Atayne 360 - January 2012

Real Resolutions

Lose a few pounds?
Eat healthier?
Clean out the garage?


How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Not too good, huh? Don’t feel bad. Statistics show that only 8% of Americans successfully keep their New Year’s resolutions. In fact, the term “resolutions” can remind us of some of our past shortcomings. Let’s move away from resolutions, and look at what we can do to make actual, positive changes. Here are some observations from Beverly Sastri on how to rethink resolutions.

Step 1: Turn up the dial on your core truth.
Step 2: Shift from resolving to envisioning.
Step 3: Now that you have a vision, add the stepping stones.
Step 4: Looking for more support?

Let the events of your life help you! Read more about putting these steps into action, here.

At Camp Atayne, we’ve already moved on from our resolutions and are looking forward to making actual changes in 2012.

Get Back in the Game


Resolutions aren’t the only plans that can go awry. Races, expeditions or other athletic endeavors can all be derailed by injuries, weather or other unforeseen difficulties. When adversity arises, success should be measured not by missing a goal but how we respond to adversity. How do you get back in the game?

In 2005, Atayners Danielle & Ryan Triffitt met adversity while attempting to “thruhike” the Appalachian Trail. Ryan injured his back in Massachusetts forcing them off the Trail and into rethinking the goal. With a thruhike no longer possible, they had to develop a new plan. In 2008, Danielle and Ryan finished the remaining miles of the Appalachian Trail, summiting Mt. Katahdin in September. Here are some tips from Danielle and Ryan on adjusting their goal, getting back in the game and being successful.

1. Be Disappointed: When a goal is missed, it’s natural to be disappointed, even sad. Being disappointed is an important part of dealing with a missed goal. It helps you process the loss and refocus your energy. For Danielle and Ryan, not being able to complete the thruhike in 2005 was devastating, but it didn’t keep them from ever hiking again.

2. Get Healthy: If it was an injury, be certain that you’re 100% healthy before getting back out there. You don’t want to get derailed again. Danielle and Ryan didn’t start hiking again until Ryan’s back was completely healthy, which was important not only physically, but also mentally, so Ryan wasn’t worried about his previous injury.

3. Remember, It’s Still There: Whether it’s the Appalachian Trail, a marathon or a 5k, they’ll always be there.

4. Redefine: What’s the new goal? Maybe the goal is a certain time, but you just have to do it in a different race. For Danielle and Ryan, the goal was to complete the entire trail…eventually. Additionally, they decided to hike the entire trail northbound as if it was a thruhike. Sure, it was more difficult logistically to only hike north, but it was the style that suited them.

5. Embrace the Change: Don’t look at the change as a negative. The new event is just as important and meaningful as the original goal. In the end, Danielle and Ryan felt that their chance to both have the thruhike and section hike experiences on the Appalachian Trail gave them the best of both worlds. In many ways, the initial disappointment led to an even better experience. Had they not embraced that change, they wouldn’t have been able to have such a great experience and memories from the Appalachian Trail.

Don’t be afraid to redefine your goals. You never know where it may take you.

January Recipe

This month, our friends at Frontier in Brunswick, Maine present a delicious side dish that makes a healthy addition to any winter meal: Cumin Scented Quinoa and Black Rice. They tell us it goes great with a grilled chicken breast or steamed or poached white fish. We think if you add some black beans it will make a great main dish.

quinoa.jpegCumin Scented Quinoa and Black Rice

1/2 c. Short grain black rice
1 c. Red quinoa
1 bay leaf
1/4 t. Kosher salt

2T. oil for sautéing
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 large garlic cloves minced
2 t. Cumin seed
Salt & Pepper
2 T. Extra Virgin Olive oil
3 T. Lemon juice
1/4 c. Fresh cilantro
1/4 c. Fresh Parsley
2 T. 1" chopped chive
1 avocado peeled and diced 1 lemon cut into wedges

Cook rice in 1-cup boiling water and set aside. Cook quinoa with 2 cups water (bring to boil and then simmer until tender) and set aside. Heat oil on medium-low heat and sauté onion and garlic until tender. Add cumin seed, salt and pepper; cook until “aromatic” (smells good) and add to the quinoa. Fold quinoa mix into black rice along with lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh herbs. Serve with diced avocado and lemon wedges.


Play It Forward: WinterKids

winterkids.jpegAt Camp Atayne, we believe in getting outdoors in every season, and we love to hear about organizations that work to do the same. Maine’s WinterKids is one of those programs. The organization helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor winter activity.

A WinterKids Passport is available for every Maine 5th, 6th, or 7th grader. When accompanied by one paying adult, WinterKids Passport holders receive free and discounted tickets, rentals, and lessons at 50 outdoor recreation centers across Maine. WinterKids has also expanded to include a FunPass for kids preschool through 4th grade, which offers the chance to try cross country skiing and snowshoeing on groomed trails at 20 locations throughout the state.

Please join Atayne in supporting WinterKids. If you shop at during the next 30 days and use the promo code playitforwardwinterkids, we'll donate 10% of your purchase price to WinterKids and cover your shipping costs.

Have an organization like WinterKids in your area? Do you know of other organizations doing great things to promote healthy, active lifestyles? Let us know about it by emailing us at, and they could be featured here.

 Atayne at Play

‘Tis the season…for jumping into cold water! Atayner Joel S. took part in the annual “Stupidathon.” It’s a triathlon with a twist: bike 10 miles, run 3 miles, then jump into the Chesapeake Bay. In January! Someone get Joel a towel!


It’s a Little Known Fact

Cliff Claven

Congratulations to December’s winner C. Malo who knew Nallah is the famed dog of Eric Z venturing through the snow on our home page. And she loves the snow, at least when there is snow. Nallah’s home base near Lake Tahoe home has a snow deficit of nearly 60 inches so far this winter!

Now on to January’s question… Atayne’s 2012 event calendar is filling up fast, and you’ll find us at many events nationwide this year. What is the first event Atayne will be sponsoring in the 2012?

Remember, all answers can be found on our website, blog,  Facebook page, Twitter feed, or past issues of our newsletter.
To join in the fun, email your answer to  To be entered into the drawing for the $25 gift certificate, your answer must be received by Tuesday, January 31, 2011.
Until next Month, Keep it Clean!
The Atayners