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Here I Go…

This morning at the gym I decided to switch up my routine a little bit to challenge my body more rather than getting into the habit of doing the same ol’ thing. I looked to the fabulous Gina for inspiration and tried out her “burn out” method where you start with heavier weights and low reps and then decrease to lower weights at the end. It definitely felt more challenging to me and I could feel my muscles working! Here’s what I did:

few minutes on the stairmaster to warm up, level 10

Triceps pulldown—2 sets of 10 with 50 lbs, 1 set of 12 at 40 lbs

Lat raises—3 sets of 10 with 5 lbs

Barbell “14s”—3 sets of 14 with 20 lb barbell

Chest press with dumbbells—3 sets of 10 with 15 lbs

Overhead triceps extension—3 sets of 10 with 15 lbs

Pushups with stability ball—2 sets of 10

Seated row—2 sets of 10 with 60 lbs, 1 set of 12 with 50 lbs

When I got home, I had a snack of a protein shake made with 1 scoop chocolate designer whey protein and a cup of water with a petit apple from work! So cute!


I lounged about for awhile, made a grocery list for Sunday and caught up on some emails before getting ready for work and starting lunch. I had to eat early because I gotta get my butt to work!

For some reason I was really craving eggs, so I had an omelet made with 1 egg and 1 egg white with a light laughing cow in the middle and covered with texas pete. On the side, I had two perfect slices of Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin bread (LOVE it!) and a vanilla chobani with pom. seeds. After, I had a handful of grapes.



This will be my first 10 hour shift and I KNEW I needed to pack enough snacks to get me by or I would never make it! For later this afternoon, we have a banana with a spoonful of peanut butter:


And I’ll eat an early dinner around 5 because I won’t have time to eat once service starts and the dessert orders start rolling in! I packed this Kashi meal with a pear for dinner:


I’ve never tried this meal before and am so excited! I love ANYTHING involving coconut!

And, since after I eat, I’ll still have a solid 5 hours of work and running around, I am bringing the maple nut clif bar for energy!


Whew! I’m actually a little nervous! Adam posted pictures of all the fancy desserts so I can look at them when I assemble everything but I just hope everything goes smoothly. I still have so much work to do (such as baking 400 rolls, focaccias and 6 pies) before service begins tonight. I just have to make it through today and tomorrow then Sunday I have the day off!

I will be getting off work (hopefully!) around 10:00, or when the last dessert order is done and I clean my station. I will post a re-cap in the morning!

Have a great day!!!

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  • Tina
    November 14, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Good luck on your long day! 10 hours is long, but you’ll make it through! šŸ™‚

  • Mel
    November 14, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Kashi meals are so good for frozen, I haven’t tried that flavor though, I hope it’s good!
    Good luck on your first ten hour day, I’m sure you’ll rock it! šŸ˜€

  • Teddy
    November 14, 2008 at 11:12 am

    That’s a lot of baking. It sounds fun to me!


  • Grounded Fitness
    November 14, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Holy crap- those grapes are huge!

    Good luck tonight!

    Kelly Turner

  • VeggieGirl
    November 14, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Great routine!!

    Love the grapes & pb-banana “sandwich”!!


  • caroline
    November 14, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Awesome routine, I do the same method myself and I really feel the benefits! It’s also great for me, nursing a shoulder injury and building back my strength! Good luck tonight!

  • Cat
    November 14, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Good luck Jenna! 10 hours is long but you can definitely do it! Just save a little energy for tomorrow, too. And how exciting that Ryan is coming in a week! šŸ™‚ Have a great day!

  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    November 14, 2008 at 11:31 am

    That apple is adorable. Tiny things are so cute! Good luck at work!

  • Moran
    November 14, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Good luck at work today!

  • Sarah
    November 14, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Wow, your meals look amazing! I’m so excited for your big day, can’t wait to see all the pics, have fun!!!

  • K
    November 14, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Good luck today Jenna! You’ll be great!

  • blueberrybabe
    November 14, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    random question for Jenna or others who buy Rudi’s Honey Whole Wheat Bread…. does anyone else notice how quickly it gets moldy? should i keep it in the fridge or freezer?

  • Oh She Glows
    November 14, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    You will do GREAT today!!! šŸ˜€ Can’t wait to see the goodies you whip up!

    Thanks for the tip re: the ‘burn out’ method. I will have to try that!

  • Shelby
    November 14, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Good Luck today!!

    All of your food sounds delicious. I love ezekiel bread as well =)

  • Runeatrepeat
    November 14, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Blueberrybabe – I don’t have Rudi’s bread, but I do get their bagels. I keep them in the fridge and they last long enough.

    Jenna – Good luck with that 10 hr shift! Crazy!

  • Johanna B
    November 14, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    I hate to seem ignorant but what is Chobani? I’ve seen it twice today and I’ve never heard of it.

  • Jennifer
    November 14, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Wow what a week for you!! You sound in great spirits though!
    Cant wait to hear your review on that kashi meal, never tried!

  • Olive
    November 14, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    I love frozen dinners and Kashi is definitely the best! Those grapes look HUGE!

  • Sharon
    November 14, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Hahah, that is too cute how you sliced that banana.

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    November 14, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Good luck! You’ll do great!

  • mh
    November 14, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    yum! I love eggs and have been craving them so much lately! I’ve had them 4 times this week ! haha! is there a limit to how many eggs/egg whites you should have in a week? I don’t each much meat so it’s one of my main source of protein

  • Fitness Surfer
    November 14, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    OK, now your killing me. I keep trying to convince my self that I can get by with out a gym pass, but that just brought up so many great gym memories that I need to get back there. Timing, right now it works out better for me to work at home, but a new gym is being built in my small town and Iā€™m now going to check it out. Thanks for the reminder of what a good work out looks like.

  • Catherine
    November 14, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Ohh I’ve never tried that flavor of Kashi dinners, but it looks darn good! Good luck with the long shift!!

  • Julia (Santa Barbara Dreaming)
    November 14, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Good luck on your long shift Jenna! It looks like you have a lot of yummy snacks, so hang in there! I think the time will fly by faster than you think šŸ™‚
    Have a fun shift!!!

  • Fancy
    November 14, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Today I FINALLY tried Coconut Cream Pie Larabars and I think they have the ability to CHANGE my world….they are AMAZING! Thank you sooooo much, Jenna!

    CHICAGO READERS….where can I buy them?!?!? All of the places that I buy my Larabars do not sell that flavor…HELP!

    If you haven’t tried this flavor yet….RUN and buy one. Your world will be changed, too šŸ™‚

  • seelivelee (for the love of peanut butter)
    November 14, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    No stress-you can do ANYTHING! come on 400 rolls?!! you’re a pro!! heheh

  • Katie
    November 14, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Good luck tonight! It sounds like so much fun!!

  • HangryPants
    November 14, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Sounds fun, but I am sure it will be a crazy work night. Best of luck!


  • gina (fitnessista)
    November 15, 2008 at 8:31 am

    hey! i’m just now getting time to catch up on your blog! thanks for the shout out, friend šŸ˜€ so glad you liked the workout!
    good luck w your crazy schedule!!