results or excuses.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 11.18.15

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I fell down the Pinterest rabbit hole this weekend and I saw this image:

results or excuses

You can have results or excuses. Not both.

It was a total punch in the gut moment that quickly got me thinking about my habits of late.

While not necessarily excuses, at least not all of the time, I’ve certainly not made the efforts I should be in regards to my goals, particularly in terms of weight loss. On Friday, there was a big reception at work for an award I won so I had a celebratory piece of cake. A nice treat for a special occasion is something I fully support. But, some of the leftovers came home with me and I proceeded to eat cake for breakfast on Saturday, simply because it was there. A glass of wine with dinner or a meal out with friends started happening more evenings than not. Eating one of the doughnuts a coworker brought in, again, simply because they were sitting out in the break room.

The special treats started to become the norm, not the exception. While I had goals, I lost sight of the motivation to work towards making them a reality. That’s where the excuses started rolling in.

The hip aches and pains I dealt with for most of the summer were (usually) valid, as was the broken tailbone. If I’m being honest with myself, it started to become an excuse for laziness and binge-watching Friends on a Tuesday night. Sure, there were days where simply walking was painful. Not exercising on those days? Valid. Otherwise, it edged more on the side of lazy and indulgent than it did on injury.

It’s a slippery slope between everything in moderation and indulging bad habits. But, once you start down that slope, it can be really hard to stop.

So, I’m taking a stand. I’m not claiming things are going to be perfect from here on out, but I’m fighting for myself and for my goals. Reaching my health and fitness goals means more to me in the long run than the immediate indulgence of a sweet treat that’s simply there. You can be damned sure I’m going to have a piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, though.

While I’m talking a lot about food and fitness, this mindset extends to all areas of life. Financial. Professional. Relationships. Spirituality.

Results or excuses.

You’ll never make progress staying inside your comfort zone and that’s where the excuses are often found. Step outside of your comfort zone. Work hard for your results.

Where are you finding yourself these days? Crushing the results or using excuses as a crutch?



do what makes your heart come alive.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 11.16.15

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One thing I’ve realized about myself in recent weeks is that over the last few years, I’ve slowly stopped doing the things I love, the things that bring me joy for the things I feel like I should be doing.

While I do love listening to NPR and podcasts, I almost never listen to music anymore because I feel like I should be aware of what’s going on in the world and learning. While accurate, doing those things doesn’t mean I have to do them all of the time. I love cranking up pop music from the early 2000s (Backstreet Boys, Britney, etc.) and dancing. I love belting it out along with Lea Michele to all the cover songs from Glee.

I try to not watch much television because cutting cable is the thing to do right now and there’s something more useful I should be doing with my time, but I have (limited) cable and am forever grateful to TBS for their ever-present reruns of Friends and The Big Bang Theory. I binge-watched Jane the Virgin this month because it sucked me in and I just had to know what happened next.

A photo posted by Mindy Nienhouse (@grmindyjean) on

I haven’t spent much time baking in recent years because the treats aren’t healthy and, let’s be honest, I don’t really want a “healthy” chocolate chip cookie. If I’m going to have a cookie, I want a damn cookie with all it’s sugary goodness. Not one with protein powder or flaxseed. My love of baking might mean I never reach my goal weight, but then again, I haven’t done so well with that goal without the scents of delicious baked goods wafting through my home.

What I’m realizing lately is that it is okay to love the things that make my heart come alive. They bring me a deep sense of joy and happiness. They might not be the things that are in my best interest – educational or healthy or whatever the case may be – but, if I’m not happy, then all the other things become a moo point.

It’s like a cow’s opinion. It just doesn’t matter. It’s moo.

I still do all of those healthy, good decisions kinds of things, because I do find joy there, too. I’m just in a season of finding balance and in that, I’m rediscovering the things that make me a bit more of a well-rounded, happier version of myself.

Is there something in your life where you’ve done this same thing?


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