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Yesterday, I ran a very fast (relatively speaking, of course) 3.0 miles.  I was so speedy because it was raining and cold!  It felt wonderful to push myself.


However, this meant that I was very sore today!  Between all those kick drills in the pool on Tuesday and doing speedwork yesterday, my thighs were screaming for mercy. 


A gentle walk was in order.  James was pleased by the long walk, but not by the bath that followed. 


Take-out for lunch.


My favorite salad.  Ever.


In the mix:



Goat cheese

Sunflower seeds

Golden raisins

Red onions


Honey mustard dressing


And it’s especially tasty with BBQ chips on the side.


Sneak Peek!


In July 2012, the second Operation Beautiful book, Operation Beautiful: For Best Friends, will be released.  This book will be geared towards 8 – 14 year old girls and addresses topics like body image, bullying, cliques, puberty, relationships, community service, and gossiping, all via the message of Operation Beautiful Post-Its that were written by tween and teen girls (and a few boys).


Here’s a sneak peek of the cover.

operation beautiful_CV

I’m so excited – I absolutely love it.  A little factoid about book publishing that I never knew before becoming an author:  the author has almost no control over the title or the cover for their first book.  They might have a little more say in their follow-ups book, but at the end of the day, it’s up to the publisher!


Operation Beautiful: For Best Friends was the second book I wrote, but it will be my third book to be published.  Healthy Tipping Point, a healthy living guide that addresses mental health, healthy eating (co-wrote with a registered dietitian), and exercise, is coming out in June.  Between the books and BabyHTP, this summer is going to be BUSY!


Some posts about my career change:



Question of the Day:  If there was a book about your life, what you would title it?



  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 17, 2011, 1:47 pm

    SO exciting! I think the cover looks great Caitlin! Congratulations (and I know I’ve said it before) on these 3 books. I don’t know where you find the time, but it’s amazing to see them “coming to life” so quickly. I can’t wait to read them!

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 17, 2011, 1:48 pm

    Well, your publisher did a good job with that cover, then…I love it! If I knew any 8-14 year-olds, I’d totally buy this for them. Maybe I’ll just buy it for myself instead haha.

  • katie @ KatieDid November 17, 2011, 1:52 pm

    Congrats Caitlin you should be so proud of your work. The cover is beautiful too! I wish I had had such a positive book when I was going through those difficult years for sure!

  • Joanna November 17, 2011, 1:53 pm

    Congratulations! Your new book looks great! Can’t wait to pick it up! As a middle school teacher, I think this is such a valuable book for tweens and teens. I will put it in my classroom for them to read for sure!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 17, 2011, 1:57 pm

    The cover looks awesome! That’s a great question about the title to my life. I can’t really come up with anything but now I’m determined to think of one.

  • Amanda November 17, 2011, 2:00 pm

    Congrats, Caitlin! I love the cover. It’s very eye-catching. 🙂

    James is so cute. My dog actually loves taking a bath and will try to jump in when I’m in the shower. haha

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) November 17, 2011, 2:01 pm

    Love the cover of the new book. It looks awesome.

    If I had a book about my life I would title it “A Joy Renewed,” just like my blog name. It pretty much sums up my life 🙂 although I would go into much more detail in a book I am sure.

  • kaitlin @4loveofcarrots November 17, 2011, 2:14 pm

    I love the cover of your next book!! I have a title but its going to remain a secret in determined to write it one day 🙂

  • Alyssa November 17, 2011, 2:20 pm

    Hi there! My name is Alyssa and I am a second grade teacher. I feel like this is the year that the self-conciousness begins!! I wonder if your book would be good to share in my class. I am excited to see how it is organized. 🙂 Congrats btw… love your blog!

    • CaitlinHTP November 17, 2011, 8:03 pm

      I definitely think they would enjoy the book!

  • Irina G (Fit Flexitarian) November 17, 2011, 2:22 pm

    The view of your walk looks BEAUTIFUL, the salad looks delicious and the book cover looks GREAT! Is it everything you wanted it to be? Did you have any say in choosing the cover?

    If I had a book about my life, I think it would be titled On The Go because I can’t seem to sit still these days. Earlier today I realized that it’s not even Thanksgiving yet and I’m already booked through mid-December! How is that possible? At least it’s all fun stuff. 🙂

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb November 17, 2011, 2:24 pm

    very, very exciting, caitlin!! it is amazing to see how far you’ve come as a writer and young female advocate.

    those eyes on james just melt my heart!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat November 17, 2011, 2:26 pm

    What a great way to follow your dreams – you’re lucky to have your passion in life also be your career!

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats November 17, 2011, 2:43 pm

    When I have a classroom full of crazed, hilarious, sensitive and wonderful middle school students, I’m definitely keeping Operation Beautiful on the library shelves. Congrats on your success!

    I have no idea what my book title would be…probably something like “But Girls Who Eat Kale Chips Don’t Get Sick?!: How Overcoming Cancer Changed My Life.” 😉

    • CaitlinHTP November 17, 2011, 8:03 pm

      Oooo excellent title, Erin!

  • Krista November 17, 2011, 2:55 pm

    Sarah will be SO excited to see this book hit the shelves!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 17, 2011, 2:59 pm

    Love the book cover, Caitlin! So pretty!

  • Lauren November 17, 2011, 3:10 pm

    I love the sticky on the cover that says, “I love your face.” My friends and I would always say, “Hey you–you with the face!” in high school, so it makes me laugh.

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston November 17, 2011, 3:26 pm

    Did I ask you before you the RD was that helped you co-write the healthy eating part? If so, I forget. And if not, are you allowed to share?


    • CaitlinHTP November 17, 2011, 8:02 pm

      It was Rebecca Scritchfield!

  • Katie @ Livehalffull November 17, 2011, 3:36 pm

    That’s so awesome! I can’t wait until June!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed November 17, 2011, 3:41 pm

    Congrats! Love the artwork on the cover. So excited for you 🙂

    I don’t know what I’d call my book. Right now my blog is as close to being a book about my life as I’m gonna get and I thought long and hard about the title for that, so maybe just “Bold, Busy, Blessed” 🙂

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) November 17, 2011, 3:43 pm

    I got outside to run for the first time in a while the other day and was very surprised at my hamstrings being sore the next day!
    Love the cover, Caitlin! Looks great:) Congrats–

  • Sara November 17, 2011, 3:47 pm

    Love the cover (and title!) I’m not a tween but I’d buy it 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 17, 2011, 3:50 pm

    I am just so happy for you! Your message is incredible and I love how you present it! Thank you for doing what you do Caitlin!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 17, 2011, 3:50 pm

    big congrats on the book!!! I think it would make a wonderful gift!

  • Charlie November 17, 2011, 3:54 pm

    I LOVE the cover!!!! 🙂

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) November 17, 2011, 4:18 pm

    I can’t wait to get my book published. I just need to get an agent or find the right publisher. . . I write urban fantasy stories. I hope that my first book title would be “Fallen”.

    Congrats on your publications 😀

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 17, 2011, 4:23 pm

    COngrats!!! That is so awesome–looks good 🙂

    My book about my life would be called : Passionate . When I love something I give it my all and do it as best I can–plus I love sharing the passion of something with others!

  • Meagan November 17, 2011, 4:24 pm

    I am so impressed that you can eat vegetables! I was off anything remotely containing chlorophyll until at least 16 weeks!

  • Moni'sMeals November 17, 2011, 4:42 pm

    Congrats! How exciting. 🙂 🙂

    Title of my book= “How to get er Done!” 😉

  • Erin November 17, 2011, 5:13 pm

    Wow Caitlin!! I absolutely love the cover, it looks great!! My book title would be *finding happiness every day*!

    • CaitlinHTP November 17, 2011, 8:00 pm

      Good title 🙂

  • Meaghan (My Spoonful Of Inspiration) November 17, 2011, 5:13 pm

    Congrats! The book looks beautiful! 🙂

  • Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY November 17, 2011, 5:35 pm

    I really hope to write multiple books like you one day. I will probably write a memoir one day, but I’m not sure what I will call it yet.

    The cover is BEAUTIFUL!

  • Carlee November 17, 2011, 5:43 pm

    Can’t wait to get this book in my middle school classroom!

  • Shari November 17, 2011, 6:20 pm

    I LOVE the cover! It’s so catchy – what the publisher was going for, obviously – and will definitely stand out on the shelves!

  • Meghan November 17, 2011, 6:21 pm

    I can’t wait to buy this for my nieces . the 11 year old has been being bullied at school .

  • Vickie November 17, 2011, 7:14 pm

    I cannot wait to get this book for my daughter!!!

    • CaitlinHTP November 17, 2011, 8:00 pm

      Thank you so much Vickie!

  • Megan November 17, 2011, 7:54 pm

    Can running a “relatively fast” 3 miles really be considered speedwork? My understanding of speedwork is that it involves running intervals at a pace faster than your race pace.

    • CaitlinHTP November 17, 2011, 7:59 pm

      I did rolling intervals at the end 🙂

  • Khushboo November 17, 2011, 11:58 pm

    Gah the dreaded puberty- your book will be such a positive influence on youngsters :)!

  • Liz November 18, 2011, 12:43 am

    Congratulations on the all good stuff happening these days! 🙂 I absolutely LOVE the cover – so cute. If I was a kid/teenager, I’d definitely want to read that book (and as an adult, I wanna read, too)!

  • Jess November 18, 2011, 1:06 am

    Octopus is a life saver. Kids being rowdy? Need to fill in 10 minutes? Octopus. Every. Freakin. Time. I wish they would get sick of it sometimes.

    Another good one is link tag. The is a tagger ( or 2 depending on the group)and when a person is tagged they have to link arms with the tagger, and they are both taggers. This continues until everyone is tug. GREAT for encouraging teamwork because the kids have to work together and communicate to tag more people. It doesn’t count if they break apart! My kids love it!

    • Jess November 18, 2011, 12:59 pm

      Crap,this was supposed to go under the next post! Sorry! Hope it s still helpful!!!!!

  • Julia @ Brides Up North November 18, 2011, 4:40 am

    Yay! Loving the cover. So exciting Caitlin xxx You continue to inspire me.

    Julia @ Brides Up North xxx

  • Shannon November 18, 2011, 9:23 am

    Hey, Caitlin. I’ve read you for a couple of years now and commented to/with you several times. I’m a clinical health psychologist who is now a SAHM of two daughters. I’m also a writer, and I have my first book coming out next month. (Woot!!!) It’s called “The Essential Stay-at-Home Mom Manual: How to Have a Wondrous Life Amidst Kids and Chaos.” It sounds like your HTP book is similar to mine in a way; my book is for moms, but focuses on healthy self-care, fitting in fitness, good nutrition, mental health, etc.–combined with anecdotes and blog excerpts and practical tips and tricks for making stay-at-home motherhood easier and more fun. I’d be thrilled if you were interested in reading it (maybe even reviewing it???), given its subject matter of adjustment to motherhood AND healthy living! I would be happy to have my publicist send you a copy. Anyway, just wanted to mention it. Your book cover is lovely!

  • Megan Infantino November 18, 2011, 11:08 am

    How has running been for you with being pregnant? I just picked back up running after finding out 2 1/2 weeks ago that i’m pregnant as well.. I’m roughly 5 weeks (yeah… we found out SUPER early). So far, everything is looking good. I’m not running super fast… just a nice moderate pace. I don’t want to be huffing and puffing because I heard lack of oxygen like that is not good for the embryo.

    Congratulations on your baby by the way. Such an exciting time! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP November 18, 2011, 2:55 pm

      Congrats 🙂 I’m running 10:30 – 11 minute miles but having fun doing it. Just glad to still be out there!

  • Amber K November 18, 2011, 1:02 pm

    I have no idea! Very good question. Although, since my blog is Found My Spark – maybe that!

  • Lauren @ Sweet and Twisted November 18, 2011, 10:57 pm

    My niece will turn 8 a few months before this is released! Very excited to buy it for her!

  • Frank November 19, 2011, 2:07 am

    We are getting Ready for Rebel Race’s gnarly marine style mud race!!! ITs going to be crazy

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