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Shifting Gears

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the kind words about my post yesterday. I spent a lot longer on the post than I usually do.  I kept going back and editing it and I considered not publishing it at all. When I did publish it, I immediately wanted to take it down. It can be really difficult for me to open up and allow myself to be vulnerable. Again, the mentality of “I’ve got this. I’m good.” Which is sometimes just exhausting. So thank you again for supporting me.

For those of you who were wondering, yes, the post titled was inspired by one Mr. John Mayer.

I used to love JohnMayer. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit how much. His music was one of my favorites to listen to when I was running while I was in college. I came up with the idea for the post when I was running on Monday. So it’s only fair that John inspired the post title.

On another note, I can’t believe how many NYC-area readers I have. I think I could go couch surfing and stay for a week and have dinner dates and running partners every day! We’re gonna make this happen!

Speaking of running, I did that again this morning and it was perfect. I haven’t CrossFitted since last Friday. Yoga and running are working right now. It’s so funny how what feels good to my body changes so much from week to week. I think so much of it has to do with what kind of mental release I need too. Currently, the solidarity of running and centering of yoga is appealing.

What you see here is the most delicious breakfast ever. I’d been craving a bagel all week so I gave in today and got an egg and cheddar on whole wheat.

My lunch the past two days has featured leftovers from Sunday night’s dinner. I layered spinach, quinoa and lentils and tofu and eggplant in a bowl and topped it with tomatoes, avocado, hummus and greek yogurt. Blue corn chips on the side for dipping. I love these big bowls for lunch. So nice to give the open faced sandwiches a break!

It was a long day. I went out to dinner with some of my co-workers at Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. I started out with a Dogfish 60-Minute IPA. One of my favorite go-to IPAs. We also shared an order of fried pickles.

I ordered the Frenchie with no bun and a side salad. It’s a turkey burger topped with brie, green apples and bacon. I actually liked it better without the bun because it was so cheesy and bacony. I had a build-your-own side salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, mushrooms, corn, broccoli, mandarin oranges, feta and walnuts with honey mustard. I love that Bad Daddy’s slightly cooks some of their salad toppings so that the corn, mushrooms and broccoli were not raw but a little tender. Love this place!

I just took a hot shower (nightly wind-down ritual) and I’m going to relax a bit before bed.

{ 19 comments… add one }
  • Christie August 15, 2012, 11:56 pm

    Bigger Than My Body.
    Couldn’t help but smile seeing this post!

    I am starting my last semester of college & this song still makes my long run place list. Must be a clearing/opening/rejuvenating thing.

    Yummy eats btw 🙂
    Take Care

    • Jen August 16, 2012, 3:49 pm

      it’s such a good song. good luck with your last semester! 🙂

  • Danielle @ clean food creative fitness August 16, 2012, 7:04 am

    I love John mayer too! You’re not alone 🙂 I see big things in your future!

    • Jen August 16, 2012, 3:43 pm

      i hope so! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Lee August 16, 2012, 8:25 am

    I was in Charlotte last fall and we ate at Bad Daddy’s. So delicious.

    • Jen August 16, 2012, 3:43 pm

      ridiculously good!

  • Erica { EricaDHouse.com } August 16, 2012, 9:24 am

    Your big bowl looks delicious! I love all the protein in there from the grains. I’ve been craving lentils lately but they take so long to cook I can’t justify using the stove that long in the Florida heat. Glad you are feeling a bit more upbeat!

    • Jen August 16, 2012, 3:43 pm

      i love these one-bowl lunches! i usually just cook quinoa and green lentils together. 1/2 cup quinoa, 1/2 cup lentils, 2 cups broth or water for about 20-25 minutes. easy! 🙂

  • Beth August 16, 2012, 9:59 am

    HI Jen,

    I follow your blog from Atlanta and I’m trying to learn how to cook simple, healthy food without elaborate recipes. I’d love your advice on the food you prepare for your “leftoves” like quinoa, lentils and tofu. How do you prepare these food for dinner? Are most of your dinners just simple components like a veggie, grain and protein?

    • Jen August 16, 2012, 3:36 pm

      hi beth – while i love to make actual “recipes” and involved dinners, i usually gravitate towards putting together a veggie, grain and protein like you mention above. take sunday’s dinner for example (in this post: https://www.peanutbutterrunner.com/a-healthy-cookie-fail/). i made enough of the quinoa/lentil mix for 3-4 servings so i could use it for lunches throughout the week. i also baked extra tofu and eggplant for leftovers. easy! i honestly usually average about 10-15 minutes for dinner prep for my weekday meals. i just make sure to keep the fridge/freezer stocked with veggies and easy proteins and the pantry stocked with grains/beans/sweet potatoes/etc.

      the more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll get with cooking and you’ll become faster too!

  • Cheryl @ happy is the new healthy August 16, 2012, 10:08 am


    I love hearing about your workouts and how you listen to your body and just give it what it needs! I used to struggle through spin classes when all I wanted to do was a really restorative yoga class or I’d run when I really should have went to a group class to feed off others’ energy. Luckily I’m learning to do what I’m feeling instead of what was in the plans or what I think I “should” do, but like I said it’s great to see someone so healthy/fit like you doing it and doing it successfully! Thanks for leading the way 🙂

    • Jen August 16, 2012, 3:27 pm

      hi cheryl – it is so hard sometimes to break out of the “have to do” mentality and allow yourself to do what you “want to do.” like i said in my comment to kailey – i think it all evens out in the end!

  • Kailey August 16, 2012, 11:13 am

    What i love most about your mindset is you just exercise the way you want – whether its yoga, running, weights or cross fit! You have a great balance 🙂 Glad to hear the running is going well for you!

    • Jen August 16, 2012, 3:26 pm

      i figure as long as i get my workouts in that i may as well do what i feel like doing! it all evens out in the end!

  • Sana August 16, 2012, 11:45 am

    I love/loved John Mayer as well. Now he is dating Katy Perry?? That is crazy talk!

  • Rachel @ For the Love of Chocolate August 16, 2012, 12:45 pm

    My first concert ever was John Mayer! He’s so great in concert. You should try and go if you’ve never been before! Favorite Song: Slow Dancing in a Burning Room. So so good. He actually grew up in my hometown and went to my high school. I’m pretty sure his Mom lives a minute or two from my house!

    • Jen August 16, 2012, 3:25 pm

      i saw him many, many times in concert during college. he is great live! so cool that he’s from your hometown!

  • meghan@strugglemuffins August 16, 2012, 7:45 pm

    Totally feel you on the ‘opening up is hard to do’ front, especially when you’ve defaulted to the ‘I got this’ mantra for years and years. It can feel very liberating though, like you can finally put whatever your dealing with aside for a minute and breathe 🙂

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