about janetha g.

hello and welcome to meals & moves! thank you for taking the time to swing by and see what i am all about.

here’s the short story (followed by the long story.. if you’re into that sort of thing.)

i am a 32 year old married gal (did i just say “gal”? the word “woman” sounds to old and the word “girl” sounds too young.. gal it is.) living in salt lake city, utah. i am a new mom (as of august 2014) and i am trying to find a balance between momming, working full time, staying in shape, being healthy, and everything in between.  i love to cook and create new recipes. i love to lift weights and am always taking on new fitness challenges (body for life, insanity, jamie eason’s 12 week trainer). i hate running, but i do it anyway (in short distances) because it’s good for me. you’ll never hear about race training here on meals & moves–the longest distance i’ve completed to date was tough mudder (roughly 12 miles) and i never plan to do that again!

i started blogging in 2008 and i started meals & moves in april 2009. i blog about recipes, workouts, day to day life, my son, my dogs, my family, my friends, things that make me happy, things that make me sad and sometimes weighty issues.  i don’t blog multiple times a day, but i do try to post once each night. sometimes life gets in the way… consistency is not my forte.

if all of this stuff interests you, then pull up a chair and stay awhile. you can start by reading the long story….

about janetha g.


my name is janetha and i am sure that i am the only janetha you have ever come across.  if that is not the case, please let me know.. i would love to meet another janetha.  as far as pronunciation goes.. it is “ja-neeeeee-tha”.  now you know.  the “G” is a somewhat recent addition, i am the blogger formerly known as “janetha b.”… until i got married on july 17, 2010.


more about me:

  • i am 32 years old. gemini, in case you wondered. my birthday is june 1.. feel free to send gifts.
  • i was born and raised in utah, where i currently reside.


  • i live with my husband, marshall, our son, fox, and our two dogs, penny and randy.


i need to get updated photos on this page with my little man!

  • i talk about my family a lot. i am very close with them. my best friend is my mom, AKA momma b.


me & momma b, bowling in california.

  • i work five days a week, 8 hours a day.  i run a window company. you see, i don’t have an actual job description, but i do a little of everything. so much, in fact, that my bosses call me the boss.  the CEO, if you will.. “chief everything officer”. i am also the CFO.
  • i’ve been known to say that i like dogs more than most humans.

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randy on the left, penny on the right.

  • i firmly believe that traveling is the best way you can spend your money. i have traveled all over europe on multiple occasions (i used to live in london), the majority of the western united states, hawaii and mexico multiple times, jamaica.. and canada. for a day. i was deported from canada.. that is a story for another time.  i can’t wait to see more of the world. preferably with this guy:


here we are in hawaii, 2008.


about the blog.

  • i don’t capitalize when i write blog posts.. i promise that i did not fail the second grade, i am well aware of where the capital letters should go, i just prefer to type this way.
  • i started meals & moves in april of 2009 because i wanted to hold myself accountable when it came to eating & exercise.
  • i used to do the whole “this is what i ate, this is what i did” every day post. after a little over a year of that, i have decided that i would rather post what i feel like and when i feel like it.  i work best when i am random.
  • to be honest, starting the blog caused me to gain weight in the beginning. i was focusing so much on making my food fun and interesting but i did not take into account the extra calories i was consuming.  i had to take a step back and get my ducks in a row. now i don’t let the pressure of creating amazing meals get to my waistline. i still have fun with my food, but i don’t over do it.

about my relationship with food & exercise.

as far as my relationship with food and exercise go, i think i am at a great point in my life right now.  when i was a teenager i had the metabolism of, well, a teenager!  i ate like crap, drank beer daily, didn’t exercise.. and was still stick thin.  eventually my metabolism caught up with my habits and i began to gain weight.  around this same time, i also broke my humerus while snowboarding.

it hurt lots.

needless to say, this injury left me on the couch for a couple of months.  i was eating but not even moving.. and the pounds packed on.  and on.  and on.

this was when i became so unhappy about my appearance that i decided i should do something about it. it is not fun when you have been wearing pajamas for two months and when you finally get to put on some normal clothes and go out, they do not fit. it actually sucks. real bad.

enter: body for life. body for life is rad. i tried it out once in april of 2007 but i don’t think the determination was there, or the fact that i found a new boy to love was just more important at the time, because i fell off the wagon less than two months into the ride. time went on, weight bounced up and down, adventures were had, lots of bread, ice cream and cereal consumed. i was back up to my old miserable chubby self.

august 25th, 2008. this is when i decided to start my hardcore challenge. my mom and i went full speed ahead and didn’t slip a bit. we were hell bent on making it all 12 weeks. and we did it. we had phenomenal results. check out my body for life page on here for more on that. i was in the best shape i’d ever been in my life. ever. not only that, but the spark i had for eating right and exercising turned into a flame. i am so interested in both!

thank you, body for life:


sure, my metabolism caught up with me.  and no, i don’t have amazing genes. i have genes of a fat kid, plain and simple.. so don’t try to say “but you were just born that way” because no, i was not so lucky. my metabolism and body type fight to make me fat. but i fight back and now i know how to stay lean while eating healthy and exercising.  i have actually turned my metabolism into a lean, mean, fat-burning machine!

2009 was a rollercoaster of gaining and then losing the weight, but i am finally at a spot that i am comfortable with.  i am able to keep my meals fun and interesting while staying in a healthy calorie range for my body.  no, i don’t count calories, but i am mindful of the number of calories in the things i eat and i make sure not to go overboard.  i also make sure to get plenty of exercise in, aiming for at least 5 days a week.

current view on eating & exercise:

“everything in moderation”

being a newlywed, i have learned to embrace intuitive eating.  it is the way we are meant to eat, after all.  up until i was in my twenties, i always ate when i was hungry, stopped when i was full, and stayed active.  this is how i believe everyone should live.  food rules and macronutrient nit-picking became tiresome for me.  it did help me lose weight, but it became too tedious in the long run.

i want to only have to prepare one meal at dinnertime.  instead of making my husband eat super, duper healthy ALL the time, i prepare meals that are good for us, but not necessarily insanely healthy. read: i am not afraid to use full fat cheeses, whole milk, real butter, white flour.  back in the day, i would make him one thing using whatever ingredients and make myself another thing, using only the ingredients on my “approved” list.  currently, i make one meal, we both eat it.. i just eat a smaller portion and make sure not to over eat.

this change in my eating has worked wonders. i don’t worry about the next time i am going to eat or what it will be. i simply eat what i like, when i need to, and don’t eat too much.

exercise has scaled back quite a bit since the wedding.  instead of religiously going to the gym 6 days a week after work, i have become more lenient on how i get my workouts in.  if i can’t make it to the gym, i make up for the lack of exercise by sprinting with the dogs or doing body weight movements while watching TV with marshall.  there are always ways to squeeze extra moves in.  to be honest, my life is too much fun to stress about making it to the gym EVERY day.  i feel much more relaxed with this new schedule and i actually appreciate my workouts at the gym more because of this change.  i get more excited for my workouts and i put more effort into them. it’s great.

a few other things.

before i go, i want to share a short list of my passions:

  • cooking & making up new recipes
  • baking & trying to veganize baked goods (i have vegan friends and it makes for a fun challenge!)
  • patterns of the houndstooth variety
  • owls
  • snowboarding in the winter
  • wakeboarding in the summer
  • traveling
  • all animals
  • spending time with family and friends
  • i love words.. acronyms, palindromes, any word games.. love love love
  • i am a big numbers geek.. i count my steps and find patterns in phone numbers
  • i LOVE lifting weights and don’t really love cardio but i do it because i know it is good for my heart ;)

like i said, this is just a short list.  there are so many more things i am interested in~if you stay tuned and read my posts you are bound to find out more about little old me.  and yes, i mean little, i am a shortie: 5’1”!


hope you enjoy my posts and feel free to ask me anything! (there’s a contact form in the footer below.)

xo. janetha g.

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{ 169 comments… read them below or add one }

Parita @ myinnershakti November 8, 2011 at 11:19 am

Hi! I’ve visited your blog a few times but only really clicked through today. The verdict…I love it! Can’t wait to read more. Thanks for sharing!


janetha November 11, 2011 at 11:29 am

Thanks for stopping by, girl! xo


Josie November 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Just discovered your blog while looking for a froyo recipe…..lol. I just wanted to say that your story is really inspiring for me. Why? I have fat kid genes too….I just recently lost 110 pounds and I intend to keep it off!! Keep those recipes coming :o)


janetha November 22, 2011 at 11:05 am

Thank you for your comment!


Willow @ My Own Trail December 1, 2011 at 7:24 am

I just discovered your blog through Ashley’s link from her blog, Edible Perspective. I can already tell I’m going to be a regular reader from reading this: “i have genes of a fat kid, plain and simple.. so don’t try to say “but you were just born that way” because no, i was not so lucky. my metabolism and body type fight to make me fat. but i fight back…” I could have written that, as it describes me exactly. I’m excited to look through your site and learn some new tips and tricks for fighting back!.


Janetha December 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

Thanks for reading! I love Ashley :)


Katie December 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I just came across your blog, and I can tell I’m going to love it. You seem to have such a wonderful, positive attitude. I’m so excited to be your newest follower!


Janetha December 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

Thank you, Katie!


ironlifter December 9, 2011 at 12:57 am

somehow i find your blog and really enjoy it.


Alice December 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm

i’m so happy to find another blogger who writes in lower case like me! it just feels so much more natural…..it’s pretty much either lower case or all caps for me :)


Janetha December 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm

woohoo for lowercase kids!


Joelle (on a pink typewriter) December 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

YES, another shortie- I’m 5′ even. ;-)


Janetha December 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm

yaaa shorties!


Crystal January 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I have been following you for only a few months, and just now read your about page…your blog is awesome! And I totally love my cats more than most people, lol. I love bloggers like you who keep it real.

Random question: Who made that heart hanging in that picture of you and your hubby? It’s really pretty!


Janetha January 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Thank you for reading and for your kind words!! That heart came from http://www.lisaleonardonline.com/ Her work is beautiful!


Conni Jo January 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I just found your blog via Snack-face (last night). I am already hooked. I am buying Body for Life today and hoping to start a challenge on Monday. I have been looking for something new and this seems perfect. I have (hopefully) talked my best friend into doing it as well. You are an inspiration to me already. Thanks :)


Janetha January 24, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Hey Conni Jo! Thanks for checking out my blog. I hope BFL goes well for you! Please feel free to ask Qs along the way :)


Shel January 26, 2012 at 11:40 am

I found your blog through a friend on Pinterest….she posted your chobani conversion chart and since I love greek yogurt I followed the link and found your blog….which I love! I also have to tell you, Randy is pretty darn adorable! I have 2 Basset’s that our definitely my kids. Looking forward to reading more of your blogs!


Austin Kara February 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm

So amazing that I found your blog. I was laying around with the old man last night wanting cheesecake so bad and magically (despite my new healthy lifestyle), your recipe appeared in pinterest! I have spent the last hour just browsing your blog and I love it! Thank you for your recipes and I am going to go buy BFL right now on Amazon. Your dogs are pretty great too.


Janetha February 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Dude! So random. Thanks for checking out my blog and good luck with BFL! Let me know how it goes!


Janetha Philip February 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm

My name is also Janetha. I get so excited when I find out there’s another Janetha beside me. I’m from Sarawak, Malaysia btw.


Janetha February 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Cool! I don’t know any other Janethas!


Destini February 8, 2012 at 11:53 am

I always read your blog and realized I have never read your “about me” page. You have always been very forthcoming in your posts that I felt I had a great understanding of who you are. Today at work however it is slow….so I have been reading old posts on some of my favorite blogs, and decided to read it. And I am glad I have! I am also 28, newlywed and have gone through similar situations with my body! I love that you are an open person. Very much an inspiration :) Great job!


Janetha February 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Thank you for the comment!! xo


janetha white February 16, 2012 at 8:13 am

Hi just wanted to say my name is also Janetha, Im from south carolina.


Janetha February 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Cool! I have never met another. How did you get your name?


Sarah March 1, 2012 at 10:58 am

Hey Janetha!

I just wanted to let you know that I added you to my blogroll. If you get the chance, I’d love it if you’d check out what I’ve been up to. Your transition story is really motivating me to get moving right now, and I really admire your commitment level! (I also wish I could have fur children like Penny and Randy, minus the Lara Bar stashing issues)



Phoebe Hawkins March 3, 2012 at 6:23 pm

I looooove your website! Thank you for sharing your gifts and creativity! I’m so hooked!


Janetha March 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Thanks for reading!


Aimee March 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm

wow. I’d never read this page since I began stalking you… er… reading your blog.

I think your blog is fun and inspirational and even more than that, I liiiiiike you. Not in a creepy way…Just in the way that I only trust people who like dogs more than most humans and have their moms as bffs.


Janetha March 22, 2012 at 11:32 am

yes, dogs!! thank you :)


Terry April 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Just found your blog. I’m on my way to your Body for life page!


Janetha April 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Thanks for reading! :)


Kat @ Balancing Kat April 6, 2012 at 11:31 am

I have the same current view on eating & exercise! I’m all about finding a happy balance. I remember the days of counting every calorie, weighing every piece of food, packing every meal. I had no life!


Sqemprfh May 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm

How long have you lived here? http://fiefasalefy.de.tl erotic pictures preteen I have one video with her uncensored without that terrible Japanese Moan shit, in the unc. she moans with pleasure. Plus to that she was fucked by a non Japanese dude. Related ? – Maybe lol


Heather England May 21, 2012 at 2:43 am

I love your blog! I was just in Salt Lake visiting my soon to be husband. I think it’s great that you were able to lose so much weight, I went through a similar experience and have almost reached my goal weight. Thank you for sharing so much, and I will make sure to check back in when I can, it’s always great to meet new people that you can connect with!


Janetha May 21, 2012 at 9:16 am

Thank you for commenting! Congrats on almost reaching your goal! XOXO


natalie @ southern fit foodie May 22, 2012 at 11:05 am

Janetha! I have no idea how I have not stumbled upon your blog until now! I love it! You look amazing, by the way. I am totally jealous of your abs!!!!!!! I’m now subscribed so that I can keep up with you. :) Have a great day!


Janetha May 23, 2012 at 9:50 am

Thank you for checking out the ol’ blog! You are a doll!


Julie June 5, 2012 at 9:08 am

Hello, I came across your blog while searching for Body for Life.
I love your transformation pictures….awesome results. I’m just wondering how tall are you? I’m always curious when I see before/after pictures and like to know if that person is close in my height, which is 5 foot tall.
I love your blog, and look forward to more reading.
Take care,


Janetha June 5, 2012 at 9:21 am

I mentioned it at the end — 5’1″ :)


Susan June 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Awww you are a beautiful person I can just tell by this post. You have a good spirit and heart. Reading your bio brought tears to my eyes and it was funny because I had to hold them in because I was reading it at work on my break. I stumbled on your blog while google-ing “protein pancakes”. I think many people (especially me) can relate to you and it’s so awesome and inspiring to see someone take action. You give others hope that we CAN be fit and look great while enjoying the food we eat. It’s all about how much work and dedication we are willing to put in. I wish you the best! Thanks for sharing your story.


Janetha June 25, 2012 at 9:47 am

Wow, thank you for the comment, Susan! You are so sweet. I love what you said about dedication and willingness. You are so right!


Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia August 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm

What a beautiful story! Funny too! I really appreciate your honesty and openness..(had to use google to see if there was 1 or 2 n’s lol) I just started blogging and am still not this gutsy, yet. You’re the very first gal with the name Janetha I’ve ever come across in my life btw. I love hearing a name I’ve never heard before :) I’m kind of curious to know more about what happened to you up North lol..can I read aout this on your blog somewhere? small caps..sooo cute btw! :)


Madi @ fitandfeisty.blogspot.com November 8, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Hey Janetha! So pretty much your blog inspired me to create a blog of my own. Your voice comes through in every post and you have such a nice balance of privacy and sharing that I can’t help but to admire the way you write! Also, your view of food, life, fun, exercising, etc. are very similar to mine! So for that I have nominated you for the sunshine award! Thanks for your honesty and badass-ness.


Madi @ fitandfeisty.blogspot.com November 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm
Holly W January 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Just wanted to stop by real quick – I read the long version of your about me, and you are just such a lovely “gal” ;) I’m also in Salt Lake, and I love following local health and wellness bloggers… to see where they eat, where they workout, etc (ha, that sounds total stalkerish huh?… promise I don’t mean it that way!) Anyway, I’m subscribing to your RSS right here and now cause you’re rad!


Janetha January 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Thanks for the comment and for subscribing! It’s always fun to find locals :) xo


sofia August 9, 2013 at 5:59 am

just came across your blog- and i LOVE it!!!! have a feeling yours will become a new favourite!!! xx


Mary Busby September 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Janetha, just had to contact you to say…I have a sister named Genetha, pronounced same way you do. I will have to say she is probably the FIRST one named that as she is 75! We live in the South, specifically Georgia. Not really sure where the name came from, just know it was my father’s choice.
Enjoy reading your blog and am trying to eat less. I eat healthy, just too much….and too much sweets (my downfall). Looking forward to keeping up.


Julie @ A Warrior and A Nurse September 8, 2013 at 8:45 am

You have an awesome “about” page here, Janetha (I’m jealous…I need to put something in our about page…lol).

Thank you for such an intimate and in-depth glimpse into your life, family, struggles, challenges, and triumphs! I’m really glad I found your blog, and I definitely look forward to reading more! — Julie


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Kim @ Roaming Raspberry January 14, 2014 at 5:11 pm

So fun to find another Utah blogger! I was born and raised in the great state of Utah and I miss it so much! I hope you enjoy those mountains every second! I never realized just how beautiful they were until I moved away! Miss it!


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Dylan August 19, 2014 at 2:40 am

Hi Janetha. Love reading your life story. It was fun at the beginning so I keep reading(when you said you were deported). Even though I am into bodybuilding(I am a male by the way) but reading your life story from gives me inspiration to keep doing my passion in life. And by the way when I see your picture with a broken bone it really chills me to the spin. It really hurts while looking at the pictures. Anyways I will keep coming back here and read your post! I will then tell my wife to be read your blog because she is sooooo lazy… anyways Thanks for sharing your story!
you may check out my blog: workoutbro.blogspot.com, its a new blog I started yesterday and I very commited to it. I hope I will learn more things from you that I can share on my blog.


Katie September 8, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Hi Janetha, I started Body for Life this week and I’ll be looking at your site for all the B4L stuff I can find. I have at least 60 pounds to lose, so I have a very long journey ahead of me. Any thoughts you have about B4L would be welcome! I have been working out regularly ( 3 times/week) for months, but drinking and eating with abandon. The pounds have packed on! Time to get clean!


Janetha September 19, 2015 at 8:13 am

awesome! good luck to you!


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