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Hello!  Guess who’s at the airport?  Yup, me again!  I feel like I spend so much time traveling these days.  At least I’ve finally gotten over my flight-related anxiety.  Nothing like a little immersion therapy.


Actually, this trip is a little bittersweet.  It’s probably my last Operation Beautiful speaking engagement of the ‘season’ (engagements are non-existent during the summer).  I’m flying to Kalamazoo, Michigan to speak at the local Girls on the Run end-of-season party.


Although I really love doing speaking events, they are very tiring, and it’s definitely time to crack down and focus on the healthy living books that I’m currently writing – it’s due in a little over three months (ahh!).  So, I’m sad that I don’t have any more events on the calendar until October, but it’s also a good thing – I need to focus!  And focusing seems to be a problem lately.  Writer’s block blows.   


Anyway – breakfast this morning is courtesy of Wendy’s.


The Charlotte airport really needs a bagel shop!  I was craving an egg and cheese bagel, and although Wendy’s doesn’t have bagels, they do have killer buttery biscuits.  Which might just be as delicious as a chewy bagel.


With an outrageously expensive cup of fruit.  Oh, airport food.


After sitting on the plane for an hour and going no where fast, we’ve all been asked to get off because the plane’s air conditioning was broken.  Argggg.  Hope I get rerouted soon!



  • Khushboo May 25, 2011, 8:24 am

    Ah flight delays are so anoying, even worse when you have to get off the flight! Good luck with the trip and presentation :)!

  • Katie @ cooklaughmove May 25, 2011, 8:24 am

    I assume you are flying into Grand Rapids? Have fun! I live about 100 miles north of GR.

    I think the worst part of traveling as a speaker, would be the driving to/from the airports. I hate driving in unfamiliar places when I’m not exactly sure where I’m headed!

    • CaitlinHTP May 25, 2011, 8:26 am

      I kind of like going to random cities where I have no idea where I’m going (well iphones help).

    • Samantha Angela May 25, 2011, 8:34 am

      How cool! I live about 200KMs from Kalamazoo. Feel like coming to Windsor?

      • Caitlin May 25, 2011, 1:53 pm

        If I ever arriveeeee!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) May 25, 2011, 8:25 am

    Ick! That’s why I hate flying sometimes! Hope it gets figured out soon!

  • Baking 'n' Books May 25, 2011, 8:25 am

    Is broken air conditioning bad for the plane in general or the passengers? Maybe you get some writing time while your waiting?? Or not…:)

    • CaitlinHTP May 25, 2011, 8:27 am

      i dont think they will let the plane fly without AC – which is a good thing. it was HOT AS BALLS.

  • Julia @ Brides Up North May 25, 2011, 8:27 am

    Just catching up on posts hon – can’t wait to read you new book! Julia xx

  • Allison @ Happy Tales May 25, 2011, 8:28 am

    My goodness girl, you are ALL OVER the globe these days! I hope this trip goes hiccup free, and that you are able to relax a little bit. Or at least when you get home… Have fun at your last event of the season!

  • Kristen (inspiredbydooce) May 25, 2011, 8:31 am

    I had no idea that Wendy’s served breakfast…maybe they don’t in Canada or maybe it is new in Canada which is why I dont know about it.

    Hope the plane situation gets fixed quickly!

    • Caitlin May 25, 2011, 1:53 pm

      Maybe it’s just an airport thing?

  • Lizzy May 25, 2011, 8:35 am

    YAY for michigan! totally wish i didnt live 3 hours from kalamazoo! hope you get in the air soon and get yourself here! 🙂

  • Julie @ Shining From Within May 25, 2011, 8:35 am

    Bummer! I would never thought to go to Wendy’s for a quick bfast.. good to know. Hope everything gets solved quickly with the plane situation!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 25, 2011, 8:36 am

    Wow, you travel SO much Caitlin! Some days it makes me jealous but I imagine that it can’t be fun to live out of a suitcase all the time! I agree that airport food leaves a lot to be desired. Hope you get to MI soon! 🙂

  • Chrissy May 25, 2011, 8:37 am

    I am coming (read: sneaking in to the event tonight via my GOTR connections!) to hear you speak tonight! So excited! I’ve been talking you up to all of my friends! Safe travels!

    • CaitlinHTP May 25, 2011, 8:40 am

      oh man!!! now i am nervous 🙂 i can’t wait to meet you! please come up and say hi beforehand!

  • Laura @ LauraLikesDesign May 25, 2011, 8:37 am

    It’s so sad how the healthy stuff is super expensive, while junk food is way cheap!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg May 25, 2011, 8:48 am

    That biscuit looks so greasy and buttery and super delicious.

    Too bad about the flight delays but you for sure want air conditioning!

  • Jen May 25, 2011, 8:51 am

    There’s a yummy bagel shop at the end of the B terminal. Is it sad that I know this?

    • Faith May 25, 2011, 11:13 am

      Yeah! I got a bagel in B on Sunday, Yum.

      • Caitlin May 25, 2011, 1:54 pm

        I wish I had known this!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 25, 2011, 8:53 am

    It seems like there are a lot of flight issues lately for everyone. Good luck getting a quick flight and I hope the speaking engagement goes well! Oh and I hear ya on the fruit prices really anywhere…I always have to take apples with me where ever I go. Have a safe trip Caitlin.

  • Juli D. May 25, 2011, 8:59 am

    Welcome to MI! I’m in Grand Rapids and can recommend food (and SO much delicious beer, Michigan has so many good breweries) if you’re interested! I know a few places in K-zoo too. 🙂

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged May 25, 2011, 9:00 am

    That statue is gorgeous! Can’t wait to hear about Kalamazoo – my mother was raised there, and hearing all of her stories about it make me want to see what you think about the city!

    That’s awesome that you get a break during the summer. Did you purposely schedule it that way, or was it otherwise arranged?

    • Caitlin May 25, 2011, 1:55 pm

      Thats just how it works out because colleges and schools are off.

  • Colleen May 25, 2011, 9:03 am

    Hooray for the ‘Zoo! Welcome to Michigan–get ready for people to whip out their hands to show you where you are! Wish Ann Arbor was closer and I could make a trip to see you!

  • Kelly May 25, 2011, 9:08 am

    I swear fast food biscuits are the best!!

  • Amber K May 25, 2011, 9:16 am

    Ugh, airport food stinks. Hope your trip goes well!

  • chloe @ 321delish May 25, 2011, 9:21 am

    BUMMER MAN! Hope you get to take off soon!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me May 25, 2011, 9:33 am

    You have been traveling like wild lately! I enjoy traveling but that would be too much for me! I’m turning into a homebody haha

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) May 25, 2011, 9:39 am

    I always think traveling for work would be so much fun, but I’m sure it gets old after a while- especially going solo.
    Can’t wait to see pictures of Kalamazoo!

  • Kristie May 25, 2011, 9:43 am

    Yay – hope you love Kalamazoo. It’s where I grew up! Portage (just south of Kzoo) has some really gorgeous running/walking paths (Celery Flats) if you have any free time and want to get outside. 🙂

    • Laura May 25, 2011, 12:14 pm

      I grew up in Kalamazoo, too! I am now in Cleveland, but get back often to visit my family. You MUST squeeze in a stop at Bell’s Brewery. Food Dance Cafe (downtown) has really great, fresh food.

      @Caitlin: I’m so excited to see your pictures of my hometown!!

      @Kristie: Do you still live in Kzoo? Where did you go to school?

      • Kristie May 25, 2011, 12:18 pm

        Absolute yes on the Bell’s Brewery recommendation – especially since it’s Oberon season!

        Laura – I went to Kalamazoo Christian for high school and Portage Central before that. I’m in Madison WI now for a few years. I was back a couple weekends ago for the first Kalamazoo Marathon though :). We should meet up if family visits coordinate sometime haha.

        • Laura May 25, 2011, 2:39 pm

          Hmmm, can we still be friends? I went to Hackett. 🙂

          My mom tried to get me to do the Kzoo Marathon, but I think I’m still recovering from the Disney Marathon. I heard great things about the race, what was your experience?

      • Kristie May 26, 2011, 10:15 am

        Hah, of course! I liked the marathon… my experience wasn’t great but it was my own fault (new shoes = blisters!). It was really neat to get to run through Kalamazoo though and they were pretty well organized, especially for their first year!

  • Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries May 25, 2011, 9:44 am

    Have a safe flight! Also, good luck with your speech!

    Traveling is so exciting, it’s nice that you get to travel as part of your job. Enjoy Kalamazoo! 🙂

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) May 25, 2011, 9:48 am

    So much traveling, I wonder how your speaking engagements might change once there is a BabyHTP!

    • Caitlin May 25, 2011, 1:55 pm

      I’m not sure! I guess it depends on if I’m boobie feeding or not… No idea, really.

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life May 25, 2011, 9:52 am

    Love Kalamazoo-I’m from Michigan. Enjoy!

  • R.S. May 25, 2011, 9:57 am

    I live in Kazoo! Welcome!

    Not sure how long or where you are staying but some unsolicited advice: Some of the best restaurants are downtown, 2 of my favorites are: Food Dance with lots of locally and seasonally grown food and The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange is also a great place for beer (lots of taps, many local breweries featured) and food (also some local/fresh choices and beer prices change like the stock market – watch out for a market crash!) Bell’s is also a great place for beer brewed right in our region – get an Oberon! 🙂

    Anyway, hope you enjoy your stay and good luck speaking! GOTR is AWESOME!!!

    • Caitlin May 25, 2011, 1:56 pm

      Oh thanks for these recommendations. Maybe I’ll grab some lunch after!

  • Katie @ cooklaughmove May 25, 2011, 10:00 am

    I love reading the comments and seeing all the peeps from Michigan!! *Hi Five* (haha…get it?)

  • Kristen May 25, 2011, 10:25 am

    that egg sandwich looks amazing! And ?…wouldnt they know the AC wasnt working before they loaded everyone? Oh well Have a great trip!

  • Hannah May 25, 2011, 10:31 am

    Welcome to my neck of the woods! I grew up about an hour from
    “k-zoo,” as we call it!! 😉 Have fun!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) May 25, 2011, 10:37 am

    oh man..huge bummer with the plane issues. At least you booked an early flight, right? Good luck at the preso!

  • Erin May 25, 2011, 10:48 am

    Yay Michigan! I wish Detroit was closer! I work at a summer camp near Kzoo and spend a fair amount of time there in the summer. Definitely get some Bell’s!

  • Sarah May 25, 2011, 10:50 am

    With all the travel you do, why not just pack your own breakfast/lunch/whatever rather than wasting $ at the airport?

    • Caitlin May 25, 2011, 1:57 pm

      Because I’m way too busy to organize myself that much.

  • Sarah May 25, 2011, 11:04 am

    Had to comment for the first time when I saw you were headed to my hometown! Enjoy Kalamazoo (although it may be a rainy day). A great friend of mine’s mom does a lot of work with GOTR in Kalamazoo – be on the look out for Barb Horvath! And I echo the other Kzoo’ns, definitely get an Oberon and check out the downtown area if you have time. Hope to see some familiar places in your next post 🙂

    • Caitlin May 25, 2011, 1:57 pm

      🙂 Thanks Sarah!

  • Ashley K May 25, 2011, 11:13 am

    You are going to be about an hour away from me! I live in Okemos, MI! If you have time check out Bell’s Brewery, I know you love wheat beers and they have an incredible one called Oberon. 🙂

  • Nehal May 25, 2011, 11:28 am

    So exciting that you’ll be in Michigan! I live a couple hours away from Kalamazoo- in Ann Arbor, but love it there. Definitely have an Oberon while you’re in town!!

  • JenATX May 25, 2011, 11:30 am

    oh the pain of expensive fruit (and other healthy options)!

  • Nikky May 25, 2011, 11:30 am

    I’m kind of excited to see so many other people from Michigan, haha. I always feel kind of out in the boonies. Wish Detroit was a bit closer!

  • Natalia - a side of simple May 25, 2011, 11:35 am

    I can honestly never get over just how outrageously expensive fruit cups are! There’s always less fruit in them than a single apple and they cost no less than $5 usually. Definitely a pet peeve of mine…

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) May 25, 2011, 11:35 am

    I’ve had that sandwich at the airport before, and it was heavenly! I was flying this weekend, and it was crazy with all the storms.

  • Food Babe May 25, 2011, 11:37 am

    There are bagels in the Charlotte Airport! As much as you travel, I imagine you would have seen them by now – There is a great america bagel in concourse B and D. I’m kinda shocked that you had Wendy’s or would even have a bagel for breakfast …. Have you tried going to Tequileria? They can make you eggs any way you like and whole wheat toast…or Jamba Juice for an Apple and Greens smoothie?

    • Caitlin May 25, 2011, 1:58 pm

      Bagels are okay! Just in moderation.

      • Food Babe May 25, 2011, 2:06 pm

        How many bleached white carbohydrates did you have today already? You call eating a biscuit for breakfast and a bagel for lunch moderation? Not judging, just commenting since white flour is seriously nutritionally void of anything that could help your body, especially since you are a runner.

        • Anna May 25, 2011, 6:07 pm

          Want to know something? I find it refreshing that Caitlin is able to eat “bad” foods once in a while without guilt. Too often I compare myself to food bloggers who constantly eat perfectly and never indulge, resulting in my own personal feelings of inadequacy and guilt. I applaud Caitlin for having no guilt in enjoying a delicious Wendy’s breakfast and bagel. To me, comments that criticize the diet of another ARE judgmental.

        • MelanieF May 25, 2011, 6:29 pm

          I agree with Anna here. 🙂 Sorry, but part of life is also enjoying what you’re eating, and if that means you want Wendy’s for breakfast one morning, why not? As long as it’s not an everyday thing.

      • Food Babe May 25, 2011, 7:38 pm

        I am new to reading this blog, please feel free to disagree! I guess I was hoping to learn more tips on providing the best “healthy” nutrients for your body and looking for an example to follow. I definitely think it’s ok to splurge and to do it without guilt! I do it all the time…check out my blog http://foodbabe.com – I just think it’s funny having a biscuit for breakfast and a bagel for lunch is considered moderation! 🙂 Caitlin- whatcha doing for dinner?

        • CaitlinHTP May 25, 2011, 10:17 pm

          It’s OK to disagree (thanks Anna and Melanie, though). This is definitely not a normal day, nor can I be perfect all the time… And honestly, I don’t even want to. I photograph everything I eat to show people that health is about moderation, not perfection.

  • Krista @ Journey To A Healthy Berg May 25, 2011, 11:40 am

    Heey you’re up in my neck of the woods! Kalamazoo is only 45 min south of me 🙂 wish I could be at your presentation!

  • Meredith May 25, 2011, 11:42 am

    Good luck! You MUST have an Oberon while you’re there! I went to college in MI and now I live in the South where they don’t have Bell’s beer.

  • April @ Grits and Granola Bars May 25, 2011, 11:44 am

    Have fun, Caitlin!

  • Jamie@everydaydolce May 25, 2011, 11:54 am

    Hate how expensive fruit is at airports! Traveling as a vegetarian can be very difficult. That biscuit looks super yummy thought 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 25, 2011, 12:01 pm

    You’re lucky you got to switch planes. I had to sit on a plane for two hours when they fixed ‘mechanical problems’ and we still had to use that plane! I don’t want to fly on a plane that didn’t work two hours ago, haha!

  • Moni'sMeals May 25, 2011, 12:22 pm

    emmmmm….Wendy’s, NOT! Hey you tried. 🙂 It really bothers me how the healthy foods are more expenisive, “well you can sub a side salad instead of fries for $4.00 extra!” one day they wil figure it out when the world is like the move WALL-E!

    Have a nice trip!

  • Jolene May 25, 2011, 12:31 pm

    No way! I’m from near Kzoo! I hope you enjoy your time here despite the gloomy weather we’re having right now!

  • Rebecca May 25, 2011, 12:41 pm

    I’m from around the Grand Rapids area. MI represent! Even though we have rock bottom unemployment and it’s raining today. Haha.

  • Emily May 25, 2011, 12:55 pm

    Enjoy Kalamazoo! It’s my hometown! Hopefully the weather will clear up for your visit! Someone earlier mentioned Food Dance, which is AWESOME, and another great place to grab something quick and healthy to eat is People’s Food Co-op downtown. They have two locations, and tons of vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, and different soup every day! Irving’s and Just Good Food are both just down the street too and both have some AWESOME choices (Just Good Food especially)!

    • Caitlin May 25, 2011, 1:59 pm

      thanks for these recommendations!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 25, 2011, 1:05 pm

    I used to eat those biscuit sandiwches allll the time – I loved every buttery crumbly bit of them.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) May 25, 2011, 1:09 pm

    You definitely do a LOT of flying! Safe travels to you!

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good May 25, 2011, 1:40 pm

    Have a good trip! I’m sure it is bittersweet, coming to the end of a great season of appearances, but I hope you enjoy the time off from traveling.

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews May 25, 2011, 1:45 pm

    OMG I live like 45 minutes from Kalamazoo!! So cool.

  • Stephanie May 25, 2011, 2:21 pm

    I’m from the Kalamazoo area! If you have time, you absolutely HAVE to check out Food Dance!

  • Nikky May 25, 2011, 4:57 pm

    Good luck, Caitlin! My boss is sitting in Charlotte as well, she was supposed to be in at 5:15, but apparently her plan isn’t even leaving until 6, and it’ll take 2 hours to reach Detroit.

    Unfortunately, her cell phone-less husband left to pick her up half an hour ago.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 25, 2011, 5:56 pm

    I don’t think I could ever travel as much as you – I hate flying! 😛 That’s good that you’ve been able to get over your flying anxiety!

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