well, hello monday…


monday. monday. monday!
how are you all doing?! how was the weekend? are you ready for the week?

my weekend was not exactly what i expected for my ‘me’ time, but it was still pretty great. haircut on friday – my girl nicole did it again. any indy readers that need a legit haircut, let me know. nicole is the best ever.

i went home to my new reebok nano 2.0 crossfit shoes!!!! i was a bit nervous that they might not fit, but it’s like they were made for my feet! aren’t they pretty!


saturday morning was pretty low key, ran some errands (at target), wrote a saturday session post on balance (click in case you missed it), and made a trip to the library. i ttthhhiiiinnkkkk i was a little to overzealous with my book selections. mostly because i highly doubt i’ll be able to get through just one before half of them have to go back in 2 weeks. going to see how it goes.


that dairy-free ice cream book. oh. my. word. (said in chris treager fashion) i literally want to eat every. single. thing. this book is a winner. i might just have to purchase it for my collection. and the jane fonda book. probably going to do the workout this week. and i can’t say that i won’t find a leotard and leg warmers to wear while i do it…


i spent the evening making workout plans for my mom and the workout bud, catching up on more blogs, and watching hart of dixie. i found episode 1-5 on the cw, but i’m looking for a place to watch the rest of the season for free. if anyone knows where to find it, let me know. (blogger loses readers because she can’t quit talking about how much she loves hart of dixie).

sunday was church, a bit of grocery shopping and some relaxing. the root veggie chips i ate saturday night has milk as an ingredient. the only terra chips brand i’ve found with milk as an ingredient. anyway, i figured i’d be okay. not so much this morning. dairy is just not even close to being my friend. ever again. my body hates it.

but, it’s monday, and i’m all better now. time for another edition of ‘well, hello monday...’

on instragram: vs. real life

on comparison: #letyourselfglow

on coaching: changing your mindset

on being a woman: and doing ‘girly’ things

on fitspo: taking a deeper look <– more to come on this one

on healthy living: it’s a commitment

on healthy habits: 8 that are key

on my ‘must try workouts’ list: one. two. threefour.

on my ‘i NEED all these things. right. now.’ list: one. two. three. four. five.

on my ‘good frills for summer’ list: one. two. three.

on my ‘take note for future house decorating’ list: one. two. three. four.

i really want this pup.


isn’t that the cutest puppy ever! i want him!

happy monday.
make it legendary.

- jena.

p.s. what are you up to this monday?!

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saturday sessions: balance


for me, saturday mornings have become a time when i take things slow. relax a bit (either before or after my workout). i love to sip on hot lemon water or eat some pancakes while i read through blogs. or spend time on pinterest. because you can’t pin just one pin. am i right or am i right?

so, i decided saturday’s are the perfect day for this series. hopefully, you will be taking the morning slow, catching up on blogs. hopefully you’ll be able to relate to my ramblings about how i am learning to love my body. hopefully i can encourage you to start learning to love your body.

just think of this as a virtual coffee date of sorts. just girlfriends chatting and encouraging each other.

so grab you lemon water. or coffee. or tea. or a fork for your panckes.
settle in. and read on.


part of learning to love your body is find balance. to recognize what your body needs. to give your body what it needs.

easier said than done at times, right? this week was a rough one. and it always takes the rough times to realize that we need to make some changes – that we need to work on balance and priorities.

grab your morning drink and/or breakfast – i’ve got mine.

lemon water. goat milk yogurt. green eggs.

lemon water. goat milk yogurt. green eggs.

to make a long story short and to save lots of complaining about the manner of women, let’s just say that periods are terrible and they can make you feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster. my period came back with a vengeance, after a 2 month hiatus, this week because i had the worst cramps, all I wanted to eat was ice cream, sweet potato fries, popcorn and smoothies. i’m convinced that being pregnant will be 10 times worse for me with all my stomach issues – plus i’ll likely have the weirdest cravings ever.
good thing getting prego ain’t happening any.time.soon. sorry mom.

this week i was over tired, extra hungry, and stressed out- over tiny things like the core/cardio workout i had to plan for thursday. how many workouts have i made up?! that shouldn’t have been that tough!

but when the emotions are raging and you’re low on sleep and patience, small tasks seem like giant boulders. and let’s not even talk about how i was nervous everyday until thursday, that my candida was coming back on my tongue. and yes, i checked my tongue this morning.

i’m a type-a, overachiever, recovering perfectionists that likes to take on lots of projects because I find it very difficult to just…relax. it’s come back to bite me in the butt a few times, the worst being 2 years ago when i had to leave boston to come back home to indiana. medication every 4 hours that did not take away pain was not something i wanted to keep up – you can read my story here.

one of the most valuable things i learned from that whole experience, aside from figuring out what foods make my body happy, was that stress sucks. stress can do some much damage to your body, it’s ridiculous. which is why, for the past 2 years or so, i’ve been working really hard on stress management.

i love to workout. helping people love working out is my job. it’s also, sometimes, my stress relief. on thursday, after a really tough, but great glute workout the morning before, i decided i would go to my favorite body works class at the gym. the day had been okay, but the week – well, just read above. i figured i could handle class, that it would make me feel great.

well, it didn’t.

i don’t often have workouts that i dislike. sure, i dislike them if they are hard and push me.. if i bring out my sexy ugly face and say i hate the person who made up the workout. which I did on thursdsay. lots of times. sorry, anne. but i didn’t have fun. i didn’t enjoy it. my body was trying to tell me that it wasn’t what it needed, and i just didn’t listen.

so, as i drank my dinner smoothie and finished up friday’s post, i began to think about priorities and what i needed to cut out of my current routine.

i work full time, monday-friday. i teach boot camp a few days a week (that includes a 4:30a wake-up call). i blog at least 4-5 days a week (sometimes i can knock out a few posts on the weekend or week night). i train my mom one day a week. i prep meals for my crazy gut each weekend and a few nights during the week. i try to read up on fitness news, stay connected to the blog world through my bloglovin feed and twitter. (<– of course, you can click to follow ;) ). i workout on my own, 4-5 days a week.  and if there is extra time – i hang with the fam and friends, lounge around the apartment and add to the list of books i want to read, but never make time for.

that’s a lot of stuff. i’m spreading myself too thin. i had to make some decisions.  so, here they are.

blogging: I’m taking a step back. I LOVE blogging. I love being connected with other women who share my love of food and fitness.

sure, my ultimate dream is to be like some of the bloggers i follow that get to try out and review lots of great products, go on trips and get to speak at fitness conferences. just be a full-time fitness professional and blogger. and of course, get that coveted ‘Fitfluential Ambassador’ badge for the right side bar of the blog.

but at the same time, i don’t want to keep blogging just for that – because it takes the fun out of it. and lately, sometimes i feel like it’s more of a chore than fun. i feel like i have to get a x number of posts out each week in order to keep/gain readers.  and when i post, just to post, i’m not going to be delivering quality content.

the goal of burpees for breakfast is to inspire and encourage others to eat healthfully and learn to love exercising. i want to be able to share my best recipes and the coolest workouts. and, I feel the best way to do that, is to scale back on the posts each week, and make the post i do share, the best. i’m still working on my schedule, which will probably start up in august, but i’m thinking monday, wednesday, and friday. and the occasional saturday session post.
i’ll keep you posted on what i decid!

personal training/teaching: the decision to back off on the blogging is because i really want to start doing more with personal training. lately, i’ve been craving information. i want to learn more about lifting, about why people have knee pain with squats and lunges, why hiit workouts are so effective.  i find that i don’t have as much time to read up on current fitness trends, injury management and other such things that will make me a great trainer. i want to be well rounded and educated, which means i need to spend more time reading, researching and getting practice with new clients.

i realized this week how much i really love helping people and how much i love fitness/nutrition. i want to be able to answer all the questions thrown my way (even though I probably won’t be able to answer all of them!) and offer quality advice. plus, i am thinking alot about my next certification – precision nutrition certification…maybe considering cscs certification. definitely a nutrition certification is next up.

workouts: i tend to get bored with certain types of workouts. plus, i like to try a variety of things. as i was thinking about my 2014 fitness goals and my past few weeks of workouts, i decided to make some changes. first off, running a marathon/half marathon is off the list. i love running, but i am just not in the mood to make that my sole form of working out for the next couple of months.

second and third, i am likely going to cancel my gym membership and focus on more body weight workouts with some hiit added to the mix. this was a tough one, because i really did fall in love with lifting. my workouts the past few weeks haven’t been very consistent, in terms of the type of workout. i’d lift one day, go to a boot camp class the next day and throw in a bit of yoga. i found myself missing lifting. and as much as I want to be awesome and strong, i also really want to go to a strength coach and learn more about proper technique and form. right now, i just don’t have that time.

i think body weight workouts are a good solution at this point. i really want to be able to knock out pull-ups, push-ups and get my handstands. i like body weight as well because i think it really forces you to learn and become comfortable with your body.

confession – i’m scared of falling on my head.

which is why i refuse to do can’t do a summersault.  meaning, attempting a headstand without someone holding my feet scares the daylights out of me. i want to be able to conquer that fear. plus, i want to be strong. i see those ninja warriors fly through the obstacles and those people are strong. so you know that most of them do body weight workouts? including the amazing kasey (i watched it again last night and i am just so impressed! what an inspiration!).

so, why not go back to the basics.

food changes will likely be coming in august. i meet with my dietician about figuring out the best diet and supplements to get my hormones on track again. and, the lady who took my blood on wednesday got it on the second try. she was so great.


we will see how it all goes. i think the changes are going to be the best for me. for my body. balance for me will likely look completely different of what balance looks like for you. and that’s okay. just make sure you are listening to your body. and learning to love it in the process.

today, i’m going to have a ‘me’ weekend – cross things off my todo list, go shopping at target (and buy lots of things!), try to hang with the fam a bit sunday. just enjoy the weekend and not stress about the things i feel like i have to do.

might even go get my favorite almond milk chia latte too. and no workouts for the weekend. except maybe a little yoga to stretch out my tight quads and hamstrings.

until monday,

- jena.

p.s. what does balance look like for you? are there things you need to ‘cut out’ or reorganize?

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sweet potato-banana-blueberry protein smoothie

i am always up for a good protein smoothie.
or any smoothie really.
last night after bodyworks (which kicked my butt), all i wanted was smoothie for dinner.
i added some beets, pineapple, berries, greens, banana and turmeric to almond milk.
it filled my giant smoothie cup.
it was so good.

the smoothie i am sharing today, i made on sunday and it too, was perfect.sweetpoatobananasmoothie

this is probably one of my favorite combinations. not sure where i got the suggestion to add sweet potato to smoothies, but it was a stellar idea. i got some blueberries on sale at kroger and my muscles and tummy wanted a banana – so why not add them?!

if you are an insta follower (<– click to follow) or have checked out what i ate wednesday posts, you’ve seen a few of my ‘scrambles.’ i like to add all my favorite things to a pan, add a little broth or sauce and eat. same goes for smoothies sometimes.
all the fruit and greens and fat in the smoothie!!!

since, sometimes smoothies can be waaaayyyy to sweet, i like to add:  something green (spinach, kale, spirulina), some protein (nut butters/gelatin/protein powder), and some fats (coconut oil/chia seeds/nut butters) to help balance out all the sugar from the fruit. 20140715-192037-69637796.jpg

i am out of protein powder, so i used spinach and crunchy peanut butter for the added protein. feel free to add a scoop of your favorite protein powder, if you want a little extra. i’m already dreaming about this combination with some vanilla vega!

sweet potato-banana-blueberry protein smoothie


1 small sweet potato
1/2 frozen banana or 1 small non-frozen
1/4 c blueberries, frozen
1 heaping tbsp crunchy peanut butter, or nut butter of choice
1/4 c frozen spinach or 1 c fresh spinach
1 c unsweetened almond milk or non dairy milk
lots of cinnamon
5-10 ice cubes, depending on how cold and thick you like your smoothie


1. roast sweet potato in oven, wrapped in foil, for 25 minutes at 400 or until soft. add to freezer for 10-15 minutes to cool. or use pre-roasted.
2. add all ingredients to blender and blend.
3. enjoy with a neon pink straw.


haircut day!
and it starts a weekend with some much needed ‘me’ time. i’m going to try and get a post up tomorrow for saturday sessions. got a few things on the brain.

- jena.

p.s. whatcha up too this weekend? what are you favorite smoothie combinations?

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