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Bring your brain up to speed, because I’m finally getting around to the third part of my health series. Previously, I brought you The Conscious Health Decision and For Your Health: Why You Want More Fruits & Veggies.

Let’s pick back up where we left off and bring the health journey full circle: The Complete Journey.

A little over a year ago I met my friend Lorna, who has not only become an amazing friend, but an avid supporter of me, my health, and my life. When I first joined her and the Dublin Lunch Time Runners, I was a bit lost having no real friends in my new city & life in Ireland. I had signed up for the Dublin Half Marathon and hadn’t run in months. I was terrified! I met Lorna & Lauren (another American!) on a rather warm July day and the three of us started my half marathon training journey. The two of them kept me talking (and more notably, running) 30 whole minutes. I met these wonderful ladies every Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday for a quick 30 minute run and our group slowly built as we incorporated more runners into the mix. After a few of our runs, the three of us would go for coffee and a chat at one of the nearby shops.

Lorna & Lauren had been connected upon Lauren’s move to Dublin as both were distributors for Juice Plus. At the time, I had no idea what Juice Plus was and neither of them really pushed the envelope with it, but they did answer my questions when I asked. Eventually (and by eventually I mean about 8 months later) I attended an informational event Lorna hosted. I had been extra cautious of my health decisions leading up to the event as I was not happy with my over-indulgences during the Christmas holiday the previous month. Lorna’s passion for her health and her life was undeniable during that presentation and I realized quickly that I was striving to have the health she was discussing. The few things I remember vividly and hear in my head constantly are this:

  • Our bodies are one of the most expensive things on the planet and yet we were given one for FREE. Why is it that most of us wait until it’s too late to appreciate it?
  • Health is a way of life. Diets don’t work. If they did, we’d all be thin and rocking tiny bikinis at the beach.

It’s true that more often than not we take a reactive approach to our health rather than a proactive approach.  You know I’m not saying don’t eat the chocolate cake because life’s too short to not eat the cake! What I am saying, is maybe we could think twice about hitting that McDonald’s drive thru 4x a week. It might be cheap NOW, what about later in life when the high cholesterol and/or heart disease could settle in.  If you are reading this right now, it’s not too late to change your approach and you too can bring your health full circle.

After Lorna’s presentation I was more focused on my health & fitness than ever before and after my failed attempt at a fad diet juice cleanse, she and I discussed incorporating Juice Plus into my own life to bridge the nutrition gap. She and I discussed the importance of not only balance but of whole nutrition from REAL food. We talked about the multivitamins I was taking as well as me walking her through a food log (from memory) of what I’d consumed for the last three days — and I mean every little thing from the milk in my three cups of coffee to that Caramello I really didn’t want to admit.

After our discussion, I began on the Garden Capsules and also ordered the Complete Shakes. After 30 days I was noticing I was shredding pounds, had double the energy, slept better, and all around felt better. Perhaps the biggest difference though was that I no longer needed my daily multivitamin, because my body was absorbing the nutrition of whole, natural foods, from the capsules. At the time, Lorna had loaned me a month’s supply of capsules, so I actually noticed even more of a difference once I received my own shipment as I had ordered the Premium Blend Capsules, which incorporated the berries as well as the fruit & veg.

Juice Plus Capsules - Premium Blend

I don’t own a scale – I didn’t then and I don’t now. Honestly? I probably weigh more now than I did in February when I started my Complete journey, but that’s because muscle weighs more than fat. I assure you I’ve lost inches because my clothes are falling off of me – even ones that I bought in April, and that was a mere three months ago. My friends have noticed; My family has noticed; And everyone wants to know my secret.

Juice Plus Complete Chocolate

Juice Plus Complete Chocolate shake with banana, peach, blueberry, & unsweetened almond milk.

 

Juice Plus Complete Vanilla

Mean Green: Juice Plus Complete Vanilla Shake with honeydew, coconut water, banana, flax seed, wheatgrass, spirulina, & unsweetened almond milk.

 

Gang, I don’t have a secret, because HEALTH is not a secret and ANYONE can do it! All you need are the right tools to help you get started, the right motivators (the Lorna’s of the world), a little bit of dedication, and YOU. And trust me, as long as there is you, the rest of it is a battle worth fighting!

I’ve come full circle on this health journey and now that I’m armed with the right tools, my own motivation, & a lot of dedication I don’t see that changing any time soon. There is too much out there worth living for to stand back and take a reactive approach to life – at least for me! What do you think? Isn’t it time to start living?

XOXO – K

 

NOTE: If you are interested in learning more about any of the products in this post, please do not hesitate to get in contact via twitter or facebook.  I’m sharing my story so maybe some day you’ll have one of your own to share back!

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July 8, 2013 marked the official start of my Dublin half marathon training; at which point in time I could barely run a mile without stopping. After a 12 week training program, a lot of motivation from my running group, and loads of support from my friends, I was able to run a mile, easily. I certainly wasn’t fast, at an average 12 minute mile for the half and the best average I had on any training run (a short one!) was probably around 10:45.

Having been a gymnast and a sprinter, I never thought distance running was something I could physically do – at least not continuously for 13.1 miles. Now, I still haven’t continuously run 13.1 miles, but I’ve proven to myself time and time again that I CAN be a distance runner, because a mile is a mile, no matter how fast or slow.

And now, here we are a little over a year later, and I’ve surprised myself yet again! Now, not only am I a distance runner, I’m a distance runner who’s knocked crazy time off her runs – proving to myself that anything is possible with a little dedication and a lot of practice.

7 MilesYou know what? I can run a mile. I can run 7 miles in just over an hour. (My watch was being dumb and had issues finding satellites, so add approx 3.5 minutes and another .38 miles because I actually did just over 7 total that day)

This run was on a rather warm & sunny summer day in Dublin. I started from my office in Ballsbridge and ran down Merrion road to Booterstown Park. It was a simply gorgeous day and the Irish Sea happened to be in my favour!

Booterstown looking towards Dun LagohaireThere is nothing more motivating than running along the sea, with a little breeze at your back and the sun shining down on your face. It’s exceptional, and so very motivating.

At one point along the journey I realised how happy I was; how much energy I had; how amazing I felt. And that was around the five-mile mark! Who knew a year ago, when I started my journey that I wouldn’t hate myself after 5 miles; that I could still have energy and motivation to keep going, even on one of the hottest days of the year in the mid-day sun, sans water bottle!

This was about the same time I was headed back towards my office on the Sandymount Strand, when the random fog started rolling in. It was almost like it was raining it was so thick. And the wind was blowing something fierce and you could feel the sea and the salt in your hair and it was even more motivating! (The photo really doesn’t do it justice, but just ahead of me in the picture you can’t see ANYTHING. It really just looks like a cloudy day here….) 

Fog on the Sandymount Strand
 When I sat out on this run, my goal was actually only five miles. I ended up taking a wrong turn and making a rough 1.5 mile loop and ended the day just over 7 miles. And with the views that day, this is about as close to Seventh Heaven as you can possibly get! Keep on running friends. Runners’ High is a real and honest thing and I hope each and every one of you know what I’m talking about at some point in your life (be it after 1 mile or 15!).

Until next time: XOXO – K

**Sidebar: I’m not sure I deserve such amazing followers I just sat down in front of the computer to write for the first time in what I’m now realising has been almost 45 days. YIKES. And you are STILL reading my blog? Please, high-five yourselves right now. And do it again, just one more time. You are amazing. (No excuses, because the why’s are a topic for another day!)**