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Have you chosen your healthy intention for the week? I find this little exercise always gets my Monday off to a good start.  My healthy intention for the week is to drink more water, more regularly.  I tend to ‘forget’ to hydrate until 7 PM, and then I start slamming cups of H2O. 


I’ve got water on the brain, anyway, because it won’t stop raining!


Hi, my name is Caitlin, and I hate winter. I am over the cold, the grey skies.  At least it isn’t snowing, right? 


Something warm for breakfast:


An egg and goat cheese sammie on an Udi’s hamburger bun.


And a fruit salad.


Thought of the Day


Did you know today is National Handwriting Day? Oh, handwriting.  I barely see you.  In fact, I actually find it strange to write with a pen – my hand feels funny.  In honor of the lost art of handwriting, here is today’s funny thought of the day (courtesy of Baron Hansen), written in my unfamiliar handwriting:




  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 23, 2012, 9:35 am

    Haha, love that quote. So true, in a good way 😉

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 23, 2012, 9:38 am

    Hehe cute quote! It’s all rainy skies this morning for us here in southern Ontario too. Like you, my healthy intention for today is to drink more water. I’m already on glass #2! 🙂 Happy Monday Caitlin!

  • Shari January 23, 2012, 9:40 am

    I love the idea of National Handwriting Day. As much work as I do on the computer, I still enjoy actually writing things by hand, too – whether it’s research for a project or a letter to a friend, there’s just something fun about grabbing a pen instead of a laptop 🙂

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb January 23, 2012, 9:49 am

    it rainy and dreary here as well!

    such a cute quote 🙂 and just the motivation i needed to hop on the treadmill later today.

  • Ashley @ Cooking for John January 23, 2012, 9:49 am

    We have rain here in Michigan today as well, except unlike you, I would prefer the snow! I can only stand warm summer rain.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 23, 2012, 9:49 am

    Haha, I actually prefer snow over rain – I don’t get soaked and it’s so much prettier!

  • Khushboo January 23, 2012, 9:57 am

    After ages of recording my workouts in my computer, I’ve bought a notebook- I forgot how fun writing it!

  • Poptartyogini January 23, 2012, 10:22 am

    My hand poops out so quickly when I write with a pen. I’m definitely out of practice. It’s too bad too because I kind of like my handwriting.

  • Chelsea January 23, 2012, 10:28 am

    Can I come over and you make me breakfast? Cause that looks delicious right now in comparison to my smoothie I’m sipping lol.

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction January 23, 2012, 10:42 am

    I remember when they used to teach us calligraphy in school! Those days seem longggg gone. Today I feel like most kids can type faster than their parents….Not sure if its a good thing or not! Have a great day!

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon January 23, 2012, 10:50 am

    I could also stand to hydrate a bit more!

  • Emily January 23, 2012, 10:52 am

    we’re having a weird “winter” day here in Ohio. Its 50*+ and sunny out! This is after we got a 1/2 inch of ice on Friday night/Saturday morning!

  • Jen @ Whittle My Middle January 23, 2012, 10:54 am

    Love that quote. It’s so true! I like the idea of setting an intention for the week. I’m going to have to start trying that out.

  • Shannon @ Mon Amour January 23, 2012, 11:04 am

    I love writing with pen and paper. I take all of my class notes by hand still.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 23, 2012, 11:15 am

    I don’t mind winter or snow but I HATE this cold rain we’ve been having.. ugh.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed January 23, 2012, 11:17 am

    Super gross here in PA… it’s raining which is melting all the snow into slush. And it’s so gloomy.

    My healthy intention involves trying to eat vegetarian as much as I can. I watched the Earthlings documentary this weekend and it really opened my eyes! It was a straight horror movie, but it was real.

    I’m also trying to fit in 4 runs this week, I’ve been doing 3 per week, but I would like to fit in a 4th this week!

  • Emily January 23, 2012, 11:21 am

    I really like your personal mantra to never set yourself up for failure. However, I find it challenging to decide when I’m being lazy and when I’m giving myself a break and allowing myself to just complete one small healthy goal. For example: not setting myself up to fail could be setting a goal to only eat five Hershey kisses today instead of ten. But that’s still not very healthy! When I cut myself a break and think “Oh, I don’t have to exercise today because I’m way too tired” – I feel that way everyday! And therefore I will never exercise. In all honesty, I hate exercising and I hate healthy foods. How do you know when to challenge yourself and when to cut yourself a break?

    • Caitlin January 25, 2012, 3:50 pm

      I am working on a response to this question in a post! Just wanted to let you know. Stay tuned – prob going up tomorrow!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat January 23, 2012, 11:57 am

    It snowed a lot and is now raining, turning everything into slush – the worst!

  • Life's a Bowl January 23, 2012, 11:59 am

    My now fiance, boyfriend back then, and I used to write letters to each other on a monthly basis when we were long-distance… There’s something so special about receiving a handwritten card/ note 🙂 I’m planning to put them all together to make a collage and frame…

  • Kristen@Change of Pace January 23, 2012, 12:27 pm

    That quote is so me! Breakfast looks delicious 🙂

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 23, 2012, 12:31 pm

    Ha, love that quote!

  • Sue January 23, 2012, 12:36 pm

    Isn’t your Operation Beautiful movement about leaving HANDWRITTEN post-its notes yet you “barely see your handwriting”??

  • Tia @ Veggies and Pearls January 23, 2012, 12:42 pm

    I love your quote of the day! I always thought that running made each day seem longer, not so much because the runs seem long (on the contrary, hour long runs can pass pretty quickly) but because when you run first thing in the morning before doing anything else, it makes you feel so productive! At 8am I already have a work-out under my belt, thus,I feel like I have more time in the day. 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 23, 2012, 12:58 pm

    As a school teacher, I have to tell you that handwriting is a dying art. In fact, many schools aren’t even teaching cursive anymore! I find that absolutely tragic, but that’s another story for another day.

    • Emily @ The Swallow Flies January 23, 2012, 1:34 pm

      You should see the handwriting of my some of my freshmen – absolutely atrocious and, oftentimes, illegible. I’d much prefer they type absolutely everything!

    • Mark January 23, 2012, 1:38 pm

      Why is that tragic? Schools sometimes get accused of teaching skills that are irrelevent to the real world, and cursive handwriting is the poster child of that. Now, I’m all for penmanship, but I just don’t see what there is to be gained from teaching cursive, an abitrarily alternate version of a skill students will have already acquired, in lieu of other more engaging and useful subjects.

      Sorry, hope that doesn’t come off too abrasive, I’ve just never understood the pro-cursive argument. Would love to hear your thoughts!

  • Emily @ The Swallow Flies January 23, 2012, 1:33 pm

    Great quote – and so true! My run in the drizzling 30-degree weather totally lasted FOR-EV-ER yesterday!

  • Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY January 23, 2012, 1:45 pm

    Love the quote 🙂

  • Sneakers2Sandals January 23, 2012, 2:03 pm

    So today is national handwriting day AND national pie day? That can get confusing!

  • Moni'sMeals January 23, 2012, 2:15 pm

    I like your idea to start the week out this way AND, Love that quote too!!

  • Kathryn January 23, 2012, 2:28 pm

    My healthy intention this week is no snacking out of the box of cereal. I think I need to switch entirely to oatmeal bc I can’t help but grab a handful every time I walk by the pantry!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 23, 2012, 2:49 pm

    I too sometimes don’t drink lots of water ’til later–BAD me! I need to work on that 🙂

    Love me some goat cheese and egg–so delicious!

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed January 23, 2012, 2:50 pm

    the FBI is actually NOT hiring any more handwriting experts because NO ONE writes anything anymore. hysterical.

  • Linz @ ItzLinz January 23, 2012, 2:58 pm

    come to my third grade classroom and you shall see handwriting is far from being forgotten! 🙂 🙂

  • CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com/ January 23, 2012, 5:14 pm

    this sounds kind of random but in PA they are taking cursive out of the elementary curriculum and although no one really uses it anymore, I still cant believe it! how are you going to sign your name?! my students could barely write legibly as is! haha anyway, i thought that was interseting that it was handwriting day. i guess i should celebrate!

  • Katie January 23, 2012, 5:15 pm

    I love seeing people’s handwriting! I don’t know why, but it always makes me feel like I know an important part of their personality.

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 23, 2012, 5:44 pm

    I can’t remember the last time I wrote anything by hand — isn’t that sad??
    And I also need to boost my water intake throughout the day. I tend to forget until later at night, when it’s too late to drink a bunch of water without risking having to get up for a pee break in the middle of the night, and I hate doing that! I need my sleep 🙂

  • Bec January 23, 2012, 6:47 pm

    My husband converted my handwriting into a font so I can “write” with it whenever I want.

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery January 23, 2012, 8:45 pm

    My healthy intention for the week is to finish strong in my very last week of my day treatment eating disorder recovery program. I’ve been in and out of treatment for the last 14 months and I am SO ready and determined to live a healthy life, even when it means I had to give my eating disordered body.

  • Molly @ RDexposed January 23, 2012, 9:20 pm

    Does The Husband have doctor’s handwriting? I think that’s a pre-req for all physicians!

  • Jen January 23, 2012, 11:58 pm

    Hahahaha…love the quote!

  • Dominique January 24, 2012, 12:26 am

    I love handwriting but never have the opportunity to do so anymore. In honour of today, I’m going to write out two letters that I had intended on typing and printing out.

  • Sarah January 24, 2012, 6:07 pm

    mmm a goat cheese egg sandwich sounds delicious!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf January 25, 2012, 1:53 pm

    It’s my new years resolution to drink more water…so difficult though! I forget all the time!

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