Black and Blue

Good morning!

Thanks again for all your wonderful comments. They help more than you know! Last night when I took my brace off I was shocked to see my whole foot had turned black and blue…gross!! I’ve never had this kind of injury before…once, when I was really young, I broke my wrist….and then there were the shin splints…but never this. I keep icing even though it’s highly uncomfortable and I’m resting as much as possible. Truthfully, it’s really really hard for me to sit still! I’m one of those people that like to always be on the go and I’m itching to run around and exercise. Just resting is a lesson in itself.

I actually slept for 11 hours though so that was awesome. Made a big yogurt bowl for breakfast—



I used about 3/4 cup greek yogurt (eye balling it), 1 banana, about 1/4th cup nature’s path granola, handful of puffins, pumpkin butter, almond butter.

I’m trying to rest as much as possible this morning because I have to be at work at 1 and am working a 5 course food and wine pairing dinner tonight.

This California rain needs to stop NOW! I think it would help my mood and overall well being to see the sun again. It’s been a damp “mist” for days now.


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  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 15, 2009 at 9:09 am

    I hope your ankle is alright. Hang in there! Drink some wine for me, too. πŸ™‚

  • jen trinque
    October 15, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Oh no! Black and blue?? You poor thing – this will make a great chapter of your memoirs someday πŸ™‚

    Good luck tonight and getting back on your feet, literally!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    October 15, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Ugh NYC rain needs to stop now, too! I had high hopes of Starbucking today, but leaving the house is really not seeming so desirable.

    I’ve never broken or sprained anything (though I’m all too familiar with black and blues!)–but I imagine it’s scary. Use your “rest” time to be productive in reflective and other self-beneficial ways; something good always comes of bad πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

  • Diana
    October 15, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Aw, I’m sorry to hear that. But I’m sure it’ll start healing soon.
    And resting is good for you.

    I’m actually a little bit sick of the sun. We’re all ready for fall but summer just won’t go away!

  • Evan Thomas
    October 15, 2009 at 9:15 am

    11 hours?! Jealous

  • Bethany
    October 15, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I can really relate to how you feel! I moved from NY to Oregon, when I was your same age, 3,000 miles away from my family and all the friends I had. Initally when things would go downhill, I would spiral into thinking everything was one big suckfest! In the end, it is the best decision I ever made and each and every experience has only made me stronger and better at taking care of ME! I’m hoping you will see this as an opportunity to get to know yourself better–there is always a silver lining! Great job raising the money!

  • Stephanie
    October 15, 2009 at 9:20 am

    oh no! well at least you got some good sleep and can “slow down” for a bit… but I’m so like you, I hate sitting still and always seem to keep moving (my boyfriend doesn’t get it, he can sit on the couch for an entire day and stare at the tv… which to me is straight up b-o-r-i-n-g!!!!!) hope the rain lifts and helps to do the same to your mood girl πŸ™‚ we have rain here too, bleh

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    October 15, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Ugh, rain and feeling under the weather are the worst. But on the bright side, you got a great night of sleep, ate a wonderful breakfast, and have an awesome job! I think that lots of nut butter oatmeal will make the recovery go by much more swiftly πŸ™‚

  • emily
    October 15, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Yeah, sprains are icky looking. I got a really bad one in high school. Glad you are taking it all in stride (sorry for the bad pun!)

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    October 15, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I have spranged many ankles in my time… the worst part is staying still and resting (which I’m horrible at)… but the resting is necessary. At least you have a fun day at work ahead πŸ™‚

  • Holly
    October 15, 2009 at 9:40 am

    hang in there miss jenna! there is always sunshine after the rain πŸ™‚

  • amber
    October 15, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Aw it’s still misty up there? You are in like a little pocket up there. It is sunny where I am at. Yesterday it was strangely hot as well, the weather is being weird. Maybe it will head over there soon. Hope today is a better day.

  • Brie (The Fit Bride)
    October 15, 2009 at 9:40 am

    It will be okay! Enjoy the rest. (I know it’s hard, though!)

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    October 15, 2009 at 9:47 am

    I sprained my ankle once in high school and I remember freaking out at the color too. Hope you get healed up soon and that work and everything goes okay tonight. Praying for you!! πŸ™‚

  • Jocelyn
    October 15, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Hey Jenna..My dad had the same thing happen to him in august and he is just starting to now get back out walking and such (long walks and excersise) I know that is not what you want to hear .. but my dad REALLY had to take it easy during september…its just the way it is and God intended for him to have a big of a rest πŸ˜‰ Be careful and don’t push yourself too hard!

  • MelissaNibbles
    October 15, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Take this time to listen to your body. It’s telling you to slow down and let it heal. Hope it stops raining soon πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie
    October 15, 2009 at 9:54 am

    You are an amazing person! So brave of you to move cross county and have endured so much in such little time, it’s a never ending story. And even though you encountered an injury that may keep you from completing your 1st 1/2 marathon…there will always be other halfs for you to compete in. Keep your head up, we’re all rooting for you!!

  • Fitzalan
    October 15, 2009 at 9:55 am

    That is so unfortunate! I was running a half marathon on August 9th. I was diagnosed with a foot fracture on August 1st. I had finished my last “long” run and was looking forward to a week of taper and then I got put in a boot. It was really tough to pull out. I still went to packet pick up and got all my goodies.
    You obviously didn’t fail and you are doing the healthy, right thing for your body. Mentally, it is horrible, I know! But just think, you at least got all the wonderful training and time to yourself. It in no way was wasted!

    Happiness Awaits

  • lena
    October 15, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Hey Jenna, over here, where i’m from when we get bruises like this, what we do is to boil a hard boiled egg, leaving it in its shell, we wrap it with a towel and roll in with slight, gentle pressure on the bruised area, few times a day and the bruise tends to subside better, gently tho and don’t eat the egg after! it’s tried and tested.. not sure about sprains but my dad walked into a glass and bruised his face badly, he used this method, it did work! Let me know if you ever try it and if it works! take care.
    Hope you get well soon!

  • brandi
    October 15, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I’m glad you got some good rest last night! Take it easy until work and just do what you can πŸ™‚

  • AppleSauce
    October 15, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Hi Jenna!
    Your delicious yummy oatmeal pics have inspired me! In your honor, today, I am having a bowl of steel cut oatmeal (also, wanted to mention, have you checked out the one serving steal cut oats in the frozen section of TJ’s??), with almond butter, banana and a kiss of honey! Thanks for the ideas, I and enjoy your blog, IMMENSELY!!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    October 15, 2009 at 10:05 am

    It will all be ok! Use your yoga and breathe, my dear!

    Have a good day!

  • Jenna
    October 15, 2009 at 10:13 am

    i am the same way jenna! i always wanna be on the go and have something to do!

  • beerab
    October 15, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I sprained my big toe really badly over a month ago- my toe is STILL blue- doctor said it’ll fade eventually *sigh*

    I’m sure your new place is lovely πŸ™‚ Glad you found one so fast!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    October 15, 2009 at 10:21 am

    feel better, girl!

  • miss tiffie
    October 15, 2009 at 10:24 am

    ouchies.. hope it gets better soon πŸ˜€ rest up girly~

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    October 15, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Ouch I am so sorry that you have the sprain πŸ™ But you are right, it could have been a lot worse. Hope that you feel better soon.
    Your kitchen is super cute! I actually like smaller kitchens better than large ones, because everything is close by and at hand.

  • Kristin P.
    October 15, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Oh Jenna. I know ALL ABOUT ankle sprains. And they happen at the most inopportune time!! In the middle of soccer season, training for a race, etc. All you can do is rest and ice. You really have to just be still for a while. I just had a pretty nasty one a few months ago (sprained three of the ligaments and prob tore one) and its almost like the universe was forcing me to slow down and relax.
    When your ankle gets a little better, try writing the alphabet out with your toes. After a while before my ankle was fully recovered I could do mat pilates. Which I don’t think is that great of a workout but so much better than nothing!

  • christie @ honoring health
    October 15, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Aw, hang in there {{{HUGS}}}

  • Megan
    October 15, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Black and Blue is good! If you have it wrapped tightly and then when you take it off there’s a lot bright colors around the area it means the fluids from around the bone and ligaments is moving outwards. Do you have it wrapped with a type of U shaped insert around the bone? That’s where a lot of the color should appear.

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    October 15, 2009 at 10:45 am

    If it’s black n blue, as gross as it is, that means its healing! See – there’s an upside!
    Just keep your head up and remember there’s nothing a little wine can’t solve!

  • Em
    October 15, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Like another poster, I also moved to Oregon several years ago, from very sunny Southern California. It was definitely easy to feel depressed when I didn’t see the sun for days on end, but I promise you it gets easier! You find things to love about the rain and gray, and it just starts feeling more like home. And then you get to reap the benefits of the most awesome, most moderate summers in the country. If you’re really having a hard time I highly recommend a UV Light box. I have several friends here in Portland who spend 10 minutes with their light boxes every morning in the winter time and it helps their mood immensely. See a doctor and ask about SAD (seasonal affective disorder) if you’re curious.

  • Chocolate Shoestrings
    October 15, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Hi Jenna; so sorry to hear about your foot! I know how upsetting it must be to train so hard and then …. this. I really hope it starts to feel better soon! If so, there is a great HM right there in Healdsburg that I’m running in; the wine country Healdsburg HM with a wine festival at the finish line…! And its on Halloween so you can even run in a costume… Maybe you could run that? Keeping my fingers crossed for you for a speedy recovery!

  • Heather
    October 15, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Hey Jenna I’m glad your icing but I wanted to let you know something. You should only ice for 15/20 minutes and off for another 15/20 minutes. If you do it longer then that it will have the same effect as heat (heat inflames tissue). That maybe why ” it’s highly uncomfortable” Just a little thing I learned from my office. Hope you start to feel better!!

  • Jamie in Arkansas
    October 15, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Let’s see your beautiful ankle…
    ice makes everything better – and rest!! πŸ™‚

  • BethT
    October 15, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Sounds painful. Rest up!

  • Linda
    October 15, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Sounds like you are on the mend. Take it easy, rest, and you’ll be back on your feet in no time.

  • Lisa
    October 15, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Take care of yourself and try not to be too bummed! Easier said than done, I know. CA rain— I’d trade for MN snow flurries in October! This too, shall pass.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    October 15, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Hope you cheer up soon!! Just think of all you have to be thankful for right now and focus on that :O). Everything happens for a reason – who knows what this may lead to!

  • W
    October 15, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I prayed for you yesterday! Resting IS a tough lesson to learn.

  • angieinatlanta
    October 15, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Maybe this injury is a blessing in disguise – God’s way of telling you to slow down perhaps?

  • Tay
    October 15, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    It’s been CRAZY weather here lately. But today it’s finally blue skies. I’m sure up north will clear up soon enough!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion
    October 15, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Your a trooper, Jenna! Hang it there. It sounds painful! I hope it gets better soon!!!!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    October 15, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Here on Monterey Coast we did not have power for TWO DAYS+…not in Carmel, Monterey or Pacific Grove except for scattered areas. The ONLY thing that worked was the heater. I made bad soup and weak tea on top of it. Getting ready in the dark without a blow-dryer is not pretty! On top of which my Dad died last Tues, and this after my brother died last year, and my accident that cost me over $700K and my career…and my shattered foot so the storm was like…ENOUGH ALREADY!!! I’ve decided to go Samurai. So just call me Samurai Suzy of Carmel…I’m going to get a Golden Retriever and name him EF for Evil Force and we are going to be a couple of Ninjas and sc*ew this!!! lol.

  • Carly
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  • Alex
    October 15, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Hope you get better!!! (Your oats look amazingly amazing, by the way:))

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    October 15, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Ouch…sorry your foot’s not doing much better. I had an ankle sprain playing volleyball, and it was pretty bad. I can still remember how devastated I was when I found out I had to sit out 2 games.

  • Meghan
    October 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Ugh black and blue can look so scary! Hopefully it will go away quickly! Rest up! πŸ™

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    October 15, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Awww. Sometimes learning to sit is just as good a lesson.

    I hear you needing to see the sun. This summer it rained almost everyday. I missed the sun so much and it made me sad. The sun will peak out again πŸ™‚

  • ellen eats beets
    October 15, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    haha I know that feeling with the California rain. Make sure you head to SF while you’re there, the mission and and all the tourist stuff. Its amazinggggggg

  • Brooke @ Brooke's Bites
    October 15, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    I hope your ankle heels is record time! I came across this article that may cheer you up about wine and twitter. It’s very interesting and could be great for work because who doesn’t love wine and twitter especially together!

  • Kasey @ Fit For Wellness
    October 15, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    I’ve broken my ankle before so I know what your going through… listening to your body and resting when your “to do” list is a mile long is tough… Hang in there Jenna!

  • Jil
    October 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Hang in there Jenna! Before you know it, this will be a thing of the past and be a part of the story “Remember when I first move to California and..?” Your breakfast looks really good. Yum, yum, yum. Keep your chin up! Prayin for you.

  • Amanda
    October 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Your poor foot! You will be alright, you are strong and capable!

  • Kristine
    October 15, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    i hope you foot has a speedy recovery!

  • Krissy - Single Serving
    October 15, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    So sorry to hear about your injury. πŸ™ Hugs to you. You’ve certainly have had a crazy couple of weeks. The weather here is lousy as well but it’s a cold, freezing rain. It went from fall to winter overnight.

  • Lizzy
    October 15, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    girl i hope your feeling a little bit better! things will look up i promise!

  • Jen(eatmovelove)
    October 15, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    PUFFINS!!!!!!! Just picked up cinnamon puffins and love them! Addicting in fact…

  • Heather
    October 15, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Aw, I can empathize. I moved from Nashville to the Seattle area last year, and the rain has been an adjustment. Northern California is also well-known for its rainy falls and winters, so finding a way to cope is essential. After a while, I was able to see the rainy days as cozy instead of dreary. It still gets to me, but refocusing my perspective has helped. Oh, and taking little jaunts down to sunny SoCal when you get the chance will probably help, too. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  • Jac
    October 15, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    i think black and blue means healing? cos normally my blue blacks gets darker as it heals.. but don’t take my word for it since urs is a sprain! get well soon!!
    Don’t take it too hard on yourself!

  • Julie @savvyeats
    October 15, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Aww, I hope your ankle feels better SOON!

  • Jolene (
    October 15, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Yikes – black and blue!! I am glad you got a lot of sleep πŸ™‚ Keep resting girl – your body needs you right now!

  • Lani
    October 15, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Hey there, I’m a recent reader to your blog and it seems like kismet as I recently did the same thing to my ankle. It’s driving me nuts not really being able to do anything and with a major comp and martial arts grading coming up soon too. eep! I hope your ankle heals fast and well, and that you can get back on your feet soon!

  • Lu
    October 15, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Rest your body. Everything will get back to normal soon enough. I hope you feel better.

  • Michelle-pure2raw
    October 15, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    I know resting is hard, but it will pay off. Hang in there girl!!

  • maria
    October 15, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I’m a get up and go kind of girl, too. Can’t sit still for too long. Try watching a movie with me… it’s painful. I’d rather be watching it while doing something else at the same time. Drives my husband NUTS. πŸ™‚ Be patient. Maybe God is trying to teach you something.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    October 15, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Just read your latest Health-com post. Sounds delicious and with marketing list. You are sooooo productive!! Blog, TrueSlant,, work, etc….amazing!

  • Ris
    October 15, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    So sorry about your ankle – I’ve had problems with mine for ages and it’s so frustrating… I know it’s hard to get used to rest and not doing as much but it really does work wonders!!

  • dawn
    October 15, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    I am a closet follower of your blog, go there three or four times a day for solace. Just remember how much peace and curiosity you evoke in others, ok? And also remember that they say moving, relationship breakup and changing jobs are the three greatest stresses of all. Look what you’ve done! Moved twice, lost two important bonds, and tried out for, and gotten, new job(s)!!! cut yourself slack and up the taking care of energy.
    I am sending some now. xoxood