living life and loving it.

by Janetha on November 29, 2009

in meals,moves

that is where i have been and what i have been doing.  too busy for my laptop, i don’t want to apologize because i don’t think that is a bad thing!  but now that this long weekend is finally coming to an end, i have managed to find the time to post :)

i also want to let you all know that i have been reading your posts!  i had my reader open yesterday during a football game AND a basketball game (what? two sports games in a day? not like me at all.. gross.) and i LOVED seeing all of your thanksgiving feast recaps!  i just was too lazy to click out of reader and comment.. don’t hate me!  i have actually found i can read a lot more blogs via my reader rather than clicking out to each post.. but on the down side i can’t comment so easily. i sure wish reader had a comment option!

so, what have i been up to?  lots.  i don’t even know where i left off but i just uploaded a slew of photos so i am going to look at them and take it from there, mmmkay?

friday night marshall and i went with my friend lindsay & her boyfriend brandon to the minus the bear show.  but first.. food!



we decided to grab some gourmet burgers at acme burger.. do you guys have these in your town?  we just have this one and this was my second time going there.  it is incredible!  i am such a burger lover so of course their cuisine is right up my ally.  it is really cool how they have a camera on the kitchen and that screen in the upper right of this photo is there so you can watch them prepare your food!


we were surprised to see one of our friends working there and he brought us an appetizer on the house.  it was spinach artichoke dip which was served with pita bread and tortilla chips~


not my favorite.  i had a few nibbles but saved my appetite for my entree…

turkey burger with a sweet potato bun topped with arugula, mushrooms and cranberry mustard~


baller. this was so good.  we also could not resist splitting some sweet potato fries.. my addiction!  these ones were unique because they were covered with a hint of sugar.  sweet and salty all in one!


after our meal we high tailed it to the concert which was epic, as expected.  minus the bear is my favorite band ever and i loved every minute of it! 

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unfortunately, they did not play mine & marshall’s “song”.. it is a less popular song and they never play it in concert.  sigh, one day perhaps!

saturday was pretty uneventful now that i am looking back at the photos.. hmm.. not quite sure what i did with all my time.  i know i got up and eventually made my way to the gym for some HIIT!


HIIT on treadmill~

instead of gradually increasing the incline like i usually do, i decided to gradually increase the amount of speed between each minute of each interval.  for the first set i increased the speed by 0.5, then the next set by 0.6, then by 0.7 and finally by 0.8.  this is how it went (numbers are in MPH):

  • 1 min @ 5.0<—warm up
  • 1 min @ 5.5<—warm up
  • 1 min @ 6.0
  • 1 min @ 6.5
  • 1 min @ 7.0
  • 1 min @ 7.5
  • 1 min @ 6.0
  • 1 min @ 6.6
  • 1 min @ 7.3
  • 1 min @ 7.8
  • 1 min @ 6.0
  • 1 min @ 6.7
  • 1 min @ 7.4
  • 1 min @ 8.1
  • 1 min @ 6.0
  • 1 min @ 6.8
  • 1 min @ 7.6
  • 1 min @ 8.4
  • 1 min @ 9.5<—high point
  • 1 min @ 2.0<—cool down

this was rad! i can’t tell you the stats since i still can’t find my HRM watch (eek) but my heart was pumpin! and yes, i just typed “pumpkin” and had to backspace and type “pumpin” ;)

i finished my workout off with 7 minutes of ab work because you know i gotta whittle my middle!


i went home and cleaned up and marshall & i went to eat at millcreek cafe & eggworks, one of our favorite places to go for brunch. 

i ordered an egg white omelette with spinach, mushrooms & feta + dry wheat toast~



and coffee, naturally.  marshall got his regular smothered wrap but they put mushrooms in it and he ended up sending it back and getting one that had not been “tainted” with mushrooms~as he put it.  haha.  i LOVE mushrooms! that boy…

we spent saturday afternoon doing some shopping, i got a really cute scarf at urban and spotted another spotted scarf that immediately made me think of my snackface senorita!  i was going to text her about it but did not.. and ironically later in the day she text me about seeing a purple dress that made her think of me! i think we were surfing on the same wavelength saturday. just on opposite sides of the country…

it was a successful trip, i also got the dogs christmas collars (yay!) and a few stocking stuffers for my mom (can’t tell you what though! hi mom!)  and after a few hours at the mall we were done for.  we headed home and basically didn’t do much the rest of the day.. hmm.. nope, sure didn’t.  oh! but i did make some delish dinner!

shepherd’s pie!


so, this meal was super delicious but i realized that shepherd’s pie is really unphotogenic.. hmm..

we did take photos of the dinner-making process though.

first i browned the ground beef with shallots and some s&p and worcestershire sauce (the spelling of that word used to baffle me!) and then i stirred in some tomato sauce, tomato paste and diced tomatoes.. a tomato trifecta if you will.  this was the base layer of the pie~


topped that layer with some french cut green beans~


and then marshall was in charge of mashing the baby red potatoes!  he did a great job..


the potatoes were the third layer of marshall’s side of the pie.  my side’s third layer was mushrooms.. of course! 


and then the potatoes on top of the is totally normal to wear your boyfriend’s puma ha backwards while making shepherd’s pie. ok? ok.


the last layer was a sprinkling of sharp cheddar~can you tell which side was marshall’s?  yeah, he finished off the bag of cheese.


this went into the oven at 350 degrees [f] for about a half hour.


and, like i said, really not photogenic at all!  but really tasty.. i had not had shepherd’s pie in ages! it was actually really comforting and really healthy.. not two things that usually go hand in hand.


my favorite part about this meal is that marshall and i made it together and it was a lot of fun goofing off in the kitchen while we cooked.  usually, i am the one that cooks and marshall just watches TV until dinner is ready.. or i am just cooking for myself.  it is nice to make an evening of cooking dinner!

marshall and i stayed up until 3 AM watching episodes of dexter season 4.

somewhere during this marathon i had a greek yogurt mess made with oikos 0%+bulgarian PB+shredded spoonfuls.

sunday.. i actually woke up at 9:30 AM which was strange considering my super late bedtime. whatevs!  i wanted to go snowboarding bright and early but none of my friends did~they were thinking more like noon.. so i hit the gym first thing!

after fueling up with some espresso + bowl of cereal i did a make-up-as-you-go upper body workout. so not like me.  i always plan my workouts before i do them.  not today! 


today i wanted to utilize the cables as well as the dumbbells and work my triceps, back, biceps, shoulders & chest while incorporating abs.  that is just what i did.  here is how it went:


  • cable pulldowns : 3 sets x15
  • overhead cable extensions: 3 sets x15
  • oblique crunches on stability ball: 3 sets x30


  • standing cable row w/ v rope set high: 3 sets x15
  • bent over barbell row: 3 sets x15
  • crunches: 3 sets x50


  • cable biceps curl: 3 sets x15
  • dumbbell hammer curl: 3 sets x15
  • bicycle crunches: 3 sets x30


  • standing upright cable row: 3 sets x15
  • dumbbell front raises: 3 sets x15
  • oblique twists on decline bench w/ 10# plate: 3 sets x30


  • dumbbell chest press: 3 sets x15
  • dumbbell flyes: 3 sets x15
  • reverse crunches: 3 setx x15

not too bad for a make up as you go workout, eh?!  loved it. my arms felt like noodles afterward!!

and then it was straight home to change for snowboarding.. finally.  i feel like a slack ass because i hadn’t been up before today.. but honestly, there is NO SNOW and so i haven’t felt like it is really worth it.


i shoved my face with a turkey sandwich while getting changed.. this was made with leftover thanksgiving turkey+whole wheat roll+mustard.. easy peasy.


the dogs were all about trying to get my sandwich. see penny jumping up on me??


once we were at my local resort i picked up my season pass (don’t worry, i smiled big) and we headed up the lift.


ehhh..ok, i realize why i haven’t been up yet this season.  the snow sucked and it was really icy and there were rocks and twigs everywhere.


umm hello? is it not almost december? where is winter?!?!

so, after a cool 3 runs we called it a day and came back down the canyon.  the luxury of living in SLC is you can go snowboarding at noon and take just 3 runs and still have a good chunk of your day left.  it is only 15 miles up the canyon to the resort.


when i got home my roomie cooked me dinner!  mushroom risotto with chicken + salad~


for the record, no.. i am not a big hog, that is a little salad plate :P

and my lighting still sucks.. gotta figure this whole lighting sitch out soon.

soooo.. now i am typing this and working on my moves page which i will hopefully be done with by the end of the night.

hope you all had a GREAT weekend, i am sad that it is almost over.. but back to the grind tomorrow.  and the last day of november!! how crazy!  christmas will be here before we know it!!


1. do you plan your workouts or make them up as you go? i always plan.. i don’t write them down but i have a plan in my head.  this is best for optimal workoutage when at the gym.. but today it was kind of nice just to not plan and go with whatever sounded fun!!

2. who does most of the cooking in your house? aside from yourself, who are you cooking for? do you do it all, do you take turns or do you cook together? like i said, i do most of the cooking most of the time.. it is for just me myself and i 70% of the time though. when marshall is over he usually will offer a hand now and again, which is nice!

xo. janetha b.

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Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) November 30, 2009 at 2:48 pm

I love Minus the Bear!!! What’s your song? I wanna know!

Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles) November 30, 2009 at 3:33 pm

yum yum yum! Great looking food, and your snowboarding outfit is cute!!

I love concerts, I need to go to another soon!!

I plan my workouts, 90% of the time. Sometimes I just wing it!

I do almost all the cooking in my house when it’s me and the fam- sometimes my mom cooks up something delish. When I’m with the boyf it’s almost always me, but he CAN cook so sometimes I get him to =)

And yes, everything is working out (so far!) like I emailed ya! I can’t want for my out-of-country move!!

Sarah (Finding My Balance) November 30, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Holy monkeys, Janetha, you had an all-around AWESOME holiday weekend! I love it!

Your shepard’s pie looks so good. Did you make up the recipe yourself??

Lizzy November 30, 2009 at 3:59 pm

i LOVE all your pics in this post! the concert, the shepherd’s pie, and of course your SUPER cute pups! Looks like an amazing weekend…SNOWBOARDING!!! i hope your having a great monday! xoxo!

burpexcuzme November 30, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Hee hee, the title of this post made me smile. I love it when you’re happy.
And I agree! reader should allow comments!
Sigh. I’ve seen SO many thanksgiving posts, but they never get old!

Sarah November 30, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Janetha I LOVE your HIIT workouts. They are so inspiring…I have been known to mimic them in the past ;) I also love that you are adding to your moves page and with pictures too! Because half the time I read about certain moves I have no idea what they are or what they look like. Problem solved.

Yum to the shepherd’s pie and sweet potato bun and fries! I die.

I’m glad you got a chance to snowboard as well! I have never snowboarded but I am DYING to try!

Mary :: A Merry Life November 30, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I totally understand living life and being to busy for blogland. Lately I’ve only had barely enough time to post, definitely none to read and comment!

First, I’m jealous that you got to go snowboarding. There still hasn’t been any snow in Vermont, so I’m leaving before I get a chance to get on the mountain. LAME!!

1. I usually plan workouts but still allow for wiggle room if I’m not feeling it or want to try to do something new.

2. Cooking depends on where I live. If I’m at home my mom does most of it and I help sometimes, if I’m living with friends we split the responsibility or just cook for ourselves.

plamarie November 30, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Wow! Abby is right. I had to scroll WAY down to comment on your blog. I am the 567th one today! Just found your blog and looove it! Shep pie looks killer!

Anne November 30, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Ahh that’d be awesome if reader had an comment option! They should totally start working on that. It looks like you’ve been having a great time! And I totally lost my first polar f4 HRM. I ended up finding a site where I could buy just the watch cheaper, so I got just the f6 since I still had the strap. But yea, I feel ya on the missing HRM thing! I hope you find it.

1) I mostly just go with how I feel. I mean, I have a plan like “go run.” or “go do the arc trainer.” But I don’t always have a set time or distance in my head. If I’m feeling good I’ll continue, if not I’ll cut the workout short. When I actually train for a half marathon or something, I think I will follow a training plan, though. For once in my life ;)

2) At Michigan home, my mom mostly cooks dinners. I make breakfasts for my mom and I, and I make lunch for me. In Arizona, I live alone so I do all my cooking–or in my case, “food assembly.” I don’t cook all that much, except for oats ;)

Emily (The Experimentarian) December 1, 2009 at 5:45 am

Um what? How did I not know of this wonderful burger place? I mean, I’ve heard of Acme, but I just assumed it was like an Astro or Crown burger…but yours looks and sounds amazing!

glidingcalm December 1, 2009 at 5:06 pm

ahhhhhh i love to hear how well you are doing!!! this made me smile!! live your lifeeeeee mama, blogging always comes second!!

ill wait for meals and moves !


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