Currently Carbo-Loading

by Jenn (eating bender) on September 25, 2009

Happy Friday, everyone!! Excited for the weekend?

Thanks for all the congratulatory wishes on my last post. It means a lot to me that you take the time to read my blog and I am always grateful for your kindness :) I’d also like to give a shout out to everyone who was so nice to me on Twitter: thank you to my lovely friends @EatingBirdFood @greendogwine @torontogirlwest @soapnchocolate @MarathonValerie @HangryPants @SydneyOwen @felska @paigeweaver @FoodieDiaries @TheSkinnyPlate @AllVeggedOut @akeats @Runeatrepeat @imadedinner @ohsheglows @jennifermchen @fitnessista @pbjenny12 @amerrylife @CaitlinHTP @showe @TracyKoep @FoodCents @rhodeygirltests and @MizFitOnline! Check out and follow these people immediately – they rock!

Whew! Sorry if I missed anyone – I didn’t mean to! If those people aren’t a good reason to join Twitter, I don’t know what is. It’s so much fun to converse with your friends and share information that way.

But a special shout out to my good friend Karla, @karla522, who actually sent me the link. Check out her awesome blog: Healthful Bites.

In honor of my race TOMORROW, I have been keeping to my normal dietary regimen of plenty of carbs :) You all know how I love my whole grains! For breakfast this morning, I broke out the gigantic cereal bowl: 1.5 cups Nature’s Path Puffs with 1.5 cups Kashi Go Lean. I topped everything with 1 tbsp. flax and had it with 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Perfect.


The flowers in the background are from my college bestie. She sent me them in honor of my grandma. She lives in The Big Apple now and I miss her every day!

Yesterday’s lunch also had the carbo-loading theme. I headed to my all-time favorite baguette provider, Panera. I picked up a Fuji Apple Chicken salad (dressing on the side) and a healthy-sized dough ball :)


And as if that weren’t enough, my office is always ready and willing to provide ample opportunity to indulge my carb cravings. Every Friday is “Bagel Friday” in our office halls, which has now grown and expanded to include bagels, doughnuts AND muffins. I typically have already eaten breakfast by the time I arrive, but it’s nice to know the opportunity is there :)

This week, I also had the chance to help design the layout for a “Twupcake,” as part of an event we did this week that discussed Twitter. I snagged one for the camera!


Cute, right? Buttercream frosting is way too delicious for its own good.

Weekend Plans

  • Friday night: Shop for a race outfit (hey, it’s a special occasion!)
  • Saturday morning: RUN!!!!!! I’m going to make a video at brunch!
  • Saturday night: Hang out with another college bestie
  • Sunday: Visit grandma and Papa Bender & Co.

Should be another busy one! What are your plans?

I’m looking forward to catching up in blogland, too! Yay!



{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 TorontoGirloutWest September 25, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Awwww thanks for the shout-out Jenn!! The congratulations were DEFINITELY deserved! You rock girly! :)

I’m also still praying for your whole family on the Grandma front.


2 glidingcalm September 25, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Hey mama!! Still thinking of you lots!!

You know i love your big cereal bowls!!

I need to try that Panera salad!! I hear it is yum yum!

Anddddddddd that Twiiter cupcake is so adorable!!

I love u lady! gluck on your race!


3 verbalriot September 25, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Good luck on the race Jenn! I know you’ll do great.

Hhhmm….I’ve got a couple of parties to attend. I hope to scope out some pumpkin beer too.


4 Gina September 25, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Good luck tomorrow. And better yet, have fun!


5 VeggieGirl September 25, 2009 at 4:45 pm


Flowers = stellar gesture!


6 Bekah September 25, 2009 at 4:49 pm


The twupcake made me laugh out loud. (Oh, how Twitter is taking over the world; in a good way, of course.)

But lovely cupcake nonetheless.


7 Rosey Rebecca September 25, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Good luck on the race! Those are beautiful flowers!! I want that cupcake!


8 Brandi September 25, 2009 at 6:04 pm

ha, i love the “twupcake” :)

Good luck tomorrow!!!! New race outfits are half the fun! :)


9 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) September 25, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Good luck!


10 runeatrepeat September 25, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Good luck with the race! Don’t forget to enjoy it. It’s supposed to be fun :)


11 Brittany September 25, 2009 at 7:01 pm

You forgot me :/ I love the twupcake though!!

Have a lovely weekend Jenn.


12 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 25, 2009 at 8:22 pm

I’m soooo excited for you!!!! You are going to kick ass!! =) I can’t wait to read (watch!?) all about it.

Enjoy it! And yes you certainly deserve a new outfit…me thinks I do too…ahha.


13 chandra September 25, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Good luck tomorrow!! You will totally rock it. Have fun! :)


14 Nicci@NiftyEats September 25, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Love the cupcake, good luck with your race. so exciting!


15 Karla September 25, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Thank you soo much for the shoutout Jenn! You’re such a sweetheart and totally deserved the FITNESS recommendation :)

That may be the cutest cupcake I have ever seen. Adorable.

You’re gonna rock that race tomorrow. I can’t wait to hear all about it!


16 Maureen September 25, 2009 at 9:06 pm

The whole reason I run is for the outfits! We’re gonna do great tomorrow- see ya bright and early! :)


17 Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) September 25, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Good luck in your race, my friend! I think you are fishing for a Cute Food Saturday cameo with that cupcake, and somehow I think Mara will hook you up! Now fly like the wind!


18 broccolihut September 25, 2009 at 10:02 pm

You will totally rock the race, I am sure. Can’t wait to hear all about it!
That cupcake is friggin’ adorable. Oh, and I totally agree that frosting is far too delicious.


19 Tay September 26, 2009 at 12:09 am

Good luck tomorrow!!!


20 eatavegan September 26, 2009 at 6:38 am

Rock that race!! Can’t wait to see the promised video!


21 Jessica September 26, 2009 at 7:08 am

Those flowers are beautiful in the picture. And that twitter cupcake is too cool!


22 foodieinthecity September 26, 2009 at 7:16 am

Good luck on the race today!!!! You will do awesome!

I love the flowers :)


23 Mara @ What's For Dinner? September 26, 2009 at 8:40 am

LOVE YOU GIRL!!! So proud of you :)


24 Alisa - Frugal Foodie September 26, 2009 at 8:46 am

Good luck in the race!


25 Shannon September 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

Hope you’re kicking it right now!! (or already did, rather :)) Have a great sunday with the fam!!


26 Tina September 26, 2009 at 11:50 am

I’ve been meaning to try Panera. It always looks so good on everyone’s blogs!


27 Emily September 26, 2009 at 11:59 am

Hope the race went well!

Gotta love panera! 😀


28 allijag September 26, 2009 at 1:16 pm

No no no – YOU are the best :)

love the flowers and the cupcake 😉


29 ksgoodeats September 26, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I know you already ran so CONGRATS!!!! I’ll bet you did an amazing job :)

That cupcake is so cute! I loves!!


30 Reigne September 26, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Hey Jenn.
I’ve been reading your blog for a while – but have never commented until now. This is a little late, but congrats on your 7 miler the other day, and good luck for your 10km race! (Wait… I have no idea of what time it is in the US. Have you already run it?) Oh well. If you have, I hope you ran well!

Also, could I add you to my blog roll? ( I’m not sure if it’s acceptable to just add a blog without asking, so I am going through the tedious process of asking every one of my favourite bloggers, just to be on the safe side.



31 Julia September 27, 2009 at 12:08 am

Hope the race went well! That twupcake is adorable!


32 Lara (Thinspired) October 10, 2009 at 2:23 am

I am only JUST catching up on your posts! Ahh! That cupcake is so cute! I must have missed the Twitter discussion about it somehow. Ok, off to read the other posts…


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