Bad start to the day. Got to the gym and realized I didn’t have my skipping rope. Couldn’t find it anywhere! Had to use the elliptical machine for my cardio this morning instead. Afterwards checked at the sports desk and no rope had been handed in. I was told to check with main reception but there wouldn’t be anyone there til 8 - after I was due to leave. So all through my workout and all morning I had that sinking feeling in my tummy. Where could I possibly find a speed rope in HK? Anyway after much running around the sports desk finally managed to find my rope which I had accidentally left behind after my workout on Saturday. Phew, panic over!
So happy to see a fellow Kenzai warrior this morning at the gym. I have never trained with anyone before and even though we are on different programs and overlap at the gym for only a few mins (I am terribly slow and inefficient) it’s just awesome to see someone else happily suffering.
Arms were so tired after the workout today I couldn’t lift my arms to Head height so turned up to work with wet hair and messy makeup. And it won’t be the last time!
Mother’s Day breakfast yesterday was delicious!!! Wonderful way to start the day with the family. I could eat breakfast all day.
Just saw that we have intro questions to answer. My name is Chi and I live in HK. While I wish I could spend most of my time with my 3 kids, I work full time and sadly spend much of my day in the office. I have never really done much work with weights so it’s about time I started. Unfortunately my lack of experience and rather small build means that I am not very strong so actually completely the workouts properly and injury free might be my biggest challenge. But I am definitely making it a priority to focus on this program and do what I can. I am currently injury free but the knees and ankles scream when I have to wear high heels.
I have a friend who is also the mother of 3 and she was recently diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. So rare that there have only been 29 reported cases in the world so far. She is in the US getting treatment but still had the time and peace of mind to reach out to her circle of friends and send kind, positive messages. She is my superhero!!!!
Feeling like I cheated today. Couldn’t quite figure out how to get the barbell off the rack and on to my shoulders today so I used the assisted barbell machine. Figured it would be the safer option. I put two small plates on - 10lbs each side for my squat and calf exercises today.
Read the lesson yesterday and also the manual and thought I was prepared for the workout today. In fact, I was even, dare I say it, excited. Followed the instructions, didn’t put any weights on the barbell to focus on good form. Got in position, tried to lift the barbell and nothing happened. Kept trying and still nothing. I could not get the darn thing to move. I looked around trying to figure out what to do then settled for using a 25lb plate instead of the barbell. Lots of work to do...Hopefully by the end of the program I will be able to bench press the barbell.
I have always found barbells and dumbbells somewhat intimidating and that feeling didn't go away this morning when I tried the row. Yikes it's so much harder than using the resistance bands!!! But very excited (and nervous) to be trying something new.
Looking Ahead GRADUATION POST
This year has been overwhelmingly busy with stressful periods at work and never-ending family obligations. On top of that, I constantly had a cold (I got it every time one of the kids got it and they took turns this winter - the gift that keeps on giving..) or back issues (from sitting all day at work poring over documents although I now have a stand-up desk).
While KB has provided some sanity in all this madness, I have also felt so guilty when I haven't been able to get the workouts done etc. But in the last 2 weeks, things have gotten better. Work is more manageable and I have been so happy to be able to exercise before work and during lunch. Feeling good again has reminded me just how miserable I am to be around when I am not fit and healthy. I know it really is a privilege to be able to focus on health and fitness, but I am really focused on making it my priority. So...what's next?
Not the best round of KB I have done. Life and work have been overwhelming and not in a good way. So impressed by all my teammates though. Last week now!
Have had a stand up desk st work now for one whole week. My back is loving it but my feet...not so much. I have stopped wearing high heels (my knees are very grateful) but can’t exactly wear runners at the office. Not sure of best approach...
Feeling rather pleased with myself. For kickboxing you need to do a few minutes of skipping at the start of the session to warm up. I happily overheard one of the other trainees say, "Uuuugggghhh it's 7 in the morning. How can she do that? She makes it look so easy".
Thank you Kenzai for this and so many other wonderful things my body can do (except shed fat).
Did muay thai for the first time in 6 years today. Such a fantastic release! I punched and kicked, grunted and screamed for nearly an hour at my trainer. and afterwards he gave me a 5min thai massage. What a great start to the day.
So last week, I was sitting at my desk and when I leant over to get something from my bag I managed to pull a back muscle. The shooting pains were hideous and I struggled to sit, stand, bend, you name it. My lovely husband prescribed 2 panadols and a generously sized gin and tonic and bed rest - enjoyable but not terribly helpful. Next day I went to the Physio who taped up my back. Much better. Haven’t been able to workout for a week now but the tape has come off finally and I will be back at it today.
Last Friday night, after a grueling week of 12+ hours per day at work, one of my male colleagues told me I looked tired and should go home and put on a face mask. I bit my tongue to stop myself from snapping back that he would be tired too if he had 3 kids and worked full time. Anyway, been traveling for work the past 2 days and must say yesterday was the most self-indulgent evening that I have enjoyed for a long time. I arrived at the hotel about 9pm; hit the gym for a workout, used the sauna for 15 mins then went back to my hotel room for a bubble bath and light dinner in bed while watching Wonder Woman. And it was even better that my sleep was not (lovingly) interrupted by an adorable toddler coming in for kisses and cuddles in the middle of the night. If only there were more days like that...Sadly am back at the airport and waiting for my return flight ....which has been delayed.