Jennifer B.

Jennifer B.

Kenzai Member
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Better late than never 

  • Apr 8th, 2019 at 7:13PM

I lost it about Week 9. I'm not exactly sure what happened, but the wheels just came off the Kenzai bus. I managed to do half-Kenzai for Weeks 9-10.5, but was then on vacation for the last 1.5 weeks. Literally and figuratively.

My body is nowhere near what I had anticipated it would be at the end of Kenzai - especially after feeling some pretty good results between weeks 4-6. However, I have definitely learned... rather, 100% confirmed...that my willpower is next-to-nothing when I am tired and/or stressed. BUT...life pretty much comes built in with stress and tiring days, so that is not a valid excuse. What it means is that I have to find better strategies for handling stress and not use food as a way to make myself feel better in the moment. I have managed to get a handle on my chocolate consumption (one may say addiction) and don't find myself craving sweets or sugar. I do, however, still tend to finish my kids meals sometimes and other mindless eating that adds up.

I am excited to continue to pursue Kenzai and haven't decided yet on which program is the next best step. I also realize that I need to delve into my group more and that fellow Kenzai support is a huge component that I did not leverage as well as I should have. Onward....

 
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4 comments

Kim MurchKim MurchKenzai Reach | Day 15 (Member)
Trainerabout 2 months ago

Jennifer, you've been here less than a year--settling your family in, making new friends, finding your way around--I am not surprised you felt a lot of stress. However, you have gained insight and pinpointed where your challenges lie which is a real win! I am so glad you are continuing your fitness journey with Kenzai, the kommunity is truly awesome and we are glad you are part of it! Congratulations on finishing up and good luck moving forward!!


    Ed CenterEd CenterKenzai Member
    Assistant Trainerabout 2 months ago

    Here's what I've learned from training hundreds of trainees (and from my own journey) - our weaknesses will always be our weaknesses, and a major part of our energy must go to counteracting those. For me, that means I really want to enjoy alcohol with my friends (which often leads to more alcohol, chicken wings, etc). And so being on program means smart tactics to avoid those situations. For you, stress eating and mindless eating are your likely saboteurs. I say this not to highlight your downfalls, but so you know that in your next program, you can be really focused on getting non-compliant food out of the house (tough with kids - I know!). And maybe assigning after dinner clean up to someone else so you aren't tempted to finish the kids' food. That and lots of meal prep! Also, I wonder if a 6 week program might be aligned with your natural rhythms. We have many Kenzai superstars who only do the shorter programs because they like the intense focus that doesn't lead to a month in the valley.
    Okay, enough about the missteps. Despite the numerous challenges you faced, you stuck with us and got to graduation day. And you now have the tools and knowledge you need to come back to fitness anytime you want. Give yourself a pat on the back (and enjoy some chocolate and some wine) and all the lessons, diets, programs, teammates, trainers will be here for you when you are ready for another go. Let me know what program you decide to do.


      Jay D.Jay D.Kenzai Reach | Day 14 (Member)
      about 2 months ago

      I think you’ve done exceptionally well considering the lifestyle change that you’ve already undertaken (relocation). Regarding stress, you mentioned this on one of your earlier post that sometimes you need to slow down on all the activities. From my own experience and sanity, I reduced the kids’ activities so that I can have more me time and focusing on what made ME happy. It was a shift to a more balanced lifestyle of kids and me that I was able to be mentally focused for this program.
      I hope you find your balance and achieve your fitness goals.


        Patrick ReynoldsPatrick ReynoldsKenzai Member
        Founderabout 2 months ago

        Great insights in this post Jennifer. Stress has your brain sending a red alert to all your systems to fill up on rich food to deal with the emergencies that it perceives happening all around you. Learning to hear the alert siren but not dive into bad food choices is a skill that gets better with exposure and understanding of the mind/body system. Kenzai Mind will give you a lot of knowledge about this cycle. Enjoy it! As for Body, Congratulations and COMPLETE!


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