One Year Ago Day…

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It is dreary out there today!

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It seems other people hate memos and love fried pickles as much as I do!  :)  A reader named Mary pointed out that you can make Baked Pickles, which I think I’ll need to tackle very, very soon.


I woke up with a tummy ache (I’m going to go ahead and blame the fried pickles), so breakfast was pretty light.  Pumpernickel bread, an egg, and a banana.


While conference-call hopping and checking patients out at the clinic, I also snacked on one of those bars I whipped up last night.  They are even better today after standing for a bit in the fridge!


And I dashed home for lunch:  soup, cucumber and hummus, and an apple.



The soup was Wolfgang Puck’s vegetable barley, which is delicious but a little light, so I added in about 1/2 cup of drained and rinsed black beans for some fiber and protein.  Perfect.


One of the coolest things about having a blog is you can look back into time and see exactly what you did a year, two years, or even longer ago!


Here’s what happened on this day in…


2010: I wrote about how terrified I am of alligators, ran 5.65 miles, and went out for Happy Hour with Katy, Megan, and Anne P.


2009:  I took a self-timed photo of myself (FAIL) for my old employer’s website, wrote about my training plan for a 15-mile race, and did Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred and a 5K run.


In 2008, I wasn’t blogging yet (I started in June). :(  It will be cool to look back on the blog in ten years or so since I intend to blog fo-ev-er.


What were you doing around this time last year?



  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 9, 2011, 2:58 pm

    HAHA. I love this! 2 years ago I was getting back together with a boyfriend and finishing up a majorly hard semester in grad school and prepping for my 2nd marathon. 1 year ago I was planning my wedding to my now husband (a different guy than that previous bf), and prepping to run another race.

  • Freya March 9, 2011, 2:58 pm

    I was a newbie to Green Monsters and loving them 🙂 Oh, and I was a super speedy sub 8min/mile runner <- heck knows what happened to her!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 9, 2011, 2:59 pm

    I do agree that being able to look back on what you were doing at any point in time is one of the awesome benefits of blogging! At this time last year, I was on vacation in Puerto Rico. Sadly, I am in cold and dreary DC with no vacation on the horizon right now.

    I love the idea of adding beans to a soup to add protein and fiber – great idea! I also love that bowl. I know you use it sometimes for breakfast, but every time I see it I love it because the shape of it is just awesome!

  • Freya March 9, 2011, 2:59 pm

    I was a newbie to Green Monsters and loving them! Oh and I was a super speedy sub 8min/mile runner <-heck knows what happened to her!

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) March 9, 2011, 3:00 pm

    Haha love the self-timer fail!! 😛

    This time last year I had NO idea blogs even existed!! And now I can’t imagine my life without them! 😀

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 9, 2011, 3:00 pm

    In March of 2010, I was just finishing up graduate school, working with kids with Autism, and finishing my internship as a school social worker!

  • Kara March 9, 2011, 3:00 pm

    This time last year I was pregnant and working from home and teaching at the community college. I was just starting to get to that uncomfortable stage of pregnancy!

    I didn’t blog back then, but I’d love to see a pic from then!

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 9, 2011, 3:00 pm

    I started getting inspired by healthy living blogs around this time last year and I began dabbling in veganism and running. 🙂 I think everyone hopes you blog forever too haha, I know I do. I love your posts.

    • Caitlin March 9, 2011, 3:02 pm

      Thank you so much Ashley. What a sweet comment.

      • Kelly March 9, 2011, 3:44 pm

        I second that! I hope you blog forever, too, because you are one of the most interesting bloggers out there. The effort you put into it is definitely noticed and appreciated. 🙂

        • amber March 10, 2011, 8:39 am

          totally. 🙂

  • brandi March 9, 2011, 3:01 pm

    Fun! Strangely enough, I made my own yogurt!

  • Carolyn @Eat Well. Live Well. Be Well. March 9, 2011, 3:01 pm

    This time last year I day-dreaming about my just had wedding day and honeymoon while trying to complete some work tasks from home. i was also probably rearranging things in the house since I just moved in with my husband.

  • Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake March 9, 2011, 3:01 pm

    I think about blogging’s benefit for self reflection all the time. Do you think your kids will go back and read your archives someday as a way of getting to know their mother in her younger years?

    • Caitlin March 9, 2011, 3:02 pm

      Maybe!!! I would definitely read my mom’s blog if she had one when she was 26.

  • Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles March 9, 2011, 3:02 pm

    Last year at this time I was anticipating my birthday – and here I am doing just that again (it’s Friday!). 🙂

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul March 9, 2011, 3:02 pm

    haha, I definitely wasn’t aware of blogs at this time last yr.! 😀 Hmmmm…I believe I was going to hiking trips, and getting prepared/trained to go to India.

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 9, 2011, 3:02 pm

    I love my blog too, b/c I can look back on my daughter’s life and watch her from age 2 to age 4+…going from a baby to a little girl! It’s been one of the best parts of HAVING a blog…is that I have an online photo journal of her.

    And watching how my recipes/dietary path changes and goes thru cycles and changes.

  • Kristy @ March 9, 2011, 3:03 pm

    That’s so fun! 🙂 A year ago I was training for my 6th marathon! 🙂 And at a horrible job. 😉

  • Gavi @ Gavi Gets Going! March 9, 2011, 3:04 pm

    Around this time last year, I was looking for a different job and debating my next move in life. Now, I am happy and challenged in my job and in my personal life. Also, I ran my first 5k just over a year ago. Since then, I’ve completed a triathlon and two half marathons. It’s amazing the difference a year can make!

  • Maren March 9, 2011, 3:06 pm

    Cool!! On this exact day, I was flying overseas to Ireland!! On the date, though, I was getting very excited/nervous/anxious to leave for Ireland!!!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life March 9, 2011, 3:06 pm

    I love the looks back–so fun!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) March 9, 2011, 3:07 pm

    Actually 1 year ago to the day, Hubbs and I were signing papers and officially buying our house!

    I totally forgot about it until you mentioned 1 year ago… how cool! But my house should be much better decorated by now… sigh…

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith March 9, 2011, 3:08 pm

    Aww, fun – I was taking pictures of waterfalls, apparently –

    So I interviewed at a church in Florida in January. As I was heading to the airport, the woman driving me was pointing out all of the water where gators are usually spotted. Then she said, “yeah, we’ve only lost one or two church members to gators.” It took every ounce of restraint not to scream, “WHAT?!”

  • Allison @ Happy Tales March 9, 2011, 3:08 pm

    That is so neat that you have documentation of this very day for a few years back. That’s one of the things I’m really excited about now that I have my blog… I’ll be able to look back on different times in my life, and use it like a scrapbook! I was SUCH a big scrapbooker back in HS (before the age of the digital camera…) and ever since I went *digital* I stopped printing out pictures. Needless to say, blogging is the perfect way for me to get in my “scrapbooking” need and be all crafty-like. Plus, family can now keep up with me and I don’t have to spend hours on end telling the same story to each person individually on the phone. (Don’t get me wrong, looove the phone, but now it’s become more of a reflective thing (re: things about me)…and more time catching up on whoever I’m chattin’ with, pretty neat!)

  • Laura March 9, 2011, 3:09 pm

    Weird question….how do you cook your eggs?? They don’t look like they’ve been fried in a pan 🙂

    • Caitlin March 9, 2011, 3:20 pm

      Yup! Fried in the pan 🙂 Just sunny side up

  • Jen G. March 9, 2011, 3:10 pm

    After your last post, I was thinking about how much I love fried pickles, but never eat them because I always think about how my tummy will react. What’s your take? Worth the bellyache or not? Lately, I’m thinking “worth it.”

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 9, 2011, 3:10 pm

    Apparently I was loving oven roasted veggies with coconut oil and quinoa! Things have not changed much for me!

  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 9, 2011, 3:13 pm

    I hope you blog forever too! Last year around this time I was getting ready to move for my job and graduate from grad school – how time flies!

  • Megan March 9, 2011, 3:17 pm

    Funny you ask. This day one year ago my husband finally got a job after nearly 3 months of being unemployed. This also was the first 3 months of our marriage, too. That was fun.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 9, 2011, 3:19 pm

    Last year at this time I was a beast at the gym and we were renovating our home like wild.

  • Amanda March 9, 2011, 3:21 pm

    Haha I love the self timed picture. I still have a hard time getting those right.

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 9, 2011, 3:23 pm

    A year ago today I would have been relaxing because March 8 2010 was Jason’s 30th Bday and I threw him a surprise party. From March 9-15 I think I just felt relieved to be done with it!

    I also would have started training for my first marathon!

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair March 9, 2011, 3:23 pm

    Definitely one of my favourite things about having a blog. Sometimes I get totally caught up in reading my own old posts. Once I spent 2 hours doing this a few weekends ago! Hopefully that’s not too egotistical of me. Hehe

  • Natalie @ Will Jog For Food March 9, 2011, 3:31 pm

    I was in a blogging hiatus this time last year, which I wish I hadn’t done! Oh well! Hmmm… I had just finalized our location for our wedding and picked out my wedding dress. Seems so long ago already!

  • Megan (Running Foodie) March 9, 2011, 3:33 pm

    This time last year I was frantically looking for a new teaching job because I got pink slipped. This year, I am super fortunate to be able to keep my job! I much prefer this year to last year 🙂

  • Marci March 9, 2011, 3:39 pm

    One year ago, I just started reading healthy living blogs, and shortly after, I started my own. I spent April learning Wordpress and designing a site, and launched at the end of April. yours was one of the first I found, I think around April Fools when you took pictures of McDonalds or something.

  • Katherine March 9, 2011, 3:43 pm

    Eeeek that alligator picture is so creepy. I have always been really afraid of alligators too! My fear is completely unfounded though, considering I’ve lived in New York my entire life.

    I really like this post- you should start a “One year ago…” series!

  • Lizzy @ runbakerace March 9, 2011, 3:45 pm

    2 years ago I meet my fiance and we are getting married next weekend on the 2 year anniversary of our meeting 🙂

  • Baking 'n' Books March 9, 2011, 3:48 pm

    I can’t believe your blog is only 2 years old!!! You seem like a Veteran!

    • Baking 'n' Books March 9, 2011, 3:48 pm

      Back in your “other job” and office-work – did you always write then and want to be a Writer?

  • Ali @ Ali Runs March 9, 2011, 3:49 pm

    This time last year I was deciding which grad school I wanted to attend. Now I have almost completed a year in grad school and can’t believe how fast time has gone!! 🙂

  • Christine March 9, 2011, 3:50 pm

    A year ago I was getting a pink slip from my teaching job (4th grade) that was thanksfully was rescinded and landed me as a high school teacher (love it). I had just ran my first 5k, and now, a year later I’m getting ready for my 5th half marathon! Time flies!

  • KatieTX March 9, 2011, 3:53 pm

    This time last year I came down with swine flu…and now I have food poisoning. Oh and its my birthday tomorrow 🙁

  • Amanda(modernation) March 9, 2011, 4:08 pm

    I looked back at my blog, too. A year ago today I had my first green monster! Kind of funny!

  • Melissa @ TryingToHeal March 9, 2011, 4:10 pm

    ah, this time last year i was in fl chasing those crazy birds and well, hanging out with those gators you deemed to be afraid of. 🙂 and come to think of it, i was doing the same thing two years ago…! hehe!

  • Brittney March 9, 2011, 4:16 pm

    Haha, I just checked my blog to see what I was doing on 3/9 last year. I was helping my hubby prepare to go away for 2 months of airline training in Memphis and playing with Clyde the puppy (he was only like 4 months old then!).

  • Amanda March 9, 2011, 4:26 pm

    well I am glad to hear that you will be blogging forever – you are one of the favorite parts of my day!! I have learned a ton from you and you really are my inspiration. Im not even 1/3 as driven as you are and I hope with continued reading I will get closer!
    My guess is last year today I was doing much the same – scrambling to get something done for school…next year will be different though cause I graduate with my BSN in May – AWESOME!! So next year maybe ill work and run a 5k – this year its papers on health literacy!

  • Kacy March 9, 2011, 4:28 pm

    I looked at my blog and apparently I found out I got my PT job at the running store a year ago today and was recovering from food poisoning.

  • Carly March 9, 2011, 4:29 pm

    This day three years ago I met my wonderful boyfriend 🙂 Who knew after the most awkward first date ever we would still be together?

  • Erica March 9, 2011, 4:41 pm

    I got married!

  • Joanna B March 9, 2011, 4:42 pm

    I LOVE this question. This time last year I was smack in the middle of a 30-day Bikram yoga challenge and planning my 30th birthday party.

  • March 9, 2011, 4:49 pm

    I had just left a really difficult job situation and was repairing, resting, and reflecting on what to do next with my life. Still reflecting actually 🙂 Its a life long process!

  • Ali March 9, 2011, 4:53 pm

    A year ago today I did my first Half Marathon training run and…someone stole my iPhone, T pass and Starbucks gift-card from my jacket. That was an angry post!

  • Dorien @ Striped Happy March 9, 2011, 5:09 pm

    I was finishing up my masters’ thesis (don’t miss that one AT ALL) and counting down to graduating! If only I could tell last-year me to stop worrying and stressing out, because life’s so much more fun now!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 9, 2011, 5:19 pm

    that’s so exciting! my blog is 10 weeks old and already it’s growing up so fast 🙂

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 9, 2011, 5:26 pm

    Well, here’s what I can say (based on my blog entry here

    Last year, I was actually READING. Oh gosh, to be able to read recreationally again. Stupid school. Hopefully March 2012 will bring more reading — and other things… TBD.

    Yep, having a blog to remember stuff by is great. My blog will be turning 4.5 next month, and I’m celebrating my 5-year I’m-gonna-train-for-a-marathon-run-a-versary next week!

  • Stephanie @ Live Cook Love March 9, 2011, 5:29 pm

    This time last year, I was at an AWFUL job and just found out I got a new job, which turned out to be even more awful than the first job, I was living in a different town and pretty miserable. Oh, and I wasn’t blogging either.

    This year, I am at a job that I LOVE, in a city that I LOVE with my family and boyfriend and am blogging (and LOVE it) and couldn’t be happier 🙂

    What a difference a year makes!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In March 9, 2011, 5:38 pm

    This time last year I was on a cruise for my senior spring break! Desperately wish I could go back in time!!

  • Zo March 9, 2011, 5:50 pm

    I’ve been doing a lot of “a year ago” thinking lately. This time last year, I’d just started seeing my boyfriend (who I now live with). I barely told any of my friends or family because I was so nervous about how things would go. I couldn’t have imagined the amount of changes that would happen between then and now….

    On another note, Caitlin, thanks for answering my FAQ request about time management. I’m starting slow…just listing what needs doing and what’s been achieved on a spreadsheet, but it’s more than I was doing! And it feels good to mark something as “done!”

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good March 9, 2011, 6:11 pm

    One year ago, I was going through some tough stuff. When I think about it, March has been a month of major ups and downs over the years. Some really great things have happened in March and some really down times too. I had not started blogging, so I can’t look back in that way. It will be fun to reach a year.

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty March 9, 2011, 6:20 pm

    Around this time last year I was spending time with my grandfather who passed away a few months later, and I found out I was going to spend the summer studying in France. I had started my beauty blog, but not my recovery blog yet.

  • Camille March 9, 2011, 6:20 pm

    Hmm, around this time last year I think my boyfriend and I were planning our move to our current home in Oregon. My, how time flies!

  • Jillian@ Reshape Your Life March 9, 2011, 6:43 pm

    Around this time last year my fiance and I were going to a friends baby shower for the weekend (it was out of town) and getting ready for my birthday!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged March 9, 2011, 6:47 pm

    Around this time last year I was gearing up for spring break (my own and with my students – not at the same time, unfortunately!) and getting PSYCHED to graduate!

  • Kaitlyn March 9, 2011, 6:54 pm

    I live in Columbia (well…. actually France at the moment, but we have a house in Columbia, SC), and when I’m home I visit Charlotte a lot to go to shows/games/shopping. You say that you eat out a lot, and I’ve seen you mention some places I have never heard of in Charlotte. Could you do a whole post on Charlotte restaurants that you go to? I love hearing about new places, especially the places you have already mentioned (i.e. all natural or healthy)!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 9, 2011, 6:55 pm

    This time last year I was in a degree I hated and I was still struggling with restrictive eating. It’s amazing how much has changed in a year! 😀

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 9, 2011, 6:57 pm

    This time last year, I had just come back from my Grad Trip in Punta Cana (which was epic!!!!) and I had a freakin’ awesome tan. I was still in university, finishing up my undergrad business degree. I had also just discovered the world of food and fitness blogs, and was about 1 month away from starting up my own…. still going strong! 🙂

  • Skyler Meine March 9, 2011, 7:08 pm

    Time lapse was pretty cool. It is fun to remember.

  • foodandfarm March 9, 2011, 7:17 pm

    Hey have you ever heard of races like warrior dash or tough mudder? If so what do you thunk of them?

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 9, 2011, 7:25 pm

    I can’t wait until I can look back to the same time last year with my blog..but as for now, I can say I was probably doing somewhat around the same thing only with easier classes and reading blogs instead of reading/writing. 😛

  • katy {of} katy loves. March 9, 2011, 7:25 pm

    A year ago I was drinking beer with you. 😉 That cherry wheat was super good, I forgot about that one!

  • Errign March 9, 2011, 7:29 pm

    Around this time of year last year, I was getting ready to fly to Taipei, Taiwan. This year, I’m leaving for Singapore on Friday. Specifically though, according to my blog, one year ago today I was: packing & asking for advice on a dress I was bringing with me.

  • rebecca lustig March 9, 2011, 8:10 pm

    the ‘one year ago’ game always scares me! pretty sure i was getting ready for spring break and crushing on a new (now ex) boyfriend ha

  • Gina @ Gina Eats Beans March 9, 2011, 8:26 pm

    I was about a week into training for my first half marathon. I never got to run it because on April 4, 2010 (3 weeks before the race) I suffered a hip stress fracture. As an avid runner, I’m sure you can understand how devastated I was!

  • Val @ Balancing Val March 9, 2011, 8:33 pm

    I wonder what it would be like to blog forever.

    Do you ever feel like you need a break from posting all your meals and always having to take pictures of moments?

    Just curious.

    • Caitlin March 9, 2011, 8:35 pm

      Sure, all the time 🙂 I skip an afternoon or dinner every week or so. But whole days… not really. 🙂

  • Anne P March 9, 2011, 9:30 pm

    Aw, that happy hour was so fun! 🙂 Hard to believe that was a whole year ago?!

  • Lauren @ Team Giles March 10, 2011, 12:06 am

    Fun post Caitlin! According to my blog, on March 9th I got the Road ID! 🙂 Running Safe for the win!

  • Espie March 10, 2011, 5:08 am

    I had been back in the US after a two year Peace Corps term in the Dominican Republic and experiencing reverse culture shock. It was awful…I remember waking up crying just about every day! One year ago was also around the time I started following your blog!

    • Caitlin March 10, 2011, 9:16 am

      Thank you for doing the Peace Corps 😉

  • Julia @ Brides Up North March 10, 2011, 8:38 am

    Hi Caitlin, loving catching up. Great question! Well, here is my answer.. around this time last year I was bored in my job, not taking much exercise, watching too much tv and snappy with my then fiance. Then I stumbled across a little blog named Healthy Tipping Point (googling 30 day shred before and after pictures!) – I got hooked! I started my own blog, brit bride to document my exercise and healthy eating in the run up to my October wedding. I didn’t look back! I felt amazing on my wedding day – and it was all down to your inspiration! I shut down brit bride and started my own professional wedding blog, Brides Up North in November ( which has been such a success that I hope to go full time with it shortly. I am also currently touring wedding fairs and putting together a book proposal and working on freelance projects. What a year! Thank you so much for inspiring me. Feel free to share this story with your blog readers or contact me for a less gushy version!!

    Love, Julia xx

    • Caitlin March 10, 2011, 9:17 am

      I love your blog 🙂

  • Karen March 10, 2011, 8:48 am

    I was reading Geektastic: Tales from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci and then I went on a study break! I have a reading blog and it’s fun to look back and see all the books I’ve read!

  • kristin March 10, 2011, 9:47 am

    hahahaha i totally remember your posts about your fear of alligators and your self photo shoot for your old job!

  • Amber K March 10, 2011, 10:29 am

    Being able to look back and see exactly what I was doing is the only reason I would want to blog every day! I’m more of a once-three times a month person. But for me, it’s completely just for fun! 🙂

  • Amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler March 10, 2011, 11:09 am

    One year ago, I was freezing my arse off in Missouri and working at a miserable, soul-sucking temp job. I’m glad you asked this question because it reinforces that all my big decision were good decisions. I’m so much happier now!

  • Jolene ( March 10, 2011, 7:52 pm

    I am going to go back and see what I was doing last year!!! I love having a blog and being able to do that 🙂

    Glad to hear that you have no plans of ever stopping blogging!

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