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