In catching up with the lessons, I see that I have missed a question. Best advice I've ever had " If you can't change the people, change the people". Meaning if you are surrounded by miserable people or bad colleagues, or whatever, then change up who you spend time with. This always works for me.....
Its been a tough start and I feel like I need to confess some major mishaps. Days 1-7 was a long good bye to my favourite foods - almost a binging type attitude as I knew what was to come. This was disappointing and a bit of a nod as to why I struggle so badly off Kenzai. I feel like I am in danger (and in fact, last month, reality) of lurching in a boom to bust way - on diet: good, then off diet; binge.
Then week 2. Started well, and all good. I was travelling for work (Seoul). Then, a preorganised meet up with a friend from Shanghai who flew over (Monika C) so we could hang, enjoy the city and fit in one last regional trip before her return to the US. And I went totally off the rails. Food wasn't too bad - kind of stuck to it loosely. But had 2 nights out on martinis and g&ts. It was like Kenzai was a parallel universe that I wasn't in!
As you can imagine, the remorse has been intense, and I have had to have a good talking to myself. My blogging and team mate support has been bad too, and that I put down to having had a very intense schedule over the last couple of weeks, where I am just about keeping up with everything. Ditto the lessons. I have to read 7 lessons in a row when I finish this. All this culminates in not feeling "close" to the programme, which we all know is very dangerous ground. I have been down this road before, with a not great attempt at KB 2 around 18 months ago. I am determined to not to repeat the performance. I know that if I have one good day behind me, other good days follow. I am getting a little stressed about an upcoming holiday to the UK. I really don't want to be derailed.
There, feel better for getting it down. Now just need to get on with it!
Blogging has been tough. I kind of skimmed through week 1, saying goodbye to all the favourite treats that got me needing this programme in the first place. Then this week I've been business travelling in Seoul. The workouts have been a major shock. Metronomes on day 10! Argh what a shock! Still- done good views while skipping! See below....
Well, finished kb2 about a month ago. Not been very regular with my exercise so it's been fun to get back in to this week. Lots going on during this round of kenzai but confident I can pull through. Going to say goodbye to my favourite foods this week- starting with my birthday tomorrow. Will be on the road a lot. In fact writing this blog in the lounge in Delhi.
I did it! Feel good about this one GRADUATION POST
So- another 90 days down! Very apt that I am writing this sitting in a hotel room in Singapore. My programme had some very strong weeks and some days that were wide off the mark. It's no secret that I'm on a weight loss mission and 2.5 years on and off ( a lot of off recently) on k programmes I am still on that mission. I do feel very fit and healthy at the moment, although I found that 3 min plank INSANE. However I did do 1 min easily which was a sub challenge goal of mine. On a healthy note I am finding all "normal" food unbearable salty! I know my biggest challenge will be coping with good, healthy eating while on the road. I am glad to say that on this round I've been much more disciplined at that, so I've learned something there. Still, I have a long road ahead, and I'm eyeing up kb3 for May. This time I don't feel I want to stop until it's done!
I don't have any scales on the road so not sure if I've dropped any weight. Hopefully won't put on any between now and getting home on Tuesday. I can see a difference in my photos and I'm very pleased with that ( starting photo above, yesterday's photo below). I'll report back in when I have some confirmed numbers!
Big thank you to Ed and Matt who kept me going as did the entire Aspen team. A special shout out to Meaghan, Dan, Qassim and Rima, all who pushed me on and kept me inspired.
Hope to see you on the blogs and hopefully kb3. Cheers!
Well, I was ok, and then I was not. I did not do days 86/87 and 88 workouts. It was just impossible. I was getting in to bed at midnight and waking at 5, exhausted. Then I had a cookie somewhere along the way. I have been quite compliant, but really for me, there is no such thing - I have to be ON or this weight does not move. Everything, even when i scrape off sauce tastes so awful and salty. It is so irritating to have this event in the very last 10 days. I thought I could conquer it better than I have. I managed to do my workout today, but then crept in a glass of champagne and a glass of wine tonight as everyone is in celebration mode. The peeps at K HQ are so right. For some reason, this is making me feel like I have failed the programme somehow. To all you out in your own kitchens, in your homes, with your own scales - FINISH STRONG! It will be worth it, and nothing worse than feeling like you are finishing like a weakling rather than a warrior !
Hi. Been up since 6 and coming up to 11 pm now. Need to be up at 5.30 if I'm going to get the workout in. No time for dinner tonight so grams a little all over the place. Picking sleep over eating. Having this conf in the last few days is a pain! Behind on catching up with people's blogs. Will try and do that tomorrow!
My resistance band has snapped! It's the only one I brought. I don't want to go to the gym and bump in to any delegates. Need a plan!
Hmmmm - bit of a mixed day. Breakfast - One scrambled egg on toast with mushrooms (mushrooms probably cooked in some oil). Then nabbed some fruit from breakfast for my mid morning snack, but no egg white. Lunch ordered grilled fish, steamed veg and some brown rice. Was brought (after waiting for 45 mins, well after my colleagues had been served) grilled fish under some kind of sauce, white rice, steamed veg and a portion of mash potato (??). I picked up the steam veg, put 3 tablespoons of rice on it, then scraped off grilled fish and added that. I think it was ok. Fruit platter in the afternoon, no egg white. Did my workout - actually a great one. But no egg white or yoghurt afterwards. Dinner was papaya salad (a mistake. good portion size, but had some kind of sweet/salty dressing) and a fruit salad. Panicking suddenly without my scales. Sleep so far good but I think that will change as we move towards Monday. Escaped to my room while everyone else out for beers. Really happy to be in my room, smugly knowing I will feel tip top in the morning!
All ok. Did my workout before my flight. Fruit on flight. Steamed fish and veg for dinner. No fruit but that's ok. It's all under control.
Feeling so great. Getting my sleep in, getting my grams and workouts in. Might have slipped up a bit yesterday as the latte I ordered really did not taste low fat! Other than that, all good. I am starting to stress out about the remaining days. I fly to Ho Chi Minh city tomorrow in order to set up for a conference I am running. I will be setting up all weekend, then the conf is Monday - Thursday. Then Friday I fly to KL for another event, over the weekend etc. At some point in all this, this programme will end, and I so want to finish strong. I need to figure out my game plan. For now though....all good.
Yesterday was 100%, 10 points on the challenge. Today should be too. I love days like that and feel myself getting quite addicted to them. I'm contemplating kb 3, as I feel so healthy and full of energy on Kenzai in general. I get really nervous when the end is in sight as I don't feel I can trust myself out there " on my own".
The photo is of breakfast this morning- what's not to love?
Hi! Well, last week was unsatisfactory. I was at the conference in Brisbane, that I have already blogged about. So, was as on point as I could be with food, and feel that I didn't do too badly. Stayed away from all the baddies, like alcohol, sugar etc. I work for a pizza company and actually managed to get through the week without a single bite of pizza too! As blogged, my workouts were off. I did an emergency workout on day 1, then just the cardio on day 2. Day 3 disaster struck - I am not sure what happened but I basically could hardly move the top left hand side of my body - with my neck and should totally stiff. Its much better now, so I think it was the bed, which was much softer than the usual Asian style bed. That kind of throwed skipping out, as it was so jarring, so my cardio was walking the riverfront in Brisbane which was beautiful. I did that for the Wed and Thurs. I got back to HK early Friday morning after a sleepless flight, but did another cardio walk with the rest of the workout. I think I will be ok with skipping today, but slightly worried that I may have set myself back. Never mind, the show must go on!
Oh, I had my indulgence on Saturday, as I was on a junk boat with friends from Dubai. Pasta for lunch with prosecco. And a brownie! yum.....(although everything was waaaayy too salty!). Unfortunately I wasn't strict enough with myself yesterday - our friends were still in town and we went for dim sum, and then in the evening I had a glass of wine. So, a flakey day. I am back on it now....and so happy to be in HK all week. I am getting a bit anxious as I am running a conference in Ho Chi Minh for the last week of this programme. I need this good week in, to get me through that as intact as possible!
Its been quite challenging on the diet front - mostly re: snacks and egg whites. I am kind of locked in to a conference. Its great that it is Australia - so my breakfasts have been spot on, I have opted for the vegan option for lunch and dinner, I am just eyeballing. I haven't had an adult bevvie, so that's good too. I have avoided the cookies, icecreams, doughnuts etc. The worry is the workouts at the moment. I did the emergency one on day 71, then yesterday just did the cardio, and today better, as I got the workout in. I should be ok to get it in tomorrow as I have a late flight back to HK and some free time before my flight. Hope it all works out!
OK, so I can feel it all unraveling slightly - I am behind on my lessons, behind at checking in to my lovely teams' blogs, and just behind in general. Resolve has crumbled a little bit this morning - in the airline lounge and totally stupidly had a cookie. Big time Grok moment that I did not swat away. Why not - no idea. Honestly, I think I went insane. I am off to Australia from HK until Friday. This does bode well.
AND I have to confess that I had to pull the emergency workout this morning as overslept. Surely it can only get better from here!
Will touch base on blogs later.....