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I spent the morning hanging out in the Charlotte Today green room.  :)  And then I did a quick, 5-minute spot about the Operation Beautiful book.  It was a lot of fun!  TV doesn’t make me nervous anymore.  I just pretend like no one is watching.


Here’s the video!

In the green room, I met a 92 year-old woman named Rachel who is famous for her Mercury Comet, which has well over 500,000 miles on it.  She’s even been on Jay Leno!

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Her advice for living a long and healthy life?  Lay off the coffee and drink warm water in the morning instead.  🙂


Post-TV, I ran some errands (including buying a new computer! Wahoo! I opted for a Toshiba) and made lunch:


Whole wheat naan with an egg.


And a salad with arugula, cabbage, capers, tomatoes, and balsamic.


Hoping to squeeze in a run tonight!  But my butt is still killing me from our hike on Wednesday! :(  Oof!


Are you emotionally attached to your car?



  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) August 27, 2010, 2:01 pm

    500,000 – that’s impressive! And here was me thinkig the 200,000 on my last car was good…!
    I’m emotionally attached to my car 🙂 she’s called Erica and is small and orange and cute :p

  • Angelique August 27, 2010, 2:02 pm

    Toshiba’s are the best! It’s what I use.

  • Sarah for Real August 27, 2010, 2:03 pm

    I’ve had my 1994 jeep since high school and I will definitely shed a tear when I sell it. It’s just that we need a truck more than an suv these days. I cannot imagine 500k miles!!!

  • AngelaOSG August 27, 2010, 2:03 pm

    Congrats on your TV spot! It must be ‘old hat’ by now eh? 🙂
    I am not emotionally attached to my car. I always say that I can’t wait to get a new one someday, but I know I have to ‘drive it into the ground’ to get my money out of it first. Im basically waiting for it to kick the bucket. With my luck it will last another 10 years!

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up August 27, 2010, 2:06 pm

    I totally am. I never thought I would be but as I get closer to college graduation and the promise of a new car, I’ve realized how attached I’ve become. 🙂

  • Katheryn August 27, 2010, 2:06 pm

    Congratulations on your TV spot. I’m not at all emotionally attached to my car, or really anything. I’m attached emotionally to my husband and kiddos, everything else is just stuff that I could either take or leave without another thought.

  • Ellen August 27, 2010, 2:10 pm

    No car anymore – so not attached at all! Haha. But in a weird way, I’m emo-attached to the… subway (seriously). It may be stinky, crowded, and hot sometimes, but she always gets me where I need to go (fast and cheap). And while I’m not leaving NY in the near future, the first thing I’d miss would be the walking/subway. Weird? Maybe.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) August 27, 2010, 2:12 pm

    wow, that is a really awesome lady! i’m totally attached to my car…i thought I was going to have to give it up earlier this year and sobbed for hours. i know i’ll be glad to get a new one, but this one has so many great memories 🙂

  • Dorry August 27, 2010, 2:12 pm

    So fun about the TV spot! I’m not attached to my car – I was attached to the one I had before but now it’s just a way for us to get around. 🙂

  • Leah @ L4L August 27, 2010, 2:15 pm

    Not at all attached to my current car! But I’ll always have a soft spot for my first car and my first BRAND NEW car. 😉

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please August 27, 2010, 2:15 pm

    My past two laptops have been Tobisha and I’ve loved them! I’m sure you’ll be very happy with yours!

  • Amanda August 27, 2010, 2:16 pm

    I’ve never had a sip of coffee. I hope that means I’ll live a good, long life!

  • The Hot and Fit August 27, 2010, 2:16 pm

    I love cars in general but I don’t think I am emotionally attached to my car…

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 27, 2010, 2:17 pm

    Note to self…drink more hot water! What an exciting morning for you. I am so not attached to my car. I wish I didn’t need one at all. Good luck getting your booty moving later. Sore butt does make for a difficult run! I hope you have a great afternoon!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing August 27, 2010, 2:17 pm

    My husband showed me a You Tube video of that lady. He thought it was awesome!

  • Lauren @ Healthy Delicious August 27, 2010, 2:18 pm

    OK, seriously my great grandma lived to 106 and she swore up and down that it was because she had a cup of warm water every morning instead of coffee or tea. I’ve never heard of anyone else doing that!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite August 27, 2010, 2:20 pm

    I have friend who swears by drinking warm water every morning.

  • Tina August 27, 2010, 2:20 pm

    I have a Toshiba laptop and it serves me very nicely. Between that and may Acer netbook, I’m set.

    Isn’t it crazy how we can get used to things? I bet you never thought you would be chill with doing interviews on TV.

  • Laura August 27, 2010, 2:21 pm

    definitely attached to my car. It’s my first car, and I bought her brand new! 🙂

  • Stacey August 27, 2010, 2:22 pm

    I’m semi-emo attached to the Jeep. I sort of wished I would’ve picked a “greener” car..but maybe I can trade it in one day. It is nice to have when your moving things though!
    That’s interesting that the woman said to lay off of coffee. I’ve done a lot of research on coffee (for school) and there are a lot of benefits to drinking it. Oh well! To each his own.
    Hope your bum stops hurting soon,haha 😉

  • Christine August 27, 2010, 2:25 pm

    A little attached, but not really. As long as I can get where I am going at a comfortable temperature and not an obnoxiously loud noise…any car will do!

    An ex-bf of mine had a family member who worked for a car company SELLING to dealers, and he could get a car for LESS than the dealership pays. He never kept the same one for more than a year. ‘Twas crazy. Every time I went to visit SOMEONE in his family had a different car!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit August 27, 2010, 2:26 pm

    ha! Not at all. I’m dying to get a new one 🙂
    Congrats on the tv gig!

  • Anne @thefitbridesmaid August 27, 2010, 2:29 pm

    I got a Toshiba, too!

    I’m slightly attached, as in this is my second Honda Accord. My first lasted 13+ years and 205,000 miles. This one is 11+ years and 155,000 miles. I don’t want to buy a new car (because I’m cheap), so I’ll say that I’m attached.

  • Christie {Honoring Health} August 27, 2010, 2:29 pm

    There is actually something to that drink warm water in the morning thing. By drinking 8 to 12 ounces of warm water in the morning, it supposedly helps your lymph nodes drain and clogged lymphs can create a variety of health concerns. This is according to Ayurveda.

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef August 27, 2010, 2:31 pm

    haha i was attached to my old car but we had to get rid of it because it was a lease. bad idea. don’t lease! 🙁 ugh it has just been a huge nightmare. but congrats on the tv spot!

  • hippierunner August 27, 2010, 2:33 pm

    No car for me! I do love my bike though and was really sad when my last one was stolen. I guess I was very emotionally attached to it, lol. I was so sad thinking of it being out on the streets without me!

  • Halley August 27, 2010, 2:34 pm

    Naan is so adaptable: breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert! Love it!

  • Sarah August 27, 2010, 2:34 pm

    I was emotionally attached to my first car and almost started to cry as I drove to the dealership on my way to pick up my new car. But then as I was pulling in my alternative died and all I could do was coast into the closest parking spot! I was happy to get into a car with only 13 miles on it after that. 🙂

    Any chance there is a video of your segment online?

  • Kelly August 27, 2010, 2:36 pm

    I am not attached to my car at all. It’s only 3 years old and was my first big purchase.. but I’m always thinking about when I can get a new shiny one (which won’t be until this one kicks the bucket!).

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat August 27, 2010, 2:41 pm

    No car, but I’d love to have one! Right now I am living just off the public transportation in the Twin Cities, which, in my opinion, could be much better.

    Did Rachel have a name for her car? I had a friend who named her car Frank!

    • Caitlin August 27, 2010, 2:50 pm

      I think she named it the Chariot.

  • Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 27, 2010, 2:43 pm

    Lucky for me I only drink coffee about once/week…I don’t really like warm water though, it’s a little hard to get down!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) August 27, 2010, 2:43 pm

    I love how going on tv is no biggie to you- you rock! 🙂

    And no, I’m not emotionally attached to my car at all… my bike, though, YUP!

  • Jenna August 27, 2010, 2:45 pm

    I’m not emotionally attached to my car. I think that once I buy my first really nice car and drive it to the ground, then maybe I will be!

  • Maren August 27, 2010, 2:48 pm

    I love my car! Her name is Suki, and I don’t like it when others drive her!

  • Keri August 27, 2010, 2:50 pm

    I’m SUPER attached to my car! I’ve got everyone I know referring to it as “her” and calling her by her name “Eleanor”. 😀

  • Michele August 27, 2010, 2:51 pm

    My first car that I bought completely by myself I ended up selling to my brother, so I still get to visit whenever I go to NC to see them. The car I have now is one of my most favorite things in the world. The pen holder totally sold me and she treats me so well!!!!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 27, 2010, 2:53 pm

    Wow, that car has had a long, long life. I’ll never be that attached to a vehicle. I’m just not into cars.

  • R @ Learning As I Chop August 27, 2010, 2:55 pm

    That woman knows how to take care of things – her body and her car. A lesson for all of us

  • Kelly August 27, 2010, 2:55 pm

    HOoray for a new computer! I love playing with new toys

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 27, 2010, 2:57 pm

    I’m SO emotionally attached to my car…I love it!! Stuff seems to go wrong with her all the time (we’ve nicknamed her the saab story…sob story, corny much?), but I swear I’ll drive it until the engine is kaput 🙂

  • Kate @ Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Journey August 27, 2010, 2:57 pm

    I do love my car (I bought it and paid for it all myself so it has sentimental value) but I am starting to get to the point where I’d like to have a more “adult” vehicle. Not gonna happen anytime soon though!!

  • Trish August 27, 2010, 3:03 pm

    Yay for being more relaxed with interviews. I’m on the other side, working as a journalist – and while I am okay with it now, I always got super nervous doing interviews when I first started. Practice makes better! 🙂

    And I just saw you mentioned in Glamour magazine – awesome stuff!!!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] August 27, 2010, 3:07 pm

    I like how you casually say you were on TV and bought a computer today. If that was my day, I’d be STOKED!

    • Caitlin August 27, 2010, 3:13 pm

      hahah i am!

  • Leanne @ Radiant, Balanced & Fit August 27, 2010, 3:07 pm

    Haha! YES! I was talking about getting a suv (damn canadian winters) and the next day when I was in my Corolla I felt guilty for even thinking of another vehicle…

    it’s pathetic really 😀 hahaha

  • Stefani August 27, 2010, 3:10 pm

    My beloved 2002 Mercedes Kompressor was totaled a few weeks ago when some guy plowed into me from behind. That car protected me from being seriously injured. I sat in it and cried before the wrecker came to take it away. I have a new car now, but it just isn’t the same.

    Toshiba’s are good machines. I was going to buy another one after mine was stolen when our house was broken into last year, but I opted for a Compaq (it was super-cheap). I’m just full of happy stories aren’t I?

    • Caitlin August 27, 2010, 3:14 pm

      wahhh! im sorry to hear about your kompressor. they are good cars!

  • Liz August 27, 2010, 3:12 pm

    I am in the process of selling the car I’ve been driving since I was 16 (I’m 26 now). My high school friends are way more sad about it than I am! I was one of the first to get my license so I used to drive everyone around in it. Good times.
    Anyway, congrats on the new computer, I have had my Toshiba for a little over 3 years now and it’s the best laptop I’ve ever had!

  • Stina @ Girl Can August 27, 2010, 3:18 pm

    Oddly enough, I’m not really emotionally attached to my car at all. One would think I would be considering it’s the first car I bought and paid for all by myself, but honestly, I’ve got more emotional ties to the mini-van I drove in high school (aka my first car) than I do to my current car.

  • Sana August 27, 2010, 3:22 pm

    I think men are very emotionally attached to their cars, but 500,000 miles that is impressive!

  • Angharad August 27, 2010, 3:27 pm

    Not emotionally attached at all – we got it last November – but I absolutely love it. It’s so shiny and fast! Ha.
    And YUM to egg on naan – you’ve just reminded me I’m going out for indian tonight! 🙂

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) August 27, 2010, 3:33 pm

    Wahoo, way to go Caitlin! You are becoming quite the celebrity with all these TV appearances!

    I am kind of attached to my car, he’s called Bernard and I’ve given him a whole personality!

    P.s. You’ve probably already said but will there be a HLS 2011? If so, is it likely to be in August again? Just trying to plan the year ahead! 😉

    • Caitlin August 27, 2010, 3:50 pm

      Probably! 🙂 Don’t know for sure though.

  • Jennifer (keepitsimplefoods) August 27, 2010, 3:34 pm

    Not attached to my carat all- sold it 2 years ago so I could walk more. Was a very smart move for my waist line! 😉

  • Shawn August 27, 2010, 3:37 pm

    You are awesome…I saw you on the news when the book first came out. i am so glad to find both of your websites. Keep it up

  • Cassie August 27, 2010, 3:47 pm

    I just went out and bought the book during my lunch break today-I can wait to read it!!!

    I’m pretty attached to my car. It was the first one I bought on my own, in my own name, picked out completely by myself, etc. It’s more about what the car represents than the car itself, but yes, the attachment is there. 🙂

    • Caitlin August 27, 2010, 3:49 pm

      Thank you!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 27, 2010, 3:52 pm

    I have heard of that woman before — not sure if I saw her on Jay Leno or if they talked about on the radio. That is so neat that you got to meet her!

    I’m glad you are not nervous about tv, I would be!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life August 27, 2010, 3:57 pm

    Congrats on your TV spot- hopefully you find a post-it soon!

    Regarding the car issue, I got a ’93 Honda Civic when I was in 1998, sold it in 2001, bought it back in 2002 then finally had to trade it in this past spring. It was 17 years old- the same age I was when I got it and had 232,000 miles on it. I still miss it!

  • Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul August 27, 2010, 4:20 pm

    How do you like your Toshiba so far? I had one but replaced it recently with an hp. I can’t decide which I like better.

    And no, I don’t have the slightest emotional attachment to my car. I’m actually very detached!

    • Caitlin August 27, 2010, 4:27 pm

      its great! thumbs up!

  • elliebelle August 27, 2010, 4:31 pm

    I bought my first car on my own this year. A red VW Bug and I’m definitely attached! It’s become part of my identity. I have red bug everything – even a purse! haha. I love it – and I love the good gas mileage. 🙂
    Congrats on another TV interview! So exciting!

  • Little Bookworm August 27, 2010, 4:35 pm

    Great interview. 🙂 You look lovely.

  • Miranda @ MirandasJeans August 27, 2010, 4:37 pm

    I love that Operation Beautiful is continuing to grow and get out to the non blog world. Congrats 😀

  • Neen @ Broad Bean to Runner Bean August 27, 2010, 4:39 pm

    i have a Toshiba, i love it! your TV interview was fabulous!

  • Heather August 27, 2010, 5:01 pm

    hilarious! no, not attached to my car. Its new so i like it, but not emotional about it. trying to sell hubbys old car which he has a slight attachment to (it was his first car, a 94 corvette)

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 27, 2010, 5:13 pm

    That’s so cool that you’re getting comfortable on tv. I can’t imagine! 🙂

  • Kristina August 27, 2010, 5:36 pm

    I wouldn’t say I’m emotionally attached, but I’m very PROUD to have the car I have… it has been my dream car for MANY years, and I bought it brand new after landing a job with a fabulous salary. I walked into the showroom and “ordered” exactly what I wanted, the color and options. 🙂

    Tillie is my dream car and I hope to have her for a Long Time! 🙂

    Congrats on the television piece this morning – you are doing so awesome! 🙂

  • Tanya Kummerow August 27, 2010, 6:52 pm

    Oh boy I would really love a new computer 🙂 Hope your new one treats you well!

  • Joanne August 27, 2010, 7:00 pm

    Great interviews. I got my issue of “Fitness” magazine yesterday and on page 28 is a little blurt “Note Taken” promoting the Operation Beautiful book. Congratulations on all the success.

    As for an emotional attachment to my car, not lately. I used to have a Buick Reatta, my first sports car. I LOVED it and I suppose was guilty of that emotional attachment. Then my ex ruined the engine using the little thing as a snow plow. It was never the same again and I’ve never felt the same about a vehicle again. I like my jeep but “we” just don’t have the same kind of relationship as me and my Reatta. 😉

  • Katie @ peacebeme August 27, 2010, 7:04 pm

    I am very attached to my car. His name is Henry the Honda (my sister and I name all the cars in our family) and I talk to him like he is a person. He is a 92 Honda Accord wagon so he needs cheerleading up the big hills.

  • Chelsey August 27, 2010, 7:28 pm

    I am totally NOT attatched to my car. I am actually hoping that someday SOON someone comes and takes it away from me. ::crosses giners::

    • Chelsey August 27, 2010, 7:29 pm

      wow can I try typing fingers again?

  • Amber K August 27, 2010, 8:18 pm

    Awesome job on the show!

    I haven’t been attached to any of the many cars I have had. Maybe, because they have all been junkers to get me through to the next one!

  • cassie August 27, 2010, 9:24 pm

    great job on the show.. congrats

  • eatmovelove August 27, 2010, 9:37 pm

    Definitely NOT attached. The d*mn car has been nothing but sucking me dry of money since I’ve gotten her…I just had to spend 5 grand on her a couple of months ago in a horrific travel/accident ordeal…I won’t go into it. And it still feels like it’s ready to break down at any minute – AND I still have 4 years left on her to pay out…blah.

    Sorry, clearly it’s a sore issue with me 😉

  • Wei-Wei August 27, 2010, 9:39 pm

    Ooh, will you be doing a review of your new computer? Sounds awesome 😉

  • Sarah (this is it) August 27, 2010, 9:41 pm

    I was emotionally attached to my old blue Saab, but there is something about large bills for repair that made me turn on it and sell it and get a new car. I still could not watch it drive off when I sold it. And, I look the other way when I see a car that could be it. I never ever want to see it again. I might cry.

  • Robyn August 27, 2010, 9:53 pm

    I am totally attached to my car! I drive a 2007 Jetta, which I bought a year ago. It was my first time buying a car, so it was a very big step. I knew when I went car shopping that I’d be buying a Jetta or a Jeep Wrangler — different ends of the spectrum, I know, but I knew what I wanted. I love, love, love my Jetta — I know that I will have a very hard time whenever the car (her name is Maggie Mae) dies.

  • Heather C August 27, 2010, 9:55 pm

    The tv segment was great!

    Definitely not attached to my car, although I talk ‘nice’ to it so it’s good to me…hahah

  • Miranda August 27, 2010, 10:15 pm

    You look great in the Charlotte Today video! I love your top 🙂

    • Caitlin August 28, 2010, 8:28 am

      Thanks! Banana Republic!

  • Gree August 27, 2010, 10:54 pm

    I am so emotionally attached to my car, it’s a ten year old VW Golf and the first big thing I ever bought by myself. I plan to trade it in this year and even thinking about it makes me teary..

  • Laura (Starloz) August 27, 2010, 11:49 pm

    I agree with Rachel. Coffee is not the way to start the day, water is!

  • eliza August 27, 2010, 11:52 pm

    hahahaha at Maggie in the video. And I love your shirt.

  • Jolene ( August 28, 2010, 1:35 am

    I am definitely attached to my car! When it comes to the point that I have to sell it, or it dies, I will buy the same car again … just the newer model.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 28, 2010, 8:19 am

    Congrats on the tv spot again! You must be a pro by now. 😉

    My car was handed down to me from my grandma and it’s almost as old as I am, but I love it!

  • Jenna @ EatingGreen, StayingLean August 28, 2010, 8:59 pm

    Caitlin! This probably seems like a late response, but CONGRATS on finally getting your book out there–I think it’s fantastic. I took a break from blogging from March until this past week and now I’m back and catching up on everyone else’s blogs. But again, CONGRATULATIONS! That’s awesome, good luck with it!


    • Caitlin August 28, 2010, 9:34 pm

      Thanks girl!

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