Workout Wednesday – Love Yourself

Do this TODAY...REPEAT every day...until it becomes a HABIT.

Do this TODAY…REPEAT every day.

Working out because you hate your body can be a great initial motivation.  But what happens when you slip?  When you stuff yourself with junk food while watching your favorite show?  When you missed a workout – not one day, but two days?  Your first reaction might be to give up.  Grab for that extra bag of chips.  Turn off your alarm and skip your workout for a third day in a row  After all, you failed…didn’t you?

If you think about it…the only failure in this scenario is giving up.  So you had some not-so-good food…not the end of the world! You missed two days of working out…so what?!

If you let this be a learning experience, you can turn it in to something positive.  That can be hard, especially if a negative motivation is your ONLY motivator (ex. because I hate my body).  It is so much easier to be too hard on yourself, to be negative at your actions or lack-thereof, when the ONLY thing driving you is negativity.

That is why it is so, so, SO important that, instead of hating your body, that you love your body for what it is and for what it can be.

Instead of hating your “thunder thighs,” thrown them some appreciation:  “these quads kept me in my ready position for 4 years of college volleyball.”

Instead of wishing you didn’t have “bingo-flabby arms,” be proud of all the ace serves you have made during this past club season.

Instead of wishing your “cankles” away, remember how muscular they are to help you reach higher on your block by increasing your vertical.

Train. Be fit. Workout.  Because you love your body enough to want to celebrate it and keep improving it.

You can love your body, even if you have goals of change in mind. Keep it positive. Keep it simple. Keep going.  Do not surrender to negativity.  Be patient.  Work hard.  And above all, love your body for what it is, what it can do, and what it can be.  Love yourself.


Tasty Tuesdays – Recipes for Athletes July 22

Turkey Wrap Sandwich

Keep an eye out for a new post or recipe on Tasty Tuesdays.  Food for athletes, healthy snacks on the go, and more!  Great for all day tournaments, grabbing a bite to each in between class and practice, or at home for dinner during the off-season…like volleyball players know what that is :)

CONGRATS, National Champs!


Rockwood Thunder 16 Mizuno wins National title at GNVC_1

Rockwood Thunder 16 Mizuno won the National title at GNVC in Minneapolis on July 3, 2014. Bottom Row: Eva Mich, Lauren Wacker, Katelyn Bright, Alayna Martin, Emma Kriete. Back row: Taryn Griffey, Mackenzie Steckler, Hayley McSparin, Meghan Donovan, Amanda Beaton. Coached by Gretchen Moser and Billy Rhodes.

A big congratulations to the Rockwood Thunder 16 Mizuno Girls’ Team who won a National Title at the Girls’ National Volleyball Championships in Minneapolis this July!!  We are so proud to see our hometown, St. Louis, MO as well as the Gateway Region represented so well on the National Level as CHAMPS!!  What an awesome way to end a fabulous season.  Great job to all involved and good luck as you continue your volleyball careers.

Also, thank you to one of our followers for letting us know this awesome news so we are able to spread the word!  Followers, if you have some great volleyball news that you would like us to share, let us know!!

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