Jess Swarbreck

Jess Swarbreck

Kenzai Member

Oo lala 7 days no blog. Time is flying!
Things are just about ticking along. 'Rest' week with full body integration work outs felt long overdue last week- I think that Kenzai along with some pretty intense ski days over the past few weeks required some real rest days which I hadn't been allowing myself. Anyway, last week I definitely did allow myself a rest! Feeling much stronger for it this week although after my indulgence (which lasted all weekend) it's been tough getting back into it all this week.
Good thing is that we're dog sitting this week so she motivates me to get outside early and go for a run. She makes me run faster too :)

Phone is out of storage space so couldn't get a decent lunge spot in view of my computer camera...settled for a squat this week.

Busier than ever at the moment so not being the best team mate. Looking forward to catching up with you all this week.

Peace X


Question of the week- what mottos do you live by?
It was a toss up between two extremes...well I guess that sums a lot of us up here at Kenzai right!?
One thing I'm often told is 'slow down'. Simple but sobering. Necessary often but rarely actually invoked. Feels good to slow down, particularly if you're prone to rushing like me.
The other, I actually had framed a few years ago. Its like YOLO but ruder. See picture. It always calms my fear of failing if occasionally gets me into trouble :)


I attempted a pull up yesterday and didn't even come close to moving in an upwards direction. I managed a few more negatives than the last back work out but they really hurt. Not in a good, that's my muscles working way- more of a grindy I'm not doing this right kind of way!
Beginning to wish I'd considered my abilities before committing to this challenge of 5 pull ups. Why do I even want to do this!? Party trick!? Anyway commit to it I have.
In the lat pull down machine I can just about manage 45kgs for around 5 reps which means I either need to lose 20kg or get 20kg stronger. Ahem.

Pull ups. Day 44

Managed to do the negatives today but less and less each set. 5,3,2,1 I think. Great way to train if you can't manage the full pull up. I've been using a bar to do assisted pull ups but I think the negatives are better training. We'll see...
New little goal for day 90: 5 full pull ups (no assistance).


It was bens bday on Wednesday and I threw a surprise party for him. It was great although I did have a few drinks. Felt really dehydrated and awful the next day and missed my first work out. Gutted and have been beating myself up about it for two days. As a trainer I know I need to just move on and not be too perfectionist about it but I have to say this experience has humbled me. Having been on such a massive high with training, it was a shock to wake up on Thursday morning feeling so monumentally shit and then a little depressed about it all this morning. Oh how the mighty have fallen!

One positive is that I have blown off a lot of steam, I feel 'levelled out' again, if a little bit jaded after a not-so-great work out today. I know this will change and I'll be feeling good again after a few days. It feels good to blog it out! Have a terrific weekend everyone πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ

Honkers running

Beautiful shots of HK


So who else is on apple, egg white and yoghurt for dinner?
I have had many many an evening feeling underwhelmed on this meal BUT i have discovered something rather wonderful. Cinnamon stewed apple with yoghurt and vanilla.

Here's another recipe to try:

1. Peel and chop 2 or 3 cooking apples and put into a pan with the juice of an orange and 1-2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.

2. Cook until Apple is soft.

3. Mix 1 apples worth of cooked Apple mixture into your yoghurt portion along with a few drops of vanilla extract.

You're welcome ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy 🍏

Checking in

Hi Team, very busy week so haven't had time to comment on blogs but will catch up with everyone soon. Things are ticking along fine. Looking forward to making some breakthroughs next week. Happy Sunday everyone X

Chilli con funghi

I don't know if I've invented this, I doubt it but I will take credit for making it up as I went along and friggin nailing this recipe. It worked perfectly with boiled egg whites for dinner tonight. Tastes better if all ingredients are organic.

1 punnet mushrooms
1 red onion
2 sweet potatoes
1 tiny bit of butter
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tin tomatoes (400g)
1-2 cups beef stock

1. Saute the vegetables in the butter over medium heat for a few minutes.
2. Add the spices and saute for a few more minutes, stirring.
3. Add the tomatoes and stock and stir.
4. Leave to cook for an hour or so until the spices no longer burn your throat in a bad way.
5. Serve with coriander or parsley.

Seriously yum!

Roll on week 5

So, after my 'enjoying week 4' post things started going down hill a bit.
I've kep up with the work outs 100% but it's all felt a bit half arsed. I've also felt hungrier and craves. Hormonal I imagine.
Last night i made stewed apple with some crumble topping for Ben but if I'm honest so I could pick at it too! So had a few mouthfuls of sugar filled crumble last night which is my first diet slip. Nothing major and have just had a great work out. I'm glad we're back into strength training!
Happy week 5 and good Kenzai y'all :)

Question of the week

What makes me loose track of time?
-Sport when its fun and I'm playing well.
-Playing the piano when I'm learning a new song and its going well.
-Photoshop. This was the first thing I thought of actually. When I worked in animation I once spent a ridiculous amount of time adjusting one background shot but completely lost track of time. Thats the picture attached to this blog.
It ended up in the film Astroboy in 2008 which was a very sweet film if a little bit of a flop at the box office!


Might have overdone it, I had 3 of these! (there were 4 in the box so could have been worse). As you can see, Ben had the number 4.
Happy indulgence day 1 and all πŸ”πŸŸπŸ§€πŸ¨πŸ°πŸ­πŸ¦πŸ·πŸΈπŸ•πŸΎπŸΊ

Enjoying week 4

I love these full body integration work outs. I'm feeling stronger than week 1 for sure. Have discovered that it's the tyre runs that make my calves really sore. Didn't need an ice bath this time though!
Really enjoy the circle runs-they're good for lacrosse training too as there's a lot of running backwards and sideways.
I'm pushing it quite hard cardio-wise so it doesn't feel like a downshift week. I swapped the speed skipping for stair sprints this evening and was on the floor by the end. Felt so good though.
An opportunity's just come up and I might do a triathlon this weekend. πŸ™„

Photo is of my sparkling water in the sun at the pub yesterday. Amazing how quickly my desire to drink has dissipated.

Struggling this evening

I want pasta and chocolate and wine. When's indulgence day?
Going for a bath


Like most blogs I've read so far on this, for me injury free would be the priority. I've been prone to shin splints since I was about 12 and started getting serious about sport. I've never run huge distances but for some reason my shins just get angry easily. Its always been the thing that stops me taking training as far as I'd like to. Over the past few years I've started getting more into cycling and swimming so thats the silver lining.

I'd love longer legs too, so I could run faster, and also look great in shorts but hey, I'm small and cute and thats fine by me. As I've read on a few other blogs- my limbs work and I'm fit and able. Why change anyfink?

PS. Thanks for the shout out Thomas! Made my Monday :)

Jan 8th, 2018





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