Weekly Workouts + Engagement Stories

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I think I’ve finally figured out my workout schedule that seems to work pretty well for my body nowadays. I’ll probably keep this up for a while until we start our new, more intensive cardio plan at my gym, CrossFit Broadway. This new schedule I’ve started doing seems to really work for my body AND mind. I work my ass off at the beginning of the week, decent in the middle then take a breather by the end. And then on some random days, I just do some bic’s and tri’s because…why not!

Who the eff am I kidding, let’s talk about what I’m most excited about!! I GOT ENGAGED!!! Yes ma’am. My boyfriend got down on one knee and made me cry tears of pure happiness. Pretty epic feeling. But I’ll get to that. Let’s get fit first.

Sunday – Bicep Curls. Some flies. Some tricep extensions. I think I did 2 power cleans. Then I socialized. I’m sorry, socializing is just way more fun on a Sunday.


Split Jerk: 6 x 1. Adding. From rack (12 mins) – 130#

Front Squats to a box: 5 x 5. Adding. (12 mins) – 130#

3. 8 mins, As Far As Possible:

15 jumping squats holding a 14# medicine ball

Pull ups increasing by 3 each round (3,6,9,12,15…)

I finished 18 pull ups + 8 jumping squats

Little dessert workout:

5 rounds:

30 mountain climbers

15 V-ups


EMOM x 10. Alternating: 10 strict pull ups and 10 strict handstand push ups – My lowest # of pull ups was 7/ lowest # of hspu was 8

3 Rounds For Total Reps of:

2 min Clock: 200m Sprint then Max Effort Power Cleans (155/105) – I used 85#

1 min REST

2 min Clock: 200m Sprint then Max Effort Bar Facing Burpees

1 min REST

I got 80 reps at 85#


12 mins to find heavy Power Snatch into Hang Snatch – I got 105#

Every minute on the minute for 6 min: 5 Touch n Go Power Snatch (135/95) + 25 Double Unders – I used 75# and did 25 DU every time

3 RFT OF: (10 min Time Cap) 25/20 Cal Row and 30 Wall Ball

I finished in 8:18 rx

Thursday – Rest day! Perfect day to take a rest day, especially since I was pms-ing like a motha effa, so I was grumpy to all end. I don’t really know why, the day started off rather well. Sergio and I grabbed some brunch, then ran some errands around town. This is something we do usually on a weekly basis and is always fun. But after taking Jackson to the dog park and still being a slight b*tch, I decided to go get a mani pedi to hopefully increase endorphins. It didn’t work. I finished the book 50 Shades of Grey and was instantly disappointed with the ending. I know there are other books, but I was still pissed. Then I hated my nail color. Noooooo. But the whole reason I got my nails done is because I was heading to a surprise birthday party for a friend. So I complained to the boyfriend that I didn’t want to go but I would put some make up on and my new favorite top and be merry.

So I had been getting group texts from girlfriends all day about meeting up for drinks for my girlfriends bday. But I never knew where we were getting drinks at until about an before. Which annoyed me. I like plans. Planning is my favorite. So that made me grumpy too. I know, get yourself together Juli. So I grabbed an Uber down to the Clocktower building downtown, with a great paleo Uber driver I might add and was instantly asked by a woman if I was there for my friend’s bday. She sent me up the elevator where I pretty quickly saw rose petals and thought that my friend’s husband had really gone all out this year. But once I turned the corner, I saw my boyfriend and instantly started crying. The setting was beautiful with rose petals on the floor and a small table for two in front of the clock with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. I truly have no idea what he said, he has no idea either, but I do remember him getting down on one knee and me getting down on both knees to cry into his shoulder. We both instantly had to stand up because our knees hurt. Wow. He gave me a ring my dad designed and created. Pretty effing awesome.




We then popped some bubbly and walked through the Clocktower that had a bar and gluten free cupcakes ready for me to devour. We headed to the balcony and were able to see the entire downtown area. And before I knew it, our best friends and family, even his family from Nebraska, began to shuffle in the Clocktower along with Quiero Arepas (my favorite food truck). At one point, he had me come out to the balcony to look at another building that said ‘Congrats Juli and Brian’. Shout out to Jerret and Ryan for putting that up and risking their lives in the process. So awesome. It was a night of partying with our closest friends and family. And it was amazing. He’s amazing. I hate when people say they are “the luckiest girl in the world” but I truly felt that way. It’s a really amazing feeling to never be so sure about something in your life. I’ve found someone who makes me a better person, who pushes me, who believes in me and who understands me. I have really found a fantastic man with the most fantastic qualities. It’s really awesome.



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Wanna know something I found out later? My friend whose birthday is was accidentally sent me that she meant to send to my boyfriend about his “soon to be fiancé”. Well, she instantly saw her mistake and started FREAKING OUT. She called my boyfriend bawling her eyes out telling him what she accidentally did, thinking she ruined the entire proposal. Thankfully, I was with Sergio and wasn’t paying attention to my phone so Brian texted him to get a hold of my phone and erase her text. He asked to see my phone because he wanted to see the phone case and I handed it right over. I’m dumb. Sergio normally does some mean sh*t if he gets ahold of your phone. I thought nothing of it. Then my friend got pulled over, got a ticket, and her baby threw up on her during the whole ordeal. She pretty much had the worst birthday ever and I had the best day ever. We need to redo her birthday next weekend. For suuuuure.

We went to Snooze the next morning for brunch. I mean, does this man know me or what?

I’m so damn excited!! And super excited to share some wedding planning details on the blog! Wanna help me pick colors?? Ok!!


Friday – How am I suppose to concentrate on working out? I just got engaged!!!! So I really half assed this day.

Split Jerks 5×5 at the same weight – I used 125#

10 Min AMRAP:

10 deadlift – I used 125#

15 kettlebell swings – I used 45#

60 double unders

I got 4 rounds

Saturday – I worked out at 8am on Saturday so I could tell my girlfriend in person that I got engaged. Totally worth working out that early. But hot daaaaamn did air squats kick my ass. Try this. The run is really fun.

8 min AMRAP

5 deadlift (135/95) – I used 85#

5 hang power cleans

5 front squat

5 push jerks

I got 6 rounds (I think?)

3 minute rest

3 rounds for time:

75 double unders

50 air squats

300 m run

I finished in 11:30 rx


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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


123 thoughts on “Weekly Workouts + Engagement Stories”

  1. Amazing, what a sweet set up, so many well thought out plans, so even though you were hating on not knowing what the heck was going on you can take pride in your love enjoying the mass planning that you do!

    Congratulations, Juli!

  2. ilovefetacheese

    I WAS WAITING FOR THIS!!!!!!!!!! Soooooo happy for you!! Wow your future HUBBY went above and beyond to make this so special for you. I’m so happy that you’re happy! I was texting my GFs about you getting engaged…I feel like, as readers, we’ve been through break-ups and bad guys with you so its so awesome to see this!

    PS – Do you wear your ring for CF? I cannot wear mine…it makes me cringe to think of metal on metal lol!

  3. You’re so cute! So happy for you! The proposal sounds like something out of a movie. I recently got engaged myself, so exciting! I still haven’t got over constantly looking down at my hand like I’m checking if it’s still there or something. haha

    Congrats again!! woooo!

  4. yayayayayayyayayayayayayay!!!!! This makes me so happy!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are so awesome and he is awesome. Love your blog and your recipes are phenomenal. Soooo happy for you!!!!!

  5. Congratulations!!! That is such a beautiful story! The ring is to die for! kudos to your man and your dad for creating something so beautiful!

  6. Ahh Juli! Congratulations! I have been following your blog since the beginning of my Paleo journey and it feels like I really have gotten to know you over the past few years. I love how real and sincere your posts are, regardless of the topic. You deserve the very best and I am so happy you have found your second half! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together.

  7. Congratulations, sounds like an absolutely perfect proposal!!!! So funny when I got engaged I was so confused about what was happening. My husband did this whole to do with flowers and tiny boxes and then gave me concert tickets….WTH big production for some concert tickets!! Then he got down on one knee…to this day I don’t remember what he said or what I said lol.

  8. How cute! That’s like out of a movie ☺️ I always tease my husband about how terrible his proposal was. Haha. I have forgiven him after 5 years… Jk.

  9. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you both. I love reading your blog and have made many of your recepies. I just recently got engaged too so I know was an exciting time it is! I’m getting married this September. If you need a color suggestion…I’m doing burnt orange for the bridesmaids, grey suits with yellow ties for the men and I’m wearing light gold…just saying! I wish you many many happy years ahead! Happy wedding planning!

  10. Yay so excited for you Juli!! What a great engagement story, thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to read about your wedding planning!

  11. I don’t know you. I know we read your blog and THINK we are your friend, but I don’t know you. At all. Here I am crying my eyes out for your wonderful news. Congratulations friend I don’t know. ❤️❤️

  12. I’ve only ever written once before but I am a faithful follower. Congratulations, I am over the moon happy for you!

  13. Oh my beautiful cousin, this sure warms my heart! I love you dearly and am sooooo excited for your new adventure!! XXOO

  14. THIS IS SO EXCITING IM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! After following for so long and hearing all about your struggles with relationships, body image, food/etc. I feel like we’re basically friends. In a totally non creepy way. I’m so happy it worked out so well for you!!

    Also, the food/wedding cake is going to be beyond epic. Hahah.

  15. Congrats! I so distinctly remember your break up post from your last relationships and how down in the dumps you were and remember being able to relate. It’s been so nice to see you happy on the blog and I was just waiting to hear about an engagement! Can’t wait to see/hear the details!

  16. Juli, I AM SO HAPPY for you!! Congratulations to you both! 🙂

    Also- totally scrolled past workout details to get to the engagement story. 🙂

  17. Congrats, feel like I know you after being an avid follower of yours, so that why I obviously got teary eyed at my desk reading this.

    Yay! you are gonna make a beautiful bride and I can’t wait to continue to read alllll about it!

  18. When I saw your post on Instagram I totally said out loud to my fiance, “OMG PALEOMG is ENGAGED!” Like we’re BFF’s and it was totally normal. Cause it is, right?

    Congrats! First planning tip- sign up for THE KNOT and prepare to be completely bombarded with all things wedding. 🙂

  19. Hey Juli!!
    I am so happy for you! Just wanted to wish you congratulations on your engagement! Is Jackson going to the ring bearer? Enjoy this exciting time. All the best,

    Clean Eating Goddess

  20. Ahhhhhhhh! Forgive me for not reading Mon-Wed workouts because clearly I needed to scroll to the good stuff. Congratulations. Amazing. you’re going to be a ridiculously beautiful bride.

  21. What a great story Juli! So happy for you. Your dad did a beautiful job on the ring, that will make it so much more meaningful to have!

  22. what a fantastic engagement story, Juli!! ‘grats to you and your man–will we find out his name now?

    that ring is DOPE, girl! your papa is uber talented, and how special to have this significant ring infused with all his love AND your man’s too! wow.

    i vote metallics for your wedding colors. gold and silver, girl.

  23. So, so happy for you! And the ring – just absolutely beautiful and awesome that your dad designed it! And if you need any help wedding planning, I’m always willing to help. I have spreadsheets and everything! 🙂

  24. Congrats Juli!! My fiancé and I love your blog and we’re 2 months out from our own wedding now! Enjoy being engaged! It is the best feeling knowing you get to spend the rest of your life with your best friend!

  25. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a story!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t get over the accidental text! WOW did that ever work out after all!!!!!!!! I am blown away by your ring – absolutely amazing. so so so happy for you.

  26. YAY! Congrats! I got engaged a few months ago and I’m getting married in September. I live in Denver and wedding planning is SUPER FUN!! (especially if you work from home, I do too so you can call vendors and play online all day long and look up wedding websites).

  27. Congrats Julie! Been following your blog since FOREVER, and so happy that you’ve found the love of your life. Enjoy this time. 🙂

  28. I was smiling through that entire post. My fiancé and I finally got a engaged after seven years of dating this last May and I too was PMSing and was crabby all morning! He managed to still get down on one knee with our pup and pop the question, though 🙂 Juli, you don’t know me and probably never will but I truly want to wish you and your fiancé all the best in this adventure. I read your blog and follow your social sites and absolutely love everything you do, say and how you don’t give a f*ck about the haters. You are an inspiration to me daily and you deserve nothing but the best! Keep up the positivity because it spreads and makes other’s days better. Congratulations and happy wedding planning!!

  29. I’m a long time reader, first time commenter and I have to say this story made me a little teary! Congratulations, lovely lady. I got married a few months ago so totally know how you’re feeling right now – enjoy being engaged, it’s a special and super fun time.

  30. Congratulations!! What an exciting and special time! You are so lucky to have found a great guy and so fun to start the wedding planning and next chapter of your lives together! You seem so happy since you’ve met him. Yay! The ring is beautiful!!

  31. Wow. 🙂 Back in 2002, with five kids between us, a gloriously unexpected imperfect proposal eeeeked out … took me totally by surprise …. life changing special times. Tom and I were each on marriage #2, relationship #x and its a big chance one takes, strong girl (and guy) or not, trusting in that magic. We’re still together and I hope you two enjoy a rich journey of years as well. [Applause to you]

  32. I think that is the cutest engagement story I’ve ever heard. Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to hear everything about the wedding planning!

  33. Congrats lady, great story, thanks for sharing!!!!

    You mentioned your dad designed your engagement ring and another ring you own … Does he design jewelry for a living??

  34. Does this mean we can finally see his face??? Is that him in the pic above? I need a visual!! lol!

    But, Congrats and the ring is gorgeous!! So happy for you!

  35. EEEEEKKK!!! Congrats!!! Thanks for sharing the joy with us!! I feel as excited as if you were one of my girl friends lol=)


    HOORAY!!!!!!!! YAYYY! AWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! WOOHOOOOO!!!! Congrats Juli=) very cute engamente story. The best for y’all!!!

  37. Congratulations, Juli! What an exciting time for you! Is the ring rose gold? That’s what I want! It’s so beautiful- so happy for you two. 🙂

  38. So much congratulations your way!! I’ve been religiously following your blog for years, and I feel like I’ve been through all of your ups and downs with you (as weird as that is from the other side of the computer) – so I am SOOOO happy for you!! I also got engaged last year, and have found a ton of my wedding inspiration from stylemepretty.com. (literally, the first two things I do in the morning when I get to work – shh don’t tell – is go to your blog and SMP). You should check it out, the archives go back for years.

  39. Juli, I am so damn excited for you! Congrats, you deserve it. I am in the process of planning my daughters September wedding with her, so if you need any advice from someone who’s “been there, done that” just holla!

  40. Juli & Beau… Wow what a story.. what a special time.. it really is. soooo happy for you … and all your well wishers who gave such lovely words for you both both in heart and here on your site!!
    My Fiance said after we got married… I want to keep calling you My Fiance.. I loved it!! All your friends and family there too.. WOW!!!

  41. That is so sweet!!!!! I’m so happy for you two! How long have you guys been together? Do we ever get to see him on the IG!!?? 😀

  42. Vanessa Myers-Fallings

    Congratulations!! Your such an awesome person and have an amazing blog. You deserve this!! So happy for you!!

  43. Congratulations!! I saw the photo on Instagram yesterday but then forgot to come read the story! Super excited for you! I hope Jackson is your ring bearer, lol 🙂

  44. Congratulations Juli, what an amazing guy he must be to have planned such a beautiful proposal! All the best to you both.

  45. oh my FREAKING God! I remember when u just started dating ! LOL .. I feel like i know you like a bff .lol .. Two years later and still no ring from my boy :(I adore yours and would love that shape ! guess what? MY dad designs and creates diamond jewelry TOO!!!!!

  46. Congratulations! I love the main pic for this blog post, it definitely caught my attention…I was all, oh that’s a pretty ri OH MY GOD SHE’S ENGAGED!

    I also totally admit to skipping over the first part to get to the good stuff. Great story, sounds like the perfect day (except for your friend…she totally needs a re-do). Congrats again. You are going to be a gorgeous bride!

  47. Congratulations!!! I love reading your blog even if I’m not a cross-fitter (or paleo eater). 🙂 I’m super happy and excited for you! That ring is gorgeous!!!

  48. Getting married is awesome, BEING married is THE BEST!!!! Glad you both found your KEEPERS FOR LIFE!!!!
    Wishing you both years, decades, FOREVERS of an amazing life together!

  49. Congrats!! The ring is gorgeous! The story is awesome! Very happy for you guys!! Wish I could think of something clever else to say but I think everyone else covered all the bases! lol If he’s managed to stick out the different seasons of Juli then DAM he’s a keeper!! BTW, don’t be like me and stare at your ring while you’re driving….believe me, IT HAPPENS!!!! Explain that one to the cops…..

  50. Congrats! That ring is BEAUTIFUL! I see the comment earlier that you do not plan on wearing your ring while working out, you should check out QALO rings! My husband and I crossfit and we love them because you can wear them while working out, I’m not a spokesperson I just literally love my workout ring so much: I want to share! Also your fiance may like it as his always ring if he works out a lot as well! Just an idea!
    PS they have tons of fun colors!

  51. OMG… Congrats… Please don’t wear the darling of a ring on the rig or picking up Barbells… You’ll thank me later..

  52. Wow Juli – that is just SO SO cool. I happened to be looking at my instagram like 1 second after you posted your photo and I was SHE”S ENGAGED!!!! And I was so happy for you. I know we are all your cyber stalkers and you don’t know us and we don’t really really know you – except you know I kind of feel like we know you a little bit at least a LOT more than other bloggers because you are so REAL with your posts. Oops that’s a lot of capitals. But just really excited and happy for you. And Jackson of course. Be well. x

  53. Congratulations! I hope you guys have a long beautiful life together. You know – Jackson *has* to be in the wedding party, right?!?!? 🙂

  54. Juli,

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! 🙂 I remember that UNBELIEVABLE on Cloud 9 feeling after I got engaged and it brings me back to that feeling every time I hear someone else’s incredibly happy engagement moment story.

    I planned our whole wedding myself so plenty of tips if you need any! 😉

    Congrats, again!


  55. Juli,
    Many blessings to you and Brian for a lifetime together through good and bad.

    What a beautiful engagement story. How wonderful that your dad designed your ring. It is gorgeous – makes this even more special, if that’s possible!


    All the best,

  56. Congratulations! I love the ring! lots of health and happiness to you both….and great job on the weekly workouts!

  57. YAY!!! Congratulations Juli! I was wondering if one of those guys in the pictures is Brian? The one where you are under the tulle with the Clock in the background is too dark to see. And since you’ve always been really good on his privacy, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture!

    1. haha nope, he’s the one hidden in the dark picture. i just like his life to stay private. i put mine out there but he deserves his own privacy.

  58. Wow, how exciting!!!! What a beautiful ring, and how special that he designed it, and your dad made it. I can’t wait to see the matching wedding band!

    I look forward to some wedding-related fashion friday posts! But try not to wind yourself up too much in wedding minutia. Honestly, people remember having a great time at a fun party, not whether the napkins and centerpieces and favors and whatever were all matchy-matchy. Just have a blast!!!!

  59. I’m sorry but your description of your friend’s day made this post
    Congrats, I wish you two a life filled of happiness and gluten-free cupcakes

  60. Juli- congrats to you, and the obviously lucky man! Nothing but happiness for the both of you!

    As far as losing your 6 male readers of your blog? I can’t speak for the other 5, but I have no plans of going anywhere! Unless this is a subtle hint? lol

    It’s because of you that I have embraced Paleo, lost weight and feel better than I have in ages (which I do not plan to reveal).

    Once again, congrats to the both of you and keep on rockin’!

  61. So happy for you Juli! You said in the PaleOMG weekly newsletter that you would lose your 6 male readers. I don’t know about the other 5 but your happiness just makes me happy. Takes more than a Mr Juli Bauer to get rid of me 🙂 (That sounded slightly stalkerish but I hope you know what I mean 🙂 )

  62. Hi Juli! i have been following your blog for a while- love your recipes and fashion fridays! Your ring is beautiful- mine is almost EXACTLY the same… creepy! Congrats!

  63. Congratulations Juli, so very happy for you!! Love your blog and your sense of humor and of course the recipes! The proposal sounds amazing! Enjoy all of the wedding planning!

  64. OMG! Yay! So freakin’ excited for you….you deserve the best!!! And that man knows you will cook for him!!!!!! 😉

  65. This is just the best news!! I’ve been away from the site for about a year, and just popped over to check things out and see you’re ENGAGED!!! YAY!!!! Blessings on your whole adventure together!! Congrats!

  66. I am so late to the party but have been reading your blog for 3 years and am so happy for you! That ring! O.M.G. No words for how perfect it is!!! And I just saw your dress shopping post as well – too bad that blue dress was too heavy. It was stunning on you! (well they all were – but since that one had the “different” factor, even more so!). Happy planning, congrats on your new house and much much success and happiness for your new future!

  67. stacy supancic

    Congratulations! ! I am so excited for you!! I recently got engaged and I had no idea either but lots of tears!! Haha finally it’s my turn to marry my best friend! !, you should look into the qalo silicon rings for workouts! Still symbolizes your commit to yourself and your spouse. #cheerstomanyyears

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