Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

On The Mat

Hey y’all

I’m going to preface this post by saying I’ve had a bit of a rough day…in case you picked up my “mood” from my post. But, alas, as my mom always says: everything looks better in the morning 🙂

I hung out at Barnes and Noble all morning, picking out a new poetry journal and drinking Awake tea. Came home and made an Amy’s California burger pita for lunch:

Of course there was hummus, goat cheese and blue corn chips involved as well. Obviously.
Snack was trail mix. I swear I’m addicted.

And then I hit up my favorite Sunday afternoon yoga class. Boy, did I ever walk in with a bad attitude and just dropped it ALL on the mat and had the strongest/best practice I’ve had in a really long time. I sweat out so much junk and it felt aaaaaamazing…my favorite Beatles song (Let it Be) was playing during a reallyyyyy long frog pose at the end and it cleaned me right up. I swear, yoga cures everything. Really.
However, I still wasn’t up to cooking dinner so I just ate a bowl of cereal when I got home…don’t be mad, I know I’m lame.

As usual, this is a mix of Ezekiel, puffins and nature’s path granola in almond milk. Hit the spot.
Turning on a movie right now and going to go to bed really early. Goodnight!

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  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    January 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    We all have those days, love. Glad the mat & music did the trick. Hope you have a relaxing, Sunday night. Tomorrow’s a NEW day!

  • simpledaisy
    January 24, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Yoga and good music always turns my moods around:)
    Hope things are brighter for you tomorrow~

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    January 24, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Mmmmm….some nights, cereal for dinner is the BEST!! Glad to hear that you had such a great yoga session…hope tomorrow is a great day, and that whatever you’re working through seems bettter 🙂

  • Marissa
    January 24, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Cereal is a great dinner!

  • Cyndi
    January 24, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    It’s good to be grumpy every once in a while. It’s theraputic somehow …

  • Jenna
    January 24, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Glad yoga saved the day!!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    January 24, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Glad you’re in a better mood now. Sometimes, you just need to stew and let the bad mood take control before a few hours before releasing it. Happy you were able to do that!

  • theemptynutjar
    January 24, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Every day is a struggle for me Jenna. I hope you feel better soon. I have been craving and eat a ton of sugar and chocolate lately too…chocolate cures all…have some 🙂 …. or a lot….seriously 😉

  • Brynn
    January 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I can’t buy that particular trail mix because I have zero control when it’s around! I hope tomorrow is a better day.

  • Gabriela
    January 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Isn’t it amazing how exercise makes everything so much better? And don’t apologize for the dinner- cereal is a classic 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    January 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I hope everything works out, I’m so sorry you are having a hard time!
    Exercise, any kind, really makes you feel better. It’s one of the few things in life that has that ability.
    And cereal for dinner is just perfect sometimes 🙂

  • Emma Ruth
    January 24, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    it always gets better!!! exercise can CURE ANYTHING

  • amanda
    January 24, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I wish I enjoyed Yoga because I could really use something to help me diffuse my current bad attitude that I have had the last week

  • Ameena
    January 24, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Sorry you had a rough day but I’m glad that yoga helped…nothing wrong with cereal for dinner!

  • Karla
    January 24, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Exercise really is magical!

  • Sarah R
    January 24, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Hang in there girl. Glad yoga was rejuvenating for you today 🙂

  • Michelle
    January 24, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I remember when I was having a horrible night the other day. I turned off the lights, just my computer w/ yogadownloads for 1 hour. I cried the first five minutes in child’s pose and then kicked ass. It was one of the most powerful yoga sessions I had.

    Keep warrioring on 🙂

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    January 24, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    It’s amazing what yoga can do. So sorry you were having a rough day..I hate those days. It’s a beautiful thing to have an outlet like yoga or writing to just let it all pour out. I write poetry/music and journal as well and it’s so freeing to release it all on paper. I’m a yoga-newbie but It’s like therapy, I leave feeling so loose, free and happy. Love it.

  • dorothy
    January 24, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    hope you get outta your funk soon :\
    i can always count on music and exercise to help me feel better, too!

  • Lara (Thinspired)
    January 24, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Hi Jenna! That is my favorite Beatles song, too 🙂 I love those Amy’s CA burgers. Have you tried the Texas ones? They are my favorite!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    January 24, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    I’ve never put a burger in a pita. Sounds good. Your mom is right. Everything is better in the morning. Have a good night, sweetness!

  • Mary (Food Fit & Fun)
    January 24, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    your yoga class today seemed so great! I love how yoga can turn things around. Your night with cereal for dinner and early bed with a movie actually sounds so relaxing and fun. I am due for a night like that. Hope you’re doing alright!

  • Ariffa
    January 24, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    There is nothin lame about a bowl of cereal for dinner, hope you feel better tomorrow =)

  • diana(mymarble rye)
    January 24, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Looks like you may need another day on the coast to clear your mind. I hope everything is okay.. 🙁

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    January 24, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Running has always been my “yoga.” I have cried on many a long run!

  • Babycakes
    January 24, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I had shredded wheat for dinner tonight and loved it. No need to feel bad! Sending you lots of love and strength 🙂

  • Jennie
    January 24, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Hey nothing wrong with cereal for dinner. 🙂 Tomorrow will be a better day.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    January 24, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Sorry you are having a rough time whatever may be causing it. But I’m glad the yoga helped. I always feel calm after a class.

  • Ellen
    January 24, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Cereal for dinner sounds good to me….hang in there!

  • Megan
    January 24, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I am sorry you had a rough day. Your mom is right, things always look better in the morning. Keep you chin up. It will get better.

  • candice
    January 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    If veggie scrambles and sausages can be eaten for breakfast, then cereal can be eaten for dinner. 😉 I hope you wake up to a fresh, happy start tomorrow morning!

  • adrienmelaine
    January 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    sorry to hear you had a lame day, but how great are the Beatles in yoga?! I love it!

  • Erica
    January 24, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I don’t know what you are going through but…as far as I can tell you are one of the strongest and most resilient women around. So hang in there it will work out for God’s plan.

  • Run Sarah
    January 24, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Hope you feel better tomorrow…I love how yoga can have that effect on your mind & soul.

  • Jenn
    January 24, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    hey Jenna! Glad to see youre feeling better now, I think I need a good yoga session myself. Anyway I had a question for you- i just recently moved to the Tampa area and I was wondering what some of your favorite restaurants in Tampa were, especially your favortie sushi place. Thanks!

  • michelle
    January 25, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Sunday must have been a good yoga day all around (I had an amazing session yesterday)! I don’t know what it is about the heat but I feel so much better after one of those classes as opposed to a regular yoga class. Maybe the heat distracts? I don’t know- either way yesterdays class was so eye-opening for me I actually wrote a whole blog entry about it. 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

  • M.
    January 25, 2010 at 2:46 am

    I so appreciate how HONEST you are on your blog.I find some people are forever perky on blogs and it just doesn’t seem like life,it seems in search of perfection.
    Embracing our highs and lows and learning from it all is what makes us such diverse people.
    Thanks for being real.Inspiring about yoga helping your MIND so much-I am finding hot yoga helps me so much in my mental lows…

  • christie, honoring health
    January 25, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Glad the yoga helped, I am about to go practice now. I have started a personal challenge for myself to practice yoga everyday for the next year…starting today. I am reading the book “meditations from the mat” by Rolf Gates and it is so inspiring. He studied with Baron Baptiste and has quite the story to tell. You should check it out. It is 365 entries to be read each day of the year.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    January 25, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Aww, glad to hear you had a rough start to your day. But I’m even happier to know that the bad mood was diminished once you poured yourself into the practice. It is an incredible relief sometimes. 🙂

    Hope you have a lovely Monday, Jenna!

  • panda
    January 25, 2010 at 3:34 am

    i’ve just stumbled across your blog and i love it! i’ve recently started yoga too and I find that it helps me relax. anyway, hope you don’t mind that i browse through your older posts.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 25, 2010 at 3:40 am

    I love having a great yoga practice – it truly cleanses me.

  • Still Life in Southeast Asia
    January 25, 2010 at 3:42 am

    How about a new slogan?

    —Bring it to the mat and leave it on the mat!

    Glad everything got better after yoga.

  • eatmovelove
    January 25, 2010 at 4:40 am

    What type of yoga was it?
    I tried doing some yesterday – at home – and got really irritated and angry actually…rough day x 2, really made me second-guess myself and well, everything…
    and do you go right after eating?! ugh I wish I had your devotion…why do I get so caught up in my mind all the time?

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    January 25, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Glad you had such a good yoga session!! I was mad last week because I was sick on the day the ONE power yoga class per week is offered 🙁 I’ll have to do some on my own until this Thursday.
    And you’re so funny – “don’t be mad” – you can eat whatever your hear desires for dinner!!

  • Haleigh
    January 25, 2010 at 5:08 am

    I am sorry you had a bad day. But, it’s true yoga really does cure everything.

  • Mom
    January 25, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Christie~ Jenna actually gave me that book for Mother’s day one year. It is amazing! I love it!

  • M.
    January 25, 2010 at 5:29 am

    EatLiveBreathe might be a good future title for this blog 😉

  • The Paris Food Blague
    January 25, 2010 at 5:31 am

    ah we all have those days. looks like you dealt with it healthily! feel better today!

    the paris food blague

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething
    January 25, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Yoga and I believe all exercise can change a sour mood. Glad you are feeling better!

  • alexe @ soyaetchocolat
    January 25, 2010 at 5:58 am

    My rough day was Saturday… The only thing I wanted was to crawl back into bed and sleep all day. Unfortunately, I was at work so I had to try to be more upbeat for my colleagues… I hate that I’m not able to hide my bad moods! I started yoga recently, I hope it can help me as much as it helps you one day (for now, I just focus on doing the moves right)! I hope you have a brighter Monday morning! Bonne journée!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    January 25, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Hope your tomorrow is better 🙂

  • katherine
    January 25, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Hope you’re feeling better this morning! I agree, yoga can be a great mood lifter, forcing you to focus on something besides your problems for an hour or 90 minutes. It’s so cleansing too b/c you’ve worked hard, but without the stress of something like running.

    Btw, glad you got back out on the road for a few miles pain-free!

  • Jill
    January 25, 2010 at 6:40 am

    “When the broken hearted people living in the world agree, there will be an answer, let it be.” A genius wrote those words…

  • PippaPatchwork
    January 25, 2010 at 6:49 am

    We all have those days..and hot yoga is one of the best ways to get it out of your system. Hope you feel better!

  • Kat
    January 25, 2010 at 6:51 am

    I feel the rough day. Sometimes you just have to have one of those days. Yesterday was mine. I just needed to sleep and breathe. Everything does look better in the morning…and if it doesn’t, we have to make it look better! The Bay Area’s rain has put me in a funk!

    Btw, you make me want to give yoga another chance! I am so unfocused!
    Take care girl!

  • Jamie
    January 25, 2010 at 6:53 am

    I understand your funk – it happens to everyone and I hope that yoga, good eats, and good friends can help you get through a rough day

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    January 25, 2010 at 7:17 am

    really hoping today is much better for you 🙂

  • Jenny
    January 25, 2010 at 7:19 am

    I am severely addicted to trailmix – but my favorite includes M&Ms haha

  • Laura
    January 25, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Jenna, even though I don’t know you, I feel for you, so I’m sending you a big (anonymous!) hug. I know when things are tough for me, I look forward to seeing my Mum and giving her a hug, and I miss my long passed away cat! I know life is such a gift, but sometimes its all one can do to just get through the day somehow, so well done! 😉 Think how much happiness you give to so many people, including through this blog! I hope the sunshine comes out for you this morning 😛

  • Veronique Barretto
    January 25, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I am sure you have answered this a million times, but what would you recommend for someone wanting to explore yoga…I have never really done it before. Do you recommend taking a beginning class, any good books?, or DVDs, maybe some online site?

    • jenna
      January 25, 2010 at 7:44 am


      I would suggest going into a class rather than doing something online so you can get the postures down with the help of a teacher. You don’t want to hurt yourself by doing them wrong!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    January 25, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I swear any work out that makes you sweat will seriously help your mood. Moods seem to sweat right out. hehe

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    January 25, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Yoga really does fix everything, I’m convinced. I hope tomorrow is better!

  • MMiller
    January 25, 2010 at 9:04 am

    “Let it be” is one of my all time favorites! It helped me get through my sister’s death! I would listen to it over and over!

    Sorry you started out having a bad day! And glad the yoga class helped so much!

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    January 25, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Sometimes cereal for dinner is just the best thing. When I’m feeling down, I just give into it for the rest of the day, and promise myself that tomorrow I will have a new, positive outlook. That way, I get a chance to feel bad for myself and do what I want to feel better, but there’s a limit to it, because tomorrow truly is a new day!

  • Jil
    January 25, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I hear ya. Glad to hear yoga helped though!! and that wrap looks so, so good.

  • Lauren
    January 25, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I love eating cereal when I don’t feel like putting forth effort. No shame!

  • Jenny
    January 25, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I had a rough weekend too, but you’re right, mom’s comforting words never fail. And a good night’s sleep cures a lot, not everything, but a lot.

    LOVE that Beatles song too!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    January 27, 2010 at 8:12 am

    I love yoga for that specific reason. I love the peace that it brings plus the way it makes your body feel afterwards; literally like a weight has been lifted 🙂