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Book 2 Promo

Exciting news! Operation Beautiful is collecting notes and stories for the second book, which will focus exclusively on tween and teen issues!  I’m looking for creative notes (look at the archives for Post-It Phrases of the Day for ideas) in fun locations (in the grocery store, on magazines, in dressing rooms…). 


Check out the submissions form to learn more – I would LOVE to include your note and story!  Adults are welcome to submit notes with stories that are reflective on their tween/teen experiences as long as you also submit a note.   Please forward the submissions page to any tweens or teens you know! 🙂


I slaved in front of the computer all morning and then finally took a break to go for a run.


It is incredibly gross and dreary out.  It was actually HAILING during my run, and I got hit in the forehead with this really big ice cube.  Ouch.  I miss summer.  And sunlight.  And warmth.


But I held on and ran 4.0 miles.  I didn’t time myself but I think I was pretty speedy!  Only a few walking breaks up the hills and whatnot.


Lunch was a creative use of leftovers.


I topped brown rice with leftover B Sprout Salad and feta cheese (which tasted amazing together).


And some grilled tofu. I just slapped totally plain tofu on my George Foreman and grilled it up.  Not the most flavorful thing, but I kind of like plain tofu.


I’ve got a meeting at Girls on the Run about the national summit in January (anyone else going?), and then I’m headed to the clinic with the Husband to play secretary as he sees patients.  And I need to get some majorah writing done.


Don’t forget to team up with your sister, daughter, niece, or other awesome tween/teen in your life and submit a note for the book!  I can’t wait to see what you all come up with.  🙂



  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin December 16, 2010, 1:36 pm

    It is snowing in DC and its actually sticking! I love the snow but people a lot of people in DC have no idea how to drive in it so it can get scary.

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged December 16, 2010, 1:38 pm

    I love plain tofu too! Are we crazy or what?

    • Caitlin December 16, 2010, 1:39 pm

      Totally nutty. 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) December 16, 2010, 1:45 pm

    I have no idea how you run in this weather. It is freezing and wet..yuck! I had brown rice and brussels sprouts on a salad today and thought it was pretty good. Kind of like a deconstructed lettuce wrap. The tofu would have made it that much better!

  • Allison December 16, 2010, 1:46 pm

    Looks delicious!! Good for you for braving the weather for a run!

  • nicole December 16, 2010, 1:47 pm

    I have to run in some ugly weather today too, but at least it’s not hailing! So exciting that your book is coming together.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate December 16, 2010, 1:48 pm

    It’s finally above 20 degrees here (after a week of being in the teens and below!) so I’ll be heading out for a run soon! I’m so excited! It’ll be pretty dreary like yours however! :/

  • Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side December 16, 2010, 1:50 pm

    Ah! I’m one flight away from arriving in SOUTH Carolina- looks like I’m trading Los Angeles 75 degree temps for cold, wet and rain… I think I’ve got a good idea for OB tweens!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) December 16, 2010, 1:55 pm

    Wow good for you for sticking it out in such dreary weather! Its so hard to get motivated when it is gloomy.

    Im definitely going to forward this onto some you have a certain age bracket you are targeting?

  • Ali December 16, 2010, 2:02 pm

    Thanks for this list of submission topics — I’m going to use them as conversation starters with my daughter who is 9. Her friends are starting to talk about things like weight and body size, and I’m struggling with how to say the ‘right’ things about it. I’ll get her to submit some answers to the questions for sure!

  • bakingnbooks December 16, 2010, 2:10 pm

    I do the same thing with my tofu 🙂

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 16, 2010, 2:14 pm

    I ran 3 miles this morning and ran just before it started snowing here in the DC area! I’m a Floridian and we don’t do snow, so I probably would have freaked out if it started snowing while I was running!

  • Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun.blogspot) December 16, 2010, 2:15 pm

    Did you help start Girls on the Run? I am hoping to run a GOR 5K in June! 🙂

  • Lauren December 16, 2010, 2:32 pm

    I’ll let my little sister know – she’s 16 and probably would love this idea!

  • Amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler December 16, 2010, 2:41 pm

    My best friend’s little sister is in 9th grade. I sent her this Operation Beautiful link and told her it might be something she’d enjoy working on with her friends.

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) December 16, 2010, 2:41 pm

    I’m going to submit Caitlin! Can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with the next book!! 😀

  • Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise December 16, 2010, 2:48 pm

    The cold icy weather actually looks very nice to me today. How wierd am I? Aloha from muggy Maui:)

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 16, 2010, 3:00 pm

    Good job on the run!! I love plain grilled tofu as well. Not super exciting, but it’s nice once in a while. 🙂 Hope you have a productive afternoon!

  • Annette December 16, 2010, 3:13 pm

    That grilled tofu looks fabulous! Nice job on the run-it feels good to do active stuff that I know will make you work even faster 😉

  • Kiran December 16, 2010, 3:16 pm

    I love tofu! Love love love it 🙂

    As you are aware, I would be road tripping soon and wanted to do a sort off video entry or posts on all the post-it notes that I’m planning to do for Operation Beautiful. Let’s see how many notes would I leave for inspiration in how many cities 😀 Wahoo! Can’t wait 😀

    I would love to contribute for your next book 🙂

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) December 16, 2010, 3:42 pm

    I want your lunch! Seriously, you may think it looks boring but I could really eat that right now. Sometimes I just crave plain foods like tofu and rice. Congrats on getting to write a second book!!

  • grocery goddess jen December 16, 2010, 3:52 pm

    I’m with you on the weather. It SUCKS. At least it’s not snowing again, but the rain and drear are sucking out my life force!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete December 16, 2010, 3:54 pm

    Plain tofu sounds awful! 🙁

    Congrats again on the next book — I might have something to submit 🙂

  • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life December 16, 2010, 4:32 pm

    Our weather across the country from where you are is gloomy today too. I’m enjoying it though! Nice job on the run! I don’t like timing myself all the time either. Sometimes it’s just fun to run and not worry about anything else!

  • Amy December 16, 2010, 5:13 pm

    I’m going! You’re going to have so much fun. GOTR Summits are a blast! I’m excited to meet you. My 12 year old daughter is also going to submit something for your book. She read about it and is super excited. After 6 sessions of GOTR, I’m sure she’ll have something wonderful to say! 🙂

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous December 16, 2010, 6:34 pm

    You’ve inspired me to get a George Foreman once and for all! Actually…my mom is getting my bf one for Christmas, which naturally, will turn into a gift for ME 😉

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 16, 2010, 9:24 pm

    Kudos for toughing it out in the hail! We keep on getting hit by snow storms, so there’s no way I could run outdoors here! I miss the summer too!!

  • Leila December 16, 2010, 11:44 pm

    I’m posting your submission info in my middle school library…I gave one of my students Operation Beautiful and she filled up an entire post it pad with quotes and has been handing them out to teachers and posting them around the school 🙂

    • Caitlin December 17, 2010, 9:29 am

      Epic! Thanks Leila.

  • Amber K December 17, 2010, 11:00 am

    You’re a stronger woman than me! Getting hit with hail would be the first thing to make me walk right back inside!

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