Hi, I’m Julie, but most people call me Jewels. I am 29 years old and I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I was born an raised. I’d like to describe myself as a city girl at heart, but I’m perfectly capable of “roughing” it when the time comes. My passion for events, organization and scheduling led me to graduate with a Bachelors degree concentrated in Event Management & Hospitality in 2011 from Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!). I currently work as a Conference Coordinator for a non-profit company planning international events.
My other passions include (you guessed it) lifting and eating. I do not come from an athletic background, heck I am probably one of the most uncoordinated individuals out there. Growing up I didn’t play sports in high school or college. Lifting weights was a foreign concept and going to the gym was the last thing on my mind. My diet consisted of far to much fast food, Hungry Howie’s pizza, and soda. Okay, and a LOT of beer in college. NOT that there is anything wrong with those things (all things in moderation people), but I had zero concept of proper nutrition. I didn’t get “into” fitness until the fall of 2010 when I bought a pair of $12 tennis shoes from WalMart and discovered running. When I started I could barely run for 5 minutes at a time, but I kept at it. My fitness journey has had many, many ups and downs. Highs and lows. Pits and peaks. I intend to write my story in a full blog post. Over the years I have learned how to properly train and eat to fuel my body. In the gym I discovered weights, spin class, cross fit, hot yoga, kickboxing… you name it I have probably tried it! Outside the gym I have found a way to balance protein shakes, greek yogurt, dark chocolate, pizza and big, leafy salads. I love training and eating for my fitness goals. Items I have checked off my fitness “bucket list” include countless 5ks, a Half marathon, a Tough Mudder, a 25K, and countless bikini competitions.
About This Blog
This blog is, first and foremost, about finding the balance between lifting, eating, and living life to the fullest.
This blog is about pushing yourself in the gym, but also knowing it’s okay to take a day off and watch Netflix on the couch.
This blog is about eating chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast and a grilled chicken salad for dinner.
This blog is about is about enjoying a cup of coffee on your porch, painting your niece’s toenails pink, navigating the world of adulthood, having brunch with the girls, traveling to a new country, and learning what makes you truly happy.
Disclaimer: I am not a personal trainer or a nutritionist. Content pertaining to diet, nutrition, exercise, and training is based on my personal experiences and and personal research.