Can someone explain something to me?


How come I proactively decided to give myself a break and take yesterday afternoon and evening off, sat on the porch and listened to music, read a book, got takeout, and felt oh-so-relaxed… but then those feelings simply do NOT transfer over to the next workday!?  It’s like I didn’t even take a break.  I want to reap the maximum rewards of relaxation! Hah.


Packed a lunch to eat at work:


A spinach, goat cheese, tomato, and baked tofu (sliced, 375 for 45 minutes, no draining beforehand) salad with balsamic dressing:


And an orange:


And now, because I know everyone wants to slack off on the Friday before Memorial Day, I thought I’d link back to some of my favorite recent posts from others in the blogosphere. Happy reading!














Want to check out my blog roll?  Some Blogs I Read Every Day



  • Holly @ The Runny Egg May 27, 2011, 1:08 pm

    I totally do not want to be at work today! I want to go home and relax!

    I know what you mean about not reaping the rewards of relaxing. If you figure out how let me know!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 27, 2011, 1:11 pm

    I am totally with you on the relaxation not transferring. Why is that? I’m hoping for some good down time this weekend, but I’m afraid it won’t happen. I hope your afternoon is a little more relaxed.

  • chloe @ 321delish May 27, 2011, 1:11 pm

    I don’t know, but it is similar in having a great “im beautiful day” and the next day having to REALLY dig deep to complement yourself….sometimes it just doesn’t line up. But that being said, that is the reason to celebrate yourself as much as you can! and relax as much as you can!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 27, 2011, 1:11 pm

    Oooh I totally hear ya on feeling tired! Just when I think I’ve refueled and relaxed, I seem to start feeling worn out again! Oh well, good job the weekend is only a few hours away! Thanks for the links – going to check em out now!

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) May 27, 2011, 1:12 pm

    Thank you, I totally needed more slacking material.

    Dark chocolate is required for post-workout recovery. Mental and physical. Try it.

  • Emily Malone May 27, 2011, 2:15 pm

    Awww thanks Caitlin! Miss you!

  • Khushboo May 27, 2011, 2:16 pm

    If only we could bottle of feelings of relaxation for future use!

  • alli May 27, 2011, 2:43 pm

    totally copied YHL weekly picture idea for my little boy! i found a 52 page photo book at target and gifted them to each set of grandparents for christmas. it’s so fun giving them the updated pictures every couple of months 🙂

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 27, 2011, 3:02 pm

    Hope you have a RELAXING weekend!

  • Chloe (South Beach Girl) May 27, 2011, 3:11 pm

    The same thing happens to me, but I view it this way: if I didn’t relax I would be even more wound up the next day so I would be feeling much more negative. At least I hope that’s the case!

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs,) May 27, 2011, 3:25 pm

    I hope you relax this weekend 🙂

  • Hilary May 27, 2011, 3:52 pm

    I’m so glad you posted links to read (for real) because I am soooo bored this afternoon at work and we’re not allowed to leave. I’ve read every blog I usually read and needed something else. Hope you have a good relaxing weekend!

  • Devonshire May 27, 2011, 3:56 pm

    Thanks for posting some of the blogs you read! I’m seriously getting into reading them!

  • briana May 27, 2011, 4:16 pm

    sometimes i think relaxation only truly “counts” (as in, lasts to the next day and beyond) is when you are genuinely relaxed–mentally and physically. so, an afternoon off in the midst of busyness at the clinic and a looming book deadline may not cut it. in contrast, the break you will take after finishing the book (much like the little break you took between books) will likely have greater effects! for me, when i’m in the midst of stress that i can’t fully detach myself from, consistent sleep is the most important in terms of relaxation that makes a major difference (of course, i also get insomnia in stressful times, so consistent sleep is sometimes easier said than done!) best of luck to you!

  • Christine May 27, 2011, 4:24 pm

    Great, always looking for more great blogs to learn from/suck my time up 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 27, 2011, 4:47 pm

    I love all the links to check out, thanks!! And amazingly large salads are THE best for lunch 🙂

  • Heather @ Dietitian on the Run May 27, 2011, 4:53 pm

    ELR’s Eastern Medicine posts is one of the best things I’ve read this week – the honesty and appreciation for simply EXPLORING options was so refreshing!

    I think everyone has a hard time focusing on Friday afternoon, maybe the relaxation mood will return over the holiday weekend 😉

  • Johanna B May 27, 2011, 5:47 pm

    Unfortunately each new days starts with its own stressors. That’s why relaxation needs to be a part of every day to maintain balance. Off soapbox now.

  • Molly @ RDexposed May 27, 2011, 5:48 pm

    If it’s worth anything, I think that giving belly rubs to cute dogs is productive.

  • Kayla @ The Best Things May 27, 2011, 8:17 pm

    I literally can’t make myself get to a 6:30 class. I’ve tried so many times. I think a buddy is totally necessary. And thanks for the link to the Daily Garnish.. I’m now obsessed with following her veggie pregnancy. Storing info for later, you know!

  • briana May 27, 2011, 9:37 pm

    thank you, thank you, thank you for the link to thesimpledollar! i’ve been needing a finance blog like this, and will start reading it regularly!

  • Sara May 27, 2011, 10:01 pm

    I LOVE the Clara project on Young House Love and was also thinking I would be doing it with my kids someday! 🙂 Love your blog!

  • Baking 'n' Books May 27, 2011, 10:25 pm

    Wish I were on that roll! 😉

    Thanks for the links. I thought about you today (no, I’m not nutzo) – I was watching “Access Hollywood Live” (not nuts, but yes a lame TV watcher)…anyways, Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie from Saved By The Bell!!) was on there. She has a new book out all about self-esteem and stuff for young girls. Hence – thought of you and the connection/relation to OB. Do you ever read up on/look out for other books related to your messages out of curiosity?

  • Matt May 27, 2011, 10:34 pm

    Hey Maggie, I miss you!

    Oh yeah, Caitlin’s alright too I guess…

  • Amber K May 28, 2011, 12:21 pm

    I love exploring new blogs. I have found some awesome bloggers by reading blog rolls 🙂

  • twin dog August 23, 2011, 5:21 pm

    what a great picture, this dog looks exactly like the 6 month puppy I just adopted, and I have no idea what in in my mixed breed pooch. Is this your dog, or just a picture you liked. If you know what mixes of breed please share, and oh yes I was on a good long vacation from work when we got our pup so we had lots of outside play and relaxation

    • Caitlin August 23, 2011, 5:28 pm

      She’s a pieball dachshund.

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