Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness

Hair Pulling Cardio

Good morning!

Goodness….I PASSED OUT last night right after blogging and slept like a total baby. Must have been the glass of red wine, the pizza, the dessert….everything. I was soooo sleepy so pardon me if there were major grammatical errors in my previous post!

This morning I woke up around 5:00 (I know…sooo early) and had a pre-workout snack of a pear + 1/2 banana:


And then I hit the gym! I REALLY wanted to make Bikram this morning, but Ryan and I scored VIP tickets to the Outback Pro-Am Golf Tourny here in Tampa and we have to leave the house rather soon for that. Apparently there are always a bunch of celebrities there so I’m hoping to get a sighting or two! 😉

Anyways, in lue of no Bikram, I forced myself on the dreaded cardio machines at the gym. Gross…I know. I had a magazine and a new book though so it wasn’t SO bad…….but I only managed 15 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes on the stationary bike before I almost pulled my hair out with boredom. Then I came home and did Level 2 of The Shred minus the cardio circuits because I have determined that the final straw for my shins was all that Jillian-induced bouncing around that I was doing! Jumping jacks are NOT shin splint friendly!

For breakfast I was going try chia again, but honestly, I just really CRAVE oatmeal!!! I don’t think I could ever eat a raw breakfast because of it. I love just love me a huge warm bowl of oats topped with almond butter and banana SO much that I don’t think I could ever stray. Oats are just so incredibly reliable. You KNOW they will keep you full for a good four hours and they taste just so dang amazing every time. 🙂


Combo today consisted of:

  • 1/2 cup oats + 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1 banana
  • big scoop raw almond butter
  • tons of cinnamon + pinch of sea salt!

It was perfection! I really do like the egg white addition in my bowl because it seems to add more volume and fluff, not mention 6 more grams of protein. A bowl like this always helps me start my day on the right foot!

I’m off to shower and R and I are hitting the road for a golf-filled day! He told me there will be a bunch of free food there……..he always knows how to entice me! 😉

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  • VeggieGirl
    April 19, 2009 at 6:03 am

    HELL YES for oatmeal – the chia can wait 😉

    Have fun golfing!!

  • jsr
    April 19, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Hi Jenna- I am always interested in the books you choose. Do you have any good recommendations that are in paperback (my bookclub won’t choose a hardcover)? I am also going on vacay soon and could use a good book. Our most recent read was the People of the Book..which was excellent if you haven’t read it! Thanks so much!

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    April 19, 2009 at 6:55 am

    UGH! Cardio equipment IS so boring! I call the treadmill the “dreadmill”. Have fun at the golf tournament. I love the way the sounds carry at golf courses. It’s so echo-y and cool sounding. And… heck ya for free food!

  • K
    April 19, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Sounds like you two will have a great day!! Free food?! Yes please 😉

    PS. Your oven from yesterday – oh my gosh! I didn’t think that was possible!!

  • Elizabeth
    April 19, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Hi Jenna,

    If you’re looking to add in non-aggravating cardio to the 30DS workouts, you can do the punches in the squat position from workout 1. She does them with uppercuts as well in her other videos. In level 3, she adds light handweights JUST in case the punches get too easy.

    Just makin’ sure you get all you can out of your shredding! 😉

  • Anais
    April 19, 2009 at 7:18 am

    I am SO relieved to hear that I’m not the only one for whom doing jumping jacks hurts the shins! Doing the shred, I would always wince because of that, but I thought it was just me 🙂

    I have also been craving oats like crazy. Like honestly, I could eat oats with almond milk, banana and hazelnut butter for every meal! I have to force myself to eat something else, it’s weird!

    ps: that thai coconut looked so amazing! I’ve been meaning to try coconut milk/water but i’m afraid it will taste funny :S

  • Michelle
    April 19, 2009 at 7:26 am

    I totally know what you mean about ‘hair pulling’ cardio. I don’t know how people can run on a treadmill. I am bored after about 5 minutes and want to die. Also, I have noticed that the 30 day shred is a bit hard on the knees and shins..but man I feel so good once I’ve done it.

    I went on a bike ride today and thought of you. Thanks for inspiring me (That’s not meant to be creepy).

    Hope you have fun at your event.


  • Moran (The Running Addict)
    April 19, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Goodness I could not give up oatmeal for too long either!!
    Enjoy your day with ryan!

  • Jenny
    April 19, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Definitely hear ya about oats- they are just so versatile, and ALWAYS keep me full. Love it! Have a great Sunday!

  • Michelle Hisae
    April 19, 2009 at 7:37 am

    I totally agree – oatmeal does it best. I had toast with jam and fruit this morning, and it just didn’t fill me up! Same calories, way different result.

  • Shannon @ TheDailyBalance
    April 19, 2009 at 7:38 am

    yummy oats! have fun on your golf adventure! 🙂

  • Run Sarah
    April 19, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Have a great day! I find covering the time on the cardio machine makes it go by much faster!

  • Maggie
    April 19, 2009 at 8:19 am

    I have been a lurker for a while but I thought I would come out of my shell and comment.

    And HELL YES about the oatmeal. There is no better breakfast in this world!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    April 19, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Nothing like oats…agreed. 🙂
    Have fun with Ryan at the golf tournament today Jenna!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    April 19, 2009 at 8:39 am

    I just throw some chia seeds into my regular oatmeal…they add a nice flavor and crunch!

  • Lindsey
    April 19, 2009 at 8:40 am

    So true about oats! Whoever thought of boiling those things in water was genius! Have you tried sprouted oat groats? I keep hearing about them and I’m curious…have a lovely Sunday at golf!

  • Sharon
    April 19, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Have a blast!
    Totally love your morning eats!

  • Alison
    April 19, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Have a fun day! I’m looking forward to reading that book. I have it on hold at the library. Let us know what you think of it!

  • Help Meghan Run
    April 19, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Yum yum those oats look so good!

    Check out my blog as I run with Team in Training and raise money for blood cancers!
    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

  • Hallie
    April 19, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Free food…always a good thing 🙂 we never leave college, I think, when it comes to free food.

    I am so not a fan of gym cardio too. Magazines are my lifesaver when I have to tough it out, though. I live in a place with nearly perfect weather year-round, so I don’t understand why people don’t just exercise outdoors. I mean, in your case I understand…but really people (at my gym)…save some electricity and get outside!

  • life coach jen
    April 19, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Have fun at the tourney! I hope you get to take some pics of celebrities for us!

  • Taylor
    April 19, 2009 at 10:35 am

    YES, oats are my fav. I just LOVE how they keep you full for so long! 🙂

    The gym is really boring. I kind of upset I bought a membership cause I hardly ever make it up there. I’d much rather workout outside since it’s usually staying warm around here.

    Brunch of FREE FOOD? WOO. Sounds like my kind of place! 😀

  • Rachel
    April 19, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Agreed, oats are one of the most reliable food out there. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    April 19, 2009 at 10:51 am

    I am a fan of egg whites in my oatmeal as well….almost makes it custardy and even more filling! Custardy is a strange new word I invented that looks like a cross between “cuss” and “bastard.” I like it!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous
    April 19, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Amazing workout for a Sunday morning!
    I am going to start “Shredding” as soon as my order comes in from!!

    Btw, Jenna- have you read “Change of Heart” by Jodi Picoult? I am just about finished and it is amazing! I know you are a fan of her writing.

  • Shelby
    April 19, 2009 at 11:19 am

    You could always try chia as a snack during the day! I know what you mean about oatmeal, it’s really hard for me to go a day without it.

    Enjoy your day!!!

  • Brianna
    April 19, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    free food count me in to! I can’t go the gym either i get really bored even if i have a magazine and a good playlist, I last about 45 minutes then i’m outta there! Have fun today!

  • debra
    April 19, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Why don’t you mix the chia seeds into your oatmeal? I apologize if you’ve already tried this. I’ve been away so I haven’t caught up to the posts I’ve missed. I just mix chia seeds into my oatmeal. OR into a smoothy or make a drink of them. They help regulate blood sugar (among other things). I have a close friend who is an ultrarunner. Just did her 1st 100 miler (placed 3rd overall and 1st female and cut 19 minutes off the woman’s course record) and she loves chia seeds. Eats them all the time before her long runs and before racing. She definitely noticed a difference when she started using them.

  • Chloe
    April 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Oooh! I’m SO glad there is someone else in this world who eats their oatmeal with eggs! I love to mash up a hardboiled egg in mine with a little bit of salt. It keeps me full for much longer and is a great savory breakfast.
    This blog is great, I love to find new healthy eating and inspirational blogs like yours, and am now a loyal reader!

  • LittleMissVeghead
    April 19, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    LOVE raw almond butter!

  • Fitzalan
    April 20, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I couldn’t agree more about the oatmeal….I some days want to switch things up but I always get a bit apprehensive because I just know HOW reliable oats are!

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