Elaine S.

Elaine S.

Kenzai Body | Day 10
Kenzai Body
Day 10
Program progress:

Greetings Team,

I was so excited to start Week 2, I experimented with the diet a day early. I can't recall the last time I ate that much food. In fact, I couldn't eat all of the carbs. Should be an interesting week ahead.

I am discovering I am clearly and emotional eater. Something I never thought about before. Yesterday I ate food on the diet that I wasn't even hungry for. I felt like I was force feeding myself. Not sure if this is a good thing, but I followed the plan the best I could. Missing my evening glass of wine and cheese and crackers but dealing with it. Drinking lots of tea instead.

Also discovering, I don't breathe properly when I exercise and stretch. Certainly have to be more mindful of that.
Some of the exercises continue to be challenging. How about that DaVinci? Still on my knees with the push ups. But before Kenzai, I wasn't even on my knees given the knee replacement. I guess that's progress.

Yesterday, I grilled some chicken, cooked some salmon, roasted vegetables and cooked some black rice. I discovered a very light spray of olive oil and pepper was tasty enough. Hopefully I am prepared for a few days. I also put some sliced banana sprinkled with cinnamon in the freezer for a fruit treat. Surprisingly, it was ok.

For those of you asking if I left 1/4 of the artichoke heart...the answer is yes.

Stay strong this week.


Greetings Auriga group,

Happy day four of our Kenzai journey. My name is Elaine and I live in Washington, DC. I am a native Washingtonian. Fun fact, I met my husband in nursery school here in DC . No...we didn't date in nursery school! We have two beautiful daughters who have graduated college and are working hard on their careers. They are very curious why their Mother is doing the Kenzai program.

I am a jewelry artist and spend most of my day working in my home studio which means, other than walking the dog and cleaning the house, I don't move enough. Hence, Kenzai. I have two obstacles. Obstacle 1: I often find myself going for a snack, especially when I am in design mode. Even worse, as I am constructing a piece of jewelry, I run upstairs and reward myself between phases of the construction. The more successful the design is the more I snack. It isn't as bad as it sounds, (they are usually healthy snacks), but it's bad. In my effort to combat this temptation, I try to keep a large water bottle or a cup of tea on my bench. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Obstacle 2: Due to my husband's work hours, we eat dinner anywhere between 8 or 8:30 pm. I know...It's all his fault! Just kidding. I am really ready to enjoy my dinner by 5:30/6 pm and can snack on cheese and crackers and have a glass of wine, sometimes two, while waiting for him to come home. I think the best way to combat this is for me to eat earlier and perhaps have a salad or tea and fruit with him when he sits down to dinner at 8pm. Sounds like SO much fun! I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes.

I have given your question of having a superpower a lot of thought. It was hard. I wanted to think beyond myself. I would say If I could have one superpower, it would be the power of healing. Not only for myself but just imagine the endless possibilities of this power.

With that I say, have a great day out there today!

Wishing you all good health and strength,

PS - Question of the day: How does one eat 3/4 of an artichoke? Eat every fourth leaf? I tried.

Treading Water

Working hard today to stay afloat. My workout routine was split between the morning and the afternoon. Still dealing with the aftermath of the recent flood over here. I did my cardio first thing, then managed to squeeze in the rest of the workout by late afternoon (those push ups and crunches are a challenge). It feels much better to do my workout all at once and I feel it is a satisfying way to start my day. Still dealing with being very hungry by 3:00. I ate an apple and to my surprise I didn't want the whole thing. Without even thinking about leaving a quarter...I did. Tomorrow is another day. Hopefully, it will be a swimmingly good one! Hoping the rest of you are feeling successful.

Sweaty start


Well, I am not used to starting my day full of sweat. This morning I did my workout at an early hour and got it out of the way. Rather than jumping rope, I choose another cardio option due to a total knee replacement two years ago. I am advised to stay away from jumping and running. I did a 10,000 step walk along with the other exercises in today's plan. Feeling good. I think I am going to have to embrace early morning exercise to ensure I get it done. Still being good about leaving 1/4 of the food on my plate. Not sure if this defeats the purpose, but my dog is loving it.

Until tomorrow,