Happy NYE!

Can you believe it?! 2013 is nearly over!

I’m so excited :]

I am ready for 2014. Some people think that a new year doesn’t mean anything and that resolutions typically fail, but I still like to look at it like a clean slate.

I have one resolution for 2014…. But I’m keeping it a secret.

I can’t decide if I will announce it on January 1st or if I’ll give it a month and then start telling people.

Hmmm, decisions decisions.

Anyway, have a safe and wonderful and fun NYE!

And have an even better start to 2014!

Love,

Juliana

Let’s Talk About: The Scale

This is a very personal topic for me. And I’m only writing about it because I am stressed out about it, so I thought expressing myself would help.

After changing my eating habits and actually routinely exercising since the beginning of the summer, I’ve lost weight. I learned what foods are truly nutritious and what my body needs as an athlete to be properly fueled throughout the day or during a workout. During that time, I hardly ever stepped on a scale because I was more interested in how strong and good I felt. Not the number that I would see on a bathroom scale.

However, in September, I reached a weight loss plateau. I’ve been maintaining a pretty constant weight and that’s okay with me. But since I’ve been home for the holidays I’ve gone out of control. And it happens every time! My pantry in my apartment is very simply stocked, with enough to get me to my next grocery shopping trip. But at home, there’s SO MUCH. Not only that, but with the holidays just passing, there’s been big dinners and lots of going out to eat. 

So, about 10 minutes ago I felt the urge to weigh myself… I fought it and fought it, but I gave in and ran downstairs to check. 

Let’s just say I was not pleased. At all. 

What’s frustrating, is that rationally, I know there are so many contributing factors to the higher than normal number.

1. Yes, my calorie consumption has been higher than normal because of the holidays, but not that much higher.

2. Sodium and water intake. Blah blah blah.

3. Some increased muscle mass. Okay, yes, I have been doing long runs since I’ve been home, and I have been working out. But still.

And when it all boils down, it shouldn’t be about the number on a stupid scale, it should be about how I feel. Nonetheless, it’s still pretty hard not to beat myself up because of straying off track.

But hey, you know what they say, 

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This is a very personal topic for me because I have a goal I want to reach and it’s hard on me when I get setback or off track. But I guess that could probably be said for many people, right?

In the end though, I think what frustrates me most is that I let my weight bother me. I ran 11.11 miles on Tuesday. I ran an extra unplanned 1.11 and I am so freaking proud of that. I was tired and thirsty and my knees were killing me, but I pushed myself. I have muscles built from hard work and real and nutritious foods {like chia seeds and spinach} that carried me that far and filled me with endorphins. I am so incredibly proud of that. I am registered for the Austin Half Marathon in February and I plan to crush it. So what my waist isn’t exactly what I want it to be? With every workout, I get faster and stronger and happier and that’s what matters. And that’s what I had truly always wanted in the long run.

I let this image of a perfect body take over my true goal. To be healthy and happy and the best I can be.

Don’t get me wrong, I will always want to improve and eventually get to my dream weight, but for now, I just need to accept where I am and work from there. 

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It makes me sad that I was upset about the number on my scale. It makes me sad that I see models on billboards and commercials and think “that’s what want to look like.” 

Today I did 10 push ups easy peasy. Not even two months ago I could’ve done them, but I would have needed to push myself and I would be breaking a sweat.

Today I ran 2.3 miles and then called it quits because my shoulder was tight. 6 months ago, I probably wouldn’t have even made it that far.

Today I ran a 9:15 min/mile pace. Not even two months ago I ran ~10:45 min/miles. 

I am becoming the best that I can be.

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These past 6 months have taught me who I am and what I want to do with my life. 

That is an incredible thing. Looking at the big picture, the number on the scale is minuscule in importance. 

I want to live a life with no regrets. A life of adventure and happiness and self improvement. Not a life of self criticism and doubt.

I realize this post has changed as it has progressed, but to be completely honest, this was exactly what I needed. 

I am worth more than how I look or how much I weigh. Not only am I worth more than that, but everyone else too.

The holidays typically go hand in hand with some weight gain. But this is my message to you {and me as well!} You are worth far more than a stupid number. Because as I’ve realized as I’ve written this post, it’s a really really stupid number.

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I feel much better. And I hope this post helped someone else too.

Have a wonderful night.

And an even better tomorrow.

Be fearless and be happy.

Love,

Juliana

No excuses.

Good morning! :]

I’ve had a pretty successful morning so far!

Breakfast: White chocolate macadamia nut Luna bar {SO GOOD} & coffee w/ Girl Scouts Caramel Delight creamer.

I followed this up with ~half a water bottle with about a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed in… I read all about the supposed health benefits it has, but IT IS SO GROSS. HOLY MOLEY. From what I’ve read, it seems to be acquired taste. But I have no urge to acquire that taste. No way. Uh uh. Groty. Sick nasty. Get it yet? ;]

Anyway, I let all of that digest and then I was ready for EXERCISE!

Thursdays are speed training days! 

Normally I would just do sprints or some sort of HIIT exercise for speed training, but last night I googled “speed training for runners” and plyometrics popped up. So today I mixed it up! 

From my mailbox to the stop sign back to my mailbox is ~0.22 miles. So, my work out looked like this

Jog to stop sign and back {from my mailbox}

Sprint to the stop sign & jog back to my mailbox [3x]

Sprint in the opposite direction {roughly the same distance,} jog to my neighbors mailbox, walk back to mine.

Overall, I ran about 1.19 miles. My avg pace was 9:01, but when sprinting, I was at about a 7:00 min/mile pace! :] #YAY I was a sweaty mess!

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After that, I scrounged around in my garage to find stuff to jump over! Haha! The plyometric exercise I wanted to try was the jumps. Basically, you give it all you have to jump as high as you can above something. I think I placed my obstacles too far apart, but I also focused on getting as high as I could while doing tuck jumps. This workout was like this:

Jog to middle of the drive way. Jog up the drive way and tuck jump* over my four obstacles. Jog back to the middle of the driveway and go again [6x]. 

*Funny story, my last obstacle was a little high for my short legs, so I ended up turning it on its side. Even then, I was still worried about tripping over it and smashing my face in the pavement while I was home alone, so I just hurdled over it ever time! ;]

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Such fancy obstacles, right? ;]

After all that fun, I picked up my mess, came inside, and ate a hard boiled egg {yeaaa for protein}, took a shower, and now I’m writing this!

In a little bit I am going to make lunch and then go test drive some cars! Yippekayay! I’m getting a new one! :] 

Have a wonderful day!

Ju

Christmas Things

Hey,

So finals are stressing me out to the MAX. Well, really just my BME and calc finals.

I took chem today and it really wasn’t so bad! Bio is on Saturday, but I’ve retained the information well because I was actually interested, so it shouldn’t be too stressful to study for.

And seriously, right now I am powered by coffee. Homemade coffee, Starbucks coffee, any coffee I can get my hands on really.

Anyway, enough talk about finals. I’ve been studying and/or testing ALL DAY. Legitimately since like 10 am. So, I am going to use this as a distraction and hopefully a destressifier. I had a big cup of coffee at 7, so I think I’ll be up for a little while longer…

OKAY, this Saturday I am going home! Alex was supposed to come up on Friday so that we could doing some cool Austin things, but life doesn’t always work out the way you want it to. However, everything will be okay because we still have some pretty awesome CHRISTMAS-Y things lined up to do in Magnolia such as:

1. Fancy Night – not really a Christmas thing, but whatevs. I even got a new dress for it! Pictures later.

2. Christmas lights! – I told Alex that all I wanted for Christmas was to see some cool Christmas light displays like Santa’s Wonderland. Sadly, though, Santa’s Wonderland is expensive to just see lights for. However, we are going to hunt down other cool light displays in the Magnolia/Woodlands area.

3. Decorating sugar cookies! – I want to do this, so it’s happening. YAY

4. Gingerbread House – I really want to do this too.

5. ICE SKATING

Basically, I told Alex that I have been deprived of Christmas cheer because of school and finals and studying and stress, so we are going to embrace it like crazy when I get home. FALALALALAALALA

Back to school talk.

I haven’t had to pull any all-nighters or even any really late nights all semester.

hahaha it’s because unlike many college kids, I wake up early and start studying instead of having to stay up late!! However, because of that, I have definitely developed a true addiction to coffee. But we all knew that.

Okay, I think I might study for bme a little more and then try to sleep. It’s hard for me to sleep when I am stressed. 

Also, I apologize for any grammatical or spelling errors. My brain is a little all over the place right now.

Love,,

Julaina

P.S. my next post will be about running

Frrrrrrozen

Hello,

I am a snowman! I am so so so cold. I like the cold when I’m prepared! However, I do not have the correct clothing for this weather, so I feel pretty miserable waiting in the 32 degree cold for the bus for 25 minutes!

I don’t want to buy more winter clothes though, because Texas has a knack for switching seasons in the blink of an eye. For example, Monday and Tuesday this week was in the 80s and today the high is 38! Silly Texas.

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Haha fo realz

I’m writing this because I’m chilling in the PCL until my UGS pizza party! We are watching a movie and eating pizza and analyzing the movie through all the critical theory lenses we learned this semester.

And guess what?! I’m eating the pizza! GASP. IT’S NOT EVEN WHOLE WHEAT! ;] haha! I have a long run planned tomorrow so I’m going to let this fatty, greasy meal be my fuel! #noragrets

The a in regrets is intentional… NAME THAT MOVIE.

This weekend, Alex, Blake, and Miranda are in town for the UT speech tournament and they are staying with me. I’m not judging though (aw, no money) because I’m going to start studying for finals tomorrow!

I would’ve started today, but I wanted to relax. I didn’t get much sleep last night, so when I came home from class today, I ate lunch and passed out for TWO hours. I overslept though because now I just feel more tired than before I fell asleep even though I made myself coffee when I woke up!

Anyway, after the “party,” I am going to Gregory for a sweat sesh and then I’m headed home to start studying… Maybe.
I might make banana muffins instead… We shall see…

I have four finals this semester.
Wednesday – Chemistry
Thursday – Intro to Computing
Friday – Calculus
Saturday – Biology

I’m most worried about computing and calculus… Dead days will be powered by coffee. Coffee and running. However, at the end of finals, Alex is coming to ATX to stay for a bit and we have plans to go to the Austin Trail of Lights! :] yay! Not only that, but we are going to have fancy night ooooh la la. Haha!

So yesterday on my run, I went through the trails and it was beautiful!

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Alright, I’m going to get ready to head to my party. Have a nice day!

Love,
Juliana

I’m alive!

I feel like I haven’t posted in a loooooong time!

This is the final week of classes and then I have four intense finals to take… DUN DUN DUN!

I made a pretty massive to do list for this week, but I am proud to say that I am striking things off left and right!

This post will be pretty short because it’s only 8:30 but I’ve finished my homework and I am ready to get in my bed!

I had a great Thanksgiving and I am so ready for Christmas break!

🙂

So much fun is going to happen over Christmas break and I am T-minus 12 days away from freedom!

Yippee!

Anyway, last night I started Divergent and I finished it by 1 pm today… IT WAS AMAZING! HOLY MOLEY! I saw a commerical for it when we saw Catching Fire over the holiday break and I decided to read it before the movie came out… It was so good. So good. I just… Dang. It was good.

Although, it does make me want to learn MMA and get tattoos and dive roll out of cars… ;]

Anyway, I am going to go relax since tomorrow will be jam packed! Peace out!