Elaine S.

Elaine S.

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The fountain of youth 
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Hi Team,

We did it, we did it, we did it! Congratulations to all. Thank you teammates for your openness and support. I have truly enjoyed sharing this journey with you. Kim, Heide and Ward, you have been my constant support team with solutions to everything I have thrown at you from diet to exercise replacements. My dear friend Sophie L. (Kenzai member supreme) has had my back for the past 90 days from our walks to my whining...she has gracefully encouraged me along the way.

I never thought it was possible at the age of 61 to not only lose 15 pounds and tone my muscles but to make all of those annoying little aches and pains disappear. They really did. I feel like I drank from the fountain of youth.

I am looking forward to living my life in a new and much healthier way. I will take a break before I decide to commit to another program with Kenzai. I look forward to my next adventure with you.

Wishing you all good health and happiness and I hope our paths cross again on the Kenzai journey.

Best,
Elaine S.


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I am SO ready to cross the Kenzai finish line...all in a good way. I feel stronger, sharper, leaner and happier than I did when I started. I have always avoided exercise programs. Now I sprint out of bed, get it done early and feel good about my day. I used to carry guilt around with me all day. Guilt for not exercising, guilt for snacking, guilt for drinking. My day was consumed with thinking about food because I was always hungry. Kenzai has given me structure, knowledge and tools to combat all of my bad habits. For that I am grateful.

Looking towards that finish line and hope to continue with my good habits going forward.

Stay strong teammates.

Best,
ElaineS.


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All is good. Feeling fantastic. Diet was almost perfect this week. I missed a couple of yogurts due to an unanticipated long meeting and an event. Life happens. My one hour early morning walks in the dark have become my quiet thinking time. No podcasts or music... just time to be quiet by myself to start my day watching the sun rise. I think of it as a form of meditation. I'm still not a huge fan of the increased resistance band workouts but I really like the results...so I keep on going. I clearly have embraced this new way of life and I like it.

When the program is finished, I hope to continue to do my daily walks and do the resistance band workouts probably three times a week...but will wait to see what Kenzai says. I hope to be more relaxed and have more time to reinvent my cooking skills.

That's all for now. I am a little sad this journey is coming to an end. Not sure if I am ready to run in a leash free world.

Wishing everyone a strong finish!

Cheers,
Elaine S.


Elevated FAILURE

Geez Kenzai! All I had to do was look at the Elevated Push Up and I went directly into failure mode.
Not happening...still between knees and toes.

Thanks for the laugh.

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To answer the questions of the week:

I would have to say the easiest part of this process has been the diet. The hardest part of this journey has been the workouts. Eating is easier than exercising.

I really didn't want to indulge...really, really didn't want to. I just was not interested. I had a tablespoon of sorbet and a very small glass of wine. Big surprise, I really didn't care for either. At that point, I wasn't interested in an indulgence dinner. Notice what I had before dinner? Totally over it.

So on to our week 11. Getting stronger and very thankful for that. The V-sits are still in their early stages, getting about half of them done. I know my shoulders are getting stronger but still on the yellow band. I have moved up in colors in other workouts, even using the orange on some. Never thought that would happen.

I have been moving my morning yogurt to the afternoon with my fruit and for over a week now, I find myself feeling like I am in a sugar crash. Totally wiped out for about an hour afterwards. Wish I could skip that.

I am staying strong and hope you all are as well. Looking forward to a clean finish here. Very curious to know if we will continue to gain strength and lose fat while we move forward after the program is over. I still have more to tighten up and am hoping this might happen before we finish up. No looking back now!

Stay strong out there...I am rooting for you all!

Elaine S.


BREAKING NEWS...

V-Sits happened!!!

Not the full set, but 2 1/2 sets of 11.

Replaced the rest with 4 sets of 25 recline bicycle.

Keep trying... I never thought it would happen.

Celebrating over here.


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Hi team,

Here we are on our home stretch. I hope everyone is feeling as well as I am.

To answer the question, "How has your overall lifestyle changed in the last two months?" ...I would have to say my life is more structured due to the diet and workout schedules. I am able to move around better as I know I am much stronger. My life is clearly more self-focused and I look forward to that changing in the future. I started this program seeing KB1 as a time capsule to gain strength and lose weight. What I now realize is I have learned a new lifestyle. I have to ingrain that into my daily life and not think and talk about it all the time...just do it. Practice makes perfect.

I had quite a week between celebrating my father's 95th birthday and going to the funeral of our friends' son. It was a week filled with emotion. Without any trouble, I was able to resist the amazing birthday cake and wine at Dad's party. The day of the funeral was another story. It was an all-day event that was filled with intense grief and sadness. I was able to get my workout done early and have breakfast. I didn't pack food because I knew I wouldn't have time to eat it. Food never crossed my mind throughout the day. I easily navigated the reception having one meatball and a glass of water. Everyone else had the delicious-looking assortment of hor d'oeuvres along with drinks. I wasn't even interested. Once home, I ate my Kenzai dinner at 6pm. I recognized that this was just one of those moments in life. I knew all would be fine in the end.

So on to the next week. I am feeling very good about my results and hoping for more muscle tone to come. I know I am not supposed to look at the scale, but I have. Given I gained two pounds after signing up for Kenzai, I have lost 12 pounds and I know inches. I am now in that dress I couldn't even zip up. Have to wear a belt with my pants and my once tight tops are now baggy. Better yet, I am feeling SO much stronger.

Thanks Kenzai. Stay strong team...we can do this!

Cheers,
Elaine S.

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Hello team!

Last week some of you blogged about being tired. I wasn't feeling it, that is until the last two days of the week and did it ever hit me. I am not a napper so I powered through but was certainly running on low energy.

Some of the workout exercises are still sloppy for me. I can feel my shoulders gaining some strength, the ab work is still grueling. and anything involving a chair and my triceps practically doesn't happen. I keep trying... you've got to start somewhere.

This morning as I was groaning through some of the exercises, I had an epiphany...How fortunate am I to be healthy enough to do this program. I felt ridiculous whining through my workout and told myself I was lucky to be working out and gaining strength. That certainly put things into perspective.

Now I am off to pick up my dear Father for his 95th birthday celebration tonight. I plan to keep the diet clean and will skip the cake and alcohol.

On to week 9...Stay strong out there.
Cheers,
Elaine S.


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Happy week 8 everyone! I cannot believe we are on day 50. Time flies when you are having fun...wink wink.

I have just returned from six days in the Adirondacks where I was almost camping. I managed to keep to the diet and workout program almost perfectly. One exception was the local grocery ran out of lowfat plain yogurt so I had to get the nonfat. That was only for two days.

As I moved on to my friends' wedding weekend in Connecticut, I found it challenging to stay the course. We had several impromptu gatherings of 12 or more where the restaurants couldn't quite meet my needs and I didn't have the flexibility to go to another restaurant. To make matters worse, one afternoon the waiter gave another person my meal...the one without the cheese and dressing. I didn't realize my grilled chicken wrap was the incorrect version until I was half way through. I learned to inspect my food before I eat it. There was no grocery store in sight so I was down on some egg whites for a day. I was excellent at the wedding. I was pleased my dress was slightly loose (progress albeit slow). I used my indulgence to have a small piece of salmon. I lucked out because all of the reception food was farm to table and there were plenty of vegetables. No sugar or alcohol temptations. I had one sip of champagne to toast the bride and groom. I didn't feel deprived in any way.

I have learned I have the willpower of steel...that is until my husband starts eating french fries in the car. I did have to sneak a few. It's all a slippery slope my friends. I kept in in check.

It feels great to be back home rested and strong. I am hoping to gain more strength with my ab exercises this week...still a struggle for me.

Sharing some photos of my support team over here. Wishing you all willpower and strength for week 8.

Best,

Elaine S.


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Every year I unplug on a private island on Lake George, New York. You can only access the house by. boat. There is electricity if you run the generator and yes we have a toilet and it is even inside the house.

I go to sleep and wake up each day by the sounds of the massive lake knocking against the dark rocks. My Charlie dog is doing a lot of napping in between trying to jump in thinking he knows how to swim.

I am making my own meals while watching my family indulge. The first night was very hard on me but the family continues to tell me they are amazed at my strength. That helps...a lot.

I am still fluffy but much less than the beginning of the program. I am still holding out hope for a slimmer trimmer stronger me.

My exercise routine is confusing to me. Some days I am able to complete a certain exercise while others it is a struggle. It keeps changing. Yesterday my wrists were the challenge. Given that I am the senior citizen of the group, it could be my age. My initial attraction to Kenzai was the strength building. I will power on.

I leave my happy place on Friday to attend a dear friend’s wedding in Connecticut. I am trying to figure out how I am going to navigate the sit-down dinner at the wedding. Hmmmm. Let me know if you all have any suggestions.

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Today's metronome set was very challenging for me. My lower back was screaming . The side crunches are still not working for me. I opted to do the recline bicycle instead.

Powering through but making a lot of ugly noises along the way.

Tomorrow I have a 9 hour car ride and then a boat ride to my destination for the next week. Not sure how I will do my workout but will try in the evening.

Kenzi is a new way of thinking and living isn't it.

Power on.


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THANK YOU! Today's lesson arrived just in time and was spot on. Yesterday, I went from feeling confident to not in a few moments in the department store dressing room.

I have a wedding to attend in a little over a week. As I am unable to fit into the lovely little dress hanging in my closet, I had to go shopping. Although I am pleased with the dress I found, I was very disappointed I haven't dropped a dress size yet. My pants are looser and I thought my arms appeared toner than they look in this photograph. My family assures me I look slimmer, but the scale hasn't moved in over a week. This is such a slow process. If I didn't have my friend and fellow Kenzai comrade Sophie L. to prove to me this IS possible, I wouldn't believe it.

Your lesson put things in perspective...I think. The way I am looking at it is, we have put SO much time and effort into Kenzai and ourselves so far, it would be wrong to indulge or quit.

Trying to stay strong over here. I hope to see more improvement sometime soon.

Kenzai lessons are my favorite part of the program...and, of course, teammates too!


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I was not sure how to prepare for week 5 away from home. I had a vacation at the beach and thought it would be full of temptations. Even more concerning I wasn't sure how I would navigate dinner out with an egg white requirement.

I learned the temptations became a fleeting thought. Most importantly, I learned all I have to do is ask for exactly what I want in a restaurant and the restaurant will accommodate my request. It was easy!

My exercise routine consisted of a bike ride to and from the beach in the early morning. The other exercises I did mid-morning while my hosts were busy doing their thing. It all worked out.

So on to week 6. Today I feel stronger doing my workout. I am working with a physical therapist to gain more strength in my left quad which is weaker due to my knee replacement. I am finding the exercises compliment my Kenzai workout.

Feeling stronger each week and hope you all are as well. Let's conquer week 6...one step at a time!

Elaine S.


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It is exciting to read about everyone's progress and challenges. I am in awe of those who are putting in the extra time.

I am headed out to stay with friends at the beach for the next four days and I am hoping I can conquer the challenge of traveling a la Kenzai. My exercise equipment is packed and so is my scale. As I continue to notice positive changes in my body, I don't want to lose what I have gained.

We are staying in a house so I think I will be fine with breakfast and lunch preparing my own food. I am hoping a restaurant will swap a chicken or fish protein for a hard boiled egg that I may be able to add the egg white to a large salad for dinner.

My exercises are going fairly well. Anything involving my abs is still a challenge but I continue to try my best. Shoulders still on the weak side but getting stronger. I am hoping my hosts won't hear my groans and cries as I complete the workouts. I may have to put tape over my mouth!

This will be quite an interesting vacation. Good thing it's a short one.


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Hi Team,

It was a great week for me except the day I was allowed to cheat. What a bad idea!!! Sparing you the details, I indulged not one but three times that day and realized I was heading down a slippery slope. I quickly got myself back on track and don't want to go back.

In an effort to stay healthy, I received my first of two vaccines for the Shingles virus. I apparently am having a common reaction. One that feels like I have the flu. I am down today and completely unable to do anything. Luckily my husband is keeping my diet on track, preparing, weighing and serving my food. I am very appreciative and hope to be back in the game tomorrow.

Keep going...It sounds like everyone is doing well.

Stay strong!
Elaine S.


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