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Today has been so FULL of fun and business.  I really cannot believe that I need to leave the hotel at 7 AM tomorrow to be on The Today Show with Meredith at 8:35 (my spot will be 4:30 minutes long!).  Yippee!  I feel excited and blessed… and a little nervous too.


Backtrack a bit…


After checking in with you all, I headed down Broadway to the Woman’s Day headquarters to meet fellow blogger/WD social media maven Theodora.


While there, I learned about a really cool Woman’s Day blog called Wise Words.  Basically, it’s a selection of daily quotes to motivate and inspire you!  Pretty cool.


I also got to tour the WD’s test kitchen, which is run by Donna and Terri.


They test TONS of recipes (they were testing Thanksgiving recipes while I was there!) so the place is a little messy… just like a real kitchen! :)  That means they work hard.  :)  They actually had FOUR full kitchen in the room, with stoves and fridges and everything.


Fun fact:  Woman’s Day is one of the few magazines that still do their own recipe testing in-house (others outsource it).


After Woman’s Day, I high-tailed it to Grand Central Station to see a giant Post-it note installation art project! 


The winning design was created by two high school students.  It’s over 40 feet long and 40 feet tall and includes more than 100,000 Super Sticky Notes applied over the course of 320 hours!!!



Epic, right?  :) 


So… let’s see.  I got a little lost coming back from Grand Central, but thankfully – NYC is a grid so it wasn’t that bad.  When I did arrive to my hotel, I discovered they were giving away free wine!  I happily grabbed a glass.


Dinner actually featured some vegetables!


I stopped off at a make-your-own-salad place and made a big bowl of greens, beans, feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, dressing, and other goodies.


And then guess what!


My BFF Lauren showed up!!! YAYAYAY.  She came from Delaware to offer emotional support and spend the night with me.  I love her.  :)  (We ran the Disney Marathon together back in January!)  My old friend from high school, Janie, also come to the hotel for support.


After chatting for a bit, Lauren and I said goodbye to head over to an AMAZING blog meet-up!  It was so great to meet all the NYC bloggers and readers. 


Just look at this gaggle of women!  You might think its awkward to meet a ton of strangers, but the blog community is so supportive and friendly… it’s never weird for long!


I picked at some soup, but didn’t eat much.  Too nervous about tomorrow!


And ate a cupcake from Crumbs bakery!  It was a lovely gift.  🙂


I see why the Crumbs cupcakes are so famous!  I had about 1/4 and shared the rest with some others.


And… I’m off to TRY to get some rest.  Wish me luck!



  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 4, 2010, 10:15 pm

    Get a good nights sleep — I am so excited for you! You’ll do great with Meredith tomorrow. I’ve been reading OP Beautiful since I picked it up last night and I love it. Your story is so inspiring — thank you for your blog, for the book, for OB, for everything. Good luck tomorrow, even though I know you won’t need it!

  • JenATX August 4, 2010, 10:21 pm

    i love all the behind-the-scenes pics! what a cool experience!!

  • Madeline @ greensandjeans August 4, 2010, 10:23 pm

    Best of luck Caitlin! I’ll be watching you from my treadmill tomorrow morning!

  • Jen August 4, 2010, 10:24 pm

    SO excited for you! Just being in NYC is pretty awesome. My bestie moved there in January to work for one of the big hotel chains and I still haven’t had a chance to visit her, so anything I read about NYC makes me feel closer to her. Good luck on the show tomorrow! I’m sure you’ll be great…I have a feeling book sales are gonna be way up after tomorrow!

  • Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life August 4, 2010, 10:24 pm

    Have fun tomorrow!! You’ll do great!

  • Caroline August 4, 2010, 10:27 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! I know you’ll do great! Enjoy every moment. I am so glad that they bumped you to the 8:30 slot and 4:30 minutes is huge! Can’t wait to see you tomorrow morning!!!

  • Dynamics August 4, 2010, 10:27 pm

    You are so lucky to have Meredith. She is a sweetheart and will put you right at ease. You will do GREAT!!!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite August 4, 2010, 10:27 pm

    I’m so excited!!! I’ll be watching in the morning 🙂

  • Becki @ Hike Bike Eat August 4, 2010, 10:28 pm

    DVR-ing NOW!

  • rebecca lustig August 4, 2010, 10:28 pm

    so so so excited for you. you deserve nothing shy of the very best, caitlin!

  • Lindsey August 4, 2010, 10:28 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! I’ll be watching:)

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 4, 2010, 10:30 pm

    Good luck! I can’t wait to watch you tomorrow morning!!!

  • Amanda @ Vegacious August 4, 2010, 10:31 pm

    I am so excited for you! Congratulations girl – you are amazing! 🙂

  • Corey - The Runners Cookie August 4, 2010, 10:33 pm

    Good Luck! Even though you don’t need it – this book is such a big part of who you are and what you’re about, you’ll have no problem talking about it beautifully. I will definitely be watching before I head to work!!

  • Ash Bear August 4, 2010, 10:33 pm

    It was so great meeting you tonight! Have fun tomorrow! BTW: It’s Crumbs bakery 🙂

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 4, 2010, 10:34 pm

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! Have a greaaaat day tomorrow Caitlin!! I’m waking up at the crack of dawn to see you. We don’t got DVR in this casa. And no, I’m not on the west coast…8:30 AM is early for me 🙂

    • Caitlin August 4, 2010, 11:01 pm

      HTPDad says look now for a west coast affiliate you can watch on-line! Or twice, like me!

  • marsha August 4, 2010, 10:35 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!! I’ll be watching before I fly out the door to work 🙂

  • Hangry Pants August 4, 2010, 10:37 pm

    Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats August 4, 2010, 10:38 pm

    sleep well<3

  • Erin August 4, 2010, 10:39 pm

    Good luck! You are going to do great – can’t wait to see it! Congratulations on the book too!!

  • ashleigh August 4, 2010, 10:40 pm

    Sounds like you had a great day!! That post it display is amazing.

  • Lizzy August 4, 2010, 10:40 pm

    can’t wait to see you via Today Show tomorrow! good luck girl! your gonna do awesome!

  • AngelaOSG August 4, 2010, 10:40 pm

    I’m sending you teh most POSITIVE and awesome vibes tonight and tomorrow. I have such a wonderful feeling about your interview. Tomorrow is just the beginning. You will do many more amazing things with Operation Beautiful. =)
    Tell yourself your are EPIC and go rock that interview. Hold your head up high and think of all the amazing women who shared their journies with you over the past year. This is for all of us. 🙂 xoxo luv u!

  • Ashley K August 4, 2010, 10:42 pm

    Caitlin, I’m soooo excited for you!!! You’re going to be great, and I’ll be watching!! 🙂

  • Nicole August 4, 2010, 10:43 pm

    Good Luck!!! Wish I could watch live, but I’ll be in a 🙁

  • Victoria August 4, 2010, 10:44 pm

    Good luck! Can’t wait to see your spot tomorrow!

  • Jenny August 4, 2010, 10:44 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! I know you’re going to do great- I will be DVR-ing from Canada!!

    Sleep well,

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 4, 2010, 10:46 pm

    I am on the West Coast and can’t be more excited about waking up early to see you rock out this interview. Thank you for all you’ve done for women everywhere. You are an inspiring person and deserve the best, tomorrow and always!

  • Jennie {in Wonderland} August 4, 2010, 10:48 pm

    Soooooo much luck and good thoughts headed your way!

    No one deserves it more than you. You started a wave of love and acceptance – that karma is coming back fo sho.

    Rock it, beautiful lady! 🙂

  • Steph (Steph Runs the City) August 4, 2010, 10:49 pm

    it was great to meet you and all the other ladies this evening! good luck tomorrow, you will be great!

  • Julie @ Wearing Mascara August 4, 2010, 10:51 pm

    I’ll be watching with my grandma! 🙂 I told her I had a friend on the Today Show 🙂 Do this for blends and people everywhere. You’ll be reaching so many people tomorrow! Hold your head up high and you will do great.

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston August 4, 2010, 10:51 pm

    Good luck girly! That blog meet up looks super fun!!

  • Shannon August 4, 2010, 10:51 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! It was so great to meet you tonight and say congratulations in person, and I loved the opportunity to meet other NYC bloggers – I just moved here last month!

    You’ll be awesome tomorrow! Can’t wait to watch.

  • Stacey August 4, 2010, 10:54 pm

    Good Luck Caitlin! This year you’ve run a marathon, completed an Olympic Tri, rode a 100mi race, ran a 15mi Trail Race, plus all the training hours, plus other road races, and moved into a new home in a new city, so the Today Show should be nothing! 🙂 I know you will do great! Can’t wait to see it!

  • Amanda August 4, 2010, 10:56 pm

    Have fun tomorrow! Even though I’ve never met you I feel like I know you and I’m so excited to see my friend on the Today Show 🙂

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 4, 2010, 10:59 pm

    Best of luck tomorrow! Greatly looking forward to seeing your smiling face on Today!

    That blogger meet-up looks like a real rager! I love blog meet-ups, it’s always such a positive, good time.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 4, 2010, 11:03 pm

    Good luck lady! You are going to rock it tomorrow!!!

  • Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 4, 2010, 11:04 pm

    Hope you sleep well tonight. Can’t wait to see you on the Today show in the morning:) You will be fabulous! Cheers!

  • Jessica August 4, 2010, 11:05 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! I just set my DVR 🙂

  • Crunchy Granola Gal August 4, 2010, 11:05 pm

    Kick booty tomorrow! Was lovely meeting you. 🙂 I have officially de-lurked myself from your comment section. Get excited.

  • Michal August 4, 2010, 11:06 pm

    I think it’s kind of hilarious that I just got home from the meetup and one of the things I do is check your blog to see if you blogged about it :-p
    GOOD LUCK tomorrow! You’ll be great. It was so nice to meet you in person.

  • Rachael August 4, 2010, 11:13 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! I hope the city treats you well – New York is such a special place, and you’ll undoubtedly have a ton of great experiences to write about!

  • Camille August 4, 2010, 11:13 pm

    You are going to be awesome tomorrow! I can’t wait to see you on national TV! Ahh!

  • Catherine August 4, 2010, 11:21 pm

    Break a leg tomorrow, I’m sure you’ll do great! I’m DVRing it just in case I have to leave for work before the segment comes on 🙂

  • Angharad August 4, 2010, 11:22 pm

    GOOD LUCK!! Try not to be too nervous (I would totally be) and remind yourself that you are going to look back on this day forever – grab it and own it!

  • Dorry August 4, 2010, 11:23 pm

    Yay! Good luck in the morning – can’t wait to watch!!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit August 4, 2010, 11:23 pm

    NYC is fabulous, how exciting to be there and be going on TV tomorrow! Good luck, you’ll be great!

  • Celia August 4, 2010, 11:26 pm

    It was so awesome meeting you tonight! What a great first blogger meet-up for me and now this is also the first comment I am making on a blog. Yay:) Good luck tomorrow and enjoy every second of it!

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine August 4, 2010, 11:28 pm

    Woohoo! 🙂 What a whirlwind day. I can’t wait to see the interview, this is sooo exciting!

  • Kathleen August 4, 2010, 11:29 pm

    The DVR is set, can’t wait… You’ll be awesome! Good luck and thanks for sharing behind the scenes photos, the post-it note installation was insane!

  • Sarah for Real August 4, 2010, 11:30 pm

    Eeeee! Good Luck!!!! I’ve got it on my DVR! I triple checked 😀

  • Amy Ramos August 4, 2010, 11:33 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! I have tivo’d the Today Show and also I got my book today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It is awesome…I might not be able to sleep tonight.
    You Rock!

  • Jessica @ ShrinkingFoodie August 4, 2010, 11:50 pm

    Gooooooooo luuuuuuck!

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. August 5, 2010, 12:01 am

    Good luck!!! I’m definitely planning on sneaking away from my desk to watch! You’ll do AMAZING! You’re so ready for this.

  • Mama Pea August 5, 2010, 12:05 am

    I just told Pea Daddy I am SOOOOO nervous for you. I know you’ll do great, I’m just so anxious, excited, thrilled! See you on air!

  • Marie August 5, 2010, 12:08 am

    Can’t wait to see you on screen! Good luck! Deeeeep breaths 🙂

  • Candice August 5, 2010, 12:11 am

    Can’t wait to see you tomorrow morning!! You have been and continue to be such an inspiration for girls and women everywhere. I have no doubt you are so gonna rock that interview tomorrow. I’m so proud of you!

    Most of all – Have fun!

  • kyla August 5, 2010, 12:15 am

    I’m so jealous you get to meet the hottie otherwise known as Matt Lauer!!!!

    I watch The Today Show almost every morning and I’ll definitely be waiting for your segment tomorrow! Good luck! You have the support of millions behind you.

  • Deirdre August 5, 2010, 12:17 am

    So good seeing you tonight and meeting so many great bloggers! Good luck tomorrow! I know you’ll do great!

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) August 5, 2010, 12:18 am

    GOOD LUCK! You are going to do so awesome!! SO many more people are going to know about Operation Beautiful and so many more lives will be touched. I am SO EXCITED for you!! xoxo

  • Brittany August 5, 2010, 12:30 am

    Good luck! I’ll be at the doctors office at 8:30, but I’ve got it DVRed!!

  • stephanie@Avocado Nation August 5, 2010, 12:58 am

    I am so excited for you! You will do great!!! When you’re done, treat yourself to a cupcake from Magnolia bakery. Those are the best cupcakes in NYC in my opinion. 🙂

  • sam August 5, 2010, 1:16 am

    good luck tomorrow! before you know it, it will just be one of those amazing stories, so live it up while it’s happening!

  • SaraRM August 5, 2010, 1:30 am

    INCREDIBLE! Good Luck!

  • Wei-Wei August 5, 2010, 2:08 am

    I can’t believe that you only had a quarter of that cupcake! I think that it would have calmed MY nerves just fine. 😀 Good luck tomorrow!


  • Heather August 5, 2010, 2:15 am

    Good luck, you’ll do great! Can’t wait to watch your segment on Today 🙂

  • Carly August 5, 2010, 2:45 am

    I’m so excited for you Caitlin! Way to go! I won’t be able to tune in and don’t have PVR so I hope I will get to see a clip of your segment somehow later?! GOOD LUCK! You will do great 🙂

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 5, 2010, 2:49 am

    GOOD LUCK!!! You’re going to rock the show 😀 I just wish it was shown over here! I’ll be on youtube later methinnks :p
    Awesome post-it wall thing – 320 hrs?I can believe that!

  • Penelope August 5, 2010, 2:59 am

    Good luck Caitlin!!!!!

  • Neen August 5, 2010, 3:36 am

    good luck for the show!! hope you got some good sleep! looks like your having a blasty so far!! x

  • Little Bookworm August 5, 2010, 4:05 am

    Good luck for the show! Thar post-it art thing looks amazing! 🙂

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales August 5, 2010, 5:08 am

    Wow, it looks like you are having a ton of fun! I just wanted to wish you loads of luck on the Today show but I’m sure you’ll be fine. Enjoy it!


  • Jen @ canoeoflife August 5, 2010, 5:55 am

    Best of luck today! You’ll do great! You’re strong, inspirational, and have a beautiful spirit!!!

    Have a great day….

  • Lauren August 5, 2010, 7:03 am

    You are going to do amazing today!!!!! 🙂

  • Stacey@ August 5, 2010, 7:10 am

    It’s so amazing what your doing. Your such an ispiration to other ladies.

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) August 5, 2010, 7:34 am

    you’re gonna be beautiful!!! And crumbs is ZAAAA BESTTTTTTTESSSTTTT

  • Rachel August 5, 2010, 7:41 am

    good luck! Also, while you’re in New York… a MUST TRY is Bloomingdale’s Forty Carrots froyo!!!! ITS UNBELIEVABLE. 59th & lex, 7th floor. DO NOT MISS OUT!

  • Rachel August 5, 2010, 7:42 am

    good luck! Also, while you’re in New York… a MUST TRY is Bloomingdale’s Forty Carrots froyo!!!! ITS UNBELIEVABLE. 59th & lex, 7th floor. DO NOT MISS OUT!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 5, 2010, 7:54 am

    Oh my goodness have fun!!! You’re gonna be awesome! I won’t be able to watch it since I’ll be at work but I’ll be thinking of you for sure.

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous August 5, 2010, 7:57 am

    So sad I had to miss the meet up! I’ve got my TV ready for ya—can’t wait!!!

  • Katie Carso August 5, 2010, 8:05 am

    SO excited for you Caitlin!!!!!!!!!!!! In 25 minutes I will be watching you on The Today Show!!! I am so proud of you and you should be so excited for everything!!!! xoxo

  • Anne P August 5, 2010, 8:06 am

    That post it note display is SO epic! But… NOT AS EPIC AS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SO wish I could be there to cheer you on, too. Damn final exam tomorrow! Rock it out today!!!!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans August 5, 2010, 8:06 am

    How exciting!!Enjoy your trip to New York and have a blast on the show!!

  • Whitney August 5, 2010, 8:10 am

    Good Luck Caitlin! I just started reading your blog a couple of weeks ago. You should be so proud to have your book published and be on the Today Show. I have my DVR set!! Good luck and Congrats! 🙂

  • Julz @ freshman5k August 5, 2010, 8:12 am

    That cupcake looks amazing! What flavor was it?
    I’ll be sure to tune in this morning!

  • Ali August 5, 2010, 8:15 am

    GOOD LUCK TODAY!!! You are such an inspiration and totally deserve this!! Have an amazing time!

  • Becky August 5, 2010, 8:19 am

    I can’t believe I missed the blogger meetup! Good Luck today. I’m def going to check out that post it installation – crazy!

  • Lauren August 5, 2010, 8:36 am

    It was great to meet you last night! Just saw some previews for your segment, so exciting!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit August 5, 2010, 8:44 am

    Great job! You spoke really well and looked so professional 🙂 Love the necklace!

  • Tracey August 5, 2010, 8:59 am

    Congratulations! I’m so excited for you!

  • Heather August 5, 2010, 9:00 am

    that cupcake looks so good!

  • Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure August 5, 2010, 9:46 am

    So exciting!

  • Amanda August 5, 2010, 10:06 am

    Great to meet you at Woman’s Day yesterday!

  • Kelly August 5, 2010, 10:31 am

    Oooh Crumbs cupcakes are the best! I’m so excited to get to NYC tomorrow now!

  • jenny in new york August 5, 2010, 10:33 am

    Last night was so much fun! I still say we were at the right location 😉 haha. It was great meeting you, your friend Lauren and all the other girls. I had no cable yet in my new apartment this morning so hopefully i can find your clip from the today show online!

  • Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun August 5, 2010, 10:47 am

    Congrats again on the book! It’s gonna be huge! 🙂

  • Sami August 5, 2010, 11:01 am

    good luck babe! even though you won’t need it. no worries! you’ve GOT this 🙂

  • Jolene ( August 5, 2010, 11:52 am

    You are making me miss NY!!! I love it so much!!! I am sure everything went great today!!

  • Amber K August 5, 2010, 12:48 pm

    That post-it collage is EPIC! How awesome!

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