Dunzo GRADUATION POST
Yay! So happy to have completed this incredible program.
It was a struggle for me at the end but I was able to pull through and stay on course.
Loved the lessons, really enjoyed (most) of the daily body weight workouts and learned that with a few tweaks I can turn my decent diet into a clean diet. And I don't need any salt for flavor!
Congrats to everyone in my class and thanks for the motivation and guidance Patrick.
I'm exciting to continue the Kenzai journey!
P.S. My wife's friend told me she liked me better when I was chubby. ha!
Almost done! I've had a few injuries in the past few weeks which has been making it tough.
Tweaked my shoulder pretty good Friday from the workout and it's just starting to feel better. So I've been doing everything possible to be compliant and finish strong.
We also just added a new puppy to the family, his name is Bones.
He's been waking me up at night and keeping me super busy during the day while we train him to not pee/poo everywhere.
Also, have been coaching 2 U12 boys lacrosse teams - 3 or 4 games the past few weekends and practice 2X a week. We have our final tournament this weekend and I'm beyond relieved it's over.
All good things - grateful to be healthy and strong and feeling really good after about 90 days of focusing on my health. But I'm pretty tired and glad the program is coming to an end :-)
Saved my indulgence for Easter since I'm a sucker for a delicious brunch!
Meal included many of my favorites, including:
* Bagel and Cream Cheese
* Egg Strata
* Cinnamon roll (not pictured)
Surprisingly didn't feel too bad today and also didn't gain a bunch of water weight.
I think it was helpful that the meal was mid-day, giving me enough time to burn it off before bedtime.
Just when I couldn't believe how bad I am at jumprope (still) I ripped off 3.5 mins straight without stopping - my best yet. All the practice is working! Now to continue to eliminate the mistakes.
Not sure why but my energy has returned this week.
Have been cruising through jumpropes and workouts (still bad at jumprope but it's not quite as dreadful).
Looks like I've climbed out of the valley!
As I mentioned last week, I was deep in the valley. Unfortunately missed a few workouts mid-week.
Had a hard time with motivation and wasn't sleeping well, felt tired and burned out on Kenzai.
The treat night came at just the right time. Saw a ton of friends Saturday night, ate a delicious taco dinner and drank a couple of beers. I felt terrible the next day but managed to get through the jump ropes.
This week I'm feeling more motivated and looking to put last week's failures behind me. Diet hasn't been an issue but sometimes I just don't feel like doing the workouts. I'm going to start breaking up the jump rope and workout as I find it can be daunting now that it takes a while (especially hate jump rope) and I get tired in the afternoon. Also am working on doing it earlier in the day so I have no excuse.
Prior to Kenzai, I focused on playing sports that I enjoyed for exercise (soccer, mountain biking, hiking). Obviously wasn't doing the trick because here I am, but I look forward to incorporating these back into my life.
All I can say is thank goodness we're moving to timed jumprope!
I've been doing it anyway but thought we were supposed to do 1600 straight (which I can't do).
Was going to post that I could maybe do 2 mins straight without messing up.
And I definitely can't count past 100 so I've been assuming 100/min which accounts for tripping ;-)
Slowly getting better and I'd pretty much rather do anything than jump rope (even run!) but this helps a lot.
Good timing on the valley post as I've been feeling it the past few days.
While the diet doesn't really bug me much (when I'm full) the program has been a lifestyle hit.
I work from home and don't get much social interaction so not being able to eat/drink like a normal person has been really limiting my social life. Weekends are the toughest.
That said, I'm seeing good results and am hanging in there. Will try and work on my grim determination.
Almost halfway there! When's the next cheat day?
So I nailed the food intake this week, no slip-ups. I did however miss a couple snacks when I was too busy or out and about and didn't have any fruit. Also missed one workout, ran out of time on Friday but will do the emergency workout next time.
Shooting for 100% this week!
For my splurge I went out to a chic Mexican dinner on a date night with my wife.
Though I stuck mostly to plan on the diet aspect (chicken, veggies and had a couple chips/guac), we did enjoy a few margaritas.
They were "skinny" ones so less sugar but neither of us has been drinking much for the past few months and we felt like hell yesterday.
Great time though and fun to get away from the kids and connect over dinner/drinks with my lady!
A new week and it's been a good one.
Back in the saddle at work and it's been much easier to be 100% on workouts and diet for Kenzai than my Utah trip.
I did injure my knee a little on my very last run (ugh) in Park City so I'm taking a little break from the jump rope and riding my Peloton instead. It's been fun to mix it up and it feels better, not 100% yet, but better. It's going to be tough to catch-up on jumprope when its ready.
Excited for my indulgance too!
Skiing' been great! Very cold here but snow is soft and Park City mountain is fun. Feeling pretty sore and tired after chasing people around on double black diamonds all day but have been hitting the workout.
Diets been a challenge on multiple fronts. Mostly just eating all the food at the right times while on the mountain. Breakfast and lunch have been easy but dinner has been tougher since we've been going out. Doing my best!
Frankly the hardest part has been time. Between skiing, shopping, preparing meals, skiing and hanging out with my kids enjoying our vacation (it's both their birthdays this week) it's been tough to squeeze everything in. I almost find myself wishing I was at home because it's so much easier to manage - but I've talked myself out of that and am not stressing :-).
1)What inspired you to sign up for Kenzai Body?
My buddy Andrew did the course and when I saw him after it, I couldn't believe how good he looked, almost like he was back in college!
2. In terms of the Kenzai Body challenge, what do you think is your greatest strength?
My greatest strength is willpower - I'm pretty good at following through on things that I set my mind to, especially if it's straightforward. The workouts are very clear but what to eat has been a little more confusing.
3. What do you think will be your greatest weakness?
Biggest challenges for me on this diet will be threefold:
A. Vacation - we are going to Park City next week for a family ski vacation and I'm not sure how that's going to go. We'll be eating out a lot and it will be tough to skip out on my Apres Ski routine (beer and nachos) ;-) Also, not sure I want to do workouts before skiing so I'm tired but also pretty sure I won't want to do them after either! Saving grace is that we'll have a full kitchen so I'll just need to shop before.
B. Eating out - We eat out together a lot as a family on weekends so that's going to be tough.
C. Social - Much of my social life revolves around drinks with friends. I'm fine hanging out drink-free and I've gone on alcohol fasts before but it's not the easiest.
The jump-roping has been easier than I thought it would be for me, but I'm definitely feeling sore from muscles I haven't used in my other workouts. Inner thighs especially. Anyone else?
Also, I missed the workout yesterday. My son and I (10) woke up at 5 to day-trip up to Lake Tahoe (3 hours from my house) and catch some of the record snowfall and didn't get home till after 8 and was roasted. We got over 100" of snow in the last week. So I got my workout in skiing in 3+ feet of powder. It was a great day to remember. Today I'm really sore all over!