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I get back from Chapel Hill… and it’s pouring and freezing in Charlotte.  Boo.  Where did the nice spring weather go while I was gone?


Warm bowl of oats to get me going.  On the stovetop:


1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup soy milk

1 very ripe banana (yum)

Toppings: blackberries and brown sugar


Look… I haven’t killed my flowers yet. 


Granted, I’ve been gone for the last 24 hours, so they had a brief respite from my black thumb abilities.  I tend to either over-love my plants and smother them with water kisses or ignore them completely and allow them to shrivel up and die.  I need to work on a healthier emotional relationship with my flowers…


Success Stories


To celebrate the release up the upcoming Healthy Tipping Point book, I thought I’d link back to an old post series on HTP called Success Stories.  I absolutely love to read other people’s healthy success stories – not just the ‘I lost weight and then I ran a marathon’ ones (those are good, too!) – but the more unusual and complex stories that tie in emotional health, too.  So here are a few oldies but goodies; I hope they inspire you, too!  Happy reading!


Bo: A Man’s Healthy Tipping Point Journey

Simon: The Blind Ultramarathoner


Jenny:  Saw Lance Armstrong on Oprah and Decided to Bike a Century (100 Miles!)

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Jasmine: Health and Gastric Bypass


Elaine: Words of Wisdom from a 73 Year Old Marathoner


Susan:  Running is for Crazy People

For more success stories, check out this page.



  • Alex @ Raw Recovery April 6, 2012, 8:53 am

    Congrats on your upcoming book!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 6, 2012, 8:53 am

    Those look like some amazing stories! I love what people can do when they put their minds to something.

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 6, 2012, 8:56 am

    Such inspiring stories! I read about 71 year old woman that did a 36 minute plank. My goal has been to hit 5 minutes. Now I want to go longer! I love inspiring motivation!

    • Caitlin April 6, 2012, 8:58 am

      WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT. I can’t even do a 1 minute plank right now. LOL!

  • Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride April 6, 2012, 9:10 am

    Yay I loved reading back through these stories, what a motivating post for a Friday!

    I love everything Bo talks about with the challenging emotional and mental side of weight-loss. It makes it about so much more than just weight-loss!

  • Sara April 6, 2012, 9:36 am

    I’m a firm believer in plant exercise. Once the plant or flower is hanging all the way down, I give it a good water, and then back up it goes! I’ve always done this and I have some house plants that have been kicking around for a good two years. Also, sometimes I sing to them.

  • Alyssa @ Fit and Fun in Third April 6, 2012, 9:47 am

    Reading success stories is so inspirational… thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Christie April 6, 2012, 10:15 am

    “I need to work on a healthier emotional relationship with my flowers…” hahah you crack me up.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 6, 2012, 10:23 am

    Oooh I remember some of these stories! The Elaine one was one of my favourites – she’s such an inspiration!

  • Linz @ Itz Linz April 6, 2012, 10:56 am

    It’s cold here too! We went from 90 degree weather to 55 in like two days! Boo is right!!

  • Amber K April 6, 2012, 2:16 pm

    I love reading success stories. They remind me of the strength and dedication it takes to change a life around.

  • Stephanie Clement April 6, 2012, 4:51 pm

    Speaking of hope and success…How is your neighbor? The one who was very ill with cancer? Is she doing better? I often catch myself wondering..

  • Andrea April 7, 2012, 1:25 am

    I just had a baby and I didn’t garden while I was pregnant. My husband is in medical school and he learned that pregnant women should not garden because of the risk of toxoplasmosis, which can pass to baby through the placenta. Just wanted to let you know…you could call your doctor and see what they say.

  • Linda @ Lemons April 7, 2012, 2:05 pm

    I got my book this week! It is crazy seeing myself in a book, I never imagined this would happen. I personally don’t think my story is particularly inspiring, especially compared to the other success stories in the book. I’m in between Simon and Kayla – and they have amazingly inspiring stories. I can’t wait to read the rest of the book. Congratulations and I hope it is a huge success!!!!

    • Caitlin April 7, 2012, 8:15 pm

      Thank you!

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