Bindhya P.

Bindhya P.

Kenzai Body | Day 45
Kenzai Body
Day 45
 
Program progress:

Until this week's question popped up, I wasn't thinking of the word quitting despite not being completely on track with eating or exercises since I began the programme!
By and large I feel good and strong again in a way that I missed this past 2 years. Usually I only felt good if I had hit my weekly quota of runs or completed a long course. I can't do all the Kenzai exercises but what I can has firmed up my body. Similarly to running some days I would have just liked to have skipped it but I knew once I was up and out I felt good on completing the run and it kept me going the whole day. So each day I put in the time in the morning although the Kenzai exercises are taking longer time to complete.🙃
Plus I paid for this programme and there is no way I would let it go to waste. I may not meet the target but I am along for the ride to get towards it in the long run.


Week 6 progress

Struggled to stay on the weeks' diet program while travelling. I packed carrots and cucumber to munch on for a few days but that petered out after couple of days as there was no time to go into a supermarket to shop. So I ate what I got although I tried to be selective in sticking to protein, veggies and very little carbs with fruits in between.
I managed by and large to do some exercises each day including either walking or swimming, and even worked out twice in the hotel gym. Today, I walked briskly for 5KM and later completed a swim of 1 KM.


What do I hate the most...not being able to participate wholeheartedly at the evening get togethers, not being able to do a lot of the listed exercises due to my knee and injury incl skip rope, not being able to run...list goes on. I am afraid that at the end of 90 days I have nothing to show despite my effort, which wasn't enough to effect positive body changes!!!

It has been a tough week..I am wondering if it's ever going to get better.

The first 3 days despite feeling better than last week was a killer in terms of energy levels - I either failed to do the exercises or my attempt was so pathetic that I didn't want to put a tick for the said daily activity. Mid week I felt better, managed the exercises and could also include swimming for cardio.

To top it this week I had literally every evening an official reception or dinner to attend incl hosting an event at my house! At receptions, I could keep to my diet by eating before at home and not partaking at the event and avoiding drinks. However, it was a different matter with sit down dinners at other residences - I realised that I didn't want to tell people and become the topic at table so instead I tried to be discreet with eating and drinking - and botched my diet!
Let this coming week be different 🙏....but in 5 days I have to travel for a week so I am worried that it is going to get worse.😳😏


Week 4

Got sick..started with allergic reaction in respiratory system due to haze from burning in neighbourhood countries, which developed into a summer cold with all its effects i.e. hacking cough, runny nose..
It was difficult sticking to the daily exercise routine, which I completed as best as I could, and on some days with only a few reps. No energy. Due to cold, swimming, my cardio alternative, was also off the list.
I wasn't consistent with food intake either as I had no appetite.
Plus side, due to illness, didn't attend several scheduled functions, which meant no temptations!


End of week 3

I finally managed to get through a week amidst my daily routine and being in my own space!
It was even harder than being on vacation as fitting in daily exercise, changing diet - which affects the rest of the family too, has been a major drag.
With the exercises I have been just keeping my head down and pushing through - if I managed 80% of the exercises I ticked it off as done. Having to think of alternatives is not straight forward either - replacing skip rope with swim for instance, not being able to do some of the exercises due to injury is also limiting. Some exercises are impossible - negative pull-up is laughable as I don't even get off the floor!
As for food..I am almost revolted at the amount I have to consume. It is way more than what I used to eat plus trying to keep to regular eating time table has been difficult at best.
I think I hate meat..so I fell off the wagon day before yesterday where I just couldn't face meat so left it off my plate. I ate required veggies and fruit though.
I also drank a small amount of whiskey at a night out with friends during the week...stayed off cocktail and wine, which would have been my usual. I seriously miss wine though! Instead I nursed one portion of whiskey through out the evening!
Other than that I managed to stay on track. I keep telling myself it is a process that my mind and body has to adjust to...
I don't notice a major difference other than my hips and thighs seem tighter than before. Shoulders and arms are aching a lot. What hasn't changed is the belly area - but I can't do the stomach exercises anyway.
My sleep pattern hasn't changed either...hormonal..so I usually don't sleep very well.


Maintaining activity during second week turned out to be a lot more difficult than envisioned.
Moving between different places, eating at other people's homes or restaurants, travelling in planes over two days, followed by the proverbial jet lag, disconnected internet and phone line at home led to a total breakdown in my well laid activity plans.
I only managed to get in half an hour swim, a walk of about 5KM and 7KM during the week, but no other exercises. As for food, the best I could manage was being selective of what I put on my plate.
Today, for rest day of week 2, I did a 2 KM run of the intended 5KM! However, had to stop and limp the next KM but finished the loop walking.
I also weighed my food according to food plan for the first time, and I finally get what the others are saying...way too much food, esp the protein. I will have trouble limiting carbs. I am ok with the veggies and fruits portion but protein at lunch and dinner..will take getting used to. Already not a fan of it!


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Instead of the suggested 400 skipping, made a brisk 7K walk. It probably doesn't measure up in terms of intensity but I thought better than nothing...
I know tomorrow diet part will begin but I won't be joining until the 16th once I am in my own kitchen. I guess no exercise as well while travelling!


Who am I?

Q.1. I am from Bhutan, a small Himalayan kingdom, nestled between China and India.
I am married to an Austrian - yesterday was our 20th wedding anniversary! We have two wonderful young men, who are 19 and 18 years old, and as of this summer we will become empty nesters.

Personally, and as a family we have always been active and love the outdoors. Some of our favourite family outings include hiking in the mountains from day hikes to ones going up to a week or two sleeping in mountain huts / tents, and skiing during the winter.
We love to run, so both my husband and I have taken part in several half marathons and long runs of 15-10K since 2014. We usually found cities where runs were taking place, train for it, travel to the country, join the run, and use the time to see the country!

My husband works for the UN, so every 3-4 years we move to a new duty station. We have lived in Kathmandu in Nepal, Sarajevo in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Tashkent in Uzbekistan and since summer 2018 Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. We have used those years and posting to explore, travel extensively and hike in the different countries we lived in.

I studied in Bhutan and in India and have a M.Sc. in Health Systems Management. I worked for Danida and UNICEF before kids but when we began to move countries with my husband's job I stopped working in the development sector. Instead I reinvent myself in each country: I have worked as teacher teaching English as a second language to adults, as a freelance consultant mainly with report writing, and research studies, managed school in slum area in Dhaka, organised events such as the national day celebration and concerts.

Q.2. I am a generally a positive person, and usually once I decide to do something I get it done. I like being active.

Q.3. I heard of Kenzai from a sales manager at BMW in KL. At a dinner function, he refused to take wine and sent back the dessert plate! He was in the middle of Kenzai round 2.
His before picture, plus the exercises he showed us on his mobile made me think
that Kenzai might be what I needed as I was in dark place about my lack of physical activity, and constantly growing body weight!

I am still on holiday, living out of suitcase, sleeping at different places, eating in restaurants but I am in start mode already and exercising daily. I want exercising to become routine by the time I get back to my normal daily life in KL!


Day 6

Seeking alternatives..I swam today for over an hour, mainly breast stroke and back. I did many lengths back and forth, and bottom line - it was super hard to keep going as it's simply boring. I also didn't feel like I had exercised as I would have after a run! But positives..no pain on the leg or knees.


Day 4

Everything is sore, tight and painful at the injury area and knees. I can still walk so that's a plus. Therefore I completed a slow walk of 7KM.
Managed day 4 workout minus some exercises: skipping rope, push-up. Did manage some squats with difficulty.
On food: I have made no changes as I am not in my kitchen. Instead of leaving a quarter uneaten of food someone else has cooked, I have cut back on my portion.


Day 4

Everything is sore, tight and painful at the injury area and knees. I can still walk so that's a plus. Therefore I completed a slow walk of 7KM.
Managed day 4 workout minus some exercises: skipping rope, push-up. Did manage some squats with difficulty.
On food: I have made no changes as I am not in my kitchen. Instead of leaving a quarter uneaten of food someone else has cooked, I have cut back on my portion.


Day 4

Everything is sore, tight and painful at the injury area and knees. I can still walk so that's a plus. Therefore I completed a slow walk of 7KM.
Managed day 4 workout minus some exercises: skipping rope, push-up. Did manage some squats with difficulty.
On food: I have made no changes as I am not in my kitchen. Instead of leaving a quarter uneaten of food someone else has cooked, I have cut back on my portion.


Day 4

Everything is sore, tight and painful at the injury area and knees. I can still walk so that's a plus. Therefore I completed a slow walk of 7KM.
Managed day 4 workout minus some exercises: skipping rope, push-up. Did manage some squats with difficulty.
On food: I have made no changes as I am not in my kitchen. Instead of leaving a quarter uneaten of food someone else has cooked, I have cut back on my portion.


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It was hard on day 2 as everything ached. But I forced myself to do the day 2 exercise along with warm up, and to do a short 3KM walk to get my muscle moving. I had to skip couple of suggested exercises as I am unable to kneel, or use skipping rope. I have also never been able to do push ups - even at my best time!
However, I added other exercises to make up for it.
As I am right now in Austria and will not be back in my own environment until 15th, I am trying to be active. Today I completed a 17KM mountain hike with my 19 year son, and 78 year old mother-in-law, who isnin a great shape.
Painful to my knees and other areas I had forgotten, and slow but we did it! No energy to do the day 3 exercise routine though!


Day 1, Austria
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I have been walking daily this past few days..going a few km further each day despite painful knees.
To start my Kenzai journey on day 1, I went through the beginners warm up workout in the morning - followed the video link shared - and completed a long hike in Wachau, the Welterbesteig, clocking in 22 KM in 6 hours.
I haven't made any changes to my food intake as I am not in my own kitchen!