ready to go.

by Janetha on December 28, 2010

in meals

hey guys! thanks for all the sweet comments on my christmas posts. i really do believe it is the most wonderful time of the year. i love everything about christmas! hard to believe it has come and gone already. for the past two years (three if you include this year), post-christmas-season to me has meant one thing: beach body prep.

yep. my company takes me on a tropical vacation at the end of january/beginning of february. you may recall when i went to jamaica last year. you know, the trip where i got engaged? that was fun.

anyway, last year i did a really detailed, organized, structured 4 week eating and exercise program that i made up myself and called it my jamaican me bikini ready challenge.(thanks to deb for the catchy name!)

well, this friday marks 4 weeks until my trip. we are going to sunny playa del carmen, mexico.



i looked back at my jamaica challenge and kind of laughed a little. i laughed because i saw the strict guidelines i set for myself to get in shape for a trip that i was taking with a bunch of people who really didn’t care what i looked like. i mean, aside from marshall, who already loved me for me (obviously, since he popped the big question), there was no one else for me to impress in jamaica. i suppose the person i was wanting to get “bikini ready” for was myself.

times change.

this year, things are different. no, i am not in tip top dream bikini body condition right now. actually, to be honest, i am probably in worse shape than i was when i started getting ready for jamaica last year. being a newlywed will do that to ya.. it will make you not want to go to the gym regularly and you will eat whatever you want.. and really just not care about working out 6 times a week and eating clean 90% of the time.  true story.  but guess what? i am already good enough for myself. just the way i am. and, of course, good enough for marshall.. (but that doesn’t even count because he prefers me to be 30 pounds overweight and have bigger boobs and a bigger butt. love him.) but, back to me, like i said.. i am already good enough for myself.

i didn’t realize this until yesterday… when it dawned on me that mexico is a month away. i looked in the mirror last night. in just my underthings, mind you (i hate any official word for underthings so i call them underthings.)  i hadn’t been to the gym in a week. i ate mac & cheese and chicken puffs for dinner. three of them. i had just polished off a cup of oreo frozen custard.  and i’d been eating christmas treats like it was my job for the past 5 days. and the only thought that came to my mind when i looked in the mirror was, “yep. ready for mexico!”

i am not sure when i decided i was already ready.. maybe it was because i adopted susan’s december goal of no more fat talk. i have made a conscious effort this month to only say nice things to myself about myself. and, what do you know, it has worked. no, i don’t look like i did here. but i also don’t look like i did here. (those “here”s link to my very best shape and my very worst shape, in case you aren’t into clicking.) right now i look strong. healthy. happy. and i don’t need a strict plan to “get ready” to go on a vacation.

i am not saying that i am going to stop focusing on exercise and clean eating. those two things are very big parts of my life! but i am saying that i am not going to bust my ass for the next 4 weeks just so my ass can look smaller in a bikini.

it’s funny how much i have lightened up in 2010. this year has been good to me. i have kept my healthy habits but really stopped being so rigid with myself and what i will and won’t do. if i don’t make it to the gym.. no big deal. and if i eat unhealthy meals a few days in a row—that’s ok. things will balance out.

i actually got a super sweet email from lindsay yesterday that made me smile and couldn’t have come at a better time:

“I am so impressed with your soda-less year! Way to go girl. I have seen your blog become more about being balanced with family, friends, health, and fitness. Its been inspiring and a JOY to read!”

by the way, thank you for that, linds. it is so nice to hear that my internal transformations are also visible to others. i feel more balanced and definitely feel happier overall.

looking back at my jamaica challenge wasn’t all bad, however. i did see some good habits that i kept and wish i kept now. and there were lots of great meal ideas, since i was planning 35 meals a week! just for fun, i decided to copy and paste the jamaica challenge guidelines into this post and comment (in italics) on the things i will and won’t be doing these four weeks before my trip to mexico.

JAMAICAN ME BIKINI READY FOUR WEEK GAME PLAN (originally from january 2010)

the meals.


  • consume between 1 and 1.5 gallons of water daily <—going to do this for sure.
  • one cup of black coffee each morning <—i add almond milk or skim milk to my coffee these days and will continue to do so.
  • drink unsweetened green tea as often as possible <—probably not. green tea was never my thing.
  • NO other beverages other than these three (which=no booze!) <—i am sticking to this. i rarely drink booze.


  • meal plan on sunday for the entire upcoming week <—hahahahaha.. i am not much for meal planning right now, but i want to get back into it!
  • three meals + two snacks daily (designated as meals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) <—yes, this is how i always eat.
  • no starchy carbs after meal #3 (beans are ok) <—NO WAY, no how. why did i ever do this to myself?
  • no cereal <—hahah.. no. i love cereal. i didn’t even follow this last year! it can’t be followed.
  • no pasta <—yeah right. marshall’s favorite food is pasta. this is unavoidable.
  • no rice <—only because i hardly ever eat rice…
  • no nut or seed butters (PB2 is ok) <—to be honest, i only eat peanut butter once or twice a week these days. but by no means will i ban it.
  • no full fat cheeses or full fat dairy <—i only eat full fat cheese these days.
  • no eating after 9 o’clock PM <—i like this and actually try to stick to it when i can.
  • no sweets/foods with added sugar (fruit is ok, of course!) <—i am a sweet monster lately, but i do want to tame that sweet tooth.. tone it down a bit per say.
  • absolutely NO bites, licks, tastes (BLTs) <—a constant goal of mine.
  • limit potato consumption to two per week <—haha wtf? what was i thinking? bring on the potatoes.
  • one free meal each week (not free day~ free meal) <—these days, i just eat as healthy as i can. no free meals/days/etc.. just try to eat healthy but if i want to eat out, no biggie.

vitamins & supplements:

  • CLA twice daily <—yes, i do this.
  • fish oil twice daily <—i need to start doing this again.
  • multivitamin once daily <—i do this.
  • EAS muscle armor + 1 scoop protein powder after strength training (no more than 30 minutes after) <—i need to do this! also, i need to start strength training more often. workouts have been scarce this month.

the moves.

monday: cardio 45 min + abs 15 min<—i will be doing 30 min cardio and no abs (i do abs on weight days now)

tuesday: lower body 60 min<—45 minutes lower body

wednesday: cardio 45 min + abs 15 min<—see monday

thursday: upper body 60 min<—45 minutes upper body

friday: cardio 45 min + abs 15 min<—see monday

saturday: HIIT 20 min + total body strength training 60 min<—rest day

sunday: rest day no workout<—cardio if i feel like it.. or another rest day

6 workouts<—more like 5 usually
6 hours & 20 min<—3 to 3.5 hours

everything in between.

  • take documentation photos once a week <—no.
  • get at least 7 hours of sleep each night <—yes, please.
  • wash face twice daily, exfoliate/mask once a week (i am notorious for going to be with my makeup still on!) <—yes to the face washing.
  • begin using sensitive paste (i got it from my dentist~i have sensitive teeth!) <—not necessary, woohoo!
  • floss daily <—i do this nowadays!
  • brush morning and night (this i already do religiously but it’s good to note) <—obviously.
  • whiten teeth once a week <—yes, i need to do this.
  • use jergen’s natural glow daily (helps build a faux tan!) <—yep, i will be doing this.


so, you see, i will be on the right track to being in good condition for a tropical vacation, but i really won’t be going crazy over every little morsel, move or detail.

because i am already ready to go.


1. what do you love about yourself most when you look in the mirror?

2. how have you changed this year?

xo. janetha g.

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Emily M December 29, 2010 at 11:34 am

amazing post. lovvvved it :D
and thought provoking questions too!

1. in the mirror i see so much potential. a few times a year i make sure to take a mental photograph, one i’ll recall from my memory 50 years from now and remember what it felt like to be 29.

2. i’ve been weeding out self-destructive and sabotaging behavior. until now, i thought beating myself down would make me stronger. Luckily a friend (who’d overcome several obstacles and tragedies) stepped in and showed me the power of self-love!

Heather (Heather's Dish) December 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm

ok, underthings? stealing that one…we’re going to create whole new vocabularies for one another :)

i love my eyes, my smile, my hair, my legs, my booty, and my shoulders…and honestly, i love the rest of me too! i am most definitely good enough :)

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Amazingness. What I love about the revised plan is that it’s not so much a bikini plan, as it is a feel-good-about-yourself plan. We all have a tendency to overdo the sweets, to slack on vitamins, to neglect the most painful and boring parts of our bodies when strength training. You seem like you’re in such a good place mentally right now, and I think the little changes you’re trying to make will only add to that!

Jen December 29, 2010 at 1:14 pm

You ROCK :) Just thought I would let you know that!!! You continue to inspire and motivate me every time I read your blog.


melissadishes December 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I am SO jealous of your tropical vacations! that and you go right around my birthday!!!

I am putting the no BLTs on my list, it’s always there, and this is going to be when i STOP!

biz319 December 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I had to laugh because a month after I lost 70 pounds on WW I met my now husband – we just celebrated our 10th anniversary. I was 135 pounds, rode my bike to the train station every day, walked 2 miles to my office every day, and I walked 45 minute at lunch during the week.

We met in June of 2000 and married in December of 2000 – and I weighed 165 on my wedding day – he’d drop me off at the train station so we could spend more time together, we met for lunch during the week – went out to dinners – you get the picture! But happiness will do that to you! :D

coffeeandthepaper December 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Hell yes you are MORE than good enough! You are great Janetha. Really.

Sounds like you have a realistic gameplan, so you’ll be in great shape! I think sometimes just to process of doing something goal-oriented is more rewarding than the end result.

It sounds like you’ve learned so much this year – that’s great! The more we can listen to our bodies, give ourselves a break, and just love US is, in my opinion, a measure of how truly healthy we are. I’m getting so much better at this too. It’s one of the many things I discovered this year.

Katy (The Singing Runner) December 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I’m glad to see someone else who takes CLA. I started taking it a few months ago and I guess it’s working. ;)

Good luck with the plan! :)

maxine December 29, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Excellent post! I am travelling for 3 months with my hubby and being abroad has made it difficult to follow my meal plan. U do what you can with fitness and food and still buy a bikini, even if your abs have a little extra padding. Having coconut shakes and banana pancakes with the locas beats deprivation. CHEERS!

Melanie December 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I love this post :) I hope I can have the same confidence one day!

Nicole G December 29, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Janetha! Your post was just awesome, a breath of fresh air, corny as it sounds! You are right, we , as women, are always so hard on ourselves when it comes to our appearance. I love that you are “good enough for you”! Love it!

I definitely don’t feel good enough for me right now. But, not so much because of my appearance, because aside from some toning up, I look fine. No weight to lose. But, my endurance/energy is lower than it’s been in a long time. So this year, that needs to change.

My favorite thing when I look in the mirror…probably my hair. I am growing it out and it is looking pretty healthy these days. As far as how I have changed….still a work in progress. Trying to not let my OCD, mild as it may be compared to others, affect my life and my family. And trying to be more confident!!!

Oh, and I had to LOL when I read that Marshall prefers you 30lbs overweight with boobs and butt! My husband is the same way. When I feel at my worst, weight-wise, he thinks I look the best. Men! :)

cbrady3 December 29, 2010 at 9:08 pm

It is so wonderful to hear how your mindset has changed. While you looked FANTASTIC when being strict, it seems that you’re much happier and mentally healthier now! And you still look great!

Pure2raw twins December 30, 2010 at 7:18 am

Great post Janetha! Even though we did not know about your blog till just a few months ago, but we have always loved your approach to life!! Just like Lindsay said, you are a joy!! I remember meeting you at foodbuzz, and I was like I wish I could be more like Janetha! Seriously, you were full of life, beautiful, strong… I loved it!! Keep being you :)

Elina (Healthy and Sane) December 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm

LOVE this. You are awesome. That’s all :)

elise January 3, 2011 at 7:09 pm

your commentary after each rule/goal/whatever was hilarious! sometimes the things we do to ourselves in the name of being healthy are so insane. i love seeing your response to such things now though. its good to know that you see how amazing you ARE now, just as you are!!!

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