Whoa Day

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I had a very “WHOA” kind of day.  Lots and lots of action packed into just a few hours.  It’s not even 10 PM and my eye lids are already so heavy – it’s definitely going to be an early night.


Let’s see – I worked at the clinic this morning, and then escaped for an awesome 1,000 meter swim.  I did lots of visualization during the swim, prepping myself for Sunday’s race.


Pool was quiet today – I had my own lane for the first time in weeks!


Post-swim lunch of hummus toast + corn relish and a spinach salad.


I did some chores – I have a new chore technique to tell you about soon! – and then I buckled down and wrote my face off.  I had a minor panic attack last night, thinking about how much work I still need to do on my book (due in September), so it felt really good to get so much done today.


I sat at Starbucks for so long, I ended up doing yoga in the bathroom.  My back was killin’ me.  Triangle pose, what what.

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Sugar helped, too.  I also had a handful of cashews.

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And last, but not least, I somehow rustled up the energy to prepare this amazing dinner (if I do say so myself, hah).  I’m taste-testing recipes for the Healthy Tipping Point book, so I can’t share too many details about this meal – but it was quinoa with secret sauce, secret tempeh, and steamed broccoli.  Got thumbs up from both the Husband and my father-in-law.  Score.



If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go face plant in my bed.


PS – 10 Personal Questions was SOOO much fun.  I loved reading everyone’s responses.  I might make it a regular feature!  Will announce the winner when she gets back to me.



  • Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks July 14, 2011, 9:35 pm

    Doing triangle pose in the bathroom — love it! glad you had a productive day. I really enjoy writing in coffee shops, too!

  • Brittany @a healthy slice July 14, 2011, 9:38 pm

    Cool! I didn’t know you were writing a cookbook. How fun! 🙂

    • Caitlin July 14, 2011, 9:47 pm

      It’s a healthy living guide, but there are recipes in it!

      • Baking 'n' Books July 14, 2011, 10:22 pm

        Is this the book your working on now though? Or are you working on the 2nd OB book?

        It’s neat that your writing a “Healthy Living Guide” – proof it can be done and not to let not having a “degree” in some medical thing or R.D or whatever be necessary…

        Did you create your own Mmmm Sauce?! 🙂 (Also – I totally had that same Krispie from the Bucks myself the other day…)

        • Caitlin July 15, 2011, 10:13 am

          OB2 is done and now I’m working on HTP 🙂

  • Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) July 14, 2011, 9:40 pm

    I keep seeing Tempeh pop up all over the place.. I need to try it! And i didn’t know you were writing a cookbook!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey July 14, 2011, 9:50 pm

    oooo i want to know what the secret sauce isss!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg July 14, 2011, 9:51 pm

    It looks like you had the whole pool to yourself, not just the lane!

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith July 14, 2011, 9:53 pm

    Are you still accepting submissions for the HTP book? I was going to put something together but then totally spazzed out (aka got a job, moved, got ordained and started two weeks before Easter, haha) and it slipped to the back burner.

  • Heather July 14, 2011, 9:55 pm

    the friend/girl crush i have always had on you? It was just severely heightened with the triangle pose in the Starbucks bathroom. You rock so hard, C. xoxox

    • Caitlin July 14, 2011, 10:02 pm

      Namaste, biatch. 🙂

      Loves you too!

      • Caitlin July 14, 2011, 10:02 pm

        are you coming to the summit?

        • Heather July 15, 2011, 9:00 am

          dear founding member: see agenda.

          aka: yes. i’m on a panel. 😉

          i love you.

        • Caitlin July 15, 2011, 9:08 am

          Bawwww i knew that. just testing you.

        • Heather July 15, 2011, 9:29 am


  • Mary July 14, 2011, 9:58 pm

    That rice crispy nom looks SO good! 🙂 yum yum

  • Molly @ RDexposed July 14, 2011, 10:01 pm

    I lived at Starbucks when I was studying for my RD exam. The staff new me quite well.

  • Ciera @ Rose and Thistle July 14, 2011, 10:20 pm

    Hmmm have never eaten tempeh but that looks so good I might have to give it a whirl!

  • Tessa @ Amazing Asset July 14, 2011, 10:22 pm

    Yumm that tempeh recipe looks great! Can’t wait to read more about it… I guess I will have to wait 🙂

  • Dana (Struggles of a Twenty Something) July 14, 2011, 10:29 pm

    This is a really random question but what do you do with your computer when you have to go to the bathroom at Starbucks?? Hahah I never know what to do.

    • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 14, 2011, 10:45 pm

      You take it with you!! Omg I would *never ever* leave so much as a pen unattended in a Starbucks. It’s just too much temptation for those who are hard up for money and something to pawn. Or just for those who were ‘wanting’ a new-to-them computer. Better safe than sorry 🙂

    • Sana July 14, 2011, 10:52 pm

      I take it with me!!!!

    • Caitlin July 15, 2011, 10:14 am

      I just leave it there. I don’t really think anyone in CHarlotte would jack it. People here are too nice. If I was in NYC, I would take it with me.

    • Julie (A Case of the Runs) July 15, 2011, 12:45 pm

      Sadly, once you take the computer with you, your seat gets taken! =( At least here in CA.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 14, 2011, 10:44 pm

    the tempeh looks good but the rice krispy bar ( I love marshmallows!!) really steals the show 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 14, 2011, 10:45 pm

    I can’t wait until your next book comes out!

  • jen July 14, 2011, 10:48 pm

    how much quinoa do you usually have at a meal? i have a hard time knowing how much the dry measurements will yield cooked?

    • Caitlin July 15, 2011, 10:14 am

      I eat like 1.5 cups at a time (cooked). 1/4 cup dry = 1 cup cooked, which is technically 1 serving.

      • jen July 15, 2011, 12:59 pm


  • maria @ Chasing the Now July 14, 2011, 11:01 pm

    Love the bathroom yoga! 🙂

  • Sarah July 14, 2011, 11:03 pm

    I have a random wedding question for you and other readers. I also asked this on the pbfingers blog. I just got engaged a week and a half ago and we have started the planning process already! I have had my bridesmaids chosen forever, a group of 5 girls, including my sister, who I’m really close with.

    My fiance has an older sister, but he’s not close with her at all. Since we’ve been engaged, she hasn’t called him or anything, just texted him once to say congrats. I don’t mean this in a harsh way, they just don’t have that kind of relationship.

    We both were on the same page that we would have his sister participate in the ceremony in some way (maybe do a reading or something) but not be a bridesmaid. As I mentioned, my fiance is not really close with her and I’ve only met her 3 times (she also lives across the country). Plus, I don’t think she would care either way.

    Well, now his mom has been bugging him that she thinks his sister should be a bridesmaid. and he’s brought it up to me. I feel like it’s putting pressure on me to have her in the bridal party and that I will be the bad guy if I don’t want her in it. It would be a different story if my fiance wanted her, but it’s not him, it’s his mom. And I feel like if he was close to her then I would be too, but I barely know her. She is also over 10 years older than me. Am I being bitchy? Or am I right to feel that I shouldn’t have to include her in the bridal party?

    • Sarah for Real July 15, 2011, 12:29 am

      I’m in somewhat the same situation as your future SIL. I am not that close with my brother, never really have been. I was not asked to be in any part of their wedding and it wasn’t a big deal. I think your future MIL is just being a pain in the tookus and this won’t be your last run-in.

      Ask your SIL to do a reading and don’t talk about it with his mom. If the mom brings it up, just say that you’re very happy your SIL is doing a reading and make sure you have a big smile on your face like it’s the greatest thing EVER! Then quickly change the subject. Ask her what she’s going to wear or some unimportant detail about the rehearsal dinner (if his family is hosting it), try to give her a job and funnel her opinions toward that item.

    • Caitlin July 15, 2011, 8:18 am

      First of all, I think this decision needs to be reached with your future husband. If he feels VERY strongly about it after you explain why you don’t want her to be a BM (it would be awkward when you’re getting ready, you imagine your BMs are your best friends, etc), then I might bow to my husband’s wishes because a marriage is a melding of families.

      HOWEVER, if your man does not care, I would not give into your mother in law. I think it is very important to draw control boundaries with in-laws. This is your first change to draw really firm boundaries about how much your in-laws are going to be able to control you (and trust me, even the nicest in-laws do this from time to time if you don’t draw boundaries). Think how bad it will be when you have children if you don’t establish boundaries now.

      When people asked me to do stuff for my wedding that I didn’t want to (and there were a couple issues like this), I just listened to what they had to say and said no nicely. In your case, I would say, “Thank you so much for your input; we’re going to have her do a reading instead. I’m very excited about it.” If she continues to pressure you, I would have your husband (very important because it should be presented as a united decision) say, “Mom, there are some thing we are willing to be flexible about for the wedding, but this is not one of them.” That’s the line we used in tough situations and it worked well.

      • Heather July 15, 2011, 9:02 am

        Please write an advice column. no. really. DO IT.

        • Caitlin July 15, 2011, 9:09 am

          hahah new HTP feature?

    • Julie (A Case of the Runs) July 15, 2011, 12:48 pm

      No, you’re not being a witch (notice how I turned that around). I think it should be up to your fiance to work this out. It’s puttin unnecessary pressure on you, and I’m pretty sure it’d be awkward for the sister to be in that group of your friends. Of course, I think she should attend some other pre-wedding festivities if she’d like!

    • Nicole July 16, 2011, 4:20 pm

      I just went through this exact situation and totally feel your pain. Like you, I carefully selected my wedding party and didn’t include future SILs because I hardly know them. As a result, I was told that my decision sent the message that I wasn’t trying to build a relationship with my future family. Oh yeah–and apparently not including the SILs means also implies that I don’t value family.

      Here is how I handled the situation: I emailed future MIL and SILs explaining the reasons why I chose my bridal party. I did not change my mind or apologize for my decision. I was polite, but direct. I also asked that they contact me directly in the future if they had any issues, instead of complaining to my fiance.

      Just so you know, having the wedding you want doesn’t make you a bitch. In my opinion, people who feel entitled (unless they are footing the bill) are out of line.

      Good luck!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 14, 2011, 11:22 pm

    Whatever that secret sauce is, it looks delicious!

  • Bonnie July 14, 2011, 11:50 pm

    Looking forward to your healthy living guide! I know it will be full of tons of good, useful, fun info. 🙂 I had a “whoa day” too – hitting the hay and ready for it! Happy almost-weekend and good luck with your upcoming race!

  • Ann Claire July 14, 2011, 11:56 pm

    That secret sauce looks yummy 🙂

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence July 15, 2011, 1:06 am

    most of the time, I hate swimming with other people in the lane. thats why i dont go swim as much! its just frustrating.

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul July 15, 2011, 2:12 am

    I hope you have a day relaxing day tomorrow even though it’s Friday. Haha, I totally relate to the yoga b/c I do those too when I’m in public bathrooms–as long as no one sees. Now it’s embarrassing when people walk in on ya 😉

  • Lauren July 15, 2011, 6:53 am

    Had one of those days too! Thank goodness it’s over.

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out July 15, 2011, 7:27 am

    I’m so excited for you.. About the book.. When will it be released again?

    • Caitlin July 15, 2011, 10:15 am

      Spring 2012 🙂

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 15, 2011, 7:28 am

    Oooohhh really looking forward to the book Cailtin! Do you know when it’s going to be published yet?

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 15, 2011, 8:06 am

    Sounds like such a productive day. I love that feeling! 😀

    Whatever that secret sauce is, it looks good!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me July 15, 2011, 8:06 am

    Phew what a busy day! BTW that corn relish looks delicious. Did you make it yourself?

    • Caitlin July 15, 2011, 10:16 am

      Naw it’s from Trader Joes!

  • Kelly July 15, 2011, 8:50 am

    It cracked me up when you said it was 10:00 which meant it was going to be an early night. If I am up past 10:00 I start freaking out because it is so late! haha!

  • Andrea @ Onion in My Hair July 15, 2011, 9:32 am

    I drool over the rice krispie treat EVERY time I visit Starbucks.

    Please tell me it’s as amazing as it looks!

    • Caitlin July 15, 2011, 10:18 am

      It was REALLY good.

  • Kat July 15, 2011, 10:22 am

    I totally do yoga in the bathroom at work – especially triangle and downward dog! it really helps when you are stuck at your desk all day 🙂

  • Sami July 15, 2011, 10:55 am

    you stinker! i hate secrets 😉


  • Susan July 15, 2011, 1:18 pm

    Darn it – I’m going to have to wait for the book to find the recipe for the tempeh? I love tempeh soooo much; it’s the oft overlooked vegetarian protein – everyone focuses on tofu.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 15, 2011, 1:31 pm

    yeah, my day was kinda like that too! Glad for sleep 🙂

  • Tamara July 15, 2011, 1:34 pm

    Oh wow, that tempeh looks AHHHHHHHHmazing! I’ll buy the book for that recipe alone, and I’m not even vegetarian!

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