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Up and at ‘em!  I rose a little bit early today so I could get some work done before the Husband and I sneak off to AM yoga!





In the mix:


  • Greek yogurt
  • Ch-ch-ch-chia seeds
  • Banana
  • Dorset cereal
  • Raw oatmeal


And… we’re off!


David’s Livestrong Challenge


If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you might remember that I fell in love with cycling during a running hiatus.  I did several 60-mile races before deciding to do a Century with my Dad.  We trained and fundraised for the  LIVESTRONG Echelon Gran Fondo (a 100-mile Century in Napa Valley). We completed (barely!!!) the Century in April, raising more than $3,000 for cancer research in the process.


So, I clearly have a soft spot in my heart for 1) cycling with or in honor of your parents and 2) the LIVESTRONG foundation (as well as other cancer-fighting groups; I did my marathon with Team in Training). 


That’s why I wanted to share David’s story with you!  Read on.


David wrote, “My Mother passed away August 6th, 2010 due to metastatic breast cancer. Mom was a fighter; she had been battling cancer for over 11 years and refused to give up. There wasn’t a challenge that Mom would back down from; if fact, I feel like I have a lot to live up to because she was able to complete so much in her short 62 years with us. 


My Mom and I were always extremely close and open with one another; however, this became more difficult as the cancer progressed and Mom’s prognosis worsened. Neither Mom nor I wanted to talk about what was going on or what was going to happen. We still talked about life and even when she knew that things were not going well she constantly encouraged me to take care of my loved ones and myself. The doctors told us that Mom was going to eventually pass from this terrible disease but we would have at least another year with her. Before a month was over, I received the call that I was dreading. 


Two days after Mom passed, a friend’s mother asked me if she could ride in the LIVESTRONG challenge in Austin in Mom’s memory. I had never ridden a road bike before but had always wanted to get into it, so without thinking I said, “Only if I ride with you”. That Sunday I went out and bought a bike and began my training.  


Mom would have insisted that instead of whining and complaining about the hand I was dealt that I go out there and do something productive; something beneficial for others.

The more I read about the LIVESTRONG challenge, the more I was impressed and wanted to help anyway that I could. The main objective for this organization is to raise money to help with cancer awareness and prevention. My longtime friend Josh, practically my brother, started up Team NKP and signed us up to ride the 65 mi ride through the Texas Hill Country.  


I am writing all of this because my Wife wanted to do all that she could to help me get the word out about fundraising for this event. As a cancer survivor herself, she is well aware of the impact that cancer can have and how important prevention and early detection can be. As a team we have established a goal of raising a minimum of $10,000 by the event. We have also set a goal of getting 5 people to ride with us and help us with our fundraising. TEAM NKP is named in honor of my Mother, Nita Kay Peebles, and any and all help is much appreciated.


If you are able to be in the Austin area the event is scheduled for October 22-24th with the ride being on that Sunday at 8am and a 5k run/walk on Saturday


For more information about my ride please visit TEAM NKP’s Fundraising Site. More information about the LIVESTRONG challenge can be found at http://www.livestrong.org.





  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 16, 2010, 7:50 am

    David thank you for sharing your story!

    I think raising $10,000 is an awesome goal and I wish you the best!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 16, 2010, 7:59 am

    What a great cause! The event sounds great, and good luck! 🙂

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 16, 2010, 8:07 am

    What a wonderful way to honor his mother’s memory. Good luck, David!!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now September 16, 2010, 8:08 am

    David’s story is so touching. You can see the love he had for his mother in the photo he shared. What a great way to be remembered!

  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 16, 2010, 8:13 am

    A fabulous cause – his story is so sad but it’s great that he’s doing such a good thing to raise money. I wish him all the best!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet September 16, 2010, 8:17 am

    wow, thank you for sharing his story

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) September 16, 2010, 8:25 am

    wonderful story! great way to start the morning 😉

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 16, 2010, 8:25 am

    Wow– what a touching story!! I love starting the morning with inspiration like this!

  • Neen @ Broad Bean to Runner Bead September 16, 2010, 8:32 am

    a wonderful story, thanks for sharing!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 16, 2010, 8:35 am

    What a great story! Thank you for sharing!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 16, 2010, 8:41 am

    I share a similar story. My mom also passed away from metastatic breast cancer.

  • allison @ livingoneday September 16, 2010, 8:43 am

    such a beautiful story and left me in tears. i only wish i was in austin to participate

  • JenATX September 16, 2010, 8:49 am

    I’ll be in the Austin area during that time (since I live here ha,)! I would love to sign up for the race but I don’t have a bike so I think I’ll sign up for the 5k. Great story, thanks 🙂

  • Rachel September 16, 2010, 8:50 am

    That’s a wonderful story – thanks Caitlin! What a positive way to start the morning

  • Jillian@ ReshapeYour Life September 16, 2010, 8:51 am

    That is awesome that he is doing that. $10,000 is a lot (and awesome) amount of money to raise, I wish him all the luck in the world!!

  • Amanda @ Vegacious September 16, 2010, 8:53 am

    Caitlin, Thank you for posting this. I am a cancer survivor myself having stage 3 ovarian cancer while I was in college. I can’t tell you how much it means to me when people raise any amount of for cancer. I often have survivors guilt when I read stories like this, and over the weekend lost another friend (22 yrs old) to cancer. It seems to get harder and harder every time I hear of another lost battle. It is through people like you and David that make a real difference when it comes to research for cancer. You are making a difference, no matter how much money you raise – whether it’s $1 or $10,000.

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 9:28 am

      <3 touched me!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) September 16, 2010, 9:01 am

    thank you so much for sharing your story, i really wish i could participate!

  • Kelly September 16, 2010, 9:07 am

    What a great story, and a great cause! I wish I could participate.

  • yummiee cupcake September 16, 2010, 9:29 am

    i love it when you put other people’s stories in your blog and help them spread the words! the stories are always inspiring.

  • Colleen September 16, 2010, 9:29 am

    I also suggest readers take a look at J.W. Frye’s story and cause. He’s a young man from Sarasota, Florida cycling more than 7,500 miles (solo– no sag wagon!) from Florida to Alaska to raise awareness and funds for Suncoast Hospice.


  • Lea @ Healthy Coconut September 16, 2010, 9:39 am

    Thanks Caitlin for using your blog to help others and raising awareness. I’m really happy to see that you are using your succesful blog to spread the word.

  • Diana at Diana tries a Tri September 16, 2010, 9:47 am

    Wow got my morning cry in after that! Very inspirational, good luck and great fund raising goal!

  • Dee September 16, 2010, 10:02 am

    What a touching story. Definitely brought tears to my eyes. I wish I could participate as well. Good luck David and Team NKP!

  • Natalia @asideofsimple September 16, 2010, 10:17 am

    Very inspiring story this morning. So happy I read it before starting my day.

    Ps. I think its great that you and the husband go to yoga together, Caitlin. What a way to spend time together and connect.

  • Suzanne September 16, 2010, 10:31 am

    Last week I found out that I carry the breast cancer gene BRCA2 which means that my chances of getting breast cancer are 85%. After watching my sister suffer and recover from the disease I feel blessed I have the power to prevent what could be and face a double mastectomy to reduce my chances back down to 5%.
    Thank you to everyone who raises awareness and money in the fight against cancer. You are my daily inspiration Caitlin.

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 10:32 am

      knowledge is power! how very scary but i’m so happy you are being proactive and positive.

      good luck with your surgery!!!

      you inspire me!

      (if you ever want to write a guest post, i’m here for ya!)

    • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 16, 2010, 11:11 am

      Suzanne – I recently read an article about the BRCA2 in a magazine. I believe it was Family Circle. Just wanted to let you know about it. Good luck to you. Your positive attitude is inspiring. <3

      • Suzanne September 16, 2010, 3:01 pm

        Thank you Jasmine. I wonder if that article would be online? I live in the UK.

  • Rachel September 16, 2010, 10:42 am

    I just so happen to be traveling to Austin that weekend. What are the odds? I’d love to do that 5k in their honor. I’m going to go check out their fundraising page, now.

  • Amber K September 16, 2010, 10:48 am

    Such a sad story! Thank you for sharing it. I’m praying that the event goes well and lots of money is raised.

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 16, 2010, 11:09 am

    That’s a sad, touching story. Thanks for sharing it Caitlin and David.

  • Allie September 16, 2010, 11:14 am

    i really love this story. it reminds me that life’s too short not to live and love. thanks for sharing.

  • Teacherwoman September 16, 2010, 11:18 am

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this story!

  • Sarah for Real September 16, 2010, 11:27 am

    And now I’m crying in my cubical. Thank you for sharing that inspiring story.

    So sorry for your loss David.

  • Camille September 16, 2010, 11:31 am

    What an incredible story!

  • Elise September 16, 2010, 12:24 pm

    Thats such an amazing story, David! I’ve always wanted to do TNT in memory of my godmother & cousin — an you’re truly an inspiration! Best of luck with the fundraising!

    And Caitlin — I love when you share inspiring HTP or stories like this one — they’re a reminder of how amazing people all around us really are, if you just take a moment to sit down & chat.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 16, 2010, 12:42 pm

    Wow that is an awesome goal! Good luck to David!!

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 16, 2010, 12:49 pm

    Aww, good luck David!

  • 'laina September 16, 2010, 12:57 pm

    Did I miss the winner annoucement for “three FREE e-coaching sessions on creating a better grocery list”? I looked for the winners the next day, and couldn’t find anything. 🙂

    • Caitlin September 16, 2010, 1:31 pm

      Picked just haven’t announced!

      Here they are:

      #49 Brandi
      I NEED THIS!!!! I have been working on getting me and my family to live a heathier lifestyle for about 5 months now, Making gradual changes. I always have so many questions though. My favorite family business would be my dad’s gas station. It has been there for 25 years and my husband and I run it for him now. Even though it is long hours and incredibly hard work, it has always been worth it. And I am so proud of my daddy for saving up the money to build it himself and for working so hard to provide for us when we were growing up, but still finding the time to come to our softball games and whatnot.

      #244 Ashley Marble

      First of all, I just came upon your website a few weeks ago and have been so thankful. I really appreciate the little nuggets of wisdom that you impart! I have noticed things I read from your blog pop in my head throughout the day as I am choosing what to eat or facing an injury from running. I have felt really defeated in weight loss and running the past eight months or so, but the information you share on your blog has been a huge motivating force daily. THANK YOU! I look forward to following! AND, I promise I didn’t just write that to suck up and get chosen…ha! I thought I would just lump it all into one comment!

      Second…love the giveaway and am looking forward to learning more about her services! My favorite local business is called Brooks Smith Security. Yes…RANDOM….Yes…has nothing to do with food or health. After I read your blog this morning I couldn’t think of who to mention until I received a phone call from them this morning. They are a small company with a couple of employees that provide security systems for other small businesses (such as the one I work for). Yesterday we had tornadoes in Dallas and they called to make sure everyone in our office was ok as well as check in on our security system. They don’t rush to get off the phone, but will have a 30 min conversation with you. GREAT home town Dallas man that loves what he does and loves the people he serves!

      #105 Angela angela0702@aol.com

      I love this giveaway! My favorite local business is Vitaals bakery. They are a vegan/gluten free restaurant near my house. Its such a small place and always seem empty when I go there, but the product is amazing! I hope the word spreads about them so they stay open.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 16, 2010, 12:59 pm

    That is a great cause! I would looove to try out cycling but I have no bicycle 🙁

  • 'laina September 16, 2010, 12:59 pm

    Good luck, David, and have fun in your mom’s memory, I bet she’d love that. 🙂

  • Val @ Balancing Val September 16, 2010, 1:11 pm

    I’m off topic here, but what a cool bowl! 😀

  • Kelly September 16, 2010, 1:15 pm

    LIVESTRONG doesn’t have an event in my area. I’ve been trying to find metric century races in me. What website do you use to find them? I tried to Google it and get a bunch of junk or just blogs talking about their own race.

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous September 16, 2010, 1:51 pm

    What a wonderful and inspiring story. I was raised the same way…not to feel sorry for myself about the hand I’m dealt. Best of luck David, your mom sounds like an amazing woman.

  • Wendy Irene (Give Love Create Happiness) September 16, 2010, 1:51 pm

    What an inspirational story! It really touched me.

  • Hedda September 16, 2010, 1:55 pm

    This is truely great. And all of you are great.
    To combine activity with fund raising is a beautiful idea, it makes it even more meaningful to participate in races such as this.

    Cancer is a case close to my heart, as too many loved ones have passed away from cancer. My grandmother fought back for over 20 years, but this spring she had to say goodbye to life. It fills me with so much pride and awe to think about the strength and greatness she showed.

    Keep it up all of you – what you do is important and Great!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 16, 2010, 4:10 pm

    I think it’s amazing that you’re doing this for your mom. Good luck David! 🙂

  • Meredith September 16, 2010, 11:01 pm


    I cannot thank you enough for sharing David’s story! It was so inspirational for us to read all the encouragement and support from fellow bloggers.

    I am blessed to have a husband that chooses not to wallow in sadness but instead to celebrate life. It would have been easier for him to give into the temptation of unhealthy habits as a way to cope, but instead he chose to pursue a new mental and physical challenge. My hope is that all of you will be inspired to do the same when life hands you an undesirable situation.

    Thank you all again!


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