I am thrilled GRADUATION POST
I am sorry for the late posting (as usual), but I was traveling back from Amsterdam to HK over the last 24 hours. When I get home to Shanghai tomorrow night, I will have been on the road for over 3 weeks and am pleased that I was able to keep up with the program from Burma, Koh Samui, Bangkok, HK, London, NY, Miami, Boca Grande FL , NY again and Amsterdam. I suspect it will be a stretch I will always remember. As you know, I travel extensively, but this period at the end of the program was a challenge - AND I made it.
I am thrilled with my Kenzai experience. It has exceeded my expectations and I enjoyed the regimen and daily objectives. It was wonderful to do the program with my wife ( May Lee) and share the experience - it has been many years since we shared an experience like this. Meals will never be the same again, and for the better, despite the fact that we ate well before Kenzai. I also suspect Kenzai will forever be ingrained into the consciousness of our 10 year old daughter. having lived through the exercises and meals.
I lost 25 pounds, which I did not anticipate, and have shocked most friends and colleagues that have seen me over the last two weeks. I need a whole new wardrobe. I am swimming in my suits.
While I am pleased with the weight loss and feel and look better, it is the life lessons that I learned that I value most. I now have an appreciation of how to live a healthier and more fulfilling life by integrating exercise into my daily regime and eating a balanced and right-sized diet.
I only hope I can stay true to these learnings and continue to live a healthy life style. May today be the first day of the rest of my life - a new chapter that I will look back and be grateful for Kenzai. Perhaps a little less travel might he good too!
I also want to thank Kim and Scott for their guidance and my group mates for their support. You all made the program more rewarding and doable by sharing the experience, the highs and lows and most importantly your camaraderie. Congrats to all and I hope we get to meet in person along the way.
Felt like I just slogged through it and did not really get the full effect. Perhaps it was the day after being sick.
I do feel I am having that last 2 week experience that I have heard other Kenzai grads speak of!
I ate something on Monday that made me sick. I did not realise how weak I was until I worked out yesterday morning in HK. It was my hardest workout of the campaign! I still have not recovered. I am now in London and having a proper breakfast (Kenzia compliant) after not eating yesterday before I work out today.
I have been on vacation for a week -Burma, Koh Samui and Bangkok - and I have been able to keep up with the exercise, but I found keeping true to the diet harder, given I have been eating in restaurants. I did ok, but I suspect I may have put some weight back on. I am heading back to HK for 2 days of normal routine before heading to London, Miami, NY and Amsterdam through the end of the program. It will be a wild, jet lagged finish! I hope to do right by me and the program.
It has been another week of travel. SH on Monday, HK on Tuesday, Delhi and Chenai on Wed, travel on Thurs back to SH and then travel from SH to Burma on Friday. We are in Yangon and Pagan for the long holiday weekend with friends from NYC and then off to Koh Samui on Tuesday for a rendezvous with family for a few days. I have been able to keep up with the exercise and eating, although it is hard to keep up with the hard boiled eggs! I am on the road until the end of the program and am worried about doing the end justice, but we will see. I am beginning to worry about life without Kenzai. It has been a fulfilling experience and I hope I can maintain the discipline after the 90 days. I hope everyone has a good week.
Kept to the program this week and today I had numerous people notice that I have lost significant weight. Odd that only today that people noticed. It was a nice affirmation of the effectiveness of the program. Here is to the final three weeks!
I had a travel filled week (Tokyo on Monday, SH on Tuesday, HK and HZ on Wednesday and SH on Thurs and Friday and client breakfasts, lunches and dinners most of the week). I had a hard enough time keeping up with my exercise let alone blogging. I must admit that I am finding the workouts harder and more tiring and I am hungry more often too. The workouts also take more time and require more careful planning of the day. And I still suck at jump roping! I hope everyone has a Kenzai compliant and restful weekend.
It is 70 degrees and sunny. I worked out with the French doors open to the garden and glorious sunshine. I continue to enjoy the diet, but find the exercise more tiring and requiring more time. Some of the new exercises are also hard and I struggle to do them.
I also am not inclined to take advantage of my allowed indulgence. I am not feeling the need or have the desire.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend.
I apologize for being out of touch. I kept up with my workouts, but between a crazy week at work after vacation and no wifi at home (we moved houses in SH) before we left for CNY vacation, I have not had time to blog. I am proud to have made it thru day 45; however, I am finding the workouts harder and I am less enthusiastic about doing them. I am particularly bummed about my continued struggles with jumping. That VSit exercise yesterday was impossible. I guess it is something to aspire to! Overall, I am more frustrated with the exercise than the eating, which feels healthy, despite my being hungry every once in a while. Here is to the next 45 days and may we all make it in one form or another.
To make sure I did not miss my workout today, I worked out twice yesterday. I finished my second workout about midnight in the dark next to the rained on poolside. Not ideal, but the only way to stay on course. Since I am flying on China Eastern from Honolulu to Shanghai, I will not have to worry about falling off the dietary bandwagon given the food is so horrible on China Eastern. I blog again from Asia. Aloha!
Kenzai informed me I had not blogged in 7 days. Sorry to everyone. I have been vacationing on Kauai, doing my workouts and eating my Kenzai compliant meals, but have spaced on blogging. It has been a nice 10 days here and tomorrow I head back to Asia to everyday reality! It has been great to exercise outdoors in the sun and breeze - it beats the gym or hotel room! I wish everyone a healthy and prosperous Chinese New Year.
I arrived on Kauai on Monday night with my family from NYC. We are still recovering from jet lag. As my wife likes to say, Hawaii is perfect for Kenzai and perhaps one of the more Kenzai compliant locales! You can exercise outdoors - I have worked out on the pool deck looking out over a deep ravine the last two mornings. And you can eat lots of fresh fish and organic produce.
That metronome exercise is a challenge. I do not think I did it right (I let my legs fall too far to the ground and strained my stomach muscles) and paid the price. There is much room for improvement!
I hope everyone I having a happy Chinese New Year.
I am here this weekend to celebrate my parents' 80th birthday and then on to Hawaii for Chinese New Year. Despite the travel and time zone changes, I am doing my best to keep up with the exercise regime and eating (I do a lot of guessing and making best of what is available). I finally jump roped today after a few days off to give my right shin a rest and it was ok. It was probably better than my skipping form!
Today was the first time this week that i have worked out other than bw 11 pm and 1 am. It was far more reasonable and pleasant. Lot of travel, client dinners and long days this week. I also did a lot of food quantity guessing, but it seemed to work well - it was helpful to explain to my dinner colleagues that i am doing the Kenzai program, which made it easier to not drink or eat most of the courses.