Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy HoliDAZE…

Ho ho ho, Bootcampers…how are the holidays treating you? Have you been making it to all your workouts? Have you been eating well? Getting enough sleep? Seems to me like December is just flying by this year! Here we are just “10 sleeps” away from Christmas and my list of things to do just seems to be growing! I find that during times like these it is super important to listen to my body and take extra good care of myself – my physical, emotional, mental and spiritual self. Here are my top 5 tips for surviving the holiday season:

  1. Workout. Schedule your workouts in your calendar like appointments and then stick to them. Sometimes I even OVER-schedule my workouts by putting two in a day, 7 days a week. This way, when things come up and I have to cancel a workout or two, I’ve still hit at least 4-5 days minimum. Keeping active will help keep your immune system strong and your stress levels down, plus it will help balance the increased intake of treats and libations that often come with the holidays.
  2. Supplement. During high stress/busy times, I take a whole-food multivitamin/antioxidant (you can get a whole-food multi from any health food store) and a good probiotic daily. I also have begun taking a raw whole-food B complex vitamin since I’m a vegetarian/vegan. I also keep some Echinacea capsules on-hand to start taking if I feel a tickle in my throat or people around me are sick.
  3. Sleep. When my calendar gets crazy, I scour it for times that I can fit in extra sleep and I’m careful to factor in my need for shut eye. Everyone is different, but everyone knows when they are not getting enough sleep. Learn to listen to your body – when it asks you to get more rest, DO IT. Go to bed an hour earlier. Sneak in a nap. Whatever it takes. I’m even for skipping a workout to sleep in if your body is asking for that (yes, you have my permission, just don’t make it a habit!). Remember that your body will whisper to you first and then it will SHOUT!!! Whispers are things like fuzzy thinking, tired shoulders, tension headaches, crabbiness. SHOUTS are twisted ankles, strep throat, the flu, pulled back muscles, migranes…you get the idea.
  4. Quiet. Make an effort to find just 5 to 15 minutes a day when you can sit alone, doing nothing, in a peaceful surrounding. It could be your bedroom, your car, your office. Just close your eyes, relax, and breathe. It is more critical than ever to find time to SLOW DOWN when things around you are moving extra fast. Take a moment each day to be present in the moment instead of allowing yourself to be unconsciously swept up in the whirlwind of holiday sales, crazy traffic, and the overall LOUDNESS of the season. I think of it like using a remote to pause the world around you…with everything frozen, you can take your time to look around and enjoy your life from a new perspective. You step out of the scene and realize that YOU ARE IN CONTROL of your experience.
  5. Love. To not only survive, but THRIVE through the holidays, my best tip for you is to OPEN YOUR HEART and “Embrace Love” as my sister, Alice says. Yes, the holidays are a crazy time when stress is high and calendars are overflowing with commitments, but the holidays are also the perfect opportunity to connect with people (family, friends, strangers) in the most magical and fulfilling ways. People’s hearts are more open than ever during this time of year…so use the holidays as a time to LET GO and LET LOVE…let go of the petty stuff that doesn’t matter, let go of stuff (physical and emotional) that you don’t want to take with you into the new year, let go of the need for perfection, let go of family baggage, let go of bitterness and resentment, let go of past hurts and ego, let go of worrying what others will think, let go of stress and anxiety, let go of it all and LET LOVE guide you this holiday season. Instead of stressing about all the STUFF you have to do, keep it simple and let your heart guide you. As Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Alice's "Embrace Love" mousepad available on Zazzle.com

Question of the Day: How do YOU thrive during the holidays? Share your tips for us in the comments!

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Inspiration Friday: Finer Minds

Happy Inspiration Friday, Friends!

Today’s inspiration is my favorite website – FinerMinds.com, the brain child of one of my favorite inspirational visionaries, Vishen Lakhiani. The site’s tagline is: “Your source for mind-blowing awesomeness.” Love that! This is my go-to place to raise my vibration anytime I need a pick me up. When it comes to the internet, it is so easy to sucked in to Facebook, YouTube, news sites, and other things online that just bring our vibration down and leave us feeling down, depleted, and downright depressed. I personally try to filter my online media by using Google Reader to subscribe to blogs that are fun, interesting, and inspiring and do my best to keep away from the rest. If it doesn’t make me feel good, I don’t want it.

In this digital age of media overload, I believe that it is more important than ever to choose what we want to allow into our consciousness. We can CHOOSE to set boundaries and limitations on the media in our life and allow only the highest vibration stuff in OR we can become victims, allowing the loudest, most agressive, lowest vibration stuff into our world. Just know that it is CHOICE you can make. There is no reason to fear media, so long as you empower yourself to filter, control, limit, and BE IN CHARGE of what you allow into your home and your consciousness.

So if you’re looking for a feel good site with some really inspirational content, spend some time on FinerMinds.com…you’ll love it! Here are some links to get you started:

http://www.finerminds.com/happiness/flow-chart-to-being-happy/

http://www.finerminds.com/happiness/50-life-lessons/

http://www.finerminds.com/meditation/dynamic-meditation-technique/

http://www.finerminds.com/lifestyle/this-cat-sits-like-a-human-super-cute-vid/

Question of the Day: What are your favorite inspirational websites?

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Eating Vegan On-the-Go in Honolulu

Lemongrass Tofu Stir-fry From Loving Hut Pensacola

Not everyone has the time or desire to eat at home or pack food wherever they go. When I’m too busy to pack food or plan ahead, here are my go-to places for healthy, vegan options on-the-go! These are the places that I know I can get a healthy vegan meal fast and easy!

  1. Loving Hut, King Street http://lovinghut.us/honolulu/
    All vegan. Super nice staff. Love the Pho, Rainbow Vietnamese Sandwich. And try their “Tasty Glory”, you have to ask for it since it is not on the menu! And if they happen to have vegan cupcakes on the counter – YOU HAVE TO GET ONE – they are INSANE!!!
  2. Loving Hut, Pensacola http://lovinghut.us/honolulu_02/index.html
    Also all vegan. Different owners, different menu. Also super nice staff. Love their Kind Katsu. FYI, their fried items can be a little soggy/oily.
  3. Down to Earth, South King http://www.downtoearth.org/
    Good menu items, full grocery store, lots to choose from. After an incident where I watched a dude wipe off the avocado serving spoon with his finger, I only get salad bar/hot bar items when they first come out in the morning…I get a little grossed out thinking about all those hands getting near the food all day long…but that’s just me.
  4. Wholefoods, Kahala Mall http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/honolulu/
    Great sandwiches, full grocery store. Their salad bar/hot bar are also amazing…if I’m there early enough to be the first to touch it (see #4 for more explanation).
  5. Govindajis, Fort Street http://govindajis108.weebly.com/
    Great place to eat downtown. Happiest staff on the planet. Food is always prepared with thought and love.
And if you have more time to look for parking and sit down for a nice meal
  1. Downbeat Diner, Hotel Street http://downbeatdiner.com/
    Love this place. Fun, hipster vibe, diner food. They have vegan alternatives for all their menu items. Even a vegan loco moco! Plus at night they have cocktails. Service can take a while, so plan accordingly.
  2. Simply Joy, South King http://www.simplejoyhawaii.com/
    Delicious vegan menu. Nice atmosphere.
  3. YuZu, Ala Moana Hotel, http://www.yelp.com/biz/yuzu-honolulu
    Cool ambiance. Healthy macrobiotic japanese food. Amazing veggie sushi platter – you have to check it out!

What are your favorite go-to healthy restaurants/food stops? Have I missed any awesome vegan-friendly places? Share in the comments! 

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Inspiration Friday: Raise Your Vibration!!!

So, one of the many fabulous hats I wear is the one of “Marketing Mom” for MomsinHawaii.com. The big thing we’ve been working on is our Happy New You Makeover Promotion that launched today – yay! I am really excited about this one, not only because hardworking moms have a chance to win a fabulous prizes like stylish clothing from my favorite boutique Eden in Love and pampering treatments from the Queen’s Women’s Health Center, but also because to enter this contest, moms must answer the question: “What are you proud of?”

The reason I love this so much is that the question pushes us to look for our own value. Recognizing our own value and self-worth is one of the hardest things to do, and yet it is one of the most surefire ways to RAISE YOUR VIBRATION. And what happens when we raise our vibration? Well, life is just easier, sweeter, and more fun! I recently took on a challenge that was put out by inspirational mom, blogger, raw foodist Tera Warner that was inspired by EFT master Carol Look. Tera challenged her readers to, “Tell me ten things you love about yourself!”. The goal of the challenge was to “lower your resistance” and “raise your vibration” so that you could feel that FLOW – you know the one, that FLOW that you feel when things are just going your way, you are reaching your goals, and you just feel like THE UNIVERSE HAS YOUR BACK!

I did this for 30 days straight! If I missed a day, I would make up for it on the next one – it was tough, but it was AMAZING. And it works! Taking this time each day to think about what I love about myself really helped me to feel lighter and more resilient, despite tough days at work or with the kids. This experience really inspired me as we worked with our Moms Community to create this fun and exciting contest. It is our hope that our Island Moms will take a moment to toot their own horns, raise their vibration, and feel that sense of empowerment that comes from recognizing their own value.

So whether you are a mom or not, challenge yourself to think of 10 things each day that you are proud of or that you love about yourself. We have a tradition in our home at dinner time that we call “Appreciation/Proud Of Circle”. First, we go around and say things we appreciate about each other, then we go around and say things that we are proud of. It never fails to raise the vibration at the dinner table and makes for such a nice dining experience. The kids love it. Gratitude and Self-Worth are always delicious. So dive in!

Here are 10 things I’m proud of as a mother:

  1. I’m proud that I make the kids healthy home lunches
  2. I’m proud that I teach my children to look for the benefit in challenges
  3. I’m proud that my children trust me with their fears
  4. I’m proud that I can make my kids laugh
  5. I’m proud that my children can depend on me
  6. I’m proud that I am always looking for ways to improve myself as a mother
  7. I’m proud that I’m teaching my kids about gratitude, self-worth, and love
  8. I’m proud that I am conscious about being patient, present, and available for my children
  9. I’m proud that I really listen to my kids
  10. I’m proud that I embrace my kids for who they are and encourage them to find their own voice and power

What are YOU proud of? Share your comments here and be sure to ENTER at MomsinHawaii.com

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Happy December, Bootcampers! What are your Goals?!

And…we’re back!

Happy Holidays Bootcampers! Bootcamper Brian, of the amazing blog www.beautifullysimple.net, has inspired me to resurrect my Camp Kimi blog to inspire y’all to stay fit, healthy, happy  throughout the holiday season! Notice I’ve even upgraded to a REAL domain name, http://www.campkimi.com, not just a wordpress-hosted blog. We’re moving on up, baby! I’ve heard from a bunch of you Bootcampers (thank you, blog fans!) that you’d like to read about tips on nutrition, recipes, inspiring book recommendations, and how to stay fit through the holidays! That I can do!!! If there are other questions you have or things you’d like me to write about, please post them in the comment section!

OK, so, here we are. It is December 1st. Time to set some goals! I love the first day of the month. Pretty much every month I create a new set of goals. I like to write them down so I can look back on them throughout the month. I also like to share them so that I can be held accountable. The first of every month is like a fresh start! In fact, every MOMENT can be a new start! All it takes is slowing down for a few minutes to think about what you want and how you are going to achieve it.

So do it! Right now! Take out a piece of paper, your journal, or your computer and write down the goals you want to accomplish this month. They can be big, they can be small. But remember the goal setting rule – make them S.M.A.R.T. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

Here are my goals for December:

  1. Resurrect my blog! My Sister From Another Mister (SFAM) Alice Inoue tells us that “Mercury Retrograde” is a great time to do all those “re” activities – reflect, recharge, recommit, etc. so I’m “re”-surrecting my blog since we are in MR until December 13th. Want to find out more about MR – check out Alice’s awesome Mercury Retrograde Article and while you are at, check out her inspiring blog. I just LOVE my SFAM to pieces!!! XOXO
  2. Workout Six Days a Week! My dear friend Fortuna is my accountability partner for this one! Yay Fortuna!!! She is my hero! If you haven’t read it yet, check out the post I wrote about this talented Bootcamper. Rumor has it we’re rewarding ourselves with an adventure to a Korean Spa if we hit our goal…
  3. Vegan Month #2. My goal last month was to switch from vegetarian to vegan. I feel so happy and wonderful that I’m committing to continuing for at least another month. I love eating vegan. I love that I am being kind to my body, animals, and the planet. It feels good to me. I had this realization recently that there are times that I eat animal products just to make it easier for other people. Sometimes that’s what feels right to me, but lately I have really been enjoying eating the way I WANT TO, even if it means being a pain in the ass.I know this isn’t for everyone, but for those of you interested, I’ll be sharing some vegan recipes here. For those of you wondering about veganism or thinking that I must not be getting enough protein to survive, check out these resources about thriving without animal products in your diet.
    http://www.nomeatathlete.com/
    http://www.brendanbrazier.com/
    http://www.thekindlife.com/
    http://www.kathyfreston.com/

    Remember it is all about listening to your own body and inner wisdom to figure out what foods make your body sing (Hint: It’s probably NOT a bacon double cheeseburger with Red Bull and vodka). HIGH VIBRATION FOODS mean HIGH VIBRATION BODY!

So get those goals written down, Party People, and let’s make this the holiday season the best one yet! See you at Egan Inoue’s Fit Body Bootcamp!

P.S. – Here’s the vegan home lunch that I’ve packed for work today:

Leftover homemade spanish rice, organic kidney beans, roasted veggies, vegan veggie burger, vegan sour cream, topped with fresh tomatoes and cilantro! Yum!

 

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