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Well, I’m glad I didn’t put any pressure on myself with my personal yoga challenge (goal: practice more) because I woke up feeling SO sore!  I find it amazing that power yoga is so effective – my arms, back, abs, and thighs are done.  :)  I was planning to go to class this morning but decided to skip it for the sake of my 5K tomorrow.


Anyway, since we moved to Charlotte in July, I kind of missed the opportunity to plant really great flowerbeds (or I’m just lazy).  Luckily, my neighbor has this amazing garden.





Weeds are beautiful, too. 🙂


In fact, the bounty of flowers inspired my breakfast:


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Salt
  • Toppings:  a flower of chia seeds, raspberries, and spinach.




In other news…


Fellow blogger/friend Anne P is coming to visit me this weekend!  She’s running the 5K with me tomorrow!


My BFF Sarah and her husband TK (that really tall dude behind us) are coming to stay with us as well!  It should be a fun mix.




I was recently interviewed for Two Fit Chicks and a Microphone.  You can listen to the Podcast here or here.  We tackled “behind the blog” topics like what to do if you can’t think of anything to write and how to deal with negative feedback.




Because I know many of you work in the educational, fitness, and counseling field, I wanted to draw your attention to a new National Eating Disorders Association [NEDA] educational toolkit aimed at coaches and trainers.  Created specifically to educate and raise awareness with gyms, athletic programs, and athletic departments across the nation, this toolkit includes facts about eating disorders, as well as tips to help identify those affected specifically within a gym or athletic setting.




I’m off!  I have a fun lunch-time appointment today – stay tuned!  🙂


What are you doing this weekend?



  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! September 3, 2010, 8:59 am

    Running 11 Miles on Saturday for the very 1st time! =O Than hitting Universal with my daughter, parents, nieces and newphews for the weekend……….and some cleaning & grocery shopping as well in there somewhere.

    Love the flowers, so pretty, they just make you feel good and smile! =)

    • Caitlin September 3, 2010, 2:25 pm

      Good luck on 11 miles!

  • Kristy @ September 3, 2010, 9:02 am

    Those weeds look like mini lilly pads! Cuteness!
    I aspire to be as creative with my food. Beautiful. Sounds like a great weekend ahead! Whoop whoop!

  • megan September 3, 2010, 9:02 am

    sounds like you’ll have a fun weekend – good luck with the 5k! I’m driving to PA with my husband to spend the long weekend with my parents 🙂 I can’t wait!

  • Nicole - September 3, 2010, 9:05 am

    Your weekend sounds fun! I will be kitty-sitting and maybe going to a bday party in Asheville. Otherwise I’ll be running, sleeping, eating!

  • Trish @IamSucceeding September 3, 2010, 9:06 am

    LOVE the flowers they are beautiful!

    Congrats on being interviewed my the Miz and Shauna!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 3, 2010, 9:08 am

    I love that podcast!! I listen to it as I run and when I walk up to school…I’ll have to download your episode! Very cool!

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini September 3, 2010, 9:10 am

    I taught a core power yoga class on Wednesday night. From just demonstrating the postures my abs are still killing me. Pity my poor students. Pity them. Mwwaaahahahaha 😀

    We had our holiday weekend last weekend in the UK. This week I left my part-time day job to teach yoga full time and train to be a massage therapist. So this weekend I will be verring between giddy excitement and utter fear. Bring it on 🙂

  • Marina September 3, 2010, 9:14 am

    I’m going to Gruyere with my bf, to have some cheese and do a tour of a chocolate factory, should be amazing 🙂

  • Stacey September 3, 2010, 9:14 am

    I’ve been wanting to plant my own flowerbed too! Just haven’t gotten around to it. Oooh! Your weekend sounds fun! Good luck with the 5k tomorrow, and have fun with your BFF.
    This weekend I have no idea what I’m doing. But it may involve spending some time with my love (running 😉 )

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 3, 2010, 9:17 am

    You have alot more going on this weekend than me! Thats for sure. I have a wedding on Sat to go to, but other than that it will be a weekend full of lounging, relaxing, reading and cleaning. Should be a good time 🙂

    I love your flower oats – so cute!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 3, 2010, 9:17 am

    Oh that podcast sounds great, I’ll definitely give it a listen! Have fun with Anne and Sarah!!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 3, 2010, 9:33 am

    I love your sea green dress in that photo. That’s a good color for you. This weekend I’m catching up on all the errands I’ve needed to do all week. Isn’t that what three-day weekends are for when you’re a grown-up?

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous September 3, 2010, 9:38 am

    Ohh I love love LOVE feeling sore all over. Especially after yoga. I’m so excited for the weekend. My mom’s in town and we’re going to be big tourist dorks and do all the things I never get to in NYC! Today’s agenda is: a stroll in Central Park, the Guggenheim and the broadway show, Promises Promises. Can’t wait!

    • eatmovelove September 3, 2010, 9:43 am

      Ooooh – can I come with for a walk in the park? 😉 I FREAKING WISH! Oh NYC 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 3, 2010, 9:40 am

    Sometimes breakfast needs to be a pretty flower! Hopefully we are resting this weekend. I hope you have a great day!

  • diana @ i can eat, can't i September 3, 2010, 9:41 am

    i love the dresses that you and your BFF sarah are wearing. the blue looks great on you. your BFF got a really gorgeous dress!! i love the design around her waist and the sharp angle heart!

  • Amanda September 3, 2010, 9:42 am

    I get to go home and spend the weekend with my boyfriend and parents, we have a wedding, a rib cook off, and a hike planned so it should be a fun and busy weekend

  • McKella September 3, 2010, 9:46 am

    I’m going to try to get in a few decent workouts this weekend. I’ve moved and started a new job, so I’ve kind of fallen off the wagon while adjusting to my new schedule, and working out in this new, very high altitude it hard!

  • Molly September 3, 2010, 9:48 am

    ah have so much fun this weekend! I am actually staying home this weekend (a shock to me, really) but it will be good to just “be” and fly by the seat of my pants. If the weather gets wamer I think there will be boating in my future 🙂

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 3, 2010, 9:52 am

    We’re having a mini-family reunion with lots and lots of cousins!

  • Kaitlyn (College Girl Runs) September 3, 2010, 9:54 am

    Pretty flowers! This weekend, I’m going to my little brothers water polo tourney! I can’t wait because I haven’t seen him play yet this season 🙂

  • Dorry September 3, 2010, 9:56 am

    Y’all are going to have so much fun this weekend! And you are going to OWN the 5K – I just know it. 🙂

    We are in Austin this weekend for a wedding and some fun on the lake!

  • Lauren @ September 3, 2010, 9:59 am

    Good luck with the 5K! My weekend will be spent running outside (hopefully) and spending time with family and friends. Have a great weekend!!

  • Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes September 3, 2010, 10:03 am

    I love photos of flowers! I took a bunch this summer and posted them too. There’s something about looking at something so pretty that’s relaxing! Good luck on the 5K tomorrow and have tons of fun!

  • LindseyAnn September 3, 2010, 10:12 am

    Tomorrow, I am running my very first half marathon!! (Well, I hope–there’s some crazy weather that may cause a cancellation, but I’m staying positive and keeping my hopes up!)

    Good luck tomorrow–I hope you smash that PR! 😀

  • Allie September 3, 2010, 10:12 am

    I never thought to put spinach in oats!

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up September 3, 2010, 10:15 am

    great pictures! 🙂 and good luck with your 5K this weekend!! 😀

  • Jillian@ ReshapeYourLife September 3, 2010, 10:16 am

    I am afraid to have flowers! I always kill everything. I have an Ivy that I haven’t killed yet… but that is the extent of my “green” thumb.

  • carolyn~ September 3, 2010, 10:22 am

    I was reading my new Fitness magazine last night and saw a little right up about you and Operational Beautiful…:)

    • carolyn~ September 3, 2010, 10:23 am

      Yikes…it is early in SF…**write**

    • Caitlin September 3, 2010, 2:25 pm

      Wahoo! Love it.

  • Chelsea September 3, 2010, 10:22 am

    Beautiful pictures! Have a great race this weekend, and nice job on the podcast! I especially like the slap-test.

    I’m headed from NYC to DC with a friend of mine, and hopefully avoiding all the bad weather on the way!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 3, 2010, 10:29 am

    Good luck in the 5km!! This weekend I’m planning to go see Going the Distance (mainly because I love Justin Long!) relax, teach 2 spin classes, and hopefully make some tasty food! I love your flower topping on your brekkie – very creative! 🙂 Have a great day!

  • Ariffa September 3, 2010, 10:35 am

    ackk i know what you mean, yoga can be BRUTAL some times, hurts soooo good =))
    and your breakfast is darlingg have a great day!!

  • Ramona September 3, 2010, 10:41 am

    I’m going to Las Vegas to celebrate my birthday! Woo hoo!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit September 3, 2010, 10:44 am

    Mm yummy looking oats! This weekend I am doing a long run, visiting family and chilling by the ocean 🙂

  • FIT4 JOY September 3, 2010, 10:47 am

    Fisher Island in the Hamptons! Interesting timing I realize because of Earl but hey, whats life without a little uncertainty.

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? September 3, 2010, 10:49 am

    I’m so excited for a long weekend…it’s been a very long week! Your oats look beautiful with that raspberry flower 🙂

  • Juli D. September 3, 2010, 10:51 am

    Good Luck in the 5K! We’re running the Dingle Marathon (well, I’m just doing the half, husband the full) along the western coast or Ireland. The half finishes at a pub, so I’m excited for the race and the beer immediately afterwards. 🙂

    • Caitlin September 3, 2010, 2:26 pm


  • Heather September 3, 2010, 10:54 am

    Sounds like a fun weekend, good luck in the 5K! I’ll be heading off to San Diego tonight, can’t wait!

  • Angharad September 3, 2010, 10:55 am

    I am super ready for a three day weekend. Like, super ready. I have big plans to laze around, wander to the farmers market, maybe drink some beers and hopefully do some hot yoga. That’s the plan. We’ll see if I am able to peel myself away from the couch.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 3, 2010, 10:56 am

    Your oatmeal is adorable!! Love the “flower”. 😀

    I have a relaxing weekend with my sis/best friend. We planned a coffee & shopping date, and I’m so excited to just have fun. 😀

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 3, 2010, 10:57 am

    We were planning on having a birthday party for my aunt but we’re going to have it on another weekend. So at the moment I’m not sure but maybe I might go out to dinner with my dad.

  • Whitney September 3, 2010, 11:04 am

    Visiting friends in Charleston and hitting up the beach! Can’t wait! Have a good weekend! 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) September 3, 2010, 11:15 am

    whoa, lots of ‘ands’ in there! we’re throwing a start-of-football-season pary! woohoo!

  • Natalie September 3, 2010, 11:52 am

    Thanks for the great resource!

  • Tia @ Inventanotherworld September 3, 2010, 11:54 am

    Your oatmeal is so cute! That’s very creative. Lovely pictures. Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  • jessica September 3, 2010, 11:58 am

    the blue flowers are cornflower and were part of my bridal bouquet three weeks ago. They will now always make me think of my wedding day and i love them.

  • Joanne September 3, 2010, 12:02 pm

    Good luck in the 5K. I know what you’re shooting for and you’ll do great.
    It sounds like a terrific weekend. Bet that smile doesn’t leave your face – fun times with friends.

  • Amber K September 3, 2010, 12:02 pm

    Hanging out with my niece and nephew! Church. Hopefully some alone time with my husband since I barely see him throughout the week!

  • Jessica September 3, 2010, 12:10 pm

    Your photos are so pretty! It’s going to be a ME weekend! Hot yoga, mani and pedi and maybe a massage 🙂

  • Sarah September 3, 2010, 12:11 pm

    I have a 5 mile run around Stone Mountain planned – and a TON of work to do before a really important meeting next week. Hopefully the weather will be nice enough to run, but not sooo nice that I get distracted when I need to be sitting at my desk, haha!

  • Elizabeth September 3, 2010, 12:17 pm

    Hey Caitlin! Where is the blue bridesmaid’s dress from?? I have the daunting task of picking a BM dress for my best friend’s wedding and it can be anything..I liked yours.

    • Caitlin September 3, 2010, 2:28 pm

      David’s Bridal!

  • Kristina @ spabettie September 3, 2010, 12:21 pm

    have a great race this weekend!!

    we are staying home, having 2 different BBQ / dinner gatherings (and hopefully pool time if it’s warm enough) and we are BREWING BEER ! 🙂

  • Kelly September 3, 2010, 12:21 pm

    Pretty flowers!! I’m currently in DC staying with my BFFs for the weekend for a wedding!

  • Little Bookworm September 3, 2010, 12:23 pm

    Great interview! The flower photos are really pretty, and I love the ‘flower’ in your breakfast. 🙂

  • Chelsea at Striking Balance September 3, 2010, 12:29 pm

    Hope you have a fun weekend with Anne and Sarah!

    This weekend, I am going to Whistler, BC for my university Kinesiology faculties’ orientation. I am a leader this year!

  • Camille September 3, 2010, 12:33 pm

    This weekend means lots of unpacking for me! I just moved this week so we are still trying to settle in!

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) September 3, 2010, 12:41 pm

    Tending a garden is hard! I had big plans for our house this Summer, but barely got our tomato and basil plants into the ground in time. Luckily those guys have been taking care of themselves. 🙂

    This weekend I’m hanging out with an old friend (it will be cool enough for a fire pit tonight!), watching the Husker football game, and tackling another 20-miler. I have no plans for Monday, and I like it that way!

    Good luck at your race tomorrow!!

  • chelsey September 3, 2010, 12:43 pm

    Sounds like a fun weekend! I love your flower oatmeal! 🙂

  • Amber K September 3, 2010, 12:50 pm

    Just got done listening to the podcast – I can’t believe someone would post such a negative comment on your blog!!! I would have deleted it too. And I LOVE the “slap test.”

    While I blog just for fun on my sparkpeople journal, I found the podcast really interesting!

  • Julie September 3, 2010, 12:58 pm

    “Even the most weel-trained yogi’s need to take rest.”- thats what my teachers tell us ALL the time so more power to you for taking care of your body and taking a break when you need it- esp. before a BIG race- good luck!

  • KatieTX September 3, 2010, 1:09 pm

    I am celebrating my engagement with my best girl friends and going wedding dress shopping! Good luck on your 5k! Run fast!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 3, 2010, 2:07 pm

    I’ll be going to a MN Twins game tomorrow, and then I hope to go to the MN State Fair again and pick up some pumpkin beer before the weekend ends!

    Good luck with your 5K!!

  • Lisa September 3, 2010, 2:09 pm

    I love raspberries. I wish they weren’t so expensive!

    Not doing much this weekend. Trying to take it easy after Hood to Coast!

  • Andrea September 3, 2010, 2:22 pm

    So funny about yoga. I did my first power yoga podcast on Tuesday morning and I’m still sore….I love it though!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 3, 2010, 2:26 pm

    Whoa, that guy is gigantic. How tall is he?

    • Caitlin September 3, 2010, 2:29 pm

      6 ft 7! and she’s 5 ft 2!

  • Joanna @ September 3, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Loving these photos! Beautiful

  • Stylish1 September 3, 2010, 3:32 pm

    Good luck on your 5k tomorrow!

  • Charlie September 3, 2010, 4:07 pm

    I love the raspberry-chia flower ;).
    I don’t have much planned this weekend. School work at Starbucks and I may go swim a little.

  • Nancy September 3, 2010, 5:01 pm

    Good luck with your 5K tomorrow! I’m sure it will be EPIC! I PR’d at my 5K 2 weeks ago, I’m sure you will do the same!

  • Liza @ Health Nutting September 3, 2010, 5:20 pm

    Looks like a great weekend!
    I just moved back into school so this weekend is lots of catching up with friends have hanging out– very fun!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 3, 2010, 8:05 pm

    Yoga always makes me so sore the next day too! It doesn’t seem like much of a workout at the time, but I can always feel it afterwards!

  • amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler September 11, 2010, 11:50 am

    I saw this on facebook and thought it was something you could get behind, if you aren’t already:!/FatTalkFree?v=wall

    • Caitlin September 11, 2010, 11:54 am

      OB is a featured organization for FTFW! It’s an awesome thing!

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