Amanda Elliston

Amanda Elliston

Kenzai Member
Assistant Trainer
Altitude Training

To escape the poor air quality my family went to the mountains. I ran far fewer kilometers than I have been, but got in the runs!


Challenge 3 No Go!

Due to fires raging in Northern California, I was forced indoors on treadmill for today’s run. And while the run was fine, I couldn’t chuck the headphones! Five miles at decent pace though. Slipped a bit with diet tonight, wondering if it’s the stress from so many natural disasters we face each day.


On Monday when I scrolled through weekly diet, I didn't see change. Today I noticed dinner had changed. Did it change today, am I doomed to miss two days? I know I over reacting, maybe the diet is making me too anxious...


weekly challenge 1
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When I was a teenage athlete with a body that I didn't like, I tried so many fad diets to get "skinny" or "thin." It grew into disordered eating. I knew that my body would never look like models in Elle magazine, but in vain I kept hurting myself with punishing workouts and bingeing and purging. There was one brief moment--a revelation--in a book written by a woman marathoner who didn't fit the "normal" runner physique. She had muscles, and for a summer I had the goal to be like her. Gayle Olinekova was know to have "the greatest legs to stride the earth" and her book was titled, "Go For It." While it took me 10 years or so after that summer to run my first marathon, her strength and pride in her muscular build left a an impression,one I share with my students and children. In the face of a challenge or fear, I try to remember, "go for it". I used it today, when I felt a little fatigued, and I surged when I needed to.


Bands
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I ordered the blue box to start this program; I can't figure which color band to use for each exercise. The one pictured in the photos (yellow) is too little resistance. Thanks for any suggestions.


Week 2 Victory!

As a few have posted, I switched my run and cross train, and I am finding the diet (first time Kenzai user) working out. It's still hard to weigh everything out, but I am getting better at eyeballing quantities. It can be a bit bland for my taste. My biggest challenge is what and how much to eat before a longer run--30mins or more---without feeling bloated and uncomfortable.


Feeling a bit frustrated with website. How do I simply write a message to trainer for a question about workouts.
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Exercise and Diet

After one week I am enjoying the daily motivation for each workout, and I am trying new exercises. The equipment hasn't arrived, but I am finding creative ways to tackle each set. As week two approaches, and the diet looms. After a lifetime of dieting, I am quite nervous about weighing my food, and how to approach "avoiding" entire groups of foods: legumes, cheese, oils? I am comfortable with no sugar and no alcohol. Any words of wisdom are welcome.


Getting started!

I am feeling ready to train smarter to get stronger and quicker.


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