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Motivation: WATCH THESE VIDEOS

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In my HK 422 “Basic Concepts in Exercise Program Design” class, we are learning about the importance of motivation in exercise prescription.  The first thing you are supposed to do with a client is ask them why they are seeing you.  If there answer is “I want to lose weight” that isn’t good enough.  We, the fitness professionals, have to get down and deep.  “Why do you want to lose weight?” If they say, “To get healthy”, “Why?”.  The client has to change themselves, and they won’t be able to change without a little challenge.  Motivation gives us drive, desire, and resolve to complete the steps required to reach the goal.

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My professor had us send him a motivational video we liked.  He chose different ones for the class to observe and rank why they liked them and why they were effective.  Here they are in the order I put them in:

  1. We Are Free
  2. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 6 Rules
  3. Nike “Rise and Shine” Advertisement
  4. Success = Breathing
  5. Laser Focus
  6. Famous Failures
  7. Kid President
  8. Eric Thomas

I honestly loved them all, it was hard to decide.  All college students must watch Laser Focus and Success=Breathing.  Those pushed my “party girl” and “no sleep” buttons!  The Kid President is great!  I just put him lower because I’ve seen him before- a little overplayed maybe.  I also really liked Famous Failures.  And I would love to show Eric Thomas to a friend who I think would relate to him, but I just didn’t feel it.

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They are all good!  Everybody ranked them differently.  The classes top 3 were:

  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 6 Rules
  2. Success = Breathing
  3. Nike “Rise and Shine”

It is clear that everybody has a different trigger- what motivated me didn’t necessarily motivate the girl next to me.  People need to be stimulated deeper.  We, the fitness professionals, need to find that trigger!

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I like the We Are Free video best because it really connected with the way I feel trapped sometimes.  I get so busy that I forget that I am free.  Watching that video made me a happier person because I realized everything I am busy doing I am choosing to do, and I am on a beautiful journey every day to create the best version of myself ❤ A goal that I am already accomplishing!

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Apple Orange Ginger Roll

After practicing this weekend for my:

RAW VEGAN JAPANESE DEMO

WEDNESDAY – JANUARY 29, 2014 – 7-8PM

COREC DEMO KITCHEN

MISO SOUP – GINGER CITRUS NOODLES – SUSHI – GREEN TEA NICE CREAM

SIGN UP AT MEMBER SERVICES OR CALL 765-494-3110

At the demo I won’t be making the sushi I made out of the slim pickings at the Kappa Kappa Gamma house hold.. although I did happen to have enough for a divine, high carb, raw vegan, fat free, gourmet, treat!  Heck, maybe I will make it! 😉  Inspired by Megan Elizabeth and Beyond Sushi NYC, I came up with this:

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I just so happen to LOVE apple, ginger, and carrot together- it’s my favorite kind of fresh pressed juice!  And such a great refreshing tang from the orange!! MMMMmmm!!!

The “Rice”:applegingricee

  • about 5 cups roughly chopped cauliflower florets (with a few broccoli florets in there too)
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • a thimble sized piece of ginger minced

I recommend using a food processor like Megan Elizabeth to get a snowy, rice consistency, my Vitamix turned it to mush!  If using a Vitamix, be sure not to over-blend.  Blend until you get a rice-like consistency.  Try using chopped jicama and almonds like this great looking video

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  • “rice”
  • apple slices
  • orange sections
  • grated carrot
  • thinly sliced cucumber
  • green onion
  • cilantro

What do you have sitting around in the fridge?  Throw it in your nori!  I adore beet and sweet potato rolls… heck- anything can be made delicious with this! Use your imagination! 

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The Topping:

  • thinly sliced apple
  • thinly sliced ginger

I got a mandolin at Wal-Mart for $15 a while ago and it has been such a life savor!  I used it to thinly slice the apple and ginger but I’m sure thin slices with a knife would look just as fantastic! 

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Yoga Flow With Me!

Yoga stretches the body, mind, and spirit

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Guess who’s teaching Yoga Flow at the CoRec on Saturday Mornings!!

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Me! Saturday mornings from 10-10:50am I’ll be teaching a series of 22 yoga flow level one classes! This series is usually $77.00 but I’ll be teaching it for only $38.50 for all 22 classes!! This is an amazing deal!

■■ Registration Opens January 13 ■■ Registration Closes February 3 ■■ How to Register You can register online at http://www.purdue.edu/recsports, by calling 765.494.3110, or by visiting the Purdue Rec Sports Member Services Desk in the CoRec.

In the meantime, I just did this yoga flow to this Michael Franti playlist  :)! Give it a try!  My class will be similar, with more inspiration and quotes and mindfulness ❤ and by the end of the 22 classes, you’ll be able to do all kinds of poses! Gradually building your strength and flexibility!  I also am teaching Dance Mania at 8:30pm on Wednesday nights and Zumba Gold at 8:30am on Wednesday mornings!  Hope to see you there!

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For yoga:

■■ Wait List: Classes fill up fast and class capacities cannot be exceeded. Once a class is full, you will be placed on a waitlist. We will contact individuals on the waitlist, in the order they signed up. Once contacted, individuals will have 24 hours to pay the class registration fee before the next individual on the waitlist is contacted.CLASS DATES

■■ Classes Begin January 27 ■■ Classes End April 20 ■■ No Classes Spring Break, March 15–23 ■■ Make-Up Week April 21–27 ■■ Make-Up Class Week

5 Secrets To Happiness

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Yesterday at our staff training at the CoRec, keynote speaker Marty Green inspired the crap out of me!  He described me to a T- the way I wouldn’t let myself have any fun last semester.  How students procrastinate, are sleep deprived, and have more anxiety than any age group.  Last semester I hated my life.  I was struggling in biochemistry and complaining and  I would feel to guilty to have a little fun, for I should have been spending all of my time studying!

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Well Mr. Green has got be looking on the bright side this semester!  These are my twist on 5 of his secrets to thrive!

1. Pursue Purpose and Chase Meaning

Identify what is worth the effort and understand what is worth the struggle.  Saying “I don’t have enough time to…” should really be, “I have enough time, I just choose to put my time into doing something else.”  This is about dedicating an hour every day to completely goof off doing something that you 100% are choosing to do because it brings you joy.  This is an investment to yourself so you have the capacity to be able to sit down and focus later.  Otherwise, you will cry and die and procrastinate and stay up until 2am like most poor college students.

2. Intentional Choices

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Saying, “I choose to, prefer, want more than I have to” is Intentional Living.  Saying, “I have to, I should, I must” leads us to live miserable lives devoid of fun!!  Know that everything you do, you are doing by choice!  Although I cried in every biochem lab, in reality I did CHOOSE to go to college and to go to class each day!!  Although I would have had negative consequences if I did not go, I should have reminded myself each time that there is no learning without being challenged.  Failure is the best teacher.  I came to school to learn, not to float about- and with the realization that I want to go to class, it all of a sudden becomes a fantastic day! Yay class!

3. Gratitude Attitude

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My new goal: say at least 3 things I am grateful for everyday, and STOP COMPLAINING! Oh my gosh! I am the luckiest girl in the world, it is digusting how conversations turn into complainy vent seshs all the time! And if anyone tries to complain to me I’ma smack a hoe!  Go live as a starving  orphan and then we’ll talk! (haha, complaining about complaining :-/ oops)  If we keep being grateful and positive, positive energy will radiate out of us, and we will be overall happy, loving, rawesome people, spreading goodness :).  A happy girl is a beautiful one ❤

4. Be Involved and Engaged in Something That Is Bigger Than You

To me, this screams VEGANISM. But it can apply to many things, your job, your sorority, any kind of group you might be involved in.  Realize that you are an important person in this incredible life you live, and what you do everyday has an amazing positive impact on a lot of people! So, enjoy it and keep it up!

5. Vitalize Your Vessel

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Participate in enjoyable movement and cultivate a learner’s mind.  Be in the moment and appreciate the beautiful body you were blessed with.  This means paying attention in class, less screen time, and get your body moving and start eating a healthy plant based diet!  You are to beautiful to not 🙂  And quit the negative self talk!

Hope you’re inspired now too!  Have a healthy and happy spring semester everybody! Hydrate, live big, and CARB UP! ❤

This is kind of a big dill

Ya, this dressing… it’s a huge dill.  This beautiful bowl made by Samwise that I was supposed to share with him… I ended up eating most of it…sorry… :-/ it was too GOOOD!!!

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The Big Dill Dressing

This sweet savory tangy sauce is such a BIG DEAL!  It makes a salad not only unbelieveably good, like your eating some expensive linguini, but it keeps it fat free, cleansing, oxygenating, energizing, and gives the whole slew of benefits that these ingredients bring!  Who knew fiber and a few fresh herbs could be so fabulous?!  Please try this.  And share with loved ones ❤ Nothing beats sharing health and deliciousness like this!!

This has got spiralized zucchini, okra, cherry tomatoes, collars, romaine, sunchoke, cucumber, celery… and anything else you got in the fridge that you wanna throw in 😉

  • Squeeze whole lemon
  • ¼ cup dill
  • 5 dates
  • 2 inches of celery
  • 1 inch of zucchini
  • a whole tomato
  • 2-3 tsp caraway

Blend everything except the dill until creamy.  Pulse in the dill until well mixed.  It should come out thick, creamy, cleansing, and rawdonkulously delish!!  Savor, savor, savor!!

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Wish I had pictures of the superhero himself.  Thank you so much for spoiling me Samwise!! What a fun winter break!!

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