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Goodbye, beach.  Hello, home.


Home may not have sun and surf and sand, but it’s home nevertheless!


I was planning – I swear! – to squeeze in a gym trip after our flight arrived, but my dreams quickly got squashed when we immediately confronted with a ton of clinic-related calls to return and fires to extinguish.  Maybe later today?  I really try to operate under a ‘best I can’ philosophy when it comes to exercise, but more often than not, it’s been pushed to the back burner lately.  I can’t wait for things to calm down so I can get back into a routine!


Speaking of the ‘best I can’ philosophy, today’s Girls on the Run lesson is going to be a good one (we leave for GOTR in just a few minutes!).  It’s on dealing with negative self-talk.


The interesting thing about the GOTR age group (8 – 10 years old) is that some of the girls haven’t actually dealt with negative self-talk yet.  Usually, there are three or four girls who give me blank stares when we discuss thinking badly about yourself.  But unfortunately, most of the girls can totally relate to not feeling good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, fast enough, or popular enough.  And that’s where Negative Nelly comes in…




As part of the lesson, the girls will write their negative self-talk thoughts (or examples of negative self-talk they’ve heard their family members or friends or people on TV say) on index cards.  Then, we play a warm-up game in which they sprint to Negative Nelly and ‘feed’ her their negative thoughts.  We make a big show of tearing up some of our negative thoughts before stuffing the scraps down Nelly’s jaws.  Fun, right?  Truthfully, I may be 27 years old, but I envision Negative Nelly in my mind’s eye ALL THE TIME and fed her my negative thoughts.  It helps a lot.


Speaking of feeding… Lunch!


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Just a veggie burger and fruit.  We are running low on groceries (predictably!) since returning home from our vacation.  I do think we have all the necessary ingredients for a smoothie, so I’m going to whip one up for Lunch #2.  These days, I can only fit so much food into my shrinking pregnant belly at a time.


Thought of the Day:


“What we focus on, we empower and enlarge. Good multiplies when focused upon. Negativity multiplies when focused upon. The choice is ours: Which do we want more of?” – Julia Cameron



  • Bari March 6, 2012, 2:04 pm

    Can I throw a handful of thoughts in Negative Nelly’s mouth? My inner mean girl has been on a major rampage lately.

    • CaitlinHTP March 6, 2012, 9:43 pm

      She loves to eat 🙂 Toss them in!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 6, 2012, 2:06 pm

    I LOVE that!! It’s something that no matter what our age, we need to remember to stuff those negative thoughts aside and move forward with the positive ones. Negative thoughts don’t get you anywhere, but positive ones DO!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 6, 2012, 2:10 pm

    Sounds like a great GOTR ahead, and I love your plan for the session!! Like you said, they may be too young to have really experienced those kinds of negative thoughts, but I think young girls NEED the kind of messages you’re providing before it even starts. You’re awesome Caitlin!

  • Rebecca March 6, 2012, 2:19 pm

    I love the idea behind Negative Nelly!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 6, 2012, 2:23 pm

    Love that quote! I have definitely learned that focusing on the negative does no one any good. My husband and I have really learned the past year that we need to really celebrate the good and just let the bad go. There are some things you don’t have power over, but you definitely can control your thoughts!

  • Kim L. March 6, 2012, 2:23 pm

    I love the Negative Nelly image! Thanks for sharing. Have fun with your girls today- here’s hoping none of them know anything about negative self-talk!!

  • Laura March 6, 2012, 2:37 pm

    It’s amazing how much parents can perpetuate negative self-talk in their children. My husband and I were at Cold Stone last night and watched in horror as a mother said to her 7 or 8 year old daughter: “you should get the frozen yogurt, it has less calories.” I hope my kids don’t understand the meaning of “calories” for a very long time! Keep up the great work, Caitlin!

    • lynne March 6, 2012, 2:44 pm

      i agree with this whole heartedly – perpetuated by parents. it may not be as direct as the example from Laura but my dad recently remarried and his new wife is all about watching what she (and my dad!) eat. they’re always talking about eating smaller portions to lose weight (neither are close to overweight!), having a ‘cheat’ day, etc. my 12 year old sister sees this and thinks it’s how she needs to operate too.

      it’s incredibly frustrating for me that they don’t realize what they’re demonstrating to her. eat whole, fresh foods! stop counting your calories and meals! teach her about health, not about calories!

    • CaitlinHTP March 6, 2012, 9:43 pm

      UGH – scary. Hate to judge but that is crap parenting.

  • Susan March 6, 2012, 2:47 pm

    Off topic but I made your cornbread spinach quiche last night for Meatless Monday dinner! AMAZING! Keep the recipes coming!

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 6, 2012, 2:51 pm

    I love the quote of the day. It’s definitely something I need to remember, especially right now. I’m going to put that one a post-it note on my mirror. Thanks!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 6, 2012, 3:33 pm

    love the negative nelly box!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 6, 2012, 3:35 pm

    LOVE the box!! Have a good lesson 🙂

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 6, 2012, 3:58 pm

    That’s such agreat activity! I love it!

  • Carlee March 6, 2012, 4:25 pm

    I love this idea! Sounds so empowering. I feel like my classroom needs a negative Nelly!

  • Helene @healthyfrenchie March 6, 2012, 4:42 pm

    I love this idea! I need a negative Nelly box in my head too 🙂

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) March 6, 2012, 4:48 pm

    This is a brilliant idea. What a great game for young minds. I need to do this myself from time to time! I really admire your dedication to GOTR and the message the organization stands for.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats March 6, 2012, 5:32 pm

    I love the negative nelly idea! Haha and that box is adorable, have fun this afternoon!

  • Amy March 6, 2012, 8:13 pm

    I’ve been giving a lot of thought to starting a girls on the run in my area how do I go about this ?

  • Alyssa @ Fit and Fun in Third March 6, 2012, 8:26 pm

    I LOVE the Negative Nelly idea! I teach 3rd grade and I might have to use that in my classroom… it’s so important to build up self confidence from early on! Thanks for sharing…

  • CJ @ March 6, 2012, 8:29 pm

    I think this negative nelly idea is fantastic! i need to do a little more envisioning of that and kick my nasty thoughts!!!

  • Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement March 6, 2012, 8:39 pm

    I love this visual. I first heard about GOTR through your blog and I love the concept. I look forward to getting involved when we move back to the states next year.

  • Lauren March 6, 2012, 8:56 pm

    I totally thought that was a pickle between that bread. LoL, I thought, “wow, she must really be getting into those pregnancy cravings now!” And then I read veggie burger, haha. Makes sense now.

  • Kayla @ The Best Things March 6, 2012, 9:24 pm

    love the negative nelly box! and the quote.. negative self talk is on my mind lately, so this post was needed 🙂

  • Amanda March 6, 2012, 9:33 pm

    We just got back from vacation too, we just went grocery shopping and…..$$$. It doesn’t help that we were hungry.

  • Linds @ Linds Eats March 7, 2012, 8:48 am

    It’s difficult to keep a healthy diet when traveling, but it looks like you’re doing a great job!

    Ps. The negative Nelly box is awesome! Whenever I find my friends being particularly negative around me, I also talk to them in this odd little voice I do and refer to them as a negative Nancy. By the time they’re done looking at me like I have ten heads, they’ve often forgotten what they were so down about in the first place. Weird, I know!

  • Jamie March 8, 2012, 6:48 pm

    Isn’t it no-nonsense Nelly? That’s what we called it here! I’m on my first season as a coach and l-o-v-i-n-g it. I think we’re about 2 weeks ahead of y’all. I feel like I’m learning as much as the girls are!

    • CaitlinHTP March 8, 2012, 7:01 pm

      Yessss. I just always forget and call her negative nelly. 🙂

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