But Without Wedding Cake

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I always joke that planning the Healthy Living Summit (sponsored by Arnold and Oroweat) is pretty much like planning a wedding – but a wedding with sponsors, swag bags, 200 attendees, product trials, and name tags… and without wedding cake. 


After a marathon committee planning call and putting out some minor fires, I am ready to call it a night!  Can’t wait to get to the conference and MEET everyone!  That’s the really fun part. 🙂


Snack was Greek yogurt, chia seeds, 1/4 cup oatmeal, and blueberries:


And after some freelancing, I drove to our meet-up spot to run with Emma, Emily, Michelle, and Whit.  Except all I was greeted by with was an empty lot:


When I was starting to give up hope, Emma came up!  Everyone else got stuck in traffic or delayed so it was just us.


Unfortunately, neither of us were really feeling it.  You know that deadened leg feeling?  I felt like each leg was SO heavy and hard to lift.  Emma was feeling the heat and humidity, too. Our 3.0-mile loop seemed to last forever, and we were both pretty pumped to finish in 30:33




I had cooked asparagus and small potatoes with some brown rice and grilled tofu with BBQ sauce.  It was delicious!


So… I’m a dork.  I was so busy last week that I forgot to post links to two bloggers who participated in Change the Way You See Week.  Here they are!  Sorry, girls:




  • Wendy @ Seriously Sassy August 10, 2010, 10:45 pm

    Your dinner looks AMAZING. *drool*
    So, quick question: I’ve always heard that chia seeds don’t give you many health benefits unless they’re ground into chia meal. Same with flax. Is this true??

    • Caitlin August 10, 2010, 10:57 pm

      my chia bag says that you can eat them whole, my flax says it must be ground. 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite August 10, 2010, 10:55 pm

    I agree… your dinner looks delicious!! I’m sure it’ll be a relief when the HLS is finished 🙂

    Nite 🙂

  • Camille August 10, 2010, 10:57 pm

    I had one of those runs today too :/
    Part of it was the terrible heat, but it also just seemed like the slowest 3.89 miles… ever!

  • Angela(the lady loves to eat) August 10, 2010, 10:58 pm

    Your BBQ tofu looks delicious!

  • Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 10, 2010, 11:05 pm

    Your snack looks delicious:) Can’t wait to hear all about HLS. How many people are on the planning committee?

    • Caitlin August 10, 2010, 11:12 pm


  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 10, 2010, 11:13 pm

    oh yum! What a simple yet tasty dinner 🙂

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 10, 2010, 11:20 pm

    I hate when you pull up into an empty lot. It’s weird when you’re late and you expect everyone to be there but then you’re the first person.

  • Dorry August 10, 2010, 11:22 pm

    Mmm – that dinner does look delicious. I’m so excited about HLS and SO thankful for all of your hard work in organizing it!

  • Astrid August 10, 2010, 11:22 pm

    Caitlyn, all of your hard work is super appreciated. I cannot wait until this weekend! It is going to be so amazing being aorund like minded people. Thank you for your hard work!

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini August 10, 2010, 11:34 pm

    If I’m supposed to meet someone and they don’t show up, I start to wonder if I’ve lost it and gotten the time/place wrong. Those situations make me so anxious…I’m nuts 😉

  • Amber K August 10, 2010, 11:38 pm

    Without wedding cake…LOL =)

  • Mandy August 10, 2010, 11:42 pm

    Do you stir your “mess bowls” before eating? Looks delicious and I just bought some chia seeds! 🙂

    • caitlin August 11, 2010, 8:47 am

      yup 🙂 it just looks prettier for photos pre-mixed!

  • Marie August 10, 2010, 11:43 pm

    Yum your dinner does look amazing! I haven’t had asparagus in a while… hmm… I hate that cruddy leg feeling, yuck. At least you got a run in though, right? 🙂

  • Joanna @ landanimal.wordpress.com August 10, 2010, 11:47 pm

    Awww I wish I was going to the healthy living summit so badly 🙁

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 11, 2010, 12:02 am

    I want your dinner!! Ugh, I will have to wait until Thursday for my grilled tofu 😀 Why is that stuff so good?? And especially with bbq sauce!

  • Ella August 11, 2010, 12:09 am

    Mmmmmm you make tofu look yummy!

  • Heather (heather's dish) August 11, 2010, 12:18 am

    I think y’all should totally get a big cake made…just for fun 🙂 a big white one that is!

  • Amanda August 11, 2010, 12:46 am

    A run is a run…. even if you feel like you’re dragging lead behind you.

  • Annie August 11, 2010, 1:38 am

    You’re not a dork. You’re just super super busy 🙂

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 11, 2010, 2:28 am

    Ugh I hate that leg feeling! I’m about to go run 12miles – I hope I don’t get it today!! Here’s hoping the Clif bar works it’s magic :p
    Hope the fires are firmly out!!

  • Wei-Wei August 11, 2010, 3:35 am

    My legs ALWAYS feel like that. I gotta get used to running!


  • Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life August 11, 2010, 5:52 am

    I must be something about this week, because my legs were fatigued as well. At least we pushed throught it!!

    I love how you separate everything in your greek yogurt, oats, & fruit bowl. Very pretty! I packed my breakfast that way yesterday, but by the time I got it to work it looked like it had been through WWII and back!! Still tasted amazing!

  • Nicole, RD August 11, 2010, 6:37 am

    I hate those runs! Breakfast looks good, but that dinner…yum-o!! 😛

  • Tina August 11, 2010, 6:51 am

    I bet that takes a crazy amount of planning! It will hopefully all be worth it though. I know I’m hoping because I couldn’t go this year and cross my fingers there is another HLS next year for me to attend. 😉

  • Paige @Running Around Normal August 11, 2010, 6:52 am

    What a delicious dinner! You always impress me when you whip up a cooked lunch or dinner despite a super hectiv busy day.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 11, 2010, 7:02 am

    So excited for HLS!! Wouldn’t it be awesome if there WAS a cake? Next year there should be a healthy cake making contest 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 11, 2010, 7:18 am

    Dinner looks so good! I hear ya on the leg thing…mine are feeling it today from doing Core Fusion last yesterday! Sorry everyone got delayed though, I am sure it would have been nice to see them! I hope you have a great day!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 11, 2010, 8:07 am

    Ah yes, but how rewarding is a wedding? Very. I bet HLS is the same. Minus the honeymoon following, which is kind of a shame.

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans August 11, 2010, 8:19 am

    I hate that dead leg feeling. Its been such a humid summer that its making my runs very challenging but I am hoping by comparison the runs in the fall will feel super easy!!

  • Kristy August 11, 2010, 8:30 am

    You are my hero 😉 and because of you I have now developed a serious addiction to greek yogurt + raw oats, ekkkkkk

  • Chelsey August 11, 2010, 8:34 am

    Yum! I can’t even imagine planning a conference.

    I was supposed to come, but now I can’t – cross one name tag off the list. I’m pretty bummed about it. I’ll email Meghann to let her know!

  • Amy August 11, 2010, 8:37 am

    I am so bummed that I just found your site, way too late for attendance at your Healthy Living Summit! I can’t wait to hear the plans for next year! I want to be sure to get there…..Except, is this for all you 20 somethings? I’m turning F-O-R-T-Y this year….:(

    • caitlin August 11, 2010, 8:48 am

      Forty is the new thirty 😉 There’s going to be lots of women in their 30 – 50s there too!

  • Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure August 11, 2010, 9:10 am

    I had a run like that this morning, I barely ran 2 miles in 22 min it was a HARD one lol.

  • Nicole August 11, 2010, 9:12 am

    Ahh you’ve had such a crazy few months!
    I actually had written something too but didn’t want to bother you with it…let’s just say have more than inspired me these past few weeks…not just healthwise either! Have fun at the summit! Glad I was able to meet you in Boston last year and sorry I can’t make it to Chi-town this year. 🙁

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 11, 2010, 9:23 am

    I do not like running in the heat and humidity. It can be so hard to breathe sometimes! Yuck.

  • Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 11, 2010, 11:05 am

    I’m so excited to see everyone’s post from HLS! Sounds like so much fun

  • Mac August 11, 2010, 12:10 pm

    The dead leg feeling is the WORST! It can so easily kill a workout, but it sounds like you guys pushed through and got something out of it today… nice work!

  • Stacey August 11, 2010, 12:28 pm

    I don’t envy you having to organise HLS, it must be so much work! I can’t wait to hear all about it though, will you still be blogging regularly with updates or won’t you have time?

    • caitlin August 11, 2010, 1:33 pm

      Regular posting shall ensue!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion August 11, 2010, 12:53 pm

    I was just reading this thinking, “Is Whit in FL visiting?” Then I remembered you moved! Hello, Ali, wake up! See you in two days!!! AHHHHH!

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