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I am so happy we could all air our dirty laundry this afternoon. 🙂 Who know so many other people were hiding the ‘dirty’ secret of re-wearing workout clothes?!  And who knew the people who refused to re-wear felt so strongly about it?  Yet another reason why I love you guys!


Guess want I did for dinner?  Yup. Cowfish again – twice in a week!


Nicole, Kayla, and Jen joined me for a lovely dinner at my latest dining obsession.


We started off with edamame for the table.  I managed to eat most of it.


Vegetarian sushi? Oh yes, I will!


I ordered two rolls this time and ate about 10 pieces.  So now I have leftovers for tomorrow!


This one:  zucchini, cucumbers, spicy cream cheese, and carrots wrapped in seaweed with brown rice.


And this one, which had tofu, cream cheese, carrots, beets, and asparagus (with seaweed and brown rice, too).


Here’s something fun…


After running the Operation Beautiful site for a year and a half and receiving 7,000+ notes, I have never gotten this combination of e-mails before in the same day!


Just hours apart, I got one email from the girl who posted this message in a bookstore, and then I got another email from a girl who FOUND it and loved it.  Nearly the same exact photo from each girl, too!  🙂



  • JenATX January 5, 2011, 9:29 pm

    what a small world! thats the great thing about the blog community 🙂

  • Carolyn @Eat Well. Live Well. Be Well. January 5, 2011, 9:29 pm

    Very cool. And those sushi rolls look amazing. Do they have any vegan – veggie rolls?

    • Caitlin January 5, 2011, 9:30 pm

      I guess mine would be vegan without the cream cheese!

  • Natalia@TheHealthScript January 5, 2011, 9:30 pm

    I love Operation Beautiful! One of my goals for this year is to post 365 notes in 365 days!

    • Caitlin January 5, 2011, 9:30 pm

      What an awesome goal – I love it!

  • Kristina @ spabettie January 5, 2011, 9:34 pm

    that is the COOLEST – to get the give and get in the same day!! AW !

    have you found one yet??? like, for reals? 😉

    I wanna go to Cowfish !!

    • Caitlin January 5, 2011, 9:36 pm

      Nope, never found one really. I’ve seen a few after events that I’ve done, but that doesn’t count to me. 🙂

  • Evan Thomas January 5, 2011, 9:35 pm

    That’s awesome! It’s funny how the internet makes things come full circle in a way we wouldn’t be connected otherwise.

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat January 5, 2011, 9:35 pm

    Getting those two photos must have been a really neat feeling! Who knew that Operation Beautiful would grow so fast??!

    That vegetarian sushi looks delicious–I hate shellfish, so the only way I’d eat sushi if it was vegetarian!

  • Layla January 5, 2011, 9:35 pm

    I don’t think re-wearing workout clothes is that bad. I know a couple that shares a toothbrush. And he dips tobacco. And they don’t think it’s weird…they think I’M weird for thinking it’s gross. Okay, then. I’ll be weird. Because that’s GROSS.

    • Emilie January 6, 2011, 8:02 am

      haha I guess I’m weird too because that makes me want to gag!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 5, 2011, 9:36 pm

    Ha, that’s awesome you got both emails!!

    Gah more sushi pics. I need some!

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith January 5, 2011, 9:43 pm

    Aww, how cool.

    I was out for a walk today and the Taylor Swift song, “Mean”, shuffled on my iPod. I started thinking about the lyrics and how it related to the Operation Beautiful Tween book. At 25 years old, that song means a lot to me. I look back now and realized that I have fulfilled the prophesy that she was singing about. I’m happy, healthy, strong and totally in love with my husband and life. I’m confident in my blogging and I’ve even had a couple of people who never let me “in” their crowd in high school find me on facebook and tell me that they read my blog or congratulate me on my marriage or ordination process. I only wish I hadn’t let the mean ones get to me back then. I’m not sure how that would work with copyright, but it might be neat to integrate the lyrics into your book.

    Just passing on my musings!

    • Caitlin January 6, 2011, 8:48 am

      I’m including notes and paragraphs from adults in the book, especially about bullying or shunning – if you want to be included, check out:

      I would love to see something from you!

      • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith January 12, 2011, 4:05 pm

        Hey I haven’t forgotten about this – life got away from me. I’m working on something and will submit it by the end of the week!

  • Ali January 5, 2011, 9:46 pm

    I found a blurb about Operation Beautiful in a magazine at gym of the high school my dad works for. I was so excited and think it’s so great all of the work you do to encourage people to have a positive image of themselves. 🙂

  • Camille January 5, 2011, 9:48 pm

    That is so cool about the OB notes! I have dreams of people finding mine and sending them in 🙂

  • Emilie January 5, 2011, 9:51 pm

    I love that Operation Beautiful story! It’s a small world after all, I guess 🙂 That vegetarian sushi sounds amazing. I’m going to have to do a little bit of research and find out if there’s a place with creative combinations like that in my area!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) January 5, 2011, 9:53 pm

    Awwww! That’s SUPER cool! 😀

  • Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side January 5, 2011, 9:57 pm

    I want to find an operation beautiful note! it’s a little dream of mine. hehe

  • Kiran January 5, 2011, 10:03 pm

    What a great coincidence!

    I have so many post its that I want to share for Operation Beautiful. Coming soon, I promise 😀

  • Leah @ Why Deprive? January 5, 2011, 10:09 pm

    That is so cool! Small world eh?

  • Heidi - apples under my bed January 5, 2011, 10:11 pm

    mmmm delicious sushi!! I love the story about the note too – how special is that 🙂
    Heidi xo

  • kate January 5, 2011, 10:14 pm

    It really is a small world. I feel like OB has become so much more than just a blogworld craze. Even my Mom is a fan!

  • Kristina @ Life as Kristina January 5, 2011, 10:20 pm

    Spicy cream cheese?! Say it isn’t so!!!! I need…WANT now!!!!
    I gotta get people going with these OP notes in my neck of the woods-us cold cranky people could use some love!

  • Kayla January 5, 2011, 10:20 pm

    That is so cool about the emails. The world works in such cool ways sometimes.
    And omg that sushi looks awesome. I want to try it!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 5, 2011, 10:22 pm

    The sushi looks incredible I can’t believe they serve brown rice sushi- I’ve never been to a restaurant that will do that!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales January 5, 2011, 10:41 pm

    Wow, that’s pretty incredible that the emails came so close together… talk about a perfect way to make your day!

  • Marie-Journey to Body Zen January 5, 2011, 10:43 pm

    That sushi looks incredible!

  • M. January 5, 2011, 10:45 pm

    That roll looks delish! But girl, you must be killing your budget. Or maybe with the million book deals that doesn’t matter anymore. 🙂

    • Caitlin January 5, 2011, 11:09 pm

      I wish! 🙂 The roll was $6 and we had a Living Social gift card.

      Book deals are no match compared to launching a medical business and student loans!

  • Shannon @ Philadelphia Phitness Pharmacy January 5, 2011, 10:47 pm

    I love that you got both emails so close! That’s great!!! Love operation beautiful.

  • Amanda (Eating Up) January 5, 2011, 10:49 pm

    I would go to Cowfish twice in a week too probs.

  • trang January 5, 2011, 10:53 pm

    I re-wear workout clothes two, but not twice in a row. Would you consider doing a post on your favorite workout clothes, like bras, pants, tanks, etc. What kind of ipod do you have? I would like to get one, but am unsure of what type and I just love the shape of yours and its holder. Thanks.

    • Caitlin January 5, 2011, 11:10 pm

      I really like the Moving Comfort bras and the Nike running tights currently on They run large though.

      I have an iPod nano from back in the day! And the holder was a no-name brand from Best Buy.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now January 5, 2011, 10:59 pm

    Too cool about the OB note. 🙂

    I’m a little late chiming in, but I rewear workout clothes. If a sports bra gets really sweaty, though, I wash it first or I break out across my chest, which is no fun.

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef January 5, 2011, 11:03 pm

    so i don’t like regular sushi… but vegetarian sushi looks really good!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 5, 2011, 11:21 pm

    Aww, that is so cool! How random that it happened in the same day!

    I have a strong aversion to nori and I think it’s because it reminds me of bad fish. I don’t know how that association came about but I just have a problem hehe.

    • Caitlin January 6, 2011, 8:50 am

      They have soy paper you can get your rolls wrapped in!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman January 5, 2011, 11:35 pm

    Fancy wasabi there. Those sound like rolls I’d like. I’m a huge fan of veggie sushi, but that’s the part of a sushi menu most places cop out on.

  • Carla @ Will Run for Health January 5, 2011, 11:54 pm

    As someone who is seriously obsessed with beets (…I kind of feel like Dwight Shrute at times) I think I would love that second roll you ordered! I’ve never had sushi with beets, but that sounds like quite the combo! Yum!! I live an hour and a half out side of Charlotte, but I think these $6 rolls may be worth the drive!

  • Bridget January 5, 2011, 11:55 pm

    the sushi looks delicious, but i do not recommend leftover sushi! after working at a sushi restaurant for 2 years, I have learned that sushi must be eaten in 3 hours MAX

    • Caitlin January 6, 2011, 8:50 am

      Even vegetarian sushi?

      • Bridget January 6, 2011, 9:06 pm

        yeah, the rice gets a bit hard and funny tasting, but some people dont mind it!

  • Beatrix January 5, 2011, 11:59 pm

    Sounds like an awesome evening with friends. The food looks great.

  • Lisa January 5, 2011, 11:59 pm

    That sushi looks fantastic! I don’t think I’ve ever had brown rice sushi.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] January 6, 2011, 12:19 am

    I’ve had sushi twice this week, too, and it’s only Wednesday! hehe, no worries =]

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence January 6, 2011, 12:29 am

    That is awesome!!

  • Laura (Starloz) January 6, 2011, 12:29 am

    i love that you can get brown rice sushi, i want that here, only selective places do that

  • Ashley January 6, 2011, 1:28 am

    How cool – it must be so amazing to personally see how the notes are affecting peoples lives!

  • suki January 6, 2011, 2:04 am

    Love that the matching OB photos were reported on the same day! 🙂 Very cool.

  • Marina January 6, 2011, 2:27 am

    How awesome must be to get those e-mails 🙂
    Love the sushi, sounds so delicious!

  • Angie January 6, 2011, 3:47 am

    Brown rice sushi?! I need to find a place in Chicago that uses brown rice!

  • Charlie January 6, 2011, 5:23 am

    When I started vegetarianism, sushi was my only problem: I looove fish, especially sushi! And then I learned that vegetarian sushi satisfies too ;). My too faves are dried tomato & cream cheese and sweet potato!

  • Rhona @Redwinerunner January 6, 2011, 6:20 am

    I tried vegetarian sushi for the first time recently – it was amazing! I am a total convert! Your rolls look so beautiful and well presented.
    I’m yet to see an OB note here in Scotland, I think I’m going to start carrying a post-it pad with me and sort that out.

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind January 6, 2011, 6:32 am

    Ah! That’s so cool! I heart Operation Beautiful. I actually forwarded the contest info to my 14-year-old cousin. Not only is she super creative (so I know she’ll think of some out-of-the-box ways to post notes/spread the love), but she also could benefit from the movement in general.

    You’ve heard it many times before, but thanks for creating such a positive project. <3

    • Caitlin January 6, 2011, 8:51 am

      I hope she participates 🙂

  • Katie Carso January 6, 2011, 6:38 am

    I LOVE when i find a place that has the brown rice roll option! Those look like yum sushi rolls!!

    So col about the operation beautiful note, crazy small world! xoxo

  • Lauren January 6, 2011, 6:47 am

    This sushi sounds awesome!

    What a great story about the notes. The world is on your side. 😉

  • Tessa January 6, 2011, 6:59 am

    Looks like fun!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 6, 2011, 7:22 am

    That note is AWESOME! I always wonder if people ever found the notes I had written!

  • Kara January 6, 2011, 7:46 am

    I have to admit in all the times I have eaten sushi in a restaurant, I have never taken any home as leftovers…there are never any leftovers! If hell froze over and I did bring some home, I’d probably end up eating it for breakfast because I couldn’t wait until lunch. I guess that’s why I don’t include meals on my blog…. 🙂

    • Baking 'n' Books January 6, 2011, 8:30 am

      Me too! Well, not with Sushi…but y’know with all other foods 🙂

    • Eliza January 7, 2011, 2:34 am

      I buy sushi on the way home for dinner a lot, problem is, I always end up eating dinner at like 4pm, cause I can’t wait any longer

  • Baking 'n' Books January 6, 2011, 8:30 am

    That’s so neat about the note!

    I love that the name of vegetarian place is called CowFish 🙂

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) January 6, 2011, 8:52 am

    I’ve never had vegetarian sushi before!

    That’s great! I knew that would happen at some point! 😀

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good January 6, 2011, 9:07 am

    Two things I have to say: 1) I love the positive message that Operation Beautiful is sending! That’s so fun that you heard from both note-leaver and the note-finder! 2) The sushi in your pics looks SOOOOO much better than the stuff my husband had me try. He loves sushi, and I’m a little squeamish about it. With the beautiful brown rice and a vegetarian version, I think I could love it, too. 🙂

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit January 6, 2011, 9:07 am

    Mm I love sushi! Real or veggie, I’ll take it 🙂
    I forgot to tell you, I even re-wear SOCKS that I work out in. They only get worn for 1-2 hours, so why not?!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy January 6, 2011, 9:14 am

    You just made me want sushi so bad. Lunch = cucumber roll sushi. Thank you 🙂 Too bad I don’t have a sushi place nearby that will make awesome sushi like Cowfish!

  • Regina January 6, 2011, 9:29 am

    How cool! Were there supposed to be 2 pictures?

  • Stephanie January 6, 2011, 9:51 am

    So cool! That veggie sushi roll you pictured has me craving sushi! I’m thinking I’m going to try a raw sushi for this weekend until I can have the real deal in Feb!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 6, 2011, 10:19 am

    Wow, what a coincidence! That’s pretty cool 🙂

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 6, 2011, 12:30 pm

    That’s so cool! What a small world.

  • Amber K January 6, 2011, 1:45 pm

    That is so cool! I had actually wondered if you had ever had that happen before.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 6, 2011, 6:04 pm

    That’s so funny! It’s amazing how far Operation Beautiful has spread! 😀

  • Eliza January 7, 2011, 2:30 am

    I actually never found good sushi rolls in The US, but those look great. Different combination rolls are much more popular in Australia. My favourite are chill fried tofu, but Americans always find it strange that you can get chicken teriyaki (cooked of course) sushi rolls here

  • Lacey @ Lake Life January 7, 2011, 5:53 pm

    I’ve only ever had shelled edamame. When you have it like that do you eat the whole thing or shell it?

    • Caitlin January 7, 2011, 6:09 pm

      You just stick the pod in your mouth and use your teeth to pop of the pea!

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