Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

Where Did My Day Go?!


I had the best workout this morning at the gym. Don’t you love it when you just KNOW that your diet is the key player in how much boundless energy you have?! No coffee, nothing. I fuel on whole foods! 🙂

I did:

  • 20 minutes on the elliptical, level 2 resistance (doc doesn’t want me to use much resistance yet because of my shins!)
  • 15 minutes of a combo of water jogging with WEIGHTS and swimming laps freestyle

It was a great workout and I love switching it up with the water jogging and laps. You never want to just do the same old thing every single day at the gym because your body gets used to it—to maximize your burn you should constantly switch it up and try new things, such as water jogging with weights. Holy goodness, using these weights was HARD!


A few people have asked about which set I got from AquaJogger.com and the answer is the complete women’s fitness set. This set contains the belt, the weights, the little shoes (which I haven’t worn yet. lol) and a workout dvd. These weights aren’t the usual weights you would find in your gym’s weight room, obviously, but instead they work with the resistance of the water to really work your muscles. I set the timer on my watch and only after 3 MINUTES I felt an extreme burn!!!! Crazy, but true. For the time that I was in the pool today I had to alternate between using the weights and just using my arms when I jogged. It was too hard!

After my workout I noshed on a honey graham z-bar to refuel—


And then met my mom for lunch at BT, the trendy Vietnamese restaurant across the street that surprisingly has a VERY affordable and posh lunch menu. Mostly everything is under $10!


I had my absolute favorite thing on the menu, the pan fried tofu noodle bowl!


This is to die for!!! Vietnamese food is one of my favorite cuisines and I never can get enough of the noodle bowls, bursting with peanuts, bean sprouts, basil and chilies. The tofu was cooked to perfection as well…lightly fried but not greasy in the least bit.


To drink, I enjoyed my other favorite treat, a limeade!


After we said our goodbyes I went off to run some, what I thought would be quick, errands and then head home to get to work. Unfortunately I ended up getting quite frustrated because they were doing road work and I just sat in traffic for what felt like hours! Don’t you hate that?! When I finally got to the mall, for errands number one, I treated myself to Teavana because I love it so.


I got the concoction that was featured in the window—a mix of two teas for a subtly spicy and energizing brew.


Oh Teavana, how I adore thee. My bank account unfortunately does not. I saw this amazing promotion that they were doing called “The Teavana Tea Club”, which is where you pay something like $120 and then Teavana sends you two 2-ounce tea samples every month of the year to try. How cool is that?! If you are an avid tea drinker (ahem, Angela!), this is a lovely idea. I desperately wanted to sign up but it’ll have to wait until the budget allows, unfortunately. A great idea though!

I just got home and I am trying to work as quick as possible since I have an appointment to pick up my ORTHOTICS (!) at 4:30 and then am meeting Anne at 7:00 for a glass of wine!

Be sure to check out Angela’s Shop 4 A Cause on June 11 (my birthday!). I am baking a batch of delicious Super Charge Me Cookies to go up in the auction. 🙂

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  • Allie Katie
    June 9, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Your lunch looks delish!!! I’m glad you had a good time with your mama!

  • Emily (Healthy Fit Mama)
    June 9, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    That lunch sounds great! I’ve never head Vietnamese food. I love trying new cuisine!

  • Lauren
    June 9, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I heart Z Bars 🙂

    Lunch looks awesome. Your camera takes great pictures too!

    Happy Almost Birthday! YEA!

  • Jenna
    June 9, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    your lunch looks amazing! yum!! sounds like a wonderful work out!!

  • Elizabeth
    June 9, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Could you use frozen spinach (thawed) in your green monsters? Would it be more economical? Would it still be tasty? Thanks!

    • jenna
      June 9, 2009 at 3:22 pm


      I can’t tell you how it tastes because I’ve never tried that. The benefits of using RAW spinach would be lost though, as frozen spinach is steamed before freezing. I really like fresh spinach but I’m sure frozen would be good too, and quite economical because it is quite cheap.

  • april
    June 9, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I love switching up my work-outs too! I just did a post today on a cardio-switch up workout. Those water weights look really cool!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    June 9, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Love Teavana! I haven’t gone to one in ages, but it’s so much fun to go there. I love their teapots they sell too. 😀

    Lunch looks yummy too!

  • Mara @ What's for Dinner?
    June 9, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    HOORAY for killer energy!!!

  • Stacey
    June 9, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Yay for super whole food charged workout!

    That bowl looks so yummy!! Wish my tofu looked like that 🙂 Traffic SUCKS. Especially at rush hour in Charlotte, NC! Everyone drives all crazy and honks horns and gives the finger lol.

  • brandi
    June 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    that noodle bowl looks SO good, and I love limeades. Especially fresh ones in the summer!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    June 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Oh MY, that lunch looks amazing. I’ve got to try that some time.

  • Amanda's Eats
    June 9, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Is jogging in the water effective without those work out things? I tried doing it, didn’t realize at the time that there was such a thing I was just pretending to run in the water cuz I’m a dork, and actually got quite tired after a while.

  • Sarah
    June 9, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Glad you got a good workout and lunch too! I love tea, I could totally do that if it were in my budget as well 😉

  • Maria
    June 9, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Oh that tofu noodle bowl looks sooo good. I love Vietnamese food as well because they incorporate fresh ingredients with interesting spices. Nice choice :D.

    Yes, traffic can be such a pain. What you think might take 30 minutes, end up taking a couple hours. I must try Teavana sometimes. I’ve heard good stuff about it.

    Good luck on those orthotics!

  • Johanna B
    June 9, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I’ve never tried Vietnamese food. There was a large Vietnamese population in New Orleans but I missed my chance to enjoy their cuisine. Yours looks scrumptious.

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    June 9, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I love “bowl” lunches. The combination of flavors and textures keeps my taste buds happy and leaves me very satisfied. I think I love salad bars so much because you can just toss all sorts of things into a bowl and it’s considered an acceptable meal!

  • Run Sarah
    June 9, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I love Vietnamese too – their sauces are to die for! I haven’t tried aqua jogging but it sounds like fun.

  • Katherine
    June 9, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I love Teavana’s Tea of the Month Club! I bought my husband a six month membership as a Christmas present and he absolutely adored it! As it turned out, 2 oz goes a long way and he was working through all that tea for close to a year – maybe it’s easier to justify the expense then? 😉

    Hope you have a good afternoon!

  • runeatrepeat
    June 9, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had Vietnamese food, but that bowl looks like something I would love.

  • Michelle
    June 9, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I totally 120% loove swimming too but I have NO idea what to do with those water weights and sometime feel like a fool for trying to use them. hahaha Do you have any tips as to where to find pool workouts? I’d love to give ’em a try to mix up my lap swims! 🙂

    Oh man, your Teavana mix does sound delicious!!! Good for you for NO COFFEE!! I almost compare it to my weaning off Splenda! hahaha Except I’m sure they’re hard in their own way! Hope you’re having a great Tuesday!!

    • jenna
      June 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm


      Well this was my very first time using them so I am not 100% certain on any exercises. I’m pretty sure I looked like a fool but oh well! Basically, what I did was just run in place in the pool and pump my arms back and forth (just like I would if I were on the road running) and held a weight in each hand. I’m not sure where you can find pool workouts—many gyms that have pools offer aquatic classes so I would say look into that!

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Oooooomg – that Vietnamese dish looks amazing!! So fresh!

  • Nicole
    June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Good luck with the orthotics! I hope they work wonderfully 🙂

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    June 9, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Great lunch!

  • Hannah Hawley
    June 9, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I used to teach water aerobics and it can be incredibly intense! Once you start to feel like the water weights you are using just aren’t enough, give HydroTone a try. They really pack in the punch. Remember, your speed plays a large part in how the workout goes, the harder you push the harder it gets!

  • Fitzalan
    June 9, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Teavana may be one of the most addicting stores on the planet. Their teas are honestly like a drug. No matter the $$, I’m willing to pay. And I can never say no. I have learned that I simply cannot go down that end of the mall unless I’m willing to shell out some cash.

    Aside from the cost, there are much more detrimental habits out there.

    Happiness Awaits

  • Sarah (LovIN My Tummy)
    June 9, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Chances that between 4:30 and 7 you go for a little baby run…

    I know I’d be dying to!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    June 9, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    What an awesome afternoon! I must have JUST missed you at the mall. I just left =)

    Glad you had a great lunch date with Mom. I have been wanting to go to BT for forever!!!!

  • Diana (Soap & Chocolate)
    June 9, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    LOVE Vietnamese food! Anything in a bowl is great anyway, if you ask me, but I love the flavors of Vietnamese – the sandwiches are always to die for too because of the French influence on the baguettes they use. MMMMM 🙂

  • Angela
    June 9, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Yay thanks so much for the link back to S4AC!! 🙂 I know your bars will be a huge hit!

    Thanks for the recommendation of Teavana- I HAVE to find one near me!!

  • Heather (Sugar & Spice Blog)
    June 9, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Wow, your lunch is making me hungry – it looks fantastic! Note to self, must go out for Vietnamese food soon!

  • MyThy as in "Mighty" ;)
    June 9, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Ooh your “Bun” aka vermicelli noodles looks so light and refreshing! I was counting the days I was moving back home to CA to have more of my mom’s Vietnamese homecookin’! You should try the lemongrass beef but substitute w/ tofu (for vegetarian). There’s so much herbs & flavoring in it!

    2 more days till your Bday! Maybe you should hint to Ryan about Teavana’s Tea club?!? **hint, hint** **wink, wink** **nod, nod** 😉

  • maddy
    June 9, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I love love Vietnamese food! Seeing you have a post on this makes me all the more want to learn how to make them!

    I love your blog.

  • Natalie
    June 9, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Those noodles look delicious! I haven’t been to a vietnamese place in a while…I’ll have to check one out.

  • Kath
    June 9, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Jenna, when you do multiple workouts at the gym that include a pool + dry land, how do you handle the wetness and showering? Elliptical first, then suit, then pool, then shower? I would love to just “hop in the pool for some laps” but it always seems like such a lot to plan!

    • jenna
      June 9, 2009 at 6:03 pm


      Exactly! Today I wore my suit underneath my gym shorts and tank top so after I used the elliptical, I ran down to the locker room, pulled off my clothes and then jumped in the pool. Then after I swam I showered at the gym. i think they key is to wear your suit under your gym clothes! 🙂

  • Matt
    June 9, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    I love Vietnamese as well. That dish looks awesome!

    Happy early birthday!

  • Ellen (Peace In Motion)
    June 9, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Vietnamese food really is the best. It’s wonderful that you get to spend such quality time with your mom. Mine is all the way across the country right now 🙁

  • Sarah
    June 9, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    they have all of that water equipment at my gym- I think I’ll have to give that a try soon! (If I can get brave enough to get in a swimsuit that is)

    And Vietnamese food is YUMMM!!!

  • K
    June 9, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    That tofu dish looks amazing!! I like the sounds of that water workout! I’ve never done weights while in the water but they seem intense!

  • Michelle (PinQue)
    June 9, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    That limeade looks delicious…I might have to go seek one out Pronto 🙂

  • Still Life in South America
    June 9, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Your tofu plate is just what I would have picked out at the restaurant. It looks so fresh! Yum.

    I’m glad you’ve found some low impact workarounds for your shin splints.

  • Janet
    June 9, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I love Vietnamese food! You have to check out Out the Door when you are in SF for the race! 😀

  • Nicole
    June 9, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Hey Girl. I never comment because they are a bagillion comments and everyone says more or less the same things.. like that looks good! and nice work!! and things like that, but honestly that food looks so good! haha. I had to give in to my commenting itch. I love Vietnamese food and even though my stomach hurts right now, I could totally dig into that.

    Good luck with your workouts, shins, family, life. I like your blogging and your writing personality.. keep it up! = )

  • Holly
    June 9, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Jenna- I just checked out the aqua jogging site- thanks for the info! My bf’s dad has been doing this for years for his daily cardio sans the weights so I want to tell him to check it out. I’m curious, did you wear the belt? Does it weigh you down or keep you buoyant? Keeping yourself afloat is part of what makes the workout well, a workout, so I’m wondering it’s function.


    • jenna
      June 9, 2009 at 9:15 pm


      Yes, I definitely wear the belt and it does keep you buoyant. Its made of foam so it doesn’t weigh you down but you are supposed to go in the deepest water possible to do it so your toes don’t hit the bottom. If you aren’t buoyant, you are really just treading water. Treading water is a great workout but its different than actual “water jogging” which is where you actually do the same motion of running (with your legs and arms) that you would do on the road, but in the water. You get all the benefits of running but with no impact!


      Hmmmmm staying off your feet…..I know you said you hate swimming but honestly that sounds like the best idea! I would seriously look into purchasing an aqua jogger set because that is zero impact but still letting you have all the cardiovascular benefits of running and walking. It would pretty much be perfect for you!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 9, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing that info about the water jogging. It sounds like such a neat sport!

    I have a question that you might be able to help me with… I have to have surgery on both my feet next January and will have to basically stay off them and take it easy for 4 weeks. I am an avid walker and runner, so obviously this isn’t ideal for me. Do you have any suggestions for what I can do to stay healthy, active, and exercise during this time frame? I’ve never been much of a swimmer and that doesn’t really appeal to me, but I’d LOVE to hear your opinions and advice! Thanks!

    Hooray for the orthotics! Hope they work well for you!

  • Meghan@traveleatlove
    June 9, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Mmmm Vietnamese food! I love a good banh mi for lunch.

  • JB
    June 9, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    that pan fried tofu noodle bowl looks scrumptious! now i want that for dinner tonight!

    oh, and happy almost birthday!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    June 9, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    thanks for sharing the aqua jogger info! 😉

    have a great night!

  • Bec
    June 9, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    water jogging sounds amazing!

  • courtney
    June 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Hey Jenna,

    I won a DELICIOUS batch of your super-charge me! cookies for participating in Meatless in March, and they were basically the most amazing thing ever (seriously, I had to hide them from my boyfriend so he didn’t eat them all!). However, I am wondering if you have adjusted the recipe at all from the one in Dreena’s book? I tried making them for Mother’s Day and they weren’t nearly as tasty… maybe you just have that baker’s edge (or maybe it is becuase I live in Denver and didn’t make any high altitude adjustments)! Anyway, just curious, and I will definitely be bidding to win another batch! 🙂

    • jenna
      June 9, 2009 at 10:32 pm


      Umm nope…I don’t think I did! That’s funny but complimentary–thank you!

  • Erin
    June 9, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    That lunch looks phenom. Delightful.