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James has been giving me the “walkmenowmommy” eyes all afternoon. 


Don’t those little brown eyes just BORE through your screen?  Guess I better go walk my little buddy!


The Husband made dinner.  I worked quite late.  I try not to interrupt writing streaks – too close to deadline (less than three months = close to me). 


Wild rice, kidney beans, roasted broccoli, and a roasted sweet potato.


He rubbed the sweet potato in BBQ sauce before baking, and it was SO delicious to eat the skin at the end.  Such an easy way to spice up a potato.  Yum.




Ooooh yeah.


And since we discussed motivation this morning, I thought I’d share some oldies but goodies about creating a healthy attitude towards exercise:




  • Carolyn @ eatlivebewell. June 21, 2011, 9:52 pm

    The sweet potato-bbq sauce trick sounds like a goodie.

  • Aja June 21, 2011, 9:54 pm

    Puppy is so cute! And that sweet potato looks really good. I didn’t make any new year’s resolutions this year, but if I did make any I’d have forgotten them by now. 🙂

  • Shelly June 21, 2011, 9:55 pm

    that meal looks delish! I didn’t know you could eat the skin on a potato..must try!

  • Julie @ Shining From Within June 21, 2011, 9:57 pm

    I am so brushing my sweet taters with BBQ sauce now. I am not a fan of them on their own so I actually may douse them in BBQ sauce instead of ‘brushing’ them. Heh. Anyway to get the veggies in 😉

  • mary (what's cookin with mary) June 21, 2011, 10:07 pm

    Def could not turn down those eyes !! What a sweet boy he is 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 21, 2011, 10:08 pm

    Yum, the combo of sweet potato and BBQ sauce sounds good!

  • kris (everyday oats) June 21, 2011, 10:10 pm

    Sweet potatoes and bbq are so delicious! and I neeeeed to try that chocolate velvet! yummm

  • Lauri ( June 21, 2011, 10:10 pm

    BBQ rubbed sweet potato sounds like a FANtastic idea!

    ‘Oldies But Goodies’ is the name of the Pandora radio station I’m listening to right now 🙂

  • Holly (Faith, Food, Fitness) June 21, 2011, 10:13 pm

    Those links were actually perfect for what I’ve been dealing with lately! Thanks for posting!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) June 21, 2011, 10:14 pm

    Ooh, I love the idea of rubbing the BBQ sauce in before cooking the sweet potato. I love the black bean + BBQ sauce + sweet potato combo as an easy weeknight dinner but this might take it to a new level!

  • Molly @ RDexposed June 21, 2011, 10:17 pm

    That baked sweet potato has sparked an endless amount of possibilities running through my head….

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) June 21, 2011, 10:24 pm

    I almost bought the So Delicious Coconut base vanilla today. I didn’t since it was almost 5 bucks. I’m so cheap sometimes it keeps me from enjoying the little things. I hope you find some great motivation tomorrow!

    • Jenny June 23, 2011, 11:38 am

      You should email So Delicious for coupons. We went dairy free for a bit for my ds and I didn’t want to give him soy. We love the SD coconut options and we still buy them even though we’ve begun incorporating dairy again.

  • Andrea @ Onion in My Hair June 21, 2011, 10:28 pm

    I cannot wait to try that BBQ-rubbed sweet potato!

    Such a smart idea…and so many options! Cinnamon and nutmeg? Paprika and cayenne?!

  • Christine June 21, 2011, 10:33 pm

    Thanks for posting those links – I’ve been in a major slump lately and in desperate need of some motivation!

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out June 21, 2011, 10:46 pm

    Yumm! BBQ on Sweet potato? Good job, husband!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 21, 2011, 10:51 pm

    It’s funny how much resolutions or priorities can change in half a year! Never thought to rub the outside of a baked potato. good idea!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 21, 2011, 10:55 pm

    I LOVE sweet potatoes at dinner! I need to try rubbing them in BBQ sauce though, thanks!

  • Reenie June 21, 2011, 11:06 pm

    How long did you roast the tater?

    • Caitlin June 22, 2011, 1:11 pm

      an hour!

  • Monika @ Powered by Paprika June 21, 2011, 11:11 pm

    That roasted potato looks soooooo good–
    recipe please?? 🙂

  • Jackie @ That Deep Breath June 21, 2011, 11:57 pm

    I’ve never thought of rubbing sweet potatoes in bbq sauce…that’s an amazing idea!

  • Jaime June 22, 2011, 12:04 am

    that is totally my ideal dinner

  • khushboo June 22, 2011, 12:08 am

    I lovee the skin of sweet potatoes so I can imagin how heavenly bbq-brushed skin would taste! Your whole dinner looks ideal!

  • khushboo June 22, 2011, 12:08 am

    I lovee the skin of sweet potatoes so I can imagin how heavenly bbq-brushed skin would taste! Your whole dinner looks ideal!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) June 22, 2011, 12:25 am

    I have a post on my resolutions next week!

  • courtney (pancakes and postcards) June 22, 2011, 12:30 am

    I need more motivation right now. Especially because I’m in marathon training and just got injured and am in the “omg the world just ended” injury phase. 🙂

    • Caitlin June 22, 2011, 1:12 pm

      🙁 so sorry. injuries are what you make out it!

  • Angie June 22, 2011, 3:03 am

    Hi Caitlin,
    Thanks for the great post reminders on motivation – I really need any help I can get at the moment.
    How do you get out of the ‘I just cannot be bothered’ rut? Mine has currently lasted almost a month!

    • Caitlin June 22, 2011, 1:12 pm

      Just do it 🙂 At that point, just force yourself to get back in the habit.

  • melissa June 22, 2011, 5:49 am

    Will you give an update on the supplements and vitamins you are taking and an changes that you feel they are making? Thank you- love your blog 🙂

    • Caitlin June 22, 2011, 1:13 pm

      I will soon, but I don’t want to list the adrenal supplements that I am taking because people really need to talk to a doctor before taking something similar.
      Thanks for reading!

      • Kimberly June 22, 2011, 2:23 pm

        I was going to ask the same thing! I’m not taking any supplements because I’m not sure what to take if anything. Probably calcium/vit. d.
        Good luck with the barking.. If you keep showing that it displeases you that should help. We make our doggy go to her bed when someone comes to the door.

  • Hillary June 22, 2011, 6:55 am

    I think I’m doing a pretty decent job with most of my resolutions, actually! I tried to keep them simple this year (trying to be more positive, eating less processed foods, etc.), and that’s made it easier to stick with them!

  • Lauren June 22, 2011, 7:01 am

    What a great idea to rub BBQ on the outside of the sweet potato. Husband is a genius!

  • Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East June 22, 2011, 7:37 am

    I’m loving the idea of rubbing BBQ sauce on a sweet potato! YUM! Definately will be trying this soon!

  • Victoria (tori- take your pick really) June 22, 2011, 7:47 am

    Bringing back the sweet potato.. oh yeah. I need to get me some non-dairy ice-cream stat. I meant to comment on your Operation Beautiful post the other day but I think I got distracted (can’t actually remember what happened…) regardless I wanted to share with you how I actually found the website. So a while back-I’m talking a few good years back, I was embarrassingly playing around on mystery google (don’t laugh, THAT’S how bored I was). Mystery google is now dead, but it used to work that you would get results when you searched google for what the person before you searched for. In my procrastination, I was greeted with a google search for and I quote “You are beautiful”. Rather shocked that it wasn’t so weird as analogy, I followed the link. The rest is history… every time I felt self-concious and needed a pick-me-up, I flicked to the website. Thanks for everything, you have certainly helped me get through my darkest moments!
    ps: you have more stuffed animals than real ones in your bed?

    • Caitlin June 22, 2011, 1:13 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I love your story of finding OB!

      Those stuffed animals are James’s – he loves toys.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 22, 2011, 7:52 am

    What a great hubby for making dinner! It looks delicious.

  • Parita @ myinnershakti June 22, 2011, 8:40 am

    Ohh love the idea about BBQ sauce and sweet potatoes…a perfect combo of sweet and spicy. 🙂

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me June 22, 2011, 9:32 am

    Go walk that poor pup! 😉

  • Lisa June 22, 2011, 9:34 am

    So Delicious is my favorite ice cream! I love the chocolate peanut butter kind! 😀

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness June 22, 2011, 10:02 am

    Mmm..your dinner looks wonderful…the Husband must be an amazing cook! 🙂 We don’t have “so delicious” in england, but it looks just that! xyx

  • Erin @ Naturally Addicted June 22, 2011, 10:28 am

    yum! I never thought about rubbing a sweet potato with BBQ sauce… sounds delish! Need to try this out soon. You’ve been giving me so many good ideas lately. I’m lovin’ it!!!

  • Heather June 22, 2011, 12:26 pm

    my dogs do the same thing. one will bark and then the other one starts, and doesn’t even know WHY she is barking! the doorbell, the chime that beeps when we open a door. a car driving by. the word “hello” oh it drives me INSANE!

  • Amber K June 22, 2011, 12:32 pm

    What a delicious dinner! 3 months, definitely getting close! I like getting things done way in advance, so I’d be working hard too 🙂

  • Marissa June 22, 2011, 12:50 pm

    Mmm, I just made a sweet potato hash for lunch. These things are so dang delicious, its amazing that they’re SO good for you!

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