Jim Matt

Jim Matt

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Graduation post 

  • Jul 3rd, 2017 at 6:08AM

OK team Serpens, here it is. This was a hell of a way to end the Kenzai program, on an active vacation, but all is well that ends well, right?

Kim said it, it is an emotional time. We have had such structure and accountability in our life (lives) for the past 3 months, and there can be fear about the obvious question, "what is next?"

But we also have the skills to be healthy, happy, and carry on. I came into Kenzai fairly fit (having run some stair races and such) but quite doughy, unfocused, undisciplined, and without a clear vision or intention. For me, the physical part of the program was (relatively) easy, but the mental part was as scary as being locked up in a haunted house!

Kenzai offered those missing elements: accountability, structure, and focus/intention. Trying to keep up with the other teammates (Dermot and Minami especially). Trying to stay positive through the valley. They say that you cannot see the light until you see the darkness, and that is certainly true on this program. There were some rough, cranky days that were challenging beyond words. But also, my lovely wife Aimee (working up with me in the shadows) was also my strongest supporter. She did the prep work, helped prep vegetables for the week and offered me a backrub when my gas tank was near empty. I like to think I did the same for her as well.

At the end of the day, she dropped 11 pounds, but won't let me share her photo. Trust me, she looks great. Me, I dropped 20 pounds now down to a svelte 167 pounds on my 5'10" frame. Picture to follow tomorrow. Most importantly, it is about how we feel more so than the numbers! (Just look at the smiles on Dermot, Kim and Minami's faces and that tells the whole story!)

I'm planning to keep the Kenzai lifestyle going in some way, shape or form. We have some traveling to do later this month and this summer (Philippines, back to Washington, Colorado), but I foresee Kenzai Kettlebells early fall and KB2 this upcoming winter.

On that note, good job everyone and don't be a stranger!

 
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5 comments

Sara PittmanSara PittmanKenzai Member
Assistant Trainerabout 2 years ago

Congratulations Jim ! It's been an epic journey and you've had a great team beside you training hard.
We always say a Kenzai couple will get great results and it sounds like your lovely wife made some of the tough days a little easier.
Thank you for your energy and positivity, I'm delighted to hear you want to continue your journey.
Enjoy the glory and hope to see you up on the blogs soon.


    Dermot M.Dermot M.Kenzai Member
    about 2 years ago

    Well done Jim ... it was a very impressive effort by you - who can forget the picture of your Kenzai fridge and your attitude to the training is beyond reproach. It's been fun doing this at the same time as you and as I am sure I'll be back for KB2 maybe we'll have another crack at it together !! Enjoy a well earned break buddy.


      Matt BerlinMatt BerlinKenzai Marathon | Day 5 (Member)
      Trainerabout 2 years ago

      Team Serpens was filled with all-stars, and Jim, you lead by example from the front the whole way! Your positive energy was infectious. You took the physical challenge head on, and trusted in the program to make some incredible physical changes for yourself. Big time congratulations!!!

      Thank for training with us and adding so much to this team. I know we'll see more of you in the community when you're up for crushing another training session. Until then, go celebrate with your wife, and enjoy that training break you deserve. Congrats!!!!


        Kim D.Kim D.Alumni
        about 2 years ago

        Awesome job Jim! You deserve this time off after all that hard work! Thanks for being such an inspiration!


          Patrick ReynoldsPatrick ReynoldsKenzai Member
          Founderabout 2 years ago

          Excellent work Jim, doesn't it feel great to be living in a body that's lean, strong, and buzzing with vitality? We know there are a lot of dark days in the process of transformation but it's always worth it. Keep putting your health and wellness first and you'll see the positive impacts in all the other areas of your life. Thanks for all your hard work and being a great part of the team. Congratulations and a big COMPLETE for you!


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