Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

She’s Back


I became friends with the condo treadmill this afternoon. It might have been my sweet new Team in Training jersey, or the fact that for the first time in a long time, I just really wanted to run. Whatever it was, I busted out a great 3 mile run in 26 minutes and for the first time in a very long time, it felt GREAT. I felt like I was running out all the raw emotion I’ve had inside me for the past two weeks and once I got into the groove, I never wanted to stop. I think I could have ran 5 miles but cut myself off after 3 since I don’t want any re-occurring shin splint problems.

There was no shin pain or tummy problems…I did start cramping up after 2.5 miles but I massaged my stomach while I ran and finished strong. I think it was because, again, I snacked and then ran too soon. But my snack was so good! I tried one of these delicious dried bananas that Chrissy sent me wrapped up in raw almond butter. Yum!



Now that was a powerful roll-up!


After my run, I headed out to my local health food store to grab a juice (apple, carrot, beet, ginger, celery) and some supplies for tomorrow. 😉


If you are wondering why I bought a juice instead of make my own, its because I still haven’t moved everything over to Ryan’s and I have to remember to get my juicer tomorrow from my parent’s house! I feel so much better when I juice daily and when you own a great juicer, there’s no excuse not to.

I found this pound of Fage on sale for $1.99! Sweet!


And then for dinner, Ryan and I actually met his parents and grandmother out at a nice Spanish restaurant. You all know how much I love my Spanish food although I still can’t get myself to eat rice and beans after eating so much of them the week John died.

I had two glasses of homemade sangria


A house salad with the dressing on the side—


And, my favorite, PAELLA!


This was aaaaamazing, especially after I doused it in the restaurant’s super spicy hot sauce. There were scallops, shrimp, mussels (my fav!), clams, lobster, chicken and squid in it and I think I had enough leftover so I don’t have to cook for a week. After I had finished eating it looked like I had hardly made a dent but I am so stuffed right now its not even funny!

What are you doing with your mom tomorrow?

As you can only imagine, it is going to be a hard day for my mom because of my brother. However, I am taking things into my own hands and early tomorrow morning we are heading out to a new yoga studio 30 minutes away in the “country” for a special Mother’s Day class. The studio is on 5 acres of wilderness and has nature trails and picnic tables so after our class we are going to take a long walk through the trails and then have the special picnic lunch I planned! 🙂 Then, in the afternoon, we are meeting my dad for that Disney Earth Day movie that we all have been eager to see. After that, I’m cooking dinner.

Phew! Yep, I’ve had it planned….the REAL “surprise” although its not really a surprise since my mom knows about it is that next weekend we both have tickets to the Tampa Bay Fine Wine and Food Festival on the beach at the Don CeSar hotel. I got a media pass ticket for the whole weekend for the blog (thanks, Foodbuzz!!!) and I splurged and bought my mom a ticket too so we could enjoy a Saturday full of wine and gourmet food tasting together. I’ve been excited about this for months! Its pretty much the foodie event of the YEAR here in Tampa 🙂

I’m off to bed since it’ll be a pretty early morning. Have a great night!

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  • claire
    May 9, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Today my parents and I went house shopping, shopping, and to lunch. I’m making lunch for tomorrow after church…pomegranate marinated pork loin, roasted potatoes, green beans, melon, and strawberry pie! My mom is just excited that she gets to eat with her children…we all live in different cities about 4 hours apart. Hope your day goes well tomorrow.

  • Jen
    May 9, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    You have such a sweet plan for tomorrow with your mom! I still have finals, so I won’t be able to see mine for a few weeks. Boo!

    Oh my god. I want paella right NOW.

  • weight and meditate
    May 9, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I baked my mom a loaf of healthy, vegan quick bread with all sorts of yummy things in it like apples and raisins and flax, and I got her a lovely card, plus I’m seeing her for brunch tomorrow! I am lucky like you in that I leave near my mom and get to see her frequently.

  • Anne
    May 9, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Enjoy the day with your mom – please send her my love!!
    And – I must say – – YOUR QUADS LOOK AMAZING!!!! I am so so envious!!!! But, you know I love you!!!

  • Help Meghan Run
    May 9, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    That sounds like such a fun Mothers’ Day tomorrow! Enjoy the time with your mommy 🙂

    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    May 9, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Glad you had such a good run! I’m not seeing my mom for Mother’s Day, but I mailed her a little something!!! Wish we lived closer . . . .
    Hope you and your mom have fun tomorrow at yoga!

  • Matt
    May 9, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Have fun with mom tomorrow!

  • Stacey
    May 9, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Running is such a great way to get out stress. I love having those raw emotion runs, afterwards you feel like u have just conquered the world! Have fun with your mom tomorrow!

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    May 9, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    congrats on an awesome run! and that dried banana ab roll … such a genius idea. my mouth is watering!
    and i’ve never heard of such an amazing deal on fage. 1.99 for 16 oz???? that’s inconceivable. excellent bargain-hunting.

    have fun with mom tomorrow — it sounds like you’ll be keeping each other busy and loved 🙂

  • Amanda
    May 9, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Hooray for that run of yours!! And bravo for stopping after 3 miles, that was really smart. Your plans with your mom sound completely wonderful, and it’s great that you’ll have some time to get away and relax! I am actually heading home NEXT weekend to see my mom, so I told her to pick something that she’s wanted to do (see a girly movie, go to a funky restaurant), but can’t get my stepdad into, and we will have a girl day!!!

  • Rachel
    May 9, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    What a fun day you have planned tomorrow. Have a good night!: )

    Your body is BANGIN!! I’m so jealous!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    May 9, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    I’m so glad you had a great run to clear your senses! I hear you on the juice, I’m so happy to have mine for that daily pick me up.

    I’m sure you will do a great job of making your mom’s Mothers’ Day special. I’m praying for you all.

  • Sharon
    May 9, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    So much fun for tomorrow! And oh wow, totally didn’t know flattened bananas existed! We need a TJ’s!

  • brookesballbuster
    May 9, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    It seemed like you had a great day! I am so glad. You needed one:) That was a freakin steal on the yogurt! I pay $5.85 here in nyc. I hope you continue to have some healing days ahead. God bless you!

  • Allie Katie
    May 9, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Have fun with your mama tomorrow!! Mine is 3000 miles away but I’ll be calling her first thing in the AM!
    Also, I can’t wait to hear the review of Disney Earth–I am PYSCHED to see it post finals!

  • e
    May 9, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    ive read your blog for a bit now. i feel as though we tend to get injured around the same time, and think there is something nice about someone else who is taking time off for their injury. I’m glad however that you’re able to run again. There is nothing like dealing with life through running. The physical experience of pulling you’re body through hills, and hard cement is the best, and most productive release. I just wanted to let you know I’m sorry for you loss, but I think you’re a fanatastic writer, and I hope you continue to use your loss as a positive force rather than one that brings you down.
    (i have some wonderful books to recommend if you’re ever interested)

  • X-country2
    May 9, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    What a great way to spend the day with your mom. Have a great day tomrorow!

  • Jenny
    May 9, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Congrats on an awesome run today Jenna! And what a dinner! Sangria and paella both sounds soooo good 🙂

    Sounds like you have a wonderful mother’s day planned, I hope it’s full of love and happiness for you and your family.

  • Hallie
    May 9, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Love that photo! It just screams, “you go girl” haha.

    Tomorrow I’m taking my mom out to breakfast, then going bowling and having dinner with my boyfriend and his mom. Long day but fun 🙂

  • Gloria
    May 9, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I’m making my mom vegan carrot cake muffins in the morning, but I really wish she would join me for yoga like yours! That food and wine festival sounds so good, I might have to take a road trip.

  • Michelle Hisae
    May 9, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    I’m so glad you got back into that running groove! Have a great Mother’s Day. My mom is all the way in CA, so I’ll have to just Skype with her. Your mommy-daughter date sounds like so much fun! Have a decadent time, ladies. 🙂

  • Run Sarah
    May 10, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Awesome job on the run this morning. Sounds you have a great day planned! I celebrated Mother’s Day with dinner tonight.

  • laura
    May 10, 2009 at 3:02 am

    i live in Tampa but i am from Spain. i love paella too, but real Spainish food isnt beans and rice, these are more for South America.
    have a great mothers day!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now
    May 10, 2009 at 4:18 am

    I won’t be seeing my Mom today because she lives in Canada (I live in England). But I made a tribute for her on my blog that I think she’ll appreciate!! I’ll also be giving her a call and talking via skype hopefully!!

    Enjoy your day with your Mom!

  • Fancy
    May 10, 2009 at 4:37 am

    I hope you and your family have a nice day, I’m sure your mom will love everything you have planned for her 🙂

    I think I noticed the date on your new yogurt says it expires today?

    • jenna
      May 10, 2009 at 4:56 am


      Nope—it expires May 11th! I have a couple days 🙂

  • Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday
    May 10, 2009 at 4:48 am

    I’m glad you had a good run.

    I know this will be a hard day for your mom but it sounds like you have a really special day planned for her. {{{HUGS}}}

  • Shelby
    May 10, 2009 at 6:55 am

    That dried banana snack = GENIUS!!!

  • Angelina
    May 10, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Congrats on your run! Sounds like it was awesome!

    Your mother’s day sounds great, that would be really neat to yoga in the country like that.

  • Still Life in South America
    May 10, 2009 at 7:18 am

    What a thoughtful daughter. It sounds like you’ll both have a wonderful day.


  • ari
    May 10, 2009 at 7:55 am

    there is absolutely NOTHING like a good seafood paella. my ex boyfriend’s grandfather is spanish and made the best paella i’ve ever tasted. have fun with your mom today!

  • Megan
    May 10, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Glad you got a run in 😀 Your dinner looks so good! I love Paella Hope you have a great day with your Mom! 🙂

  • Lauren
    May 10, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I have those dried banana slices waiting to be made into homemade banana bread Larabars… mmmmm. Rolling AB into one is a great idea!

    What a steal with the Fage sale price! And your dinner looks scrumptious.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    July 14, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Look at those legs!! =]