Elissa Imran

Elissa Imran

Reboot | Day 19 (Member)
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Bellz2 Bonanza! 

  • Mar 17th, 2019 at 12:41PM

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This program was tough. First couple weeks felt so good - short workouts - tore through them with gusto! Middle couple weeks they started to get a bit longer and I started to feel some fatigue. Last couple weeks workouts were painfully long - some days I totally dreaded them. And yes I'll be honest that using my dragon boat training days as my active rest and cardio days might have been a bit much! Wouldn't have been sustainable for a longer program. Been getting some niggles in the hips, knees, wrists. Body is ready for a break! But 42 for 42 workouts - COMPLETE!

Final workout was a fun one. Did a nice little few minutes to warm up mixing in some jogging in place, jumping jacks, scissor jacks, high knees, butt kicks. And then I tore right through the cycles with an 8kg bell in each hand - under 30 minutes start to finish. Was able to tap the screen with a finger without putting down the bells. Did feel so good to put them down for a minute rest between cycles though! Love the sticky finger workout as finale!

I was unsure at the beginning whether I'd overdone it on the bellz purchase, but I think I was spot on. Needed the 4kgs for a few exercises. Used the 8kgs most. Was able to row and one arm swing and some others with the 12kgs. Swings with a 16kg. And yes I did use the pair of 16kgs - for deadlifts. If they were available I might have liked to have some 6kgs for some of the bicep/tricep exercises where 8 was pushing it but 4 was light. When I was at the gym I sometimes subbed dumbbells for those to get the in-between weight. Why is it that bellz here seem to come only in 4kg increments???

As far as the diet - I was around 80-90%. I ate clean meals/snacks at home, always. Although here and there I will admit to sneaking a bite of chocolate. Very rarely missed a meal or snack. There were a few meals out that were in the Kenzai spirit but not the letter of the law - especially when on egg white and veg dinners - I didn't even try to keep that clean when out. And I will freely admit that I did not cut out drinking. I was more conscious/mindful of the choices. I don't drink at home. But when out with friends, at social events, dinners - if there is wine, I am in. Although I never let a hangover stop me from tackling my workout! (Or taking the kids to early morning soccer games!)

So that bit leads me to the question that I'm still trying to answer for myself. Is this the right way to do it? Have I found the sustainable balance? I didn't go into this program trying to lose weight but rather just to continue to work on my fitness. My weight stayed the same - it hardly fluctuated throughout from 161 pounds. According to my very inaccurate BIA scale, my muscle mass increased a touch and fat percentage decreased a touch - I don't trust the numbers themselves but the trend over time is there. And it's pretty in line with what I see in my weekly photos.

Would I be somewhat happier with the way I look if I lost 10 pounds? Yes.
Is it worth it to keep a strict diet almost 100% of the time? For the balance I want in my life, I don't think so.

Now the challenge will be to see if I can stay right here when not in a training cycle! I'll report back in a month - before I start Chisel!

Sorry for the long post! Thanks to Patrick and Nate for writing another great program! Thanks to Matt for guiding me through! And thanks to Team Nurmengard and my Kenzai friends for your support throughout!

Enjoy the post-workout muscle shots! Strong and proud! I am woman - hear me roar!

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15 comments

Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Member
Trainer5 months ago

Ah, that elusive 10 lbs... but honestly, you sound like you're in a great spot. And you look amazing. You say your weight barely changed with some small changes on the muscle mass/ fat percentage, but your final picture def shows a slimmer/ tighter physique. Looking forward to our double/ triple date!


    Sharmali ArumugathasanSharmali ArumugathasanKenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 5 (Member)
    Trainer5 months ago

    I feel very similar to you about training efforts these days. Trying to find that balance without needing to go hard-core mode too often. You're looking fab. Well done!


      Martin D.Martin D.Kenzai Chisel | Day 19 (Member)
      5 months ago

      you look great! congratulations and its great to see the balance that you have found to live a healthy, active and social lifestyle. well done!


        Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Marathon | Day 5 (Member)
        Trainer5 months ago

        Strong and Fit!!! You took on alot with your full on dragon boat training at the same time. I'm glad you stayed injury free for these 6 weeks (I was worried). Definitely time for some rest to let those niggles subside.

        As for your diet/life balance, I think how you describe you went about this program is the most realistic and sustainable approach to take. I see too much 100% all in on program...and then 50-60% at best when off program. Yeah, if you've let the body slip a bit too far, a 100% program or two is needed to get yourself back into the right body mass for yourself. But if you approach your fitness and life as a healthy balance 365, I think you find that wine and a chocolate has it's place, just like consistent exercising year round.

        Thanks for giving so much to this team as you always do. Congrats and COMPLETE!!!


          Jason F.Jason F.Kenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 26 (Member)
          5 months ago

          The stickiest of the icky! Its a hoot, that finale. And no, you can NEVER have too many bellz...
          Well done, looking and sounding STRONG and balanced.


            Robin K.Robin K.Kenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Day 5 (Member)
            5 months ago

            Looking fierce and fit. Great outcome and I reckon you’ve nailed the sustainability angle. Being fit and strong for paddling season sounds like your priority and you nailed it.


              Kathleen C.Kathleen C.Kenzai Sculpt | Day 18
              5 months ago

              What pictures - those other dragon boat teams had better watch out.
              I think your approach is fabulous and appropriate once one understands Kenzai and one's own body. Adherence in KB1 (or Silver) really helps, but then we have to find balance and acknowledge that life is not just fitness, good fitness means better life but obsessive fitness means a narrow, boring life. Enjoy your weeks off. (off = dragon boat work)


                Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Kettlebell | Day 19 (Member)
                5 months ago

                You look fabulous Elissa - truly a great balance has been achieved, I think. Enjoy the Dragon Boat season, putting your hard earned muscles to great use!


                  Jim MattJim MattJust became a Kenzai Member!
                  Assistant Trainer5 months ago

                  Looking great Elissa! I agree with Fish, you can never have too many bells (or jump ropes for that matter). I think your philosophy mirrors what Matt said at the end of a program once (Chisel maybe?) that you could work REALLY hard and get 100% compliant and lose those 10 pounds, but imagine the effort of sustaining that over a long period of time, life would be pretty miserable I would imagine. Keep it real and sustainable and you will inevitably avoid the large weight swings that most of us try to avoid.

                  All in all Bellz 2 was my favorite program...but I also got a bit of tendinitis during the program that took a bit to heal.

                  16 kg bell for the swings is damned impressive! Well done on a tough program!!


                    Erik S.Erik S.Kenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 26 (Member)
                    5 months ago

                    You're looking terrific Elissa. Yup that balance sounds just about right to me. Until next program.


                      Douglas T.Douglas T.Kenzai Member
                      5 months ago

                      Great job......keep it up!


                        Amber B.Amber B.Kenzai Member
                        5 months ago

                        congrats! you look great! love your post about finding balance- very true and inspiring. hope to see you soon (US this summer)??!!


                          Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
                          Head Trainer5 months ago

                          You are so strong, Elissa. Such stellar returns and loads of transparency. That equals 42 for 42 with a dose of off piste fun. I dig it. Balance matters. Congratulations!


                            Ren KurodaRen KurodaKenzai Member
                            Business Development5 months ago

                            When I grow up I want GUNZ like El! Killed it.


                              Watson J.Watson J.Kenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Day 4 (Member)
                              5 months ago

                              You look strong and happy

                              Nice to see in my twin


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