Warm November

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Is this a short week for you?  It’s a short week for us!  Only two days of work at the clinic.  And then it’s time for Thanksgiving with family and friends.


In what is clearly becoming a pregnancy pattern, I do too much on Saturdays and spend Sunday laying on my couch.  I did managed to squeeze in exercise by going for a 2.0-mile walk with Katy and our dogs.  And then I promptly resumed my position on the couch. 


And ate cookies from Sweet Tater.



Even though Thursday is Thanksgiving (and thus the beginning of the winter holidays), it sure doesn’t feel like it outside.  I walked James in shorts and a tank top!


Not that I’m complaining.  Trust me.  I’m not.  I love warm weather around the holidays; I grew up spending Christmas on South Beach.



Breakfast was simple but filling.


Panda Puffs



Soy Milk


Something to Do


Sticking with the November Push-Up Challenge? I am!  My workout today: 30 push-ups (with three breaks) and 20 modified push-ups.  It’s gonna be hard to make it to 50 before the end of the month, so I might extend the challenge for myself into December!



Something to Read


I’m working on my annual CaitlinHTP’s Favorite Things holiday gift guide, packed with my favorite holiday gifts for the runner, foodie, or reader in your life (or for yourself!).  Stay tuned!



  • Miranda November 21, 2011, 9:55 am

    I have a question Caitlin. I bought a very cheap bottle of digestive enzymes and didn’t realize until after that the ingredient list includes sucrose. I typically try to avoid sucrose. But I really want to try some digestive ezymes to help cure the gas buildup (air and gas) in my body. The bottle is from “Nu life” and was only 12 dollars (I can’t afford more than that. Should I return them, or will sucrose in the tablet really be that big of a deal?

    • CaitlinHTP November 21, 2011, 10:02 am

      I definitely do not know but I will forward the comment to the Hus and ask him what he thinks! Do you avoid sucrose for any particular reason?

      • CaitlinHTP November 21, 2011, 10:20 am

        He doesn’t prescribe that particular brand but says the benefits of the enzymes would outweigh whatever the drawbacks of the sucrose are to you (unless you are allergic or something, obviously).

        • Miranda November 21, 2011, 1:35 pm

          Thanks for the response, that is very kind of you.
          No, I’m not allergic (that I know of). I’ve just heard through the grapevine that sucrose (like aspartame) isn’t good (?) for digestive or for your body, so I thought it should be avoided!
          But great if the benefits outweight the cons. You might be right about that.

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) November 21, 2011, 9:55 am

    At least the clouds make it feel like you should be cozied up inside… even if it is 70 degrees out 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 21, 2011, 9:57 am

    While it’s not quite shorts and tank top weather here in Ontario, it does still seem to be unseasonably warm – and I’m not complaining at all! Those baked goodies look delicious. Have a wonderful day Caitlin, and I can’t wait to see the gift list!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 21, 2011, 10:05 am

    The weather is amazing for this time of year even up in NY. Almost 70 yesterday! Love it 🙂

  • Amanda November 21, 2011, 10:09 am

    It was in the high 60s in Boston yesterday. Perfect weather for a nice long walk with my dog. 🙂

    I’ve yet to try Panda Puffs, but your breakfast is making me want a giant bowl of cereal. Yum!

  • Orla November 21, 2011, 10:13 am

    Its still unseasonably warm in Ireland. I was out running in short shorts and a light t at the weekend. However, that is set to change this week according to the forecast. All the insects and wasps are confused with the warm weather and the sooner they know its winter and they need to go away the better! 🙂

  • Courtney @ The Petite AthlEAT November 21, 2011, 10:19 am

    OH MY GOSH, those cookies look so good! I need a yummy Holiday cookie recipe to make for my husband’s soldiers before the Holiday weekend (we only have a 3 day work week, too!) — Those look great though!

  • Carolina John November 21, 2011, 10:26 am

    Nice vegan cookies! I’m digging the warm weather too, going to run outside in a bit.

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb November 21, 2011, 10:27 am

    those cookies look delicious!!

    glad you have sundays to rest… nothing wrong with that 🙂

  • Khushboo November 21, 2011, 10:28 am

    What a yummy package, especially the salted caramel!

  • Sana November 21, 2011, 10:32 am

    Yeah this warm weather is freaky.

  • Faith @ For the Health of It November 21, 2011, 10:51 am

    I’m definitely weirded out by the warm November here in Orlando. I’m in a tank top and sandals and other bloggers are talking about snow? Too strange. I’m hoping we get a cold snap or two!!!

  • HRCK November 21, 2011, 11:04 am

    Okay, I need to start this pushup challenge. Considering how active I am, I am embarrassingly bad at them.

    And yes, strange about the weather– it was in the high 60s in DC yesterday!

  • Army Amy* November 21, 2011, 11:13 am

    I have the entire week off of work. I plan to do a little running and a lot of bumming!*

  • Cindy November 21, 2011, 11:16 am

    The weather here was amazing too! I went for a walk/run in a tshirt and capri leggings yesterday. Of course today I think I will need a hat and gloves.

  • jamie@cueyourlife November 21, 2011, 11:46 am

    Love the warm weather! It snowed 10″ here this weekend…but is supposed to be 55 for Thanksgiving Day! Yay for a warm Turkey Trot!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 21, 2011, 12:27 pm

    a tank top!?!? Lucky! I just broke out my knee-length puffy northface coat this weekend… And I am going to re-start my 100 push up challenge.. I only did 2 days of it and that was 2 weeks ago. fail.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 21, 2011, 12:34 pm

    The black pepper brown sugar cookies sound so unique! How were they?

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 21, 2011, 12:34 pm

    I did a bunch of pushups this morning!! Feeling the burn 🙂 I also did them with my toes on the bench-ROCK on!

    Can’t wait to see the gift list!

  • Moni'sMeals November 21, 2011, 12:38 pm

    Glad you have a short week and what a nice tray of cookies…can I have some? 🙂

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed November 21, 2011, 12:45 pm

    most of my first trimester was spent half asleep and half throwing up. It was lovely. My second tri was mostly running and nesting, my third tri was back to sleeping.

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 21, 2011, 1:17 pm

    Pretty pictures! The cookies look good too!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat November 21, 2011, 1:21 pm

    It was warm in Pittsburgh but cloudy and rainy yesterday. Lazy Sundays are awesome.

  • Amber K November 21, 2011, 1:33 pm

    I’m definitely trying to stick to the push-up challenge, although I’m definitely not going to be make it to 50 by the end of the month. By the end of the year – that’s my goal!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul November 21, 2011, 1:51 pm

    OoOO good job sticking to pushups! It is seriously one of the most versatile and effective exercises in my opinion. 🙂

  • Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy November 21, 2011, 2:25 pm

    So jealous of your weather! I am freezing up here in Minnesota!

  • Jen@FoodFamilyFitness November 21, 2011, 2:55 pm

    I’m surprised at how warm it’s been in Michigan too, not quite shorts and tank top weather, but we don’t have snow on the ground and it’s still in the 50’s…makes me happy 🙂

  • Katie November 21, 2011, 6:29 pm

    I’m doing the 50 push up challenge too, and I realized a few days ago it was going to bleed into December… 50 consecutive push ups is a lot!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 21, 2011, 9:25 pm

    I spent a good chunk of my Sunday on the couch too – and I’m not even pregnant. 😛 At least you have an excuse!

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 22, 2011, 12:59 pm

    Black pepper brown sugar cookies? What are those like?? I’m trying to imagine how pepper in a cookie would taste!

    • Caitlin November 22, 2011, 1:41 pm

      They were REALLY yummy!

  • Shayna December 1, 2011, 4:41 pm

    Why do you eat soy milk instead of nut milk?

    • Caitlin December 1, 2011, 4:55 pm

      @Shayna: Higher protein.

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