Emily M.

Emily M.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.... 

Six months ago, I did not fit into my interview suit. I had worn it last just one year earlier and had gotten it brand new for that occasion. I was depressed.

I've been aware of Kenzai for a few years and have been urged to try it. Now was the right time. As I had mentioned in a blog post earlier in these 90 days, paying the large fee to join KB meant that I would take it more seriously.

Now it is done and I succeeded. I've lost weight, although I'm not sure how much because it doesn't matter. None of my clothes fit now, except for my interview suit! And it is timely, as I got laid off three weeks ago and will need that suit again.

I worked out for 90 days. I missed a few days here and there, but that's okay. I've learned to love a big breakfast and to be satisfied with fruit as my snacks. I didn't snack when I was bored or just hanging around, watching tv - except for that fruit. I've been cooking without salt, I haven't had a coke in 90 days and my candy habit is broken.

When I first started KB, I thought of the blog and the support group as something that I would play along with, but didn't think it would be important. I was so wrong and I realized that very quickly. I could not have done this without Team Rocky Balboa. My blogs allowed me to whimper, vent or cheer myself and then my team was right there to support and encourage. I tried to do the same for the others. I read all of the blog posts for my team and saw that everyone was facing the same challenges. And many were facing challenges that I couldn't have coped with myself - and succeeding.

Thank you, Karen, Georgina, Shifali, Melvyn, Nagender, Chris, Scott, and Joseph for being awesome teammates on Team Rocky Balboa. I've been inspired by your posts and your triumphs over struggles. I think of you as my friends now, and hope that we cross paths on Kenzai again. I couldn't have made it through this without your support on my blogs, cheering me on and pushing me to reach the goals.

Thank you to Nate and Adelyn for being there every step of the way and supporting us, boosting us up and being so darn optimistic that we could do this! Thanks to Patrick for coming up with this crazy idea as well. Also, thanks to the rest of the Kenzai team who took the time to answer questions and cheer us on when we needed it.

And most of all, thank you to Mark D, my number 1 booster, for being there for me from day 1. Giving me the push to get going, to keep it going and provide non-stop and unconditional support. I wouldn't have started this without you and I couldn't have finished it without you.

On the road....

I'm at my parents house for a vacation and just completed my workout for day 87. I'll be finishing Kenzai here. My mom watched me workout for a few minutes, but had to leave because watching me was making her back hurt!

It will be a challenge not to go off track wth food once day 90 passes, because there is so much good food here! Fortunately, my family tends to eat mostly home cooked food made from non processed ingredients, so it will be generally healthy. Just can't walk down to the ice cream stand every night!

My aunt asked me today what would happen if I just stopped now and didn't workout for the next 3 days. Such a strange question! I told her that after 87 days of working out, following the diet and getting to know all of you, I couldn't imagine stopping - I can't wait to finish, but am going to check those boxes all the way through.

One week to go

I am amazed at how hard it has been to motivate to workout over the past few days. This might be the toughest week for me so far. I'm also finding myself to be low energy and taking forever to get through the workout like some of you have also experienced. Are we burnt out? Are we all just starting to coast to the finish? I don't know, but I don't like it. I'm going to dig into that last tiny reserve of motivation and willpower and finish this strong.

The good news is that I'm still sticking to the diet, so I've got that going for me!

Keep it up, everyone! We have one week to go....

What will I do next....

Day 79 - just finished the workout and my post-workout milk. Glad to finish the workout for the day. I feel like I've been kind of low energy for a few days and off my food. I'm not eating non-compliant foods (with a couple of small exceptions), just not eating when and how much I'm supposed to. Starting now, I'll focus on getting all that food eaten!

I'm thinking about post-Kenzai, and since you asked...as others have mentioned, many of the diet guidelines will be easy to continue. I love fruit and vegetables anyway, so keeping those as snacks and big parts of my meals won't be hard. I'll keep drinking milk because I've really grown to like it and like how it makes me feel. I'll continue to eat a well-balanced, large breakfast. I like how that makes me feel all morning.

I'll reintroduce some of the forbidden foods, but much less than before. I don't feel compelled to salt everything anymore. And I'll work out to some degree 4-5 days a week. Check back in 6 months and we'll see if I managed all of that!

Yesterday I played golf and took a moment to admire the eclipse. We got about 80% in DC. It was really cool!

Keep up the fantastic work, everyone. 10 days to go!

Final indulgence

Oh my word. The long anticipated "final indulgence" and we went all out. Cocktail, steak, potatoes au gratin, dessert. And I have visual evidence that we had broccoli too. So amazingly tasty. I could do kenzai for the rest of my life if I could eat this meal every 75 days. We went to Ruth's Chris where they are famous for cooking their steaks in butter.

However! The real excitement was fitting into a dress that I own that has never fit me properly. I spent more time then I care to admit preening in front of the mirror. I enjoyed my meal, but am ready to get back onto Kenzai diet tomorrow.

I'm not feeling really fantastic right now - tummy is a little rolly - but I'll be okay, in a while. I am looking forward to good, clean food tomorrow and rockin' the last few weeks of training.

PS - my gin and tonic had a slice of cucumber in it. I was pleased that at least one part of my meal was Kenzai-friendly.

I just received the results of my blood work from my doctor's appointment last week. This shouldn't be a surprise to any Kenzai warrior: excellent vitamin D levels, excellent cholesterol results (both good and bad), I'm not pre-diabetic and I don't have anemia. And I've confirmed that I'm at my lowest weight since at least 2008, but probably longer. That's just how far back my electronic medical records go.

Yesterday I went to the pool to do my cardio and have to admit that I put on my bikini and just kind of evaluated myself in the mirror and was pleased. I don't look like the cover of an abs magazine and never will, but the squishy parts are much less squishy and some are even almost gone and the splooshy belly is shrunken. This has been a HARD 74 days, but with visible results, I'm ready to kick it for 16 more days and beyond.

My indulgence looks like it will be a steak dinner on Friday night- can't wait for it, but also thinking about how I'll feel after eating rich, buttery food. I'll post a pic of the dinner!

Easiest and hardest

I have found the diet to be surprisingly "easy." (all things being relative) Aside from a few very difficult days, I haven't had the cravings that I thought I would. I've really enjoyed all the vegetables and have tried new ways to cook them and season without salt. And with a few exceptions here and there, I haven't found myself too hungry.

The most difficult part of this is doing it with a nagging foot injury (plantar fasciitis) which means I haven't been able to jump rope since week 2. I read everyone's blogs about their triumphs of hitting a new level of jumps - 2 minutes straight, 3 minutes straight - and I regret so much that I can't be a part of that. I am doing alternative cardio, but it isn't the same. The good news is that my foot is feeling much better and I'm able to power walk again, so I can alternate that with biking. But that means that my cardio is still 40 minutes or so each day - making my workouts take a really long time.

Getting started

These Kenzai days are a drag. Lots of reps, lots of sets. Muscle failure. I realized today, as I told myself to get off my butt and start working out, that Getting Started isn't half the battle - it's the whole battle. Or at least 98%. If I can tamp down that darn little voice that keeps coming up with excuses as to why I don't need to work out and just GET STARTED, then I will fly through the workout. This is pretty obvious and we may have even had a lesson on it (with 68 lessons done, I might have missed it or forgotten it), but it sure helped me get going today. Just get started!

And I still hate planks and am having a hard time with them and my v sits kind of look like an injured praying mantis trying to fold up a broken lawn chair. But dammit, I'm doing the best I can.

And finally - had my annual physical today and my doctor looked at my chart, looked up and said "you've lost weight! Good job!" Brightened my day.

Team Rocky Balboa - we can do it!

Made it to day 66

For various reasons, this has not been a good week. I used that as a bad excuse not to workout yesterday. Regret that! But I had a good workout today and have stayed on diet throughout. I anticipate having more time to do my workouts for a bit, so I have no excuses! We also just got a grill, so are now able to grill vegetables and meat. It adds a whole new dimension! I'll sift through those Kenzai recipes again and look for the ones that fit well with grilling.

I hope everybody is doing great. I've been a little quiet for the last couple of days, but I'm mentally back!! Keep it up, team!

Low energy

I had one of those low energy days that we were warned about. It was amazing how I felt. I did do my workout first thing in the morning, and then got some chores done. That accomplished, I headed over to the golf course. Wow - I could hardly swing the club! I quit after 9 holes, just feeling "off." Came home and napped. Then we went out to run some errands, both of us yawning and limping around. No energy to do much, except make it to Starbucks for coffee and tea. Made it home and are ready to go to bed.

I also was hungry all afternoon and food-obsessed. I didn't crave anything in particular, but craved something from every restaurant we passed. Fries from mcdonalds, a muffin at Starbucks, a slice of pizza - simply because I saw a logo for a company that has a triangle in it. Chinese food, steak, Doritos from the gas station convenience store. I haven't felt like that in the past 62 days. I had lots of vegetables for dinner - different types cooked in different ways. Now it is time to go to bed and put this day behind me. Glad tomorrow is Sunday and there is no workout beyond cardio.


I am definitely hungrier without my morning carbs. I'm counting down until I can have my fruit snack. I'm also wearing a pair of pants today that absolutely do not fit any longer - and they were my go-to, throw them on when I don't feel like dealing with clothes, outfit. They are hanging off of me and very baggy. Last time I wore them, they had gotten a little tight. Hooray!!


My legs are really sore today, but in a good way. I have about a 4 block walk uphill from the metro to my office every morning and my legs were fatigued! I enjoyed pushing through that because it meant I worked them hard last night. Glad I don't have to work them tonight, aside from the cardio.

Energy levels

To answer the question of the week - what I've noticed most is that my 2pm post-lunch energy crash is gone. My day just trundles along, me eating my snack and my Kenzai lunch and then continuing along. It is different - in the past, I could have laid my head on my desk and fall asleep at 2pm every day.

I ve got to suggest Kenzai expand their alternate cardio options to "moving houses." We had another full day of moving smaller pieces of furniture, like coffee tables, liquor cabinets and end tables from my old place to the new place. Once again, up and down stairs, carrying heavy items, moving them around, dusting and cleansing and then lugging some unwanted furniture to the landfill and putting other items up in eBay, letgo, and Craigslist.on the go from 9 am until 8pm.and we cut up our vegetables for next week's snacks and meals.

I'm feeling down about how I'm doing in KB. I feel like I'm missing so much by not doing jumpropes, although I'm religious about biking every day in place of it. Also, I don't eat eggs,so my diet plan has an extra level of complexity and I feel high maintenance about it. But I will continue to follow what they tell me to do, although I may ask a question now and then!

Stay strong team!

Pouring rain in Washington

Huge rainstorm in DC and it lasted all day. That eliminated outdoor cardio options (I know, WWRBD - and he would gut through in the rain). But we do have access to a good gym at our club, so I did my workout there. Since it was a bicep-heavy day, I did those with free weights. They did have resistance bands, so I could use those as well. I also had to drag around some weight benches to create a couple of chair height handles for chest dips. Nice thing about doing this on Friday night, no one else was there to listening to me counting and swearing.

I cannot do planks. I can only hold them for 20 seconds. I'm okay with most other abs stuff , but the planks are killing me.

Day 52

Okay - you all weren't kidding that these workouts were going to make us sore again. I'm not sure I can lift my arms. But, gutting through. We only have 38 days left! I hope everyone is having a great day - I'm feeling better after 3 days of properly doing workouts and following the diet. I've put last week behind me and pushing forward.


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