Cycle For Survival + 2 Barry’s Bootcamp Classes

Happy Monday loves! Its that time of year again- Cycle for Survival is making it’s way through the country raising millions of dollars for cancer research. This will be my second year spinning at the event for my team, The Spinderellas.

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We team up with Cycle for Survival each year to fight against cancer. Every single dollar raised goes to the research or patient care, thanks to Equinox, and donors, providing everything for the event. Cycle for Survival has raised over $74.5M to-date, and last year was the biggest year ever — raising over $25M! (The Spinderellas raising over $30,000!)

The cause for Cycle For Survival is near and dear to my heart as I have had a handful of very close friends and family members battle cancer; some of them overcoming it, while others not as fortunate. You never think its going to happen to someone you love, but its real and painful.

Last year I had the HONOR and absolute pleasure to watch Brian Rozelle speak at the Cycle for Survival event. Brian was MY AGE (28) when he was diagnosed with a rare and terminal cancer of the bile duct. This past April, three years after his diagnosis, Brian passed away; leaving his fiancée, family, friends and the Cycle For Survival community heartbroken. I will always remember Brian’s motto: “I fight not for the fear of dying but for the joy of living.”

I will be riding at the San Francisco Cycle For Survival event on February, 27th to honor all those who have battled, who continue to battle and especially for those who are no longer here to battle.

My team will be hosting a handful of events in San Francisco, the first two being Barry’s Bootcamp classes! 100% of the class registration will be donated to The Spinderellas (we have a $40,000 goal this year!) Here are the links for those who would like to sign up for a class this week/end!

Thursday Jan 28 7:50pm-8:50pm SOMA LOCATION: click here for tickets

Sunday Jan 31 2:30-3:30pm MARINA LOCATION: click here for tickets 

If you cant make either class and would like to donate, click here.

With a gracious heart, Jenna

Healthy Lunching with Farm Hill

Ok so if you guys have been reading for awhile now, you know this about me- I love to “meal prep” on Sundays (make my lunches and some dinners for the whole week in advance) but I also LOVE a good healthy pre-made meal. Time is of the essence these days and if my Sunday gets away from me easy and healthy meal options are a must. I still always like to plan ahead in order to get the most of my meals. Munchery, Sprig and Sunbasket are on my list, but I have another favorite to add. Farm Hill was just introduced to me a few weeks ago, and after consistently trying their meals I love it!

(This was my favorite meal! Chicken, kale and sweet potatoes! Exactly what I cook at home but 10x better! )

Farm Hill is for my Bay Area peeps (check the website for delivery areas)- founded in 2013 with a mission to make healthy eating simple. (YES- it can be easy to eat healthy!)

Farm Hill 1. offers fresh and healthy meals at the click of a button, and 2. scales this for anyone that’s trying to stay fit, get healthy, or just craving a fix of kale for lunch.

What I love about Farm Hill:
  • Boxes are curated and packaged fresh each morning and out for delivery by lunch
  • Menu rotates on a weekly basis, featuring cuisines and tastes from all over the world
  • A bit untraditional- treats like date bite truffles and chipotle-roasted almonds as dessert
  • Gluten and Dairy Free
  • Each box comes with the option of a vegan or paleo substitute – 85% of boxes are listed at $9.99 or less and they also offer catering at $13/portion. As for delivery, they charge $1.99 per order (regardless of order size)
  • I love supporting small start ups that are on their way to being a huge success (They started in a small kitchen in Campbell, CA and packaged their first boxes in cardboard with handwritten labels)

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(This chicken salad was delicious and so was the Vegan plate in the back!)

So what’s the difference between all these meal services?

There’s Sprig who promotes “Healthy, organic meals” and Munchery, whose motto is “Real food, delivered.” Farm Hill’s mission is to make healthy eating, truly simple. They focus on making a few items really well, rather than having a laundry list of options.

Farm Hill is offering you a 10% off discount code! Enter code ‘JPFARMHILLSF’ at checkout (applicable on all orders $9.99 or more).

Try it for yourself and let me know what you think! Thank you Farm Hill!

xo, Jenna

Keep up with Farm Hill: Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

Commit To Something -Equinox

Disclaimer- you might be a little shocked by these images. I WAS! But I kinda love them.

I wanted to share this champign with you guys to see what you all think. Equinox almost always pushes the envelope and this New Year ad campaign is definitely no different. Can you say provocative? I do however like what they stand for —

“Equinox is about commitment, we are obsessed with it, and we challenge our members to know who they are and what they want,” -Carlos Becil, Equinox’s chief marketing officer.

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(Photos by Steven Klein- kind of genius in my opinion!)

Commitment is a word I like to use a lot when it comes to fitness. Commit to whatever path you choose is my mantra. While everyone is seriously fit in these images, they aren’t talking about working out. Umm can we talk about the controversial breastfeeding in public pic? The concept of dedication if a powerful thing.

What do you guys think?

xo, Jenna

 

Hello 2016!

It’s that time again. The first of January, the start of a new year, and a new beginning. As I sit here and write my resolutions for the year, I’m super excited for a fresh start. Personally, I felt like this past year just skated by. It was unbelievable- starting a new job in beauty/cosmetics which is a truly a dream come true, continuing to commit to health and fitness (and finding what works for me), continuing my journey in San Francisco and celebrating 5 years with my other half. Its been a great year, but I’m ready for you 2016.

Ready to push myself out of my comfort zone.

Ready to take a leap of faith.

Ready to practice more patience.

Ready to crush my fitness goals.

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A few of my favorites from 2015

 

It’s really hard to start fresh. I know a lot of you have health and fitness at the top of your list of resolutions. Want to loose 10 pounds? Want to run your first race? Want to cut out sweets from your diet? All not an easy task. You may have heard these tips before, but they’ve helped me reach many goals and am hoping will help you on the path to success!

Start with realistic goals and nothing to drastic. We want to allow ourselves time to adjust and not feel overwhelmed. Instead of telling ourselves that you want to loose 20 pounds (seems overwhelming) say we want to hit the gym 3-4 times a week then slowly build to 5 days a week. If you’ve never been a runner but want to run a marathon, start with a 5k then build up to a half marathon. So many of us give up so quickly because we exhaust ourself before we have the chance to see change. Start small before feeling overwhelmed enough to give up.

Change takes time so be patient. Especially this time of year we tend to be “gung ho” about getting back in the gym. We’ll work hard day after day but give up because we expect fast results. Be patient. Find a routine that works for you and makes you happy. We have a whole NEW YEAR to reach our goals, so dont feel like it has to be done in the first 3 months. It takes time to make a lifestyle change, especially one that you love.

Reward yourself. When you reach a small goal, reward yourself with something you love other then food. Buy yourself new running shoes, or new workout clothes…a few of my favorite things. 🙂

Be consistent. Eating healthy 3 days and junk the other 4 most likely won’t help us reach our goals. Your hard work in January may not show up until February, so stay consistent. That doesn’t mean we can’t eat a cookie every once in awhile. I find that what I deprive myself of, I want even more. Have that cookie then get back to your healthy eating. It’s all about balance and consistency and not deprivation.

I saw this on instagram and it totally resonated with me. (Cant remember who posted this though- comment below if you know so I can give credit!)

DECIDING changes everything and nothing changes until you DECIDE to take action.

DECIDE you are ready to be your best you.

DECIDE you will make better choices starting now.

DECIDE to move more.

DECIDE to surround yourself  with positive people.

DECIDE you will eat foods that are good for you.

DECIDE you are done with excuses and will look for solutions.

Once you DECIDE, your world will start to change.

Happy 2016!!

Thank you so much for reading 🙂

xo, Jenna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Running Tips I Wish Someone Told Me

Let’s not lie. A lot of people hate running. And it’s hard to start something that you once thought you hated. I remember absolutely dreading that 1 mile run in middle school PE class. It was the worst! It’s funny to look back at those memories now that I consider myself a runner and couldn’t imagine my life without running. If you’re new to running, you may be a bit overwhelmed by all the information out there. Don’t feel discouraged! Here are some tips that may help you along your journey.

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Running tips I wish someone told me when I started: 

  1. Invest in a good pair of running shoes. The shoes make all the difference, let me tell you! Do not skimp on running gear. And that also includes a good supportive sports bra! I would suggest going into your local running store or Nike and get on a treadmill so they can assess your foot and the way you run. I have a very narrow foot with almost no arch which means I need a more supportive running shoe. Personally, I love running in Nike Air Zoom Pegasis, but make sure to get the best shoe that’s right for your feet to avoid injury and discomfort. Also your shoes should be replaces every 300-400 miles.
  2. Join a running group or find a running buddy. Let’s be real, its so much more fun to run with a friend! I do also like my alone time once in awhile but long distance runs are easier with a group pushing you forward. Set a distance goal with a friend and hold each other to it!
  3. Set small goals and build slowly. The last thing you want to do is do too much too soon. I have been guilty of this! If you are just starting your running journey, don’t worry about pace. I would suggest starting off at a “conversational” pace. It should be easy to breathe and carry on a conversation. This will prevent injuries and avoid over training.
  4. Stretch! Don’t forget to start with a warm up and end with a cool down and stretch. You will most likely be sore from your new venture so you want to be sure that you take good care of your body during this time. After a long run I also like to take an epsom salt bath to ease muscle pain and fatigue.
  5. Learn proper upper body form. My body is ultra-sensitive and can instantly feel when something isn’t right. When I run with my shoulders high I put a lot of stress on my neck which in turn causes headaches. Try to keep your hands at the level of your waist, shoulders down, arms at a 90 degree angle with elbows at your sides. Keeping your posture straight will help your comfort levels which will enable you to increase your distance. 🙂
  6. Concentrate on your breathing. Breath through your nose AND mouth to get the most oxygen to your muscles. You will be less out of breath and ready to go the distance. This is no joke. It’s really important to keep an even breathing pattern which will also help your body from overheating.
  7. Don’t forget to take rest days. Rest is just as important as getting exercise. Your body needs it! It seems crazy, but once you fall in love with fitness its hard to take a rest day. Your body needs time to recover so just do it. 😉
  8. It gets easier!!! Don’t give up! I promise it will get easier with time. It will be hard. You will want to stop. But running will only make you stronger. If you can convince your mind, your body will follow.

xo, Jenna

 

My Guide to Vitamins

Happy Tuesday loves! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I wanted to share a guide to vitamins because I think they are so so so important to your health and especially important now with cold and flu season in full swing. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I rarely get sick (& not only because I get a flu shot every year…thanks for the reminders Dad). I am one who truly believes that exercise, supplements and eating an abundance of healthy foods is why my immune system can fight off anything that comes my way.

Pure Encapsulations is a supplement company which I recently came across because the company reached out to me review the product. The more I read, the more I liked what I saw. I have been taking each of the below supplements for about a month now and love that these in particular do not contain any wheat, nuts, artificial sweeteners, egg or hydrogenated oil.

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So here’s the round up:

Multivitamin– this one is a must for me. Includes vitamins A, B, C, D and E. Supports optimal health in one dose.

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Magnesium-Supports metabolism and utilization of nutrients, energy production, and also essential for bone health and cardiovascular support. Magnesium is #2 on my list of must haves for me. Here is an interesting article if you want to read more- 10 signs you need more magnesium.

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Omega– 1000 mg of EPA & DHA from fish oil (2x potency of other fish oil supplements) and omega 3 fatty acid support. What does this mean? Encourages cardiovascular health, important for joint function and helps promote hydration and elasticity for smoother looking skin. LOVE! Omega 3 fatty acids are also found in a lot of fish (salmon and tuna) which is great to incorporate into your diet as well.

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B12 5000 liquid– for nervous system health, neurological function, energy and immune system health. “The energy vitamin.” Lord knows that I can use a little mood, memory and energy boost every once in awhile. 😉 This doesn’t taste too bad either!

D3 liquid– good for bone, breast, prostate, cardiovascular, colon and immune health. Living in San Francisco, I don’t see much sun so I always like to supplement. Also, vitamin D levels decline with age naturally so a vitamin supplement or vitamin D enriched foods will do the trick.

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Best-Rest Formula– This works great to promote relaxation and a good nights sleep. I don’t take these every night, but I have taken them the past few nights and have fallen right asleep and sleep through the night. I like these especially because they don’t make you feel groggy in the morning. They don’t smell great but they do work for me without being habit forming.

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I also like to take a lot of Biotin and Zinc which is not captured above. Biotin is great for hair and nail strength and Zinc is good for your immune system and helps fight colds.

I do want to mention that you can get a lot of these vitamins naturally in your diet, but I have found it extremely beneficial to incorporate these supplements into my routine. I don’t usually take all at once, and I do sometimes skip days, but like to make sure I take at least a multivitamin each day.

So that’s the roundup! Hope you find this helpful!

For more about Pure Encapsulations: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

xo, Jenna

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Pure Encapsulations but all opinions are my own.

Why I love HIIT

Interval training!! I kind of want to shout it from the rooftops. It is one of the best ways to loose belly fat, increases metabolism and can require no equipment at all!

A little background on HIIT- A high intensity workout increases the body’s need for oxygen during the effort and creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to ask for more oxygen during recovery. This is the reason why intense exercise will help burn more fat and calories than regular aerobic and steady workouts. I’ve been loving the results I’ve seen from Tabata HIIT training and have been incorporating in every single workout lately!

What is Tabata?

Tabata is one of the most popular forms of high-intensity interval training (aka HIIT). It consists of 8 rounds of ultra-high intensity exercises in a specific 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off interval.

I’m completely addicted to Tabata timer apps! The one above times intervals for you, making it super convenient to switch from a sprint to a rest. You can also use this timer for any type of Tabata training you choose. I usually start my workout on the treadmill at a light jog then start the app at a 9-10 pace for 20 seconds then 10 seconds of rest. Once complete, I start weight training. Then repeat that sequence (tabata + weight training) 3 times. Bye bye belly fat and hello baby abs!

In addition to cardio, Tabata can also be done with weights and body weight exercises.

Some of my favorites:

Burpees

Jump squat

Lunge squat

Kettlebell swing

Push ups

Ski abs

Russian Twists

Do you have a favorite fitness app or timer that you use to train?

xo, Jenna

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

 Hi loves! Just a quick post on my beloved pumpkin muffins! I la la love these lil guys and make them yearly once Halloween comes around. I get in the mood for pumpkin everything this time of year (is Pinterest to blame??). I found these Day of the Dead muffin cups at Target and whipped up this easy recipe in my parents new dreamy kitchen. These guys are mom, dad, and boyfriend approved so that’s a major win!
  

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffin Recipe:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 2/3 cup whole wheat flour

1 1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/3 cup water

1 cup of canned pumpkin puree

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Combine the eggs, oil, water and pumpkin puree. Sift dry ingredients together in a different bowl, then gradually beat into the first mixture. Pour into a muffin cup or greased muffin pans. Bake 10-12 minutes.

I am not sure where I found this recipe, I actually wrote it down in a notebook a few years ago! I also baked a similar recipe here from last year, along with other cute Halloween ideas.

Happy Halloween!

xo, Jenna

Nike Women’s Half Marathon 2015 Recap

Over the weekend I ran my 5th Nike Women’s Half Marathon here in San Francisco! Oh what an experience it was! I had an absolute blast, broke my PR and can’t wait to do it all over again next year. So let’s start from the beginning.

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I woke up in the wee hours of the morning- 4:30 to be exact. Got ready in the dark, ate a banana and chugged an insane amount of coffee to get me going. I then hopped in an uber and headed downtown. (Uber was 4x the rate and cost me $40 to go only a few miles! ugh). I got to my 8:00-9:00 start corral right as the race was starting. No time to down a gu gel or even start my music. I always arrive so early and get impatient so this year I decided to get there and get running!

And we’re off. The race starts in Union Square, heads through the Tenderloin, zig zagging through Golden Gate Park, Presidio then finished right at my apartment on the Marina Green. In no time at mile 2 we were already at a steep hill. It was a long uphill and got a little nervous about starting off too fast. Once I made it up that hill I knew I would be ok until the enormous hill at mile 10.  I honestly didn’t have a lot of thoughts running through my mind (that I can remember), I was constantly making my way through the crowd, feeding myself gu chomps (energy blocks) as needed and enjoying the whole vibe! Once I got to mile 10 (the steepest hill EVER) I was totally in the zone. I slowed down quite a bit, but pushed myself uphill with the mindset that the downhill will come VERY soon. And once it did, my pace was back and I was in my home turf. The mind is a powerful thing. If you get your mind to a good place, you can achieve anything. Once I reached the Marina I knew I was close to the finish and pushed hard until the finish line.

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(photos via Run Nike Women Series)

It was incredible to run through the streets of San Francisco with 25,000 other fit, ambitious, strong and like-minded women. The fact that we were all chasing the same goal is incredibly empowering. This was an extremely difficult course, but luckily I trained hills more than I ever have before and the work I put in was certainly put to the test. I ended up PR’ing with a time of 1:49 and 8:18 min/pace. I am a strong believer that if you run with your heart, your body will follow.

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So cool to find my name on the wall at the Niketown! The expo was much smaller this year, but Nike always puts on a great event.

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We were able to snap a quick pic before the race started. Actually, the race may have started at this point but we needed a ‘before’ photo!

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Concentrating and totally in the zone. I’m usually in my own little world but still having fun despite my expression!

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Jeff met me at the finish line and he was clearly happy that I was happy! And notice the new addition on my neck. 🙂

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The Tiffany’s necklace at the finish line sure is a plus to this race! Who doesn’t love a beautiful piece of jewelry?! Looking back at the past 5 years makes me realize how far I’ve come. These necklaces mean so much more then just a medal. They symbolize tireless hours of training, and incredibly sore body, blistered feet and at times a whole lot of self doubt. No matter what level you’re at, keep on pushing forward. Running takes a whole lot of heart, but I’m a huge believer that you can do anything you put your mind to.

xo, Jenna

Easiest Pesto Chicken Recipe Ever

Helloooo loves! This past weekend I visited my parents in Sonoma (wine country) to run a 12k with my mom! Not only that but they have this amazing new kitchen which they just finished renovating. We’ve lived in the same house for 25 years so it was time for an update! After probably 10 years of “thinking” about it, they finally went for it…and well, it looks pretty darn amazing.

This is the “before” picture (needed an update badly right?!)

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And the “after”:

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So what do you think? Hard to believe that’s the same place! I’m definitely looking forward to making new memories in this kitchen, as we always tend to gather here. Since this was the first time seeing it complete we obviously had to cook up a yummy feast! This is probably the easiest recipe of all time. If you’ve been following me for awhile now, you know that I don’t have much patience for anything too complicated. 😉

The Easiest Pesto Chicken Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Pesto (any kind you prefer)
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Tomatoes

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Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prep the chicken in an oven safe dish. Coat the chicken with a pesto spread then top with sliced tomatoes and shredded mozzerella cheese. Bake for 40 minutes.

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We then sauteed some peppers in duck fat (don’t ask, but we had some on hand!) and then added partially broiled brussel sprouts into the pan. Last we drizzled with a little truffle olive oil. Then served the chicken and pepper mixture on a small bed of brown rice.

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There you have it, easy and super moist chicky. The best part is the leftovers for lunches during the week! I always plan to cook a lot more so that I can re-heat at work. So delish! Hope you try and enjoy!

xo, Jenna