Fun Stuff {Minus a Cold}

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Good morning!  It was an early one in the Boyle household (but, then again, it usually is!).

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It’s so weird to see Claire standing all the time now… Or zombie-style walking towards me (know what I mean? That early baby walk always reminds me of a zombie).


Speaking of Claire, do you like our pumpkin?  We carved it to look like her – two top teeth, two bottom.  LOL.


In other news, I’ve been sick for 4 days.  I’m over it.  I’m just super congested and have a constant headache.  So I haven’t been doing much, just trying to get through the basics each day so I can collapse on the couch.  I have, however, been sticking to Vegetarian Whole 30 (I’m on Day 11 of my second round) and feeling great.  The second round is definitely not as hard as the first.  And I really love eating this way!


Other fun things…


I love this poster.


I want to get a big print of it to hang in my house!


Here’s an interesting article about how pain tolerance impacts athletic performance.  I think this is SO true.  I don’t think I’m the strongest athlete but I have a really high pain tolerance.  So my finishing times are usually better than my training would’ve predicted.  Actually, one of my favorite things about racing is pushing through when it really hurts.  Is that weird?!


And check out this interesting article on what it was like to do the first Ironman ever.  Transition included a shower and a shoulder massage… sounds pretty good to me.


Also, that outfit is amazing.


Last, but not least, I really want to read the new Brene Brown book but I have a stack of 6 unread books on my side table and can’t continue to add to the pile.  Has anyone read Rising Strong and really loved it?


My goal today is to rearrange our toy rotation boxes – sounds pretty lame but seriously, just getting off the couch is a major accomplishment with this dang head cold.  Hope it goes away by tomorrow!


Question of the Day: Would you say you have a high pain tolerance?   I guess I do, except when it comes to the sniffles…



  • Bonnie October 28, 2015, 11:04 am

    Link to a recipe for fire cider. Make it! I take a shot 3-5x/week during the winter. While you’re sick, you can take it more frequently and it’ll clear up everything, plus it’s got a bunch of antibacterial, antiviral properties from the garlic, ginger, cayenne, etc.

    Get well soon!

  • CM October 28, 2015, 11:07 am

    I listened to Rising Strong on audiobook and LOVED it. However, I would definitely recommend reading over listening – it’s the kind of book you want to underline and revisit.

  • Megan B. October 28, 2015, 11:37 am

    Read it! I’m about halfway through Rising Strong right now and it is sooo good. I mean, I’m sort of a ridiculous Brene Brown fan girl anyway, but it’s worth it. Already changing the way I think about not just big failures or falls, but little, “everyday” disagreements and arguments. Really makes you think about the deeper level of why you get upset. I love it. And her. 🙂

  • Lauren October 28, 2015, 11:40 am

    Colds are the worst, I have one right now and it came on so slowly, but it is lasting forever.
    My pain threshold is pretty good, unless it’s a migraine. Once my eyes hurt and I get nauseous, it’s all over.
    I’ve run too far on not enough training…and once I stopped I paid for it for days. What’s the take away? Don’t stop

  • Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me October 28, 2015, 11:40 am

    Oh my goodness- can’t get enough of Claire’s smile! You really have adorable kids!! I’m so sorry you’ve been sick for such a long time. I hope you feel better ASAPP!

  • Amanda October 28, 2015, 12:19 pm

    I love that print!
    To answer your question, I think I have an extremely high pain tolerance. I’m the person who has to be begged by others to go to the doctor when I’m sick (gross, I know).

  • Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! October 28, 2015, 2:02 pm

    I have the LOWEST pain tolerance. This makes it rough when I try to run because I want to stop for even the tiniest cramp. But I’m working on powering through!
    P.S. That pumpkin is the cutest!!!

    Lauren 🙂

  • jess October 28, 2015, 3:11 pm

    Sorry you’re sick, Cait! ME TOO! I’ve had strep for like 5 days and it’s the worst. Feel better soon. I have a question: were you traveling during this second Whole 30? I recall you had a OB trip up to Tufts recently (I really wanted to attend!!), but didnt see a post about your trip. I am always traveling for work, but really want to try a Whole 30. I wonder if you have tips for doing it on the road out of a hotel… on a full day of flying, etc…

    • Caitlin October 28, 2015, 3:32 pm

      I wasn’t yet – but it is really hard to stick to it while flying. I bet if you google PALEO + flying you’d get a lot of tips!!!

  • Alyse October 28, 2015, 5:37 pm

    I am not sure how this paragraph makes sense: “I’m just super congested and have a constant headache… I have, however, been sticking to Vegetarian Whole 30 (I’m on Day 11 of my second round) and feeling great.” In the first part you are sick and in the second part you are feeling great.

    • Caitlin October 29, 2015, 11:21 am

      WEll, I guess I feel great food-wise 🙂 I just feel bad head-wise!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul October 28, 2015, 8:04 pm

    I love that pumpkin!!

  • alan October 28, 2015, 9:30 pm

    OMG–is that Claire picture in/on the dishwasher the cutest ever??? And the pumpkin? She has a very sweet smile (like her big brother and her parents I guess)…but her climbing on that dishwasher? Precious!!!

    Re: headaches: When I tried to give up caffeine a few years ago, I got a 2 week or so “cold” “virus” thing which disappeared when I reintroduced it. Though you think you have a cold, could it be withdrawal of some part of your diet? Just a thought and hope you feel better rapidly. An entire cybercommunity is sending you virtual chicken soup (well, vegy type of course)

  • amelia@i_heart_kale October 28, 2015, 10:53 pm

    I need to get that print too!
    Dang, hope you’re better soon. it sucks to feel awful with little people to take care of.

    Yes, I’m in the middle of rising strong now. I’ve downloaded a copy from the library and its SO good!! I highly recommend it and can’t put it down!! I never fly through books like this one. I’m also looking at a few others she has written to, to read next. Skip your other books and grab this one!

  • Jennifer October 29, 2015, 2:38 pm

    I was just thinking about the pain tolerance thing today, during body pump actually. I find the lunge track to be so awful and brutal and have to stop to shake my legs out several times. Today I was thinking though, nobody loves lunges….I’m sure everybody is feeling pain but what makes me stop and take a quick break while others keep going? I need to up my mental game and really pump myself up for the lunge track and try to keep going when my brain is screaming STOP! 🙂

  • Jolene October 29, 2015, 9:03 pm

    Our library is ordering the new Brene Brown boot so I can read it……hopefully it will be in next week. I can’t wait to read it!

  • Janelle October 29, 2015, 9:05 pm

    i love this post.

    i have a high pain tolerance. i feel terrible for having a lack of empathy for my husband, who has the PT of a newborn.

    Clarie’s whole face is amazing!

    • Caitlin October 30, 2015, 11:16 am

      hahah that made me laugh

  • Clare October 29, 2015, 10:45 pm

    I would really recommend listening to Brene brown books on auduble (and look for her Ted talks on YouTube) , her sprit really comes through.. Love your baby girls name, btw..

  • Morgan October 30, 2015, 10:40 pm

    I *think* I have a high pain tolerance. I don’t know, because when it comes to a stuffy nose or a sore throat I am a wimp, BUT with my first baby I arrived at an OB appointment feeling “a bit crampy” and was 10 cm dilated so clearly I powered through labor (she was born safely 9 minutes later)! I think that different types of pain must be more/less tolerable to different people.

  • Mohammed Nazrul Islam October 31, 2015, 3:20 am

    At present blood pressure control is the most common factor for all. What type of food/meal should eat in every day and how to control the blood pressure normal ?

  • Kate October 31, 2015, 3:23 pm

    In regards to your comment about pain tolerance, you should read The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France. (Even though you said you already have a stack of books to read, you should add this to your list!) It’s the story of Tyler Hamilton, one of Lance’s team members and then competitors. He talks about how his high threshold for pain made him an incredible endurance athlete, and even that he liked getting to the point where it was so painful cause he could just keep pushing through. In one race he broke his collar bone but got up and kept riding and grit his teeth to manage the pain. He ended up grinding down most of his teeth through the enamel, but finished the race! My husband, who is also a triathlete like you, loved the book.

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