Weekly Workouts + What I Ate in a Day

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Since today I’m sharing a little glimpse into what I eat in a day, I thought it was a good time to talk about macros. Especially since I’ve been hearing A LOT of chatter about it lately. People have been asking about macros on my recipes, about what my own macros are, and on and on. And I’m here to say that I have NEVER counted macros. And I don’t think I ever will.

Just a little background about me – I have some addictive personality traits. Sometimes just more decisive than addictive, but when it comes to food, it’s an addiction thing. If I say that I can only have 2000 calories in a day, then I’ll see how I feel off 1500, then 1200, then 1000, then 750…and so on. I’ve done it in high school and I know I’ll do it again if I start counting macros/calories. Something in my brain says that if I can get down to 1000 calories, then what will happen if I go even lower? How much thinner can I get? Instead of macros being about health and balance, it becomes unhealthy REAL quick for me.

Here are the reasons I don’t count macros –

  1. It’s time consuming.
  2. It’s mind consuming.
  3. It doesn’t allow me to live my life how I’d like to.
  4. It creates an unhealthy relationship with food for me.

I used to obsess about food all day every day. And because of that obsessing in the past, I didn’t really pay attention to how my body was actually feeling. I didn’t pay attention to the hunger cues, to my satisfaction cues, to what I was craving, etc. etc. I just paid attention to the rules I had set for myself. And that created a really unhealthy relationship with food. Food had become the enemy instead of the nourishment my body needed.

I understand that macros can be helpful for some people out there, but I want to show here on my blog that you can live a healthy, balanced life without it. Living a healthy life doesn’t mean you have to count and obsess every single day. And that’s why you won’t see the nutrition facts or macros on my recipes. Because I live a very healthy life without those numbers dancing around my head all day, every day. I want to show people the side of simply living life without macros, going about my day eating food without tracking. The only rules I try to follow since I know I feel my best when I do are:

  • Eat 3 meals a day
  • Snack only when hungry
  • Drink over a gallon of water a day

Sometimes I stick by those rules, other times I don’t. Because that is what life is all about. Macros can be helpful for some, but they aren’t for me. And since there is so much about macros out there and how you must track them to be in shape – I’m here to say the opposite. Do what works for you, just know that there is still a great, healthy life without obsessing. Hopefully this gives you a little more insight into why I don’t track or share macros here on the blog!

Sunday – Boxing Class at Fly Kickbox through Class Pass

Monday – Rest Day

Tuesday – Lower Body Workout

3 rounds of:

  • 3×8 Elevated Single Leg Deadlift into Reverse Lunge (each side) – see movement here
  • 16 Alternating Front Foot Elevated Curtsy lunges

3 rounds of:

  • 15 Cable Kickbacks (each side) – see movement here
  • 12 Weighted Standing Hip Abductors (each side)
  • 20 Prisoner 45 Degree Hypers

3 rounds of:

  • 10 Barbell Banded Hip Thrusts
  • 10 sec Pause at Top
  • 10 No Weight Banded Hip Thrusts with 1 Banded Abductor at Top
  • 10 Single Leg Banded Hip Thrusts (each side)

Wednesday – Upper Body Workout

3 rounds of:

  • 10 dumbbell bicep curl to mid range – press weight forward and back – finish bicep curl to mid range – press forward and back – finish curl down
  • 10 bent over dumbbell front raise – dumbbell row – dumbbell fly

3 rounds of:

  • 10 Handstand Alternating Hip Taps into 10 Alternating Shoulder Taps – see movement here
  • 8 Loaded Push Ups – see movement here

3 rounds of:

  • 15 Assisted Pull Ups – 5 in each position on machine
  • 3 or 4 TRX Headstand – see movement here

Thursday – Crossfit

Every 30 secs x 3 mins (7 sets): 1 Power Clean @ 70% – I used 95#

– 1 min rest then –

Every 30 secs x 3 mins (7 sets): 1 Power Clean @ 80% – I used 105#

– 1 min rest then –

Every 30 secs x 3 mins (7 sets): 1 Power Clean @ 85% – I used 125#

Then 3 Rounds For Time: (9 min cap) – I finished in 7:47 using 35# and doing push ups on my knees

  • 75 Double Unders
  • 25 Push Ups
  • 25 KB Swings (55/35)

Friday – Lower Body Workout

3 rounds of:

  • 12 Sumo Barbell Deadlifts – increasing weight each set
  • 20 Russian KBS

3 rounds of:

  • 12 Hip Abduction on Machine
  • 10 Single Leg Deadlift with KB

4×12 Smith Machine Hip Thrusts – 12 Sec Pause – 12 Pulses

3 rounds of:

  • 20 Reverse Hypers
  • 12 Lying Leg Raises

Saturday – Rest Day

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What I Ate in a Day:

I woke up around 530am, I started my day off how I always do – I made a hot cup of nespresso with a tablespoon or so of heavy cream, some liquid stevia and a heaping tablespoon of collagen.

After an 830am boxing class, I tried a new product – Purely Elizabeth Cauli Hot Cereal. I added a tablespoon of peanut butter and a little almond milk on top. It was awesome! I don’t personally eat oats very often, so this was a great alternative that kept me full for a few hours!

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For lunch, I made an egg-free breakfast bowl. This is a new recipe that will be coming to the blog soon!

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For an afternoon snack, I had a handful of plantain chips with some Majestic Garlic Sauce.

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For dinner, I had a deconstructed burger bowl, which is another recipe that will be coming to the blog soon!

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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.

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11 thoughts on “Weekly Workouts + What I Ate in a Day”

  1. I love this so much! Went to the acupuncturist this morning and had a whole convo with him about listening to my body and how sometimes your body needs different things than you think and that really takes taking a step back and listening to what it needs!

    Love this post !! Happy Monday!

  2. This summer I let go of macro counting and started just eating when I felt hungry and having cravings and shocker, I haven’t gained any weight and honestly, I feel less bulky (smaller protein servings) and I feel less stressed. The whole point about it being mind-consuming is so true! When you’re macro counting all you think about is how much have I ate and how much left do I have to eat in the day. Love your blog Juli and how transparent you are.

  3. Thank you so much for putting into words how I feel about macros. I appreciate your perspective on food and life so much!

  4. Preach it sister! I couldn’t agree more. It has taken the past 10 years for me to truly give up my rules around food and started to sense my body cues again. Ironically I’ve never been healthier and I’m probably eating 2-3X what I used to allow myself. Here is to honoring our bodies by listening and eating what we want and need!

  5. Juli! You are the OG of Intuitive Eating and I think its soo cool that you taught yourself how to eat mindfully and intuitively wayyy before “it became cool.” Thanks for being you. You’re an inspiration.

  6. I can totally see the disordered-eating side of counting macros. I actually would like to count my macros for a while because I think I’m not as well balanced as I would like, but it’s just too complicated for me. I cook everything from scratch, without measuring, so it’s really impossible to tell precisely what’s in there. I think I’m actually not getting enough carbs in my diet to support crossfit, my immune system, my connective tissue, quality sleep, and so on. It’s really hard to get enough carbs once you move away from the cereal-sandwich-pasta-pizza routine! Right now I’m settling for just being macro-aware.

  7. What are your favorite nespresso Pods? I just got one and I remember you saying your favorite in a podcast or instagram, but I don’t remember. P,.S. I love you

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