Complete GRADUATION POST
So excited to have completed and survived this program. It was intense and challenging. Not sure I saw a lot of aesthetic change but definitely feel stronger. Thanks for a great 4 weeks. Looking forward to the next program.
Almost at the end of the program and I still can’t do the salamander or the scoop push up properly. On the plus side there have been no comments at work about my big arms or my food this week. And, despite there being plenty of stressful moments in the office I haven’t deviated from the diet other than overgramming the fruit. Feeling good!!!
Used my second ticket yesterday crazy day of kids activities and very rare movie date with the husband.
Ok must ask as I am very behind the times: is an air fryer really that good? Is it possible to have healthy “fried” food? I have eaten so much steamed and raw food, thought I might try mix it up a bit.
Sooooo tired these past few days. Right shoulder, knee and hip have been really sore. Might be bad sleep posture and it could have something to do with a little visitor coming in for cuddles in the middle of the night. Still getting through the workouts and sticking firmly to the diet. Although someone in the office commented that my food looks very bland and not very tasty. I didn’t even bother trying to explain...
Last night I did my workout while listening to a hilarious podcast instead of music. Big mistake. It is impossible to breathe and do push ups while laughing or trying not to laugh.
Hamstrings are very tight and sore today - don’t think I can blame that on the podcast though.
I walk past these swimmers every day. Issue is whether I will be able to pull off this look or whether it will be a case of mutton dressed up as lamb.
Also used up one ticket yesterday.
Feeling good today: did my Blast workout, a circuit class and then managed to drag my teenager on a hike up to the Peak with the promise of shopping afterwards. Am now sitting on a cold hard metal bench outside the fitting room. It’s gonna take a while...
I love the beach. My sentimental faves are Canggu in Bali (I got married on that beach), Lekeitio in Spain (bubs finally took her first steps by herself - about time too as she was 16 months) and Guvvos beach in Anglesea, Victoria (silly times with friends during my misspent youth).
We live in HK now and don’t get to the beach that often. That said we did spend 10 days over Easter in a lovely beach front villa in Phuket which was amazing!
This summer my oldest kept pestering me to buy new swimmers and especially a bikini and I kept telling her that after 3 kids and with my sedentary life nobody wants to see me scantily clad and I certainly do not want to inflict all my wibbly wobbly bits on anyone. That said, bubs did ask if she could kiss and cuddle my jelly belly after I had indulged in the most generous and decadent Italian meal recently and then told me how she loved my belly. I soaked up all the love and ignored the fact that my tum tum was so big that she considered it a separate and distinct, albeit huggable, body part.
Anyway, looking forward to training with everyone!
What a shock to the system - such an intense workout after a lovely indulgent holiday in Eataly! Exactly what I need to hopefully get rid of my pasta bowl belly.
Completion GRADUATION POST
This program certainly was challenging on many levels. It was wonderful training with Team Cardinal and I think I made some progress. The major stumbling block though was the timing of our family summer holiday over the last week of the program which meant I didn’t have the strong finish that I wanted. Never mind.
As always, Kenzai has made a positive impact. After a 6 hour walking tour of Milan during which I had to carry my 4 year old around in the ergo, my husband said to me “You don’t need Kenzai, you can just carry bubs around all day to get fit”. I quickly corrected him - I couldn’t possibly carry my chubby bubbly around with this much ease if I didn’t do Kenzai. Thank you to the trainers and my teammates for a great program. Looking forward to the next program with you!
Landed in Italy yesterday for a 2 week holiday with family and friends. Being in the land of pizza, pasta and gelato and having no access to a gym is not the best way to end the program. I have brought along my rope and bands but certainly won’t be finishing as strong as I would have liked. That said I had to carry the 4 year old in the ergo for 4 hours the night we were flying out and an hour as we waited in line at immigration yesterday. I did a few squats while carrying her til the 13 year old told me to stop it as I was being totally embarrassing...
Went to the pool again the other day and instead of a nice strong swim, all my limbs felt like lead and it was a struggle to even swim 1 km. So frustrating!
Had a great day yesterday: did a 45 minute circuit class followed by the iron workout in our fancy newly renovated gym and then topped that off with a 2km swim - didn’t do jump rope though. The new gym even has the landmine thing, kettlebells And 2 barbell racks BUT they have taken away the small 2.5 lb plates which nobody used - except me - and put the 5lb weights weigh up high where I can’t reach them. The assisted barbell machine (not sure it’s proper name) is also gone. Are they trying to say go big or go home? Guess it’s a good thing we are nearing the end of the program ...
So on Friday night my plane landed and the seat belt signs turned off at 6.43pm. I manoeuvred myself off the plane and sprinted for immigration. Got my bags checked at customs and received a few raised eyebrows (I had 2 pairs of men’s trousers, swimming fins and goggles, water balloons, a 5pack of underpants for girls aged 3-4 and coloured drawing chalk - but no clothing or toiletries that you might expect for a woman). Then I SPRINTED for the train and bounced my way down the steps to The ticket counter. Miraculously I made the 7pm train with 2 minutes to spare. How’s that for functional fitness, luck and a mama’s excitement to see her family!
Heading to the airport to head home to see the family in NISEKO for a few days. Not only will it be great to spend time with my husband and kids, the office has been a total madhouse this week so very happy to escape and suspend work reality for a few days.
Caught up with my sister and her husband last night and they told me they have been on the keto diet and doing intermittent fasting. So many people have been telling me about that lately. Is it just another fad?