Mindy Nienhouse

Mindy Nienhouse

Favorite splurge food: Anything red velvet!!Go-to fitness routine: The me of a few years ago would have a jaw-dropping moment of amazement at this, but my go-to is running.  I was always the "I'll run if I'm being chased" kind of girl, but I decided to run a 5k back in 2007 and have been hooked ever since!  My knees get angry if all I do is run, though, so I throw in yoga for cross training.Favorite way to de-stress: I love to head to my favorite brewery in town with some friends!  If I'm in the stick around the house kind of de-stressing mode, I'll usually grab a book and some wine.Why I’m a greatist: Six years ago, I lived a sedentary life, full of unhealthy choices.  I was obese and extremely unhappy.  Once I started my weight loss journey, it completely turned my life around.  It became not just about the weight loss, but about becoming a better ME.  Today, I'm a greatist.  While I strive to live the best kind of life, I know I'm not perfect.  I've got a long ways to go in my journey, and some days are better than others, but each day, I try to make the healthier choice that I know is better for me in the long run.  Like any normal person, I have off days where the priorities get pushed aside, but it's about recognizing that, moving on, and getting back to healthy habits.  Nobody ever said a healthy lifestyle was easy, but it is completely worth it.  In the six years since this journey began, I have found a happiness and a self-confidence that I never used to have.