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Cookout, Coconut, BodyPump and a Winner

Sullie says thank you for all of the get well wishes. She is feeling much better!

So, I gave up on my blog post last night before I made it to dinner. I was too tired! We went over to my in law’s for a cook out. Loving this beautiful weather in Charlotte.

Another outdoor meal. I am a happy girl!

We had barbecue chicken, cole slaw, deviled eggs, baked beans and red potato salad. It was all so delicious although dessert was the shining star of the night!

My mother in law made a four day refrigerator coconut cake. The recipe was published in the Charlotte Observer last week so she decided to give it a try.

I had a slice of cake and hot tea. A perfect end to a beautiful evening outside. I love dessert! 😛

I was up at 5 a.m. today to teach BodyPump. I must be honest. I am considering giving up my Monday morning BodyPump class. I’ve been teaching the 6 a.m. for almost a year and a half and some weeks it is really a challenge to make it happen. I’m so torn because I love teaching BodyPump but I feel like I need a break from that time slot. I would definitely keep my Thursday evening class though! Decisions, decisions. Thoughts?

Breakfast was overnight oats in an almost empty Chobani container at my desk. I was a little heavy handed with the almond milk so they were pretty soupy this morning. I much prefer them thick!

I had to use the leftover grilled tuna in my lunch today.

I made a salad with mixed greens, carrots, feta, almonds, dried cranberries and tuna with a lemon dijon honey vinaigrette.

I’m working to complete the 10 hours of assisting required for my 200-hour yoga teacher certification so I assisted a hot class this evening. Assisting is the best! You don’t have to worry about teaching, you can just walk around and help people. Love it!

Dinner tonight was quick and easy. I made a big pot of spaghetti sauce Sunday afternoon. I froze a batch and put the rest in the fridge for tonight’s dinner. So good!

Full disclosure: I definitely had some left over coconut cake for dessert! 😉

And finally, the Stonyfield Farm winner.

Comment #12…Becca B!

Congratulations Becca! E-mail me your mailing information at peanutbutterrunner (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thanks for entering everyone! I will do another baked goods giveaway soon. I’m itching to bake some more peanut butter chocolate chip bars! 😉

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  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) April 12, 2011, 4:34 am

    Woah that cake looks AMAZING!! 4 layers of coconut yumminess…mmmmm 🙂

    If you aren’t feeling the Monday morning BodyPump, then probably not doing it is the beat thing! Like you said, you’ve still got your Thursday class, so you won’t be missing out! 🙂

  • Becky April 12, 2011, 6:48 am

    I think it’s almost time for me to take out the deck furniture. It’s just about warm enough to eat outside. That’s one of the best things about spring/summer, especially when someone is serving something as amazing as that coconut cake. Yum!

    As for teaching BodyPump, I would take the break from that slot if you feel you need it. With the addition of yoga classes, you don’t want to lose the joy of teaching and get burned out. It will make you even more excited for Thursday’s class.

    • Jen April 12, 2011, 5:49 pm

      Cakes always taste better when you don’t have to make them! 😉

  • Haleigh April 12, 2011, 6:57 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now, but never commented. I loved reading about your yoga teacher training experience! I want to take the plunge someday and become a yoga teacher, myself. I’ve never tried coconut cake before; it looks delicious though! xoxo

    • Jen April 12, 2011, 5:50 pm

      Haleigh – thank you SO much for your comment! I love hearing from you guys!!! Let me know if you have any questions about teacher training. It was truly one of the best things I have ever done for myself. Transformational!

      You must try coconut cake!!! 🙂

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad April 12, 2011, 7:21 am

    Monday mornings are rough, I’m not sure how you do it! Go with your gut and if it’s saying “no more Mondays”, you should listen!

  • Becca April 12, 2011, 8:39 am

    Jen, in a way I agree with Kristy, sometimes you just gotta go with your gut. But, as someone who’s been teaching a Monday 6 a.m. BP for a year, and used to teach a Friday 6 a.m. BP class for over 2 years, I would say keep it. You know those 6 a.m. folks are a loyal (and special) crowd! And it’s so nice (for me anyways) to get the class and workout over with, before going on with the rest of my day. But, that’s me. I’ve been loyal to my 6 a.m.-ers and I believe they’ve returned the favor by branching out to other time slots as well as other class formats that I teach. Either way, I know you’ll make the right decision and I bet it would be easy to get a 6 a.m. class back again in the future, should you give yours up.

    • Jen April 12, 2011, 5:51 pm

      Becca – thank you so much for the input. I’m so on the fence. I’m leaning towards more of a “leave of absence” right now and seeing if I can just sub it out for a few weeks and see how I feel after a break.

      I totally agree that the 6 a.m. crowd is a different (and amazing) breed! I am always so motivated by them!

  • Winifred April 12, 2011, 9:03 am

    You definitely need to do what is best for you in terms of figuring out a teaching balance. However, as a regular 6am Monday BodyPumper, I have to be honest. I would be SO SO SO sad if you gave up your Monday morning class. You are my favorite BodyPump instructor at the Y and I really look forward to taking your classes! There are a lot of days when I get up at the crack of dawn because I know that you will be there to encourage me to up my weights and bust out some pushups.

    • Jen April 12, 2011, 5:52 pm

      Thank you so much for the encouragement and kind words. I’m not sure what I’ll decide to do but it is really nice to hear your feedback.

      So glad I can be your pushup girl! 🙂

  • Steph April 12, 2011, 9:10 am

    Coconut cake is my fave! My husband, Braun, and I served it up for dessert at our rehearsal dinner in Charleston almost a year ago! Village Bakery in Mount Pleasant makes a killer coconut cake!

    • Jen April 12, 2011, 5:53 pm

      Love that place!

      Have you ever had the coconut cake from Peninsula Grill in Charleston? It’s supposed to be awesome!

      We got married in Mount P!

  • Becca B April 12, 2011, 10:06 am

    OOHHH Thank you! i just emailed you! i am super excited!

  • Jen April 12, 2011, 3:18 pm

    Again, so jealous you are able to eat outside!!!!

  • Bess @ Bess Be Fit April 12, 2011, 3:37 pm

    I love the way you eat! Its always sensible portions but you don’t deprive yourself. There is nothing wrong with a slice of coconut cake. My aunt makes a cake very similar to that one every Christmas and I am obsessed with it! Its so good. Yay for outside eating!

    • Jen April 12, 2011, 5:54 pm

      Bess – thank you so much for the feedback! I try to keep my eating style real. It’s no fun to restrict! I am firmly in the “just say yes to dessert” camp! 😉

  • Melissa April 12, 2011, 10:32 pm

    My mouth is watering as I look at that picture of the coconut cake. It’s my favorite and I’ll pick it over any other dessert…that’s saying a lot… I’m a BIG chocolate girl. Going to go track down that recipe!

  • Kerr April 13, 2011, 11:48 am

    The coconut cake looks delicious. I am so glad it is cookout weather!

  • Hannah April 13, 2011, 1:20 pm

    love your blog.!! we just cooked out the other day, but now its cold and rainy again!

  • Irene Smith April 14, 2011, 8:24 pm

    That coconut cake looks A-MAH-ZING!!! I’ve always wanted to make one of those 4 day coconut cakes!

    I have been following your blog for about a month now, I absolutely LOVE it!! I am local to Charlotte so its really fun to read about your happenings! You’re very inspiring!! I hope to make it out to one of your yoga classes!! I miss my yoga!

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