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Thankful and Grateful

"We are THANKFUL for things that are given to us. We are GRATEFUL for things we work for."

We live in a world of instant gratification and I believe that there is something about putting in the hard work towards a goal. I believe that there is something cool about seeing growth as we learn during the process. I believe that we need to remind ourselves daily that life is about PROGRESS not perfection.

This week, as we work on our goals, let's be grateful for every step of our progress and really enjoy and appreciate our journey. Have a great week everyone!




New Experience-Floatation Therapy

One of my resolutions this year is to try some new experiences. My first of the year, was Flotation Therapy.

Do you need to relax? Do you need to reduce your stress? Do you need to reduce anxiety? Do you need to reduce aches and pains from training? Flotation Therapy is a great way to do this! 

Imagine this: A one-person pod, with approximately 10 inches of 94 degree water (the same temperature as our skin); 94 degree air and 1000 lbs. of epsom salt  (You read that correctly. 1000 POUNDS of epsom salt!). I floated for 60 minutes. Ahhh. It was wonderful! The pod is literally more buoyant than the Dead Sea. Now, to achieve the 94 degree air, the pod lid needs to come down. Some of you may be hesitant, but in all honesty, I didn't feel the least bit chlosterphobic so I hope this relieves any anxiety you think you may feel. You do have your choice to keep light on in the pod or to float in total darkness. I had heard that in the dark, you feel like you are "floating in the middle of the ocean." I also heard the experience described as "floating in space." What I found so interesting was that with the air and water the same temperature as my skin, it was as though I became one with the water. Because I was floating, none of my pressure points were touching anything. It was truly amazing. I was able to completely relax. I listened to my breath and I listened to my heartbeat. 

This experience was additionally incredible because it was a great way to tune out of the outside world and chaos of everyday life. It gave me the opportunity to calm my mind; detach from electronics; and enter a meditative state. It additionally reduced my stress and alleviated pain. 

Do you need another reason to try this? Well, The Ohio State University Athletics Teams partnered with The U.S. Air Force a couple of years ago to collect data on performance athletes. There are Flotation Therapy pods inside the Woody Hayes Center and the Air-Force has been collecting data on players to transfer into Special Operation Forces and performance studios. 

I hope everyone has a great week! I can't wait to see you in the studio! Remember, take time for self-care and self-love this week!




Demi's Mom's Delicious and Healthy Recipe-Honey Dijon Salmon

Looking for a healthy dinner to make for your family and/or friends? Here's a good one that is tried and true by my family:

1/4 cup honey                                     1/8 tsp. white pepper
2T Dijon mustard                           1 lb. asparagus spears
1 1/2 T melted butter                     4 (12x16-inch sheets of foil)
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce             4 (4-6oz) salmon steaks
1 T cornstarch                                1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 450 degrees or heat grill to medium high. Blend in bowl- mustard, butter, Worcestershire sauce, cornstarch and pepper. Set aside. Center 1/4 of asparagus on each sheet of foil. Top asparagus with salmon steak then drizzle with honey-mustard sauce. Sprinkle evenly each steak with walnuts. Bring foil sides up. Double fold top and ends evenly and leave room for heat to circulate. Repeat to make 4 packets. Bake for 23 minutes on cookie sheet or 9-11 minutes on grill. 

*I am so happy to share this with you, I only ask you say a silent prayer for my mom, Lee, and send her healthy, good vibes when you make it. Thanks everyone~Have a GREAT, AND HEALTHY week!