Proud.

I believe there is a difference between being proud and being prideful.

To me, being prideful means wearing your pride on your sleeve. Being overly showy and obnoxious about it. Being prideful and being humble are antonyms to me.

But to be proud is another story. Being proud of yourself means randomly smiling to yourself out of pure happiness and bliss for some achievement that you are proud of. Sometimes you share the reason for your smile. Sometimes you don’t. That is being proud.

So, today I want to tell you why I am proud. It’s been the main thing I think about while I’ve been running lately. So, here are a few reasons that I find myself randomly breaking into a smile or laughter… Here are some reasons that I am proud of myself:

1. When I started high school, I was absolutely terrified to speak in front of more than 2 or 3 people, unless I knew everyone very well. By the time I graduated, I was proud to be a TFA State semifinalist in foreign extemp and a UIL State finalist in persuasive extemp {both public speaking events.} Of course, I know this was not all my own doing. I had countless people backing me up, such as my amazing teammates that contributed to extemp files and were just helpful in general. And of course, my coach. Without her, none of it would have ever been possible. It’s probably sounding like I peaked in high school, huh? Hahaha.

2. This past summer I turned my life around. Since June 2013, I’ve lost 20 pounds and gained so much more in muscle. I have never touched a weight loss drink or program or pills. I just changed the way I ate and handled my body. I said goodbye to sodas and fast food on accident because I was slowly replacing them with more wholesome foods and drinks. I also started journaling what I ate. No one told me I had to. No one necessarily taught me the “miracle weight loss” tricks. Instead, I learned and listened to my body and it has made all the difference. Which leads me to number

3. Along with changing the way I ate, I began to workout this summer. It started with elliptical workouts and 15 crunches and 5 or 6 push ups. That would leave me a sweaty mess and then I’d leave the gym with an accomplished smile on my face. Eventually, I took up running and got more serious about strength training. Two days after I moved into this apartment, I ran 2.02 miles in 22:27 minutes, which is about 11:05 min/mile. On Sunday, 4 days ago {Jan. 26} I ran 10 miles in 1:43:28, which is about 10:15 min/mile. And today I ran 5 miles at a 9:50 min/mile pace. Again, no one told me I had to run. No one told me I had to keep up with it. No one told me what to do to become disciplined. I learned. I loved. I run. And I am proud of that.

Most importantly, number

4. This has to do with my secret resolution for this year. I was going to keep it a secret for a little while longer, but it seems right to put it in this post. My secret resolution for 2014 was to get out of my comfort zone. Sounds cliche, right? But it’s not. Because I want to grow. I want to adventure and experience and see what would happen. I’ve been documenting day by day in a secret blog of mine, and I was worried about people’s judgements, but I think it’s time to share. So here it is. And I’m going to steal a post I wrote the other day on that blog because I think it explains my feelings about the resolution exceptionally well.

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“I decided on this resolution for 2014 in order to become more courageous and brave in my every day life. I set out to experience more and adventure more.

I had no idea, even only at 22 days in, how much it would change me.

I am happier with myself and my life than I have been in a really long time.

My family makes me happy, my friends make me happy, my boyfriend makes me so happy. But it’s been a long time since I have made myself happy.

Not anymore.

That’s serendipity, my friends.

My cup runneth over,

Juliana.”

 

 

Maybe you all will think I’m boasting and being prideful. But I don’t. 

I’m just so happy. And completely proud of myself and my accomplishments.

I hope you are proud and happy of yours too.

Love,

Juliana

going and going and going…

I’ve been chugging along lately!

As happy as can be and as busy as a bee!

;]

So to go along with the randomness and craziness of my life lately, I will leave you with some random announcements and thoughts from yours truly!

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I am so unbelievably ready for warm weather!

I have a job!

Juliana Nicolini: barista @ The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

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I’ve been incorporating more strength training lately!

And I’m going to try and start running more.

Marathon training starts the week after my half marathon.

I am currently obsessed with All of You by John Legend ❤

Spaghetti squash is the bomb diggity.

Don’t forget your gloves when it’s 19 degrees outside.

Headaches are no fun.

Sleep > Staying up.

Peanut butter is life.

I’d go 100% paleo, but giving up PB?! Not a chance.

Biology is the coolest.

Soy lattes are always delicious. Always.

The Big Bang Theory is a sufficient way to procrastinate.

I’ve learned that I appreciate my parents more and more as I grow. {Love you guys!}

Making new friends is really really awesome. SO AWESOME!

You can do anything if you believe you can.

I want to do The Rookie Tri again this year.

My back is pretty sore today. Weird.

Oatmeal is such a good breakfast. 

Shoot, I just remembered that I’m out of bananas! :O

I looooove my car.

I wish I had a campus parking pass.

I’m tired. And it’s only 7…. #pitiful

I am a grandma. Well, in spirit.

Alex is coming to ATX on 2/13. I am so excited!

Writing letters >>>>>

Okay, I’m out of things to say… For now! 

Talk to you beautiful faces later!

Juliana ❤

 

check.

Hearty, energizing breakfast? Check.

Energizing, fulfilling lunch packed? Check.

Necessary spirals in backpack? Check.

Coffee? Check.

Warmly dressed for waiting for the bus at 9 tonight? Check.

Mentally prepared and awake? Working on it.

😉

*SOS* my headphones are missing! I have my fancy running ones, but my casual pair I use for school are missing! 😦

On the brightside, I’ve scheduled in a Starbucks trip for today, so that’s something to look forward to!

And also, my lunch will be awesome: PB + banana sandwich w/ cinnamon, honey, flax and chia seeds. Tomatoes, cucumber, celery, carrots, cauliflower, and green bell pepper w/ hummus.

Hahahaha.

Okay, well I need to finish my coffee and head to the bus stop!

Happy Monday!

Love,

Juliana

 

marathon.

That’s what my Monday is going to be this week. A marathon.

It’s soooo long and I know it’s going to be fun but exhausting.

It goes like this:

  • 9-10 a.m. Biology
  • 10-11 a.m. Chemistry
  • 11-12 p.m. Inorganics
  • 12-1 p.m. Lunch & HW
  • 1-4 p.m. Inorganics lab
  • 4-5 p.m. HW & probably a Starbucks trip…
  • 5-6 p.m. Texas Nutrition meeting — YAY!
  • 6-7 p.m. More HW.
  • 7-9 p.m. Women in Medicine volunteering.

And then I have to wait for the bus before I can finally get home to sleep! Only to wake up for my 8 am on Tuesday…

Wish me luck this week. I’m going to need it!

 

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Meal Prep!

Happy National Peanut Butter Day! :]

I ❤ PB. I put it in my oatmeal this morning, as a matter of fact.

But I could just eat spoonfuls of it… Which is funny because I used to hate peanut butter.

Anyway, today I wanted to talk about my “meal prepping” that I do!

I don’t actually put together the meals and put them in containers. Honestly, I think that’s kind of gross. Instead, I just pre-cut and wash everything so that it’s easier and faster to use!

For example, I had pre-cut strawberries in my fridge right now! So whenever I’m craving something sweet, I can just grab a few of those. It makes it so convenient. Almost as convenient as unwrapping a piece of chocolate… (;

Well, today I went to the grocery store because I was running low on fresh foods.

I’ve decided to try and focus my diet on fruits and vegetables with some meat and whole grains tossed in but very low dairy.

I went to Wal-Mart to do my shopping because I like to save $$$$$.

I bought:

  • Head of broccoli
  • Head of cauliflower
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Yellow squash
  • Celery
  • Whole carrots
  • Chicken breasts
  • Sweet potato
  • Green bell pepper
  • Spinach & kale mix
  • I already have brussel sprouts, a big spaghetti squash, blackberries, strawberries, apples, grapefruit, oranges, black beans, garbanzo beans, and avocado!

 

When I got home, I put away the tomatoes, carrots, bell pepper, squash. sweet potato, and salad and then go to work prepping the rest!

The chicken breasts are pretty small, so I get sandwich baggies and put about two in each. That way, I can freeze them and then just defrost one baggy at a time when I want chicken!

The celery I washed and cut into ~3 or 4 inch pieces so that I can easily use them to dip in hummus or PB!

I washed and cut the broccoli and cauliflower into manageable sized pieces. Now, they’re easily available to throw onto a salad or cover in olive oil to roast in the oven!

Yippee! It’s much easier to eat clean when you have healthy stuff around. And by prepping the food, it’s much easier to actually use instead of being too lazy to prepare when you’re hungry! 

I also bought canned tuna and canned salmon for my pantry to throw on a salad sometime! I also already had canned beets which are insanely awesome to use and delicious. However, I really do love roasting my own beets. I just loved roasted vegetables.

Alright, that’s all I had to say!

School was cancelled today because of inclement weather (aka it was cold.) So, I ended up waking up at 6:30 {my alarm would’ve gone off at 6} and having breakfast and then falling back asleep until 10! My body needed the sleep. My brain and body felt exhausted. Hey, I’ve been working and training hard!

After the store and meal prepping, I did a quick workout which honestly left me breathing kind of hard and it was only 8 minutes long! 

Now I need to accomplish some homework and drive to campus to buy a lab book.

Tomorrow I’m going to Dallas to watch my sister in a cheer competition and Sunday I am going on a long run {because sadly, I didn’t do one this past weekend!}

Cheers!

Juliana

 

On top of the world.

Want to know why?

Because all my homework is done! All of it!

:]

It’s the little things, ya know?

Anyway, I’ve had a pretty good day!

One little rant though:

Yesterday I went to Walmart and bought myself a bike pump suitable for my bike. Well, this morning I was planning on riding it to school, since I neglected to last semester! Before I left, I decided to pump up my front tire a little more, because it wasn’t as firm as the back tire. Well, in the process of doing so, the presta valve BROKE OFF! WHAT?! The screw legitimately snapped in half. I was not happy. However, rather than let it make me frustrated and upset, I calmly put it down, texted Sabrina, and headed to the bus!

P.S. Sabrina’s going to help me fix it later, so hopefully I’ll be able to ride to school tomorrow!

Other than that, I’ve had a wonderful day! 

I had bio (which ran 20 minutes shorter than normal because our room was locked #victory!) and then chem. My chem professor cracks me up, so it wasn’t too bad!

Then, I headed to the gym for some strength training. I read all about how strength training a few times a week (along with my running schedule) makes one leaner and fitter. I realized I’ve been neglecting true strength training for a while, so I decided to get back at it!

It really really really helps me to make a list of what I’m going to do before I go, that way I’m not awkwardly floundering about.

My workout: {You’ll notice reaaaaal quick that I don’t know the technical names… Hahaha}

  • 15 x 3 stability ball pikes
  • 15 x 3 squats w/ 11.2# medicine ball
  • 8 x 3 assisted pull ups {16 at 60# assisted, 8 at 50# assisted}
  • Calf raises w/ 10# plate: {15 center, 15 right, 15 left, 15 center} x 2
  • 30 (ea. side) oblique dips w/ 10# weight (ea. side)
  • 15 x 2 push ups
  • 1:30 plank
  • 30 (15 ea. side) lunges w/ 10# dumbells ea. hand
  • 30 crunches {normal, straight legged, bent legged –> 10 ea.}

And there you have it! It may not seem like anything for some, but for me it was great!

Afterwards, I ate my lunch {salad w/ chickpeas, cucumber, broccoli, tomatoes + a baggie full of straw/black/blueberries!} then headed to the library.

I had an hour to kill before my lab meet up at 1, so I decided to knock out some homework. I read a model critical analysis on a poem to be ready for the one I had to do as soon as I got home, and then I did some chemistry learning modules and quizzes!

Huzzzaaahhhh! Now I just need to keep up the productivity for the entire semester! ;]

When I finally got home, I had two cups of iced coffee and two carrots with peanut butter.

May I just say HOLY YES TO CARROTS AND PB. I had never tried the combo before, but it was so freaking good. Yes.

Anyway, after that I did my critical analysis on “Living in Sin” {that’s probably supposed to be italicized but whatevs} by Adrienne Rich and then finished my chem homework.

Now I’m doing this! :]

It feels good to be accomplished!

Hahahaha! Have a great day!

Love,

Juliana

P.S. I took this picture today. So hipsta.

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Hook ’em!

procrastination.

Hey!

So I am procrastinating by writing this… But it’s been a while, so I wanted to say hey!

Also, I’m not procrastinating that much! Nothing is due tomorrow, I just want to get ahead. Go me!

;]

I think I’m going to head to the gym in my apartment complex to just do some stuff!

For the next couple weeks, I’m attempting to reduce my grain and dairy intake and focus more on fruits and veggies.

With that being said, I have to give a warning:

Veggie burgers = yummy.

Veggie hot dogs = what the heck am I eating.

Next time I’m going to put them in a pan with butter instead of microwaving them in water… Haha!

Alrighty, I’m going to go workout! I just wanted to say hey!

My cup runneth over.

Juliana

Reasons

Reasons to be happy today:

  • I woke up this morning.
  • My coffee was terrible, but it was still fun to use my french press again.
  • I only have one class today.
  • I have a run in the sun planned.
  • I had oatmeal for breakfast.
  • People love me.
  • The sun in shining.
  • I have flowers on my desk.
  • My hair was a wild mess this morning and it made me laugh.
  • I miss my best friend, but I always have a constant reminder on my finger. It makes me smile.
  • I get to go to school and actually study things that interest me this semester.
  • Erica is coming to ATX tomorrow!
  • I’m going to another Quality Workout tonight and I can’t wait to socialize.
  • This size medium shirt is way too big now.
  • I can move freely.
  • I can walk and talk and smile and breathe and run and jump and dance with joy.
  • I have a boyfriend that I drive absolutely crazy, but he still loves me.
  • My half marathon is in exactly a month from today.
  • Mumford & Sons is playing on my Spotify.
  • I have blueberries and blackberries and a mango in my fridge.
  • The sun is streaming through my open blinds right into my eyes. And I love it.
  • It’s January 16, 2014. 

 

Love,

Juliana

Making an effort..

I’ve been making an effort to make every single day an amazing day! :] It’s definitely gone well so far and the weather is also helping! ❤ 

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{Took myself out for some coffee & a walk on the trails in the beautiful weather}

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{Part of the trail I wandered on}

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{Just look at that sunshine 🙂 can I go swimming yet?}

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{Mama and baby turtles!}

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{a TOWER of turtles!!!}

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{GROSS! Hahahaha!}

 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope your day has been going amazingly as well! :]

Love,

Juliana