Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

On a Roll

Hey guys!

How’s your day goin? I’m having a really good day today, mainly because (drum roll please…….) I SIGNED MY BOOK CONTRACT TODAY! Yep, that’s right. As of now, I’m officially an “author” and my manuscript is due on April 1, 2010.


Okay, I’m scared out of my mind. I’m going to have to be pretty (okay REALLY) dedicated from now on and set apart a certain number of hours daily just for writing. I write every day as is but….it’s gotta be more. Way more. And I need a new laptop because mine is about to croak.

But I’m still so excited!!!!!!!!!!

Other positive things today included a two hour tea gab-fest with Tracy—



And hanging from trees while picking oranges and lemons in Hardy’s yard. Thanks Diiiirty! 😉



I don’t pass up opportunities to be in trees. Clearly.

Lunch was a big salad with a Trader Joe’s chicken burger, hummus and hot sauce, and a pear and Dr. Kracker flatbread.


I also went to the gym for some cardio and core action….30 minutes on the arc-trainer + 60 sit-ups on the bosu ball. I’m on a roll! 😉

Bout to hop in the shower, write my Health.com article and make a snack. Be back in a bit!

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  • Diana
    November 30, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    SOOOO EXCITING! I can’t wait to read your book!

  • Kim
    November 30, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    BOL! My DH just finished his 1st book this fall. He is an artist & doing some last minute sketches for it, but manuscript is done. It is very exciting. Hope you have wonderful distribution – with your online community, its promotion will be organic. Congrats to you!

  • Adi (oatonomy.com)
    November 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Very exciting! You girls and your book deals… so cool! I’m sure once you get yourself into a routine, you’ll be able to dedicate focused time to writing. The deadline sounds short but it seems like you’re good at putting your mind to something and just getting it DONE. You’ll sail through this! 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    November 30, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Congratulations! I was so so excited for you when I read that you had been offered a book contract! I am sure that it will turn out brilliantly!

  • courtney
    November 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS Jenna! You will get through the next few months and have such a rewarding product to show for it! I can’t wait to get my copy hot of the presses!

  • Jenna
    November 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Congrats on signing your contract! That is so exciting 🙂

    I am buying a new Mac in the next few weeks. Gulp, $$. I’ve had my old one for about 5 1/2 years. It has been a good run, but time for a new one.

  • Evan Thomas
    November 30, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Congrats! And I hope Santa brings a new laptop, and anything else you need to work on this book–you deserve it.

  • MelissaNibbles
    November 30, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Maybe Santa will surprise you with a laptop! Congratulations on the deal!

  • laci
    November 30, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    The 2nd pic is really adorable! 🙂

  • Tiffanie Hage
    November 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    WOW! How cool is that!!!! I’m assuming it’s all food related, the book that is??? Can’t wait to hear more about it!!!

  • Erin
    November 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    That is so exciting — you must be feeling the nerves but just remember that you got this book contract for a reason and they believe in you. Believe in yourself and it will be a breeze. 😀

  • BethT
    November 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Are those Meyer lemons? I got some from a friend today and plan on cooking them up tonight! mmmmm

  • skinnyrunner
    November 30, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    congratulations! i’m going to buy anyone’s book who swings like trees like you do… and looks good doing it!

  • Mindy
    November 30, 2009 at 2:56 pm


  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    November 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Congrats! That is sooo exciting 🙂

  • Kasey @ Fit For Wellness
    November 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Congrats!!! Can’t wait to read your book 🙂
    I love that teapot!

  • Mama Pea
    November 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Congratulations! Does that mean you got a big fat check too? That would be strong motivation to keep writing!!! 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    November 30, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Congrats on the contract! Big step!

  • Matt
    November 30, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    That is so exciting!

  • Michelle@EatingJourney
    November 30, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Congrats Jenna. I can’t wait to read it. You’re going to be one busy, wine drinkin’ girl 🙂

  • Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers)
    November 30, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    So exciting! Can’t wait to read your book 😀

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 30, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Congrats! So exciting!! 🙂

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    November 30, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    woohooo!! If you get a new laptop, I highly recommend the MacBook Pro. I’m a former pc user and recent macbook convert. Will never go back!!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    November 30, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Yay, congrats!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    November 30, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Two hours worth of tea and gabbing? That sounds so perfect. 😀

    Congrats on being an official “author!” How exciting is that? 😀

  • lindsay
    November 30, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    So exciting!!! I’ll totally buy your book 😉
    You look fantastic Jenna, annnd tree climbing is fun lol

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    November 30, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful day. Congrats on the contract! …and what cute pics of you : )

    How did you score a job writing for Health???

  • Gillian
    November 30, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    That is so exciting!!! What is your book about? Congrats! I will definitely line up to buy it!

  • Pam
    November 30, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Congrats big time to ya…way to go girl!


  • laura dishes
    November 30, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Congrats, Jenna! You deserve that new laptop. 🙂

  • Leah
    November 30, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Thats SO exciting!! I am really looking forward to reading your book!

  • Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats)
    November 30, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    How exciting! YA for you!! 🙂

  • amanda
    November 30, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Congrats! I can’t wait to check out your book

  • Ameena
    November 30, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Congatulations! How exciting for you!

  • candice
    November 30, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Congratulations on your book! I wish you the best of luck with it. 🙂 Love citrus and hanging from trees. 😛

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot)
    November 30, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Go, Jenna! Major Congratulations are in order 🙂

  • Jenna
    November 30, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    sooo exciting jenna! that is april fools day 😉

  • Jessica (Jessica Balances)
    November 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Congrats, Jenna! 🙂 I can totally relate to the laptop issues… I hope yours holds out until you can get a new one (maybe for Christmas!).

  • Casey
    November 30, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Congrats Jenna! That’s awesome!!

  • Lizzy
    November 30, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    CONGRATS!!! 🙂

  • FinallyHealthyMom
    November 30, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    So excited for you Jenna!

  • Karla
    November 30, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Congratulations! How exciting!

  • Jessie (Vegan-minded)
    November 30, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Wow, congrats again on the book deal. 🙂 I can’t wait to read it, I know it will be amazing!

  • simpledaisy
    November 30, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    That ROCKS!! Congratulations:)

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    November 30, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Congrats!!! You can do it:
    That’s 4-months, but with lots of photos, probably only need 40K or less words, i.e. 2K a week. Very happy for you, and can’t wait to read it!!

    Does this means you’ll buy a desk, too? (LOL) Maybe write HGTV and ask them to do a quick remodel of your Working-Girl-Blogger-Author digs! That would be so cool.

  • emily
    November 30, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Yay, that is super exciting! A new laptop is the perfect way to celebrate. 🙂

  • Susan
    November 30, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Eeee!!! Can’t wait to add you book to my bookshelf 😉

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    November 30, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Congrats– that is really exciting! Here’s a quote that I share with my creative writing students at the beginning of the fiction section of the class; it’s from an interview fiction writer Ron Carlson:

    “When you’re a writer, you spend days in the room without knowing what you’ve got, but you’re still willing to keep reeling it in and following it. You’re willing to be true to it. It may mean you have to write thirty pages to get fifteen. The big secret to such writing is the ability to stay in the room. The writer is the person who stays in the room…all the good writing I’ve done in the last ten years has been done in the first twenty minutes after the first time I wanted to leave the room. I’ve learned to stay there and keep writing.”

    Sorry– I know it’s long!! But I’ve always found it really helpful in my own writing!

    Congrats again!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    November 30, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Climbing trees for oranges? Awesome!

  • Devon
    November 30, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Signing a contract definitely makes it feel real. I remember dang near 10 years ago when I signed my National Letter of Intent to play D-1 basketball how weighty and scary it felt. You are going to do great! Look forward to reading the book.

  • Kelly Michelle
    November 30, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    hmmm why don’t you rub it in that you gain ten lbs and still have a stomach that looks that good 🙂 Congrats on the book deal of course

  • Jamie
    November 30, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Congrats Jenna!! Sounds like an incredible day!

  • Light Delight with TouTou
    November 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Very cool!! congrats on that book contract!!!

  • Stephanie
    November 30, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Congratulations girl!!! 🙂

  • eatmovelove
    November 30, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Wow – amazing! Did you have to have a certain amount of the Manuscript already written prior to even inking the deal?! I assume it’s a mixture of writing and recipes?? …I’m sure there will be sequels to come as your life and journey continues to evolve :)…and way to keep going to the gym girl during this time away from running – I BOW down to you 😉

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    November 30, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    GOOD LUCK WITH THE WRITING!! And get a Macbook Pro for your new computer – you’ll love it 😀

  • Jessica Hanna
    November 30, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    I am super excited to read your book!!! I also don’t pass up many opportunities to be in trees : ) They rock!

  • Lizzie
    November 30, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Hooray!!! Go Jenna!!

    Also, you’re lunch looks amazing . . . .

  • Brittney
    November 30, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Congrats on signing the book contract! 🙂

  • Erin
    November 30, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Congrats Jenna!! You’ll do a fantastic job writing the manuscript! Maybe you should use the last tree picture as the author picture. It’s so cute!

  • Danielle
    November 30, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    EEEEEEE! How exciting! Congrats!

  • emptyjar
    November 30, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Hi Jenna, I started a new blog yesterday, and sent out a big congratulations to you in my post today. I am making a resolution to do or say positive things for the christmas countdown. I admit envy: your ability to hike/walk, much less go to a gym 🙂 Your amazing friends and family. Your locale. Your book. Your success at life at such a young age when some of us are trapped in careers with no financially feasible way out, or unable to be the physical people we need to be. What success you are. You should be a sound-sleeper, someone who can rest at night with peace because you really are a good person.

  • emptyjar
    November 30, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Jenna, I started a new blog yesterday, and sent out a big congratulations to you in my post today. I am making a resolution to do or say positive things for the christmas countdown. I admit envy: your ability to hike/walk, much less go to a gym 🙂 Your amazing friends and family. Your locale. Your book. Your success at life at such a young age when some of us are trapped in careers with no financially feasible way out, or unable to be the physical people we need to be. What success you are. You should be a sound-sleeper, someone who can rest at night with peace because you really are a good person.

  • ashleigh
    November 30, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    congrats!! i am so excited for you and to read your book!!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    November 30, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Jenna, I have total faith that you’re going to churn out a great book. Your talent and determination has gotten you this far, I can’t wait to see how high up it’ll take you.

    Oh, and tree-hanging and tea gab fests are two of life’s greatest pleasures.

  • Ashley
    November 30, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I just love your blog…you are too cute! Colorado is fresh out of lemon trees 🙁 Congrats + Good luck w/the book writing!! I’m reading a book right now called “bird by bird – some instructions on writing and life” Anne Lamott. It is DEFinitely worth reading if you are about to start writing! It gets awesome reviews online and is a national bestseller. If I was about to start writing my first book, so far what I’ve read in this one would have helped! Just thought I would pass it along 🙂 Take care!

  • justrun
    November 30, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I tweeted this to you earlier, but I have to say again that I think you’re going to rock it. Manuscript deadlines are crazy pressure, but you can handle it. Go get ’em!

  • Carbzilla
    November 30, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Congratulations again but HOLY CR*P – that’s all the time they give you??? I’d be freaking, but I’m assuming you have material to work from.

    I know you can do it – just shocked their turnaround time is that short. You go girl!

  • Dee
    November 30, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    How exciting! Congratulations~

    and please don’t forget to back-up your work on an external drive as you go along! I can’t imagine computer failure mid-chapter : (

  • maria
    November 30, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    CONGRATS on signing your book contract. I am so excited for you and can’t wait until it comes out!

  • Still Life in South America
    November 30, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Fabulous news, dear! Now with your new desk, you are SET UP!


  • Christa
    November 30, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Great news!! Congratulations! I am currently in the middle of writing my Master’s thesis and have struggled with keeping a schedule (my deadline is 3 days after yours!). I try to do some work on it everyday and take 2 or 3 days a week to work for a few hours on it. You can do it!

  • Renee
    November 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I recommend the new 13 inch Macbook Pro! I recently purchased it and LOVE it (I’ve had a Macbook for years). =)

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    December 1, 2009 at 5:40 am

    Woo hoo! It’s official! I am so excited about your book, I can’t wait to read it 🙂

  • Allie
    December 1, 2009 at 6:05 am

    What kind of sit ups are you doing on the bosu ball??? Just normal crunches? is your butt on the floor or on the ball top? Thanks!

    • jenna
      December 1, 2009 at 7:27 am


      My butt is right next to the floor, barely on the ball, and I lean backwards over the ball so I’m laying right on it…then just sit-up!

  • Krissy - Single Serving
    December 1, 2009 at 7:13 am

    So very exciting!! Congratulations!!!

  • Nicole (dishin')
    December 1, 2009 at 10:22 am

    So exciting, Jenna! I can’t wait to read about the process…