Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Its All Mental

Wow guys, I’m thrilled at the amazing response so far to the bike raffle!!! Already we’ve raised over a thousand dollars for cancer research this morning…..and we’re still goin’ strong! My hope is that by Thursday when I end the auction, we will have hit the $5,000 mark. How awesome would that be?

Remember to donate here. I get an email anytime someone donates and I’m keeping track of you. You can enter as many times as you like….it only increases your chances of winning!

I’m not going to lie, I’m getting incredibly nervous for Sunday…. Especially now that I heard that the metric is actually 67 miles..not 60. I don’t know why those seven miles are seriously freaking me out right now. The mind is a powerful thing, no?

I’m trying to eat as cleanly as possible and take extra good care of myself this week. LOTS of water, sleep and nutritionally dense food, such as this oatmeal pancake I had for breakfast!

I haven’t made an oatmeal pancake in 500 years. I don’t know why. Clearly they rock and I will be eating a lot more of them. All I did was combine 1/2 cup oats with 1/2 cup liquid egg whites, a pinch of salt, 1 tsp baking powder and a splash of vanilla in the fridge overnight. This morning, I added half a mashed banana to the batter and then cooked until golden on both sides. Topped her with some peanut butter and the other half of my mashed naner. Boom!

I got my butt to power yoga and sweat everything out. I don’t know why but class this morning was probably the most intense yoga class I’ve taken in years. I thought it was just me (as I huffed, puffed and sweated in the back of the room), but after class Anna was like I don’t know what was goin’ on in there this morning, but y’all had some serious STUFF that needed to be dropped.
At one point of the class I felt like I wanted to cry. Not because it was terribly hard but it was just really emotional. You know, yoga can be like that. I swear I’m not just crazy. Anna said she felt like crying too. It was just that kind of class. Lots of chatarungas and core work. I burn.
Lunch was fishy.

I’ve never bought smoked salmon before but decided to give it a try for a little somethin’ somethin’ different. I had it on top of a toasted whole wheat english muffin with goat cheese and it blew my mind!
So good.
So expensive.
I loved it but won’t be buying it again for awhile. I’m on more of a canned salmon type of budget right now, unfortunately. This was a great treat though and super clean and healthy.
I’m off to drink my body weight in water now. Goodbye.

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  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    May 17, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    So awesome you’re raising so much money with the raffle for such a great cause! Canned salmon is such a pantry staple must. I like to mix mine with asparagus pasta and a low-fat alfredo sauce (2% milk with a pat of butter and parmesan cheese) – good and good for you 😉

  • Michelle @ NewLeafEats
    May 17, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Oooh! Smoked salmon! That’s actually on my shopping list, but the pressed/sliced-real-thin versions are too expensive for me right now. I’ll be purchasing the Chicken of the Sea smoked salmon packet later today. At least it’s a step up from canned salmon, right? 😉

  • Crunchy Granola Gal
    May 17, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    isn’t it funny how some days as a class everyone has more STUFF to deal with? it’s almost as if you’ve entered the class in the same mindset and space as everyone else, but only by chance. or is it?

    PS smoked salmon with goat cheese? i’ve been trained by my jewish relatives that this only goes with cream cheese, but goat seems like an interesting alternative. hmmm.

  • Megan
    May 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    You’ll be fine this Sunday. I’ve done a few metric century rides and if you tell yourself it’s only 60 miles the other seven won’t even matter.

  • Angharad
    May 17, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Yay to raising a butt ton of money for your charity of choice!
    Um I cried in yoga last week! There is something so powerful about it very occasionally that all my tension literally bursts out of me. I heart yoga.
    That pancake looks damn good too.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    May 17, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Ohh smoked salmon…before I went vegan that was one of my favourite foods! So full of good fats and amazinng taste 🙂

  • Clare
    May 17, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Mmmm…Love smoked salmon. It’s also really yummy with Laughing Cow cheese…

  • BethT
    May 17, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I love real salmon but hate smoked. It’s so oily and fishy to me!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    May 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Oatmeal pancake looks delicious! I love having something stabilizing like that for breakfast.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    May 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I also get very emotional in yoga! All the time, to the point where its hard to do it in a class.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    May 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    That’s awesome that so much money has been raised!!! Go Jenna!

    That’s really interesting about your yoga instructor being able to pick up on the emotional vibes of everyone in class…heavy stuff!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    May 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    you’re going to rock those 7 miles…it ain’t no thang!!! take care of yourself and you’ll be so glad when you finish this weekend 🙂

  • ashleigh
    May 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I’ll have to try one of those sometime. Congrats on raising all of that money! Hopefully you’ll get to your goal or above!!

  • jennifer (take the day off)
    May 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I have been able to find good deals on smoked salmon at Trader Joe’s. Check it out next time you are there!

  • Emmanuelle
    May 17, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Congrats on raising so much money, awesome!

    Crying in yoga class, oh dear I hear you on that. Two weeks ago I spent the weekend in London on an intensive yoga workshop with Baron Baptiste, it was almost like life coaching and at one point in savasana at the end of a practice, I broke down. All I was thinking was “I don’t care if I cry, I’ve been sweating so much that people won’t be able to see the tears rolling down my cheeks (and neck…) anyway”, and I totally let go. So intense when this kind of stuff happens!

  • Ashley
    May 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Buy your smoked salmon at trader joes, it’s WAY cheaper than regular grocery stores!

  • Rachel
    May 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    All of your food looks amazing today, wow, I want to try that oatmeal pancake. Maybe tomorrow? 🙂

    And good job on the money-raising!! Hopefully that will make the people who were bashing on you, ahem, SIT DOWN. I don’t think that most of them realized that the number of miles you do isn’t the point. It’s the cause. But I know you have moved on, so this is all I will say about it. Good luck on Sunday!!

  • allison @ thesundayflog
    May 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    THATS AWESOME JENNA!! im shocked how many people are now donating! i hope you reach your goal! never had canned salmon! must try…

  • Carol
    May 17, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I’m not one for canned salmon cause it reminds me of cat food. I love your pancake though. Adding the oatmeal on top is indeed a great idea.

  • Kara
    May 17, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Salmon and goat cheese is magnificent. Wait ’til you add spinach to that.

  • Katrina
    May 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Races can be soo scary! You can do it thought girly.

    Anywho I’m mostly commenting because I found it random that today was the first day I’m having smoked salmon for lunch in sooo long!

    It is Amazing. Truly…

    Good Luck on the race 🙂

  • kayla@letslivewholesome
    May 17, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Jenna, so weird you mention about being borderline emotional during class!! Last night I was in my first hot yoga class in months, and I took a deep breath in, raised my arms, and felt suddenly emotional!! Randomly right in the middle of class, I felt like I had to gather my emotions, haha. I don’t think this has ever happened before. Maybe it was just an intense, focused session? Who knows 😀

  • Kamaile
    May 17, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    That is what I love about yoga it really gets you in tune with yourself. Awesome news about the auction!

  • ida
    May 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    you’ll do great on the ride! there should be rest stops every 12-15 miles. so just think of it as 4-5 sets. biking is all about fueling, so just keep eating and drinking and you’ll rock it.

  • Liz
    May 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Good luck Jenna! I admire you for doing this! I just learned to ride a bike last year (I’m 33) and my boyfriend loves going on weekly 40 mile bike rides — adore the boy but the rides kill me! I have run several marathons and generally consider myself in good shape but I find the long rides very difficult and they totally wipe me out. So I can only imagine how tough it would be to ride 67!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    May 17, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I’m not a yoga girl, but I definitely know the feeling of getting it all out through exercise lately!

    I’m totally in the market for a bike and Beth @ Dining and Dishing tipped me off to your raffle, hooray!

  • Jennu
    May 17, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I love smoked salmon, too! My budget definetly doesn’t, unfortunately!

  • Mellissa
    May 17, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    After a particularly tough yoga class I often find myself overwhelmed with emotions. It is a good thing though! I feel so cleansed after.

  • mary ann
    May 17, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    true fact: “if i had a million dollars” I would eat smoked salmon for breakfast lunch and din. True fact #2: because I have closer to 0$, I make a less than stellar substitute of canned salmon, lemon juice, dill and cream cheese/yogurt while watching ina garten create an enormous spread with homemade gravlox, caper berries, pumpernickle toast points and some glorious looking aioli and pretend my canned creation worth pennies is the masterpiece i see on the tele. This was yesterday…

  • Camille
    May 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Ahh, I looove smoked salmon! I always eye it at the grocery store but I can’t bring myself to spend $15 on one meal :/

  • Jaime
    May 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Yoga is definitely a place where things are “dropped”, as your instructor put it. I wish I could afford classes, but that’s not really feasible at this time. Nor is smoked salmon. But man it’s delicious! I’m glad you tried it and enjoyed it.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    May 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Here’s what I posted on Scribd, Facebook, my site re the raffle and will Twitter when get back tonight:

    I did the Tony Robbin’s barefoot walk over 2000 degree coals. You look at those freaking red hot coals and think there is no possible way to do it. We did have about 4 hrs of instruction and it was a powerful lesson in how our thoughts/mind stop us. Yes–this is big an undertaking–but there’s no stopwatch, you’re strong, you trained. As Jackie Kennedy used to say–she did her best–and then forgot about it.

    The KEY to walking over 2,000 degree coals was TO ONLY THINK OF/SEE YOURSELF AS ALREADY HAVING COMPLETED THE GOAL AND HOW YOU’LL FEEL. (a few other technical things–but the thought of projecting yourself over the ‘finish line’ to the other side was the #1 thing. This simple thing of NOT considering the effort and only the result helped me complete a lot of things I thought couldn’t do.)

    You’ll do what’s right/possible for you on Saturday–try the power thoughts thing and see how it goes. We’re with you 1000% no matter what. 🙂

  • Annie
    May 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Hey Jenna, Was your oatmeal pancake mushy (rather than cakey) on the inside? I LOVE oatmeal pancakes (and banana pancakes, and any pancakes…) but my husband doesn’t like the mush (though I do). I’ve tried cooking them verrry slow but it doesn’t seem to work. Ideas? Thanks!

  • Mag
    May 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    See if your friendly neighborhood Trader Joe’s carries Smoked Salmon Pieces. They’re only $1.99 for a 4 ounce package! Definitely not pretty enough to serve at a fancy dinner party, but they’re delicious and they keep my smoked salmon habit and my student’s budget from butting heads 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    May 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I’m so glad that the fund raising is going well for you. Bad for my chances but great for you.

  • *Andrea*
    May 17, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    mmm the pancake looks out of this world delicious! and simple ingredients, which i LOVE. must try asap! power yoga sounds intense. when i do mindful meditation i feel huge emotions a lot of times too- it’s hard to explain to people until they go through the same heightened awareness too!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    May 17, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I love smoked salmon, such an awesome treat 🙂

  • Christina
    May 17, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    As someone who did an MS150 on no more training than you’ve done, and on a $60 bike from Target- you’ll be fine. You’ll be sore afterwards but for sure you can make it. Eat a lot at the rest stops and stay relaxed (it’s so easy to tense up!) and enjoy!

  • kate
    May 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I love smoked salmon, but I too cringe at its price tag!

  • Cole
    May 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Mmmm, oatmeal pancakes. And smoked salmon. I’ve never tried it before but now I’d like to!

  • Evan Thomas
    May 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Those 7 miles won’t feel like anything on the actual day, don’t worry

  • Sarah @ cocoanutshakes
    May 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Someone mentioned before smoked salmon deals at Trader Joe’s and I totally agree! They have WILD smoked salmon for I think….3.99 for 8 oz? Maybe it’s only 4 oz and I’m making things up, but not too bad for some (occasional) good lean protein. I used to buy a pack before work sometimes and eat it with crackers for lunch. Delish!

  • andrenna
    May 17, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Did you decide to skip Bay to Breakers? Since you were moving I’m sure you did, but I was waiting for your opinion on the wildness that goes on in SF during that event.

    • jenna
      May 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm


      Sadly I did. 🙁 That was the only day we could move my bed…I heard it was insane and lots of people were running naked. The blog would have been rated R for the day!

  • diana@mymarblerye
    May 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    i had a smoked salmon sandwich a few years ago that made me gag. 🙁 Maybe it was left out for too long? Either way, I’m going to try it again now that it looks delish on your platter!

    May 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    im not gonna judge u on that yoga sesh cuz i shed a tear once.. a little itty bitty one.. almost did a full on waterworks if i didnt hold back.. i was having a stressful week and my teacher said some things during the session that really lifted my perspected and brought a sense of joy over me.. that and the solomn relaxing music at the end…ah.. bliss…

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    May 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Lovvvve smoked salmon! I have never bought it myself – but I always go for it if it’s on an appetizer tray at any family function. 🙂 You’ll rock those extra 7 miles! 🙂

  • Erin
    May 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    We bought smoked salmon for Mother’s Day and I was shocked at the price–a nice treat once in a while but nothing I can do too often.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    May 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I have yet to try smoked salmon but I worry about it’s fishiness. Is it any fishier than regular salmon?

  • Lisa @ bakebikeblog
    May 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    yay for great yoga workouts!!! I am hoping to fit one in this afternoon!!!

  • Katherine
    May 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Is there such a thing as canned salmon?

  • Krystina
    May 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    You’ll be great on Sunday! The past week I haven’t been eating as cleanly as I’d like, so I definitely need to eat more nutrient dense meals (primarily dinner).

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    May 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    you can definitely do 67 miles!!
    that’s great you are raffling the bike for research!
    great looking oatmeal pancake!

  • Stacey
    May 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I just made my own pancake today, similar to yours and was thinking of some other varieties. Your ‘s sounds yummy, I’m going to give it a try.

  • Rachael
    May 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Glad the raffle is close to reaching your goals.
    I’ve cried in a couple of yoga classes. It’s been interesting to me to see how much my mental state and burden level affects my practice – a recent, frustrating day left me unable to balance and practically in tears on my map. I’m not good at letting it out beyond the studio, so I view these releases as a gift.

  • Miranda
    May 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Having done a long endurance bike ride before (170 miles!) once you hit mile 50 every one after that is pretty much the same so don’t worry about the difference between 60 and 67. You won’t feel it. 🙂

  • sandy
    May 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I actually love smoked salmon, but it really isnt very healthy–it has over 1,000 grams of sodium per serving, which will make you retain alot of water…ask me how i know

  • Heather @ Sugar & Spice
    May 17, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Congrats on raising so much for the bike raffle! Best of luck on Sunday – just ride for the experience, and have a good time. Don’t think about the end goal or the mileage. Just feel good about yourself for raising the money, and taking a part of such a great event. You’ll have a great time!

  • jenny (green food diaries)
    May 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    LOVE smoked salmon. congrats on the bike raffle. i look up to your constant positive attitude, all things considered!

  • Kait
    May 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Mmm I love smoked salmon, your lunch looks awesome!

  • eatmovelove
    May 17, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Yep yoga does that to you….although I wouldn’t remember since I haven’t done it for eons…does it make sense that I can’t even focus enough for that?? 🙁
    Oatmeal pancakes!! Y’know…it’s really just a bowl of oatmeal in the skillet right? 🙂

  • Marcia
    May 17, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    I also enjoy treating myself to smoked salmon. And even at TJ’s, where it’s relatively cheap…I also generally stick to the canned salmon budget, where you can get a 16 oz can on sale for $1.50 to $2.50…

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    May 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Ugh I feel you! I’m such a foodie, and now that I have more expenses I can’t afford my expensive habits :(. Time to learn to be frugal and healthy! I’ve had yoga moments where I cried in pigeon pose. The words/ music in my Vinyasa class were so powerful and I was at a point where it was just what I was feeling so I broke down. I wasn’t the only one in the class, so I knew it was more than just me being crazy. So glad to hear about the fundraising! I’m in the process of moving into my new apartment and haven’t had much time to keep up with blogging. Your blog, of course, is always refreshing so I was glad to read it today! Have a great week!

  • Daisy
    May 17, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    oh god i feel you smokes salmon is so expensive. i love it on a bagel with cream cheese, and capers on top. smoked, creamy and salty. 67 miles. you can do it! you know more than anyone the power of positive thinking.

  • Ilana
    May 17, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    1- I have been craving smoked salmon like no other.
    2- This really makes me want to take some hot yoga.

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
    May 17, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I have definitely cried at yoga. It can be such an emotional release sometimes…I love it!!

  • Christie {Honoring Health}
    May 18, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Hooooray for cry baby yoga, it is my favorite kind actually. One of my teacher’s plays Krishna Das and sends us through these intense flows with long holds of plank and hip opener’s and I about cry everytime. When I went to the Baron Baptiste workshop, after 8 hours of power yoga with Baron Baptiste and a long savasana, I was bawling my eyes out. Powerful stuff. Love it.

  • PippaPatchwork
    May 18, 2010 at 5:40 am

    I feel the exact same way about smoked salmon. It’s really not economical, but it’s so darn good–and canned is hardly the same.
    I’ve been sort of behind on your postings and just caught up so thought I’d let you know I totally think you’ve made the right decision for you with this bike race. Super-long endurance events aren’t for everyone (definitely aren’t for me!) and you have to do what’s best for your body (and soul). Besides, 60 miles ain’t shabby!

  • Christina
    May 18, 2010 at 6:01 am

    I’ve cried in yoga too, glad I’m not the only one! I tend to become emotional wnen I do a lot of hip openings. The yogis say we hold a lot of emotional trauma in our hips.

  • Marie
    October 28, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I will always remember that day at a gentle yoga and meditation class -7th heaven yoga in Berkeley ! I was feeling at my lowest… The teacher’s voice was so comforting and guided me through my wort fears. It felt like she was just seeing right through me. When she came and corrected my posture her touch was such a relief. I cried so much. I felt embarrassed but at the same time couldn’t leave the room because I needed to go through whatever the feelings were. I came to her after class to thank her. I don’t know if she realizes the impact she had on me. Pretty magical stuff 🙂
    Btw, this is my first comment on this blog I’ve been reading for a few months ! Better late than never …