The end GRADUATION POST
Well that was amazing. Every aspect of it. The lessons, the simplicity of the food and the difficulty of skipping! While I finished with a whimper due to the Rugby World Cup, I am more motivated than ever to continue on.
So the 8 day Japan hiatus is over and I am
home and just did today’s workout. Looking forward to the last 8 days.
While the timing of the Rugby World Cup was unfortunate, we only turn 50 once and we were lucky enough to watch Japan beat Ireland. And I may have some of that watching in a Godzilla suit. And I think I lost 30% of my body weight in sweat.
This week has been very difficult given a rare 10 day break in Japan watching the Rugby World Cup. The diet has been so so there. but alcohol is definitely involved.
I’ve done some of the cardio workouts but have been unable to complete all sessions.
Net net I think I will right the week off, reduce the damage as much as possible and finish Kenzai strong from Sept 30.
The hardest thing has been how travel throws out the consistency. It has been so hard. And jetlag after the travel has been a killer. So that’s good to know in the future as I try and keep new patterns in place.
Easiest - the 10am / 3pm / late fruit feed. That’s been easy with the added bonus of eliminating chocolate cravings.
A combination of jetlag and mad catch up after our work trip had me miss four days of training. I am thankfully back at it today but it was grim there for a time.
The biggest thing has been the food. I am now searching for fruit at 10 and 2 very day. Or more accurately packing 4 bananas every morning before heading out. This has in turn eliminated all desire for 3pm chocolate. Which has been huge.
Similarly alcohol and cheese have lost that loving feeling. I had a mouthful of cheers the other day and it tasted like glue.
I have always done a lot of cardio via long distance running. Kenzai now has me building what some describe as arms and a chest! There’s a way to go but who knew?!
The past 2 weeks I was traveling in the UK, France and Belgium. To say keeping Kenzai together was hard would be an understatement. The food too was hard.
But I am back home now and back to the routine.
Other than last weeks energy dip (collapse?), I have noticed I have been able to sustain good energy throughout the day. Prior to Kenzai I would fall apart at 3pm and reach for sugar. On some days it came at noon. That's not happening any more and that's really good!
When I do feel a little dip, I am now tending to go for water or fruit. And that's been great.
Today’s lesson was perfectly timed as I woke up and felt so stiff and sore. It was reassuring to know that that is normal!
Any day where for some reason the routine is thrown out the window.
If I miss that early morning time slot, completing the KB program very very hard. The voices in the head get louder and rationalisations start kicking in.
Last week was a mess. With the good wife (also doing KB) travelling for work I was single parenting which threw everything for a loop. My usual crack of dawn KB sessions were put off until noon. I was cursed throughout the morning with constant thoughts of pushing it back until 1,2, 3, 4pm and then inevitably some emergency / kiddo pick up-drop off occurred. And so my workouts got later and later. And it was a mess.
And the blogging dropped off too. And the food went sideways too. On reflection it shows the power of routines to simplify your life and the danger of just doing whatever and whenever and how inefficient that becomes. To say nothing of the sheer brain power having to constantly remember to not forget to do KB. Exhausting.
But this is a new week. I have abandoned the children and am in the air to join wife, Kim in London where I can refocus on KB. Promise.
And it’s hot in London - yippee!
Good luck kids...
I am not quitting now because:
1. I see some results in my body which is really positive
2. Being told what I have to eat and when is a dream come true such is my weird relationship with food
3. I am managing weight without starving myself
4. I’m running better even though I am “heavier” than my race weight - more muscle than fat I think
5. I actually look like I know what I’m doing at the outdoor gym...
6. If I quit, I quit on this group, my wife (also doing this) and my two kids who will learn that quitting is fine and parents don’t take food / exercise seriously.
I am struggling to get a consistent time each day to do my workout. I was happy to read today that I can split the skipping and everything else. I think I can get the skipping done right when I wake up at the very least.
I just feel the willpower wane as the day goes on. And the workouts are getting harder. Need that mantra to kick in...
Cheese was my nemesis. I could demolish a block of blue cheese in an evening with ease. Chased by a gallon of red. But these 5 weeks have seen that go by the by. Tonight I was eating a salad and discovered some feta in it. The eyes thought "yes!" but one tiny bite and the rest of me said "no fricking way".
So that's interesting. I hope it stays that way because constantly managing a cheese addiction is a 24/7 job!
The new dinner menu has me waking up a full hour early but strangely very clear headed and ready to go for the day. Is that the body not needing so much rest to process a usual sized dinner? Interesting.