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EATS+back to the grind

yesterday afternoon i rounded out my trip home with lunch at the zodiac room.


this restaurant was so chic and lovely. great ambiance, and wonderful food.


hellloooo crab cake salad


and chocolate bread pudding, creme brulee, and coffee to share!

on my flight home i started talking to a man seated next to me. we ended up talking the entire plane ride back. it was so cool. i have lately been getting a travel/moving bug and he had lived all over the country so it was fantastic to hear his perspective on different cities. his favorite city he said he lived in was denver, co, a city i have been seriously considering checking out more. i have lots of friends and family living out there and being immersed in the mountain side sounds spectacular.

it was so cool to connect with brian. i love when life brings in these random people in your life who you will probably never run into again, but were so close to for a mere couple of hours.

today, was back to work! i started my day with a treadmill workout at the gym and a green smoothie!



CLOSE UP!!! KALE blueberries, banana, non-fat greek yogurt, agave, and two heaping scoops of vanille protein powder. almond milk to get it moving.

clean eating to start off the day right 🙂

getting back into the swing of things is always a little tough, especially after having come home from an easy weekend. life can be really challenging, especially in nyc, but i am trying to keep it balanced and let things go. taking a candle lit yoga class tonight should round out the day. can’t wait to spill open into camel pose and release.

xo juls



treat yo self! it’s friday!

thanks for reading that last post y’all.

yesterday was still emotional and tough. my work day was long and on my commute home some random person yelled at me for bumping into her because i was trying to moving into the train cart to let others onto the train. that nasty comment seemed to send me over the edge again, and i just let it all out. everything i had been holding in poured out. but it felt good. really good.

needless to stay i went home after work yesterday and took a rest. what a crazy week.

i called some friends and my mama which made me feel a whole lot better. so grateful for the support of loved ones.

i realized that on my commute back i was getting anxious about making it to this yoga class on time. i have been feeling anxious about getting to the small gym i belong to before peek hours and to my yoga classes, and i realized that being anxious to go work out is not how things should be.

there is a more expensive gym one block from my apartment with amazing hours and classes. after this week i decided. screw it. i’m joining.

they have a month to month commitment plan, so if i end up not thinking it’s worth it, than i don’t have to pay the next month!

last night after taking a nap, eating a chocolatey and peanut buttery bowl of oatmeal and some ice cream…mmm comfort…i went to join the gym. it was the best part of my day.

the guy at the counter was unbelievably friendly, the facilities were gorgeous, and i walked out into the frigid air blowing wildy into my face with a great, big smile. my entire day had turned around.


class schedule and gym card!

also here are some recent eats!


oatmeal with banana, peanut butter, and dark chocolate with flax (decadent)

my lunch salad topped with hummus

dinner wednesday after a 3 mile run to clear my head was a baked sweet potato topped with roasted zucchini and asparagus + black beans + hummus…such a good combo!

it’s friday. i’ve joined a gym. i treated myself. i feel like i can breath. i’m getting a latte at starbuck this morning.

being good to yourself makes you good to others and keeps you happy 🙂

TGIF. Treat yo self!

be good to yourself. breath, sweat, move, smile, and fill up with love and bliss.

xo juls


letting go

hey all.

yesterday the polar vortex dropped down and i slipped in to a pair of these bad boys. Image

so much of my winter has been spent in a pair of fuzzy socks.

i fueled up for my first day back at school with a protein  packed breakfast :


non-fat plain greek yogurt, banana, blackberries, agave, and dried fruit + sunflower seeds = YUM…perfect way to start the day.

i had a tough day back at work. with a restful break i had forgotten about many of the issues i deal with on a daily basis at work, and they all crept back yesterday, each one slapping me hard in the face it seemed. i was very emotional, and the day was a roller coaster. i left work frustrated at myself and with my job.

i felt bogged down and stuck. i am looking to change careers, but since i work at a school i am committed til june. that plus the winter that crept back definitely made me feel claustrophobic and confined. what’s a girl to do? YOGA

my mat = my salvation in a situation like this

yoga was such a blessing yesterday. my teacher held us in so many hip openers. i found them to be perfectly related to my day. i had to hold the shape and work through it, letting go of the tenderness and breathing into my tight hips. releasing tension throughout the body helped me lean into the shape, let go, and find that sweet spot of freeness. BLISS.

i mosied on home, took a hot shower, and cooked up dinner while snacking on cheese and crackers.


roasted asparagus and zucchini + veggie boca burger topped with mashed avacado= GREEN DINNER

i ate the asparagus with my fingers, just like my grandmother used to 🙂

rounded out my meal with a hot cup of tea and some ice cream.

after tidying up around the house, someone special came over and was feeling down in the dumps about new york city, winter, etc. nyc can be a tough place, and we heart-to-hearted late into the night. my favorite thing!

i am hoping to let go and work through the tenderness today. i also am probably gonna take a rest today from the workouts. my body wants it, and i haven’t rested for a while.

hope you all have a blissful and inspired day, and i will leave you with a quote my yoga teacher read last night that always resonates with me:

“You don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what you plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don’t have to maintain an impeccable credit score. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history or economics or science or the arts.
You have to pay your electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth. But that’s all.”

Cheryl Strayed

xo juls