by Janetha on August 15, 2011

in meals,moves,random rambles

look out, i am cranky. you’ve been warned!

today wasn’t exactly the best. then again, it wasn’t exactly the worst, so let’s try to be optimistic and just smile that the day is over, mmmkay?


as most of you know, i go to the original pancake house every monday morning for breakfast and a sales meeting. i wake up at 5:30 AM to get to work on time and we usually end up at the pancake house around 7:45—i am super hungry by the time we get there since i have already been up for two hours (and i am one of those people who wakes up with a growling stomach.)

well, this morning boss #1 (i talk about two bosses today) informed me that breakfast was canceled and some insurance folks were coming in to talk to us and we don’t need to go to breakfast because.. wait for it.. they are bringing donuts! oh, goodie. cue panic attack: what about me, boss #1?! what about my breakfast? sorry, but donuts for breakfast just doesn’t do it for me. and what about my coffee?! i don’t make coffee at home on mondays because i know i’ll be getting my caffeine fix from the pancake house. OH MY GOSH WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?!

i bailed on the insurance meeting and tried to do some work and not think about the lack of breakfast and coffee in my life.  at 8:39, i couldn’t take it anymore and grabbed my purse, car keys and phone and headed out of my office, bee-lining it to the door, exclaiming, “I HAVE TO GET SOME FOOD!”

luckily, boss #1 stopped me and said we could still go to breakfast. phew, crisis averted.

because we showed up at the pancake house a hour later than usual, it was super packed. this meant more waiting—by this time, a hunger headache had set in and i was ridiculously irritable. i usually am fine to go a long time before eating lunch.. but breakfast is a whole other story.

right around nine twenty, about four hours after waking up, i finally got some food, coffee and water. hallelujah.

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i love that whenever i decide to take photos of my breakfast at the pancake house, boss #2 requests that i take photos of his food, too. sure boss #2, anything for you.


knife and fork in hand, ready to go!

because breakfast was later than usual, i didn’t get hungry for lunch until after 2 pm. weird. when i finally decided to eat, i was harassed by co-workers left and right!

one particular co-worker walked in mid-photos and said, “you know, most people eat their food instead of taking pictures of it.”

ugh. get out of my life, dude. i am not sure why people feel the need to make snarky comments at my food blogging habits. i have blogged for 2 1/2 years, folks, i’m not stopping any time soon.



i snagged this salad from harmons yesterday while i was doing my grocery shopping. i topped it with some marinated tofu and called it good. and it was.


the dressing was TJ’s fat free balsamic. FYI.

apparently there were cupcakes downstairs today. i work upstairs, just so you can visualize the situation. anyway—boss #1 comes up to my office and we have a convo:

B#1: “mmm. you have to have a cupcake. megan made them for my birthday.”

me: “no thanks, i don’t want one. i just ate lunch.”

B#1: “they’re really good! you have to have one. go get one.”

me: “no. don’t want one.”

B#1: “that’s really rude if you don’t have a cupcake. plus, they’re good! mmmmm! (biting cupcake)”

me: “no, i really don’t want one. if i wanted one, i would have one. but i don’t want one.”

B#1: “you deprive yourself.”

me: “no, i don’t. i just don’t want a flipping cupcake. thanks, though!”

this is what i deal with.. daily. pardon my crankiness—i did warn you, though!

i ended up staying at work past quitting time, but that was pretty much par for the course considering how the day had been going. when i finally made it home, i slammed my noxplode and headed to the gym for a much needed stress reducing workout session.


my lower body workout was pretty excellent. it was, in fact, the highlight of my day. here are the details…


  • 100 jumping jacks
  • 100 butt kicks
  • 100 high knees
  • 50 switch kicks
  • stretch

circuit one (three times through, no rest):

  • 15 straddle jumps on elevated step (5 risers high)
  • 15 lying bridge w/ 20# plate on hips & feet elevated on step
  • 30 russian twists on ball 2/ 10# plate

circuit two (three times through, no rest):

  • 30 (15 each leg, consecutive) bulgarian split squats w/ 10# in each hand
  • 30 (15 each leg, consecutive) donkey kickbacks
  • 15 stability ball hamstring curls

circuit three (three times through, no rest):

  • 30 walking lunges w/ glute kickback holding 10# each hand
  • 30 (15 each leg, consecutive) body weight single leg squats
  • 60 second low plank
  • 30 second right side high plank
  • 30 second left side high plank

calf raises:

  • 15 each leg x 3 sets (body weight)

circuit four (three times through, no rest):

  • 15 barbell stiff legged dead lifts w/ 70#
  • 15 low back reps on hyperextension bench w/ 20# plate

circuit five (three times through, no rest):

  • 30 reverse lunges (alternating legs) w/ 45# barbell on shoulders
  • 30 (15 each side, consecutive) oblique reps on hyperextension bench holding 10# plate

5 minutes cool down stretching

obviously there was rest between circuits as i set up for the next one. this workout took 1 hour 15 minutes start to finish.


marshall and i combined forces to make a quick dinner so we could both sit down and relax ASAP. he made some fabulous garlic burgers and i worked on a couple of side salads and the burger fixings.


we snagged some locally raised, grass-fed 90% lean ground beef from the farmers market and marshall combined it with minced garlic and seasonings, made a couple of patties and grilled them.  my burger went on a whole wheat bun with stoneground mustard, ketchup, heirloom tomatoes, avocado, salt and pepper.


the salad was romaine, spinach, celery, baby bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, cucumbers and TJ’s raspberry vinaigrette.


dinner was fantastic.

now i am trying to find a new internet service provider. hoooly crud, that is making me even more cranky! every single provider has horrible consumer reports. i just want good service with no nonsense. apparently that is too much to ask.

i think i am going to go bake. that always helps my bad moods go away.


1. how long after you wake up do you eat breakfast?

2. do people nitpick you for what you eat/what you don’t eat/taking photos of what you eat/etc? talk about it. let ‘er rip.

xo. janetha g.


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momma b. August 16, 2011 at 11:21 am

I was hungry just reading the first part of this post!! Sorry for the cranky day but hey, it’s a short week :)

Love you xoxo!

jessiker August 16, 2011 at 11:47 am

First of all, sorry you had a cranky day, muffin. I’m glad that it’s tomorrow now. Hopefully it’s better today.
Holy crud, can I relate. I wake up STARVING as soon as I open my eyes for the day. On a bad day I can skip lunch or dinner or even both if something busy comes up. I could almost always forget to eat dinner, I’m least hungry the end of the day. BUT NO ONE WILL TAKE BREAKFAST FROM ME. It will definitely ruin my whole entire day if I don’t eat right away. And I won’t be in a good mood until I eat.

I can relate to you in another way.. You know how picky of an eater I am. I just don’t like to eat/drink certain things. This seems to really bother a lot of people and they constantly want me to justify why, and to just try it I might like it. People constantly roll their eyes and get annoyed when I say I don’t like something. Why on EARTH does this bother people? It doesn’t effect them in anyway. At. All. They can eat or not eat whatever they want and I honestly do not care. I can’t see why it bothers people so much, and I never like justifying my actions to anyone. I’m just that way, I’m not going to change. I’m a really happy person with the foods I do like and people don’t need to worry that my life would be better if I wasn’t a picky eater.

Thanks for listening <3

Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) August 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Bad days suck. Hopefully today will be better :)

I ususlly eat within 2 hours of waking up. I’m not one of those people that wakes up with a growling tummy. It always take a bit for me to ‘wake up’ and get hungry. I will say, if 4ish hours passed since I got up and I still hadn’t eaten, people will pay. lol. I get suuuuuper cranky when this happens and then no one can have a good day.

On peeps giving me a hard time about how I eat… Please, never say to me… ‘oh yeah, you don’t eat that’ UGH. Stop.

Kelsey August 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I’ve never worked in an office before – you make it sound like I am totally missing out! [insert lie here]

Emma August 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I had the same thing happen to me at work yesterday! I won an employee contest, so my boss went to get goodies for everyone in my honor…from the drugstore. I got REAMED for not having any of “my own special treats.” It was so silly. I eat pretty healthy most of the time and indulge in moderation when I’m craving something specific (and frequently bring baked goods for these same co-workers, so they know I’ve got a sweet tooth), but junk candy from CVS is NOT worth it to me. People don’t get that healthy living is about choices, not deprivation.

I also found this logic hilarious:

Co-worker: Better grab some Reese’s Pieces, they’re almost gone!
Me: Oh, are they being discontinued?
Co-worker: Huh? No…
Me: I can buy those across the street any time I want to. I’m good today.
Co-worker: (Perplexed) But these are free!

Something being FREE or THERE is so not a reason to eat it. If I’m ever in the mood for a Twix bar…pretty sure I can scrounge up a dollar to make that happen. I’m good with my hummus today.

Sorry for the novel. But this DOES drive me crazy.

The Teenage Taste August 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Ugh, SO sorry to hear about your bad day, Janetha. Don’t you hate food pushers? Seriously, they are the worst!
Hope today is better! :-)

Erin August 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Your office cupcake convo sounds like it took place in my office! Every. Single. Day. one of my coworkers brings cookies, bars, candy, cupcakes, muffins (younameit/shebringsit). I’ve denied the offers for the treats soooo many times that they have almost completely stopped offering. Once in awhile, they still ask me if I want a cookie, but when I decline, I’m no longer badgered.

AJ August 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Totally get the co-worker meal/food annoyances!! My co-workers like to go out to lunch at least once or twice a week… they used to invite me but I would turn them down most of the time (due to the places they were choosing). Now they don’t even invite me and like to make snide remarks like “oh you never go” “you’re ms. healthy”. Seriously? Grow up!

Christin August 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

ohmygosh, I am so sorry about your rough day, and I totally sympathize! People can say the craziest things sometimes and I just want to smack some sense into them…especially if my eating schedule is off! (teehee)
They buy lunches at my work for work anniversaries and such, and it’s always these crazy unhealthy meals and desserts, and I get a lot of crap from co-workers when I don’t partake.
When it comes down to it though, I think they just wish they had better self control themselves…usually things bother poeple when they see a similar porblem in themselves…I bet the guy who gave you an earful about taking pictures of your food just wishes he had your patience, time, and skills that it takes to keep a blog like this updated and awesome! ;)

Alta August 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I usually eat around 3 hours after I get up. But I get up at 5, and if I ate any earlier, then noon would be WAY too long for lunch. LOL

I totally sympathize about the food pushers and the changeup in food schedule. I am gluten and dairy intolerant, so I am automatically a pain in the butt when it comes to everyone else’s meals, if they are trying to include me. I usually just opt out of most things – obviously, I can’t do donuts, bagels, muffins, etc for breakfasts, and every time there’s a birthday at work, there’s cake. And every time, everyone has to comment on why I’m not eating cake. “Ooh, this is so good, sorry you can’t eat it.” or “You can’t have just a little bit?” “What happens if you eat it?” (uumm…no, I can’t have any, not even a little bit, and I don’t think we want to go into details about what happens, cause it’s mostly bathroom related. And I don’t feel bad that I can’t eat it, actually, cause I feel like feeling better is more important than a sugar rush.) I do bring my own baked goods to them, though, so maybe this makes it better? Who knows.

Sara Winter August 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm

That burger looks so good!

Hmmm… how do I deal with food pushers? As horrible as it sounds, I will grab a piece of whatever they are pushing and throw it away when I get back to my cubicle if I don’t really want it. They never know so they never comment! Done and done.

Jill August 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Sorry to hear about you having to deal with that crap at work and people being haters. Just keep being you and forget the people that drag you down :)

Katie August 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I’m sorry you had a crappy day, but I just want to say how awesome it is that after such a long, crappy day, you went to the gym to work out your frustration, rather than just wallowing in pity and sitting on the couch with ice cream. I am fully aware that is not a Janetha habit, but it is a common response for a lot of people (I think anyway…). That just really impressed me today.

I hope today is a {MUCH} better day for you!!

Naomi(onefitfoodie) August 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm

UGHHH food pushers are the worst…seroiouslyyy what is their deal? does it make them feel better about eating cupcakes whent hey push it on others? I cant stand it! anyways, I am so glad you finally got some food in your belly! i can so totally relate! my body is used to getting up super early for work (I get up at 415 2x a week) I usually have to eat something by 530…call it a pre breakfast if you will…then I have my real breakfaast around 845 or 9. I do get super cranky when my bod is low on food!!

the rest of your food for the day looks awesome!! the garlic burgers sound FANTASTICCCCC

LauraJayne August 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I have to eat immediately. If I waited two hours, I’d probably be homicidal. I always wake up starving, plus I workout in the AM, so I’d never make it through a workout. Having my eating schedule all messed up totally ruins my mood – especially when I’ve been counting on something and then it doesn’t pan out!

I usually don’t get too harassed about my food photos, although my dad thinks it’s funny. I DO, however, always get harassed about not eating donuts/cake/whatever goodie is coming around the office. My favorite thing is when people tell me that I “need it.” Like they have any idea what I “need.”

Bitter beer face. That’s what they need.

Katie August 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I know how u feel girl, when I worked at a car dealership , I was tortured because of what I ate and if I didn’t want a cookie or cake, was SO annoying, u thought they would just let it go! I think it’s because they were weak and had no self control to not have brownies and cookies every day, they wanted me to give in and make the selves feel better! Lol! I don’t depri e myself, but I’m not eating 12 cookies and 5 donuts a day like some of them did, I just know what my body likes and it’s not sugar overload! Love u!!

Kat August 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Why am I not surprised this happened on a Monday?

I eat breakfast within an hour of waking up usually, since I drink coffee with half an hour of waking up or I’m stuck with a headache for the rest of the day. Yay coffee addiction ;)

Anna August 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm

OMG I would be a mess if I hadn’t had breakfast for so long! I used to wait till I got to work to eat and if things came up I would be soo grumpy until I ate. Sometimes I have a small snack workout, then eat immediately after. Or I try to eat within 30 minutes to an hour of waking up…my body usually wants food!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather August 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Bad days are the pits! Of course it was on a monday… They are the worst. Hope your Tuesday was better! Your burger looks amaze. Avocado on burgers is my favorite!

Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks August 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm

So sorry you had to put up with that crap. I hate when people comment on my food/way of life. Is it really any of their business anways? ummm NO. Annoying, but I need to learn to just brush it off. The people who mind don’t matter!

Candice August 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm

sorry you had a rough day! they happen.
I ALWAYS have to defend my meals, passing on dessert, explaining what I’m eating and why.. blah blah blah.. ps.. WHY does anyone even care?!! I even get it from family sometimes! So annoying!
I also have to eat as soon as I wake up!! or I’m an onrey pants. Brent even trys to go to breakfast sometimes.. but I just can’t wait that long.. haha!

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate August 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Grass fed burgers :)

Some people just don’t understand that some people eat differently than others. It’s really freaking annoying.

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 16, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Oh my gosh. All. The. Freaking. Time. The thing is, years ago I actually did deprive myself, so sometimes I feel like I need to prove that I don’t anymore by always digging into junk when it’s offered. However, recently I’ve realized that eating when I don’t want to is just as stupid as not eating when I do want to. Of course there are times when I’ll always try what the food pushers are giving me- when I’m meeting someone new and important, for instance- but in general, I’m becoming far more confident with just saying no. Or yes, depending on the situation!

Kayla @ Sprouty Buns August 16, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I workout first thing in the morning so breakfast is usually 1 hour after waking, if its any longer I become a wild beast! I too get daily remarks from my coworkers about my healthy eating habits. I’ve been there for 3 years but they still act surprised when I don’t participate in McDonalds Breakfast or Dunkin Donuts days.

Tara August 16, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Aww I totally know how you feel. Nothing makes me grumpier than being due to eat and not getting my hands on food! I eat as soon as I wake up at 6am, and then hit the gym at 7.30. I have a whey and oats shake at 8.30 post-workout, and then eat my “proper meal” at 9! Sounds like a lot of food, huh? The life of a bodybuilder :)

Have you considered having a small snack at home before your Monday meeting, just in case something like this happens again, and so you’re not starving anyway when you get there?

I HATE people pushing food on me. I work in finance, so I’m surrounded by the unhealthiest men ever, but they usually don’t ask questions when they see how big my guns are ;) My mother is actually the worst. She is constantly trying to make me eat junk food, and doesn’t seem to understand that I’m not depriving myself – I just don’t want it…

MelissaNibbles August 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I think everyone deals with this at work. People do it to make themselves feel better for eating a food they feel guilty eating. If they feel guilty eating food, they have their own problems to deal with. I remind myself of that and just brush them off. No use letting it ruin my otherwise good day.

KatieRK August 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm

ufff food pushers are not fun! I think it takes someone whos made a serious change and their life to realize this and to be able to resist, or give in when they decide to. I do think we’re all guilty of it though…today I offered a mini chocolate to a coworker…she refused and I said you sure- she said yes and I left it at that. No sense in annoying people!

as far as eating upon waking i am usually hungry but workout first thing- i quiet my hunger with a half a Luna first though- I do a a question for you though! In BFL they recommend working out on a empty stomach- I lift then do Hiit- it is “ok” to eat first? I think I would be lethargic if i didnt!

Janetha August 17, 2011 at 11:51 am

HOW on earth do you do lifting and HIIT in the same workout!? I am always beat after each one–hitting my 10s in either area takes it out of me! I always do HIIT on an empty stomach and always lift weights with a little something in my belly. I think whatever works for you is what is best!

Liz August 16, 2011 at 9:58 pm

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Paige @ Running Around Normal August 16, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Sorry about the crappy day, girl! Those comments are crazy. I have some snarky peeps in my office too. Sometimes I think people are just miserable and have weird ways of expressing it. Either way, I love your attitude/response :D

Pure2raw twins August 16, 2011 at 10:49 pm

sorry that you did not have the best day!

now for breakfast time – I usually drink at least 3 cups of warm water before any food gets in my mouth, my tummy needs that before getting the day going. though I usually do not really eat a breakfast till after I workout (well that is if I workout in the morning). I guess it is usually about 2 hours or so till I actually have something to eat upon waking.

I try not to let people’s comments get to me, but than again I don’t have the thickest skin so I do get bothered by them. I try to just brush off the comments or stares and know that I am doing my best to live the best life for me as possible, and no one else matters :)

Allison August 16, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I typically eat breakfast immediately when I wake up- my stomach is growling and before I get sucked into answering emails or getting before work, I make sure I’m fueled! I know, weird, but it works for me! If I wait too long, I start getting cranky and cramps- so I would rather avoid that [for myself and those around me] :P

OHEMGEEE- I cannot count the number of times I’ve had people comment on my food or eating habits… “WOW, you eat so healthfully, you know it wouldn’t hurt to splurge a little!” To those people: I am “splurging” a little, on the food I want to eat!

Evan August 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm

So late to the party here!

Sorry about your off day…when I was too thin for my frame, I used to get RAVENOUS in the morning. I’ve gotten a little…ahem…cushier since then (but it was necessary weight gain), and I find that some mornings, I’m not hungry until about an hour or two after waking up. Sometimes, it’s even more. It’s funny, because I’m remarkably adept at telling my body “you can’t eat yet” and having my hunger cues obey…not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing! One thing hasn’t changed, though – I can’t do donuts for breakfast, either. I can do toast with butter and other “lighter” breakfasty things, but I can’t do sugar on top of sugar. I feel ya, girl! Stand up for your morning meal rights. :)

Also – I work at a food magazine, so the food that I’m pushed to try is usually delicious. Most of the time, I find that a polite “no thank you” and change of subject is enough to ward off any excess pushing. For the same reason, I’m lucky to work with like-minded food-savvy coworkers (who don’t waste calories on crap), so the cupcake situation like the one you mentioned is kind of rare.

elise August 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm

your bosses are so cute!!!
“i called it good and it was” – you make me laugh.

ps get ready for comment-a-mania. its M&M catchup timeeeeeee :)

Katie August 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Ugh, sorry for the people you had to deal with today! (well, I think this was a couple of days ago…) – I HATE it when people do that to me. It used to happen all the time at work, people making comments left and right about what I ate or didn’t eat. I finally ended up telling people I was allergic to certain things just to get them off my back. Silliness. Hope your day was brighter today!

Kelsey August 17, 2011 at 10:26 pm

i’m new to your blog so i apologize if this is answered somewhere else but what is noxplode and why do you take it?

i’ve been working on losing weight for a couple months now and the office is the worst! i usually just laugh it off and say you can have mine! i do try to see if it’s worth it or not. boxed cake mix cupcakes = pleh no thanks. super gourmet fancy schmancy red velvet cream cheese frosting cupcakes = worth it (yeah, this happened today).

janetha @ meals & moves August 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I actually haven’t talked about it yet! I have only been using it for a couple weeks. I take it prior to weight lifting–it contains caffeine and gives me a burst of energy pre-workout. I use it because my husband had it in the cupboard and I wanted to know what it was all about. I want to use it for a little longer before I talk about it in depth, but so far, I like it!

I am with you–boxed cupcakes are NOT worth it!

Sarah August 22, 2011 at 3:27 am


Just catching up on your posts. I can’t believe how rude people can get! It’s crazy. Poor you. That would make me really cranky! Good work on staying strong and sticking to your guns though. I admire that, especially as I’m a weakling so probs would have backed down. xxx

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