Pearly Whites


I had an old classic for breakfast:


Just some oatmeal with soymilk, banana and almond butter. All those fancy variations just can’t beat it sometimes.

So I know you have probably seen this on a million other blogs by now, but say hello to the Waterpik!


All my life I’ve been a straightforward “toothbrush from the dentist” kind of girl. I’m pretty simple and cheap toothbrushes have always done the job! That being said, this was a big treat for me. I’ve been using it for the past three days and really like it…’s quite the powerful little machine! My only criticism is that it turns on SO easily—this thing was vibrating away in the box because the button got accidentally pressed! The button is very, very sensitive and if you are not careful you will spray toothpaste all over your bathroom mirror. I know from experience. 😉

My teeth do feel all spankin’ clean though after I use it….it’s sort of like going to the dentist and not leaving your house. In a less painful way. Haha


This morning I am going to see an athletic trainer for my shins! Lisa is a professional triathlete, triathlon coach, athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist (whew!) that works at the yoga studio I go to. She was so kind to offer to a few sessions to me to see if she can help my shin pain….I think she is going to tape me up this morning or something. I’m sure y’all know more than I do on this, but she says there’s some special type of medical tape that lasts for days that she uses on her professional athletes. I’ve never been “taped” before so this will be interesting. I’ll report back.

Happy Tuesday!

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  • Food Makes Fun Fuel
    September 22, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Believe it or not, I’ve never made my oats with milk. Does it drastically change the flavor/texture?

  • Holly
    September 22, 2009 at 10:05 am

    simple is best 🙂

    good luck today! i am crossing my fingers for you that she is able to help!!!

  • christie, honoring health
    September 22, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Ooohhh, good luck getting tapped!! That should be very interesting!

  • brandi
    September 22, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I hope your meeting with her goes well!

  • Kristen @ Simply Savor
    September 22, 2009 at 10:12 am

    i totally agree that sometimes simple oats are the best!! best of luck today with your appointment, hope the ‘taping’ goes well!! 🙂

  • Courtney
    September 22, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Can’t wait to hear how the experiment in taping goes!! Hope you find some relief for your shins so you can continue on your running journey.

    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • Tricia
    September 22, 2009 at 10:21 am

    It’s probably Kinesio tape!
    That stuff is awesome!

  • april
    September 22, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I agree.. simple oatmeal is the best sometimes!

    Good luck with your athletic trainer! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • jenna
    September 22, 2009 at 10:23 am

    good luck with the athletic trainer….sounds interesting.

    Cool waterpik. one question…would you spend $80.00 on it?

    • jenna
      September 22, 2009 at 11:32 am


      No. But that’s just because I’m on the strictest budget of my life. If you HAVE $80 then I think it’s a great thing….but I don’t have an extra $80.

  • Megan
    September 22, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I had that exact same breakfast! Except I had Mighty Maple pb rather than almond butter 🙂 It’s definitely my favorite breakfast. I hope everything goes well today with the athletic trainer!!

  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City)
    September 22, 2009 at 10:28 am

    That’s great news! My husband had an injury for over 3 years and has just now found a PT whose techniques are helping him get back to normal. He really thought he was just going to be injured for the rest of his life. Keep seeking out different professionals. Eventually, you will be able to find a solution to your shin problems.

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    September 22, 2009 at 10:30 am

    good luck with the trainer! Hope you have good news to report!

  • Jen (Running With Cake)
    September 22, 2009 at 10:33 am

    You oatmeal looks just perfect for the first day of fall! I go through tooth brushes so FAST (brushing too hard). I don’t think that waterpik would last with me! I was taped in high school before a big cross-country match. It’s a weird feeling when the tape finally comes off.

  • Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life
    September 22, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I’ve been wanting to try a waterpik for some time now. It looks great!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    September 22, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I haven’t seen that toothbrush around, but it looks like it would do a great job!

  • Marina
    September 22, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I hope that she’ll help you! I know how it’s like to not be able to workout because some stupid injury 🙁

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    September 22, 2009 at 10:55 am

    I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much taping can help! Good luck!

  • Julia
    September 22, 2009 at 10:56 am

    This is so funny: this morning I thought exactly the same thing (I wanted just a ‘plain version’ of oatmeal), so I made oats with milk. Nothing more…delicious!

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  • HeatherBakes
    September 22, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I’ve used a Sonicare toothbrush for years and LOVE it. Regular toothbrushes just make my teeth feel grimy now.

    Good luck with the trainer!!!

  • Tina
    September 22, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Those oats look sooo creamy. Simple is the best, agreed.

    I’m Tina and I’ve been reading your blog for about a year and a half. I’m a freshman in college and just started my own blog as well! I can’t wait to get involved with this amazing community 🙂

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    September 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Good luck @ the trainer! Can’t wait to hear how it goes.

  • Brie (The Fit Bride)
    September 22, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Taping is GREAT! I’ve had it done to my knee before and it was really awesome. Good luck!

  • Nicole
    September 22, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    I have to say that I love the fact that I have a PT as one of my best friends. She fixes all my triathlete ailments whenever I call her up! Good luck with your shin problems! I hope that she can help you!

  • Stephanie
    September 22, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I have the ‘old classic’ almost every day (but with peanut butter) and I can never seem to get tired of it!! Speaking of dentist..grrr I have to go on Thurs and get a wisdom tooth out :/ Not fun!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    September 22, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Your oats look great this morning! You’re right, sometimes the simple recipe is the best one :O). Good luck with the trainer!

  • Justy2003
    September 22, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Good luck with the taping! I went to an ART doctor (active release technique) last spring when I was training for my first half and he taped me up. It helped immensely and I could run with no shin pain while I was taped up! Not sure if it’ll be the same technique, but hopefully it’ll help!
    I’m training for another half and have had NO shin pain this time around…and I owe it all to The Stick, stretching, and doing strength moves. I hope you can find something to cure your shin pain soon!

  • Meg
    September 22, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Best of luck Jenna! 🙂

  • emily
    September 22, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Good luck with your shins!

  • Eliza
    September 22, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    ooo, yes! I had kinesio taping done on my knee when i was training for a half marathon. I don’t know if that’s what she’ll do but it did seem to help a bit. good luck!!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    September 22, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I’m totally with you that sometimes I just crave the classic, simple breakfasts. It honestly looks delicious! 🙂

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal)
    September 22, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Hopefully the taping works for you, since I know Caitling @ HTP seems to think it helps her knees. It’s great you’re seeing someone new, seeing new doctors and other people in the field is definitely going to help you get better. Best of luck today!

  • angieinatlanta
    September 22, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Nothin’ wrong with a classic! It’s a classic for a reason!

  • meg
    September 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Yeah for a fancy new toothbrush!

    Hope the taping helps your shins 🙂

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    September 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Lisa is wonderful! She helped me with my back this Summer!!! Hope it goes well =)

  • mml
    September 22, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Hey Jenna! I have been reading your blog for a while now and just love it. I have gotten so many great dinner ideas..hello Mediterranean Stuffed Bell Peppers! I just started a blog, more or less just for fun b/c I enjoy reading them so much.

    I am so excited to see all these tooth brushes popping up over the blog world b/c I am a 2nd year dental student in Birmingham. If you would ever want me to write a little bit about ways to take care of your teeth or something like that, just let me know. I feel like with everything else…nutrition, medicine…knowledge is powerful and sometimes people don’t even know they are doing things wrong or incorrectly. I promise going to the dentist is not always painful…trust me, I am the biggest wimp ever…..I might even still tear up at the thought of getting a throat culture. Have a great rest of the day and good luck with the shins!

  • Lauren
    September 22, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I used to get shin splints when I ran cross country. They are so so painful so I can imagine what you are going through!

  • Jenna
    September 22, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    hope it all goes well jenna! can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • Amanda
    September 22, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Good luck, I hope you find some relief!

  • Louise
    September 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Really wish I could eat oatmeal, since it is so great for you, but I just can’t get past the texture.

  • Cyndi
    September 22, 2009 at 9:44 pm