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I was back in the pool today.  Swam half a mile and every single stroke felt like a battle!  Very tired… but I kept an eye on the old ladies and gents rockin’ out water aerobics and found them to be very motivating.  If they can do a 45-minute workout, I can finish a simple swim, right?!


DadHTP met me at the pool, and then we headed back to my house for a patio lunch.


Delicious veggie burger, fries, and a little fruit to balance it all out.



I ended up running a bunch of errands this afternoon and treated myself to another dose of frozen yogurt.  I’ve decided that Menchie’s is vastly superior to our other option, Yoforia. 


Friday Link Love


This relates to the Gossip Girl Challenge (my personal quest to stop reading celebrity gossip).  I loved this post: Media Obsession with Celebrities’ Postpartum Bodies Part of the War on Women.


A reader named Sarah sent me a question about workout gear for plus-size women – I posted her question on the Healthy Tipping Point Facebook page and got some amazing responses.  Check it out here.


Do you make these five common running mistakes?’s Ask Coach Jenny has a great Q&A up today about the dreaded ‘heavy leg’ syndrome, including possible causes and cures.


Happy reading! And happy Friday!



  • Alex @ therunwithin May 4, 2012, 4:58 pm

    OH my gosh, that watermelon looks good. Thanks for some great links especially the running mistakes… can’t wait to check that out.

  • Annette@FitnessPerks May 4, 2012, 5:16 pm

    I read that first article and loved it as well. I don’t have kids (yet), so I haven’t had that pregnant feeling, but I think it’s lame when all the media does is pounce on women who just had babies to check out their size and how quickly they came back. HELLO wrong!! What a horrible message to send out to new moms?!

    But then again, all media is out to get everyone’s self esteem…. we just have to be strong and forget that none of that is really real.

    Love your lunch! veggies burgers are the bomb.

  • lauramich May 4, 2012, 5:17 pm

    OK, I’m 13 weeks pregnant and have been making myself avoid fro yo (hard, as I work within easy walking distance of a couple of places, and I’m used to grabbing one a week or so as a treat) because of the listeria risk. What’s your take?

    • Kate May 4, 2012, 5:29 pm

      The listeria myth is a bunch of crap. The last breakout we had was actually found in melon. My Dr. told me to eat all of the soft serve I pleased. 🙂

      • Caitlin May 5, 2012, 11:40 am

        Here’s a post I wrote about food rules and pregnancy –

        Basically, while I think every woman should educate themselves on the risks, I think we spend far too much time worried about what ‘might’ happen and not focusing on the much larger issues (healthy eating, exercise, mental health, preparing mind and body for labor). The risks of getting listeria are extremely small.

  • Kathleen Ojo @ Onward; Inward May 4, 2012, 5:26 pm

    I used to be REALLY inspired by watching very pregnant women at the gym. I’d always thing, shoot, if they can doing while carrying around a whole other PERSON, I can definitely finish my workout strong. Now I am that very pregnant woman at the gym, so I hope someone else can look at me and get inspired too!

    Thanks for the links – you just made my last hour at work much more entertaining 🙂

  • Elizabeth May 4, 2012, 5:30 pm

    I just wrote a length paper for a health communication class on the effects of media on eating disorder prevalence. There were a lot of findings, but it definitely showed that stuff like this truly influences disordered eating patterns. Not necessarily behaviors linked to specific EDs, but just disordered eating in general. Obsessing, etc. That make sense? Though, my proposed intervention used both operation beautiful and girls on the run 🙂

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde May 4, 2012, 5:30 pm

    I love Menchie’s! And their spoons are pretty much amazing 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 4, 2012, 5:48 pm

    I’ve heard a lot about Menchies, but never tried it! I need to find one somewhere!

  • Britt @ The Busy Bee Writes May 4, 2012, 6:08 pm

    Thanks for that interesting article on women’s post partum bodies! It reminded me of being 17 years old, sitting in Intro to Women’s Studies, and watching Jean Kilbourne’s Killing Us Softly. I’ve been following this so called “War on Women,” and I have to say that I’m annoyed by the idea that a new war is being waged against women. It isn’t new. It has always been there. It is just a shame to think that at this time, in our society, it is acceptable to not just tout sexist ideology but to continue to allow it to proliferate our media and our laws. Thank you for being one of the many, strong, pro-women and pro-human voices out there.

    • Silvia @ skinny jeans food May 4, 2012, 7:24 pm

      The question is: WHO is waging this war? Women on other women? Women on themselves?

      Sometimes pressure is ‘perceived’ but it does not really exist if we do not put it on ourselves.

      • Allison May 5, 2012, 12:34 pm

        It’s not women on other women or women on themselves; it’s conservative men. See, for example, statements by Lisa Murkowski, a fairly conservative woman, who has acknowledged that this is what’s going on.

  • Allie May 4, 2012, 6:25 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    Which brand of veggie burgers do you eat?

    • Caitlin May 5, 2012, 11:38 am

      Dr. Praeger’s – ymmy!

      • Allie May 5, 2012, 1:30 pm


  • Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 4, 2012, 6:44 pm

    I totally agree, there is way too much emphasis on women and how much weight they gain during pregnancy and how quickly they lose it. We should be easier on each other and ourselves.

    btw, menchie’s is my absolute favorite…the one in hawaii has these passionfruit (lilikoi) popping boba that are amazing, little bursts of sweet juice. and their plain tart is so yummy.

  • Silvia @ skinny jeans food May 4, 2012, 7:21 pm

    I bet Guiliana Rancic will have a rocking 2 days after giving birth body 😉

  • Jen May 4, 2012, 10:50 pm

    At first, I read “every single stroke felt like a ballet” – I was like, that’s GREAT…I think. 🙂

    It’s been a long week – TGIF!!!

  • Coco May 5, 2012, 7:33 am

    Older active people are so adorable I just can’t take it! Your right.. if they can do it, so can we!

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} May 5, 2012, 7:53 am

    Thanks for the Forbes article. I love is from the author:
    “Candice Crawford’s Hot Post-Baby Bod: How She Did It.” Content: “Genetics and undergarments.”

    Women who haven’t had babies need to understand that there is NOTHING you can do at 3 weeks postpartum to “get your body back”. That is way too early to exercise or restrict calories if you are breast feeding. It’s just ridiculous to even think about. I hate the emphasis on having your body back just weeks after giving birth. How about we focus on our role as mothers and what that means? UGH. Don’t even get me started.

    • Caitlin May 5, 2012, 11:37 am


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