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My suitcase is (almost) packed for New York City!  Now I just have to jam everything in the actual suitcase.


Truthfully, it wasn’t that hard to pack because I’m only going to be up there for 48 hours.  I’ve got enough options!


For once, I’m not bringing workout clothes on vacation.  I really enjoy maintaining some sense of a normal schedule on longer, for-pleasure trips.  But there is going to be NO TIME for gym time in NYC!


Oh, and in other big news – my Today Show spot has been bumped from Thursday at 10:00 AM to 8:30 AM, which is HUGE (viewership is much higher at 8:30 AM).  This actually didn’t make me more nervous, just super excited!  Set your DVRs!


Despite all the action, I managed to squeeze in a quick workout.  The Husband dragged me away from the computer and ran 3.0 miles with me in 30:34.  The last mile was definitely faster than the first two, which is always nice!  :)  And running with the Hus was fun – we’re doing it a lot more since we moved.


Mid-afternoon snack was my “entry” (I can’t really enter since I’m an organizer) for the Healthy Living Summit Stonyfield Smoothie Contest! <— If you’re coming to the HLS, you should enter, too!



My smoothie contained:


  • Oikos Greek yogurt
  • Cinnamon
  • 2 drops of Stevia
  • 15 frozen organic cherries
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter


And for dinner… another lovely Husband creation.



A mix of spinach, tortellini, fake meatballs (which I tried, hated, and passed to the Husband), tomatoes, apples, grapes, mushrooms, and onions.  The Husband sure loves those stir-fries!


Last minute details to wrap up!!


Thanks for making my book release day so very wonderful. 🙂 <3



  • Exercise and Eat August 3, 2010, 9:15 pm

    Congrats once again on all your accomplishments! You deserve it- you’ve made the world a better place because of Operation Beautiful!

  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! August 3, 2010, 9:16 pm

    Good luck in NY, Caitlin! You’re going to be wonderful on the Today Show (I almost just wrote the Daily Show!)! I have loved the Operation Beautiful posts and I can’t wait to continue reading. Have fun! 🙂

  • Allie August 3, 2010, 9:17 pm

    oh yay, 830 is so much better than 10! i will be able to watch now, and so will a lot more people too. can’t wait and good luck!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal August 3, 2010, 9:21 pm

    8:30?!? Wahoo I’ll still be home to watch! That’s amazing – and definitely higher viewership.
    Ahhh – SO so happy for you 😀

  • Alyssa August 3, 2010, 9:24 pm

    That is SSSOOO EXCITING! I’m really happy for everything that has happened for you 🙂 You’ve worked so hard and deserve every part and minute of it. It must be so refreshing to overcome so many obstacles and finally have things fall into place 🙂 It’s amazing how much we can accomplish if we keep pushing forward, stay positive, and believe in ourselves 🙂

    I got your book in the mail today and I LOVE it! The layout and writing is fantastic and the stories are so inspiring 😛 I definitely think you’ve got a bright future ahead of you, I’m looking forward to whatever books lie ahead 🙂

  • Jessica @ Rawtumn August 3, 2010, 9:25 pm

    Can’t wait to see you on the Today Show! Have a safe flight tomorrow! <3

  • Autumn Tao August 3, 2010, 9:26 pm

    Good luck Thursday. Congrats.

  • Evan Thomas August 3, 2010, 9:27 pm

    I can’t wait for the 8 oclock hour. I’ll actually be home to see it live! So excited 😀

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine August 3, 2010, 9:27 pm

    I’m so excited about the interview, I can’t wait to see it! 🙂
    Have a safe journey to New York! 🙂

  • Mary August 3, 2010, 9:28 pm

    CONGRATS! that’s SO exciting!! 😀

  • ashleigh August 3, 2010, 9:29 pm

    Congrats on getting bumped! You will be amazing and I can’t wait to see it!!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 3, 2010, 9:30 pm

    oooh what a tasty dinner! Safe travels super-star 🙂

  • Amanda @ Vegacious August 3, 2010, 9:31 pm

    I’m so excited for you! Congratulations!!! The same day your book is released – my published and bound thesis arrived at my doorstep. 🙂 Can’t wait to watch tomorrow morning.

  • Erin August 3, 2010, 9:32 pm

    Wow, sounds like you have a VERY exciting few days ahead of you. Just remember to take time to enjoy it, even if it’s just pinching yourself before the camera goes on at ‘Today.’ These are such special moments.

  • Heather August 3, 2010, 9:32 pm

    have fun in NYC! You will do great!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) August 3, 2010, 9:34 pm

    I just finished prepping my possible outfits for my day in NYC. I normally over pack but I’ve only got two options (cold weather and hot).

    Now that it is on at 8.30 Hunni is going to watch too 🙂 from home obviously 🙂

  • emptynutjar August 3, 2010, 9:35 pm

    Ahh….I am so crazy in awe….crazy crazy crazy.
    You will be amazing
    8:30…?…that is MAJOR.
    This is gonna be big and I feel overwhelmed for u…ha 🙂
    I looked in my Chapters, but not there…maybe Canada is behind ….still a bit pricey for me at this time…but sometime in future I hope!

  • Camille August 3, 2010, 9:35 pm

    Have a safe trip and a great time! You deserve it!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 3, 2010, 9:37 pm

    I am so glad that you had a great day! Have fun in NY!

  • Kate August 3, 2010, 9:37 pm

    Get it girl! You will be a total rockstar on The Today Show – enjoy every moment and have a fabulous time in the city.

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston August 3, 2010, 9:37 pm

    Good luck, have fun, and be sure to post your clip — we got rid of cable!!

  • Katie @ peacebeme August 3, 2010, 9:38 pm

    Congrats Caitlin! I am glad I found out your time slot was moved up for the Today show, for once I am glad I don’t have a job so I can watch. 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 3, 2010, 9:39 pm

    Best of luck on the Today show!

  • tanyasDaily ProductViews August 3, 2010, 9:39 pm

    have fun!

  • Lizzy August 3, 2010, 9:43 pm

    I can’t wait till the Today Show. I set my Tivo on Monday so i wouldn’t forget!!!! So happy for you Caitlin! 🙂

  • Kate August 3, 2010, 9:44 pm

    Congrats on the book release and the update in interview time…how exciting!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 3, 2010, 9:45 pm

    Oh, yay!!! Congrats on being pushed up farther on the schedule 😀

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing August 3, 2010, 9:45 pm

    Good luck and have a safe trip!

  • Jessica @ ShrinkingFoodie August 3, 2010, 9:45 pm

    This whole “pasta salad” thing sounds amazing. A must try once all this moving stops. Good luck on the Today show. Totally getting Operation Beautiful tomorrow 😀

  • Dynamics August 3, 2010, 9:45 pm

    Wahooooo Congrats Caitlin. You are AMAZING!

  • Gabriella Roselli August 3, 2010, 9:46 pm

    Can’t wait to see you on the today show – I told my mom to be sure to DVR if she’s not going to be around as well. I was describing the book to her today and she LOVED the concept!

  • Shannon August 3, 2010, 9:48 pm

    Haven’t had a chance to comment yet today, but wanted to say HAPPY BOOK RELEASE DAY! Have a safe flight to NYC, and I’ll be able to say congratulations in person tomorrow evening! (I hope it’s not super awkward – to be honest, I’ve never been to a blog meet-up before.) Congratulations again! I can’t wait to get my copy of the book tomorrow!

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life August 3, 2010, 9:50 pm

    Good luck in NYC! I’m definitely going to set my DVR.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers August 3, 2010, 9:51 pm

    Have a FANTASTIC trip!! I’ll be watching for sure! 🙂

  • Sarah August 3, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Wow, being bumped to 8:30 is huuuuuuuuuuuuge! The 4th hour definitely appeals to an audience that would love the book, but you’re right the 8:30 audience is much higher.

    Congrats Caitlin! We are all so proud of you!


    p.s. Amazon told me my book should be here tomorrow!

  • Aria August 3, 2010, 10:03 pm

    Got both copies of your book in the mail today 🙂 I’m keeping mine and donating the other to my local library as I want to share your awesome message with as many women as possible! Congrats on this awesome day!!!

  • Marnie August 3, 2010, 10:03 pm

    Congrats on the time slot change…that’s amazing news! Just wondering what time zone you mean when you say 8:30? Eastern? I’m in Edmonton, mountain time zone, and don’t want to miss it!! I

  • kate August 3, 2010, 10:03 pm

    Congrats on the 8:30 time slot! Im bummed that I wont be able to catch it!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) August 3, 2010, 10:04 pm

    such a busy couple of weeks for you! i totally get not doing the workout clothes thing…you’ll probably be walking a ton anyway!

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews August 3, 2010, 10:08 pm

    Good luck on The Today Show!! You will do awesome!

  • Maria (RealFitMama) August 3, 2010, 10:09 pm

    YAY!!!! For some reason I thought you were on this morning and when I didn’t see you I thought I missed it. Now I can set my DVR and see it for sure… GOOD LUCK!!! 🙂

  • Jean August 3, 2010, 10:10 pm

    I just wanted to say congratulations Caitlin on this momentous day! I’ve been a long time reader of your blog and love your positive attitude that makes HTP such a fun place to visit every day! I’m excited for your book and will be buying it this week! 🙂 So, so, so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tina August 3, 2010, 10:13 pm

    Set my DVR and anxious to watch. So excited for you!!!!

    Smart move on not trying to cram in workouts. If you know you won’t have time, better to plan rest so missing doesn’t add additional stress. Have fun!

  • Alex @ Working Housewife August 3, 2010, 10:15 pm

    830 is AWESOME! DVR is set….can’t wait to watch!

  • kirsten August 3, 2010, 10:17 pm

    just picked up your book at Borders! Can’t wait to read it and to see you on the Today show thurs! And seriously don’t worry about getting lost in NYC, you have an I-phone right? there has to be an app for that 😀

  • Marie August 3, 2010, 10:20 pm

    8:30 am is incredible! Excellent. So excellent. Got your book today! It wasn’t on the shelf yet (B&N) so I went to customer service and asked about it. He went back and got them out and put them on the shelf then, but I was disappointed. I’ve never been proud to buy a book before, but I was proud to buy yours. Weird? Haha 🙂

  • maria @ Chasing the Now August 3, 2010, 10:44 pm

    Best of luck! 🙂

  • Kiersten August 3, 2010, 10:48 pm

    Congrats Caitlin and good luck in NYC! I ordered your book today and can’t wait to read it.

  • The Healthy Hostess August 3, 2010, 10:58 pm

    Congrats! I am so excited for you Caitlin! You are amazing! Keep it up! My mom, baby Anna and I are so excited for watching you while we drink our coffee!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous August 3, 2010, 11:09 pm

    Ohh that salad looks GOOD. Props to the hub! And GOOD LUCK in NYC! Woot!

  • Erin @ Cooking and the City August 3, 2010, 11:19 pm

    Can’t wait to meet you tomorrow!!

  • Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt August 3, 2010, 11:36 pm

    A bump up is awesome! Congrats!

  • Anne @thefitbridesmaid August 3, 2010, 11:42 pm

    Tivo already updated to the 8:30 slot! That’s why I love it!

  • roncurtisjr August 3, 2010, 11:45 pm

    Nervousness is a good thing! You will do awesome. Enjoy yourself, we’ll be watching.

  • Astrid August 3, 2010, 11:47 pm

    Caitlyn, this is such a huge day for you!! I hope mroe and more people keep getting the Operation Beautiful message. I know that it helped me A LOT today. I has an excellent day and it was definitely helped by spreading the word and having a very positive note in my day.

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats August 4, 2010, 12:00 am

    you are going to be wonderful!!! Everyone in nyc, producers, today show hosts, and america is gonna be so so impressed and fall in love with you like we have. 🙂 Go get em girl!

  • Cati August 4, 2010, 12:11 am

    Congrats on the release and on all of your accomplishments. What an inspiration you are! Have fun on the Today Show 🙂 I’ll be able to watch and I can’t wait!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 4, 2010, 12:14 am

    I watch the today show every morning! I can’t wait to see your beautiful face at 8:30!

  • Wei-Wei August 4, 2010, 12:19 am

    You’re amazing. You’re going to do great in NYC!

    Wei Wei

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) August 4, 2010, 12:26 am

    You are so epic!!!! I cannot wait to see you do your thing on The Today Show. I’m glad you book release day was awesome!!!!! xoxo

  • Jaclyn August 4, 2010, 12:42 am

    I have to tell you Caitlin, after hearing you and some other bloggers say they saw your book on the shelves at Borders last week, I went there to *stalk* try and find a copy. Well, I’m in Seattle so I guess we didn’t get the pre-shipment (much to my dismay!) but tonight I finally grabbed a copy!! I was/am so excited to read it, especially after following your blog for more than a year!

    Oh yeah, there were only two other copies on the shelf, I took them down near a register and put them in a more prominent display area so that the (lucky two) readers can see it more easily heh heh! Congrats on the book, it looks great, and I’m so proud of you!!!!!

  • erica August 4, 2010, 12:53 am

    congrats! i can’t wait to pick up a book!!! good luck in new york!!! have lots of fun!

  • Sarah August 4, 2010, 1:03 am

    “we’re doing it a lot more since we moved”. I need to get my mind out of the gutter.


  • daphne August 4, 2010, 1:29 am

    Goodluck!!!!!!!!just be safe. . .have fun

  • Lorin August 4, 2010, 1:43 am

    I got your book today! I really enjoy it and I am more than halfway done with it, it’s great!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] August 4, 2010, 1:51 am

    I can’t even imagine how monumental this week of your life is to you! It’s really inspiring to see OB ALL OVER the blog world this week. I think it’s time for me to finally open up…

  • Tay August 4, 2010, 2:44 am

    Congrats on the today Caitlin! I just got my book from Amazon and am SO excited to read it :-)…even though I already skimmed it in Borders last week 😉 Can’t wait until Thursday!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 4, 2010, 3:03 am

    I should hope the husband does cook for you lots now – you’re a world famous authour and need a servant or two 😛

  • Little Bookworm August 4, 2010, 3:53 am

    Hope you have a good journey and a great time in NYC! 🙂

  • Orla August 4, 2010, 4:21 am

    I have had a terrible week but it is really great (and comforting) to see someone who has worked so hard for their dreams have them come true!
    Well done Caitlin – a True Inspiration. 🙂
    And I am super jealous that you are going to NYC – it is my spiritual home! 🙂

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales August 4, 2010, 4:26 am

    So excited for you. I hope everything goes well in NYC!!

  • Neen @ Broad Bean to Runner Bean August 4, 2010, 4:29 am

    Good luck for the Today Show i’m sure you’ll be awesome! x

  • Espie August 4, 2010, 5:57 am

    Congrats on the time bump…8:30 is a much better time!

  • Kristyn August 4, 2010, 6:35 am

    Hi Caitlin! Congrats on absolutely EVERYTHING! If I didn’t have to work, I’d be in the audience of the Today Show since I only live northwest of the city. =) That’s my morning show of choice. I’m so happy for you. I’ve been reading your blog for about a year now. My DVR is set and I bought the book yesterday! Can’t wait to get home from work and watch your tv spot. Yay for the time bump up!!!

  • Tina August 4, 2010, 7:43 am

    Good luck!!! I’ll be outside the TODAY show freaking out and cheering for you! 🙂

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 4, 2010, 7:47 am

    Oh my goodness congrats on getting the earlier slot! Talk about a nice break!

    You don’t pack light do you? hahaha

  • Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure August 4, 2010, 8:53 am

    Good luck girl!

  • Kelly August 4, 2010, 9:02 am

    Still to late for me to catch and I don’t have DVR 🙁 Maybe i’ll try and hook up our old school vcr and try to record it, haha.

  • kristin August 4, 2010, 9:03 am

    have fun in NYC!!! You will love it! 🙂

  • Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 4, 2010, 11:13 am

    Glad your spot was moved to 8:30 (works better for me). Have fun in NYC;)

  • Amber K August 4, 2010, 12:10 pm

    That is so cool that you got bumped up! I’m glad because that means much less for me to fast forward through to get to your segment! Ahhh exciting!

  • Kelly August 4, 2010, 10:06 pm

    So excited for you, DVR is set and bought the book, its awesome!

    Congrats on everything!!!!! 😛

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