Up and At ‘Em

And….Monday morning strikes again! Monday mornings are still sort of a weekend for me since I don’t have class til tonight, but Ryan has to be at work so we are up and at ’em. For breakfast I made a peanut butter/banana waffle sandwich using Kashi Heart to Heart waffles that were hiding in the back of Ryan’s freezer. Waffle sandwiches are quick, portable and give you enough fuel and energy to make it through your morning. As soon as Ryan leaves for work, I’m going to go on a run then take a shower and get ready because I’m meeting my mom for lunch at California Pizza Kitchen before I head back to Orlando.

I am going grocery shopping today but don’t expect a ton of cool things….unfortunately. I’m a little low on $$ right now and can only afford to spend half of what I normally spend once a week. So…that’s about $40. I think I’m just going to stock up on veggies and fruit and then use whatever I have in my kitchen to make meals during the week. I have a ton of pasta, some pasta sauce and some frozen meals as well that I made awhile ago then stuck in the freezer for times like this. Hopefully next week will be better!


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  • Kate
    March 3, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Hi, I posted this on Kath’s wall yesterday after she ordered her omelet, but it kinda got lost in the topics, so I am hoping you all can help me out!

    I have a major problem with ordering omeletsโ€ฆ..the restaurants never do it well. It always seems to literally be dripping in oil! What do you do when they bring you an omelet (and other similar food situations) dripping in oil? Send it back, it is always so embarrassing because you appear so high maintenance, especially if you are at a business meeting or a date. I know its your body and health, etc, but realistically, you can seem really high maintenance.

    Also, how do you order an omelet so you to make it clear to the waiter you donโ€™t want a lot of oil or butter? Besides, omelets, any other foods to watch out for and tricks? Thanks, hope everyone has a good monday!

  • Lindsay
    March 3, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Mmm that looks SO yummy!!! I love the pb & banana combo ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my favorite things, but I will have to try it with the Kashi waffles.. I just wanted to say thanks for your blog… I have been reading it faithfully for the last few months and you have been my inspiration to start my own blog!!

  • Sarah
    March 3, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    waffle sandwiches?! Wow, that looks awesome!

  • Romina
    March 3, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Another beautiful waffle sandwich. Peanut butter and bananas are the best combo ever. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    Sorry to hear you’re running low on $$. Hope you can make it through the week!

  • Cara
    March 3, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Looks like a great waffle sandwich. Good way to make it more protein rich. mmm.

  • Tsbrown
    March 3, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I tried your running tip of 3 minute run followed by a 1 minute walk. It is amazing- it totally works! Thanks for the tip! Love your blog and energy!

  • Laurie
    March 3, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    I tried the run 3 minutes and walk 1 minute trick yesterday too and thought it was great! It was a lot less boring too.

  • blueberrybabe
    March 3, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Good morning! Back to regular work life… I have a question for Jenna or anyone who thinks they know the answer- although I’m not sure there is just one answer? My question is:

    What is the right amount of percentages to eat of each macronutrient (protein/fat/carb)?

    Why does this matter? And is the answer different depending on if a person is trying to maintain their weight vs. gain vs. lose?

    I think this is a tricky one but hopefully some of you educated ladies can help me out! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • a reader
    March 3, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    A couple of recipe questions. On Feb 25 you said: “my mom made those beans she wrote the recipe for yesterday, as well as a red cabbage dish.” I can’t find the bean recipe and I’d love the cabbage recipe too. They both look so good in the photo.
    And speaking of moms, how about asking Ryan’s mom to give you the recipe for “yummy zucchini/tomato/brown rice casserole”? That really looked good too!

  • arimcg
    March 3, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    I used to make waffle sandwiches all the time in college…I forgot all about it until now. Might have to bring it back! Thanks for the idea.

  • CR
    March 3, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    I would say…just don’t order omelets when you go out. Just save them for days when you can make them yourself so you can control what/how much goes into them. Or, if you love omelets that much, just call it a splurge. I just don’t think getting all wound up over one meal is that worth it.

  • JennS
    March 3, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    I have a kind of “gross” question for Jenna and anyone else who might know… I take the WF 365 brand of the adult multi for women, does this turn anyone elses pee bright yellow? if so, any idea why?

  • Erin
    March 3, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    I was thinking about trying the whole 3 minute run, 1 minute walk thing during my workout tomorrow! About how fast do you guys run/walk when you do this??

  • Tsbrown
    March 3, 2008 at 4:45 pm


    I ran 7 miles yesterday at about a ten minute pace (average). Try it, you are going to be so excited. Good luck!

  • Heather S
    March 3, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Jenn S-
    Mine is yellow too. I think you urinate the left over vitamins that your body doesnt use. Not 100% sure but thats my guess.

  • Laurie
    March 3, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    I was running at about 6.0 or 6.5 (I’m not a good runner!) and then walking at 4.0 or 4.2. I did it at an incline of 1.0 and then kept upping it too.

  • ward
    March 3, 2008 at 5:04 pm


    I think you’d be suprised at how far that $40 can stretch! You just have to be a creative shopper. I have had a lot of fun this past year (a newlywed with a husband in medical school = no money) living “frugally”. it is a challenge, but very rewarding when you realize you can eat wonderful, tasty food on a very low budget!

    we definitely take advantage of the farmers market, discount groceries (do you have an aldis? you can get local produce there for cheap), Wal-Mart (definitely not my favorite place to shop, but you can get natures path, stoney fields, and kashi brands for way less than you would @ wholefoods). we make our own hummus, bread and granola–that saves a good bit and it tastes better.

    we honestly dont even enjoy our 1x/week eating out so much anymore because food at home tastes so much better and healthier.

    anyway, like i said–it is definitely doable to eat really healthy and even organic foods on a very low budget!

  • Arika
    March 3, 2008 at 5:17 pm


    I too take that same brand of vitamin and noticed the same thing. Its normal, your body is processing the vitamins and its just a harmless side affect. I read that this bright color can indicate that you have excess vitamins and the urine is bright as a result of the body getting rid of the excess. Basically your body takes the vitamins it needs and you pee out the ones you don’t. Hope this was helpful.

  • Betsy
    March 3, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    i don’t think i’ve had a frozen waffle since the eggos of my elementary school days. maybe it’s about time to try a “healthy” frozen waffle. cause i want a waffle sandwich!!

  • Betsy
    March 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Try it at the pace YOU feel comfortable at. If you’re new to running, try running at about a 5, then go faster if it feels too slow for you.

  • Meghan
    March 3, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    hmmm….i’m a pretty avid runner but this whole walk/run combo has me curious!

  • Lisa
    March 3, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I do about 4min run then 1min walk and it has definately increased my running distance!! I LOVE IT!

  • Kelly
    March 3, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Kate- I love omelets. I have found that the nicer the place you are dining the more apt they are to adhere to your request. For example, brunch at the Four Seasons would be a place that would REALLY listen. Denny’s is less likely. So what I do is just think about that when I order. If I’m at a nice breakfast or brunch place I would order an omelet if I’m at Denny’s I’d order oatmeal, toast, etc. If you did ask for it to be made with little or no butter or oil and it comes drenched either ask nicely that they re-make it or eat it. One omelet is not going to hurt you. Oh, another thing. I love the omelets at the Cheesecake Factory. They are very good about making it the way you want. I just ask for an egg white omelet with little or no oil and veggies inside. You can also sub the sides for whatever else you want. Kinda random but just thought I’d share.

    Waffle Sandwich Makers- What are your favorite combinations for waffle sandwiches?

    Runner/Walkers- This is just a random question and not meant to emberass (spelled wrong) anyone. Just out of curiosity what is your running distance and time? I’m a jogger and by no means a distance runner but I average about 5 mph and typically do 2 miles in 22 minutes (about a 12 min mile). I could run faster but I’m a liesure runner and do it for the endorphins and because it makes me feel good. I’m sure most are a lot faster than me.

  • Erin
    March 3, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks! I run on the treadmill 5 or 6 days a week, so it’s always fun to try something new!

  • Tsbrown
    March 3, 2008 at 6:12 pm


    Try it. I am a slow runner, but you will really like the break in the traditional run is fun, fun!!

  • sperly
    March 3, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Just thought I’d chime in really quickly on the whole run/walk convo –

    Doing a mix of running with walk breaks is the theory that Jeff Galloway teaches. His idea is that if you do a mix of run/walk, you’ll have a faster time overall than if you just ran straight through.

    Here’s his website talking a little more about the theory:

    Personally.. I really hate it =/ My running club does Galloways and I always just end up running out ahead and doubling back for them. It’s really just an individual thing though – if it works for you, great! If not, that’s OK too =>

  • Betsy
    March 3, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    I don’t like the Galloway method either. Once I start running…I’m running. But, I have nothing against it. For alot of people it works great!

  • SDF
    March 3, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Morning everyone!
    My favourite waffle sandwich is I heat up a bit of ricotta cheese with honey and cut up strawberries/raspberries/blueberries/blackberries (really whatever kind of sweet fruit I have on hand) and a tiny bit of honey, and eat it like that. It’s delicious and really sweet-plus it keeps me full all morning with no problem.
    I usually run on the treadmill and I set it up for the incline-so it keeps me running from 5.4 to 6.0, depending on the incline, but it usually averages out to just over 11 minutes a mile-and I’ll run for 30 minutes (the cardio machines at my gym will only let you set it for 30 minutes at a time, otherwise you have to restart the machine). It’s a great workout and although at times I want to die, I’ve found that bringing a magazine that covers the time and pace I’m running at helps it go by faster (maybe just because then I’m not staring at the seconds going by)

  • Alex VA
    March 3, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    I have read about the Galloway method before as well… in some respects, it’s a bit controversial.

    On the one hand, I think that it is a great way to encourage people to run when they might be too intimidated by the idea – and to encourage people to go farther than they might otherwise.

    On the other hand… I guess I am a running snob… I’m sorry! But I can’t help it! It’s not RUNNING!

    Okay, I just had to mini-vent.

  • Patricia
    March 3, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Hi Jenna!

    I just got French Women Don’t Get Fat in the mail today! I’m super excited about reading it!

    I’m half way through Pat Conroy’s Beach Music and I’m LOVING it!

    Thanks for all the great recommendations! Happy Monday!

  • Rhodeygirl
    March 3, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    If you guys want a really good book try Water For Elephants- AMAZING!

  • Laurie
    March 3, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Oh good, I just started Water for Elephants!

  • Lisa
    March 3, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Alex VA-
    I’m curious why you think the galloway method is not running….even though you take walk breaks….you’re still running! You may not be running continuously but you’re still running.

    Everyone is different and has their own preference so its all good!
    I just had to put that in there ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • LT
    March 3, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    I read Water For Elephants this summer during my off-time as a lifeguard! It was good but I actually never finished it! Maybe I should….

  • Carter
    March 3, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Ooohh….I read Water for Elephants last summer and LOVED it. It didn’t initially appeal to me, but then I couldn’t put it down.

    Why would the Galloway method of running be controversial? Just because it’s not all-out running the whole time?

  • Beth
    March 3, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    I agree with Lisa. You might not be running for 30 minutes straight, but yes, you are still running for most of that time. What part of running in intervals doesn’t make it running, AlexVA?

  • TimeofButterflies
    March 3, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    I’m a runner — have been for about four/five years now. I’ve gotten up to 50 miles per week, but lately average about 25 miles per week. I don’t do the Galloway method, and I run straight through without breaks (although every once in a while I’ll walk for a few seconds, but that is rare). HOWEVER, I fully support the Galloway method and think it’s great that people do what works for them. I would *never* say it’s “not running” — that, right there, is elitism. It’s what has turned me off from many a running club/site for years.

  • jenna
    March 3, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Just to chime in on the running conversation—

    I think you really just need to find out what works for you and your body (just like your food choices!) I love the Galloway method because its proven to help “non-runners” increase their distance and stamina. I could never run without it! I ran my first 10K race running that way and I beat a good number of people who didn’t do the run/walk method because they would burn out and end up walking or slowing their pace down. I, on the other hand, was energized throughout because I gave my body short breaks. It also reduces injury because you give your legs a rest from such an hard impact. I know tons of people (marathon runners) that swear by this method and I love it too! But…its one of those things that doesn’t work for everyone! I have never heard of it being considered controversial though. If it works for you, it works and if it doesn’t–well then there are many other ways to train! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Stacy
    March 3, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    For those of you that run/walk, how do you determine your intervals? Do you just guestimate your minutes for walking and running. I’ve got a little bit of an obsessive personality and the treadmill I’d be fine, but running outside I think I’d feel like I would need a stop watch.

  • jenna
    March 3, 2008 at 8:18 pm


    I have a stopwatch on my watch and I run for 3-4 minutes and walk for 1 minute. Try and see what you think! You can get stopwatches for like five bucks at target!

  • Carter
    March 3, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Stacy, I’m with you. I don’t run outside, either, and I don’t have a stopwatch or any digital watch for that matter. For those of you who do this, do you estimate time or use a watch?

  • jenna
    March 3, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Sorry for the late posting of my mom’s cabbage and beans recipes! I posted both (sweet and spicy bbq beans and the red cabbage dish) under the recipes section so find them there and please enjoy! I am defrosting the beans as we speak to eat this week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Beth
    March 3, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    For the Galloway method, I run for 4 minutes exactly and then walk for one minute. Because I do it on a treadmill though it’s very easy to time. If you’re running outside, you’ll need a watch to keep track. Otherwise, you’ll probably be likely to walk longer than needed.

  • Alex VA
    March 3, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Ah, I’m sorry, I knew I shouldn’t have said anything! As I mentioned, I really do think that it is great to motivate people to get out there/run longer – and to each her own! It’s just my own opinion – I think, if you’re going to run, run!

    Again, I didn’t mean to offend anyone – I really do love the community these blogs have created.