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Ed Center

Kenzai Reach | Day 41 (Member)
Assistant Trainer

Two Years

  • Apr 19th, 2019 at 9:29PM

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Two years ago, I was in a Kenzai Body 3 program and I got a call from a city social worker. "We have a six week old baby boy, his parents are terminating parental rights, oh - he's the biological brother of your son (adopted six years before)." We met him two days later, and that's the picture here. He moved in with us the week after and the adoption was complete in six months. I switched out of Body and into Reach because I could do all the exercises next to the baby. Trainer Kim Murch and my whole team were amazing supports during that process, and went gaga when I would post my weekly pics in a yoga pose carrying the baby.

Below is him now as a toddler, and with his big brother that he idolizes.

Ok - on to Kettle updates. I'm loving the workouts and they cycles. Last week I was away at a fellowship, where all meals were provided and wine with dinner. I did the workouts every day, and ate clean every meal (they provided steamed veggies with breakfast!) but also indulged in the wine every night. I told myself I would only drink two nights, and that was a best laid plan... you know how the story goes, alcohol is my achilles heel. This week has been much better on the diet front - totally clean, on program eating. I missed two workouts this week because of a crazy workload for both me and husband. That's really uncharacteristic for me, but I'm not worried - exercise is my jam and I've been back on it for the past two days.

Keep rockin' and rolling every body. Happy Easter to those who celebrate. It's a chance to have more egg whites. Stay away from that chocolate stuff.

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22 comments

Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Member
Trainer4 months ago

Two years already...unbelievable.


    Naoko P.Naoko P.Kenzai Sculpt | Day 13 (Member)
    4 months ago

    Biological brother?!
    How those 6 months felt like - you will only know.
    I do remember your stretches after the 4am feedings.
    Yes, none of that chocolate stuff. High fives all around to Ed fam!


      Michelle K.Michelle K.Kenzai Mind | Day 7 (Member)
      4 months ago

      So awesome! Happy adoption day! (my friends celebrate the day they came home with their babies as much if not more)
      I couldn't say no to wine either if it was opened in front of me. The only thing keeping me away from it now is i don't want to open a whole bottle when i only want a glass... and don't want to drink a glass each night because it's open:-) we plan on decorating some hard boiled eggs today. it'll be a nice treat each time i open one :-)


        Meaghan P.Meaghan P.Kenzai Chisel | Day 13 (Member)
        4 months ago

        I remember that week! He is just as precious now. Love that cute face.
        Just ignore my recent post about teenage boys....stay focused on toddler and child (the 8 year old) phases :) I'd go back to dirty diapers, night feedings, and baby spit up any day. LOL! Xo


          Alan F.Alan F.Kenzai Member
          4 months ago

          So sweet. What a family.


            Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Kettlebell | Day 14 (Member)
            4 months ago

            Oh I remember that time! Hard to believe two years already. What a beautiful pair of boys you have. Good for you Ed getting back on the diet focus after your fellowship week away.


              Fiona S.Fiona S.Kenzai Member
              4 months ago

              Awwww, cute family! Glad the social workers made that call to you. Enjoy your Easter egg white! (I’m just going up after gym to give hubby and son the chocolate ones. And eat an apple. I can do it!)


                Barb H.Barb H.Kenzai Member
                4 months ago

                What lucky boys! Enjoy the weekend and the egg whites with your beautiful family!


                  Jess SwarbreckJess SwarbreckKenzai Member
                  Trainer4 months ago

                  Oh wow, Ed! I can't believe this was 2 years ago! Also, I don't think I knew he was the biological brother of your older son...does that just make it even better?! Huge congratulations. What a happy day :)


                    Ed CenterEd CenterKenzai Reach | Day 41 (Member)
                    Assistant Trainer4 months ago

                    Jess - I didn't say anything at the time, because we wanted to make sure that we were going to be able to keep the little guy - it's never certain when you foster adopt. But we are his forever family now and there's no escape for any of us!


                      Jess SwarbreckJess SwarbreckKenzai Member
                      Trainer4 months ago

                      🥰


                        Sara PittmanSara PittmanKenzai Member
                        Assistant Trainer4 months ago

                        Aw bless them - two years have flown by - I loved the Reach photos of you with him - happy days indeed.


                          Elissa ImranElissa ImranReboot | Day 14 (Member)
                          Trainer4 months ago

                          Amazing! Lucky boys all around!


                            Kim MurchKim MurchKenzai Sculpt | Day 14 (Member)
                            Trainer4 months ago

                            I remember this so well, Ed! Has it really been two years? Those weekly pics featuring CJ are some of my favorite from all the programs I've run. Such a lovely family, you guys are all easy on the eyes!! Lots of love going out to you on this Easter Sunday


                              Kim MurchKim MurchKenzai Sculpt | Day 14 (Member)
                              Trainer4 months ago

                              PS Dogman is awesome, hehe.


                                Scott BurnsScott BurnsKenzai Iron | Day 77 (Member)
                                Trainer4 months ago

                                I remember that! So great! Blink and they will be 10 and 16 mate!


                                  Sharmali ArumugathasanSharmali ArumugathasanKenzai Member
                                  Trainer4 months ago

                                  No words, just ❤️❤️


                                    Jane N.Jane N.Reboot | Day 13 (Member)
                                    4 months ago

                                    Oh how glorious those boys are! Love in two precious packages! 💕


                                      Rouella L.Rouella L.Kenzai Body | Graduating (Member)
                                      4 months ago

                                      What a lovely family you have Ed! I hope you guys had a good Easter break. You are a lucky man!


                                        Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Member
                                        Trainer4 months ago

                                        Rejoice, the House of Eight Balls! Clanging with love and mischief... And bells. Roll on GB!


                                          Nandini J.Nandini J.Kenzai Member
                                          4 months ago

                                          Speechless.... adorable beautiful boys!


                                            Mark B.Mark B.Kenzai Member
                                            4 months ago

                                            What a lovely story! Thanks for sharing that, it has really made my day! Hope you had a wonderful day and sounds like you are well on track. Cheers Brom


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