a new challenge & flashback friday.

by Janetha on January 21, 2011

in meals,moves

thanks for the sympathetic comments about the car sitch. we got his car back last night and i got a call from him today saying it STILL won’t run properly. what the fhewufhawjlfew.. i don’t want to think about it.

a big thank you to TERI, ms. a foodie stays fit, for sending me the mystery mail! i <3 her so much. and you all need to check out her fabulous blog.

meals & moves were lackluster today, but since that IS the reason behind the blog, i will show you anyway.


breakfast: 1 cup plain greek yogurt + 1 deep chocolate vitatop + glob of mighty maple peanut butter


“glob” is fun to say.  a lot of you mentioned that you had never tried peanut butter with yogurt. um, you are missing out. try it!

lunch: hummus + turkey + spring greens + la tortilla factory wrap

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boooring. but filling and tasty!

snack: wasas & cottage cheese.


never gets old.


i didn’t work out yesterday. unplanned day off because i was grumpy! i had all sorts of motivation when i hit the gym today.

i decided to try my hand (or feet, i guess) at an incline body for life style20 minute HIIT on the treadmill. i made it up on a whim. basically, you want to set the speed to a jogging pace and then increase the incline every minute.

minute # incline (%) speed (MPH) intensity (from 1-10)
1 0.0 6.0 5
2 2.0 6.0 6
3 3.0 6.0 7
4 4.0 6.0 8
5 5.0 6.0 9
6 2.0 6.0 6
7 3.0 6.0 7
8 4.0 6.0 8
9 5.0 6.0 9
10 2.0 6.0 6
11 3.0 6.0 7
12 4.0 6.0 8
13 5.0 6.0 9
14 2.0 6.0 6
15 3.0 6.0 7
16 4.0 6.0 8
17 5.0 6.0 9
18 7.5 6.0 10
19 0.0 4.0 5
20 0.0 4.0 4

this was tough! and a lot of fun.

i finished my workout up with 10 minutes of intervals on the stairmill, because i love that thing.

i just got home from the gym and am trying to figure out dinner.. the possibilities are endless.

what i wore.

i know i missed showing you what i wore yesterday because i was in a bad mood.. but for the record, it was gray skinny jeans, a black cowl neck sweater and those same black wedges you’ve seen before. there, now you know.

today’s outfit was more casual, since i get to wear jeans to work on friday.


  • purple T: nordstrom rack ($9)
  • black cardigan: tj maxx ($7)
  • scarf: H&M ($6)
  • jeans: sevens ($200)<—did NOT buy these myself.. they were a birthday gift from my boss
  • boots: uggs (nordstrom, $140)



for the record, i am not one of those people who insists on only wearing super expensive designer jeans. with that said, once i got a pair of them.. i fell in love. they are just so dang comfortable and flattering! if you haven’t yet, you all need to check out rachel’s post about denimentia. i laughed so hard. and she’s so right. i have purchased a couple pair of true religions at nordtrom rack at $90 a pair. compared to the full retail price, that’s not bad.. but it is still so much for jeans! i usually buy mine for $10 at forever 21.

a new challenge & flashback friday.

you guys know i am always up for a challenge of any kind. a body for life challenge, a bikini body challenge, a salad challenge, a style challenge. i may not always complete the challenge.. but committing to one and giving it your all is definitely admirable!

i saw this unique 30 day challenge on eliza’s blog and after looking over the tasks, i decided it would be fun to jump in and give it my all.


basically, you take the topic of the day and ramble about it. clearly, this challenge has my name all over it. i love using my blog as an online journal, so documenting things like this is always fun. i will tie each day’s topic into my daily post.. there is no way i would ever be responsible enough to post twice in one day. come on, guys, you know me.

SO, starting with day one: your current relationship.

let’s go ahead and double up by calling this my flashback friday!

well, this may come as a surprise, but i just got married. in july. since it is no big news that i am a newlywed, i will take this opportunity to tell you guys about how my current relationship came to be!


i started working at the company i work for in july of 2005. i remember the first time i met marshall. my boss was giving me a tour of the production area (we work for a manufacturing company) and i saw marshall.. he shook my hand when my boss introduced us.  i thought he was cute and figured we would end up being work friends since he was about my same age. it’s a small company-less than 20 employees all together.

i quickly added him to myspace, since myspace was all the rage back then.  we would leave each other dumb comments on myspace and we started eating lunch in the lunch room.  we really had nothing in common. like, at all. but we got along. i had a boyfriend or two while working there the first couple years (and by “or two”, i don’t mean concurrently!) so i never thought about marshall “like that”. we talked all the time and he always would come to my office to get candy and chat on his breaks. my office overlooks the production shop and every morning i would get to work, go in my office, flip on the lights and look down at marshall and wave. i eventually ended up single, and it is safe to say i had slowly developed a work crush on him.

in may of 2007, marshall and i were both at a minus the bear concert. i was there with friends, he was there by himself. this was the first time i had seen him outside of work. i told him to come hang out with us during the concert and then invited him to the bar for a birthday party after the concert. he tagged along. it was a blast. we had so much fun. here is a photo from that night:


that was on a friday, and it was memorial day weekend.. so i didn’t see or talk to him until the following tuesday. 

we didn’t really talk about how we had hung out or hit it off. but we both knew that we liked each other. my birthday was that week, and i invited him to my birthday party, which was at the bar. he didn’t show up. turns out, he didn’t want to show up alone and his friends didn’t want to go. fun fact: marshall and his friends don’t drink.. they were/are straight edge.

anyway, marshall finally got the guts to ask me on an official date. we went and saw “knocked up” on june 7, 2007. it was a thursday. yes, i remember the exact date. i am a goon. we met at the theater, spent the whole time wishing the other one would reach out for a hand hold, but neither of us did. wimps. we ended the “date” with an awkward hug and we parted ways.. even though we both wanted to keep hanging out.  the next day, friday, i was at a bar with some friends and he was at a concert that was right by where i was. he came over and said hi and we hung out for a bit.. but then parted ways, once again.  the next day, saturday, he asked if i wanted to hang out at his house. i quickly agreed and headed up to his house. he lived about 45 minutes from me. i remember exactly what i was wearing. right down to what purse i was using that day. i used to be an avid purse changer. anyway.. we hung out, watched TV and movies, and just had a great time. who knew we were so compatible?!

the inseparableness began. we literally hung out every day!

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we also worked together, and nobody knew we were dating, so we would sneak kisses in here and there while at work. very sneaky. it was so fun and new and exciting!! eventually we became “official” boyfriend+girlfriend. i remember that it was the night of the 4th of july. he was sick and so i went up to his house to see him. and i asked HIM to be my boyfriend. he may tell you differently, but don’t believe him! this was the very next day:

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we dated for quite awhile. i got penny. she and randy became best friends. we went on trips to vegas. hawaii. california. moab. life was good! oh, and marshall ended up becoming an installer so we weren’t actually working TOGETHER every day. we would just see each other in the mornings at the office. i think that was a good thing for our relationship—not to always be together all day every day.

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in february of 2010 we went to jamaica on a work trip. i had NO idea what marshall was planning on.. but he ended up proposing to me while we were in jamaica. it was a huge surprise! we had talked about getting married but i didn’t think he was really ready for the commitment. turns out, he was. and we got married on july 17, 2010. the rest is history in the making :)

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awe. that was fun. i like thinking about our love story.


1. what is your current relationship status? if you are attached.. how did you meet?

2. designer jeans: yay, nay, or sometimes?

go packers :)

xo. janetha g.

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Jess January 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Looks like a fun challenge- I kinda wanna do it, too! I met my boyfriend on my freshman hall in college and we started dating last year (I’m a junior now). :)

eliza January 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm

you guys are so cute together! I love it.

I am so glad you are doing the challenge although talking abot yourself isnt quite a big challenge when you have a blog :)

BroccoliHut January 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm

You’re making me crave VitaTops!
As for your questions…
1. Attached. We met at the gym on the treadmills:)
2. Designer jeans are definitely worth the occasional investment–they fit like a dream, make my butt look amazing, and last forever. That being said, I haven’t gotten a pair since high school (when I found an awesome pair at the Saks outlet), and I’ve just been buying regular brands ever since.

Sara January 22, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Such a cute story! And I kinda like these questions, perhaps I will have to do it also :)

melissadishes January 22, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I miss cottage cheese :-( I tried to eat it twice as a snack this week and was miserable. I think I can have greek yogurt and cottage cheese IN things, but not by themselves anymore. Much sadness.

I’m attached, but we aren’t married. coming up on 6 years together. We met at a concert

Sarah January 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm

awww, i love love stories! :) you guys are so cute.

i’m engaged to someone i’ve known & been friends with since high school (about 10 years ag0), but we started dating 3 years ago. <3

and i'm a sometimes girl on designer jeans. i had a pair of citizens that i literally lived in for about 3 years before they completely wore out. most of my jeans cost about $20 though…

Amy Bee January 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm

You and Marshall make the most adorable couple <3

No love life for me but I do enjoy the single girls life for just now :)

Designer jeans sometimes… if they are comfy then yay! I am all about comfort over labels.

Have a great weekend J!

Bess January 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Oh my gosh that is such a cute story :) I met my boyfriend at college and when we first started hanging out I really just wanted to be single…but I started to realize how much I really liked him so I decided to give it a try with him, but I made him work for it for a whileeee!! But we’ve been together ever since and I hope for the rest of for ever, too :) awwwwww

Kelly January 22, 2011 at 4:55 pm

What a SWEET story!! My husband and I have known one another forever. Quite literally. He is 11 years older than me and our families are friends so he has known me my whole life. I had the MOST ginormous cruch on him when I was 15 but he was um…26…and he thought I was just a bratty kid with braces and pimples. Hahaha…good times. I married him 10 years later when I was 25.

elise January 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm

i had a giddy smile on my face the entire time i was reading this – so clearly IM the goon :) so cute. i heart you guys so much. and i love that we both met our husbands through work. im looking forward to hearing all the rest of these “challenge” ramblings.

Pure2raw twins January 22, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Beautiful, lovely post! I am kinda of tearing up over here…such a sweet story of how you guys meet and where you are now. I love hearing how other people meet. I am currently single, as Lori is still with the same boyfriend (going on 9 years!!!!). Crazy, no ring yet, haha

Melissa January 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm

My boyfriend and I met through online. I went on several bad dates, but from day #1, things w/ Jared have been awesome. We just clicked.

I normally buy my jeans from J. Crew or Madewell because I can get them in a shorter length. Designer jeans are always SO long and I’m too lazy to get them hemmed.

enjoyingthechaos January 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I love this and am totally going to copy you…just call me copy cat..biter..whatever…

I stole a pair of Seven jeans from my sister and I totally love them…I love the way they always look perfect and always feel comfy…but hate the price!

Karen January 22, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Your love story is so cute!! I love hearing how other couples meet! My husband and I met at a party in college…we were both in our first semester on campus. We have been together for 12 years but only married for 6.

Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 22, 2011 at 10:05 pm

You’re still welcome. Thanks for the shout-out. Heart you.

Designer jeans…yes, about 50% of the time. They last FOREVER – I’ve had my Sevens for almost 6 years and they still fit like a dream. I swear, designer jeans really do fit better.

kissmybroccoli January 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Awww, I loved reading your love story! Crazy how many details you remember! You two look absolutely great together!

I am recently single and though I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m lovin’ it, I am using the time to really get to know myself better. Had it not been for my inward perspective, I may never have gotten into blogging!

I have never paid more than $50 for a pair of jeans. I would LOVE a pair of Lucky’s, but I am just too cheap!

jackie January 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm

ah what a cute story! you know all my friends in middle/high school were vegan x-ers. now they are all chubby, meat eating, smoking, drinking fools!

my hubby and i met in high school and had the same friends, but didn’t start dating until we both went to usu.

i love sevens and diesels but have only gotten them from downeast. i just got some taverneti jeans for $3.50 when they had their clearance sale! they were $200 then $70 then $7 with half off. they are super cute too. i plan on getting a really nice pair of jeans once i finish my body for life challenge. that is my reward. well that and a sweet arss.

janetha January 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm

i bet we know a lot of the same people!

Rachel January 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Very cute and fun story. Great pics too. This may seem like a silly question, but can you describe how you wear your scarves? I can’t seem to get them to look good, and have even looked online at videos on how to wear scarves, no such luck for me, can’t make them look good. And I buy my jeans at Old Navy. They are not great, but it works for my budget.

Erica D January 22, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Aw, y’all are so cute! I’m 20 and currently single, but I’m at school and I do have someone waiting to start something back home ;)

My favorite jeans are these lycra-infused skinny jeans (practically jeggings) from Charlotte Russe. I wish I had stocked up when I bought them, because now they’re all I ever want to wear!

Jem January 22, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I absolutely love your style!! You always manage to look effortlessly put together but with a comfort factor too…will definitely be stealing some looks :)

That’s such a cute story about you and Marshall! the photos of you two are so cute and I think it’s important to form a good friendship before seeing someone and in your case it worked out perfectly!

Stefanie January 23, 2011 at 12:34 am

Aw, love this! I just might do that challenge, too! It sounds so fun! :)

Sam (my boy) and I met in middle school! Ah, there are a lot of stories to tell there.

I’ve never bought designer jeans–I know if I ever do, I’d be hooked. So I’m going to put it off as long as possible.

Jessy (squeezetheday) January 23, 2011 at 12:36 am

By the way, can I ask you something wordpress-related? Your blog is one of the ones that I’ve gotten an email notification from if you replied to my comment – how do you set this up (when a reply is made to a comment the user has left on my blog, an e-mail shall be sent to the user to notify them of the reply)?

janetha January 23, 2011 at 6:35 pm

jessy, i have to manually add the commenter’s email to the reply. i get my comment notification in my gmail, then i hit reply, add the commenter’s email to the CC and then it replies in their email and on the thread. it is a big pain in the butt.. but it works well.

Jessy (squeezetheday) January 23, 2011 at 11:07 pm

What a clever idea! Thanks for the tip. :)

nic - the auspicious squirrel January 23, 2011 at 12:58 am

Awww you two are sooo cute! I like reading about how couples got together. :)

I wrote about our story last year, a week before our 12th wedding anniversary…

I’ve never bought designer jeans… I’m not sure I could bring myself to spend that much on jeans. :)

Heather January 23, 2011 at 6:25 am

Designer jeans = yay!! Now, only if I could afford more than 2 pair…..
This may sound funny, but Jay and I met playing in a kickball league….! :)

Heather January 23, 2011 at 7:36 am

awwww! you guys were like jim and pam in the office…just cooler ;)

i’ve been married for 4 years, and i love thinking about the way we met too. I thought he liked my friend sarah, so when i met him at a party at a friend’s house I was just thinking it was so I could approve/disapprove of him for sarah. that night he came back to our house just to talk and hang out. for the next month he would come over every time i was at sarah’s place, but i just thought it was all because he liked her. come to find out he was coming over only when i was there because he liked ME! we spent an evening talking from midnight til 10am the next morning…and he asked me on a date afterwards. the rest is history! love that man :)

julie January 23, 2011 at 11:09 am

me and marsh should host a superbowl party together

Kathie @ Frugal, Fit and Fabulous January 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Loved reading your love story! So cute.

Katie January 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Aww, yay! I loved re-living your story with you! You guys are so adorable.

Meeker and I met the VERY first day of college. He was the first guy I met at the University of Colorado (a school with more than 30,000 people!). We lived in the same dorm, and were friends for about 2 years before we decided we really liked each other. We got married during our senior year of college, we just couldn’t wait any longer!

I have a few pairs of designer jeans and a lot cheap-o jeans. I love them all.

Lorena January 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm

you two are adorable!!!!

carolinebee January 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Love it, you guys are awesome :)

I feel ya on the designer jeans- i’ve bought Paige jeans at Nordstrom rack and Marshall’s and they are nice and long (hard for me to find!) and soo comfy!

jqlee January 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm

cute cute cute. i lovvvvve you too!!

Ashley January 24, 2011 at 8:34 am

Hey Janetha! So quick question about your breakfast? You have greek yogurt, vita top and PB- for BFL would you count the PB as protein? Even though it falls under the healthy fat category? Or do you just not have your protein incorporated into this meal? Thanks!

janetha January 24, 2011 at 9:50 am

hey ashley! greek yogurt has 20-24 grams of protein per cup–so that was my protein for that meal. although, this is a little carb-heavy for BFL standards.. as a cup of greek yogurt has about 9 grams of carbs (for plain–flavored has more), and the vitatops have 20 something grams of carbs.

emily (a nutritionist eats) January 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm

This is such a sweet post, I love it!
I’m engaged and really excited to marry my best friend!!!

Carla in Sydney January 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Thanks for sharing your story! You guys are gorgeous together. I also met my now live-in partner of 6 years at work. I had a big crush but it took me a while to tell him how I felt and LUCKILY he felt the same! We had a “bumpier” ride due to the fact that we were both in the process of leaving our husband/wife and we lived in different states! We got there though and now, like you, have 2 beautiful doggies that I would give my life for. You and Marshall really inspire me to try and make my relationship the best it can be because you seem so PERFECTLY HAPPY!!!! :-)

Jennifer (The Gourmetour) January 24, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I met my current boyfriend during my sophomore year in high school. We started dating our senior year and have been going strong ever since. We’ve known each other for 5 years and have been dating for 3 years. Long distant and in college is a rough combo but we make it work with a winning mixture of trust, respect, genuine love and appreciation, and honestly real attraction (in every aspect… physical, mental, spiritual…etc.). We go through our ups and downs as does every real couple, but that reminds us that it’s real and that life isn’t easy and it only gets harder after college. I call him my “mountain man” and I love that man more than I could ever articulate (even to myself!).

As for designer jeans, I think the way to go is for the pair that fits your body best. Could be sevens, hudson, gap, or levi’s — doesn’t matter to me as long as I’m comfy! But I must say I used to love sevens now I hate the way they fit me. Used to love Gap jeans in 2008 before they underwent their jean facelift and took on many different styles… I say before because I had the BEST pair of jeans ever that fit me beautifully and it turns out that my best friend (with an entirely different body) found they fit her perfectly too so she went and bought them as well. Well as any girl knows if you LOVE a pair of jeans you wear them in quickly. Unfortunately we both ripped our respective pairs after less than a year of having them. Gap then of course changed their look and I haven’t found a perfect pair there since (although I did find a grey-ish wash contender there last spring).
Anyways, the point to my story is it doesn’t matter designer or not the jeans must FIT you!

kelsey @ kelseytoney April 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

OOOOOh, girl! I totally just started this challenge, and blogged about my fab husband and how awesome he is.

I know we got a bit gushy, but I don’t care. They’re totally adorable. Thank you so much for blogging this series! I’m very excited to read all of your responses!! :D

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