Pure Bliss.

My room is cold, I’m wearing my boyfriend’s hoodie, Ingrid Michaelson Pandora is softly playing, and Christmas string lights and lightning are the only thingslighting up my room. 

It’s unusually dark outside, but that’s due to the dark storm clouds that came rolling in, accompanied by loud thunder and BRIGHT lightning. 

It all makes me so happy :]

I only had classes until noon today, since then I’ve: completed almost all my homework, did a quick but challenging dumbbell workout, and have relaxed. I had a hot cup of green tea this afternoon and a cup of coffee this morning, but if someone showed up with a Pumpkin Spice Latte for me, I would invite them in and bake for them to express my gratitude. ;]

Speaking of gratitude, lately I’ve been thinking of some things I am unbelievably thankful for so here they are! 

My family: For dealing with me and loving me and supporting me.

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Alex & Eileen: Alex, for being the best boyfriend any girl could possibly have. Eileen, for giving me the best friendship that others could only dream of.

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School: Calculus may already be killing me, but I am so lucky to have the opportunity to pursue such big dreams {even if they are always slightly changing.}

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Hook ’em \m/ :]

Life in general: 

I am alive and healthy and happy. What more could I possibly want? :]

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Have a wonderful night! 

Love,

Juliana

Healthy Self Survery // Lessons Learned

Hello! 

Today has been interesting! I learned some things today:

1. An almond butter banana sandwich & a carrot is not a sufficient lunch. Especially with a busy day & a 2.75 mile run planned. And an already small breakfast preceding it all.

2. If you don’t know how many laps you’ve done, you can trick your muscles into not knowing either.

3. Stretching sore muscles is lovely.

4. Unbelievably painful stomachs make for lightheaded-ness & difficulty focusing on Intro to Computing {see #1.}

5. Veggie patties make excellent quick dinners.

Anyywhoooo, back to what I was actually going to write about! So, my very favorite blogger ever is Nutrition Nut On The Run! Reading her blog is actually what inspired my lifestyle change :] Well, when I get bored I read through the archives and today I stumbled upon this survey and decided it would be fun to do it myself! 

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

I had a pumpkin muffin with 1/2 a banana and a slather of almond butter. Also, I downed a cup of coffee with a splash of almond milk!

2. How much water do you drink a day?

Well, normally a couple bottles {reusable bottles, that is} worth. Today I felt like I drank gallons! I knew I’d be running and busy all day, so I hydrated. And then when I started getting hungry before my last class I tried to excuse it as dehydration and then when my stomach started to really hurt and I started getting dizzy, I drank more water just to have something in my stomach.

3. What is your current favorite workout?

Running :] 

4. How many calories do you eat a day?

I don’t count them! Earlier this year I became addicted to counting calories with the MyFitnessPal app. However, it had be only consuming 1200 calories a day, which is practically crash dieting to me. I don’t like that one bit! I prefer to eat healthy, nutrient filled meals and allow the weight to come off that way. And it works! 

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

Ooooh, a piece of toast with almond butter, 1/2 a banana, honey, flax seeds, pepitas, and cinnamon. Other than that, I’m not a big snacker.

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

Well, it differs a lot. It depends on my schedule and where I am! As of late, I’ve obviously not been eating enough, as seen by today. But normally a salad or a sandwich or a veggie patty!

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?

QUADS. Oh my oh my, I love wall sits & squats.

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?

Not gonna lie, abs for sure. 

9. What are your “bad” food cravings?

Cookies. Semi-hard/burnt chocolate chip walnut cookies to be exact.

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?

Nope! Although I think I might start taking iron.

11. How often do you eat out?

It depends. This weekend, with my visitors, I ate out a lot {but did my best to keep it clean!} But other than that, not really. 

12. Do you eat fast food?

Chipotle burrito bowl. Enough said. And also, I enjoy Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks {did I say enjoy? I meant obsess over} & Starbucks just in general. 

My drinks are:

Iced latte w/ nonfat milk or soy

Iced coffee w/ nonfat or soy milk

Pumpkin Spice Latte w/ no whip & nonfat milk

13. Who is your biggest supporter?

A lot of people. Especially those that have seen the transformation. 

14. Do you have a gym membership?

Yes, Gold’s Gym! I’m going tomorrow night for BodyPump. However, on campus I have access to the beautiful Gregory Gym. 

15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night? 

Lately, about 6 on average. This minimum sleep demands for two cups of caffeine a day usually. Or just a nice high off of endorphins from a great workout!

16. Do you have a “cheat” day?

No, I just indulge moderately! I don’t worry about binges much anymore because I’ve learned how to indulge occasionally. 

17. Do you drink alcohol?

NOPE. Whaaaaat, a college kid that doesn’t drink?! Hello, my liver is extremely important to me, as is my overall well being of my body. Also, I used to get headaches ev.er.y day as a kid and I get migraines every now and then nowadays, so I don’t understand the appeal of alcohol-induced headaches.

And guess what? I don’t smoke either. Not cigarettes or cigars or marijuana. Again, lungs are pretty freaking awesome and hard to replace. Also, emphysema is gross & I like being able to talk without a box in my throat doing it for me. 

18. Do you have a workout buddy?

Eh, not really. However, since I’ve been in Austin, Sabrina and I have worked out together a couple of times!

19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?

EVERYTHING :] Especially the way it has challenged my outlook on what I want to do with my life… But more on that later.

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?

I ate a crap ton of spinach. Yes, I ❤ spinach. For dinner I had a veggie patty with a spinach salad consisting of 1/4 avocado, cucumber, with vinegar and olive oil. 

Alrighty, that’s all I had for today! I hope your Tuesday has been swell and I hope your Wednesday is even better!

Love,

Juls

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Hello, September!

Hello hello hello,

and happy {late} September! I am giddy about September because this is the month when fall becomes official and that makes me so merry! :] 

I haven’t posted in a couple of days because I have been busy and happy!

This weekend, my mom, Erica, and Alex came up to Austin to visit! :]

We trekked all around Austin, explored high society grocery stores, chilled, and had a really freaking good time ❤

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However, they left this morning, and back to college life I went. 

I ended up falling back asleep until 11 {WHAT?! If you know me, you know this is a rare occasion.} Afterwards, I went to Luke’s house to pick up my laundry since our dryer’s broken. And guess what?! THEY WERE STILL DAMP. So I had to hang everything to drip dry.

Sabrina and I had plans to workout so I quickly consumed some fuel, (one piece of wheat toast + 1/2 banana + flax seeds + honey + crunchy almond butter) t’was delicious.

After discovering that my bike’s back tire was flat, for the fourth time in three months, we went to Mellow Johnny’s for a new tire and tube. Hopefully, soon, I’ll be riding to campus for school instead of taking the shuttle!

After that struggle, Sabrina, Mathew, and myself headed to campus to go to Gregory. I ran 2.5 miles on the indoor track, but sadly I don’t know my time or pace because my Nike app flipped out. I followed that up with some push ups, abs, and 60 sec wall sit. It wasn’t much, but I moved my muscles and broke a sweat!

I’m a little worried about the pain in my left hamstring. I’ve been stretching it and watching it, but I’m not very good at relaxing or taking things easy. Yet, I don’t want to do any serious damage! I think I’ll tape it for my 2.75 mi run tomorrow.

I’ve been procrastinating some difficult calculus homework by writing this post hahaha :] but also, I have a batch of these beautiful pumpkin muffins in the oven! I’ve made them before and they’re amazing with a cup of coffee or almond butter and milk.

Well, I should probably get to integrating now! I’ll talk to ya later!

Love,

Juls