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I have written this post a million times in my head, but now that it’s time to put my words to the screen, I’m at a loss of what to say.  I guess I will start at the beginning.


When I started my first blog nearly five years ago – See Bride Run, remember those days? – I was just 24 years old. My fiancé and I had just moved to Orlando so he could go to graduate school, and I was working at home as an urban planner.  It was very hard to meet people, and I had no one to support me in my quest to maintain my new healthy lifestyle, so I started a blog. You see, I had been a loyal blog reader for months, and one day, I realized, “Hmmm!  Maybe I can blog, too.”  And so it began.


I never realized what my decision to start a blog would do to my life. Because of this blog – and because YOU read – my outlook on life changed completely. I am not perfect nor did I ever pretend to be.  I wrote about my struggles as much as my triumphs.  I shared things with you that I hesitate to share with people in my real life.  As a result, through blogging, I began a more positive, happier, and healthier person.   This space made me who I am, and for that, I am eternally grateful.


But the best thing to come from Healthy Tipping Point is, undoubtedly, Operation Beautiful.  Did you know that, in the four years since the site began, I’ve received well over 13,000 notes?  I’ve gotten a note from every continent!  I understand that not everyone ‘gets’ the movement, but it has touched and transformed the lives of literally thousands of women.  I’ve received three e-mails from people who were on their way to commit suicide when they found a note – and because of a kind word from a stranger, they halted their plan.  And all of that would’ve never happened if my wonderful readers hadn’t supported the cause.


Because of blogging, I’ve written three books. I’ve had some opportunities to do some amazing things. I’ve met incredible people who also had blogs (especially Kath, Tina, Theodora, Monica, Gina, Meghann, Anne, Julie, and Emily). I’ve met some of the sweetest, kindest readers.  People that really and truly cared about me and my family.  Since starting my blog, I’ve gotten married, moved to another city, started a small business, and had a baby.  What a slice of my life to share!  Such big things have happened to me, all while I recorded in on the Internet for the world to see.


But, alas, everything changes.  I have spent too much time over the last few months feeling stressed to the max, wondering how to juggle it all.  Professional blogging – and by that, I mean blogging for a wide audience, with the expectation to publish multiple times a day – is not necessarily incredibly time-consuming, but it is very, very emotionally and mentally demanding. Quite honesty, I wear too many hats between HTP, Operation Beautiful, speaking events, freelance writing, helping to run the clinic, and – above all else – being a mother.


My friend Heather recently posted on her Facebook wall: “Everything single thing cannot be a priority. Something has got to give.”  And that is how I came to this (very, very hard) decision.


I’m stepping back – not away! – from blogging to focus on other things in my life – namely, being a mother, running Operation Beautiful, and supporting our family business. Instead of seeing me two or three times a day, you can expect to see me once or twice a week. I have blogged for so long… nearly five years… that I can’t imagine walking away completely. I think about giving birth to Henry’s little brother or sister and not being able to tell my amazing, wonderful, caring, thoughtful readers, and I start to tear up! Maybe after a while, I’ll return in full force. Maybe not.


But for now, a step back is exactly what I – and my family – needs. I do want to say that absolutely nothing is wrong in my life. No illness in the family, no marriage strife. I’m doing this because I love my life and value the things that I have.  I’m doing this because I understand now, more than ever, what being healthy really means – a true balance in all aspects of life.  I’m doing this because I look at Henry and I know, without a doubt, where my priorities are.


Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for reading Healthy Tipping Point. I hope you’ll stick around through these changes. I can’t possibly express how much my readers have meant to me. I will never get the pleasure to meet most of you, but from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank, thank you. Your support made me a stronger, happier, healthier person, and I will never forget what your readership gave to me.


See you on the other side!






  • Theodora April 6, 2013, 8:31 am

    Beautiful post! I know this was a hard decision for you to make, but I think you made the right one for you.

    • Anne April 6, 2013, 9:07 am

      Ditto this. We support you 100%!

    • Jill - A Little Baby Bean April 6, 2013, 9:54 am

      Good for you Caitlin! I do hope you’ll keep up with your “Mind After Baby” posts or update us once a mnth with regards to Henry’s growth.. Those are my favourites 🙂

    • Ash Bear April 7, 2013, 6:10 pm

      You have to do what is right for you. That is the #1 most important thing and I could be more proud of you!

  • Lisa April 6, 2013, 8:32 am

    You are a wonderful inspiration for thousands of people from a variety of backgrounds. I have found personal inspiration to be a better person from reading your blog and comments on your blog. I have so much respect for how you treat the world around you and instill good messages to your readers. I have loved seeing you change as a person and I’ll be glad to see your journey continue. Thank you for your honesty!

    • Caitlin April 6, 2013, 8:36 am


    • Dawn April 6, 2013, 10:59 am

      Hi Caitlin,
      I’ve been reading your blog for about four years now. I check it almost every day and I’ve so enjoyed reading it. I could always count on it for a positive message, a healthy recipe, some good information, or a laugh. I’ll miss your daily posts but I understand your decision. I’m so glad you will continue to post. I admire your decision. I know oftentimes I end up trying to do everything and feel like I’m doing it all but not doing much of it well. Best of luck to you and your family. I’ll still be here checking in 🙂

  • MissPinkKate April 6, 2013, 8:33 am

    Good luck and godspeed! Sounds like a healthy decision.

  • Charity Dawn April 6, 2013, 8:34 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for 3 years now.. (wow that’s a long time for me lol) While this makes me a bit sad not to hear about your daily thoughts, I completely understand. I could never figure out how you had time to do 2-3 posts a day!! I will still visit daily to see when you put up your weekly posts and will look forward to them greatly! As they say distance makes the heart grow fonder.

    • Caitlin April 6, 2013, 8:36 am

      Thank you!

    • JenATX April 7, 2013, 4:28 pm

      i just realized that i’ve been reading for three years too! its weird, i didn’t even think about it until now.

      My reading has gone from daily to weekly over the years depending on my life, so it is totally reasonable for your publishing to do the same. best of luck with managing all of your other hats 🙂

  • Priyanka April 6, 2013, 8:36 am

    I am so in awe as to how well you juggle so many hats. I became a mum the same time that you did and was so exhausted but you managed all of the above so beautifully. I really think you are an inspiration. There is nothing wrong in taking a step back and re-prioritizing what is important in life. We will still eagerly wait for you posts (whenever you can post them 🙂 )

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs April 6, 2013, 8:38 am

    All the best to you Caitlin! I will certainly keep reading, and I look forward to whatever updates you share with us!

    Now, go play with that cute baby! 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

  • Jenna April 6, 2013, 8:39 am

    Good for you, Caitlin and THANK YOU for all the informative, entertaining and thought-provoking posts. I’ve been a devoted reader for three yours (or more) and just wanted to pop in (for the first time,) to let you know how much you are appreciated.
    Enjoy your lovely family and keep up the tremendous work you’re doing!

    • Caitlin April 6, 2013, 8:40 am

      Thank you for commenting to say this 🙂

  • Emily @ Relishments April 6, 2013, 8:46 am

    Despite what we’d all like to believe, no one can do it all! Thank you so much for having the courage to put what’s most important at the forefront of your life, even if it may not be popular. As someone who can barely manage three posts a week, I cannot imagine what a relief this is going to be for you. Thank you for everything you’ve shared, I’m looking forward to seeing what the new HTP looks like.

  • Lee April 6, 2013, 8:48 am

    Good for you for recognizing that you can’t do it all and figuring out what’s important to you. I’ll still be reading those 1-2 posts a week.

  • Allie@LiveLaughEat April 6, 2013, 8:52 am

    I’ve enjoyed reading HTP since the very beginning! Thanks for a wonderful blog, Caitlin. I wouldn’t have been inspired to coach Girls on the Run if it weren’t for you. I wish you all the best. I hope this means we’ll be seeing addition BabyHTPs sooner than later :).

  • Jenni April 6, 2013, 9:00 am

    I’ll definitely be sticking around to keep updated. It’s so funny how you can feel connected in the blog world to people that you’ve never actually met, or people you might not have had a full conversation with. Keeping up with my handful of healthy living blogs for the past three years is what has continued to push me to meet my fitness goals. It inspired me to want to work towards goals I never could have imagined when I was younger. Thank you for your inspiration.

  • Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life April 6, 2013, 9:01 am

    Fantastic post, Caitlin. I totally understand where you’re coming from. I love blogging, but there are just so many awesome things happening in my life right now and I don’t want to miss out on them either. Wishing you lots of luck in all aspects of your life as you move forward. 🙂

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy April 6, 2013, 9:02 am

    You have to make the best decision for you! I will still look forward to reading your 1 or 2 posts a week, and I’ll appreciate them even more since you won’t be writing multiple times per day!

  • Marty April 6, 2013, 9:02 am

    I always wondered how you had time to do so many things! Family should always come first and I think you made a very wise decision. I’ll certainly look forward to your one or two blogs a week and wish you nothing but the very best…you deserve it!

  • Katy Widrick April 6, 2013, 9:02 am


  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) April 6, 2013, 9:07 am

    I am in the same boat you are my friend and my kids are way older (12, 14) than Henry. My family, career and my life are taking priority over writing my blog these days. I love blogging, but I had to step back big time. I’m lucky if I get one post up a week max! I’m so happy for you and all the things going on in your life right now. Enjoy your family, your work and your life.

  • Courtney April 6, 2013, 9:08 am

    Good luck Caitlin! I think this is a wonderful decision for you. We wish you nothing but the best!!

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} April 6, 2013, 9:11 am

    Blogging with a family is one of the most difficult things to try to juggle. I totally get why you have to step back. Best of luck to you and I hope you enjoy a little less weight on those shoulders! 🙂

  • Nancy April 6, 2013, 9:13 am

    I admire you. <3

  • Anne April 6, 2013, 9:16 am

    Your blog has been one of my favorites since the beginning – long before we became real life friends. I’ll miss your daily updates but I’m happy you made the decision that’s best for you and your family. xo

  • AutumnTao April 6, 2013, 9:18 am

    As a mom to 8.5 mo old Jayden, I understand your shift in priorities and your time constraints. Selfishly, I wish there were a few more hours in the day so that you could continue to post regularly. You are my favorite blogger, amongst a solid list of healthy living, vegan and decor blogs. You are so relatable, incredibly honest and just sassy enough to make me LOL pretty often. I value your posts on baby on hope you continue to share research and thought processes behind the decisions your family makes for Henry. Enjoy the time with the family, and thank you for the continued inspiration. Cheers to you Caitlin 🙂

  • Jennifer April 6, 2013, 9:18 am

    Good for you! I don’t even have time to read all the blogs I like on a daily basis, so I could never imagine writing one. I’m going to start a schedule where I only check in on certain blogs once a week, so that my time is not sucked up by the Internet. Your new schedule will fit in nicely with mine 🙂 Thanks for sharing your life with us.
    P.S. Blogging the way you did with a newborn is more impressive to me than running a marathon. And I know it’s more exhausting. Kudos!

  • RunEatRepeat April 6, 2013, 9:22 am

    You are an inspiration and amazing example of who a woman. I have always tried to follow your lead on how to balance having a strong voice without making it harsh. Thank you.

    I’m grateful our friendship goes beyond the blog or I’d be devastated about this. Keep spreading the Operation Beautiful word!!!


  • K April 6, 2013, 9:22 am

    I’m only a recent addict to your blog. Whilst I’m disappointed I can’t read your posts everyday I definitely will keep reading every week. I too never knew how you managed to post so often! This blog and operation beautiful has inspired me in so many ways and my husband as well! (showing your backyard post after shots has convinced my husband to do ours!)

    Good luck with everything and know without a doubt this is the best decision you can make.

  • MomHTP April 6, 2013, 9:23 am

    I may go into “withdrawals” without your daily post with my cup of coffee in the morning!
    With that said, you come across as extremely good at identifying the right priorities in your life and being true to yourself, so I’ll try to adjust to the new schedule going forward 🙂
    Enjoy the time you will now have to focus on whatever is closest to your heart. You are one of those people who have touched so many people all over the world and in some way, you probably always will be. How many of us can say that! Thank you for all you have given through HTP.

    • Tammy Root April 6, 2013, 2:27 pm

      Aww, I love what MOMHTP said. 🙂

  • Jelena@FabLifePhD April 6, 2013, 9:24 am

    There is very wise say: “You can be anything you want, but you can’t be everything you want”. I am trying to apply this on my life whenever I put too many things on my neck. Good luck and I will be surely following those posts that come up!

  • danielle April 6, 2013, 9:26 am

    Good for you! As a mom also I never knew how you had time to keep up with your posting schedule here! Ill miss it but am happy for you. On a selfish note, it will be easier for me to keep up now 🙂

  • Erin April 6, 2013, 9:27 am

    I just want to reach out and give you a big hug.

    I totally understand and support your decision.

    I will continue to value whatever posts you can give.

    Take care.

  • Emily J April 6, 2013, 9:28 am

    Caitlin, I agree with all that’s been said! I’ll miss your more frequent posts, but that will make the posts you do put up every more special! We support you!

  • Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} April 6, 2013, 9:28 am

    I appreciate your honesty and courage to step away from the blog to focus on “real life”. That takes guts in my opinion. I too struggle to balance life most days and have to remind myself that it’s ok not to post a blog post daily, that my husband and kids come first. So thanks for letting us know that you are doing what’s best for your family, even if it means less posts on HTP. The internet will be here when, and if, you decide to post more often again. Go snuggle that cute little baby!

  • luv what you do April 6, 2013, 9:30 am

    You can still be a blogger and an influential blogger a few times per week. Good for you for seeking your balance!

  • Gina G April 6, 2013, 9:40 am

    I have been reading your blog almost from the very beginning and you have been nothing but an inspiration to me Caitlin. I don’t blame you at all for this decision, it sounds like it is definitely the right decision. I will always support you 100% and still keeping my fingers crossed that someday I’ll actually be able to attend one of your OB presentations or to meet you! Good luck with everything! 🙂

  • Georgina April 6, 2013, 9:42 am

    Good luck with everything Caitlin!
    I’ve only been reading for a few months but have loved reading through your pregnancy posts and have found your writing very inspirational. I’ll still look forward to those couple of posts a week, and though I’m sad I won’t be able to read everyday, I completely understand and support your decision 🙂
    All the best, Georgina
    PS If you ever return to London again drop me an email- I’d love to take you for a coffee to thank you !

  • carol April 6, 2013, 9:42 am

    You have been a daily inspiration to me . I have read your blog from day one … I will miss you and Henry’s sweet little face so much BUT admire you for what you have accomplished for so many others . Operation Beautiful has lifted so many young girls higher and it is all because of your blog , books and love …….. <3 you Caitlin – Go kiss Henry !

    • Caitlin April 6, 2013, 9:43 am

      Thank you for reading for so long!!!!!

  • Michaela April 6, 2013, 9:43 am

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m just crackers about you!

  • kwithme April 6, 2013, 9:44 am

    I will miss you. You helped me stick with getting fit and becoming a runner. Your blog is the first I read daily.

    I have been wondering when something was going to give. So many people try to keep life the same when they have children, but as you are realizing, one of the joys of parenthood is just being with them. Not with them and trying to get something done but, just being there.

    Take care and I’ll be here to read when you write.

    • Caitlin April 6, 2013, 9:44 am

      🙂 thanks for sticking around!

  • Alli April 6, 2013, 9:46 am

    Caitlin, I have been so encouraged/ educated/ challenged through your blog over the past three years. Thank you or the time and effort you’ve put into making Healthy Tipping Point the blog that it is! Also, thank you for continuing to be transparent and real! I’ll check back in often :)!

  • Colleen April 6, 2013, 9:48 am

    I am long time reader, but maybe first time commenter. I love your blog and I look up to and the example you set with a healthy and balanced lifestyle. I’m going to miss your daily postings, but ultimately I think taking a step back to focus on other things is the best example of all. All the best.

    • Caitlin April 6, 2013, 9:49 am

      Thanks for reading <3

  • Sherri April 6, 2013, 9:48 am

    I completely understand why this is the best decision for you. I am SO grateful you had Henry before you decided step back though – I’m lucky to have all those posts to reference when my baby girl is born in September!

    Look forward to checking in once or twice a week! Xoxo

    • Caitlin April 6, 2013, 9:50 am

      Congrats. 😉

  • Laura April 6, 2013, 9:48 am

    I love your blog, but I understand completely :). Take care of yourself and be happy and well.

  • Alex April 6, 2013, 9:48 am

    I have been reading for 3+ years and have been so inspired by you. I will continue to check for your posts, whenever they may occur, and I hope that this change brings you the time you need!

  • Avery @ YoungAspirations April 6, 2013, 9:50 am

    Good for you! I love your blog but always wondered how you found the time to post so faithfully. I’m glad you’ll get to spend more time doing the important things! I think you made the right choice and I’m sure if Henry was talking he’d tell you so too 🙂 I’ll gladly be reading your 1-2 times weekly posts!

  • Susan April 6, 2013, 9:50 am

    You shouldn’t feel bad about stepping back, and you shouldn’t feel guilt! You’re faced with multiple competing priorities, and you’re (rightly) doing what is best for YOU and your family! Good luck!

  • Susie April 6, 2013, 9:52 am

    Caitlin! You were the first blog I ever read and I have been reading you literally since your first post. It’s amazing to consider how both our lives have changed in those years. But the best thing a person can do is to make change where change is needed and not to stay stagnant in order to progress and move forward. Thank YOU for being there for me during these past few years. Whether it be running inspiration, support during my cancer, or just plain entertainment while I lay on my sick bed (or now, am bored at work!). Lots of love to you!!! xo

  • Amanda April 6, 2013, 9:53 am

    I’m so very sad that I won’t get to read HTP all the time, but I completely understand where you’re coming from. Good for you, making the hard decisions for you and your family 🙂 I have learned so much from reading; healthy eating, healthy living, healthy outlook. If I ever need motivation to get out for a run or not give up on my goals I just read some HTP! So…..THANK YOU for all you have done :))

  • Anne Weber-Falk April 6, 2013, 9:54 am

    Well done. One of the toughest decisions in work is to know you must step back and then actually do it. Can I subscribe to your blog?

  • Julie April 6, 2013, 9:56 am

    So very proud of you. Beautiful post.

  • Nikki April 6, 2013, 9:57 am

    proud of you.

  • Sarah April 6, 2013, 10:00 am

    OOOOOOO x 100 <—-that's a lot of hugs. Very happy for you, my friend.

  • Marie April 6, 2013, 10:05 am

    I will miss your posts but completely understand and applaud your decisions! I will definitely stick around for more. You are such an inspiration on so many different planes.

  • Margaret April 6, 2013, 10:05 am

    Good for you! Glad you’re taking care of yourself and your family, best of luck!

  • Carol April 6, 2013, 10:06 am

    This is my first comment even though I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years. I always enjoy your insightful posts and I’m glad that you are doing what is best for you!!

  • Nicolette April 6, 2013, 10:07 am

    When I started reading blogs, your’s was one of the first I came across. I’ve truly enjoyed reading your posts, every one. From just a quick pop-in on a breakfast meal, to the thought-provoking and discussion-inducing posts on breastfeeding and natural births. I know you’ve said you’ve learned a lot about yourself through blogging. But I am sure that in this new stage in life, you will learn more about yourself by finding balance in the different domains of your life. The best of luck!

  • Ashley April 6, 2013, 10:12 am

    The selfish part of me read the title and automatically knew what “Dear Reader” meant. That selfish part screamed inside, “NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!”
    But then I read your letter. And somewhere, deep down, I knew this was coming.
    That selfish part of me will be sad – like mourning a very good friend who has moved away.
    But I know that you are right – that you “know now more than ever what being healthy really means.” And, maybe my OCD compulsion to check your blog so regularly (you’re my fave of all the blogs I read!) will dwindle and your stepping back will allow me to do the same from the blog world, in general, to focus more on my life (I have beautiful 9 month old twins – just a tad younger than H!)
    I’m sad. And happy. And in some weird way I feel proud of you for making this very difficult decision. Best of luck! I can’t wait to see where your world takes you (you know….once or twice a week.) ; )

  • Sonia the Mexigarian April 6, 2013, 10:14 am

    To be honest, I will miss your every day posts. I will miss bits of wisdom , laughs, race encouragement (reading your race recaps I found strength to start doing halves nd even signed up for my first marathon!) glimpses of the fur children and just over all how you beautifully handle life.

    But as a loving reader and can I understand and wish you and your family all the best as you pull back from HTP and focus life 🙂 I’m sure the majority of readers will still be here and will look forward to your posts.

    Much love to you and your family!

  • Lauren April 6, 2013, 10:14 am

    Truly so proud of you for posting this! In no way does change mean that you are any less of who you once were. You are still and will always be one of the most fundamental and influential healthy living bloggers out there, and now because you are realizing that other things in your life take priority, it only makes you stronger of a person! Love you girl!

  • Courtney April 6, 2013, 10:17 am

    Great job Caitlin! Your blog was the first blog I started reading 4 years ago. Since then, I’ve read many other blogs, but yours has always been my favorite; a great balance of informative and fun. I will look forward to any updates you share in the future.

  • Jen April 6, 2013, 10:26 am

    I absolutely love your blog. As a blog addict ( ha!), yours is by far my favorite. I’ve often wondered how in the world you do it all. I’ll miss the daily posts a lot, but can only imagine it makes a world of sense. Very thankful we’ll still be getting a post or two a week. 😉

  • Callina April 6, 2013, 10:27 am

    Good for you! I love your blog but I’ve also wondered how in the heck you manage to post 2-3 times a day on top of everything else you do. 🙂 Scaling back will be a very good thing. I still look forward to reading.

  • Sara April 6, 2013, 10:27 am

    Aw Caitlin, I am going to miss your daily posts, but I am glad you are doing whats best for you! It is hard to blog, I completely understand that, and I couldn’t believe how much you blogged!! I hope this allows you go grow in different areas! 🙂

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed April 6, 2013, 10:27 am

    I can’t blame you! Sometimes I think… oooh I want to blog about something cool that I did, but I’m too busy with other cool stuff. Living life is far more important than documenting it 🙂

    I love your blog and I fully support your decision. Good for you! Thank you for all that you’ve done for your readers!!!!

    • Tammy Root April 6, 2013, 2:31 pm

      Great statement — “Living life is far more important than documenting it.”

      • MomHTP April 9, 2013, 11:56 am

        So true.

  • Sarah April 6, 2013, 10:28 am

    Hi Caitlin,

    I think this is a wonderful decision for you and your family. While I (as well as other readers I’m sure) will be sad not to see your great daily posts, this is an important time in Henry’s life. Enjoy your time with him and your family! We’ll still be here when you post 🙂

  • Jessica April 6, 2013, 10:29 am

    You and your blog and helped me in so many ways over the years. Thank you so much for everything — I am very happy for you!

  • Alett April 6, 2013, 10:32 am

    oh my goodness Caitlin!
    It always amazed me how you were able to publish 3x/day! I could barely keep up with reading so I cannot imagine the challenge of writing – yes, yes you are a natural writer (and I am not a natural writer which is why I still haven’t gotten a blog post to you btw).

    Obviously, I fully support you as I view you as my internet friend and friends support friends. I think that your decision is wise and healthy! But you knew that and don’t need to hear it from me 🙂


  • April 6, 2013, 10:35 am

    I’ll admit a little part of me read halfway through and started going ‘noooooo…’. I’ll definitely miss reading daily posts on your balanced, upbeat approach to family, career, parenting and life. But fewer posts and a less stressed, happier Caitlin is preferable, and still a win-win! We’ll be here when you feel the itch to write.

  • Gina (fitnessista) April 6, 2013, 10:38 am

    sending lots of love to you, friend. thank you for inspiring so many women- myself included!

  • katie April 6, 2013, 10:38 am

    good for you. with change comes growth…or so they say lol! …thank you for inspiring, entertaining, and encouraging so may readers esp myself! lots of love and hugs

  • Maggie April 6, 2013, 10:48 am

    Totally understandable! You are amazing and while I will miss daily updates, it will just make me that much more excited when I see them!!! Congrats!

  • Tara April 6, 2013, 10:51 am

    Definetly a tough decision and happy to see you rearranging your life for the happiest and well being of your family. I think it’s a good decision, as you can focus on what really needs you right now and maybe you can even go back to your regular blogging when you’re more clear minded. Namaste to you!

  • Maria April 6, 2013, 10:53 am

    Good for you, Caitlin! While I am very sad not to get my daily inspiration from you, it is completely understandable and commendable. You stepping away has made me realize I need to utilize (even more) the inspiration I have gotten from you in my everyday life, not just read and ponder it-do it to the best of my ability. I look forward to your weekly (or how ever often!) posts. You are such a role model, not only to young girls, but to people your own age as a new mother, an activist, business woman, and just how to strive to be everyday. Thank you for all you have done and all you will do in the future.

  • meredith April 6, 2013, 11:05 am

    I cannot imagine how you have been able to juggle it all while raising a little boy! Geez, I don’t even remember having time to check my email when my son was little lol. Your readers will still be here, go focus on your family and it will all balance itself out the way it should…

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras April 6, 2013, 11:07 am

    I was completely thinking this was going to be a “goodbye forever” post, and I was literally getting a knot in my stomach! I’m so glad you’ll be sticking around a bit, and I completely understand, respect, and support your decision. You’re an amazing person, and you have tangibly made the world a much better place. Thank you for all that you do 🙂

  • Kristin April 6, 2013, 11:08 am

    I wish this was your april fools post because i love reading your blog everyday!

  • Kate April 6, 2013, 11:09 am

    Every morning (since 2009!) I’ve sat at my computer with my cup of coffee and read HTP. I’ve loved your stories about fitness, life, and especially pregnancy and Henry. I’ve learned so much from you, and I even found the diva cup because of you (overshare?). I feel like you’re one of my best friends even though we’ve never met! I’m truly going to miss your daily posts…I can already sense myself going through withdrawals. Best wishes to you and your family! 🙂

    • Caitlin April 6, 2013, 11:39 am

      Divan Cup yay!

    • Laura Ann April 6, 2013, 10:11 pm

      Ditto on the diva cup!

    • Tricia April 7, 2013, 5:54 pm

      Ha me too! And I’m SO GLAD I did.

    • Hannah April 9, 2013, 9:49 pm

      haha, me too. I’ve “converted” friends, too, promising it will “change their life”. Thanks!!

  • Bobbie April 6, 2013, 11:14 am

    I totally did not see this coming. I’m not sure how I didn’t see it looking back. I will definitely miss your daily posts as I have been reading for a long time. However, I look forward to the occasional post and seeing pics of Henry growing up. I feel like I know you though we’ve never met and you will be missed. I respect and admire your decision to do what is best for you and your family. Good luck Caitlin HTP and please, please “keep in touch.” 😉

  • Elisse April 6, 2013, 11:22 am

    Of course we’ll stick around! We all came here for a reason. I applaud you for making this very hard decision. You’re not superwoman. None of us are, but we support each other regardless.


  • Molly @ RDexposed April 6, 2013, 11:23 am

    Good for you. I just stopped my 2 year blog. It’s too time consuming if you have other huge committments. I just stopped blogging a week ago and am feeling so much freer!

  • Amanda April 6, 2013, 11:26 am

    I’ve been a loyal reader since the See Bride Run days … your blog is one of my absolute favorites and I think you are a wonderful person and writer. I totally understand your decision and will be reading whenever you post going forward. I wish you all the best!

  • Jen April 6, 2013, 11:31 am

    Youre one of the first blogs i read when i get home from work bc i know youll always have something posted. Ill miss them for sure but i wish them you the best! Youve def got a lot going on and this blog shouldnt add any stress.

  • Christie April 6, 2013, 11:32 am


    I’ve been a long time reader and just want to thank you for being such an inspiration. I started reading when I was 16 (I’m 20 now), and want to thank you for being the positive role model I so desperately needed in high school. A few years ago you wrote a post about me (how to be a vegetarian teen at home), and reading it and all the comments was an incredible feeling. Thank you for everything and good luck with this new chapter in your life. <3

    • Caitlin April 6, 2013, 11:38 am


  • Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries April 6, 2013, 11:33 am

    I admire you so much for making this big decision! Of course we’ll miss you and your daily posts, but I completely understand and respect your reasoning for taking a step back.

  • Verna April 6, 2013, 11:34 am

    Good for you! I’m so glad you plan to continue posting a little. I love hearing how Henry is doing and everything else is going.

  • Sara April 6, 2013, 11:49 am

    I’ve been a reader for over four years now and I just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed your blog. I appreciate your willingness to tackle tough subjects and your sense of humor when lightness is needed. You are such a kind, intelligent and funny woman and as a woman near your age, it’s always been inspiring. I’m sure blogging has had (and will have) it’s ups and downs, but I hope through it all you know the positive impact you’ve had on so many of us just by sharing your daily life. I look forward to following in the future, whatever it may bring, and hearing updates about Henry – who I’m sure will grow to be a sweet, smart kid who is so loved by his parents. Wishing you all of the best!

  • KatieTX April 6, 2013, 11:50 am

    I have been reading since See Bride Run days, seriously five years ago when I was 21, and always look forward to your posts for a little light reading during the day. Good luck in your future endeavors. I will miss checking your blog everyday!

  • Gina April 6, 2013, 11:53 am

    I’ve been reading for so many years and think you are such a special person. I’m so glad I got to witness your life changing events and watch you grow your little ‘business’ into something so huge. I’m also very glad that you never sold out on your blog. I’m sure you are compensated in some ways, but your blog was never a giant advertisement and you never ever seem greedy. If you didn’t write this post explaining your decision and left your readers wondering what happened (I’ve seen this occur), I’d be incredibly sad because although this might seem strange to say, you are a part of our lives as much as we are a part of yours. Wish you and your family the best and I hope to come back from time to time to see updates about Henry and maybe FutureBabyHTP 🙂

  • Gloria April 6, 2013, 11:57 am

    Hey Caitlin! I will miss your daily posts, but I’m so happy to know that you will have more time to focus on your family and other priorities. It’s funny, I think back to when I started reading your blog (I think the summer of 2009?) and I think of the different jobs I’ve had and the places I’ve lived, and I can remember reading your blog throughout all of it. I’ve struggled with an eating disorder for many years and some days reading your blog was the only positive thing I did for myself – and I was so thankful for that! I’ve come a long way and I still struggle at times, but reading your blog has helped me to recognize the balance that I want in my life and I’m never going to stop working for it 🙂

    I think I told you this once in a comment, but I always appreciated how much effort you put into your posts. You can tell that you put a lot of thought into how you present your life and ideas and you strive to not just make it a report of your day, but a snapshot of what’s going on in your head and what’s important to you. Your blog is both fun and informative, and that’s hard to pull off! You are an incredibly strong woman and a fantastic writer and I look forward to reading your blog during this new part of your life. Thanks for sharing your life with us for so many years – know that there are so so many of us out there (some that don’t comment that often :-D) that are always rooting for you!!

    • Caitlin April 6, 2013, 12:03 pm

      Thank you <3

  • Ashley April 6, 2013, 11:59 am

    I Adore your blog beyond words, your wit, your amazing advice! I completely understand how busy your life is and that stepping back is the best thing! You take care of your family and yourself first! 🙂 I am glad you aren’t stopping blogging and still plan to post a bit, I certainly will stick around and continue reading!! 🙂

    We all love you!!

  • Alexandra April 6, 2013, 12:02 pm

    Readers have already commented this, but I have to say it again:
    Thanks you so much for being an inspiring role model, teaching me to be healthy, teaching me to look after my body and mind. Yet again, this decision is one that inspires me to look at my life, prioritize and be the best person I can be.
    I <3 HTP and will continue reading 🙂 🙂

  • Megan April 6, 2013, 12:05 pm

    Yours is the first blog I ever found, and it’s still the first one I look for in my Google Reader. I will miss your daily updates, but I totally understand your decision!

  • Laura Ann April 6, 2013, 12:08 pm

    Very happy for you! I often struggle with that “somethings got to give” thing, but recently I let go of a couple things, and it made a serious difference in my life. I hope the same goes for you. You give so much of yourself to others, I hope you get some time for you (and for your precious family, of course). Henry is SO LUCKY to have you.

  • Miranda @ Miranda Runs April 6, 2013, 12:22 pm

    I know this was a hard decision to make and BELIEVE me when I say that I totally understand and support you 100%! 😀

  • Jamie April 6, 2013, 12:23 pm

    Good for you, Caitlin! You are by far my favorite blogger and I will miss your daily posts but you have to do what’s best for you. I have only been reading since December but your positive attitude has really made an impact in my life. You always have such thoughtful, interesting posts and I’m glad you’re not leaving us entirely! 🙂

  • Z April 6, 2013, 12:24 pm

    You know, it must be a something when all of your favorite bloggers (all of whom are around your age) are starting to pull back from their blogging to focus on other things in life. Weird, but perhaps it’s a sign for me too.
    Your blog has been a thing for me, first thing I read when I get home from work, positive place to go after a stressful day. I’ll miss it. However, life is what we make of it and yours is full! Enjoy it, and I hope you find the balance that you’re always striving for! 🙂 Can’t wait to see what other adventures you embark on. 🙂

  • Lauren @ Breathe & Nourish April 6, 2013, 12:29 pm

    Thank you so much for being honest with us! Recently I had been wondering about how you were able to pull everything off while still posting so frequently. I support your decision fully and completely understand your reasoning. I’m so glad that you’re taking care of yourself and putting your family as a higher priority. I don’t have a family but I can barely blog once a week myself! I love reading your blog and have ever since I found my first operation beautiful note on my undergrad campus years ago. Of course I will miss your frequent content but I am so glad you were brave enough to reconsider your priorities and adjust your life accordingly. 🙂 Excited to see what the future has for you and if you’re ever in Southern California I’d love to hear you speak!

  • Lisa April 6, 2013, 12:33 pm

    Saw this coming….. Super sad but, you’re absolutely right! Savour Motgerhood; Henry won’t be a Baby forever!!!!

  • Amy April 6, 2013, 12:34 pm

    Good for you! Thank for always being honest, informative, and focused on a healthy, balanced life. I have enjoyed your blog for a long time, though I have probably never commented! I will continue to read whenever you post, as I love your writing and your honesty. Enjoy your happy life! 🙂

  • Allie April 6, 2013, 12:36 pm

    Caitlin, thank you for setting this beautiful example for all of us! I completely support your decision and I wish you the best of luck!

  • Claudia April 6, 2013, 12:45 pm

    Thanks, Caitlin, for letting us be part of your Life! Wishing you and your family well and looking forward to reading from you- whenever it suits you.

    Love from Germany!

  • Nina April 6, 2013, 12:57 pm

    Henry will benefit the most from this decision. Being a mom can now be priority #1!

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery April 6, 2013, 12:58 pm

    I respect the fact that you are doing what you need to do for your family and your other businesses. Nothing but gratitude for what you’ve inspired in me here!

  • Kerry April 6, 2013, 1:14 pm

    I’ve been a daily reader since 2010 and I am so grateful for everything I have learned from you! You have given me the tools and inspiration to become a runner and racer, eat healthily and learn to cook (thank you for posting about how to steam kale!), and approach problems in my life with more positivity and grace. Thank you for everything you have given me and others, and I look forward to continuing to read your blog at a different pace! I am so happy for you that you are making a decision that will positively impact your life. Enjoy 🙂

  • Beth April 6, 2013, 1:14 pm

    I’ll miss you. You were always my favorite of the “healthy living” bloggers, because you cared about your readers and being informative, not just about yourself. I’ll miss your daily updates. Like others said, I feel like a friend is moving away!

  • Joey April 6, 2013, 1:16 pm

    My reaction is… Omg. So happy for you but so sad for me! I’ve so enjoyed reading your posts every single day for several years now. You have challenged me in so many different ways and I really felt like you were a good friend opening up my mind to thinking of things in a new or different way. I started runnning and ran a half marathon due in large part to you. I tried being a vegetarian for one year in large part due to your thought-provoking posts on the subject. I posted affirming messages to both myself and others bc of your posts on body image and self worth. Your first OB book helped my friend win her battle with her eating disorder. Caitlin I’m so happy for you and your family. Hope you realize the impact you’ve had on your loyal readers through the years. <3

    • Joey April 6, 2013, 1:19 pm

      Oh, & I’m now a faithful user of the Diva cup thanks to you, too! 🙂

    • Caitlin April 6, 2013, 1:41 pm

      Thank you so much. I would love to see any notes you post!

  • Isabella April 6, 2013, 1:23 pm

    That is a beautiful big girl decision. I love your controversy posts, adorable pictures of Henry, and what you quickly mix up in the kitchen. I’m only fifteen (a mature 15) but I relate with so much of you, you have practically become my second mom. Too weird though!
    Thank you. Please play with Henry!!

    Btw, you’ve made me think and I think I’m going to take a break from blog reading and have more quality family time. XO

    • Caitlin April 6, 2013, 1:40 pm

      Thanks for reading 🙂 this comment made me smile!

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  • rebecca @ blueberry smiles April 6, 2013, 1:27 pm

    I was sad to read this because I love your blog and look forward to reading every day…..but I’m so happy for you for making the right choice for you and your family. I know this is a decision you’ll never regret!

  • Jen April 6, 2013, 1:29 pm

    Sad to hear this, but certainly understandable! Best of luck in all of your endeavors!

  • Eileen April 6, 2013, 1:31 pm

    I will miss your multiple daily posts but look forward to hearing from you when you do post. Good luck to you and enjoy your family!!!!

  • Laura April 6, 2013, 1:46 pm


    Thank you, thank you for all that you’ve shared over the years, for being real and honest. You’ve made me a stronger, happier, healthier person. I’ve learned and gained so much from Healthy Tipping Point. I’m thankful you aren’t leaving blogging for good, and I hope this new arrangement works for you. Wishing you all the best!

  • Alyson April 6, 2013, 1:48 pm

    I began reading your blog about 3 years ago, when I decided to start taking care of myself. I was overweight and unhappy, and was having difficulty finding the drive I needed to change my life. One day, I googled “healthy blogs”, and yours was the first I found enjoyment in reading. I was an undergrad student at Pitt at the time, and saw a lot of myself in you. Your stories were honest, your goals were realistic, and your blog just sparked something in me!

    Since then, I’ve made healthy choices with your recipes, I’ve found motivation in your posts on days when I felt like blowing off a run, and I’ve gotten rid of my bad attitude and self-hatred. I respect your decision to step away from the blog and focus on the other joys in your life, but I just want to thank you for sharing your life with the public for as long as you did. Your blog was literally what inspired me to change my lifestyle!

    If you ever find time in your busy schedule, please come speak at Pitt! Until then, good luck with everything, and thank you again for inspiring me to become a better person 🙂

  • Maura April 6, 2013, 1:48 pm

    You’re the shit. That is all.

  • Deanna April 6, 2013, 1:57 pm

    Good for you Caitlin! I whole heartedly agree with your decision to prioritize. I admire you for doing so, and I will continue to be a loyal reader even with a less frequent posting schedule!

  • Bonnie @ Searching for Alignment April 6, 2013, 2:02 pm

    You have definitely been an inspiration to me. I remember when I found your blog in 2009- flashback: I was about 50lbs heavier and loads unhappier. While I only have one post under my belt, I am one who you inspired to become a blogger. However, that post was almost a week ago… I can’t imagine coming up with things to post about 2-3 times per day. I just wanted to comment and say thank you for inspiring me to live my best life, become healthier in my eating and exercising (instead of focusing on losing weight) and experiment with jogging. Life is a journey and I think the experiences you enjoy with your family are invaluable. You are a writer though, so I know you’ll be back to give us a glimpse every now and then. Two suggestions though- I, like another reader, too enjoy the Mind & Body After Baby posts- please keep them up! Also, I recommend you keep taking photographs like you’re a daily blogger. Not necessarily to share with us, but to keep for your own memories in a photo album or what have you.

    Enjoy your baby boy while he’s still a baby! 🙂

  • Katie Moore April 6, 2013, 2:07 pm

    I’ll miss seeing your posts every day. It’s been the first thing I do every morning since early 2009. I’m sure you’ll be much happier in your life 🙂

  • Aundra Weissert @ Fit for Life April 6, 2013, 2:36 pm

    Good for you, Caitlin! It’s a tough decision to make when you have so many wonderful things to balance in your life.

    You were the first healthy living blogger I started following a few years ago, and influenced me to start my own blog!

    Cheers to you.

  • Rachel April 6, 2013, 3:03 pm

    I’ve been a reader since the See Bride Run days. I feel like I’ve gotten to “know” you. I will miss reading your posts multiple times a day, but I more than understand your decision. I have twin 17 month olds, and they just get more and more demanding everyday (in a good way). You don’t want to live your wake up and regret missing out on anything. Hope you pop in every now and then to say hello!

  • Shel@PeachyPalate April 6, 2013, 3:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing your whole thought process and I’m sure everyone will more than understand! You’ll have so much to share when you do put together a blog post!

  • Kristina April 6, 2013, 3:04 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog since 2009, and while I will miss my multiple daily updates from you, I totally get where you’re coming from. Sending you a big virtual hug! And thanks for being there so often during the past few years! 🙂

  • Cindy April 6, 2013, 3:09 pm

    Caitlin, I am going to miss your great posts. I hope you continue to share the milestones in your life. Good luck with everything and enjoy your Henry time! 🙂

  • Barbara Younger April 6, 2013, 3:10 pm

    I started writing when Kath and Laura were little. If I could do it over again, I’d do less writing and more tea parties, trips to the pool, pretend games, fingerprinting…. The list goes on and on! Henry is adorable. Enjoy!

  • Aishah April 6, 2013, 3:12 pm

    Caitlin, this got me teary! I’ve emailed you numerously in the past, and I have told you how much my little sister and I truly enjoy your blog, ever since the See Bride Run days. I wish you the best of luck. You have made so many people smile many times a day and you have helped so many people realize its okay to be “normal” and struggle… Thank you for everything! Enjoy your beautiful little boy, nothings matters more than your family! You are doing the right thing 🙂 xoxo

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers April 6, 2013, 3:21 pm

    I know this wasn’t an easy decision for you, but I am happy for you and for your family. You were one of the very first blogs I read and definitely inspired me to try the whole blogging thing, too! And thanks for not thinking I was super creepy when I was some random girl who wanted to meet you for dinner in Orlando years ago! 🙂 I’m grateful for your friendship and you know I’ll follow you on your new journey!

  • Carly April 6, 2013, 3:27 pm

    Your blog has always been my #1 favourite out of the handful of blogs I read regularly. I have enjoyed reading for so long and I will really miss it because your writing style is so down to earth and fun! Good luck with everything and all the best to you and your family! 🙂

  • Katie April 6, 2013, 3:27 pm

    Caitlin, I don’t think I’ve commented from 2009 after we went on a run together (first ever HLS!). I’ve followed your blog for the past 5 years- as long as I’ve written my own!- and have always appreciated your authenticity and stimulating content. I really admired all of your posts about birth control, to name one! And I admire that you’re continuing to help educate us all on working towards balance and prioritizing what’s really, truly important. I lost most of my readership when I stopped blogging daily about everything that went into my mouth, but now I find the posts I do choose to write to be more meaningful to me.

    Enjoy your family!

  • K April 6, 2013, 3:27 pm

    I’ve been reading your posts since before your wedding. It might feel like something is missing when I open my google reader and don’t have a pile of posts from you. I won’t really miss the breakfast picture and goodbye posts; I am excited for you to keep the real content, which is what keeps readers coming back. Quality over quantity. Looking forward to more reflections on fitting in exercise, time with your spouse, time for the pets with being a mom. That’s the heart behind finding a healthy tipping point.

    • Caitlin April 6, 2013, 3:33 pm


      Thanks for reading for so long.

  • Amanda April 6, 2013, 3:38 pm

    Good for you! I’ll really miss your daily posts but as life changes our priorities must change. I just know that your bi weekly posts will be great : D

  • Mary April 6, 2013, 3:41 pm

    I will miss your daily posts but I look forward to the posts you are able to do. A little one takes a lot of time and attention as do all your other activities, but I will keep checking back to see what is up when you are able to check in. Best of luck in all your adventures! Don’t forget to do race recaps with triathlon season right around the corner!

  • Val April 6, 2013, 3:42 pm

    I had no idea how attached I had become to your blog until reading this post and feeling a pang in my heart! I’ve been a reader for awhile now and your blog was part of the reason I’ve become so inspired to leading a healthier lifestyle. Someday I want to start a blog of my own and follow in your footsteps, hopefully affecting half as many people as you have. I’m going to miss checking your blog daily and getting excited whenever I see a new post… but I definitely understand why you have to step away and focus on the more important things in life! Like many other readers, I always wondered how you juggled everything and honestly really admired you for it. I hope this takes a bit of the stress away for you and wish you the best of luck! <3

  • Evan April 6, 2013, 3:54 pm

    Can’t wait to keep reading and see what this change brings about in your writing.

  • Whitney April 6, 2013, 3:58 pm

    I’m another long time reader and first time commenter. Your blog is one of the first I read daily and I’ll miss it, but I think that it’s great that you’re doing this! Looking forward to any updates you have!

  • Claudine April 6, 2013, 4:03 pm

    Take care of yourself and your family.. that’s the most important thing! I’ll check in every now and then and be happy to read your blog! 🙂

  • Hannah April 6, 2013, 4:19 pm

    So bittersweet! Definitely brought a tear to my eye! Kudos to you for making such a difficult decision that will ultimately benefit you. A true inspiration. A big THANK YOU for all the good times and bad times you have shared with the world, you have definitely helped me make some healthy decisions, and from the comments it seems you’ve helped a heck of a lot more people. You are a ray of sunshine in a world that can be very dark. I hope you are at peace with your decision, you have to do what you need to do for you! Again I cannot thank you enough for a glimpse into your everyday life, whether it brought joy, humour, sadness, consideration. Whatever it may be I enjoyed every word I read. Looking forward to the “new” Healthy Tipping Point!

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats April 6, 2013, 4:26 pm

    Good for you! I will miss your daily posts but know your weekly posts will be even better. Best of luck!

  • Steph April 6, 2013, 4:29 pm

    Good luck to you! I love your blog and cannot wait to continue reading. Having less posts will make them that much more special. 🙂

  • maria April 6, 2013, 5:18 pm

    I’ll miss you already. Understandable decision, tough

  • Grace April 6, 2013, 5:33 pm

    Dear Caitlin, I began reading this blog about a year and a half ago. I had just started running (training for a half marathon!), and reading about all the healthy things I could do for my body, and how I needed to shift my focus from how I look to how I feel have really helped me out. So thank you for sharing your story. Honestly, I’m not sure I’ll know what to do with myself if you’re not posting three times a day! haha. Thank you for teaching me how to be healthy.

  • Rebecca P. April 6, 2013, 5:45 pm

    Your in the group of bloggers that I look foward to and read everyday. You we the first healthy living blog I came across two years ago and from there I have been introduced to such a wonderful community. Thank you for sharing your story and life with so many greatful readers. I will miss daily posts but totally understand your decision. You deserve the best! 🙂

  • Susan April 6, 2013, 6:07 pm

    I love your blog and your books, Caitlin! I will continue to be a loyal reader. I admire you for listening to your gut and making this decision. Lots of love to you and your family!

  • Veronica April 6, 2013, 6:22 pm

    As a small business owner myself, I also had to take a huge step back from work when baby #2 arrived 5 weeks ago. It is scary at first but Sooooo worth it when you let go of the crazy expectations. Henry will thank you for it. Good luck. 🙂

  • Meryl April 6, 2013, 6:24 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog since a few months before your wedding- not even sure how long it’s been, but I consider myself a long time reader 🙂 I started reading your blog in an effort to get healthy and encourage positive eating/fitness habits in my life. While those things are still important for me, I have recently realized I keep reading bc you inspire positive LIFE habits in my life. I haven’t always known how to balance my favorite parts of being a woman with my responsibilities in my career- but you’ve taught me a lot about it by example. Mostly, always be proud of who you are and let that show through as your strength- never apologize for it! Your decision to step back shows you practice what you preach. Wishing you all the best things in life!

  • Robin April 6, 2013, 6:28 pm

    Good for you! Life is so short and kids grow up really fast. I admire you for keeping things going as long as you did. You have your priorities in the right order. Enjoy your family!

  • jameil April 6, 2013, 6:29 pm

    I sensed this was coming. I’m glad you’re making the decision that works for you and your family right now! So the fb post was your healthy tipping point? 🙂 I’ll look forward to your posts when they come!

    • jameil April 6, 2013, 6:34 pm

      (I’ll also miss the Charlotte restaurant recs for when I visit home. :))

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 6, 2013, 6:50 pm

    Bravo Caitlin! You are one of the first healthy living blogs that was added to my Reader and I’ll continue to read your posts, even if they are only 2 times per week. I’ve said before that if I can accomplish even a small fraction of what Oprah has accomplished in my lifetime, I’ll die 110% satisfied. But you are just as big of an inspiration to me, and I feel like I know you like a long-time friend. You’re honest, open, real, and passionate about what you do. You’ve made an impact on me, and thousands of people around the world through Operation Beautiful, and you should be SO proud of yourself. Back in November, I dropped back from 5x/week to 3x/week for blogging, and it felt SO weird. My blog will be 3 years old next week, and I 100% understand what you mean when you say it can be mentally and emotionally stressful. It has always amazed me how you have posted 3x/day for so long, but I think your decision to scale back couldn’t come at a better time. Your family is priority #1 and clearly, you’ve got your hands full with that and all of your other ‘hats’! As everyone else has said, I’ll miss your daily posts but I know it will make the ones we do see that much better. Enjoy these days watching Henry grow up. I haven’t got any kiddies of my own (yet, anyway) but from what I hear, those kid days fly by! <3

  • Grace April 6, 2013, 6:51 pm


    I’m not usually one to comment on public forums or blogs but, with tears in my eyes, I want to wish you all the best 🙂 I’m really sad to hear that I wont be seeing you, Kristien, Henry, James, Maggie and Pippa as often. My heart is heavy and I feel like a good friend of mine is moving far away! I’m a 21 year old Irish college student and have been reading your blog for 3 years. Only recently, my sister asked me who I would have dinner with if I could choose anyone in the world, dead or alive. Without hesitation, I chose you! A little weird, I know! I genuinely feel like I have learned more from your daily posts than I have from any self help/cookery/life skills book I could read! You have made me think of the world in different ways, made me question the way I think and have truly inspired me to live a life of integrity and balance. Thank you for sharing your life with us, I hope that it’s not too long before we hear from you again. Grace 🙂 x

  • Amanda @Peanut Butter and Adrenaline April 6, 2013, 7:04 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for almost three years, and you’ve always been one of my absolute favorites to read every day. I’ve learned so much about running, body image and confidence. You even gave me the confidence to start my own blog! I’m glad you’ll still be around a little bit, but I completely understand the decision to step back and focus on what’s really important. I, along with what sounds like many, will support you 100 percent and look forward to your posts during the week. Best wishes 🙂

  • Kristy April 6, 2013, 7:04 pm

    As I read this I started to get sad as I am a loyal reader and really really enjoy your blog. Your boy is a little younger than mine and I love reading stories from other mamas. As I read further into the post my thoughts turned from sad to “Huh. No biggie” Cutting back to once or twice a week is not what I expected from that lead up. Go do what you have to do, mama. You’ll still be around and so will we. Once or twice a week is still enough to keep me reading.

  • Lauren April 6, 2013, 7:21 pm

    Dear Caitlin,

    Thank you so, so much for writing HTP. I first started reading during the England trip, and I’ve been a loyal reader ever since. You have inspired me to start running (up to 2 miles without stopping!) and begin to have a better body image. Yours is and always has been my absolute favorite blog. I’ll miss your posts but reading about this decision makes me respect you even more. As you’ve inspired me in so many other ways, you’ve now inspired me to take a look at my own work habits, and maybe pull away from the internet a little. Your wonderful influence continues 🙂 I can’t wait for your once a week posts, though! Best wishes<3


  • Elisabeth April 6, 2013, 7:22 pm

    While I’ll definitely miss the multiple posts per day, I completely understand! Looking forward to continuing to read HTP posts, just on a smaller scale 😉

  • Jessica April 6, 2013, 7:42 pm

    Good for you! I’ve been reading for a year or two and I can say quality is much better than quantity. Honestly I can tell the days when you’re posting just to post. Posting multiple times a day is unreasonable for any blog manned by one writer! Enjoy refocusing your time because people in your real life are who matter the most!

  • Dory April 6, 2013, 7:55 pm

    I know there are days I will be bummed to not be greated by a post from you, but I have to say I am also relieved. When you tried to track every minute of your life to try to figure out how to cram everything in it scared me for you. I guess it just didn’t seem like an enjoyable way to live life. I was at that point my last year of engineering school. I promised that once I got through that year I would never pack my days so tightly again, it was so stressful! I wish you the best!

  • Kelly April 6, 2013, 7:58 pm

    Noooooooooo!!! Say it’s not so!!! You are my favorite blogger!!
    Seriously, though your sanity is what is most important and stepping back for your family is not a decision that I think you will regret, but I will miss reading your posts every day.

  • Katherine April 6, 2013, 7:58 pm

    I was so relieved to hear you aren’t leaving completely!! You have definitely inspired me to change my life for the better, from eating well to exercising more. And you are so real in your own journey, it’s not just unrealistic goals you are promoting that I know I would never be able to achieve myself. You really do promote healthy living for everyone. Totally understand shifting your priorities though and I wish you all the best! 🙂

  • Carol April 6, 2013, 7:59 pm

    This post totally made me tear up, I understand where you are coming from, family first! I will be here anxiously waiting for your weekly updates! Good luck and know you will be missed!

  • Kate April 6, 2013, 8:07 pm


    I have never commented, but I must say now how much I love your blog. I began reading when it was still See Bride Run, and I have enjoyed it ever since. Your positive, healthy, and NORMAL outlook on life has helped me on many occasions. Good luck with everything, and I look forward to future posts, however few and far between they may be.


  • skinnyrunner April 6, 2013, 8:22 pm

    in the wise words of jersey shore, “you do you.” 🙂
    you gotta do whats best for you and your family. happy for you!

  • Anna April 6, 2013, 8:31 pm

    Good for you, girl! I’ve read for over 2 years and will continue to even through the changes! You might be surprised and find that your openness to step back will inspire others to free themselves from things in their own lives that are taking away time and energy from their main priorities. Enjoy your time!

  • Colleen April 6, 2013, 8:48 pm

    Caitlin, I’ve been reading since 2009 and loved reading and learning so much from you. I’ll also share, it was because of you I’ve started using the Diva cup-love that little thing. 🙂 Even though I’ll miss your daily insight, you have shown us again what is important-personal health and family. As a mom of three young kids ( if you can call 9,7,4 young), I have thought many times to step back /reduce my blog reading (only read six) and spend more time off screen than on, but I was always afraid I’d miss a great informative post or something fun. You’re reduced schedule is just what I need to get living and enjoying life with my kids without fear of missing something great from you. Now, go hug and kiss Henry . He is only little once.

  • Macrae April 6, 2013, 8:52 pm

    I am REALLY going to miss you blog posts new everyday. You have steadily become my favorite blog to read; your variety of posts, help with my self-esteem, motivation, and obsession with Charlotte 😉 You are truly talented and ever improving. Caitlin, thank you! I wish you a world of happiness in your decision and wish you the best with your precious family!

  • Heidi April 6, 2013, 8:55 pm

    This sounds like a really sensible decision. I have only ever commmented once before but have been reading since the See Bride Run days. Please don’t take this the wrong way but unlike many others I don’t have any emotional investment in reading blogs so I look at this decision with mild interest. I read your blog because I find it interesting to see the point of view of someone who is obviously an intelligent and passionate woman. I enjoy many blogs as a form of entertainment but have never found one to be inspiring or life changing, but that’s just me. I appreciate what a big part of your life (and others’ lives) the blog is and will continue to check in with interest when you do post. I just wanted to offer a somewhat different point of view to most of those expressed here, which I am sure you will respect and appreciate.

  • Emily April 6, 2013, 9:28 pm

    I really applaud you for this decision. For so many modern women there is a lot of pressure to do everything and be everything, it’s exhausting. I’m happy and excited for you to explore different aspects of your life more deeply. I will miss reading your blog daily, I always check at least twice a day for new posts! They light up my life. But you deserve a change and change is good, embrace it. I can’t wait to see how this shift in things goes. I’ll miss the daily photos of Henry and the animals though! Sending you all my love and good wishes!

  • Heather April 6, 2013, 9:33 pm

    I was so happy to stumble across your blog two years ago. You’ve made an impact in my life. While I will miss reading everyday, multiple times a day, I fully understand and support your decision to keep what’s best for you and your family first. Here’s to you and your remarkable stamp on life!

  • Erica April 6, 2013, 9:33 pm

    Quality > Quantity. Do what you have to do… Live your life! We’ll still be here <3

    I know I'm probably one of those people who reads your blog who you'll never meet, but I find your blog, Operation Beautiful, and YOU very inspirational. I feel like I know you even though we've never met. I'll definitely keep reading no matter how frequent your updates are.

  • Brandy April 6, 2013, 9:39 pm

    I always love reading your blog and always will. You are an inspiration to so many and selfishly I’m happy to know you’ll stay in touch. Thank you for your thoughtful posts and positive messages. I will miss the daily posts but will continue to read closely. Congratulations.

  • Amber K April 6, 2013, 9:40 pm

    I think this is an incredibly smart decision. You want to look back at your life and feel like you’ve truly lived it and been there for your family. You won’t look back and think “man, I wish I had blogged more.” But “I am so glad I chose to spend extra time with my family, my friends and doing the things that inspired me.” While I will miss you posting daily, I think this is such a great idea.

  • Art @ Fit at fifty April 6, 2013, 9:44 pm

    Good Luck.
    I just recently discovered your blog.
    Gonna miss it.

  • Amber April 6, 2013, 10:00 pm

    Just want to echo what so many others have said above: love you, will miss you, and will look forward to your posts, however infrequent. There’s an expression in Senegal, “thank you for you,” which I think sums it up for me. So, thank you for you, and sending you love and best wishes!

  • Rosamund April 6, 2013, 10:13 pm

    I did at times wonder how you were managing to blog several times a day with a family and all your other work. Sometimes the hardest thing is being able to make to that decision to say no to others and put your family and yourself first, but by doing so you are being just as inspirational as ever!

  • Ashley N. April 6, 2013, 10:19 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I came across your blog many years ago; it was a random occurrence stumbling across your recipe for flax-encrusted sweet potato balls, I’ll never forget! 🙂 At the time I had never seen a healthy living blog and it was as if this whole new world had been opened to me. I have been an avid reader of yours ever since and it’s the first one I go to each day. I have truly enjoyed following your story through marriage, switching careers, and your growing family. I appreciate your realistic and approachable manner to health as it as forced me to re-evaluate my own health. Thank you for taking us all on your journey and I look forward to your next chapter.

  • Katie @peacebeme April 6, 2013, 10:24 pm

    Oh no! this always happens once a blogger has a baby! I’ve been reading for almost four years. I will miss your regular posts but good luck and enjoy your time with cute little Henry.

  • Jenny April 6, 2013, 10:42 pm

    I am really going to miss you! When I started to read your post, I was so worried that you were ending the blog completely. I’m so glad that you will still be around a few times each week. I’m sure this was a hard choice and please be sure that all of your readers completely understand and wish you the best!!!

  • Amanda April 6, 2013, 11:08 pm

    This seems like a smart, healthy decision. Thanks for continuing to share your thoughts and time. Good luck in your new ventures!

  • Angie April 6, 2013, 11:35 pm

    I have always appreciated how genuine and honest you are. I can understand the need to prioritize and wish the best of luck!

  • Kat April 6, 2013, 11:40 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for almost 3 years now, and this post makes me sad. Seems like they’ve won. And that sucks, but I don’t know how you’ve dealt with the criticism lately, I wouldn’t have been able to. Good luck.

  • emily April 6, 2013, 11:44 pm

    I’m behind the times but I just got home! I just want to echo all of the above – I am so glad you are doing what is right for you and/but I will definitely miss you!

  • Emily Whiting April 7, 2013, 12:04 am

    Wow, beautiful post. I just started my blog and hope to find the same inspiration to keep seeking out a healthier and better lifestyle than I otherwise would have.

    Thanks for your time and post. Enjoy your time with your family.

  • Lexi April 7, 2013, 12:08 am

    I’ve been a loyal reader for almost two years and your are one of my favorite blogs. I will dearly miss reading your daily posts but as a mother myself I totally get it. In fact, I’ve never understood how many of you bloggers manage it all. Little Henry definitely takes precedence over anything else. Don’t worry your loyal readers will still here. Good luck with everything!!

  • Susan April 7, 2013, 1:47 am

    Thank you for all your wonderful posts on a myriad of topics, and I’m so glad you will be continuing to blog. Your blog was all kinds of inspiring when I first started on my journey to a healthier me. And as I gave birth to twins less than two months after you had Henry, I have loved following your posts chronicling your journey through motherhood. I look forward to reading more about your life as Henry’s mom!

  • kate April 7, 2013, 2:17 am

    You will be sorely missed on the blogosphere – your blog is the ONLY healthy living blog that I have consistently frequented! It is fantastic – a mix between food, fitness, and real life. I wish you the very best on your endeavor (and totally support it, not that it matters) and will continue to check for blog posts from you! Maybe I’ll just have to start going into the archives…haha! Best of luck with everything else!

  • Erin April 7, 2013, 2:51 am

    Though I’ve never commented before, I feel compelled to do so now after having read this post. I first happened upon your blog in the summer of 2008, just a few weeks after its inception. At the time, I was 18, had just graduated from high school, and was in the process of recovering from a three-and-a-half year battle with anorexia. Anyone who has suffered from an eating disorder will tell you that recovery is an arduous process, and it was particularly difficult for me, as I had moved several hours away from home to attend college and therefore found myself without much of a support system at my disposal. What I have to thank you for, then, is this: not only did your blog help to reintroduce me to healthy eating habits, it also helped me to realize that I wasn’t entirely alone in my experience of the many negative thoughts and emotions which had both caused and perpetuated the disorder. Most importantly, moreover, it helped me recognize that I had the power and strength to overcome my disorder and that I was worth the effort it would take to become happy and healthy again. Nearly five years have since passed, and I’m in a much better place now than I was then. As strange as it may sound, given that you don’t know me, this is partly because of you and the positive messages you so often send out into the world through your blog. In return, I can only thank you, sincerely, and wish you all the best in what’s to come.

  • Bhuvi April 7, 2013, 3:31 am

    Hey Caitlin,
    began reading your blog more than a year ago, and the sheer positivity in your written word, kept me hooked. Your blog is motivating, highly positive, very well put together.

    I ll miss reading your entries, but I totally understand how important it is to set your priorities.
    It must be crazily hard to be blogging 2-3 times a day with a baby, and your work commitments. (I have often wondered how u manage to do it all without feeling overwhelmed)

    Best of luck to u!

    ps: Henry is adorable 🙂

  • Maria April 7, 2013, 4:04 am

    I was stunned when I saw the “Dear Reader” header, I definitely had not seen this coming. I respect you so much for your decision. I have checked your blog every day for the past few years. I don’t have a blog of my own, but right now you have made me re-consider my blog reading and how it impacts my life. I have enjoyed following your life – healthy living, pregnancy, housemoving, dogs and cat – and have gained new perspectives on many things from your blog and others, but truthfully I find myself at a place in my life where it’s time to focus my time and energy on moving forward and really struggling and I think I need to cut down on my blog reading, which in itself is so time consuming. So once again you have impacted my life. Thanks Caitlin.

  • Jennifer S April 7, 2013, 7:33 am

    I will miss your daily posts, but am very happy for you. (I made a similar decision a while back and the relief was immediate). Looking forward to catching up with your blog on whatever schedule you choose to update it. 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 7, 2013, 7:39 am

    I think this is a great choice – we should always put our real life first! I’m glad to hear you’ll still be posting though. 🙂

  • Crissy April 7, 2013, 8:07 am

    Hi Caitlin

    Thank you for your years of writing. When I started reading blogs a few years ago, yours quickly rose to the top as my absolute favorite. A couple of weeks ago I was doing a female focus group and one of the questions was “who inspires you?” While others named of people like Michelle Obama and Hilary Clinton (who are no doubt inspiring!) when it came to my turn my response was “real people, like this one woman Caitlin, she’s a blogger but so much more than that, she’s just a great role model”

    Seriously, you are awesome! I try to be half as positive on life as you are and try my best to just relax and take it a day at time, not best myself up for what isn’t accomplished but praise myself for what I was able to achieve. You have helped me in life in ways of fitness, healthy eating, healthy body image, relationship advice, and when I get there, parenting advice.

    Thank you thank you thank you! I will no doubt miss my “friend.” Thank you for the smiles, laughs, jaw drops (I fell for the baby pony adoption post), and thank you for always keeping it real.


  • Colleen April 7, 2013, 8:11 am

    Saddest post on the internet. I follow ~30 healthy living blogs daily and yours is by far my favorite. I greatly anticipate your future updates, no matter how sparse they may be.

  • Kermit April 7, 2013, 8:24 am

    Do you feel the love? I so hope you do .
    Like most I will selfishly miss reading my favourite blog daily but you don’t need us to tell you that you have made the right choice. You know that in your gut.
    Each year instead of a list of resolutions I pick a mantra or quote to live by. This year my mantra is ” Less is More” .

    Seems that all the way across the oceans you heard me chant it and decided to live by it too. How smart are we :))

    Blowing you kisses from Australia xxx

  • Kelly April 7, 2013, 8:59 am

    I read a lot of blogs and I really think you have one of the best, most genuine (if that makes sense) blogs out there. You always seem like a real person and not some model of perfection like a lot of blogs try to display. I’ve really enjoyed the feminist posts and the discussions about birth control, makeup and media. You are an inspiration, someone that doesn’t just talk about helping others, but actually does. Thanks for all the positivity.

  • Jessica April 7, 2013, 9:21 am

    I completely understand and will still visit your blog just as often as I always have! You’ve inspired and motivated my fitness, business and personal life in so many ways and I know you will continue to do so, even if you limit your posts to once or twice per week. That’s what archives are for right? 🙂 Just don’t shut the site down… I’d be lost!!

  • Angie @ Pint of Goals April 7, 2013, 9:44 am

    I have been reading about your life for two years now and love your blog. Like I’m sure many people are saying, I’m not going anywhere! Enjoy your new-found time focusing on those other awesome things in your life 🙂

  • Marie-Santé April 7, 2013, 9:45 am

    Thank you for choosing to share! You could have step away without any explanations: it’s your life and not our business. But after years of reading you, I have to say that I feel concern about your happiness and knowing your OK, just enjoying your life, is a great deal 🙂
    Thank you Caitlin, your information about running really helped me (I think I owe you my marathon!). Also, I’m less scare about the whole pregnancy thing and being a mom. I’ll look forward for your future blogs and wish you the best!

  • Heather from KC April 7, 2013, 9:57 am

    I think you have made a wonderful decision. I miss miss your post but I am so happy you are able to spend time with your family. You go girl.

  • Cindy April 7, 2013, 12:26 pm

    Oh my goodness I totally understand!! I stay at home full time with my 15 month old and often feel like I don’t even have the time to get everything done!!! Good luck to you! I will still be here to read whatever and whenever you post!!!

  • Carly @ Life in Training April 7, 2013, 12:35 pm

    You will be very much missed on a daily basis! It must have been so hard to make this decision but I’m sure you feel a huge weight off your shoulders now. Post when you want to and when you have time – your readers will be sticking around!

  • Katherine April 7, 2013, 12:58 pm

    Caitlin, I have been reading for probably 6 YEARS- crazy, I know…. off and on and I always come back to your blog because I love your voice and your intelligence and your feminism and your openness to others views. I think its awesome that you are listening to your needs right now in your life and stepping back. I will definitely be checking on those weekly posts. Thanks for being such an inspiration (seriously– I feel like I grew up with you– same age) and for sharing your life with us for so many years. Its been amazing.

  • jen April 7, 2013, 1:25 pm

    over the past 3 years you have helped me develop into a more healthy and more happy person. how can i be anything but supportive to you? i have often thought “i dont know how she does it all”, and while i am definitely going to be going to HTP withdrawals, i wish you all the best with all my heart. you have given so much to so many of us! i hope no matter what youre feeling, you feel wonderful knowing just how many lives across this globe you touch.

  • Danielle April 7, 2013, 1:32 pm

    I’ve been following you for a long time now and don’t comment much, but I just wanted you to know that you are my favorite blog! Every morning I look forward to reading, and that won’t soon change just because you post less often! Good for you for doing what’s right for you!

  • Toni April 7, 2013, 1:51 pm

    I loved re-living the early days of having a baby through your experiences with Henry … you gave voice to so many thoughts I had then. Your decision is totally understandable, and your daily voice will be missed!!

  • Judy E. April 7, 2013, 3:22 pm

    Kudos! Life is about transitions. Recognizing that and altering our lives to accommodate them is necessary and the healthiest response. I applaud your not waiting until the squeeze of life had rung you dry. 🙂 I look forward to hearing from you when you have time.

    Love ya.

  • Amy@ Healthy and Fit for Real April 7, 2013, 3:33 pm

    Yours was one of the first blogs I started reading and it was a big inspiration for me to start my own blog! Thank you for that and I hope you enjoy your time with your family. 🙂

  • Anna April 7, 2013, 3:33 pm

    As a senior in college who started reading her freshman year, I can’t tell you how much it means to me to see someone who has made it in their own special way like you have. I really can’t imagine my daily life without Healthy Tipping Point. I have learned so much about feminism, healthy lifestyles, gosh, pregnancy and childcare even…
    I’m not crying in the stacks of the library, that’s just a branch in my eye. Thank you so much for everything, Caitlin.

  • Kelsey April 7, 2013, 3:34 pm

    dear caitlin, while i hardly ever comment, i just wanted to say i have been reading for about 6 years now and love your blog. i have grown to love it even more through the years because of your intelligent discussions, positivity, not too much “fluff,” and just looking up to you as a healthy role model. thank you so much for all the time and energy you have put into this blog over the years. i hope the time away fills your life with even more happiness.

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  • Mary April 7, 2013, 3:55 pm

    This is an incredibly brave decision and ultimately one that will benefit you and one you will be glad you made when you get to spend much more time watching Henry grow and develop over the coming years. I am sure that you will be very much missed by so many in the blogging world but at the same time will have their support for being brave enough to make this leap. Enjoy and make the very most of your extra time. 🙂

  • Andrea April 7, 2013, 3:56 pm

    Such a great post! I think we are all a little saddened because we love your blog so much, but totally understand! Hoping the step back brings you exactly what you need!

  • Aja April 7, 2013, 4:00 pm

    I get that this was a very hard decision, and it’s a good thing you are stepping back. Sometimes more important things need to take over, and you definitely have a lot to do! I want you to know how much I have enjoyed reading your blog, and I think you are an amazing woman. You do so many things I doubt I’d ever be able to do all at once. So take your break from blogging so much here, you deserve it.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 7, 2013, 4:34 pm

    While I enjoy reading your posts everyday, I also completely understand and SUPPORT your decision to cut back. I’m not a mother, wife or business owner but I’m a girl with dreams who is working hard to achieve them and sometimes blogging can add more stress than help. Those are the days that I choose to step away and give myself a break. I get it and commend you for realizing what is best for YOU right now. I’ll still be reading and looking forward to the posts as they come. 🙂

  • Dana B April 7, 2013, 4:58 pm

    Good for you, Caitlin! You will be missed though. You’re my favorite blog to check daily 🙂

  • Tricia April 7, 2013, 5:52 pm

    Good for you :o)

  • Rachel April 7, 2013, 5:57 pm

    I could tell where you were going from the first sentence, and I kept hoping you were going to say you were taking a step back and not walking away forever. I’m glad you’ll still be giving weekly updates. I feel (like many of your readers) that we’ve gotten to know you and your family over the years (PS. I can’t believe I’ve been reading your blog for over 2 years!), and it would feel weird for you to completely disappear from our lives! I completely understand your decision to take a step back. I can only imagine how busy your life is! I’ll continue to tune in for weekly updates on your and your family’s lives and as always the interesting topics you discuss. When you eventually decide to step completely away from blogging, at least by cutting down to weekly posts, I’ll be slightly weaned from you, and no matter what the future holds, I only wish the best for you and your family, and I’ll search the bookstore’s shelves for your books (and YA novel?)! Best wishes!

  • Allison April 7, 2013, 6:10 pm

    YOU. GO. GIRL!
    Although I will miss reading your blog with my breakfast, I believe you are doing the right thing!

  • Kelly April 7, 2013, 7:37 pm

    I so totally understand, respect, and support this decision!!! But I selfishly am sad – I will miss your daily posts!! Good luck with the balance – I’ll really look forward to the weekly posts! 🙂

  • Ashley // Our Little Apartment April 7, 2013, 7:41 pm

    Dude, GOOD FOR YOU. I have blogged for 5.5 years and cannot IMAGINE blogging multiple times a day and still getting….anything else done. Ha. It’s not fun being doing more than you should be doing. If being a mom has taught me anything, it’s that my time is WAY more valuable now. I design websites and raised my prices after my son was born, because my time felt worth more. It’s weird, right?

    Anyway, thanks for keeping it real, as per usual. (I only have a medium sized audience, nothing like your mammoth one, and have found 2-3 times a week is perfect. Hope you enjoy paring back!)

  • applepommemanzana April 7, 2013, 7:55 pm

    I’ve read your blog almost from the beginning. I have enjoyed your blog especially because in addition to funny anecdotes and descriptions of your daily routines, many posts were very helpful and informative. I love the style in which you handle topics, even controversial or slightly gross ones.

    Of course, we are all sad to lose the frequency of blog posts. But we are happy for you to have a loving, beautiful family and to prioritize spending time with them and caring for them.

    Thank you for giving us so much food for thought and amusement. Your posts will always be a highlight for me.

  • Reenielou April 7, 2013, 8:11 pm

    Ahhh I totally understand, you will be missed. I don’t know how you juggle it all. I’ve been reading you for years, you’re one of the first blogs I check first thing in the morning and a few times a day. I’ll still check you daily……I wish the best for you, The Husband, Henry and your family.


  • Mari @ Wine Required April 7, 2013, 8:30 pm

    You are an amazing author, mother, speaker, leader and blogger. You will, undoubtedly, be successful in all of your future endeavors.

    Enjoy stepping back, so that you can enjoy each little step along the way.

  • Eileen April 7, 2013, 8:32 pm

    Good for you!! So happy for you, of course I will just be that much more excited to read your posts. Thank you so much for all you’ve shared. I had my baby around the same as you had Henry so I will look forward to updates about him! 🙂

  • Heather April 7, 2013, 8:52 pm

    I’ll miss your posts so very much. You have inspired me more than you will know! But I completely understand :).

  • Jill B April 7, 2013, 9:00 pm

    I have been reading your blog almost daily for about 4 years. It’s funny when someone starts talking about something they ate or exercise and I will say “I have a friend…” meaning you! I know, that sounds creepy stalker like, but I feel like I really know you from this blog. Your family is the most important thing – I will be checking in to see if there are any updates. Hug that cute baby boy of yours! Best wishes to you!

  • LizP April 7, 2013, 9:02 pm

    Looking forward to the new format- hopefully more debates and thought provoking posts on topics that aren’t always mainstream (placenta encapsulation, diva cup, etc) but something we can all discuss or learn about. Those posts are the reason why I read- there a bazillion blogs that post their daily eats, workouts, and mundane routines and your posts in which I learned something new (even if I didn’t agree) is why I came back day after day for years. Best wishes and looking forward to great content.

  • Maren April 7, 2013, 9:14 pm

    I miss you already!! But I understand totally why you would need to step away. You and Janetha were two of the first bloggers I ever started following on my quest for healthy living. I will continue to hop onto your site for yummy recipes. Hope you keep posting adorable pictures of Henry. Take care!

  • Gretchen April 7, 2013, 9:30 pm

    I’ve enjoyed your blog for several years now and can honestly say I will miss checking in …several times a day. I stumbled upon your blog one day when I was googling for information on how to be a better, beginner runner— Ive learned alot from you! Thank you for being a wealth of information—also some of my favorite recipes have come from you and your blog—(banana pancake truffles-hello -yum!) However I completely respect and understand your decision—best wishes to you and yours 🙂

  • Tanya April 7, 2013, 10:44 pm

    Don’t worry girl.. I totally understand. Sometimes you just gotta take a step back..

  • Esen @ COOKBOOKSANDCAKE.BLOGSPOT.COM April 7, 2013, 11:48 pm

    We’ll still be here to support and read along!
    all the best!


  • Jolene ( April 8, 2013, 1:01 am

    Good for you Caitlin! We just want to hear from you whenever you have the time – no pressure, no worries! Go live!

  • Emily April 8, 2013, 1:16 am

    Hi Caitlin,

    I was introduced to your blog when your first book was gifted to me for my birthday in September 2011. A month later you announced your pregnancy on the blog and I was hooked. I believe HTP has made me a stronger, better person and given me more motivation to rise up and live my life 🙂 to be completely honest with a uni course and a job I don’t check the blog as much as I used to, and find blogging myself to be draining having to keep up with everything I promised to commit to on my blog – I have no idea how you did it multiple times a day!!! I will greatly look forward to you posting at your discretion. You are a woman and mother that so many people of all ages admire and your decision is one that so many individuals will incorporate into their own lives <3

  • Lauren April 8, 2013, 3:16 am

    I will miss your daily posts SO MUCH! I always read your blog first, it’s my favourite healthy living blog. Well done on making the decision, though. You’re the only one who knows what’s best for YOU, good for you for taking care of yourself 🙂 I look forward to your weekly updates! Enjoy and embrace the extra hours you’ll have! xo

  • Lisa April 8, 2013, 4:44 am

    I have been expecting a post like this for some time! 🙂 I’ve ALWAYS wondered how you could juggle the many, many parts of your life with posting so frequently! I love reading your blog – it was the first blog I ever read and I check it everyday – but the community you’ve created really does care about you and wants you to feel balanced and happy!

    You have impacted my life in such positive ways! Thank you for all the posts, all the topics and discussions, and sharing your life with me! I look forward to your posts as they come, but in the meantime I will picture a growing Henry, a sweet, busy Husband, a crazy pet zoo, countless healthy meals/runs/swims/bikes, and a HAPPY you. 🙂

    You’re awesome Caitlin!!!!!

  • Jenny April 8, 2013, 6:58 am

    As soon as I saw this post this morning, I started to tear up! Your blog has been such an encouragement and inspiration to me regarding health, fitness, family and so much more, and I want to thank you so much for sharing your life with us. And HUGE kudos to you for making this tough decision. I wish you and your family all the best as you move forward! GOOD FOR YOU!!

  • Sarah April 8, 2013, 8:35 am

    Yours is one of the only “healthy living” blogs I still read regularly and this is exactly why — because you are REAL and as your life changes and grows, you adapt and do what you need to do to live a healthy, happy life. Good for you for putting yourself and your family first. I am thrilled that you will still be posting here and there and look forward to reading when you do.

  • Laura Z April 8, 2013, 9:07 am

    I wondered if you’d make this choice. And what a good one it is! Best to you and your family!

  • Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake April 8, 2013, 9:29 am

    I can’t help it; this post makes me really sad. While I 100% respect and support your decision, I will miss your voice so much. I’m sure many others have said the same thing, but I feel like I know you, Caitlin! Your blog has been my favorite for years (and I read a LOT of blogs). I love your ability to “stir the pot” about important women’s issues without ever being disrespectful or close-minded. I have learned so much from you. I emailed you a few years ago to tell you I’d recently left a job in corporate PR that made me miserable, and I felt like your story had given me the confidence to do it. I’m now happily working for an amazing women’s group, and I have the time and energy to pursue my passions of writing, fitness and entertaining. My life is completely different. I am completely different.

    Best of luck in this new chapter, and kudos for taking charge of your own happiness like always. You continue to inspire me to ask for more out of life. Much love to you, friend.

  • Miranda April 8, 2013, 9:31 am

    Thank you for everything Caitlin! You are amazing at what you do 🙂

  • Victoria April 8, 2013, 9:36 am

    For the past four years your posts have been the highlight of my day. Good or bad, I knew I’d learn something new from your amazing stories. And now I check in to your baby posts every week as I grow my own little minion. I think you are truly an inspiration to so many women. I hope to forever have your words from here, from your books, and Operation Beautiful to guide my precious baby girl through life. You are a shining star – and I’m sure you’re only going to get brighter. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your life.

  • Katy April 8, 2013, 9:54 am

    Hi Caitlin, I never comment (total blog lurker) but I just wanted to say that I’ve been reading your blog over the last year or so and appreciate it so much! You’ve definitely helped motivate me to be healthier. Go do what is best for yourself and your family and I’ll still be reading whenever you check in! Thank you 🙂

  • Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages April 8, 2013, 10:11 am

    What a great post. I’ve always really enjoyed your blog (I think I’ve been reading for 4 years, crazy!) and hearing about your journey through life. I’m glad you’re making the right decision for you and your family and that you’ll be continuing to update us!

  • C April 8, 2013, 10:20 am

    Caitlin, I’m so happy that you wrote this post. I am a single mother who blogs and I find it difficult to make regular posts . It is so encouraging to see that since you too have become a Mom, priorities change. I remember meeting you at HLS in Philly and you are such a positive and wonderful person. I wish you the best and I look forward to your posts, no matter how infrequent they may be.

  • Kris April 8, 2013, 10:29 am

    Just as your life has changed and you need to devote yourself to other pursuits, I think there is a natural life to any blog so less posts or no blog is something to be expected (although of course disappointing to dedicated readers!). Thank you for letting us look into your life every day and during some awesome life-changing events, and especially thank you for taking on tough topics that are so important for women to consider and discuss. I’ve read a lot of blogs, and found there are few I really want to follow, but I’ve enjoyed yours every day and am sure I would want you for a friend if I met you in real life. Best to you and your family in all your pursuits!

  • Janelle April 8, 2013, 10:33 am

    I’ve only been reading for a few years but your posts were always the last I’d read every morning so I could “end on a good note.” Your blog was always the place I looked to for inspiration, motivation, happiness, and positivity. I guess in a way you are setting all of your readers free to find positivity within ourselves.

    A bunch of posts per week or only one, it’s so admirable that you are following through on what is best for you and your family right now. Lots of love!

  • Amanda K. April 8, 2013, 10:41 am

    congrats on this change for you and your family.
    i hope you guys enjoy this new phase of life, and i look forward to your 2-3 times a week check ins.

  • Elyse April 8, 2013, 10:51 am

    Just wanted to pop in and say that while I will really miss your frequent posts, I really admire your decision to prioritize what’s really important in your life right now. Once again you are setting a terrific example of how to be healthy, in all sense of the word. I’ll definitely be checking back often for when you do decide to post!

  • Jessi April 8, 2013, 10:56 am

    I have not commented before but have been a reader of your blog for 3 years! Being able to say “no” (or take steps back) is one of the most valuable things we can do for ourselves and I admire you for that. I also wanted to let you know that I have diligently been following ALL of your tri posts and read them over and over hoping one day to complete a tri of my own with success. And, as of Saturday, I completed my first sprint tri!! Without your posts I would have been no where near as prepared as I was. Thank you so much for all of your help and inspiration and good luck on your next adventure!

  • Nicole April 8, 2013, 11:28 am

    You’ve heard this 266 times now, but you’re really such an inspiration to me. I read your books, your blog, and took your advice to start coaching Girls on the Run. I hope that some day I can touch someone’s life the way you touched mine. I’m looking forward to your weekly updates and can’t wait to someday meet you to thank you in person.

    Enjoy the changes, and embrace every moment.


  • Tracey April 8, 2013, 11:35 am

    No!! No, no, no!! Nooooo! *stomps feet* And who are all of these nice people who just wish you the best and move on?? For all of them, there are more of us stomping our feet in protest of your departure!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Just kidding… I will miss all of your posts. I’ve loved reading your posts when I’m up at 1 in the morning feeding my son, or mid afternoon when I need a break from the day.

    I think it’s wonderful that you are taking the time to think about what you really want to spend your time– and your heart– on. Good for you!!!!

  • Vicki April 8, 2013, 11:47 am

    Definitely sad to hear you’re stepping back, but I support the decision! This life we have is a short one, and we all need to take the time to spend time with our family / friends / loved ones and just LIVE without worrying if the picture took, or if the lighting is alright, or if you approved all your comments, or this that and the next thing… etc etc. I’ll be looking forward to your weekly updates, and wish you the best of luck with everything you do!!!

  • Sara April 8, 2013, 11:48 am

    Wondered when this day would come. You do so much! I will miss reading your blog during my downtime at work, but look forward to the few posts per week.

  • Melissa @TryingtoHeal April 8, 2013, 11:59 am

    You know I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning and I totally understand your decision…as I did it a while ago and know how hard it can be to move in that direction! I think it’ll just make us look more forward to what you write about a few times a week!

  • Maria April 8, 2013, 12:26 pm

    I am proud of you for making this decision. I am sure it was not easy. I love reading your blog and will look forward to your posts. You need time for yourself and your family. Thank you for all the great posts and inspirations.

  • Catherine @ A Two Storey Home April 8, 2013, 12:27 pm

    Caitlin, Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you’ve shared through this blog. You’ve inspired me in so many ways (including starting my own blog!) Thanks for sharing your life with us in such a way that I feel like I know you. (There have been many occasions over the last few years that I’ve started to tell my husband about something you’ve posted as if you were one of our mutual friends and then realized, “He doesn’t know her… and technically neither do I…” Hah!) Thanks for being real and letting us into your life. I look forward to seeing your posts when they do come!
    <3 Catherine

  • Katie April 8, 2013, 12:45 pm

    I will miss your blog – my morning routine involves a cup of coffee and reading your morning post when I get to work each morning. My daughter is just a few days older than Henry and I really enjoyed following along with your pregnancy posts and baby posts. Best of luck to you!

  • Carolina John April 8, 2013, 12:49 pm

    I never understood how you were able to post more than once a day. take it easy! post what and when you want. I’ve gone from 4 days a week down to about twice a week max. lately in ironman training it’s only been once a week.

  • Sammy April 8, 2013, 1:08 pm

    Already having withdrawals, Caitlin!

    Happy to know that you are living and experiencing fully in exchange for documenting, but we (I) miss your virtual presence! Thank you for sharing your beautiful personality and family with us for as long as you have.

  • Stephanie April 8, 2013, 1:11 pm

    While I will miss your daily posts, I completely understand your decision. I’ve had to make similar decisions myself and they have been some of the best decisions I’ve made. I hope this decision brings even more (mental/physical/spiritual) health to you and your family!

  • laura leane April 8, 2013, 2:18 pm

    dear caitlin,

    thank you for the lovely note. your priorities are wonderful and inspiring. we love you too.

    reader laura leane

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut April 8, 2013, 3:14 pm

    I totally get it. My lunchtime blog reading won’t be the same now, but I’ll still be here when you have something to share. Best wishes! xo

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt April 8, 2013, 3:41 pm

    You do wear so many hats!!! Glad you are not stepping away completely! I will miss the daily posts though!

  • Stephanie C April 8, 2013, 4:03 pm

    I’ve been a reader for – somewhere around 2+ years. Your posts were how I started my morning and I will very much miss that.
    Mostly, I am so appreciative of all the wonderful, thought-provoking discussions you have started. And especially your attitude when there was a disagreement on the comment threads – you always had such good boundaries (psychotherapist in me coming out ;). I have learned much just in the comment sections alone from other commenters.
    I am also grateful as I begin to get ready to have my own children (very early stages of prep – not close to pregnant!). I am grateful that I can come back to the (very well thought-out and well written) posts you wrote about breast-feeding, labor prep, etc.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart – I think I became a better woman just by reading your posts and from seeing your reader’s own feelings and experiences.
    I feel like I got a sense that you would be leaving from the last few posts, so it wasn’t a huge surprise, but definitely a disappointing for me.. but for selfish reasons 😉 I will still be a regular reader, and I commend you for taking these steps to rebalance your life.

  • Sarah April 8, 2013, 4:18 pm

    I felt like ice when I saw the “Dear Reader” and thought “Oh no! She’s closing HTP!!”
    So happy that you are only cutting back and not quitting!

    That said, it is totally understandable 🙂 Good for you for finding a way to balance (or trying) and still giving so much to your readers. I’ve been following your blog for most of those five years and I’m amazed and impressed with all you’ve done.

    Good luck!

  • Julie April 8, 2013, 4:20 pm

    As soon as I started to read the post, I thought, “Oh no! She’s quitting her blog!” 🙁 I’m just so glad you’re not giving it up! 🙂 I will look forward to hearing from you once or twice a week. 😉 Best of luck!

  • Casey April 8, 2013, 4:38 pm

    Wow. I cannot imagine how hard this must have been but, to be honest, I was shocked when you didn’t stop posting 3x a day after Henry. 🙂 Not that I didn’t look forward to your content, I just couldn’t help but think about how stressful it must have been.

    You have been and will continue to be such an inspiration. When you said, “Your support made me a stronger, happier, healthier person, and I will never forget what your readership gave to me” I thought, “but that’s what she gave to us.” You are amazing. Thank you for sharing so much of you life with us.

  • Lisa April 8, 2013, 4:50 pm

    Not all things are supposed to last forever!

  • Pam April 8, 2013, 5:54 pm

    Caitlin – I just wanted to thank you and wish you well. A friend told me about your inspirational blog and I have been reading for a couple of years now. My kids are grown, graduated from college and living great productive lives – I don’t have grandchildren yet so I have to tell you that reading your Henry stories really stirred up some great memories of when my kids were little. You are (like I did) enjoying life to its fullest and are such a great mom. I have often wondered how you manage to find the time to keep up your blog. Although very entertaining for me – it’s got to be a lot of work. I really learned a lot about nutrition and good, healthy meal ideas from you and I thank you for that. I wish you well and hope to see entries as you have time. But for now, enjoy Henry – they grow up so, so fast! Thanks for the great stories, Pam

  • Anne Kendall April 8, 2013, 6:39 pm

    I sure am going to miss your daily posts, but I certainly understand your decision. I recently made a similar decision for my little blog, and I was already only posting 3-4 times per week. I felt it was too much to manage grad school, a pre-internship placement, wedding-planning, traveling every weekend, and blogging — something had to give! I’m glad you’re not giving blogging the axe; I couldn’t imagine doing that, either. I look forward to what you have for us in the future, particularly as I begin my own little family!

  • Meredith April 8, 2013, 7:24 pm

    Just wanted to throw in my two cents of support for your decision! I think everyone should take the time to slow down and enjoy life, not be crazed going from one thing to the next (even if you enjoy all those things). I’ll still be reading 🙂

  • Ashley April 8, 2013, 8:06 pm

    We’ll miss you but understand! Looking forward to the weekly posts now 🙂

  • Katie April 8, 2013, 8:53 pm

    I’ve always loved your blog because of your honesty. I even met you in person once at the HLS in Chicago and you were just as awesome in person. When you posted the “This is Your Life” poster on facebook it gave me to extra push to quit my job and go back to school which was the best decision I ever made. You are great inspiration to all!!

  • Emily April 8, 2013, 11:35 pm

    I have been an HTP reader for a few years now. As a full time nanny, and now a teacher I share your blog often to friends and moms. You have helped my friends with tips on breast feeding, workouts, running, triathlons, recipes etc. I certainly look up to you, and I am happy to hear you are taking more family time for yourself. Best Wishes! Emily

  • Lauren M April 9, 2013, 1:24 am

    I think you’ve made a very good decision for you and your family – lots of respect to you because I’m sure it was very difficult.

    We will look forward to your posts even more now! 🙂

  • Carly April 9, 2013, 6:01 am

    Caitlin – I don’t think you know how much you’ll be missed. I’ve been reading for about a year and a half and have slowly but surely fallen in love with the topics you cover as well as your writing style.

    You should be so proud of what you’ve achieved and of all the lives you touch on a daily basis. Thanks so much for your positivity; you make me feel like I can do anything and that anything is possible!

    I’ll have fun reading through the achieves!

    Enjoy the extra time with your beautiful family.

    Lots of love from Scotland x

  • Kelly April 9, 2013, 8:03 am

    You were the first blog I started to read. You will be missed! Best of luck with everything and I look forward to the future posts…no matter how infrequent.

  • Ashley April 9, 2013, 10:32 am

    I feared this post was coming but I definitely understand- I was constantly amazed by how you balanced everything you do and think it’s a great idea to step back and enjoy your life.

    As so many people above have already said, you are such an inspiration! I’ve read your blog for so many years, it was the first one I found and it was what lead me to all the others I read, and it has remained a source of motivation for me. Your words have helped to completely changed the way I view myself and the things that I do for the better.

    I will continue to look forward to your posts!

  • Kim April 9, 2013, 10:42 am

    I have been reading your blog for years, and this is the first time I’ve ever commented. I’m sad to see the daily postings go, but like SO many others have said – you always get your priorities straight. That is so admirable! You have inspired me in so many ways (yay for my first half marathon!) and I am going to anticipate each post even more now. Congratulations on once again making a decision that supports what your blog is about – your healthy tipping point.

    Thank you! Kim

  • iirehgire April 9, 2013, 11:07 am

    I miss you already 🙁

  • Cristina @ Tiny Perfect Bites April 9, 2013, 12:05 pm

    Hi Caitlin – I am very happy for you, and will definitely still be reading!

  • Jenn April 9, 2013, 1:38 pm

    You are amazeballs and such an inspiration to so many people!!

  • Rachel April 9, 2013, 2:22 pm

    I will miss hearing from you so often! Thanks for everything – especially documenting your pregnancy and Henry’s first year – your insight is invaluable to me. Take care my friend! xoxo Rachel

  • linda April 9, 2013, 2:34 pm

    Of course, I understand. However, I first read this entry three days and I’m still sad:(

  • linda April 9, 2013, 2:35 pm

    That would be “three days ago”.

  • Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire April 9, 2013, 3:27 pm

    I know I’ll still be here! See you on the other side, indeed! 🙂

  • Ashley April 9, 2013, 5:39 pm

    I love your blog but I’m so glad that you’re making the healthy decision for yourself, after all thats what these healthy living blogs are all about!

  • Rebecca April 9, 2013, 5:47 pm

    I will miss seeing you on my blogger feed everyday, but I totally understand. Glad you’ll still be posting once a week!

  • Emma @ a mom runs this town April 9, 2013, 7:20 pm

    Have loved your blog forever and enjoyed following Henry since mine is 2 months younger. Best of luck to you! PS- Go away with some free compression socks in my giveaway 😉

  • Nikki April 9, 2013, 7:33 pm

    I was proud of you on April 6th, but now I’m sort of annoyed and I miss you. 🙂

  • Catherine April 9, 2013, 10:00 pm

    I must say that I miss your daily wit and wisdom. However, I realize that is so very selfish of me. Reading your blog on a daily basis, multiple times a day, was a part of my routine that gave me motivation and satisfaction to live a wholesome, balanced life. Now, the ball is in my court. I can choose to run with all that I have learned and been inspired by through your blog to truly find my healthy tipping point, or I can choose to hit “refresh” until a new post is published so I can live through yours. As you step back from the blog world to enjoy all you are a part of, your loyal readers are challenged to do the same–to step out of their comfort zone, too. Thank you for touching so many lives. You have so much to be proud of. Enjoy!

  • Selena April 10, 2013, 1:54 pm

    I applaud your decision and the courage it takes to step back and focus that way. I’m a mom of 3 little girls who works full time, TRIES to feed the family healthy food, and work out 3 times a week…along with cleaning the house, taking kids to activities, trying to enjoy them being little, etc. My mantra has been “one focus per week”. I can’t be good at everything all the time. So, some weeks we have lots of fun time but the meals are more processed than I prefer or we eat out. Some weeks my house is clean. Some weeks I am a really awesome employee. Some weeks I just take care of me. I just can’t do all of those things well every week. As long as I’m doing 1-2 of those things well each week and which one is being focused on changes each week I think I’m good. It is the best I can do and that is good enough…

  • Diane T. Your Auntie. April 14, 2013, 4:03 pm

    What a wondeful time it’s been. Iwill miss peeking into your livves, new pictues of Henner to save and learning so much about life thru your eyes. Yoru cetainly hve made a good choice for all the best reasons.
    Love D

  • Peony April 16, 2013, 1:58 am

    good luck with it all, i will still be reading, like ive said before ive been reading since i was 17 on your run up to your wedding and me in college in england and its seen me go through university and move to cornwall from outside london, i myself couldnt keep up blogging, studying dentistry i just found it too hard juggling it all, but its nice to still see the familiar faces in blogging still, is funny how much can change in such a short time. peony x

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