Breakfast/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Travel

Not So Perfect

My prayers were answered! This morning at 6 my eyes just FLEW open and I had the strongest urge to exercise!!!! How often does that happen?! Seriously. I didn’t fight it though! I had a Pure Delight bar for a pre-workout snackie in the room:


When I got to the gym around 6:15, MizFit was already there, wheeling away on the bike. I asked her if she slept on the mat on the floor last night. Haha πŸ™‚ The gym was actually WAY nicer than I expected with all brand new equipment and tons of weight machines. Here’s what I did:

10 minutes on elliptical to get my body awake!

2 sets of pushups, 12 reps each set

2 sets of triceps kickbacks, 10 lbs, 10 reps

2 sets of triceps pulldowns, 50 lbs, 12 reps (I did both these two tricep exercises together as a superset)

2 sets of hammer curls, 10 lbs, 15 reps each set

2 sets of upward press, 50 lbs 1st set and 35 lbs 2nd set, 15 reps

2 sets of incline chest press, 35 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of crunches on stability ball, 20 reps

2 sets of one sided bicycle crunches on stability ball, 2 sets each set, 15 reps each

I stayed until 6:50 and I have to admit, it was a pretty darn good workout. I felt great after!

After working out, I piled on my sweatshirt and coat and scarf and walked down a couple blocks to Starbucks to grab something to eat. I know we have our reader meet-up “brunch” at 10:00, but there was NO WAY I could wait until 10 to eat something….you know me! I got their “perfect oatmeal” with a Justin’s Almond Butter packet (!!!), a banana and a black coffee.


It was good………but I’m stillΒ  STARVING!!!!!Β  I totally did not realize that the “perfect oatmeal” was only one instant oatmeal packet. I tried to beef it up with the almond butter and the banana but I know I am going to be on the prowl for a protein packed snack here in a little bit. I wish I had a greek yogurt! πŸ™

Anyways, I’m about to shower, get dressed and packed and head over to Panera to meet more amazing readers! I will probably be blogging from the airport later so stay tuned!

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  • VeggieGirl
    November 9, 2008 at 8:13 am

    Hooray for “the urge”!! πŸ˜€

    So sorry that the “Perfect Oatmeal” wasn’t so perfect – they shouldn’t have named it that, since that created too-high of expectations, haha. Oh well.

    Have fun and a safe flight!

  • seelivelee (for the love of peanut butter)
    November 9, 2008 at 8:13 am

    i didn’t know starbucks offered almond butter!!? i know how you feel when you want a specific snack that you know will hold you over…so frustrating but panera sounds delish for brunch!! enjoy.

  • Fancy
    November 9, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Has anyone tried the Starbuck’s “Protein Power Plate” yet? I really liked it, I had one last week. It was full of a bunch of little things (egg, cheese, apple slices, peanut butter, small whole wheat bagel, grapes) and it kept me full for hours! Jenna, you should try that one next time you need “fuel” at Starbucks! I will see you at Panera this morning πŸ™‚

  • Oh She Glows
    November 9, 2008 at 8:18 am

    That is awesome that Starbucks offers almond butter! I’mnot sure if ours here in Toronto does.

    Glad you had a great workout!

  • Megan
    November 9, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Yeah for a great work out! Have fun at Panera!

  • Maureen
    November 9, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Sorry to hear about your insubstantial breakfast… it’s always better at home, eh! I’ve seen that Starbucks offering but in general I don’t trust that company to offer something healthy.

  • Moran
    November 9, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Its so great the urge to workout came so naturally! Have fun at Panera

  • Sharon
    November 9, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Nice job with the work-out!!! I’ve been wondering about the Starbuck’s oatmeal, think I’ll just stick with the coffee drinks there! Hope you have a blessed day and have a great time meeting everyone! Can’t wait to see how it goes!!!

  • BethT
    November 9, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Was yours instant? At the Starbucks I got it at they had a big vat of it pre-prepared.

  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    November 9, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Have fun at Panera! I’m totally hitting one up when I visit my family for Christmas.

  • Tamara
    November 9, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Jenna, it sounds like you’re having a wonderful time and learning so much! How exciting! It’s a blast to read and learn along with you. Have a great day!

  • Santa Barbara Dreaming
    November 9, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Good for you for working out! I woke up at 8 with the intention of working out, and said, screw it, I’ll do it later! haha!
    I can’t wait to see photos from the brunch. It looks like this trip to Chicago has been non stop fun!

  • Leah
    November 9, 2008 at 11:25 am

    I love waking up wanting to workout! It’s a great feeling isn’t it?

    Enjoy your lunch with some more fellow bloggers! Can’t wait to see an update later.

  • Mara
    November 9, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    I love the starbucks oatmeal, but it does stink that its so small!

  • Stephanie
    November 9, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Jenna did you get that pb at starbuck’s? When I travel for work, I always get the starbuck’s oatmeal at the airport but they never offer pb!! Maybe I should order of of those Barney PB packets to take with me. Have a safe flight back, so great chatting with you Friday night!

  • jenna
    November 9, 2008 at 2:03 pm


    Yeah I did! I have never seen it before at any other Starbucks though. I was surprised! So great to meet you! πŸ™‚


    It was DEF. instant. I saw her tear the bag open and dump hot water over it πŸ™

  • BethT
    November 9, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Hmmm, that stinks. Give it another try sometime, because the times I”ve had it it’s been good!