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Just a One Girl Revolution A few years ago, Mindy Nienhouse had a snarky outlook on running. “I used to be the girl with the attitude of ‘I’ll run if I’m

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“As cliché as it sounds, ‘Stronger’ by Kelly Clarkston.” FAVORITE HEALTHY SNACK:

“Avocados, like on an egg and cheese sandwich. I could eat them every day.” FAVORITE WORKOUT GEAR:

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PhotograPhy by johnny Quirin (right); courtesy Mindy nienhouse (left)

being chased,’” she said. Now she’s completed three 25Ks and plans to run more. How did she get here? Her journey — including how she lost almost 75 pounds — is documented on her blog, Just a One Girl Revolution (justaonegirl revolution.com). “The biggest drive to sharing my training progress online has been the accountability,” she said. “Knowing people are reading and being inspired keeps me writing.” Beyond her fitness goals, Just a One Girl Revolution serves as a resource for motivation, wholesome snacking and healthy living. “I run, but I know not everyone will be a runner. If I can inspire them through also talking about my love of yoga or healthy recipe ideas to live a healthier life, I think it’s worth it,” Nienhouse said. If running for weight loss hasn’t been reason enough, it’s also provided valuable brainstorming time for her blog. “I get a lot of ideas for posts during my long runs,” she said. “When you’re out there for two or more hours, you have a lot of time to think about anything and everything.” Some of her favorite content has taken shape while hovering over the yoga mat. “I wrote a post in early March called ‘Just Me and My Mat,’ about stepping out of my comfort zone during a yoga class. While it made me feel uncomfortable, it also made me feel strong.” After work and a workout have been completed for the day, you can find Mindy relaxing while watching TV — and blogging, of course. “It generally takes 30 to 45 minutes to write a post,” she says. “I usually write while watching TV in the evenings. Although it can sometimes be a bit of a distraction, it’s an easy way to kill two birds with one stone.”

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