The first week of the Easter holidays has not gone well. I let visiting family, kids' parties and dinner parties throw me off course. I'm pretty disappointed in myself as I know I could have worked around these things. During my Kenzai journey I've had some truly insurmountable hurdles, but these were only small. I could have got over them but I just wasn't in the right mindset.
I've got back on the workout track today and I'm going to be reading through the blogs for inspiration and motivation.
The last few days have not been great. I've been travelling on business, staying in downtown Orlando with no time to go very far for food. Which has meant very few veggies! All I've managed is cole slaw, some steamed broccoli, salads which are really just lettuce and smoothies with a bit of fruit and veg in. Not ideal.
A liberal dose of jetlag and long hours have also left me with little energy for workouts.
I'll get home on Tuesday and am looking forward to getting myself sorted.
If there's one thing I learnt in my last Kenzai stint, it's that organisation is key. As it says in the lessons, you need to have that workout time scheduled in and you need to have plenty of the right foods to hand. It's all so much more do-able with a little forward planning.
Unfortunately that's not exactly how the last few days have been for me! I've been rushing around and haven't really taken the time to get myself together. Mental note to sort out my priorities and say no to some of the things that aren't serving me.
I'm just emerging from eight weeks of illness so I'm doing my exercises somewhat gingerly. However, it feels nice to move again. Hoping to feel like I've shaken off the cobwebs soon.
I could write so much about why I decided to do Kenzai, but in summary, I want to feel good in my body again. Three years ago, a couple of things happened: I turned forty and I had a baby. It felt like the combo sent my body into some kind of meltdown! I'm still carrying a few extra kilograms of "baby weight" (can you still call it baby weight after three years?), my tummy sticks out thanks to a separation in my tummy muscles (diastasis for those in the know) and worst of all, my body feels old and weak.
I've had enough of feeling this way.
I actually started Kenzai a few months ago and was really enjoying it and getting results. Then I got sick. A cold morphed into tonsillitis, then back into a cold, then into sinusitis. It went on and on and I lost so much ground I gave up. But now I'm back and determined to finish this one with a smile on my face and a spring in my step!
So I'm only just beginning to feel better after the tonsillitis and am still low on energy, and even lower on motivation.
I haven't worked out for ages and my diet has gone completely to pot. Frankly, I've been eating anything I could get past my tonsils, which is mainly ice-cream!
So all in all, not good.
I'm so impressed by everyone in the team who has navigated the inevitable hurdles to stay on track. I'm also disappointed I haven't done the same and sad to think about where I could be now if I'd stuck to it.
Anyway, enough whinging. This is really just to check in and say I am still here, cheering for you all on from the sidelines and hoping to step back into the race at some point...
So we've been passing around the family cold, and mine turned into tonsillitis. I've spent most of the week lying around sucking on ice chips and the occasional bowl of ice-cream because it's so sore to swallow. :(
I feel like all the progress I had made has evaporated and the muscles I was starting to feel have retreated in disgust.
I'm trying to stay positive and remember that progress is never a straight line, but I must admit to feeling pretty down about it.
So sometimes I don’t have space and sometimes I just get frustrated tripping on my rope, so jump instead. Am I doing myself a great disservice?
Hi all. Happy Chinese New Year from Hong Kong!
So right after seeing results in the mirror and getting all excited, I got sick. The first couple of days, I felt awful and skipped my workout completely. Then I did a "workout light" as suggested in the lessons. I've also been having normal evening meals instead of the egg white. I felt like that was the right thing to do but I'm not sure.
Either way, I'm quite frustrated and am worried I have slipped backwards.
One good thing though - being under the weather made me realise how well I had been feeling in general. Can't wait to be back at 100% again!
Finally, I can see a difference in the mirror!
In the first four weeks I put on 3kg. I got the memo and I understand why, but nonetheless I couldn't help feeling a bit disappointed! Buuut….. I can now actually see that everything has firmed up a little. I think it'll be another few weeks before anyone else notices but I'm very pleased.
The news that dinner would now be egg whites and fruit came as a shock! Half of me is worried as I’ve already been feeling peckish by bedtime. However, the other half of me is excited that things are ramping up.
Let’s see which half is shouting louder by the end of the week...
So I decided one little glass of champagne wouldn’t do any harm. One glass of champagne turned into vodka, which turned into tequila, which turned into beer pong at 2am, which turned into a three day hangover...
Only just getting back on track and feeling decidedly sheepish.
Yesterday someone congratulated me on being pregnant! Ugghhhh…
I have diastasis so my tummy does stick out, but I didn't think it was that bad! My goodness.
Anyway, if I needed any extra motivation to see me through the temptations of Singapore, I got it! At breakfast this morning I navigated the bacon and croissants and got myself a large plate of veggies, some rice and an egg. And now for my workout...
Week 3 is going to be very challenging. I am in Singapore all week for work which means TEMPTATION. My favourite pastime when I'm in town is binging on the wonderful food they have here. Chilli crab, dan dan mien, deep fried mantao, drool. A visit to Singapore also means an evening with my bestie from school, which includes much wine and merriment as standard. This is going to be tough...
Well, I've cooked with a bit of oil and I've used kimchi which came from a packet. I've eaten out and did the best I could but no weighing was involved. I missed the workout yesterday when some urgent work stuff came up.
But... it's still a lot better than my usual routine, so overall I'm pleased. I just need to keep up the momentum now and make sure I'm refining my habits each week rather than relaxing them!