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Welcome to Wellness Confidential, our quick-fire interview series where we ask hard-hitting (okay, entertaining) wellness questions, lightning round-style. 

And right now, we’re gearing up for the Summer Olympics by quizzing some of the coolest, strongest, and most athletic people we know: Team USA contenders. This week we’re chatting with the Women’s World Cup soccer winner (and gold medal hopeful) Julie Johnston.

My typical day of training

Wake up and eat a quick breakfast, then weight training, soccer training, running, [head to the] grocery store for lunch and dinner, eat lunch, clean the house, yoga/Pilates, eat dinner, then watch a film with my boyfriend.

My weekends are made of

I love cooking and baking, reading, and watching TV—[especially] cooking shows or Games of Thrones.

Best way to fuel up during training season

I have done a lot of individual research on nutrition to make sure I’m putting in the things my body needs to perform at its best, so I eat a ton of vegetables and protein.

Favorite healthy snack

protein shake or toast with peanut butter.

Favorite protein-packed lunch hack

I make something different every day for lunch and dinner because I get sick of the same stuff over and over. I love making tacos, naan salad wraps, and guacamole.

If sugar were a superfood, my diet would consist of

Chocolate!

I never pack a gym bag without

Body lotion and toothpaste.

The best way to relieve my super sore muscles

I do yoga twice a week.

My most memorable sweaty moment

Being a starter at the World Cup.

The best way to get psyched up for a game

Music. I listen to every genre. Lyrics are the most important to me—words that motivate me and push me to go harder. Then comes the beat of the song. I have two playlists I switch between, but after winning the World Cup “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten and “Grateful” by Rita Ora were on repeat.

One thing only my teammates know about me

I like to make my own candles.

I firmly believe a girl can never have too many

Nikes.

The one place I’d never wear leggings

Nowhere—I’m more of a sweatpants girl!

To learn more about all Olympic hopefuls, visit teamusa.org. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games begin August 5.

Ever wondered how much time really goes into training for the Olympics? Track star Allyson Felix tells all. And if you’re a protein hound like Julie Johnston, you’ll want to try one of these 14 dishes with 20 grams of protein.

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