A Month Dedicated to My Health ~ Update

Can you believe there’s only one week left in July? This month has definitely flown by for me, and I figured it’s time to give y’all an update on A Month Dedicated to My Health. Better late than never, right?

GoodBelly 12-Day Challenge

First of all, I want to start off by saying how good this juice tastes! I enjoyed every flavor I tried, but mango and pomegranate blackberry were my favorites. I really wanted to try the vanilla chamomile and tropical green as well, but neither of those flavors are carried at my local grocery stores. Now, it’s time to tell you what really matters – GoodBelly‘s probiotic juice did amazing things for my digestive system. Within a couple days of the challenge, I could already tell a huge difference. I won’t go into details (that’d probably be too much information for most of you), so you’re just going to have to take my word for it. I’ve continued drinking GoodBelly every morning even though the 12-day challenge is over, because it is THAT effective. I am so happy that I discovered this juice!

Button Down Dash (5K)

On a positive note, I am very close to being able to run an entire 5K – I can now run 2.25 miles straight through! On a negative note, I am not going to be able to run in the Button Down Dash on August 2. The lease at my current apartment ends on August 1, but the lease at my new townhouse doesn’t start until August 4. Therefore, I won’t be able to stay in Lawrenceville that weekend, and I am either going home or going to Charlotte to visit one of my friends from college. Wherever I am, I plan on running 3.1 miles outside to prove that I could have actually finished the Button Down Dash. I also plan on running in a 5K on August 23 being hosted by the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) at the medical school I’ll be attending. That way, I’ll still be able to cross “running a 5K” off of my Bucket List.

Lose 15 Pounds

As I predicted, this task has proven to be the most difficult of the three. I have lost over 6 pounds since July 1, which is a great accomplishment, but that’s not even half of the weight I had hoped to lose this month. Regardless, I am proud that I have become a healthier person over the past few weeks, and I plan to continue losing weight at a healthy pace until I reach my goal.

A Month Dedicated to My Health

Although I’ve made some significant positive changes to my diet and exercise routine over the past 12 weeks, there is still a lot of room for improvement. Therefore, I have decided to dedicate the month of July to bettering my health and picked three tasks to focus on in order to help me get there. My hope is that by the end of the month, eating well and working out will be so ingrained in my routine that I will have no problem continuing those habits as medical school starts.

GoodBelly 12-Day Challenge

I’ve always had digestive issues, but lately they seem to have gotten worse. I did some research and found the GoodBelly 12-Day Challenge. Drinking one serving of their dairy-free probiotic juice every morning for 12 days is supposed to restore your body’s healthy bacteria and help with both stomach and intestinal problems. I started the challenge this morning and am optimistic about it so far. I’ll post about my overall experience at the end of the 12 days.

Button Down Dash (5K)

I finally found a 5K to do – the Button Down Dash on August 2 in Gwinnett County. I was doing a great job working out at the beginning of the summer but started not doing so well during the month of June. Now that I only 32 days to prepare, it’s time for me to get back into a good routine. I looked at a couple different couch-to-5K programs and made my own schedule to get me ready to run 3.1 miles by race day! This task will not only do a lot to help improve my health, but it will also involve crossing another item off of my Spring & Summer Bucket List.

Lose 15 Pounds

Training for a 5K should help a lot in terms of accomplishing this last goal, but I’m also going to do my best to eat a well-balanced yet budget-friendly diet. I plan on logging my meals on the MyFitnessPal app and weighing in 2-3 times each week to track my progress. If I am able to lose 15 pounds during the month of July, I should have no problem crossing “lose 25 pounds” off my Bucket List by August 18 as well!

Weekend Trip to Charleston, SC

This weekend, I went to Charleston, SC with four of my best friends – Anna Lee, Colleen, Sarah Nell, and Yasmine. I have known these girls for over 15 years and am only able to see them a handful of times each year, so most of our weekend was dedicated to updating each other on our lives, discussing plans for the future, and reminiscing about our days at St. Mary’s (the private, Catholic school where we all met). While talking and catching up, we walked the streets of downtown, ate some delicious seafood, and went shopping at the market. We also spent some time exploring the Waterfront Park after dinner on Saturday (pictured below).

Waterfront Park

On Saturday morning, we participated in the 37th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run. Anna Lee, Sarah Nell, and Yasmine ran track and cross country in high school, and Colleen started running consistently a few years ago. They were all aiming to run the whole 10K and improve their PRs, whereas I just wanted to run as much of the race as possible and gauge how far I am from my achieving my goal of running an entire 5K. Anna Lee and Yasmine ended up completing the race in 50 minutes, while Colleen and Sarah Nell finished in 64. I was able to run 3.5 of the 6.2 miles (running no more than a mile at a time) and finished the race in 80 minutes. We are all extremely happy with our times, and I am excited to find a race in the summer to use for my Bucket List.

Course Map 2014