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March Thrive Challenge

Inspired by the lifestyle changes recommended in Thrive and Thrive in 30, the Vega Community is here to keep you on track, share in your successes, and inspire even greater change to help you achieve optimal health.


Between work, chores and training for our next marathon, setting aside time for ourselves to think, reflect and simply be present is easily tossed to the bottom of our on-going “list.” Over time, holding ourselves to these demanding schedules can be quite taxing on our spirit and may even work against us - even hold us back from achieving our goals.


This month, we want initiate some spiritual spring cleaning, to feng shui our minds. The first step is to understand that what we think about, matters. Ask yourself, if our mind is cluttered, is it possible that we cannot then operate at maximum capacity?

Since our thoughts have a significant impact on our energy, we want to de-clutter and free our minds to attract vitality and happiness with ease.



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Your challenge this month: Set aside some time, and then get creative to de-clutter your mind! Remember to share your unique tip with the rest of us. Here’s some inspiration we found.

How to participate: Post a comment below, write a blog post titled “How I Attract Vitality” or tweet us @vegateam and add "#ThriveChallenge #vitality" to the end of your message.

Prize: A $100 eStore gift certificate will be awarded to 3 people!

Contest closes: Entries must be submitted by March 31th, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.  PST


Winner: Congrats to Ricky, Donna and Cathy for sharing their tips on how to attract vitality!


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Comment by Cathy Sykora on April 22, 2011 at 6:53pm
I wanted to say thank you and didn't know where to put it.  I used my certificate and bought the huge chai flavored WFO and an assortment of the seeds and powders and bars...AND the Thrive Fitness book...I love it all.  I will be a loyal customer for a long time.
Comment by Danna on March 30, 2011 at 2:12pm
How I attract vitality: Practicing Moksha Hot Yoga  and Vega Vega Vega!! The two combined keep my body and my mind clean and clear!! I am most centered and grounded with healthy clean vegan nutrition and regular hot yoga!
Comment by Shayne Camantigue on March 27, 2011 at 11:40pm
How I Attract Vitality - By living in the present moment and being 'still.' Appreciate the beauty of life by meditation and positive thinking, Daily affirmations also help free my mind from stress and the day to day hustle and bustle. Exercise is also an important stress reliever and FUN ! I know that as long as I take care of my mind, body, and soul I am living a fulfilled life. You only have one so make the most of it !
Comment by Daniel Donnelly on March 27, 2011 at 11:35am
Stay authentic and in each moment.
Comment by Wanda Davis on March 22, 2011 at 9:18am
The last week of every December I take a vacation and shut myself in and do a self-evaluation. After 2010 year review I realized that there is a lot of opportunities for change and growth. I removed a lot of time wasting activities out of my life and my focus has been geared towards my health, family and being debt free. I have learned in this season of my life that I attract vitality when I wake up every morning at 3:20am and spend a tithe of my day in prayer trusting the direction of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Comment by Loretta Egan on March 17, 2011 at 5:00pm
This morning my son who is six said, " I heard a bird outside my window chirp seventeen times, so I got up out of bed!"  That made me smile all day...I think I can learn about Vitality from him!
Comment by Mary E Wallace on March 16, 2011 at 1:47pm
How I attract vitality -  the rosary.  At the start of each run I meditate the modern rosary on my IPOD.  The rosary gives me focus and clarity.  I also follow Brendan's nutrition guide.  The combination of these two steps is incredible for me! 
Comment by Amanda Brooks on March 15, 2011 at 8:22am
I attract vitality by saying affirmations daily!
Comment by Cathy Sykora on March 13, 2011 at 7:30pm
I attract vitality by taking care of myself.  I exercise for strength, energy and fun.  Eat and drink to fuel my body.  I look for joy in small things.  I am grateful and focus on my gratitude daily.  I forgive right away.  I spend at least 1 hour every day in prayer and reflection.  I learn new things and grow.   I share goodness with those I meet.
Comment by Donna J. Cox on March 11, 2011 at 3:36am

"How I Attract Vitality"

Two Sides:

Yang...Creative Cycle

Yin......Destructive Cycle

We each have 'choice' in activating these.

Make the time to "Stop" and smell the roses. Give yourself some!

Contribute to the causes you believe can create more hope and healing.

Go with the old saying: Laughter is good for the soul!!!

Make it a 'learning' opportunity when something goes wrong!

Then, Let it Go!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by phil hiom on March 10, 2011 at 10:33am
As spring gets here get out side for a run or a bike ride or even just a walk. But get outside for some form of activity every day.
Comment by Sunflower Gal on March 9, 2011 at 7:35pm
I take a vacation every year when Winter is just starting the transition to Spring.  That does wonders for rejuvenating yourself.  A temporary change of scenery and routine gets the mind and body back in sync.  Plus - there's a whole world out there to see.  Get going and experience as much as you can!
Comment by Elilzabeth Thibodeau on March 9, 2011 at 4:42pm

In the book The Peaceful Warrior there is a comment that really resonated with me, "let it flow then let it go". When life's clutter starts to take up residence in my mind and life, I journal it right back out. I get angry, I get frustrated and I say things only my indoor voice can say. It flows into my journal then I let it go. I leave it all in the journal.  This is the first thing I do every morning so I won't bring the clutter into the new day. On days that are really crazy I'll journal at night too so I don't bring the clutter into my sleep.


Comment by Cristin Elisa on March 9, 2011 at 4:23pm

I've made the commitment to walk to work each way (30 minutes one-way), despite fatigue, rain, or even lateness! I really enjoy walking, and this gives me the solo time in the morning to simply clear my mind, breathe in fresh air, and view signs of nature all around, be it snow, leaves in the autumn, daffodils in spring.

After work, it's sometimes more difficult to enjoy the walk home, as I'm fatigued from the day. Still, my walking commute greatly helps me deal with stress.

I realize not everyone has the option of walking to work. What about a lunchtime walk, or a walk during a 15-minute break? This often helps me re-adjust as well.

Comment by Terrie Walker on March 9, 2011 at 2:38pm

I have found the most difficult part is getting to the place in my day to declutter my mind.  I bike, walk, yoga, read, meditate, learn new things.  All these activities help me focus out the riff raff of life so I can declutter but, if I don't get there in the first place, there is no benefit.  So...

I pick three words that help me define the year that I hope to have, this year;




then I put them on sticky notes all over the place where I find them throughout the day, this creates little times of mindfulness, deep breathing, and refocus that take only minutes.  The closer I stay on track the less distance I need to travel to my goal.  My next activity is to gear my most productive time of day towards my declutter activity,  I get up early to meditate, I get a walk in before I go home for the day, I do yoga from a tape at home before I leave for my day even if I have yoga class later in the day,  I give myself permission to take care of the person who takes care of everyone else.

 Too bad I'm far from perfect at this, could give the Dali Lama, his Holiness, a run for his money!

Comment by James Smart on March 9, 2011 at 10:53am
When I meditate,thoughts come and thoughts go. Significant and insignificant ones. All I know is that I find a sense of peace sitting in zazen that I cannot find anywhere else. An ungraspable,unnameable, indescribable peace, but one that's real nonetheless.
Comment by Caity McCardell on March 9, 2011 at 9:55am
I take a Laughter Yoga class - or I just generate laughter - and it completely brings vitality to my world in a big way!
Comment by Ryan D Wachter on March 9, 2011 at 9:40am

Making plans to meditate or do yoga, to find the time or make a place in the house just adds to the work and clutter. JUST SIT. After your coffee while the TV is still on the news just shut it off and lift your feet up on the seat and JUST SIT for 10 minutes. Think about whatever, think about nothing...JUST SIT. Time to contemplate, reflect, relax is all that is needed. It wont happen after the first day or maybe even month. But its not about a quick fix, its about a way of life...just like with your nutrition. Diets don't work because you can't keep them up forever and all and all are usually unhealthy. So JUST SIT, everyday! 

Comment by Jeff Knieser on March 9, 2011 at 5:06am
This may sound completely nuts, but if I want to be TRULY present and in the moment I do something that requires extreme concentration - something DANGEROUS!  I do yoga and meditate and both are great for de-stimulating the mind, relaxing my nerves and letting my adrenals restore.  However, there is no comparison to an activity that requires some physical risk to facilitate the sense of PRESENCE - the coveted "in the moment" that we all feel far too infrequently.  To be present not only de-clutters the mind, it completely empties it of all unnecessary thoughts.  I like venturing into the backcountry alone in winter.  Any small mistake can quickly turn into a life threatening situation.  All of my life's frivolous, mundane, and trivial concerns just melt away.  My daily-life worries that seemed so important as I initially walk into the woods, are nearly laughable tiny when I emerge.
Comment by Donna Wells on March 9, 2011 at 3:42am
I use deep breathing and telling myself calm in the inhalation and relax in the exhalation.  I also use my time at the gym as almost a meditation time.  And at other times I entertain my passion by reading books on health and wellness.

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