toning + tacos.

by Janetha on August 1, 2011

in meals,moves,random rambles

this morning started unlike most monday mornings. i have to be to work at 7 AM every monday for a meeting. this is an hour and a half earlier than my arrival time the rest of the work week. because i severely lack morning skills, i always set three alarms for monday morning. marshall sets at least one, sometimes two. he has to be at the meeting, too.. we work together.

this morning i was in a deep slumber.. dreaming about hanging out with blog friends in real life (what? you don’t do that? i know you do) and i somehow bypassed ALL of the alarm clocks. ALL OF THEM!

i opened my dry, contact-laden eyes (tell me i am not the only one who leaves her contacts in for weeks at a time…) and took a look at my phone.


“shit! shit shit shit shit shit!” is all i could manage to say as i sprang out of bed, with marshall following my lead. apparently he took a look at his phone, too, while i was “shit”-ting all over the place.

i suddenly became the multitasker of the century. it was like i was out to win an olympic medal for the fastest time in getting ready for work. and not just any medal.. the gold medal.

i brushed my teeth and put on deodorant while i peed. i flat ironed my hair between swipes of eyeshadow and mascara. i tore through my unfolded mount-everest-sized pile of laundry trying to find something appropriate for work. all the more reason i need to get a handle on things and FOLD MY DAMN CLOTHES.

luckily my lunch was already packed up and breakfast every monday morning is eaten at a meeting for work, so all i had to do after getting ready was grab my vitamins and supplements and kiss penny & randy goodbye. yes, there is always time to kiss your dogs.

it takes anywhere between 13 and 21 minutes to get to my office from my house. this depends on if i get stuck behind a train, if the freeway meter light is on, what traffic is like and how fast i decide to drive.  i left my house at 6:42 and got to my office at 6:59! one minute to spare.

i will take that gold medal, thankyouverymuch.

because i was so rushed getting ready, the rest of my day was really off. i didn’t feel quite right and i couldn’t wait to leave my office.  i followed my plans for breakfast and lunch, then went home to have my pre-workout snack (after staying 45 minutes past the time i should have left, mind you.)

i had some trader joe’s greek yogurt paired with granola that i received in the mail from a special friend. i changed into my gym clothes and then it was off to gold’s.


today was my lower workout day. i have said this before and i will say it again.. i have big legs. but in a good way. i have muscular legs. i like to keep them tight and toned, but am not really interested in gaining more muscle on my lower half.  that’s why i typically do more reps and moves with a challenging-but-not-impossible weight when i do lower body. my upper body is a different story, as i am really looking to achieve some muscle gains and have biceps similar to katie’s. have you seen those? she needs a permit for those guns.

where was i? oh, yeah, lower body! i will share my workout with you guys because it’s been awhile since i have done that. i got a few ideas for today’s workout from naomi’s post. it’s a good one! check it out.

by the way, i am not a professionally trained fitness guru, so don’t print this workout out, do it, get hurt and sue me. got it? good.


warm up:

  • 100 jumping jacks
  • 100 butt kicks
  • 100 high knees

body weight + free weight circuits!

i did each circuit three times through with no rest before moving onto the next.

circuit one:

circuit two:

circuit three:

machine work!

i did each set slow and controlled then took a 30 second rest between sets.

free motion step up machine:

  • 24 reps @ 30 lbs (second to highest step setting, alternating legs)
  • 24 reps @ 35 lbs (second to highest step setting, alternating legs)
  • 24 reps @ 35 lbs (highest step setting, alternating legs)

seated single leg press:

  • 12 each leg @ 120#
  • 12 each leg @ 110#
  • 12 each leg @ 105#

standing single leg calf raise:

  • 4 sets of 12 each leg (body weight)

seated calf machine: (that works both the calf and the front muscle along your shin.. what’s that called? see, i am no professional)

  • 3 sets of 12 @ 100#

lying hamstring curls:

  • 3 sets of 12 @ 65#

the end! that took an hour.


i came home and got to work on dinner.. tacos! and not just any tacos…


tacos with tortillas made from scratch! it’s a first for me. i usually buy tortillas, but i have been inspired by mama pea’s cookbook, peas and thank you, and decided to try my hand at homemade tortillas.


guess what? it was easy.  (yes, i still need a rolling pin.)


like.. so easy. IMG_1557

and so cheap! i had all the ingredients in my kitchen already, actually.


i didn’t exactly follow mama pea’s meatless meal standards with our tacos, though.


i prepared some ground chicken with trader joe’s taco seasoning and diced onion from the farmers market. i  served the tacos with black beans, plain greek yogurt, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, smashed avocado and salsa.


delicious, delicious, DELICIOUS.


while we ate our tacos, i told marshall that now that i know how easy it is to make tortilla from scratch, we won’t ever have to buy them again! unless he wants hard taco shells made from corn.. hey, mama pea, you got a recipe for that?

i am off to clean my house. my anxiety level is climbing the longer i let everything sit. plus, marshall is working hard on the yard, so i need to make myself useful.

hasta luego!


1. how long does it take you to get ready in the AM? what is the fastest you’ve ever gotten ready?

2. tacos: soft shell or hard shell?

xo. janetha g.

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Lee August 2, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I’m glad you were shit-ing and not shitting. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

I get up at 7 and have to leave the house at 8:10 but I usually do some blog reading in that time while I’m eating breakfast. I think I could probably get ready in 20 minutes if I need to. I don’t dry my hair in the morning, so that helps.

Errign August 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm

If it’s something I have to be up & ready for, like work, I can do it (dressed, breakfast, lunch, etc) in 40 minutes. Less if I am super focused and not reading blogs at the same time. :)

I’m sorry your day was super off, but I’m jealous of your tacos. Off to check out previous posts, since I have been a bad blog reader the last coupla days!

Janetha August 2, 2011 at 11:29 pm

You haven’t missed anything. I have been a blog writer!

PBJenny August 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm

koodos to you! I definitely probably would have just ditched brushing my teeth and deodorizing all together for the sake of time. Then I probably would have gotten fired…

promise me when you get home from work today you’ll relax to the maxxxxx?!

Christin August 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm

OMG that is sooo me in the morning! I seriously have to lay out my clothes the night before, and I do my makeup at my desk at work. Even then I still end up with inside out articles of clothing on the regular…it’s the worst! I have to be at work at 6am (ugh!!) so I get up a 5:40, brush my teeth, pull on my clothes, grab whatever is quickest to find out of the fridge for lunch, and then literally sleepdrive (carefully, at slow speeds) to work and then chug coffee immediately upon arrival. Good times! :)

Christin August 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm

oh yeah…and i keep deodorant in my desk drawer just in case…lol!

Janetha August 2, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I need to have everything on hand at work! Such a good idea.

Jackie @ That Deep Breath August 2, 2011 at 6:45 pm

My first year of college I was the queen of multi-tasking while getting ready…getting breakfast ready while putting on mascara is dangerous. One of those “don’t try this at home” stunts

Shanna, Like Banana August 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Mornings like these always get me in such a tizzy because I have to be early before getting everywhere and I already have to be to work at 7a anyway, so that means, I need to get there by 645a..meep! I think the fastest I’ve gotten ready is about 15 min — no showering was involved..eww..ha!

Natalie @Will Jog For Food August 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Homemade tortillas?! You rock!

Hilary August 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I think I’d say soft taco. And I take anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes to get ready, depending on if I’m blowdrying or not. But I can be pretty quick if I have to. And kudos on that leg workout! You’re making me feel like a slacker!

Betty August 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm

i am actually quite proud of my fastest morning time, which was actually last week when i woke up late for an interview i had to be at. 9 mins, which included shower, hair product(& a quick difuse), threw on some makeup, and i was practically brushing my teeth out the door. good thing i knew what i was wearing the night before!

Betty August 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm

btw those tacos look amazing, and ive never tried the yogurt on top, it looks GREAT!

Janetha August 2, 2011 at 11:28 pm

so did you get the job?!

Betty August 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm

i did get thatt job, not the one of the pic i posted. i hear back friday on that one, FINGERS CROSSED!!

The Delicate Place August 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm

i just wasn’t even awake this morning. i made all kinds of stupid things i had to fix later. i’ve been known to do the monday shuffle in 15-20mins. the fastest i ever got ready was in 10 but i really hate doing that. rushing in the morning=no fun at all. as for taco…well no shell ;) just give me the meat + toppings

Tara August 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I take 45 minutes to leave the house. I make breakfast, get dressed for the gym and pack my bag for the day. Once I’m done my workout, it only takes me about 7 minutes to shower, eat, get dressed and do my hair and make up – I’m a machine!!

Janetha August 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Wow that is super impressive! 7 min!

julie August 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm

the name of this post should have been ‘champion’

also i better have been in your dream and i hope you found a place for my wedding!

Janetha August 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Still looking for the perfect venue ;)

Dayna August 2, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I used to be able to sleep with my contacts in for weeks when I was younger, now I can’t go any longer than 8 hours and my eyeballs are angry.

meghan n August 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm

hahha gotta put the manage trois wine bottle to good use ;) I have to admit I am hard shell girl all the way!

Janetha August 2, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Good eye!

meghan n August 3, 2011 at 8:30 am

It’s one of my favorites! :)

Amy August 2, 2011 at 10:47 pm

awesome workout! those tortillas look amazing and easy..i love easy! i think ill have to check out her cookbook!

Katie August 2, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Haha, I dream about blog friends all the time. I’m glad I’m not alone. And I am so impressed with your quick seventeen minute prep time!

I need at least 30 minutes, and I probably go to the store twice a week.

Pure2raw twins August 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm

first you do not have big legs, you legs are perfect! now I got big butt and big legs, haha, runs in our family, something I sometimes wish I could change.

and second those tacos look amazing! I need to go get mama peas book!


elise August 4, 2011 at 10:46 pm

hehe “shit”ing all over the place had me laughing. sorry your day sucked caca though. i get up at 420 for work. blah.

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli August 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

Yes, I am in fact JUST NOW reading a post from almost 2 weeks ago…ugh, I’m so behind! :(

Girl, you had me ready to pee my pants with your “shit-ting all over the place”! Haha! I hate it when I wake up late! I love having a little extra time in the am to just sit and relax and have my coffee before the day’s “excitement” begins, but if need be, I can get out the door faster than you can say, “you turned your alarm off again didn’t you?”! I once got ready AND showered and was out the door somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes…rearview mirrors are just makeup mirrors in disguise, right! ;)

I like my taco shells crunchy, but then I always complain when they crumble and leave me with a mess on my plate! Haha!

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