Brian W.

Brian W.

Lifestyle changes

More vegetables! I actually like vegetables, but had slipped over time to not eating them as often as I should. So the biggest and best change for me has been consistently eating lots of fresh vegetables.


I've found that I've been struggling with having really low energy overall. I don't experience many ups and downs, but I'm finding that in general it's been pretty low. I also have trouble sleeping all the way through the night, so maybe that's part of the low energy, too.

I have been enjoying that the workouts split up the body parts. I'm finding the back and triceps day to be my favorite.

a few travel days

I had a quick weekend trip to visit my parents while they are babysitting my niece. Flew in on Thursday, visited Friday and Saturday, and flew back on Sunday. So a quick trip. I wasn't able to do the workouts, but I got some good cardio in. I went mountain biking with my dad and went on some nice long walks with the family. The mountain biking was interesting. I haven't been on a bike on over three years, but I could easily keep up thanks to all the conditioning from Kenzai. My dad is a more technical and more fearless rider than me, so could crush me on the downhills, but I always caught up and was slowing down for him on the uphills. Legs!

I couldn't follow the diet exactly, but tried to make good choices overall. I noticed a lot of restaurant food tries to make up for being mediocre by being extremely salty! And I got to eat my indulgence meal...a nice plate of hummus covered in tahini with some friend eggplant. I didn't feel uncomfortable afterwards, just noticed I wasn't hungry in the evening so just had some vegetables and a banana. The hardest part of travel is waking up early for flights and not sleeping well if I'm not in my own bed. I feel pretty exhausted right now, but I'm definitely ready to be back on track this week.

I'm definitely finding the grind to be a little tedious and challenging. But I know from experience that when you feel like quitting but you keep going anyway, that is when real, deep change happens. So here's to the grind!

fed up?

I had to think for a bit to answer this week's prompt. The diet and the daily exercise are definitely becoming a grind, but I'm not fed up. But, I realized I have to take a break with one of my favorite hobbies...going for long walks around the city. The diet is enough food for me to have sustained energy throughout the day, but it's not enough food for me to have the energy to just go walk around an extra five miles. If I go for a walk at all, I find I'm exhausted after only a couple of miles. So I suppose I'm not fed up, just a little disappointed.

I haven't noticed any major changes, but a few small ones. I used to always want a beer at the end of a long day, and if I found a coworker still hanging around I might ask that person to go to a bar. I had to continue to fight that for a couple of weeks, but then it just wasn't there anymore, I don't even think about it. Also, my wife and I haven't gone to a restaurant together since this started. We used to order in at least one night a week and go out at least one night a week, but now we just compare diets and what we're eating at home. So it's healthier, and we're saving money!

So I'm definitely gonna need some new pants before this is all over. They're already fitting a little looser, kinda sagging in the butt. But my old t-shirts are fitting much better! (They were getting a little tight).

Still trying to figure out the diet...if I get all my carbs from white rice and eat all my veggies raw, it feels like too few calories, even to the point of waking me up in the middle of the night one night. But if I do bread for all the carbs all day and have potatoes as some of my veggies, it actually feels like too much. It's interesting to learn how different foods make me feel.

week 2 reflections

Easiest part so far? Hmm, nothing is coming to mind as incredibly easy. I set a goal for doing the workouts in the morning, and so far it's been going well. So not easy, but easier than I thought it would be. I wake up, grab the jumprope, do a few joint circles, and go.

Hardest part? Probably the diet. My wife and I had a pattern of ordering in Friday nights and going to a restaurant on Saturdays, eating way too many calories at the meals and in between. So this Friday night it was difficult being mildly hungry and not ordering in. But we made it! (She's doing the program too). No major cravings so far though, so that's been nice.

Diet sensations

I live in Cambridge, MA, and walk by a tootsie roll factory on my way to work. Good lord does that stuff smell sweet! Like overwhelmingly, sickeningly so. Before I definitely noticed the smell, but not like this. Just a funny observation.

A few observations from this week:

The thing that really stood out the most was that by day five, many of the minor aches and pains that have accumulated over time were greatly reduced. I seriously felt younger, my body felt better.

Jumping rope seems like a great way to determine how rested I am. I didn't sleep well for a couple of nights, and the last morning I was tripping a lot more in the lower numbers of the jumps. This was in contrast to earlier in the week, where I was progressively getting further with no trips. I'll have to see if this trend continues, but very interesting.

Also, I have no idea how much food to eat. Some times 3/4 was too little, and I'd be ravenous in a couple of hours. Some times it was too much and I'd feel lethargic. I'm looking forward to starting the diet.

Day One!

Feeling a little nervous anticipation about what we're all undertaking together. I did this program 9 years ago (when it was called the Peak Condition Project) and I know how much work will be necessary, but also how great the rewards are. First workout finished, it felt great to get the blood pumping (and a great reminder of how little I work my core everyday). Let's do this!

End of Week 1





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