you like random? you get random.

by Janetha on December 3, 2010

in meals

well, the results are in: you guys like random posts. because of this little nugget of information, i am about to get pretty random once again.

i am okay with that.

i hope you are, too.

i wasn’t lying yesterday when i said that protein oatmeal is my breakfast 73.9% of the time.


melty mighty maple.


some of you say you have a hard time making your protein oatmeal creamy. it is all about the brand of protein powder you use. i have tried many a powder and found the best one for protein oats is EAS vanilla premium blend protein powder. it is a blend of soy, whey and casein protein.


brandi & holly are teaming together to raise money for jovenes—an orphanage in hondouras.


you can click their names above to see their posts about the fundraiser. i am doing my part to spread the word–$5 here and $10 there goes a long way for these kids.


and holly & brandi, i am thieving your content straight off your posts :)

for example–

It takes $28,000 per MONTH to keep Jovenes running, and while I know money is tight for all of us, every little bit we can raise is going to help them cover their costs.

your money could fund many things, like:

  • $25 = support of children at Jovenes
  • $50 = purchase backpacks & school supplies
  • $75 = funds skills training program
  • $100 = purchase school shoes & uniforms

The minimum donation is whatever you want it to be. Maybe you can go without a new jar of almond butter or coconut milk ice cream and donate that $5-10 here instead. Or maybe you can give more and sacrifice your holiday lattes for the month of December. In the grand scheme of things, it might not be much of a sacrifice for YOU, but it can make a huge difference to them.

Anything you can give is used to keep the orphanage running, to keep the boys healthy and educated and to help give them a life that they wouldn’t have otherwise.

Please consider giving this season.

Share the blessings you’ve received with someone less fortunate.

If you are feeling merry this holiday season, please click here to donate to Jovenes!

Donations are completely secure and private.


kacy & lisa are hosting a salad challenge for the month of december!

the goal? eat twenty salads this month.

i am participating.

i had a crappy salad last night (#1) and a glorious salad for lunch today (#2):


in the mix:

  • romaine
  • spinach
  • yellow & orange bell peppers
  • shredded carrots
  • cottage cheese+ranch seasoning
  • baked sweet potato
  • garbanzo beans
  • asiago dressing

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you can’t go wrong with salads. this challenge is gonna be easy.


guess what i found at the grocery store the other day??


adora calcium discs. after seeing them around blog land for two years and being too lazy to order them online, i found them as a “new item” at smith’s marketplace.


they are smaller than i’d imagined.. but WOW—they do a greatjob at satisfying my sweet tooth while giving me much needed calcium.


i am hooked.

which, by looking at the nutrition stats, is not a bad thing.



i realize i have skipped flashback friday a bunch lately. the reason for this is my laptop with all my old photos on the hard drive is having serious issues. like.. it won’t even turn on. i have tried to flash back using the photos i DO have access to.. but that isn’t very many. sad story.

guess what i do have access to? my old myspace account! oh man, remember myspace?  i sure do. i was in the thick of using myspace when marshall and i were flirting with each other, before we actually went on a date. the only reason i don’t delete my account is because i want to save all those cheesy flirtatious comments we left each other. they are pure gold, i tell you. i should share them sometime. maybe i will.

so, for today’s flashback friday, i give you some random photos from my myspace account. i am surprised i remembered my password! plus, when i logged on it was all SORTS of different than i remember. i am lucky i found the link to my photo albums. i remember that a couple years ago i totally deleted all photos on my myspace—so unfortunately the ones from 2004-2007 aren’t on there. but there are several from 2008. that is when these are all from.

random puppy i found in mexico.


photo booth.


san francisco. we took this photo and people joked that it could be our engagement photo.  little did we all know…


RANDY IS A BIG DOG. actually 2007.


there was a brief period in 2008 that i wanted to make flashing the OK sign just as trendy as flashing the peace sign. it didn’t really catch on.. but man, i hate the peace sign in photos, so i am all about the OK.

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there was a time that i could go to the bar on a week night and stay out until 3 AM and go to work at 8 AM. not anymore.


i sure miss snowboarding my life away. i need to get up to the mountains. soon.


here is a photo that will never happen again.. marshall snowboarding with me. he went 3 times before telling me he absolutely hates it.


once a jazz fan, always a jazz fan. (i am actually going to the game tonight!)


i miss mable. HOLY CRUD I MISS HER.


but i am so glad i have penny. this was her first vet visit. tiny pup.


in 2007, i went to norway. it was a blast.

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i went on a trip to california in 2007, as well. in the norway photos above and in the california photos below, both from 2007, the last time i looked at these, i remember thinking i was so fat. i remember feeling so fat when the photos were taken.

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um. i wasn’t fat. yeah, i was 138 pounds at the time (yes, i remember the exact number), but i still wasn’t fat.

thank you, age and maturity, for realizing that i am beautiful at every weight.

while we are on this topic, i want to direct you to susan’s post about her one goal for december. aka the most important goal she has ever made.

susan’s goal is to end fat talk.

let’s face it.. at one time or another, we have all talked to ourselves (whether in our heads or out loud) in a way that we know we shouldn’t. we have said things to and about ourselves that we would never, ever, EVER in a million years say to another person about them.

i am guilty of this. chances are, you are too.

and guess what? even though i have a healthier relationship with myself than i ever have before, i still catch myself thinking negative things about the way i look.

bad habits are hard to break.

so, in addition to the salad challenge for december, i am also taking on susan’s challenge of ending fat talk.

i will not scrutinize my chin in photos. it is not a double chin, janetha, it is just a bad angle.

i will not obsessively look at my reflection that appears in anything i walk past (store window, mirror, etc) and think that i look bad. in fact, i am going to avoid looking in the mirror all together—except when i get ready, of course.

i will not get down on myself about the size of my calves. sure, i can’t find a single pair of boots that fit over my calves when wearing jeans, but that doesn’t make me fat. it makes me muscular. and strong.

i will not focus on parts of my body and appearance that i don’t love. instead, i will embrace the things i do love. my abs. my hair. my smile and teeth. my little hands and feet. my boobs. yep, i love ‘em. and even if i don’t love my big butt, marshall does ;)


wow. that spur of the moment, random decision to flash back to my myspace photos really pulled something deep from within me.

i think i needed that.

you see, this post wasn’t planned. at all. i just opened my blog writing program and started typing.

and this is what i ended up with.

and i am okay with that.

i hope you are, too.


1. what do you love about your appearance?

2. describe your dream salad.

xo. janetha g.















p.s. you have until midnight to enter my first giveaway of christmas! giveaway #2 will go up tomorrow :)

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{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt December 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Random Janetha is awesome ;)


Erica December 3, 2010 at 6:47 pm

LOVE Holly & Brandi’s effort. So fabulous. And I’m all for a salad challenge. I am a big fan of your flashback posts. You always look so happy :) I love how STRONG my legs look. I used to hate my muscles, now I think they’re fabulous. I also love my blue eyes and I kind of think being short rocks


momma b December 3, 2010 at 6:52 pm

great random post! I love my smile – I will take a lesson from you and STOP being critical of myself and find things to be grateful for — thanks for the wake up call!

favorite salad is any that you make, I hate doing the thinking and the chopping, just love the eating! :)


edenseats December 4, 2010 at 10:30 am

Momma b, I love your smile too! And yes, youve created a wise woman, we all need to listen to her.
PS, I love you in that totally non-creepy way. You are like the queen of cool moms.


Maren December 3, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Yep, being random is the best. Let’s end fat talk for life!!


Paige December 3, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Hahahhaha sweet underwear in that picture with Randy! Great flashback this week, you seem like you’re in a really good place in your life right now. :)


suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic] December 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

a very random but wonderful post. :) i loved seeing the timeline of photos!


edenseats December 3, 2010 at 7:06 pm

The random ones are always the best.
Janetha, there is SO much to love about you. I seriously don’t see how you ever scrutinized yourself!
I love flashback Friday! So fun to see your history. I too have been skipping them given all the crap that’s been going on for me, but I also decided to do a little flashback blurb today.

1) I love my nose. I’m bless that its small and than I’m a jew! I dont know how I got it since both my parents had big snouts, but whatever, I’m blessed.
2) dream salad? One that is has the health benefits and stats of a salad but tastes like a hamburger


Krystina (Basil & Wine) December 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm

This post made me super happy. I love your energy.


lindsay December 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Random but full of character for sure! Such joy in these pictures, keep them coming. I love that I am healthy right now and I will celebrate that for sure!


janae December 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Love the random posts! Nothing wrong with sticking to a breakfast most mornings! Love all of the pictures…especially the photo booth one. The salad challenge is awesome! Thanks for being such a great example in ending fat talk!!


Johnna December 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Know you are not alone – I have yet to find a pair of boots to fit over my “muscular” calves. That being said – I love my shoulders.
My dream salad is BIG. Like a neverending gobstopper but in salad form.

Loved the random post!


danielle December 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Hey, I’m five feet tall and I’ve got the large calves too! There are boots out there that will fit you (us), but they are practically impossible to find in stores. Measure from your foot arch to your knee also, because the bigger problem with boots is finding one with an appropriate shaft height. Here is my secret: I use a google search limited by site (for example, limit it to and search for “13 inch shaft” “15 inch circumference”).

Here are some from my collection, just to prove that it’s possible:
Me Too Arena
Frye Veronica (I actually have 3 pairs of Frye, they tend to work really well)
Diba Bay Side
Diba Dee Lish
UGGs also work pretty well, but I have none of those

Now go and get some boots!


purplebirdblog December 3, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I have to say this… the words “13 inch shaft” caught my eye before anything else in this comment… ay-yo! ;D


janetha December 5, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Danielle– THANK YOU for the suggestions! :)


Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 3, 2010 at 7:43 pm

I do love your random posts and how it comes up with something awesome as a message at the end. I needed that today.


KaraHadley December 3, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Cosmo once said that by making a subtle okay sign with your fingers on top of a bar would act as a subconscious sign to men for them to approach you. So my friends and i went around for a month making okay signs over our naughty bits. surprisingly, no guys ever approached us. haha. oh cosmo.


Laura (starloz) December 3, 2010 at 8:09 pm

this post is a million times of AWESOME!


Liz @ Blog is the New Black December 3, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Your salad looks great- love the addition of sweet ‘tatoes. And, the “OK” thing… you kill me, JG!


purplebirdblog December 3, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Random is fun!!

“thank you, age and maturity, for realizing that i am beautiful at every weight.”

A-freakin-men. I was standing in the mirror naked last night checking out my super curvy hips and really loving them. My man is fond of my copious junk in the trunk, and I am learning to love that too. And today while doing the laundry I was randomly thinking about how I love being tall and broad, and how these German shoulders make me a kickass massage therapist. And this is all the while days before my monthly visitor, so I’m even more stoked about these positive body thoughts! ;)


Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) December 3, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I love random posts because I can leave random comments!

I’ve got to get on the 20 salads kick! I love salad but always forget to make it.

I wanna find adora disks. No fair!!!

I used to make the peace sign in photos all the time. Now it annoys me so much. I’m with you on that one.

You and Winnie the Pooh look so cute together. I love it!

I love ending fat talk. I’ve really got to work on it because while I have weight to lose, I am still a person and I still need to like myself. Fat talk just makes me feel worse!


BroccoliHut December 3, 2010 at 9:12 pm

LOVE Adora–I always bring a stash with me on vacation when my calcium intake can be a little low.


Nat December 3, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Those Adora disks look good… and healthy! Where do you find them? I’ve never seen them before.


a taste of health with balance December 3, 2010 at 9:31 pm

love this! your confidence shines and i admire you for that. so many women have the hardest time accepting and loving themselves without criticizing every thing they hate about themselves. you are the exact opposite and i love it!


Sweet Cheeks December 3, 2010 at 9:40 pm

I’ll definitely be participating in the salad challenge…sounds like a winner to me!

P.S. I love the random posts, too. :D


Holly December 3, 2010 at 9:42 pm

i love you.

for giving us a shoutout on the fundraiser. for being random. for also getting in on the salad challenge. for being so supportive of other bloggers. for being you.

happy weekend janehtha :)


kissmybroccoli December 3, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Love this post! I definitely needed reminding of this!

I love my lips and my boobs (shhh!) Hahaha! OMG, typing that makes me feel like a wanna be porn star!

My dream salad would involve a ginormous bar of endless toppings that I don’t have to cut and store (only for them to go bad in the fridge).


runyogarepeat December 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I LOVE seeing snowboarding pictures cause I’m going snowboarding in the morning. I’m glad my boyfriend loves it too, so we can waste all our free time on the mountains!


Lindsay December 3, 2010 at 10:34 pm

I am so glad you posted this because whenever I look at a picture from the times I was in partial recovery because I see a “fat” person who hated herself. I am luckily to a point where I love myself for who I am and I eat what I want and I am mantaining my weight.

Also, where do you go snowboarding?? Have you ever thought of going snowboarding in Steamboat, Colorado it is a gourgeous place and I might get to meet you if you do!! :)


Danielle C. December 3, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Where do you buy the EAS premium blend? I’m having a hard time finding it on my usual sites.

One tip for the “double chin” bad angle…I just learned this a few weeks ago, touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth when you smile. It’s all about perspective and learning to love yourself, for years I hated my smile. I refused to smile in pictures. Looking back, the pictures looked even worse. No wonder I hated having pics taken. :(


Dana @ my little celebration December 4, 2010 at 12:03 am

flashback friday for the win. I always enjoy your photos and the accompanying commentary. You’re hilarious. Just plain hilarious.

And for the record, I’m totally on board with the “end fat talk” movement. It’s not fat anyways…as Holly would say, “it’s fun chub.” And I don’t want to totally deny myself during the holiday season anyways. If I want a cookie, I’ll have a cookie!


Meg December 4, 2010 at 12:08 am

I loved all your old pictures! THANK YOU for the part at the end. Sometimes, it’s a bad angle (most of the time really) and at the size you and I are, we really have no grounds to ever think we look fat. :)


Jenn (GH) December 4, 2010 at 12:32 am

I LOVE that picture of Randy standing on you…ha ha ha!!! The one of you snowboarding is AWESOME.

I have trouble finding boots that fit my calves right too.

My fav part of my body are my shoulders or tummy.


Erica D December 4, 2010 at 2:25 am

I love my pale skin! I embrace my inherited Danish features, and if I must wear SPF 70 to keep them, so be it.


1970kikiproject December 4, 2010 at 4:58 am

you can do a post of this nature anytime, janetha! i totally loved the variety of topics, the silly and the serious, the photos and the thoughts. just wonderful!
i love my green eyes.
i love salads! right now i’m on a tofu salad streak: just pan-fry tofu and dump it on greens. hot+cold, different textures, very yum!
have a great weekend!


jen December 4, 2010 at 5:55 am

Awesome, uplifting, fun post!!!
I wonder if I still have a myspace….i don’t think i ever deleted it.



MelissaNibbles December 4, 2010 at 6:23 am

Heading over to support the orphanage. What a great cause!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) December 4, 2010 at 8:03 am

i love my legs. they are super strong and muscley and carry me far. and even though it is also hard for me to find boots… or pants for that matter… i love ’em. always have, always will.

my ultimate salad? greens and herbs topped with curried chickpeas or pesto white beans, sundried tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cucumber, steamed broccoli, smoked tempeh, edamame, beets, goat cheese, a really nice viniagrette… mmm. also a pretty hefty salad, calorie-wise, haha!



Hilary December 4, 2010 at 8:14 am

I love this sector of the blog world just for the fact that I am constantly reminded to love my body no matter what. Thank you! Also to get creamy oatmeal, I usually mix my protein powder (EAS brand) with some water before I put it in the oatmeal which helps it to not clump up!

I really love my shoulders and my butt. Both have a nice degree of roundness :). As for my dream salad…anything with ranch dressing and cheese.


inmytummy December 4, 2010 at 8:15 am

You look great in all of your pictures. I need to stop the fat talk too. I get in a major mood if I see a picture of myself that i don’t like.


coffeeandthepaper December 4, 2010 at 8:39 am

I love the random pictures. You are so pretty Janetha!

I am all about the protein oats lately too. Another trick I use to make them super creamy is soaking my oats overnight. It rocks!

One thing I love about myself physically is my smile. I feel 100x more beautiful when I’m smiling. But I love my kindness, brain, creativity, and strength more than any physical feature. It took some growing up to finally learn that though!


Di December 4, 2010 at 8:49 am

I downloaded all of the pictures I didn’t think I’d be able to find from my myspace and closed the account, haha. That’s a fun reason to keep it open though!

I’ll definitely donate to the orphanage.

This morning I woke up and loved everything about how I looked, minus the bedhead. I looked in the mirror and actually thought I looked good. I’m not sure how 4 days at the gym and 5 days of eating well can transform me, so maybe I’m just happy with my body because I’m happy about the changes I’m making. :)

I hear you when it comes to looking at pics and remembering thinking I was fat. I weighed 128lbs and hated pictures of me because I thought I was chubby. I wasn’t and I need to find those pictures! I’m working on not saying bad things about myself, but it’s a process.

I’m trying to do the 20 salads in December, too! I’ve gotten 2 in so far.


Texas Gunslinger December 4, 2010 at 9:57 am

Janetha, I want to give you the biggest, Texas-sized hug EVER! There are so many reasons why i love this post! One being it’s random and I love random HA!

1st- you are SO right about the protein powder to mix with oats. I tried Jay Robb twice and it was SOSOSO disgusting. Then, we found that EAS pro-powder at Costco and it mixes so well! in fact, I mixed it in my cereal just this morning for an extra protein boost! (Too bad the past 3 times we’ve been to Costco they haven’t carried that protein powder- BOOOOOO!)

2nd- Love all the photos! And, girl, you looked great at 138! It’s amazing what we “see” and how distorted our views can be. I was exactly 138 on my wedding day and I’m the same height as you and now that I look back at the photos, I realize I still looked good and wasn’t fat, either, even though I felt like it. I’m definitely with you on stopping the “fat talk”. I’ve been doing a little of that lately as my weight adjusts from bikini competition to “normal”. Hubby and friends actually say they are glad I put on a few pounds because they say I was starting to look “gaunt” and “dry”. I’m just trying to be happy, even though my abs are in hibernation again. I’d rather have a flippin’ YUM-E bowl of cereal and some fruit than have abs in winter anyway. Who needs abs in winter–we’re covered up! hehe

3rd- I’m with Marshall on snowboarding. Tried it and hated it. I fell so many times and ended up pinching a nerve in my arm and had to have the snowmobile drive me to the bottom BAHAHA! I’m such a prima donna, I know! I hate skiing, too. However, i do love ski trips- just leave me in the lodge in a hot tub with a glass of wine and I’ll be fine:)


Mama Pea December 4, 2010 at 11:03 am

Sorry for the “random” text last night, I had just read this post and was so very, very touched by what you shared about “fat talk.” It struck me that I make such an overwhelming effort to shield my girls from anyone else’s fat talk but that I don’t bother to shield myself…or to even stop that internal conversation with myself to begin with.

And I now have a new goal for the rest of 2010 and from here on out.


mayapamela December 4, 2010 at 11:15 am

I definitely eat salads 20x more a month. I have limited options in dining halls, and I like my veggies! Oh my, myspace. I used to spend SO MUCH TIME looking up new layouts and figuring out the html code. Now I waste my time on blogs (slash not a waste because ya’ll are my friends and I learn so much!)

Love the end fat talk goal. Great goal for every month.


julie December 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm

wowzas you are miss popular haha i went to enter your mug giveaway and it’s closed! ;(

on another note random posts are mon favourite!


Brandi December 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm

thank you, thank you for spreading the word about Jovenes :) Love you girly!


elise December 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm

this was sooo random and amazing. i love old school pics. i never did the myspace thing, but thats prob for the best. i have hideous bleached hair pics on facebook still and thats quite enough.

oh and i am so on board with the fat talk. i dont even mean some of the things i say about myself which most people know, but coworkers who just met me would definitely think im psycho. like whenever ive chowed down and im rocking a massive food baby, i call myself things like fatty and oinker and stuff like that but in a joking and loving way…i think others (non-family/friends) think im loco and have some serious body issues because (a) im not fat and (b) my meal choices are generally on the healthy end of the spectrum.


Heather December 4, 2010 at 9:37 pm

yes, come to the mountains and we can play! and also YES you are so beautiful all the time! :)


janetha @ meals & moves December 4, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Come to my mountains and ill come to yours :) I really need to get over to your stomping grounds soon. Haven’t ridden there since high school!


Susan December 5, 2010 at 11:09 am

1. Holycrap basset hounds are heavy dogs I can’t believe he didn’t crush you.
2. I am totally going to start making the “ok” sign in photos now. I tried to bring back the word “bodacious” in 2006 and for some reason it never caught on…
3. Do my Raptors ever play your Jazz? They’d probably just lose anyways…
4. I had a really good hair day yesterday and thought nothing but nice things about myself when I looked in the mirror. Getting better! :)
5. Dream salad = my mom’s layered salad. Iceberg, green peppers, celery, onion, peas, bacon, cheddar cheese and a mayo dressing.
6. LOVE YOU!!!


Barbara December 5, 2010 at 2:05 pm

It is crazy that you think those things! When I see you or think of you I think: STRONG, funny and an awesome chick I’d love to be friends with in real life! I’m glad you are putting an end to the ‘negative self talk’ because you are fabulous and I am saddened to think you had to struggle with the pain of ‘fat talk’. I know we all do, but it is definitely a wake up call when someone you think is amazing (YOU!) in every way possible, thinks that about themselves. Great goal!


ally eckhart December 6, 2010 at 12:02 pm

You are beautiful janetha g!!!!!


lowandbhold December 6, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Yay for age and maturity! I remember feeling the exact same way in HS and when I look back at photos from those years I realize I was HOT! Sigh. I wish I could go back and knock some sense into that girl.

Yay for the salad challenge! Thanks for the link love girl!


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