Reflecting back on week 2, despite being very busy with work I’ve managed to cling on to the workout schedule courtesy of some late and cold evening workout sessions. The diet is improving, but I do find this the most difficult aspect. Nonetheless, last week meant ‘Beaujolais Day’ when there’s simply no options but to enjoy the Beaujolais Nouveau - we’ll just one glass anyway!
Ok, not totally sure if this is exactly what the weekly challenge was meant to address, but on day 8 I find myself back in the UK at the airport buying a much needed coffee and looking for some form of healthy snack. But this is what I’m presented with! However, I resist the urge for sugar and head for the fruit tray and buy a rather tired looking banana for the journey home. Challenge navigated.
Day seven sees me travelling to Dublin, Ireland☘️. My day included quite a lot of brisk walking around airports and I had already decided to use that as the free cardio. Waiting for my flight I managed to avoid all the food outlets other than purchasing a banana. However, arrived in Dublin starving and had some tricky choices to make on the room service menu. I can’t honestly say that I stuck rigidly to the diet plan at that point, but the less said about that the better.... 😳
Day 6 done, and I think I am getting past one of my biggest challenges - the grocery store. Now as I pass by the high calorie aisles I remind myself of the times, not so long ago, that I have spent in them. My tactic now is to not even go down them. And the thing I love most of all is (possibly) looking like the healthiest guy at the checkout, with a conveyor full of fish and vegetables!!
For me, diet is a far far bigger challenge than exercise.
Day 5, and was slightly wary of the tricep dips before I started. When I first tackled these on KB1 I really struggled with them, but over the course of KB1 they became nice and straightforward . So once again I wondered if they were going to be tricky having not done them for a while, but all is good - I’ve still got it!
Day 4 and another late workout in the cold - was it wrong to have a hot cup of tea at the same time? Obviously not whilst skipping ☕️
Day 3 and a late workout in my freezing cabin rocking out to 80’s tracks. Enjoyed saying hello to my triceps after their little holiday. They certainly let me know they were there tonight! And these are just the intro sessions...
Day two done and already a PB - 200 skips without tripping - I’ve no idea where that came from but I won’t complain! Maybe that 2-month sabbatical did me some good 😁
I soooo need this reboot. Let’s just say the last two months since KB1 were a bit too ‘comfortable’....
Good luck team for the next month!
Hi team. A quick post just to let you know how things are progressing for me on Reach. Well, other commitments mean that my first couple of weeks on this have been patchy. But I’m determined to try to get this under control as I manage to create a bit more time for myself.
I did it! GRADUATION POST
I have so many things to say about this last 90 days, and many mixed feelings about reaching day 90; pleased to have achieved so much, but sad to move on from the comfort zone of KB1.
I've discovered muscles I've not seen for 25 years! Biceps are bigger, triceps actually do something, my quads eventually stopped hurting, my deltoids have appeared from nowhere, I've lost a stone and a half, 2 inches off my waistline and everyone says I'm looking thinner. I feel good. I'm now a dab hand with egg white smoothies, I now eat breakfasts, I don't cram sugary stuff after hours at work. In the supermarket I always feel like the healthiest guy at the checkout - I love that.
In reality though, this programme for me was not about becoming Mr Universe - that was never going to happen. But I wanted to change things having reached 50. Let me rephrase that .... I needed to change things. KB1 has done that and I'm already thinking about what programme to head for next.
So the term 'graduation' doesn't feel quite correct right now - I see this as 'work in progress'.
In true Oscar style, I want to thank a few people. Firstly a big shout out to Adelyn and Nate for their support all the way through and their patience with waiting for my blogs. Secondly thanks to team Lepus - I've really enjoyed reading all your blogs and feel I've got to know you as friends; really impressed by all the results everyone has achieved. Last but not least I want to thank my good friend Jonathan Berney over in HK. He got me into Kenzai and I really appreciate that. I'll be watching his progress as he works his way through KB3.
That's it from me - I'll leave you with a view from my final workout. Missing you all already! 😢
Unfortunately the last two weeks have not gone well for me on Kenzai. Week 11 was half wiped out due to feeling really ill, and although I managed to push through the exercise, I only hit 3 out of the 6 sessions. But I kept to the diet.
Then week 12 I felt better, but have been on vacation. I travelled with the bands, mat and and skipping rope and managed 3 sessions out of the 6, but most of the days were very active with quite a lot of walking. But having started the week with great intentions to stick to the diet, by day two I had succumbed to the large communal evening meals and the diet slowly went out of the window. That said, I managed to avoid most of the sugary stuff but couldn't avoid having a beer or two.
So I arrive in this last week off the back of two really poor weeks. This has made me incredibly determined to get this week right and finish as strongly as I can. What has become really noticeable is how depressed I feel when I don't get the exercise sessions under my belt.
Anyhow, this last week I have enjoyed some nice scenery - with training outside, the picture here is of my gym buddies last week. These guys would getting very interested in the skipping. Luckily there was a fence between us!
Frustratingly, just as I want to up the effort, I find myself aching and dizzy - not from the failure sets but because I've come down with a virus. Tried to sweat it out by training yesterday morning, but I feel worse this morning and am having to sit the training out. Going to see how things are this evening. I hate being ill, and this is rubbish timing.
I took a decision that to get the most out of the last 25 days I'm upping the effort by (carefully) taking the bands up a level or two. So far everything feels good and I can feel the extra burn. Although the sessions have always felt effective, I kind of wish I'd done this earlier, but better late than never.
Since we went over to timed skipping my ability to skip seems to have gone out of the window. Don't want to 'break the rules' here, but I'm seriously thinking about going back to counting sets of skips. And I'm pretty sure I'm doing a lot less skipping now than before.
The other thing I have noticed throughout the programme is how the thing that stops me skipping for a long time isn't breathlessness, not my back, nor my knees, but my calves. It's difficult explain, but the burn I feel in my calves isn't like any other muscle burn when you feel you're really working them, but this is more like they just suddenly tighten up and it's impossible to push through. I've tried stretching them beforehand, stretching them in between sets, but nothing really makes a difference. They've done this since day one so nothing new, although I suspect it has got a little worse as time has gone on. It just seems to be the thing that stops me from skipping progress.