dessert before dinner? sure, ok.

by Janetha on March 16, 2010

in meals,moves

love pies! thanks so much for all of your support on my decision to do another official body for life challenge!!  several of you said you like to see my macros and all the numbers, so on the meals that i do figure my stats you can plan on seeing them.

today was a little off for me as far as meal times go.  why, you ask?  well, around 8:45 AM i woke up to my phone ringing.. um, i was supposed to be to work at 8 AM!! yeah, my alarm did not go off and a totally overslept!! my boss was calling to ask me something (he was not at the office yet either) and i was like, “WOW, sure glad you called me, i overslept!!”

hah. so that was that. i didn’t get to work until nearly 10 AM and i didn’t eat until 10:30 AM.


meal 1: maple cinnamon protein oats @ 10:30 AM


254 calories, 5g fat, 24g carbs, 30g protein

needless to say, the day was really busy and i spent most of it doing quickbooks accounting work. lame sauce.  plus, when usual lunch time rolled around and i was off schedule, it sure made the afternoon draggg.  finally it was time to eat lunch!

meal 2: same as yesterday @ 1:30 PM

same as yesterday means a la tortilla factory wrap with mustard, lean  turkey breast and romaine lettuce along with some veggies:


all the greens are actually the bag of leftover salad from dinner at mom’s on sunday. i always take the leftover salad from sunday dinner and use it for my wraps during the week. clever.


i also had 1/2 of a chocolate peppermint luna after lunch because i had a sweet tooth and my wrap was pretty low cal/low carb.


meal 2 all together: 267 calories, 6.5g fat, 34g carbs, 28g protein

i used to not have a sweet tooth at all.  somewhere along the way i developed one and often times want a little something sweet after i eat. not sure where this sweet tooth came from but i wish it would go away!  at least there are healthy choices to satisfy my craving from something sweet, but still.. it is annoying.

meal 3: PB&J yogurt mess @ 4:30 PM


this snack rocked my face off!  it had:

  • 8 oz fat free voskos greek yogurt
  • 1 TB PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
  • 1 TB smucker’s sugar free raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup nature’s path multigrain flakes


whoever first came up with pairing peanut butter and jam should own their own planet. and i want to live on it.


257 calories, 3g fat, 32g carbs, 29g protein


after this satisfying snack it was off to the gym for a lower body workout! i do body for life style workouts but instead of resting, i like to do ab work between sets.

  • 5 minutes/level 10 warmup on stairmill


move weight reps
bulgarian split squats 10# db each hand 12 each leg
pike crunch on bench body weight 25
bulgarian split squats 12.5# db each hand 10 each leg
pike crunch on bench body weight 25
bulgarian split squats 15# db each hand 8 each leg
pike crunch on bench body weight 25
bulgarian split squats 17.5# db each hand 6 each leg
pike crunch on bench body weight 25
bulgarian split squats 10# db each hand 12 each leg
ball against wall squats 10# db each hand 12


move weight reps
stiff leg dead lifts 25# barbell 12
ball crunches 10# plate 50
stiff leg dead lifts 25# barbell 10
ball crunches 10# plate 50
stiff leg dead lifts 25# barbell 8
ball crunches 10# plate 50
stiff leg dead lifts 25# barbell 6
ball crunches 10# plate 50
stiff leg dead lifts 25# barbell 12
machine ham curls 50# 12


move weight reps
standing calf raises 20# 12
plank body weight 1 minute
standing calf raises 40# 10
plank body weight 1 minute
standing calf raises 60# 8
plank body weight 1 minute
standing calf raises 80# 6
plank body weight 1 minute
standing calf raises 20# 12
single leg calf raises body weight 12 each leg


move weight reps
weighted decline crunch / oblique twist 10# 12 / 24 alternating (12 each way)
hanging mini crunch body weight 25
weighted decline crunch / oblique twist 15# 10 / 20 alternating (12 each way)
hanging mini crunch body weight 25
weighted decline crunch / oblique twist 20# 8 / 16 alternating (12 each way)
hanging mini crunch body weight 25
weighted decline crunch / oblique twist 25# 6 / 12 alternating (12 each way)
hanging mini crunch body weight 25
weighted decline crunch / oblique twist 10# 12 / 24 alternating (12 each way)
sit ups body weight 12

the end!

geez.. body for life style workouts take forever to type. oh well, i want to track my progress so i will just have to suck it up!


post-workout refuel was necessary and i had meatloaf on the menu for dinner, which takes forever to cook, so i decided to switch up my meals and have my dessert before dinner!

meal 4: cinnamon protein cake + peanut butter & 1/2 a fuji @ 6:45 PM


mmmm.. protein cake wins again! this time i used 1 scoop BSN lean dessert cinnamon roll protein powder, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 egg white and 1 TB unsweetened apple sauce.  no stevia needed, the protein powder is already sweet.


topped the protein cake with 2 tsp naturally more PB.


since this snack is low carb and i needed to refuel after my workout, i also ate 1/2 of a fuji apple.


meal 4 all together: 225 calories, 5g fat, 22g carbs, 25g protein

after this i got to work on dinner.. spinach turkey muffins!


i mixed:

  • 20 oz lean ground turkey breast
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 package knorr vegetable soup mix
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • cumin, thyme, salt & pepper to taste (eyeballed it all)


best way to mix meatloaf?


with your hand, of course!


plopped 1/12 of the mixture into each one of my silicone baking cups. LOVE this muffin tray. no cooking spray necessary. i highly recommend silicone mats/baking cups/etc!


baked at 350 degrees [f] for 45 minutes.


each muffin works out to be about 90 calories, 12g protein, 4g carbs and 3.5g fat. not bad!

meal 5: 3 spinach turkey muffins + green beans @ 8:30 PM


i served my meatloaf muffins with some green beans (about a cup) and topped it all off with some reduced sugar heinz ketchup.


i could be the poster child for this stuff. and with stats like these, i don’t see why anyone wouldn’t use it. low sugar, no HFCS, totally delicious.. sold.


meal 5 all together:  327 calories, 11g fat, 21g carbs, 36g protein

and there you have it.  i will probably have something before bed because i hate going to bed hungry.. not sure what it will be. maybe another protein cake because i am officially obsessed :)


oh yeah, i am still planning a wedding.

i haven’t talked much about the wedding planning lately because, well, i haven’t been doing much planning lately!  but i did make this style board that has a lot of the ideas i have in mind for the big day:


these are the exact bridesmaid dresses/shoes i am getting.  we decided to go for the purple flip flops~ it was up in the air between purple or yellow but i think purple works better.

for the guys, they will be wearing the yellow ties but they won’t be wearing suit jackets. they will just be wearing white shirts/black vests.

the guys shoes rock.. marshall’s one request was to have the guys wear pumas. he loves puma.. he is obsessed. he even has a puma tattoo!

the pumas for the wedding have to be custom made for two reasons: one, they have to be purple and black. and two, they have to be vegan.  three of the four groomsmen are vegan.  do you know how impossible it is to find purple and black vegan pumas? well, i do. it is 100% impossible. luckily, puma does offer the custom shoe creator and so we will be doing that!

the flower girl dresses will  be that shade of yellow, but marshall’s mom is going to be making them and i am still looking for a cute flower girl pattern. so if anyone is good at finding dress patterns.. feel free to send links my way :)

the cake and flowers in the style board are just ideas~ those things have not been picked out just yet. still a lot to do!  the bouquets will have yellow, purple, blue and green.  the cake will be square like the photo but will definitely have houndstooth trim on there somewhere!

okay, enough wedding rambles.


tomorrow is st. patrick’s day!  well, or today, depending on when you are reading this.  i love it! i love green food and pinching people and all that.  what i don’t love is that creepy old movie called the leprechaun.  anyone ever see it?



i’m outta here! i am going to go make some green treats to take to the office tomorrow!! see you next time for waffle wednesday :)


1. in honor of st. patrick’s day, what is your favorite GREEN FOOD?? that is a hard one for me.. i love lots of green eats! but i have to say lately green monsters are my favorite green thing. you will definitely see one in tomorrow’s post!

2. do you have a hankering sweet tooth/have an urge to end meals with something sweet? i used to not ever want something sweet after i eat, but lately i can’t seem to shake the craving.

xo. janetha b.

p.s. check out anne’s giveaway here! and check out april’s giveaway here! and check out lara’s giveaway here! and check out amie’s giveaway here!

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Kelly March 17, 2010 at 10:03 am

Favorite green food: Spinach! LOVE IT!

MelissaNibbles March 17, 2010 at 10:06 am

Those loaves are adorable!
My favorite green food is brussels sprouts.

Paige @ Running Around Normal March 17, 2010 at 10:16 am

WOW at that workout. You are a machine, woman! Rock it out :D
That’s so awesome you’re getting custom made vegan pumas. haha, love it.
My favorite green food is spinach!!
I must end meals with something sweet. It’s sad. I’ve always had such a sweet tooth!

emily March 17, 2010 at 11:30 am

1. Green Monsters!
2. I often crave something sweet, but not with any correlation to after meals.
+3. Your wedding ideas all look great! I planned my wedding on the super cheap (and loved it), please please e-mail me if you want any advice/to bitch about annoying vendors!

Kristin March 17, 2010 at 11:53 am

Delicious looking eats! And I love all the wedding stuff, purple & yellow are great colors together. The guys shoes are going to be great- custom is the best!

I love green monsters too! And brussels sprouts… and broccoli… and spinach… and green beer ;)

Depending on the day, I do like to end my meal with something sweet- but always something small!


mom March 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Good for you – love the work outs – I will be printing them and putting them in my handy Oxygen binder book haha, then I can refer to them over and over again! Did my lower body yesterday…..can’t walk or sit today – too many reverse lunges, love that feeling!

Asparagus is my green food of choice and of course CHOCOLATE for the sweet tooth craving – but I’m working on NOT indulging, we did it once and we can do it again, TOWANDA xoxoxoxo!!

Meredith March 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I like your wedding style plan! Great color palette :) I do get the urge to end a meal with something sweet, but usually I resist.

Katharina March 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Oh man that snack does look sooo good! And PB & J is such a killer combo. Speaking of PB, my parents have the Naturally More pb and it’s sooo good! Me and my friend that is visiting with me are hooked!!! I miss you Janetha. I haven’t had as much time to read blogs these days, but I just looked back on some of your posts. WEDDING!! Well, I already knew that you were getting married, but I’m still excited for you lol.


2. I usually end my meal with something sweet, even if it’s just fruit (pineapple is sooo good!!).

XOXO love you much girl!!

Tamizn March 17, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Broccoli is for sure my fav green food and I always have to have pud! x x

louisianagrown March 17, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I think my favorite green food would have to be pears, and I have a HUGE sweet tooth. I pretty much can’t go to sleep at night unless something sugary has passed through my lips. I’m sooo going to try those angel food cakes. I’m always trying to figure out ways to make my sweets a little bit healthier.

kbwood March 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm

HEY SUGA PIE!! you are sooo cute w. yo apple!! fav green food? SPINACH! good in EVERYTHING! salads, oats, pizzas, smoothies..soo versatile! and im currently eating brussel sprouts so those too!!!

Erica March 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Hey girly! Ughhh I hate that feeling when you realize you’ve overslept due to the alarm not going off. Always seems to happen on days when you need it though. The PB&J yogurt mess looks super tasty. I always have the urge to have a little something sweet when I have a saltier meal :) You still look super tan!

holly March 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm

your food always looks so good !! I am def making protein cake and turkey meatloaf muffins :) Since I am doing BFL after your VERY inspirational photos…i am happy to see you are doing it again so i can steal some of your tips and tricks :) I wrote you a week ago b/c i just dont feel like i am getting the results i wanted on BFL.. I am in my 11th week….so i got a personal trainer for just one day a week to kick my butt into shape (my gym was having a pt sale…so 10 sessions for 399) not too bad :)

Susan March 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm

“whoever first came up with pairing peanut butter and jam should own their own planet. and i want to live on it.”

Baaaaahahahaha. This is why I love you Janetha. And I couldn’t agree more!

Noting those mini meatloaves! I love me some meatloaf. But not mixing it with my hands. The thought of having raw meat stuck under my fingernails turns my stomach.

1. Pears!! I’m still on my pear kick. Even better chopped up and mixed with cottage cheese… you know you wanna ;)

2. I HAVE to end my meals with something sweet. I buy chocolate bars and have a square or half a square after every meal. Or a teeny amount of M&Ms or chocolate chips or something. Sugar-free Werther’s Originals are good for that too :)

naturalnonsense March 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Aw I HATE oversleeping and feeling rushed! Yea, boring computer work is the pits. I’m addicted to Lunas, but I haven’t seen the Chocolate Peppermint around these parts. I adore that pic of you eating the apple with the bling flashin – hehe. GIRL – I was terrified of that movie growing up!!! Ok, ok, I’m still terrified of that movie. I almost peed myself when I saw that picture! Keep the wedding details coming…I love hearing about the big day.

Jamie (BeautyandtheBeef) March 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I get a sweet tooth a lot of times in the evenings…lately I’ve been making protein cakes too or I also like sugar free chocolate pudding with some whipped cream.

My favorite green food is zucchini!

ksgoodeats March 17, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I love that you don’t mix the PB2 in right away – I’ll have to try that! That’s one tall protein cake! I also need to try those out for myself. They look delish! Good luck with your Body For Life challenge! You’re going to do great!

Purple and yellow is such a fun color combination. I like it a lot! My favorite green food? Steamed broc!!

Angharad (Eating for England) March 17, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Ohhh Janetha B! So good to catch up on all your life shennanigans from the past couple of weeks! Cannot say I enjoyed the flashbacks to your broken arm though – ouuuuch.

Anyway, good to have you back in my reading life :)

Whole Body Love March 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm

If I perhaps wanted to do a BFL challenge (wink wink), what would that entale? Is it the BFL way of eating and then a certain type of workout? From what I read on the site it is just protein and carbs with healthy fats in the right combo plus BFL style workouts… What exactly are the guidelines?

Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) March 18, 2010 at 5:46 am


and sweet tooth? ALWAYS! sometimes even after a sweet breakfast – weird, i know.

Ildie March 18, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Oh I can’t choose. I have WAY too many favorite green foods. Please don’t make me pick! :)

My sweet tooth has gotten to be almost completely nonexistent. I can’t explain it but I rather love this newer development. It used to be BAD!

snackface March 23, 2010 at 6:19 pm

OMG I love the diva-ness of the vegan boys. I hate to generalize, but I’ma do it–they’re all divas. Vegan boys espesh. I have a video you need to see:

That’s my girl Abby—we worked together at VegNews. She cracks me up!

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