Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Rock The Vote

Wow, I think I actually like this 12-8 type deal. I got SO much done this morning! I did laundry, went to the gym, VOTED, did my bible study and bought a surprise for Ryan, which I mailed out at the post office. 😉 Now I’m all ready for work and hoping it won’t be too crazy of a day/night!

Here’s what I did at the gym though:

20 minutes of elliptical on hill mode

2 sets of eagle leg crunches (which I demo here) — 18 reps each set

2 sets of reverse crunches—18 reps each set

2 sets (each leg) of lunges on bozu ball–15 reps

2 sets of calf press—50 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of hip abduction—50 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of hip adduction—50 lbs, 15 reps

I stayed about 45 minutes or so and it was a pretty good workout. I was sweaty and the elliptical wasn’t SO bad with the latest Shape magazine and US weekly by my side. 🙂

After I worked out and while I ran errands I snacked on this monster sized honey crisp apple:


And I got these at the drug store because they were totally necessary:


I think I dug all the red ones out and ate them 😉

I knew I needed a filling lunch today so I made a meal that combined a healthy amount of protein, complex carbs and fat to keep me going. I heated up a cup of Glen Muir Organic Lentil Soup and had it with a toasted ezekiel muffin with a few tbsp hummus and a slice of swiss cheese:


Let’s just say Amy’s Split Pea soup blew this soup away. It was just okay…sort of watery. The flavor was good but I like my split pea soup really thick and creamy. This wasn’t that at all.

As for tonight, I may just eat staff meal or I may eat this:


With the bar for a mid-afternoon snackie.

Okay lovlies—I’m off to be a working girl! Remember, you can get free coffee AND free ice cream tonight if you have your “I Voted” sticker! If I get off early enough I am going to try to find the ice cream….haha!

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  • amb
    November 4, 2008 at 10:45 am

    hi jenna! just curious- what prompted you to share about your spirituality/faith? have been reading for awhile and noticed.

  • Katie
    November 4, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I love gummy bears! They’re totally my “airport snack.”

  • arielle
    November 4, 2008 at 10:52 am

    They don’t give out stickers here! I hope I can still get ice cream.

  • Allison
    November 4, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Haribo Gummy Bears are the best!

  • Pearl
    November 4, 2008 at 11:05 am

    You don’t need a sticker or anything for coffee or ice cream. Just go and say you voted!

  • Steph
    November 4, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Hi Jenna! I just wanted to tell you that reading your blog makes me happy! Your food choices always seem so logical and intuitive, like you really listen to you body and feed it what it needs. For some reason, you make it look so easy, and yet in real life it’s so hard!

    Sounds like God is doing good things in your life. Keep listening to Him!

  • polly
    November 4, 2008 at 11:16 am

    yay I voted! I was not tooo bad of a wait either here in Indiana. I walked over with hubby and we have a gorgeous sunny day, here, so it should be a great turnout.

    Jenna, so glad your day is going well… God has huge plans for you, ya peach! Hope Ryan likes his surprise, once he gets it tell us what it is! (if ya want, of course)

  • mags
    November 4, 2008 at 11:29 am

    i’ve heard about the coffee, but where do you get free ice cream?!

  • Sammie
    November 4, 2008 at 11:34 am

    I am glad you are enjoying the day – it is nice you got to change things up a bit. I love hummus and cheese – it sounds like an odd combo but it is so tasty. I hope your evening at work goes well – can’t wait to see all the goodies you make today.

  • Erica
    November 4, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Way to go, girlie! You have gotten so much done today already!! Have a great day at work!

  • seelivelee (for the love of peanut butter)
    November 4, 2008 at 11:39 am

    i love your posts! and you deserve that icecream go get it!! 🙂

  • lauren
    November 4, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Haribo Gummy Bears are the best kind of gummi bear – love them. tandoor chef meals are SO good too. love all your choices!

  • Heather
    November 4, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Free coffee, free ice cream, AND a free doughnut at Krispy Kreme (at least in Dallas)- sounds like a great day 🙂

    Good luck at work… I’m envious of your productivity this morning!

  • Runeatrepeat
    November 4, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Sorry your shins keep giving your trouble. I am all about listening to your body 🙂 you don’t want to make it worse! Take care.

  • Oh She Glows
    November 4, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    I ALWAYS have a magazine to read while I am doing cardio in the gym! It helps time fly by 🙂

  • Sarah
    November 4, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Did someone say ice cream, lol? Where do you get it?
    Glad you are having a great day!!!

  • ModelBehavior
    November 4, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    I love that places are giving away treats to people that voted, America rocks!

  • Kate
    November 4, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Does the veggie pad-thai have tofu in it?

  • Moran
    November 4, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Wow the Haribo’s package here in the Czech Republic is IDENTICAL. I am quite surprised!!

  • sara84
    November 4, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Jenna…
    Quick question. I recently bought this new brand of organic natural peanut butter that said it was a no stir kind… (which I prefer!!). However, the ingredients listed “organic palm oil”, which I am guessing is a preservative and is why it doesnt say that it needs to be refregirated. Is this kind still ok? should I stick to the usual “peanuts, salt” kind of natural peanut butter?

  • Megan
    November 4, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Definitely go for the ice cream tonight. Hope work goes well for you too! And your hummus and cheese sandwich is definitely calling my name…I think I will have the same as part of my lunch. Have a good afternoon!

  • runjess
    November 4, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Yay voting! I love that Vegetable Pad Thai.

  • Cat
    November 4, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Where’s this ice cream, my friends?? I voted, but now I’m craving something sweet 🙂 Thanks for the help.

    Also Jenna, I happy to hear you’re having a good day! Good luck with all you’re going though… I know everything will work out for the best! 🙂

  • MLT
    November 4, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Ben and Jerrys 5pm to 8pm, free scoop with an “I voted” sticker!

  • VeggieGirl
    November 4, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    You can NEVER go wrong with a big-ass honeycrisp apple 😀

  • Majrhoulihan
    November 4, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Also, if you live near a Krispie Kreme, there will be free doughnuts for those who vote and those lucky people who live in Seattle and New York can go to Babes in Toyland for a free vibrator or sleeve!

  • Kelsey
    November 4, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks with making me want some gummy bears. :]
    I’ve heard wonderful things about honeycrisp apples, but have never had one. I definetely need to get my hands on one since apples are the best fruit (well, one of them).
    I voted absentee a while ago, but I’m sooo looking forward to tomorrow and seeing who won!!

  • Catherine
    November 4, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Hehe there’s about 20 Starbucks near my apartment and a Ben & Jerry’s a few blocks away… can’t wait to vote and then reap allt he sweet rewards!! 😀

  • Julia
    November 4, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Yup! got my Starbucks coffee this afternoon, and gonna go for my ice cream after the workout!

    I love the clear Gummy Bears. Yum!
    Can’t wait to see the dinner photos tonight, Jenna! 🙂

  • mom2boys
    November 4, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    I have been following your blog for several weeks and love your wisdom and great advice. Also, I L-O-V-E that you express your faith in your blog. Thanks for your blog, it’s a real source of inspiration!

  • Becca A
    November 4, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Good luck tonight!

  • macduff
    November 4, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Work that elliptical! Your legs will heal, it just takes time. And it doesn’t matter what your body is “made” to do…it just matters what makes you smile. That said, yoga is the bomb for recuperation.

  • jas
    November 4, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    yay voting. they didnt give out stickers here… i was a little disappointed. love yr blog!

  • caroline
    November 4, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Yum! I used to love picking out all the red little bears when i was a kid! 🙂 Hope your feelin better, Jenna!
    -Caroline F.

  • jenna
    November 4, 2008 at 7:20 pm


    Hmm I’m not sure? I want to make my blog as personal as it can be so it steps apart from all the other billion food blogs out there! Just posting three times a day can be sort of ….boring? I like you all to know I am a real person and have real loves and passions other than food! It’s not ALL about food! I hope I bring a well rounded perspective to this blog so it best reflects myself as a person and not just another blog reader. My faith is the most important thing to me and I like to bring a personal aspect of myself to you! 🙂

  • Megan
    November 4, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Glad you like your new schedule!

    Yeah for gummy bears!

  • brandi
    November 4, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    Hey Jenna!

    I was just wondering what Bible study you’re currently doing? I’ve been looking for a new one, but haven’t been able to look too much lately for a new structured one. I’m doing my own thing right now, but my classes will be done in December (yay!), so I’ll be ready to get back into something deeper.

  • Kimberly
    November 4, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Hi, Jenna. I agree that Amy’s soups (esp. Lentil Vegetable, holla!) are super, but have you tried Tabatchnick? The frozen-soup-in-a-bag thing is a little lame, but beyond that they’re awesome and 100% natural (and quite affordable!) I highly recommend 🙂

  • Pumpkin (Chef Erin)
    November 4, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Planet Smoothie was giving $1 off if you had a voting sticker, too!

    I have a Tandoor Chef Chana Masaala in my freezer for lunch later in the week! They’re the best, aren’t they?

  • LisaR
    November 4, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    OH MY! I had no idea about your faith and I’m so stinking excited to hear about it! While I love coming to your blog to see what yummy meals you’ve just created, I also love the fact that you are sharing about your faith. It’s encouraging to another believer like myself. I hope you are figuring out everything that’s going on in your life! God has it under control. That’s something I’m learning daily!

  • Grounded Fitness
    November 4, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    i hate my 12-8 days (i do them 2 times a week.) I just cant get motivated to get anything done before work. I like the 5:15am to 1:30 pm days the best. It stinks getting up early but having the whole afternoon and evening to do whatever I want is the best.

    Kelly Turner

  • Sharon
    November 4, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    I love reading your blog, it’s great to read about your day AND reading about your faith. You are right, it does make you even more real and I am so happy to read what you have to say. God is the most important thing in my life and I’m glad you are not afraid to talk about your faith, makes you all that much more adorable!! Keep doing what you’re doing and have an awesome day!!!

  • Kelly Olexa
    November 5, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Wow. I’m going to be checking out your blog even more closely as I aim to really get more and more clean/organic with my ‘diet’. I hate how much fake food is still leftover, I want to branch out and try new things….your blog really inspires me to try these new things…YUMMY. And as another Christian woman, I applaud you for being ‘out there’ with your faith, that’s fantastic. A bunch of us gals on my blog are working on goals- goals to strengthen ourselves physically and spiritually ~ becoming stronger inside and out. Love it!!! 😉


  • Teddy
    November 5, 2008 at 9:20 am

    You know who has a very decent veggie pad thai?? Whole foods. I was shocked but if there’s one near you, I suggest giving it a try!


  • joanna
    November 5, 2008 at 11:09 am

    it’s impossible to go on the elliptical without something to read. Shape is always a good pick… so are honeycrisp apples!!! they are one of my favorites.

  • tsbrown
    November 5, 2008 at 1:43 pm


    I love that you are sharing your faith also!!!!!! I am a believer and so glad you put yourself out there. I am getting a little worried your haven’t blogged today. Are you ok?