Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

A Delightful Lunch

Good afternoon!

This morning around 8:30 I finally pulled myself up and headed to the gym. I missed spinning but made it a productive workout regardless!

First,I went downstairs to do some strength first: 10 walking push-ups, shoulder raises, tricep dips, overhead tricep extensions. Then, headed upstairs to get in my cardio! Per doctor’s orders, I walked for about a mile on the treadmill and then ever so slowly, increased my speed to a VERY slow jog (5.3 speed) and jogged for almost a mile. Followed by another half mile of walking and about six more minutes of slow, slow jogging for a total of 45 minutes. Afterwards I felt GREAT! My new orthotics should be in on Wednesday and today convinced me that if I just take things really slow, I will get back there and succeed. My goal pace might be, err, a few minutes slower than I would like but at least I will be able to run! πŸ™‚

After the treadmill I saw my dad working out downstairs so I met him to do another set of 10 walking push-ups (Jillian style, baby!) and 2 set on the row machine.

I showered and got ready at the gym and then got quite hungry on the way home so I reached in my bottomless pit purse for a snack.


I had about half of this and then felt like I was about to puke. I think my Primal Strip days have come to an end. I mean when you think about it, WHAT ARE YOU EATING? I’d almost rather eat beef jerky since the ingredient list is shorter! I really feel soooo much better when I limit the amount of processed foods in my diet and this made me realize that just because something might be vegan, doesn’t necessarily make it better for you. Sorry those avid Primal Strip lovers…to each their own!

My morning was saved by a REAL juicy nectarine at home. πŸ™‚


And then around 11:30 I met Kathleen for lunch across the street at The Wine Exchange. Kathleen and I have been good friends for about 10 years now and she works as an Trauma ER nurse at the same hospital that my brother died at. She wasn’t working that night, unfortunately. It was great to catch up…she has the craziest work schedule (sort of like my old schedule!) and hadn’t been to bed yet since her shift last night. Ugh!

Here we are 2 1/2 years ago (as you can see, I stole Christie’s lax jacket):


Right when we got to the restaurant, they brought out the BEST bread ever. Warm and doughy hunks…impossible not have a piece!


And then for my meal I ordered The Roasted Vegetable Salad with shrimp on top. Oh my gosh, was it ever tasty!!!


This might just be my “perfect” salad. Spinach, walnuts, feta, roasted eggplant, shrimpies…..with a coarse grain honey mustard dressing on the side. I thought I had died and gone to heaven!


Kathleen ordered the “Paris Sandwich”— honey mustard, brie cheese and turkey. Love it!


I’m a busy bee this afternoon—got a conference call in an hour (yay Blog Summit!!!), work to get done, an appointment at the apple store at 5:00 to clean up my slow, old mac and then I’m cooking dinner at my parent’s house! My mom was going to cook the fish herself but she won’t be getting home until 6:30 and Ryan won’t be there until around then as well. I’m going to grill it and probably do some grilled veggies on the side. Hopefully it will be delicious!

Have a great afternoon!

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  • Kati
    June 8, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I love SHRIMP SALADS! Yum! Hey can you tell me where to find a video or good description of the walking pushups?

  • Oli
    June 8, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Ha! 5.3 is one of my fast speeds. Oh well. I guess everyone has different bodies and abilities.

  • april
    June 8, 2009 at 11:56 am

    5.3 is a good speed for me- pretty fast actually! lol. I wish I was good at running but sadly its not my thing! Good for you for slowly getting back into it though!

  • Laura wants sprinkles
    June 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    As a new runner doing C25K, my top treadmill speed is 5.0. I cannot wait for the day I work my way up that as a warmup!

  • Jenna
    June 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    what an amazing looking lunch! YUM! Can’t wait to see your grilled dinner

  • Emily (Healthy Fit Mama)
    June 8, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I wish I could say 5.3 mph was SLOW for me! haha That would be pushing it for me. I’m sooo not a runner. Maybe someday… πŸ™‚

  • Amelia
    June 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    All that food looks fantastic! Glad to hear you’re getting to catch up with some old friends. πŸ™‚

  • Nicole
    June 8, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Mmm, I love roasted vegetable salads!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    June 8, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Your lunch looks amazing! Feta cheese really *makes* a salad for me. Also, I’m totally craving a turkey and brie sandwich now…

  • Run Sarah
    June 8, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    That bread looks amazing…yum!

  • Katherine
    June 8, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Congrats on the run/walk – I can’t wait to read how great the orthodics are – you’ll be flying by in no time!

  • Shannon
    June 8, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    oooh coleslaw! That is one of my favorite sides to order at bbq restaurants πŸ™‚ Yum yum!

  • Maria
    June 8, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    I agree, sometimes it’s best to eat stuff with ingredients you know, like the delicious shrimp salad!

  • Amanda
    June 8, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    that Paris Sandwich looks SO good. the bread is perfectly speckled with sesame seeds. too bad honey mustard ALWAYS attacks my sinuses. i still order it occasionally anyway. can’t stay away from it, i guess!

  • beerab
    June 8, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Wow girl- I’m just starting the C25k and a 5.3 would probably kill me! I hope to be able to run well after I do this program, I’ve NEVER been a good runner- but I’m trying! That salad looks AMAZING!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    June 8, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    That salad is something that I’m going to have to try to recreate when the fiance works his next night… no mushrooms for him!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    June 8, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Oh gosh, that bread looks amazing!

  • brandi
    June 8, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    glad you got in a good workout and the run/walk seems to be doing well.

    fun lunch – that salad sounds perfect!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now
    June 8, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    “I really feel soooo much better when I limit the amount of processed foods in my diet and this made me realize that just because something might be vegan, doesn’t necessarily make it better for you.”

    THANK YOU! I couldn’t agree more with you.
    Sometimes I have this same dilemma going on in my head…and i’m really realizing that I do much better with the less processed stuff that I put in my body. This includes some veggie/vegan products.

  • Hilary (Red Head, Yellow Dog)
    June 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I’m excited to see how your fish turns out! we have a red snapper in the freezer and I have been trying to figure out what to do with it!

  • Katrina (Gluten Free Gidget)
    June 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    That salad looks and sounds A-MAZING! My computer needs help too. My hubby is taking it in to the Mac store as we speak… err type… I will be there a whole week. Talk about seperation anxiety! GAHH! Happy grilling!

  • Still Life in South America
    June 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    Glad to hear you sounding so cheerful and vibrant. πŸ™‚

    I did half a Dave Farmar Podcast at the gym today. I had to stop at about 45 because I was having difficulty following some of this instructions without seeing them (crossing hands over legs, etc). I think it will get easier as I understand his flow.

    The first half was awesome and I like his sense of humor. I haven’t been able to do a good flow like that in a long time. How nice is it to be alone and not battling others for mat space during the workout? πŸ˜‰

    Good luck with all you’ve got going on!

  • Matt
    June 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Glad you had a good treadmill run!

  • Sarah (LovIN My Tummy)
    June 8, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I am with you on the “Strips.” I have a package of Tofurky jerky in my purse for “emergencies” but I have yet to find a dire enough situation to actually bring myself to eat it. πŸ˜‰

  • Stacey
    June 8, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Yay for yummy food and it sounds like you had a great workout as well πŸ™‚ Another yay! for long friendships πŸ™‚ My best friend and I have been going for 13 years strong.

    Cant wait to hear some news on the Blogger Summit!!!!!

  • Debbie(Green Apple A Day)
    June 8, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    The salad looks great! I think that I am going to include some walnuts in my salad tonight!

  • Christie
    June 8, 2009 at 6:05 pm


    Hey there from Canada! Just wanted to drop you a line and say that a) I love your blog – you are totally inspiring and informative, and I find the greatest tips on here!
    and b) I made your Brown Sugar Cinnamon Banana Bread (ok, with some chocolate chips sprinkled on top) and it was FANTASTIC! I think it will be my go-to recipe for BBread from now on – which says a lot (I can’t handle bruised bananas)

    I also wanted to say good luck with Team In Training and the SF marathon – its one of those races that I’d like to do in the next couple of year, and I think I’ll be going the Team in Training route as well – they have such a great program in place and everything I’ve read from participants makes it sound pretty awesome.

    Anyways… all this to say – you are doing an excellent job, keep up the good work, and thank you!

    Christie from Canada

  • Gina
    June 8, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    The shrimp salad looks AMAZING!!! And so fresh. With portabella mushrooms? You can’t beat that.

  • Michelle
    June 8, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    wow i can always count on seeing YUMMYLICIOUS food from Eat live Run!!! πŸ™‚ I love your choice of salad…wow, that looks glorious!!! hahaha sorry those jerky strips aren’t so good…thanks for sharing, now i know never to get those! I totally trust your taste buds. πŸ˜›

  • Tabby
    June 8, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    That salad looks so good! Its like everything I would want on a salad and more!

  • RunToFinish
    June 8, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    you are such a busy lady, do you ever get worn down?

  • Stephanie
    June 8, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I have to agree – I cannot eat the processed stuff anymore. My body gets very angry. But, it makes it hard(er) to grab a cookie when you need a homemade one! πŸ˜‰

  • Lindsay
    June 8, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I have been craving the bread in everyone’s posts today, I think I’m gonna have to get baking! Dinner sounds great!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    June 8, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Hey Jenna! Awesome workout! It’s so important to listen to your body (and doctor) and take your time! Perfect!

    It’s funny how your body just decides it doesn’t like something anymore. Nectarine looks really good. I am huge peach and nectarine fan!

    That’s great you caught up with your friend. Lunch looks really good! I am actually dying for some shrimp! YUM!

    Have a great night!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    June 8, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    YUM! The shrimp salad looks so delicious!! πŸ˜€

    It’s so nice catching up with friends too…glad you girls had fun! πŸ˜€

  • K
    June 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    That bread looks heavenly!! I love your Primal Strip rant – haha, that’s very true!

  • kristi (sweet cheeks)
    June 8, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Ohhh what a yummy salad! That is my kind of salad, too! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • GirlonTour
    June 8, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I agree on the processed food. Closer to natural is best. And your dinner looks delish!

  • Emily (A Nutritionist Eats)
    June 8, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Yum that salad looks absolutely delicious!

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    June 8, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    That salad looks delicious! Love that combo! Isn’t eggplant the best? I’m so excited that you are having a Blog Summit conference call . . . I’ve been wondering about that!! I can’t wait to hear all the details!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 8, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Congrats on the awesome workout! Keep taking it easy, but it sounds like you’re doing well with getting back into the walking/running. I’m so happy for you! πŸ™‚

    What a great lunch! Everything looks delicious and I’m sure it was even better with the lovely company.

    Enjoy the rest of your day!

  • Bec
    June 8, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    sounds like a great lunch, with a great lunch date!

  • Emily L.
    June 8, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Those primal strips make me squirm!

  • Nicole
    June 8, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Looks so good!

  • KatieF
    June 9, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I 100% agree on the Primal Strips…fake meat kind of sketches me out!