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Hi I’m Mindi Friedland, creator of Lifting Makes Me Happy (formerly Build Your Dream Body). Whether you’re looking to start your own fitness journey or you’re looking for motivation and inspiration to keep you going, I have put together this page to create a resource for quick, easy access to help you find more information on the things you’d like to read more about.

I want you to know that my healthy living lifestyle has nothing to do with perfection. I am far from perfect and believe that living a lifestyle that makes you happy and proud is all that matters – whatever that entails. It’s much more about progression than perfection. It’s about building a better you; inside and out.

Here are some things to help you get started:

Motivation & Mindset

Prepare to Be Motivated: My Favorite Jillian Michaels’ Quotes of All Time

My Biggest Fitness Challenge & Steps I Take to Overcome It

The Major Turning Point That Led Me to Fitness

How to Stay Positive in a Negative World

When Will I See Results?

Unique Ways to Get Motivated While Struggling with Depression

How to Gain Belief in Yourself {Life’s a Dance}


Workouts & Workout-Related

8 Places to Discover Free Online Workouts

Les Mills Pump

Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer

82 Exercise Ideas That Do NOT Require a Gym

What is Interval Training?

New Rules of Lifting for Women

How Can I Start Running?

Workouts (category)

How Much Weight Should I Be Lifting?

Ultimate 30-Day Beginner’s Guide to Fitness



Common Mistakes in Calorie Counting

5 Simple Strategies to Make Eating Clean Easier

How I Set Up MyFitnessPal to Lose 10 Pounds

What MTV Taught Me About Food & Why Diets Fail

How Do I Stop Overeating?

Shakeology: The Untold Story


Tools & Calculators

How Many Calories Should I Eat?

7 Important Places to Take Measurements Before Starting a Workout Program


Thank you!

I just want to close by saying that I appreciate you for stopping by and I want you to know that I’m here for you as a friend. I do my best to create content that not only helps me navigate my way through my own journey but content that will be helpful to you too. I don’t claim to know everything and I’m not a professional; I just love to share what I learn and the realizations I make along the way. I’m just a girl who loves to write, work hard and use my real-life experience with depression and healthy living to give hope to those who have been where I’ve been and to use my teeny tiny part of the web to make the internet a more positive, happy place.

Thank you again.

Your friend,