ask me anything (part 10).

by Janetha on December 19, 2012

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time for more Q&A! i have brought my ask me anything box back–you can now find it up in my top bar along with links to all the answer posts. just look up and click!

here we go…

Q: what font is your wrist tattoo in?

A: my one and only tattoo, mable’s name, is on my left wrist. i got it after she was killed when hit by a car. my friend, nick, (the same one i always talk about) is a tattoo artist and just drew it. it’s not a font.. it’s just his version of script.

Q: How much active stuff do you do besides GPP? Do you still incorporate any of the body for life stuff in your diet day to day? How do you cope with restaurants? (lots of questions … hope that’s all good!) love your site :)

A: okay, this is a three parter…

part 1: NOTHING. believe it or not.. i am a lazy person at heart. i sit at a desk for 8 hours a day and usually sit when i get home. GPP is my only workout of the day and i do that 5-6 days a week. i do like active things, like hiking, snowboarding, and other outdoor goodness.. but that stuff is few and far between.

part 2: i try to eat BFL-friendly.. meaning i balance my protein and carb consumption equally with added fats. BFL suggests a 40/40/20 ratio of carbs/protein/fat. i probably eat more like a 50/20/30 to be honest. i am slackin’ in the protein department these days. BUT.. whenever i want to “clean up my diet” i revert to BFL style eating.

part 3: for me, restaurants don’t need to be coped with. i LOVE eating out and do so often. probably 3-4 times a week. i order whatever i want to eat, i eat it, and i move on with my life. i used to be a stickler and would only order “clean” menu items. these days, i really don’t care. if i am spending money on a restaurant, i am going to order what i want.

Q: How did Marshall propose?

A: in jamaica. in our hotel room. full story can be found HERE.


A: i actually won’t be doing the fitmixer boot camp workouts this january. i WILL be doing the boot camp and follow the nutrition and hang out in the wonderful, supportive facebook group. but i will continue with my GPP workouts. the beauty of the fitmixer boot camp is that you can do your own workouts if they are working for you OR you can do the workouts they provide.

the workouts provided by the fitmixer boot camp team are approximately 30-45 minutes and run five days a week with the weekends off. if you are interested in joining the fitmixer boot camp fun, you can click here to sign up for the next 8-week camp which starts january 14th! it’s almost full.. they have 15 spots left!

Q: Since you’re doing a crossfit-like fitness routine, do you see yourself ever jumping on the paleo train?

A: NO. haha.. no. first off.. GPP may seem like crossfit, but it isn’t crossfit. they have very different beliefs, goals, and programming. second.. i just can’t get on board with paleo. i am not a caveman, i don’t NEED to eat like one. i am already having a hard enough time not eating dairy and drinking coffee.. i don’t need more food restrictions in my life. i love all food way too much for that nonsense. plus, i’m happy with myself and my diet, so i have no reason to change it.

Q: I’ve been using a Contigo water bottle since this summer ~ and I like the bottle, BUT it’s developed a funky smell. What do you do to keep yours from smelling??

A: i LOVE my contigos! i can’t rave about those water bottles and coffee mugs enough. i also love the little bowls for things like soup or oatmeal. i suggest purchasing their special cleaning brush set which can help clean those nooks and crannies.

Q: How do you like NoXPlode as a preworkout? And is your car super-expensive? (Sorry, personal question … but I LOVE it, am trying to justify investing in an awesome car too!)

A: part 1: i actually have STOPPED taking noXplode. i stopped taking it because i think it was the culprit of giving me backne (back + acne). yikes. but i also stopped taking it along with ALL other vitamins and supplements per the directions of my acupuncturist. i only take chinese herbs for my GI issues.. that’s it! nothing more.

part 2: it depends on what you consider “super expensive”—it’s all relative. i was nervous about purchasing a BRAND NEW car because of the price tag and the old saying that “it loses its value once you drive off the lot”… but now my tune has changed. because marshall’s truck experience with buying a lemon, i am now super grateful i bought a brand new car.

i had saved up for a down payment and i got a very low (1.79%) interest rate. it made the car payments doable for my budget. i don’t think it was super expensive considering the features. i got the 2013 subaru forester 2.5 XT touring. it’s an all-wheel vehicle (so necessary when living in utah!) with several nicer options—including leather seats which are a must with all the dog hair in my life. i am really partial to subarus.. this is the second one i have owned and marshall owned one before getting his truck. we love subarus. i wanted a bigger vehicle than my WRX wagon (which i passed down to marshall), so the forester was a no brainer for me. if you are thinking about investing in an awesome car, i say do it! i spend so much time in my car that is was worth the investment.

Q: I saw on your IG that you were trying an Oil Cleanse thing to wash your face? How is that working out for you? I’ve seen so many reviews online about this kind of stuff but I don’t know if it’s real or not, and I trust your opinion on stuff :) Thanks!

A: i love oil cleansing! i do it each night. my oil is a mixture of 1 part castor oil, 2 parts sunflower oil, and a few drops of tea tree oil to combat acne. i purchased the castor and sunflower oils at whole foods and the tea tree oil from trader joe’s. my skin has never been better.


Q: I’m interested in your gauged ears; what made you decide to do it? How did you go about it and what kinds of tapers did you use? I’m using the progressive sizes as “rewards” for my weight loss, and I’d like to know how you went about it.

A: to be honest.. i don’t remember what made me want to do it. i started around the age of 15—probably when it was the cool thing to do. i just kept stretching my lobes from there. i went slowly.. from a 16g to a 14g to a 10g to an 8g to a 4g and then finally to a 0g—my current size. it took about six years all together before i ended up at the size i am at today. i used a polymer clay taper for the most part. sometimes (in the beginning) i was a dumb young teenager and stretched my lobes using dumb methods which i will not suggest, ha!

once you have your lobes stretched to where you want them, the fun starts! then you can start investing in fun jewelry! my favorite sites to buy from are peach treats, tawapa, and body art forms.

Q: What are your thoughts on the nutrition/weight loss diets on the GPP website?

A:i know they have worked for many. the burst cycle diet has helped thousands of people lose weight by eating real food and exercising diligently. i don’t think there is any ONE diet for everyone.. you have to find what works for you and go with it.

Q: What if one WANTS to be a runner (4-6 miles for a normal run working towards a half marathon) BUT also wants a nice body. What should their work out look like?

A: oh, bless you, you want to be a runner? i’m sorry. haha—jokes! if you want to run AND have a nice body (i am guessing you mean nice muscles?) then you MUST lift weights along with your running training. i know dozens of people who do GPP workouts and actually blow their race times out of the water thanks to the programming in the workouts. plain and simple: you need to balance your workouts. you can’t JUST run. my workouts are a balance of ten aspects of fitness: cardio endurance, stamina, strength, power, agility, balance, flexibility, coordination, speed, and accuracy. combine all these things together and you will not only be a great runner, but will also have a great body.

Q: Is Momma B’s gym her own personal gym or part of a strata?

A: momma b has a home gym in her basement. i have already claimed dibs for it to be passed along to moi. here’s my cute niece, izzy, working out with momma b in her gym just the other day!


Q: Do your dogs go to doggie day care everyday?

A:not every day. they typically go 3-4 days a week. if marshall has the day off from work or has a short day, then they will stay home with him. there have been some weeks where they have gone all five days, though. we LOVE our daycare! it’s desert dog daycare in SLC if you are in the market for an awesome pup sitter for daycare or long-term lodging! they are the BEST.

that’s all for today!

if you still want something to read, you simply MUST check out these two lists of twenty-five:

xo. janetha g.

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Sherice@foodieluvsfitness December 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I read the 25 funniest auto corrects on my friends FB page and #7 had me rolling… I want a Subaru too.. Never have had one but something about them calls to me! Maybe someday :)

Claire @ Live and Love to Eat December 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Amen to not being on the paleo train! :)

Chigs December 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Honestly, after stalking the GPP website/seeing all the workouts that you post, from the pure programming standpoint, Crossfit & GPP are pretty damn similar. You’ve also described a kick-ass community bond among GPP members, and this also exists (in full force!) at Crossfit boxes.

I’ve seen you post about the differences between Crossfit & GPP before and it just seems to me like you might have a slightly ‘skewed’ idea of what Crossfit and the community that loves it (as much as you love GPP). That being said, most people who participate in crossfit do NOT endorse the ridiculousness of HQ – and that’s the beauty of having an affiliate system.

I’m more than happy to do a lil research (programming junkie over here!) and pull some screen shots of Crossfit workouts that parallel GPP ones if you’d like to see the difference side-by-side.

I’m not trying to be nit-picky, but there have been several times that I’ve seen crossfit reflected in a negative light on your blog (posts, comments, etc.) and I figured I might as well point the similarities out.

Janetha December 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I don’t think ANYTHING negative about Crossfit or those who do it! In fact, I have several friends who are avid Crossfitters. The reasoning behind my separating the two is because the creator of GPP has made it clear there are distinct differences. He’s even explained it himself here on my blog:

I don’t want you to think I am hating on any type of workout. In fact, I think ANY workout is better than NO workout. I admire those who practice Crossfit and any other type of exercise, for that matter. Thanks for the comment :)

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Dang! Momma B’s home gym is bad ass! ;)

Neil December 19, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Chigs – It is always interesting to hear a CFr claim GPP as its own. I appreciate the compliments (CF is a stellar program), but from a “pure programming” standpoint you are wrong. GPP is very different. For every one of you out there saying GPP is the same (“similar” in your words) there is a hundred that say GPP is pure shit and is nothing like CF at all.

It is a funny thing to ride the line of “damned if you do and damned if you don’t.” If I were to claim that we are “similar” (to pick a word ONLY to help an outsider get a better mental pic) to CF – Crossfitters would have a conniption fit and cry “FOUL.” I know this because it has happened.

Then again, Crossfitters have a very broad and general interpretation of what fitness is. Hell Crossfitters have a VERY broad and general interpretation of what CROSSFIT is. Every box is different. One box claims CF is a strength training program. Others eschew that for running and heavy breathing. Still others believe it’s the OLYs that make it CF.

I wish Crossfitters would just pick a leg and stand on it.

Hell, I DARE you define it (more specific than, “Constantly varied, functional movements, done at high intensity,” please. By that definition EVERYTHING is Crossfit). Be warned, as soon as you do, CFrs will come out of the woodwork to both praise and criticize you.

So, it is not surprising to hear Crossfitters cry “FOUL” (again – has happened) when the programming at GPP looks similar. Damned if I do – Damned if I don’t.

What you cannot deny is that our goals, intentions and purposes are different (“Optimal Health” is a VERY different reason for working out than “Elite Fitness” is). Neither could you deny (in good conscience) the that programming would be very different to achieve these different purposes. Have you ever done single joint exercises at a CF? Have you ever done an all abs day? Crossfitters don’t workout like this. The “Sport of Fitness” mandates that you occupy yourself with moving “large loads – long distances – fast” for training. GPP doesn’t care about this. We believe there are other ways of training that are more efficient for our particular goals. CFs are trying to infinitely increase “work capacity” (by Crossfit’s definition). Every second a CFr spends doing biceps curls takes away from a multi-joint exercise that could help you win the CF games (or regionals, or whatever). We simply do not share this philosophy.

Is this so wrong?

I have never heard Janetha say 1 word against CF. That she disagrees with it’s principles and philosophies is not the same as being “negative.”

The funny thing is that you say Janetha may have a “skewed” idea of what CF is, and in the VERY NEXT SENTENCE you rip (“ridiculousness of HQ”) on the very foundation of CF. I wonder…who really has a “skewed” idea of what CF is?

I’m glad you are such an ardent fan of such an excellent program. CF has changed the world. It has had a profound impact on all serious trainers world wide (me included). Its founders are visionaries and geniuses. I have nothing but the utmost respect for what they have done. That I disagree with how they do things is not a slight to them in any way. I just differ. That difference is reflected in my principles, philosophies and programming. All of which are uniquely GPP.

Chigs December 20, 2012 at 10:03 am

First off, I think that GPP is a great concept and I am sure that if I lived closer I would undoubtedly enjoy working out with y’all! I’m not trying to take ANYTHING away from GPP by my comment above.
But – just to clarity a couple things: “I’ve seen crossfit reflected in a negative light on your blog (posts, comments, etc.)” — the above is a great example of this. I totally understand promoting your brand and perspective, I get that you have probably defended your brand and philosophy to people who were trying to “claim GPP as [Crossfit’s] own”, but that is certainly not what I was trying to do. I was addressing Janetha’s own words that appear to have a pretty anti-Crossfit bias “NO. haha.. no. first off.. GPP may seem like crossfit, but it isn’t crossfit. they have very different beliefs, goals, and programming ” by pointing out that there are definite similarities between the programs. My comment was less about the GPP brand/philosophy and more about offering another POV on Crossfit for readers who may not be as versed as myself. The answer as written may have been made in a lighthearted manner, but it could also portray an “anti-crossfit” message, so I offered my 2 cents.

Secondly : “The funny thing is that you say Janetha may have a “skewed” idea of what CF is, and in the VERY NEXT SENTENCE you rip (“ridiculousness of HQ”) on the very foundation of CF. I wonder…who really has a “skewed” idea of what CF is? “– the “ridiculousness” I’m referring to is the general bad PR that the personal lives of certain affiliate owners and even the Glassman’s have brought to Crossfit. There are certainly bad seeds in every franchise, but certain CF affiliate owners, as well as the Glassman’s highly publicized personal spending, divorce, and buyout attempt drama is generally disregarded by crossfitters (the ‘ridiculousness’ I was referring to) because it does not accurately reflect the program or the community as a whole.

Calee December 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

thanks for sharing that oil cleanse thing. i’ve been waffling on getting a new face wash b/c i want something super super natural that won’t blow my budget, and it looks like i’ve found my solution.

also, RE: running question — that was a great answer. you definitely can’t run every day or you will break yourself. just like you wouldn’t go to GPP and do the same workout everyday … it’s different every day for a reason.

I did Jillian DVDs and some random strength training on my own last time I trained for a half marathon and beat my old PR by 20 minutes. So I can’t wait to see how much my marathon time improves this year now that I’m lifting like a bodybuilder. ;) (hint: it will at least improve by an hour and a 45 minutes because 5:45 is not an acceptable time!)

Annette@FitnessPerks December 20, 2012 at 11:29 am

I love that momma B has a gym in her basement. Sweeeeeet.

Lindsay December 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Quick question, do ever regret gauging your ears?? Do you think you might consider having cosmetic surgery to repair your ears??

Janetha December 20, 2012 at 2:54 pm

No regrets! I LOVE them. They actually are small enough to grow in if I wanted to, but I don’t see that happening. I really love them and all the jewelry I’ve invested in.

Maren December 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I just read the 25 best autocorrects of the year. DYING. So freakin hilarious!! The boobsicles and GOD DONKEY was classic! LOL

momma b. December 20, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Love finding out little tidbits about you that I maybe didn’t know or have forgotten :-)

I laughed so hard at the autocorrect texts I almost had an accident!!!!

I’m a pretty lucky lady to have such a bad ass gym in my basement where I can do the GPP workouts every single day – with or without my helper!!!

Love you!!


LG December 21, 2012 at 7:49 am

Thank you for your oil cleansing review and for showing the types of oils you use! I’m going to have to try this out!!!

Christie December 21, 2012 at 11:18 am

I’ve been contemplating jumping on the oil face wash bandwagon for months and months. This cold weather (along with being prego) has my skin so dried out- think it’s time to just do it (plus, i’m out of face lotion- why replace?)!

Lisa December 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I love these little questions. I’m so glad you started doing GPP because if not, I would’ve been workout-less for quite a few days;) I feel you on not going paleo, I’ve already had to give up foods due to allergies, so I don’t think I can take more, also I’m sure there’s a place for some whole grains in our diet. However whatever works for some people may just not work for me! Interesting about the oil cleanse!

Christie December 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

Do you think you’ll do a full review/post about the oil cleansing method soon? I bought the stuff this am and am excited to get started. I’ve gone to (what I think is) the main website but wasn’t sure if there was another with more info and more rec’s.

My biggest concern is with how active I am, like you. You mentioned that you use this method every night… then what do you do in the morning after your GPP workouts- just rinse? Do you use something else in addition?

I’d LOVE to hear more! If you don’t plan on a post would you mind e-mailing me, if you ever have the free time..?

Janetha December 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Hey! I probably won’t be doing a post about it because there really is not much to it. I do it every night, but I still shower every morning. If I happen to have worked out in the AM (rare occurrence but it happens!) then, yes, I rinse my face in the shower afterward and will sometimes use my Clarsonic. If you have specific Qs further than this please shoot me an email and I will be happy to answer whatever you ask! mealsandmoves at gmail dot com. xoxo

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