Reading List, Volume 52.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 04.30.16

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I love reading Boston Marathon recaps and they’re even better coming from a friend. I’m so proud of Becki for participating as a charity runner.

Brittany shared her thoughts on why she doesn’t believe in cheat days and I adore her mindset on this approach to food. “Healthy eating doesn’t mean perfection, restriction or guilt. It means fueling your body in a way that makes it feel good and helps you to further enjoy all life has to offer outside of food too.”

These five simple mobility tests from DailyBurn are something everybody should try. I found it pretty revealing for my own body!

As I’ve been toying with the idea of trying Whole 30, or at least my own variation of the ideas behind it, I loved a dietitian’s perspective of the program. It aligned with a lot of my own thoughts and concerns about the program.

live better.

The idea of an electric car is incredibly intriguing to me (hello, hippie tree hugger girl!), but at this point in my life, the price tag is a limiting factor. But, I did love reading about Emily’s experience, as she and her family made the switch in 2014.

The New York Times profiled Ida Keeling, a 100-year-old woman who doesn’t let age get her down. She is still very active, often running races as the only competitor in her age group. She currently holds a record for the 60-meter dash for American women ages 95 to 99.

This piece from The Atlantic about the financial well-being, or lack thereof, of the middle class is a powerful read. Mr. Gabler’s transparency opens the doors for an important discussion. “So I never spoke about my financial travails, not even with my closest friends—that is, until I came to the realization that what was happening to me was also happening to millions of other Americans, and not just the poorest among us, who, by definition, struggle to make ends meet.”

Simplifying and a minimalist approach to possessions is all the rage right now. Apartment Therapy sheds light on 10 things you can get rid of today.

But, there’s also a damn good argument to why a minimalist lifestyle isn’t the way to go.

be more productive.

If you want to be more organized, think like a chef.

I am obsessed with these productivity hacks from Business Insider, especially because they advocate for a mid-morning coffee break. I will always be on that bandwagon! In a similar list, they share bad habits to break that will further increase productivity.

read + listen.

JD Roth is the co-creator of The Biggest Loser and was recently released a book, The Big Fat Truth: Behind-the-Scenes Secrets to Losing Weight and Gaining the Inner Strength to Transform Your Life. On The Jillian Michaels Show, he said the book goes into more detail about the off-camera discussions the trainers have with the contestants about getting to the root of whatever led to their weight gain. I am looking forward to reading this. Cosmo has a piece where he talks about 13 things he didn’t know before creating the show.

Anna Kendrick is writing a book and all is good in the world. I pre-ordered Scrappy Little Nobody and wish the release date wasn’t so far away (November 15). Essay collections from comedic actors like Mindy Kaling and Tina Fey are some of my favorite reads, and I think Anna’s won’t disappoint.

Like most Gilmore Girls fans, I am anxiously awaiting the Netflix revival. In the meantime, I’m loving all of the listicles related to the series, like Bustle’s 17 Great ‘Gilmore Girls’ Cold Opens That’ll Make You Want To Re-Watch The Show Immediately. For the record, Bustle, I always want to re-watch the show.

Tituss Burgess is everything. If you haven’t jumped on the Kimmy Schmidt bandwagon, stop what you’re doing immediately, because females are strong as hell.

eat good things.

This lemon berry cobbler screams perfect summertime dessert.

Although shaving the asparagus seems like a bit more work than it’s worth, this frittata is right up my alley.

just for fun.

I love that Jodie Sweetin is on the current season of Dancing with the Stars. Her contemporary dance this week to Pink’s “Try” was incredible and my favorite dance of the season thus far. Grab your tissues and watch.

This list of 27 ‘unladylike’ things that women absolutely love doing was pretty spot on!


My 10 New Goals to Get Reenergized.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 04.27.16

in Goals and Challenges

10 new goals

These past few months have been nothing short of a struggle, but things are finally looking up! I’ve spent a lot of time the last few days thinking about goals for the next six months, and they have me feeling reenergized about my health, running, career, and more. I’m ready to jump all in and get back to making my dreams a reality. To create some focus, I created ten goals for the next six months. There’s a lot, but I feel most focused and driven when I am aiming high. It just feels really good to have that fire in me lit again. Even if these don’t all happen in the end, I’m so excited to see what the next six months bring!

Finish the Grand Rapids Marathon in under 5 hours (October). In truth, simply crossing the finish is goal number one, after two DNFs last fall. This time would be an impressive 52 minute PR from the Bayshore Marathon last May.

Complete the Grand Rapids Triathlon (June). I’m registered for the sprint distance. I haven’t done a triathlon since 2012’s Millennium Triathlon, but I’m excited to get back into the sport.

Cycle 40 miles and raise at least $500 for skin cancer research at the Gran Fondo (June). I signed up for the 40 mile route last year and chickened out. This year, I really want to do it as a stepping stone to ride the 80 mile route in 2017! (If you feel so inclined to donate to my fundraising efforts, it would be greatly appreciated! You can do so here!)

Take 50 hot yoga classes (May-August). My studio is having a summer challenge to take fifty classes; I think this will be an awesome compliment to marathon training.

Try a class at three new fitness studios. There are so many cool boutique studios popping up around Grand Rapids and I want to take advantage of them for some cross training opportunities!

Do more stand up paddle boarding. My sister and brother-in-law bought a board for their cottage and I want to take advantage of it while I’m up there this summer! It’s a great workout and so peaceful to do a loop around the lake before the boats get going.

Reach my lowest weight yet. This is around 25 pounds from where I’m currently at. While losing weight while marathon training can be a bit of an uphill battle, I really want to make it a priority in these first couple of months before the miles start to really add up. I know that if I can toe the starting line weighing that much less, it will really help with my time goal.

Pass the NASM Certified Personal Trainer exam (by October 8). I attempted this exam last fall and didn’t pass (it was crazy hard and I second guessed myself on a bunch of answers). A couple weeks ago, I called and forked over the money for a retake, and I’m determined to pass with flying colors this time around.

Read 20 books. While studying for my CPT exam is my first priority, I also want to spend time each day reading books to expand my knowledge base (health, fitness, nutrition) and focus on personal development. You would think that with how much I’ve been sick lately, I’d have read a ton, but I didn’t have the mental energy for it. Instead, it’s been a lot of Netflix binge watching.

Sleep better. I have fallen into some really bad habits when it comes to my sleep. It’s all the usual culprits:  watching television in bed, hitting snooze a bunch of times, getting up at inconsistent hours, and so on. I want to break those bad habits and create better routines. The sleep will be crucial the further along I get in marathon training.

What are some goals you are working towards these days?


Workout Recap: Week of April 18, 2016


For the first time in what feels like ages, I feel healthy! After a respiratory virus, the stomach flu, a pulled muscle in my back, and a pretty nasty sinus infection, I’ve had a rough go of it these past several weeks. But, knock on wood, I am doing really well. My goal this week is […]

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Reading List, Volume 51


Happy Saturday! I am very intentionally laying low today and focusing on rest, in hopes of finally getting healthy. I’m on what feels like the last legs of this sinus infection and am ready to just be done with it! health + fitness. Runner’s World discusses a recent study from Baylor College of Medicine which […]

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On Simplifying and Slowing Down.


It’s not often I feel ahead of the trends, but one thing I’ve really worked on in the last year or so is going for a more minimalist vibe in my life. I haven’t full-on KonMari’ed my home, but I’ve taken my own approach to my possessions and my life has a whole. One of the […]

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Workout Recap: Week of April 11, 2016.


In an update that will surprise no one, because this seems to be the trajectory of my life lately, this week I found myself sick. Again. I was diagnosed with a sinus infection yesterday and have some horse pills for antibiotics, so hopefully that will put an end to all this sickness for awhile. The […]

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Thoughts on being back at step one.


For quite awhile now, I’ve been frustrated by comparing myself today to myself from a year ago. A time when I weighed twenty pounds less and I got a huge race PR at the 25k. I ran a marathon. A time when I was fitter and felt healthier. The more frustrated I got about the […]

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Workout Recap: Week of March 28 and April 4, 2016.


As the saying goes, we plan and God laughs. Two weeks ago, I wrote about how I was getting my head back in the game. I was ready to BRING IT. The next morning, I woke up with a pulled muscle in my back and dealt with that most of the week. I did get […]

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Workout Recap: Week of March 21, 2016.


I’ll admit, this isn’t so much of a workout recap as it is a getting back in the game post. I shared on last week’s weight loss update how my fitness has been inconsistent at best the past several months. Last week, some kind of bug left me completely down for the count. I was home […]

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Happy Easter!


Happy Easter! This and Thanksgiving are probably my two favorite holidays because there is little expectation beyond being with family and celebration. I love that Thanksgiving is all about gratitude for the past year, but as a Christian, the meaning of Easter is so important to me. Although I do get so much joy from […]

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