Behind The Butter

To Me, From Me

I bought myself a present today……………..


A BIKE!!!!!!!!

I actually have never owned my own bike. There have been countless times when I wished I owned one, especially when I lived in Charleston and everyone rode bikes everywhere. When I started doing spinning at the gym it got me thinking and then riding Christie’s earlier in the month sort of sealed the deal. I asked for one for Christmas but didn’t get it so I bought one for myself at Target this morning! South Tampa is SO bikeable. My parent’s house is 3 1/2 miles from Ryan’s condo, 4 miles from my yoga studio and about 2 miles from Greenwise. Bayshore (the 7 mile sidewalk next to the bay) leads to everything and I figured its a new way to get my cardio in without going to the gym! I didn’t spend an obscene amount of money on this bike but I think its good enough for what I want to do with it. I took my brother with me to Target to buy it and then I rode it the half mile home and surprised my parents (they were really surprised! haha).

I’m so excited!

To back up a little bit though, my hot yoga flow class was out of hell today. Thom, the instructor, told us he ate too many sweets over Christmas and we all had to suffer for it by doing TONS of core work and chatarungas. To top it off, we practiced in a 95 degree room! I was bright red and sweating the whole time but it was a great workout so I won’t complain.

When I got home around 10:45 I whipped up some fruit and veggie juice in my VitaMix!


This is a combo of 1/2 banana, 1/2 of an organic carrot, 1 stalk celery, 1 orange and 1/2 cup frozen cranberries. I split the juice with my dad so we each had about a cup’s worth:


And then for lunch I had a mug of leftover red lentil soup and a fage with agave:


It wasn’t the most photogenic thing I have ever eaten but it tasted good anyways. 🙂

My bread dough is fermenting right now and I’m about to punch it down, form batards out of it and then let it proof for about 3 more hours until I bake it off. While its proofing I’m going to ride my bike down to Ryan’s and pick up a cookbook out of the closet that I think has the recipe for the homemade gnocchi I plan to make tomorrow night. Too bad he is at work—I can’t surprise him! 🙁

No one worry—I will look both ways before I cross the street and wear my new helmet!!!!

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  • Oh She Glows
    December 30, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Awesome bike!!! That is so exciting. 😀 You can never go wrong with a gift to yourself that will be a healthy dose of exercise!

    The Vita-mix concoction looks so yummy.


  • Sharon
    December 30, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    I love your bike, it is so pretty! I want one of those old school retro bikes from the 80s.

  • Moran
    December 30, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    HAHA you are so cool! I love the bikes!!!

  • VeggieGirl
    December 30, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    LOOOOVE the bike, smoothie… fabulous!! And hell yes for extra core work and chatarungas.

  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    December 30, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I love bikes! I really wished I lived in a bikeable city. I’d totally go everywhere on one!

  • Josie
    December 30, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Enjoy the new toy! Biking everywhere, how fun is that going to be! 🙂

  • megan
    December 30, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Great bike!!! Have fun on it. If want one! 🙂

  • Victoria
    December 30, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    That VitaMix seems so great. Very cool on the bike. I’d love to be able to bike around town. Enjoy!

  • Jenna 2
    December 30, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    🙂 thats too cool a new bike!! Your smoothie looks really good…i’ve never put veggies in my smoothie….could you taste the celery and carrot or was it still sweet from the banana, orange?

    • jenna
      December 30, 2008 at 5:50 pm

      Jenna 2,

      The juice just tasted sweet from the cranberries, orange and banana…I couldn’t tell at all that it had celery and carrot in it! I want to try a spinach one or a kale one sometimes soon….

  • Allison K.
    December 30, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    That juice looks really good!

  • K
    December 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    CUTE bike!! I wish I lived somewhere that was bike friendly because it would be such a pleasant way to get around!

  • lauren
    December 30, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    great gift to yourself and love your juice mixture!

  • healthy ashley
    December 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Congrats ont he cute bike! I finally got one this month as a graduation gift! Where do you live? I’m about 1 mi from the Greenwise!

    • jenna
      December 30, 2008 at 5:49 pm

      Healthy Ashley,

      really??! Cool! I live right off Bayshore over near Gandy.

  • LisaR
    December 30, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    You’re bike is so cute! You’ll have a blast w/ it! I got a bike this year for a birthday/anniversary gift 🙂 I love it! I just wish someone else around here had a bike too so that I don’t have to bike by myself!

  • Shelby
    December 30, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Adorable bike, how fun! That yoga sounds painful but so much fun, I wish I had a class like that around here.

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    December 30, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Nice bike!

    The juice you made sounds really good!

  • Sarah
    December 30, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Your bike is so cute! You just need a flower basket on front and a little bell. Ching ching!

  • Amandamoo
    December 30, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Yay! Bikes!!! I invested in a bike last year and have not regretted it one single day. Not only is it good for the environment, your body, and your wallet (no gas cost), it’s a great way to “get away from it all”. Kind of like running. It’s just you and the bike and the road… I wish it weren’t so windy here, I’d go for a ride right now to celebrate your new purchase!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    December 30, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Fun new bike Jenna – exciting purchase! Glad you are enjoying the Vita-Mix, and I can’t wait to see how the bread turns out 🙂

  • Lindsey (Mrs. LC)
    December 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Love your new bike, I think it’s a great idea and a great investment! And LOVE your new VitaMix, I want one! 🙂

  • Ashley H
    December 30, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    I live in by the beach in Ca where everything is bike or bus distance away but I have been home for the holidays and I forgot whats its like to have everything I need so close. I dont know how people who live in the suburbs could not own a car. I love living by the beach. You will totally love the independence that comes with riding a bike everywhere. Although it does take a little bit longer to get places.

  • Alicia
    December 30, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    My yoga teacher was the same! She asked if we ate too much during the holidays and proceeded to give us lots of deep twists and of course chaturangas. 😛

  • Mara
    December 30, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    How fun that you got a new bike!! I haven’t had a bike in years, and I’ve decided I want one… maybe I’ll hit Target once it’s not frigid here.

  • fitforfree
    December 30, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    So exciting!! I can’t wait to get a new bike 🙂 It’s so satisfying to commute to work via bike!

  • Kim
    December 30, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    That’s a great looking bike!! Congrats on finally owning one 😀

    And that juice you made looks really good.

  • Bridget
    December 30, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Congrats on the bike- what a great gift to yourself!