Monday Mania

Hey hey! Happy Monday!
Lucky for me, I am done with classes for the day.

My Monday looked a bit like this:
-Breakfast {two waffles w/ almond butter, pumpkin, banana, cinnamon, honey, and chia seeds}
-Ride to school
-1000 yard swim (!!)
-Lunch break
-Body weight exercises

{I used the mats on the indoor track. I hadn’t been there in forever! Outside > inside.}
-Chem lab (yuck)
-Ride home
-Afternoon snack {0% Greek w/ almond butter, blueberries, Cheerios}

I have studying to do and a work meeting later, but other than that, I’m just chilling! : )

I figured I would catch you guys up on some happenings as of late…

I got accepted as an undergraduate assistant for next semester!

I celebrated by going on a 10 mile run with this quote on my mind!

Muh gurl Erica came into town! We were both commenting on how we can definitely NOT pull off baseball hats.

Aaaaaand that’s all the pictures I have. Haha oops!

Now I need to go procrastinate by reading other blogs!

Have a wonderful week!


Thursday Survery

A is for age: Eighteen!

B is for breakfast today: Honey Nut Cheerios with unsweetened almond milk. Strawberries. Iced coffee.

C is for currently craving: A massage!

D is for dinner tonight: I have work, so probably a salad!

E is for favorite type of exercise: Running, duh. 😉

F is for irrational fear: The dark.

G is for gross food: CRAWFISH. Um, no thanks!

H is for hometown: Tustin, CA. I think? Haha!

I is for something important: Self-confidence.

J is for current favorite jam: Beating Heart x Ellie Goulding & Raging Fire x Phillip Phillips

K is for kids: See letter A. This is not currently on my mind.

L is for current location: Austin, TX. Best city in the world!

M is for the most recent way you spent money: Groceries from Trader Joe’s!

N is for something you need: A rest day. I’m stupidly stubborn.

O is for occupation: Full time college student & part time barista! 🙂

P is for pet peeve: Having someone watch over my shoulder while I’m doing something!

Q is for quote:


R is for random fact about you: I’ve never colored my hair!

S is for favorite healthy snack: 0% Greek yogurt with blueberries, almond butter, and granola!

T is for favorite treat: Cookie… DOUGH!

U is for something that makes you unique: I like to wake up before my alarm clock! That’s unique when you’re in college 😉

V is for favorite vegetable: Beets, brussel sprouts, or tomatoes {technically a fruit! but whatever!}

W is for today’s workout: Either a run or a bike ride!

X is for x-rays you’ve had: Just teeth!

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: Going to Trader Joe’s with Sabrina and falling asleep super early!

Z is for time zone: Central!

Happy April!

Happy April everyone! 🙂

Don’t worry, there will be no April Fool’s from me.

I love the first of the month. It’s always so refreshing and rejuvenating.

Today, I:

Went to my bio discussion & lit lecture!
Scarfed down a delicious and simple salad.
Ran 4 miles! {In celebration of April of course!}

(It was super hot! Thank goodness for handheld bottles!)
Walked to HEB for spinach and juicy strawberries!
Took a shower.
Started writing this post!

Later, I have work and then I’m headed to campus to write up my lab report for inorganic chem with NO distractions.

I can’t wait to see what April has to offer! 🙂
Have a good one!

Juliana ❤


In the beginning…

My healthy lifestyle is not even a year old. I’m not 100% sure of the actual date I decided to make the switch, but I’m going to go with somewhere in mid June 2013.

I’ve learned a lot since then and I’ve changed the way I eat and treat my body with the information I pick up on.

For example, I’m a firm believer that your body craves what it needs (to an extent, of course.) Last week, I unintentionally carboloaded because I was out of town and carby foods are typically the cheapest and most convenient. I kicked myself for it at the time, but that weekend I went on my 15 mile long run. Never hit the wall once. I had blueberries in my baby fanny pack and I didn’t need to touch them once. Heck to the yeah.

So today, I finally caved and made muffins. I had been wanting to make muffins to stash in my freezer, but I was too lazy until today. The muffins are fairly random but yummy. They are made with whole wheat, egg, milk, Greek yogurt, brown sugar, carrots, raisins, and nuts. As soon as they came out of the oven, I ate one. And then another. And then a third. An hour later, I are a fourth.

Along with a small cup of cereal with milk.

Um, what? The weirdest part was my stomach still didn’t feel truly satisfied. I didn’t get that urgh I’m full feeling.

I’m going to assume my body was in need of carbs and calcium. I know it wasn’t just a sugar craving, because I have 72% and 85% dark chocolate in my closet! Instead, my body chose to crave the wholesome muffins. No regrets.

This morning I ran 3.14 miles (hey it’s pi day!) at an 8:50 pace. That is insanely fast for me! Later, I ran the three stories of stairs by my apartment 5x. It wasn’t a whole lot of work to be craving carbs so badly, but my body knows what it needs better than I do.

Funny huh?

Anyway, back to the point. I initially started to eat healthy because I wanted to have bulging quads. No joke. That was my initial goal. I admire muscular legs more than anything else and that’s what I wanted.

Slowly but surely, that goal morphed into simply losing weight. I wasn’t counting calories, but i was very careful about what I ate. My only extra snack during the day was a pre workout snack.

Again, the goal morphed into losing weight and being muscular. So in order to do that, I started to ditch the pre workout snack. People, that is so dumb.

Thank the heavens, my goal shifted again to what it is now. Getting stronger every single day. I think what finally made that my goal was absolutely falling in love with running. And I haven’t looked back.

Now, I know to appreciate my body and everything it asks for. I’ve gained weight since officially realizing this goal, but I know it is from muscle.

To me, getting stronger and healthier is waaaaay better than just focusing on being skinny. I’ve developed physical and mental strength because of it.

I have one spectacular half marathon under my belt and now I’m so ready for more.

Rookie Tri -> Oilman Tri -> Ironman
Half marathon -> Marathon -> Ultra

You better believe it!

I know this post is pretty lengthy, but I felt the need to write this all out.

I dream of being an inspiration to many, because I know how inspiring some women for me (especially reading their blogs!)

Have a beautiful, wonderful, and healthy day!


A Thousand Words

To be honest, I am in no mood to write! haha the sun may be going down but it’s still so warm outside so I want to just relax! However, I will leave you with some pictures from today… A picture is worth a thousand words right? ;]



{Pre 7 mile run selfie} I purposefully got myself lost and I discovered a really awesome trail loop!


{Reasons I am not paleo}


{My Whole Foods “haul”} Raw almond butter, local non-GMO hummus, coffee ice cream, all natural humanely raised chicken breasts, and Seeduction bread


{Studying for my bio test by the pool}

That’s pretty much it!

I’m wearing a comfy, blue sundress!

And I feel so tan and strong and healthy and great!

How are you?



A Belated Valentine…

Heads up, this post may be ALL over the place. I’m just so happy and there’s so much to share, so it might get a bit jumbled… I’ll do my best to go in order!

This weekend I headed back to Magnolia to visit and celebrate Valentine’s Day with Alex! If you regularly read my blog, you know that Alex was supposed to come to Austin, but eh life happens. As always, I had a good time! I never thought I’d really care about going back to my home town, but I really love it. Of course, the people I go back to are the biggest factor, but there’s also something so sweet about escaping the busyness that is Austin.

Alex and I saw the Lego movie and it was hilarious. Alex had already seen it, but I hadn’t and I was pleasantly surprised by how entertaining it was!

He got me a giant bouquet of flowers for Valentine’s Day :] They are now sitting on my desk!

Saturday morning I woke up and headed back to Austin. I had work! But first, I met with my dad, Erica, Sabrina, and Luke at Whole Foods for lunch and then we went to the half marathon expo! Did you forget?! My half marathon was yesterday, but I’m getting there… ;]

I had a closing shift on Saturday, but I already had all my gear packed for the next morning. So as soon as I got home, I took a hot shower and got in bed and passed out!

5 a.m. on Sunday morning my alarm went off. At first, I was wondering why I had set an alarm and almost turned it off! But then I remembered about my race and hopped out of bed!

I downed a bowl of oatmeal w/ PB, 1/2 banana, blueberries, cinnamon, flax & chia seeds, and a cup of coffee. Then I headed to my dad’s hotel to meet him and Erica!

For my race, I wanted to run it in 2:15. Sub 2:15 would be the best, but I would just be happy somewhere around 2:15. Well, at the expo {I had to leave early for work} my family had picked me up a tattoo with mile splits on it for a 2:10 half marathon.

Once I had the tattoo on, I decided to attempt it. Why not? Worse comes to worst, I slow down and go for the 2:15.

Well, during the race, my body had other plans. I finished my race in 2:05. WITH ALL THE HILLS IN IT TOO.

I nearly cried when I crossed the line.

I love to run.

Every moment I felt tired or weak or hurting, I digged deeper and pushed harder.

So that leads me to my belated valentine…

My body.

Every morning I wake up and stand in front of the mirror and scrutinize my body. Sometimes I think “yay, I’m not so bloated today” and other days I feel like a whale.

But none of that matters. Because you are always stronger than you think you are. Always.

My avg pace for the entire half was 9:33. Never ever would I have dreamed of doing that, but my body had the confidence that my mind did not.


To be honest, while running, my mind was almost completely blank. I was just so in tune with my body and how strong I felt that I just couldn’t think of anything else.

Thank you, body. For always being there for me. Whether it means sprinting a half marathon, holding two minute planks, or doing push ups until I can’t. You’re the best. And I’m sorry for any hurtful words or thoughts I have hurled at you. You are so undeserving of that.

You have freaking awesome calf muscles and quads and abs that are slowly starting to show. Your biceps actually pop out when you flex hard enough! ;] So thank you. I love you.

I strongly believe that if you have faith in yourself, you can accomplish anything. And by anything, I mean anything.

So try it for yourself.

Love and believe in yourself.



Weekend Things.

I’ve had an incredibly bad day.

I’m just going to leave it at that and listen to Ellie Goulding and deal with it myself.

However, I will give you a wrap up of my weekend:


visited some of my old debate team at their UIL prep tournament.

cooked a delicious, healthy lunch with mi padre.

cheered on my beautiful best friend at her last dance competition.


indulged in Chili’s with Blake before the movies.

laughed at the cuteness and funniness that is Frozen {Olaf may be my favorite!}

slept not nearly enough!

fueled with bananas and PB.

ran/limped nine miles with Erica! {We were having an off day…}


attempted to shop at the mall with my dad and Erica.

relaxed before I had to head back to ATX.

And then somehow managed to make everything fall to crap in a very short window of time and things haven’t felt great since at all. ]:

Nonetheless, I hope everyone else had a good weekend. And hopefully a better Monday than I did…

Here’s to hoping for a terrific Tuesday.



I’m doing my best, Jack Kerouac. But life is a lot like running. The hills suck, but getting past them will put a huge smile on your face.


College No More


Surprised/confused/indifferent about the title?

I shall explain.

I’m not going to college anymore.


Totally kidding. Kind of. Tomorrow I was supposed to have classes from 8-11, but now the university is closed until noon! Why? Because of wintery weather. Yeah. Not snow. Not ice. Just coldness.

This may seem kind of surprising, but I want to go to school!

There have already been so many cancelled classes this semester because of the cold, but I want to learn! I actually enjoy my classes and what I’m learning… Sure, the 8 a.m.s suck, but I can deal.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about having the morning to get tons of homework done lounge around. But it’s just kind of frustrating. Yeah, the cold is pretty unbearable, but once you’re inside a lecture hall it is warm and toasty!

Also, I’m scheduled to work tomorrow afternoon because I was supposed to have classes in the morning. So I have to drive home late tomorrow. When in all actuality, I could’ve worked in the morning! #frustration 

Oh well! Life goes on.

In other news:

I’m going home this weekend! I’m bringing my bike so that I can go on a long training ride on Saturday. And then on Sunday, Erica and I are running 9 miles together! Wahooooo!

Although a week from Sunday is my half marathon… Taper? What taper? ;]

Wow, I feel completely pooped. I’ve been working hard, training hard, and studying hard. That leaves you completely wiped, I guess! But what’s ridiculous is that I know that the second I get into bed, I won’t feel as tired anymore!


Alrighty, time for me to read some blogs and maybe hopefully possibly get some school work done!


Juliana {the barista!}

Coffee or Tea?

Let’s pretend that you and I are sitting down for a coffee (or tea) “date”!

It’s time to catch up! :]

If we were on a coffee date, I would tell you:

1. I have recently become obsessed with Ellie Goulding’s album Halcyon Days. // Specifically “Don’t Say a Word”, “JOY”, “Explosions”, and “I Know You Care”

2. Tomorrow, I have a killer freaking awesome training day planned. // Ride to campus. Swim with Sabrina. Run x# miles. Ride home. {Of course, this will all be spread throughout the day.}

3. Tomorrow, I am also meeting some of the kids from Magnolia attending UT at Chipotle for lunch. YAY for gift cards! ;]

4. Oranges are my new fruit obsession.

5. I’m trying to focus more on protein now. This does not mean paleo.

6. I took my first chem test tonight! It was over physical equilibria. I felt pretty good about it! :]

7. Alex is coming to Austin in t-minus NINE days! ❤

8. My half marathon is in 12 days and I could not be more excited!

9. Riding to school >>> Taking the bus

10. New friends are really cool. 

So there you have it! 10 things I would tell you while sipping on my soy latte {or iced coffee!}

What would you tell me?





Rain Day // Rest Day

Hello friends,

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! I will not be watching the game today. Why? Well, for one, I don’t really know who’s even playing. Two, more importantly, I don’t care who is playing. And three, I don’t even know what channel it would be on anyway! ;]

Instead, my Sunday has been productive and also so lazy. 

It’s been productive because I have:

  1. Washed all the dishes & towels
  2. Grocery shopped a bit {yay for quality toilet paper!}
  3. Met up to study for chemistry
  4. Finished chemistry homework

Today has been lazy because it is a rest day. I’ve been thinking to myself lately how much I truly love to run and workout and I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize that! So, to prevent injury, overtraining, or getting sick, I am taking a rest day today. It also happened to perfectly land on a cold, cloudy, rainy day, so I don’t feel bad about missing out on the sunshine. There is none! And seriously, people, I’ve done nothing but chill. Normally, when I have a “rest” day, I always do some abs or some light weight arm stuff, but NOT TODAY. It’s pretty hard to resist, but I know it’s for the best.

I am currently training for three races…. Hahaha:

The Austin Half Marathon on February 16! Two weeks! :] I am so excited and beyond ready! 

The Rookie Tri on May 4th! 300 m swim, 11.2 mile bike, 2 mile run. I’ve done this race before,  but I didn’t put much effort… This time I want to go fast!

Oilman Texas Triathlon on November 4th! 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run. It will be an exhilarating challenge! {The official training plan for that starts in July…}

But since this semester has started, I have upped my training. More running, more cycling, more strength training. 

And it makes me so very hungry. Like all the time. Luckily, when the hunger strikes, it’s healthy cravings. But it’s still hard not to grab a spoon and a peanut butter jar and eat to my heart’s content.

I’ve been focusing more on protein, but mainly lean sources like tuna or salmon {in a can}, and chicken. I also really love ground turkey, but I am currently out!

I know that muscle burns more calories than fat, so it’s kind of to be expected. But I’ve never felt like this before! At least I know my metabolism is roaring! ;]

In other news, today when I met with a friend to work on chem, we went to a coffee shop called Bennu Coffee. I ordered a soy steamer {basically a latte, but with coffee and not espresso} and it was so delicious. 

Alright, I’m off to just lounge around some more and try to resist the urge to eat all my food!