Breakfast/ Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Hello, Long Weekend

Happy Thursday!

I am feeling a tad overwhelmed with everything I have to do before going to Chicago tomorrow! I packed my gym bag so I could go straight there after work today so save some time but I’m still feeling anxious. I LOVE traveling but there’s always that little bit of stress that comes along with it. Ya know?!

This morning I started my day with a bowl of 1 cup oikos, 1/2 cup cinnamon puffins, 1/4 cup pumpkin granola, 1 banana, 1 spoonful peanut butter and a big sprinkle of pom. seeds:


Mid-morning, I sliced up a huge honey crisp apple and ate it with an ounce of extra sharp cheddar. I was slicing and grating the cheddar to make cheddar wafers at work and I was like, “woah, this would be GREAT with my apple…and it’s snack time!”:


For lunch I had packed a slice of leftover quiche, along with a little baggie full of ripe melon chunks. It was soooooo delicious!!! I made a side salad at work and it was the perfect little meal.


I feel like I have snacked all day. And, it’s probably true because I got on the scale at the gym for the first time in a loooong time (I rarely weigh myself, I usually just go by how my jeans fit) and noticed I have gained about 5 lbs. Don’t take this the wrong way—-I am NOT freaked out. Repeat, I am NOT freaked out that I have gained a few pounds. I just think its funny because I didn’t gain any weight in culinary school and then when I get out and get a job, I do! Maybe I should not eat chocolate chips all day…..and lick the spoon…..and nibble on the bread…………hehe πŸ˜‰

Regardless, I ate a luna bar while I cleaned out the walk in freezer:


And then I went to the gym after work.

I tried to run on the treadmill for a few minutes to just warm up but as soon as I increased the speed, shooting pain ran down each leg and I almost collapsed…….HI JENNA, THIS IS GOD. PLEASE DON’T RUN. THANKS.

I did some supersets today to change up my workout a little bit. I did:

2 sets of lunges with 10 lb weights (2 sets on each leg—-15 reps) alternated with 2 sets of dumbbell curls with 10 lb weight—2 sets, 15 reps

2 sets of squats with 10 lb weights alternated with lying overhead triceps extensions with EZbar—15 reps each set

2 sets of shoulder press—12 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of lat raises—5 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of lat pulldown—50 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of overhead triceps raises with dumbbell—15 lbs, 15 reps

For dinner I made more roasted brussels sprouts (little evoo and sea salt–roasted for 20 minutes at 400), which I had with a Gardenburger Riblet and a dry baked sweet potato. All my favs πŸ™‚


And just now, for dessert, I had an organic mini waffle set with a smear of pb&j:


Today at work was sort of monotonous for blog purposes. I stood and punched out tiny cheddar wafers for 4 hours. I kid you not. But, it had to be done! I probably punched out over 500 of these darn things. Meh.


Adam was taking a day off and Chef asked me to do a special project for a function at the golf club tomorrow: new olive bread! Basically, I took our recipe for pizza dough, doubled the yeast and added 3 cups of olives finely finely minced in the Robocoup (food processor) until they were a paste-like consistency. It worked out very nicely despite being the stickiest dough I have ever worked with and being in the proof box for 2 hours. Chef was happy so I was happy πŸ™‚


Today was also Rotary. Once a week we house the Rotary luncheon, which is about 50 people. I plated 50 slices of apple oat tart (which I made yesterday) and garnished it with caramel sauce.


I ate too much streusel. Dang it.

I also did the normal stuff like baking more rolls, making another pumpkin pie and today I had to deep clean by myself. I stayed at work late to do it because I don’t want Adam to think I’m a slacker!

I’m off to finish up packing and take care of some last odds and ends. I hope you all have a wonderful evening and I will check back tomorrow morning before I leave for the airport!

PS—–In addition to the Bin 36 meet-up tomorrow night in Chi-town (!!!), Kath and I are also hosting a Sunday brunch at Panera Bread at 10 am. I think everyone that was interested in Bin 36 tomorrow night has been emailed the official e-vite already, but if there is someone out there that for some reason missed it, please email me and I will get you hooked up! πŸ™‚ If anyone is interested in the Sunday brunch at Panera and has NOT been emailed the e-vite, please email me TONIGHT and I will forward you the e-vite and info for that as well. I can’t wait to see some of you tomorrow!!!!!!!

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  • Matt
    November 6, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    have you thought about the weight being muscle? you seem to do a fair amount of strength training!

  • jenna
    November 6, 2008 at 6:17 pm


    True. But I also do a lot of chocolate chip snacking at work. Haha

  • ElissaM
    November 6, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Jenna!

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while and looove it so much! Also, I became un-vegetarian/vegan around the same time as you…and I have gained about 7 lbs…*yikes*. I was wondering if you think it was easier to maintain a certain weight before…I’m thinking about going back to veg/vegan to try to get back in shape?

    Thanks so much!! Have fun in Chicago!!!!

  • Julia
    November 6, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Chicago tomorrow!! I personally, am very excited to hear your reports from the windy city!
    I agree with Matt that you probably did gain a lot of muscle weight – I find that when I work out, I “gain weight,” but I figure it’s mostly muscle (I can see the difference) so I think to myself – “well, if I’m getting stronger, yay!” πŸ™‚ I think its extraordinary that you aren’t freaking out. That’s waaaaaaay admirable.
    I also find that whenever I get used to a different lifestyle (moving into dorms, moving out of dorms, moving into sorority house, starting work full time, starting/stopping working out) my weight fluctuates. I think it’s no big deal, and it’s better to listen to your body, and you do an AMAZING job at that! so hang in there
    PS – new olive bread? Drool…..

  • Becca A
    November 6, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Have fun in Chicago! I’m so jealous of everyone going!

  • VeggieGirl
    November 6, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    “I LOVE traveling but there’s always that little bit of stress that comes along with it. Ya know?!”

    I know that feeling alllll too well!! πŸ˜€


    Good luck packing, and have a safe trip tomorrow!!

  • Sarah
    November 6, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    I was sort of wondering the same thing Matt said. I remember that the last time you weighed yourself you had lost some weight and then were trying to put on a couple of pounds. So isn’t that just mission accomplished?

  • Erin
    November 6, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Ooh! I just bought those riblets because I’ve seen you rave about them before. πŸ™‚
    I’m glad you listened to God! That made me laugh. πŸ™‚

  • Amanda
    November 6, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Your yogurt breakfasts always look so amazingly delicious! I’m also jealous of your cantaloupe – I miss summer fruit.

    Have a good day!

  • Fancy
    November 6, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    I already replied to the Evite but I just wanted to tell you I am so excited to finally meet you on Sunday at Panera! Have a safe flight out here! πŸ™‚

  • Angie
    November 6, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Wishing you a safe flight in to Chicago. I look forward to meeting you tomorrow night. Hubby and I will be heading out once he gets home from work, hopefully we’ll be on time LOL We will also be at Panera on Sunday.

    That olive bread looks really good!

  • Jena
    November 6, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Jenna! Everything looks delicious! Just one question, I thought you were trying to put on weight? Are you not trying to put any muscle on anymore?

  • jenna
    November 6, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Jena and Sarah,

    No, I’m not trying to put on weight. A couple months ago I wanted to put on some muscle, which I did. I’m totally 100% FINE with my weight…I really don’t think a 5lbs here or there is going to make or break you! I just thought it was humorous because of my job and all….lol

  • Oh She Glows
    November 6, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    I too was thinking some of the weight could be from muscle? You have been doing tons of weight training, so I am sure you have gained a couple pounds in muscle. πŸ™‚

    I am glad that you aren’t freaking out over it! You are a beautiful woman and it is refreshing to see that you are setting such a good example for your readers.

    Have a GREAT trip!

  • Lindsey
    November 6, 2008 at 7:11 pm


    haha that made me laugh when I read it. God’s pretty persistent, isn’t he? πŸ™‚

    Just curious, but what are you going to Chicago for? (Wasn’t sure if it was for something culinary related, just for fun, etc.) Sounds exciting though, esp. the blogger meet up!

  • jenna
    November 6, 2008 at 7:12 pm


    Honestly (and this is just my point of view), one shouldn’t become vegan/veg for a diet….there’s gotta be something more than a diet involved for it to stick. If you want to lose your 7 lbs, I suggest watching your snack/processed and simple carbohydrate intake. Plan your meals and make sure they include complex carbs (like whole grains and fibrous vegetables), lean protein and healthy fats. Increase your exercise and water and walk whenever and wherever you can.

  • jenna
    November 6, 2008 at 7:13 pm


    I’m going to chicago with a faaaabulous group of 15 food bloggers to attend the Quaker Living Proof weekend. Basically, we are learning all about oatmeal and how eating it can reduce your risk of heart attack and help you live a healthy life! I’m psyched!

  • Shelby
    November 6, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Brussels!? Sweet Potato?!! Luna Bar?!! YUM!!

  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    November 6, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Ahh! Panera! I miss it – we don’t have one in NYC. Did you know Panera actually started in St. Louis (my hometown) and it was called St. Louis Bread Company? It still goes by that name in STL. We all call it Bread Co. Have FUN!

  • Runeatrepeat
    November 6, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    It sucks that running is giving you such a hard time. I am all about listening to your body. It’s good that you stop when your body tells you to, so you don’t end up in a worse situation.
    Have a great trip!

  • Michelle
    November 6, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Have a wonderful time on your trip! I can’t wait to hear about it!

  • seelivelee (for the love of peanut butter)
    November 6, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    its funny–kath posted about this today too. the blog world is THAT connected, hahah crazyyyy!! anyways..just kinda a funny observation, and i am really happy that you added that you are not stressed or upset. and i really respect the fact that you just ate a luna bar and honored your hunger after this-shows u got a high self esteem and respect for u and ur body. thats just awesome!!!! goodnight—have an awesome trip!!!!!

  • Madison (FollowMyWeigh)
    November 6, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    i’m so excited to meet you and kath tomorrow!!

  • Megan
    November 6, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Loving all the food. Have a safe trip and enjoy meeting up with the fellow bloggers! Can’t wait to hear the details!

  • Matt
    November 6, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    well… we can just pretend its muscle at least right? πŸ™‚ its nice to see a woman who is fine with a few pounds here or there. all the girls here at school freak out about that kind of stuff lol. anyways, have a fun and safe trip in chicago!

    p.s. if you wanna run, stick with it. no pain, no gain.

  • Meghann
    November 6, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Hey Jenna! I don’t think I have ever commented before, but I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now and I love your attitude toward food, working out, and just life in general! I’ve really been enjoying seeing the delicious things you make at your job. I want to try those pumpernickel rolls you make regularly- they look like soft pretzels in roll-form!

    Just wanted to let you know I asked Kath about the meet-up at Panera in Chicago on Sunday.. I’ll be in town just visiting and would really like to meet you! Hopefully it will work out in my plans that day, if so, see you soon!

  • Ellie
    November 6, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Just wanted to say I am soooooo excited to meet you, and Kath, and all the blog readers, tomorrow night in Chicago! Yay! I hope you have safe and stress free travels.

  • chirunner
    November 6, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Yay for tomorrow safe travels and don’t forget your umbrella!

  • emily
    November 6, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    apples with cheese is such a great snack. I def. thought your waffles were stuffed mushrooms though!

  • Caroline
    November 6, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    Mmmm those mini waffles with PB & J look delicious. What brand of waffles do you buy?

  • Lindsey
    November 7, 2008 at 5:40 am

    Wow the Quaker Living Proof weekend sounds fabulous!!! How in the world do you get hooked up with these kind of things?? You’re going to have a blast!! (esp. getting away from FL weather, I’m so excited for you and may be living a bit vicariously through you this weekend. πŸ˜‰ ).

    Oh and I kind of disagree with Matt’s comment up there. Sharp, shooting, immediate pain is totally different than the “no pain no gain” pain. It is so important to listen to your body and to know the difference between “mind over matter, I just gotta push through it pain” and pain that is really signaling you to something wrong. Just ask my sister…6 knee surgeries in the past 3 years and she’s only 19.

  • jenna
    November 7, 2008 at 7:08 am


    This is my first time buying these waffles…I usually buy Kashi Go Lean. I’m not sure of the exact brand these are but you would know them when you see them because they have a big picture of Sesame Street’s Elmo on the box. I guess they are for 4 year olds but I really like them too!


    Those are blueberries! haha!

  • runjess
    November 7, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Shooting pain!? My goodness! The treadmill actually hurts some people more than running outside because it alters your gait a little.
    I know you’re not concerned about the slight weight gain, but have you considered tracking your body fat instead since you lift weights so often?
    Those waffles look amazing.