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Fall Flavors

Hi guys. How was your Monday? Mine was strange…it felt more like a long weekend than the start of a new career. The next couple of weeks are going to be a bit of a challenge for me because I am going to have a lot of downtime. I’m teaching a ton (check out my updated teaching schedule) but it’s going to take time to get going with the personal training side of things. The reality is that it just takes a while to build a client base. I must practice patience…admittedly not my strong suit!

Breakfast after teaching 6 a.m. BodyPump was a cinnamon raisin English muffin with almond butter, honey, banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I took advantage of my free morning and attended the 9:15 hot vinyasa class at Y2. I got my ass handed to me. I honestly don’t remember the last time that I was that hot, sweaty and plain out miserable in a yoga class. I looked up at one point and the room was so hot and humid that it was hazy…a rainy day + 50 yogis packed into the studio certainly did not help matters.

I was starving when I got home from class.

I chugged a ton of water and heated up leftover homemade pizza from last night’s dinner. Lots of veggies – artichoke, sundried tomatoes, caramelize onions and mushrooms. Salad on the side.

Sullie was acting especially cute today. Rub my belly.

I taught a hot yoga class this evening at Y2 and it was awesome. There is something about Monday class that just feels so right to me. I love guiding my yogis through their practice and helping them let go of whatever happened during their day. Monday evening class is a chance to wipe the slate and set a positive tone for the week. They worked so hard tonight but also laughed and smiled. Beautiful.

I starred this recipe from Pioneer Woman last week for Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Preserves. It was so simple to prepare and paired perfectly with mashed sweet potatoes and roasted brussels sprouts. I am a huge fan of herbs de provence so I loved the flavor of this pork tenderloin. I will be making this recipe again and again. It’s a definite crowd pleaser.

Brandon announced after his first bite that it was a very fall-inspired dish. As much as I hate to let go of summer produce, it’s time to welcome winter squash, pumpkin, apples, soups and stews. This dinner was a great way to gradually make our way back to those flavors.

What foods feel like fall to you?

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  • 1
    Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) September 26, 2011, 10:07 pm

    Pumpkin, gingerbread, baked apples and vegetable soup speak fall to me. Congrats on your first day at the new career. 🙂

    • 2
      Jen September 27, 2011, 2:51 pm

      thanks brittnie! love your fall foods list!

  • 3
    Tracy @ Tracy's Treats September 26, 2011, 11:11 pm

    That pork tenderloin dish really says fall to me! My favorite fall food has got to be pumpkin….pumpkin muffins, pumpkin lattes…it excites me to see coffee shops with these now!

    • 4
      Jen September 27, 2011, 2:51 pm

      i had a pumpkin spice latte last week and a pumpkin cream cheese muffin. both sooo good!

  • 5
    Anne September 27, 2011, 3:23 am

    I had to be super patient when building up my client base too! It took me a good 3 months before I had steady work, between 5-8 sessions a day!

    • 6
      Jen September 27, 2011, 2:52 pm

      anne – that’s good to hear from another trainer! i’m going to try to enjoy these slow days while i have them. hopefully they won’t last long and i’ll be wishing for more down time again!

  • 7
    Holly September 27, 2011, 7:55 am

    I think if you stick to a daily agenda (as if you were in an office) with your new career, you will find your clientele building before you know it!

    And just think how you have extra time to work out and blog more now too 🙂

    • 8
      Jen September 27, 2011, 2:53 pm

      holly – great point. i am trying to set a schedule that makes sense and doesn’t have me running all over town every day.

      and yes…i need to focus on the blog!!!

  • 9
    Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 27, 2011, 8:15 am

    Where are you going to train your clients? I wish I lived a bit closer- I’d love to have some assistance getting back into shape post baby.

    • 10
      Jen September 27, 2011, 2:54 pm

      brittany – i’m still working out the final details of that. i will keep you posted! 🙂

  • 11
    Brooke @ Veggie Table September 27, 2011, 9:26 am

    Pumpkin and warm soups scream fall to me! Sullie is the cutest!!!!

    • 12
      Jen September 27, 2011, 2:54 pm

      sullie says thanks! 😀

  • 13
    Anastasia September 27, 2011, 9:43 am

    Sullie is too cute! Good luck with building up your client base. I know you will do amazing!

    Hot coffee, pumpkin, soups and curries all remind me of fall.

    • 14
      Jen September 27, 2011, 2:55 pm

      thanks anastasia!

      mmm…curries are a great thing to add to the list!

  • 15
    Emily@RunningPerspective September 27, 2011, 10:24 am

    yumm pumpkin is definitely a fall flavor for me as well as soups! lentil is my favv<3

    • 16
      Jen September 27, 2011, 2:55 pm

      do you have a favorite lentil soup recipe?

  • 17
    Becca B September 27, 2011, 2:18 pm

    I can’t get enough pears, apples, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, parsnips, gingerbread, and lots of cinnamon!

    I am the WORST at sitting still. I seriously need to work on that.

    • 18
      Jen September 27, 2011, 2:56 pm

      becca – i agree…i sprinkle cinnamon on tons of foods. so good! i love all the foods on your list! i just had brussels sprouts for the first time in months and months last night and they were soooo good!

  • 19
    Allison September 27, 2011, 2:45 pm

    Congrats on your career change Jen!

    Also, I am obsessed with Sullie! I miss my golden so badly. Its nice to get a dose of puppy once in a while on your posts!

    • 20
      Jen September 27, 2011, 2:57 pm

      thanks allison! happy that you enjoy the sullie pics. of course i think she’s a total cutie but i’m biased! 🙂

  • 21
    Nikkie September 27, 2011, 4:49 pm

    Jen, I think it’s so cool that you started your new career, even I as a total stranger think you’re doing the absolute right thing for yourself! (And I’d totally book you as personal trainer if I’d live anywhere near Charlotte, which I don’t.)
    Anyway, there’s a teeny tiny award for you on my busy-times-post, have fun with it 🙂

  • 22
    Kate September 27, 2011, 5:29 pm

    i LOVE apples…so fall is my favorite food season! 🙂

    i think (ok, i KNOW) that impatience is my biggest fault…so i hear you on that! i’m sure it’s even harder when you’re excited to start a new opportunity!

  • 23
    Alaina September 27, 2011, 9:31 pm

    When it turns September 21st, I order a pumpkin spiced latte. It screams fall to me! And anything apple. I love making apple dishes.

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