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What’s in the box?


Why, it’s all my Girls on the Run coaching gear!


Including my cirriculum manual.  GOTR outlines every single word that you’re supposed to say during a lesson, so if you ever get nervous talking to a group of 8 – 10 year olds, you can just flip to the manual and read it aloud!


I’m most excited to teach one of the earlier lessons about positive visualizations.  You have all the girls sit in a circle and close their eyes.  Then, you describe all the negativity they might face – bullies, bad grades, negative self-talk – as a cord that’s plugged into their head.  The cord is brown and murky and yucky goo drips all over their faces.  Then, you have them visualize yanking OUT the negative cord (everyone always reaches up to their head and pretends to literally pull it out) and replace it with the GOTR cord, which is sparkly and shiny and filled with positivity.  GOTR’s cord fills with you with light and makes you feel light and happy.


A good visualization for kids and adults alike, I think!  Out with the negativity, in with the positivity!


Our season starts in just two weeks.  I am pretty pumped and really looking forward to volunteering again.


Something else to be excited about:  HOLY DELICIOUSNESS HUMMUS!


Hi, my name is Caitlin, and I’m a HDH addict.  I don’t want to recover.  Please don’t make me.


A giant glob on top of millet + greens:


Just a few more things to wrap up and then the Healthy Tipping Point book is DONE! 



  • Kendall (On An Inhale) September 6, 2011, 2:38 pm

    I was just checking in to see if there was a celebration post!! I’m guessing it is like finals x100000. I could always count on a few mental breakdowns that week 🙂

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul September 6, 2011, 2:51 pm

    ahhhh love hearing about Girls on the run! And your lunch is so delicious! Simple yet nutritious.

  • Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey September 6, 2011, 2:51 pm

    Mmmm… I need to make some hummus tonight. I’ve been out for about a week. I refuse to buy it, and make my own. Yum! 🙂


  • Mary September 6, 2011, 2:59 pm

    yeehaw! Congrats on your book almost being done!

    I want to be a GOTR coach in the WORST way! I wish that I had consistant days off to do it.

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun September 6, 2011, 3:02 pm

    I am so excited FOR you that you are close to wrapping up. I know how wearing it has been on ya. I foresee a big celebration in the near future. 😉

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 6, 2011, 3:03 pm

    YEAH-so SO close!!! 🙂

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life September 6, 2011, 3:05 pm

    Woohoo! congrats on the book being soooo close to done and GOTR starting again soon!!!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg September 6, 2011, 3:11 pm

    I’m feeling as though I need to try this HDH for myself!

  • Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life September 6, 2011, 3:11 pm

    Congrats on almost being done!!! Wahooo! I’m with you on being addicted to hummus and not wanting to give it up! After reading this I think I may need some for lunch!!! : )

  • Stephanie September 6, 2011, 3:11 pm

    We always had a Girls on the Run program at the schools where I taught. This year, I might run a session as well. It’s a fantastic program!

  • allpointswhole September 6, 2011, 3:12 pm

    I’ll have to use this with my trainees

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs,) September 6, 2011, 3:13 pm

    That is such an awesome visualization! I’m going to do that when I get home 🙂 …I’d do it at work but I might get some funny looks from coworkers!

  • Janelle September 6, 2011, 3:16 pm

    There better be a serious celebration planned in your future!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 6, 2011, 3:19 pm

    That’s so awesome that you’re going to coach GOTR again! I looked into it after your last post, but I have afternoon and evening classes – so I wouldn’t be able to do it in the afternoons! I’m definitely hoping to run in some of their 5Ks though!

  • Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 6, 2011, 3:20 pm

    Can’t wait hear all about your new set of GOTR girls! I can remember feeling so fragile and unsure of myself at that age.

    I’ll definitely be visualizing my way to positivity over here– maybe I’ll complain less 😉

  • deva (voracious vorilee) September 6, 2011, 3:31 pm

    that is an amazing visualization – i love it! when i’m having a downer day, I picture each inhalation as warmth and light filling my body, and each exhalation as “icky stuff” leaving my body. 🙂

  • Whitney @ Yoga Pancake September 6, 2011, 3:31 pm

    That’s great that you’re coaching GOTR again! That positive visualization exercise reminds me the beginning of Meet the Parents when Pam has her young students think of their problem of the week and then they have to scare the problem away and yell Boo! I love that scene. I know it’s for kids but it’s so helpful for us grown-ups too 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP September 7, 2011, 9:30 am

      Haha I love that scene too!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 6, 2011, 3:33 pm

    I love that you’re so passionate about your GOTR work!

    And congrats on almost being done with your book!

  • Tracy @ Tracy's Treats September 6, 2011, 3:51 pm

    I’m really excited to read more about your GOTR coaching experiences!

  • Kathryn @ Flopoodle September 6, 2011, 4:00 pm

    I still need to try millet – you post it all the time and it looks so good 🙂

    So exciting that the book will be done today! Hoorah!

  • Sarah @ w30 September 6, 2011, 4:10 pm

    Throwing imaginary book confetti right now!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 6, 2011, 4:38 pm

    You must be so excited for GOTR to start! And I’m excited to read about it again! 😀 I really wish we had a chapter here so that I could volunteer for it.

  • Jeni @hippie wild mama September 6, 2011, 4:41 pm

    Congrats on almost finishing your book! You are awesome!

  • Meghan @ carmanclan September 6, 2011, 4:45 pm

    I love that you coach the Girls on the Run program. The elementary school around the corner from my work has a program and I wish I had the time to volunteer. Instead we offer the girls a special rate when we put on our community 5k to help them continue to prepare.

    And of course congrats on the book!

  • Kat September 6, 2011, 4:48 pm

    Do any CANADIANS know of a Girls on the Run program in Canada??? I’d love to get involved, but can’t find anything here!!! Thanks 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP September 7, 2011, 9:31 am

      There are some Canadian chapters but they are few and far between. Start one!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 6, 2011, 4:56 pm

    If loving hummus is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

  • Sweet and Savvy September 6, 2011, 5:08 pm

    That is SUCH a cool idea for the girls! 🙂 It is so so awesome that you volunteer for GOTR!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 6, 2011, 5:53 pm

    I cannot wait to make that hummus! Make boil beans immediately… I keep forgetting!

  • Cathleen September 6, 2011, 5:59 pm

    Hang on, hang on, hannnng on. The negativity cord dribbles yucky goo all over their faces? But we replace it with a cord that’s sparkly and shiny? Good gracious. If I tried to pull that one off with the girls I used to coach for GOTR, they’d look at me like I had seven heads and furry eyeballs!

    When I coached, I found some of the lessons to be kooky at times, and adapted them to be less so. Positive visualization is terrific stuff, but the yucky goo/*~sparkly-shiNy*~ cord jazz sets off my “wtf?!!” radar. Definitely a lesson I’d modify — mostly because an abstract/empty visualization like that wouldn’t help me — I need more concrete imagery: imagine yourself feeling strong on the race course, and so on. The sparkly-shiny woo woo (and some of the other stuff in the GOTR curriculum when I coached) seems to underestimate the cognitive and emotional capacity of the kids; they’re 8-11 years old, after all.

    (Not trying to stir any shiz with this comment. I like hearing your thoughts and experiences with the GOTR program.)

    • CaitlinHTP September 7, 2011, 9:32 am

      My girls really liked all the sparkly woo woo. LOL. But I think an extra metaphor or two couldn’t hurt! Be careful if you coach again – you are not supposed to modify the curriculum in ANY way!

  • K's Shelf Fulfillment September 6, 2011, 6:57 pm

    After facing a string of personal and professional setbacks this summer, I decided to take my life in a slightly different direction. I’ll be coaching GOTR in suburban Philadelphia this Fall and your post has me even MORE PSYCHED than I already was. Woo hoo!!!

  • katie @ KatieDid September 6, 2011, 7:09 pm

    I’m so excited for you, finishing your book!! Congrats 🙂 You must feel such a huge load off your shoulders right now.

  • Jennifer September 6, 2011, 7:35 pm

    I’m a somewhat new reader, followed you from Operation Beautiful. I think you are so inspiring!! I was a runner and recently started back up again, it’s kicking my butt but I’m taking it slow. I’ll get there eventually. Anyway, what I wanted to say is that the food pictures you post always look so delicious!! I am dying to try the HDH!

    • CaitlinHTP September 7, 2011, 9:07 am

      Thanks for reading OB and HTP 🙂 I appreciate it!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb September 6, 2011, 7:48 pm

    you inspired me to sign up as a girls on the run coach this fall! our season starts in two weeks as well and i am pumped!! if i hadn’t sold my soul to the devil to become an attorney, i would have been a teacher… figure this will give me a little piece of the career i never had 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) September 6, 2011, 7:58 pm

    A local blogger friend and I found a GOTR group near our town. We are looking into signing up to run with the girls.

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu September 6, 2011, 9:27 pm

    Congrats on finishing the book!! I’ve been wanting to make some of your holy delicious hummus for a while–it looks amazing!

  • Chelsea September 6, 2011, 9:58 pm

    I so wish I had the time to volunteer with GOTR :(((

  • Khushboo September 6, 2011, 11:21 pm

    Last stretch of the book…go, go go!!!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf September 7, 2011, 4:00 am

    I love that even the currivulum book is brightly coloured and patterned and fun! Such a great prgramme 🙂

  • Alett September 7, 2011, 9:28 am

    Congrats on being nearly done with the book! (although I suspect at this point you are done – I am just behind on my google reader).

    We are doing curriculum one as well with GOTR too!

    : )

  • Amber K September 7, 2011, 12:56 pm

    What a great visualization technique!

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