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Not going to lie – I woke up this morning in a small panic, wondering why exactly I thought it would be a good idea to register for a triathlon last night.  Visions of strangling wetsuits and bike crotch danced through my mind as I stood in the kitchen, nervously gulping a cup of lukewarm coffee.  What, exactly, have I gotten myself into?


I’ll let you know if I feel more confident after my workout later.  This kind of feels like ripping off a band-aid.  I WANT to get recommitted to exercise; I just need to DO it.


A fueling breakfast:


I was in the mood for hash browns, but I guess we tossed the regular potatoes back in the cart last night, because all I had to work with was sweet potatoes.


Hence:  sweet hash browns!


I cooked a few chopped potatoes in a hot wok with some oil, water, and sweet onions.  Towards the end, I added in salt, pepper, and a drizzle of honey. 


With bread, Italian herb spread, and eggs on the side.


Also on the agenda for the day:


  • Work on my book… I am so behind on my deadline and starting to panic a little bit.  The only way this book is going to be written is if I actually sit down and write (duh).  So I better get cracking.


  • Clean… How does your house get so dirty when you’re on vacation?


  • Cut the puppies’ nails.  The dogs’ talons have reached new lengths.  Must clip.  Must be prepared for doggie freak outs.


Nail cuttin’ is quite the dramatic affair at our house.


I guess today is a “Just Do It” kind of day in terms of workouts, work, and nail grooming.  Gotta just plunge in and get it done!



  • Evan Thomas May 22, 2011, 10:33 am

    Nail cutting is the one thing I don’t miss about having a dog. I could never stand it when you’re trying to help and they just welp.

  • Kelly @foodiefresh May 22, 2011, 10:33 am

    I cannot cut Rascal’s nails. He completely freaks out. I have to have someone else do it or he turns into quite the drama queen for several hours.

  • Kim May 22, 2011, 10:34 am

    Maggie and James would say today is a “Just Don’t Do” It kind of day in regard to their nails;) Good luck!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 22, 2011, 10:39 am

    I definitely have those days where I just have to suck it up and get stuff done too. Good luck with your to do list!

  • Baking 'n' Books May 22, 2011, 10:44 am

    Good mantra. I need to post that on my fridge (once I move….somewhere).

    Do you sit down and write in big chunks of time – like 3 to 4 hours? Take a break, go back to it sort of thing?

  • Caitlin May 22, 2011, 10:45 am

    Thanks, I needed this motivation today :).
    My two little dogs freak out when I try to cut their nails…so now I just go to the vet. They get so freaked out that as soon as we get to the vet they poop on the floor. UGH!

  • Lucy @ The Sweet Touch May 22, 2011, 10:50 am

    Oh boy, cutting our cats’ nails is a huge ordeal over here! It is definitely a two person job. The hubs has to dangle them while I quickly (easier said than done) snip them. Good luck!!

  • Julie @ Shining From Within May 22, 2011, 11:05 am

    I’m having a ‘just do it’ kind of day too! I am procrastinating and I know I’ll feel so much better after I do all that needs to be done (hence..go for a run!)

  • Khushboo May 22, 2011, 11:07 am

    Rip the bandaid off! It hurts so bad but feels so good once done! Hv a great day!

  • Amanda May 22, 2011, 11:09 am

    Thank you so much for sharing you little panicky moments with us, it’s nice to see that you are in fact human 🙂 Now, I know that doesn’t make you fee any more confident and please don’t take that the wrong way so let me also say…….you are AMAZING!!! And such an inspriration!! After being a long time reader I got in to running, and ran my first 5k last month. I am so hooked, and you inspired me!!

    • CaitlinHTP May 22, 2011, 1:47 pm

      hahah oh man, i am definitely human. i had a total meltdown the other day about my book. your kind words definitely make me feel better!

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing May 22, 2011, 11:10 am

    Woo! Go kick those tasks and your day in the facehole!!! 😀 You can do iit!

  • Heather @ Alis Grave Nil May 22, 2011, 11:17 am

    Love sweet potatoes. Gonna have to try them as hashies.

  • Katie May 22, 2011, 11:18 am

    Is Maggie’s harness Lupine? Pretty sure my keychain is the same cute ladybug pattern 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP May 22, 2011, 1:46 pm

      I’m not sure 🙂 I stole it from my mother in law 🙂

  • Amber K May 22, 2011, 11:18 am

    I’m definitely having a “just get it done” kind of day. Just gotta jump in there and do it, not think about it. The only thing that would make me nervous about that triathalon is the 6:30am time. But then, I like sleep way more than I like most things 😉

  • Penny May 22, 2011, 11:27 am

    Cutting doggie nails is traumatic at my house too. Anymore I just take them to the vets office to have it done. The assitants usually do it, and they only charge a few bucks per puppy. 🙂

  • Molly May 22, 2011, 11:42 am

    Do you have to wear a wetsuit in Charlotte?

    I do triathlons in the summer in Missouri, and wear a 2-piece athletic swimsuit- the water is usually hot! (we usually swim in lakes.) I’ve actually never seen someone swwim a tri in a wetsuit.

    • CaitlinHTP May 22, 2011, 1:45 pm

      The water is going to be warm so I don’t think I can.

  • Tami May 22, 2011, 11:42 am

    i just got a new bike seat, best 80 bucks i have spent in a long long LONG time. no more…well, you know what i mean. 3 weeks until my first half ironman, believe i am freaking out (so much so that i signed up for another one in September) and while I was getting out of the pool today, a dead mouse was floating next to me! oh, the fun of training for a triathlon.

    • CaitlinHTP May 22, 2011, 1:44 pm

      yay! You are going to do so great Tami 🙂

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence May 22, 2011, 11:46 am

    You can do it! Just think of all you have accomplished in the past.

  • kristi (sweet cheeks) May 22, 2011, 11:56 am

    You are such a strong person that I’m sure you will do GREAT. It will all be worth it in the end!

  • Morgan May 22, 2011, 12:01 pm

    Oh I do not miss nail cutting! That is the worse. I had a maltese who would just flip if you touched her paws.

  • Abby May 22, 2011, 12:06 pm

    You will ROCK it! 🙂

  • Courtney May 22, 2011, 12:23 pm

    I always like to tell myself, “You can’t finish what you don’t start” on days like these. You’ll feel awesome when all your tasks are done! 😀

  • Chloe (South Beach Girl) May 22, 2011, 12:25 pm

    Nail cutting is definitely drama in our house too, so much so that we need to take the boy to get his done at the groomers 🙁

    Hope you have a productive day – I’m going to do the same!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 22, 2011, 12:27 pm

    I have so much to do! I just got back from BlogHer Food and now I feel so full of information. Today is a recuperation day, but tomorrow is full steam ahead! I hope you have a great day Caitlin!

    • CaitlinHTP May 22, 2011, 1:43 pm

      I hope you’re having fun at BlogHer food.. I wish I could’ve gone.

      • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 22, 2011, 1:52 pm

        It was really a great event. It was the first blogging conference I’ve been to. I was on one of the panels for adapting recipes for food restrictive (allergy/intolerance/vegan) and I loved it! Now I have to bug to do more. I’m glad you had a great vacation and hopefully things will get back in full swing for you soon!

  • Katie @ peacebeme May 22, 2011, 12:51 pm

    It used to take a team of three people to cut my basset hound’s nails. He hated it!

  • Zo May 22, 2011, 12:56 pm

    I actually constantly put off clipping my cat’s claws (he’s not bad, but he starts losing his patience before I’m done)…I usually end up paying for this because he ends up losing his balance while trying to jump/climb into my lap and I get “gripped.”

  • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots May 22, 2011, 12:58 pm

    You will be AWESOME in your tri!

    I’ve been in a post-half marathon exercise slump and am thinking of doing something crazy like sign up to do a tri or walk a marathon just to get me re-motivated.

  • Michelle May 22, 2011, 1:30 pm

    My pup acts like she’s being thrown in a cauldron of boiling water when she gets her nails done. It’s absurd!

    • CaitlinHTP May 22, 2011, 1:42 pm

      Hahah that’s how James is.

  • Lili May 22, 2011, 1:46 pm

    You can do it, beautiful. House needs to be cleaned and organized here today as well, and a work out must be done too. That’s funny you mentioned about nail clipping, bc last night my husband clipped our dog’s nails and gave him a bath. Im responsible for blow drying his fur!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now May 22, 2011, 6:00 pm

    I know what you mean about the dog nail cutting. Our dog used to totally freak. For us it was easier to just let the vet deal with it–obviously more expensive, but I was nervous about hurting her with her freaking out.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 22, 2011, 6:27 pm

    Girl, you’ve biked 100 km – this tri will be a cinch for you! 😉

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 22, 2011, 8:43 pm

    I like to clean my house thoroughly and frantically before a vacation so that there’s not much to do when I get back besides laundry.

    As for the triathalon, you’re going to rock it. You’ve done it before, you can totally do it again!

  • Rosi May 22, 2011, 11:52 pm

    I am super disappointed that I can never find the italian herb blend in those tubes! I have cilantro, lemon grass and ginger… but no italian herb! sad!!!
    I hate trimming the pups nails. It makes me anxious! I hate to go too close and hear them yelp. Once, I accidentally did one too short and it wouldn’t stop bleeding! I felt like such a bad puppy momma.

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