Elizabeth Jane P.

Elizabeth Jane P.

Reboot | Day 16 (Member)
Reboot
Day 16
 
Program progress:

Today was unusual. Couldn't do my workout in the morning, coz of an unplanned detour. Ended up accompanying my son to his first Trinity piano assessment and then got stuck with a series of unavoidable errands. Didn't manage to have a proper breakfast, and also missed the following fruit+egg snack. Was starving by noon, so ended up grabbing a quick cup of tea and a slice of banana cake on the go- both not optimal choices! Lunch onwards, was ok.
Finished my workout in the evening. Hopefully tomorrow will be less of an adventure.
Hope everyone else on the team is alright...
Cheers


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We’re half way through Reboot, and today was a rather good day. It’s my brother- Joseph’s birthday, so we were up early to celebrate. He wanted to go for an early morning walk by the lake near our place, so we planned ahead and with my son in tow, I and my two brothers hit the road around 7.30 am. We covered quite a distance at a healthy walking pace stopping briefly to enjoy the scenery, take pictures, and explain the local flora and fauna to my 9 yr old. It was a refreshing break from my customary cardio and a rather rejuvenating experience. Through the day, we walked plenty, each of us setting PB records. I crossed some 17,000 steps by evening, covering a distance of12.75 km, a new high for me- most of this, knowing we’d be going off our usual Kenzai diet today!

Tried to use the birthday as my excuse to complete this week’s challenge- to order a Kenzai meal at a restaurant. Stuck to only 3 orders for 5 people, apart from 2 starters. As we ate at an American diner, we ordered mostly grilled chicken in a fresh Mexican bowl, or alongside tortillas, with lots of salad. The starters did include some not so Kenzai-compliant items like fried calamari and crispy chicken. Didn’t quite manage to ask for the sauces and dressings separately, though I was relieved no not find the food overloaded with avoidable stuff.

After the morning walk, I also managed to complete the rest of today’s exercises, so the boxes have all been ticked, although today was a day of indulgences, not quite called for during a training season. I almost forgot to mention the small shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream that I had!
We walked for almost half an hour after lunch as well, to burn off the excesses. I realise I may have eaten some, ‘on credit’ and will need to work a bit harder to burn it off, over the next few days…

Sharing some pictures of rare sightings from this morning- an unseen bird, some lovely dragonflies, damselflies, a bumble bee, rare berries and views of the Saul Kere lake. Haven’t had the time for photography lately, but today was a bit of an unexpected treat :-)


Reboot Day 12
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At this point, I'm starting to wonder if the full body exercises are harder for me because of lack of experience and strength. I guess, just about everybody could decide to Reboot anytime on Kenzai, and some might be a lot more experienced and fitter than others, so each exercise in the workout might feel different for participants depending on their background. After struggling with the handstand and having to pick the alternative- narrow shoulder press yesterday, I found the full body- Hang Time rather difficult to get right, today. I think it would take quite a lot of strength in the arms, shoulders and core to get the thrust to shoot the legs into the air backwards in the sort of trajectory shown in the demo. Have to admit I didn't get the "floating feeling" and my feet did not land too softly on the ground. Mine was more of a flat straight jump and thud, than an angular flight, followed by soft, controlled landing. All other exercises were alright, and the diet is still on track. Yesterday's lesson on how the body burns glycogen in the early part of a training cycle, leading to misleading weight-loss numbers, was a bit sobering. Will try to take the weighing scale less seriously now. How's everyone else on Team Bonsai doing?


Hey everyone!
If any of you managed to get the handstand push ups right today, please picture me doffing an imaginary hat in honour 🎩😊
I've struggled with it in the Life workouts recently and failed, and today was no different... will need to do a short course on handstands to learn how to get into position before I can begin to lift my body weight with my arms and shoulders. Most exercises that appear rather easy when Patrick does them in the demo videos are really hard to emulate! That said, the rest of the exercises were quite alright. Hope tomorrow is better...

Good night. Time for rest and recovery 😪


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Everything’s under control on the Kenzai front with me- both workouts and diets are on track. The only thing I’m still struggling with is managing my time properly. My dinner is a lot later than it should be I think, and I’m not getting enough sleep, which isn’t good! I remember mentioning this on KB 1 as well, so it’s clearly an unresolved lingering problem. We’re all targeting 8 hrs of sleep at home and most others are managing this, while I average at 6.5 to 7 hrs most times.

Quick question- what’s the ideal time to have dinner and hit the snooze?

Updates on Sunday/ Monday: Was happy to try alternatives to my regular cardio (skipping) on Sunday. Did 10 mins of climbing two flights of stairs inside the house, which got my heart racing a bit, followed by 20 mins of jogging at a steady pace outside, which got me sweating pretty quickly. Felt the changes the next day, in the form of new aches and pains in my legs, probably from working some unused muscle groups.
I’ve moved to a dinner of 1 apple + egg white and yogurt rather quickly on Reboot. Removing carbs from the dinner plate is already reflecting on the weighing scale- I’m 1 kg down now.

It’s interesting that for the past 2 months, I’ve been eating about the same amount of carbs as on Reboot i.e. 150 gms, except I broke it down into three portions of 50 gms each, over bfast, lunch and dinner. Now, I’m having 110 gms for lunch, which is plenty + 50 gms for bfast, and I’m losing weight faster than before. Does it have to do with simply avoiding carbs for dinner?

Have to admit that I’m not really managing to nail each and every exercise on form. Going really deep with push ups or high enough with pull ups are hard. Struggled a bit with today’s full body Scoop Push up too, but did it as best as I could. Exercises that involve the legs, or require flexibility are relatively easier for me. Am now able to complete 2000+ jumps in 16 mins (4 sets of 4 mins), which is better than my average before Reboot.

Incidentally, I’ve stuck to doing warm up stretches before and after my daily workouts from day 1. Think, that’s kept me injury-free more than anything else. Overall, many hits and a few misses, but feels good to have the opportunity to do this, at the current stage of my life. Will always be grateful for that. How’s everyone else holding up? Let’s go, Team Bonsai :-)

Attaching pics of my new favourite grilled chicken recipe with some sriracha and hoisin sauce, ginger & garlic, lemon juice, a bit of salt, with toasted sesame seeds and spring onion garnish- quite yummy! And my dinner plate- apple, egg white, yogurt. Took the liberty to add some pomegranate seeds to my yogurt just to make the sourness more manageable.


Hey Team Bonsai!
I'm Liz, from India. A formal hello to all teammates- the few I'm already familiar with, and most that I don't know. I guess, by the end of the Prog, we'll know each other much better.
A quick take on the two questions posed by Thomas- what I expect from Reboot, is to get back on track. I haven't derailed much since the end of KB 1 in Sept. I've tried all combos of maintenance workouts on offer- 3, 5 and 7 day sets. I finally settled on the 3 day set, as I found all combos quite intensive, and wasn't left with much time for other things. Felt, the 3 day set would give me some spare time. On the diet front also, I've been mostly on track, sticking to the standard Kenzai plan. I continued to lose weight after KB 1 and reached 53 kg by the time I signed up for Reboot, but the issue was, that I tended to reward myself quite a lot. I planned an indulgence once a month, but it gradually became once a week. In fact just from eating and drinking too much on 4th and 5th Nov, I managed to gain back the 1 kg, I'd shed over the past month! Now I have a very good understanding of what Patrick means by "eating on credit" in his podcast. You just can't overdo it one day and expect to fix it the following day. It simply doesn't work like that. Glad to report that I have now managed to go back to my starting weight after 7 days on Reboot. So, yes, trying to get back on top of things is what brings me to Reboot, only 2 months after KB 1, especially because the festive season lies ahead in Dec and Jan. Over the years, I have often lost momentum and slipped up, wasting all the gains from working out and watching what I eat. I don't want to go back to square 1 again, hence the Reboot, to get back in control. Also, I did KB 1 alongside my family- my brothers and mother, but now, I'm on my own, and working out in a vacuum, by oneself is both boring and a bit harder. Getting back in a group, chatting, knowing how others are doing, picking each other up, certainly helps get the focus back.
How do I intend to make it work? Simply by showing up and remaining interested and interactive. Let's see how it goes from here 😊
All the best, team 👍just 3 weeks to go... Let's do this ✌


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So far, so good. Was very thrilled to be able to touch the pull up bar with my chin, yesterday- all 8 times in set 1, though it slipped to 6 and 4 in subsequent sets. Overall, I get these workouts done pretty quick, compared to the weekly set of 3 maintenance workouts I was doing till recently, which were a lot more intense. But I realise, I may be speaking too soon, and might have to eat my words!
The diet plan looks familiar, except for dropping carbs at dinner-time.
Strayed a little from the Kenzai-diet yesterday, coz I needed to participate in a pot luck at my son's piano school, and decided to bake (after many months) a marbled cake (no butter and not too sweet). Ended up pecking a bit on what others had brought in too, most of which was fried! Intend to stay on course going forward...
For this week's challenge, I'm sharing a picture of the area, just outside my house, where I often skip. It's quiet, shaded, green and on good days, the sky overhead is a bright blue, with light fuffy clouds floating about, like in this image ☺


Reboot Day 1

Hey everyone!
Good to be back on a structured program, two months after completing Kenzai Body 1.
Felt the need to sign up because Oct to Nov is peppered with birthdays in the family and with the Xmas and New Year festivities closing in, the indulgences are going to be too much to handle without some serious discipline!
Yesterday was my birthday and the feasting began in earnest, the day before 😇 ... so was glad to hit Reboot this morning, though I was also relieved to find the workout a lot simpler and shorter than the regular maintenance workouts I've been doing since Sept.
Hope to get this done right and carry the momentum into the coming year 😊

Cheers,
Liz


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Thank you Kenzai ☺ 
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If there’s one thing common to a majority of us, it must be the desire to get in shape each time we look in the mirror. Often that desire reflects as new year resolutions, we are often determined to achieve. The more resolute amongst us actually follow up on that dream trying to find the best path to get there. But plodding through the confused muddle of information and data available at one’s fingertips these days can be seriously daunting to say the least. As if it isn’t bad enough to get mired in circles within circles, you also often hit a wall with contradictory information on the ideal diet to follow to compliment the chosen workout plan. And after sweating it out and struggling to shed the flab, you realise that your body has decided to go into lockdown after a point and the numbers on the weighing scale simply won’t budge when you’re looking at it desperately for some encouragement! So then, you tighten the screws some more and starve yourself to reach the tipping point. Then if you’re lucky you reach your dream weight, the holy grail you’ve been seeking and feel incredibly proud of yourself, only to return to bingeing a few days later, when your body begs status quo. And before you know it, you’re back to square one 😥

In a nutshell, this pretty much sums up my previous experiments in the pursuit of health and fitness. And then, Kenzai happened to me 😊Before I embarked on the 3 month Kenzai Body journey this June, I read a bunch of blogs of Kenzai alumni, who seemed to all wonder about the same thing “Why does Kenzai work when others don’t ?” Based on my experience, I think it’s down to it’s scientific approach. It does not rely on gimmickry or current trends and fads. Instead it works on a tried and tested methodology of combining clean eating with consistent whole-body exercises and puts the onus for your wellbeing in your own hands. The only way any such endeavour can succeed is when you take responsibility for your role in it and show up every single day despite nagging aches and pains and then rely on the experts to show you the way till you’re ready to walk the path unassisted. Any doubts start to dissipate when you start to see and feel the tangible results in real time. In merely three months, turning back the clock almost 15+ yrs on your body is nothing short of a miracle. And by the end of the Program when you get to physically experience your own growth and transformation by returning to an earlier phase in the journey, you get a very real sense of just how far you’ve come in such a short time.

I can see why most people who experience Kenzai become Kenzai-believers and stick with it’s approach. It’s consistent with everything we’ve always known as per traditional wisdom, and yet been shy to follow- eat right, 6 small meals, packed with fresh veggies and fruits, have your dairy and poultry if it works for you (or find alternatives), exercise daily and sleep well. How can you possibly go wrong with that?! The big changes for me and my family have been to drop sugar from our diets entirely and to reverse the proportions of carbs to veggies on our plates. That done, we seem all set for whatever’s in store.

The Kenzai experience has been very timely and relevant for my family to help hit the reset switch on our relationship with food and rest. The invaluable lessons we imbibed along the way, from learning about the nature of the fat stored by our bodies, the fallacies about BMI or numbers on the weighing scale, genetics and body types, down to how to simply boil an egg the right way, are all things to never forget.

Why Kenzai works is because it is probably the one resource that offers scientific, precise, relevant, concise information necessary for the overall health and wellbeing of a person in a market flooded with misleading approaches. That it works remotely, via online updates, for unrelated people across the globe, without needing to ever enter a gym is a testament to the success formula that Patrick Reynolds and his team of trainers have admirably put it place over the years. That Kenzai grows from strength to strength only through word of mouth, without advertising its wares, is also evidence of it’s genuine success.

I’m really glad I discovered Kenzai unexpectedly through a conversation with my brother who had in turn heard about it from his friend Prarthana and her husband, both genuine Kenzai-believers, having been there and done that.

The past three months have felt quite impossible at times, but then that feeling has only lasted for the duration of the actual workouts. It’s been a trying time of digging deep to find the strength to carry on without giving up. The mutual support from the blogs within the community, the constant look-ins and pick-me-ups from fellow trainees and trainers have all been fantastic. In retrospect I think it would be a lot harder to do such a Prog individually cut-off from the world than to do it within a group, following each-others progress on a consistent basis. The blogs have been cathartic too, as you can tell from how long some of mine tend to become!

It’s also been very useful having the entire family join the ride together, in my case. This way we all know what it takes, we appreciate what we’ve been through and respect what each of us has achieved. Of course all my time in the kitchen and the prospect of that becoming my new constant is a bit of a bummer 😉 Will need to get a few more hands in the kitchen, methinks- make the cooking a lot more democratic as everyone learns to take responsibility for their own health!

While I appreciate the three rest days after the Prog, I’m starting to miss the exercises already. Looking forward to the maintenance workout plans to keep the momentum going. With my new and improved level of confidence, attaching a few pictures taken by my soon to-be 9 yr old! Feel good about the leaner muscle tone and fat-loss, though the belly is going to still need some work. The black shirt I’m wearing used to be one of my favourites. It’s about 13 yrs old. I remember wearing it to my BBC interview, back in 2004. As I gained in girth over the years, I couldn’t get the two flaps to meet, in order to button up until recently. But post-Kenzai Body, I can actually wear that shirt again. Yayyy :-)

Also, since it’s been quite a season of caterpillar sightings, a few more pictures of some amazing creatures from our garden and the farm, that will transform into gorgeous butterflies, just like the Kenzai team.

Thank you everyone, especially Adelyn and Nate and my fellow-trainees- Marisa, Karen, Dan, Luis, Nicky, and Lasya. Felt like I got to know a few you better than others. Although not everyone is finishing at the same time, I wish you all the very best. It’s been lovely being part of team Centarus 😍 Love and luck to all of you. Take care and stay healthy, everyone 🖐

PS: If anyone, not on Kenzai, is feeling inspired to take the plunge, do get in touch! As alumni, I can actually offer a reference code to help you avail a $100 discount 😃
Now, wouldn’t that be nice?


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After keenly awaiting the surprise in store for the big Day 90, I was really surprised to be asked to repeat the workout from Day 8 of the Programme today! Got on the job in earnest, even though it was drizzling this morning (pic of wet courtyard attached) and felt a bit like a workout snob 😉 knocking off each listed exercise in the short spaces of 2-5 mins each!!

Got quite a reality check when I revisited my blog from Day 8 and realised how hard it was for me then to get through 400 jumps, doing 5 sets of 80 jumps each with 15 sec rest gaps. Just 82 days ago, 400 jumps felt like scaling the Everest, a super-human feat, after which my legs were stiff and hurting. And today at Day 90, the same task felt like kid-stuff. I breezed through the sets at my best speed ever, refusing to stop at 80, coz it felt too soon and doing 5 sets of 100 jumps each. The 15 sec rest periods felt almost like a luxury to dispense with. And this cardio session at about 5 mins, was my longest activity today. I averaged about 2.8 jumps a sec, which I think is my best timing so far. The rest of the workout also felt really easy. I didn’t need to catch my breath and the first time I broke into sweat was by the time I was doing the Arm Curls and Da Vincis. I really have come a very long way since Day 8. Thanks for the reminder 👍otherwise, like most other things, I’d have taken this in my stride too, overlooking it and got pre-occupied with new goals I think I may have missed, forgetting to celebrate the actual victories.

This last week on Kenzai Body has truly been a test of endurance. Since getting into the circuit training course from Tuesday, I’ve wondered which is harder- the multi-set, multi-rep system of the previous weeks or the freedom to take oneself to the edge of the cliff, hitting failure and meeting deep-burns each time, this week. In retrospect I think this week was the hardest, because I’ve never done 30 Elevated Tricep Dips, 5 times in giant super-sets or 40 Otter Kicks, and 40 Side Captain’s Chair poses ever. Have to admit, I haven’t always nailed the ‘form’ necessary, especially when it came to the tough ones like V-Sits or Pull Ups, but I’ve come a long way from the initial days of struggle.

Day 89 was I think one of the hardest on the Program. I was a sweat-soaked mess by the end of it, left without any energy to speak of. I couldn’t do the Blue Lycra Man’s 8 min routine to close yesterday and went straight to the closing stretches after my Planks- which I’m able to hold for about 2 mins now. Today, on the other hand, I felt I really needed to add the 8 min ab routine to make up in some measure for the ease of the rest of the workout.

It’s been really amazing challenging myself and discovering the amazing limits to which the body can go if pushed the right way. Thank you for switching it all up so nicely and proving what a massive difference 3 months can make to one’s body and mind. A hat tip to both Adelyn and Nate for being around, nudging and cheering all through the journey and a very big thank you to the mastermind, Patrick 😊👏👏

This is not my ‘Graduation Blog’. Will work on that soon…

Not sure if it’s a coincidence that I’ve been coming across so many amazing caterpillars 🐛 lately! Think it fits right into the theme of ‘metamorphosis’, which all of us have been attempting at Kenzai. So here’s to the spirit of self-transformation, and evolution. Go find your wings, become a gorgeous butterfly 🦋 Cheers, everyone! Congratulations on completing Kenzai Body. Hip Hip Hurray!!


Hi everyone! This is a quick note to say that I sort of messed up on Day 1 of the super-sets today. In case any of you did the same, this might be a good time to course-correct and get it right tomorrow. Thought I'd leave a note, after I realised it wasn't just me, but both my brothers got it wrong too. Glad I caught Adelyn's video message earlier this evening to clear things up.
Basically, all of us at home took each listed exercise in the workout individually, and flogged it until we hit failure, which was about 6 sets and several reps each. We moved from one exercise to the next like we've been doing in the past with the only difference being 'failure' each time.
Instead, what we should've done is, all five exercises in sequence back to back hitting failure in each without gaps, only to take a 1 minute break at the end of that 5 exercise cycle, and repeat that pattern 5 times.
This will mean, prepping ahead and having the bands, mat, chairs, push-up bars etc all ready in advance for the whole workout, so you can switch from one to the next without a hitch.
Will get it right tomorrow onwards. Anyone else in the same boat as us three?!
Good night.


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Didn't think I'd get all nostalgic about three months of gruelling workouts, but strange things are known to happen 😃 and this is probably one of those!
Think I've started repeating a lot lately, that the past week has been seriously tiring, only to realise that each following week gets a few times worse... so that's how it's been again 😩
Each day's workout last week felt like it would never end. Fewer exercises than before perhaps, but so many sets and reps, so much sweat and fatigue that I really felt like I earned each "I did it" and every breakfast that followed 😊
Think my skipping has certainly improved coz I was able to hit a PB of about 850 jumps in 7 mins day before and 3 sets of 7 mins didn't seem that hard through the week. In fact 2 sets of 9 mins today seemed ok too, though I could only manage 930 jumps in the first set, which is not the ideal 2 jumps per sec. In the second set, I pushed myself to over 10 mins to get 1000 jumps in.
Didn't manage the undercover visit to a neighbourhood gym last week, and haven't really researched alternative ab workouts yet. I've been doing the blue lycra man's 8 min routine as often as possible, stopping for a break when my neck hurts. Otherwise, pushing to failure has been leaving me sore and totally spent. The coming week will probably be an exercise in masochism! But, I already know I'm going to miss it all... I intend to continue with the workouts beyond day 90, coz despite the great results, I'm raising the bar for myself and going all out for the belly fat, some of which is likely to linger beyond the Prog.
In a sense, I think the difference between what I thought and felt at the start of Kenzai Body and how I feel now, is that, in the beginning I didn't even know what to expect or whether I'd survive the regimen, but by the end my confidence has grown, and with it my expectations have shifted, making me more ambitious. Now I really want the gains to count and take this to its logical end. I'd appreciate guidelines on the diet post day 90, as we won't need to have as many eggs or as much meat.
I've loved the daily lessons. Will really miss those too. And I'll miss the group & their blogs...
Let's get this done, guys 💪✌ Here's to a strong finish for everyone 👊


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I have never pursued 'failure', of any sort, with the earnest dedication I've shown through the past week!

To find the holy grail of fitness- muscle failure, I went as far as to add an extra set to my jump rope sessions yesterday and quite consistently added extra reps to sets of other exercises during the week, until my muscles wobbled and strained, screaming "enough".
Without doubt, the past week has been one of the most tiring. But I have to confess, I couldn't bring myself to try the Kung-fu sit-up. It just looks very intimidating.

I honestly wondered if I'd last 3 sets of 7 min long jumping sessions today and was very relieved to survive it. Repeating this daily from tomorrow will be interesting, to say the least 😊

I've been spending so much time in the kitchen lately, I've almost had no time at all for anything else. I discovered that the easiest way to cook chicken breast is to marinate it overnight and grill it until you finish the batch. Delicious and really fast. Also goes with nearly everything.

Had to squeeze in a Parent-Teachers meet at my son's school yesterday, so had to reschedule my workout to the evening for a change. Coz the PTM became a family outing, the house looked like a gym by evening with everyone sweating it out at once!

Incidentally, was very thrilled to be able to wear a pair of fitted trousers I got tailored back in the year 2000, to go out yesterday. Kenzai is making some impossible things happen to me 😀

Mother went out to meet some of her old colleagues and friends today, and I'm told, Kenzai was a hot-topic there too, especially after they saw how my brother Melvyn has transformed (he drove mom).

I'm sorry, I haven't been able to stay engaged much with the group, and have been a bit inconsistent with the blog. Hope everyone else is fine... let's do this guys! We're almost there now ☺


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With only 20 days of the Kenzai Program left to go, it's hard to say what's been the "easiest" part of this process, while it's relatively easier to name the things that have been hard. I guess without realising, the ease with which I've been able to go with the cycle of training as it gradually ramped up, may have been the easy part. I'd have laughed if anyone had suggested to me in June, that by August, I'd be able to jumprope continuously for 6 minutes and repeat that thrice after a mere 20 sec break. I'd have called it a joke if you said, I'd also be able to follow up the jumping with several levels of madness to do 5 sets of push-ups or pull-ups, scores of other kinds of twisting and turning, working the quads, lats, pecs, biceps and triceps and abs, and then come back for more. Yet, all of that has indeed happened and I feel a bit like a war veteran 😇
So, what's been the hardest- well, there have been days when I've wondered if I really could get myself to show up and do it that day and the next... and the multiple sets, reps and sheer fatigue have been a lot to take at times... the endless process of fixing Kenzai meals has been tiresome too. Resisting the occasional craving for something sweet and sinful- that's been hard too.
But at the end of day 70, everyone at home has transformed! My brothers have both dropped a few sizes, and so have I. The satisfaction of simply fitting well into my clothes, without having to tuck, pull and conceal rolls and tyres, the lightness in each step I take, the reflection in the mirror, the sense of strength and control overall, makes everything worth it.
I never imagined that I'd be able to get back into clothes almost 14 yrs old, lying discarded only because I'd outgrown them. Not only have I earned a whole new wardrobe by reshaping my body to fit back in those clothes, I just feel a lot younger, energetic, cheerful and healthier. I've probably added a decade to my life, and that too a better, more youthful one. Others at home seem to share that feeling and there's hardly any excitement about the third indulgence we've just earned, which is quite rare for a family that enjoys eating, especially eating out!
This has been one of the best experiences ever. One that has already exceeded expectations in terms of results. I expect the next 20 days to be tough. But then, nobody said so much good stuff would come easy 😊


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With fewer days ahead of me on Kenzai and more behind, met the challenge of skipping 4 times at a stretch for 5 whole minutes with only 20 sec gaps between the sets. At about 500 jumps per set, that made a new milestone of 2000 jumps in about 22 mins today. And because I’ve set myself a goal of completing at least a minimum of 60 active mins daily, added the 8 min abs routine of the blue lycra man and a round of stretches to keep my rest day busy. While I was feeling very accomplished, saw the marathon runners at the World Athletics in London, and got some serious perspective on stamina, endurance, the human spirit and that amazing gift we all have- our bodies, which can almost go as far as we are willing to. My 20 mins of skipping didn't feel like a lot in comparison to the women and men running for almost 3 hrs on a warm day, pushing themselves well beyond muscle failure through sheer grit and determination. Quite humbling.

Meanwhile, as the end of the Kenzai Prog draws closer each day, I am tempted to shift my goalposts too. I happened to try on some of my old clothes, (a few of which are over a decade old), pushed to the back of my wardrobe coz I haven't been able to fit into them… and was happy that I could actually button up a few, but felt discouraged that I still have a rather long way to go, before I can roll back the wheel and go back in time to my once-upon-a-time, size 10. While its great to see the progress so far, I’m getting a bit greedy now and want to see if I can simply fit those old clothes.

It’s heartening that I haven't missed a single workout so far, and haven’t really strayed from the K-diet either. Hopefully, staying on course will see me through.

Incidentally, the routine of the blue lycra man gave me quite a pain in the neck yesterday, when I tried to complete the whole thing in one go. Its quite hard to keep one’s neck off the ground for that long. Decided to break it up into 3 sets of 3 moves today, and felt slightly better.

Noticed that my breakfast carbs are back from Monday! Was it the whining?!

The culinary experiments continue, and inspired by Karen’s recipes, tried the squid and prawn pasta, which turned out nice, and fresh. Got a bit tired of Indian spices for my chicken curry and did an oven back with potatoes and herbs instead and also tried Karen’s oven-baked potatoes, which I mostly gave my son and he loved :-)

And I tried to show off my biceps and the cut-look in my arm, which hardly seems to show in the picture, photo-bombed on cue by three of my doggies, with my son on the camera :-)