Movara Fitness Resort – Day 6 (10 Things I Learned at Movara)

Day 6 Hike - West Canyon

Day 6 Hike – West Canyon

I’ve been here long enough now to be able to summarize a few things I’ve learned this week.  So here we go:

10 Things I’ve Learned at Movara:

  1. If you don’t wear waterproof hiking shoes in the desert, you’ll get sand everywhere, all the time, it will even find its way through your socks and end up between your toes.
  2. You can make delicious brownies using black beans instead of flour (recipe below).
  3. You can burn the exact same number of calories doing a hip-hop class as you can doing a cardio circuit in the gym (because I did).
  4. Putting duct tape on your feet will prevent blisters from forming.
  5. Having an all-or-nothing mindset is bad for you.
  6. When you meet dozens of new people that you will be living with for the next week, it’s really helpful to remember their names.  I recommend a book called Moonwalking with Einstein.
  7. Buying lottery tickets is illegal in the state of Nevada.  It’s illegal in Utah too, but interesting about Nevada.
  8. You can seriously reduce sugar and processed food in your life and not even notice.
  9. Conversations tend to be more open and honest when you talk while walking side-by-side rather than sitting face-to-face (it has something to do with not reading facial reactions while you’re talking, and therefore less chance of feeling judged).  I didn’t really learn this at Movara, I’d heard it before.  I walked alongside many strangers this week, and found the conversations flowed really easy, so I learned this can be true.
  10. Bananagrams is a fun, easy game, and is a good thing to pack when you want to break the ice with new friends.

Tomorrow is the last full day for a lot of the people I’ve met here.  I will really miss many of them, but we’ve vowed to stay in touch 🙂


Black Bean Brownies


  • 1 (15 1/2 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. pure cane sugar or Stevia
  • 1/2 c. applesauce
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease an 8 x 8 in. square baking dish.
  3. Combine the black beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, sugar, and applesauce in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into the baking dish. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.
  5. Bake for about 30-45 minutes until edges start to peel away from the sides of the pan.

Note: If you are looking for less sugar grams then we would suggest baking with Stevia. But keep in mind that Stevia products are extremely sweet so you would use a lot less than what the recipe calls for. If you choose to use pure cane sugar (sugar in it’s most natural form), just remember that it is going towards your total added sugar for the day. It is recommended to keep that amount to less than 25 grams (total) in a day, which averages 6 tsps.

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