Monthly Archives: January 2013

Cheers to Team Awesome!

"Toasting" Team Awesome! Ezekiel Flax Bread Toast with organic peanut butter and Team Awesome member Daniel's awesome mango jam!

“Toasting” Team Awesome! Ezekiel Flax Bread Toast with organic peanut butter and Team Awesome member Daniel’s awesome mango jam!

We are winding up another week of our Boomtastic New Year’s Revolution Challenge and heading into Week 3, which means we are 1/3 of the way there! Our Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp Team Awesome Challenge Team is up to almost 80 people and it’s so exciting to see everyone’s amazing progress. We are all getting stronger, adding push-ups and burpees to our fit test numbers and also seeing change in our bodies and on the scale. But the thing I’m most excited about is seeing the energy and mindset shift in our team members. 

It is so exciting to watch as people TAKE THEIR POWER BACK and start believing again that they are in control of their bodies and their lives. As a trainer, I get so excited to be a part of that moment when a person realizes that they have the power to change their body. I see it happening in this Challenge and I love it! Because we are tracking our numbers from week-to-week and writing them on a board, we are getting visual proof that our efforts are paying off. This is the real power of goal setting and goal tracking and why it is so successful. That moment when you realize “wow, I worked for something and I got it” is a trigger that leads to awesomeness! In that moment you are making a mindset shift from “victim of circumstance” to “person at the wheel”. And once you realize you’re the one driving, well, look out Marty McFly! (“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”)

Now, does that mean that we’ll never feel disempowered again? Of course not! As we always say, it’s a journey, not a destination, and along the way our empowerment will be tested again and again. As you start hitting those goals, don’t be surprised if thoughts of doubt and fear bubble up. You might hear your inner critic or fearful ego say things like:

Your success is just a fluke.
You just got lucky this time. 
You may have reached this goal, but you won’t be able to do it again.
That scale can’t be right.
You’ll gain the weight back.
This success isn’t yours to keep.
You’re not worthy of this awesomeness.
You never stick with anything.
Don’t take a day off or eat anything “bad” or you’ll blow it all.
You have to work out and push yourself like a crazy person to get results.
It’s easier for everyone else.
Everyone else is getting there faster.
You don’t deserve this.
Nothing good ever lasts.

I know these thoughts because I have thought them all! And even as a trainer they still come up for me! This is not a bad thing. In fact, this is a great thing! That’s how we get stronger and more awesome, by learning how to manage the doubts and fears that come up for us by replacing them with thoughts of love, acceptance, and empowerment. So when you hear these thoughts creep in, don’t get mad or frustrated or discouraged, just think of your inner critic/ego as a scared little child who is just trying to adjust to all the new awesomeness. Give him or her a BIG HUG and say, “Thank you so much for showing me where I used to be and how far I’ve come, but now I am the BOOM KING/QUEEN/SHERIFF/MASTER/BOSS of this body and no one else.” Remind yourself that any and all success and awareness you gain is YOURS TO KEEP. Fear not, for you earned this, you did this, and you have new knowledge and support, making it truly impossible to ever go back to where you were.

Congratulations on another boomin’ week, Team! Special shout-out to Team Awesome for all of the yummy healthy treats we’ve been sharing with each other and for supporting one another with such love, kindness, enthusiasm, and passion. I am so proud and grateful to be a part of something so special. Have an empowered weekend and get those workouts scheduled for next week! Ba-Boom!!!!!

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New Year’s Revolution!

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Congratulations on saying YES to taking your awesomeness to the next level!

This was the first week of our Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp New Year’s Revolution Challenge. And in a beautiful surge of awesomeness, our Team Awesome Boomtastic 2013 Challenge and Egan’s New Year’s Revolution Challenge have merged into one glorious clean-eating, strength-building, team-bonding, amazeballs challenge.

In the past week, Team Awesome has grown to over 75 people! Not just people, may I add, but the most amazing, supportive, inspiring, funny, fun, focused, kickass bunch of crazies I’ve ever met! In fact, not a day goes by that I don’t marvel at the incredible people that I have met through Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp. There is something magic about Egan’s…something indescribable…something that brings the most amazing and inspiring people through those doors. No question about it – our Bootcamp ohana is super special!!!!!

As we head into our second week of our official New Year’s Revolution Challenge, my challenge to you is to take a good hard look at the STORIES you have been telling yourself up to this point. One of the biggest obstacles in reaching our goals can be the stories that we cling to about why we aren’t living the life of our dreams yet. Unconsciously or out of habit, we tell ourselves and the people around us all kinds of stories about who we are…do any of these sound familiar?

I just can’t lose this baby weight. 
It’s been really hard to lose weight since menopause.
No matter what I do, I can’t lose weight.
I have bad knees.
I hate working out. 
I’m lazy.
I’m broke.
I’m super busy. 
It’s really hard, because I have _______ (insert any illness). 
I’m not young anymore. 
My metabolism just isn’t what it used to be.
I lose weight, but then I always gain it back.
I’m not a morning person.
I just don’t like the taste of healthy food.
I don’t have that much support. 

And so on. We tell ourselves stories all the time and perhaps we aren’t even aware of the stories we are telling. Once we do become aware, our first instinct might be to judge ourselves for saying things that might be holding us back. Consider that there is nothing wrong with the things we’ve been saying, these stories have been serving us thus far. But today, we can ask ourselves if the stories we are telling are serving us NOW and  if they are helping us become who we want to be.

How radical and awesome would it be to replace all those old stories that aren’t serving you with new inspiring stories that lift you up and energize you! I can hear some of you saying, “but my stories are TRUE!” OK, but do those stories make you feel in control of your life and your future? Take your power back by trying on some new stories and seeing how they feel…

What story FEELS better to you:

“I have a hard time losing weight.” OR “I’m making my health a priority!”

“I don’t have time to exercise.” OR “I make time to exercise!”

“I hate working out.” OR “I’m learning to love burpees!”

“Change is hard for me.” OR “I love change!”

Can you feel the difference in your energy as you choose to tell stories that support your health and fitness goals? I know it can be uncomfortable to let go of the stuff we’ve said and believed for so long. Be easy on yourself through this process. Just observe, with gentleness, what stories you are telling yourself and others. Ask your accountability partner or friends/family to help you. Ask them to lovingly point out to you when you are telling a story that may not serve your highest good. Lean into changing your stories gently, one at a time, and have fun with it!

This week, When you hear yourself tell a story…try some delicious OATS

  1. Observe – “Hmmmm, that’s interesting.”
  2. Ask – “Is that true? Does it have to be? Do I want it to be?”
  3. Think – Is this story serving your goals and your highest good? What do you wish your story was?
  4. Substitute – Take your power back by picking an awesome new story to tell yourself (even if you don’t believe it yet – fake it ’til you make it! Try it on for fun!)

Keep up the great work, everyone!!! From here on out, I’m counting down the weeks of the New Year’s Revolution Challenge because it is easier and less confusing for all of our Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp members, so WEEK 2, here we come!!!!!!! Ba-boom!

Drop me a line in the comments to let me know how you’re doing and what you think about the stories we tell ourselves and le me know what you think of those OATS! 🙂 XOXO

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4 Things That Help Keep Us Boomtastic

Happy Friday, Team! As we gear up for our first Boomtastic weekend of the year and of our challenge, we will no doubt be faced with choices to make about how we are going to keep up with the changes we’ve started to make in our diet and in our lifestyle.

Weekends can often test our commitment to our goals. Social gatherings, unstructured schedules, and the desire for comfort and relaxation after a hard work week can make eating clean and sticking to our workouts tough. It can be especially challenging to transition from party-mode to health-and-fitness-mode after the holidays.

When trying to stick to a Challenge like this and make healthier choices over the weekend or in any other circumstance for that matter (vacation, family dinner, buffet, party), here are the things that help me:

  1. PLANNING
  2. SUPPORT
  3. ACCOUNTABILITY
  4. LISTENING TO MY BODY

For example, I actually felt the draw of First Friday pulling me out to the nightlife, but because I am doing this challenge and have a fabulous crew of AWESOME people doing it with me (SUPPORT, ACCOUNTABILITY), I opted to stay home and eat  homemade miso soup which I made yesterday (PLANNING)! Plus, I had already put it out there that my body wanted me to cut down on alcohol and catch up on sleep (ACCOUNTABILITY). And when I really took some time to check in and really think about what I wanted to do, staying home and waking up refreshed sounded more appealing (LISTENING TO MY BODY). Plus I had already made plans to workout with my Unicorn Sisters in the morning (PLANNING, ACCOUNTABILITY, SUPPORT).

So how are you going to weather the tough times during this challenge and beyond. How can you plan for success? Who is your support system? Who or what is going to hold you accountable? How are you going to check in with your body and when? These would be awesome things to think about this weekend! Take a few minute to write out your answers and take any needed ACTION so that your arsenal is loaded whenever the going gets tough. Definitely count me in as part of your SUPPORT and post your plan and declarations in the blog comments or on facebook for ACCOUNTABILITY.

Have a Boomtastic weekend full of sweat, rest, fresh organic veggies, water, love, magic, sparkles, and FUN!!!

Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp‘s New Year’s Revolution officially begins this Monday, January 7th! Email aloha@hawaiifitcamp.com to sign up and join the fun!

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Vegan miso soup with kabocha, daikon, shitake mushrooms, seaweed, and sprouted tofu

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January 4, 2013 · 7:17 pm

But what are the RULES?

Guess what…I have been purposely VAGUE on what the “rules” are for our Team Awesome Boomtastic Challenge because I truly believe that YOU KNOW what you need to do to be healthy. If you sit quietly enough and REALLY listen, your body will tell you exactly what you need to do to make this the healthiest, happiest year yet. And when you listen to yourself and follow your own intuition about what is true for you and what YOU need, the results will be so much more meaningful and lasting.

I know it would be so much easier if someone would just tell you what to do, what to eat, how to magically cure all your aches and pains, and how to heal all of your emotional issues, but when we rely on others to design our lives, we lose touch with who we are and what it is WE NEED to be our best selves. We go on auto-pilot and tune out the only person in the world who is completely 100% invested in your health and happiness – YOU!!!

I am here to guide you, support you, inspire you, and give you recommendations based on what has worked for me. Some of it will resonate, some won’t, and that’s OK! Take what you want and leave the rest. As a team we are here to support each other in becoming more and more awesome everyday. Share with each other, pump each other up – it’s amazing how the more we help others, the more we grow, expand, and evolve too.

Yesterday I took some time to listen to my body and this is what it told me it needed:

  • Sleep (I listened and went to bed at 5pm and woke up at 5am! OMG!)
  • A break from booze (I plan to go dry for at least a month – although I’m allowing myself a couple drinks when my Unicorn Sister May comes to town to visit in a couple weeks! Yay!)
  • Some alone time to get organized (yesterday and today I caught up on housework, work, email, and other stuff I’ve put off during the holidays)
  • Water water water! (drinking some as I write this)
  • More organic, raw, vegan, unprocessed deliciousness in my diet and less dairy and processed sugar/white flour/white rice/white pasta, etc. (made some yummy mostly raw mushroom kim chi sprouted tofu nori rolls for lunch today – see photo)

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Each week, I plan to take some time to get quiet and check in with my body to see what it needs and wants and I encourage you to do the same. Simply lock yourself in a room somewhere, turn off all media, disconnect from the outer and connect with the inner…write down any inspirations or messages you receive and then ACT ON THEM.

Remember – change only happens when YOU REALLY WANT IT. And if you really want something, you will find a way to achieve it and you will magically manifest the support you need (that’s where me and your teammates come in!). My wish for you is that this is the year that you discover what you truly want and you take full ownership for how you are going to create the body and life you desire. I believe in you, but to be Boomtastic YOU gotta believe in you!

So…what is your body telling you, oh Awesome One?

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Happy New Year!!! Boom!

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” – Edith Lovejoy Pierce

 

Rehydrate,  eat nutritious healing foods, stretch, move, catch up on sleep, be easy on yourself. Take a moment today to listen to what your body wants and what you want to achieve during the next six weeks and beyond. You are limitless.

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January 1, 2013 · 4:55 pm