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Self-Care Sunday Series: Just A One Girl Revolution

Self-Care Sunday Series: Just A One Girl Revolution

Happy weekend!

I have the pleasure today of introducing you to a friend from college, Mindy.

She’s a certified holistic health coach and personal trainer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She’s maintained a 70+ pound weight loss that changed her entire life. She loves running and hot yoga, but “retoxes” with craft beer and coffee. She has a not-so-secret obsession with Taylor Swift and has an adorable cat named Louie. 

Mindy is amazing! She also blogs at Just A One Girl Revolution. I’ll drop her other social links at the bottom of the post.

Here’s what she had to say in her interview:

 

 

Allie: Tell me a bit about your health and wellness journey.

Mindy: Although this is the “CliffsNotes” version, my health and wellness journey started in September 2006. Throughout high school and college, I continually gained weight and pictures from a Labor Day weekend trip to New York City that year were my breaking point. I didn’t realize just how bad things had gotten. At the time, it was just about the weight – at my peak, I was 233 pounds – but looking back, I realize just how unhappy I was. One of my sisters offered to not only follow Weight Watchers with me, but also to pay for my membership. I knew I had to do something and this seemed like a starting point. What did I have to lose?

That first week, I still remember being over-the-moon excited about losing eight pounds! Even then, I knew it was a lot of water weight and that every week would be like that, but it was encouraging enough to keep me going. Although there has been some fluctuation over the years, I’ve maintained about a 70 pound weight loss. Since then, I fell in love with running and yoga, started a healthy living blog, and earned my certifications as a holistic health coach and personal trainer.

 

A: What is ONE thing you think everyone should be doing for his/her health?

M: Eat more fruits and vegetables – they are nature’s medicine! I’ve been vegetarian since 2010 and went fully vegan at the beginning of 2017. While it’s fully possible to be a “junk food” vegetarian/vegan, when I fuel my body with a diet focused on fruits and vegetables, with lots of other awesome stuff like legumes on my plate, I feel amazing!

A: Do you have a quote or motto you try to live by?

M: This changes a bit based on what season of life I’m in and what my goals are at the time, but the overarching motto is “choose joy.”

 

A: Tell me about a big WIN you’ve had in your health/self-care journey.

M: The first thing that came to mind was finishing my first marathon – the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City, Michigan – in 2015. I was never a runner growing up – always of the “I’ll run if I’m being chased” mentality. But, as I started to lose weight, I got the idea in my head that I wanted to do a 5k and I got bit by the running bug. That marathon was harder than I ever could have imagined, but crossing the finish line felt like one of the biggest accomplishments.

 

A: How do you practice self-care? And WHY?  

M: My self-care routines and practice are always evolving, but a couple things that I’m prioritizing in this current season of my life are journaling and meditation. Now that we’re starting to get some more fall-like weather here in Michigan, I love lighting some candles, drawing a hot bath with some great bubbles, and enjoying a glass of wine. It is so relaxing!

Practicing self-care is so important for my health and well-being. Taking even just a few minutes out of my day helps me to slow down, take some deep breaths, step away from my daily life (work, side hustle, social media, etc.), and recenter.

A: What would be your ideal self-care routine, if you had the time for it daily? (

M: If I were a morning person, I would love to spend time on my yoga mat every morning. Yoga is one of my favorite ways to center my soul and my energy. I would also spend a few minutes reading a personal development book to center my mind.

 

A: What are your three favorite SHORT self-care techniques a reader could try, if he/she only had 5-20 minutes?

M: Meditation

A short yoga flow (I recently discovered Yoga with Adriene on YouTube and it’s an excellent resource)

Reading/writing.

 

A: What are your three favorite LONGER self-care practices?

M: Get a massage – it’s not something I do often because it’s definitely more of a treat.

Go to a movie by myself

Take a long walk/hike, especially if it can be in the woods or at the beach.

 

A: Anything else wellness/self-care related I didn’t ask that you’d like to share here?

M: Although I mostly read books in the personal development, health/nutrition, or history categories, my guilty pleasure author is Nicholas Sparks! When he has a new book out, I will absolutely devour it. The beauty of self-care is that it can be completely fun and self-indulgent!

 

On my blog, Just A One Girl Revolution, I write about health, fitness, and nutrition! I’m always available for health coaching and personal training services, so reach out if I can be of service to you! Follow me on Instagram for some daily inspiration and motivation.

You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

 


Have you seen my Seven Day Self-Care Challenge? Feel free to look around, and please join in! 

 

 



16 thoughts on “Self-Care Sunday Series: Just A One Girl Revolution”

  • I loved how she talked about being a junk-food vegan, because that was totally me lol Its also so inspiring that she ran that marathon, I am considering training for one and I pretty much had the same mentality as her.. I think i will give it a shot. I will also also check out your 7 day care challenge <3

    • I know! I don’t think I could do a marathon! I did a few half marathons and they were HARD. But the training part is really great <3 thank you!

  • This was a great read… and self care is so important! Kudos to her for her weight loss journey and double kudos for going vegan. I’m not vegan but I’ve been obsessed with vegan chefs lately! My self care is reading and bounce baths.. and wine lol. I tried yoga but I can never seem to find my zen. I’ll have to give it another try.. great read!

    • I’m the exact same way! I’m not vegan, but I make a lot of vegan and raw vegan meals. Do you have a favorite chef? I need to look into that! I’ve been following Fully Raw and Thug Kitchen recently. I love your self-care ideas. (:

  • I really liked Mindy’s answers. I wanted to go vegan but it would be a huge commitment for me right now so I’ve started with cutting out pork and beef. I’ve also focused on eating more fruits and vegetables and I’ve noticed a difference in my overall health from just doing that! Hopefully, I can get to Mindy’s level one day in the future, lol!

    • I feel like vegan is a lot of cooking! But good for you for setting small goals to get there <3 More fruits and veggies can never be bad!

  • Living healthy is a hard thing to do. If your like me and have had a overwhelming junk food life. This inspires me and I love that she found Yoga with Adrienne… she is my fave found her before her 20th video.

    • WOW you found Adriene early! I absolutely love her, too. In fact, I think I’m going to go to one of her videos (:

  • This is so inspirational! I love to be healthy but also can’t just get rid of all the junk food immediately haha! I’ve been meaning to do yoga 🙂 Just didn’t have the time (and cash) plus my hands are full with all the children running around. I hope that’s a good exercise for a start 😂

    • Aww you don’t have to get rid of everything all at once. I like doing baby steps. Like I should cut out dairy probably, but it’s so hard! Running after kids is definitely a workout haha (:

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