Habits and the Power of Mindfulness

Hello, my name is Caitlin and it has been four days since I last dipped into the candy bowl. It’s become more of a habit than anything else. I get that it’s a delightful treat once in awhile, but I was starting to eat candy I don’t even like- ie, not chocolate! I’m being better about remaining more mindful and maintaining a positive attitude. This has helped keep me more consistent in my writing as well. The power of habit is all the same, we just have to tap into it.

There’s something about a walk on a warm, breezy day that is just good for the soul. This is especially true after a long, trafficky ride home from work. I racked up to extra miles for my day’s exercise as well. I suppose just the fact that the sun is shining down is enough.

My morning workout began with a body strength workout. I went through a circuit of squats, lunges, kickbacks, tricep dips, step ups, mountain climbers, push ups, mermaid raises, Russian twists, hip lifts, bicycle crunches, and v ups. I ran through it four times and was nice and sweaty by the time I was heading for the pool. I swam a mile in about 43 minutes and it took a few minutes to adjust to being out of the water when I finished. I can’t get over how much I adore swimming, but I also can’t write this post without mentioning this man who took up an entire lane and didn’t swim one lap. He just chilled there. It was lap time!

Breakfast was a chilled overnight oatmeal that hit the spot. For an guitar fruity kick, I ate some blueberries and raspberries on the side. The cinnamon, raisin, walnut combination never fails me. Hint, it all has to do with the complementary flavors of the chopped dates and mashed banana. So refreshing!

I was very proud of my lunch, which were leftovers of the meal I made on Sunday. My Parmesan crusted tilapia and shaved Brussels sprout salad held up well for a couple of days in the fridge. So bright, tasty, and nutritious! I’m not sure my pictures can quite convey the yumminess.


For a mid-day snack, I had prepared a bowl of cherry kefir and some freshly chopped strawberries. Although I was dubious before trying, the combination turned out to be excellent. I’m trying to be more creative with my snack combinations so I don’t grow bored and turn back to that candy jar.

Another colorful, flavorful, veggie-filled meal included steak, corn, a great big salad, and a side of nachos. I love food cooked on the grill because it can be so healthy and maybe a little because it is the epitome of summer. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good hotdog or cheeseburger, but a good chicken, the am, or shrimp kebab with a side of grilled veggies doesn’t suck either.

We’ve reached mid-week, friends! I think it’s time we can start looking forward to the weekend! Any good plans?

Lazy No More!

I know what you’re thinking…here she goes again with another weight loss post. But I promise, this one’s more fun! It’s not so much about losing weight as it is learning how to cook for health and for joy!

This post was inspired by my friend Lauren C. SHOUT OUT! I have to designate her “C” because I know many Lauren’s, one of whom is my sister so she wins “just Lauren” by sheer genetics. Anyways, we were at dinner last night and I was talking about how I’ve taken a liking to “healthy” cooking and baking and she thought I should write a blog post on it. She also wants me to do a post honoring Britney Spears. Two birds. One stone.



Girl is fierce!

Anyways, my first endeavor was to make a chocolate chip muffin recipe I found on pinterest. Steel cut whole wheat oatmeal, non-fat greek yogurt, egg whites, unsweetened applesauce, splenda, unsweetened cocoa, and chocolate chips. They are only 58 calories and delicious. I may or may not have forgotten to crush the oatmeal so the muffins have a crunchy texture, but honestly I think it just has spunk, like me! And I keep seeing my brother and father poking into them so they’re approval shows they’re good!

I am all for baking with greek yogurt and applesauce. And whole wheat anything is just plain good!



They don’t have to be perfect or look spiffy to taste good and offer good nutrition at the same time.

I don’t *YET* have recipes of my own to share, but as I get going they will pour out and I think it will be fun. One of the things I need to keep telling myself every single day is that losing weight and getting healthy is not about not eating or cutting things out…it’s about eating for health and enjoying food. Laziness be gone! I’ve taken much greater interest in the food itself, the process of taking the time to make something delicious and nutritional, and then sitting down to enjoy it is a very rewarding experience. I’ve learned you don’t have to be ashamed to eat. Not to be awkward, but it is a pleasurable experience (sickos be gone!) and I think fast food (though good at times) can offer you instant gratification because it tastes good, but don’t you always feel sick and gross after? I do! But now that I’m making my own food and finding all of these different variations and things you can create in the kitchen, it’s been amazing!

Today I made a sandwich with a whole wheat bagel thin, two wedges of laughing cow cheese, spinach, tomato, and a few slices of pepperoni. Not overly complicated and it could suck, but I looked in my fridge, found some healthy ingredients, and put it together. I’ll let you know how it goes!

I know that it can be extremely difficult to find the time to cook and make food. Trust me, I just started a new job and you wake up early, work, go to the gym, and go to bed and it can be hard to fit eating in there. But trust me, make time because it’s worth it. You can make it ahead of time or there are recipes out there that doesn’t take much time. No more excuses! And of course, it’s ok to splurge from time to time because that’s what makes it that much better.

Especially now that it’s summer, get to grilling! Not just hot dogs and burgers and chicken, but fish, veggies, and fruits are all delicious. I’m dying to try grilled flatbread pizzas and I’ve heard a lot about grilled salad, which would be cool to try. Experiment, have fun, enjoy, and be healthy!

Added incentive: if you put effort into something, doesn’t it make that something better? Why not do it with food?

Speaking of summer…the weather is finally nice. My friend Erin and I actually took a cute picture!!!


This is new for us.

And here’s Katie at her graduation party looking funny/funky. Sorry Katie, I know I’m an asshole.


This is getting chaotic, but I forgot to mention that I saw Kristin Chenoweth in concert and she was amazing. I’ve seen her now in a lot of things, Broadway, concerts, tv, movies. The Apple Tree was the single greatest performance I have ever seen by anyone ever and I still don’t understand why she didn’t win the Tony that year let alone get nominated, but whatever we are letting it go. And damn that woman knows how to put on a concert. She’s quirky but it works and her stage presence is phenomenal. In a world filled with reality “stars” and people who are famous for things that have nothing to do with talent, Kristin is a breath of fresh air to that industry. I feel like I am seeing the likes of Ethel Merman and Barbra Streisand when she performs and sometimes you just know that there are things out there people were meant to do. So Kristin, if you happen to read this, thank you for showing your talent to the world.

Also, my Godmother could be a paparazzo if she wanted.