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It’s really too bad that Kath moved from Charlotte the month I moved to the city!  I’ve “known” her since she started her blog (I was a voracious commenter – “CaitlinBo”), and we became in real life friends about two years ago when I started my blog. She’s really fun and sweet.  I am very happy that Kath + Matt are visiting town this weekend! 


But… I do not enjoy waking up early.   Ever.  The only things I’ll really wake up early for (willingly) are:  flights for tropical vacations; races; and long runs.  So when Kath suggested 7:30 AM Super Flow yoga, I grudgingly agreed.  Only for out-of-town friends!! 🙂


Pre-yoga light breakfast of Greek yogurt + berries:


Super Flow at Y2Yoga has a reputation in Charlotte for being the city’s hardest vinyasa class.  It’s a hot class and so, so fast.  Since I’m recovering from yesterday’s run, I knew I wouldn’t be able (or should) go balls to the yoga mat.  I went into the class planning to spend half of the 90-minute Super Flow class in child’s pose – and I pretty much did.


Class was SUPAHARD.  I really want to go back when I can give it my all because it was such an aerobic and challenging class (well, at least it seemed that way as I laid with my forehead pressed against the sweaty floor).    Just like there’s no shame in walking during races, there’s no shame in child’s pose during yoga!


Post-class, Nicole, Cassandra, Kath, Matt, and I went to Starbucks for some caffeine.  My eyes were still tiny little slits, even after a 90 minute yoga class. 


English muffin + egg + cheese breakfast sammie (side note for other vegetarians:  the breakfast sandwiches are pre-made with meat that they pluck off if you don’t want the sausage.  Just a heads up in case that bothers you.) + a latte.


Chat, chat, chat away.

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I was the only one silly enough not to bring 1) a change of clothes or 2) a jacket (in my sleepy stupor I forgot it when I left the house).  I had goose pimples on my arms the entire time!  I came home and took the longest, hottest shower.


Lunch featured the return of Bone Suckin’ Sauce:



Roasted potato, broccoli, baked beans, and bread.

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In other news…


I’m flying to New York City tonight for a presentation to the Ally Katzz Tween Summit.  I’m talking to parents about Operation Beautiful.  Somehow I managed to fit all my stuff (including my travel computer and camera) in this little bag:


I’m only going to be in the city for 24 hours so my plan is to land, check into my hotel, go to bed, wake up, go to the Summit, sign books, present to parents, leave the Summit, go to the airport, fly home.


Seeya in the BIG APPLE!


Are you a morning person?  What motivates you to wake up early?



  • meg c. October 9, 2010, 12:37 pm

    yay you’re coming to my (new) city! good luck with your presentation and enjoy the city even if you are only here for a short time.

  • brianna October 9, 2010, 12:45 pm

    i definitely do my best work in the morning. but it’s best when i wake up naturally instead of trying to force myself up with an alarm. so i tend to go to bed by 11 and wake up naturally by 7…when i have the luxury of 8 hours of sleep!

  • kath October 9, 2010, 12:47 pm

    Thank you for going with me!!! Made it so much more fun.

    Love the ambiance shots!

  • Isaac October 9, 2010, 12:49 pm

    So, I’ve heard of “balls to the wall” and “balls out”, but never “balls to the yoga matt.” Must be a phrase Kristien taught you. 😉

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 9, 2010, 12:50 pm

    That bone suckin sauce must be pretty good — I thought it was a bowl of tomato sauce in the pic! Thats a big bowl of sauce 🙂

    I am a morning person if I got enough rest — if not I am half asleep for most of the day 🙁 I’d rather stay up late and sleep in!

  • Freya October 9, 2010, 12:58 pm

    I cannae believe you went to the yoga after a 20mile run! Crazy woman :p
    I’m definitely a morning person – I like getting up early 🙂 my ‘lie in’ this morning was 7.35….:p

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 9, 2010, 12:58 pm

    That heart bowl is super cute! I love bone sucking sauce, but my immature husband makes fun of the name EVERY single time I buy it.

    I’m totally a morning person. It’s just how I am. But I can’t stay up late to save my life.

    Safe travels jet setter!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write October 9, 2010, 1:02 pm

    I’m a morning person, usually. Lately, not so much. I’m excited for your NYC presentation. Good luck! Should be SO MUCH FUN.

  • Monica October 9, 2010, 1:03 pm

    I love the morning! I think the sunlight just energizes me, it makes me feel like there are endless possibilities for what the day will hold. Yes, I am an optimist. 😉

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe October 9, 2010, 1:13 pm

    NOT a morning person. Husband gets up at 6am for work and tries to get me to get up with him every day but it only actually happens about one time out of twenty. I do not function properly upon waking. I wake up starving but can’t actually eat much and don’t have the strength or focus to run for at least an hour.

  • Sana October 9, 2010, 1:15 pm

    Yeah I never had a change of clothes on me. So I keep some in my car! It comes in handy for rainy days!

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks October 9, 2010, 1:18 pm

    I am not a morning person. I’m more of a midday person. I like to wake up between 8-9. Drink coffee in bed while reading e-mails, blogs, twitter, facebook, etc. Maybe make a blog post. Eat some breakfast. Mess around some more until about 11 or 12. Go for a run or to the gym. Then I either go to work, or if it’s my day off, I start doing whatever I have on my agenda.

    When I have to work morning shifts, everything just goes to hell.

  • Marina October 9, 2010, 1:22 pm

    what a cute heart bowl, love it!
    I prefer waking up early, so I have a long day ahead of me.
    But sometimes, I would so want to sleep in. My body just doesn’t do that unfortunately 🙁

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 9, 2010, 1:27 pm

    I always dread waking up early but find that once I do, I love it! I always feel so accomplished when I get a lot done in the morning. That being said, I really only wake up early on weekends for flights, fun road trips, or cute babies. (Not my own baby, I wish! But for babysitting purposes.)

  • Paige @Running Around Normal October 9, 2010, 1:28 pm

    I’m definitely a morning person! That class sounds pretty amazing.
    Holy fast trip to New York! Bummer you won’t get to hang, but at least you’ll be back home ASAP.

  • ashleigh October 9, 2010, 1:29 pm

    I am not a morning person at all. About a month ago I switched my exercise schedule to try and become a morning person and it’s just not working! I would much rather sleep an extra hour and workout at night. I’ll probably end up switching it again.
    Have fun in NYC!

  • Kristina @ spabettie October 9, 2010, 1:29 pm

    ski races always got me up early… skiing in general always does!

    have fun in NYC !!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) October 9, 2010, 1:29 pm

    I love the morning! But only if I went to bed early enough that I had an adequate amount of sleep. There’s something really calming about being up before the rest of the world.

  • Maren October 9, 2010, 1:32 pm

    I am sort of a morning person! I always feel like I’ve wasted half of the day if I sleep in until 10. but by morning person, I mean 7:45 at the earliest 🙂 Have fun on your trip! Oh, and what kind of baked beans do you buy?

    • Caitlin October 9, 2010, 1:35 pm

      Bushs vegetarian baked beans!

  • Madeline @ greensandjeans October 9, 2010, 1:34 pm

    I’ve always been a morning person. Even in college I would set my alarm to get up really early instead of staying up late studying or writing a paper. I’m just more productive in the mornings!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef October 9, 2010, 1:40 pm

    i’m more productive in the mornings so i prefer to wake up and just get things done (workout, chores, etc.). makes the day better!

    ps i love the heart bowl!

  • Natalia - a side of simple October 9, 2010, 1:45 pm

    I much rather get up early than sleep in, even if I’m tired. I feel so accomplished getting things done before noon. I’m lovin’ the heart shaped bowl! So cute. Have a great weekend, Caitlin!

  • Michele October 9, 2010, 1:46 pm

    I’m totally a morning person. I get up (usually without my alarm) between 5:45am and 6:15am. I like to drink coffee and get online to read blogs, etc. for about 45 minutes before getting ready for work.

    Sometimes, I think I’d like to adjust to a later bedtime and start getting up later. But I can’t stay awake on a typical night past 10pm. I’m an early bird… always have been.

  • hippierunner October 9, 2010, 1:46 pm

    I am definitely a morning person. I either sleep in a bit or hop out of bed very peppy! I think being in a running club in high school that required us to get up very early for races AND my dad insisting that my sister and I not “sleep in” past 7:30am even on weekends(!) has made me an early riser!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 9, 2010, 1:48 pm

    I am a total morning person – I get up around 6 even on the weekends just to lounge around and take my time for once!!

  • Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous October 9, 2010, 1:51 pm

    I am soooo NOT a morning person but I wish I was. On days I force myself out of bed I get so much more accomplished!

  • Evan Thomas October 9, 2010, 1:54 pm

    I used to wake up at 6:15 to run last year. Now I wake up around… 9. And run at 10:30. I have no clue how I did it. But today I woke up and ran 12 miles at 7am because I had to, and now I feel so accomplished!

    • eatmovelove October 9, 2010, 6:36 pm

      9 a.m?! Your in school right – that’s one SWEET schedule LOL ! 🙂

  • Noelle October 9, 2010, 1:58 pm

    Is your presentation open to the public in NYC? I’d love to come and get a book signed ! 🙂

    • caitlin October 9, 2010, 3:17 pm

      aww you are so sweet. unfortunately, i think the entire summit is a ticket-only event 🙁

  • grocery goddess jen October 9, 2010, 2:06 pm

    I am definitely a morning person! Even on the weekends I am usually up by 7 am, but of course I am usually in bed by ten, so that makes it easier 🙂

  • Tina October 9, 2010, 2:10 pm

    I’m such a morning person. I think the fact that it is my main quiet time for the day motivates me to get out of bed early. Once 7 am hits and the little one wakes up, peace and quiet does not exist.

    And I do the child pose thing in yoga every week. There are some parts while pregnant I just cannot do so I chill in child’s pose and love every second.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 9, 2010, 2:12 pm

    Yup, I’m definitely a morning girl! I work out in the early mornings, and my main motivation is 1) knowing how good it will feel to start my day nice and energized, and 2) knowing that I probably wont have time or won’t feel like doing it later in the day. This yoga class you did sounds great! I’ve never done vinyasa before but it sounds like something I’d like to try. Have a great afternoon! 🙂

  • Sasa October 9, 2010, 2:19 pm

    I definitely not a morning person, even though I tried hard to be. I love the morning, usually I do my best work in the morning. But getting up early is kind of against my bio-clock. I want to wake up naturally, other than to force myself up with an alarm.

  • Camille October 9, 2010, 2:32 pm

    I am definitely a morning person! No sleeping in for me!

    Have a safe flight!

  • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 9, 2010, 2:50 pm

    I am totally a morning person. Waking up at 4:50am during the weeks makes bed time around 8:30pm. This morning we “slept” in until 6:00am! Yay

  • Alina October 9, 2010, 2:51 pm

    YAY for the Summit! I know you’re going to have a bunch of fun . . . I’m actually an advisory board memeber and reporter for, but I can’t make it this year 🙁 Have fun for me anyways!

    • caitlin October 9, 2010, 3:19 pm

      awww too bad!!!

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa October 9, 2010, 2:56 pm

    I do my best work in the morning but I dread waking up before 6. I guess I’m kind of a morning person.

  • Kelly October 9, 2010, 3:12 pm

    I am definitely definitely a morning person- I love knowing how much I’ve done before most people have even woke up. That being said I absolutely HATE waking up in the dark, and ideally I’d never wake up before 7… but unfortunately during the week I have to get up by 6 to get to work 🙁

  • HTP Dad October 9, 2010, 3:13 pm

    Are you the surprise guest?

    • caitlin October 9, 2010, 3:20 pm

      i think its a pop star.

  • erica October 9, 2010, 3:16 pm

    totally not a morning person! but if it’s for something fun…i’ll do it ;p

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 9, 2010, 3:45 pm

    I completely agree with you… I am so NOT a morning person. FAR from it!

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston October 9, 2010, 4:02 pm

    On MWF I start nannying at 730 and typically leave my house around 710. Therefore, I wake up at 640 at least 3 days a week. Not ideal — but I get used to it too. Plus, sometimes I dose off a little bit when the baby is sleep — cuddle time!

  • Jaclyn October 9, 2010, 4:03 pm

    Taking a Y2Yoga class is on my 2011 “bucket list”, i’ve decided! So much hype – sounds amazing!!

  • Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover October 9, 2010, 4:08 pm

    I really like Yoga – it’s never been much of a workout to me, though!
    I wish I could try that Y2Yoga one 🙂
    Have fun in NYC!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] October 9, 2010, 4:54 pm

    Yes, I’m a morning person. It’s my favorite time of day 🙂

  • Nikka B October 9, 2010, 5:00 pm

    I know when I start the day earlier I feel like I am more focused on what I want to accomplish for the day (catching that first worm), but it’s been rrreallly hard.
    For example I have been wanting to join a morning Meditation class @ my local yoga studio that is at 7:30am on Mondays & Wednesdays and I have even I set my alarm about 7 different times to go but I can’t bring myself to get out of bed…
    I know if I want to incorporate this into my life I am going to have to wake up early most days of the week 🙁

    • eatmovelove October 9, 2010, 6:37 pm

      I feel the same way about SO many things…I know I should be doing, have intentions…but ne’er happens…it’s not a good thing I know…so ditto your 🙁

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing October 9, 2010, 5:21 pm

    Too bad you haven’t been able to spend much time in the city during these visits. New York is such a fun city!

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life October 9, 2010, 5:38 pm

    I didn’t use to be a morning person, but I’m slowly turning into one. I don’t mind getting up early. I just have to make myself get to bed early the night before, and that’s hard for me.

  • loreejo October 9, 2010, 5:57 pm

    i was never a morning person until the last couple of years. i like it, alot. early morning is so peaceful and so many possibilities lie ahead for the day. i’m not chipper, i’m a slow poke, but i found that getting up early and giving myself that slow poke time is like a little gift of the day. of course, part of this early morning package is going to bed, usually before 10. i used to be embarrassed by it b/c my family teased me, now i own it! 🙂

  • Christena October 9, 2010, 5:57 pm

    Funny. I do not consider myself a morning person, but I get up at 5 a.m. every morning to be at work on time. I would consider it “sleeping in” if I didn’t have to be there until 7:30! 🙂

  • loreejo October 9, 2010, 5:59 pm

    p.s. safe travels! way to minimize that packing; i love traveling that way!!

  • eatmovelove October 9, 2010, 6:38 pm

    Forced to wake up early every a.m 6 days a week for work. Yeah it sucks. But someone has to pay the (vapid) bills.

    Have fun in NYC! I should try a Sammie from the ‘Bucks – the prices usually scare me off 😉

  • Marci October 9, 2010, 6:38 pm

    1. i am a morning person now but didn’t used to be! the feeling of being done with excercise by 7 am or whenever is too great. not hanging over your head and you feel so accomplished!
    2. i love bush’s baked beans!
    3. your broccoli always looks so much better than mine!

  • Aja October 9, 2010, 6:46 pm

    I am so not a morning person, its incredibly hard to get me out of bed since I graduated high school. I find that I work better at night, I am more focused.

  • Emily October 9, 2010, 6:50 pm

    I am definitely a morning person, not like rooster-crow early, but 7 early. I like getting up and getting my workouts done pre-breakfast, and I also like eating an early enough breakfast to have lunch too 🙂 It’s so nice to have a whole day ahead of you that’s all yours!

  • Amanda Davis October 9, 2010, 7:02 pm

    I am totally a morning person, which for the most part is nice except on the weekends when I want to sleep in and I’m lucky to make it to 7…doh!

  • Katie @ peacebeme October 9, 2010, 7:13 pm

    I always wake up early, my body just does it. Even if I go to bed at 5am, I can’t ever sleep past 9. I don’t always like to get up early, but my body wakes up and I can’t go back to sleep.

  • Rachel October 9, 2010, 7:21 pm

    I love waking up early on the weekends to get my workouts in…I have to have coffee before the workout though!

  • Stephanie October 9, 2010, 7:33 pm

    In my early morning stupors, I can “trick” myself into getting out for a run or workout. If I wait too long, my mind has the energy to rebel and I regret it all day long. That’s probably why I continue to wake up at an ungodly hour (5:00am) during the work week. If I put off workouts until after work, they will never happen!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances October 9, 2010, 7:41 pm

    Unfortunately, my job requires me to be a morning person, but I’m really getting used to it. I’m up by 6:30 am at the latest and at work by 8-ish, and I workout after work. I know that doesn’t work for most people, but I really look forward to sweating after a long day in the office! 🙂

  • Wei-Wei October 9, 2010, 9:01 pm

    Have fun in New York! I actually never used to be a morning person, but I find that I naturally wake up early now. Usually. I seem to function best on 6-7 hours of sleep – weird, I know.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now October 9, 2010, 9:14 pm

    I am NOT a morning person, but I started waking up early this summer to run. It was too hot and humid during the day to run outside and I work in the evening. Apparently I can do it if I care enough?

  • thetreadmilldiaries October 9, 2010, 9:40 pm

    I have to say that I’m impressed you were able to fit all your travel needs into that one bag. Even if I’m away for a day, I feel like I take along a jam-packed, full-size suitcase. I think it’s because I’m indecisive about what I’ll want to wear. I like to make the call based on mood the morning of. 🙂 Good luck with your preso in NY.

  • carlee October 9, 2010, 9:40 pm

    Looks bone suckin good!
    And No I;m not much of a morning person. I would say 8 is my ideal time to wake up. But of course I am in highschool so I have to wake up at 5:50 to be ready by 6:50. Bleh:(
    The only thing that motivates me…i swear, is breakfast. haha and the fact that I want to look semi-presentable.

  • Stacey October 9, 2010, 9:48 pm

    Oh gah, I am so jealous of your sleeping in late. I have insomnia and usually get 4-5 hours of sleep a night, so when I am up, I AM UP. Ironically, I am a morning person, even when I’m going on 4 hrs of sleep, I am still a joyful person to be’s later in the day that I may get cranky! Glad you were able to meet with Kath and good luck in NY! 😀

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 10, 2010, 7:26 am

    I’ve pretty much always been a morning person. On most days I’m up before 7, even when I don’t have to be. 😛

  • Lacey @ Lake Life October 10, 2010, 2:03 pm

    Sounds like you have a VERY busy day ahead of you!

    My motivation for getting up early is my boss. She gets a little pissy if I don’t show up to work on time 😉

  • Kristy October 11, 2010, 7:38 am

    I have “heart bowl” envy syndrome 🙂

  • Amber K October 11, 2010, 2:34 pm

    Not a big fan of waking up early.

    Am I the only one that is horrified that they just pluck the meat off for people who want it without? Crazy!

    I think this bothers me the most because I found out Friday evening that I have celiac: meaning I’m going to have to start being even MORE anal about what I eat!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In October 11, 2010, 4:13 pm

    I love waking up early when I can do it naturally! This weekend I didn’t set an alarm and woke up at 7:30 am ready to enjoy coffee, PB toast, and sunrise. It was WONDERFUL and you have the whole day ahead of you!

  • Jolene ( October 11, 2010, 4:50 pm

    I am not a morning person at all, but I really wish I was!

  • Jane October 11, 2010, 8:48 pm

    I HATE getting up early. But I wish I liked it. I loved it when I was younger! And actually, I love getting so much more done when I do get up early.

    I also dislike staying up late. I guess I just like to sleep.

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