Workouts and Books

in Book a Week

First things first…


Oh, I had fun writing my April Fools post this year.  I hope it made you laugh. I know that Henry seriously loved wearing a body armor suit of diapers! If you’re new to HTP, I always do a fun April Fools Day post. Here are my past ones:


Ironman Australia

Wealthy Tipping Point

Clone Your Dog Giveaway

We Adopted a Pony! <— You can file that one under “most committed” because I actually brought a miniature horse into my house (like, into the living room!).

So, all joking aside, I have had an awesome week of workouts!

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A serious, hardcore bootcamp.  Monday is always the hardest day!  Lots of lunges, squats, and dynamic cardio moves.  I was dripping sweat by the end.  I am definitely, 100% getting stronger.  I can see it – and I can feel it, too.  My big goal with bootcamp is to be able to do an entire Monday class without any modifications.  Maybe in two or three months? I have a long way to go!




Tuesdays and Thursdays have become triathlon training days with my friend Brandi.  We try to do a brick/double workout both days.  Tuesday, we ran 3.0 miles on the treadmill (which wasn’t so bad because I had someone to talk to) and then we swam 1000 yards.  I followed a swim workout that Brandi brought to the pool – it made the yards fly by!

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I tried out Brandi’s backup goggles because mine are shot.  I loved them!  I ordered some for myself when I got home.  

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Also, I was super grateful for my kiddos after that workout – they were both in gym childcare for 1.5 hours and were happy as clams.  Go Henry!  Go Claire!  Thanks for letting your mom get her sweat on.

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Wednesday was another BOOT CAMP!

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It was abs day – always a hard one – and then after class, I did the rope pull challenge.  So you pick up that giant rope, run it to the other yellow line, squat, and pull it all over the line. WAY harder than it looks!  I did it in 2:50. I’m going to try it again in a few months to see if I can improve my time; a lot of the super fit ladies in the class can do it in about 2:15.  #goals


What I’m Eating…


I made the Spinach and Artichoke Greek Yogurt Muffins, but with sprouted red jasmine rice (yum), with kale instead of spinach, and in casserole form instead of in muffin form.  Loved!  I do prefer spinach in this recipe, though.  Kale is a little too flavorful – ya know?


What I’m Reading…


Whoops. I owe you some book reviews.  I’m trying hard to stay on track with Book A Week.  Unfortunately, I fell a little behind and will have to play catch up (I’m now a week behind)!  Part of the problem was my old Kindle died in the middle of the book.  I kept hoping it would fix itself but eventually broke down and bought the Kindle Paperwhite.  I’m actually happy my Kindle ended up dying because the Paperwhite is SO MUCH BETTER (I can read in the dark now!).


Week 11: A Spool of Blue Thread


I accidentally bought this book by Anne Tyler (I pressed the “buy” button on my Kindle – I still need to figure out how to rent library books for free on my Kindle – instead of the “read more”) and almost instantly regretted it.  This book was just not the book for me.  It has high reviews, but I felt like it was a little pointless.  It tells the story of three generations of a family, skipping back and forth in time.  I “got it” but didn’t “get it.”  Know what I mean?  The writing was beautiful, however. 


My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.  Great writing, interesting concept, but I felt like I was slogging through.


Week 12:  Body of Truth


This book was sent to me to review because of my work with Operation Beautiful.  Here’s what the book is about: “Over the past twenty-five years, our quest for thinness has morphed into a relentless obsession with weight and body image. Now award-winning journalist Harriet Brown unpacks the ways in which biology, psychology, media, and culture shape how we view and experience our own bodies. Explosive, honest, provocative, and brimming with razor-sharp wit, Body of Truth exposes the myths we hold dear about obesity, giving historical and contemporary context for what it means to be “fat,” and offers us all ways to banish the hysteria and consider ourselves—and our bodies—with honesty and respect.”  You can read a preview of the book by clicking this link.


I thought this book was very well researched and interesting.  It addresses a lot of the concepts of “health” that we accept to be true (but perhaps aren’t) and really drives home the fact that healthy looks different on different people.  It also puts our current ideal body types for men and women in historical context, which I liked reading about. Probably the most interesting aspect of the book was that the author herself has struggled with eating/body image issues and has a daughter who was hospitalized for anorexia; it lends great first-person perspective to a breakdown of statistics and studies.


The parts of the book that really stood out to me where: 1) the discussion of what yo-yo dieting does to your body and brain and 2) how the largest indicator of overall health is probably fitness level, not weight.  


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. This would be an excellent read for anyone struggling with body image or eating issues.



  • Joanna April 2, 2015, 8:31 am

    Loved the april fools day post – every year now I look forward to it! Great job with book a week! I am just trying to read one book a month this year and I love having your suggestions! I rent books from the library but I use my iPhone and my library has an app i downloaded and then it just automatically goes to my library’s site through that. Then I can download ebooks or audio books. maybe your library has something like that??

  • w April 2, 2015, 8:39 am

    Your April Fools post was hysterical. I commend your commitment….wearing diapers on your arms at the pool. LOL

  • lisa valinsky April 2, 2015, 9:11 am

    Ooh, I so often forget to use artichokes in our meals, especially egg dishes or pasta. Do you use canned or frozen?

    • Caitlin April 2, 2015, 9:27 am


  • kristin | W [H] A T C H April 2, 2015, 9:43 am

    body of truth looks really interesting. what measure do they suggest for overall fitness level?

    • Caitlin April 2, 2015, 9:45 am

      Nothing really – she encourages people to go more intuitive with their workouts and eating (she, for example, had a lot of therapy to help unpack her issues so I think she’s more into just doing what makes people feel good about themselves v. measuring/counting/tracking, which I think she feels like can give some people a whole new set of issues).

  • Char April 2, 2015, 9:46 am

    I just read through all your old April’s Fools posts and they are brilliant. I think it’s awesome that you do that!! I totally missed the boat yesterday realizing way too late what the date was. Oh not next year. I plan to be all over that! haha

  • Katherine April 2, 2015, 10:37 am

    Aw, I actually liked Spool of Blue Thread, it made me laugh out loud a few times actually. I read it while I was on a much needed vacation in Mexico though, so I think I would have enjoyed anything I read at the time.

    I’m reading The Light Between Oceans right now and it is really great. It’s quite dark but really intriguing! Holding out hope that it ends well!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul April 2, 2015, 10:46 am

    I love that good things come quote! SO TRUE!

  • Kim April 2, 2015, 10:47 am

    Ha! This one was so funny. I cringed at the thought of using a diaper to hold food items.

  • Katie April 2, 2015, 10:52 am

    Way to keep up with the workouts while having two young kiddos! 🙂 You inspire me!!

  • Jen April 2, 2015, 11:14 am

    The pony was the best one!

  • Alison April 2, 2015, 11:59 am

    I went through a huge Anne Tyler phase last year after reading her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (“Breathing Lessons” — excellent). That definitely sounds like her style. I read 5 or 6 of her novels last year and some were excellent, others kind of meh, but all had the most irresistible love ’em-and-hate ’em-characters. I really enjoyed “Digging to America.”

  • Laura z April 2, 2015, 12:16 pm

    Loved the April Fools post! And like always it took me a second to realize what day it was.

    On free books. Try your library. I use the cyber shelf and usually find what I need. Usually the really old books aren’t available. And sometimse I have to wait for popular books but I havent paid in years. I even figured a way to keep them past expertation. Just leave wifi off. But you don’t have to worry about that.

  • Erin M April 2, 2015, 8:33 pm

    Brave Girl Eating by Harriet Brown is truly amazing. As having struggled from anorexia myself, it blew me away!

  • Meganerd April 2, 2015, 10:01 pm

    I totally forgot about Wealthy Tipping Point, but I just died of laughter all over again.

  • kath April 3, 2015, 8:26 am

    just now reading this and that’s exciting that you got a paper white too! I need to figure out the whole library thing!

  • Jen April 3, 2015, 9:51 am

    About the Spool of Blue Thread: My mom loves Anne Tyler, and I’ve read many of her books as well. My mom was the first person to put Blue Thread on hold at the library, finished it quickly, and passed it on to me. I think that your appreciation for the book increases as you get older. I’m 35 and, although the writing was excellent, as you said, and I found the story somewhat interesting, it wasn’t my favorite book. However, my mother, who is 62, really, really enjoyed it. From her perspective it reflected real life. Not everything turns out perfectly, not everything gets tied up into a neat bow. I’m still at the stage in my life where I hope for everything to turn out perfectly and generally prefer books that have happy endings, I guess. Still an interesting read, though!

  • Rebecca April 3, 2015, 11:51 am

    …I can read in the dark with my Kindle. It’s outside in the sun that I can’t read it. Outside sucks for Kindle reading when you have the regular one.
    I knew it was an April Fool’s prank, but some of those uses actually made sense to me and I was like, “That would totally work!”

    (Twice now I’ve had issues using my left and right arrows keys in your comment box. What?)

  • Alex @ True Femme April 3, 2015, 2:09 pm

    Oh wow I forgot about the spinach artichoke greek yogurt muffins. I made those when you first posted the recipe and they were seriously incredible. Now I have a craving for them and need to make them again–thanks for the reminder! I’m excited now 🙂

  • Melissa @ThatLastYearThen30 April 14, 2015, 3:40 pm

    I’m excited to read your second book! Just got it on my kindle too!

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