Jessica R.

Jessica R.

Kenzai Body | Day 76 (Member)
Kenzai Body
Day 76
Program progress:

I usualy jump in the gym using a crossfit boxers rope (thin, light and fast). I choose the gym because the floor is soft and forgiving whereas my back garden only has a small patch of gravel and its infuriating to jump on as you keep hitting the wall and smashing up the floor (and the rope). Today was the first day in weeks that I did the jumprope at home with a thicker rope (because the crossfit rope pretty much breaks immediately) and it was sooooo much harder! I was covered in sweat and desperate for each 6 minutes to end. I had to stop a few times and was gritting my teeth throughout. This is compared to an enjoyable 18 mins of skipping in the gym when I dont sweat and hardly get out of breath. HAve I been cheating?

Tuesday musing

Not loving this weeks pic. I’m also back to my start weight and feel like I am not fitting clothes as well. Sad face. I guess being a bit more relaxed about diet on holidays has meant I’ve regressed back to my start figure.

However, I always said I’m doing this more for the strength and building that so leaning up would be a nice bonus but isn’t the be all and end all. I definitely feel stronger. Smashed Monday’s workout! I like the longer focus on less muscle groups.

Hope the rest of you guys are going well! Sending strong vibes to you all!


Last night my husband and I went out for dinner child free! My parents baby-sat! We are on holiday in Cornwall and so it made sense for this to be a meal we really enjoyed together.

This week has been hard so far both in terms of diet and exercise. It is cold, really windy with hailtorms here. We are staying on a steep hill with no outdoor space, so I need to walk to a playground on top of the hill for my workouts and find a small patch to skip in. The wind and rain has made it really hard.

As for the diet, it is tough! We eat out most lunch and dinners and so I have been trying to order as plain food as I can but obviously cannot weigh it. I think I have done well so far under the circumstances though.

Last nights indulgence was fantastic (at the time) and I have a few observations to make:

We ate a three course meal and had bubbles and wine. No holding back!
My meal choice rather dissapointed me at first because I opted for oysters and bread to start, followed by sea bream with rice and an asian salad....not that different from Kenzai! But when it arrived, I was happy with my choice. It was delicious and tangy, salty, sweet all at the same time. I felt like it was a flavour explosion! I def really noticed the salt too!

The champagne and wine tasted amazing too.

Dessert was sticky rice with pineapple and mango and coconut cream. Delicious!!!

I went to bed feeling very happy and my tummy felt happy too....not its usual bloated feeling I get with so many veg and fruit!


I woke loads throughout the night with a pounding heart , pounding head and dry mouth.
I now have a cold (probs not related) but that didnt help with sleep. constant sneezing and runny nose!

This morning I feel really hungover, parched and also strangely starving?? I have taken painkillers to get through the morning. I also am really tired from such a disrupted night. Charlie also decided to start his day at 0530!

So, was it worth it? I would say YES because it was so enjoyable and much needed time with my husband. But I have really noticed the effects and it is something I want to do on occasion and not all the time. I am looking forward to eating clean again today. Not sure when I will manage the workout as skipping would be awful on my head right now!

How were everyone else's indulgences?


.... and it also could have been better!

This weekend has been tough.

We’ve had friends staying and I cooked a delicious three course meal

It is Mother’s Day today

It’s the first weekend my husband is on leave

I attempted negative pull-ups at the gym for the first time and collapsed after the first attempt and now my traps are in AGONY. I have serious aches today!!

As a result of the above, I have....

Indulged in cheesecake even though I tried so so hard not to!

Skipped the skips today because I feel completely exhausted and my body aches so much. I tried the skips but I literally couldn’t keep them up. I kept tripping after the first 50 skips! I usually can easily skip for 3 minutes without tripping. What’s happened to me!?

So not the best. But I did have some wins:

I didn’t have one single bit of alcohol

I only had a tiny slice of the cheesecake (it could have been much more)

Anyhoo, onwards to tomorrow as I always say! We are off on hols tomorrow so more challenges are coming. I DO have a planned indulgence coming up.... dinner out with my husband while we are on holiday. We are getting a babysitter too!

Day 50

Wow today felt waaay harder in terms of the workout. I gritted my teeth through all the skipping and my legs were jelly afterwards! I worked out in my husbands work gym and it was so much better than at home. The ground was more forgiving for skips and the atmosphere more motivating. Lots of huge Marines cuttings about made it rather intimidating!

Diet was good today. I need that pre workout banana

Skipping in the wind....! We have had storm Gareth (haha....funny name for a storm) blowing a gale in the UK and my skipping has suffered. So much more tripping! Apart from that a good workout today. Otter kicks are still ouch but I know they are doing good! I ate my brekkie early with Charlie this morning and it worked better as I didnt cheat in the morning. I am off to stay with my parents now until sunday and the extra pairs of hands will help me do my workouts and cook etc. I am going to do the monday workout on sunday as I will be alone again next week and Charlie won't be in nursery so I am planning ahead and pre-empting a busy few days.

Lunch is gonna be crap today since I have no food left as I am going peppers and toast with salmon! Dont think I will get to my veggie quota either. I am eating it early as I need to be on the road at 1230 so I am worried I will be hungry this afternoon/evening. I must not cheat! I will eat more veggies if I get too hungry.

Hope I have packed everything! Packing for an 11 month old is so crazy. It looks like I am going away for a year, not 4 days!

Oh and my photo this week makes me look like I have gained body fat. I look bigger than in week 1. I dont have my week one measurements so cannot say for sure whether this is true but it was a bit de-motivating to see! I dont know how the dietitians can see from these pics how much fat we have lost esp cos of the camera angle and the different fitting clothing we wear!

Oops wrong diet

So I use the app almost exclusively and for the past two or three sundays when I look st my new diet, it has said AMAYW carbs for brekkie so I have been going to town! Haha.... actually this is not my diet and I’m on 60g. Eek! When I look at the app; it says Next Diet and when I tap on that, it shows me a diet with lots of AMAYW. So I’m assuming this is a mistake? Anyhoo, I now need to be got the rest of the week to make up for my extra carb intake.

Another issue I’m finding is when to eat brekkie. On Monday to Wednesday I do my workout once I drop Charlie off at nursery about 0830 and I like to eat breakfast after the workout. However there is no way I’m gonna make it till then so o end up eating bites of his food and a banana so I have the energy to do the workout (he gets up about 0530)! Anyway, I need to think of a better solution. Maybe try to eat my breakfast with him before nursery. I do love having brekkie as a reward post workout and without Charlie!

Back is boring

I gotta admit that the back workouts are long! They take a long time and I get a bit bored. However, the sun is shining here today and the birds are singing and I was able to enjoy that as I did my ummpteenth row. The lat swings are satisfying though. Shoulder press kills me. My face looks in pain every rep! haha. Just had my lunch. Ate too little carbs for breakfast so got starving around 1130 so ate a piece of toast (that should have been my second piece of toast at brekkie). Hope that is OK!

Husband has gone away again for 2 weeks so I am a bit worried about fitting everything in on top of having Charlie to run around after and cook for and clean! Hoping I can do it. Good that we have a workout alternative for those days when there is no time!

....Patrick didn’t adopt the Lycra 80s look of the 8 minute abs video!!

I vote you do a spoof on the original! It will make us more likely to do it cos it will make us laugh too. C’mon get in those fleuro pants!

Tuesday....and a cold

Last night I started feeling ill - sore throat, headache etc and then woke in the night (thanks in large part to my 10 month old who was screaming) and felt awful. So today I had to re-read the 'what to do when you get sick' post! I managed my workout this morning and all 950 skips. I dosed up on painkillers and got on with it. I didnt max out on any exercises though. Took it easy. Diet going better this week. Today so far has been very good and Last night I had friends over for dinner. I made a lamb tagine and cous cous with a coffee cake for dessert. I ate kenzai food and didnt touch their meal, as temping as it was.

My PLANNED indulgence will be tomorrow night when I am out to dinner with my good friends who are mums too. We are having a rare evening for us and I will certainly be having a glass of wine to celebrate. We are going to a fish resto, so hopefully I can get fresh fish and veg, although portion size will inevitably be off.

Hope everyone else is well and having a good start to their weeks!

Not perfect but not bad

Today was ok!
Workout was good. Otter kicks hurt in a good way as do tricep dips.
Managed stretches but had to do them at another time in the day. New skipping rope is good.

Diet was not perfect as had breakfast out with a friend and had smashed avo and a poached egg on toast. There was olive oil and salt on it and I obviously didn’t do the weighing.... I had two delicious flat whites. Also I had to have a banana in the morning because I was hungry after getting up at 0530 and doing the workout (I met my friend at 0930). Lunch was ok... lots of leftover protein... salmon and steak and chicken all on one plate (food = fuel and does not = delicious today)....I ate a few bites of babies food cos I was testing the taste before giving it to him (vegan blueberry muffin and lentil wedges)... so that was a bit naughty! Dinner was on point and I had an apple for my fruit snack. No hunger at all today so I def think I ate more than usual.

Tomorrow I’m at a wellness seminar with lunch provided.... I think they serve Buddha bowls so it will be healthy. I will bring carrots as a snack to munch on but will eat the lunch provided but try to make the right choices once I work out what it is. I am going to be late to the seminar and do my workout! Haha... won’t be admitting that is why I arrive late. Not sure it would go down well...

men and women

Reading this lesson, I felt the male issues were relevant to me too. In fact more so than the womens issues.... I don't think these are purely male and female issues distinctly. Worth reading both lists.

Also, how come no one has mentioned farting.....c'mon guys. We allllll know we are doing them! The VEGGIES are the culprit! My poor husband! haha

onwards and upwards

after not a great weekend as far as diet is concerned, I have put that behind me and am back on track today. I heed Patrick's warning regarding eating the leftovers of my babies food and stopped doing that this morning, although the temptation to just have a spoonful of creamy oaty porridge and jut have a mouthful of toast slathered in almond butter, I refrained and stuck to my egg, salad, toast combo.

Have done the strength portion of the workout but not the skips cos my jumprope broke last night! I was only 50 skips into the 800. I went for a 20 minute run instead. I have ordered another from Amazon Prime....thank you Amazon! It arrives today. I have ordered two in fact! backup.

Charlie is at nursery this morning and my family have left. Oh the joy of a quiet house for a bit! LIstening to a fab podcast as I do my exercises - Making Sense with Sam Harris (Stephen Fry episode).....lots to think about regarding mindfulness...

LOVED the lesson

I really needed to read todays lesson. Thank you Kenzai for hitting it home just at the right time.
As you will see from my blogging, I am struggling with perfection at the moment and keep slipping up - having a bite of this here, and a sip of that there that aren't on diet - and I can tell you that these personality types have definitely been rearing their heads these past few days! I see the perfectionist the most clearly. When I did this program 6 years ago, I was PERFECT. I didnt have one moment where I stumbled with the diet or skipped a workout. Every day was achieved 100% to my ability. HOwever, now I am less of a perfectionist. The excuses personality in me would say its becase I have a baby, I need more energy, Im more busy, I dont have the same weight goals etc. But in truth, I am letting the perfectionist personality type in me win and when I do slip up, I think 'I have failed, might as well fail a bit more as I have mucked it up and won't see any change'.

I am going to stop that chain of thought today, NOW! Put behind me the slip-ups and move forward with determination and positivity looking to do the best I can but knowing that if I have to slip or trip, then that is OK too.

What do everyone else think they are most in the list of personalities from today's lesson?

Hi everyone,

Day 9 workout completed and easy cos charlie is at nursery in the morning on tuesdays.

I have been getting quite tired and feeling weak though. Also been getting hungry. Yesterday evening, I was starving by 7pm. Any advice in terms of snack timings? Maybe I am not spreading my food out enough?
Also this morning, I was starving by about 11:30 and so had to eat at 1230 and smashed it down in hunger. Now I am feeling a bit weak and lightheaded. Maybe a result of the workout energy burned? Maybe cos I am breastfeeding? But I know you have given me a diet based on breastfeeding too.... Or maybe cos I am not 100% well yet. Who knows but this didnt happen last time so any advice would be much appreciated!

Also, re the workout: I have issues with my knees and ITB so do you have an alternative to lunges that is less hard on the knees?

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