Welcome to just a one girl revolution. My name is Mindy, I’m 30 years old, and live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. My blog shares my life as I learn what it means for me to live the best kind of life. As I share my journey, I hope I can inspire others to do the same.
Most of my life, I struggled with my weight, but in the summer of 2006, I reached my all-time high of 233 pounds. I was deeply unhappy with life as a whole, feeling very lost after realizing the career path I had planned on just wasn’t for me. The numbers on the scale multiplied that unhappiness and it showed in my attitude. Although I knew I had been gaining weight, I truly didn’t realize how bad things had gotten until I saw myself in pictures from a trip to New York City. I didn’t like what I saw. I was ashamed and embarrassed at myself and where I gotten. I knew it was me in those pictures, but I didn’t recognize that girl.
I knew I had to make a change, so later that same month, I started Weight Watchers with one of my sisters. I didn’t know really what I was getting myself into or if I could even do it. Yet slowly, but surely, the weight came off. I found a happiness and self-confidence I never had and for the first time, I believed in myself. Suddenly, I didn’t have to hide behind the weight anymore. For the first time, I started to see myself as a strong, beautiful woman.
I am proud that I have successfully maintained a 70+ pound weight loss, but more importantly, I have rediscovered myself in the process. I’ve still got some weight to lose before I reach my original goal of 100 pounds, but I’m fighting to get there every single day.
a healthier, happier life.
Losing weight has afforded me so many amazing opportunities and experiences. I used to adamantly hate running, but I ran my first 5k in 2007 and have run more than thirty races since, including a triathlon. In 2014, I will cross my first marathon finish line.
Before, I despised fruits and vegetable, living on a diet of mostly processed junk. Today, I love the farmer’s market and make an effort to buy foods with an ingredient list where I can pronounce everything . There used to be nothing I liked more than a juicy double cheeseburger (hold the lettuce, tomato, and onion, naturally). Now, I’m a vegetarian.
While there has been so much positive growth in my life, it has not all been so great. Over the course of the three years I did Weight Watchers, I developed an unhealthy obsession with numbers: weight, Point values, the size of my clothes, BMI, calories, you name it. If you could count it, you can be sure I was. I would weigh myself at least once a day, sometimes more. I knew that I couldn’t keep living that kind of life. These days, rather than stressing myself out over the numbers, I am learning to focus on eating the right foods and listening to my body. I still have weight loss goals, but now I know that I’ll get there in a truly healthy time and fashion. So now, rather than focusing on a number on the scale, I’m learning to focus on a healthy lifestyle: nutritious and wholesome foods, exercise, nurturing the relationships in my life, spirituality, and so much more. I truly believe that health is about so much more than diet and exercise.
I am a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®, where I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. I have learned so much since my healthy living journey first began in 2007 and I would be honored to be a part of your journey. If you’re looking to discover what it means for you to live the best kind of life, I would love for you to learn a bit more about my health coaching program, and reach out so you can be on the road to a healthier, happier life.