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I fell off the exercise wagon while in Puerto Rico – our villa’s location was just not conducive to running outdoors – so I woke up raring to go today!  Too bad the weather didn’t want to cooperate. It poured nearly all morning.


I don’t mind running in the rain, but man – I hate starting in the rain.  So I waited for a break in the drizzle, put my work aside, and headed out.  I did 3.0 wonderful miles.  Didn’t time it or wear my Garmin, but I think I was pretty fast. 


More than anything, I was just proud of myself for finally getting back out there.  It’s always hard to start back up after a break (I ended up taking eight days off formal exercise); but really, the hardest part is simple getting started.  Once you do, it’s not so bad!


And for breakfast, I brought a little bit of Puerto Rico home with me…


Remember this epic breakfast waffle?  I knew right away that I had to recreate the taste at home.  Instead of a waffle, I used Udi’s bread and topped it with goat cheese, sliced tomatoes, and a little dab of pesto.   Oh yeah.


Something Sweet:


Healthy Tipping Point was nominated for SHAPE magazine’s Favorite Healthy Living Blog.  I would love YOUR vote to win the title – and it’s super easy to vote (just the click of a button)!  I love writing HTP and really, really appreciate this honor.  You can vote here!


Something Fun:


Peter Hollens (here’s the funny story of how we ‘met’) has an AMAZING new video.  I know many of you are also fans of Peter, but if you haven’t already seen his rendition of Moves like Jagger – you must!



  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 12, 2011, 9:20 am

    Congrats on the nomination Caitlin! I love reading HTP as much as you love writing it. And I agree about running in the rain – it’s ok if it starts raining mid-run, but a dry start is always preferred! Have a great day!

    • CaitlinHTP October 12, 2011, 8:59 pm

      Thank you Angela 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 12, 2011, 9:25 am

    Congrats on the nomination! I just voted 🙂
    Totally agree about the rain, when it starts mid-run it’s kind of fun, but getting out there in the rain from the get-go is tough!

  • HTPDad October 12, 2011, 9:28 am

    when you get around to having a kid, you’re going to love hearing your words come out of their mouths – “I don’t mind running in the rain, but man – I hate starting in the rain.”.

    How often have I stood in the garage staring out and saying that? If I got three miles from the house I was good…


  • Krystina (Organically Me) October 12, 2011, 9:33 am

    Good for you for getting back into the swing of things. 🙂

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb October 12, 2011, 9:37 am

    congrats on the nomination, caitlin! i cannot think of a more deserving blogger 🙂

    it’s always tough to get back on the exercise wagon after some time off. good for you for getting back out there!

  • Esen October 12, 2011, 9:39 am

    voted! good luck!

  • Jacqueline October 12, 2011, 9:41 am

    Your photos look so good today! I love the rose.

    When we got back from Italy all I did for a good two months was try to re-create the things we had for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Needless to say we went through a ton of tomatoes and basil! I couldn’t give it up haha

    Good for you for getting back on the fitness wagon 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP October 12, 2011, 9:08 pm

      Thanks Jacqueline! 🙂

  • Lisa (I'm an Okie) October 12, 2011, 9:41 am

    I absolutely love running in the rain. Starting, stopping, all of it.

    and pesto for breakfast. perfect.

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 12, 2011, 9:58 am

    Good for you–it IS always tough to get back on the exercise wagon, even for someone who exercises so regularly most of the time! Just keep pushin through 🙂

    Breakfast looks yummy…I might have to try that myself sometime!

    And CONGRATS on the nomination. You earned it, of course.

  • Liz October 12, 2011, 10:01 am

    Moves Like Jagger has been one of my favorite songs ever since I heard it on The Voice over the summer – Peter’s version is hilarious! 😀

  • Laurie October 12, 2011, 10:17 am

    Voted for ya!

  • Tessa @ Amazing Asset October 12, 2011, 10:44 am

    That rose is so so pretty, made me smile 🙂 I voted!

  • Tracy @ Tracy's Treats October 12, 2011, 10:46 am

    Your breakfast looks so good! Goat cheese + pesto sounds amazing.

  • Danielle October 12, 2011, 11:00 am

    I’ve seen some of Peter Hollens stuff in the past! Very talented. I love that he also shares how he makes all the various sounds at the end of the videos.
    Way to get back on the fitness wagon! I always have a tough time getting back into routines after a relaxing vacation!

  • katie @ KatieDid October 12, 2011, 11:04 am

    I love your gorgeous photos lately (that rose is beautiful in the rain). Did you end up getting a new lens?

    • CaitlinHTP October 12, 2011, 9:08 pm

      Yup! I got the Tamron 17-55 and I love it.

  • Sarah @ w30 October 12, 2011, 11:07 am

    Done and DONE! Good luck! 🙂

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 12, 2011, 11:09 am

    I hate starting in the rain too. In fact, that lead to me hitting the treadmill instead of outdoors last night.

  • Nena October 12, 2011, 11:09 am

    Voted! So far you’re in the lead! 🙂
    I love shape magazine! Get in in the mail every month. Good luck!

  • Jen October 12, 2011, 11:17 am

    I voted! You’re winning by a large margin right now. 🙂

  • Carla @ Will Run for Health October 12, 2011, 11:20 am

    Starting is the hardest part!!!

  • Tamara October 12, 2011, 11:24 am

    I love your blog! I check it daily (often twice daily). I voted for you!

    • CaitlinHTP October 12, 2011, 9:09 pm

      Thank Tamara 🙂 I appreciate the daily support!

  • deva @ deva by definition October 12, 2011, 11:28 am

    I am not a huge fan of running in the rain, and it makes The Boy uncomfortable. I am going to be getting a reflective vest to wear while running to help with that.

    My last in-the-rain run? Was a surprise downpour my senior year of college!

  • Jenn October 12, 2011, 11:33 am

    You’re winning as of now!! Great job:)

  • Taylor @ Crumbs Don't Count October 12, 2011, 11:37 am

    I love your blog…so obviously I had to go VOTE for it! Good luck! 🙂 Looks like I am not the only one who thinks so judging by how much your little bar is filled in on the website!

  • hippierunner October 12, 2011, 11:38 am

    I love having that for breakfast! I cannot resist anything that resembles pizza.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 12, 2011, 11:51 am

    I totally agree with the rain thing, I don’t mind when it starts raining during my run, but I wouldn’t want to start out in the rain! Haha it’s hard enough to get going!

  • Lee October 12, 2011, 12:08 pm

    I don’t mind running in the rain, but I always worry that my ipod is going to die because of it. And I don’t run without music!

  • Kristin @ Wounded Fawn October 12, 2011, 12:23 pm

    Are you feeling better or still having some post vacation blues? I feel down for about a week after a marvelous trip.

    Awesome that you were nominated! I just voted for you!

    I wanted to add that I find the centered comments to be harder on the eyes to read. I love you and your blog, but I also love reading the comments because there is such a sense of community so I thought I would just let you know my opinion.

    • CaitlinHTP October 12, 2011, 9:09 pm

      Thanks Kristin! What browser are you using? I’m trying to figure out why some people are seeing it centered – it’s right justified for me in Chrome.

  • Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled October 12, 2011, 12:28 pm

    Running in the rain can be hard sometimes, especially because you have to blink a lot from the drops. But I love it because there’s usually no one else out, which means the world feels like it’s all yours.

    Good for you for getting back out there. It can be hard after a vacay!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 12, 2011, 12:29 pm

    I hate running in the rain too….so kudos for you to getting OUT there and getting ‘er done 🙂

    That b-fast does look REALLY tasty!!

    Love the rose pic.

  • Sana October 12, 2011, 12:32 pm

    You have got me hooked on Peter Hollens! I don’t like running in the rain, I always get sick 🙁

  • Jill October 12, 2011, 12:37 pm

    Congrats on your nomination! I really enjoy your blog. I’m curious—are you still eating gluten free these days?

    • CaitlinHTP October 12, 2011, 9:10 pm

      I try! Toast you see is always gluten free. It’s really hard to eat GF out, of course. But I definitely make the effort.

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count October 12, 2011, 12:39 pm

    Glad you’re back home safely! That looks like a yummy breakfast!

  • jen October 12, 2011, 12:41 pm

    Caitlin!!! CONGRATS on your nomination!!! I already voted. I can’t think of a blogger who deserves awards more than you 🙂 Thank you so much for your daily inspiration and love for life. Thank you for a food blog that helps me learn how to take care of myself and that is about SO much more than just food. You help me keep truckin’ and I’m sure so many other people feel the same way.

    • CaitlinHTP October 12, 2011, 9:11 pm

      thank you so much, sweetie. this comment means so much to me!

  • Amber K October 12, 2011, 12:42 pm

    Congratulations on the nomination! And I loved that video from Peter. He is so awesome.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 12, 2011, 1:02 pm

    I hate getting back in the saddle of working out when I get off track!

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 12, 2011, 1:12 pm

    I’m not a rain runner at all. I skipped my run for yoga today, and it felt pretty good. Hopefully I’ll hold my date with the treadmill tomorrow.

    Also – congrats on the nomination!

  • Kelly October 12, 2011, 1:19 pm

    Voted! Love the blogs new look 🙂

  • Jen @ Light Enough to Travel October 12, 2011, 1:40 pm

    Voted! Good luck Caitlin!!

  • Shallin October 12, 2011, 1:47 pm

    Voted! I hope you win!

  • steph October 12, 2011, 1:50 pm

    voted for you 🙂 good luck!

  • Meagan October 12, 2011, 1:54 pm

    It has rained here all day, too! This Carolina weather is off it’s rocker.

  • Lilian October 12, 2011, 1:57 pm

    VOTED!!!! yay! keeping my fingers crossed for ya ~

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 12, 2011, 1:58 pm

    I’m glad you’re getting back into the groove of things! Savory waffles are the best! I think I may do one for dinner tonight! I voted for you…I totally think you deserve it!

  • Maren October 12, 2011, 2:07 pm

    I already voted for you yesterday (or this morning? can’t remember ha!). Good luck!

    • CaitlinHTP October 12, 2011, 9:11 pm

      🙂 Thanks Maren!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed October 12, 2011, 2:11 pm

    Yum! Wish the boyfriend liked goat cheese… I need to work on converting him 😉 Good job getting out there, I totally agree that getting started is the hardest part. I just voted for you… you’re killing it right now!

  • lauren October 12, 2011, 2:57 pm

    Getting back on track is the hardest thing about traveling, but by time I’m home it’s usually a welcome change.
    Vacations are special because they are different from our everyday lives.

  • Katharine October 12, 2011, 3:15 pm

    Getting back into a workout routine is HARD! It’s nice to hear that it’s not easy for those with more running experience than I have, too. So thank you for the reminder. It was just what I needed to stick to my new running program 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP October 12, 2011, 9:12 pm

      You can do it, girl!

  • Peter Hollens October 12, 2011, 4:01 pm

    Caitlin, I just want to tell you how much it means to me to have your constant support. Trying to make a living doing music has been one of the hardest, most enjoyable and less lucrative decisions I’ve ever made, but people like you give me hope to achieve a real living doing this. Thanks so much for helping spread my work, and I hope it brings a smile to people you share it with…….. Thanks again, and if anyone enjoys it, please pass it on. Liking and clicking “favorite” on youtube helps a lot with search results too. All the best to you all, and of course your blog is always so amazing, and I think you look super cute in both your wigs! 😉 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP October 12, 2011, 9:13 pm

      🙂 Thanks Peter. I love your work and love to support you as you live the dream!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 12, 2011, 6:53 pm

    I once fell off the exercise bandwagon for a month… I kept on telling myself “Just one more rest day”. 😛 So kudos for jumping right back in!

  • Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner October 12, 2011, 9:19 pm

    Voted! Good luck!

  • Luv What You Do October 12, 2011, 10:29 pm

    Congrats on the Nom…that’s super exciting!

  • Jen October 13, 2011, 1:04 am

    Done & right now, you’re winning by a landslide! YEA – you so deserve it!!!

  • Zara October 13, 2011, 10:45 am

    I voted. Love your blog. Makes me smile on down days, and happy ones as well of course.

    Hope you win!

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