guest post: momma b. & a year of BFL!

by Janetha on August 30, 2009

in Featured,moves

hi guys!  janetha here.  i hope you are all having a nice, relaxing sunday.  i mentioned a few days ago that it was my one year mark from starting body for life. well, not only was it my one year mark, it was also my mom’s!  she has done a stellar job of not only keeping the weight off, but getting even more muscle tone and keeping her metabolism in check.

my mom more than just my mom.  she is my best friend.  she is my hero.  she is such a great example to me and is living proof that sticking to your goals can pay off in the long run.  i wanted her to share her story with everyone because she is so dedicated and inspirational!  i have asked her to write up a post about her experience this past year and how her life has changed for the better.


First let me say how excited I am to have been invited to do a guest post on my darling daughter’s awesome blog!  She is why I am the way I am today.  I would like to share my experience with you.

In 2007 my oldest daughter, Marisa, and her husband did Body For Life and both had total success!  They still eat clean and exercise on a regular basis.  Her husband, Eric, even participates in triathalons!  I gave BFL a go back then, I think I gave it a pretty good shot but I probably cheated too much!

Fast forward to 2008–

May 2008: My in-home gym was FINALLY complete.  I was excited!!  I went six days a week for a couple weeks… then I just got TOO busy and lazy.

June 2008: No exercise at all!!  Eating whatever I felt like eating, weighed way too much, I was always tired, did not sleep well, etc, etc.

August 2008: Janetha asked me to do a 12 week Body For Life challenge with her, as she puts it, “by the book!”  Whoa, you mean I might have to change my terribly easy eating habits for something actually healthy (but it might be HARD…..).  I don’t tell my children “no” very often and this was no exception.  I accepted the challenge, she promised to help me, and so our journey began!

August 25, 2008: We weighed, measured and took photos.  This was not a pretty sight for me!  I wasn’t too heavy, but definitely lacked muscle tone, I had plenty to work on.  I bought all the right foods, got out my Eating-for-Life cook book and started writing down menu plans.


Start of BFL: 8/26/08 122.2 lbs 26.3% body fat

We had goals.  At least 1 gallon of water daily, cardio every other day, weight training on the other days and eating clean.  Just check out Janetha’s blog to see what clean eating is all about!  I didn’t have a clue what clean eating meant.  I even had to ask her if a banana was a carb or a protein! (Yes I really am blonde AND over 55!!) I learned to eat 5 to 6 times a day, I learned to listen to my body and it really did tell me when to eat and even better, I started to crave “clean” food!  Wahoo!!

It was so much fun to be on the computer, the phone or together in person gabbing about what we had eaten, how we felt and what exercises were working.  Janetha did tons of research and was a terrific coach.  I nicknamed her “Olga”, she was a task master!  I was accountable to her and if I felt like having a “cheat” then boy she let me know that “nothing tastes better than thin feels!”

During this time I took a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico with some friends.  I was nervous about being strong with my exercise and eating.  I bought a jump rope and exercise bands and Janetha did research on exercises I could do with the bands, printed them out and came over to teach me how to do them.  I had NO EXCUSES just because I was going out of town!!  I took my blender, protein powder, made sure I stopped at the store for some fruit and managed just fine!!




HALFWAY THERE! From 26.3% BF to 22.1% and from 122.2 lbs to 117.7 lbs in 6 weeks!

About 5-7 weeks into the challenge something really neat started to happen—I had a totally different outlook on life, I had a better attitude about EVERYTHING (I am a pretty positive person anyway, but WOW what a difference!).  I was excited to share what I was learning with others, people I work with started to notice a difference in my face, weight and attitude.  There must be something to this whole B-F-L thing, huh?!?

Janetha and I had a good time sharing our different experiences with people on Body For Life Tracker, family members and with friends.  My other daughter, Suni, even joined in on the Body For Life fun with us!!  Having a great support group during this challenge really did make a difference!

We made it the WHOLE 12 weeks, we did NOT cheat, we loved our “free” day (day off from exercise and clean eating) once a week and realized that most free days we still had those yummy peach protein shakes, cottage cheese and vegetables.  Were we nuts or what?! We also had our body fat % checked 3 times during the challenge, beginning, middle and end.  We made great progress!

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End of BFL: 114.3 lbs, 20.6% body fat

Now, I guess the reason for this guest post was for me to tell you how things are one year later.  I am excited to tell you that I have kept the weight I lost during that 12 week challenge off (I weigh today what I weighed when I was 22!) My body fat has decreased and my muscles are more toned.  I feel good, I sleep better, I feel healthier, I look pretty good and I still have a good attitude!

I love to exercise now and my new motto is “Something is better than nothing!” When I want to get a few more minutes of sleep in the morning and put off going to the gym, I think about what I can do in 20 or 30 minutes at the gym versus spending a few extra minutes in bed, then I get up and get going!!

Clean eating has become more of a habit.  Because of Janetha I have learned a lot about which foods to eat, which foods will fill me up.  I feel good knowing the food I just ate is feeding my muscle and not adding fat to my body!

I have tried every single lose weight fast diet plan out there, you name it and I have tried it.  And guess what?  THEY DON’T WORK!!  What does work is the combination of clean eating and diligent exercise!  I have learned so much about exercise and clean eating, but more importantly, I realized that i have the power and determination to make great changes in my life! It has been an incredible journey and the beauty of it all is that the journey continues, after all, this is Body For LIFE!!

I am so glad I accepted the challenge from Neef to get going, exercise and eat right.  It is fun!! Towanda!! Xoxoxo

janetha here.  thanks for posting mom!  i wanted to include some photos of her from the other night that i took after the events in this post~to show you how great this lady is at keeping the weight off (she is 110 lbs now) and maintaining!  i want to be just like her!!

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like i said, my best friend, my hero :)

xo, janetha b.

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VeggieGirl August 30, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Aww love your mom’s guest post and your words about her!

lowandbhold August 30, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Wow! What an inspiration!!! I loved this.

Kristin August 30, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Wow, how inspiring! She looks great!

I’m going to show this to my mom to inspire her too =)


Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) August 30, 2009 at 5:40 pm

ahhhhh you have NO idea how excited i was when i opened your page and saw mama sue on here! seriously – so inspirational. it just goes to show, no matter what age you are, you can still be a hot mama with the right attitude, habits and confidence. my mom works out and looks great too – and i tell her all the time, be proud! that is awesome.

yay mama sue! i think you could totally beat me up in a dark alley!

lots of love to both of you :)

April (Foods of April) August 30, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Wow your so inspiring!! I wish I had those abs! :)

kristi (sweet cheeks) August 30, 2009 at 5:55 pm

first off…you guys looks so much alike!! I love you both!! haha. I really enjoyed reading her post…she definitely is an inspiration!

Lauren August 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm

First, your mom is STUNNING! What a babe, seriously, she has a better body than probably 80% of any 20 year old.
Second, you are so blessed to have a mom as a best friend. That’s awesome!
Third, Congrats to you guys for accomplishing this milestone. Amazing, truly amazing!

Emily August 30, 2009 at 6:27 pm

ahh, your mom is FABULOUS!!

Susan August 30, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Love this post!! Wow Janetha, you got some good genes! ;) I’m totally going to show this post to my mom. She’s been trying to get off her butt lately too, so maybe it will be some inspiration for her. Oh, and that banana part was too hilarious :P

ksgoodeats August 30, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Oh wow, your mom is ROCKIN!! Congrats to her :)

Paige@ RunningAroundNormal August 30, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Wow she is such an inspiration!! Seems like such a nice and fun woman, too! :)

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 30, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Hi Janetha’s Momma! Your bod looks better than mine :) Awesome job eating clean!

julie August 30, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Hi Mrs. J! Your body is sick! Congrats on the BFL Challenge :) you both have so much to be proud of! Keep up the great work and loved your guest post!

If ONLY I could get Deej (my mom) to guest post haha

Danica August 30, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Awww, J & J’s Mom!! WOW – I LOVE everything about this post!!! Seriously ~ You both are amazing and inspiring in every way, shape and form. I think it is so cool that you all did the challenge together and that the whole family is in on it :)

Congrats on the 1 year celebration – you both have so much to be proud of….I LOVE everything you have to say about your mama, J ~ I feel the same way about mine.

Fantastic guest post Nana Sue! Thank you for sharing with us!


Deb August 30, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Three words: Mom’s. A.Rockstar.

WholeBodyLove August 30, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Wow what an amazing woman she is! You have such a great role model. I did giggle when I read that she doesn’t tell her kids no very often , you must have had some fun teenage years!

Julia August 30, 2009 at 11:35 pm

What an awesome idea for a post!
Janetha’s mom, you are an absolutely amazing woman, you look fabulous and you get to share it with your family!
I hope I can be that inspirational for my children!
Have a great Monday!

insideiamdancing August 31, 2009 at 12:11 am

Love this post! HUGE congrats to your mom- such an inspirational story! I love hearing about people making permanent change because it WORKS for them and makes them feel fab. Your mom looks great (now I know where you get it from :D )

Have a fab Monday (re: my 3 places at once dilemma…I am still at home drinking coffee- so responsible :P )

SHE-FIT August 31, 2009 at 12:28 am

WOW! You can see huge differences. What an inspiration to us all!

Tabitha August 31, 2009 at 2:27 am

Incredible! I’ve ben reading your regime in awe but now my hat is off to your mum too!

Tina August 31, 2009 at 2:31 am

Janetha… your mom rocks! Go Mama M&M!
Lots of love to the both of you :D

Lara (Thinspired) August 31, 2009 at 4:57 am

Wow! This is awesome! You have one hot mama!

April August 31, 2009 at 5:54 am

That is terrific!! Plus you know that YOU can look like that when you’re “wiser” as well.

One thing though, tell your mom to get a smaller cut bathing suit bottom. I know it’s mental but she MUST show that booty off!

Moran August 31, 2009 at 6:21 am

LOVED this post!!!
Hey – I was wondering if you could share the exercises you gave her when she traveled? I am so amazed at both of your stories!!!

balancejoyanddelicias August 31, 2009 at 6:23 am

wooooooooo!!!!! Your mom is soooo hot!!! she rocks! I can’t believe that your mom did the challenge with you and looks sooooo great!!! I wish I could pull my mom to do some physical work too.
Really impressive! :)

amanda @ panda lunch August 31, 2009 at 7:19 am

Wow, how inspiring! Thanks so much for letting your mom share her story with us, that’s awesome that you guys did that together!

My mom is my best friend too!

Anne K. August 31, 2009 at 8:07 am

Wow, this is amazing! Janetha, your mom is hardcore! What an inspiring story, and she’s got a rockin’ bod :D

Sarah August 31, 2009 at 9:18 am

Holy cow, you have one hot mama! Congratulations to you BOTH for setting goals to become healthy. Keep up the great work!

emily (the experimentarian) August 31, 2009 at 11:41 am

Oh your mom is such a cutie patootie! I think it’s so great that you two can share you healthy lifestyle, and more importantly, attitudes with each other. Seriously, it’s posts like these that make me wonder why I can’t stick with weight training. Mama looks good! (And so do you my dear!)

Angharad August 31, 2009 at 11:52 am

Your mom is amazing! Such a great attitude. How could you not be proud of such an awesome lady! So cool that you started the B4L challenge together as well – love it!!

buffmuffy August 31, 2009 at 12:43 pm

wooo janetha hot momma! very impressive. i hope i can look this good at your ma’s age! amazing!

Therese August 31, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Wow a.m.a.z.i.n.g. Like I said before…MILF :)

You are so lucky to have your mom supporting your clean lifestyle. You both kick majah booty!

Katharina August 31, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Wow! You’re mom is amazing and she looks amazing too :D She sounds like an incredible woman with so much strength inside and out. That’s so cool that you guys got to share this. Thank you for the guest post Janetha’s mom!

My mom is my best friend too hehe

p.s. LOOOOOVE Fried Green Tomatoes. TOWANDAAAA

hayleycepeda August 31, 2009 at 2:29 pm

WOW!! That was a fantastic post!! Thank you so much for having your mom post on your blog Janetha! She looks absolutely fabulous – I see where you get your good genes from. How wonderful that you two were able to (and still do) share something like this. Having that best friend/mom relationship is priceless. I hope your mom posts again in the future! :)

Erin August 31, 2009 at 2:50 pm

*jaw drop*

Holy hannah.

Your mom is JACKED and has a slammin bod. Please tell her I said that. Super mega props to her for looking more fabulous than most 20 year-olds!!!

Ally August 31, 2009 at 2:57 pm

wow! that is awesome!!!

this honestly has inspired me & i really wanna try BFL for a while :) congrats on keeping it up!(both of you!!! :))

Lainie August 31, 2009 at 3:44 pm

OMG! OMG! OMG! Can I just tell you I got goosebumps reading this? Janetha – and Janetha’s Mama – you guys both look absolutely incredible. You are both so inspiring. I don’t know a whole lot about body for life…but you have honestly intrigued me to the point that I’m going to pick up the book and take a look. I don’t have any weight to lose, but I would love to tone up.

Congrats to you both!!!!!!

Alison August 31, 2009 at 4:08 pm

SO inspiring, SO amazing, SO WONDERFUL! I love it. Your before and after pics are great!

Mama and daughter working side by side, cheering each other on and there to support each other? That’s what it’s all about. <3

Erica August 31, 2009 at 5:11 pm

WOW- ya’ll rock! That is so amazing.

I got my package today and wanted to say thank you thank you!!!!!!! Frank is super excited too!

Mary :: A Merry Life August 31, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Wow, what an amazing and inspiring story. Thank you for sharing. You both are so awesome!

Meredith August 31, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Your commitment is great! Very inspiring!

inmytummy August 31, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Your mom looks great!!

balancejoyanddelicias August 31, 2009 at 6:30 pm

oh… I had to read it again and comment again. Since I read this post this morning, I kept asking myself if I could encourage my mom to do the same. She’s almost 60 and never worked out her entire life. Do you think I could put her into a regime like this Janetha?
where can I find the complete plan that you mom did?
you’re so inspiring!!! :D

Erika August 31, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Your mom is amazing and she looks gorgeous! This makes me want to get my mom moving. She too is my best friend and I hate that she is unhappy with her body.

Great post and tell your mom I am totally jealous of her muscles!

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) August 31, 2009 at 7:31 pm

That is awesome! What an inspiration!

linds August 31, 2009 at 9:30 pm

holy cow sue…i know you look good, but the before and after pictures are amazing. i need to get my butt in gear…it really is inspiring. mostly i love that you feel happier and healthier. great idea neef.

Andrea@WellnessNotes August 31, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I love this post! :) It’s so great that you are on this journey together… And Momma B looks absolutely amazing!!!!

Tay August 31, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Damn she is one ripped lady!! God her and congrats!

jamie August 31, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Your mom rocks! I wish my mom would get inspired and challenge herself like that. Kudos to you both — you look fantastic!! Way to go!

Jenny September 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm

i’m just going to throw this out there — momma b, you give “hot mom” a whole new meaning! you both look INSANELY beautiful! congrats to both of you and all of your had work! You are an inspiration to us all :)

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