Do a Brain Dump to Get in the Zone and Win

April 30, 2011 at 5:49 am | Posted in Inspiration Quote Post, Self Esteem | Leave a comment
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When you are clearly aligned to what you want – and you will know this because you will be heading towards having the full-body excitement and anticipation for it, you won’t be having to ‘think’ about what you want, because you will be so in your moment and heading towards it. ~ Hemal Radia

This is a critical aspect of being an elite athlete.  And doing your own personal best. Whenever I talk with national and world champion athletes there is one common theme for all of them.  When in the competition- from skiing to soccer to figure skating- you name it it’s all the same- the athlete does not THINK when competing.  They are in the ZONE.

The other thing I have noticed is that ist harder for girls to let go of thinking.  I think girls are conditioned to think.  And boys are conditioned to not think.  SO as a girl or a parent of a girl, it’s imperative to get away from thinking- about everything that needs to be done just right to succeed.  Let your self, your daughter, be free to get aligned to what you  want.  Go for it from in the Zone- with love and passion.

This zone is being completely aligned with what they want- And that is to win by doing their own personal best.  These athletes don’t want to win because others have issues and failures.  They want to win because they are so in their zone nothing can stop or alter what they are doing.

With my athletes I tell them to be brain-dead.  Some of the girls laugh at this.  But we have a little ritual.  I cup my hands and they dump their brains in- OK not really- but they tip their head and pretend to dump their brains.  Then I toss this away.

When we do this it’s a symbol of getting in full alignment with what they want- To do their own personal best.  The girls notice the difference in how they feel and that makes them be able to do their own personal best.

By the time they get to the championships they don’t think, they BE the best- Their own personal best-  And they win!

Have you ever been in the zone?  How did you get there?  What was it like?  Can you choose to get in the zone?  Share your comments with others- It may be just the thing they need.

Picking a new family car- thinking about your athletes

April 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Posted in moms, travel | Leave a comment
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It’s so crazy to be a mom of athletes who have lives and me still having my own life.  And when my car’s power steering broke- well time to add new car to my activity list.

This morning the girls and I went to check out a car.  The one I’ve been driving is a 2002 with 230K+ miles on it.  It’s white dodge caravan- Now a toasted marshmallow- because of the rust spots.

The new one?  Chevy Traverse.  Why?

The girls want to have bench rows, not bucket seats- First and foremost when gong on long trips they can stretch out and sleep better in rows.   They can sort of pile up on each other for comfort and warmth.

Also the bench rows fold down- all or part- So if we want to put in some skis we can with out losing too much passenger space.

Another thing about not having bucket seats- with bucket seats if you want to put anything in the car you have to lift it over the side seats and stuff it in the middle- I know for my family this would be crazy!  And things would get in that middle and stay for indefinite periods of time.

Another thing is the comfort of the third row- It feels like real seats.  With real legroom.  Critical question- Is it more comfortable than an airplane seat?  YES was the immediate response.

Cup holders are also a necessity- We eat and drink regularly in the car.  So a place to keep the food is pretty important.

Being that the girls are teenagers (or almost) -sound is critical, as well as hands free phone- √ Talking while driving can be done safely and tunes can amp up the drive.

Of course tons of airbags are a great thing no matter what.

And the cargo space in the back- behind the third seat- the kind that sort of vanishes in many of this sized cars- well it’s there- with room for a full hockey bag and one on top of it!  If you know hockey bags you know this means SPACE.

Color is fun- but can get pricey so I went with silver or white-

I prefer cloth seats- comfy in cold or heat.  No need to have a heater for the seats in the winter.  And no sweating and sticking in the summer- I can’t stand to be all sweaty from running and sit on sticky leather seats in my shorts the summer.  Or to scorch myself because they’re burning hot.

We’re pretty excited- I think that the girls will love the new ride and I will too!

Cream of Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup

April 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Posted in Diet / Nutrition | 2 Comments
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Bunch fresh broccoli chopped in 1-inch chunks

1 leak -Kind of like a huge scallion- thinly sliced till green leaves- be careful dirt gets inside the leaves about where they turn green

1-quart broth- chicken or vegetable- you can get it in a large can or a paper box.

2 Tablespoons olive oil-

4 Tablespoons flour (whole wheat adds a nutty flavor)

2 cups milk

2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

Soup pot

Large skillet

Blender

Whisk/Spoon for stirring

Ladle or mug for transferring soup to blender.

Put the broth and broccoli in soup pot.  Bring to boil. Then turn down heat.

In skillet put olive oil, heat, add sliced leak- stir occasionally

When soft and looking cooked- about 8-10 minutes- sprinkle flour over leak

Stir till all coated.

Add milk SLOWLY while STIRRING all the time!!!!!

This will get thick in a few minutes.

Add this to soup pot and stir right away.

Put into blender by ladle – Of course, be careful as this is VERY hot.

You will have to put the blended soup either in the bowls or into the skillet or yet another soup pot.

Add the grated cheese to the bowls or to the soup in the pot.

Eat with bread or potatoes.

Deliciouso hot or cold-

Why this soup?  It’s good, easy to make and store- you can freeze it in single serving sizes too.  And you can eat it hot or cold.

So great for when you have to eat away from home.

Enjoy 🙂

Whoopy Pies

April 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Posted in Fun Activities | Leave a comment
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Its really important to have FUN-

Being an athlete means loving life!  It means taking time to be with friends- Sometimes friends who have nothing to do with your sport.  Just being a kid and being silly.

What better way than with home made whoopee pies?

Vegetable Shrimp Rice Soup

April 22, 2011 at 11:04 am | Posted in Diet / Nutrition | Leave a comment
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Lunch- homemade vegetable shrimp rice soup-
2 quarts broth- I used Chicken
1 cup wild and brown rice uncooked- 2 cups left over rice
3 large beets
beet greens
1 cup peas frozen petite pois
1 cup carrots
1/2 cup scallions chopped fine
1/2 cup tomato sauce/salsa
1 cup mushrooms chopped
I table spoon Mrs. Dash table blend
1 lb shrimp- omit if vegetarian

Cook rice separately
Put everything else in the pot except shrimp and mushrooms
Heat to boiling then turn down to simmer- 40 minutes
Add rice, shrimp, and mushrooms  for 5 minutes

another nice touch is adding eggs-
beat eggs and drop into hot broth by spoon fulls just before adding rice.

Gotta Diet- Then eat while you do

April 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Diet / Nutrition | Leave a comment
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I don’t recommend diets- BUT I also know there is no shortage people who diet.  When you diet as a female athlete you really have to be careful.  Think about why you are dieting.  What is the real value for you?  If you want to be slim and strong you have multiple other ways of doing it than through diet.
I personally see diets as self-sabotage
SOOOO
If you must diet then check out these ways to curb your hunger AND protect your muscles.
Be strong in mind and spirit as well your body-
You’ll last a lot longer as an athlete if you do.

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Get the Bounce

April 16, 2011 at 6:55 am | Posted in Self Esteem | Leave a comment
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“LIFE IS FULL OF UPS & DOWNS …

The downs are best used as a springboard to catapult us towards what we prefer to experience instead.

Jumping up and down in the same spot getting frustrated that our view of life hasn’t changed, is one way to live

Taking the bounce to where we really see ourselves going and focusing ONLY on that, eagerly anticipating the possibilities, is yet another way.”

~ Elizabeth Richardson

Of course as an athlete, or the parent of an athlete, the idea that life is full of ups and downs makes perfect sense.  Each game/competition has a result that is either up or down.  You win or lose, you do well or you screw up.  It seems so cut and dry when looked at this way.
BUT of course it’s not or you would not be in this lifestyle.   It’s how you take the downs in particular that will make or break you as an athlete- Well in life for that matter.

So often I see kids and their parents doing all kinds of things OTHER than using the down as a spring board to go where they want to go.  Blaming is most common- the ref’s, the weather, the coaches, the lack of sleep, to much sleep, all kinds of food issues, other team mates- the list is endless.

When you play the blame game you go nowhere.  You stay going up and down in the exact same spot.  Your opponent has all these things going on just as you do.  If you’re going to go somewhere, then there is one way to do that.

Get the bounce. Use the bounce.  And go with your energy to YOUR greatest potential.

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To my freestyle skiing and snowboarding family and friends-

This is such a perfect metaphor for you-  Every time you get on that tramp you do just go up and down.  And it may seem endless that you just go up and down.  But the most important thing you can do while tramping is allow what you are doing to be part of your action visualization of being on snow.

Use YOUR bounce to go exactly where you want to go.

When you master this you master life!

Times When You Feel You Just Can’t —-

April 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Posted in Music, Self Esteem | Leave a comment
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I know there are times when you feel you just can’t —- And what is really missing? Confidence. That’s all you really need.

This is one of my all time favorite songs- from my childhood to right now!  It’s helped me with many aspects of life.  Times when I’m scared to pieces, times when I know I’m on a roll-  BUT there is that little bit of me that just wants to run away and hide.

SO I sing away about having confidence in me.  And it always works.

Maria- the real Maria- had plenty of confidence.  Of course you all know her story of rags to riches to escape. But not many know what happened after that.

The shortest version is- She and her whole family ended up in the Green Mountains of VT. And still loved to sing and ski.  They did not have much money though.  Maria went to every person she knew with her script and was turned down by over 100 producers. And guess what she sang each time before her interviews?

You guessed it- This very song of confidence.  This was her own personal song and she has shared it with us through the amazing voice of Julia Andrews.

You may not choose this song, but may have another song that gives you confidence.

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Drugs and Sex- Negative or Positive for Teen Athlete Girls?

April 14, 2011 at 6:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’ve just come across this most amazing list of how to change negative actions and thoughts to positive actions and thoughts.

What comes to me is that whatever is there can be seen and used to ignite something good and positive in YOU.  Rather than be lost in the negativity all around us, being force fed to us to keep us desperate and docile or angry and aggressive-

THe list is long and the link is at the bottom of this post, but here are a few that i think are pertinent to teen athletes and their parents. Drugs and sex for sure!

Use drugs to make you feel alive, not as an escape from life.-  In some cases you will need to take drugs for the pain of an injury, but once you are past the need of narcotics then go back to your own super ability to regulate your pain.  And with casual drugs- be aware of how you feel when you’re in the top of your sport.  KNOW you CAN get that feeling by being yourself and alive without anything needing to be added.   Let your own body create your drugs for you.

Use sex as a powerful tool to experience the depth of your feelings, not as a tool to change someone else’s.  As a super star athlete you are the diva.  You are the one who possesses the power and ability to be in control.  You can and do change people simply by doing your sport. By bringing yourself to your personal best.  I have seen far too many times when girls let their sexual desires lead them to lower their self standards and desires for other aspects of life.  Know that when you do have sex it’s for completing who you are- not to prove who you are, not to be accepted by others, not to change others to ideas or opinions.

 

I’ll be addressing others along the way, and for now

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Cool down (every step counts!)

April 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Posted in Self Esteem | 1 Comment
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Really quickly cause I’m off to bed I wanted to post this.  My http://www.dailymile.com, friend Ruth B posted this.

“Cool down (every step counts!)”

The thing is- It’s so true- every step you take, in ANY aspect of life counts.

It’s you who decides if the step is a good step, a resting step, a bad step, a falling step, a new step, an invigorating step.

No matter what anyone else says about your step- do it to your personal best. If you fall then just remember- you fell a lot when you were a baby and you never gave up.  You don’t even remember falling- so do the same with any missteps you have now.

And just like when you were a baby- CELEBRATE any and all great steps- no matter how small or seemingly insignificant they are to any one else.

 

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