Jenny Haddle

Jenny Haddle

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KRun Graduation Post - What next? 

  • Mar 7th, 2018 at 10:00PM

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Instead of putting this off for longer, let me just go ahead and write it. I keep forgetting to take my final photo. Bianca is going through a waking up at 4:30 AM stage right now, which really messes with my morning routine. Though, not sure I can really call it a routine...stopped being routine when I became a mom. Every morning is a new adventure!

Which, honestly, is why KRun didn't go as smoothly as planned. The diet is easy for me to control and get right with children. The workouts are not as easy. Running requires the right set of circumstances for me to get out on the road. It's not like I can just get up and leave my small children alone while I go running. I need support...people to be with them. This cannot always be possible during the hours that I can run. So, I need to find an exercise regimen that still allows me to workout from home...in a place where I can hear the children if they wake or be there to address their needs. In this moment, I'm not sure what this looks like...I'm still kicking around the idea of Chisel that is starting up March 12. Then again, I'm wondering. Is this the right time for me to be on a program? I just am not the teammate that I should be...I can't fully commit. Maybe it is better to stick to the 3 times a week maintenance workouts and add in a couple of runs a week. I'm also looking at just focusing on core rehabilitation and really doing exercises to help me reconnect to me to my pelvic floor and deep core muscles. I am open to any opinions anyone wants to give me!

Even though I haven't done one workout over the last couple of weeks, I can say that I have stuck fairly closely to the diet. In the last 2 months, I have gone from 55 kgs to 50 kgs. I am nearly my pre-pregnancy size and with just a small amount of focused work can be pretty fit. So, that's where I'm at. KRun was an awesome program. I wish I could have committed to it more fully.

 
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Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Marathon | Day 62 (Member)
Trainerover 1 year ago

Sticking close to the diet even when the workouts routine is tough to manage with mom commitments is still a success. It's very easy to let the diet slide away when the workout endorphins are missing. Running is definitely an outside of the house time commitment, so definitely a tough program for your current situation. But I hope you took some good info from all the lessons to make yourself a more skilled runner for those times you can get some kids coverage and get a me time run in. 3 days of maintanence workouts and a few runs, all based on your own schedule and not a program's schedule sounds like a good plan for March and into April. I think Sculpt could be a good choice for you too sometime this year. Until then, good luck with the kids sleep...it is so powerful to the whole household. Congrats and COMPLETE!!!


    Ward WillisWard WillisKenzai Member
    Head Trainerover 1 year ago

    Sometimes a training cycle is a happy mess. Big ups for leaning in and giving it a go, Jenny. The diet is tops. Nice going there!


      Malene W.Malene W.Kenzai Sculpt | Day 6 (Member)
      over 1 year ago

      I think you've done a fantastic job to keep up with the Run program as much as you have. Don't be so hard on yourself... Perhaps you haven't been as active in the blogs as you previously might have been, but you've still been a great teammate for sharing your experiences and refusing to let them get you down. In my graduation post, I talked about how the the team's blogs were good for me because they reminded me that other people have problems too and my own stupid problems aren't the end of the world. I was definitely thinking of you when I wrote that.

      There's nothing wrong with not joining a dedicated program and keeping things more flexible. It sounds like you're sufficiently motivated and dedicated that you can force yourself to get workouts done even without the structure of a program, which is great! I wish I had that dedication.

      Hang in there, and don't be so hard on yourself... It's been great training with you!


        Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Chisel | Day 34 (Member)
        over 1 year ago

        Jenny, you are doing tremendously well. Being a single mom with a full-time job and a new baby and toddler at home is a massive challenge. The fact that you have stuck to the diet rather than sinking into comfort food and drink each evening is huge - and you have the return to a great body to reward you. You may want to use the maintenance workouts for a while to see what works and add some extra ab/core work if that is the area you feel needs it. You may feel you haven't given it 100%, but your effort (and results) is nevertheless inspiring to many of us. Hope Bianca discovers sleeping in!


          Ed CenterEd CenterKenzai Member
          Assistant Trainerover 1 year ago

          Waking up at 4:30 is so RUDE! Why do they do that? Although it's definitely better than the waking up at 3am. Because there is no good sleep pattern that doesn't require being asleep from 1-4am. Kids are the absolute worst.

          Congrats on giving it your best Run with a baby. You are a committed Kenzai veteran, so you know the deal - this was never going to be your best program. Instead, maybe the little nudges of daily workouts, having a team, and the diet looming over you helped you be in better shape than you would've been without it. That's what Reach* was like for me last year when CJ was just two months old. So no need to wish you could have committed more fully. You committed what you could right now while keeping your priorities in the right balance. You will be back, probably sometime this Summer, with a full on focused program. It's always a pleasure working with you Jenny.

          Btw: Reach is probably the best program to do when home with young children. You actually never need to leave the house, and you can fit it in in increments during the day.


            Jason F.Jason F.Kenzai Member
            over 1 year ago

            Yo Jenny, you are a fierce Kenzai Warrior Veteran with cool hair and cute kids, getting your important sh!t done, and keeping it real, so no excuses or apologies necessary. I agree with the others, I think Reach would be great for you, on many levels.


              Caroline F.Caroline F.Kenzai Member
              over 1 year ago

              I know you feel like this program didn’t go smoothly but you kicked ass on the diet (wish I could get that bit as right!) and fitted in your workouts whenever and wherever you could. Given everything you have been juggling you should give yourself props for that!

              For core strength and pelvic floor rehabilitation, it’s not a Kenzai program, but I would totally advocate for pilates (I’m obviously biased!) if you have access to a class or an instructor where you are. I genuinely believe in its incredible ability to lengthen and strengthen your body and that it is complementary to almost any other type of exercise for any type of body! Just please find a teacher who knows what they are doing - so important to look after yourself post partum!


                Scott H.Scott H.Kenzai Iron | Day 41 (Member)
                over 1 year ago

                Priority #1 - kiddos. Priority #2 - Jenny. Other priorities...see #1 and #2 above. Balancing all you do (what all/most Mums do) has always been a mystery to me, meaning, how you women do it all is amazing to witness. So congratulations to you -- I can see however where K-Run would have an added challenge. Going forward for a month or two I agree...a few K'Life workouts, a Run or two when possible and maybe some Reach in the morning (early morning) or a quick 8MA...we can all find 8 minutes. Oh, and don't forget to hang out with the Kommunity...the secret sauce


                  Watson J.Watson J.Kenzai Sculpt | Day 6 (Member)
                  over 1 year ago

                  80% = Solid work
                  You go girl
                  cheering from NC


                    Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Member
                    Trainerover 1 year ago

                    My vote is on Chisel or Reach! But that's only if being on a program feels delightful, not another chore in what I imagine is a long list of To-do's. Otherwise, you got the knows and plan on the Life maintenance workouts. Big ups and mad props to you J-star!


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