10 Boomtastic Things to Do This Weekend

Happy Friday! Our job this weekend is to get ourselves prepped and ready for the New Year and our Boomtastic 2013 Challenge. Enjoy this long holiday weekend and use it to create a supportive environment that will help support you on your journey.

Your Boomtastic Weekend To Do List:

  1. Weigh yourself and take your measurements if you haven’t done so yet
  2. Take your before photo
  3. Be sure you are signed up for Fitness Pal or have another way of logging your meals/exercise
  4. Clean your house! Sweep out the old to make way for new awesomeness! I’m dumping my Christmas tree this weekend for sure!
  5. While you’re at it – CLEAN OUT YOUR FRIDGE AND CUPBOARDS!!! This is very important! Take a moment to appreciate all the cookies, chex mix, and other homemade goodies you were given and then throw them out, give them away, take them to the office, just get rid of it! Dump the eggnog! Ditch the fatty leftovers! Start fresh and get the temptation OUT OF THE HOUSE. This will feel SO GOOD and will set you up for success.
  6. As you’re cleaning out your kitchen, get rid of anything that has trans fats or high fructose corn syrup! Take it a step further by getting rid of anything with the additives on this list
  7. Stock up your kitchen with delicious inspiring UNPROCESSED goodness! Take a moment to read about REAL FOOD on this awesome site and then create a nutritious shopping list for yourself or use one of these as a guide:
    Clean Eating Shopping List for Beginners
    Clean Eating Magazine Shopping Lists
    www.SuperHealthyKids.com Family Shopping List
  8. Be sure you have an accountability partner or team and if you haven’t done so yet, join us at Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp and/or share the Bootcamp Love with your friends and loved ones! Letting people know that you are on a health and fitness mission will help you stay on track and help others know how to best support you!
  9. Did you do your fit test already? As many reps as you can do in 3 minutes for each exercise. Here are my starting numbers:
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  10. Workout and eat or prepare a super healthy meal! Why? Because we want to avoid the pre-New Year’s phenomenon of destructive binging and all-or-nothing craziness…there is NOTHING magic about New Year’s. You don’t have to wait until Tuesday to start. Don’t make your road ahead more challenging by doing unnecessary damage today. This challenge is not a death sentence, so don’t drink alcohol, eat sugar, eat fat, or lay around as if you will never get to do these things again. Think of what’s ahead as exciting and awesome rather than as a restrictive regimen and you won’t feel like you have to get crazy this weekend having all your fun while you can. My goal is to make this challenge fun and rewarding for us ’cause otherwise, what’s the point? 🙂
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Boomtastic Prep!

Happy Day-After-Christmas, Party People!!!! We are officially in our BOOMTASTIC 2013 Challenge Prep!

In order to reach our goals and get to where we wanna go, we gotta first know where we’re at! Before any challenge like this one, it’s always good to take an honest assessment of what our baseline/starting point is. This way, we can get measure our progress along the way, which will help us to stay motivated and focused!

Don’t worry about where your starting point is! This is your personal journey and wherever you are is exactly where you are meant to me. And guess what – one of the biggest secrets of creating your dream body and life is LOVING WHERE YOU and WHO YOU ARE TODAY! Not tomorrow, not when you reach your goals, but RIGHT NOW.

Loving yourself today (and all your perceived shortcomings which aren’t really shortcomings at all, but part of your awesome journey) will give you the energy and inspiration to make the shifts in your life that will help you reach your goals. Not only that, but you’ll be making changes out of LOVE for your body, not frustration or anger towards it, which will prevent you from over-training/starving/abusing/sabotaging your body.

Ready? Let’s do this!

OUR FIRST PREP WEEK TO DO LIST:

  • Weigh yourself and write down the number on your calendar or take a photo of the scale with your phone for a digital record of it!
  • Measure your body fat with a scale or a hand-held monitor and/or take your measurements with a measuring tape
  • Take your before photo
  • Take a few moments to write down HOW YOU FEEL. Just free write for a few moments about how your body feels and how you would like to feel. How is your sleep? Your energy level? Your diet? What health issues are you dealing with? What are your health blocks or challenges? Get an emotional/mental/physical/spiritual snap shot of where you are at then date it and keep it in a file with your measurements!
  • Sign up for a food tracker like Fitness Pal or get a journal to log your meals and workouts…I also wrote a post a while back about this and some other fitness apps

In my Bootcamp classes this morning, we also did a fitness test to gauge our fitness level – we wrote down how many reps we could do in 3 minutes of each of the following exercises – pull-ups, squat jumps, sit-ups, push-ups, jumping jacks, and burpees…it was brutal, but awesome! Give it a try or better yet, come and join us at Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp!

One last thought…as we are thinking about our goals and where we want to go, promise yourself that you will be easy on yourself along the way. This challenge is about growth, awareness, and FUN, not about perfection, deprivation, or pain. We’ve heard it a gazillion times – “Health is a journey, not a destination” – and it’s because it’s the truth! Don’t buy into the fantasy that once you have reached your health and fitness goals that everything will be perfect. That kind of mindset makes us feel like we’re chasing a dream instead of living one! Learn to LOVE THE RIDE, bumps and all, and you’ll get so much more out of this challenge and out of each and every moment of your precious life!

Yay! I’m so excited and YOU ARE SO AWESOME for loving yourself enough to taking on this challenge! Here’s to getting even MORE AWESOME together! Let’s do this! Boom!

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Buh-bye Holidays! Time to get back on track!

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Here Comes the BOOM!

Merry Christmas, especially to my beloved Team Awesome of Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp! As we gear up for the new year, I have decided to resurrect CampKimi.com to help support us as we head into what is sure to be the MOST AWESOME YEAR yet!

I’m so happy and grateful to have had an amazing year, and an especially MAGICAL November and December for many reasons ❤ . But between my Mediterranean cruise (http://www.foodiecruisingwithalan.wordpress.com), my first marathon (and carb indulging), visiting friends, holiday parties, dinners, sugary treats, and lots of wine with my SUPER AWESOME friends and family…my body (and spirit) could definitely use some house cleaning and rejuvenation. In fact, my actual house could use some deep cleaning too, because as you probably have observed in your own lives, there is always a correlation between the state of our surroundings and the state of our insides.

I love this special week between Christmas and the New Year. Everyone is nursing figurative and literal Christmas hangovers, so expectations are minimal and work is light, making it the perfect time to review the past year and get focused on the year ahead. I’m so excited to set some new goals, get my body back in balance, and make 2013 the best year ever!

I know from experience that team challenges with my Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp family are a sure fire way to take our health and fitness to the next level, so as a Christmas gift to all of us I’m kicking off a New Year’s 2013 Challenge especially for my class members at Egan’s Bootcamp, better known as the amazeballs sub-cult, Team Awesome.

This Challenge is going to go hand-in-hand with the incredible Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp New Year’s Revolution Challenge that all of our bootcampers will have the opportunity to participate in. If you want in on the awesomeness, visit http://www.hawaiifitcamp.com for more information and give us a call ASAP!  Challenge begins the first week of January, so don’t wait – make this year the best one yet by getting on board right away!

Our Team Awesome sub-cult sub-challenge, will be known from here on out as The Team Awesome Boomtastic 2013 Challenge, named after one of our amazing Team Awesome members, Joel Cosseboom, in honor of the inspiring life changes and transformations he has made in his life in the past year! Joel represents the spirit of Team Awesome – striving for awesomeness everyday with an awesome attitude, hard work and dedication, a great sense of humor, and amazing team spirit. Let’s all commit to bringing the Boom! in 2013 just like Joel!!!!!!

Our Challenge will begin one week from today on January 1 (although, if you have big New Year’s plans, no biggie if you start Jan 2 – I don’t like putting too much emphasis on New Year’s anyway…really, the best day to start any program or challenge is ANY day you choose to start…it is less about the day and ALL about the INTENTION).

I’ll be posting encouragement, guidance, and my personal progress/journey on this blog and in our Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp facebook groups. This week is PREP WEEK, so we’ll be taking the next few days to get ourselves primed and pumped for our BOOMTASTIC 2013!!!!! So tell me, are you ready to BRING THE BOOM?!!!!!!!!!!

Stay tuned, Awesome Ones! 

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Taking A CampKimi Vacay

Hey Blog Friends,

Just a little note to say that I am going to be taking a break from this blog so that I can focus on my NEW Mom Blog over at MomsInHawaii.com . I am really excited and inspired by all the awesome stuff we are working on at Moms In Hawaii, so I plan to be spending my blogging time over there for the time being.

Thank you for your understanding. I’ve got a bit of blogger-guilt for not keeping up with this blog, so I wanted to tell it to you all straight instead of thinking about my last post just sitting there and this blog looking abandoned!

So keep up with all of your health and wellness goals, everyone! Remember: YOU ARE LIMITLESS!

Kimi

 

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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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