Oh, Happy Day

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I am having one of those days that I feel incredibly lucky and happy and at peace.  It’s been a whirlwind of a work week so far (is it really only Tuesday?) but man – I am grateful to be where I am right now.  Not just physically – now I’m in picturesque Norfolk, Virginia – but mentally and emotionally, too.  Things are good.  Really good.  Even when it’s not perfect… Life is beautiful.


Sleep may account for some of my positivity.  Heh.


After spending 16+ hours of the last 36 hours in airports/on airplanes and completely ‘missing’ Monday night’s sleep (for all intents and purposes – airplane sleep doesn’t count), it felt so good to collapse into my hotel bed in Virginia. 


And then I took a 4.5 hour nap.  Glorious.  The world is so shiny and happy when I’m not feeling like a caged, crazed animal on a plane.


Instead of the hotel gym, I opted to go for a long run/walk around Old Dominion campus.  Spending all this time on college campuses sure makes me nostalgic for the ol’ days. 


The campus backs up to the Elizabeth River.  I ended up sitting on the sand for a good 10 minutes, just staring at the waves.  Since I grew up in Miami, Florida, I’m a total water baby.  Being near the water has this calming, restorative effect on my soul.  I could’ve stayed on the sand forever.


Including my little ocean break, I ran/walked for 45 minutes.  I also did 40 walking lunges and 10 push-ups in the grass.  So. much. better. than. the. gym!


Pre-run snack (technically part of lunch – but my eating schedule is all screwed up from the red eye flight to the east coast).  I’ve never tried a thinkThin bar, mostly because the name annoys me, but this was REALLY good.  I was very surprised and will definitely purchase again!


And on my way home, I stopped at a sports bar and ordered a garden salad.  I added a hard boiled egg and feta cheese to make it a bit more filling.


Green hard boiled eggs are SAFE (I had to Google it) – the yolk turns green when it’s overcooked or cooled too quickly.  Something to do with the iron in the egg.  Still – a bit gross to eat.


Time to shower away this sweat and get ready for my presentation.   I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful evening.

Thought of the Day:


“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson



  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 25, 2011, 4:53 pm

    Aww you sound so happy Caitlin! Love the shot of you flopping down on the hotel bed. I spent the last week in the Hilton and definitely did not get enough time to enjoy that king sized bed to its full potential!! And I hear ya on the walking around campus thing… definitely brings back memories for me too! 🙂 Have a great night!

  • Tania @ The Health Macadamia October 25, 2011, 4:54 pm

    Water has the same restorative effect on me. Can’t wait until December to be back in NYC feeling that!

  • Lisa October 25, 2011, 4:54 pm

    what a wonderful day indeed 🙂

  • Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life October 25, 2011, 4:57 pm

    That sald with all that feta looks great! I’m happy to see you are all caught up on rest and feeling great!!! There is no better feeling than waking up from a great nap feeling fully recharged and refreshed!

  • Rebecca October 25, 2011, 5:06 pm

    Great quote!! Love that.

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb October 25, 2011, 5:16 pm

    i love this post, caitlin! i’ve been feeling a little “blah” lately and you always have a way of reminding me that life really is beautiful… imperfections, tears, struggles and all.

    • CaitlinHTP October 25, 2011, 9:21 pm

      I’m sorry you are feeling blah but I really hope you find a way to pick yourself up soon! 🙂 You deserve it.

  • Shari October 25, 2011, 5:24 pm

    Oh, I ADORE that quote. It’s a total starburst of inspiration 🙂

  • Amanda October 25, 2011, 5:28 pm

    What a great picture of you collapsing onto the hotel bed. 🙂 The beach looks beautiful there. I also love being near the water. The sounds of the waves is so calming and it gives me a sense of perspective.

    Good luck on your presentation!

  • Hillary October 25, 2011, 5:29 pm

    I grew up in RI and I feel the same way around the ocean. I’ve been going to the beach since I was two weeks old, and I swear I have salt water in my blood.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 25, 2011, 5:34 pm

    I’m trying to absorb some of your positivity through this post. I could use some today 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP October 25, 2011, 9:21 pm

      **positive vibes**

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) October 25, 2011, 5:38 pm

    I always wondered why the yolk would sometimes turn green! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf October 25, 2011, 5:40 pm

    Wow, I wish my uni had been that close to the beach!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) October 25, 2011, 5:56 pm

    Days like the one you had today are the best. It is easy to get caught up in the negative of day to day life. Focusing on the positive and all of the blessings life has to offer allows us to stop and appreciate ALL that is around us. You inspire so many with your positive outlook.

  • Heidi October 25, 2011, 6:06 pm

    I always feel like I can take on the world when I get more then 6 hours sleep! : )

  • Army Amy* October 25, 2011, 6:09 pm

    Someone recently said to me, “May you have too many blessings to count.” I’m feeling the blessings today; sounds like you are, too!*

    • CaitlinHTP October 25, 2011, 9:23 pm

      🙂 I love that quote.

  • Holly S. October 25, 2011, 6:10 pm

    Caitlin, stick with your gut–the “Think Thin” branding is AWFUL! It seriously seems totally counter to the work you do with Operation Beautiful/GOTR, etc. They’ve tried to spin it otherwise (see their website), but it seems like marketing designed to prey on women’s insecurities and to perpetuate the ridiculous “thin” standards placed on women in society. I realize I’m going on a tirade about a granola bar, but my point is: vote with your dollars and don’t buy them!

    • CaitlinHTP October 25, 2011, 9:23 pm

      You’re right – it really is terrible branding and messaging. I wish they would change their stupid name!

  • Alexa @ Simple Eats October 25, 2011, 6:15 pm

    I love getting outside instead of being in a stuffy gym for my workout. Looks gorgeous there!

  • Emily October 25, 2011, 6:21 pm

    I love the days when everything just seems “right” and I’m truly at peace with myself. Beautiful quote.
    I can’t do hard boiled egg yolks (green or not), just something about them…

  • CheezyK October 25, 2011, 6:40 pm

    “Being near the water has this calming, restorative effect on my soul.”
    I am so with you on that one – even just looking at your photos has me breathing deeper and calmer.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 25, 2011, 6:50 pm

    That run by the water sounds perfect!

    I’ve been totally stressing out about midterms lately, but this post was such a nice reminder to remember to enjoy life. I needed this! 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 25, 2011, 7:24 pm

    My sisters live there! I wish I could have gotten there for a brief moment. As for being at peace…it feels so good when you get to that point. Everyday is a new day with new challenges, but I’m trying to learn to focus on the here and now. The big pictured freaks me out some times, so knowing that things are good and safe right this minute feels so good.

  • Amanda October 25, 2011, 7:45 pm

    Your complaining about all your traveling is getting really annoying. I think you need to watch this and get some perspective http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r1CZTLk-Gk&feature=related

    • Kelly October 26, 2011, 10:27 am

      Omg I could not agree more! Boohoo you have to pay for internet. YOU’RE FLYING THROUGH THE SKY. Read a book!

  • Lauren October 25, 2011, 7:59 pm

    So glad you are feeling wonderful! Way to keep a positive attitude in the middle of a crazy week. 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 25, 2011, 8:27 pm

    Beautiful post. You’re right we are all SO lucky–life is really beautiful. And sleep makes everything THAT much better 🙂

    Good luck on your presentation!

  • Corrie @ Blurb Column October 25, 2011, 8:45 pm

    I love the water, too…but I find the Ocean to be much to vigorous for me! It is endlessly noisy and energetic! I much prefer a nice bay or lake or a calm rippling river. In fact, when Chris and I are out on our boat on a beautiful lake it is about as perfect as life can get. I’m glad you got some sleep!!

  • Alaina October 25, 2011, 8:48 pm

    That looks like the perfect workout! I love it when you’re out having fun and have a good sweat session too. 🙂 That view of the river is gorgeous.

  • Gracie (complicated day) October 25, 2011, 8:51 pm

    I used to live there 🙂

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine October 25, 2011, 9:03 pm

    what a lovely post. 🙂 Glad you’re feeling happy and at peace, Caitlin!

    • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed October 25, 2011, 9:30 pm

      Agreed! Loooovely post and so glad you’re happy. Your good vibes are rubbing off 😀

  • Kathleen October 25, 2011, 9:03 pm

    Nerd alert here!
    I’m studying nutrition at University and we actually just learned about that reaction today! Apparently if hard boiled eggs are being served cold, cooling them right away and peeling the shell off prevents that discolouration (caused by a reaction between iron in the yolk and hydrogen disulfide in the white which occurs as they come in contact due to the pressure inside the egg – removing the shell reduces the pressure)

    aand school is now out! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP October 25, 2011, 9:25 pm

      Ahhh hahhhhh. SO very interesting, thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  • Mary October 25, 2011, 9:09 pm

    I feel the same way today! Smiling for no particular reason other than the little things.

  • katie @KatieDid October 25, 2011, 9:19 pm

    love the positivity! I had a pretty rough day because of little things adding up but reading this just made me smile, thank you.

  • Margaret October 25, 2011, 9:38 pm

    I love think thin bars-they are so tasty! But the name, I could less for. But in the end it’s just a name.

  • Kris October 25, 2011, 10:03 pm

    Your post makes me miss Virginia. We lived in Norfolk for six months when DH was at Armed Forces Staff College, and he was stationed at Norfolk for three years but we lived in Williamsburg. I used to love driving over the bridge/tunnel from Hampton to Norfolk, seeing water everywhere. I’m a water baby too (grew up on lake in MN). I guess that’s why we live near the FL coast. Enjoy your brief Hampton Roads stay!

  • Rosalie October 25, 2011, 10:12 pm

    Totally random comment of the day: your first picture has the same shirt as your sidebar photo, and the same shorts as one of your rotating headers 🙂 It makes for a very cohesive screenshot at the opportune moment.

    • Caitlin October 26, 2011, 5:41 am

      Hehe is it my favorite workout outfit 🙂

  • Luv What You Do October 25, 2011, 10:53 pm

    What a beautiful campus!

    I think any HS readers who have never heard of the school will be applying immediately!

    Really enjoying the toughts of the day! Keep them up!

    • Caitlin October 26, 2011, 5:42 am

      It was SO pretty! I would apply!

  • Kayla October 25, 2011, 11:58 pm

    I’m glad I saw this post today, because I had the opposite day. I realized though, that it’s all just one day at a time. and if I let go of what I’m feeling now, I can have a chance at a Happier Day tomorrow!

  • Khushboo October 26, 2011, 1:31 am

    Love the optimism of this post- sleep really does bring out the best in us! I was in bed for 11 hours last night so my feelings toward life are pretty in sync with yours 😀

  • Ali @ Ali Runs October 26, 2011, 7:42 am

    My cousin goes to school at ODU and I looked there for grad school. Enjoy your time there, it’s beautiful! 🙂

  • Dana P. October 26, 2011, 8:27 am

    As a Richmond native (and current resident), I love the Virginia love!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count October 26, 2011, 8:27 am

    The photos are beautiful and the salad looks amazing!

  • Kim October 26, 2011, 8:46 am

    Norfolk IS beautiful.. so much in fact I may be moving there in the next year. And seriously, sleep does wonders for my positive outlook.

  • CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com October 26, 2011, 8:54 am

    what a beautiful post. i am so happy you are enjoying life mentally and physically! how can you not when you are in such gorgeous scenery!!!
    i havent purchased or tried a thinkthin bar either (for the same darn reason…who wants a bar that encourages the social expectations of being thin!) but i might just have to pick one up if they are that good. im still a clif white chocolate macadamia nut girl. Have you tried the clif mojo WCMN??? they are AMAZING!

    • Caitlin October 26, 2011, 9:13 am

      that is my favorite bar!!!

  • Alli @ alli learns life October 26, 2011, 11:25 am

    Love that first picture!
    Sleep & an outdoor workout will fix anything. Makes me feel 1000x better too.

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed October 26, 2011, 11:27 am

    My son is growing up near the shore here in Bklyn and you can immediately sense a difference in him when he’s right by the water. He’s a different kid. So relaxed and calm.

  • PressureCookerDiaries October 26, 2011, 11:27 am

    As a kid I thought all hard boiled eggs were green when cooked. Turns out my mom would always boil them for 25 minutes and they were always WAAAAAY overdone. Ha, it wasn’t until I started making my own and playing around with the timing that I realized how much better they are when they aren’t green.

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION October 26, 2011, 12:53 pm

    I love this post!

    I’ve been feeling more positive and upbeat than normal lately too. And I do believe it’s because of the fact that I’ve been living like a granny, as I go to bed by 10 the latest. So much sleep. It feels good. 😀

  • Amber K October 26, 2011, 1:18 pm

    I tried those Think Thin bars before, but I couldn’t choke it down. Plus, what’s with the insane amount of sugar alcohols they contain? Ok so “0 sugar” must mean “sugar alcohol overload”?

    I love those days when I seem to just be in a good mood. I think being near the ocean does it for me, it’s hard to feel unsettled when there are crashing waves to listen to.

  • Jill @ Just Focus Well October 26, 2011, 1:20 pm

    I am a total beach/water person too. I moved here to Charlotte from the beach (Wrightsville Beach) and I miss it so much. Being by the water is my favorite place to be 🙂

  • Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY October 26, 2011, 1:23 pm

    That picture of you falling into bed is awesome.

  • cookie October 26, 2011, 2:43 pm

    You have clearly never been to a german cafeteria if you had to google that greenish/blueish eggs are safe to eat :D. I saw and ate them a lot as a child.

  • Brita October 26, 2011, 7:53 pm

    So funny about the ThinkThin bars… I too, have avoided them because the name sounded stupid, but the other day they were on sale so I grabbed one. REALLY yummy! From now on, I’ll just unwrap them really quickly with my eyes closed.

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 26, 2011, 11:31 pm

    Tell me you set your camera on self-timer for that flying-onto-the-bed picture. Hahahaha that is SO something I would do.

    • Caitlin October 26, 2011, 11:32 pm

      Of course 🙂

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