guest post! deb h.

by Janetha on November 5, 2009

in meals

Hello Meals & Moves readers!  My name is Deb and I hang out in a chilly, frothy part of the blogosphere at a place called Smoothie Girl Eats Too.  Janetha was one of my very first bleeps (blog peeps) as she befriended me when I started my blog about 3 months ago.  For this I will always be grateful!

If you are reading these words, you already know that Janetha rocks the house. When she asked me to be a Guestie while on vacation, it made me think about exactly why I like her so much, and why I learn so much from her blog. That got me thinking: what a good idea for a guest post on Meals & Moves.  Sure she may blush a little, but what the heck!

So here in no particular order are some of the reasons why I love Janetha’s blog:

  • Perseverance: I remember when I did a post about obsessing over blog statistics, Janetha sent me an email about how she had a previous blog that went months without a single comment- MONTHS! She did not let it get her down. She just kept on going.  That’s cool.
  • Personal touch: I know that there are a lot of great blogs out there and we all want to leave meaningful comments on them. But sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Janetha reads a ridiculous number of blogs,  yet always manages to leave insightful, sweet and clever messages.
  • Community: I loved her "This girl" post (and not just because I was mentioned!). I thought it was really clever, and was a window into the world of her varied friendships that she has formed in her short 6 months as a blogger.
  • Close Connections: Often, people with close relationships have a lot to offer the world. She has a loving relationship with her man and her mom, and I’m sure countless other people. I love seeing glimpses of these relationships.

Super Mom!

SuperMom reduced to a heap in fits of laughter

Awww!  Such a cute couple!

  • Recipes. Wow, the girl can cook… check out this spread. (Obv on her "free day" from BFL). Plus check out this recipe she left on my blog when she Guestied for me. Drool over those brownies, people!

  • Sharing struggles. I remember the first time that I read about her weight frustration. It was here. She was having an open, honest rant. Sometimes that is refreshing because it makes you feel much more normal for having your own meltdowns if your fave jeans are a tad snug. We’ve all been there. And sometimes it feels good to share.
  • Fur Fest: As an animal lover, I get that there is a special inter-species connection that is hard to describe if you haven’t already experienced it. I remember thinking that this post was so sweet- about Blue, her beloved furbaby. There are musings and pics on her bloggie daily about her sweet animals, now, and I find myself squealing with delight. And lets face it, we all like to squeal with delight from time to time, right?

  • Fun Personality: The fact that she finds it completely optional, or perhaps even a waste of time to capitalize letters is something I find really cool. I could be wrong, but it just conveys the impression that this is a girl that saves her energy for the things that really matter in life. Easy, breezy and fun- that is what I sense about her.
  • Determination: It takes a lot of freakin’ work to maintain the healthy lifestyle that she does. For most of us, there is no free lunch (sorry) and it is not easy to maintain any weight lost or a reasonable level of fitness. I considered attempting a week of BFL just so that I could write about it as a Guestie, but when I saw how darned hard it looks, I chucked that idea! Check out this hot babe and tell me she isn’t an inspiration to the rest of us.

  • Humor. I love to laugh. It’s what I live for. Whether it’s a pee-in-your-pants belly-buster, or an coffee-up-the-nose snarf, or even just an under-the-breath giggle, I believe that humor is good for the soul. This is one particular post that made me realize that Janetha’s funny bone is alive and well. Plus I was impressed with her computer skills!

She posted this after a long weekend away- cracked me UP!!

So, I’m sure I left out a ton of other attributes about this ab-fab gal, and so I’ll turn this post over to you, her loyal M&M readers…tell me more of her wonderful traits or at least confirm that I’m totally correct in my belief that we are very lucky to have Janetha in our blogosphere!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 5, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Great Post, Deb, honoring our Fearless Leader, Janetha!

Both of you ladies rock in my book and I love you both :)

VeggieGirl November 6, 2009 at 5:16 am

Awesome guest post, Deb! :)

Abby November 6, 2009 at 6:31 am

One of my favorite bloggers talking about one of my favorite bloggers? Money…loved this post.

Great idea, Deb and Janetha–you deserve it!

runningaroundnormal November 6, 2009 at 6:39 am

Aw, great post! I’m sure she will LOVE it :) I started reading her blog regularly after she had the puppy photo contest. That was SO creative and just as cute:)

Stacy (Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri) November 6, 2009 at 6:43 am

Janetha is the type of person that I could easily be friends with in the “real” world. Having a glimpse into her life through her amazing blog is just awesome.

eatolive November 6, 2009 at 6:55 am

love that guest post :) i agree with all your reasons and more!

Lara (Thinspired) November 6, 2009 at 7:01 am

Awww, Deb such a nice post. What a great idea for a guest post, indeed! I will certainly have to have you visit my blog ;)

I completely agree with all of the Janetha praise–she is just awesome in every way. I lover her sweet comments on my blog and how REAL she is. I know we would have so much fun hanging out in Real Life ;)

Hugs to you both!

Katie November 6, 2009 at 7:08 am

Agreed. Love it all – good job with this!

Andrea@WellnessNotes November 6, 2009 at 7:14 am

Awesome post! I just kept saying “yes,” “yes,” “yes” as I was reading this… :)

Whit November 6, 2009 at 7:15 am

AHHHH So cute! We love Janetha B. We do!

Karin November 6, 2009 at 7:16 am

Such a great post!!

Erika November 6, 2009 at 7:28 am

Great post and so kind Deb! Janetha and you are definitely great “bleeps” to have!

julie November 6, 2009 at 7:31 am

great post Deb!! JanEtha is the bomb haha and I just can’t help but say her name exactly the way she taught everyone. Also another reason why JanEtha is the cheese

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) November 6, 2009 at 8:25 am

Julie- Ha ha JanEtha is the CHEESE!! :-D Never heard that one but you can bet it’ll be a part of my vocab from now on :-)

Yah, we <3 Janetha sisters! thanks for the nice comments!

Lindsay November 6, 2009 at 8:32 am

Great guest post!

We are very lucky to have Janetha! She is the type of person that I can totally see hanging out with and having a ton of fun!

Erin November 6, 2009 at 9:08 am

Lovely guest post. :)

Therese November 6, 2009 at 9:12 am

This was such an awesome idea for a guest post Deb!

I just can’t get over how many blogs Janetha reads, but still manages to leave awesome comments. Their not canned or stock statements…like you know she’s actually reading! Such a sweet chickie she is!

justine November 6, 2009 at 9:36 am

Hey, I just found your blog. How did I miss it? I love it!! You did an awesome job. What a great inspiration! Such a beautiful girl!


Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) November 6, 2009 at 10:13 am

Aww so sweet Justine- and you know that we have a BFF in common, right!?! Heabers! :-) She luurrrvvves you! :-)

justine November 6, 2009 at 9:49 am

and great post Deb!!


Heather Eats Almond Butter November 6, 2009 at 10:19 am

Damn Janetha, you and your mom are both hot! Off to dust off Mr. Bill Phillips. ;)

Great post Deb. Janetha IS super sweet, and I love her love for her fellow bloggers, not to mention to her adorable pooches.

Hope you guys get to meet up this weekend.

luckytastebuds November 6, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Omg if I had Janetha’s momma’s body. Deb this is a fantastic post and I really feel the connection (and love) that you have for Janetha. She is such a fabulous person and dedicated blogger, i can only assume that you are totally the same way! I’m off to visit your blog now!! Thank you for guest posting! This was so fun to read. :)

Susan November 6, 2009 at 2:24 pm

I am feeeeling the luuurve!!! So many good vibes, both you Deb AND Janetha are fabulous ladies!! I think Janetha’s is the only blog I ever clicked on and added to my Google Reader immediately upon first glance. It’s that good! :D

RunToFinish November 6, 2009 at 2:33 pm

holy cow I’m not sure I’d ever seen those amazing abs!! thanks for sharing a recap with us Deb, it was really great to get to know her even better

mom November 6, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Such sweet and true comments about my baby girl! She’s the best and I’m glad I learn so much from her even when she’s ‘mean’ to me, love all around xoxoxoxoxo!!!

ashlan November 6, 2009 at 7:17 pm

I can’t believe your before and afters you are amazing!!! I can’t wait to get going again and hopefully be half as amazing as you!

Lizzy November 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm

totallly lovin this post, cause everything is so 100% true!

Devan G Newman November 8, 2009 at 7:42 pm

wow! inspiring post!

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