John M.

John M.

Kenzai Silver | Day 46 (Member)
Kenzai Silver
Day 46
Program progress:
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.


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.

Pleased with Progress

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 Metropolitan

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.


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.

The Kenzai Curse

Travel. Sorry if I am a little quiet over the next week as travelling. Quite confident with the diet but may struggle on a couple of days with the workout given the flight schedule. Very best wishes to everybody for The Final Countdown. Hope you have all felt real good about the programme, as I have. For me such a positive feel good factor. But definitely not easy esp with the recent increase in intensity - whoever invented skipping!! Best wishes.

Where is the time going. A good week on Kenzai - been able to pretty much stick to the workouts and the diet although I admit to two pints at the football last evening. Indulgence!! Very much enjoying the stimulation, but not easy. A more challenging week coming up - yes, it's that dreaded travel once again.

Early on in the year I did Kenzai Silver. Then this. When I started Silver I would not have believed it was possible to have achieved the weight I currently am. In fact if anything I have lost a little too much weight - a bit scrawny and thin in the face and legs. I am certainly not complaining as I am sure things will balance up once I return to a more normal/less intense regime in the run up to Christmas.

Very best wishes to everybody for the last two weeks.

Suggestions Please

Trying to get my head around how I fit a workout into Thursday of next week. Flying Manchester to Dubai. Leave home at 05.30. Fly 08.45. Arrive Dubai 20.00. I know many of you have travelled during the past 10 weeks. I have, but generally managed to fit something into the schedule. Looks like I will struggle that day!

Still very much engaged in and enjoying the challenge. A bit tired though. Feel I will have earned a rest before Christmas - I imagine a feeling shared by one or two more.


Skipping done but no way can I do six minutes without a break. Been more tired this week with the tougher workouts. Feeling good physically and mentally with weight being as low as I want it to be. No more weight loss needed. Tummy definitely flatter - not where I would like it to be however can't expect miracles after decades of relative abuse! This is my second Kenzai this year and the cumulative effect is there for all to see.

Already considering my next Kenzai options for January. Really enjoying the challenge of the journey. Such admiration for you guys fitting this discipline into your so busy lives.

Good luck and best wishes for week 11.


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