Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness

My Body Hates Me


This morning when I woke up my legs did not want to cooperate with me. Yesterday at the gym I did a leg portion of Summer Shape Up and….it worked. I haven’t felt soreness like this in years (but then again, I haven’t done calf raises in years). I’m actually more sore today than I was after my Century bike ride. What gives? It’s very love/hate, actually. On one hand I love the fact that I worked hard enough to get this sore in only about 25 minutes but on the other hand, I’m cursing everything in my path because every step aches.

Needless to say, I wasn’t so keen on going to the gym again this morning but I knew half the battle was just getting there. It’s funny, really. Ever since my epic bike ride I really have so much more drive and confidence when it comes to exercise. I know that I really can do anything that I set my mind to. I wrote a reflection about this on Friday, here, if you missed it.

I ate something really small before exercising this morning (a packet of instant oatmeal with a scoop of peanut butter) and then hit the Y for back, shoulders and chest + 30 minutes of elliptical. Surprisingly the elliptical felt rather good because it loosened up the rubber band muscles in my legs.

And then I pounded this down in victory.

Sorry to be boring but I just felt like a smoothie (water, banana, protein powder, berries, maca) was a good idea because my tonsil is still the size of a grapefruit. Well, not actually a grapefruit but you get the idea. Would you like to see an HDR photo of my throat?

Willis is a lot cuter.
You’d probably never read my blog again if you saw an HDR photo of my throat. Never, ever, ever again. It’s for your own good that I am keeping you from this. It even scared the boyfriend and that’s saying something.
Even though I still don’t feel sick, there’s a very strong possibility that once my mom see’s my throat this afternoon she will force me against my will to go to an urgent care center. I’m a little worried because last time my tonsil was this large I had to go to the ER and get a steroid shot to get it to shrink.
I can’t get sick though….my birthday is in 3 days!

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  • Paige
    June 8, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Sorry you’re having a tonsil crisis! Have you ever thought about getting your tonsils removed? I’m currently recovering from mono, but I had my tonsils out 5 years ago and I’m convinced that mono was much less painful because of it! Maybe try a salt water gargle– that’s my dad’s go-to throat remedy 🙂

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    June 8, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I am almost entirely sure your mom will be promptly taking you to the clinic . . . that’s what mom’s are for right! I’m on my way to the gym right now, somehow I do calf raises once a week and my legs always hurt two days later. Surely they should be broken in to that exercise by now shouldn’t then?

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    June 8, 2010 at 10:06 am

    get better soon girl! just remember…if you go to the clinic and get stuff to make you better, then you’ll get better sooner! prayin’ for ya 🙂

  • jenna
    June 8, 2010 at 10:11 am

    errr…that sounds pretty sick! :-/ I hope the swelling goes down! Your smoothie on the other hand sounds super refreshing and looks delicious! 🙂

  • Claire
    June 8, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I hope your throat/tonsil gets better soon! I am sure it will be great to be with your mama though!

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    June 8, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I would definitely go somewhere and get it looked at before it gets worse. If it is truly growing, you do not want to get into trouble breathing. Do you have a temperature?

    • jenna
      June 8, 2010 at 10:24 am

      No temperature… I don’t think so at least…I honestly feel fine! SO weird.

  • Becky
    June 8, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Did I miss the post where you introduce this new dog? Is he yours, or your boyfriends? I’m so confused!!! Is he a permanent addition to your fur family??

    • jenna
      June 8, 2010 at 10:17 am

      he’s my boyfriend’s friend’s dog who is staying with him all summer!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    June 8, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Ahhhh rest Jenna! And just go to the urgent care, so you can enjoy your birthday!

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit!
    June 8, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Never deny the power of Dr. Mom! Hope your throat improves 🙂

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    June 8, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Yikes, I hope you’re throat gets better! I think seeing a picture would be awesome, but I’m also sure I’m in the minority on that one 😉

  • Katherine
    June 8, 2010 at 10:19 am

    just consider right now rest-time until your birthday! then it’ll be party hearty

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    June 8, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Very charming pup! When long ago got swollen tonsils/sore throat gargled with hot salt water. Helped heal it fast and made it feel better. Am sure it will be better by your B-Day!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    June 8, 2010 at 10:24 am

    3 days before your bday? Yeah, that is bad timing! Maybe you should go to the doctor in case, and then they might be able to prevent it exploding on your birthday!?

  • laura
    June 8, 2010 at 10:25 am

    a few years ago (2 days before my birthday, in fact) one side of my throat grew a golf ball – it was weird, I didn’t feel sick, but the bump was kind of tender and made it hard to swallow; turns out, I had an abcess (aka infected puss-ball) on my tonsil. It was gross, but they just had to poke it with a needle and drain it and I was fine. hopefully whatever you’ve got will be equally easy to take care of, and even less ick!

  • Courtney
    June 8, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Hmmmm. This happened to me a few weeks ago. One side of my throat was just huge and swollen and red and sore and it was hard to swallow and it was so weird. I went to the doctor and they said it was just huge and swollen and red and sore and hard to swallow and isn’t that weird? A few days later, it went away. I hope you don’t have to waste the co-pay like I did, but you should if you’re really worried!

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy
    June 8, 2010 at 10:32 am

    You’ve got to listen to your mom! Anyway, if you want to be top shape for your birthday, you rather be sick now and well in a couple days, no? 🙂

  • Danielle
    June 8, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Sending health vibes your way! GET WELL SOON! 🙂

  • Catriona
    June 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Jenna, why on earth are you going to the gym when your tonsil looks so ominously swollen? I’d really rest for a few days until it clears up!

    • jenna
      June 8, 2010 at 10:57 am

      but I feel fine!! Really!! I have an abnormal amount of energy!

  • eatmovelove
    June 8, 2010 at 10:47 am

    How long is your Mom coming for?! You must be so excited !

    • jenna
      June 8, 2010 at 10:57 am

      she’ll be here for a week. I’m so happy!

  • Annie @ stronghealthyfit
    June 8, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Good for you for getting back to the gym even when you are so sore and your throat hurts! Hope that gets better soon 🙂

  • Sarah
    June 8, 2010 at 10:56 am

    The smoothie doesn’t sound boring to me at all! This is perfect smoothie weather. With that said, I hope you find out what’s wrong with your throat SOON.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    June 8, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Take it easy. I know that hating every step feeling. My PT is busting my butt trying to build strength so I could barely go up my stairs for days. Feels great to know you are working but I wanted to scream.

    And the puppy looks so happy.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine
    June 8, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Sorry to hear the tonsil is still bothering you, hope you and your mom can get it sorted out without a trip to the ER!! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  • Kristin (Salty Tooth)
    June 8, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Perhaps a little cuddle time with Willis will help you feel better!

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    June 8, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Sending get well thoughts your way so you won’t be sick for your b’day!

  • miladybowen
    June 8, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Whatever your mom says, do it! They’re the best.

    I have had my tonsils swell up like that all the time – it can be from allergies. I live north of you, but the allergies here are worse than in decades. Maybe it’s from the huge pollen count?

    In any case, Mom knows best. And when the boy is freaked out, it’s usually time to go to a doctor. Take care!

  • Samantha @ Food Edu
    June 8, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I hope you feel better! Willis is so dang cute!

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    June 8, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Eh, this whole tonsil thing doesn’t sound that bad. Nothing a good run can’t fix, right? 😉

  • Kait
    June 8, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I love and hate that day after sore feeling…unfortunately, for me, it seems that the really intense soreness doesn’t hit till 2 days later so I usually think I’m in the clear when I’m really not.
    I hope you start feeling better in preparation for the birthday!

  • Kristina @goodnweird
    June 8, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Feel better! It’s so weird how changing up your workout routine, even when you were working crazy hard before, allows your body to work different muscles. I was so sore last week after a speed workout on the track, even though I could run miles and miles with no consequence the following day.

  • Sarah for Real
    June 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    It’s so good your mom is coming to visit. Mom’s are the BEST when your sick.

    I love to swim when my muscles are really sore. It loosens up my muscles really well. That plus a dip in the hot tub or a sit in the sauna 🙂

    Hope you are feeling better soon! Steroid shots in your throat sound super scary.

  • Chocolate Coated Runner
    June 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    That smoothie looks soo tasty!

  • Helen
    June 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Oh no this is awful timing! I really hope you don’t have to go to ER, that won’t be a good bday pressie. Hope you feel better soon.

  • Julie
    June 8, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Honestly, I think you either have tonsillitis or strep. You can have strep and feel fine. I did.

  • Camille
    June 8, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Is it bad that I now want to see what your tonsils look like?
    I’m a sucker for gross stuff. In a previous life I must have been a surgeon or something…

  • Evan Thomas
    June 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Give youself an early bday present and do what it takes for your HEALTH to be healthy for you big day

  • Meg
    June 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Hope you feel better, Jenna! And that dog is too cute! 🙂

  • MMiller
    June 8, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Glad your mom will be there today to make you go see a doctor! My guess would be an abscess! I will have to watch you on twitter to see if you are ojn your way there!

    Get better quickly! Good for you to go to the gym when you are sore! I stay away and just try to stretch at home for a few days!

    And again…have a great week with mom!

  • Tina
    June 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Oh man. I hate to hear your throat is still swollen. Hopefully it isn’t bad enough to warrant another steroid shot!

    I too love that sore feeling the next day, unless it’s my hamstrings. I always hate having sore hamstrings. Yet they always seem to be the first thing that gets sore. sigh…

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    June 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Awww I’m so sorry about your tonsils! But at least if you go and get it fixed today, you’ll hopefully be all better by your birthday!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    June 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Eeek! I hope you wake up tomorrow with a smaller tonsil!

  • amanda
    June 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Ohhhh that sucks, I hope you start to feel better

  • Kellie
    June 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Does the maca give you energy? I have some in my cupboard but I don’t know how much to use, and I am not sure if I am going to like the taste. Can you really tell a difference when you use it?

  • Maggie
    June 8, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I literally just had step throat. No fever, no other symptoms except wickedly swollen tonsils. I finally went to the doctor after about 5 days of super painful swallowing and he took one look in my mouth, said my tonsils were covered with patchy white strep, and gave me steroids to shrink my tonsils, and an Rx for antibiotics. My advice is just to go the doc and get it over with! I waited and waited and waited and all it did was get worse.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    June 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Oh no girl 🙁 Sending lots of get well wishes your way!

  • Maren
    June 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I always find that working out when sore is a good choice, well like 95% of the time. Happy Birthday, and Mom’s just care if they didn’t who would, my mom would definitely make me go too!

  • Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary
    June 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I would want to see that picture… but I’m weird like that ;P

  • Christina
    June 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Hey! Hope you get to feelin’ better 🙁 BTW, we are June 11 babies!!! just thought i’d let you know. lol. Bring on the ice cream!

  • jamie
    June 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    First time commenter over here! Love your blog! I’m doing the Fitnessista workout and feel soooo much better knowing that I’m not alone! I did legs last Friday and I was in REAL for real pain for about 4 days!! I have never been that sore before! I could hardly walk up and down stairs, it was ridiculous. Gina has really kicked our butts huh!

  • Jocelyn
    June 8, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Listen to your mama! It really isn’t good to have a tonsil that big know what to do!

  • Stacey
    June 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Being sore can be such a good and bad thing in it’s own way.

  • Mari (Bookworm with a View)
    June 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I love the shake in the wine glass!

    I feel your pain with the leg soreness – I was feeling it today, so much so that I haven’t gone for my daily run yet… I need to go now or I will be on the treadmill later tonight 🙁

    Happy Birthday, a few days early!

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    June 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    DRINK LOTS OF SMOOTHIES!!! I hope you feel better for your birthday!!

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches
    June 8, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Willis is so flipping cute! I have a thing for bassets. 🙂
    One of these days, can you do a post dedicated to Willis and Dexter’s eats? Lol. I’d love to see a day in the life of these two adorable and furry creatures.

  • Hayley @ Breath of Fire
    June 8, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I love Willis!!!! So f-ing cute.

  • Lauren @ Running Examiner
    June 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Cute doggie! Hope you feel better. Throat pain is the worst 🙁

    -Lauren, who is more than empathetic because she currently has strep!

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    I want to try!!)
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    ½ cup of Coconut Milk
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