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To say that I am overwhelmed by the comments on my “Born to Run” post would be an understatement. Seriously. I read each and every one of the comments and will be responding to many of them! I appreciate your advice, suggestions and honesty.

One immediate takeaway is that I will be looking into minimalist running. Brandon has been working out in Vibrams for the past year and really likes them and after hearing so many of your rave about barefoot/minimalist running, I am most definitely open to trying it out. Actually, Matt wrote a guest post on my blog while I was in Jamaica about barefoot running. It seems I need to go back and give that a good read! 😉

And beyond that…all I have to say is that it’s going to be a journey that I’m going into with an open mind and hopeful heart. Through it all, please know that my health and my body will always come first. No race or run is worth doing irreparable damage to my body and I want to feel good and be active for many years to come.

Thank you for your support. It is always tough for me to write the open/honest/vulnerable posts but I’m always glad that I did after I hit publish.

Back to lighter topics…a few randoms to share with you!

Two Delicious Dinners

I’ve cooked dinner the past two nights and they both turned out better than expected!

Brandon actually picked out this vegetarian dish from the most recent issue of Southern Living for dinner on Monday. Cornbread Black-eyed Pea Cakes with Broccoli Slaw and Heirloom Tomatoes. I roasted okra on the side. This was really different but really delicious.

We made a trip to Trader Joe’s tonight and picked p some Mahi. I made Parmesan Panko Crusted Mahi with steamed rice and sauteed pattypan squash and vidalia onions. This turned out so well!

I love cooking!

Guess who volunteered for torture, round two?

You may remember that Brandon attended my yoga class last Saturday and deemed me “a mean yoga teacher” after and has spent the week whining about sore hamstrings.

Well, he volunteered to attend my BodyPump class tonight. This is MAJOR news because it’s only the SECOND BodyPump class of mine that he has ever attended! (He’s not so into group exercise and I get it…)

We’re still teaching BodyPump 78 and oh my gah…my legs. I counted the squats in the squat track…there are over 130!!! Between that and the 6 minute lunge track, my legs feel like jello.

I ate my most favorite lunch ever.

I taught yoga with weights on my lunch break today and was super excited to come back to my desk and eat the best lunch ever. Peanut butter, honey and banana on whole wheat. I cut it into fourths and it seriously made it feel like an even bigger sandwich. Mind tricks. I still wanted a second after I finished this one.

What is your go-to, favorite lunch?

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week! 😀

{ 24 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Emily @ Emily-eats.blogspot.com August 9, 2011, 11:03 pm

    This summer it has been farmer’s market tomato sandwiches, thanks to your posts! Brandon is a trooper for coming to your classes, definitely a winner!

    • 2
      Jen August 10, 2011, 3:05 pm

      we have been eating them like crazy. SO good!

  • 3
    Jen W August 10, 2011, 5:17 am

    Nom! That mahi looks amazing! Is that up on Bakin’ and Eggs?

    • 4
      Jen August 10, 2011, 3:05 pm

      nope but i will post it if ya want it!

  • 5
    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate August 10, 2011, 7:11 am

    Mmmm that looks good!

  • 6
    Sarah August 10, 2011, 9:14 am

    That cornbread BEP cake looks really great, can you post the recipe on bakin and eggs?? Love, your biggest fan.

    • 7
      Jen August 10, 2011, 3:02 pm

      yes ma’am. xoxo

  • 8
    Maggie August 10, 2011, 9:25 am


    I have just recently started following your blog, its great!. I am currently training for MCM in the fall, its going to be my second marathon. I love all your tips and recipes. I do a lot of strength and conditioning and do bikram yoga all the time. I am actually taking my first body pump class tomorrow at my gym because your blog has motivated me so much to check it out! so thank youu!

    • 9
      Jen August 10, 2011, 3:01 pm

      maggie – thanks so much for your comment. i’m so happy to hear that you have been enjoying my blog. so exciting that you are running MCM. it is an amazing race!

      let me know what you think about bodypump!

      • 10
        Maggie August 11, 2011, 10:08 am

        Bodypump was awesome, great way to jumpstart my day! I will def be back to the class again!! 🙂

  • 11
    Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) August 10, 2011, 9:29 am

    The cornbread/black eyed pea cake sounds awesome!! Will you be posting the recipe? I’ve loved southern food lately 🙂

    • 12
      Jen August 10, 2011, 3:00 pm

      yes! i shall get it up soon!

  • 13
    stephanie August 10, 2011, 9:45 am

    I eat some sort of PB & banana concontion every morning for breakfast! Usually on top of a bowl of overnight oats.

    My favorite lunch is a big salad loaded with veggies!!

    • 14
      Jen August 10, 2011, 3:00 pm

      me too! i’m totally addicted to the combo.

      and big salad lunches make me feel so good!

  • 15
    Meghan @ StruggleMuffins August 10, 2011, 1:03 pm

    Ok honestly, every time I see a picture of one of your simple sammiches I want to run to my kitchen and make on. I don’t know if its the way you slice the bananas, the way you cut the bread or WHAT, but they.just.get.me. If I hadn’t just had lunch I’d make one now. My fave go-to lunch of late involves an omelet and is usually finished off with something like a sliced banana topped with almond butter and cinnamon.

    • 16
      Jen August 10, 2011, 3:08 pm

      love it! although i love to get crazy with my sandwiches, sometimes simple is best. i think the cutting into fourths was a pretty awesome idea yesterday! 😉

      since i try not to eat meat at lunch, i love eggs as a protein source!

  • 17
    Sara August 10, 2011, 1:10 pm

    I don’t eat bananas, but I add apple slices to a simple peanut butter sandwich and yum! I actually ate this combo on the road recently for breakfast! Perfect and portable!


    • 18
      Jen August 10, 2011, 2:59 pm

      mmm…i have never tried peanut butter and apple on a sandwich. i eat it as a snack all the time sans the bread. sounds yummy!

      • 19
        Sara August 10, 2011, 3:59 pm

        You should try it! Just slice the apples thinly because otherwise they fall out. 🙂

        Also, not to be super creepy, but wanted to let you know that I am fairly new to exploring the healthy living blog world and your blog is one of my absolute favorites! So much so I added you to my blog roll (@ http://www.mylessseriouslife.blogspot.com/). I’m not saying this so you feel forced to add me or anything, just so you know how much your blog is appreciated and that I hope you stop by mine from time to time.

        Keep up the great posts!


  • 20
    Alaina August 10, 2011, 2:12 pm

    I just had my favorite lunch today! Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a tasting plate (usually a side of crackers, cheese and carrot sticks). Perfect in every way! 😀

    • 21
      Jen August 10, 2011, 2:59 pm

      that sounds ah-mazing!!!!

  • 22
    Tara August 10, 2011, 2:44 pm

    Be careful with the “barefoot” running. Did you see precision fitness page? At least talk to him…he can fix you.

  • 23
    Laura @ southern girl bakes August 10, 2011, 7:38 pm

    The Cornbread Black-eyed Pea Cakes look amazing. Looking forward to seeing that on Bakin’ and Eggs!

    My favorite lunch is peanut butter and jelly. So simple, but I rarely eat it these days and try to save it as a special “treat.” Funny how something that was such a staple when I was really young is now a treat…

  • 24
    Raffi Darrow August 11, 2011, 12:53 pm

    Here is Coach Brian’s opinion on minimalist running: http://www.digitalrunning.com/1189/vibram-five-fingers-minimalist-shoes/

    He usually runs in and recommends Saucony Kinvaras.

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