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Hey there!

Oh man, I had another fabulous cross-training session this morning! I love all the cross-training I’ve been doing because it makes me feel like I’m getting stronger and stronger, but I’m just itching to run!!!!! Trying to be patient with myself…..! This morning was more of a whole body workout because it involved every single muscle I have with only two different activities. First there was 20 minutes on the stairmaster, level 8. I don’t know about you, but I think the stairmaster is CRAZY hard!!!! I really have to preoccupy myself the whole time I’m on there or I will get annoyed with myself and hop off. I’m glad I stuck it out though today even though by the end, my calves were burning like crazy!

After the stairmaster, I stripped off my yoga pants and tank top and jumped into the pool! The secret is to wear your bathing suit under your gym clothes and bring your goggles + swim cap in a plastic baggie. I swam for 15 minutes, freestyle. Loved every minute of it. I think swimming is slowly working its way up there to becoming one of my new favorite exercises; I’m really starting to crave it.

After the gym, I steamed and showered and snacked on some raw milk cheese and green tea:

And not to long after, made a GIGANTIC salad for lunch!

+ Half a grapefruit that had been “marinated” in agave and a kiwi

Everything was pretty much perfect here. The salad included:
  • about 1 whole bag of organic spring mix
  • 1 Sunshine burger (regular, not falafel)
  • grated raw milk cheese
  • 2 scoops of hummus
  • drizzle of Annie’s Woodstock Dressing
  • big handful of sugar snap peas
  • Big handful of organic parsley
  • some Mary’s Gone Crackers

The star of this salad were the sugar snap peas. I just LOVE these guys! I could sit with a bag and just go to town. Not cooked though—I love these raw because you get the true taste of the vegetable with all its crispy sweet integrity. The grapefruit was just perfect too. Don’t you just love it when you get a piece of “perfect” produce? Definitely one of the finer things in life.

I’ve been eating so many of (sort of) the same salads for lunch these days because its just what my body is craving! Its SO hot outside and these large salads energize me without weighing me down at all. I never thought I could be satisfied with just a salad for a meal but when you add all these crazy add-ins, it becomes very filling indeed!

I’m off to research and write an article for True/Slant, bring my mom a hunk of ginger for the dinner she’s making and maybe dive more into baking. Is it weird to sell baked goods at a garage sale? The thought just hit me hard. My parents are having a MONSTER of a garage sale on Saturday so I thought I could bake for it, too. Maybe not. We’ll see! I’m just having a major hankering for carrot cake cupcakes……

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  • Sally
    June 25, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    We had a bake stand at a garage sale once and it was a big hit!! We made quite a bit of extra money on top of the “stuff” we sold and I think people were thankful for the treats. Maybe you should make some iced tea or lemonade to go along with it…you know that Florida heat! Good Luck!

  • Danielle
    June 25, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    I don’t think it’s weird to have a bake stand at a garage sale, maybe offer some cold drinks too. I think you would make a killing!

  • K
    June 25, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    I think you should definitely bake if you want too! Why not earn a little bit more money?

    Raw sugar snap peas are amazing! I could easily sit with a bag and just munch away!

  • Katherine
    June 25, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    You should definitely bake for the garage sale! Visitors will enjoy munching on a cookie or tasty treat while perusing your parents’ sale items 🙂

  • Recipes for Creativity
    June 25, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I think having baked goods for sale at the yard sale is a fantastic idea! I bet you’d make some money, that’s for sure! And your salad looks absolutely drool-worthy!a

  • Maria
    June 25, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    It’s great that you crave swimming, Jenna! It’s so low impact, and gives lots of rest to your joints. Only if I was a better swimmer–I need to find someone to teach me :).

    Fresh summer sugar snap peas sound fabulous, especially in that humongous salad. I’ve been having those large salads all summer (and late spring) because I just add so much additions to it (hummus, salsa, beans, veggies, crackers, squash, etc.) that it’s quite satisfying.

    I think the bake sale is a great idea–I would love to buy some of your home made goods at a garage sale 😀

  • Lindsey (Mrs. LC)
    June 25, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I would definitely put baked goods out at a garage sale! And also definitely get some cold drinks to sell too (mainly water, but I’m sure people would be grateful for anything cold). Maybe make some healthy treats with a “kid friendly” spin on them (i.e. M&Ms in super charge me cookies) to attract kids that may have been dragged along with their parents. 🙂

  • leslie
    June 25, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    i think people would love baked goods at a garage sale!

    crosstraining really makes you appreciate running – and it makes you a better runner! i think variety is key to staying safe and strong!

  • Jori
    June 25, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    If you bake for the garage sale I would love to come and buy some of your baked goods. Honestly though I think you just have to make sure it isn’t costing you more than you can recoupe!

  • Beth
    June 25, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    One warning about the bathing suit under the workout clothes…I did that during a triathlon class at the YMCA and I developed a yeast infection!! TMI, I know, but if you get really sweaty during your pre-swim cardio, the bathing suit doesn’t really breathe 🙁 Just a warning.

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    June 25, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Baked goods at a yard sale sound like a great idea! But I agree, that perhaps the ingredients should be on the basic side…especially if you want to make a profit 🙂 I’ve made carrot cake cupcakes twice in the past 3 weeks – go for it!

  • MarathonVal
    June 25, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Jenna, I had a question about the steaming – I NEVER did that before and then over the weekend when I was in Vegas, after my workout I ducked into the sauna for a few minutes. Now, I was wondering what the benefits are from steaming, and is the steam room different (better, worse) than the sauna? Thanks! 🙂

    • jenna
      June 25, 2009 at 12:35 pm


      Steaming opens up our pores and lets the skin “breathe”! I think steaming over sauna is a personal thing. I really hate saunas but I am addicted to the steam room. I love the feeling of sweating out all the toxins from my body and feeling totally refreshed and anew afterwards!

  • Maggie
    June 25, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I LOVE the stairmaster. You get such a good workout in a short amount of time.
    And swimming is great too – especially during the summer. I remember being on the high school swim team and having to eat ALLLL the time because it was such a good workout.
    I’m loving your salad and “marinated” grapefruit!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    June 25, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I hear you on the salads and the heat…I’ve been doing the same thing. Isn’t it amazing how our tastes change with the season? So cool!

    Glad you had a great workout. Enjoy your afternoon!

  • Sue
    June 25, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Baked goods have always sold like hotcakes at any garage sale I’ve had. Also, you might want to think of making some small finger sandwiches or cheese and crackers in small bags wrapped with a cute bow. What a great way to help pay for your orthotics! Good luck. I hope you and your parents sell out!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 25, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Sounds like an awesome workout Jenna! And I’m loving that salad. I totally agree that salads are perfect summer food. So fresh and delicious!

    That would definitely be fun to bake for the garage sale! If you are able to squeeze in some kitchen-time, it would probably be a big hit! 🙂

  • Jocelyn
    June 25, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I think it’s a GREAT idea to bake for the garage sale!!! I would buy some if i were there 😛 ..That salad looks great, and I LOVE mary’s crackers

  • J
    June 25, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Maybe its just my neighborhood, but growing up there were kids selling cookies and lemonade at practically EVERY garage sale. Needless to say baked goods at a garage sale doesn’t strike me as odd in the least bit.

  • Jess
    June 25, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    I have never seen frozen falafel burgers and now I’m going to look!

  • Lizzie
    June 25, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Not weird selling food at a garage sale – especially the kind of things you want to sell. People love homemade cakes, biccies etc and you’ll probably sell out within an hour! 🙂

    I am going to look for those falafel burgers next time I am at whole foods. Your salads look so great – I need to get one of those Fit’n’Fresh salad containers so I can bring something like that to work.

  • Stacey
    June 25, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    My boyfriend and I used to go to the local aquatic center every single weekend to swim laps last summer. It became so addicting! We would leave there feeling like we had left the stress of the week in that pool 🙂 It is truly refreshing and somewhat therapuetic (sp?)

  • Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl
    June 25, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    That salad looks so yummy, Jenna–and the fruit too!! Yum-O!

    I don’t think it’s odd at all to sell food and/or drink at a garage sale. People are hungry and thirsty and you’ll probably sell out!! 🙂


  • Maya
    June 25, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I do the same when I run in the summer as we have a pool in my backyard, by wearing my bathing suit under my clothes I can dive right in and be instantly refreshed!

  • Karen Teague
    June 25, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    not weird at all, especially if they know it was made by you. Tell your Mom good luck with the sale, they’re always so much fun.

  • Heather
    June 25, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Hi, Thanks for the coupon for Amazing Meal. I just got it today (that was fast!) and love it. Quick question, if you don’t mind – why have wheat grass + the amazing meal in shakes? Isn’t the amazing meal enough green nutrients? THANKS!

    • jenna
      June 25, 2009 at 1:12 pm


      No real reason really except that for me personally, its just the easiest way to drink it! I like the taste of the Amazing Meal when blended with a banana and nut butter in a smoothie! So yummy 🙂

  • Whitney
    June 25, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Sugar snap peas are so yum in salads! I think it’s a cool idea to sell baked goods at the yard sale. I know I’d buy them, esp. if they were nice healthy goodies!

  • Jenna
    June 25, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I think you should sell baked goods at your yard sale this weekend!! good idea!! your lunch looks great. it’s so crazy to me that you at a whole bag of salad for lunch!! It looks awesome!!!

  • Katie
    June 25, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    When I was growing up, my cousins and I ALWAYS sold baked goods at the yard sales our moms would have a few times a year. Weary shoppers who have been up since dawn tend to love a good cookie! We were always about $50 richer at the end of the day, just selling homemade cookies and granola bars! (And consider selling coffee for a quarter a cup…you’d be surprised how fast it goes first thing in the a.m.!)

  • Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write
    June 25, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I wish I liked swimming. It’s just not fun to me, but it definitely gives you a great upper body.

    I love that you marinated your fruit. That’s a really great idea that I’ve never considered.

    Everyone sells baked goods at garage sales. Have fun!

  • Krista
    June 25, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I think baked goods at a garage sell is a great idea, especially if you have something cool to drink with it. Go for it!

  • Fitzalan
    June 25, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I definitely don’t think it is weird to sell baked goods at a garage sale. Put cute labels on them and make them look offical and I am sure people will be in a hurry to purchase some goodies!

    Happiness Awaits

  • brandi
    June 25, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    i love the big salad! good grapefruits are hard to beat.

    My husband’s parents’ neighborhood only has 2 “neighborhood wide yard sales” a year – they are HUGE and lots of people sell drinks/snacks.

  • Danielle
    June 25, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I love the bake sale idea! How fun to be shopping around and then get a cupcake, I think you should sell Iced tea too, what a welcome treat that would be on a hot day!

  • Emily (A Nutritionist Eats)
    June 25, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    What a great looking lunch! So colorful!

  • Amanda
    June 25, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Funny you should ask about selling baked goods at a yard sale because that’s exactly what I’m planning on doing this weekend! I am walking in the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk with a group of women from my yoga studio in October, and we are having a group yard sale to raise money. I am also selling PINK! lemonade and making cookies/ brownies. I figure everyone gets hungry while hunting for bargains!! I’m really unsure how to price it though – I haven’t sold lemonade since I was like 10 years old!!

  • Rachel (rachelsworkbites.com)
    June 25, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I love doing the stairstepper! I usually do intervals and go up to 11 for a bt then bring it back down to about a 7. I really need to get into the pool. I used to swim all the time for exercise but now I find myself just in the weight area!

  • Beth
    June 25, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Ah, I’m craving the pool like crazy!! I live in DC and I have no clue where I’d find (an affordable) one to swim in. All that swimming sounds like so much fun – and a great work-out!

  • valerie
    June 25, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Your salads look amazing. I love eating big salads instead of traditional meals. My favorite right now includes spinach, hummus, avocado, shredded carrot, a little bit of feta, and some amino acids! Also, I tried your ab workout and it does really work. Thanks!

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    June 25, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Definitely bake….if no one buys then at least you have delicious left overs all for yourself. Good luck in this heat! St. Pete has been brutally hot.

  • semihealthy
    June 25, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I might have to drive down to florida for some of you baked goods!

  • Nicole
    June 25, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I’ve sold baked goods at my parent’s tag sales before! I actually made a nice earning off it it!!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    June 25, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I love sugar snap peas too! I eat them raw like that al of the time! yum!
    great salad! All that colour in your lunch!

    I am enjoying cross training lately too. I don’t want to burn myself out with running and wreck my knees so I have opted to include other exercises. To be honest, the last 2 workouts I had did not feel good. I am either getting sick or my body just needs a break from all the exercise..

    Have a great day!

  • Organic Girl aka AshleyH
    June 25, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    ooo I made the most awesome carrot cake muffins/cupcakes from this website last week they are amazing!!


    since you probably dont have almond flour you can just grind some almonds in your vitamix until the look like flour and use that. I used half the recipe and made 12 muffins. I didnt make the frosting but it looks amazing too. 🙂

  • ashley
    June 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    my partner Cori swam all through high school and college. she still has a perfect body (30 yrs old) and pretty much only swims. it really is a total body workout. i want to join the gym near our house for the pool alone.

  • anne
    June 25, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    You should totally sell your baked goods at the garage sale! Good luck!

  • Judy
    June 25, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I read one of the comments where a bake sale was a big hit. Before I moved, I volunteered at a friend’s small cat rescue for years. We had biannual garage sales to raise money. Because I love to bake, I suggested a bake sale one year.

    While it did add to the pot, we didn’t really do all that well.

    OTOH, I saw on a tv show recently that you should always have freebies at a garage sale — they showed cookies. We’ll be tackling our own garage sale in a month or so . . .

  • Judy
    June 25, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Your salad lunch reminded me, I went to CPK for lunch today and I think you’ve mentioned it was one of your favorites. They have introduced a new salad, the Moroccan salad. Hope you can try it soon, I think it is the best one so far! (Without the beets, yukk-o, I picked them off!)
    Enjoy the garage sale. 🙂

  • Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers)
    June 25, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    The crosstraining sounds like a blast! I have yet to go swimming this summer 🙁 going to try to hop in the pool tonight after my run!

  • J.
    June 25, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Who wear your swim suit UNDER your gym clothes? How is that possible? I don’t have very big of boobs but there is no way a little swim suit will give me enough support to work out in, I’m shocked noone else has commented on this that I see! If it works for you than rock on but I’m guessing that trick won’t work for most women with a chest.

    • jenna
      June 25, 2009 at 5:00 pm


      I guess I don’t have boobs.

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    June 25, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Well, I thought it was a good idea…but I guess I don’t boobs either;)

  • Sarah
    June 25, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Snacks at a yard sale? Who can resist a bargain AND a happy tummy?!? Selling cold drinks would be a good idea, too.

    Also, more than the boob thing, be careful you don’t get a yeast infection sweating it out with a swimsuit on. Gotta be sure your pieces and parts can breathe!

  • Amy A.
    June 25, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Question — when you say raw goat’s milk cheese, is it cheddar raw goat’s milk cheese, or some other type? Brand?
    I always see chevre cheese when I’m looking for a harder goat cheese, but I usually only find a selection of soft goat cheeses. And yours doesn’t look soft, hmmmm….

    • jenna
      June 25, 2009 at 5:20 pm


      I use Stonyfield farm brand…its not goat cheese, the one I like is a raw milk cheddar cheese. I find it at Whole Foods! I just love it.

  • Amy A.
    June 25, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Ha I’ve also done the bathing suit at gym thing before, and also guess I don’t have boobs. 🙂

  • Amanda (My Summerizations)
    June 25, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    i think carrot cake cupcakes are always a good idea. i would go to the garage sale just for them. 🙂

  • Joelle (Chasing Pavements)
    June 25, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I’ve always been curious about that Woodstock Dressing from Annie’s– what does it taste like? I love all of Annie’s products, but I’m kind of particular about salad dressings..

    • jenna
      June 25, 2009 at 10:09 pm


      It is a tahini and tomato base so sort of cheesy….its weird, you either LOVE it (like me) or you hate it. If you like tahini and nutritional yeast you will like it!

  • Christine
    June 25, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    You Absolutely HAVE TO bake for the garage sale……
    Think of all the people you will reach who don’t eat well & you may just turn them onto sometime that will change their life!
    (Like the GM’s have for me!) DO IT GIRL!!!

  • Hangry Pants
    June 25, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Definitely sell the baked goods. Mark’s family just had one and the guy up the street sold nasty hot dogs and made a ton.

  • Tracy
    June 25, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    I agree with you on the satisfaction of a HUGE salad with lots of add-ins. I’ve craved them every day since the weather turned hot. My fav additions lately are hummus, jalapenos and strawberries or blueberries for a spicy/sweet combo. YUM!

  • kelly
    June 25, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Love, love, love your blog. I have a lot of weight to lose, where do I start? I am overwhelmed and don’t know what my first step should be. Do you have any advice? Thanks!

    • jenna
      June 25, 2009 at 10:13 pm


      Its hard. I recommend first throwing out ALL the crap in your kitchen. NO junk food shall remain! Even through out cereal if you sit and snack on that. Everything must go! Then, start food journaling and keeping yourself accountable for what you eat. Don’t be TOO strict with yourself, but in the beginning stages it might hurt a little bit. Once you have passed through the “food detox” as I like to call it, you can see the sun on the other side and slowly start to reintroduce things into your diet like a glass of wine or a light dessert. Make the effort to work out 6x a week, cardio mainly and some weights or yoga thrown in there as well. You just need to get your heart rate up to burn fat. Spinning is a great choice!

      You can do it! 🙂

  • J.
    June 25, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I just reread that and realized it may have come off offensively, I didn’t mean to Jenna! I love your site and was not trying to be mean, I just thought maybe I misunderstood or something, I actually think it would be nice to not have to wear a sports bra when working out! Anyway, hope I didn’t offend!

  • Leah
    June 25, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    I tried the cranberry flavor of Kombucha today and MAN….all I can say–that’s not for the faint-hearted!

  • Tay
    June 26, 2009 at 12:37 am

    I would wear my suit under my workout clothes, but I think it would just get way too hot and sweaty!! But it’s so hard to put on a tight speedo suit when your body is all sweaty! haha.

    And I second your love of sugar snap peas. THE BEST!!! Pure candy.

  • Sarah W.
    June 26, 2009 at 6:34 am

    I <3 swimming – I don’t know what I’m going to do when pool season is over out there (Labor Day Weekend). I swam a glorious 45 minutes doing breastroke. Do you think breastroke is just as effective as freestyle?? by the end I could really feel it in my chest and shoulders! YAY. Plus you basically burn the same awesome amount of cals swimming as you do running but less impact on your joints 🙂

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