Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch


Hi friends!

We’ve had pretty much the best Sunday ever so far, how bout you? It involved exercise, tons of food and shopping—what could be better??!

I slept in till 8 this morning and then quickly had a snack so I could get a great workout in before brunch with Meghann, Derek and Ryan! I had a piece of Ezekiel toast with a thick smear of TJ’s pb + preserves-


And then I hit the gym! Ryan met me up there after 25 minutes…he’s a bit of a slow poke in the morning’!

Here’s what I did:

  • 30 minutes speed walking on an incline (13% incline, 3.8 speed)—this KILLS!!!
  • 1 set of 10 walking push-ups…jillian style!
  • 2 sets of seated row, 50 lbs, 15 reps each set
  • 2 sets of chest press, 40 lbs, 15 reps each set
  • 2 sets of lat raises, 5 lbs, 15 reps each set
  • 3 sets of crunches on the stability ball, 25 reps per set

It was a great and super intense workout that left me feeling much better! I was feelin’ a bit slow after all that pizza and bbq last night. I LOVE eating out at restaurants. Like, love love love LOVE eating out, but I always am glad to get back to my normal routine after its all over. Dining out, to me, is one of most pleasurable things in life and something I will always treat myself to. Its very sad to me when I hear about girls that are literally “scared” to eat out because they can’t control the calories in their meal. You have to learn to LIVE a little bit, friends! Enjoy a great meal with wonderful company. Life is way too short not to!

When I got home from the gym I drank some Grass!


Berry flavored SuperFood in ice water. Mmmmmmm

And then we quickly hurried to shower and get ready to go meet Meghann and Derek at Jackson’s for brunch! Jackson’s is, in my opinion, the best spot for brunch in the ENTIRE WORLD. Yes, that is a very bold statement but it just is fabulous. Its definitely a treat for us but the last time we went was two years ago so we figured we were due. You can pretty much get anything you could ever desire in the Jackson’s buffet. Seriously! They have an omelet station, a carving station, a stir-fry station, waffles, eggs benedict, french toast, donuts, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sushi, veggies, fruit, rice…….anything!!! Plus, it is in a great location on the water looking out over downtown. Perfection in every sense.

Here we all are!


Ryan and I:


Meghann in awe of the buffet—


When you go to Jackson’s you KNOW you are going to eat a whole lot. In my mind, I was eating breakfast AND lunch so I didn’t feel bad in the slightest bit loading up my plates!

My first plate of of an egg white omelet covered in salsa (with onions, bell peppers and mushrooms–no cheese), fruit and a mini waffle with pure maple syrup & banana foster topping:


Second plate of another mini waffle (this time with strawberry topping), seaweed salad sushi rolls, smoked salmon, more fruit and cheese:


After (I couldn’t finish it all!):


And then, obviously, the dessert course!!! They had a whole “dessert bar” set up and I couldn’t help but try something….or two…


These brownies were tiny and I only ate one. At this point I was quite full!

Check out Ryan’s dessert plate!


We go big.



Needless to say, all four of us waddled home.


For exercise, Meghann and I decided shopping would be best. Obviously. So, we dragged the boys along to Anthropologie! Second time must be a charm because I DID end up getting stuff this time! No more garage sale money 🙁


And then, as if karma had struck, the laundry room door fell on me.


Don’t worry, I wasn’t seriously hurt but it did hit my head and I was a little stunned for a second! Crazy!

Now Ryan is getting ready to go lay out by the pool but its too hot for me to sit and bake so I’m going to stay inside and catch up on my emails. We are headed to his aunt and uncle’s house for dinner tonight to grill out mahi mahi and meet his sister’s new boyfriend! 😉

I hope everyone is having a great day! See you tonight!

Murphy-Goode Fact of the Day:

Since the early day of Murphy-Goode, when they solely focused on either Fume Blanc or Chardonnay, now they are best known for their distinctive reds like yummy Bordeaux blends.

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  • sirenjess
    June 28, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I bought that same pink top at Anthropologie like two weeks ago. It’s so cute. I love that store.

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health
    June 28, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    That dress is too cute! We have an Antropologie here but I have never been. I have to check it out!

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    June 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Here here! Socializing around meals is such a wonderful part of life, especially when the meal is brunch!

    I love that blue and yellow dress. And I’m glad the falling door didn’t do too much damage!

  • Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness)
    June 28, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    LOVE Anthro! 🙂 That buffet sounds amazing! Glad you weren’t hurt by the door. Yikes!

  • kailey
    June 28, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    i love your approach to eating out because its totally true 🙂 I love just sitting back and having someone else cook for me while I enjoy great company. Brunch looks great!

  • Mel
    June 28, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Your brunch looks amazing, it definitely is the best meal of the week.

    Cute finds at Anthro, it makes me wish there was one near here!

  • Coco Knudson
    June 28, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    I completely agree with you! Life is far too short to confine yourself and get all scared about eating out. Going out to nice dinners and brunches (oh man brunches are the best!) is one of my all time favorite things. Its the perfect way to spend time over great food with the people you love. Life is too short to limit yourself. Anthropologie is fantastic! Love the dresses you got. Hope you don’t get too big of a bump on your head!

  • Nicole
    June 28, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I looove that dress!!!! Do you happen to know the style name of it (the one on the left). I’m going to search the site now 😀

    • jenna
      June 28, 2009 at 3:06 pm


      Unfortunately no because the tag had been ripped off this dress and there was a homemade tag instead that just said the size and the cost–no style number. Its actually a nightgown though that I plan to wear on the town 🙂

  • keva
    June 28, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Ahhh, if I didn’t have the metabolism of a snail eating out would be more fun! I just can’t burn it off efficiently so it has to be a rare treat for me to stay at a healthy weight. Great shopping trip!

  • Maria
    June 28, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Those anthropologie dresses are so adorable. Love summer dresses (especially from anthro).

    The buffet looks marvelous. I don’t know how you limited yourself to 2 plates, haha who knows how many I would’ve gotten. Waffles, sushi, smoked salmon, mmmm.

  • april
    June 28, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Those dresses are adorable!

  • Adi (
    June 28, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Yikes — doors falling off isn’t exactly something you expect to happen – no wonder you were a little surprised!
    Looks like a fantastic brunch!! Mmm.

  • jennifer
    June 28, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    You should link the murphy-goode fact of the day to the voting page! We can navigate on the site once we get there 🙂 REALLY hope you get the job!

  • Katherine
    June 28, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Wow that brunch looks incredible! I love the yellow and gray dress you totally deserve it after all of your hard work baking!

  • K
    June 28, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    What a FUN Sunday!! Shopping and food are two of my favorite things as well 🙂 LOVE the dresses!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    June 28, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I have to admit I do get scared sometimes when it comes to eating out. Hungry Girl’s “Shockers” will do that to ya!!!

  • Christina
    June 28, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Those dresses are gorgeous. Can I ask where you got the white shirt that you are wearing in the pics? I’ve been looking for one like that but can never find one. Thanks 🙂

    • jenna
      June 28, 2009 at 4:06 pm


      Ryan bought me that top for christmas back in 2007 (?). Its from a tiny boutique here in Tampa!

  • Matt
    June 28, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Good looking brunch! I love all you can eat buffets!

  • Kelly Olexa
    June 28, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    You are so precious. Your hair is making me want to CHOP MINE too!! 😉
    Have a great day sweets. Thanks for making this blog so delightful and informative and helpful~ you were what started me moving in a much better direction with a realistic way of healthy eating. Thank you.

  • Sarah
    June 28, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Love love love that pink ruffly number!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 28, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    What a perfect way to spend Sunday morning. That restaurant looks fabulous and I LOVE your outfit! So summery. And the new buys are adorable too! You have such cute clothes! 🙂

    YIKES! Glad you’re ok and didn’t get hit by that door. Guess it was getting back at you for all the new clothes you’ll have to wash. 😉

  • Ada
    June 28, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    That brunch place looks amazing!!! Sushi and waffles at the same time? Sounds like a party to me 🙂

  • Christie @ Find My Weigh
    June 28, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    That brunch looks amazing!

    I am glad you are OK with that door falling on you!!

  • Jasmine (Sweet and Fit)
    June 28, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I love eating out as well – its just nice to be served an waited on =)

    love the dresses from anthro!

  • Tabby
    June 28, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I love the idea of mini waffles on a brunch buffet! I always want a little bit of a waffle but usually they just have those huge belgium waffles that are an entire meal in themselves! I think they should make everything miniaturized on buffets so you can truly try a little bit of everything and not overload yourself!

  • bibixs
    June 28, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    i love buffets! i love them cuz i can get a ton of salad, fruit and desserts, my 3 favorite things 🙂
    and i luv your dresses 🙂
    have a nice weekend!

  • rachelfadedapron
    June 28, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    those dresses are adorable—esp. the yellow one.

  • Meghan@traveleatlove
    June 28, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Love Anthropologie and eating out! I used to hate buffets but have learned I don’t have to take everything! Now I just indulge in what I love and leave the rest for everyone else. Yum! Went to a great fine wine flea market today here in Boston, so I love your Murphy Goode facts!

  • Susan
    June 28, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Cute new dresses!! It’s 7pm where I am and this post has me wanting breakfast foods – thanks! 😛

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    June 28, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Eating out is SUCH a pleasure, isn’t it? Especially with good friends and family. 😀

    So glad you had a fun weekend…and I LOVE that dress from anthropologie by the way! Cuteness!

  • Emily (Healthy Fit Mama)
    June 28, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    There’s nothing I love more than a great brunch buffet! That looks amazing.

  • Mara @ What's for Dinner?
    June 28, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Looks like a wonderful day!!!

  • Rebecca
    June 28, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I stumbled across your blog recently and have had so much fun reading through it. Glad to see you found some things at Anthro, I work at the Boston Anthropologie store and just recently bought the SAME pink ruffled top!! It’s adorable, you made a good choice.

  • Maya
    June 28, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Jacson’s looks amazing–breakfast foods+sushi+dessert sound great to me!

  • Organic Girl aka AshleyH
    June 28, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Love Anthropologie it is seriously the best store on earth!! Those dresses are really cute too I could totally see you in them!

  • Krissy - Single Serving
    June 28, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I would absolutely be one to have a door fall on my head!! That buffet looks amazing and those dresses are adorable. Sounds like you had a great day!

  • caroline
    June 28, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I am loving your new ‘do jenna, Its so cute! As are those itty bitty waffles.. MMM!

  • Marcia
    June 28, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Hmm…eating out. One of the great pleasures in life. But I think your attitude is a bit skewed by who you are and your experiences.

    You are young. And trim. And have always been so, relatively. Your perspective is different than 66% of the population who are overweight or obese, and the unknown percentage who have lost weight and kept it off. I am 39. I have given birth. I used to weigh 182 lbs, at 5’2.5″, in my late 20’s/early 30’s. When I first lost my weight (57 lbs), I had to completely eliminate eating out and alcohol. Why? They were my weak spots. If I’m going out to Mexican for lunch, then I’m ordering the enchilada plate with beans, rice, sour cream, and chips.

    After losing the weight, I was able to go out to eat, occasionally, and be very careful of what I ordered to control the calorie intake. As I got older, I decreased the frequency of eating out, then allowed myself to eat what I want. It’s okay to have that enchilada plate if you are only doing it once a month. Not so much if it’s once per week. Luckily having a toddler mostly cured me of the dining out phenomenon.

    Studies show that people who have been overweight react to food differently than people who never have been. Emotionally and physically. See “Refuse to Regain” by Dr. Barbara Berkeley, MD. Add to that the various body types and metabolisms, and you have people who have to be careful about food, and people who don’t.

    I work with guys who go out to eat daily, with no issues. I have a lot of Chinese friends who never struggle with their weight because they’ve always eaten healthfully – small amounts of meat, lots of veggies, and no sweets. My spouse goes out to eat weekly for lunch, and probably 1-2x a month with me. My grand total eating out on an average month is 1-2x. More if family is visiting, but on a recent parental visit, I basically had salad or soup for almost every meal out. I can’t NOT do that anymore. And wine? That’s weekends only now, and only one 4-oz glass.

    Trying to listen to your body and be careful and gentle to your body is a good thing. But as time goes on, it’s all too easy for the portion sizes to get a little bigger, the snacks to get a little more frequent, and the meals out to get a little more common. Which is why some of us are strict about not eating out so much.

    For the record, I have maintained a 52 lb weight loss for 7 years, for the most part (there was that pregnancy in there, and it took 2 years to lose the last 20 lbs). I have been a member of the National Weight Control Registry for 5 years. I am very passionate about the topic!

    (…but my 13th anniversary is this month, and we’re going to a NICE restaurant with a tasting menu – but I’m getting the 3-course, not the 5 course! – and I’ll enjoy every bite. But I’ll probably do a 5 mile run the morning before.)

  • BethT
    June 28, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I have to agree with Marcia. I mean no disrespect, but every time I read you saying “life is too short to not eat ___” I get where you’re coming from, but I also find it a little off-putting. I have had a constant, lifelong battle with my weight and for me, it CAN have an effect if I eat whatever I want with the “life is too short” mantra. Yes, life IS too short to ALWAYS eat healthy, but those of us with bona fide weight problems have to be constantly diligent. This has nothing to do with depriving ourselves, but rather on maintaining what comes naturally for some people, but a little harder to the rest of us.

  • mh
    June 28, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    yumm, Brunch looks so good!! I love eating out too a few times a month with my boy and my fam! everything tastes better when someone else makes it! haha! have a great night Jenna!

  • Meg
    June 28, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Cute dresses! Looks like you all had fun at brunch! So glad that laundry room door didn’t hurt you!

  • MarathonVal
    June 28, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    The brunch looks awesome, but despite your 3 plates of food, to me you still showed some self-restraint haha. If you take a look at my buffet pix from Vegas I probably ate twice as much at each meal! Yikes! Haha maybe that’s why you have the 6 pack abs and I don’t?

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    June 28, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    What a fun day!!!! SO glad you got to spend time with Meghann this weekend. She seems like a doll!

    And LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE those dresses. I’m slightly obsessed with Anthro…it’s bad!

    Have a great night!

  • Jessica
    June 28, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    haha aw I hope you are okay! Cute dresses! I can’t believe there was sushi there … I need a place to go to that serves sushi at a buffet!!!!

    June 28, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    I love anthro way too much, glad your ok from the door falling, ouch.

  • leslie
    June 28, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    love your dining philosophy. mine is very similar. i was one of those girls at one time, afraid of the lack of control, but i’ve come to realize that eating out on occasion is normal, fun, and most importantly, one of life’s pleasures. it should be savored!

  • Peabody
    June 28, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I just bought that night gown as well. My husband thought it was a dress at first. I love all of the Anne Pinkerton stuff that they carry. Good choice. 😉

  • Caroline
    June 29, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Fabulous brunch! Love the mini waffles.

  • Tay
    June 29, 2009 at 3:13 am

    Oh wow so glad the falling door didn’t hurt you more! Weird!!

    I’m drooling over Ryan’s dessert plate. That french toast looks to die for!! I love breakfast buffets 🙂 I go to town!

  • Casey @ Double Scooped
    June 29, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Oh my goodness! The laundry door fell on you?! I honestly (and unfortunately) can’t tell you how many times this has almost happened to me!! It comes out of its tracking all the time and I have to always remember to keep my hand on it just in case. Hope you’re okay! Brunch looked fantastic!

  • Nicole
    June 29, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Ha! I was looking in the dress section and I couldn’t find it, now I’m off to search the night wear. Found it! Hooray! I love that it’s cheaper than a lot of the other dresses, too 😀 Thank you!

  • RunToFinish
    June 29, 2009 at 9:39 am

    i disagree with all the you shouldn’t eat out statements.. you enjoy food, you are healthy, you make healthy choices.. you only live once

  • Sarah
    July 1, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I love those dresses — I don’t have an anthropologie near me but I’m thinking I may have to check some stuff out online 😉