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Athlete Mindset Work Book


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This Athlete Mindset Workbook guides you in simple and practical ways to help you learn how to excel in your training, your performances and your life so that you can live your dreams. By answering the reflective questions provided in this Athlete Mindset Workbook and by acting on your positive intentions, you can turn challenges into focused opportunities in every part of your life. This will free you to succeed in your training, your performances, and your life.



A world-renowned author and high performance focus coach who has committed much of his life to discovering and sharing effective ways to enhance personal and performance excellence. Terry has helped people of all ages learn to focus in more positive and fully connected ways that free them to be better learners, better and more consistent performers, happier people and contributors to a better world. His extensive terryphotoongoing consulting work with high performance athletes, Olympians, professional athletes and high level performers in many different domains began many years ago and continues today.

He has written over 20 books including In Pursuit of Excellence (4th edition, 2008), Positive Living Skills: Joy and Focus for Everyone (2011), Happy Living Skills: Teachers and Parents Guide (2014),Embracing Your Potential (1998), Cooperative Games and Sports (2006), Psyching for Sport (1986)and Every Kid Can Win (1975).

Dr. Orlick is a long time Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, Canada where he continues to teach courses in Applied Sport and Performance Psychology and Quality of Living, conduct applied research on Performance Excellence and Quality Living, and share his simple wisdom with others around the world.



Fatima Leite Kusch is the visionary behind Team Blessed Bodies, a growing sisterhood of competition athletes and models who are beautifully fit and share a positive mindset.

A Canadian fitness talent, she is a WBFF Pro Diva Fitness Model, Contributor for Strong Fitness Magazine.  She has earned two pro cards and one world title on stage and has appeared in publications such as Oxygen, Inside Fitness and Fit & Firm, as well as  advertisements for Asics.  She is also the founder of Blessed Little Sisters, a non-profit teen athlete scholarship program.

Committed to the balance between health, strength, and beauty, she’s created unique programs for clients around the world through FitnessPrint, an online system that offers exercise, diet, and wellness advice to everyone from absolute beginners to professional athletes.

THE ATHLETE MINDSET WORKBOOK is a cherished project created for and inspired by her team.



Leslie Lewis is a multifaceted creative artist and producer who is passionate about fitness.

As a writer/performer, she is best known for creating and starring in MIRACLE IN RWANDA, a one-woman show that she has performed on every continent except Antarctica.

Currently, she is the producer and lead actress in WITH CHILD, an indie film that was shortlisted for Critics Week at Cannes and began its festival run at Busan, the largest film festival in Asia.

Leslie is a proud member of Team Blessed Bodies, competing in the CBBF in the Masters Bikini division, and a FitnessPrint client since January 2010. She is also a certified yoga instructor.

Finally, Leslie earned a BA from Harvard University, and her MFA in acting from UCLA School

Here are my thoughts and feelings about this work book.

I love it. Here’s why…This workbook is an amazing motivational tool. You feel like you have someone in your corner encouraging you and helping you to set real goals that fit your fitness level. Giving you time to think and journal your progress and help you achieve positive intentions. The interaction in the work book reminds you to Celebrate as you progress and work hard! I really love that. Who doesn’t need to be motivated and encouraged. Sometimes we focus too much on the final results and not the little things that keep us focused.

DSC_2164This truly is a guide to help you stay on track and get the results you need. With loads of great tips and knowledge along the way. Its like having a trainer, motivational speaker and a tutor by your side to guide you on your Athletic journey.


I always feel like I do more if I document it, and with this work book I can see that this fits right into my lifestyle and mindset. I love to make to-do lists to get all my chores for the day completed. This book has the same principle behind it. Do the work see the results.

To get your own Athletic Mindset Practical Step by Step Guide, this book can be purchase on Amazon. This book was given in consideration for a review, however all opinions expressed are those of my own.

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Yesterday was a really big day for me, I pulled out the grill, and I had a blast Getting My Grill On. I really missed my grill over the long winter, it is the only grill that I have ever been brave enough to start on my own. Let me explain, I had an incident when I was 16 years old lighting a grill. I made the mistake of having my face to close to the grill and as I dropped the match to light the flame and it sent a puff of flame straight up at me, and I ended up singeing my bangs and my eyebrows.  I have been afraid of grills ever since, but that all changed with a new grill purchase last spring.

Greek food is a favorite of mine and I just love Chicken Gyros. I really love the fresh flavors from the cucumber and yogurt sauce that is called Tzatziki.

I Grilled up some broccoli. That is my favorite way to prepare my vegetables during grilling season. I just make sure I toss the veggie with olive oil and use cooking spray on the pan I am using to prevent the vegetables from burning or drying out.

Here’s my Grill, she’s a beauty, I just love her. It’s so nice to have an electric start on a grill, nothing to light, no way to singe your hair, and it’s a perfect size, with 2 shelves.

Perfect for grilling your veggies and cooking your meal at the same time. I have even cooked french fries on the top rack using my toaster oven tray. We had a power outage last year for over a week (in August) and I made all our meals on the grill. It was fun and I looked at it as an adventure and I found that I learned so much about cooking that week. I really got creative.

Made a Simple Tzatziki Sauce.

  • 1/2 – Cucumber deseeded, and Chopped
  • 1 – Small Container Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Diced Garlic to Taste
  • Processed in a Food Processor until Incorporated

It came out smooth and creamy. I love the slight bitter flavor you get from the yogurt. I think you could put this on anything, I am going to use my left over sauce as a salad dressing. I will let you know.

Once the chicken is done grilling I let it rest for about 3 minutes then slice and dice into strips or chunks.

The broccoli cooked the entire time the chicken did and it was done perfectly. I kept the grill on medium the entire time.

Once I took off the chicken and broccoli I put the flat bread on the top rack for a minute on each side to warm.

Loaded the pita up with chicken, spooned on some of the Tzatziki sauce and topped with some feta cheese. I only wish I had some tomatoes to top it off with.

It was a really easy meal to make and I had a good time Getting My Grill On. Plus I am all for the easy cleanup in the kitchen, which leaves me with more time to spend with my guys.


Boot Camp Update: Feeling really sore today and in lots of places. Upper chest is sore, hamstrings are really sore and my inner thighs are super sore. So I have been trying to get up from my desk and stretch throughout the day.

Plank Club Update: Had a set back this week in my Planking time, for some reason I have not been able to hold a Plank longer than 35 seconds, so I have been doing several throughout the day. It’s a work in progress.

I’m attending Blend Retreat 2012.

So in just under a month I will be flying out to Boulder Colorado to attend the Blend Retreat. There are still tickets available for anyone who wants to attend, just click here for the Blend Retreat Link. This retreat is for Bloggers and Readers. The list of sponsors just keep getting bigger, which means the Swag Bag’s are getting bigger and bigger. We have all kinds of activities planned, Hikes, Yoga Classes, Boot Camp Class, Food and Fun. I am so looking forward to meeting all the ladies.

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite Greek Food?

Additional Random Question: Have you ever been to a place that did not have Wi-Fi and you were not able to blog?

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Best Body Boot Camp Update: 1st. off I have learned that I can push past the pain. 2nd. I look forward to working out. Pushing past the pain has been easier than I thought. I had some serious thigh burning the first few minutes of my elliptical workout today, but once I got past the burn I found myself having more energy and ability to adapt to the changing intervals with ease. I have also found that I look forward to what I will get to try next, I mean not in a million years would I ever have thought that I would be doing some of these exercises, they always seems too advance for me, but when I am able to do them, and complete the set it just helps me build my confidence and lose the phrase “I can’t do that”.

Now on to something sweet. There are times when we all find a recipe that immediately you know I have to make that, well here’s one such recipe for Avocado Chocolate Pudding that I adapted from That’s so Michelle.  I knew that if my husband saw me making this he would taste it with hesitation or maybe prejudge what it would taste like, so I made it while he was working out. My husband loves food and he really is not picky at all, but I wanted him to eat the pudding and tell me how he liked it before I told him what was in it. I just love to show him that you can add goodness to any meal, snack and dessert.

Avocado Chocolate Pudding 

It was weird to see avocado and peanut butter in a bowl together.

I was excited to get to try out Swanson Organic Cocoa Powder in a recipe that would really feature it. I just love that fact that there is NO sugar added to it and it has a smooth cocoa flavor.

Finding way to incorporate coconut oil into my diet has not been hard, I love this stuff and it really is easy to find ways to use it.  Check out this link for reasons why coconut oil is so amazing.

Mix it all together in a bowl and use your hand mixer until smooth.

This batch made  4 really nice size servings. I added chocolate chips for a little crunch.

So here’s the reaction from my husband. He loved it. Which I knew he would. So I then told him what was in it. The only thing he said was “You Put What in My Pudding?” It was so funny, he really didn’t care what was in it because it tasted like Chocolate Pudding.

Ingredients  (Serves 4)

1 Ripe Avocado
1/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
6 Packets of Truvia or 1/4 Cup sugar
1/4 cup Agave Nectar
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
Dash of Salt

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with a hand mixer until creamy and smooth and serve.

Question of the day: Have you tried coconut oil? What did you use it in? 

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Using my Target gift card was not a problem for me. I finally found a Foam Roller. I hope that combined with stretching, this roller will really help me with my soreness after workouts.

Getting sore muscles is something I am use to. I tend to get sore from any weights workout or long cardio session. The problem is how long the pain lasts. I have had soreness and pain from a workout for 3-4 days after a workout and up to a week if the workout was strenuous. I always stretch before and after and could never fiqure out why I was so sore and the person I worked out with had no soreness at all.

My doctor told me that I build up to much lactic acid and that causes soreness, but that normally should only lasts 24-48 hours. He thinks what I experience after a strenuous workout is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS. There have been times I have had severe muscle tenderness as well as loss of strength and range of motion, just from doing 3 sets of Straight Leg Deadlift with a 8 pound weight bar.

To be honest this all goes along with my I am Strong post. Part of the reason I never challenged my lower body strength was the way a big workout made me feel. I assumed that the pain was just a sign of my own weakness

So now I am armed with information,  I plan on continuing to increase my workouts gradually with reps and weights. I plan on stretching and using the foam roller. I hear an epsom salt bath after an intense workout help, so why not, I love a good soak.

Here’s what I found out about the Foam Roller.

Using a Foam Roller After Exercise May Help Reduce Soreness

One technique used with some success to reduce muscle soreness is to use a foam roller regularly as a part of a cool down. This will be particularly helpful after a long, high intensity workout or cardio session, especially after the start of a new type of exercise or a new weight training routine.

Foam rollers also offer many of the same benefits as a sports massage, without the big price tag.

The foam roller not only stretches muscles and tendons but it also breaks down soft tissue adhesion’s and scar tissue. By using your own body weight and a cylindrical foam roller you can perform a self-massage or myofascial release, break up trigger points, and soothe tight fascia while increasing blood flow and circulation to the soft tissues.

How It Works

The superficial fascia is a soft connective tissue located just below the skin. It wraps and connects the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels of the body. Together, muscle and fascia make up what is called the myofascia system. For various reasons including disuse, not enough stretching, or injuries, the fascia and the underlying muscle tissue can become stuck together. This is called an adhesion and it results in restricted muscle movement. It also causes pain, soreness and reduced flexibility or range of motion.

So I am looking forward to seeing if using the foam roller helps reduce my soreness. I plan on getting my Rolling On!

Lately I have been eating lots of salads, spinach has been my leaf of choice. Today’s was nothing fancy, just feta cheese, carrots, cucumbers and topped with a hard boiled egg. I use salad dressing sparingly, I prefer it light so I can savor the flavor from the feta cheese and the egg.

So I’m off to do this workout and then use my foam roller. The roller also included a DVD with a stretching routine, so I want to preview that also.

Question of the day: What tricks do you have to ward off soreness?

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Anytime I catch myself saying I can’t, I give my self a challenge. When the weather starts to get cold and during hunting season, I stop walking my hiking trails. I normally do my hikes in the mornings before the temperature and humidity levels get to high and before I go into work. Well in the winter I get lazy and do my workouts after work in my home. The other day I caught myself telling some one that I can’t workout before work.

After I said it, I wondered why can’t I. Well the only answer that I could come up with was that I don’t like to wake up early, and I have convinced myself that I get a better workout after I have worked all day. Well that’s not good enough, that’s a weak excuse. So I challenged myself, to wake up an hour earlier and do my cardio in the morning.

So this morning I woke up an hour early and did a 45 minute power walk on the treadmill. I’m so glad I did, I felt great all day. Now I just have to see if I can keep this up. It’s funny getting up in the spring, summer and fall is not a problem for me, like it is in the winter.

Last night I got to work on my weeks menu. So I decided on Tofu Tuesday.

Is it weird to say that I’m in love with my Tofu Press. Well I am. This little press is magical, it presses out the liquid in the tofu then it lets you marinate right in the container. It has a little lid attached to the bottom that seals it up tight while it marinates.

I combed through my tofu cookbooks for a new recipe, but decided to make my favorite, Roasted Lime Marinated Tofu.

When I got home from work I got my workout cloths on and got on my weights workout. Today is arms/shoulders/chest day and I had a plan ready to go.


Set #1 (3 Sets of 10) (5 Pound Hand Weights)

  • Side Shoulder Raises
  • Bicep Curls
  • Hinged Row

Set#2 (3 Sets of 10) (5 Pound Hand Weights)

  • Front Raises
  • Tricep Kickbacks
  • Overhead Press
Set#3 (3 Sets of 12) (15 Pound Weight Bar)
  • Behind the Neck Shoulder Press
  • Chest Press
  • Upright Row
This workout got me sweating. I really concentrated on my form and did slow and steady movements. I’m also working on breathing, I noticed that I hold my breath during strenuous lifting. Here’s what the Livestrong Website has to say about breathing during weight lifting.
Breathing is an involuntary act, but when you are lifting weights, you may forget to breathe. Holding the breath, called the Valsalva maneuver after a 17th century Italian physician, is a common reaction to heavy muscular exertion. The Valsalva maneuver can have negative physiological consequences, so even if you aren’t sure if you are breathing correctly, when lifting weights just make sure to breathe.


The fundamental breathing technique during weight-lifting exercises is to inhale on the stretch and exhale on exertion. If you are performing an overhead shoulder press, the exertion phase is when you press the bar overhead. For a bent-over row, the exertion phase is when you are pulling the bar into your upper abs. The stretch phase is the lowering aspect of the movement.

When I got done with my weights I worked on dinner.  Thai noodles are the bomb, and they go great with Tofu. I added a scrambled egg for a protein punch.

I had the Tofu already marinating overnight.


  • 1 Tablespoon Oil, I used an Asian Stir Fry Oil, but Sesame Oil works great also
  • 1/3 Cup Lime Juice
  • 1/3 Cup Soy Sauce

After draining the marinating liquids I sliced the tofu into 6 slices and placed them on a cookie sheet. I placed the cauliflower on another cookie sheet and seasoned with salt and pepper and drizzled with olive oil. Then just roast the cauliflower and the tofu on 450 degrees for 35 minutes, each on their own cookie sheet.

Okay, it was not until I took the final picture of this meal that I realized that all the food was the same color. Not the most lively picture, but it sure did taste good and filled me up.

Some-days I just need a piece of chocolate. So for dessert I had a piece of the Rum Chocolate Turtles that my friend sent me.

Question of the day: What’s your favorite type of chocolate?

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Throwing together a salad is something I love to do, I just grab things I think will taste good and I go for it. I just needed a small side salad to go with dinner so I didn’t add a ton of ingredients. I keep the pecans and the dried cranberries in my freezer. That really helps to keep them fresh.

All the good stuff was on the bottom, I didn’t realize how bad this photo was, until after I ate it. The goat cheese and the cranberries are so amazing together. I chopped up the pecans in a little food processor and mixed in a tablespoon of the raspberry vinaigrette. Quick, easy and delicious.

Lets get serious about working out. I am guilty of this and admitting it is only going to help me in the long run. I don’t push myself enough. I have lots of reasons why; I’m afraid of injury, I don’t view myself as strong and I get set in my patterns and routines.

Here’s what I am going to do; realize I am not going to seriously injure myself if I do the exercises properly, admit I am strong, and mix it up and do new things.

I recently did a post about going to Boot Camp. One of my irrational fears of injury started back in the day when I joined a friend at the gym for a workout and me not being on her fitness level or any fitness level at all, I did her routine along side of her. She used heavy weights and did lots of squats and lunges which I had never done before.  At the end of the workout I could not even walk up the flight of stairs to get into the dressing room. I think this has been in my head all these years.

Well I am not accepting any more excuses.

I don’t just want to get by with my little 5 pounds weights, I want to do real workouts. I noticed that I tend to train my upper body more, I tend to try new exercises only if they involve training arms. I can do push ups and squats and do a workout DVDs, but I want to know how to lift weights and build muscle. That leads me back to why I’m excited for the boot camp, I don’t really know where to start, and this will give me the confidence I need.

Stuart was enjoying my blog today, he even had a front row seat. He cracks me up. I love my little chihuahua.

Stuart is very helpful, he let’s me bounce idea’s off on him, he’s a great listener.

Question of the day: Do you lift weights?

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