Reading List, Volume 53.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 05.28.16

in Uncategorized

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health + fitness.

We hear a lot about eating disorders, but exercise addiction is also a very real issue. WBUR (Boston’s NPR affiliate) looked at what it is, why this disorder is on the rise, and warning signs.

Fridays are generally my rest day (although I did go for a run yesterday!), but DailyBurn has me reconsidering that plan with their reasons to never miss a Friday workout.

It’s something that I’ve really been focusing on lately and I loved Bonnie’s post that health and fitness is a marathon, not a sprint.

I perpetually have problems with my hips and glutes, so I am excited to try Amanda’s resistance band workout that focuses on hip strength and glute activation. As marathon training starts, this is something I need to be focusing on to keep my legs happy and healthy!

live better.

I am obsessed with surfing icon Laird Hamilton’s 10-point plan to live forever. I’ve heard him interviewed on a couple podcasts and he is fascinating.

Commencement speeches are an amazing source of inspiration and mindbodygreen compiled some of the best quotes related to happiness and living well.

Adulting is overrated. “Being an adult means knowing yourself. It means listening to your own needs. It means understanding which kind of lifestyle you want to be living and then pursuing it unapologetically.”

I am all about using weekends to work on my side hustle, but sometimes you just need to give yourself permission for a guilt-free lazy weekend. “And, on the weekends when you do putter around, take naps, and get absolutely nothing done, you feel guilty, like you didn’t do enough. Instead of figuring out why, or piling on more guilt, give yourself permission to come to a full stop this weekend. Give yourself permission to rest, to breathe, to enjoy your life.”

read + listen.

I am always on the lookout for book recommendations, especially in the areas related to personal development. I loved this list of the ten best productivity books on the market.

If you needed incentive to pick up a book, there’s some awesome evidence that reading makes you a better person.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Hamilton is freaking amazing and I’ve had the cast recording on a regular rotation. You can listen on spotify.

eat good things.

I NEED this cookie dough almond butter in my life.

I love avocado and I love caprese salads, so combining the two is absolutely genius. I need to go shopping so I can make Cassie’s avocado caprese salad.

There’s a restaurant in GR that serves a sweet potato quinoa burger that is easily one of my favorite foods on the planet, so obviously I need to see how Lee’s version stacks up.


Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend party/unofficial start of summer. This history behind the national holiday is interesting!

Katy is, once again, sharing some great blogging advice. This time, it’s time saver hacks!

If you haven’t watched the video for Justin Timberlake’s new song, “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” DO IT. The song is fun and catchy, and the video is adorably charming, full of some of my favorite celebrities.

The song released a couple of weeks ago and let’s not talk about how many times I’ve listened to it. I don’t think I’ve had a song on repeat this much since T. Swift dropped “Shake It Off” in 2014.


Another Gain (But, It’s Okay).

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 05.27.16

in Weight Loss

Last week, I showed a small gain on the scale and the same exact thing happened this week. Both weeks, it was 0.4 pounds.

Last week:  174.0
This week:  174.4 (+0.4)
Pounds to goal: 41.4

Given that over the last couple of months, I finally feel like I’m making progress in the right direction on the scale, I should be more discouraged by this. These small gains here and there are what led to a twenty pound gain last year, after all. But, I’m surprisingly okay with it.

may 2016 progress

With less than four months until I celebrate the ten year anniversary of when I started this whole journey by joining Weight Watchers, I’m proud of how far I’ve come. Although I’m not at the lowest weight I’ve seen on this journey, I’m still down almost SIXTY pounds from where I started which is unbelievable. Ten years ago, I wouldn’t be caught dead in shorts. Now I’m sharing pictures of myself in a sports bra and shorts that I shorter than I ever thought I’d wear for the world to see.

There’s going to be a lot of reflection in the coming months, so I’m not going to spend too much time on that today. Instead, I’m celebrating my progress, and trying a little harder next week to eat cleaner and move more so that the scale moves back in the direction I’m working towards.

I’ve been on this road for almost a decade and I know it’s going to be a lifelong struggle. I’m in this for the results that will last and sometimes that will mean a couple weeks in a row of gaining on the scale. Really, though. Less than a pound in two weeks is not the end of the world and I’m in a place where I can say that and truly mean it.


Workout Recap: Week of May 16, 2016.


Last week was a serious struggle for me. I found myself in a funk most of the week, although I couldn’t put my finger on the reason why. I did have a moment where I was so proud of myself, though. I’m doing this Instagram daily yoga challenge and one day last week was side […]

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Be Comfortable with Slow Progress.


I got to yoga really early tonight which allowed me extra time on my mat. I did some stretching, but used it as an opportunity for some mediation and reflection. I got to thinking about this week’s weigh-in and found myself feeling incredibly encouraged. Not just about my weight loss goals, but about so many […]

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You Should Listen: My Top 5 Podcast Recommendations.


For as long as I can remember, I have been an avid fan of media – television, movies, music, and most recently, podcasts. Although this is primarily a health and wellness blog, I wanted to start sharing some of my recommendations, because I fully believe that relaxing and learning are both an important part of […]

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Workout Recap: Week of May 9, 2016


Last week was my second solid week of fitness in a row and I was absolutely thrilled! I should have gotten more running in, but I loved how much time I spent on my mat. My goal for the week ahead is to get in at least a couple two-a-day workouts, which will be increasingly […]

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Race Recap: River Bank Run 5k.


My second 5k ever was at the Fifth Third River Bank Run in 2008 and I finished in what still holds as one of my best times for that distance to date. This race is one of the biggest events in Grand Rapids each year and the energy that surrounds it is one of the things […]

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Back to Basics.


With this fall marking the ten year anniversary of when my weight loss journey began, I committed in January to finally losing the rest of the weight and reaching the goal I set back in 2006. Over the years, I’ve documented my various efforts towards this goal, for better or worse. I’ve shared progress pictures and […]

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Workout Recap: Week of May 2, 2016


After weeks of fighting one bug after another, I was so happy to finally feel like my old self again last week! The challenge, I knew, would be to go 110% and wind up right back where I started. So, I pushed when I felt like I could and rested when I needed to rest. […]

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This Month’s Goals: May 2016.


Well, we’re already five days into the month (happy Cinco de Mayo! A day to eat ALL the tacos!), but it’s never too late to talk goals! I’ve been really hit or miss lately in monthly goal setting, but I know that it really helps me stay on track for some bigger picture goals. So, […]

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