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Yes, I’m making it my personal goal to have canned pumpkin in every. single. breakfast this week! πŸ™‚

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Today’s simple breakfast featured Pumpkin Peanut Butter.  I really wanted to smear pumpkin on toast, but knew the lack of fat, protein, and calories in general wouldn’t hold me over through the 7 miler I’m about to embark on.

 

Enter: 

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I combined 1 tablespoon PB, 2 tablespoons pumpkin, a drizzle of honey, a little cinnamon, and some crushed almonds to make a very satisfying toast topper.

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Pumpkin: it’s what’s for breakfast.  Again.  πŸ™‚

 

Quitversary

 

Today is the one-year anniversary of quitting my job as an urban planner and transitioning to being a full-time blogger, writer, acupuncture clinic co-owner, speaker, and freelancer.

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A lot has happened to me in the last year (writing a book, launching a clinic, and appearing on The Today Show stand out in my mind as the game-changers), and I honestly cannot believe it’s only been 365 days since I called my boss and uttered the wonderful words, β€œHello.  It’s Caitlin.  I wanted to tell you that I’ve been writing a blog secretly for two years, sold a book concept, and am quitting my job… today.” 

 

But you know what really stands out over the last 365 days? YOU.  Thank you for reading my blog, encouraging me to follow my dreams, and giving me money advice when I freak out over paying self-employment taxes.  Thanks for posting Operation Beautiful notes and buying the Operation Beautiful book. Thanks for commenting on Healthy Tipping Point and sharing your own goals and passions, too.  I really love reading every comment that comes through and hearing more about what makes other people tick.  Thank you for writing your own blogs if you have one, too.  I really believe in the awesome power of this e-community and appreciate everyone who contributes in their own way. 

 

I completely recognize that my life would not be the same in one small fraction if it wasn’t for each and every one of you who read HTP everyday.  THANK YOU for changing my life.

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Thank you, thank you.  Here’s to hoping the next 365 days are just as fun.

{ 153 comments }

 

  • JenATX September 22, 2010, 9:18 am

    I think its awesome that you quit your job and pursued something great- not many people have the guts to do that. Seriously though, that’s a big deal. And a big THANKS right back to you for giving me tons of great breakfast ideas, workout tips, positive things to think about, and lots of life lessons πŸ™‚

    Oh, when I first read your post I thought you said it was your goal to eat a can of pumpkin for breakfast each day, I was like DANG GIRL! that is a lot of pumpkin! but then i re-read it, haha. I had pumpkin pie oats so so soooo good, hurry up Thanksgiving!

  • Orla September 22, 2010, 9:18 am

    Wow, I hadn’t really thought about how long I’ve been reading your blog until I thought “I remember when she posted about quitting her job!”.

    Thanks to you for all the entertainment you’ve provided me with through this blog – it’s always the first one I read πŸ™‚

  • tina September 22, 2010, 9:20 am

    AHHHH, congrats Caitlin! that is SO exciting. I can’t wait to have my first quit-versary…. just need to quit that job, haha!

    Seriously though, you have inspired me so much ever since I stumbled upon your blog a few months ago when you rode that century with Jenna- to start my own blog, to rethink my life path, and figure out what makes ME happy. so thank YOU!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 22, 2010, 9:21 am

    Definitely a life event that’s worth celebrating!

    Cheers to you and all your success πŸ™‚

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini September 22, 2010, 9:22 am

    Hell of a year…congrats!

  • Freya September 22, 2010, 9:22 am

    What an awesome thing to celebrate!! Your life has changed so much..I wonder where you’ll be at the 2yr anniversary!?
    I think you deserve a lot of thanks though; you’ve changed my life, and you’ve changed countless others too. You rock girl!

  • Rachel September 22, 2010, 9:23 am

    Congratulations!! You’ve reached the one year mark! Keep pushing and the success will continue.

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries September 22, 2010, 9:24 am

    And thank you for changing mine. You inspire me every day and I often think of people like you when I set out on a long run and wonder if I can do it!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now September 22, 2010, 9:25 am

    AMAZING. A year can truly change everything. Congrats on all the success you are seeing!

  • betsy September 22, 2010, 9:26 am

    So awesome that you are following your heart and dreams!

  • Brie @ Brie Fit September 22, 2010, 9:27 am

    Hooray for you!

    I can’t imagine being trapped in a job I dislike. I’m so blessed that even though sometimes my day-to-day work is frustrating or boring, it’s always changing and is incredibly rewarding!

  • megan September 22, 2010, 9:27 am

    happy quitversary! πŸ™‚ You’ve truly accomplished a lot in a year and you have every reason to be proud!

  • Stacey September 22, 2010, 9:27 am

    Happy quitversary! It’s been fun to see your life change for the better πŸ˜€ Thank YOU for having such an awesome blog! You truly inspire us readers to go out there and do what makes us happy. Hope you have a great 7 miler Caitlin!

  • Joslyn @ missfitbliss September 22, 2010, 9:28 am

    Congratulations! What a difference a year makes!

  • Lisa C September 22, 2010, 9:28 am

    Hooray for you! Whenever I look back at the past year, it is always so amazing how much things change.

  • Julianne September 22, 2010, 9:28 am

    A lot can happen in a year, congrats! And thank you for being inspiring.

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 22, 2010, 9:29 am

    That is so amazing that all of that happened in the past year! Congrats to you for all that you’ve accomplished. I have enjoyed reading your blog and all of the HTP stories that you post.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 22, 2010, 9:31 am

    Happy Quitaversary!! I started reading a little over a year ago, and times sure have changed!! Keep up the great work- I truly love every time one of your posts pops up in my reader πŸ™‚

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow September 22, 2010, 9:31 am

    I just love our blogging community!!!! How awesome is it that we get to connect with so many individuals and experience all of the craziness of life. πŸ™‚

    Congrats!!!! I’m almost at my one year anniversary where I left my job as well! November is my month.

  • Courtney September 22, 2010, 9:33 am

    Thank YOU for giving me a blog to wake up and read every morning. Thank you for being an inspiration to start running again and giving me the kick in the pants to get up and go run even when I don’t feel like it. You are following your dreams and living your life how you want to and that is so beautiful. You’ve made me into a healthier person in a healthy way. thank you

  • Jen September 22, 2010, 9:34 am

    Yay congrats to you! Here’s to hoping the next year is even more amazing!

  • Charlie September 22, 2010, 9:34 am

    Happy quitversary! I find it awesome that you had the courage to quit your job to do something meaningful to you.

    And this pumpkin peanut butter looks delicious!

  • Lauren @ Health on the Run September 22, 2010, 9:35 am

    Congratulations!! I’m a newer reader to HTP (I actually assumed you’d been doing this much longer than a year when I started reading!!), and so to an outsider, it’s so amazing how much your life has changed and how much you’ve accomplished in such a short period of time! I think you’re incredibly inspirational — not only in encouraging people to lead healthy lifestyles and love themselves, but also in taking risks and following their dreams. So thank YOU for touching so many lives. Hope the next year is filled with even more excitement and growth!

  • Melanie September 22, 2010, 9:36 am

    Congrats, Caitlin! You inspire me every day as well to be healthier! I’m also inspired with your ability to quit your job and really do what you’re passionate about. I’m in the beginning stages of trying to figure that out as well. πŸ™‚ Happy Quitversary!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin September 22, 2010, 9:36 am

    You are awesome. That’s all. πŸ™‚

  • afarmerinthedell.wordpress.com September 22, 2010, 9:38 am

    This is an awesome post! Congrats on all your achievements this year. Cheers to another 365 days of opportunities!

  • Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) September 22, 2010, 9:38 am

    What a great year, congrats!

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well September 22, 2010, 9:39 am

    Happy Quitversary! I hope this next year is even better. πŸ˜€

  • Kelly September 22, 2010, 9:39 am

    Happy quitverasry! Thank you for writing Operation Beautiful and your blog!

  • stacey-healthylife September 22, 2010, 9:39 am

    I’m glad I’m not the only one hiding my blog from my boss. πŸ™‚ I’m hoping great opportunities will come from my passions in life, but until then I still need my 9-5.

  • Amanda September 22, 2010, 9:40 am

    Thank you for helping me change my life. You have been an amazing inspiration as I have started my journey towards a healthier lifestyle. Congrats on the anniversary and keep doing the amazing things you are doings.

  • Jessie September 22, 2010, 9:40 am

    It is so nice to see people follow their dreams and be fulfilled. It definitely give me hope that there is more to my future than being a cubicle prisoner if I am will to work to make it happen.

  • Lindsay September 22, 2010, 9:41 am

    Congrats Caitlin! Thank you for sharing your life, tips, insight, inspiration, photos, recipes (the list goes on and on!) with us every day.

  • Cindy September 22, 2010, 9:41 am

    Caitlin, it’s people like you that make the world a better place πŸ™‚ Thank YOU for encouraging me to run, I’m addicted and really enjoying it!

  • Candice @ChiaSeedMe September 22, 2010, 9:42 am

    Congrats girl – what a special day! So glad you’re able to take some time to reflect on all your accomplishments. I’m so glad you blog and that you’re brave enough to step out and follow your dreams. I wonder where I’ll be on my one-year quitversary? I hope I’m as happy and fulfilled with my career as you are! Thanks for being an inspiration!

    I love the combo you made for breakfast…I’m definitely going to have to try that as soon as I can get my hands on some pumpkin!

  • Kristen September 22, 2010, 9:43 am

    Happy quitaversary Caitlin! I’ve loved reading about all those life changing events. Keep reaching for the stars πŸ™‚

  • B September 22, 2010, 9:44 am

    Congrats on the 1 year…good for you!

    And I never once thought to try pumpkin and peanut butter…but I love ’em both and might have to try very soon!

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired September 22, 2010, 9:46 am

    I’m about one phone call or email away from making today my quitversary..haha! It’s inspiring to see where you were a year ago and where you are today!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 22, 2010, 9:47 am

    I can’t believe it’s only been a year. Wow, talk about a busy year full of awesome accomplishments. Congrats!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations September 22, 2010, 9:49 am

    What a lovely post! I’m so glad things are going so well and that you appreciate all the blessings in your life.

    And I’m glad you’ve blessed me with the idea to combine pumpkin and peanut butter. That might be genius! And more seriously, your blog has been meaningful in my life, and I truly appreciate the efforts you put forth in posting so thoughtfully and consistently. Thank you.

  • Little Bookworm September 22, 2010, 9:49 am

    Congratulations! πŸ™‚

  • Lindsey September 22, 2010, 9:49 am

    Huge accomplishment! As someone new to the blogging world you are definitely an inspiration and show how much positivity can come out of writing a blog. You are one of the lucky few who get to truly do what they love every day πŸ™‚

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini September 22, 2010, 9:50 am

    And thank you!!

    In celebration I have actually bought another copy of OB which I’m giving away on the blog tomorrow so keep an eye out – I’ll forward you the link πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin September 22, 2010, 10:03 am

      Yay thank you! Do forward me the link.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 22, 2010, 9:50 am

    Caitlin, I am really so happy for you! I think you have such a great message and you are just so honest and down to earth! Thank you for sharing your experiences! Happy Quitversary!

  • Mary September 22, 2010, 9:51 am

    Happy Quitversary! you’ve definitely done some epic things in your life since you quit your job. congrats Caitlin, You’re awesome πŸ™‚

  • Meredith September 22, 2010, 9:53 am

    Congratulations on your Quitversary! I look forward to reading your posts every day and being inspired by you. Today I’m giving my copy of the Operation Beautiful book to my sister to read and I can’t wait to have conversations with her about it. Thanks for all you do!

    • Caitlin September 22, 2010, 10:04 am

      Thank you so much!

  • ashleigh September 22, 2010, 9:53 am

    Aww what a sweet post! Thank you for writing this blog and inspiring others to follow their dreams πŸ™‚

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe September 22, 2010, 9:54 am

    Congratulations! I really hope that is exactly how the conversation with your boss went when you quit, cuz it’s hilarious!

    • Caitlin September 22, 2010, 10:04 am

      it is exactly how the conversation went! no joke.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 22, 2010, 9:57 am

    Congrats!!! It’s crazy how much your life can change in one short year, isn’t it?

  • Sara September 22, 2010, 10:00 am

    Congrats! That’s a lot of change in one year! But–THANK YOU! I know you’ve inspired and helped a lot of people. πŸ™‚

  • Chelsea at Striking Balance September 22, 2010, 10:02 am

    Congrats! We are all proud of you for following your dreams. You are so inspirational to so many people.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 22, 2010, 10:02 am

    Congratulations! You are so inspiring!

  • Katalina @ GreenLivingNY September 22, 2010, 10:04 am

    Hi Caitlin, can you please post the websites on which you are looking for races? many thanks!

    • Caitlin September 22, 2010, 10:07 am

      active.com is a good site!

  • Karen September 22, 2010, 10:04 am

    Congratulations! You work so hard and are such an inspiration. You deserve your successes! I hope you and your family continue to reap the rewards of your efforts!

    Thanks back to you, as you helped me reach my healthy tipping point! I’m only at the beginning, but I’m making healthy choices more and more and feeling so good.

    Here’s to another year, and more!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 22, 2010, 10:07 am

    Happy quitversary!! You deserve all of the success that has come (and will continue to come!!) your way!

  • AllieNic (Frisky Lemon) September 22, 2010, 10:10 am

    YAY Quitversary! I can’t wait until I have mine!! I have to quit my job first…working on that one.

    Have a wonderful day!

  • Amy September 22, 2010, 10:11 am

    Well, that means I’ve been reading for over a year, which probably means I should come out of lurk-dom. πŸ™‚ Thank YOU for writing this blog. You have inspired me in my vegetarianism and in my quest to finally love my body (which has always been lovable, I now realize). Cheers to the years to come!

  • Wei-Wei September 22, 2010, 10:13 am

    I think it’s so awesome that you thank us! We love reading your blog, so I think that you deserve every second of this awesome year you’ve had. Thank YOU for writing this blog, and here’s to a great year ahead! πŸ˜€

  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) September 22, 2010, 10:15 am

    I have to find pumpkin, STAT.

    Really, I need to thank you. You’ve shown all of us how 365 days isn’t that long but is just enough time to reach out and mold the life of your dreams. To think that my life could be radically different in just one year used to be unthinkable, but you’ve helped in changing my mindset. I can’t wait to keep following your adventures!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers September 22, 2010, 10:21 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Sometimes the words “I quit” aren’t giving up- they’re the most empowering words you can say & you’ve more than proven that πŸ˜‰

    I completely agree with the comment above- thanks for putting 365 days in perspective!

  • Dev September 22, 2010, 10:23 am

    The breakfast looks amazing! I’m new to your site but I’m looking forward to sharing the next 365 days with you!

  • Sandy September 22, 2010, 10:24 am

    Yikes! Self employment taxes! Think S-Corp. Call your attorney or tax professional. (longtime reader and lawyer)

  • Shanna, Like Banana September 22, 2010, 10:25 am

    What an inspiration! Clearly you’ve made a huge impact with your life change. Way to go!

  • Angela September 22, 2010, 10:31 am

    Congratulations! Being free of corporate life must be so invigorating. I see my boyfriend who has his own company and I’m seriously envious. Its not easier (that’s for sure) but I think its more rewarding. So congrats on all of your success! You put in tons of work and you definitely deserve it. πŸ™‚

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad September 22, 2010, 10:34 am

    Yay! I’m happy for you. I enjoy reading your posts daily.

    I would’ve LOVED to hear what your boss said when you told him you’d had a secret blog for 2 years!

  • Cailin @ Stir Crazy September 22, 2010, 10:35 am

    Congrats! What a huge step and change in your life, and how amazing it has turned out for you! I’m sure it was a scary jump, but it’s such an accomplishment to now do something you love πŸ™‚
    Your toast looks soooo good! I’m off to the store now, and pumpkin is on the top of my list… all these pumpkin blog recipes are giving me such a craving!

  • Natalia - a side of simple September 22, 2010, 10:36 am

    I don’t like pumpkin but your post sure makes me think I do! =)
    Also, congratulations on all you’ve accomplished, Caitlin. It really is inspiring (although I probably shouldn’t think about quitting a job I don’t even have… haha).

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day September 22, 2010, 10:39 am

    Happy Quitversary! It’s amazing all that can happen in a year right? Congratulations on all your success in the past year…I’m sure this is only the beginning – more amazing things to come!

  • Erika September 22, 2010, 10:43 am

    Your Welcome! And Thank You!

  • ash September 22, 2010, 10:46 am

    Good for you!!!!!

  • Allie September 22, 2010, 10:47 am

    wow, it’s pretty spectacular how 365 days can take you so far towards your dreams. thank you for inspiring so many readers- that’s why you have us!

  • Melissa (Running with Needles) September 22, 2010, 10:50 am

    Congrats again! You are living proof that hard work can lead you to your dreams.

  • Kristina @ spabettie September 22, 2010, 10:55 am

    well, Happy Anniversary, Caitlin! That is crazy that it all happened in under a year.

    and the next 365? Better! WAY Better!! πŸ™‚

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. September 22, 2010, 10:59 am

    Happy quitversary! We are all so proud of you and everything you’ve accomplished in the past year!

  • Moni'sMeals September 22, 2010, 11:01 am

    Awesome Caitlin! Congrats and what an inspiration you are. πŸ™‚
    I would pay serious $$ for that breakfast, I still don’t have Pumpkin here. πŸ™

  • Deb September 22, 2010, 11:03 am

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I really enjoy your pumpkin recipes – especially the beautiful pictures – so please keep them coming!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 22, 2010, 11:06 am

    Congratulations!! I am so glad that everything is turning out well for you πŸ˜€

    That pumpkin spread sounds amazing!!! I had some pumpkin in my oatmeal today. Really feel like it’s fall!!

  • Ramona September 22, 2010, 11:06 am

    I just had this snack without the honey. I used the cocoa almonds and some nutmeg. It’s such a filling snack. Thanks for the idea!

  • Coco September 22, 2010, 11:10 am

    aw this is a fabulously uplifting post. good for you for going for your dreams and making them a reality! you inspire so many people!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) September 22, 2010, 11:12 am

    cheers girl πŸ™‚ you’re such an inspiration and i’m so thankful that you so openly share your life story with us every day!

  • Lauren @ RawIsSexy September 22, 2010, 11:21 am

    HAPPY QUITIVERSARY!!!!

    Thanks so much for being so open and honest about things and for sharing your passions! You are definitely an inspiration. Hoping I will have a quitiversary party someday soon too!

  • Camille September 22, 2010, 11:23 am

    Congrats!
    You have done some amazing things this year!

  • Teacherwoman September 22, 2010, 11:29 am

    I can’t believe how much your life has changed in the past year! So many new things! Awesome!

  • Emily September 22, 2010, 11:30 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are an inspiration!

    You are however torturing me with the canned pumpkin this week! I have had it on my grocery list for 3 weeks now since I discovered one of your recipes I wanted to try (the dip for the apples) and I still haven’t found it at my store in Houston! Lucky lady!!

  • Allison September 22, 2010, 11:31 am

    OH my gosh! You’ve done so much for everyone here and everywhere, it’s so amazing. Truly, I’m so happy I’ve found this blog. I find solace in it in the midst of my everyday life, and it’s more than inspiring to come home to. So, thanks to you! And I can’t wait to see where this takes you and all your readers (even the quiet ones, like myself!) πŸ™‚

    PEACE!!!

  • grocery goddess jen September 22, 2010, 11:32 am

    Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a year! I think I cried when I found out you got a book deal, I was so proud of you and excited for you! Keep up the blogging, I always want to know what’s going to happen next.

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 22, 2010, 11:44 am

    Congrats on your quitversary! I can think of no better anniversary to celebrate. Given my job, I really mean that! πŸ˜‰

  • JL Goes Vegan September 22, 2010, 11:44 am

    Congratulations! It takes a bold move to make bold transitions in life. You’re proof of that!

  • Maren September 22, 2010, 11:45 am

    Happy Quitversary! I look forward to reading your blog everyday and seeing all the recipes that make me want a second..or third breakfast!! πŸ™‚

  • Sarah September 22, 2010, 11:57 am

    Congratulations! You are so inspirational!

  • susan (stepping off the coaster) September 22, 2010, 12:01 pm

    then today is the one year anniversary of me being a faithful HTP reader! yayyy!!

    not to be sappy, but i hope you do realize what an amazing blog you have and what an inspiration you are to SO many people striving to find a healthy balance in this crazy world!

    thank you!

  • Amber K September 22, 2010, 12:04 pm

    That is amazing. Way to reach for your dreams and hold on tight! πŸ™‚

  • Susan@MomSwimBikeRun September 22, 2010, 12:16 pm

    I sent my hubby to the store to get pumpkin and he came home with the organic and not Libby’s. I was so sad but he said it was all they had and he went to 3 stores so I can’t really complain I guess. Or can I?

  • corinne September 22, 2010, 12:16 pm

    THANK YOU!! you are so inspiring and you are just being yourself πŸ™‚ there is nothing more beautiful.

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 22, 2010, 12:17 pm

    What a difference a year makes! You are so inspirational to quit your job and follow your dreams. I hope the next year is as good as the last.

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black September 22, 2010, 12:27 pm

    Congrats on taking the bull by the horns and following your dreams!

  • myra September 22, 2010, 12:28 pm

    Congrats ! on the quitversary. i love your blog my day starts with a cup of tea and your morning post ( i stay in pacific time zone ) i can say i read every post of yours since the last week of may, the best part about your posts are how simple and friendly they are.i attend WW i took OB book and showed it to the other members they really loved it.
    I hope that next year this day i would congratulate you on how awesome your book no2 is. all the best .
    keep doing the good work.

  • Lisa September 22, 2010, 12:34 pm

    Congrats. Glad it worked out for the best!

  • Alyssa September 22, 2010, 12:37 pm

    Congrats! But thank YOU for blogging in the first place, for being honest and open to telling us about your life and sharing your experiences, struggles, and journeys in healthy living and life. I love this e-community and am grateful to be able to come to blogs to hear about other people’s experiences. Thanks for all you do and keep being you!

    And I can’t wait for whatever comes next πŸ™‚ Looking forward to book #2 news πŸ˜‰

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie September 22, 2010, 12:40 pm

    Oh my goodness happy anniversary! I can’t imagine how awesome it was to make that call!

    Love the blog, love hearing about your adventures and am so happy for you being a happy self employed woman!

  • Gina G September 22, 2010, 12:44 pm

    thankYOU Caitlin for everything! You truly are an amazing woman:)

  • Angelina September 22, 2010, 12:48 pm

    I am so glad that you are doing what you love! Your blog is the first one I began to read around this time last year, and since then I have made huge decisions to both pursue my MPH in Health Promotion (just started!) and am on the way to applying to become an RD. I am gonna go ahead and say that reading your blog every day and seeing what you are doing with your passions has really influenced not only my personal daily health decisions, but my career decisions as well. You are phenomenal!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 22, 2010, 12:49 pm

    Ahhh congrats Caitlin! You’re such a great example of where following your dreams can lead to. Thank YOU right back for your inspiration!

  • Tina September 22, 2010, 12:52 pm

    What a special post! I’m so happy for you. Its amazing what a year can change, huh? You deserve every bit of joy in your life. You are such a kind hearted person.

  • Maura September 22, 2010, 12:55 pm

    I can honestly say reading your blog has changed my life. So thank YOU! Without HTP, I don’t know that I ever would have laced up my sneaks, or gotten back into my true passion of writing. You brighten every morning for me…’cause yes, I check HTP before I do any actual real work…but uh, don’t tell my boss πŸ˜‰ Congrats on a great quitversary!

  • Katie September 22, 2010, 1:00 pm

    Hey Caitlin! Great post…Thank you for being so inspirational…you really motivate me (and others obviously) to not settle for just getting by. You really encourage excellence (though not perfection) and to be the best we can be by believing in our own dreams. Have a great Quit-versary. Go out and rock those seven miles..its a great day in Charlotte!

  • Satu September 22, 2010, 1:10 pm

    Congrats on your Quitversary, Caitlin! It is a pleasure to read a well written blog. πŸ™‚

    I don’t think I’ve reached my own healthy tipping point yet, but here I come..

  • Stephanie September 22, 2010, 1:13 pm

    Well I have to tell you that you quitting your job was the best thing that happend to me too! Reading your (and others) healthy lifestyle blog has helped inspire me to continue a healty life style. I lost 35lbs about a year ago and still have serveral more to go, it gets very discouraging. But reading others journeys every day has remotivated me to keep going and being fit for life! Thank you so much and congrats on 1 year of doing what you love!

  • Rachel September 22, 2010, 1:15 pm

    Happy quitaversary!!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) September 22, 2010, 1:20 pm

    haha happy quitversary! What an awesome day. I remember that post and being totally wow’ed!

  • rachael September 22, 2010, 1:20 pm

    You are an inspiration! Happy Quitversary!

  • Nikki M. September 22, 2010, 1:34 pm

    Hi! I guess today would be a great day for a “first post!” I have been reading your blog for about 1 month now, and I really really love it. I love the stories you share (yours and readers), the yummy recipes (LOVE PUMPKIN), and all of the tips. I also think that Operation Beautiful is amazing and I am so happy to know about it. Thank you for all you do, and I’m looking forward to reading your future posts!

  • Sana September 22, 2010, 1:48 pm

    Thank you for being an amazing person :)!

  • Bree September 22, 2010, 1:58 pm

    Happy Quitversary! Thank YOU for being inspirational in so many ways πŸ™‚

  • Hedda September 22, 2010, 2:01 pm

    And thank you Caitlin.
    Thank you for all that you are, all that you do, all that you mean to this world.
    You are important. Beautiful. Wonderful.
    You make a beautiful change to other peoples life, thank you.

  • Andrea September 22, 2010, 2:08 pm

    Happy Quitversary! Strangely it’s a “versary” for me today too- the one year anniversary of the best decision I’ve ever made: to come home from school and focus on recovery. The past year has been absolutely illuminating! It’s so important to celebrate things like “quitversary”s, thanks for being awesome πŸ™‚

  • JsEverydayFashion September 22, 2010, 2:09 pm

    Caitlin,
    Thanks for sharing your story! I loved learning more about how you got where you are today. I started an everyday fashion blog in May that has enjoyed a lot of success so far, I’m working on a book proposal and hope to eventually make blog/fashion-y things my full-time gig. Only… my marketing job of 4 years is coming to an end in a couple weeks (lay-offs). I’m torn between applying for new marketing positions and pursuing the book/blogging activities. Right now I’m fully devoted to pursing both – but do you have any advice for someone who’s Quitversary came a little too soon?
    Best,
    J.
    http://www.JsEverydayFashion.com

    • Caitlin September 22, 2010, 3:34 pm

      i would say… apply to jobs and work on your blogs. book/blogging stuff takes a lot of time, which takes up a lot of money. it’s best to do both until one can sustain you!

  • Kylie @ A Hungry Spoon September 22, 2010, 2:12 pm

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself and inspiring food bloggers everywhere πŸ™‚ It’s a day worth celebrating!

    • Heather in Seattle September 22, 2010, 3:48 pm

      You have some yummy looking recipes i’m just dying to try!

  • Heather in Seattle September 22, 2010, 2:27 pm

    Congrats!
    I found you by way of MSN- your book was featured on there and it got me courious. Few clicks later, I’ve been here since. I check out your archived stuff too!
    Keep the inspiration coming- I promise to get the book very soon

  • Emily September 22, 2010, 2:29 pm

    Congratulations on making such a wonderful and huge life change! It can be SOO scary to do things that go against the norm and everyone else’s convention, but its obvious that the leap for you had a huge pay off:) Enjoy this day and all the other wonderful ones to come πŸ˜‰

  • Gina September 22, 2010, 2:42 pm

    Congratulations! Your accomplishments in one year are truly outstanding!
    Looking forward to all of the pumpkin recipes this week πŸ™‚

  • yummiee cupcake September 22, 2010, 2:56 pm

    THANK YOU for coming up with this idea, operation beautiful, and making it come TRUE!

  • yummiee cupcake September 22, 2010, 2:57 pm

    if it weren’t for OB and you, i wouldn’t be here reading your blog. i wouldn’t have my own blog either!

  • Wendy Irene (Give Love Create Happiness) September 22, 2010, 3:14 pm

    Congratulations on your Quitversary and following your dreams! What an inspiration!

  • E September 22, 2010, 3:20 pm

    I loved the line, “THANK YOU for changing my life.” My blog changed mine too… The power of strangers is amazing!
    Congrats! xo

  • Katie @ Her Inner Shine September 22, 2010, 3:38 pm

    Congratulations on the year that changed your life. I think that it is amazing that you were able to quit your job and follow your dreams.

    Also, the pumpkin on the toast looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

  • Shari September 22, 2010, 4:22 pm

    What an incredible year it’s been for you! Congratulations on accomplishing so many dreams come true … here’s to many more!

  • Nicole September 22, 2010, 4:31 pm

    Congrats on a great year! I’ve only been reading your blog for about a month and I love it and your message. You really inspire me! Keep it up lady!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) September 22, 2010, 4:58 pm

    I still remember the day your told us that you quit your job, and how happy I felt for you at that time. I am even happier for you today – you are an amazing woman, and a true inspiration for girls and women everywhere.

  • BB September 22, 2010, 5:19 pm

    I’ve been a loyal reader of HTP for a while. Thanks for everyday wonderful posts, they are so inspiring. Reading ur blog is one of my favorite things each day.

  • Julia @ British Bride September 22, 2010, 5:27 pm

    Big up yourself!!

    I have your story in mind all the time, as I would love to be a full time blogger. I am currently working HARD on a secret blog project and will let you know when I launch. You basically have all my dreams checked off…book, freelance etc! I will look forward to the day I can make that call…that thought keeps me going when things suck at work..maybe I will be in your position in another say, 2 or 3 years!

  • Jillian@ ReshapeYour Life September 22, 2010, 6:10 pm

    It’s been a big year for you!! I’m so glad you choose to share your journey with us… You inspire me and motivate me to keep running and make healthier choices. Thank YOU! πŸ™‚

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit September 22, 2010, 6:11 pm

    Congrats! So happy you are able to do what you do now πŸ™‚

  • Jaime Runs September 22, 2010, 7:09 pm

    Congrats! I had my Quitversary on June 26th. It came and went and I didn’t even realize. I certainly haven’t done anything like you’ve accomplished, but I paid off all my credit card debt, both cars and saved a down payment for a house (all from QUITTING my job… weird how that happened…)

    Anyway, so happy that you are still at it and getting more successful each day. I know how scary it is to take that big step!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 22, 2010, 7:39 pm

    Thank you for writing it !!

  • Lauren @ Team Giles September 22, 2010, 11:34 pm

    I may not always comment (I’m terrible at not commenting, sorry!) but I faithfully read your blog daily. You were the first “Healthy Living” blog I ever read back in the “See Bride Run” days and YOU inspired me to transition my wedding blog into a healthy living blog. So THANK YOU for being a huge inspiration. Since I’ve been a healthy living blogger I’ve lost 33 lbs and counting, ran a half-marathon and the second is set for October 17th. I love this e-community and appreciate YOU more than you may know. πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin September 23, 2010, 9:33 am

      I didn’t know you’d lose all that weight since you started to blog – wow! congrats πŸ™‚

      • Lauren @ Team Giles September 24, 2010, 4:04 pm

        yeah some of it has been slow going, but finally I’m starting to shed the unhealthy weight I’ve had on me for a while. I couldn’t be happier! Blogging has definitely helped keep me motivated. πŸ™‚

  • Bridget September 23, 2010, 8:02 am

    I’ve been away, but wanted to say congratulations!

  • Maura September 23, 2010, 8:35 am

    Congrats Caitlin! You were the first blog I started reading and even inspired me to start my own!!

  • Ashley September 23, 2010, 10:50 am

    That’s amazing – congrats! It’s great to look back at the life-changing moments from our past. One of mine has been to start a personal quest for health and fitness, inspired in part by you!

  • Erin September 23, 2010, 11:48 am

    Thank you, Caitlin!! I’ve learned so much from you and am grateful for your awesome, empowering blog. Your fitness achievements are a source of inspiration and were one of the reasons I raced in two sprint-tris this past summer. πŸ™‚

  • Stacy @Student of Healthy Living September 23, 2010, 12:14 pm

    Yay congrats!! Thank you for sharing your story. I look forward to having my own quitaversary in oh about 2.5 years. It seems so far away some days, but reading your blog and others helps me to remain hopeful and optimistic. I am grateful for the blogosphere and how many amazing women like yourself inspire me everyday. Not only have you inspired me to reach fitness and health goals, but life goals as well. I will reach my goal of one day working a job where I look forward to going to work. I will reach my goal of working in an environment where I am appreciated for my work. I will reach my goal of viewing my job as a career and not just a job to earn money. Thank you so much for helping me to change my life for the better πŸ™‚

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) September 24, 2010, 11:12 am

    Oh its been too long without my HTP!
    Congrats on 1 year of your quitiversary!!!

  • Tiffany (Stuffed With Fluff) September 26, 2010, 10:42 pm

    Congrats again on your quitversary! Your story is actually really inspirational for me. I’m really miserable in my current position, and while I haven’t quite figured out what I truly want to do, I’m still researching other options for the time being.I just have to believe that everything will fall into place when it’s meant to.

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