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Who’s looking towards the weekend?


Me, me, me!


I’m currently working my way through this:


The ‘first pass’ of the Healthy Tipping Point book!  When it arrived in the mail yesterday, I thought – “Damn.  That’s a lot of paper.  When did I write all of that?”  I feel like this summer passed by in a book-writing blur.  


I’m excited for the HTP book because it’s a holistic healthy living guide – it doesn’t just address fitness and nutrition (the nutrition section was co-written with a registered dietitian).  One-third of the book is dedicated to emotional health, and there are also success stories, recipes, and training plans. 


The book comes out in June.  So yes – that means this summer will be go BOOK, BABY, BOOK, as the baby is due June 13, and the Operation Beautiful For Best Friends book (the kids’ version) will be released in July.   Hold onto your seats.  It’s going to be a bumpy ride.


Brain fuel:


The always delicious – and especially beautiful – Autumn Grilled Banana Sandwich.


Get in my belly.


Thought of the Day:


“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.”  – JFK



  • kathleen @ the daily crumb January 13, 2012, 10:51 am

    mmmm that grilled banana sandwich looks extra delicious today! what an exciting summer you have on the horizon 🙂

  • deva at deva by definition January 13, 2012, 10:54 am

    That sounds like a whirlwind of a summer!

  • Jordan January 13, 2012, 10:55 am

    Congratulations on all of your hard work on the book! What inspired you to put all of your thoughts into a book?

    • CaitlinHTP January 13, 2012, 10:58 am

      People would email me and ask me if I had any healthy living book recommendations and I could never find one that I felt was ‘complete’ – so I thought I’d try to write one! I really wanted to write one that drove home the message that small efforts added up… that being healthy wasn’t about restriction or craziness but small efforts. And that’s the theme of the book!

  • Courtney @ Translating Nutrition January 13, 2012, 10:55 am

    What a great quote! Thanks for sharing.

  • Laine January 13, 2012, 10:57 am

    Wow, that will be quite a summer!

    Book question – when you have a section co-written by someone else, do they share in the marketing/royalties/etc? or are they just a contributing author? or does it vary? (I’m working on a book and I was thinking that one section needed a co-author and I was wondering how that works…)

    • CaitlinHTP January 13, 2012, 11:01 am

      Well, technically speaking, I wrote the section, she provided feedback/advice, and then I revised. So it’s more of a contributor? Or editor? I paid her a fee out of my own business expenses and acknowledged her in the thank you section.

      If you were to have someone be more heavily involved, like a co-signed co-author (like on the jacket), I imagine you would sell the book together to a publisher and split the advance. People mistakenly think that all books get royalties, but very few do.

      So I guess it’s really up to you, how you want to do it, and what level you would want to have them involved! I don’t think there’s just one way to do this.

      What’s your book about? How exciting!!!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 13, 2012, 11:13 am

    Your breakfast looks so good this morning – LOVE that shot! And wow on the book writing – you’re amazing! I love that you’re incorporating an emotional wellness aspect as well. So often it’s neglected and people think of health as just fitness and nutrition, so I’m really happy to hear that you’re dedicating a section to it!

  • briana January 13, 2012, 11:35 am

    This post makes me so excited for the new book!!! Congrats on being so close!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat January 13, 2012, 11:38 am

    How exciting! That breakfast looks amazing!

  • Sarah January 13, 2012, 11:40 am

    ohh yum! The sandwich looks amazing! I have mashed sweet potatoes left over so I might try it out with that instead of pumpkin 🙂

  • Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes January 13, 2012, 11:46 am

    Wow, that sandwich looks divine! Great recipe, thanks for sharing!!

  • Shari January 13, 2012, 11:57 am

    What an AMAZING summer you’ll have!!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well January 13, 2012, 12:13 pm

    I can’t wait to read your book. May I just say that I look forward to reading your blog and appreciate your positive tone! It really stands out.

    Also, what on earth is on top of that beautiful breakfast? Is that pumpkin? So delish.

    • CaitlinHTP January 13, 2012, 8:17 pm

      Yes, a big glob of pumpkin! So good.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 13, 2012, 12:16 pm

    LOVE this! WHat an awesome year you will have 🙂 SO cool!

  • Kate January 13, 2012, 12:17 pm

    Wow! This summer is going to be busy for you- I can’t wait to read your new book!

  • Sneakers2Sandals January 13, 2012, 12:22 pm

    You are one busy girl! Go you! and that meal looks fabulous 🙂

  • Jamie January 13, 2012, 1:04 pm

    I cannot WAIT for the healthy tipping point book! EHHH so excited!

  • Emily January 13, 2012, 1:04 pm

    Yum-o. Banana sandwich. 🙂

  • Lauren January 13, 2012, 1:07 pm

    My mom’s birthday is June 13th!

  • Lindsay @ Running the Windy City January 13, 2012, 1:19 pm

    I’m excited to read your book and I’m so glad you’ll be addressing emotional health as well. There is so much more to health than food and fitness!

  • Kayla January 13, 2012, 1:21 pm

    Wow I’m excited to read your book! What an exciting summer you’re going to have!! COngrats!

  • Ursula January 13, 2012, 1:30 pm

    Who is the co-authoring registered dietitian? One of your choice?

  • becca @ blueberry smiles January 13, 2012, 1:49 pm

    you’re book sounds so great!!

    and your breakfast looks great as well. way better than mine today 🙂

  • Kelly January 13, 2012, 1:50 pm

    That looks INCREDIBLE!!!

  • Khushboo January 13, 2012, 2:09 pm

    How did you have the patience to photograph your breakfast without digging in!!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 13, 2012, 2:20 pm

    oh. my. gosh. that sandwich looks ridiculously delicious!!!

  • Tiff January 13, 2012, 2:29 pm

    Wow – you deserve all the brain food. So much writing!

  • Amber K January 13, 2012, 3:02 pm

    I am so excited for the books to come out! I loved the Operation Beautiful book and I can’t wait to read more.

  • Jayma January 13, 2012, 3:08 pm

    Congrats on the book! And I so so SO appreciate that you had an RD look over the nutrition part of the book. As another fellow RD, I get so frustrated with all the nutrition misinformation out there and the huge surge of people calling themselves “nutritionists” because they got an online certificate or think they know it all because they googled a few nutrition articles. While I love that people are so interested in nutrition these days (and I encourage people to read up on it and study it if it interests them too!), our field is more difficult than some people think. We dispense nutrition advice after YEARS of nutrition study (via undergraduate, graduate and continuing education) and look to scientific evidence to back us up. I’m not saying RDs know everything…I learn things from my patients, friends, and family all the time! And I’m not saying that you have to have an RD to “know anything” about food either (also not true!). It’s just so nice to see a serious author and fellow nutrition advocate look to a registered dietitian for advice. Your book just got a huge boost of credibility to me and I can’t wait to share it with my fellow RDs when it is released 🙂

    • Eliza January 13, 2012, 5:58 pm

      I agree so much with this comment, and as a social worker practicing in the field of mental health, I’m wondering why you didn’t consult regarding emotional/mental health advice? I studied gender, race, and culture studies for four years (plus psychology), followed by two years of graduate work that included two intense internships, and I still feel a little worried that people come to me for support around their emotional well being!
      Maybe its just basic stuff that you are including, and I”m sure you wouldn’t give advice that would claim to substitute for professional intervention or advice.
      I’m also curious as a former writer who might like to find a way to combine my two trainings and educations….how would you recommend beginning to write in this field?

      • CaitlinHTP January 13, 2012, 8:17 pm

        It’s definitely not in the place of therapy – it’s more like staying motivated, achieving positive body image, etc., which I drew on my two previous books to write. Notably, the section on eating disorders, which is more ‘clinical,’ included a consult with a professional. Does that make sense? And there’s a HUGE part about getting into therapy if you need it.

        What kind of writing would you like to do? Online stuff? Books?

        • Eliza January 13, 2012, 8:45 pm

          likely freelance online stuff to start. I’ll be leaving my job to stay at home with future babes until they are in elementary school, but was thinking it would be a good opportunity to supplement the family income. I feel like some “mom” oriented sites don’t really include the kind of intellectual debate stuff that I would enjoy writing about, and I think some people would enjoy reading. I was thinking the other day about using pop culture references to ground a more heady topic (like teaching children about healthy relationships, coming from a commentary on a reality show or something). I’m not really comfortable starting a personal blog and having my family on the internet though, so I’m not sure where to start.

          • Eliza January 13, 2012, 8:46 pm

            by the way, thanks for your thoughtful response about the consulting- it sounds like you handled it well. congratulations on the book! (and babe!)

          • CaitlinHTP January 13, 2012, 8:52 pm

            Aw you’re welcome. Thanks for a nice comment to begin with!

            I would try to find some specific websites you would like to write for and then think of posts and pitch the editors – you might have to do stuff for free to start, but once you start getting clips, you can usually get paid a small amount. Google query letter for more info.

  • Amy January 13, 2012, 3:17 pm

    I’m super excited for your book to come out this summer. I love your holistic approach and how you are able to make healthy meals that are both easy and quick. Just my style! 🙂

  • Whitney @ Whit's Kitchen January 13, 2012, 5:01 pm

    That’s a pretty awesome quote you’ve got there at the bottom of the page. 🙂

  • Irina G (Fit Flexitarian) January 13, 2012, 5:10 pm

    Congrats on the book!!! Man, it definitely sounds like you have a CRAY-ZAY summer ahead of you but definitely all big huge good things. Good luck on editing the first pass!

  • Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 13, 2012, 5:26 pm

    HOLY MOLY! I thought sandwiches like that only existed in my dreams…

  • Tara January 13, 2012, 5:27 pm

    Yay! My bday is 6/14 maybe Baby HTP will hold out!

  • Krystina (Organically Me) January 13, 2012, 7:13 pm

    You have a VERY exciting summer ahead. Congrats!

  • Army Amy* January 13, 2012, 7:59 pm

    I like that JFK quote. In fact, I framed it as a Christmas gift for my husband the year that he deployed.*

  • Sarah January 14, 2012, 11:19 am

    your due date is two days before I get MARRIED 🙂 What a wonderful week !

  • Allison January 15, 2012, 7:22 am

    June sounds like an awesome month for you! ROCK IT 😀 Look forward to hearing all about it…

    BTW, banana sandwiches have been my fave lately- grilled bananas taste like pure sugar!

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