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Many people have asked about the Husband’s exercise habits.  He doesn’t do races like I do; instead, he really loves to golf.  He’s actually pretty good, if I do say so myself!   He probably golfs 3 – 8 hours a week and runs with me once or twice a week.


However, the Hus doesn’t like to run longer distances, so I usually bang out a mile or two, loop back and grab him, and then we run another two miles or so together.  It works!

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I did two miles this morning, grabbed him, and then we did another two.  Four very hot and sweaty miles!


Then I met up with Katy Loves for a working Starbucks session. 


One iced coffee later, I was ready for LUNCH!  We packed food so we wouldn’t have to interrupt work.


Hummus and spinach sandwich + a fruit bowl.


So – today is the day.  I’m headed to the doctor for follow-up testing for the “Necessary?” issue.  It’s been a long, stressful six weeks.  The resurgence of my dysplasia has been hanging over me like a dark cloud.  I’m glad that I waited to go back for the second pap because it gave me time to make some lifestyle changes…  I’ve never been so good about eating vegetables and taking my supplements (I promise to do a post about my changes soon).  But, of course, I’m justifiably nervous.  Let’s just hope I get good test results this time!


But one way or the other, I’m going to be okay.



  • Amanda July 25, 2011, 1:08 pm

    Good luck and hope for the best! No need to stress about something you can’t change before you are sure it is needed!

  • Kim July 25, 2011, 1:09 pm

    Hey Caitlin. Love your website. I read it everyday. 🙂 I live in Huntersville and work in the University area, so you are always talking about going places that I am familiar with. 🙂 Another thing I am familiar with is dysplasia. I had a colposcopy in March and a LEEP procedure in April. I am 35 and it was my first abnormal pap and it had me freaked out to do all of those procedures. My LEEP procedure outcome was very good, and the margins were so clean that my ob/gyn doesn’t need to see me for 6 months, but it is always in the back of your mind. Love your site and thanks for always talking about stuff we can all benefit from. 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP July 25, 2011, 1:12 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Kim! It’s comforting me to know that I’m not the only woman who goes through this. 🙂 I hope wish you continued clean paps!

  • Sana July 25, 2011, 1:16 pm

    Bad things will happen, but you will never be give anything more than what you can handle!

  • Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories July 25, 2011, 1:16 pm

    I will be thinking of you today, Caitlin. I just know the results will be good!

  • lynne @lgsmash July 25, 2011, 1:20 pm

    Thoughts are with you today! I love the note you posted – it’s so easy to forget but incredibly important to remember. Like you said before – life is all about the outlook you bring to it.

    Also, thanks for sharing the personal parts of your life/body to bring awarness and comfort to others who may be struggling or experiencing the same thing.

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) July 25, 2011, 1:25 pm

    Oh wow… good luck today! Positive thoughts your way!

    I run with my boyfriend sometimes, though we’re trying to do it more often. The challenge for us is our pace differential, but we were able to hack 7 miles this past weekend. Our longest “run together” was 23 miles during a marathon. I told him to go ahead when I needed to walk, or else we would have finished it together. One day!

  • Shannon @ Mon Amour July 25, 2011, 1:25 pm

    My sister just found out that she has dysplasia but luckily hers is only mild so she doesn’t need surgery. I hope you receive awesome news!

  • Summer July 25, 2011, 1:26 pm

    I’ve had abnormal paps, too, though I’ve not had this kind of scare that you’ve had. The worst part is the waiting! Thinking of you!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 25, 2011, 1:31 pm

    Sending you good luck vibes Caitlin!! Like you said, whatever happens, it’s going to be ok. 🙂

  • Health Supp July 25, 2011, 1:34 pm

    Good luck!! You’re quote on being positive is very inspiring. I really hope you get some reassuring results

  • Amanda July 25, 2011, 1:38 pm

    Good luck! You’re strong enough to handle anything!! Sending <3 your way 🙂

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life July 25, 2011, 1:38 pm

    I love that operation beautiful note… it just made me smile!

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs,) July 25, 2011, 1:46 pm

    Attitude is huge 🙂 you can handle whatever it is!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy July 25, 2011, 1:48 pm

    Best of luck to you today, Caitlin! Great OB note!

  • Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland July 25, 2011, 1:56 pm

    Good luck and I hope everything goes well!! Positive thoughts go a long way!!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 25, 2011, 2:00 pm

    Good luck! Pap smears suck, but they’re necessary!

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine July 25, 2011, 2:04 pm

    Good luck Caitlin. Hope everything goes so well, and thanks for sharing your experiences! Positive vibes coming your way. 🙂

  • Alyse July 25, 2011, 2:07 pm

    Totally off topic: Every time I see a picture of you wearing those shorts I wonder where you got them. I absolutely love them. So, where’d ya get ’em?

    • Caitlin July 26, 2011, 11:37 am


  • Holly @ The Runny Egg July 25, 2011, 2:08 pm

    Good luck today Caitlin — I’ll be thinking of you!

  • SarahC @ The Wordy Thirties July 25, 2011, 2:13 pm

    Good luck, Caitlin! I hope you get great news and can breathe easier. Sending happy thoughts your way!

  • Erin @ Naturally Addicted July 25, 2011, 2:19 pm

    Wow, you are spot on this afternoon. I really needed that post it today! Thanks for the uplifting thoughts!!

  • Bee Goes Bananas July 25, 2011, 2:26 pm

    Best of luck with the results!

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats July 25, 2011, 2:31 pm

    Whenever I have a doctor’s appointment that’s stressful (read: almost all of them, ha), I repeat to myself “Energy follows energy.” It helps to remind my brain to think positive thoughts before tests or treatments so that I can infuse my cells with positivity and light. Hippiessssss! But it works. That and breathing a LOT.

    • Caitlin July 26, 2011, 11:43 am

      I try that too!!! 🙂 Hehe hippies unite.

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats July 25, 2011, 2:32 pm

    I also meant to add that I wish you the best and you WILL be okay 🙂

  • Jackie @ That Deep Breath July 25, 2011, 2:35 pm

    I love the note at the end. Never forget that!

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 25, 2011, 2:40 pm

    Best of luck Caitlin, I know that everything will work out for you. I really believe in the power of positivity xxx

  • Corrie Anne July 25, 2011, 2:45 pm

    Yay for runs with husbands. And waiting to hear the good news later! 🙂

  • Jane July 25, 2011, 2:55 pm

    Good luck – thinking about you!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 25, 2011, 2:57 pm

    You are in my thoughts and prayers, Caitlin!!! Wishing you THE BEST!!!!!!

  • jen July 25, 2011, 3:00 pm

    hey caitlin! not related to this post, but what protein powder do you use/recommend? thanks!

    • Caitlin July 26, 2011, 11:44 am

      Standard Process Non-Dairy Complete – only available through a doc (like the husband) though.

  • Amanda @ the beauty notebooks July 25, 2011, 3:03 pm

    Thinking good thoughts and sending good vibes for you, my dear! Your OB note speaks volumes. Take care. You WILL be ok!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me July 25, 2011, 3:03 pm

    You and your hubs are so cute.

    Fingers are crossed for you!

  • Katy July 25, 2011, 3:09 pm

    Fingers crossed for you today! Your strength in blogging, training, and everything you write about demonstrates how can handle whatever is thrown at you. Here’s to hoping only good things hit you today, though!

  • Katherine July 25, 2011, 3:11 pm

    O, and random period question.
    Do you use tampons or pads or a cup?

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} July 25, 2011, 3:15 pm

    My thoughts are with you today. I hope your test goes well!

  • Kelly July 25, 2011, 3:18 pm

    Good luck today, Caitlin. Sending MASSIVE positive vibes your way!

  • Shrinking mommy of 2 July 25, 2011, 3:19 pm

    Hope all is well. I love the note you posted…I needed it today. I am going to put a note in my van that says TRUST because I am having a difficult time right now. This will remind me to let go, try not to control everything in my life and just TRUST that everything will be ok! Not sure what my hubby is going to say about the note, but I think he will understand. I have been know to put notes around the house to remind me to control what I can control and let the rest go!

  • Trish July 25, 2011, 3:19 pm

    Good luck!

    I have had issues with dysplasia myself. I just had a LEEP in April. I’ve had abnormal paps for a few years and it was starting to get worse so they decided it was time to act.

    I go back for my first post-LEEP pap in October. Fingers and toes crossed that I am normal going forward – forever! I am nervous about it.

    I hope you come back with good news. And interested, if you do, what changes you made. I really want to make sure I don’t have any further problems. I haven’t had a baby – and would like to someday. I also obviously do not want to get cancer.

    • Caitlin July 26, 2011, 11:46 am

      Ha – I feel exactly as you do. It’s hard when you feel like you are choosing between multiple evils!! Don’t want to hurt my babymaker but also dont want cancer.

  • Becca July 25, 2011, 3:28 pm

    Good luck, Caitlin – and thanks for this post today. As I’m also presently managing gyn-related uncertainties and anxieties, your sticky note hits the nail on the head and provides a good bit of empowerment. Hope you stay strong and brave!

  • JoAnne July 25, 2011, 3:40 pm

    Good luck with your appointment. I had dysplasia and a LEEP procedure (year & a half ago) & I’m always nervous it’s going to return. After reading your first post on the topic, I’m going to be more cautious if it does return. I definitely don’t want to rush into another LEEP.

  • Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs July 25, 2011, 3:42 pm

    I’ll be thinking of you today 🙂 hugs!!

  • Luna July 25, 2011, 4:11 pm

    Good luck with your appointment today, I had dysplasia and colposcopy for it, since it was low grade I decided to wait some time before actually taking any action, now my pap test is clear, same thing happened to my friend, so I hope your result will be good as well!take care

  • Julie - StressStories July 25, 2011, 4:12 pm

    How great that you’re running together! I try to get my husband to join me, both for the sake of his health and because it would be fun – but no such luck yet.

    And cute running shorts 🙂

  • Khushboo July 25, 2011, 4:14 pm

    I love that u and K run together, I hope my husband is as into fitness I am…so much nicer to spend quality time together this way as opposed to lounging in front of the telly!

  • Katie July 25, 2011, 4:33 pm

    Love the Operation Beautiful post. That’s my life mantra 🙂

  • Hillary July 25, 2011, 4:39 pm

    Sending good thoughts and wishes your way today, Caitlin. Hoping that all comes back clear!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness July 25, 2011, 4:54 pm

    Wishing you all the very best Caitlin, I hope it goes well at the doctors today 🙂 looks like a fun work session, and so nice to run with the hubby! Take care and sending you positive vibes! Love your Operation Beautiful note 🙂 xyx

  • Errign July 25, 2011, 4:54 pm

    Sending you positive thoughts, Caitlin. I went through 2 years of 2 colposcopys and 8 paps before my dysplasia cleared up, which was highly annoying and a little bit scary!

  • Johanna B July 25, 2011, 5:25 pm

    Healing energy is being sent your way.

  • Hayley @ Oat Couture July 25, 2011, 5:31 pm

    Good luck for your test Caitlin! And love that operation beautiful note! 🙂

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) July 25, 2011, 5:48 pm

    Good luck today hun! Everything will work out 🙂

    Thanks for that note too. I really needed to read that today.

  • Staci July 25, 2011, 6:01 pm

    I hope your test results come back a-ok!

    I NEEDED to see that quote today. Thanks for the positivity!!!

  • Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats July 25, 2011, 6:08 pm

    The Huz sounds like my manfriend. lol. He will run a 5k with me but that is the most! Good luck today–I hope everything comes out okay!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 25, 2011, 6:12 pm

    Good luck today. The wait is the hardest part when it comes to medical stuff I think.

  • Molly @ RDexposed July 25, 2011, 6:25 pm

    I’m always hiding snacks if I bring them into Starbucks!

  • kristen July 25, 2011, 6:38 pm

    good luck! And whatever life throws at you, you can handle it! your a very strong lady!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal July 25, 2011, 7:09 pm

    Good luck today, Caitlin! I’ll be thinking of you and sending some positive vibes your way!!

  • Laura July 25, 2011, 7:18 pm

    Great attitude Caitlin!! I’ll be thinking of you, I have no doubt you will get through this.

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated July 25, 2011, 7:25 pm

    Hope you got the results you were hoping for today!!!

  • cj weaber @ July 25, 2011, 7:36 pm

    Good luck with everything today. Your attitude is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing such positivity. You are in my prayers.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 25, 2011, 7:55 pm

    Good LUCK!!!

  • Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) July 25, 2011, 7:57 pm

    Hang in there hun… positive thoughts yield positive actions.

    That sandwich bread looks thick and delicious by the way- what brand is that??

    • Caitlin July 26, 2011, 11:46 am

      Udi’s gluten free

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence July 25, 2011, 8:04 pm

    Hope the appointment went well. It seems like you have a great attitude!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul July 25, 2011, 8:06 pm

    Yes, amen! I hope all is well with your health and stay strong no matter what life brings!! I love that saying!! Because it’s sooo true, and that’s what most of the world basically struggles with. Our lack of “healthy reactions/response” causes much grief to ourselves and those around us.

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out July 25, 2011, 8:28 pm

    Yes, you will be okay. I hope you get good news at the Dr.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 25, 2011, 10:18 pm

    That’s right, best wishes!! You WILL be ok!

  • Laura July 25, 2011, 10:45 pm

    You’ve got a great attitude about this. Good luck and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the tests come back normal this time!

  • Reenie July 25, 2011, 11:36 pm

    ~ thinking ofyou ~

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed July 26, 2011, 12:44 am

    Definitely thinking of you. Hope everything goes well! Keep up the positive thinking 🙂

  • Jolene ( July 26, 2011, 1:25 am

    I hope everything went well today Caitlin 🙂

  • Lindsey@Yogi Bear July 26, 2011, 2:31 am

    That’s a lovely note! Hope all went well. 🙂

  • Lindsay @The Gluten-Free Baker July 26, 2011, 8:18 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and you’ve been so inspiring to me and you have such a positive spirit. I hope everything went really well!

  • Carolina @ Peas in a Blog July 26, 2011, 8:52 am

    I love the idea of having him join you halfway through your run. I hardly ever run with the men I date, mostly because they’re way faster than me haha

  • Carine July 26, 2011, 9:46 am

    Thanks for this note 🙂 It came at the right timing. Good luck with your follow-up!

  • deep south runner July 26, 2011, 10:29 am

    My husband is the same way, does NOT like the long distances at all. Normally I just save my short run days for him and do long runs on my own, but I like the idea of breaking it up and doing some by myself and some with him. Great idea!!

  • allpointswhole July 26, 2011, 10:46 am

    Good luck at the Dr…sending positive thoughts your way!

  • Amber K July 26, 2011, 12:13 pm

    Hope everything went well 🙂

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