bits and pieces.

by Janetha on February 25, 2010

in meals,moves

friends! how is life? mine is crazy but i love it. i hope you can say the same :)

i have all sorts of random stuff to talk about today, bear with me and my crazy mind.

let’s take it from the top and start with breakfast, shall we?



the return of the parfait a la k in a bowl!  1 cup oikos, 1 multibran vita (with the raisins picked out.. i hate them), handful of nature’s path flakes for crunch, and the last tiny drop of my mighty maple :( IMG_7050

time to get more mighty mapes! i love the bran vitas way more than the chocolatey ones. i am usually a savory person over sweet, so maybe that is why?

all mixed up.


this fantastic yogurt mess probably clocked in around 350 calories. usually would be more but it was only a little bit of peanut butter.

speaking of calories, check out this awesome website that shows you how much bang you can (or can’t!) get for your calorie buck…

click here for the website

i cannot for the life of me remember who told me about the website.. but if you are reading.. thanks!

300 calories:




wow. real eye opener, no? i think i prefer my BIGGER, healthier meals.. thanks.

while we are on the subject, here is another little bit of info~ a similar website that shows you how much of something you can eat for 200 calories:

click here for the website

all photos represent 200 calories and all plates are the same size:




apple slices


jack in the box chicken sandwich:




i love visual stuff like this. i don’t count calories, but i do love to check up on them every now and again. sometimes i am surprised by what i learn!

let’s see.. what else? how about lunch? ok.


sabra! it makes my life taste good. okay, i did have a few things to go with it.


when i eat arranged snack plates like this, i think of these two ladies. and i smile.

protein! chicken and turkey..


veggies! broccoli, carrots and cauliflower..


dippage! classic sabra…


good stuff.

i picked up my car today. i guess the air pump something or other was all jacked up. the warranty covered about $900 of it, subaru covered $360 of it and i was left with $360 out of pocket. i guess i shouldn’t cry about it.. but there are a LOT of things i could spend that $360 on that don’t involve air pumps for subarus. just sayin.

more bits.. more pieces.

bridesmaid dresses!

which do you like better? not the color.. just the style.

(disregard the cheesy ladder)


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i think i like #2 the best but unfortunately it doesn’t come in all the colors i need. but i might be able to change up the colors for the sake of the dress. we shall see.

the cool thing is, if i get one of these dresses~ the guys can get tuxedo vests to match. which is dope.

and want to know what is even more dope?

matching flip flops.



anyway. that is what is on my wedding mind tonight. along cakes. houndstooth cakes. yes.. it will happen.

in other wedding planning news, we have a tasting apointment with a caterer on saturday and i have my first dress appointment on monday. as usual, food before fashion :) you guys know how it is!!



cardio day today.


minute # speed (MPH) intensity (RPE scale)
0-1 4.0 level 4
1-2 4.5 level 4
2-3 5.0 level 5
3-4 5.5 level 5
4-5 6.0 level 6
5-6 6.5 level 6
6-7 7.0 level 7
7-8 7.5 level 8
8-9 8.0 level 9
9-10 8.5 level 10
10-20 repeat minutes 0-10 see above
20-30 repeat minutes 0-10 see above
30-35 4.0 cool down

total time: 35 minutes, total distance: 3.35 miles


minute # level orientation
0-1 8 facing front
1-2 8 facing right
2-3 8 facing back
3-4 8 facing left
4=5 6 facing front
5-6 6 facing right
6-7 6 facing back
7-8 6 facing left
8-9 7 facing front
9-10 7 facing right
10-11 7 facing back
11-12 7 facing left
12-13 8 facing front
13-14 8 facing right
14-15 8 facing back
15-16 8 facing left


total time: 16 minutes, total distance: 1.46 miles

total workout: 50 minutes, total calories: 429


i used up the last of my blueberries and spinach today. good thing ive got costco on the agenda saturday :) i sure wish i could buy greek yogurt and vita tops in bulk…


  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • the gums
  • blueberries
  • spinach
  • love


i also had a little PBJ toast lovin’ to go along with my green monster~


and now i am rambling. and talking to dude roommate who is stretching about the fact that i can’t touch my toes. and have never been able to in my whole life.

not ever.

total failure.

while on the topic of roommates, dudette roommate started a blog. right here! hi ceza :)

dang.. what other bits and pieces have i left out? let me think..

oh! tomorrow is my biggest sister’s birthday! but in reality, she is actually the littlest. she is either my same height or shorter than me (which is it? you’re not taller, are you, ree?)  anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARISA! I LOVE YOU!

tomorrow is ALSO national chili day. mmmm.. i think i may have to celebrate that one~ topped with a dollup of oikos and paired with a golden corn vitatop. heaven.

well i think that is enough bits and pieces for you to work with for now. be back tomorrow for flashback friday! only i have no idea what i am going to flash back to.. any requests?


1. can you touch your toes? surely i am not the only one in the world who can’t…

2. what is your favorite kind of chili? i love pumpkin chili with lots of cumin.

3. i just realized that i asked a whole bunch of questions throughout this post. feel free to answer all those ones instead of the first two. actually, please do :)

xo. janetha b.

oh, p.s., i haven’t read blogs all week. forgive me.

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jenngirl February 26, 2010 at 9:59 am

I’ll take the raisins you don’t want!! ;)

LOVE all three dresses, but personally I think 2 and 3 would be really cute to wear and would work for a variety of different gals.

I’m definitely a fan of “checking in” on portion sizes every now and then, and I love visual website like that, it’s amazing to actually see some of those things compared!

1. thanks to 14 years of dance, I can touch my toes. But if I don’t stretch regularly, it’s noticeable more difficult.

2. my mom’s white chicken chili! So good.

Tina February 26, 2010 at 10:01 am

I love eye opening things like that too. And I like #2 and 3 for the dress options. #3 looks similar in style besides the halter, so if that comes in the colors you want it may be the better option. :)

mayapamela February 26, 2010 at 10:25 am

I love dress #3! I am a total volume eater, which is easy to fill up on with lots of fruit and veg. Some of those meals are ridiculous, like 900 calories for a restaurant omelette for breakfast. Because you know there’s toast+butter and orange juice on the side.

I love vegetarian chili with sweet potatoes. Or anything with sweet potatoes, for that matter!

Bekah February 26, 2010 at 10:40 am

I love dresses 1 and 3…mainly for the straps. I’m larger chested and can’t find a strapless dress that provides enough support for the life of me, so I tend towards the dresses with straps. I know weddings are all about the bride, but maybe think about the body-types of your bridesmaids? I would be annoyed if I saw mine walking around all night tugging at their bodices. :)

Crystal February 26, 2010 at 10:45 am

such pretty dresses! I’m diggin #3 :)

yes, I can touch my toes and thanks for the calorie website info!

eaternotarunner February 26, 2010 at 10:50 am

I love #2!!

inmytummy February 26, 2010 at 11:07 am

I like #2 and #3 the best. That ladder is cracking me up. Who decided to put a random ladder in a dress ad?

Nope, cannot touch my toes for the life of me.

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 26, 2010 at 11:11 am

Love those websites! Thanks for sharing! It’s such an eye opener to realize which foods contain what, and how much more satisfying it is to eat healthy most of the time. :D

Oh, and I can finally touch my toes! It took a lot of yoga and stretching, but it was my goal for last year…haha. ;)

LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils February 26, 2010 at 11:17 am

I like #2 and #3 and I think you should do both of them. They look like different styles of the same dress. That way your bridesmaids can just go with whichever one works best for their body – strapless or halter.

I have never been able to touch my toes either. The other day I got the closest I ever have though! haha it was so exciting

Beth February 26, 2010 at 11:18 am

I’m with you on #2–#1 is mehhh, typical, and #3 is likely the most flattering on all sizes and shapes and chests :)

Angharad February 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Janetha B, I have NEVER been able to touch my toes and I have not read others responses but people are always shocked by this fact so we might be in the minority here!! I happen to have some of the tighest hamstrings on the planet and they do not allow for much bending! Ha.
Love the calorie-compare web site: it’s not something I do either (count) but I wish every ordinary joe could see those comparisons and realise that those “healthy” muffins they are eating for breakfast are actually making them fat! Frustrating that so few people know the real deal. Love you! xxx

hopefulrunner February 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Dress #2 fo sho! Love the flip flops too..awesome touch! Have a good weekend. :)

Naomi (onefitfoodie) February 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm

haha disregard the cheesey ladder–love that…and I love 2 and 3! the halter could be beautiful with the flip flops if 2 doesnt work, but I love them both! and love the matching flippersss is yoru wedding on teh beach?

never tried mighty mapes! i need to get some! my secret valentine got me dark chocolate dreams and I am working on that jar of pure CRACK seriously that stuff is a danger zone, but good thing is it super sweeet I can’t have too much in one sitting!

I just did a presentation on “eat this not that” at work and the results totally shocked people, especially the one that was “honey bran muffin vs ham, egg and cheese” both from dunkins (it was the eggwhich that was better) but lots of people saw ‘bran’ so they thought the muffin

ok enough rambling…love you girl!

shegoesbananas February 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm

1. I definitely like dress #2 the best. I also love the color, but that’s because I’m obsessed with green! I think #2 would look good in other colors as well. That said, I look horrible in strapless dresses even though I’m fairly average “up top”! So my question for you would be, do you think all of your bridesmaids would look good in a strapless dress? If not, I would vote for #1. This is probably way more of an answer than you expected, isn’t it!?!?! Sorry, those dress really got me going!
2. I can usually touch my toes on a daily basis, unless my hamstrings are really tight, which is usually every other day, and then it’s more difficult.
3. I’m SO excited that you told us its national chili day! I love chili and now I have an excuse to make it for dinner!!!! Thanks!
4. Question for you: Have you tried the Cranbran Vitatops? Do you pick the cranberries out of those too?

Emily February 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I think you should pick dresses 2 and 3 and then you can get them all in the same color but have slightly different styles

Jamie (beautyandthebeef) February 26, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I think I like the 3rd dress the best…I would have the hardest time deciding I’m so indecisive! The flip-flop idea is way cute too.

luckytastebuds February 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm

WOW those are adorable dresses. I think if I had to wear one, I’d pick 3 for the most universally flattering. I believe your wedding ambiance would be important to determine the dress too. Dress 1 is more formal, elegant, classic. Dress 2 and 3 are more fun – In other words Janetha-appropriate. Dress 2 is more flirty and casual, while dress 3 is in between formal and flirty. LOVE it. :)

And dude, THANKs for the links. Those are seriously interesting websites. perfect for killing time at work. MUHAHAHAHA

snackface February 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm

See, I love these posts so much, where we see how your beautiful mind flits about. LOVEEEEE.

OK, I’m all about dress three. A halter is the most flattering for most women. With the strapless, you have the issue of having your bridesmaids pull up their dressed throughout the ceremony, and the first one isn’t sexy enough. :D

Thank you for the snack plate shout-out!!! Love it.

1. Yes I can, but it might be because my arms are so long that it would be hard not to.
2. I made this super fiery three-bean chili at VN that I totes need to make again. Soooo good.

Hope you have a marvelous weekend. Love you!!

Ildie February 26, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I like dress #2 the best as well. So pretty!

I’ve always been able to touch my toes. I can damn near wrap my whole hand over the top of my foot. I’m freakishly short in the legs I guess. HA!

I love all spicy chili. Doesn’t matter what it’s made with though I prefer with no meat or with “fake” ground meat. :)


Jo February 26, 2010 at 1:57 pm

I like dress no 1 best (but then I’m biased as that was the dress my Bridesmaids wore in September!!!) So excited that you like it too :)

Loved those visuals of portion sizes, stuff like that really sticks in my mind and helps me make better choices.

And no, I cam’t touch my toes either x

rollerkoesterrun February 26, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Hey Jo! I am actually looking for that dress for my October wedding- where did you find it?

BroccoliHut February 26, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Cool website! I am all about the volume:)
I love pumpkin chili too.

Allie February 26, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Ooooh I love dress #2 & #3! Can I be green please? Oh and yay for matching flip flops! that rules. I <3 you & can't wait to celebrate your love tomorrow night : )

Quinn February 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Such a portion eye opener.

I think #3 is totally you and right for your maids. They will look sensational – without stealing the spotlight from you of course :)

Ariffa February 26, 2010 at 5:15 pm

i think # 2 is really cute!!! LOVE the flip flops idea =D

Gabriela (froyolover) February 26, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Those pics were definetely a wake-up call – I never knew the size difference would be so HUGE!
Well, anyway – delicious eats, as always.
I don´t really like raisins, too. Haha ;)
Have a great weekend!
Brazilian XOXO´s,

closet365project February 28, 2010 at 8:17 am

Okay, I missed this by a little because my reader is backed up. But dress two is my favorite, followed by three and then one.

simplyshaka February 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I love #2 but #3 would be my second pick. I think you should totally get a ladder as a backdrop for pictures, it’s just hot. And I love the houndstooth cake idea!

I can touch my toes and chili with with a variety of peppers, onions and mushrooms with faux ground beef is my fave.

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) March 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I hear crickets. Hello? Hello? Where’d everybody go? Guess I’m late to the soiree as usual. :-(

I love those kinds of comparison photo thingys. There was a book a while back called volumetrics that did the same thing. Excellent.

Yes I can touch my toes- a dozen years of yoga does that to a person. Chile. You mean there’s more than one kind? Eek. I haven’t lived.!!

Love you. Reader’s a ZERO- HA you KNOW you MAAR’ed it dude!

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