Sore Swim

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Look!  I finally located my favorite swim cap and goggles.  They were hiding in a random drawer.  Would love to know how they ended up there.

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After finding my good goggles, I knew I was out of excuses – it was time to hit the pool today.  I swam 1,000 meters, and let me tell you, it felt like work.  The last 200 were especially hard.  When I felt like quitting, I remembered the 1,500 meter swim during the Lake Logan Triathlon and pretended I was in a lake, not a pool, and simply could not quit.

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Today’s workout meant that I reached my pregnancy goal of exercising three times a week!  Creating the blank training plan has been SOOOO motivating.  I really think that everyone, even if you’re not actively training for a race, should use a blank training plan to help stay on track.  I love filling in the box after each workout and drawing a big smiley face over the week when I’ve reached my goal.


Pre-swim smoothie… I’ve been trying to make more smoothies to pack in more fruit. 


In the blender:


1 cup soy milk

1/2 banana

Frozen strawberries and raspberries

Protein powder


And lunch included cheesy toast, my current favorite thing.



Thought of the Day:


“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.” – Jack Canfield



  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) December 13, 2011, 2:13 pm

    Congrats on reaching your goal! That has to feel good! Lunch looks like perfectly delicious fuel! Sounds like a great day so far to me Caitlin!

  • Sarah December 13, 2011, 2:19 pm

    You are having a boy! When I was pregnant with my son that’s all I ate was different forms of cheese toast…quesadillas…grilled cheese…open faced..
    When I had my daughter…all a wanted was chocolate milk. I know there’s an exception to every rule but that’s my guess!

  • Rachel December 13, 2011, 2:20 pm

    I’m glad the blank plan is working for you!

    It is better for me to not keep “track” of my eating or workouts. It makes me obsessive and guilty if I don’t meet my goals.

    Luckily, my yoga studio automatically tracks my attendance online, so if I am curious about my progress, I can always look there.

  • Jolene ( December 13, 2011, 2:20 pm

    Congrats on reaching your goal of exercising 3 times per week!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 13, 2011, 2:21 pm

    Love that Jack Canfield quote! That man knows how to motivate! And congrats on reaching your 3x/week goal. Sounds like you had a great swim! 🙂

  • Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 13, 2011, 2:30 pm

    Love the quote muffin! I miss doing laps in the pool, not going to lie.

    Only when it’s warm though.

  • Kelley December 13, 2011, 2:33 pm

    HAHA I totally had melty cheese on crackers with a salad for dinner last night. No shame. =)

  • Sana December 13, 2011, 2:33 pm

    Sigh. I need to get over my fear of water and learn how to swim..

  • Prairie Simple December 13, 2011, 2:35 pm

    Cheesy toast is basically my childhood on a plate. I’ve been trying to keep a training plan going this week, but it’s so difficult because it’s suddenly cold in NC and I’m just not feelin’ it AT ALL. I did, however, order a trainer for my bike so I can shamelessly watch television and get a work out in. Cannot wait until Santa brings it and sets it up.

  • jamie@cueyourlife December 13, 2011, 2:36 pm

    Love the quote! I have very recently asked for something, or at least put it out there so I can work toward it! Fingers crossed…hard work ahead! : )

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb December 13, 2011, 2:38 pm

    i have been craving smoothies but it is just sooooo cold here in chicago that i can’t bring myself to slurp em down. that cheesy toast, on the other hand, looks perfect…

  • Jamima @ Sweat Style December 13, 2011, 2:46 pm

    Congrats on reaching your goal! I loved cheesy toast when pregnant with my first daughter too. 🙂

    Keep it up!

  • Annie December 13, 2011, 3:35 pm

    I do a daily walk. If it is too cold outside I will do 20 minutes of Leslie Sansome’s “walking” dvd.

  • Julia December 13, 2011, 3:36 pm

    Seeing your smoothie just reminded me that I have to put bananas in the freezer. I still cannot believe I’m out of frozen bananas…… 😉

    I also keep track of my current workout and have a loose weekly plan although I currently don’t train for a race. Is such a great help to stay motivated!!!

  • Shannon @ Mon Amour December 13, 2011, 3:50 pm

    Congrats on reaching your goal! I love that first picture of you! It looks awesome!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 13, 2011, 4:06 pm

    I just drank an orange/avocado/pineapple smoothie and while it was delicious I’m now shivering…I wish there was a warm way to get in fruit this time of year!

  • Johanna B December 13, 2011, 4:25 pm

    Do you ever put applesauce on your cheesy toast? I love it that way. Weird? Maybe?

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 13, 2011, 4:46 pm

    Oh yes. Swimming is a good one to get that body so sore–in a good way 🙂
    GO YOU!

    I love cheese on toast. Yumm.

  • Carin December 13, 2011, 5:23 pm

    Hahaha – it won’t be the last time you lose something…. when the baby brain kicks in for real, you won’t even remember your name!

    Nice eyebrows BTW.

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) December 13, 2011, 6:07 pm

    Congrats on meeting your goals! I too made a hand written exercise plan for this week. I am not the most physically active/fit but now that I am (19 weeks) pregnant I really want to stay active, for the sake of my baby! Today I said “NO more excuses,” and took an hour long power walk around the park. Felt SO good. I plan to keep it up multiple times a week.

    • CaitlinHTP December 14, 2011, 2:06 pm

      Yay! Way to go on your walks!

  • Jenny December 13, 2011, 6:16 pm

    Good job on pushing through the fatigue to finish your swim workout! I do so much better with a blank workout schedule too. I’m almost never resentful of exercising because I do what I feel like on my workout day instead of forcing myself to do something just because it was planned. And oh my gosh, those cheesy toasts looked so tiny and cute next to your big salad!

  • Kristi @ Sweetly Fit December 13, 2011, 6:35 pm

    Thanks for that quote. It was exactly what I needed to hear today! 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 13, 2011, 6:47 pm

    Congrats on finding your good goggles and getting in your 3 workouts! Good day!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 13, 2011, 7:18 pm

    Congrats on meeting your goal this week! That’s always such a great feeling. 😀

  • Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 13, 2011, 7:19 pm

    I love cheese toast! Anything with cheese is great!

  • Leslie December 13, 2011, 8:45 pm

    Such a creative photo of you in the cap and googles. I like that you did it in black & white. I love the way you just got the one eye and captured the water droplets.It’s just a really great photo!

    • CaitlinHTP December 14, 2011, 2:05 pm

      Thanks sweetie! It was taken with my iphone!

  • Khushboo December 13, 2011, 11:47 pm

    Way to go for working out 3 times! Hope the next week is as successful 😀

  • Corrie Anne December 14, 2011, 12:18 am

    Hm. We recently joined a gym that has a pool, and I want to try swimming. Is it good to wear a swim cap all the time? I really have no clue, and I don’t really know any girl swimmers but you to ask! Congratulations on meeting your goal!! Plans totally work!

    • CaitlinHTP December 14, 2011, 2:04 pm

      I definitely think it helps protect your hair, not so much from the chlorine because it still gets wet but because it keeps it from tangling.

  • Hayley @ Oat Couture December 14, 2011, 7:33 am

    Congrats on smashing your goal!! You are my hero for being able to swim that far, swimming kills me every time! :/ Cheese on toast looks too cute to eat btw!? Mini slices! 🙂

  • Marissa December 14, 2011, 7:46 am

    Random question – do you keep your wedding rings on when you swim? I just got engaged (!) and don’t know what to do about taking the ring on and off…

    • CaitlinHTP December 14, 2011, 2:03 pm

      The only time I take off my rings is when I swim in a lake 🙂 I don’t really like taking them off because I feel like it greatly increases the chances I will lose them. However, my rings are TIGHT.

  • Allison December 14, 2011, 1:00 pm

    Great quote and an interesting thought! I seriously think that everything happens for a reason and is meant to be, regardless of how happy or sad it may be…

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