weekend living

I would be remiss not to start today’s post in commemoration of 9/11. I can’t believe it has been 17 years. Such a sad day for the country. It was also the day of my nana’s wake, so my emotions were frenzied. Let’s all take a moment to think of the victims of this day.

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My weekend started on Friday with dinner with my mom and my brother’s girlfriend, Cait (girlfriend-in law?). It was a lovely night and we were able to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather…finally.

On Saturday, I had a relaxing morning with breakfast and some TV watching with my mom.

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The afternoon was productive with some errands, veggie prepping, and a workout. My jump roping was a little challenging as my shorts kept falling down!

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That night, I met up with some friends to attend a 30th birthday party. I was in charge of this veggie platter flower.

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Sunday was another productive day with lots of shopping. I should probably reel in on the clothes shopping for my niece. Everything is just too darn cute! She needs clothes, she’s been naked baby all summer with the heat!

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Once we got home, I had a quick bite to eat before heading out on a 4 mile run.

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My two running goals right now are to 1). Run a 30 or under minute 5k and 2). Run a half marathon. More on point numero uno tomorrow!

On Sunday night, the fam squad came over for an excellent homemade Italian dinner. A perfect way to end (or start) the week!

At least you’re not the Yankees today…

Welcome back from the weekend, we’ve survived another hot one.

My Friday started, as it usually does, nice and early thanks to a 4:30am wake-up call. This also means my weekend kicks off early, so I can’t complain. After work and a solid strength training workout, I lounged around the house for a bit before it was Red Sox v. Yankees time. I almost feel bad for the Yankees, but not quite.

I headed into the game with a friend who happens to be a Yankees fan. I did feel bad for her team of losers and made sure to sing along to Sweet Caroline nice and loud for her.

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In college, I was so used to walking to and from the game from just down the street and afterwards, driving into the city, that taking the subway was an adventure. A very hot, sticky, and crowded adventure.

On Saturday, I had a leisurely morning, sleeping in and enjoying breakfast.

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My niece and sister came over for the day and we had a great time just watching this little face.

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It’s crazy how fast they grow!

I went to bed early for a Saturday night and was up early on Sunday morning to fit in a run before my hair appointment. It was warm, but dry outside and I cruised for a solid 4 miles of running. Felt strong!

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After grocery shopping and touching up my roots, it was meal prep time. I chopped up a ton of veggies for salads and made my breakfast for today.

I started watching Sharp Objects on HBO, so far so good.

How’s your Monday treating you?

Let the Rain Come

Hello Monday and hello to you!

Once again, I can’t believe how fast the weekend flew by. I had a ton of fun in the sun and spent the majority of the weekend relaxing. It might be a rainy week ahead, but at least we’ll all be at work anyway.

My friend/client snapped this shot of me training her on Friday afternoon. We were laughing, but really I was trying to get her to stop talking long enough to actually exercise!

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Lunch was a BLT salad.

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That afternoon, this guy had his annual check-up. He’s doing great! I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since I adopted him. He’s the joy of my life.

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Later, I got to cuddle with the cutest baby I know, little Lily.

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On Saturday, I woke up and had a breakfast of an egg on toast with a sprinkling of cheese.

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It fueled me through a 2.25 mile run, including a massive hill at the end. Woo.

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My reward was an afternoon on the beach with my BFF!

It was a blast soaking up the sun and diving into waves. We headed into the city after for a drink and to walk around. It was such a lovely night outside and it was great walking around our old college neighborhood.

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Sunday morning included what I’m branding the BELT- bacon, egg, lettuce, and tomato. Delicious! We attended mass in the morning in honor of the anniversary of my grandfather’s passing.

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It was a nice moment to celebrate with family and we all went out to eat after.

That night, I went on a long walk with my parents, made these Skinnytaste bagels, and got some Sunday night things done.

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Anything great happen this weekend?

lifely things

It’s been awhile since we’ve just chatted, so I’m back with a few life updates. As you know if you’ve been reading for awhile, I’ve been a cat mom for the better part of a year now and he’s pretty much taken over my life. He enjoys looking out the window, demanding pats, and following me around the house so that I cannot be productive. Simba is a sweet and healthy boy and I am very grateful for him!

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He needs to be touching me at all times.

I’m back to working as a personal trainer, which I love. It’s a rewarding experience to help people begin or re-inspire their health journeys. As I’m learning, there’s never an end,- until, you know…the end- and there’s a whole world of complicated health and wellness information to dissect, so it’s nice to help and learn from clients!

For the past few months, I’ve also been trying to lose weight again. It’s not always a fun or easy process and there’s many ups and downs, but thus far, I’m down ten pounds. For the past few weeks, I’ve been losing 2 ounces a week consistently, so it’s something. I’ll include a little more about that, including what I eat daily in an upcoming blog post.

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Much of my week, as everyone’s does, resides around work and daily happenings. My workouts have consisted of three days of running and three days of strength training with shorter bursts of cardio.

Another big part of my life right now is my now month-old niece who is a darling! I’m not sure how her parents feel about posting pictures of her, so I’ll hold off for now. It’s crazy to think that this little bundle, who I didn’t know for 28 years and five months, has now become an integral part of my life.

On weekends, I try to incorporate a healthy mixture of active and relaxing. Since the weather is getting nicer, I enjoy walking, running, hiking, and biking (and staying far away from the gym!) for exercise. Going out with friends and staying in with Simba are equally important.

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In addition to picking up my writing, I’ve been reading a lot, from fun summer reads like The Last Mrs. Parrish and some words of life wisdom, such as The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, as well as teaching myself basic coding to gain some computer skills.

I’m excited that summer has finally arrived and happy to be back writing to all of you.

Happy Thursday!

it’s almost like i’m a model. almost.

My friend Michelle is a talented photographer who asked me and my client/friend Eva to participate in a fitness themed photoshoot as she tried out her new camera. How could I turn down such an opportunity?

I’ve been trying to “build my brand” with my Instagram- Stronger with Caitlin- which means lots of pictures and there were only so many un-choreographed, sweaty selfies I could stomach posting. Really, Michelle was doing me a huge favor!

Here are some of the highlights.

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We laughed because as I am showing off my strength, I’m only lifting 5 pounds here. It’s what we had for props!

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My squats are getting deeper!

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I really do have a tiny ponytail.

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Toe point on…point.

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My arms are one of my sensitive areas, but I’m learning to love them for as they are.

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I’ve never smiled doing core work, let’s be honest.

To see more from this photoshoot and to check out more of Michelle’s work, go to http://www.michellegibbonsphotography.com/blog/fitness-lifestyle-session-with-caitlin-eva.

Thanks again, Michelle!

Monday Morning

Happy Monday!

Mondays always come as a bit of a shock because my day starts at 4:30am when my alarm blares at me. After some cuddling time with Simba, I have to rush to get everything together and get to work at 5am.

This weekend was a good one. After work on Friday, I swam 40 laps, about 1.1 miles. I’m just getting back into swimming and so far, I’m loving it. I have to be super careful because I dye my hair blonde, but my precautions have thus far been successful. I can already feel the benefits swimming has had on my running, which was evident on Saturday morning. Friday night, I had dinner with my family and then was happy to fall into bed.

Saturday morning kicked off with a homemade breakfast sandwich, a strength circuit, and a solid 3.1 mile run.

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Later that afternoon, I got my haircut, which always feels amazing! I really need to stick to the stylist when it comes to dyeing my hair. It’s too much of a hassle for an ok turnout when I do it on my own. Not to mention I left it on for too long last time and had a strip of silvery purple for a few days…

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That night, I saw Black Panther with my friend Stephanie. It was excellent! I was anxious the entire time, but it was all for good.

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I slept in a bit on Sunday (for me that’s now 8:30am!) and woke up in time to start a big breakfast. Please appreciate the Mickey waffle.

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After finishing some necessary chores, I fit in a solid workout at the gym, including another mile run. For lunch, I made homemade beef and broccoli (with cauliflower) and brown rice. So good! The marinade included 2 tablespoons bbq sauce, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and some garlic. I made enough for two servings and have leftover meat.

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I also roasted some chickpeas to have for the week, including my dinner, this kale Caesar salad with shrimp.

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The rest of Sunday was spent writing, working on the updated blog, and relaxing with the cutest cat around.

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Have a great day, everyone!

 

I’m Allergic to Apples But I Still Eat Them

A real daredevil I am…

My weekend started early Friday afternoon when I got off work and finished up a killer workout. I ate lunch and cuddled up on the couch watching old episodes of Will and Grace with this guy.

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That night, I went out to dinner with some work friends before heading to bed and preparing for another early morning at work.

Once I finished work on Saturday morning, my friend Stephanie picked me up to see our other college friends Erin and Katie. It’s been awhile since the four of us got together and we had a blast apple picking, laughing, and chatting.

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And eating apples… I’m slightly allergic, so I stuck to one and felt fine. Erin for the photobomb win!

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Even though it was not quite a fall day (hot!), we enjoyed being outside and snacked on apple cider donuts.

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That night, a few of us saw It, which was creepy and a little confusing, but fun! I’m ready for the Halloween season!

Sunday started like this.

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Kittens apparently do not have sense of personal space.

After grocery shopping with mom, I whipped up some french bread pizzas for a game day lunch.

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Both the Red Sox and Patriots had come-from-behind wins and though I’d prefer them just to do well from the beginning, those types of games are more exciting.

When the sun went down a bit and the air cooled, I headed to the track to fit in a 3-mile run. I started re-watching Big Little Lies because my mom hasn’t seen it yet and it’s still amazing.

Now we’re back to Monday- make it a great one to kick off this week!