Role Reversal


Ryan and I are slowly reversing roles. I used to be the one who would wake up at the crack of dawn, fumbling around in the kitchen, getting ready for a run…….and now when the alarm went off at 7:00, Ryan said “I’ve been waiting for you to wake up for two hours!!!!” Um two hours? He jumped out of bed, did LEVEL 3 of The 30 Day Shred and drank down a super Green Monster. Again, who is this guy?! I can’t believe our three year anniversary is on Saturday! 🙂

Naturally, while Ryan shredded, I sat on the bed drinking my GM and watched. Today is my “off” day and starting my morning straight off with Jillian is a little intense. I have to slowly wake up first! I made a Super Berry Monster today!


I used:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • about 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • about 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • about 3 cups spinach
  • 1 scoop Amazing Meal
  • 1/2 scoop wheatgrass
  • 1 scoop Naturally More pb

It was quite the berry-licious concoction! This was good although I have to say, I prefer the standard GM without the frozen blackberries.

After drinking my smoothie + a cup of double bergamot tea, I discovered the internet was down.…so is the cable so I feel like they might be connected? I didn’t feel like staying and waiting though since I have a lot to do and my job depends on the internet, so I packed everything up and now am working from my parent’s house!

You only have a few more days to send in your e-cookbook recipe!!!!! The cut-off is Sunday morning so please send them now to . Lookin’ great so far!

Check out Danica’s super giveaway!! Donut holes galore!

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  • Goldie
    June 18, 2009 at 9:32 am

    that is one good looking monster!!!
    can you give a run down of your working day now. I know you are super busy since making your career change and i’m in need of inspiration to do the same and follow my dreams and not be scared.

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    June 18, 2009 at 9:32 am

    haha! I love that he is into all that healthy stuff because of you. you’re an amazing influence 🙂

    monster looks gooood! yum!

    if you get a sec Jenna, check out my giveaway for some Canadian treats and a few other things 🙂

  • Recipes for Creativity
    June 18, 2009 at 9:34 am

    You are truly amazing: getting Ryan to love Green Monsters AND get up early to work out??? I don’t think I have any hope of converting my BF to either of those habits!

  • polly
    June 18, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Good morning, sweet girl! Love that Ryan turkey. Lately I’ve been sleeping til 7am and only wake up when Dan kisses me goodbye before work. How YUMMY is that? 😀

    Stop by today and tell me what you’re thankful for. 😉

    Massive hugs to you, my sunshine girl. XOXO

  • Caitlin
    June 18, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Hi Jenna!
    I just discovered the shred ondemand. I was wondering how many days you did each level? Any othe readers suggestions would be great too!

    • jenna
      June 18, 2009 at 9:55 am


      I didn’t really follow the program or do it for 30 days, I just use it to supplement my work out schedule as is. You are SUPPOSED to do each level for a week though if you are following Jillian’s plan!


      Well my days vary so much. I don’t really have a “typical” one. I usually get up around 7:30, make breakfast, blog, catch up on comments, write articles for my freelance work, get caught up on emails, blog more and spend the afternoon working on some “special projects” 🙂 Somehow I fit a workout in somewhere!

  • Brittany
    June 18, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Your smoothie looks delish.

    And, I love the spiffy sidebar Jenna!

  • Jocelyn
    June 18, 2009 at 10:00 am

    hahaha that is awesome..I hope some day my boyfriend comes to appreciate Jillian and green monsters!

  • Meg
    June 18, 2009 at 10:02 am

    These Green Monsters are so popular around blog world….I guess I need to give them a try!

  • Katherine
    June 18, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I love that Ryan has warmed up to, and really embraced, so many of your great habits. You seem to be such great complements to each other 🙂

    Glad you could pack up and go to your parents’ place – have a great morning!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    June 18, 2009 at 10:09 am

    haha, it’s so funny that Ryan was up early and drinking a green monster. perhaps i’ll have to sneak some spinach and amazing meal into my boyfriend’s protein shakes 🙂

  • mel at
    June 18, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Great article on the mid-day slump!! I suffer from this at work EVERY DAY. It’s like at 3pm– i’m not even actually hungry or tired– just feel like a caged animal and need a distraction!

    I head to the coffee shop down the street and get a tea at that time almost everyday. I’m currently trying to quit splenda too, so it’s interesting.

    Anyway, I can’t believe Ryan’s 360. Awesome!

  • nicole h
    June 18, 2009 at 10:17 am

    it seems like you have brought out healthy habits in ryan, it only took 3years. what has ryan brought out from you?

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 18, 2009 at 10:22 am

    That’s so cute about Ryan! You have such a good influence on him! 🙂

    That green monster seriously looks delicious!!! I love how you filled the cup RIGHT to the top. YUM!

    Oh the woes of technology! Enjoy your time at your parent’s though!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    June 18, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Have a great day!

  • kailey
    June 18, 2009 at 10:34 am

    i think its so funny to see how much guys change after they move in with their partners. seems like ryan is really jumping on the health band wagon!!

  • Cassie
    June 18, 2009 at 10:39 am

    tell ryan to convince my bf to jump on that healthy bandwagon! i’ve got a beer + burgers guy on my hands, and he is NOT interested in any sort of veggie that i bring home!

  • Emily (Healthy Fit Mama)
    June 18, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Wow – your healthy habits have certainly rubbed off on Ryan!! 😉

  • april
    June 18, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I like the green smoothies with bananas best! It seems to provide the best amount of sweetness. Have a great day Jenna!

  • Amanda
    June 18, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Wow, I am impressed by Ryan’s new lifestyle! I’m sure he is starting to understand why you make such an effort to be healthy – because it makes you feel so good!!

    Hope you have a great day 🙂

  • Jess
    June 18, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I think it’s so cute that Ryan is getting into all this stuff with/because of you. So sweet 🙂
    Have a great day Jenna!
    <3 jess

  • Rebeca
    June 18, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I dunno, blackberries are my favorite so I’d prob prefer this one… yum!

    You and R are totally proving that when we make positive choices those around us follow… you haven’t forced any of this on him, yet your example is enough… That’s fab!

  • Meggilizz
    June 18, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Morning Jenna! I got both almond & hemp milk yesterday at WF, so I’ll have to give you a report when I taste them (I used up the last of the soy milk today). I got a bunch of frozen berries yesterday too 🙂 I am loving them on top of my almond-flax pancakes!

  • Sarah
    June 18, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Ryan rocks! Happy early anniversary 🙂

  • Holly
    June 18, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Hey Jenna- I posted a couple days ago but you must have missed it. Will the dessert cookbook still be available for purchase? I missed the last round. Thx.

    • jenna
      June 18, 2009 at 11:36 am


      I’m sorry!! Yes, the dessert cookbook is definitely still available! 🙂

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    June 18, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Jenna, can you use cow’s milk in the green monster? I’m going away for my birthday this weekend (yay!), but Carter and I want to make one when we get back! I want to make sure to have all the ingredients on hand.

    • jenna
      June 18, 2009 at 12:26 pm


      Of course! I just prefer almond milk but you can use whatever you want or have.

  • Rachel (
    June 18, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I’m anxious to try some of the Greens products! Smoothie looks great!

  • Danica
    June 18, 2009 at 11:42 am

    That is hilarious about Ryan but I think it’s awesome that you are having such a positive impact on him 🙂

    Thanks for the Holey Donuts contest shoutout – I really appreciate it 🙂

  • Emily (A Nutritionist Eats)
    June 18, 2009 at 11:42 am

    I still have to convince my bf that he would like the green monsters!! I’m going to keep working on that!

  • Maria
    June 18, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Haha, wow, you have had such a good influence on Ryan. He gets up at 5AM so he can workout with Jillian? Soon he’s going to be creating his own blog 😉

  • Molly
    June 18, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    He must love you so much for being such a good role model!

  • Matt
    June 18, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Sounds like Ryan is adopting your healthy lifestyle! That’s a good thing!

  • Lizz Slabaugh
    June 18, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    How did you convert Ryan to early morning workouts and healthy energy drinks?!

    Also,.. Im interested in how the spinach flavors the green the drink still sweet?

    • jenna
      June 18, 2009 at 12:25 pm


      You can’t even TASTE the spinach at all! 🙂

  • mh
    June 18, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    My fiance and I have been dating for over 6 years and he has definately turned into a health nut like me! I love it! When we met, he ate two double cheeseburgers everyday before football and I started making him pb and j’s on whole wheat instead and the rest was history! he now drinks green monsters, eats tons of veggies, tofu, quinoa, almond butter, etc and I’m so proud of him! We Love cooking together!!

  • Susan
    June 18, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Bahaha, that is too funny!! There’s nothing wrong with being a late-day exerciser. I need time to eat and wake up first, otherwise I’m likely to trip or drop a weight on my toe! 😛

  • Danielle
    June 18, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    How funny, looks like you are a good influence on Ryan!

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    June 18, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks for the help Jenna!

  • Angela
    June 18, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    haha I love Ryan’s new take on life…green and the shred…doesnt get much better!

  • Stacey
    June 18, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Bwhahahaha…Jason shredded with me when I first got the Shred. Lol..I didn’t even have to ask him, when it came in the mail he said “when we gonna do it?” I said “we??????”!!!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    June 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    That’s so funny that the roles have reversed themselves like that.

  • Heather
    June 18, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Go Ryan! That is awesome. Congrats/happy anniversary – my dude and I will be celebrating our 3 years on July 12th. I guess summer 3 years ago was a good one for us, huh?

  • Laura
    June 19, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Hi Jenna – thanks for all that you do and getting us this special offer on Amazing Meal. I just put in my order and can’t wait for it to get here! Have a great day.