Baby Got Back

by jenna on November 23, 2009

Hey heyyy :)

How was your Monday? I loved reading what y’all were thankful for. I’ll tell you what else I’m thankful for: a strong body. I don’t know why I feel the need to mention this right now but guess what?!?

I’ve gain 10 POUNDS since moving to California!

For the first time in my whole life I actually have real curves and you know…it’s not so bad. I might even like it. Heather really nailed it this morning when she talked about the inability to size up to our society’s unrealistic beauty standards. So, so true. As a culture in whole, we have suuuuuuuuch a disordered, unhealthy perception of what beauty really is. I’m not going to lie—at first I might have been a little freaked out about gaining 10 pounds but…it’s grown on me (no pun intended muhahaha). I’ve had several trusted friends of the opposite sex tell me that I look much better now than I did, say, five months ago and I feel like I sort of “fill out my clothes better”, so to speak. I think it might be because my butt has grown bigger but who knows. ;) You’ve gotta laugh at these things…and seriously, I’ve been laughing hard. All five of us have gained weight since moving here and it’s actually quite humorous when you really think about it. I think these 10 lbs I’ve gained have hailed from the tastiest and best calories I’ve ever consumed. Rock on.

What was I saying?

Oh yeah, I’m thankful for a strong body because it got me through a crazy intense spin class this morning! For some reason spinning is just so much harder on Monday morning, no?

After my workout, I chugged some grass in the car on the way to work. Keepin’ it classy.

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I also had half a AG protein bar for a double shot of superfood—

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Lunch was standard and rather boring. A hummus and turkey sandwich on whole wheat + 2 kiwis:

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But my snack was out of this world!!

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This was my first time trying this Honest Foods bar and it was to die for. Seriously…so freakin’ delicious. And filling, too! I ate this at 2:30 and was set for the next few hours, hands down. I loved the chew!

You know what else was to die for?

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That would be my dinner, which was pancakes and a fried egg. I love breakfast for dinner (can I get a BFD?!) and have a very loving relationship with Kodiak Cakes pancake mix. I still can’t believe I pay $8.00 for pancake mix but this is one of those things that is just worth it. I promise. So tonight I just used my standard half cup of mix/half cup of water and made two fluffy pancakes, topped with TJ’s yogurt, almond butter and maple syrup (duh). It was fabulous.

Because we are besties and all, I was telling Kevin tonight about frozen banana soft serve and how genius it is. He was very much intrigued about the idea of pureeing whole frozen bananas in the vita-mix and having it turn out like perfect froyo from the heavens (as in, he is making it tomorrow). Talking about it made me want it, so naturally I whipped up some and topped it with dark chocolate chips—-

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The problem was that I was SO excited about this and I took a picture on my blackberry to send Kevin to prove to him how awesome it is that I forgot until it was almost gone to take a photo for the blog. It looked really pretty before I devoured it. Sorry.

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About to jump in a really hot bubble bath and read myself to sleep. Mmmmm

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katie November 23, 2009 at 9:10 pm

sounds like an awesome day! thats hilarious bout the 10 pounds thing..and SO cool you can laugh about it! most people would freak out..but you are so secure!! i LOVE breakfast for dinner :)

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holly the healthy everythingtarian November 23, 2009 at 9:21 pm

all hail eating good food and ENJOYING LIFE! that is what its all about :)

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holly the healthy everythingtarian November 23, 2009 at 9:21 pm

all hail eating GOOD FOOD and ENJOYING LIFE! that’s what its all about :)

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Sam November 23, 2009 at 9:23 pm

eat, live, laugh ;)
No shame in enjoying life!

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Jackie @ TritoLose November 23, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Love breakfast for dinner! The banana soft serve is genius. Is it simply a frozen banana? Or, do you add milk? Sounds like something I need to try… :)

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Katie November 23, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Well, I think you look perfect and healthy and beautiful.

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Renea November 23, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Hey sweetheart, I would say that the 10lb gain is an amazing thing as well. You know like when you are in a great relationship and you gain on a little love weight. You are in love with your new life,job,California, how everything has change for you over the past few months. Although, we may feel a little guilty over weight gain, at least you enjoyed every second of it :) Love your site by the way!

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Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama November 23, 2009 at 9:48 pm

“Rock on” for living life to the fullest!

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Mama Pea November 23, 2009 at 9:49 pm

I’m sure Kevin will just see the picture on the blog, because he reads it every day now, right? Mine too, right? :)

I’m so inspired by your “excitement” about gaining 10 pounds! We’ve seen you savor every bite, sip and moment of the last month or so…and at least from here, it seems like it was absolutely worth it!

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Chloe (No Sugar and Spice) November 23, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Love your positive attitude Jenna. The food you’ve gotten to eat has been out of this world, and a few extra pounds definitely won’t make a difference.
Plus, I bet with your brother’s passing you dropped some weight as well, so everything evens out in the end. Must try the banana ice cream, especially for the bf who doesn’t eat sugar.

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Julia November 23, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this on your blog.
You are such a beautiful person, both inside and out, and I bet this post will help us all realize that gaining a little weight is NEVER the end of the world.
Have a great Tuesday!

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Hallie November 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm

What a great post! It’s so refreshing to see someone with an attitude like yours because as I’m sure you know, it’s incredibly rare and not something that just happens. You have to want to live like that…and it’s clear you do :-) Bravo!

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stephanie November 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm

From your recent Cali photos, you make a 10lb weight gain look simply faaabulous. More power to ya. I think it’s quite refreshing and delightful to see someone enjoy, savor and relish the things you’ve been privy to lately and not freak out about indulging one night or refuse an exquisite meal because it might put them over their “calorie count” for the day. Much more interesting than the typical food blogger fodder if I say so myself.

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Nicole November 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm

You are amazing, you go girl

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Tay November 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Girl – you have an awesome attitude about it all, and you looks wonderful!

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Jil November 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm

You look wonderful! Seriously, 10 pounds, schmen pounds….as long as you are happy with you, and of course, you are still healthy, that’s all that matters! and it’s so refreshing to see that you acknowledge that! :)

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Ashley November 23, 2009 at 10:21 pm

I agree with everyone, you have an amazing attitude and look gorgeous in all of your recent pics. I too put on about 10 pounds and like the way I look and feel better. Initially I wanted to lose it, but my body wasn’t losing it and I figured it must be my healthy weight then and I feel better now too. Rock on Jenna!

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*Andrea* November 23, 2009 at 10:28 pm

you gain 10lbs in all the right places ;) i honestly haven’t noticed in your pics but i think you look GORGEOUS as always

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ellen eats beets November 23, 2009 at 10:35 pm

It’s wonderful that you are able to laugh about the 10pounds. A lot of people in the blog world would have a very hard time hearing that, so I’m sure it will be inspiring for many to hear your reaction. BFD looks yum yum!

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Jennifer November 23, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Hey Jenna, I’m thinking about trying Amazing Grass but was hoping since you’re the glorified blog rep (by all appearances!) you might be able to hook a sister up with a deal? Let me know haha

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Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 23, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Thanks for being honest and embracing the 10 liiibs. I bet you look great and not even that, I bet you look 92834 times better because you FEEL that much better and you are THAT much happier. I would take all that great food for 10-not-many-at-all pounds!

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andrenna November 23, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Ohmygosh thanks for being a real person!!! It takes guts to tell the world you gained a few tasty California pounds. I really appreciate your honesty!

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andrenna November 23, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Ohmygosh thanks for being a real person!!! It takes guts to tell the world you gained a few tasty California pounds. I really appreciate your honesty!

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Nicole November 23, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Wow, go you! Seriously, it was totally worth it! All your food since you have moved to cali has looked to die for! If you still feel sexy, it’s all good!

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haya November 24, 2009 at 2:53 am

i keep watching last week’s ep of top chef again and again. sooo happy for kevin! he seems like a super awesome guy.

you look fabulous, and if anything has been worth it, it seems like those 10lbs definitely were ;-)

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candice November 24, 2009 at 3:06 am

I thought you just had a magic metabolism… :P Honestly, I couldn’t even tell that you’d gained weight. Maybe if you gained 50 pounds… maybe. But keep on rocking and just enjoy yourself! You still look fabulous.

Those pancakes + banana soft serve look amazing. I’d be willing to gain weight for them! ;)

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Leanne November 24, 2009 at 3:07 am

So admiring how confident and at peace you are with your body!! You’re my role model^^ you go, girl.

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Lesley Lifting Life November 24, 2009 at 3:12 am

Haha, I think we all would have gained at least 10 pounds by now, that’s funny! But as long as you’re healthy and happy, what do pounds matter anyways?? :D

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simpledaisy November 24, 2009 at 3:19 am

At least you are enjoying yourself!! There are going to be many time throughout life where your weight might fluctuate! and that’s OK:)

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greenbean November 24, 2009 at 3:41 am

I too have recently gained 10 lbs and the men love it! LOL. I was told by one that i’m “more like a woman and less like a little girl.” okay, buddy. thanks for the compliment, but choose your words a little better next time. gotta have a sense of humor about it all :-)

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The Voracious Vegan November 24, 2009 at 3:44 am

YAY for healthy body love and feeling HEALTHY and HAPPY! And double yay for delicious food, everything looks scrumptious.

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Gina G November 24, 2009 at 3:53 am

You go girl! i didnt get a chance to comment earlier because i had to run out of the house fast after reading, but i could not be any more thankful for my family than i already am! =) your amazing jenna!

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Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) November 24, 2009 at 3:53 am

Jenna, I really appreciate and respect your attitude about the weight gain. You look fantastic, healthy, and above all else, happy. I agree entirely with you about our culture’s distorted view about what constitutes beauty. Many women sacrifice their health’s best interest in order to achieve their supposed “healthy weight,” which is so silly and backwards! For the past year I’ve been telling myself that I need to lose 10 pounds, even though my BMI and body fat percentage are in a healthy range. The epiphany came when I told my best friend my goal weight the other day, she assumed (from looking at me) that I was under it, and responded with, “So…..you want to gain weight?” Right then and there, I realized, “I’m a size 6, why is that a problem? Oh, that’s right, it isn’t.”

I’ve decided to take the plunge and order a pack of that Kodiak mix next payday. Your pancakes always look so scrumptious!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 24, 2009 at 3:55 am

I love that you are loving your curves!! :)

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Kasondra November 24, 2009 at 3:57 am

I absolutely love what you said about the 10 pounds! That is the greatest reaction. I wish more people could look at it that way and love their body as you do!

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J November 24, 2009 at 4:00 am

You really do look even MORE fabulous lately Jenna!
maybe you were underweight before or maybe you’ve just discovered what is a happy and healthy weight.
I wish my body looked like yours :)
You are a gorgeous gal,and what a delicious journey gaining a few curves in the right place has been.I am sure your bum ankle helped out,and for whatever reason 10 pounds looks hot on you!
All the best!!

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Lauren November 24, 2009 at 4:02 am

Ummm, heck yes for BFD!!! I beleive I have mastered the BFD concept. We have this every single week in our house. Wednesday night BFD is what we live for! :)

Jenna, you are amazing. That is really all I can say. Truly, your attitude on life and yourself is beyond commendable. I can’t tell you how wonderful I think that is! :)

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Sabrina (RhodeyGirl Tests) November 24, 2009 at 4:18 am

Those pancakes look insane Jenna. So fluffy! I need to find this mix!

Have a very happy Thanksgiving with your friend and her family!!!

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Karla November 24, 2009 at 4:28 am

You look great! Your confidence is inspiring!

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Estela @ Weekly Bite November 24, 2009 at 4:29 am

You are loving life right now! I think every reader can see that!

Your happy, healthy, and beautiful!

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Erum November 24, 2009 at 4:31 am

I’ve been reading your blog for a while now.
Just wanted to tell you how truly amazing it is that you have gained this weight and that you are fully embracing it. It is so important that we look at food as fuel… with the weight you have put on you have the energy to spin, you have the power to live every moment to the fullest, you can enjoy the small and big challenges life throws your way.
We all know this to be the truth deep down but somewhere along the way society and other factors blinds us to this simple truth.
Continue to be happy, Jenna :)

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Stephanie November 24, 2009 at 4:59 am

You *think* you like having curves?

Regardless, I’m glad you are healthy and happy.

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amanda November 24, 2009 at 5:04 am

Wow, I give you kudos for embracing those 10 pounds. :) That is such a hard feat to accomplish (at least for me!!) Your food always looks amazing, so enjoy!!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 24, 2009 at 5:04 am

Jenna,

It’s really refreshing to see someone with such a healthy attitude about a little weight gain. I think probably MOST women could take a lesson from you (including myself). And you’re right– it basically came from eating the most delicious meals on the planet!

In the pictures you’ve posted of yourself, you look beautiful, healthy, and happy!

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Krissy - Single Serving November 24, 2009 at 5:06 am

I think enjoying food and life in general are all really healthy things. You look fabulous. A slight weight gain is nothing!! It’s a very small price to pay for all the deliciousness you’re getting to experience in your new home.

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 24, 2009 at 5:08 am

Also– thanks for sharing that information with us. You certainly didn’t have to, and we all could have been left thinking, “Man, Jenna is SO lucky to be able to eat such rich food and not gain weight.” But you chose share…thus letting us know that you’re human, and you do gain weight at times, just like most of the rest of us :-)

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Erin November 24, 2009 at 5:10 am

Three cheers for you Jenna, and your healthy attitude towards your body! I think it’s so difficult to break that distorted mental image or what we think we “should” look like. We’ve been “should on” enough by society! I’m taking this mindset throughout the day with me. Thanks for the early morning pep talk!

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Kasey @ Fit For Wellness November 24, 2009 at 5:16 am

You look awesome Jenna! Your healthy body image is inspiring…
I have got to get a vita-mix :)

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Sarah November 24, 2009 at 5:17 am

I’ll just reiiterate what everyone’s saying…10 lbs looks awesome on you! :D

I gained 10-15 pounds over the past year and actually love the way I look and *feel* way better then before. We’re women…we’re *supposed* to have curves! :D

Thanks for such a positive outlook and sending such a great message to all the girls and women out there…rock on!

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Abby November 24, 2009 at 5:18 am

This just confirms the fact that I need to quit my job in Michigan and move to California and start working for amazing cooks in order to gain the weight I need to gain. Sounds like a delicious plan to me!

You look great, but even more important, you look happy. Rock on.

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Christie @ Honoring Health November 24, 2009 at 5:19 am

Obviously, I have never met you in person but from what I can see from the pictures of your lately, you look amazing. You have a beautiful glow that only comes from happiness. Rock on for keeping it real.

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Lizzy November 24, 2009 at 5:21 am

2 thumbs up girl! i love that your enjoying life to its fullest. LOVE CA, and i think you have been experiencing it the way you should be! :)

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Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) November 24, 2009 at 5:25 am

Haha. More to love! =) I’m so proud of you, J!

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Molly @thevegandorm November 24, 2009 at 5:25 am

Haha I have gained 5-7 pounds since coming to college. Just when I was about to flip, a few people mentioned how defined my growing leg muscles now were, and now, like you, I’m pretty pumped!

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Erin November 24, 2009 at 5:26 am

I never comment, but had to tell you that you are AWESOME!
Love the attitude.
I just started law school, and we all laugh at how four months has made us all chubbier. It’s more like a joke, and it’s actually really good for me!
I was so obsessed with staying the same weight last year when I had so much time to think about it, that it’s sooo nice to realize weight is not a big deal. I’m sure my weight will continue to fluctuate throughout my life!
I think it’s so important to remember 10 lbs doesn’t mean you’re just ballooning or something…it all works out!
Love this post!!

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anon November 24, 2009 at 5:27 am

jenna – you look truly beautiful right now. but if you want to lose the weight you will be able to – the food and wine you’ve shared with us since moving to california is far richer from what you were eating in florida. it is all up to you – whatever feels best.

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Kristine November 24, 2009 at 5:31 am

Jenna, you look awesome! Weight is just a number! :)

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Suzanne de Cornelia November 24, 2009 at 5:31 am

I thought this was interesting. A list of the Top 50 Bloggers (mostly male) and I checked the #1’s stats against yours—and yours are TWICE as high! Amazing!
http://www.incomediary.com/50-most-influential-bloggers-of-2009/

BTW when saw ‘Baby’s Got Back’ I thought the post was going to be about RIBS! lol I’ve never had ribs…but always hear ‘Baby Back Ribs’—whatever those are.

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Rachel November 24, 2009 at 5:39 am

Umm judging from the pics you’ve been posting for the past month, I’d say those are a pretty happy 10 lbs! :)

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Jamie November 24, 2009 at 5:42 am

Jenna I love your attitude about those 10 lbs. There will be times in your life when you weight more and times when you weigh less, and that is just all part of it. Keep soaking in California and enjoying it for everything it has to offer!! You still look beautiful :)

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Uptown girl November 24, 2009 at 5:43 am

Jenna I agree with what everyone has said about the fact that you are simply beautiful inside and out. Thank you for sharing about your weight gain. It is a good reminder to all of us that weight does not really matter, but enjoying life is!

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Deva (Voracious Vorilee) November 24, 2009 at 5:45 am

I love that you are embracing the ten pounds – so awesome :-)

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Kelly from Bridges and Bites November 24, 2009 at 5:47 am

You’re so tiny and super fit that I bet 10 lbs is nothing on you and just enhances you! All that good food is worth it!

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Erin November 24, 2009 at 5:52 am

Happy to read your thoughts on this today! I recently had a little ephiphany about healthy eating, living and weightloss. (wrote about it here: http://juniperandsage.typepad.com/smallthings/2009/11/how-to-be-full.html)
It feels good to be coming to a good place about it. I’ve loved reading your blog b/c of the fact that you seem to ENJOY life so well and really live it. Good for you!

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MMiller November 24, 2009 at 5:52 am

Glad for you Jenna! I’ve been thinking that you look healthier! You are gorgeous! And you radiate happiness! Now I just need to get a Vita Mix! I tried to make the Banana soft serve in my magic bullet, but it isn’t powerful enough! I saw a demonstration at Costco last weekend and was wishing I had the money for one! It was really amazing! I decided to start putting $50 a month away until I can get one! And I want to put my new Amazing Grass purchase into some good smoothies!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Jenna!

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Seth @ Boy Meets Food November 24, 2009 at 5:52 am

I totally agree about the whole screwed up perception of beauty thing our society has going. But, to give our honest opinion, I think you should post before and after pictures of your butt, since you say that is where the fat went, so we can tell you if it really made a good change. JUST KIDDING!

I’m just playing, but seriously though, good for you for feeling great about the changes your body is experiencing, and accepting it for what it is. Unfortunately, I have been eating too many desserts recently, and have probably put back on 10 lbs, but somehow I doubt it looks as good on me…

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Amy November 24, 2009 at 5:53 am

Jenna~ Thank you for such a positive post! Too often we get caught up in the numbers and don’t allow ourselves to see the full picture– that we are really loving life and enjoying ourselves to the fullest. You look absolutely beautiful!

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Susan November 24, 2009 at 5:54 am

LOVE that you are lovin’ those extra pounds! Honestly, some women look much better with a little meat on their bones. Their face gets fuller and they just look more healthy and vibrant :)

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susan November 24, 2009 at 5:55 am

supposedly if you add vodka to any homemade ice cream..it’ll prevent any freezer burn/ice crystals you get from store bought ice cream. cool huh? i have yet to try it. :)

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Janna November 24, 2009 at 5:57 am

i love your attitude towards the 10 pounds. if only we all could be like you :) seriously, if everyone just appreciated their body and the way they look whether they gain 10 pounds, lose 5, gain 20.. then it would just be a better place all around :)

i am inspired to get to a spin class now! i haven’t done one in so long and i always forget how crazy great of a workout they are. perhaps tomorrow morning i will go!

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Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) November 24, 2009 at 5:59 am

What a refreshing post Jenna – to read about someone who is happy in their skin. Loved this!!!

You just sound so happy out in CA, and that makes me smile…As does breakfast for dinner followed by banana soft serve.

P.S. Hummus is never boring. :)

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lucy November 24, 2009 at 5:59 am

Omigosh your so inspiring for being able to embrace ur weight gain!! That’s such a hard mental feat!!! Even people in the blog world with great healthy attitudes will mention the need to cut back on the calories when they’ve gained weight whilst living and eating balanced lives and meals. :) I’ve definitely ben guilty of placing weight above health and happiness. You’re absolutely stunning :)

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Light Delight with Tou Tou November 24, 2009 at 6:00 am

10 pounds is not bad if you feel stronger for your body! being healthy is more important !
btw , dinner looks very yummy!

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Kailey (SnackFace) November 24, 2009 at 6:06 am

Jenna! You are so fab. I love, love, love this post. I actually gained an estimated 10 pounds in Cali over the summer, too. I decided to keep it! Having a booty is nice for a change, right? Haha so happy to have such a positive message out there for us! Thanks!

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Erica H. November 24, 2009 at 6:09 am

Rock those 10 pounds, girl! The same thing happened to me, and it turns out my boyfriend likes my curves better :) Plus you’re eating more amazing food on a regular basis than most of us every will, so it’s the best of both worlds.

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Erin November 24, 2009 at 6:10 am

Loving your body is the most important thing, whether you lose or gain 10 pounds. It’s all about how you feel and it sounds like you feel great! :D

I’ve never heard of that pancake mix but I’ll keep my eyes out for it next time.

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing November 24, 2009 at 6:11 am

Thank you for your honesty Jenna! I totally agree that delicious food is well worth a few extra pounds. We only have one life to live and we should enjoy each and every part of it – including the best food we can get our hands on! :O)

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Amanda November 24, 2009 at 6:17 am

Jenna, thanks for your honesty about your weight gain! It is really refreshing to read! In college, I definitely over-exercised and restricted, and since then I have gained about 10 lbs. The only place I can honestly see weight gain is my butt – and it’s a good thing! I feel stronger now and have received multiple compliments! You look fab … and maybe this really is your “happy weight” … I mean, look at how you’re living :)

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diana(mymarble rye) November 24, 2009 at 6:18 am

I really hope you are okay with your weight gain. A ton of women look to your site for motivation and inspiration so I would hate for you to declare acceptance and then starve to lose the weight ala Tyra Banks or Jennifer love hewitt. Enjoy your life, you only get to live once! ;)

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Dorothy November 24, 2009 at 6:18 am

Jenna, you are awesome! Thanks for sharing your acceptance of your new lifestyle, and that it’s okay to LIVE LIFE and enjoy yourself without stressing out. From all the pictures you’ve put on your blog you’re still as beautiful as ever…. now I just need to remember that for myself, and the 10 pounds that I am constantly struggling with. You go girl!

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leslie November 24, 2009 at 6:18 am

jenna, i LOVE you. this is a completely awkward comment considering i don’t know you, but honestly, it is about time someone came out and said, “i don’t care what i weigh” and actually prove it. it’s so easy for those of us who are ok with our weight to say we’re comfortable in our skin – but then, how would we react if we did in fact gain ten pounds? you’re gorgeous, you’re living life, and i could pretty much gush about your fabulous attitude for a long, long time. thank you for blogging, seriously. this community needs you and your strong voice!

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ShutupandRun November 24, 2009 at 6:24 am

Nothing wrong with getting a little in the “back.” People pay for those inserts, you know!! You look gorgeous as always and glowing!

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels November 24, 2009 at 6:29 am

yessssssss breakfast for dinner . . . I love it too! About the weight gain – as long as you still feel good and energized and healthy, you’re good. Thanks for sharing, I’m sure it was scary.

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Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life November 24, 2009 at 6:31 am

Jenna,
I wish I could reach out and give you a big, big hug. I really needed to read this post today. I have gained about ten pounds from my lowest weight, and while everyone else thinks I look good, it’s hard to accept. Your post is helping me embrace who I am, and I love ya for that!

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amanda November 24, 2009 at 6:33 am

You look great!

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Tania (Moment Anew) November 24, 2009 at 6:38 am

You are clearly ready for the jelly. You look great!!! :)

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laura dishes November 24, 2009 at 6:44 am

Your lifestyle is CA just seems amazing… you seem content, but active & present at the same time.

The food that you have showed us has been out of thise world… it makes me think that I’m missing out by living on the East Coast! ;)

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MelissaNibbles November 24, 2009 at 6:44 am

I love your positive attitude. Who cares about the extra weight anyway? Just because someone weighs 100 pounds, it doesn’t mean they aren’t an @sshole. Your weight doesn’t make you the person you are. You’re pretty terrific by the way!

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Emily November 24, 2009 at 6:53 am

Hi Jenna! I love your blog and I just wanted to say that you are such an inspiration. I am recovering from anorexia and am really struggling with gaining about 10 more pounds that my body really needs. You are helping me to see that gaining a little weight can help be healthy and beautiful. I love good food and need to be more comfortable with my own body. Weight is just a number!

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maggie November 24, 2009 at 6:54 am

Embrace it girl! you look amazing and thin, as always. Work those curves. The important thing is that you are soo soo happy and having fun and healthy! Life is far to short to worry about a number on a scale. The few pounds are not slowing you down, but making you faster and stronger!

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Shannon (The Daily Balance) November 24, 2009 at 6:57 am

cheers to happiness and health! ;)

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brandi November 24, 2009 at 6:58 am

seriously – all the food you get to eat out there is totally worth it :)

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Katie November 24, 2009 at 6:59 am

LOVE your attitude. I have heard guys say they prefer curves ;)

I made banana soft serve too I’m slightly addicted!

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Jenny November 24, 2009 at 7:00 am

Jolly
Enthusiastic
Natural
Namaste
Amazing
Thanks for being you and all you do!

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Katy H. @ These Beautiful Feet November 24, 2009 at 7:00 am

So, you gained 10 pounds..you’re keeping active and generally eat pretty darn healthy. Also, you’re happy. Happiness and healthiness is what we all strive for. So way to go girl, you look great! It’s so fun to read about your new adventure and seeing how happy you are. We love seeing your eats in Cali, and I realized while there that you never really eat a bad meal! YUM! :)

You’re wonderful, thank you for inspiring me each and everyday!

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Evan Thomas November 24, 2009 at 7:12 am

Way to rock the weight gain. I’ve been on a weight gaining diet since upping my running training and never felt stronger.

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Jenna November 24, 2009 at 7:13 am

i am glad you are not upset with yourself for gaining 10 pounds!the most important thing is that you are healthy, happy, and enjoying life and especially the yummy food :)
jenna

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Lauren @ Eater not a runner November 24, 2009 at 7:15 am

You look great and seem so happy, and that is the most important part!

And breakfast for dinner? MY FAVORITE!

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Jessica November 24, 2009 at 7:23 am

your attitude towards gaining is SO refreshing. you look amazing too and would have to agree–guys like something to, ahem, grab on it! ; ) i love your honesty and positive attitude you have day after day.

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JessicaR November 24, 2009 at 7:25 am

I think the extra 10lbs look fab on you!! I actually have been looking at your photos lately and thinking you have the perfect shape. You look great! :)

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Tina November 24, 2009 at 7:31 am

It’s nice to see someone that doesn’t freak out about 10 pounds. It’s such a great attitude, and very appreciated.

And it is SO cool that you and Kevin still chat. And even cooler that he wants to try banana soft serve! I still haven’t had it!

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Paige November 24, 2009 at 7:39 am

Jenna…I know exactly what you mean about the ten pounds. Last year, I was on a kick where I wanted to weigh 110 pounds. I went from 120 to 110, and (thought) I was so happy! Unfortunately, I was also SO hungry. I measured every single thing that went into my body. I would restrain myself to the point of being miserable. I even found myself snapping at my loved ones. I was not fun to be around! After awhile, I started to let up a little bit and became less restrictive about what I was eating. I now stay around 114 to 116, and feel SO much happier, because I can eat what I want (in moderation), and even indulge in decadent desserts every now and then. The funny thing is, all of the size 2’s that I bought when I was 110 still fit just fine. I look back at my former self now, and shake my head. I cannot believe I was making myself miserable just to define myself by a number!!!!

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hungryforbalance.wordpress.com November 24, 2009 at 7:41 am

I love that you said you’re thankful for a strong body! To be healthy and strong allows us to do so much: run, hike, spin, play, stretch, swim and dance! I try to remind myself how lucky I am for that everyday. Numbers and scales don’t mean much; it’s all about what you can do and how you feel. It sounds to me that you’ve been feeling energized, inspired and simply loving life!

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eatmovelove November 24, 2009 at 7:43 am

Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous! That is all I have to say that you are. You look good, feel good. Life is not about a number or what or how much you eat. Never ever worry about that!! You are too important and special a person :) Yay to butts!!! Mine has grown too ;)

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Haleigh November 24, 2009 at 7:45 am

Jenna you are such a beautiful woman- inside and out, no matter if you have gained 10 lbs or not. Your body enables you to do the things that you love to do. So I say.. embrace it! If it makes you feel more confident and sexy to have curves.. then work it girl!

The photos that you have posted since you moved to California have been so beautiful and you look happy!! SO happy! which is the most important thing, above all.

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Cynthia (It All Changes) November 24, 2009 at 7:46 am

As long as you are happy with how you body looks and feels that’s great.

I love that you are enjoying your new surroundings and fitting in :-)

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Nicole November 24, 2009 at 7:46 am

Your positive body image is inspirational! It makes me proud!

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Susan November 24, 2009 at 7:49 am

You look great even gaining 10 pounds! As long as you’re happy that’s all that matters. That banana soft serve looks awesome, how exactly do you do that? Just puree frozen bananas? Do you add anything else to it?

I started drinking Amazing Grass and it’s pretty good! I’m not brave enough to make green monsters with spinach and what not but it sure is good with frozen fruits! :)

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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Joelle (The Pancake Girl)) November 24, 2009 at 7:52 am

You know what, kudos to you Jenna- what a great and positive attitude you have regarding your gain. From what we can see on this side of the blog, those pounds were earned by some DELISH food that I’m super jealous of!! :) Have a great day!

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Freya November 24, 2009 at 7:52 am

Good for you! I totally agree about the body image bit… curves are awesome. I’ve started to realize that if you’re eating great food, you’re bound to look great too, regardless of your weight. I think you might be living my dream life out there in Cali, so live it up, girl. 10 pounds is a small price for some serious happiness (and serious YUM)!

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Nicci@NiftyEats November 24, 2009 at 8:13 am

A littel bit of curves never hurt anyonw, glad yoru embracing them. I love the banana soft serve, now I think I want some for tonight’s dessert! Ihave some frozen naners in the freezer. :)

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Little Black Dress November 24, 2009 at 8:26 am

You.are.uh-mazing. THank you so much for posting this. I have put on an additional 10 lbs over the last year (after gaining an initial 7 to get to my goal weight in my treatment for anorexia) and it has been such a painful experience. In the past couple of months, I have been trying to embrace it. Seeing that even you can gain weight shows me that it isn’t neccessarily that I’ve been doing something wrong to gain the weight, people’s bodies change! Thank you thank you thank you. And you look absolutely gorgeous. I have been reading your blog since day 1, and rooting for you every single step of the way. I am so incredibly happy that you are doing well and feeling good. You deserve it, beautiful woman!!! Much much love.
Anna

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Kristin P. November 24, 2009 at 8:26 am

I actually was thinking the other day- I don’t remember which post- that you were glowing! You look great!

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Little Black Dress November 24, 2009 at 8:27 am

You.are.uh-mazing. THank you so much for posting this. I have put on an additional 10 lbs over the last year (after gaining an initial 7 to get to my goal weight in my treatment for anorexia) and it has been such a painful experience. In the past couple of months, I have been trying to embrace it. Seeing that even you can gain weight shows me that it isn’t neccessarily that I’ve been doing something wrong to gain the weight, people’s bodies change! Thank you thank you thank you. And you look absolutely gorgeous. I have been reading your blog since day 1, and rooting for you every single step of the way. I am so incredibly happy that you are doing well and feeling good. You deserve it, beautiful woman!!! Much much love.
Anna

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Michelle November 24, 2009 at 8:35 am

This post made me so happy. It is so refreshing to read that someone who appreciates and embraces their body and life. Thank you for making my day. =]

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julia November 24, 2009 at 8:45 am

A worthwhile gain in my opinion. You are eating some of the best food I have ever seen! If you are happy and healthy, the number doesn’t matter.

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Jenna November 24, 2009 at 8:52 am

you are having the time of your life….i wouldn’t put another thought into those 10 pounds!! :) life and food are too good to go to waste! :)

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Emily L November 24, 2009 at 8:56 am

Hey Jenna,
I’m glad you posted about your weight gain (as taboo as that subject may be). I have always thought you were gorgeous, but I’ll admit I was a little worried that you were promoting an unattainable body image on this site. Embracing a 10 lb gain is just what this site, and really our skinny-minded society needs. And if anyone can rock curves, it is you!

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Jennie {in Wonderland} November 24, 2009 at 8:57 am

You are glowing! I didn’t notice the 10 pounds… but then, why would I? And it doesn’t matter, obviously. You’re seizing life, enjoying yourself, and living it up. 10 pounds of happiness, it sounds like!! Plus you just always look pretty :-)

BTW: those pancakes look to-die-for.

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Julie November 24, 2009 at 9:01 am

Good for you! I love your positive outlook on this, you are enjoying yourself to the fullest, so whats 10 pounds anyway?? Nothing!!

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Michelle November 24, 2009 at 9:08 am

Weight is such a funny thing. Last year I was 25lbs thinner than I am no and I was MISERABLE!!!!!!!!! I am 25lbs heavier than I was a year ago (with about 15lbs to lose) and I am the HAPPIEST I have ever been. Weight is one measure for some about happiness. The moments, the feelings in our soul, the food we eat, the company we keeps is another measure of our happiness. May you continue to shine and love life.

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Jenny November 24, 2009 at 9:24 am

I don’t comment often, but I am ALWAYS reading! I just wanted to commend you for this post! Not because you are content with your body (which is great) but because you make a distinct point about society in general. Who decides what’s beautiful and what’s not?

I can say that without a doubt you have influenced my view on life sooo positively in the past few months. As a good food and wine lover, I do struggle with truly enjoying myself at times. But you have set such a great example and I am very thankful to have found your blog.
Keep enjoying California and sharing your amazing experience with us as well! :)

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Sarah November 24, 2009 at 9:32 am

Thanks for such a great and ballsy post. Bravo for celebrating and not obsessing over a little extra weight. Our views on beauty, health, and weight are so skewed, myself I cannot imagine in your state of mind now but I can hope for one day! I panic over even the possibility of weight gain and I know it effects what I consume and the pleasures I avoid because of it. And I’m really glad it hasn’t turned you off to California :-) I do think I eat more healthfully here than elsewhere and not just because it’s my home. I believe I do have easier access to healthy and diverse foods than other places in the country that I visit.

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Holly November 24, 2009 at 9:35 am

Jenna,
I read everyday but don’t comment, but I wanted to chime in along with everyone else and say thank you for this post. You are radiating happiness, and the fact that you were honest about this and have no regrets also reflects your confidence. Girl, you got in goin’ on!

You are such an inspiration to me (and I know, others) who STILL thinks from time to time that certain foods are “bad.” Keep doin’ what you’re doin’….you are making a huge difference, more than you know! :-)

Holly

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Sarah @ See Sarah Eat November 24, 2009 at 9:48 am

I am so glad you shared this, I was beginning to wonder and feel a bit jealous of how you’d eaten so much good food, ha ha. Good for you for being comfortable with the “evolution” of your body! Have a great day :)

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april November 24, 2009 at 10:09 am

Thank you for this post!! your such an inspiration to girls and women everywhere! Keep doing what you do! :D

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Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run November 24, 2009 at 10:11 am

I love your attitude about the weight gain! Thanks for being positive. More power to ya!

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Sarah (Oc2Seattle) November 24, 2009 at 11:23 am

Such a great attitude! Laughing about “Baby Got Back”

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Rachel November 24, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Congrats on a beautiful, healthy 10 pounds!! That’s amazing…good food, good friends, and good wine and looking better than ever. I’m jealous! You’re awesome!

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Bekah November 24, 2009 at 12:14 pm

It kinda makes me jump with giddiness and glee at the fact that you’re getting Kevin, a Top Chef contestant to make banana soft serve! There are so many blogger food tips I am going to take with me on my culinary school journey.. ;)

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Emily November 24, 2009 at 1:40 pm

I’m so happy you shared this. I too have gained some lbs, probably 7 or 10, and even thought I’m only 17 I’m perfectly ok with it. I was actually shocked when I realized how ok with the weight gain I was, and then started to get a little worried thinking I should be freaking out about it since many girls my age would. But now after reading your post and seeing how nicely I’m filling out my clothes (cough…chest…cough ;) ), I’m definitely perfectly fine with it. I’m still healthy, fit, and confident (maybe even more so than before??) But congrats girl, I’ve been reading your blog for months now and I’m amazed at well… everything. And thanks for showing its ok to gain a little weight.

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Jessica November 24, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Jenna, even though I read every post I don’t always get to comment….but just know of how much I look up to you and love the image you represent!!

Keep enjoying Cali (it’s the best!!!!! sd girl right here :)…), and keep doin’ what you’re doing! You still look just as gorgeous as before, if not better!! Have a great day, xoxox

PS that BFD looks damnn good!

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Cherry November 24, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Hey Jenna,
I just started reading your blog recently and have to say that I’m hooked, so please keep eating and writing. :) I’ve probably gained 20 lbs since I started blogging because every time I eat, I think, “hey, you’re doing everyone else a big service!” haha

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sarah November 24, 2009 at 3:42 pm

:) you rock jenna. plus, now you have to eat more than you did when you lived in florida to maintain the weight you are at now. = double benefit; you look better plus you get to eat more, i envy you

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Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) November 24, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Having chatted with you just a couple of weeks ago, I can confirm that you do in fact look great at your current weight. I was remarking to my friend HEABS that I wish I, too could celebrate a 10 pound gain- it’s commendable!

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) November 24, 2009 at 8:04 pm

I love your attitude about gaining 10 pounds! Look how much you have enjoyed life in the process!!!

Those pancakes look Soooo good with those toppings!

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Diana November 24, 2009 at 8:45 pm

You may have gained 10 lbs, but you have a great attitude about it and you look fab! :)
The pancakes look delish.

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Mallory November 25, 2009 at 7:05 pm

you have some serious self control if you’ve only gained 10 – i’d have you beat by at least 5 if i were in your shoes right now :)
what’s a number though? you look beautiful! you are still hitting the gym and yoga-ing (yes, it’s a word). you are chugging your grass. you’re healthy!
i admire your honesty and i’m happy that you’re enjoying life!

ok.. and jealous that you hang out with kevin and eli and get to eat so much delicious, FRESH food… :)

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Jo November 25, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Curves are awesome and so are you for saying it!

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Carolyn November 29, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Great attitude!

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Julie November 30, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I just wanted to jump on the Thank you” band wagon. I really appreciate you posting about your weight. I spent about 2 years losing 30 lbs (I needed to, I was over-weight and didn’t eat right or exercise) and am now making the transition from calorie counting to eating in moderation. Your blog is an inspiration to me and it is so nice to be able to see what a healthy attitude about food and fitness looks like.

Thanks so much!

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