Everything Seems Clearer Upside Down

Good evening!

Well you will be pleased to know I actually DID remember to take pictures of my food this afternoon! πŸ™‚ And look what the good fairy brought me!


YUM!!!! Thank you, Delia, for the maple syrup goodies! I can’t wait to try all this stuff…..if you have been reading my blog for any length of time you know my obsession for anything and everything maple syrup. I can’t get enough! This “Maple Blueberry Drizzle” looks spectacular!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

I also got a new book in the mail!

I will be reading this in my bed this evening πŸ™‚

I decided my body needed another rest day from exercise but I did stand on my head awhile for some mental clarity…

(Dexter loves to do yoga with me!)
And for a snack I had an Oikos with some One Lucky Duck raw granola crumbled on top. I love this stuff!


And then for dinner my dad and I just ran out and got Pei Wei together. I love Pei Wei…..so much. I think they have the best tofu in town–the texture is just awesome…even my dad likes it! I ordered my favorite, the spicy thai tofu with brown rice.

Yay brown rice! This was awesome and exactly what the doctor ordered. I’ve been having a crazy ethnic food craving lately that I can’t seem to kick! I ate about 85% of this meal.
Its weird how sluggish you feel when you take as short as a two day break from exercise. My legs were sort of itching today but I knew I needed some rest more than anything else. Tomorrow I shall rock out three miles and get back to life!

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  • Amanda Jones
    August 10, 2009 at 7:41 pm


    First of all, thank you for all that you do to inspire the rest of us. I recently started incorporating healthier options into my life and your blog motivates me to stick with it daily!

    In terms of the handstand I saw above, are you a self taught yoga practitioner? Or did you learn by taking a class. There aren’t very many options in Minot, ND and I was wondering if you thought a DVD was worth the money if I have little to now experience…

    • jenna
      August 10, 2009 at 7:53 pm


      No…I’m really not. I’ve been taking yoga classes for almost eight years now and that’s how I learned. For beginners, I would recommend going to a class first to make sure your posture and alignment are right (You don’t want to hurt yourself!) and then check out http://www.yogadownload.com for downloadable classes you can do anywhere!

  • Amanda Jones
    August 10, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    …sorry the grammatical errors are driving me bonkers! I meant to say “did you learn by taking a class?” and “little to NO experience”. Sorry, I guess my OCD is kicking it into high gear this evening…


  • VeggieGirl
    August 10, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Always impressed by your perfect headstands!!

  • Rachel
    August 10, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Yummers! I was just thinking how expensive real GOOD maple syrup is – something good to stock up on, that’s for sure. Hope to see some French toast soon enough!

  • Adi (oatonomy.com)
    August 10, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    How do you make standing on your head look easy?! If I tried that, I’d surely fall over and put a whole through the wall… I’ll leave it to the professionals. πŸ˜‰

  • Adi (oatonomy.com)
    August 10, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Apparently spelling isn’t a strength of mine either!!
    “Hole” I meant! πŸ™‚

  • Allie Katie
    August 10, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Spicy thai tofu is my fave at Pei Wei too!!!! Also, I am very impressed at your upside down relaxation. If I tried to do that I would be relaxing and clearing my head in the hospital, for sure. Have a great night!

  • BethT
    August 10, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I tried Bikram this weekend (first time) and LOVED IT! πŸ™‚

  • Leianna
    August 10, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Good rest day, love the upside down post:) I love Pei Wei, but they closed all the MN locations! So I will live viariously through this post, looks yummy and spicy!

  • Lizzy
    August 10, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    i dont think we have a Pei Wei here in Michigan. if we do i have no clue where one is. Your dinner looks amazing, and i’m sure it tastes just as good as you said it did! I hope you enjoy your book tonight!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    August 10, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I love it Jenna. And I agree, everything is clearer upside down πŸ™‚

    If you like Oikos with mix-ins..I would DEFINITELY suggest you trying Oikos with a crumbled peanut butter cookie larabar. You will NOT regret it πŸ™‚ So delish!

  • Jessica
    August 10, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Nice headstand! Wish i could do that. That book looks great, hope for a review!

  • Jesse
    August 10, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I feel the same way about taking two days in a row off…I am currently doing the same thing…and I am about to go and get a massage! But I always find that I feel really rejuvenated when I come back from two days off…I will literally be running along and think “Wow, I feel really good!” I really run better and stronger! Hope your run tommorow is invigorating! πŸ™‚

  • Maria
    August 10, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Wow, amazing headstand! Hopefully I’ll be able to do one…someday πŸ˜‰

    Mmm, I love tofu, veggies, and brown rice thai-style!

    I totally know what you mean by feeling sluggish when taking days off–kudos to you for listening to your body and taking them though!

  • Eve
    August 10, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I haven’t gotten that far in yoga yet πŸ™‚ But it does like fun, and I guess relaxing?! Yummy dinner!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    August 10, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Mmmm, your dinner looks yummy!

  • Kristina
    August 10, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I have to agree with Cait. That is my new favorite breakfast…Oikos with some kind of Larabar…my two faves being PB cookie and Cashew Cookie. I also sometimes mix in a tablespoon of PB2 depending on my mood. Added bonus it keeps me full for quite some time!!

  • Rebecca
    August 10, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Yeah I know what you mean about taking a break from exercise. I didn’t workout yesterday or this morning and then at 6:00, I couldn’t stand it and went rollerblading!

    I love maple syrup too!! The blueberry one sounds amazing since my obsession with blueberries is kind of like your obsession with maple syrup!

  • Lainie
    August 10, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    How long did it take you to master that headstand? I am totally impressed – your form is beautiful!!!

    • jenna
      August 10, 2009 at 8:29 pm


      Thank you!! It actually took me about a solid year of working on it. The real strength comes from your CORE, not your arms. I’m still working on mastering hand stand!

  • Diane, Fit to the Finish
    August 10, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    I was already totally impressed, and then I can to the handstand picture. Even with completing my own personal journey through weight loss there is no way in a million years I could do that!

  • lola
    August 10, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Nice head stand, and yummy yummy ethnic food πŸ™‚

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    August 10, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I hear ya girl! I’m on a 1 and a half week hiatus as of yet…still goin strong! Have a great night!!!

  • Brooke S
    August 10, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I have been reading your blog for a very long time (maybe two years?!) and I have never posted. I just wanted to say that you are awesome! Thanks for being so honest with us, I think it truly inspires your readers.

  • Andee (Runtolive)
    August 10, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Wow I want to be able to do a headstand someday! I’ve only been taking yoga the past 3 months, but have found doing inversions to help relieve a lot of muscle tension from my legs and gets rid of my headaches

  • Lori
    August 10, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    That chinese food looks so good!

    Who took your picture? Or could you get into pose fast enough with self timer ? πŸ˜€

  • brandi
    August 10, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    ooh, that book looks really good! and all that maple syrup goodness? yum.

    i hope you have a good night’s rest for your run tomorrow1

  • Cyndi
    August 10, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I am so impressed with your headstand – amazing!

  • Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum
    August 10, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    That maple syrup looks yummy πŸ™‚ It reminds me of the scene from Elf where Will Ferrell just pours it all over his spaghetti.

    Very amazed at your yoga pose! Heck, I don’t even know if I can do a cartwheel anymore hehe. You are amazing!

  • Megan (Runner's Kitchen)
    August 10, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    That maple syrup looks GOOD – I bet it would be perfect drizzled over vanilla ice cream.

  • Susan
    August 10, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    We must be on a similar running schedule, seems like we’re always doing our 3 milers on the same days!! πŸ™‚

    Maple is my absolute favourite sweetener. Of course, being Canadian, I can’t see the Vermont stuff living up to the syrup we have up here πŸ˜‰ Have fun experimenting with it!

  • kailey (pb swirl)
    August 10, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    you are a yoga queen jenna!! delicious stir fry πŸ™‚

  • kay (eating machine)
    August 10, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    dang girl, look at that balance!

  • Rebecca
    August 10, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    This is totally unrelated to your post, but how did you like The Time Traveler’s Wife? I just bought it for a trip this weekend!

  • JocelynEatsFresh
    August 10, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Yummo..maple syrup! We have amazing stuff here where I am from in good ol Ontario Canada….I would gladly send ya some sometime! Everything from candies, chocolate, maple syrup cake to 100s of different kind of PURE canadian m.s πŸ˜‰

    Your dinner looks amazing! mmm..and no worries about takin a break from workin out…yea it does make us feel sluggish. But it is also necessary! πŸ™‚ <3

  • Tracy
    August 10, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Woah – you’re on your head! That’s amazing. Glad you’re doing well!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    August 10, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    So impressed with the headstand! And the dinner…will try to recreate it. Am also getting back to my usual level of fitness so appreciate the inspiration.

    I’d like to know what camera you use for your shots….and how do we upload a profile photo. Thx!

  • katey
    August 10, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Wow! I wish I could stand on my head…. haha!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    August 10, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Very nice headstand! I know how difficult that pose is, so I’m impressed! I’ve been able to hold it occasionally, but I still have yet to perfect it. πŸ˜‰

    LOVE brown rice! Those veggies look fabulous on top!

  • Nicole
    August 10, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    That headstand is amazing!
    And there’s nothing wrong with taking rest days, it’s great that you’re listening to your body and giving it what it needs. I think that’s something we can call aspire to.

  • Whitney
    August 10, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Jenna that headstand is muy impressive!

  • Lauren (Runandrejoice)
    August 10, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Yummy ! That’s my favorite at Pei Wei, too! LOVE IT! Impressive headstand btw!

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    August 10, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I’ve never tried a head stand, only shoulder stand. Impressive!

  • emily - eatventures
    August 10, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    I love maple syrup, that box looks amazing! I totally hear you on the “itching to exercise” feeling. It is crazy how much your body can react in just a little bit of time without movement.

  • Kelly
    August 10, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Wow! Nice headstand! I haven’t been able to do that since I was a little kid!

  • Melissa G
    August 10, 2009 at 10:27 pm


    So like you, I looooove having my sweets/deserts after dinner; I am self-proclaimed chocoholic! I’ve been searching high and low for Lindt Fleur de Sel and tonight I found it!!! I am sitting here enjoying some of (if not THE) BEST chocolate I have ever had! You’re awesome for introducing me to my next biggest vice.

  • MarathonVal
    August 10, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    I always have ethnic food cravings too!!! ALL the time, pretty much. Thai, sushi, Indiana, Mexican, the works! I love trying new stuff too… I’ve been dying to try our new Ethiopian restaurant…

  • Becky@I Heart Running & Food
    August 10, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Wow, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do a headstand, that’s pretty impressive πŸ™‚ I know what ya mean about the ‘leg’s itchin’ but just listen to that body girl. Tomorrow when you do run it will feel amazing πŸ™‚

  • JB
    August 10, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    i love ethnic food too. that dinner looks so flavorful and saucy. and i see that jar says maple blueberry on it…sounds good already and i don’t even know what it is. a spread i’m guessing. YUM!

  • Still Life in South America
    August 10, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Good for you on mastering the headstand. I always chicken out at the end of yoga class and shrink into corpse pose hoping nobody notices. I should probably practice at home to gain some confidence.

    Your Clean Food book looks awesome. What did you think of the Time Traveller’s Wife? I know you were reading it at a hectic time.

  • Emily (A Nutritionist Eats)
    August 10, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Impressive headstand!!!!

  • Angela
    August 10, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    aww that maple syrup bottle is too cute.

  • WholeBodyLove
    August 10, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    I can’t wait to see what you think of the book!

  • Caroline
    August 10, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Mmm I love anything maple-y so that package of goodies sounds so appealing!
    Raw granola sounds fantastic!

  • Emma K.
    August 11, 2009 at 12:15 am

    I want to be able to do that yoga pose! So cool! I’m thoroughly impressed. I’ve been doing yoga on and off for a few years now, but never anything advanced, more for relaxation than anything else, but the upside down poses always look like the picture of strength to me.

    Been reading your blog now for a while and I really enjoy it! πŸ™‚

    -Emma K.

  • Juicy Jessy
    August 11, 2009 at 1:58 am

    wow can you really stand on your head for a while? when I do that for just a second I get real headaches!! cool πŸ™‚

  • Marissa
    August 11, 2009 at 2:53 am

    Yum! Their tofu is so good!!

  • Kim
    August 11, 2009 at 5:20 am

    I have been wanting that book! The author lives near me and I still can’t get my hands on a copy. Please let us know if you liked it.

  • Christie @ Quit Your Diet
    August 11, 2009 at 6:56 am

    I’d love to know your thoughts on that book. Looks like something I would really like!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    August 11, 2009 at 8:29 am

    I also love Pei Wei – such great, healthy options!

  • Sarah
    August 11, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Congrats on the headstand!! I wish I could do that Jenna.
    I saw on your last post you mentioned you were in a sorority. I am going to be a freshmen next year and was thinking about rushing. Did you enjoy your sorority experience in college?? Any pros, cons, advice you’d be so kind to share?

  • Becci L.
    August 11, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Yay for the maple syrup goodie fairy!!!

    (I wish I could stand on my head!)

  • Danielle
    August 11, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Perfect headstand!
    And your dinner looks fantastic!

  • Anne Marie@her new weigh
    August 11, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Pei Wei rocks my world! I visited one for the first time a few months ago, and now whenever I drive past, my car wants to pull in!

  • Krissy - Single Serving
    August 11, 2009 at 10:37 am

    That dinner looks fantastic – and I am not a tofu fan at all!

  • Denise (the apple hill adventurer)
    August 11, 2009 at 10:37 am

    oh my gosh. i havent had real maple syrup in ages, (on account of the price) but lord is it ever my favorite condiment haha.

    that package looks AMAZING! i wish i had one in the mail too haha, this may have inspired me to just go and indulge and buy some

    ps – you go girl for that head stand … everytime i try i get scared im going to flip over and break something haha

  • Morgan (Does This Blog Make My Butt Look Fast)
    August 11, 2009 at 11:05 am

    One Lucky Duck Grawnola is the best I’ve ever had! It’s so hard to NOT eat the entire bag in one sitting. If you ever come across a dehydrator, you should make some!

    Also, I’ve made some raw pizzas from eggplant, macadamia cheese and tomatoes and maybe spicy olives. Delicious!

  • Sarah Snacks
    August 11, 2009 at 11:43 am

    OMG I love Pei Wei!! Even though tofu totally makes me gag, that looks delish! lol

  • loreejo
    August 11, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    just want to thank you for the model of “listening to your body” as this is an EXTREMELY new concept for me!! your blog is inspirational and educational to help break the “diet” patterns I had in my head…..but didn’t really realize were there? it’s wonderful to see you take a rest day or two, then an additional 2 hours of sleep and not feel guilty for it!! of course, why should you? but I believe I do, and then spend time stressing over how to make it up, why am I “lazy” to begin with etc., when I really just needed the rest. thanks jenna.

  • Tay
    August 11, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Oooooh maple syrup sampler? So great!! Pei Wei sounds awesome, but unfortunately we have none up here πŸ™ A cheaper/faster PF Changs?! Yes please!!!

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    August 11, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    That book looks great! Right up my alley…

    I’m the same way when it comes to ethnic food… Thai and Indian are my downfalls… I get crazy cravings for them and the beast within must be fed!

  • RunToFinish
    August 11, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    oh can’t wait to hear about the book!

  • Jess
    August 11, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I was amused by your comment about Dexter. Any dog or cat in the house has always gotten right next to me when I stretch on the floor. It’s really entertaining for them for some reason.