Happy Thursday!  Henry was full of smiles veeeeery early this morning.

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(Thanks for the cute onesie, Gina!)

 

I woke up in the mood for an unseasonable breakfast.  Yum – oatmeal.

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Jammy oats:

 

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup soy milk

1/2 cup water

1 sliced banana

 

All cooked on the stovetop and topped with sunflower seeds and this lovely jam.

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So… guess what entirely slipped my mind?  Healthy Tipping Point’s fourth birthday.  It was in July; guess I was busy with other things.  Heh.  Regardless, I want to celebrate!  Writing this blog for the past four years has been tremendously fun.  I’ve really loved the chance to connect with and learn from so many awesome people across the Interwebs.  Even though there’s been ups and downs over the years, it’s been wonderful to share part of my life with you all.

 

In the last four years of blogging, I’ve written a whooping 3,857 posts and…

 

Gotten married (this blog started off as See Bride Run – not Healthy Tipping Point – which wins a prize for most short-sighted blog name ever) and went on a honeymoon to Napa Valley. Here’s What I Learned After 1,000 Days of Marriage and What the Husband Learned After 1,000 Days of Marriage

Got into running and eventually did not one but two marathons, including the Disney Marathon and the Spinx Marathon

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Worked as an urban planner…

 

Created the Operation Beautiful movement.  I’ve received over 10,000 notes in the last three years of OB!

 

Written not one, but a grand total of THREE books (whew).  The first one, Operation Beautiful: Transforming the Way You See Yourself One Post-It at a Time, landed me on The Today Show, and I’m pleased to say I managed to make it through my live interview without fainting or vomiting…

Quit my job to start my own business

 

Moved from Orlando to Charlotte…

 

Helped my Husband open his own holistic medicine practice

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Learned how to swim and got into triathlons…

 

Volunteered with the amazing organization Girls on the Run

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Wrote the Healthy Tipping Point book

NEW! Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You

And wrote the upcoming Operation Beautiful:  One Note at a Time book, which is for teenage girls and will be published in December…

Bought a house after a ton of mortgage drama…

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Gotten pregnant…

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And delivered my beautiful Henry via the birth I always wanted (well, minus one or two things).

 

Suffice it to say, it’s been a wild ride.   It’s been filled with public and private ups and downs, but overall, there’s been far more good than bad, and I think that makes for a pretty happy four years.  Thanks for reading along and sharing my journey with me… I really don’t think I’d be 1/2 the person I am today without blogging; it’s pushed me to define who I really am and how I want to live my life in a way that nothing else ever has before.  So – thank you for reading!  And if you’ve been reading since those good old See Bride Run days – thanks times four! 

 

To celebrate my blogiversary, I’m giving away a race entry to any 5K anywhere in the world.  Yup.  You pick the 5K, I pay the entry fee, and you run the race.  To enter, simply leave a comment describing something wonderful that’s happened to you in the last four years.  I’ll pick the winner tomorrow morning.

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  • Andi August 2, 2012, 7:42 am

    I’ve never set such high goals for myself as I do now. Whenever I get down on myself, I always think… you once thought you could do it, so do it!
    I love this blog. Your honesty and fun commentary brighten my day : )

  • Amy D August 2, 2012, 7:46 am

    One of the best things that’s happened to me in the last four years is getting divorced. Not that my marriage was terrible,but I now know I can be completely independent. I’ve also run 6 marathons and 2 ultras in that time. Yay!

  • Jessica August 2, 2012, 7:48 am

    You’ve had a wonderful past for years – congrats on everything that has happened! 🙂

    In the past four years I discovered my love of running and the positive impact it has had on my life. It makes me stronger happier! 🙂

  • kathryn August 2, 2012, 7:50 am

    It the past four years I decided to follow my dreams and enter grad school for my PhD in biochemitry. I’m 3 years into it and am so happy with my decision!

  • Lauren @ Sweet and Twisted August 2, 2012, 7:51 am

    Wow once I think about it the last 4 years were huge! I graduated from college and found a new career path through AmeriCorps! I also got married and bought a home! Thinking about the changes that are about to happen in the next 4 years is exciting too!

  • Meghan August 2, 2012, 7:54 am

    Moving two states away to graduate school this time three years ago was one of the best things to ever happen to me! I left Ole Miss in May of ’11 with a MA in a field I am passionate about (Southern Studies), a best friend (love you, Novelette), and a fiance — with whom I’m now about to celebrate my one year wedding anniversary!

    Congrats on all your successes Caitlin! May many more come in your future 🙂

  • Anne Marie August 2, 2012, 7:55 am

    Congratulations on the blogiversary Caitlin – you should be so proud oyourself for all that you’ve accomplished so far, you are definitely an inspiration to me! In the last four years, I’ve gotten married and ran 6 marathons! Henry is adorable in that onesie btw!! 🙂

  • Anne August 2, 2012, 7:55 am

    Wow! I hope I can look back in 4 years and have accomplished half of what you have, thats truly amazing!
    In the past 18 months I have graduated college, helped my Dad start his own business, gotten a big girl job, moved away from home to a new state, and started a blog!

  • Shari August 2, 2012, 7:58 am

    Happy Anniversary!

    Random note – I was at a book signing on Tuesday and saw the HTP book featured front and center on one of the store’s shelves!

  • Jordan August 2, 2012, 8:02 am

    I graduated college and got a job teaching!

  • Kylee August 2, 2012, 8:02 am

    I graduated college and got my dream job!

  • Aubrey August 2, 2012, 8:03 am

    Happy 4 years! 🙂

    Something great that has happened is I got into running two years ago and now am addicted!

  • Meredith August 2, 2012, 8:03 am

    I graduated university with an undergraduate degree in psychology – and then decided to go a completely different route (teaching yoga and pursuing nutrition training). I’m excited to see what the next four years brings!

  • Caitlin August 2, 2012, 8:14 am

    In the past 4 years I earned 2 degrees in education and will soon start my first teaching job working with students with special needs! I’m very excited to begin this new phase of my life! Also, in the past 4 years I met the man of my dreams and my best friend 🙂

    Congrats on all your wonderful accomplishments! That is amazing!

  • Marcie August 2, 2012, 8:14 am

    In the last four years, I have married a wonderful man, landed a great job, and recently had a beautiful baby boy.

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas August 2, 2012, 8:14 am

    There has been so many great things that have happened to me in the past 4 years… graduating college, getting my masters, first job, buying a condo.

    But the best thing is in the future… 8 days to be exact. That is when I will get married 🙂

  • Jameil August 2, 2012, 8:16 am

    I met my husband for the first time in person (we met via our blogs!) 4 years ago last month! Getting to know and love him over the last four years has made me deliriously happy! I love being with someone who makes me laugh every single day. Multiple times a day! Congrats on 4 years of blogging!

  • Sara August 2, 2012, 8:19 am

    I married my best friend!

  • Nicole S. August 2, 2012, 8:19 am

    The best thing that happened to me in the last 4 years was giving birth to my beautiful baby girl. Parenting has been the most challenging and rewarding thing I have ever done. Happy blog-aversary!

  • Catherine August 2, 2012, 8:20 am

    In the last four years I’ve started college (graduating with a degree in education this May!), fell in love, began my healthy lifestyle journey, and discovered this blog that inspires me and brings me joy every single day. Happy blogiversary!

  • Jessica August 2, 2012, 8:23 am

    I in the last four years, I have graduated from college, will graduate with my master’s in (3 weeks) and have officially become an independent adult. I think being in your twenties many people are faced with a limbo period, relying on others but still trying to live on their own. While I’m still in the middle of that limbo period, I’m learning to embrace the uncertainty and try to focus on where I want to start my career! Congrats on all of your accomplish, you’re an inspiration!

  • Lindsay August 2, 2012, 8:24 am

    I would love to win a 5k race entry! In the last four years I have become a health coach (dream job) and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl (just 3.5 weeks ago)!

  • Lisa August 2, 2012, 8:24 am

    That’s a hell of a lot of accomplishments; congrats!

    My most notable accomplishment in the past four years was realizing how incredibly unhappy I was with my life and making huge strides to change it. I broke up with my boyfriend, moved across the country on my own (again), and started living life MY way. And I just ran my first 5k last weekend!

  • Liane August 2, 2012, 8:26 am

    Happy Blogiversary, Caitlin!! In the past four years, I’ve become a runner and a vegan, which is how I found your blog in the first place. Thanks for all the inspiration for becoming more healthy! The best thing to come out of my healthy lifestyle change is a boost in my MOTIVATION, for everything, not just running and eating healthy. I’m training for my first half marathon in October and I can’t wait!

  • Kelly August 2, 2012, 8:26 am

    Happy 4 years! I can’t believe I have been reading your blog almost every day for 4 years! Crazy! You truly are an amazing person and I know I am a better person for knowing you!

  • Anna R August 2, 2012, 8:26 am

    I became a certified Yoga Sculpt instructor! I love bring my energy to the studio and helping others find joy in exercise. Congratulations Caitlin!

  • Michelle@PeachyPalate August 2, 2012, 8:27 am

    Happy Blog Birthday!!! Henry is so cute, beautiful pic. Going to go back over some of your linked posts now for a read! You’ve accomplished so much in 4 years!!!!

  • Brandi@StringCheeseRunner August 2, 2012, 8:27 am

    In the last four years, I was able to complete my bachelor’s program in Nursing and now have a successful career taking care of those who need help AND compassion.

  • brooke @ sweats & sweets August 2, 2012, 8:27 am

    I’ve graduated culinary school, have a dream job with wedding cakes, got engaged, got married, and its been a great 4 years. What’s even cooler is all this happened with my husband, we’ve been together for 4 1/2 years so its comforting to know all these wonderful events happened with a loved one. PS only been married less than a year.

  • Hillary August 2, 2012, 8:28 am

    Congrats, Caitlin!

    One of my biggest accomplishments has been training for two half marathons. Like a lot of people, I kind of fell into running after years of thinking I was “bad” at it. Turns out that, with a lot of time, patience, and dedication, I actually could become a runner!

  • Amanda August 2, 2012, 8:29 am

    I’ve been in college over the last four years, and with that comes a lot of change. The most spectacular thing, I think, was that I finally developed more self-esteem and a more positive body image. I started running, and I think that plays a part!

  • Matteson@ Healthy High Schooler August 2, 2012, 8:30 am

    In the last 4 years, I have overhauled my unhealthy childhood, and have become a healthy high school student. I lost 30 pounds in my journey and am in the best shape of my life. Running has been a HUGE part of my journey, for which I am so grateful!

  • Lee August 2, 2012, 8:30 am

    You have had a great 4 years! One good thing (amongst lots!) that happened to me in the last four years was that I got married.

  • Darbi August 2, 2012, 8:33 am

    I found a job that I can never see myself leaving!

  • Sarah August 2, 2012, 8:34 am

    The best thing in the last 4 years would be the past 3 1/2 years with my son 🙂

  • Andrea August 2, 2012, 8:37 am

    You’ve accomplished so much over the past four years! For me, it would be getting into medical school 🙂

  • Kat August 2, 2012, 8:38 am

    I graduated college last spring! And lived abroad for a semester- very proud of both!

  • Helen August 2, 2012, 8:39 am

    Happy birthday!

    I found my HTP and shed excess pounds and excess anxiety & depression problems. Each day I try to get stronger and now look forward to the future rather than dreading it.

  • Jennifer August 2, 2012, 8:41 am

    I started a PhD program in 2008, and got married last summer! My husband and I love to run 5Ks together so I would love to win an entry!

  • Courtney August 2, 2012, 8:41 am

    Met the love of my life and started medical school! Two very big and important things 🙂

  • MacKenzie August 2, 2012, 8:43 am

    Congrats on the last four years!! I love reading your blog and am so glad you started it and kept it going!

    The best thing that’s happened to me in the last four years was learning how to be independent and how to be a REAL adult by moving out and far away from my family after college. It was hard to be apart but it has completely changed me and made me a stronger, more driven person.

  • Brandy August 2, 2012, 8:44 am

    Congratulations!

    Something wonderful that’s happened to me in the last four years: after five years of infertility treatment, we are adopting our beautiful five year old daughter. She didn’t come to us in the traditional way, but we love her to pieces and are so glad to have her!

  • jen August 2, 2012, 8:44 am

    i’ve reconnected with my family. <3

  • Leah August 2, 2012, 8:46 am

    Wow Caitlin… look @ all those amazing accomplishments!! I would have to say learning how to take care of my body!! And finally meeting a wonderful man.

  • Katie H. August 2, 2012, 8:47 am

    As a more recent subscriber to your blog, I really enjoyed the recap–you’ve had an eventful past four years.

    It’s hard to choose one thing for me, as I imagine it would be for you, too. Graduating with my master’s? Adopting two puppies? Beginning my teaching career? LOVING my teaching career? Running four half-marathons?

    I would have to say the #1 event in my past four years, though, was getting married to a wonderful man and starting our life together 🙂

  • Katie August 2, 2012, 8:47 am

    One of the best things that has happened for me is finding Turpentine Creek. I now have a job I love where I can take care of the most amazing big cats:)

  • Dari Marie August 2, 2012, 8:52 am

    In the last four years, I both started and graduated college! Every day was an adventure, and I’d definitely not be the same person without the friends and experiences I gained there!

  • Laura C. August 2, 2012, 8:53 am

    Happy Anniversary!

    One of the best things that have happened to me in the last four years is re-discovering my love of running and an almost 50lb weight loss the healthy way! Both have helped me discover what I really want to do with my life- becoming an RD and helping others.

  • Alexandra August 2, 2012, 8:53 am

    These past 3 years I have been a univeristy student. I’m well on my way to finding a balanced life 🙂

  • Morgan August 2, 2012, 8:53 am

    Your story sounds a lot like mine! I got married, helped my husband start his own business, took a new writing job, got pregnant and gave birth to my very beautiful baby girl in November!!

  • Shannon August 2, 2012, 8:55 am

    I got engaged to my best friend, and we’re getting married this October!

  • Jamie August 2, 2012, 8:55 am

    I graduated college, moved to Boston, and got a big girl full-time job! It’s been a blast!

  • Sara W. August 2, 2012, 8:56 am

    Lots has happened in the past four years of my life. But one of the biggest would be getting my health back under control. I started eating better thanks to Weight Watchers jump starting health habits. I started exercising more. I started following amazing people on tumblr geared towards healthy living including Ben Davis which lead me to getting to meet you last year at the Do Life in Charlotte. From there I trained and completed my first half marathon! Crossing the finish line was one of the most wonderful moments of my life.

  • Jessica August 2, 2012, 9:04 am

    I got accepted into an amazing nursing program and will be graduating this December =)!

  • Amanda August 2, 2012, 9:06 am

    I’m a bit younger so I’m looking forward to hitting some of the milestones you crossed off your list during the past four years. For example, I am getting married August 25th! Could not be happier. I’ve only run one 5K but would love to do more–cost is definitely a prohibitive factor sometimes.

  • Ali @ Around the VeggieTable August 2, 2012, 9:06 am

    The best thing that has happened to me in the past four years was meeting my husband and getting married. Caitlin I just wanted to say that this post was really inspirational to me. I have been struggling a lot professionally (this economy is HORRIBLE for attorneys) but you have shown me that things can totally turn around in a short time! I have no idea what I want to do with my life but I feel a lot better knowing that in four short years anything is possible. Thanks for lifting me up this morning 🙂

  • Jennifer L. Nelson August 2, 2012, 9:06 am

    I’ve been obese since I was 8 years old, and have been yo-yo dieting ever since. But then almost exactly four years ago at the age of 22, I took the first step of my final weight loss journey. I joined Weight Watchers, became a member of my local YMCA, and lost 90 pounds. I’m still not at my “goal” weight, but I have maintained my weight loss…and am living a life I never thought possible! My diet revolves around the most nutritious, natural foods, I’m a brown belt in Muay Thai kickboxing, and I’m also a fledgling runner who is now training to run my first half marathon — the Disney Princess Half in Feb. 2013!

  • melanie August 2, 2012, 9:06 am

    in the past four years I finished nursing school to become a nurse practitioner and have started my first full time job, as well as living in my first apartment and moved to a big city! crazy to look back..

  • Erin August 2, 2012, 9:07 am

    One of the best things that has happened to me in the last 4 years is meeting the love of my life. 🙂

  • Gabby (Quest for Delicious) August 2, 2012, 9:08 am

    I got the dietetic internship I had been working for throughout undergrad. 🙂

  • Ali August 2, 2012, 9:08 am

    I lost 50 pounds! I also got divorced, and while that wasn’t wonderful, I subsequently learned that I am a strong, confident, happy woman, and that is wonderful.

  • JoLynn August 2, 2012, 9:10 am

    My biggest accomplishment has been becoming debt free! I paid off school loans, credit card bills, got rid of a car that had payments and found something that I could pay cash for, and paid cash for a trip to WDW to celebrate. There were some days that I thought that it wasn’t worth it and I just wanted give up but I stuck with and am currently planning my second trip to WDW for marathon weekend!

  • liz August 2, 2012, 9:11 am

    Happy blogiversary! In the past 4 years I’ve moved, bought a house, got married, changed jobs, taken up jogging and have learned so much by reading this and other blogs! Phew!

  • Cate August 2, 2012, 9:12 am

    The best thing that has happened to me over the past four years is that I married my husband. He and I just celebrated our second anniversary in July and I’m thankful everyday for our relationship.

  • Anna August 2, 2012, 9:12 am

    Happy anniversary HTP! So many wonderful things have happened just in the last year for me – moved to Colorado, married my best friend, received a promotion at work and just bought a beautiful house. Here’s to another 4 years!

  • Sally August 2, 2012, 9:15 am

    Three years ago, a great man took a chance on me, we fell in love, moved in together, got engaged, got married, and will celebrate our first wedding anniversary in a few days. In the past four years, I have seen four new countries. In the past year, I committed to running the Marine Corps Marathon in October. It has been a very good four years!

  • Rebecca August 2, 2012, 9:17 am

    I left behind my heavy drinking/eating college days for a healthier lifestyle! I’ve lost 20 pounds, learned how to run, and run 2 half marathons!

  • Kelly August 2, 2012, 9:19 am

    In the last four years, I have gotten my masters degree, got married and bought a house! 🙂

  • Lindsey August 2, 2012, 9:19 am

    My list sounds very similar to yours! In the last four years we’ve moved, gotten married, bought a house, run 2 marathons, and just recently have gotten pregnant! It’s been a fun four years 🙂

  • R August 2, 2012, 9:19 am

    Wow all that in 4 years!!! Awesome job!!! I would have to say for our family, the best thing has been my husband getting sober and all of us finally starting to have a “normal” life! Praise God!!!

  • Jesse (OutToLunchCreations) August 2, 2012, 9:19 am

    I”m actually planning to run my first 5K in October so this would be a perfect prize! I think the most wonderful thing that has happened to me in the last 4 years was going back to [night] school to become a Certified Holistic Practitioner. Its making my life incredibly busy because I’m still working full time but I love every second of it!

  • Julie August 2, 2012, 9:20 am

    Isn’t it just bananas to think of everything that’s happened in the last 4 years? For me, probably the most significant events were getting married, landing my dream job, and then leaving said dream job to start my own business. If someone told me everything that was coming 4 years ago, I would have been afraid to keep going!

  • Lily August 2, 2012, 9:23 am

    Congratulations Caitlin!! Your blog is the first healthy living blog I started to read daily!! I love your blog!

  • Carrie L. August 2, 2012, 9:24 am

    The best thing that has happened in the last four years of my life is marrying my husband. I’m sure its cliche but having that man by my side with the ups and downs we’ve been through has helped me become a much better person.

    Congrats on 4 years! All the best for 4+more!

  • Rachel O. August 2, 2012, 9:24 am

    In the last 4 years I graduated college, landed a job in less than a week IN MY FIELD!, bought a house, mothered 2 puppies, and met the man of my dreams. Wedding countdown is T-86 days.

  • Sara August 2, 2012, 9:24 am

    In the last four years, I’ve done a lot of the things you described (minus the baby baking!) I got engaged to my boyfriend of four years at that point, married him, we bought a house and have five wonderful pets. Life is good. I also have a job in the field I studied during college!

  • Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot August 2, 2012, 9:24 am

    I finally finished a marathon! Just this summer actually but I think that counts as in the past 4 years! Happy Blogiversary – what a busy 4 years you’ve had 🙂

  • Megan@ The Running Doc August 2, 2012, 9:24 am

    Congrats on the past 4 years!

    Let’s see in the past 4 years I moved from KY to PA to finish my PhD, defended my dissertation and received said PhD, moved across the country to TX, and just recently moved into a house with my boyfriend. Definitely been a crazy 4 years!

  • Beth August 2, 2012, 9:24 am

    How do I pick just one amazing thing that’s happened to me in the past four years? It’s so hard! I guess the one thing that sticks out right now (because it’s summer) is buying a beach house with my family in July 2010. It’s totally changed our family dynamics (in a good way–we are closer than ever) and its helped me put into perspective what is really important in life!

  • Lindsay August 2, 2012, 9:24 am

    Four years ago, I graduated from college and thought my life was over. Now I realize that life doesn’t end after college. Sure you have more responsibilities, but you still get to have fun and I am loving the process of learning who I really am.

  • kathy v August 2, 2012, 9:24 am

    I became a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker).
    Congrats!

  • Jill August 2, 2012, 9:24 am

    I started working toward my PhD in Materials Science and Engineering almost exactly 3 years ago today!

  • Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution August 2, 2012, 9:25 am

    Caitlin!
    I LOVED this post! I feel like I’ve gotten to know you from reading your blog. You’re definitely one of my favorite bloggers.

    The most wonderful thing that has happened to me recently is that I decided to start the process of buying a house!

  • Alex @ Brain, Body, Because August 2, 2012, 9:28 am

    What a fun post! Thanks for sharing the past four years of your life with us 🙂

    One wonderful thing: I was also fortunate enough to marry my best friend.

  • Gina G August 2, 2012, 9:29 am

    I graduated highschool 2 years ago and am two years through college, have started running again this past summer…..I honestly am really struggling to figure out my accomplishments of the last four years, which should be a huge motivator to do something about that. Must change that.

    Congrats on everything Caitlin! 🙂

  • Erin August 2, 2012, 9:29 am

    Happy blog birthday HTP!! 🙂 Wow, 4 years! That is amazing 🙂 I would say, the thing I am most proud of over the last 4 years is finishing my triathlon last September. It was one of the best days ever and has helped me realize how strong and confident I really am and how I can do anything I really set my mind to. I’d love to win a 5K for the fall!! Thanks for the chance!

  • hilary August 2, 2012, 9:29 am

    happy 4 years!!! i started college and went to three different schools …now i’m finally at a school i like and in a major i love! I also started running! I ran a half marathon and have started my training for my second half and first full!!!

  • kristin August 2, 2012, 9:30 am

    I have graduated from USF, moved across the coast of FL, gotten engaged and married, ran my first half marathon with my husband before our wedding day and a second half in the same year 🙂 Its been an amazing past 4 years!

  • Tricia August 2, 2012, 9:30 am

    The last four years – 24 to 28 – have been some of the best years of my life. I lost weight, graduated with a Masters and post-Masters Specialist degrees, got married, bought a house, and got a puppy. It’s been awesome. Recently, I started running. I did my first 5k with my husband and siblings. I guess we were pretty inspirational because my 57-year-old mom is now training to run her first 5k. I would llove to do it with her!

  • Renee C. August 2, 2012, 9:31 am

    Best thing to ever happen to me…marrying my wonderful husband:)

  • Adrienne August 2, 2012, 9:31 am

    That Henry is adorable!
    In the last 4 years, I got my first real job and moved to Atlanta from Florida to live and start on my own. After 3 months of living alone, I got my first dog…my pug, Sebastian 🙂

  • Amy Q August 2, 2012, 9:32 am

    A wonderful thing that happened to me in the last four years was finding your blog! You are an inspiration every day! I appreciate your thoughtful content and commentary.

    PS Henry in that monkey onesie is just TOO MUCH 🙂 Adorable!

  • Elspeth August 2, 2012, 9:33 am

    Awesome post, I have thoroughly enjoyed following your journey. My boyfriend and I actually met 4 years ago (July 2008) – I’d have to say he is the most wonderful thing that has happened in the past 4 years, but some close runners up are completing 8 half marathons and finishing my CGA designation. 🙂

  • Marie-Santé August 2, 2012, 9:34 am

    I the last four year, I graduated and I’m now a high school teacher 🙂 oh, and this September, I will run my first Marathon… scary!

  • Julie August 2, 2012, 9:38 am

    Got married, bought a house and had my beautiful daughter!

  • Brittany August 2, 2012, 9:38 am

    I got into my first choice University and am finally taking the steps toward doing the work that I love: reading.

  • Courtney August 2, 2012, 9:38 am

    Congrats on all of the amazing things that happened to you in the past few years–your life is wonderful and inspirational! I also happen to adore the name Henry. How precious!

    It’s hard to name the most amazing thing that happened to me in the past four years because despite the bumps in the road, I feel like I’ve been incredibly blessed. I definitely have to say that marrying my husband (and from another-high-school sweetheart) in 2008 made my life complete in ways I couldn’t imagine. We’re celebrating our 4th anniversary in December!

  • TiffanyS August 2, 2012, 9:41 am

    Well, the most amazing things in my last 6 years would include welcoming my sons into this crazy world. My oldest is 6 and my youngest will be three shortly. After that, I’d include joining a company that I love, pursing my Masters degree in Leadership (almost done-this is hard to do with little ones), and discovering that I love my me time to involve exercise. I ran my first 1/2 marathon last fall, and love challenging my body and mind. I can’t wait to see what the future brings!

  • Samantha August 2, 2012, 9:42 am

    Isn’t it crazy how much happens in four short years? A few wonderful things that have happened in my life:
    I started dating my boyfriend, Dustin
    I started my blog, Check My Pulse
    I ran four half-marathons
    I graduated from college
    I moved to New York City
    I landed my first job in the magazine industry at the perfect place for me – FITNESS magazine
    I moved in with said boyfriend
    And I’ve made so many amazing friends, online and in-person, it’s not even funny.

  • Courtney @ Brussel Sprouts and Beer August 2, 2012, 9:42 am

    Wow…it has been a busy 4 years! Congratulations on your blogiversary…I have enjoyed reading your blog for some time now and thank you for sharing your life with us.

  • Sarah August 2, 2012, 9:46 am

    Congratulations on your blogiversary!

    In the past 4 years I have…
    Started reading for pleasure more.
    Moved to Chicago.
    Graduated college.
    Met and started dating my boyfriend.
    Started running!

  • Alyssa @ Don't Look Down August 2, 2012, 9:47 am

    Let’s see in the past four years I’ve made some wonderful new friends, gotten into triathlons, completed 2 half marathons and graduated from college. Those are some pretty wonderful things to me!

  • Kristy August 2, 2012, 9:49 am

    In the last 4 years I have run 4 half marathons and complete one duathalon. After having 2 kids it was nice to find a way for me to have something just my own!

  • Katie August 2, 2012, 9:49 am

    Yay! Happy Blogiversary! In these last fours years I have been able to overcome my eating disorder and really learn to celebrate my body and how great it really is.

  • Emily N August 2, 2012, 9:50 am

    Happy Blogiversary!

    In the last 4 years, I have reconnected with an old high school friend in a brand new city and we have gotten married!

  • Veronica August 2, 2012, 9:50 am

    I graduated college, overcame an eating disorder, started a full time job, and have started visiting all the “to see” places on my bucket list.

  • Jess @JessCantCook August 2, 2012, 9:52 am

    Getting married last year for sure 🙂 also moving to California was pretty cool!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 2, 2012, 9:53 am

    In the last 4 years I really found my stride with healthy living and figured out how to use exercise as a form of stress relief. I often say it’s my therapy!

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance August 2, 2012, 9:53 am

    The biggest thing that’s happened to me . . . I got married!!! 🙂

  • Olivia August 2, 2012, 9:54 am

    In the past four years, I graduated from university!

  • Michelle August 2, 2012, 9:54 am

    I ran the “touh Mudder”! It was awesome and awful.
    I love your blog, I am less scared of pregnancy and newborns now 🙂

  • Kassidy August 2, 2012, 9:54 am

    I’ve discovered running, the healthy way to live my life and I graduated high school with honors.

  • Ilana August 2, 2012, 9:55 am

    I graduated college and started law school!

  • Nicole August 2, 2012, 9:56 am

    In the last four years I’ve moved to my dream town, got married, started back to school for my second degree and next week I’m starting my RD internship! An amazing, intense 4 years!

  • Molly August 2, 2012, 9:57 am

    I got married and we had a beautiful baby girl who is the light of our lives.

  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries August 2, 2012, 9:58 am

    Happy four years of blogging! So many great things have happened for you in the past four years – I love it! It’s neat to see how far you’ve come. Something wonderful that has happened to me in the past four years? Getting married!

  • Kristina Neuhart August 2, 2012, 9:58 am

    I will have been married to my husband for four years come November. Congratulations to everything wonderful in your life!

  • amanda August 2, 2012, 9:59 am

    I’ve traveled to London, Berlin, Rome, Dublin, Munich, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and several other places thanks to my English partner who I met three years ago.

  • Laura August 2, 2012, 9:59 am

    In the last year I’ve become a home owner and gotten married-it’s been a great 10 months! 🙂

  • Becky Przy August 2, 2012, 9:59 am

    Happy blogiversary! Something wonderful that has happened in the past 4 years is finally running a marathon after 2 years of failed attempts…of course the birth of our daughter was the highlight of the past 4 years;-)

  • chelsea August 2, 2012, 10:01 am

    In the last 4 years I’ve traveled to England twice on all-expense paid trips with some of the best friends I’ll ever have 🙂

  • Heather August 2, 2012, 10:01 am

    First, Congrats on your blog’s 4th anniversary. It is amazing how much can change in that amount of time.

    In the past four years, I married my best friend, completed the course work for my Phd, lived in three different cities, in addition to many other ups and downs.

  • Kyla August 2, 2012, 10:01 am

    In the last 4 years, I started making “my own life”. I started college 4 years ago and just graduated this past May. I made some of the best friends I could have ever asked for. Broke up with my high school boyfriend, dated around, and met the guy of my dreams( 2 years next month). Ran my first and second marathon. Now I start my dietetic internship later this month and look forward to the next 4 years!

  • Laurel August 2, 2012, 10:01 am

    Congratulations– it’s been a big four years for you! For me, I went vegetarian; adopted the world’s best dog; got into running and finished a marathon without someone having to drag my lifeless body across the timers; experienced multiple blizzards, an earthquake and hurricane in the same week, and a derecho and lived to tell about it (admittedly they were all relatively minor, but still); and just got married in Hawaii four weeks ago a guy I dated a whoooole lot longer than four years. Life’s pretty sweet.

  • Kate August 2, 2012, 10:03 am

    Wow, that’s a lot to think about. In the last 4 years, I graduated from college, got my own first adult job and apartment, got into grad school, and got back together with my high school sweetheart! Congrats on the blogiversary!

  • Debbie August 2, 2012, 10:04 am

    I’ve gotten healthy, run several races with a PR each time (started very slow!), learned not to sweat the small stuff, and married the love of my life…all in my 40’s! Life is good!

  • Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner August 2, 2012, 10:09 am

    So many wonderful accomplishments! Congratulations! And thank you for the endless inspiration. Last month I got married : )

  • Kelly August 2, 2012, 10:10 am

    In addition to getting married, buying a house and acquiring a bossy little dog, I’ve discovered the exhilaration of racing. I may not be fast, but I found my inner bad ass when searching for mental toughness.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed August 2, 2012, 10:10 am

    Something wonderful in the past 4 years was meeting my boyfriend, moving in with him, and getting a dog to complete our little family! Also finishing my first half marathon!

  • Alyssa August 2, 2012, 10:12 am

    In the past 2 years I got a great job, lost nearly 100 lbs, started running (and finished 8 races so far, #9 is on Saturday!), and have fallen in love. I’m so thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had to make positive changes and inspire others, and blogs like yours have inspired me!

  • Amanda K. August 2, 2012, 10:12 am

    congrats on the blogiversary!
    my last 4 years have looked a lot like yours: i’ve gotten married, done lots of running and racing, and had a baby boy. oh yeah, and i started a blog, too 🙂

  • Kelsie August 2, 2012, 10:13 am

    The most wonderful thing that happened to me in the last four years was marrying my husband. Since we have traveled the world together and even moved abroad. All of those experiences that I’ve shared with him since getting married have made me a better person!

  • SaraRM August 2, 2012, 10:13 am

    The last 4years have been quite the ride from getting married to moving around several different states. Besides being married to my best friend ofcourse one of the best things has been finally finding my passion for life and being blessed to turn it into a career. I love my job and am happy with life!

  • Jessica August 2, 2012, 10:15 am

    I know this may sound a bit warped but one of the greatest things that happened for me in the last four years was getting a divorce. I know. It seems mean spirited but I assure you, I do not mean it in that way. Don’t get me wrong. My ex-husband’s infidelity crushed my world. The divorce crushed my world. I was truly at rock bottom. And as the cliche saying goes, once you’re at rock bottom, the only way to go is up.

    After a few months of allowing myself to wallow in pity, I picked myself up, brushed myself off and fought back for a better life. I lost a ton of weight (140 lbs to be exact), fell in love with running (and ran my first half marathon a year after the divorce), discovered an inner strength and drive that I never knew existed inside, found true happiness with life and with myself, and ultimately (much later on), I fell in love with the most wonderful person when I wasn’t looking or trying.

    My ex-husband’s poor choices that led to our demise ultimately was the best thing he could have ever done for me. It freed me up to learn to love myself. And as a result, people started to truly love me FOR ME. I never imagined I’d be this happy and sometimes I still feel like I’m dreaming.

  • Elissa August 2, 2012, 10:17 am

    I’m proud of my relationship with my boyfriend–or my better 3/4ths (not a joke) as I call him.

  • Ali August 2, 2012, 10:17 am

    In the past four years, I wrote a thesis, finished grad school, worked 2 jobs I hated to get to a job that I love, moved 8 times, and lost 106 pounds. That is crazy but I wouldn’t change it! 🙂 Congrats on four years!

    • Ali August 2, 2012, 10:24 am

      Oh! And I bought a house last month 100% on my own – my goal for who knows how long! Not sure how I forgot that. 🙂

  • Ashley Y August 2, 2012, 10:18 am

    The last four years have been crazy. I started law school, met my husband (and some amazing friends), studied abroad, graduated, and got married. I think my wedding last year wins though!

  • Emily W August 2, 2012, 10:21 am

    I graduated college, ran 3 half-marathons and became addicted to healthy living blogs! Can’t complain 🙂

  • Yadi August 2, 2012, 10:22 am

    Congrats on the blogiversary! By the way, that picture of Henry today that opened the post is the CUTEST picture of him…he looks so animated!

    The last four years have been a whirlwind but the most exciting thing that has happened to me was meeting my now husband very unexpectedly and then moving to a completely new town to start our life together. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world and I look forward to all the new experiences he and I will get to embark on together!

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life August 2, 2012, 10:24 am

    Happy Blogiversary! For what it’s worth, your blog has definitely been a huge inspiration to me. Thank you for letting us into your life and for your honest and real approach to blogging. As for the giveaway… in the last four years the highlight has definitely been becoming a mom in March 2011. There is nothing I am more proud of than being the mom to my sweet little boy. 🙂

  • Molly Schief August 2, 2012, 10:24 am

    Let’s see: Lost 68 pounds 2 years ago (my hub lost 90!) and we have been on the maintenance journey ever since. Discovered I love to run half marathons, so I have done two halfs and a 25K. Two more half marathons on the fall schedule. Hubby is a dedicated cyclist now. Got my motorcycle endorsement! Started singing in my husband’s band. Full time job has changed a lot in the last 3 years (we were acquired, several job changes). I am a busy, happy woman. Life is good!

  • Jackie August 2, 2012, 10:27 am

    Congrats on all your accomplishments! the biggest thing to happen in my life over the past 4 years is to have gotten into my dream university on a full ride. This past may I graduated, the first in my family. Now I am ready to tackle on grad school and life!

  • Alli August 2, 2012, 10:27 am

    Wahoo! Congrats on an amazing 4 years! I think I’ve been reading for 3 or 3.5 years. Whenever it was that you reviewed the 30 day shred 🙂

    The most incredible thing that’s happened to me was getting pregnant and delivering my baby boy in October 2010. My home birth went exactly as planned and it was the most amazing experience to bring him into the world after being told we’d never have children. We tried for nearly 4 years and were pleasantly surprised with the news that we conceived naturally! Such a blessing.

  • whitney August 2, 2012, 10:27 am

    Happy 4 years! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog. 🙂

    In the past four years a lot has happened in my life, but marrying my husband 3.5 years ago was one of the best moments! 🙂

    A very trying time in my life was 8 months ago when I had a miscarriage… finding out I was pregnant was such an awesome experience that I would never, ever take back, even though it turned out way different then we had hoped. The strength that God gave me to press on and never loose faith was something that was more rewarding than anything I have ever experienced. I have grown as a Christian, a wife, and a person in general. A bitter sweet moment for sure.

  • Ailed August 2, 2012, 10:28 am

    I’ve taken control of my life and went from couch potato to triathlete.

  • Allie August 2, 2012, 10:30 am

    Happy 4th Anniversary! I adore your blog, and love reading it everyday!

    In the last four years I: Graduated University, quit my job, lived in Europe (solo) for one year, moved back home and went to Teaching School and TODAY is my last day of teaching school!! 🙂 It’s been a crazy four years when I look at it like that! 🙂

  • John Andrews August 2, 2012, 10:35 am

    Just in the past year: bought a house, married the love of my life 11/27/11, which she is now 11 weeks pregnant, ran two half marathons (one with my wife), did my first sprint tri, got a new job doing what i love; teaching elementary PE, wife got a new job as an events specialist manager. Luckiest guy in the world!

  • Lauren T August 2, 2012, 10:36 am

    Congrats on 4 awesome years! I’ve been reading your blog and some other heath blogs for the last several months and they have been so inspiring to me. Because of these blogs I have gotten serious about exercising and eating healthfully/actually cooking delicious food. Besides that, in the last 4 years I’ve completed 3 years of college (this will be my last year starting in a few weeks :)) and met and dated the best man I know for 3 years 🙂
    Thank you for your blog, it has really been a great motivator and inspiration!

  • JenP August 2, 2012, 10:36 am

    Congratulations on your journey. The best thing that has happened to me was the birth of our beautiful daughter in January.

  • Caroline August 2, 2012, 10:37 am

    What a nice recap of your adventures! In the past month I have received 2 job offers for very exciting opportunities for my summer before my last year of law school- that has been wonderful!

  • Lindsay August 2, 2012, 10:39 am

    Your last 4 years sound a bit like mine! Ran a marathon, Quit my job, moved half way across the country, got married, ran 2 1/2 marathons, had a baby, moved back halfway across the country…whew! I think it is a tie between getting married and having a baby for the greatest moment though!
    This would be an amazing thing for me to win, as money is tight and I would love nothing more than to run the Race for the Cure in honor of my mom!

  • Sarah @climbinvegan August 2, 2012, 10:41 am

    In the past four years I’ve.. graduated high school.. started college, and most importantly discovered climbing- which has changed my life. I can’t wait to start running again after my shoulder heals up- and a 5K would be something great to work towards!

  • Steph August 2, 2012, 10:45 am

    I got married last September! It was definitely the best day of my life!!!

  • Emily August 2, 2012, 10:48 am

    Four years ago this month, I left an abusive relationship. Even though the four years since then have felt sort of stagnant, I’ve achieved a lot of running goals (like running my first half-marathon) and financial goals, so it’s helpful to remember that. Here’s to four more years of personal growth!!

  • Carolyn August 2, 2012, 10:52 am

    Oh boy! So many wonderful things have happened to me in the past 4 years…I graduated with both my undergraduate & masters degree, I met my boyfriend, I quit a job I hated, I’ve gotten more into fitness (especially yoga), and the list goes on… 🙂

  • Elisabeth August 2, 2012, 10:55 am

    I’m not a runner, but I do want to wish you a happy 4th blogiversary! Congratulations on all the success in life 🙂

  • stephanie August 2, 2012, 10:56 am

    You have had an amazing journey!

    Love the smiley Henry picture.

    My two wonderful things in the past four years have been the birth of my amazing daughters, one in 2010 and one this past April!!

  • Chelsea L. August 2, 2012, 10:56 am

    Happy blogiversary!

    In the last four years, one big highlight was graduating college. It was an extremely trying time as my brother passed away just before the start of my sophomore year, and I survived it! I was even able to take away some happy memories.

  • Molly August 2, 2012, 10:59 am

    After many years of questioning & saving I was accepted into grad school & start in a week! Scary, excitingn, & a new challenge! Hard work does pay off!!

  • Ashlee August 2, 2012, 11:04 am

    Happy Blogiversary! I’ve gotten married, bought a house, ran a marathon, and enjoyed life!

  • Alex @ Alex Eats Green August 2, 2012, 11:06 am

    Holy cow. What a fantastic list of accomplishments! If I can accomplish 1/8th of what you have in the past four years I’ll be impressed. I’m so happy for you! You truly inspire me.

  • Michelle M August 2, 2012, 11:09 am

    What a wonderful, full life you lead! In the last 4 years, I’ve finished grad school, gotten married, and gotten my first real job.

  • Tori @ Get a Word in Veg Wise August 2, 2012, 11:11 am

    Feels good to look back at all you’ve accomplished, right? So happy for you and for all of the other commenters who have listed some pretty fabulous accomplishments!

    In the past 4 years, I have lived in 3 different states, graduated from college, became a registered dietitian, finished my master’s, and found my dream job 🙂 Life is good!

  • Rae August 2, 2012, 11:11 am

    Nice!! Its amazing what youve accomplished when you look at your life that way. Lets see….in the last 4 years, Ive gotten married, bought a house, competed in 4 marathons and 2 Ironmans! Whew! And can’t wait for the next 4!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) August 2, 2012, 11:16 am

    Congrats on the 4 years… that’s a lot of life that happened over that time!

    For me, the top two are getting my doctorate and getting engaged (I’m sure the marriage part will be great too, but that hasn’t happened yet).

  • Lisa in IL August 2, 2012, 11:16 am

    Congrats on the Anniversary!

    The past four years have seen me become a completely different woman. I literally walked my arse off & lost 56 pounds & have kept it off. I’ve seen my husband through what most would consider a terrible mental breakdown only to rediscover the man I fell in love with 36 years ago. I’ve watched my two oldest graduate from college. I’ve walked through the rebellious first year of high school with my youngest and helped her find her legs on the cross country/track team. I’ve learned to let go of being the one in control and never ever take my very blessed life for granted. But must of all I’ve found that each and every day is determined by my attitude and not the circumstances that surround it.

  • Alex August 2, 2012, 11:17 am

    Man – the last four years. I went to college, graduated, actually figured out what I wanted to do…I’ve changed so much. I hope my blog does what yours has in the next four years!

  • Alexandra August 2, 2012, 11:19 am

    Congratulations on ALL of your amazing accomplishments Caitlin! (Especially bringing beautiful baby Henry into the world) You are an inspiration to SO many people, myself included! This past year I got married to the love of my life and we bought a house together! I truly could not be happier and cannot wait to start a family!

  • Abby August 2, 2012, 11:20 am

    In the last four years, I began to figure out who I really was, and began to set goals for myself (triathlon as soon as my knee gets better!).

  • Erin August 2, 2012, 11:30 am

    In the past four years, I got married, bought a house, got my first adult job after college, and started grad school. Whew, it didn’t seem like that much as it was happening, but I’ve done a lot.

  • Kelly August 2, 2012, 11:31 am

    The last two years have been the biggest yet! Engagement, wedding, bought our first house, and pregnant with our first child!! Looking forward to what the years ahead have in store 🙂

  • Lauren August 2, 2012, 11:35 am

    Met and married a pretty cool guy. 😉

  • Erika August 2, 2012, 11:35 am

    Wow 4 years has gone by fast!

    I ran my first 10k 2 years ago and after getting pregnant and having a baby (best part of my last 4 years!) I am anxious to run one again in a couple of weeks!!

    Here’s to another 4 years 🙂

  • Leslie Elsaifi August 2, 2012, 11:36 am

    In the last four years, well the last month actually, I married my best friend and boyfriend of 6 years! One of the best days of my life!

  • Anneliese August 2, 2012, 11:36 am

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing! Your blog is an inspiration for me.

    During the last four years I decided to change my career from finance to food policy and got the education (master’s degree) I needed to be able to make the change.

  • Katie August 2, 2012, 11:45 am

    Wow..during the last four years I traveled extensively, got married, found my work stride and a job I love, settled down in a city I love, and bought a house…and the best part was doing all of that with my husband.

    Congratulations, Caitlin! I love your site, and often share your thoughtful posts with my friends and family.

  • Claire August 2, 2012, 11:47 am

    Wow, just like you, the past four year have been a whirlwind for me too. I graduated from college, moved to Chicago, landed a job in finance, started running, lost 125 pounds, got sober, trained for a marathon, hurt my back three weeks before the marathon but cheered anyway, met some of my very best friends, mourned the loss of my grandmother, and everything in between. Four years doesn’t seem like that long but it’s amazing how much can change. Thanks for the nudge down memory lane!

  • Jen Clark August 2, 2012, 11:50 am

    In the past 4 years getting married was a wonderful thing! He is my best friend!!

  • Kelsey August 2, 2012, 11:50 am

    In the past 4 years, I’ve graduated from college, ran 2 half marathons and am currently training for my first marathon! Happy Blogiversary!

  • Chelsea August 2, 2012, 11:54 am

    I met the love of my life in the past four years 🙂 Our four year anniversary is actually next month!

  • Katie August 2, 2012, 11:55 am

    In four years, I’ve married the love of my life, had baby Roman, AND I left I job I hated for a job I love! 🙂

  • Tonya August 2, 2012, 11:57 am

    In the last year and a half, I started running. I ran my first 5k last September (Race for the Cure) in honor of my MIL who has breast cancer and now bone cancer. I would love to run it again this September in honor of her because she is quickly approaching being a patient of Hospice. Running has changed my life!

  • Arpi August 2, 2012, 11:57 am

    One of the best things that has happened to me within the last 4 years is being accepted into Medical School and actually carrying out my dream of becoming a doctor. Helping others fight against their illness, providing knowledge, and being there for them has been a very rewarding experience! 🙂

  • Marissa August 2, 2012, 11:57 am

    Caitlin, congrats on all of your amazing accomplishments!

    My highlight over the past 4 years — my twin sons were born at the beginning of this year, and they bring me joy and amazement every day.

  • Jennifer T. August 2, 2012, 11:59 am

    Congratulations! I think that the best thing that has happened to me in the last four years, was getting married! I couldn’t imagine life without my best friend and partner.

  • sandra August 2, 2012, 11:59 am

    Happy blogiversary!

    Something wonderful that took place in the past four years: I ran my very first marathon. Whoop whoop!

  • Katie August 2, 2012, 12:04 pm

    Congrats!

    In the last four years, I’ve transitioned from a nervous, broke college student to a fairly well-adjusted, financially stable person in the “real world.” Whoo!

  • Sarah August 2, 2012, 12:08 pm

    So much has happened inthe last 4 years but one of the biggest and most exciting was buying our first house!

    Congrats on 4 years!

  • Kayla August 2, 2012, 12:11 pm

    The best thing that’s happened to me in the last four years? I married my best friend. 🙂

    Congrats on four years, Caitlin. I love your blog and wish you nothing but the best!

  • Padma August 2, 2012, 12:11 pm

    You’re such an inspiration Caitlin!
    As for me, I am working hard on overcoming my own fears. And I ran my first 5K, even when it was 24*C and I had never trained in that kind of weather. It was quite fun!

  • Gillian @ That's G August 2, 2012, 12:25 pm

    In the last four years, I’ve studied abroad in Barcelona, graduated from UC Berkeley, lived abroad in Madrid, and got a year of law school under my belt, and have run a few half-marathons. I think, though, the thing that made me the most happy out of all of that was traveling and discovering how much I love Spain!

    Congrats on 4 years! Love your blog 🙂

  • Kristen Townsend August 2, 2012, 12:26 pm

    I gave birth to my sweet daughter – a year ago, August 10th!

  • Rebecca August 2, 2012, 12:29 pm

    Happy blogaversary!

    It may not sound like a wonderful thing, but a little over two years ago I got laid off from a job I hated and it completely changed my life for the better!

  • Rachel August 2, 2012, 12:30 pm

    Congrats on 4 years of blogging!!

    In the last four years….I was living in Miami and my boyfriend lived in DC (this lasted for 5.5 years in separate cities!) Unfortunately with the downturn of the economy, we were unable to get jobs in each other’s cities. This past year – he landed a fantastic job in California and we both moved cross country to finally live in same city again 🙂

  • Sarah F. August 2, 2012, 12:32 pm

    I’ve been reading since See Bride Run- I think I even remember when it first started cause you use to comment often on Kath’s blog….why I remember that I do not know.

    Thanks for sharing your adventures over the past 4 years- it’s always interesting to read!

    Something I’ve done in the past 4 years is I graduated University and have almost completed my CA (which is the Canadian equivalent of CPA).

    • Caitlin August 2, 2012, 1:44 pm

      Thanks for reading for so long 🙂

  • Kim L. August 2, 2012, 12:32 pm

    Congratulations on 4 years! You have accomplished many wonderful things during that time. Love, love, love the picture of Henry smiling. He is adorable! The picture makes me smile everytime I look at it.

    • Kim L. August 2, 2012, 12:37 pm

      Oh, I forgot to say something wonderful that has happened in the last 4 years. My daughter graduated from high school and was able to follow her dreams and play soccer in college. For the past 3 years we have been traveling around watching her play and enjoying every minute of her success on and off the field. It’s amazing to see your children set goals for themselves and work hard to achieve those goals!

  • Helen August 2, 2012, 12:32 pm

    I got engaged almost two and a half years ago and I’ll be marrying my best friend in less than two months. 🙂

  • Stacie August 2, 2012, 12:33 pm

    Congrats!! You (and K) should be so proud!!

    For me, I’d say getting married and getting a puppy 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kayla August 2, 2012, 12:34 pm

    I got accepted into a great college and started to break out of my shell!

  • Lisa N August 2, 2012, 12:36 pm

    I got married to my best friend, the man of my dreams, and my one true love.

  • Hayley August 2, 2012, 12:38 pm

    I’ve been pretty sick for many years but this year I’ve finally found a treatment that works and I’m finally beginning to heal. I couldn’t be happier 🙂

  • Jaclyn k August 2, 2012, 12:44 pm

    I joined Peace Corp and moved to Mongolia and change my life 180 for the better.

  • Brynne August 2, 2012, 12:45 pm

    I’ve just become such a happier person – your book “operation beautiful” really just put a smile on my face and i tell everyone about it. It is just truely amazing how when you appreciate yourself for YOU, how much happier you are. Thank you for writing that book and encouraging me on the bad days 🙂

  • kristi August 2, 2012, 12:46 pm

    I would love the entry fee for the Wyoming race for the cure next weekend!

  • Jen @ LessonInMotivation August 2, 2012, 12:47 pm

    4 years? That’s terrific! Congrats on the successful blog!

    I just graduated with my Master’s degree, I’ve written a play and am working towards getting it published (but it was already produced so it was a bunch of fun to watch!) Along with the “Healthy Tipping Point” mentality, I’m doing small things every day to live a happier life (in addition to healthier) and one I can be more proud of.

    Caitlin, on an unrelated note: when you made the fix for Internet Explorer earlier this week, I think it may have broken your RSS feeds… My IE RSS feed hasn’t (and won’t) update since Monday morning and I keep getting an error when I try to set up a new RSS feed with Firefox… Just wanted to let you know.

    • Caitlin August 2, 2012, 1:43 pm

      have you tried healthytippingpoint.com/feed? thanks for letting me know – i’ll look into this.

  • Annette@FitnessPerks August 2, 2012, 12:52 pm

    AMAZING! HAppy blog-versary!

    Something awesome in the past 4 years was I married my amazing husband in 2010. LOVE that guy.

  • Katie of Cabbage Ranch August 2, 2012, 12:53 pm

    Busy girl! Congratulations and I can’t wait to see what you do next! I thought I’d had a busy few years- cross-country move, bought house, new job, engaged, married, had baby # 1, and baby #2 due in a few weeks. You’ve got me trumped, though. Haha!

  • Hallie@ChasingHallie August 2, 2012, 12:55 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!

    The last 4 years have been nothing short of crazy!

    Got engaged, moved to a new city, started a new job, got married and had a baby! Whew.

    But its been amazing.

  • Amanda August 2, 2012, 12:58 pm

    Congratulations on 4 years! That is awesome!

    Within the past 4 years, my life goals of becoming a pediatrician via the medical route changed to a more holistic approach of health – chiropractic. And with this, I can still work with people of all ages, including kids! I now truly believe in a non-invasive, holistic side of health care and I’m so excited to start my graduate program in the fall to pursue this dream! To think that four years ago, I didn’t know anything about this field is mind boggling.

    Have a great day Caitlin! Happy 4 years!

  • Neena August 2, 2012, 1:07 pm

    Happy 4 years! These past four years have brought me two beautiful kids and I’m grateful for them every single day!

  • JennieMc August 2, 2012, 1:21 pm

    Wow – Happy 4th! You’ve done so much, and have so much to be proud of!

    Two years ago I threw down with my family, and insisted that I start taking the time I needed to take care of myself; mentally, physically and spiritually. I was so drained and just wasn’t the best me I could be, and finally having the courage, grace and strength to insisit that I was worth more than shuffeling through life was huge. HUGE. I still stumble every once in a while, but the majority of the time, I get it right.

  • Nicole August 2, 2012, 1:21 pm

    I have been working as an AmeriCorps member for the past two years, teaching nutrition and physical exercise to at-risk children and special needs children, aged 2-15. As I am ending my second term I am realizing how the experience has shaped me and made me feel privileged that i was able to spend two full years doing community service. I only hope to find a job now that will allow me to continue helping others.

  • Kris August 2, 2012, 1:24 pm

    Happy 4 years!! We had a baby 3 months ago and that has been the absolute best thing that has happened in the last 4 years, by far. What a fun giveaway!

  • Kristina August 2, 2012, 1:26 pm

    In 2009, I met the most amazing man in the world. In 2011, I married him. GO ME! 😉

  • Jen August 2, 2012, 1:28 pm

    In the past four years, so many wonderful things have happened. Possibly the most wonderful is I learned to listen to myself and what I want, and truly take action to go after whatever it is. This lesson wasn’t easy and I’m still learning more every day!

  • Michal August 2, 2012, 1:45 pm

    Happy belated bday, HTP! 🙂
    Almost two years ago, I stepped away from the particular career world that I knew and loved to try a new field that offered me the opportunity to work with families of chronically ill patients. There are days when I wish I did an “easier” job, but every day these families teach me how much I have to be grateful for – most of all, for the opportunity to work with them and have so much meaning in my life as a result.

  • Allison August 2, 2012, 1:45 pm

    My 2 kids were born in 2010 and 2011. My marathon PR was in the fall of 2008, so I guess that just makes it in the 4 years! Have not run a marathon since since I have been too busy trying to get pregnant, baby baking, and now child raising. Hopefully I can get one in before it has been 5 years…

  • Mac August 2, 2012, 1:48 pm

    I met and started dating my wonderful bf 3.5 years ago!

  • Cecilia August 2, 2012, 1:48 pm

    Happy blogiversary Caitlin! So many wonderful things that’ve happened in these last 4 years for you!

    Something wonderful that’s happened to me in the last 4 years is that I’ve found my dream career, gone back to school to be able to pursue it, and found out that not only will I be able to do the job, I’m gonna be good at it!

  • Aubrey August 2, 2012, 1:48 pm

    I started reading your blog about a year ago. And I just wanted to say “Thanks!” I look forward to reading your posts and I am inspired daily to try something new, taste something new and to take myself to new limits!

    In the last four years I started running. I was always so impressed by people who ran. I admired their self motivation to get out there on their own without being chased by a wild animal 🙂 And now I am one of those people. I have ran 7 half marathons and 3 full marathons, met the man of my dreams, married him, quit my comfortable job of eight years to follow my passion and work with and around other runners who share the same passion that I have. I have learned that I will never again let myself become stagnant in my life by staying “comfortable”. It feels great to follow your dreams and I am now not afraid to do just that!

  • Christin August 2, 2012, 1:51 pm

    My husband and I bought a house!! 🙂

  • Karien @ Running the Race August 2, 2012, 2:05 pm

    I married the man of my dreams and gave birth to our gorgeous baby girl! I am SO blessed 🙂 .

  • Whitney August 2, 2012, 2:15 pm

    I can see you and your Hub in Henry! So pressshhh!

    The best thing that has happened to me in the last four years would definitely be getting married to the love of my life! 🙂 Running my first and second marathon last year is a close second! 🙂

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 2, 2012, 2:24 pm

    Meeting and marrying my husband is the best thing in my past 4 years! 🙂

  • Erin August 2, 2012, 2:26 pm

    The most wonderful thing that happened to me (just last month) was my boyfriend proposing to me. So excited that I get to marry him. 🙂

  • Megan R August 2, 2012, 2:33 pm

    In the last 4 years, I have gotten married, almost finished college (graduating in May.. FINALLY), and started doing research on Parkinson’s disease (which is what i’ll be writing my thesis on). I went from a lost girl living with her mom to a married woman who has goals and a direction in life.

  • Ley August 2, 2012, 2:38 pm

    After first reading this post I realized that the past 4 years have been surprisingly calm for me- I’ve been working at the same job, living in the same city (but in 3 different apartments, oh the life of a renter!), etc.- and I’m honestly quite content with that. After a pretty crazy first 23 years of life, 4 easy ones are much appreciated.

    But back to the question- the best thing to happen in the past four years was meeting the boyfriend! We’ve been together for over 3 years now and have lived in two places to together already and it has been nothing short of amazing.

  • Socal Rachel August 2, 2012, 2:40 pm

    Congrats on 4 years of blogging! In the last 4 years I’ve found running and cycling. I’ve also found a great group of women to cycle with that makes it so much fun.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 2, 2012, 2:42 pm

    hmmm haha nothing huge has happened to me in the last 4 years, other than graduating college and going to law school! Moving to Chicago has been a really great experience (haha although I do miss Charleston and all my friends!).

  • Christine August 2, 2012, 2:42 pm

    Not original, but having my son last year and especially watching how the relationship between my husband and I has grown and developed (Albeit with it’s share of its ups and downs..come on no sleep does that to you) has been amazing!!

  • Jessica August 2, 2012, 2:43 pm

    I got married this year and have really learned what a blast it is—so much fun!

  • Sarah D August 2, 2012, 2:49 pm

    Happy blogiversary! In the last 4 years I have held my dream job- realized its not my dream- quit and started living a real adventure that has taken me 3/4 of the way around the world…the adventure is better!!

  • Makenna August 2, 2012, 2:57 pm

    I’ve lived in Ohio all of my life, but just recently accepted a teaching position in NC and will be moving there in one week! Ahh! I’ve actually been looking at upcoming races in the area to get back into my running groove!

  • Lindsay Loves Veggies August 2, 2012, 2:58 pm

    Yours was the 2nd blog I ever started reading, back 2.5 years ago, during my senior year of college! Honestly, that was an awesome thing that happened to me. I learned a lot about eating natural, whole foods and working out, from seeing how you were doing it everyday, and your blog really helped me become a healthier person. Now health is one of my top priorities, I’ve been writing my own food/healthy living blog for a year and a half now, and am planning on becoming a health coach to help others live healthier lives. So, thank you! Your blog rocks! It’s been fun seeing you guys grow up and be such amazing people!

  • Michelle August 2, 2012, 2:59 pm

    Best thing to happen in the past four years is I met my wonderful fiance!

  • Brenda August 2, 2012, 3:16 pm

    My favorite moment of the past four years was hearing my son cry for the first time on his birthday! The most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard.

  • Laura @ The Bright Side August 2, 2012, 3:22 pm

    You INSPIRE me, and have been for the past two years. Thank you, and congratulations.

    The best thing to happen in the past four years is happening to me right now. I am a recent post-grad who moved to a rural area to teach with a prestigious program. I struggled all year, recently went through a break up with my boyfriend, started my new blog, and am finding balance and what it means for me to be happy in my twenties.

  • Lisa August 2, 2012, 3:24 pm

    In the last four years I have maintained my weight loss of 100 pounds!

  • Courtney August 2, 2012, 3:25 pm

    In the past 4 years…I finally found the most amazing roommate [after a few horror story-types]! And…I graduated college, but really, the latter was simple compared to finding a BFF who I love living with!

  • Angela August 2, 2012, 3:26 pm

    Congratulations!

    In the past 4 years I have graduated from a 4 year university, gotten engaged, started a teaching credential program, and became a dog-mommy to a German Shepherd pup!

  • Alex August 2, 2012, 3:28 pm

    I graduated college, started a new job, got married and just this week bought a puppy! Puppies are a lot of work!! Between getting up twice during the night for potty breaks and waking up at 530 for the day I have an all new respect for all the mommies out there!! I guess its good practice for a REAL baby 🙂

  • Kellie August 2, 2012, 3:41 pm

    Today is me and my husband’s 4 year anniversary as well! The best thing that has happened since then is the birth of our 2 boys. Crazy how much can happen in 4 short years! Congrats on your success so far!

  • Julia H. @ Going Gulia August 2, 2012, 3:46 pm

    Holy cow, you HAVE done a lot in 4 years. I’ve said it before, but you’re seriously superwoman! Happy Blogiversary 🙂

  • Rachael August 2, 2012, 3:49 pm

    The past for years have been full of changes! I graduated university with a Chemistry
    degree, worked for 2 years as a lab tech, decided I hated it and went back to school to be an Elementary School teacher! I start work this fall
    in a Kindergarten classroom, and I’ve never been happier! My partner and I are celebrating our four year anniversary this fall as well 🙂

  • Megan August 2, 2012, 3:53 pm

    The best thing that has happened to me is the birth of my daughter, Kate. She is 5 months old today and thank God everyday that I am her mom!

  • Stephanie August 2, 2012, 4:00 pm

    I graduated from law school and started my career! Oh yeah, and got married too – our third anniversary is coming up soon!

  • Kristen August 2, 2012, 4:00 pm

    The best thing that has happened to me in the past 4 years was having my daughter and another son, who joined their big brother….now focusing on staying strong and healthy to keep with with this active trio! 🙂

  • Haley August 2, 2012, 4:04 pm

    In the last four years, I moved to San Diego, CA and purchased a house! I am very blessed.

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 2, 2012, 4:08 pm

    Congratulations on four years – you’ve accomplished so much! As of tomorrow I will have been blogging for a grand total of one month, so four years seems like an eternity for me!

    You should be so so proud of everything you’ve done in those four years Caitlin!

  • Alyssa August 2, 2012, 4:09 pm

    Running my first marathon – and five more since then!

  • Caitlin August 2, 2012, 4:20 pm

    Congrats on all your accomplishments! I love reading your blog. In the past 4 years (well, 3 actually) I’ve become a runner and finished 17 races.. including my first marathon!

  • Christie M. August 2, 2012, 4:25 pm

    something that stands out in my mind is learning that I love a challenge – I’ve tackled some fears (rock climbing) some physical feats (a half marathon) and some fun stuff (first solo travel trip) and it’s all taught me so much! I just have to remind myself that I love life more when I push myself out of my comfort zone and try new things!

  • Alex August 2, 2012, 4:26 pm

    You are awesome! I’ve been reading for a couple of months now, one day I might make my own blog as well, but at the moment I’m happy to be a reader and sometimes-commenter.

    The best thing that’s happened to me in the past four years is graduating uni! It seems silly, but now that I’m working I feel like I can really work for the things that I want (like saving money for my trip to India at the end of the year, or working towards my dream job, etc) whereas at uni – as much as I enjoyed the freedom, and the partying – it always felt like I was waiting for my life to start!

  • luv what you do August 2, 2012, 4:32 pm

    A whole lot of wonderful things have happened in 4 years. It is so fun to be able to look back and read about them. I think athletically running my first marathon at age 30 was pretty awesome!

  • Nicole August 2, 2012, 4:41 pm

    I had my sweet baby girl Amelia on 11/17/11! Best (and hardest…went into labor at 10:45 the night before and she wasn’t born until 9:07 PM) day of my life! Congrats on 4 years and a beautiful baby! He is really starting to look like his daddy!

  • Kara August 2, 2012, 4:48 pm

    Congrats on four years!

    In the last 4 years I have married my best friend, found a healthy life, and started running

  • Whitney August 2, 2012, 5:02 pm

    Well, congratulations on the last four years!! I’ve been reading for about 3 of them 🙂

    In the last four years I have:
    1) Graduated with my BS in Communication
    2) met an amazing man
    3) Moved out for the very first time on my own!
    4) Graduated from an ABA-certified paralegal program
    5) took a large pay-cut from my college job to pursue my dream of being a paralegal
    6) moved in with said amazing man
    7) made amazing friends
    8) said yes when the same amazing man proposed to me in May of this year
    9) and now I/We are planning our wedding for March, 2013

    Overall, I’d say the last four years have been pretty AWESOME!!

  • Claire Zulkey August 2, 2012, 5:10 pm

    Aw, thank Henry please for modeling that onesie for me. I registered for the Marmot version for Babby Zulkey

  • Stephanie August 2, 2012, 5:13 pm

    I had 2 baby girls! One in September of 2010 and an almost 8 week old born on June 9. A 5k would be so great for me since I’m looking to get back in shape and having some “me time”!

  • Nina August 2, 2012, 5:24 pm

    Spicy jam is my favorite!!

  • Holly August 2, 2012, 5:29 pm

    Something wonderful? I met my husband 4 years ago and we got married last September!

  • Laura August 2, 2012, 5:45 pm

    Four years seems so long and so short at the same time. I began and completed a second bachelors in nursing and have 2 years on the job (craziness), my sister has had my 2 nieces that are the little loves of my life, my husband and I got engaged and then eloped in St. Lucia, and we just bought our first house and are getting settled. Uh, where has the time gone??!! Congrats on your four years of success, your little guy is a cutie!

  • cristina August 2, 2012, 5:48 pm

    In the last four years I have quit my job in ad sales, started and finished a masters degree in education and became a teacher!

  • Heather August 2, 2012, 6:00 pm

    I graduated from college, got my dream job, and just moved into my own place!

  • sarahq August 2, 2012, 6:05 pm

    After a long struggle with infertility I finally gave birth to my beautiful twins who are almost 1!!

  • Lindsey August 2, 2012, 6:06 pm

    In the last four years, I have met the man of my dreams! So excited to get married in a little over a month!

  • Annie P. August 2, 2012, 6:33 pm

    Finished graduate school.

  • Jade August 2, 2012, 6:34 pm

    In the past for years I have relapsed yet also made serious progress in my eating disorder as well as met the love of my life. AND, made it into a prestigious education program I always dreamed of.

  • Amanda August 2, 2012, 6:45 pm

    I ran a sub 2:00 half!

  • Jackie W. August 2, 2012, 6:49 pm

    I moved to, and fell in love with, NYC!

  • Elise August 2, 2012, 6:51 pm

    I moved to California and started grad school to pursue my dream of educating young adults going to a higher education!

  • Mel August 2, 2012, 6:52 pm

    Congrats on 4 years! I’m so happy I stumbled across your blog. Summer of 2010 I think? 🙂

    I won’t enter the giveaway since I’m out of the country, but something wonderful that’s happened to me within the last 4 years was having an all around terrific college experience. I’m really grateful.

  • Liz August 2, 2012, 7:07 pm

    Congrats on 4 years!! Something wonderful that’s happened to me in the last 4 years is I started my very own blog after wanting to and chickening out for months and months on end!

  • Cindy August 2, 2012, 7:21 pm

    Being given the second chance to come back to Glasgow to finish my PhD is definitely the best thing that’s happened in the past 4 years. It’s been a hard past few years with financial issues, job issues, and my mum passing away, it’s good to have something to strive toward.

  • Alicia August 2, 2012, 7:30 pm

    It’s so hard to pick one moment. But I will go with finishing my first 5K race and every other one I have completed since!

  • Alyssa Moore August 2, 2012, 7:47 pm

    I got married on June 16th and have been happily working to create a healthy, balanced life/home with my husband 🙂

  • Kerry August 2, 2012, 8:01 pm

    Caitlin, thank you for your dedication to HTP! It has been an incredible motivator for me and you are a wonderful role model 🙂

    One amazing thing that has happened in the past four years has been getting to spend a month in India doing yoga and learning about organic farming. I don’t even mind that I’m completely broke now!

    Good luck with year 5!

  • Laura August 2, 2012, 8:18 pm

    In the past four years, I got my bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and made the scary transition to grad school so I can get my PhD. It’s been a really hard four years but I am proud of myself for getting to this point!

  • lani August 2, 2012, 8:35 pm

    Happy Bloggiversary, Caitlin!

    In the past four years, the most wonderful thing that has happened to me is I found someone with whom I want to spend the rest of my life, and have experienced true love. We will be getting married November. 🙂

  • Kelly August 2, 2012, 8:36 pm

    I am going to mention two wonderful things since I can’t imagine my life without either. In 2009, my future husband and I got a puppy who has brought nothing but joy to our lives. It’s been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. In September of 2011, I married the love of my life, and I’ll always look back and remember how great our wedding day was.

  • Wendy Heath August 2, 2012, 8:41 pm

    Let’s see. Married my husband (we’ve been married for three years, together for 6), gotten the best golden retriever we could have asked for, joined my local Search and Rescue team (what a wonderful thing to be a part of! Such a privilege!), graduated with my BA in English, entered nursing school (and about to finish in December), made so many wonderful new friends and renewed friendships with old…

    I’ve got so many blessings in my life! I am so thankful!

  • Sarah August 2, 2012, 8:44 pm

    The most amazing thing in my life is to see my son grow and change every single day!

  • Allison B August 2, 2012, 8:58 pm

    I can’t believe I have been reading for FOUR years! Congratulations! So much has happened in the last four years, but buying my first house and getting engaged top my list 🙂

  • Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife August 2, 2012, 9:00 pm

    In this past year, I started my blog, passed the bar exam in NY, celebrated my one year anniversary with the hub & moved to NYC! It was a wonderful year!

    Congrats to you & happy blogiversary!

  • Melissa August 2, 2012, 9:23 pm

    The birth of my first grandchild, Mason.

    Love your blog Caitlin. Best wishes always.

  • Amy August 2, 2012, 9:28 pm

    In the past two years, I’ve gotten married as well as added the best thing ever — my daughter — to my life! Now, I’m trying to get back my pre-pregnancy body! I can’t wait for my next 5k!

  • RachR August 2, 2012, 9:31 pm

    I found my motivation, which sounds so small and simple but this alone has completely changed my life. It no longer feels like excrutiating work to get my butt off of the couch and away from the television in order to go out and experience life. And for this, I am so very grateful 🙂

    Congratulations to you on the last four years, that’s quite a lot of accomplishments to be proud of!

  • Lisa @ experiencelifewithme August 2, 2012, 10:19 pm

    In the last four years, I have gotten 2 nephews and a niece, with another niece and nephew on the way. Definitely the best parts of my life.

  • jennyv August 2, 2012, 10:19 pm

    Celebrated my 5th wedding anniversary, opened up a chiropractic office with my husband, ran a marathon, witnessed the birth of one of my nieces… those are some of the highlights 🙂

  • victoria August 2, 2012, 10:26 pm

    Henry is beautiful! I just love this picture of him and that amazing smile!! So charming!

  • Heather August 2, 2012, 10:32 pm

    awww i love your blog more and more all the time! something wonderful that’s happened to me is moving across country for college which has allowed me to develop some amazing friendships and spend more time with my extended family

  • Thais @ eatsnmiles.com August 2, 2012, 10:34 pm

    I loved your post! The most wonderful thing thats ever happened to me in the last for years was the birth of my daughther Maia last year. She was completely unplanned, yet came at perfect timing to help me see the bigger picture and the better things in life. I can’t imagine my life without her! 🙂

  • Gina (fitnessista) August 2, 2012, 10:38 pm

    that onesie looks so cute on him!
    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY <3
    it's going to be a hard year to beat (for both of us!) but may this next year be just as amazing and happy for you

  • Lauren August 2, 2012, 10:39 pm

    In the last 4 years, ive started and graduated college, moved to Boston for an internship (today!), and started dating my wonderful boyfriend (3 years this month.)

  • Kate @KateMovingForward August 2, 2012, 10:50 pm

    In the last 4 years I graduated college, got married, moved across the country, worked 3 grown-up jobs (with teen moms, at a children’s ministry, and mental health center), moved again, gained weight, ran two half marathons, lost weight, moved again! It’s been a wild 4 years!

  • Sara August 2, 2012, 10:55 pm

    Congrats on 4 years! It’s unbelievable how much you’ve accomplished and how much your life has changed in that short time!!

    Two really amazing things have happened to me in the last four years. First, I recovered after more than 15 years of battling anorexia and bulimia. I am healthy and have a balanced attitude toward eating, exercise and my body. I had gotten to a point where I thought I’d never recover, but here I am – and it’s amazing.

    And being in recovery led to my second amazing thing: the birth of my son Liam in November 2011. He has changed my life in so many ways – as I’m sure you know – but I can’t even remember what life was like without him. I love being a mommy! 🙂

  • Leanne W. August 2, 2012, 11:14 pm

    Congratulations! I have been a reader for about 3 years now! Love every day reading.

    The past 4 years I have graduated college, found the perfect fitting job for me, moved to Chapel Hill, NC, and gotten engaged. My how time flies!

  • Amy August 2, 2012, 11:36 pm

    well, since my 5 year wedding anniversary is approaching, I guess that doesn’t count…but, my husband and I have bought a house, I’ve slowly overcome a 15year eating disorder, and now we’re planning a baby!

  • DD August 2, 2012, 11:41 pm

    I became a doctor (and am finishing up my residency in a year). it has been like running a marathon…long and sometimes painful, but worth it in the end!

  • Krista N. August 2, 2012, 11:49 pm

    My eyes were opened and my heart was changed by a 2 month trip to Africa, I got engaged to my best friend of 7 years, and was accepted (and currently attended) one of the top speech pathology schools in the country! I’m a very blessed girl! Congrats on 4 years and your beautiful family!

  • Julia August 3, 2012, 12:03 am

    Got into college! Now I’m going to be a junior (scary!).

  • Taya August 3, 2012, 12:08 am

    The most wonderful thing that’s happened to me in the last four years has been developing a wonderful relationship with my boyrfiend and getting engaged just last week! I still feel like I’m floating!

    Happy blogiversary!

  • Teresa August 3, 2012, 12:11 am

    I started college and will soon be finishing, yay. Now onto the job bunt, yikes.

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde August 3, 2012, 12:28 am

    In the past 4 years, I graduated from college, got my first real job, got my own apartment for the first time, and started law school. Great post, Caitlin – you have accomplished SO much in 4 years and are such an inspiration. Happy blogiversary, and thanks for the nice giveaway!

  • Katie August 3, 2012, 12:42 am

    I started college and am a semester away from graduating with my dream major.

    Awesome giveaway 🙂

  • Allison@commitcomplete August 3, 2012, 1:12 am

    Happy Blogiversary! You’ve done some pretty incredible things over the past few years.

    In the past 4 years, I found a great teaching job, ran a bunch of half marathons and a marathon, and moved in with the love of my life.

  • Andrea August 3, 2012, 7:18 am

    Happy Blogiversary! What a fabulous few years you’ve had.

    The past 5 years have been great in many respects, but the most noteable is having my two boys (now 6 and 4). Being a mother has been the single most amazing and rewarding accomplishment of my life. I’m not sure what would top it really!

  • Joy August 3, 2012, 7:30 am

    I’m probably supposed to say buying a house but my real answer is falling in love… With a poodle!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) August 3, 2012, 7:32 am

    I got pregnant (after a little over a year of fertility treatments) and delivered a healthy, adorable baby girl!!

  • Jasmine August 3, 2012, 12:17 pm

    In the last four years, I married my amazing husband, wrote a blog and met tons of people all over the world, and launched my own jewelry line (bamary.etsy.com). It’s been a pretty beautiful ride.

  • Alexis {Diva on a Diet} August 3, 2012, 3:07 pm

    After reading that, I am entirely jealous of your life! Congrats to you for such achievements, especially the new addition, Henry! That last 4 years of my life haven’t been exactly stellar, but that is what makes me so grateful for where I am now. The best part of the past 12 months was losing 65 lbs, getting healthy, starting to run, and feeling so much stronger! (PS Good to hear that you are able to marathons with your knee problems! I was starting to worry that I would never get past 4 miles!)

  • Katie D August 3, 2012, 4:45 pm

    Henry is SO cute, Caitlin! Congrats on all of your successes. You are an inspiration!

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut August 3, 2012, 4:47 pm

    You have accomplished so much over the past four years—you should be so proud!

  • Sonia th mexigarian August 5, 2012, 6:42 pm

    Late to the game but happy blogoversary! 🙂

  • Cheryl Mosley August 9, 2012, 8:21 am

    Caitlin:
    It has been a true joy to follow along with you over the last couple of years. You have been quite an inspiration to me. Over the last year, we moved 1500 miles away from home and it has turned out to be the most wonderful adventure. We have found quality of life and have learned what is truly important. I have had the chance to “reinvent” myself and find out how strong I really am. Thankful for the opportunity!!

  • Susan August 10, 2012, 11:32 am

    One thing in four years? Wow, that’s hard. Hmm. I’d say picking up running. I started 2 1/2 years ago and it’s brought so much joy into my life.

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