Congrats on getting to the finish line GRADUATION POST
Hey everyone, big props for making it through the Kenzai program. While I got a bit handcuffed in the final weeks by an injury and some off the grid travel, I consider this program a success. I am stronger, more fit, and my body has changed significantly for the better. Best to you all, and I plan to do the maintenance program and more Kenzai programs going forward.
Writing in from the Rocky Mountains, at a dude ranch in Colorado. Only get near any wifi service about 30 minutes per day, but I wanted to send my best wishes to everyone on your final push. Suffered a calf strain that had set me back a touch, especially with cardio, but will be picking up where I left off. Congrats to everyone who has stuck through this so far. Kenzai has had a very positive impact on my life and I am looking forward to finishing this program strong.
I've had a wonky last week or two, but never have fully fallen off. I am looking to get strict over these last weeks (as Day 1 of new diet is an adjustment). Looking to supply and receive encouragement where needed. Ready to do this!
I have struggled a bit as I have been traveling for almost a month solid at this point (Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Aspen, Vegas - some for work, others for vacation), but I haven't fallen off completely and remain committed. Ordering and/or finding the right foods while on the road is tough, but I have generally gotten through that - the tough parts have been the business dinners (and the vacation dinners TBH). The days that I have missed the workout (which have been a few) have also been filled with heavy alternative exercise, so I'm hanging relatively close to the program in some ways. I'll be home for a good stretch by the end of this week, which will help a lot. Still definitely seeing positive changes in my body. I'm using what I have learned to get in some alternate version of the food and the exercise when I cannot follow each daily exercise and diet to the letter, which is ultimately what I think we are being trained to intuit, so I feel like I'm not completely derailed and have been rewired enough to make smart decisions while in difficult circumstances.
Feeling good still, body starting to look and feel better, pants a little more loose, but as the daily lessons indicate, this can be a tough week to lose focus and enthusiasm. Feel like we haven't heard from Nate in a while (unless I missed something, which is entirely possible), and this seems like a pretty critical week to get support from our training team. Did not complete two consecutive workouts and would have been nice to get a check in, though not sure that is a reasonable expectation. Made a few not so subtle cries for help and have made a few notes about body/pain/diet (back/GI) issues that seem to not have made their way into tweaks to my workout and diet. The low back thing for me has been the only spot where I foresee potential injury and have been feeling it already. The ab workout where you hold your legs up and move them in a circular motion seems to put a particularly heavy strain on the low back. Possibly feeling a bit grumpy as a result, but still overall outlook and results are still very positive.
On Day 17, I worked out hard and also played platform tennis that night, so I went to bed a little later than usual, woke up at the same time, because I was a bit wrung out from exercising hard late the night before, decided to do a 45 minute brisk walk as alternative cardio. Ran out of time to do the rest of the workout, had a completely full day, and went to bed early last night with out doing the remainder of my workout. Could not wake up early this morning, even though I was in bed by 9pm last night. My body is beat. Starting to get out of rhythm for doing my workouts in the morning, and I don't want it to lead to falling further out of line. But my back hurts and I def am requiring additional sleep after adding exercise to the daily workouts. Day 19 I am again missing my morning workout. Need to steer things back on track.
End of week 2, feeling pretty good. By the way, is it okay to eat potatoes as your vegetable a somewhat significant amount of the time? I have been. 🤔
Wall to wall action day, only fit in the cardio portion of the workout, but stuck to diet. Went to bed around 9:30 and slept for nearly 11 hours. What do you do when you miss a workout? Do you ever double up the next day when you miss a workout or do you just move on? And when you do miss a workout, do you amend your diet that day?
Energy-wise things have felt great. Waking up naturally significantly earlier than normal, and energy levels remain high and I continue to feel good about the program. Despite the absurd amounts of food, I have not felt energy lows throughout the day, particularly after lunch, that come with eating poorly.
Have not lost a pound, yet feeling stronger. Knees a little cranky and quads still very sore.
GI system remains wonky. Though I would not generally share this in any social setting, I will now bare my soul and report that I have been gassy and have had few solid bowel movements (sheepishly avoids eye contact).
Woke up feeling fresh after less sleep than I usually require. Legs are still burning, but went outside and got through my jumprope with little issue - I'm getting better at it which is great, and also 'missing' less as I get into the later sets. So I'm concentrating more and improving with each set. I definitely need to focus on the joint stretches before the workout, because I have begun to feel some strain in my knees. Completed the rest of the workout, feeling good. Keep on keeping on, all!
Monday's always a big day at work, and it was hard to eat that much food and still work out, even wit kids' sports after work. I think the diet is messing with my GI system a little, but I imagine I will sleep well tonight. Hope everyone else is doing great!
Struggling with Day 1 of the Week 2 diet. Haven't worked out yet today, but I feel like I haven't been able to take a breather from the food trough! Holy wow. I need to be able to find the time to eat nearly more than the time to do today's workout.
Did the Day 1 workout, seemed easy, but I imagine that's just getting us prepped to scale to the tougher workouts. I have cut at least 25% out of the last few days' meals, but I am curious what the plan to get someone who is three days behind the group up to speed.