Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Gorgeous Day!

My morning plans were altered slightly because we are having the most amazing weather ever! I decided to go on a run outside instead and I’m glad I did because it was gorgeous and really nice to run right along the bay downtown. For lunch, instead of the original plan of Quiznos, we picked up subs from Publix (for all you southerners)—aka our local grocery store. I had a veggie/cheese on a whole wheat wrap. Ryan had chicken tenders and cheddar cheese on white :). When we got home with our subs I had a pear to go with mine. It was loaded with veggies and had a couple slices of pepperjack cheese (my favorite!). Very tasty!

Here’s a quick preview of the afternoon to come: at 1:00 I’m meeting Kate, a blog reader that lives in Tampa and wants help setting up a dinner group based on the book “French Women Don’t Get Fat” here- any of you girls live in Tampa?! We are meeting at Starbucks and I have a gift certificate! yay! Then, Ryan and I might take a long walk later with my parent’s dog because it would be a crime to stay inside on a day like this. My mom is making my favorite dinner tonight for us all—shrimp scampi!!!!! Oh my gosh, its SO good!

See you all in a bit!





Oops, almost forgot! Before I went on my run this morning I had half of a peanut butter clif bar. 125 calories.

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  • Cocoa
    February 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Oh, how cute — Ryan and you have matching tops (Red!). Where did you find your top???

    By the way, I love your hair!

    Please keep up with the blog…you’re doing a great job! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Enjoy your SUNNY Saturday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • katie #2
    February 2, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    How cute – mouths full! I am very jealous that you are wearing shortsleeves! It’s frigid and snowy in the midwest!

    We were talking yesterday about how great Eat, Pray, Love was. Well, I just picked up another new memoir that looks similar in subject matter called “Trail of Crumbs.” The author seems to weave recipes into the narrative. It’s gotten really good reviews and looks fanstastic. Thought I’d share!

  • Laura
    February 2, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    I second that- I love your hair too! (and your top!). Those wraps do look good. Do you get a dressing or sauce on them? I usually stick to mustard but I admit it gets a bit boring after a while!

    Just a question to anyone- I am trying to ‘shift’ my calories to make more of my daily calories in the early part of the day (breakfast and lunch) because I currently eat the bulk of my calories after 4pm.

    If anyone has struggled with this change- how did you do it? Did you find that by increasing your breakfast calories you naturally ate less in the day or did you find you were eating more calories overall? Any tips are appreciated!


  • Katherine
    February 2, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Katie #2 you mentioned to mallory something called an it band, if I have always been unable to touch my toes (If figured a tight hamstring), do you think it could be an it band?

    Also, do any of you do rotator cuff exercises? I do light lifting and my trainer had me do a whole series of rotator cuff exercises which I felt to be unnecessary and time consuming. Any thoughts?

  • Ashley
    February 2, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Has anyone read in defense of food?Oh and I highly reccommend Elie Kreiger’ new cookbook The Food You Crave!

  • mel
    February 2, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    repost bc I don’t think you saw it!
    Hey Jenna!! I have a quick question- I was looking for sweet potato recipies and found one for soupโ€ฆhow many pretty large sweet potatoes equal 2.5 lbs.? I donโ€™t have a scale and have no idea how to measure these potatoes without one!! thanks jenna!! you are awesome!!
    P.s. everyone= lets keep this blog positiveโ€ฆI freakin hate negativity (esp. negative people!! ) have a great night everyone

  • Sara F
    February 2, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    This post is really for anyone who’s interested. There’s been a lot of talk about books and also several bloggers who are dealing with disordered eating. I myself have never had full on eating disorder, but I have definitely struggled with some very unhealthy thoughts and habits. Anyway, I would highly recomend the book Life Inside the Thin Cage by Constance Rhodes. Its a really great resource if you are struggling with a serious disorder or just destructive thought patterns. The author also has a website (www.findingbalance.com) that offers a lot of great advice, tips, info, etc. The whole premise of the book and the site is about achieving balance in your life, putting food in its place, and getting perspective of whats truly important. Thats probably not the best explanation, but if you’re looking for a different perspective than just “dieting”, I would highly reccomend you check it out.

  • Lisa
    February 2, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    I ran today at the gym and I did what you had suggested about running 3 min walking 1 min. I really liked it! I was able to run at least 3 miles that way! However, what do you do when you get side cramps? I got some today while running…I hate them! I really try to concentrate of my breathing and getting air to my lungs but it didn’t seem to help. What should I do when that happens? strecth? continue running? What can I do to prevent it from happening? I did ok today and tried to just keep running but I noticed myself starting to hunch over as I ran b/c standing up straight seemed to make it worse.

    Also…I know you’ve said you’ve never made hummus before but I think you said your mom makes it real yummy! I just made some and it just didn’t seem right. My tahini paste that I used seperated with the oil on top which I think is normal but didn’t know how to scoop it out. Was I supposed to stir it all back together or what? I would love to know how your mom makes it!

    I’m glad its such a nice day down there….we have a bunch of slush from all the snow we got this past week! Oh well….spring is just around the corner!!

  • Susan
    February 2, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Is there a particular type of dried lentil I should be buying?

  • katie #2
    February 2, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Katherine – The IT band (Iliotibial band) is the group of muscles/tendons that run along the outside of your thigh to your hipbone. Often there will be pain on the outside of your knee as well. That whole band of fibers can get tight and painful and if prolonged can cause a soft tissue injury (a tear??) Mine took a really long time to heal, but the gold standard stretch is the one I described. I now do it for preventative reasons regularly.

    Sorry I don’t know the answer to your other question…I am an IT band specialist!

  • linds
    February 2, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Jenna, I made your mushroom olive risotto last night and loved it. Thanks for posting recipes!!

  • katie #2
    February 2, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Susan – Red lentils cook quicker than regular (green/brownish), but to me the flavor doesn’t seem to me to be much different. I tend to use red for light grains like coucous or quiona and the standard lentils for earthier, heartier dishes with brown rice or kasha.

  • VTVegetarian
    February 2, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    I have a weird question that I am dying to know the answer to, so if anyone knows it please jot tit down really quick on a comment if you can!!!

    1. Are chocolate chips “vegan” and are luna bars “vegan”? I am confused because I see several vegan blogs with these two things in the diet and I could have sworn that both of them contain eggs/milk.

    Thanks! Oh, and I LOVE Publix ๐Ÿ™‚ yay for southerners ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Vegandancer
    February 2, 2008 at 9:27 pm


    Luna bars are vegan (as far as I am aware) as are Clif bars and most (but not all) of the products made by the company.

    All chocolate products must be examined closely. Technically, pure dark chocolate should be vegan. Cocoa in its various forms (cocoa butter etc) does not contain milk ingredients. However, many many chocolate chips or bars have ‘milk fat’ added to the recipe during the process. Dagoba, Ghiradelli, Endangered Species, Lindt and RocSport all make certain items that are vegan. You just need to check the label to make sure ๐Ÿ™‚

    hope that helps!

  • allie
    February 2, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    I think I am at my happy weight now, but now that I am here I am so scared of gaining weight. I keep track of my intake fairly loosely (I keep a food journal just so I know what’s going in, but I don’t count everysingle calorie) but I feel like I don’t listen to my body enough. I kind of tell it when it’s full and when it’s hungry. Don’t get me wrong I am eating at least enough as I am a healthy weight but I still kind of feel burdened by my need to write everything down. I eat quite healthfully and I try to excercise daily.. I’m scared that if I stop writing it down I’ll gradually start eating larger amounts every day and then the weight will come creeping back. I worked so hard to lose it that the thought of it sneaking back up on me is just really scary. I’m sorry for the rant but I’m just wondering, Jenna or anyone else who can relate, do you have any advice? Thanks in advance, I really appreciate it.

  • Marnie
    February 2, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Is the lunge work in yoga- muscle building or more muscle stretching? I would rather do yoga for leg work than weight machines, but am afraid if I switch, my muscles will atrophy. I don’t run, so I don’t build leg muscles through that.

    How long is a power yoga class?

  • VeggieGirl
    February 2, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    mmm, that pear is calling my name – perfect accompaniment to your wrap!!

    I’m quite envious of your gorgeous weather – it’s freezing and dark here!! Wish I was in Tampa – especially since you’re meeting up with fellow bloggers!! How fun!! :0D


    as Vegandancer said, there are certain brands that make chocolates specifically noted as “vegan” (another good brand is Sunspire) – try to look for a vegan (or even a kosher) label.

  • Ashley
    February 2, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Larabars are definitly vegan they say on their label and when you read the ingrediants list there is only fruits and nuts. Clifbars on the other hand, (I had some at home to look at) did not say they were vegan but then said that they did not use dairy in the engineering and the ingrediant list does not include dairy so they seem pretty vegan friendly! : ) hope this helps.

  • jenna
    February 2, 2008 at 10:12 pm




    Hmm..thats tough because it varies greatly. I would say 2 large sweet potatoes or three small ones. You can always weigh them at the grocery store for a general estimate though! Sounds good!


    It’s both muscle building and muscle stretching. Personally I think its all you need unless you are training for some muscle magazine!


    No sauce–I just have honey mustard on it! There are black olives, lettuce, jalepinos, banana peppers, green peppers, pickles and onions on that with 2 slices pepperjack cheese and a squirt of honey mustard. that’s what I always get when I order a sub!


    Cramps usually mean you are either going too fast OR you are dehydrated..drink more water during the day before you run and see if that helps. If you cramp up while running just slow down and take a walk break and pinch the other side of your waist (the side that doesnt hurt) while taking several slow, deep breaths. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jenna
    February 2, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Oh, and marnie—-MOST yoga classes are 90 minutes long

  • jenna
    February 2, 2008 at 10:21 pm


    Tahini paste is tricky. It separates like peanut butter so you really have to just stir, stir, stir until you get it all combined…then it will be normal again! it is messy, but worth it! I’ll post the hummus recipe tomorrow night ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jenna
    February 2, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Allie that’s really tough….That is exactly why I tell people that I don’t always think its the best idea to write every single thing down or count every calorie going in because it IS so hard to quit doing that! Keeping a food journal can be a healthy way to monitor your weight and diet but…sometimes it can restrict us or become an obsession (though no always!–depends on the case). I suggest that if you truly want to break free, put your journal in your closet and just have one day where you just EAT …dont write it down or measure…just eat what feels right and by now, your body should know that amount. See how it feels–it might feel weird at first and you might feel anxious or worried but just like breaking any habit you have to keep at it. And , really, one day of out of ordinary eating won’t make you gain a pound. Just eat and stop…evaluate your hunger and keep going if you feel still hungry. Include all your food groups and go from there!

  • VTVegetarian
    February 2, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    yay thanks for the input everyone!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marissa
    February 2, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    hey jenna!

    i’m trying to lose 10-12 lbs and i was if should base my daily calorie intake off of my net calories for the day (after exercising) or without those calories burned. thanks so much!!

  • Marissa V
    February 3, 2008 at 12:01 am

    This is another Marissa with a question about net calories. I’m training for a half marathon but I’m also trying to loose some weight and I’m having a hard time figuring out where my calorie intake should fall. Right now I’m trying to eat between 1200-1550 calories a day, eating on the higher end when I exercise that day. But when I have a day where I run 8-10 miles shouldn’t I be eating more than 1550 so that my net isn’t super low? This calorie range is recommended from an online food diary/diet site and it just seems way too low for the miles I add up so I wanted to get someone else’s opinion. Thanks!

  • Lisa
    February 3, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Thanks jenna! I look forward to trying the recipe!!
    Thank you so much for how much you put into this! I love reading your blog!

  • Katie H
    February 3, 2008 at 1:10 am


    I know how you feel! I also can’t touch my toes and have never been able to, even when I was a kid. Mine is definitely caused by tight hamstrings, but I have also heard that a tight lower back can be the cause. Either way, I suggest yoga or Pilates. I have been taking Pilates for 3 months and yoga for a few weeks, and I can already tell a big difference in the flexibility of my hamstrings. Hope this helps!

  • jenna
    February 3, 2008 at 1:20 am

    Marissa and Marissa V,

    As much as I want to help yall with net calories, I’m not as familiar with that and would recommend kath’s blog (katheats.com) for that. She could give you a much better answering about net and eating for net…I just don’t do that myself and don’t want to give advice when I’m not totally sure on the subject.

    Marissa V–

    I do know that even when you are aiming to lose weight, eating that low of calories is NOT good…especially when you are training. Your body needs much more than that that! I dont want to give you a set number but I think you need several hundred more calories than what you are getting right now if you only eat 1200 a day. Your body just cant function on that and its not healthy! I would aim more for the 1800 range. Running that much burns mega calories as is!

  • Sarah C
    February 3, 2008 at 2:08 am

    I’m so glad Publix had finally been mentioned!!! I always hear about Trader Joe’s and other places that I have no idea what they are! I gotta love good ole Publix, Where Shopping is a Pleasure!

  • Marissa V
    February 3, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks for your response Jenna. That’s kind of what I was thinking so I’ll look more into it and maybe get Kath’s opinion on it. Thanks again!