jamaica part 2: the proposal.

by Janetha on February 15, 2010

in meals,moves

HEYO! so glad you all enjoyed recap numero uno!  it is safe to say you all like delicious food and hate “wasting” your appetite on a crappy chain restaurant meal.

it is SO good to be back and read everyone’s comments. i missed blog land so, so much it is crazy! i have had a really busy day at work but i was able to catch up on a few of your blogs, i will have to catch up with the rest of you guys this week. i feel so out of the loop, but i will try to see what you have all been up to ASAP <3

well i haven’t been documenting my meals & moves since getting back because i know i have all these trip recaps to post, but i did want to show you my super fun, high intensity run i just completed on the treadmill:

minute # speed MPH
0-1 5.0
1-2 5.5
2-3 6.0
3-4 6.5
4-5 7.0
5-6 7.5
6-7 8.0
7-8 8.5
8-9 9.0
9-27 repeat above sequence twice more


total time: 27 minutes, total distance: 3.2 miles, max HR: 176, average HR: 146, calories burned: 235

it was fun and speedy and sweaty! good to be back in the gym!

i am going to go ahead and dive right into my next recap since i do have a lot of ground to cover!

sunday, february 7.

marshall woke up bright and early at 6:30 AM to go play golf with the dudes.  i slept in a tad more~ until 8 AM~ and changed for the  gym.  i am not usually a morning workout person, but i was bored and not hungry yet so i decided a workout was my best option.

the gym was PACKED when i got there. the resort had just checked in a group off 300 some odd people the night before and everyone was hell bent on getting their sweat on in the fitness center.

while waiting for a treadmill, i ellipticalled for 10 minutes and then did some back work:





seated cable rows 60# 12 3 sets alternating w/ squats
jump squats body weight 12 3 sets alternating w/ rows






wide grip pulldowns 50# 12 3 sets alternating w/ squats
jump squats body weight 12 3 sets alternating w/ pulldowns






standing v rope rows 60# 12 3 sets alternating w/ squats
jump squats body weight 12 3 sets alternating w/ rows

and then i ran 2 miles in 18 minutes on the treadmill to finish the workout.

this definitely worked up an appetite! breakfast was pretty similar to the day before~

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egg white omelette, french toast, coffee, cereal. new contenders: waffle and bagel sandwich. both didn’t make the cut, unfortunately. i stuck to the french toast the rest of the week because it was so dang delish.

after breakfast it was rainy, sad for marshall since he was out playing golf! but good for me because i was scheduled to get the very first massage of my life! it is safe to say this is going to become a new expensive indulgence of mine.. even more expensive than kombucha. WOW, massages win at life.

after the massage i went back to my room and unpacked my suitcase because i had nothing better to do while it was raining.  i usually don’t unpack when i am on trips, i just live out of my suitcase.  to be honest, it was kind of nice to have everything in the closet/drawers/etc instead of all mangled in my bag.  so i suppose that whole rainy day activity did serve a purpose after all.

the rain finally let up but marshall wasn’t back yet so i went to the beach to relax for a bit.  he eventually returned from his golf adventure.. he said they just played through in the pouring rain! what a drag.. but he had a lot of fun and that is all that matters :)

we went and had some lunch, apparently it wasn’t worth taking a photo of.. but my dessert definitely was~


coconut ice cream!  gahh.. my favorite.  i remember it from the iberostar in mexico last april.  every time they had coconut ice cream i made sure to take full advantage of the situation in case it never made another debut.  yes, it is just that good.

i adorned this bowl of coconut ice cream with more coconut, chocolate sauce and some banana.


after lunch, marshall and i decided to take a walk to the ATM.  good thing i documented such events, right?



the ATM was in a totally different part of the resort.  there were 3 parts to the resort and hundreds of people staying in each part.. and there was ONE ATM for the whole resort.

and guess what? it didn’t work.  out of order. ridiculous.  oh well, at least i walked off all those ice cream calories ;)

on the way back, marshall found a gnarly spider chilling in his web..



and then we went to the “wellness pool”.

basically a pool of warm water with bubbles.. and some cool waterfall thang.


and heated tile seats. pretty relaxing.


that got old after awhile and so we walked back to the room.  on the way back, we passed the gift shop and i needed deodorant.  i asked marshall to buy me some but he didn’t want to stop.. so he told me i could just wear his.  i got all bent out of shape because i didn’t want to use his and smell like a boy.  keep that in mind.

another thing you should keep in mind is that whenever marshall tells me he loves me, ever since we started dating, i would often look at my left ring finger and say, “not enough!”.. just for the record. the term “not enough” has come out of my mouth countless times in the past 2.5 years.  BUT~ it is just an inside joke we have. i was never serious about him not loving me enough :)

marshall kept saying that we should take a walk on the  beach. i didn’t really want to take a walk on the beach so i kept saying no. and he kept asking, i kept saying no.

hah. i am such a brat.

i took a shower and marshall kept saying we should go take a walk. i kept saying no.

he did a lot of hanging out on the balcony that afternoon. i had no idea WHY.. but i thought his back looked sexy so i took a photo. little did i know what he was working up the courage to do ;)


i finally finished getting ready after taking my sweet time.. that is a luxury of being on vacation.  i could do my makeup, sit around for 15 minutes.. do my hair, sit around for another 15.. then finally figure out what to wear and demand a self-timer-photo.


i originally set the timer and ran over to sit on his right knee but he made me sit on his left knee because the ring was in his pocket and he didnt want me to feel it! hah. i was totally oblivious to all this in the photo above and he knew exactly what i was in for. i kind of love the fact that i have this photo.

looking back, this is all so ironic. this was the only self-timer-photo of the whole trip and i demanded it minutes before he popped the big question.  what are the chances?

after this photo, i went over by the bed to put my rings on so we could leave to go watch the super bowl.  as i was putting my rings on, marshall came over and sat on the bed, in front of where i was standing.  he asked, “how much do you think i love you?”

to this, i replied, “not enough to buy me deodorant!”

he then took the ring i normally wear on my ring finger OFF of my finger and put the diamond ring ON my finger.  and  then he said something like, “does this tell you how much i love you?”

i can’t really remember what happened next.. i know we both started crying and laughing and i couldn’t believe i cared so much about the deodorant :P i also asked him if he was going to get down on one knee, to which he replied: “i’m down on my bum! will you marry me?”

i thought about saying no, but realized i had to spend the rest of the week with him ;)

after this i immediately contacted my parents to let them know as well as my siblings!

i was so surprised. i knew we would eventually get married but i honestly didn’t think it would be for awhile! he totally shocked me and did an AWESOME job of picking the perfect ring out. it is more gorgeous than i ever imagined.. and i was always worried that i would not like whatever ring he picked out. whew, what a relief ;)

the funny thing is that earlier that day i was talking to my boss’s wife on the beach and she was asking if i thought marshall and i would ever get married and i was telling her that we would, maybe in a year or so.  i was taken by surprise when he proposed less than 3 hours later!

good job, marshall.

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blurry photo. meh.

the ring was a size 7 and my finger is a size 5 but marshall didn’t have time to get it resized before we left, so we went to the lobby to try to put some tape on the ring to make it smaller so it wouldn’t fall off my finger.

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that didn’t work so well!  but i wore it anyway and did the best i could to keep it from falling off during the super bowl.

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the super bowl was in the theater so we went there to hang out.  as my co-workers slowly trickled into the theater, i told them the news. it was fun to see each person’s reaction.

i went with my friend/co-worker sim to get some dinner.. i hadn’t eaten for a really long time and after all the excitement died down, i realized i was starving! the guys wanted to watch the game so off we went.

my first meal as an engaged wo-man:

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broccoli, cauliflower, corn, rice & peas (that is what they call it but it is actually rice and beans), jerk chicken and fried plantains.


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it is safe to say that i ate my weight in fried plantains during the vacation!! THEY ARE SO DANG DELICIOUS. plantains are like a mix of a potato and a banana.. or at least that is what they remind me of. i wish i had some right now. anyone know how to make them at home? let me know!

after dinner i attempted to watch the super bowl with everyone but i just couldn’t, for two reasons:

1. i hate football with a passion

2. i was too excited to sit still and not talk!

so i went back to the room and emailed friends and let them know about the engagement :)

as soon as the game was over, marshall and i finally took that walk on the beach that he wanted to take so badly earlier!

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after our walk we went and hung out by the pool and called marshall’s parents to chat with them about the engagement.

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oh and we found a cat! i love cats.

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and we spent the rest of the night laying in a pool chair, gazing at the stars and talking about what our life will be like once we are married.

i’m so excited.

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1. if you are married/engaged.. tell me your proposal story! you saw that coming.

2. have you tried plantains? do you like them? do you know how to prepare them? mmmm. i love love love them.

i will be back tomorrow with another recap~ this one will have our catamaran boat ride, snorkeling and going to see bob marley’s grave. stay tuned!

xo. janetha b.

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Run Sarah February 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm

I love your story!! I am so happy for you :) And your ring is breathtaking too, Marshall has great taste!

Tamizn February 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Congrats lovely lady you looks so happy its sounds perfect! Thanks again for letting me post x x x

actorsdiet February 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm

yay! i remember my first meal as an engaged woman too – we were at the grand canyon for our 5-year anniversary when abe asked – well, he said, “what do you think about marriage?” to which i replied, “what about it?” your deodorant answer cracked me up. congrats to you both!!!

emily (the experimentarian) February 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Gah! I have tried to post this comment like 4 times throughout the day so maybe it will work this time :) WoW! Massage? Heated tile chairs? And the PROPOSAL! Whee ha! My engagement story is kind of long, but I will have to tell you sometime. Love ya!xoxo P.S. I am doing all weights tonight at the gym in honor of you! muah!

BroccoliHut February 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm

LOVELY proposal story!! I let out an audible “aww.” So happy for you both:)
PS Coconut ice cream looks delish!

Naomi(onefitfoodie) February 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm

ahhh I am so freakin excited for you I cannot even stand it! when is the wedding?!?! you are going to have beautiful kiddies…just sayin :)

the pics are amazing, and love the workouts you do even when on vacay! I never take vacations off in terms of working out either, I take full advantage of the hotel or resorts gym! awesome job!

the food looks great and healthy…plantains…meh they areok, I prefer bananas though!!

the coconut ice cream looks INSANE!

congrats baby girl! xoxoxox

Meredith (Pursuing Balance) February 16, 2010 at 6:39 pm


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) February 16, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Wow, that was fun reading your post and everyone’s stories! :-)

I can’t believe you’ve never had a massage. OMG you are wrecked now- or at least your wallet is.

Love the self timer photo-“is that a diamond in your pocket or are you happy to see me?” hahah!! Funny that he kept wanting to go on a walk and you kept saying no and getting annoyed that he wanted you to wear some nasty Old Spice Deoderant!! OR Stetson- kidding, Marshall!

OK our story: short and sweet: Derek wanted to propose 1 yr to the minute from when we met each other- we were supposed to be at a picnic in honor of a couple who were getting married the next day, but it got rained out and we all ended up at Walmart shopping for crap. (NOT ROMANTIC). Turns out at the stroke of one year, we were back at their house and I was walking past a tool shed, so he took me into the tool shed (I was thinking that clearly he lost his mind!?!?) and he dropped to one knee and produced a FAX (anyone remember THOSE?) from my Dad giving Derek permission to marry me. We went and designed the ring together the next day at a local jeweler in Georgia. Fun times.

LOVE plaintains. You are right-= they are like a super starchy nanner on steroids.

MISSED YOU! You know I cried over your news=I already told you that!

Cathy February 16, 2010 at 7:11 pm

OMG I am so happy for you!!!! You guys make the cutest couple. My hubby totally suprised me. He is not the most romantic person in the world. When we first started dating we used to go to this polynesian bar/restaurant for happy hour all the time. So one year he was like lets go there for New Years. We’ll have dinner and see the show. We invited my mom and sister. We went had a couple drinks and then the show started. They started inviting people up from the audience and asked me to go up. I was full of liquid courage so I accepted. I went up and learned a little dance and they asked if I was there with anyone. I said I was and they said they were going to bring him up for a couples dance. I laughed cause I thought there was no way he would go for it. So he came up and takes the mic (I am still completely clueless at this point) He’s talking and all of a sudden he gets down on one knee and pops the question. I was flabbergasted. I honestly thought I’d come home one day and he’d toss a ring at me and say here ya go. He did good. So did Marshall! I didn’t forget about your surprise. It’s coming soon!

Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) February 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Yay! This is such an AMAZING recap and the best story ever – thank you for sharing it! Y’all are so adorable and your ring is GORGE!! Way to go Marshall!!! I’m so happy for ya!!

jqlee February 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Congrats girl! I LOVE your ring. Marshall did good :)

jqlee February 16, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Oh and massages? Yes, they are probably one of my more expensive habits. I took Matthew for his first massage and now he is also addicted.

Erica February 17, 2010 at 12:23 am

AWWW what an adorable story!!!
congrats on the engagement, and your trip looked glorious – massages and plantains? count me in!

Bekah February 17, 2010 at 6:16 am

Such a cute story. I’m in awe. Seriously babe, congratulations, you have so much going for you! That is awesome.

Massages will change your life. I’m lucky to have parents that care about treating our bodies with a little rest and relaxation! They like INSIST (not even in a spoiled or snobby way at all) in going to get a full body massage at least 2x a year. It’s just like maintenance.. almost like going to the chiropractor.

Awesome pics. I love them all, especially the one of you in the pool!

Karissa @ CardioFoodie February 17, 2010 at 6:47 am

Congrats and what a lovely place to get engaged.

My now hubby and I had decided to live together our last year of college, after an entire day of moving and running errands I was sitting on our only piece of unpacked furniture (a computer chair) and he untied the ring from the string on his gym shorts and proposed. He had stopped at some point during the day and got the ring but couldn’t take the box because I would see it, so he just tied it on his shorts. This June we will be married 2 years.

Sweet and Fit February 17, 2010 at 11:51 am

ahhh!! i am so happy for you! I love the ring! good job Marshall indeed-io!

I think i need to say “not enough!” when bryan tell me he loves me, lol!

Hangry Pants February 17, 2010 at 9:37 pm

That is really sweet! Congratulations!

Brooke February 17, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Wow, awesome treadmill stats. You’re the best!


terri February 18, 2010 at 1:37 am

congrats to both of you!! what an adorable story!! i got tears reading about your story! too cute!!!! best of luck ~xoxo terri

danica February 19, 2010 at 11:05 am

I never realized you never had a massage before ~ OMG! I would’ve totally made you get one in SF last year. I LOVE them – wait til you pair it with a facial and get to wear fancy robe and such :D

Freaky @$$ spider!

I am totally cracking up at the ATM trip and the fact that he wanted you to wear his deodorant ~ Jay has totally done that to me too….I get not wanting to smell like a boy :D

I am loving your lead into how it all went down and how he just couldn’t get you to go to the beach haha.

Ahhhh ~ that is seriously the BEST Proposal story ever – J!!! I LOVE it and I LOVE the coincidences. Your ring is absolutely beautiful – Marshall did an AMAZING job! Congrats to you both!!!



Julia February 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm

OMG! Congrats! I’ve been way behind on my blog reading, and seeing this made catching up totally worth it!

Brittany February 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Ahh… I’m just now catching up on this but I still wanted to say CONGRATS!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you both. You’re such a cute couple!!

I love that you kept saying you didn’t want to go on a walk and that you were mad about the deodorant. I could see myself being the exact same way.

I’m not married nor engaged but Isaac and I have been together for 5 years. I’m still waiting to see when he’s going to pop the question. He won’t talk about with me…. lame-o. :)

But, I do love plantains! I like to let them get really ripe and eat them raw with dressing or baked in a dish. I recently recreated the Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake, which includes plantains. So yummy!

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 19, 2010 at 11:32 am

Oh my gosh, Janetha, where have I been?! I just read one of your recent posts talking about how the wedding planning is going, and I was like, she’s engaged?! Man, I really need to do a better job keeping up with my blog reading! I loved reading your engagement story! The way Marshall proposed was so cute! You two seem really good together! I’m so happy for you! Congratulations, Janetha!

Jessiker July 9, 2010 at 11:31 am

Oh my gosh I can’t believe I’m reading this for the first time! I like this long version a lot. That is so romantic, isn’t it hilarious when things are put into perspective on when you’re a brat and you feel stupid hahaha.

Um I sawr plantanes at Winco the other day. I LOVE THEM. I hated most the food in Jamaica and survived off them and nuts.

I love you! This brought a tear to my eye.

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