back on track.. again.

by Janetha on June 27, 2011

in meals,moves,product review,random rambles

these days, i kind of feel like every monday is a “back on track” day for me. i am diligent with healthy eating and exercise monday through friday, then on the weekends i let go.  not crazy let go.. but i eat fun, delicious food that i wouldn’t necessarily eat every day and i am lucky to get a legit workout in.

i am not too worried about this lifestyle. it breaks down to 71.42857% of the week being “on track” and the other 28.57143% a bit more lenient and relaxed. what? too exact for you? i like numbers. you’re lucky i kept it to hundred thousandth decimal place.

anyway, numbers aside, the majority of my time is spent eating healthy meals and making sure to get a workout in each day.  it’s not like the days where i am “on track” are miserable, though, because even my healthy meals are delicious and exercise endorphins are always nice.  but on the weekends, i just like to not sweat breaking a sweat and eat fun things like ice cream and waffles (among other things.)

what i am saying is this: i don’t feel bad about letting a little loose on the weekends. having a good time is essential to mental health. if a strict, rigid diet and workout plan is keeping you from going to a social event that you REALLY want to go to.. just GO. tomorrow is another day. and just because you veer a little off course doesn’t mean you have blown your hard efforts completely. actually, if you don’t let yourself live a little and are strict 100% of the time, you are more likely to blow it in the long run because it’s so overwhelming to be “on track” 24/7/365.  that’s the way i figure, at least.

that said, word to the wise: don’t go completely overboard. yes, i “let loose” on the weekends.. but i still am mindful of moderation and know that i didn’t work hard for 5 days to undo my work on the weekends. yes, i eat ice cream and waffles.. but i don’t eat a gallon of ice cream or 8 waffles (i totally could have, for the record.. so good.)

good talk! now for the meals & moves of monday.


8:30 AM breakfast: 4 eggs whites + spinach + onions + mushrooms & berries + bananas & coffee + skim milk.


as per usual.. another monday morning sales meeting meal at the original pancake house. it’s been SUPER hot outside lately and i just wasn’t feeling the usual hot oatmeal, so i went with fresh fruit for my carbs..


and an egg white scramble for my protein.  this was HUGE and i didn’t finish it. i actually asked for two egg whites scrambled and i am thinking it was more like 4.. or 5.. maybe even 6.


12:45 lunch: tuna sandwich & veggies.


for the tuna, i mixed a pouch of albacore with a little over a tablespoon of fat free plain greek yogurt, two diced dill pickles and a little salt & pepper.  i toasted the bread and layered it with the tuna mix as well as 1/4 of an avocado (straight from california! thanks to my sister marisa for sending them to me for my birthday).


the bread i used was a new-to-me kind that was actually sent to me free for review from orowheat (and i was not paid to eat it, although that would have been nice).  this bread is AMAZING. and nobody is making me say that. it’s seriously delicious.


not only is it tasty, it also has awesome stats. 80 calories per slice, 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.


the only downfall is a somewhat lengthy ingredient list.


overall, i would buy this bread before any others at my local grocery store (natural foods stores excluded.)

after work, around 4:45, i nabbed a mini peanut butter chocolate larabar and half of a chocolate coconut luna bar—preworkout fuel at it’s chocolaty-est.

i also sat around for at least an hour before finally heading to the gym.


first of all, i rode my bike to the gym. i google mapped it and it’s 1.6 miles from my house to gold’s gym.  the way to the gym is on a slight incline, so it makes for a nice little warmup.

once i got to the gym, i had a few things in mind for my workout thanks to some fun ideas from a couple fellow bloggers.

i have been meaning to try the 100 workout that i stole from marisa’s blog last week, so i started with that.

  • 100 jumping jacks
  • 90 floor crunches (with my legs straight up in the air)
  • 80 sumo squats holding a 10# plate
  • 70 lying leg raises (35 each side, consecutive)
  • 60 jumping jacks
  • 50 bicycle crunches
  • 40 sum squats holding a 10# plate
  • 30 lying leg raises (15 each side, consecutive)
  • 20 jumping jacks
  • 10 minute run on treadmill (1.15 miles)
    • 1 min @ 6.0
    • 1 min @ 6.5
    • 1 min @ 7.5
    • 1 min @ 7.5
    • 1 min @ 8.0
    • repeat minutes 1-5

that workout was SO fun. it was simple yet effective. it took me 25 minutes to complete.

i wanted to focus on my back today, so i followed the 100 workout with 30 minutes of weight training. here are the moves/weight/reps i did.. click the links to see the moves.

circuit 1 was assisted pullups:

  • 15 reps, 30 second rest
  • 12 reps, 30 second rest
  • 10 reps, 30 second rest

circuit 2 was the hyperextension bench w/ 10 # plate & bent over barbell rows w/ 30# barbell. 3 sets of 15 reps each, no rest between.

circuit 3 was wide grip pulldowns:

  • 15 reps @ 60#, 30 second rest
  • 15 reps @ 60#, 30 second rest
  • 15 reps @ 50#, 30 second rest

circuit 4 was seated cable rows:

  • 15 reps @ 40#
  • 15 bench tuck crunches
  • 15 reps @ 40#
  • 15 bench tuck crunches
  • 15 reps @ 50#
  • 15 bench tuck crunches

circuit 5 was straight arm pulldowns at 25# & reverse flys with an 8# dumbbell in each hand. 3 sets of 15 reps each exercise, no rest.

circuit 6 was single arm dumbbell rows.

  • 15 reps each arm @ 12#
  • 15 reps each arm @ 10#
  • 15 reps each arm @ 10#

if you have followed me for awhile, you may notice a huge drop in the weights. unfortunately, i have lost a lot of upper body strength. i think this had something to do with insanity, but i am not worried about it because muscle memory is great and i will be able to up the weights quicker than if i was starting from scratch.

i rounded out the workout with 10 minutes of core work. i did an accelerated version of heather’s crazy strong core workout.. i just did it once through and doubled all the reps. click the link to see heather’s awesome video of each move.

  • 40 second low plank
  • 16 plank press ups (8 starting with left arm, 8 starting with right arm)
  • 40 second high plank
  • 16 plank knee taps
  • 16 breast strokes
  • 12 back extension sets
  • 8 donkey kick trio with left leg
  • 8 donkey kick trio with right leg

this core circuit took just ten minutes and it hit so many different parts of my core. i am going to be doing at least one cycle of heather’s workout each day.. even if it is on my bedroom floor just before bed!

my workout ended with 5 minutes of much needed stretching. hope i can touch my toes soon!

the whole workout took an hour and 10 minutes.. a little longer than i had planned, but since i had nowhere to be (i live an exciting life) it was no big deal.

the bike ride home was nice—slightly downhill and an awesome breeze to cool me off.


i got home and, what do you know, marshall had dinner almost ready. he’s quite the chef these days.


8:00 dinner: 5 oz filet mignon & asparagus.


marshall wanted steak tonight and i am never one to turn steak down. i prefer to eat red meat once a week as a nice way to switch up my protein intake. i marinated the steaks in a mix of worcestershire sauce (i ALWAYS have to use spell check for that word!), BBQ sauce, minced garlic and trader joe’s 21 seasoning salute.  marshall cooked my steak just how i like it—medium rare.


the asparagus was SO good. direct from the farmers market.. it just tastes so much better than store bought.


such a good dinner. thanks, marsh.

after eating, i got to work on a little project. said project just happens to be what my dessert was…


you will have to wait until next time to find out more about this protein-packed peachy treat.


1. i fail at spelling “worcestershire”. what words do you always have to double check the spelling of?

2. what bloggers do you get fun workout ideas from?

xo. janetha g.

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Tiffany @ Simply Shaka June 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm

My legs hurt just from reading about that workout. Suo squats killlllll me! But I’m sure it works, maybe I will try!

I completely agree with the weekend thing. I tend to let go more and dont want to feel guilty.

Julia June 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I get almost all my workout ideas from blogs. I don’t know how I stayed motivated before I found the healthy living blog community.

The Delicate Place June 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm

something about squats get me every single time. i’m doing this workout tomorrow morning ( and i expect to be hardly walking afterwards. in fact, i’m a crazy sicko who loves that feeling at the end of the workout, it means i gave it my all!

Janetha June 29, 2011 at 9:55 am

I love bodyrock!

Savannah(Sweet and Savvy) June 28, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I was blogging about a turkey burger I cooked in “that sauce” the other day, and I had NO idea how to spell it! I was seriously discouraged in my intelligence when I butchered the word so badly in my google search bar that it didn’t even know what I was talking about! Oops.

Oh well, I will redeem myself in other ways. ;)

Marisa @ Loser for Life June 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I love that 100 workout, too! It’s so easy to change up and customize! I threw in some split squats and knee raises the other day. Killer!

BroccoliHut June 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I always mess up “privelige” or is it “privilege?”

Niki (Life's a Payne) June 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I love your views on healthy eating and the weekends. What is the point of being fit and healthy if you never enjoy the longer life you give yourself! My weekends are still active, just no in a gym, and I still get my veggies, but maybe some extra ice cream! Great post!

Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health June 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I’ve always gotten some workouts from pbfingers…but now that I’ve found yours, I will have to incorporate some of those :). Except I don’t know if I would be able to make it through haha.

Karen June 28, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I always have to spell check zucchini – I never get that word right : )

I love Holly’s workouts from

Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice June 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Wow – looking great! I need to get back on track too…I’ve been on vacation in Boston the past three days! Tomorrow = my back on track day.

I think I’ll start with egg whites too :)

Amy @ love4living June 28, 2011 at 11:32 pm

I think I may just visit Utah just so I could learn your strength training moves I am always so lost while lifting and YouTube can only help a sista out so much!

Elina (Healthy and Sane) June 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm

This workout sounds kick-ass. I may attempt it this weekend :)
PS – I am so making that peach froyo from your “future post” lol. It sounds and looks delicious :)

Danica June 29, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Holy workout!!! I am totally stealing Marisa’s workout too…but, um, I would probably call it good after her workout LOL.

That is AWESOME that Marshall keeps cooking for you ~ jealous! Can you have him teach Jay?! :D

Peach Fro CHO – YUM!

Miss ya ~ xoxo!


Sara June 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I completely 114% agree with “letting loose” on the weekends, etc. I would just go CRAZY if I had to always be “on” and never gave myself a break.

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