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Oh, friends. I had such a nice week with my buddies Becki and Lauren.  Their trips only overlapped for a night, but it was so awesome to spend time together. It was super great to visit with Lauren; since she lives in Asia, our visits are few and far between.  Catching up was priceless, and I loved seeing her with Henry again!


She met him when he was about 9 weeks old:


And now, he’s nearly 16 months!  Such a big change, right?


We’ve decided we’re going to take a photo like that every time we’re all together.  I bet one day, she’ll be jokingly holding up 16 year old Henry!


Speaking of all these dates…


I’ve been thinking a lot about counting.  One thing that I’ve been counting? Days until the Half Ironman!


Oh, God… Seriously, where does the time go?!  I wake up every morning and think, “23 days to go! Oh wait…22! AHHHHH!”


The other thing that I’m counting lately is veggies & fruits.  I think I wrote about this a few weeks ago, but basically, I’m aiming to eat 7 to 9 servings a day.  I started counting servings because I realized that, when I wasn’t paying attention, my total was much… much… MUCH lower.  I’ve been paying more attention to Henry’s diet than my own.


Some tricks I’ve been using to squeeze more in:


Breakfast:  I have a serving of veggies with breakfast (usually steamed kale with my eggs).


Smoothie: I have a smoothie every day and pack it with banana, berries, and spinach. Three or four servings for the price of one snack!


Stir-fries:  At night, when I’m too tired (or busy playing catch-up with work and training), I’ve been eating a lot of rice + beans or lentils.  But it’s not so hard to add in some shredded carrots, chopped tomatoes, or handfuls of greens.


Are you a counter, too?


I love to count.

the count

Everything relates back to Sesame Street when you have a toddler…


Counting when it comes to healthy living is a funny thing, isn’t it? It can be incredibly motivating and positive… or it can create a negative vacuum.  Counting veggies is great for me; but at this point in my life, I hate using a GPS watch to time my workouts because getting too wrapped up in my pace and splits does my head in!  Same thing with counting calories.  When I first made a lifestyle change and was trying to get the basics of healthy eating down, counting calories and learning about protein counts was really good for me.  But it also hindered my ability to eat intuitively.  And now, it would just irritate me!  So I only count calories on long workouts, when I need to be really careful about getting enough fuel.


Are you a counter?  What do you count?  Miles, veggies, points, protein?  How do you keep counting a positive thing, not an emotional energy suck?  I’m convinced that the love (or hate) of counting is a personality thing.  I bet a lot of counters are slightly more Type A on the spectrum!


PS – The winner of the No Meat Athlete book giveaway is Katie, who is more of a early evening workout woman but squeezes in her sweat time whenever possible.



  • Mandy @ Eat Pray Grow October 4, 2013, 9:24 am

    I’m *supposed* to be counting protein for my Bradley class, but counting anything food-wise makes me anxious for some reason. I like to nibble on this and that and it’s such a pain to record it all that I just gave up 😛

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun October 4, 2013, 9:31 am

    I am a counter: miles, time, days, I always have a count down going on……

    I am counting down the days until my husband graduates from medical school and until I am running (hopefully!) again!

  • Corrie Anne October 4, 2013, 9:39 am

    I definitely enjoy counting. My favorite way to count is steps on my fitbit!! Haha. I exercise a lot more intensely than walking, but I love racking up on the mileage on that little thing!!!!!!

  • Tiffany October 4, 2013, 9:51 am

    Hey Caitlin!

    I was watching the TODAY show this past morning and they had a segment called fact or fiction. Anyway, it made me think of you because you will be participating in your half ironman and there’s a sport called extreme ironing! It’s where people iron their clothes in the most extreme spots! Seriously! I thought it was a joke! This was the fact story! Members iron their button down shirts on an ironing board on a large rock, the trick is to find stability to set your board down.

    Here’s both stories:

    Here’s the answer:

  • Ryane October 4, 2013, 9:52 am

    Ahh, the Count… made me think of this video that I hadn’t seen in years…and re-watching it totally just made my Friday:

    The Count – CENSORED!

  • Katie October 4, 2013, 9:53 am

    I’m awful at counting, it always leads to negative talk, so I usually avoid it. However, I do need to work on boosting my veggies!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 4, 2013, 10:33 am

    That’s such a great idea to actually try and count your veggie servings, I bet I get in way less than I think! Especially since I get zero veggies at breakfast, I love oatmeal!

  • Megan (The Lyons' Share) October 4, 2013, 10:35 am

    Great post! I count my miles and love it. I consider it a celebration of how hard I worked- I love seeing the number in the thousands at the end of the year, and each year I figure out what cities of the world I could have traveled between with my running mileage! I am very careful not to get down on myself if I have a lower mileage week because its a slippery slope!

  • Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries October 4, 2013, 10:50 am

    I’m the same way with my veggies… If I don’t keep track, my count tends to be wayyyy too low. I even made a “fruits & veggies challenge” for myself (and my blog readers) for the month of October to eat at LEAST 5 servings per day. It’ll be fun!

  • Jessica R @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad October 4, 2013, 11:24 am

    I am so excited to hear how the half ironman goes! I count a lot. I count miles and workouts. Thank goodness I don’t count calories anymore. I think it all depends on the person. I go a little nutty when I count anything food related. I just try and make good decisions each time I eat and call it good. That is the polar opposite of how I was a few years ago when every single thing I ate/drink got logged. I get too obsessive about it which is why it got dropped. I am slowing starting to drop counting miles as well. I want to be healthy but not crazy. It is a fine line for me. 🙂

  • Kat October 4, 2013, 11:30 am

    Honestly, the only thing I keep count of is.. alcoholic drinks. So easy (especially in the college/post-college years) to REALLY over-do it without even realizing it. I give myself a number each week, and then, that’s it! Helps me plan social events accordingly, especially during football season 🙂

    • Caitlin October 4, 2013, 11:58 am


  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs October 4, 2013, 11:34 am

    I’m not really a specific counter — I’m more of an overall balance kind if girl 🙂

  • Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac October 4, 2013, 12:24 pm

    I counted calories when I wanted to lose weight after college. I do every once in a while now, but I like being able to eat intuitively as well!

    I do have to be careful about snacks. I LOVE snacks and need to portion control mine or I’ll over do it!

  • Abi October 4, 2013, 1:29 pm

    I’m kind of a compulsive counter, but I do it in a very relaxed way. I like to have a general idea of things like calories and miles but I don’t stress about hitting a precise number. I actually find counting and calculating things fun, I guess I’m just a nerd. =)

  • Niki October 4, 2013, 2:15 pm

    I’m a huge counter, sometimes I think I need to tone it down a little bit but when I hit those daily goals I get excited. It can turn obsessive though, and that is what I need to be careful about.

  • Amber K October 4, 2013, 8:43 pm

    I still count calories – both the ones I eat and the ones I burn. Sparkpeople got me hooked! It’s so easy to do and I like seeing the nutritional breakdown so I can see where I’ve been slacking and what I need to back off of.

  • Emily October 5, 2013, 12:26 am

    I think a lot of bloggers are on the type A side of the spectrum! I go in phases with counting, and what I’m counting changes. I’ll do it for a while until I get in the habit then I drop it to make room for something else in my log/brain. Right now I’m tracking how much water I drink, finding that when I get super busy I forget to rehydrate, especially on my running days.

  • Nena October 5, 2013, 8:09 am

    Love this post! I too have been struggling with my diet. My tummies been upset lately. A friend just told me to keep a journal to see what’s upsetting it.

    Good luck with your fruit and veggie counting.! 🙂

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