Archive for February 2015

28 Days- February 2nd – Divine Meeting

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


                                                                                            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


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.

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28 Days- February 3rd- Master’s!!!

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