Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness

A Quiet Focus

Good morning!

I’m proud to report to you all that I have successfully finished all of my culinary classes!!! Wine and Cost Control starts on Monday but that’s a sit down, lecture class so I sort of already consider myself done. =) It’s pretty crazy to think about everything that has gone on in the past year…and to wonder what I’ll be doing a year from today!

Here’s Cathy and my sugar centerpiece:



Chef REALLY loved it and it is actually going up front in the admissions office’s window to be on display! A night ending to school, I think ;). We were going to do kitties and yarn but that ended up being way too difficult so we settled on this campfire scene.

Chef made me this cat though:


And now it’s sitting in my kitchen.

Last night I snacked on this bar:


But oh my gosh, it was totally disgusting!!! I was shocked because it’s kashi. Really gross. I ate it because I was hungry but I will not buy it again…

And this morning I woke up ate half a clif bar and went for a run!


I ran for 2 miles and it was really great. My legs and shins were a little sore at first but after I warmed up, I was fine. I didn’t listen to any music and instead really focused on my breathing, my posture and my “chi”. I let my legs relax and just concentrated on picking up each foot, one at a time. Surprisingly, I made a really great time!

Time: 17 minutes

Distance: 2 miles

Average Heart Rate: 175

Max Heart Rate: 201

Calories: 238

When I got back, I stretched, iced and made breakfast. I had 1/2 cup multigrain cereal (made with 1 cup water) with half a banana, a tbsp of flax, a spoonful of almond butter and a chobani!


I’m driving up to the game today with Miss Caitlin and her future husband! I think we are leaving around 12:45 and we are meeting Ryan there. I’ll be having lunch at home before I go so I will post again after that!

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  • VeggieGirl
    September 6, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Jenna, I’m speechless – that sugar centerpiece is MAGNIFICENT!!! (And much better-looking than the Chef’s, in my opinion). Congratulations on completing your classes – you did a phenomenal job! 🙂

    Have fun with Caitlin today!! I always love it when some of my favorite fellow bloggers meet up 🙂

  • Cara
    September 6, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    aww those are so beautiful! congrats on getting so far and doing so well while doing it 🙂

  • Christie I.
    September 6, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Your campfire sugar is beautiful! Very impressive.

    Glad your run was so good.

    Oh, and I meant to say before, I like the new picture you have on the banner.

  • erica
    September 6, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    wow, your sugar creation is a masterpiece! what a great way to end your classes.

    enjoy your day today! and btw, i’m really liking the new layout.

  • Julz
    September 6, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Amazing. You are SO fabulous! 🙂 I’m proud, Jen, real proud 😉

    And how cute is that, that the chef made you a cat 🙂 … Softy… hehe

    So glad your run went well! Yogis definitely benefit from incorporating the practice into all different aspects of our lives! Way to go 🙂


  • Julz
    September 6, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    -PS- Paris Market pic… I LOVE IT!

  • Anne P
    September 6, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    nice work on the picture 🙂 so cute!! and congrats on the run! have fun with caitlin 🙂 i’m jealous, we are currently seeing the rain and wind of hurricane hanna!

  • Melissa S.
    September 6, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Wow, that sugar sculpture is magnificent!!!! it always amazes me how people can make such beautiful things like that!

    and i’m glad to hear the run went well this morning. i was reading about your new running style you’re trying out and i’m going to take a stab at it…i’ve had similar problems as you for over a year and really want to just run pain free again!!!!

    have a great day!

    PS love the new banner picture!!!

  • Becca A
    September 6, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    I am amazed at how awesome your sugar piece looks! Excellent work, if I just encountered it in a display I’d assume it was done by someone who had been doing sugar pieces for quite some time!

  • Shelby
    September 6, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    That sugar sculpture is so beautiful! I’ve only seen things like that on Food Network hehe

    I love the picture on your heading, its so cute! =)

  • Alli W.
    September 6, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Jenna!! Beautiful beautiful!! Have fun at the Florida game today!!

  • Heather
    September 6, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Love, love, LOVE the centerpiece! It’s so delicate- that must have been really challenging to make.

    I’m totally cracking up at the camelback photo, btw 🙂

  • jenna
    September 6, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    errrrrrrr is that photo WAY too big and massive?!!!!! My computer won’t let me resize. Maybe I will delete that one….

  • AshleyH
    September 6, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Hey jenna I wanted to let you know that they make mini clif bars now and I get them at Target they are great for a prerun snack so that you dont have to eat just half of a clif bar and then store the rest like I used to do in the mornings. Just thought you would like these!!

  • caitlin (see bride run)
    September 6, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    I AM SUPER EXCITED AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH SEE YOU in 45 minutes or an hour!!! If we manage to get out of the house on time (unlikely!!).. YAYYAYAYAYYAYAYYYY

  • Alyssa
    September 6, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Have fun at the game!

  • jenna
    September 6, 2008 at 3:57 pm


    What a great idea!!! Sadly I have never seen these before at Target…or anywhere! Boo! Maybe someday they will come to a store near me…

  • ModelBehavior
    September 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    I actually like yours way more then the Chef’s! A wine class would be so much fun, my University offers a semester wine class that I’m thinking about taking, but at 250 a credit hour I’m not sure I want to pay $750 to learn about wine, I could take several wine tours for the much 🙂

  • Rachel
    September 6, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Love the new format! Awesome time on your run too! Have fun this weekend!!

  • HangryPants
    September 6, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Gorgeous sugar creations!

  • Chef Erin (Pumpkin)
    September 6, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Jenn, I like your hummingbird especially! It’s so cute!
    I start Hospitality Management on Monday, so I’ll be right next door to you!

  • michelle
    September 7, 2008 at 2:03 am

    Jenna, gorgeous!!

    May i ask quickly, what sort of multi grain hot cereal do you use? I read that multi grain is a good choice for breakfast as a nice change to oatmeal!!!