One Year Ago Today

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One year ago today, the Operation Beautiful book was published.  This time last year, I was wrapping up my big interview and heading to Times Square for some radio interviews.   My, my – how time flies.  Part of me feels like it all happened yesterday, and yet that whirlwind of a day seems so long ago, too.


The Operation Beautiful book is for sale today on Amazon for $11.56!  What a steal (if I do say so myself)!  


As a side note, I recently saw the cover art for the Operation Beautiful Kids book (still untitled…), and I love it.  I’m so excited for the follow-up book to be published next summer.  The site has trended younger and younger in the last six months, with loads of high schools and middle schoolers participating, and it’s just so cool to see young girls get involved. 


One year later, all I can say is… THANKS!!!! Thanks to everyone who purchased a copy and thanks to those who purchase one today.  I really appreciate the support.


So – not much is going on today.  It’s Part II of the Me Day.  In comparison to last year, it’s positively tame.  But you know what?  Sometimes, that’s pretty awesome, too.


Breakfast was Panda Puffs, almonds, a banana, and Greek yogurt.


I was pretty hungry by 10, so I got a mid-morning peanut butter  smoothie snack (and one for the Husband, too):


Let’s see… the only other productive thing that I’ve done so far is drop my bike off at the shop for new tires.  I can change a flat tube in a pinch, but I cannot get a tire off and back on to save my life (and my fingertips). 


Funny enough, I saw that Meghann was struggling with her bike tires this morning, too!  Guess I took the easy way out by paying someone else to do it for me.



  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed August 2, 2011, 11:02 am

    the book is truly, well, beautiful.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin August 2, 2011, 11:02 am

    Ahh congratulations! I can’t believe it’s been a year either!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans August 2, 2011, 11:03 am

    Congrats on the OB one year anniversary and all the success of the book and the project!!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 2, 2011, 11:18 am

    Congrats on your 1 year anniversary Caitlin!! I think it’s amazing that you got one book published – let alone the others you’re working on!! I think Me Days are certainly in order from time to time and am a big supporter myself. I hope you enjoy part II!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 2, 2011, 11:19 am

    I bet that your book will be printed for many many years in the future.

  • Laura @ My Reason to Tri August 2, 2011, 11:20 am

    congrats on a fabulous year!!!

    im the same way….i would rather pay someone to change my flats for me, especially the back! i can do it, but its so much easier to let someone else do it!

  • Angie August 2, 2011, 11:21 am

    Yep I totally went to the bike shop at the week to get my tires sorted. I know this will not help me when I’m actually out on my bike, but right now it’s the best thing to do 🙂

  • Christine @ BookishlyB August 2, 2011, 11:23 am

    I thinking reaching out to a younger audience with this sort of message is really critical. The earlier we can start hitting home with positive messages about self-worth, peer pressure, and growing up the better!

    By the way, I loved you last post. We teachers call them “mental health” days too, some of them taking a bit more than others, haha.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 2, 2011, 11:24 am

    Yeah for a 1 year anniversary!!!

    Yeah, my husband does my bike tires. Heh 😉

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg August 2, 2011, 11:27 am

    Caitlin that is so exciting! I can’t believe it has been a year already! Enjoy Me Day #2!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 2, 2011, 11:28 am

    Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a year either and I was just reading from the sidelines! I think I would’ve taken the “pay someone” route too. Meghann does not seem to be having an easy time with it!

  • Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles August 2, 2011, 11:30 am

    Wow! I can’t believe it’s been a year! I remember watching you on the Today Show when I lived in DC…now I’m in California. So much can happen in a year!!

    • CaitlinHTP August 3, 2011, 9:16 am

      True that! Sometimes it’s incredible to look back on it.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 2, 2011, 11:42 am

    haha saved yourself the hassle too…she has to bring hers in anyway!

  • Donna @ Life of a Happy Blonde August 2, 2011, 11:55 am

    A year is amazing, i knew about the book before i ever heard about your blog 🙂

  • Amber K August 2, 2011, 12:01 pm

    I can’t believe it has been a year already. That definitely flew by. I have read the book twice now and love the website. I like sharing it with people because I think everyone needs a pick me up!

  • Hillary August 2, 2011, 12:06 pm

    I’ve shared your site with a few of my 8th grade students—I think it’s a great message for girls that age, who are REALLY struggling with figuring out who they are and what they should look/feel like. You’ve done a good thing, Caitlin ; )

  • Sarah August 2, 2011, 12:12 pm

    Wow, a year already! Congrats in all your successes- can’t wait for the next book!

  • Allie August 2, 2011, 12:25 pm

    Yay for the 1 year anniversary !

  • Aja August 2, 2011, 12:28 pm

    I love your blog and your mission. I haven’t read the book yet but I really want to. Congratulations on your successes and yay for 1 year!

  • Army Amy* August 2, 2011, 12:31 pm

    My husband bought me the Operation Beautiful book for Christmas. After I read it, I put it in my classroom so that my middle school students could read it!*

    • CaitlinHTP August 3, 2011, 9:17 am

      Yay! Thank you Amy 🙂

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness August 2, 2011, 12:42 pm

    You’ve achieved so much through blogging Caitlin…it seems totally appropriate to me that one year on from that big event you are having a me day…you deserve one, for sure! I was telling my boyfriend about the Operation Beautiful campaign just last night 🙂 Have a lovely Me Day part 2! <3 xyx

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 2, 2011, 12:58 pm

    Congrats on your 1 year bookiversary! 😀 It’s been such an awesome year for you!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal August 2, 2011, 1:08 pm

    I was just reading “a year ago today” posts on my blog today, and I saw that it was on the day of your interview:) How exciting!

  • Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots August 2, 2011, 1:09 pm

    Congratulations on all of your success! I’m sure the second book will be a huge hit!

  • Laura @ Cookies vs. Carrots August 2, 2011, 1:09 pm

    Congratulations on all of your success! I’m sure the second book will be a huge hit!

  • Leslie August 2, 2011, 1:10 pm

    Yay! Congrats Caitlin! I remember setting the DVR for the Today Show so I could see ya on it.

  • Jen August 2, 2011, 1:13 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I found your website a year ago because I was listening to cosmo radio’s awesome show Cocktails with Patrick and you were being interviewed. It was such a short interview but I remember being so inspired by your “do gooder” attitude and have been hooked on your blog ever since! Thanks for introducing me to healthy living blogs and thanks for being you!

    • CaitlinHTP August 3, 2011, 9:19 am

      Wow, Jen! Thanks so much for sticking around and reading 😉 I appreciate it.

  • Jen August 2, 2011, 1:13 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I found your website a year ago because I was listening to cosmo radio’s awesome show Cocktails with Patrick and you were being interviewed. It was such a short interview but I remember being so inspired by your “do gooder” attitude and have been hooked on your blog ever since! Thanks for introducing me to healthy living blogs and thanks for being you!

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats August 2, 2011, 1:29 pm

    I think that post from the Today Show has one of my favorite titles, ever 🙂 That’s totally what I would be thinking if I were ever on TV.

    I need a Me Day so badly! I have 9 days left until my full-time position is over and I’m so stressed. I’m thinking of all the glorious ways I can treat myself after I’m done with the craziness!

    • CaitlinHTP August 3, 2011, 9:19 am

      Almost there! Only 8 to go!

  • Jackie @ That Deep Breath August 2, 2011, 1:41 pm

    Congrats on the new book coming out! I think it’s awesome to reach the youth, they’re the ones growing into the body-obsessed society! You’re doing a great thing

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 2, 2011, 1:48 pm

    I remember planning my workout around watching you on the Today Show! Had to find a treadmill with a working TV 🙂

  • allison @ thesundayflog August 2, 2011, 2:20 pm

    congrats on your one year! i cant wait to read the second one 🙂 all the recent talk about bike tires is making me nervous. i have no clue how to change a flat and my race is on sunday. if the race directors help you change it, you are automatically DQd so pleaseeeeee cross your fingers everything will be a-ok!

  • cathy August 2, 2011, 2:22 pm

    i TOTALLY remember your interview last year! congrats on all you have accomplished in the past 12 months, caitlin! wow, time F-L-I-E-S!!! enjoy the rest of your day today!

  • Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats August 2, 2011, 2:22 pm

    Congrats on your one year! 🙂 Enjoy your “me day”. They are the best!

  • Ali @ Ali Runs August 2, 2011, 2:24 pm

    Happy One Year Anniversary of your book release! I can’t believe it’s been so long.

  • Mary August 2, 2011, 2:44 pm

    Gosh, I cant believe that was all a year ago! it seems like it was just yesterday!

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life August 2, 2011, 2:46 pm

    Wow-I can’t believe it’s been a year already! It seems like just yesterday I was reading all about your book release.

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 2, 2011, 3:17 pm

    Congrats Caitlin! Time goes by so fast 🙂

  • MegsFitness August 2, 2011, 3:37 pm

    I came over here because you were mentioned during BHTR’s Blogiversary…. I had no idea that you were the one behind Operation Beautiful. I feel like I’m practically meeting a celebrity right now. I have to say that Operation Beautiful was the first “self-help” (others-help?) book that I have read cover-to-cover. I am donating it to the fitness center on site at work where they really encourage each person to reach their own goals.

    • CaitlinHTP August 3, 2011, 9:20 am

      Thank you SO much Megs. This is such an incredible comment for me to read. I really, really appreciate the support.

  • Pauline August 2, 2011, 3:39 pm

    I recently purchased Operation Beautiful and just started reading it. I am loving it so far. I wanted to say that I’ve been reading this blog for a while and just love it! I’m looking forward to the book you are currently working on.

    • CaitlinHTP August 3, 2011, 9:21 am

      Thank you SO much.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 2, 2011, 4:17 pm

    It’s amazing how quickly time flies like that. I can’t believe it’s already been a year!

  • Angela @ MyPinkyToes August 2, 2011, 4:46 pm

    Wow! Congratulations girl! You are freaking awesome, and I truly cannot wait for your new book to be done!

  • Johanna B August 2, 2011, 4:59 pm

    Congrats on the anniversary of publishing your first book. Also happy it wasn’t your last. Am looking forward to the one you are working on now. I’m sure I’ll simply devour it word after word from cover to cover.

  • Lindsay Loves Veggies August 2, 2011, 5:39 pm

    I can’t believe it’s been a year already!! That was seriously a quick year! Congrats Caitlin! And congrats on giving yourself a weekenend! You know you need it!

  • Emily August 2, 2011, 5:44 pm

    Congrats on your one year book-versary! I love my copy, its a go-to when I need to feel good and stop the negative self-talk.

  • Katie G. August 2, 2011, 6:00 pm

    I saw this blgo post and I thought of you and Operation Beautiful. So sweet and true.

    • CaitlinHTP August 3, 2011, 9:21 am

      Such a great post!

  • Katherine August 2, 2011, 7:10 pm

    One day I will get this book.

  • Kiran @ August 2, 2011, 7:49 pm

    Super happy for your accomplishments! *hugs 🙂

  • Shayla @ The Good Life August 2, 2011, 8:02 pm

    Congrats Caitlin! I can’t believe it’s been a year already?! Time surely does fly by so fast! It felt like yesterday when I saw you on the Today show too, that was so exciting! 🙂

    I love the message of Operation Beautiful and the positive influence it has on young girls…if I have a daughter, once she gets older I can’t wait to show her the book and website 🙂

  • Jane @ Broccolini & Cheese August 2, 2011, 8:59 pm

    Congrats on everything you have achieved you should be so proud!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf August 3, 2011, 4:10 am

    Woooo, Happy Birthday Operation Beautiful! Well done, Caitlin!

    I hope that by the time I have kids fat talk won’t be such an issue (wishful thinking I feel!) but if I have a daughter I will definitely be introducing her to Operation Beautiful! 😀

    • CaitlinHTP August 3, 2011, 9:14 am

      🙂 Thank you!

  • Meghann August 4, 2011, 3:00 pm

    Cheater 😛

  • Jolene ( August 6, 2011, 8:25 pm

    🙂 A lot can happen in a year!

  • thebestspinner August 22, 2011, 6:45 pm

    Weight Watchers, a great mountain to climb

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