Gary O.

Gary O.

Reboot | Day 9 (Member)
Day 9
Program progress:
KB2 completed, ....phew 

Well, quite a journey. Actually might have been the hardest one for me mentally and logistically. Work interfered way too much in KB2, and it impacted my sleep and my workout compliance. That said, I learned a lot and had great support from the Kenzai community, both on my team and off my team. Most of all, Ward was a rock-star trainer, and my Jedi master of thought and motivation to continue after almost dropping once or twice.

Struggle — i continue to struggle with 7 day a week workouts, especially when they get intense. I do them, and had really good compliance towards final few weeks, but mentally I get super negative just having to walk in the door, not really see my family and go right to the garage at 8:00 p.m. or later to do a 45 - 55 minute workout when I am exhausted already. Head down and push though, but doing this for 90 days weighs very heavily on me.

I’m definitely a fan of intense for 40 days, maybe 60, like Bells or Chisel, but I learned much about doing what one can on KB2 and control what one can control and don’t worry as much about perfection. However, my results disappointed me a bit,...but that is all on me and my lesser compliance overall than all the other programs I have done.

Bottom line, is that I am far better off than I was 90 days ago, far better,...but not as good as I could have been given better control of my work life and schedule. A worthwhile journey for sure.

Picture - admittedly I missed the final 3 workouts as I was celebrating on a buddies golf trip during the final 4 days of our program. I wanted to enjoy it. So picture is an ocean front pina colada, celebrating my partner’s hole in one that day to help us win the match!

Be well all. Thank you Ward, Nick, Matt, Tom, Fraciois, Africa, Nick, Lori, Patricia, Nathan, Paul and Chi.

P.S. had my whole golf foursome eating Kenzai breakfast every day before golf. Veggies and eggs. They loved it.

Nice change of pace with cycle workouts. Been tough to motivate for workouts as always, but I am not missing any. Could be tighter on quantity intake on diet, but I’m pretty much eating all as prescribed. Heading out to a guys’ golf trip tomorrow night, so I’m predicting my final 2-3 days of KB2 will not be very compliant. I’ll do what I can.

Only blogging today since it’s been 7 days.

Hope everyone is finishing strong.


10 days to go! Things are well this past week or so. Basically 100% workouts this week and I’d call it 90% diet. Still always need more sleep.

I basically trade my morning yogurt for milk froth or sometimes cream in my coffee. It’s a vice of Kenzai style for me and it’s my morning reward for making it through another Kenzai day.

Good biking cardio on Sunday, finally with some sunshine and 50 degree temps!

Lastly, those V sits are just super hard for me. The first set I almost get excited, then instead of 12-14, I typically max-out at like 6-8 and look liked an upside down wounded grasshopper in the process!

Started week with super high hopes and optimism after a strong last 2 weeks of KB2.

So far this week, I’m only 1/2 workout on Monday, and missed fully on tuesday. All because of work demands leaving me flat out exhausted, tired, and no time, or at a decision point of sleep for 5 - 6 hours or sleep less if i workout for an hour.

Thank goodness my wife is helping with food prep these days. I feel like I shouldn’t eat my full diet if I am not grinding a workout like I should.

Frustrated and disappointed right now because I know this is the time for serious gains!

Grind and indulge!

- Really excited that I only missed one workout in last 14 days.
- Really bummed that my photo seems like it is way worse than the prior week’s
- Really excited there are only 2 weeks left and I’m primed to grind them out
- Kind of bummed there are only 2 weeks left to make gains

Indulgence was nice. Daughter home for spring break, so our family of 5 enjoyed a nice meal at Sterling Tavern. Indulgence pictured included a bourbon, some fried pickles, some Asian cauliflower and my meal was a phenomenal beet salad with steak, indulged on the goat cheese that made the salad amazing really. Great family time made it wonderful.


Was really pumped to be home last week and hit 100% workouts and 95% diet. Was pumped to do it again this week, and 13 hour work day yesterday and getting home at 9:15 p.m.. with starvation, low energy, and food prep still needing I skipped the workout! Pissed I did that, but I likely ate fewer calories yesterday in exchange. Following my 4.25 mile run sunday, it was good to rest the legs, but I purely wanted to do 100% again this week and now day 1, I’m playing catch up! Grrrrrrrr.

Side note,....I love AMAYW veggies!!! Morning noon and night ! (Picture)


I realize I make a lot of perhaps down and frustrated type posts. It’s always easier to focus on the negative I guess. Just wanted to drop another quick post that being home finally this week and sleeping better, on diet and hitting workouts....= last night’s workout was one of those amazing ones that only comes along once in a while ! Felt great! Yay!

Life, and especially Kenzai life requires tireless focus and discipline.

I’m not quite religious, but I love this particular quote from the Bible:

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been.”

Let’s do this team!!!


The blog police sent me the dreaded e-mail. Sorry for the delay Officer, but it’s been tough to keep up with life!

In short, I’m super frustrated, but sticking with the big picture. Don’t want to complain or make excuses, but the true reality is that my work travel schedule has made a very large dent in my KB2 progress, both diet and workouts. It’s one reason I didn’t want to take on KB2 at this point in time, but I was falling off a cliff with diet and no workouts, so took this on to right the ship.

Workouts are brutal for me right now, and I’m cursing and blaming my workout misses over the last few weeks that have perhaps left me not strong enough to do the workouts as they are laid out. I’m finally home this week and will really try to hit 100%. 11 degrees this morninng. So the daily garage workout is a bitch when temps are low.

I’m still here, still routing all of you on, and still planning on completing what I started,...just wish I was able to keep closer to 95-100% first 8 weeks instead of 65-75%. It’s the worst compliance i have experienced on any Kenzai program I’ve done.

Picture is from yesterday morning at home.


Great to not be travelling this week, so other than Monday’s workout, I was 100%. Was still recovering for bad cold on MOnday, and just couldn’t do it.

Best part — did 20 minutes straight rope with only one trip yesterday!
Worst part — crab walks are back! Didn’t used to mind them so much, but for some reason much less enjoyable and doable in KB2.

Pic is from today’s cardio. It said it was supposed to be 40 degrees, but man, it was much colder and I couldn’t do the trails as I was slipping and sliding on ice. Went to muddy field instead to work the quads.


Wow, powerful lesson this morning. I definitely feel like the “jack ass” based on this lesson. Got back from tough business trip and expected to hit 100% in diet and workouts,...however, day after I return I get whacked with massive sore throat, body aches, and zero energy. Flat out side as a dog this weekend. Plowed in the vitamin C and slept a ton Saturday and Sunday, but feeling like I am getting buried by the shovels of dirt.

Really concerned about the ramp up in workouts now that I am slightly behind and not as strong as I should be leading into them, plus cold is handing around and chest is really tight.

My fingers are crossed for some success this week, but work schedule might get the best of me in this KB2 journey.

Bonus yesterday was visiting 9 adorable retriever puppies with my daughters. Puppies make one forget life’s challenges and stresses.


It was tough, and I definitely didn’t master my work-life/kenzai-life domain, but I didn’t fall off the ledge or the program either, so that’s a win!

Only missed 1 out of the 5 days of workouts while away. The cardio was walking 15,000+ steps as I enjoyed 18 holes at Torrey Pines on the coast of California (photo is from hotel looking towards the golf course and ocean).

Food wise — I enjoyed myself for sure. Was wined and dined nicely, and just controlled my intake a lot more than I used to, but definitely indulged too much. Dinners were my largest misses, but boy were they good! Lots of fish, so that helped.

Back at it now, and been 100% since returning Wednesday evening. Downside now is that I woke up with such a sore throat that I couldn’t swallow. I hope that’s all I fight and that I don’t get more sick.

Sorry for being absent from the blogs for the week. Was dedicated to work 100% of the day really.


I usually dial up like 1980’s rock or like a Foo Fighters kind of music genome for my workouts via Pandora. For my change, I listened to a financial peace kind of Podcast that I am addicted to right now. I did like the focus of trying to listen intently to the words and discussion, but after skipping I flipped back to rock and roll to pump through things as I found that the Podcast could get me to take longer rests than 20 seconds between sets, and that’s not good.

Off to West Coast tomorrow for 5-6 day business trip. It will be one of two really big travel challenges this KBII journey.

Ward lifted my up big time heading into it, and Nick I, also in KBII is meeting me there and been amazing in supporting this challenge as he is food shopping for the hotel rooms before I land!


Interesting lesson today as I feel like I’m in that slippery slope zone. Missed 2 workouts last week and 2 the week before, all because of business trip demands and zero time unless I cut sleep back below 5 hours to then workout. I chose sleep.

Dinner of apples and egg whites this week, which I like because of the ease. However, 5 night business trip starts this Friday and that means 5 nights out for dinner where they typically don’t serve apples and egg whites! In fact most are awesome steak houses and such.

Workout time will be a challenge also, but hope to keep it down to 2 misses in 5 days worst case.

Not sure what else to do. If I have to eat dinners that don’t comply and also miss some workouts, I am an all or nothing guy and can see me sliding quickly into the Jeff Lesson Dropout role. Would hate to do that because feeling pretty good.

Photo- from this past weekend’s Cycle for Survival to raise money to cure esoteric cancers.


Last couple of jump rope sessions have been great, but man, then I’m pounded by the static lunges or wall sits. They are way harder than I ever remember, but getting through them.

Not sure why, but I feel much more hunger man this program than any other. Really struggling late afternoon and early evening. Get home at 7:45 or so and just have to “cheat” with an extra Apple, usually very small, like not even baseball size. Hate to say cheating when it’s just a darn apple , but I’ve needed it for sure to get through workout before dinner.

First time ever on kenzai I had to leave my garage workout space even though I didn’t finish the rope. Why, my hands froze due to 3 degrees temp!


Week 3 been tougher than I expected, mostly with some hunger fights and also with the ramp up of workouts.

Generally I’m grinding it out, and happy with myself for completely yesterday’s workout. Why? Monday travel delays of 12 hours made food compliance generally impossible, and 3 hours of sleep didn’t help. Yesterday usual alarm at 5:10 a.m. and off to work for full day, followed by dinner with clients. They all pigged out at a great sushi place, and I forced myself to just have sashimi pieces. No carbs. I’ll admit I treated myself to one tequila straight, and it was awesome. Got home at 9:00 p.m., forced myself to not pause at all before changing into workout clothes and expected to do a 50% job, but do some of it. However, tequila indulgence made me plow through entire workout without missing any rep or exercise. 100% completed. Big mental win for me, and I should get back on track for next many days as no work travel or work dinners in view until next Wednesday.

Looking forward to catching up on sleep this weekend. Haven’t really lost more than 1 lb it seems.

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