in All Posts

Does it count as one-half a workout if you drive all the way to the gym only to discover the pool is closed? 


I can’t tell you how hard it was to motivate myself to pull on my suit – I think the only reason I did it was DadHTP was counting on me to join him for a swim.  And then we get there and – BAM! – the (indoor) pool is closed because of lightening (??).  Since we were both in suits and flippies, we couldn’t use the rest of the gym facilities and had to turn around and go home. 


Do I get an A for effort?


Let’s talk about dessert.  Not only was it the most delicious part of dinner, but I also ate it first. Winking smile


Random craving fulfilled:  Vanilla JELLO pudding (made with vanilla soy milk <— extra delicious),  Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Brownie, and strawberries.


I would’ve gone back for seconds but I surely would have induced a sugary coma of doom.


Dinner was more nutritious.



Omelet with spinach and cheddar <—How to Make a Pretty Omelet

Steamed broccoli


Brown rice


Oh, and for a snack, I had these dry roasted edamame.  I’ve always been a bit leery of dried edamame but it was really, really tasty. 


Anyone else had their workout thwarted today?  Who actually made it to the gym? Major kudos to you!



  • Kristin May 29, 2012, 8:59 pm

    aww that stinks!!!! 🙁 It deff counts that you tried though! Every bit of food in this post looks ahh-maz-ing! Especially the omelet and brownie!!! yum!

  • Megan@therunningdoc May 29, 2012, 9:22 pm

    I had my workout thwarted too because of an issue with my gym membership not transferring to the new location properly. I came home and did yard work instead! That dessert looks very yummy, especially for being gluten free. I might have to give that brand a try!

  • Coco May 29, 2012, 9:24 pm

    You are amazing. First of all, you are super duper preg and STILL motivated yourself to go to the gym. Second, I love that your food is always so unique but yet so simple. Omelets for dinner–I wouldn’t think of it, but now I will next time.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 29, 2012, 9:26 pm

    Haha, it definitely counts that you tried to workout! And that omelet looks delicious!

  • Kailey May 29, 2012, 9:26 pm

    Pudding really hits the spot when your craving it – I adore putting cookies & Creme goldfish or snackwells brownie bites into mine 🙂

  • Earthy Nicole May 29, 2012, 9:33 pm

    Well, I did not go to the gym today but I did have a lovely walk around the park with my husband, aunt, and daughter so I’m totally counting that! Also, I’ve had that same exact edamame and I liked it alright too (so did my little one!).

  • Courtney May 29, 2012, 9:33 pm

    I meant to get to the gym today but yeah… it just didn’t happen. Too busy!

  • Lyn @ Life Lyn Style May 29, 2012, 9:45 pm

    Indoor pools will close due to weather if they aren’t grounded. Most pools are grounded these days, but some aren’t. Also, some pools are just more cautious. Indoor pools will also close for lack of power.

    • CaitlinHTP May 30, 2012, 11:13 am

      Ah ha! Now I know.

  • Jen May 29, 2012, 9:46 pm

    I definitely give you points for the effort, plus BONUS points for having pretty toenails at this stage of pregnancy! 🙂

    That omelet looks sooo yummy!

    Also, when I first glanced at the picture of you with the bag (before looking at it closely), I thought that it was your hospital bag! 🙂

  • Lindsey May 29, 2012, 9:49 pm

    I did! Alarm went off at 5:45am, I had no idea why it was set so early and went to bed for another hour, only to wake up at 6:45am and remember I was going to do yoga before work since I worked later tonight. Now its post work, and supper so I am trying to convince myself to do yoga at 8pm…

  • Kaitlyn May 29, 2012, 9:52 pm

    Bummer about your workout. I make it to the gym at 6:15 this morning, so there is no excuses. Out of bed and out the door.

  • Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 29, 2012, 9:54 pm

    Oh, now I have such a craving for pudding and brownie mixed together, but no ingredients for that in our house! Good job on even making it to the pool, I’m sorry it was closed though!

  • Alison May 29, 2012, 9:56 pm

    A lot of people don’t know how dangerous it is to shower/bathe during a lightening and thunderstorm! A lady at work gave a safety brief about this last summer…lightening hit a tree next to her house and it transferred (via roots?) and hit a water main. It was pretty scary bc she could have been fried in her shower. They are probably being cautious at the pool.

    • CaitlinHTP May 30, 2012, 11:13 am

      jesus! that is scary!

  • erica May 29, 2012, 10:06 pm

    Aaaah I had no idea you could make pudding with soymilk! I love pudding but since I became lactose intolerant I haven’t made it. Now that I know this, I will always have pudding in the house!

    • CaitlinHTP May 30, 2012, 11:14 am

      it was a little runny but not too bad.

  • Sana May 29, 2012, 10:08 pm

    I have a question, do you feel full easier while being pregnant? I feel like my stomach would shrink?

    • CaitlinHTP May 30, 2012, 11:14 am

      for a while yes, but the baby started to drop and now i can eat whatever i want again!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb May 29, 2012, 10:10 pm

    i am very interested in this pudding because on the back of every box i’ve seen, it says it won’t work with soy milk! glad to know yours turned out delicious — i will have to try it!

  • Amanda K. May 29, 2012, 10:11 pm

    A for effort FOR SURE!
    this happens to me from time to time because my gym in the Jewish Community Center, so every now and then when I go to work out it’s closed for a Jewish holiday I don’t know about (because I’m not Jewish). So then I’m left standing there in my workout clothes thinking, “Does showing up at the gym count…it must, right?”

  • Annette@FitnessPerks May 29, 2012, 10:12 pm

    Uhhh that is lamesauce that they closed the IN-door pool for lightening -OUTside. Haha.

    Love the idea of such an easy dinner! And yes, dessert is needed today. Oh, and yes-2 workouts done. Long run (for training), and taught a BodyPump class. BAM. I am t.i.r.e.d! G’night

    • CaitlinHTP May 30, 2012, 11:14 am

      epic use of the word lamesauce.

  • Laura @ She Eats Well May 29, 2012, 10:19 pm

    That brownie pudding deliciousness looks SO good. So good. Major dessert-envy over here….and at least you tried to work out :). Hope you enjoyed the rest day!

  • luvwhatyoudo May 29, 2012, 10:36 pm

    I did make it out for an easy 2 mile run today, which was great. I hate when you make all the effort and realize that the gym-gods are working against you. I definitely give you an A for effort!

    BTW, I didn’t know you could make pudding with soy milk. I thought I had read that it didn’t sit. I’m happy to hear that and wonder if I can do it with Almond milk too. Will have to try that out!

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras May 29, 2012, 10:43 pm

    The treadmill in my apartment’s work out room was broken, so I went for a nighttime run in the thunderstorm instead! So nice after walking dogs all day in 90° weather.

  • May 29, 2012, 11:11 pm

    You definitely deserve an A for effort! I made it to the gym today and did some easy, relaxing cardio. I just returned from vacation so I knew that I would need to the mental “boost” to fight the post vacation blues.

  • mollie May 29, 2012, 11:17 pm

    my husband loooooves that edamame. we buy them in bulk from amazon! they’re a little too “earthy” tasting for me, but very nutritious.

  • Ramona May 29, 2012, 11:26 pm

    Girl! You so healthy, it makes me want to eat a healthy dinner tomorrow! Have a great night babe!

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 30, 2012, 12:48 am

    Life’s just better when dessert comes first 🙂

  • Sam @ Fit for My Fork May 30, 2012, 2:27 am

    You definitely get an A for effort! At least you tried – yesterday was so busy I didn’t get a workout in like I had planned. I’ll do it today, instead.

  • Emily May 30, 2012, 3:00 am

    I’m English and had no concept of what jello pudding could be. So did some googling. Then the ‘aha’ moment. Its custard!!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 30, 2012, 5:48 am

    I”ve never tried jello pudding with any other type of milk. Does it still thicken when you use soy milk?

  • Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not May 30, 2012, 7:08 am

    I hate showing up when the gym is unexpectedly closed..that’s the worst. How are the GF brownies? They look amazing.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 30, 2012, 7:47 am

    I hate it when that happens! I had my workout thwarted yesterday too… except it was because of my own laziness. I worked from 8-6:30, and I had no motivation to workout after such a long day! 😛

  • Molly @ RDexposed May 30, 2012, 8:04 am

    I’d give you more than an A for effort at this point!

  • Mina May 30, 2012, 8:24 am

    You made instant pudding with non-dairy milk???? Does it thicken?

  • Hillary May 30, 2012, 8:37 am

    No workout for me either yesterday! I skipped the gym in favor of watching my first group of students graduate from high school. It was well worth it!

  • Kristen May 30, 2012, 9:34 am

    How in the WORLD did you paint those toenails!! 🙂

  • Anna May 30, 2012, 10:20 am

    I hate that! Our school pool closes too for lightening but its something ridiculous, like if its in a 30 mile radius or something…I’ve definitely been at the gym, in my suit, rinsed off, only to discover the pool is closed! So now I am soaking wet with no where to go. Ugh.
    Oh well, it IS the thought that counts?!

    By the way, your brownie blob looks delicious 🙂

  • Lindsey Gail May 30, 2012, 11:00 am

    Workout totally thwarted yesterday- the first of a 3 race, 5k trail series was supposed to start yesterday, but the rain, thunder, and lightening caused a cancellation. I was going to run it with a friend, a new runner, and we were both super psyched. We made up for it with a sweaty, hilly run this morning. =)

  • Jessica May 30, 2012, 1:21 pm
  • Rebecca May 30, 2012, 1:58 pm

    yo I LOVE those dried edamame snacks. I’ve been eating them for a while now. First, I’d tried dried edamame mixed with fried peas that I got from reading terminal market (since I’m from Philadelphia). Then I discovered the bagged seapoint farms kind as well. I like the goji berry kind and the very berry trail mix kind. Loooove it all! Both whole foods and my local fresh grocer sell them.

  • Amber K May 30, 2012, 2:38 pm

    I have totally driven all of the way to the gym only to realize I’m missing a crucial piece. One time I drove to the gym thinking I had a pair of tennis shoes in my gym bag only to find out I didn’t. And while I’ve seen (crazy) people work out in flip flops before, I wasn’t going to try. Or when I’m wearing jeans thinking I already have a pair of shorts in the bag, and find out I don’t!

  • Elizabeth May 30, 2012, 2:45 pm

    The dessert looks sooo good!! And I never made it to the gym, so instead I set up my own gym on my back patio! It was actually better than the gym! Then I went on a bike ride, so all in all it was way way way better than the gym!

Previous post:

Next post:

Healthy Tipping Point