Day 1 of Bootcamp

in Boot Camp

Terrieha from RYP Performance (she’s also on Twitter) recently offered to develop a virtual boot camp program for me.  I jumped at the chance because:


  • I’ve always wanted to do a real-life boot camp but it’s so expensive.  (Terrieha, who is based out of Auburn, does $5 drop-in boot camp classes.  How awesome is that?)
  • I know I need to work on my strength but I really hate the gym (nor am I willing to buy a membership).  Running is great; however, it’s not the end-all-be-all.
  • Boot camps have always appealed to me because you can do them OUTSIDE.  Fun!


Today was Day 1 of Terrieha’s Boot Camp, and although we were stuck at the YMCA (I had a free pass!) due to pouring rain, I had a good time… until that boot camp crushed my soul, flipped it upside-down, and showed me that I’m not in that great of shape despite MANY miles of running every week.  Funny how fitness does not translate to other sports very well.


Terrieha’s Boot Camp is four circuits long (counting abs) and included about 20 different moves.  You do everything in a quick rotation, and I was DRIPPING in sweat just ten minutes in.  I struggled to do 75% of the moves!  Boot Camp is HARD.


(Whining to the Husband during abs – “Heeeeelppppp meeeeeeeee…”)


Nicole also suffered through but I think she found it easier because she regularly strength trains and does yoga more than I do.   And she’s a baller.  Obviously.


The whole thing will probably take us 45 minutes once we really know all the moves.


Terrieha has a great YouTube channel with descriptions of each move, so we would learn all the moves for a circuit, do the circuit, and take a 2 – 3 minute break to learn the moves for the next circuit.   Gotta love technology.  Here’s the complete workout.


(Shirt says No Meat Athlete on the front and Runs On Plants on the back. It’s from No Meat Athlete!)


In other news…


Pre-workout, I ate a banana:


Afterwards, some shredded wheat and almond milk:


And a very late lunch was a vegan pot pie and a side salad.



I was surprised how much I liked the pot pie!  It was really good.  I was afraid it would be bland, but it had a lot of spice and salt.  I would definitely buy this again for a quick meal.


Off to stretch my sore muscles!


PS – We leave for the Dominican Republic in 68 days.  We’re going with my BFF Sarah and her husband.  We’ve been saving and planning for this for nearly half a year, and I am SO freaking excited.


I checked – the hotel has WIFI.  😉



  • Lauren @ChiGalLauren March 6, 2011, 5:49 pm

    I start a boot camp tomorrow, so excited! Good luck!!

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething March 6, 2011, 5:49 pm

    there is nothing like a good bootcamp class! i used to go to one on saturday mornings at the park for 5 dollars and it was an hour and a half. loved it so…..should go again…….got me thinkin. your pot pie looks delish!

  • Katie @ peacebeme March 6, 2011, 5:51 pm

    I absolutely love Shredded Wheat brand, especially frosted! Far superior to Frosted Mini-Wheats!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 9:01 am

      Fun fact: Frosted mini wheats isn’t vegetarian!

      • Carly D. @ CarlyBananas March 7, 2011, 11:40 am


      • Amber K March 7, 2011, 12:27 pm

        Ooh, what’s in them? I just learned Yoplait yogurt isn’t vegetarian either (gelatin), but I don’t eat it so it didn’t really affect me.

      • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 12:32 pm

        Yup, gelatin!

  • Wendy March 6, 2011, 5:55 pm

    I do crossfit, and let me tell you, those 10-20 minute workouts kick my booty on a regular basis! But I am SO much stronger now, and that kind of fitness DOES translate to other sports! Good for you for trying the boot camp. 🙂

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy March 6, 2011, 5:58 pm

    I almost bought that vegetable pot pie yesterday at the store! Now I wish I would have!

  • Runner Couple - Sara March 6, 2011, 6:17 pm

    Wow! I am so jealous of your vacation! That sounds like it will be a blast! I have about 4 months until my next vacation – it will be my honeymoon 🙂

  • Lauren March 6, 2011, 6:21 pm

    Bootcamps are hard, but they’re so great because they’re cardio & strength!

  • Espie March 6, 2011, 6:25 pm

    Ahhhhhh! I’m so excited you guys are going to the DR. I was in the Peace Corps and served for two years there! I love the island so much….I’m going back this summer to visit my community and “family”. Have a fantastic time!

  • Allison @ OneWhiteTulip March 6, 2011, 6:26 pm

    Augh, I’m so scared of bootcamps! I love my run – it’s comfortable! Also I hate the whole 6am thing. But I’m interested in trying it out. Looking forward to the link!

  • Camille March 6, 2011, 6:30 pm

    I love the Amy’s Pot Pie! I was also surprised how good it was!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales March 6, 2011, 6:32 pm

    Haaaa I’m so glad y’all had such a fun time “playing bootcamp”!

    So fun that you finally got to make use of the pass, too 🙂 Gym’s aren’t thaaaaaaat bad…(the Y is probably the only reason why I strength train on a regular basis!) PS. Try the line of machine’s in that center room the next time you go — the Roc-It line– they move with your body and are AMAZING! I do ’em every night after I work!

  • Danielle March 6, 2011, 6:36 pm

    AHHH, i just got back from the DR two weeks ago…. i miss it 🙁 such an amazing lovely relaxing time!

  • Kira March 6, 2011, 6:36 pm

    I need to do more strength training, my muscles are seriously lacking.

  • Kara March 6, 2011, 6:42 pm

    I do my own bootcamp sometimes too, it’s great for days that I don’t want to run but I’m stuck inside with the baby. I actually even include her (she loves it!)

    I’m jealous of your trip, I bet it’s going to be soooo fun!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) March 6, 2011, 6:43 pm

    I used to do strength training hardcore and now that I’m doing marathon training I have totally let it go. I remember hearing that was common and thinking “NOT ME!” yet, here I am. Haha. Need to reprioritize!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 9:29 am

      yup, it definitely happens!! it’s hard to try to fit it all in.

  • Sarah March 6, 2011, 6:47 pm

    I went to the DR on my honeymoon–it was fabulous! What part are you going to?

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 9:31 am

      Punta Cana – where did you go?

      • Sarah March 7, 2011, 3:43 pm

        Puerta Plata. If you can, take an excursion into the countryside and/or to the waterfalls–I felt like it was the best thing we did!

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty March 6, 2011, 6:51 pm

    Congrats on the DR! Sounds like such a fun trip!

  • Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy March 6, 2011, 6:56 pm

    i’ve always wanted to try boot camp..

    Wow that sounds like a FUN vacation 🙂

  • Amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler March 6, 2011, 6:59 pm

    Those pot pies are delicious! Glad you like ’em.

    Ooh, I’m excited about your trip!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now March 6, 2011, 7:00 pm

    I went to DR on my honeymoon. Was a lot of fun! Gorgeous country, but sadly, pretty poor from what we were told.

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 6, 2011, 7:00 pm

    How exciting about your trip!!! Good for you for saving up and booking it!

    I’m interested to see the boot camp routine — there is nothing better than finishing a workout while being drenched in your own sweat! 🙂

  • Susan March 6, 2011, 7:01 pm

    Amy’s products are full of win. I used to love their roasted veggie pocket – looks like they don’t make it any more. =( But I definitely think I’ll get some of their stuff once more room opens up in my freezer!

    And bootcamps can definitely be tough. But on the good side – after a few weeks, you’ll definitely feel stronger and there will be a great mental boost!

    And yay for vacations!

  • sarah (sarah learns) March 6, 2011, 7:03 pm

    i’m so excited for you that you guys are finally able to book your vacation!!! 🙂 i’m so jealous!

  • Jen March 6, 2011, 7:04 pm

    Woohoo, you’re going to my home away from home! I assume you’re doing east coast/Punta Cana? If you have any questions about the area, feel free to email me – hubby and I have been there about 20 times and we’ve truly fallen in love with the area…we’re even considering buying a condo there!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 9:32 am

      Awesome! We are going to Punta Cana – is there anything off-resort to do or no?

      • Jen March 7, 2011, 10:03 am

        There’s some stuff to do off the resort…not a lot of night life though. Lots of excursions to pick from – catamaran trips, snorkelling, etc, though they’re often pricey. Actually, you should check out Punta Cana Mike’s Dominican Adventure He’ll help you to customize a day away from your resort & even drive you around himself (totally trustworthy guy – he’s Canadian – actually grew up not far away from my city! – and has been living in PUJ for years now). Depending what resort you’re at, you might have access to more stuff like shopping (i.e if you’re at the Palladiums, El Cortecito is right there – it’s a cute little village with all kinds of shops…avoid the Palma Real mall though, ridiculously overpriced!)

        • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 11:41 am

          Thank you!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 6, 2011, 7:11 pm

    That is awesome! I want sun and warmth right now! I love boot camp and yeah, it kicks your butt! It’s funny how you need to change things up so you can work out different muscles. You will feel great after doing it for a little while!

  • Aimoree March 6, 2011, 7:12 pm

    Hello! I just started reading your blog and I have to say it’s very inspirational! However, I’m just the opposite when it comes to workouts, I LOVE strength training, yoga, pilates, etc. but cannot stand running. I’ve tried to get into it many a time with no success… maybe reading your blog will push me to try to stick with it!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 9:33 am

      Maybe we can motivate each other 🙂

  • Teresa (Teresa Tastes & Travels) March 6, 2011, 7:19 pm

    Dominican Republic! Oh, you’ll LOVE it!

  • Lauren March 6, 2011, 7:22 pm

    It’s amazing how boot camps can really kick your butt! I feel like I am in good shape but after I do a Body Attack Boot Camp, I feel more exhausted than a 10 mile run.

  • Molly March 6, 2011, 7:26 pm

    quick question. what’s the fit of the “no meat athlete shirt?” true to size? small? sometimes “womens” shirts are a little too small or short in length from my normal size, so i was just wondering before i purchase. thanks!

    • Caitlin March 6, 2011, 8:39 pm

      It runs small. That’s a small and I wish I had gotten a medium.

  • Amy March 6, 2011, 7:31 pm

    Ohhhhh the Dominican Republic is gorgeous 🙂 Well, most tropical vacations are but we’ve enjoyed our stays there immensely!

    68 days and counting, haha. Glad you took the plunge and booked your getaway.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 6, 2011, 7:32 pm

    Strength training always kills me too – especially abs! I’m sure it’ll get easier though. 😉

  • Cathy K March 6, 2011, 7:44 pm

    ooo that’s exciting that the countdown is on for your trip!
    i just arrived in aruba today for a week – booked it last AUGUST and FINALLY am here! your trip will arrive before you know it, too!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 6, 2011, 7:48 pm

    Yay for a vacation! The Husband and I are planning a vacation for this summer as well. We can’t wait!

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair March 6, 2011, 7:48 pm

    I need to be better about strength training too. I try to do Jillian Michaels DVD’s at least once or twice a week but that doesn’t always happen…

    Congrats on booking the vacation, sounds amazing!! Work is always more bearable when you have something super fun to look forward to 🙂

  • Emilie March 6, 2011, 7:57 pm

    I have absolutely no doubt that I would have the same results as you if I attempted a boot camp class at this point…I would be dead by the end of it! Maybe I should be looking into boot camp classes for myself 🙂

    I love those Amy’s pot pies. I was a big fan of chicken pot pie before I went veg about 16 years ago, so I love having a veg alternative!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 6, 2011, 7:59 pm

    I workout really intensely but have always wanted to try a bootcamp type thing just to see what they’re all about.

  • Shannon March 6, 2011, 8:27 pm

    Freshman year of college I threw up during a boot camp class I was so out of shape. True story.

    I bought a 1 month unlimited groupon for a bootcamp place in Philadelphia. I am nervous to use it. I think I might do it before summer to get nice and toned 🙂

  • LauraJayne March 6, 2011, 8:27 pm

    I know I’m a little late here, but I’m catching up on my blogs – I LOVE your hair! I think it is perfect and I can’t wait to hear how you deal with your bangs while running. I’ve invested in some excellent lulu headbands which save me – I hate the feeling of my hair in my face when I run!

    • Caitlin March 6, 2011, 8:40 pm

      Thank you so much!!!

  • Jeni @ stepping out March 6, 2011, 8:34 pm

    I definitely need to try some more Amy’s food like that pot pie! It looks amazing!
    My gym offers boot camp classes so I definitely need to try one before my membership ends in September.

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 6, 2011, 8:55 pm

    I applaud you for doing boot camp! Things like that scare me just by the name…but I do yoga and it whoops my butt every time.

  • Ashley March 6, 2011, 9:08 pm

    OMG thats so exciting! Congrats on the DR vacation! You definitely deserve it! And boot camp will get better. Just don’t over eat. I did that before my first boot camp class and I had to run out and throw up. Not pretty.
    I have a really random question. I know you work at home so I was curious do you get up and get dressed as if you were going out to work, or do you sit around in PJ’s until you have to leave the house?

    • Caitlin March 6, 2011, 9:36 pm

      I usually get dressed 🙂 But not super dressed up.

  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 6, 2011, 9:14 pm

    Woot woot! I’m so excited for you and the Husband! You’re going to have a blast. 🙂

  • Jolene ( March 6, 2011, 9:14 pm

    We went to the Dominican Republic last year and it was AWESOME!!!!! We loved our resort, the people, the excursion we went on, etc.. I would DEFINITELY go back!!!!

  • Kristen March 6, 2011, 9:21 pm

    I would love to take a boot camp as well! but find they are too expensive, but Im glad you were able to get one in!
    I love your count down!~

  • Elise March 6, 2011, 9:42 pm

    amy’s pot pies & shepherd pies were my go-to meals when i forgot lunch or was out of food during my working years. soooo good — and pretty good for you! the dr vacay sounds fabulous! a well deserved trip!

  • Mary March 6, 2011, 9:59 pm

    I am so surprised every time I go to the gym and lift weights how sore I am the next day…

    how exciting a vacation to someplace tropical! 🙂

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) March 6, 2011, 10:22 pm

    I would LOVE to do a boot camp! Looks like fun! 😀

    Oooo and you are going to have fun on your vacation! 🙂

  • Baking 'n' Books March 6, 2011, 10:25 pm

    I am SO JEALOUS! BUT also so happy for you – you deserve a vacation! Everyone deserves to do what they WANT for themselves 🙂

    You don’t belong to a gym right?? So where did you do the Boot Camp? Looks like a gym setting?

  • christine March 6, 2011, 10:34 pm

    Awesome destination- not as touristy as some places, but not exactly the sticks.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 6, 2011, 10:55 pm

    WOW- that destination sounds fabulous!! 🙂

  • Ashley March 6, 2011, 11:00 pm

    awww, the Dominican Republic was the FIRST trip that the hubbs and I took solo (at the time we were just dating). It is so gorgeous – we had such a blast & I’m sure y’all will too!

  • Nicole @ Yuppie Yogini March 6, 2011, 11:43 pm

    I was sweating just as much as you. 😉

  • Amy March 7, 2011, 1:52 am

    Yay! You two definitely deserve a vacation and I so super excited for you that you guys finally booked one! Although I have never traveled to the DR, it is the Caribbean! Can’t go wrong! Just curious, are you guys staying at an all-inclusive? If so, are you and the hubby worried about your food options?

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 9:34 am

      Yea that was definitely a concern. We booked at a nice resort with 9 restaurants so hopefully it won’t be an issue I plan to survive on alcoholic beverages, worst case scenario 🙂

  • Kacy March 7, 2011, 9:27 am

    Sounds like a great workout! I really try to maintain my ST and get stronger, but I much prefer running and cardio to weights.

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good March 7, 2011, 9:40 am

    I have definitely noticed that different types of fitness do not translate. Last winter, I took a couple months off running, but I was working out almost every day (6 or 7 days/week), including both strength and cardio. When I started running again, I couldn’t believe how hard it was! Now this winter, I’ve stayed much more consistent with running, but I haven’t done as much other stuff. I never seem to do all the things I’d like to, but at least I am still moving. 🙂

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well March 7, 2011, 10:11 am

    Ahhhhh Dominican Republic?! Cannot wait for amazing pictures. 🙂

  • Claire March 7, 2011, 11:27 am

    Can’t wait to hear all about your trip! Spring and Summer are almost here, yay!!!!

  • Carly D. @ CarlyBananas March 7, 2011, 11:50 am

    I’m starting a boot camp this week! I’m so excited! I found a groupon for $25 for a month of unlimited bootcamp classes (which normally runs for $199 – you’re right, it is insanely expensive!!). I hope you enjoy your program and your upcoming vacation!

  • Amber K March 7, 2011, 12:26 pm

    Amy’s products definitely are full on flavor! I always think about doing a bootcap, but they are hardcore! Definitely not for the faint of heart. You rocked it!

    Ooh, sounds like a fun trip!

  • Fawn March 7, 2011, 1:01 pm

    So excited for you about your tropical vacation! You deserve it! Where else have you traveled? I know California and England right?

  • Stephanie @ Live Cook Love March 7, 2011, 3:37 pm

    I think I’m going to follow ya’ll along in your boot camp adventures… I’m going to start today and follow along on youtube so I know what I’m doing 🙂 How many times a week does she suggest doing it? Also, is she going to share the next set of workouts? I noticed it only had for weeks 1-2… although the first 2 weeks would probably be good for me for the next month! HA! THANKS for sharing!!! I love routine and working out with others, even if its long distance, keeps me motivated!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 6:52 pm

      Oh how fun!!! You’re suppose to do the workout 3 times a week + two days of light cardio. I’m trying to juggle boot camp and the end of Half Mary training so I might only be able to do 2, or 2.5, (one half-ass) camps a week.

      She’ll post weeks 3 and 4 in two weeks!

    • Terrieha March 7, 2011, 7:30 pm

      Yay Stephanie!! I am excited you are gonna join up Caitlin’s Boot Camp Challenge!! Let me know if you have any questions as you work through it!!

      • Stephanie @ Live Cook Love March 7, 2011, 9:45 pm

        Perfect!! I can’t wait to get started! I went through all the videos and took notes on my iPhone so I can go back and look while I’m doing it! first session is tomorrow AM! Thanks so much for working hard to put something like this together 🙂

        • Caitlin March 8, 2011, 9:04 am

          How did it go???

        • Terrieha March 8, 2011, 11:52 pm

          Can’t wait to hear how your first Boot Camp workout went, Stephanie!

        • Stephanie @ Live Cook Love March 9, 2011, 9:09 am

          I did the boot camp yesterday and it was awesomely hard! First of all, I am not very good at pushups, so all of the different ways to do pushups were really pushing me! Also, I had to mentally make myself jump up on the block! That was hard for me for some reason, but I did it! It was a great workout, since it was my first time and I took my time with each workout, it took me a little longer than expected so I only did 1 round of all 4 circuits and then I ran on the treadmill but I am doing it again on Thursday and will do the full 2 cycles now that I know what I’m doing. This was great Terrieha!! Thanks for designing the plan! I’m excited to see what my arms and legs are going to do, and it couldn’t be a more perfect time than getting ready for the summer!

  • Katy March 7, 2011, 5:20 pm

    I just got back from 4 months in the DR- it’s such a great place! Everything is so cheap (as long as you remember to haggle!) and the beaches are gorgeousssssss.

  • Cherie March 7, 2011, 7:39 pm

    Hi Caitlin, I’m a reader and usually don’t comment, but I had to say something when I read you are going to the DR! My husband and I got married there in 2009 and went back in 2010 for our one year anniversary (different resorts each time) and we love it! It is so beautiful! What I wanted to tell you, is that the most fun we had while we were there was when we did a surfing excursion with Macao Surf Camp (check out trip advisor reviews–I’m one of them)! It was so much freaking fun!! Enjoy the DR!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 7:58 pm

      Ohmigod thank you for this recommendation! I am talking to the Hus about it now!

  • erin March 8, 2011, 2:51 pm

    i’m a huge fan of bootcamps… but they are pricey.

    I just wrote up Terriaha’s boot camp session that she made for you. the only thing i’m unsure of is MB chops. but then again i don’t own a medicine ball, and have enough work out equipment that i don’t want to buy any more. But i’ll make do with what she’s suggested.

    Hoping i can start up my gym membership in a month or so…i’m a HUGE fan of strength training – so weights is my thing. I’ve been very frustrated lately because i can tell i’m gaining weight, and have only been able to do some cardio and light weights – because that’s all that’s available to me. so i know i need to mix it up until i can finally get back to the gym.

    • Caitlin March 8, 2011, 4:15 pm

      I’ve been doing DB chops so I’ll ask her to respond to your comment. I’m curious too!

      • Terrieha March 8, 2011, 11:50 pm

        I have DB chops on my youtube vidoe, but to use a medicine ball in place of the dumbbell you hold a medicine ball with both hands and complete the exercise in the same format. Begin in a partial squat position, with hands holding medicine ball, arms fully extended to right side of the body (outside the legs) and shoulders are roated toward right side of body as well. Keeping arms straight, twist torso,bringing body up, and ending with MB over left shoulder with arms fully extended. The exercise is performed the same way whether you are using a medicine ball, dumbbell, kettle bell, or a simple weight plate. If that wasn’t clear enough, I will record a MB Chop video tomorrow!
        Can’t wait to hear about your progress as you go through the boot camp, Erin!!

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