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Ed Center

Kenzai Reach | Day 45 (Member)
Assistant Trainer
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Now the Real Challenge Begins 

  • Apr 14th, 2016 at 10:56PM

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Day 91 - It starts off the same as usual. The habits are ingrained. I made avocado toast with a poached egg, and a mound of breakfast veggies. Then I'll exercise and hit the Kenzai blogs. Some things are different, though. A little olive oil and salt on the egg. I'll treat myself to ramen (oh Asian food how I've missed you!) and a glass of wine for lunch. And the blogs will instill me with a sense of inspiration and gratitude for being a part of this incredible community.

I'm not changed the way I was at the end of Kenzai Body 1. This was more of a refresh- a further commitment into this lifestyle that has become integral. What has really changed this time around is the leadership role that I play. I've helped 36 trainees get through a 90 day commitment. I feel accomplished and proud. I'm most inspired by those that struggle. With my body type and health history, it's fairly easy for me to buckle down and get results. That isn't true for everyone. It's inspiring to see teammates who didn't have a physical practice, who struggle to resist the siren call of sugar, who have injuries, who have been heavy for a long time, or who have significant life and work challenges, yet still push through to success. The ones who accomplish this do so by being both committed and vulnerable on their blogs, and being responsive to their teammates. There are a lot of diet and exercise programs that work out there. The community aspect is what sets us apart, and why I continue in this family.

I've hit most of my goals. I dropped the fat. I like how I look and feel (for an obnoxious long form of this sentence, see my last blog). I'm running faster and recovering faster. My soccer game is on point. I fit in my skinny shorts. I never got even close to my pull up goal. I'll keep working on that.

Now the real work begins. After KB1, I gained fat quickly. I know what I need to do now. After a short break, I'm going to follow a disciplined routine of a strict Kenzai Life diet with looser edges. I'll allow limited salt and bring olive oil back. I'll have four indulgences a week - two food, and two alcohol. To compensate for these added calories, I'll do egg white dinners one week a month. In truth, I like the simplicity and routine of these dinners. They are bland and uncomplicated (the opposite of me). I'll post monthly pics to keep myself honest. That's the experiment for now - I'll adapt as needed.

I'm thrilled that there are some pivots coming in Kenzai Life to create more community and accountability. That's what was missing for me. We get the incredible Jane Niles as the trainer dedicated to Life! Her energy is just what I need to keep me going. I'm also looking forward to seeing many of my trainees work to discover Kenzai life balance and excited to help them.

Thanks to the Kapa team for always pushing and supporting each other with humor. To Sharmali, Brett and Kim for training with me. To Thomas and Jane for being our Kapa trainers. To Jordan who has become my soccer teammate and to Cecelia who has become my nemesis. I feel more tied to this family than ever. Thanks to Malia for making it all happen over a year ago.

 
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18 comments

Jeff W.Jeff W.Kenzai Member
over 3 years ago

Yup. The pictures speak for themselves! Well done.


    Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Marathon | Day 4 (Member)
    Trainerover 3 years ago

    Ripped and Ready! I like your fixed 4 indulgences parameter to keep things under control. Will look to see how that works so we can find a good formula for success. Congrats on your finish.


      Tam S.Tam S.Alumni
      over 3 years ago

      Ed- you look quite spectacular!! Such a huge congratulations for not only being an incredible trainer but also completing your own, really tough programme at the same time! Maybe I should set myself sites on the programme you have just completed...! As one of your 36 trainees, I can tell you that you've been a true inspiration and you should feel every inch of that accomplishment and pride. Thank you so much and congratulations :)


        Sara PittmanSara PittmanKenzai Member
        Assistant Trainerover 3 years ago

        Looking totally fierce - you killed it. Brilliant to train with you, loved your blogs. Enjoy that bod :)


          Thomas DoyleThomas DoyleKenzai Member
          Head Trainerover 3 years ago

          A warm heart and a ripped bod. Not a bad combination! You bring sincerity, humor and a lot of life to the blogs! Congrats and COMPLETE!


            Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Member
            Trainerover 3 years ago

            Wowza. I bet you're a head turner at the gym. So not fair that you're allowed to workout topless and I'm not!

            Great reflections and I might steal your tricks on post kb2 Life maintenance. Of course I won't give you credit for it though. I'll just look fab and not tell anyone it's because of Ed.


              Brett KuhnertBrett KuhnertAlumni
              Trainerover 3 years ago

              Ed, it's been a real pleasure training with you! And man, you've crushed it--nice work! Thanks for your warm, yet undeniably quirky and 'Ed' comments on the blog that have kept me going. Look forward to keeping in touch. And, whenever you are up for it, we gotta tackle Man-Maker Hill!


                Robin K.Robin K.Kenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Day 3 (Member)
                over 3 years ago

                Great blog and a great pictures - looking buff and ripped after an impressive KB2 Ed. Enjoyed your blogs during KB2 for their insightfulness and humour - surviving a theme park with kids on KB2 deserves a trophy in itself.


                  Barb H.Barb H.Kenzai Member
                  over 3 years ago

                  You are a force, Ed! Always loved reading your blogs and messages of support. Many congratulations to you on your fantastic results on every level.


                    Kim MurchKim MurchKenzai Sculpt | Day 17 (Member)
                    Trainerover 3 years ago

                    Wowzers, Ed! You look amazing! I wish I worked out at your gym!!! Your blogs from KB helped me through a difficult time last year and it's been awesome being able to work along side you. Your humor and honesty bring so much to our Kenzai family, you are like the brother in law I look forward to seeing at Thanksgiving. And, further to Robin K.'s comment above, I am giving you the biggest virtual trophy ever for the compliant family Disney trip. Congratulations and enjoy treating yourself. You've earned it!


                      Karen U.Karen U.Alumni
                      over 3 years ago

                      Congratulations Ed. I want an update about how your 4 indulgences a week go for you as I'm trying to come up with my own structure going forward. You look fantastic. Can't wait to see you in May!


                        Alexandra E.Alexandra E.Alumni
                        over 3 years ago

                        Wow! You should be pleased, you look amazing!
                        Thank you for all your support and humor along the way!


                          Scott BurnsScott BurnsKenzai Iron | Day 80 (Member)
                          Trainerover 3 years ago

                          Nice results there man - looking great. Congratulations.


                            Malia HirschmannMalia HirschmannKenzai Marathon | Day 3 (Member)
                            Trainerover 3 years ago

                            There he is! You might write the most witty blogs, have the most enviable abs and get the most Kenzai followers, but the main thing that comes to mind when I think about you my friend is your caring and compassion. This is how you truly inspire. And inspire you do! The day we sat down at my kitchen table in Hong Kong and talked Kenzai was, as it turns out, a good day for Ed and a great day for the Kenzai community. Keep rocking it!


                              Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
                              Head Trainerover 3 years ago

                              Dang, man. You look goooood! Keep running circles around those other soccer punks, Ed. Show them how a true Kenzai warrior rolls!


                                Jane N.Jane N.Reboot | Day 17 (Member)
                                over 3 years ago

                                Look at this Ed. 15 comments before I even get a look in. That alone is testament to the energy that you create with your own unique and wonderful blend of kindness, sincerity and sass. You did this program all by yourself Ed. Your results are your own. You threw humour at it and when you had no humour left to throw, you threw bananas, and then the cat. Thank you for all at you bring Ed. can't wait to have you on team K Life. You are too sweet. And you look like the hulk, in a very good way. Grrrrr!!


                                  Nate Belle IsleNate Belle IsleKenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 24 (Member)
                                  Trainerover 3 years ago

                                  Awesome. I can't believe how much time has passed since your maiden Kenzai voyage Ed. It feels like yesterday! So awesome to see how you killed KB2. I agree that being in the trainer role has a whole host of advantages to help us stay compliant and focused. Cool stuff man. Now we just have to train on a program at the same time! KB3?

                                  Cheers, Ed. Keep it up.


                                    Miyuki B.Miyuki B.Kenzai Member
                                    over 3 years ago

                                    Great job, Ed! Congratulations!!
                                    You were amazing team mate. I was very lucky to be in the team!
                                    Thank you very much!


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