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Back to the weight room!


I was so sore from lifting earlier in the week, but that actually motivated me to pump some more iron.  Today was back, legs, and abs.  I don’t really have a system – I just try to lift heavy weights.


Looking for ways to make weight lifting fun?



After lifting, I swam 1,000 meters.  This is probably my very last swim before my big triathlon on Sunday.  I practiced visualization while I swam.  I imagined a calm, fast swim.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.


I left a bunch of Operation Beautiful notes behind… I love leaving them at the gym!  I used to do some of my worst body-bashing in the gym mirrors in college. 


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Onto the eats…


Date with almond butter as a pre-workout snack:


And lunch was brown rice with roasted carrots and broccoli + some baked tofu.  I drizzled it all in creamy balsamic.  Yum.



Guess what?  We MIGHT put an offer on a house today.  Excitement!



  • Amara June 9, 2011, 3:38 pm

    Hey also Motherfitnessrevolution and Nia Shanks. Awesome sites for lifting! Congrats on finding a house!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write June 9, 2011, 3:40 pm

    That is so exciting about the house! I cannot WAIT to see the pictures!

    Your lunch looks so amazing. I am staying with my parents for a bit and I’m missing my “normal” food so badly. Small towns have a serious shortage of organic tofu-esque type foods.

    Good to see you focusing on lifting. I have a major issue with that, too.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 9, 2011, 3:43 pm

    mmmm LOVE lifting weights. Feels so good. I also really love teaching BodyPUMP 🙂 SO empowering! You’re going to rock your tri this weekend!!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy June 9, 2011, 3:44 pm

    That is so exciting! Good luck with the offer. Also, read this article I saw on Shape. It says it doesn’t matter how heavy–but how many reps (for weights.) http://www.self.com/fitness/workouts/2008/11/sculpt-a-list-arms-fast#slide=1

    • Jenn June 9, 2011, 4:19 pm

      Tracy Anderson should not be trusted when it comes to advice about weights. She believes women should never lift over 5lbs so… I’d disregard that article.

    • Baking 'n' Books June 9, 2011, 7:31 pm

      It is HIGHLY individual. For every one article that says one thing – you’ll find someone else or research to say something else.

      Listen. But don’t necessarily “follow”. Find what works for you.

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy June 9, 2011, 3:44 pm

    Oops, from Self! Not Shape.

  • Jen June 9, 2011, 3:51 pm

    you need to come to my bodypump class sometime soon! 🙂

  • Chloe (South Beach Girl) June 9, 2011, 3:52 pm

    Creamy balsamic sounds great! Congrats on the house – my fingers are crossed for you two!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) June 9, 2011, 3:55 pm

    Woo hoo! Congratulations on the house! 😀

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg June 9, 2011, 3:55 pm

    Good luck with the house stuff!

    Your lunch looks delicious — I love roasted carrots and broc.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 9, 2011, 3:56 pm

    Good luck with the house offer!

    And your PB date looks…perfect 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 9, 2011, 3:56 pm

    I used to be all cardio, all the time, but now that I have been strength training regularly for over a year, it’s sort of just the other part of my workout that I MUST do before I leave the gym! I think it helps when you’ve got a solid knowledge of proper technique etc, so you’re not worried about performing moves wrong or looking silly. I agree with you – Body Pump and other guided group ex classes are a good way to do this!
    PS Good luck with the house offer!!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me June 9, 2011, 3:56 pm

    That is super exciting!!! Fingers crossed for you!

    Creamy balsamic? Did you make that yourself or buy it? It looks pretty stellar!

    • Caitlin June 9, 2011, 3:58 pm

      Bought – Simply Dressed brand. SO DELICIOUS.

  • Sarah for Real June 9, 2011, 4:16 pm

    Squeeee! Good luck on the house!!!

  • Alaina June 9, 2011, 4:19 pm

    I’ve heard such good things about NROLFW. I’m definitely going to have to try that out. I’m lacking in the upper body strength. 😛

  • Lindsey June 9, 2011, 4:24 pm

    That is so exciting with the house, sending good vibes your way! I know house buying is never fun 🙂

    Also good luck Sunday! You are brave, I am not a swimmer at all!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 9, 2011, 4:30 pm

    I always miss weights after not lifting for a few days, too. Even Body Pump sometimes can’t stand up against free weights!

  • Anna Crouch June 9, 2011, 4:34 pm

    What is the ‘female hormonal support natural supplement’ that you take? I’d be interested in taking one as well…

    • Caitlin June 9, 2011, 4:42 pm

      Hey Anna!

      Email Kristien (hus) at kboyle@Holisticcharlotte.com. He can send you the info – I have no idea what it’s called. LOL

  • Veronica (Run Write Repeat) June 9, 2011, 4:42 pm

    i am a cardio addict, and NEVER strength train… until tonight when i go to my first body pump class!! i’m pretty excited for it because i know i need to incorporate strength training into my weekly routines.

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews June 9, 2011, 4:56 pm

    Good luck with the house!

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life June 9, 2011, 4:57 pm

    Good lukc with the house and triathalon… fingers are crossed!!!!

  • Kelly @foodiefresh June 9, 2011, 4:59 pm

    That’s so exciting! I can’t wait to find out where! 🙂

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe June 9, 2011, 5:08 pm

    Good luck on the house, and the triathlon!

  • Mary @ stylefyles June 9, 2011, 5:09 pm

    Randomly, I really appreciate that you posted on lifting. With an actual photo of the weights. I NEED to get back to the gym, but have been procrastinating on it forever. Your picture inspired me! If I can just keep my motivation going for five more hours, I just might make it to Bally’s after work. Actually 6 more hours. Because I totes need to swing by Williams Sonoma first. hehheh.

  • The Healthy Engineer June 9, 2011, 5:14 pm

    That tofu looks so good!! I’ve really been wanting to swim lately; it seems more relaxing than running.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) June 9, 2011, 5:19 pm

    Good luck on the house! I need a meal like that with the brown rice and veggies! I’m trying to clean out the fridge right now for our move, so I can’t buy anything right now. That’s when I always start craving things!

  • Jen June 9, 2011, 5:21 pm

    I’ve been doing a lot of rice, tofu, and veggies lately. Such a healthy and satisfying combination. But not quite as delicious as a date with nut butter…that combination takes the cake!

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs,) June 9, 2011, 5:34 pm

    Good luck on both your upcoming triathalon and the house buying!!!! Both are super exciting! 🙂

    & yes, its really hard to be in a bathing suit and not have those negative nancy comments fill your head!

  • April @ Grits and Granola Bars June 9, 2011, 5:55 pm

    Good luck on the house! Crossing my fingers and toes for you 🙂

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas June 9, 2011, 5:57 pm

    The gym is defintely a great place to leave your operation beautiful notes. That is a fabulous idea. I think I may leave some in your honor next time I go to the gym!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 9, 2011, 6:03 pm

    oooh good luck for the race!!!

  • Molly @ RDexposed June 9, 2011, 6:03 pm

    Are you trying to specifically target me with the weight lifting/resistance workouts? I need to jump on this asap!
    Good luck with the house!

  • Dori June 9, 2011, 6:13 pm

    Thank you for mentioning Core Fusion! Very glad you are back in the weights game now, it is so important for women.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 9, 2011, 6:15 pm

    Why is it that feeling sore after a workout just makes us want to go back and do more? It’s a cruel vicious cycle. 😛

  • Kate June 9, 2011, 6:36 pm

    Yay for the house! I think it’s a good luck house day, as we just settled on our first home 🙂 Veggie garden here I come!

  • Floey June 9, 2011, 6:42 pm

    Your swim pictures make me miss swimming so much! What sports did you play in high school, if any?

    • Caitlin June 9, 2011, 6:57 pm

      None 🙂 I was a book nerd.

      • Amber K June 10, 2011, 12:21 pm

        Book nerds rule 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 9, 2011, 6:54 pm

    Good luck with your swim during the race! You will do awesome 🙂

  • Kim June 9, 2011, 7:03 pm

    Good luck on the house!! Can be stressful the first couple days of the offer process

  • Lauren June 9, 2011, 7:28 pm

    Good luck with the house!!! How exciting. 🙂

  • Baking 'n' Books June 9, 2011, 7:32 pm


    Good luck. Very exciting. I didn’t think you’d buy so soon.

    Did you get a gym membership while you were injured?

    • Caitlin June 9, 2011, 10:33 pm

      The pool has a gym!

  • monicanelsonfitness June 9, 2011, 7:45 pm

    I say always lift hard! woohoo. 🙂

    How exciting on the house offer, good thoughts. 🙂

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) June 9, 2011, 7:51 pm

    Way to get back at the weights–even though it isn’t your favorite!

  • Brianna June 9, 2011, 7:53 pm

    Just seeing that operation beautiful note on your blog made me happy. Thanks for that 🙂

  • katie @ KatieDid June 9, 2011, 7:57 pm

    CONGRATS!!! As long as its not the wood paneled house, I’m excited for you! hhaha joking. I’m just starting to pick up the weights this weeks after muchhhhh too long. I’ve been hobbling around worse than after my marathon!

  • cathy June 9, 2011, 8:06 pm

    positive visualization – yes! use it for the triathlon AND for the house offer! 🙂 fingers crossed for you!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul June 9, 2011, 8:07 pm

    Oh man I’ve done the niketraining w.o. many times with my sister’s phone and it’s daaaaa bommmmmmbbbb!!! So fun and effective for muscles and strength.

  • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots June 9, 2011, 8:13 pm

    Hey! You linked to my challenge! Thank you! I am still so sore from my first day of training. Lunges with a dumbbell are no joke. Ow!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 9, 2011, 8:15 pm

    Weeee! Good luck on the house!

  • Samantha @ Mama Notes June 9, 2011, 8:38 pm

    Good for you for lifting!! Lifting heavy is awesome!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 9, 2011, 10:22 pm

    That’s awesome, congrats on making it to the offer stage!

  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 9, 2011, 10:32 pm

    I hope the house pulls through! If you get it, I can’t wait to see pictures, especially of the kitchen 😉

  • Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 9, 2011, 11:50 pm

    My boyfriend and I are BOTH the frugal spender, like your husband! I guess we’re minimalists by default 😛 Good luck on the closing!!!

  • Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 9, 2011, 11:52 pm

    Another really good ‘lifting’ tip is Mark’s Daily Apple – it’s just done with body weight, similar to CrossFit. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-fitness/

  • Khushboo June 10, 2011, 2:27 am

    Snap I just did a weights workout too this morning- the soreness is so motivating! I go in with a handy dandy print-out and that seems to get me to actually stick to the program! Who knew that cardio-free workouts could have you huffin’ and puffin’!

  • Hannah (Balancing on Two Feet) June 10, 2011, 8:45 am

    Yes, check out CrossFit! I have been doing it for about a year and it is amazing. As a former long distance runner I can honestly say that I run less than ever before, but am faster, stronger, and in all over better shape all due to CrossFit.

    It is also an amazing community and very not like going to the regular gym. I’ve made wonderful friends at my affiliate and am actually going to watch several of them compete in the Regionals in Ohio today.

  • E June 10, 2011, 9:54 am

    Congratulations on the first house offer! Got my fingers cross for you. I finally tried that creamy balsamic you’ve been using (Marzetti Simply Dressed) – love it :). Have you tried any of the other in the same line?

  • Amber K June 10, 2011, 12:22 pm

    I must try this date and nut butter snack. I love both and I love desserts made with them. I don’t know why that part stands out to me the most from this post. Oh wait…it’s food! Nom nom. 🙂

  • Christina June 10, 2011, 4:09 pm

    Is it weird that I’m scared of dates? They remind me of the flying roaches/waterbugs that I saw as a kid in Puerto Rico.

  • Kristen June 11, 2011, 10:09 am

    good luck on the house!! and the triathlon!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) June 13, 2011, 7:01 pm

    Ooooooh, I hope you got the house!

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