Wow - Day 35! That's a long time - longer than I have managed on any of my own health pushes before. Thanks to all for your support in getting me this far.
This week went pretty well. I can't skip yet as my calf is still sore (actually, I did about 300 on Thursday and then it went again) so I am doing alternative cardio which is not ideal, but better than nothing. Apart from that, the exercise and diet went pretty well, despite a trip during the week to HK.
What am I getting fed up with? Well it's not the exercise - I enjoy that and I like having the training decisions made for me. Diet wise, it's not the fruit - I am really enjoying that. The breakfast and lunch may be repetitive (my fault really) and therefore dull, but they fill me up. I think it's these new dinners that are kind of annoying. I could deal with them this week as they were a novelty, but I can see they are going to bore the pants of me this week. I am sure they serve a purpose - but they would not be my preferred dinner choice if I wasn't on this program! :)
Good luck to you all for the next week. I have another trip coming up, hopefully I will manage to navigate the challenges and keep with the program.
Week 4 was a challenging one for me. There were three work functions I had to attend and I also tweaked my calf muscle. In total I missed two workouts (the first ones I missed, so it was a bit annoying) and I went off diet on those evenings and a couple of other times as well.
I have put a line under that and am moving on and aiming for a strong week 5.
Impact on my social life? Yes it has certainly done that as I avoid going out, so as to avoid temptation.
I have found this week challenging so far. I had some technical problems with my skipping - which Ward helped me with. For a couple of days things all felt a bit too difficult. I missed an exercise day and, dare I say it, had a few drinks and even ate some Oreos which were in my office pantry!
However, today I was back on it and really enjoyed my exercise and am being 100% compliant. There is still a stack of Oreos which wave and beckon me whenever I walk through the office panty but I am walking right by them. Oreos be damned! I didn't even enjoy them yesterday and they certainly didn't fill me up.
I have some office events coming up over the next few days. I will manage them as best I can and be right back on things. I don't want to give up after working on this for 25 days!
No - not the David Bowie song but some pretty average blogging by me I am afraid :)
As one of the earlier lessons anticipated, I have experienced some changes over the last week. One which I didn't expect was that my food was tasting really, really bland without salt - far more than the first diet week. I was close to cracking a few times, but I managed to keep the salt at bay. Anyone else facing this and if so, any tips?
On the positives, I have lost some weight and can feel that I have recovered some muscle tone. A few people have commented which motivates me. Mentally, I feel pretty good. I am sleeping well and my energy levels are high. I am pleased with myself with sticking with the program so far and starting to see / feel some positive results.
Now I need to keep my discipline and stick with the program. As per my previous posts, my willpower is a fickle friend and often deserts me! A welcome change for me will be maintaining my willpower till I finish the program and see meaningful changes.
Good luck to you all for the week ahead. Let's do this.
Thanks for all the blogs by everyone. It is helpful to hear how everyone is getting on.
So far I have found the diet to be relatively easy to follow. I am eating a lot of food - probably more than I was eating before - so I am not going hungry. I thought the lack of salt would be harder than it is. Same with the lack of added sugar, despite the odd craving. I have noticed how sweet good fruit tastes and I am really enjoying that part of the diet. Why wasn't I doing this before? I have deviated a couple of times in work / social situations but not by much and have managed to get back on track right away.
The exercise certainly increased in the second week and I see the skipping increases again next week and - from what I hear from a friend who completed Kenzai Body - the skipping demands keep increasing. I can see I may find that to be a challenge. His tip - which is in line with the lesson today - was to keep my head down and keep working through it. I will try to!
Good luck to you all this week!
I found the workouts to be pretty comfortable and actually supplemented them with some indoor bike training. I see the workouts for week 2 look harder and will take longer - so I will see whether I keep up the additional training.
I didn't always leave a 1/4 as sometimes it was impractical, but I was certainly a lot more mindful of what I ate and drank. I had one 'wobble' for a business dinner with an old friend but I was back on the horse the next day.
It feels a little bit as though we have been having a phoney war for the first week and the real nasty stuff starts tomorrow. I am little nervous as this is unchartered territory for me, but I am going to give it my best shot.
Good luck to all of you - particularly those with willpower issues like me!
Hi all - I hope that you are all well. It has been great to read about you all and I look forward to getting to know you better over the coming weeks.
My name is Charlie and I am an Englishman who lives in Singapore - I have been in Singapore and Jakarta for the last 20 years. I have a lovely wife and two (sometimes) lovely children aged 15 and 12.
I am also a lawyer (looks like there are a few of us in this group) and the sedentary life has been catching up with me. Plus I spend a lot of time travelling and wining / dining. There has always been a ready excuse to break any health regime I have embarked on. However, I am approaching 50 and I figure that now really is as good a time as any to try to 're-set' and get back in shape.
I heard about Kenzai from a friend on a long charity bike ride in Vietnam. He enthused about it and I liked the sound of it - particularly the group aspect and the accountability. Hopefully it can provide a balance to my woeful lack of willpower! So no pressure, but I am relying on you all! If you can help me do this, you will all be my superheroes :)
Good luck to all of you.