about me.

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.

weight loss.

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.

california coast

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.

health coaching.

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.

 

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Liz May 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

your experience with weight watchers sounds very similar to mine. I think it’s a great learning tool but for me can lead to obsessive thinking/behavior over calories, points, and weight. looking forward to reading your blog!

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dorrybird June 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Wow! Such an awesome story. I relate to the obsession with numbers and it sounds like we both are trying to put our focus into be healthy and happy. I’m excited to read more of your posts!

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Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) July 10, 2010 at 11:11 am

how amazing! you are an inspiration, and i can’t wait to read more.

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Heather August 20, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I have been reading several entries in the healthy tipping point looking for someone’s story I could relate to. All are truely amazing and I identify with many- but you nearly told my story word for word. The only difference is the number on the scale for a starting point. I started at 264 and lost 85 with WW until I was obsessed with the scale, points, ounces the food weighed. I started binge eating after a break up I just couldn’t handle. You are an inspiration.
Ps. I’m from Cadillac (up north) but currently on the west coast.

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jsutera654 November 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I stumbled on your blog from SavvyEats and the fantastic 25 Little Things movement. So far, I am intrigued by your story and cannot wait to read more!

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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. November 8, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Hi!! So glad you found my blog! 🙂

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Merrie Palmer November 20, 2010 at 8:15 am

I discovered you on the Kent county Girls on the Run fb fan page. Welcome! Your story fits with GOTR perfectly. We want to encourage all women to love themselves for who they are and to grow into being strong, fit and courageous women who are not defined by others. A healthy lifestyle is the foundation for that growth. It is a lifelong journey that can take us down different trails and paths which are all part of the process. At GOTR we strongly believe in changing the world “one girl at a time”. You are an inspiration!

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Lisa December 14, 2010 at 3:50 pm

What a great story! I love the photos too.

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Katie January 10, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Hey Mindy! Glad you found me! What an awesome story! 🙂 I look forward to reading more and staying connected with a fellow-Michigander! 🙂

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Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg January 19, 2011 at 10:26 am

Hey!! I’m so glad you found my blog! I love that there’s another food/health/fitness/weight loss blogger in GR! I look forward to reading more 🙂

BTW, was that 25K the 5/3 River Run? My friend is training for that right now! I plan on running the 10K. It’ll be my first 10K ever and I’m pretty nervous!

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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. January 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm

It was the River Bank! It’s still up in the air which one I’m doing this year, either the 10 or 25. Don’t be nervous! If you train well, you’ll be fine!!! Believe that you’re stronger than you realize!

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Beth January 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for awhile (since before we met at HLS!) but just now read this page (I use a reader most of the time) .. .and WOW!!! way to go, girl!

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virginia henson March 6, 2011 at 12:28 am

HI IM VIRGINIA IM 23 FROM MOBILE ALABAMA..i am quite a chunky chick lol ..i have tryed too lose weight ..but it just seams like its not coming off ..im just down to the point i dont know what too do any more …..i want too get this fat off but i can’t is there any way that u can please help me ..i love fruit i love vegs but im more of a meat eatter i guess u can say ..please add me if u have facebook so i can talk too u are if u have yahoo add me there please ..this is the email for both websites …CHICKAHDEE@YAHOO.COM …well i hope too be ur friend soon <3 virginia aka jenny from alabama …

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virginia henson March 6, 2011 at 12:38 am

oh an sorry i for got too say how much i weight in the last message ..im 23 an 5 feet 7 315 lbs …i dont fill like im out of energy it just fills like that im too big too do any thing ..but please help im tired of being fat ….

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Shalmali March 6, 2011 at 12:51 am

Hey Mindy,
read about your story on Yahoo Health..
Although I dont know you at all, I am so proud of you! You stuck it out and you came out stronger than before! I struggle with weight too and I must admit, you have been a real inspiration to me, thank you!

You look fabulous! Heres wishing you the very best of everything!

Regards,

Shalmali

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Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt July 8, 2011 at 11:41 am

I’ve never read your story but I’m so glad that I found it today! So inspirational. Great work Mindy!

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Carrie July 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Wow, your story is so inspiring! I’m so glad I found your blog!! Can’t wait to read more 🙂

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Sarah September 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Hello! I just discovered your blog and I think your story is incredibly inspirational. Congrats on the journey that you’ve made so far! I think it’s great that you’ve started listening to your body and focus completely on weight loss.

I, too, like Grand Rapids but I’m slightly partial Midland mainly because it’s where my mom grew up and my grandparents still live 🙂
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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. September 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Thanks for your kind words, Sarah! 🙂
I like people that like my city, even if you do like Midland better! 😉

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Andrea (Run. Learn. Repeat.) January 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Such an awesome and inspiring story!
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Tanya March 15, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Great story! I’ve been doing WW for 2.5 years now and am down 121.6 and am 3 pounds from goal. It’s nice to meet someone else who is doing it slow and steady (sensibly). I am considering taking up running, so I’ll be checking out your blog some more!

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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. March 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Tanya, those numbers are AWESOME!! Congratulations!! I look forward to checking out your blog! 🙂

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StoriesAndSweetPotatoes May 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm

So inspirational! Nice to discover your blog!
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Min June 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Wow Mindy!! First of all, Love your name ^0^ And what an incredible story!! I know what it means to be totally obsessed with numbers. I’ve been down that path before, and I am sooo glad and thankful that I found a different, healthier, happier path to walk on!! Looks like you have as well -)

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David Henderson September 3, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Mindy,

I really like reading your blog. I am very impressed with your candor and strength in talking about these things. You are an incredible woman! Keep up the good fight and thanks for sharing your story.

David

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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. September 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

Thanks for such kind words, David! This made my day! 🙂

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Kloe @ Running Shoes & Chocolate Mousse February 12, 2013 at 4:56 am

Hey there Mindy!

I just had to say how much I admire your honesty and how brave you are sharing your journey with us, you’re so incredibly strong and determined, look at just how far you’ve come!
So amazing.

I’m also a passionate runner, and have found such happiness and challenge in it- I can’t wait till I run a half-marathon, which is my next goal.
People that have run marathons are my heroes, honestly!

You’re an inspiration to many,

Keep blogging.

Kloe 🙂
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Susan Jeffries July 11, 2013 at 7:22 am

What an inspirational story! I love it and you are beautiful and fabulous! I am so glad you stopped by my blog so I could find you. I am unsure how to follow your blog – I am pretty new to this blog thing:) Can you help me out? Keep up the good work friend! God created you perfect, just as you are!! Susan

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Taylor Llewellyn September 3, 2013 at 11:34 am

To the attendees for the Healthy Living Summit 2013,

I’m sure you’re getting fired up for next weekend in Twin Cities, MN. The team at Kona Kase is so fired up that we decided to gift a Kona Kase to every attendee. If you’re not familiar with us, Kona Kase is fueling active lifestyles all over the U.S. by delivering a box of healthy bars, granola, gels, etc to our members each month.

We hope you enjoy the Kase. Additionally, we’re offering a special to your readers in conjunction with HLS. For the next 3 weeks, the code HLS will give you/your readers 15% off multi-month subscriptions (3, 6, 12 mo). Please share and let us know if you have any questions or creative ideas.

Our social media links are below – we’d love to keep up with the action throughout the event. Thanks for your support and have a great time next weekend!

Cheers,

John & Taylor (co-founders)

http://www.KonaKase.com
http://www.twitter.com/konakase
http://www.instagram.com/konakase
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kona-Kase/

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Lisa September 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm

wow! Such an awesome story!! 🙂

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Kelsey@SoMuchLifeToLive May 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Wow, great story! Thanks for sharing it all here! I’m glad I stumbled upon this blog.
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Wendy @ Wholistic Woman June 23, 2014 at 11:21 am

What a small world! Saw your bio on the Healthy Living Summit and it was fun to see a Grand Rapids blogger listed! I’m thinking about going to the conference. Perhaps I’ll see you around town.
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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. June 23, 2014 at 8:47 pm

So fun, I love connecting with local bloggers, and am definitely going to check out your site – thanks for reaching out, Wendy! Shoot me an email if you have any questions about the Summit (justaonegirlrevolution@gmail.com) – would love to have you join us!

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Jamie May 15, 2015 at 11:45 am

Just saw on Hanna’s blog roll we’re both running the NYC marathon this year! So happy to have discovered your blog ! Can’t wait to catch up and read along!!
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