I’m looking forward to training with everyone on this slightly different Kenzai program. I’ve done many of the programs over the past 6 years but this will be the first one that is not focused so heavily on body exercise.
For a brief intro, while sticking to some of the recommended questions...
- How do you spend your time?
I have recently finished a 7-year period of working in HK so I am spending time in Europe, Canada and Thailand before I settle back to the UK in Q2 next year.
- Why Kenzai Mind?
I have dabbled with meditation in the past, without any structure, so I am interested to take some time to get a better understanding of this “mind exercise” and put it into regular practice.
I also didn’t want a structured exercise program right now because I am spending a lot of time golfing so I want my exercise and stretching to be more golf focused on the days I am not playing or practicing.
- What scares/excites you about this course?
I am excited to try something new...no real fears!
- What's your favorite season? Why?
Tough question...every season has it’s benefits. I will turn this around and say the seasons I don’t like are summer in HK (too much humidity) and winter in London (too wet). I enjoy everything else....even bitterly cold winters in Canada!
- Are you facing obstacles to this training cycle? This might be injury, travel, or even some cosmic dissonance of some nature.
I will be travelling throughout the program but since I am not working I don’t see this as an obstacle....and I’m not a big cosmic dissonance guy!
I attach a photo of where I will be spending much of the time during this program.
I was still linking up successive thoughts into a chain while focusing on deep breathing to bring me back.
It was great but like when I have a dream I struggle to remember the thoughts from any of the chains.
...and I still fell asleep towards the end of the 5 mins!
Well, I have done both days meditation and the consistent theme is that I fell asleep doing both of them!
I am aware of the connection/linking of my thoughts when I sit down and meditate and bringing my thoughts back to the present was ok. I find it difficult to just clear my mind of any thoughts.
Great to train with you team Mozart!
Bells finished...So long since I’ve been on the Kenzai site.... GRADUATION POST
Well, it has been a busy move from HK...settled into London and now spending 6 weeks in Canada.
Needless to say, I struggled to keep up with the Bells 2 program while I have been on the move. The program is great, though, and I hope to get a chance to do it properly in future.
Thanks to Matt for all your support. You really tried to keep me focused but it was an uphill struggle.
Next step is to find a short program that I can do while in Canada or stick to Life until September.
In the past week I have made it through a move from HK to London where I will spend the next month.
Despite my best intentions to stay focused on the program, I have continued to struggle.
I’ve been doing a decent job keeping up with my diet but not been as consistent on the exercise.
My plan is to catch up with any missed exercises over the next couple weeks. Now that I am back in the UK i have access to bells and a decent workout space...and the weather has been great since I arrived!
Updated weekly photo to follow!
After returning from Phuket, I got into a mode where I was focused on preparing our move out of HK and I lost track of the lessons and blogs while the exercise slipped to 50%.
After spending a few hours catching up on everything, I feel I am back up to speed...Ready to nail the next 3 weeks. I will conquer the bells!
However, I have some unfinished business in the form of the weekly questions.
What made me laugh the most:
The first one I liked a lot aS it made me really think about what makes me laugh. No doubt my biggest laughs have been on tours with my friends for sports. This has traditionally been hockey (ice) but is now becoming more frequently golf. 1 incident that stands out the most was a tournament in Poland where a friend had the whole team in stitches for at least an hour. The theme for most of his humour is self deprecation and that made me realise that the laughs I like the most are when people make fun of themselves rather than targeting others.
I have had many in my lifetime, as I have tended to travel a lot and I don't mind being alone and meeting strangers. I think for me some of my most meaningful exchanges were when I was in my early 20's and hitchhiking around Australia and NZ. I learnt a lot about myself, including how I dealt with difficult situations and it certainly taught me to be patient (you could wait for a full day for a ride!).
Other than my Father, nobody else stands out as a significant presence in my life. He passed away many years ago but he taught me the importance of persistence and hard work while also be very respectful for all people around him regardless of their background or "position" in society.
Sorry for the radio silence.
I have been doing my best to keep up with the exercises and really enjoying the new challenges that Kettle Bells 2 brings. However, I only have 2 bells in HK that are different weights so I have had to adapt some of the sets, also resorting to dumbbells for some exercises when my 16kg is too heavy. I am leaving HK in the next couple weeks so I didn't want to invest in new bells, knowing full well that I would have to leave them here. I did recently upgrade my bells in Phuket, where I am spending a lot of my time now, and I have included a photo below to show my Kenzai space down there.
Time to get more serious about the diet because with our pending departure from HK there have been a lot of leaving dinners, drinks, junks, etc. So hard to fight the temptations!
More to follow in the coming days as I get my images updated and answer some of the outstanding questions on the blog.
Keep Swinging Team!
I’m a bit delayed posting my first blog because I was travelling last week and I completely missed the starting day!
Well, I have settled into the routine now, catching up on the exercise, cleaning up the diet.
My story with the bells is that I have done the first program twice so I was looking forward to finding a suitable time to do #2. I first joined Kenzai in 2013 and I have done many other programs. Kettlebells was the first one I did that wasn’t focused on body weight exercises and bands. I really enjoy the change this brings to my training.
For this program I am planning to gain some strength, specifically with an eye on helping my golf game, giving me some extra distance on my tee shots. I also think that the bells are great for overall toning as they give me a good full body workout.
My 6 weeks will be a little broken up as I have some travel plans and I will also be moving away from HK. However, no excuses as I should have time t9 exercise everyday although I may need to substitute other weights occasionally.
Good luck with the program. Looking forward to seeing everyone on the blogs!
Well, I had a great time skiing in Japan...photo attached...but unfortunately my last run o& a 3-day trip was a massive wipeout that saw me crash into a big ice block, leading with my left thigh. Nasty bruise!... so I have been rehabbing and off exercise since then.
I finally got back to doing something on Sunday when I went for a long hike with my daughter, and fellow KB3 team member, Alexia. The photo is from the top of the twin peaks in HK.
I have been sticking to the diet fairly well but with Alexia visiting we did have some indulgent evenings when we enjoyed the pleasures of Asia.
I feel like I am back on track now with the final month giving me a good boost ahead of the hot weather in HK.
Sorry team for being absent from the blogs but my lack of ability to stick to the exercise left me feeling out of the program.
Time for a reset!
Well, I haven’t had my indulgence yet but I already know that I will be eating some great food and drinking sake as I am heading to Japan to go skiing this weekend.
Really looking forward to seeing how 6 weeks of training has improved my strength and stamina. Hopefully ripping through the fresh Pow as my partners are left huffing and puffing half way down the mountain.
Photos to follow!
Sorry for the radio silence while I was away for CNY. I had a great week in Phuket with plenty of exercise and a few diet slips. I did all my Kenzai workouts while waking up before 6 most days to hit the golf course.
Photo of my daily workout space is attached.
Back in HK now so getting back into routine. Will have to tighten the diet this week!
For me there is no doubt that I lose track of time most while doing/watching sport. Most obvious is golf. I could play all day and wouldn’t notice the time flying by. Equally, watching sport live or on tv and I don’t even notice the time go by.
Unfortunately, it’s not the same for working out or running...i am definitely counting the time when I’m exercising!
I had a great week of exercise, didn’t miss a session. Diet wasn’t quite so spot on as I didn’t resist the call of a few beers and some wine.
I will focus on avoiding the slips this week while getting my workouts done in the morning.
My next big challenge will be Chinese New Year. With 10 days in Phuket I should be great with the exercise but the amazing food will be difficult to resist.
to answer our weekly challenge, I would have to say that my knees are the body part that I would be most happy to change. I can't complain about too many other things but my knees have been giving me the most trouble since my 1st surgery 20 years ago. Time for a tune-up soon but I hope to live with the knees I've got for many years to come.
In other news. the week was OK. It was a travel week with a couple days in Singapore but I have been quite good on the diet and exercise. The only slips have been a few sweets that won't seem to go away and a couple drinks. Will try to clean up the remaining slips this week.
in answer to the weekly Q&A, the most important lesson for me is "Don't look back".
This doesn't mean you shouldn't learn from past experiences, successes, setbacks, etc. but don't live with regrets.
As an avid golfer, this is a very important mental lesson for improving in this difficult sport. People who are always regretting that missed putt, lost ball on their last drive, etc. are missing the required focus on the next shot...the most important one because it is the only shot you can influence now.
Let's go Team Wolverine...look forward to crushing your next workout and don't regret the one you did yesterday when you were tired, sick, etc.