Hasta la vista KB! GRADUATION POST
My last Kenzai day was spent hosting a retreat for women to get grounded, reflect on the year past and get ready for the one ahead. I felt so lucky to be gathered with great people, In part celebrating my commitment to doing a 3 month program that brought me back to a healthier baseline. It was more of an effort to not go off the rails than crushing it but I am in a good strong place for the year ahead.
Thanks Elissa and Cohort and Team Kenzai!
I knew when I started that this would be a challenge to fit in, that I would have to let go of anything near perfect and yet that it would also put me closer to where I wanted to be than if I didn’t do it. Somehow half-adding an intense long program seemed like a more realistic bet than going full steam for a 30 day program. For much of the program I have seen zero weight loss and some moderate toning and fitness uptake. Today I stepped on the scale and, no matter how modest, was pleased to see that I am a few pounds lighter and that I’ve gone down from 33+ to 31+ in whatever that fat % or BMI thingy is on the scale. It reflects well what I feel in my body. But more lean, bit more fit, bit more confident in moving through this world and taking on what I want or have to take on.
I wrapped up a long day of shooting my first professional video for my Future Proof course, finishing off with a well-deserved glass of red and continuing on to book club with asparagus risotto, salad, chicken skewers, roast potatoes. It was a lovely and pretty healthy meal with a bunch of people I love hanging out with after a really productive day. I’d call that a triple crown indulgence.
(Photo of me, videographer and friend who has Ananas Studio in Hong Kong)
Just back yesterday from Dubai, Macau week before that, London next week. One the plus side, being in hotels has meant a great opportunity to work out downstairs at the gym. And the discovery of Shakshuke for breakfast (egg poached in a tomato stew, as far as I can tell) which was a nice way to get my breakfast veggies in.
The downside is a few missed workouts as I've tried to adjust to time differences and fallen asleep halfway through the day. Looking forward to my last work trip of the year this weekend and some simplicity after that.
Took myself on a long hike this morning. One I used to do with a friend who moved away. How wonderful it is to get up into the jungley paths of Hong Kong, quiet save for the waterfalls. I could feel the benefit of my KB2 workouts helping me along
i thought about quitting recently due to travel and only getting in about 3-4 workouts each week but in and muddling better than out and all motivation abandoned
I’ve missed a few days as I travel from Hong Kong to Arizona to visit parents. Enjoying the cool crisp air for jump roping. Heading back in a few days and trying to make sure I don’t get too far off track.
When I was a kid, I remember a card that read, “don’t let the turkeys get you down”. No idea what that means but it resonates as I come out of a few bad weeks. Finding out my mom’s piano tumors have cracked through her spine. A day of crisis for my son. Being stranded one night due to the protests. The general mayhem of being full time mom and full time entrepreneur. And even the good things took their toll-a 3 days coaching workshop that went deep, helping my friend through a serious issue. Last week I did one workout, one emergency, finally Thursday bottomed out and did nothing. Friday came around and the kids and I took a day to boat hike to a waterfall, swim and eat fresh shrimp. It was like getting an IV drip from Mother Nature. Things re better now. Time to get back in the game.
I had my indulgence - wine at dinner with the kind of friends you know are always there for you. It seemed like, how could you possibly deny yourself the ritual pleasure of that. And it was lovely.
But then today I had a cute mini watermelon with my beautiful daughter and it was also lovely.
And I thought, “it isn’t the wine, it’s the humans, stupid”.
In my first ever Kenzai, I gave myself leeway to do the Kenzai parts but also to just be tired and recover. This time I have given myself the bare minimum extra time and attention for it and I feel it.
Doing the workouts and more or less Kompkiant (ok less - I probably am perfect but have had 1 glass of wine each week in social situations).
But not sleeping because I have been busy and mentally preoccupied and by this point I am just tired. I comfort myself in thinking life could be a lot worse if not on program but still feel disappointed in myself for not being better in this aspect of life.
I’ve started running a cold and have pretty swollen glands (is that water weight? 😂) but still going well with diet and exercise (photo of my pile o pm fruit and some cold meds).
Imagine my dismay when I put on a dress today and could barely zip it up!
Cue whining that I have been on Kenzai forEVER already and where are my rock hard abs! On the other hand, I really like that dress so better keep going 😉
Apparently my inner cave woman felt the upcoming scarcity of champagne this week during our anniversary celebration at work. I have been falling victim to busy/not prepared with alternate snacks so generally well intentioned and good but too much time doing workshops and unable to measure.
Thanks Elissa for pointing g out we need to eat fully. I was erring on the lesser side
It is kind of sort of cooling down so we enjoyed a nice hike for free cardio
My important revelation after dealing with a morning of teenage meltdowns is this;
My ability to be upset, pissed off and self pitying is no match against approximately three minutes of jumping rope. By that point I just don’t have the energy to both indulge my emotions AND jump that f-ing rope. Plus most of my anger can go to the rope itself.