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Rollin’ On Foam

Hahahaha well I guess my last post really didn’t fool you guys!

Ryan actually spent a lot of time writing that post…he has been excited about writing that for a whole year since last April Fools day he asked if he could and I sort of sighed and said “maybe next year”. Well last week he brought it back up and said I told him that he could a year ago and so I finally relented. How funny is that?! Thanks for the laugh, babe! ;

On a different note, I am very happy to tell everyone that the Blogger Dessert E-Cookbook is ALL DONE and ready to be purchased at the donation price of $10!!

People, this “book” (it is a Word document) has 85 pages of amazing desserts that I have been drooling over for a week now!!!!! Everything looks amazing and I have spent the past week putting many hours into making it presentable and professional. It is only $10 and remember what an amazing cause your money is going to! All you have to do to get a copy of your very own is to first donate $10 to my Team in Training fund and then send me an email to telling me you made your donation and you would like you e-cookbook. I will send you a reply with the attachment when I get the email (could be tomorrow afternoon if you do it after I go to bed…aka 6:30 eastern time). Easy as pie! 🙂

And now—–look what came in the mail for ME today!!!


Thank you, thank you, thank you Abbie!!!!! I went from not knowing really anything about a foam roller to doing some major research online all day and apparently this little tube is a miracle worker when it comes to muscles. I read online about how it can help shin splints, too, and so today after I swam I gave ’em a roll! It hurt like the dickens because I was rolling RIGHT ON my shin splints, but I think it might have helped? Afterwards I pulled on my knee socks with ice packets stuffed inside (I’m cool, I know) and walking down the stairs was actually a bit less strenuous. I’m looking forward to experimenting with this thing more in the future and, who knows, it might just be an answer to my prayers!

This morning on my way to work I had a breakfast sammie for a snack!


This is a toasted Rudi’s bagel with 2 egg whites and a babybel cheese….all melty and delicious. Not quite like the breakfast sammie that Ryan so eloquently described in my previous post, but it was pretty durn delish. 😉

Around 8:15 I had oatmeal for breakfast (duh)!


The combo today consisted of:

  • 1/2 cup oats cooked in 1 cup water and a pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate protein
  • 1/3 cup Zoe’s Honey Almond Granola (love this stuff on top!)
  • 1 HUGE scoop Naturally More

I love adding granola because it gives the oatmeal such a delicious crunch! I try to get a little oats, a little granola and a lot of peanut butter in every spoonful! 🙂 In the later morning I also enjoyed a Kom-rob-your-bank account-cha, courtesy of my mama who had come to Greenwise to shop!


Now I had planned on just having an apple and an Odwalla bar after work and on the way to the pool to swim…….however……and this is NOT a joke……we made pizza and I of course can never turn that down (and it is free!)!!


The pizza was a spur of the moment decision and Mallory (my co-worker) and I topped some of our leftover italian dough with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, gorganzola cheese, sliced tomatoes, caramelized onions, olives, mushrooms and artichokes. Basically we used everything we could get our hands on!!!!! We baked it at 425 for 12 minutes and could hardly wait to dig in. Most of me (okay pretty much all of me) really wanted to just bag my workout and instead gorge myself on gooey hot pizza but I knew I would regret that decision later. So, I instead gorged myself on ONE slice of pizza and called it a “pre-workout snack”. 😉


(it was actually a pretty big slice…not gonna lie)

I was a little worried about swimming lap after eating the pizza slice only 30 minutes before, and maybe I just have a stomach of steel, but it actually worked out really well and gave me tons of energy and no cramps! I had a great 30 minute swimming session, too.

Here was my routine put into a workout form for yall in case you want to try what I just did!

*I swam freestyle the entire time*

Warm up: 50 meter swim

200 meters with 1 minute recovery in between each 100

200 meter kickboard drill

200 meters with 1 minute recovery in between each 100

200 meter kickboard

200 meters with 1 minute recovery in between each 100

200 meter kickboard

The whole thing took me 30 minutes to do and I actually am pretty proud of myself because during that first 200 I was totally dying. I really had no idea how I was going to go on and it was SO HARD! After the first 100 I wanted to quit because I was panting so hard but I just kept going and at the end of the workout, I could swim the 200 meters rather effortlessly. I’m working myself up to being able to swim a fast, easy (??) 400 meters because that is what the triathlon is, but I think it’ll take me awhile!

When I got home from swimming I tried my last Better Whey of Life yogurt with strawberries!


This was my first time trying the plain yogurt variety and I have to say, I like the fruity ones better! Very unlike me but I think it is because while I DO like plain yogurt, I like my plain yogurt to be of the thicker Green style. Overall I was impressed with Better Whey of Life yogurt and would not hesitate to buy the fruity flavors at the store when I can find them!

And then for dinner tonight I actually DID have my first meat since February—–salmon (oh how I have missed thee!)


My mom was SO nice to make me my favorite salmon dish and put it in the fridge before she went to work this evening! Everything about it was absolutely perfect and I relished each and every bite!

Tropical BBQ Salmon

  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • juice of 1 lemon + zest
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 4 salmon fillets (about 6 oz each)

Combine the pineapple juice, lemon juice and salmon in a plastic baggie and set in the fridge for about an hour to marinate. After an hour, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and remove the fish from the bag. Combine the brown sugar, chili powder, lemon zest, cumin and salt together in a bowl and then rub this mixture over the fillets. Place the fish in a baking dish sprayed with nonstick spray and bake for about 10-15 minutes depending on how well done you like your salmon.


She also made my favorite spicy veggie slaw from this cookbook (amazing!)


I inhale this stuff like its nobody’s business. This is the side dish I most often request my mom to make and it has been made countless times for birthdays and special events. Basically it is just a mixture of all sorts of veggies (cabbage, bell peppers, carrots…) and mixed with spices and canola oil mayo. I LOVE it and this cookbook! My parents actually ate at this restaurant in Anguilla, which is my DREAM!! They said it was fab., obvi. We have made countless dishes from the Blanchard’s cookbooks and the pages of the books (there are two of them) are stained with love! I highly suggest checking them out!

And then there was dessert of course—



Thank you, Kristen!!!!

Well that was a doozy of a post alright! I hope everyone has a happy Humpday evening and a great Thursday morning! Remember to email me at for your copy of the fabulous Blogger Dessert E-Cookbook! You won’t regret it! =)

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  • ryan
    April 1, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Dammit, couldnt fool anybody, oh well, I can’t argue with pizza but I think lunch with me and eating my pork burrito and pork quesadilla would have been better!!! Had no idea you actually did have a bagel with eggs this morning, too funny!

  • Runeatrepeat
    April 1, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Ha! You totally fooled me! I figured, “After a month without it, the girl needs meat.” No biggie.

  • life coach jen
    April 1, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Good try, Ryan 🙂 Next year you’ll just have to try harder!

  • Hallie
    April 1, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Yeah I didn’t think anything of it either, other than yum pulled pork! But I was uber-sleepy myself when I read the post, so I’m using that as my excuse. I am also a really gullible person in general…and yes, I do know it’s in the dictionary 😉

    LOVE foam rollers. I can only use them at my gym, but I’ve debated a gym trip just to strectch with ’em! Totally a “hurts so good” kinda thing.

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    April 1, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Well done Ryan, I’m sure you fooled quite a few people!
    Ill be donating as SOON as I get paid!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    April 1, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    ahh the foam roller! they hurt soo bad but work soo well! it’s a love/hate relationship.

    that salmon sounds delicious! I was just thinking about how I wanted to use the can of pineapples we have in the cupboard! this was great inspiration1

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    April 1, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Great swim! Makes me want to get back in the water =) Seems like you had a good day =) Night!

  • Meg
    April 1, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    That pizza and dinner both look delish!!!

    I have really tight hamstrings and IT bands and I think it’s time I got a foam roller too!

  • Emily
    April 1, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I didnt think about it either until I read the comments! First April fools joke all day! 🙂 haha

    Great Eats!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    April 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I feel special that Ryan wanted to pull a joke on me.

    I love the name of your Come Rob Your Bank Account drink. Price alone has helped me steer clear of your liquid crack.

  • VeggieGirl
    April 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Hooray for the cookbook being done!!

    Haha, I definitely thought that that bagel was filled with a MASSIVE “schmear” of cream cheese – not egg whites and babybel 😉

  • RunningWithin
    April 1, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Ryan’s too funny. I love how excited he was to say you ate pork and bacon, lol.

    I have a recommendation for your tight muscles and shin splints. Have you heard of The Stick? When I injured myself before the San Diego RNR Marathon last year I tried it out and it’s AMAZING! It’s supposed to compress and stretch any tight or sore muscles. It’s about 30 dollars and so worth it. Here’s the website for more info if you’re interested:
    By the way, love the Salmon recipe!

  • Anais
    April 1, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I guess you can tell I just started reading your blog because I was totally fooled!!! I even went back to the post, and I’ve got to say, your bf is GOOD!!! He’s got talent!

    How did you make your egg whites so fluffy in the bagel pic??

  • Sharon
    April 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    LOL too cute! But love your eats today!!!

  • Michelle
    April 1, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Yummy salmon!

  • kristi
    April 1, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Ohhh THANK YOU for the salmon recipe!!! That sounds so good. I copy and pasted it so I can try it soon. yummo!

  • Matt
    April 1, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Yum! Salmon!

  • Christy
    April 1, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    I used to get pains in my hips from running, but after using the foam roller every day after I worked out, the pains went away. It works wonders! You just have to stick with it to feel the results. 🙂

  • Jen
    April 1, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Oh my gosh, just deciding on a whim to make pizza is so cool! Haha. I’m going to echo VeggieGirl; I definitely thought the bagel was filled with like a pound of cream cheese at first. 😛

  • Run Sarah
    April 1, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Your swimming sounds awesome! Sounds like you were on a great pace to finish it in 30 minutes too…you will be ready to tri in no time!

  • Bec
    April 1, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    that pizza looks so good, I also can’t wait to start swimming again!

  • Rachel
    April 1, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Oh that foam roller will be your savior. Dealt with a killer tight IT band through university w/ soccer & track… me & my foam roller had an intimate relationship! It worked so well I’m happy to say I haven’t had to use it since. *knock on wood* hope it will work as well for you!

  • Tabby
    April 1, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    That pizza looks so good it has everything I would ever want on a pizza! Also that salmon sounds amazing too I will definitely be trying that out soon.

  • Adi ( - repaired!)
    April 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    The bloggers are loving the pranks today! 🙂
    Loaded post with lots of great looking eats… especially the Toberlone 😉

  • Michelle Hisae
    April 1, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    What a great first meal to end your Meatless in March! I would totally go for salmon, too! Or some type of fish, yummm. That’s so great that you finished the month out. I would’ve joined you, but I had just, coincidentally, come off of a month of not eating meat and it just made me too tired and cranky. I haven’t been a successful vegetarian as of yet – maybe it really just isn’t for me. A little meat doesn’t hurt, right!?

  • Twinks
    April 1, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Haha. Not being snarky Michelle but “a little meat doesn’t hurt” except for the animals factory farmed and slaughtered for it. Just your friendly reminder. ;D

    PS – You can do it! Go veg.

  • Lindsay
    April 1, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I think that I could tell that you had not written this mornings blog because the words that you usually use were missing. That allowed me to figure it out, but I still loved that he thought he could get away with it. The salmon dish looks awesome. Did your mom cook it and then put it in the fridge or did she just marinate it and leave it for you to cook, because I have heard from others that reheated fish doesnt taste too good???

  • brandi
    April 1, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    tell Ryan he did a good job! 🙂

    i love that dark chocolate toblerone!! it’s so good.

    Glad you had a good swim!

  • rhodeygirl
    April 1, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    jenna, if i were you i would make the book into a PDF document so that no one can manipulate or change don’t want any legal issues!!! just a friendly suggestion!!!

    also, the april fool’s day joke was hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • jenna
      April 2, 2009 at 1:08 am


      I know…i was thinking that but I don’t have adobe pagemaker! I am going to have to trust you guys

  • Heather
    April 1, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    I love the mega-bagel! 😀 Looks so good!

    And what a great oatmeal mixture! Sounds like the perfect combo!

    I can’t wait to hear how you end up liking the foam roller. I’ve heard about them, but haven’t seen one in stores yet or tried it myself.

  • Shannon @ TheDailyBalance
    April 1, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    That salmon looks delish! — the pizza, too!

    hehe, tell Ryan he did a great job ALMOST had us all fooled! 😉

  • melissa (fitnessnyc)
    April 1, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    foam rollers are wonderful…enjoy!

    I would send you my favorite swimming workout, idiot 75s, but I guess you don’t really need to do all four strokes!

    I have yet another garmin question, can you use it for workouts other than running? Like an aerobics class for example?

  • Danica
    April 1, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    We got married on the island of Anguilla in November and that restaraunt is fabulous!!! I can’t wait to get my copy of the dessert cookbook… to donate now.

  • Sara
    April 1, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I have never used a foam roller, but they look interesting and I have heard great things about them! You’ll have to keep us updated on how it works for the shin splints 🙂

  • Emily
    April 1, 2009 at 11:33 pm


    Haha! Your meat post totally got me for a minute. Tell the boy great job!

    As a ballerina I literally live on my foam roller. I have to roll my IT band out every night to prevent tendonitis. It saves my life. You’ll learn to love it!

    And I too have an iron stomach. I normally eat breakfast within an hour of my workout with no complaints! Guess we’re just tough cookies!

    With Love,


  • Megan (Runner's Kitchen)
    April 2, 2009 at 5:38 am

    I’ve been thinking about getting a foam roller – you’ve made a good case for it! The cabbage slaw looks really good…I need to get that cook book 🙂

  • Lauren
    April 2, 2009 at 5:48 am

    The triple-cheese pizza you whipped up with your co-worker looks awesome – the more cheese, the better 🙂 Your mom’s salmon also looks fantastic. I’ll have to bookmark this recipe.

  • Melissa
    April 2, 2009 at 6:47 am

    That salmon looks incredible and I was thinking the bacon-egg-and-cheese didn’t sound like a Jenna meal … good joke!!

  • Jenna
    April 2, 2009 at 7:00 am

    That was pretty funny Ryan! I ha- was reading that post thinking goodness that girl has gone off her rocker!! 🙂

    Your eats look great today!!! That pizza looks A.mazing as does the salmon! 🙂

  • Danielle
    April 2, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I loved your post yesterday and how funny my boyfriend wanted to do a post of all fast foods for april fool’s day but I wouldn’t let him.

  • Jess
    April 2, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Enjoy your roller; I hear good things about them but I use something else for rolling. Don’t worry, it’s supposed to “hurt like the dickens.” Just make sure you’re rolling on the muscle part of your shins, not the bone.

  • elliebelle
    April 2, 2009 at 9:55 am

    That salmon recipe looks delicious! It’s funny, I never even suspected April Fool’s when you talked about all of that meat. I thought it was strange and that you might be hurting afterwards, but I don’t know why it never occurred to me that it could be a joke!

  • Dayna
    April 2, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Oh Jenna! Foam rolling is a runner’s best friend! Actually if you work out at all you should do it, it’s so good for breaking up the adhesions in the muscles and lengthening them, it also helps prevent injuries. It’s kind of like an at home deep tissue massage. Just in case you wanted to know, the clinical name for foam rolling is self-mayofacial release.

  • Nicole
    April 2, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I bought that same red foam roller, but it got lumpy, mishapen and soft very quickly. On the recommendation of my pilates instructor, I ordered this one: which has been much better at working out the kinks in my legs, but certainly more painful as it is a firmer roller.

  • No-Meat Athlete
    April 2, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Hi, I just discovered your blog today and I think it’s great! I’m a fellow runner, swimmer, and healthy eater (though I just went vegetarian, plus fish).
    The foam roller is fantastic! I’ve been using it for about a year now, in conjunction with a tennis ball (that hurts even more!) and it’s done wonders for my tissue. The Core Performance program uses a lot of foam rolling in their ‘regeneration’ segment.
    Anyway, love your blog; I’ve added it to the blogroll on mine!

  • Alisa - One Frugal Foodie
    April 2, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Congratulations on the e-cookbook!

    I have had a foam roller for years, since PT for an injury. If you have any tips on exercises to use it, I would love to hear!

  • Leila
    April 2, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Foam rollers rock! they can help prevent future injuries too especially since the legs have so many muscles that are pretty hard to stretch out properly.

  • Kelly
    April 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Oh, Twinks, please.

  • Trish (girlatgym)
    April 2, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Mmmmm . . . pizza!!

    I’ve been curious about foam rolling. Hope it works out for you! 🙂

  • Tina
    April 2, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks for the swimming inspiration! I’ve been telling myself for a week that I’m going to go swimming but I haven’t got around to it yet. I’ll try to go this weekend! What are “kickboard”?

  • Katrina
    April 2, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    The dancers on our tour use those foam rollers all the time. They can’t live without them!

  • RunToFinish
    April 2, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    oh man i can not do the foam roller, so power to you sister!!

    the salmon looks awesome!

  • Becky
    April 3, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Hey Jenna, I have been reading your post for a little while but I never comment. However, I just wanted to tell you to keep up the swimming. I was a lifeguard for five years and after you get used to the breathing part of swimming(since its totally different than running), it will be A LOT better. I can swim well over a mile now easily and I don’t feel like it was a lot of work to get that far once I got used to the rhythmic breathing since I was already in shape from other things like running and dancing.