this, that, & the other.

by Janetha on January 4, 2012

in meals,moves


wow, for it being a short week at work, i sure do feel busy. i have been occupying myself with a lot of year end accounting stuff and it really drains my brain. that leaves little creativity on the blogging front, so i apologize if this post is a little scatterbrained.

my boss always says the phrase, “this, that, and the other.” not sure why he says it all the time, but i honestly hear it come out of his mouth a minimum of five times a day. i figured it’d make a great post title since i am just going to talk about this.. that.. and the other!


first off, i want to post an official THANK YOU and HELL YES for all the participation in dedicated december!


it was a huge success with over 3,500 workouts logged! goodness. that’s amazing.

the random winner for the week of december 25-31 (a contigo cold bottle) is:


congrats, bria!

the winner for the MOST workouts logged in ALL of december is sami!! she was a freaking machine and worked out multiple times a day. DANG. she’s a big basketball star, so she has to keep in shape. sami is the winner of a contigo hot mug and a contigo cold bottle. congrats, sami!

the other prize that has yet to be awarded is a $10 amazon gift card to the most creative workout. i have created a poll so you can vote for the workout you think is the most creative! sorry if i missed any super creative workouts logged.. with over 3,500 coming in, it was hard to filter through them.. but i did my best.

i will pick a winner in a few days once people have had a chance to vote!

moving on…



i can barely walk today thanks to my lower body workout yesterday (you can find it here)… i hadn’t done legs since before christmas eve (i missed a few workouts due to my accident) and so the DOMS is worse than usual! not complaining, though. i love it when my legs are sore.

today’s workout was chest, abs, and cardio. here’s the rundown:


  • barbell bench press (warm up): 8 reps @ 50#
  • reverse grip barbell bench press: 4 x 8 @ 50#
  • dumbbell flyes: 4 x 8 @ 15 lbs (each hand) superset with:
  • dumbbell chest press: 4 x 8 @ 25# (each hand)
  • incline dumbbell chest press: 4 x 8 @ 25# (each hand) superset with:
  • bench dips: 4 x 8
  • cable crossover: 4 x 8 @ 30#
  • medicine ball weighted crunches: 3 x 25 @ 25#
  • hanging leg raises: 3 x 15
  • reverse crunches: 3 x 15


treadmill circuit:

  • 2 minutes @ 6 mph
  • 1 minute @ 6.5 mph
  • 1 minute @ 7 mph
  • 1 minute @ 7.5 mph
  • 1 minute @ 8 mph
  • repeat 4 times for a total of 30 minutes

i am trying to lift heavier weights than usual so i can build more muscle, but i am still a little bit of a weakling. getting there!

and finally.. the other.



today was national spaghetti day, but it seems like it’s national spaghetti day every day at our house! we eat spaghetti nearly once a week. the fact that it is one of the two dinners marshall likes to make (tacos being the other one) is one of the reasons why we have it so often. if i can get out of cooking dinner every once in awhile, it is really nice. i do love to cook, but i have a lot of things going on, so a break is always welcome.

since we have traditional spaghetti so often, i decided to switch it up a bit tonight and did a pesto spaghetti for marshall and steamed spaghetti squash for me. i am being mindful of my carb intake right now since mexico is a mere 3 1/2 weeks away. to go with our his & hers spaghetti, i made goat cheese stuffed chicken—always a favorite in our house. i stuffed the chicken with goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, and minced garlic. i seasoned the outside with salt & pepper, seared each side for a minute in a cast iron skillet, then baked the chicken at 350 until it was cooked through.  i rounded out the meal with steamed asparagus.

healthy and balanced.  AND delicious.. which is the most important, right?

i lied. i have one more thing. a favor to ask, actually.. i am in the running to win a super sweet owl vase. if you click here and vote for my photo, i’d be stoked. thanks in advance!

see ya later, alligators.

xo. janetha g.

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Sarah January 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

My swim coach used to tell me that a workout was effective if it hurt to sit down on the toilet. I love leg and ab soreness because you just know your building new muscle.

That goat cheese stuffed chicken looks delicious!

Katie January 4, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Hah! The girl scout luminaries workout…I love it.

Voted for you…hope you win! :-)

Lori Z. January 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I voted! Hope you win!
I love when I am sore from working out too! I’m sure I will be feeling it tomorrow – did a pushup/shoulder press pyramid. Wow, did that ever burn!!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

great expression…I’m sure you love hearing it. 5+ times a day :)


Kerryne January 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Spaghetti and tacos are on our weekly dinner menus too. I make them for the family because its easy, fast and leftovers are the easiest! ;)

I haven’t heard the boss say that phrase yet but you better believe when I do I will probably giggle now!

Voted ;)

Nicole C January 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I was trying to log the amount of miles we walked in Paris to be part of the dedicated december..and i forgot. Dang it! Way to be a motivator with 3,500 entries!

Tee @ She Writes, Bites, and Window Shops January 4, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Mmm the goat cheese stuffed chicken looks so good!

Bonnie January 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm

WHOA that dinner looks amazing! I overate on the carbs+sugar tonight (frozen cookie bits in the freezer…went back a few too many times! Never the best feeling. Going to watch the carbs and sugar tomorrow and take it one day at a time. :) I think you’re looking extra lean! Not sure if you’ve changed at all; maybe it’s the program? Doing awesome!

Also, I voted for you. Of course! Hope you win. :)

lindsay January 4, 2012 at 11:13 pm

way to go dedicated december chicks! hardcore. And so is that workout, i might not be able to squat on the pot after that.
CHeers to spaghetti and to owl vases, off to vote!

Kristin @ STUFT Mama January 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm

I knew you’d be on it for National Spaghetti Day. :) you’re inspiring me to try to stuff a chicken. :) I’m bummed I missed out on the dedicated December, but congrats on the huge success! I can’t vote from my phone right now, but will for sure get to it tomorrow. You need that vase. :)

Cassie January 5, 2012 at 4:35 am

I totally forgot to log all my workouts after Christmas, so it would have been more like 3,505. ;)

Curious, with the Jamie Eason LiveFit Trainer thing – did you follow the no cardio rule for the first two weeks? And the only working out 4 days a week bit?

denise January 5, 2012 at 4:42 am

I sure have been loving crossfit, have you ever tried it?

Erica January 5, 2012 at 5:21 am

Congrats to all those who kicked butt working out! I worked out…but was a bad logger. Oh well…I guess I can use the baby excuse ;). National spaghetti day! I had no idea. Spaghetti squash is the jam. Going to vote for you now whoop

Lauren January 5, 2012 at 5:41 am

I need to try this chicken recipe. I always love when you post about it.

Heather (Heather's Dish) January 5, 2012 at 6:04 am

janetha, PLEASE take me to mexico with you.

promise having a 9-months-pregnant woman would be a ton of fun.


Sami January 5, 2012 at 6:36 am

no way!!! (: i’m so thrilled. thanks, janetha for your amazing motivation in dedicated december and for organizing such awesome giveaways. love you, love your blog, always have! SO pumped for my contigo mugs!!!! i have one, but i get so angry when it’s dirty and i have to resort to anything but.
GREAT way to start off the new year!

ps, thanks for reminding me, i need to reintroduce sketti squash in 2012!!


Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 5, 2012 at 6:39 am

Damn- clicked to vote for you and stupid Facebook is blocked! i’ll have to remember when I get home.

We typically eat the same meals in our house too- with a random one thrown in for meatless Monday (we make up for that by having burgers another night). And we make pizza every single Friday night- my favorite tradition!
I need to throw tacos into our rotation- we typically just do Chipotle-style burrito bowls and salads – but there’s just something so great about tacos…

Kellie January 5, 2012 at 7:13 am

voted! everytime i see an owl, i think of you and my grandma… she collected owls also :)

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List January 5, 2012 at 7:28 am

VOTED, my friend!! i love you.

jessiker January 5, 2012 at 7:38 am

Simon’s mom says “this, that, and the other” in almost every sentence. I thought it was an English thing.

I hope you win the owl contest! I voted for you.

Pure2raw twins January 5, 2012 at 7:56 am

I remember playing volleyball during high school and how each day of the first day back I could not walk for days…oh the fun times haha

Felicia (Natural + Balanced) January 5, 2012 at 8:05 am

nice workout! yayy for building muscle ;)

the delicate place January 5, 2012 at 9:36 am

i always use spag squash as my spaghetti ok i take that back, sometimes when i’m feeling frisky i have raw zuke pasta for a change. this is so odd of me but lately i’ve been eating vegan half the day and then meat for dinner. i need that sating protein at night for sure but in the morning i’m drinking green juice (thanks to the new juicer for xmas) and saving the pulp for crackers and i make some kind of dip (usually avocado or tahini based) to have for lunch with some nuts & fruit…and seaweed soup. who have i become?!

Ananda January 5, 2012 at 9:48 am

My (scottish) nana says ‘this, that and the other’ quite a bit. She also says ‘would you beleive’ at least upwards of a dozen times a day.

I loved the creative workouts people did!

Christin@purplebirdblog January 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

Thanks again for Dedicated December… it inspired me to do more circuit workouts at the house and I’m loving them still. :)

julie January 5, 2012 at 10:11 am

gimme dat goat cheese chicken NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brittany January 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

woo-hoo to everyone that participated in dedicated December – that’s awesome!!

Just went to FB and voted. Hope you win. :)

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather January 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

DOMS is the best! And I want that stuffed chicken, yum.

Jen@FoodFamilyFitness January 5, 2012 at 11:48 am

Spaghetti and tacos are staples in our house! I love meals where everyone is happy!

momma b. January 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Oh man that dinner looks stellar!! It is also one that I would actually try to recreate – and so my dear I believe I will!!

Love you and love your rambles – these were very organized :)


Kelz January 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm

That quote always reminds me of Seinfeld, when Elaine and Jerry were wondering how they could have this (their friendship) that (sex) and the other (a relationship).
Just thought I’d share haha

Allison January 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Chicken roll-ups [as they’re known in our house] are one of our faves! I’ve never made spaghetti squash [kinda intimidated!] but we usually will pair it with butternut squash smash :)

dana @ my little celebration January 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm

3,500 workouts! That’s flipping amazing! Great job playing host and motivator!

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva January 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Speaking of DOMS…my shoulders are still throbbing from a workout 2 days ago…a good pain though! Today will be legs and cardio I think. Went onto facebook and voted for you. Good luck, I hope you win!

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate January 5, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I’ve actually never had spaghetti squash! I’ll give it a try asap!

Bria January 5, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Whoa, I’m so psyched I won the giveaway! Woohooooo! Dedicated December was awesome. Thanks for putting it together. I’m kinda missing logging workouts ;-)

Suzanne January 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm

This, that, and the other is a Seinfeld reference! Love that show.

Lauren @ Recipes for a Quarterlife January 5, 2012 at 11:40 pm

goat cheese stuffed chicken breast sounds so great! chicken breast can get soooo boring.

Betty January 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

I NEED to make some or your stuffed chicken.. It always looks DELISH! Barbara hates hummus so I think I’m gonna try to sneak some in her like through one of your recipes..

Ali Mc January 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

I picked laser tag even though some of those other ones were cool….how can you not vote for lasers and tag :) what fun!

I haven’t been by in a while so I missed out on all the fun :( I can’t believe that many workouts were logged YAY!!!! good for everyone who participated

Roz@weightingfor50 January 6, 2012 at 11:39 am

Yay for the dedicated December participants. And belated happy National Spagetti day!!!

Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 6, 2012 at 11:48 am

Dang, not going to lie, I was hoping I’d win most workouts logged ;) But congrats to all the winners, and to ALL the people who logged so many workouts–that freakin’ rocks!!

I love spaghetti….so delicious!

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