Hamster Alert

Well, $5,908.00 raised…100% of which goes to cancer research through the Livestrong Foundation!!!!!!! I’m just amazed and thankful to have been given this opportunity and, most of all, thankful for all of YOU who made it happen. I haven’t picked the winner yet but just wanted to touch base. Tonight I’m going to count all the people that donated (people that donated more than once will get obviously more than one tally) and then enter that number into a random number generator to get the winner. I’ll contact the winner this evening before 10pm EST and also announce it on the blog as part of my evening post.


Speaking of the bike, I just got back from my old house in Healdsburg and lugged it back here with me. I finally got everything out of the old house, did a total deep clean and brought the remaining odds and ends back here. I’m telling you…moving is exhausting. It doesn’t matter if you move 25 minutes away or 2,000 miles away. I’m beat!

I’ve been going since 9:00 this morning and my food has been random and eaten on the run. I also fit in 25 minutes on the elliptical machine somehow. Haven’t done the elliptical in like 20 years and… felt the same. I was a hamster on a wheel. In a good way. It was actually welcomed and refreshing after only cycling and running for cardio during the past three months. I actually liked being a hamster for a change!

Trying to drink TONS of water and also grabbed this beet, celery and carrot juice + a shot of wheatgrass at whole foods before meeting my writing pal for a quick meeting


It needed ginger. And ice. Lots of ice….and maybe apple? It wasn’t sweet enough. Goes to show I can do it better myself with my own juicer! Next time I’ll save $5.00.
I also ate turkey and hummus on a wheat english muffin….and later, an apple. I brought grapes and a cookie with me on my errands also but didn’t end up eating them.

And then just 30 minutes ago I made a big chocolate cherry spinach smoothie after lugging in the final load from my car.

I used 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen cherries, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 cup ice water, 1 tsp maca and about 2 cups packed baby spinach.
My appetite is off today….I think it’s all in my head though. I’m mentally telling myself I need to start hydrating and eating more to get ready for Sunday but there’s only so much I can do when I’m just not very hungry. It’s odd. My appetite, that is. Most days I’m starving my head off and then when I actually need to be eating, I’m not hungry at all. My body has a mind of its own. No pun intended.
It feels so good to sit down.
I just googled the word “hamster” to make sure I spelled it right. It’s just that kind of day.

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  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    May 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Your appetite sounds delish for being an “off” day. Moving is definitely a workout. I bet you’re glad you’re finished! : ) I’ve got to add frozen cherries to my freezer. Chocolate Cherry Bombs sounds uh-mazing.

  • Help Meghan Run
    May 20, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Glad to see that you’re all moved in! Maybe after the ride this weekend you can relax a little bit. 😉 And don’t forget to trust your body. Just keep eating and drinking when you can, and you’ll be prepared.

  • Christena
    May 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Ha! Isn’t it “hamster?”
    Fantastic fundraising effort! You should be proud.

  • Camille
    May 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I thought it was Hamster too…
    Regardless… don’t get one, terrible pets!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    May 20, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Is it not hamster? Okay, now I’m going to google it. 🙂

    SO awesome about raising that much money!!! That is really impressive, Jenna!!

  • Lisa
    May 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    CONGRATS! That’s so cool you were able to raise so much.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    May 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Argh we have to move house tomorrow and I am NOT Looking forward to it ?!

  • Ameena
    May 20, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Great job again with the money you raised for such a great cause.

    My appetite is weird like that too…it has a lot to do with being too busy to think about eating versus actually not being hungry. When I’m just sitting around? Thats when I think about eating!

  • Notes from the Fatty File
    May 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Great job with the fundraising! And I am totally going to try the chocolate cherry bomb. Sounds awesome. (And it’s hamster.)

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    May 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Congrats on raising all that money! Its such a great cause too!

    When I feel uneasy my appetite is always off a bit!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    May 20, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    the second you said you googled it to see if you spelled it right i automatically thought it looked weird…crazy right/!

  • Annie (Delicious Wellness)
    May 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Congrats on raising all of that money! What an awesome idea! 😀 What kind of chocolate protein powder do you use?

  • Mama Pea
    May 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Yeah, I’m certain it’s hamster. I was hoping you had hemp in your smoothie and were trying to make a joke. Oh yeah, only I make lame jokes like that.

  • Hamster
    May 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    It’s hamster…. not hampster 🙂

  • Sally
    May 20, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Oh well sometimes I can’t spell the silliest words sometimes! Whoa with that money, that is insanely awesome!

  • M
    May 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Google failed you … It’s hamster. :-p

  • eatmovelove
    May 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Hampster? Your right!
    I don’t know how you guys do the smoothies…never been my forte.
    Love english muffins though – what kind do you buy? Cinna raisin are good too…

  • colleen
    May 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Hey Jenna! Just wondering, I donated $60 (to buy 3 tickets) but I did it all at once, as one lump sum…is that bad?

  • theemptynutjar
    May 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    what a great contribution to an important area of research. those little things make a huge difference.

    i know about moving…i only moved 3 weeks ago…and i have to be out of here by mid-june….and i have no idea where to look for a new place cause it hinges on the job (that i havent found yet)…ah, yeh…not cool.

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    May 20, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Great job raising all that money!

  • Kayla
    May 20, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    yeah, sorry to tell you…it is definitely “hamster.” 🙂

  • Callie
    May 20, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I will be checking my email OBSESSIVELY tonight to find out if I won! My heart skipped a beat when I saw your post. I can’t wait to hear the winner! Congrats on raising so much money. That’s so awesome!

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    May 20, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Congrats on raising so much money to fight cancer! You’re inspiring me to kick up my own fundraising efforts for the Komen Race for the Cure 🙂

  • Mom
    May 20, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I will be there soon…!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    May 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Congrats on all of that money raised, so exciting! And for such a good cause!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    May 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    That is awesome! Great job on raising it! 🙂

  • Janelle
    May 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I just had a good time trying to figure out what the alternate spelling for “hamster” would be. Hambster? Hamstir? Hamstar? Funny when your mind convinces you something doesn’t look right, even when you know it is!

  • Laura
    May 20, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I am forever typing words into outlook with the automatic spell checker turned on because they just look wrong. It’s always the most simple ones too, glad I’m not alone. Congrats on the fundraising, that is a huge effort!

  • Melissa Cari
    May 20, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I’ve Googled more words than I’d like to admit over the years to make sure they’re spelled right! Better safe than sorry! And your hunger might be off from nerves. I remember the week before my half last year my hunger was nonexistent. (Admission – I just Google “nonexistent” 🙂 )

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    May 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    That’s soooo awesome that you raised nearly $6K!! Any and all of those juice drinks sound great right now. Did a 3 HR power walk around Carmel/Beach etc…am bushed and actually having a small glass of Chardonnay while trying to decide what to fix for dinner as all have had all day is some strawberries with vanilla yogurt. I need a Genie to pop out of the fridge with something delicious already prepared, piping hot, beautiful and on a pretty plate.

  • Erin
    May 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Wow, that’s amazing. A lot of money going to a great cause. 😀

  • Lori
    May 20, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Great job on raising that amount of money.
    Just wondering if you went to see the Amgen Tour since Lance was there? One of the stops this week was in Santa Rosa. Just thought since you were raising money for his charity you would go and see this event.
    Hope you are resting those legs for your big ride this weekend. Best of luck to you!

    • jenna
      May 20, 2010 at 5:09 pm

      I was planning on going two days ago with some friends but then it poured and was 45 degrees so we didn’t end up going. Awesome, though!

      • Lori
        May 21, 2010 at 8:59 am

        Bummer you didn’t get to see Lance because now he is out of the race. There were plenty people out in the rain supporting, I was impressed.

  • Ann
    May 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Jenna you seem to be turning into an expert mover – any tips for someone hoping to move cross country?

  • Julie @ Wearing Mascara
    May 20, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Congrats on the fundraising! That’s awesome!

  • Kath
    May 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Love that you Googled hamster!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    May 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Sometimes different is just better. Congrats on the total!

  • Stacey
    May 20, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    You will do great at the race. Best of luck. I really need to get some WW English muffins, yours look great.

  • Samantha @ Food Edu
    May 20, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    $6,000! That is awesome, good for you and it is going to a wonderful cause!

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    May 20, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Ahh that amount is amazing!! and that turkey and hummus english muffin sandwich looks awesome.

  • allison @ livingoneday
    May 21, 2010 at 8:02 am

    congrats on the money raised!! that is truly amazing. a liiiiiiiiittle sad i didn’t win! haha but it’s for such a great cause, so i dont (really) mind 🙂 good luck in the race!

  • runnerforever
    May 21, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Wow, what a fantastic fund raiser for a great cause! I am glad you are all moved in, now you can catch up on some rest. I know how exhausting moving is!

  • lori
    May 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    noticed you put something called maca in your smoothie today. What is it? I just tried to look it up online and all I got was info on ancient warriors using it for strength!?