my whole day.

by Janetha on September 15, 2010

in meals,moves

alternate title for this post: “yep, costco.”


guess what i did today? took photos of everything i ate. i honestly can’t remember the last time i documented a whole day of meals & moves.  it is pretty strange to think that i used to document EVERY morsel, EVERY day. these days, i think the fun about food blogging is showing you guys new meals, different recipes and meals at restaurants.  i don’t feel obligated to photograph my apple+peanut butter or a bowl of cereal.  back then, my priorities were different and i used my blog as a way to stay accountable.  now that i am eating in a less structured manner, every little bite, lick & taste does not have to be accounted for.

but one thing is for sure: i love taking photos of fun meals.  and today just so happened to be chock full of them. enjoy!


breakfast: maple banana nut protein waffles.


finally. finally. FINALLY celebrated waffle wednesday! it has been some time since i made waffles from scratch.  i used my go-to protein waffle recipe.  i didn’t have oats so i used oat bran instead. it worked marvelously.  i also added a dash of baking powder to the batter and some water to thin.


i topped the waffles with 1 TB of mighty maple peanut butter (that i added water to & then heated so it was more spreadable) and 1/2 of a sliced banana.


we were out of coffee beans this morning and i was so sad to not have any coffee. but all my sadness went out the window when i saw a cup of coffee on my desk! sometimes working with your husband has its perks (get your mind out of the gutter!)


the bananas were an added bonus to the waffles. in the old days, i wouldn’t add bananas to waffles because i thought carb+carb was no good.. but come on, it is fruit! half a banana is a good thing. gotta love that potassium.


lunch: turkey+spinach sandwich & veggies+hummus.


i was at costco last night and, on a whim, i threw some dave’s killer bread into my cart.  i have been meaning to try the bread ever since heather raved about it long ago.  it was never available in utah, but now it is sold at costco!  i already have tortillas, flat outs and english muffins in stock that needs to be eaten, so i probably shouldn’t have bought two loaves of bread.. but hey, a whim is a whim.


this bread was well worth the whim! i ate two pieces last night (toasted with peanut butter) and i dreamt about a turkey sandwich on the bread. and then, at lunch time, my dreams came true. the only thing that this was missing was avocado. i thought i had one, but then when i grabbed it this morning.. my thumb punctured through the skin. ew. yeah, it was that old. into the trash it went.  i LOVE the columbus brand herbed turkey breast. it is also sold at costco.  it has low sodium, high protein and LOTS of flavor. you should try it!  oh and that spinach? yep. costco.


i have been loving the spinach & artichoke flavor of sabra.. once again, ALSO sold at costco. geez, maybe costco should sponsor me ;)


by the way.. those mini bell peppers? yep. costco.


wanna know what else i got at costco?


my new spectacles! i haven’t had glasses in over 10 years. this is strange for me.. but healthy. i used to leave my contacts in EVERY. NIGHT. (bad janetha g.)—i have had some eye problems these past couple weeks so i bit the bullet and purchased some eyeglasses.  i wore them for the first time today. all day. a few observations:

  • wearing sunglasses over eyeglasses is not functional. but it is necessary, as my wimpy eyes cannot handle the sunlight. maybe i am a vampire.
  • going downstairs is, for some reason, a challenge. maybe it is because when i peer down, everything is blurry. i have to remember to actually move my head when i look down, because the glasses need to follow my line of vision.
  • same concept goes for preparing food. i spilled a magic bullet container full of egg whites this morning as well as a tupperware of protein powder while trying to make my waffles.  i am not used to relying on such a small area for eyesight. my contacts used to go wherever my eyeballs went. with glasses, not the case.
  • i have to periodically push the glasses up onto my nose or i end up looking like the granny from little red riding hood.
  • people look at you strange when you wear glasses for the first time. kind of like you have three heads, but they aren’t quite sure what is different about you. and then you just have to tell them, “i’m wearing glasses”—and they give you that "light bulb-just-went-on expression, relieved that it was just a new pair of specs, and not an additional head.
  • my eyes feel nice and can breathe! definitely worth enduring all the other observations above.

moving onto moves!


after work, i was rather excited to hit the gym. i hadn’t lifted a weight in over two weeks and it was quite nice!  i went to momma b’s to work out, because a private gym is much nicer than the gold’s gym by my new house. when i got there, my mom was chatting with our good friend, pat. (hi, pat!) pat had given my mom a set of 12 cute tasting dishes with baby spoons. my mom gave me one! thanks mom and pat!


so dang cute.

back to my workout! i wanted to work my lower body and i had seen susan tweet a LBWO she just published on her blog.  it just made sense.

copied from her post, with my changes. (check out her post for posture tips and more information):

*1 mile warmup on treadmill / 9 minutes

Straight Set x5:
Barbell sumo squat –  45 lbs x 15
                                  60 lbs x 10
                                  75 lbs x 6
                                  60 lbs x 8
                                  45 lbs x 10

Straight Set x4:
Dumbbell stiff-leg deadlift – 20lbs each hand x 15 reps

Alternating Set x3:
Step-up – 5# dumbbell each hand x 15 reps each leg
Back extension on roman chair – 10# plate x 15 reps

Alternating Set x3:
Walking lunge – 10# dumbbell each hand x 20 (10 each leg)
Hamstring curl on ball – 20 reps

Alternating Set x3:
Standing calf raise – bodyweight x 15 reps (i did single leg—15 each leg)
Side lying leg raise – bodyweight x 15 reps each leg, i did both inner leg and outer leg raises.. 15 of each, for each leg (60 reps total per set)

*stretching: 10 minutes.

the end! 55 minutes total, 308 calories burned, max HR 167, ave HR 145. for some reason my HR does not get too high when lifting. it never has. i see people like april (who lifts WAY heavier than me.. impressive!) and her HR soars during weight training. unless i do plyo between sets, that doesn’t happen for me. i hope to lift heavier and get that HR up there.

thanks for the workout, susan! loved it. my legs were already sore by the time i made it home.


when i got home i needed to refuel with something quick & simple because the dinner i had planned was a tad labor-intensive. 

post workout snack: strawberry chobs.


i have mentioned it before, but i try to keep my post workout nutrition low in fat and a bit higher in carbs than protein. rather than delving into the science behind it.. i will just say i trust this method/theory and it works for me.


this fit the bill.

i got to work on dinner, i was excited to make it!

today was national linguine day so i decided to make a chicken picatta with linquine and steamed asparagus.


i based my picatta off this recipe but made a few changes.  it was fun to make!


marshall helped. he was on noodle duty, as per usual! IMG_2128

i think this colander is a little small, don’t you?


you can see the whole recipe and process on my new recipe page.

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this meal was excellent! i used to buy the trader joe’s jarred picatta, but they discontinued it.  while i was bummed, i think it was a blessing in disguise, because making picatta from scratch is a lot better than using the jarred sauces.  i will add this to the dinner rotation, for sure!

i just finished eating dinner and i am sure i won’t go to bed without some sort of dessert. i’ve got some juicy, ripe peaches from the farmers’ market that are begging to be devoured.  i bet i will dice one up and eat it on top of a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. yes, we still have leftover ice cream from the wedding… the wedding that was two months ago… the wedding that i still haven’t picked up the photos from.  yeah, that one. 

what can i say? the photography studio is a little out of my way. too bad the photos aren’t at costco. you can bet i would have them by now if they were.

Qs~ bloggers: do you document the majority of you eats? why or why not?  to the readers: do you enjoy seeing posts of ALL someone’s eats in a day, or do you prefer bits & pieces? i would rather see highlights, personally, but i know how blogging everything can be a valuable tool in accountability.. so i applaud those who do document it all.

2. happy national linguine day! what is your favorite noodle shape? i am a thin spagetti fan. i also love penne because it gets all saucy on the inside.

xo. janetha g.

p.s. penny & randy say hi!


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Tay September 16, 2010 at 11:28 am

Oh! I hope my Costco sells that bread now!! Can’t wait to check.

1. I like to document the majority of my eats. I NEVER EVER document everything because i always have snacks and BLTs that hide behind the camera.

2. I like the spiral ones.

super cute glasses missy!!

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) September 16, 2010 at 11:28 am

I was just thinking how much my BF would love that because he loves anything with noodles or capers and then I saw the Packer shirt – he would LOVE that too :)

biz319 September 16, 2010 at 11:38 am

I used to never wear glasses either and just kept my contacts in from morning til I went to bed. But now I take out my contacts almost as soon as I get home and wear my glasses the rest of the night – my eyes feel so much better!

Penne pasta for me!

GetHealthyWithHeather September 16, 2010 at 11:44 am

Heck yes Dave’s killer break rocks! I enjoyed some last night for a french toast dinner.

Andrea@WellnessNotes September 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Your glasses look great! And I’m glad that your eyes are doing better!!! I have some “eye issues” too and shouldn’t wear contacts every day. I finally got some glasses I like at Costco(!). It feels good to be nice to your eyes… :)

I actually document very few meals as I sadly don’t blog very much anymore. I actually wish I documented a bit more… I sometimes really like seeing everything people eat.

Lauren September 16, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Lookin gorgeous as always! Really like the new glasses! Dogs are looking adorable as always too! My husband and I go to Costco waaaay too much, but really, nothing ever really goes to waste, except very rarely some leftover spinach will go bad before we can eat it all. Now we are on a huge lime LaCroix kick and went through the pack way too fast! I totally partook in waffle Wednesday and didn’t even realize it! Oh and I do not post my eats, just recipes here and there. From a reader standpoint, I don’t mind either way.

Lisa September 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I don’t take photos of all my food. Honestly, I’d be bored reading it myself so I think my readers would be too. Not only that, I eat a lot of the same foods.

studentofhealthyliving September 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Sam’s club has been a grocery bill God send. I save at least $100 a month and do the majority of my shopping there :) I am not one to post all the pic’s of what I eat. It’s not that I don’t like that about other bloggers do it, because I do. But man I really hate taking pic’s of my food. I don’t even think to do it, the hubby has to remind me to do it. I much prefer talking about food on my blog, as opposed to telling other people what I had. Like recipes, freaking awesome! That’s just me.
Hi Penny and Randy! They are so freaking adorable!
You look awesome in the glasses lady, very sophisticated! :)

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 16, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I document about 90% of what I what I eat, and I actually enjoy doing it. There are times where I don’t blog snacks or meals in a group setting because it becomes a pain, but if it’s easy for me to grab my camera, why not? It also keeps me accountable in the reverse sense- I make sure I’m not skimping on anything :)

LOVE those glasses on you!! I have rectangular frames too, and while I don’t wear them too often, I secretly think they make me look smarter :)

Allie September 16, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Haha, reasons 1,2, & 4 are the exact reasons why I hate wearing glasses! Sunglasses over glasses = totally freaking annoying, going down the stairs = I feel like I’m going to trip and fall on my face, and my button of a nose = Granny Allie! That picatta looks divine, sure wish I actually had the time to cook all these amazing recipes you post…maybe I can hire you as my personal chef? Oh wait nevermind, I guess I already have one ; )

Lily @ Lily's Health Pad September 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I take pics of everything, but I never post it all. I usually don’t document snacks unless its some new product I’m trying for the first time.

Love the specs! I’ve beendealing with eye problems lately too, and I’ve been having to wear my glasses. Not being able to wear sunglasses SUCKS. Annnd my glasses give me a headache since I’m not used to the weight on my face. Ugh.

coffeeandthepaper September 16, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I love your glasses! I’m always embarassed to wear mine but I don’t look as hot as you!

Runeatrepeat September 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I don’t take pics of everything I eat, but the original intention of my blog was to do exactly that. I just have never gotten around to disciplining myself enough to do that. Um, over two years later I hope to do it soon…

Chelsea September 16, 2010 at 3:55 pm

If a person eats an apple or the same granola bar, after a few times I don’t want to see it anymore. But anything new or interesting is worth posting.

a taste of health with balance September 16, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I wish I had a costco near me! ugh, so jealous. i laughed out loud when you said he was on “noodle duty”. that would totally be Justins (my bf) job. I like to post highlights, and honestly im too lazy to photo everything unless im really in the mood. and i dont think people really care that i ate a bar of chocolate in the corner… or do they?? hahaah. i’ll read whatever works for anybody. highlights or dailies, i’ll read it all :) angel hair is my fave. i def want to try your waffle recipe! usually i stick to pancakes when i use ground oats but i never though about waffles hmm.. ill have to break it out soon. have a great evening !

Heather September 16, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I tried documenting my meals for a day…..but I don’t think it is for me. I stress out about taking great pictures in a reasonable amount of time. My meals are also pretty boring, I would be posting pictures of apples and banannas every day!

I also think I would be too critical of myself…”should I tell my readers that I just ate a pile of nacho chips out of the bag while standing at the counter?” or “that I ate the crumbs out of the cookie jar”. I agree that documenting a great meal, an event or recipe is much more interesting, creative and satisfying!

elise September 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm

costco is legit. i have most of the same things…sabra hummus, baby bell pepps, produce up the hoo-ha, and don’t even get me STARTED on DKB. I’m like their number one fan. seriously, its scary how many times ive gone through an entire loaf in one sitting. consider yourself forewarned.

Maggie @ Say Yes to Salad September 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm

I started out documenting everything but over time it got to be too much! I ended up switching to posting just one thing at a time and it worked a lot better for me :) I love your food from yesterday though. Yum yum.

BroccoliHut September 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I want to eat everything in this post–particularly that asparagus.
1. I document all my meals, but never any snacks. It just gets too tedious to document everything that enters my mouth. Plus, my meals are way more interesting:)
2. I love farfalle–who can resist those cute little bow ties??

Naomi(onefitfoodie) September 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm

OMG I just made a whole big commenta nd it got deleted GRR

anyways, I love yoru meals! I used to track every morsel i ate too and it got old. I even got bored of lookng at my meals haha. Nowadays I am not so crazy when it comes to NEEDING my camera when I eat oats and brown rice. I just take pics when I take pics and thats that!

omg that little colainder is so dang cute! what could you possibly strain in there??

ohhh Im SUCH a BJ’s lover and I found those baby bell peppers! they are delicious and super sweet, what a find!

My fav shape is angel hair!!!

Laura @ Starloz September 16, 2010 at 6:17 pm

i’m completely obsessed with daily food blogging, im still new to the healthy living game so i feel better doing it!

simplyshaka September 16, 2010 at 7:54 pm

A) I had dirty thoughts when you mentioned working with hubs
B) I want a baby colander
C) I also want to make piccata, it’s long overdue
D) I used to take pics of everything but once you’ve seen a banana as a snack, you seen them all. I like to make pictures of different things I make or meals I enjoy when I go to restaurants
E) Linguine is my fave pasta!!

HappyMediumOfHealth September 16, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I haven’t had waffles in such a long time but I could really go for some waffles and syrup right now! I don’t really like when people post every single thing they put in their mouths. I just like to see the highlights…kinda like how you would tell someone what you did with your day when they asked what you did (woke up, ate breakfast, went to work, ate lunch, yada yada yada) and usually when you tell people about your day you don’t include what snacks/bites of something you took. That probably made no sense. But anways, I saw some pretty funky noodle shapes in the Fall 2010 Wegmans magazine that look so good and will hopefully try soon!

emily September 16, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I think your new specs look AMAZING! You seriously look like you belong in glasses. True story – my friend in HS got a very similar pair yours even though she had 20/20 because she though they made her look cute.

caronae September 16, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I prefer blogging about and reading about the highlights, except for a few select full-on-picture-of-every-morsel blogs (like KERF). I love sharing new recipes, restaurants, fun snack ideas or quick eats for college students. That said, I photograph everything I eat, for two reasons:

1. Accountability purposes — I can be SUCH a mindless snacker. It’s just better this way.

2. I might need the pictures for something! Even if I don’t sure most things from any one given day of eats, I might use them in a future post (for example, a round-up of my favorite salad toppings, or something of the like).

As for noodle shapes — I love linguine and angel hair (but not spaghetti, oddly, lol).

Katie September 17, 2010 at 6:05 am

I still love your all-in-one-day posts (but I like the others, too)! I’ve never made protein waffles OR pancakes, but I need to get on that ASAP since protein powder is basically my new best friend.

And I hear ya on the contact thing. I wear my “two week” pair waaaaaay past the two week mark because I don’t want to have to keep buying new ones! Bad, I know.

Allie September 18, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Hahaha, love the flashback photos! Pretty sure I had that same jacket, same glasses, and same sandals you’re wearing in the first photo : )

Kailey (SnackFace) September 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm

So NOW I see that I inadvertently copied you. I’m so sorry! That’s twice in 8 days that’s happened to me…gosh! Oh well…

I’m still dying to try DKB! Especially that cinnamon sinful thing…CinDawg? SinDawg? Whatevs, I WANT IT.

Ahhhh it’s been a wonderful half-hour catching up with your posts. I know, I’m awful :( Sawwwwwy! <3 you!!!

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