Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Get Through It

Tired. That’s how I feel right now. We didn’t get out last night until 11:45 and who knows the time I finally fell asleep….then back up at 7:00 to go to the gym! Ryan told me this morning he is impressed I can keep up my work out schedule and everything and do these really really long days….but, really, my workouts are so not what they used to be. For instance, today I went to the gym and did 20 minutes of cardio and came home. I know its better than nothing, but it’s really not that hard-core at all. I guess being on my feet and running around all night though sort of counts for something! I just have to make it through this summer and then I’m done…feels like a long time but I’m sure the time will go by fast.

Last night in school we made Paris Brest, which are pate a choux “donuts” filled with praline pastry cream and chantilly cream and garnished with almonds and powered sugar. I’ll be making those again for my first practical tonight! They turn out so pretty though and just look like they belong in a pastry shop window in France. We also made pate a choux swans filled with chantilly cream as well. They are delicate!  I took a photo of my cheesecake after I unmolded it—unfortunately you can sort of see the streak of aluminum throughout and I had to throw it away. Sad, because it really came out nice minus the metal. Haha.




This morning I woke up, ate half a banana with pb, and, like I said, went to the gym to do some cardio. When I returned I ate a simple bowl of Optimum Power cereal with the other half of my banana and soy milk. For lunch today I packed all I have left in my kitchen: a tofurky sandwich with honey mustard and avocado (1/4th of an avocado), 2 peaches and some pb filled pretzels for snack later.




Just gotta get through this day!

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  • Romina
    May 23, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Your creations are beautiful!

  • hk
    May 23, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    you’re almost done! Your cake and pastries look so pretty! get through today, you can do it 🙂

  • Becca A
    May 23, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    They do look like they belong in a pastry shop window! The weekend is almost here for you, hang in there!

  • VeggieGirl
    May 23, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Oh my goodness gracious, the Paris Brest, swans, and cheesecake look PHENOMENAL!! Jenna, you’re doing exceptionally well in that class – I just wish that it didn’t make you feel so exhausted!! Hang in there until it’s over, and then SLEEP!! :0D

    Happy Friday!!

  • healthyceliac
    May 23, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Those desserts look absolutely delicious. You look like you’re doing an amazing job in that class. I wish I had talent like that!
    The long weekend is ALMOST here. Hang in there 🙂

  • Kelly L.
    May 23, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    I know you say that 20 minutes of cardio isn’t intense but it’s just enough to get your endorphins going, heart rate up, and get some cardiovascular benefits. Plus, you are on your feet a lot and live an active lifestyle. Honestly, I see no need to be super intense when you already live an active lifestyle. When I run or bike it’s only for about 20-25 minutes. I do this about 4 days a week. I try to take the stairs, park far away, and incorporate physical activity when I can which makes for a good balance I think.

  • linds
    May 23, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    I. Love. Cheesecake!!! That is too bad about having to throw it away 🙁 Your other pastry creations look gorgeous, as always!

  • Betsy
    May 23, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    i don’t even like cheesecake but that one is freaking amazing looking. too bad it has aluminum in it. 🙁

    hang in there jenna!!! you’re impressing me too with all that you do!

  • Mel H
    May 23, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    I usually always only do 20 mins of cardio! haha! I think you are amazing to keep up with your busy busy schedule! I know when I have way too much on my plate (like last semester) I get so tired and cry or become bitchy! hah! Keep up the great work girl!

  • becky
    May 23, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Those look gorgeous and bakery ready!

    I bet you are up and running on your feet a lot – you may want to wear a pedometer! Even though I work out a lot I just started doing this and it’s cool to see the numbers add up. I have to FORCE them to add up b/c I have a boring desk job but I’m sure you get 12000-15000 easy!

  • Dinah Soar
    May 23, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Yes! The running around you do at night counts for exercise. In the not so distant past people did not work out everyday…the mere daily effort of living was hard work. Most people don’t realize what hard work homemakers did either. Keeping a home—cooking, cleaning, laundering, child rearing, et al is physical labor.

    Also, when you eat a quarter of an avocado how do you keep the remainder from turning dark? I find that even if I use lemon juice on it, it still darkens. Any hints?

  • Cara
    May 23, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    good luck, even though you don’t need it!!

  • Kath
    May 23, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Mmmmmm I want to eat that cream in the pastry!!!

  • Evey
    May 23, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Look at the pretty swans! Oh, wow, all your desserts look splendid! You do a very good job and you’re almost to the finish line. Hang in there, Jenna, you CAN do it! 🙂

    At least it’s Friday and this will be a long and deserved weekend! Have a great day!

  • arielle
    May 23, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Those swans are amazing! So impressed.

  • Danielle
    May 23, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    You can do it and before your know it your weekend will be here!

    Btw… TAG YOU’RE IT!

  • Serena
    May 23, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Wow, those pastries look pretty. I work pretty long hours and have a long commute and sometimes I just want to pass out and sleep for a whole day to catch up. And now so many of my friends are having babies (including twins!) so they have crazy schedules plus babies so no sleep, and I wonder how they can do it if I feel so busy all the time. I think that busy lives just don’t ever end!

  • Crystal
    May 23, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Your blog is dangerous for pregnant women! Everything you make in class looks so good. It always makes me want to run out to the store and get some cake or whatever you’ve made.

  • sara84
    May 23, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    I have a silly question…. I noticed the sugar free gum I chew lists “hydrogenated soybean oil” as one of its ingredients….I was kind of disturbed by it…. could be the same hydrogenated soybean oil that contributes to trans fat? or is it a very insignificant amout?

  • jenny
    May 23, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    hey, this has nothing to do with food but i was wondering if you or anyone that is environmentally friendly can answer the following questions: (i have to conduct a survey/interview for school):

    what are some tips to going green?
    what are your effects/results after going green?(exp. bill, health, etc.)
    what do you use as garbage bags?
    what was your first step in going green?
    if i gave you an empty water bottle, what would you do with it?

  • Kelly T
    May 23, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Jenna, I almost never comment, but I just wanted to commend you on keeping up your healthy lifestyle while you’re in school, working AND blogging. We all know it’s not easy and just remember you have this great community of bloggers here to support you in everything you do. Good luck, and have a GREAT holiday weekend!

  • Amanda Grace
    May 23, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Hello! I just wanted to leave you a comment to tell you I really enjoy reading your blog. Your desserts look amazing! What works of art. 🙂

    Have a great day,

  • jenna
    May 23, 2008 at 9:26 pm


    Lemon juice works but I usually just keep the pit in the avocado and that way it won’t darken at all.

  • Bev
    May 24, 2008 at 1:11 am

    I’m impressed… cracks in cheesecake. They all look fabulous