Dare I say that I had a perfect day?  Between my awesome 4.0-miler race, a three-hour nap session, and a wonderful dinner party hosted by Michelle, I feel SO relaxed.


Plus – I checked my e-mail and saw a message from a reader named Cate, who told me she saw the book ON THE SHELF at Border’s.  To me, this is HUGE.  In a bookstore = it’s really happening!  The book isn’t suppose to be out until August 3, but it’s been printed for weeks, and I guess they began to ship them out.

First In Store Picture!!!

It’s real!!!!


Back to my perfect day…


Literally took a three-hour nap/roll around bed session.  It was glorious.  My bed felt so soft on my sore legs, and I felt no compulsion to get up and be productive.  It was just what I needed!


Rose briefly for lunch (leftovers from Friday’s dinner party):


And then I had some fresh fruit.




+ This:




The light snack was exactly what I needed to hold me over until Michelle’s party.  It was technically a farewell Kath/Matt and Emily/Casey party since both couples are moving out of Charlotte in the next few weeks.


Michelle was definitely the hostess with the mostess!  Doesn’t she look very Susie Homemaker?



My plate included 1/2 a Great Harvest roll, a black bean burger, corn on the cob, and grilled veggies.


Michelle didn’t have an exact recipe for the burger, but said she tossed rinsed black beans, bread crumbs, spices, corn, and onions into the Kitchen Aid mixer and gave it a whirl.  She baked them, and then her Hubby Ben tossed them on the grill for a bit.  Perfection!


For dessert, I had a bite of a Vegan Carrot Cake cupcake:


And some of Diana’s Green Monster Muffins. Outta this world, but she’s still tinkering the recipe! 


It was a fun party!  I really like my new Charlotte friends.  :)  They are super social and do lots of things together!  And the Husband really likes all the girls’ male counterparts. 


And I’m OUTTA here.  The bed is screaming my name again!


First long run of marathon training tomorrow – I’m going to do 8.0 slow miles.  Can’t believe I have to go from 8.0 to 26.2 all over again.  The journey shall be interesting, and I’m pumped to start.



  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) July 24, 2010, 10:05 pm

    i can’t wait to get my copy of operation beautiful in the mail now!

  • Julie M. July 24, 2010, 10:17 pm

    Hey fellow Charlotte blogger! I found you through the tweet world and thought I’d stop by and say hi. Good luck with your first long run and congratulations on publishing a book. That’s huge!!

    • caitlin July 25, 2010, 7:40 am

      Hi Julie!

  • Jocelyn July 24, 2010, 10:18 pm

    Yay for operation beautiful book in stores now! I pre ordered mine from amazon..can’t wait to get it! 🙂 Looks like you had a fun night!

    • caitlin July 25, 2010, 7:55 am

      Thank you Jocelyn!

  • Julie @ pickley pear July 24, 2010, 10:20 pm

    Great day, you’ve met so many awesome friends already! I want to move to Charlotte! The meal looks great…I need to try black bean burgers.

    And…congrats on the book on the shelf!

  • emptynutjar July 24, 2010, 10:24 pm

    will the book be in Chapters (Canada) on August 3rd also (all the Chapters stores?). Wondering if I walk into a store that day if I will see it.

    Can we see the cover shot?

    (Also, I have no idea how you restrain yourself with dessert — I go crazy crazy at night particularly 🙂

    • caitlin July 25, 2010, 7:58 am

      I’m not sure how the Canada release will go, actually. Hmm. You can see the cover on Amazon!! Thanks girl.

  • Heather (heather's dish) July 24, 2010, 10:25 pm

    HOLY CRAP it’s happening!!! how surreal is it? i’m so excited…congratulations!

  • Kiersten July 24, 2010, 10:26 pm

    Congrats on the race and the book coming out.You’re right, it does sound like you had the perfect day 🙂

  • Heather July 24, 2010, 10:36 pm

    looks like a fun party! I love naps.

  • Hangry Pants July 24, 2010, 10:39 pm

    Oh Caitlin I am so happy for you!

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete.wordpress.com July 24, 2010, 10:39 pm

    That is so exciting about your book! I’ll have to look for it when I’m at B and N tomorrow. Its really happening!

    Good luck on your first long run tomorrow — I am so excited for all that you have going on!

    • caitlin July 25, 2010, 8:00 am

      Let me know if you find it!

  • Jenny July 24, 2010, 10:50 pm

    Really does sound like the perfect day! Congrats on the book! I can’t wait to read it myself!

    Have a great run tomorrow!

  • Diana July 24, 2010, 10:50 pm

    It was a really, really great day! Totally agree. So excited to hear your book has hit shelves. Congrats!! 🙂

  • tanyasDaily ProductViews July 24, 2010, 10:52 pm

    how exciting your book hit the shelves!

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 24, 2010, 10:58 pm

    Congrats on your book being in stores! 🙂 + you ladies look beautiful!

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 24, 2010, 11:02 pm

    CONGRATS!!!! I can’t even imagine how excited you are. Hell, I’m EXCITED!! I can’t wait to snag my copy!!!

  • Camille July 24, 2010, 11:12 pm

    Congrats! I can’t wait for my copy to come!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 24, 2010, 11:13 pm

    Your dinner parties look absolutely fantastic! What a fun get together.

    And congrats on the book of course! It must be so surreal to see it on the bookshelves.

  • Run Sarah July 24, 2010, 11:19 pm

    SO exciting it’s hit the shelves already – can’t wait to get my copy! The dinner looks wonderful and you ladies are all so fashionable – definitely a healthy, radiant group!

  • Cate July 24, 2010, 11:25 pm

    YAY! It was such a lucky find at the bookstore today. 🙂
    Have a good run tomorrow!

  • Krystina July 25, 2010, 12:01 am

    Congrats on the book! You look beautiful in that picture.

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 25, 2010, 12:06 am

    Yayy for the book! I can’t wait to get my hands on one! (actually I hope someone gets it for my birthday on August 20th, hehe). I enjoyed a glorious nap after my 5k today too.. just seems like the right thing to do after a good run 🙂

    good luck with your 8 miles tomorrow!

  • Chelsey July 25, 2010, 12:17 am

    How cool that your book is out!!!! I am so excited for you Caitlin – it must be the absolute best feeling!!!!

    Your 3 hour nap sounds absolutely glorious. Do you think you can send some “rested” vibes my way? I reeeaalllly need them right now. 🙂

    I am so glad you love your new friends – just from reading about these ladies every day makes me happy you found such great people to hang out with!

    Good luck on the run!

    • caitlin July 25, 2010, 8:03 am


      (transmits vibes through the internet)

  • Exercise and Eat July 25, 2010, 12:51 am

    Glad ya had a good, relaxing day!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) July 25, 2010, 1:31 am

    Wow – I can’t imagine how amazing it must feel to know that your book is in book stores!!!!! Sounds like a GLORIOUS day!

  • Wei-Wei July 25, 2010, 1:32 am

    Oh my gosh the book is so exciting!! It’s so sad that so many people are leaving ugh, right as you move in. The bloggers in Charlotte sure seem nice, though! 🙂


  • Jen July 25, 2010, 1:45 am

    How ironic that your book is on the shelf directly above another book titled “How to Never Look Fat” :O Yours will totally outsell that one…positivity is much more fun to read! Congratulations on everything that’s happening…I’m excited for you!

    • caitlin July 25, 2010, 8:03 am

      hahaha i noticed that also and LOLed.

      • Gracie (complicated day) July 25, 2010, 10:14 am

        I think that’s good marketing for YOUR book…I mean, who’s going to look at both those titles and not pick yours?! Haha.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 25, 2010, 2:36 am

    YAY for the book – the royalties will start pouring in any second 😛
    That’s such a shame everyone is moving; I didn’t realise Emily was too!? Crikey :s

  • Miz July 25, 2010, 6:36 am

    Im so so excited for you.
    filmed a video yammering about my OB loved yesterday as well.

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope July 25, 2010, 7:43 am

    Hey Caitlin, wanted to let you know I ordered my book just right now..Sunday morning, 7am, and at work, hehe.

    • caitlin July 25, 2010, 8:04 am

      wahoo! thank you!

  • Rosey Rebecca July 25, 2010, 7:44 am

    AHHH! Your book is in a bookstore!! I remember how I felt the first time I saw one of my stories on the front page of the newspaper. I took it to the cashier to buy it and wanted to be like “I WROTE THIS!” Congratulations, lady!

    I love Michelle’s dress. And yay for marathon training!

  • Clare July 25, 2010, 8:44 am

    Book bought from Amazon UK! Can’t wait to read it!!

  • Faith @ LovelyAsCharged July 25, 2010, 9:08 am

    From 8 to 26 seems a lot less daunting than from 4 to 26…I can’t wait for the stupid ankle to un-swell so I can get back to running!

  • Kristin@MissOnMyOwn July 25, 2010, 9:16 am

    Seeing the your book on the shelf must be so exciting! Congratulations Caitlin! What is your next book going to be about 😉

    • Caitlin July 25, 2010, 11:41 am

      IF there is a second book (god willing)… 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 25, 2010, 9:18 am

    That is so exciting to see the book out on shelves! You must be ecstatic!!

  • Evan Thomas July 25, 2010, 9:19 am

    Those cupcakes sound delicious. I love carrot cake; never have found a vegan one

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers July 25, 2010, 9:39 am

    That’s so exciting about your book!!! YAAY!!!

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind July 25, 2010, 9:43 am

    Caitlin, haven’t commented in a while, so first: HOLLER for taking on another marathon. Not surprised by this decision at all. 🙂 Also: HOLLER for your book being on shelves! So awesome.

    • Caitlin July 25, 2010, 11:41 am


  • Mandy A July 25, 2010, 9:51 am

    How exciting to see your book on the shelves!!!! Congratulations to you!

    So glad to hear you feel great about the move and have found great friends already!

  • Niki (Running in Pink) July 25, 2010, 9:52 am

    I can’t imagine how excited you must feel to see your book out on the shelves!! Can’t wait to get my copy!

    Also, I’m pretty psyched about following you on your marathon training again! Once I pop this baby out, I cannot wait to get back into running, and I’m hoping to do the Chicago Marathon next year. I’m sure I’ll get lots of tips while following you train again…I’ve already learned a lot! 🙂

  • Casey @ Insatiably Healthy July 25, 2010, 10:07 am

    Omigosh your book is on shelves!!! So exciting!
    I’m on a mission to spread operation beautiful down under too! You’re goin global girl

  • meg c July 25, 2010, 10:25 am

    haha can we talk about how the book below yours is “how to never look fat” wow… i can’t believe someone would spend money on that.

    congrats on the book being out and your awesome race!
    ps my sister has that housewife dress, it’s adorbs.

  • Jaime July 25, 2010, 10:49 am

    Congrats Caitlin!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 25, 2010, 1:15 pm

    What a great day! It would be so nice to live around a bunch of girls like that.

    I can’t wait to get your book!

  • Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 25, 2010, 1:23 pm

    Congratulations on the book, that’s amazing.

  • Jessie July 25, 2010, 2:08 pm

    I am so glad that you are liking Charlotte!

  • neen July 25, 2010, 3:31 pm

    WOW in a bookshop! you ought to be sooo proud of yourself! you are truly inspirational!! glad your making lovely friends in Charlotte!!!

  • MLT July 25, 2010, 4:40 pm

    You look so good in that picture! I’m jealous of how shiny your hair is. IS that a dress?tunic? it’s super cute!

    • caitlin July 25, 2010, 5:39 pm

      Thank you so much. It’s a dress (marshalls!) and my hair is so shiny because I just got it dyed 🙂

  • Lea @ Healthy Coconut July 25, 2010, 5:16 pm

    Congratulations Caitlin on having the book on bookstore shelves. I’ll let you know if I see the book on display here in Orange County.

    The race looked so much fun. I’ve only done 1 race, a half marathon last December. I ran it alone but had my family as supporters but I would like to try running it with friends next time.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 25, 2010, 7:56 pm

    I can’t believe it is already on the shelf! I have been waiting until August 3rd to rush to the store and get it since Hunni promised. Now I’m going TOMORROW!

  • Holly @ Self-love and Running July 25, 2010, 8:18 pm

    Those cupcakes look amazing!

    How awesome that the book has already hit shelves. Congrats!

  • kristin July 26, 2010, 1:14 pm

    you could be a model in the last picture!

    so exciting about the book – i am going to look for it at the borders by me this week!

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