secret photo shoot revealed!

by Janetha on November 16, 2010

in meals,moves

it is pretty cold outside these days. especially in the mornings. that’s why i had to check my temperature when i woke up craving an icy, cold protein shake for breakfast.


okay, i didn’t really check my temperature, but isn’t that strange? i rolled with it and broke out the vitamix for some morning blending.



blueberry banana protein shake.

into the mix:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
  • 1 scoop EAS vanilla whey protein powder
  • 2/3 of a frozen banana
  • 3 handfuls of frozen bloobs
  • 4 big leaves of kale
  • 10-15 ice cubes

i didn’t even need xanthan gum or guar gum to make the shake thick and creamy—a frozen banana does the trick! if you can’t get your hands on the gums, just freeze a banana.


may not be the prettiest color, but i can assure you that the flavor combination was spot on. my all time favorite protein shake combo is this one—the mix of blueberries, banana and vanilla never lets me down. plus, portable breakfasts win at life.


guess what? i ate three sandwiches yesterday. yep. i am a sandwich fiend. i had an egg white scramble for breakfast and sandwiched the eggs between two slices of toast. i had a turkey sandwich for lunch like i showed you. and last night, instead of oatmeal like i’d mentioned, i actually had a grilled turkey and haavarti sandwich for dinner. marshall doesn’t really like sandwiches, but i could eat them for days on end without tiring of a single sandwich. love ‘em.

it’s no surprise that i whipped up another sandwich for lunch today. fact of the matter is, if i don’t have leftovers then i will 99% of the time make a sandwich. and, since i haven’t been cooking very substantial dinners lately, the ol’ leftover bank is empty.


turkey & laughing cow blue cheese on oat bread with lettuce & honey dijon mustard.


this was good.. but what i REALLY want to try is the sandwich that changed holly’s life. part three.

i won’t bother showing you my after work/pre-workout snack. it was cottage cheese and a bowl of cereal, in case you wondered.


i didn’t mention this yesterday, but i have decided to fall back on my old favorite: body for life workouts. they work well for me and produce results. they are fast and efficient. why wouldn’t i do them?

so, yesterday was HIIT and that meant today was lower body. i did a modified version of my go to lower body workout:

5 minute treadmill warm up @ 6 MPH

quads (and abs)

move weight reps rest
bulgarian split squat 15# 12 25# standing side crunches x 15 each side
bulgarian split squat 20# 10 25# standing side crunches x 15 each side
bulgarian split squat 25# 8 25# standing side crunches x 15 each side
bulgarian split squat 30# 6 25# standing side crunches x 15 each side
bulgarian split squat 15# 12 none
ball-against-wall squat 15# 12 1 minute

hamstrings (and abs)

move weight reps rest
stiff leg dead lift 30# 12 30 ball crunches
stiff leg dead lift 40# 10 30 ball crunches
stiff leg dead lift 50# 8 30 ball crunches
stiff leg dead lift 60# 6 30 ball crunches
stiff leg dead lift 30# 12 none
stability ball ham curls bodyweight 12 1 minute

calves (and abs)

move weight reps rest
seated calf raise on sled 120# 12 15 captain’s char leg raises
seated calf raise on sled 140# 10 15 captain’s char leg raises
seated calf raise on sled 160# 8 15 captain’s char leg raises
seated calf raise on sled 180# 6 15 captain’s char leg raises
seated calf raise on sled 140# 12 none
single leg calf raises bodyweight 12 1 minute

glutes (and abs)

move weight reps sets
donkey kicks body weight 15 each leg 3
lying butt bridge body weight 15 3
floor crunches body weight 30 3

the end!


i put dinner together before working out, so when i got home the whole house was filled with the delicious aroma of stuffed peppers.


stuffed bell peppers are one of my favorite dinners! my recipe can be found here.


side of asparagus.


doused in ketchup.


there is no other way to top a stuffed pepper, in my humble opinion.


i came home to some FABULOUS mail today.

first up was a big case of chobani that i won from matt. thanks, matt! funny thing is, marshall bought the 12 pack case of chobani from costco on his way home today. we are fully stocked with 24 containers of chobani! not to worry!

my second item of mail is something that i have been waiting to see for a long, long, long, LONG time.

remember my top secret photo shoot back in may? well, you probably DON’T.. because that was six months ago.. but yes—back in may there was a top secret photo shoot that i couldn’t spill the beans about.


well.. the secret is out!


many of you know deb, the wonderful woman behind smoothie girl eats too. well, she has been working on a top secret project all year long.

deb best describes the story behind the calendar in her post, so i will quote her:

The idea for this calendar stemmed from a running joke that my Dad used to make.  He always said that my blogging friends were pretty enough to be calendar girls.  Each time I had a ‘meet up’ with a new girl, he would ask "So another one for the calendar?"  The answer was always "yes."  And we giggled at the thought of a blogger calendar. 

It wasn’t until he was dying of lymphoma in April 2010 that I had the idea to turn his joke into a reality.  Working together on this project was a fun distraction for him in his last weeks of life.  He helped to choose all of the girls and his favorite photographs as well.  The day before he died, he chose the final photo.

her story behind the calendar gives me chills every time i read it. i heard deb talk about her dad often and know he was a great man. i am so honored that i was “one for the calendar”—such an honor.


june! because that is the month i was born.

we were instructed to take a food or fitness themed photo in pin-up style for the calendar.

the pin up photo shoot was SUCH a blast. my friend erin did my makeup and her friend ethan did the shoot. momma b lent me her barbell and was with me throughout the whole process.

i feel a little silly posting these photos, but i think it was a ton of fun and so i wanted to share them with you guys. not used to plastering photos of myself all over—but this is a special occasion Winking smile

all images below are copyright ethan killian photography.



deadlifts are NOT easy in heels!


there were lots of photos and poses to choose from.. i am happy with the one that ended up in the calendar!


all the photos in the calendar are food or fitness themed! i love that.

there are 14 of marty’s babes in the calendar. they are:

deb has all of the photos posted month by month on her blog in this post.

now the fun part. these calendars are for sale! and the best part of it all is that all profits of sales from the calendar will be donated to USC Norris Cancer Hospital.  this hospital and doctors Ann Mohrbacher and Don Feinstein helped to keep deb’s dad living life to the fullest for years beyond what was predicted.

If you would like to order a calendar to help support cancer research and as a memento of your blogging days, drop Deb an email at: LASmoothieGirl(at)gmail (dot) com.  Cost is $15 including shipping within the USA for the first 80 that are sold.  Thereafter it will be $17.99 plus shipping directly from the printer.  Non-US residents, email Deb and she will let you know how much it costs to ship. 

  i hope some of you decide to purchase a marty’s blogger babes calendar so we can raise some money for charity. please pass the word on as well—the more calendars sold, the better! Smile


1. if you were going to take a food or fitness themed photo for a calendar, what would you do?

2. sandwiches: can’t get enough of them (like me) or tire of them quickly (like marshall)?

xo. janetha g.

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kristastes November 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Those are awesome!! So cool! Glad you brought the barbell :) My best friend wants to do a pinup girl-themed photo project and keeps trying to get me to pose for her but I feel awkward posing for pictures in anything less than shorts lol!

Brynne November 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm

That is SO cool! You look gorgeous :0)

Christin@purplebirdblog November 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm

RAWR!!!!! You are so damn hot! Love the photos, and the calendar idea seriously brought tears to my eyes! Amazing!

purplebirdblog November 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm

RAWR!!!!! You are so damn hot! Love the photos, and the calendar idea seriously brought tears to my eyes! Amazing!

natalie (the sweets life) November 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I love sandwiches, even boring ones like pb & j. Thankfully Ryan’s a fan too (esp now that we have a panini press!) so he’s down for a quick dinner of sandwiches!

AMAZING photos–seriously those are hot! love it!

a taste of health with balance November 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm

this is absolutely AWESOME. Just checked all the photos at debs blog, such a good idea I love them all ! You look fabulous!!

Dana @ my little celebration November 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Janetha, you look absolutely gorgeous in the calendar. So chic and classic! Bravo friend : )

emily (a nutritionist eats) November 17, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Love this!!! You look GORGEOUS! :)

melissadishes November 17, 2010 at 1:12 pm

OMG, I love your photos, especially the one in the calendar. You look gorgeous!

thedelicateplace November 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm

but you totally are a pin up! gorgeous! i love the themes and what a great idea for the calendar!

BIOCHEMISTA November 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I LOOOOOVE this idea!!! You look GORGEOUS girl!! :) :)

I recently posted an article on how important it is (now more than ever!) to support cancer research. You can check it out here:


Andrea@WellnessNotes November 17, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Fitness-themed photo? Maybe hiking since that’s what I love. But I don’t think that would be very interesting or sexy…

I love your photos! What a great project Deb has been working on! Are you making your own calendar with the “leftover” photos? Would make a great gift for Marshall… :)

glidingcalm November 17, 2010 at 2:17 pm

wow mama!!!!!!!!! you look amazing!! I bet Marshall is excited to hang that baby!

jessica November 17, 2010 at 2:53 pm

holy hotness! love pinups and you guys are all such adorable pinups.

Melissa November 17, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Awesome photos and awesome calendar…though the story is so sad. You look gorgeous and are forever part of a great cause!

simplyshaka November 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm

This is amazing and hot—what a fabulous idea!!!!

Emilyeatsclean November 17, 2010 at 9:19 pm

How cute!!!! And I just discovered frozen bananas a few months ago….they are ahhh-mazing!!!

inmytummy November 17, 2010 at 9:44 pm

OMG, you look awesome!

marlopnwgirl November 18, 2010 at 11:49 am

Love the pictures! You look adorable!

Im a HUGE sandwich fan.. i could never get tired of them!

Food or fitness.. Hm.. Fitness for sure.. Im a crossfitter..So maybe using some kettlebells, or bar like yours..

cbrady3 November 18, 2010 at 2:09 pm

You look AWESOME. THe red lip stick and blunt bangs is so great on you!!!

Maren November 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Wow Janetha, you are stunning! Those pictures are sooo fun! I bet you had an absolute BLAST doing that! Didn’t you feel just beautiful?! LOVE IT! :)

Katie November 19, 2010 at 5:46 pm

OW OW! You sexy THANG! Great photos, lady, and I am definitely buying one of those calendars. Lymphoma research is near and dear to my heart. Thank you so much for participating and promoting it!

Danica November 21, 2010 at 8:38 am

It’s so funny that I actually thought when you did the photo shoot way back when that it was as a “wedding” type present for Marshall :D Oops…but, maybe he still got the benefit too! You are such a doll and I seriously LOVE how your personality comes out in all the pics.

Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices November 21, 2010 at 10:14 am

Ahh, I DO remember that photo shoot! Totally thought that you were doing some kind of scandalous photo shoot for Marshall ;)
The pictures look FANTASTIC! I love them all. You are absolutely beautiful! I have to say, my favorites though are the deadlifts in heels- so stinkin’ cute!

hungryforbalance November 21, 2010 at 9:55 pm

I love this idea! And your pictures are so adorable! Looks like you had fun with it too :-)

Rachel Wilkerson November 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Ahhh a pinup girl rocking a green smoothie?! You know you’re a blogger when…

So fun!!

Sara November 29, 2010 at 6:54 pm

That is so awesome!! I love the shots, and the story definitely made me tear up a little! :)

Larissa Craddock July 26, 2012 at 8:16 am

What are frozen bloobs?

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