Pull It Back

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So proud of DadHTP – also known as my swimming buddy extraordinaire – and I for making it to the pool today.  Reward popsicles for everyone!


In all seriousness, we did actually high-five each other at the pool.  I don’t think either of us believed we’d actually make it.  I’ve been exhausted; he’s been exhausted.  My exhaustion is obviously pregnancy-related; he’s working really hard to get back into shape and has been feeling a bit overtrained lately.  But we finally found a good day to make it to the pool – we both actually had energy for once!


Instead of doing our normal 18 laps, we purposefully cut it down to 13.  I think we’ve both been pushin’ ourselves a bit too hard at the pool. 


Side note:  I’ve gotten dozens and dozens of comments and emails about my maternity fitness swimsuit , so I figured it warranted a blog mention.  When I began pregnant, I looked online for a swimsuit and found there were almost no (desirable) options.  Instead, around the fourth month, I opted to purchase a suit that was two sizes larger than my normal size.  I got it on sale at Dick’s Sporting Goods and it was only $40 or so.  Normally, fitness suits are skin-tight, so it felt a little loose for a few weeks but I very soon grew into it… Nearly 35 pounds later and only 10 days to go until my due date, it still fits!   So – I’d recommend other pregnant swimmers just buy a suit a few sizes larger; no need to special-order a pregnancy-specific suit. 

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Thank goodness for stretchy material!




I’ve had eggplant on the brain ever since Nicole served me some for lunch.


To bake, I sliced and salted the eggplant (to draw out moisture and bitterness, per these instructions) and then roasted it at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes.


With steamed greens, cast iron tofu, and brown rice.  All drizzled in ranch dressing, which sounds a bit odd but was actually delicious.



Anyone else intentionally pull back on their workout today because they were a little tired?  Or did you ramp it up because you were on fire (I’m jeaaaaalous)?  It’s taken me years to figure out how to truly ‘listen to my body’ in these circumstances; I think the key is aiming to be energized, not exhausted.



  • Andrea June 3, 2012, 7:47 pm

    It’s funny that you asked that question because I skipped my workout today….just returned from a weekend of camping and am so pooped! I actually got on the treadmill and after a few minutes decided to call it quits. Felt guilt for about 1 minute…then proceeded to play with me new iPhone . Heh.

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb June 3, 2012, 7:52 pm

    i seem to always pull back my workouts on sundays! for some reason, it’s just so hard to get motivated. i try to remember something is better than nothing and do what i can 🙂

  • Lindsay June 3, 2012, 7:54 pm

    I actually just bought a new swim suit for the last 6 weeks of my pregnancy and it is 2 sizes larger than my pre-pregnancy size. It is a little big in the butt and boobs but fits perfectly around the middle. It was also only $20 so it’s perfect for such a short period of time.

  • Mary June 3, 2012, 8:03 pm

    I took an extra rest day this week on Friday because the evening before I rode 40 miles on my bike plus swam and lifted weights Thursday morning (training for a half Ironman in July). You just need to listen to your body (especially you right now!). It is so inspirational to see you still so active and fit at this stage of your pregnancy!

  • Brittney June 3, 2012, 8:19 pm

    I actually kind of ramped it up today and did a 4 mile run this morning (long for me lately) plus about a 1.5 mile walk with the dog tonight.

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 3, 2012, 8:23 pm

    Ohhh boy, eggplant. I go through random periods of time where I suddenly crave eggplant ALL THE TIME (it usually starts off with seeing somebody eat an awesome eggplant dish at a restaurant). For some reason, I never cook it at home, though…so weird!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 3, 2012, 8:28 pm

    I loooooove eggplant, your dinner looks delicious!

  • Kath June 3, 2012, 9:06 pm

    I’m tired today too! And slept too much last night. Coincidence?

  • Keri June 3, 2012, 9:11 pm

    I’m jealous that you get to workout with your dad! And as a non-swimmer (maybe one day?!) 13 laps sounds like a great workout. Happy Sunday!

  • Kristin June 3, 2012, 9:14 pm

    Ive been ramping it up on weights 🙂 Only because I have been slacking for way too long! i cant believe u are only 10 days away from your due date!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll be on vacation :…( Good thing for my husbands smart phone! 😉

    • Caitlin June 4, 2012, 10:28 am

      🙂 Thanks!!! Where are you going on vacay

  • Sana June 3, 2012, 9:23 pm

    Good for you and DadHTP!

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 4, 2012, 1:47 am

    I ramped it up! I was grumpy all morning and finally just decided to do a super sweaty workout. Best decision ever 🙂 Yesterday, on the other hand, I was not feeling it. Just goes to show you how our bodies change from day to day !

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 4, 2012, 7:58 am

    Nice job to the both of you for making it to the pool! 😀 I did a shorter run than I was planning on yesterday because I just wasn’t feeling it. And I’m still feeling a bit burnt out today, so rest day it is!

  • Alett June 4, 2012, 8:04 am

    Yes, I did the same this weekend. My schedule called for a 90 minute long run. However, 1) in order to get ready for a long run I need to prepare for about 2 hours (hydrating, eating etc.) and 2) I had to get this long run in before a wedding! (note that I was super excited to do the run along an access road to a lighthouse along the water – new routes in nature are always exciting!). Anyway, the earliest I could wake up was 6:30am but I managed to get out the door for 7am – not enough time for proper hydration or food. Even though I had gels with me I just wasn’t “feeling it” after about an hour. In the end I managed to get in a slow 77minute run in instead.
    Still happy as I got to see a gorgeous lighthouse plus I still got a decent long run in 🙂

  • Katie D. June 4, 2012, 8:28 am

    The Hubs and I had a lot to talk about so our quick jaunt to the City Offices to drop off our payment turned into a 5.25 mile walk!

  • Lauren June 4, 2012, 8:41 am

    Yep, today was a rest day! Still in recovery from my ED and haven’t been eating enough, thus, I did not allow myself to exercise today (trying to be accountable by telling someone! ha)… Just went for a nice walk with my Momma instead. Today, I will nourish my body with nutrients (and enjoyment!) so I can feel good and so that I can exercise 🙂

    • Caitlin June 4, 2012, 10:29 am

      You can always be accountable to me 🙂 I like your plans to take care of yourself today – and everyday!

  • Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not June 4, 2012, 8:45 am

    I was actually feeling pretty lethargic yesterday and I knew the only solution would be to SWEAT. I pushed harder than I had all week and felt great after.

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction June 4, 2012, 8:46 am

    I don’t believe you are still swimming at 9months prego! You go girl!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed June 4, 2012, 9:03 am

    Good job and way to listen to your body! My workout yesterday was cleaning our house… that counts right?!

  • Lisa June 4, 2012, 12:56 pm

    There are times when I am tired, or sore or not into my workout. If I can, I just take a rest day. If not, I do sometimes do the half-assed easy workout. I figured a little was better than nothing.

  • Amber K June 4, 2012, 2:26 pm

    I’ve definitely gotten better at listening to what my body is telling me when it comes to exercise. Now if my brain and stomach could only agree on what “hunger” is, I’d be set 😉

  • AmandaonMaui June 4, 2012, 4:56 pm

    When the summer is hot like it is now I have a harder time keeping up with my workouts. I make it part way through, but it’s a lot harder to last through a whole one. I do most of my workouts indoors, and since I don’t have air conditioning, if the wind isn’t bringing a cool breeze through the house I struggle more.

  • Katy @ HaveYouHurd June 8, 2012, 10:36 am

    I started a 10 day super healthy challenge on Monday and today (Friday) I’m giving my body a rest today after a few 2-a-days and some really tough workouts and I can almost hear it yelling “THANK YOU” at me 🙂 Sometimes you just need to cut back or a break all together!

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