Reading List, Volume 54

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on August 6, 2016

in Reading List

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If you want more to read, check out previous editions of the reading list!

Health and Fitness.

The 2016 Summer Olympics just started and I’m obsessed. DailyBurn compiled a list of Team USA athletes to follow on Intsagram for some serious inspiration. The Olympians aren’t afraid to have a little fun, as evidenced by the swim team’s carpool karaoke on the road to Rio.

Are you eating breakfast or dessert disguised as breakfast? Let’s call a spade a spade and talk about the sugar levels in our everyday food choices.

Check out this list of weight loss tips from Jillian Michaels. ““I think people need to stop focusing on body image and start focusing on health. When you do that, it’s all going to fall into place,” says Jillian. Plus, research suggests that people are more apt to remain consistent if their goals aren’t fueled by superficial desires.”

I love this list of things that health coaches often see their clients do wrong when trying to lose weight, and I wholeheartedly agree with the point that people often don’t eat enough! I will hear people aiming for 1,000 calories a day which just ultimately puts your body into starvation mode. Don’t be afraid to eat!


I pinned so many ideas from this No Meat Athlete list of vegetarian snack ideas.

Did you know that what you eat can impact the health of your hair? This list talks about five foods (including dark chocolate!) you should be eating for long, healthy hair. I have a lot of hair, but it’s baby fine, so I’m always looking for ways to make it a bit stronger.

I need these garlic cheddar biscuits in my life, ASAP.

Book Love.

I am so excited about the Gilmore Girls reboot (November 25), but I’m almost as excited that Lauren Graham (aka Lorelai Gilmore) wrote a book, Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between. “In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls—the first and second time—and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood.”

HuffPo complied some of this summer’s best beach reads. If you’re looking for something with a little more substance, check out this list of books to change your life.


I love my to-do lists, but I thought this take on why they’re not the answer for success was really interesting. “Being more productive isn’t always about doing more, it’s about being more conscious about what you work on and putting your energy into the two or three things that will really make a difference.”

I use spreadsheets daily, so I’m always excited for some solid Excel hacks.


I won’t get super into politics in this already headed election season, but Rachel Held Evan’s thoughts on voting for a pro-choice candidate really resonated with my own thoughts on this issue. “Sometimes I think it’s easier for us to talk about “saving millions of babies” than it is to work at creating a culture that can sustainably welcome those babies as they grow into children and adults.”

Every single person who ever touches an email account should read this list on email etiquette, particularly the use of reply all. That is one of my biggest pet peeves is the extraordinarily unnecessary use of that particular function.


My 2016 Weight Loss Goals

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on August 4, 2016

in Weight Loss

It feels really great to feel like I have some momentum going in terms of my weight loss. After a very long season of gaining weight and then just fluctuating in the same five pound range, things are finally clicking. I’ve spent a lot of time over the last week thinking about my 2016 weight loss goals, both in terms of what’s been holding me back and what I hope to see happen for the remainder of the year.

Last week: 170.6
This week: 169.2
Pounds to goal: 36.4

Lately, I’ve been re-watching Glee and Quinn Fabray said something that really resonated with me. “I was the only one standing in the way of myself. You can’t change your past, but you can let go and start your future.” I feel like for so long, I felt stuck in my weight loss journey. That became my story. I lost a bunch of weight ten years ago, then gained some of it back. Since 2009, that’s been my story. I never reached my goals, so maybe this is where I would always be.

my 2016 weight loss goals

Hearing those words fired me up. Just because I never reached my goals doesn’t mean that I can’t. I realized I needed to get out of my own way. In March 2009, I was only fifteen pounds away from my goal. There is no reason I can’t get back there. If I want to get there, I have to stop sabotaging myself. I am my own worst enemy on this journey. I start to see some progress and then eat three doughnuts.

This time, things are going to be different. I’m saying goodbye to the old version of me, the one who kept me from my goals and made excuses for why I wasn’t reaching them.

For the remaining months of 2016, my goal is to lose five pounds a month. A little over a pound a week is a very realistic goal, a rate that I’ve done a very good job maintaining for several weeks in a row. With that, I’ll start 2017 around 145 pounds, which would be the lowest I’ve been on this whole journey. If I can reach that point, I think I’ll give myself a little time to see how I feel. While reaching that original goal of losing 100 pounds is still always in the back of my mind, I also want to be at a weight I can maintain long-term. I don’t want to hit 133 pounds just to gain some of it back immediately.

As such, my goal is to be under 165 pounds by the end of August. If I can reach that number, it would be my lowest weight in over a year!


Goals for August 2016


I’ve said it a lot lately, but I am so happy to be back in the groove and feel like myself again. After feeling out of sorts for far too many months, it’s just a really great feeling. Although I’ve done a little goal setting here and there, it’s honestly been a pretty half-assed attempt, if […]

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Workout Recap: Week of July 25, 2016


To start, I just have to say that it feels so amazing to finally feel back in the blogging groove! The redesign and overall new sense of purpose really reenergized me! Life in general, really. It’s nice to feel like me again. In other news, how in the world is it August? The summer is […]

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New Goals and Challenges


One thing I know to be 100% true is that I thrive on goals. Admittedly, I sometimes bite off more than I can chew. I dream big and sometimes that means I don’t quite reach my goals, but at least I know I tried. I always seem to have new goals and challenges on my […]

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She Is the Old Me


These last few weeks have been a great trend on my weight loss journey. Since the end of March, I’ve lost just over ten pounds, most of which has happened in July alone. Last week: 172.0 This week: 170.6 (-1.4) Pounds to goal: 37.6 With less than a pound to go until I’m in the 160s, I’m […]

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Herb and Fire Pizzeria Review


Earlier this year, Herb & Fire Pizzeria opened their doors in Grandville’s Bucktown Shopping Center. As a self-declared pizza aficionado, I couldn’t wait to try this new casual dining option! Herb & Fire offers a menu of several signature pizzas, but the highlight for me was the Chipotle-esque create your own pizza bar! Starting with freshly made […]

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A New Look for Just A One Girl Revolution


I am so pumped because last week, I started working on a new look for Just A One Girl Revolution. (If you’re on an RSS feed, pop over to see the fancy new digs!) I hadn’t changed my design since 2013. This felt long overdue. For quite some time, I had the ideas in my head […]

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Workout Recap: Week of July 18, 2016


My main goal right now is to get back to a regular running routine! I have been very inconsistent with the sport and I know that’s part of why I’m struggling to get my speed and endurance back. A four day a week plan has historically worked best for me, as it gives me a […]

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Losing Weight and Rediscovering My Identity


I haven’t shared a weight loss update since mid-June, so this post is long overdue! I’ll start with a quick rundown of the numbers from the last few weeks, how I’m losing weight and rediscovering my identity in the process. Last weigh-in, June 16: 173.8 June 23: (nothing recorded) June 30: 176.6 (+2.8) July 7: 176.0 (-0.6) July […]

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