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Plan for your own freshening and inspiration

Spring is in the air, with fresh misty mornings, birds singing, and spritely flowers pushing up from their winter naps.

My theme for this month is Emergence. Just like the crocus, tulips, and daffodils, we feel the call to emerge from our winter’s nest, and to shake off the layers of insulation. Whether those layers are your coats, hats, and gloves, or more spiritual in nature, the time has come to emerge.

I am a person who craves sunshine. One single day of sun can boost my spirits for the whole week. It makes me have more energy, feel more positive, and gives me the yearning to get outdoors, and breathe deeply.

Going with this natural rhythm of spring can extend into all areas of our life. Spring cleaning our home may be on the radar, but we need to spring clean our eating, our winter routines, and prepare ourselves for growth and change. So while you are out there cleaning those flower beds and yards, polishing the windows, or planning your garden, take time for you. Plan for your own freshening and inspiration.

This month I am bringing you ideas for how to incorporate fresh farmer’s market spring vegetables, inspiring ideas to reinvigorate your fitness activities, and tips for making April your time for Emergence.

Wishing you good health, many happy spring picnics, and joyous days in the sunshine (and rain!) After all, April showers bring May flowers…………… Read on for your April Inspiration!

Mavie-Approved Recipe: 

Chicken, Mango and Avocado Rolls

Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • 1 Daikon Radish
  • 1 cooked chicken breast or ½ cup shredded chicken
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 mango
  • ½ red onion
  • ¼ cup coriander
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 lime
Ingredients for Sauce:
  • 1 ½ tbsp. peanut butter (or cashew butter if paleo)
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 3 tbsp. orange juice
  • 2 tsp. lime juice
  Check out Mavie's blog for the full recipe! 

Featured vegetable


  • Known to help relieve colds, sore throats, and indigestion
  • Packed in nutrients and water, which helps keep you hydrated
  • Contains compounds that help eliminate toxins and protect against cancer


Emergence: Spring clean your fitness routine

As we talk about Emergence this month, let’s consider ways we can spring clean our fitness routine. Let’s renew our vigor and clean out the clutter in our lives that might be getting in our way.

Here's Mavie's five tips for spring cleaning your fitness routine
  1. Buy some new workout clothes - ones that fit close and make you feel good.  They'll smell fresh and look fresh - now that's good for motivation! 
  2. Commit to an Event - Sign Up - Go for it - make the commitment to at least three fitness challenges for the spring and summer.
  3. Stretch More - Don't just say "I need to stretch more...."  DO IT! 
  4. Do Something that scares you a little - bungee jump, hang glide, camp out under the stars without a tent, sign up for a mud run, join a frisbee team, or hold an insect in your hand without screaming and running!! Doing something that challenges our fears boosts our confidence and motivation in all aspects of our life - especially our fitness.
  5. Quit Making Excuses - we've all got them.  Don't let them rule your life.  Your fitness requires some time too! 
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Emergence: Spring cleaning your diet

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for Farmer’s Market season. Fresh fruit and vegetables make eating for a healthy lifestyle both easier and more delightful. As we emerge from the cold winter, let’s look at ways that we can spring clean our eating habits.
This article from Running World offers five great tips that I’ve summarized here:
  • Cut out sugar
  • Eat raw foods
  • Choose colorful foods
  • Drink more water
  • Get in the kitchen. 

Staff Highlight

Sonja Bylak
  • Triathlon Clinic Swim Instructor
  • Big Ten University D1 swimmer
  • More than 30 years of swimming and experience in swim instruction

Sonja brings her encouraging personality and expertise to our triathlon swim and open water clinics. 

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