Jenny Haddle

Jenny Haddle

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Assistant Trainer
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KB3 Graduation - Does Chen exist? 

  • Apr 9th, 2017 at 11:21AM

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Wow...that millennium workout was something spectacular and took me quite a while to complete. Push-ups were a slog! Both kinds. And, the ab rows were done slowly and deliberately to ensure safe, correct ab engagement....towards the end it was just 6 or 7 and a rest. And, Yahoos, I watched a couple music videos while slowly tackling those. One pregnancy rule is to keep the effort at a level where you can hold a conversation in order to ensure that the fetus isn't too stressed. Lots of pauses and walking around to keep my heart rate manageable. So, in all, the workout took me about an hour to complete but it is COMPLETE (with some sore muscles to remind me of the effort for a couple of days)!

Despite some toddler trials and pregnancy fatigue, I enjoyed KB3. I agree with most of what I've read already in that the variety was interesting and fun. I do sorta hate negatives when there are more than 3 sets. I think it is the way I hated evening stretches in Reach. My mind didn't want to go as slow as my body was required to go, and I got impatient often. So, in that sense, KB3 was also a challenge for the mind. Towards the end I cut the jump rope and replaced it with morning yoga sessions. Though, truth be told, I can still manage jump rope...I'm not that big yet. I've also started and continued the dynamic stretches from Reach...every morning for the past 2 weeks. A great energy boost at dark thirty.

The diet was rough. Mostly because it is difficult to battle that mentality that I am "eating for two." Cause I am most decidedly not. First trimester doesn't really require any extra calories but good nutrition is essential to provide all the right building blocks. However, a fat loss diet is not what a pregnant woman should be going for at any stage in pregnancy. Second trimester I can add 300-500 calories. For me, probably closer to the top of the scale, but those calories should be nutrient packed. A box of french fries or a few Oreo cookies (love Oreos!) is not the best option to add in those calories, even if I might be craving them. A baked potato with a dollop of plain yogurt and green onions can fill that savory craving. A nice big fruity, yogurt smoothie maybe with some greens added is a better choice to assuage sweet cravings. So, I'm trying to make good choices in this pregnancy and avoid gaining too much extra weight. I know with Kenzai that I can lose it, but I think it is always better to start with an advantage. That said, I am not going to totally avoid the fun stuff like a brownie or some ice cream once in awhile. But, as always, I will not keep it on hand. Only for special outings!

The community was outstanding! Truth be told, I didn't bow out of KB3 because of Team Pumani and the rest of the KB3 group. I petitioned to be allowed to stick it out for you guys. No way did I want to disappear. I know everyone would have understood but I just didn't want to let you guys down. We are all here to inspire each other and I wanted to continue to be inspired and to inspire others. So, it is mostly for YOU that I stuck it out with KB3, that I got up at 9:00 at night and banged out some strength work, that I continued eating vegetables instead of doughnuts for breakfast, etc. Mostly for you and a little for me. I won't be able to participate in any more programs until next year, but I'll be around modifying the 3 day Life and checking in on the blogs. I will also be supplementing with My Yoga Works and Moms Into Fitness. Both streaming websites. Moms Into Fitness specializes in pre and post-natal nutrition and exercise. Nothing can replace this community, though.

Well guys, time to wrap this up. I want to also thank our trainers, Thomas and Scott, for a loads of enthusiasm supplemented with the occasional puppet. Chen, in the background...who sometimes seems like the Wizard of Oz to me. Does he really exist? Sometimes, I picture him as a super computer in which you feed our pictures and out comes the perfect diet. Also, the other Kenzai crew who make all of this function, cause this website and all the stuff that goes with it doesn't just create itself. And, of course, Patrick, as always, for caring enough to want to save the world one trainee at a time.

 
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17 comments

Jenny HaddleJenny HaddleKenzai Member
Assistant Trainerover 2 years ago

PS Check out the baby bump!! Week 15 starting today!


    Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Kettlebell | Day 17 (Member)
    over 2 years ago

    Jenny, congratulations! You are an inspiration to all the moms wanting to do the best for their unborn child. Your baby is one lucky child. The baby bump is noticeable for the first time in your photo, but you otherwise look sleek, fit and strong. Thank you for providing inspiration to the whole Kenzai community. Enjoy the lovely feeling of a new life growing inside you.


      Scott BurnsScott BurnsKenzai Iron | Day 80 (Member)
      Trainerover 2 years ago

      Jenny you are a superstar for sticking with it on KB3, a HUGE congrats from me! Please treat yourself to some doughnuts for breakfast one day this week ;-) You certainly did inspire others with your determination and insightful blogs. The secrets of Chen - the diet wizard, must remain shrouded in mystery I am afraid. Good luck with your pregnancy, we all want to see photos of the baby!


        Elena S.Elena S.Alumni
        over 2 years ago

        Jenny, I am so glad we did this program at the same time. It has been such a joy knowing you via Kenzai throughout these SEVEN YEARS (!!), and I can't wait to see updates on your pregnancy and transition into motherhoodX2. Good luck with everything in the upcoming months - you are taking the right approach all around, and I hope you continue to feel great and trust your fabulous instincts. See you on the blogs!


          Jade B.Jade B.Alumni
          over 2 years ago

          You did day 90?! Could you be any more of a rockstar? Well done lass. Big up for sticking with it. The community on KB3 has indeed been outstanding. Such strong trainees like you just getting it done. Chen does exist...he was on Team Walk the Talk when I was going KB2, or was that my imagination playing up due to the lack of carbs? :) All the best for the rest of the pregnancy Jenny and see you back in training next year!


            Thomas DoyleThomas DoyleKenzai Member
            Head Trainerover 2 years ago

            A perfect little baby bump on a fitness model body! You're an inspiration for all of us it's as simple as that. Thank you for pursuing sticking this session out, for leading by example, and for encouraging us to build a more comprehensive model for everyone!
            Congrats and COMPLETE!


              Angela WorthingtonAngela WorthingtonKenzai Member
              Assistant Trainerover 2 years ago

              That's a wonderful baby bump, made me say 'oooorrrr!' Well done and congratulations! Thank you for all of your support Jenny, it really has been appreciated.


                Helen L.Helen L.Kenzai Sculpt | Day 17 (Member)
                over 2 years ago

                Congratulations!


                  George B.George B.Reboot | Day 17 (Member)
                  over 2 years ago

                  Jenny, you have been through allot during this cycle. well done for sticking it out. you look great and there is a tiny suggestion of a baby bump finally. its probably the only belly bulge that can make you happy. thanks for sticking with it and dishing out support, i look forward to seeing you on the blogs.


                    Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Marathon | Day 4 (Member)
                    Trainerover 2 years ago

                    It was so great to train with you Jenny. You're such a positive force in the Kenzai community and I enjoyed being able to be on a team with you finally. Congrats on KB3, and even more so for KB3's youngest graduate coming soon!


                      Yvonne T.Yvonne T.Kenzai Member
                      over 2 years ago

                      I am so glad we trained together, Jenny! You are an absolute inspiration! Very impressive that you stuck to it until and including Day 90. I also really enjoyed your thoughtful blogs. You have a beautiful little Week 15 bump and look very fit overall! Congratulations and well done! Best wishes for the months to come, please keep us posted on your pregnancy! I look forward to seeing you again on the blogs!! Big hugs!


                        Michael T.Michael T.Kenzai Member
                        over 2 years ago

                        Jenny you are a KB pioneer. You look amazing! I hope everything goes smoothly for you and baby.


                          Watson J.Watson J.Kenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Day 3 (Member)
                          over 2 years ago

                          Well done - quite a transitional program - and you used the program to make your life rich and full - well done!

                          I look forward to staying in touch and updates on your progress

                          Go Jenny go!


                            Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Member
                            Trainerover 2 years ago

                            Most precious baby bump ever! As you stay on the sidelines but not out of the Kenzai game, I hope you'll post updated pictures every so often! You've been an absolute inspiration to all the wanna-be precreators out there with your transparent approach to training and nutrition. You accomplished your KB3 goal Jenny, you found inspiration and became one yourself. Big congrats on everything and please keep blogging!!!


                              Sharmali ArumugathasanSharmali ArumugathasanKenzai Blast: Beach Ready | Day 3 (Member)
                              Trainerover 2 years ago

                              Sorry I'm late to congratulate you Jenny. What an inspiration you are to all the mums and mums to be out there. Your little peanut is going to have the best start possible thanks to your continued efforts to be the best you can. Wishing you a healthy happy pregnancy and keep in touch!


                                Bipin B.Bipin B.Kenzai Member
                                over 2 years ago

                                WOW!!!! Congratulations my friend - this is great news and what a kick-ass way to finish up KB3. You're a huge source of inspiration. Here's to a fabulous journey and a healthy and happy baby.


                                  Mary Jo E.Mary Jo E.Kenzai Member
                                  over 2 years ago

                                  Thanks for your message of encouragement Jenny. Also, congratulations too!


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