I’ve somehow become obsessed with HGTV. Probably because I want to own my own place someday and it’s absolutely frightening. So I watch that channel constantly in hopes of learning more. But why does Denver have to be so expensive? It’s so wonderful here, I refuse to leave. I REFUSE! But man do the buyers say a lot of the same thing, like…”I hope they have another closet for you, hunny. hehehe” or “I just wish the space was more open.” Hearing the same thing every day must get annoying. I guess I get that at the gym. But I really like those people.

Anywho. So I’ve decided something recently. My attitude has sucked. About myself. I don’t like not liking myself. It’s just not very fun. For me or other people. Especially you guys. Who wants to read negative stuff? Not me!! So I’ve made the bold decision to stop being such a downer. So bold. And to love myself a bit more, every day. I’ve just decided that I’m not really going to enjoy life to the fullest if I’m always worrying about how I look. I don’t want to compare myself anymore, I don’t want to pout anymore, I just want to be the happy person that I am.

And the biggest thing I worry about most of the time is my cellulite. If you are a person with cellulite, you understand. It just blows. I’m much better with talking about it versus dealing with it. It’s one of those haunting things. Especially since I work at a gym. I always have felt like I wasn’t a great role model or looked like I worked out hard because of my cellulite. But you know what, my genetics did not swing that way so I will still always deal with that. Even if a bunch of my gym friends don’t deal with that problem (b*tches), I will. And that’s something I need to be ok with. Like while I’m camping and swimming at the lake this week. No non-fun Juli for this trip.

And you may ask, why the hell is Juli talking about cellulite? Well, I read an awesome article yesterday about cellulite. I love when other girls talk about that kind of stuff. It’s just nice to know that I’m not the only person out there who feels that way. I am in my group of friends, but not in the world. Luckily.


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4th of July Triple Protein Burgers

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  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 strips of bacon
  • 4 hot dogs (nitrate and filler free- I used Coleman Natural hot dogs)
  • 1/2 white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 56 tablespoons leftover homemade mayo
  • head of romaine lettuce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place bacon on a baking sheet and cook bacon for about 15 minutes until just slightly crispy.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and a little salt and pepper. Then form in 4 patties.
  4. Cut hot dog down the middle to butterfly the hot dog.
  5. Place beef patties on the grill and cook on both sides until you get however you like your meat cooked. I cooked mine for about 4-5 minutes per side for medium rare.
  6. When flip the beef patties, place butterflied hot dogs on the grill and flip after about 2 minutes.
  7. When all meat is done cooking, place a beef patty in a lettuce leaf, top it with mayo, then a hot dog, then bacon, then any other fixings you like. I used onion and avocado on my burger. Then top it with one more piece of lettuce.
  8. Enjoy summer!

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  1. denise says:

    it is so refreshing to have someone come out and say that. and the article you had a link to makes 2 fit and trim people who still have the same issue as i do. i have been working on the loving myself part for a while. it is great to hear other women’s thoughts on it to know that i am not alone.
    thank you thank you thank you!

  2. Alyssa says:

    I love this! All about the MEAT!

  3. Maryah says:

    I absolutely love everything about this post! I struggle with the same thing, and some days it is harder to overcome than others, and one of those times was on monday. But you just have to pick yourself up and tell yourself that you have it, and you work your ass off for the body you have, so be proud of it all. You’re such a great person, and an inspiration. Cellulite isn’t shit. Everyone loves you how you are, so you should too. (Wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more easier said than done ;). )

  4. Lara Kingshipp says:

    Hey Juli,
    I’m fairly new to the world of paleo and consequently, your blog. I find your writing easy to read and entertaining. Your transparency is refreshing. This post (about loving yourself/body more) reminded me of this blog post:
    The author happens to be my (rather fantastic) sister. I think you might enjoy reading her thoughts.
    Here’s to loving ourselves a little bit more everyday,

  5. Ponee says:

    This recipe: OMG

  6. Carla says:

    I just LOVE your blog. I love that you look great, but have REAL struggles just like I do and are not afraid to put it out there. You post the other day about how you struggle with yourself sometimes was like I was writing it (but much better written that if I had done it). BTW I tried a spinning class yesterday because you inspired me! 🙂

  7. Laurie says:

    Juli, you are so gorgeous you do not need to worry about cellulite or any other thing. Just look at pics of yourself! In the recent “Eatin’ Stuff” post I thought “omg look how great her arms/shoulders are!”.

    Thank you for being such a real person. 😉

  8. Scott says:

    Everyone has little problems. I haven’t been happy with myself lately as I have been busy and fallen off my regular routine. I love reading your posts, you are real. Everyday is a new one with new challenges. Don’t get down on yourself, you help others a lot. One thing I would hate to see change is that awesome smile of yours, it’s contagious.

  9. Caitlin says:

    ugh.. this post hit home! a couple months ago, some pics of me at a xfit competition were posted on FB for everyone in the world to see (at least that’s what i thought in my head) and I CRIED bc it looked like i had cellulite on the back of my legs ( and i guess i do haha)!!! to top it all off, i balled my eyes out at a work christmas party a couple days later bc my boyfriend agreed that it looked like i had cellulite. i could literally not control my emotions that night. thanks for linking up to that article.. i’m going to read it and try to be more optimistic about my awesome celli! have fun on your trip

  10. Laura says:

    This tasted like freedom.

    Spicy mustard, ranch mayo, and dill relish were my condiments of choice.