First things first – I had lunch at a restaurant called… wait for it… Epic Buffet.  I kid you not.  And it was, in fact, an epic buffet.


Okay. I just had to get that out of my system.


Today was a great day.  I flew to Lawrenceburg, Indiana for an Operation Beautiful event in honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Operation Beautiful has been a NEDA featured organization for three years in a row now).


The event was organized by a woman named Paula, who has become a champion for NEDA after losing her adult daughter to an eating disorder.  I am so totally inspired by people who can take a horrible situation and transform it into a vehicle for good for others.  The world needs more Paulas.


The event itself went really well.  I really dislike the process of traveling (I’m thinking of you, Miss Overly Perfumed on a 7 AM Flight…) but I have to say that I love giving presentations.  It’s my favorite thing to do – I used to be so scared to talk in public; now I think it’s so wonderful to have the opportunity to connect with other people.  Even if it is a little scary every now and then.


So, in other news, I think I actually managed to eat better today than I ever have on a travel day, which is extra nice because I’m back to having trouble sleeping.  Veggies go a long way when you’re exhausted.


Epic Buffet spread – with a bowl of cottage cheese, too.

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(Randomly, the Epic Buffet was in a casino.  I did not play any black jack.  We know how it goes down when I pull up to a black jack table… I lose money.  Lots of it.).


Oh, and my personal pet peeve is when I pack workout clothes on a work trip and don’t use them – taking up such valuable suitcase space AND making it so much heavier.  I had to choose between a nap and a workout, and napping won out. 


Dinner was some pumpkin seeds + odds and ends from the free food provided at the presentation.  I asked one of the ladies if I could make myself a spread to take back to my hotel, and this is what she hooked me up with.  Pretty amazing, right?


That’s grapes, strawberry yogurt, ranch dressing, cheese cubes, pineapples + honeydew, Mary’s gluten-free crackers, cucumber and celery, and carrots. 


All in all, a very good day.  I’ll be back in Charlotte in the blink of an eye, which is a good thing because today we went under contract on a house!  Now all we have to do is dot all the I’s and cross the T’s (easier said than done, of course). 


Thought of the Day:


“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” – Rumi



  • Sneakers2Sandals February 20, 2012, 9:48 pm

    Ahh, CONGRATS on the house!!! That is so exciting!

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde February 20, 2012, 9:52 pm

    Great news about the house hunt – hope it goes smoothly!

  • Linz @ Itz Linz February 20, 2012, 9:54 pm

    Congrats on another successful event! And congrats on the house!!

    • Jen February 21, 2012, 1:44 am

      Exactly what I was going to say, so…me too! 🙂

  • Anne February 20, 2012, 9:56 pm

    I feel your pain on taking workout clothes and not using them… I went to a conference and took three sets and never touched them. I always forget how much work trips zap energy! A for effort– or at least good intentions 🙂

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon February 20, 2012, 9:58 pm

    Glad to hear the event went well and that the house hunt was successful!!!!!

  • Kim February 20, 2012, 9:59 pm

    I can’t believe you were so close to Cincy, and I missed you! I’ve been reading your blog for almost 2 years now (KERF also). I’ve lost almost 80 lbs now thanks to the motivation I get from your blog on a daily basis. I’ve also completed two 5k’s, and I’m currently training for a 10k. You are such an inspiration to me. I’m sorry I missed you this time. This is my first ever comment by the way. Thanks for all that you do on this blog and OperationBeautiful.

    • Caitlin February 21, 2012, 6:37 am

      I am sorry I miss you!!! Thank you for this sweet comment and I am so proud of you. Way to go!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed February 20, 2012, 10:14 pm

    Glad your trip went well. Overwhelming perfume in close spaces is the WORST! Congrats on the house, hope everything pans out for you! You deserve it!

  • Sana February 20, 2012, 10:36 pm

    I am allergic to strong perfume smells! I would have been pissed!

  • Corrie Anne February 20, 2012, 10:48 pm

    Love it when traveling food goes well. That looks delicious. And I would love to eat anywhere with “epic” in the name!

  • Danielle February 20, 2012, 10:56 pm

    That looks like one epic buffet 😉 safe travels you two!

  • Caity @ Gym Rag February 20, 2012, 11:07 pm

    Kudos to at least bringing your workout gear with you! Better to plan to workout than to leave all your gym stuff at home.

  • Carin February 20, 2012, 11:32 pm

    Congrats on the house! We bought and renovated while I was pregnant – Jim was finishing the painting while I was in the hospital with the baby. Deadline driven….

    SO impressed by your restraint and resourcefulness in sourcing dinner from the nibbles. We all waste too much food and spend unnecessary $$$ when obviously it’s easy to utilise what’s there in front of us! Bet you feel great after a healthy and stimulating (if somewhat tiring) day. Safe travels x

  • Amanda (modernation) February 20, 2012, 11:42 pm

    Sounds like a pretty awesome Monday! Way to start the week off with a bang. Good job on steering clear of the blackjack table – No Whammy!

    • Caitlin February 21, 2012, 6:36 am

      I thought of you!!

  • Laura February 20, 2012, 11:55 pm

    There is a Chinese Food Buffet near my moms office! I love it! I always want just a couple pieces of everything – I hate committing to just one entree. I love the buffet 🙂

  • Kelly February 20, 2012, 11:57 pm

    Was today your first OB presentation since starting the Naked Face project? (I think it is, but not sure). I’m really curious to see your thoughts on how it went from that perspective!!!

    • Caitlin February 21, 2012, 6:35 am

      YES! I loved being naked face. I think I’ll never wear makeup at a presentation again. I felt like there was less between me and the audience… If that makes sense.

      • Jill February 21, 2012, 1:08 pm

        I was going to ask about this, too! I don’t wear makeup routinely, but usually do when I give a presentation. Fascinating that it made you feel more connected to the audience (if I’m interpreting your comment correctly). That makes sense to me.

  • Khushboo Thadani February 21, 2012, 12:16 am

    Wow that does look like an epic buffet indeed…that sweet potato looks like perfection!

  • Brittney February 21, 2012, 6:10 am

    Hope you guys get the house! Keep me posted!

  • Katie Photiadis February 21, 2012, 6:27 am

    Hi Caitlin,

    I’ve been reading your blog for over a year, and I have a lot of respect for your lifestyle and your Operation Beautiful mission.

    I’m commenting today, because I’ve noticed (and correct me if I’m wrong) that your meals seem kind of light for being pregnant. In particular, it seems that many of your dinners consist of yogurt, fruit and a grain. Which is a good snack, but probably not much more than 350 calories.

    Just wanting to put this out there. I hope that everything is going well and congrats on the house!

    • Caitlin February 21, 2012, 6:34 am

      Thanks for reading and for your kind words 🙂 I appreciate it!

      It’s really hard for me to eat gluten free (I’m allergic) especially when I travel. So tonight’s dinner was probably the best thing I could’be had especially at 9 pm in a tiny town in Indiana :). I think
      Ive been doin’ a lot of breakfasts for dinner in general and more cooked meals for lunches. I get so tired at night and don’t have the energy to cook 🙁 bah! So some of my meals might appear flip flopped or lighter (or be lighter one day but not the next!) but I’m definitely getting enough calories for pregnancy, especially given the fact that I haven’t really worked out all week. 16 pounds up and going strong!!! Hehe right on track. Hope that explains it. Again, I appreciate your kind words. 🙂

      • Caitlin February 21, 2012, 6:37 am

        Sry for typos! iPhonin’ it!

        • Caitlin February 21, 2012, 6:42 am

          Oh annnnnd (I am so scattered this AM! It’s only 6:30) I did want to clarify that in general I don’t blog everything I eat. I did on a day like today, in which I clearly listed out breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but most days, it’s obvious when I don’t (ie I skip lunch and post about a topic).

      • Christine February 21, 2012, 11:07 am

        I had no idea you had an actual allergy! Celiac sucks 🙁

        • Erin February 21, 2012, 6:48 pm

          You have celiac? Would you do a post on it? I’ve never heard you mention it before. Just a small sensitivity. I’m fascinated by this sudden surge of celiacs.

  • Lauren February 21, 2012, 6:47 am

    So happy for you with the house!! Good luck today. 🙂

  • Karlee February 21, 2012, 7:04 am

    i was just in lawrenceburg skiing!

  • Carolina John February 21, 2012, 7:59 am

    I also used to really enjoy public speaking when I had the business. teaching was also a lot of fun. Glad you had a good trip and made a difference with the presentation!

  • Emily February 21, 2012, 8:07 am

    Hooray for Lawrenceberg (close to my home!) I had received info from the Cincinnati GOTR that you were going to be here, and unfortunately I had other obligations, but hopefully you enjoyed your time back in the midwest!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 21, 2012, 8:11 am

    Congrats on the presentation AND on the house! 😀

  • Emily February 21, 2012, 9:10 am

    With all the traveling you do, do you ever worry about bedbugs? I seldom travel, but am terrified of bedbugs. I have a trip soon and I’m planning to pack everything in giant Ziploc bags. That way my clothes will be safe, even if my bag isn’t. I’ve also decided to keep my bag in the bathroom with the light on at all times. I may be making this up, but I’ve decided that bedbugs are photosensitive (why else would they come out at night?) and off the carpet and in the light is the safest place for my things.

    • CaitlinHTP February 21, 2012, 9:46 am

      Yes… I am moderately afraid of bed bugs. It’s definitely a concern. Thanks to educated readers, I’ve stopped putting my suitcase on the bed. I don’t put my clothes in a bag, although I’ve heard that I should. I do check the bed for signs of bed bugs, though.

  • CJ @ February 21, 2012, 9:17 am

    Wow, thank you for taking the time to speak at a NEDA event. ED awareness is so important since it effects so many people, and many suffer in silence. I appreciate you helping to make people appreciate beauty inside the body and inspiring me personally every single day i struggle with recovery.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 21, 2012, 9:23 am

    YAH for being under contract!!

    Glad the presentation went well for ya-I bet they loved you 😉

  • Sara February 21, 2012, 12:03 pm

    Yay on the house! I know you’ve been waiting and waiting to get in one and start making it ready for baby!

  • Amber K February 21, 2012, 2:11 pm

    Congrats on the house!! That’s exciting 🙂

  • Sonia the Mexigarian February 21, 2012, 2:18 pm

    Caitlin, I was wondering if you had any tips for speaking in public or doing presentations? I have a high fear of speaking before people and do a rapid fire, knee shaking talk. I was recently called adorable by sophmores at my highschool alma mater. . . . . And now I am interviewing for a possible teaching position. Any suggestions on over coming public speaking nervousness/shakes all around fear?

    Congrats on going under contract!! It’s so exciting! this weekend, the seller’s of our new home are having a get together with the neighbors so we can meet them before we move in. ^_^

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