Getting Back on Track

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Oh my. Did I ever fall off the healthy bandwagon this weekend!  We visited friends and family, and let’s just say that I drank my fair share of Captain Morgan.  Hah!  I went four days without a workout, ate every delicious dessert presented to me, and generally had a blast.  But now it’s Monday – a new week – and I’m feeling a desire to get back to my normal (and much healthier) habits.  Also – I never want to drink Captain Morgan again…


… Okay, that’s a lie.  But I definitely don’t want to hang out with the Captain anytime soon!


Here are the 5 things that I like to do to get back to more balanced habits:


Go to bed earlier than normal and wake up to an awesome workout.

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I was in bed by 10:00, slept as soundly as I can with a baby snoozing in the same room, and tackled the gym ASAP this morning.  It was boot camp day!  This is my fourth week of boot camps (I go Monday, Wednesday and Fridays), and last Friday was the first time I’d missed a sesh.  I was super happy to  be back.   Yay for getting sweaty!

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I also noticed that I didn’t have to do as many modifications as I have in weeks’ past.  I think I’m getting stronger!


Drink a lot of water.


My lips are super dry, and I know I need to hydrate (freaking Captain Morgan…).  I filled up a huge pitcher with water and left it out on the counter – my goal is to drink it all.  I’m making progress.


Get veggies.  Lots of veggies.


Our fridge is completely empty (I normally shop on Sundays but didn’t have a chance) so as soon as I can, it’s to the store for healthy eats.  I want to fill up on PLANTS and PROTEIN today.  I’m going to make double portions of everything so we’re covered for tomorrow, too, since I didn’t get a chance to do any food prep this weekend.


Plan out your workouts for the week.


I’m SO pumped because on Saturday, I’m running the Publix Savannah Women’s Half and 5K.  I’m doing the 5K.  It’s not too late to register if you want to join!  Use code HTPSAV10 and get $10 off registration.  The swag for this race is gonna be sweeeeet.  Every runner gets this awesome gym bag from New Balance!


Stay Positive!

I checked in with the Get Fit Blog Friends Facebook group (join us!) to see what others do when they fall off the wagon, and I loved all the responses about STAYING FOCUSED and STAYING POSITIVE.  There’s no sense in beating yourself up over it – just move onwards and upwards.


I forgive myself and just start over!! Today was my day! I haven’t worked out in two weeks for a host of reasons. I was really starting to feel it. I awoke this morning, pressed play, and will take it one step at a time! – Shaun


You just gotta do it…no excuses! We’re all human and have our moments, but that’s no reason to just stop being healthy. You can’t guilt or blame, but just accept and move forward. – Haley


Remind myself that one healthy choice is all it takes to start. And that’s all I have to do; just start. I can’t change the weekend – it already happened – but I CAN make the next best choice! – Sara


I just decide ‘today’s the day’ and do the best I can to get back on track. I did it this morning- woke up and worked out. I am trying to drink lots of water and I am having a healthy breakfast. I have my fruit ready for my morning snack and my meals planned for the rest of the day. One day at a time! – Kim


One day, sometimes ONE MEAL at a time. I don’t beat myself up and I know that every healthy choice is a step in the right direction. – Diana


I try to think of healthy living as an overall body of work; I know that overall I’m always striving to be physically active, eat as many fruits and veggies as I can, and continuing to work on other aspects of my health, like my mental and spiritual well-being, so I’m usually pretty happy with where I am. That sounds all holier than thou, though, which is not me, and really, if I get off track I just start fresh with an awesome grocery shopping trip that replenishes the good stuff and usually write out a workout plan, ’cause I like checking things off a list. – Jen


If I feel I’ve been unhealthy lately I commit myself to a week of great workouts and I cut out dessert for a few nights. I always feel healthier if I don’t have dessert and instead have healthy snacks! – Laura


After a "bad" weekend, I make sure that I spend some time on Sunday meal-prepping. I also make sure I go for a run/jog/anything active as soon as possible. Getting back into a gym routine is the best way for me to get back on track. – Jenni

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Are you getting back on track today, too?



  • Kendall March 23, 2015, 11:50 am

    I’m getting back on track too! I was in vegas for a week for work and took a red eye home…not super poor eating just “off”. I love your idea of using one of the paper clips on the Life Planner! Going to do that now 🙂

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul March 23, 2015, 12:21 pm

    Yes to all of this! Great tips!

  • Ash Diamond March 23, 2015, 12:53 pm

    I’m excited to see you this weekend! 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 23, 2015, 12:55 pm

    Aww Claire is the cutest! I need to focus on getting in extra greens – that’s the hardest one for me since I’m so NOT in a salad mood these days (raw veggies just don’t agree with my digestive system right now). Gotta find other ways!

  • Amber March 23, 2015, 1:01 pm

    I’ve been meaning to ask you how your insomnia/sleep issue are going lately. I rmemeber you used to struggle in the past and would love to know if you have moved past that at all! I have a 10 month and started a new job a few months ago and am having horribke sleep issues!! I slept so great when I was pregnant too. Ugh 🙁 would love to know if you have changed anything!!! Sorry for the random comment! 🙂

    • Caitlin March 23, 2015, 2:10 pm

      Oh no that’s terrible – it must be stress related. Have you tried some essential oils? I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE lavender before bed and a huge cup of Sleepytime tea. 🙂

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 23, 2015, 1:14 pm

    Yup! I had a bit of a Sunday Funday yesterday with some cocktails and a huge plate of nachos. Today is definitely all about getting back on track! I have a healthy meal in the crockpot cooking as I type 🙂

  • Kay March 23, 2015, 1:34 pm

    What do you do about drinking liquor and breastfeeding/pumping? I’ve read a little is fine but was curious how you handle this, especially if you have a few.

  • Patty March 23, 2015, 2:31 pm

    What a sweet baby girl!

  • Kim L. March 23, 2015, 4:25 pm

    I hope the man in your ‘after workout gym picture’ is okay! I didn’t hang out with Captain Morgan this past weekend- I spent time with Kendall Jackson… Here’s to getting back on the healthy track!

    • Caitlin March 23, 2015, 7:25 pm

      Haha i had to laugh because I just looked at it and yeah – he looks like he’s suffering! But he is actually super fit and kills me at bootcamp and I think was just being coached through a plank 🙂

      • Kim L. March 24, 2015, 8:59 am

        Phew! Happy to know he is okay. I figured you probably wouldn’t have posted the picture if he was truly having health issues : )

        • Julie March 24, 2015, 11:43 am

          Haha! I noticed him, too, & was going to say the same thing. 😛 Caitlin, you look great btw! And good job outta you on the bootcamp classes & noticing improvement.

  • Katalina @ Peas and Peonies March 23, 2015, 4:55 pm

    I am trying really hard to get in bed at 10-11pm, I can do it, but keep finding stuff to do, like texting that best friend.
    Also trying to plan my workouts and actually stick to the plan. Limit technology time. I work fulltime as a Project manager so I spend at work 10 hours a day in front of a pc, home I get blog stuff done, that’s another few hours, and when in bed I reach for my iphone again, that’s just unacceptable, I don’t want to pass this habits to my 2 year old.

  • Katalina @ Peas and Peonies March 23, 2015, 4:56 pm

    Quick question, when did Henry started NOT taking any naps? Thanks

    • Caitlin March 23, 2015, 7:24 pm

      It was a gradual thing… A few weeks after Claire was born, I couldn’t count on him to nap (so like 2 1/2 years). But he would still nap more often than not. But by 2 years 8 months, napping was a rarity.

  • Sarah March 23, 2015, 5:23 pm

    Getting back on track over here, too. After a week off of sugar, I overindulged over the weekend and am FEELING.IT. I’m getting back on the no-added-sugar bandwagon, but I’ll admit I AM drinking a glass of wine as I type this.

  • Bonnie March 23, 2015, 11:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I’ll be getting back on track tomorrow… took a weekday vacation and am ready to get back to a normal routine (Planned meals and fun workouts)!!

  • Jenn March 24, 2015, 8:18 pm

    You are looking so great! Awesome job:)
    BTW, your kiddos are adorable!

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