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Kicking It Up A Notch

Hey hey!

So……hills are HARD! But I loved it! Unfortunately my left shin does NOT love it, but nothing a little ice and ibprofin can’t solve. I did Chandra/Melissa’s incline interval routine this morning on our home treadmill and I was shocked at how tough it was. I basically followed their directions and it went something like this:

5 minutes warm up walking

7 minutes steady pace

1 minute 2% incline

1 minute 5% incline

2 minutes 8% incline

5 minutes steady pace

**Repeat as many times as you want.

This didn’t SEEM to be very intense but I guess because I’m totally not used to running with any sort of elevation it was hard for me. I really really liked it though because I felt like I was working really hard and it made the treadmill a lot less boring. Even when this race is over and done with (phew!) I think I’ll still do this routine once a week because I feel like I got a kick butt workout in. I repeated the intervals 3x and went about 3 miles, including warm up and cool down. + 90 crunches on the stability ball. I’m only going to do this little sequence once a week because it does bother my shins but I’ve already iced twice today and I’m not too worried about it.

After I ran, I ate a kiwi but forgot to take a picture! Then, I made lunch about an hour later.



Yum! I LOVE these new marinated tempeh strips. I heated up 5 of them (one serving) and stuffed them into an Ezekiel tortilla with some hummus and hot sauce. + another kiwi! 🙂

So….as it appears on the blog, I do maintain a very clean diet. However, for the next month I’m going to step it up a notch. This does not mean I’m on a “diet” because I don’t want to lose any weight; I just want to crank up my nutrition for the rest of my half marathon training since it plays such a crucial role in both training and recovery. Over the past month I’ve consumed my fair share of WINE (muhaha), chocolate, white pasta and sweets. Because I’ve been eating so much of these things I feel like my sweet tooth has gotten a bit out of control. Truthfully, I do drink wine most nights with dinner but lately instead of a small or normal sized glass (which there’s nothing wrong with!!) it’s been more like a glass and a half. Every night. And I’ve been getting in the habit of having more chocolate than what you see on the blog….we’ll leave it at that. 😉 And I feel like I haven’t really eaten too many veggies either.

For the next month I’m going to focus on (and you can do this with me!):



whole grains (Ezekiel products and oats!)

beans, lentils and soy

raw nuts (and almond butter obvi)

more green smoothies

more whole fruit and veggie juice

less wine (sniff sniff)

less cheese (sniff sniff sniff)

less chocolate during the day time

less white pasta and flour

more herbal tea

more water

And I repeat: THIS IS NOT A DIET. I AM NOT TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT. I feel like everything I say on the blog can possibly be twisted around but the main point is I’m just going to try to eat as healthy and clean as possible and I know this “plan” works for me.

That all being said, I went to the store to get some “supplies”


  • organic spring mix (family sized)
  • baby spinach
  • frozen broccoli
  • frozen stir fry veggies
  • 2 cucumbers
  • apples
  • ginger
  • organic garnet yams
  • balance gold bars (I LOVE these!)
  • pear barley
  • plain Oikos
  • carrots
  • naners
  • celery
  • organic extra dark chocolate

I’ve got a big batch of steel cut oats cooking on the stove for the rest of the week and am planning a yummy dinner for tonight!

Back to work!

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  • Sara
    September 8, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Good idea to use your training to re-dedicate to eating clean(er). After a more lax kinda summer — probably for the majority of people — it’s a nice opportunity to do some “fall cleaning” … especially before the holidays roll around! Boy, does time fly. Thanks for the inspiration. That wrap looks super, too.

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    September 8, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Here here to a clean diet! I too have been trying to clean mine up a bit too. In fact, I just posted about my love of coffe-mate creamer and how I’m kickin’ it to the curb! Yay for clean eating! I’m with ya, girl!

    Enjoy the rest of your day!

  • Brie (The Fit Bride)
    September 8, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Balance bars are some of my favorites, too. I love the Balance Gold Caramel Nut Blast. I also really like the new Balance Bare chocolate cashew flavor–it reminds me of Clif Nectar bars but better! And the ingredients are pretty great, too.

  • BethT
    September 8, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    It affects your time, but don’t be afraid to WALK hills during the race. Sadly, I have to do this due to my IT band issues, and while it makes me a little slower, it also ensures I can finish a race AND be relatively pain free after!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    September 8, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Love the clean diet! I’m typically always trying to focus on the same things, so I’m right there with ya, girl! 😉

  • One Year No Diets!
    September 8, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Yay for you and eating cleaner! I struggle with feeling like I’m on a “diet” when I eat healthier, but it’s really because I want to FEEL better. I’m sure you’ll feel fantastic by the time your race comes around! Thanks for showing us that it’s okay to eat some of the “bad” stuff sometimes!

  • brandi
    September 8, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I’m glad you had a good run and enjoyed changing up the incline! IT does make it a bit more interesting on the treadmill.

    I think your eating clean plan sounds great! I’ve been slowly working on that, too.

  • Stephanie
    September 8, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    This is a wonderful idea! I was actually thinking today that my chocolate habit & “small glass of wine” (yea right) with dinner have also gotten a bit outta control… :/ Time to kick it up a notch and get back into the fresh swing of things, I’m in!

  • Jenna
    September 8, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Hey dear! I think I am going to join you on your challenge, maybe a little bit modified since I’m not training for anything currently, so I won’t be as intense 🙂

    I probably won’t be able to start until this weekend, as we are trying to eat up some of our cupboard food (which has gotten out of hand). Naughty, I need to eat more fresh!

    It’s interesting, because since I started blogging recently, I have noticed I am lacking in areas such as veggies, fresh fruit, etc. Time for us ladies to kick it in gear!

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    September 8, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Oooo – good for you! I too have been thinking recently about cutting a lot of the unnecessary sugar that I’ve been eating, out of my diet. Looking forward to getting some good ideas from you! 😀

  • mags
    September 8, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    i love this idea!
    i have gotten a little relaxed with my diet starting a bit before my wedding this summer which is FINE and has been GREAT, but i am running the chicago marathon in 5 weeks (!!) and my diet could definitely use a little tweaking to help ensure optimal performance. thanks for the inspiration!!

  • kirsten
    September 8, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I love to indulge but it always feels good to reign it back in as well! Nice grocery spread!

  • Lizzie
    September 8, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    This is a timely post for me. I eat pretty cleanly, but I just don’t how much to eat or when to eat it! I have my first 1/2 marathon in November and my recovery from long runs has not been good, I suspect in part due to my not eating enough or eating at the wrong time (too later after a run for example). I have one night a week where I go out for dinner and can have things like fresh Italian/French bread, a martini etc, so I don’t go too crazy. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  • Megan
    September 8, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I love this and I am going to join with you! I feel like I have been lacking in the veggie department as well…and I am ready to kick it up a notch!!

  • *Andrea*
    September 8, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    i love intervals! i am definitely doing some today after seeing you do them 🙂

  • Samantha
    September 8, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Congrats to you!! It takes a lot to say you are going to make a healthy change…not that you don’t eat healthy all the time. A conscience change is harder than most think. I have been doing the same thing you are (sort of following “The Eat-Clean Diet”). I do feel like I have more energy, but still find it hard to fit everything in with school and work and workouts and the BF…**gasp**….anyways, I am def on the same track as you, and will be encouraging all the healthy eating I can. I’m here for ya chica!! I have been wanting to try Ezekial Bread but the only ones I can find are frozen…not too sure about this, but I get paid Thursday and will be picking some up this weekend! I have rambled enough for now, but will check back in later!! Have an awesome day!!


  • Becky
    September 8, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Jenna! Your plan sounds awesome, and is definitely inspiring – I am a runner, but have used running more than usual as an excuse to let my food choices slide lately….but on a related note, I would definitely be careful to avoid too much high fiber stuff before and after long runs….not being careful enough has led to some slightly uncomfortable recovery days for me! Best of luck with the rest of your training, and I am sure that you will have a fantastic race!

  • Kate
    September 8, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    You already have such an awesome diet, but it just goes to show that even the “good” ones can always kick it up a notch. Good for you!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    September 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    congrats on the interval workout! i always feel so accomplished and tired (in a good way) after running hard. good luck with the eat clean month – i’m in the middle of my own 30 day vegetarian challenge. 8 days down, 22 (or more!) to go.

  • MelissaNibbles
    September 8, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Good for you Jenna! I don’t even think you needed to address this on the blog, but I’m sure you get your fair share of nasty emails every now and then.
    I always just tell people that it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle 🙂

    Congrats on the awesome workout!

  • Help Meghan Run
    September 8, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I think I’m going to borrow that for the hill workout of my own tomorrow! SF in less than 6 weeks!

  • Tasha
    September 8, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Ugh – I know what you mean about eating clean! We have been eating out way too much and I am starting to feel sluggish. We are winding our summer of travel down so I am excited to get back on track now that it is becoming Fall. And yes, the leaves are changing here in Seattle already!
    Congrats on the hill run!

  • Sarah
    September 8, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I think I’ll join you for this clean diet kick…I’m starting to train for my first half marathon next week, and I’m gonna need all the help I can get 🙂

  • Kelly
    September 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Where did you get the marinated tempeh? It looks delicious and I have been wanting to try tempeh.

  • Sarah W.
    September 8, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    GREAT FOR YOU!! you can do it
    no offense but Balance bars are the furthest from clean you can get – you’d be better off with a piece of chocolate than the balance bars.
    I’m just amused because you listed all the yummy healthy from nature things and then you went to the grocery store to get “supplies” and came back with balance bars??? i know they have protein, but they are pure junk, no better than a snickers bar

    • jenna
      September 8, 2009 at 2:33 pm

      Sarah W,

      Yep…I love them! To each their own 🙂

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    September 8, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Woopwoop! I love this clean and healthy eating plan! I had an indulgent summer for sure, so this sounds like a great idea. Then again, I’m back on campus for my senior year at OU. Uhm, can I not count weekends? 🙂

    You’ve SO made me want to try the Balance bars! Unfortunately, I can’t because of animal products, but I’m still lusting for them.

    I hope those shins stay strong for you! Have a fab rest of your Tuesday!

  • Melissa
    September 8, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I am IN! I just got married alittle over 2 months ago and was eating super clean, working out constantly, etc….For the most part, I still am, because it is a way of life for me…but let’s just say the wedding gifts (amazing food processor, kitchen aid mixer, new vino glasses and all the other fun stuff) have been getting QUITE alot of use!!! After 2 months of celebration, traveling and wonderful times with friends and family, I definitely need to buckle down…thanks for the inspiration! Onward!:)

  • Pam (Highway to Health)
    September 8, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Great “plan.” I’ve been thinking about cleaning up my diet a bit. I completely over did it this weekend!

  • Kristen
    September 8, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Your post is so timely for me. I was just thinking this weekend I need to do a revamp of my diet. I was so in the mindset of thinking I am such a healthy eater, that I ignored the fact I was eating more and more junk every day! Latley I have been mindlessly eating my son’s processed snacks that I usually would’nt touch with a 10 foot pole! I am in for this challenge:)

  • katie
    September 8, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    i definitely agree with your wanting to clean up your diet – i feel like it’s always hard during the summer to eat well on a continual basis – way too many parties to be tempted at 😉 i’ll definitely be doing this with you!

  • sheri
    September 8, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I hear about eating cleaner…I am with ya. I was actually thinking about this on the weekend. I am along the same lines as you, less wine, less dark chocolate during the day. I want to up my green smoothie intake as well as fresh juice since I have my own juicer!

    Yay..for the awesome hill run! Hills are hard for me too…killer workout for sure! But they can also aggravate my IT band so I try not to do them to often.

  • maggie
    September 8, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I hear ya with the clean eating! The only time I feel really happy and healthy is when I eat closest to all natural as possible. And I love that you bought yams! They are my total fav…besides pumpkin!

    Have a great day!

  • Jess
    September 8, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I am with you on the clean eating! Been “bad” the last couple of days– must.stop.baking. I have 8 pounds to lose to finally make it to my goal weight and then I will stay there! I am looking forward to following along with you… my fridge is stocked similarly. 🙂 Best of luck to you as you continue training!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    September 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I feel like you should say “Bam!” after your title 🙂

    I hear you on the need to focus more on whole real foods. I’ve gotten off the beaten healthy trail far too much lately too. Good luck and I know your body will thank you even if it objects at first 🙂

  • Amy
    September 8, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I am on that bandwagon with you –training for a late October marathon, and my body is desiring a little nicer treatment, i.e. cleaner eats! I am picking up my supplies tonight after work! A body in motion does not forget the extra bites and sips here and there!

  • Rose
    September 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Count me in!

  • Lindsey
    September 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Too bad you do have to stress what you’re REALLY saying but we always appreciate you going the extra mile to keep us entertained with your blogs 🙂

    Good luck with reducing the sweet tooth! Maybe you could get some yummy tea that will replace your cravings, OR drink crystal light! I have no idea if that type of product falls into your good/bad list, but you can drink it all the time or freeze it for a sweet popsicle.

  • Dotsie
    September 8, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I feel ya on wanting to clean up the fall eats! I am doing the same–thanks for the suggestions! 🙂

  • Amy
    September 8, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I have also ramped up my diet to prepare for my half marathon in October, but i LOVE having something sweet after dinner. How do you feel about Supercharge Me cookies? I think they are a pretty good calorie/nutritional investment-what do you think?


  • Beth @ CrossBorderCravings
    September 8, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Not a bad idea!! With summer coming to a close, I think it’s an excellent idea to focus on getting nutrition back on track – esp. with the holidays here before we know it! I think I’ll join you in this plan :O)

  • Courtney
    September 8, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    I love it! I AM trying to peel off a few pounds as well as train for a 5 miler race this weekend and a sprint tri at the end of September and I need to properly fuel myself and get the most food I can for less calories and that usually equals eating clean!
    I’m in!
    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • Beth
    September 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I’m in! I’m working on focusing my meals around fruits, veggies and whole grains. Although I’m not training for a half marathon, I am running two 5k races this month :). My body will thank me for treating it right!

  • Katherine
    September 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Clean eating feels SO GOOD! 🙂 I love having a fridge stocked full of veggies and cupboards stocked with whole grains and beans! Avocados are an awesome addition I use it like I would cheese so the fact that they are pricey doesn’t bother me – cheese is just as expensive!

  • Ally
    September 8, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Jenna, I was just wondering…how tall are you?

    I’m loving your blog as always. Good luck with the half training! I might run one Saturday (it would be my second half). I hate hills, they are very hard but awesome for training! They will help your overall speed too.

  • Katie
    September 8, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Have you ever tried millet? It’s a delicious whole grain that cooks (and tastes) a lot like rice. It’s perfect made into veggie “fried rice” or just with a bunch of veggies mixed in, like a one-bowl salad. Eating whole grains is easier when there’s lots of variety! Quinoa is another favorite, and again, it cooks in no time (quicker than brown rice!) It would be a great help to your training because of the great amino acids it contains. I like to make it with edamame stirred in w/ sesame oil and soy sauce. Protein + Fiber = tummy full of HEALTHY goodness! Both are inexpensive and available @ Whole Foods.

  • Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles)
    September 8, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Great idea! I’m already doing Body for Life (http://www.bodyforlife.com) so I’m definitely eating clean, but I’m excited to see how you eat clean as well!


  • Organic Ashley
    September 8, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Way to go Jenna! I just decided that I am going to do the same thing. Sugar has definitely been sneaking its way back into my life and not happy about it. I feel best when I eat clean and that’s my goal with a few adjustments for allergies. No gluten for this girl!

  • Michelle
    September 8, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Yay for you! I could definitely use some veggie inspiration. I have no problem getting enough fruit, I’m actually kind of a fruit fanatic, it’s just the veggies I have a problem with. Can’t wait to read your updates for ideas!
    Also, I tried a PB&J Lara bar this weekend… it was SO good! Now I know why you like them so much. I’m kicking myself for only getting one!
    Good luck with the half marathon training and clean(er) eating 🙂

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    September 8, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Sounds like a great workout! I love playing around with hills on my treadmill.

    And YUM to tempeh!!! My favorite is raw tempeh in a soft pita with spinach, romaine, cucumbers, and green peppers. 🙂

    GREAT haul grocery shopping. Sounds like you have a great goal to work towards.

  • MarathonVal
    September 8, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I think it will actually be easier than you think to eat more “cleanly” over the next month…. I’ve found that I can never seem to eat well for ANY other reason (even for my wedding last October!!) except when it is because of an upcoming marathon. It’s so evident what a huge connection there is between what we put into our bodies and how we perform. The best of luck with your training!

  • Evan Thomas
    September 8, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    That’s great, I’ll take the challenge with you! That’s kind of how I already eat but I wouldn’t mind making it official. I know I’m a runner and have a lot of “free calories” to eat refined food but I really would rather eat the better stuff for me. It’s more nutritious and potentially more delicious

  • Lauren
    September 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    that’s awesome! yeah lately I’ve been lacking in the fresh veggie department, so I’m trying to eat more big salads to get more raw veggies in my diet :]

    So I have a question for you. I went grocery shopping yesterday and I’ve been DYING to try out puumpkin oats lately, so we bought a GIANT can of it. Do you think it would work to freeze the rest that I don’t use in the next week? Even if I use about 1/2 cup everyday this week I will probably have leftovers and I don’t want them to go to waste. Thanks!

    PS: I’m soo excited to try out the pumpkin oats, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin cereal…isn’t fall just the best?

    • jenna
      September 8, 2009 at 5:01 pm


      I honestly don’t know…I’ve never tried to freeze canned pumpkin! I think it would work…but don’t quote me on that! I just keep extras of mine in the fridge and make a big effort to make everything pumpkin for a week. haha

  • Erin
    September 8, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Awesome Jenna! I am working on my diet too. Only it is to gain some weight. My ED has kind of come back to bite me. Your blog really inspires me to get healthy again. Have a great night!

  • Cara
    September 8, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Yay clean food! Eating that way dramatically improves attitude and energy (at least in my case!)

    Have you gotten into eating sea greens (i.e. different kinds of kelp/seaweed) at all? I haven’t yet, but am curious and wanting to try them!

  • Chelsea
    September 8, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Hey Girl!
    Saw your plans for “cleaning up”, make sure you dont forget your fats, and cheese that are lower in fats are still “safe”!
    I hear you talk alot about Ezekiel products, what are they exactly and why do you pick this brand over all the others?

    • jenna
      September 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm


      Ezekiel is just a brand of different breads and cereals that I like. Their breads, cereals and wraps are considered complete proteins because they have all 9 amino acids and they don’t contain any flour…they are made from sprouted lentils and grains. Takes a little bit of getting used to but I’m hooked!

  • Leianna
    September 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I’ve let myself slip a little lately too and noticed it in my last 5K, and so now I’m with you on little cutting back to help your half training, good luck! Still enjoy that wine, love seeing what you pick out all the time!

  • Lindsay
    September 8, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I feel the same exact way these past few weeks! I’ve found myself lately eating WAY more chocolate, white pasta, bread, dairy, ICE CREAM, BEER, and all kinds of stuff I normally do well at portioning/eating in moderation. I think it’s the coming change of season! While I like my weight, and I am training for a marathon and obviously get enough exercise to stay thin, I do not want to grow an alcohol gut or be squishythin just because I got lazy with moderation vs overindulgence line. So I too am trying to eat cleaner too! Besides, as yummy as junk is, good food tastes better!

  • Kat (Kat's Daily Plate)
    September 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I think its great that you are “stepping it up a notch”. I dont believe that only people who want to lose weight should make an effort to eat a cleaner diet- you can still consume the same amount of calories, but just with more wholesome foods. So good for you!

  • Karla
    September 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I just tried steel cut oats for the first time and I am hooked! They are so much better than the instant ones I was eating. I love mine with milk and brown sugar.

  • angieinatlanta
    September 8, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Girl, I’m right there with you. I like my weight where it is and I’m not trying to change aesthetics but I do want to change my energy level and performance. I’ve been feeling a bit sluggish lately (and a bit moody) so I’m going to attempt to clean up my diet as well! We’re on this mission together!

  • MaryHelen
    September 8, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Jenna, I discovered your blog about a year ago and have to tell you that it has inspired me to eat better! If you are eating “cleaner” maybe I will too, LOL! In all seriousness, reading about others eating wholesome, real foods has inspired me to eat better. Last night, I made quinoa and my fam loved it (even my picky husband) You mentioned that you are traveling the next two weekends, do you have any plans for keeping it clean while on vacay?? That is where I usually throw my good intentions out the window for sure!!

  • Stephanie
    September 8, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I love that you are doing what’s best for your body before your marathon! Even though you already eat clean, I bet you’ll see a difference. Our bodies are amazing things!

  • Melissa
    September 8, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I love your clean eating idea. I’m running a 1/2 Marathon on October 11th so I’m going to try to clean up my diet too.

    I’m going to print your list and hang it on my fridge as a constant reminder to keep it clean. :o)

  • Adi (oatonomy.com)
    September 8, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Looks like your grocery pull has you set up perfectly for some awesome, healthy eats!

  • Bec
    September 8, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I find that sometimes I get off track with my eating and I just need to focus on eating the goodstuff to get me back into a better routine!

  • Michelle
    September 8, 2009 at 6:57 pm


    I totally know what you mean. I think that people equate eating healthy with dieting. it’s not..it’s a lifestyle choice. You do eat healthy, and you have been dealing with a lot of crud lately..it happens to all of us. I think that sugar is one of those things that is hard to realise that you’re getting attached to until you’ve become attached.
    September is a great month to get back on track. Enjoy the occasional sugar buzz, but remember that your body loves clean food.

    Happy fall/spring cleaning!
    Live.Life.Fully ~M

  • Lara
    September 8, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Great plan. That is exactly I how I eat 99% of the time and it truly does make a huge difference in how I feel.

  • Jenna
    September 8, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    that is a great idea for this month jenna!

  • skinnyrunner
    September 8, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    good luck, not that you’ll need it. sounds like a great, healthy approach!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    September 8, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Oooh, me too! I am always looking to clean up my diet, and I have been trying to do exactly what you’ve laid out. Gets a little tough around the cheese area for me though bc I live in NYC aka pizza heaven. 😉

  • Jolene (everydayfoodie.ca)
    September 8, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I like how you emphasize that you are NOT on a DIET! I tell people that I have a food blog, and they automatically tell me that I don’t need to lose weight – why do people assume that just because wants to be healthy, and eat wholesome foods, that they are trying to lose weight. Strange isn’t it?

  • Adriane (Wholesome Foodie)
    September 8, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    That hill regime does look tough! Whenever I run on an incline on the treadmill I sweat bullets. I am glad to see you are still going to eat chocolate at night. I think a little chocolate a day is a crucial part of a healthy diet. Good luck!

  • Jessica
    September 8, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    This post is also very timely for me. I’ve been treating myself a little too often recently, especially when it comes to sugar. I feel like for the most part the rest of what I eat is ok but at night my sweet tooth kicks in and I think I need to take it back a couple of notches. Plus, I feel like i’ve gained a few unnecessary pounds and I feel just sluggish and kinda..blah you know. So i’m definatly in for this challenge, for sure. Also, I want to see how it affects my running. I’ve been trying to build up to longer runs. I started not even being able to run a mile but now i’ve worked up to 3 miles (which I feel is lame compared to you and other bloggers but it’s a big accomplishment for me). Anyway, I know I need to fuel my body better with more veggies, especially fresh ones, and less sweets.

    Also, one quick question. I used to be hooked on Special K Protein Plus cereal and had it for breakfast EVERY morning for like two years. I started eating it back when my relationship with food was very unhealthy and I was focused on calories and this cereal had low calories and high protein, thereby keeping me full for a long time. But i’ve recently tried to cut back on lots of processed foods and lean towards products with a shorter and/or more natural ingredient list. Anyway, i’ve been relying on oatmeal and cereal for breakfast and i’ve found a brand of cereal that I love but it’s kind of high calorie wise for me, combined with 1/2 banana and some skim milk, compared to the special k. It’s Nature’s Path Optimum cereals, especially the blueberry cinnamon. I was wondering what your thoughts are on this line. Also, any other suggestions for a breakfast that is filling and nutritional?

  • Lizzy
    September 8, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I love the idea of gettin “clean” again! gettin those added veggies and fruits back into your diet always makes a body feel sooooo good! 🙂 Your gonna do awesome 🙂

  • Andrea
    September 8, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I love this idea of eating cleaner! I am in! I got married May 22nd and feel like i have fallen a bit off track sine then. People tell me “it’s because you are not stressed and you are happy.” That is no excuse. I feel as if I have been laking in the fresh foods dept and exercise. I know I can do much better. Here’s to eating more fruits, veggies, fresh fruit, regular workouts and less sugar and processed foods. I bought the Eating Clean book and I need to begin following it.
    Over the past few months I have gained a few pounds, feel more tired and am just blah.

    Thanks Jenna for the motivation!

  • Morgan (lifeafterbagels)
    September 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    YES I totally need to refocus as well. Not because I’m training for anything, just because I really do enjoy eating well (even though it’s a newer thing for me). But going on vacation threw me a tiny bit haywire. Thanks for the temperature check – I’m with you!

  • Nicole
    September 9, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Don’t let anyone tell you that you are doing something wrong! If you want to eat clean, that’s great! It WILL seriously help with your performance. I have definitely noticed a difference in my run, swim, and bike times since I have cut out a lot of the sugar. This is not to say that I don’t have cookies, chocolate, or wine at all, but I just don’t have them everyday. I enjoy them even more when I actually have those foods now! Good luck!

  • Susan
    September 9, 2009 at 8:03 am

    I find “healthy eating” is often seen as “trying to lose weight” but that’s not so!! I think eating the best we can makes us feel the best we can 🙂 Hopefully it helps with the training. Oh, and I’m totally stealing that hill workout. I love my flat trail route a little TOO much, I think it’s time to challenge myself a little 😉

  • Molly
    September 9, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I’m challenging myself the same way…I do still want to treat myself occasionally, but I found myself treating myself a little too much every day, to the point that I was over-full and sluggish regularly. I got a few extra pounds, so I’ve started going back to my clean eating.
    It’s amazing how a green smoothie tastes like ice cream…all I needed was a little reminding that healthy food feels AND tastes better!

  • holly
    September 10, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Girl. I feel ya– It’s not a diet just a “revamping” of sorts.. I will do it with you too.. clean and wholesome eating… even more conscious choices than we already make day to day!

    I have to say: I love your blog and you always inspire me… you are a well-rounded, focused, and driven woman of God and if you can make that evident through a blog I cannot imagine how much you live out your faith in “real life.” I admire your strength! Good job- keep up the good work!!

    Good luck training for your marathon!! 🙂

  • Jennifer
    September 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    interval workouts are def the way to go!

  • Kim
    September 10, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Really loving the Organic Girl salad mixes. They just started carrying them at some of the local stores I shop at, and I’ve been all about them. Maybe it’s the name. Marketing works!

    Also, I agree that it’s unfortunate that eating healthy can be misconstrued as “dieting” but more power to you for going the extra mile! I’ve been forced to eat what most people consider a “diet” for the past 2 years for health reasons and the longer I do it, the more I realize it’s not a “diet” at all.. it’s the way we’re built to eat.

    Best of luck with training!

  • N. D
    September 11, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    so, balance bars.. used to be a staple for me. Then I realized (and I’m a vegetarian) they have FISH GELATIN in them. That ended my run with balance bars.