Carrie C.

Carrie C.

Kenzai Member
Park Ranger

Continuing on my ranger journey. Making some progress but a week of no running and skipping hurt my soul a little bit.
Moved out of park and getting into action with my first skipping session tonight - a little tight but not too much pain so we will see how the 'gentle' run goes tomorrow.

Ranger Day 1

So finished the day 1 base test.

Pull ups - 2
Push ups - 33
Crunches (I know I know) - 75

5.3 mile run in 48-ish minutes in torrential spring rain - Run Keeper stopped working after the 2nd mile.

Today also included a trip to physio to look at my achilles. Apparently am only allowed to do low impact exercises for a week so I am going to sub the skipping and running with walking and hiking and add in my new exercises.

Still determined to be a ranger!


Fairly pleased with the efforts over the last 90 days. My goals for the program were a little different this time around: to see if I could run KB more like a life skill / daily life event rather than a super strict training program. While I understand that this is again the principle of program I felt like I was able to make it work quite well. A solid effort on the diet, combined fitness between the Kenzai workouts and my monkey bar classes, a dedicated but not obsessive approach to the program. I am pleased with the overall results: I am quite strong, my fitness is good, I don't feel burnt out now that the program is over, and while there is definitely some work to do on fat loss there have been some great changes. I feel like I know a lot more about how my body works and what it needs.

KB2 is still my favourite program and I loved yesterday's final workout. It look place in a hotel gym with my 13 year old daughter. We both finished our workouts and then we just played in the gym. No judgement on the final posey photo! 😀

Thanks Kenzai!

Hit with the stomach flu yesterday. 2 days without a workout. The mere thought of egg whites and fruit. . .
Trying to stay on track and be kind to myself but I am really disappointed and my editor and my competitive nature are doing a bit of a number on me.
Think I will be back on workouts tomorrow for a strong final 3 days.

Pretty excited that we are down to our final days.
Great workouts this week - I have been combining the conditioning and power classes from my gym with the Kenzai workouts and can definitely see the strength and power from doing this for the past three months. I even had compliments on my skipping yesterday. Almost 3 years of skipping and I am pretty efficient!

Still unsure of what my plan is after the program. My husband is joining KB2 in April and there have been requests for me to join for moral support. Otherwise may go back and work through Run10K / half program on my own.

home sweet home

Our trip was great and even managed to make it fairly Kenzai. All of the exercises plus lots of hiking. Great choices with meals and only some well timed cheats, had my indulgence on my birthday, and only a few glasses of wine during the entire 10 day trip.

And then I got home. I am not sure why the wheels came off but they did. Back to work tomorrow and that will provide some structure and routine to help get back on track for the last 2 weeks.

vacations are complicated

We are having a lovely start to spring break! Got to spend three days in Vegas and today visited the Grand Canyon. Did really well with the workouts. Have made some pretty good choices with the meals - although clearly the Las Vegas strip didn't get the health food guide on the importance of vegetables.

Did a great hike on the Hermit Trail this morning. Our guide joked that today was push up day- I think he was a little shocked when we dropped to the trail and busted out a few sets.
Unforeseen travel situations have meant today’s diet has gone out the window - we are curently stranded in a gas station parking lot outside the national park waiting for the power in northern Arizona to come back on so we can get some gas and head to our next destination. Definitely back on track tomorrow.

Goal crushing

It’s official. I can do a pull up!
3 years ago before I started with Kenzai I could do practically nothing. I had some cardio but very little muscle. Within a year I could cross a set of monkey bars and now I can do a pull up.
Pretty pleased with myself. Still need some form work, there was a bit of grunting, and I will build up to two in a row - but I did it!
Now to brainstorm new goals!
Happy Spring break!

getting stronger

Overall things are going well. I am very happy to have vegetable dinners back - I have missed having something warm. The workouts are going well and am still supplementing with classes at the gym. Super close to my March 20th goal and can now get my nose pretty close to the pull up bar.

Weekends; however, have been less successful. Lots of exercise but the treats have been sneaking in. Easy to shut them out during the week as our lives are quite structured but Saturday and Sunday . . .

Spring break is coming up on Friday (YAY) and with that is a 10 day trip to Vegas and Arizona. I am not worried about the workouts and there will be a lot of hiking. I am making plans so that I can get my egg whites and try and stay on track.

Hope everyone is having a good week!

back at it

In other programs I have missed hardly any workouts - I even got to through my last KB2 session with 1 missed workout. This time seems to be another story - sick days, injury days. . .
The back is doing well. I was back on the workouts and committed to the diet and then I had to rest after being hit in the head yesterday (my classroom clock fell off my wall - it was sore - my students thought it was hilarious). I am working really hard to stay committed and get everything done but I feel I start to do really well and then little things keep breaking my momentum.

Trying to keep the editor in check and pleased that I am making progress - definitely getting stronger. I can now do a pull up with a small jump to give me some momentum!

The Joys. . .

Not having the best of weeks. Full of determination and enthusiasm for the program and then I tweaked my back. Stupid planks.
I have done all of the things I am supposed to do to make it better and am getting my mobility back but this is my second day off the workouts. My Grade 8's are very funny and when I went to a neighbouring classroom at lunch time to lie down and do some stretching I found myself leading a short yoga class with a few students - who thought it was awesome. I did get out for a 40 minute walk tonight but my back wasn't ready for anything involving bending and jumping so missed the official workout for the second day in a row.

My editor and my frustration are in full force but I do know the program is working as I have my usual kenzai acne that I have gotten in every program at that week 7 /8 mark. So at least I know something is working!

Getting through it

The last week has gone fairly well and super fast. It is Family Day weekend in Canada leading to some minefields to get through: A long weekend, Valentine's Day, a trip to Vancouver, staying in hotels, spending time with non-Kenzai friendly family members. . .

So it wasn't completely clean but did all of the work outs, ordered well in restaurants, and made some really good choices.
Still very icy and snowy here so I didn't make it out for my run yesterday (a 5k icy walk instead) but hopefully spring will come back soon.

Last week was good: Lots of great exercise, mostly good eating, managed my stress fairly effectively.

And then it snowed. It doesn't snow on Vancouver Island very often. We are the joke of Canada as when it does snow we are completely unprepared and the whole island shuts down.

So last night when we were three hours from home for my daughter's gymnastics competition and the island was blizzarding, our food options were limited and our need for comfort was pretty high.
No one has ever wished for an egg white, apple, banana, and yogurt dinner in a blizzard. Ever.

We are finally home and will get back on track this afternoon but the call for hot chocolate and sitting by the fire instead of skipping in the basement is pretty high.
Don't worry - we stopped and filled up on vegetables, fruit . . . and egg whites as I think we are going to be stuck here for a couple of days.

slippery slopes

I had a great week with some achievements:
• Completed my highest rotations of speed skipping in a minute ever!!! Over 200 yay me!
• I successful completed 1 negative from my pull up bar - I am not graceful as I jump up but for the first time I was completely controlled on the way down
• And I managed to participate in the teacher dance at our schools first pep rally without being too embarrassing and ending up as a meme

Unfortunately the indulgence , the gathering we hosted last night, and writing report cards, led to some very bad diet choices and today's missed run. I have managed a good half hour of stretching and yoga with my very flexible daughter.
The week always goes well but the weekends . . .Need to create a plan of action for next weekend!


After a four day flu break I have been back on track and doing well since Wednesday. A couple of diet misses and cravings but locking the diet down. My daughter is going through a baking phase and we fought over the kitchen this morning while I made breakfast bruschetta and she made brownies.

The exercise has gone really well. I have been going to these conditioning classes since September (I decided I needed to get out more) and Thursday was 200 yards of bear crawls followed by 2000 skips. Thanks to Kenzai the skipping was no problem. The bear crawls; however, are a whole other story!

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