Ask Yourself This Question to Bring More Mindfulness to Your Time + Energy

Kimi’s 5-Bullet Friday

Happy Aloha Friday! It’s been another full week of stretching, learning new tech tools, growing our business, and coaching clients. With a very full schedule, I’ve been extra mindful to stop and ask myself one of my favorite questions for managing my time + energy: “Is this a good use of my time?” This simple question is a powerful hack for snapping yourself out of Facebook rabbit holes, silly low-level tasks, and those ego-driven moments of trying to figure something out on your own when you could just ask someone who knows (hello, tech support). Give it a try! As you go about your daily tasks, set a timer to periodically ask yourself, “is this a good use of my time?” The answer may be YES, it may be NO, but the real power is not in the answer, but rather the habit you’re creating of bringing mindfulness to how you’re spending your precious time and energy!

And now for 5 things I’ve been enjoying and pondering:

  • What I’ve been talking a lot about lately – Weekly Planning. This is one of the most impactful habits I have and something we recommend to all of our clients. Weekly planning is so powerful and it’s a great tool not just for individuals, but for partners, teams, and families. Check out our podcast episode about this!
  • What I’ve added to my wellness routine – Awaken.yoga. Online yoga + meditation classes created by my friend Shannon and 2 other awesome yogis. I’m obsessed! Great routines to start your day, to restore mid-day, or to add to your evening routine. Embody your body and tune in to your highest self!
  • Quote I’m pondering – “If we don’t change what isn’t working in our lives, we will continually have the same day over and over again.” – Daily Om
  • Podcast I’m loving  Kwik Brain. I love this podcast from Jim Kwik!!! Bite site brain hacks for busy people who want to learn faster and achieve more. So good!
  • What I’ve been eating – Super easy quinoa chili. I made a version of this with kidney beans instead and just cooked it on the stove. Super simple, delicious, and great for cozy nights and the leftovers are great for lunches. Top it with organic sour cream, avocado, fresh herbs, and tortilla chips! Yum!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend. I currently have just 1 spot available for one-on-one coaching. I’m holding space for the PERFECT client: a fun, high-performer ready for deep accountability and support to reach their goals. Someone ready to master productivity, time + energy management so that they can serve at the highest level. Someone ready to take things to the next level physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in this last quarter of 2017.

If this is you or someone you know, let’s talk!

P.S. Shift to Rise! Early bird rates for our Shift to Rise retreat are open until the end of November & room reservations are first come, first served! If you feel even a little pull to find out more, apply today! Your application is an invitation to a conversation with us. It is neither a commitment to attend nor does it guarantee you a spot at our event. It’s an opportunity for us to get to know you and hear more about your goals, as well as a chance for you to ask us any questions you have about the retreat. We’re so excited!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Here in Hawaii, the shift from season to season is certainly less noticeable than in other places in the world. However, around this time each year, something changes in the air and it simply begins to feel like the holidays. While we don’t have the obvious cues of leaves changing color or significant drops in temperature, we have other signals that trigger those warm fuzzy feelings of the season. Suddenly we realize we haven’t been complaining as much about the heat, the grocery stores start smelling like cinnamon pine cones, and the crisp darker mornings get us thinking about whatever excites us about this special time of year. This year, I’m excited about busting out boots (finally!), visiting family over the Thanksgiving weekend, spending quality time with loved ones, checking out the Honolulu Christmas lights, getting a big Christmas tree (that our cats will surely destroy), teaching some killer holiday workouts at Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp, baking seasonal (healthy) treats, and laying a solid foundation for a kickass 2015! 

As soon as November hit and I felt a tiny bit of crispness in the air, I picked up some organic canned pumpkin from Whole Foods and created my new favorite healthy seasonal treat – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies! They tested well with my kids, which is always a plus. They are vegan, gluten-free, high in protein, and low in sugar. You can eat ‘um as is or they are healthy enough to eat as kind of a portable cereal/oatmeal. Simply pour any kind of unsweetened milk (cold or hot) over them and enjoy! Cookies for breakfast? Oh yeah! Happy holidays! 

Makes about 24 small cookies 

1-1/2 cups gluten-free oats
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp Himalayan or sea salt
3 tsp organic cinnamon
2 Tbsp organic ground flax
1 serving or scoop stevia-sweetened vanilla protein powder (I used a sample of Skinny Gut vanilla that I had, pretty tasty!)
3 Tbsp organic pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup (I just used a handful) organic dried sour cherries or cranberries
1/3 cup (or more) Lily’s stevia sweetened dark chocolate baking chips or other chocolate chips
1/2 can organic canned pumpkin
3 tbsp organic salted cashew butter or other nut butter

Mix everything together, except the pumpkin and the cashew butter, in a big mixing bowl. Once the dry ingredients are mixed, add in the pumpkin and nut butter to moisten the dough. Form into little balls (about a tsp of dough per cookie) and place on a cookie sheet greased with coconut oil. Cook 8-10 minutes at 350 F.

My Current Top 5 Go-To Nutrition and Fitness Resources

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I find it absolutely thrilling that there is so much information out there about nutrition and fitness. I am so inspired by the access of information that we have and the amazing wealth of knowledge that is being shared so freely by wellness organizations, fitness professionals, nutrition experts, and bloggers, with a passion for helping others live healthier, happier lives! That being said, contradictory advice, misrepresented or unverified data, sneaky marketing, and general information overload can make navigating the web for nutrition and fitness information overwhelming, confusing, and exhausting.
Some of our Bootcampers asked me recently what my go-to resources are for solid information, so here are my current top 5 favorite nutrition and fitness sites that I visit pretty much everyday. There are so many other bloggers/people/sites that I follow, but many of those leads have come from one of these resources. Of course, my top 5 changes as I discover new things, but I find these 5 sites to be a nice balance of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of wellness and they give me a good foundation of information and inspiration.
  1. Greatist
  2. Mind Body Green
  3. Precision Nutrition
  4. Ben Greenfield Fitness
  5. Food Babe
Sometimes we come across resources by chance, but often the best leads come from friends since they are pre-filtered! What are your top 5 go-to websites for nutrition and health info? Please share in the comments below!