There are some crazy storms going on in Charlotte right now – I feel like I’m in Orlando again!


Luckily, I squeezed in a 4.5 mile run this morning before the rain began.  Reading over your suggestions for busting through an exercise hump really helped motivate me!  I’ve summarized my favorites at the end of this post.  The Husband ran the last two miles with me, which also helped break up the run and make it a little more fun.


  • Distance: 4.5 miles
  • Duration: 46:48
  • Mile 1: 10:03
  • Mile 2: 9:59
  • Mile 3: 10:18
  • Mile 4: 10:51
  • Mile 4 – 4.5: 5:37


Came home, bit into a Pink Lady apple, and smeared some Barney Butter in my bite mark!


Portable snack.  🙂


Lunch was a great Athenos feta-inspired dish.  I was craving a light, fresh, tangy summer salad.


To make the corn and tomato topping, I shucked two ears of corn (which made two salads) and removed the corn with a knife.  Then I grilled the pieces on my George Foreman for a few minutes (until it started to brown).  In a small bowl, I mixed the cooked corn, sliced tomatoes, and the juice of 1/2 lime with some pepper


All poured on top of butter lettuce + topped with plain Athenos feta.


With thinly sliced grilled tofu:


And blue corn chips:


PS – I modified this for the Husband by swapping the feta for sunflower seeds!


Your Tips for Getting Over an Exercise Hump


My personal favorites this post (there are more than 520 other suggestions, too!):


Skinny Sushi wrote: “I change my workout schedule/routine every month. Last month it was a month-o-Jillian, this month it’s NYC Ballet & Pilates, and next month I think I’ll try P90X. It keeps me from getting bored and helps me figure out what areas need work. And Jillian KILLED me for the whole month. KILLED.”


Stacy wrote: “To get over fitness humps, I make sure to schedule the difficult workouts to be shared with someone. That way, they hold me accountable (and vice versa), and I have someone to talk to so that I’m not focused on how much it hurts!”


Katherine wrote, “I try not to compare myself too much… I don’t like to compare myself to other people’s fitness levels and similarly I don’t like to compare myself to what my fitness level was say 3 months ago. Do the best you can do today and keep looking forward to your goal for tomorrow.”


Katie in DC wrote, “I’m all about encouraging myself with mini goals: one second faster, one minute longer, one extra block. Soon enough the mind games are unnecessary and I’m over the hump.”


Katie at Healthy Heddleston wrote, “Knowing that I want to be healthy and live a long life not only for myself, but for my family and future children. If I don’t take care of my body how am I supposed to take care of my family?  Therefore, I strive to be physically active everyday and try new things when my routine gets dull.”


Cellabella wrote, “When I’m in a fitness hump, I take it as a sign that my body and mind needs a break and change of scenery. I normally lighten up on the amount and intensity of my activity and try to do something different – yoga classes, play soccer with my dog, swim in the pool. I remind myself that exercise should be enjoyable, it should add to my life and make me happy, not frustrated!”


Marie wrote, “When I hit a fitness hump, I remind myself of the people I know who are physically unable to do the things I do–spin, step, and lift weights–due to their physical handicaps. I remind myself that I need to be grateful that I can do these things. It also helps to think “I get to go to the gym!!” Rather than “I have to go to the gym.” Corny, I know, but effective.”



  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 12, 2010, 2:16 pm

    ‘I get to go to the gym’, not ‘I have to go to the gym’ – I love that! Mini goals is good too 🙂
    Good post!

  • Amanda July 12, 2010, 2:37 pm

    I’ve been in an rut for months now. I really need to take some of these tips to heart! I’m still working on the farm so my strength training is there, too bad my cardio has decreased so much!

  • Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks July 12, 2010, 2:42 pm

    I swear, the blogosphere is covered in feta right now. Try it with watermelon — it’s a unique and delicious combo!

    • Katie July 12, 2010, 3:01 pm

      This comment just reminded me of a favorite “recipe”– watermelon, feta, and mint salad. It’s AMAZING!

    • Sarah for Real July 12, 2010, 3:28 pm

      Uh… yeah. It’s called Marketing. And I have to admit, Athenos, it’s working! Aaaah!!!! Oh what the heck, why not?! Feta IS betta! (Got to say, I am getting tired of that phrase, lol)

      • Caitlin July 12, 2010, 3:53 pm

        hahah you love it.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet July 12, 2010, 2:43 pm

    Those tips are great. I love the one about ‘getting to go’ to the gym. I really need to be more gracious of that!

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! July 12, 2010, 2:43 pm

    I like those inspiring reasons to work out! I think I need to write them down and post them on my bathroom mirror…and my bedroom mirror…and on the fridge…:)

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy July 12, 2010, 2:44 pm

    Yes! Not because you’re in a hump of exercising that you should be inactive. Love this one!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 12, 2010, 2:46 pm

    I like to switch up my routine every 8 weeks that way I am excited to start it new!

  • Courtney @ Three Months July 12, 2010, 2:48 pm

    I enjoyed a pink lady and pb today as a snack also – you just can’t go wrong with that!

  • allison @ thesundayflog July 12, 2010, 2:50 pm

    ooh i LOVE corn in my salads. i had it in there today!! i have the prettiest picture of roasted corn on my blog. you NEED to see it and try it! roasted corn with lime salt = YES

  • Janna (Janna's Keeping it Real) July 12, 2010, 2:52 pm

    LOVE the tips. I’m printing these out, for sure!!

    your lunch makes me think i need to re-consider grilled tofu. ’tis sad what one small mishap will do to one’s view of a delicious food!

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete July 12, 2010, 2:57 pm

    I sign up for a race, and that gets my butt out the door quick!!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) July 12, 2010, 2:59 pm

    i’m super impressed you could eat that apple with nut butter like that…i pictured myself trying and immediately saw nut butter all over my face and in my hair 🙂

  • Kacy July 12, 2010, 3:01 pm

    Corn and feta are a great texture combination in my opinion. Great salad!

  • Heather July 12, 2010, 3:03 pm

    Lunch looks great! How do you grill tofu? Have you ever done it on the George Foreman?

    I also really liked what Marie said about getting over a workout hump – that she thinks of others who are physically unable to do so. It’s always encouraging to be thankful for what we have and what we can do!

    • Caitlin July 12, 2010, 3:25 pm

      Yup, I slapped it right on the George Foreman!

  • Nicole July 12, 2010, 3:04 pm

    Those suggestions were great. I especially like Cellabella’s bc I think that’s what I’m going through right now. Sometimes all you need is a little help from your friends! 🙂

  • Kelly July 12, 2010, 3:05 pm

    Nice run! Love the PB smeared pink lady apple!

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 12, 2010, 3:18 pm

    I can totally relate to the last point made by Marie because my father-in-law recently had to have a below the knee amputation on one of his legs. It totally puts things into perpective and I think of him every time I’m doing a run that is difficult! I am thankful everyday for the things that I am able to do and try not to sweat the small stuff.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite July 12, 2010, 3:18 pm

    What a creative salad! I love it!

    I loved reading all the comments on that “exercise” post. All the suggestions were great!

  • Sarah for Real July 12, 2010, 3:29 pm

    I like the monthly challenge suggestion!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 12, 2010, 3:29 pm

    Glad you got a run in before the rain hit! That salad looks so fresh and yummy!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances July 12, 2010, 3:31 pm

    Such great tips! I especially like “I get to go to the gym!!” Rather than “I have to go to the gym.” – so true.

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 12, 2010, 3:35 pm

    Yum, grilled tofu looks so good. And since I cut out dairy I think I miss feta the most. It looks so tasty in your salad!

  • Sarah (GF vegan) July 12, 2010, 3:41 pm

    Love the tips! I’m all about setting mini goals and not comparing myself too much, otherwise I just get overwhelmed and find it harder to exercise. x

  • Camille July 12, 2010, 4:14 pm

    The tofu looks like pita bread! 🙂

  • Katie July 12, 2010, 4:14 pm

    I love these tips – thank you! I always just tell myself that when I get done with a run I never think to myself “wow, I really regret going for that run!”

  • Jolene ( July 12, 2010, 4:24 pm

    Great tips! That feta looks SO good!!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 12, 2010, 4:44 pm

    Those are some really good tips. I loved Skinny Sushi’s idea of having different themed months for working out. I think that is such a fun and unique idea!

  • Kellie July 12, 2010, 4:45 pm

    We grilled fresh corn last night. It always reminds me of summer!

  • Heather July 12, 2010, 4:48 pm

    great post! those are some good suggestions!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit July 12, 2010, 5:03 pm

    Great post! It’s good to know you’re not alone in trying to get motivated for exercise sometimes 😉

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 12, 2010, 5:25 pm

    The tips are great, thanks so much for compiling them! 🙂 definitely helpful to anyone looking to get out of a slump.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 12, 2010, 5:27 pm

    I love the idea of not even comparing yourself to yourself. I get so frustrated that I can’t run like I used to but I need to remember right now I’m just working on getting healthy.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) July 12, 2010, 5:33 pm

    Wow – they are some great tips!!!

  • Angie @Veganfood&Exercise) July 12, 2010, 5:40 pm

    These are great tips! It’s just what I needed.

  • Lori Lynn July 12, 2010, 5:43 pm

    Your meal looks really good. Thanks for sharing!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 12, 2010, 5:49 pm

    I love the combo of corn and feta in a salad!

    Those are all great tips. I love the tip to not compare. Fitness should be fun, not a constant competition!

  • Emily @ For Sweets Sake July 12, 2010, 5:51 pm

    Those really are great tips! I need tips on running in the Florida heat! It’s killing me this summer 😛

  • Liz July 12, 2010, 6:25 pm

    I have been in kind of a rut lately and this post was exactly what I needed to realize that I don’t have to limit myself to just a few types of exercise all the time. Thanks so much for posting this 🙂

    • caitlin July 13, 2010, 9:05 am

      Your welcome!

  • Stacey@ July 12, 2010, 6:36 pm

    That tofu looks so good I actually thought it was toasted bread. 🙂

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble July 12, 2010, 7:07 pm

    I feel off the treadmill and injured my rotator cuff a week and a half ago and have been using that as my excuse to not workout, but I seriously need to find some activities I can do. It’s just so easy to be lazy in the heat of the summer. 🙂 Salad sook yummy and light. I love salad in the summer!

  • Jess @ NZ Girl Runs July 12, 2010, 7:57 pm

    I need to get off my bum and exercise. I took the first step and set up a blog to make myself accountable, but I need to be doing more. To that end I will be rereading this post after lunch and then I will be going for a walk. Baby steps!

  • Rachael July 12, 2010, 8:04 pm

    I hit humps pretty frequently – I blame an abnormally short attention span. To overcome them, I have my basis routine (for me, Bikram) and then I try new things every couple of months or so to add to it. Right now, I’m getting back into running for the first time in years, but usually I find myself hiking in new locations or doing some sort of outdoor activity – the scenery always changes, I always look forward to it, and I get some quality alone in the wild time to boot.
    The house is looking nice – now that you’re in North Carolina, be sure to check out Asheville and Boone (if you haven’t already, that is).

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 12, 2010, 8:41 pm

    Thanks for picking my tip Caitlin! I feel honored! Today, I ran a personal distance record of 6 miles… just wanted to tell you 🙂

    • caitlin July 13, 2010, 9:06 am

      That is so awesome, Katie 🙂 Good job!

  • Laura (Starloz) July 12, 2010, 9:01 pm

    Boy oh boy, that salad looks delicious!

  • Crystal July 12, 2010, 9:16 pm

    I love the idea of switching it up every month! In fact, I think I may do that!

  • Faith @ LovelyAsCharged July 12, 2010, 9:47 pm

    These are all great tips, including the mini goals! I use that one all the time – I have lots of landmarks along my usual trail, and I love trying to make it one further than the day before!

    I’ve been seriously slacking on the salad-age lately…this one looks to die for! I definitely want to try it out along with a vegan feta recipe (basically soaking tofu in a briny marinade of balsamic and a few other ingredients). Has your hubby ever tried that out?

    • caitlin July 13, 2010, 9:07 am

      I don’t think so! It sounds kind of strange though. Let me know if you try it and its good!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 12, 2010, 10:10 pm

    I just used corn in a salad for dinner tonight and I LOVE the little sweet bursts of flavor they provide.

    Grilling it after it’s off the cob is SUCH a good idea!

  • Katie @ peacebeme July 13, 2010, 4:22 am

    Really like Marie’s tip in your post! I am physically limited and am thankful for every workout I CAN do because I love exercise so much. It is never a chore to go because I think of people that can’t even do as much as me, more especially how I couldn’t even do this much 6 months ago.

    • caitlin July 13, 2010, 9:07 am

      <3 you have a strong heart!

  • Wei-Wei July 13, 2010, 7:05 am

    Great tips! I love the person who switched up her workouts (Hahaha Jillian) and the mini goals, too! 🙂


    PS: What model of George Foreman do you have? Do you use it often and would you recommend it?

    • caitlin July 13, 2010, 9:10 am

      I got it about four years ago but it’s the BIG one and YES – George Foremans are great. I would prob get the one with removeable plates though so it’s easier to wash.

  • jenny in new york July 13, 2010, 12:02 pm

    Love those suggestions you posted. Especially the one about being grateful for our abilities. It’s easy to forget how GREAT our lives are, even with the tough stuff. *snapped back to reality after a few days of sulking* haha

  • staci July 18, 2010, 5:56 pm

    I love Barney Butter – it is the best almond butter ever, you can find out where to buy it here – or on!!

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