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The Husband and I set out on a 5K run this morning, but man – I think we waited too long to leave!  It was sweltering by the time we got going; summer has definitely arrived in North Carolina.


A date stuffed with sunflower butter beforehand (foodgasm!):


We did 3.16 miles, actually, in 35:00 on the dot.  I have been leaving my Garmin at home as to not stress about pace, which has dropped about 1-minute per mile since I took 8 weeks off (no surprise there).  I was surprised to check out our stats when we got home because I thought we had walked a lot more!


Cool breakfast:  cereal, banana, almond, and rice milk.


And now, for some various blog world updates…


Tonya Update


Thank you all SO much to contributing towards Tonya’s cancer relief fund.  Tonya is my 32 year-old neighbor, and she was diagnosed with brain cancer last week.


Amazingly, blog readers + Tonya’s friends contributed more than $12,600 to help her family with medical and childcare costs.  I wanted you all to see that your continued support is ALREADY helping Tonya…  She emailed me yesterday to say, “Instead of going to work, my husband Kevin (who primarily works for commission) stayed home and took care of our boys this morning so I could organize my life.  He was with me today when the neurosurgeon remained uncomfortably blasé, despite our best efforts to elicit some hopeful comments. And he was able to come home and emotionally deal with what we’re facing. He would have been forced to go work today if it weren’t for your donations. I’m really grateful to you all that he was here with me today… Thank you.”


Tonya is having a brain biopsy tomorrow (Friday) at 8 AM EST and has asked for your support with prayer!  She’s a strong Christian and it means a lot to her to know that other people are praying for her.   I’ll update you when I know more.


Guess Who’s Pregnant?


“After 19 months, one surgery, 5 rounds of fertility treatments, thousands of dollars, and countless tears…” 


Guess which blogger is pregnant?  Yay!  Let’s shower her with love!


Healthy Living Summit 2011


The HLS 2011 is ON!  I have taken a backseat with planning because I am too busy with the book, but Meghann is in charge and doing an awesome job planning an EXCITING blog conference!



The 3rd HLS will take place in Philadelphia from August 19 – 20th.  Tickets go on sale Monday the 6th at 8 PM.  We sold out in twenty minutes last year, so I expect them to go FAST.  Bloggers and readers are welcome to attend!



  • Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries June 2, 2011, 10:56 am

    It is SO hot out! I feel like spring never came and it went directly to summer!

    As a cancer patient myself, I think that you promoting fundraising for Tanya is AWESOME. I am keeping her and her family in my prayers, it’s a tough journey but she has such a great attitude and that is crucial in the healing process.

    • CaitlinHTP June 3, 2011, 10:57 am

      I am sorry about your cancer diagnosis but I really wish you the best in your recovery. xoxoxo!!!!

  • Samantha June 2, 2011, 10:58 am

    Today is filled with miracles! What fantastic news you’ve shared. This blogging community never ceases to amaze me and I’m so happy we’ve been able to help out Tonya. And yay for pregnancy!!

  • Melanie @ Trial By Trail June 2, 2011, 11:02 am

    What an amazing thing you’re doing for Tonya. I can’t even imagine getting that kind of news. And for a second there I thought you were pregnant! I can relate to Jen, we went through infertility too and eventually did IVF to conceive our first. It’s such a shock when you find out you finally are pregnant. Congrats to her!

  • Chelsea @ Go Chelsea Go! June 2, 2011, 11:05 am

    This is all fantastic!!! I’m so happy to be part of a blogging community that supports each other and that helps others in need. Heading over to Jen’s blog now to congratulate her!!

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) June 2, 2011, 11:05 am

    Hooray, there is all kinds of good news in this post! You had me for a second, thought you were pregnant. I wonder if that date would be good popped into the freezer.

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg June 2, 2011, 11:05 am

    I am so happy that Tonya’s husband was able to stay home yesterday — what a tough time. And I know tough doesn’t even really describe what they are going through. They are definitely in my prayers!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) June 2, 2011, 11:06 am

    A date stuffed with sunflower butter = LOVE That combo myself

    Tonya and the update, thank you for the update and thanks to everyone who’s donated and my heart is just breaking for this woman, her family, and the whole situation…I have been thinking about it all day since yesterday. She is in my thoughts and prayers and thanks for what you’re doing, Caitlin, in helping out/asking for donations.

    And congrats to the preggie lady and to Meghann for getting HLS going!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 2, 2011, 11:06 am

    1) Congrats on finishing that sweaty run!
    2) I’m SO excited for Tonya – It wows me what the blogging community can do!
    3) WOOOHOOOO for Jen!
    and finally, I SO want to come to HLS but unfortunately I have another fitness conference (Can Fit Pro Toronto) on the same weekend. It was the same situation last year, so I’m crossing my fingers that next year they won’t overlap! Nevertheless, I’m sure it will be fantastic and I know you guys will do an amazing job as usual!!

  • chloe @ 321delish June 2, 2011, 11:08 am

    this entire post just makes me happy…from the stuffed date to the pregnancy news to the fundraising. what an awesome way to start the day!

  • Marisa E June 2, 2011, 11:08 am

    I am literally right over the bridge from HLS this year! Can’t wait!!

  • sarah (sarah learns) June 2, 2011, 11:11 am

    so much good news in this post!! thanks caitlin – it brightened my morning. 🙂

  • Samantha Angela June 2, 2011, 11:11 am

    I love seeing people come together a pull through for those in need. It’s really touching.

    I take part in a cancer walk every year and my team raises thousands of dollars annually for research for breast cancer on behalf of my mom who passed away from the disease. Cancer is a very tough illness for both the patient and the family. I wish Tonya the best.

  • Kim June 2, 2011, 11:12 am

    Sending many prayers for Tanya tomorrow.

  • Jess June 2, 2011, 11:13 am

    I’m praying for Tonya and her family! <3 <3 <3

  • Laura @ MyReasontoRun June 2, 2011, 11:15 am

    wow!!! its just amazing how far your reach is in the blog world! im seeing this pop up all over the blog world! i linked it on my blog today too!

    im doing the carolinas OWS challenge saturday too!!! hope to bump into you and meet you!!!

  • Tessa @ Amazing Asset June 2, 2011, 11:15 am

    What a wonderfully positive post! I am so so glad I joined this wonderful community of bloggers, what an amazing group of people 😀 Tonya is certainly in my prayers

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs,) June 2, 2011, 11:16 am

    That’s nothing short of amazing — to raise over $12000 for Tonya… I’m so happy for her. 😀

  • Amber K June 2, 2011, 11:19 am

    I’m so glad Tonya has gotten this help. I’ve sent many prayers for her 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) June 2, 2011, 11:19 am

    Tonya’s story is just so inspiring. What a great community of people that have together for her. She and her family are definitely in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas June 2, 2011, 11:21 am

    It is SO amazing how much you have helped Tonya, Caitlin. You should really be commended for working so hard to do something or her!

  • Kim June 2, 2011, 11:24 am

    Ahhh what amazing news! SO thankful the Lord is providing for Tonya in all the ways she needs right now! Continuing to pray for His peace, presence, courage and perseverance now and in the tough times ahead. 2 Timothy 4:7 …fight the good fight…finish the race…keep the faith Tonya!

    Yay for babies!! Such a joyful day all around!!! Thanks for sharing Caitlin!! xoxo

  • Khushboo June 2, 2011, 11:25 am

    So happy for Tonya! Isn’t it funny how u can make such a difference to someone’s life in a matter of a few days! Sending lots of prayers along her way!

    Great job on your run! Even though it’s a minute slower per mile, your time is still pretty top notch 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 2, 2011, 11:27 am

    What you’re doing for Tonya and her family is remarkable. Also remarkable is Jen’s pregnancy! so happy for her!

  • Catherine June 2, 2011, 11:29 am

    Kudos to you for using your blog to raise awareness and help those who need it most. You have a very special heart.

    Sending many prayers and good thoughts to Tonya and her family!

  • Dana June 2, 2011, 11:30 am

    I will be praying for Tonya and her family.

  • Beth @ 990 Square June 2, 2011, 11:34 am

    Caitlin, is there any other info available on HLS? Cost for the conference? And is it really 8pm registration or 8am? I just want to double check!

  • Colleen June 2, 2011, 11:35 am

    Lots of joyful news today! I’m praying for Tonya and her family.

  • Danielle @ InDeesKitchen June 2, 2011, 11:35 am

    So happy for Tonya and her family!

    Good job on the run! That time is still no joke 🙂

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) June 2, 2011, 11:43 am

    I wish I could make it to HLS this year! Can we start planning next year’s soon?

  • Kristin June 2, 2011, 12:13 pm

    I am so excited the healthy living summit is in Philly this year! I hope to be able to finally attend!!!!

  • Jazz June 2, 2011, 12:21 pm

    Those pregnancy tests are harlarious!!

  • Amanda @ There Are 2 Sides June 2, 2011, 12:40 pm

    I am BEYOND bummed that I can’t come this year (it was part of my birthday gift to myself if I could make it), I have a work event that same weekend.
    Oh well, 2012 will be my year~

  • Paige @Running Around Normal June 2, 2011, 12:41 pm

    It’s SO hard to keep a quick pace in the hear. Nice job 🙂
    Ahh congrats to Jen:) Love the pregnancy test pics, haha!
    Yay for HLS 2011!!

  • Jen June 2, 2011, 12:54 pm

    Thank you so much! You’re too sweet 🙂

  • Erin June 2, 2011, 1:09 pm

    This story is so inspirational! Thank you Caitlin for sharing Tonya’s story and raising awareness. I will be keeping her and her family in my prayers. Beyond thrilled for for HLS 2011!

  • Gina (Yogattude) June 2, 2011, 1:13 pm

    Dates with nut butter taste like cookies to me…so good!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write June 2, 2011, 1:16 pm

    I am so impressed with how much was raised! Great job Caitlin!

  • Corrie Anne June 2, 2011, 1:30 pm

    @Tonya – praying my little heart out for you!!!

    The HLS looks soooo fun. I hope I get to go someday!! 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 2, 2011, 2:01 pm

    I can’t believe how much money was raised- that’s terrific!!

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) June 2, 2011, 2:46 pm

    I can’t believe Jen is pregnant! That is so awesome!!

  • Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl June 2, 2011, 2:48 pm

    I’m so proud to be a part of a community that can come together so quickly to help someone in need. Thank you for sharing her story!

    I can’t believe tickets sold out in 20 minutes last year!! I hope I can be in front of a computer this coming Monday at 8:00!

  • The Healthy Engineer June 2, 2011, 3:01 pm

    Aww it’s great how blogging can be used for altruisitc purposes, especially since it’s not an obligation/charity.

    I wish the HLS are closer to the west coast! It seems as if the blogging conferences are closer to the east…oh well 🙁

  • Katie June 2, 2011, 3:21 pm

    Hi Caitlin :)I’m new to your blog (and a number of other healthy blogs 😉 ) and noticed that quite a few people use some kind of Garmin forerunner 305 doohickey. I’m new to running as well and have been thinking about investing in some kind of heart rate monitor. Any advice? Is the one you use good for a beginner?

    • CaitlinHTP June 2, 2011, 3:23 pm

      Hi Katie!

      yes, the Garmin 305 is awesome. It is a decent price, stands up to the test of time, and measures lots of cool things (pace, distance, etc). Definitely buy it and use the autolap feature!

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats June 2, 2011, 3:23 pm

    I am hoping to snag a spot at the HLS this year!

    It’s truly amazing how generous people can be. I’m going to donate now 🙂 As someone who knows what it’s like when a doctor tells you “You have cancer,” I hope and pray that Tonya remains strong, happy, and healthy!

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews June 2, 2011, 4:09 pm

    Wow I totally thought that you were going to say you were pregnant for a second..I got way excited : )

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 2, 2011, 4:45 pm

    summer has definitely made it to AL, too. It was here a few months ago actually. It got up to 104* yesterday!!!! Oh my gosh!! :/

    That’s SO amazing that your readers have been able to raise so much money for Tonya! You’re incredible. 🙂

  • Sarah June 2, 2011, 4:53 pm

    Mmm! I love dates with nut butter!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef June 2, 2011, 5:02 pm

    praying for tonya!

  • Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 2, 2011, 5:51 pm

    That date dripping with sunflower butter looks amazing!!

  • kristen June 2, 2011, 6:26 pm

    I would love to go to the summit, but I will be in a triathlon that weekend! (I think Id rather be with fellow bloggers haha)

    sending prayers your way!

  • Molly @ RDexposed June 2, 2011, 7:07 pm

    That’s it! I need to decided yes on grabbing dates the next time I’m eyeing them at the grocery store!

  • Molly @ RDexposed June 2, 2011, 7:07 pm

    That’s it! I need to decided yes on grabbing dates the next time I’m eyeing them at the grocery store!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 2, 2011, 7:14 pm

    You’ve done such an amazing thing for Tonya and her family! Reading this post made me so happy for her! 🙂

    Ahh I hope I can snag a ticket to the HLS! I was so bummed when I didn’t go last year.

  • Christy @ So I Follow the Sun June 2, 2011, 11:11 pm

    After I saw your date+peanut butter picture I had to run down and make one of my own. It was amazing (and it made my chocolate craving flee).

    • CaitlinHTP June 3, 2011, 10:32 am

      I know, isn’t it sooo good?

  • Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East June 3, 2011, 6:18 am

    Prayers for Tonya and her family! Your helping her out is really so inspirational!

  • E June 3, 2011, 9:09 am

    For a second I thought you were going to say you were pregnant 😉

  • Selena June 3, 2011, 12:15 pm

    Prayers for Tonya and those sweet little boys. I can’t imagine how she must be feeling. I would guess that a diagnosis like that is hard enough on a person but when you’re a mom of little ones it is THAT much harder.

    Second…Philly is only about 45 min away…I’m so not a blogger but readers are welcome too??? How many readers come though and is it really more for bloggers? It would be so fun…

    • CaitlinHTP June 3, 2011, 12:20 pm

      I think we had like, 10 – 15% readers last year 🙂 It will be fun!

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