Behind The Butter/ Fitness/ Lunch

They Will Weep

Y’all, I’m blown away! As of right now we have raised almost $5,200 dollars…..$200 past my goal and its still goin’ strong! I’m so proud and happy….remember you still have until Thursday at 12:00 PST to buy your ticket for your chance to win the bike!

On another note, it’s 9:30 and I am just now sitting down at my desk for the first time all day. It’s been crazy…just one of those days. But everything has been good so I can’t complain. I worked all morning on a few special projects and then took a three hour break in the middle of the day to drive to my old house and then set out on my last long ride before Sunday. I rode 30 miles in 2 hours and was pretty happy with that. Until I got back to my old house and was like…oh Lord, only 37 more!!!!!!

My legs. They will weep.

On my way to the house, I ate the last of my smoked salmon on a wheat english muffin with goat cheese for a quick and early pre-ride lunch (this was at 10:45 this morning!):

After 15 miles I ate this bar:

It was good but I got some cramps around mile 25. I don’t blame this bar as much as I blame the fact that I am a camel and couldn’t stop chugging my water and gatorade during the last 10 miles. I was SO thirsty today for some reason. Maybe because I sweat my life out on my yoga mat yesterday morning? I’m making a conscious effort all week to drink as much water as I possibly can…I think I clocked about four liters today.
After my ride I couldn’t get my to my apartment fast enough to make the smoothie I had been envisioning all two hours of my ride.

I’ve seen a lot of these “chocolate cherry bombs” in the blogworld recently, most notably here and here. After about a month of pondering over them, I finally got some frozen cherries from the store the other day so I could concoct my own.
My post-ride drink contained: 1 small frozen banana, 1 cup cold water, 1/2 cup frozen cherries, 1 scoop chocolate designer whey protein powder and 1 scoop chocolate superfood.
The verdict?
Why did I wait so long?! I’ve never put frozen cherries in a smoothie before and it was delicious. I could actually feel my whole body sighing out, sip after sip. Oh, what I would do for someone to make me this drink and hand it to me at mile 67 on Sunday….what I would do.
My dinner was very random and eaten at like 4:30, which went with the early bird special theme of the day.


I was rushing to get to a 5:30 meeting and inhaled a bowl of cottage cheese with H2H and raspberry jam, along with another Dr.Praeger’s veggie burger with swiss cheese. The veggie burger was so incredibly mushed and unsightly that I decided for the betterment of the blog, I would instead just show you a picture of the pretty box in my freezer and you could use your imagination.
Other eats included a luna protein bar after my meeting on my way to small group and then just now a pear the size of my head. Plus water. Lots and lots and lots of water. And some Chardonnay at my meeting…..but I used the spit cup—-I swear! I’m sticking with my no wine until after the race pledge. So, I spit.
9:39 pm….still need to do some paperwork, answer some emails and scratch the beast.
Bonne nuit!

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  • simple hungry broke
    May 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    that smoothie looks/sounds amazing!

    i know it’s kind of over now but i read your post on the “rebuttal” and it made me look over some of comments which, after reading this blog for a while but never saying anything, made me quite surprised. it’s sad that people devote that much time to negativity. feedback is one thing but straight up bitching is another. your blog has re-encouraged me countless times to get up and run, eat a healthier meal, buy organic, etc. if only everyone was able to be happy for others rather than envious of their accomplishments. ahh, someday?

  • Felicia
    May 18, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Nice, I check your blog 10 minutes after you post! 🙂 I think the weather being indecisive on whether it’s going to rain or not is why you were extra thirsty, lol. I know it’s making me feel odd like that! I hope the weather is great for your ride this weekend! Hope your legs don’t weep too much. Awesome picture of your freezer btw! And should I not be keeping my flaxseed in the fridge? Hmm…

  • Richelle
    May 18, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Hey Jenna, I have the chocolate superfood by Amazing Grass too which i lovelovelove! I just keep it in my pantry though, should it be refrigerated?

    • jenna
      May 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm

      I do believe the Superfood will keep better in the freezer….or at least that’s what I’ve always done!

    • jenna
      May 25, 2010 at 2:32 pm

      Not sure—I’ve always just kept mine the freezer for some reason!

  • Lisa @ bakebikeblog
    May 18, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I have been meaning to try those cherry bombs for a while now…they look great!!!

  • jenny (green food diaries)
    May 18, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    i agree the cherry bomb shakes have piqued my interest lately! i’m afraid to try them because i usually dislike fresh cherries though…

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    May 18, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Wow! $5,200 + 30 miles in 2 hrs–you ROCK!!! That’s a good-looking freezer full of green drink mix!

  • Claire
    May 18, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    I love the Choc cherry bombs and think Kristen’s Raw site was where I first saw them when she posted a video of her making it! I hope your legs feel alright tomorrow! Congrats on raising so much!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    May 18, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Well done on the ride! I couldn’t manage 6miles probably, so I have respect for you 😀
    I love how your fridge is packed full of Green Superfood…only a health blogger!

  • Jo
    May 18, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Hi Jenna! I just found your blog and I love it already. That cherry bomb looks amazing. I have been doing stadium workouts trying to make protein smoothies after. I have been so into making green smoothies in the mornings I have totally lost other smoothie making abilities. I have never heard of chocolate superfood. I will have to read about it. As for frozen cherries, I am going to pick some up ASAP!
    I look forward to reading more of your posts! 🙂

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth)
    May 18, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Chocolate Cherry green smoothies used to be my favorite when I started green smoothie-ing 3 years ago. I haven’t had one in SO long. They’re soooo refreshing mmm. That would be an amazing thing to be waiting for you at the finish line!!

    And, THAT’S a freezer after my own heart.

  • Linda
    May 18, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Love the shot of your freezer, will you do a what’s in my fridge/pantry post once you’re settled in? ps. what is maca powder for?


    • jenna
      May 25, 2010 at 2:31 pm

      Maca powder is a powder known to increase endurance and athletic stamina. I love to put it in my smoothies!

  • ForDGRedial aka Amy
    May 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Hey Jenna,
    With you on the water front, I know I need 3lts a day of non-caffeinated non-fizzy liquid to ‘feel’ hydrated. Thats just normally – no exercise. Over here we get advised an extra litre for every hour of exercise…


  • Kate
    May 19, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Congratulations on your fundraising! That is fantastic! 30 miles is a damn decent ride- good luck for the 67 miler.

  • lindsey
    May 19, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Can you please tell me when you make your overnight oats the way you say in your recipe do you cook them first before doing all the rest?! Also what brand of oats do you use!? I would SO SO appreciate your response because I tried to do these with the steel cuts oats I bought and they didn’t work 🙁 Please help me .

  • Sarah
    May 19, 2010 at 3:03 am

    If I lived close by (I don’t! I hail from Pennsylvania!), I’d trade you for those Dr. Praeger’s burgers in a minute! Admittedly, they are mushy, but they are one of my favorite frozen vegetarian burgers for flavor and the fantastic ingredient list.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    May 19, 2010 at 3:35 am

    I love frozen cherries in a smoothie – so good!

  • Rachel
    May 19, 2010 at 4:03 am

    I just made your protein pancake for breakfast, it was friggin AWESOME! I am going to talk about it and link you in my blog..I won’t give a recipe, but I will link to your post where you do. I hope this is ok!

    And that’s so great about the $$, I can’t believe it’s that much already 🙂

  • Amy(Super Healthy Kids)
    May 19, 2010 at 4:24 am

    30 miles! Nice work Jenna!

  • Katherine
    May 19, 2010 at 4:27 am

    I hope “scratch the beast” does not get put on my to-do list ever; what a funny way to word it- you have a nice sense of humor.

    Are you supposed to freeze Amazing Grass? I guess it doesn’t matter one way or another- college budget is tight for me.

    I am surprised you’ve never tried cherries but you’ll be glad you did. They are 100% great for muscle recovery and hydration. Really, you may notice a subtle change in how your body feels training now 🙂 best of luck with that paper-work

  • Paige (running around normal)
    May 19, 2010 at 4:48 am

    What a busy day! Glad it was all good schtuff though 🙂
    I’m jealous at the amount of Amazing Grass you have! Looove that stuff!
    Have a great day!

  • Courtney R.
    May 19, 2010 at 5:00 am

    There is a lot of emerging research on inflammation and cherries. They seems to be THE FRUIT to keep those joints healthy!! Good call before your big ride!

  • Meghan@traveleatlove
    May 19, 2010 at 5:18 am

    My very first smoothies were chocolate superfood and cherries because my TJ’s always seems to have frozen black cherries. SO goood!! rest up now,you are ready for this ride.

  • Abby
    May 19, 2010 at 5:27 am

    You’ve convinced me, I’m buying frozen cherries today!!! Everytime I stand and the freezer section and stare at them!

  • eatmovelove
    May 19, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Way to raise money for a good cause.
    You’ll do fine on the race. What’s the worst that can happen – you stop and walk 😉
    Sounds like you’ve been very busy lately! What are these projects?!

  • Maria @ A Healthier Maria
    May 19, 2010 at 5:34 am

    wow great job!! The fundraising is the hard part so now the race will be a breeze! 🙂

  • Stacey
    May 19, 2010 at 5:35 am

    Why what a busy day with lots of accomplishments. You are going to do great on your ride the excitement of the day will keep you going along with all the support from others and the fact you only have to ride that far one time.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    May 19, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Scratch the beast? Hanging out with the boy, eh?

    I kid, I kid!!! 🙂

    Sounds like a busy (and productive) day!

  • Victoria
    May 19, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Good luck hydrating! And I think you’ll do great on Saturday!

  • karen
    May 19, 2010 at 5:53 am

    that’s great Jenna, way to go with the fund raising, doesn’t matter what you ride you already succeeded in your goal that you set out to do. Having lost a brother to brain cancer I applaud you for this.

  • Lauren (Health on the Run)
    May 19, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Congratulations Jenna!! I think it’s amazing that you’re auctioning off the bike and didn’t let the drama of the past weekend get you down too much. You have raised an impressive amount of money for cancer research which (like Karen said above) is more important than the number of miles you ride! I know we will all be thinking of you this weekend!

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)
    May 19, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Congrats on the ride jenna! That is quite an accomplishment. You will rock it. Keep it up 🙂

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    May 19, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Cherries in a smoothie sounds so wonderful. Especially with the addition of chocolate. 😀 I need to try this!

    Great job on the bike ride, girly! 😀

  • Liz
    May 19, 2010 at 6:09 am

    That smoothie looks delish!!

    I have a suggestion for the veggie burger – cook it to death on the George Forman – that’s the only way to eat those guys, otherwise they are all much and gross!!!

  • Jennu
    May 19, 2010 at 6:12 am

    I never understood the spit cup! Must google it:)

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    May 19, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Those totals are amazing!

    I thought my legs were going to kill me when I was training for a 10K so I understand the thought of 67 miles would hurt let alone riding it. But you can do it Jenna.

  • Haute Teapot
    May 19, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Your smoothie gave me an insta-craving lady! In other news, I hope you’re still going to Europe this summer. I was supposed to go to Paris but I’ve been before and Spain seemed hot, exotic, and tempting, so I may be headed there. 🙂


  • Therese
    May 19, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Man, now I’ve GOT to try a chocolate cherry bomb! They’re everywhere and I must be trendy! 😉

    I’m already excited for your race this weekend! I don’t have a race scheduled until August so I get to live vicariously through others!

  • Samantha @ Food Edu
    May 19, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Yum that chocolate cherry bomb sounds good. I’ve got a ton of cherries right now and can’t eat them all–i’ll shall freeze them and save them for a later use such as this!

  • Camille
    May 19, 2010 at 6:40 am

    What an incredible amount of money!
    Congrats on making a difference 🙂

  • smn
    May 19, 2010 at 6:43 am

    The Dr. Praeger’s burgers are great if you don’t treat them like a ‘burger.’ I like to break it up in a bowl of broccoli or veggies for some added protein.

  • Kati @ Living Well
    May 19, 2010 at 6:58 am

    That smoothie sounds delish! I usually buy the frozen mixed berries instead of the cherries but I’lll have to pick some up! Did the water change the taste as opposed to using milk?

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    May 19, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Congrats on all the money you’ve raised, that’s awesome!

  • Kellie
    May 19, 2010 at 7:13 am

    My. Dr. Praeger Burgers get so mushy that they look like dog food. I thought it was because they had been in the freezer so long, but obviously it is not just me.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    May 19, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Okay, okay, you’ve convinced me. (About the chocolate cherry bomb, not the mushy burger. Ew.) I’m so glad you’re raising so much for charity. Take that, haters!

  • Ryan @ Greens for Good
    May 19, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Kristen of Kristen’s Raw was the creator of the (adoringly abbreviated) CCBS! You can check out her video here:

    I add spinach to mine for an amazing green punch, without the veggie taste!

  • Carol
    May 19, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Yum Yum that cherry smoothie looks awesome. Frozen blueberries are very good too!

  • Sally
    May 19, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Wow, that is a lot of money raised for cancer research. Good Job, you should be really proud of yourself.

  • sherri
    May 19, 2010 at 7:51 am

    great job fund raising jenna!! another good smoothie to try is chocolate mango… might not sound good but it’s so yummy and your body will thank you!

  • KatieTX
    May 19, 2010 at 7:58 am

    When I had the flu and was hydrating like crazy, as you are, she advised me on the importance of gatorade or any other way of balancing electrolytes. I think the rule is if you consume more than 3 liters a day, you must supplement some type of gatorade, so your electrolytes do not get unbalanced. I have read this in a yogajournal article as well. Maybe a great time to invest in coconut water? Good luck with the race!!

  • Bliss
    May 19, 2010 at 7:59 am

    This might be immature but every time you mention “Dr. Praeger’s” veggie burgers, its pronounced in my head as “Dr. Preggers” and I can’t help but think of them as maternity food. Ha!

    Also, is the berry flavored amazing grass good? I’m always skeptical when it comes to “berry” flavored things since I’ve had a few too many turn out tasting like cough syrup. If so, any recommendations for how to use it ?

    Good job on the fundraiser, and good luck Sunday!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    May 19, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Why have I never tried a chocolate cherry bomb either?! Meh. Strawberries in place of cherries is really good though!

  • Elizabeth
    May 19, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Thank you SO much for posting the oatmeal pancake recipe. I had my first one this morning, and it was AWESOME. I had hit my boredom point with plain oatmeal, and this was JUST what I needed.

    Congrats on raising so much money too! I love reading your blog 🙂

  • Sandy
    May 19, 2010 at 8:36 am

    I do hope that “the boy” reads the blog and takes the hint about how to win your heart at Mile 67!

  • Marie
    May 19, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Your freezer makes me jealous!!! I didn’t know you should keep Amazing Grass in there! I will start doing that though! 🙂

  • Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl
    May 19, 2010 at 9:58 am

    You rode 30 miles?! Wow. That is SO awesome!! 😀

    The smoothie looks DIVINE. I’m going to have to try that – and soon!

    LOVE all the grass in your freezer. Yum-O! 😉

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    May 19, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Yay for long rides! I’m sure you’ll be fine to do the whole amount when the time comes. Just be happy at how far you did this time!

    I really really really need to get on this smoked salmon band wagon.

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    May 19, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Congrats on beating your fundraising goal!

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    May 19, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Was the bar salty? Perhaps that contributed to the raging thirst?? Congratulations on your amazing fundraising!!

  • Janel (Eat Well with Janel)
    May 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Hey Jenna, congrats on the 30 miles! You were probably insanely thirsty from the smoked salmon sandwich – might want to steer clear of that sodium packed meal before the big day. Good luck this weekend!!!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    May 19, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    BEST burgers ever!

  • Helen
    May 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    OMG that smoothie looks so much more appetizing than the green monsters!! I might have to make this one. Congrats on the raffle, can;t wait to see what it makes in the end.

  • Christena
    May 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I am so happy that you have surpassed the fundraising goal — amazing, Jenna! Congrats! Don’t worry one bit about the race — 37 more miles will be different on race day.