June L.'s Kenzai Chisel program, Chisel | Apr 22 2019, starts in 4 days.
Keeping the Kenzai spirit alive baby!
I'm loving the daily workouts while I'm in between programs. It's a lifestyle I'll never be tired of!
Miracles do happen! GRADUATION POST
Wow, wow, wow! What an unimaginable journey the last 3 months have been. The peaks, the valleys, the frustrations, the triumphs....all of these things we faced, conquered and achieved.
There have been so many takeaways for me, where do I begin!
I'll list the biggest ones:
1. Carbs! I didn't eat carbs for decades. They got such a bad rap awhile back and scared everyone in the athletic arena, especially those of us wanting to stay stripped out. Reintroducing carbs back into my daily diet not only made my workouts feel stronger but I really enjoyed them! Carbs are not the Devil!
2. Slow and Steady! I know we all got a bit frustrated around week 6 when we were deep in the K-Valley. We bitched and moaned about not seeing results, not losing enough weight, working out so hard and eating so clean and not reaping the benefits we expected to see the first 6 weeks. But with the lessons, the encouragements and sheer perseverance, the next 6 weeks were where the magic happened. You have to trust Kenzai! They have this shit down!
3. At almost 60, and after this KB1 program, I feel absolutely amazing. I have to admit, in the beginning, I was a whiny complainer and even skeptical. The voice in my head: "Oh my hip hurts, I can't do tricep dips, or lunges, or a full push up, because I have shoulder issues, knee injuries, I think it's contraindicated for my body."
What a load of shit!! Starting slow and just doing 5-8 pushups on my knees, using a broom to do assisted lunges and starting with my knees bent for tricep dips, broke me through some sort of physiological and psychological barrier. There are absolutely no parts of my body that ache or hurt any more. I can do unassisted lunges, elevated tricep dips and 20 perfect pushups on my toes without that feeling of, "crap, I'm gonna hurt myself". Instead, my body is strong, capable and thriving. I stand taller and walk prouder. That's not to say my knee doesn't eventually have to be replaced, but I can't tell you how much more I can do now after this program. Starting slow and working through some of those aches and pains brought me leaps and bounds to places I didn't think existed for me anymore.
4. Giving up drinking for 90 days is sooooooo good for your body, your brain, your skin, your attitude and so much more. I love my wine! But I love feeling and looking like this more. I've learned and trained my mind not to want wine anymore. Hopefully that will continue in perpetuity. (Tomorrow night however, I will be imbibing with a nice big glass of chardonnay...just sayin!)
5. And finally, support is key. I was an athletic beast for decades. I had endless willpower and self-motivation. Working out was just part of my every day lifestyle. But somewhere in my 50's, I increasingly became less and less motivated to workout. The drive, the desire, slowly took a back seat. Excuses and lethargy took the wheel. And low and behold, almost 20lbs crept onto my small frame over 8 years. With Kenzai and its trainers and community support, I realize how much I need others to hold me accountable. It's so inspiring and comforting to know you're in this with like-minded, kindred spirits. My Pegasus Team kicked some serious ass, took names and we're all standing on the podium!
As I mentioned in my last blog, I'm completely a devote Kenzai convert! This is an amazing program that the world should be doing! Yes, all 7 billion people. Maybe then we can all live in peace and harmony, fit and healthy on Planet Kenzai!
I'm sure we're all facing a double-edged sword right now. Relief that we made it through the past 3 months and what's it going to be like off the Kenzai train. I'm sure Kenzai gets thousands of these blogs.
I see why folks jump right back on another train (or program!). I am! Chisel here I come!
Kenzai, you've really cracked the formula on all levels. Physically and emotionally you've nailed it. The daily lessons came right on point when we were all asking the same questions. I'm sure you get many blogs saying "It's like you were reading my mind!". And this is why I am a devote Kenzai convert.
One more day! I'm elated and sad. I'm proud of all I've accomplished but want more. I stand taller and stronger but still want Kenzai to hold my hand!
I want the Kenzeye to always be on me!! Don't leave me alone!!!
I could do super sets every day for the rest of my life!! Workout like a beast for 40 minutes, bam your done!
Can't wait to see what day 90 has in store!! Super sets of all muscle groups? A 5 hour workout? Bring it!!
Hot buttered popcorn lightly salted and a big juicy medium-rare steak with mashed potatoes (with butter).
Not 1, not 2 but perhaps 3 glasses (if I can handle it) of a big buttery chardonnay. Preferably Rombauer. Something chocolate and gooey and warm.
This is what I'm craving! There is definitely a BUTTER theme here!!
I have reservations at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse on Sunday night with friends who have deeply missed my company. I'll have to go to the only movie theater on the island and buy a bag of popcorn without seeing a movie. Or better yet, make my own with Ghee. I might have this for breakfast!!
I had a friend over for lunch yesterday and served a completely Kenzai compliant meal. She went off the rails about how good it was!
Thanks to Cuzzin Ed Center again for the Dip Recipe!
Juice from 2 oranges
Juice from 2 limes
Juice from 2 lemons
1 Tbls Honey
Coconut Water for desired consistency
Blend all ingredients in blender well.
My friend served it the next night to her guests but she added some plain yogurt. That could be yummy!
I served mine with lightly steamed asparagus, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and raw snap peas and tomatoes. The protein was fresh local Kauai shrimp simply simmered in coconut water and some spices.
Sliced Golden Delicious apples. Served on top of plain yogurt drizzled with honey and sprinkled with fresh chopped ginger.
You can do this with any object. Doesn't have to be a big fat ball. But I do have the same size ball, so that's what I do these with.
Hits so many areas of the abs and you get some added adductor and pec work when squeezing the ball!
I'm definitely tired of doing these big fat workouts 6 days a week. But I shall persevere.
Down to single digits people! We're so close to the target and we've all been in this together. I feel an overwhelming pride and a somewhat masochistic delight to be with the other Pegasus folks who have endured these past 80 days. Let's finish this strong and tight. No matter how fricken exhausted we are!
Never give up! Never surrender!! What movie??
Today's workout was fricken HARD! It took me almost 2 hours to complete the whole thing. And I haven't even done the cardio portion yet. Ugghhhh!
I love Kenzai because I look REAL. Real fit, real healthy, real strong! It's so whack how society has force fed us what being thin should look like.
This recipe comes from my Cousin Ed C. A Kenzai Alumni and Legend!! This is from his blog a couple years ago when I was visiting and he was in the middle of Kenzai Body 1.
"Saturday night my favorite cousin was in town. (That would be me, June!!) I knew that I'd take my indulgence in chardonnay, but I wanted to make a Kenzai approved dinner that was tasty for everyone. I remembered a simple, fun and easy supper that I call chopped dinner. First cook a big pot of rice. Then cook one simple protein - I made grilled salmon, but you could do steak, chicken or even a good can of tuna. Chop into bite sized pieces. Then take a bunch of veggies- some cooked and some raw are great, and choose different textures, and cut them into bite size pieces. Lay them out with attractive presentation, and put out various condiments - I put out three types of vinegar, furikake (a Japanese seaweed and sesame seed seasoning), and soy sauce for the non-Kenzai crowd. Grab a bowl, put in some rice, add protein and veggies and condiments of choice, stir, and eat. It never fails that people go wild for this. As simple as it is, folks are surprised by the pop of flavors. My cousin (Me) actually gave me a standing ovation. We were several glasses of wine in at that point."
What's it called? - June asked.
Chopped dinner, I replied.
Yah, but it has to have a real name!
Well I guess we can call it S.O.R.
What is that?
Shit on Rice.
(It's much more tasty than the name)
Sautéing and mashing anything with Coconut Water is my new secret ingredient.
I eyeballed all the ingredients so you’ll have to do the same!! I won’t add the purple potatoes next time. They were a bit much!
Roasted Butternut Squash
Roasted Eggplant & Purple Potatoes (optional)
Chopped Portabella Mushrooms
Simmer the above first 3 ingredients in Coconut Water. Add the portabellas. Simmer all for a few minutes.
Add Cayenne, Garam Marsala, Cumin and Curry powders. I also added a dash of cinnamon. Stir well.
Add chopped cauliflower, asparagus, green beans or whatever veggies you desire. Add more coconut water and simmer until veggies are just slightly tender. Don’t over cook them!
Peel and chop eggplant (if using).
Mash the butternut squash with a bit of coconut water.
Add all ingredients together and mix well.
Ta da! It’s sooooo good!
It feels way longer to me! Doesn't it?
It's so crazy how 2 months can fly by in the blink of an eye in normal life, but on Kenzai it seems like every day is as long as a week!!
But it's funny, now I'm starting to get nervous about the program ending!! Anyone else? What will I do after Kenzai? Am I a lone ship set out to sea with no program or support? A little scary!!
I'm feeling really positive at this stage. I'm seeing results and getting compliments left and right! I really liked today's lesson. First Impressions really do matter. I've come to realize this is quite true. It's two-factor. When I'm heavier, I notice people, primarily strangers, don't pay me much mind. But when I'm lighter and fit, I see people glance my way more often. And I don't mean in a flirty way...more of an acknowledgement really. I've been observing this over the years. I'm sure it also has to do with the way I carry myself, how I present myself. But having been very fit most of my life, being a bit overweight and out of shape definitely shows up with first impressions no matter how I look at it. And boy am I liking how I'm showing up in the world right now!!
Image is of me about 10 years ago. Prior to multiple injuries and knee surgeries. 😪
I'm glad we're laying off on the leg work. My knee has really been bothering me this last week. I've been doing some really big hikes which I've felt super strong doing. I did one on Saturday that was 2.5 miles straight down, then 2.5 straight up. And I'm not exaggerating when I say straight down and up. I would have suffered big time if I hadn't been training my legs like we have been. But my knee is definitely screaming lately. So backing off the everyday leg routine is a blessing.
On another note....I fell hard last night and had 2 glasses of wine with my boss. It won't happen again. But we really needed to blow off some steam after a difficult day and I didn't want to go straight home and leave her hanging....or go to the bar and sip soda water while we vented! I'm not sorry I did it but I promise myself to be extra compliant!!
Images of Saturday's hike in Waimea Canyon on Kauai.