Your Choices Add Up

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The tagline of Healthy Tipping Point is “When everyday decisions add up to something amazing.”  For years, I struggled with being healthy because I thought healthy = perfection.  If I wasn’t perfect (um, and who is?), I had “blown it.”  And then all hell broke loose.

Now, I realize that being healthy is about making small steps towards a larger healthy goal.  Each little step forward counts, and when you manage to make healthy choices a habit, you achieve something amazing.

It’s helped me so much over the years to just look at each day, each meal, each snack and think, “What healthy choices can I make RIGHT NOW?”  It motivates me to go for a run, add a vegetable to my plate, or take a few minutes to meditate.  I never feel overwhelmed.    And when I do engage in not-so-healthy behaviors, it’s easier to get back on track because I don’t demand perfection – all I have to do is make one more healthy decision.


To inspire and motivate others, I encourage you to leave a comment describing ONE healthy decision you made yesterday or today.  How are you improving your life?  What are you doing to make your mind, emotions, and body feel good?



  • Shannon September 21, 2010, 1:23 pm

    Today I compiled a delicious, nutritious lunch of salmon, veggies, bulgar, and fruit for dessert. It was awesome! 🙂 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 21, 2010, 1:26 pm

    What a healthy outlook!

  • Michele September 21, 2010, 1:26 pm

    Yesterday, I decided to have a spinach smoothie for dessert instead of ice cream. Definitely a healthy decision… one I felt better for making… both physically and emotionally.

  • Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul September 21, 2010, 1:27 pm

    One thing I’m doing to improve my health is focusing on how my body feels during exercise and learning to respect it’s signals – to slow down, rest, speed up… To me it’s all about listening to our internal wisdom!

  • Shelly September 21, 2010, 1:27 pm

    Thank you so much for this!

    Today, I had a pretty salad (with raspberries!) and a veggie burger on a piece of multi-grain toast instead of a microwavable pizza.

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 21, 2010, 1:28 pm

    Just one healthy thing? 🙂 Last night I wanted to stay up late but instead I got to bed at a decent time. Sleep is important!

    Today so far I had a healthy breakfast and I took a quick walk on my morning break — it felt great to get moving away from my desk!

    Caitlin it is all about small healthy changes that add up to huge successes. Thanks for all of your inspiring words!

  • Katy T September 21, 2010, 1:29 pm

    I was really tired, so I let myself take a nap (and didn’t beat myself up for it!).

    • Lauren September 21, 2010, 11:14 pm

      Love this 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite September 21, 2010, 1:29 pm

    I went on a great 6 mile run this morning and every time I’ve felt hungry, I’ve fueled my body with something healthy 🙂

  • Larissa September 21, 2010, 1:29 pm

    I love this theory. and it is so true- i still struggle with an all or nothing attitude. I recently read a blog entry about how many calories coffee adds in a whole year. When i read this i thought- this is crazy no one looks at how many calories coffee is Per year! its about each day, so you have the 30 calorie coffee- but then maybe you dont eat the candy bar. I think this is a much more logical way. Thanks for this great post.

    • Anne September 21, 2010, 3:38 pm

      That sounds RIDICULOUS!

      • Larissa September 21, 2010, 3:56 pm

        I think it is a great blog- so nothing against the fit chick; its just not how i personally prefer to look at things in life.

        • Jess @ Fit Chick in the City September 21, 2010, 4:35 pm

          To me it was just an example of doing something little every day that adds up. I guess my post came across the wrong way, when in reality my message is the same as Caitlin’s.

  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! September 21, 2010, 1:30 pm

    On a large scale, I am being kind to my body and patient with myself. On a smaller scale, I am eating healthy and nutritious food, sleeping well, drinking lots of water, keeping my body fit and active, and spending time with friends and loved ones.

    So far, the few things I have done to change my life in small ways in the past 3-4 months have really added up and I am happier and healthier than ever! Thanks for the great reminder.

    • JenATX September 21, 2010, 4:34 pm

      I like how you split up the large & small scale things you are doing in life.

      On the large scale, I’m trying to be a more positive person. I challenge myself to counteract negative thoughts & to tell myself that its going to be a good day!

      On the small scale, today I was craving something sweet & wanted chocolate. I knew that part of the reason I wanted candy is because I was bored at school. Instead of numbing my boredom w/ chocolate, I decided to have a plum. That way I can have chocolate when its realllllyyyyy good (like chocolate cake @ my fav restaurant) rather than a crappy Milkyway bar. ha 🙂

  • Michelle September 21, 2010, 1:30 pm

    Today I took a 6:30 am yoga class. The early-morning wake up call is tough, but after class I’m always refreshed and energized for the day.

  • Amanda September 21, 2010, 1:31 pm

    Today I ran intervals in preparation for my 10K and ate foods that are good and nutritious for my body and fuel it to be the best it can be.

  • Lisa September 21, 2010, 1:32 pm

    I am the same way. I’m a perfectionist and my boyfriend tells me all the time I’m too hard on myself. I am my own biggest critic when I should be my own biggest cheerleader.

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope September 21, 2010, 1:32 pm

    Today I did not go out for a run or a bike ride. And I felt bad. But instead of feeling bad and guilty, I ate a delicious orange, and cleaned out my entire file box. I also cleaned out the car. And i vacuumed….the couch. And feeling free from clutter is health enough for me today:)

  • Dee September 21, 2010, 1:33 pm

    LOVE this post. Does last night count? My body was so tired from the previous day that I knew sleeping earlier would be best for me. In the past I would always manage to stay up late anyway. Yesterday I made the conscious decision and effort to do what was best for me and my body.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin September 21, 2010, 1:33 pm

    Yesterday we had an office party at work and I ate a bunch of candy. Rather than saying I blew it, I decided to RIGHT THEN not go back for any more, and took a nice 2.5 walk to and from the grocery store after work to stock up on lots of fresh fruit and veggies.

  • Anne September 21, 2010, 1:33 pm

    Hmmmm, yesterday I got the kiddie sized meatball sub for lunch in lieu of a larger size. I love getting kids meals instead; I don’t need that much food!

    • Caitlin September 21, 2010, 8:47 pm

      i try to opt for kids size ice cream. it’s a real adult serving anyway! and its cheaper.

  • Michelle September 21, 2010, 1:34 pm

    I hauled my bootay out of bed this morning and hit the gym for (my first) 1/2 marathon training before work. I was tired but once that treadmill started spinning I felt SO PROUD of myself for what I was doing.

    It is ALL ABOUT one small choice at a time. I’m finally starting to wrap my head around this and I feel so incredibly free and happy. YAY.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 21, 2010, 1:34 pm

    These past two nights I’ve gone to bed super early instead of doing my usual blog-reading routine. The extra half hour of sleep has made all the difference!

  • Leanne @ Radiant, Balanced & Fit September 21, 2010, 1:35 pm

    I am drinking more water & listening to my body more then I used to. If my body tells me I need a nap, or to go to bed early, or to (even) eat more veggies… I listen. It’s made a world of a difference.

    I feel so much more intune with what I need now.

  • Ashley September 21, 2010, 1:35 pm

    Today I ran intervals in preparation for my upcoming half marathon and then refueled with a healthy, hearty breakfast of oatmeal, peanut butter, banana and yogurt. Also, I’ve already drank 65 oz of water today! I’m like a camel lol

  • sara September 21, 2010, 1:36 pm

    I signed up for my first 5k last night! And talked two friends into running it with me. 🙂 And since it is pouring outside, I did an hour of yoga this morning rather than stress about not running!

    • Caitlin September 21, 2010, 8:49 pm


  • K September 21, 2010, 1:37 pm

    I remembered to take my calcium supplements! I forget to take them all the time.

  • Madeline @ greensandjeans September 21, 2010, 1:37 pm

    Yesterday I made the decision to accept a job that will entail a cross county move. Talk about scary, but it will be SO good for my mental health!

  • Heather @ spoon and cherry September 21, 2010, 1:37 pm

    I had a haircut scheduled during my lunch hour, which would normally = not-so-healthy-lunch on the run. However, last night, determined to save money and eat healthy, I packed a healthy lunch to enjoy at my desk post-hair cut. Now I look cute…and feel cute too ;-)!

    • Cat September 21, 2010, 2:57 pm

      I love this one! 🙂

  • Maria September 21, 2010, 1:38 pm

    All those little decisions DO add up. Today I chose tea instead of a calorie-filled pumpkin spice latte. A decision that was super hard to make 🙂

  • Eliza September 21, 2010, 1:38 pm

    right now I am drinking a green iced tea 🙂

  • Sheilah September 21, 2010, 1:39 pm

    Yesterday I grabbed a banana instead of a pastry for my between-class snack. 🙂

  • Bethany September 21, 2010, 1:42 pm

    This weekend I decided that I would do something NEW each day ecause I have a tendency to feel that as I get older, life has become too monotonous. I have a very nomadic soul and having a house and a career, while a good thing, can make me feel bored with life. So, last night I went to a “triathalon” class consisting of 30 min. each of spinning, kettle balls and abs with a medicine ball. Tonight it’s Bikram Yoga, tomorrow pilates, thursday an art clas….etc. Someimes I need to remind myself that I can still have a rich and fufilling life even if I have to put roots down 🙂

    • brianna September 21, 2010, 8:28 pm

      love this!

  • Marisa September 21, 2010, 1:42 pm

    I walked right by the porcessed cookies a coworker brought in and had a deliciuos plum. 🙂

  • Lisa September 21, 2010, 1:44 pm

    My healthy decisions were to work out at the gym on the elliptical and then come home to make a quinoa dish for dinner with veggies. Doing the elliptical at the gym was a big thing for me because I have a broken bone in my ankle and have been in pain for a week. I was limited to the bike until yesterday, when I started feeling a little more strong overall. It was great to get over that hurdle.

  • Rachael @ Mrs. Adventure September 21, 2010, 1:44 pm

    Yesterday I ran 3 miles :+) Thanks for such a great motivating post girlfriend!

  • Sophia September 21, 2010, 1:47 pm

    I’ve just started doing yoga again, and I’ve gotten bake on the elliptical. For me, it’s not about the scale anymore, it’s about actually feeling better. I feel more confident, and I got an older pair of jeans to fit! Woo!

  • Erika MC September 21, 2010, 1:48 pm

    Yesterday I had to wait for someone to come to my house. While I waited I thought about either A. sitting on the couch and watching TV or B. doing laundry, dishes and making a healthy snack. As tempting as A was I choose B and I was so glad I did – I felt great and I got things crossed off my to do list.

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe September 21, 2010, 1:48 pm

    Hi Caitlin! This is my first comment on your site. Yesterday I ran on the treadmill at the gym and got worn out before I met my mileage goal. I came home and ran the rest after dinner even though I really just wanted to hop into my pajamas!

  • Sara (Running with Teaspoons) September 21, 2010, 1:49 pm

    Thanks for such an inspiring post! It’s so nice to be reminded that the healthy living blogs I read aren’t written by perfect fitness and health gurus – sometimes I think it’s easy to feel that way!

    This might be cheating but I wanted to share what I did Sunday. Sunday morning I had plans to go on a 3 mile run with a friend, which we completed. Then, we met up with two other friends to do yoga outside in the gardens. I initially had plans to have a very unhealthy, sugary brunch with another group of people post-yoga… but I was feeling so healthy and good that I decided to forgo the sugary treat, go home, and have a healthy lunch. It’s amazing how making one healthy decision can help push you into another!

  • Danielle September 21, 2010, 1:50 pm

    I started a reward jar with a pretty glass bowl and pretty stones. A stone goes in for a variety of healthy choices! A visual reminder!

    • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. September 21, 2010, 1:52 pm

      I love this idea!!

    • Kayla September 21, 2010, 4:54 pm

      I love this idea too! I can see it being really motivating if you develop it into a reward system — especially if you’re just starting out on your healthy-living journey. Fill a bowl with stones or colored paper slips that each represent a dollar, a quarter, whatever, and then total it up at the end of the week, month, quarter and use the money to pay yourself or to get a treat or to get a new workout shirt or shoes or something… I might have to try that once I start my half marathon training. 🙂

      • Katie @ peacebeme September 21, 2010, 5:53 pm

        Really cool idea. I tend to forget about ALL my good choices when I make one bad one, would be cool to see how the good ones actually outweight the bad.

        • Caitlin September 21, 2010, 9:06 pm

          we use a reward system with the girls for girls on the run and it definitely works with them!

  • Benai Dickinson September 21, 2010, 1:51 pm

    I found this quote and I try to follow it most of the time. “I will exercise ever day. I will avoid the urge to isolate. I will challenge the negative voices in my head. I will eat healthy food instead of the junk I crave. I will carve out time for rest and relation.” If I do everything, I’ve had an awesome day but I’m really happy if I get in some exercise!

  • Allie (Frisky Lemon) September 21, 2010, 1:53 pm

    I needed this post today! Today, instead of going around the corner to CVS on my lunch break and buying a large bag of peanut butter M&Ms, I decided to take a walk to Whole Foods and pick up some fruit to ease my sugar craving. Taking the long walk and being super aware of how my “bad food habits” affect me has definitely changed the course of my day. Little steps…little steps.

  • Jessica September 21, 2010, 1:55 pm

    This is just what I needed today! I had been doing really well, I was eating healthier, working out, and had lost weight. Then after my half marathon, I decided I would give myself a “break” and reward myself for a few days, or a week. Well, a week turned into two, into three, etc, and now here it is almost 3 months after my half marathon and I’ve gained some weight back and have not been eating right or working out and I’m feeling it! I’m trying to get back into healthy habits, but I’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately. Anyway, one healthy choice I made yesterday was I drank my full 8 glasses of water (give or take-enough to be properly hydrated)

  • Jen September 21, 2010, 1:55 pm

    I love this outlook on life! I had a healthy breakfast today instead of skipping it like I used to. I’ve finally learned to eat breakfast. I finally feel like I deserve breakfast. Thanks to all the food bloggers, I now have a better relationship with food. It’s amazing and enlightening!

    • Caitlin September 21, 2010, 9:06 pm

      <3 bfast rules!

  • Julia September 21, 2010, 1:56 pm

    I really needed this – I am not having a healthy day so far today! But yesterday I did. In addition to a three mile run before work, I chose to walk to the bookstore from my office (about a mile each way!) and I made an awesome salad for lunch.

  • Jessica September 21, 2010, 1:56 pm

    Yesterday I went to the Health food store yesterday to stock up on some healthy foods.

    Today I hawoke up early to make breakfast at home. I usually grab something out the door!

  • Christine September 21, 2010, 1:58 pm

    I love this post and the idea that being healthy does not mean being perfect!

    Yesterday, I stopped running on my 8.5 mile run because I knew that the pain I was experiencing was not normal. Even though it might seem “healthy” to push through the pain and complete the run, I’m proud of myself for making what I know was the healthiest decision. It’s funny how sometimes making a healthy choice isn’t what you’d expect.

    • Becky September 21, 2010, 3:10 pm

      I totally agree with this!

      For me, sometimes the healthiest choice is knowing when to give myself a break (both physically and mentally).
      If I listen closely to my body, it will tell me what it wants. Sometimes its a nice long run or a tough sweat session. Other times its a bath, just hanging on the couch with my husband, or drinking a beer.
      Healthy choices are all about being kind to ourselves.

  • Scargosun September 21, 2010, 1:59 pm

    Today, even though it made me late, I made myself an egg sandwich for breakfast instead of getting one from the deli. I got to control EXACTLY what went in it (no butter, just an egg, egg white and a little goat cheese with toasted wheat bread. It was yummy and I know it was good for me.

  • Shellybean September 21, 2010, 1:59 pm

    Even though I was late getting home yesterday, I went to the gym anyway!

  • Diana at Diana Tries a Tri September 21, 2010, 2:00 pm

    Yesterday I tried a new class at the gym. Power Pump, and my bootay is feeling it today! Love it!

  • yummiee cupcake September 21, 2010, 2:00 pm

    hmm eating and choosing healthy food choices (not just food, in general too), and focusing on me… not pleasing others or put others first.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 21, 2010, 2:01 pm

    Last night I really felt like pizza, but I decided to cook a meal instead. Turns out to be one of the best things I’ve made in a while.

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 21, 2010, 2:01 pm

    Great post! My only goal is to be balanced. I know that I will always want to indulge my sweet tooth, but in order to do so, I make myself eat a healthy meal and/or require myself to workout that day!

  • Heather @ The Single Dish September 21, 2010, 2:01 pm

    I brought my lunch to work today- sweet potatoes, spinach and chicken. Delicious and healthy!

  • Amber@momsgottheruns September 21, 2010, 2:03 pm

    Alright…so this has nothing to do with your post but…I tried your perfect baked tofu recipe and am in love!!! This was literally my last shot tofu experience, and then I was going to throw in the towel on liking it. Thanks to you…I LOVE it (and am actually a little obsessed with it right now)!!! : )

    • Caitlin September 21, 2010, 9:08 pm

      i seriously love that recipe! glad you liked it too!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 21, 2010, 2:04 pm

    I have been binging terribly lately after getting my heart broken recently. But, today, I got up, made oatmeal, and went for a nice, long walk to enjoy the cool weather here in San Diego. It made me feel so much better.

  • Jamie September 21, 2010, 2:07 pm

    I made a healthy choice at lunch with my co-workers and skipped dessert because my lunch was completely satisfying!

  • Chelsea at Striking Balance September 21, 2010, 2:09 pm

    One healthy decision I made yesterday was to make a big salad for dinner, and finish the night with a cup of tea instead of cookies, like I have been recently. I didn’t feel deprived like I thought I would, my body was craving good food. I also took the day off exercise because my hip was feeling sore, so I gave myself permission to take the day off.

  • Camille September 21, 2010, 2:09 pm

    I am working on finding happiness in everything. I have a tendency to get down in the dumps and stay down but I have decided that I wont let myself get there in the first place!

  • Daniella September 21, 2010, 2:11 pm

    I packed my gym bag the night before and headed there straight from work. I work full time and going home to “get ready” for the gym usually means not going at all.

    I also had salmon and roasted veggies for dinner. I’m learning that even if I’m craving pizza, burrito, burgers, etc. I always FEEL better after eating a nutritious meal 🙂

  • alli September 21, 2010, 2:11 pm

    GREAT post! i went to the chiropractor this morning before work. 40 weeks and 2 days pregnant can make one achy 🙂
    and so far i’ve already had 1/2 gallon of water and it’s only 11 am. staying hydrated in phx-ontop of being pg-is a must! 🙂

  • Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes September 21, 2010, 2:12 pm

    This is such a great post! I know I always look forward to hearing from others with ideas to be well and healthy. Today, I went to the gym after a 2 week hiatus. It felt SOOOOO good – though I had to wake up at 4:45AM because of my schedule, I still felt like a million bucks afterwards.
    Another thing I did yesterday to take care of myself is I left work at a reasonable time instead of burning the midnight oil – there’s always going to be work in the morning.

  • Kimberly September 21, 2010, 2:13 pm

    I recently started running…and I’ve made it my fitness goal to run at least twice a week. Once with a friend, and once by myself for some time of self reflection.

  • Tina September 21, 2010, 2:14 pm

    I had an awesome spin workout this morning!

    And yesterday, my healthiest decision was actually adopting an attitude like you posted here. I wrote on the back of a bookmark “Focus on doing what you can TODAY. God has plans for your future.” I was getting all stressed and upset thinking about too many things that I can’t control. Putting things in perspective helped a lot.

  • Sarah September 21, 2010, 2:19 pm

    This morning I did yoga and strength training, then ate a healthy breakfast of oatmeal, bananas and a little PB. Had an apple for a snack and tuna/crackers with fruit for lunch.

    You’re right, it’s all about one smart decision at a time.

  • Mellissa September 21, 2010, 2:20 pm

    I left work for lunch just so I could get outside and see the sunshine instead of sitting in a stress filled cube!

  • Rachel September 21, 2010, 2:21 pm

    I took a Body Pump class at the gym last night and I am feeling super STRONG today!

  • Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous September 21, 2010, 2:21 pm

    Today I made vegetarian bean and barley soup because I have been cutting back on my meat intake.

  • Heather September 21, 2010, 2:23 pm


    Great post! I view healthy living in a very similar way!! Health is incremental! It should be a goal that we all work toward and baby steps help us get there!

    Last night I added extra broccoli to my dinner plate and went to bed early! I have also added swimming to my weekly workouts to keep things fun!!

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired September 21, 2010, 2:23 pm

    I slacked off yesterday from working out b/c I was feeling bummed. My hubs is out of town, I had to work late, and I felt like I was coming down with a cold. I should have worked out, b/c it ALWAYS makes me feel good. Sitting and wallowing, never does. So today, I drug myself to Bootcamp at lunch and now I feel so good and focused. I should remember this feeling everytime I don’t want to workout!

  • Marie-Sophie September 21, 2010, 2:24 pm

    Actually when I made the decision today NOT to exercise as I feel my body is getting ill (fighting off a cold or more) so I listened to it!

  • Kelly September 21, 2010, 2:24 pm

    I added some spinach to my vegetarian chili 🙂

  • Heather September 21, 2010, 2:25 pm

    Today I grabbed a Larabar and an Apple for breakfast instead of skipping the meal because I was running so late this morning. I am going to stop and get a healthy sandwich combo for lunch since I didn’t have time to make something and bring it with me, and for dinner I am already dreaming up a meal with vegan meatballs instead of stopping for something on the way home from work. I will also take my pooch for a long walk for some exercise because I won’t have a chance to get to the gym, and I will meditate before bed tonight to clear my mind and get a good night’s sleep. I’m feeling ambitious today!

  • Cindy September 21, 2010, 2:28 pm

    Today, I did planks, push ups and sit ups in my office. And 23 Weeks ago, I made the decision to quit smoking!

  • Lily September 21, 2010, 2:31 pm

    Last night I had a big salad and an apple with AB for dinner…it was very filling and healthy, exactly what my body needed. Great post!

  • Nadine September 21, 2010, 2:32 pm

    I started a new job a month ago. Right then and there, I decided to manage this transition through something healthy, not food. I’ve been going to yoga a few times a week, and I went last night even though all I wanted to do was sit on the sofa and eat. Yay me!

  • Sarah September 21, 2010, 2:33 pm

    I had a migraine last night and decided this morning to sleep an extra hour and let my boss know I would be a little late for work. It made a huge difference. Trust your body – it does a great job of letting you know what it needs!

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 21, 2010, 2:33 pm

    This is so true and I am still trying to instill the healthy habits. It is so much easier to be healthy when you don’t expect too much of yourself. Today I packed myself a big fruit salad to munch on while everyone else ate cream cakes. I have to admit, it felt good (and tasted amazing too!).

  • Sarah September 21, 2010, 2:34 pm

    Wow! It’s so funny that you asked this today. I was just feeling bummed that I don’t have time to go for a run tonight since I’m making and eating dinner with a friend, prepping a salad for a department potluck tomorrow, and finishing up some reading that I have to do.

    So, I decided to do what I can and ran up and down the 4 flights of stairs in my building a couple times to get my heart pumping. It’s not much, but it’s better than nothing! 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) September 21, 2010, 2:41 pm

    caitlin, this is such a great reminder. i think we all try to do what we can to make life perfect, and therefore get stuck on perfection being the norm. but sometimes it’s fun to “mess up” a little!

    today i went to the chiropractor since my back has been killing me, and even though it’s still sore i feel better about doing something good for my body 🙂

  • Cristin September 21, 2010, 2:44 pm

    I did yoga today even though I wanted to sit on the couch!

  • Chrissy (The New Me) September 21, 2010, 2:46 pm

    Today, I did NOT run. I’ve had a cold and was planning on being well enough to run five miles this morning. I barely slept last night and decided that I needed the rest more than the miles. Sometimes health means doing less, not more!

  • Laura Ann September 21, 2010, 2:48 pm

    Last night during dinner with friends, everyone had a second small piece of mud pie. Although it was reallllly hard, I focused on how full and satisfied i already felt, and I was able to pass on a second portion.

  • Sam September 21, 2010, 2:51 pm

    i went running. 🙂

  • tina September 21, 2010, 2:56 pm

    i ran sprints yesterday!!! i was sooo not in the mood, but running 5 miles in intervals can make the time go by so fast just by keeping my brain thinking about my next maneuver!

  • Emmanuelle September 21, 2010, 2:56 pm

    Today I decided to sleep an extra hour and skipping yoga home practice, knowing that a. I needed the rest, b. I could go to a yoga class this evening. Which I did, and it was awesome.

    I also told my boss something I’d been wanting to tell him for months now but never dared, I chose to be truthful and I’m feeling lighter now 🙂

    And now, I think I’m gonna have a square of organic dark chocolate, because I feel like it 🙂

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic September 21, 2010, 2:56 pm

    Love reading this post today. It’s so true and so inspiring. Yesterday I squeezed in a quick 3 mile run before meeting friends for dinner, and today, I picked a healthy salad for lunch! Small choices, but I know they add up 🙂

  • Sue September 21, 2010, 2:57 pm

    I am learning how to stress less about things that I cannot control. All the stress in the world will not make things better. All of my worrying gets me nowhere. I am trying to only worry about the things that I have control over and can change.

  • Emily Eats and Exercises September 21, 2010, 3:03 pm

    Such good advice! Today I made myself a healthy late morning snack. I have a tendency to wait too long and let myself get too hungry and then it’s hard to make good choices.

  • loreejo September 21, 2010, 3:07 pm

    v. nice post and comments. just took a 10 min stress walk here at work instead of sharing w/others the situation that angered me (i.e. gossip, not discussing to resolution). walked and let the stiff (hot) Oklahoma wind blowwwwww it away instead of dwelling on the issue and giving it more value than it deserves.

  • Jodi September 21, 2010, 3:10 pm

    I just sat through an hour long corporate meeting where they literally passed out cookies and two large bins of candy and didn’t eat one! and didn’t really want to. I was proud of that!

  • Amanda September 21, 2010, 3:13 pm

    One healthy thing for myself I did was to not looking at my Garmin watch while running. After a race and another long run the day before, I decided that yesterday instead of watching my pace and pushing myself I would just run at my own speed and not push my self. I actually covered more ground then expected!

  • Amber K September 21, 2010, 3:14 pm

    Not nearly enough! But today I’m going to choose to go to the gym this afternoon. I haven’t had time these last few days and I can feel it affecting my emotions. I need to get out and sweat it out!

  • Laura @ Run Eat Date September 21, 2010, 3:15 pm

    I had a salad of spinach, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and black beans…and a peach for dessert. I’m 2.5 weeks into choosing a vegetarian diet – inspired by you Caitlin, Skinny Bitch (which I learned about on your blog), and Food Matters (by Mark Bittman). Going to make your baked tofu recipe tomorrow night and hoping I like it!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 21, 2010, 3:15 pm

    I ran 6 miles today. That made my heart feel healthy… physically and emotionally.

  • Kirsten Cederberg September 21, 2010, 3:17 pm

    I believe healthy choices also mean being able to enjoy fun foods. I decided last night I wanted to treat myself to ice-cream at Coldstone. I never go out for ice-cream by myself, because I have always felt that I should save that for only special occasions. Well, last night was different and it was delicious!

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 21, 2010, 3:20 pm

    I got up and went for a short run this morning, despite feeling like death from eating my weight in Fig Newton’s last night… x_X

  • Sara September 21, 2010, 3:21 pm

    Yesterday, I went stronger and faster on the elliptical to clear my mind. Just pounded it out and pushed myself. It felt great! I also ate pizza for dinner and didn’t feel bad about it. I tried peanut butter all over my banana for lunch and it was fab! What a great day!

  • the veg meg September 21, 2010, 3:22 pm

    yesterday i decided to take my pup for a walk around the lake on my campus instead of taking a nap or watching tv. i didn’t need the nap, but we both needed the exercise (and he loved it)!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 21, 2010, 3:24 pm

    Today I loaded up on veggies, brought strength training back into my life and bought some fall boots (good for the wardrobe health ;))

  • Bonnie September 21, 2010, 3:27 pm

    Great post, great reminder! Today I got out the door for a run even though it was freezing and later rewarded my efforts with a hearty, delicious sweet potato salad – so worth not caving for a quick, cheap meal!!

  • Heather September 21, 2010, 3:27 pm

    I went for a run yesterday even hough I didn’ feel like it, and it ended up making me feel beter!

  • Val @ Balancing Val September 21, 2010, 3:29 pm

    I am sitting in silence EVERY DAY for at least 10min. I am learning to not feel guilty for taking time for myself. I deserve it just for being alive 🙂

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow September 21, 2010, 3:29 pm

    I pulled this body out of bed at 5:30 for spinning…I felt incredible afterwards!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 21, 2010, 3:31 pm

    This morning I took 10 minutes and did a bunch of stretching. Then, later I took a spin class and got all my endorphins going… ahhhh. Love that feeling. SO relaxed now.

    I think that you are spot on with this Caitlin. Sometimes it’s easy for me to get discouraged if I’ve made some ‘bad’ choices, which can then lead to more. I have really been trying to focus on making one good descision at a time and not feeling too bad if I slip up. Sounds easy right. Nope. Not always… at least for me.

    Thanks for reminding us all we can pick any moment in time and start making better choices…. feel good about them… feel proud… and then make more 🙂

  • betsy September 21, 2010, 3:44 pm

    Great post Caitlin!

  • Marina September 21, 2010, 3:52 pm

    Awesome post.
    today, I’ve decided not to focus on calories, and eat big snacks when I feel like it.
    I’ve been depriving myself for too long now.

  • Karen September 21, 2010, 3:52 pm

    Yesterday was not so good. I had a healthy breakfast (greek yogurt, 1/2 banana and home-made granola), and a Lean Cusine meal for lunch. But then… Since it was my kids’ first day of school, we took them to Friendly’s for dinner. Not too many healthy choices on that menu! But I did only get a SMALL sundae! LOL

    Today has been much better! I had 1/2 a banana with an egg on a slice of whole grain toast for breakfast. After I dropped the boys to school, I did a yoga sesh. By lunch time, I had to head out to run some errands. Instead of getting a fast food lunch on the go, I made myself a Green Monster in a to-go cup and hit the road!

    Friendly’s was just a speedbump! I didn’t beat myself up for it. I just got right back to better choices today:)

  • Megan @ 'Nati Girls Run September 21, 2010, 3:53 pm

    Last night, instead of watching TV after dinner, I went for a walk/bike ride with my kids. It was fun!!

  • Orla September 21, 2010, 3:54 pm

    Left the bag of chips on top of the fridge And switched it out for a banana and 2apples. Then hauled my ass out of the house for a run this evening. Did NOT feel it then, but feel better now. Great post Caitlin.

  • Mallory September 21, 2010, 3:54 pm

    i agree with living in the here and now as future tripping gets peole NO where, especially when it is personally body/food related. if you deal with now, you are blocked from worrying about later. and if you st aroundworrying about later then you miss now! i think a lot of people need to “accept” life and themselves for who they are and only then can things truely fall into place

  • Stacey September 21, 2010, 3:56 pm

    My dream job is to motivate others to be healthy! This past weekend I bought a 24 pack of water, went to the greenway and handed them out to people that were exercising 😀 I got a few weird looks, and a few people thought I was from parks and recreation, haha! But it made me feel good to do it and it also brought a smile to people’s faces to see that someone was giving something and not trying to gain anything from it, for once 😉 I plan on going back next weekend

    • Marika September 23, 2010, 3:52 am

      That is such a sweet thing to do! I love it.

  • Carrie September 21, 2010, 3:59 pm

    I went for a 5.40 mile run this morning, even though I was really tired!! I have also refueled with good snacks and healthy food today. Plus I’m drinking my water! 🙂

  • Clare September 21, 2010, 4:03 pm

    Last night I had “no time” to run so I ran for only 20 minutes at a brisk pace. Today I decided to not indulge the craving I have for a Coke.

  • Madeleine September 21, 2010, 4:07 pm

    Right on, Caitlin! I adore your blog, your insights are always so true… And I’m from South Carolina- so glad your in laws are moving there! Healthy decision I made today? I started my very own blog. I’m looking forward to sharing 🙂

  • Charlie September 21, 2010, 4:07 pm

    Yesterday I went to sleep two hours earlier and it is the first day since school began that I don’t feel sleep deprived 🙂

  • Amelia's Puzzle September 21, 2010, 4:08 pm

    Ironically enough the one biggest thing I’m trying to do make my mind, emotions and body feel good is give it rest.

    Always stressing about not running longer or harder, not pushing myself more, not eating PERFECT meals, means I end up wasting so much valuable mind-space or negative, critical thoughts.

    Surprisingly, harder than it looks, this is something I must actively work at each and every single day

  • Jordan September 21, 2010, 4:12 pm

    This morning, after a yummy bowl of pumpkin oatmeal, I went for a 5-mile run! It felt awesome. 😀

  • Carly September 21, 2010, 4:12 pm

    Yesterday, when all I really wanted to do was take a nap I worked out instead. I still don’t know how I did it but I am so happy I did. It made me feel so much better than a nap would have.

  • Jillian@ ReshapeYour Life September 21, 2010, 4:12 pm

    Well for lunch I decided that I would make a veggie stir-fry at home instead of “making do” with a fast food lunch.

    And yesterday I decided to go for a run because I felt like it, not because it was on my training schedule.

    P.S. I love this post!

  • Stacy September 21, 2010, 4:18 pm

    I made the decision today to go to Yoga class, despite the looming thunderstorm possible tornado. Maybe not the safest decision, but mentally I need that 1 hour of time for myself and working towards peace.
    Yesterday, I made the choice to minimize my road rage. Instead of getting frustrated, I chose to take a deep breath and start singing the song on the radio at the top of my lungs 🙂

  • Blossom September 21, 2010, 4:21 pm

    This morning when I got up, I felt sluggish, then I decided to take my son out for a walk. After 45mins crispy walk, I feel myself again.

  • zoe September 21, 2010, 4:29 pm

    what a perfect post to read today! i love this: “Now, I realize that being healthy is about making small steps towards a larger healthy goal.”

    i realize this now, too, after months of forcing health and making it more of a burden then something i enjoy. i got to such an unhealthy point in my mission for health. now, though, i’m taking smaller steps and not beating myself over small “slip ups”. i don’t even like calling them slip ups. i find the more i simply enjoy and focus on happiness, the less i worry. healthy choices feel natural now. since increasing my yoga practice i’ve found a center i never knew i had. yoga has saved me from myself. i feel so light and carefree now a days! i even took the plunge and went running again after a two month hiatus. and it was FUN — simply because i let it be about fun, not about calories. i’m excited to rebuild that relationship. i’m working on rebuilding my healthy path and i’m so motivated to do it!

  • Holly B September 21, 2010, 4:31 pm

    I was very ill Sunday…so I took an unplanned day OFF of working out on Monday 🙂 I didn’t want to, but the boyfriend insisted and I felt stronger today for it.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 21, 2010, 4:31 pm

    Thanks for the advice – I realize now it’s OKAY to slip up.. that is NOT going to mean you are not healthy, by any means. I’ve also learned that healthy does not = rail thin. Curves are beautiful and are meant to be embraced. I alway feel really great about myself and my body after yoga for some reason. I feel a connection to my body and that’s the most important thing!

  • Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 21, 2010, 4:35 pm

    Yesterday, I was very tired from not sleeping well the night before and I actually skipped Gossip Girl and went to sleep early! Believe me, this is a big deal for me. It was a good decision though. I feel so well rested today. 🙂

  • ashley September 21, 2010, 4:37 pm

    great post! It’s def all about the little everyday choices!

  • Hedda September 21, 2010, 4:37 pm

    Your message is so beautiful, and it has helped me immensly.
    I viewed recovery in terms of all or nothing. That is, I thought I had to face all of my fears at once. Eat not just a slice of cake, but an entire cake. Make perfect decisions every single day, if not I was a complete failure.
    All in all this perspective led me to feel like I was never good enough, because humans do not make perfect choices every time. Especially not when facing their greatest (though disorded and irrational )fears.
    And talking down to myself only led to restriction and a feeling of hopelessness and darkness.

    Reflecting upon your slogan, and trying to apply it to my own life has supported me make the most important changes in my life so far. Each day brings with it opportunities, each day allows me to take small steps in the right direction. Giving me the time to be present both mentally and physically during challenges. And by viewing one healthy decision as a Great accomplishment fills me with pride. Pride which is used to motivate me and give me strength to conquer new challenges.
    Life is amazing in this way, constantly providing us with new chances.

  • Juli D. September 21, 2010, 4:37 pm

    I went home sick. I almost never take time off for being sick, and I wasn’t feeling good most of the morning. So I left work, took a 2 hour nap, and rested – I’m still fighting off the cold but I’m glad I gave my body rest when it needed it.

  • emilie September 21, 2010, 4:43 pm

    I spent my whole ride home from work coming up with reasons why I could skip my run. Then I was so annoyed with myself, so I went for a run, and now it’s done, and I feel great.

  • Hayley September 21, 2010, 4:45 pm

    You know, reading this post nothing particular came to mind. I decided to read the comments for inspiration and was surpsied to see that a lot of the comments were things that I am currently doing, too. Thanks for this, a good reminder for those of us that are too hard on ourselves!

  • LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils September 21, 2010, 4:49 pm

    I finally called my old doctor to get his recommendations for a new one in my new home city. Felt amazing.

  • Shawn September 21, 2010, 4:51 pm

    I have been making better food choices today (basically not snacking) and I did strength training (and felt good afterwards)

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit September 21, 2010, 4:51 pm

    This is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today 🙂 Thank you!

  • Keri September 21, 2010, 4:53 pm

    I woke up at 5am this morning to go to the track because I have back to school night tonight!

  • shorty September 21, 2010, 4:58 pm

    Would you believe this post brought tears to my eyes? I know so so silly but sometimes the simple yet profound things get me most!!! Someday I would like to share my story but it is still in the making:) I have a long ways to go but posts like this help me remember that I am doing the right thing even if it does take longer this way.

    My better choice for today- sweet potatoes and plouts for lunch. I have rearranged my eating so my lunch is my smallest meal of the day and today it was a healthy one.


    • Caitlin September 21, 2010, 9:17 pm


  • Kayla September 21, 2010, 5:01 pm

    Oh Caitlin, thank you for that bit of wisdom and motivation on a day when I was feeling blah and down on myself… 🙂 I hope to try this new mentality and hope that it helps me feel better about my journey toward the healthiest, happiest me. So, my healthy decision today was to order the grilled veggie sandwich instead of the burger at lunch today.

  • Natalie of (Nat Attacks a Balanced Life) September 21, 2010, 5:02 pm

    This morning I am going to start my day with a sweaty bikram yoga class 🙂 I always feel so much better starting my day with yoga. Yesterday I went for long run and fueled with all my favourite foods including peanut butter and frozen banana sandwhiches, amazing salad combinations and mint lollies.

  • Therese September 21, 2010, 5:04 pm

    Thanks for this little post! I’ve been making not-so-healthy choices for the past 5-6 days, but there’s no time like the present to re-evaluate my “need” for that 3rd dessert…

  • Denise (the apple hill adventurer) September 21, 2010, 5:06 pm

    i have been struggling with some serious medical problems, so i am constantly trying to find new ways to improve how i feel and my mood. lately i have been doing a bit of yoga along with my normal excerise. cant tell if it is helping lol

  • Corinne September 21, 2010, 5:08 pm

    Today I tried hot yoga for the VERY first time! I recently began practicing yoga at a new studio that offers hot yoga classes and figured, might as well see what all the fuss is about! 🙂 I absolutely loved it and cannot wait to go to another class. At the beginning of class, the instructor explained to us that we would feel uncomfortable, we would feel odd sensations and we will need to focus and stay with the pose(unless legit hurting). I nodded along with these words but didn’t quite understand until I felt the burn. Honestly, I didn’t even notice the heat because I was so focused on focusing and staying with the pose 🙂

    • Caitlin September 21, 2010, 9:19 pm

      yay i am glad you liked hot yoga!

  • Jess @ atasteofconfidence September 21, 2010, 5:12 pm

    I’m accepting my body for what it is instead of always scrutinizing it! It is definitely making me a happy person on a lot of different levels:)

  • Maria (realfitmama) September 21, 2010, 5:17 pm

    This morning my healthy decision was to get up BEFORE my girls (and the sun) and get my run in. It helps me get through the day and I feel better knowing that exercise is done and out of the way in case something comes up (like today) making an afternoon session impossible.

  • Coco September 21, 2010, 5:22 pm

    I took a walk today. It was sunny and beautiful and it was a great opportunity to enjoy nature and focus on myself. And then, I decided to walk to a nearby friend’s house for some trashy afternoon TV and gossip. Which is always healthy in moderation.

  • Becky September 21, 2010, 5:28 pm

    I love this post.

    Your blog in general has helped me with the most difficult meal of the day: breakfast. Instead of toast (that doesn’t stick to my ribs), I have greek plain yogurt, fresh fruit and either nuts, kashi go lean or organic granola. I love it and I feel well fueled.

    So thanks for sharing your meals. I love the ideas – I’m moving towards a vegetarian way of eating so the suggestions are great.

  • Michelle September 21, 2010, 5:33 pm

    I decided today to beginning training for my first marathon. I’m a slow runner, and the marathon I’ve chosen isn’t until May, so I have plenty of time. I’m very skeptical about whether or not I can (or will) do it, but reading your blog daily has helped me make healthy decisions, and is an absolute joy to read!! So THANK YOU for your inspiration! 🙂

  • Elsa September 21, 2010, 5:37 pm

    Today, I opted for a healthy, sensible afternoon snack instead of gorging myself on toast, frozen waffles, or cookies. And it feels good.

  • Marie @ ReciPeas & Musings September 21, 2010, 5:44 pm

    I ran 4 miles last night! I think that’s the farthest I’ve run before 😀 Plus, it felt amazing. I love this post and your attitude, Caitlin!

  • elyssa September 21, 2010, 5:50 pm

    i slept in – and missed my morning yoga class. instead of falling victim to the all or nothing mentality that inevitably results in poor choices, i popped in a shiva rea dvd and did 20 mins of yoga at home by myself. that 1 healthy choice helped me to realize that it’s about how all our little choices add up – not just the big ones – that determine our path to health!

  • Katie @ peacebeme September 21, 2010, 5:51 pm

    Mentally, I am using positive coping skills more and more lately to get through this hard time.

    Physically, I was proud of myself last night for making a delicious salad with smoked salmon on top AND eating it when I started to get hungry instead of making myself wait.

    Emotionally, I am just working on loving myself and not blaming myself for everything!

  • Katie @ peacebeme September 21, 2010, 5:52 pm

    Also, I loved reading through everyone’s comments! I wanted to comment on each one and say good job. 🙂

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble September 21, 2010, 5:57 pm

    I can’t say I made too many healthy choices yesterday because it was Bunco night with lots of delicious food choices, but I did kick my buffalo craving by dipping broccoli in buffalo wing sauce. That’s healthy, right??!

  • Kori September 21, 2010, 5:58 pm

    This is such a great way to think about things. I tend to put so much pressure on myself to ALWAYS make the best decisions, and that’s simply unrealistic. Today my good decision is going for a five mile run and having a protein/carb snack and lots of water beforehand!

  • Lesley September 21, 2010, 5:59 pm

    I second Becky’s statement above. I love this post!

    I completely agree that small steps can change your life. I’ve struggled with obesity, and in 2007 I reached my highest weight and was told by my doctor I was insulin resistant (a sign of prediabetes). I opted not to take the medication they prescribed and decided I was going to try to make lifestyle changes. Last year I still hadn’t done anything, because I kept trying to do everything at once, getting overwhelmed, and quitting. I’m not a go big or go home kind of person. But, in 2009, I started making small changes, and this year I started making more. I’ve lost a third of the weight I want to lose, but more importantly, I’m no longer insulin resistant. My best advice for anyone is to just take step one, and then all the following steps get easier. I also have to thank the blogging community, because seeing other people’s decisions helped me realize that there are many, many ways to take care of yourself and succeed. 😀

    • Caitlin September 21, 2010, 9:20 pm

      dude, congrats. if you ever want to share your HTP story email me!

  • kate September 21, 2010, 6:16 pm

    Yesterday I refused to feel guilty for eating what I craved. Everything in moderation…except guilt!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 21, 2010, 6:23 pm

    I made a batch of cookies and gave most of them away! lol I love baking but know that I can’t keep them all in the apartment (my inner cookie monster likes to come out at night) so I let myself keep a few and then sent the rest on to friends and family 😀

  • Katie - Life Discombobulated September 21, 2010, 6:24 pm

    I agree with everyone else – what a great post! My healthy decision today was to fit in exercise. I took some time in the middle of my day to get a quick trip to the gym in. It wasn’t as long as I would have liked, but I went as hard as possible and made the most of the time I had.
    Thanks for being an inspiration to so many every day, Caitlin! You remind me all the time that being healthy means taking responsibility, making choices, and focusing on balance. 🙂

  • Cindy September 21, 2010, 6:29 pm

    This may sound crazy, but I have an electric toothbrush with a 2 1/2 minute timer. It buzzes at 30 second intervals to switch to the next quadrant. I have been doing squats and lunges in the morning and evening when I brush my teeth. It’s a good 5 minute workout a day that would normally be wasted!!

  • Tricia September 21, 2010, 7:00 pm

    I started getting back in the habit of weighing myself daily (not a good thing for me mentally!) This morning I didn’t step on the scale….it’s just a stupid machine that spits out a number which can make me feel bad about myself for no reason….It’s about time someone would invent one that when you step on it says “You are strong and beautiful!”

  • Ramona September 21, 2010, 7:02 pm

    I love this post, Caitlin! I love how you’re using your healthy journey to inspire others.
    I have chosen healthy meals so far today (oatmeal for breakfast, fruit for snack during class, and salad for lunch).
    I also went to an hour-long hot yoga class. I feel great!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 21, 2010, 7:04 pm

    This is exactly the attitude that I’ve adopted since getting back to school this fall. I used to stress out having the perfect healthy lifestyle, but that’s just not attainable, especially in university! So instead of freaking out about those Friday night beers, I just try to make healthier choices come Saturday. I’ve been so much happier with this new outlook! 😀

  • Rachel C September 21, 2010, 7:09 pm

    I took my camera on a walk/run to relieve all the stress from college. Running + photography = combining two passions into one:)

  • Jessica (Fit and Clean) September 21, 2010, 7:11 pm

    Today I went out to lunch, and opted for a portobello veggie wrap with a side salad instead of fried chicken wings with french fries!

  • Amykinz @ Foodie 4 Healing September 21, 2010, 7:16 pm

    Today I am going to my first ever Hip Hop Dance Class. I haven’t danced in about 15 years!

  • Michelle September 21, 2010, 7:33 pm

    It’s been 10 days since I drank my last soda and when I had the opportunity to have one today,I passed.

  • Shannon @ Freshman Yr September 21, 2010, 7:33 pm

    Great comments fellow bloggers!

    Today, tonight, tomorrow, forever I am overcoming my b.e.d. I turned down a slice of pizza today. I’ve offically never told anyone about it and I’m sitting hear crying on my train ride home typing on my phone. I love this blog world and even though I’m very new to blogging, I’ve been reading for a while and you’re all so inspirational 🙂

  • Meghan September 21, 2010, 7:39 pm

    I motivated myself to workout even though I was definitely in an afternoon slump. I told myself “have you ever felt worse after you worked out?” The answer is always no and that motivates me any time I am feeling less than enthusiastic.

    • Kennedy September 21, 2010, 8:19 pm

      It’s so true! My mantra is “you never regret it” 🙂

      • Clare September 22, 2010, 10:53 am

        That’s my mantra too! Crazy.

  • Melissa September 21, 2010, 7:40 pm

    I bypassed the cake in the lounge and enjoyed my more filling Greek yogurt. Secondly I’ve taken off from exercising to try to let my hip heal rather than injure it worse. If by next week it does not feel better I am going to make a visit to see the doc. I’ve also been trying to use breathing techniques to control my frustrations with my students and trying more positivity for my sake and my students.

  • Jessica September 21, 2010, 7:54 pm

    Today I listened to my body and stopped pushing so hard to do everything 110%. If I’m at 0% from being burned out, I’m no good to anyone, especially myself

  • Maria September 21, 2010, 7:54 pm

    Yesterday I really listened to my body and didn’t go to the gym because of pain I was experiencing from running. This may sounds like the opposite of a healthy decision because I did not work out, but listening to my body was an important decision that I made.

  • Laura (Starloz) September 21, 2010, 7:56 pm

    i have been reading for months & i’m ashamed to admit that i’ve never noticed your tagline.

    i continue to make healthy choices every day to improve my life in positive ways!
    i have that avocado or those pancakes in moderation without feeling unhealthy

  • Natalie September 21, 2010, 7:58 pm

    i definitely struggle with the same ‘if i am not perfect or don’t do this exactly right i LOSE!’ mentality! i had some of that hit today when i was running (training for my first race) and couldn’t do exactly what my plan said to do. i realized it was more important that i listened to my body and i did what i needed to do. i really appreciate how you say that all of our decisions add up. it helps when you think of it that way! Rome wasn’t built in a day, right?!

  • jackie September 21, 2010, 8:03 pm

    After feeling a bit run down, I decided to cancel my early AM run in exchange for some extra sleep. I knew my body needed rest to combat the cold I was fighting and I would have more energy for my Friday run if I skipped the one this AM. As you said, LONG TERM Healthy is what I am about. Not about “being perfect” all the time! Thanks for such a great reminder about how to maintain long term healthy! I love your blog!!!!!! YOU ARE SO AMAZING AND I WISH I KNEW YOU IN REAL LIFE!

  • amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler September 21, 2010, 8:15 pm

    Today I volunteered my time at the local food pantry after a year-long hiatus. It felt good to spend my time on a good cause, rather than being a bum at home, stressing out about my life. Also, I was able to listen to my lectures on my ipod while I worked, which was especially awesome because I’m so behind.

  • Kennedy September 21, 2010, 8:16 pm

    I agree 100 per cent with this perspective… wrote about it recently when I decided to forego my evening run. Not long ago, I would have considered this a failure. But now, I know we make lots of choices every single day, and as long as the ‘healthy’ column outweighs the ‘unhealthy’ column, we’re doing okay!
    Today’s healthy choice was to eat the snack I brought from home (apple) as soon as a coworker brought in Timbits, or donut holes, for those of you in the U.S 😉 After the apple, I was full and no longer tempted by the sugar!

  • Cyclist Kate September 21, 2010, 8:16 pm

    I went for a swim after work. I was really, really tired. My jeans needed to be picked up from the tailor. I had only an hour and a half before I had to go to my other job. But I went and got in the pool and swam. No pressure. Just moving meditation. And while I’m still tired, I feel so much better–as in, I’m tired and relaxed instead of tired and stressed. I could have turned it into a bigger thing than it needed to be, but I kept it simple–get in pool, swim for awhile, sit in the sauna and meditate for a few minutes, and be on my merry way.

  • Brittany September 21, 2010, 8:28 pm

    What a great outlook. I struggle to accept that I can’t and won’t be perfect 100% of the time. I have to constantly remind myself I don’t fail by eating something “unhealthy” once in a while or by allowing myself to rest rather than work out.

    My healthy decision today was to turn a planned 12-mile run into a 10-mile run. After 8 miles, my body was signaling that it needed a break, and I decided to listen to it. I almost always push through pain and fatigue, and it was difficult to cut my run short this time (as lame as that sounds). I’m tapering for a marathon and rest takes priority over aggressive training at this point.

  • Erica September 21, 2010, 8:33 pm

    I absolutely love this philosophy.

    My healthy decision for today was tackling my coffee addiction by not having my afternoon mug between classes. I got my midday pick-me-up by exercising after school!

  • Sana September 21, 2010, 8:51 pm

    I choose not to feel guilty for eating what I want. Life is short and I want to enjoy fod!

  • Jess @ MTL Veggie September 21, 2010, 8:58 pm

    I really like how you give yourself time to rest and listen to your body- so important, especially when in training.
    Today I forced myself to go to my Bikram class as I’d been unable to go for almost 2 weeks! Not gonna lie, it was the toughest class since my very 1st one, but so glad I did it!

  • Wei-Wei September 21, 2010, 9:02 pm

    Yesterday, I made the decision to get a sandwich instead of nothing for lunch.

  • Catie September 21, 2010, 9:02 pm

    I am resting the night away since I am sick, instead of doing more work and making myself more sick.

  • Courtney B. September 21, 2010, 9:03 pm

    Yesterday, the coach miscalculated our running route and shorted us about .3 miles. Several people went back out to run a bit more, but I just wanted to get home. So I went home. But as I pulled into the driveway I realized that I just wanted get the traffic behind me. I was still ready to run. So I went out and ran for another .5 miles.

    • Caitlin September 21, 2010, 9:21 pm


  • Kimberly_FeLix September 21, 2010, 9:48 pm

    Today, I made myself have a little something… even if I wasn’t hungry, to make sure that I got enough. My run tonight was a testament to how fueling yourself = taking care of yourself.

  • Meg September 21, 2010, 10:00 pm

    Tonight, I had ice cream after dinner. I had thought about that ice cream ALL DAY and knew that if I did not allow myself this one indulgence, I’d feel slighted. So, I chose a small dish of pumpkin frozen yogurt. At first, I felt guilty, but then I realized that I work out hard, make healthy choices, and one dish of ice cream will not make or break my goals! I’m working hard to fight that “guilty” feeling that comes after an indulgent treat…your post truly helped me with that tonight!!

  • Rowie September 21, 2010, 10:16 pm

    I decided to make a routine schedule for myself. I finally have a regular schedule, which I have NEVER had before, so I want to make exercise a regular part of my day. I accomplished day one…now I just have to do it again tomorrow…and the next day…and the next. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • caronae September 21, 2010, 10:24 pm

    I made a healthy decision today to take an extra rest day since I am sick and need it! Sounds silly but health is about rest and stillness sometimes, just as much as it is about plenty of activity!

  • rebecca lustig September 21, 2010, 10:29 pm

    i am imporving my life by learning to make decisions based on what I want, and not for others. im taking time to get to know myself– even took myself out on a dinner date!

  • Cati @ crave and create September 21, 2010, 10:47 pm

    This evening, I was out on a run and I passed an older gentleman taking out his trash. He wolf-whistled when I jogged by, and I grinned and waved at him. 🙂

    A couple of months back, I felt so down on myself that I would have taken his catcall as a slight and flipped him the bird, no questions asked. Tonight, my healthy decision was to take it as a complement and respond with a sense of humor! After all, maybe he thought I was hot, or maybe not…does it really even matter? 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) September 22, 2010, 12:16 am

    The biggest decision I made recently was to not push myself to run when I was injured and beat myself up when I didn’t run to heal. I’m a fitness freak and love running most of all. I pushed myself way to hard this time and had to stop for the last couple of months. It was rough at first and I ate to compensate. Now I realize it has been the best thing. I’ve discovered new fitness activities I love, how to love myself in all circumstances and that I’m not defined by what I do but who I am.

  • Julia @ Brit Bride September 22, 2010, 5:07 am

    I too decided to give my self a break yesterday! I needed to recharge my batteries – I seem to be pushing myself in all aspects of my life at the moment.

    Tonight I will go for a run! Lovely!


  • Danielle September 22, 2010, 6:28 am

    I took my second yoga class ever. My friend convinced me that this beginners class was just what I needed to relax and give myself the exercise I crave. What she didn’t tell me was that it was a hot yoga class!! I don’t think I ever sweat so much in my life! It was one of the best classes I ever took! I have a crazy schedule and cannot seem to make time for exercise and this was just what I needed.

  • Tracy September 22, 2010, 7:00 am

    I love love love this post!

  • Amy September 22, 2010, 7:35 am

    I made sure I got 8 hours of sleep! I am going to PUSH myself to get 7.5 to 8 nightly between now and my upcoming November 7 marathon! It’s so hard to do when you’re a working mom of two active kids but so important!

  • Kristy September 22, 2010, 8:06 am

    I… didnt feel like taking a rest day yesterday but I NEEDED to (mentally)!

  • Madeline September 22, 2010, 11:41 am

    Thank you for this great post! I like your tip about asking yourself what you can do RIGHT NOW as a healthy choice, it is pretty powerful!

  • Sarah September 22, 2010, 2:36 pm

    Fun post! I ate a LOT of vegetables today, fairly balanced meals, and right after work, I am heading to the gym for a 3-mile run/walk.

  • Jen September 22, 2010, 6:11 pm

    I just started grad school this semester, so I’m finding it really hard to keep up with running regularly. Sometimes, the time just isn’t there! But I’ve taken to literally running errands. Even if it’s just a couple of blocks, at least I’m still running! Add a gallon of milk to the mix, I count that as strength training too. 🙂

  • Izadora September 26, 2010, 10:19 am

    I made a delicious lunch with whole wheat pasta, shrimp, spinach, olive oil and tomato sauce!

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