Jolene O.

Jolene O.

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Grad post Kenzai 2 

Wow that seriously went by fast!!! That's the thing about the bellz workouts, I find that while they're tough going, it goes by really quick and doesn't feel like an endless slog.
Well, what I learnt the most during this programme is don't be scared to try something new. YOu might find that you absolutely enjoy it. Diet is key as always and I found having some daily accountability is the best way forward.
The downside is that it's aggravated my several old injuries and so now I am reverting back to a period of rest and slow sport like Yoga.
Many thanks to our team mates and trainers and wishing you all the very best on the rest of the journey.


When in China...

So the family went on up to China from Saturday and got back yesterday. One thing I didn’t think about was the internet restrictions up there. A lot of my regular apps didn’t work up there, but luckily I still managed to get the workouts. So was able to get on with that. Omg! Ooouuuccchhhh!
As for the diet, it was very very hard In China since I didn’t dare touch a lot of meat dishes or so focused on the veg and rice and eggs. But I did the best I could. Glad to be back in Hong Kong and get back on track for the last few days of bellz!


your thoughts!

So I read this article the other day and it says that if you stay on a diet for too long it stops working — at least that was the gist of it.
It made me think of my recent journey on Kenzai. I’ve struggled to lose weight in the last few programmes and am starting to wonder if it’s my 1) initial impatience to get results, resulting in more shortfalls. Likely. 2) whether I should change things up a bit with the way I eat.

What are other people’s experiences? Sometimes I reckon I should go back to KB1 and just “start from scratch” again. After so long, we do tend to forget to do the basics don’t we.


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The most insightful thing about doing this exercise is when you think you have had a great week, then you look at your log and realise that actually it's not been such a stellar week. Perception versus reality = a bitch!
This week has been rough for me health wise, and I was totally out on thursday and sunday this week with the worst sore throat and achy body. My doctor thinks I've got strep throat, so while we await my results, they've already started me on a course of antibiotics which is a real bummer.
So diet was quite bad over the weekend, not in so much as eating rubbish as not being able to eat very well. I tried blending my fruit, smoothies, and freezing the fruit, but it stings a lot when I eat it. Then yesterday, I just had no real appetite and was in bed and dragged myself up to have a tuna salad...ie open can of tuna, chucked a bunch of salad in a bowl then eat.... it was gross!
Last night, I had a bowl of pasta for dinner because i just felt i absolutely needed it. So no points there as well!

Enlightening!!! And here I thought I had quite a stellar week! I did play tennis for 1.5 hours on wednesday and friday morning.. maybe that gave me the illusion of a good week.


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This week has been a bit of a rough one... I've had a really bad cold and sore throat and it completely put me out on thursday. Added to that, is a small lower back injury that caused me quite a lot of pain. I think I might have overextended my back during tennis. But I've managed to smash 5 out of 6 workouts so far. It's saturday today.

As for the diet front, I took the time to think about how I eat and I found that I'm 1) a stress eater 2) a bored eater. In other words, I eat when I'm stressed and I eat when I'm bored. Well, since life is generally stressful for a mum with young kids, there's not much I can do about the stress bit (except to try and not think about drinking), but I found a way to deal with the bored bit. Sorting my kids' lego!!!

Every night this week (except for when I was ill in bed on thursday) I've been hard at work sorting my kids' legos and rebuilding some of their larger sets. This has kept me on diet, and I've found the whole experience quite stress busting and meditative. Double win! AS such, it's been ace on the diet front!

I think I'm looking a bit slimmer... hA!


Diet report!
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So this is a photo of my spreadsheet that I've got on my computer and aside from the Kenzai app, I use this to log whether I've had a good diet day or not.

So far this week, I would say that I'm going quite solid. I didn't give myself a mark for thursday because I forgot my scales when we went out for dinner. There was some guesstimation there, so I didn't put down a mark.

Biggest struggles on the diet: Right now, it feels like there's A LOT of food. I came off Bells 1 not long ago and the diet was trim and now I feel like I'm constantly stuffing myself, when maybe I should be on a week 7/8 diet. Feels like I'm yoyo-ing my portions. But I know how it works, and I'll stick to it. I most look forward to when the diet trims back down a bit. (Ironic I know!) I don't look forward to when my morning carbs get dropped though, I have got my homemade sourdough bread down to an art now! So avocado and poached egg on sourdough is the highlight of my day. haha

Other than that, made the rookie mistake of hoping on a weighing scale... hmmmmm bad idea. I shall pretend I didn't see the 1.5kg weight gain since starting the programme. Gulp! I have gained around 7-8kg since I came off KB1 2 years ago, so I'm hoping to at least get back down to a reasonable weight again. So here's to plowing on.


A bit of an all over title but these have been on my mind the last few days. I’ve been studying the windmill move on YouTube and I’m struggling to hip hinge with the kettlebell so after much frustration today I practiced using a 1kg dumbbell. Still struggling with the form, so working on that.

As with every programme, I struggle with taking my dairy intake so lattes and tsaziki have been my default options to make sure I get that in. But if anyone else have any grand ideas to “sneak” in my diary, please share!

Then there’s cooked fruit. It’s allergy season and some fruit are irritating my throat to no end. Might be time to study some cooked fruit options.... micorwaving apples with a dash of cinnamon is one idea I have...

Other than that, all is still going well. I swapped out my Sunday and recovery day workout and did 2 hours of tennis in 30 degrees heat for my cardio. So I called it a day.


Despite my (not so) best efforts, this past weekend has been awful on the diet front. Not enough veggies and a few too many chocolate bites.

So I’m going to do something about it! And wondered if others might want to join in.

A year ago, A few of us Kenzai mates decided to challenge each other on the diet front and we each had to fill out a sheet weekly that included diet as a category we need to tick off daily. So I’m going to do this again for this programme because I need a kick up the butt. I give myself a little check mark if I’m on the dot for the diet for that day. That means no missing grams, no skipping fruit, and definitely no wine and chocolates. Will report back every Sunday on how I’ve done! We got rather good results !!

So anyone want to join me on this additional challenge ?


Kettlebell 2 Intro

So here goes:

I am a mum of two girls, 4 and 6. My life is really hectic, between the kids, running a household, working as a freelance journalist and I love doing sports, with Tennis being a real passion, and I also love my bootcamp sessions. I started Kenzai 2 years ago and had amazing results. In the last year, I've struggled to stick to the diet when I was on programme and know that this is going to be my biggest challenge on this programme too. I don't know why this has suddenly been the case, but I think it's a combo of life, hormones and all that. I struggle with sudden sweet then salty cravings often at night...

As for my favourite programme on Kenzai... I've loved them all, with Iron and Kettlebell being my favourite and the run programmes running a close second. The biggest thing that these programmes have taught me is that I can do it! With a good structured programme and a tight diet, a lot of fitness challenges are achievable. It's also about having a good and right attitude.

What I loved about Bells1 was the short sharp workouts and surprisingly, I had lost quite all my holiday weight by mid programme. Everything felt really achievable. Can't really think of anything negative... but I did have a few incidences when I got to the gym and it took ages for the workout to load up on the app. And that's very frustrating.

In this programme, I really hope to shape up in the 7 weeks shedding some seriously unwanted body fat and mostly cleaning up my diet and getting my head back to a good place.

So here's to Bells2 and I hope everyone enjoys the programme.


Sore!

Was kind of glad to read the lesson yesterday and see that we're tearing up some muscle from the get go. My glutes and my biceps are so sore today, and I wondered if I'm pushing it too hard (Is there such a thing?!?!?!)
Did end up going to see my chiropractor yesterday for the numbness in my right hand and he's asked me to only work at 50% of my current weights for the next 2 weeks. So I'm a bit bummed about it, but today when I did my workout, it's forced me to really pay attention to my form instead. Not a bad thing on this programme.

So far the workouts for me have been good and I really needed this because it's taking some of the movements that I'm familiar with using Olympic bars and giving it a new "twist". I am not as balanced as I think!! So this is so good.

On the diet front, I was good monday and tuesday, but last night I had 2 glasses of wine and maybe a small ice cream. :-O I know this is going to be my biggest challenge on this programme, so I'm putting it out there now. I want to make this programme really count, so I will be confessing whenever I go off course!

Lastly, super excited to see Matt is our trainer!! YAY!!!! Let's do this.


I'm nervous! The workouts look awesome! And my shoulder seems to be cooperating!
Good luck everyone! Here's to 6 weeks of fun!


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I did it and I loved it.  

My biggest learning from kettlebell is never to poo poo something until you try it!!!!
Like my first post, I was always afraid of kettlebells, I was never keen to get on the programme despite having bells sitting in my home gym. But in the end, perhaps in a moment of sanity I thought: “F$&k it! Let’s give it a go!” And unexpectedly, it’s my absolutely favourite programme so far! So much so I’ve already signed up for bells 2.
I was fantastic with the diet this time because we had some travel time at the start. But once we were home and I got right on board, I lost a lot of weight quite fast, including my holiday weight. So I do know that my body responds to weights well.
Anyway, all in all thank you to my lovely compadres and trainers and see you all out there soon!


did it!!!

100 swings...now I’ll go and collapse in a heap!


Couldn’t have come at a better time!!! Have such a horrific cold. Ended up spending half the day in bed anyway. Bleh!


So when I started the programme I was using an 8kg and 10kg kettlebell. I’ve now largely moved to the 10kg bell to do most my exercises.

Unfortunately I’ve got a trapped nerve that is affecting the muscle strength in my right hand and that’s been a bit frustrating. I find myself using a 10kg bell for my left hand and then shifting down for my right side.

Aside from that, I’m loving the programme and the workouts and I find myself steadily losing around 0.5 kg a week. So that’s been the biggest surprise for me. I’ve not been 100% on diet on weekends with a sneaky glass of wine creeping in once a week on Saturdays.

I’m signing up for Kettlebell 2 and I told myself I have to crush the diet there because I’m not able to zip up most my jeans right now. Bleh!

Anyway, all is good and I can’t believe we are already approaching week 6! Crazy!


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