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… I can tell it’s going to be an awesome weekend.


ONE:  Post-run hunger struck hard around noon. Lucky for me, I had purchased and saved a box of Anne’s Macaroni and Cheese for this particular moment.


I mixed in broccoli and salad greens and proceeded to house the entire box.



TWO:  The puppies and I enjoyed a wonderful nap this afternoon. I think the only ones who can appreciate the post-nap part of marathon training more than me are Maggie and James.

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THREE:  Nate Berkus featured Operation Beautiful on his show today! He seemed to really like the concept, and it was quite the pleasant surprise because I had no idea it was coming.  Nate, I love you.  Forever.

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What little things are giving you the heads-up that it’s going to be a GREAT WEEKEND?  Think positive, people!


PS – If you thought naughty things about this title, perhaps you are reading the wrong kind of blog! 🙂



  • HeatherD September 17, 2010, 3:56 pm

    congrats Caitlin! that’s awesome about the feature!

    i know my weekend (and week) will be good because I already have my train tickets to visit all my friends all over Germany! now, to lay off the bread and up the running!! 😀

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 17, 2010, 3:58 pm

    I didn’t read your title that way at all!!! But now that you mention it…

    It is going to be a great weekend because we have no plans! Just relaxing, lounging and spending time with Jason! My mom is coming over for dinner/movie tonight and I’m looking forward to having nothing to do!

    Sorry, I don’t know who Nate Berkus is, but I’ll google him to find out.

  • Lisa September 17, 2010, 3:58 pm

    Lunch looks awesome! I never think to add veggies to my mac n’ cheese!!

  • RunningWithin September 17, 2010, 3:59 pm

    I have NO plans this weekend, but I’ve decided that is going to make it an awesome weekend. Sometimes it’s nice to just chillax. Oh and I can run again this weekend after a three week running hiatus from injury, yay!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin September 17, 2010, 3:59 pm

    Naps in the afternoon after a long run are AMAZING.

    I know it’s going to be a GREAT weekend because I have my very first half marathon on Sunday!!!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) September 17, 2010, 3:59 pm

    hilarious! i get to go to a great festival tomorrow, watch my Texas Tech Red Raiders beat UT, and spend time cooking and snuggling with my hubby 🙂

  • Whitney September 17, 2010, 3:59 pm

    It’s going to be a great weekend because I’m going to the LADY GAGA concert tomorrow night!! Should be interesting! haha Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

    • Caitlin September 18, 2010, 1:12 pm


  • Kristy @ September 17, 2010, 4:01 pm

    Congrats! James and Maggie are so cute!

    P.S. I’m definitely reading the right kind of blog! 😉

  • Orla September 17, 2010, 4:01 pm

    Half marathon in the morning- currently doing my pre race French tip polish on my toes- it’s a ritual now. Then my beau’s team are in the all Ireland finals for Gaelic Football on Sunday so I’ll be watching that really hoping Cork win. Could be a long day Sunday if they don’t!!!
    Happy weekend all!!!

  • Jennifer Rao September 17, 2010, 4:02 pm

    I saw the Nate Berkus show! That was totally awesome! I can’t believe they didn’t notify you to let you know it was coming! 😀 I don’t personaly know you, but I feel like I know you from reading your blog everyday. To have Nate talk about you and your book on his show, it felt like he was talking about my friend! Sooo happy for you! 🙂

    • Caitlin September 18, 2010, 1:13 pm

      you know me!!! 🙂

      thanks for the support as always.

    • Caitlin September 18, 2010, 1:13 pm

      you know me!!! 🙂

      thanks for the support as always.

  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 17, 2010, 4:06 pm

    I have a new book to read, I’m eating 90% Lindt chocolate right now, a new series of my favourite show starts tonight, I have an easy 12mile run on Sunday, and my horse is no longer about to be very very ill. A good weekend indeed!

  • Stacy @studentofhealthyliving September 17, 2010, 4:07 pm

    One way I know it’s going to be a great weekend, date night with hubby tonight 🙂 Love those!
    Second way, I had two great therapy sessions with my patients and we tackled their feelings of grief and depression. And they were men! I love when men open up to me 🙂
    Having my first pumpkin spiced coffee this season 🙂

  • Charlie September 17, 2010, 4:08 pm

    Congrats on being featured on the show!

    I know it’s going to be a great weekend because it is my birthday tomorrow – lots of food and gifts :D.
    And I’m actually celebrating it with my grandparents next weekend so it,s going to be two great weekends ;).

  • Jess @ atasteofconfidence September 17, 2010, 4:10 pm

    It’s going to be a great weekend because I don’t have anything planned out- those are always the best 😀

  • Kristina @ spabettie September 17, 2010, 4:10 pm

    I loved how Nate gave the whole audience sharpies and post its and everyone was to post Operation Beautiful notes!! so great, and Congrats again!! 😀

    It *IS* going to be a wonderful weekend… I have a friend in town visiting (wee!) and Jason and I are moving our Pumpkin Ale into the secondary! fun stuff! 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) September 17, 2010, 4:11 pm

    This weekend’s plans are a bit up in the air. There will be apple picking and church and family time. The rest is unknown but that is the fun of vacation!

  • Heather September 17, 2010, 4:11 pm

    I know it’s going to be a great weekend because fun plans abound! Bar party thing tonight, concert tomorrow, lazy day Sunday, woo hoo!

  • ashleigh September 17, 2010, 4:13 pm

    ok LOL at the PS! I had to go back and see what the title was.

    James looks so freaking cute 🙂 My cat lays like that sometimes and its just adorable!

  • Jacqueline September 17, 2010, 4:17 pm

    Congrats on the Nate shout out! I know it’s going to be a great weekend because when you’re positive, positive things come to you. AND, the weather’s going to be great for being OUTSIDE!

  • Amanda September 17, 2010, 4:23 pm

    That’s awesome, congrats! I know I’m going to have a good weekend because we have NO plans. Just easy and relaxing.

  • Coco September 17, 2010, 4:25 pm

    i have shared operation beautiful with my women’s studies class @ my college (susquehanna university), along with “fat talk free week”. the ENTIRE class raised their hand when i asked if they would want to be involved in a body image/fat-talk free campaign campuswide this semester. just thought you’d want to know <3

    • Caitlin September 18, 2010, 1:14 pm

      awesome!!! send me any notes you post together!

  • Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 17, 2010, 4:28 pm

    I’m seeing my parents for the first time in MONTHS this weekend! Uber excited 🙂

    So cool that Nate mentioned Operation Beautiful.

  • Laura Ann September 17, 2010, 4:29 pm

    oh man, i am so jealous of your lunch! i have been majorly craving amy’s mac&cheese since yesterday.

    my friends are coming to visit me – post knee surgery – tonight and tomorrow. have a stack of dvd’s, a really good book, and lots of snuggle time ahead with my man and my cat.

  • Stacey September 17, 2010, 4:29 pm

    I’m glad things are going well for you today! I have a box of that same macaroni! It’s just waiting to be eaten.nomnomnom. I really envy people that can take afternoon naps! My body will not allow it. If the sun is up, that means I’m supposed to be up 🙁

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! September 17, 2010, 4:30 pm

    I am trying but man has the first part of today been HORRIBLE………….thinking positive, thinking positive!!! =)

  • KitKat @ Pursuit of Happiness September 17, 2010, 4:31 pm

    Ahh this post really makes me want Mac & Cheese. I may have to grab a box for tonight’s dinner!

    It’s going to be a great weekend because I have my favorite 10k on Sunday – it was my first 10k race 3 years ago and I have done it every year since! 🙂

    Congrats on the Nate Berkus show!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 17, 2010, 4:36 pm

    Haha, I am so naive! I didn’t even think that way until you said it! The thought of relaxing and enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning with my husband after sleeping in…perfect start to the weekend!

  • Tina September 17, 2010, 4:37 pm

    Hahaha! Sometimes I think some of my titles come across in a dirty way too. Someone once even pointed out that the 30 Days of Self-Love has a kind of dirty name. LOL

    I hope your weekend does go fabulously!

    • Caitlin September 18, 2010, 1:16 pm

      hahah well that kind of self love is important too.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 17, 2010, 4:40 pm

    I don’t know what’s more awesome- the entire box of mac and cheese or the Nate Berkus!! I think the TV wins by a smidge, but that lunch looks great as well 😉 Congrats on the feature- hasn’t he been on Oprah?! Maybe he’ll pass on the book…

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired September 17, 2010, 4:47 pm

    It has cooled down a lot this week. And it’s after Labor Day, which means the beaches will be empty. I plan on spending most of my day tomorrow out there!

  • Laine @ Beets, Butter & Mountaintops September 17, 2010, 4:49 pm

    It’s going to be an awesome weekend because I gave myself permission to stay home from a trip, because there is YogaDance tomorrow night! and because I am finishing the decorative touches on my new apartment!

  • Maren September 17, 2010, 4:51 pm

    oh goodness! that mac n cheese looks delightful 🙂 I have lots to look forward to! My sister and I are having a girls night tonight! We are making enchiladas and watching a movie! and on Sunday is my first 10k!!!! I am so excited! Have a great weekend!

  • Emily September 17, 2010, 4:52 pm

    Wooo go you!! I wish I hadn’t missed the show! I saw my mom’s O Magazine today and thought you, don’t understand why Oprah or Ellen haven’t jumped all over Operation Beautiful…they will though, no worries 🙂 My three things have to be:
    1) Dinner date tonight with the boyfriend 2) Family party tomorrow 3) Football on Sunday (my attempt to try to love and embrace all things fall)

    Happy weekend!!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous September 17, 2010, 4:55 pm

    After seeing it on a few different blogs, I FINALLY tried Annie’s mac ‘n’ cheese. Loved it! What I love even more is that you “housed the whole box.” 😉

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness September 17, 2010, 5:03 pm

    Haha, I had to go back and look at the title again when I read the last line. Too funny. Your post-run nap sounds wonderful! ENJOY your weekend!

  • Caitlin September 17, 2010, 5:08 pm

    Ahha push tail to open! That’s so cute!
    1, 2, and 3.) Cal football tonight.
    Oh and 4.) My bff moved to NY on Tuesday and I talked to him today.

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 17, 2010, 5:08 pm

    Ha ha. I totally didn’t read the title “naughty,” until YOU said something about it. :p

    That’s so cool to be featured! Congrats!

  • Sarah September 17, 2010, 5:10 pm

    And now I want macaroni and cheese for dinner.

  • Rachel September 17, 2010, 5:15 pm

    Hopefully the fact that the pouring rain let up today on the Oregon Coast long enough for me to get the dogs to the beach means that the rest of the weekend will rock. That and Rogue Ale’s new Scotch Ale chilling in the fridge.

    • Caitlin September 18, 2010, 1:17 pm

      oh i love rogue beers!!

      • Rachel September 18, 2010, 5:06 pm

        I think Chocolate Stout will always be my favorite, but the Scotch Ale is a good change of pace.

  • Shawn September 17, 2010, 5:19 pm

    we have plans this weekend to take the kids to see a little blue engine (thomas the train). Little man loves it! We will ride the trains and do other fun stuff. Also, my hubby will be home after being gone for a few days! oh..rain rain stay away! It is suppose to be rainy and cold.

  • Exercise and Eat September 17, 2010, 5:22 pm

    I had a quiet, relaxing day – perfect after a trip up North, landing late and ending up in Gville at 2 a.m.!

  • Cindi September 17, 2010, 5:25 pm

    BFF is arriving in 1 hour from Pennsylvania – heading to Gaga tomorrow – and I found out where Gaga is staying………might do a little investigating 🙂

    Congrats about Nate Berkus! Girlfriend, you are going places!!! Happy Friday!

  • Camille September 17, 2010, 5:26 pm

    It is going to be a great weekend because tomorrow is my favorite day, Farmer’s Market day. Plus, it is raining and I have a new bike 🙂 Life is good!

  • Samantha @ Food Edu September 17, 2010, 5:51 pm

    I love that box of mac n cheese with the tail. So cute. And I love mac n cheese with broccoli. And naps with dogs. I am working all weekend, but it will still be fun 🙂

  • kate September 17, 2010, 6:13 pm

    haha! I had to go back & read the title to get it! Enjoy the pups and your weekend!

  • Monica September 17, 2010, 6:22 pm

    My open calendar is a sign that a great weekend is ahead!

    Loved the PS note!

  • rachel E September 17, 2010, 6:29 pm

    My flight from HI arrived to LA this morning at 430A! So before I boarded my flight to Denver… I left a “you are beautiful” note for the next flyer. Good timing with the OB feature today. I think I’ll make this a habit…!

  • Maureen September 17, 2010, 7:34 pm

    I just happened to catch the Operation Beautiful segment on the Nate Berkus show this morning……….so awesome!

  • yummiee cupcake September 17, 2010, 7:37 pm

    holy goly! congratulations!!! nate is h.o.t.

  • Marie September 17, 2010, 7:42 pm

    i love annie’s mac and cheese! this weekend is going to be great because of GA football!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit September 17, 2010, 7:59 pm

    So cool about Nate Berkus! Congrats. I’m excited about his show but haven’t been able to watch it yet.
    I love Annie’s with tons of veggies added! My husband and I bulk it up with frozen organic stuff: edamame, peas, corn, brussel sprouts. So yummy.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 17, 2010, 8:04 pm

    I love annies mac ‘n’ cheese. Sooo yummy. 😀

    And that is too exciting about the Operation Beautiful shout-out. It must have been such a fun surprise! 😀

  • Natalia - a side of simple September 17, 2010, 8:24 pm

    Nothing like annies after a long run! I love their gluten-free option.

    This weekend my sister is coming for a visit and we are heading to Boston, so I’m thinking it’s going to be an awesome weekend too!

  • Emilee September 17, 2010, 8:28 pm

    I new it was going to be a great weekend when I got home from work tonight and hubby had the grass mowed and a little gift bag with 2 homemade apple butters. One with blueberry and one blackberry. Yum!

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini September 17, 2010, 8:32 pm

    Three way…Oh, Cailtin! I wish you’d invited me over for a nap. I fought one off all day and now I’m so tired.

    • Caitlin September 18, 2010, 1:18 pm

      spoony love!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now September 17, 2010, 8:36 pm

    I never even caught the innuendo until you mentioned it. 😉 Pretty cool that people are still putting OB out there!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef September 17, 2010, 8:43 pm

    i love annie’s! yum! and i got a cute haircut today & am going to indianapolis w/ my husband for a date day (shopping + pf changs). yay!

  • Nikka B September 17, 2010, 8:59 pm

    It IS going to be a great weekend!
    I have a beach bike ride, wedding dress shopping for a friend and tap class to be excited for!
    BTW: I would have neverrr 😉 thought that is what you meant by three ways, it’s is you who needs to get their mind out of the gutter!!!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 17, 2010, 9:06 pm

    Glad you are having a fabulous day!!
    And you’re right, thinking positively makes all the difference! The thing that tells me it’s going to be a good weekend is that I have plans with friends every day… can’t beat that!

  • Kelly September 17, 2010, 9:18 pm

    I saw Nate’s shout out today. Very nice! Also, My mom and I did our first 5k together today. We did the Air Force Marathon 5k in Dayton, Ohio. Thanks for the running inspiration. I love your blog!! :O)

    • Caitlin September 18, 2010, 1:18 pm

      yay how fun to do the race with your mommy! congrats!

  • Miranda September 17, 2010, 9:32 pm

    “Post-run hunger struck hard” was like a tongue twister for me to read! LOL I felt illiterate there for a second. 🙂

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa September 17, 2010, 9:38 pm

    I love mac and cheese with veggie mix ins sooo much. Sign its going to be a good weekend? Just ran 4 miles with out foot pain for the first time in a week and am going to dinner/vino friday night at my friends house!

  • Wei-Wei September 17, 2010, 9:42 pm

    Congrats for getting featured on the show! Don’t be surprised – Operation Beautiful is a great idea no matter who thinks about it.

  • Gina @ Gina Eats Beans September 17, 2010, 10:22 pm

    I love Nate Berkus! That is awesome that he gave you a shout out. You are such an inspiration to me. This year has been my year of health and self discovery. Tomorrow is my last day at a less than satisfying job. The husband and I are moving from Portland, OR back home to central Indiana. The plan is to find work in the same field (I like WHAT I do just haven’t been happy at the places I have worked at) but if I am led in another direction that is fine by me. You and Angela from are my role models. I love how you both got out of jobs that didn’t make you happy and are now doing what you love. I truly want to do something that I love I just don’t know what that is yet!

    • Caitlin September 17, 2010, 10:35 pm

      <3 live your dream!!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 17, 2010, 10:28 pm

    I’m glad it took me about a minute to realize what you meant about the “3 way” – I’m ridiculous.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 17, 2010, 10:34 pm

    Nate Berkus has a TV show?

  • Amber K September 17, 2010, 11:14 pm

    Going to have a Veggie Fest tomorrow! I can’t wait.

    That is so cool OB got a shout out! I have to admit though, I have absolutely no idea who Nate Berkus is.

  • Wendy Irene (Give Love Create Happiness) September 17, 2010, 11:15 pm

    That is wonderful Operation Beautiful was mentioned on Nate’s show! Awesome! Have a great weekend!

  • Sana September 17, 2010, 11:59 pm

    I love that you have 69 comments on this post..

  • Sarah @ EatRunGarden September 18, 2010, 8:59 am

    Post run naps are quite nice, especially with puppies. 🙂
    After I read the last line of your post I had to go back up and reread your title, it made me laugh. I guess I am reading the right kind of blog because that didn’t even cross my mind the first time.

  • Julie September 18, 2010, 10:10 am

    I saw your book on Nate’s show and was like “I KNOW HER” and then I realized that I don’t actually KNOW you, but I read your blog every day. I don’t ever comment, but I read daily. Thanks for all of your posts and sharing your life!

    • Caitlin September 18, 2010, 1:19 pm

      haha you know me 🙂 yay thanks for reading!!

  • Whole Body Love September 18, 2010, 8:14 pm

    I was so excited to see the book on his show!! I feel like I know you from reading the blog and it was like a friend was on TV.

  • Kristy September 20, 2010, 8:19 am

    Broccoli with your mac? Why didnt I think of that? Genius!

  • Holly B September 21, 2010, 5:48 pm

    hahaha- I actually thought you were going to have eaten macaroni & cheese “three ways”….like on a restaurant menu. I guess that shows ya where MY head is… 😉

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