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BIG NEWS!

May 27, 2011

YOU GUYS!

guess what?

i have been working on something for many a months now… and it’s finally ready to go.

introducing the NEW meals & moves!

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that’s right, i finally made the plunge and am all grown up.. self hosting my own blog and everything. i figured since i have been blogging for over two years, it was about time.

of course, i didn’t do this by myself. gotta give credit where credit is due.. the amazing cory at zesty blog consulting designed my new home.

there are still a few kinks to work out and i will be revamping my recipe and exercise pages in the near future.. but it’s basically done!

from now on, please visit me at my new site: http://mealsandmovesblog.com.

update your google readers, email subscriptions and whatnot, as i will no longer be blogging on the old site.

i have a lot of behind-the-blog work to do, so i may not be posting tonight.. so have a great start to your memorial day weekend and i will be back soon. well, on my new site, that is.

xo. janetha g.

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janetha lately.

May 26, 2011

any chelsea handler fans out there?

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well, this blog post has nothing to do with her. sorry if you got your hopes up. this is actually all about me. i know, i am so conceited.

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i am also available for hire for all your image editing needs. clearly i am a pro.

because i haven’t blogged about any day-to-day happenings all week long, i decided to update you on what’s going on in my life lately! and other tid bits, of course, because what is a blog post without tid bits?

i have fallen in love with a pea.

no, not this pea.

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(although i do love her.. and she is the reason i bought the pea i have fallen in love with.)

THIS pea:

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olympian labs vanilla pea protein powder.  it has a great nutritional profile and it is vegan (not that i care, but i know i have several vegan readers).

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105 calories, 1g carb, 25g protein and 0g fat. also, not sure if you can see, but there are a total of 4 ingredients. that is pretty legit for protein powder. it’s sweetened with stevia, but it must have enough vanilla flavor in it for me not to taste the stevia (it is the last ingredient) because i LOVE the taste of this. it does have a somewhat gritty texture, but in a good way. a grit that i like. it’s hard to explain! but i have been enjoying a pea protein shake for breakfast many mornings this week.

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this particular off-colored smoothie had:

  • 1 cup silk almond milk
  • 1 scoop pea protein powder
  • ice
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries & blackberries
  • tons of spinach (that’s why it looks like swamp water)
  • xanthan + guar hums (about 1/8 tsp of each)
  • enough water to get things moving

handheld breakfast that keeps me full for over four hours.

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my co-worker got a puppy.

some people get baby hungry. i get puppy hungry. look at this guy!

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oh my goodness. his name is dexter and he is a little over 7 weeks old.

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the breeder called him a miniature boxer, but the vet said he is a boxer-pug mix. who cares what he is? HE IS SO FLIPPING CUTE.

and tiny! check him out on my desk.

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okay. i know. that was overkill on the photos.. i couldn’t help myself.

lots of bagel sandwiches are being consumed.

i love bagel sandwiches and am so glad i bought a bag of onion bagels the other day.

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i forgot how great they are!

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what makes the sandwiches even better is that i slather the bagel in this stuff:

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my new found love.  slightly spicy, slightly sweet, full of tang. trader joe’s knows what’s up.

i am still doing insanity.

some have asked.. WTF is up with insanity, janetha? well, i am still doing it! with randy’s help, of course.

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i just took a week off while i was sick. to make things easier, i started back up on sunday because i had left off on the previous sunday. it just made sense with the way the workouts are scheduled.  let me tell you, taking a week off from working out all together and then hopping right back into month #2 of insanity IS REALLY FREAKING HARD.

it has been hard for two reasons.

one: mentally.  it is hard for me to take a whole week off from working out and then get back “in the zone”.. those hour-long intense workouts are definitely a challenge to get through mentally, but they are getting easier as each day goes by.

two: endurance-wise.  the muscle/strength parts of insanity aren’t more challenging, but the cardio part (which is the bulk of the workout) is TOUGH stuff. i read somewhere that you lose your cardio endurance a lot faster than your muscle memory, so when you get back to working out.. cardio is tougher than strength training. yep, that’s true, i will vouch for that.

it will be interesting to see how i do on the next fit test. i have full intentions to finish out the challenge strong! it will just be one week later than originally planned.  side note: i realize i haven’t updated my insanity challenge page in weeks. maybe i will get to it this weekend…

i got a bike!

this was the purchase that i eluded to in monday’s post!

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i got the specialized myka and picked it up yesterday.  marshall and i went for a spin last night—he recently got a specialized bike, as well.

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yes, i am super talented and can take iphone photos while biking. (actually it was pretty difficult.)

i already had a single-speed road bike and really hated riding it. why? well, for one.. it had one gear so hills were a biatch. and two, i am a baby and think road bikes are scary. every little pebble i went over with my road bike sent me flying. with my new bike, i can go over all sorts of terrain without worry.  well, except rail road tracks. those kind of worry me…

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anyway, YAY for bikes! we actually just got home from an hour-long ride.

i tried jimmy john’s for my first time.

we rode our bikes to jimmy john’s for dinner last night. they were out of wheat bread, so i decided to get an “unwich”, which is the sandwich innards wrapped in lettuce.

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my thoughts on the unwich? tasted great.. but it was NOT FILLING. at all. i ate it and was still super duper hungry, so i ate again when we got home. i will have to go back to jimmy john’s again sometime and get a sandwich with bread, because i took a few bites of marshall’s roast beef sandwich and it was delicious.

well.. that’s what’s been going on in my life lately. oh, and i’m almost 28. yikes. my birthday is on wednesday the first.  i am asking marshall for really exciting things like a towel rack for the bathroom and for our light switches to be changed out.  i think the older i get, the more practical (and boring?) i am.  the best part is that i am totally okay with that! i am going to have a BBQ bash over the weekend to kick off my birthday week, though, so that should be fun.

before i go, i wanted to mention that one of my dear friends, christine, works with rescuing dogs.  her blog is called hearts to the rescue.  awhile back, they rescued a bunch of sussex hounds from a shelter that was about to put them down.  they are being boarded while they try to find foster or permanent homes for the pups.  artist jacqui faye has painted an amazing acrylic portrait of the hounds. it can be seen here, along with more of the story.  it is expensive to board these hounds until they are placed, so i wanted to share the link where you can donate to the sussex hounds fund. also, the acrylic painting is for sale all all proceeds will go to the hounds! every little bit counts for these sweet pups. thanks!

well.. time to go make dinner.

Qs~

1. do you have a bike? what type?

2. how do you like to celebrate your birthday—all out or keep it mellow?

xo. janetha g.

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May 25, 2011

it’s no secret that i have a thing for food. i also have a thing for surveys. what can i say? i like answering questions. that’s the real reason i ask them at the end of my posts.. i know how fun it is to answer questions. when i saw this FOOD SURVEY on errign’s blog, i had to hop right on it. two of my favorites in one! call me trendy, i don’t mind. i even stole errign’s title.

A is for Apple, what’s your favorite variety?

honeycrisp!

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even though they are the most expensive apple around.. they are so worth it.

B: is for Bread, regardless of nutrition, calories, or whole grains what is your favorite type to have a nice big piece of?

sourdough straight from san fran. piping hot with butter, thanks.

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here is a photo of my cute niece circa 2008—digging into a mini loaf of sourdough when we were in san fran. she’s got the right idea.

C: is for Cereal what is your favorite kind currently (just one!) Currently

JUST ONE? cereal is my favorite food! how can i pick? okay, okay.. if i have to.. barbara’s shredded spoonfuls is a current favorite.

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but for the record, i feel bad leaving all my other favorites out.

D: is for Doughnuts, you might not currently be eating them but what kind do you fancy?

to be completely honest, i really don’t fancy donuts. BUT, if i was going to eat one, i would go with plain old glazed. fun fact: to find photos for this post, i am searching my archives to find old photos. i searched “doughnut” and this post came up, where i said the EXACT same thing. no photos of doughnuts, though.

E: is for Eggs, how would you like yours prepared?

i like eggs any way they come, but my favorite way is over easy or over medium or poached.. just as long as i can get some runny yolk!

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F: is for Fat Free, what is your favorite fat free product?

i don’t buy things based on their fat content, but i do LOVE 0% plain greek yogurt, which is fat free, so i will go with that.

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chobani, please.

G: is for Groceries, where do you purchase yours at?

i am going to correct you, mister survey, and say you should not end this question with “at”!

but anyway.. my groceries come from:

  • costco
  • sunflower market
  • whole foods
  • smith’s marketplace
  • sometimes target

i rarely shop elsewhere.

H: is for Hot Beverages, what is your favorite hot drink?

coffee, coffee, coffee.

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we love coffee so much, we got our wedding photos taken in front of a huge coffee sign.

I: is for Ice Cream, pick a favorite flavor and add a fun topping.

oh! ice cream! that is my favorite topic. favorite flavor is definitely vanilla bean, preferably homemade. favorite topping is oreos.. or, in my case, newman o’s, like this one here..

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i am also partial to homemade cookie dough as a topping..

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J: is for Jams or Jellies, do you eat them, and if so what kind and flavor?

i don’t eat a lot of jam because i would rather eat a piece of fruit, but i have no problem picking my favorite. it’s momma b’s homemade raspberry freezer jam. IT IS THE BEST STUFF ON THE JAM PLANET.

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even better when you slather it atop a hot piece of toast with peanut butter.

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or on a piping hot scone made by momma b. recipe here.

K: is for Kashi, name your favorite Kashi product?

i love kashi! kashi golean is probably my favorite..

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it is also the one i eat most often. although i love all the kashi products, especially the cereals. go figure.

L: is for Lunch, what was yours today?

L is for leftovers. leftover chicken, black bean and sweet potato enchiladas!

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they were great, thanks for asking.

M: is for microwave, what is your favorite microwave meal/snack?

hmmm the only time i use the microwave is to warm up homemade leftovers, to make my egg white pillows or to cook spaghetti squash… do those count?

OH! i love deb’s microwave protein cake. DUH.

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N: is for nutrients, do you likes carbs, fats, or proteins best?

as i led you all to believe in my last post, i am a carb lover and i get a carb lover’s high every time i eat them. let’s just say i would be perfectly content surviving off ice cream, bread, fruit and cereal for the rest of my days.

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yes, i am a protein queen, but i am a carb lover at the core.

O: is for oil, what kind do you like to use?

motor oil for my car, olive oil for my cooking.

P: is for protein, how do you get yours?

how don’t i get mine? i eat protein at every meal! my favorite types:

  • low fat cottage cheese
  • plain greek yogurt
  • chicken breasts
  • eggs
  • protein powders

Q: is for Quaker, how do you like your oats?

with a scoop of vanilla protein powder and a hefty dose of mighty maple peanut butter.

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protein oats are the jam! they are also good with jam.

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and i guess i love that placemat.

R: is for roasting, what is your favorite thing to roast?

aside from the typical answer of vegetables (because i do love roasted veggies!) i also love to roast marshmallows.

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mainly because it means i am camping, and i love camping.

S: is for sandwich, what’s your favorite kind?

turkey avocado! i order it ALL. THE. TIME.

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most recently last weekend. and the weekend before that. oh and also here.

T: is for travel, how do you handle eating while traveling?

are you kidding? the main reason i travel is for the food! i eat healthy and clean the majority of my life.. but when i am traveling, all healthy guidelines go out the window and i eat whatever i want.

yes, sometimes what i want is healthy.

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raw vegan tasting plate at cafe gratitude in san francisco.

other times it’s not.

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best cinnamon bun of my life at tartine in san francisco. same trip.

i just roll with it. because i love food SO much, i like to soak up all the local cuisine because i never know when i will be back to a certain location. this is a topic i feel very strongly about, can you tell?

U: is for unique, what is one of your weirdest food combos?

some people are really skeeved out with my addiction to sweet potatoes+cottage cheese+sunflower seed butter+ketchup.

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i love it. don’t knock it ‘til you try it! then, if you don’t like it, feel free to knock all you want.

V: is for vitamins, what kind do you take?

lots.

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you can get a full rundown here.

W: is for wasabi, yay or nay?

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it’s great with sushi..

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but i especially love it in the form of WASABI PEAS.

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oh, yum.

X: is for XC Foodie, why is she so awesome? XRAY. if we xrayed your belly right now, what food would we see?

um. okay, i had to change this one because i don’t know who that XC foodie is. SO.. yep. changed. to xray. because that’s what i came up with.

if you xrayed my stomach, you would see my snack!

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it was a parfait with plain chobani+fresh raspberries+justin’s hazelnut butter. and dang, it was good.

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i bet it doesn’t look this classy in my stomach.

Y: is for youth, what food reminds you of your childhood?

so many! a few that come to mind:

  • flintstones pushups
  • fruity pebbles (okay, i am seeing a flintstones theme here..)
  • pace’s dairy ann popsicles that came in the PINK PAPER wrappers (if you are from bountiful you know this one well)
  • english muffin pizzas
  • totino’s pizzas
  • my mom’s crock pot sunday dinners including pot roast with mashed potatoes and pork chops with rice
  • dipping potato chips in cottage cheese or sour cream with a chip-to-dip ratio of 1:4.

okay, i will stop.

Z: is for zucchini, how do you prepare it?

i don’t.. because marshall hates it. but i really like it! if i do buy it, i like to eat it roasted or grilled. it’s also super good to grate it into strips, steam it and top it with a laughing cow cheese sauce.

THE END.

that was more fun than i could ever have hoped. i guess i am not quite ready for “normal” blogging just yet…

YOUR TURN. 

quick! what are your initials?

take the two to three letters from your initials and find the corresponding questions, then answer them. that will be fun.

xo. janetha g.

normal shmormal.

May 24, 2011

as i pondered what i would blog about tonight, i realized that i haven’t been doing any “normal” blogging in awhile.  i went to palm springs, came home and was hit with a severe case of the flu and then had a busy, fun filled weekend.  i blogged about all of those things.. and now it is tuesday.. and i figured that i would “go back to normal blogging”—except there is one problem: i am not quite sure what “normal” is anymore! when life gets crazy, so does the structure on my blog.

i stared at a blank page for awhile before typing anything.. just pondering what the hell to blog about. i haven’t blogged a whole day of food in so long that i forgot to even take photos of my meals today.. so i can’t blog about those. (nothing new or exciting, i promise you that.) i don’t have any special advice or tips to share with you.  i have a few product reviews and giveaways in the pipeline, but i wasn’t really feeling any of those for tonight.  dinner wasn’t a new recipe—actually, we are reverting to old favorites this week because i haven’t cooked dinner in over a week, so marshall & i are both craving our favorites.  tonight was sweet potato black bean enchiladas, in case you wondered.  i could talk about my insanity workouts.. but they are boring. and there have been a total of three of them in the past ten days.

aside from my blog life, my regular life really hasn’t been normal lately either. amidst the many festivals and social functions i’ve been bouncing to and from,  i have also been trying to catch up at the office after my vacation and my sick leave. i have been trying to catch up on housework and laundry and unpacking.. and just barely got a handle on all that.  i haven’t been drinking any water for some reason, i am only at 2 contigos for the day (which is 48 ounces, compared to my usual 128 daily ounces).  i have eaten LOTS of meals out lately, simply because eating out is fun and tasty. i make no apologies for this, but it really isn’t normal for me.  i have been eating ice cream or frozen yogurt every single flipping night (even after my sickness was gone) and that is by no means normal for me. but, for the record, it is delicious.. and if you combine coconut frozen yogurt with lemon frozen yogurt, you are bound to love every bite.. like i did last night.

so that’s where i am.. mildly exhausted from all this catch up and life living.  and kind of stumped about what to blog about!  i have totally forgotten what “normal” is supposed to be.  that’s okay though, nobody said i had to be normal. so instead of a normal blog post, i am going to do something mindless and fun.

here are five things you probably don’t already know about me and definitely don’t need to know about me. i know, aren’t you excited? you’re welcome.

thing 1: i love mini things.

take any object and make it miniature and i am sold. i am such a sucker for anything miniature.

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i usually let out a little squeal any time i see something mini. i get this from my mom, who gets equally as excited over adorable miniatures.

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my love for mini things has taken over my silverware drawer. when marshall told me he likes to eat his chobani with little spoons, i took that as an open invitation to buy a miniature spoon EVERY time i came across one.

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trust me, i have come across many a mini spoon.  i actually had to practice restraint the last time i saw mini spoons.. i refrained from buying any more because i think 18 is enough. for now, at least.

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on the flip side, i also love oversized things.

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i get a kick out of huge whisks and wooden spoons, but i don’t get nearly as excited as when i come across anything mini.

thing 2: i hate the taste of stevia.

or splenda. or truvia. or aspartame. or any other no-calorie sweetener, natural or artificial.  back in the day when i had a dr. pepper addiction, if i was accidentally given a diet coke and took a sip, i would gag. diet coke is the most foul tasting beverage on the planet! i cannot stand that fake sugar taste.  and, in my taste buds’ opinion, stevia tastes just like diet coke. that lingering icky not-real-sugar flavor is heinous.  i would rather accidentally put my fingers in my mouth after removing my nail polish. don’t pretend you haven’t done that—we all know what nail polish remover tastes like. and stevia tastes worse.

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i received a whole boat load of nunaturals stevia and i decided to give it a try for the second time around, because hey, taste buds change, and maybe mine did.

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the verdict? no, my taste buds have not changed. nasty. i will be sending all this crappy stevia to deb, because she’s a stevia whore.

thing 3: i was abnormally obsessed with cats as a child.

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and here you all thought i was a dog person. truth be told, i loved cats. see that gold glimmer in the photo above? yep, cat brooch. cats were my #1 obsession.

not just real cats. fake cats, too. stuffed cats, ceramic cats, cat posters, cat clothes.. i was legit OBSESSED with cats! and i hated dolls. i remember bursting into tears at my 4th birthday party because my friend got me a doll for my birthday. all i wanted was cats! luckily, another friend gave me a stuffed black cat at that same birthday party. i named him midnight. i remember it like it was yesterday.

i had a whole pet net overflowing with stuffed cats. my mom passed down her collection of ceramic cat figurines which i added to often. those special ceramic cats are currently packed away, but i think i may have to bust them out sometime soon. when i do, you will be the first to know. well, maybe the second, as i will probably have to notify marshall first.

my older sisters are real allergic to cats, so i was never able to have a cat of my own. i used to find stray kittens in the neighborhood and sneak them into my house and hide them under my bed, only to get busted when my sisters got home from school and started sneezing.  when i was six, my parents tracked down a special breed of cat that works well in homes of people with cat allergies. a british blue shorthair. on christmas of 1989, i got a REAL cat of my own. his name was blue. blue thunder. because he purred so loud.

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i had blue for 14 long years. we eventually had to put him down because he got stomach cancer.. but he was my best friend for many, many years.

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now that we have a couple pups, i probably appear to be a crazy dog lady.. and i am. no objections there. i go crazy when i see a dog. but there will always be a special soft spot in my heart for cats.. and i can’t wait to get a kitty again one day. just not today.

thing 4: if i didn’t have to work out to stay healthy and in shape, i wouldn’t.

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this isn’t a new realization. i am lazy and i know it. i love not working out. sitting on the couch with my dogs is much more appealing to me than going to the gym.

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yes, i get a little antsy at times.. but i really don’t mind not working out. when my rest day comes around i am so excited. don’t get me wrong, i LOVE the feeling i get after (and even during at times) a good workout. but i will be honest.. i am not someone who just LOVES to work out.  i really enjoy being active.. hiking, biking, snowboarding—YES those things get me excited. but do i look forward to hitting the pavement for a run or turning my scheduled insanity DVD on and getting my ass kicked for 45 minutes? no. i do not.

some people get a “runner’s high”. i guess i can understand the feeling those who love running get when they are running. i feel that way when i eat ice cream. or cereal. i call it my “carb lover’s high”.

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i shared this tid bit with deb and eden while i was vacationing in palm springs. they were a little surprised to hear that out of me and said that i come across as some hell bent exercise lover. alas, that is not the case.

i took a whole week off working out because i was sick, and i loved every last minute of it. i got antsy just once, but i think that had to do with the fact that i hadn’t left the couch or my bed even to run an errand let alone run a mile. of course, i know better and realize i do need to work out in order to stay fit and healthy.. especially after getting back to my workouts on sunday and feeling the amount of cardiovascular endurance i lost in just that one short week off.  but yep—that is my thing #4—i am a lazy slug at heart.

thing 5: i don’t really like bacon.

i am okay with bacon in things, to take the edge off, but straight up bacon? yuck. way too salty. i don’t like salty stuff in general (TWSS?), so eating a slab of salty bacon doesn’t appeal to me.  it seems like bacon is all the rage. trendy, perhaps? i hear about bacon everywhere and people put it on everything.. or in everything, even cupcakes.

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no, thanks, no bacon for me.  whenever i tell someone i don’t like bacon, i get this audible gasp and a look like i’ve committed the worst sin known to man.  what can i say? not a fan.  this is more my style:

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mmm.. speaking of ice cream, i think it’s time for my non-normal nightly bowl.

gosh, maybe i will be back to normal tomorrow. but i am making no promises.

Qs~

1. what were you obsessed with as a child? are you still?

2. tell me something i don’t know about you and definitely don’t need to know by any means.

xo. janetha g.

busy little saturday.

May 23, 2011

here i am! one more monday down.. the last working monday in may, actually. i cannot believe how fast this year is flying by.

as i mentioned, my weekend was jam packed. you already heard about my date night on friday.. so i will dive right into saturday.

the excitement started bright and early when marshall & i loaded up the pups and headed out to strut your mutt.  strut your mutt is an annual fundraising event.  all proceeds go to no more homeless pets of utah.  we weren’t able to go last year, but we did go in 2009.

marshall always walks penny and i always walk randy. this has 100% to do with the fact that penny has a huge crush on marshall and cries her little puppy eyes out if she is more than 3 feet from him at any given time.

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don’t believe me? watch this video of her crying when marshall had to run ahead to get a trash bag (because randy dropped a deuce before even entering the park. he’s a joy.)

yeah. total baby.

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there were SO many dogs. actually, the term “SO many” doesn’t even describe how many there were. naturally, i was in heaven. there was actually an abnormal amount of basset hounds.. i was surprised.

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we registered upon arrival and then headed to the expo. yes, an expo. for dogs.

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we snagged a few pupcakes for p & r.

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before we knew it, it was time to strut!

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the course was about a mile.. pretty strenuous if you are a basset hound.

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it was so fun to walk with SO many other dogs.

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i sort of think dog watching is even better than people watching.

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water break!

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obligatory family photo post-strut.

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it was a fun morning and was for a good cause.. we will definitely be back next year. and the one after that. and the one after that.

a few hours later, marshall & i headed out to salt lake sans pups. we had a very special purchase to make, but needed fuel first.

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toasters is a new-to-us sandwich shop right downtown on 300 south and 50 east.  it was such a nice day, so we ate outside.

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i had an iced americano with soy milk.

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i chose the turkey avocado on whole wheat ciabatta. go figure, i always get the turkey avocado.

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what made this sandwich special was the balsamic sauce.. it was SO incredible. it took the sandwich to a whole other level.

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marshall had the prosciutto sandwich, which also had the balsamic sauce. again, the sauce is what made it SO good.

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we made friends with a cute dog that kept begging for chips.

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he had some pretty impressive tricks!

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after our meal, we went and made aforementioned very important purchase. said purchase won’t be here for 5 to 7 business days, so i will blog about it later.

we then met up with some friends for some festival action. we had not one but TWO festivals on the agenda.

first up was the urban arts festival.

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this was the first year they have held this festival so it was pretty tiny. it was fun to check out the local artwork, but there wasn’t much going on so we didn’t stay long.

next up was the living traditions festival.

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this festival is a celebration of authentic and traditional folk and ethnic arts.. but really, it’s a whole lot of different ethnicities of food in one spot. the only reason we went was for dinner, as the rest of the festival was kinda meh.

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it’s all about the food anyway, right? i waited in the vietnamese line because they were churning out some amazing looking chicken kebabs.

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by the time i got to the front of the mile-long line, they informed me they were out of kebabs! ugh. i settled for a chicken bowl over vermicelli noodles.

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this was actually really delicious! i wasn’t so sad about missing out on the kebab afterall.

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marshall channeled his heritage and got some mexican.

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we all sat on the curb and ate our selections. it’s fun that we could all get such different cuisines all in one place. plus, the food was tasty and authentic!

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after filling our bellies, we went back to kristen’s porch and enjoyed the warm evening outdoors. i wish summer would get here already.. but it was cold and rainy again sunday. oh well, i will take what i can get when it comes to sunshine!

thanks for reading such a long post.. when there are 3 events in one day, it’s bound to take awhile to talk about!

Q~

what was the highlight of your weekend?

xo. janetha g.

in my cart.

May 22, 2011

hey guys! i have a lot of fun stuff from the weekend to recap, but i am really short on time as i am catching a movie in 45 minutes. we are finally going to see bridesmaids!

i didn’t want to leave you completely hanging, so i decided to show you what i got from sunflower market and costco today on my usual sunday grocery trip.

i was grocery shopping for a LONG time today, because we are completely out of several things. between me being out of town and deathly ill, it really left the cupboards and fridge bare.

first up: sunflower market.

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check out P & R relaxing in their cave… wishing they got some of the goods above.

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starting on the left..

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  • tofu
  • low sodium deli turkey
  • ground chicken breast
  • laughing cow cheese
  • spirutein protein powder single serving packets (in cookies & cream and cappucino)
  • salsa
  • cherry jam (for marshall)

in the middle.. produce fun.

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  • sprouts
  • cauliflower & broccoli (precut)
  • mushrooms
  • grape tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • braeburn apples
  • red onions
  • cilantro
  • lemons
  • cute little mangos (impulse buy)
  • bananas
  • asparagus

moving to the right..

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  • rolled oats
  • shredded spoonfuls (for marshall)
  • knock off kashi go lean
  • onion bagels
  • oat bran bread
  • almond milk
  • pom juice (for marshall)

some of these items were for breakfasts and lunches and i also bought the things i needed to make for my weekly dinner plan.  here’s what is on our menu this week:

  • spaghetti with ground chicken marinara
  • stuffed bell peppers
  • tofu masala with veggies
  • salmon piccata and asparagus
  • sweet potato black bean chicken enchiladas

i had to make a pretty hefty costco trip today.  i won’t show you the non-grocery items (because paper towels, toilet paper and deodorant is boring) but i will show you the food finds.

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starting from the left again!

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  • raspberries
  • blackberries
  • grapes
  • bell peppers
  • spinach

you may wonder how we go through this produce before it goes bad, since it is just the two of us. the grapes and berries go straight into the freezer and marshall uses them for his shakes. i go through spinach like a maniac.. and bell peppers are great to snack on. none of this will go bad.

in the middle..

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  • flavored chobani (for marshall)
  • eggs
  • chicken breasts
  • plain greek yogurt
  • cottage cheese

and finally, on the right:

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  • black beans
  • larabars (for marshall)
  • sprouted wheat bread (for marshall)

i also bought two boxes of marshall’s ready to drink protein shakes.. they are on sale right now for $5 off! deal.

i put all the groceries away and laughed.. am i the only one who has a whole drawer in the fridge for chobani?

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marshall is off riding his bike. so i made myself a quick and easy dinner with my new purchases.

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a toasted onion bagel sandwich with laughing cow, dijon mustard, turkey, sprouts and cucumber. i LOVE this combo.

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well, gotta jet! be back tomorrow with a recap of the weekend.

Qs~

1. do you shop at bulk stores (costco/sam’s club/etc)?

2. what’s in your shopping cart this week? any new to you purchases?

xo. janetha g.

date night.

May 21, 2011

hello and welcome to saturday! it is finally a glorious, sunshiney day here in the SLC.  i have had a fun morning at an event, but more about that later.

last night, marshall and i had our first date! our first date since i got over my sickness of death, that is.  we had the typical dinner and a movie on the agenda.. but marshall wanted to make a pit stop first.

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we drove downtown to bingham cyclery.. where marshall test drove (rode?) a few mountain bikes before ultimately picking out a shiny blue one. turns out impromptu bike buying takes longer than anticipated, and it was too late to catch the flick we had planned (bridesmaids).

instead, we headed to dinner and discussed our movie options.

we ate at the bay leaf café—er, bay leaf bar & grub is apparently the new name, a new-to-us restaurant right in the heart of downtown salt lake city.

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it is located on main street between first and second south.

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the atmosphere at the bay leaf was casual and definitely comfortable.  the light fixtures were tin cans that created quite the ambiance.

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there was amusing and entertaining artwork on the walls, a pool table in the back along with a few video game consoles.

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their motto was comfort food, with chicken & waffles right on top of the menu, so i knew to not have healthy mindset going into the meal. i wasn’t trying to be healthy, though.. i hadn’t eaten a real meal since monday! i was so glad to finally actually have an appetite.

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marshall had coffee and i couldn’t resist snapping a shot of this adorable tulip mug. i almost stole it, but i am out of cupboard space.

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i had unsweetened iced tea, which came in a giant mason jar.

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i ordered the BBQ chicken skewers.  the chicken was basted in a tangy filipino barbecue sauce.  it came with rice and assorted veggies (celery, bok choy, carrots) that were swimming in a sauce of something amazing.

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my meal was delicious! i think my stomach shrunk this week, though, because i couldn’t finish it. that never happens.

marshall had the meatloaf and this photo does NOT do it justice.

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it came highly recommended by our waiter and it did not disappoint. it definitely was one of the best meatloaves i have ever tasted! the cheesy mashed potatoes on the side were the perfect complement to the meatloaf.

another highlight of the meal? the price.

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i should also point out that the staff was great. everyone was friendly and we had a great waiter who was courteous, helpful and on the ball.

thanks bay leaf, we will be back. hopefully for breakfast, because i had my eye on the eggs benedict.

after dinner, we headed to the broadway theatre. we had decided to see the greatest movie ever sold.

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it was a documentary about product placement. i was GLUED to the movie screen.. i really loved the whole film.

this film is made by morgan spurlock, the same guy who did super size me.  basically, he wanted to show how relevant product placement is in movies and he actually used product placement sponsorships to pay for the whole movie! it was really interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes.

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POM wonderful actually spend $1 million on the film to be the leading sponsor.  i have worked with POM a few times in the past and think they are a solid, stand up company.  i actually just received a package from them the other day, so it was fun to take a peek inside their offices and see the CEO negotiate with morgan spurlock.

anyway, i will stop rambling about the film, but if you are at all interested in product placement and movie marketing through products, i highly suggest you check it out.

by the time the movie let out, it was past cold stone’s closing time. what a shame. that didn’t stop me from getting my ice cream, though, i had a bowl of vanilla bean at home waiting for me.  sorry cold stone, maybe next time.

that’s all the time i have for now. tune in next time for a DOG HEAVY post!

Qs~

1. are you a fan of documentaries or would you rather see a fictional flick?

2. what is your favorite thing to do on a date?

xo. janetha g.

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