Tuesday, January 14, 2014
did you miss me? I definitely missed you.
Well today is your lucky day.
You can now come hang with me and Jenna over at our BRAND NEW blog...
Come hang with us in Brooklyn & beyond.
Let the fun continue...
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Sunday, November 24, 2013
WOW it’s been a long time since I’ve opened up this sucker…
To be honest I just haven’t missed it much…
It’s not that I don’t have the time…I mean for the last two weeks every night I came home from work I posted up on my couch and killed all three seasons of Scandal for two weeks straight
For the record – IF you haven’t started watching Scandal yet – well you pretty much need to.
Anyways – I digress.
After much thought I’ve decided to stop blogging for a little while – I don’t feel like I have much to say anymore that’s content worthy and pretty much anything I want to say I’ll just say it on Instagram or Facebook
For a while I continued blogging because I thought if I stopped then I would lose a part of my identity, some great friends I’ve made over the past 5 years, or just really lose interest in fitness, health, etc.
That’s the furthest thing from the truth. All of the great ladies I’ve met through blogging I still stay in touch with, my priorities have changed A LOT – right now I’m focusing on getting my shining light back both mentally and physically – I don’t want the judgment that comes with blogging, the negativity, etc etc. I’m just kind of over it. I still read some blogs from time to time but it’s really just to stay in with what my friends are up to
I want to stop obsessing over exercise & food – get my health on track – I’m going through some awful health struggles right now that I want to keep private – and right now I just want to be my own me – not julie golean – just julie.
Who knows! Maybe someday I’ll come back to blogging – just julie – just me – my life, my thoughts, nothing crazy about health & fitness – because that’s a MINOR part of who I am. I am so much more than that and I need to/want to work on finding out what I’m really about.
I hope that we can still be friends – if you want to email me and stay in touch – I WOULD LOVE THAT. You can also find me on Instagram – where I’ll still post food, fitness – but you can also hang with the other parts of my life- which are SO much cooler than a bowl of broccoli. Come check me out on Facebook – we can be REAL live friends. If you want to choose neither – that’s okay too!
I was debating coming on here and closing out my blog because I hate making big statements and commmitments but if I feel like coming back – well I’ll be damned I’LL COME BACK.
I mainly just wanted to tell everyone how much I appreciate your friendship, support & love throughout these 5 years. It’s fun to go back and see what I’ve been up to and how I’ve developed.
I love you all a lot. Stay true to you and PLEASE don’t forget to laugh, have fun & smile. Don’t take yourself too seriously – in the grand scheme of things these little things like what you eat or how you exercise are only a SMALL part of who you are. Please don’t forget that.
for one last time…or maybe not…
love to love you <3
Friday, November 1, 2013
WOW it’s been over a week
how are you? I’ve been okay! Work has been so busy lately I’ve just barely had time to think about anything else
I have to be honest with you that I’ve been MIA for the past week because I’ve been dealing with some health issues
no not the ones I discussed before but new ones. OY.
I’ve been out of commission for a little over 2 weeks now – I took some time off from the gym to give my mind & body a break and then just as soon as I thought I would be back to he normal me I came down with an awful infection while simultaneously dealing with some severe right-side abdominal pains
I thought the medication that the doctor prescribed me for the infection would kick the stomach pains but even though I was feeling better – I wasn’t feeling better.
Last week I had an ultrasound & then did a breathe test – they wanted to test for something wrong with the kidneys, gallbladder, appendix, pancreas & ulcers.
Everything came back with okay results – which is great – but it didn’t take away the extreme pain
In a nutshell I have been having severe pains in the right side of my abdomen – feels like a constant stabbing pain and then occasional sharp pains up my side. I’ve been nauseous for over a month (choose to ignore it) until the serious pain came along, I have no appetite and constant pain that just gets worse over the course of the day. Two nights ago I had the worst indigestion of my life – basically woke up on the hour every hour with serious heartburn – last night was my breaking point.
Finally I made an appointment for Tuesday with a gastro specialist – the pain was at it’s worst last night and I just felt scared about waiting until Tuesday to see someone
SO bad in fact that I went to the ER this morning because the stomach pains and nausea were just unbearable
The ER is honestly so surreal – I was there for about 5 hours this morning – they did lots of tests and everything came back fine
SO here I am – home – still in pain – still nauseous but diagnosed with nothing serious.
I am keeping my appointment for Tuesday with the GI doctor but this whole process is so frustrating.
I feel like I’ve spent the entire month of October visiting every doctor across the board and for someone who makes it a point to care for themselves I’m just at my breaking point. I want to feel well – I am dying to feel 100% – I know I won’t feel like this forever but it’s the most frustrating and mentally exhausting month of my life.
THANK GOD it’s November 1st!
I have many things to be thankful for – believe me I’m thrilled it wasn’t an emergency situation but still it’s frustrating – the pain – no answers and not feeling like me.
I need my shining light back ASAP.
SO back to the fun stuff…
last weekend in a few moments of non pain me and my lady friends hit this great outdoor food vendor festival in downtown Brooklyn Heights
smorgasburg is a weekend festival that moves from Williamsburg (on Saturdays) to DUMBO (on Sundays)
it’s about 75-100 local food specialty shops that post up and serve up their best
the Pier in Brooklyn Heights is amazing – it’s right on the river and the day was gorgeous (a little chilly!) but perfection for snuggling up in some weird gear and beasting on food
there’s SO much good food to try so it’s a little stressful- you really want to eat everything but you pay by vendor so your wallet restricts your food intake.
my stops included: chicken skewers from inglorivs yakitorevs, an organic beef hot dog with kimchee & nori strips from asia dog, sesame spread from Brooklyn Sesame (which I bought a jar of and I’m OBSESSED), and a chicken, green apple & goat cheese burger from bassanova chix burger
there was also dosas, iced coffee, spring rolls, cheese dogs, grilled cheese, and the BIGGEST ice cream sandwhich I’ve ever seen in my life
Lisa & her sandwich burger (as I liked to call it)
it was SUCH a great afternoon – we ate – walked around, chilled by the water, you know the usual sunday afternoon..
what have you been up to lately?
LOVE to love you <3
Sunday, October 20, 2013
how are you? I’m good! well I’m okay – I think – well I’m about 99% sure I’ve come down with the first disease of the season. I’m super flu-like feeling on top of feeling like my chest weighs a ton (and no I didn’t get implants…) – no energy, you know the whole 9.
So instead of being a silly pot, I haven’t been to the gym in like 4 days – so on top of being in a workout rut and feeling unmotivated – I’ve just finally gave in and decided I’ll go back to the gym when I’m feeling 100% – both mentally AND physically.
what’s the point if I’m just not into it – right?
OF COURSE this is hard for me – I’m straight addicted to exercise – I mean I can’t even pretend I’m not – but when all of the things come crumbling down something has to give and although it’s mentally challenging – it won't be forever – hey it could be 2 days – 2 weeks – 2 months but girl has to get her body & mind better first
Friday night I just completely wiped myself out – Deej, Jenna & I headed up to Mohegan Sun mid-day Friday (I left work early) and we met a bunch of my girlfriends (and some of their family) and we all got together to see the So You Think You Can Dance tour which was at the Mohegan Sun Arena
It was a great night but I was just a deadbeat by then and by the time we got home (around 2AM) I was out like a light
…and then I slept until 12PM the next day…
what am I a college student?!
I was still feeling pretty awful but I wanted to get some errands done while I was on long island, so Deej & I headed up to Whole Foods – where I enjoyed a GIANT brown box of 2PM breakfast
it must have been roasting day (or I must have been starving) because everything was freaking amazing. the box was jam packed with leafy greens, roasted acorn squash, roasted brussels & broccoli, chicken, salmon & tessemae’s balsamic dressing
we spent the rest of the afternoon running some errands and then finally we came home to make dinner (burgers!)
after dinner I was yearning for something chocolaty – the 5 pieces of TJs chocolate just wasn’t doing it for me so I scrambled into the kitchen and threw together some protein cookies mainly sponsored by Designer Whey!
note: I received the Designer Whey products for free through the FitFluential Ambassador program- this includes the Smari icelandic yogurt coupons
blueberry chocolate protein cookies (makes 3 giant cookies for 1 hungry person)
- 1 scoop Designer Whey French Vanilla protein powder
- 1T unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1T unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1T ground flaxseed
- 3T Smari Blueberry Icelandic Yogurt
- 1T canned pumpkin
- 2 egg whites
- 3T almond milk
- vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a sprinkle of cardamom
mix dry, then wet ingredients and scoop into 3 cookie shapes on a pan – bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes – let them cool for a few minutes (or don’t!) and top with all sorts of nut butters
looook at my cooooookie stats! note this is without the peanut butter puddlez
a few tidbits about Smari icelandic yogurt: first of all it’s delicious! I can’t even remember the last time I had yogurt – but I am SUPER glad that I brought it back into my life with this brand
what really struck me about this yogurt (and convinced me to sign up for the campaign) is because it’s organic icelandic yogurt made from grass-fed cows (in Wisconsin!) – in all seriousness though I was super excited to learn that it’s made from grass-fed cows – all natural and the ingredients are definitely recognizable – gluten free and kosher!
4 different flavors – blueberry & strawberry (which I got my paws on) – plain & vanilla – which are my next grabs once I find them!
i hope you find this yogurt in your local food store! if you do let me know if you try it – it’s so delicious!
love to love YOU <3
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I gotta tell you this past week has just be cuhrazed
The weekend was jam packed with fun -- tonight is actually the first night I’ve been home all week.
Monday I was out romping (more on that later), Tuesday I had a work event, Wednesday I had class, tonight I am home, and tomorrow night I’m off to Mohegan Sun – look at me go!
I’m a very lucky girl and had a 3-day weekend this past weekend. Octobers are like a birthday bonanza in our family so I offered to host a ‘surprise’ party for James’ 30th birthday – he wasn’t surprised and it was just the family – chillin’ with chili in Bay Ridge
The food went over like a rockstar – I made a double batch of chili dog chili from my primal cravings cookbook along with brussel sprouts roasted with bacon and shallots, Deej made some baked ziti and for dessert we had ice cream cake along with Tina’s gluten free apple crisp – which was freaking delicious (and even better cold the next day because the almond meal & coconut oil become like a doughy deliciousness)
Sunday night – after everyone left Deejy doodles put on her new pajamas and her, Jenna and I had our first sleepover in Bay Ridge!
Mainly Deej just slept on the couch and we all passed the eff out
Sunday bright & early we had an adventure on the agenda
We got up early, geared up, grabbed some Starbies and headed upstate
Destination: Bear Mountain
Apparently during the Fall season Bear Mountain has an Oktoberfest every weekend at their Inn – Jen and I have been dying to do a Bear Mountain hike so we figured booze + climbing = a stellar combination
We took the hour 1/2 drive upstate – climbing climbing climbing – not really realizing we were actually driving the hike…
Finally we made it to the top!
The views were just breathtaking and a total oasis away from the real world – the air was so fresh – I seriously could have stayed up there forever and ever and ever
Jen was so nervous about my jumping pics – I had some people giggling – anything for the shot –right?
Attempting yoga on a rock
look who I found!
I even found a praying mantis!
I know they’re endangered but I swore if that thing jumped into my face I was going to murder it…
It’s really amazing what a good day in the outdoors can do for your body, mind & soul – I wish I lived closer to where I could make hiking & outdoor exploring more of a part of my life – sadly I’ll be a city girl for life.
After we were done with our mountain photo shoot we headed over to the Bear Mountain Inn for the Oktoberfest activities
the festival wasn’t much of a festival – it was actually just a tiny strip of craft vendors, like 2 stands of ‘oktoberfest food’ which was sponsored by Nathan’s (uh what?) and then a tent with some musicians.
We made the best of it & the glorious weather – grabbed some booze and chilled by the lake for about an hour or so
Eventually us ladies got a wee bit hungry – we weren’t feeling the ‘traditional’ Nathans so we decided to explore the little towns on the way out and find a place to eat then
MORE jump shots!
this is right after a little focker kid decided to rock me with a soccer ball – wide open field – me & him and he aims right for me
bye bye Bear Mountain!
after Bear Mountain we stopped for lunch at a little mom & pop type deli – then we headed back to the Ridge, treated ourselves to pedis & hit up Panneys for dinner – it was divine.
I seriously cannot wait to get back to the mountain – we have plans to have a real hike sometime soon – not just driving to the top and jumping around on rocks – but that’s for another day
oh by the way…HAPPY 22ND BIRTHDAY TO MY ROOMIE!!!
love to love you <3
Saturday, October 12, 2013
errrrrrr merrrrrr gawwwwwwd
there is a very good looking boy in my building – on the 5th floor – i know this because i just rode the elevator with him..
I tried to break the awkward elevator silence ice with a typical witty joke – pretty much making fun of not being able to understand our super – awwwwkwaaaard – i got a chuckle – he probably has a girlfriend – i asked what floor – he said 5 – i got off on 3 – we both said have a good night – boom.
girl got no game.
See ya later – on my way to the 5th floor for some shuuuugaaaaaa
first of all – i wanted tell you THANK YOU for being such amazing friends, lurkers, etc etc – my heart is overfilled with joy with all of the advice, feedback, positivity & love – thank you, thank you, thank you
i’ve taken all of your tips & advice to heart and I know we all go through a funk here and there
I’m sure I’m just having a bratty girl moment and when it passes I will feel like a brand new button!
I feel like I ran a marathon today!
I got a pretty light shoulders workout in, then I beasted to the hair salon – got my keratin on (I went to a new salon today and I was SUPER nervous) – I mean I’ve been getting my keratin done at the same place for the past 2 years so changing it up and going to a brand new place is quite nerve-racking
She did a great job though- AND I got 10% off which was $$$ because keratin is not cheap
Then on the walk home from the salon, I stopped at the local butcher (aren’t I so cute!) – I got chicken breasts & then the butcher also ground some chicken breast for me – WHOA I had no idea I could ask for that!
SO yeah – I guess this girl has got her own butcher! THEN after the butcher I walked across the street to the farmer’s market – bought two stalks of very overpriced broccoli and headed home
1 keratin – 6lbs of chicken – 2 stalks of broccoli later – I made it home
GIRL. WAS. HUNGRY.
Basically I took every morsel of what was leftover in my fridge and put it in a giant tin bowl
romaine, leftover veggies that I had previously sauteed in tessemae’s cracked pepper marinade (it was a mix of sweet potato, shredded brussels, yellow squash, mushrooms & asparagus), tomatoes, trader joe’s turkey breast, sauerkraut & avocado – dressed it off with tessemae’s red wine vinaigrette & some lemon juice
In hindsight I really wish I remembered to put some feta in there – I ALWAYS forget about the feta until I’m finished – open my fridge and the block is staring at me. DOH.
After lunch I headed down the block to Foodtown – Saturdays are SO much better for food shopping and I needed to get some extra ingredients for tomorrow’s dinner party!
SHHH don’t say anything but we’re hosting a 30th surprise birthday party for James tomorrow! Just the fam – but still hopefully he’ll be surprised!
THEN – I unloaded the groceries, grabbed a snack (I’m on a total Trader Joe’s pastrami kick for the record), changed my shoes, brushed my teeth and got on that good old R train to head into the city
I had plans to meet up with one of my best friends when she was finished with her family dinner – but it ended up not working out wahh wahhh
While I was in the city I was on a mission
Hu Kitchen & a denim jacket – in that order.
Hu Kitchen is a place I’ve been dying to get to for quite some time – it’s a sustainable restaurant that makes food that is unprocessed & all natural – what it is is what it is – basically it’s a paleo restaurant – and although I’m not paleo – I’m all for eating real & really good delicious food
The second I walked in I fell in love
Almost immediately I grabbed two chocolate bars – TWO. I was not leaving without Hu chocolate
I got the regular & the mint chocolate – and did not hesitate to crack those babies open after dinner
SPEAKING of dinner
I literally could have stared at the menu (and the cases of food) for hours – but I didn’t want to be that freak so I just ordered the first thing I looked up and saw that included beef
I got one of the “bowls”
and rolled with the vegetable medely (which was carrots, beets & kale) with the hu joe on top – AMAZING grass fed beef – er ma gawd- i died and went to heaven
look how cute the little hu grain free roll is!
Basically – GET ME BACK THERE ASAP. okay now that I said that…
WHY was it so hard for me to find a freaking denim jacket.
I swear I went to a million stores – and I am WAY too old for Forever 21. I walked in there and I felt like I should have been on Medicare.
I just want an ‘affordable’ cute denim jacket – to just ‘throw’ on. I DO NOT want one that is lined in sharp objects, or one that has more holes than a piece of swiss cheese – i also do not want a jacket with a giant leopard stripe down the back – and I’m a patriotic person but I don’t need a star studded flag on my back
I just want a normal denim jacket.
But that didn’t happen…
SO eventually after the plans with my friend and I didn’t work out – I made my way back to “the Ridge” and here I am chillin’ on the couch, feet up, tea in hand, got myself a nice peanut butter laden snack and I’m about to fall the freak asleep.
love to love you <3