Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

8/8/08 Summer Olympics!

Happy Friday!

I’m feeling a lot better about things this morning after a good night’s sleep. Tonight should be an easy and quick night, as we are doing chocolate! Tempering chocolate to make fans and cigarettes and also making truffles. I’ve never made truffles so I’m going to have to research the recipe before I go but already I’m feeling a ton better about it because I feel more rested. It’s crazy how different things appear when you are over tired. Of course since I was so tired and stressed last night it took me about two hours to fall asleep, but once I did (with the help of tylonel pm…my vice), I stayed asleep and woke up refreshed at 6:40 ready to exercise!

And today is the start of the Olympics!!!!!!!!!!! I have more than a minor obsession with the Olympics that has lasted years and years. When I was a kid I ALWAYS watched every summer and winter Olympics on tv (and especially the opening ceremony!). I went through the stage of wanting to train for the US gymnastics team but mainly I’ve just loved watching it and all the little “pre-show” stuff. I look forward to it every two years and every morning in the gym I’ve been watching Matt and Meredith live from Beijing on the Today show getting ready for it. Actually, I was supposed to BE THERE right now! It was the plan for Ryan’s family and I to go there this year because they have friends that live out there and they invited us. However, flights ended up being waaaay too expensive and with my school right now being so crazy, we just couldn’t go. Bummer :(. Ryan is taping the opening ceremony for me though tonight so I can watch it tomorrow! Yay!

Okay, anyways, on to my food! This morning when I woke up at 6:40 I had a piece of flax & fiber toast with a smear of peanut butter. Here was my gym routine this morning. I did triceps, chest and back.

2 minutes running on treadmill to warm up

Triceps routine: do all three exercises with no rest in between then take a 1 minute break in between sets. 5 reps of close-grip push-up on the bench, 10 reps of lying triceps extension (with 20 lbs), 20 reps of rope pressdown (25 lbs). I went through this routine three times to do three sets of each exercise. I was feeling it by the end for sure!

3 sets of bench press (2 15 lb weights)—12 reps each

3 sets of cable row (50 lbs)—12 reps each

3 sets of pushups—10 reps each

3 sets of back exercises using the cable machine (15 lbs)—12 reps eachΒ 

My arms feel like jelly! When I got home I made a bowl of cottage cheese oats (1/2 cup cottage cheese mixed with pre-made steel cut oats and a spoonful of almond butter) with a cup of fresh blueberries and raspberries. This was the best combo yet!


And for lunch today I packed a hummus and turkey sandwich with 2 tbsp hummus, 3 slices organic smoked turkey breast, 2 slices flax and fiber bread, tomato and spinach. I packed carrot sticks, a kiwi and a plum on the side. Disregard the string cheese. I decided against it after the picture was taken!


For a snack I packed a deliciously messy banana and almond butter.


Anyone have fun plans for the weekend? Ryan and I are hoping the weather is good because we want to go diving on Sunday (we are both SCUBA certified). It’s another hot one today!

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  • ~C~
    August 8, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    We are planning to go hiking because the heat is supposed to be a little milder this weekend. We have been so busy and the heat has been unbearable so we haven’t been hiking at all this summer πŸ™

  • Ryane
    August 8, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Hey Jenna – Just wondering, do you heat the oats up first and then add the cottage cheese? Or mix it together and then reheat??

    Also, I feel your pain on the olympics. I work doing high class travel/concierge stuff and for the past 2 months have been doing nothing but plan people’s trips to Beijing!! If anyone needs any restaurant recommendations there by any chance – well I’m your girl – ha!

  • jenna
    August 8, 2008 at 12:38 pm


    I heat up the oats first (with a little water) and then add the cottage cheese, almond butter and fruit! I WOULD LOVE to eat at a traditional Chinese restaurant in Beijing!

    For all of yall that haven’t read it, read “The Last Chinese Chef”—-AMAZING book! πŸ™‚

  • VeggieGirl
    August 8, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better.

    I’m PSYCHED for the Olympic games – can’t wait for them to start tonight!!!

    Plans for the weekend = intense dance practices.

  • Erin
    August 8, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Glad you’re feeling rested & refreshed!
    As a huge Olympics fan as well, I share your excitement! I cried when the Women’s soccer team won the gold in 2006. And when Carly Patterson won the all-around gold for gymnastics that same year… (You get the idea…)
    It sucks you couldn’t go; that would have been awesome!!
    Weekend plans=La Nouba at Downtown Disney…. See my blog for all the deets!! πŸ˜‰

    ~Erin @ “Vegan & the City”

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    August 8, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    I’m excited for the Olympics! Can’t wait to watch!

  • cara
    August 8, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    I have been counting down for the olympics too! I have DVR so I am trying to record almost all the events. hahah.

    Have a great weekend. I hope class works out well tonight!

  • Betsy
    August 8, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    i’m soooo excited for the olympics!!!! i’ve always been an olympics obsessee-both summer and winter!

    i’m ready for some major hanging out on the couch tonight to watch the opening ceremonies!

  • Melanie
    August 8, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Jenna I went to high school in Boca Raton and got certified my junior year. I went diving alot back then but haven’t gone in years (i’m 36) – so I’ve been thinking about taking a refresher course and getting back into it. Although I live just outside Washington, DC now and not much diving around here πŸ™‚ But it’s something I’ve always been glad I did!

    Have a great time a good luck with chocolate tonite!!


  • Erin
    August 8, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    PS-You NEED to read this article & share it with your readers!!

  • Heather
    August 8, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better!!

    I’m trying to get excited about the olympics, but I really haven’t watched since I was a kid. I’m going to try and keep up with it this year, though…

    Have a great weekend!

  • tsbrown
    August 8, 2008 at 2:11 pm


    I have had tears streaming down my face the entire time I read this article. Un freaking believable! Thanks for sharing.

  • hk
    August 8, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Total olympics junkie!! Can’t wait, have a great day πŸ™‚

  • Andrea
    August 8, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    8-8-08! love the olympics. and i always love your titles for the blog…they never get boring!!!

    i’m going to a virgin mobil concert in baltimore & bob dylan, jack johnson, kanye west, bloc party and a ton of other bands are going! i’m so pumped!!

  • AshleyH
    August 8, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    On Sunday I am going to an awesome magic show in LA. Its called the magic castle. It is in this old mansion and all the different rooms have different shows. I am so excited!!! πŸ˜€

  • tfh
    August 8, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    glad you’re feeling better. friday always helps! chocolate helps too. have a great weekend!

    oh, and just for curiosity sake…i haven’t eaten turkey in years and years and years– how does the real stuff compare to the tofurkey-type deli meats taste and texturewise?

  • LisaR
    August 8, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    I can’t wait for the Olymics either! Watch out for Ryan Hall…read his story in Runner’s World magazine…it’s amazing!

    I plan of getting some sun this weekend! It’s much needed! lol

  • lizz
    August 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Yaaaaaa Olympics!! GO team USA! your banana looks extremely amazing this morning!! yummm! What kind of diving do you usually do?

  • ryan
    August 8, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    My sister and I worked in Beijing when we were in college and if you watch tonight, my sister worked with Li Ning, the former gold medalist who will ight the olympic cauldron tonight! Very cool. His company designed all of China’s uniforms and he gave my sister one of the uniforms. Hopefully I can get her to wear it out to a bar tonight! (Just Kidding)
    Though I wish I was like andrea and going to a Jack Johnson concert tonight!

  • tsbrown
    August 8, 2008 at 6:45 pm


    I loved Ryan Hall’s story in RW! Way cool! I am pulling for him SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Wear your sunscreen:)

  • Kristie
    August 8, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    I’ve sadly never really gotten into the whole Olympics deal. I should really try to watch them this time around!

    Going diving sounds SO much fun. I really hope you get to do that, I would love to be able to do that! Not that there is anywhere remotely close to me where I could actually go diving…sigh.

    Have a great weekend!

  • caitlinbo (see bride run)
    August 8, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    i hope you have a nice weekend in tampa! enjoy!

  • Alicia
    August 9, 2008 at 6:56 am

    Like you, I looked forward to the Olympics. It’s one major event, just like the world cup (soccer). The opening ceremony was amazing and I think the Chinese did an excellent job in organizing the Olympics. They are so creative and meticulous.

    Your cottage cheese oats look amazing and I must try that cocoction soon. It’s a pity that cottage cheese costs way too much where I live. And of course, bananas and nut butters are my favourite!

    Enjoy your weekend! I know I will enjoy mine. πŸ™‚