tuesday tidbits.

by Janetha on November 27, 2012

in random rambles,recipes

hi! thought i would switch it up today and post a fun post full of random stuff after yesterday’s heartfelt message and the two recipes prior to that—one sweet, one savory. yep, i’d say it’s due time for a random ramble.

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the breakfast club is still in full swing. yesterday we had egg scrambles with toast, so today we wanted to have something sweet.. and chocolaty! enter: dark chocolate donuts! i shared the photo and recipe on instagram, but i decided i should share it here, too.

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directions: combine dry ingredients then add wet ingredients. mix well and pour into a 6-pack donut pan. bake at 450 degrees (f) for 8 minutes. dust with powdered sugar. we used kerryne’s ideal powdered sugar—a healthier alternative to the regular!

we dipped our donuts into homemade sugar free nutella—recipe coming soon. promise.

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these donuts were so good! we didn’t realize they were so low calorie until after we made them and calculated the nutrition info. next time i think we will double the batch so we can each have four instead of just two, but they were great for a light breakfast!

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speaking of instagram, did you know they have a website for profiles now? i love it! the headers of profiles are so cute—it’s a streaming collage of posted pics.

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fun.

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i am ADDICTED to this new soap from b&b works. i love the smell!

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admittedly, it kinda makes me want to eat my hands after washing them. ‘cept i am not a cannibal.

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one thing i love about my gym is the sense of community! actually, that might be the NUMBER ONE thing i love about GPP. yes, the workouts are great (and they work!) but the people are really what keep me coming back. the trainers are always creating fun little challenges to keep us in check. periodically throughout the year, they challenge us to work a little harder at exercising than usual or be a bit more cautious with our eating. we had hellth week in may, Rx+ week in august, and we just finished up the turkey day challenge. the turkey day challenge was fun, but it was a little time consuming and tedious. i loved that challenge and it was the perfect amount of time, but moving forward i didn’t want to do any elaborate program over the holidays. the holidays are meant to be enjoyed, i am a firm believer in that! plus, there will likely be a week-long Rx+ week to ring in the new year. so, when GPP announced a new challenge to get us through to the new year, i couldn’t have been more happy with the terms. it is not too elaborate, very straight forward, and simple for anyone to follow. it’s PERFECT! see below.

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from the GPP site:

The “Holiday Hold Em” Challenge

This one will be simple (don’t want to burn you out on challenges this close to the New Year).

It goes like this:

You are to weigh yourself in ASAP.  If you are able to replicate that same weight on January 2nd, you are eligible for $10 off your next GPP membership dues.  For those off-site (or if you choose this option instead): You will be eligible to purchase a GPP shirt at cost (around $14.00 including shipping).

Here is the kicker:

For those of you who LOSE WEIGHT, you may take an additional $2 per pound lost off your next GPP membership dues.  Off-site you may apply the same $2 per pound to additional shirts or other GPP products (protein, bars, etc.)

You must state that you are “in” by posting to comments.  You do not have to post your weight.  Please consider posting daily, as it strengthens this community and our collective efforts.

SEE? so simple. i don’t weigh myself, and i honestly don’t care WHAT i weigh, but i do like the idea of using my weight as a gauge for not over-doing it over the holidays. so, i am going to be using the zero scale which doesn’t tell me how much i weigh, but can tell me if i gain or lose over these next five weeks. if you aren’t into weighing yourself either, you could always go by your measurements. i know a lot of participants will be doing that.

join in the fun if you want! the more the merrier. i think this will be a fun way to stay in check over the holidays, but not obsess over treats and indulgences. after all, ‘tis the season!

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something to do: fitmixer boot camp video contest!

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if you have been holding out for a chance to win a free spot in the next fitmixer boot camp, now is your chance!

In order to win a free spot into the boot camp starting january 14, 2013, all you have to do is:

  • Make a video under 3 minutes long describing why you need fitmixer® Boot Camp
  • Upload the video to YouTube.com
  • Title the video “Why I need fitmixer Boot Camp”
  • Email the link of your video to info@fitmixer.com
  • Share the video with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, Email – however you can – and tell them to vote by “Liking” (clicking the “Thumbs Up” icon) your video on YouTube.

The person with the most video “likes” on December 8 will be declared the winner!

pretty snazzy.thanks, fitmixer!

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and, because wasting time on the internet by reading things that make you smile is fun, here are a few links i dug:

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and, finally, i thought you should all know that my bestie bestie best friend, kristen, got engaged last week. my heart is bursting with joy! i have already cried four different times about it. love.

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that concludes tidbit tuesday! have a great night (or day, depending on when you are reading this.)

xo. janetha g.

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Momma b November 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Donuts sound heavenly…..
GPP is great and yes I’m in!
You have a way of putting a smile on my face!!
Hip hip hooray for Kristen….and you cried four times…I got some serious goose bumps!!!! So excited for her!

Love you!

xo

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance November 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm

LOL—24 signs you’re not ready to have kids . . . totally had my name written all of over it!!! Too funny.

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Purelytwins November 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm

mmmm donuts!! those sound wonderful! will have to try them

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Erica November 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Congrats to Kristen! I adore the instagram profiles- so cute. I need those donuts- stat!

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles November 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I was actually just thinking that my donut pan doesn’t get nearly enough use…definitely looks like a good recipe to bring it out again for!

I read the 24 signs you’re not ready to have kids earlier today and immediately had to send it to the boy…I think he was something like 20/24? :-p

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sarah @ sarah learns November 27, 2012 at 7:55 pm

oh wow – i’m in for the gpp challenge. i need something to keep me sticking to my goals for this holiday season!

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 27, 2012 at 8:09 pm

THOSE DONUTS LOOK SO FREAKING TASTY!! Can you make some extras and send them my way?

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Errign November 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Great tidbits. I want donuts.

Here are my tidbits: I had buffalo chicken chili for dinner and thanks to the EIGHT puppies our dog just had, there are 11 dogs in my house right now. I see this as a prime time to blow up facebook with adorable dog pictures…

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Amanda E. November 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I know you can’t give away any specific deets about Blend yet, but can you confirm WHEN it is, specifically? I am trying to sort out some lodging stuff (I’m a local and probably won’t be able to afford to stay on site. Boo). Thanks!

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Janetha November 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Yes it’s been announced! May 17-19 :)

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Corrie Anne November 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Love those donuts! Wanted to make them the moment I saw them on IG.. but we currently have muffins and cookies in the house…. I think I might need to wait a day or two! The GPP challenge is genius!!!

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Sarah November 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm

My favorite kind of M&M post! Okay, any of them are just plain awesome. Love you!

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Neil November 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Love those BK club meals. Look forward to them.

Thanks for the Shout Out on the “Holiday Hold Em.” Good stuff. Would love for anyone to join us. Whether you are GPP’ing or not. I need to be kept in check this time of year. I’m with you. Can’t handle too much of a challenge.

P.S. Strong work on those OH tonight.

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Lindsay's List November 28, 2012 at 5:43 am

even though i don’t know kristin, i jumped up and down when i read this! yay!

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allie November 28, 2012 at 6:30 am

I’m SO in on your challenge! And those donuts look so delicious, I just might have to go buy a donut pan tonight. Geez I just love you in a non-creepy way :)

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betty November 28, 2012 at 6:45 am

hhahaha thought catalog about babies. love it. #7 reminds me of you. currently, i’m at #1.

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betty November 28, 2012 at 6:45 am

there is literally a cacti dying on my dining room table as we speak.

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Cancan November 28, 2012 at 6:59 am

Hi there,

Can you please tell me if the nutrition info is listed on the XAgave? And How many calories are in a TBSP? Thanks!I am trying to decide if it is worth ordering it since they do not sell it in my area. Take care love the blog!

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Janetha November 28, 2012 at 7:28 am
LG November 28, 2012 at 8:48 am

That list of signs that you’re not ready for kids was interesting! After over three years of trying for a baby/going through tests and grieving, we’re finally on a waiting list to adopt. (Yeahhh!) I have several friends in their 20′s and 30′s who are struggling to have kids – it’s just a whole different ball game on this side! :0)

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Janetha November 28, 2012 at 9:28 am

Definitely many different types of people when it comes to offspring–well, really when it comes to anything! Even if we did want to have a baby, I am 95% sure we would not be able to conceive. So perhaps it is for the best that we aren’t trying? Praying for you to get a child–no matter how you go about it! xo

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LG November 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

Yah totally – lots of different stages as far as stages of trying/trying not to build a family…I can certainly remember when everything on that list applied to me! Thanks so much for your prayers. I hope things family-wise work out in whatever way you guys want! I’m certainly curious about what you said but maybe it’s not blog-appropriate…or has to do with g.i. stuff? Anyway, I care. :0)

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Janetha November 28, 2012 at 11:29 am

It’s not blog-appropriate.. it’s not my place to discuss, but it also isn’t anything to do with my bod. :) xo

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kendra November 28, 2012 at 9:51 am

I love the stuff you share on thought catalog.

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Corey @ When We Wander November 28, 2012 at 10:11 am

You’re not the only one that has wanted to eat a deliciously smelling soap — I used to have a hair conditioner that smelt EXACTLY like york peppermint patties. And it made me want to try and taste it. I refrained and I think that was the best decision.

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Annette@FitnessPerks November 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

Those donuts look yummy!

I didn’t know I could check instagram on my computer….that’s how behind I totally am. HAH.

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Krista November 28, 2012 at 11:36 am

LOL at the 24 signs not ready to have kids…I’ll ALWAYS have those signs! The good thing is that I like having those “signs” and don’t want them to go away. :)

Oh, and it reminds me of these interesting reads too:
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/what-to-expect
http://www.blogher.com/what-expect-when-youll-never-be-expecting

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laura November 28, 2012 at 2:20 pm

i wish i could find a gym / GPP-like place around me! i used to go to a gym with a strong sense of community, but then i moved… and haven’t found a place to call “home” yet. so weird, never thought finding “the right gym” would be so hard! so consider yourself lucky!

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Janetha November 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Thanks! I really do. I never knew about the sense of community from gyms–I was always a workout solo person until now! I wish you luck on finding somewhere!! xo

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Katie November 28, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Yes, the IG profile! I love that header…my own makes me smile so much. I want it projected on the wall of my living room.

Oh and those doughnuts?! Freaking delicious looking.

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Dana November 29, 2012 at 6:40 am

Those donuts look AMAZING! I am forwarding this post to my girlfriends immediately. They will looooove it :-) Can’t wait to see the nutella recipe too!

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Tracey December 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm
Janetha December 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Yes!

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Annie January 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Just made these for breakfast. Delicious and easy! Thanks for sharing.

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Janetha January 26, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Awesome! Thanks for the feedback. xo

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