The Last Camp

This past weekend was the last camp Mary and I will ever bring our son Rileyto.  What a fun filled process it has been.  It seems like we just started all the camps and activities with our kids and now Riley is a week away from his last football season and his senior year.

We were down at the Jeff Trickey-Randy Wright football camp for Quarterbacks and Receivers.  It was an outstanding camp and they really worked the boys on technique.  The best thing I liked about the camp was the emphasis on being a leader and having and building your character.

As parents we are always preaching that to our kids but it was great to have the kids hear it from someone else.  These camps have priceless pearls of wisdom not only on football but on life.  That’s what I love about sports.  It’s a lot like life.  You will have many ups and downs. It’s about not looking back but staying in the movement and moving forward with each and every day.

Derek Salewski taking a nap on the field. Naps are good!

The discipline sports demand are something I think are so valuable for our kids.  As adults it would be nice to have camps that trained your body and mind like these sports camps.  I guess we are kind of on our own to make it happen. I’ve been to many camps myself as a kid and watching my kids at camps and it’s interesting how focused and driven these kids were.  They were so attentive, worked their tails off, and were all very respectful.  Some of it may be because they were mostly juniors and seniors in high school and were more mature, but also these young athletes are looking toward bettering themselves with the hope of playing college football.

This camp was on the facilities at Coe College in Cedar Rapids Iowa.  What a beautiful campus.  Cedar Rapids seems to be an industrial blue collar type of city.  It’s interesting to see how many private small colleges there are in Iowa.  I’ve only been through Iowa a handful of times but there are some beautiful areas.  The corn must be 8 feet tall right now!!

One of the things they emphasised at the camp was the importance of getting enough sleep.  I’ve been preaching good nutrtion and good sleep  for years for the athletes I work with and all my patients.  This is when your body recovers, your brain recharges, and your hormones get balanced out and get you ready for a new day.  If you aren’t geting enough sleep you sare stressing your brain, your adrenals and will create a breakdown in your body-mind.  You will be more likely to get injured and not be able to compete like you want or lose weight like you may want to or just be healthy like you should be.  If you have a chance for a nap go ahead and take one too.

I want to share what I do in the morning for breakfast.  What I like to do on M,W, and fridays is get my nutra-bullet out and put all my supplements in there with a scoop of either clearvite which is a rice based protein powder or sometimes I’ll do the whey based protein.  I then add my favorite fruit, ususally a handful of blue berries, a scoop of greens or a handfull of blueberries and let the nutra bullet do it’s thing. You can add some coconut oil in there also, just a teaspoon and this helps emulsify your greens and allows for better absorbtion of your vitamins and minerals.  Try some spinach or kale leaves or kale leaves also.

Another great smootie I love is a handful of ice with 6 ounces water, add 4 ounces coconut milk, and one avocado and mix in nutrabullet.  Try it, I’m sure you will love it!!  It’s called a shamrock shake and it’s yummy yummy!!

I also like to do a quick 4 minutes of weight bearing exercises to stimulate my fat burning metabolism and then follow it with a shake. It’s very simple and easy great way to start your day.

Remember to not focus on yesterday but rather to stay in the moment of today.  Do this with how you eat, think, and move and you’ll be way ahead of the game called life.

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