it’s supposed to be hard.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 04.20.14

in #dreambig in 2014

a league of their own

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reading list, volume 33.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 04.19.14

in Reading List

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Can I Run a Marathon via Mile Posts because it really got me excited to fully believe I can – and will – finish my 26.2 this fall.

If you want to become a marathoner in 2014 just make it happen. Make 2014 the year you embrace your fear, give up on your excuses and find your strong. It’s in all of us.

How to Complete a Chin Up:  9 Tips to Pull Yourself Over the Bar via Your Trainer Paige because this is definitely one of my fitness goals, although I’ve got some work to do before it’ll be a reality.

This was once a goal of mine, and it’s one of the best feelings to be able to propel yourself into the air and over that bar for the first time – unassisted. Now my goal is to complete a set of 10. How to get there? Easy – do a crap ton of assisted chin ups, for starters. But, as always, there’s more to it.

Don’t Skimp on Sleep! 3 Ways to Build a Better Bedtime Habit via meQuilibrium because I’m trying really hard to have better sleep habits.

Sacrificing sleep to get more done is downright risky—sleeping four or five hours a night for a week is akin to having a blood alcohol level of .1%. Would you want a perpetually intoxicated person running your life for even a day?

Why Photoshop is More Deadly Than You Thought via HelloGiggles because this is so important.

42% of girls in grades 1-3 want to be thinner. No 7-year-old should be self-conscious about their body. 78% of 17-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies. And no, that wasn’t a typo. 30% of high-school girls and 16% of high-school boys have an eating disorder. Teenage girls are reportedly “more afraid of gaining weight than getting cancer, losing their parents, or nuclear war.”

Lea Michele Talks Girl-on-Girl Hate and Why She’s Proud To Be a Woman via Huffington Post because the more I learn about Lea, the more awesome I think she is as a human being and a leader in Hollywood.

You always think that when you get to the next level you’ll be the happiest, but for me success is really about being happy and proud of myself and the work that I do. That to me is the greatest success.

2014 Ironman 70.3 Florida via The Business of Losing Weight because race recaps like this inspire the crap out of me. Congrats, Hank!

It was by far the hardest physical thing I have ever done. I really have no idea where the fortitude to continue actually came from. I was in bad shape and wanted to quit, but I didn’t and I still don’t know why. I will be analyzing this for a while to come. But there will be more races. More chances for redemption. More opportunities to shine. I will learn from this race and move forward.

Steve Jobs’ 13 Most Inspiring Quotes via Inc. because he was a brilliant, visionary of a man and I love a good quote (or 13).

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

The First Step Toward Genuine Happiness via Passion for Life, Love, and Health because it can be easy to get lost in the minutiae of life, losing sight of what we really want.

So here’s the deal. Why not get more intentional with your life? Take the reins. You do have control over your future. And that future can be one filled with happiness. You just need to know what that looks like, to you.

The Problem with Today’s Adults & Exercise:  We’ve Forgotten How to Play via Lifting Revolution because I love this take on fitness (and life!).

And part of enjoying life is having recess. Be excited to move and run around. Turn back into a wild animal, just waiting for that cage to be opened so we can run, jump and play.

My Year At a Standing Desk and Why I’ll Never Go Back via Fast Company because I totally wish I could have a standing desk!

I was first introduced to the idea of standing desks months earlier when visiting a friend in Los Angeles and saw her husband’s standing desk setup in his home office. He stood at his desk all day, doing the yoga tree pose in between to give one of his legs a break. He loved it and told me that his posture had improved.

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what do you want more?


Awhile back, I was listening to an episode of the Jillian Michaels podcast and in this particular episode, she talked to a caller who had been working on her core and wanted her ab muscles to be visible, while still having her glass of wine at night. Jillian, as she tends to be, was quite […]

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gran fondo.


Although I enjoy riding my bike recreationally and even tried my hand at the triathlon in 2012 (and hope to do more in the future!), cycling has never been a particular strength of mine. Last year was the inaugural Gran Fondo (Italian for big ride, which is about the extent of my Italian proficiency), put on by […]

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The Giver.


One of my absolute favorite books growing up was The Giver by Lois Lowry. If I remember correctly, I first read it in sixth grade and many times over in the years that followed. As a huge fan of dystopian fiction, I fully believe this was the book that got me hooked! I’ve been wanting to […]

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twosday, volume 52.


what’s making me happy this week. 1. After a rough couple of weeks, my grandma is finally on the mend! It’ll be another week or so before she can go home, but does she ever look fantastic! Thank you to everyone who sent prayers and thoughts her way; it means so, so much to me […]

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2014 workouts, week 15.


After the previous two weeks which had been pretty stressful and out out of the ordinary, I tried really hard to feel like I had some bit of normalcy in my life these past seven days. I tried to eat clean, healthy foods (of which some days were more on point than others, but isn’t […]

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make yourself what you want to be.

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reading list, volume 32.


Lessons from ‘HIMYM’: We can’t do life alone via Converge because this sums up what the past nine years were about in a really lovely, meaningful way. The over-arching theme of HIMYM is that we can’t do life alone. We need to be there for each other at the big moments. We need to live meaningful, momentous […]

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marathon determination.


I know that I just wrote about how I’m in a different season of fitness right now and that I’m not as into running as I’ve been before. The break from the demands of a training schedule has been absolutely lovely. But, this week I had a moment of (wine-fueled) impulsivity and I registered for […]

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