Jess Swarbreck

Jess Swarbreck

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KB3 and a year of Kenzai challenges!  

  • Jul 17th, 2016 at 11:08PM

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Another epic challenge from Kenzai which has once again brought the highs, the lows, and the unexpected to a 90 day 'journey'.

Its amazing how much happens in 3 months. Once again I find myself in a very different place to when I started. I knew I was in for a big challenge, both with Kenzai and in my personal life 3 months ago. I was perhaps the most nervous I've ever been about getting through it all. College work, professional qualifications and exams and a new job.

I knew KB3 was the thing to keep me on an even keel but perhaps one thing I hadn't factored in was needing to balance all this with things at home which are all pretty new still. Having moved a long way from London, making new friends and keeping things sweet with loverboy at times have stolen the limelight from Kenzai. At first, I found this very difficult (see blog 'downturn') but since then I've managed to balance things out a little more.

Last Saturday marked the final hurdle with my college finals which I'm pleased to say I got through. Needless to say the final three days of my holiday were the most enjoyable days I've had in some time! (See photo!)

Of course, the result of not being completely strict with myself in these final few weeks is that I'm not at my leanest. I'm ok with that, even if its not what i intended at the start. I always find, after several weeks of hard training, that I become much happier in myself and the need to push things to extremes dissipates. I'll never find it too much of a struggle to work out or eat right but I do always struggle with body image when I'm being lazy about training! I've realised during KB3 that self acceptance is easier the more I train, and the more I watch others train. Not rocket science, is it!?

As I talk about often, my key motivator for fitness and healthy eating has always been mental health and sharpness. I'm just so much better when I'm focused with training in this way and I'm grateful to Kenzai programs for over a year of being on consistently good form. I've got a lot done in a year!

A lot further back on my blog I've talked a bit about my struggles with ADHD over the years and I was quietly celebrating last month which marked a year of being completely medication free. Again, I have Kenzai to thank because, the day Thomas took me on as an assistant trainer was the day I finally took the courage to let go of a crutch that I'd relied on for so many years. Aside from a little bit of weight gain, the rewards of this have been really positive and I'm happier about my health than I've ever been.

I've loved KB3, thank you to each of you in the team for your encouragement along the way, and I'm sorry I've not been as present in the later stages as you've been for me. Thank you also Thomas and Patrick for your support.

Here's to the next challenge :)

 
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20 comments

Angela WorthingtonAngela WorthingtonKenzai Member
Assistant Trainerabout 3 years ago

Love this blog Jess, so honest. Thank you for that and congratulations on completing KB3, great job!


    Robin K.Robin K.Kenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Day 1 (Member)
    about 3 years ago

    What a beautiful insightful blog - been a pleasure to train with you on KB3. You're looking and sounding fantastic - true balance achieved I think.


      Andy D.Andy D.Kenzai Blast: T-shirt Ready | Day 1 (Member)
      about 3 years ago

      It's been great training with you - congrats with all your results.


        Sameer D.Sameer D.Kenzai Chisel | Day 15 (Member)
        about 3 years ago

        Honor to have you in the team and train alongside Jess. Congrats on the job well done.


          Sara PittmanSara PittmanKenzai Member
          Assistant Trainerabout 3 years ago

          Don't you look gorgeous ! Congrats and I didn't know about the ADHD - how amazing and empowering to achieve such a powerful result and complete such a personal and positive journey. X


            Helen L.Helen L.Kenzai Sculpt | Day 15 (Member)
            about 3 years ago

            Huge congratulations and thanks for sharing your journey.


              Thomas DoyleThomas DoyleKenzai Member
              Head Trainerabout 3 years ago

              You're the best! Positive, honest, caring and hard working!
              Great job with KB3 and we're lucky to have you on Team Kenzai!
              Thanks Jess!
              COMPLETE!!!


                Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Kettlebell | Day 15 (Member)
                about 3 years ago

                Congratulations Jess. Achieving all that you have would have required a lot of self-organization. I admire you for going meds free, as I watch my 25-year-old son with ADHD figure out when he needs meds and when he doesn't. It is a challenge. Great results for all your efforts!


                  Paul H.Paul H.Kenzai Chisel | Day 15 (Member)
                  about 3 years ago

                  Cool blog Jess , well done mate


                    Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Marathon | Day 2 (Member)
                    Trainerabout 3 years ago

                    Congrats Jess!! Great blog, and even greater photo of those smiles.


                      Barbara D.Barbara D.Kenzai Member
                      about 3 years ago

                      These are an inspiring words, Jess. I've known that you're able to keep a lot of balls moving. It doesn't surprise me that you take on these challenges. That you do it with such ability shows what you are capable of, and how well you know yourself. Congratulations on all accomplishments!


                        Karen L.Karen L.Kenzai Member
                        about 3 years ago

                        Jess I like what you said in that fitness brings on mental health and sharpness. Yes. It just rounds everything up and no it's not rocket science but we need reminding sometimes. You sound happy! Next challenge here we come...thanks Jess it's been good to have you as part of the team. Your connects are always very supportive.


                          Angela S.Angela S.Kenzai Member
                          about 3 years ago

                          You look beautiful, congrats on everything :)


                            Stew F.Stew F.Kenzai Member
                            about 3 years ago

                            lovely blog Jess, your head sounds so balanced . go get em!!!


                              Scott BurnsScott BurnsKenzai Iron | Day 78 (Member)
                              Trainerabout 3 years ago

                              Dude - BLOG! Looking great and so happy in that photo mate! It has been great training with you and a HUGE congrats on completing KB3. I am sure old "loverboy" is very proud of you.


                                David R.David R.Kenzai Chisel | Day 15 (Member)
                                about 3 years ago

                                Lovely note keep enjoying life and it's balances and swings


                                  Shaun S.Shaun S.Kenzai Kettlebell | Day 15 (Member)
                                  about 3 years ago

                                  You are looking really happy in that pic.

                                  Considering all you have had to cope with over the past 3 months I would call your KB3 experience a great success!

                                  Good luck in your future endeavours.


                                    Nate Belle IsleNate Belle IsleKenzai Kettlebell 2 | Day 22 (Member)
                                    Trainerabout 3 years ago

                                    Congrats Jess! What an awesome final post! :)


                                      Kate P.Kate P.Alumni
                                      about 3 years ago

                                      SO SOOOOOOO proud of you jessicat


                                        Patricia S.Patricia S.Alumni
                                        almost 3 years ago

                                        JESS Jess.....It was SO lovely to see you looking the way you are, happy mentally and physically and I know how hard it was to have to face an exam in the middle of all the fun - but, hey you did it in every sense of the word....success on ALL fronts.....bravo ma belle ! Waiting to see what is next.


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