Erin Lanahan Method

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Erin Lanahan Method Is Moving! December 7, 2011

 

Hey guys…I am writing you tonight to let you in on some exciting news! In order to expand upon Erin Lanahan Method, I have bought a different site to transfer over to so we can enjoy a lot more options and so I can deliver much more to you than I am currently able to here. Plus, it’s just time for a new look ūüėČ

Right now, the address www.erinlanahanmethod.com points to this blog which is actually www.erinsadventures.wordpress.com. and you can see so if you look in your browser right now.

I will now be hosted completely at www.erinlanahanmethod.com  so please make sure this is the address you are using to access my site every time you come to visit or share it with others.

Also, as of Thursday morning U.S. time, my site will be temporarily down while everything switches over to the new domain, but please come back on Sunday U.S. time, because we will definitely be up and running again with a WHOLE NEW LOOK by then!

I am sooooo excited! I have put so much of my heart and soul into this brand and company and I am so thankful and grateful to you all for following along. If for some reason your subscription to my blog does not make the transfer, PLEASE come back to me at www.erinlanahanmethod.com next week and subscribe to the new and improved site. Having you on board with me really makes my world a better place, so I would hate to lose you in the change over.

Also, I would love to hear from you with any suggestions you have about what you would like to see me offer at Erin Lanahan Method. Feel welcome to express any of your ideas about how I can truly make E.L.M. feel like a place where you can come home and fill up with inspiration, motivation, insight, education, entertainment, and vision into your own creative expressions!

Thank you, thank you, and I love you.

Namaste,

Erin

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Small Town Girl From Vero Beach: Zero Or Hero Beach? July 14, 2011

 

When you look at the world, what do you see?

I have a been a big city girl, living in Hollywood, California for the last 7 years of my life. However, a big city girl is not how my story began. I grew up in Vero Beach, a small town on the East Coast of Florida.

Like anyone who’s been raised in a small town, the small town girl inside me is a piece of my heart that will live on forever.

There is something to be said about growing up in a place that revolves around family, high school¬†football games, homecoming parades, the annual art show, the fireman’s fair, and St. Helen’s Harvest festival.

That’s right, think Varsity Blues, and you will get an idea of the way in which I grew up. Round here, the talk of the town was who’s running for sheriff, homecoming queen, and how the Vero Beach Fighting Indians did at their Friday night football game.

The small town girl inside me is the part of me that loves family, volunteering to be of service to others, getting involved in projects that make a difference, and team work.

However, once I moved out to Los Angeles, California 7 years ago, I had to shed¬†many of the small town qualities that weren’t as cool as I once thought they were.

Here in Vero Beach, once the home of the Dodgers Spring training, we locals tend to find a sense of separation within ourselves and from each other. We are taught that money makes you more important, that those who win prom court and football games are more special, and that living on the beach side and going to private school, is worlds away from living on the main land and attending public school.

We all grow up judging ourselves, judging each other, and sadly, regardless of where we live or how much money we have, we all pretty much end up wondering if we will ever be good enough.  

The last 7 years of my life in Los Angeles, have been 7 of the most awakening years of my life. I came face to face with my demons, and thankfully have achieved resolution with them. Of course I am always a work in progress.

I learned that we can be a Zero, or a Hero, no matter where we are living in the world.

There are many different theories as to how my hometown got its name. However, the Latin to English translation of the word VERO, means: in truth, indeed, to be sure.

ZERO Beach is a bit of an inside joke between the locals here. It’s a common way¬†in which the younger generation locals have referred to this little town. It comes from our¬†experience of having nothing much else to do except socialize in orange groves! However, it’s a perception issue nonetheless.

I pretty much left this famous Indian River Citrus town, when I was 18 years old. I went off to Florida State University, in Tallahassee, FL, and basically never looked back. After I graduated college, I just kept moving west, on a mission to find this small town girl the key to unlock her big city dreams. I have encountered many ups and many downs along the way.

On my path to discovering and manifesting my dreams, I have realized the importance of  love, acceptance, and compassion for self and for others.

I have transformed from a mind and spirit that felt separate and¬†thought in separation terms, to a mind and spirit that feels we are one and thinks in oneness terms. The comparing myself to others and the fears that I was falling behind and losing the game of life began to dissolve. Instead, I recognized that it’s not a competition. Everyone has their path, and journey, and purpose, and we have no idea what anyone else’s journey is about. The small town part of my consciousness,¬†that felt it was US against THEM, vanished.

Now I know it’s just US, working together as ONE.

Over¬†the years, I came home to visit Vero¬†Beach about once a year. For many years I snubbed this town, resenting it for being so “small and boring, and full of small-minded¬†people.” However, as I have evolved and grown up, and shed the judgments and separation I grew up with, I have been able to find so much beauty here this visit.

I have learned to laugh at the gossip and not get involved. I have learned to bite my tongue and smile at the rich old women who want to label me by where I live and where I come from.

I have learned to send love to the people who have hurt me, and to forgive myself and love myself no matter what.

I don’t think of this place as just VERO Beach anymore. I also am no longer comfortable with, or interested in, referring to it as ZERO Beach. In fact I prefer to find the HERO here instead.

We all can decide to be a Zero, or a Hero, no matter we are or where we go. What we see around us is a choice…a perception.¬† If we find the Hero in our hearts, we will not only find the Hero in our hometowns, but we will find the Hero in the World.

A Zero will sit upon the beach and complain about how noisy the ocean is. A Zero will find ways to be less than or better than everyone else. A Zero will look for what’s wrong, rather than what’s right about people, places, and things. A Zero will form cliques and make efforts to implement separation.

The Hero is not necessarily rich or famous. A Hero will find the love in his or her heart, and will carry that love everywhere he or she goes.

A Hero will seek out ways to help others, because the Hero’s journey is not about getting ahead, but about how to be of service and to contribute to making the world a better place.

A Hero’s heart does not¬†buy into¬†separation, but rather¬†knows we are all equal, and¬†need love, compassion, and acceptance to thrive. A Hero will risk looking a fool if it means it may save someone else.

You are the creator of your experience.

We all get to decide on a daily basis, regardless of where we’re going, where we¬†live,¬†or where we come from, how we want to¬†show up in the world. We CAN shed our judgments ¬†if we want to.

What are you going to be today? Are you going to be a Zero or a Hero?

I would love to here about your journeys, choices, and thoughts. Please leave your questions and comments for me here!

Here’s to your health, wellness, and vitality!

The Divine light within me, humbly bows to the Divine light within you ūüėČ

xoxo Erin

 

Old Flings Bring Opportunities For New Patterns! July 12, 2011

It’s been exactly one week and¬†three days since I arrived here in¬†my hometown, Vero ¬†Beach, FL. for my 3 1/2¬†week visit. I am here until July 26th. Then I head back to L.A., and take off to Sydney, Australia July 28th!

Each day here, ¬†I wake up somewhere between 6 and 7 am, head out to the kitchen, and there I greet my dad and step-mom, and our little pug Winnie. We all pour some hot coffee, eat breakfast, and enjoy about an hour together before we all¬†take off in different directions. It’s amazing.

I have been loving my bowl of raw, organic blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and walnuts as of late. Yum!

After breakfast time I either head out for a 5 mile run, which includes¬† 2 miles over the Barber Bridge and back, or I hit the gym. Some mornings I actually choose to¬†take my hot coffee and sit down at my computer and begin to ponder what message I want to share with you next. I must admit…I LOVE to write ūüėČ

Yesterday something interesting happened. I was connected with an old fling via text. We have a bit of history, as many of us do with people from our home towns! However, timing was never on our side and ultimately I moved on.

However, yesterday he invited me to workout with him and I said yes. After we made a plan to meet up, I just got to feeling funny in my tummy. Something felt off, out of alignment, not supportive of me and the space I want to keep myself living from. I decided to meditate on it for a while, and after an hour of deep breathing and silence, I came to a conclusion.

You see, even though I knew it was most likely just a friendly workout,¬†I wasn’t certain why I wanted to go. I wasn’t able to trust that my intentions were pure. In fact, I decided that there really was no need to see him. I didn’t want to workout,¬†because I had planned for yesterday to be my day off so my body could rest. Therefore, if I went, it was only because I wanted to see¬†HIM, and that¬†equals not good for ME.

I know a bit about what’s going on in his romantic life, so he’s not exactly available.¬†Therefore, like I said, even though¬†it was most likely just going to be a friendly workout,¬†something inside me just didn’t want to go, and didn’t feel like it was the right thing to do.

I have been really clear about wanting to create healthy relationships and declaring to the Universe my expectations in a man.

I finally truly believe that I deserve only the best. I deserve a man who sees me, who appreciates everything about me, and who steps up to the plate and pursues me in a respectful, romantic way. If a man is showing up in my life in any other way than this, then I am must say no thank you (Unless of course we ARE just friends, which this old fling and I really are not, and never were JUST friends).

This is what I know, based on my life experiences:

When we decide to make a different choice than we have in the past, then at that moment we shift.  

If we are conscious about the choices we have made in the past and how they have affected our lives, and we want to create something that feels better than that, then we must be conscious of the choices we make today, and choose diefferently. We must choose only that which supports our optimal health and well-being and all that we feel we deserve.

I knew that working out with an old fling, was an old pattern. He didn’t come after me, he didn’t make a huge effort, in fact I am the one that made it easy for him to invite me. In the past, I have always made things easy for others, especially men. This is because I was too afraid they wouldn’t know I cared, or that I would lose them. Well, yesterday I reminded myself that whatever is mine cannot be lost. Whatever is meant for us, will come for us. So I made a different choice. I cancelled.

It felt hard to do, but a few hours later, and today, I have actually been energized by the choice I made.

Whenever we resist temptation, and instead, align with our highest good and the good of all, we get stronger and begin to feel empowered, guided, and carried.

I just wanted to remind you of the importance of your choices. Remember that your choices are the conversation you have with the Universe. Your choices WILL manifest. If you want to create something that feels better, something that is more in alignment with you, and a life that is lived authentically and with integrity, then make choices that support that. That’s what I did yesterday, and it sure does feel good.

For the record, I have no hard feelings against this old fling of mine. In fact I send him love and wish him well. I hope all his dreams come true and that he gets everything he has ever wanted. My choice not to see him yesterday had nothing to do with him. Nope, this wasn’t about him…it was about me.

The Divine Universe gave me an opportunity to align with temptation, or to align with my soul, and I got to choose.

I chose myself. I chose to align with my soul. This is a new pattern I am creating, and something I intend to stay committed to. It is an esteemable act and creates an esteemable life, and manifests the quality of life and love I deserve.

We all get opportunities on a daily basis, to align with temptation, or to align with our highest good. Neither choice is wrong, it’s just that one will feel better than the other. One may feel good short-term, and the other may¬†be scary in the moment, but serve your life better¬†long-term. You get to decide which is more important to you in the moment. That’s the beauty of it.

We GET to choose. We GET to create our lives, one choice, one thought, one action, one word, at a time.

I would love to hear what’s going on in those heads, hearts, and souls of yours. Leave me your questions and comments below if you are so inclined!

Here’s to your health, wellness, and vitality!

Love and Light to you my friends,

Erin xoxoxoxo

 

I KNOW, I TRUST, I GIVE THANKS October 25, 2010

Ahhhh tonight I am just sipping tea, breathing and relaxing to the sounds of the joy calmly moving through my veins, my lungs, and my heart. Every cell in my body is full, and emanating with love, light, and pure gratitude for my life. I am realizing that no matter what challenges I face or what sadness I may tap in to from time to time, I always move through these feelings and get to the other side. Lately I have been missing someone special to me. I find myself thinking about him more than I was just a few short weeks ago. At first, I was alarmed by this, as I have been really staying focused on my own life and on healing my own wounds around this relationship. However, ultimately it doesn’t matter why I am feeling so much for him right now. It doesn’t matter why I miss him so much either, or that I wonder if he thinks about or misses me. No, it doesn’t matter that I cannot seem to let go quite yet. All that matters is that I observe that this IS the way I feel NOW. So I am allowing myself to just be with these feelings. Meanwhile, I continue to create the visions of my heart. I keep on keep’n on, and I do this for me, no one else. I do what I love and love every minute of what I do, and that saves me. I KNOW that I am blessed. I KNOW that more and more is being revealed to me every single day, and I KNOW that even though it may look like things are not going my way with this person, that there is a power greater than me with much bigger and better plans than I could ever plan for myself. So I TRUST and I TRUST and I TRUST, and I keep following the visions of my heart. As a result, I move through the temporary pain, and find more of the truth, the light, and the love that always resides deep within me. I am at peace, even when things do not look the way I think they should or want them to at times. I KNOW that I am enough, I am being taken care of, and that I am exactly where I am supposed to be and the rest is on its way. My dreams are finding me. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for this knowing.

Sweet Dreams,

Erin

 

Everything You Never Knew You Always Wanted June 11, 2010

I feel like sharing with you something that comes up a lot when I am in Health Coaching sessions with clients. Through working with me, my clients¬†have learned¬†that there is more to being fit than just exercise¬†and food, but that food and exercise help us do those other things in our lives that we require to truly feel happy, joyous, and free. For example, so many of us want the car, the house, the boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife, the abundance to travel freely, the six (or seven) figure income, the hot clothes, the watch, the designer shoes, etc. We want them so badly, that we may slave for hours at a job we hate, go on diets that basically starve us and hurt our bodies, we bend over backwards to people please, and¬†when it’s all said and done, we go home empty hearted and exhausted.

What I have found in my own life experience and through working with others, is that instead of focusing¬† on how to attain and achieve all these external things, it is much more¬†effective to shift and narrow our focus. If we direct our attention toward our mental/emotional, spiritual, and physical well being…the rest will unfold before our very eyes. I have seen it time and time again. ¬†So, for example, when we change the things we CAN change immediately, such as what we eat and how we spend our time, and do the things that honor our minds, bodies, and spirits, we begin to stand taller, smile more, get a little more bold on the dance floor, and step outside our comfort zone. This is because we feel good as a result from getting well, and therefore, as we feel good from the inside out, we look really good to the outside looking in. That’s when we begin to attract, and pull to us, that which our hearts desire. Even better yet…that’s when we achieve everything we never knew we always wanted!!!

So if you are out there making yourself crazy, trying to create this perfect life through acquiring external things, stop. Just make it easier for yourself and bring your attention back to yourself. What honors your body? When is your spirit happy and joyous? What makes you feel free and alive? Staying fit through proper nutrition and exercise will make it easier for you to do the things that make you happy, and as a result of doing what makes you happy on the inside, you will get to have all the promises that come along with it. I would love to hear your thoughts! We can all learn from each other! Please leave your questions and comments here for me on the blog!

As a Health Coach I help my clients menu plan, find exercise they love, I coach them through the obstacles in their lives that are making them feel stuck, I help them increase their energy, confidence, and personal power, and I help them decrease lack, limitations, and stress from their daily living. If you would like to know more about my services and how they might benefit you, please contact me at ELM.Coaching@yahoo.com¬†for a FREE Health Coaching Consultation.¬†Here’s to your Health, Wellness, and Vitality!

 

What’s Feeding You? May 18, 2010

Hello friends! What is new and good¬†with you? I’d love to hear all about it! Today I want to talk to you more in-depth¬†about Primary Food. I have gotten a lot of feedback from previous blog posts on this topic, and what I am hearing is that the content really resonates with a lot of you. Good! That is what I was hoping! When something makes sense to us…we cannot deny it. For those of you who don’t know about¬†Primary Food, let me quickly explain. Or, you can refer back to these articles as well: Primary Food/Secondary Food¬†and Who’s Hungry.

There are two types of food we need to fuel us and feed us. Primary food, number one, and Secondary food, number two. Primary Food consists of things such as career, relationships, intimacy, exercise, spirituality, fun, rest, and all the things in life that feed us on a soul level.

Secondary Food, is food that we eat. We need a certain amount of nutrients on our plates in order to live an optimal life. We also need the right nutrients from our Primary food, to live an optimal life.

So many people walk around, starved of Primary Food, but thinking they are hungry for secondary food. So they eat and eat, but never feel full. This has become a large, growing problem in society today.

What I do is help people identify patterns. I look at the things that seem to show up over and over again in their lives, and then determine if it’s a primary or secondary food issue. A lot of times, they both need to be addressed, but typically, when one is fed with proper primary food, their hunger for secondary food levels out.

For example, last night I had a coaching call with a client. She has been struggling with food for a good part of her life. In her adult life however, she gets really frustrated¬†because she does really “well” during the week, and “falls off the wagon” on the weekends. She says by Friday, she just gets to a point of not caring anymore. She experiences feelings of being stuck, and¬†feels defeated by the belief that she will NEVER get to her goal. She has thoughts of “I don’t care” and “what’s the point anyway” running through her head. Once the weekend hits, she feels as though she “deserves to do whatever she wants.” So she rebels¬†with food. She eats and drinks whatever she wants because “she doesn’t care, what’s the point anyway, and she deserves to do something that feels good since she’s deprived of feeling good all week.” Sound familiar to any of you? I know I use to experience something very familiar in my life.

It was obvious to both of us, that clearly she wasn’t hurting anyone but herself, so her question was…”Why do I keep doing this?” After asking her a bunch of questions, I realized that the ONLY real joy she gets in life is coming from food. That’s when it hit me that¬†we weren’t dealing with¬†a secondary food issue at all! It was a primary Food issue, and she was not being deprived of food she eats. She was deprived of the food that feeds her Soul! So I began to ask her questions about her job. I had her list out the pros and cons, what she liked and disliked, loved and hated, etc. I began to hear the same pattern, the same voice, the same words. She kept saying, “I just feel stuck, and I don’t care about what I’m doing, but I feel like I cannot do what I really want to do career wise, until I get married and have the security of a husband and his job.” So I began asking her about what she felt passionate about, and what she would do if anything were possible. It was amazing, how similar the voices were that came out of her when talking about food and her job. They were “I don’t care”, “I feel stuck”, and¬†”¬†I’ll never get what I really want.”

What is happening for her, is that she is not doing a job that feels authentic to her. While there are things about it she really enjoys, it does not inspire her in any real way. Most days, she forces herself to do things she really “doesn’t care about,” and as a result, she ends up bringing the “not caring” into her food choices. The patterns we identified with her secondary food, helped guide me towards looking at where those patterns were being played out in her life with primary food.

Needless to say, we now have her on a path to making small shifts towards a more fulfilling career for her, one that feels good in her heart, that she truly cares about. As a result, I am sure she will begin to notice, as she gets more nurtured on the soul level, she will reach for junk food less and less.

Do you have patterns with food that replay themselves over and over? You may be suffering from a Primary Food deficiency. A lack in Primary Food can feel very defeating, when trying to use Secondary Food to replace it. It will never work. Secondary food, alcohol, caffeine, drugs, and cigarettes¬†simply CANNOT and WILL NOT fill the role of Primary food in your life. I suggest doing what we did. Take a look at all the areas in your life, and begin to find what you like and dislike. What is full and what is lacking?Then take everything you like, and move closer to those things, by finding ways to implement more of them into your life, or exploring options that are in alignment¬†with your “likes”. Please let me know what some of your challenges may be. I’d also love to hear what is working well for you! I am also available for Health Coaching. If you’d like a FREE Consultation, please email me at ErinLanahanMethod@gmail.com. Here’ s To Your Health, Wellness, and Vitality!

Check out my favorite Food Guide Pyramid. What do you notice that makes it uniquely different from the USDA Food Guid Pyramid?

 

Holistic Thursday- “The Observer Self” November 12, 2009

Heron by ajagendorf25

Be the Observer Self

Woooooo¬†Hooooo, Today was an intense day for me! It was one of those days where I felt like I was being tempted into battle with my own head. Have you ever experienced what I am talking about, you know, all that chatter in your head telling you a million different things that have one intention…to make you feel like crap? Yes, I admit it…I still have to work hard at feeling and thus radiating joy some days. Days like today are a constant struggle to shift my thoughts, remind myself to be gentle and loving towards myself and others, and to not entertain, or give power to, the thoughts that do not serve my highest good. Even when I know what I need to do, it can feel so bad to feel so much resistance toward doing the best thing for myself, which is not feeding into the lies and b.s. in my head.

Our ego voice can speak so loudly sometimes. It is important that we recognize the difference between it and our true selves. Our most authentic self is one that only loves all people and things unconditionally. My highest self intends peace and happiness for me, so anything that causes chaos, stress, and pain is not coming from a good place. Therefore, as we begin to hear these chattering voices tell us very discouraging things, it is up to us to have a default mode of shifting into our observer self, so we can just observe what is happening without getting caught up in it.

Today I realized that my default mode is still somewhat in victim mode, or in other words, “poor me” mode ūüôā It was not easy to accept, however, at least I am aware now. By tonight, I can feel grateful¬†that all the yuck of today actually created a lot of awareness for me. Now that I see I am still defaulting into old habits that do not serve me, I can work on changing them. Once I really got the hang of this today, I remembered everything I know about the observer self and ego self relationship. I simply observed my ego trying with all its¬†mite to take me down, ruin my day, and send me home all beat up. Instead of allowing it to or trying to fight back, I just softly said, “Thank you for your advice. I know you are just trying to help me, however I do not need your help. You can take a seat. I got this covered today.” At first I had to say it over and over, but overall, I won. I got through this day with integrity, I had some good laughs with a good friend, and actually had an enjoyable day.

Next time you are all up in your head, beating yourself up for something, or listening to the voices calling you bad, not good enough, stupid, whatever…take a pause. Take a few deep breaths, and then simply and calmly tell that voice¬†and its¬†negativity, that you acknowledge it, but do not need its¬†help. See what happens. Be the observer self! Let me know your thoughts and questions! Leave them here for me on the blog. Here’s To Your Health!!!

Check out this link http://kathyberman.com/2009/10/mental-finding-your-observer-self/ as well as the one above (click on Be the observer self), for some cool insight into what the Observer self is vs. the Ego self, and how to become more of the observer. Cheers!

 

 
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