Are you Unbreakable? (Reebok Spartan Race Giveaway and Discount Code)

Do you find yourself doing the same things in your life (relationships, work, exercise regimen) because it’s familiar and comfortable?  Maybe it’s time to stop living life in your bubble, get outside of your comfort zone and start living to your true, authentic self.

When I first started working out consistently, I was terrified of the gym (see my 5 steps to how I overcame it!).  I was working out in my living room and hiding from the world instead of facing my fears and going to the gym.  One day I realized that I had conquered my at-home workout tutorials and yoga videos in my living room and thought to myself that I could either keep doing what I was doing, or take it to the next level.  I wanted to go to the gym and take a workout class with other people, but was soo very nervous.   After bribing my (terrified) self to go to my first workout class at my local YMCA (Zumba, to be exact), I left feeling empowered and never looked back.

I tried every single class that my Y had to offer- I couldn’t get enough of this feeling of self-accomplishment, growth and facing my fears.  Every class I attended, it became less and less scary.  My life literally changed forever.

I lost weight, started a passion for health and wellness, created my blog and am now a certified wellness coach (and am accepting clients!).  All because I faced my fears of the unknown, believed that I could achieve things that seem impossible and put myself out there into the world.  And remembering that no matter what life throws at me, I will get back up, try again and keep going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Are you ready to live life outside of your comfort zone?  Here’s your chance!  The Reebok Spartan Race isn’t just a race- it’s a race that includes 15 obstacles throughout the course.  Aka: pretty hardcore stuff.  And it will absolutely challenge you both mentally and physically.

The Spartan Race is on October 4, 2014 in Cumberland, Ohio.

The Spartan Sprint: 3 miles and 15 obstacles

The Spartan Super: 8 miles + 20 obstacles

The Spartan Beast: 12 miles + 25 obstacles

The Reebok Spartan Race Giveaway is open to everyone in the US!

The winner of the entry can choose whichever race (distance and location) they want.  Click here to see the other dates and locations that this intense race will be offered at.

You can also use the code SPARTANBLOGGER for discount of 10% off of any entry fee for the US in 2014.

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Sometimes all it takes is one event to change your perspective on life.

Be well,

Alisha

Pssst: I’ll announce the winner in my weekly newsletter!  Are you signed up yet?



What is a Vision Board and 5 Tips to Create a Vision Board

Have you ever heard of a “vision board” before?   When I first read about it almost three years ago now, I had no clue what the concept was.  Today I embrace it with open arms and even credit it to helping me figure out my aspirations, goals and what I want out of my own life.

First thing’s first: What IS a vision board?

A vision board is a fun exercise (that allows you to feel like you’re in the 3rd grade again) where you basically make a collage using magazine clippings to help you identify your own personal vision, goals and aspirations you have for yourself.   It’s a way to post inspirational quotes, images and words to motivate and inspire yourself.  You can also be creative and do this by making your own vision “board” on Pinterest (I reallyyyy need to get better with Pinterest)!

I personally treat my vision board as a fun way to really think about what goals I want to set for myself and try to accomplish within the next 6-12 months.  It’s about thinking positively but also being realistic and digging deep to really ask- what do I want? I’ve found that when I don’t have a vision board, I don’t have a solid foundation or aspirations for myself in the short term.

I don’t recommend using the vision board as a vision for your entire life, but rather creating this board with relations to a SMART goal in a short time frame (well..short as in 6-12 months). Remember SMART goals? C’mon I know you remember learning this in middle school!

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Timeline

Keeping this in mind is essential when creating a board.  But the biggest thing to remember is to make sure that they are realistic.  Example of a not-so-realistic goal: You’re just out of college and set a goal for yourself to be a millionaire in 12 months.

If they’re not realistic and you don’t meet the goal in the 6-12 months like you had hoped, you are basically setting yourself up for disappointment in yourself.  So try to prevent this and make sure that they are realistic visions that can be done within the time frame you are hoping for.

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 5 Tips to Create a Vision Board

1. Make it fun!  Go to your arts and crafts store and find some stickers, fabric or other items that you are drawn to that will bring your board to life and be a reflection of you.

2. Keep it SMART. (see above, remember?) 

3. Take your time and make an event out of it.  If you zip through it and spend about 10 minutes on it total you are missing out on the benefits and best parts of the exercise. Truly think about what your goals are as you’re creating- this is an exercise for your soul.  Treat it as such!  And if you do, I promise you this process will help you identify what you want in the short term.

4. Use magazines that you like to read and that contain your interests. I used Health, Cooking and Yoga magazines.

5. Keep it inspirational, positive and motivational!

And just for fun, I’ll open up and show you my current vision board that I have in place for the next 6 months.  I’ll probably make another one on New Years- you know, for a fresh start!

IMG_4087There’s a lot going on in mine, but I’ll point out some of my favorites:

  • teach yoga
  • BE REAL
  • Read lots of books
  • Be my own boss
  • Have 10 clients by the end of the year
  • Wake up EARLY (alarm clock picture- lots of symbolism on here….I was a Communication Studies major, okay?)
  • Take steps for my business
  • Live a passionate life
  • Learn to meditate

I keep mine hanging above my desk to remind me of my “why”- why am I doing what I’m doing?  Then I can look up and remind myself what I want out of life at the moment.  It’s such a powerful activity and highly recommend everyone does it.

In fact, this is so awesome for your mental and spiritual health that many of my clients do this as part of our coaching sessions together.  Interested in working with me?  Check out my services page to learn more or email me alishasappeite@gmail.com.  As a holistic wellness coach, I’d love to help you lead a more fulfilling, healthy and happy life.

Make your own vision board after reading this?  Share it with me and tag me on Instagram!  If I get enough I’ll be sure to share it other on my Facebook page.  Let’s inspire one another! <3

Super Simple & Sweet Kale Salad {Gluten-Free}

I’ve been eating this kale salad at least once a week for the last few months and decided I probaaaabbbllyyyy shouldn’t keep this recipe a secret any longer. That would be rude ;)

I decided to name it the Super Simple & Sweet Kale Salad because, well, it’s simple.  And it’s a little sweet.  The perfect complement side dish for a grilled piece of chicken or fish on a weeknight!

I actually never measure anything when I make this, so it turns out a teeny bit different every time – but I really like that about this salad.  Plus 7 out of 8 of the ingredients are superfoods – for real. 
Super Sweet Kale Salad.jpgI actually brought this dish to my recent camping trip with some friends and it was the first thing completely devoured from their plates- then they asked for more and it was already gone.  #truestory.  So to make up it up to them I promised to post the recipe soon.

With all of the superfoods in this side dish (add a some grilled chicken or salmon to make it a complete meal), it gives me lots of energy plus a nice immune system boost (gotta get those vitamins and nutrients in!)

Along with the kale, the apple cider vinegar is probably the biggest immune system booster.  There are so many reasons to use ACV and love it- see for yourself these 7 reasons why.

Super Simple & Sweet Kale Salad {Gluten-Free} Serves 2-4

  • 1 bunch of kale (bonus points if if’s local), washed and torn into bite sized pieces
  • 2 ounces of goat cheese (I always find mine at Aldis)
  • handful of walnuts, chopped
  • handful of dried cranberries

For the dressing

  • 2 TB of olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (might need to use the other half depending on how “juicy” the lemon is)
  • 1 TB honey
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  1. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the dressing.  Mix well. Do a quick taste test and add a little more of whatever you choose – maybe a little more lemon juice, a little more olive oil, honey or salt.  Play around with it until it’s suitable for your palate.
  2. Add torn kale pieces.  Massage together using your bare hands until wilted.
  3. Top with goat cheese crumbles, walnuts and dried cranberries.
  4. Eat! Feel awesome.

If you liked this kale recipe you just might be interested in my Massaged Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Toasted Walnuts and Blue Cheese.  (pssst- try substituting the squash for sweet potatoes! Eat the foods that are in season.)

Oh, FYI, I’ve been SUPER into podcasts lately and have been crushing hard-core on the Wellness Wonderland.  Katie is basically my hero.  Give it a listen and just try not to be inspired.  I dare ya.

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If you liked this recipe, share it with your friends and family!  And then let me know what you think on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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xoxo Alisha