join me for 21 junk food free days.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 09.02.15

in Health Coaching

I don’t know about you, but this summer has been just awesome in terms of life in general, but for my waistline? Not so much. While summer is amazing in terms of the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables, it’s also prime time for some not as nutritious foods, too. With battling injury, I wasn’t as active as I usually am. Combine that with the summer indulgences of ice cold beers, trips to the ice cream shop, and lots of summer goodies.

I’m feeling the impacts of it.My sugar addiction is thriving and I’ve had enough! While I don’t regret anything about this summer, I can’t deny that my belly is a little softer, my muscles a little less defined, my clothes a little tighter. So, from September 13-October 3, I am challenging myself to three weeks without junk food and I would love, love, love some friends to join me! Variations of this challenge are around the Internets, so you’ve probably seen something along these lines already, but here’s what I propose.

Say YES to real food (fruits, vegetables, and lots of unprocessed goodness). Hydrate. Move your body daily.

Say NO to junk foods including chocolate, candy, cookies, cake, doughnuts, muffins, pastries, white flour (bread, pasta, etc.), chips, fast food, soda/pop, ice cream/fro-yo, and alcohol.

junk food free challenge

Leave a comment if you’re in and join the Facebook group for accountability from other awesome challengers as we work to detox our bodies from summer fun! It sounds like a lot to give up for three weeks, but it’s ONLY three weeks and it will be a fabulous reset for our bodies! We’ll start October feeling refreshed and full of energy thanks to the natural foods fueling our bodies.

What is the hardest junk food for you to say no to?

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2015 workouts, week 35.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 08.31.15

in Last Week's Workouts

last week's workouts

The theme of this past week is (knock on wood), “don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years” week. For those that don’t get the reference, my heart breaks a little for you, so please educate yourself. While I still have a lot of work to do to get back to where I was, I think I’m finally making serious progress on all of my hip/IT band issues. While things were a little tweaky now and then, it was the first time in months that I felt really good.

Monday. Cize (dancing). I hung out with my dear friend, Kelly, again and we danced our booties off with a Cize workout (a new Beachbody offering). This time, we did the workout to “Problem” by Ariana Grande, and I was feeling pretty confident about my abilities until that last move, and I was so lost. I just couldn’t get it! We naturally followed it up with ice cream cones the size of our faces, all in the name of balance.

cize and ice cream

Tuesday. Um…moving day? I don’t really know how to classify this one! I volunteered at my alma mater’s freshman move-in event, so spent a couple hours in the morning lugging boxes and bags into the dorms. I planned to run in the evening, but my body reminded me why I invest in movers now – that’s a no joke kind of workout!

Wednesday. ran 5 miles (11:59 pace). I’ve got some work to do to get my pace back where it was and this included a lot of walk/run intervals, but I was overjoyed that I had ZERO PAIN over the course of these miles. I nearly cried tears of joy!

slow but 5 miles

Thursday. walked 30 minutes.

Friday. rest day.

Saturday. DailyBurn Butt, Hips, Thighs (strength training). Saturday’s are usually my long run day, but it was raining pretty much all day. I’m usually not one to avoid running in the rain – it’s actually kind of fun! But, I’d been fighting a bit of a cold the latter part of the week, so it sounded like the worst thing ever. I switched my long run and cross training day, and headed to the gym in the evening after an otherwise lazy and relaxing day.

db workout

Sunday. ran 4 miles (13:00 pace). Guys, lesson learned. Don’t do a workout focused on your booty the day before a long run, especially when you’re also running in 90% humidity. I slogged through these miles. There’s really no other way around it. It was miserable and the saving grace was that I drove into the city to run one of my favorite loops. The beautiful scenery helped a lot. If nothing else, as great distraction. Plus, there’s not really a huge (read: practically non-existent) running community in my neighborhood, so it was nice to see other runners out and about.

reed's lake running

This week’s goal? Pull out a legit long run because I’ve got a marathon in less than five weeks. And then, another marathon four weeks after that. Certainly not a source of anxiety or anything. But, while I know that neither of them will be pretty and I will get to the finish lines by the grace of God, for the first time all summer, I think that it’s possible.

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2015 workouts, week 33.

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