Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Don’t Forget To Hydrate!


Thanks for all the sweet supportive comments on my last post. And, for the record (and like my mom said…thanks, mom), I AM a natural blonde even though I have dark eyebrows and no, I really wasn’t wearing makeup..not even lip gloss. A) Why would I lie about that? B) why does that matter? So weird.


I cleaned everything this morning, unpacked, repacked, organized my closet and now have a big bag of clothes to give to Goodwill. I ate a turkey, hummus and laughing cow sandwich for lunch with an apple and then left for my long bike!

The ride was HARD!!!!!!!! I was going to do 40 miles but only did 36…I ran out of water and should have planned ahead. It was really hot and the hills killed me! I’m feeling a tad dehydrated right now and know to plan better next time….yikes. During my ride I ate a total of 4 shot blox and when I came home I devoured a huge grapefruit then passed out on my bed for an hour. I think the heat actually got to me a little bit..not going to lie. And I thought I was from the South??! 😉
When I arose I ate this bar and took the world’s longest shower.

I LOVE these new Luna protein bars! I wish I could find them at other places rather than just Whole Foods, which is pretty out of my way. They are super filling and have 180 calories and 12 grams of protein in them…plus, they taste really yummy. This one really did taste like cookie dough.
I’m getting ready for a fun night with friends! There’s a possibility of Ethiopian food and it’s Rocky’s 22nd birthday. Good times ahead! Must hydrate!

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  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    April 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I really want to try those bars!!! I’ve heard bad and good things about them but I’m all over some cookie dough, yum!
    So crazy about the comments..

  • Whitney and Courtney
    April 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Oh I love those cookie dough protein bars too! I tryed my first one the other day. The kind of taste like those Tollhouse Cookie candy bars that came out a few years ago 🙂

  • foodandfarm
    April 9, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    have fun tonight! good biking is a killer calorie burner, i still say you should add a fashion page to the blog 🙂 anyone else agree?

  • Ellie Lawrence
    April 9, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    OH fun! Ethopian! That is what I had for my 20 birthday! AND Rocky and I are almost the same age, my 22nd is on Monday

  • Meg
    April 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    You look absolutely gorgeous no matter if you have makeup on or not, whether your hair is dark or light 😀 Have fun tonight, you deserve it after that killer bike ride!

  • steph-exercise physiologist and artist!
    April 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I agree.. why would you lie about that?? haha! that kind of stuff cracks me up!
    and in the words of a wise woman…. anyways!!
    I hope you have a wonderful time tonight!! enjoy your re-blonded hair!! 🙂

  • Ellie Lawrence
    April 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    oh and I think the reason they think you are wearing makeup is because your skin and eyes are glowing 🙂 could be the healthy diet and if you are like me, a little sun does a lot for my skin! Love summer skin adds color!

  • Meg
    April 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    p.s. about the negative commenters on your last post – wow, kids, jealously is certainly a wicked disease.

  • Evan Thomas
    April 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    The cookie dough is the best luna–love it! And all that sodium is actually good for recover, so yum:-)

  • Danielle (Coffee Run)
    April 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    People actually accused you of lying?? lol weirdddd

    Enjoy your Friday night! 🙂

  • M
    April 9, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Re: the comments about whether or not you’re wearing make-up in the first pic…I honestly feel like you brought the debate upon yourself by saying, “Excuse the morning-sans-any-makeup-at-all face.” Just like you said in this post, “B) why does that matter?” If it didn’t matter, why didn’t you even mention it?

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    April 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I am dying to try one of the Luna proteins!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    April 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I have an uneaten box of Luna protein bars upstairs — need to rip that open ASAP!

  • Sarah
    April 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    i like your hair blonde hair and brown hair! sorry about paris falling through:/ i hope you get to go sooner than later! in response to your last post about your “perfect life”…i don’t think your life is perfect but i do think you are living your life on your terms (or thats how it seems) and i think that is amazing and why so many people read your blog! you went through a lot last year and i think it took a lot of guts to move away from home but i think it so awesome you have made things happen for yourself! i hope cali works out for you:) and can’t wait to keep hearing about your adventures!

  • ida
    April 9, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I’ve never been able to really get into Ethiopian food. I bet your pics will make it look amazing though.
    you could try ordering the bars off amazon- they might even be cheaper that way.

  • eatmovelove
    April 9, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    M – it’s her blog – she can say what she wants…get the stick out of your arse…+ in this world – most women are criticized or whatever for not always being dolled up.
    anyways jenna – you are a blonde at your best – you need it for the pics in your book!!

  • theemptynutjar
    April 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    dont have those kind of bars here. another strike for where i live! nice sandwich. and blonde suits u…i always thought is was your natural color anyway!

  • Maggie @ Fit.Fun.Food
    April 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Why is Clif good at everything! If they needed a PR rep or an internal communications writer, or even someone to write ad copy! I would totally be on that! Have a great day, girl! And, you really do look great with or without makeup!

  • Kim
    April 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Hi! I don’t often comment, but I just had to say that people are bizarre and leaving snarky remarks about whether or not you are wearing make-up is entirely petty! You’re a gorgeous woman — that much is obvious. I think people get jealous, that’s all. I guess take it as a compliment. Ha.
    Also, you handle all of this with such grace. You put your life out there for so many of us to see. I think everyone needs to respect your privacy, and also know that you don’t share EVERY detail of your life on here (nor should you). It can be easy to romanticize the life we see on the blog because you and your pictures are so beautiful. But, anyone who’s human must realize that you have hard days just like anyone else, and you have disappointments and money worries and all that, like anyone. I have to hand it to you for continuing to write such a positive, inspiring blog, even when you get some oddball comments. I’m so sensitive, so you encourage me to not care so much what anyone thinks. It’s your life, your blog, etc. That’s my $.02.
    I hope you start to feel more at home in CA! I’m a CA girl, born and raised and I love it here 🙂 Have a good weekend!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    April 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    hey, 36 miles is a LOT better than 2 miles i walked today! AND you look great without make-up – lucky girl 🙂 hope you guys have a blast tonight!

  • melissa
    April 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    jenna love your response to the comments 🙂 I can’t believe you’re going to be riding 100 miles in a few weeks. I honestly can’t wait to continue hearing about the training and the race itself. Have a great time tonight!

  • Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    April 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Hydrate and rest, 36 miles is still astonishing. Wow nice job.

  • Kait
    April 9, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I don’t know why people care so much about the make-up situation, it is totally irrelevant. I hope you have a great night out with the friends!

  • Sarah for Real
    April 9, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I have that same Luna bar in my pantry! I’m super excited to try it out now!

    And I think people who left those snarky comments are just jealous of your natural beauty. I wish my skin looked that great with no makeup!

  • candi
    April 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Jenna, I really don’t understand the eyebrow hype – I’ve always thought yours were au natural! In fact, I’m totally jealous! I have flesh-colored eyebrows and lashes, no joke…they blend right in and even though they’re there I still look like whoopi goldberg!

    there’s one thing the earlier posters mentioned that I do agree with — when can we meet the boy?!

  • Katherine
    April 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    One glass of water after and no worries it’ll be better. Do you like the normal luna bars? I have a coupon for one but don’t know which flavor to get as a tester
    Thank you

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    April 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    That’s hilarious about your hair, eyebrows and lips…really people! I mean it just blows my mind what people seem to harp on. UGH!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    April 9, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I agree with a poster above–when exercise a lot and eat well look fantastic and as if wearing make-up without any. Exercise is truly the Fountain of Youth. Nothing is more attractive than vibrant fitness and health–and you have that.

    I’ve had periods when so incredibly fit that strangers in the street and in stores remark and ask ‘are you a dancer, do you teach dance/areobics.’ And then slacked off–as when my brother died–so I understand the difference.

    I think you are beyond FABULOUS Jenna. Am SO grateful I found your site. You truly saved me when my brother died, around the time your brother died, too. I’ll always be supremely grateful to you for your inspiration. You handled it with grace. love and a lot better, more positively than I did, so appreciate your courage and strength, because I know it’s like being rolled over by a tank in Tiananmen Square that no one can appreciate unless they have the supremely bad fortune to experience it.

    You pulled me forward by example. For that I will always be grateful. I can honestly say that nothing helped me more than your site. And I’ll always bless you and your darling parents for that. And Dexter, too! 🙂

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    April 9, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I thought those bar tasted “off”, maybe I had a bad one!

  • Mena Donovan
    April 9, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Try getting the bars at Nob Hill if you have one.

  • M
    April 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Yikes when I read through the zillions of comments in last post I realized we are a zany bunch of readers that must drive you batty sometimes!I for one apologize.
    We come back to this blog over and over because you shine and radiate something special in your WORDS.
    Forget all our silly comments and intrusions on your own life.
    You are beautiful inside and out and you care about the world around you.
    You have brought tears to our eyes through your sweet words and descriptions of your beloved brother John.Reading your posts throughout your shock and grief of the worst time of your life made us all reflect on life-how fleeting it can be and how we need to try and embrace the now more.
    You have done your brother proud-you have embraced change and followed the winds of the ocean.You have taken risks and yet provided us with the sweetest of comfort foods at the same time.
    For some reason your blog rings so true to me, especially when you write from the heart.
    You may be a beautiful blonde living in California,but as we all know looks are only one small part of a very wise, intelligent and PRIVATE woman.We only know a little bit of your personality and soul(although we presume we know more!)

    I hope you will surf some waves in California this summer for you and your brother,maybe write some poetry and just sip some iced tea in the shade and experience a bit of summer bliss and peace.Namaste and thank you for your being real AND a darned good writer 🙂

    PS Your mother seems like an AMAZING woman 🙂

  • Alexandra
    April 9, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Gosh Jenna you are such a strong person. I don’t think I could put up with all the unwarranted feedback you get on your blog sometimes. I would be an emotional wreck. It’s great your mom is so supportive! Your so amazing for following your dreams.

  • Ava
    April 9, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    M——–M you critisize Jenna about the make-up thing and then you complement and thank her. You’re strange(kind of eeery) !
    Jenna, love the hair! Some people are just jealous and they just want to stir things up for no reason.

  • Jenna
    April 9, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Have a great night!!

  • Jacquie
    April 9, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Congratulations on the fabulous bike ride! 🙂

    Also, have a blast tonight! You can’t go wrong celebrating with great friends!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    April 9, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I wouldn’t even give silly, clearly jealously-driven comments the time of day. Let the anonymous bullies sulk in their envy coated shells.

    GREAT job on the bike ride! Considering this was your first long ride in over a week, I think you did exceptionally well! I’m eager to try those new Luna bars. I love Lara Bars due to their short ingredient lists, but they don’t offer much in the protein department.

    I hope you get to experience the joy that is Ethiopian food tonight! Love that stuff. It’s finger lickin’ good…literally!

  • Gina G
    April 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    talk about jealously? jeeze, your beautiful jenna inside and out and dont ever forget it!

    p.s. do you have Kroger in California? because i live in michigan and they sell them there! =)

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    April 9, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I found one of those bars at Christmas Tree shops.

  • gigi
    April 9, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Sorry but you have to know that passive-aggressive comments get a response. You are a smart woman!

  • Noa@LiveLifeEatRight
    April 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I’ve been dying for some ethopian!!! Enjoy your dinner and REST UP!

  • maggie
    April 9, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    you are a natural beauty and don’t let the haters get to you! and you are a rockstar for completing 36 miles!
    did they have to bleach your hair to lighten it up?? i am wanting to go back to blonde and my hair stylist doesnt want to do it b/c covering color with color or something like that is a “no no”! just curious of what you did b/c you go pretty blonde after one treatment! jealous!!

  • Amanda
    April 9, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I bet that shower felt great : ) You worked out really hard, no wonder the heat sucked the life out of you!

  • Lena
    April 9, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I really like you in blonde hair too! think it’s so natural on you and brings out your lively active personality! :))) btw, i really enjoy reading your blog and your adventures.. 🙂

  • Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit
    April 9, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Oh my goodness, I’ve never seen Luna Protein! That does sound FABULOUS!

    Congrats on the bike ride, you did more than the average person today, remember that ^_^

  • Picnics and Peonies
    April 9, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Haha, oh my gosh, some people are nuts. I seriously don’t know how you haven’t disabled the comments on your blog yet!!!! PS You’re gorgeous 🙂

  • Julie
    April 9, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Why not instead of being annoyed that people would assume you’re lying about the no-makeup thing, take it as a compliment? They just can’t believe how pretty you look naturally.

  • Donna Porter
    April 9, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Okay, I’m totally jealous and want to shop at your goodwill. lol You are always so cute and I adore your clothes. Me..I live in jeans and tshirts..total mom clothes! LOL And Luna protein bars. OMG..where are those things hiding??

  • Marina
    April 9, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I think you look amazing, blond or brunnete, you are beautiful!
    Wow, good job on such a long ride! I envy you really, my knees are acting weird lately after biking 🙁

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    April 10, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Closet cleaning and organizing is my favorite – it feels so good! Rocky’s only turning 22? …I didn’t realize he was so young ; )

  • Diana
    April 10, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Were people really saying you lied about being a blonde? People are bizarre… Why would someone even CARE if you’re a natural blonde? lol Oh internet. You amaze me, even after all these years.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    April 10, 2010 at 12:14 am

    I heard that from every 1.5% you’re dehydrated, performance declines by like, 10% or something ridiculous…fluid is so important!
    Have a good day 🙂

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini
    April 10, 2010 at 3:18 am

    One of the things I love most about life is how quickly it changes. You can have plans to do one thing and then suddenly you’re doing another.

    As I have a little bit of an obsession with Cali and can nip over to Paris any time from the UK, I’m more excited to read about your Cali adventures tbh!!

    As to the comments about not wearing make up/natural blonde – why on earth…..? Sigh. It’s a great and very natural photo of you. Plus you look very happy! 🙂

    Have a great weekend.

  • Judy (cookbook maven)
    April 10, 2010 at 4:38 am

    I wasn’t that impressed with the cookie dough flavor — gave that to my husband — but love the chocolate & PB flavor. But then that’s my favorite combination!

  • M
    April 10, 2010 at 5:01 am

    #33 Ava,
    I was not one who ever mentioned ANYTHING about Jenna’s makeup ever,so i don’t know why you find me eerie.
    I was apologizing on behalf of any of us that ever asked too much about her private life ,made any comments etc.
    It is a bit eerie your comment but perhaps you had me mistaken for another commenter,or perhaps my comment here wasn’t clear in what I meant.
    But the good thing is you gave me a clear idea how it feels to get a slightly insulting comment my way…I can’t even imagine how Jenna deals with the gazillions. I admire her and I have never said anything negative about Jenna,ever.
    I am a big fan of Jenna’s writing and just wanted to mention that I really shouldn’t be asking about her significant other upon reflection,not my business!

  • M
    April 10, 2010 at 5:05 am

    PS Once again to #33 Ava
    Upon rereading my first note above,I realize I was probably too personal in mentioning her family.Perhaps you found it eerie since I did that? If Jenna prefers not to have that ,I will stop doing so immediately.
    So in an “eerie” kinda way #33 Ava,thanks for pointing out something that wasn’t actually your point! 🙂
    Namaste all!

  • Anna (twelve22)
    April 10, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Glad to see you like those Luna Protein bars, too! It seems like a lot of people have been giving them a ‘meh’ rating, but I think they’re amazing.

  • Pam (IIN Health Coach)
    April 10, 2010 at 7:10 am

    My mom is a natural blond with dark eye brows and blue eyes. She’s from Iceland. It’s a striking contrast and you are lucky to be made that way 🙂
    You are a natural beauty, we won’t hate you for that. Keep on being you – no apologies necessary.

  • Tara
    April 10, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Hey Jenna!
    My hair is the same way as yours. I was super super blonde when I was younger with blue eyes but as I got older my hair darkened (along with my eyebrows), so I highlight my hair to lighten it. I loved your brunette hair (and seriously thought about trying a darker color for once) but truth be told, I like blonde the best! Have a great time tonight!

  • Cole
    April 10, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I can’t believe anyone would ask about your eyebrows…so bizarre. But it sounds like you’ve made some good decisions!

  • Meghan@traveleatlove
    April 10, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Your last post was really great! We are pondering a move to CA (Healdsburg, maybe!) for a year to give it a try. Its so nice to see your fabulous journey, both the ups and downs, and to think about a possible adventure of our own!

  • Betsy
    April 10, 2010 at 8:43 am

    LOL to the negative comments. Your skin probably looks so awesome because of the healthy, real foods you eat!!

  • Hilary
    April 10, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Never had Ethiopian food. Sounds interesting.
    Oh, and I love the hair!

  • Nicole
    April 10, 2010 at 9:25 am

    All of these fighting comments are so petty! (I am embarrassed to be writing one of my own even commenting on it). No one knows Jenna to know that she is a good person and no one knows her to criticize her either. We are all just imagining things based on the illusion of a blog.

  • Cyndi
    April 10, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Stop. Just stop.

  • Dani
    April 12, 2010 at 5:10 am

    Jenna – everyone can say what they want, you ARE incredibly pretty, and the lighter hair totally suits you!

    As for the Luna protein bars, if you have an REI near you (http://www.rei.com/map/store), check there! That’s the ONLY place I can find them near me 🙂

  • Jean
    April 12, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Catching up on a week’s worth of reading – the pics of the blonde hair threw me off! Going back to read how & when… You are a beautiful girl, blonde or brunette, makeup or no.
    Can you order the Luna bars on-line, like at Amazon? Might even be a little cheaper, even w/shipping. Just an idea…

  • Lauren @ Lauren Loses It
    April 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I love the Luna Protein bars, too! I bought a box of the Chocolate Peanut Butter bars at Target. Best bars I’ve tasted in a long time!