THE Week

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Today kicks off THE biggest week of my life, without a doubt.  Why is this week so special?  Well, the Operation Beautiful book is being released Tuesday, I’m flying to New York City on Wednesday, and I’m going to be on The Today Show at 10 AM on Thursday.  Hold on – it’s going to be a WILD RIDE.


Although the book doesn’t officially drop until tomorrow, blends (blog friends) have been finding it in Barnes and Noble and Borders from California to Texas to New York!  It’s super exciting to get pictures like this.  🙂


(Thanks to Tracy and Alyssa for the pictures!)


Today also kicks off the Operation Beautiful Virtual Book Tour!


Today’s Virtual Book Tour is at Mizfit’s blog.  The world needs more mommies like Mizfit!  Stop by her blog to read her thoughts on body image and children, and enter her giveaway for a chance to win a copy of my book!


Whew! I feel like there is a LOT going on right now, but it’s all exciting and amazing. 🙂


Plus – and you guys know this is a big deal for me – I slept really well last night! I initiated a “shutting down” pattern around 9 PM.  I turned off the computer and TV, went for a walk, took a hot shower, put on my comfiest pajamas, and took some Chinese herbs the Husband brewed up for me… which knocked me out immediately. 


Stabilizing breakfast:  Toasted Ptitim 


The recipe is here, but this time I mixed in strawberries, peaches, toasted cashews, and chia seeds.  And drizzled it all with honey.



And… here I go!  No looking back now!


(PS – I found it highly amusing that last night, I dreamed it was the Apocalypse. With flesh-eating zombies and everything.  Dream analyze THAT.)



  • Kelly August 2, 2010, 8:46 am

    I have not seen the book up in Boston yet, why are we delayed? haha. I have to try that breakfast, I love Israeli cous cous!

  • zestycook August 2, 2010, 8:47 am

    This is going to be a big week! Pretty cool Caitlin. I am excited for you!

  • Miranda @ MirandasJeans August 2, 2010, 8:48 am

    Congrats on your big week, this is very exciting for us too, for all that you get to experience with this book release. We are all very happy and proud of you! Congrats! Enjoy your week. Take little moments, to clothes your eyes and breath deep, so that you can stop and enjoy the moments.

  • Exercise and Eat August 2, 2010, 8:54 am

    Congratulations on your success! Can’t wait to see you on the Today Show!

  • Marie August 2, 2010, 8:58 am

    Wow I can’t believe it’s here already. Have an awesome week, Caitlin, it’s definitely your time to shine! Can’t wait to see you on the Today Show. I’m glad you slept well, but… the zombies? Unsettling! Haha 🙂

  • Courtney @ Ice Cream & Wine August 2, 2010, 9:03 am

    Enjoy this week!!! Can’t wait to see you on the Today Show!! 🙂

  • Stephanie August 2, 2010, 9:04 am

    Good luck in New York this week and Congratulations on everything!!! I am so excited for you and I can’t wait to get your book 😀 I might just come out and see you on the Today Show. Will you have time to fit in a blogger meet up in NYC?

    • caitlin August 2, 2010, 10:12 am

      I’m going to try to do something Wednesday night! I will let everyone know!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 2, 2010, 9:06 am

    So exciting!!!! This is such a big week– I can’t wait to watch you on The Today Show!

    Glad you got a good night’s sleep for the big week ahead 🙂

  • Stacey August 2, 2010, 9:07 am

    What a wonderful week! I already have my DVR set to watch you on the Today Show! I can’t wait to go get the book, too!

    • caitlin August 2, 2010, 10:15 am

      Thanks Stacey!

  • tanyasDaily ProductViews August 2, 2010, 9:12 am

    How exciting! what a week for you

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) August 2, 2010, 9:14 am

    What an awesome week for you!! Congrats, have SO much fun and I’ll look for you on the Today Show!!

    PS- I’ll be doing a giveaway of your book soon 😉

    • caitlin August 2, 2010, 10:16 am

      Send me the link and I’ll tweet it!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers August 2, 2010, 9:15 am

    WOOHOO!! What an awesome week for sure!! Don’t forget to enjoy it and have fun! 🙂

  • Marci August 2, 2010, 9:15 am

    big week! my post for “change the way you see” week is up on my blog. enjoy it all!

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries August 2, 2010, 9:16 am

    I’m just so excited FOR YOU. I am definitely getting in on this virtual book tour too. You better believe it!!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 2, 2010, 9:19 am

    Don’t worry, Ann Curry will not eat your flesh. And Al Roker won’t forecast impending doom and fire from the heavens on Thursday. 😉

    • caitlin August 2, 2010, 10:18 am


  • Kelly August 2, 2010, 9:21 am

    So exciting Caitlin! Good luck with everything this week!

  • Wei-Wei August 2, 2010, 9:23 am

    GO GO GO GO GOOOOO! This’ll be the most amazing week of your life, and DON’T EVER FORGET IT! Enjoy yourself!


  • Alyssa August 2, 2010, 9:23 am

    Congrats on the book!!! I can’t wait for mine to come in the mail tomorrow 🙂 Enjoy this week and what’s to come, you’ve earned every bit of it!

    Maybe the flesh-eating zombies represent your book devouring fat talk and negative thinking to create a more positive and self-respecting society? Just sayin’…:)

    • caitlin August 2, 2010, 10:18 am

      I like your positive spin.

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing August 2, 2010, 9:26 am

    Can’t wait to get my copy in the mail tomorrow!! Would love to see you on the Today show so hopefully I can remember to DVR it!

  • Marisa @Loser for Life August 2, 2010, 9:30 am

    Whooo hooo! We’re along for the ride, Caitlin! So excited for you!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 2, 2010, 9:30 am

    What an exciting week! I’m so glad you got some sleep last night, it sounds like you are going to need it!

  • Jen August 2, 2010, 9:31 am

    WOW!! Enjoy your week. Cherish every moment of it. Also, can you tell me more about those Chinese herbs that “knocked you out”? I’m a terrible sleeper.

    • caitlin August 2, 2010, 10:20 am

      Husband says… it’s an ancient Chinese secret. Literally. You’d had to go to a herbalist to get it… it’s basically a bunch of sedatives.

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) August 2, 2010, 9:34 am

    i can’t wait to get my boooooook. and your autograph 😉

  • Megan August 2, 2010, 9:35 am

    Truly YOUR week! So happy for you.

    I love the cashews on the breakfast bowl! It looks like you are still getting that nutty flavor without the flax 🙂

  • Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) August 2, 2010, 9:35 am

    Excited for you! 😀 I was going to ask when your Today Show segment would be on. I’ll be at work by then, but my DVR will be set!

    I love “blends” btw.

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy August 2, 2010, 9:37 am

    Congrats once again for everything! This is THE time of your life 🙂 I’ll definitely DVR you on Thursday 🙂

  • Brooke August 2, 2010, 9:39 am

    I am so excited for you! What a week this will be. Enjoy every. single. moment! I have been looking for your book for a few days now but have not found it yet in StL. Hopefully, I will get my hands on one tomorrow!! Congratulations! Wahoo!

  • Camille August 2, 2010, 9:42 am

    Ahhh, soo happy for you! I am going to have my family DVR you on Thursday!

  • Janie August 2, 2010, 9:42 am

    yay nyc! 🙂 so excited for you!! xoxo

  • Aimee August 2, 2010, 9:43 am

    Congrats!! It’s well deserved, and hopefully you will have a ton of fun during the week too. Take time to enjoy the wild ride. 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 2, 2010, 9:45 am

    Haha…my husband is all about zombie apocalypses! I would say it was weird, but I think it is normal based on the dreams that occur here about it. Maybe it is due to the new adventure or new beginning in your life? I am so happy for you! Enjoy this ride and have a great day!

  • Lisa (I'm an Okie) August 2, 2010, 9:48 am

    congrats on such an amazing and life changing week!

  • Maureen August 2, 2010, 9:51 am

    What a week!!!

    Congratulations on all of it, it is all so well deserved!

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews August 2, 2010, 9:51 am

    I still cannot believe that you are going to be on the Today Show!!! That is so exciting! I can’t wait to see you on there!

  • daisy melo August 2, 2010, 9:52 am

    You know what I think is amazing? The fact that you started with a simple blog and idea and a year or so later BAM. Your talent and how you inspire woman to want to be beautiful from the inside is truly amazing. I will be watching on the today show and buying the book.

    • Caitlin August 2, 2010, 10:23 am

      Thank you!!!

  • Jenny August 2, 2010, 9:53 am

    How exciting!

  • meg c. August 2, 2010, 9:53 am

    how amazing for you! enjoy it, i’m sure it will be a wonderful week.

  • Sarah August 2, 2010, 9:57 am

    I am so happy for you! Try to relish every second of it (in between the anxiety and the running around).

    I got an e-mail from amazon last night that my book was mailed out – can’t wait!

  • MelissaNibbles August 2, 2010, 10:00 am

    Good luck this week Caitlin!
    Could your husband FEDEX me some of those herbs? I need sleep yo!!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit August 2, 2010, 10:01 am

    So excited for you! Congratulations on the book 🙂

  • Little Bookworm August 2, 2010, 10:05 am

    Good luck for this week! 🙂

  • Melanie August 2, 2010, 10:10 am

    Congrats on your big week. I got an email this mlrning that Amazon shipped my copy!!! So excited to read it. Now I need to DVR the today show since I will be stuck at work 🙂

    • Caitlin August 2, 2010, 10:24 am

      Wahoo! Thanks!

  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! August 2, 2010, 10:10 am

    You go, Caitlin!! You are EPIC! I hope you have an awesome week full of exciting, wonderful things! 🙂

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well August 2, 2010, 10:14 am

    Thinking good thoughts for you all week — such an exciting time! I sooo need to set my tivo for your TV appearance.

    Glad you were able to wind down last night. I’ve heard that tv and computer close to bed can really stimulate your brain and senses — I’m trying to get away from the tv and computer sooner to test the theory out.

    Happy Monday of Week Awesome!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans August 2, 2010, 10:16 am

    Enjoy the week!! You have worked so hard for this and deserve all the good things that are coming to you. Congrats!

  • Kelly August 2, 2010, 10:21 am

    Congratulations on so much positive success, Caitlin! You truly rock at this and I wish you nothing but happiness as you enter this week.

  • Paige @Running Around Normal August 2, 2010, 10:23 am

    Yay! Amazon informed me on Saturday that my book had shipped! I hope I get it today 😀 So excited for you Caitlin:)
    Enjoy this epic week!

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 2, 2010, 10:23 am

    You are such a great example of what hard work, determination, and a big heart can get you. Cherish all the moments of this week and know that you deserve every bit of it!

  • Joanne August 2, 2010, 10:24 am

    Good luck with the release and the show. Lots of success!

  • Tina August 2, 2010, 10:25 am

    I’m so glad you got a good rest! And so happy for you and this exciting week. You deserve every moment of it. 🙂

  • emptynutjar August 2, 2010, 10:33 am

    Caitlin, what is your last name? I advised my mother and sister that this would be a good book to buy (since they are venturing into Chapters next week…don’t laugh, but going to the big “city” and chapters is a bigger deal, when u are from tiny tiny towns!). Anyway, not sure if it will be there, since it is Canada and all. So I mentioned to them that maybe they can get it online.

    • Caitlin August 2, 2010, 11:46 am

      Caitlin Boyle <--- married name!

  • emptynutjar August 2, 2010, 10:33 am

    oh…and i ask your last name only for purposes of them finding the book easier (out of curiosity, is it your husbands name or your maiden name?)

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) August 2, 2010, 10:35 am

    WOWZA, that’s quite the dream! i got nothin’ for ya on that one…

    this week is going to be so amazing! i’ve already DVRed the Today Show…can’t wait to watch you Thursday night!

  • Tammy August 2, 2010, 10:42 am

    I have to work the day you are on the Today show and don’t have DVR…if you can find a way to put your clip on your blog, that would be awesome!! Congrats!

  • ActiveEggplant August 2, 2010, 10:42 am

    So glad to hear you finally got a good night’s sleep! I have to give myself at least an hour of “wind down time” every night or I lay in bed awake for hours. It has really helped get me into a normal sleep pattern and as a result I can actually wake up at a respectable hour in the morning!
    Congrats again on all of the book excitement – my copy shipped yesterday! Can’t wait to get it!

  • ari August 2, 2010, 10:46 am

    yay! so exciting!
    i’ll def be watching the today show!

  • Jessica August 2, 2010, 10:50 am

    I just got chills for you! Congratulations and best of luck to you this week! YAY 🙂

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 2, 2010, 10:53 am

    Congrats on the book. I’m so excited to see it!

  • Anne August 2, 2010, 10:54 am

    How exciting! The DVR is all set to record on Thursday! 🙂

  • Susan - Nurse on the Run August 2, 2010, 10:56 am

    I tried looking for the book at B&N yesterday, but they didn’t have it yet! Congrats on everything this week…all the hard work is paying off!

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! August 2, 2010, 11:00 am

    Good luck on this most important week of your life!!!

  • Sagan August 2, 2010, 11:08 am

    I hear you on the weird dreams/nightmares and wacky sleeps… it’s frustrating!

    So exciting about the book. That’s really wonderful – you’re doing fantastic 😀

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine August 2, 2010, 11:11 am

    Sounds like it’s gonna be quite hectic this week. You can do it! It’s so exciting about your book! 🙂 Congratulations, again.

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly August 2, 2010, 11:12 am

    Congratulations….you are such an inspiring individual!

  • Tracy August 2, 2010, 11:17 am

    Glad you enjoyed the pic! I will be watching for you on Thursday! Good luck and remember to….breathe!

  • Laura August 2, 2010, 11:35 am

    Yay! Have fun this week! Do you know if you’ll be able to post a clip of your Today Show segment? I don’t have a television (I watch shows and movies online to save some moolah) but would love to see you!

    • Caitlin August 2, 2010, 12:00 pm

      I think its going to be on I will definitely post a link!

    • Caitlin August 2, 2010, 2:55 pm after the show airs! HTP Dad

  • Mandy A August 2, 2010, 11:37 am

    Congrats Caitlin! What a week for you! You deserve this! Can’t wait to see you on the Today show!

  • Tara August 2, 2010, 11:41 am

    Good luck, Caitlin! I’m setting my dvr too! I don’t know how much time you’ll have in NYC but if you can you should try to do a run in Central Park. If I see you there I’m totally going to stop you and say hi!

  • Emily @ For Sweets Sake August 2, 2010, 11:48 am

    I got an email that your book is being delivered in a few days! I can’t wait to get it! 🙂 Congratulations! You deserve all the success in the world for being such an inspiring person 🙂

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 2, 2010, 11:53 am

    That is definitely a creepy dream! haha And I was freaking out that I dreamt within my dream last week. I woke up and literally was like- “My dream was like inception! Someone’s trying to get my thoughts!!” lol.

    Congrats on everything with the book and such. You deserve it!!

  • Candice August 2, 2010, 12:01 pm

    Yay!! You so deserve all of the amazing things that are happening this week!

    I went and looked for OB this morning (I live in Oklahoma) but I couldn’t find it. My city doesn’t have a Borders or B&B (I know, right?) so that’s probably why. I can’t wait to find it!

    I’m already looking forward to watching you on the Today Show!

  • Amber K August 2, 2010, 12:11 pm

    This is a super exciting week! I can not wait to receive your book in the mail, and I’m going to have to take a picture of it at the store. I don’t think I have been this excited for a book in a long time!

    I saw a little blurb about it in Woman’s Day and I got a huge smile on my face!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) August 2, 2010, 12:16 pm

    I am so excited it is here! I picked up my book Saturday and have been devouring it since. I even took my copy to a party with bloggers yesterday and we were passing it around because they have not received there copies yet. I just made sure I brought it back home 🙂

    • Caitlin August 2, 2010, 12:20 pm

      Heheh thanks girl!

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales August 2, 2010, 12:17 pm

    What a crazy week! I wish we had the Today show in the UK so I could watch you on it. Will you be posting a clip on the blog?

    • Caitlin August 2, 2010, 12:21 pm

      Yes I definitely will! Thanks for the support <3

    • Caitlin August 2, 2010, 2:54 pm

      go to after 11: EDT and the whole show for the day is there – HTP Dad

  • Julz @ freshman5k August 2, 2010, 12:27 pm

    Enjoy this week as much as you can! I will definitely try to catch you on Thursday. I can’t wait to find the book in stores.

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full August 2, 2010, 12:34 pm

    I am SO excited to see you on the Today Show! Already have it DVR’d 🙂 Congrats on everything!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 2, 2010, 12:37 pm

    Aww…I’m definitely picking it up as soon as I spot it in the bookstores around me. HOW EXCITING! 😀

  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) August 2, 2010, 12:42 pm

    There it is! In the non-fiction section!!!

    Congratulations, girl. I hope you enjoy this week – you totally deserve every great thing. 🙂

  • Mama Pea August 2, 2010, 12:50 pm

    Hey Babes, you are in Oregon too! There’s a pic on my post today 🙂 Congrats and ENJOY!

  • Lauren August 2, 2010, 12:51 pm

    Bean and I will be looking out for your book this week. We will take a picture when we spot it.

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin August 2, 2010, 12:55 pm

    Good luck on the BIG week ahead! I’m glad you got some sleep and a healthy breakfast! I looked for your book yesterday, but haven’t seen it yet… maybe tomorrow when it’s “officially released!” 😉

    So jealous of your trip to NYC!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 2, 2010, 1:03 pm

    Woohoo this is going to be such an exciting week for you! Good luck! 🙂

  • Amy Ramos August 2, 2010, 1:05 pm

    whoo hoo! I got my confirmation from amazon your book is on its way!
    Oh, I got a plaque at Michael’s Craft Store yesterday that read:
    Believe in Yourself.
    I picked it up and it is hanging up in my room right next to all of my race bibs.

    • Caitlin August 2, 2010, 1:05 pm

      Love the idea of hanging it next to your bibs!!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 2, 2010, 1:10 pm

    Though I’m an aspiring psychology major, I don’t even know how to tap into that vivid dream. Maybe the Chinese herbs had a little sumtin’ sumtin’ in them?

    Your breakfast looks insanely delicious. Toasted cashews sound like a perfect addition.

    Many congrats to your big book release! I’m going to set my DVR for Thursday.

  • stephanie@Avocado Nation August 2, 2010, 1:23 pm

    So excited for you!! I definitely need to wake up for the Today show!

  • Brittney August 2, 2010, 1:25 pm

    Congrats on the big book release! I just wanted to let you know that I was in my local Border’s here in northeast Ohio on Tuesday last week and it was on shelves. Unfortunately, I don’t have the money to buy it right now, but I did sit down and look through it a little. You did an amazing job with it! 🙂

    • Caitlin August 2, 2010, 1:26 pm

      so glad you liked it 🙂

  • Lori August 2, 2010, 1:26 pm

    I was in a smaller bookstore briefly on Saturday and tried to look for the book, but I didn’t see it.

    Enjoy your week, I hope it doesn’t fly by to fast for you to savor.

  • Danielle August 2, 2010, 1:35 pm

    Oh Caitlin, I’m so excited for you! Congrats on the book, and the book release, and finally seeing your name on the side of a bound soon-to-be bestseller 🙂

  • Corinne (breathe and savor) August 2, 2010, 1:47 pm

    eeeeeeee today is book release day EVE! I hope the husband will give you more of the chinese herbs to sleep tonight! I tried to buy the book at Barnes and Noble in Portsmouth, NH but had to pre-order it instead as they didn’t have them in yet. Thats okay with me though, can’t wait to devour it from cover to cover!! DVR is set to tape the Today show! lasjdfklsdfj such a fab. week for you!

  • Laurie August 2, 2010, 1:47 pm

    I just tivo-ed the Today show for Thursday. Have a blast!!!

  • Monique@FindingtheCouragetoChange August 2, 2010, 2:08 pm

    Congratulations Caitlin! Have a wonderful week and enjoy every minute of it! You deserve it! You have inspired so many! Setting the DVR now!!!

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete August 2, 2010, 2:14 pm

    I’m so excited for you! It probably sounds redundant at this point, but I mean it! Good luck with everything!!

    P.S. My hubs modeled and built our bed after yours from West Elm. I love it!! We are sort of obsessed with West Elm, but not their prices. We don’t have one near us to get the floor models either. Thank goodness my hubs is a handy man!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 2, 2010, 3:11 pm

    Everyone I know has been having crazy dreams lately. I wonder if it has something to do with the moon or something?! :p

    Good luck this week!!!!!!

  • barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) August 2, 2010, 4:54 pm

    Holy Smokes! No pressure right?

    You are doing such a good thing for so many people out there. Writing this book to empower others….selfless and and beautiful! Enjoy the ride:)


  • Kate August 2, 2010, 5:15 pm

    ahhhh i’m so excited for you!! soak it all up, lady – and enjoy NY!! also, please hug matt and meredith for me when you’re on the set of today show…thanks haha

  • *Andrea* August 2, 2010, 6:45 pm

    good luck this week caitlin! you’re seriously such an amazing woman! i am honored to ‘know’ you! i seriously have told my whole fam about your book and i know other bloggers have spread the word to their friends. i really think you’ve helped start or re-energize a movement, especially for women, to just love ourselves for who we are inside rather than pick ourselves apart like society/the media encourages us to do.

    • Caitlin August 2, 2010, 7:15 pm

      <3 that you so much... that literally warmed my heart!

  • Jackie August 2, 2010, 10:48 pm

    Congrats and good luck! Your book has officially reached the bookshelves of Chicago and its way into my hands. My Borders basket consisted of 1. Operation Beautiful book and 2. A pad a cute post it notes. 🙂

  • Jolene ( August 3, 2010, 2:27 am

    Good luck with the craziest week of your life – it is going to be a whirlwind of excitement that is WELL deserved!! I am cheering for you!!!!!!

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