you have your whole life.

by Janetha on June 16, 2011

in random rambles,recipes

when i wrote yesterday’s post, i had no clue it would be such a hit! turns out we are all fat kids at heart.  damn those pesky metabolisms. i fully enjoyed reading each and every comment and list.. and extra points to those of you who rattled off ten things of your own.

i am sitting here eating dinner, realizing that i took absolutely zero photos up until this meal.  it’s been a whirlwind at work lately.


i am still enjoying a protein shake for breakfast each morning and today’s lunch was a leftover breakfast burrito.  for those who asked, YES.. these are great leftover! go ahead and make them in advance, wrap them in foil or plastic wrap and heat one up when you are ready to eat it.

tonight’s dinner didn’t turn out quite like i had expected.. but it is actually fantastic!

i was planning to make a creamy ranch chicken in the crock pot, adapted from kelly’s recipe, but i ended up with.. well.. a ranch chicken dish that wasn’t creamy at all (as you can see).  BUT, it was still really tasty.

here is what i ended up with.


tomato basil ranch chicken. (crock pot recipe)

makes four servings, adapted from kelly’s healthified kitchen


  • 1 lb (16 ounces) of organic, boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup (225 grams) 0% plain greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cup (360 grams) all natural cream of chicken soup (i used health valley brand)
  • 1 cup (200 grams) grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup roughly chopped fresh basil
  • 1 envelope of simply organic ranch dip powdered mix
  • 2-3 cloves of minced garlic (jarred will work)
  • salt & pepper to taste—you probably won’t need salt because the dip mix is salty


combine all the ingredients except the chicken in your crock pot.  mix everything really well.

place your chicken breasts in the crock pot and cover with the sauce. 

cook on low for 5 hours or high for 3 hours.. until chicken is cooked through. when it is done cooking, shred the chicken with two forks.

serve over whatever you want. marshall had his chicken over wide whole wheat noodles. i had mine over steamed spaghetti squash. this would also be awesome over rice or quinoa (or any grain, really!)


the chicken was so moist and tender. and yes, i hate the M word.. but sometimes there is just no substitute.


i had a couple slices of garlic bread, too.


so, as you can see, it’s definitely not a creamy dish. i have no idea what happened! the juices in the crock pot were actually almost clear.  it doesn’t matter, though, because the taste is all i care about.  this will be made again and again!


the reason i wanted to have a crock pot meal is because i went to bikram yoga!!


oh bikram, i missed you lots.

side note: i finished the insanity workouts on tuesday, but i am not doing the final fit test until saturday. after the fit test, i will recap the insanity program.

anway.. back to bikram. i met my friend lindsay at the sugarhouse location.  i was a little weary of going to this location because i had heard the floors were carpeted (rather than hard wood like the first studio i went to) and i was afraid it would be super funky.

it was a little smelly at first, but my nose quickly adjusted and i hopped right back into the bikram yoga groove.  i hadn’t been since the beginning of may and i really missed it! it felt so damn good.

warning: deep thoughts ahead.

the teacher (her name is jules and if you live in SLC and want to try bikram—GO TO HER CLASS, she was awesome and i learned a lot!) said something during one of the postures that really struck a chord with me.

one of the students was doing a posture wrong, so she went over and corrected his form.  he apologized, as we often do when we are called out on a mistake, and jules replied with something that i plan to repeat to myself every day from this day forward:

“don’t be sorry. this is just a practice. you have your whole life to get there.”

wow. yes, she was talking about yoga postures.. but this is something that i thought about quite literally for the remainder of the class.

we are all working toward various things each and every day of our lives.  maybe you are trying to lose weight. maybe you are trying to learn trigonometry. maybe you want to quit your day job and blog full time. maybe you are trying to learn to play a new sport. maybe you have planted a garden and are working on making your plants grow. maybe you are working on making your relationship with someone better. maybe you are trying to get $1000 in your bank account.

okay, i will stop with the “maybes”.  my point is.. we all have things we are working on.  three things that come to mind for me:

  • i am trying to touch my toes before the end of the year.
  • i am trying to eat clean each day (aside from free day/free meals).
  • i am trying to get this whole being a wife thing down pat.

sometimes i get discouraged because i am still not even close to my toes and the year is almost halfway over (it was my new year resolution).  i try to eat clean the majority of the time.. but sometimes i get a wild hair and binge on 4 bowls of cereal. this makes me REALLY, REALLY discouraged. and yes—that happens. more often than i would like it to. sometimes i have a fight with my husband. it sucks. and it is usually over nothing significant.. it is just tough to adjust to living with someone.

but the key to getting through all the rough patches?  just think about the quote above.. we have our whole lives to get to where we want to be.  each day is another day we are given and we get another opportunity to practice, practice, practice at whatever it is we are striving for.

don’t get upset if you have a practice session that is less than stellar.

so i forgot to stretch one day. that’s ok.. i have my whole life to touch my toes. one bad day isn’t going to take me further away from touching my toes.

so i ate a whole bar of toffee filled dark chocolate with sea salt.  no big deal.. tomorrow is a new day to focus on eating clean and i have my whole life to work toward a healthier me.  one bad day is not going to make me gain 100 pounds.

so i had a ridiculous fight with my husband. don’t sweat it.. i have my whole life to focus on having an awesome marriage. one bad day is not means for a divorce.

there is always tomorrow, there is always next week, there is always next month.  as long as we make sure to do our very best at whatever it is we are after, we should be happy with ourselves.  if we tried our best and ran into a snag.. don’t give up completely.  just brush it off and try to be better tomorrow.  if you treat each new day as a new opportunity to practice, practice, practice.. you will eventually get to wherever you want to be.

okay.. that’s the end of my deep thoughts for the night. i am off to practice sitting on the couch with my dogs.


what is something you are practicing at the moment?

xo. janetha g.

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Christin@purplebirdblog June 17, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I love everything abou this post… I have been eating subpar lately while we’ve been packing and getting ready to move, and I feel all blah about it and was totally getting down on myself over it. This too shall pass and I’ll be back in my groove in no time. I needed these words, thanks love! xo

fittingbackin June 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

I love your variation! It looks yummy – but sad that it wasn’t more on the creamy side! LOL The crockpot can be weird – maybe it was the setting? Either way – LOVE the addition of Greek yogurt! I’m going to try yours over quinoa like you suggested – YUM!!!

Jamie June 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Absolutely loved this post! Your blog is my absolute favorite and I read a TON of them :) I always appreciate how normal and honest your posts are–as a reader I’ve found that that is actually pretty hard to come by in the healthy living blog community. Thanks Janetha!

Janetha June 20, 2011 at 7:37 am

Wow, thanks Jamie! I appreciate the feedback!

LisaMarie June 20, 2011 at 12:03 am

Was that toffee dark choc sea salt bar from … salty dog? maybe.. I had one recently that I could NOT stop eating. So delish!

And I always read your posts, rarely do I comment. This one, amazing! (not that they all aren’t) but it really made me think about so many things in my life that I too try to work toward and honestly, if things don’t go well constantly, I tend to throw in the towel and walk away. I get so upset about silly things when I just need to remember that yes, life may be short. But I’d rather accomplish my goals than walk away from every one of them. Then what do I have to show? What do I have to put a smile on my face and say those words that everyone wants to say… I DID IT…

Thanks J! Sooo much, I just needed a reminder. <3

Janetha June 20, 2011 at 7:37 am

YES, that is the bar. They are so good, huh?! Good thing they are, like, $6 a pop.. I won’t buy them often.

Thanks for reading, it’s always so nice to know “real lifers” are out there :)

Nowel June 20, 2011 at 5:46 am

I <3 Bikram!! I just moved to VA and bought a Groupon for 5 Bikram classes so I can get a feel of some of the studios down here. I started to get into it when I was in Miami, but I just got so busy after awhile. Have fun!

Brittney June 21, 2011 at 9:54 am

I know I’m a little late in posting a comment (crazy wedding weekend will make you behind on your google reader like whoa) but I just felt that I had to post.

This post almost brought me to tears, which is in a way really pathetic but whatever I’ll own up to it. I’m ALWAYS apologizing for something, it just comes out naturally to be honest. I’m always thinking “I could do this better, I could eat better, I could work out better…” and I make myself so sick over it sometimes. This simple, yet deep phrase that you mentioned really struck a cord with me and I’m so glad you shared it. I’m just starting out blogging and have felt discouraged about that as well and you really did make my day better.

Janetha June 22, 2011 at 11:47 am

Brittney–thank you for your comment! Try not to apologize for anything unless it really deserves an apology :)

Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio June 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I am practicing portion control and having at least half of each of my meals consist of fruits and/veggies. It is tough mentally, but physically I feel fantastic!

holly June 27, 2011 at 10:47 am

well said my dear friend, well said :)

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