I Heart Sweating

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I’m on a temporary elliptical kick. I don’t even like the elliptical.  However, I do love to sweat.


Swimming is fun and all, but I can’t feel the sweat!  Tangent:  I totally just Googled “Do you sweat while swimming?” and discovered this awesome article, which confirmed that, yes, you sweat while swimming, you’re just not aware of it.  Your sweat rate is lower than it would be land-based exercises, though.  Good to know – I should start drinking water in the middle of swim workouts…


Anyway, I’ve been back on the elliptical because the mere act of sweating feel so nice.  I usually end up totally bored on cardio equipment, but I brought my Kindle and the 30 minutes just flew by (here’s 7 Ways To Make Gym Cardio More Bearable). And that I lifted for a bit – I just did some bicep, tricep, and chest moves. Pretty basic stuff.


Anyone else feel me on the sweat love




Brown rice, celery, carrots, beets, cast-iron tofu, and balsamic dressing.  Good stuff.


And ice cream with caramel sauce for dessert.


On that delicious note, I’m off to curl up on the couch and relax.


Have a wonderful evening, friends!




  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde February 15, 2012, 8:13 pm

    I definitely hear you on the sweat thing – makes me feel like I got a great workout! That’s one reason I really like spinning; I never sweat as much as I do in a spin class.

  • Anne P February 15, 2012, 8:14 pm

    I’m actually a big elliptical fan. Great time to zone out and read magazines! 🙂 Plus, nice and low impact for non-running days.

  • Megan February 15, 2012, 8:23 pm

    I always hated those girls who could go to the gym and not sweat a drop while I would be on the elliptical for 5 minutes and be drenched. I am starting to just embrace my sweatyness and it makes me feel like I got a good workout.
    P.S.- I love your shoes (I have the same ones!)

    • Caitlin February 16, 2012, 9:53 am

      They are sups comfy!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb February 15, 2012, 8:24 pm

    i was a swimmer in high school/college and it always bothered me that you never got that good sweaty feeling in a pool! so yes, i know what you mean.

    thanks for the cardio link — i’m definitely in a cardio rut now that i’m forced to do it inside. will try to use some of these tips!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 15, 2012, 8:40 pm

    Haha I do love a good sweat! and I realized I sweat when swimming because I’ll get thirsty during a swim and need my water bottle!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 15, 2012, 8:43 pm

    I was sweating like crazy with my workout today, which is not normal for me. I’m not a big sweater. I had no idea you sweat during swimming though. That’s interesting. Have a great night Caitlin!

  • Brooke @ sweats & sweets February 15, 2012, 8:54 pm

    Love to feel the sweat while working out. I especially love it when happens almost immediately. I had a drizzly run this morning and still had some sweat, then got home and did the 30 Day Shred, tons of sweat on that one!

  • Keri February 15, 2012, 8:58 pm

    I’m with you–the more sweat, the better I feel the workout is. Only, does anyone else get grossed out by the idea of all the sweat in the pool?

    • Caitlin February 16, 2012, 9:54 am

      And all the spit and pee and snot.

  • Kari @ human, MD February 15, 2012, 9:01 pm

    Back when I actually got in the pool every once in a while, I noticed that after hard swimming workouts, I was frequently getting migraines. In general, the only time I get migraines is when I’m super stressed and not getting enough sleep… so this was weird to me. Then I figured out that I was working WAY harder than I felt because I wasn’t hot and sweaty. I certainly wasn’t hydrating. So I started drinking LOTS of water while I swam, and all was swell. It was probably made worse by the pool being pretty warm… way warmer that any open water would ever be for a tri.

    • Caitlin February 16, 2012, 9:57 am


  • Rachel February 15, 2012, 9:14 pm

    I love me some sweat! Sometimes, if I’ve had a bad day, I’ll head to the gym and elliptical until I feel better. It’s never on my training schedule and I don’t really like ellipticalling, but a little sweat sure boosts my mood!

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon February 15, 2012, 9:28 pm

    Ice cream by candlelight. Love it!!

    And I’m with you–I’m all about the sweat!!
    Lately they’ve been keeping the gym here FREEZING which is not very conducive to sweat inducing workouts 🙁

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith February 15, 2012, 9:54 pm

    I feel like sweat is the body’s natural way of cleansing itself. Sweating through a workout when I’m super stressed feels so good!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 15, 2012, 10:05 pm

    Mm, that salad looks great!!

  • Krista February 15, 2012, 10:06 pm

    How do you not have furry legs yet after 2+ weeks without shaving??

    And I love a good sweaty workout, unless I’m with my trainer and dripping all over his equipment!

    • Meg February 15, 2012, 11:30 pm

      I noticed that too…..are you just blessed with hairless legs caitlin?

      • Caitlin February 16, 2012, 10:01 am

        Omg my legs are SOOO HAIRY! Maybe you just can’t tell in that picture. 2 weeks without shaving = man legs.

        • Krystina February 16, 2012, 11:34 am

          “Man legs”? I thought your Naked Face project was to help break societal norms and stereotypes based on gender. So how does calling your legs “man legs” break through those norms, exactly? It just reinforces stereotypes.

          • Laura February 16, 2012, 12:47 pm

            I’m pretty sure that Caitlin’s purpose with the Naked Face project isn’t to “break societal norms and stereotypes;” but to examine her motivations about WHY she does all the beauty regime things… And not to get all culture twitchy on you but it’s possible for many women to joke about our societal standards bc in general we realize that acknowledging they exist & laughing at ourselves doesn’t predicate that we can’t continue to transcend them when necessary. It’s something that many women tend to be really good at. Good example: When I was single I was endlessly teased about dating only men who were unemployed artists. It was funny bc culturally women are supposed to be on the lookout for men with good jobs. I wasn’t. I don’t think my friends were trying to enforce societal norms on me. I’m pretty sure they were just trying to be funny./endrant

          • Allison February 16, 2012, 12:51 pm

            I have to agree with Krystina here. A lot of women in my community do not shave their legs and I don’t think that makes them men.

            Laura, part of this project clearly IS about checking our stereotypes and reevaluating societal norms; Caitlin has said as much. If this is a learning experience for her as well as for women reading about what she’s doing, why is questioning her use of the term “man legs” wrong?

          • Caitlin February 16, 2012, 12:59 pm

            It was just a careless and joking remark, not trying to mean anything greater about societal norms or anything. Sorry if anyone was offended, though, of course. Thanks for the feedback everyone.

          • Allison February 16, 2012, 1:13 pm

            To be clear, I wasn’t offended at all. I just think this is kind of a teachable moment that you are brushing off.

          • Laura February 17, 2012, 2:33 pm

            @Allison. I know women who don’t shave as well. What bothered me about Krystina’s statement was that she implied that Caitlin’s JOKE was reinforcing stereotypes, which, I don’t think it was. I agree that Caitlin’s project brings up important issues that have to do with beauty & gender stereotypes BUT let’s be INTELLECTUALLY HONEST in our criticism. While jokes CAN reinforce stereotypes, I don’t think Caitlin’s was because of the CONTEXT of the joke. There is also a clear difference between EVALUATING societal norms and BREAKING societal norms. Decided that you are going to BREAK a societal rule implies that you’ve evaluated it and found it to be lacking. That may be Caitlin’s conclusion and all power to her to break whatever rules she likes. My point was that until Caitlin clearly states that Rule A is bad, so eff Rule A, I don’t think criticism of her for not “breaking the rules” to her readers’ taste is warranted.

  • Sana February 15, 2012, 10:12 pm

    I am a recumbent bike fan, it feels amazing for my back 🙂

  • Chetney February 15, 2012, 11:17 pm

    There is nothing better than the tangible feeling of sweat leaving the body! I pretend it’s my fat melting off haha!

  • Khushboo February 15, 2012, 11:42 pm

    Sweat = liquid awesome!

  • Julia February 16, 2012, 12:08 am

    Are those your legs on the elliptical? Your leg hair must grow so slowly or be blonde if they still look that bare this far into your challenge. Lucky girl!

    • Caitlin February 16, 2012, 10:01 am

      They are sups hairy!

  • Bonnie February 16, 2012, 12:13 am

    I’m with you on the sweat! It really feels good to work hard. 😀 Lovely dinner and delicious looking dessert! Just the right portion size too – nice work. 😉 Happy sweating! 😀

  • Laura @ She Eats Well February 16, 2012, 2:42 am

    I, too, love sweating. Oh and I also love ice cream for dessert…!

  • Astrid February 16, 2012, 4:26 am

    Yes, definitely need to sweat during a workout! It feels so good 🙂

  • Mandi February 16, 2012, 6:24 am

    I am with you on the sweating — it’s almost like a badge of honor! Somehow I feel like if I’ve dragged myself all the way to the gym, it would be a total waste of time if I didn’t at least work up a sweat. Luckily with running it’s usually not a problem, but the amount of sweat is a clear measure of how hard I’m working. 🙂 I also side with the Europeans on this one — sweating also releases toxins in the body and is good for your health!

  • Hillary February 16, 2012, 7:16 am

    I don’t feel like I’ve had a proper workout unless I’ve worked up a good sweat—it’s all mental, but I love it!

  • Anna February 16, 2012, 7:40 am

    Oh I totally agree! Swimming can be so refreshing and energizing but for me there is nothing better then a good sweaty run or spin class. Glad I read this this morning…on my way to the gym and feeling motivated now 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 16, 2012, 7:47 am

    I feel like I need to sweat, otherwise it’s not a good workout! Plus I like the feeling of getting warm and toasty when it’s so cold outside. 😀

  • Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not February 16, 2012, 7:52 am

    Ugh I can’t stand the elliptical some days…but when I just need a good sweat, it’s the go-to machine!

  • Molly @ RDexposed February 16, 2012, 8:22 am

    How many bodily fluids do you think are in a pool? Saliva, sweat, urine (ew)? That chlorine better be doing its job!

  • pantsleflint February 16, 2012, 8:22 am

    I love to feel sweat when I swim… This happens when the water is the correct temp and I work hard enough…. its fantastic… I find you need to be in a cooler pool but it’s awesome…


  • Christine February 16, 2012, 8:47 am

    I’m with you on the sweat! I love a workout that leaves you all sweaty drippy gross. It’s the best.

  • Carolina John February 16, 2012, 8:55 am

    I know what you mean. I’ve been missing the kind of sweat generated during Ironman training, which is really gross. but it will return.

  • Jennifer February 16, 2012, 8:57 am

    I LOVE the elliptical. I think it’s because I can be-bop along to my music and it *almost* feels like I’m dancing. The sweatiness is the awesome reward for the hard work!

  • Sara February 16, 2012, 9:27 am

    I don’t like the elliptical either. I will take the treadmill over it–but my husband is the opposite.

  • CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com February 16, 2012, 9:37 am

    I am with you on the sweat thing. I think thats why I love Zumba…because its so much fun, I am not bored at all and you can work up a great sweat. I love your baby HTP updates btw 🙂

  • Lisa Marie February 16, 2012, 9:56 am

    So shocked that you don’t already keep a water bottle at the end of the pool during your swim workouts. I find that if i don’t have a water bottle there, my throat becomes EXTREMELY dry!

  • Liz February 16, 2012, 10:32 am

    I exercise in the water simply so I don’t have to sweat!

  • Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie February 16, 2012, 10:48 am

    I had to round things out with ice cream last night too! Birthday cake & brownie batters flavors = mmmmmm 🙂

  • Jen February 16, 2012, 10:59 am

    I actually hate sweating. It’s why I love running in the fall and winter; no sweat!

    Haha I’m too uncoordinated to use the elliptical. I just stand there helplessly moving my arms and legs at a snail’s pace until I get frustrated and hop on a treadmill instead.

  • cm @ Lazy Healthy February 16, 2012, 11:03 am

    I just tried salted carmel gelato from the grocery store (talenti brand) and it was so good I basically cried. I’m not one of those people who usually say, “it’s so rich you only need a few bites.” if it’s “so good” I usually want to eat the whole container. But this was miraculously one of those cases where it was so good and so rich that after a couple bites i felt totally satisfied.

  • Laura February 16, 2012, 12:16 pm

    I love to sweat. I naturally sweat a lot during exercise and sweating it out just makes me feel good. The down side is that I always have to shower after exercise bc my hair is always soaked. The up side is that my doctor gave me the OK to eat as much salt as I want (I love salty snacks) since she checked my mineral levels and my salt levels were actually slightly low. She also said to make sure I get plenty of potassium, esp. after a long run bc I literally sweat so much I have dried salt on my face and arms afterwards.

    • Sara February 16, 2012, 3:33 pm

      Hahahaha….I also LOVE to sweat!!! It feels so great to be drenched in sweat after a workout. It makes me feel empowered even if I am exhausted.

      Also, all of your food looks so very yummy! I am not a vegetarian, but your meals make me want to be one. Lol.

  • Amber K February 16, 2012, 1:31 pm

    I totally understand what you mean! It’s why I don’t do Pilates or yoga nearly often enough. I enjoy them, but I don’t get that sweat out! I love bringing magazines or a book to keep me fully entertained.

  • Emma Kate February 16, 2012, 3:38 pm

    Ahhhh, sweat! When I sweat it makes me feel like I have actually done something. I have been swimming a couple of times a week lately. I love it! You mentioned about drinking more water while swimming. I would love too but I get “sea” sick if I do. My stomach has to be empty before/while I swim or else…. I know, strange! I load up on the water after.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 19, 2012, 11:04 pm

    I LOVE sweating! Well…when I’m at the gym. It’s one of the ways that I feel like I’m actually accomplishing something and not just going through the motions of it all.

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