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Passion, Patience and Training News

Hi guys!

How was your Thursday? Mine was busy, busy, busy! Good news is that tomorrow is FRIDAY! =)

This morning I snacked on my favorite Kashi bar and an apple around 3:45—


I love this bar because of the chew! It takes me forever to eat and I love the caramel flavor. It also keeps me full for awhile and that’s always a plus (although I am definitely not as hungry today as I was yesterday!)!

I also had a Kombucha while at work……I said only on Fridays but it just looked so good!


I was excited about breakfast because I got to try out this:


Turned into this—-


So portable and easy…I love it! The only ingredients in this rolled oats bowl are rolled oats, cinnamon, water, agave nectar and sea salt and it contains 220 calories. I’m guessing it contains the heart healthy portion of oats (3/4 cup dry) and that is why it is more calories than just a standard cup of oatmeal.

My thoughts?

I was very very VERY pleased with this product! I did bulk it up a bit with a half scoop of chocolate protein powder, half a sliced banana and a scoop of almond butter, but the overall flavor and texture of the oatmeal was wonderful. Even though it does contain a sweetener (agave nectar), you would never know it because this didn’t taste sugary at all. It was very thick and “porridge-like”, just how I like my oatmeal to be. This breakfast kept me full and going strong for about 5 hours! I would be very interested in trying out the other Amy’s breakfast bowls (cream of rice, steel cut oats) to see how they measure up. This is one for one though!

Like I said before, my appetite was a lot less ravenous than yesterday! Funny how that is sometimes. I felt FULL all morning at work from my breakfast and when I got home I was craving yet another ab&j on an ezekiel muffin. I just can’t get enough of this (or nut butter for that matter!). On the side, I had watermelon, half a red pepper and cucumber….nice cooling produce for this hot day!


After lunch, I biked to Sarah’s house for bible study. Yes, my friend Sarah does have a blog (she’s had one for a long time actually) but she just recently decided to make it more “open” to the blog world! I hope you all will visit her site and support her as you continually support me! 🙂 The bike ride there was….interesting. It took about 15 minutes and was on a narrow sidewalk next to a busy street (don’t worry, I wore my helmet!) so I was constantly having to stop and go. On the ride back, I took a longer more scenic route along the bay to actually get a bit of a workout in. However, I made the mistake of riding by my favorite health food store and therefore just HAD to stop for another one of those amazing veggie juice drinks that I had last Sunday! Here’s my favorite mix of carrot, ginger, beet, apple and celery:


After bible study, before starting the second leg of my bike journey (haha), I snacked on a primal strip for some protein:


I LOVE these!!!

Tonight’s dinner was super simple, yet again. I promise to make it up tomorrow night! 😉 When I got home from biking, I was having an intense Indian food craving so I heated up my favorite channa masala:


Tastes SO authentic!


I also had about 80% of my last Rudi’s wrap (the other 20% was left out in the fridge and had gotten all hard and icky) with sliced cucumbers and the last of the jicama. I’ve got to hit the store tomorrow! I’m going through my produce like crazy…I guess that’s a good thing though! 🙂

Dessert was a frozen Veggie Girl Chocolate Chip Almond Fig Blondie (!!!!)


Yes, Veggie Girl, I am still savoring every morsel of the delicious dessert you baked me!!! These were AMAZING straight out of the freezer…no need to thaw! Very very chewy and delicious.

Also in the news is that I have decided to really take my training to the next level………

I picked an event that is sort of far off, but it gives me a lot of time (and I’m going to need it!) to train and get strong and ready. I was thinking this morning at work at what I think it really means to be ALIVE (yes, I have deep thoughts after 2 cups of coffee while topping muffins at 4:15 am), and to me, really living your life is challenging yourself and doing things that scare you! I love the feeling of accomplishment, of strength and of just really feeling like I am living my life to the fullest every second of every day. That all being said, I have decided to train for a TRIATHLON on August 2nd. I NEVER in a million bagillion years would have thought this would be something I ever would want to do, and even the thought of it really freaks me out (I cannot swim to save my life), but I think it would be such an amazing sense of accomplishment. Sarah is hopefully going to do it with me (she has done three triathlons) and she’s going to sort of “coach” me through the training process….especially the swimming part, which I am terrified of!

The triathlon is a sprint tri in Key Biscayne….we swim in the Atlantic, bike in South Beach and then run over the bridge that connects downtown to Key Biscayne. Its for a great cause, too, and that is research for Huntington’s Disease.

For those of you that don’t know, Huntington’s Disease is an inherited disorder resulting in the slow and irreversible loss of both mental and physical capacity. The usual age of onset is between 30 and 50, usually after a person has established a career, married and begun a family. Initial symptoms can be hard to detect and identify, including depression, mood swings, forgetfulness, and lack of coordination. That all being said, I will be raising money for this event to give as my donation. There is no known cure to this disease, but the money donated will go to improving the lives of those who are affected with the disease and to provide further research on it. I haven’t worked out the details yet, but in the future there will be a spot where you all can donate if you feel called to! I have to raise $125, which shouldn’t (hopefully) be too difficult to do because I know how amazingly supportive you all on the blogging community are. More details on all that donation stuff to come in the future though!

(I really have no earthly idea what I am getting myself into so seasoned triathletes feel free to leave suggestions on how to train someone that is used to swimming doggy paddle in the pool)

Tomorrow is work, lunch with Courtney at GrassRoots, grocery shopping, mushroom recipe formulating and hopefully playing with a new toy that should come tomorrow in the mail…………. 😉

Bible study quote of the week:

“It’s tough being a woman who can balance passion with patience. Wait upon the Lord…that is where our strength comes from” Beth Moore

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  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    March 19, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Holy Macaroni a Triathalon!! That’s amazing! Get it girl!

    I’ve always wondered about those Amy’s oatmeal bowls. Good to know!!

    Can’t wait to see you tomorrow for lunch…and I’m bringing you a special treat =)

  • Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday
    March 19, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    How exciting for you!!! Good luck with your training, we will be here all the way!

  • Runeatrepeat
    March 19, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Good luck on the Tri! You can do it 🙂

  • ttfn300
    March 19, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    horray for a tri!! the second one i did was in the atlantic, but up in deleware 🙂 practice that if you can! let me know if you have any questions!

    found those primal strips and they rock 🙂

  • Lisa D
    March 19, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Good for you for challenging yourself with a TRI! That’s awesome! And that oatmeal did look super delicious this morning.

  • Tracy
    March 19, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Jenna, do you think you could replicate your favorite juice smoothie in your Vita-Mix?

  • Kristine
    March 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Congrats on deciding to run a tri!!! That is very inspiring and I can’t wait to hear all about your training! I too would love to participate in a tri but i’m petrified of swimming! Maybe you will inspire me! 🙂 P.S. I read your blog all the time but hardly ever comment…sorry! I will start to comment more!

  • Erin
    March 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I want that juice!
    Exciting training news, I’m excited to see how it goes, as I am an awful swimmer too!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    March 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    You are so ambitious…I LOVE IT! I have no doubt you will do fantastic training and competing and it is so awesome that it is for such a great cause. You have no fear, and that is so inspiring!!!

  • K
    March 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks for the Amy’s review!! Who can ever get enough of nut butters 😉

    YAY!! You will be amazing – good luck on your journey!

  • VeggieGirl
    March 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm


  • VeggieGirl
    March 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    P.S. – best of luck, girl!! you know I support you 100%!!

  • Hallie
    March 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I bought one of those primal stips but couldn’t force myself to eat it. I think another blogger said they were gross, so I psyched myself out. Maybe I’ll give them another try…or, a try 😉

    Congrats on signing up for a triathalon! I totally know what you mean about challenging yourself. I think there’s something about our generation (or maybe our age group?) that’s always looking for the next thing.

  • polly
    March 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    LOVE YOU girl!! That is awesome… you triathlete!! I will be cheering you on! Yummy oats and yay for that QUOTE.

    Balancing PASSION with PATIENCE is my challenge in life!! The Lord is so patient with his jumping bean. =)

  • polly
    March 19, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I meant THIS jumping bean… =)

  • Lauren
    March 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Congratulations on your decision to participate in a triathalon, Jenna! I am so proud of you and am so confident that you are going to do very well. Your ambition is truly an inspiration 🙂

  • Haleigh
    March 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Good luck on the triathlon! I have no doubt that you can accomplish anything that you put your mind too!

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    March 19, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Oh my goodness…a triatholon!!! You’ll do amazingly! I’m so excited for you!

    I’m lovin’ all the once-frozen meals today. Last time I was at Whole Foods, I stared at that channa masala for a good five minutes thinking, “Jenna loves these, I should probably try it. But I don’t wanna spend money!” Haha, needless to say, I’m still thinking about it, therefore I will buy it soon! Have a great night:)

  • Matt
    March 19, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I will be donating for sure!

  • Liz
    March 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    That’s my FAVORITE Kashi bar, too. Just tried it a few days ago for the first time. It’s pretty expensive, though. The cheapest I can find it online is for 1.88 per bar. That’s expensive!

    I also really love the Zoe bars (esp. chocolate) that I tried for the first time this week. Holy cow the flavor was amazing-like chocolate coconut goodness.

    Good luck on the triathalon! You are so brave :).

  • Tyler (Raspberry Runner)
    March 19, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    YAY TRIATHLON!! Good luck! You will be addicted once you do your first one 🙂

  • faith
    March 19, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    jenna, can you breast stroke? that might be a good one to practice if you dont like to swim because that way you can keep your eye on the booey and wont go haywire with all the swimmers in the pack!! its only one part you can make up time other places such as:

    2) practice your transitions!!, how you’re going to lay out your clothes, your fuel, etc.

    3) just have fun, the goal of my first tri was just not to stop!

  • Greta
    March 19, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    The fight against Huntington Disease is such a great cause. Good for you! BTW: if you need any biking tips, I’m all ears. I won a mountain biking state title back in my competitive cycling days.

  • Run Saraaah
    March 19, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I had no idea those strips were meatless – I should look for some, I can always use more protein in my meals.

  • Meg
    March 19, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Yay for the triathalon!! That is so exciting! I don’t doubt you’ll be able to do it! Look how you’ve overcome your shin splints!
    And it’s for a good cause too! I’m looking forward to hearing about your training as the months go on!

  • Jessica
    March 19, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Good luck with the triathalon!!! I’m no good at swimming either. But i know you will do great! You have actually inspired me, I would love to particpate in a 5k, especially a trail run. Never in my life would I have ever thought I could do something like that. I can’t wait to hear about your training!

  • LadyLara
    March 19, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Omg you will LOVE triathlon!! They are addictive. =)

  • Cole
    March 19, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    A triathlon! Awesome! I’m training for my first right now (a sprint as well) and I have a feeling I’m going to get addicted…

    And that Amy’s oatmeal looks great!

  • Sara
    March 19, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    The oatmeal bowl looks good. I’ll have to try it!
    What kind of chocolate protein powder do you use? Do you use it in anything besides oatmeal?

    I am so impressed that you are going to be doing a triathalon!! I am the same as you – the swimming portion scares the heck out of me, which is why I have never signed up for one!! I look forward to hearing about your training and any tips you hear 🙂 What a great cause, too. Good luck!!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    March 19, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    oh man! the run over the key biscayne bridge is GORGEOUS! You’re going to love it! It’s one of my fave spots in Miami 🙂

    that’s such a great goal to set for yourself! Can’t wait to see your training (Especially since I can’t swim to save my life either!!)

  • Adi (
    March 19, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    You are going to do AWESOME at a triathalon Jenna! I can’t swim very well either, so it’s so inspiring to hear you talk about training for this event. Very cool!

  • melissa (fitnessnyc)
    March 19, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    I am the same way STARVING one day, not very hungry the next. I always have been. Great oatmeal review, I have been meaning to try kozy shack ready grains which look good also.

  • Melissa
    March 19, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Good luck with the training, I’m sure it will be a welcome challenge for you.

  • Emily L.
    March 19, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    What great news that you’re doing a triathlon in my neck of the woods. When it gets closer, and you’re starting to make plans, let me know, I’d love to meet you and take you out for a celebration dinner!

  • Stephanie
    March 19, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I am SO mad at you! I tried the Kombucha today and love it… and it’s $3.00 a bottle! Grrrrr…. 🙂

  • EatingRD
    March 19, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I was wanting to do a triathalon in the future as well! Do you already have your own road bike? It may take me awhile to save up for that. I don’t really know how to swim either. I mean I can keep myself afloat (haha), but I need to get the mechanics of it for sure. Can’t wait to see your training and good luck!!
    -kristen 🙂

    • jenna
      March 20, 2009 at 1:11 am


      Haha no! I am training on my Target bike and then I’ll either be using Sarah’s road bike or her husband’s at the race. No way can I afford to spend more money right now to buy a new one..those are expensive and Sarah told me if I train on my bike then use hers it will be a lot easier at the race.

  • Kate
    March 19, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    I am also OBSESSED with those bars–have you ever nuked them for a/b 10 seconds in the microwave:) Heaven.

  • Kristin
    March 19, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Good luck with starting your training!

  • Hangry Pants
    March 19, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I think a tri makes perfect sense for you – you love to bike and swim, and the running is short enough that you won’t have shin pain! Good luck training.

  • Elizabeth
    March 19, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I have been reading your blog for a while now but have never commented. I just wanted to say that i think its great that you are training for this tri and rasing money for huntingtons disease. my aunt was diagnosed 10 years ago at the age of 40 and it is so hard to watch the gradual loss of a loved one. Good luck with training and even when it gets hard remember that you are raising money and awareness for a great cause 🙂

  • Hannah Hawley
    March 19, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Did you know that you can make kombucha at home???

    My mom has a recipe if you would like to give it a try. It so SOOO YUMMMY!!!

  • LadyLara
    March 19, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I thought of a few tips:
    Practice biking then running. This is called a “brick” … because your legs feel like lead at first! Over time you it will feel normal. To get the maximum benefit I’ve heard 5min or less between the bike and run.

    I’d recommend at least one open water swim, lake or ocean. It’s very different from swimming in a pool because it’s hard to stay in a straight line and there is no stopping. Your friend can help you learn how to “sight.”

    During the race, you can’t draft on the bike. But you can swimming!

  • Sharon
    March 19, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Oh wow, super exciting!!! good luck!!

  • Organic Girl aka AshleyH
    March 19, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    I have been wanting to train for a triathalon lately too! I definitly will eventually but not right now. I cant wait to read about how you train and what not. Good Luck!

  • Becca A
    March 19, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    You’ll do great! I hope its early in the day though! My bro lives in South Beach and I had to get up so early to run when I vacationed there lol!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    March 19, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Good luck with your training!

  • Caroline
    March 19, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    I’ve heard those Tandoor Chef meals are pretty good…which (vegetarian) one would you recommend I try first?

  • Leah
    March 19, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Hi Jenna!
    What kind of jam/jelly/spread do you eat? Thanks. You’ll do great in a triathlon…are you doing the sprint distance?

  • Anne P
    March 20, 2009 at 2:19 am

    good for you, jenna, that’s awesome!! i’m still figuring out my summer plans, but it’s sounding more and more like i’ll be in tampa for july and august, in which case i might train with you for this race!! i’ll have to get my bike down from DC… but i need my car down in florida if i’m there all summer anyway, so that’s doable. i’ll keep you updated! 🙂 and i used to be on swim teams, so i can help coach you on the swimming, even though i’m not that good anymore 🙂

  • sirenjess
    March 20, 2009 at 4:57 am

    That is awesome. It’s good to have goals. I would love to do a tri except I can’t ride a bike or swim.

  • Katie
    March 20, 2009 at 5:49 am

    I know you have a ton of readers/commenters but I just want to let you know, I’m so encouraged by your blog and your passion for Christ! When you wrote about your desires for Christian girlfriends, it really spoke to my heart and encouraged me to seek Christian girlfriends. One girl and I have really clicked and we’ll be doing a Beth Moore study together soon. And she’s a runner 🙂

  • Sarah W.
    March 20, 2009 at 6:27 am

    congrats on the triathlon! you will do soooo well! esp with sarah guiding u!

  • Elina (Healthy and Sane)
    March 20, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Wow, that’s quite the decision! I’m also a believer that constantly challenging yourself is important… and you’ve definitely picked quite the challenge!!
    Question: I’m glad you enjoyed that breakfast but I’m wondering how it’s more convenient that just portioning out some oats and milk or water in a container and microwaving it? Is it creamier than usual? Thanks 🙂

  • Beth
    March 20, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Good luck with your tri! I’ve just started flirting with the idea of training for one, too. The swim is the only part that really freaks me out because I’m not a great swimmer at all. I’ll be looking to your blog for extra motivation! My tri isn’t until September, so I have plenty of time to get used to the swimming part at least!

  • brandi
    March 20, 2009 at 6:31 am

    good luck with the tri! you’ll do great 🙂

  • Ozlen
    March 20, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Heyyy Jenna,

    when you have a chance can you post how you stuff a date so well.. I can not seem to do it -retarded- I know. Do you cut and pit it and then put iot back together?? And how you caN STOP EATING JUST 2 OF THOSE..They are so good. I tried them yetserday and could not stop eating! I think I ended up eating like 4 of or so and that is after my dinner. and that is a ton of calories.


    • jenna
      March 20, 2009 at 6:03 pm


      Its actually very messy! I just sort of cut the pit out and glob some almond butter inside. Very, very messy indeed. I take a picture before it all falls apart!


      It did seem thicker than that and I guess its for people that don’t even have the time to portion out their oats and water. It wouldn’t be something I would buy all the time, but if I were on a trip or something, I would probably pick up a couple because you don’t have to lug a cannister of oats along with you places!


      I use Bonne Maman Raspberry preserves…..addicted!!! =)

  • Rae
    March 20, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Congrats, Jenna! I know you will do AWESOME. And I totally hear ya with the swim…when I did my first tri, i was NOT a swimmer. Honestly, time in the pool is what you need….spend 2-3 days in the pool, building up your distance. You can always start with whatever stroke you are comortable with (breaststroke, sidestroke, etc) but most people generally adapt to freestyle, as it is more economical. Invest in GOOD goggles and a swimcap…makes it so much nicer to swim!! Also, check out…they have some great training plans that map it all out for you so you dont have to figure out what kinds of workouts to get in (I think some are free, and most are no more than 20 dollars). I use for my half ironman training…thats also a cheap resource, and they give you nutritional, strength training and nutrition tips as well. Ive been racing for 4 years now (started out as NOT a swimmer) and i LOVE it!! If you have any specific questions, please feel free to give me a shout!!

    Also,..great blog 🙂 Ive read it for about a year and LOVE your outlook on life, eating, and working out! Youre an inspiration!!

  • Danielle
    March 20, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Good luck with the training for the tri, you are going to do awesome!

  • RunToFinish
    March 20, 2009 at 8:08 am

    how very exciting!!! I think next year I may work towards a tri, I’m going to focus on working towards boston this year. What an amazing goal, can’t wait to watch you achieve it!

  • Melissa
    March 20, 2009 at 8:55 am

    That is so awesome!! I can’t wait to follow your training for the TRI!! I don’t think I could ever do it but I’m inspired watching people do TRI’s. Utterly amazing what our bodies are capable of doing. God’s most awesome creation no doubt about it!!! : D

  • Jess
    March 20, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Triathlon training will be great for your shin problems. They’ll be resting during the swimming and biking.

  • skinnyrunner
    March 20, 2009 at 9:36 am

    good luck with the tri! train well and you will do awesome.

  • Brooke
    March 20, 2009 at 9:47 am

    You go girl! That is amazing you are going to do that! Congrats and we’ll be with you every step of the way! You can do it! The swimming might seem scary, but it will be awesome! I believe in you!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    March 20, 2009 at 10:30 am

    I LOVE Amy’s hot rolled oats. The multi-grain cereal is also delicious, If you get a chance to try it. What exciting news RE: the Triatholon! Can’t wait to hear about your training. Have a good weekend 😉

  • Jessica
    March 20, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Wow Jenna!!! Congratulations and good luck girl! 2 of my brothers trained for a tri two years ago and they loved it!!!! Training is going to be tough but you will get sooo strong and I’m sure you can do it!!!

    Oh! And you and Courtney have convinced me to finally try that Kombucha! I’m going to grab one later today when I go to whole foods!!

  • Erin
    March 20, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Love the orange flowers! That blondie looks delish…totally jealous.

  • Ozlen
    March 20, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I think I wrote this before but here I go again.. I am just curious how you stuff those dates so well and how you stop at eating just 2!! I cant figure either of these.. They are yummy and I spread thje ab after I split and pit them. Is that what you do also??

  • Fit Mommy
    March 20, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    My best advice for training for a tri is to read everything by Coach Al. He is an amazing coach and athlete. Here is one of his websites with all the swim info on it. I’d also rec. finding a beg. triathlon plan to follow. I will look around for some for you…

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  • andrenna
    March 27, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    just in case you ever decide to make kombucha!

  • Heather
    March 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    You have inspired me today! Good luck with the training, I know you will kick butt!