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Inspiration Friday: DeRose Method Hawaii

Happy Inspiration Friday! Today’s inspiration is Guilherme Alves and DeRose Method Hawaii. Gui teaches “Bootcamp Stretch” a few times a week for Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp but also has yoga classes all across the state. The style of yoga that he teaches is the DeRose Method, named after Professor DeRose, who you can read more about on Gui’s website www.derosehawaii.com

DeRose Method is what is known as Swasthya Yoga or “Ancient Yoga” and the benefits of this practice are many…but the practice is not just about the body, it is about the mind and the spirit. As it says on www.derosehawaii.com:

“The objective of all sorts of Yoga is a state of self-knowledge called samadhi. While promoting this state of extreme lucidity, the Ancient Yoga (Swasthya Yoga) also gifts the practitioner with several preliminary effects which will reinforce one’s biological structure. It increases the yogin’s vitality, health, energy, and life expectancy, to promote its goal: samadhi. 

Yoga’s physical benefits (muscular, articular, circulatory, neurological and endocrin) are nothing but interesting (and positive!) side effects of its practice.”

All I know is that I feel so clear, energized, and happy after taking Gui’s classes. And I have gotten so much more flexible. Yoga is not for everyone, I know. I bet some of you are saying, “I don’t like yoga”, “I’m not flexible”, “it’s too slow for me”, or “it’s boring”. I get it, I’ve said all those things before. But I’ve grown to love yoga and when I take the time to slow down for an hour of class with Gui, I feel like I have given myself a gift.

I will admit that there are definitely times when motivating myself to come to yoga class is hard. Especially when I’m busy. I often feel like I should skip yoga to get some extra work done. But the reality is that I am usually more productive after I’ve centered myself with an hour of yoga. Slowing down can sometimes be hard for me and I know this is true for many of us, especially at Bootcamp.

Getting motivated to go to Bootcamp is different. You know you will be pumped up by the music, the trainers, the other bootcampers, the intense workout. But with Gui’s yoga classes, it is just you, your quiet classmates, Gui’s soothing voice, and your mat. You will be forced to be calm, to be still, to slow down and breathe, reflect, and BE with yourself and your body. I think THAT is what many of us are actually resisting, not the yoga itself. Something to think about for sure.

Now I’m not here to convince you guys to do yoga. Even the DeRose Method philosophy states, “One must not choose yoga thinking in terms of ‘are its benefits worth the time spent?’, these benefits being neither physical nor, even less, spiritual. One must seek yoga if one feels attracted to it, as a painter would feel the need to paint.” But I will offer that yoga is a great way to help you become a more balanced athlete and all around human being.

So try out one of Gui’s classes, if for no other reason than to witness what an amazing athlete he is. Gui is living proof of what a strong yoga practice and vegetarian diet can help you attain. He can lift his entire body weight with his finger tips and can roll his stomach muscles in a way that will blow your mind. Conscious, caring, and devoted to his students, Gui is a true inspiration and a super cool guy! Thank you Gui for sharing your gift with all of us.

One last thing. For those of you that think yoga is just for for girls, hippies, or senior citizens, check out this awesome video that Gui showed us of Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion Rickson Gracie doing Swasthya yoga. Love it!

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Fitness is a Journey…with Quiche.

We made it through Egan’s 28 Day Flat Belly program – how did you do? I’ve heard amazing stories of inches and pounds lost, energy gained, and new healthy habits being formed. Recently, I was talking with Bootcamper Josh (who has lost 24 pounds as of today!) about motivation. He bravely confided in me a couple weeks ago that his motivation had begun to slide and that while he had started out “gung ho”, he was now really only putting in about 50% effort. Of course, this is “asking for it” in the Bootcamp world. Telling your Bootcamp trainer to her face that you are slacking is a sure fire way to get a lot of yelling and extra burpees. But actually, Josh discovered that just by coming clean about his plateau in motivation, he was inspired to kick it up a notch. Once he put it out there and was accountable for his slacking, he found new motivation to get him going again.

Oprah once said, “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” This certainly applies to your fitness journey. There is no big secret that will unlock your motivation forever. Even professional athletes lose motivation and inspiration along the way. But what separates the success stories from the failed attempts is the willingness to continue to find new inspiration and motivation along the way.

Fitness is a journey, not a destination. You will find things that work for you and things that don’t. You will hit plateaus. You will get bored. You will slip up. You will get busy. Your life and schedule might change. The most important thing to do is to listen to what your mind and body are asking for and then use this inner wisdom to find new motivation and solutions to your hurdles. Josh’s mind was telling him that he needed more accountability, so he acted on that by speaking up about his lack of motivation. This type of awareness paired with action is the true path to success.

The myth is that you set a fitness goal, you reach it and then you are happy and fit with the perfect body forever. That is not reality. The hard truth is, fitness success means setting goals and finding new motivation over and over again for the rest of your life. Fitness success is making a habit of continuing on the journey instead of throwing in the towel when things become challenging, uninspiring, or frustrating. Fitness success is training yourself to find the fun in refocusing, re-energizing, and setting new goals. The beauty of this perspective is that it allows you to enjoy life TODAY, wherever you are in your fitness journey, instead of waiting for chasing a perfect future that doesn’t exist.

So now that our Flat Belly Challenge is over, what are your new goals? What are the fun things you are going to try this month? Will you add another day of Bootcamp or try a new nutrition program? Will you try mediation? How about yoga? Will you add in a weekly run or swim? Share your goals for October with us!

My goals for this month…I plan to add in a weekly jog in my sassy Vibrams and also plan to try some new vegan recipes. Here is my first new dish. Vegan Quiche. I made it with a spelt pie crust from Down to Earth. It is filled with sauteed shallots, zucchini, spinach, garlic, extra firm tofu, almond milk, nutritional yeast, Bragg’s aminos, curry powder, and pine nuts. I topped it with sun-dried tomatoes and more pine nuts. Healthy dinner with leftovers for my lunch! Bon appetit and see you at Bootcamp!

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Inspiration Friday: My Amazing Bootcamp Ohana

Happy Aloha Friday, Everyone! I dedicate today’s Inspiration Friday post to My Super Awesome Bootcamp Ohana! It is hard for me to believe that I only met Egan Inoue one year ago. In fact, it is almost one year ago to the date. Last year at this time, I was taking Alice Inoue‘s Feng Shui Your Life course. It started on my birthday of last year, September 24, 2010. It was in this life-changing workshop that I met Egan. Alice brought Egan in as a guest speaker to talk to us about Physical well-being and Health. He had just started Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp on September 1 and he invited our class to come and try it out.

I just pulled out my workbook from last year’s course and on September 25, 2010 I wrote, “Call Egan – Bootcamp Trial”. I started on October 1 and fell in love! Egan, Marcia, and Corrie were so fun, warm, welcoming, and inspiring and the workouts were kick ass!!! But what REALLY hooked me from the first day were the other Bootcampers. Egan’s Bootcamp is like a magnet for the coolest people in the world. I have met the most amazing, conscious, inspiring, HILARIOUS people over the past year. Seriously. Our Bootcampers are quirky, snarky, sassy, funny, fun, and just so darn FULL OF LIFE. This goes for our Trainers too, by the way. Over the past year, Egan’s Staff and Bootcamp Members have truly become my family. I am so grateful, I could cry!

Bootcamp came into my life at a time when I really needed it. And maybe that’s the way for it is for all of us who end up at Egan’s Bootcamp. I have gone through more life changes in this past year than most of you would probably ever guess. I really believe that it was Bootcamp and my strong system of support and friendship there that helped me weather the seas of transition and change without totally LOSING IT. Despite all the challenges and change going on in my life at the time, when Egan and Marcia asked me to become a trainer last year, I followed my heart and said yes…and thank God I did!

Being a Bootcamp Trainer has become a true passion for me. I LOVE getting up at 4:30 in the morning to teach my classes. I love seeing people drip with sweat. I love hearing them groan and complain and then thank me afterwards for a great workout. I love being able to yell at people in a socially appropriate context. I love seeing people’s bodies and lives transform. I love being able to help people reach their goals. I love laughing and sweating and dancing with my classes. I love seeing people taking care of themselves and giving themselves the gift of physical health and wellness. I love seeing my Bootcampers encourage each other and bond. I love the inside jokes we have. I love hearing everyone’s story. I love the camaraderie of shared muscle pain and endorphins. I love it all. We are a bonded, crazy, eclectic, wacky family that shares the values of self-development, personal growth, health, wellness, and friendship – and dammit, it is a beautiful thing.

Today in our 5:30am class, the gang surprised me with hilarious gifts, thoughtful goodies, and so much sincere kindness and love it brought tears to my eyes. I am overwhelmed by the love and appreciation that I feel for My Bootcamp Ohana. I am happier than I have ever been and there is no doubt in my mind that much of this has to do with this amazing family that has come into my life. Thank you Alice for introducing me to Egan. Thank you Egan, Marcia, and Corrie for all that you do and for letting me be a part of something so awesome. Thank you fellow trainers for your inspiration, support, and friendship.

And to our Bootcampers – I love you – thank you for inspiring me everyday. Being your trainer is the BEST JOB EVER! Now, drop and give me 36 burpees for my birthday! No make that 37 – one for good luck!

 

"Healthy Birthday Lei" from my Bootcampers - filled with Think Thin bars, Quinoa, etc. LOL! Too cute!

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Tick Tock, Party People!

Here we are heading into our last week of Flat Belly Challenge. How are we feeling? Remember, it is not about how PERFECT you followed this program or any other – it is about getting in the habit of feeling good and making great choices for ourselves every day! Which tricks, tips, healthy eating or fitness habits are you going to keep? What feels so good that it will become a lifestyle? In my opinion, that’s the goal of any program like this. It is not about restricting yourself for 28 days so that you can go back to unhealthy choices once is it OVER. It is about resetting your body/mind and shifting your perspective so that you can see that YOU can control your choices and therefore YOUR EXPERIENCE each and every day. That is EMPOWERING.

If you are breathing, you are ALIVE and that means you have TIME ON THE CLOCK to take control of your life and create the experience you want to have on this planet. I want to share an amazing video with you on this very subject. I saw it on one of my absolute FAVORITE websites, FinerMinds.com, which is a one-stop shop for all things inspiring and awesome. Below is their intro to this video. Do yourself a favor and set aside an hour to watch this. It will be time well spent, I promise. What’s your bucket list? Share with us in the comments below and then get to it! Tick tock!

Okay before you watch this video, stretch your arms and grab a Kleenex.

Now, let Sean Stephenson take you through his powerful talk at Awesomeness Fest 2010 that will make your toes tingle and and inspire you to to crank life up a notch by living it to the MAX. Warning: we’ve got possible tears, a little bit of laughter and definitely dancing coming!

Seriously, this Three Foot Giant will knock your socks off. His life-changing story will make you realize that no obstacle should stop you, or anyone else, from living life to the fullest. Sean teaches us that life is not worth whining about and instead of fretting about problems we’re actually much better off doing a boogie instead.

If you’ve not met this remarkable man, you’ll learn quickly that his heart is made of pure gold. Despite surviving over 200 fractured bones by the age of 18, Sean rocks his life to epic proportions and is working his way through an awesome bucket list (he’s already ticked off scuba diving and meeting the Dalai Lama).

Did you like this video and this post? Share the INSPIRATION!

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Inspiration Friday: “Reconnecting to the Power Within”

I am so excited to share about this upcoming event held by my dear friends Kahu Lahela, Tahiti Reed, and Kamaha’o. If you are looking for INSPIRATION, you have to meet these Goddesses! Spending time with these powerful, beautiful women is truly an uplifting experience.

You may be wondering exactly what their event is all about and what “an evening with higher consciousness” means. In the simplest terms, Lahela and Tahiti use a combination of Quantum Healing Hypnosis and energetic channeling to tap into the knowledge, wisdom, and healing of our collective or cosmic consciousness. And while this may not resonate with everyone, if you are curious, open, and your heart feels a pull towards this, follow that instinct and enjoy the adventure.

At the very least, this is an opportunity to meet and interact with some amazing people who are interested in helping us tap into our greatest potential as individuals and as a collective. For more information, visit http://conversationwithhigherconsciousness.blogspot.com/

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Life is Crazy Beautiful…

This is what my life has looked like lately! Lunch and snacks at my desk! When life gets CRAZY it takes extra planning and preparation to stick to a healthy diet and a workout schedule. Whenever I find my life getting hectic I have a few tricks to help me feel “in control” and stay on track. Here are some simple things you can do to help you feel in control when life is CRAZY:

  • Get up 20 minutes earlier. Use the time to meditate, get organized, make your lunch, collect your thoughts, breathe, whatever. Just give yourself a little extra time. You can use it to do the next tip.
  • Make your bed. This is my mom’s trick and it is so simple and awesome. The couple of minutes it takes to make your bed can have a HUGE impact on how in control you feel of your day.
  • Take 5 minutes in the morning to free-write about your day ahead and what you want to accomplish.
  • Take 5 minutes to do gratitude journaling…start with “I am so grateful for…” This will help you to create positive energy and appreciation for your life and help keep things in perspective when things feel hectic.
  • Write your workouts in your calendar. Treat them like appointments with yourself. Know that exercising will give you more energy to handle everything going on in your life.
  • Have a good to-do list system. I use a program called OmniFocus and when things get really busy I use it to divide my lists by the days of the week. Rather than looking at my overwhelming list of everything I want to and have to do, I split my list up by the days of the week and just focus on what I need to get done that day. Prioritizing and setting reasonable expectations of what I will get done in a day helps me to feel less overwhelmed. Plus, being able to check off all my items for the day feels so good!
  • Pack lots of snacks and a healthy lunch. When your day is busy, you may tell yourself that picking something up on the road is easier, but it is actually more important than ever to pack healthy options so that when things get super busy at work or in your day, you at least can keep your blood sugar levels balanced and you won’t end up eating something from a vending machine or fast food out of desperation.
  • Bring a big bottle of water with you where ever you go. When we get busy, we forget to drink water which makes us tired, less efficient, and blah. Don’t let yourself get dehydrated! If you are thirsty – you are already dehydrated!
  • Find some time in your day to totally unplug and just “be”. Martha Beck wrote a great book called, “The Joy Diet” and the first thing she talks about people needing is, ironically, “nothing”. What most of us are hungry for, especially in this loud crazy busy world we live in is quiet, solitude, peace…NOTHING. So find 10 minutes to just sit alone in quiet. You’ll be amazed how this can recharge and center you.
What are your tricks for handling life’s crazier times? How do you make it Crazy Beautiful instead of just CRAZY?!!!!!!! Feel free to comment on this post and share YOUR TIPS with us!
P.S. If you’re wondering about that Think Thin bar, I found this flavor at Vim N’ Vigor in Ala Moana. It was pretty good! Really different from the other Think Thin bars – much more “granola bar-ish”

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Inspiration Friday: The Kitchen Goddess

Fortuna, The Kitchen Goddess, making cauliflower musubis at Nahewai

Happy Inspiration Friday! This is my dear friend, Kathleen “Fortuna” Arai, also known as The Kitchen Goddess. Fortuna has been cooking for us and making us laugh for as long as I can remember. She is a fabulous chef with amazing range who really can bake or cook ANYTHING you can imagine. As her life focus has evolved over the years, so has her cooking. These days, her conscious, loving spirit infuses every dish she makes with such high vibration energy that I swear eating her food is an intoxicating experience.

Fortuna is not only an amazing chef, she is a gifted healer, incredibly intuitive and insightful. She is also a fiery, sassy woman with a sharp wit, amazing sense of humor, and a fantastic laugh. Here is more about Fortuna:

Kathleen “Fortuna” Arai has been a Personal Chef in Honolulu for almost 17 years. Her specialty is healthy cooking to suit the needs and tastes of her clientele. She is currently in her third year at Sacred Path Healing School. Using food as a medium for health and healing is a perfect match for her interests. “Preparing healthy, delicious food is a passion. I love assisting others on their journey to health and wellness. Creating delicious dishes for those on restricted, limited or sensitive diets are an exciting challenge for me.” Fortuna is also passionate about teaching others how to cook and doing research for new product development. 

Fortuna was kind enough to share two of her delicious and nutritious recipes with us. I tried both of these last Saturday and OMG they are so good! And so virtuous! Low-sugar, low-carb, and tasty! Can’t beat that! If you would like to contact Fortuna, you can email her at fortuna@lava.net

VEGETARIAN MUSUBI (makes 6)

“For non-vegetarians, substitute a turkey or beef burger. I made these for some friends that were not eating any grains in their diet. I accepted the challenge!”

Special equipment needed: musubi maker and food processor

6 Morning Star Farms vegetarian breakfast patties
1 packets stevia
1 Tablespoon Bragg’s liquid aminos

Spray skillet with cooking spray and turn burner on to “medium”. When skillet is warm, add patties and lightly brown on both sides. Once browned, add Bragg’s and stevia and mix in pan. Remove patties and set aside.

Cauliflower “rice”

1 small cauliflower
juice from 1/2 lemon
1Tablespoon Bragg’s liquid aminos
1/2 Veganaise
6 half-sheets roasted Nori

Boil Caulflower until knife-tender. Let cool. Place in bowl of food processor. Add Bragg’s and lemon. Pulse until cauliflower resembles the size and shape of rice grains. Empty into mixing bowl. Add Veganaise and mix.

To assemble:

place nori sheet on clean, dry work surface
place musubi maker on top of nori sheet
measure 1/2 cup cauliflower mixture into musubi maker
place patty on top of “rice”
press mixture down with tamper
remove musubi maker and fold nori sheet over.
seal seam with a little water

SUGAR-FREE, VEGAN APPLE CRISP

“I’ve recently stopped eating a lot of sugar. But I still want a treat every so often. This fit the bill nicely! I’m not sure how many servings this makes because I could eat the whole pan!”

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Topping:

1 cup macadamia nuts, crushed
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
3 Tabespoons flax seed meal
3 Tablespoons coconut flour
1/4-1/2 cup refined coconut oil
1/2 cup xylitol
3 packets stevia
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix to a crumbly texture. Set aside.

Filling:

4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced small
1-2 Tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
1Tablespoon coconut flour
1/2- 1 cup xylitol
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 packets stevia
15 drops vanilla cream liquid stevia
3 Tablespoons Just Like Sugar

Mix filling ingredients. Pour into 9×12 glass pan sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle topping so that it covers the entire filling. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until topping is golden and filling is bubbly.

 

The BEAUTIFUL photo above was taken by the amazing Geralyn of Hokulii Images. Contact Ger today for your photography needs!

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