Back From Hibernation!

Guess who’s back, back again.
Catherine’s back, tell a friend.

Catherine

I have always told myself that I would be completely honest on my blog, so here it goes… Shortly after my surgeries I got completely overwhelmed with a series of events in my personal life, gained 20 pounds, and as a result I ended up completely relapsing into my eating disorder. But you know what, I’m human, I’m not perfect, and that’s life. We always get through it! During this time dark I felt that it was necessary to remove myself from social media and take some time for myself to get better. It took months of therapy, and it wasn’t easy, but I feel that I am in a much better place now. I’ve always stayed true to my word about practicing what I peach, so there is absolutely no way I could’ve been blogging and giving advice during that time, I wouldn’t have been right. I’m so happy to be more relaxed, healthy, and back blogging! I really appreciate your kind words and positive thoughts throughout my hibernation! You guys are the reason that I have been able to turn my blog into a professional career, and you have no idea how grateful I am for each and every one of you who reads RFFMBT. I’m sorry I didn’t give an update on what was going on sooner, but I didn’t have the strength at that time. The most important things… I’m healthy & RFFMBT is back!

You guys totally made me blush on Saturday when I announced that I was coming out of hibernation! Thank you so much for your hilarious comments, tweets, and hundreds of likes! I was worried I would’ve lost all of my readers after being gone for so long!

hibernation

Now for the good stuff
Here are some updates from while I was away:

I was finally able to get my thyroid levels regulated with Synthroid.
The tootsies are all healed.
I’m going to a specialist to do further testing for PCOS… rrr
I caught the bouquet at my friend’s wedding in Texas.
My dog turned 11.
I found the best sushi restaurant in CA.
I reunited with old friends.
I ate my weight in Christmas cookies.
I went lawn bowling.
I watched “Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead.” Again.
I made two amazing new friends Jacquie and Robyn.
I moved.
I was initiated as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Beta Xi (UCLA).
I started to like cats.
I realized I’m allergic to everything.
I missed my little bunnies a ton.
I wished upon a shooting star.
I did a lot of cleaning and organizing.
I got unmotivated… and then motivated again!
I watched every episode of Downton Abbey seasons 1 & 2 (no spoilers please!).
I worked on some graphic design jobs.
I laughed a lot, I cried a lot.
I wrote down tons of new recipes to share with you guys.
I was recognized by a reader in public!
I will be making more shirts in the near future.
I found out that you can actually call Hogwarts (781) 452-4077.

And the best news yet: I was asked to speak on a panel at the Produce for Better Health – Consumer Connection Conference in San Francisco! AHHH! SO EXCITED!!!

Don’t even think I forgot what day it is!
MOTIVATION MONDAY!

“Eat clean
Train Mean
Get Lean
In 2013”

I know how addicting the couch potato lifestyle is (trust me, it happened recently), but a healthy lifestyle can be just as addicting! It’s a new year and it’s time to get healthy together!

Get pumped for new healthy recipes, motivation, support, long rants, giveaways, and fun DIY projects!
Health & Happiness xo
Catherine

Now it’s time for some rabbit food. Raw green beans and sugar snap peas.
Two of my favorites & the reason my nickname is green bean!
Fresh, crunchy, sweet, and oh so healthy!

Green Beans and Sugar Snap Peas

222 Comments on Back From Hibernation!

  1. Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt
    January 21, 2013 at 10:56 am (2 years ago)

    Welcome Back! You sure were missed in the Blog World. So glad your on a healthy path.

    Reply
    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 12:51 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Dena! I’ve missed you guys too! xo

      Reply
  2. Dwaimy
    January 21, 2013 at 10:59 am (2 years ago)

    It’s good having you back. You inspire us all. Thank you for your willingness to share the moments of vulnerability that we often shy away from acknowledging. You are very brave. Thank you again. ::Hugs::

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 12:52 am (2 years ago)

      Thank YOU so much for supporting me! I am so excited to be back! xo

      Reply
  3. jessica
    January 21, 2013 at 11:00 am (2 years ago)

    so glad you are back! and glad you were able to be honest about why you were gone. we all fall down sometimes but the important thing is to get back up!!!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 12:53 am (2 years ago)

      I’m glad that by sharing my story I can help others to get back up if they fall! Thank you for your support!

      Reply
  4. Lauren Ciulla
    January 21, 2013 at 11:00 am (2 years ago)

    So glad you are back! I have missed reading your posts over the past few months.

    I know how it feels to fall into a rut. I gained about 40 lbs totally out of no where which got me scared. I went to 5 different doctors over the course of 6 months who all told me I was fine. Eventhough Thyroid disease runs in my family. They all told me my thyroid levels were fine. So i tried dieting and exercise. The weight just would not come off so I kept pushing. Finally I found a doctor who took the right kinds of tests. It turned out to be PCOS. So now for the past year I have been in a battle to lose the weight , which is not easy. I lost about 12 lbs in 8 months! I know I have a long road ahead of me , but hopefully by sticking to it I can meet my goal and lose the rest of this 40lbs!

    PCOS is tough becuase one of the “cures” is to lose weight , but to have PCOS means its very difficult to do so. And so the cycle continues..

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 12:55 am (2 years ago)

      Lauren I love your positive attitude! I have friends with PCOS and know how difficult it can be to lose weight, but oh my gosh 12 pounds, that’s fantastic! Keep doing what you’re doing and you will get there. xo

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  5. Erin
    January 21, 2013 at 11:01 am (2 years ago)

    So happy to hear you are healthy!!! I’m super excited to hear your amazing recipes and tips!!! Welcome back :)

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 12:55 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Erin! I’m excited to be back & love hearing from you guys!

      Reply
  6. Chaunette Bone
    January 21, 2013 at 11:02 am (2 years ago)

    Yay!!!!! I am so happy you are back! You look fantastic! I do know what you are going through or did go through.I am there right now recuperating from major back surgery and say to myself “hmmmm ice cream will be ok I’ve just been through major surgery” we’ll 5 pounds of garbage food later… Time to start eating better. Thanks for coming back and take on whatever you can only hold in one hand. Missed you:). Hey, how about a tote bag with your slogan?

    Chaunette

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 12:57 am (2 years ago)

      Chaunette, we know that one all too well don’t we! Ahhh it’s so easy to give in! I’m always here to support you along the way of getting back to eating healthy! P.S. RFFMBT totes would be so cute! I have been thinking about a grocery bag :)

      Reply
  7. Jess
    January 21, 2013 at 11:02 am (2 years ago)

    I just recently started reading your blog, and just wanted to say how amazing it is! You are such an inspiration, and when I was reading some of the stuff about you, I was glad to see that I’m not the only one who struggles with stuff. I thought I was alone in that, but I’m not! I’m glad you’re feeling better :) Thank you so much for all you’re doing!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 12:59 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Jess! Thank you so much, you are so sweet! I’m glad that by telling my stories of ups and downs I can help others. You are definitely not alone, so many of us struggle with certain things. I love that my blog is becoming a place for not only me but readers to inspire others!

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  8. Colleen
    January 21, 2013 at 11:02 am (2 years ago)

    As a woman with PCOS, I can assure you it is not a death sentence. Many women freak out at the diagnosis. But it does go hand in hand with Thyroid issues. It’s not fun, and it’s not easy. But stay strong. I recommend Vitex (Chasteberry) wholeheartedly. It is balancing out my hormones beautifully. It’s kick started my cycles, and I look forward to TTC with it. I am also using Bee Pollen to strengthen my eggs, and Rasberry (supplement) to ease the symptoms of my cycles. Good Luck!

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    • Erin
      January 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm (2 years ago)

      I hadn’t heard of PCOS before I was diagnosed with it last year and now I keep hearing about it! The diagnosis came after trying for a year to get pregnant – we’re still trying without success. Colleen can you elaborate on your supplements? How they’re working, when do you take them, and is there anything else you’re doing? Thanks :)

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      • Catherine
        January 22, 2013 at 1:37 am (2 years ago)

        Hi Erin! PCOS is much more common than I thought! I would love to hear from Colleen about how her supplements are working as well! It’s nice to be able to talk to someone who can relate. I am learning so much from you guys! xo

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        • Colleen
          January 23, 2013 at 9:18 pm (2 years ago)

          Hi Erin and Catherine!
          I take Vitex (Which can also be found as chasteberry) 3x a day. You do this for 3 months, then you can start taking it once a day. I helps to regulate hormones in your body naturally, and has seen a great deal of success. I’m HORRID about taking pills like I am suppose to. The last time I took this, I lasted about 1 month. But maintained normal cycles for about 5 months. I am determined to make it 3 months this time. So far, I am only in 3 weeks. But I have already gained a menstrual cycle, where before I could go months, or years without them. I have abnormal face and body hair growth, and sluggish adrenal glands (Lack of energy). I have gone 5 days without plucking! Whereas, I was finding myself doing it every night. There was no end in sight to this hair and it made me feel like a man… Not cute. I have also gained energy. My next cycle is due on the 7th of February, but I already feel it coming on. Vitex can certainly bring them early or later, as it is regulating a whole lot in your body. I feel “normal”. It’s strange to say that, but having dealt with all of these issues since I hit puberty, I’m sure you can understand why. I went 4 years without a period! No one could figure it out. All of my thyroid tests were normal, but I had a goiter when I was in 3rd grade.. Go figure.

          Raspberry Leaf- Taken twice a day, usually with a glass of water and light breakfast. This helps my horrible cramping A LOT. I get every PMS symptom x10. Raspberry leaf brings them down to a manageable level. I only take this when I feel my body gearing up for the fight! haha

          Bee Pollen- I get this from my mom’s beekeeper friend. I take 1 tablespoon at night with a large glass of water. I’m not sure yet if it is working. Hopefully some quality time with the man in my life will prove this. My friend with PCOS and a slew of other fertility issues conceived with her 1st round of IVF. That doesn’t happen often. She attributes the success to bee pollen.

          I understand the Dr.s being a pain. I’ve been through a lot with my PCOS alone. It gave me “Pre-diabetes”. I was having seizures, but again, no one could figure it out. 4 neurologists & 2 endocrinologists later, I figured it out myself. Brought it up to my doctor, and I was right. My blood sugar has a habit of dropping FAST, but staying within normal limits. So no normal person tests can really catch it. I took my blood sugar when I felt the seizure coming, and 1 minute later. It dropped from 115 down to 70 in just 1 minute. Ugh. Now I am on Metformin, to regulate that. They do give it to women anyway that are TTC. But after 2 years, I still hadn’t had any luck. So I took it into my own hands, and so far so good!

          Good Luck to both of you. It is rough, but stay positive.

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          • Catherine
            January 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm (2 years ago)

            Wow it seems like you have been on a huge roller coaster with PCOS! Thank you so much for the info and for sharing your story. I’m so happy you have found remedies that work for you :)

    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:00 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for the tips Colleen! I think I’m more frustrated with the diagnosis process than the disease itself! Doctors appointments get pretty aggravating at a certain point haha. Thank you so much for your support! xo

      Reply
  9. MacKenzie
    January 21, 2013 at 11:03 am (2 years ago)

    So glad you’re back and doing better!!! Missed your amazing posts, an as someone with a thyroid condition (I take armour thyroid), can’t wait to see what additional tips and info you have for people with thyroid issues.

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:02 am (2 years ago)

      Hi MacKenzie! It’s comforting to see that I am not the only one with thyroid issues! I will definitely share what I learn along the way. xo

      Reply
  10. Ann Marie
    January 21, 2013 at 11:05 am (2 years ago)

    This list just made my day and also made me feel I’ve not been doing enough :) Also amusing – 781 is the area code for my boyfriend’s town – too funny.

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:03 am (2 years ago)

      I’m glad you enjoyed my list! Hilarious that the Hogwarts number is the same area code as your boyfriend! Is your boyfriend Harry Potter? Just kiddingggg! xo

      Reply
  11. Julia
    January 21, 2013 at 11:06 am (2 years ago)

    Is that an eminem reference?? <3 glad your back!!

    Reply
    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:04 am (2 years ago)

      Of courseeee! haha I’m so happy to be back too <3

      Reply
  12. Igtackett@hotmail.com
    January 21, 2013 at 11:08 am (2 years ago)

    So happy you’re back!
    I need a shirt:)

    Reply
    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:04 am (2 years ago)

      I’m so happy to be back and hear from you guys! Shirts soon! xo

      Reply
  13. Erica
    January 21, 2013 at 11:10 am (2 years ago)

    Yay!! So glad you are back!! I can’t wait to try new recipes and
    get healthy + motivated with you!!

    Xo,
    Erica

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:06 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you for your support! Healthy time!!! Let’s get motivated! xoxo

      Reply
  14. Salena Ojeda
    January 21, 2013 at 11:11 am (2 years ago)

    I’m so glad to read and see you back! Thank you for your honesty and for taking care of YOU! You are loved and adored…and appreciated! XO

    Reply
    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:07 am (2 years ago)

      Awww thank you Salena! You are so sweet. So many of these comments are making me emotional. Your support means everything to me! xo

      Reply
  15. Stephanie
    January 21, 2013 at 11:13 am (2 years ago)

    I’m so glad you’re back! I missed all your foodie goodness, but I understand about having to take time for yourself. Can’t wait for what’s ahead!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:07 am (2 years ago)

      Haha more foodie goodness to come!!! xo

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  16. Xela
    January 21, 2013 at 11:13 am (2 years ago)

    Cathrine! So happy to hear you’re ok! Welcome back!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:08 am (2 years ago)

      Thannk you Xela! I’m so happy to be back! xo

      Reply
  17. Catrina
    January 21, 2013 at 11:14 am (2 years ago)

    I am so happy you are back!!! Glad you are healthy and happy, I know how struggling with an eating disorder goes and blogging helps me too! Best wishes :)

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:09 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Catrina! I’m so happy to have so many readers to relate to :) Thank you so much for your support! xo

      Reply
  18. Jenn Lamb
    January 21, 2013 at 11:14 am (2 years ago)

    I’m so glad you’re back! You have no idea how much you’ve inspired me. I’ve been reading your blog for the past few months and I love your recipes. I had no idea about portion sizes until I started reading and I’m now obsessed with overnight oats! So glad you’re feeling better.

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:10 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Jenn! That’s awesome! I’m so happy you are learning new things from my blog! Overnight oats are soooo delish! xo

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  19. Jessa
    January 21, 2013 at 11:15 am (2 years ago)

    Glad to see you’re back! Can’t wait to read more posts! Congrats on your initiation also :)

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:11 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Jessa! xo

      Reply
  20. Ashley @ Freckleberry Finds
    January 21, 2013 at 11:15 am (2 years ago)

    Glad to see you back! I’m sorry you had a rough go of it in the last few months, but high fives for being healthy!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:10 am (2 years ago)

      High five Ashley! Thank you so much for your support! xo

      Reply
  21. Andie
    January 21, 2013 at 11:19 am (2 years ago)

    Hogwarts!!!!

    I totally called it the moment I read the number, then immediately text-ed my husband and told him to call it!

    I am glad you are back Catherine,feeling better and glad you are so open about your situation. You have been a real inspiration to me and would regularly check back here to see if you had popped in at all.

    I look forward to more posts! Welcome back Chica!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:42 am (2 years ago)

      How funny is that?! I made all of my friends call Hogwarts the second I found it! Thank you so much for your support and for not giving up on my blog haha! xo

      Reply
  22. Romy MacGibbon
    January 21, 2013 at 11:19 am (2 years ago)

    I’m so happy you are back!!!!!!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:43 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Romy, I am so happy to be back! xo

      Reply
  23. Jessica
    January 21, 2013 at 11:20 am (2 years ago)

    SO glad to see you back, happy, and healthy! I missed the emails that came so very often with your blog posts. Cheers to a new year, new adventures, and your health!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:43 am (2 years ago)

      Awww thank you Jessica! xo

      Reply
  24. Angela V.
    January 21, 2013 at 11:20 am (2 years ago)

    So glad to hear that you are back and feeling good. I’ve missed your posts!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:44 am (2 years ago)

      I’ve missed my little bunnies so much! Thank you for being a loyal reader! xo

      Reply
  25. Amber C
    January 21, 2013 at 11:21 am (2 years ago)

    So happy to have you back!!!!! <3

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:44 am (2 years ago)

      I’m so happy to be back! Thank you so much for your support Amber! xo

      Reply
  26. Kate
    January 21, 2013 at 11:23 am (2 years ago)

    SO SO SO glad you are back!!! Missed your posts and are so glad you are doing better!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:45 am (2 years ago)

      Awww thank you Kate! I’ve missed you guys too! xo

      Reply
  27. Holly W
    January 21, 2013 at 11:26 am (2 years ago)

    So happy to have you back! This is going to sound corny, but just reading your post brought tears to my eyes. I know how easy it is to fall back into eating disordered habits. And I also know just how extremely difficult it is to get back out and to get motivated again. Welcome to a brand new day and a new page in your healthy and happy life! You are strong and capable of getting through it all! Congrats :)

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:49 am (2 years ago)

      You have no idea how emotional it has been reading everyone’s comments, I have totally been tearing up! I’m so happy to have readers to relate to when it comes to eating disorders. Sometimes it’s so hard for others to understand. Your support means so much to me and I am so grateful! I’m always here if you need someone to talk to! xo

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  28. Eleanor Phillips
    January 21, 2013 at 11:28 am (2 years ago)

    Love your honesty, welcome back! <3

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:50 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your support Eleanor! I’m so happy to be back! xo

      Reply
  29. Kristen
    January 21, 2013 at 11:30 am (2 years ago)

    I am happy to hear that you are healthy again! I too have been off the path, and am trying to get to the weight I feel comfortable in for 2013! looking forward to your posts and receipes again! Please post if you are ever in New York or New Jersey to speak at anything; i would love to attend!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:54 am (2 years ago)

      Aww thank you so much Kristen! I am hoping to do more speaking engagements in the future, and of course you guys will be the first to know when they’re happening! I love that you’re focusing on getting to a weight that is comfortable instead of a number! Being comfortable with your body is so important and something that I am working on as well. Thank you so very much for your support! xo

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  30. Sarah
    January 21, 2013 at 11:30 am (2 years ago)

    Welcome back! This news makes
    Me very happy!!!!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:54 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much! Your comment made ME happy! xo

      Reply
  31. Danielle
    January 21, 2013 at 11:41 am (2 years ago)

    Yay you’re back!! :)
    Also what is the best sushi restaurant in ca??

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:01 am (2 years ago)

      Oh my gosh, Hama Sushi in Little Tokyo, Downtown LA! The sushi is very traditional (no crazy fried Americanized rolls) and the fish is so fresh. Their Seared Albacore is to die for! The restaurant is very small and mostly bar seating along with 2 or 3 actual tables so the wait can get rather long, but its so delicious. Another great sushi place is Yamato in Westwood by UCLA. It’s always half off and their garlic edamame is the bomb! My other favorite is Sushi Laguna in Laguna Beach, they has some really out there rolls and a really awesome salmon lemon roll that is soo refreshing. Let me know if you stop by any of the restaurants! xo

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  32. Mariah
    January 21, 2013 at 11:49 am (2 years ago)

    Hooray and Welcome back!!! We missed you like- crazy bad! I’m so sorry for all the hardships over the last several months. What does not kill us makes us stronger. You are amazing and you can get back to where you feel your best. Lots of love to you!!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:01 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Mariah! your support means the world to me! xo

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  33. Ryan s
    January 21, 2013 at 11:49 am (2 years ago)

    You are the best!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:03 am (2 years ago)

      Haha thanks Ryan! So proud of you!!!

      Reply
  34. Ida
    January 21, 2013 at 11:51 am (2 years ago)

    So happy your back!

    Greetings from Holland xx

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:04 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Ida! I am so happy to be back. I love hearing from my international readers! One of my best friends just moved to Breda!

      Reply
  35. Elizabeth @ The Waspy Redhead
    January 21, 2013 at 11:53 am (2 years ago)

    So glad to hear you’re back, I was worried about you. I think it’s great that you’re so frank and honest with your readers, and glad to hear that you’re in a good space again. Happy 2013!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:06 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Elizabeth! It has been so rewarding to hear that others have been able to relate to my story and struggles and know that they are not alone. Thank you so much for your support! xo

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  36. Beth
    January 21, 2013 at 11:54 am (2 years ago)

    Hi, I have been reading you blog for a few months now. You seem like you have had the same journey that I myself have had, and have discovered a love of all things fresh and healthy! I myself suffered from an eating disorder for a long time. I now have hypothyroidism as well. I actually know of another girl who had an eating problem, and now has the disorder as well. It is extremely manageable, and as soon as you get your body back in rhythm and your medicine regulates your hormones, you will be back to your normal self! A pill a day everyday for the rest of your life seems like a hard concept, but I’ve been doing it for 4 years and I barely notice. It may also be because you are too thin or your hormones are out of whack or you are stressed. You never know, your body could re-thrive and knock the disease out. Good luck, don’t stress, life is full of set backs and hardships but it all gets better with time and re-cooperation!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:09 am (2 years ago)

      Awww you are practically my twin Beth! It’s so nice to know that I am not alone. In fact so many of my readers have opened up to me about eating disorders and thyroid problems. I’m so grateful for all of the support that everyone has given me. You guys mean the world to me! xo

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  37. Estella
    January 21, 2013 at 11:55 am (2 years ago)

    So glad to have you back and in good shape! I’m glad you took the time for yourself and did your best at looking after yourself. Thanks for being honest with us. We’re all human and we’ll always take a few steps back… but it’s continuing to move forward after, that is special. Welcome back, and good luck with everything!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:10 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you thank you thank you Estella! I really appreciate your support and kind words! I have been tearing up reading these wonderful comments. You have no idea how much you guys help me! xo

      Reply
  38. Heather
    January 21, 2013 at 11:56 am (2 years ago)

    So glad you’re back. Everyone falls and that is ok, you just have to pull yourself up; which you’ve done. You are such an inspiration to me and I’m so glad your back (I’m totally eager for new recipes!) and btw you are stunning in the picture ((I want to be able to pull off bangs !)

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:14 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your support Heather, you have no idea how much it means to me. I cannot wait to share some new recipes with everyone!
      P.S. I have a love hate relationship with bangs haha Sometimes they’re cute, and sometimes they don’t want to cooperate! xo

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  39. Christy
    January 21, 2013 at 11:57 am (2 years ago)

    So glad you’re back!!! Congrats on getting healthy again and I think it’s amazing that you’re sharing your story. You inspire a lot of people (myself included) and I think that by being open and honest about your struggles you make it easier for others to be open and honest with themselves. Can’t wait to see your new recipes!!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:16 am (2 years ago)

      Awww I am so happy to have such amazing readers like you Christy! It is so rewarding to help others by sharing my story and struggles. It’s also amazing to have so much support from others who have been there :) You guys are the best! xo

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  40. Shelly Little
    January 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I had a thought yesterday…. “Where’s RFFMBT? ” and today here you are!! The stars are alined. Thank you,Thank you, for being human and honest!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:17 am (2 years ago)

      AHHH I LOVE IT! That’s amazing! Thank YOU for your support! I’m so happy that people are able to relate :) xo

      Reply
  41. Michelle
    January 21, 2013 at 12:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Hurrah! You’re back! This just made my day! :D

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:11 am (2 years ago)

      YOU made my day!!! xo

      Reply
  42. Leanne T.
    January 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Catherine, Welcome back! I missed you and your wonderful blog! So sorry for everything you had to go through recently, but I know its made you a much stronger & healthier person. Your candid honestly is greatly appreciated!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:12 am (2 years ago)

      HI LEANNE!!! Aww I’ve missed chatting with you! Thank you so much for your support, it means so much to me :) xo

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  43. Lauren Anderson
    January 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Catherine!

    Welcome to the greatest sisterhood ever!
    The first, the best: KAPPA ALPHA THETA!
    I was an avid reader before, but now I have even more reason to read and share your blog with everyone I know! :D
    It sounds like you definitely went through some valleys, but always know that you now have an even bigger support system than ever before; your sisters!

    Theta Love and All of Mine,
    Lauren Anderson
    Zeta Sigma/Ohio Northern Alumna

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:18 am (2 years ago)

      YAYYY A THETA READER!!!! I am so happy to be a theta! My mom is a Beta Xi/UCLA Theta alum (now a Theta Trustee!), sister is an Eta Sigma/Chapman Theta alum, and I was just initiated as an alum at Beta Xi/UCLA! Since I went to art schools, we didn’t have greek life so I spent most of my time volunteering with my mom and sister for CASA. Joining as an alum has been such an amazing experience. I’ve always been the “honorary” Theta at events, but I am so incredibly happy to be a part of the sisterhood :)

      TLAM,
      Catherine

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      • Lauren Anderson
        November 14, 2014 at 1:40 pm (1 month ago)

        This is totally random, but I got an email for the Soaring Kite Society and recognized you in the photo!!! I remembered commenting on this blog post when I found out that you were a Theta, and I just wanted to say congrats on being “Theta famous” too! :)

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        • Catherine
          November 14, 2014 at 2:13 pm (1 month ago)

          Oh my gosh!!!! I haven’t seen the email yet, but that’s so exciting! AWWWW!!!! :)! xoxo

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        • Catherine
          November 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm (1 month ago)

          Lauren, my mom just showed me the email, so hilarious – I can’t believe you spotted me! Are you on an advisory board or anything? My mom is a trustee on Theta Foundation and we went to convention this year! What chapter are you from?!

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  44. Goldengirls59
    January 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Glad to hear you’re back! We all go through down times so don’t feel guilty. We think everyone else has it all together but we realize we are all struggling! Sometimes it helps to share with others so we can help those who are struggling. Hope you find a good place to be now.

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:19 am (2 years ago)

      I absolutely agree! It’s been so rewarding to know that I am helping others by sharing my ups and downs. Thank you so much for your support! xo

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  45. Whitney
    January 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Hey Catherine,
    I’m glad to see you back. I was actually starting to miss your inspirational posts! I’ve actually been through the same thing recently, but I’m sure you know now that it gets easier!!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:21 am (2 years ago)

      Awww thank you so much Whitney! So important to let everyone know that it always gets easier/better! xo

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  46. Judith
    January 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm (2 years ago)

    Welkom back! I’ve missed your posts and look forward to read all of the wonderfull things you have to share!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:21 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Judith! I’m so happy to be back! xo

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  47. Kim
    January 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm (2 years ago)

    I am so glad you are back! I kept randomly checking your site over the last months thinking my google reader was broken… Happy to hear you are in a better place and looking forward to reading more!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:22 am (2 years ago)

      Oh my gosh you are hilarious Kim! Nothing wrong with your google reader haha. Thank you for your support, I’m very happy to be back!

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  48. emilie
    January 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm (2 years ago)

    Dear Catherine,

    so nice to hear from you, and to know you feel better
    it does not matter how many times you fall, what matters is how many times you get back up !
    you go girl !

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:22 am (2 years ago)

      Awwwww thank you Emilie! You are so sweet and I absolutely love that saying! xo

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      • Judith
        January 24, 2013 at 1:31 am (2 years ago)

        What a great saying! And so true!

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  49. Renee Fair
    January 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm (2 years ago)

    So glad to have you back and that you’re feeling better these days! Looking forward to your new recipes and maybe some of the things you’ve learned/been reminded of during your darker days.

    xoxo

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:24 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Renee! I have been learning so much about myself and would love to share my story to help others! xo

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  50. Krystal
    January 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Yay!! I am so excited to see that you are back and healthy! I’ve missed reading your blog and can’t wait to check out all of your new posts. Thank you for always being honest and true to yourself. I admire your strength and courage to just be yourself. Cheers to 2013!!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:24 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Krystal, you are making me tear up! Thank you thank you thank you! xo

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  51. Theresa
    January 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm (2 years ago)

    WOOHOO!!!!!!!!! So glad u r back!!!! Thank u for sharing your story with us & I appreciate your honesty. Struggling with any weight issues can consume your life. I am glad that u r feeling better & in control. Welcome back & congrats on all of your achievements during your time of struggle….:D

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:28 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Theresa! Weight issues can definitely be consuming. I’m so happy that by sharing my journey of ups and downs, others can relate and see that they are not alone. Your support means the world to me! xo

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  52. McKenna Ryan
    January 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm (2 years ago)

    YAYY!!! So glad you are back! I cant wait for the posts you have in store for us. Happy Martin Luther King Day!! xx. McKenna Lou
    http://www.lynnandlou.blogspot.com

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:29 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you McKenna! I can’t wait to post some new recipes! xo

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  53. elle | nutritionella
    January 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm (2 years ago)

    So happy to hear you’re back on your feet – literally & figuratively. You were missed! xoxo

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:30 am (2 years ago)

      Hahaha I love it!!! I’ve missed everyone too! I have some catching up to do on your site miss Nutritionella! xo

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  54. Jessica
    January 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Welcome back I love your blog. I have PCOS as well and it is a constant struggle to motivated with it. Your blog helps me stay motivated and optimistic. I hope you stay happy and healthy, you deserve it!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:31 am (2 years ago)

      Aww thank you so much Jessica! I have been learning that so many of my readers have PCOS. It’s great to be able to support each other through our struggles. I’m so happy that my blog helps you stay motivated! Ahhh you’re making me blush! xo

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  55. Emily Nard
    January 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m so happy to hear you are back! And thanks for being so honest, that happens to more people than you think. I’m the same age as you and that recently happened to me but I got a hold of myself pretty quick and have been addicted to the healthy lifestyle as well. I can’t wait to read more from you! Lol because of you, I tried quiona and I love it :]
    Much love, health, and happiness my friend,
    Emily

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:33 am (2 years ago)

      It’s so nice to hear from readers that have been there! I’m so proud of you for getting back on track. I know how challenging it can be haha! YESSSS, I’m so glad I have another quinoa lover! It’s so good for you :) xo

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  56. Dianne Fritz
    January 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm (2 years ago)

    So glad you are back. Love your blogs and recipes. Was wondering what happened to you. Looking forward to new recipes!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:34 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your support Dianne! xo

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  57. Annick M
    January 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm (2 years ago)

    So happy you’re back!! and healthy! xo

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:34 am (2 years ago)

      I’m so happy to be back too Annick! xo

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  58. Jesse
    January 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m so glad you’re back and healthy =) I’m looking forward to what you have for 2013!!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:35 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your support Jesse, I am so excited to be back! xo

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  59. Mae
    January 21, 2013 at 2:23 pm (2 years ago)

    I am so glad you are back and well! I kept checking for updates as I was fairly new to your blog and was hooked from the beginning. As I am getting back on track from the holidays, I can now count on your tips, recipes & blogs! And OMG, you can call Hogwarts?! -Mae

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 1:39 am (2 years ago)

      Awww I am so glad that came back to check for updates! I can’t wait to share new recipes with you guys! xo
      P.S. How hilarious is that? I made all of my friends call Hogwarts haha

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  60. Vicky Valencia
    January 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Welcome back! I wondered why I stopped getting RFFMBT emails! I’m happy to see you’re back in the blogging world and can’t wait to get updates and recipes and such. Stay healthy, you are a blessing! Thanks for the motivation and encouragement! Thanks for all you do.

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:18 am (2 years ago)

      Awww thank you so much Vicky! You guys are bringing me to tears with your comments. I am so lucky to have readers like you! xo

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  61. Rachel
    January 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Welcome back!!!!
    I was so excited to see the facebook posting that I shouted out: SHE’S BACK! CATHERINE’S BACK!! Which scared my sleeping dogs quite badly, felt bad but oh well, such is life.
    What’s so nice about a blog like yours is that you gain a support system of people from around the world. And from reading the previous replies to this post it’s nice to see how awesome some of your readers are.
    You’re such an amazing woman! Powerful, strong, healthy, funny, exceedingly nice…so don’t worry when life get’s you down because with the support of your friends and family you also have a great support system of people online who are always here to give you a boost!

    GLAD YOU’RE BACK!!!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:25 am (2 years ago)

      Ok seriously in tears reading this! You have no idea how much joy you have brought me. When I started my blog, I had no idea where it would take me, but my readers have become like family to me. Everyone is so supportive of each other, and I couldn’t be happier. I am so very grateful for each and every one of you. You always pick me up when I’m having down days, and I’m so glad that I can do the same for others. Your support is indescribable and I feel so lucky. I am so happy to be back!
      xo

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  62. Aimee Nicole
    January 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing the hurdles you had to overcome in the past few months. You are human, and your honesty only makes you closer to your readers! I am so happy you are back, as your blog inspires me to make healthier choices and move closer to my goals!
    YAY for being lean in 2013.

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:26 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your support Aimee! You have no idea how much you guys motivate and inspire me! xo

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  63. Bri
    January 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm (2 years ago)

    SOOO HAPPY to have you back! being a college freshman has made it so hard to stay on track and stay healthy and I know the eating disorder struggles well. It’s so easy to not eat and then suddenly have a binge episode. Hopefully having you blogging again will help to keep me on track and keep me healthy. Missed you so much! xoxo

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:32 am (2 years ago)

      Aww thanks Bri, I am so happy to be back! College is definitely a transition, and it can be difficult to stay on track when there is little time to think about meals! Try to get a group of friends together and have a salad party in your dorm once a week! Everyone can bring different fresh ingredients. Make it a fun weekly thing to go to the gym or on a walk with friends to keep each other accountable. The little things add up in the end, so every small effort counts! Hopefully I can help you stay on track this semester! xo

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  64. Angella Pizzo
    January 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Ur bunnies would never leave u. We were worried and glad u r back and healthy and happy. Very excited, for I too have gained some weight and gave been working hard to lose it but I think now that ur back it will be some motivation I needed. Thank you for returning. To a bright and clean new year

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:34 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your support Angella! It’s nice to be able to relate to my readers who share similar journeys. Let’s motivate each other! xo

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  65. Laura
    January 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Yay! So happy to have you back. Reading your blog has started to put me on the right path to losing it and working for my goals. It’s awesome to hear you finally have your thyroid problem handled, I can’t imagine how hard that must have been after all your extreme hard work. Keep our heads up are what it’s all about. Happy new year and let’s all start this one off with a bang and a carrot!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:34 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you for your incredible support Laura! xo

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  66. Kristle
    January 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Welcome back, I was a big fan of your blog and disappointed when the updates stopped. I’m sorry you went through a relapse, I know the feeling. Just keep trying, we will find our happy medium eventually if we just stay positive. Here’s to many more healthy happy posts in 2013!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:36 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your support Kristie! I’m glad you came back to peek at my blog! I love your positive attitude, you are so inspiring! xo

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  67. Marie-Eve @aprettynest
    January 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Welcome back ! Can’t wait for what’s to come !

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:36 am (2 years ago)

      Aww thank you! I’m so happy to be back! xo

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  68. Hee-Jin
    January 21, 2013 at 5:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Ahhhh so glad you’re back!!! We readers <3 and support you no matter what!! & On the same note, in no way do I feel like we're ever "entitled" to know anything you or other bloggers don't want to share, so it really does mean so much for you to share your struggles and honesty with us. <3!!! xoxo

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:38 am (2 years ago)

      Oh my gosh thank you thank you thank you! Your support means everything to me. I’m so happy that I can help others who share similar struggles. xo

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  69. Emily
    January 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm (2 years ago)

    So glad your back! I’ve been checking back for a while and I was so excited to see a new post! I too have struggled with eating disorder, and I think it’s so cool to see you be so honest about it. It’s not as easy as just being cured, it’s nice to have someone tell you your not alone in that!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:39 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your support Emily! It is so relieving to hear that we are not alone :) I couldn’t get through it without you guys! xo

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  70. Haley @ fullnfit.wordpress.com
    January 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Welcome back! I’m curious what the best sushi restaurant in California is?!?

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:40 am (2 years ago)

      Hama Sushi in Little Tokyo, Downtown LA! The sushi is very traditional (no crazy fried Americanized rolls) and the fish is so fresh. Their Seared Albacore is to die for! The restaurant is very small and mostly bar seating along with 2 or 3 actual tables so the wait can get rather long, but its so delicious. Another great sushi place is Yamato in Westwood by UCLA. It’s always half off and their garlic edamame is the bomb! My other favorite is Sushi Laguna in Laguna Beach, they has some really out there rolls and a really awesome salmon lemon roll that is soo refreshing. Let me know if try any of the restaurants! xo

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  71. Carly
    January 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm (2 years ago)

    So happy you are back! Looking forward to keeping up with your blog again!!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:41 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your support, I am so happy to be back! xo

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  72. Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate
    January 21, 2013 at 6:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Welcome back, I am happy to hear you have once again found health and happiness and can’t wait to read and keep up with you on the blog! :-)

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:41 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Gina! Your support means the world to me! xo

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  73. Madeleine
    January 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm (2 years ago)

    So glad you’re back Catherine! We missed you!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:42 am (2 years ago)

      I missed you guys too! So happy to be back! xo

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  74. Becca
    January 21, 2013 at 6:38 pm (2 years ago)

    It’s wonderful that you’re back! I have struggled with eating my entire life and your blog is really inspiring to me. It shows me that I can get through this and I’m not alone in my struggle. Thank you!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:44 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your support Becca! You are never alone in your struggle. There are so many others who have been through or struggle with similar things, and I am always here if you need anything! xo

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  75. Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips
    January 21, 2013 at 7:55 pm (2 years ago)

    So glad you’re back and doing well! My fav update: starting to love cats. tehehe

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:45 am (2 years ago)

      Hahaha I am obsessed with two of my friend’s cats! They are little love muffins! The only bummer is that I’m totally allergic so I have to take my allergy medicine when I’m around them!

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  76. Erica Hebert
    January 21, 2013 at 9:04 pm (2 years ago)

    I am sad that you had to go through that again. But trials only help us grow. And I am glad to see that you are back! Can’t wait to see what lovely new things you have in store for us.

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:46 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your support Erica! xo

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  77. Kristina Hernandez
    January 21, 2013 at 9:15 pm (2 years ago)

    So happy to hear you’re back and all about the wonderful things you’re doing now! I look forward to your posts and wonderful knowledge you have to share!!!! Keep kickin butt!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:46 am (2 years ago)

      Aww thank you!!! You are so sweet :) I can’t wait to share some new recipes! xo

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  78. Lilli
    January 21, 2013 at 9:49 pm (2 years ago)

    Yay!!!! So glad you’re back and feeling better! Can’t wait to get a t-shirt! :)

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:47 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you! I am so happy to be back :) I’ll let you guys know when I get more shirts in! xo

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  79. Emily
    January 21, 2013 at 10:59 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m so excited you’re back, Catherine! I was worried about you when you were gone for so long! I’m sorry to hear about your tough times and relapse, but I have to say, it is motivating for us to see that you fell off the wagon a bit and then got back on. It happens to all of us, and it’s makes me feel better to know that you struggle with those things, too. Nobody is perfect and all we can do is keep on keepin’ on! So glad to have you back. You’re such an inspiration!

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 2:49 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your support emily! It’s so rewarding to help others by sharing my story and struggles. You have no idea how much I appreciate you and your kind words! xo

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  80. Hayley
    January 22, 2013 at 3:13 am (2 years ago)

    Welcome back!
    i would love to email you a ebook about clean eating with PCOS. what’s your email?

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    • Catherine
      January 22, 2013 at 3:15 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Hayley! That is so sweet, I will email you right now :)

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  81. Jackie
    January 22, 2013 at 3:37 am (2 years ago)

    Welcome back. Glad you are doing well.

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  82. Nikki
    January 22, 2013 at 4:55 am (2 years ago)

    Soooo glad you’re back. I missed you and your recipes. Xoxo

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  83. Megan
    January 22, 2013 at 6:19 am (2 years ago)

    So great to have you back!! Your post was great modivation for me an I am glad that you had the courage to to come back and be vulnerable with us. It’s refreshing to hear about other people being real and humbling admitting their not perfect but are taking life one day at a time. I’m excited to get a shirt when they come in!! Have a great Tuesday!
    XO, Megan

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  84. Magdalena
    January 22, 2013 at 7:59 am (2 years ago)

    I see u have that PCOS problem :( I struggle for weight loss , since I started to be a woman, and also have this PCOS problem. I have to fight double so much to loose every pound. It makes me soo frustrated…

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  85. Amanda
    January 22, 2013 at 8:10 am (2 years ago)

    Welcome back! I’m glad everything is workin our for you now. You health and happiness is first and I’m glad you took a break to focus on yourself. That was very smart! Can’t wait for more posts. I just have come questions… I am doing a green smoothie challenge right now. And it is ending soon and i want to stay in this healthy lifestyle i have been for a month already. I am looking to follow your bunny food pyramid. Do you follow it yourself ? Is it easy to do ? I still want to replace one meal with a smoothie and follow the others with your pyramid. Sorry for rambling on lol. Thanks Catherine !!

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  86. Victoria
    January 22, 2013 at 8:50 am (2 years ago)

    WeLcOmE BaCk! I have definitely missed you in the health blog world! Love reading your blog because it has great recipes and makes me try new things, and has a lot more vegetarian options than most I read (I am a vegetarian). Plus you introduced me to Joe the Juicer. I watched Fat Sick and Nearly dead after reading your post about meeting Joe at the conference and immediately went out to purchase a juicer. I love it.

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  87. heatherjoy
    January 22, 2013 at 9:32 am (2 years ago)

    omg you’re baaaaacccckkkkk!!!! this makes me super happy!! Glad to hear you are doing much better and are back on track!!

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  88. heatherjoy
    January 22, 2013 at 9:35 am (2 years ago)

    oh! and one more thing…! I cannot wait to order a Eat More Rabbit Food tank shirt from you when you are able to post more. I lucked out the last time — they were all sold out before I even had a chance. LOL.

    oh, and one more “one more thing”… i love downton abbey! i watched the first season on Netflix, and got tired of waiting for season 2 to be posted to netflix, so my little impatient self went out and bought season 2! Can’t wait for season 3 to be out on DVD!!

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  89. Kim
    January 22, 2013 at 10:52 am (2 years ago)

    Glad you are back and healthy and doing well!

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  90. Sally
    January 22, 2013 at 11:38 am (2 years ago)

    So glad you’re back! Been inspired by your blog and even started having “Meatless Mondays”. Lost 12 lbs so far and many more to go! :)

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  91. JessiKa
    January 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m an avid vegetarian, and loving bunny raiser. I love your sit and your super cutesy t-shirts – cant wait to purchase one when they get back in stock and support you and your phenomenal work. Also, congratulation on your speaking opportunity.

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  92. Nancy
    January 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Love that your just a real person and you’re not afraid to show it!
    Welcome back – look forward to all you have to share with the world this year :)

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  93. Diana
    January 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Welcome back! It’s so good to have you healthy again and happy!!

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  94. Erin
    January 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm (2 years ago)

    So happy to have you back, Catherine! I love your blog and usually I am a silent peruser of healthy life sites. However, I want to tell you how inspiring your bravery is. I am so proud of you for stepping back into the role of being the awe-inspiring role model you are. It means a lot to all of your reader, especially to those of us who can identify with your plight.
    Happiness & health!

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  95. Hilary
    January 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm (2 years ago)

    So glad you are back – healthy and happy. Sending love from a bunny who has been with you from the beginning, and will hop with you wherever you go! :)

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  96. Becky
    January 23, 2013 at 1:45 am (2 years ago)

    Hi, I only just rediscovered your blog – it’s good to see you writing again, sounds like you’ve had a crazy amount to deal with and I’m glad you’re OK! I’m currently awaiting some test results for thyroid function and I am SCARED, so it’s great to read about someone else pulling through and getting this stuff under control. You’re a star! :D

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  97. Mariah Pena
    January 23, 2013 at 5:05 am (2 years ago)

    I’m so glad you are back, healthy, and happy. You’re blog inspired me so much this summer and helped keep ME on track also. Now that the new year has started I can really keep going and reach my goal with you and you’re blog! I’m sorry you went trough a hard time but you are so strong and so beautiful. Remember that always! I just wanted to thank you for coming back to your bunnies and inspiring us all to never give up!

    Xoxo,
    Mariah :)

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  98. Amanda
    January 23, 2013 at 5:40 am (2 years ago)

    So glad that you are back to feeling better!! It is truly inspiring to see you come back with so much motivation after a dark time! Can’t wait for more delicious recipes! :)

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  99. Erin
    January 23, 2013 at 8:06 am (2 years ago)

    So glad to have you back!!

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  100. Kynley W
    January 23, 2013 at 9:31 am (2 years ago)

    I’ve missed your blog!! I’m so glad you are back!

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  101. Liz
    January 23, 2013 at 10:31 am (2 years ago)

    Glad to see you back!! YAY!! Now bring on toast Tuesday!!!

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  102. babakitchen
    January 23, 2013 at 10:38 am (2 years ago)

    yeahhhhh so happy to see you again !!! i was just thinking of you previously this afternoon :) :) youhouuu our rabbit is back !!!
    big hugs from snowy & icy belgium

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  103. Jacquelyn
    January 23, 2013 at 11:30 am (2 years ago)

    I started reading your blog while you were on hiatus. I’ve got 50 lbs to lose, and started juicing, which is how I found you I suppose.

    I love the positive energy you exude on your blog, so I’m super glad to see you’re back. Can’t wait to keep up with your posts!

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  104. Amelea
    January 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm (2 years ago)

    So happy to have you back, Catherine! Healthy and happy is the way to be! Can’t wait for more of your fabulous, inspiring posts!

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  105. Lisa
    January 23, 2013 at 9:13 pm (2 years ago)

    I love your honesty with yourself and your readers. I am being tested for PCOS currently and waiting for the results. I had never heard about until recently.

    Can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2013

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  106. Annie
    January 24, 2013 at 2:47 am (2 years ago)

    Catherine I am so glad you are back. I’ve missed your posts. I have a thyroid issue also that I’ve been dealing with for about 15 years. I have to say reading your blog made me feel like I wasn’t the only one out there trying to cope. God bless you that you not only showed me that is can be done with healthy ways and tips, but that being human, we all have those bumps in the road, the important part is that you conquered it {just like I knew you would!} I wear your tshirt during my workouts – which keeps me motivated! BTW, I saw you caught a bouquet at your friend’s wedding – did that make your boyfriend nervous?LOL

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  107. Antonella Brancacci
    January 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi!
    Im writing to you from Costa Rica, reading your blog has helped me on trying to be healthier, and you have been such an inspiration form me :)
    Just wanted to tell you that :)
    Xoxo

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  108. Michelle in N. Cal
    January 24, 2013 at 6:23 pm (2 years ago)

    So thrilled to read your post. I left you in my reader hoping you were doing ok and one day would update. I too have been on a weight loss journey (50 lbs). This May marks five years since I started. I have been through many, many, many ups and downs in this time. But, overall, I am maintaining. I am not at my “lowest weight” nor do I want to be since it involves too much obsessing about food and exercise. I have finally found a happy medium. Thanks for being so honest – you are inspiring many who will see that one’s life graph of weight loss and being healthy is not a steady line. It has peaks and dips just like anything else we do. Hugs to you!

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  109. Bridget
    January 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm (2 years ago)

    So happy you are back! Yours is a favorite morning read for me! I also have PCOS, and I was diagnosed at 19 (I’m 28 now). The solution for me was to go on a full dose birth control (as opposed to a low hormone version like Yaz vs Yasmin). It just depends on your hormone levels, and it’s so much more common than you would think. Best of luck getting everything straightened out!

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  110. Christine
    January 25, 2013 at 6:54 am (2 years ago)

    Catherine!!! I am so happy to see you back!! I’ve been checking every week – was worried!! I am glad you are on the right track again….because I need you!! your posts have completely changed how and what i eat, and more importantly..feed my kids!!! Happy 2013!!

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  111. Christine
    January 25, 2013 at 7:11 am (2 years ago)

    ps…Your shirts in Pink (any shade) in kids sizes would be AWESOME!!! I could even send you some to print on?

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  112. Niki Huntsman
    January 25, 2013 at 8:51 am (2 years ago)

    So glad to see you back! I’m looking forward to reading all your new posts!

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  113. Karen
    January 25, 2013 at 11:59 am (2 years ago)

    All I can say is hip hip hooray! You are so back! I’m so happy! Welcome back! You are so awesome, motivational and as beautiful as ever!! My husband is glad you’re back too because he likes the fact that I only cook when it’s your recipes haha.

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  114. Leah
    January 26, 2013 at 10:39 am (2 years ago)

    Welcome back : )

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  115. Kelsey
    January 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I am just discovering your blog and I cannot stop reading your posts! I too have struggled from eating disorders and issues with body image for years. I have gone back and forth between times of being healthy and times of falling back. Lately I have been on a pretty steady track of being healthy up until a few weeks ago. My husband and I have instilled a new diet so that we don’t allow junk food or sugar into our house. We’ve also been going to the gym 5 days a week. For awhile I was doing good and eating healthy choices and feeling great but, now I keep thinking to myself about how much faster I could be losing weight if I resorted back. I’ve had days where I’m not happy unless I only consume a few hundred calories and I still go to the gym. I know I’m being insanely open but your blog is so inspiring to me to not have those thoughts and to not starve myself. How do you keep your mind on track? And what inspires you to stay healthy and not resort back? Thank you for being open and having a blog like this. It’s really inspiring for girls like me.

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  116. Cori H
    January 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Congratulations on becoming a member of Kappa Alpha Theta! Joining a sorority was the bestchoice I could have made in college and am still a very proud alumna, have the sticker on my car to prove it. Sororities are an amazing source of support and love. Good luck and enjoy!!

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  117. Cassy
    January 28, 2013 at 7:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Welcome back!! I missed your blogs and recipes! Glad to hear you are doing good! Can’t wait to see what 2013 brings <3

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  118. Vanessa
    January 30, 2013 at 7:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Catherine!
    Meant to comment earlier! So happy to have your delicious recipes back in my inbox. You are truly an inspiration to leading a healthy lifestyle and no words could ever express what a difference you’ve made in my life, my struggle with weight and my relationship with food. Your honesty and openness is surely what sets you apart and I feel you are destined for great things. Keep well, glad you’re back at it!

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  119. Lily
    January 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm (2 years ago)

    I just found your blog and I love it! I am glad you are back and I can’t wait for you to post more! I especially love how you are so honest, It really makes you feel welcome. :)

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  120. Stephanie
    February 1, 2013 at 2:51 am (2 years ago)

    Hello! Found your blog via a friends post and couldn’t help but pick up on the talk about thyroid disease and PCOS possibilities. I wanted to encourage you and say that I’m 21years young, have BOTH “diseases” (although that sounds pretty harsh) and am doing fine. I’m on synthroid, cytomel and Metformin (for the PCOS) and even being so young it does not ruin your life. I was terrified to gain back the 30lbs that I lost through a path much like your own, but sticking with normal healthy eating and normal healthy exercise everything is as it should be and I’m in my happy 120’s. So don’t worry if the doctors do confirm both, you’ll be fine! That’s what medicine is for and everyone’s got something ;) Thank you for sharing your story and being an encouragement to many.
    -Steph

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  121. Rachel
    February 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm (2 years ago)

    I am so glad you’re back! I had been following your blog and making every recipe religiously and was very worried when the post stopped coming. I’m sorry for your person troubles but I’m glad you eventually cut yourself some slack. Every bunny needs a break from perfection once in a while :)

    I’m on the rffmbt team!

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  122. Kristiana
    February 6, 2013 at 9:08 am (2 years ago)

    I am just discovering your blog (through a friend on Pinterest) and am totally inspired. I am a 30 something who excercises regularly and was having trouble with weight loss. Found out I am hypothyroid and also have PCOS. I go back to the doctor on Monday to possibly change mediciations and was interested what you thought about the synthroid.

    Much luck to you and can’t wait to see more blogs!

    Thanks

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    • Catherine
      February 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Kristiana! Wow, I am so surprised as to how many other women have Hypothyroid and PCOS! It almost seems like they come as a package deal… I have been SO happy with Synthroid. It took a few months to get it leveled out perfectly, but once I was on the right amount, I noticed I had so much more energy, some of my depression had lifted, and I lost 10lbs. I’m feeling so much better all around! As you know, medications work differently for everyone. My sister did not respond to the Synthroid so she has been taking Levoxyl since she had her thyroid removed at 15. Wishing you the best of luck, please keep me updated on how you’re feeling! xo

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  123. Vicki
    February 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Yay so happy you’re back and are doing well! I stumbled upon this blog last summer and read it religiously. I’ve been checking it every so often to see if you were back and today was my lucky day! I’m in my last semester of nursing school and have seen all this medical stuff you’ve been dealing with. You’re a rockstar for getting healthy & happy again – can’t wait to join you again. Stay happy!

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  124. Mal
    February 7, 2013 at 10:03 pm (2 years ago)

    yay for a new theta sister!!! so happy to see that you are back and feeling better :)

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    • Catherine
      February 7, 2013 at 10:54 pm (2 years ago)

      Aww thank you! I’m happy to be back :) TLAM xo

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  125. Taylor
    February 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm (2 years ago)

    While you were in hibernation, I became addicted to reading your blog…and I just want to say thank you so much for existing! You are such an encouragement to me and I have completely turned my lifestyle around with the help of your blog. I am 20 years old and a busy college student (like a lot of your readers) and realized that I was at my wits end with being unkind to my body. Thanks to some of your recipes and your encouraging words, I have lost weight and more importantly I FEEL amazing. I’m so excited that you’re writing again! The world needs more people like you :)

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  126. Hanna
    February 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm (2 years ago)

    I just wanted to say thank you for sharing so much about your life with all of your followers. As someone who has struggled with eating disorders and arthritis, it is inspiring to hear from someone conquering their ed while also dealing with physical ailments. I know when my arthritis is acting up, that is when I most want to fall back into my ed, but seeing how you have come back once again from that struggle is a reminder that I can too.

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    • Catherine
      February 25, 2013 at 3:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Hanna! Readers like you are the exact reason why I blog. I love helping others and it’s great when readers can relate and know they are not alone! Health & Happiness xo

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  127. Alexandra
    March 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m so happy you’re back!! And so happy that you’re on the path to health. If you don’t mind sharing, how did you jump back from your ED relapse (other than therapy)? Do you eat intuitively? I’m going through something similar (gained 20lbs after actually starting to eat after restricting) and the super-low calorie tactics are beckoning me. I’m really trying to resist but I’m falling into the restrict/restrict/BINGE cycle. Boo :( Reading your blog has inspired me though! I hope that I can one day look as great as you do now :)

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  128. Stefani
    March 25, 2013 at 8:07 am (2 years ago)

    Hi there! I have been a follower of your blog for some time, I too am hypothyroid and your story gives me hope for success with my health. I was soooo worried when you disappeared! But I wanted to say that I am SO glad that you are back and that you are honest about your struggles. I have been really down on myself lately because it seems like everyone online is absolute saints when it comes to fitness & nutrition, and I’ve been kicking myself for not living up to the standards, but you hit the nail on the head – HONESTY is the best policy. THANK YOU for sticking with it! I’m so excited to see what rabbit food you share in the new year!

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  129. Halle
    April 7, 2013 at 1:58 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Catherine
    I was so relieved when you “came back” and at that same time I fell off the pyramid

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  130. Jessica Limestall
    April 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow! I just love reading your blog! I am brand new to the clean eating world and it’s been hard! I am determined to lose weight, get fit and just become an overall happier, healthier me. You are such a motivation! This past February I was told that I have an under active thyroid problem and most likely am PCOS. It was scary and I had no idea what to think and feel. My dr. told me it would be super hard to lose weight and that I would just need to really eat healthy and stay away from carbs. I very much enjoy reading your blog…You are so funny and uplifting. It’s wonderful to see others with similar issues and yet see them being positive. Do you have any advice on what to eat when it comes to thyroid or PCOS problems?

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  131. Valerie
    April 29, 2013 at 11:59 am (2 years ago)

    I recently found your blog through undressed skeleton. I am trying to read everything with every free moment that I get. You are such an inspiring amazing person. I’m glad that I found your blog and I will surely be following your posts closely. Thank you.

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