Monthly Archives: February 2012

Body Burn Week Two: Habit Vs. Willpower

Hey there Body Burn rockstars!!!

Just a quick note to check in on all of you as we brave our second week of Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp 4 Week Body Burn Challenge. We are half-way through week two and I know that this week can be hard. After the thrill of the initial kickoff wears off, we might begin to feel like we’re in an uphill race…we’re not even half-way there and “real-life” has set in again with work commitments, weddings, parties, Mardi Gras, who knows what else…but this is where we push through and remind ourselves that we have committed to 4 weeks of developing NEW healthy habits that are going to create lasting change in our lives.

You see, the secret to reaching our goals is not relying on sheer willpower to get us through our lives. Research shows that replacing undesirable habits with healthy ones creates longer lasting and better results than relying solely on willpower to reach our goals. Here’s why: Habits are not the enemy! Habits help us navigate the world without going crazy. Think of it as an evolutionary blessing that every decision we make in a day doesn’t have to be reevaluated and renegotiated in our brains! OMG, can you imagine how exhausting it would be (Should I get up? Which side of the bed? Should I have breakfast? What should I eat? Where should I eat it? Should I brush my teeth? With what?). The only issue is that sometimes we develop habits that don’t serve our bodies well and until we find new ones to replace them, those are our default.

We often try to break these “bad” habits by using WILLPOWER, but when we are tired, overworked, or under stress in anyway, our brains want the comfort of that habit so that it can conserve brain power to deal with the rest of everything else you’ve got going on. That’s the benefit of a challenge like Body Burn. It helps us to develop new habits that are healthier to fall back on when we can’t or don’t want to think so hard. We all got stuff going on, so relying on only willpower to reach your goals will give you short term benefit, but rarely long term results. Having healthy habits, on the other hand, will give you short term benefit AND long term results!

We’ve all heard that it takes 21 days to create a habit, so keep on experimenting and enjoying the Body Burn experience, and focus on the healthy new habits you are developing rather than beating yourself up for not having the WILLPOWER to be perfect, since willpower is really overrated and frankly, not that fun at all. Think of it this way:

Healthy Habits = LOVE for yourself

Willpower = FEAR of yourself

Which feels better for you?! Believe in your ability to replace old habits with new ones and have fun while doing it. Visualize what you want your “default settings” to look like and create a set of habits that allow you to go on autopilot once in a while without sacrificing your wellness.

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OMG! What Am I Going to Eat?!!!

That’s the first thought that comes to people’s minds when they are about to embark on a clean eating/detox plan of any type. I am participating in Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp’s 4-Week Body Burn Plan which means no alcohol, no caffeine, no sugar, and no processed foods. There are many plans like this and for good reason – these things can wreak havoc on our bodies and taking a break from these toxins can give our systems a chance to rebalance and reboot to optimum health and performance. Thanks to the growing awareness of the negative impact of processed foods and animal products on our health (and planet), there are amazing resources to help make following a plan like this a piece of raw, vegan, gluten-free cake.

So for all of my fellow Bootcampers who are wondering, “OMG! What am I going to eat?” Here is a list of resources and inspiration for you. By focusing on what you CAN have instead of what you CAN’T, you will see that eating CLEAN can actually be a fun, enjoyable adventure that will have your body/mind/spirit humming at it’s highest vibration!

Clean Eating Support:

http://crazysexylife.com/2011/love-list-15-crazy-sexy-diet-tips/ – Kris Carr is an amazing resource. Go on her site, research her story, you will be amazed. And you will find lots of super healthy recipes and goodness on her site. Her Crazy Sexy Diet is a wonderful clean eating/detox program.

http://www.wholeliving.com/153124/how-2012-challenge-works/@center/152870/2012-whole-living-action-plan – LOVE the Whole Living Challenge. Great tips, resources, and recipes!

http://www.oprah.com/food/Oprahs-21-Day-Cleanse-Menu-Plans – Kathy Freston’s Quantum Health Vegan Cleanse was made famous by Oprah. Read up on Oprah’s site to find out more and find some great clean eating recipes and a menu planner

http://www.thewelldaily.com/main/article/create_your_own_cleanse_cheat_sheet – I just discovered The Well Daily and love their beautiful and inspiring site and emails!

http://www.livestrong.com/diet-and-nutrition/ – The Live Strong site is a huge wealth of information…you can find tips and info on pretty much any eating plan ever created including clean eating detox plans like the Paleo Diet, the Maker’s Diet, and raw food diets

Have fun everyone! Post your favorite resources for clean and healthy eating in the comments!

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Hey, Coffee…We Need to Talk.

 
Dear Coffee,
 
I don’t know how to say this, so I’m going to just say it – we need to take a little break. I know we have a lot of fun together and I really love you, but on Monday I am participating in Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp’s 4-week Body Burn and part of the deal is that I can’t see you. I know that sounds harsh, but this is important to me and it’s only four weeks.
 
I know you don’t mean to be, but you can be really toxic and you’ve certainly given me some sleepless nights. And the more time I spend with you, the more of you I want and need. I don’t like feeling that kind of dependency. I need to know that I can handle my life on my own. I appreciate that you’ve gotten me through some really hard times, but I need to learn to be strong on my own.
 
I’m not blaming anything on you, but sometimes when we start the day together, I feel irritable and my body just feels “off”. Maybe it’s not you, but how will I ever know if I don’t take a break from this relationship. We have to trust that if we are meant to be together, we will find our way back to each other.
 
I want you to know, it’s not just you. This goes for alcohol and sugar too. But you are my special love. Let’s make the most of these last few days we have together and then reassess our relationship in a month when I am healthier, stronger, and more balanced.
 
Love always,
 
Kimi
 

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