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Failed Thursday, Fun Friday!

Happy weekend all! I hope you all had a fantastic Friday to start off your weekend, I sure did! For the past 2 days I’ve been hanging out with someone you haven’t heard much about,


PapaPerm! On Thursday we went to downtown Cleveland to lunch at a place I’ve never been put PapaPerm swore it had the best middle eastern food in Cleveland. I must say, I believe him to be right!

It was called Nate’s and has been a little hole in the wall dinner for 25 years and is still jam packed everyday!


West 25th street is known for ethnic food, Cambodia, Turkish, Lebanese for just a few


Hummus Tabouleh pita rolled for me


Fatoush salad for him. Everything was delicious!

Our goal was to go to the West Side Market only to find that it was closed! So what did we do? Venture back the next day!

We went back to Nate’s this time we both got Fatoush and hummus to share


The West Side Market is a BIG attraction in Cleveland. It’s not a farmers market but more like a giant grocery store in a warehouse. Produce vendors, butchers, bakers (not candle stick makers) and more come together to sell there stuff. You can get lunch or grocery shop of just come for a walk around!









BLUE potato pancake stuffed with goat cheese, may have been the prettiest food I’ve ever seen

I made away with some good stuff!


Peaches, apricots, sweet mango, dried dates and a fresh loaf of whole wheat bread


These are the BEST DATES EVER, I had about 8 with peanut butter at various times yesterday

THEN (busy Friday) PerMA and I did something we’ve been meaning to do forever, drag our butts to the gym at 6:15 PM (we’re both morning people) to go to Zumba class! I went to barbell strength Friday morning but I thought Zumba may be a nice supplement!

I was so much fun! The teacher definitely put her own flare on it, I plan to get Zumba certified in August so I figured I should start going to classes!


For dinner, Vegan Tempeh Sloppy Joe!! This is SOOO good, I’ll share the recipe soon!


This morning started with my beloved yogurt bowl

Greek yogurt

Raw Oats

Store brand “Life” cereal

Sunflower butter

Raspberry fruit spread


Alright, trying to convince myself to go to spin class. I had to delay my long run until tomorrow due to nasty weather (boo!) I’ve never done a long run on Sunday before, I’m a creature of habit so I hope it goes well!

Oh! I bet your wondering about something… I’m extending my giveaway to tomorrow morning

Since I haven’t posted as much it didn’t seem fair, so go and enter!



Do you like farmers markets? Yes!! Can’t wait to go this summer!

Favorite type of ethnic food?

Favorite Dried Fruit?

Runners! What day do you do your long run on?



Shopping, Gardening and Yogurt

Hello all!! My has it been forever?! I’ve been somewhat busy, my older sister has been home for a total of 5 days in the past 2 weeks before she goes away for the whole summer so I’ve been spending my time catching up with her! We spent some quality shopping time together


The car that we share


She always like to drive =)


We ended up at the best place in the world… TARGET!! Our main goal was shoes


I made away with some boat shoes. Uggo picture but I promise they are cute!

She’s leaving super early tomorrow morning so we had a fun goodbye dinner tonight.



Delicious fluffy bread ( I had two)


All three of us got different salads! Big sis got the falafel (she’s stubborn about her food posing for pictures =P)


PerMa got the Spinach


And your one and only fave permanent blogger got the fatoush! Lettuce, cucs, green pepper, tomato, pickled turnips, and pita chips. It doesn’t look like much but the bowl was deep and it was FILLING, I didn’t even finish it. But that’s ok, I needed room for dessert!!




Menchie’s Frozen yogurt JUST opened near us, of course we had to try it!


Mine on the left, blueberry yogurt with mango and graham crackers and PerMa’s on the right, chocolate with graham crackers and peanut butter sauce. Again with the stubborn sis but she got mango sorbet topped with blueberries and raspberries (she’s vegan).

Annnnnnd in some other news. I have been running.

10 miles saturday, 4 miles with 2 miles of hills today plus body weight exercises.

Cross training, power yoga on Sunday and total conditioning group fitness on Monday.

And gardening.



In my running clothes… after my 10 miler, I then took a nap.


But PerMa did a BEAUTIFUL job!


And eating lots of oats in a jar




Oh, I was also sick one day



So cinnamon and I hung out


And watched three twilight movies in a row. I must have Taylor Lautner, I will have him, mark my words.

I think that’s a long enough post for you all! I’ll try to catch you up on everything over the next few days, be back tomorrow with June goals and a may review/telling you how I failed =)



Do you have siblings? Do you like to hang out with them?

What did you do over memorial day? Yard work? Pool?

Twilight, yes or no?

Cross Training and Reflections

Today is officially my last full day at school! Definitely bitter-sweet. It has been a ROUGH year but thank goodness it’s ending on a good note.

I spent 3/4 of the year counting calories, avoiding people, going to bed at 8:30 and finishing my homework weeks (or months) before it was due.


I still love my early bedtimes but I’ve realized I on occasion want to stay up late and be with people! What a shocker I know.

Since spring break I have stopped counting calories, stopped weighing myself, broken most of my food rules (I say most because I still won’t eat trans fat or things with an ingredient list longer than my iTunes library), gotten to a healthy weight and made some amazing new friends. While still managing to keep my grades in check and my workouts where I like them, something my ED told me was not possible (well he can shut the F up, just saying)


Another HUGE accomplishment that I had was going out to dinner with one of my new “friends” . I didn’t look at the menu online first, I didn’t insist on leaving food on my plate (although I did but only because I was full) and I didn’t insist on demolishing it all because if I don’t clearly I “still have an eating disorder”.

As for running, I’m not even trying right now. I tried last Friday and it did not work. My half is on Sunday *gulp* so I’m gently cross training all week and will try to get through a couple of miles on Thursday or Friday once I’m home to see if I can. My other options are dropping to the 10K or being the best cheerleader ever for my mom and sister =).

201105101109.jpg(Rough day)

This is why cross training is so important. Not only to prevent injury and boredom but also to keep you fit during an injury. If I didn’t already know about and love cycling and lifting I would have nothing to do at this time.

Benefits of Cross Training

  • Reduces exercise boredom
  • Allows you to be flexible about you training needs and plans (if the pool is closed, you can go for a run instead).
  • Produces a higher level of all around conditioning
  • Conditions the entire body, not just specific muscle groups
  • Reduces the risk of injury
  • Work some muscles while others rest and recover
  • Can continue to train while injured
  • Improves your skill, agility and balance


I also plan of some good hot yoga classes and a sports massage when I get home! It will be my first one, I’m EXCITED.

Please don’t even ask me what I’ve eaten over the past few days. My fridge currently has cottage cheese, peanut butter, a sweet potato and ketchup in it. I’ve been eating more meals at school so basically it’s been


Hummus sandwiches

Peanut butter in whole wheat tortillas

raw oats and cottage cheese

An Amy’s microwave black bean casserole meal

The first thing I am eating when I get home is a salad the size of my kitchen table201105101119.jpg

Vegetables, please come back to me =(.

I’m almost done packing (without any tears!!) and then off to try to entertain myself for the day!



How do you cross train?

Tell me about finding balance in your life!

How has your year up to this point been?

Does anyone want to mail me some greens? PLEASE?!

Happy May!

Happy May!! The weather here has finally started to look up lately, although it’s been insanely windy!

My weekend in review

Saturday I was going to run but because people are inept something went wrong and the gym wasn’t open I decided to make it an easy day. I did 45 minutes of yoga in my room and took a long power walk ( I can walk in the wind but not run).

My plan actually failed because I ended up going to the gym later for a bike workout because I wanted to and I was bored =).

I also had a GREAT night out on Saturday, although didn’t get in until five in the morning, yikes!! I feel as if that will come to get me later today, good thing I don’t have that much to do!

I’ve gotten really lucky with finals time, because I tend to be perpetually ahead I only have 2 assignments and 1 exam. I plan on being done with my assignments by tomorrow night and my exam is Friday!

Also, some things I’ve eaten





And a review of how I did with my April goals!

1) Do not get Injured: I’ve been having some shin pain recently and this morning woke up and something is off about my hip. I’m not sure what’s going on with me but I am not going to prolong any kind of potential injury.

I actually did pretty well with this! I’ve discovered that my shin pain has come from calve tightness so I’ve been stretching them out a lot more. My IT band has been acting up a little recently but I know how to take care of that… foam roll it baby!

2) Keep up the Yoga: I’ve been doing really well making it to class once a week, I want to keep it up!

Eh, I didn’t do too bad, for sure could have done more. Although I have started just stretching more also so that counts a little bit.

3)Post more workouts: Fairly self explanatory, I want to share more of how I gym with you all!

I posted one… yea that’s a fail.

4) Listen to my body: Way too much mindless late night snacking for not reason has ensued over the past few weeks, I’m want to break the habit like yesterday.

Very unfortunately this was not a big success. I am really starting to buckle down now, especially because school has slowed down so much and is about to end, stress is not an excuse (and never a good one).

5)USE FOOD!!!: The semester is almost over and I could feed the whole campus… help!

Kind of, I still have a good amount of grains and frozen stuff left but I haven’t done too bad. I wasn’t expecting to be able to eat it all. I’m considering taking it all up to the baseball team that lives two floors up, I’m sure they could take care of it for me =).

Overall I’d say about a201105012136.jpg

Maybe a B-

And May Goals!

1) Half Marathon! My half is May 15th. This has obviously been a longer term goal but I would like to finish in about 2:10 and not get hurt!

2) Finish the school year on a good note It has been a LONG, ROUGH year. I’m finally making friends, going out and feeling happy. I only have 9 days left, I want them to count.

3) Volunteer I don’t start my real summer job until mid-june so I would love to volunteer during May.

4) Get in touch with old friends while we’re all home for the summer!

5) RECIPES! This will be a lot easier once I’m home and have a real kitchen!

Alright loveys, I ran this afternoon and haven’t showered yet (hi, I’m gross) so I’ll be off to do that and work on one of my take home finals!



What are your May goals?

If your in school, how are finals going? How are you handling the stress? I know most people are actually stressed, I’m just really lucky.

Picky, Picky

I have never been a picky eater. I have never been demanding about where I go to eat if going out, when to leave.

I am not too concerned about the flavor of candy, brand of peanut butter or color of grape.

However, this morning, I realized that I am an extremely picky runner. Not a good habit to be in going into marathon training.

I woke up wanting to run outside, it was raining “Oh, I can’t run in the rain”


I thought about running on the treadmill “I can try to get through a few miles, but probably not the 5 I want to do”

I wanted to get some hills in “Maybe not, I hate hills”


“Maybe I should just do the elliptical instead”

Wait a minute Caitlin, maybe you need to try to push yourself! Not to sound like a complainer, but when did I become such a wimp? I’ve plowed through 10 miserable miles on the dreadmill before, I can certainly bust out a short run!!

I hate the treadmill and hills but it’s good for me workout

Walk 2 minutes to warm up

Jog two minutes

Speed up to a difficult pace with 3.0% incline for 1 minute

Up speed slightly and increase incline to 5.0% for 1 minute

Remove hill, keep speed for 2 minutes

Walk one minute

Repeat until desired distance/time is reached

I did this for 3 miles and walk .25 miles.

I am SO happy I did this, I felt great after of course because I love running and because even though it wasn’t physically that hard, I felt like I pushed myself mentally.

I also lifted for 40 minutes. I have always loved strength but I just cannot get enough lately!

Re-fuel with the ever ugly but oh so delicious vanilla breakfast cookie dough with cashew butter


And charge up for bio this afternoon with and easy salad topped with a boca burger and salsa


and part of a brown rice wrap with peanut butter ( I must have eaten the other part at some other time =P)


There has been a very welcome return of veggies into my life recently



egg whites with broc and shrooms


and an indecent about of these little, cold, crunchy, delicious fellows




Toasted sprouted grain muffin, almond butter, dried chopped dates and honey


I was in sandwich heaven

Off to do homework, crunch time if you haven’t heard!



How do you push yourself?

Hills? Yay or nay?

How have you been doing on veggie intake lately?



I’m Home!! Not that great of a surprise but fun for me! I got in yesterday to get some family time for Easter! I don’t actually have time off school so it’s a whirlwind trip but still so nice!

For the past few days I’ve been rockin’ some new clothes


Forever 21 floral strapless dress

And some not so new food



Airport find, not bad at all!

This is why I have the greatest Mom in the world, I found these in my room




Yesterday, because I got back kind of late for a belated birthday celebration we went out to one of our favorite places, Tommy’s!


This place is amazing, they are a combo of some of the best vegan/vegetarian food around but if you want you can also get a cheeseburger and they are known for having the best milkshakes in Cleveland (which you can also get vegan!)


Plus they have an amazingly, extensive list of salads!

PerMa and I split the Marina salad (spinach, celery, carrots, cheese, hummus and baba)


I also got an unpictured tempeh salad sandwich (tempeh, vegan mayo, pickles and celery) on a wheat pita with tomatoes.

And for the way better surprise


I ran a race this morning!! Recap later today!



Are you visiting family for Easter or Passover?

Do you post operation beautiful notes?

What I Know

Sarah Kay is an amazing spoken word poet. In this video she talks about how she encourages students to write poetry about what they “know to be true”.


The video is a little long but completely amazing and worth watching, even just the first 5 minutes.

Here are 10 things I know to be true

1) 2+2=4

2) I felt pretty all day today

3) I only have 3 weeks left of classes

4) I have a surprise for you all this weekend!

5) I love my family

6) I am excited for tomorrow night (it’s my friends birthday!!)

7) I was unhappy to wake up to this


seriously? I wore sandals yesterday

8) I love running

9) I am currently eating toast

10) I sincerely appreciate anyone who is reading this

I think this is a great exercise even if you are just feeling overwhelmed by something in the middle of the day. It helps you come back to reality. It can be fun and silly, serious or just some straight facts. Try it next time you need to come back down to earth!

What else I know to be true is that I woke up sick, really sick =(. My appetite has NOT been on point.


I had a salad for lunch but sadly did not enjoy it at all



I also had a yogurt bowl for breakfast and some random other snickerdoodles, peanut butter, cheerios and fruit throughout the day.




Tell me some things you know to be true