Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness

Back on Track

Good morning! As sad as I am to see summer go, autumn (and yes I say “autumn” and not “fall”) is my FAVORITE season! I love cooler days, root vegetables, pumpkins and butternut squash. It always reminds me of going back to school every year. Ahh college.

This morning the alarm went off at 7:30 and I had a snack of a vitamuffin top with almond butter before heading outside to run.


I ran two miles and then met Ryan upstairs at the condo gym to do some lifting. Here’s what I did:

3 sets of triceps kickbacks. 15 lbs. 12 reps

2 sets of assisted pull-ups. 70 lbs assisted weight. 12 reps.

3 sets of shoulder raises. 12 lbs. 12 reps

3 sets of seated chest press. 50 lbs. 12 reps

3 sets of back hyper extensions. 12 reps

3 sets of seated row. 50 lbs. 12 reps.

I started to do abs but decided I would save it for tomorrow since I was getting hungry and it was already 8:45.

Here are my workout/run stats:

Duration: 52 minutes

Average heart rate: 166

Max heart rate: 203

Calories: 507 

When we got back from the gym, I made some more chocolate protein oats with 1/2 cup multigrain cereal, 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 banana and 1 scoop almond butter.


Ryan is so happy because I finally used the little coffee pot he bought me and didn’t spend money buying coffee at the shop next door!

Speaking about saving money, my groceries for the next couple weeks are going to be few and far in between as I not only try to eat everything in my kitchen before moving, but also save what little money I have because I don’t have a job anymore! I‘ll probably stop at the store later and just buy some produce and yogurt and try to eat all the protein sources found in my freezer….boring, but sadly necessary 🙁

I’m headed back to Orlando—see you after lunch!

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  • Megan
    September 2, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    It is so hard not to spend money on food. I am trying not to stop for coffee every morning to save a dollar or two. I am also trying to not go to the grocery store so often. Last week, I had a $10 coupon for Whole Foods. That helped a lot! It is so hard though!

  • Maggie
    September 2, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Jenna!

    Just wanted to commend you on your goal of the half. I ran my first one this weekend [VA Beach Rock n’ Roll Half], and it was so amazing! I’m already planning on training for the full marathon in Miami in January. Good luck and have fun!

  • Shalane
    September 2, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    That Vita Top looks SO good.

    It IS hard not to spend money on food! Good luck with your quest! 🙂

  • ashB
    September 2, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    hey jenna,

    where do you get those vitamuffins?

  • runjess
    September 2, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    When is your half marathon?

  • Miche
    September 2, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Why is your almond butter so yellow? is it because of your camera?

  • faith
    September 2, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    oi…i know all about budgeting and coffee is my weakness as well. coffee at home can be good though, its all bout grind, water to bean ratio, filter, beans, etc.

    you should splurge and order some beans online:
    i am in love with dutch brothers coffee right now which roast in the NW-
    i think their site is
    i dont know what they do to their beans but its amazing coffee…

    also, if you like a really smooth blend, for example, if you are a Verona drinker at Sbux, but want an even more AMAZING coffee, this stuff rocks your socks, its from ex zoka roasters.

    (im a bit of a coffee whore :p)

    was it hard to get into culinary school? how did you decide?

    i added you to my blog!!

  • hk
    September 2, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    up and at ’em!! looks like a great start!!

  • Kristie
    September 2, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Starting off the day with a Vitatop seems like an excellent way to get moving in the morning… definitely going to have to try that one on those especially sluggish mornings…

    And sometimes doing the no groceries/eat only what you have left in the cupboard thing can be fun, forces you to get extra creative with the meals. Can’t wait to see what you end up eating using the last scrapings so to speak of the depths of your fridge/cupboard.

  • angelcubbie
    September 2, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    I need to try those vita muffin tops! I think it’ll be interesting to see what you pull out of the cupboards. By the way, I know you love Amy’c California veggie burgers, but have you ever tried the Texas ones? I tried one yesterday and they are seriously so, so good! They’re my new favorite veggie burgers, I think you’d really like them. Also, speaking of Amy’s, what’s everyone’s favorite Amy’s meal? I need a couple more meals to go in the freezer now that school is starting. I think my favorite so far is the Black Bean Veggie Enchiladas.

    Oh, and News for California Dwellers: I know a couple of you were looking for it, I found Chobani!!! They do sell it at the stores in Califronia, I found them at Whole Foods.

  • ModelBehavior
    September 2, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    I hear you on looking forward to autumn (although I call it fall). After 3 months of heat I’m ready for cozy sweatshirt/sweater weather!

    Have a great Tuesday!

  • jenna
    September 2, 2008 at 4:50 pm


    I found those at my regular grocery store but I have seen them at Whole Foods! They are SO yummy!


    The race is on February 10th in Tampa! 🙂


    Ummm must be the lighting? It’s barney butter…my favorite!! 🙂

  • Christie
    September 2, 2008 at 5:45 pm


    When are you leaving orlando?

  • jenna
    September 2, 2008 at 6:05 pm


    I’m moving on September 27th!

  • jenna
    September 2, 2008 at 6:08 pm


    Every culinary school is very very different with application processes. I had to go through numerous interviews and fill out a lengthy application to be accepted. My decision was a totally and completely spur of the moment decision. I couldn’t get a job I wanted at home with my college degree so I thought “hey I always wanted to go to culinary school, why not?!” and so, in a day, I signed the papers and went! I tend to make major life changing decisions very quickly I guess!

  • Hayley
    September 2, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    Once again I just want to say how much I enjoy reading your blog. I told one of the ladies that I train today about it and she’s going to check it out. 🙂

    I sent you a couple of emails, but I’m not sure if they made it to you? I was inquiring about the nutrition course you took online…I just had a couple of questions

    I was also curious about the workouts that you do – do you, for example, perform 1 set of tricep kickbacks, rest, then do your 2nd set, then your 3rd? Or do you do it like a circuit and do 1 set each of kickbacks, pullups, shoulder raises, chest presses, etc, then go back through the circuit and repeat it again 2-3 times? I’m just curious.

    Way to go on all the time and effort you’ve put into your workouts and running! You are always so inspiring. Not to mention the fact that your food looks SO good!! 🙂 You make veggies look decadent..



  • jenna
    September 2, 2008 at 9:27 pm


    I’m SO bad with my email!!! I promise I will get back to you..I have to sort through them! Between sets, I usually rest about 20-30 seconds…..sometimes I do the exercises like a circuit, but not often. I like to focus on one exercise and then move on to the next.