Car Talk

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I have a confession:  I talk to myself in the car. 


(Yes, that is a bicycle in the trunk. And I am already getting crow’s feet and don’t really mind.  It means I smile a lot, right?) 


In all seriousness, I do talk to myself in the car.  I use the time in an enclosed, quiet space to sort out any negative issues going on in my head or my life.  I think saying stuff aloud and verbally reframing situations in a more positive light is so much more effective than just going over it in my mind or writing it down!  Try it.  I swear it works.  People at stoplights might think you’re nuts, though…


I talked myself all the way to the pool and back.


And I swam for 20 minutes.  I didn’t count laps, I just swam for the pure pleasure of it.  Seems like everyone in Charlotte had the same idea because the lanes were packed. 


And I came home and made some frozen pizza and a spinach salad.  I thought about pizza the entire time I was swimming.  So good.


Time for bed.  Goodnight, buddies!


PS – I really enjoyed the comment discussion about patient advocacy.  So many different stories and perspectives.  Thanks, as always, for sharing your thoughts!



  • Carin August 4, 2011, 9:30 pm

    Your pizza looked yummy! I’ve got pizza for dinner tonight too (although it’s really tomorrow night for you – it’s already Friday lunchtime here in New Zealand!).

    I don’t know whether your husband has said this – I think it’s an English thing – but when you say something and another person doesn’t hear you and you then clarify by saying “I’m sorry, I was just talking to myself!”. the common response is “You’ll get no sense there then!”.

    I’m sure you DID make sense in your “me, myself and I” conversation – and if not, who cares? It must be at least as productive as listening to the radio!

    • CaitlinHTP August 5, 2011, 7:50 am

      Haha I’ve never heard that response but it’s cute 🙂

  • Army Amy* August 4, 2011, 9:36 pm

    I bet people who see you talking to yourself don’t think you’re crazy. You could be talking on a bluetooth afterall.*

  • Tracy @ Commit To Fit August 4, 2011, 9:40 pm

    I heart the water. I do more aqua fitness, with the aqua belt and water weights. Love it!

  • Baking N Books August 4, 2011, 9:41 pm

    I sing to myself in the car…;)

    Actually – I was very upset about something – angry – last night when driving home. So – I actually screamed and yelled in the car…I had to “get it out of me” somehow – or I would have went nuts!

    What kind of pizza is that? Amy’s? Looks like Refried Beans…?

    • CaitlinHTP August 5, 2011, 7:52 am

      It’s Trader Joes

  • katie @ KatieDid August 4, 2011, 9:49 pm

    I sing out loud all day. But I don’t really talk to myself ever. My mind is definitely always racing though!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 4, 2011, 9:55 pm

    I talk to myself in the car! I don’t pray in a formal way, so I consider it kind of my way of communicating with a higher power. I don’t know if that makes sense, but it is very calming to me.

  • Ashley August 4, 2011, 9:57 pm

    I talk to myself out loud all the time! I definitely do it in the car, but tend to do it when I am home alone. It’s more of a “thinking out loud” process than anything else, and I swear it helps. Whether it’s thinking through a difficult problem, mumbling about shopping lists in the store or something as simple as “I SWEAR that my keys were right here…”, it’s just so ingrained in my daily life that I don’t think I could ever *stop* doing it.

    My mom has also done it her entire life, though…I think she might be to blame 😉

  • Lesley August 4, 2011, 9:59 pm

    I sometimes talk to myself in the car too. It helps distract me from rush hour stress. Also, what polish is on your nails in the first pick? I really, really like it!

    • Lesley August 4, 2011, 10:00 pm

      *pic 🙂

      • CaitlinHTP August 5, 2011, 10:35 am

        Wah! I’m at work now and can’t look. It’s an OPI polish though.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 4, 2011, 10:02 pm

    I talk to myself in the car as well – no shame!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 4, 2011, 10:04 pm

    I can’t talk to myself because I listen to audio books. I cannot get enough of those!

  • Chloe (In Fine Feather) August 4, 2011, 10:04 pm

    Mmmm pizza sounds good! I’m also getting crows feet & gray hair but I’m trying to ignore both of those since I know that in 5-10 years everyone our age will be OBSESSING about it.

  • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life August 4, 2011, 10:07 pm

    I talk to myself all the time. Especially if I’m running by myself. Love it. I’m a good listener! 😉

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg August 4, 2011, 10:12 pm

    I talk to myself all the time — in my car, when I’m shopping, when I’m running, when I’m at work, in the shower, etc. You are definitely not alone!

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing August 4, 2011, 10:12 pm

    I’m getting bombarded by pizza cravings left and right! You may have just convinced me that I need pizza…now. 😉 I talk to myself all the time, and it makes a huge difference. I am a verbal processor!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas August 4, 2011, 10:13 pm

    My boyfriend talks to himself like … 24/7. He blames it on being an only child. I talk to myself when I am alone. But he talks to himself whenI am around….

    • CaitlinHTP August 5, 2011, 7:52 am

      Hahah I’m an only child! Maybe that’s it.

  • Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles August 4, 2011, 10:17 pm

    You’re not the only one who talks in the car! 🙂

    Is that the dairy-free pizza from Trader Joe’s? If so, it’s one of my favs!

    • CaitlinHTP August 5, 2011, 7:53 am

      It’s my fav, too!

  • Erica August 4, 2011, 10:18 pm

    Oh my gosh I talk to myself in the car all the time! I sort out issues, practice the way I’m going to say things to people or what I’ll say in interviews … it’s the perfect place!

  • Amy August 4, 2011, 10:23 pm

    Haha, totally feel you on the talking to yourself in the car. Sometimes when I am really stressed out or am trying to write a paper for school I will go on a walk be it 10 minutes or an hour and just talk it out with myself….I know it sounds nuts and ppl walking by probably think I am nuts but I swear it works way better than journaling or something else for me!

  • Tracy @ TracysTreats August 4, 2011, 10:29 pm

    I totally talk to myself all the time. Especially in the shower for some reason. Sometimes I catch myself and feel like a crazy person – who talks to themselves like that?! … I’m glad I’m not the only one who does this! 🙂

  • Jodi August 4, 2011, 10:54 pm

    thank goodness i am not the only one who does that! seriously, i think sometimes people can’t see me. until…i realize they can… and it’s embarrassing. but it does help me work things out when i’m rushing around all day. 🙂

  • Adrienne August 4, 2011, 11:00 pm

    ohmygosh! that’s the MAC pool isn’t it? I used to have tons of swim meets there and it was where I went to my first sectional level meet! And I used to talk to myself all the time during my 40 minute commute to high school and swim practice 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP August 5, 2011, 7:53 am

      Yup! I love it there 🙂

  • Molly @ RDexposed August 4, 2011, 11:03 pm

    Um, total car talk today for me-which is rare! Sometimes you need to voice things but let no one hear!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed August 4, 2011, 11:04 pm

    You are the cutest!

  • Trish August 4, 2011, 11:07 pm

    HA! I talk to myself all the time. I always listen. And who better to talk to than someone I like? LOL!

    Really, I feel like it helps me a lot to get my thoughts and feelings out there. My only worry is that my phone will somehow be on (I’m always bag dialing people – the buttons sometimes get hit when my phone is in my bag and the phone then calls someone. But overall, it makes me feel better to get stuff out.

    • CaitlinHTP August 5, 2011, 7:53 am

      omg, a butt dial would be SOOOO HUMILIATING!

      • Jen August 6, 2011, 12:13 am

        Hahahahaha…a butt dial! I think that comment just made my day. 🙂

  • Rebecca August 4, 2011, 11:17 pm

    I talk to myself a lot. Everywhere. 🙂
    And I tend to pray in the car, if I think of something that I want to talk to God about. I keep my eyes open, of course. 😉

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 4, 2011, 11:48 pm

    I sing in the car but, I’m not sure that I’ve ever really just talked to myself. Hmmm…

  • Chelsea August 4, 2011, 11:53 pm

    Ha I talk to myself as well as my boy-friend. I’ve walked in on him in his garage countless times just going on and on to himself about tools, what needs to be done to what bike, etc. I find it so cute ha!

  • Sana August 5, 2011, 12:02 am

    I talk and pray in the bathroom… I am weirddd!

  • @HilaryFleming August 5, 2011, 12:25 am

    I think I left in your comments section of your 10 personal quesitons post that talking to myself was my embarrassing thing. It sounds like a lot of other commenters do too. Glad I’m not as weird as I thought.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 5, 2011, 12:33 am

    I don’t talk to myself in the car- I talk to other drivers. And by that, I mean yelling and cursing at them with my windows rolled up so no one shoots me 🙂

  • Khushboo August 5, 2011, 1:01 am

    Haha yesterday before I was about to dig in to my smoothie, I heardthe words ‘ohhh yea’ come out of my mouth…and i was the only one in the room!

  • Jen August 5, 2011, 1:34 am

    I talk to myself, and even pray, in the car all the time – especially in the a.m. Although this is probably not the ideal setting for prayer (gotta pay attention to the road too), it does seem to help me settle down & get ready for the day (getting up & ready, for me, is always an ordeal, as I am NOT a morning person AT ALL). I figure, if anyone “busts” me, I COULD be talking on a speaker phone, you know. And, if they do just assume that I am crazy…oh, well – I am pretty much over it. 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP August 5, 2011, 7:54 am

      That’s true, it could be a Bluetooth!

  • Sarah August 5, 2011, 2:02 am

    oh goodness i talk to myself all the time…everywhere. pretty sure i look crazy

  • Jessica August 5, 2011, 2:14 am

    I TOOOOOOOTALLY talk to myself in the car!
    (and yes, crows feet are from smiling a lot. and that is GREAT!)

  • Natalie August 5, 2011, 2:58 am


    I talk to myself and not just in the car, totally normal.

    I think about food to get me through workouts. During yoga I usually dream about Green Monsters topped with Cereal and Cardio usually a big monster salad beast or Peanut Butter or anything with Pumpkin.

    Sometimes in yoga I like to pick at my toenails..Kinda gross but you get the best angles in yoga! haha.

    Everyone is crazy! The human body is crazy! hormones are crazy! Life is CrAzY Beautiful <3

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 5, 2011, 4:56 am

    I talk to myself when I’m cooking and organising!

  • Lindsay@CookVeganLover August 5, 2011, 5:24 am

    I talk to myself in the car all the time, oh and the shower. I come up with some of my best ideas when I am talking out loud- something about actually hearing them said.

  • Mary August 5, 2011, 5:39 am

    its definitely legit you talk to yourself, Sometimes that’s just what you have to do! Talk it out!

    I find myself doing it at work all of the time. I think my patients think I’m nuts haha!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf August 5, 2011, 6:07 am

    I totally talk to myself in the car (and lots of other places aswell, actually!) I like to kid myself and believe that onlookers just think that I’m singing, but that’s probably not true…!

  • Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East August 5, 2011, 6:17 am

    I am always talking to myself… in the car, at work, while working out! I’m sure people think Im insane!

  • Cassie @ Back to Her Roots August 5, 2011, 6:27 am

    I always talk to myself in the car! My Dad, long ago, taught me that if I needed to have a difficult conversation or exchange, the best way to do it was to figure out what I was going to say and then repeat back all the possible ways the other person can reply. He did it in the car and now so do I!

  • Lauren August 5, 2011, 6:53 am

    I sing to myself in the car. Same thing.

  • Shayla @ The Good Life August 5, 2011, 7:54 am

    Ha I love this! I totally talk to myself all the time…I feel like I get all my emotions out and sort through everything better by talking it out than keeping it bottled in my head!

    And your crows feet are to my smile/laugh lines…their deeply ingrained and won’t go away…but like you said, it just means we smile a lot! 🙂

  • Ali August 5, 2011, 8:02 am

    I talk to myself all the time, but rarely realize it until it’s too late and people are staring at me. 😉 I get a lot accomplished on my drives.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 5, 2011, 8:04 am

    I talk to myself too! It’s actually a really good way to get out my frustrations at work haha. 😛

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION August 5, 2011, 8:15 am

    I sing (as in, blaring out my lungs) in the car. It’s kind of along the same lines…haha. 😉

  • Kara Q August 5, 2011, 8:21 am

    I talk to myself in the car too! I host “mock interviews” for myself, rehearse tough conversations I know I need to have, etc. Weird I know, but I totally feel more prepared when the time comes — and I feel like I’m being productive on my commute!

  • Kristen (inspiredbydooce) August 5, 2011, 8:32 am

    I talk to myself both out loud and “in my head” a lot. One of my worst habits is to be carrying on a conversation with myself in my head, and then continuing it out loud to my husband, assuming he’ll know what I was just talking about. Luckily he’s used to it by now…

  • Sara August 5, 2011, 8:33 am

    I am new to your blog and just wanted to let you know I am really enjoying it and finding the food pictures and recipes very helpful – thanks!

  • Amy August 5, 2011, 8:46 am

    I talk outloud to myself during bike workouts. Like verbally decide where to go next.

  • marian August 5, 2011, 9:00 am

    I TOTALLY do the same thing! A lot of times it’s pep talks, such as “this is going to be a GOOD day!” or “I WANT to go to yoga!” or “I am special! I can do this! lalalalalalaaaaa!” Completely normal.

    • CaitlinHTP August 5, 2011, 10:51 am

      hahah i love you.

  • Kat August 5, 2011, 9:41 am

    I don’t talk to myself in the car, but I def think about food while exercising. Especially during long runs 🙂

  • Hillary August 5, 2011, 9:41 am

    I have to admit, that’s not something I’ve ever done—but it does sound like it would be more effective (and faster!) than writing it down. Maybe I’ll give it a try. Traffic neighbors be damned! ; )

  • My Blonde Moments August 5, 2011, 9:41 am

    Um yea, I talk to myself quite a bit. I find that’s how I will sort out an important upcoming conversation, or keep myself on track when I have a huge to-do list. I’m glad I’m not the only one that does a little self-talk! I think it’s good for the soul 🙂

  • Poe at ThePoeLog August 5, 2011, 9:55 am

    I used to talk to myself in the car all the time! Now I ride public transportation and talking to oneself on the metro, well, that’s kinda frowned upon.

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy August 5, 2011, 10:11 am

    I talk to myself in the car too! Luckily with cell phone bluetooths and phones through your car’s radio system–people may think you are on the phone!

  • Stephanie August 5, 2011, 10:25 am

    Meh, you can’t tell the crazy people from the sane people anymore, what with bluetooth headsets and those sync systems in cars. Although…maybe the ones with those systems ARE the crazy people…always connected…hmm.

    I talk to myself in the car, and I have conversations with my cat all the time. I’m sure my neighbors think I’m nuts.

  • Stepfanie August 5, 2011, 10:28 am

    Not weird at all. I speak to myself in French in the car… as a way to remember it. I don’t have many chances these days. 🙂

  • Jenny August 5, 2011, 10:34 am

    I have always talked to myself all the time. Now that I have a baby, it’s great because people just assume I’m talking to the baby!! 🙂

  • Amanda (modernation) August 5, 2011, 10:47 am

    I TOTALLY talk to myself in the car. I think bluetooth devices are hideous, but the reason I like them is I assume people at stop lights think I am talking on one rather than to myself. When I was younger and cared more about what strangers thought of me (and when it was legal to drive while on your cell phone) I would sometime hold my phone to my ear and talk to myself so other drivers didn’t think I was talking to myself. Embarrassing!

  • Lisa August 5, 2011, 11:40 am

    I usually only talk to other drivers when I’m in the car (with the windows up). My DH calls it “driving with commentary”.

    I did yell the f-word a lot when I found out I was going to have to have surgery on my broken ankle for the third time when I was on my way home from the doctor’s office a couple of years ago.

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) August 5, 2011, 12:09 pm

    Not only do I talk to myself, I sing and dance in my car. Great ab work. 🙂 I also noticed hella crows feet around my eyes last night! First thought “oh my goddess no! I am only 28!!” then I realized it’s from smiling so it made me smile more. Yeeps.

  • Amber K August 5, 2011, 12:38 pm

    I think it’s much more normal in an enclosed space like the car. I have a bad habit of doing this at grocery stores. Like: “I just need one can of it….oh come on now, where is it? Great, they’re out, now what?” Only to turn around and see at least one person staring at me.

    This is when I wish I had a bluetooth headset so I could put one finger on my ear and finish the thought “So, what do you want to do for dinner instead? Yeah I’ll just be another minute….”

  • bonnie @ vinyasa vixen August 5, 2011, 1:40 pm

    i talk to myself when running, especially when i want to stop! i try to pep myself up 🙂 you can hear me muttering my mantras for miles haha!

  • Dani August 5, 2011, 1:46 pm

    Talking to yourself in the car is NBD. I thought everyone did it? hahaha

  • Rachel August 5, 2011, 2:12 pm

    I talk to myself in the car and sometimes without thinking in public; for example, when debating whether to buy something at the store. I also talk to my dog sometimes as if he understands me and my logic does not go over his head.

    • Rachel August 5, 2011, 2:13 pm

      I use to teach horse lessons, and this one girl would talk to her horse the entire time; not as in telling him his a good boy but as in she would tell the horse her life story. She had a constant dialogue going.

  • meghan@ struggle muffins August 5, 2011, 2:13 pm

    I talk to myself in the car too – I find it so helpful for getting my thoughts organized and my feelings sorted out. I teach yoga and sometimes it helps me get in the right zone to recite some of the flows I have planned while I’m buzzing around in my car. Glad I’m not the only one 🙂

  • Beth August 5, 2011, 2:45 pm

    I’m not gonna lie…I kind of like my crow’s feet. It reminds me that I’m a happy person, and am wiser than I once was. But don’t remind me in 10 years that I ever admitted this! =)

  • Jen August 5, 2011, 2:57 pm

    I talk to myself in the car all the time! After my Dad died last year, it was the only time I felt really honest about my feelings and had the best cry sessions alone in the car.

  • Sophie August 5, 2011, 5:47 pm

    Haha I talk to myself in the car all the time!
    It started off because I was nervous driving by myself but now I just find myself nattering away 😛

  • Sarah August 9, 2011, 5:52 pm

    I’m so glad to not be alone in the whole talking to myself in the car situation! Certainly my discomfort at stoplights has eased a bit since the advent of the Bluetooth headset however I still feel weird when I laugh at something I’ve just said to myself… is that an overshare? 🙂

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