Monday Funday

Good Morning!

Well, this is always the Monday after the holidays on which people sigh and start to chug back at work, preparing themselves for the upcoming year. When I was in college, this was the Monday that classes resumed. Its the Monday that epitomizes all Mondays. Even though I don’t work today, this starts the week of my orientation and the last week before all my job madness begins! I have pre-orientation this morning at 11, “real” orientation on tuesday and wednesday ,and post-orientation on Friday. Fun times!

To start it all off, I had 1/2 cup Fage with about 3/4th cup Nature’s Path peanut butter granola (yummy!) and an orange:


I’m planning on riding my bike the 6 miles there and back to Greenwise today and then going to a yoga flow class this evening.

Have a lovely day and I’ll see you for lunch!

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  • justjen
    January 5, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Good luck with all the orientations.

  • VeggieGirl
    January 5, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Ahh, best of luck today!!

  • Jess.
    January 5, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Good luck! Your new schedule will certainly take some adjusting but the job sounds amazing!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    January 5, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Enjoy orientation. Your dream job – way to follow your passion. Isn’t that exciting – you’ll be doing what you love everyday! It’s going to be a great week. Have fun Jenna!

  • mags
    January 5, 2009 at 9:20 am

    hi jenna!
    i have a yoga question for you. the hot yoga studio by my house offers a few different kinds of classes and i was just curious what the difference between niyama hot and hot vinyasa flow is. i have only been to niyama hot and i LOVE it but i’m wondering about the hot vinyasa flow. there is also a bikram studio that just opened nearby, is that different as well?

    also, just out of curiosity, have you (or anyone) ever worn a HRM during hot yoga? i am curious how many calories you burn in a 90 min class.

    thanks jenna!

    • jenna
      January 5, 2009 at 11:37 am


      A hot vinyasa flow is usually just a free flow class involving sun salutations and postures in a heated room. It doesn’t stick to a permanent routine and is up to the instructor’s whim on what the flow will be like. Bikram on the other hand, is always the same 26 postures, done twice in a room that is usually around 105 degrees. It is the same every time and does not have any sun salutations or “flow” postures in it. The first half of the class is standing and the second half is on the mat.

      I have never worn a HRM to a yoga class because, to me, that would completely defeat the purpose because when I practice I try to escape all the worldliness of calories and everything and get to a mindful spot where I can just focus on myself in the moment. Continually glancing down at my watch to see how many calories I was burning would, I’m sure, ruin my practice. Yoga to me is not at all about the physical benefits but more about the spiritual and inner benefits I receive. I think westerners have sort of distorted it to be some calorie burning exercise when it is something much deeper than that. Having a “yoga body” is only one of the many benefits of the practice but not the reason TO practice.

  • runjess
    January 5, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Yes, this is SUCH a Monday. It’s even rainy and cold here after a warm 4-day weekend.

  • maggie
    January 5, 2009 at 9:30 am

    i have been following your blog for a while and absolutely love it. it seems we have a lot in common too. Right now i am in college and i am studing to be a Nutrition student, it is going to be a long haul. I also have a passion for cooking/baking. can you shed some light on what all you did to become a pastry chef and what kind of job you have now. Thanks!

    • jenna
      January 5, 2009 at 11:39 am


      Well….I went to college and got my BA in english and creative writing and then after I graduated I studied creative writing in Paris for a summer. After all that, I decided the best way to further my career for the love of food and writing was to go to culinary school. So, I went to a Le Cordon Bleu school here in Florida and completed their 15 month Baking & Patisserie program. I currently just got a job as a baker, baking all the organic and all natural breads for a major supermarket.

  • Andrea Andrea's eats
    January 5, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Good luck! What is greenwise? Like a whole foods?

    • jenna
      January 5, 2009 at 11:40 am


      Greenwise is like Whole Foods, yes. It is Publix’s (a supermarket we have down south) organic whole food store and is basically a health food mecca!

  • Meg
    January 5, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Hope orientation goes well!

  • Andrea Andrea's eats
    January 5, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Hey good luck! Have a great monday! What is greenwise? Like a whole foods?

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    January 5, 2009 at 10:25 am

    “Sounds like somebody has a case of the Mondays!”

    Good luck on your ride and the work stuff!

  • Marissa
    January 5, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Good luck at your orientation!

  • Teddy
    January 5, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I love your yoga pics. they look so amazing. Good luck with all those orientations 😉


  • K
    January 5, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Fun!! Can’t wait to hear all about your new job 🙂

  • Ann
    January 5, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I’m in my first year of university and I went back today. 🙂 Although, all but one of my classes was canceled. Guess they didn’t feel like starting on a Monday! LOL

    Enjoy your orientation, although I’m sure you will! I also wanted to mention that your love of yoga is inspiring me to try to get into it again. I need to get some more flexibility back. I don’t have a lot of money so I’ve been trying to find good free online classes, or cheap DVD’s. Any suggestions of beginner ones? 🙂

  • Shelby
    January 5, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Good Luck today Jenna!

    Eeek, new job! How exciting!

  • jenna
    January 5, 2009 at 3:11 pm


    Hmmmm I don’t really use DVDs—but I do like , which provides yoga downloads for your mp3 player or computer. They have good beginner ones there although I do suggest trying to go to a class first to make sure your alignment is correct before practicing on your own! Also, offers free online yoga classes, which I ADORE! 🙂