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Sea Songs

I miss the ocean.


Pacific……Atlantic….just give me waves at night and I’m a happy girl.



I can’t even believe that last week I stood at the shores of both oceans. Welllllllll almost. I saw the Pacific on Saturday from a high cliff then ran back inside because my flip flopped toesies were freezing.

This morning I was rushing and in my rush, ate a bowl of yogurt from the coffee shop next to the yoga studio for a midmorning snack since I ate breakfast at around 6 in Gualala! Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture because my hands were full and I was running late but imagine a huge bowl of plain yogurt topped with candied pecans, dried cherries and honey. It was delicious but SUPER filling!

Exercise felt nice, too. I ran 2 miles and then did level 1 of the 30 day shred. Oh Jillian, where have you been? I haven’t done her Shred workout since last Spring and oh, it burned. I think I’m going to try to do it as much as possible (for 30 days? Perhaps?) because its only 20 minutes and I’d like to tone up a bit. I still was pretty full from the gigantic bowl o yogurt, but made a light lunch after exercising so I wouldn’t crash later.

Spring mix, turkey breast, hummus, a carrot and some sugar snap peas. I LOVE sugar snap peas!

I made came up with a revamped split pea soup recipe for my post. It should be up in a couple days so you will just have to wait! 😉
And finally, le piece de la resistance….

chocolate vitamuffin + drippy raw almond butter. Love, love, love.
Time to go finish my article, answer emails and start a new library book! Have a lovely night.

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  • Whitney and Courtney
    April 12, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    We just contacted Vita Tops today, and Cannot wait for them to come. They look yummy ;p esp. with PB on top 🙂

  • Katie (runthislife)
    April 12, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Sugar snap peas- yum, yum, yum! I love/hate jillian’s shred- but you def can’t beat a 20 minute workout that leaves you achin’!

    Beautiful beach pics- of both oceans 🙂

  • Kelly B (at Local Foodie Fight)
    April 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    mmmmm that last pic looks yummy.

    I would never ever think to put hardboiled egg on split pea soup! hmm!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    April 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    it’s always weird to me that we can travel so far these days in so little time – very very neat. i know what you mean about being near the ocean. i grew up on the coast; you can just BREATHE : )

    i envy your hobby of reading; if only college wasn’t in my way. night!

  • Karla
    April 12, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Aww soup! Makes everyday a happier day! Even those days when you’re just missing the beach!

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    April 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    AWWW! Beauty! I can’t even remember the last time I saw the ocean 🙁 I’m so jealous and your food looks awesome! I need to try that soup! Sounds like you have a relaxing night ahead of you, enjoy!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    April 12, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Question for you – – what size dumbells do you use with The Shred? I just did it two weeks ago fro the first time in ages and I hurt SO bad the next day it was crazy. I did it again last week and I was in much better shape afterwards than the first time.

  • Brittany
    April 12, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I am a big fan of raw almond butter too!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    April 12, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I was literally thinking to myself 2 seconds ago that I need to get in more protein. You’ve got a good bit of protein in every single photo here! I love the hard boiled eggs on top of soup–they are so versatile, huh? Drippy almond butter is perfect for slurping 🙂

  • Jil
    April 12, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Vitatops are amazing!! and I totally agree about the sounds of waves crashing at night – best sound ever.

  • Jenny
    April 12, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I’m with ya- give me some waves and I’m super happy:)

  • Jeanna Basnett
    April 12, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Ill do the 30 day shred with you! I have done it at various times, but it would be fun if a whole bunch of us did it and reported back on our results? Lets do it!

  • Lazaro
    April 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Saw your profile on Jennifer’s page. We were both recipients of the Sunshine Award. Glad I read your intersting and well-written blog. Look forward to following you here. Have a great day. Cheers!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    April 12, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    i’ve never grown up near an ocean (other than vacations) but i miss it too…that’s a HUGE life goal is to one day live near one. i won’t discriminate though 😉

  • Laughter-Loving Stacy
    April 12, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Oooh I love Jillian workouts! I have one of her books and doing all of her workouts helped me lose my first 30lbs. They’re intense! 🙂

  • Diana
    April 12, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I do love the sea, too. I’m lucky because Portugal has some awesome beaches 🙂

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    April 13, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Aaaah the joys of Jillian! I do her level 3 part about 4 x a week haha! She never fails me 🙂

  • Heidi Lyn
    April 13, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Oohhh I’m in love with the Ocean. I’m living in a landlocked world now and am yearning for my move home to Florida in June. Sigh.

  • Julie
    April 13, 2010 at 3:13 am

    I think I better get acquainted with Jillian – I keep hearing about her 30 day shred, but never tried it…

    Your salad looks great!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    April 13, 2010 at 3:31 am

    A hard boiled egg on split pea soup? That looks interesting! Looking forward to reading the recipe.

    I’ve yet to try Jillian’s 30 Day shred, I’m tempted to though. Since I won’t have a gym membership in a couple of months and I definitely need some ideas regarding strength training exercises.

    Hope you enjoy your library book! Props to you for utilizing one of this country’s greatest public services!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    April 13, 2010 at 3:31 am

    I miss the ocean, too! And I only get to see it once a year. 🙂

  • Cole
    April 13, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Mmmm, drippy almond butter. And I agree with you, the sea is the best.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    April 13, 2010 at 4:03 am

    I love the ocean too! It makes me so happy and calm. 😀

  • Andrea
    April 13, 2010 at 4:29 am

    I love that you put an egg on top of the soup! Deelicious!

  • eatmovelove
    April 13, 2010 at 4:30 am

    I was thinking green oatmeal!! I miss the water too.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    April 13, 2010 at 4:50 am

    I love the ocean, too, and miss it dearly now that I live in DC and it’s more than 2 hours to any beach. Boo. I think I need to get myself some Vitatops. It’s about time!

  • amanda
    April 13, 2010 at 4:56 am

    I love vitatops and I eat them every day. I am getting low and need to put an order in ASAP. Also I never had split pea soup with an egg cut up on top…what a great idea!!

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    April 13, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Mmm, I love split pea soup!!


  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    April 13, 2010 at 5:41 am

    I’ve been doing No More Trouble Zones…and MAN, do I feel it. She’s a warrior!

    I was landlocked in Indiana for four years in grad school…very strange when you’re used to being close to water.

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    April 13, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I love the water, and it was so cleansing to go swimming in the gulf last week. But don’t you just hate sand all over everything you own?

  • runnerforever
    April 13, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Okay, after this post I have to, have to, have to try vitamuffins. Where can I get some?

  • Midgetkeeper
    April 13, 2010 at 6:19 am

    That is one thing I do love about living in RI, I can see the ocean every day. Love going for runs out here.

  • Julie
    April 13, 2010 at 6:20 am

    I love the beach and I love the library. Let us know what you are reading!

  • Meg
    April 13, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Sugar snap peas are possibly one of God’s most amazing foodie creations 😉

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    April 13, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Yummm… Vitamuffins are the BEST!

  • Kelly
    April 13, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Something about that salad just looks so delicious! I love a salad with hummus and the turkey looks pretty appetizing too! That vitamuffin looks pretty delicious too ;). Dang, you are good! Usually when I do the 30 Day Shred I don’t do any kind of exercise before or after!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    April 13, 2010 at 7:04 am

    I love to hear the waves crash. I actually had a CD of waves crashing to help me sleep as a kid.

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    April 13, 2010 at 7:05 am

    I second that…I am an ocean girl all the way!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    April 13, 2010 at 7:07 am

    I love the ocean too, it’s amazing 🙂

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    April 13, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Oh I LOVE the ocean! It’s so peaceful & relaxing- and lots of fun!

  • Teresa
    April 13, 2010 at 7:16 am

    I love Vita muffins. You can order directly from their website. I buy them from my grocery store. They are low fat are good in fibre.
    The ocean is the best. The sights,the sounds and the breeze. PERFECT !

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    April 13, 2010 at 7:25 am

    So amazing to see both coasts within one week’s span. In any span really, but still.
    Have a great day, Jenna!

  • Emma
    April 13, 2010 at 7:37 am

    I recently have been given the task of compiling health book newsletters for subscribing patrons at my library (I’m nearly a professional librarian… 1 1/4 semesters!). I need help! I thought, “Who better to turn to than all the wonderful health bloggers out there?!” If you have any suggestions for me, pleases check out this post and leave a comment:

    Thanks so much!

  • Amy
    April 13, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I’m about to hit the Shred for the 3rd day in a row. I’m pretty fit and thought I’d move up to level 2 quickly, but I think it will take a good week to 10 days to move up. I guess my good cardio shape doesn’t do much for strength moves!

  • Stacey
    April 13, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I love when you come up with random meals. It makes me feel normal. I also love Jillian she is amazing. I used her book master your metabolism, there is some good stuff in that book.