Memorial Day

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Memorial Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. Of course, I appreciate the opportunity to be reminded of and be grateful for our troops’ sacrifices.  But I also love how it’s the unofficial First Day of Summer.  The day begs for meals outside, fun and games, and some serious sunshine.  Seriously – has the weather ever been yucky on Memorial Day? I’m sure it has rained somewhere on Memorial Day, but I think I’ve always lucked out with warm temps and blue skies.


As the First Day of Summer, I always think of Memorial Day as a fresh start – kind of like New Year’s.  An opportunity to kick summer off with a bang.  A fun, healthy Memorial Day bodes well for the rest of the summer, don’t you think?


On that note… Here’s how I spent my Memorial Day – in eats and exercise!


Breakfast:  blackberries, Trader Joe’s hashbrowns (which, by the way, are so delicious), eggs and greens.


Followed by a trip to the gym for 30 minutes of swimming.  Laps, laps, and more laps.  I’m doing a new thing where I swim  by the clock, not by lengths, in an attempt to extend my swim distance.  So much of swimming is psychological!  I swim further when I’m counting the minutes – not laps.


Post-workout snack – a spoonful of sunflower butter and a fresh-squeeze juice (which I think was beets, oranges, and apples).

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And later – Lunch!  A salad with tomatoes, white beans, cucumbers, sharp cheddar, and balsamic.  And olives on the side.  Oh, and fresh basil from the garden on top.  A taste or two of basil is so delicious with tomatoes and cheese.


After getting cleaned up, we took Henry’s photographs for his 11th month.  Two weeks too late, but still – I feel accomplished.  We’re going to move onto yearly photos after his birthday.  Every month is too hard to remember. And boy – does time fly!


“Where’s my ballie?!”


Our Memorial Day plans included a trip to the community pool, which opened this weekend.  WAHOO.  I predict that my family will spend many, many days by the pool.  Henry loves the water, and he loves interacting with other children.  At one point, he had two 7 year old girls doting on him, calling themselves his ‘babysitters’ and showing him how to write his name on the cement with a wet paintbrush.  Play on, kiddos.  Play on.


Before leaving for the pool, I had a glass of soy milk, and while there, I snagged a bunch of roasted almonds from my brother-in-law.

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When Henry started to yawn, it was my signal to leave the pool.  We drove home, he plopped into his crib for a nap, and I hopped on the indoor trainer.  I’m really, really trying hard to be more diligent about triathlon training.  I’ve been doing lots of two-a-days or back-to-back workouts, and I’ve been focusing more on cycling than ever before.  Running, swimming, and spinning with a baby is easy (thanks to the jogging stroller and childcare at the gym), but cycling on my actual bike is hard.  I don’t like to cycle outside around my house (not safe enough), and it’s hard to coordinate bike rides with naps because I usually work during naps.  But since setting up the indoor trainer on my deck, I’ve been logging more time in the saddle than ever before – even if mainly in short bursts.  Better than nothing!


I got 30 minutes in before he woke up.


We split a banana as part of Henry’s dinner.


Adult dinner – quinoa, greens, onions, carrots, grilled tempeh, all doused in Earth Balance ‘butter.’


And two apricots in an attempt to tame my sweet tooth.  Fresh apricots are > than dried.  Right?!


Alas, fruit did not satisfy me.  So then I ate an entire dark chocolate bar + a glass of almond milk while cuddled on the couch with the Husband, watching TV. 


All in all – a perfect Memorial Day, and a great way to kick off summer.


What was the best thing you ate yesterday?



  • Allison May 28, 2013, 9:42 am

    That really does sound perfect! You have beautiful pictures 🙂

  • Sydney @ Trust the Skinny Cook May 28, 2013, 9:46 am

    I hardly ever eat steak, but I decided to splurge and let myself have it this holiday. I made the most killer marinade ever. So yum! Also I LOVE your nails!! A beautiful color!

  • dee May 28, 2013, 9:46 am

    I eat an entire dark chocolate bar every . single. night (and I am not a mama or exerciser). Don’t judge.
    Whatcha readin’? I spy James Patterson.

    • Caitlin May 28, 2013, 10:01 am

      I’m not 🙂

      Guilty Wives. It was pretty good!

  • Vicki May 28, 2013, 10:00 am

    It was a low key Memorial day, so the best thing I ate was roasted potatoes with rosemary, steamed broccoli, and BBQ chicken breast with slices of pineapple on them (all thanks to my guy). So good!

  • Beth @ Mangoes and Miles May 28, 2013, 10:08 am

    Memorial Day for us this year was cold (like, 50 degrees) and rainy and wet and not really an outside day. 😛 It was still nice to spend time with my family inside, though! 🙂

    All of you food looks SO good. Especially the quinoa and tempeh dish. I’ve had tempeh in the fridge for a while now, but I just never really had the desire to do anything with it!

  • Julie May 28, 2013, 10:17 am

    It was a cool, rainy weekend all weekend here in southern Wisconsin, including Memorial Day. I didn’t mind since the dry spells were long enough to hit the farmer’s market, have a beer outside on the patio, grill burgers, and I had to work Memorial Day. So, I didn’t have to miss out on any sunny cookouts while I worked. 🙂

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life May 28, 2013, 10:21 am

    We grilled out with friendsast night and I made a gluten free chocolate cake which was so so decadent and rich. In other words, DELICIOUS!!

  • Jill May 28, 2013, 10:22 am

    So funny you should say that about Memorial Day always being nice because here in Chicago it is more often than not rainy and cold! Such a bummer!

  • Sara May 28, 2013, 10:28 am

    I celebrated the return of Arrested Development with a frozen banana covered in dark chocolate (they were store bought, but would be super easy to make at home!).

    Ditto what Sydney said — your teal nail polish is awesome! What’s the name and brand of the color?

  • Aerevyn Harteis May 28, 2013, 10:41 am

    Last week I started Pamela Peeke’s Body for Life. I did weight lifting for my legs, and they KILLED for the next few days. I happily gimped around, thrilled to be sore. I downloaded couch to 5k to my phone, and chose a 5K in the fall to train for (where people are dressed in Superhero costumes!!!) – my first ever.

    Fruit smoothies all weekend.

  • Caitlin May 28, 2013, 11:03 am

    Those hashbrowns are excellent!! I’ve been making two at a time for my husband for breakfast and end up grabbing bites here and there- yum! Looks like y’all had a great memorial day and I can’t believe Henry’s almost 1!!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 28, 2013, 11:10 am

    I got down with a big seafood feast on Saturday night… shrimp, clams, corn, potatoes, onions, and kielbasa all in one pan on the grill! It was delicious. I also had some super tasty chocolate covered strawberries. The weather at the shore in NJ wasn’t the best for hanging on the beach (windy/chilly) but we made the most out of it and still had a great weekend!

  • Susan May 28, 2013, 11:22 am

    How about some close up pics of Henry with those gorgeous blue eyes? Or won’t he stay still long enough? 🙂

  • Elisabeth May 28, 2013, 11:24 am

    Well, I can tell you it poured down rain all day where I live (northwestern Ohio) for Memorial Day. Oh, and it was only 55 degrees. I’d like to get my 80 degrees from last week back, please 😉

  • Ashlee@HisnHers May 28, 2013, 11:44 am

    Perfect day! I’m obsessed with hashbrowns…I have my fingesr crossed someone will make a sweet potato version soon. Would be delish!

  • Emily May 28, 2013, 12:07 pm

    We had a pretty low key day, however Pittsburgh is where the rain/clouds on Memorial Day decided to go! Even though it was chilly and for sure did not feel like summer, we relaxed and grilled out to make it “official” 🙂

  • Catherine @ A Two Storey Home May 28, 2013, 12:24 pm

    Those apricots look so good. With the weather getting warmer, I just want to eat so much fruit!
    Last night we grilled zucchini and made a dipping oil to go with it–olive oil+ basil, oregano, and thyme from our garden+ salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Soo good!

  • Amy Q May 28, 2013, 12:24 pm

    So funny that you southerners have a perception that it’s always nice on Memorial Day Weekend ! We had pouring rain and 39 degrees for 48 straight hours. (and the mountains that surround our town got THREE FEET OF SNOW) PAINFUL! I’m so jealous of your gorgeous summery weekend! I hope you enjoyed it enough for me! Thankfully, the sun is out here today!

  • Sara May 28, 2013, 12:34 pm

    Hmm that meal looks so good! I Celebrated with a little “cook out” (we have what I call a faux grill- a George Forman inside/outside grill) with my boyfriend. We made grilled chicken from Preventive RD recipe and it was amazing! 🙂 I also had a probably an entire box of trader joes veggie burgers throughout the weekend, so good!

    Sara 🙂

  • Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen May 28, 2013, 12:48 pm

    i need to put my bike trainer outside.. what a great idea!

  • Tanya @ Vegan Faith May 28, 2013, 2:52 pm

    I have a 20 mile route we did this past Saturday that is almost completely bike lanes and no traffic on a Saturday morning. It is also very pretty for the most part…are you interested in coming up to Mooresville to ride sometime?

  • RunEatRepeat May 28, 2013, 4:01 pm

    That looks like an outdoor trainer to me. Ha!

  • Angela May 28, 2013, 4:56 pm

    What a great Memorial Day. Over here in Oregon it without a doubt rains almost every Memorial Day… The start of summer is usually 4th of July? But it usually rains then too, so the day after? Haha

  • Rebecca May 28, 2013, 5:23 pm

    We discovered last night that our Applebee’s apparently does $5 wings and burgers (and beer) on Mondays. (Or maybe just last night, but it sounded like every Monday.) So we had burgers for dinner. Pretty good deal for five people–we even had lunch leftover for today!

    We did quite a bit of walking on Saturday–I graduated that afternoon, and my grandpa came for the weekend so we gave him a tour of campus. It was chilly (50s probably), but thankfully it didn’t rain.

  • Samantha May 28, 2013, 6:40 pm

    A rather large helping of cheesy potatoes! They are so delicious. I also really enjoyed the fresh fruit. Fruit salads are one of my favorites during the summer.

  • KaraHadley May 28, 2013, 6:43 pm

    Mmmm! I am so excited for summer fruit, especially apricots and plums. And cold juice on hot days. Now if only I could find someone to support my fruit and juice habits.

  • Chris May 28, 2013, 7:27 pm

    I had fried haddock and watched the Red Sox game outside on my laptop with my neighbors because it was a perfect 73 degrees out. Now, sure the haddock was fried, but it was fish, not the pizza I would have much preferred. So that was my Memorial Day negotiation 🙂

  • Charity May 28, 2013, 10:53 pm

    hmmm best thing I ate.. 3 bean salad from costco!
    I still can not get over how well Henry is walking and moving! Alexander is only a month and a half younger then him and is no where near his walking capabilities.

  • Miranda @ Miranda Runs May 28, 2013, 11:11 pm

    Rain rain rain all day in Seattle, unfortunately! That picture of Henry with his name written on the cement with water is so cute

  • Liz May 29, 2013, 2:41 am

    I love the picture of Henry by the pool! He is so cute! (Also, I love that color on your nails.) Hooray to summer!

  • Shannon May 29, 2013, 6:54 am

    Ha! I had to laugh at your comment about “has it ever rained on Memorial Day?”. In Minnesota we pretty much always seem to end up with cool, rainy weather–so often that up here the common question is, “Is the weather EVER nice for Memorial Day?!” This year was no exception. MN really is verrry hot, sunny, and often humid in the summer, but it seems like it doesn’t really arrive until we’re solidly into June. This year we are all upset and wondering if that will even happen, because we had snowstorms up until May 2nd (8 inches and school cancelled) and right now it’s been cold, gray, and rainy for something like a week straight with no end in sight. Waaaaah!

  • Brie May 29, 2013, 8:27 am

    Caitlin, do you use a dedicated trainer tire for your bike? Cause I am wondering, if you are also using your bike on the road, how do you quickly alternate back and forth between training tire and road tire? Or do you have two back wheels? Just a heads up in case you didn’t know and you care about your tire, if you are using just a regular tire on your back wheel while on the trainer it will ruin your tire pretty quickly — last season I totally wore out a tire that way! The rubber gets too hot from the friction.
    p.s. Henry is getting so big!

  • Jennifer May 29, 2013, 9:09 am

    I was in Austin, TX over the weekend and on Memorial Day enjoyed a taco with FRIED AVOCADO. It was amazing. And I am sure the healthy fats were still in there somewhere beneath the breading, right?

  • JenATX May 29, 2013, 9:48 am

    way to go on sticking to your training! you rock 🙂

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action May 29, 2013, 10:20 am

    Way to go henry- already a lady killer 😉

    Sadly, here in Canada we don’t celebrate Memorial Day (we had a long weekend the week before though, so I cant complain too loudly). Our May long weekend is known for always being super crappy- last year I went camping and at night it got down to 4 degrees (Celsius). Almost froze!

    Glad to hear you had a great long weekend

  • Julie Gladstone May 29, 2013, 10:41 am

    Wonderful healthy meals.
    It’s amazing how with a little shift in thinking we can change our eating habits.

  • Chattynatty May 29, 2013, 11:19 am

    How do you keep track of how many laps you are swimming? I seriously struggle with this and with you swimming by time.

  • Shelly May 29, 2013, 4:33 pm

    I’m jealous of your beautiful Memorial Day weather! We had cool temps, overcast skies, and a few drops this weekend. Good gardening weather though!

  • Brenda May 30, 2013, 10:40 am

    I love this breakdown of a real day. It shows how you fit in family, fitness, food and fun in a balanced and realistic way!

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