John M.

John M.

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Firstly, thank you Ward for looking after us so well and for your unfailing encouragement. Thank you Metropolitan colleagues for your insights and helping to maintain momentum. Thanks to my wife for being such a star on the food front.

I have really really enjoyed the physical and mental challenge. Re the diet I feel I have done really well apart from too many beers , which is a weakness I need to tackle. This is my third Kenzai and I know the Kenzai way to eat will be with me for as long as I am around. Now second nature. On the exercise front, nailed 100% plus plus. Kenzai talks about the importance of "social interaction" - this is in the forefront of my mind. I avoid "parties" whenever I can - don't want to be there. Not good and needs rectifying now. Thank you Kenzai for so many pointers in the right direction.

Very best wishes to all and thanks again for your company.


Really enjoyed today's Lesson. A reminder of just how fortunate we are to be be doing what we are doing. Millions and millions of people worse off than us. Happiness, Happiness - the greatest gift that I have possessed.

I still hate The Plank.


Today's Lesson

Today's Lesson hits the bulls eye. I am 69 and never been happier.


Good week

Nothing too exciting to share this week (as usual!). Feel good - good week overall. Missed Tuesday's workout as trimming hedges this week and preparing the garden for spring and on that day had nothing left in the tank for the workout. I know I am repeating myself, I do get a lot from the feel good factor of knowing the plan we are on is packed with all round benefit. What's not to like.

Glorious walk this morning. Out just after 7.00. Sun was like a ball of fire. Clear blue sky. Very cold. Don't think I have ever seen an oystercatcher before but I did this morning atop a barge on the canal. Didn't know what it was until I got home and looked in the book. A joy to be out there pretty much on my own on a cold Sunday morning.

Best wishes to all for the Final Countdown.


Week 6 Done

All good with week 6. Workouts going well, even doing extra to achieve more burn. Diet good, my wife doing a real top job on that front, but have to admit to a beer or two when I shouldn't. Really enjoying the challenge and the journey. I feel good.

Terrific Lesson this morning. From where I started in life I feel exactly as Hedda Bolgar. "I go around in a chronic feeling of gratitude, I don't know to whom but I feel grateful for the life I have had and am having now".

Referring again to the Lesson, where I am falling short is social engagement - need to sort.

Very best wishes to all for Week 7.


Travel Mode

Sorry been so quiet, been on the move, back home Tuesday. Thinking of Melody and the warmth of California. We have left the very cold of Manchester for just the cold of Barca. Despite the travel, excercises just fine. Never really thought just how handy, versatile, easy resistance bands are when travelling. Diet not been great and I can feel it. Feel sloppy, not as sharp as I have been. Probably as much mental as physical.

I have to say that overall I feel real good. Just don't feel like I am “an old man”. Been knocking in 20,000 steps a day, no problem. That’s Kenzai for you.

Thanks for all the updates. Really enjoy them. Best wishes for week 6.


Week 4 Done

All going well, enjoying the challenge. Enjoying reading all the updates. Really encouraging to see all sticking with the programme and seemingly improvement reported all round.

Got a busy week of travel ahead meaning extra care needed on the diet front. Excuse me please if I am a bit quiet over the week. A big plus with our programme is that on the exercise front all we need to pack is a resistance band. Lot of travel Monday so did Monday workout today saving the rest day until I need it!

I continue to get as much (maybe more) out of the mental side of kenzai as I do the physical side. The feel good factor knowing I am doing the "right thing" and not letting my life slip away without giving my body and mind the chance to keep in some sort of decent shape.


Extra Burn

Week four going well. Enjoying the challenge. Coincidence today's lesson is re stretching. My aim since and over last weekend has been to do that little extra to achieve more of a Burn with the resistance band than I was feeling and also to put that bit more into the stretching. Actually feels good and there is a sense of wellbeing from pushing myself just that little bit more.

Interesting I have lost no weight since we started. I don't really need to (except for tummy!!) but given the exercise I thought I might have done. I guess we are eating a lot. I feel good.


Progress

Week 3 almost done. All good with workouts and diet. However, still finding too many excuses for a beer or a glass of wine. I know - all down to me.

However. Don't know if it right to share this with you but here goes. Went for my routine health check up yesterday. Every two years. A new thing this year was a metabolic age assessment. Not so sure I know what it meant before the test and still not too sure. However I will take it. Said my metabolic age is 54. I am 70 next July. Reason I am saying this is that since starting Kenzai ten months ago I have felt so much better all round mentally and physically that this must be big factor.

Best wishes to you all for week 4.


Hi everybody. Saturday done and all good. Felt a few aching joints after week 1 but pleased to say they have gone away. For some reason I cringe when I see the PLANK on the menu for the day. Hate it. Today I had the choice to take it or leave it. And I took it. Trying to work out why.

Good to read your blogs and the progress all making. Will try to be better in commenting in future. Just not a good chatter - always been the case.

I have not been completely abstemious on the alcohol front but much better. Limiting myself to a little at the weekend. However, likely to be naughty today. 45 years married today. They said it wouldn't last.

Very best wishes for Week 3.


Week One Done

Feeling good. Looking forward to the challenge - ready for it. Best wishes to all.


Hi Team, Hi Ward. My name is John Murphy. I am 69 years young - never grown up. A Chartered Accountant by profession, retired nine years ago. These "retired" years have been the best years of my life by far. I am married with three "children". We live in the North West of England in the village of Lymm in Cheshire which is 15 miles south of Manchester.

Much of our time is taken up with family. One son and family live in London. One son and family in Dubai. A daughter and family in Hong Kong. We travel a lot. Recently back from Hong Kong where everybody seems to do Kenzai and which is where I first became involved in Kenzai .

My interests are around family, home, garden, hiking and reading. I don't have a lot of friends - not good with people. I love sport particularly football (lifelong Manchester United supporter) and rugby.

Kenzai has been a part of my life now for around 9 months. Started with Silver, then Body 1 now Silver again. I found Body 1 tough. As you can see, I am a big fan of Kenzai. It works good style for me. I enjoy the discipline, the routine suits me well. I feel better mentally and physically from Kenzai. I am the weight I want to be and I want to keep the whole package going. My challenge is cutting back on alcohol. I am very much into eating the Kenzai way (my wife looks after that brilliantly) and I tackle the workouts as early as I can each day - feel good factor. The feel good factor in knowing that what we are doing has to be right plays a big part for me. Got to sort the beer and wine.

Very best wishes to everybody and the best of luck. Looking forward to meeting you all.


Day One Done

Feeling good. Looking forward to the challenge and to meeting meeting the Team. Not my first Kenzai - I know it works.


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Scott, Lindsay. Thank you so much for your terrific support. You have been great. Also thanks to the rest of the team - keeping in touch has been such an important part of the journey. I have found the workouts tough esp later on in the programme - certainly more stretching than Silver (as I guess it should be) - and the blogs have been both interesting and supportive, an integral part of the experience.

Really enjoyed the 90 days. I will be back in January with Silver. A big Kenzai fan. The diet and exercise regime are now very much part of my daily routine. Mentally and physically I feel so much better/stronger than I did a year ago.

Thanks again and very best wishes to everybody. John.


Kenzai Countdown

Greetings from a lovely morning in Dubai. Visiting son and family. Early swim, now to the roof terrace for some skipping. Grand Prix this afternoon. I am a very, very lucky guy.

Best wishes to all for the last few days. Been a great journey for me but more importantly, I hope it has been a great journey (if not that easy a journey) for you all.


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