Yesterday I had to leave the house by 5.30am for an early flight and was very proud of myself for waking up at 4, getting my work out done and eating my compliant breakfast. In fact I packed my snacks and resisted the temptation of the rows of delicious cakes that were available between meetings. But then things went downhill. One of the meetings got a bit heated, my car service turned up 45 mins late and I was racing to get back to the airport in time for my return flight. Needless to say I was flustered. Then I couldn't find any food at the airport that I could eat other than one bruised banana. There was no salad, no plain rice, not even roast chicken. I ate the banana but it wasn't enough. And of course when I am flustered my brain was out of control and hungry. Sooooo....I succumbed and had a smoked salmon panini. And after arriving home at 1am I just couldn't drag myself out of bed at 5 this morning to workout. Gotta make sure I get it done tonight then straight to bed! Tomorrow will be a better day.
Bubs (now 3) told me my belly is big like a pomelo and her belly is small like an orange. Am daydreaming about the day she compares my belly to a pancake (not the lumpy (albeit delicious) variety filled with bananas and berries but the FLAT and SMOOTH variety)
It is brilliant to be back on a program again. I was so diligent about my exercise and diet over the summer while my family were away but as soon as they all came back and school started again ... sheer chaos has reigned supreme.
The first week has been great. With work and the kids etc. the best guilt-free time slot for exercise is 5am. Don’t have a problem waking up early. But it is hard to get to bed early enough to get the sleep that I need. For a few nights I slept in my workout clothes so that I wouldn’t waste time in the morning. Oh the things we do...
Looking forward to training with everyone.
All done.... GRADUATION POST
I spent the last week really looking forward to completing KB3 and yet dreading that "what now" feeling that I get when it's done. And here I am...
Every KB program is different: the way I handle it and how my body reacts. And there is always so much to enjoy and learn. But this round I am going analytical. With this program I don't think the physical changes really kicked in until well and truly into the final month. This is most likely because that's when I started doing a little bit of extra cardio with more jump rope. And then when I took up some group exercise classes, that's when I began to feel that higher level of energy kick in. And I know it is obvious: the more you do, the greater the impact and the better the result. But in all past programs I had always done additional cardio, whether it was classes, running, hiking, doubling up on the jump rope or carrying around a baby. Not on this program - I have never been so sedentary in my life. So the differences and the lessons are that much more obvious this program: strength training is important but I need far more cardio than 20mins of jump rope for my body to change and energy levels to increase.
Thank you so much to all the trainers and my fellow team mates. You guys are the BEST and I couldn't have done it without your support and guidance. Hope to train with all of you again soon.
So, with the family away in Japan and in an attempt to get the most out of this last week of training, I finally made it to some additional classes. I tried a barre class, power class, a sweat class and an aerial yoga class. The first 3 were fine after I got over the shock of the very fancy fitness gear all the ladies were wearing (the studio sells leggings for HKD990 - yikes!) vs my old Red Sox t-shirt that has holes in it. There's no need for fancy gear when you just work out at home. But the aerial yoga (which sounded like so much fun) was a total disaster. I felt light headed, nauseaus after just the first inversion and it was all down hill from there. After the session I had a chat with the instructor. So as it turns out, if you have really low blood pressure and are prone to motion sickness, aerial yoga is not a good idea. Oh well. Live and learn...at least I tried something new.
So I had a lovely evening with my husband on Monday night celebrating our wedding anniversary. We went to a beautiful restaurant in Makkari that uses delicious local produce in its dishes. So, on the plus side there were loads of vegetables. In fact the second course was a plate of lightly steamed asparagus (yummo). Carbs were minimal and the protein (fish) was just the perfect size. However, there was also a bit of dessert, a glass of champagne and half a glass of red (husbandio banderas polished off the rest of the bottle himself).
Back in HK and on my own as the family are in Niseko for the rest of the summer, so I hit the gym after work yesterday and am looking for some extra cardio classes to attend today. Gonna hit it hard for the time that we have left!
What a great lesson - and I failed all of them. I had a 4 hour meeting yesterday, I always eat at my desk, there is no direct sunlight, the only green thing nearby is a green highlighter and the body part that moves the most are my fingers as I bash out emails. That all needs to change!!!!
Last night after her ballet class, my middle child said that she loves it because it means she has excellent posture and it hurts to sit and stand with bad posture. Maybe I should take up ballet...
What the *&%^?
I took a closer look at my photo and and am absolutely mortified. What are those twin squishy things visible just below my sports top? They may look it, but I promise they aren't saggy boobs that have escaped. Weird and unfortunate placement of accumulated flab?
So the day started well food wise then it was oldest child's birthday party in the afternoon. With thunderstorm warnings, the club cancelled the splash-in. Contending with 12 grumpy kids is challenging ... and I still had to decorate the cake which may or may not have involved tasting some M&Ms and bits of cake cut-off . While I didn't actually have a slice of cake, if you add up all the "tasting" bits and pieces....Darn it, I was hoping to save my indulgence for a big bowl of pasta!
So I have been moaning and groaning about not having time to do extra cardio like running or hiking or swimming. And I don't know why it didn't occur to me before (no real excuse other than I am a bit thick), but the reality is that if I want to do extra cardio, I should just skip for longer than the specified time. So last week I did an extra 5 mins of skipping every workout. This week I want to ramp it up a bit and do an extra 10 mins of skipping each workout. Still baby steps but it's better than nothing.
Feeling very pleased with myself - the rubber/plastic covering on my wire slipping rope has come off!!! Must admit I am a bit surprised because I skip indoors on a smooth floor.
So the kids attended the Daddy Daughter Ball last night and I sat at the counter in the cafe at the same hotel waiting for diaper change and melt down call - yes, super dad that he is, my lovely husband took all 3 of them! I looked and looked and looked at the menu knowing that I had to order something but not knowing what. In the end I ordered a cup of tea - at 7pm. End result: workout was super easy but could only manage 5 hours sleep before kids woke up this morning. Oh well, that's what happens when your body isn't used to caffeine.
So at the start of this program I decided that on photo day I would try to wear the same outfit and stand in the same spot with the same lighting etc so that it would be easy to compare and see the change(s). Well, other than for 1 week I have managed to do that. Sadly, tonight when I looked back at all the photos I couldn't discern any change. And I wonder if it has anything to do with the amount of cardio that I am doing. On every other KB program I have done a shedload of extra cardio: PCP I doubled the amount of skipping, KB2 and KB3 the first time around I ran or swam frequently, very rarely sat down and was carrying a baby around most of the time. This time, despite hoping to, I have yet to do any swimming or running. I am now back to full time work so I sit on my bum all day and I am just grateful to have the energy and time to do my workouts at night after the kids are in bed. So...I guess it stands to reason that I haven't really made much progress. Still glad I am doing it though. Imagine how much worse off I would be if I wasn't...
More than half way there! I have been feeling completely drained this past week. Last Tuesday was particularly difficult and involved restraining a screaming and kicking child and a cranky surgeon wielding a terrifying large needle trying to stitch up her chin. Afterwards I was so frazzled I could have scoffed down an entire box of chocolates - luckily there was nothing I could get my hands on and I did my work out while watching a Kylie concert on Youtube.
So glad we had an indulgence day - I inhaled a packet of chips. Funnily enough I am not craving alcohol...
As much as love Kenzai and all of its benefits, the hardest thing is the amount of time that it takes up - shopping, food prep, workouts, reading lessons, writing blogs. Time is a super precious commodity and one that I do not have a lot of, especially just to unwind, hang with the kids or just sleep a little bit more. So as the workouts getting more intense and longer, there are days when I wonder whether the effort is worth it...(YES it is)