Joshua B.

Joshua B.

Kenzai Body | Day 27
Kenzai Body
Day 27
 
Program progress:
Day 25

Just as Ward said, this is the time when things become a little bit more challenging. Although I still enjoy the workouts, they’re pushing me harder and that jump number continues to climb. Up until now, the eating plan (sounds so much less daunting than “diet”) has been fine. Eating real food has been a bit eye opening ( in a good way), but the sheer amount of food during lunch has been a struggle. The past few days has been more of an exercise in getting food down, rather than a time of savoring the pleasure of eating.

I’m sure it’s a phase, so onward and upward. Stay strong everyone.


Tough week

It’s been the first true test of the program for me. I’ve been away on business since Monday and at a conference with a set menu. Luckily, the majority of the meals had the items I needed: veggies, protein, some carbs and plain Greek yogurt (albeit everything probably had a little more salt than I should have had). The no-alcohol part was easy as well - surprisingly so for a wine lover where the conference’s recreation included visits to Napa Valley wineries (there was plenty of tasting followed by plenty of spitting).

The no-alcohol did help in keeping the workouts going - even though it was interesting jumping rope in my bathroom at the Fairmont (I tend to steer clear of hotel fitness rooms).

It was not a welcome surprise to see that my number of jumps increased on the day I returned home.


the diet
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The work outs are great and I generally look forward to them. It was the diet that made me worry the most. It's not that I have an obsession with food, well maybe I do...outside of work and family, one of my passions is food and drink. I tend to stay well versed on the best new restaurants, I enjoy crafting elaborate meals for friends and family, we seek out wine to add to our cellar and more recently I've been getting into Japanese whiskeys. That being said, the week 2 diet has been less of a challenge than I anticipated. Our family has generally consumed more vegetables than average, but it's been a good experience thus far having to plan out the meals ahead of time. It's also been somewhat of a Top Chef challenge trying to improve flavor without the addition of fat and salt, but I'm enjoying it.

Today's breakfast in the office: microwave scrambled egg, sauteed spinach with garlic/shallots/chili flakes, roasted sweet potato, avocado toast and a cafe au lait - I wasn't sure how I was going to get the milk/yogurt down initially, but I've ended up brewing a cup of coffee in the morning, using half to make a warm cafe au lait, then the other half for an ice cafe au lait after lunch.

Next week will really put me to the test as I'll be travelling for business.


Week 1 done.

Week 1 was a good way to ease to into things. It was approachable and definitely did not scare me away. I was able to get most of the workouts done - the only exception being the day 7 rest day work and only because I was camping with the family and during the time I would have completed the jump rope session, it was pouring rain out.

Week 2 is definitely a step up here and although the increased workouts and diet plan seem tough, I'm hoping some early planning helps things go along smoothly.


Intro

Aloha, I'm Josh. No, I'm not from Hawaii (although my dad was), but I do embrace the aloha spirit. I am a born and bred Southern Californian (LA) and still reside here to this day. The majority of my week is spent in an office in Santa Monica and occasionally I get to come home and see my wife and daughters (6 and 8). When I'm not in the office, it's the normal parental duties (unofficial Uber driver, ballet class, birthday parties and keeping everyone fed). A good friend of mine introduced me to the Kenzai program a while ago and I've been talking about getting started. No better time than the present. I don't have any specific heroes, just the many people that I admire and respect. Aloha.


Baby steps

There's really no "good" time to start a program like this. After a year or so of waiting for the right time, I finally came to the realization that it's now or never. Even though the diet hasn't started in full, it does feel good to have something to follow, to look forward to. First workout down and I feel good.