Whirlwind of a Day

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Today’s crazy-hectic day inspired a new post (“Thoughts on a Life-Work Balance”).  But it’s already 9:30 PM so you’ll have to wait until tomorrow AM.  Until then…


Today, I…



And loads of other random things.  I feel productive, but swamped.  Hence, tomorrow’s post!


One thing I did that REALLY helped my mood was prep this fabulous dinner at lunch.  We didn’t get home until late so it was nice to have a hot meal waiting for us (well, waiting to be microwaved and then consumed):


In the mix:  brown rice, roasted broccoli, plain baked tofu, and canned corn + a little bit of apple balsamic vinaigrette.




And post-Girls on the Run snack was Greek yogurt + cashews + raw oatmeal.  My very favorite to-go summer dish.


Oh, and lunch was a wrap with hummus, tomatoes, asparagus, and other goodies (made by the Husband) with a banana.


And now – I crash.  😉



  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 5, 2011, 9:43 pm

    well you definitely deserve a good nights sleep!

    hope you feel rested in the morning, congrats again on your third book! 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 5, 2011, 9:43 pm

    You were a busy busy girl today! Get some sleep!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing April 5, 2011, 9:43 pm

    Wow, busy day! I need to print blog business cards badly, just haven’t yet.

  • Su April 5, 2011, 9:44 pm

    Your hubby doesnt have a problem with microwaved food? Just curious

    • Alyssa April 5, 2011, 11:18 pm

      I don’t know if this is part of what you’re referring to, but vegetables retain more of their nutrients when they are microwaved instead of cooked on the stove. Boiling/pressure cooking vegetables are the least effective, but seaming and sauteing them on the stove are effective.

      • Su April 6, 2011, 12:03 am

        Yep. Thank you!

        I thought it was the opposite 🙂

        • Alyssa April 6, 2011, 1:45 am

          I was kind of surprised too 🙂 Good thing microwaving/sauteing/steaming veggies tastes better than boiling them 🙂

    • Caitlin April 6, 2011, 2:13 pm

      Husband does not prefer microwaving foods at all – he would rather reheat in the store but sometimes we dont have time for it!

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 5, 2011, 9:49 pm

    Dang woman. You’re making the rest of us look lazy! Dinner looks delicious. Get some rest tonight.

  • Kristin @ FoodFash April 5, 2011, 9:59 pm

    So… You’re superwoman? 🙂

  • emily April 5, 2011, 10:01 pm

    I know your husband does the mostly vegan thing, but do you ever miss the creaminess factor in a meal like this one? I feel like I wouldn’t enjoy that dish without cheese or sour cream. I’d like to try rice bowls without those higher calorie additions sometimes, but I’m afraid that they won’t be as satisfying (flavorwise I mean).

    • Faith @ lovelyascharged April 5, 2011, 10:04 pm

      I’m not a vegan, but I find that as far as flavors go, there are a lot of vegan ways to bump up the flavor. Fresh herbs and spices go a LONG way, as do condiments like peanut butter sauce, salsa and guacamole. Of course, there’s always a cheese alternative like Daiya…

      • emily April 5, 2011, 10:16 pm

        I’m not really concerned with keeping it vegan (I already regularly cook vegan meals), my question was about the lack of fat. Not necessarily on impacting satiety, but relating to satisfaction.

        • emily April 5, 2011, 10:20 pm

          Thank you for the advice though! I didn’t mean for my answer to sound so curt!

    • Caitlin April 6, 2011, 2:15 pm

      Add hummus! Hummus gives dishes a creamy flavor without dairy 🙂

  • Mindy April 5, 2011, 10:02 pm

    I’m tired just reading that list – how many days until that vacation of yours? 😉

    • Caitlin April 6, 2011, 2:15 pm


  • Faith @ lovelyascharged April 5, 2011, 10:02 pm

    Gotta love easy, fallback recipes like wraps and yogurt bowls to get ya through a hectic day!

  • Abby April 5, 2011, 10:06 pm

    Get some sleep lady! 🙂

  • Sarah for Real April 5, 2011, 10:08 pm

    Holy moly girl, you need a vacation! Oh wait… You already booked one :p What’s the countdown?

  • Laughter-Loving Stacy April 5, 2011, 10:10 pm

    well done!! 🙂

  • Sana April 5, 2011, 10:16 pm

    Congrats on being super productive! you should fall asleep at night feeling happy and accomplished!!

  • Hannah April 5, 2011, 10:25 pm

    What wraps do you buy? All I can find in my grocery store are tortillas!

    • Caitlin April 6, 2011, 2:17 pm

      Its a tortilla! It’s a whole wheat tortilla from Trader Joe’s. Just check the ingredient list to make sure there isn’t lard or trans fat.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me April 5, 2011, 10:32 pm

    Wow your day was crazy busy! Get in some relaxation before bed! 🙂

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 5, 2011, 10:42 pm

    so basically you had a low key day, sat on the couch eating bon bons and watching soaps 🙂


    enjoy your evening, hope it’s more CHILL!

  • Kacy April 5, 2011, 10:54 pm

    Busy day! Hope you get some rest!
    Looking forward to the work-life balance post. That’s definitely something I’m in need of right now!

  • Natalia - a side of simple April 5, 2011, 10:59 pm

    I made a similar rice/broccoli/tofu dish just the other day! I don’t know if I ever even thanked you, but I finally had tofu for the first time a few weeks ago (after being a little traumatized as child) and absolutely love it! It was all because of your tofu dishes always sounding delicious! So…thanks 🙂

    • Caitlin April 6, 2011, 2:18 pm

      Yay! I am so glad!

  • sarah (sarah learns) April 5, 2011, 10:59 pm

    i’m excited for your post tomorrow! and you always amaze me with how busy you are and how much you do!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 5, 2011, 11:05 pm

    Now THAT’S being productive! Congrats on getting so much accomplished! And that dinner sounds SO good!!! Would you mind posting the recipe/method of making when you get a chance?

    Hope you get a good night’s rest!

    • Caitlin April 6, 2011, 2:21 pm

      Boiled brown rice according to package directions

      Drained and pressed extra firm tofu, cut into one-inch squares. Put on greased cookie sheet.

      Chopped broccoli. Put next to tofu.

      Preheat oven to 375.

      Bake for 40 minutes.

      Add to rice, add in 1/2 a can of corn. Give it a mix. Add some salad dressing on top and mix some more.


  • Emma April 5, 2011, 11:15 pm

    hi caitlin! i live in greenville, sc and as i was walking into the gym today, i saw a few younger girls running on the trail that goes through the city and passes in front of the parking lot of the gym. i thought they were just playing, but i saw a girl in her later 20s running and talking to some of the girls and i just KNEW it was a girls on the run group!! so exciting and put me in a great mood for my evening workout. i wouldn’t have known about this awesome program if i didn’t read HTP, so i was so happy to see it in action! i grew up as a semi-athlete and running was ALWAYS a punishment. i wish i’d had the early encouragement to run for fun, stress release, and just a general sense of well being. i’m in my early 20s now and trying to view running as anything but miserable! while i work out consistently, i’m trying to embrace the challenge of running more than a mile or two without getting bored or inventing a pain so i can stop. you’re an inspiration!! thank you, and i’m excited for the book! (Whew, i just wrote a novel!)

    • Caitlin April 6, 2011, 2:22 pm

      <3 thank you emma!

    • Caitlin April 6, 2011, 2:22 pm

      <3 thank you emma!

  • Alyssa April 5, 2011, 11:19 pm

    Way to be productive 🙂 Any idea on when the HTP book will be published?

  • Khushboo April 5, 2011, 11:22 pm

    I hope u realise- ur in for an awesome night of sleep! That’s your reward for accomplishing so much! Love the sound of your hot lunch.

  • Jamie@everydaydolce April 5, 2011, 11:44 pm

    hope you get some incredible zzz’s tonight! This time of year always feels busy to me! You seem to time manage very well 🙂

  • steph April 5, 2011, 11:47 pm

    Darn, I wish I could come to Williamsport!

  • Heather C April 5, 2011, 11:54 pm

    I think “productive” is an understatement for that day! Sheesh, girl, soak in those sleep hours.

    P.S. I LOVE that you opened up the HTP book to submissions, I’m already excited to read what comes your way…even if it’s not for another year or so for that “publish” date 🙂

    • Caitlin April 6, 2011, 2:22 pm

      Thank you Heather for the support!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 5, 2011, 11:59 pm

    WOW that is intense– I will submit something tomorrow- I promise! sleep tight 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 6, 2011, 12:19 am

    Busy day! Hope your day is more mellow tomorrow 🙂

  • Lauren @ SassyMolassy April 6, 2011, 12:29 am

    I talked a bit about balance on my blog, but more in the exercise realm. But I think balance in all areas can be so helpful to keeping you feeling unfrazzled. Hope tomorrow is a better on for you! http://justcallmesassy.blogspot.com/2011/04/why-triathlon-training-is-genius.html

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) April 6, 2011, 12:39 am

    You are amazing. What a productive day! It’s such a shame that when I sit in class, all I can think about is the other work I need to be doing!

  • Lili April 6, 2011, 12:57 am

    I will try to remember this list of yours when I attempt to say that I ‘don’t have time’ to do this or that!! Good job on all your accomplishments ~ get some good rest, amazing lady! 🙂

  • Caroline April 6, 2011, 1:43 am

    Oh Darn! You are making me feel so lazy, I have done very little!..and it feel so good to be productive 🙂 Your dinner looks really good and I’m looking forward to tommorows post. xxx

  • Hannah @ Healthy Life April 6, 2011, 2:13 am

    Busy busy! I thought I had had a busy day by just showing up to work 😉 The wrap looks good!!

  • Jumanah (Healthy Living in the Middle East) April 6, 2011, 5:47 am

    I love days when I am productive! You sure did get a ton of stuff done today! I, on the other hand, have been starring out the window at the rain for the past hour unable to concentrate! Please send some motivation my way!

    • Caitlin April 6, 2011, 2:23 pm

      *motivation vibes*

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 6, 2011, 6:47 am

    What a busy day!! It sounds productive though, which is way better than busy days that have nothing to show for it. 😉

    I need to try your rice combination. That sounds delicious! 😀

  • Katherine: Unemployed April 6, 2011, 7:00 am

    it’s been windy here weather-wise but I am safe in my condo. I hope the storms of life calm for you!

  • Carolyn L. April 6, 2011, 7:11 am

    I just wanted you to know that you’ve helped me get my boyfriend to eat more veggies. I started by roasting potatoes with onion soup mix as a seasoning. After I saw that you roasted green veggies, I slowly added carrots, asparagus, and last night broccoli! He was suspicious at first and said he wouldn’t have any, but it all tasted so good that he didn’t pick out the broccoli and asparagus anymore.


    • Caitlin April 6, 2011, 2:24 pm

      Nice! Hooray!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg April 6, 2011, 7:53 am

    Ok your day sounds crazy, but doesn’t it feel good to get so much done???

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 6, 2011, 8:15 am

    Wow, I wish I could accomplish half as much as you in a day! I hope you got a fabulous sleep last night. 🙂

  • Lana April 6, 2011, 8:21 am

    Sounds like a productive day! Keep Chugin!!

  • Kiran April 6, 2011, 10:40 am

    Intense to-do list. Try to get more zzz’s 🙂

  • caitlin April 6, 2011, 11:46 am

    I just got a manicure yesterday and it was AMAZING! Sometimes i feel guilty for paying for things like that but I really really needed one :). It really is the simple things in life!

  • Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen April 6, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Well done Caitlin!

  • Amber K April 6, 2011, 12:13 pm

    Hope you got a good night’s sleep busy lady 🙂

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