David M.

David M.

Kenzai Member
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day 91 rocks! - just another day on the Kenzai life trajectory 

  • Dec 14th, 2014 at 4:06PM

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We made it!!!

With a push from my good friend and Kenzai Body grad Jeff W. back in the summer, I decided to take the plunge. Thank you Jeff! Other than liking the concept of losing some weight, I had no idea what I was doing. Little did I realize I would learn how to eat, learn how to exercise, and really learn how to take care of my body!

So many things went in to making this possible
- amazing Chara teammates - you guys/ladies look awesome! we have never met, but have had the chance to share this amazing journey and pulled each other through! truly hope we can keep in touch because being in this together really made a difference!
- support from the Kenzai team - Patrick, Sharmali, Malia and Shaun! well-timed words of encouragement, help through an injury, and getting the "buns of steel" to quote Sharmali!
- colleagues who went from being amused to being big supporters (loved the olive oil birthday gift!)
- several people at the gym who would see me jump roping or working out in solitude on the basketball court or in the studio and always had an encouraging word - and always wanted to know what day I was on
- business associates who put up with my restaurant requests or were amused and supportive at the same time as I spent the entire dinner just drinking sparkling water,
- friends who tolerated crazy eating
- and an understanding and patient family (the tupperware with the "D" on it is mine!).

There were some seriously dark days -
- early morning workouts when I just wanted to sleep
- weeks of alternative cardio when my knee decided it didn't like the jump roping (all healthy and jump roping now!)
- crazy experimenting with how to make egg whites taste better, note to self - a simple omelette was the answer - mixing with banana and cinnamon was gross! (my 14-year-old daughter was kind enough to express this from the first time I tried to make the egg whites like this),
- spending the last 10 days of the program battling a cold that I thought was better after 5 days, but seemed to come back after an unplanned swim in the ocean at my team offsite in Hong Kong this past week
- and just craving pizza!!! I think there was a lesson or something about dealing with the cravings by talking/blogging about it - SO WRONG!!!! talking or blogging about pizza is NOT the same as eating pizza! I thought day 91 was going to be a pizza party, but it will not - far more likely to look like day 80 in terms of eating! no big cravings that aren't pretty satisfied with an apple (even when my 7-year-old son steals some off my plate) or some Mexican stir fry in a wrap. I am sure there will be some indulgences over time, but they will be planned and understood.

And there were some amazing highs -
- re-discovering how to eat healthy - homemade guacamole, fruit, tomatoes, corn, asparagus, homemade salsa, fresh bread, fish, chicken, spices and so much more
- enjoying spicy baked "fries" with my 11-year-old son - "are they done yet?"
- taking in my belt loop a notch
- taking in my belt loop another notch
- needing to take in my belt loop yet another notch, but not having another notch left on the belt!
- feeling all my clothes just hanging off of me so loosely
- and somewhere around day 45, having someone ask me "did you loose a bunch of weight?"
- going 90 for 90 on workouts - of course there were good days and bad days, but there was never a missed day

I also kept my pledge to stay off the scale until day 90. Turned out to be pretty easy because as my clothing all got so loose and more and more people started asking about my weight loss, the number of kilos really didn't really matter to me.

For the record, dropped 9.6kg (100kg down to 90.4kg).
Pant size was 36 inch waist - no idea what it is now, but definitely need to do some shopping for clothes that fit.

My big goal for Kenzai was to be in great shape for a one week avalanche training course which begins next weekend - most likely chasing some 20-year-old back country guides up a snowy mountain in ski boots! I feel very ready - not because of the exercise, but because I really understand how to power my body with healthy food that will replenish my muscles and keep me healthy (likely to include some egg whites with dinner!).

Eye opening! - definitely
Life changing! - time will tell, but I truly hope and believe so
And most of all, ACCOMPLISHED!!!

My goal in exercising before Kenzai was "get to the gym everyday."
My goal now is simply "eat clean and exercise everyday."

Thank you Kenzai team!

 
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13 comments

Jane N.Jane N.Kenzai Member
over 6 years ago

This is awesome! Well done David, your success shines through your writing! Great effort and success well deserved!


    Sharmali ArumugathasanSharmali ArumugathasanKenzai Member
    Trainerover 6 years ago

    David, what I appreciated most about having you as a trainee, was your discipline. There were no excuses, even with your knee injury, you took the necessary steps, listened and found a solution to keep going sensibly. With the food too, egg white grumbles aside, you just followed instructions. Thank you for trusting us, and the results speak for themselves. Never mind the buns of steel, look at that trim waist! I have no doubt that you are going to give those 20 somethings a good run for their money on the slopes! I hope time does prove to you that this is life changing. Pleasure working with you. Congratulations on a job very well done!


      Sarah R.Sarah R.Alumni
      over 6 years ago

      Well done David, you should be so proud of yourself. The effort you put in and your results are amazing. Have a wonderful Christmas.


        Jeff W.Jeff W.Kenzai Member
        over 6 years ago

        Congratulations, D! Mazel tov! Omedetou! You did a great job and the results show it. You glow and shine when you talk about your Kenzai experience and his you feel. It's wonderftul, truly.

        I'm very proud and impressed, and delighted to have you as a fellow KB alum. Please enjoy feeling terrific and looking fit and strong.


          Anita C.Anita C.Alumni
          over 6 years ago

          David....you really are an inspiration- 90 days it of 90 days and every egg white down the hatch. I am so impressed with your discipline, approach and wow! What fabulous results! And thank you for being such a supportive team mate.


            Jonathan K.Jonathan K.Alumni
            over 6 years ago

            You've done it, David! Congratulations. We should definitely enjoy a Kenzai friendly Shinnenkai in Tokyo when you get back from skiing. Enjoy your break, you have earned it!


              Jason BlockJason BlockKenzai Member
              Founderover 6 years ago

              Outstanding job David! Very happy to see you got a lot out of Kenzai Body and love the goals you have set for yourself going forward!


                Mrunal S.Mrunal S.Alumni
                over 6 years ago

                You have done a marvellous job! Three Cheers to you David


                  Katie F.Katie F.Alumni
                  over 6 years ago

                  You totally killed this David, the model Kenzai trainee. Your results are incredible, very inspiring. Your blogs and comments always amused me and were very helpful and supportive, thanks mate, wishing you all the best.


                    Patrick ReynoldsPatrick ReynoldsKenzai Member
                    Founderover 6 years ago

                    This is how it's done everyone! No excuses, good sense of humor and perspective, and above all the ability to do your best each day, even if today's best wasn't as good as you wanted it to be! You put in the hard work and the results speak for themselves. Thanks for being a great example to us all, trainers included!


                      Shaun W.Shaun W.Alumni
                      .over 6 years ago

                      Great job man! "going 90 for 90 on workouts" not many people get that, I didn't, wish I did. Great job, really! Motivating to see.


                        Thomas DoyleThomas DoyleKenzai Member
                        Head Trainerover 6 years ago

                        When you get to the final blog and the line for congratulations is around the corner you know the trainee killed it! It speaks volumes about what you did on Kenzai. Those impressive physical results don't come with out giving yourself over completely to the training on every level.

                        Get after it on the mountain, and report back with photos!
                        Congratulations and COMPLETE!!!
                        See you in Kenzai Life!


                          Malia HirschmannMalia HirschmannKenzai Member
                          Trainerover 6 years ago

                          Even before you posted pics of jumping rope in the snow (or even in front of a busy hotel!), it was obvious that you had loads of determination, discipline, and dedication. It was a pleasure supporting you through the process as you met every challenge head on, but always with a grand sense of humor. You have accomplished an amazing feat and I congratulate you. I hope you get to enjoy some of that legendary powder after your course is done!


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