ask me anything (part 11).

by Janetha on January 4, 2013

in questions answered

time for more ask me anything answers! i am trying to keep up on these, promise.

first, a couple on body for life

Q: Hey Janetha, can you talk a bit about what you did for your free days when you did body for life? I LOVE the idea of a free day and it works really well for me but I want to know what other people who’ve already done it (with AMAZING results) used to do.

A: when i did body for life, i followed it to a T. that meant 6 days of strict clean eating with 40/40/20 carb/protein/fat ratios.. and then one FREE DAY a week. free day meant you could eat anything you wanted, as much as you wanted, whenever you wanted. and i did that. i ate lots of ice cream, bread, cereal, mexican food, and the occasional booze when my free day came around. i wasn’t at all “careful” on my free day and i ate to my heart’s content. i think this approach is awesome as it helps keep you sane when following a program! if i had a craving during the week, i simply wrote it down and if i still wanted it when my free day came, i’d eat it.

Q: Hey Janetha, I was looking at Emily Alver’s site and she mentioned that she got all her carbs for BFL from fruit and veggies only. What are your thoughts on that?

A: i wouldn’t and couldn’t do that. i like other carbs too much, and don’t think other carbs are detrimental to success. i got my carbs from lots of wheat pasta and bread, brown rice, potatoes (both sweet and white), approved cereals, and.. yes.. fruit and veggies. i think that there are so many great carbs out there, there is no need to restrict to getting your carbs only from fruits and vegetables.

next, a bunch on fitness and GPP..

Q: Would you PLEASE send more body progress pics as a result of starting GPP? You have BFL ones but i’d love to see how GPP is making changes too?

A: hmmm actually i would say GPP is making changes not based on appearance. i am stronger, faster, more flexible, more coordinated, have WAY more endurance, and a handful of other fitness-related improvements. i will say my arms look better (to me) and i am loving my back definition.. but my body has not changed THAT much as a result of starting GPP.

this is because i was already in shape when i started going to GPP. i documented my BFL challenge because i was doing it for weight loss. it was a 12-week program. i don’t document my body now with photos because GPP is not a limited time challenge—it’s just my gym. i go there to stay in shape and i will be going there for the rest of my life! it’s not really a “before and after pics” type of deal.

for a visual reference, here is a shot of my midsection in january 2012 on the left after jamie eason’s livefit trainer. i started going to GPP in april. on the right is a photo of my midsection in september 2012. no difference!


Q: How long did it take you to see real results when you started GPP?? Did you gain weight, bulk in places before they thinned out?

A: this answer goes along with the last one. i didn’t have a lot to “thin out” when i started going to GPP. when i did BFL, i had weight to lose, and i DEFINITELY bulked up in places (specifically my thighs and biceps) before thinning out. that’s just part of getting in shape, building muscle, and losing fat. don’t let it discourage you if that is what you are dealing with.

Q: I’ve noticed that now you hardly ever take total days off. How come?

A: i am not sure what you are referring to? i don’t blog all my workouts, but i do take one full day off a week (at least—sometimes two.) maybe you are referring to dedicated december, where i did do something active on my rest days (except for christmas, i did not a damn thing that day.) sunday is my typical rest day, but the sundays in december i tried to be a little active. i went snowboarding once, walked on the treadmill for 2 miles once, and did some fun squats with marshall on my back once. like.. maybe 15 squats. i don’t think those are considered workouts, hah. especially since i didn’t break a sweat.

you have to understand that i sit for eight hours a day at a desk. if i walk on the treadmill while reading a magazine for two miles on my rest day, this is still walking less than the average human. i am sedentary and lazy at heart… which is why i love the fact that my workouts are 30 minutes or less each day and i only have to do them 5-6 times a week to maintain my physical fitness! i see a workout as elevating your heart rate for a period of time while concentrating on improving one or more aspects of fitness—and i do this 5-6 days a week.

Q: Is Neil going to expand GPP’s locations? I would love one in Sandy, Utah. :) AND Do you know of any GPP type facilities anywhere else in the country (Minnesota??)? I know we have a ton of Crossfit places but you keep saying GPP is different so I thought I’d see if there are any anywhere else.

A: right now, the only location is in centerville, ut. there is a group in oklahoma that follows the programming and i know neil would love to have more affiliates in the future. unfortunately for those not here locally, you have to go GPP on your own! but the cool part is that it is free. the workouts are posted with very informative video demos so you can safely follow the programming remotely. we have remote GPPeeps all over the world, it’s so cool to interact with them all!

Q: Do you know anyone who has done the GPP Synerfitness at-home workouts? I found it on the GPP page and I’m really curious about it. Considering I don’t live anywhere near Utah to try GPP for myself, I might give the at-home workouts a try!

A: (from neil, GPP owner):

To be honest, I’m not super satisfied with what is going on over at GPP Synerfitness.  It was a great idea that hasn’t really caught on.  It is an excellent site with amazing products and services, but IMHO you can do just as well with the GPP site alone.  The thing is, every exercise has mods, alts and scales for home use.  If we don’t include these on the GPP site, you’d only have to drop a question to comments to get either me or one of our (excellent) vets to answer for you.  There has become quite a following of folks off-site.  Those folks have a lot of experience modifying GPP workouts to fit their needs at home.  I know it’s only like $6 per month, but you’d get the same for less at the GPP site. 

Hate to say that, because frankly it costs me money.  The GPP Synerfitness site is something I get paid for.  The GPP site is free.  But, truth is truth.

If they choose to go for the GPP site, tell them to post daily.  They’ll need the community support to stick with this thing.

Q: What do you think of Insanity? Worth giving it a try? What are your takes on yoga – Bikram, Power, etc.?

A: i did insanity in 2011. not gonna lie, i didn’t love it. too much cardio, not enough variety, and i got bored. i did the full 60 days, but i would never do it again.

i have only tried one type of yoga and that is bikram. i love it! i haven’t tried any other types. i haven’t been to bikram in a very long time, but that’s simply because it’s not convenient in terms of location and class times. i hope to go back sometime soon, though!

and, finally, some randoms for good measure…

Q: Are you still in contact with Eden and Deb?

A: yes! i email with both of them at least once a month. we all lead very busy lives but still take time to catch up when we can. unfortunately i don’t have any trips to LA planned to see them, but hopefully i can make it there sometime this year. i still read their blogs—eden posts nearly daily and deb posts once in a blue moon (hehe, throwing you under the bus, friend!) but it’s nice to have technology to keep in touch. i love, love, love those two!

(yes. that’s us having a photo shoot in the shower in deb’s husband’s buttonup shirts…)

Q: Where do your dogs sleep?

A: better question: where do marshall and i sleep? because the dogs rule the bed! here is a photo i made over a year ago to show you just what i mean:


hah. bed hogs. but we love ‘em.

Q: How many hours per week do you spending blogging and do you make any money from your hobby?

A: hmmm, honestly, it varies so much. if i have a recipe i want to post, that takes longer because there are photos to take and editing added to the posting. if it is a post like this where i just ramble or one of my random riff raff posts, it takes less time. i would say, on average, a blog post takes me about an hour. sometimes i spend up to 2.5 hours on a single post, other times it may take only 45 minutes.. but rarely less than that.

i used to have foodbuzz ads on my blog and i earned revenue from that ad network, but they recently ended all their contracts. i am actually transitioning to a new ad network—i chose glam media—and will be working that all out this week. aside from the small amount i make from ads, i will make money on a sponsored post here and there… but they are few and far between. i actually don’t EVER want blogging to be my job. it’s my hobby and i would like to keep it that way. i do it for fun and don’t feel pressured to post certain things to generate traffic—or any pressure to even post at all! i have my full time job that i love. blogging is not a job.

lastly, not a Q, but it came in the box and i had to post it because it made me happy :)

“Your mum is BEAUTIFUL …. I can’t believe she’s sixty … oh my gosh! (Just read her birthday post.) Wowie zowie she gives me hope!”

I KNOW! my mom is beautiful, strong, smart, incredible… my true hero! love momma b to the moon!


that’s all for today—whew, that was a LOT! thanks for reading!


1. what is your favorite carb?

2. dog owners: where do yours sleep?

xo. janetha g.

p.s. someone left a question but it got cut off.. it said: “Hi Janetha I’m not sure if you can answer this on your blog. I don’t mind if you do but being new year I imagine it might bring a tone of unhappiness which I know isn’t what new year is about. I’ve followed your blog for quite a while. I’ve always r” nooo idea what that was leading to.. but if it was you, go ahead and resubmit the question.

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Your mom IS beautiful!

natalie @ will jog for food January 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm

I can’t believe you made it through the 60 days of Insanity! It is rough.

My spoiled doggy sleeps in the bed with us. She loves to make sure she is in the middle too.

Lindsay's List January 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm

favorite carb…cereal. hands down.
but also ice cream. hands down.
but also…

Carli January 4, 2013 at 5:46 pm

When I looked at the profile pic I knew you were fit. I had no idea there were abs of steel under that shirt! What committment!

Im newer to the blog…can you give me a link to GPP?

Janetha January 6, 2013 at 3:19 pm
Carli January 6, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Thanks, should have told you that I found it. What a wonderful resource!

Joy January 4, 2013 at 6:39 pm

My favorite carb is sweet potato. And as for the poodle… He sleeps wherever he wants. I’m pretty sure this is his house and he thinks we’ve over states our welcome

Jess T January 4, 2013 at 6:50 pm

my favorite carb is a big hunk of chewy delicious bread. mmmmm
my 2 dachshunds sleep in our bed – sophie down near my husbands smelly feet (sad, but true) and duncan between us, sometimes on his back with his feet in the air and other times on top of one of our pillows. love that guy.

SweatyGirl January 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I get one dog (corgi) in between my knees, and the other dog snoozes just outside the bedroom door on a chaisse lounge all by himself. He’s a real gentleman.

My fave carb is definitely any and all FRUIT!

Michelle M January 4, 2013 at 6:56 pm

My favorite carb? Every last one.
If I had my way, both our dogs would sleep on the floor. My husband on the other hand has a hard time telling those puppy dog eyes ‘NO!’
So our little 6 year old beagle and our 1 year old, 100 pound (yes 100 pound) Retriever Mix end up on the bed before too long into the night. Ah well, they are very cute. And they keep my feet warm. :-)

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail January 4, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Oh you know I was going to comment on sleeping arrangements before you even asked! Cooper is smack dab in the middle of us. Luckily, we have a King size bed that fits his 90 lbs self! :)

Ashley T. January 4, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Do you know where in Oklahoma the GPP group is? I’m in Oklahoma and would LOVE to go to it if it was in my area (Tulsa area). p.s. I LOVE your blog!

Janetha January 6, 2013 at 3:18 pm

They are in Elgin! The link is

Maren January 4, 2013 at 8:37 pm

momma b is what hot momma! I LOL’d when you threw la smoothie girl (as Nate calls her…la, not l.a.) under the bus! hehe

I just wanted you to know that I miss you. Haven’t talked to you in so long! Hope you had a GREAT Christmas! xoxo

Danielle @ Truffles n' Treadmills January 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm

My bed looks pretty much the same as yours does. I love my dogs and if they want to sleep in bed with me then they can! Even if I am squished and hanging on trying not to fall off the edge

lorie January 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm

My dog sleeps right up next to me. She is a bigger dog that thinks she is a small dog when it comes to the sleeping…haha.

Your mom is Beautiful and so are you! She needs her own blog.

Neil Anderson you are awesome! I am a off site GPP peep…..DO IT!

momma b. January 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Love that photo of Penny and Marshall – you can stay on the couch I guess!!

Thanks for sharing that sweet comment about me – you know I feel the very same way about you – you are MY hero!! I love you even more!!


No pups but when I dog sat Penny and Randy I barely had any space to sleep – they are both bed hogs for sure!

Carbs – fruit for sure- tons and tons!


Jenn - Girl Heroes January 4, 2013 at 11:32 pm

I’m sedentary and lazy at heart too! I sooooo get what you are saying!

FAV carb…damn…that’s hard. Rice pudding? King Hawaiian? Tortilla chips? Oh I mean quinoa! ;-)

Betty January 5, 2013 at 12:11 am

Carb is my favorite carb.. Haha umm probably bread or pasta.. Or cookies.. yea, carbs

Sadie is the only one who sleeps in the bed now.. We have a queen and one of those other monsters might kick me to the couch. It’s a plus that the bed is high, bc if scout could jump more than two inches he’d be up here in a sec.

Ellen January 5, 2013 at 12:21 am

Fave carb is bread, particularly with butter.
I have to tell you-your abs, holy moly they rock!

Goldie January 5, 2013 at 5:55 am

Hi Janetha

I am going to to have to seriously up my game to get abs like that! I have ab pure envy!

My little dog sleeps at the end of my bed, usually halfway through the night she will tuck herself under the bottom of the duvet – she stays warm and my feet stay warm!

It was me that sent the start to that final question! I didn’t realise there was a cut off on characters to use. Should I email it to you properly or try to condense so it fits in the ‘ask anything’ box?

Janetha January 5, 2013 at 9:29 am

Either way :)

Goldie January 5, 2013 at 5:56 am

ooo, and carbs has to be bread with butter. Hot and crusty! Nom!

J @ semplicemente ... j January 5, 2013 at 7:31 am

He was only allowed without permission when daddy walked out the door for his bike ride. He caught on to what my daughters and I were doing and gave up. Now he comfortably sleeps on our bed with permission. He does wait to be invited which is the cutest thing.

kendra January 5, 2013 at 8:43 am

I am always inspired by Momma B’s positivity! I’d love it if she did another guest post.

Favorite carbs? I’m a bottomless pit for Japanese sweet potatoes and Kabocha squash.

Where does my 80 pound German Shepherd sleep? On her sheep skins, on her bed, and on our bed when we leave the house. She tries to sneak off when we come home but the furry pillow gives her away.

Linz @ Itz Linz January 5, 2013 at 10:16 am

zoey is only 8 pounds and sleeps on our bed – she loves to snuggle and always finds a nook against our bodies to sleep!! Def keeps us warm in the winter!

Yana January 5, 2013 at 10:30 am

I am an equal opportunity carbs lover.

As one of the off-site GPP followers, I really recommend just following the main site for your workouts. I haven’t even heard of Synerfitness. Whenever I have a question (and it’s pretty much every time a workout posted), I just post in the comments, and within very short time it’s answered in a very helpful way. Workouts are posted a day before with plenty of time left in the day to sort out all the questions in case you need to plan for the next day. Neil is a fantastically generous person and everybody in that community is outright awesome. One word of advice: read the Q&A pages before you start. If I did, I would know that you are supposed to scale down at the beginning and I wouldn’t feel like such a looser for not being able to use the recommended weight or for taking too long to complete a workout. But do try it. It’s a blast.

Leslie January 5, 2013 at 11:14 am

My favorite carb is nine grain bread, Alpine Valley Organic Nine grain bread in particularly. My goal is figure out a recipe for my bread maker to replicate it!
One of my dogs sleep in between my legs, the other 2 sleep on the floor next to the bed (one is too old to get up there and the other doesn’t like sharing the bed with another dog).

Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome January 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Happy New Year!
Favorite carb – oats. Overnight oats to be specific. The hubby and I are starting a paleo challenge just for fun and I sure will miss my oats!
Our dog sleeps in his bed in our room. He’s small (a Jack Russell Terrier) but I can’t stand him in our bed. He kicks and moves too much!

sherice@foodieluvsfitness January 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Hi Janetha ~
Fave carb is hands down is BREAD!! not just any bread but that crusty on the outside soft and chewy in the middle bread… HEAVEN IN A CRUST!!!

We have 2 Boston Terriers Luka & Marley.. who sleep in the bed with us.. usually beside us or under the covers at the end of the bed. Our pup luka has slept between my husband and I since we brought him home @ 8 wks. That’s often where you’ll find him in the morning. Marley is an at the end of the bed under the covers sleeper.. Love my boys!!!

Katie January 7, 2013 at 8:24 am

To the GPP @ home question…I do them ALL at home. I’m hooked. Wish I had a few more things (like a wall I could do donkey kicks on without bashing through to the next room), but I make it work! Can’t wait to meet Neil in May! (oh, and hug your face off)

Laura January 7, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Tell Neil we need a GPP out here in Boston!! ;-)

Janetha January 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Haha.. I will pass it along ;)

BroccoliHut January 7, 2013 at 6:30 pm

I really love these Q & A posts! I hope you keep doing them!

1. I’m going to cheat and say that my favorite carb is cereal in general. It’s definitely my favorite evening snack–I always keep at least four varieties on hand :)
2. Marge sleeps in bed with us unfortunately. It’s amazing how a 13 pound dog can take up SO much room (she’s a JRT, just like Giselle’s dog!). For that reason, I’m looking for a nice dog bed for her so that we can wean her from the human bed…

Tamara January 8, 2013 at 9:08 am

Your mom is awesome!! I’ll be 45 this year and it’s inspiring to see rocking, fit 60s chicks like her. :)

My fave carb definitely = oats, especially now that I’ve discovered the wonders of savory oats! (

We have felines, and they don’t come into our bedroom (primarily because I’m allergic to cats and I need a fur-free zone), which makes for a much more restful night’s sleep… except when they decide to cry at the door! Luckily they rarely do that unless it’s already morning and we’re awake and talking. :)

Janetha January 8, 2013 at 9:24 am

mmm LOVE savory oats! forgot about them!

Tamara January 8, 2013 at 9:28 am

I’m addicted. :D

Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real January 9, 2013 at 10:43 am

Hi Janetha, I am also looking for a new ad network. Can you tell me how I can get in touch with Glam Media? I was also with FoodBuzz and I am not happy with the changes.
On another note, I saw you on the Fitblogging attendees list for 2013. This wil be my first time to attend Fitblogging and I am psyched! It should be a great conference, hope to meet you in person there.

Janetha January 9, 2013 at 11:37 am

Yay! Can’t wait to meet you. I filled this out for Glam:

Trisha January 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Bahaha! That bed photo is what I imagine our bed looks like too. We only have one pup. He weighs a whopping 12 pounds, yet manages to take up nearly my enitre side of our king bed. I wouldn’t have it any other way. :)

Deb January 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Omg hilarious that someone asked about Eden & me! That was the last Q I imagined being asked!!

You are obviously BFL’s posterchild lol. And so funny about the bed hogs. As you can see from my recent IG pic, Derek can relate ;-) and I couldn’t agree more on your stunningly beautiful mom (inside & out) and of course the beauty was passed on to you.

Janetha January 26, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I know I thought it was a funny question?! But I am for real inviting myself to PS this summer. Me and Julie P. haha. XO

Deb January 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Yesyesyes on the summer in Palm Springs! With Julie p for sure & eden! You are always welcome! They are (were?) having a sale from JFK for $99 each way direct!!!!!! Crazyyyy! But sadly and shockingly it’s $500 rt in the summer wha?? No idea on prices from slc?!!

Janetha January 26, 2013 at 9:34 pm

YES. It will be in the works :)

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