It’s Been Six Years

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Hello, world! It’s been six years. Tonight, I was out with friends, and much to my chagrin, a dear friend told the entire table that I used to be a “famous blogger” (and I use that term extremely loosely). Whenever it comes up in conversation, the other person squints at me and says, “You? You had a blog?” and I confess that it’s true – I did!

It seems so far away now!

I suspect it seems out of character to the people who know me now.

But it’s a fun story to tell – how my blog started when the Internet was still kind, way back in 2008; how I used to share my mailing address with complete strangers without a second thought; how my friends, readers, and I were at the forefront of something and barely even knew it…; what the Internet was like before Instagram, Twitter and filters; how I felt deeply connected to people I never met in person, and how those connections were real and genuine; how writing in this space changed me forever; how it became something bigger than my thoughts and musings (the Operation Beautiful notes)….; and ultimately, one day, I just decided to stop. And then it was over. Completely. For six silent years. Until now.

I came home and immediately tried to break into my accounts. I haven’t opened any of it in six years. It was harder to get into the accounts than I hoped – the only ones that unlocked easily were email and the blog. So here I am.

I wonder what updates you would like to hear… Well, our kids are so much older! Henry is nearly 10 (well, 9.5)! It blows my mind. Claire just turned 7. They are amazing people; I’m so glad to be their mother. “The Husband” is still the absolute best thing that ever happened to me. Maggie (the dachshund) passed away two years ago; she went peacefully in my arms after a long, happy life. And our second dog James is still alive (he’s about about to turn 16!). There are new pets, new jobs, new friends, new homes, new hobbies… But so many things have stayed the same.

I still work out. I still eat healthy. It looks a little different now than it did in 2015, but I’m still of the belief that small efforts make a big difference. And health seems more important than ever these days. <3

It’s strange to think that I used to type here 3 times a day and rarely ran out of things to say. Now, at the age of 37, I feel so much quieter. Older. Wiser. More cautious. I’m not even sure what I’m doing now, by saying HELLO! But I wanted to pop in and say hi.

I last posted in this space in 2015 and – man, oh man – does life feel differently in 2021. I’m not sure I could have survived blogging in 2020 – 2021. But here we all are. About to close out 2021, another year of lessons under our belts.

So…. Hello, world. Is anyone there?

Lots of love,




  • Jenny December 4, 2021, 10:42 pm

    It’s like hearing from an old friend! I miss your voice! So glad that you are well and your family is thriving. ❤️

    • Marie-Pier December 5, 2021, 12:01 am

      Wow!!!! I started running because YOU made it seems possible! I still cook quinoa the way you taught me in your book/blog… it’s so funny how you still, to this day, impact my daily life. It feels good to know you are well and your family too 🙂 I was too, a silent reader (partially because english is not my first langage, it’s hard to write!), but I had to say an hello and a thank you 🙂

    • Kristen December 5, 2021, 7:08 am

      Hi Caitlin! So good to see this after all these years. I’ve always wondered what you were up to over the years. You were always my favorite blog

    • Caitlin December 5, 2021, 9:36 pm

      My goodness it is so nice to hear an update! I followed you for so many years and since the blog went dark have often thought and wondered how you and your family were doing. Each year I’d hope you’d return with something epic on April Fools Day! 🙂

  • Denise December 4, 2021, 10:46 pm

    I legit was just thinking about you YESTERDAY!! So happy to hear you are doing well! (Long time silent follower) ❤️❤️

    • Emily December 5, 2021, 5:10 am

      Wow!!! So, so good to hear from you!!! I still always find myself absentmindedly clicking into your blog and seeing the final picture of you on the last blog post with your arms outstretched.
      I’m so happy to hear you and your family are going so well xoxo

    • Alex December 5, 2021, 8:42 am

      I used to read every day! How fun to wake up and see your Facebook post. I’m a high school teacher and about once a year someone will revive Operation Beautiful and post-it notes will start appearing everywhere. It always makes me think of you.

  • Sarah December 4, 2021, 10:47 pm

    Your blog was the very first blog I came across and shafted reading on a regular basis! Just happened to catch your Facebook post tonight. Glad to hear you and your family are doing well! 🙂

  • Bre December 4, 2021, 10:49 pm

    This popped up on my Facebook and it took me awhile to figure out why but then it clicked! So nice for the update!

  • Leslie Moore December 4, 2021, 10:57 pm

    Ahhh I loved your blog. What a beautiful surprise- still in Charlotte? We are moving part time to NC from FL – it’s lovely!

  • Amanda December 4, 2021, 10:59 pm

    Hello! Loved reading your blog back in the day. Lovely to hear from you again! Hi from a Canadian living in England!

  • Laurie December 4, 2021, 11:02 pm

    This was so fun to read!

  • Megan December 4, 2021, 11:24 pm

    Oh my goodness, I almost cried reading this!! I’m still here. And you were one of the first people I felt connected to in the blog world. I so enjoyed following your journey. I have continued to make your recipes and leave beautiful, spontaneous notes for strangers throughout the last six years ❤️ Its so good to hear you and your family are doing well!

  • Erin December 4, 2021, 11:33 pm

    It’s so good to hear from you and to hear that everyone is doing well! I so enjoyed your blog back in the day. I wonder, do you still do triathlons? You really inspired me with both the Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful. ❤️

    • Caitlin December 4, 2021, 11:39 pm

      Aw thank you so much. No, I actually have not done a race in a LONG time. All I do now is lift weights in my garage and go on hikes. I sold my tri bike a few years ago. It felt like an end to a chapter!

      • Erin December 6, 2021, 9:33 pm

        Totally cool! And thanks for responding! I feel you on that. I used to run 5Ks (largely inspired by you!), but now it’s more general cardio, weights, and hiking. Hiking and getting outdoors is the best!

  • Tabitha Wilson December 4, 2021, 11:38 pm

    So glad you could -potentially- be back! Loved you since the beginning. We could use a voice like yours now a days. Glad the family is well. Look forward to MAYBE more posts. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Milania December 4, 2021, 11:44 pm

    Hi there!!! Your kids are so big now!! And it’s nice to hear from you. Are you officially back?

  • Kathryn December 4, 2021, 11:47 pm

    Hi! I loved your blog!

  • Natalie December 5, 2021, 12:00 am

    I was thinking about you just last week! Glad to hear you are all well.

  • Leigh Anne December 5, 2021, 12:04 am

    Hi! That’s all. Hi! Glad to hear from you!!

  • Tricia December 5, 2021, 12:07 am

    Still here. So funny that you chose now to come back. A few weeks ago I went looking for you on socials, as like you said, you used to be a part of my daily life. Glad to hear you and your family are happy and well.

    • Kara December 5, 2021, 12:28 am

      Hi! I was so excited to see your fb post. I immediately hopped over to see your update. I always did and still do love reading your blod. I still eat overnight oats and some random other things that I got from you. It was so glad to hear from you! Im glad your cute family is doing well.

  • Amy I December 5, 2021, 12:21 am

    What a beautiful surprise! I loved your blog so much and was so sad when you just up and left us. It’s wonderful to hear a little snippet of how your life has been. Would love to see more posts from you anytime you feel like sharing! The world missed you!

  • April December 5, 2021, 12:22 am

    Hi! I was a devoted reader and I think about you and your family often. So very pleased to hear y’all are doing well. Much love, April from GA!

  • Paige December 5, 2021, 12:33 am

    So nice to see this pop up in my Feedly account! I rarely read blogs the way I did 6 years ago, so I’m happy I didn’t miss this!

  • Katie M December 5, 2021, 12:45 am

    Wow, it’s so nice to hear from you! You popped up in my Facebook feed and what a lovely surprise! I used to be a silent follower. Glad you and your family are well.

  • Maggie December 5, 2021, 12:46 am

    So great to see this, love the update. Would love to hear more about the day to day of family life and how you’re doing food with your kids xx

    • Jen Brown December 5, 2021, 11:56 am

      What a lovely surprise! It feels like an update from an old friend. I loved your blog and hope you decide to start posting again!

  • SamanthaD December 5, 2021, 12:47 am

    Wow! How has it been so long. I echo those who feel like it’s like hearing from an old friend. I used to read your blog religiously! I’m glad you’re doing well!

  • Alice December 5, 2021, 1:01 am

    I have thought of you often over the past six years. When I first started reading, you hadn’t yet had your children and I was about to enter the 8th grade in my hometown in Arizona. I had just become a vegetarian and was looking for inspiration. Now I’m 25, applying to PhD programs, living in Shanghai, China and have been a vegetarian for more than 11 years. I was so happy to see you on my feed today. I’m sending the most love to your family!

  • Malaya H December 5, 2021, 1:05 am

    What a happy surprise to see you pop back up on this space — when I first started reading your blog I was in college, now I’m a mama of three, oh how time flies. Happy to see you’re well! Hope to hear more from you again soon!

  • Angie December 5, 2021, 1:44 am

    Caitlyn, it was so great to “hear” from you! I was just thinking the other day how much I missed you and a few other bloggers. I still make your Holy Deliciousness hummus on a regular basis! Glad to read that you and your family are well.

  • Holly December 5, 2021, 1:53 am

    Was excited to see your post! I miss your voice around the blogosphere, and still check back here sometimes for recipes and to read back through some of my favorite posts. I’m so glad to hear you’re doing well!

  • Alex December 5, 2021, 2:25 am

    Hi! Nice to “hear” your voice! I was just thinking the other day I miss following your blog and blogs in general ❤️

  • Freya December 5, 2021, 2:33 am

    Yes still here!!! So lovely to hear you’re well!

    • Freya December 5, 2021, 2:48 am

      I’m genuinely so pleased to hear from you. I have checked your blog regularly over the years, as you always were my favourite blogger! I still believe that blogging – and in particular, your blog – helped me to recover from anorexia. I’m now 31, a teacher, still running (got my 4th marathon in 3 weeks! And an ultra next spring), and still healthy. I’m exceptionally grateful for how much you helped me.

  • Emba December 5, 2021, 2:33 am

    Wow fun to hear from you again!!!

  • Jessie December 5, 2021, 3:28 am

    Ah! Ok this is the strangest timing- I thought about you/your blog earlier today for the first time in years! Yours was the first blog I ever read regularly. I’m so glad to hear you are doing well!

  • Kelli December 5, 2021, 3:56 am

    You were one of my favorite blogger I was so excited to see you posted!! Hopefully here to stay!

  • Katie D. December 5, 2021, 4:28 am

    What a fun surprise! So nice to hear from a long lost friend ❤

  • Gina December 5, 2021, 4:33 am

    Wow I’m so happy this popped up on my Facebook! I can’t believe your kids are so big. I read your blog when I was a teen to 20 something years old and now I’m here with my own child. I’ve wondered about you a few times in between so this is so awesome to read! Those were the days of healthy living blogs and barely social media..I miss that

  • Carol December 5, 2021, 4:55 am

    Yes!! There are people here! Miss your posts so much. When you stopped blogging it was like a piece of my life had died. Reading your posts and following your life was such a big part of mine! Hope you are well.

  • Inga S. December 5, 2021, 5:25 am

    Yes, we’re here!
    I have been looking up regularly if there was anything new about you
    Why? Because your Blog has been the first I followed, while experiencing pregnancy myself
    So thanks for the Update!

  • Carlee December 5, 2021, 5:41 am

    So excited to see this post! I think about you and some other bloggers all the time. How when I was at a new job and didn’t have a ton of time to be social, but I could catch up b with a few people while I ate lunch or pumped. My oldest is just about 9.5 too and I totally remember going to your space to normalize everything motherhood. You inspired me to create my own blogging space And though it didn’t really work for me, I still enjoyed having that bit of space on the interwebs. So glad to hear you are well!

  • Amber December 5, 2021, 6:08 am

    Welcome Back! I just wanted to say that it put a big smile on my face to see your post on Facebook this morning

  • Carey December 5, 2021, 6:24 am

    Well this is a highlight of 2021!!! Beyond thrilled to read this update. You’ve been missed. I followed along the entire time and even looked back a few times while I was pregnant and in those early years to see how you got through it all. I hope you keep writing because I will keep reading 🙂 welcome back!!

  • Kath December 5, 2021, 6:41 am

    So fun to hear from you! Can I post the picture from our visit in Charlotte now 😉 I loved reading your description of the early blogging days – so innocent. So much has changed, but so much is sort of still the same.

    • Inga S. December 6, 2021, 4:37 pm

      This must be KERF, right?
      Your Blog was the second I found , recommended by Caitlin!

  • Julia Browne December 5, 2021, 6:49 am

    I read your blog regularly because your kids were just a bit older than mine. It helped me so much to get through the toddler years. I used to write private blogs for family and as the kids grew older I found I didn’t need the outlet anymore. They are so much more engaging now in a way that uses all my brain!

  • Andrea December 5, 2021, 6:49 am

    Long – time former reader here. I jumped at your post when it showed up in Feedly. I always hoped you’d come back!
    Loved reading about your day-to-day. Would be thrilled if you’re back!

  • Sunny December 5, 2021, 6:49 am

    Hi! Long time pretty silent follower but so excited to see this update.

  • Erin December 5, 2021, 6:53 am

    Ah! I was just thinking about this blog and you the other day. I am so glad to hear updates on your family and that you’re doing well! Have a beautiful holiday season! Cheers!

  • Janis December 5, 2021, 7:13 am

    I was one of those who connected! Welcome back

  • Laura December 5, 2021, 7:14 am

    So lovely that you posted! Oh, your kiddos are so big now! So are mine. I had my first between yours….

    Caitlin you have such a gift for writing blogs! I looked forward to your posts each week. I am glad you are well.

  • Jillian J December 5, 2021, 7:19 am

    Hello! It feels like an old friend is checking in. So glad to hear you are doing well!

  • Amanda December 5, 2021, 7:19 am

    Hi! I used to love reading your blog. It definitely inspired me to get back to running after having my kids. Glad to hear from you again!

  • Melanie December 5, 2021, 7:21 am

    So so good to see this post – I followed you from the very beginning and as a result, ran four half marathons and a sprint those early days. Delighted to read that you are all and well! ❤️

  • Kristy December 5, 2021, 7:26 am

    Wow this is creepy, I was thinking about this blog not too long ago (couldn’t remember the name though). I miss when I used to read blogs and the internet was kind, as you said.

  • Adriana December 5, 2021, 7:29 am

    What a lovely surprise! I’ve missed your voice. So glad you are doing well. Hope you continue to write.

  • Abbe December 5, 2021, 7:39 am

    So wonderful to hear from you after all these years! What a great surprise. Glad that you and your family are doing well. So sorry to hear about Maggie. I’ve always loved all your doggie content. Who knows what the future has in store for you but would love to have you keep popping back in the blogosphere from time to time

  • Abbe December 5, 2021, 7:39 am

    So wonderful to hear from you after all these years! What a great surprise. Glad that you and your family are doing well. So sorry to hear about Maggie. I’ve always loved all your doggie content. Who knows what the future has in store for you but would love to have you keep popping back in the blogosphere from time to time.

  • Rachel December 5, 2021, 7:48 am

    I found your blog when you started writing for that pregnancy/baby blog I can’t even remember the name of now! Our kids are almost exactly the same ages- my oldest is 9.5 and my middle is 7.5 and I have a 3 year old too. I remember how hard breastfeeding was for you and I went through the same thing at the same time! Over the years I’ve googled your name a few times hoping to find a way to check in and see how your family is doing. Thanks for the update! 🙂

  • Katrina December 5, 2021, 7:50 am

    I love seeing this, thank you so much for checking in! I can’t believe Henry is 10 and it’s been six years!

  • Caroline December 5, 2021, 7:56 am

    Thank you for popping in to say hi! Like others have said it does feel like hearing from an old friend. Loved your content and was always inspired. So glad you are well!

  • Justine December 5, 2021, 7:57 am

    Your blog used to get me through the looooong days stuck at my desk, working in accounting, before I quit when I had my first kiddo. My Charleigh girl is also 9.5. Your posts about bc/pumping, diapering, sleep training made me feel like I wasn’t alone. It was pretty fun to be pregnant “together,” when I had my son Brooks who is now 7. I had one more, too, Amelia is 4.5. I never commented much (if at all) but I really enjoyed your blog and get a wave of nostalgia to see a new post from you

  • Alex December 5, 2021, 8:01 am

    Hi! It’s so nice to hear that you are doing well. Wishing you all the best!

  • Sarah December 5, 2021, 8:11 am

    I loved reading your blog for years! This post made my morning. I had been a runner for years and you inspired me to try my first Tri! So good to hear from you.

  • Marci Gilbert December 5, 2021, 8:11 am

    I sometimes wonder about the bloggers I used to follow! Glad to see an update!

  • Marty December 5, 2021, 8:19 am

    I’m so glad to see you back! I followed you every day and absolutely loved your site. I’m older than your average reader (70s) and always found you to be so interesting and informative. Good luck on your “new” venture!

  • cinemarie December 5, 2021, 8:21 am

    So nice to hear from you!! Wasn’t it the good old times when we all used to connect via blogs? Thanks for sharing your update and bringing this little bit of ‘kind internet’ back – so happy your family is doing well 🙂

  • Lauren December 5, 2021, 8:36 am

    Welcome back!

  • Amanda December 5, 2021, 8:39 am

    So good to hear from you.

  • Leslie Erickson December 5, 2021, 8:40 am

    A blast from the past. I was an avid reader way back then. I thought of you several years back when my daughter in law coached a Girls On The Run group in New Orleans. Didn’t you start that? Sounds like your life is rich and full. I’ll be reading when you post.

  • Heather December 5, 2021, 8:43 am

    Hi! This is like getting an out of the blue note from an old friend. I started reading your blog back in 2009 when I was 19, and now I’m 32. I never figured out eating healthy or working out, but I am happy. I have a 5 year old that just started Kindergarten in September. I met you when I was a school counselor and you came to do an operation beautiful presentation at my school. I’ve since switched career paths and am the executive director of a nonprofit. Thank you for all you’ve done to make the world a better place and “hi” to you and your family!

  • Crissy December 5, 2021, 8:52 am

    The best of all the original gangsta health bloggers! It’s so lovely to hear an update and to hear that you all are well and thriving!!

  • Lisa M. December 5, 2021, 8:56 am

    I’m here!!! I’ve thought of you and your family multiple times in the six years since you decided to say goodbye! 🙂 Your blog was the first one I ever read after finding an Operation Beautiful note in a women’s bathroom at my college in California. I had to google what a blog was because I didn’t know! I read and followed your posts for years and was sad, but happy for you, when you signed off. So glad to hear from you again! So glad you are well!!!

  • Mina December 5, 2021, 9:05 am

    I think of you every one in awhile when I’m emptying silverware from the dishwasher! I remember you saying you just throw it all in a drawer – no organization lol. Or at a time that’s how you did it. Glad to hear all is going well!

    • Caitlin December 5, 2021, 9:50 am

      Haha I still do this!!!

  • Jenn December 5, 2021, 9:08 am

    What a great post. I read your blog back then and purchased your book! It was great to read this. Is this I’m baccccccck post? Lol. If so welcome back if not, it was an awesome surprise

  • Jess E. December 5, 2021, 9:10 am

    You were absolutely one of my favorite bloggers. Can’t wait to hear more of your wisdom. Thank you for being a positive, kind and loving voice in the universe

  • Cheryl December 5, 2021, 9:12 am

    I loved your blog. It was one of the first that I followed. I enjoyed everything about it and I learned so much. And yes, like you, I felt connected and it was personal. I’m glad you are well and life has been good to you. Here’s to many more years of love and happiness.

  • Jamie December 5, 2021, 9:15 am

    Wow! It’s a blast from the past. It’s great to hear that you are doing well! Thanks for the updates… And I totally get what you mean about being older, quieter, etc.

  • Steph December 5, 2021, 9:47 am

    Here! Reading along if you want to keep writing words!

  • Laura December 5, 2021, 10:17 am

    I’m so happy you posted! I was just reminiscing about the good old days before Instagram when I checked my favorite blogs everyday and life was just so much…simpler. Happy to hear all is well!

  • Rebecca December 5, 2021, 10:25 am

    I saw this post on Facebook and literally, I am crying. I commented over there too but you are the reason I started blogging and the reason why now it launched my career and changed my life (for the better) into something I never could have imagined :'( Thank you <3

  • Sherilyn December 5, 2021, 10:28 am

    You were one of the first bloggers I followed and still one of my favorites. I’m so glad to hear your family is doing well!

  • Courtney December 5, 2021, 10:29 am

    Hi! So cool to see you pop up in my blog reader. I still Love blogs, even though lots of people have turned to other social media. Good to see you here! Glad to hear you’re well 🙂

  • Donna MacDonald December 5, 2021, 10:42 am

    I remember you! I just loved your blog, and followed it with love. You’re 37? Such a youngster… I’m 83! And, like you, I’m sure, much has happened in the intervening years, e.g., my four kids are all now in their 50’s. Yikes! Looking forward to hearing more from you, Caitlin HTP! With hugs, Donnamacd.

  • Selena McCullough December 5, 2021, 10:45 am

    I am! It is such a different world now. About 8 years ago or so I started my work day every day reading 4-5 blogs before I got down to business. Yours was one of them. Now I never look at a single blog but do check other social media regularly. It’s different though. Blogs felt more like a friendship. I’d actually forgotten u til o saw your post pop up. I kind of miss that.

    Back then my kids were tiny tots. Now my oldest is a senior. All in a blink of an eye.

    Loves the memory and seeing an update.

  • Erin December 5, 2021, 10:55 am

    Wow, how lovely to see this post! I loved your blog – and I’m still enjoying cornbread quiche! 🙂 Glad you and your family are doing well.

  • Lauren December 5, 2021, 10:57 am

    Whoa Caitlin, this is so awesome. Like a breath of fresh air at the end of what seems like the longest, shortest year following 2020.
    So glad you posted! I started following your blog after hearing you speak at a Girls on the Run event in Hickory, NC several years ago. Happy to hear you are doing well.

  • Nadine December 5, 2021, 10:57 am

    Nice to hear from you again!!

  • Kristin Nuckols December 5, 2021, 11:00 am

    Welcome back!

  • Mari December 5, 2021, 11:05 am

    Yes!!!!!! Love to see you back here! You were my favorite ever!!

  • Elizabeth December 5, 2021, 11:10 am

    I read your blog every single day in my early 20s and learned so much about childbirth and early motherhood from you long before I had children. I now have a 3 year old and 5 month old and this was such a warm flashback to when I was taking in all your tips and looking forward to that life one day. As exhausting as it is, I’ve never been happier. I can’t believe Henry is 10! I bet he’s just as handsome little boy as he was an adorable toddler. So glad you checked back in, you are missed!

  • Christa December 5, 2021, 11:10 am

    I was just thinking about you when I came across Operation Beautiful notes that I had written when my 11 year old was a baby! You were such an inspiration to me and I am so thankful for you!

  • Mette December 5, 2021, 11:12 am

    I read your blog daily when my babies were, well, babies. In fact, HTP was the very first blog I ever read – and it introduced me to the blogging world.
    Reading your comment today brought back so many thoughts and feelings – strange, I know, since I never really “knew” you.
    Thank you for your blog back then, and thank you for your update today ❤️

  • Kristina December 5, 2021, 11:34 am

    So wonderful to get an update from you. You’ve been missed.

  • Annie December 5, 2021, 11:41 am

    At least once a year I think of your blog and how much I miss your posts! So glad to hear that things are going well. I had my own babies since you left the blogosphere and went back to read all of your posts. I still refer to your “basket” posts (breastfeeding basket, diaper changing, etc) when making baskets for my friends having babies. You are still missed in this online world!

  • Raquel Pena December 5, 2021, 12:31 pm

    Love hearing from you!!!

  • Jill December 5, 2021, 1:25 pm

    Hello! So nice to ‘hear’ from you again. I always enjoyed your blog and running adventures. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  • Steph December 5, 2021, 1:37 pm

    I guess it must have been just before you stopped blogging, I emailed asking what preschool you were sending your son to bc we were moving to Charlotte and looking for a similar school. I still laugh and marvel at the fact that you were willing to tell me, a complete stranger, the answer (simpler times!) but am always so glad you were. My kids, now 8.5 and 6.5, were there for all of their preschool years and it was wonderful :). I’m glad to see that you and your family are doing well.

  • Erin December 5, 2021, 2:07 pm

    So nice to hear from you! Your series on weaning from exclusive pumping was a lifesaver for me back in 2015. I’m glad you and your family are doing well.

  • Hillary December 5, 2021, 2:24 pm

    Please stick around! I was DELIGHTED to see your blog pop up on my Feedly today! Your voice and writing is so real and my world NEEDS that!!

  • Kelly December 5, 2021, 2:33 pm

    Omg I remember reading your blog all the time. It was nice to have the update. Hope you are doing well. I miss blogs

  • Caroline Leigh December 5, 2021, 3:14 pm

    Hi! I was thinking about you recently because Operation Beautiful is in my classroom available for my students to read. I loved your content back in the day and I’m so happy to “see” you again!

  • Lisa December 5, 2021, 3:49 pm

    Oh hello! (Long time silent filers here). I saw your post pop up in my blog reader today and did a double take. Thanks for the update! I’m 37 myself and was once a blogger too back in the day, pre kids (although much less “famous” than you). I wrote about life as an expat in Germany / having a kid abroad. I stopped around 2012 but have found memories of the time in my life that seems like another lifetime ago. Anywho- just wanted to say “hello!” Hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

  • Kellie December 5, 2021, 4:04 pm

    Hi Caitlin! so good to see this post! I have missed your posts but you are right, it’s a totally different world out there now. Glad to hear you & the family are well. Can’t believe Henry is almost 10!

  • Eva December 5, 2021, 4:56 pm

    I have missed your blog and was so excited to see you post this! Glad to hear all is well.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Erin m. December 5, 2021, 5:41 pm

    So nice to hear from you! Glad you and your family are doing well!!

  • Cara December 5, 2021, 5:52 pm

    Your post popped up in Feedly and I was happy to hear from you! I enjoyed your blog quite a bit, back in the day. I never commented much, but always followed along!

  • Amanda December 5, 2021, 6:00 pm

    So great to hear from you! Glad you are well!

  • Cheryl December 5, 2021, 8:07 pm

    Omg hello, still here! Didn’t even realize I was still subscribed but it’s so nice to hear from you! Love the update.

    I’m not sure the internet was “still kind” in the era of your blog (as I recall bloggers of your ilk received more than their fair share of backlash about, well, all sorts of things) but I definitely agree that having a following on the internet is a much more complicated thing in 2021 than it was 10 years ago. For that reason, blogging is the one form of social media that I still believe in 100%. Maybe it’s time to resurrect yours?!

  • Lauren December 5, 2021, 8:12 pm

    Omg, welcome back!! Loved your blog so much. I’ve been curious about what you’ve been up to! I hope this is the first of many new posts 🙂

  • Kirsten Jordan December 5, 2021, 8:13 pm

    This made my day seeing you pop up. 🙂

  • Leatitia December 5, 2021, 8:34 pm

    Caitlin!! I’m so happy to read you’re doing well! The kids are so much older, time flies.

    My own son is now 10 and I remember mailing you a 2T Thomas the Train pj back when Henry was a baby. Good old days.

    I’d come to your blog from time to time, checking to see if any new updates were on here. Sending you best wishes from my side of the internet.

  • Sarah December 5, 2021, 8:44 pm

    Hi Caitlin,

    Your blog was the first one I got excited about and followed religiously through undergrad. I learn so much about running, and fueling my body in a healthy way. from you. I remember several of your recipes that I still enjoy making like the pancake truffles and peat baked oatmeal! Thank you for all the inspiration of the years. Glad to hear you are still thriving!

  • Stephanie December 5, 2021, 9:01 pm

    Hi!! I just thought about you the other day. And I still think of you every time I roast a big portabella cap smeared with hummus 🙂

  • Jaimie Jones December 5, 2021, 9:21 pm

    You showed up today in my Bloglovin roll with a new post and I was like “what?!” Was fun- I was a faithful reader from 2010 to the end. Glad y’all are well!!

  • Cello mum December 5, 2021, 9:57 pm

    Wow! I was only ever a lurker in the past (a friendly one, promise!) but your showing up on my reader was so exciting that I had to comment 🙂 I read your blog religiously, along with many of the other original “healthy living” type bloggers. Even though I never really commented you were all a major, positive, influence on my life.

  • Rosey Rebecca December 5, 2021, 10:05 pm

    Heyyyyy girl heyyy! Glad to hear all is well! ❤️

  • Nicole December 5, 2021, 10:16 pm

    Love the update! Missed your stories and motivational posts 🙂

  • Kaley December 5, 2021, 11:58 pm

    This brought back all the feelings from 6 years ago! I read your blog daily and missed the content (I don’t even think we called it that then!) thank you for popping in! It is so nice to see your words again! Sending good vibes from Florida – Kaley

  • Julie December 6, 2021, 12:02 am

    Hi! What a nice surprise and so great to hear some updates!! You and your blog are missed!

  • Michelle December 6, 2021, 12:03 am

    Wow! What a nice surprise. You were one of my faves along with Ali on the Run and HRG! I’ve kept you in my feed reader all these years and it took me a second to realize it was you! Welcome back! Hope you keep posting and sharing. 🙂

  • Amy December 6, 2021, 12:41 am

    Such a nice surprised. Glad you and the family are doing well.

  • Rebecca December 6, 2021, 1:00 am

    Welcome back! It was so nice to see your post pop up! So sorry to hear about Maggie. The death of a pet is truly so painful.

    Hard to believe your kids are so big! I remember your bun in oven pregnancy announcement and checking on Twitter to see Baby HTP’s first picture when you were in labor 🙂

  • Susan December 6, 2021, 6:18 am

    Such an awesome surprise! It is great to hear an update.
    Much love from Sydney Australia.

  • Elly December 6, 2021, 8:30 am

    I thought BlogLovin’ had some glitch when I saw this post – WELCOME BACK! We missed you!

  • MaryBe December 6, 2021, 10:14 am

    Glad to hear you and your family are doing well. How’s your dad? I think he was running for a public office, mayor I think ? Happy Holidays!

  • Jackie December 6, 2021, 11:01 am

    I’ve missed you!!! So glad you’re doing well!!! Popped up on my Feedly as I haven’t deleted your blog. Xoxox.

  • Karen December 6, 2021, 1:01 pm

    This update made me smile. Before you left, like you said, you’d be blogging all day long. So when you stopped, it felt odd as if I lost a friend. I hope that doesn’t sound weird. In “real life” I don’t have folks who share the same diet and healthy living ideals that I found in the blogging community at the time so you guys felt like my friends. It’s great to hear you’re doing well and still at it. ❤️

  • Anna December 6, 2021, 5:42 pm

    This is so fun! Your birth stories were part of what inspired me to research natural birth and I’ve now had 3 amazing empowering birth experiences myself 🙂 thank you for sharing!

  • Wendy December 6, 2021, 7:22 pm

    So fun to read your update! I am glad to hear you are doing well and can’t believe it’s been 6 years. I loved reading your blog!!!

  • Amy December 6, 2021, 8:53 pm

    Welcome back! Your blog got me through some tough times. I really enjoyed getting to “know” you and I was sad to see you go. I don’t really read blogs anymore, but something just made me randomly click on feedly and there you were! Glad to hear all is well.

  • Casey December 6, 2021, 9:22 pm

    YES!!! HELLO! I still check your blog in case this were to happen! Also, referencing “saved”posts that felt like everything as I started navigating motherhood in 2018. All in all, I’m sure I speak for all when I say we’ve missed you and your thoughts. Happy to know you and your family are well. Cheers to all the years!

  • Crystal N December 6, 2021, 9:30 pm

    I was so glad to see you pop up! I loved your blog and books, and was sad to see you go several years back. I did totally understand, however. Would love to see more of you! ❤️

  • Beth December 6, 2021, 9:59 pm

    Hello! It’s so nice to read your voice!!

  • HangryPants December 7, 2021, 9:42 am

    Welcome back. ❤️

  • Pamela December 7, 2021, 9:48 am

    Hiiiiiiiiii! You were always my favorite and while I still read your contemporaries, this post is the greatest and best surprise. Your readers, who want to be kind and thoughtful and deliberate alongside you, are still out there!

    Since you stopped blogging, I got married and welcomed my first baby to the world this year. We bought a house, bought a ski condo, bought some rad mountain bikes, I started a business, hubby’s business got acquired. My brother moved away, my mom’s Parkinson’s is much worse. Things are always evolving. I’m 34 now!

    I hope you return to blogging, Caitlin. ❤️ I would love to share my thirties with you!

  • Sara December 7, 2021, 3:29 pm

    OMG hi! Long time reader – you were one of the first blogs I came across back in the old days. 🙂 My kids are now 8 and 6 and I often referred to your pregnancy, baby, breastfeed and health posts. Glad to hear you’re all well.

  • Jenn December 7, 2021, 7:17 pm

    Yes, we are here! So glad you’re back and can’t wait to hear more from you! Stick around, please:)

  • Steph M. December 7, 2021, 7:18 pm

    WOW! I NEVER go onto Facebook anymore — maybe once every few months, but I did today for some random reason. I had to do a double-take when I saw Healthy Tipping Point in my feed. It was such a great surprise to see you write another blog post. I loved your blog for many years! I am glad you are doing well, and hope you will continue to write on occasion, although I completely understand wanting to step away from it all. I got all of the old exciting feelings I used to get when I’d pop into Google Reader back in the day and see my favorite bloggers had updated. Ha! Things have truly changed. Wishing you and your family the best!

  • Julia G December 8, 2021, 8:31 am

    This was a lovely surprise today! Was so nice to get an update, and fingers crossed you’re back. 🙂

  • Kat December 8, 2021, 11:10 am

    Wahoo!! I got ripped off on your return from Brittany at A Healthy Slice of Life and was so excited!

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