Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

And Then I Sweat BBQ Sauce

Good evening!

I am pooped. SO tired. Went to a 90 minute power vinyasa class at my yoga studio and it was literally the hardest class I’ve taken in many, many, MANY moons. The studio was PACKED, the music was cranking and the heat was on. It was intense. But amazing and a great way to ring in the new decade even though my body rather feels like jelly. I sweat so much my mascara ran and my fingers were starting to shrivel up, if that tells you anything. I think I died just a little bit with all the deep lunges and chatarungas…and at one point, seriously regretted my heavy Southern lunch decision. Woah baby! I’m pretty pumped though because, turns out, I’m going to work at the studio twice a week in exchange for free classes. I did this at my old studio in Tampa and loved it…yoga is expensive, yo!

I still wasn’t very hungry when I got home for dinner (that barbeque will stick with you, I tell you!), so I decided to just pop in one of my many, many frozen meals and call it a night.


My freezer is getting a wee bit intense. I need to eat it all.



I seem to have a bit of a shopping problem in the freezer section of the grocery store. On an impulse, I’ll buy something that looks amazing and then it will sit in my freezer for about 5 1/2 months until I accumulate so much that I can’t shut the door anymore. Sigh.

Anyways, back to my channa masala. It was yummy!

For dessert, I kept up the trend and had a bit of my coconut milk ice cream:

Massive amounts of laundry are currently in the dryer. My inbox has been cleared. I’m drinking gingerbread spice tea in my jammies. I’m about to start a new book and cuddle with Dexter in a bed with clean sheets. Yes, life is good. Now, can my book just write itself? Please?
P.S—Polly and I are reading Proverbs this month. The more the merrier! πŸ™‚

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  • alyssa
    January 3, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you for being REAL. πŸ™‚

  • Danielle (Coffee Run)
    January 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    My freezer is always PACKED. It’s a problem…
    The Chana Masala looks really good (to me πŸ˜‰ )

  • Sana
    January 3, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Sure- I have always wanted to be a NY best selling author. But my life is just not as cool as yours!
    Night πŸ™‚

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen
    January 3, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I’ll read Proverbs with y’all πŸ™‚ I think that when I pull my life together and start working for myself I’m going to do the same thing with a local yoga place…works out nicely for everyone! Have a good night πŸ™‚

  • Jenna
    January 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Well at least you always have frozen goods!
    Coconut milk ice cream sounds tasty!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    January 3, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    yoga is totally expensive, we just redid our budget for the year for our house and my poor bf has to give it up, we just can’t afford it . . . at least we have our gym memberships!

  • Still Life in South America
    January 3, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Hey Jenna,

    Glad to hear that you had such a great time with your parents over Christmas. Your “holiday” home looked fabulous.

    It’s incredible to read about what you’ve had going on this past year, but so impressive. I wish you an even better 2010. As I’ve always said, I’m happy that you’re living your dream.

  • Carolyn
    January 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I need to clean out my freezer, too! I waste TOO much food!

  • Jess
    January 3, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    I really need to find a yoga studio! I go to my gym’s classes which are awesome, but I want to find a studio as well.
    That masala looks delicious!
    Have a great night, Jenna!

  • Nelly
    January 3, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Proverbs. I am in!

  • Kara (@Kara's Marathon)
    January 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I’m drinking gingerbread spice tea as I write this! πŸ™‚ Glad you had a great yoga session — I’m going to try to get back to one of my local studios in the next few weeks, after the resolutioners clear out. I don’t push myself as hard when I’m doing yoga at home…

  • Lauren
    January 3, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    My hubby and I are reading Proverbs together too! Love that Polly! We dig TJ’s Indian food too. I’ve never had the frozen, but the boxed stuff near the pasta (at least in my store).

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    January 3, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I love chana masala! My little sister is visiting me in the city on Wednesday (we’re going to see Wicked on b’way) and we have big plans to hit up an Indian restaurant for lunch. Yum.

    If you ever make it to Berkeley or NYC – check out yoga to the people. It’s donation based!

  • Ameena
    January 3, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Chana masala is delicious. I haven’t tried the TJ’s version but my mom makes is really well from scratch!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    January 3, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Glad to know that channa masala is good. Went to Whole Foods and TJs today, and look at that but never buy…so now I will.

    Didn’t realize that the Bama/Texas game is at the Rose Bowl! Gd link for restaurants/parties:

    For anyone in LA for a short time, to me, going to the South Bay is a waste of time better spent in Beverly Hills/Santa Monica/Westwood/even Malibu. I’ll edit my Jan 1 Rose Bowl post/move up, Tweet and see if can come up w/some tickets.

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    January 3, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I am so with you on reading Proverbs this month. Any set schedule or we just reading away? I definitely haven’t been trusting God enough in my life lately and it all comes back to getting sufficient time in the word. I haven’t been doing enough of that.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    January 3, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    You’ve been productive, missy! I love the Amazing Grass photo. What flavor do you recommend for a newbie? Ahhh, I love clean sheets. I wish I read like you. Enjoy your book!

  • Chelsea
    January 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Are you working the front desk? I have a friend who does that and it works out SO WELL for him. I’m glad you were able to figure it out because Yoga IS expensive!

  • Jeanna
    January 3, 2010 at 9:58 pm


    I just found your blog (about a week ago), and now I stalk you regularly! I was wondering thru the aisles of Trader Joe’s the other day and wondered to myself, “what’s the best almond butter?”. Any suggestions?

    Also, Thank you for being you. I have set a goal to read thru the Bible chronologically, abstain from sweets, and run another 2 1/2 marathons this year.

    I live is San Diego if you are ever down South and need a fellow southerner to hang with.

  • jackie
    January 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    hey i’m reading proverbs this month too!!! one a day πŸ™‚
    ps. your freezer looks like mine too….haha it’s okay!!

  • christie, honoring health
    January 4, 2010 at 2:45 am

    yay, so glad you are able to do a work exchange for the yoga classes! I am lucky at my studio because I signed up when they first opened so I get unlimited yoga for $85 a month which is a really good deal.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 4, 2010 at 3:32 am

    That looks like my freezer!! Is Amazing Grass supposed to go in the freezer?? I’ve never put mine in there…

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    January 4, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Your vivid and awesome description of your intense yoga class got me all riled up to sweat it out on my mat later. Thanks for the finger-shriveling inspiration!

  • Michele
    January 4, 2010 at 3:51 am

    I was so glad to see you mention reading Proverbs this month. You haven’t mentioned much like this on the blog lately…

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind
    January 4, 2010 at 3:54 am

    You could have written pure crap for this entire post, and I still would have read it…because of the title. Ha! Hilarious.

  • Nicole
    January 4, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Proverbs is the perfect book to begin the new year, a chapter a day. Love this 4:19, “But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.”

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    January 4, 2010 at 4:47 am

    Wow, that sounds like a tough yoga session!! Bet it felt good afterward!
    I hear ya on a packed freezer. I do the same thing and have no clue why LOL

  • Gabby
    January 4, 2010 at 4:55 am

    What is your book going to be about now? You seem to have strayed from the healthy eating and running sides of your blog.

  • rachael
    January 4, 2010 at 4:58 am

    I love yoga classes that make me sweat like that! What a great way to cleanse out the old year and get ready for the new one!

  • amanda
    January 4, 2010 at 5:07 am

    I also have a packed freezer. I make meals and preportion out the rest into containers for “healthy” tv dinners. I also buy in bulk and actually have a 4 pounds frozen brocolli bag in my freezer as we speak. Don’t worry, it will get used for sure! ha ha

  • katherine
    January 4, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Sounds like a great yoga class and glad you’re getting a chance to relax a bit, especially after all the excitement of having so many visitors!

  • Erin
    January 4, 2010 at 5:35 am

    I love the TJ’s channa masala — I usually eat a half a box with some cous cous and veggies. Mmm…

  • eatmovelove
    January 4, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Okay – I am always doing that with groceries – picking up ”just one one thing” that I see …and then having to cram it into my freezer or fridge somehow …it’s getting craaaaaazzzzy in there!! yeah, yoga is expensive. i rarely get to a studio…mostly because of time, but then have no motivation to do it at home…hard when your couch is right next to the mat….

  • Meagan
    January 4, 2010 at 5:52 am

    My freezer looks the same way!!! ahaha I love those clean out the freezer nights- I always resurect treats from the holidays!

  • Kati @ Living Well
    January 4, 2010 at 5:57 am

    What exactly IS channa masala? I guess I could google it πŸ™‚ I’ve never had it! That’s so cool that you’re getting to work in exchange for classes! Our bikram yoga place here is ex-pen-sive!

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place
    January 4, 2010 at 5:59 am

    I jam as much into my freezer as possible..seems like a lot of us do it!

  • chandra h
    January 4, 2010 at 6:00 am

    sounds like the perfect sunday πŸ™‚ way to go in the yoga class! … sounds super intense hehe.

    hey, i was just wondering, are you still working at the winery or are you writing your book fulltime?

    … i am so excited for your book πŸ˜€

  • theemptynutjar
    January 4, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Hi Jenna,
    Wow…what an all-start. I just do a lazy 20-minutes of a basic yoga sequence 3-4 times a week. I (hope) that is enough! πŸ™‚
    I have to commend u on all u do and congratulate you for your PATIENCE.
    I know you sometimes get comments from other bloggers about “i wish i could write a book and get a book deal, how do u do it?,,,etc etc”….ah , yeah, me too…wouldnt most people??
    but you are different…u LIVED life and LIVE it,,,,you wrote on your food blog and worked your job for years and years before it all fell into place….people think they can sit down and write a book in a month…when most authors sit and write for 15 years before ANYTHING is published….patience…if a person TRULY loves writing, then they will be happy with writing on a blog, or maybe just thinking of an idea that they enjoy….or BETTER yet READING…reading and reading are great tools to sharpen the mind…anyway…i personally love to write ,,,its my passion and i dont know any single-copyright to it…though i cling to it for my own piece of identity…but everyone is entitled to do what they want with their life…it just seems that u accept your life along the way…and others take SO MUCH for granted…job security, well-respected job, opportunities, money for advancement (or yoga classes πŸ™‚
    I really admire that you appreciate your life…u just LIVE it…u just work,play, etc…and things happen with your hard effort and work of course, but at least u LIVE in the meantime and appreciate what u have.
    of course, some of us cant go your route to just up and leave work to write full time…but that is what makes us unique…EVERYONE is different…and EVERYONE has their own individual path they have must or HAVE to follow…some a lot harder than others…
    way to appreciate life girl…way to actually live and be with friends πŸ™‚

  • Aynsley -
    January 4, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Good luck with Proverbs. I’m in chapter 23 and it’s been a long road through all the short sentences. There’s lots of wisdom there but I find I have to pray a lot more to sort through what the big G wants me to really hear.

    Have fun!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    January 4, 2010 at 6:32 am

    HAH – our freezers look very similar!

    What do you think of the Smart Dog hot dogs? I boiled mine and thought the consistency was a little weird…how do you cook them?

  • Danielle
    January 4, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Yoga sounds amazing. Best of luck eating out your freezer, if you need help… I’m your girl πŸ˜‰

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    January 4, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Gah– our freezer at home is stuffed! We need to make more of an effort to eat from it, but it just seems so…boring.

    Have a great Monday!

  • marisa (vinyasa mama)
    January 4, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Should Amazing Grass be stored in the freezer????

    Mine is just in the pantry….

  • Kristen @ Change of Pace
    January 4, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Uh oh… I also am wondering if Amazing Grass should be in the freezer or fridge… Mine’s just in the cupboard. I keep everything in the freezer so ended up buying 2 fridges. Much easier that way πŸ™‚

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    January 4, 2010 at 7:00 am

    I’d love to take yoga, but those prices are way, way too steep for my budget. It’s a shame. What type of work are you doing for the yoga studio?

  • Diana
    January 4, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Wow! That’s one full freezer! Time to get eating! I know what you’re going through – The bf has at least 6 different ice creams clogging up my freezer. ha.

  • rungirlrunn
    January 4, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Your freezer looks like mine! Except mine’s probably even more packed πŸ™‚

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    January 4, 2010 at 7:07 am

    I’d like to read Proverbs too. I’m also going to be doing a Romans bible study so I think they’d pair really well.

    I’ll join you!

  • Kristen
    January 4, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Be careful with that freezer! I keep a lot in there (homemade soups & meat/poultry that is on sale) and my tiny apartment freezer, like yours was overflowing. Turns out when I returned from after the holiday break, something had fallen and opened the door a bit and I lost almost all of it!

  • Evan Thomas
    January 4, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I love that you have every flavor of Amazing Grass
    Have you seen the new Cherry Amaretto Coconut Milk yogurt? I tried it last night and it was to die for

  • Sarah
    January 4, 2010 at 7:33 am

    TJ’s channa masala is one of my favorite at the office lunches.

  • Jil
    January 4, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Ohh, I’ve seen that channa masala at TJ’s and was always curious if it was really good…glad to know that it is yummy! aka it may find its way to my freezer soon. πŸ™‚

  • skinnyrunner
    January 4, 2010 at 7:45 am

    love proverbs! such a great book with a lot of convicting verses in it. sometimes i think it was written just with me in mind.

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness
    January 4, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Working at the yoga studio in exchange for classes is a great idea! You are so lucky that your schedule allows you to do that! πŸ™‚ Wish I could, but I don’t think my 9-6 job would be too happy! LOL!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    January 4, 2010 at 8:04 am

    I’ve been wondering how those TJ’s Indian meals are. I loooove Indian food but freezer food can be iffy! Yours looks pretty yummy though – think I need to try it out!

  • Lauren
    January 4, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I just went through eight of your latest posts. It’s been so busy around here that I just haven’t had time to read. Looks like you have had an amazing few days, and all of the food made my stomach growl. Glad to see you doing yoga more, and your food is looking a little bit healthier lately, too!

  • Julie @ Wearing Mascara
    January 4, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Hi there!
    I just bought Amazing Grass (wheat grass) for the first time. I see that you store yours in the freezer. Is that the best place for it? I just want to make sure because I’m storing it in the fridge for now. Thanks for your help!

  • Jenny
    January 4, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Congrats on getting striking that great deal with your yoga studio, I wonder if many places would do that, it’s such a great idea πŸ™‚

    And my freezer totally gets stocked full of stuff. I think things accumulate there because I will by anything frozen if it’s on sale, because I think “it will never go bad”. but then I never get around to using them!

  • Rachel
    January 4, 2010 at 9:47 am

    That masala looks delicious! I have a similar problem in the frozen food aisle, but my impulse buys don’t look as healthy as yours, haha πŸ™‚

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    January 4, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I wish I could get that sweet yoga deal at our local studio. But I don’t go often enough to ask.

    My freezer looks like that only with veggies and meats from the managers specials. I have to tell myself no meat purchases for a few weeks when it gets bad. And we don’t even eat that much meat so I haven’t purchased any in 2 months.

  • liane
    January 4, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I have the exact same freezer issue… I accumulate a lot of freezer goods, forgetting what I have in there to start with and then I usually buckle down and force myself to use everything in the freezer before I’m allowed to do a big grocery shop.
    One question… I have Amazing Grass but I keep in the fridge. I noticed that yours are in the freezer… what’s the best way to keep the AG?