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by Janetha on May 26, 2010

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hola amigas (y amigos?)

wow! a lot of you guys are scared to shower at the gym!  while several of you do utilize the gym facilities.. the majority of you said that the thought of showering at the gym gives you the heebee jeebees. i don’t do it simply because i go straight home after the gym, so i can shower in my own bathroom. but i am sure if i worked out in the morning (never going to happen…) i would still not opt to shower at the gym. it sounds like a pain in the butt, hauling hair dryers and flat irons and makeup to the gym. i live so close to my gym that i would just drive home!

thanks to those of you who chimed in on what brand of food scale you prefer. it was interesting to read everyone’s take on measuring food.  several of you do measure your portions and others shy away from this method because it seems too obsessive. i say that you should just do whatever floats your boat and there is no right or wrong when it comes to using a food scale and measuring cups!

today has been ridiculously productive. let’s take it from the top!

woke up at 7:15 AM and remembered i had a seminar to be to at 8 AM.. hmmm.. had to scratch the wake up call challenge. i feel like i am letting myself down on the challenge. i hope to finish the month out strong.. hold me to it, k?!


since i was in a rush and wasn’t sure if the seminar would have anything appetizing (they said they’d have a “continental breakfast” but i am never sure what to expect with that.) i decided to grab an apricot heart thrive bar to eat in the car:


this is a new-to-me product i received in a care package from allie. thanks, lady! while they are high in carbs, they don’t have any crazy ingredients and they taste amazing. not a bad choice for a morning snack.


i had no time to make coffee OR stop for coffee, but there was half a pot leftover in the french press (that my roomie made last night) so i channeled my inner tina and went for an iced coffee (on the go!):


random fact: i like my hot coffee black but my iced coffee with almond (or soy) milk. i like my hot tea with milk & honey but my iced tea black and unsweetened. isn’t that weird? i thought long and hard about this on the drive to the seminar. i think it’s pretty odd that my preferences change depending on the temperature of the beverage, and that they are the exact opposite for coffee and tea!

turns out the continental breakfast didn’t have waffles. (SIGH.. another waffle-less wednesday!) actually, it was a spread of muffins, eggs, melon, hash browns, bacon, OJ and coffee.  i decided to have some eggs (for protein) and melon (for carbs) and water (to stay hydrated) and coffee (to stay awake!):


i don’t think i need to tell you that the seminar was boring. BUT.. lucky for me, it got out early! so i had time to go home and throw together some ingredients for crock pot wednesday:


oh yes. it’s back. crock pot wednesday is in full force! more on that in a moment.

i had a little extra time between throwing dinner together and the time i was supposed to be back at the office, so i took the opportunity to hit the gym!


wow.. it is pretty amazing to go to the gym at 10:40 AM on a wednesday. it was practically empty! i sure wish i could go at that time every day.

i busted out a 30 minute total body workout!

  • 5 minute treadmill warmup / 0.5 miles

chest/hamstrings/triceps superset:

move weight reps sets
dumbbell chest press on incline bench 25# ea 15 3
dumbbell stiff legged deadlift 15 3
seated overhead dumbbell tricep extension 15 3
  • 100 upper ab crunches on decline bench

quads/shoulders/biceps superset:

move weight reps sets
bulgarian split squat 15# ea 30 (15 each leg) 3
upright dumbbell row 12# ea 15 3
alternating dumbbell biceps curl 10# ea 15 3
  • 100 oblique twists (w/ 10# weight) on decline bench

back/glutes/lunge superset:

move weight reps sets
low cable row 50# 15 3
donkey kicks body weight 30 (15 each leg) 3
alternating forward & reverse lunges body weight 30 (15 each leg) 3
  • 100 scissor kicks for lower abs

the end! total workout was 35 minutes (with the warmup), max HR was 167, average HR was 139, calories burned=200. not bad for a half hour of work! and i hit my chest, triceps, shoulders, back, biceps, hamstrings, quads, glutes, upper/lower abs & obliques! i was pretty stoked on the speedy workout that i made up on the fly :)

i didn’t take photos but i munched on about 7 mini bell peppers and a wasa cracker with sunbutter on top after my workout.

i went into the office and did some work before eating lunch. i probably should have eaten sooner, but i got wrapped up with some stuff and didn’t end up eating until nearly 2 PM!




in the mix:

  • lettuce
  • carrots
  • about 2 oz low sodium herbed turkey breast
  • 2 mini cucumbers, sliced
  • 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • hummustard dressing (hummus+spicy mustard+water)
  • 2 wasa crackers


i have become ADDICTED to the big bag of mini cucumbers from costco! they are so cute.. and everyone knows that cute food is more fun to eat :)

since i was only at the office for about 4 hours, time really flew today! i felt like i was in and out in no time. too bad i don’t have early-out seminars every wednesday ;)

after work it was straight to the wedding venue!


we did a walk through so we  could map things out and finalize how many tables we need, where the photo booth would go, how we could manage to get a freezer on site (to hold all the vanilla bean ice cream!), how long the photo clothes line could be, what flowers we would need, yadda yadda yadda.. all things wedding!


not sure if you guys know this, but we are getting married at a retail store. yep. it is a tropical plant/cactus store! they have a huge greenhouse full of amazing plants and then an outdoor area with a koi pond and a gazebo. it is glorious! and the best part is we don’t have to spend $$$ on flowers~ they are already everywhere you look!

i took some photos for your viewing pleasure~

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it’s gonna be awesome.

i feel really good about the wedding plans as of right now.

a week ago, i wouldn’t be caught dead typing that sentence. but the past few days have been ridiculously productive!

in the past week:

  • we’ve almost finalized the guest list & added several addresses to the list (still have a handful to get, but not too stressed)
  • the bridesmaid dresses came yesterday!
  • i booked our engagement photo session (set for a week from today)
  • i figured out what i want the centerpieces to look like
  • i recruited my maid of honor’s sister to make the rehearsal dinner invitations
  • we registered
  • i’ve been working on the wedding website
  • my dress came (and fits like a glove!)

…so things are coming together!

don’t get me wrong, there is still a ton to do.. at the top of the list is the music. we need to figure out a DJ and also a playlist of the songs we want at the ceremony and reception. this is a big deal, as marshall & i are both really into music. i hope we can figure this out soon! we also need to find an officiant that reflects our personalities. oh, and i need to purchase marshall’s ring! eep. so yes, there are still big things that need to get taken care of, but i feel confident that it will all get done before the big day.

which is now 51 short days away!

after the venue walk through, marshall & i went home to eat dinner. i LOVE crock pots.. i didn’t have to do a single thing to get dinner ready!


dinner=taco soup


you can check out my new recipe page to see how i make my taco soup!


not gonna lie.. this was my best batch of taco soup ever.IMG_2353

marshall agreed.





it was pretty nice to go home and eat dinner and NOT have to go to the gym. i loved working out earlier in the day. i really, really, really want to become a morning workout person. but i also really, really, really don’t have the will power in the morning. i feel like i have more energy at night and i can give more of an effort to my workout if i do it at the end of the day.

plus, i suck at waking up on time for anything. i know kacy knows what i mean! every night i go to bed, thinking “yeah, i will get up and workout!” and then every morning i talk myself out of it. i just love sleep so dang much. sigh. one day? maybe?

oh! my BLT list for the day. for those of you just tuning in, i am going to tack a list on the end of every post that lists anything that passed my lips that wasn’t photographed. as a way to stay accountable before the wedding!

today’s list:

  • 1 wasa cracker with ~1 tsp sunbutter
  • ~ 7 mini bell peppers
  • 1+ gallon water
  • fish oil capsules x2
  • CLA
  • vitamin B
  • multivitamin
  • calcium chew
  • 5 pieces tropical twist trident
  • handful of shredded cheese

well this post has been all over the place! new products, coffee and tea preferences, seminars, salads, baby cucumbers, crock pot recipes, total body workouts, wedding shenanigans, workout time talk… ay ay ay, i can’t keep up with myself. random to the maxxxxx times infinity plus nine!

so i’ll call it good and hit publish :)

but not before some questions! because i know you love to answer them, right? ;)


1. how do you take your coffee? and your tea? and your iced coffee? and your iced tea? in that order: black, with milk & honey, with almond milk, unsweetened & black.

2. latest new-to-you product that you enjoyed? the heart thrive bar was awesome, but i can’t buy them near me. i also am loving the mini cucumbers from costco!

guest post thursday tomorrow! talk to y’all friday!

xo. janetha b.

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Lindsay May 27, 2010 at 10:32 am

What a awesome wedding venue. It’s gorgeous and so different! You are a genius. I would buy those cookies just because they are shaped like a heart. I know I’m lame, but I’m a sucker for all love type things!

Naomi (onefitfoodie) May 27, 2010 at 10:42 am

HELLO MY TWIN seriously…i love your eats, and also always get worried when they say things like “continental breakfast” I would have a bar or smoething small before hand as well! just in case

the store where you are getting married is BEAUTIFUL I love that there are flowers GALORE….i love flowers :)

checking out how to make your taco soup but sadly I have no crock pot :( booo one day when i get wedding, a crock pot will be on my list…that would be a whiles away though lol

i am LOVING my sunbutter, it is such a nice change from PB!! i have been dipping my weight in celery in that tub and its going fast!! also delish with carrots. the baby cukes from costco are awesome! i buy a pack of those and they are gone in 1 week flat! i eat them like candy!

I drink my hot coffee with some skim and stevia or truvia and same with my iced…hot tea i like a little stevia and almond milk, ice tea…straight up!

new foodie find for me…hmmmmmm well this isnt from a store, but I am obsessed with the tomato/avocado/corn thing I made!

love you!

freckledfoodie May 27, 2010 at 10:44 am

perfect idea about the location of the wedding! never would’ve thought to do something like that! :) it is beautiful.

1. how do you take your coffee? and your tea? my iced coffee & hot coffe are both taken with either sf syrup or splenda. No milk products, I like em’ black. Tea? I like em’ sweetened w/ Splenda!

2. latest new-to-you product that you enjoyed? Fiber Gourmet pasta is my addiction lately.

Kelly May 27, 2010 at 11:20 am

So glad you’re feeling better about the wedding plans, trust me it’s all worth it!!

Love your moves today, I’m totally stealing them and doing this workout tomorrow. I’ve been in a bit of an unmotivated workout rut and I def think this will help. You should totally become a morning workout person, it really is the best having it all done first thing in the AM, makes you feel great all day and you have time to relax at time. Plus at my gym it’s pretty empty so I have the place to myself!

1 – I don’t drink coffee but I like coffee flavored things, I’ve taken to adding instant espresso powder to oats and protein shakes. I drink my tea straight up.

2 – I’ve really gotten into dijon mustard on my veggies lately, shocking that this is “new to me” but I only tried mustard for the first time ever in the last year! I also tried Walden Farms BBQ sauce and I’m kinda hooked on that – bad bad habit!

Hayley @ Breath of Fire May 27, 2010 at 11:34 am

Everyone tells me how great crock pots are, but I never know what to make in them. Hello, crock pot Wednesday!

Wedding plans= so, so exciting. You + future husband are adorable. I think I may have already told you that? Ah well, I don’t mind saying it again.

Steph (@ mediterraneanmiss) May 27, 2010 at 11:56 am

Okay so I’m just going to have to comment (first comment!! <3) to say that you are pretty much a GENIUS for your venue choice! I'm thrilled that your preparations are going well and am looking forward to reading more about your big day :3 You are so beautiful, and so fit! This blog is going to be a pleasure to read.

rachael May 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm

those mini cucumbers are really good, they go bad really fast though so eat them all! they get kind of slime ish. my favorite new product i would say is these really good fruit leathers i found from whole foods, i got ginger lime and vanilla pear flavors! also stevia drinks, dr stevia is really good!

ellie May 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm

what a gorgeous venue! LOVES!!!!!!!!! I like the Heart Thrive bars too- I have one left that is defrosting to eat this weekend. Email the company for samples- that was how I got a stash!

1. how do you take your coffee? and your tea? and your iced coffee? and your iced tea? coffee- skim milk, cinnamon and a buttload of sweetener. Tea- soy milk and sweetener. Iced coffee- sweetener and either soy milk or any other milk. Iced tea- plum-a-granite Snapple only.

2. latest new-to-you product that you enjoyed? spicy red pepper hummus- was awesome but relationship was short lived because I got bored after buying a huge tub.

Carbzilla May 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm

LOVE the venue. They have done weddings before, right? Just don’t want them freaking the day of because of something they didn’t expect (conga line through the cacti?).

I’m getting so excited for you guys!

Ali @ Redhead Reports May 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm

I don’t drink coffee.

Mmm, taco soup sounds so delicious!

Your venue looks awesome – what a unique idea!

cardiopizza May 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Hey, I like my coffee and tea the same way! LOL!

famishedtofantastic May 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I drink my coffee black and my tea the same way. I used to have splenda in my coffee but slowly weened myself off of it about a year ago and now I do not like my coffee sweet. It is so strange how we can train our taste buds.

My newest thing is Sweet Potato with cottage cheese and almond butter. Thank you for that idea! I could not decided the other night what I wanted for dinner and after reading about it on your blog I thought what the heck lets try it. Holy YUM!!!!! It is one of a few things that sound good right now being newely pregnant so I think I will have to keep a stash of all those ingredients.

Ildie May 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm

TACO SOUP! AHHH! I keep meaning to make that! That and stuffed pepper soup! Perhaps I too should incorporate a Crockpot Dinner into my weekly meal planning! Brilliance!

The venue is gorgeous. I love places that sell plants. I could just roam them for days fantasizing about my SUPER DREAM GARDEN! Great choice and I’m sure you saved a ton on flowers. Now you can spend it on important things, like food, and a ticket to fly me out to see you get married. HA! ;)

Coffee = sugar free creamer and splenda
Tea = depends on flavor, plain with splenda OR with a splash of milk (Thai Spice Tea with a splash of vanilla creamer and a dash of cinnamon tastes JUST like pumpkin pie!
Iced Coffee = skim milk (or almond breeze), splenda and a dash of cinnamon
Iced Tea = Splenda and LOTS of it. I like my iced tea SWEET! I bet this freaks you out. DA DA DAAAA!


Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) May 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Your taco soup looks amazing! Now that the weather is heating up, I should take advantage of my crock pot. I just can’t bear turning on the oven when it’s sweltering.

MelissaH May 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Wow! The venue looks awesome. I want to go!
I take my coffee dark with half and half and sugar. I haven’t tried any new products lately, but I did just get my haircut AGAIN hahaha!
I’m the opposite of you. I work out in the morning and would give my left boob to become an afternoon exerciser. I’m just way too tired after work, but because I work out in the morning, I’m sore all day. I can’t win!

flowyogilates May 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Love your Taco Soup…. mhhhhhhh

with sojamilk and sometimes black; plain; don´t drink iced coffee or ice tea

2. tempeh; vegetarian chicken fillets …. both were delish

Danica May 27, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I LOVE the place you all picked for the wedding.

FYI – if you really want some Heart Thrive Bars I have wayyyyy to mean. But, Whole Foods does sell them. In the WF by me, they are next to the coffee stand in the vegan baked snack section.

Allie May 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Holy moly – your taco soup looks amazingly delicious, I’m definitely gonna have to give that a try.

Carla in Sydney May 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm

That is really, really cool that they allow weddings in the flower shop….such a great idea! You are very lucky and it looks like a beautiful venue. I can’t wait to see you in your dress…I am sure you will be a stunning bride!

PS: I love Marshall’s tatt’s…..quality tatts are just awesome! :-)

Jenn May 27, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Music was a huge deal for us at our wedding too. Funny thing is we are both super into music but I can hardly remember any of the songs. I know there was Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and Bjork. Probably a some Nick Drake and Red House Painters too. This was 11 years ago so the list might be a little different now.

caronae May 28, 2010 at 7:28 am

The venue is absolutely beautiful. I want to get married in a giant garden one day :)

And OF COURSE cute food is more fun to eat. And baby cukes are the epitome of cute.

holly (the healthy everythingtarian) May 28, 2010 at 9:05 am

i am just going to put this out there…i am willing to become ordained to marry you and marshall. and i’m serious.

i like my coffee with milk…preferably the 2% kind.

happy weeeekkkkeeennnnddddddd!!!!!

Jenni May 29, 2010 at 9:39 pm

1. Those cucumbers on that salad look soo yummy!
2. My cousin just had her wedding at Cactus and Tropicals and it was so beautiful, you are going to love it!

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