Brian W.

Brian W.

Kenzai Body | Day 21
Kenzai Body
Day 21
Program progress:
when to buy new pants

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.

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!