August Superlatives

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Summer is almost donezo.  And you know what?  I couldn’t be more excited for pumpkin, football, and cooler temperatures.


Remind me how excited I was for fall when I start complaining that it’s too chilly out…


August 2011 was a great month for me.  I’ll remember it because I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time with friends and family; ran a pretty strong triathlon; and nearly finished my third book.


Here’s the best posts on Healthy Tipping Point from August… Thanks again for reading and commenting.  So many of these posts are great posts because of the discussions that occurred in the comments section!


Most Helpful Post:  How to Shift Bike Gears (Without Falling Over):  DadHTP explains how to shift gears on a road bike.  I’m still confused.


Best Race:  Lake Logan International Triathlon.  A truly amazing race.  I kicked BUTT.  I will carry the memory of this race with me for many, many years.  I also shared my tips for packet pick-up at a tri – it’s quite the complicated process!



Best Debate:  A Ruff Debate: Do Dogs Belong in Bed?  Some said it was precious, others screamed, “HOW GROSS!”  But Maggie and James are still spooning in bed with me…


Runner-up:  Locker Nekkidness


Most Controversial:  Giving Up the Java  I was surprised at how some people reacted to my desire to quit coffee, while others supported my efforts.  Who knew coffee could be so controversial?!


Best Post for Newbie Runners:  My Four Rules of Running  How to run far, have fun, and not drive yourself crazy, in four easy steps!


Best Recipe:  PANDA BALLS BITES  Without a doubt, Panda Bites were my favorite culinary creation of August 2011.  Yum, yum.


Runner-ups:  Refried Bean Frittata and Holy Deliciousness Hummus


Best Celebration:  Shower(s).  Although the Healthy Living Summit was fun, it was truly amazing to see my college girlfriends again for Lauren’s shower and bachelorette.   Also, I think the fact that Lauren didn’t geek out about a little hurricane on her special weekend speaks volumes about the type of person that she is – one more reason I love her!


Best Books:  The Hunger Games  I read so many excellent books this month!  My favorite was The Hunger Games series; I’m still waiting to read the final book in the trilogy! <—Willpower, yo.  I also read a great book about healthy pregnancy and The Help.


Best Workout:  The Camel Hump Workouts  This is truly my favorite type of interval workout.  I cannot wait to have some more free time so I can tackle the treadmill again!


Post That Most Illustrates Why I Love My Husband:  Straight-Up Nature  I knew he didn’t want to get into that spider-infested kayak, but he did.  What a guy.


Best Post About My Lady Parts:  Necessary, Part IV  With this post, I (hopefully) ended the long, drawn-out series about my struggles with abnormal pap smears.  I really cannot say “thank you!” enough for your support throughout this process.


And now, my readers are perpetually scared that I’m going to talk about private parts every time I post a picture of a flower.  Sorry, guys.



  • Carolina John September 2, 2011, 10:35 am

    Lake Logan was indeed an epic tri. I’m glad you has such a fun August! I did too. We’ll have to get to hang out again soon.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 2, 2011, 10:36 am

    I just finished the last book of the Hunger Games last night. You won’t be disappointed when you get to it. Great trilogy!

  • Chloe (In Fine Feather) September 2, 2011, 10:41 am

    It’s still too hot for me in Atlanta, so I can’t count on Fall coming anytime soon – but I am looking forward to it! It’s definitely one of my favorite seasons (mainly because of all the food) and I’m excited to see what it will be like in the South.

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans September 2, 2011, 10:44 am

    I am really excited for fall too…especially the cooler temperatures! I also love when the leaves change, the crisp night air, warm chunky sweaters, boots and Thanksgiving (which is in October up here)

  • KatieG @ Just Roll With It September 2, 2011, 10:46 am

    I’m looking forawrd to fall too (but that the fact that it means winter will be here before you know it…) Great post! love the recaps!

  • Baking N Books September 2, 2011, 10:46 am

    Do you have many guy readers?…does the Hubs read on his ‘work-breaks’? 😉

    I just love that picture of James. You went there. 🙂

  • Sweet and Savvy September 2, 2011, 10:56 am

    Looks Like a wonderful month! 🙂 I also LOVED the Hunger Games.. I cannot wait for the movie!

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed September 2, 2011, 10:59 am

    Ok, that’s it. I have GOT to read the Hunger Games.

  • Jen September 2, 2011, 11:00 am

    It’s funny that you’re waiting to read the third HG book. I’m reading the third one verrry slowly, while reading other books at the same time.

    Oh, and I’m so excited for the season to change! I want to wear my warmer clothing again!

  • Khushboo September 2, 2011, 11:01 am

    I love the first few weeks of fall when there is a chill in the air but not so bad that u wanna always stay at home!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness September 2, 2011, 11:08 am

    Lol to your final words! Flower = lady parts 😛 This is awesome as per usual – looking forward to going back through and re-reading these posts 🙂 xyx

  • Jamie @ cueyourlife September 2, 2011, 11:13 am

    Fall! Love it! I don’t think I’ve looked forward to it so much..ever. This summer was a SCORCHER! First football game of the season for us last night, college. Good times!

  • Michelle September 2, 2011, 11:17 am

    I was so disappointed with the third hunger games book. I loved the first 2 but the third one was just horrible.

  • kathleen September 2, 2011, 11:24 am

    such a fun august, caitlin! by the way…your holy delicious hummus is unreal!!

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery September 2, 2011, 11:34 am

    Haha I think the flower pictures are great! I go to an all women’s college and we don’t use flowers or anything else as representations, we use drawings of the real thing…go BMC!

  • Sarah September 2, 2011, 11:35 am

    I loved the Hunger Games, and have no willpower, so I finished the whole series in a weekend! Can’t wait for the movies to come out!

  • Errign September 2, 2011, 11:37 am

    I automatically think lady parts with flowers now 🙂

  • Kiran @ September 2, 2011, 11:39 am

    I now have Hunger Games in my reading list for sure! About that flower, well, there is never a best time to talk about it anyways. But glad you shared your struggles and for the readers, who commented with great info and rigor! Thanks 🙂

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life September 2, 2011, 11:45 am

    This is such an awesome way to look back at the month after it ends!

    I can’t wait for fall too… I love fal food, festivals, and weather the most!

  • JavaChick September 2, 2011, 11:51 am

    And you have hit upon the exact reason why I am reluctant to try kayaking. I am afraid there will be spiders hiding in there. And if one crawls up my leg while I am kayaking along, I will probably drown. Panic. Pure panic.

  • @MasPublicHealth September 2, 2011, 12:18 pm

    Thanks for this recap! I have missed quite a few posts from this last month and will be sure to check out what I missed.

  • kristen September 2, 2011, 12:36 pm

    great august recap!~ I need to do this too!

  • Kait @ One Love Run September 2, 2011, 12:53 pm

    the hunger games! what a great series. are you planning on seeing the movie when it comes out?

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2011, 1:16 pm

    I’ll never see flowers the same way again. 😉

    It’s amazing what you accomplish on the blog in just a month…hope you have a restful long weekend.

  • Amber K September 2, 2011, 1:17 pm

    So true about the flower 😉

    But then again, it takes a lot to shock me, so it’s all good!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 2, 2011, 1:18 pm

    I’m definitely not looking forward to cold weather, but I AM looking forward to pumpkin and butternut squash! I agree on your panda bites too – best recipe this month!

  • Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas September 2, 2011, 1:24 pm

    I had to read The Hunger Games about 2 years ago for school, and I thought it was going to be very boring was it was rockin’!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 2, 2011, 1:28 pm

    Great superlatives! looks like it was a fantastic month for ya 😉

    I am a huge fan of the Hunger Games series….so entertaining and fascinating!

  • Amanda September 2, 2011, 1:29 pm

    This is unrelated to your post, but because of your blog I signed up to be a running buddy for girls on the run!!! (sadly not quite enough time in my life right now to be a coach) If it works out, I’ll let you know about my future exploits!

  • Taylor @ Crumbs Don't Count September 2, 2011, 1:43 pm

    First– My pup sleeps in bed for sure! I wouldn’t have it any other way!

    Second–Hunger Games is AMAZING. You will LOVE the last book!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 2, 2011, 2:05 pm

    What a great month! and I’ve bought the Hunger Games – can’t wait to start it after I finish the book I’m working on now! August was a great month for my blog too – it’s entire life! haha, one month today!

  • Mandy @ The Fat Girl's Guide to Life September 2, 2011, 2:14 pm

    You know, I’ve been really skittish about writing a health post I’ve really been wanting to write because I’d have to talk about my menstrual cycle. But if you talked about pap smears, on what is definitely one of my favorite respectable blogs, I’m totally going for it.

    Thanks Caitlin. 🙂

  • Army Amy* September 2, 2011, 6:24 pm

    I thought “Most Controversial” might go to the How to take Race Pics. I was so surprised at some of the negative comments on that post!*

  • Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 2, 2011, 8:06 pm

    I CAN’T believe you haven’t TORN through the third book in the series yet!! It tis up all the loose ends!!! Good for you for prioritizing the more ‘important’ time-sucks of your life, but MAN I think I might have pulled a couple of nearly-all-nighters to finish it up haha.

  • Chelsea September 2, 2011, 8:37 pm

    Are you going to be doing this for every month?! I’m really excited for that haha.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 2, 2011, 9:13 pm

    This has been such a great month for you – especially kicking butt at that tri! 😀

  • helen @ change comes from within September 3, 2011, 2:03 pm

    My little pooch curls up in bed with me too. People say its gross, but I don’t care! She’s clean and she’s very lovable!!!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf September 3, 2011, 6:01 pm

    I read all of your posts, and it’s so wierd to look back and think that all of these have been in just one month! Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Jen September 6, 2011, 5:49 pm

    I can only hope you’ll continue to be very TMI during and after your pregnancy(-ies), whenever they may be. Pregnancy scares the crap out of me, and honest, candid descriptions of the process can only help!

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