We live in a RAINBOW of Chaos

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Since late October, the blog has been a bit quiet in comparison to the 2013 and 2014 years. It has been a struggle to find time and sit down and write, and if I found a window, the words of training and life were stuck. Literally stuck to the roof of my mouth like peanut butter. My blog posts and writing went from regular each week to 2-3x/month. So sorry, but it is how my life has been rolling lately.

Why of why? Because it has been wonderful but hard. The last two weeks shining bright in that tone too.

Are we all loved- yes.

Are we all clothed with a roof over our head- yes.

Are we all upright right now-question of each day!!

Right now that is the struggle. It’s the struggle that has been just pulling my Mom heart, my trainer heart, my CEO heart. Here’s the latest – our lone soldier came home from work Wednesday down for the count and I go back to Children’s Hospital for a GI lab for Finnie. This last weekend I got the stomach flu on Saturday, Bug on Sunday, E on Monday. We thought our trusty Gaylord Focker, who was taking such good care of us, was spared. Now…we all got the stomach flu on a weekend I was looking forward to after a week that I prayed daily to keep my head above water. Why? Last Sunday, now 12 days ago Finnie got sick again. Rushed to the ER at Children’s Hospital sick – almost 104 fever, hacking sounding like barking seal and vomiting. Her little body was so sad. We didn’t know what the heck was going on.

Home at 6:30 am Tuesday morning, Finnie’s lungs were suctioned, her fever brought down a bit, no medication prescribed. Go another 48 hours, back at our pediatrician with a really lethargic and randomly vomiting Finnie, hacking up a storm. Finally a diagnosis of Sinus Infection…but why all the vomiting?!? “Will this end? Our poor baby is fine, but then will just projectile vomit like she’s auditioning for National Lampoon’s College Vacation! After she cries for a minute, get’s cleaned up and snuggled she’ll go back to her smily Finnie self. That is not normal for a 12 month old. Her weight that we finally got to 7% on the chart is now back down again…” This went on back forth, our pediatrician progressive and great trying to figure out our Fin.

But oh man Jack and I – striving to make it on 3-4 hours sleep each night. Me to rise and shine with good energy because it is my job. I LOVE what I do, but sometimes the chaos of life makes me want to just do nothing but just run and run and run some more. So often on those days, I do. The crazy week of sickness included the Founders from Ryte coming for our first Ryte Day I put together in one week, crossing fingers it would go fine. If not, I did what I could, right? That with a new Session of Boot Camp started, my new Ryte Business, running the Dig Deep. Play HARD! Clean Eating and Empowered Challenge, the Mom to Mom Mastermind I am part of – an incredible 6 month intense course- started, Jack started his Masters Degree through University of Texas, kids have Girl Scout meetings, obligations and so much more.

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Happy girl at the doctor’s yet again! 1-22-15

HOWEVER, this is after the month of November…Finnie and and out of Children’s Hospital Oakland off and on all month- attempting to find answers then. Never an answer but “virus on virus” after every lab, blood draw, fluids, x-rays, GI labs and other tests I can’t even remember now. Then December, she got a horrible cold crud- up every night coughing 1-3 hours. Literally every…night. She’d wake happy as can be, so cute and silly. I was running on natural energy and honestly, the appreciation for my Ryte Spark. Holidays, planning, fun, birthdays, events. All while running a business and realizing that many things need to happen.

So things got put off. I was ok. Thought I could do catch up in January (ha ha!). Managed what I could each day to keep each girl happy and laughing, feeling strong, family silly dance parties, little traditions of loving sunset walks without worry of things that need to happen. Focused on getting through mini goals, get my workouts on, not worry about laundry (outside of crazy sick-kid vomit weeks when it has been 4x/day!!), enjoy the little nuggets of FUN and decide January is when I would be able to tackle it all… with healthy kids and a fresh start to get back to me and my #39adventures!

Then…..the last two weeks. But now with more responsibilities of Jack and I tackling bit goals- um Lifecoach Mastermind &  Masters Program?!

So that is it- I have goals for the blog. I have BIG goals to write, but my kids will always come first without any bit of guilt. We WILL get to the bottom of Finnie’s crazy medical challenges, all with smiles as BIG as hers!!! We know to just go for LOOOOOOOOOOONG runs on tired legs, even when it feels to much. It is my world or “RAINBOW Chaos” that is nuts, but mine. It is hard at times, right, it’s chaos. With our background of knowing what really hard hospital times are, we know this is just trying and pushing our ENTIRE FAMILY of 5 rockstars to be even better communicators, supporters, team players, builders, growers, doers and keep getting out of our comfort zones while we make it through these silly chaotic days. We are this Rainbow – it’s our

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28 Days- February 2nd – Divine Meeting

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Days when you least expect it, you meet a person for the right reason. It is almost like God’s hand pushed you to the location to say, “You are where you should be.”

Curious Kid

Curious Kid

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Bubble attempts

Finnie is home with another virus, which means both Jack and I were up last night for a long while. Then I was up at 4:30 am to work and teach boot camp. Knowing it would be a sleep/snuggle/juggle work day I wanted to make the best for us both. So we enjoyed a nice long walk playing on the trail, followed up with a trip to Julie’s Coffee & Tea. While waiting, we went to the back patio and encountered a lovely lady. She took delight in Finnie, sharing stories about her own kids. She seemed about 60 years old and was very kind.

Seeing she needed an ear, I asked her how her kids were, what they did and so on. She shared she had concerns about her grown children who were 27 and 31. They weren’t making good food choices but wouldn’t listen to “Dear old mom”. She continued to say she wished she had done things differently …

“What would you have done? Mine are 10,7 and 1 so please teach this Mama”. 

“I would have encouraged them to go outside more, not so focused on the academics. There is so much more than just work and studying and I wish I helped them play more so they would play and laugh more now. I wish I brought them to more culture and helped then to be more giving. Yes they do give a bit each year, but not the ingrained daily moments of helping others on their own will. It makes you feel Good and I want them to be good. I wish I did that as they worry me with their health, sitting down all day and not moving outside. They are not healthy and I worry for their future”.

Jaw dropped a bit with a smile. Then she asked, “What do you do? You can’t work with 3 girls, do you?!”.
“Well actually I do. I own a fitness business Dig Deep. Play HARD. and work for a healthy giving company called Ryte, Inc.. But I juggle it with my kids”.


She responds, “Oh wow, your kids are lucky because they must be healthy too. Do they like to be outside?”.
At that moment Finnie was quacking and waving “Hi” again, so we finally exchanged names and we waved Good Bye again to Helen. I shared with her it had been a pleasure. Wished her best and said her kids were blessed to have such a loving Mom.

When walking home, Finnie started snoring and I couldn’t help but think back to the conversation. This morning I was questioning what I was doing, if I should take a break from work right now with all the sick struggles. I know it was a brief thought, but it occurred to me as I sleepily struggled to get ready and find my own energy to teach and rally in boot camp. Of course once at class, I was pumped and my Erin Mojo came into play, but the juggling act has been challenging. However I feel in my heart of hearts, I am doing what I should be doing. I am raising my kids how it feels right in my gut. They don’t know anything but BEING healthy, active, movement, helping their community and doing goodness for others daily. Each week they ask what the 10% Ryte check is going to. Each Family Fitness Boot camp they question which charity we are helping with the funds.

While right now I may be juggling a bit, I know it is all what I am SUPPOSED to be doing.

I can say in my heart of hearts, I LOVE what I do and I LOVE the fact I get to do it with my kids.

I feel grateful daily for the opportunity to not only OWN my own business and help others be healthy, active and giving…but to help my Boot Campers, Clients and Ryte Team EMPOWERED team members help their children know a life of only being healthy, active and giving too. 

February 2nd Positive Nuggets: 

Workout: 3-2-1 – 3 minutes Stairs, 2 minutes Heavy Weights, 1 minute Core

Round 1: Stairs, Reverse Lunge with Bicep Curls, Mountain Climbers & Boulders

Round 2: Stairs Every Other Step, Chest Fly & Bridge, Jab Cross & Side Bends

Round 3: Sprint Up and Down Fast, Cross Country Skiing with Deep Pulses, 5 Jump Over Weights & 5 Cross Mountain Climbers

HIIT Intervals – :30 work/:15 rest x 8 cycles

Round 1- Stairs Sprints & Hvy. Wt Swing Throughs (i.e.: Kettle Bell Swings)

Round 2- Plank Up Downs & Sprint Stairs

Round 3- High 5 Partner Planks & Hop Up Stairs

Stretch

Positive Nuggets

1. Great 3-2-1 Workout taught at Boot Camp!

2. Stayed after and did additional 15 Minutes of stairs- woo hoo!

3. Walked Emerson to school (Kenz was already there) and Finnie and I enjoyed a nice long walk after becoming and Airplane with her in the Ergo. Great 4+ mile walk that was a blast with my youngest.

4. Stepping back, sitting at the Bay Trail, watching Finnie explore bubbles, sand, logs.

5. Meeting Helen at Julie’s- wow.

6. Writing new business idea down, starting to brain map deeper.

7. Jack has said he will make dinner so I can step back and help with homework.

8. Lovely walk with Finnie to do an errand at the bank, that ended up with a nice visit with my parents.

9. Watching the girls play on the swing at our neighbors tree. The 15 minutes made the entire afternoon blissful- Makenzie was pushing Emerson and vice versa. All the while both were sharing with me about their day.

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28 Days- February 3rd- Master’s!!!

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For the last almost 12 years, since when I moved to LA with Jack, I have wanted to swim Masters again. I love the camaraderie, the coaching, to be coached, swimming at dusk and dawn and the complete feeling of physical depletion after a challenging swim workout surrounded by others who feel the same. YES, I have been swimming tons the last 12 years, but not on a Master’s Team. With teaching boot campers early in the morning and Jack’s work schedule/kids activities at nighttime, the timing didn’t workout.

However right now, this year, the one of craziness right now but full of #39Adventures, it happened! 

I promised myself that I would make it to Master’s Swimming this week to kick off training for the year and my 39th year. Yes, I was on little sleep from our sweet Finnie up coughing and up teaching Boot Camp. Yes, I actually fell asleep on the couch at 5pm and could have stayed snuggled up with my kids, enjoying some special weekday Disney Channel. But nope…I made the commitment to myself that I would swim Tuesday night, Friday morning and Saturday morning this week. Just like I say to my clients, “The hardest part is lacing up and getting out the door!”. For me the hardest part was getting out the door…in my flips of course.

Excitement was oozing out of me, like a kid on her first day of school.

“Would I be ok? I haven’t been on a team for a bit, will I be able to pace ok with others?”.

But so much excitement I got there 30 minutes early…5:30 pm instead of 6! My tired Mama brain bad, since it’s 5: 30 am practices. Ready I popped in. Coach Brett was super nice. Our babysitter Heather, a fellow triathlete friend Dennis and I shared a lane. It was perfect!

Swim Workout total yardage was 2700 = happy camper!

It was so great to not have to think of the workout and just follow along! Sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to be coached instead of always attempting to coach ourselves. Right now I LOVE IT! #39adventures year, the one that ends with qualifying for Nationals and Worlds in Triathlon. Bring on the Chlorine, bleached out hair, new Zoomers, goggle marks and soggy smiles as this Swimmer is stoked to be back on a team! And small world, the coach surfs with my brother sometimes…gotta love the 6 Blocks of Separation in Alameda. That’s what I call it at least!

How are you challenging yourself to be coached this year?? What are you doing to get out of your comfort zone and push your limits?

Early Morning Boot Camp Workout – Traveling Bands: – total running milage 2.8 miles

1. Run to do circuit at picnic benches- 3 push ups – plyo to 3 narrow push ups – 3 Dips. Repeat 8 Rounds. 

2. Run to Bars for circuits of Lat Pull Downs and Rows with Static Holds, Tuck Jack Jumps. Repeat 3 Rounds. 

3. Run to benches and do resisted side stepping on band, bicep curls, side bends, planks. Repeat 3 Rounds.

4. Run all the way back to first benches and do step up circuit- Step Up, Heel Drop, Reverse Lunge. Each exercise 10 reaps. Repeat both legs 2x. 

Jog back with stretching of Frankensteins, High Knees, Rotations and Hamstring Stretch.

Dig Deep. Play HARD! 

xoxo EKS 

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Ho Ho Holiday Workout!

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Holidays are here and that means…time to take part of the fun Holiday Sweat Challenge with Sweat Guru and Run to the Finish! How can we not take part of a such a fun 6 week Challenge! It coincides with our 12 Days of Christmas, and that makes the Holiday Sweat Challenge EVEN BETTER! Are you ready? BE READY for this challenging Holiday Inspired Workout!

Ho HO Holiday Workout!

Set Interval Timer to :40 Work, :10 Seconds rest x 6 Cycles. Repeat the 7 different Rounds.

Total Time = 36:52.

If you have less time, set timer for :30 Work, :10 Rest x 6 Cycles for 7 Rounds.

Total Time = 29:52.

Each Round you alternate between Exercise 1 and Exercise 2 for 6 cycles = Each exercise is done 3x.

Are you excited??

Video for Part 1:

Round 1:

Exercise 1.Downhill Ski Jumps

Exercise 2: Star Jumps

Round 2:

Exercise 1: 5 Point Lunge

Exercise 2: Speed Skaters

Round 3:

Exercise 1: Shoulder Push Ups

Exercise 2: Sneaky Santa Crawl

Video for Part 2

Round 4: 

Exercise 1: Burpees to reach Star on top of Tree with Star Jacks

Exercise 2: Snow Jump Boulders with Low Elves Tuck

Round 5: 

Exercise 1:Reindeer Kicks -5 Left, 5 Right, 5 Together

Exercise 2: Jumping Jacks

Round 6:

Exercise 1: Mountain Climbers

Exercise 2: Steady Planks

Round 7:

Exercise 1: Plank with Hip Rotation

Exercise 2: Thread the Needle – repeat between 5 Left and 5 Right

Have a fun time! Grab your best friend and ask him/her to do the workout with you. Make sure to shift the exercises as your body deems fit. Each body is different. Challenge yourselves, but make sure you are also listening to your body and what it needs.

How are you active during the Holiday Season? What do you do, in addition to the Ho HO Holiday workout? Make sure to register for the Holiday Sweat Challenge and #HolidaySweat! 

Dig Deep. Play HARD!

xo EKS