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Since I have some new readers after The Today Show segment aired, I thought I’d properly introduce myself!  🙂


My name is Caitlin, I’m 26 years old, and this is my personal food and fitness blog.  Healthy Tipping Point’s tag line is “when everyday decisions add up to something amazing” and it’s the embodiment of the Operation Beautiful lifestyle.  I really believe health and happiness is about balance and moderation

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I take pictures of what I eat and create healthy recipes to prove that you don’t have to restrict or “diet” and that healthy foods can actually taste good (like French Toast sundae).  I’m not perfect nor would I ever want/claim to be.  I’m just a regular girl!  Oh, and I love to run!  I’m not super fast, but I love to race and have completed 28 races, including shorter distances, a marathon, triathlons, and bike races (here are my recaps).  I’m all about having FUN with food and fitness.  Healthy doesn’t equal boring – trust me!  Here’s a selection of my most informative posts.


I used to work as an urban planner, but now I’m a full-time blogger, freelance writer, and author.  You can read about the transition on this post and this post.


I’m just a small part of a larger healthy living blog community of women and men bloggers.  We are supportive of different choices (healthy means different things to different people!), friendly, and engaging.  If you want to find other bloggers like me, just check out the comments section!  And welcome to my blog!


So… about last night.  🙂


I took a nap around 6 PM and woke up feeling very refreshed.  Which was great because I had a late-night television spot to do for a local Philadelphia show (it was filmed in NYC, I was just beamed in via satellite).


Before leaving, I ordered some room service.


The dinner menu for room service looked pretty sparse in terms of healthy vegetarian options, so I politely asked the chef to create something for me.  He happily agreed!  He made me a pasta with red sauce and mushrooms.


And a big green salad.


I got in a car and headed to the FOX studios.  Unfortunately, my “babysitters” (publicists) weren’t with me so I got a little lost.  :)  I would!


Eventually I found the studios and navigated my way to the Green Room.  And then I waited and tweeted to keep my mind occupied!


I went on around 10:45.  After doing The Today Show, I don’t think I’ll ever be nervous to do live television again!

Said thank you to everyone and then I got my boo-tay back to the hotel.  I positively collapsed in bed!


I woke up 7 hours later with my mind SPINNING.  I have so much to do – so many ideas swirling around in my head!  I indulged my workaholic side for a while, and then I ordered more room service (I know, I know… NYC has so much good food, but I’m pressed for time on this trip).


I ordered oatmeal with fresh fruit.  Not as great as homemade,  but it was a perfect breakfast considering it was hand-delivered to my door.  🙂


With a little brown sugar:


I’ve got to run, but I’ll see you for lunch!  I have a meeting and then I’m going back to North Carolina.


In the meantime…


Toot-toot!  Check out today’s stop on the Operation Beautiful Virtual Book Tour!


Today’s Virtual Book Tour stop is at Oh She Glows. Angela recovered from distorted thinking and eating to find a new happy weight – and a new sense of balance.  A blogger who turned her love for baking vegan treats into a successful online bakery, Angela continues to inspire and delight thousands of readers each day with her positive attitude.  Stop by her blog to read what Angela thinks about ending her fight with the scale.



In honor of the OB Book Release, women (and men) all over America and the world are submitting guest posts describing their own experiences, struggles, and triumphs over body image issues.  To read the posts from earlier in the week,check out this page.  You can also enter for a chance to win the Operation Beautiful book!


Here are today’s featured posts:



  • Katy(The Balanced Foodie) August 6, 2010, 9:15 am


    YAY! I loved seeing you all over TV yesterday(I caught a bit of the live stream). You did an amazing job, as I’m sure you’ve heard tons already. I miss you tons and hope to see you real soon.

    P.S. I have good news for you! Can’t wait to share. 🙂 <3 you!

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy August 6, 2010, 9:17 am

    I finally saw your Today Show appearance … Love 🙂

    “Don’t underestimate the power of kindness” sounds like a Chinese cookie but OH so true 🙂

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething August 6, 2010, 9:18 am

    What a fabulous welcome to new readers! What an amazing experience this is for you Caitlin . Enjoy 🙂

  • brandi August 6, 2010, 9:18 am

    you did great! Such a natural on tv now 🙂

  • Janna@Janna's Keeping it Real! August 6, 2010, 9:20 am

    What a whirl-wind couple of days, eh? Heres to safe travels lady!

  • Maya August 6, 2010, 9:23 am

    I love that disclaimer on the scale! I’d like to leave something similar on the gym scale.

  • Chase @ The Chase Project August 6, 2010, 9:23 am

    You are such an inspiration! 🙂 I am loving these updates of your whirlwind trip!

  • Little Bookworm August 6, 2010, 9:23 am

    I just watched the clip you included in this post, and thought you were great! (Your room service dinner looks lovely as well.) 🙂

  • Heather August 6, 2010, 9:24 am

    wow what a whirlwind! I bet you are exhausted! you are doing great though!

  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) August 6, 2010, 9:24 am

    Room service is the best, especially having breakfast delivered!

    Have a safe trip back home!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers August 6, 2010, 9:31 am

    What a whirlwind of excitement!! I hope your taking tons of pictures & soaking it all in so you can relive it all when you get back to NC! 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 6, 2010, 9:32 am

    Oatmeal is never a bad call, especially when you know you need quick easy fuel! Have a safe trip back! I know I said it before, but I am really happy for you!

  • Lisa @ Early Morning Run August 6, 2010, 9:33 am

    Congratulations on all of this! It really is a great thing that you’re doing and definitely helping countless people! You’ve started a revolution! Have a safe trip home!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans August 6, 2010, 9:33 am

    Sounds like you had a fantastic day! Congrats again, you sould be very proud of your self and all your accomplishments!

  • Danielle (Runs on Green) August 6, 2010, 9:36 am

    Ahhh congrats!! You were so poised in your interview 🙂

  • allison @ livingoneday August 6, 2010, 9:38 am

    just wonderful. you are truly inspiring and one of my favorite people to read every day. you have seamlessly navigated the tricky road between being skinny and being healthy. i think all of the OB posts that people have written are just a testament to how much everyone admires you!

    • caitlin August 6, 2010, 4:47 pm

      thank you very much allison! that is a sweet compliment.

  • Trish August 6, 2010, 9:39 am

    YAY! So exciting. I’m so happy for you! And I hope that there is lots more wonderful stuff ahead for you. You’re doing a great thing! And always love your attitude and outlook!

  • Amanda August 6, 2010, 9:39 am

    Very exciting xtuff, but I hope you have a chance to rest soon 🙂

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! August 6, 2010, 9:40 am

    Don’t you just love NY, I spent a weekend there at teh beginning of December with my mommy……….loved the hotel, room service, Time Square, watching out the windows as the world raced by……..amazing! Have a good trip home!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 6, 2010, 9:41 am

    I love that sign on the scale! It is so true.

    Have a great day today — you are doing wonderful and we are all so happy for you!

  • Angela August 6, 2010, 9:42 am

    Congratulations on everything Caitlin! You truly deserve it. I love everything about this blog and Operation Beautiful. 🙂

  • Neen @ broad bean to runner bean August 6, 2010, 9:42 am

    oh its all so exciting i’m so pleased for you, what a lovely welcome post for your new readers! your just a little whirlwind of positivity and happiness right now! keep it up! x

  • Sara August 6, 2010, 9:44 am

    Congratulations on everything, Caitlin! Can’t wait to see what you do next. 🙂

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 6, 2010, 9:51 am

    I just want to say I am so proud of you! I love the re-introduction (‘re-‘ because I’m a loooong time reader). Even so, it’s still SO inspiring.

    Safe travels back to NC, Lady!

  • Molly August 6, 2010, 9:51 am

    Congrats! Everything that happened to you is so awesome, and you deserve it! I’ve been following your blog for awhile and you really worked hard for this, so enjoy it!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef August 6, 2010, 9:51 am

    i love the scale note!

  • Trish @IamSucceeding August 6, 2010, 9:51 am

    Way to go on all your success and I loved your interview…you looked like sucha natural!

  • Erin August 6, 2010, 9:51 am

    Finally saw the ‘Today’ segment and it was great — you should be so proud. Have a great day. This is such an incredible opportunity.

  • Alicia at Poise in Parma August 6, 2010, 9:52 am

    What a day! Looks like NYC treated you well.

    Thanks for sharing my link today. In return, I wanted to share this comment I received from the post from one of my male readers:

    “love this idea. I write my wife notes everyday for when she is at work. I’m going to start finding places and ways to leave notes for others though. So simple never thought of it tho.”

    Adorable, right?!

    • caitlin August 6, 2010, 4:48 pm

      That sounds like a very sweet husband 🙂

    • caitlin August 6, 2010, 4:48 pm

      That sounds like a very sweet husband 🙂

  • The Wife of a Dairyman August 6, 2010, 9:55 am

    Congratulations Caitlin! You did a fabulous job on TV yesterday! I’ve shared your story with all my readers and they too, are now inspired:)

  • Evan Thomas August 6, 2010, 9:59 am

    I was very disappointed to learn a green room isn’t green 🙁 Now I have to wonder who’s buying green paint.

  • BostonRunner August 6, 2010, 10:00 am

    Congratulations Caitlin, you deserve it! You were so amazing yesterday and you are such an inspiration to women everywhere! I really believe in what you’re doing and participated in “Change the way you see, not the way you look” week yesterday in your honor : )

  • Megan (Running Foodie) August 6, 2010, 10:23 am

    Glad you’re having a great time in NY – It was great seeing on you TV yesterday morning!

    I sent you a guest post on Wednesday AM, but perhaps you missed it in all of the excitement? It can be found HERE .

    • Caitlin August 6, 2010, 12:09 pm

      I just haven’t had a chance to go through my emails. 🙂 everyone who sent me guest posts after tuesday will go up tomorrow. 🙂

      • Megan (Running Foodie) August 6, 2010, 3:35 pm

        You mean you haven’t just been sitting around in your PJs drinking coffee and eating ice cream for the last several days?? 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) August 6, 2010, 10:25 am

    that scale disclaimer is the best one i’ve seen yet…and they’re all wonderful!

  • Jen @ Canoe of Life August 6, 2010, 10:27 am

    Congratulations Caitlin! And thanks so much for the Operation Beautiful concept. I’ve loved reading the many different posts created by other bloggers this week. I didn’t have a chance to get one up this week, but I will still do it this weekend. Thanks again!

  • Sami August 6, 2010, 10:28 am

    you little celeb, you 🙂

    way to go, girl! i <3 that maroon top!

  • jenna August 6, 2010, 10:29 am

    you did such a good job on the today show! I bought your book last night after reading the first page I knew I had to have on my bookshelf!

    • Caitlin August 6, 2010, 12:09 pm


  • Sarah for Real August 6, 2010, 10:30 am

    Room service is a favorite of mine, I’m ashamed to say. It can be overwhelming to find good food quickly in a strange place. You did great on that second interview!

    Love that note on the scale. I might write one if those myself!

  • Priscilla August 6, 2010, 10:35 am

    Hi Caitlin! I have been reading your blog for about a year now, but this is the first time I have commented. I just wanted to say congratulations to you and tell you what a fabulous job you did on the Today show (echoing everyone else)! I love your blog–it’s helped me out of a rut more than once. Just when I need it, you always seem to have a post that makes the world seem a little better. I was so happy for you yesterday, I felt like a real friend had done good…it even made me cry a little. My husband thought I had lost it, but he also thinks Operation Beautiful is a terrific inspiration. Thanks for all you do. Keep it up!

    • Caitlin August 6, 2010, 12:10 pm

      thank you so much!! i appreciate it.

  • Camille August 6, 2010, 10:38 am

    You are a full on celebrity now!
    Don’t forget us little people when you are a world famous author! 🙂

  • ashleigh August 6, 2010, 10:39 am

    What an awesome week! I am loving all of these posts with the OB links in them.. so much positivity!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 6, 2010, 10:41 am

    I bet you are so tired after all that! I had people over for dinner and the Op Beautiful book was passed around and discussed. EVERYONE loves the idea. 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) August 6, 2010, 10:41 am

    You looked so serene during both interviews. While waiting outside to see you on TODAY I was shaking with nerves for you. So happy to be a small part of your Operation Beautiful experience and support you.

  • Rachel August 6, 2010, 10:42 am

    Love your intro! Room service is the best, even with a ton of yummy restaurants around.

  • Mac August 6, 2010, 10:46 am

    Enjoy the moment! How long have you been blogging for?

    • Caitlin August 6, 2010, 12:10 pm

      Just over two years 🙂

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 6, 2010, 10:47 am

    I love the sign on the scale! People can get so obsessed with the scale and it really does not show you everything. I’ve stopped weighing myself. I prefer to see how my clothes fit and how I feel.

  • Clare August 6, 2010, 10:53 am

    I don’t comment often but I always, always read. It’s so awesome to see you on two television spots spreading a beautiful message. So many strangers are proud of you!

  • Chelsey August 6, 2010, 10:57 am

    i just watched the segment this morning!!! how exciting – you did great! i had to google it though because the husband didn’t get DVR!! what an exciting week for you – i couldn’t be happier for you!!

  • Kelly August 6, 2010, 10:57 am

    My sis got so mad at my because I changed the channel during Bethenny Getting Married to watch you on Fox. Did they call you Caitlin Doyle though? Or was the brodcaster just a mumbler?

    • caitlin August 6, 2010, 4:50 pm

      Hahah yes. But she could’ve called me Peter Rabbit for all I cared! LOL

  • Sarah jayne August 6, 2010, 11:15 am

    What an absolutely unforgettable day! Eerything about today moved me sooo deeply- your interview(s), the tweets, the blog posts. I’ve always supported and promoted OB to my friends but after yesterday I am so so motivated to spread the word to all the strangers in my town! EVERYONE deserves to find a note and leave a not for another. Its such a powerful experience!!

  • Hallie August 6, 2010, 11:16 am

    Aw, this post was awesome! You’re really good at the “elevator speech” of your blog and what you do. Yesterday, I watched your Today interview on my DVR and had a really interesting conversation with my fiancé about his thoughts on it. He was a little critical of your use of the word “beautiful” to describe something other than physical beauty, and while I disagree with him, it was fascinating to hear his point of view. I also had to describe why I felt like I “knew” you since I’ve been reading from the See Bride Run days, and that was a little funny. (I never buy books…I’m a library girl…but I’m going to buy yours!)

    • Caitlin August 6, 2010, 12:11 pm

      I love to hear differing thoughts about it… it great you and your man were able to debate!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 6, 2010, 11:26 am

    You are doing so much and you’re only 26 years old. You are absolutely amazing and are sharing a great message.

  • Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun August 6, 2010, 11:32 am

    Haha! The scale disclaimer is so funny!

  • Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun August 6, 2010, 11:32 am

    …yet true!

  • amanda August 6, 2010, 11:39 am

    Wow! You’re so cool, calm, and collected on these interviews! I’d be a wreck! I was put on live local television once for an event when I worked at a shelter and I barely remembered it, I was in such an anxious haze!

    You’re a real bona fide celebrity now, Miss Caitlin. People will be stopping you in the streets in no time! What a wonderful thing to famous for; you rock!

  • Wei-Wei August 6, 2010, 11:45 am

    I love that scale disclaimer! You go out there and have fun. 🙂 Oh and BTW: am I still allowed to submit something?


    • Caitlin August 6, 2010, 12:12 pm

      Submissions closed on Wednesday, unfortunately.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit August 6, 2010, 11:58 am

    Amazing job with everything you accomplished this week Caitlin! You continue to inspire me 🙂

  • gina (fitnessista) August 6, 2010, 11:58 am

    whoo hoo! so glad you’re having an amazing time <3
    we can all celebrate your success at hls next week 🙂

  • LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils August 6, 2010, 12:03 pm

    Caitlin, I finally got a chance to watch the Today Show segment (DVRed) last night. You were SO poised and confident in your replies. I kept saying to my bf, “Isn’t she GREAT on camera? Can you BELIEVE she’s only 26??” Also, it was such a trip to see you and your husband with the pups on camera. Loved it.

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa August 6, 2010, 12:06 pm

    Congrats on all your success! I was finally able to watch the Today Show. You’re so professional and your outfit looked great!

  • Mary August 6, 2010, 12:11 pm

    you deserve all of your success, you’re amazing and what a whirlwind to be taken through 🙂

  • Tiffany August 6, 2010, 12:14 pm

    Hello, long time reader, 1st time commenter, congratulations with all the success with OB!

    your a beautiful person Caitlin Inside & out.

    • caitlin August 6, 2010, 4:52 pm

      <3 thanks for reading!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life August 6, 2010, 12:16 pm

    You go girl! I’m sure you’ll have tons of new readers with all the press you’ve been doing 🙂

    P.S. I LOVE that note about the scale. I think I’m going to have to print one up to put by mine.

  • Candice August 6, 2010, 12:26 pm

    Love the note on the scale – it gave me chills!!

    Great job on the introduction. And enjoy the rest of your time in NYC!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 6, 2010, 12:32 pm

    Wow you’re all over the TV now! Caitlin takes over…I can’t wait to meet such a celeb next week 😛

  • Amanda @ LessonsInModeration August 6, 2010, 12:35 pm

    Can’t wait to get the book. I’ve only been reading your blog for a few months but I’m so glad I found it. Love your attitude and approach to life and fitness.

  • Lindsey @ Sound Eats August 6, 2010, 12:45 pm

    don’t know if you saw (know you’ve been busy!) but here’s my own “change the way you see, not the way you look” post from yesterday. 🙂


    bravo on all of your accomplishments!!

    • caitlin August 6, 2010, 4:54 pm

      If you emailed it to me, it’s sitting in my inbox and will go up on tomorrow!! thanks girl for writing one!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) August 6, 2010, 12:46 pm

    You did so well on TV!! You didn’t seem nervous, and you were very well spoken!! Great job girl!

  • Jennifer@ knackfornutrition August 6, 2010, 1:17 pm

    My mom and I watched you yesterday and she fell in love with the message of operation beautiful. She put is on her facebook status (as all mothers do these days) and has all of her friends in a tizzy looking for your book. 🙂 I’m glad that I could play a teeny tiny part in your success! I am so happy for you!

    • caitlin August 6, 2010, 4:56 pm

      Aww tell your mom thanks!

  • Angela August 6, 2010, 2:28 pm

    You’re amazing lady! What a dream come true!

  • Nichole August 6, 2010, 3:55 pm

    Hey Caitlin,

    Thanks for the opportunity to share a post!

    Keep it up!

  • Amber August 6, 2010, 4:19 pm

    You rock!! Your site must be getting crazy traffic with all the media because I’ve been trying to get on it all day to read and comment on these last 2 posts!

    Great job on your second TV segment in one day! That is so cool!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous August 6, 2010, 7:24 pm

    Oh my gosh, how good does it feel to call yourself AN AUTHOR?!

  • Jen August 6, 2010, 8:39 pm

    You are such a natural on camera!!

  • Marie August 6, 2010, 9:55 pm

    This is all so exciting Caitlin! I’m sure it’s all just beginning. Can’t wait to see what you do next 🙂

  • Sana August 6, 2010, 9:59 pm

    I always get comments from my friends when I try and customize my meals. I don’t think it’s rude at all when it’s done with a smile and nice tone 🙂 Congrats on all of your new readers and success! But I bet you miss your fur-babies and hubby 🙂

  • Kristin P. August 11, 2010, 2:10 pm

    Love the clip- you look gorgeous!

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