Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Spinning Away

Hi friends!

Pleased to say I feel about 500 times better after spin class!!

I arrived 30 minutes early and did some abs:

3 sets of crunches on the stability ball—25 reps each set

3 sets of bicycle crunches—-20 reps each set

3 sets of inverse crunches with stability ball—15 reps each set

Oh my gosh, this class was a-m-a-z-i-n-g tonight! I think I pushed myself more than I ever have before and by the end of the hour, I was covered with sweat and feeling so much better about my day, myself and just…everything! I know I say this so often, but the gym really does turn everything around….If I can do it, after being on my feet racing at work for 8 1/2 hours, so can YOU! That’s my nightly pep-talk 🙂

I also made new friends, Juli and Christina, and we are going to go to more classes together next week….they were talking about wanting to try BodyPump (which I have never done) and I told them all the good things I hear about Zumba, which is offered as a new class at my gym twice a week.

After class I had one of those situations where I really just didn’t know what I wanted for dinner.…I kept picturing all my food here and NONE of it sounded good……….

So…I decided to swing by Publix and do a little pick-up-sushi-action instead! Great choice on my part because the girl behind the sushi counter made my roll (or wrap, actually) right to order in front of me. I got my favorite: shrimp summer rolls! They are chock full of raw veggies, avocado and, of course, shrimp. The spicy thai dipping sauce they come with is divine as well. 🙂

When I got home, I quickly steamed up a half cup of frozen edamame to round out the meal with some more bulk and protein!

SO delish.

For dessert, I had two perfect squares of my organic 70% dark chocolate bar:


While at Publix, I strolled down the bar section (obvi), still on the prowl for seasonal flavored cliff bars. Well, no pear strudel or gingerbread but I did find this:


There was only one and it totally didn’t belong…it was with the peanut butter ones! I snatched it and think I’ll bring it to my 11 hour shift tomorrow to keep me fueled. Has anyone tried this flavor?

Now that I have some food in me I realize that I am POOPED. Off to take a bubble bath and climb in bed. I work tomorrow at noon so I will post twice in the a.m.! Have a good one 🙂

Edited to add:

I’m still hungry! I think I’m going to snack on a brown rice krispie bar in my bed………hehe

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  • Juli
    November 13, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Hey Jenna! So great to meet you, I feel the same after that class!! And now my stomach is growling looking at your dinner. Im on my way to gt sushi now. Definitely need to do some more classes next week and of course there is the post workout food reward!! 🙂 Great Blog! Talk to you soon!!!

  • Shelby
    November 13, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Yay for spin class!!! It sounds like so much fun. I always feel so much better after working out as well.

  • April
    November 13, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    You’ll like BodyPump – it’s a fun way to get in weight lifting. I want to try spinning – still haven’t been brave enough to try it yet!

  • Leanne
    November 13, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Jenna! Is the spin class that you took called RPM? Because it sounds like your gym has Les Mills classes which are all amazing!! I’m certified to teach RPM and I absolutely love it… BodyPump is a great workout as well and since you like lifting, this class is perfect for you. What other group ex classes does your gym have?

  • Jtine
    November 13, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Zumba is AMAZING! So much fun and a great workout. BodyPump is also awesome, but pretty hardcore! Definitely try them both!

  • Olive
    November 13, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    I love Zumba! It’s suuuch a workout although I feel pretty silly doing it sometimes. I’m DYING to try the seasonal cliff bars, but I don’t usually eat Clif bars very often. How does the taste compare to say, a Luna Bar? I’ve been eating Luna Bars and Zone bars a lot, but never Clif. Are they similar to Odwalla?

    You’re on my blogroll at Olive’s Eats. check it out!!

  • erica
    November 13, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    the maple nut clif bar is actually my favorite! you’re gonna love it. 🙂

    glad to hear that you had such a great spin class!

  • Heather
    November 13, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    I’ve tried the maple nut before and I have to say that it’s good but not amazing. I still love chocolate chip, carrot cake and banana nut the best. I am heading to WF in Orlando this weekend and I will have to be on the lookout for gingerbread, OMG!

  • Mara
    November 13, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    I loved Publix’s sushi when I was in Florida! I had a brown rice roll for breakfast most days…
    On the edamame note, you’ve GOT to see what my mom brought me from Tokyo! Its on the blog 😉

  • VeggieGirl
    November 13, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    AMEN!!! Love that post-workout high 🙂


  • Ashley
    November 13, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Hey Jenna,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while and I think it is just great! I love spin classes too and I am glad you can fit them in your bust schedule! But the reason I had to comment on this post is the Maple Nut Clif. Maple Nut is by far my fave Clif. They are pretty hard to find where I am living in Canada. I am pretty jealous you snagged one. 🙂
    Good luck with your busy next couple of days!

  • jenna
    November 13, 2008 at 7:24 pm


    Yep! It definitely WAS rpm 🙂 The most intense class I’ve been to for sure..

  • Jenn
    November 13, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Ive been wondering where people find those seasonal Cliff bars. Ive checked everywhere, whole foods, several publix, several targets. Im dying to try them!

  • Megan
    November 13, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    I love shrimp spring rolls! I have had that Clif bar, but it wasn’t maple enough for me!

  • Matt
    November 13, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    the maple nut is so awesome! its deff one of my favs!

    this post is really making me crave some sushi…

  • Brooke
    November 13, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of the maple nut bar – sounds GREAT!

    So glad you’re a fan of spinning! Nothing gets my heart pumping like a good spinning class!

  • Lucy
    November 13, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    I take zumba too! It’s such a hardcore but FUN workout!! That class just fills me with happy thoughts, or no thoughts at all! A great way to unwind! =)

  • Andrea
    November 13, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Hi! I took spin tonight too! It was an awesome class. I totally get what you are saying. I felt very crabby and eh today but I felt great during and after spin class. Exercise does wonders for stress! yay!

  • Karen
    November 13, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    MMMMM I love the Maple Nut Clif bars, they are my favorite!!! But I did try two of the seasonal ones, and they are very are probably #2 and #3 on my list of clif bars, good luck finding them!

  • Emma
    November 13, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    They offer BodyPump at my gym in Boston. It’s fantastic… should try it out.

  • Runeatrepeat
    November 13, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    I cannot find the seasonal Cliff bars either! I want the pumpkin spice one.

  • ttfn300
    November 13, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    I LOVE BODYPUMP!!!!! 🙂

  • runninghigh
    November 13, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    maple nut clif are fantastic!

  • Evey
    November 13, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Glad to hear you had a productive gym session!

    I can never get my lazy butt over to the gym, but after hearing how great you feel afterwards, I’m really gonna try and push myself to go to the gym more often, too.
    Maple Nut clif bar is sooo good if you like a maple flavor, and I think you do, so you’ll enjoy it!

  • Oh She Glows
    November 13, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    I love how you really listen to what your body is craving. You set such a good example for intuitive eating. Great job on the spin class and abs!

  • Runjen
    November 13, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    You will LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Body Pump! It is freaking fabulous! I do it regularly and am still sore after almost every class b/c they change up the routines so often. Seriously. It rocks.

  • Runjen
    November 13, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    You will LOOOOOVE Body Pump! It is freaking fabulous! I do it regularly and am still sore after almost every class b/c they change up the routines so often. Seriously. It rocks.

  • claire
    November 13, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    That shrimp roll looks SO good! I LOVE spring rolls. I’ve had the maple flavor and it’s okay. I still prefer Mojo bars, though.

  • Samantha
    November 13, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Jenna- I feel your pain! I too went to Target today in hopes of finding the seasonal Clif bars. I had no luck either. They did have a Mojo bar though! The nearest Whole Foods is about 45 minutes away 🙁

  • Julz
    November 13, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    I LOVE BODY PUMP! SUCH AN AMAAAZING WEIGHT WORKOUT! 🙂 The new one is extra hard too! 🙂 Enjoyyy

  • Betherann
    November 13, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Maple Nut is a good one! We have the holiday flavors here…if you like, I’d be happy to send a couple your way! Drop me a line either by email or in my blog’s comments if you like. Glad to hear spin treated you well! 🙂

  • gina (fitnessista)
    November 13, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    you have to let me know if you like zumba 😀
    have a wonderful night!

  • BridgetP
    November 13, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    I know exactly what you mean about the sweaty awesomeness of spinning- I love it!!

  • Jenny
    November 13, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Yay for spin class, AGAIN! So awesome that you’re enjoying them!

    I had that same “don’t know what to eat” feeling today after spin as well, I think it has something to do with appetite suppresion from exercise…oh well. Have a great night!

  • Fancy
    November 13, 2008 at 10:06 pm


  • Tamara
    November 13, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Those shrimp summer rolls look divine! I’m going to be craving them tomorrow! 🙂

  • Jess
    November 13, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Those shrimp summer rolls look So amazing and fresh- I’m going to have to keep an eye out for them! I’ve actually never had a summer roll; whenever I see any sort of ‘roll’ its Always deep fried. How do you know?

    I’m glad spin went so well. Really good luck with your super busy weekend!

  • Jen
    November 13, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Does anyone know what brand the brown rice krispies treats are and where to find them?

  • emily
    November 13, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    fantastic looking spring rolls!

  • Amber
    November 14, 2008 at 12:53 am

    So glad you are into spin class. I can’t run due to injuries and it seriously makes me feel inferior to runners but I love how hard spin works you. I love spin!!!!

  • MizFit
    November 14, 2008 at 5:00 am

    hmmmm 500 times better?
    Perhaps I should give spinning another chance!!

  • jenna
    November 14, 2008 at 6:00 am


    They are “officially called’ Jenny’s Brown Rice Marshmallow Treats and can be found at Whole Foods or, in my case, my local grocery store! They are like rice krispie treats except they are made with brown rice syrup and puffed brown rice. Each bar has 100 calories.

  • jenna
    November 14, 2008 at 6:00 am


    Glad you got them! Hope they are too smooshed!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • seelivelee (for the love of peanut butter)
    November 14, 2008 at 6:04 am

    I’ve had this flavor before-it is one of my top 3’s!! ENJOY.

  • Sarah
    November 14, 2008 at 7:58 am

    The Maple Nut is so good! I had one the other day and was surprised how good it was…also, mine was the only one on the shelf at Whole Foods, too…weird, these guys must go fast!

  • Ally
    November 14, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Hmmm, I didn’t see the pear but I just found a gingerbread one today!! They also had a pumpkin pie one that I didn’t get. I haven’t tried it yet because I wanted to try the oatmeal raisin walnut first which I’d never had but it was so yummy!! Delicious! Although, I have to say – I think it might almost be too sweet for me to want to eat it before a workout. I think I’ll stick to chocolate chip or the chocolate peanut crunch ones before running. Can’t remember if I’ve had banana nut bread or not but since it’s literally one of my favorite foods I’ll have to try it. I never used to like Clif bars much but now I’m kind of addicted.

  • Mel
    November 14, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Your spring rolls look fantastic.
    yay for feeling better after the gym, I love that feeling!

  • chandra
    November 14, 2008 at 11:12 am

    The Maple Nut flavor is my FAVORITE by far!! I hope you like it!!

  • caitlin
    November 14, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    hey girl! i hope we can see each other soon! 🙂

    your days sound hectic, but i know you can handle them. i hope you’re learning a lot and YAY for ryan coming in 1 week 🙂 tell him we say hello!