healthy Tipping Point! I see the family resembelance – he is adorable!

  • emily June 16, 2010, 3:42 pm

    I have the same shoes in light pink! Love them.

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy June 16, 2010, 3:44 pm

    Cuuuute shoes! πŸ™‚ Love it! I always have tons of accessories but I’m rocking a new color of nail polish almost each week (I do have an addiction!). This week is Lilac! Love it.

    Can’t wait for the book πŸ™‚

  • Kellie June 16, 2010, 3:44 pm

    The only accessory I rocked today was the Garmin. I do feel sporty when I wear it on a run. I feel like everyone must think I am some amazing athlete (if they only knew πŸ™‚

  • Kelly June 16, 2010, 3:46 pm

    Love those shoes!!! I am totally unaccessorized today. Unless you count my wedding ring! Totes boring πŸ™‚ I haven’t been to Olive Garden in forever.. I love their soup/salad/breadsticks!

  • Kacy June 16, 2010, 3:50 pm

    Awww, happy birthday to your grandpa! And I love the OB book cover!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman June 16, 2010, 3:52 pm

    I’m always rocking a scarf because it’s freezing at work. At least it looks good too!

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! June 16, 2010, 3:54 pm

    You can never go wrong with that combination at the O.G. Never!

    Love the shoes!

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear June 16, 2010, 3:55 pm

    Wow…a well deserved Happy Birthday to your Grandpa! That’s so great that he’s still here and well πŸ™‚ I never go to Olive Garden, but really you can’t go wrong with SS&B! I love the Pasta Fagoli!

  • jenna June 16, 2010, 3:56 pm

    aww..i hope your grandpa has a great 93rd(wow!!)birthday!

    love your shoes!

  • Mary June 16, 2010, 3:57 pm

    your g-pa is so adorable πŸ™‚ I love those shoes you’re rocking. I had on some ridiculously large old navy bug sunglasses earlier. I told my boyfriend I was “in-cognito”

  • claire June 16, 2010, 4:00 pm

    Happy bday to the g-pa!

    love the red shoes…I’m not wearing many accessories today but a masai bangle!

  • Evan Thomas June 16, 2010, 4:01 pm

    Happy birthday to your grandfather!
    Um, I was rocking a garmin earlier, is that “cute”?

    • Caitlin June 16, 2010, 5:27 pm

      super cute.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) June 16, 2010, 4:05 pm

    i’m rocking my favorite camo hat πŸ™‚ love that thing!

    happy birthday to your grandpa!!!!

  • Hedda June 16, 2010, 4:06 pm

    Congratulations to your Grandfather, Caitlin! I wonder how it is to have experienced so much as he has, like World Wars, Cold war. I love to talk to elder people about how they feel like the world has changed since they were born, it is so interesting.
    My cute accessory today? Hmm. Does a wide smile count?
    And my beloved gold ballerina shoes, ai!

    PS : I have read every post of yours, though I have not commented so much lately. You are still a huge inspiration to me, gorgeous!

    • Caitlin June 16, 2010, 5:29 pm

      thanks hedda! i know how busy life gets!

  • Jenny June 16, 2010, 4:14 pm

    Happy Birthday to your Grandpa! That’s a big birthday:)

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story June 16, 2010, 4:15 pm

    My car had it’s 100,000 mile birthday this month too!! πŸ™‚

    What a happy post. πŸ™‚

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story June 16, 2010, 4:15 pm

    And PS – I’m not sure I could drive that far just for lunch. You are awesome. πŸ™‚

  • Heather @ Junk Food Break Up June 16, 2010, 4:16 pm

    That’s so awesome, what a nice birthday for your Grandpa!

    I’m also seriously envious of your lunch and your new shoes!

    My cute accessory today I think would be my clear quartz charm on my necklace. It helps me to feel a little more zen during the crazy working day.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers June 16, 2010, 4:17 pm

    Cute? Accessorize? I’m supposed to do that?! πŸ˜‰

  • Chelsey June 16, 2010, 4:20 pm

    Mmmmm soup salad and breadsticks – love them!

    My cute accessory for the day are my glittery silver flip flops, which do NOT stay on my feet. I keep wearing them though.. they’re just too cute!

  • Katy June 16, 2010, 4:25 pm


    Hi, I’m Katy.

    I have just discovered your blog, thanks to the Fitness Magazine website! It’s wonderful. I love how you mix your healthy food choices with details of your workouts.

    I’m currently getting into running. I’ve been running 5 or 6 times a week now, for about the last month. I’m about up to 2.5 miles without stopping(huge accomplishment for un-athletic me :)) So, this blog is wonderful for running motivation.

    I’ve decided to start of the beginning of your blog. I’m half through October 2008. LOVING IT!

    Also, just a few questions…

    I’ve picked up that you loooove your peanut butter and plain nf yougurt. Which brands of pb and nf plain yogurt do you like best?

    Also, I’m a Z-bar crazy! I love, love, love them! I buy them at Sams Club (sort of like a costco) and get 24 in a variety box for only $10 or so dollars. Such a bargain! Any others you suggest? Haven’t tried to larabars, you’ve mentioned them, how do they compare?

    When I woke up for my 4:50 2.5 run this morning, I thought of your blog! It helped to motivate.

    • Caitlin June 16, 2010, 5:34 pm

      thank you so much! what a sweet comment!

      i like z-bars, clif bars (the white macademia flavor is so good), and SOME larabar flavors. i’m not nuts about them, but they are very healthy so i can’t complain. the coconut one is really good!

      as far as yogurt goes, i really love oikos and chobani because greek yogurt has much more protein in it.

      girl, waking up at 4:50 to run is awesome. you deserve a medal!

      thank you for reading!!

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini June 16, 2010, 4:27 pm

    It’s nearly bedtime here so I’m in my jammies but I was wearing the most awesome red rose hair clip today. It’s pretty un-Rachel but it worked. Today just must be the day of uncharacteristic accessories!!!

  • Laura @ Food For La June 16, 2010, 4:38 pm

    He is so cute! Happy Happy Birthday to your Grandpa πŸ™‚
    I’m rockin’ a headband I got in Bali last year, but usually, I too rock everything from Marshalls! BTW there are many many great Marshalls in Charlotte I’m sure you’ll explore.

    • Caitlin June 16, 2010, 5:36 pm

      really?! oh i’m so excited for new marshalls!

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) June 16, 2010, 4:38 pm

    those shoes are too cute! i’m in need of some new flats, i think marshalls is calling me πŸ™‚
    glad you saw some family today, looks like you had a fabulous time. the accessory that i’m rocking lately is this really cute handmade necklace from a fair trade store called 10,000 villages. everything has a story with it, and it tells you exactly where it was made. πŸ™‚

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries June 16, 2010, 4:39 pm

    Ahhhhhhh! I LOVE those shoes!!!!

  • Aubrey June 16, 2010, 4:43 pm

    Love the shoes and happy bday to your gramps and car!

    I always have the soup and salad combo at OG too! You’re right, you cannot beat that!

    Also, me loves me some Marshalls and Nordsrom Rack! It’s the only way to go!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) June 16, 2010, 4:46 pm

    Cute picture with your grandpa! Happy birthday to him! πŸ™‚

    Those shoes are SO cute! I love finding pieces of clothing that get me out of my comfort zone!

  • RhodeyGirl June 16, 2010, 4:53 pm


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  • Little Bookworm June 16, 2010, 4:54 pm

    Happy birthday to your grandpa! Love the shoes. πŸ™‚

  • Jessica June 16, 2010, 4:56 pm

    happy birthday to your grandpa! and love your shoes! πŸ™‚

  • Danielle (Runs on Green) June 16, 2010, 4:57 pm

    Happy bday to grandpa tipping point!!

  • Brie @ Brie Fit June 16, 2010, 4:58 pm

    Aww, happy birthday Grandpa HTP!

    Love the shoes. Fierce!

  • Cassie @ Tasteful Tales June 16, 2010, 4:58 pm

    I might have to drive to my local Marshall’s and get me those shoes.. they are sooo cute!!!!

  • Ellen Collis June 16, 2010, 5:01 pm

    Aww, happy bday gramps! Too cute πŸ™‚ My grandmother recently passed away, but she was 102! Isn’t it just amazing? Anyway, I’m so jealous you went to Olive Garden. There aren’t a lot of convenient chain restaurants like that in NYC, but every time I find one I get ridiculously happy!

    • Caitlin June 16, 2010, 5:36 pm

      i’m sorry to hear about your grandma passing, but 102 is IMPRESSIVE.

  • Samantha June 16, 2010, 5:09 pm

    I’m accessorizing with slippers. I keep them under my desk at work. No one can see my feet so shussssh, it’s a secret. hehehe

  • Theorist June 16, 2010, 5:11 pm

    Happy B-day to your G-pa!!!

    I have those same cute shoes…bought them to take a risk. Today I wore my eggplant purse to add a pop of color!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] June 16, 2010, 5:12 pm

    Those shoes are so funky + fun!!

  • Victoria June 16, 2010, 5:13 pm

    Yum iced coffee! πŸ™‚ I wish we had Dunkin Donuts in the UK! We only just got Krispy Kreme but only in London it seems! lol. x

  • Sarah June 16, 2010, 5:17 pm

    I’m working as a chaplain at a hospital this summer, so the only accessory I’ve been rocking is my hospital badge and pager! So not cute.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 16, 2010, 5:26 pm

    Happy birthday to your Grandpa!

    Cute shoes! I’m rocking a vintage necklace I picked up at a garage sale for $1.

  • Kristina June 16, 2010, 5:35 pm

    Can’t wait for your book to come out!! Love the shoes! Rockin’ cute new earrings from Forever 21 for $3.50!! You just can’t beat that price!! πŸ˜‰

    • Caitlin June 16, 2010, 5:37 pm

      thank you for your support in advance!!!

  • Orla June 16, 2010, 5:40 pm

    Ah happy birthday to your grandpa. Grandparents rock. My family lived right next door to my grandparents and they used to look after me when I was little. He was awesome
    and I miss him.
    Today I rocked a cropped jacket I forgot I had- so it was like new!

  • Brynne June 16, 2010, 5:41 pm

    Aw happy birthday to your grandpa! He doesn’t look 93 to me at all!

  • Helen June 16, 2010, 5:43 pm

    Happy birthday to your grandpa!! I’m glad you all had a great day! I love your shoes, they aren’t really me either but I love them! An accessory I’ve been rocking today is my new shoes too. They are silver and covered in lace. My brother calls them my knicker shoes!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 16, 2010, 5:53 pm

    Happy birthday to your grandpa! I’m rocking a yellow, summery jacket although its rainy and gray outside. Yeaaaah!

  • Priyanka June 16, 2010, 5:54 pm

    Happy Birthday to your Grandpa!! I am missing my G-pa since morning today!

    I love your shoes, they are cute!!

  • Lori June 16, 2010, 6:02 pm

    those shoes are a-freakin-dorable!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 16, 2010, 6:03 pm

    Happy Birthday to your grandpa! I am sure that he loved the book πŸ™‚ What a great pressie idea πŸ™‚

  • Wendy June 16, 2010, 6:25 pm

    Does the blue bandana I wore as a headband under my bike helmet count as a cute accessory? My wardrobe is at least 75% workout clothes. πŸ™‚

    Happy birthday to your Grandpa!

  • Tammy @ Defining Wellness June 16, 2010, 6:34 pm

    Awww, what a sweet gift! I bet that meant the world to him. I’m lovin’ those shoes! Good pick! I’m not rockin any accessories but my workout clothes today . . . just one of those days when I’m gettin’ stuff done. πŸ™‚

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 16, 2010, 6:41 pm

    Awww Happy Birthday to your grandpa!!!! OMG I LOVE the Olive Garden’s salad!!

  • Lisa June 16, 2010, 6:45 pm

    Happy 93rd!!! That’s fantastic! I hope he has many, many more years!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine June 16, 2010, 6:51 pm

    Happy birthday to your grandpa, it sounds like you’ve got great genes! And I’m sure he loved your gift- nothing makes grandparents more happy than their grandkids πŸ™‚

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly June 16, 2010, 6:59 pm

    Happy Birthday to your grandpa! What a milestone! 93! WOW! Oh and those shoes are adorable! LOVE!

  • Katherine June 16, 2010, 7:23 pm

    That is awesome you have such a good role model and inspiration. I love granpas!

    Your shoes are cute- very in with the metal embellishment trend

  • Nicki June 16, 2010, 7:32 pm

    Happy Birthday to your Grandpa!

    Beautiful shoes! I want a pair.

  • Mindy June 16, 2010, 8:20 pm

    Glad you got to spend some time with the fam before the move – AND celebrate a birthday!!

    Those shoes are awesome!!

  • ashleigh June 16, 2010, 8:24 pm

    I love olive garden! soup salad and breadsticks is the best!!

    happy birthday to your grandpa!

  • ShutupandRun June 16, 2010, 8:41 pm

    I just got back from a trip to Tampa. We went up to Amelia Island while there as well. I live in CO. I am so impressed that you can workout in that weather!!!!! I ran a few times, super early, and about died.

    • Caitlin June 16, 2010, 9:13 pm

      hehe you get used to the heat and humidity, i swear!

  • diana@mymarblerye June 16, 2010, 8:56 pm

    I have these black earrings actually works!! BTW those shoes are total “jenna” hahaah.

  • Annie June 16, 2010, 9:00 pm

    Cute shoes!

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run June 16, 2010, 9:13 pm

    I rocked my new Lululemon shorts for the first time today. I love them!!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople June 16, 2010, 10:34 pm

    Happy birthday to your Grandpa!! Cute. =)

    And how funny, just this weekened my car hit the 100,000 mark too!

  • Jolene ( June 16, 2010, 11:32 pm

    I have a pretty sweet giant aqua and gold coloured ring that I wore yesterday and got a bunch of compliments on – it is like the one Samantha buys her self in the first SATC movie πŸ™‚

  • Amanda June 16, 2010, 11:37 pm

    Happy Birthday to your Grandpa!!! Love that picture, it really made me tear up! I totally have a ridiculous soft heart for older people, I love them all!! He must be so proud of you, I can’t even imagine!!!

    Love the shoes, especially the color!!!

  • Christina June 17, 2010, 1:14 am

    Happy Birthday to your Grandpa!! He is SO stinkin’ cute!!!!! πŸ™‚ As are your shoes. Today I’m rocking cute scrubs…ah, the life of a nurse.

  • Michelle June 17, 2010, 1:16 am

    Love love the shoes πŸ™‚ I have been getting into some new styles that I didn’t think were me… it’s fun to discover new genre’s of clothing and accessories.

    it’s always worth the drive/plane ride to see family, πŸ™‚ nothing’s more important πŸ™‚ awesome that your g-pa is still with you! grandparents are a huge blessing!

  • Wei-Wei June 17, 2010, 1:48 am

    Happy birthday to your grandpa!! 93… O_O I hope I’ll be able to live that long! You look so adorable with him (and the OB book! :D:D) Your shoes are adorable. πŸ™‚


  • Katherine June 17, 2010, 7:21 am

    I was just visiting with my 93 year old grandpa this weekend too. It’s amazing to think how much has changed in the world and that they were here to live through it.

    I have those exact shoes! I love how they look, but they hurt me by cutting into my ankle in the back. I hope you won’t have the same problem!

  • Miranda @ June 17, 2010, 7:56 am

    Your G’pa is adorable. In October I plan on going to NewBrunswick to celebrate my great grandmas 100’th birthday. I’m so excited, I haven’t seen her since her 90’th. ps. love the shoes. Un-Caitlin, very-Miranda πŸ™‚

  • Miranda @ MirandasJeans June 17, 2010, 7:58 am

    Oooops please ignore the blog address typed out. It’s my old blog. sorry. :-\

  • Jennifer @ shesafitchick June 17, 2010, 8:58 am

    Aww, Happy B-Day grandpa!! He is so cute!

  • loreejo June 17, 2010, 9:44 am

    Oh. mygosh! cutest shoes; almost as cute as your g-pa!

  • Beth June 17, 2010, 10:13 am

    Dad is really enjoying your book. He read a couple of pages in his reader last night. He was touched.

    Meant to mention your shoes….they were the best! Beth

  • Kelly June 17, 2010, 4:54 pm

    I love those shoes! But, I have to admit that I rarely buy fun-colored shoes. I usually stick the basic colors b/c I’m afraid of not having anything that matches. I have a thing about belts. I love them! And I have way too many.

    Btw – did you ever find a 5K in Charlotte? I live in Charlotte and love to run if you need a running buddy. πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin June 17, 2010, 5:25 pm

      Here are the races that I’m considering! Wanna do any with me?

      August 7; $17; BluePoint 5K

      August 22; $30; XTERRA Trail 10K:

      Sept 4; $20; Freedom 5K in Freedom Park:

      Nov 6:$35; Dowd YMCA Half Marathon:

  • Laura June 17, 2010, 8:03 pm

    I went with a cute scarf. (its winter in oz)

  • Janel June 18, 2010, 12:25 pm

    Caitlin your book cover looks amazing!!! I can’t wait to see the real deal. Congrats a million times over.

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