Positive Feedback

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Want to know something awesome about healthy living?  The more you do it, the easier it becomes.  It’s kind of a positive feedback cycle.  You decide you want to be healthier, so you begin to make a few small changes, and you feel awesome due to those changes, which makes it easier to stick with it. 


I must say that – for me – positive feedback only occurs when I make changes SLOWLY.  I can’t make sweeping changes overnight; I need to identify one or two small things that I can tweak at a time or I crumble under the pressure and revert back to my old, not-as-healthy habits (obviously, I’m not talking about ‘dieting’ or extreme exercise… I’m just talking about maintainable, healthy habits).


Around New Year’s, I decided that I really needed to tweak several aspects of my life:


  • More sleep
  • Regular hydration + electrolyte replenishment (I cannot even tell you how much coconut water has improved my life)
  • More thoughtful exercise (i.e., I need to stop doing ‘junk runs’ and do speedwork or long runs with a purpose) and strength training
  • More fruits and veggies


So far, the little changes that I’ve made over the past two months are really starting to add up!  I feel better than ever – I’ve been sleeping well, don’t feel as stressed out, my mileage has been increasing, and my pace has been decreasing.  Wahoo!  None of these changes happened overnight, but it’s cool to look back and see that my small efforts are really making a difference in my overall well-being.


That’s one of the reasons that I’m so excited about the Boot Camp experiment that I started on Sunday.  I think I’ve found a strength training routine that I can stick with and have fun doing.  Plus, my arms, abs, and shoulders were so sore today – it hurts so good!  Sore muscles is definitely a strange type of positive feedback for me! 🙂


I took the plunge and shot ‘before’ pictures, too.  I don’t like weighing myself (scales don’t tell you the whole story… just how much you weigh!), so I think photos and measurements will be a fun way to comparison my progress at the Month 1 and Month 2 mark.  


Hello, I’m a goofy weirdo.  Wanna be my friend? ;)  For what it’s worth, I did cheesy grins in my before shots because I’m happy in the before AND the after. 




A whole wheat waffle with grilled pear, coconut, and globs of maple syrup.  Mmm.


And lunch was a fun rice bowl.


I stir-fried broccoli and then added an egg and cooked wild rice.  I let everything cook together for five minutes, plated, and added refried black beans and hot sauce.  It was delicious, actually!


And an apple:


Have you been experiencing any positive feedback in your healthy journey that’s motivating you to stick with it?



  • VeggieGirl March 7, 2011, 12:50 pm

    Oh yes, thankfully I have! It’s that positive reinforcement that keeps me on track and to avoid a relapse in getting and staying my healthiest, strongest, and most positive.

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun March 7, 2011, 12:53 pm

    Love that you said you smile in both before and after. I didnt even think about that. I’m smiling a big goofy smile in my before shots for my “body after baby” progress sharing on the blog. I’m happy at the beginning with myself and will be happy as I progress. Such a cool way to look at it!

  • Lauren March 7, 2011, 12:53 pm

    Yes, everytime I run a longer distance in my half training plan, it’s such a positive reinforcement on my motivation. I get excited for my next run immediately!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 7, 2011, 12:54 pm

    I think being able to feel when I haven’t eaten very well or worked out is enough “feedback” (not necessarily positive) that I need to keep on track!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 12:55 pm

      Oh I agree!

      • Nat March 8, 2011, 12:22 am

        Sugar hangover anyone?

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 7, 2011, 12:54 pm

    Hahaha I LOVE that picture of you looking a little crazy. You’ve got some nice guns!!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 7, 2011, 12:54 pm

    I love positive feedback. Just a few days ago someone commented to be that I have been looking really fit and buff lately (more than usual) and I guess it’s b/c I teach BodyPUMP 3x/week now? But I love it because I am working hard and it DOES pay off 🙂 I love your photo- so cute!!

  • Sassy Molassy March 7, 2011, 12:56 pm

    First off, props to you for thinking less about running “junk miles.” I always try to think positively about my mileage (even if it is just an easy 3 miler for recovery) because I think it all helps in the training perspective. Plus, if they’re junk miles, then why am I running them? Over the last few years as I’ve gotten more serious with my running and racing, I find that speed workouts and hills really make SUCH A HUGE DIFFERENCE in my overall pace. Awesome to see those changes.

    Good luck on your strength routine! I love doing Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones dvd a few times a week…even if I just turn it on for 15 minutes. I also love fitnessista.com ‘s workout routines. Get you sweating in no time while building strength!

    One positive feedback I’ve been noticing is that about 6 months ago I cut back on salads for meals (but kept my veggie/fruit intake high and actually LOST weight because I didn’t feel as deprived as I did when I forced myself to have salads for lunch or dinner. It just goes to show, you don’t have to eat just fruits and veggies to maintain or lose weight. Protein and healthy fats (and carbs) play a major role as well.

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 8:37 pm

      I really have to pack a salad with nuts and cheese to make it stick to my ribs!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 7, 2011, 12:56 pm

    I just blogged about this but last week I got sick from the antibiotics I’m taking (long story – I rarely get sick and hate taking meds but I have a mystery rash that might be Vasculitis…TMI!) and didn’t cook all week, so we ate more processed, boxed foods and ate less fruits/veggies/super foods. We both felt like crap! It’s almost like we didn’t notice how good we felt until we experienced how BAD we felt eating the crappy food!

  • Stephanie March 7, 2011, 12:58 pm

    I’ve been doing more emotional writing than I ever thought I would on my blog and I can’t even believe the feedback I’ve gotten. At first I was more concerned with what other bloggers would say or their responses (because that’s who comments generally) but in my personal life…the feedback has been outstanding and more motivating than anything in my life up to this point. I have old friends turning to me for advice and family members that don’t normally email me or call me do both. I spent this weekend with some happy tears because it’s amazing what rolls out when you make even one little change that can affect so many other people besides yourself.

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 8:38 pm

      <3 I'm glad you're finding strength in sharing!

  • G March 7, 2011, 12:58 pm

    You are ridiculously cute.
    I love the idea of a positive feedback cycle!

  • Sana March 7, 2011, 1:02 pm

    I am cheesy in my before shots, because I am always happy. LOL

  • Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing March 7, 2011, 1:03 pm

    I love that sore muscle feeling! (As long as it’s not painfully sore) Make me feel like I’m getting strong!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 7, 2011, 1:07 pm

    Yeah, especially when I discovered I was B12 deficient. Since I have been focusing on nutrients, I feel so much better!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 7, 2011, 1:13 pm

    I am the same in that if I try to stop doing something by going completely cold-turkey without it, I don’t last very long! I’m also working on hydration and so far, things have been going pretty well! I’m also trying to incorporate more relaxation activities into my fitness regime… but that hasn’t been going so hot! I really like hot yoga, but unfortunately the studio that offers it near me is really expensive. After having done a trial with that studio, I’ve moved around to others (regular yoga), but it’s just not the same when it’s not nice and hot!! 🙂

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) March 7, 2011, 1:17 pm

    I thrive on positive feedback… in the form of sore muscles, jeans that fit well, energy and the thrill (seriously, it’s a thrill) I get when I make something healthy that Hubbs loves, too 🙂
    If I don’t get some sort of positive feeling or feedback from a change I’m making.. I stop… not always on purpose, but that’s just what happens!

  • Kara March 7, 2011, 1:17 pm

    My husband just told me the other day that training for a marathon has given me a “runner’s physique”. I actually have no idea what he meant by that, but I like positive feedback in any form 🙂

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 7, 2011, 1:31 pm

    Right now I’m having the opposite issue. I have noooo motivation. So I’m not sticking with anything! 🙁 I can’t seem to get myself out of this rut. I think I need a gym buddy or something.

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy March 7, 2011, 1:41 pm

    Thighs not rubbing together and more toned/defined legs = motivation! I never realized that my legs, while thin in the past, were not toned! Duh! 🙂 Feels great.

  • Errign March 7, 2011, 1:42 pm

    I give myself lots of positive feedback, get lots of feedback from other bloggers & family/friends.

    I also get negative feedback -like “you’re looking very too skinny” from random people, when really I am not “too” skinny, Comments like that are frustrating because I feel really great about myself & others knockin’ ya down sucks! 🙂

  • Kristen March 7, 2011, 1:46 pm

    My journey is still ongoing. I hit A HUGE bump in the road the past 6 months. So now its about moving forward and not gaining anymore weight. and feeling better about myself!

    I agree that small steps is the best way to go- thank you for that reminder!

  • Runeatrepeat March 7, 2011, 1:46 pm

    My running has been getting better and it’s making me want to stick with training during the tough runs 🙂

  • Kira March 7, 2011, 1:47 pm

    Definitely for me. Around January 5 I became a full time vegetarian and also have decided to only drink water, herbal, and my morning coffee. I feel better than ever. My skin has been pretty much blemish free and my dark circles are starting to go away. I am one of those people that drinks 80 oz of water a day.

    • Kira March 7, 2011, 1:47 pm

      *herbal tea!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 8:38 pm

      Yay for vegetarianism!

  • Jason@Cant-Coach-Desire March 7, 2011, 1:47 pm

    I’ve been successful in pushing my endurance up by running a consistently higher mileage for the past 3+ months. Originally, I would become injury prone at around 40-45 miles a week, but through careful planning & not overdoing it. I now can run over over 50 miles a week without being as injury prone as I was before. Just took time and patience to let my body acclimate to the increased training.

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged March 7, 2011, 1:49 pm

    I cant wait to read about how the boot camp goes – I’d love to do a program like that. Do you remember if Orlando had any popular ones that you might be able to recommend?

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 8:38 pm

      I don’t know of any – I’m sorry!

  • haya March 7, 2011, 1:55 pm

    i love your goofy before shot!! one of my biggest pet peeve is when the before picture is all dark and grey and the person looks unhappy, etc etc.

  • Laura @ Starting Out Fit March 7, 2011, 1:56 pm

    I can’t even put into words how helpful the constant positive feedback from my fiance and my blog readers is for me right now that I am working through my first half-marathon training program. Hearing/reading that they’re proud of me just makes me want to push myself that much further!

  • Nicole (the other one) March 7, 2011, 1:57 pm

    Can I just say “Thank you!” for not posting a full frontal bikini picture? Every person’s body is so different and responds differently to various kinds of exercise. I think it’s great to take before and after photos to monitor your progress. But only you know how much your body has changed, or whether you just have great lighting. Readers can look at your recipes and exercise for inspiration, but no amount of work is going to make my body look like someone else’s body.

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 8:40 pm

      Your welcome 🙂

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 7, 2011, 2:01 pm

    good for you incorporating strength training AND smiling in the before an afters. You are definitely an in inspiration to keep growing and loving the journey.

  • Megan March 7, 2011, 2:05 pm

    Positive feedback is SO helpful! Helps you want to keep moving in the right direction!

    Also, you share so many aspects of your life, I think it would be fun if you did this too!

  • Jen March 7, 2011, 2:07 pm

    Can I just tell you how much I love your blog?! I love how you are so positive 🙂 Have a great day!!!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 8:41 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  • Becky March 7, 2011, 2:15 pm

    I’ve maintained the same weight for close to twenty years with a variance of about 10 pounds up or down. Excercise keeps me fit and strong. I truly believe that excercise is the fountain of youth – I’m not trying to be 25 again – but I do want to be strong as I reach menopause and beyond. I also eat healthy for the most part also and I’m looking at a vegetarian diet for the health benefits.

    I too love the positive messages of your blog. Keep it up!

  • Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy March 7, 2011, 2:17 pm

    i like the goofy smile for the before picture.. i hate that the commercialized ones are frowning before and then smiling after .. why can’t you be happy before too!

    I recently joined TNT and that has created to much positive feedback from family and friends and the team. I had surgery in October and couldnt exercise for 3 months. It was hard to get back into running. I’m definately a lot slower now but the team is so encouraging!!! I ran 9 miles .. almost back to double digits!

  • Vanessa March 7, 2011, 2:19 pm

    Today, I’m also experiencing positive feedback in the form of sore muscles. =) I moved up from 3 pound weights to five pounds when doing Jillian Michael’s No More Trouble Zones. I didn’t think two extra pounds would make such a big difference — but it does!

    One thing I’ve experienced lately is being proud of myself — something I haven’t often felt. Sure, there were milestones like graduating college or landing a job when I could pat myself on the back, but taking charge of my health has completely changed my self-perspective. I just feel…cool. Not in a I’msomuchbetterthanyou way, but in an energized, awesome, Iwanttosharethiswithyou way. =)

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt March 7, 2011, 2:26 pm

    Yay! That’s awesome girl! I’ve been taking better care of myself too and the other day my husband told me that I have a glow now. That is enough motivation for me! 🙂

  • Kathryn March 7, 2011, 2:27 pm

    Last summer I decided I didn’t want to be a smoker anymore.. it was EXPENSIVE, gross, a huge turn-off to guys, AND terrible for my health! But the biggest reason I quit was because I wanted to be a better, stronger, healthier runner- and now, 6 months smoke-free, I can totally feel the difference!! Makes me never, ever want to be a smoker again!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 8:42 pm

      Congrats on quitting smoking 🙂

  • Clarissa @ SoberandtheCity March 7, 2011, 2:35 pm

    More water (seltzer in my case) is a big thing I’ve been doing for the past 6 months and I like how much better my skin looks/feels!

    I try to get all the sleep I can get, that’s for sure!

    Also – my Bring Lunch to Work Challenge has motivated me to make better choices for lunch foods!

  • Michelle March 7, 2011, 2:36 pm

    The best positive feedback I’ve gotten is from my friends! They’ve been so proud of me on my journey to get healthy and my newfound love of running. Every time someone tells me how i’ve inspired them it’s so motivating to stick with it! One of my friends told me “your ass keeps me running. like literally. your ass looks so good.”

    • Michelle March 7, 2011, 2:37 pm

      And running 10 miles this weekend was pretty motivating! I could barely run 1 mile this time last year! 🙂

  • Fit Chick Britt March 7, 2011, 2:45 pm

    I agree that its really a series of small changes you look back on and just think damn look where I came from and where I am now. I love it!

  • Stacey March 7, 2011, 2:49 pm

    Yep, it’s always best to do things slowly. Doing too much too soon will just lead to burn out. It’s about positive changes that are maintainable over the longer term that will lead to the best health benefits.

  • Heather March 7, 2011, 2:56 pm

    I have been trying to drink more water, eat more veggies, get enough sleep and take my iron pill!

    Small changes add up! I am feeling very energetic and peppy these days!

  • Sharon March 7, 2011, 3:06 pm


    do you mind explaining a little bit about “Junk Runs”


    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 8:43 pm

      Junk runs are when you’ve probably already ran enough that month but are squeezing in extra mileage just to get a higher weekly total. It’s more important to do quality tempo, speedwork, and long runs than just a bunch of running.

  • Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily March 7, 2011, 3:11 pm

    Those waffles look amazing especially with the grilled pears. Great idea!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales March 7, 2011, 3:24 pm

    Yesssss!!! I started strength training about 3-4x a week almost a year ago, and I have seen WORLDS of a difference in my muscle mass. I used to be such a skinnyminnie (like, even more than I am now) and I hated the judgement that came along with that. (Isn’t it strange that people feel it rude to comment when someone is on the bigger side, but they feel totally free to make comments about those who are naturally skinny?) Now my arms and legs are soo much more muscular than they used to be! My arms have seen the most difference, and I have legit guns now! I’m still small, but I have a lot more confidence. I absolutely love feeling this strong and that is enough feedback to make me go lift, even when I’m tired. I’ve worked hard for this increase in muscle, and I know just 10-15mins of weight training after work will help keep me strong!

  • Christine March 7, 2011, 3:26 pm

    I picked up running a year ago, and I’ve taken a minute of my mile times during the 4 half marathons I’ve done since. And my butt is where it should be now- I’d say that’s motivating 🙂

  • Lori Lynn March 7, 2011, 3:27 pm

    I have just kept at the running, and have increased my distance and time. I wasn’t ever able to run for longer than a mile and a half, and then in January hit 2 miles. This last Friday, I hit 3 miles for the first time!

  • britt will be fit March 7, 2011, 3:27 pm

    finally, YES

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) March 7, 2011, 3:29 pm

    I have def been feelin’ them. You’re so right too… The slow and more gradual changes seem to become easier over time, and then a habbit. …then you add a few more. The more you do, the better the feedback… It’s a brilliant system. 🙂

  • Mary March 7, 2011, 3:31 pm

    Nice before shot, I dont think you’ve need boot-camp. your guns are huuge! 🙂

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 8:43 pm

      Pow Pow!

  • Kacy March 7, 2011, 3:35 pm

    My pace has been going down SLOWLY but surely. Not so much on my long runs, but I’ve been pushing myself on shorter runs and it’s paying off. Love that!

  • Dori March 7, 2011, 3:48 pm

    The waffle looks awesome. I’ve experienced so much positive feedback that I don’t think I can ever stop my intense, effective workouts! Very excited to see how bootcamp turns out for you.

  • Kim March 7, 2011, 3:53 pm

    i think i am the only one that gains weight from running. but the positive is i feel good to be able to do it!

    • elaine! March 7, 2011, 4:11 pm

      Actually, that’s not unusual for women, especially as your distances get longer. 🙂 The weight doesn’t matter as much as the positive effect on your heart and bones!

      • Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 7, 2011, 4:49 pm

        Oh no, you’re not the only one! But it could be muscle mass!

        • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 8:44 pm

          I gained weight from running – its a common side effect.

  • Jeni @ stepping out March 7, 2011, 3:54 pm

    Last week I tried 5:30am yoga so I made sure to get my classroom ready the night before. I liked going in to school later so much that I’m doing it all the time now. It’s so nice to sleep a little longer and drive to work in the daylight.

  • Brittany March 7, 2011, 3:56 pm

    Can’t wait to see your progress! You’re going to great, no doubt =)

  • Lauren March 7, 2011, 3:56 pm

    Haha! I love how you made a conscious note of smiling in the before pic! Whenever people are advertising for some silly quick fix, the people in the before pictures always look miserable!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 8:45 pm

      Yea they never have their hair done or make up on either 🙂

  • elaine! March 7, 2011, 4:09 pm

    I LOVE the idea of positive feedback! I have definitely noticed amazing things since I refocused my energy a month ago.

    – About 1.5 months ago, I could do 3 modified pushups. Last week, I did almost 30! My martial arts instructor told me it’s time to move on to full pushups.
    – A couple weeks ago, I ran 3 miles in less than 30 minutes! I never run sub-10 minute miles!
    – I actually ENJOY the majority of my runs. They used to brink the edge of torture.
    – My bank account is starting to positively reflect that I’ve been cooking in rather than eating out 90% of the time.
    – My weight hasn’t been consistently decreasing every week, but my body fat percentage has. And one of my pairs of jeans is way too lose now.
    – I’ve been much more emotionally stable — not to mention more energetic — thanks to more consistent sleep.

    • Terrieha March 7, 2011, 7:17 pm

      That is some great positive feedback!!

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 7, 2011, 4:11 pm

    When I eat well/get enough rest, I run better. I am more alert at work too. When I don’t eat well — I feel awful. That is how I know I was doing things right!

  • Lindsey March 7, 2011, 4:17 pm

    Soo true! Since I started training for a half marathon I’m amazed that (a) I can run further than 3 miles, and (b) I actually enjoy running now! It’s so cool to see the changes in my body and strength.

  • Kiran March 7, 2011, 4:38 pm

    I love the motivation I’ve been getting via #fitblog chats 🙂

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 7, 2011, 4:41 pm

    I’m trying to cut down on sugar (aka cookies and chocolate) and I’m REALLY struggling! maybe I should focus on the individual times when I do resist, rather than dwelling on all the other times that I don’t

  • Kandi March 7, 2011, 5:00 pm

    I really needed to get a hold of my health. First start – nutrition. So I joined Weight Watchers at the beginning of the year. It’s really helped me to realize I was NOT eating the proper portions. Because I’m accountable for everything that goes in my mouth, I’ve been eating much more fruits, vegetables and whole grains than ever before.

    I am SO PROUD of myself and my change in eating (I’ve lost 16+ pounds so far).

    Next step – fitness. I’ve been walking, but its time to kick it up a notch.

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 8:45 pm

      Wahoo way to go girl!

  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 7, 2011, 5:01 pm

    I stopped trying to deprive myself of the foods I love but instead eat them in moderation. The positive feedback from this is that I have significantly less cravings for certain foods and when I do eat them, I actually enjoy and savor every bite!

  • Angie March 7, 2011, 5:14 pm

    I agree that positive feedback makes it easier to stick with. But what makes it even more easy for me to stick with him healthy life is the fact that I actually am NICER when I’m living a healthy life. When I was less healthy and worked out less I took my frustration out on those I loved now I am nicer to everyone around me, it’s changed the way I act toward people and in turn changed the way they act toward me. They are now more supportive of my lifestyle because they too reap the benefits (a kinder sister, daughter and girlfriend!!) I really love your blog so much!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 8:46 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} March 7, 2011, 5:16 pm

    You are so right about the positive cycle. I love your happy smile in your before picture! 🙂 Can’t wait to see what boot camp does to your already really awesome body.

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul March 7, 2011, 5:36 pm

    I love that picture of you Caitlin! Especially with the green–my fave color! 🙂 Even though we can learn through negative outcomes as well, positive ones are always so cool. I think there’s pros to both sides! I think the most recent kind for me is that I’ve been eating less meat throughout the day, and I feel so much better! For example, I was offered a lot of meat dishes over this weekend and my stomach started to feel terrible. So I know that I don’t want to feel like that again, and will continue to try to have more balance in that sense. But over the past few months, I haven’t eaten as much meat as I used to, and as a result i’m feeling better in every way. And I see more muscles too 😛

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy March 7, 2011, 5:38 pm

    I also recently took before photos and smiled in them. I hate that people look so sad in their before photos. I just want some sort of evidence for myself to see the changes that occur, not some sort of picture that makes me feel bad about myself!

  • kim March 7, 2011, 5:38 pm

    thanks– i feel like the only one!

  • Dana March 7, 2011, 5:39 pm

    This has nothing to do with your post but I just wanted to tell you that I bought trader joe’s white bean and basil hummus and I am also obsessed! Tastes like pesto!

    • Caitlin March 7, 2011, 8:46 pm

      OMG isnt that insanely good?

  • Anna March 7, 2011, 5:42 pm

    I just started a running “regimen” and the first day was awful. I couldn’t even run like .1 mile without having to walk haha. I used to play volleyball but let myself slip into an unhealthy routine. It’s only been 4 days but now I can run almost a 1/2 mile without stopping and I feel so much better!

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic March 7, 2011, 5:43 pm

    i have a fancy-pants scale that does everything (weight, bmi, percent body fat, bone mass, percent water weight, etc. etc. etc.). I love seeing the numbers change!

  • fawn March 7, 2011, 5:49 pm

    I, for some reason took a four month break from my usual yoga routine of 3x a week. I felt so sluggish all day long, started drinking large amounts of coffee and was falling asleep every chance I got so last month I started again and I couldnt believe how much strength I lost in that time. Now that I’m back into my routine I may only have coffee once a week and just because I enjoy it and I have better, more quality sleep. For me yoga has positive feedback in just about everyway especially emotionally.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now March 7, 2011, 5:55 pm

    I’m the same–Have to make small changes. My husband has a great quote that I love. He says, “Lasting change takes time.”

  • Katie @ peacebeme March 7, 2011, 6:39 pm

    I have really been tracking some things that help me cope and are related to mental health and I am seeing huge differences gradually add up. Keeping track of it helps me see progress over time.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 7, 2011, 7:13 pm

    I like those goals- they actually have meaning behind them!! And I need to start doing less “junk runs”, too and work on interval work..it’s just so easy to get in the zone and run, though!

  • Terrieha March 7, 2011, 7:18 pm

    Love the pics and am so excited to work with you along your Boot Camp journey!

    • Terrieha March 7, 2011, 7:19 pm

      Oh and I am ALL about Positive Feedback!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit March 7, 2011, 7:47 pm

    I love your attitude, smiling in the before photos AND the after photos 🙂 You’re such a good example! And that rice bowl looks de-lish.

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 7, 2011, 7:57 pm

    I’m a really all or nothing person. I take things to extremes and when I do something I don’t do it half way. This can sometimes be my downfall because I won’t stick with it. When I do though, I feel incredible. I love positive feedback.

  • Gina @ Gina Eats Beans March 7, 2011, 8:04 pm

    Small s l o w changes are what works for me. Over the course of the past year, I went vegetarian and that slowly developed into being a vegan. I couldn’t have gone vegan overnight but I look back and it is the best decision I have made for my body and the planet (and my happiness, except for marrying my husband of course 😉 ). At the end of a day where I eat lots of nutritious food and work out hard I just feel good and that is the best feedback. And sore muscles are good too!

  • Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner March 7, 2011, 8:30 pm

    Have fun with the Bootcamp! 😀


  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef March 7, 2011, 8:36 pm

    positive feedback is great!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 7, 2011, 8:37 pm

    I think you hit the nail on the head with healthy living. It’s all about making small baby steps to a better you. It is a constant journey and not a “quick fix” that others are looking for.

    I like your cheesy grin – it makes me smile.

  • lisa March 7, 2011, 9:09 pm

    i agree..measurements are a MUCH better way to track progress!

    and that french toast with grilled pear looks delicious

  • Wendy March 7, 2011, 9:20 pm

    Postive Feedback is awesome when it is recognizes as such. We tend to self talk ourselves into the negative. Visuals are important.

  • Lauren March 7, 2011, 10:12 pm

    Haha I would totally be your friend! You always make me smile, Caitlin!!! I don’t have any positive feedback stories, but with the weather getting better, maybe I will start doing more things to make myself feel better. I’m so over the snow and the rain. :/

  • Amy March 8, 2011, 6:25 am

    Welll, my ‘resolution’ back in December was to be gentler with myself; to love myself as I am (healthy living blogs were one piece of what led me to that decision! so thank you!) and to make sure that my actions reflect that. This has manifested itself in lotttts of yoga, and I’ve gotten a bit of positive feedback about how I look, which is a nice by-product of the resolution.

    • Caitlin March 8, 2011, 8:54 am

      Yoga is the bomb 🙂

  • Gwen March 8, 2011, 10:10 am

    You’re a hot n’ healthy mama Ms. C! I am just LOVING the new bangs too!

    • Caitlin March 8, 2011, 11:51 am


  • Amber K March 8, 2011, 10:57 am

    Your lunch looks delicious and I LOVE your before picture. I always hate before pictures where the person looks like they are extremely miserable or pissed off.

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