ain’t nothin’ gonna hold me down.

by Janetha on September 29, 2009

in meals,moves

stop me before i break out in song from the title, i promise you do NOT want to hear me sing! ;)

so i loved hearing your dream quesadillas and i was surprised to hear a lot of you liked sweet quesadillas! i have never had a sweet quesadilla but i am not opposed to trying it.

i also liked to hear your reasons as to why you prefer to either be too hot or too cold.. it seemed to me that those of you who grew up in colder climates picked cold and those of you who grew up in warmer climates picked hot.  but since i am from utah.. which is 100+ in the summer and below 0 sometimes in the winter, there is no real rhyme or reason to my choice.

ok SO i am extremely behind on replying to comments and emails.  i am just letting you all know now, this is my disclaimer! be patient.. or you can hate me.. but i hope you pick to be patient.

why am i so busy? well i don’t think i have told you all but i am going to lake powell on thursday!


GLORY! i can’t wait! there are about 20 of us going and we have a house boat and a speed boat rented for 4 days. it is ok to be jealous. i give you permission.

anyway, onto today!


meal 1: brown cow greek yogurt+PB2+TJ’s 9 grain cereal @ 9:30 AM

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you can’t see it under there but the PB2+greek yogurt mousse was in full effect!

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if you haven’t tried mixing PB2.. or just regular peanut butter for that matter.. into greek yogurt, RUN.. DO IT NOW.

so the reason i had a breakfast on the lighter side was i had a lunch date at 1 and i ate breakfast late thanks to a 35 minute traffic jam. ugh.. hate traffic!

meal 2: salad with grilled chicken @ 1:30 PM

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you utah friends probably recognize this.. cafe rio.  it usually is like.. a 2500 calorie salad.. but i alter it a LOT and get it sans rice, sans beans, sans melted cheese on the tortilla, sub wheat tortilla, extra pico, sans tortilla chips, with grilled chicken. i love healthifying things when eating out, it is kind of like a game. am i a freak? probably.

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i was with my friend who is also doing body for life and she ordered after me.. she had it easy! she just said “the exact same thing she got” :P

after lunch i got busy at work (no, not that kind of busy you guyyyys!) and before i knew it it was time to eat again! my stomach was growling but since i had HIIT at 5 i didn’t want to over do it.

meal 3: protein iced mocha @ 4:30 PM

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jup! that is right, celebrated national coffee day twice today, once in the morning and again with this drink!

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mmmm. frothy.

paired with this bad boy (recycled photo, mind you)

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well.. uh.. that whole HIIT at 5 thing? yeah it didn’t happen. i was at work until 7:32. ugh. the price i pay to go out of town on thursday!

so after my nearly 11 hour day i went home.. exhausted.. with HIIT still on the agenda. here were my reasons not to go to the gym:

  • pounding headache.
  • super sore throat (yes, i think i am getting sick, knock on wood).
  • gnarly girlie cramps, ugh.
  • ridiculously tired after a long day at work.
  • would have to get gasolina in order to drive to the gym (and i despise the gas station, dunno why).
  • wanted to eat dinner, not run.

and this is what i did:

  • went to the gym for my HIIT anyway!

yep. go janetha b. (insert title of post here)


HIIT on treadmill. i had to take it easy because i really did feel like butt.


  • 2 min @ 6.0
  • 1 min @ 6.3
  • 1 min @ 6.6
  • 1 min @ 6.9
  • 1 min @ 7.2
  • 1 min @ 6.3
  • 1 min @ 6.6
  • 1 min @ 6.9
  • 1 min @ 7.2
  • 1 min @ 6.3
  • 1 min @ 6.6
  • 1 min @ 6.9
  • 1 min @ 7.2
  • 1 min @ 6.3
  • 1 min @ 6.6
  • 1 min @ 6.9
  • 1 min @ 7.2
  • 1 min @ 9.0
  • 1 min @ 2.0


  • 5 min @ 6.0

recovery walk for a minute or so.. slow.

stats: time=26:46, calories=215, max HR=178, ave HR=154

not too shabby for a tired workout.. i felt really great that i got it handled.


came home and it was time for something i have been craving!

meal 4: pumpkin protein shake @ 9:30 PM

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recipe can be found here.. mmm.

i used this stuff to sweeten my cup of pumpkin lovin..

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xagave.  the company contacted me and asked if i would be willing to try out their product and it arrived today.  i thought my pumpkin shake would be the perfect recipe to test out since when i used to make this shake (last fall) i used splenda.. and splenda is not consumed by me any longer so i needed a replacement.  so i used the xagave!

this stuff has just 15 carbs and 60 calories for a whole tablespoon.  i was happy to see that and was hoping that a little would go a long way.

i used less than a teaspoon in my shake. the result? brilliant! the pumpkin protein shake was the perfect amount of sweet and it was a smooth sweet.. nothing fake or gnarly tasting like splenda! i look forward to trying out the xagave in more things in the future.  i haven’t cracked open the book they sent but i definitely will be reading it to get some ideas. have you guys tried this xagave?

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mmmmm. pumpkin protein shake, i missed you. it has been almost a year since i had one! for shame.

well now i am typing this and probably will not eat again. i am dreading the fact that i may be coming down with something.. my sore throat when i swallow is not rad.  didn’t i get my tonsils out in may for a reason?! if i continue to get sick like i did last winter i am going to shoot someone in the face. not sure who.. but someone.

oh! i got a really great package today! tina from terraBLT sent me this outrageous package because i won her fun giveaway!

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ah i love foreign stuff! she was on a trip to bulgaria so there are some cool products from her trip as well as some dutch peanut butter and a fun letter~

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i am extra excited for the crack waffles! although since i do not think they are BFL approved.. i won’t be able to partake of them for waffle wednesday tomorrow. for shame. lots of free day treats though! hooray! thank you so much tina, i love you girl!

well that is about all i have to ramble about tonight! it is now 11:14 PM and WAY past my bedtime, if i don’t get to sleep soon i will for sure be asking for illness. so i am going to call it a night! tomorrow is like my friday, so excited! i have a busy day though, i have been making a list of good eats to take to lake powell as well as some exercise ideas that i can do on the houseboat and on the beach.


these are totally cop out questions because i need your help! i have a question about meals and a question about moves.. how appropriate :)

1. what are your favorite healthy snacks to take on road trips/to the lake/camping/on vacation? yep.. i am asking you because i need ideas for MY trip.. so please send your thoughts my way!! we will have a kitchen on the house boat so i think i will be able to keep it pretty healthy.

2. what is your favorite exercise to do WITHOUT any equipment? another advice question.. i won’t have a gym but i need to stay active! send your ideas my way :)

and since those are both more for me, i will ask you one more just for fun!

3. are there any foods you LOVE that are only available in other countries? i fell in love with chilinuts, which are from norway. sometimes i can get my norwegian friends to mail them to me.. they are the most deliciously coated peanuts EVA!

xo. janetha b.

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Lynn (The Actors Diet) September 30, 2009 at 7:11 pm

have fun my dear!!! lake powell looks AMAZING! i like to bring larabars, dried fruit, fresh fruit like apples/oranges/grapefruit, and miso soup that you can mix with hot water. oh – and hot cocoa!

Angharad (Eating for England) September 30, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Completely and utterly jealous of your trip!! Lucky girl! That lake looks faboosh.

So sorry you are starting to feel ill – not cool at all when you have a vacay coming up. Sleep well etc. You know the drill. I can’t really say eat well and drink lots of water because you are kind of a pro at that…

1) I would say yoga is #1 even though I just started doing it. You can literally do it at the side of your bed when you wake up and it’s awesome. Is the lake going to be warm enough to swim in? I say do doggy paddle on the spot for 30 minutes. That is a serious work out!! Not kidding!
2) Plenty of British stuff. Real cadbury’s chocolate since the stuff they manufacture here is made with different ingredients and tastes like balls.
I love you! Feel better and have an AMAZING trip! xx

Angharad (Eating for England) September 30, 2009 at 7:23 pm

oooops I forgot the REAL number one!
i take granola bars. they are standard. I also make my own trail mix and separate it into different portioned out baggies.
Hmmm bananas are easy peasy.
A container of hummus and some carrot sticks.
oh and for on the road a PB&J or a PB&B goes a long way. Enjoy!!

Erika September 30, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Nice work still going to the gym! You are my idol! :)
I like to bring larabars, bananas travel well, box of cereal/granola.

Since you are going to such a gorgeous location, I would take some long walks/runs.

And even though I know I can get mexican food here, there is nothing like authentic mexican food with a few margaritas while sitting on the beach!

Erica September 30, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Ah! That place looks SOOOO beautiful – have an absolute blast. And feel better quick- lots o rest! I really want to try the protein /coffee combo.

1. Laras, rice cakes, apples, nanas
2. RUN
3. GOOD tropical fruits

elise September 30, 2009 at 8:23 pm

what a gorgy photo!

1. dried fruit, bars, nuts, granola, trail mix…basically my daily lunch snacks

2. equipmentless exercise that i love/hate are lunges. man those things can be rough, and you can change them up with forward/backward/sideways and weights…rough stuff

3. tortilla espanola. mmmm

Tay September 30, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I am obsessed with pumpkin shakes!!!!!!! The best. Eva. I love tae bo. I guess you need a DVD, but no gym equipment. I get SO sore after doing that.
And I swear I had the best cup of coffee ever at a chain in London. Sooo good. But I’m thinking it might’ve been half & half in the FF milk pot that I put into my coffee and that’s what made it super creamy. Super good!

Nicci@NiftyEats September 30, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I’m going camping to so I’ll be reading all these comments. I love doing squats and crunches…good ole fashion exercise! Pumpkin protein shake looks great!

Whit September 30, 2009 at 10:03 pm

THAT LAKE IS SO GORG! There is a reason to move to Utah right there!

Also go you for going to the gym anyway. I would prob have done some thing like take a nap if I did not feel like going, not gonna lie.

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) September 30, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Hey girl! Sorry no time to read 58 comments so will spew and prob. repeat others:

1. Bars (obvi), nuts, flatout, lavash, crackers, oatmeal packets, POWDERED Egg whites (mix w/ water, voila, eggs), HB eggs for first few days

2. Do a good lunge& squat routine and you’ll burn baby burn. All things body weight- bring bands too- good for alternative resistance training, and a jump rope if they won’t think you’re nuts.

3. Fave is always some cracker or chocolate I can’t get here. there is a Danish chocolate that is literally wafer thin- I stock up when I go there.j

the lake looks beyond ridiculously spectacular. Doesn’t even look real. ENJOY! who are these 20 people? I’m not sure i even know 20 people!! :-)

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) September 30, 2009 at 10:06 pm

PS. TOTAL High five on the workout when you could have CRAPPED out! :-D

J @ Whole Body Love September 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm

1. I like to take wraps on trips. I can put whatever I want in them (sometimes even AB and J)and throw them in a lunch box with an ice pack.
2. Yoga! Before I met yoga and fell in love, I did the usual lunges, reverse crunches, planks, leg lifts, squat down as low as I can then jump up like a leap frog on speed.
3. Haven’t run into any products that I can’t get in the US.

thelongweigh September 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm

omg I am so jealous you are going to Powell. Have fun! I am also jealous you had Cafe Rio today..that place is my weakness/waistline demise.

My fave non gear exercises are pushups, squats, yoga, running and jumping jacks.

Enjoy your trip!

Andrea@WellnessNotes October 1, 2009 at 3:41 pm

I love the pic of Lake Powell, and now I’m jealous that you are going on this trip! ;)

Great advice in the previous comments regarding food to take and exercise! I don’t really have anything to add…

Have a wonderful trip! I’m over my jealousy now… ;)

glidingcalm October 1, 2009 at 10:19 pm

have an amazing trip, Love!!!!!!!

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