not a thanksgiving recipe roundup.

by Janetha on November 20, 2012

in moves,random rambles

i love all the blogs i read, but if i see one more thanksgiving recipe roundup, i may scream. or just close my laptop.. that works, too. i am not trying to be a hater, i am just being honest! and if you compiled a round up on your blog and are reading this, you should just laugh! or at least crack a smile.

i will spare you another roundup. come to think of it, i don’t have very many thanksgiving recipes published as it is. while i do love to experiment with new recipes, sometimes keeping it traditional is best. this year, we are going to my parents’ house for thanksgiving. it’ll just be me, marshall, and my parents. i am sure my mom will still manage to cook thanksgiving dinner for an army—we are known for that.

yeah. that’s us.

i am so excited to just eat the thanksgiving dishes i grew up with. nobody can make stuffing quite like momma b and that is my FAVORITE part of the meal. i will save the fancy shmancy and razzle dazzle recipes i have bookmarked (granted, some were found through those thanksgiving roundup posts!) and make them another time. who says you can’t have thanksgiving-themed food the rest of the year, right??

this post might be all over the place. i mean, look at the beginning.. clearly i have no direction in mind.

so, i went to acupuncture again today!

no, not me.. and i don’t think i look this beautiful and peaceful as i am getting needles poked into various parts of my body. but, surprisingly, it does not hurt a bit.

it was my second time. i go again on saturday.. marshall is going to go, too. it’s a date! with needles! ha. except i doubt we will be in the same room. in fact i don’t just doubt it, i know we won’t be. i am still going to make him buy me a meal afterward, though. you can bet your bottom dollar on that one. or your top dollar, the choice is yours. shit, you don’t even have to bet at all. what am i even talking about? oh, right, acupuncture!

if you missed my first post about it, clicky click. here’s a little update. i have gone a week without dairy aside from two very small slip-ups. not the end of the world. i have also gone a week without coffee, i am fairly certain that’s a miracle. i am digging the english breakfast tea, though. it comes in k-cups and reminds me of the days when i lived in london.

anyway, i have followed all dr. ding’s instructions, but i still have had pretty bad pain and bloating. the first three days after my first appointment were pain-free, but i was still bloated. then saturday and sunday were BAD. i think it’s something i ate, but i am not entirely sure. on the poop front, i have to say there is something to this acupuncture and chinese herb thing. sorry if you don’t like to hear about poop but it’s basically one of the main problems of mine and reasons i am going to the acupuncturist. live with it. anyway, i have pooped five out of the past seven days! that’s flipping fantastic! in fact, i was able to *go* less than two hours after today’s acupuncture appointment. miracle? or maybe my chi flowing properly and nature doing the thang it was meant to do. either way, i’ll take it. i feel like i should have a little chart and get a gold sticker for every successful day. too bad i am not a three year old.

as far as the bloating and pain go, dr. ding said it is normal to feel a little worse before you feel better. that’s your body’s way of working all the kinks out. i am going to give it an honest chance! i mean, i was already always in pain and bloated anyway, so it’s nothing new. i will keep you guys posted on my progress.

tuesdays are heavy lifting at GPP. today’s workout, “heavy EMOM”, was a fun one. i think i am partial to it because there is an acronym in the title and i am partial to acronyms. even read my about me, i mentioned my love for them there. hah, ironically, i had a convo about acronyms just today.

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TDC stands for “turkey day challenge” which, but the way, is going fabulously. aside from some sugar slip ups and missed water.. but for the most part, i’m doing well!

anyway, back to the workout.. heavy EMOM.


i skipped out on kipping my pull-ups today because of this little doozy that happened last thursday:

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yeowch. still nursing my hands back to 100%. it’s amazing what one little rip of skin on your palm can do to your whole life. i cannot imagine not having hands at all–i truly admire those who do so much without hands. i remember seeing a video about a woman who would make out checks at the grocery store using her feet. that is legit!

anyway, back to the pull-ups. i was super impressed with melissa’s strong work on her kips! she got her first one last week and strung a few together today. she’s a quick learner and so talented! way to go, melissa.  we finished the workout off with the OH press and power cleans. i did 55# strict OH presses and 75# power cleans. it was a deceiving workout and i sweat way more than expected! it was a lot of fun, though. i love tuesdays.


i came home and made dinner–it was taco tuesday!


you know what sucks a whole lot? tacos (or taco salad, in my case tonight) WITHOUT CHEESE. seriously, is life even worth living if i can’t eat cheese? i miss it big time. even more than coffee–never thought i would say that! cheese makes my world go round.

okay.. that’s enough rambling for now i suppose. hope you have enjoyed this long, drawn out, ridic post! it was fun to type.

oh.. two more things because i love thought catalog always:

  • it’s bad how much i can relate to this list of signs you are lazy. what can i say? i am lazy at heart. personal faves=#1, #8, #9, #16–suuuper guilty of all of these.
  • i am so a night owl. personal faves=#5, #15, and #18 for SURE.

lots of love!


1. if you celebrate thanksgiving, how are you spending it this year?

2. tell me something random from your day. i’ve dished enough random out, time for me to take some in.

xo. janetha g.

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Carly @ Snack Therapy November 20, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Totally with you on the traditional Thanksgiving front. Some turkey, some stuffing, some buttery green beans, mashed taters, homemade rolls… All doused in gravy. No fancy recipes necessary! And your poor hand… It makes my stomach hurt looking at that picture. OUCH!

Momma b November 20, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Ewww I had to fast forward by your sore hand….glad it’s healing up.
You are not just an acronym queen (this auto corrected to guernsey haahaa) you are the rambling queen and I live your rambles!!

I get to cook and spend the day with three of my favorites!! Maybe play some games to :)

I managed to move approximately 450 lbs of frozen turkeys from my car to my garage and then from my garage to a pick up truck….man that’s a lot of dead weight!!

Can’t wait for TD

love you!


Janetha November 20, 2012 at 11:20 pm

tonight you are the typo queen! did you have booze at dinner???

Ashley November 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Hey, I just happened to read your post about bloating and pain and I know you have tried cutting out dairy and coffee but I was also going to suggest that you try cutting out all grains, I know it sounds crazy and hard but try it for a week I promise you will see results! For recipes and ideas check out,,

Janetha November 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm

thanks! i haven’t tried that yet but many people have suggested it!

Janetha November 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Also, I love those blogs! Read all 3 of them!

Meg November 20, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Oh man, that lazy quiz is hilarious! My personal habits …err… faves are #1, 7, and 8. My neighbor actually backed into my car about a month ago and I totally haven’t done anything about it. Ha! Terrible.

Random fact: I chose where to grab dinner tonight based solely on how long of a drive it would be so my dog could stick her head out the window. Truth.

Heather November 21, 2012 at 12:10 am

The things that helped me give up cheese and dairy in general where: Avocados…..I feel justified eating more because I can’t have cheese:), coconut beverage, and coconut milk. I loved greek yogurt so I try and make really creamy coconut milk banana soft serve to replace my desire for something creamy.

I hope that helps!

Janetha November 21, 2012 at 10:23 am

haha that is the exact thing i said yesterday! i used like 3/4 of an avocado on my salad and said out loud, “well if i am not having cheese…”


Michelle @ Eat Move Balance November 21, 2012 at 6:39 am

Random stuff: we are going to my parents house for thanksgiving. My mom makes the best dinner! I can’t wait to indulge in all things she whips up for us. Otherwise, my husband and I are finally getting around to celebrating out first anniversary on Saturday (it was really back in June). I’m excited! We going into Chicago to see Les Miserables. :)

Janetha November 21, 2012 at 10:23 am

AHHHH I LOVE LES MIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tina @ Best Body Fitness November 21, 2012 at 6:56 am

Agreed! Keep the classics for the holiday. I love my mom’s sweet potatoes, casseroles, and some classic ham. What I plan to enjoy msot definitely. I hope you have a wonderful holiday, Janetha! And that the tummy cooperates. Hate you’re still dealing with all of that.

Jillian @ Sprinkle Massacre November 21, 2012 at 7:07 am

I subscribed to Thought Catalog the other day after you posted about it and yesterday I read the Lazy article – I was too embarrassed to admit how many I could relate too.. I am also, indeed, too lazy to go see which ones you relate to.


Janetha November 21, 2012 at 10:23 am

hahaha do not blame you!

Bridget @ Type A Frame Personality November 21, 2012 at 7:08 am

I’m super pumped you are trying out accupuncture and its *working* so far! I went a few years ago bc of back spasm and after 3 visits I haven’t had them since! I’m thinking of heading back to have them stick needles in me for other reasons now like arthritis. I’m optimistic, but still rational, so we’ll see how it goes. My moms stuffing is my absolute favorite thing in the world too. Have a nice holiday!

Jess T November 21, 2012 at 7:37 am

what about soy cheese? i’ve never had it but if i couldn’t have cheese cheese, i’d probably give it a whirl.
i love how you write like i talk when i’m drunk. rambling is awesome.
hope the acupuncture is your ticket to poop town. not pooping sucks big time, i had all kinds of troubles until i stopped eating meat. ever since then it’s been pretty smooth sailing.
i’ll be at my mom’s house for thanksgiving, there will be 6 people and 3 pies. oh, and a bunch of other stuff too but i’m most excited for pie.

Janetha November 21, 2012 at 10:22 am

It’s just not the same! I love normal cheese way too much. And the faux cheeses always have the oddest ingredients! Boo. Yes–that math is perfect–half a pie for each person! xo

Amanda @ Romancing the Unusual November 21, 2012 at 8:01 am

Your taco salad still looks delish without cheese! I’m with ya on the traditional Thanksgiving dishes! It doesn’t even have to look pretty, just get in mah belly! ;)

Corey @ When We Wander November 21, 2012 at 8:05 am

Thanksgiving will be spent at home with my mom’s side of the family! Can’t wait! And something random…I purchased a pair of “wedge sneakers” (google if you don’t know) online and I’m so excited to get them!!

the delicate place November 21, 2012 at 8:26 am

thank you for not doing a round up! i have been thinking about acupuncture for a while and may consider it if my health takes a turn again. i was dealing with some stress related side effects that i have since been able to turn around since the end of the sept. i have been meditating each night with nate with this app called ‘headspace’ i LOVE it. i have completed ‘take 10’ and am almost done with ‘take 15.’ it’s a guided meditation for 10mins a day for 10 days..then you add 5 mins on for 15′ a day for 15 days and so on. it is helping me tremendously and simply acknowledging a stressor and letting it pass instead of trying to control it has been blowing my mind (in a good way).

i drink very little coffee and usually save it for weekends but this is something i drink often and it has a nutty/coffee-ish taste and i think you will love it…dandy blend! i buy it off amazon you can even get single serve packs to try it instead of buying a huge bag. i like it much better than teechino.

i’m actually brining a 17lb bird in my fridge as we speak! my mom is making all the sides. as far as the no cheese thing, i am a huge fan of nut cheez…sure they aren’t the real thing but they def help with that cheesy flavor. also mixing tahini with some nooch is a nice savory sub :)

Janetha November 21, 2012 at 10:21 am

dude! thanks for the suggestion. going to check it out now. i love you!

betty November 21, 2012 at 8:28 am

hahah this post is so all over the place and i love it. and your face. i’m glad to hear you are pooping! ahha

thanksgiving will be at our house! so excited to break in the new house!!

something random: we have to clean the carpets this afternoon because yogi’s duster of a tail knocked over my cranberry drink yesterday.. but its a half day at work so i’m fine with that!

Janetha November 21, 2012 at 10:20 am

will you email me your mailing addy?

Mary November 21, 2012 at 8:28 am

so glad to hear that accupuncture might be helping you feel better! there’s nothing worse than not being able to poo! (ok there may be worse things but it’s def up there in the top ten)
hope you and your family have a blessed thanksgiving! :)

kendra November 21, 2012 at 8:36 am

We already celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada. I don’t know why it’s a month earlier than the States. Canadians are, by nature, random.

Random: My perspective on life in general.

As a Stage Manager for an outdoor theatre company I spent yesterday in meetings discussing how to make a Clydesdale look like a Reindeer, do we build 54 frogs the Witch squishes or one that can be reused 54 times (we do 54 shows in 3 weeks) and how do we transform an actor dressed as a Goat-Demon into a turkey in front of the audience- it is a Christmas show after all.

Congratulations on the poop-a-thon! As a IBS-C (irritable bowel syndrome- constipation dominant) I relate to your predicament and appreciate your sharing it.

Janetha November 21, 2012 at 10:20 am

Best random bit ever.

Rachel @ Running Daze November 21, 2012 at 8:53 am

We also had Taco Tuesday last night! I made mine into a huge salad.
Nice workout yesterday!

Tamara November 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

Love this post!

Have you tried Daiya (sp?) the latest, greatest, vegan “cheese”? I have not tried it, myself, but have heard it’s awesome. Just a thought!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, J! xoxo

Janetha November 21, 2012 at 10:20 am

I tried it a year or so ago–if you know what REAL cheese tastes like, it’s not really that great. Haha. Happy Thanksgiving, Tamara! xoxo

Tamara November 21, 2012 at 10:22 am

Thank you!

That makes sense, ha! Then again, now that you’re trying to avoid real cheese, maybe it’d be better than nothing… who knows? ;D


Janetha November 21, 2012 at 10:24 am

Good point. I oughtta try again!

Melissa B November 21, 2012 at 9:39 am

Is it bad that i crack up every time you talk about poop on the blog – mature right?! you’re so cute, i’m glad we’re friends! Thanks again for the video. now i just need to be as good as you at kipping and we’re good to go! ok…well maybe 3/4 as good as you and i will take it as a win! PS – in less than 24 hours we can eat sugar without having to pay up for it!

Emily R November 21, 2012 at 10:06 am

1. Spending Thanksgiving with my husband’s cousins/aunt/grandma. I’m making apple pie (homemade) and cherry pie (definitely just using canned cherry filling for that one…oops)
2. random thing from yesterday: I’m an events coordinator and in our meeting yesterday, my boss randomly decided to send me and my husband to a fancy shmancy restaurant in Park City on his dime for dinner just so I can stake the place out for a possible event. awesome? yes!

I hope you start feeling better! I’ve never tried acupuncture but I’ve heard nothing but positive things… Have a great Thanksgiving! :)

Janetha November 21, 2012 at 10:19 am

That’s rad! What is the restaurant?

Emily R November 21, 2012 at 10:28 am

I guess it’s technically in Deer Valley – it’s Apex at the Montage. I’m currently on an eat clean diet, but I’m thinking this will definitely have to be a cheat meal. ;)

Janetha November 21, 2012 at 10:42 am

I have heard GREAT things about that place! Enjoy!

Emily R November 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Me too! Thanks!!

julie November 21, 2012 at 10:06 am

HAHAHA omg i’m so guilty of holding my pee in forever at work – mainly because the bathoom is on the floor below us and FAR hahaha and ew the cut on your hand made me gag a little

Emily November 21, 2012 at 10:56 am

Thank you for sparing us from another round up. Is it bad if poop talk doesn’t bother me one bit, but your blister picture grossed me out? Hope you find some more relief with your upcoming sessions!

Heather (Heather's Dish) November 21, 2012 at 11:33 am

100% with you on the recipe roundups. They’re great and I really appreciate the time and effort that bloggers put into making them, but the big day is tomorrow – no more! Just give me my turkey and stuffing and sauce and let’s call it a day :)

Calee November 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

THANK YOU for not posting another flippin’ recipe roundup. You sparked a mini-rant on my Thanksgiving post tomorrow (imagine that). And if you didn’t read my post from yesterday (about 30-days of thanks … kind of), I’ll have you know that I get really annoyed with all the holidayesque cheer. Be a good person year-round. Don’t push it all into a one-month span … and that’s probably going to become ANOTHER blog post. ;)

Karey @ Nutty About Health November 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I agree, tired of the recipe round-ups. I don’t really have those kind of recipes on my blog, so none were posted by moi either.
We’re going out for brunch tomorrow w/my parents & sis & then to my husband’s uncles to see his side after.
Hmmm… random… I kind of enjoyed doing my Chemistry lab just now… felt like a mad scientist. LOL There, that’s pretty random. ;)

Lisa November 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I’m with you on Thanksgiving recipe roundups. Especially since Thanksgiving is already over in Canada. Makes it silly to read those. Although, I admire the hard work they put into their post, I just can’t relate to making a Thanksgiving meal at this point:) I’m so glad to hear things are moving along on the stomach front. It definitely got a little worse for me before it got better. Especially with my anxiety related symptoms! Those herbs really are some pretty magical stuff, even though they taste like poop. I hope things keep on truckin’ along!

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables November 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I am so glad your belly is starting to “move things along”! :) I swear by supplements and acupuncture!
Random: I couldn’t figure out why my bra felt funny today and I realized I had it on inside out. That’s what I get for getting dressed in the dark!

Janetha November 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Haha I just love you

Sophie November 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I’ve recently started doing CrossFit and I am trying out the “paleo diet” to go along with it. I’ve suffered from bloating and cramps for the last 10 years and the doctors just diagnosed me with IBS because they couldn’t find anything else wrong with me. Since eating paleo (it’s really only been 10 days so far) I haven’t had any cramps or any of my evening bloats! Amaze balls! So I’m thinking there’s something in dairy or grains or legumes that I have an intolerance to. Just thought I might share because I know the pain of cramps and bloating – it sucks.

Thanksgiving isn’t a norm for me, I live in Sydney Australia, but I’m doing a thanksgiving dinner tonight with some American expat friends – looking forward to it!

Janetha November 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Thanks for the input, Sophie! I haven’t tried paleo but I know it’s great for many. Glad you are feeling good. AWESOME! xoxo

lindsay November 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm

i can’t handle round ups. I can’t overwhelmed and feel the need to buy more wine instead, just kidding. maybe.
So glad you are liking the acupuncture. I always fall asleep, do you?
and you poop! WOO! More room for food. haha.

Enjoy mama b’s stuffing for me!

Janetha November 21, 2012 at 9:14 pm

I can’t fall asleep! I feel like I will turn my head to the side and the needles will go all skeewompus??? haha. YES to more wine, I like the way you think. XOXO

Neil November 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I love that you time your poops.

Skeewompus? GREAT word.

Maren November 22, 2012 at 12:53 am

YAY FOR POOPING!! :) And I also miss cheese. a lot. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Kammie @ Sensual Appeal November 22, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Haha your post is so random but you are hilarious and I cracked up at more than one occasion. Traditional food is awesome, I agree. Blog world seems to have a unspoken challenge of coming up with fancy dishes instead. But sometimes, traditional is just what we need :)

Glad to hear your acupuncture is working and you’re becoming more regular!

Happy thanksgiving!

Kait @ yogabeautylife November 23, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I love everything about this post. :) xoxo

Also #1 on the lazy thing….omg yes.

Sherice@foodieluvsfitness November 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Have you tried the Almond Cheese? I haven’t but I’ve heard it is really good and melts like reg cheese too.. maybe give it a shot?!

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